first_imgSydney: Australia’s opposition is set to anoint Anthony Albanese as its new leader, hoping to win back the working class after a shock election defeat to the conservative government. The Australian Labor Party unexpectedly lost to incumbent leader Scott Morrison on May 18, despite leading in the polls running up to the election. Albanese, from Labor’s left faction, replaced Bill Shorten when the former union chief stepped down hours after losing the vote. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’The 56-year-old will be officially confirmed by the Labor caucus on Thursday after the uncontested leadership ballot. Albanese vowed to create a “larger, more inclusive party” amid soul-searching within the ranks over the defeat. “I understand that it is a big mountain that we have to climb,” Albanese told reporters in Sydney, where he holds his lower house seat, on Monday. “I want to build relationships between the Labor Party and those people who voted for us, but also those people who wanted to vote for us, who were open to vote for us, but who felt like they couldn’t.” Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaLabor’s large and progressive policy reform agenda, which it campaigned heavily on, as well as Shorten’s unpopularity with voters, have been blamed for the election upset. Morrison successfully cast Labor’s proposals, including tackling climate change, as too risky and damaging to household finances at a time when the national economy is slowing down. The Labor party performed particularly poorly in Queensland state, where Shorten was perceived to be lukewarm about a potential large India-backed mine that promises to create thousands of jobs. But Albanese argued it was possible to grow the economy, and create jobs while still pursuing a progressive agenda. “The economy must work for people, not the other way around. I view unions and business as having common interests,” he said. “But… we can’t judge the economy separate from the people it’s meant to serve. I believe in an inclusive society, one that looks after the most vulnerable.” Albanese was raised by a single mother in public housing in Sydney and has previously touted his roots as helping him connect with lower-income voters, who deserted Labor in droves at the last election.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday bid farewell to five of its members from Tamil Nadu who have completed six years of their term, with one of them, V. Maitreyan, breaking down while giving his farewell speech. The five retiring on July 24 are Maitreyan, D. Raja, K.R. Arjunan, R. Lakshmanan and T. Rathinavel. While Raja is from the CPI, all others are from AIADMK. House Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu appreciated the contributions of the exiting members in law-making process and public service. Senior leaders noted that they will miss the presence of the five, especially Raja. There were lighter moments too. During his farewell speech, Maitreyan broke down. “After a long stint of 14 and a half years, this marks my sunset years.”last_img read more

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The production — which explores the legacy of non-Caucasian men in the First World War — will have only four shows in Toronto as part of a North American tour. Advertisement Facebook Revisor, from Betroffenheit creators Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young, “uses the language of farce to speak of a world riddled with corruption.” (CANADIAN STAGE) Advertisement Advertisement New works from notable Canadian artists are the highlight of the new Canadian Stage season announced Wednesday.Many of those involve partnerships, often between artists from different disciplines.“Collaboration is at the heart of our artistic endeavour and it’s written into the bedrock of the past decade of Canadian Stage’s history,” artistic and general director Matthew Jocelyn said in a news release. Jocelyn leaves the company this June but has programmed 17 works for the 2018/19 season.The season opens at the Bluma Appel Theatre in October with Xenos, the final solo performance by British dancer and choreographer Akram Khan, with a text written by rising Canadian playwright Jordan Tannahill. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Rabat – Police intervened in the northern city of Tetouan following news that an underage girl was married to a man older than her.The alleged ‘wedding’ took place in a ceremony room downtown town Tetouan.Pictures of the ‘wedding’ were shared on social media, while some news websites claimed the minor was being forced into marriage. The minor in question is aged 13 while her alleged husband is 17 years older than her.Upon questioning of the minor’s family and her suitor, police were told the ceremony was an engagement and not a wedding.They asserted that the girl was not being forced into the union and that it was “her decision”.The family and fiancé added that they wanted to hold a ceremony to make the engagement of the daughter public. The ceremony reportedly continued after police left the place.In Morocco, the issue of child marriage is still subject to controversy.Despite the fact that the 2004 Moroccan Family Code (Moudawana), which was seen an achievement in women’s rights, states that the legal age of marriage for women is 18, loopholes still exist.Those loopholes are exploited by suitors and compliant parents.The text says that the judge is authorized to reduce the minimum age “in justified cases”. Those cases being unspecified, it leaves the door open for the law to be preached constantly.According to a census by the Ministry of Justice, the number of girls married below the age of 18 reached in 33,000 cases in 2014. read more

