AthletesCAN Ambassadors Inspire the Next Generation of Top Athletes

first_imgIn addition to making memories, young athletes from the 2011 Canada Games are gaining a better understanding of what it takes to compete nationally. On hand at a news conference today, Feb. 24, were current Canada Games athletes Dylan Landry (judo) from Nova Scotia, Colin Adams (boxing) from British Columbia and Alex Starker (alpine skiing) from Alberta. The athletes said their experience in Halifax has helped them to further understand what makes this competition so unique to Canada. “I’ve learned a lot here. Working with different coaches has been really good. They are really supportive and have helped me out a lot, so I have learned how to work with different coaches which is real good,” said Colin. “My dad came to the Canada Games when he was about my age. I really wanted to beat him.” Also in attendance were AthletesCAN Ambassadors, made up of Olympians and Canada Games alumni who passed along advice and inspiration to the 2011 competitors. Gina Kingsbury, a two-time Olympic Champion in women’s hockey, and 2006 Olympic figure skater Craig Buntin, joined 2010 Olympic Silver medalist Mike Robertson (snowboard cross) and Olympians Anna Rice (badminton) and Catherine Roberge (judo), to share their stories. “The presence of AthletesCAN at the Canada Games is unique as it focuses on the leadership development and mentorship of the provincial and territorial athletes,” said Jasmine Northcott, AthletesCAN executive director. “Through a variety of athlete-focused events, our athlete ambassadors are able to guide and support these young athletes through a tough competition and important career decisions and to encourage them to continue on in high performance sport after the Games.” “I’m so pleased to have been asked to attend the 2011 Canada Winter Games as an ambassador for AthletesCAN. This week, I have not only been given the opportunity to see some amazing performances, but I’ve also been able to share some of my experiences at both Canada Games and the Olympics with Canada’s future champions,” said Mr. Buntin. “My story is unique in that I truly underperformed at the Canada Games. That loss, however, fanned the flame that would eventually drive me through the senior ranks and on to the Olympic stage.” “It’s a true honour to be an AthletesCAN Ambassador at these Games,” said Ms. Kingsbury, two-time Olympic Champion. “As an athlete, the Canada Winter Games remains one of my favourite sport experiences. It was the 1995 and 1999 Games that solidified my dream of one day becoming an Olympian and I hope that the 2011 Games will inspire the next generation of athletes to pursue a career in their respective sport as well.” Held every two years, alternating between summer and winter, the Canada Games are a key event in the development of Canada’s young athletes, producing the next generation of national, international, Olympic and Paralympic champions.The lasting legacies of the Games continue to be the catalyst for the growth of sport and recreation across the country. As the voice of Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN ensures an athlete-centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Morocco Takes Pride in Being African

Rabat – Many have questioned the sincerity of Morocco’s Africa agenda, arguing that Rabat is only trying to respond to the urge to reclaim Western Sahara by advancing Morocco’s own continental agenda.But to those still raising eyebrows and doubting Morocco’s African u-turn, King Mohammed VI has given an answer: Morocco feels genuinely proud of being historically African.The King, who was speaking to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the Green March, a 1975 peaceful rally against Spain’s presence in Western Sahara, reaffirmed his attachment to Morocco’s African roots. Contrary to widely circulated ideas, the King elaborated, the Western Sahara question was not the primary reason for Morocco’s return to the African Union.“I decided that Morocco’s return to the African Union had also to be based on clarity and ambitious goals…. Morocco’s return to its institutional family was not intended as a means to defend the question of the Moroccan Sahara, given that the position of most African nations is similar to ours.”Dominant discourses have always cast doubt on Morocco’s—and North Africa’s—“Africanness.” The region is generally associated with the Arab world, thereby undermining its connection—geographical, historical, or cultural—to the rest of Africa.Morocco ready to share responsibilityAccording to King Mohammed VI, Rabat’s return to the AU after decades of absence and ideological divergence is a token of Morocco’s readiness to contribute to the emerging narrative of African responsibility. Morocco wants to contribute as the continent feels overwhelming pressure to come to terms with its numerous socio-economic issues.In the King’s eyes, it felt natural to return and share responsibility on growing continental dynamics.“Our return to the African Union was dictated by the pride we take in belonging to Africa, as well as by our commitment to share in the development dynamic it is witnessing and to contribute to tackling the various challenges facing the Continent, without compromising our legitimate rights and best interests.”Even as reclaiming Western Sahara remains of paramount importance to Moroccans, “the aim is to make sure the Moroccan Sahara can once again play its historical role as an effective link between Morocco and its sub-Saharan African roots, be it from the geographical or historical perspective,” the King said. read more

