AFN National Chief Bellegarde responds to Harpers broadside over education bill

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsAssembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde has responded to a broadside from Conservative leader Stephen Harper who accused the First Nation leader of flip-flopping on the controversial First Nation education bill.Harper criticized Bellegarde during a media interview over the weekend, accusing the AFN leader of changing positions on the education bill. Harper also said he wasn’t sure if Bellegarde would be willing to work with the Conservative government if it retained power.Bellegarde said he opposed the bill, known as the First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act, because it was fatally flawed.“First Nations widely rejected Bill C-33 because it was not about First Nation control. My position is based on that conviction and the position of my constituents when I was regional chief and as national chief,” said Bellegarde, in a statement sent to APTN National News.Bellegarde said the chiefs were ignored after they offered to work on an improved approach with the Harper government to get the balance right.“We extended the offer to work on a real approach to First Nations control of First Nations education based on a new and honourable process being put in place, but there has been no response,” said Bellegarde. “We’ll continue to press for action on First Nations education and closing the gap during the election and after.”Bellegarde said he is ready and willing to work with whoever gets into power after Oct. 19.“Whoever forms government after this election must understand they have the same responsibility to work with us because our priorities are Canada’s priorities,” he said.During his interview with CBC’s The House, Harper blamed chiefs in the AFN for scuttling the bill, which came with a $1.9 billion incentive.“This government worked with former chief (Shawn Atleo) and the AFN to create a massive overhaul to reform our Aboriginal education system to provide standards and transferability to other education systems,” said Harper. “The AFN as a whole, unfortunately, some in the AFN reversed their position. I think Mr. Bellegarde was one of those. But there are many communities and groups of communities in this country who want to move forward with that reform because they understand it’s the best thing for their children.”The broad strokes of the bill was actually drawn up over a weekend of secret negotiations in February 2014 between Atleo, Harper, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Barnard Valcourt and Wayne Wouters, the former Clerk of the Privy Council.A week later, Atleo and Harper announced they had reached a “historic” agreement on education. The majority of the AFN executive didn’t know about the press conference until the eleventh hour.Atleo resigned as a result of the furor triggered by the bill.AFN chiefs rejected a previous version of the bill in the fall of 2013 after a months-long consultation process by Aboriginal Affairs.Critics of the bill said it gave the minister of Aboriginal Affairs too much control over education in First Nation communities.Valcourt said the government would not release the bulk of the new education funds unless the AFN agreed to the bill which died when the writ was dropped to begin the current federal election.Jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

2026 FIFA Task Force Arrives in Morocco

Rabat – Morocco’s 2026 World Cup Bid committee received the FIFA Task Force delegation and other representatives of the FIFA administration on Monday.The five-member task force will spend three days in several cities around the country in order to evaluate Morocco’s assets and capacity to host FIFA’s massive tournament.FIFA’s Task Force will visit stadiuims, training camps, fan sites, and media centers in four Moroccan cities: Marrakech (April 16-17), Agadir  (April 17-18), Tangier (April 18-19), and Casablanca (April 19), according to a press release published by FIFA on April 7. In a statement published by Maghreb Arab Press, Moroccan bid Chairman Moulay Hafid Elalamy announced, “Thanks to the Kingdom’s strategies, led by HM the King and embodied by a whole people, Morocco is ready to welcome the members of the FIFA Task Force to our land of football.”He added that the country will offer FIFA and the football fans a remarkable tournament, stating that the World Cup in Morocco “would be a source of pride” and a “formidable catalyst for development.”FIFA’s Task Force committee includes Chairman of the Audit and Compliance Committee Tomaž Vesel; Chairman of the Governance Committee Mukul Mudgal; Member of the Organising Committee for Competitions Ilcho Gjorgjioski; FIFA Deputy Secretary General (Administration) Marco Villiger; and FIFA Deputy Secretary General (Football) Zvonimir Boban.The Task Force visit followed Morocco’s recent letters addressed to FIFA, expressing the country’s concerns over the scoring system.Royal Football Federation addressed its first letter to FIFA on March 25, regarding Morocco’s concerns about the fairness and transparency of the procedure.“To my surprise, the scoring system was finally sent to us on March 14–24 hours before Morocco submitted its file and two days before the deadline for the submission of applications to FIFA,” wrote the FRMF president.Lekjaa explained that this system adds “several technical criteria that were not part of the original regulations,” adding that some principles “have never been transmitted to FRMF in the preparation process of the Moroccan bid.”On April 3, FIFA responded to convey that the aim of the Task Force is to “determine whether the bids meet the requirements in terms of infrastructure and revenue-cost criteria.”FIFA’s arguments, however, were not enough to convince Morocco’s FRMF.“We have taken note of your answers, but unfortunately they have not resolved these concerns and we are still convinced that the scoring system does not comply with the requirements of the bid rules,” reads the recent letter of President of FRMF Fouzi Lekjaa to FIFA.Lekjaa continued, saying that Morocco was surprised this measure surfaced only 48 hours before Morocco submitted its bid.“The late distribution of the scoring system cannot be justified merely by the fact that it was communicated as soon as possible to the candidates,” he added. read more

