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Mercury still haunts Grassy Narrows report finds

first_imgAPTN National NewsA report was released Monday highlighting the ongoing mercury problems in Grassy Narrows First Nation.The northern Ontario First Nation has been plagued by health issues as a result of mercury poising caused by a paper mill that contaminated the area’s waters.The report found that mercury levels continue to rise.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has this story.last_img

As ball drops minimumwage workers in NYC will see pay rise

first_imgNEW YORK — The lowest-paid workers in New York state will have something to look forward to in the new year: a higher minimum wage, with the biggest boost coming to employees in New York City, who will make at least $15 per hour.For workers struggling in this expensive city, it’s a cause for celebration, an extra bit of cash to help with the daily fight to make ends meet, even as rents and other costs continue to rise. For some business owners, it’s a burden as they try to figure out how to cope with higher labour costs.In New York City, the $15 hourly rate kicks in on the last day of 2018 and will apply to fast-food workers and employees of businesses with 11 or more people; those businesses currently must pay a minimum wage of $13.That includes people like Jose Amador, 70, a full-time worker at a Brooklyn grocery store.As it is now, he has to stretch hard to support his family — he has four kids ages 3 to 15 — on the $2,500 he brings home each month. Almost half is eaten up by rent. The rest barely covers utilities, food and transportation.In a city where a 30-day subway pass alone costs $121, even an additional $2 an hour “can make a difference,” he said in Spanish, speaking through a translator.“I will be able to have more breathing space,” he said, and maybe even save some money for emergencies.If his children ask him for something, maybe the reply won’t have to be, “I can’t afford that,” he said.But for business owner Sam Lam, it means more worry. This is the sixth time New York’s minimum wage has risen since 2013, when it was $7.25.The owner of two Queens laundromats, he has balanced his budget by cutting back on worker overtime, slashing little perks like company lunches and holiday bonuses, and raising prices. Since he has fewer than 11 workers at each independent business, his minimum-wage workers will see pay go from $12 to $13.50 in 2019 before hitting the $15 mark in 2020.“I am in a very stressful situation,” said Lam, 54, who also works as a hairdresser.Workers in New York City’s Long Island suburbs will see their minimum pay go from $11 to $12 on New Year’s Eve before jumping to $15 in 2021. The rest of the state will see the minimum wage go up 70 cents, to $11.10, with further increases phased in over several years.If the experience of Seattle, where some companies had to pay $15 per hour starting in 2017, and San Francisco, where it went to $15 for all workers on July 1, is anything to go by, it’s neither going to be a magic bullet that puts low-wage workers in a secure position, nor a stake in the heart of businesses, said Jacob Vigdor, a professor at the University of Washington who has been examining the impact of wage increases.“The general sense is that the fears of what a higher minimum wage might have done to business were exaggerated,” he said. “I think it’s also fair to say the hopes of what a minimum wage might have done to workers were also exaggerated.”Workers who were already in minimum-wage jobs did see a bump up in their pay, he said. But the rate of new workers entering the low-wage market had gone down, meaning businesses were adapting by doing things like having fewer workers on a shift or adjusting operating hours.Researchers who studied one group of low-wage workers said they didn’t report feeling more economically secure, Vigdor said.“However much more they were earning, their expenses were going up just as fast, if not faster,” he said.State officials estimated that more than 900,000 people would be earning the $15 an hour wage when fully implemented in New York City.Samantha Marturana, co-owner of the Buttermilk Bakeshop in Brooklyn, said that when the lowest paid of her workers gets a pay hike to $15, it will have a ripple effect. Employees already getting paid more now because of seniority or special skills will expect a raise.She and her co-owner could avoid the pay hike for a year by laying off a worker, but they’d rather not, she said. Instead, the business might try to expand product offerings or market more to drive sales.Flavia Cabral, 56, is planning, too. As a part-time fast-food worker, she’s looking forward to buying toys for her grandson, maybe having a little extra to buy the things that were out of range before, like a pair of good quality shoes, or being able to give some money to her daughter for her college expenses.“Now I have a little release from the thinking, the pressure,” the Bronx resident said. “I have hope.”Deepti Hajela, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Morocco Takes Part in the First ‘Student Welcome Day Madrid’

Rabat – The Embassy of Morocco in Madrid took part in the first “Student Welcome Day Madrid 2015,” which was held on October 10, at the famous Cibeles Palace in the center of Spain’s capital.The event aimed to greet foreign students who are based in Spain and to offer them a podium to share and exchange their history, culture, and traditions. It also aimed to consolidate the cultural and social ties between Morocco and Spain.Photo courtesy: Madrid Student Welcome DayMoroccan representatives prepared a booth to present Moroccan handicrafts and history. The stand was distinguished by the throng of visitors who were mesmerized by the diversity of Moroccan culture and customs. Several dignitaries and prominent sportsmen visited the booth, including the mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmena, and the legendary Spanish footballer, Emilio Butragueno, as well as the president of the Foundation of Atletico Madrid, Adelardo Rodriguez.The event also supplied a stage for Moroccan artists to represent Moroccan culture through their artworks and performances. The stage included the performance of the Moroccan rapper and finalist of the French version of the musical contest Yann’sine Jebli, who was accompanied by the Moroccan dance group ‘Madrocco.’Photo courtesy: Madrid Student Welcome DayIn addition, a Moroccan graffiti artist also impressed the audience with a piece of art, in which he symbolized surfing in Morocco.Morocco’s ambassador to Spain, Fadel Benyaich, chaired the event along with international student representatives.Around 75,000 foreigners participated in this event, including Moroccan students. read more

