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St Jude Angels And Stars Gala To Take Place This Weekend

first_imgSt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will celebrate its 12th annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels and Stars Gala, co-founded by Daisy Fuentes, at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, to support children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases.FedEx/St. Jude Angels and Stars Gala Co-Founder Daisy Fuentes Cuban-American author, entrepreneur, television personality and Miami-based Chef Adrianne Calvo will be recognized for her commitment to giving back to others by visiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to spread cheer that exemplifies the spirit of giving thanks for so many during the holiday season. For the past five years, Chef Calvo has prepared a traditional Cuban meal for patient families to bring the comforts of her home to them.Calvo will join approximately 600 guests for an evening of celebration that includes a cocktail hour, fine dining, silent auction and live performances by GRAMMY Award winning artist Willy Chirino and singer/songwriter Jencarlos Canela.“St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital touches my heart because its doctors and scientists are not afraid to take on the global fight against childhood cancer and freely share their knowledge to help others save lives,” said Calvo. “I’ve enjoyed meeting many patient families from around the world at St. Jude by sharing some Latin home cooking at the hospital that I hope brings them some comforts of home while they fight against cancer.”Among the noted celebrity award presenters will be television and radio personalities Ana Maria Canseco, Raul Gonzalez, Alberto Sardiñas, Pamela Silva Conde, Jon Secada, Charytin Goyco, and more.“The FedEx/St. Jude Angels and Stars Gala brings together a diverse group of supporters in South Florida that are united for one purpose – to help save children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases,” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “We are so thankful to the community and to the Latino artists’ who lend their support for this event, helping St. Jude to save the lives of thousands of children around the world.”For more information about tickets, sponsorships and auction items, visit stjude.org/miamigala or contact Carolina Masri at (800) 278-3383 or carolina.masri@stjude.org.last_img read more

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Inquest makes recommendations following Nutaraluk death

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn inquest in Nunavut has made three major recommendations to the RCMP regarding proper techniques for dealing with intoxicated detainees.The inquest follows the December 2009 death of Adamie Nutaraluk, who died while in RCMP custody.APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers has the details.last_img

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Ban rejects Georgian claim he was blackmailed by Russia

Last week, Mr. Ban’s report to the Security Council – in which he wrote that the UN Mission in the country (UNOMIG) has contributed to the local population’s overall security but cautioned that an agreement on a revised security regime is needed for lasting stability – was made public.Yesterday’s claim made by Ambassador Alexander Lomaia of Georgia “that the Secretary-General amended his report on Georgia in response to ‘Russian blackmail’ is categorically rejected,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. Mr. Lomaia made the claims at a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York.The statement added that the Secretary-General’s main concern in the drafting of his report on Georgia has been that “all concerned parties should engage on the substantive issues in question, more specifically on a mechanism to guarantee safety and security in this troubled region.”The adoption of the publication’s title – “Report of the Secretary-General pursuant to Security Council resolutions 1808 (2008), 1839 (2008) and 1866 (2009)” – “was meant to avoid unnecessary politicization of the debate among members of the Security Council and reflected his view of what all members could live with.” 28 May 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke out against Georgia’s claim that he was coerced by Russia into amending his recent report on the Caucasus nation. read more

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AEA to test imported milk

It also said that the ITI and SLSI is ready to provide lab facilities to conduct tests on imported milk. The Atomic Energy Agency (AE) is to test imported milk powder for radiation, the Ministry of  Technology, Research and Atomic Energy said today.The Ministry also said that the AEA will continue tests for radiation in fish and canned fish. Speaking in Parliament on Friday, Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, urged the public to refrain from drinking imported powdered milk saying there could be hazardous chemicals. He did not specify the source of imports but New Zealand is Sri Lanka’s biggest source of imported milk powder. Meanwhile Zimbio.com reported that the New Zealand Government assured the safety of its milk and dairy products, quickly responding to local weekend newspapers reports that imported milk could be unsafe for consumption.“There is no need for consumers in Sri Lanka to be concerned about the safety and quality of New Zealand dairy products. Extensive research has shown no food safety risk at the levels of DCD detected. It is of very low toxicity, and even with extremely high doses it has been difficult to identify any adverse effects,” a statement issued by the country’s high commission in New Delhi, said. “The New Zealand Government can assure all consumers that New Zealand dairy products are safe. The New Zealand Government’s senior official for food safety, Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) Director General, Wayne McNee, has previously acknowledged that low levels of DCD have been detected in a small number of New Zealand milk powder products. (Mr.) McNee is clear however there is no food safety risk. In New Zealand no dairy products are being withdrawn from sale, because they are all safe for consumers,” the statement said.It said DCD itself is not poisonous. It is a non-harmful, water soluble compound that has been used in fertilisers on pastures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the leaching of nitrogen into waterways.The statement added that despite DCD being safe, New Zealand has stopped using DCD while New Zealand considers whether to seek an international standard and what other steps should be taken concerning the use of DCD. It said the MPI notified New Zealand’s trading partners, including Sri Lanka, about the presence of low levels of DCD in some New Zealand milk product in January 2013. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Mars Inc suing Wisconsin woman over her brand of chocolates