Students reported missing in mountain range found safe

A group of students reported missing in the Saptha Kanya (Seven Virgins) mountain range have been found safe.The three students were found following a search operation conducted by the army and police. At least two foreigners were also reported missing in the mountain range. (Colombo Gazette)

DR of Congo Security Council reiterates importance of full withdrawal from Moliro

Current Council President Ambassador Sergey V. Lavrov of the Russian Federation said in a press statement that the 15-member body stressed the importance that all sides “strictly abide” by resolution 1399, which called on all parties to the Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement to refrain from any military action or provocation, especially while the Inter-Congolese Dialogue was taking place in Sun City, South Africa.Ambassador Lavrov’s statement today followed a closed-door meeting of the Council, which heard a briefing on the situation in Moliro by Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Hédi Annabi. According to the Council President, Mr. Annabi reported that the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC), which had visited the town daily for the past few days, said there had been a few government soldiers in the area but they have since withdrawn and were no longer there as of yesterday. read more

1 child dies because of AIDS each minute UNICEF says

Each minute of every day a child somewhere in the world dies because of AIDS, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today on the eve of launching a major push to address the plight of the disease’s youngest victims. “For young people in the most affected countries, where life-expectancy has plummeted from the mid 60’s to the low 30’s, turning 18 can mean reaching middle age,” UNICEF chief Ann Veneman told a press briefing in New York.“An estimated 15 million children have lost one or both parents to AIDS, but only a fraction of the children and parents who need help are getting it,” she added. Outlining the new initiative, the Chief of UNICEF’s HIV/AIDS Section, Peter McDermott, said it aims to prevent mother-to-child transmission, provide pediatric treatment, stem new HIV/AIDS infections, and help orphans affected by the virus. Specifically the campaign seeks to increase services to women in need to 80 per cent by 2010 from the 10 per cent currently served. It also hopes to cut in half the 500,000 children who die from the virus before the age of 1, out of the 600,000 that are born positive. “With simple Cotrimoxazole for about $10 a year, we can improve their chances of living beyond one year of age by 15 per cent, and with antiretrovirals, we can improve their life expectancy after their first birthday,” Mr. McDermott said. Through prevention, the programme hopes to reduce by 25 per cent the number of children aged 4 to 15 who are infected annually by the virus. Altogether, the programme hopes to reach 80 per cent of the children in need in 5 years, he added. But he warned that there remains a “massive funding gap” between what has been committed to fight the virus among children. and what is needed. Also addressing the press briefing was 20-year old Kerrel McKay of Jamaica, who lost her father to AIDS five years ago. When he was sick, she was his primary care-taker. “Children will be given a more practical support to go on with their lives,” she said of the initiative. “Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS” will be kicked off on Tuesday at UN Headquarters where Ms. Venemen will be joined by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the First Lady of Rwanda, Jeanette Kagame and the Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Dr. Peter Piot. read more

Ballard signs research deal worth up to 100 million with Volkswagen

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ballard signs research deal worth up to $100 million with Volkswagen by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 6, 2013 1:50 pm MDT VANCOUVER – Shares in Ballard Power Systems (TSX:BLD) rocketed up more than 50 cent Wednesday after it announced a deal with Volkswagen Group worth up to $100 million.The company says it has signed an engineering services deal with the German automaker for the development of fuel cells to be used in demonstration cars.“The announcement of this research agreement with Volkswagen Group, a recognized global leader, is a major step for Ballard both strategically and financially,” said Ballard president and chief executive John Sheridan.“Ballard’s focus with Volkswagen in this new automotive fuel cell research program will parallel our continuing work in commercial fuel cell markets for backup power and material handling — enhancing product durability and performance while radically reducing product costs.”The four-year contract, which includes an option for a two-year extension, is worth $60 million to $100 million.The work will include the design and manufacture of a fuel cell for use in Volkswagen HyMotion demonstration cars.Ballard engineers will lead key areas of fuel cell design along with testing and integration work.“This research agreement with Ballard demonstrates our commitment to the development of clean energy fuel cell transportation alternatives,” said Juergen Leohold, head of group research at Volkswagen AG.“I anticipate accelerating our automotive fuel cell program as a result of this collaborative effort, which will bring together additional fuel cell skills and expertise in both organizations.”Ballard made a name for itself as a maker of fuel-cell powered buses and rode high hopes for its automotive fuel cell business.However, adoption of the technology was slow and Ballard sold its automotive fuel cell business to Daimler AG and Ford Motor Co. in 2008.The company instead shifted its focus on its core commercial markets including forklifts, back up power and co-generation though it continued to provide services to the automakers.Shares in Ballard closed up 48 cents or 55 per cent at $1.35 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