Saab plans Air Force jet facility near Purdue campus

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Swedish manufacturer Saab says it will open an Indiana manufacturing site as part of its production of a new Air Force training jet.Company officials announced Wednesday plans to spend $37 million on the facility at Purdue University’s Discovery Park District Aerospace in West Lafayette. The move comes after Saab and Boeing won a $9.2 billion contract from the U.S. Air Force last year to build at least 351 T-X training jets.Saab says construction on the facility is expected to start next year and that it could eventually have 300 workers, including jobs for assembly operators, airplane mechanics, manufacturing engineering and management.Purdue President Mitch Daniels says Saab will bring more research partnerships with the university’s faculty and boost the region’s economy.The Associated Press read more

UN food aid agency starts land crossing point for relief shipments into

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today started the first land crossing point for regular humanitarian shipments into crisis-torn Lebanon, where an estimated one fifth of the population has been displaced by continuing bombardments since hostilities between Israel and Hizbollah fighters erupted two weeks ago. The border crossing at the Mediterranean town of Arida, on the Syrian side of the north Lebanese border, is the only crossing point remaining open to traffic between the two countries. Over the past few days, tens of thousands of refugees have been flooding across the border point to escape the fighting. WFP has sent ten trucks from Beirut to pick up the first consignment of aid from Arida. Seven trucks will be loaded with tents, mattresses and other shelter materials from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the remaining three with supplies from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “The opening of Arida represents the unblocking of a major channel of humanitarian assistance and means that the aid agencies will be able to bring in more supplies, while continuing to procure inside Lebanon,” said Amer Daoudi, Emergency Coordinator for the agency’s Lebanon operation. “There are still tens of thousands of people in the south of Lebanon in desperate need, particularly in the smaller villages south of Tyre, which we still have not been able to reach for security reasons.” Over the coming days and weeks, WFP plans to expand international access to Lebanon by negotiating the opening of the sea ports of Beirut and Tyre. Yesterday, WFP sent two convoys south, one to Jezzine, carrying 90 metric tons of wheat flour, 15 tons of canned meat and blankets and other shelter materials for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and the second to Sidon, with six truckloads of food for Palestinian refugees for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), as well as relief supplies for UNHCR, UNICEF, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). “We are now organizing two convoys a day to the south and every day expanding the range of our operations, in order to reach as many of the displaced as we can,” said Mr. Daoudi. The Lebanese conflict has left over 800,000 people displaced amidst the wreckage of damaged infrastructure and a shortage of essential goods and services, WFP said, noting that this has been accompanied by soaring prices, with many commodities more than doubling in price over the past few days. Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said its first relief convoy – carrying 140 tonnes of emergency aid for thousands of displaced people in Lebanon – arrived safely in Beirut today after making the journey from Syria. The supplies of blankets, mattresses and kitchen sets will be distributed rapidly in the mountain areas outside Beirut where tens of thousands of people are crammed into schools. “The arrival of this first convoy is really good news. We are relieved that our emergency supplies are finally able to enter Lebanon, and this is just the start,” said UNHCR’s representative in Lebanon, Stephane Jaquemet. “So far we’ve been buying goods on the local market to help the displaced, but the market is getting depleted and the situation in the communal shelters is becoming increasingly dire.” The convoy, loaded with 3,500 blankets, 3,600 mattresses, 2,820 collapsible jerry cans and 54 kitchen sets drove from Damascus to the Al Arida border crossing point on Friday night. On Saturday morning, the aid was transshipped at the border to six UN trucks for the two-hour journey to Beirut. Two more convoys are planned for Sunday and Monday bringing in mainly tents which will be used to help decongest overcrowded existing communal shelters. More convoys carrying supplies from UNHCR’s huge stockpiles in the region will follow. In neighbouring Syria, where some 100,000 Lebanese are staying after having fled their homeland, around 20,000 are living in communal shelters and are in need of assistance, which UNHCR is delivering in close collaboration with the Syrian Red Crescent. Syrian families have been extremely generous in hosting Lebanese crossing the border and needing accommodation, but they also need help with relief items to relieve the strain, said UNHCR’s Laurens Jolles from Damascus. UNHCR teams estimate that around 10,000 people a day are crossing over into Syria through four major border points. With more people arriving, the local capacity to cope will become increasingly stretched. UNHCR is setting up field units with mobile teams to monitor the northern borders of Lebanon and help assist those displaced in the Syrian cities of Homs, Tartous and Aleppo. UNHCR has substantial regional stockpiles to draw from to send urgently needed items to Lebanon and Syria. In Jordan and Syria alone the agency has 250,000 blankets; 50,000 mattresses; 30,000 kitchen sets; 22,000 family tents; 17,000 stoves and other relief items. Additional quantities are also available in stockpiles in Iraq and Kuwait. read more