by Ivan Moreno, The Associated Press Posted Apr 4, 2017 4:09 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Mars Inc. suing Wisconsin woman over her brand of chocolates MILWAUKEE – Candy maker Mars Inc. is suing a Wisconsin woman over chocolates she is selling under a name that the company argues is “confusingly similar” to its cocoa extract supplements called CocoaVia.The McLean, Virginia-based company said in a federal lawsuit filed March 24 that the chocolates sold in Madison by Syovata Edari will likely “confuse and deceive consumers” because they’re branded as CocoVaa. The company contends the similarity in the brand names hurts Mars’ reputation and Edari should be barred from using CocoVaa on her products.The company is also seeking damages to be determined at trial and all of Edari’s profits.Edari said Tuesday the lawsuit is “trademark bullying” and noted her chocolates are distinctly different than the product in question that Mars sells. Mars markets the cocoa extracts in CocoaVia as promoting “healthy blood flow from head to toe,” according to the lawsuit.Edari said she picked her brand name because “Vaa” was her father’s nickname for her as a child. She said it’s clear that what she’s making are mousses, caramels and ganaches, not health supplements.“I actually invited them so they could see, ‘Hey, you don’t have to worry about me. I’m doing something completely different,’” she told The Associated Press.Her trademark was registered March 14.But the company maintains the name similarity will mislead the public and create the impression that Mars manufactures or approves of the chocolates Edari is selling.“We work hard to create and build our brands, and so we protect our trademark rights,” Denise Young, a company spokeswoman, said in a statement. She said Mars could not comment further because the lawsuit is pending.Edari, who began making chocolates to promote her law practice, said she will be representing herself in the case, which is being handled in Virginia’s Eastern District Court.“I’m comfortable in federal court,” Edari said, noting her experience as a federal public defender. “I welcome that opportunity to put this in front of a jury.”___Find Ivan Moreno on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Ivanjourno read more

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Peace incomplete without demining UN chief says on World Mine Awareness Day

“Peace without mine action is incomplete peace,” the Secretary-General said in his message for the Day, which is centred this year on the theme of ‘Needs driven. People centred.’ “I urge all Member States to keep this issue at the top of the international agenda when negotiating peace, when seeking to prevent harm during conflicts and when deploying emergency humanitarian responses in war zones,” he added.Each year, landmines and other explosive hazards kill or maim thousands of people around the world.“Mine action establishes the foundations for lasting recovery and development,” added Mr. Guterres. “No one should have to live in fear of dying even after the fighting stops.” This year marks 20 years since the creation of the UN Mine Action Service, a collaboration of UN departments, agencies, programmes and funds. Known as UNMAS for short, the entity currently works in 18 countries and territories to save lives and rebuilds communities.To promote mine action and raise funds for its work, the UN Global Advocate, actor Daniel Craig – aka James Bond – has lent his likeness to a campaign to give away a customized Skyfall Silver 2016 Aston Martin Vantage car. The winner will also have an opportunity to chat with Mr. Craig in a secret location. In his message for the Day, Mr. Guterres applauded UNMAS for “its leadership, courage and commitment to peace.” He also commended the Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Mine Action – which brings together representatives from all UN mine-action entities – for its “needs-driven, people centred approach.” So far, UNMAS and its partners – much of the demining and mine-risk education is carried out by non-governmental organizations and commercial contractors – have cleared and returned 72 per cent of known contaminated land to communities, and cleared 31 hospitals and 35 educations sites, as well as markets and water wells. To honour this work and raise awareness about eradicating landmines and unexploded ordinance, the UN General Assembly, in 2005, established 4 April as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. AUDIO: The Ordnance Disposal Office at the AU-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has been locating and destroying these hazards, as well as educating people about the danger they pose. UNAMID Radio prepared this report on the International Day of Mine Awareness. read more

