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Film Nova Scotia Supports Nova Scotians in Cannes Debuts

first_imgFilm Nova Scotia is proud to support local filmmaker Noah Pink and cinematographer Christopher Porter in their upcoming debut at the Cannes Film Festival. Mr. Pink’s 44-minute film ZedCrew has been selected to screen in the 42nd Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, a launching pad for many high profile directors. The Cannes International Film Festival, now in its 63rd year, is one of the most prestigious festivals in the world. Since its inception, the Directors’ Fortnight has screened the first films of several high-profile directors, including Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee and Frances Ford Coppola. Mr. Pink is the only Nova Scotian director to screen at the event in many years. “We are thrilled with the success ZedCrew is achieving,” said Ann MacKenzie, president and CEO of Film Nova Scotia. “We strive to raise the awareness of our local talent on the international stage, and we couldn’t be more proud of the profile Noah will receive at the Cannes Film Festival.” Mr. Pink accessed Film Nova Scotia funding to help cover the costs associated with getting the film ready for the festival. Originally shot on digital camera, the film had to be transferred to a 35 mm format and have French subtitles added. He will be attending the festival with Mr. Porter, who worked with him throughout the film’s production. “I am extremely grateful for the support and funding that Film Nova Scotia provided,” said Mr. Pink. “Every filmmaker dreams of the opportunity to screen at a high-profile event like Cannes, and I look forward to the festival and future opportunities it will provide.” Another Nova Scotian will also be participating at the festival. Emerging filmmaker Daniel Boos won the 2010 Cannes Film Festival Youth Competition, earning an all-inclusive stay within the professional cinema milieu during the festival. Mr. Boos won the competition after impressing the jury members from the Consulate General of France in the Atlantic Provinces, the Atlantic Film Festival and the Alliance Francaise of Halifax with a demo reel of his work. He is an alumnus of the Film Nova Scotia-supported Centre for Art Tapes Scholarship Program, where he produced the short film So far Apart, which was a highlight on his demo reel. Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown agency reporting to the minister of Economic and Rural Development. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to build the capacity and competitiveness of the province’s film, television and new media industry. The industry is the fourth largest in Canada, it employs 3,000 people and regularly exceeds $100 million in economic activity annually.last_img read more

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Too many grassroots left out of child welfare emergency meeting advocate

first_imgDennis Ward APTN NewsJocelyn Wabano-Iahtail was leery coming into the two-day conference on child welfare that wrapped up Friday in Ottawa.And she’s not heading home from the so-called emergency meeting feeling much better.“Because I know the Millennium Scoop is ongoing,” said Wabano-Iahtail.She feels the grassroots were left out of the meetings.“That’s quite a disappointment,” she said. “I am well aware of the fact that there were many who wanted to attend. This was very secret; is what it seemed to many of us.“They weren’t given ample opportunity to attend. As well, a lot of our youth were not permitted to attend.”One politician said work will get underway on community-based solutions.“The safety of those children is critical but children can be safe with their aunt, with their grandma, they can be safe in community, in a program of kinship care,” said Jane Philpott, minister of Indigenous Services. “So let’s not use safety as an excuse to extract children from their culture.”dward@aptn.calast_img read more

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The Latest Disabled greeters accept new roles at Walmart

The Latest on Walmart’s handling of store greeters with disabilities (all times local):10:35 a.m.At least two Walmart store greeters with cerebral palsy have accepted new roles at the retailer after an outcry over how Walmart was handling the pending phase-out of the greeter job.Walmart says longtime greeters Adam Catlin in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, and Jay Melton in Marion, North Carolina, will work in self-checkout.Walmart informed greeters last week their jobs were going away, to be replaced by a more physically demanding “customer host” position. Greeters with physical disabilities worried they’d be out of work. Walmart has been dealing with a fierce bashlash.Catlin’s mother, Holly Catlin, helped call public attention to her son’s plight with an impassioned Facebook post and she has since advocated for greeters around the country.___7:50 a.m.After more than a week of backlash, Walmart is pledging to make “every effort” to find other roles for disabled workers who’d accused the retailer of targeting them as it phases out the “people greeter” job at 1,000 stores.Greg Foran, president and CEO of Walmart’s U.S. stores, said in a memo to store managers Thursday night that “we are taking some specific steps to support” greeters with disabilities. Walmart released the memo publicly.Walmart told greeters around the country last week that their positions were being eliminated in favour of an expanded “customer host” role. Greeters with cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other physical disabilities feared they’d be out of work, sparking protests from customers and others.Walmart says it has already started making job offers to greeters with disabilities, with at least one accepting so far.The Associated Press read more

