No student will be outed Alberta proposes new rules on gaystraight groups

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta is proposing new legislation to ensure students who join gay-straight alliances in school are not outed without their permission.Education Minister David Eggen says the new law will also mandate that all schools that get public dollars take more specific steps to embrace and create gay-straight alliances if students ask for them.“No student will be outed if they choose to join a GSA,” Eggen told the house Thursday as he introduced the bill.“We are continuing to ensure that all students feel welcome at school regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.”Gay-straight alliances are social clubs set up by students to help LGBTQ children feel welcome and to lessen any chance of bullying.They have long been a controversial issue in Alberta, given their location at the intersection of education, religion, students’ rights, parents’ rights and human rights.Students already have the right to set up an alliance in their school if they want one, but the government says updated rules are needed to clarify language, mandate action, and close loopholes.Eggen said the proposed legislation makes clear that parents are not to be notified when a child joins a GSA.“We know that Alberta parents love and support their children and that they play a critical role in their children’s lives and education,” said Eggen.“But we also know students sometimes feel safer and more comfortable talking about these issues with their peers.”He has said the GSA clause is a direct response to Opposition United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney’s comments that parents should be told when their child joins a gay-straight alliance unless there is concern that the disclosure would result in the child coming to harm.Advocates of gay-straight alliances say the final decision must always rest with the child because there is no way to be sure whether outing a child to their parents will lead to family ostracism or physical harm.They say students won’t join a GSA under such a policy and that the clubs will then wither and die.Eggen agreed, telling reporters Kenney’s approach “is dangerous.”Kenney, in statement, replied: “We will comment on Bill 24 after our caucus has had an opportunity to review and discuss it.“It is unfortunate that the NDP is using this sensitive matter as a partisan political wedge issue. Our approach will always be determined by what is in the best interests of children.“We trust highly trained educators to use their professional judgment to make decisions in the best interests of children, particularly given that this policy applies to children as young as five years of age.”The bill also has a provision beefing up the mandate for all schools to post rules and codes of conducts to ensure students feel welcome, know that they have legal rights to be protected from discrimination, and can set up gay-straight alliances if they wish.The rules must be displayed prominently on school websites starting next June.The new law will apply to all public, separate, francophone, charter and accredited private schools that get public money.Eggen has said that many schools have already been working with the province on these policies, but some of them, most of them private schools, have been resisting.The changes will also make it clear that the principal of a school is responsible for approving a gay-straight alliance and getting it off the ground quickly rather than waiting for approval from higher-ups.Kris Wells, with the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies, said, “I’m pleased that the minister has addressed some of the ways that many school districts are trying to get around GSAs (by) telling principals that they need to immediately support a GSA.“Because we’ve seen that happen, where the schools will try to outwait the kids and wait until they graduate and they think the GSA issue will (then) go away.”Greg Jeffery, head of the Alberta Teachers’ Association, said the legislation is critical.“Some students who are even nervous that their participation in GSA activities might be disclosed simply will not go — and the support they need disappears,” said Jeffery.last_img read more

Navy detains 90 Sri Lankans attempting to reach Réunion Island

Subsequently, the suspects were brought to the Colombo harbour and given first aid and other medical treatment. They were later handed over to the Harbour Police, Colombo for onward action. (Colombo Gazette) The Navy detained 90 Sri Lankans attempting to reach Réunion Island by boat.The Sri Lankans had been detained off the coast of Negombo. Having spotted the suspicious trawler in the sea about 40 nautical miles West of Negombo, two Fast Attack Craft were deployed to the location. on being searched, Naval personnel found 90 Sri Lankan immigrants who were heading to Reunion Island.Among the suspects were 89 men and one woman. During investigations it was revealed that the asylum seekers were residents of Batticoloa, Thoduwawa, Udappuwa, Chilaw, Mannar, Ampara and Matale. The Navy media unit said that naval personnel attached to the Western Naval Command apprehended the 90 suspects onboard a suspicious trawler plying in the Western seas of Sri Lanka today. read more

