Chris Pine to play Richard Nixons lawyer in new biopic

first_imgLos Angeles: “Wonder Woman” star Chris Pine has been roped in to play Richard Nixon’s lawyer John Dean in a new biopic. Amazon Studios has acquired the pitch and is developing the project about Dean, a pivotal figure in the Watergate scandal, reports variety.com. The film will trace the life of Dean, who served as White House counsel for Nixon from July 1970 through April 1973. Producer Bob Cooper is backing the project with his Landscape Entertainment banner along with Billy Ray. Dean will be executive producer of the movie with his manager Rick Berg. Screenwriter Evan Parter is on board to pen the feature. John Dean, known as the ‘connoisseur of cover-ups’ in the media, was one of the most important whistle-blowers that implicated Nixon in the Watergate cover-up. In exchange for his testimony, Dean served four months of house arrest and pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.last_img read more

Conviction of Myanmar journalists a blow to human rights and democracy Freeland

first_imgOTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the conviction of two Reuters journalists for covering the Rohingya crisis undermines the rule of law and freedom of the press in Myanmar.Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for illegally possessing government documents in a guilty verdict Freeland says is not supported by the facts in the case.In a statement issued Monday, Freeland says Canada is joining the international chorus calling for their immediate release.Freeland says the verdict in the case “seriously jeopardizes” the idea of democracy in Myanmar, which requires the ability to report facts without fear of retaliation, violence or imprisonment.The two journalists were reporting on a massacre of the Rohingya people by the Myanmar military in 2017 and say they were framed by police.The United Kingdom and the United States have also condemned the verdicts as have numerous international human rights organizations.British Prime Minister Theresa May also called for the journalists’ release, while the U.S. Embassy in Myanmar issued a statement saying there were “clear flaws” in the case and that the verdict was “deeply troubling.”Freeland, who herself worked for Reuters before her political career, said Canada will use every opportunity to stand up for human rights and freedom of expression.“This verdict gravely undermines the rule of law and freedom of the press in Myanmar, and betrays the decades-long struggle by the Myanmar people for democracy,” Freeland said in a written statement issued by her office.“Today’s ruling does not reflect the facts of the case.”Former Liberal leader Bob Rae, Canada’s special envoy to Myanmar to investigate the Rohingya crisis, said the courage of the two journalists is “worthy of the world’s praise and attention.”“They were doing their job, and were framed by security forces, on the evidence as heard in court,” he said on Twitter.United Nations Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet said Myanmar should “immediately and unconditionally” release the two journalists along with any other journalists being held in Myanmar for exercising their legitimate right to free expression.“Their conviction sends a message to all journalists in Myanmar that they cannot operate fearlessly,” she said.The Rohingya are a stateless people who lived primarily in Rakhine State on Myanmar’s west coast. A majority of them are Muslim and have faced repeated persecution, including military crackdowns that began in 2016. An estimated 900,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape the violence.In his final report to Parliament earlier this year Rae called on Canada to increase humanitarian aid for the Rohingya and express a willingness to accept Rohingya refugees who wish to move to Canada.last_img read more

Beth Stern To CoHost Hero Dog Awards

first_imgAmerican Humane Association and Hallmark Channel have announced that sports legend, broadcaster, and actor Terry Bradshaw will join forces with TV personality and renowned animal advocate Beth Stern to shine a spotlight on some of America’s top dogs as co-hosts of the 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards.Celebrating the country’s most courageous canines, the Hero Dog Awards will tape at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 27 and will be broadcast nationwide as a two-hour special this fall on Hallmark Channel.Presented by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards program seeks to identify and recognize America’s canine heroes – dogs who do such extraordinary things as rescuing the lost and injured; protecting our armed forces overseas; guiding the seeing-impaired; lending comfort to the sick; exposing arson; detecting cancer; acting as loyal K-9 partners to our police men and women; and simply enriching countless lives every day as our loving, faithful friends.Hero dogs across the country have been nominated in eight categories: Law Enforcement Dogs, Military Dogs, Arson Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Guide/Hearing Dogs, Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs, and Emerging Hero Dogs (for ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things). Following the first round of voting in which more than 1 million ballots were cast, 24 spectacular semifinalists (the top three in each category) were chosen to advance to the semifinals, in which eight finalists will be named to compete for the title of 2014 American Hero Dog.“For thousands of years, dogs have protected us, comforted us, and given us their unconditional love,” said Mr. Bradshaw. “The least we can do is to honor them on their special night every fall. I’m proud to do my part for our best friends.”“I’ve been an animal lover my whole life and these animals deserve an extra-large helping of love,” said Ms. Stern. “After all they’ve done for us, it is finally time for every dog to have his day, and I’m here to help.”Finalists in each of the eight categories will be flown to Hollywood with two of their human friends to the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards gala in Los Angeles, where they will walk the red carpet, conduct VIP interviews, and be honored at the awards show and black-tie gala, culminating with the announcement of the 2014 American Hero Dog. Each of the eight finalists will win $1,500 for their chosen charity selected from the contest’s list of 15 charity partners. The top winner will win an additional $5,000 for their charity partner.“We’re thrilled to have two American heroes – a sports hero and a hero to animals in need – serve as the voices for those courageous canines who change and even save lives every day,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association. “Thank you for helping us turn a spotlight on these remarkable animals.”“Terry Bradshaw and Beth Stern share a deep love of animals and are passionate advocates for their welfare, making them the perfect co-hosts of the 2014 Hero Dog Awards,” said Bill Abbott, president and CEO, Crown Media Family Networks. “Each of them will bring a unique talent and sensibility to the program and we are so pleased they will help us honor this year’s very special dogs, while also raising the overall profile of our canine heroes everywhere.”This star-studded Hero Dog Awards draws dog lovers and celebrities from all over the world. Celebrity presenters and the celebrity judges who work with the public on the final two rounds of voting to determine the semi-finalists and winner have included Victoria Stilwell, Betty White, Joey Lawrence, Miranda Lambert, Kristin Chenoweth, Candy Spelling, and many, many more.“We are delighted to have Terry Bradshaw and Beth Stern as the two newest humane heroes on our team,” said philanthropist and Hero Dog Awards supporter Lois Pope. “It has been my honor to serve as the presenting sponsor of the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards for the past three years and this show of support from some of America’s most recognized personalities will help bring these four-legged heroes the recognition they so richly deserve.”More information about the 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, including complete contest rules, voting information, and ways to buy tickets to the September 27 event can be found at www.herodogawards.org.last_img read more

THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA INCREASES SUPPORT FOR NEW BRUNSWICK FESTIVALS COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS

first_imgNB Advertisement Carleton-Victoria Arts Council Inc. Petit-de-Grat Royal Canadian Legion Moncton # 6 Programs Irish Festival Inc. (The) Moncton $1,016,80051 projects Program 2019‒2020 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Celebrating Canada! Village of Bertrand $2,000 $800 Arthurette Legion, Branch #85 $650 La Société Saint-Pierre Moncton NB Festival d’automne de Campbellton Harvest Festival Committee Kedgwick Celebrates Acadia Fredericton Celebrates Acadia! Fog Fest Organizing Committee $1,500 Village of Saint-Antoine Village of Belledune Symposium d’arts-visuels du Nord-Ouest du Nouveau-Brunswick inc. Belledune Dooryard Arts Festival Tobique First Nation Canada Day Celebration Edmundston Sussex Kedgwick Fall Festival $10,000 City $45,600 Total Amount $16,800 Le Conseil acadien de Rustico inc. Club d’âge d’Or de Val-Comeau Saint-Antoine $2,000 Club de l’âge d’Or de Pont Lafrance inc. Centre culturel de Caraquet inc. NB $49,300 Canada Day Activities Charlo Fall Fair Shippagan $6,200 Dalhousie Rotary Club Inc. Miramichi Canada Day Celebrations Canada Day Celebration “Canadian Stages” Theatre Series “International Presentations” and the “Live @ The BMO” Music series Canada Day 2019 Fundy Civic Centre $8,000 $2,625 Woodstock $4,000 $5,700 Festival des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture du Nouveau-Brunswick de Shippagan Bonheur d’occasion, a celebration of National Acadian Day $6,600 Asian Heritage Month Celebrations SappyFest Canadian Multiculturalism Day Celebration PEI $8,000 St-Isidore Celebrates Canada! Voyager en culture! $10,000 Florenceville-Bristol Rollo Bay Canadian Multiculturalism Day 2019 Celebrate Acadia NB Festival du homard de Shediac inc. Shediac Lobster Festival Canada Day Clifton Royal Centre d’action artistique inc. Acadian Association of the National Capital Region Canada Day in Eel River Dundee $6,300 $806,02531 projects Village of Sainte-Anne-de Madawaska Notable Acts Summer Theatre Festival Live Bait Theatre Inc. Canada Day on July 1st in Quispamsis RCCI Campobello Fogfest Saint-Quentin $4,000 Celebrate Canada in Bouctouche 2019 Atholville Moncton Miramichi $800 Cape St. George St. John’s Grande-Anse Canada Day Celebrations $4,000 $3,600 Family Day to Celebrate Canada $650 Dartmouth Village of Rexton Inc. Comeauville NB Memramcook Moncton Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes Knights of Columbus Fêtons l’Acadie en magie $11,720 Charlo Fall Fair $26,700 Saint Andrews Celebrate Canada, July 1, 2019 La Société acadienne de Clare Festival Western de Saint-Quentin inc. $12,000 Canada Day Celebrations Village of Lac Baker Celebrate Acadia .Celebration and Commemoration Program – National Acadian Day Moncton $9,376 Grand Falls Potato Festival Inc. Société culturelle de Kent-Sud inc. (La) $4,000 Nackawic .BackgrounderBuilding Communities Through Arts and Heritage Tintamarre August 15 in the National Capital Region $50,000 Bertrand Celebrates Canada! Town of Nackawic $30,000 August 15 at Parc Atlas NB National Acadian Day 2019 $56,200 Kingsclear First Nation 7th Annual Powwow $2,344 $7,500 Campbellton Harvest Festival d’automne de Campbellton Cultural Expressions Festival in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day, Canadian Multiculturalism Day, and Canada Day celebration NS Caraquet NB Tignish $4,000 $5,000 Hillsborough Live Bait Festival of New Work Sackville Saint-Quentin Shediac NB National Acadian Day in Halifax Moncton $3,200 Société culturelle de Baie-Sainte-Anne inc. Village of Tracy $22,800 Musik Central Inc. Retrouvaille des Aînés Village of Bas-Caraquet Saison 2019‒2020 $2,800 Grand Falls Celebrate August 15, 2019-Village of Le Goulet $1,100 Keswick Valley Recreation Council Inc. $30,472 Beresford Celebrates Acadia! $10,000 Oromocto First Nation NL New Brunswick Summer Music Festival Festival Parlures d’icitte Pabineau First Nation National Acadian Day Pabineau First Nation Kedgwick River Valley Arts Alliance Inc. Bouctouche Auteure d’ici et l’Acadie! Rogersville Rock’n’Roll Festival Miramichi, NB Inc. Miramichi Rock’n’Roll Festival Association régionale de la côte ouest incorporée NB Musique Saint-Joachim inc. Boiestown Saint John Saint John Greater Moncton Asian Heritage Society / Association de l’héritage asiatique du Grand Moncton NB Bouctouche Saint John TOTAL St. Stephen Eel Ground First Nation Pow-Wow Committee NS Project Les Terre-neuviens français Conseil scolaire-communautaire Évangéline ltée Regional Municipality of Tracadie Société du Jardin botanique du Nouveau-Brunswick inc. (La) Feels Good Community Inc. Canada Day ‒ 2019 Canada Day Celebrations Village of Bertrand $1,000 Moncton Rothesay Canada Day Celebrations Collette Welshpool Wellington Hampton Proud of Our Acadia NB Canada Day Celebrations Program Woodstock $1,600 City Fredericton Exhibition Limited Saint-Léonard Saint-Jacques $750 $3,516 $3,965 $650 Memramcook $15,000 $4,000 La Société du Parc Atlas inc. $2,400 $4,000 Centre des arts et de la culture de Dieppe inc. Cookville $6,500 City of Moncton / Ville de Moncton Rivière-Verte Celebrate National Acadian Day in Saint-Antoine Moncton Association régionale de la communauté francophone de Saint-Jean inc. $25,200 $115,500 Greater Moncton Scottish Association Inc. (The) Art for Art’s Sake / L’art pour l’art inc. $700 Baie-Sainte-Anne Congrès mondial acadien 2019 inc. $7,267 Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean Canada Day Caraquet $7,500 Village of Minto Fredericton $2,860 NB $23,440 Frye Festival $2,000 Canada Day Campbellton Moncton Fredericton Grand Manan $4,000 $4,000 Apohaqui $12,000 TOTAL New Brunswick Highland Games and Scottish Festival Inc. Falls Brook Festival Falls Brook Centre Inc. Fredericton Sainte-Marie-Saint-Raphaël Kingsclear First Nation Minto Société culturelle des Hauts-Plateaux inc. $10,000 Beaverbrook Art Gallery $650 Let’s Celebrate $5,000 Celebrate Acadia in Charlottetown Gathering of the Scots Inc. Canada Day Conseil communautaire du Grand-Havre $800 Multicultural Association of Carleton County Inc. Beresford Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes Conseil Rév. S.-E. Perrey inc. $5,000 Saint John Canada Day Committee The government provided this funding through the Celebration and Commemoration Program, the Local Festivals component of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program and the Canada Arts Presentation Fund.National Acadian DayThe Government of Canada is also providing 60 different organizations with a total of $500,100 in funding to host National Acadian Day celebrations on August 15 across Atlantic Canada and in Ottawa.As part of this initiative, the Government of Canada will support the August 15 festivities organized as part of the Congrès mondial acadien, including the National Acadian Day Show. The show will feature several renowned artists such as Zachary Richard, Lisa LeBlanc, Edith Butler, Visthèn and 1755.Funding to promote National Acadian Day celebrations is granted through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Celebration and Commemoration Program.Additional investment for arts and heritage activitiesAn additional investment of more than $50 million was announced in the last budget to support arts and heritage activities, including arts programming, festivals and celebrations throughout Canada.This additional funding will provide increased support to existing clients and permit more organizations to access federal support. It will enable more Canadians to see, hear and appreciate Canada’s talented and diverse artists by bringing festivals and performing arts series to more communities across the country, celebrate our communities’ diverse origins, and reaffirm our commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.Quotes“Our government understands that festivals, arts performances and community celebrations are vital to the success of Canada’s creative sector. They help develop and showcase the tremendous talent of Canadian artists; support our efforts to advance diversity, inclusion and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples; and support the growth of our creative economy in communities across the country.