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Ban pledges 10 million for postquake assistance during Chile visit

5 March 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged to release up to $10 million in United Nations funds to support relief and recovery efforts in Chile, as he began a two-day visit to see the earthquake damage and assess how the world body can help. “I am very moved to see such strong courage and resilience of the Chilean people,” Mr. Ban said upon his arrival in the capital, Santiago, where he was greeted by Foreign Minister Mariano Fernández and the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena. The 8.8-magnitude quake that struck the coast of Chile last Saturday killed several hundred people and affected around 2 million. “Chile has been extraordinarily generous in assisting Haiti in its time of need. Now is the moment for the United Nations and the international community to stand with Chile and its people,” stated Mr. Ban, who had offered immediate support and aid to country through the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the wake of the disaster. The Secretary-General met with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to discuss the country’s immediate and long-term needs, and they also held a joint meeting with government ministers and the heads of UN agencies in Santiago.“The UN Country Team represented at this meeting is working with the international community to provide the emergency relief goods indicated by the Government of Chile, including generators, satellite radios and mobile hospitals,” said Mr. Ban.“We are ready to help provide any assistance that the Chilean Government requests, immediate and long-term,” he added, while commending what he described as Ms. Bachelet’s “extraordinary leadership,” as well as her Government’s coordination with President-elect Sebastián Piñera.The President voiced her gratitude for the UN’s technical and financial support for the recovery efforts, as well as Mr. Ban’s visit to the area to personally see the damages caused by the quake.The Secretary-General also announced the creation of a joint working group between UN agencies and the Chilean Government to define the priority areas in which to allocate the funds that will be released from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), particularly in health, emergency shelters, education and water and sanitation. ECLAC and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), along with OCHA, will coordinate the working group with the Chilean authorities.In addition to meeting with top officials, Mr. Ban will later today visit “A Roof for Chile” Foundation for a ceremony with hundreds of young volunteers who will go to the damaged areas. The Catholic Church-based non-governmental organization builds temporary housing for slum dwellers and seeks to provide them with education, social services and micro-credit, as well as guide them in acquiring permanent housing. Tonight he will join Ms. Bachelet in the launching of a 24-hour telethon to be broadcast on national television to help raise $30 million for earthquake victims.On Saturday, the Secretary-General will travel to Concepción, the second largest city in Chile, over 300 miles south of Santiago, and the adjacent port of Talcahuano, two of the most devastated areas close to the epicentre of the quake. He will also meet with the heads of the 22 UN agencies operating in Chile.Meanwhile, Chilean officials have assured the public that drugs and medicines will be available free of charge. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Government has said there is no evidence of outbreaks of communicable diseases, although disease surveillance has been stepped up given unsanitary conditions in some areas which remain without safe drinking water and where garbage is accumulating. WHO is working with the Government to coordinate international health aid arriving from other countries, as well as to coordinate technical aspects related to mobile field hospitals and to support communication needs. read more

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UN announces second annual documentary film festival

Launched in 2005, the Festival was originally conceived as a showcase for films produced by United Nations offices and agencies around the world. However, so many non-United Nations filmmakers expressed interest in joining the competition that it was expanded in 2006 to include works from the general public.Opening up to public competition, the Festival more than doubled its previous entry record, receiving 180 films from 16 countries on five continents. Nations represented include Burkina Faso, Canada, China, Germany, India, Iran, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the United Kingdom and the United States.“Stories from the Field: The Second Annual United Nations Documentary Film Festival,” presented by the Media Communications Association-International, New York Chapter and the UN Department of Public Information, will take place on Saturday, 22 April, and Sunday, 23 April, at The New School in New York. It will feature film screenings, panel discussions with the filmmakers and award presentations.The Festival carries the same theme as last year, namely the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of time-bound antipoverty targets. To compete, films must reflect one or more of the eight goals: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; and develop a global partnership for development. read more

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UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples should not be scary Bennett

UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples ‘should not be scary’: Bennett Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett talks with reporters at a meeting of the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat in Halifax on Wednesday, in an April 27, 2016, file photo. Bennett earned a standing ovation from a UN forum today in New York when she announced Canada will move forward with implementing the declaration. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan OTTAWA – There’s nothing frightening about adopting and implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said Tuesday at the UN.Bennett earned a standing ovation from a UN forum in New York by announcing that Canada is now a full supporter of the 2007 declaration, “without qualification.”But what that declaration signifies in the Canadian context depends on who you ask.In the words of one lawyer who represents indigenous resource interests: “Treaty making starts again today.”UNDRIP, the acronym by which the declaration is known, describes a global set of collective and human rights covering indigenous issues including language, identity, culture and traditions, health and education and free, prior, informed consent over resource extraction. The declaration is not considered legally binding.“What does this mean for Canada now?” Bennett told the UN’s permanent forum on indigenous issues.“It means nothing less than a full engagement on how to move forward with adoption and implementation, done in full partnership with First Nations, the Metis nation and Inuit peoples.”Canada is uniquely placed, she said, because it is one of the few states in the world that has already incorporated indigenous rights, in Section 35 of the 1982 Constitution Act.“By adopting and implementing the declaration, we are excited that we are breathing life into Section 35 and recognizing it now as a full box of rights for indigenous peoples in Canada,” said the Liberal minister.Canada was one of four countries, including Australia, New Zealand and the United States, that voted against the declaration when it was first passed in 2007 — even though Canadian diplomatic officials had helped draft the original declaration.The former Conservative government initially argued that the “free, prior and informed consent” provisions amounted to a de facto indigenous veto on major resource projects, and questioned how UNDRIP could be accommodated within existing Canadian constitutional protections.Bennett did not directly address those concerns Tuesday, but said the declaration fits within Canada’s long history of treaty and constitutional rights.“Let’s be honest: implementing UNDRIP should not be scary,” she said.“Recognition of elements of the declaration began 250 years ago with the Royal Proclamation, which was about sharing the land fairly. UNDRIP reflects the spirit and intent of our treaties.”The country’s two largest resource extraction industry associations welcomed the adoption of UNDRIP, with both the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and the Mining Association of Canada saying the declaration largely mirrors practices already adopted by resource companies over the past decade.“These are opportunities to recast relationships,” Brian McGuigan, CAPP’s manager of aboriginal policy, said in an interview with The Canadian Press.“A lot of our companies feel they already achieve a lot of what’s required by UNDRIP in a corporate context and in a resource development context.”Pierre Gratton, president and CEO of the mining association, presented the Liberal government’s position as correcting a historical anomaly.“We’ve been historically seen as a leader but then we had this funny situation at the UN where we were a dissenter on something that was so important to indigenous peoples worldwide,” Gratton said in an interview.“This move really puts us back where we properly belong and also where I think, in practice, we have largely been.”But Larry Innes, a lawyer with Toronto firm Olthuis, Kleer and Townsend who represents First Nations groups, said resource industries are “looking a bit in the rear-view mirror” in their assessments of UNDRIP.Consultation with indigenous communities on mitigation measures for major resource projects has become established practice, but free, prior and informed consent means much more than that, Innes argues.Comments this week from Bennett and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould suggest a new nation-to-nation relationship is indeed in the works.“It’s easy to be dismissive of this as a lot of fuzzy warmth,” said the lawyer, whose clients include the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in the heart of oilsands country.“But for those of us who have been in the trenches on this for a while, we’re hearing different things today than we have in the past.”Since the patriation of the Constitution in 1982, governments have taken the view that Section 35 is a mostly empty vessel until courts read rights into it through litigation, said Innes.Bennett on Tuesday acknowledged Section 35 entails a full suite of rights, with UNDRIP as the backdrop.Treating indigenous peoples as governments to be consulted rather than simply stakeholders is “a whole new ball game,” said Innes. “Treaty making starts again today.”— Follow @BCheadle on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had an incorrect first name for Brian McGuigan. by Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press Posted May 10, 2016 11:52 am MDT Last Updated May 12, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT read more

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Honouring victims of World War II Ban reaffirms UNs founding goals to