YouTube to launch 10amonth adfree video music plan called Red

Robert Kyncl, YouTube Chief Business Officer, speaks as YouTube unveils “YouTube Red,” a new subscription service, at YouTube Space LA Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Los Angeles. The service combines ad-free videos, new original series and movies from top YouTubers like PewDiePie, and on-demand unlimited streaming music for $10 a month. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok) YouTube to launch $10-a-month ad-free video, music plan called Red by Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press Posted Oct 21, 2015 11:29 am MDT Last Updated Oct 21, 2015 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – YouTube is launching a subscription plan in the U.S. called Red that combines ad-free videos, new original series and movies from top YouTubers like PewDiePie, and on-demand unlimited streaming music for US$10 a month.Red builds on Google’s existing music streaming service by providing ad-free access to YouTube programming, along with features such as the ability to download videos to mobile devices and have music playing in the background while using other mobile apps.Current subscribers to the $10-a-month Google Play Music service will also get access to Red.The service will not be available in Canada when it launches.Red targets YouTube fans who want to skip ads, while giving them a chance to pass along some cash to their favourite video creators, who’ll share in the new revenues. It comes as streaming services like Hulu, Pandora, Spotify and TuneIn offer ad-free as a paid option.The plan, which launches Oct. 28, includes exclusive access to new videos launching next year, as well as the YouTube Music Key service — to be called YouTube Music going forward — for music videos.The original videos will range in length from a few minutes to feature-length movies and come from established YouTube stars such as the Fine Brothers. A subscription will eliminate ads from all YouTube services across devices and platforms except for the YouTube Kids app, which is operated separately.YouTube still intends for advertising revenue to remain its core business, and executives say they believe it could take a while for paid subscribers to grow significantly, but consumer appetite for ad-free experiences is booming.Ad-blocking software has become popular on personal computers, and Apple’s iOS 9 operating system update last month allowed ad-blocker apps to run on its mobile Safari browser for the first time. Worldwide usage of ad blockers rose 41 per cent last year to nearly 200 million people, according to PageFair, a firm that seeks to counter ad blockers.And yet content providers are finding a way to make money from eliminating ads, too.Internet radio giant Pandora Media Inc. made $54.6 million on subscription and other revenue in the quarter through June, mainly from its $5 a month ad-free plan, Pandora One. Its subscription revenue is growing faster than ad revenue itself.Hulu launched a “No Commercials” plan in September for $4 more per month than its regular $8 subscription, and TuneIn added a premium tier for $8 a month in August that throws ad-free music together with audio books and sports play-by-play coverage.Red could help boost the ranks of Google Play music subscribers, which stood at around 815,000 in the U.S. at the end of last December, according to royalty tracking firm Audiam.That’s far short of leader Spotify with 20 million paying subscribers globally. Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook told a technology conference this week that Apple Music has 6.5 million paying subscribers and millions more still on free trials following its launch at the end of June.YouTube is part of Google, a division of the newly created holding company Alphabet Inc. read more

Dotting the I Weber ready to lead OSU run game

OSU redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber (20) carries the ball during the spring game on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern file photoOhio State fans were spoiled with the likes of former first team All-Big Ten selection Ezekiel Elliott as the lead running back for the Buckeyes last year. The Dallas Cowboys’ first-round pick of the 2016 NFL Draft carried much of the load for OSU’s offense the past two years, but now the team will turn to redshirt freshman Mike Weber.Weber, a native of Detroit and Cass Technical High School graduate, missed last season after he tore his meniscus, and the coaching staff decided to keep him out for the year. The redshirt helped Weber heal, while also maturing him as a player.A former four-star prospect highly recruited by both OSU and Michigan, Weber only smiles and laughs now when asked about the Wolverines and the program that nearly snagged the 5-foot-10, 212-pound running back from OSU.“I still get a lot of people that say ‘I wish you would have came here,’” Weber said. “But that decision has been made and I’m glad to be here.”Expectations are high for Weber, with comparisons being drawn between the redshirt freshman and former OSU running back Carlos Hyde. These lofty hopes for Weber, along with the pressure to follow up a first-round draft pick, can toy with an athlete’s confidence. With all the voices around him murmuring about the players who came before him, Weber said he is learning to block out the talk and turn his attention on playing as well as he can.“I used to be worried about living up to those stat lines,” Weber said. “Now, I’m just focused on being myself and doing whatever I can to help this team out.”The combination of junior H-back Curtis Samuel and senior wide receiver Dontre Wilson could take carries away from Weber this fall. Samuel has 75 carries in his career for the Buckeyes, and Wilson has said he could be receiving touches in the backfield during the season.Regardless of the lack of experience for the second-year running back, OSU coach Urban Meyer is nearly convinced he has found his man to carry the ball through the trenches next year.“Mike Weber has kind of separated himself,” Meyer said. “If he continues, we can make a phone call later on this week to call home and tell (his family) he’s the starting tailback at Ohio State. Not yet though.”Weber has yet to appear in a game for the Buckeyes, with the exception of the spring game earlier this season. During the intrasquad scrimmage, he carried the ball eight times for 38 yards and two touchdowns. Weber has 10 days before the regular season kicks off for the Buckeyes against Bowling Green to prove to the coaching staff that he can be the workhorse of the offense. read more

