New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed eight out of the 44 girls of Bihar’s Muzaffarpur shelter home to be reunited with their families after all necessary clearances. A bench headed by justices N V Ramana directed the Bihar government to provide all necessary financial and medical assistance to these eight girls. It also directed the state government to assess the compensation liable to be paid to such victims under the scheme and submit a report to the court. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The bench also comprising justices M M Shantanagoudar and Ajay Rastogi directed the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to prepare a status report with respect to the remaining girls and submit it before the court in eight weeks. The apex court’s decision comes after TISS filed its field action project ‘Koshish’ before it in a sealed cover, saying the eight girls were fit to be handed over to their families. Several girls were sexually assaulted at the NGO-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, and the issue had come to light following a report by TISS, which had conducted a social audit.
OTTAWA – Canada’s spy agency is facing questions about its workplace culture amid allegations that senior officials foster a prejudice and distrust for Muslims employees, who are seen as “essential to CSIS’ mission, but working without CSIS’ trust and respect.”The allegations are contained in a statement of claim filed Thursday in Federal Court by five employees who are seeking upwards of $35 million in damages for what they say was years of harassment condoned by supervisors.The statement of claim describes an “old boy’s club” culture at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service where complaints about inappropriate behaviour are dismissed, minorities feel distrusted, and advancement is based on personality and not merit, including suggestions of romantic relationships playing a part in promotions.In one complaint detailed in the court document, a witness told investigators that “the public would be shocked about this (workplace conduct) if they only knew; we keep our own secrets.”None of the allegations in the 54-page document have been tested in court.The case could become a political problem for the Liberals, who have vowed to take action against harassment and discrimination in the military and the RCMP, and faced calls Friday to take immediate action at the spy agency.Speaking in at a news conference in Providence, R.I., Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the allegations of “harassment, discrimination, (and a) toxic work environment” unacceptable. He said he was confident the agency’s new director was “working very hard to ensure that we get to the bottom of this issue.”The five employees, who cannot be legally identified in the court document, allege that their complaints were ignored or dismissed by senior managers, some of whom suggested they should keep quiet out of fear of reprisal. All are no longer able to work resulting from depression, anxiety and other medical ailments linked to the harassment they faced.One woman, identified as Bahira in court documents, says a colleague didn’t speak with her for three years because of unfounded rumours that she was friends with the Khadr family; one member of that family, Omar, just received a multi-million-dollar settlement and apology from the Canadian government for the violation of his Charter rights during his imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay.She also alleges that managers had to approve her participation in personal and religious activities after she began wearing a hijab, despite having passed security screening.A gay man known as Alex alleges that a colleague wrote in an October 2015 email, “careful your Muslim in-laws don’t behead you in your sleep for being homo,” a reference to his Muslim partner, part of a larger set of allegations that Alex makes about being targeted for his sexual orientation.In another case, a supervisor argued at length that then U.S. president Barack Obama was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. And at a social gathering in Toronto, Alex alleged that a senior member of management yelled, “all Muslims are terrorists.”In a statement, CSIS director David Vigneault said the agency does not tolerate harassment, discrimination or bullying under any circumstance, which is reflected in the employee code of conduct. He added that any allegations of inappropriate behaviour are taken seriously.“I believe strongly in leading an organization where every employee promotes a work environment which is free from harassment and conducive to the equitable treatment of all individuals. CSIS employees are proud to be entrusted to carry out the very important work that we do,” the statement said.The National Council of Canadian Muslims said in a statement that the allegations raise questions about the ability of the spy agency to carry out its mandate and protect Canadians.“It is unacceptable for discriminatory attitudes to be left unchecked in any context, but especially in the context of intelligence gathering when Canadian Muslims already face disproportionate scrutiny,” executive director Ihsaan Gardee said.NDP public safety critic Matthew Dube called on Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to launch a investigation into the claims because of the effect such behaviour could have on national security.“With its expanded powers and limited accountability, CSIS must perform its duties with the utmost professionalism. This sort of behaviour cannot be tolerated, and if upon investigation these claims are proven correct, all those responsible must be dealt with swiftly and severely,” Dube said.A spokesman for Goodale wouldn’t comment on the allegations before the courts, but said the minister is committed to ensuring that all the security agencies in his portfolio, including CSIS, are workplaces free from harassment.