Seventy years ago, in 1945, from the ashes of one of humanity’s darkest moments, the United Nations was founded to lead the world “out of horror and into peace,” declared Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today at a tree planting and ceremony to remember the countless victims who lost their lives in the Second World War.“The soil at that time ran deep with blood – the blood of the brave soldiers of many nations who died fighting fascism, and of the millions of victims of the Holocaust,” the UN chief said. “Tens of millions of civilians died without knowing why they had to die,” Mr. Ban added.When the United Nations was established in 1945, it was born out of troubled ground and yet in its 70 year history, its guiding principles “took root and grew,” driven by human rights, the burden-sharing of collective security, and a common belief in human development.“There is much distance still to travel until the seeds sown seven decades ago blossom into lives of dignity and peace for all,” Mr. Ban said at the planting of the ‘Tree of Peace and Unity’ at UN Headquarters in New York. Joined by the President of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, delegates and staff, the UN chief remembered all those who died and sacrificed in pursuing the mission set out in the UN Charter. There have been many setbacks along the path, Mr. Ban said, pointing out that today’s landscape is “scarred by conflict and turmoil” and calling on the global community to rededicate itself to the founding aims and ideals of the United Nations. Echoing that sentiment, Mr. Kutesa reiterated that the UN was founded to prevent catastrophes from happening ever again. “Seventy years after the conference was convened in San Francisco to draft the United Nations Charter to ‘save succeeding generations from the scourge of war’ – we gather here to reinforce the Organization’s commitment to noble objective and ideals,” he said. He said that the particular tree planted today, the weeping cherry, is a “symbol of mourning for the fallen.” It will remain a symbol of peace and unity at UN Headquarters to remind generations to come that as in the case of the tree, peace too requires careful and steadfast nourishment. Following that ceremony, delegates convened in the General Assembly hall for the special solemn ceremony to remember the millions who lost their lives. Once again, delivering remarks, Assembly President Kutesa urged that the international community “must never forget” its responsibility to stand up to tyrants, despots and all those that attempt to suppress the enduring nature of the human spirit. The Second World War with all its untold misery and suffering, was also a time when the world witnessed extraordinary bravery, the General Assembly President said, remembering the “collective, heroic” efforts of men and women. It was their courage that claimed victory over tyranny and evil. “Today, we stand in solidarity under the guiding principles upon which this Organization was founded; including non-aggression, the peaceful settlement of disputes, and the need to protect human rights,” Mr. Kutesa said. “Today, we remember and honour those who lost their lives in the brutal scourge of the Second World War and pay tribute to those whose memory we must never forget,” he said. read more

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FROM THE FIELD Rebuilding Yemens future from the ground up

Many children are not being educated in Yemen due to the ongoing civil war. (February 2019), by UNDP YemenThe UN Development Programme, UNDP, is supporting the people of Yemen, its communities and institutions, for when the fighting ends, by helping to rebuild dignity and prosperity through a series of interventions.Cash-for-work programmes are helping rehabilitate small-scale but vital infrastructure, such as wells and schools. Some small businesses have been restarted with grants from UNDP.Read more here about how the people of Yemen are rebuilding their future, one brick at a time.

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Gardaí clarify that taxi driver who sexually assaulted 3 women has had

first_img Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 8:04 PM 35,811 Views Share651 Tweet Email3 Updated Apr 11th 2019, 8:04 PM GARDAÍ HAVE CLARIFIED that a taxi driver who sexually assaulted three young women has had his licence revoked. Mansoor Uddin (41), a married father of three, sexually assaulted two of the women on the same night after demanding that one of them get out of his taxi when he saw her trying to get a photo of his identification.It was reported yesterday that as part of his bail conditions a female passenger is not permitted to be a front seat passenger in Uddin’s taxi.Gardaí today issued a clarifying statement, saying that after Uddin’s guilty plea in February his taxi licence was revoked. “In February of this year (2019) a male taxi driver pleaded guilty and was convicted in the Criminal Courts of Justice on three charges of sexual assaults. This case was remanded for sentencing on 9 April,” a garda spokesperson said. “Following the conviction, Garda Sergeant Aoife Cronin, National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI) formally Blackrock Garda Station immediately referred the matter to the Garda Superintendent Carriage Office, Dublin Region. Image: Oireachtas TV No Comments Uddin, of Castleway, Adamstown, Lucan, Co Dublin, had pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sexual assault on 30 January 2016 and two sexual assaults on 16 February 2016. Earlier Earlier, after the initial reporting of Uddin’s bail conditions, Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire said the fact that a taxi driver who sexually assaulted three young women was still allowed to drive a taxi and carry passengers is “outrageous”. Speaking under privilege in the Dáil, Ó Laoghaire noted the bail conditions set and said:“Incredibly, this man is still entitled to drive a taxi, and carry passengers, including women. This is outrageous. How can any women feel safe in a taxi, no matter where they are seated, that is being driven by a man who has pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault? What mother or father would not be worried that this man could collect their daughters tonight in a taxi?  “It is unsafe, it is absolutely wrong and our legislation should not allow it.”Ó Laoghaire asked Tánaiste Simon Coveney what the government is going to do to “ensure that people who are guilty of sexual offences and these specific types of offences are nowhere near taxis and in a position to collect people?”. Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl warned that the case was still before the courts and to “tread warily” with what was being said. Responding to Ó Laoghaire, Coveney said that the government is committed to preventing and addressing sexual abuse and gender-based violence. As a father of three daughters, I have to say that it is important that parents and young people can have faith that when they get into a taxi they are safe.Ó Laoghaire then pressed Coveney on whether he is confident that the Taxi Regulation Act 2013 ensures that people who are guilty of sexual offences are not entitled to drive taxis.Coveney responded by saying “we need to be careful what we say, regardless of what is written in newspapers or what has been in the media, whether it is social media or mainstream media”.“We have to stand over what we say in this House ourselves because we should set the standard on cases such as this,” he said.However, he went on to say:“The issue the Deputy is referring to is a serious issue and of course legislation should be tested and, if necessary, changed to ensure that people who are travelling in taxis are protected appropriately and that people who are given a licence to drive taxis are appropriately vetted to make sure that women or men who are travelling in taxis are given the appropriate legal protections that they deserve.”In court yesterday, Judge Sinéad Ní Chulacháin adjourned the case to 8 May, next, for sentence and remanded Uddin on continuing bail.With reporting by Sonya McLean and Cormac FitzgeraldComments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing  On the 28 February 2019 the Small Public Service Vehicle Licence was revoked with immediate effect for this male driver. Apr 11th 2019, 7:09 PM center_img Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire speaking in the Dáil today https://jrnl.ie/4588251 Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire speaking in the Dáil today Image: Oireachtas TV By Hayley Halpin Gardaí clarify that taxi driver who sexually assaulted 3 women has had licence revoked Mansoor Uddin yesterday pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sexual assault on 30 January 2016. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Coalition talks may be needed