Two years on Ukraine conflict affects over half a million children –

“Two years of violence, shelling and fear have left an indelible mark on thousands of children in eastern Ukraine,” Giovanna Barberis, a UNICEF representative in the eastern European nation, said in a press release. “As the conflict continues, we need to reach these children urgently to meet their physical as well as psychological needs,” she added. According to the UN agency, more than 215,000 children are internally displaced from the conflict-affected areas, and at least one out of five schools has been damaged or destroyed. Last year, more than 20 children were killed and over 40 were injured; out of those, 28 casualties were caused by mines and exploded ordnance. In addition, a polio outbreak was confirmed in Ukraine 19 years after the country was declared polio free, and lack of access to health services and a shortage of medicines are threatening more disease outbreaks. As temperatures plummet, fuel shortages and high prices of coal are also leaving children at risk of respiratory infections. Meanwhile, damage to basic infrastructure has put the water supply at risk for some 2 million people across the front line. “UNICEF calls all parties to the conflict in Ukraine to ensure safe movement and unhindered humanitarian access to help children in need,” Ms. Barberis stressed. 2016 Programme Targets Nutrition:80,000 pregnant or lactating women reached with infant and young child feeding counselling Health:400,000 children received regular immunization through the enhancement of cold chain and vaccine distribution systems 2,000 health professionals gained increased knowledge and capacity for the implementation of public health campaigns WASH:1.2 million conflict-affected people gained access to safe drinking water 300,000 most vulnerable people received hygiene supplies Child protection:400,000 affected children, youth and caregivers received psychosocial support 400,000 children and their families received MRE Education:300,000 children benefitted from rehabilitated education infrastructure, life-skills training and educational supplies HIV and AIDS:30,000 pregnant women and children provided with tests for early diagnostic of HIV to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIVUNICEF has been working with partners to provide children with basic services. To date, this includes providing psychosocial support to over 46,000 children and training almost 5,000 teachers and psychologists to identify signs of distress among children. UNICEF has also reached 1.6 million people with safe water and over 164,000 children and adults with essential hygiene items. Earlier this year, the agency called for an additional $54.3 million to address the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable children in conflict-affected areas. read more

Michael Clarke Duncan Was Huge White Sox Fan

Michael Clarke Duncan, the larger-than-life actor who died Monday at 54, was an avid Chicago White Sox fan who was so into his team that he forged a close relationship with team general manager Kenny Williams.Duncan, who reached fame and success late in life with a role in the Tom Hanks movie, “The Green Mile,” was such a fan that he would even call Williams to give him advice on player personnel decisions, Williams said.“Michael was a close friend. He was the nicest, kindest guy anyone could ever know. He was a great fan of the Chicago White Sox and often called me to offer advice. His friendship will be missed.”Duncan was a huge sports fan, as his appearance as a fixture at Los Angeles Lakers games attests.The South Side Chicago native, according to Yahoo! Sports, holds the distinction of being the only Chicagoan to ever narrate a World Series film for a Windy City champion. His baritone laid the soundtrack for the White Sox’s 2005 highlight reel.He also served as the narrator for 2010’s “The Club,” MLB Network’s forerunner to “The Franchise” series.Duncan was also said to be one among the thousands that rushed Comiskey Park’s field during Disco Demolition Night in 1979. He even told Chicago reporter Sarah Spain a few years ago that he had made away with Bill Melton’s bat during the commotion, though the slugger had been retired for two years at that point and hadn’t played for the Sox since 1975.When he became a public figure, Duncan used his fame – after years of holding regular jobs – to meet and greet with many in the sports world and athletes and teams he admired from afar before he earned a level of fame.Duncan suffered a stroke several weeks ago and passed away Monday night. read more