Allegations of sexual misconduct first appeared earlier this month on social media in posts made by anonymous users.It led the band to withdraw from consideration for three Juno Awards categories and back out of performing on the telecast. Advertisement Toronto’s Liteyears joined as a replacement opener about a week ago. The band’s lead singer Brent Wirth told a crowd in Halifax’s Scotiabank Centre on Friday that it considered their spot on the tour as a rescue from near dissolution of their music career aspirations. While Hedley pushed ahead with its current tour, the band’s original opening acts Shawn Hook and Neon Dreams ditched their spots, and several radio stations yanked the band from their playlists. “Thank you for your understanding,” the venue said on Facebook. The venue said it learned in the afternoon that there would be no opener for the show and that only Hedley would perform. It said it did not have any information on why the Liteyears show was cancelled. Advertisement Login/Register With: A lawyer for Hoggard has denied any wrongdoing by the musician. The move follows a CBC story on Sunday that recounted a 24-year-old woman’s allegations that Hoggard sexually assaulted her in a hotel two years ago. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment It’s unclear whether Liteyears backed out of the show themselves and the band did not immediately respond for comment. Videotron Centre, the venue hosting the show, announced on its Facebook page that rock band Liteyears was no longer slated to begin the concert. “We weren’t a band, as of a couple days ago,” Wirth said. “About a month back, we went through one of the toughest times we have. TORONTO — Hedley’s opening act for Monday night’s concert in Quebec City was cancelled after rape allegations against the embattled band’s lead singer Jacob Hoggard recently emerged. “We kind of lost sight of the dream. This, of course, is the dream,” he added.BY DAVID FRIEND | THE CANADIAN PRESS Facebook The band’s members have called the allegations involving young fans “unsubstantiated,” but acknowledged that in the past they “engaged in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock ‘n’ roll cliches.” Advertisement Twitter
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement This hit comedy, hailed “the Canadian Lady Bird,” has been lauded by audiences and critics alike, earning an award for Best Comedy Feature Film and an Audience Award, as well as receiving rave reviews. It follows a socially inept, home-schooled dropout (Daniel Doheny) who enrols in public school to chase after a one-legged dream-girl (Siobhan Williams), and his mom/best friend (Judy Greer), who teaches him his teenage rebellion while learning to let him go. From writers and CFC alumni Kyle Rideout (director) and Josh Epstein(producer), ADVENTURES IN PUBLIC SCHOOL is a unique film in CFC’s history because it came to the CFC through our Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange, where it received instrumental support in the script’s development, and then it went on to be developed and produced through CFC Features.Learn more HERE.2. RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS (2013)This critically acclaimed feature provides a gritty, hard look at the residential school system in Canada through the story of a 15-year-old girl who lives on the fictional Red Crow Mi’gMaq reservation in the year 1976. The film was developed and financed through CFC Features and was written/directed by alumnus Jeff Barnaby, produced by alumni John Christou and Aisling Chin-Yee, and stars Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, who would later become a resident in our CBC Actors Conservatory. The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and went on to be selected as one of Canada’s Top Ten features of 2013.Learn more HERE.3. CUBE (1997)CUBE came to life in CFC Features with alumni Vincenzo Natali (writer/director), André Bijelic and Graeme Manson (writers), and Mehra Meh and Betty Orr (producers). This low-budget psychological thriller follows a group of strangers who wake to find they are trapped in an enigmatic and deadly cube and they have to solve the puzzle of the cube’s maze in order to survive. The film was so popular that it developed a cult following, spawned two sequels (Cube 2: Hypercube in 2002 and Cube Zero in 2004), and is said to have inspired other one-room thrillers like Saw.Learn more HERE.4. RUDE (1995)RUDE was created through CFC Features and alumni Clement Virgo (writer/director), and Damon D’Oliveiraand Karen A. King (producers). This groundbreaking drama is a pioneering look at race, masculinity, sexuality, love and loss in a Black community living in the inner city and was the first Black-written, -directed and -produced feature film in Canada. RUDE premiered to great acclaim at Cannes in 1995 as an Official Selection of the Un Certain Regard Programme. It also helped solidify the ongoing collaboration between D’Oliveira and Virgo, whose production company, Conquering Lion Pictures, has created a compelling body of high-impact work.Learn more HERE.THROUGH THE CINEPLEX ENTERTAINMENT FILM PROGRAMThe Cineplex Entertainment Film Program is CFC’s signature and longest-running program. It champions original voices, entrepreneurism and collaboration and helps residents develop and package original content for the global entertainment market. This is evidenced in the number of films that have been developed through this program – see some examples below:5. UN TRADUCTOR (2018)Un Traductor, the feature directorial debut of alumnus Sebastián Barriuso (co-director/producer) and written and produced by fellow alumna Lindsay Gossling, saw its World Premiere in competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The film was developed at the CFC in 2013, when Barriuso and Gossling were residents in the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Producers’ Lab and Writers’ Lab, respectively. The film, which was shot on location in Havana, Cuba, is based on the true story of Sebastián and Rodrigo Barriuso’s father, a Russian Literature professor at the University of Havana (played by Rodrigo Santoro), who is ordered to work as a translator for child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster when they’re sent to Cuba for medical treatment.Learn more HERE.6. NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL (2017)This feature directorial debut from alumna Kathleen Hepburn, adapted from the short film of the same name, was also developed through the program’s Writers’ Lab. In addition, it features the work of alumni Evan Crowe (associate producer), Lori Lozinski (executive producer), Simone Smith (editor), Ben Fox (music) and Liz Cairns (production designer). Never Steady, Never Still is a tender and heartbreaking story of a mother with physical disabilities and her discontented son – each alienated from their world and struggling to manage