“I am also very pleased to announce the historic addition of National Acadian Day to the Celebration and Commemoration Program, which will result in support for festivities in more than 60 communities. In this symbolic year, in which we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act and the 25th anniversary of the Congrès mondial acadien, this is an important way to recognize and celebrate the distinct and vibrant culture of the Acadian community, and the many contributions Acadians have made to arts, culture and heritage in Canada.” —The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism“On National Acadian Day, Acadians express their vitality and their pride in communities throughout the Atlantic region and beyond. They enrich this country with their cultural wealth and their leadership in the Canadian Francophonie. I look forward to celebrating their heritage with them.” —The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie“I’m thrilled that our government is helping bring folks together by supporting over two dozen festivals, celebrations and arts events in Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe! From jamming out at the Festival Acadie Rock to celebrating diversity at the Mosaïq Multicultural Festival, there really is something for everyone. I’m especially excited that our National Acadian Day is eligible for funding from the Celebration and Commemoration Program for the very first time, as we prepare to welcome the world for the Congrès mondial acadien.” —The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health and Member of Parliament (Moncton–Riverview–Dieppe)“Across Atlantic Canada, local festivals celebrate the best of our heritage and the vitality of our communities. Here in Fundy Royal, they exemplify why we choose to live, work and play here, and are often a beacon for people exploring our region. This year we will mark the first ever National Acadian Day in Quispamsis, celebrating and sharing culture with the whole community!” —Alaina Lockhart, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie and Member of Parliament (Fundy Royal)“For more than 15 years, the Société nationale de l’Acadie has bolstered its efforts to have National Acadian Day officially recognized. Acadians have been celebrating this day since 1881. The inclusion of Acadia in the Celebration and Commemoration Program recognizes the unique contribution of Acadia in building Canada, and allows Acadians to celebrate our pride and our sense of belonging within Confederation, as we should.” —Louise Imbeault, President, Société nationale de l’Acadie“I am extremely proud that our government has made National Acadian Day eligible for funding under the Celebration and Commemoration Program, just like Canada Day, Saint-Jean Baptiste Day and National Indigenous Peoples Day.“Acadians have a distinct place in our country’s history and in our Canadian identity. They were among the first to settle in North America in 1604, survived the Great Upheaval in 1755, and are today a proud, courageous and resilient people. Acadian have made outstanding contributions to building our country.“We mark National Acadian Day on August 15. This occasion is a unique opportunity for us, the Acadian people, to celebrate the wealth of our culture, our language, our heritage and our history. Long live Acadia!” —Serge Cormier, Member of Parliament (Acadie–Bathurst)“Culture is at the core of who we are as a people. Canadian Heritage supports our festivals, our cultural events, our artists and our communities with all their wonderful projects. I couldn’t be prouder of my Acadian history and culture, and I am delighted to be part of a government that recognizes its substantial value.” —René Arseneault, Member of Parliament (Madawaska–Restigouche)“Celebrating our culture is vital to our growth and our vitality. These investments are important for celebrating Acadia and the richness of our country. I wish a happy quinzou to all Acadians!” —Darrell J. Samson, Member of Parliament (Sackville–Preston–Chezzetcook)Quick FactsThe projects were funded through Canadian Heritage’s the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program, the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, and the Celebration and Commemoration Program.The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program helps provide better opportunities for local artists, artisans, heritage performers and specialists to be involved in their community through festivals, events and projects.The Canada Arts Presentation Fund provides financial assistance to organizations that professionally stage arts festivals or performing arts series. It also supports organizations that assist arts presenters as well as their support organizations. With this funding, the government supports more than 1,350 festival and performing arts events in more than 400 communities across Canada.The Celebration and Commemoration Program provides funding to community-based activities celebrating and promoting National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27 and Canada Day on July 1. Starting this year, it will also support activities celebrating and promoting National Acadian Day on August 15. Every year, more than 10 million Canadians participate in thousands of events that are supported by this program across Canada.The additional investment of $50.25 million over two years (2019‒2020 and 2020‒2021), announced in Budget 2019, is an average total increase between 40 to 50 percent to the three following programs::$16 million over two years for the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (22% increase);$14 million over two years for the Local Festivals component of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program (50% increase); and$20.25 million over two years for the Celebration and Commemoration Program (50% increase).Associated LinksBuilding Communities Through Arts and HeritageCanada Arts Presentation FundCelebration and Commemoration ProgramData Table Celebrate National Acadian Day in Mainland West Chezzetcook Fishermen’s Pow Wow Committee (The) NB Moncton Building Communities Through Arts and HeritageThis program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that feature local artists and celebrate community culture, history and heritage. RADARTS inc. $2,344 Campbellton Bluegrass Festival Conseil communautaire Beausoleil inc. Village of Sainte-Marie-Saint-Raphaël $2,000 $31,720 Eel Ground Galerie Sans Nom Coop ltée Friends of Acadia “Celebrate Our Roots” Fredericton NL $1,570 Campbellton Comité du Festival d’automne de Kedgwick $2,400 NB Le Goulet $50,000 Celebrate Canada 2019 Société culturelle de Kent-Sud inc. (La) NB Multicultural Association of Fredericton Inc. $500,10060 projects Société culturelle des Hauts-Plateaux inc. Cambridge-Narrows $1,016,800 Campbellton Tobique Narrows Town of Shediac Memramcook Celebrate Acadia on the Port-au-Port Peninsula! National Acadian Day Barachois Summer Music 2019 Pomquet All the colours of a Canadian community in Dieppe Celebration and Commemoration Program – National Acadian DayThe Celebration and Commemoration Program funds initiatives that commemorate and celebrate historical figures, places, events and accomplishments of national significance. Foire Brayonne inc. (La) Celebrate Canada OTTAWA, Aug. 14, 2019 – The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, announced today that the Government of Canada has increased support to 181 festivals, community celebrations and arts presenters across New Brunswick, totalling $2.1 million so far in 2019‒2020. He also announced that 60 communities across Atlantic Canada, as well as Ottawa, will benefit from $500,100 in new funding for National Acadian Day events on August 15.Support for cultural festivals, celebrations and events in New BrunswickThis funding will support 181 festivals, community celebrations and arts-presenter organizations in 2019‒2020, and help provide New Brunswick residents and visitors with better access to arts and culture. These projects have a major impact on New Brunswick, as they showcase the province and support its development, promote tourism, and encourage economic growth in the cultural sector throughout the province. $1,300 Town of Rothesay Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska Riverview SunFest Canada Day Celebrations NB $18,500 2019 Asian Heritage Month Celebrations in Greater Saint John Découvrir et redécouvrir Project Saint-Léonard Dr. V.A. Snow Centre Inc. Albert County Historical Society Incorporated Kilburn Hopewell Cape Celebrate Canada Through Diversity $5,000 Canada’s “Natural Wonders” theme Canada Day Celebration Kedgwick Charlo St. George Riverview $4,000 $50,000 $15,500 Fundy Guild Inc. Cape Jourimain Nature Center Inc. Notable Acts Inc. Municipalité régionale de Tracadie TOTAL $300,000 Rising Tide Festival Sculpture Saint John Springfield $2,100 $650 Saint John Theatre Company Inc. (The) Saint-Louis-De-Kent Larlee Creek Hullabaloo Re:flux – Festival de musique et d’art sonore Mud City Meltdown Music Festival Fredericton Bertrand $2,800 Fredericton Saint-Antoine Moncton Moncton National Acadian Day Multicultural Association of Greater Moncton Area, Inc. $4,000 August 15 in Bertrand Village of Memramcook New Maryland $1,600 $8,800 PEI Bath Recipients $27,500 Lamèque $17,000 $650 Miramichi Folksong Festival Canada Day Celebrations 2019 New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame Inc. NB $1,600 