Martin ONeill on what it means to be Irish

first_imgIN DECEMBER 2008, Martin O’Neill visited Áras an Uachtaráin to speak to then President Mary McAleese and a group of students on the subject of Irish identity.Here is an edited transcript of his speech, in which he talks about growing up in a Catholic family in Derry, captaining Northern Ireland and managing Celtic:His childhoodI have these images in my mind. As a six-year-old, I used to sneak into my front room where we had two pictures hung on the wall. Not a Rembrandt, which we couldn’t afford in a council house, but a picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and a smaller picture of Padraig Pearse.I find it amazing that 50 years on in my own house, not so very long ago, a group of English men from the Football Association came in to interview me for the possibility of being manager of the English national football team.How did I end up there? I was brought into an Irish nationalist working class family. Big family – Four brothers, four sisters. I was sixth in line. They gave me a wonderful culture even though they weren’t particularly well-educated themselves.SchoolMy primary school did not involve Protestants or girls. It was a boarding school – St Colm’s in Derry. I  regret to say I only spent three years learning Irish. I was reasonably bright and reasonably academic, and yet, I couldn’t seem to master Irish. Maybe it was the teacher who used to pull my earlobe like you wouldn’t believe. History, the history of Ireland in particular, and Geography seemed to be more appealing at that time.Playing Gaelic footballI was brought into a very strong GAA background, where soccer was frowned upon. It was our definition of Irishness. We paraded this GAA almost like a banner. In my particular life, I’m full of anomalies, ironies, paradoxes and downright contradictions to be perfectly honest. I think I might have got all of those off my father.It was interesting because he was a founding member of the club in Kilrea, Co Derry, where I was born and brought up. And yet he was a barber and felt absolutely no discernment about parading a wonderful picture of the Manchester United football team in his shop.It was the Busby Babes just before the air crash in 1958. I’m sure that there were one or two of his fellow Catholics that may have thought that this could be displeasing. My father may have had an ulterior motive for it as most of his customers were Protestants.But I believe that he had a greater tolerance of things and a great common sense. Unfortunately he didn’t pass it on.  I felt that this tolerance of the other side of the community did stand me in good stead throughout the rest of my career.I loved Gaelic football. My older brothers ended up playing for County Derry. I spent a lot of time with my father going to the matches to support them.Being introduced to footballIt was around about the the early 60s, through TV I saw a new world. A soccer world that I wanted to be a part of. And yet this dilemma that the GAA were having enormous battles with soccer. I deliberated greatly.I wanted to think about playing those games in the English league in front of massive grounds – in Anfield and Old Trafford. And yet at the same time I loved Gaelic football, everything about it and I loved my Irishness. I was in the process of figuring things out.Divisions in sportMy family moved to Belfast and I changed colleges from St Colm’s to St Malachy’s and when I was there, I participated in Gaelic football against other colleges. One match in particular was against St Mary’s, also of Belfast. Because I was playing soccer for Distillery, I was prevented by the GAA from playing at Casement Park where they were holding this game between two Belfast colleges.I couldn’t believe it. I thought it was extremely short-sighted by the GAA. I thought for the first time ever, they were questioning, certainly challenging, my Irishness. My father, who had been a major supporter of the GAA, was desperately disappointed in it all. I think he felt let down.The irony of it all was that the colleges themselves still wanted me to play the game. They wanted me to involved and contrived to have it moved to a different venue outside Belfast in Tyrone. I did play the match and I found it perturbing.At the time, it left a real foul taste in our family and my father.Perhaps then I started to reflect and think about my own identity. About where I wanted to go, and what I wanted to do.All-Ireland final dayIn the late 1950s, other than the occasional skirmish with the IRA and the RUC, I never felt threatened. I had a fantastic upbringing and lived reasonably peacefully with the Protestant community alongside us.In 1958, Derry got to the All-Ireland (football) final (against Dublin). My brother (Leo) was 18 and playing and my mother decided to take me to the game. We headed off from Kilrea on a six hour journey to Croke Park.I’ve never forgotten it, I was six years of age at the time. Within 15 or 20 miles we had picked up these two women. They were magnificent singers and each county that we passed they would sing the appropriate song. We also stopped off for mass.This journey was everything I had hoped it to be. It was a definite extension of my Irishness. It’s what I wanted to be, it’s what I felt I was. However, Derry lost the final and we had a disappointing journey back.Returning to Croke ParkA few years ago, two Ulster teams – Tyrone and Armagh, contested an All-Ireland final. Although my own county didn’t make it, I thought it warranted my two daughters coming to the final. I brought them along to a new Croke Park, which I think is a sensational stadium.The atmosphere was incredible and I must admit that when national anthem was being sung I looked across to the girls and they had tears in their eyes. These are two girls who were both born in Northern Ireland but spent less than a week of their lives in Ireland before being shipped over to England again.I thought it was a great moment. I didn’t want to force it on them but I wanted them to see for themselves what it meant to people. The whole Croke Park experience, which was a Holy Grail back in 1958 and still is now, is fantastic.The GAA todayI think that the GAA have embraced the changes and great credit to them for doing that. I believe that it is a great game now, a better game to the one that I played. My particular argument with them in the 70s was a big issue for my family at the time but in the scheme of things was really nothing.I believe they have changed this short-sightedness. This protectionism that they viewed the sport with. Irishness itself, all tied up with it, has attempted to change with the times. All organisations have their faults but I see great positive things coming from them now. Things I honestly did not think I would see in my lifetime… certainly not 40 years ago.Professional football and the political climate in England in the 70sAn opportunity came along to go and play professional football with Nottingham Forest in the early 70s. The political climate in England was changing. Within months, the IRA bombings were taken to the mainland. I don’t think the troubles in Belfast really bothered the everyday Englishman. Now suddenly, when the bombings were taking place in London and other cities, it was on their back door. They came more frightened and hostile.Being Irish in those days was a worrying time. I felt that sport in general and football in particular could transcend politics. In 74/75, there were a couple of comments made in the dressing room that suggested you would have an empathy if not a downright collusion in the events. Irish centres were being firebombed in retaliation and I must admit it was a difficult time.Perhaps I’m making too much of it but I felt there was a kind of shadow hanging over events and it would be terrific if the situation could be resolved peacefully.O’Neill playing in the 1982 World Cup for Northern Ireland. Credit: Peter Robinson/EMPICS SportPlaying for Northern IrelandI was the first Irish Catholic to be captain and it was a great honour. While we had a wonderful camaraderie in 1982, I used to joke with Sammy McIlroy about games played at Windsor Park.  I’d say that I didn’t mind being booed off the pitch, it was when you were booed onto it that you might have a concern.That  passed and the 1982 team, which was made up of Catholics and Protestants, had a wonderful camaraderie and spirit. I don’t think we could have reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Spain had we not had that. I felt it was a very strong bond among a group of players that I was delighted to captain.Managing CelticI went from player to manager and became manager of Celtic, which is deep-rooted in Irishness. Suddenly I felt it was like a spiritual home. I had five wonderful years of my life managing Celtic Football Club. I loved every minute of it. I knew what to expect in Glasgow. In many aspects, it mirrored Belfast.I felt a contentment and an Irishness within the football club which, despite being based in Scotland, has its roots in Ireland. When the Fields of Athenry were sung by 60,000 people on European evenings, it was a hair-raising experience. Something I loved it dearly and will never forget.Reflecting on his careerI’ve had a wonderful life and the irony of it all is that I’ve spent almost 40 years out of the country but feel as Irish as the day I left and as proud as the day I left. And that will never change.Listen to full audio of the speech on YouTubelast_img read more