in the face of grief, guilt and chronic disease. The film was praised by audiences and critics (including a NNNN rating from NOW Magazine), and picked up 10 awards over the course of its festival run.Learn more HERE.7. MARY GOES ROUND (2017)The debut feature from writer/director Molly McGlynn was developed in the 2015 Writers’ Lab (and was later recommended by the CFC for the Telefilm Canada Talent to Watch Program). McGlynn collaborated with several other alumni on the film: Matt Code (producer), Aeschylus Poulos (executive producer), Christine Armstrong and Bryan Atkinson (editors), Dillon Baldassero and Casey Manierka-Quaile (music), and Bruce Novakowski (actor). Mary Goes Round follows a substance abuse counsellor who gets arrested for a DUI and returns to her hometown of Niagara Falls to learn that her estranged father is dying of cancer. It was one of the most buzzed about homegrown films at TIFF ’17 and received critical acclaim (including a NNNN rating from NOW Magazine) and earned McGlynn a spot in Playback’s 2017 5 2 Watch.Learn more HERE.8. CLOSET MONSTER (2015)The script for alumnus Stephen Dunn’s debut feature, Closet Monster, was revised throughout his residency in the Directors’ Lab in 2012. The film went on to become a huge hit at TIFF ’15, winning the award for Best Canadian Feature Film, and was hailed by critics, including The Hollywood Reporter, which named it “an accomplished, courageously strange debut;” Variety, which called it “an original spin on the teenage coming-out dramedy;” and the National Post, which dubbed it “a truly unique coming out story, not to mention a highly original Canadian film.” The film also features the work of alumni Todor Kobakov (music) and Bryan Atkinson (editing).Learn more HERE.THROUGH THE TELEFILM CANADA FEATURE COMEDY EXCHANGESince the launch of our Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange, the CFC has really upped the ante on Canadian comedy. To date, this program has accelerated 10 features and launched them into the global marketplace, including ADVENTURES IN PUBLIC SCHOOL (as mentioned above), as well as these hit comedies:9. THE NEW ROMANTIC (2018)The latest feature developed through the exchange, The New Romantic saw its World Premiere in the Narrative Feature Competition at SXSW 2018, where it received special recognition for first feature. The film is from CFC alumni Carly Stone (writer/director), Kyle Mann (writer/producer), Christine Armstrong (editor) and also features music by the Slaight Family Music Lab alumnus Matthew O’Halloran. It has received rave reviews and significant attention for its bold female characters and for spotlighting a certain type of female protagonist. The pic centres on Blake, a young woman who, frustrated with a lack of chivalry among guys her own age, turns to life as a “sugar baby” – dating an older man and receiving gifts in return.Learn more HERE.10. DON’T TALK TO IRENE (2017)Don’t Talk to Irene, from CFC alumni Pat Mills (writer/director), Alyson Richards and Michael MacMillan(producers), is the story of an overweight teenage girl who follows her passion for cheerleading and signs up for a talent-search reality show in order to prove that “physical perfection” isn’t everything. It made its World Premiere at TIFF ’17 before continuing on a successful festival run, winning the 2017 Comedy Vanguard Feature award and the Audience Award from the Austin Film Festival.Learn more HERE.11. BIG NEWS FROM GRAND ROCK (2014)This crowd-pleasing screwball comedy, the first feature from alumnus Daniel Perlmutter (writer/director), with alumni Michael McNamara and Judy Holm as producers, follows small-town journalist Leonard Crane who starts making up stories to save his job, but gets in trouble when one of his fabricated news pieces turns out to be true. The film was wildly popular with audiences, playing packed theatres across Canada with additional screenings being added.Learn more HERE.THROUGH THE SHORT DRAMATIC FILM PROGRAMWhile this program is currently on hiatus as its being redesigned, it’s known for launching exciting and original voices and concepts into the global marketplace and producing high-quality short films – 173 to date! Here are some of the titles that have come out of this program:12. STILL (2014)This affecting short is from alumni team Slater Jewell-Kemker (co-writer/director), Kaveh Mohebbi (co-writer), Courtenay Bainbridge (producer), Maureen Grant (editor), Matthew O’Halloran (music) and stars Actors Conservatory alumni Emily Piggford and Giacomo Gianniotti. In STILL, Sadie (Piggford) is lost in an isolated forest with her abusive boyfriend Jake (Gianniotti). After he falls through the ice of a river and drowns, Sadie discovers duplicates of both herself and Jake, giving her a chance to change their fate and get the love she’s always wanted. The film premiered at TIFF ’14 and went on to be included in Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival. STILL also earned Jewell-Kemker a spot on CBC News’ list of young Canadian filmmakers to watch at TIFF 2014, and on The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Gen Canada list, which highlighted the 15 hottest talents under 35.Learn more HERE.13. FROST (2012)This CFC short, from CFC alumni Jeremy Ball (writer/director), Lauren Grant (producer) and Richard Mandin(editor), tells the story of a young arctic hunter’s search for food beyond the perimeter of her ancestral hunting grounds as she longs for her father’s recognition as a capable disciple. FROST was the first CFC short to be shot in HD. It was done entirely on a studio soundstage with a green screen and snow blankets for all snowscapes, using 80 visual effects completed by five different companies. The film saw its World Premiere at TIFF ‘12 and went on to win the Grand Jury Award for Best Canadian Short (Dramatic) at the 2012 Edmonton International Film Festival.Learn more HERE.14. SHORT HYMN, SILENT WAR (2002)This acclaimed CFC short, from alumni Charles Officer (director), Tamai Kobayashi (writer), Kate Kung and Sandy Reimer (producers), and Ian Gardner (editor), weaves together the thoughts and memories of four African-Canadian women after gun violence claims the lives of two young men, and is often referenced for its contributions to Black Canadian filmmaking in the 21st century. Officer (and his films like SHORT HYMN, SILENT WAR) is referenced in the Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora [3 volumes]: Origins, Experiences, and Culture as being a filmmaker who “ … continue[s] to challenge mainstream Canadian cinema through their wilful rearticulations of African Canadian identities within the changing landscape of contemporary Canadian Culture.” SHORT HYMN, SILENT WAR was also included in TIFF’s Black Star Retrospective in November/December 2017, which celebrated Black excellence on screen.Learn more HERE.15. EVELYN THE CUTEST EVIL DEAD GIRL (2002)Long before he went on to collaborate