Last year, when the Sri Lankan Government ordered the release of impounded boats, 18 of them could not be salvaged as they suffered extensive damage, Vasan said, urging the Central and State governments to provide compensation to the boat owners. The Centre should take constructive steps and protect the livelihood of the fishermen, he said. India’s TMC leader G K Vasan has appealed to the Indian Government to prevail upon the Sri Lankan Government and secure the release of 73 fishermen arrested on charges of poaching and 101 boats that have been impounded, The Hindu newspaper reported.Talking to reporters after receiving representation from Mechanised Fishermen Association leaders N.J. Bose and P. Devadoss in Ramanathapuram, Vasan said fishermen from Rameswaram to Nagapattinam faced serious threat to their livelihood as the Sri Lankan Navy continued to arrest and attack them. Vasan, who was in Ramanathapuram to discuss party affairs with TMC office-bearers, urged the State Government to address the problems faced by handloom weavers in the district and clear the payment of rebates pending for about three years. read more

Asserting that India’s BJP-led Government at the Centre was taking serious steps to bring a lasting solution to the fishermen issue, Rajya Sabha member and senior party leader L. Ganesan said efforts were made to secure the release of the trawlers impounded by Sri Lanka, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the island nation, The Hindu newspaper reported.Ganesan said the Prime Minister was scheduled to visit Sri Lankan “very soon” and talks were held with the Sri Lankan government to secure the release of more than 140 boats, ahead of his visit. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was keen on finding a solution to the issue at the earliest and her suggestion of weaning fishermen from deep-sea fishing to resolve the issue was well received by the fishermen delegation which met her in Delhi on March 21, Ganesan said.One of the leaders in the delegation had even told him that it would be a “golden period for fishermen” if Ms. Swaraj worked out the solution. Ganesan said there had been a marked change in the attitude of the Sri Lankan government towards Indian fishermen after the BJP came to power. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lankan authorities refused to release the boats, taking the stand that the fishermen would again trespass into their waters if they released the boats. “However, talks are being held to secure the release of the boats,” he said. The Tamil Nadu government had offered to repair the damaged boats, he said. read more

A 29-year-old man has been charged with aggravated assault after an injured man was found by police near Mosaic Stadium on Sunday.At approximately 4:01 p.m., police responded to the 3500 block of Saskatchewan Drive for a report of an injured person. Police found a 27-year-old man who had suffered cuts and blunt-force injuries, and he was transported to hospital by EMS. The investigation led police to an address on the 1900 block of Athol Street. While setting up a safety perimeter, police observed a man at the rear of the address. The man was arrested, and a gun was seized by police.The man was charged in connection with the assault. He is also facing firearms charges, and was wanted on several outstanding warrants. He made his first court appearance on Aug. 26. read more

HC Tatran Presov have been close to win point against RK Vardar Skopje, but at the end, young Serbian goalie Dejan Milosavljev saved the last shot to ensure victory of visitors – 26:27.Lukas Urban led his team with nine while Borozan on the other hand netted six. Karacic shined with five from just as many attempts, Kristopans added four.STANDINGS: 5.Tatran Prešov1023 4.PPD Zagreb1013 1.Vardar3009 6.Steaua Bucuresti1003 10.Metalurg0030 2.Nexe3009 HC Tatran PresovRK Vardar Skopjeseha gazprom league 7.Vojvodina1013 8.Izvidac0030 9.Železnicar Niš0020 WDLP 3.Meshkov Brest2006 ← Previous Story HSG Wetzlar lose Tibor Ivanisevic for the next 2-3 months Next Story → Nedim Remili to stay in Paris until 2022 read more

first_imgClick here to view a larger imageClick here to view a larger imageDunnes Stores – sells ‘Wild Atlantic Jumbo Prawns’ – the packaging highlights Co Cork on a map of Ireland. And true enough this is where the product is packed. The prawns themselves are caught in Brazilian waters, while Nicholas Lynch says he suspects the ‘wild Atlantic’ name may have been picked to evoke images of the Wild Atlantic Way western tourist trail. Short URL nothing is incorrectly labelled. All our labelling complies fully with legislation and guidelines— Lidl Ireland (@lidl_ireland) February 2, 2017 Apr 16th 2017, 10:00 PM March Lidl brochure from Germany showing cod fillet. ‘Aufgetaut’ translates as defrostedLidl and Aldi have certainly been a little careless with the rules on occasion. On foot of complaints from Nicholas Lynch, Aldi was outed as selling farmed Scottish smoked salmon as the wild Irish variant last December (a “descriptive error” was the explanation given).Lidl, meanwhile, was called out for having used Bord Bia’s stamp of