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram On September 20, Greeks will head to the polls to elect a new government for the fourth time in six years.After only eight months in office, the leftist party leader, SYRIZA’s Alexis Tsipras, resigned earlier last month. Three bailouts, two referendums and six prime ministers down the line, Greeks are called to choose again who they want to run their debt-ridden country.The party leaders traded barbs Wednesday night as they went head-to-head in a televised debate. Looking to win over undecided voters, the politicians blamed each other for the country’s economic crisis.CNBC takes a look at the politicians who believe they can finally take the country out of crisis.SYRIZA: ALEXIS TSIPRAS Politics: Started out as radical leftist, but has moved towards the centre-leftLatest polls: 26.5 per centWho is he: Tsipras was elected prime minister during a snap election on 25 January on the promise of tearing up the previous bailout deals, so that the Greeks wouldn’t have to endure any more austerity. Having never been in power, 41-year-old Tsipras was immune to people’s anger towards the old political system and corruption, which he vowed to fight.Pitfalls: After failing to reach an agreement with Greece’s creditors, Tsipras called for a referendum in July on the latest deal offered by their lenders. Despite a resounding ‘NO’, three days later the Greek government asked the eurozone for a new three-year bailout with tougher terms than the Greek voters had said no to.NEW DEMOCRACY: EVANGELOS MEIMARAKIS Politics: Centre-right Latest polls: 26 per centWho is he: A former defence minister and parliament speaker, Meimarakis has been the provisional leader of New Democracy since former prime minister Antonis Samaras resigned in July. Despite his criticism of Tsipras, Meimarakis said recently he would cooperate with SYRIZA in a wider coalition.Pitfalls: A member of Greece’s old guard. Meimarakis joined the conservative party in 1974 and has been a member of parliament since 1989, and belongs to a generation of politicians that the Greek public has become disillusioned with.PASOK: FOFI GENNIMATA Politics: Centre-left, social liberalLatest polls: 6.5 per centWho is she: Gennimata succeeded former finance minister Evangelos Venizelos as leader of PASOK this year. She is running on a joint ticket with the Democratic Left, a SYRIZA breakaway party that was part of the 2012 coalition government.Pitfalls: The daughter of one of the founding members of the PASOK party, she belongs to the old political elite. PASOK, once one of the two major Greek political parties, lost its popularity after signing two bailouts. During January’s elections the party just made it into parliament with 4.7 per cent of the vote.COMMUNIST PARTY OF GREECE: DIMITRIS KOUTSOUMPAS Politics: Far-left, communistLatest polls: 6 per centWho is he: Koutsoumpas was elected Secretary General of the Communist party of Greece in 2013. He started his career as a member of the Communist Youth and has risen through the party’s ranks.Pitfalls: The Communist Party traditionally does not collaborate with any other party or compromise in its hard left views. It is adamantly against any labour reform.TO POTAMI: STAVROS THEODORAKIS Politics: Centre, social democraticLatest polls: 5.5 per centWho is he: A journalist by trade, Stavros Theodorakis founded his party To Potami (The River) before the European Parliament elections of 2014, hoping to fill a gap in Greek politics left by the waning popularity of mainstream, pro-bailout parties PASOK and New Democracy.Pitfalls: As a formerly well-paid TV presenter, Theodorakis represents the traditional media that many Greek voters think is biased and corrupt.POPULAR UNITY: PANAGIOTIS LAFAZANIS Politics: Radical left, anti-euroLatest polls: 3.5 per centWho is he: A minister for ‘productive reconstruction, environment and energy’ in Tsipras’ cabinet, Lafazanis led a group of dissenters within SYRIZA. He broke away from the party to form his new party supporting the return to a national currency. Former parliament speaker Zoe Konstantopoulou joined him. In his TV campaign ad he gets in a cab and when the driver asks for the destination, he replies: ‘To the national mint’.Pitfalls: Lafazanis stalled most of Greece’s privatisation deals that were a condition of the bailout deal. He supports a Grexit without stressing the impact this will have on Greeks’ buying power.INDEPENDENT GREEKS: PANOS KAMMENOS Politics: Right, national-conservativeLatest polls: 2 per centWho is he: Tsipras’ coalition partner in the last government, Kammenos stars in a TV ad for his electoral campaign, where he picks up a child named ‘Alexis’ from the hospital after he has broken his left arm – in a none-too-subtle reference to SYRIZA’s Tsipras. This is a follow-up from his 2012 campaign where he was telling the same kid to be careful, while he was playing with a toy train. A former New Democracy MP, Kammenos is trying to present himself as the balancing power in the SYRIZA-led coalition government.Pitfalls: A right-wing national-conservative, Kammenos has made racist comments on TV against other religions and has stated that “Greece is governed by German neo-Nazis”.OTHER PARTIES Fascist party Golden Dawn’s leader Nikos Mihaloliakos, who is ranked at 6.5 per cent in the latest polls, did not participate in the debate after the other political leaders refused to share a platform. Some of Golden Dawn’s candidates are currently undergoing trial for criminal acts. Another leader who was not there is Union of Centrists leader Vassilis Leventis, who is currently not in parliament, but seems like he is going to be elected ranking 3.5 per cent in latest polls. The 64-year old cult politician has become famous from his TV shows, during which he used populist loud language.last_img read more