Gathering of the Scots Festival Fredericton Playhouse Inc. Tusket 2020 HubCap Comedy Festival de l’humour Saint John Theatre Company Inc. (The) Moncton $284,056 Upper Portage River Recipients $3,516 Connection Dance Works Inc. Amount NB Val-Comeau Edmundston Recipient Sussex $43,000 Celebrate and Remember the Acadians in West Prince Fredericton Camping Coop Parc Daigle ltée Kedgwick Youth section ‒ National Acadian Day in Miramichi Celebrate Canada Together Campbellton Salmon Festival Royal Canadian Legion Br 07-062 Celebrate Canada‒Celebrate Community $3,516 La Maison de la culture de Shippagan inc. Amount Bouctouche Centre des arts et de la culture de Dieppe inc. Fredericton Florenceville-Bristol $650 Canada Day 2019 Celebrate Acadia Dufferin Bouctouche NS SappyFest Inc. Shippagan $1,300 Edmundston Perth-Andover St-Isidore Celebrates August 15! Gagetown and District Recreation Council Inc. Petit-Rocher National Acadian Day for the population of Acadie des terres et forêts in the Grande-Rivière region and surrounding area Fredericton Fundy Guild Inc. $806,025 Village of Le Goulet Town of Woodstock Advertisement $700 Comité de la fête du Canada de Néguac Grand Bay-Westfield $1,500 New Brunswick Highland Games Festival Inc. NB $700 Fredericton Alma $1,600 Miramichi $1,600 Celebrate August 15, 2019 Canada Day Celebrations Village of Bath $1,250 Asian Heritage Society of New Brunswick Inc. – Saint John Chapter Tracy $1,600 $1,100 La Maison des jeunes l’Acado inc. Fredericton Canada Day Celebrations Rural Community of Haut-Madawaska Keswick Valley Summerfest 2019 Canada Day Fireworks La Société de développement du centre des affaires d’Edmundston inc. Canada Day downtown Edmundston $10,000 Eel Ground First Nation 22nd Annual Pow-Wow Oromocto Canada Day Celebrations $1,000 L’Acadie de Chezzetcook Association $1,250 Miramichi Lamèque $4,000 Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska Centre culturel Aberdeen inc. Miramichi Norton Fêtons le quinzou Caraquet Bertrand $2,000 Village of Petitcodiac NB Miramichi Regional Multicultural Association, Inc. Town of Quispamsis Festival littéraire international Northrop Frye International Literary Festival Inc. City Richibucto $14,800 $3,000 Association des campeurs Camping Panoramic NB $1,758 Flourish Festival 2019 Canada Day Blacks Harbour $2,000 NB Canada Day at the NB Sports Hall of Fame Celebration Event NB Rothesay Campbellton $3,200 Kedgwick ÉcoFestival de Bouctouche Tabusintac Conseil acadien de Par-en-Bas Apohaqui Lower Millstream Recreational Council Inc. Celebrate Canada in Kedgwick Lac Baker $650 Woodstock $750 Petit-Rocher Facebook Season 2019‒2020 Edmundston $29,700 Canada Day Celebration $28,500 Village of Grande-Anse Rural Community of Upper Miramichi Inc. Canada Day Celebrate August 15 in Baie-Saint-Anne Annual program 2019‒2020 Sortie branchée en Acadie 2019 NB Belleisle Bay Celebrates Canada Day  Eel River Crossing Tabusintac Local Service District Canada Day 2019 $85,700 Festival Acadie Rock 2019 NS $2,000 Login/Register With: Les résidences Lucien Saindon inc. Moncton Mainland Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival 2019 Family, Friends, Neighbours and Newcomers Canada Day Celebration Village of Charlo Tracadie Celebrating the Maple Leaf Tartan Productions Dansencorps inc. (Les) $4,000 Celebrate Canada 2019! Multicultural Association of Saint John Inc. Pont Lafrance $29,500 Fundy Fringe Festival Whoa Canada! Beau Canada! Société culturelle des Tracadilles inc. (La) Bayfield Historic Chatham Business District Corporation Edmundston $3,600 Celebrate Canada! $18,300 Quispamsis $4,688 Town of Riverview Saint-Quentin Western Festival $4,000 Celebrate Canada 2019 Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie Village of Grand Manan $2,250 $2,000 Cap-Pelé Perth-Andover Canada Day Celebration Sackville $750 Town of St. Andrews Rothesay $3,375 Canada Day in Saint-Antoine Rexton Drummond $9,400 Celebrate the diversity of Acadia Saint-Jacques $13,600 $2,000 Canada Day Celebrations Saint John $3,840 PEI Centre culturel Aberdeen inc. 2019 Pabineau First Nation Powwow Fredericton Truro Town of Sussex $600 $15,000 Cross Creek $4,000 Dorchester $9,000 Bas-Caraquet Multiculturalism Day Coopérative de théâtre l’Escaouette ltée (La) $39,500 St-Isidore $1,150 Village of Grande-Anse Canada Day Celebrations 2019 Saint-Léonard Fire Department $4,000 Canada Day Celebrations NB Miramichi Folksong Festival Inc. North Rustico NS Festival international de musique baroque de Lamèque / Lamèque International Festival of Baroque Music Celebrate Canada Day in Fundy! $1,300 Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival Inc. Project Fredericton Village of St-Isidore Inc. Village of Saint-Louis de Kent Town of Sackville Celebrate Acadia in Évangéline $5,000 Dieppe Celebrate Canadian Families Celebrate Canada 2019 Memramcook NB Variety of shows presented during the regular season Edmundston $17,500 Canada Day Village of Bath Canada Day Committee Festival Moisson d’Art Village of New Maryland $11,800 $1,100 L’Héritage de l’Île rouge inc. $1,890 $25,000 Miramichi Charlotte County Fall Fair Village of Belledune “Celebrate Canada” Théâtre Capitol Theatre Inc. City of Campbellton NB NB City of Dieppe La Picasse, Centre communautaire culturel Oromocto $1,100 Amount $4,922 $700 Bas-Caraquet Société acadienne Sainte-Croix Canada Day Celebrations Cape Jourimain 2019 Canada Day Celebrations Village of Atholville Village of Hillsborough Life at the Lakes Cultural program 2019‒2020 NS $3,750 Prude Inc. Moncton River Festival St-Isidore NB $4,000 NB Wolastokiwik Negoot-Kook Gathering / Pow Wow Committee Project $10,900 Canada Celebrating ‒ Freedom, Hope, Peace and Happiness for All Cultures Fredericton Celebrate Canada Day RADARTS Program and Francofête en Acadie 2019‒2020 $650 $5,000 Fredericton Plaster Rock Campbellton Salmon Festival du saumon Committee Spotlight Series, Kid Stage & Experience More $1,300 Port Elgin Quartier Baker-Brook $5,860 Saint-Quentin Néguac $11,600 Village of Salisbury $23,000 $1,500 New Brunswick Provincial Exhibition NS Fredericton Canada Day Committee Celebration and Commemoration Program – Celebrate CanadaCelebrate Canada provides funding for activities organized on National Indigenous Peoples Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day; Canadian Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day. The Riverview Arts Centre Presents Town of Beresford Town of Hampton Arthurette Eel River Crossing Town of Bouctouche inc. Hampton Village of Chipman Celebrates Canada Day 2019 14th edition of the Atlantic Dance Festival Village of Chipman Village of Saint-Antoine Caraquet $10,548 Charlottetown $60,000 The Westmorland Historical Society, Inc. L’Association communautaire francophone de St-Jean inc. Town of Saint-Quentin Celebrate Canada! Advertisement $10,200 NB Village of Eel River Crossing Canada Arts Presentation FundThis program gives Canadians better access to a variety of Canada’s rich cultures through professional arts festivals, presentations, live professional performances, and other artistic experiences. Festival Inspire Canada Day in Lamèque Village of Plaster Rock Shippagan $4,000 $2,000 $7,000 Saint John $4,000 $18,000 Multicultural Association of Greater Moncton Area, Inc. St-Jacques Village of Cap-Pelé inc. 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Celebrate August 15 $5,000 $1,600 Musical Ventures Inc. $46,900 $1,300 Tracadie-Sheila Imperial Theatre Presents Bas-Caraquet Celebrates Acadia Asian Heritage Month 2019 .Celebration and Commemoration Program – Celebrate Canada $3,048 La Société culturelle régionale Les Chutes inc. Imperial Theatre Inc. Blues d’la Baie ltée Ottawa City of Campbellton Feels Good Folly Fest $3,440 Town of North Rustico Mainland New Brunswick International Sculpture Symposium Inc. Ontario St. Croix Estuary Project Inc. Société culturelle de Saint-François inc. Moncton Highland Games & Scottish Festival .Canada Arts Presentation Fund Société du Monument Lefebvre (La) National Acadian Day celebrations L’Acadie des Terres et Forêts en fête Salisbury Celebration of National Acadian Day Canada Day July 1 $4,000 Tracadie-Sheila Celebrating Canada National Acadian Day in Quispamsis – 1st edition PEI Rustico Le Comité acadien et francophone de l’Est ltée Rural Community of Kedgwick Potato Festival de la patate Tintamarre – August 15 Celebration $3,516 $15,000 “Celebrate Our Acadian Pride” PEI Bathurst Celebration of National Acadian Day Riverview Arts Centre Inc. North Rustico Celebrates National Acadian Day Life at the Lakes $4,000 Celebrate Acadia in Cap Saint-Georges $4,000 $500,100 $4,300 Festival des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture Canada Day 2019 Société historique de la Mer Rouge (La) Saint-François-de-Madawaskalast_img read more