Liverpool band Hers killed in car crash while touring US

The Liverpool band Her’s have died while on tour in the US, their label have confirmed.The duo, comprised of Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading, were travelling to a gig in Santa Ana, California on Wednesday when they were involved in a road accident. Both members and their tour manager, Trevor Engelbrektson, died in the incident.Her’s were featured on BBC Radio 1 as recently as Sunday, when DJ Huw Stephens played their track What Once Was which was recorded live at the SXSW festival.The record was played as part of the station’s set-piece BBC Introducing feature, showcasing the brightest new talent across the British music scene. A number of artists have gone on to headline festivals and release platinum-selling albums, including James Bay, Florence and the Machine, Jake Bugg, George Ezra and Blossoms. They had performed in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday and were driving about 350 miles to Santa Ana when the crash happened.Local reports said four were killed when a vehicle going the wrong way on Interstate 10 collided with a van carrying three people shortly after 1am local time. Police could not confirm the identities of those killed.Mr Fitzpatrick and Mr Laading met while at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, releasing their first album in 2017 entitled Songs of Her’s.  Fitzpatrick was from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, according to his Facebook page, while Laading was originally from Kristiansand, Norway, his social media account said.Her’s career was taking off and in August last year they were named as ones to watch by the Guardian.Fans expressed their devastation on social media following the deaths. In 2018 they released their album, Invitation To Her’s, which includes 11 separate tracks. Heist Or Hit added: “Musically, Her’s were astonishing. An aptitude for melody, fun, and entertainment combined with a complexity that was as sophisticated as it was stylish.  Completely and utterly shocked. Her’s were one of my favourite bands and photographing them was an absolute pleasure.Rest in peace, my loves x pic.twitter.com/5QtjIMFx4q— Lucy Tibbs 📸 (@lucytibbs_) March 28, 2019 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “They were in America playing to thousands of adoring fans. Fans they made a point of meeting and spending time with, such was their passion and humbleness. The world was at their feet. Everyone here at the label is overwhelmed and distraught. “We have lost our friends and the world has been denied their talent.” You guys made the crowd laugh and gave me an experience I’ll never forget. May your souls rest..Her’s. pic.twitter.com/vRoobPIaGr— pearl🌙 (@honeysickle) March 28, 2019 Her’s were on their second tour of North America playing 19 shows having released their debut album Invitation To Her’s last year, the band’s label said.Earlier in the week, the band posted on Instagram: “It’s almost home time for the lads, US tour has gone swimmingly so far.  In a statement posted on Facebook, the label Heist Or Hit wrote: “We are all heartbroken.“Their energy, vibrancy and talent came to define our label,” they continued. “As humans, they were warm, gentle and hilarious. Each time they stopped by the office made for an uplifting experience. “To say they were close would be an underestimation of a friendship that was genuinely beautiful to witness; they loved one another like brothers.”Huw Stephens interviewed the band live from the SXSW festival, where they talked about “hiring and American Dad” to drive them from location to location in the US. Her’s were due to play Latitude festival in Suffolk in July. tough day today. Her’s forever 💐 pic.twitter.com/VFZzI7Kkvf— ♡ 𝔣𝔦𝔢𝔩𝔡 𝔱𝔯𝔦𝔭 ♡ (@fieldtripband) March 29, 2019 read more