approval on promotional material advertising its fish. The problem is that Bord Bia’s quality assurance scheme doesn’t cover fish (it’s covered by Bord Iascaigh Mhara). That issue was put down to “human error during leaflet design”.Two weeks after February’s ASAI decision, a Lidl outlet in Co Meath was still stocking the Inis Mara cod fillets under a sales banner reading ‘fresh cod fillets’. When contacted by TheJournal.ie regarding this, Lidl’s response was: “Following on from the ASAI ruling in February we liaised closely with the FSAI and issued updates in relation to signage and ticketing in all stores. Unfortunately it looks like there was an error with this promotional price ticket and we are reviewing all the ticketing set up internally.” Inis Mara cod fillets being sold as ‘fresh’ in LidlWhen we asked all the major supermarkets trading here for their approach to this subject their responses were:“With regard to Tesco’s own label products, we are fully compliant with all national and European legislation set out with regard to labelling” – Tesco“Our packaging is 100% compliant with all regulations and all information relating to origin is clearly marked so we are absolutely not attempting to mislead anyone” – Lidl“All products we sell are correctly labelled and comply with all relevant regulations” – Aldi“We rigorously adhere to all labelling legislation relating to the sourcing and marketing of Irish produce” – Super ValuDunnes Stores, as is its custom, did not replySo, what does EU legislation have to say? Well, EU Directive 2000/13/EC suggests that “a product… shall be accompanied by particulars as to the… specific treatment which it has undergone (eg powdered, freeze-dried, deep-frozen…) in all cases where omission of such information could create confusion in the mind of the purchaser”.Meanwhile, Regulation 1169/2011 states that “where a product has been defrosted, the final consumer should be appropriately informed of its condition”.The FSAI’s takeThe ASAI deferred responsibility for our queries to the FSAI when contacted. The FSAI’s response suggests that the matter is not quite so black-and-white as a smaller retailer might believe. A spokesperson told us that the “origin” of wild fish is “not clear-cut”.Under the EU Common Fisheries Policy ”it is possible for a fish which is not caught in Irish waters, to be considered part of the Irish fish quota”, they said.“Therefore on  a case by case basis depending on a number of factors as set out broadly above, a fish which is caught outside the Irish territorial waters could still claim ‘Irish’ origin under EU rules.”Regarding the placement of a national flag on a product, the FSAI’s take is that such practice does not contravene EU legislation – “The provision of voluntary information on a product label is a commercial decision and whilst the voluntary information provided on a product can differ from one EU member state to another it must always be in compliance with  the requirements of FIC (food information for consumers).”When we suggested that the description of defrosted produce (which is mandatory per EU law) on Irish products might be a deal more subtle than that seen in other European countries, the spokesperson said that the FSAI “does not believe” that this is the case.All of which would seem to suggest that the larger supermarkets are well within their rights to be marketing their fish products the way they are.But, legally compliant or no, is it misleading?“The cod I have on my counter today came off a boat called the Adventurer, landed into Ballycotton and I have to have that off a boat, get it to Ashbourne (in Co Meath), filleted and on my fish counter and sold within 72 hours. People might think this is a case of sour grapes but when you buy from a local fishmonger you support an Irish boat, an Irish boat agent or co-op, Irish processors and an Irish fishmonger,” says Murray.The bigger retailers use huge marketing budgets to make consumers believe that these products are the same when in fact they couldn’t be more different, the only thing they have in common is the species is the same. Yesterday we filmed with @Nicks_Fish finding a large amount of incorrectly labelled food. @lidl_ireland Have you a response? #fakefood pic.twitter.com/3Ru1NCb2Sj— thatsfarming.com (@thatsfarming) February 2, 2017 Share Tweet Email12 42,365 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article “It’s impossible to compete with a company like Lidl with its marketing budget when they are making people believe the product they sell is something totally different to the reality – that is, fresh and Irish,” says Murray.Here are some examples of the kind of branding in use in Irish supermarkets at present:Lidl – King Prawns bearing the ‘produced in Ireland’ tricolour. The prawns are farmed in Vietnam and India Click here to view a larger imageAll this is freely printed on the packaging. But you have to be the kind of person who closely reads packaging to see it.Lidl for instance has happily admitted in the past that once a product is being handled by an Irish supplier, it will give it its ‘product of Ireland’ branding.So where’s the harm?Shopping localThe harm, says Murray, is that people want to feel like they’re shopping local and the supermarkets have realised this. “It’s akin to the Guaranteed Irish brand when it first came in – it’s sought after,” he says. As far as Nicholas Lynch is concerned, genuine homegrown Irish retailers are losing out as a result.