Hiphop Legend Wyclef to Perform at Mawazine Festival

Rabat  –  Hip-hop legend Jean Wyclef will perform at the OLM Souissi on Sunday May 22nd, 2016, as part of the Mawazine Festival-Rhythms of the World, the event’s organizer Maroc Cultures Association announced on Thursday.Essential actor of world hip-hop and longtime activist, the Haitian artist embodies values of openness and multicultural consciousness defended by Mawazine since its creation, the association said in a press release.Jean Wyclef sold more albums- with the Fugees, in solo, and with his creations for artists from the whole world- than anyone could ever dream of, the press release added. Jean Wyclef’s music he wrote and produced- simultaneously as solo superstar and as founder and leader of the Fugees- is, since two decades, a unique source of inspiration in the music world. This is the case since 1996, year during which the Fugees released album, The Score, today six times certified platinum.Wyclef, endowed with extensive influences, going from jazz to rock, passing by classical and reggae, knew how to renew his style and remain at the top throughout his career as a solo artist and producer, whose work attracted an array of celebrities from the universes of pop, country, folk, disco, Latino, and electro.In 2006, ten years after The Score, the single “Hips Don’t Lie” recorded with Shakira, confirms Wyclef’s place at the top. The blockbuster is ranked number one in over 20 countries, including the United States, crowning an almost unprecedented musical career in modern history.After revolutionizing the sound of hip-hop in the 1990s, Jean Wyclef began his career as a producer for other renowned artists, from Whitney Houston to Cypress Hill, passing by Santana for whom he produced epic “Maria Maria,” ranked number one upon its release.Born in 2001, the Mawazine Festival – Rhythms of the World is the essential rendezvous for music lovers in Morocco. With over 2 million festivalgoers for each past edition, it is ranked the second greatest cultural event in the world.With MAP read more

Kiriella says the media still fear Mahinda

Kiriella said that when Mahinda Rajapaksa’s name is mentioned some journalist are scared to either say anything against him or publish anything negative about him. “However that newspaper did not publish the part in the interview,” he said. Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella says the media still fears former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.Speaking to reporters in Kandy today, the Minister said that he had urged one newspaper to publish a headline for an interview he had given, stating that Rajapaksa was the first person to agree to a domestic process to address human rights issues. The Minister noted that when US Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had visited Sri Lanka soon after the war in 2009 it was Rajapaksa who agreed to a domestic process to investigate incidents related to the war. (Colombo Gazette) read more

US will continue to provide assistance to Sri Lanka

Keshap says the US Government is happy to assist the Government and people of Sri Lanka to adapt and institutionalize the PPP model. “As we have done during the last sixty years, we will continue to provide development and humanitarian assistance to improve your lives and futures. To date, the U.S. Government has provided more than $2 billion to Sri Lanka, for projects in such diverse fields, as agriculture, environment and natural resources, health, education, business and trade, good governance, and humanitarian assistance,” he said. The United States says it will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to Sri Lanka.The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Atul Keshap expressed these views at the National Conference on Public Private Partnerships (PPP). He said that by providing training and capacity building in the areas of public private partnerships and electronic Government procurement, a stronger PPP will be created enabling an environment which will encourage future private sector involvement in PPPs. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Marking 50th anniversary of guided tours UN stresses openness to worlds peoples

After ushering more than 37 million visitors through the United Nations, the Organization’s guided tour operation will mark its 50th anniversary later this week, demonstrating an ongoing commitment to keeping UN Headquarters open to the peoples of the world.Commemoration of the milestone should serve to galvanize the valuable network of former guides and to encourage them to continue serving as UN ambassadors to the public, Shashi Tharoor, the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, said today.Many former guides have gone on to achieve prominence in government, academia, media and the arts, such as former United States Cabinet Secretary Elizabeth Hanford Dole, who was a guide in 1963. Other former guides include Princess Wiwan Wariwan of Thailand and best-selling Israeli author Yael Hedaya.Speaking at a press briefing in New York, Mr. Tharoor noted that in the past 50 years, an average of 30,000 visitors a month have taken the tour, although the numbers were down about 30 per cent this year because of the security restrictions that followed last year’s terrorist attacks.Today’s guide corps includes over 50 young people from 30 different countries offering tours in 20 languages, in both national dress and uniforms designed by the fashion house Mondrian, he added. On the job, the guides play a pivotal role in the public’s perception of the work of the Organization, conveying a sense of the collective nature of the UN. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has emphasized the need to ensure that the UN remain open to the peoples of the world, Mr. Tharoor said, recalling that last year, the General Assembly had endorsed a proposal for a new visitors’ pavilion featuring interactive exhibits dramatizing the UN story.Joining Mr. Tharoor at the briefing were Madhur Jaffrey, a former guide from India who later gained fame as an actress and author, Kevin Kennedy, of the Secretary-General’s Executive Office, another former guide, and current guides Marian Aggrey of Ghana and Daniela Lima of Brazil.”We were exposed to the world, through the best minds that you can ever hope to find, and I think that was a very, very rare privilege,” Ms. Jaffrey said of her experience as a guide. “Also, I think we educated the people who came to visit the UN in the most remarkable way.”The other guides also emphasized the importance of personal contact for visitors to the UN, the lasting impression the tour made on children, and the impact, on their own lives, of working with a group of bright, young colleagues from around the world. read more

UNICEF celebrates 60 years of helping children with plaudits and calls to

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), set up after the devastation of World War II to provide food and blankets to millions, celebrated its 60th anniversary today with a special meeting of the General Assembly at which Secretary-General Kofi Annan and others paid tribute to the agency’s tireless work for the world’s most vulnerable.“I have been privileged to meet UNICEF colleagues all around the world. I have seen them do great things for children, on all continents, against all odds. They have given a voice to those children who need it most,” Mr. Annan said in a message delivered by the Under-Secretary-General at the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management, Chen Jian.“…UNICEF’s emergency responses have saved the lives of millions of children caught up in wars and natural disasters. Health programmes have saved millions of children from disease, undernutrition, illness and death. Education programmes have enabled millions to learn what they need to lead full and productive lives.”Mr. Annan also hailed the agency’s work for the rights of children, which he said is at the heart of the world body’s efforts to attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – a set of time-bound targets aimed at slashing poverty and other social ills, and this theme was built upon by other speakers.“UNICEF has shown us that children’s right to survival, protection and participation are central to development. We will not be able to achieve the Millennium Development Goals unless we ensure that these fundamental rights of the child are realized,” Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa said in an opening statement read out by acting President Mirjana Mladineo.UNICEF’s advocacy and programming efforts have saved the lives of millions of children over the past 60 years, through global immunization campaigns against polio and other diseases, campaigning for the production of iodized salt to reduce the risk of mental disability caused by iodine deficiency, returning children to school, as well as through many more humanitarian activities.However despite all the good work, the speakers acknowledged that much more needs to be done, with many calling on Member States to live up to their pledges.“Too many children still die of preventable diseases, go hungry, are denied their right to an education or are forced into early marriage or hazardous work. Too many children have been orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. And, too many of them will never experience a childhood,” Sheikha Haya said.“On this sixtieth anniversary of the United Nations Children’s Fund, let us deliver on the promises that we have made in this very Hall to the children of the world,” she added in comments echoed by the UNICEF head herself.“We are here today to both celebrate the many accomplishments gained over the past 60 years and to build on the momentum of these successes while acknowledging that much more needs to be done to advance and protect the rights of children,” UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman told the audience, which also included young people and Goodwill Ambassador Vanessa Redgrave.“The world has seen more gains against poverty and more progress for children in the last 60 years than it saw in the previous 500. Between 1960 and 2004, the under-5 mortality rates in developing countries on average decreased from 222 deaths per 1,000 live births to 87 deaths per 1,000 live births,” she said.“But much remains to be done. We still live in a world in which more than 2 billion people live on $2 a day or less. We live in a world in which over 10 million children under the age of 5 die every year of causes that are largely preventable, such as disease and malnutrition,” Ms. Veneman said.Before the speakers at today’s commemorative meeting, a video marking 60 years of UNICEF was shown, and other events marking the anniversary include a photo exhibit and multi-media art show entitled, “Mosaic UNICEF,” as well as a celebration with children.Projected in the lobby of the agency’s Headquarters in New York and running through January, “Mosaic UNICEF” is a multi-media digital display created by world-renowned artists Miguel Chevalier and Emmanuel Mâa Berriet using UNICEF’s photo archives of children as its foundation.“I hope people understand there is a relationship between the screen and themselves and how they move,” said Mr. Berriet, who created the software for the digital display. “I want people to understand there is a connection between what they do and what happens. This is not just a piece of art, it is a process… The face of children really touches people.” read more