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Brazilian student wins Tokyo photo contest on UN Global Goals

Other award winners include students from Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Japan, Peru, Russia, and Viet Nam. Other judges were Akira Ono, Photo and Multimedia Editor, The Asahi Shimbun; Yuichi Kimura, Comedian, Yoshimoto Creative Agency Co., LTD.; Hiroaki Mizushima, Professor, Department of Journalism, Sophia University; and Mark Garten, Chief of the UN Photo Unit, Audio-Visual Services Section, UN Department of Public Information (DPI). Brazilian Luis Gustavo Cavalheiro Silva (centre), winner of the Grand Prize, poses for a commemorative photo with Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Kazuyuki Nakane (right) and Sophia University President Yoshiaki Terumichi. Photo: UNIC Tokyo/Takashi Okano “The contest has encouraged students from all over the world to capture a moment that reflects their own ideas and views on SDGs,” said Kaoru Nemoto, Director of UN Information Centre in Tokyo at the opening of the award ceremony held Tuesday, the United Nations Day. “In their photos, we find the power to communicate humanity’s urgent issues to everybody,” Ms. Nemoto added. The winning entry, from Luis Gustavo Cavalheiro Silva, a student at Universidade Estadual Paulista in São Paulo, Brazil, depicts a woman who earns her income to support her children by collecting recyclables. “Thanks to the community’s support, the woman can support her family and at the same time contributes to keeping the community environmentally sustainable. I saw in her work the valuable message that the SDGs are conveying, and I thereby wanted to share my feelings with others,” the contest winner states in his comment attached to the photo. The SDGs Student Photo Contest, jointly held by UNIC Tokyo and Sophia University in Japan, drew more than 1,000 entries, up 60 per cent from last year, from 73 countries.“I was surprised by quality photos submitted by the students,” stated Leslie Kee, a photographer who headed the judging panel. “We have selected photos to best reflect the young generation’s enthusiasm to achieve the SDGs.” read more

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Aid stepped up to Syria camp new arrivals say terrorists blocked their

In just the past week, more than 10,000 people have fled conflict in Hajin in eastern Deir-ez-Zor governorate, UN refugee agency (UNHCR) spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told journalists in Geneva.“Since fighting escalated in Hajin in early December, more than 23,000 people have fled to Al Hol (camp), effectively tripling its population,” he said. “Many more are expected.”They travel at night with barely any belongings, often having to wade through the minefields and open fighting – Andrej Mahecic, UNHCRThose fleeing Hajin described fierce fighting and said they were blocked from leaving by ISIL, or Da’esh extremists, who used to control large swathes of northern Iraq and Syria.“Families fleeing the Hajin enclave and surrounding areas have also told us of a harrowing journey to safety,” Mr Mahecic explained. “They travel at night with barely any belongings, often having to wade through the minefields and open fighting.”On reaching positions controlled by US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the “hungry and cold” civilians – mainly women and children, according to UNHCR – “describe being herded into open trucks” and transported northwards to Al Hol camp.Little or no assistance is given to them, Mr Mahecic noted, adding that since early December, “we have recorded 29 deaths among children and newborns”.More than two weeks ago, humanitarians asked the SDF to designate a site en route for Al Hol, where emergency assistance can be provided. This has yet to happen, the agency confirmed.“We have approached the authorities who are effectively in control of the area where we need to work”, Mr Mahecic said. “We have also appealed to those fighting and those with influence over those involved in the fighting to do their utmost to grant safety for the civilians fleeing and to allow humanitarian access in the areas where we need.”Many sleep in the open in freezing cold weather and walk or travel in open trucks from there – Christian Lindmeier, WHOChristian Lindmeier, spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO) described the life-threatening delays imposed on vulnerable families: “Fleeing civilians are stopped at Al Omar oilfields for days for screening and we need access to this area to assist the people there,” he said. “Many sleep in the open in freezing cold weather and walk or travel in open trucks from there.” Amid a surge in arrivals to Al Hol camp and overcrowding, UNHCR and its partners have set up 24-hour response teams to identify the most vulnerable arrivals and provide assistance, especially to unaccompanied or separated children.A number of other emergency measures have been put in place, with additional large tents to provide immediate shelter for new arrivals. The camp already has more than 4,500 tents, with another 3,600 ready to be erected.Child-friendly spaces are also open, along with schools and communal kitchens to shelter new arrivals temporarily, UNHCR said.The majority of those fleeing the fighting are Syrian residents of villages in south Deir-ez-Zor province, who have been caught up in the fighting as ISIS retreated south. Mr. Mahecic noted that they are anxious about their confinement to Al Hol camp and the confiscation of their documents.“Most hope to be allowed to join their relatives and friends in Deir-ez-Zor province and return to their homes as soon as the fighting is over,” he said.’Much more help is required’ WHOWHO, which is ramping up its response to Al Hol camp, has already delivered thousands of medical treatments to support two mobile clinics and four health teams there.The UN health agency has also supported vaccination campaigns, set up disease surveillance and training for volunteers to provide “psychological first aid and basic counselling”, WHO’s regional office for the Eastern Mediterranean tweeted.“A week ago, WHO airlifted more than 28 tonnes of medical supplies, equipment and vaccines to Al Hassakeh Governorate to respond to growing health needs in north-east Syria,” WHO’s Mr Lindmeier confirmed.“This was the second shipment the organization has airlifted to Al Hassakeh this month,” he added. “It’s also worth mentioning that the first shipment this year was airlifted to the governorate on 8 January. It contained 20 tonnes of medical supplies sufficient to cover 110,000 medical treatments.”Despite the airlifts, much more help is required. “Access does remain the key issue, just to remind everyone, and we need guaranteed approvals to access the camp and the roads leading to it,” Mr Lindmeier explained. read more