The Fakers Guide to the World Mens Handball Championship 2013

← Previous Story Hungary with four right backs at WCh 2013 Next Story → WCh 2013 opened – Spain smash Algeria! Usually when a world championship comes so soon after the Olympics, it could feel like watching a re-run of a program. Not so with the Handball World Championship that throws off in Spain today. There is a wide variation in the teams – with Olympic silver medallists Sweden not even making the cut – and an even wider variation in the squads, with many teams in rebuilding mode. Most of all, this would be the first major handball competition in over a decade not to feature Ivano Balić – probably the greatest handball player of all time. Below is a quick guide for the uninitiated.Main storyline: Does France have the motivation to win another title? How much does homecourt advantage mean to Spain? Is Croatia better or worse without Balić? Can Denmark recover from its Olympic disappointment? Can Hungary take the next step? In short, who is actually the favourite?Favourites: Probably France, but see aboveBiggest rival: SpainOutside bet for the title: HungaryExpectations for the host: Spain will never have a better chance to win its second World Championship, as homecourt advantage usually counts for a lot in handball tournaments.Spain’s best player: Julen Aguinagalde (pivot)Seven players to watch:Niklas Landin (goalkeeper, Denmark)Cédric Sorhaindo (pivot, France)Dominik Klein (left wing, Germany)Siarhei Rutenka (left back, Belarus)Aron Pálmarsson (playmaker, Iceland)László Nagy (right back, Hungary)Ivan Čupić (right wing, Croatia) Five unmissable group games:Slovenia – Poland (15 January), I think this game could decide who tops Group C (and likely avoids playing Spain, Croatia and Hungary in the second round)Croatia – Hungary (15 January), the first of three killer matches between the top teams in Group DIceland – Denmark (16 January), a possible decider for the top for Group BSpain – Hungary (17 January), a rematch of a fairly one-sided game from the Olympics is likely to be a lot closer this timeSpain – Croatia (19 January), this could be all about placement in Group D, with the teams that finish first and third likely to avoid meeting France until the FinalEvery team in a sentence (in my predicted order of finish):Denmark – I think the Olympics were a blip, as this team has talent across the board, good chemistry and a clear tactical approachFrance – for a team that did so much to crush French stereotypes, it is funny that it enters this tournament facing a typical French question – do they care enough?Spain – injuries to key players (playmaker Raúl Entrerríos and left wing Cristian Ugalde) could end up being the difference between winning the tournament and a disappointing finishSlovenia – could be the surprise of the tournament, riding on the back of a wave of success for its top three domestic clubsHungary – would be targeting a medal and are capable of getting one, but the draw has left them with an unfavourable road to the topCroatia – would team chemistry improve without Balić? and would that be enough to compensate for the decline in quality on the court?Iceland – without Beijing 2008 stars Ólafur Stefánsson and Alexander Petersson, playmaker Aron Pálmarsson assumes leadership of the team at the tender age of 22Macedonia – Kiril Lazarov will get his goals, but it is more the favourable draw than any obvious strengths that could see Macedonia reach the quarter-finalsPoland – with every tournament this team looks more like a work in progress and less like the 2007 World Championship runners up, but the departure of legendary coach Bogdan Wenta is the biggest change yetMontenegro – have overachieved just by beating Sweden to make the tournament, and might cause a few more shocks before they’re doneBelarus – I don’t think it’s unfair to call Belarus “Siarhei Rutenka and 15 other players”Tunisia – Indisputably the best non-European team, but a long way from being a contenderRussia – so much happens, and yet nothing seems to change in Russian handball for more than a decade nowGermany – Germany remains a team in transition, with more and more young players being integrated into the team in place of the generation that won gold on home soil in 2007Egypt – no longer a team that the Europeans fearSerbia – a full-on rebuilding programme after a humiliating performance at the Olympics, and only a year after finishing as runners up at the European Championship held in SerbiaArgentina – there’s a third Simonet brother! and Argentina remains one of the most fun teams to watchSouth Korea – like many of the teams that follow, South Korea is really here to make up the numbersAlgeria – Africa’s third best team was actually one of the better performers at the last World Championship, but a repeat is unlikelyQatar – a trial run ahead of hosting the tournament in 2015Brazil – another team that is just happy to be in SpainChile – will struggle to compete without its one Champions League-caliber player – Marco Oneto – who is out with an injurySaudi Arabia – the Saudis will just be glad that Australia is there to make them look betterAustralia – the perennial laughingstock of World Championships, and there is no reason to think this time would be differentBEN SHAFRAN read more

Amazon to set prices in own Android App Store

first_imgAt the moment we have two extremes of app store to choose from. On the one hand we have the Apple App Store with a lot of rules to follow before your app can go live. On the other hand we have the Android Market which is very open. In both cases the price your app sells for is up to the developer to set.Amazon is set to launch its own Android App Store in the near future. The company understandably seems to be taking a very hands-on approach to controlling what is available there so as to ensure quality. But it also seems to want to control the price of every app.If you submit your app for the Amazon store you can suggest a price for it to sell at. There is no guarantee the app will appear for sale at that price, though. Amazon will ultimately decide. The developer is protected to a certain extent, as Amazon will either offer 70% of the final price it chooses, or 20% of the price you as the developer originally submitted as the desired price.As an example, say you submit an app and want the price to be $5. Amazon decides to sell your app for $3 instead. You get $2.10 per sale rather than the $3.50 if the app was sold at your desired $5 price point. However, if Amazon decide to offer your app in a sale for $1 (or for free), the 20% desired price rule kicks in and you get $1 per sale rather than the 70 cents expected.When setting the desired price you want your app to sell for there seems to be only one rule: don’t set it higher than the price your app is sold for elsewhere. However, there’s no guarantee Amazon will choose your price just because it already sells on other app stores for that amount. As a business it makes sense for Amazon to undercut the competition on price.Read more at Business InsiderMatthew’s OpinionIt sounds complicated and as if the developer is losing control of their app to some extent. But it may turn out to that the developer makes more money from their apps this way.One thing Amazon is very good at is pricing items cheaper than anywhere else or having sale offers that move a lot of stock. If it does the same with apps then a surge in sales of a given app for a few days may earn more revenue for the developer than their desired price point would have over the course of a month without promotion. The other thing to consider is having your app listed on Amazon may be worth a lower price due to the number of customers that use and trust Amazon for purchases every day.As Business Insider rightly points out, having the price of your app set by someone else may be a problem if you sell across multiple app stores. Amazon could ultimately price your app lower than the competition potentially hurting your sales elsewhere. Will this stop developers signing up to list on Amazon?last_img read more