Mens Basketball CJ Jackson out against Maryland

Ohio State senior point guard C.J. Jackson (3) dribbles the ball during the first half of the game against Northwestern on Feb. 20. Ohio State won 63-49. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State senior guard C.J. Jackson will be out with a shoulder injury against Maryland, the team announced Saturday.The extent of his injury and how long he will be out has not been disclosed.The senior guard, who has started 25 of 26 games for the Buckeyes this season, suffered the injury against Michigan State on Sunday, limiting him to 11 minutes in the second half. Jackson then played 19 minutes against Northwestern on Wednesday, scoring five points on 2-of-8 shooting. Jackson is second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.5 points per game. In his absence, Ohio State will likely look to freshman guard Duane Washington, who averages 6.8 points per game, and redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods, who averages 6.4 points per game, to make up for Jackson’s minutes. Ohio State will take on Maryland in College Park at 2 p.m. Saturday. read more

I didnt grope sailor I fell into him says former Royal Navy

first_imgMr Janner said that Mr Howeson, through his various leadership roles in business, had been “responsible for many thousands of people over his very long and successful career”.Mr Howeson, of Plymouth, denies 11 counts of indecently assaulting 10 young men and a boy and one count of attempted buggery.The attacks allegedly took place ­between December 1985 and August 1994. The first is said to have taken place on board HMS Cleopatra during a man overboard drill when a sailor claims he groped him.Mr Howeson said he was “absolutely appalled” by the allegation and “horrified” when confronted by the ship’s captain the following day.He said claims that he was helicoptered off the ship with a blanket over his head were wrong and that he had merely been transferred to another vessel, as per Navy rules.A second claim of indecent assault on another man while on the bridge of a ship was the result of a trip on a blackout curtain, claimed Mr Howeson.He said he had “stumbled slightly” and fallen down four small steps, bumping “chest to chest” with the sailor and knocking him back a few inches. He added that he had apologised to the sailor. The trial continues. A former senior Royal Navy officer accused of a series of indecent assaults has told his trial that the alleged groping of a young sailor was merely a “stumble down the stairs”.Charles Howeson, 68, is accused of indecently assaulting several young men during his distinguished career.Despite complaints to Navy officials more than 30 years ago, Mr Howeson was given a warning and went on to have a lengthy and decorated service.He became a first lieutenant and second-in-command on a ship but his trial at Bristol Crown Court heard claims that he felt he was “too powerful” to be affected by complaints against him.Daniel Janner QC, defending, ­described his client as a man of “great integrity, charm and popularity”.Mr Howeson took the stand in his own defence and under questioning by his QC denied being attracted to young men and boys or being homosexual.He said he had been “appalled and hurt” by the allegations and told how he joined the Royal Navy at 17 and rose through the ranks to commander until leaving in 1991 for “personal reasons”.He explained that he left the service after he and his wife had lost a child while he was in Gibraltar. Also, a tenant had “wrecked our house” and “stolen most of our belongings” and his mother had died. The “triple whammy” left him feeling he wanted to spend more time with his family “and a little less time on my career”. 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.last_img read more

Family of nineyearold girl wins inquest appeal after her death is linked

Ella’s mother Rosamund said: “Nothing will bring my beautiful, bright, bubbly child back, but now at least I may get answers about how she died and whether it was air pollution which snatched her away from us.” 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. The family of a nine-year-old girl whose death was linked to unlawful levels of air pollution has been given permission by the Attorney General to apply for a fresh inquest.Ella Kissi-Debrah lived 25 yards from the South Circular Road in Lewisham, south-east London – one of the capital’s busiest roads.She died in February 2013 after three years of seizures and 27 visits to hospital for asthma attacks.Lawyers say the original inquest in 2014 did not investigate the potential impact of air pollution, concluding that Ella’s cause of death was acute respiratory failure caused by a severe asthma attack.But an expert report by Prof Stephen Holgate, quoted in a submission to the Attorney General, concluded that it was likely that unlawful levels of air pollution contributed to Ella’s fatal asthma attack. Ella with her mother Rosamund The report, obtained in April 2018, said air pollution levels at the Catford monitoring station one mile from Ella’s home “consistently” exceeded lawful EU limits over the three years prior to her death.Prof Holgate – a leading expert in asthma and air pollution – found a “striking association” between Ella’s hospital admissions and air pollution episodes.He concluded there was “a real prospect that without unlawful levels of air pollution Ella would not have died”.After the fresh evidence emerged, more than 170,000 people signed a Change.org petition set up by Ella’s mother, calling for a fresh inquest.Hodge Jones & Allen, who represent Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, said yesteday that Geoffrey Cox QC had given her permission to apply to the High Court to quash the first inquest and seek a second.The Attorney General said: “I have received several representations about Ella’s case, and acknowledge the wider interest that has been taken in it. I have concluded that there is new evidence which may alter the substantial truth of Ella’s death. I am therefore able to give my permission for an application to the High Court to request a new inquest.”An application will now be lodged and a judge will decide if a new inquest will take place. If the request is granted, Ella may become the first person in the UK for whom air pollution is listed as the cause of death.Ms Kissi-Debrah said: “Words cannot express how happy I am that the Attorney General has taken this decision and I would like to thank him for reaching his conclusion.“Nothing will bring my beautiful, bright, bubbly child back, but now at least I may get answers about how she died and whether it was air pollution which snatched her away from us.“Now I hope a new inquest will make those in power realise that our children are dying as a result of the air that they breathe.“This cannot go on. Why is this not being taken more seriously by the Government? “What do we need to do to make them prioritise our children’s lives over convenience and the rights of people to pollute?” read more

Will not participate in any closed door affair – Jagdeo says

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLack of transparency, openness in Lindo Creek CoI should be rectified- Opposition leaderMarch 10, 2018In “latest news”Lindo Creek CoI postponed as daughter of massacre victim loses consciousnessMarch 15, 2018In “latest news”Lindo Creek COI ‘turning out to be an assault on the GDF’- JagdeoMay 17, 2018In “latest news” Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo has confirmed that he has received a letter of invite to attend the private hearing of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the Lindo Creek massacre, but will not be participating.Opposition leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo“We are not going to participate in any closed door affair,” Jagdeo asserted on Thursday during his weekly briefing with local media corps.He explained that according to the letter of invite he received from the Chairman of the Commission, Donald Trotman, it was stated that the PPP’s input would be considered “helpful” and “valuable.”However, he slammed this, saying: “Granger didn’t want our input in crafting the terms of the reference of the CoI. He didn’t want our input in selecting the Commissioners. So he handpicked a Commissioner, who is the father of a minister and the head of a political party in the Coalition to be the Commissioner and they handpicked a lawyer, who is the brother of another minister in the Coalition Government to be the lawyer to the Commission- the two top officials; and they didn’t need our input at that stage.”Nevertheless, the Opposition Leader maintained that if he was invited to attend a public hearing of the CoI, he would attend.“If they invite me to a public hearing, summon me to a public hearing, I will attend but I will speak about the rumours I’ve heard, the same way that the Chairman allowed rumours and speculations and innuendos to dominate the entire  hearing. I will add a few of my own that I’ve heard. So I hope he will allow me like he has allowed all the others to make this a charade- wasn’t evidence based,” he asserted.Jagdeo maintained that his view is that the narrow inquiry is “unnecessary.”“We should have looked at the entire affair from the escape of the bandits all the way to their apprehension or their deaths and everything that took place.”The Lindo Creek CoI is the first of what the Coalition Government had said would be a series of inquiries into the killings, which occurred during a crime wave that began in 2002.The CoI was established to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the killings of eight miners, and to report its findings and recommendations to President David Granger.Sometime between June 12, 2008 and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed, and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp, which was being operated by Leonard Arokium. read more