“For 12 days straight in late 2014 there was dreadful weather in Ireland,” says Nick Lynch. “We knew there wasn’t a boat in the water fishing mackerel anywhere near Ireland. You can monitor them online apart from anything else. Yet we had people telling us that ‘there’s tons of it up the road in Lidl, and it’s all Irish’.”One way or another that mackerel was defrosted, even if it was Irish. But anyone who wasn’t well-versed in the industry would think they were buying fresh from Cork on the same day.For its part Lidl (as do all of the other large supermarket chains in reality) says with regard to the labelling of its products: “Our packaging is 100% compliant with all regulations and all information relating to origin is clearly marked so we are absolutely not attempting to mislead anyone.”Murray and Lynch have two main bones of contention – that fish that is frozen at sea thousands of miles away isn’t being clearly marked as having been defrosted, and that an Irish flag is being applied to fish products that are only produced (or packed) in Ireland. Not necessarily caught here.Comparing recent Lidl brochures for both the Irish and German markets does appear instructive – in the Irish version, hake, ‘seafood mix’, and cod fillets are all marked as having been ‘produced in Ireland’ with an attendant tricolour. In the German version, a cod fillet is listed clearly as having been defrosted. Irish Lidl brochure. Note the Irish tricolour By Cianan Brennan Click here to view a larger imageSuper Valu – also sells Jumbo Wild Atlantic Prawns, labelled as being produced by Dunn’s Seafare in Co Dublin. These prawns are caught in Argentinacenter_img Click here to view a larger imageAnd here’s Green Isle Foods’ Donegal Catch getting in on the act with a frozen salmon offering. The package has a ‘packed in Ireland’ tricolour. The fish meanwhile is caught in the north-east Pacific Ocean, which again conceivably could mean in waters anywhere from Alaska to California: Source: Lidl Ireland/Twitter Click here to view a larger imageAldi – the supermarket sells its own Skellig Bay fresh hake fillets branded with a tricolour and a ‘packed in Ireland’ tricolour insignia – the small print says the fish has been caught in the south-east Atlantic and defrosted – which conceivably could mean any waters from Morocco down as far as South Africa. Aldi also sells Skellig Bay tuna steaks, complete with IRFU branding, which are sourced from many different places, including the south-east Pacific (interestingly, a batch of these same tuna steaks was this week recalled by the FSAI due to the detection of high levels of the chemical histamine, with the origin of said steaks on the FSAI release, of course, being Ireland) Click here to view a larger imageTesco – sells smoked cod fillets with ‘packed in Ireland’ tricolour. The fish is caught in a multitude of places, including off Ireland, but also including the Barents Sea, Norwegian Sea, and Icelandic Sea ‘It’s misleading’ – is a tricolour sticker on fish enough to convince you it comes from Ireland? The large supermarkets in operation here have adopted similar approaches to each other when it comes to marketing fish sourced from abroad. 75 Comments The Irish consumer deserves to know what they are buying clearly before they buy it, if something is advertised it needs to be advertised for what it is – defrosted and imported.“It benchmarks what-should-be-available expectations,” agrees Lynch.It’s grossly misleading and simply is not tolerated in other European countries.Read: Staff at liquidated charity Console still haven’t been paid and it looks like they never will beRead: The average age for Irish brides and grooms is getting older and older Sunday 16 Apr 2017, 10:00 PM http://jrnl.ie/3329364 Source: thatsfarming.com/Twitter The fish section in a Dunnes Stores food hallIN FEBRUARY OF this year, the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland issued a series of findings and judgements with regard to some of the infractions committed by Irish businesses in touting their wares that month.One of those was a slap on the wrist for German retail giant Lidl, which was found to have marketed fish caught in the Barents Sea (off the coast of Russia in the Arctic in case you’re wondering) and off the Namibian coast as being “fresh”.The ASAI concluded that Lidl was in breach of the Code of Standards for Advertising. Lidl amended the adverts in question, and the ASAI concluded that “no further action was required”.For Irish fishmongers Nicholas Lynch Limited, the case represented just the tip of the iceberg. It was that company’s Niall Murray who made the initial complaint to the ASAI.“There is a lot more to this problem than just the ASAI issue,” says Murray. “The issue of labelling with the Irish flag or keeping the country of origin in the background is happening with pretty much all the big retailers at this stage.”His quest for what he sees as a fairer marketplace began in 2013, when Lidl introduced a labelling system (‘product of Ireland’, ‘produced in Ireland’, or ‘packed in Ireland’) incorporating the Irish tricolour on some of its products, to help distinguish between homegrown produce and imports.Then CEO of Lidl Ireland Kenneth McGrath (who has since moved pastures to Denis O’Brien’s Digicel group) told an Oireachtas agriculture committee in May 2013 that “in the absence of clear guidelines, we have developed our own system”.Nowadays, four years later, using an Irish flag in different ways has become the norm for the major supermarkets here, not to mention outside brands like Donegal Catch which can be found in many of those stores.As far as Murray and Nicholas Lynch are concerned, the situation decided upon by the ASAI in February (and the examples outlined below) amount to food fraud, something the FSAI defines as being “committed when food is illegally placed on the market with the intention of deceiving the customer, usually for financial gain”.The FSAI does not concur with this opinion.