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Alligator Captured After Firefighters Mistake It for Unconscious Person

first_img Watch: Here’s How Florida’s Gatorland Is Preparing for Hurri…Alligators Spotted ‘Swimming’ in Road, Climbing Fences in Florida Firefighters in Florida got the a huge (and scaly) surprise on Friday night when they stopped to help an unconscious person on the ground, only to realize it was actually a large, 11-foot alligator.The Miami Fire Rescue crew had noticed a figure on the ground outside a home their drive back to the station just after 11 p.m., and initially believed it was an unconscious person“As they got closer, they noticed that this was not a person but actually an 11-foot alligator,” Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll told WSVN. Stay on targetcenter_img City of Miami Police also responded to the scene and contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to assist in capturing the reptile. As they waited for the trapper over the course of the next hour, however, the alligator kept moving.“Alligators are known to be dangerous, especially something that’s 11 foot,” said Carroll. Crews ensured that no one got too close to the alligator.“For about an hour, they monitored this alligator, along with Miami Police, as it continued to make its way further into the residential neighborhood,” Carroll said.Photo Credit: Miami Fire RescueOfficials made a move after the alligator settled in an elderly couple’s backyard and found itself contained in the space.The trapper was able to rope the animal, but wet weather put the trapper’s safety in jeopardy. “The ground is wet, the alligator is wet. He didn’t want to take a chance, so the trapper made the decision to put the alligator down,” Carroll told WSVN.More on Geek.com:Here’s What Happened When Scientists Dropped a Dead Alligator to the SeafloorWatch: Gigantic Alligator Interrupts Game at Georgia Golf Course750-Pound, 100-Year-Old Alligator Removed From Florida Parklast_img read more