South Sudan UN food relief agency warns of worsening food nutrition status

In an update on the regional impact of the crisis in South Sudan, the World Food Programme (WFP) highlighted that reports indicate that attacks by armed groups in Raja town on 15 June resulted in death, destruction of property and displacements. In addition, clashes between Government forces and an armed group were reported in Leer town, Unity state. “The deteriorating economic conditions, coupled with rising prices of essential commodities, is contributing to rising criminality in most parts of the country,” WFP said in the update. In Sudan and Uganda, the rate of new arrivals has slowed compared with previous months, according to the update. WFP noted that it remains to be seen whether the numbers will increase given the deteriorating food security conditions in South Sudan. In that regard, WFP indicated that food insecurity remains a key concern throughout the country. “The economic decline and high inflation combined with disrupted harvests and livelihoods continue to worsen the food security situation,” the agency said, noting that Eastern Equatoria, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Western Bahr el Ghazal are exhibiting the most rapid decline in that regard. WFP said it is scaling up its efforts to reach food insecure households through the lean season to prevent a further decline in the food security and nutritional status of the population. General food distributions are ongoing alongside food assistance for assets programmes in Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Eastern Equatoria. The agency said it requires $74 million for the next six months to meet the needs of all refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda. Food stocks are stretched and immediate funds are required in particular for Sudan and Uganda. In addition to providing food assistance inside South Sudan, WFP provides food assistance for refugees at border crossings, during transit, at reception centres and upon settlement in the camps. Nutrition interventions are ongoing to treat and prevent malnutrition for children younger than 5 years old, as well as pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. read more

New Vauxhall Astra comes to Ellesmere Port

After months of speculation, motor industry body SMMT has reacted with delight to news that the new generation Vauxhall/Opel Astra will be made at Ellesmere Port on Merseyside from 2010. The announcement secures 2,200 jobs and means production will increase to 180,000 units annually with staff working on three shifts. Ellesmere Port will build the Station Wagon and five-door hatchback with a significant proportion of production for export. Since 2002 Ellesmere Port product quality has improved by 76 per cent, while productivity has risen by 13 per cent in the last year alone. This achievement, alongside close work with the local community and development agency, has helped bring the Astra to Britain. ‘This is an endorsement of hard work and commitment by British workers,’ commented SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan. ‘We all recognise the pressures on manufacturing in global markets but today’s decision is proof that Britain can still hold its own when it comes to driving up quality and productivity. It’s great news for all the staff on Merseyside and for the British motor industry as a whole.’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Real Talk World Series Predictions

The Major League Baseball season is chugging right along. It’s past the halfway point, putting the World Series title within sight for many teams.In this video, Bleacherreports‘ Gabe Zaldivar predicts which clubs have the best chance of clinching the world championship. You’ll have to watch to find out who they’re favoring these days. But beware, this is an official spoiler alert.See if Zaldivar’s predictions support or contradict yours. Feel free to make good use of the comments section if you have something to add. read more

Nintendo will release new Wii U details tonight at 6PM

first_imgIf you’ve been checking the schedule for this year’s E3 keynotes, the press events where the major players usually make their big announcements, you need to add one more item to the list. Nintendo will be streaming a pre-E3 Nintendo Direct video tonight at 6PM Eastern time, during which President Satoru Iwata will provide new Wii U information. So what could the company be planning?This isn’t the first time Nintendo has released new console information ahead of their keynote. Last year President Iwata announced the Wii’s successor more than a month before E3, and in 2006 the company unveiled the “Wii” name two weeks before the expo. It’s possible that history will repeat itself this year, and we’ll see the Wii U get a new name during tonight’s stream — according to rumor, Nintendo has been considering a name change for their next console, due to lackluster reaction to the “Wii U” branding and consumer confusion over the DS and 3DS handhelds. Another possibility is that Nintendo will show off the revamped Wii U controller that leaked late last month.As with Nintendo’s past pre-E3 announcements, dropping a new name or controller design tonight would give everyone a couple of days to get used to it, and prevent other Wii U news from getting buried.Of course, Nintendo has another motive for releasing information early: taking some of the wind out of Sony and Microsoft’s keynotes. Since neither of those other big players are expected to make next-gen console announcements, unveiling a few tantalizing hints ahead of time might keep everyone’s mind on Nintendo’s Tuesday keynote.Keep an eye on the Nintendo Direct placeholder page for tonight’s revelations, whatever they turn out to be. Nintendo’s Facebook page should have information as well.last_img read more