Pictures New online archive gives public access to Dublins visual history

first_imgPictures: New online archive gives public access to Dublin’s visual history Dublin City Council have published their archives online, in the hope it would help members of the public access records they need. Feb 22nd 2017, 8:30 PM Pictures of the North Strand Bombing are just some of the interesting and powerful photographs that make up the new archive. Source: Dublin City Library and ArchiveDUBLIN CITY COUNCIL have launched an online archive of 43,000 historic photographs and documents on their website.From today, you can search documents online by archive, date, location for free. The pictures show events like the Eucharistic Congress and the North Strand Bombing (some of which were taken as proof for insurance).There are also everyday events such as strikes, football matches, and pictures of old Dublin streets.The archive includes pictures of old documents and objects, with the oldest document dated to 1757 – of an old planning map of Dublin City.Margaret Hayes, City Librarian, says the archive will not only provide people with free access to the collections of Dublin City Libraries and Archives, but will also give them a chance to enrich their knowledge of the photographs they have. Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 8:30 PM 25,781 Views Indeed, we look forward to the public helping us by providing additional information on the people and places featured.Here’s a taster of what’s on offer at Dublin City Council’s National Archive.Traffic at Fairview during a bus strike Source: Dublin City Library and ArchiveCroagh Patrick Pilgrimage, Co Mayo Source: Dublin City Library and ArchiveNorth Strand Bombing, May 1941This photo was taken at 584 North Circular Road and 24 Rutland Place by a local photographer Henry McCrae. Short URL Share157 Tweet Email1 center_img Source: Dublin City Library and ArchiveEucharistic Congress, June 1932Thousands gathered near the High Altar in the Phoenix Park on Children’s Day. 20 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3252224 By Gráinne Ní Aodha Source: Dublin City Library and ArchiveSport for All Day, 1979 Source: Dublin City Library and ArchiveRead: Conserving our heritage: ‘One woman was in tears that her home was a protected structure’Read: ‘Thanks to books, I feel free’: The man with the most degrees in history Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

APOSTOLIC NUNCIO CONCLUDES VISIT TO THE GAMBIA

first_imgBy Saikou Suwareh Jabai The Papal Pro Nuncio or Apostolic Nuncio, who is the Ambassador of the Holy See to The Gambia, His Excellency, Most Rev. Miroslaw Adamczyk, had successfully concluded a 5 day visit to the country. During the visit from the 11th to the 15th August, 2016, the representative of the Pope held several meetings with religious leaders and the Christian community at large.On Saturday, 13th August, the Apostolic Nuncio met a cross section of Christians, including priests and other religious leaders at the Gambia Pastoral Institute (GPI) on Kairaba Avenue. Among the issues that were discussed during the convergence is the selection of the next Bishop of the diocese of Banjul as well as the situation of Christians in the country following the declaration of The Gambia by the president as an Islamic State, among others.Speaking to the congregation at the consultative meeting, Most Rev. Adamczyk called for the support of the Christian community in the process of selecting the next Bishop of the Roman Diocese of Banjul as the present occupant, Bishop Robert Patrick Ellison, C.S.Sp.  will retire soon. He talked about the process of appointing the new Bishop, which, he added involves two stages, and one of which is this consultation. He tasked the Religious and the Lay Faithful to think about the future of the church and be realistic and partial in nominating two or three names who they wish to be appointed as the next Bishop of Banjul. The nominated candidate, he advised, must have a solid faith, good morality, zeal for souls, wisdom, be full of human virtues, have good reputation and must have a certain age.The Apostolic Nuncio said it is worth noting that the Bishop is the teacher of faith, the judge and the leader and therefore he must have a doctorate or if not, then an adequate knowledge to be able to lead his followers on the rightful path.He emphasised the need for confidentiality in the process of selecting the candidates.Father Peter S. Lopez of the GPI informed the congregation that the present Bishop of the Diocese of Banjul will be 75 years next year and will therefore retire as that is the age limit for bishops.He said leadership is significant and therefore a good leader helps everybody. “We have to look at our own situation in The Gambia with what has been transpiring within the past few months. So we really need to choose a leader who will give support and encouragement to our people. We are born here and we are all Gambians. We hold a Gambian passport and we belong to this country,” said Father Lopez.He said the news of the retirement of the Bishop of Banjul and selection of his successor is significant, describing it as good news for Christians in The Gambia.Dilating on who is responsible for appointing the next bishop, he said after the consultations and nominations, the Holy Father Pope Francis will finally appoint. He, however, said the involvement of the Religious and the Lay Faithful in nominating their candidates is crucial as the voice of the people is the voice of God.Most Rev, Miroslaw Adamczyk was appointed as the Apostolic Nuncio to The Gambia by the Holy Father Benedict XVI in 2013.last_img read more