Controversial Saudi Islamic School Closed Worldwide

New York – School has started for most students around the world.But students attending the controversial Islamic Saudi Academy have had to find an alternative.The Saudi-funded educational institution, which has academies throughout the world, have been systematically closed.In Bonn, Germany, it has been announced the school will close by year end.  The small school has 30 teachers and about 150 students from Arabic-speaking countries around the world. “We’ve waited a long time for this to happen,” Ralph Ghadban, a Berlin-based political scientist and Islam expert, who welcomed the end to the Saudi academy in Germany, told DW.But it doesn’t spell the end to the influx of radical Islamism to Germany, Ghadhan warned. “Some radical Muslims will send their children to certain boarding schools in Britain that are known for their radical interpretation of Islam.”In Virginia, the school had plans of moving its facilities to a growing Muslim community in western Farifax and nearby Loudoun County.  At one time, a conservative Christian group tried to stop the Islamic school from expanding. Now the school has closed voluntarily.Small, private and committed to an Islamic-based curriculum, the Saudi Islamic Academy which was founded in the 1980s has been accused of having Islamist leanings.In 2003, the school was investigated for ties to the terrorist network al Qaeda and other fundamentalist Muslim groups.The academy has also produced some notable terrorists.  Ahmed Omar Abu Ali was found guilty in 2005 of joining an al=Qaeda plot to assassinate then-President George W. Bush.  Ali was a graduate of the Saudi Islamic academy.The school’s curriculum was under investigation by the U.S. Congress for having material which was considered intolerant of other religions or which advocated violence in 2007.Even President Obama’s recent nominee for federal judge, Abid Qureshi, is being criticized for representing the Saudi Islamic Academy in past legal cases.  Pakistan-born Qureshi has become America’s first Muslim to be nominated to a federal judgeship.It is believed that the sudden closure of Saudi Islamic Academy is part of the Saudi governments part of the country’s “Vision 2030” program announced earlier this year.  The once cash-rich Arabian nation is making sweeping economic reforms, severely cutting spending and pushing for greater efficiency within the government.  The drop in oil revenues has forced the Saudi government to adopt a new “vision” for the future in order to survive.Henner Fürtig, the director of the Hamburg-based GIGA Institute for Mideast Studies, said the Saudi government is well aware of the controversies surrounding the academy and the accusations of “indoctrination attempts.”“It’s also an attempt to change the country’s image,” said Fürtig in DW read more

UN rights chief alarmed at erosion of rights for terror suspects

4 June 2008The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed concern about the treatment of people suspected of committing terrorist acts, and called for reform of legal procedures used in such cases. “There are concerns regarding the transfer of suspects without due process, and the use of torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, which are unacceptable practices,” Louise Arbour said in a statement read on her behalf today by an official to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva.“I am alarmed by the continuing erosion of the right to fair trial which occurs when suspects of terrorist acts are denied the right to obtain a judicial review of their case,” she added.Ms. Arbour, who was commenting on her report, “The protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism,” which as been submitted to the HRC, also said there was a need to establish specific and effective legislation to avoid vague or overly broad definitions of terrorism.“We know that such definitions have led to inappropriate restrictions of the legitimate exercise of rights, such as the rights of association, expression and assembly,” she said, while also calling for intelligence-gathering on terrorism to be regulated by law and monitored as much as possible by independent agencies. Commenting on another UN report, on the “Question of the death penalty,” Ms. Arbour said that the number of countries that have a “completely abolitionist” policy toward the death penalty has increased from 85 to 93 since 2005. She also noted that a General Assembly resolution in December 2007 calls on “all States that still maintain the death penalty… to establish a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty.”The High Commissioner also noted that one of the most important recent developments following the Secretary General’s report on “Fundamental standards of humanity” has been the adoption of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, which is now open for signature, ratification and accession. Ms. Arbour called on States to ratify the treaty. read more