Cyprus seeks distance from Greek euro drama

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Doubts over Greece’s future membership of the euro are straining its historic kinship with Cyprus, as Nicosia distances itself from Athens to try to secure its foothold in the currency bloc.Cyprus wants to reverse a perception that the two countries are inextricably linked, worried that it could be dragged down with Greece, should Athens’ finances collapse and force the Greeks to abandon the euro.The fate of Cyprus, a divided island on Europe’s frontier with the Middle East, could prove an important test of the durability of the eurozone and the wider European Union in the face of political uncertainty in Greece.“(Sharing a) language is one thing but being the same economy is completely different,” said Harris Georgiades, finance minister of a country largely populated by Greek Cypriots. Linguistic solidarity leads Cyprus and Greece to give each other’s contestant the top score each year in the Eurovision song contest.“There are cultural ties but that’s it. We are following our own course,” Georgiades told Reuters in an interview.Unlike Greece, Cyprus has been largely diligent in implementing reforms required in return for an international bailout it received in 2013. There has been little public protest despite the deep recession that ensued.Their paths have diverged more sharply since the radical leftist SYRIZA party won power in Greece in January, denouncing austerity and demanding a reduction of its official debt.The centre-right Cypriot government blames former Communist President Dimitris Christofias for delaying a cleanup of Cypriot banks that made the eventual bailout more painful.Cyprus hopes to return to borrowing on bond markets this year, Georgiades said, while Athens has little such prospect.Trade ties are modest. Greece ranks second behind Britain in selling services to Cyprus, such as holidays, but it lags far behind Russia, Britain and Germany as a customer.The former British colony has also severed its banks’ links to Greece that resulted in heavy losses when Greek bonds were restructured or ‘haircut’. It was those losses that fatally compromised the Cypriot financial system and prompted its bailout.“We hope that there will be no problems in Greece,” said Chrystalla Georghadji, the governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus. «But if there are any problems, the banks here are ring-fenced.”Vulnerable Yet the island, just 100 kilometres from war-torn Syria and far from central Europe, remains vulnerable.Cyprus has been divided since a brief coup in Nicosia triggered by colonels then ruling Greece prompted a Turkish invasion 40 years ago to protect Turkish Cypriots in the north of the island. A diplomatic drive to reunite the country before it joined the EU in 2004 foundered when Greek Cypriots rejected a U.N.-brokered peace plan in a referendum.After prospering for a few years in the EU, Cyprus ran into trouble because of its banks’ exposure to the Greek debt crisis as well as a domestic property bubble.The punitive bailout terms imposed losses on big depositors in Cypriot banks in return for loans from eurozone states such as hardline paymaster Germany. That triggered a deep recession in a country dependent on tourism and business services, often to Russian companies seeking to cut their tax bill.“The terms of the bailout destroyed vast tracks of savings,” said John Hourican, chief executive of Bank of Cyprus, the country’s main bank.“And while it was portrayed as an attack on Russian money, really it was an attack on Cyprus because the real Russian money destroyed was modest,” he said. “The savings and investment funds destroyed were enormous.”The economy is on track to grow modestly this year but the improving outlook masks problems.Roasting the pig Many Cypriot borrowers can’t or won’t repay their loans. Almost half of loans given by the Bank of Cyprus, which accounts for most lending on the island, are in arrears.A new foreclosure law to accelerate the slow-motion pursuit of bad debtors, which has been held up in parliament, will make it easier to seize security, such as property.Ending a political logjam over this reform would enable Cyprus to join the European Central Bank’s asset purchase program. Cypriot authorities expect this to release roughly 500 million euros to buy government bonds, making it cheaper for the state and banks to borrow.There are signs of frustration in Cyprus but, unlike in Greece, they are mostly understated. When SYRIZA won the Greek election, some left-wing opposition lawmakers in the Cypriot parliament removed their ties in a show of solidarity.Greece’s uncertain future worries many Cypriots, who regard Athens as their only pillar of support against Turkey, which has kept more than 25,000 troops in a breakaway self-styled Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus since 1974.“The eurozone pushing Greece out … is, as the Chinese say, like burning the house to roast the pig,” said Theo Panayotou of the Cyprus International Institute of Management.“Greece is sort of the shield of Cyprus against the excesses of Turkish policies. If Greece defaults, Greece would be so poor … for at least two or three years, Greece would be no credible threat to Turkey,” said Panayotou.That might prompt Turkey to move in on recently discovered major offshore gas reserves in Cypriot waters, which promise the island a prosperous future as an energy producer.But being pigeon-holed with Greece by the wider world may be a bigger short-term problem for Cyprus.“The worst risk is to reputation, people thinking if Greece fails, Cyprus is failing to,” said Stavros Zenios, an academic and member of the Board of Directors of Cyprus’s central bank.Officials at EU headquarters in Brussels are also keen to avoid lumping the two together, to safeguard Cyprus in the eurozone. Losing Greece would be a blow to the currency bloc, but to lose two members could be fatal. Source: Reuterslast_img read more