Sharp increase in teacher retirement

first_imgThe number of Greek teachers applying to retire has tripled in the last year according to the Greek Deputy Minister for Education Evi Christofilopoulou.11 466 teachers have applied to retire from teaching in Greece thus far this year. 3 930 primary school teachers and 7 536 secondary teachers have applied for retirement.This is in contrast to the whole of 2009 which saw 4 355 teachers retire.The gaps in teaching will be covered by decreasing the number of secondments, reallocating teachers from areas which were over serviced and by the appointment of new teachers where necessary.Close to 5 000 teachers are expected to return back to the classroom to teach from secondments.The Deputy Minister added that regional educational authorities will also be able to transfer teachers between schools to meet any staffing shortfalls, as long as the are in the same or neighbouring prefecture Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Report Marouane Fellaini agrees terms with Chinese club

first_imgManchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has reportedly agreed to personal terms with Chinese side Shandong Luneng.Shock reports came out on Tuesday afternoon announcing that United had entered negotiations with an unnamed Chinese club over the sale of Fellaini.This came as a big surprise for many given that Fellaini had only agreed on a new two-year deal in June at United after allowing his original contract to run out at the end of last season.Now the BBC reports that the mysterious club interested in Fellaini is called Shandong Luneng and added that personal terms have been agreed on.Shandong Luneng are one of the biggest clubs in China after winning the Chinese Super League four times along with five FA Cup titles.Last season, Shandong Luneng finished third in the league table and 10 points behind winners Shanghai SIPG and qualified for the AFC Champions League qualifiers.Now the Chinese side hopes to add Fellaini to their ranks in time for the start of the new season, which will begin on March 1.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.United have refused to announce whether a transfer fee has been agreed on yet for Fellaini’s sale, but caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he has no idea what will happen with the Belgium international.“To be honest, no,” admitted Solskjaer on whether there was an update on Fellaini’s future.“I’ve been busy all day, so I don’t know the latest update on that one so just wait and see.”The Chinese transfer window closes on February 28.Fellaini was absent from the United squad on Tuesday night due to a calf injury as Solskjaer’s winning start as coach came to an end following a 2-2 draw against Burnley at Old Trafford.Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood had given the visitors a shock 2-0 lead before Paul Pogba and Victor Lindelof scored very late into the game to salvage a point for the Red Devils.last_img read more

Ancelotti Same Napoli more goals

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti praised the effort of a rejuvenated Napoli team that whitewashed Parma 4-0 on their home turf.Ancelotti’s men settled for a barren draw in their last two Serie A games but brushed aside Parma 4-0 at the Stadio Tardini.But the former Madrid manager reckoned the only difference was the clinical nature in front of goal against Parma thanks to goals from Milik, Zielinski, and Ounas.“It was a similar performance to the ones against Torino and Fiorentina. The only difference was this time we did better in taking the chances that we created,” the Coach told Football Italia.“Now we know that we can play like this, it’s about doing it consistently. Nothing is to be taken for granted and we’ve got to stay as close to the top of the table as possible.“It’ll be a fascinating match against Juventus and an honour for us to face a side that is doing better than anyone this season.”carlo ancelotti, napoliAncelotti is fuming at the state of Napoli’s changing rooms George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Carlo Ancelotti is fuming about the clubs failure to complete renovations at the clubs home stadium including the changing rooms.Most managers complain about a…📌 Full time❗️What a performance! 💪🏻⚽️ #ParmaNapoli 0-4🇮🇹 @SerieA 💙 #ForzaNapoliSempre pic.twitter.com/xVSTktcoJ3— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) February 24, 2019Milik revealed after the final whistle that Ancelotti had sent over a message from the touchline to roll his free-kick under the wall.“That’s true. He was very, very close, so there was never the room to put it up and over. I was taught that by Ronaldo, so it’s certainly not my kind of thing to know about.”last_img read more

Three arrested on suspicion of drunk driving at Chula Vista checkpoint

first_imgThree arrested on suspicion of drunk driving at Chula Vista checkpoint KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 14, 2018 April 14, 2018 CHULA VISTA (KUSI) — Three people were arrested on suspicion of drunk driving at a Chula Vista checkpoint, police said Saturday.The checkpoint was conducted between 7 p.m. Friday and 1 a.m. today in the 600 block of Palomar Street.Police also issued 21 citations for people driving without licenses or on suspended licenses. A total of 51 citations were issued for “various vehicle code violations,” officers said.More than 1,300 cars traveled through the checkpoint, and 751 of those were screened.The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. last_img read more