UN rights chief denounces violence against journalists by Libyan forces

The top United Nations human rights official today condemned the detention and possible torture of three journalists working for the British Broadcasting Corporation by Libyan security forces, stressing that the media must be allowed access to report what is happening inside the country. The three were trying to cover the situation in the western city of Zawiya when they were detained and reportedly beaten and subjected to mock executions by members of the Libyan army and secret police. “Journalists take great risks to ensure that an accurate picture of what is happening in conflict zones emerges,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. “They play an extremely important role in bringing human rights violations to light. In this case, the crew’s own experience provides a graphic example of the types of violations that are being committed in Libya.”The North African nation has been in turmoil since mid-February when protesters took to the streets demanding the ouster of long-time leader Muammar Al-Qadhafi. The ensuing violence has caused hundreds of thousands to flee their homes, with most crossing over into neighbouring Tunisia and Egypt. Ms. Pillay said that for a news team to be targeted, detained and treated with such cruelty, which she said could amount to torture, is “completely unacceptable” and in serious violation of international law.“If an international television crew can be subjected to this type of treatment, it makes me extremely concerned about the treatment that is most likely being meted out to Libyan opponents of the regime who have fallen into the hands of the security services,” she stated.“The media must be allowed access to report what is happening in Libya, without facing either restrictions, intimidation or violence.”She noted that the journalists had reportedly observed terrible conditions in the detention centre where they were held, “including clear signs that other detainees had been subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.” She also voiced concern about reported aerial bombardment of civilians and the use of military grade weapons and tanks on city streets, as well as accounts of summary executions, rapes and disappearances in the country.The High Commissioner reminded security personnel that they will be held accountable for their actions. “Be warned: whether you are ordering torture or carrying out the orders, you will be held personally criminally responsible,” she said.Briefing Member States at UN Headquarters in New York on the latest situation in Libya, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Catherine Bragg noted that the number of those fleeing the country had now reached almost 250,000. “Humanitarian agencies are working tirelessly to avoid bottlenecks at the borders and to ensure that those waiting in transit camps do so in a dignified manner and receive adequate assistance,” she said. But she warned of possible outbreaks of acute respiratory infections and diarrhoea among people stranded at the Saloum border in Egypt as many are still sleeping outside in cold conditions. In eastern Libya, an inter-agency mission led by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which travelled to Benghazi from 2 to 5 March, reported that there were few critical humanitarian needs at that time.“However, while medical facilities reportedly have the capacity to respond to health needs in the area, they are facing shortages of medical supplies, drugs and specialized medical staff, as many are foreign personnel who left the country,” she said, adding the UN World Health Organization (WHO) is procuring drugs and medical supplies for hospitals and health facilities in Benghazi to dealing with the influx of wounded from the fighting.Meanwhile Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy to Libya Abdul Elah al-Khatib and the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the country, Rashid Khalikov, will travel to Tripoli, the capital where Mr. Qadhafi is based, possibly this weekend as agreed by Libya’s Foreign Minister Musa Kusa, Ms. Bragg said.Some $36 million has so far been contributed to the $160-million appeal that the UN and its partners launched on Monday to fund the activities of 17 aid groups in assisting people who have fled and for other affected people within Libya for the next three months, covering areas such as food security, nutrition, health care, water and sanitation and shelter. 10 March 2011The top United Nations human rights official today condemned the detention and possible torture of three journalists working for the British Broadcasting Corporation by Libyan security forces, stressing that the media must be allowed access to report what is happening inside the country. read more

UN aid chief in Chad warns of regional disaster unless Darfur problem

“What will happen in our view if the Darfur crisis is not resolved is that we will continue to have armed groups…operating in all the areas around the border, they may continue to weaken Government institutions and…make the life of the ordinary citizens almost impossible,” Kingsley Amaning, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Chad, told reporters in New York.If Sudan and Chad do not work together to find a more durable solution, he warned, “we will have a general deterioration of the stability in those areas and in the sub-region and that will create a humanitarian disaster.”Mr. Amaning said that over 240,000 Sudanese refugees had fled to Chad because of the crisis in Darfur and these were being assisted in 12 camps despite difficulties associated with inhospitable terrain, overcrowding and especially insecurity.“It’s obvious that the [Darfur] situation is bleak, it is not improving and that is causing us tremendous worry in Chad because there’s a clear linkage between what we’re doing in Chad, which is trying to save lives, [and this is] put in danger by the crisis in Darfur.”He also warned that the “whole scenario” of militia groups attacking other groups in Darfur was now being repeated in Chad, and he blamed this on ethnicity as well as the “militarization of the region” which has allowed people to have easy access to weapons.Mr. Amaning’s bleak assessment comes a day after the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland warned the Security Council that “a man-made catastrophe of an unprecedented scale” looms within weeks in Darfur unless something is done to halt the spiralling violence, looting and internal displacement. read more