Vancouver liquor store among 14 being closed

first_imgA state liquor store off Burton Road in Vancouver and 13 other stores across the state will close for good Thursday as Washington prepares to hand over hard liquor sales on June 1 to private retail businesses. The store being closed is located in the Safeway-anchored Four Seasons Place commercial center at 2612 N.E. 114th Ave., according to the Washington State Liquor Control Board. Officials said the stores were strategically chosen to minimize disruption of service. Store employees will be transferred to fill in employment gaps at the remaining state-run stores, which will shut down at the end of May, in accordance with Initiative 1183. Voters passed the measure in November. Since then, the state has been filling store vacancies with temporary workers as state workers have left the agency in droves. Initiative 1183 directed the liquor control board to auction the state store properties at present locations. Those sales, which included seven Vancouver stores, were announced Monday. It is still unclear what will happen to Clark County’s seven contract stores, which are now operated by contractors who sell liquor through the state. At least one store — in Amboy — is expected to close, while one in Ridgefield is expected to remain open for business.last_img read more

Man suffers medical issue dies on Oregon fire line

first_imgVALE, Ore. — A 59-year-old man has died while working on a fire line in southeastern Oregon.Carolyn Chad, a spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Land Management, says Kevin Hall apparently suffered a medical issue while he was working for a bulldozer contractor on the Grassy Mountain fire, about 60 miles southwest of Boise, Idaho.Hall, from Ontario, Ore., was found unresponsive in a pickup truck Saturday. Other workers administered CPR but couldn’t revive him.Chad tells KTVZ-TV that Hall was supporting a bulldozer crew as it worked to improve an existing fire line.He is the third person to die in Oregon this month while fighting wildfires.last_img

Lungs burning campers crawl to safety of getaway car

first_imgJoan Magin took several photographs from a high-country campsite 34 years ago that captured the eruption of Mount St. Helens.Many of the photos feature billowing ash clouds that only hint at the volcano’s destructive fury. The last shot on the roll — an empty highway stretching ahead through a green forest —also represents a crucial aspect of May 18, 1980.The Scappoose, Ore., woman calls that photograph “Getting the hell outta there.”Evading danger that morning wasn’t just a matter of throwing their camping gear in the car and racing for Stevenson. At one point, she and former husband John Magin were crawling along the trail to the parking area. And when they finally climbed in their 1976 Opel, it wouldn’t start.They were camping at Placid Lake, 22 miles southeast of Mount St. Helens.When the volcano erupted, “we heard absolutely nothing,” she said. “John was at the lake getting water. He hollered at me to come and bring my camera, and said, ‘Look up!’”She took a photograph, and by the time she advanced the film for her second shot, the sky had darkened. Through the falling ash, another group of campers went past them, heading for the parking area. Joan and John weren’t far behind them on the trail.“We were halfway and got hit by a wave blast of heat. I took a breath and felt the inside of my lungs burning.”last_img read more