with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on films like San Andreas and Rampage, alumnus Brad Peyton wrote and directed this darkly twisted comedy about a lonely dead girl who tries to bring herself back to life in order to make new friends (produced by alumnus Jim Mauro, edited by alumna Kathy Weinkauf and starring alumna Nadia Litz).Learn more HERE.16. ELEVATED (1996)Before Natali brought us one-room horror flick CUBE, he co-wrote and directed the CFC short film ELEVATED. Co-written by alumna Karen Walton and produced by alumni Steve Hoban and Vanessa C. Laufer, this horror-thriller tells the story of a routine elevator ride that becomes a living hell for its three trapped passengers.Learn more HERE.THROUGH THE TELEFILM CANADA TALENT TO WATCH PROGRAMFormerly the Telefilm Canada Micro-Budget Production Program, CFC is an affiliate member of this initiative, and recommends and supports one low-budget feature project from CFC alumni annually to Telefilm Canada for production. Some of the productions it has supported and helped develop through this initiative include:17. THE LOCKPICKER (2016)This feature directorial debut from alumnus Randall Okita (produced by alumni Chris Agoston and Robert Fisher, edited by alumni Jonathan Eagan and Mike Reisacher, with music by alumni Joseph Murray and Lodewijk Vos of Menalon) follows the story of a teen thief who fantasizes about getting out of town after the death of a friend. It won the 2017 John Dunning Discovery Award (Canadian Screen Award), presented for the best micro-budget film of the year.Learn more HERE. The CFC is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. To commemorate this milestone, we are introducing a “30 things” series on our website – four stories that share 30 facts, memories, insights and/or pieces of information about the CFC, inspired by occurrences in our 30-year history. In the first piece to kick off the series, learn about some of the groundbreaking, award-winning and flat out awesome film, television, interactive and VR productions that CFC has had a hand in making in its 30 years.Since our inception, the CFC has continually generated world-class content for the global marketplace. We’ve helped develop, finance and/or produce several productions that have enriched Canada and the world’s cultural and entertainment landscapes. Here’s a look at some of those productions and the programs that they were developed through.THROUGH CFC FEATURESOne of the CFC’s oldest and longest-running programs, CFC Features has executive produced 23 films and supported the development of more than 50 films. Subsequently, it has also helped launch the careers of several CFC alumni, such as prolific film and television creators Holly Dale, Steve Hoban, Damon D’Oliveira, Clement Virgo, Charles Officer and Vincenzo Natali. Here are just a few of the features CFC has helped develop through this program:1. ADVENTURES IN PUBLIC SCHOOL (2017) Login/Register With:
APTN National NewsA women’s prison in Saskatchewan recently unveiled a new cultural centre to help promote spirituality and traditional values.It looks like it’s already a hit at the Pine Grove institution.APTN’s Chris Stewart visited the prison and talks to the key person who made it possible.
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — A proposed $2 billion wind farm planned for federal waters off Martha’s Vineyard has received key approval from Rhode Island regulators.The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council in a unanimous vote Tuesday determined that the project is consistent with state policies.Vineyard Wind plans an 84-turbine, 800-megawatt wind farm about 14 miles south of the Massachusetts island.The project was approved despite opposition from commercial fishermen, who say their livelihood is being destroyed because they would effectively be blocked from accessing productive fishing grounds.But the Fishermen’s Advisory Board, which advises the council on fishing issues, accepted a package from Vineyard Wind that includes the creation of two funds totalling almost $17 million to compensate the fishing industry.The project still needs approval from Massachusetts regulators.The Associated Press
The High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu along with Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera and Minister for Hill country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development Palani Digambaram, laid the foundation stone for 50 new houses being constructed under the Indian Housing Project at Indola Estate in Matara today.Members of Parliament and Southern Provincial Council, senior Government officials as well as officials from Plantation Human Development Trust (PHDT), Plantation and Estate Management and a large number of people from the Indola Estate participated in the ceremony. Out of the 14000 houses committed by the Government of India in the plantation areas, over 1000 houses have been completed and construction of 3000 is currently underway. As soon as the land for the remaining houses is identified by the Sri Lankan Government, construction of these houses will be undertaken. The locations of these houses are in Central and Uva Provinces covering Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Kandy, Mathala and Monragala and also in Sabragamuva and Southern Provinces including Galle, Matara, Kegalle and Ratnapura. The High Commissioner in his remarks, reiterated the Government and people of India’s commitment to participate with the people of Sri Lanka in their journey towards prosperity and development. India has undertaken more than 70 people-oriented development projects in various fields including health, education, housing, skill development, infrastructure, vocational training among others, all across the country including the largest University Auditorium in Ruhuna University in Matara. About, 20 such projects are currently under progress. The overall development portfolio of Government of India in Sri Lanka is close to US$ 3 billion out of which US$ 560 million are in grants. (Colombo Gazette) The houses are being constructed under an innovative owner driven process with technical support from independent implementing agencies on behalf of the Government of India viz. UN Habitat, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC)/Sri Lanka Red Cross (SLRC), Habitat for Humanity, Sri Lanka and National Housing Development Authority of Sri Lanka. IFRC/SLRC is the implementing agency for the houses being constructed at Indola Estate.In addition to the houses under the Indian Housing Project, 1200 more houses sre being built separately under 50 model villages all across the Southern Province including Galle, Matara and Hambabtota. The 1990 free Emergency Ambulance Services under Indian assistance was first implemented in Southern and Western Provinces and following its tremendous success, it is currently being expanded Island wide.
TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,361.83 up 27.79 points):Enterprise Group, Inc. (TSX:E). Engineering and construction. Down one cent, or 0.96 per cent, to $1.03 on 6.4 million shares.MGM Energy Corp. (TSX:MGX). Oil and gas. Unchanged at 14.5 cents on 5.9 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Up six cents, or 1.47 per cent, to $4.15 on 5.7 million shares. The plane and train builder issued an upbeat assessment of its financial prospects despite that the Crimean crisis is posing problems for an airplane production deal with Russia and word that it is among a number of companies being investigated alleged price fixing on public transportation contracts in Brazil.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up three cents, or 0.97 per cent, to $3.11 on 5.2 million shares.Surge Energy Inc. (TSX:SGY). Oil and gas. Up 17 cents, or 2.89 per cent, to $6.06 on 4.9 million shares.Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM). Oil and gas. Up 31 cents, or 2.85 per cent, to $11.18 on 4.4 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (1,035.26 down 3.61 points):Satori Resources Inc. (TSXV:BUD). Miner. Up three cents, or 35.29 per cent, to 11.5 cents on 5.9 million shares.Renegade Petroleum Ltd. (TSXV:RPL). Oil and gas. Up seven cents, or 4.52 per cent, to $1.62 on 5.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Osisko Mining Corp. (TSX:OSK). Miner. Unchanged at $7.59 on 1.75 million shares. The company, which is fighting a hostile takeover attempt by Goldcorp. Inc. (TSX:G), says costs are going down and production is rising at its Canadian Malartic mine in northern Quebec. Goldcorp shares were down four cents, or 0.13 per cent, at $29.96 on 2.7 million shares. Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 20, 2014 3:37 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Voting took place at a parliamentary, regional and municipal level, with some 98 political parties contesting seats, significantly more than in the last ballot, held five years ago.When that poll was held, in 2013, it was boycotted by opposition groups: this time there has reportedly been broad participation with, for the first time, the election of regional councils which will replace the upper house of parliament, the Senate. New Presidential elections are due to take place in 2019.In a statement issued by his Spokesman, Mr. Guterres, who has closely followed developments in the Northwest African nation, encouraged “all parties to continue to act in a peaceful manner, during and after the announcement of the results.”“He further calls on political leaders and electoral contestants to resolve disputes through dialogue and in accordance with the law”, the statement concluded.
Updated 10.50pmNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a roundup of today’s news…Research published today found that teenagers are drawn to cigarettes in attractive packaging. Image: Jason Clarke PhotographyIRELANDIreland is out of recession (technically).42 new jobs were created.The Bracken Court Hotel has pulled out of hosting a child beauty pageant.Gardaí caught armed robbers as they left the filling station they had just held up.Enda Kenny said Ireland’s corporation tax is not in question.Police investigating the murder of a 3-year-old boy arrested a man and a woman.Hospitals are still below standard when it comes to hand hygiene.Teenagers think cigarettes in nice packaging are cool.Dublin South County Council is selling land near The Square, Tallaght to NAMA.A pedestrian in his 70s was killed in a collision outside Mullingar hospital.Not everyone is happy about NAMA’s plans to hand over its properties for social housing.One group has come out to oppose the Court of Appeal referendum.Gardaí investigating Elaine O’Hara’s death have taken 120 statements and seized 1,600 hours of CCTV footage.A teenager has been charged with the murder of the family of a Dublin-based doctor.Jobseekers can now do up to three JobBridge internships. A prominent Dublin solicitor was found guilty of professional misconduct. [RTÉ]FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! The Dáil had its first row of the new term.INTERNATIONALThe death toll from the storms that hit Mexico this week has risen to 97 with another 58 still missing after a massive mudslide in a remote village west of Acapulco. [AFP and LA Times] (Image: Alejandrino Gonzalez/AP/Press Association Images)#CATHOLIC CHURCH: The Pope has said there is no need for the church to talk about abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraception “all the time”.#SYRIA: Bashar Assad promised to destroy his arsenal of chemical weapons but warned that it would cost $1 billion and take a year.Meanwhile, in a retort opinion piece, John McCain told Russians that he was more ‘pro-Russian’ than their own president.#ENGLAND: A pilot was arrested at Leeds Bradford airport on suspicion of being drunk.#BRITAIN: An ad for a woman’s centre in London has been black-listed by the advertising watchdog because it gave the impression that it “offered terminations and was therefore an abortion clinic”.#SPAIN: A five-month-old baby died in a tragic accident at Alicante airport.#OUCH: JP Morgan Chase admitted wrongdoing and was fined a whopping $920 million.INNOVATIONGrand Theft Auto V sales made more than $800 million on its first day of release. [theguardian]The lads and ladies at TechCrunch have discovered that Apple’s new fingerprint sensor is not restricted to humans – and here’s the proof. (YouTube: TechCrunch)PARTING SHOTStarbucks took out full-page ads in a number of US newspapers today to tell customers that guns are not welcome in its shops. Here is the CEO’s letter of explanation, in full. What do you think?Image: Mark Allison/@marka17 via TwitterFirst published 9pmHere’s what happened yesterday…>