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It could have been a very different story Petrol bomb thrown into

first_img 7 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3351035 Friday 21 Apr 2017, 12:58 PM 5,376 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha Image: Shutterstock/Nikoleta Ivanova Share Tweet Email center_img Image: Shutterstock/Nikoleta Ivanova Short URL I know many in the community including myself, cannot understand why this family home has been targeted in this way. This is a close-knit community and one which does not want to have this type of activity taking place in Ballymena.“I would ask anyone with any information to contact and assist the police.”Detective Chief Inspector Dunny McCubbin called on anyone who saw anything suspicious in the early hours of the morning to contact detectives at Ballymena on the non-emergency police number 101, quoting reference 147 of 21/4/17.Alternatively, if you would prefer to provide information without giving your details, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.Read: ‘It’s threatening the future of the scheme’: One third of Belfast Bikes stolen or vandalisedRead: Police want to speak to 19-year-old after teenage girl sexually assaulted in Belfast city centre ‘It could have been a very different story’: Petrol bomb thrown into Antrim family’s home Three adults and a 12-year-old boy were in the house at the time, but were uninjured. POLICE IN BALLYMENA are appealing for witnesses after a petrol bomb attack on a house in the Alfred Street Place area of the town earlier Friday.A petrol bomb was thrown at the property around 3.45am this morning. Three adults and a 12-year-old boy were in the house at the time, but were uninjured.A window in the house was smashed and scorch damage caused to an exterior wall. It’s understood that extensive damage was done to the kitchen and that gas pipes were also damaged.North Antrim DUP member Paul Frew condemned the attack, saying “we could have had a very different story”.“This attack has caused a great deal of shock to the family involved and the wider community of Ballymena. Apr 21st 2017, 12:58 PM last_img read more

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Gardaí arrest couple outside prison in possession of drone cannabis mobiles and

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4587780 Short URL GARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED a man and woman following the interception of a drone, controlled drugs, mobile phones and pills.At around 11am this morning, gardaí stopped and searched a car at Harristown, Castlerea which is beside Castlerea Prison.Two mobile phones, a watch phone, approximately 440 tablets and cannabis were recovered together with a drone which was in the process of being set up.A garda spokesman said: “A male and female were arrested at the scene in connection with this investigation are  currently detained at Castlerea Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 – Criminal Justice Act 1984.A statement from the governor of Castlerea Prison added: “The Prison works closely with An Garda Siochana and we welcome their intervention and continued support in assisting the prevention of contraband entering our facility.” By Garreth MacNamee 17,950 Views 25 Comments Apr 11th 2019, 4:36 PM Gardaí arrest couple outside prison in possession of drone, cannabis, mobiles, and 440 pills The drone was in the process of being set up. Image: Shutterstock/Slavoljub Pantelic Share114 Tweet Email3 Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 4:36 PM Image: Shutterstock/Slavoljub Pantelic Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Street sign to honor Star Wars actor Mark Hamill