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target The Pro controller for Nintendo Switch is easily one of the best controllers on the market. It looks great, feels incredible while playing, and has a long battery life. As far as I’m concerned, it is superior to both the Xbox One and DualShock 4 controllers. I certainly prefer it over the Joy-Con controllers Switch comes with. I only have one Pro controller, but I’ve toyed with the idea of purchasing a second one ever since I got the Switch. Thankfully, PowerA is set to release a new officially licensed third-party Pro-like controller for Nintendo’s latest system that’s worth taking a look at.The PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch has the same basic layout as the standard Pro controller. The big difference is with the two mappable Advanced Gaming buttons on the back of the controller. It also has LEDs for power, button mapping, player number, and a low battery warning. Unlike the Pro controller, the PowerA controller doesn’t have an internal rechargeable battery. Instead, you’ll need two AA batteries to power it. The press release says the battery life is 30 hours, which is about ten hours less than the Pro controller. Still, that’s a lot more than the PS4’s controller (about 8-10 hours). Since the PowerA controller is an officially licensed product, it comes with a 2-year limited warranty.“For today’s gamer, it’s all about options,” said PowerA president, Eric Bensussen. “We wanted to give our Nintendo Switch customers the freedom to play their way with innovative, stylish and high-quality controllers that don’t break the bank. Whether you’re a traditional-style gamer who enjoys the benefits of wired controllers, or one who prefers the freedom of a wireless experience, we have a controller that fits the bill. Our customers have spoken, and we’ve been listening.”PowerA is also releasing wired and wireless GameCube-style controllers. Given how Super Smash Bros. Ultimate drops in late fall, this is a perfect controller for those looking forward to playing Nintendo’s party brawler. The controller will “offer an old-school vibe with all the modern bells and whistles.”The PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch is now available to pre-order for $49.99. The controllers come in different colors and styles including red, black, and white. The silhouette editions feature characters like Mario and Link. An exclusive retro Mario controller will be available at select retailers. The GameCube-style controllers will be available to pre-order for $49.99 wireless and $29.99 wired on October 8. These also come in a variety of colors.For more on Nintendo Switch check out everything you need to know about the system as well as cool games to play before Smash Bros. comes out.Buy it now!Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Play Nintendo Switch in Style With PowerA’s Enhanced Wireless Cont…PowerA Delivers Quality Customizable Controllers at an Affordable Price last_img read more

first_imgInjured BNP candidate for Pabna-4 constituency Habibur Rahman, 26 Dec 2018. Photo: UNBSome unidentified miscreants stabbed BNP candidate for Pabna-4 constituency Habibur Rahman during electioneering at Alhaj High School ground in Ishwardi upazila on Wednesday noon, reports UNB.The victim’s nephew Sumon Mondol alleged that a group of Awami League leaders and activists swooped on them with locally made sharp weapons around 12pm.During the attack, Habibur Rahman sustained critical injuries, he said adding that the BNP leader was taken to Ishwardi Upazila Health Complex.Ishwardi police station officer-in-charge Bahauddin Faruki said they have heard about the incident.last_img read more

first_imgSean YoesA recent newspaper report indicates that on any given day dozens of mentally ill men and women in Maryland who should be treated in psychiatric facilities for evaluation and treatment, wind up in jails instead. There they languish for days, weeks or even months with little or no treatment, sometimes at great peril to themselves and others, because the state simply doesn’t have enough beds to accommodate all the people who are being ordered by the courts for evaluation or treatment.“In Baltimore City, there are two outpatient centers under the University of Maryland System…we have to make sure the services are expanded and the resources are there, because when you don’t have places like that you have situation like what happened in Orlando,” said Delegate Jill Carter, who represents the 41st District of Baltimore City, during First Edition earlier this week. “When you don’t have an ability to get people the treatment they need that’s exactly what you get,” she added.According to the report, 80 percent of people admitted to mental health facilities are arriving through the criminal justice system. Meanwhile, Maryland’s psychiatric inpatient capacity has plummeted from about 3,000 beds in the 1980’s to about 960 in 2016.In Baltimore City, the vast majority of people matriculating through various components of the criminal justice system are people of color and poor people. Therefore, the vast majority of people suffering because of the state’s catastrophic lack of psychiatric resources are most likely Black, Brown and poor.