DETECTIVES FROM THE PSNI serious crime branch investigating the discovery of four live mortars in Derry are appealing to people who may have seen two vehicles yesterday.The mortars were found in a van on the Letterkenny Road, Derry last night, Sunday 3 March.Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have noticed a white Citroen Berlingo Van, registration number 99D 88526 and a black Honda CBR motorcycle, registration number LIB 3341 in the area.Anyone with information on these vehicles is asked to contact police on 0845 600 8000. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.Read: MP condemns those who “want Derry to be a theatre for destruction”>
Une mystérieuse éruption solaire observée par la NASAPrises lundi 12 mars par un satellite solaire de la NASA et mises en ligne sur YouTube, des photos d’une étrange proéminence sortant du Soleil ont bluffé les internautes. Un phénomène en fait relativement fréquent, mais que les astrophysiciens connaissent assez mal. Ce sont des images surprenantes qu’a prises le télescope spatial Solar Dynamics Observatory de la NASA. Des clichés qui ont également suscité de nombreuses réactions de la part des internautes. Ceux-ci montrent en effet un ‘objet’ sombre, de la taille d’une planète, stationnant à proximité du Soleil avant de s’éloigner dans l’espace. Il n’en fallait pas plus pour que bon nombre de personnes y voit un engin extraterrestre. D’autres en revanche, ont supposé qu’il s’agissait d’une planète en train de naître à la surface de notre étoile.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAToutefois, il n’en est rien si l’on en croit l’agence spatiale américaine. D’après les spécialistes, il s’agirait en fait d’un phénomène régulièrement observé et appelé proéminence (ou ‘filament’) solaire. Bien que peu compris, celui-ci peut s’étendre sur des centaines de milliers de kilomètres dans l’espace. Formée de matériaux moins chauds que la matière solaire environnante, une partie de la protubérance paraît plus sombre que l’astre. “Les protubérances sont ‘ancrées’ à la surface du Soleil et s’étendent vers l’extérieur, dans la chaude atmosphère solaire. Une éruption se produit lorsqu’une telle structure devient instable et éclate vers l’extérieur, libérant du plasma”, a expliqué la NASA.”Les filaments apparaissent noirs parce qu’ils sont moins chauds comparés à ce qui les entourent. Quand vous observez (le phénomène) depuis le haut du soleil, ce que vous voyez est un objet sphérique mais vous regardez en fait dans le tunnel”, explique C. Alex Young, un astrophysicien au Goddard Space Flight Centre de la NASA qui dirige le site The Sun Today. Néanmoins, “quand les proéminences sont aussi étendues en hauteur au niveau du sommet du Soleil, c’est généralement un signe que elles sont sur le point d’entrer en éruption, comme c’est le cas pour celle-ci”, ajoute Joseph Gurman, scientifique du Solar Physics Laboratory. Si la structure est donc plutôt commune, les astrophysiciens ignorent toutefois comment et pourquoi se forment ces phénomènes.Découvrez cette étrange proéminence solaire en vidéo sur MaxisciencesLe 16 mars 2012 à 10:22 • Maxime Lambert
A pretty noticeable trend in big #brand blockbusters these days is sequels that acknowledge the passage of time between the new film and classic original. They’ll talk about “legacy” or “succeeding where the past failed” as an attempt to add thematic meaning in franchise products capitalism has deemed must exist forever. Think Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And sometimes the results are legitimately progressive and great! Thinks Creed.Apparently this trend trend applies to horror movies, too. A few years ago we got a Blair Witch sequel in this “legacyquel” vein. And now the first sequel for Doctor Sleep takes us back to the terror of Stephen King’s The Shining.To be fair, Doctor Sleep the book is also a sequel to The Shining. And the movie seems to be following its plot fairly closely. Ewan McGregor plays grown-up Danny Torrance, an alcoholic traumatized by his father’s murderous rage at the Overlook Hotel all those years ago. He’s pulled back into action when he learns of an evil cult targeting children who have the same psychic “Shining” power as him, children like Kyliegh Curran’s Abra Stone.While officially not a sequel to the excellent 1980 film version of The Shining, which King himself famously hated, it’s hard not to notice all the allusions to Kubrick’s masterpiece in this trailer. You got your backwards letters, little kids of tricycles, guy poking his head through a chopped apart wooden door, and elevators full of blood. Plus new actors are playing old characters suggesting we’ll get flashbacks to that time period. I would kill my whole family for a frosty Jack Nicholson cameo.Doctor Sleep releases this November. Between this and It: Chapter Two it’s shaping up to be a scary good time to be a Stephen King fan at the theaters. For more here’s what we thought of Castle Rock and pour one out for the cat from Pet Sematary who “mysteriously died” after the film’s debut. Lizzy Caplan Is Chilling Annie Wilkes in ‘Castle Rock’ Season 2 TrailerDanny Revisits Eerie Overlook Hotel in Final ‘Doctor Sleep’ Trailer Stay on target
Pinterest WhatsApp Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Steve Austin Shares Praise and Criticism of SummerSlam WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair Hospitalized Now Playing Up Next WWE posted a short clip (view above) from Thursday night’s WrestleMania Axxess in Brooklyn, NY, as hundreds of fans in attendance witnessed the unveiling of a life-sized bronze statue of the late “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.Also in attendance to take part in this historic moment was Piper’s family, Hall of Famers Sting, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart and 2019 Hall of Fame inductee Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake.Thursday night’s presentation now has Roddy Piper with other Hall of Famers Ric Flair, Andre The Giant, Dusty Rhodes, Bruno Sammartino and The Ultimate Warrior who have also been honored with a bronze statue at past WrestleMania Axxess events.Roddy Piper (real name was Roderick George Toombs) died on July 31, 2015 in his sleep at the age of 61 at his home in Hollywood, California. A copy of Piper’s death certificate obtained by Wrestleview back in August of 2015 showed Piper had pulmonary embolism (a blood clot) that triggered a heart attack. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRic Flair Opens Up About 2017 Health ScareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:52/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:49 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Ric Flair Opens Up About 2017 Health Scare Twitter Ric Flair Now Playing Up Next ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin Declares Ric Flair The Greatest Wrestler Of All Time Google+ Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)