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ASA and Fellow Farm Groups Press EPA on Enlist Duo Scrutiny

first_imgIn a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy today, the American Soybean Association (ASA) worked with a coalition of major farm groups in pressing the agency to withdraw its request to vacate the registration for Dow’s Enlist Duo herbicide, highlighting the urgent need for new modes of action to tackle resistant weeds on farms across the country.“U.S. growers have an urgent need for a new mode of action as these regulatory delays have exacerbated the proliferation of hard-to-control weed populations. These delays are necessitating more intense weed control practices that complicate environmental management,” wrote the groups in the letter. “Herbicide tolerant cropping systems allow growers to more efficiently use active ingredients for weed control while providing environmental benefits like reduced tillage that improves soil heath and limits nutrient run-off. Additional herbicide modes of action will help proactively manage weed herbicide resistance.”The groups cited the already-exhaustive review undertaken by both USDA and EPA on the Enlist family of products.“Among the many new requirements for registration of Enlist Duo at EPA was an unprecedented review of the potential effects of the product on threatened and endangered species. After an exhaustive state-by-state review, EPA concluded that use of Enlist Duo in accordance with the product label, which imposed a 30-foot wind directional buffer zone, would have no effect on threatened and endangered species. This review took place on a product that simply combines two herbicides that have each been on the market for decades…” wrote the groups.The groups also took issue with EPA’s reference to additional and new data in its decision to reevaluate Enlist Duo.“There will always be new information to be considered about products EPA has registered. Congress has recognized this, and included in FIFRA several vehicles for reviewing products. But none of these vehicles authorize the agency to withdraw a previously approved product in the absence of an ‘imminent hazard,’” wrote the groups. “… No one has suggested that the information EPA now is considering with Enlist Duo comes close to meeting that threshold.”Joining ASA on the letter is the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council and the National Farmers Union.For a full transcript of the letter, please click here.last_img read more

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71 believe staff are distracted by personal debt at work

first_imgJust under three-quarters (71%) of employer respondents believe that employees may be distracted by personal debt problems while at work, according to research by Jelf Employee Benefits.The research, which surveyed 319 employers, also found that 43% of respondents believe employees at their organisation have been absent from work over the last 12 months in order to deal with financial problems.The research also found:18% of respondents feel that too much debt is the main financial concern facing employees at their organisation, 14% identify under-saving for retirement as the biggest financial concern facing staff, and 13% think that uncontrolled or over spending is the main financial issue facing employees.21% of respondents believe that inability to get on or move up the housing ladder is the biggest financial concern among their workforce, and 20% cite housing costs as the main financial concern for staff.22% of respondents do not believe that employees have been absent from work over the last 12 months due to financial problems, and 35% do not know.20% of respondents do not know if staff at their organisation are distracted by personal debt issues, and 10% do not believe they are.31% of respondents feel that less than 12.5% of their workforce are just about managing financially, 23% believe that 25% or more employees at their organisation are just about managing, and 18% feel that 50% or more are just about managing financially.Steve Herbert (pictured), head of benefits strategy at Jelf Employee Benefits said: “These finding really should act as a wake-up call for all UK employers. If the nation is going to flourish in a post-Brexit world, then it will be increasingly important that each and every employee is able to fully focus on their day-to-day work duties to help improve the UK’s poor productivity figures. It is therefore concerning that employers believe that money worries are actively distracting large slices of their workforce from this key objective.”last_img read more

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Income Tax sleuths raid properties of Kamal Naths aides in Delhi Madhya

first_imgMadhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Kamal Nath.Twitter/Kamal NathWith the Lok Sabha elections 2019 just a few days away, things are not looking good for Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and state Congress leader Kamal Nath. The chief minister’s nephew and close aides came under the scanner of the Income Tax department (I-T) and their residences and offices were searched in the early hours of Sunday, April 7 across the country. The I-T raids were conducted in connection to alleged hawala cases.Kamal Nath’s nephew, Ratul Puri had his properties searched at early Sunday morning for alleged involvement in the AgustaWestland case. Twitter/ANIThe aides are the chief minister’s former private secretary Praveen Kakkar and his former advisor, Rajendra Kumar Miglani. The I-T department searched Miglani’s residence and office in Delhi while Kakkar’s was searched in Indore in Madhya Pradesh. Twitter/ANI”The officials are is conducting searches at 50 locations. Searches are underway at locations of MP Chief Minister’s OSD, Ratul Puri, Amira Group, & Moser Bayer. Searches also underway in Bhoola, Indore, Goa & 35 locations in Delhi. More than 300 I-T officials conducting them,” sources told ANI.NDTV reported that Rs 9 crore has been recovered from six locations of both Kakkar and Miglani in Delhi and Indore.Kakkar, who is known for the close relationship he shares with Kamal Nath had his Indore residence as well as showroom searched at 3 am on Sunday morning. 15 I-T department officials from Delhi conducted the search.last_img read more