“When you think about the historical context for people of African descent, in the United States and throughout the Diaspora, the idea of dehumanization and systematically oppressing people and them being in a consistent…subjegated experience it helps to put this, understanding what’s happening in Maryland in a specific context,” said Dr. Adanna Johnson-Evans, a licensed psychologist and associate professor of Psychology and director of African and African American Studies at Loyola University. Johnson-Evans was also speaking about the issue on First Edition earlier this week.“This is not surprising, the trends we’ve seen throughout the United States…people of color have been dehumanized and criminalized in the criminal justice system because of mental health diagnosis,” Johnson-Evans said. “We know that half of people who are currently incarcerated carry a diagnosis. So, when we look at the overwhelming numbers of people of color who are incarcerated, we understand…these are person who more likely than not have not had access to mental health services, who are carrying a diagnosis that may have influenced their behavior. The idea that people are living in dehumanizing conditions on a daily basis, when we talk about poverty and crime and violence and lack of educational and economic and employment resources. The results of that psychologically is dire, is grave,” Johnson-Evans added.A woman who identified herself as, “Selma,” called into First Edition during the segment on the state’s psychiatric backlog to speak on what she described as her experiences in the mental health and criminal justice systems.“I can say that I’ve suffered with many of those mental health issues you guys mentioned…bipolar, PTSD, depression,” Selma said. She later invoked the name of an infamous, now shuttered facility for adolescents in identifying the stigma of mental illness in many Black families.  “I’ve been in and out of the jail system, I suffered even worse when I was in there. And I’m 59 years old and I’ve experienced all of this from the age of about 12, when I went to a place called Montrose School for Girls. My mental health issues were known then, I never received treatment for them…a lot of these things that went on with me started in my household,” Selma added. “And as a person of color I believe…a lot of trauma that happens in the household, we were told to sweep stuff under the rug, don’t talk about it. That’s where a lot of that trauma comes from.”Tragically, there is little doubt Selma’s plight is not uncommon in Baltimore and beyond.Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on WEAA 88.9.last_img read more

first_imgThe New York-based ratings agency Standard and Poor’s maintained its “BB/B” long and short-term credit rating for Costa Rica Thursday afternoon, adding that the outlook appears stable, according to a statement.The company also reaffirmed its transfer and convertibility assessment for Costa Rica at “BBB-,” the agency’s lowest investment grade.S&P’s statement was sanguine in the face of the country’s rising budget deficit, predicting that the government would be able to contain runaway debt through higher tax revenues and budget controls in the next two years. The rating agency’s forecast breaks with gloomy predictions recently from other groups, including Fitch Ratings and the Eurasia Group.Standard & Poor’s also noted that Costa Rica would likely see an improving economy thanks to a recovering U.S. economy, the country’s largest trade partner, and low international oil prices. A stable political system and continued foreign direct investment would buffer Costa Rica during the next two years from the immediate effects of the deficit, the statement said.“Standard & Poor’s decision show confidence in the efforts of the government to secure the approval of tax measures that will be presented to the Congress in the coming weeks,” Vice President and Finance Minister Helio Fallas said in a statement Thursday. Those measures include a bill that would establish a value-added tax. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s Solís urges calm after Moody’s knocks investment rating down to junk status Fitch Ratings downgrades Costa Rica outlook Diplomats in Washington tout the emerging ‘Pumas of the Pacific’ Costa Rica should expect 4.3 percent GDP growth, World Bank sayslast_img read more