Palmetto Bay resident runs back into house to save family dog from

first_imgPALMETTO BAY, Fla. (WSVN) – A resident in Palmetto Bay ran back inside their home up, which went up in flames, to save the family dog.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the home, located in the area of Southwest 78th Avenue and 170th Street just before 8 p.m., Tuesday.Rescue officials said after they made entry into the house, one of the residents was found inside trying to save the dog from the flames.The victim and the dog were both rescued and treated on the scene.The dog was given oxygen and treated for smoke inhalation.There were no injuries reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Kancheepuram temple opens after 40 years

first_imgChennai: The temple town of Kancheepuram is gearing up to receive lakhs of devotees hoping for a rare ‘darshan’ of the Aththi Varadar deity after a long gap of 40 years at Devarajaswamy Temple. The 12-foot idol of Aththi Varadar (made out of fig tree), lying in a silver casket under water in the temple tank for the past 40 years, was taken out on Friday early morning. Devotees will be allowed in for 48 days from July 1 to August 17 at the Devarajaswamy temple, popularly known as Varadaraja Perumal Temple. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The last time Aththi Varadar was raised out of the water was on July 2, 1979 and before that in 1939. Normally a person can have ‘darshan’ of Aththi Varadar once or twice in his or her lifetime. “We are expecting between 30,000 – 50,000 devotees per day between July 1 and August 17. All the arrangements are in place. Three temporary bus stands have been built outside the town. Parking lots have been created outside the town for cars and other vehicles. Shuttle services will be operated to transport the devotees to the Varadaraja Perumal Temple,” P. Ponniah, Collector, Kancheepuram District told IANS. During the first 24 days, Aththi Varadar will bless the devotees in a lying posture and the next 24 days in standing posture.last_img read more

Democratic hopefuls talk prayer and politics at black church forum

first_img Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Three Democratic presidential hopefuls fielded questions from black church leaders on Friday (Aug. 16), bouncing between politics and prayer as they vied for support from an audience of about 5,000 black millennials.Former U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker all spoke to the group, assembled as a joint venture of the Black Church PAC and the Young Leaders Conference.The candidates were peppered with questions on topics that ranged from police shootings to student loan debt to what activist pastor Rev. Michael McBride, one of the forum’s moderators, described as the “moral conversation in this country.”RELATED: ‘A heavy lift’: Religious black voters weigh Buttigieg’s bidFirst to address the crowd at the Georgia International Convention Center was Castro, who has mentioned his Catholic faith at various times since his campaign announcement. After his opening remarks, the Rev. Leah Daughtry of The House of the Lord Church in Washington, D.C., asked Castro why black people of faith should trust him with their vote.Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio, Texas, responded by noting that, among other things, he would call for police reform that would include a national standard for the use of force. Police departments that refuse to abide by it could be denied federal funds.He also called for greater investment in community groups, including faith-based nonprofits, which, he said, could help “mend the rifts” between police and communities.Asked how he would address white nationalism, Castro replied, “The first thing we need to do is get the white nationalist who is currently in the Oval Office out of the Oval Office.”After the crowd erupted in applause, Castro detailed how he would also provide “tools” for federal law enforcement agencies to combat white nationalism and hold social media platforms accountable.Castro was followed by Buttigieg, who has spoken often about faith but struggled to garner support among black voters — religious or otherwise. He opened with a direct appeal to faith, insisting that “God does not belong to a political party in this country.”Presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker addresses the first day of the Black Church PAC presidential candidate forum at the Young Leaders Conference in Atlanta on Aug. 16, 2019. Video screengrabButtigieg, an Episcopalian, observed that “political leaders ought to … speak for voters of any religion and no religion equally,” and called the coming elections an opportunity to “remind voters of faith that we have a choice.”Having referred to Christian scripture in his remarks to explain his approach to poverty, hunger and incarceration issues, Buttigieg, a small city mayor himself, was asked directly how he would alleviate poverty in practical terms.Buttigieg answered that he would work to raise the minimum wage and push for increased unionization, adding that faith communities also have a role to play. He alluded to the work of the Rev. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, whose June protest outside the White House Buttigieg attended, sitting quietly as he watched a spectrum of faith leaders discuss poverty.“We’ve got to be honest about the fact that (poverty) is a moral issue,” he said. “This is one of many reasons why I think people of faith can take the lead, (like) when you look at things like what Rev. Barber is doing with the Poor People’s Campaign.”Booker, who opened his remarks by noting that his “whole lineage comes from the black church,” received the most passionate reception of the three candidates. A Baptist who has spoken at numerous faith gatherings as a politician, Booker’s often fiery presentation blurred the line between a speech and a sermon.After describing the current political moment as a “moral crisis,” he recalled how he leaned on support of local clergy to address issues while serving as mayor of Newark, New Jersey.“I get very frustrated when people want to try to separate this idea of the role of the church and the role of the civic space,” Booker said. “That is just not true. You could no more divide your own body. The church is not four walls. The church is the body of Christ.”Booker then quoted from the Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” arguing that the passage calls for action and not for people to “sit on the sidelines” and be complacent.“I want to call the faith community together, because faith without works is …” said Booker, who then held out the microphone for the crowd to finish the line from the Letter of James.“Dead!” the crowd, already on its feet, shouted back.Booker called on African American voters to claim their own electoral destiny.“We do not need one president who comes in and says ‘I’m the savior’ — I’ve got my savior, y’all,” he said. “And I’m telling you right now, we have to bring about our salvation.”McBride, in a telephone interview before the forum began, said that one of the main goals of the gathering was to induce the candidates to focus on faith as a potential blindspot of the Democratic Party.“Unfortunately, too many Democrats are afraid of faith, and they’re afraid of race,” McBride said. “That’s why the black church must step up.”McBride said that regular dialogue with black religious voters is not only a sound strategy for politicians hoping to win the Democratic primary but also a long-term investment in winning the general election.“These potential voters will also be the engine to drive turnout,” McBride said. “If the candidates cannot electrify and motivate these young people over the next six months to a year to turn out their friends and their families and their neighbors to vote, then we may not have the most voters showing up at the polls to be able to defeat — from the White House all the way to a local election — an agenda that is about excluding and punishing the poor and the dispossessed.”Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are slated to address the gathering on Saturday. Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Tags2020 election Cory Booker election 2020 homepage featured Julian Castro Pete Buttigieg Top Story,You may also like Jack Jenkins Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.,Load Comments,Photos of the Week Catholicism Share This! Share This! 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Trump Administration Imposes Steel Aluminum Tariffs On EU Canada And Mexico