Superior Plus pulls out of Canexus deal citing inability to agree on

Superior Plus pulls out of Canexus deal, citing inability to agree on extension by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 30, 2016 5:58 am MDT Last Updated Jun 30, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Superior Plus says it’s no longer planning to buy Canexus Corp. through a friendly takeover that would have combined two of Canada’s largest industrial chemical companies.Toronto-based Superior Plus (TSX:SPB) made the announcement early Thursday morning, days after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said it would try to block the transaction because of its impact on competition in North America’s sodium chlorate market.Calgary-based Canexus (TSX:CUS) and Superior had previously said they were prepared to fight the commission’s challenge.But Superior Plus said before stock markets opened that it was exercising its option to terminate the offer because the two companies had not been able to agree on an extension to a Wednesday deadline for finalizing the merger.Canexus said later that a legal battle with the FTC would have involved significant additional costs and risks and that it wanted some assurances that Superior would provide it with “reasonable protections.”“If Superior had been willing to provide enhanced financial security and operational flexibility to Canexus in the event that legal proceedings were unsuccessful, we would have persevered,” Arthur Korpach, chair of a special committee of directors at Canexus, said in a statement.“In the absence of those reasonable protections, our board and management determined that the interests of Canexus and its shareholders would be best served by continuing to execute our current strategy.”The companies’ agreement included a provision for either party to pay a $25-million fee to the other under certain circumstances if the transaction didn’t go through.Superior’s announcement didn’t mention the termination fees but Canexus said that it will “take all necessary steps” to recover the $25 million and “vigorously disagrees” with any contention that it breached the deal.The companies announced the all-stock agreement on Oct. 6, saying it valued the Canexus equity at $316 million. Including the assumed debt, the deal was worth $932 million at the time of the announcement. read more

Martin Engineering on handling uptime and potential hazards in conveyor belt operations

first_imgMartin Engineering is aware of the potential hazards and injuries that can come from a build up of material around or near conveyor belts and has issued some advice to mining companies to prevent such events occurring and to ensure bulk handling equipment works to its potential.“As tonnes of material per hour are quickly dropped with great force through receiving chutes onto a receiving conveyor, fugitive cargo often piles up around the frame and dust migrates throughout the area, collecting on idlers, pulleys and floors and affecting air quality,” Martin Engineering said.“Workers have to continuously clean up the material before it encapsulates the belt, potentially exposing them to a hazardous work area around a moving conveyor, where even incidental contact can result in serious injury in a split second. Considering that most conveyor injuries occur though routine maintenance or clean up, controlling fugitive material is becoming one of the primary elements in a well-organised effort to reduce hazards and prevent injuries.”Jerad Heitzler, Product Specialist at Martin Engineering, said conveyor operators need only to take a broad look at the expense that fugitive material has on a system to realise the full cost that accompanies inefficient transfer point designs.“Problems such as improper belt support, badly sealed chutes, damaged idlers and uneven cargo distribution can all result in spillage and belt mis-tracking,” he said. “They also contribute to increased costs for lost material, premature equipment failure, maintenance and clean-up, as well as the potential for injury and compliance issues. These factors raise the cost of operation and reduce profit margins.”In a properly-engineered transfer point, each component, from the chute design to the cradles and dust seals, is employed to maximise its specific function and contain dust and fines, while at the same time offering workers easy access for maintenance, the company said.Transfer pointsContainment is the key to avoiding spillage and dust and there are several components designed for this purpose, according to Martin Engineering.Although shaped transfer chutes and rock boxes direct the material flow to mitigate the concussion of material on the belt, most high-volume operations need one or more impact cradles to absorb the force of the cargo stream.“Heavy duty impact cradles can be equipped with rubber or urethane impact bars with a top layer of slick UHMW plastic to minimise belt friction. Able to withstand impact forces as high as 17,000 lbf (53.4-75.6 kN) and drop heights of up to 50 ft (15.2 m), support beams in the centre of the cradle are set slightly below the receiving belt’s line of travel. In this way, the belt avoids sustained friction when running empty and yet can absorb hard impacts during loading, while still retaining a tight belt seal.“Within the settling zone – located after the impact cradle in the conveyor chute box – slider cradles can then create a troughed belt to centre the cargo and reduce disruption quickly, aiding in dust settlement.”Slider cradles, located down the length of the skirted area, have several functions, the company said. One is to create a trough angle that adequately centres the load. The trough angle also plays an important part in retaining a tight seal between the belt and the skirt. Lastly, using track mount idlers in between each cradle, a smooth belt path is created through the settling area, one that can be easily maintained.“A smooth belt path should have no gaps, minimising disruption and promoting containment, allowing dust and fines to settle into the cargo stream prior to leaving the containment area,” the company said.AirflowWith a constant stream of material crashing on the impact point of the receiving belt, the transfer point can be extremely turbulent, and this turbulence must be contained, Martin Engineering said.By slowing the airflow in the skirted area, suspended dust can settle onto the cargo path. To contain the mixture of air and disrupted material, a stable, correctly-supported belt is needed for the sealing components to function properly, according to the company. Without a stable beltline, the belt will sag between idlers, and sealing components will not prevent air and fine material from escaping out of the resulting gaps, causing spillage and dust emissions.Chute sealingBy closing gaps and keeping a tight seal on the belt, apron seals can also be attached to the chute walls to prevent fugitive dust and fines from escaping.“A crucial requirement in any transfer point designed for reduced spillage and high efficiency is an effective skirting and wear liner sealing system at the edge of the belt,” Heitzler said. “Modern designs feature external skirting, which establish the tight belt seal needed to eliminate fugitive dust and fines.”The external design requires minimal tools and no confined space entry to inspect, adjust or replace wear liners or skirts and, in most cases, can be performed by a single worker, Martin Engineering said. “The low profile of the skirting assembly needs only a few inches of clearance, allowing installation and maintenance in space-restricted areas. The design of these components drastically reduces scheduled downtime and the potential workplace hazards associated with replacement and adjustment.”Dust filtrationIn operations with limited space for a settling zone or especially dusty materials, dust bags and curtains may be “essential components”, the company said.“Providing passive relief via positive air pressure created at belt conveyor loading zones, dust bags prevent the escape of airborne particulates by venting the air and collecting dust at the same time. Installed at the exit of the loading zone and mounted in the skirtboard cover, dust curtains can help create a plenum for dust suppression and dust collection.”For additional dust control, an integrated air cleaner system can be installed at the point of emission, containing a suction blower, filtering elements and a filter cleaning system.Conveyor uptimeThe company concluded: “Managers concerned with the overall safety and cost of operation need to review potential hazards, the impact of rising labour costs for clean-up and maintenance, combined with the expense of potential fines or forced downtime, to determine specifically how they can affect the bottom line.“Using the technologies described here, even poorly-performing conveyors often don’t need to be replaced or rebuilt, but merely modified and reconfigured by knowledgeable and experienced technicians installing modern equipment.”Heitzler signed off: “These improvements will help operations improve efficiency, reduce risk and contribute to regulatory compliance.”last_img read more