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WWE doctor gives update on John Cenas eye injury

first_img WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Full card for 3/6 NJPW 46th Anniversary iPPV in Tokyo, EVIL off tour with eye injury Doctor who cleared Daniel Bryan said he shows “no definite evidence of prior brain injury” In an interview with WWE.com, WWE Doctor Chris Amann said the following about the current eye injury sustained by John Cena:“John Cena had been [competing during] last weekend’s Live Events when he sustained a corneal abrasion during his Live Event matches. This evening during the attack by Rusev, John Cena’s injuries were exacerbated. As mentioned [on commentary], those injuries were a scratched cornea and a ruptured blood vessel. “We’re going to do periodic eye exams to make sure the scratch on his cornea is healing and he will be ready for WWE Fastlane.”Cena’s eye injury is indeed legit, but it has been worked into the current storyline with Rusev heading into their match at the Fast Lane PPV on February 22. WWE.com: John Cena’s eye injuries exacerbated by Rusev on Rawcenter_img Twitter Pinterest Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Lemar discusses Atleti move

first_imgThomas Lemar has stated that he will go to the “maximum” for Atletico Madrid and manager Diego Simeone.The former Monaco star has revealed he will go to any lengths to impress the ever demanding Simeone after signing for Atletico.Lemar is not afraid of the physical demands usually expected from his players by new boss Diego Simeone.The French international rose to limelight during the 2016-17 season under the tutelage of Leonardo Jardim as Monaco won the French Ligue 1 title and made it to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.After transfers to English clubs Arsenal and Liverpool failed to materialize, Lemar has now signed for Spanish club Atletico Madrid.The Europa League winners added the French winger to their squad after the departure of Yannick Carrasco and Nicolas Gaitan earlier this year.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Both Gaitan and Carrasco struggled with the demands of Simeone but Lemar is convinced he has what it takes to be a success at the Wanda Metropolitano.“I know about their struggles and it doesn’t bother me. I have the capacity to run for long periods, in Atletico they’re very demanding with that.” Lemar told reporters during his presentation on Monday, according to Goal.Lemar’s signing has been hailed as a statement signing by Atleti who have also added Portuguese winger Gelson Martins and Spanish midfielder Rodrigo to their ranks.Lemar is hoping to make it to a UEFA Champions League Final with Atletico Madrid this season.“It’s a goal for us, we want to go as far as we can in the competition. Hopefully, we’ll make it to the final and win it this time around.”last_img read more

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Valentines Day spa treatment for 2 at Acqualina

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Guys, this is fair warning: Valentine’s Day is now just four days away. And if you’re still searching for the perfect gift, or the perfect way to celebrate your love, get ready to lather up for a hot date.The Acqualina Resort & Spa is offering up quite the love nest all month long in honor of Valentine’s Day.Kim Cooke, spa therapy manager, Acqualina Resort & Spa: “It is a two-hour customized treatment in our royal suite.”You’ll receive the royal treatment with the “Love Is in the Air” package.Nothing screams romance like enjoying champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and getting pampered together.It all begins with the foot ritual.Kim Cooke: “It’s designed for grounding, balancing and relaxing you when you first enter into the suite.” You and your love don’t have to settle for the same treatments.Kim Cooke: “We can customize a treatment based off what you want.”Kiss the knots in your neck goodbye.Kim Cooke: “We could either do a Swedish massage, our Himalayan salt stone massage or a hot stone massage.”Get steamy in the double shower.You’ll either start or end in here together. It depends on what treatments you ask for, though.Kim Cooke: “For example, if you started with a salt and oil scrub, we would escort you in the shower. You would have leisure time in the shower.” center_img Sounds delicious, right?Well, you know what they say: Beauty doesn’t come cheap. This will cost you a little under a $1,000 per person, but if you want more of the steamy date…Kim Cooke: “$100 more will get you more leisure time in the shower.”Sounds like it’s worth every penny.Joshua Bubin: “It’s the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift for your ladies, your special someone. It’s kinda a secret way to give yourself a little spoil treatment, too.”FOR MORE INFO:Acqualina Resort & Spa17875 Collins Ave.Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160(305) 918-8000http://www.acqualinaresort.com/ last_img read more

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Monroe County firefighter arrested for battery

first_imgRAMROD KEY, Fla. (WSVN) — A Monroe County firefighter was arrested after a fight at a bar on Ramrod Key, Friday night.Deputies responded to the Looe Key Tiki Bar at 9 p.m. to reports of a fight.The victim had injuries to his face and said a man had attacked him after he refused to give him a cigarette.The bartender helped to break up the fight.The suspect, Dustin Hunt, was found in the parking lot. He claimed to have been attacked by the victim.Other witnesses at the bar corroborated the victim’s version of events.Hunt was arrested, charged with battery and taken to jail. Monroe County Fire Chief James Callahan was notified of the arrest.“I was made aware of the situation and will further investigate the circumstances,” Chief Callahan said. “I am disappointed. We hold our firefighters to a higher standard and this type of behavior is not tolerated. There will be consequences.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Special needs athletes families compete in Miami Beach triathlon