first_imgOn Feb. 4, 2018, Fabricio Alvarado – a presidential candidate who just weeks before was at only three percent in some polls – capped off his upward surge by winning the first round of voting in Costa Rica’s national elections. In no community did he receive a higher percentage of votes than in Pocora, Guácimo, in the province of Limón.The Tico Times is pleased to translate David Bolaños’ in-depth feature, originally published by Radioemisoras UCR and the weekly Semanario Universidad examining the factors that led to Alvarado’s massive support in Pocora. Part II of IV. Read Part I and Part II.In the centers of Pocora, Carrandí and Matina, the most frequent signs are for bars, corner stores and evangelical churches.In each district, residents calculate that there are more than 15 Protestant congregations of different denominations, including a variety of evangelical churches.The history of Christian Protestantism in Limón dates back to the immigration of inhabitants of British colonies in the Antilles, whose roots were Anglican and Methodist. Such tendencies extended into the Central Valley along with the railway, and into each stop along the tracks. Eventually, more denominations were added to this base, including Baptists, Pentecostals and Neopentecostals (Fabricio Alvarado belongs to the latter). That’s how Laura Fuentes, a specialist in Religion Sociology at the National University (UNA), describes the process.Both Fuentes and residents of these districts admit that, in the absence of government support, churches have appropriated the social functions of feeding, care, recreation and addition treatment in Limón.Limón is the province with the second-highest number of Protestant churches in Costa Rica, with 678 congregations, according to research by the Latin American Socioreligious Program (Prolades) in 2013. San José has the highest number, with 892 congregations that year.In the towns with the highest levels of support for Fabricio Alvarado, evangelical churches have become important meeting places for families, in spite of the limitations on resources and membership that their leaders point out.Despite the limited economic resources of the churches, their presence is more visible than that of the government. In Pocora, for example, there are neighborhoods with an evangelical church in every street. For a Pocoran family, going to an evangelical mission for a solution to a problem is much easier than going to the Municipality or another government office.“People from the political parties remember the churches when there are elections. But the Christian churches, when there’s need, serve as shelters for the population. How is the population not going to identify more with the churches than with any political party?” asks Jairo Adams, from Pocora.In these towns, local leaders from the National Restoration Party are not discussed: it’s all about Fabricio Alvarado. The candidate is spoken of not only as a person close to the Christian churches in the communities, but also as someone who could belong to said congregations.Adams and other people who were interviewed warned that it cannot be assumed that only Christians supported the PRN, nor that the churches convinced all of its followers.However, the most recent poll from the  the University of Costa Rica’s Center for Research and Political Studies (UCR-CIEP) found that 70 percent of the support for Fabricio Alvarado comes from evangelical voters.This is a candidate who didn’t even have to be present in order to lay claim to the pulpit. Semanario Universidad LogoThis article was originally published in Spanish at Radioemisoras UCR and  Semanario Universidad on March 6 by journalist David Bolaños. Facebook Comments Related posts:The heart of Fabricio Alvarado, part I: Pocora, Limón The heart of Fabricio Alvarado, part II: Dashed hopes The heart of Fabricio Alvarado, part IV: ‘Incorruptible people’ Presidential candidate Fabricio Alvarado pulls out of UCR debatelast_img read more

first_imgMichelinPeninsula Shanghai The Peninsula Shanghai has maintained a total of three Michelin stars for two restaurants in the second edition of The Michelin Guide Shanghai – the result marks the second year that Yi Long Court enjoys a prestigious two Michelin star rating, while Sir Elly’s upholds its one Michelin star.The Peninsula Shanghai has also retained its title as the only hotel in Mainland China with two Michelin-starred restaurants simultaneously. The awarding of Michelin stars to Sir Elly’s, which serves modern European fare crafted by Chef de Cuisine Hans Zahner and Executive Pastry Chef Lucien Gautier, and Yi Long Court, which is helmed by Michelin-starred Executive Chinese Chef Tang Chi Keung and specialises in refined Cantonese dining, represented an important milestone for The Peninsula Shanghai. Under the guidance of Executive Chef Terrence Crandall, The Peninsula Shanghai has established itself as a critically-acclaimed Bund-side dining destination that pushes the boundaries in luxury service and gastronomic innovation.Diners at Yi Long Court can enjoy exquisite Cantonese dishes, regional Chinese and dim sum favourites, plus inventive creations inspired by the culinary travels of Michelin-starred Executive Chinese Chef Tang Chi Keung. Hong Kong-born Chef Tang, who opened Yi Long Court in October 2009, returned to The Peninsula Shanghai in April 2016. He previously spent five years creating Cantonese-inspired menus at Hei Fung Terrace at The Peninsula Tokyo, which earned a Michelin star during his tenure.At Sir Elly’s, French-born Chef de Cuisine Hans Zahner and Executive Pastry Chef Lucien Gautier combine their skills to create refined European menus for Shanghai diners to savour. Inspired by classically trained techniques, both chefs share an abiding passion for pairing French culinary inspiration with fresh Asian and European ingredients. The latest rotational menu at Sir Elly’s offers a spectacular gastronomic journey featuring the finest ocean-fresh fish and seafood, Australian lamb shoulder and decadent desserts. The l’aventurier captures the beauty and nuances of Western fine dining, casting a spot light on superb dishes such as royal oyster with schrencki caviar, black cod confit with carrot escabeche and fresh mango, and the wonderfully creative pop corn with corn lemon ice-cream, white chocolate and caramel sauce.MAIN IMAGE: Sir Elly’s – Chef Hans Zahner, Chef de Cuisine & Chef Lucien Gautier, Executive Pastry Chef last_img read more