first_img Share Mauricio Palos/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesCoils of steel wire sit stacked in the shipping area of the Grupo Acerero SA steel processing facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, on March 6.Updated at 2:47 p.m. ET. The Trump administration made good on threats to impose tariffs on some of the nation’s closest allies Thursday, announcing it will no longer exempt Canada, Mexico and the European Union from previously announced levies on steel and aluminum.The announcement was made in Paris by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.Canada and Mexico had been exempted from the tariffs announced in March while negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, continued. But Ross said those talks were taking longer than “we had hoped.” And so the administration decided to lift the exemption from the tariffs for those countries.He said trade talks with the EU had also been fruitless.The EU is the nation’s No. 1 source of imported steel, and Canada is the top aluminum source.The tariffs — 25 percent on imports of steel and 10 percent on aluminum — take effect at midnight Friday. They are expected to lead to retaliation from European nations. Likely targets are thought to be U.S. exports of jeans, motorcycles and bourbon.EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said of the U.S. tariffs, “This is protectionism, pure and simple. We will defend the Union’s interests, in full compliance with international trade law.”“Today is a bad day for world trade. The EU cannot not react. We will immediately introduce a settlement dispute at WTO and will announce counterbalancing measures in the next hours. Unilateral measures are totally unacceptable.” @JunckerEU #EUTrade— European Commission 🇪🇺 (@EU_Commission) May 31, 2018In a statement, Mexico’s economic ministry said it was imposing tariffs on steel imports, lamps, pork products as well as various produce and cheeses. The tariffs will remain in effect, the ministry said, until the U.S. government eliminates the imposed taxes.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that the U.S. tariffs on Canadian aluminum and steel were “unacceptable” and announced retaliatory measures.American tariffs on Canadian aluminum & steel are unacceptable. As we have said, we will always stand up for our workers, and today we’re announcing retaliatory measures to this attack on our industry.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 31, 2018He also announced Canada will take retaliatory measures effective July 1 on products ranging from steel to whiskey.Canada will impose tariffs against imports of steel, aluminum, and other products from the US – we are imposing dollar for dollar tariffs for every dollar levied against Canadians by the US.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 31, 2018A number of Republican lawmakers also raised concerns. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., said, “This is dumb. Europe, Canada, and Mexico are not China, and you don’t treat allies the same way you treat opponents. We’ve been down this road before — blanket protectionism is a big part of why America had a Great Depression. ‘Make America Great Again’ shouldn’t mean ‘Make America 1929 Again.”Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., tweeted that the tariffs were “bad news” and “invite retaliation.”Bad news that @POTUS has decided to impose taxes on American consumers buying steel and aluminum from our closest allies–Canada, the EU, and Mexico (with whom we run a trade surplus on steel). In addition to higher prices, these tariffs invite retaliation.— Senator Pat Toomey (@SenToomey) May 31, 2018In a call with reporters, Ross said the tariffs are based on national security concerns, which he said was an all-encompassing category.“We take the view that without a strong economy, you can’t have strong national security,” he said. “The president’s overwhelming objective is to reduce our trade deficit.”The administration’s biggest concern is steel exports from China, which are already subject to tariffs, but the White House says overcapacity in other nations must similarly be addressed. Ross said there “is no silver bullet solution” of simply imposing tariffs or quotas on China itself.The U.S has reached agreement with South Korea, Australia, Brazil and Argentina, which are voluntarily limiting their metals exports.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Louisville Womens Golf Adds Cisterna to 2019 Signing Class

first_imgGomez Cisterna is a highly touted golfer out of Buenos Aires, Argentina that is currently prepping at IMG Academy. “With her experience as a player and a teammate, we are looking forward to her making an immediate impact this fall.” Story Links “We are very excited to sign Agustina Gomez Cisterna as she is one of the top players in the class of 2019,” head coach Courtney Trimble said. “She has played and achieved at the highest levels of junior and amateur competitions worldwide, while also representing the Argentina National Team. Louisville hits the course again on Saturday for the opening round of the Evans Derby Experience at the Auburn (Ala.) University Club. Print Friendly Version Gomez Cisterna has collected 10 tournament victories over the last four years, including the ANNIKA Invitational Latin America in 2016. She also captured the Tournament of Amateur Brazil Ladies (Amador de Golfe do Brasil) and Final Tournament of Amateur Argentinian Ladies (Torneo Final Del Ranking Argentino) in 2017. During her time stateside, Gomez Cisterna took home titles at the Scott Robertson Memorial in May and IMG Academy Junior World Florida Challenge in December. Gomez Cisterna is currently ranked seventh among Argentinian amateur golfers. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville women’s golf program has added Agustina Gomez Cisterna as the first member of its 2019 signing class.last_img read more