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Hundreds missing 34 found dead after Brazil dam disaster

first_imgMinas Gerais firefighters search for bodies in the mud-covered area a day after the collapse of a dam at an iron-ore mine belonging to Brazil`s giant mining company Vale near the town of Brumadinho in the state of Minas Gerais in southeastern Brazil, on 26 January 2019. Photo: AFPBrazilian rescue workers halted searches for the night on Saturday for hundreds of people missing and feared dead under a sea of mud after a tailings dam burst at an iron ore mine owned by Vale SA , killing at least 34 people.The dam ruptured on Friday, releasing a torrent of mining waste that slammed into Vale’s facilities and cut through a nearby community, leaving a roughly 150-meter-wide (500-foot-wide) wake of destruction stretching for miles (km).The Minas Gerais state fire department, which gave the latest confirmed death toll, also said 23 people had been sent to hospitals.Some 250 people remained missing, according to a list released by Vale. All of those missing are Vale employees or contractors, a police spokesman said.The search is set to resume on Sunday morning.Firefighters focused their hopes for finding survivors on a trapped bus and train, along with mining facilities and nearby homes that were buried in mud after the dam break at Vale’s Corrego do Feijao mine near the town of Brumadinho.Reuters witnesses saw homes knocked over, roadways washed out and a rail bridge demolished by the wave of mud.Frantic family members of the missing crowded into a warehouse set up by Vale for those affected, next to a stretch of river erased by the sludge. More than a dozen helicopters helping to survey the area took off and landed from a soccer field nearby.”Unfortunately, at this point, the chances of finding survivors are minimal. We’re likely to just be recovering bodies,” Romeu Zema, governor of Minas Gerais, told local media.During a news conference, Zema said the mining complex had all its permits in order and it was unclear what caused the collapse of the dam, which had been inactive for years.German auditor TUV SUD said on Saturday it had inspected the tailings dam last September and found it to be operating well.Vale Chief Executive Fabio Schvartsman said there had not been any recent construction around the dam and apologized without taking responsibility in a television interview.”Apologies to society, apologies to you, apologies to the whole world for what has happened,” he said. “I don’t know who is responsible, but you can be sure we’ll do our part.”The National Mining Agency ordered Vale, the world’s largest producer of iron ore, to halt operations at the Corrego do Feijao mine, located near the town of Brumadinho.State courts in two separate actions froze a total of 6 billion reais ($1.6 billion) in Vale’s accounts to eventually pay for damages. Environmental agency Ibama fined Vale 250 million reais for regulatory violations, while state environmental agency Semad fined the miner 99 million reais.’In the mud’The death toll was expected to rise sharply, according to Avimar de Melo Barcelos, the mayor of Brumadinho.Inside Vale’s center for families of the victims, Carolina Oliveira Damaceno said her husband was missing. When a rescue worker came to tell her they were still searching, she fainted and had to be carried away on a stretcher.”Vale is not telling us anything,” said her mother, Lívia.Zema said the nation of Israel had offered to send search equipment that could be used to find victims in up to 10 meters (33 feet) of mud. Search dogs were being flown in from Rio de Janeiro to aid in the rescue efforts.”I know a lot of the affected people: Two sisters-in-law, a cousin, many friends there in the community. They’re in the mud,” local resident Carlos Jose dos Santos told Reuters.Minas Gerais is still recovering from the 2015 collapse of a larger dam that killed 19 people in Brazil’s worst environmental disaster. That dam, owned by the Samarco Mineracao SA joint venture between Vale and BHP Group Ltd, buried a village and poured toxic waste into a major river.Some analysts saw the latest dam burst creating resistance to the new president Jair Bolsonaro’s plans to ease restrictions on mining, making investors already wary of Brazil’s mining sector even more hesitant.Bolsonaro came to Minas Gerais and flew over the disaster area on Saturday morning, leaving town without attending a planned news conference. He dispatched three ministers to the scene who addressed reporters along with Zema.A washed out bridge downstream from the disaster carried a branch of the rail network run by MRS Logistica SA, infrastructure minister Tarcisio Gomes de Freitas said on Twitter, adding that the main line of the Ferrovia do Aço was not damaged.Schvartsman said on Friday the dam that burst was being decommissioned and its capacity was about a fifth of the total waste spilled at Samarco. He said equipment had shown the dam was stable on 10 January and it was too soon to say why it collapsed.One After AnotherThe Corrego do Feijao mine is one of four in Vale’s Paraoeba complex, which includes two processing plants. The complex produced 26 million tonnes of iron ore in 2017, or about 7 per cent of Vale’s output, with Corrego do Feijao accounting for 7.8 million tonnes, according to the company’s website.Operations at Samarco, near the town of Mariana, remain halted over new licensing, while the companies have worked to pay damages out of court, including an agreement that quashed a 20 billion reais civil lawsuit last year.Schvartsman said on Saturday that Vale had spared no efforts to review the company’s dams after the Samarco disaster, creating routine procedures for monitoring them.Federal prosecutors have suspended but have not closed an even larger lawsuit against Samarco as they negotiate a settlement. The latest dam collapse “may completely change the course of those talks,” federal prosecutor Jose Adercio Sampaio told Reuters.”The company will account for all the damages it has caused,” Sampaio said, adding that the state and federal government also had to tighten safety regulations.”To maintain the current policy on dam safety is to ask for another Mariana, to ask for another Brumadinho, to ask for more cases, because there is a lack of state oversight … we will see one tragedy after another.”last_img