France is back Macron smiling as rivals face crushing defeat in election

first_img Image: Liewig Christian/ABACA/PA Images Image: Liewig Christian/ABACA/PA Images Source: Artur Widak SIPA USA/PA ImagesFew MPs were elected outright on Sunday.If no candidate wins over 50%, the two top-placed contenders go into the second round – along with any other candidate who garners at least 12.5% of registered voters in the district.France’s youngest-ever president at 39, Macron has gained praise for appointing a balanced cabinet that straddles the left-right divide and taking a leading role in Europe’s fight-back against US President Donald Trump on climate change.German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Macron on a “great success” yesterday.The French press today noted Macron’s success but stressed the record abstention rate keeps its political significance in perspective.“Macron on the move to an overwhelming majority” said national daily Le Figaro while Le Parisien hailed “A master stroke”.However “neither his 24% in the first round of the presidential election, nor the 50% abstention this Sunday should give the illusion of a France converted to ‘Macronmania’,” noted Nicolas Beytout in L’Opinion.If the seat projections are confirmed next week, Macron will have a strong mandate to push through the ambitious labour, economic and social reforms he promised on the campaign trail.New facesMacron, who had never held elected office before becoming president, will also have succeeded in ushering in a younger and more diverse parliament with more women and ethnic minorities.His party fielded political novices in around 200 constituencies.They include Marie Sara, a retired bullfighter, who went through to a runoff against FN stalwart Gilbert Collard in southern France, and star mathematician Cedric Villani.Macron is also trying to bring in an era of cleaner politics. His government’s first bill proposes to ban lawmakers from employing family members or performing consultancy work while in office.The measures follow the scandal that destroyed the presidential bid of Republicans candidate Francois Fillon, who has been charged over payments to his wife and two of his children for suspected fake jobs as parliamentary assistants. Fillon denies the charges.Macron’s party has largely avoided controversy but one of his ministers who is running for re-election in Brittany, Richard Ferrand, is being probed over a property deal involving his girlfriend.FN falls shortForecasts show Le Pen’s party will struggle to win the 15 seats it would need to form a parliamentary group and help shape the assembly’s agenda.The radical-left France Insoumise (France Unbowed) party of Jean-Luc Melenchon who finished fourth in the presidential race also fell short of expectations. His camp was tipped to only take 10-23 seats.Macron has urged voters to back his reform proposals including an overhaul of the rigid rules governing the job market, blamed by many economists for holding back growth.© – AFP, 2017Read: French elections: Macron on the way to overwhelming majorityRead: Macron takes on Trump – this time with a ‘Make Our Planet Great Again’ website FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL Macron’s party is on course for an overwhelming parliamentary majority, after yesterday’s first round of voting for the National Assembly left traditional parties in disarray.Projections showed Macron widening his centrist revolution, with his Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move, REM) party and its ally MoDem tipped to win between 400 and 445 seats in the 577-member National Assembly in next Sunday’s second round.Such a share would give Macron one of the biggest parliamentary majorities for 60 years, despite his party only being founded last year.“France is back,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe declared triumphantly.“For the past month, the president has shown confidence, willingness and daring in France and on the international stage,” Philippe said, calling the result a vindication of Macron’s “winning strategy”.But the vote was marked by record low turnout of 49%, possibly reflecting fatalism among Macron’s opponents in the face of his seemingly unstoppable advance, experts said.The right-wing Republicans – who had hoped to rebound from their humiliation in the presidential vote – were shown trailing in second with a predicted 70-130 seats while Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front (FN) was forecast to garner between one and 10 seats.The FN’s result showed the party is struggling to rebound from Le Pen’s bruising defeat by Macron in the presidential run-off. Source: Michel Spingler AP/Press Association ImagesThe FN’s deputy leader Florian Philippot admitted to “disappointment” and called on voters to “mobilise massively” for the second round.The worst losses, however, were for the Socialists of Macron’s predecessor Francois Hollande and their allies, who are predicted to lose a staggering 200 seats.The party’s chief Jean-Christophe Cambadelis and its failed presidential candidate Benoit Hamon both lost their seats.Conceding that the party was facing “unprecedented” losses, Cambadelis appealed to voters to rally behind Macron’s rivals to avoid the president monopolising power.Parliament risked having “no real oversight powers and no democratic debate worth speaking of,” he warned.Former Republicans party leader Jean-Francois Cope said the results were “a disaster”.“It’s the continuation of the real disaster that the presidential election was… we need to rebuild everything,” he told BFMTV.Official resultsOfficial final results released early today showed Macron’s one-year-old REM and MoDem winning 32.32% in the first round, ahead of the Republicans on 21.56% and the FN on 13.20%.The Socialists and their allies secured just 9.51% while the radical left and communists were on 13.74%. 12,791 Views Short URL Jun 12th 2017, 7:23 AM Share162 Tweet Email center_img By AFP ‘France is back’: Macron smiling as rivals face crushing defeat in election The French press, however, are focusing on the low turnout for yesterday’s election. 45 Comments Monday 12 Jun 2017, 7:23 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Refugee relief in near east exhibition