Consumer Confidence Falls as Middle Class Reports Difficulties

first_imgConsumer Confidence Falls as Middle Class Reports Difficulties Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Confidence Consumer spending Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2013-02-05 Tory Barringer February 5, 2013 407 Views center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing A “”new poll””: from the “”Consumer Reports National Research Center””: (CRNRC) shows consumer confidence is off to a sluggish start in 2013.[IMAGE]The Consumer Reports Index, released Tuesday, is the third measure in a week to show consumers suffering in the new year. While last week’s “”Survey of Consumers””: from Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan showed a slight uptick in sentiment, it revealed a divide between high-income and low-income households after January’s payroll tax increase.According to CRNRC, the Consumer Reports Index sentiment measure declined in February, dropping to 48.9 from 51.2 the prior month. The most pessimistic consumers are those in households earning less than $50,000–their index dropped to 45.6 from an even 50.0 previously.At the same time, sentiment among middle-income families (earning between $50,000 and $99,000) also dropped, falling from 55.6 to 50.2 this month.[COLUMN_BREAK]One of the driving factors in the decline was an increase in financial difficulties among middle-income Americans, CRNRC said. The Consumer Reports Index’s Trouble Tracker, which measures the scale and frequency of financial woes that Americans face, climbed to 37.5 for middle-income consumers, while troubles stabilized among the upper- and lower-income households.The two troubles that rose most over the past month among Americans were missed payments on a major bill (excluding mortgage) and being unable to afford medical bills or medications.Meanwhile, retail spending among wealthier consumers continues to flounder. The Consumer Reports Index’s past 30-day retail measure (reflecting January activity) fell to 10.5 from 11.8, with the largest decline seen among households earning $100,000 or more. Planned spending for the next month (reflecting potential February activity) was also weak, falling to 6.7–its lowest level since April 2009.There was a silver lining: The Consumer Reports Index employment measure rose slightly to 49.4 from 48.8 last month, turning around two months of declines. However, consumers are reporting more jobs being shed than created, with losses (5.5 percent) outpacing gains (4.4 percent). Job starts in the past month improved slightly, rising 1 percentage point to 4.4 percent, while job losses remained unchanged–and elevated.””Consumers have not rebounded with the arrival of the new year. Middle-income Americans were particularly hard hit this month and appear to be losing ground. It’s hard to imagine a scenario that will create significant improvements in confidence until consumers feel there has been a substantial upturn led by employment,”” said Ed Farrell , director of consumer insight at the Consumer Reports National Research Center.last_img read more

Nominations for Hearts of Gold award received from all over Cyprus

first_imgNominations from all over Cyprus are flooding in for the annual Hearts of Gold awards as they go nationwide for the first time.“It is very exciting for us, as this is the first time that we are accepting nominees nationwide and we are marking ten years with a special ceremony this year in Paphos,” awards patron Marios Ioannou Elia told the Cyprus Mail.However, he urged members of the public to keep nominating both adults and children, as there are only just over two weeks left until the process closes.The annual awards recognise both children and adults who are extra special in some way. Members of the public nominate people each year who they feel are deserving. The winners are chosen by a panel of judges, including this year’s guest judge British High Commissioner Matthew Kidd.The awards recognise adults and children who have shown tremendous courage, strength and determination, worked in the community or for charities, overcome tragedies or are a great help and support to neighbours and friends.The four awards are: the Heart of Gold Cyprus award, the Junior Heart of Gold Cyprus award, the Jasmitha award for courage and the Lifetime achievement award. For the first time, a number of Honrourable Mentions will also be given this year.Every accepted nominee will be given a certificate and a flower and the adult and junior winners will be given a hand crafted solid gold heart on a pin, created by Aphrodite Jewellers in Paphos and a number of other prizes, including a bouquet of flowers and a hamper of handmade treats by Joulietta Chocolatier. The adult winner will also be given a weekend break with dinner and spa treatment at the Almyra Hotel.Renowned Cypriot artist Yiota Ioannidou is creating a Lifetime Achievement award and smaller versions for the Junior, Adult and Jasmitha Awards, which are all supported by Blevins Franks Cyprus, tax and wealth management advisers.The Jasmitha Award for Courage is supported by Kivotos Gallery in Paphos, and is open to children who have shown determination, resilience and strength when faced with difficulties“This is a very special way to thank someone or to give a deserving person recognition. They celebrate humanity and the culture we live in and we can only know about these wonderful people if they are nominated,” Elia said.Members of the public may put forward nominees by filling in a nomination form, available on request, and sending it by either email or post.Nominations should be no more than 100 words and are open to individuals of any nationality living anywhere in Cyprus. Businesses are not eligible for the awards. The closing date is November 30.To request a form or for further information:, www.heartsofgoldcyprus.comYou May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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