How to identify someone who grew up without The Channels

first_img Source: WikimediaTheir only contact with music videos was whatever was on Dempsey’s Den at 5.55pm every dayMTV? No chance. They can work wonders with a set of rabbit earsNot only did those without The Channels have to contend with just Bog 1 and Bog 2, they often had to jig around the room to get the picture just right. Source: a L pThey tell tales of visiting relatives ‘up north’ and grow misty-eyed a the memory of all the lovely channelsBBC, UTV and exotic breakfast cereals lay beyond the border. Source: 625They were forced to lie about knowing everything about The Simpsons in school Source: Shutterstock.comThey could only dream of Gladiators, Stars in their Eyes and Blind Date on a Saturday eveningSeaquest DSV and Baywatch was about as exciting as it got. Source: UkgameshowsThey remain fiercely envious of people who lived in housing estates and blocks of flatsWith clustered housing came piped television, nearby masts and Sky satellite dishes. Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesHulk Hogan is the only one they remember from Wrestlemania Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThey remember a childhood of Garda Patrol, Questions and Answers and Murphys Micro Quiz-M Source: pcummins2009 Source: Old Moore’s AlmanacAny mention of The Children’s Channel still sends them into a jealous rage Source: Tv-ark Source: Valeri AleRead: 10 Irish TV shows that should be brought back>Read: 9 things that used to be free… but aren’t nowcenter_img Source: Nocookielast_img read more

Armstrong refuses to be interviewed under oath by USADA

first_imgLANCE ARMSTRONG’S ATTORNEY says the cyclist won’t interview under oath with a US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) official who wanted Armstrong to tell them all he knows about doping.USADA officials had said Armstrong must speak with them if he hoped to reduce his lifetime ban from sports. Wednesday was the deadline for him to agree to interview.After more than two months of negotiations with USADA, Armstrong attorney Tim Herman now says Armstrong won’t participate in a process designed “only to demonize selected individuals.”Armstrong has said he is willing to participate in an international effort to clean up cycling.For years, Armstrong denied using performance-enhancing drugs. But in January admitted doping to win seven Tour de France titles — which already had been stripped by USADA after a lengthy investigation.Armstrong facing deadline to decide on full USADA confession todayProfessional table tennis player baffles opponent with this sick behind-the-back shotlast_img read more

Naked people slaughter a sheep at Auschwitz death camp

first_img Short URL Mar 24th 2017, 8:09 PM Friday 24 Mar 2017, 8:09 PM Naked people slaughter a sheep at Auschwitz death camp Those involved have been detained. http://jrnl.ie/3305895 45 Comments He added that “a knife was found at the scene”.Local police spokeswoman Malgorzata Jurecka told AFP that the individuals were being questioned at a police station and police officers were investigating onsite.She said they plan to inform prosecutors of the incident, adding that the people involved “will likely be charged with desecrating a monument or other historical site”.‘Shocked and outraged’“We’re shocked and outraged by this attempt to use this memorial site for a protest and which mars the memory of thousands of victims. It’s a reprehensible act,” museum spokesman Bartosz Bartyzel told AFP.“This is the first time something like this has happened at Auschwitz,” added museum director Piotr Cywinski.I have no idea what their motives were.Unconfirmed local media reports said the incident was intended as a protest against the armed conflict in Ukraine.Nazi Germany built the Auschwitz death camp after occupying Poland during World War II.The Holocaust site has become a symbol of Nazi Germany’s genocide of six million European Jews, one million of whom were killed at the camp from 1940 to 1945.Poland’s chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich said the actions of those involved were wrong, regardless of the group’s motives.Any use of Auschwitz for political statements, even using Auschwitz for moral statements, is not how Auschwitz should be remembered.“The Germans used Auschwitz to try to eliminate the Jewish people. Any happenings are a desecration of the memory of all those killed at Auschwitz, Jews, Poles, Soviet prisoners of war, Roma and others.”More than 100,000 non-Jews, including Poles, Roma, Soviet prisoners of war and anti-Nazi resistance fighters also died at the death camp, according to the museum.An estimated 232,000 of Auschwitz’s victims were children.© – AFP 2017Read: Court clears the way for man with links to Islamic terrorism to be deported> Share21 Tweet Email2 center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP ELEVEN MEN AND women in their twenties slaughtered a sheep and took their clothes off at the former Nazi German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau today, according to police and the museum at the site in southern Poland.The individuals aged 20 to 27, whose identities and motives are unknown, then chained themselves together in front of the camp’s infamous “Arbeit macht frei” (“Work makes you free”) gate, the museum said in a statement.Regional police spokesman Sebastian Glen said the seven men and four women draped a white banner with the red text “love” over the infamous gate.They also used a drone to film the incident, according to local media.Museum guards at the site in the southern city of Oswiecim immediately intervened, and police said all those involved have been detained.They include six Poles, four Belarusians and one German, according to Glen.We don’t know how and when the sheep was killed – whether it was killed on the spot, its throat slit, or whether the animal was brought over already dead. Image: DPA/PA Images Image: DPA/PA Images 33,219 Views last_img read more