Letter to the Editor Year 2015 deemed time of stretching by TCI Pastor Recommended for you Natl Leadership Conference begins today; Registration still on Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Jan 2016 – The team that brought the country a leadership conference featuring Dr. Myles Munroe in 2012 is now working on a second installment. Pastor Bradley Handfield has reassembled the group and will this time bring a protégée of great leadership trainer and speaker, Dr. John Maxwell. Bishop Andre Thomas is an author and world renowned presenter. The leadership conference will be held over three days, February 4-7 at Community Fellowship Center and is looking for a minimal registration fee. All country leaders – including those in politics, civic organizations, government and the Church are being especially invited. There will be a day set aside, as Bishop Thomas’ wife will run a leadership session for students. Pastor Handfield said anyone interested in the nightly leadership sessions can contact the church. Related Items:leadership, pastor bradley handfield
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 29, 2017 – Nassau – Great leadership calls for great service and those who are privileged enough to lead must be humble enough to serve their country, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis said Tuesday night. “Leadership is all about the people,” Prime Minister Minnis said.Prime Minister Minnis said he and newly-elected Bahamas Christian Council (BCC) President, Bishop Fernander, share a common destiny. Bishop Delton Fernander, the Senior Pastor at New Destiny Baptist Cathedral, and his team were installed during the service.“God, in His wisdom, has called both of us for such a time,” the Prime Minister said. “This is indeed a new season, not only for the Christian Council, but for The Bahamas. We are both here because of the Grace and Mercy of Almighty God. We must both approach our office and duties with humility, focus and an attitude of service. We must both pray for God’s continued wisdom and understanding.“I congratulate you and your team. I commit not only my support, but you have my pledge to always be open to your spiritual counsel.”Addressing the Bahamas Christian Council’s Service of Installation held at the William Thompson Auditorium, Jean Street, Prime Minister Minnis said the BCC is important to the wellbeing and development of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.“The Bahamas should be thankful we have an organization called the Bahamas Christian Council, filled with spiritually strong leaders who love their God and their country. The Bahamas should not take these gifts for granted,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“I firmly believe that a great part of the national change we all desire will only come when we truly follow Christian values and principles.”Prime Minister Minnis said Bahamians and The Bahamas have a great deal to be thankful for and should not lose sight of the many gifts God has bestowed on citizens and country alike.“The bible tells us to give thanks in every circumstance,” Dr. Minnis said. “The people of The Bahamas have a great deal to be thankful for. We should thank God that we live in one of the best countries in the world. We should thank God that even though we face challenges, we are a strong, talented and courageous people. We should thank God for our religious freedoms that allow us to pray and worship without fear of persecution.”Prime Minister Minnis congratulated Bishop Delton Fernander on his ascension to the presidency of the Christian Council and for Bishop Fernander’s “faithful and exemplary service to your own church” (New Destiny Baptist Cathedral) and his country.“I give God thanks for your election to the office of President of the Bahamas Christian Council. I wish you and your team God’s favour and grace as you lead this important organization.”The Prime Minister also commended outgoing BCC President, Dr. Ranford Patterson for his tenure as BCC President.“Dr. Patterson has been a passionate, outspoken, thoughtful and fearless spiritual leader,” the Prime Minister said. “(He) and his team have provided sound, biblical guidance for our people on important national issues.”The Christian Council has established several Commissions to investigate “such matters as the Council may refer to it or such other matters that fall within its term of reference” for 2017.These include areas such as theological and bible studies, education and culture, economic development, health and wellness, crime and justice, moral and social matters, family life (the role of men), children, youth and young adults, pastoral education and ethics and women (church women) among others.The Council was constituted to promote understanding and trust between various parts of “Christ’s Church” in The Bahamas at all levels, to further Christ’s mission of service by the joint action of Christians in The Bahamas, and to witness for the Christian community in The Bahamas on matters of social and common concern.Bishop Fernander’s team will include Archdeacon James Palacious (First Vice-President); Reverend. Dr. Beverley Strachan (Secretary); Pastor Ronald Campbell (Treasurer); Bishop Moses Johnson (Second Vice-President); Bishop Gregory K. Minnis (Third Vice-President); Bishop Gloria D. Ferguson (Fourth Vice-President); Reverend Irene Russell (Radio and Television Coordinator); Pastor Roslyn Astwood (Administrative Assistant to the President) and Bishop Albert Hepburn (Historian).Apostle Leon Wallace, Reverend Dr. Vaughn Cash, Pastor Mario Moxey, Reverend Ednol Minnis and Dr. Anthony Farrington are the Executive Officers.Story by: Matt MauraPress Release: BISPHOTO CAPTION: Newly-installed Bahamas Christian Council (BCC) President Bishop Delton Fernander (at right) and Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Alexander Minnis, share a few words upon the Prime Minister’s arrival at the William Thompson Auditorium for the start of Tuesday’s BCC Service of Installation. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