first_imgA photographic exhibition entitled Refugee Relief in the Near East will be launched Sunday at the Dandenong Library and is presented by Return to Anatolia and the Armenian General Benevolent Union. The exhibition focuses on the photographic documentation of Australia’s role in the refugee relief efforts in the near east (1915-1925). Refugee Relief in the Near East will take place on Sunday 19 August at 1:00 pm at the Dandenong Library, Stuart Street, Dandenong. For further information call sofia on 0425 822 257. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Never Be Without A Toilet With This Quirky Japanese App

first_img If you find yourself having to go to the bathroom all the time like me, you’ve probably already memorized the locations of all the toilets near you, but for everyone else, a Japanese company has created an app that will direct you to the nearest empty toilet. It’s meant for use at work, introduced by the telecommunication company KDDI. If that’s not a ridiculously useful idea to keep employees from going to each other’s throats, then I don’t know what is.The app could potentially predict if toilets are being used if there are special sensors on bathroom stall doors to see if they’re open or closed and estimate whether or not stalls or open space toilets/urinals are available in the area.A spokesman for telecommunications company KDDI stated that the idea for the app came about because people “often waste time looking around for an available toilet” on various floors of a building where they work or end up waiting until one is available. That means they’re not working and walking around being idle. And that means money’s being wasted. Time is money. Idle hands are the devil’s plaything. Also, not having a toilet around when you need one on the job is rough.“We believe this service will help people waste less time,” the KDDI spokesperson explained.This app will also assist people in that it can tell administrators if a stall has been occupied more than 30 minutes to eliminate potential tragedies or accidents or to simply tell when someone’s decided to hit up the bathrooms for a snooze. KDDI will start using the service in office buildings, but if it works out will likely roll it out to malls, train stations, stadiums, and more.It might seem a little bizarre, however, to be monitoring toilets that are open and how long they’re occupied, which could lead to some admittedly strange workplace rules But it’s still a good way to make sure there’s at least some employee comfort when someone needs to make number two a number one priority while on the clock. Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu Stay on targetlast_img read more

Early buyrate estimate for WWE Battleground 2015 on PPV

first_img WhatsApp According to the latest Key Performance Indicators released by WWE, WWE Battleground on 7/19 headlined by Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship drew an early estimate of 76,000 buys on traditional Pay Per View. The breakdown was 24,000 buys domestic and 52,000 buys international.Last year’s Battleground PPV, headlined by John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Kane vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, drew 99,000 buys.As always, these buys only factor in purchases on traditional PPV and not the WWE Network.Source: WWERecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Video: Watch the announcement of the new UK Performance Center from London Ronda Rousey Videos Articles Seth Rollins WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next Impact Wrestling presents Rebellion this Sunday from Toronto, streaming live globally on Twitter Google+center_img Now Playing Up Next WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Pinterest Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Facebook Shawn Michaels Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Video: Impact announces Rebellion Pay Per View for April 28 live in Toronto Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Could The Rock Vs. Roman Reigns Actually Happen? Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Alaska Man Killed After Being Partially Buried By Avalanche

first_imgTroopers requested a medical flight from the Alaska Air National Guard, which deployed a Pave Hawk helicopter and a fixed wing aircraft from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to the avalanche site, located about 9 miles (14 kilometers) southwest of the city of Whittier. It wasn’t immediately clear if each person had their own snowmobile or if people had doubled up to ride near the glacier. Alaska State Troopers identified the victim of the Wednesday afternoon accident as Chad Christman. He was part of a group of people riding snowmobiles near Blackstone Glacier, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) southeast of Anchorage, Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead with the Alaska National Guard said in an email. The avalanche caught six of the snowmobilers. “Five were OK, but one person had to be dug out,” she wrote. Two witnesses on snowmobiles reported to troopers that they saw Christman buried by the avalanche. “When they arrived at Blackstone Glacier, at 4,800-foot (1,463-meter) elevation, a landing area for the helicopter had been stamped into the snow by the snowmachine group,” Olmstead wrote. Snowmachines are what Alaskans call snowmobiles. “When the avalanche stopped, Christman was only partially buried,” troopers said in a web posting. “The two men and other people in the area were able to dig Christman out. CPR was started.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 41-year-old Anchorage man driving a snowmobile in Alaska’s backcountry died after being partially buried by an avalanche, officials said Thursday. Christman was transported to an Anchorage hospital but didn’t survive, troopers said. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the avalanche or how big it was. A message sent to the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center wasn’t immediately returned Thursday.last_img read more