Milk bar Greek legacy explored

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Professor Leonard Janiszewski will be giving a lecture exploring the Greek Australian history of the milk bar. The first milk bars originated in Sydney in 1932 as the brainchild of a Greek known as Mick Adams (Joachim Tavlaridis) – not in the United States as many people believe. When Adams’ milk bar, the Black and White, opened it attracted over 27,000 customers in the first week alone, causing traffic chaos on the old Martin Place road. Professor Janiszewski’s lecture will also feature a number of historical and contemporary photos alongside documentary photographer Effy Alexakis work. The two have been working on an ongoing project entitled ‘In their own image’, that catalogues Greek Australian content including photos, interviews and memorabilia. The lecture, entitled ‘Shakin’ the world over: The Greek Australian milk bar’ will be held on Tuesday 23 July, 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm at Mitchell Theatre in the Sydney Mechanic’s School of Arts, Level 1, 280 Pitt Street. The event is free.last_img read more

Ireland says yes to gay marriage

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Irish voters have decisively voted in favour of marriage equality, making Ireland the first country to do so through the ballot box. Only one of the 43 constituencies voted against the proposal – Roscommon-South Leitrim – while the yes vote exceeded 70% in many parts of Dublin. The final figures showed 62 per cent of votes in favour of the change and 38 per cent against.“This is a big placard from the people of Ireland to the rest of the world saying this is the way forward,” said David Norris, who began a campaign for gay rights in the late 1970s.Addressing the crowd he said that “the message to the entire world today is dignity, freedom and tolerance,” whereas Health Minister Leo Varadkar, who revealed he was gay in a radio interview in January, said the referendum resembled a “social revolution”.“This has really touched a nerve in Ireland,” Equality Minister Aodhan O’Riordain said at the main count centre in Dublin. “It’s a very strong message to every LGBT young person in Ireland and every LGBT young person in the world.”Hundreds of “Yes” supporters gathered in the grounds of Dublin Castle and cheered and waved rainbow flags as the results came through.Ireland is now the 19th country in the world to legalise gay marriage, and the 14th in Europe.Legalising gay marriage a kick in the core of the Irish Catholic Church, which remains a powerful force in the country although its credibility was shaken since the revelation of the child sexual abuse scandals.The archbishop of Dublin has said the result should be seen as a wake-up call.last_img read more

Herrera Beutler promotes bill to boost child care programs

first_imgRep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, visited YWCA Clark County Tuesday morning as part of her push for a bill that would boost federal funding for child care facilities in underserved areas.The bill, the Child Care Workforce and Facilities Act, would allocate $100 million to states, for distribution to programs in “child care deserts” through a competitive application process. The idea is to create a larger network of quality child care facilities, as well as a pipeline of professionals to fill them.Her staff put together Tuesday’s roundtable discussion to help her better understand the existing hurdles to quality, affordable child care, Herrera Beutler said.“My goal really is to hear from you about the challenges, what you’re seeing that works, and what doesn’t work,” she told the room of child care providers and parents.“It feels like this is a 20th century problem, not a 21st century problem,” she said. “Why is this what we’re dealing with?”last_img read more