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Global Blockchain Congress to be held at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre from

first_imgKolkata: The state Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E) department will organise a two-day Global Blockchain Congress at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre on December 18 and 19.The aim of the event is to build a holistic ecosystem on Blockchain technology in Bengal, through knowledge sharing and providing a single platform for all stakeholders – industry, academia, startups, corporates, governments and investors, to understand, collaborate and explore the potential of Blockchain technology. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeState IT&E minister Amit Mitra is scheduled to deliver the valedictory speech on Wednesday, the second day of the programme. The minister will also release the PWC and Webel co-branded thought leadership paper on Blockchain. “We have taken a focused approach towards leveraging Blockchain technology to establish Bengal as a frontrunner in becoming an emerging technology hub. Among the financial institutions, almost 50 percent of the banks are expected to use this technology by 2020 and there is a huge transformation expected to take place in the non-financial sector as well, within the next few years. Blockchain is expected to create a significant impact in the job market as knowledge of this disruptive technology is in high demand in numerous sectors of the industry,” said a senior official of the IT&E department. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Global Blockchain Congress will see Blockchain experts, corporates, startups and individuals around the globe sharing their insights on the technology, applications, use cases and best practices on capacity building and awareness generation. “We are developing several Blockchain based applications and will come up with a Centre of Excellence on Block- chain in the state,” the official added. It may be mentioned that the IT&E department has identified that Blockchain technology can be harnessed in maintaining transparency in crowdfunding management of any project. The first live application in the country on project based crowdfunding management on Blockchain was created by Webel under the aegis of the IT&E department. The solution leveraged the technology to ensure that every transaction made by the donor is not only secured through the art of complex cryptography, but also is completely transparent and immutable. Blockchain is a vast distributed ledger or database running on millions of devices, where not just information but anything of value – money, titles, deeds, music, art, intellectual property etc. can be stored securely and privately. The world is looking at Blockchain as the next biggest disruptive technology after the internet.last_img read more

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Seattle Pride celebrates the LGBTI community with a yearlong festival