ADC AUTHOR Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly recently addressed the Sea-Air-Space 2019 Exposition in National Harbor, Md., and called for embracing a recent “Education for Seapower” report recommending the service create a more agile education infrastructure to develop the nation’s sailors and future leaders, according to Seapower Magazine.Modly’s remarks to attendees strongly endorsed the report’s proposal of a top-down review of how sailors and future Navy leaders are educated, from ROTC to recruit training and extending through continuing education and leadership development.“We cannot take our eye off the ball in developing people,” Modly said, stressing that today’s Navy recruits possess more technical skills and expect a different service experience. “We have to think of the kinds of kids we recruit.”Modly also endorsed that a naval university system should be created and a new chief learning officer (CLO) appointed.“We need to get that key leader in place,” Modly said.A new CLO’s background should include some military service and large university system experience, according to Modly. He also emphasized that the Navy’s education budget is small and needs expansion.Modly will be a keynote speaker at ADC’s upcoming 2019 Defense Communities National Summit June 10-12.Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jasen Moreno-Garcia
Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauAfter a weeklong stalemate on the budget, the Alaska State Legislature is making moves to gavel out tonight [MONDAY]. It’s been eight days since theymissed their adjournment deadline.“Download Audio”
Open Bible Baptist church are hosting its 5th Anniversary Night of Elegance on September 7 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. E-Boogie, as seen on BET Comicview and Total Christian Television, (TCT) is the guest entertainer. Call 410-488-4646 for more information and ticket cost.
By J. K. Schmid, AFRO Baltimore Staff“In this city, in the department, it was a war,” former Baltimore City Police Department (BPD) Commissioner Leonard Hamm said of his service. “I had to go in as a war-time general, because we were fighting on several different fronts.”Hamm, now top cop at Coppin State University, participated in a December 4 book signing alongside former BPD sergeant Lisa Montague and authors Matthew Horace and Ron Harris.Horace, a 28-year veteran of local, state and federal law enforcement is now a security expert analyst regularly appearing on CNN, MSNBC and BBC to speak on the condition of American law enforcement.Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Leonard Hamm speaking at the Enoch Pratt Library . Sgt. Lisa Montague and Matthew Horace are seated. (Photo credit: J.K. Schmid)Harris is a National Newspapers Publishers Association journalist and Howard University adjunct professor.Together, Horace and Harris wrote “The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America’s Law Enforcement.” Hamm and Montague provided their first-hand experiences in BPD. Hamm’s contribution, as an interview, emphasized his struggles with and as leadership as commissioner of a city with a rising murder rate. Montague provided street-level perspective of the job while also confronting sexism within the department.“I walked into a police department that was not equipped, or did not have the will to do what it was supposed to do and that was protect you all,” Hamm said.One of the cases made in the book is to change the culture of policing, one that has become embittered and removed from the community as policing was treated as a “war” on crime, and ultimately criminals and communities.“There was no trust and there was no transparency and there was none of that,” Hamm said. “In Baltimore City, at the time, there was 263 community associations, and I went to every last one of those community associations and said ‘look, for 48 years, in our arrogance, we thought we knew what you wanted, and we thought that we knew what was good for you. We were wrong.’”A war mindset naturally leads to aspirations of aggression adventure and the need for a new outlook has shifted how Hamm hires.“You want to recruit people who come here with a sense of service and not a sense of adventure,” Hamm said. “Now, when I have a young person I’m interviewing tell me ‘man, I want to work narcotics,’ I don’t want that person, I don’t want ‘em. Because they’re coming in here with a sense of adventure, you want a person to come here with a sense of service and you can do that by simply asking questions.”“It’s how you recruit them, it’s how you train them, it’s how you discipline them, and it’s how you supervise them,” Hamm said.In response to a question about whether police forces should necessarily match the racial makeup of their communities, Horace answered:“When you look at Baltimore and other departments that are predominantly African-American, they are still under consent decrees,” Horace said. “So there’s that, and there’s also the piece that I know very well: The New York City Police Department, 36,000 police officers and full-time equivalents, where do the majority of their White police officers come from? Long Island, New York, one of the most segregated places that you’ve ever lived in.