Buyers guide to childcare vouchers 2016

first_imgStatistics£8,000 – The amount working parents need to spend on childcare per year to get £2,000 from the government through the new scheme17% of respondents put childcare vouchers in their top three favourite benefits, compared to 19% in 2015 (Source: Willis PMI Group, April 2016)58% of respondents do not offer childcare support to staff (Source: Jelf Employee Benefits, October 2015)18% of employer respondents have communicated the changes to childcare provision to staff (Source: Jelf Employee Benefits, October 2015)£7,933 – The combined price of a part-time nursery place for a child under two and an after-school club for a five-year-old (Source: The Family and Childcare Trust, February 2016) £202.22 – The British average price of a childminder full-time (50 hours) per week (Source: The Family and Childcare Trust, February 2016) The factsWhat are childcare vouchers?This is a government-backed scheme to help working parents afford quality childcare. Depending on their income, parents can receive childcare vouchers worth up to £243 a month from their employer, free of tax and national insurance (NI) contributions. Vouchers can be used for a range of regulated providers, such as nurseries, play groups, nanny services, childminders and au pairs, and are valid up to the September following a child’s 15th birthday or, if the child is disabled, their 16th birthday. From early 2017, childcare vouchers will be phased out and replaced by the government’s new tax-free childcare scheme.What are the origins of childcare vouchers?Childcare vouchers were first provided in the late 1980s by some of the UK’s largest employers to help employees meet childcare costs. The tax exemption in its current guise began in April 2005.Where can employers get more information?More information is available from the Childcare Voucher Providers Association at www.cvpa.org, and the Family and Childcare Trust at www.familyandchildcaretrust.org. Information about the government’s new scheme can be found on the government website at www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-free-childcare-10-things-parents-should-know.What are the legal implications?All childcare providers and facilities must be government approved and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) must be notified of schemes. If vouchers are offered through salary sacrifice arrangements, employees’ contracts must be amended. Employers must continue to provide vouchers to employees on maternity or adoption leave. However, this may change following a case heard by the Employment Appeal Tribunal earlier this year.What costs are involved?Costs to set up a scheme will vary depending on the size of the employer and the provider, which will normally charge a fee to administer a scheme. Some providers have fixed charges regardless of staff take-up rates.What are the tax issues?Vouchers provided in accordance with HMRC guidelines are free of tax and NI up to the permitted limit of £243 a month for basic-rate taxpayers. Employers must carry out an earnings-based assessment to make sure the employee falls within that banding. Low-paid workers and those receiving working tax credits may not be eligible for childcare vouchers.What is the annual spend on childcare vouchers?Figures are collated by HMRC on a voluntary and unverified basis, so exact statistics are not available.Who are the main providers?More than 40 organisations provide childcare vouchers, including Allsave, Bright Horizons, Busy Bees Benefits, Computershare Voucher Services, Co-operative Flexible Benefits, Edenred, Faircare, Fideliti, Grass Roots, Kiddivouchers, My Family Care, P&MM and Sodexo.Childcare vouchers were first introduced in the 1980s and originally only carried a national insurance (NI) exemption. The current tax exemption was introduced in 2005, then in 2011 the scheme went through a further change when the amount of vouchers that higher-rate taxpayers could claim was capped to offer the same tax exemption.Working parents are able to buy, usually through a salary sacrifice arrangement offered by their employer, up to £243 worth of vouchers each month tax and NI free. Salary sacrifice enables the employee to pay for the vouchers out of their gross salary.The vouchers can be used to pay an Ofsted-registered childcarer, or the equivalent in Scotland and Wales. Higher-rate tax payers are entitled to £124 a month, and additional-rate taxpayers are entitled to £110 a month.The scheme is attractive to organisations, as well as being beneficial to working parents, because the vouchers are free from employers’ NI contributions, up to 13.8%.A scheme must meet certain criteria to gain the tax and NI exemptions: it must be offered to all employees within an organisation, except for those whose salary would fall below minimum wage rates as a result of sacrificing salary; the vouchers must only be used to pay for registered childcare for children up to age 15; and, since 2011, an employer must carry out a basic earnings assessment for each employee who joins the scheme.Changes to tax-free childcareThe market is currently facing its next major change from 2017, when a new tax-free childcare scheme will be introduced, replacing the voucher scheme for all new entrants. Employees that are currently in a voucher scheme can stay in it for as long as their employer continues to offer it, or for as long as they stay at that organisation, but after the new scheme takes effect no working parents will be able to join a voucher scheme.When the new scheme was first announced in the 2013 Budget, Chancellor George Osborne initially said it would be worth up to £1,200 per child per year. However, following a public consultation, the government increased the limit to £2,000 per child per year. It was originally due to come into effect in autumn 2015, but has been delayed until early 2017 following a ruling by the Supreme Court.In the March 2016 Budget, the government announced that the new scheme will be phased in, in a roll-out approach throughout the year, with parents of the youngest children entering the scheme first. The existing childcare voucher scheme will then remain open until April 2018 to new entrants to support the changeover between the two schemes.The new tax-free scheme will be available for up to £10,000 of childcare costs per child per year, with no limit on the number of children for whom a parent can claim. For example, a parent claiming the full £10,000 will pay £8,000, with the government paying a subsidy of £2,000.New online tax-free childcare accounts will be run by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in partnership with National Savings and Investments (NS&I). Vouchers will be available to be bought online, and can only be used to pay for Ofsted-regulated childcare.From 2017, employers will no longer be responsible for providing staff with childcare vouchers, but the tax exemption for workplace nurseries will remain.The new tax-free childcare scheme is designed to support childcare for under-12s, with eligibility ending in the first week of September following the child’s 11th birthday, unless the child is disabled, in which case they will qualify up to the age of 17. The scheme will also be available to parents on paid sick leave, on paid or unpaid statutory maternity leave and on paternity or adoption leave.The scheme is designed to be flexible for parents if, for example, they want to go back to work after the birth of a child or to work part time. They will be able to build up a balance and withdraw money from their childcare accounts. Multiple people or parties will be able to pay into childcare accounts, giving all parents, or their employers, the opportunity to contribute.Impact of tax-free childcareWhen the new scheme was first announced, with a £6,000 cap on costs, working couples with one child would have been worse off. But by raising the cap to £10,000, the government has ensured some parents can claim more.According to government figures, a working couple with one child will be £134 a year better off if they spend the maximum £10,000, while a working couple with three children will be £5,375 better off. A single parent with two children will be able to claim £3,067 more a year.However, a working couple with one child paying about £5,000 a year for childcare will be worse off under the new regime because they can only claim 20% of their costs, or £1,000 a year. Those with two children, spending £5,000 on each, will be better off.There will be an upper income limit of £100,000 per parent, lowered from £150,000 in the original proposal. Parents will only qualify if they work at least 16 hours a week.The new arrangement will not provide any NI savings, currently worth up to 12% for basic-rate taxpayers and up to 13.8% for employers. This will amount to a significant loss for some employers, which could affect the amount they spend on other employee benefits. Local authorities and NHS trusts are among the employers that could be worst hit. Since the changes were announced, providers have been urging employers to communicate the changes to staff to ensure that they are fully aware of the choices available to them, and if they are not in a voucher scheme before the changes take effect, that they are made aware they will not be able to join past a certain date. last_img read more

Good Samaritans rush to rescue 5yearold girl trapped under car

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Good Samaritans in Deerfield Beach came to the rescue to a 5-year-old girl who was trapped under a car.According to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, the child was struck by a car near Southwest Third Street and Second Avenue just after 8 a.m., Monday.The girl became trapped under the car for several minutes before a group of good Samaritans rushed to pull her from under the vehicle.The girl was taken to Broward Health with injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro dents planets crust as it lands in

first_img 1 Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate can open like French doors 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value See All reading • 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro dents planet’s crust as it lands in Chicago Chicago Auto Show: Stay up to date on everything coming from the Second City.2019 Toyota Tacoma: Check out our latest review. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Toyota Comment Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies • 29 Photos More From Roadshow 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro joins an off-road-friendly family Chicago Auto Show 2019 Share your voice Feb 8 • 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and more The second-gen Toyota Sequoia is now 12 model years old, yet Toyota still found a way to keep this Brobdingnagian body-on-frame brute relevant for a little while longer.The 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro is the fourth vehicle to wear this off-road-ready badge, following the footsteps of the 4Runner, Tacoma and Tundra at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. While most of the updates for the Sequoia are specific to the TRD Pro, there’s an important tech upgrade that affects every trim. There are also a few notable changes for all TRD Pro vehicles for the 2020 model year.2020 Sequoia TRD ProThe primary component of the Sequoia TRD Pro, and every TRD Pro vehicle for that matter, is a set of Fox off-road internal bypass shocks up front, which offer decent on-road behavior while firming up when the going gets rocky. Out back, there’s a set of Fox monotube shocks that are also engineered to prevent bottoming out. The pistons are about 50 percent larger than those in the standard Sequoia rear shocks.The look gets beefed up by way of a big ol’ Toyota grille in black, which is standard on every TRD Pro model. The Sequoia TRD Pro also gets LED headlights, LED fog lights, and 18-inch BBS wheels in black. Four colors are on offer: white, black, gray and dark green. TRD Pro badges cover just about every side of the vehicle, while a front skid plate helps protect the oil pan. There’s also a set of aluminum running boards and a roof rack. If you want to sound as beefy as you look, Toyota offers a TRD exhaust as an option.Enlarge ImageLarge and in charge. Andrew Krok/Roadshow There’s a set of black leather-trimmed seats inside with TRD Pro badging stitched into the headrests and red contrast stitching. It also packs TRD Pro all-weather floor mats.The Sequoia TRD Pro wields the same engine as always — a 5.7-liter naturally aspirated V8 that puts out 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only cog-swapper on offer. It’ll tow up to 7,100 pounds and includes a tow hitch. Safety systems, including autobrake and adaptive cruise control, are also standard.2020 TRD Pro lineupOther upgrades for the Sequoia TRD Pro are mirrored across the entire lineup. All TRD Pro models, as well as their non-TRD relatives, receive a new infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa compatibility. The Sequoia TRD Pro is the only one of the group to use a 7-inch touchscreen — all the rest get 8 inches.Toyota spread a few updates across the TRD Pro lineup, too. The Tundra TRD Pro can now be had in either Double Cab or CrewMax configurations. The Tacoma TRD Pro gets new headlights, LED fog lights and a new wheel design, in addition to new tech borrowed from the Land Cruiser. The 4Runner TRD Pro gets a new grille and two USB ports for the back seats. Every TRD Pro vehicle now has standard keyless entry, too. Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split Chicago Auto Show 2019 Toyota Tags SUVs 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more