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Some South Florida first responders volunteered to help athletes with special needs make their great escape.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials took part in the 13th annual Escape to Miami Triathlon in Miami Beach, Sunday.Thirty-three special needs triathletes and their families competed in a series of events, including biking, running and swimming.Ocean rescue lifeguards protected players every step of the way, enabling participants to prove that anything is possible through strength and perseverance.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Akon is coming back to India to record a Marathi song thanks

first_imgAkon, Akshay GirmePR HandoutThere is a huge news going around in the Indian film industry that international singer and rapper Akon is all set to make a comeback to India. Last time the American singer was here when he sung the superhit song “Chammak Challo” for Shah Rukh Khan’s anticipated movie Ra.One, which was released in the year 2011. Since then people were waiting for Akon to do more Hindi songs n India but things never worked out.However, things might change as digital media expert Akshay Girme is all set to bring Akon back to India for a Marathi song. There is news coming out that the international singer is going to sing a Marathi song and this song is going to be recorded in Pune or Mumbai. It is said that this song is also going to be a rocking dance number just like Akon’s previous Bollywood hit “Chammak Challo”. The video of the song is likely to be shot in the “Aamby Valley City” ( Lonavala ) and the Gully Boy Rapper is also expected to feature in the song.Akshay, who is also a fan of Akon, always wanted to work with the star since he had watched the song “Chammak Challo”. He loved the song and had decided that he will bring Akon to Marathi film industry.On being asked about Akon’s upcoming Marathi song, Akshay Girme stated that the news is true and the song shall be released by the end of 2019.last_img read more

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Second mosque shooting reported in New Zealand

first_imgPolice and ambulance staff help a wounded man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on 15 March 2019. Photo: APThe Latest on shootings at mosques in New Zealand (all times local):3:45pmNew Zealand media say a shooting has occurred in a second mosque in the city of Christchurch.No details were immediately available.Earlier Friday afternoon, police had urged people to stay indoors as authorities responded to a shooting at the Masjid Al Noor mosque.A neighbour described mass casualties inside the mosque and said he saw the gunman flee.3:00pmA witness says many people have been killed in a mass shooting at a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.Police have not described the scale of the Friday shooting but urged people in central Christchurch to stay indoors.Witness Len Peneha says he saw a man dressed in black enter the Masjid Al Noor mosque and then heard dozens of shots, followed by people running from the mosque in terror.He says he also saw the gunman flee before emergency services arrived.Peneha says he went into the mosque to try and help: “I saw dead people everywhere.”last_img read more

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Vidyasagars Barnaparichay to be distributed free to mark his bicentenary celebrations

first_imgKolkata: The state Education department is planning to distribute Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s Barnaparichay free among all students of pre-primary and Class I to commemorate the occasion of 200 years of the latter’s birth anniversary.”The distribution of the Barnaparichay copy has nothing to do with the curriculum of pre-primary and Class I. As per plans, the book will be given as a ‘heritage book’ to pay homage to Vidyasagar,” said Avik Majumdar, the chairman of the Syllabus Restructure Committee. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to a senior official of the state Education department, the government is making plans to celebrate the bicentenary celebrations of the key figure of Bengal Renaissance in a grand manner for at least a week. “We are holding meetings time-to-time on how to celebrate his birth anniversary. It will take some more time to finalise the entire programme,” the official said. It may be mentioned that Vidyasagar’s Barnaparichay is not a prescribed book in the syllabus of the West Bengal Board of Primary Education. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateA few days back, BJP supporters had allegedly vandalised a bust of Vidyasagar at Vidyasagar College in North Kolkata during a rally by their party president Amit Shah, following which state Education minister Partha Chatterjee had announced that a new statue of the great Indian reformer will be constructed at the same venue. The state Education department has already announced a series of decisions regarding celebration of the life and legacy of Vidyasagar. The state has plans of construction of a museum containing artefacts related to Vidyasagar, turning Vidyasagar College into a heritage institution and organising of a week-long series of programmes from September 20 to 26 to celebrate his bicentenary. The state government has allocated Rs 20 crore for the celebration. All government schools will commemorate the occasion through essays, exhibitions, documentaries, discussions, debates based on the life and works of Vidyasagar. The essay competition will be held in three levels — Group A will involve Class III and IV, group B will cover Class V to VIII while the group C will involve students of Class IX and X. The subjects of the essays will be based on various aspects of Vidyasagar’s life including his role in women education and empowerment. A committee will be formed at the circle level which will make the necessary arrangements for the week-long celebrations. This committee will start functioning from June 15.last_img read more

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