8 killed in road crashes in 3 dists

first_imgAt least eight people were killed and 12 others injured in road accidents in Chittagong, Faridpur and Nilphamari districts on Monday.In Chittagong, three people were killed in a head-on collision between a bus and a pickup at Chunti in Lohagara upazila in the afternoon.Two of the deceased are Mamunur Rashid, 25, and Md Shariful Islam, 26.“The goods-laden pickup collided head-on with a Hanif Paribahan bus, leaving two people dead on the spot and three others critically injured,” said Dohazari Highway police station officer-in-charge Md Mizanur Rahman.The injured were sent to Chittagong Medical College Hospital where one of them succumbed to his injuries.Police seized the bus, the OC added.In Faridpur, two easy-bike passengers were killed and two others injured as a truck hit their vehicle near Kanaipur forest office on Dhaka-Khulna highway in sadar upazila.Kotwali police station officer-in-charge (Investigation) Bipul Kumar Dey said the truck knocked the easy-bike around 7:00pm, leaving two passengers of the easy-bike dead on the spot and two others injured.In Nilphamari, at least three people were killed and eight others injured in a road accident at Dholagachha on Dinajpur-Rangpur highway in Saidpur upazila early Monday.The deceased are Aslam 32, Sohagh, 30, Mamun, 32, a truck driver.Saidpur police station OC Amirul Islam said a Dinajpur-bound truck collided head-on with another truck and fell into a roadside ditch around 5:30am, leaving three people dead on the spot and eight others injured.Of the injured, two were taken to Rangpur Medical College Hospital in a critical condition while the rest were undergoing treatment at Saidpur 50-bed Hospital.On information, police rushed in and recovered the bodies.last_img read more

HBO Breach Continues Exec Emails Leaked

first_img HBO’s email server may have been penetrated in a recent breach of the premium cable network.The cyber attack, announced late last month in an anonymous email to journalists (“HBO is falling,” it warned), contained an alleged 1.5 terabytes of data.Initial reports tipped future episodes of Dwayne Johnson-led Ballers and the Duplass brothers’ new anthology series Room 104, as well as “written material” plucked from an installment of Game of Thrones.But additional materials, released Monday to The Hollywood Reporter, contain more damning data—including a month’s worth of emails from an executive’s inbox.“While it has been reported that some emails have been made public, the review to date has not given us a reason to believe that our email system as a whole has been compromised,” an HBO spokesman said in a statement to Geek.The company did not expand on the contents of the “mid-level” manager’s leaked emails, but confirmed an ongoing forensic review of the matter.In a memo to various news sources (including THR and the Associated Press), the culprits enclosed nine electronic folders, labeled “Budgets,” “Legal,” and “Licensing & Retail,” among others. One titled “Confidential” features a screenshot of files largely pertaining to Game of Thrones—castings, script summaries, marketing materials, The Hollywood Reporter said.The hackers also delivered a video message to HBO CEO Richard Plepler, boasting that “We successfully breached into your huge network”—a difficult feat that took six months—and demanded payment for their efforts, asking for “our six-month salary in bitcoin,” according to the AP.Claiming a regular annual income of $12 million to $15 million from corporate blackmail, the anonymous group implied a ransom of about $6 million to $7.5 million, and said they will send one “letter” detailing how to pay.“HBO believed that further leaks might emerge from this cyber incident when we confirmed it last week,” the company said. “We continue to work around the clock with outside cyber security firms and law enforcement to resolve the incident.“Meanwhile, our dedicated employees continue to focus on delivering the high quality of entertainment and service for which we are known,” the statement continued.In April 2015, the first four chapters of Game of Thrones season five were leaked online, spoiling HBO’s plan for simultaneous premiere access across 170 countries.Similarly, an anonymous hacker recently posted most of the fifth season of Netflix original Orange Is The New Black on file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, after the streaming service reportedly failed to pay a ransom.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming Rights’Game of Thrones’ Finale Script Explains Why Drogon Burned the Iron Throne Stay on targetlast_img read more

Willam finally tells all about the shocking Drag Race disqualification

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Willam being disqualified | Photo: YouTube/Eduardo Roza In Season 4 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Willam became the first and only queen to ever be disqualified. Now, she’s finally revealed what happened. And it’s all thanks to Saturday Night Live cast member Leslie Jones. It started when Jones tweeted a video of her watching William’s disqualification.She needed to know what happened.https://twitter.com/Lesdoggg/status/1003436714378059776Luckily, William is clearly a fan of Jones and was willing to spill all because she ‘worships’ the comedian.And so that is exactly what she did.Ok but only cuz you asked @Lesdoggg pic.twitter.com/GmebzeEqwM— Willam (@willam) June 5, 2018Here’s what went downWillam starts the story at episode one.Allegedly, when Willam asked if she could have another go at her entrance like Sharon, production ‘pulled me aside after and told me i wasn’t in charge and told me i needed to get outta my head’.Willam also writes the contestants were instructed not to ‘make eye contact or engage in conversation’ with RuPaul.Willam’s first part | Photo: Twitter @willamThen she tells about a time when a production assistant flirted with her and Kenya and reportedly ‘grabbed’ Willam’s ass.Then Willam addresses the second episode and her frustrations with the production team.She explains how they ’emotionally exploited’ Jiggly Caliente on the anniversary of her mom’s passing. She also writes that production never got them things they asked for, and provided money for (like hand sanitizer), so the girls went and got them stuff themselves, though they were supposed to be ‘sequestered’. Willam spills major T on whether she’ll be on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3Tom Daley takes Willam diving in dragDrag stars Willam and Bianca Del Rio strut their stuff in power anthem videoRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/willam-tells-all-drag-race-disqualification/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Part two | Photo: Twitter @willamThe third part continues Willam’s exasperation at the production.Allegedly, a handler was given $75 to feed 12 men, though they didn’t help provide food for dietary needs. Willam also writes that she, Chad, and Latrice ‘yelled at production for not knowing our names and treating us like shit’.Willam specifically calls out someone named Heather.Part three | Photo: Twitter @willamThe fourth and final part details more ways Willam disobeyed the production’s rules, which is the reason RuPaul gave for disqualifying her.However, Willam also explains even more difficulties with the production, such as not taking safety into consideration with the queens.Final part | Photo: Twitter @willamIt’s not enough for Jones, though, and so Willam spills a little more.There’s that time they booked me for All Stars 1 and canceled me 40 hours before filming but AFTER i canceled 3 weeks worth of work in June during pride season. Wrote a song about it. Like to hear it? Here it go… https://t.co/l41aq13EZw— Willam (@willam) June 6, 2018 Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Costa Rica recognizes first carbonneutral banana company