first_imgPatrick Peterson traded punches with Falcons star receiver Julio Jones before the Cardinals cornerback left late in the fourth quarter of Arizona’s 38-19 loss on a balky left leg.Head coach Bruce Arians said Peterson was only dealing with cramps and had a minor knee ding Sunday.Regardless, the beat up cornerback had been targeted by Atlanta more than most teams would dare. It was a symbolically harsh result after Peterson held Jones, the NFL’s total receiving yardage leader to start Sunday, to four catches for 35 yards on seven targets. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling CB Patrick Peterson said his knee is “hurting right now.” While it was painful, he didn’t want to miss any time. Not sure extent of issue.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) November 27, 2016The Cardinals’ defensive woes weren’t on their best player.Eight Falcons caught balls with Mohamed Sanu earning one more target than Jones’ seven. Sanu caught all eight thrown his way for 65 yards, while backup 5-foot-8 receiver Taylor Gabriel caught two screen passes that turned into 25- and 35-yard touchdowns.Three times, Atlanta followed a Cardinals score with one of their own.“Great defenses don’t do that,” Arians told Arizona Sports 98.7’s Paul Calvisi afterward. “They don’t let other teams score after you score.”Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan one-upped Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer with 26 completions. Both had two touchdowns and an interception, but Ryan did so on 11 fewer attempts.Arizona also struggled to contain Atlanta’s rushing attack, which allowed a 27-yard run to Gabriel and 60 yards and two touchdowns by Devonta Freeman.Still, Peterson’s outing said as much in the matchup under the microscope. – / 24 One play after Jones made a 15-yard, second-down reception in the third quarter, Peterson motioned to be removed from the game after chasing down tight end Levine Toilolo with 7:38 remaining in the period. Tharold Simon took over for Peterson briefly, but Peterson returned for several more series before Arizona appeared to pull him for good when the game was out of reach.Jones caught three passes for 20 yards on four targets in the first half. Meanwhile, Peterson earned two pass interference penalties.The first came on the Falcons’ opening drive on 3rd-and-goal at the Arizona 2-yard line. The Cardinals corner held Jones’ jersey and then made contact with him as he battled down the pass.Atlanta scored on the very next play to tie the game, 7-7.On the Falcon’s next possession, Peterson’s second interference penalty on 3rd-and-15 at Arizona’s 38-yard line negated a stop and gave Atlanta a first down. The Falcons finished the drive with a chip-shot field goal to tie the game, 10-10, once again.A Jones bobble near the end of the first half, however, resulted in a huge swing in the Cardinals’ favor.During Atlanta’s two-minute drill, Cardinals safety D.J. Swearinger picked off the tipped ball off Jones’ mitts with 25 left in the first half at the Cardinals’ 31-yard line. Arizona scored a field goal to trail just 17-13 at the half, but Atlanta would pull away with three second-half touchdowns to put the 4-6-1 Cardinals on the brink of officially missing the postseason.center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_imgTHE BANK of Cyprus (BoC) will set up an investment company that will take over the group’s non-banking operations in a bid to rationalise its balance sheet and boost its capital adequacy.Citing unnamed senior sources at BoC, the Cyprus News Agency said the lender will also create a real estate fund that will administer the lender’s 250 properties in Greece.The BoC brass also voiced optimism that people will be surprised in the first quarter of 2014 by the bank’s new structure.With the creation of Bank of Cyprus Holdings, the stricken lender will tackle the concentration observed in certain sectors of the economy, especially that of real estate.The lender said the process of cutting staff is moving ahead while it was planning to close 30 branches by the end of July.BoC is also close to selecting a consultant to oversee its restructuring.The executives said its UK subsidiary was not up for sale, unlike its holdings in Russia and Ukraine, which BoC cannot afford to maintain.To prevent financial collapse and be eligible for aid, Cyprus was forced to close down Laiki Bank – its second biggest — and convert sizeable deposits in BoC into equity to help recapitalise that bank.As part of the aid package, Laiki and BoC were also forced to sell their Greek branches, while deposits the banks had in that country were exempt from the bail-in, to avoid contagion to Greece.BoC, which is assuming some of Laiki’s assets, was also forced to assume Laiki’s emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) liability, a funding lifeline provided from the European Central Bank.   You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementBad Digestion Slowing You Down? Top Doctor Reveals What You Need To DoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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