Soybean Industry Plays Leading Role in Biodiesel Tax Credit Meetings on Capitol

first_imgThe National Biodiesel Board (NBB) hosted industry stakeholders for a series of meetings in Washington, D.C. this week with Members of Congress to discuss the status of the biodiesel tax credit and the outlook for tax issues going forward.  The current one dollar per gallon biodiesel blender’s tax credit is scheduled to expire on Dec.  31 and action by Congress to extend any of the expiring tax credits is unlikely to occur before they adjourn for the year.The biodiesel tax credit has expired numerous times over the past decade and has ultimately been retroactively reinstated by Congress. The prospects for addressing comprehensive tax reform in 2017 have resulted in a reluctance by leadership in the House of Representatives to consider another temporary extension of specific tax credits.Many farmers and soybean industry leaders joined with other biodiesel stakeholders and NBB members to conduct targeted meetings with key Members of Congress to reiterate the benefits provided by the biodiesel industry, the value of the biodiesel tax credit and to get insight on how it might fit into the comprehensive tax reform process in 2017.  Participants included American Soybean Association (ASA) Director Mike Cunningham (IL), who is also vice chairman of NBB, ASA Washington staff and numerous state soybean representatives.The feedback received from Members of Congress and their staff, was that while the process could be lengthy, the intent is to move aggressively on tax reform.  There was no consensus or clear indication on how the expiring tax credits will be treated in the initial tax reform proposals.ASA will continue to advocate to policy makers in support of the biodiesel tax credit and the issue will be a top priority in 2017.last_img read more

Snowboarder Killed In Avalanche Near Crescent Lake

first_imgUS Forest Service, Alaska State Troopers, and Moose Pass EMS responded with snowmachines. Cheng was located deceased and transported to the Carter Lake trail head. According to an online Trooper dispatch, Bryce Fischer, 27, of Anchorage and Cody Lourie, 33,  of Anchorage recovered Cheng from 6 ft of snow-cover and performed CPR for 30 minutes. Peninsula Memorial responded for Cheng’s body.  The body is being sent to the State Medical Examiner for an autopsy. Next of kin has been notified. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Troopers in Seward received a report that Jeffery Cheng, 33, of Anchorage was snowboarding with two friends in the area of the Crescent Lake Saddle Cabin when he was overtaken by an avalanche, on Saturday. Fischer then left on foot/snowboard to the trailhead to get cell service to call for help.  Recovery efforts were made.last_img read more

UK Music Consumers Gravitate Toward Media You Can Touch

first_imgNews UK Music Consumers Gravitate Toward Media You Can Touch Research by eBay U.K. reveals a special status for physical media among young peoplePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 13, 2017 – 2:42 pm In August a representative sample of British consumers were polled by eBay U.K. and ICM Unlimited to produce “A Guide To Physical Media,” a report exploring the meaning of buying physical products in a world transformed by digital. Trends such as Instagram book “shelfies” or “phygital” sales bundles that combine physical with digital instigated this closer look at how traditional “goods” retain special appeal while entertainment is increasingly available on streaming services.Surprisingly, the report found that young people are responsible for the resurgence in the sales of physical goods. Among U.K. buyers between the ages of 18 and 24, 47 percent bought a CD and 25 percent bought a vinyl record. The Beatles, David Bowie and Pink Floyd have done especially well among collectors, representing buyers’ desire to own some of the most meaningful music they listen to.Whether gift-giving, showing off at home to guests or sharing digital pix of tangible purchases online, young U.K. consumers are proving that real-world things have not outgrown their appeal. This is certainly good news for e-tailers like eBay, but it also raises the thought heading toward the holidays that digital convenience hasn’t made the sentimental satisfaction of ownership obsolete.RIAA Reports: Music Industry Revenue Up In Early 2017 Facebook Twitter Feeling Physical? Brits Love CDs, Vinyl, Books uk-music-consumers-gravitate-toward-media-you-can-touch Email last_img read more