first_imgRelated posts:Let the gas prices climb, but give us electric cars Whole Foods’ responsibly grown rating system labels Costa Rican bananas grown at EARTH University as ‘Best’ Nearly 14,000 sickened banana workers to receive payment for pesticide exposure Ad Astra Rocket’s breakup with the government puts Costa Rica’s hydrogen future on hold A “green” banana never looked so good. Costa Rica’s Environment Ministry (MINAE) recognized Finca San Pablo as the country’s first carbon neutral banana farm during a ceremony Monday.Finca San Pablo’s general manager, Geraldo Mora, told The Tico Times that the company wanted to go carbon neutral to help the environment and serve as an example for other firms in the country’s important banana sector.The Siquierres-based company is a medium-sized operation, exporting 730,000 18-kilogram boxes of bananas annually, Mora said.Costa Rica is one of the world’s largest banana exporters. The country shipped off more than $900 million worth of the fruit in 2014, according to figures from the Foreign Trade Promotion Office.Mora said Finca San Pablo shrunk its carbon footprint mainly by reducing its use of nitrogen-based fertilizers in favor of natural ones; reducing electricity consumption in its packing facility; and improving efficiency in transporting its product to the port in Limón.The 290-hectare farm also maintains a 50-hectare forest and 12-hectare forest reserve to help offset its carbon footprint.The manager said he hoped the farm would serve as an example for the banana industry in Costa Rica. Mora said the industry has become more aware of its environmental impact in recent years.Beyond its own certifications, Finca San Pablo holds workshops through the National Banana Corporation’s environmental commission to show other banana farms how to improve their sustainability and reduce their environmental impact.Along with the MINAE Carbon Neutral stamp, Finca San Pablo holds certifications from Rainforest Alliance and Global G.A.P. The company does not use herbicides on its farm.The banana industry in Costa Rica has a rocky history with pesticide use. Field workers in the 1960s and 1970s were commonly exposed to Nemagon, a pesticide linked to sterility, cancer, miscarriage and genetic deformities. The government came to an agreement to compensate affected workers in 2014.Environmentally-conscious consumers looking for carbon neutral coffee to go with their morning banana could look to Café Britt, one of 32 companies with the Environment Ministry’s carbon neutrality seal as of this week. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

22 die in ethnic clashes in Algeria president calls meeting

first_imgIt said President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was meeting with the prime minister, defense officials, the army chief of staff and others to discuss the gravity of the latest confrontations more than 600 kilometers (375 miles) south of Algiers. APS cited sources close to the president’s office.The daily El Watan reported gunfire during the unrest, and wrote that “masked hordes on big motorbikes were combing neighborhoods of Guerrara and seeding terror among the population.”Riot police moved in to quell the clashes that included fires and vandalism targeting shops, cars and public buildings in the towns of Guerrara, Ghardaia and Berianne, 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Ghardaia, the news agency reported.Ghardaia, a UNESCO world heritage site, has been at the epicenter of the unrest. Members of the local Berber community, known as Mozabites, speak their own language and follow a different school of Islam than the majority of Algerians. The two groups compete over limited jobs, land and housing in the impoverished south.Tensions escalated after a Mozabite cemetery was desecrated in December 2013. By October of last year, a dozen people had been killed and hundreds injured in clashes. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Top Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Authorities say ethnic clashes over two days have left at least 22 people dead around Algeria’s southern oasis city of Ghardaia, prompting the president to call an urgent security meeting Wednesday.The prefecture put the number of dead in clashes between Arabs and Berbers at 22, raising the death toll by four. Three of the 22 were killed a day earlier.The official APS news agency said most of the deaths were from “projectiles” and occurred in Guerrara, 120 kilometers (75 miles) northeast of Ghardaia. One person was fatally wounded in Ghardaia when hit by a rock to the head. Dozens of others were injured, some seriously, APS said. Sponsored Stories Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Quick workouts for men Comments   Share   last_img read more

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