Apprehensions grow at Canadian border

first_imgIn this Wednesday, 11 July 2018 photo, library patron rides his bicycle, freely crossing from the United States into Canada, outside the Haskell Library in Derby Line, Vt. While the Trump administration fortifies the southern border, there`s growing concern over the number of foreigners entering the country illegally across the porous northern border with Canada. Photo : APWhile the Trump administration fortifies the southern border, there’s growing concern over the number of foreigners entering the country illegally across the porous northern border with Canada.People crossing the border between Vermont and Quebec have paid smugglers up to $4,000, usually payable when the immigrants reach their US destination, according to officials and court documents.While the number of arrests is tiny compared with the southern border, the human smuggling is just as sophisticated.”They are very well organized. They have scouted the area. They have scouted us,” said US Border Patrol Agent Richard Ross. “Basically, we are not dealing with the JV team; this is the varsity.”Driving the increase here, officials say, is the ease of entry into Canada, where visas are no longer required for Mexicans, and a border that receives less scrutiny and resources than the southern border, where thousands fleeing violence in Central America are being detained.In the Border Patrol sector that covers 300 miles (480 kilometers) of border with New York, Vermont and New Hampshire, agents have apprehended 324 people who crossed illegally from Canada so far this fiscal year, compared with 165 in all of 2017. Last month, agents apprehended 85 people across the three states, compared with 17 in June 2017 and 19 in June 2016, statistics show.So far this fiscal year, there have been at least 267 apprehensions along Canada’s border with Vermont alone, compared with 132 all of last year, according to statistics compiled by federal prosecutors in Vermont.The statistics show no corresponding spike in illegal immigration or apprehensions elsewhere along the northern frontier. Border Patrol agents speculate it’s because the area that includes Vermont is the first stretch of land border east of the Great Lakes and is a short drive from the population centers of Canada and the US East Coast.The northern border numbers are still small compared with the southern border. Federal statistics show that in fiscal 2017 there were 303,916 apprehensions on the US border with Mexico, compared with 3,027 on the entire northern border.Still, there is a growing sense of unease among US law enforcement authorities.”The number of illegal alien apprehensions at the Vermont-Canada border has skyrocketed,” said Christina Nolan, Vermont’s US attorney.Much of the illegal border crossing activity in Vermont appears to be focused on a 30-mile (50-kilometer) segment of the Vermont-Quebec border where Interstate 91 reaches the Canadian border at Derby Line, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Montreal.From Derby Line, it’s about a six-hour drive to New York and its teeming immigrant communities.Guarding the border here is tricky because Derby Line and the neighboring Quebec town of Stanstead comprise one community where homes and buildings happen to be bisected by an international border.The community library was purposely built straddling the border to serve people in both communities. Quebecers simply cross an international boundary marked outside the library by pots of petunias. Occasionally, illegal border crossers will walk, or even drive, across near the library.”This is really a town with an invisible border going through it,” said Stanstead resident Matthew Farfan, who has written a book about life along the border, after he left the library’s Vermont entrance and prepared to cross back into Canada.As part of a broader recent immigration crackdown, US Customs and Border Protection has set up highway checkpoints in Maine, New Hampshire and upstate New York. One person was apprehended in New York on charges she had picked up four people crossing from Canada.Visa-less entry into Canada for countries like Mexico and Romania, another nationality noted by Nolan and Border Patrol agents as contributing to a spike in apprehensions, play a role by making the northern border more attractive for people seeking to enter the US illegally, Nolan said. A plane ticket from Mexico City to Montreal or Toronto can cost less than $350.The Canadian government in late 2016 lifted its requirement that Mexican citizens apply for visas to enter the country as part of broader efforts to strengthen ties with Mexico. A similar requirement for Romanian citizens took effect in late 2017.Canada views the recent visa changes for Mexico and Romania as having a minimal impact on the border, said Beatrice Fenelon, a spokeswoman for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.In the past two months, agents in Vermont have chased border crossers through the woods near Derby Line; there have been car chases and cases in which agents have lost sight of suspects in the woods, only to apprehend them days later.”They have kind of gone southern-border style where they are taking a hike and they are coming through the tall grass,” Ross said. “It’s something I would have seen years ago when I worked in Harlingen, Texas.”The agents won’t guess how many make it across.The flow of illegal border crossers goes in both directions. Since around the time President Donald Trump took office, thousands of immigrants in the U.S. have fled north to Canada seeking asylum.Last October in the largest single case in memory of Border Patrol agents in the Derby Line area, 16 people were apprehended at a hotel after 14 had entered the United States west of Derby Line. The other two were the smugglers.In another case east of Derby Line, a group of eight Mexican immigrants met at a McDonald’s restaurant in Montreal after flying into Toronto and Montreal, where they hired two taxis to take them to Stanhope, Quebec, not far from where Quebec meets Vermont and New Hampshire.After the immigrants walked six hours through the forest, they were apprehended by US Border Patrol agents in Norton, Vermont, while riding in a taxi from Albany, New York, court documents say.The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, responsible for border security in Canada, made arrests last month in two human-smuggling cases between Stanstead and Derby Line.In one case, the suspect, a Mexican who did not have legal status in Canada, has been convicted of bringing immigrants to the Vermont border and was sentenced to six months in jail, after which he will be deported.The Mounties are aware of the cases and ready to help their US counterparts, said RCMP spokeswoman Sgt Camille Habel.But the RCMP doesn’t appear to view the problem with the same urgency as US0 officials: “It’s not a trend yet,” Habel said.last_img