Civilian tourism to the International Space Station looms on the horizon

first_img 81 Photos NASA’s wildest rides: Extreme vehicles for Earth and beyond 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 3 More From Roadshow 0 71 Photos Watch mice adapt to microgravity aboard the International… Roadshow 23 Photos Tags 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 49 Photos Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Enlarge ImageThe International Space Station could soon become humanity’s next hottest tourist destination. NASA Right now, if you want to go to space, for the most part, your only option is to become an astronaut. That’s easier said than done, though, which anyone who’s seen The Right Stuff will attest to.But soon, you’ll have a simpler way to leave Earth’s atmosphere, as long as you’re filthy rich. According to a report Friday by the Washington Post, NASA will soon let civilians travel to the International Space Station for a projected cost of $50 million. That’s not an all-expenses-included fee, either. Once there, you’ll be able to stay for up to 30 Earth-equivalent nights, but at a rate of $35,000 a night, which would cover food, communication and storage. For those of you too lazy to do the math, a month’s stay at the station would cost you another million bucks and change. Travel to and from the space station would be handled by private companies like Boeing and SpaceX. NASA estimates that it could handle two amateur astronauts per year, based on current estimates.In addition to opening the space station to tourism, the Washington Post also reports that NASA is looking to “open up the orbiting laboratory to more commercial interests, including filming advertisements in an attempt to help fund its crash plan to return astronauts to the moon by 2024.”ISS tourism may seem like an opportunity that’s far in the future, but it’s actually just around the corner, it seems, with the first NASA-backed tourist mission potentially happening as early as 2020.center_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 52 Photos 1:44 Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Tags More From Roadshow Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 69 Photos 26 Photos 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 18 Photos Car Industry NASA,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 68 Photos 12 Photos Post a comment 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Comments 10 Photoslast_img read more

Rahul Gandhi pleads not guilty in Mumbai court gets bail in RSS

first_imgCongress chief Rahul Gandhi.ReutersCongress president Rahul Gandhi appeared before a court in Mumbai in connection with a defamation case filed by an RSS worker against him for allegedly linking journalist Gauri Lankesh’s killing with the “BJP-RSS ideology”.New agency ANI reported that Gandhi has pleaded not guilty and has been released on Rs 15,000 surety amount. Former MP Eknath Gaikwad has given surety for the Congress leader.#WATCH Rahul Gandhi arrives in Mumbai to appear before a Court in connection with a defamation case filed against him in 2017 for allegedly linking journalist Gauri Lankesh’s murder with “BJP-RSS ideology”. #Maharashtra pic.twitter.com/d2H3TDcG3J— ANI (@ANI) July 4, 2019The Congress leader was summoned by the Mazgaon metropolitan magistrate’s court in February this year, in response to a private complaint filed by Dhrutiman Joshi, a lawyer and worker of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS.Along with Gandhi, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury was also summoned.Back in 2017, Joshi had filed a complaint against Rahul Gandhi, his mother Sonia Gandhi, and Sitaram Yechury.According to a news agency, a private complaint is filed to seek directions from the court to the police to investigate a particular matter.Gauri Lankesh was shot dead outside her house in Bengaluru in September 2017. Within 24 hours of Gauri Lankesh’s death, the Congress chief told reporters that “anybody who speaks against the ideology of the BJP, against the ideology of the RSS, is pressured, beaten, attacked, and even killed.”Complaint Joshi also said that Sitaram Yechury stated that it was the RSS’ ideology and RSS people who killed the journalist.The court issued summons against Rahul Gandhi and Sitaram Yechury but dismissed the complaint against Sonia Gandhi.Rahul Gandhi is reportedly facing another defamation case at Bhiwandi in neighbouring Thane district, filed by a local RSS worker, for allegedly blaming the Sangh for Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination.last_img read more

Post Bigg Boss elimination Hema makes sensational comments on Sreemukhi and Varun

first_imgPR HandoutActress Hema, the first contestant to get eliminated from Bigg Boss season 3 Telugu, held a press meet on Tuesday and made some sensational comments on the show and the contestants. Hema said the only reason she entered the show was to become a mentally strong person and had to walk out of the show because that was what the audience wanted her to do.”Since day one itself, they have dumped too many responsibilities on me. By calling me ‘sister’, they spoke against me with each other and finally made me quit the show. All the promos in the first week were about me, which led to a bad impression on the audience,” said the actress.She said that Varun Sandesh is someone who keeps eating 24*7 and that she was trying to keep the food intake of others too in control so that they can save a lot more even without performing the tasks. “Those who have spoken against me, have hugged me while I was walking out of the house and said they will miss me,” she added.While talking about Sreemukhi, Hema said, “She is a cunning girl and has raised disputes amongst the inmates. She has played double games. But see, now she herself is nominated for elimination. I am sure she will be the one to be eliminated in the coming week. Also, I am Himaja have disputes personally, outside the house and so, she too has targeted me.”She further added that Ashu Reddy is the only good and honest contestant in the house and hopes he wins the title of the third season. In case she gets a chance to enter the show again, through wild card entry, she said she would definitely give it a second thought.last_img read more