Dick Gregory Paul Mooney Set to Perform at The Howard Theatre

first_imgComedy icons Dick Gregory and Paul Mooney will perform at The Howard Theatre, 620 T St NW; on July 30th at 8 p.m. Doors are set to open at 6 p.m.For decades Dick Gregory, the multi-talented comedian, author, actor, recording artist, activist, philosopher, anti-drug crusader and nutritionist provided his insight on the Black predicament, in the U.S., as a front runner for the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and other social issues plaguing the country.When he entered the comedy arena in 1961, Gregory received his first major debut at Chicago’s Playboy Club. According to his biography on, he was directly requested by Playboy Publisher Hugh Hefner.In1962, Gregory, according to his biography, became nationally recognized, sold out night clubs, made television appearances and recorded several comedic albums. He has also written books on the Black experience, including “Callus on My Soul,” “From the Back of the Bus,” “No More Lies” and others.Paul Mooney has also satirized the Black experience in the country.This actor, writer and activist has been part of the Black experience, writing comedy routines for Richard Pryor, starring in the Spike Lee film “Bamboozled” and writing copy for television shows including “Good Times,” “Sanford and Son,” “In Living Color” and “Chappelle’s Show.” He also wrote a book:  “Black is the New White” and released his “Peace of My Mind” cd.The show, featuring the two comedians was produced by Jill Newman Productions.Tickets for the show are available at: read more

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Freed French hostages arrive home after 3 years

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement There are also questions about how the hostages were taken from Arlit, despite substantial security. Alain Legrand said that while he was thrilled at the release of his son, Pierre, he would be looking for explanations.“My son is 28. He’s spent more than one of every 10 days of his life in captivity. I would like someone to explain to me why,” he told French television._____Associated Press writer Rukmini Callimachi contributed to this report from Dakar, Senegal.___Follow DiLorenzo on Twitter at Comments   Share   5 ways to recognize low testosterone At the time of their capture, the four _ Pierre Legrand, Thierry Dol, Marc Feret and Larribe _ were working in Arlit, Niger, where the French state-controlled nuclear giant Areva operates a uranium mine. They were retrieved in northern Mali on Tuesday.Both countries are in the Sahel, the arid region that stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea just south of the Sahara Desert that is prowled by militants from al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.The former hostages spent their first night of freedom in the Niger capital, Niamey, and left for Paris early Wednesday morning. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian had flown to Niger to pick them up. Fabius joked that some of the men slept on the floor of their rooms, finding the mattresses too soft after their ordeal.Francoise Larribe told reporters how Daniel survived the detention. Francoise herself was captured along with her husband and the other three but was released more than a year ago.“I think Daniel on his part had a desire to resist, and he did it in a completely formidable way,” she said. “It’s like what we used to say to each other when we were in captivity together: every day is a victory.” Amid the immense joy of the homecoming, Hollande recalled that there are still seven French citizens being held hostage, three in Africa and four in Syria.“Today it’s joy for the four families, for our four ex-hostages, but it is still an unbearable wait for other families and for other hostages,” he told reporters from the tarmac.None of the men wanted to speak after Hollande, and some were made visibly uncomfortable by the intense media attention, hanging their heads and shifting from foot to foot behind the president as he spoke.Also hanging over the homecoming were questions about why the men were taken captive in the first place and whether a ransom was paid to secure their release. The global intelligence company Stratfor estimates that al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, has carried out at least 18 kidnappings since 2003, raising an estimated $89 million in ransom payments.Pascal Lupart _ who, as head of an association representing friends and families of the hostages, is in touch with those investigating the case _ said he was told that Areva paid a ransom for the captives. He did not know the amount, however.While analysts say that France has previously paid ransoms to free its citizens, Hollande announced earlier this year that the country would no longer pay to secure the release of hostages. He and several other members of the government have since reiterated that no ransom was paid in this case. An Areva press officer, Julien Duperray, also said on Wednesday that no ransom was paid. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) PARIS (AP) – Four Frenchmen held hostage by al-Qaida militants landed in France on Wednesday after three years in captivity in the punishing African Sahel.The wife and daughters of one hostage, Daniel Larribe, rushed to hug him, and the three held each other while crying. Other friends and family snapped photos of their loved ones finally home.President Francois Hollande greeted each of the hostages on the tarmac at a military airport outside Paris. 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

TTF gives a strong fillip to the travel market in the festive

first_imgMumbai’s Nehru Centre is playing host to TTF, India’s oldest travel show. Over 150 participants from India and abroad have set up colourful pavilions to woo the travellers from the city in the high season ahead.Goa, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration have set up the largest pavilions in the show.The festival of Diwali marks one of the high seasons for leisure travel for domestic, as well as outbound sectors. As the festival is closely followed by the winter season and the New Year period, there are multiple opportunities for Indian travellers to take a break, ranging from the long haul, to short haul, and even weekend gateways.The Diwali season travel is somewhat unique in Western India.That is the reason the TTF has had blockbuster shows in Ahmedabad and Surat in last two consecutive weekends, before opening in Mumbai this week. It will be held in Pune next weekend (Oct 2, 3, 4).Mumbai is the largest travel market in the country generating approximately a third (33%) of travellers. According to a market survey conducted by the organisers, Mumbai is not only the leading travel market in the country, but its tourists are also the highest-spenders and their trips are also the longest.TTF offers a great networking opportunity for the travel trade in and around the city, to interact with their counterparts from India and abroad.The first two days of the show (Thursday & Friday) are kept reserved for travel trade and the last day of the show (Saturday) is open for all.Participants from 7 countries and 18 Indian States & Union Territories have come to sell their destinations, tour packages, and accommodations at TTF Mumbai.The star attraction Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is promoting authentic Thai food, Bangkok’s world famous shopping malls, and traditional Thai medical treatments, and value for money deals to tourists. Live performances, art and handicraft demonstrations and sampling of dried fruits etc will be additional activities that are expected to draw huge crowd to Bangkok city pavilion. The Culture, Sport and Tourism Department of the Bangkok city, who is organising all of these activities, are very enthusiastic to meet Indian travel trade as well as consumers. Another attraction is the Street Food Bangkok app that has just been launched this week. The app provides information on street food from 121 vendors and stalls across Bangkok, encompassing 25 mouth-watering menus. The app also assists with direction to each outlet and opening times.Other than Thailand, countries represented are Bhutan, China, India, Maldives, Nepal and Turkey eyeing for the lucrative outbound market from Mumbai and Western India.Among Indian States, eye-catching displays have been put up by Andaman & Nicobar, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.TTF is supported by Incredible India, OTOAI, ATOAI, ADTOI, IATO and IAAI.  Travel News Digest is the official trade publication of TTF.TTF is the largest network of travel shows in India, with over 50% market share.Later this year, TTF is scheduled in Guwahati (Nov’15), and next year in Chennai, Bengaluru and New Delhi (Jan-Feb’16), in addition to the grand finale in OTM Mumbai (Feb’16) at Bombay Exhibition & Convention Centre.last_img read more

Labour body hears employers not protecting workers in heatwave

first_imgThe labour inspection department said on Thursday it has received scores of complaints in the last 15 days about employers that are letting their staff work under adverse conditions during the heatwave.In summer employers are obliged to measure temperature and humidity and monitor weather reports and meteorological service forecasts, and adjust their operations accordingly to protect their staff.“In he last 15 days scores of complaints have been submitted, which are being investigated,” labour ministry official Evangelia Tsoulofta told the Cyprus News Agency.In hot weather  labour inspectors issue warnings banning operations in workplaces where necessary, Tsoulofta added.If employers are caught repeatedly not heeding these warnings or if serious violations occur, then they are subject to criminal prosecution. If they are convicted they can face fines of up to €80,000 or a four-year prison sentence.The labour ministry has also issued a guide aiming to help employers apply the measures required by law to avoid or reduce hazards from exposure to excessive heat.Tsoulofta said that since the guide was issued more employers have been in compliance with the law.“Over time, more and more employers have been abiding by the law’s provisions and, among other things, observing and recording temperatures and humidity levels and taking the necessary preventative and protective measures,” she said.The last death in a workplace due to heatstroke was in 2010, while between 2000 and 2010 four accidents were recorded due to heatstroke.No incidents caused from heatstroke in the workplace have recorded since the 2010 death.Tsoulofta said that the labour inspection department had issued two warnings in June reminding employers of their obligations, while this week it launched an inspection campaign which is to last until the end of August.“Inspections focus on areas where work is carried out in the countryside and other areas where workers are particularly exposed to the dangers of thermal stress,” she said.But trade unions expect more from the ministry, as they have been receiving complaints from workers having to operate under adverse conditions during the heatwave.The Peo trade union said that violations have taken place in workplaces where the government is responsible. The union said that the guide the labour ministry issued as a “self-conforming system” presents problems and that there are not enough control mechanisms to ensure its correct implementation.It added that it expects the ministry to conduct more effective control of employers on the implementation of the guide and to reassess the practice.The Deok trade union said on Wednesday that the system the labour inspection service proposes businesses use to monitor whether workers are protected from extreme weather conditions, “has failed miserably”, and that it will propose the Council for Safety and Health at Work issues a decree to ensure that legislation to protect workers from the impact of the heat wave is applied effectively.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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