first_imgRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/seattle-pride-celebrates-the-lgbti-community-with-a-year-long-festival/ Seattle Pride is taking celebrations of the LGBTI community onto the next level. This Pride Month, in fact, grunge city has extended Pride Festival to a 365 day-long event. Pride Year and the campaign #WeSeaLove, started on 1 June, focus on the power of humanity. The year-long event is a partnership with Visit Seattle in collaboration with photographers, locals, and historical organizations to post daily images on both Instagram, @WeSEALove, and on www.wesealove.com.The city is showing its love posting one picture a day of those identifying as LGBTI and allies.Alongside this photographic exhibit, June still has a few tricks up its sleeve. It has been a whole month of events and a few will follow, such as Trans Pride Seattle on 22 June and Seattle Dyke March on 23 June.Pride Beyond Borders at Seattle Pride Parade | Photo: Tiffany Von Arnim via Visit SeattleSeattle Pride welcomes allThis year’s theme is Pride Beyond Borders, highlighting once again how Seattle is a city that welcomes all, regardless of their gender, sexuality or ethnicity.The theme also recognizes the intersectionality within the LGBTI family, including the too often forgotten minorities in the community.The 44th paradeCelebrations will then culminate in the annual parade, attracting 50,000 people every year.The 44th march is on 24 June and will be opened by motorcycle group Dykes That Ride. It will kick off at 11am in Union Street in Downtown Seattle. It will then run along 4th Avenue, finally heading north to Denny Way. Let’s hear it for the ladies | Photo: Christopher Bell via Visit Seattle eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Announcers this year include drag personality Aleksa Manila and body positive Burlesque performer Briq House. Seattle-based writer ilvs strauss, Al Lykya, Londyn Bradshaw and Alyssa Yeoman will also join.Here, everyone is welcome. And safe | Photo: Visit Seattle via @wesealove InstagramSeattle Alternative PrideArts and fashion publication Nark Magazine and LGBTI only DJ collective Bottom Forty are presenting their own mini-festival, from 21 to 25 June. Seattle’s Alternative Pride Festival Weekend 2018 is a weekend of fun, togetherness, and debauchery celebrating the vibrant cultures of Seattle across nine different events.From rooftops to boat cruises to warehouse raving to drag competitions to hip-hop concerts and more, celebrating local and foreign talent in music, visual arts, and drag. All proceeds will go to Seattle’s LGBTI Center.Read more about Prides:7 US Pride festivals off the beaten track that will blow you away 7 things you should know about San Francisco Pride 2018 Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… NYC Pride Parade: Everything you need to know before the big daylast_img read more

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In 2014 the annual Virtuoso Luxe Report proclaimed

first_imgIn 2014 the annual Virtuoso Luxe Report proclaimed that the multi-generational trip was one of the hottest trends in travel. Three years on, the trend is showing no signs of abating – hardly any wonder as ever-increasing numbers of time-poor parents and grandparents eager to spend as much quality time with family as possible recognise that a holiday is the ideal vehicle to do this.There are so many benefits to holidaying with the whole tribe. A great opportunity to reconnect, families can mix it up helping with the kids, with grandparents babysitting to give the parents a night off, while single grandparents get to travel and enjoy the company of family.The secret to successful multi-generational holidays? Identifying the right destinations and creating unforgettable experiences that will appeal to grandparents, parents and children alike. Unsurprisingly, more and more travel operators are recognising this and are tailoring offerings to the needs of families travelling with younger and older relatives.One of the most popular family get-together options is an African safari. Safaris incorporate everything from wildlife viewing and walking safaris, to canoe trips and cultural experiences with the Maasai.To meet this growing demand, boutique luxury safari operator Sanctuary Retreats now caters specifically to multi-generational travellers at many of its 14 African lodges and camps, with plenty of experiences and activities family members can opt in or out of and bond over shared interests. Popular safari destinations, Kenya and Botswana, offer up two of the best options.Sanctuary Olonana, KenyaSituated on a private stretch of the Mara River in the heart of Kenya’s most famous game reserve, the Maasai Mara Sanctuary Olonana is the ideal choice for a multi-generational safari. This small and exclusive camp is only a short 45-minute flight from Nairobi and offers an array of activities including game drives, cultural visits, bush dinners, sundowners, balloon flights and scenic flights, making it a wonderful and unforgettable African safari for guests of every age.Special tented family rooms feature two double beds – great for those with young children. Plus there’s a broad range of family-friendly activities on offer including tailored game drives, an excursion to a nearby Maasai village to learn about how to make and shoot a traditional bow and arrow, mingle with locals and learn Maasai songs and traditional dances, nature walks, bush treasure hunts and tree-planting. And for parents and grandparents wanting a bit of ‘child-free time’, babysitting facilities are available and the camp offers a delicious range of children-friendly menus.Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, BotswanaFor the ultimate intergenerational family safari, it’s hard to go past Sanctuary Retreats’ flagship property, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp.Located on Chief’s Island in the Mombo Concession of the famous Moremi Game Reserve, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp lies in the heart of Africa’s predator capital, meaning you’re almost guaranteed to see the Big Five. Its 10 spacious bush pavilions are among the largest in the area, and each has incredible views over the surrounding Okavango Delta, which can be enjoyed from a private plunge pool or tranquil outdoor seating area. Bathrooms, which come complete with floor-to-ceiling windows and folding glass doors, also have a spacious outdoor shower and an indulgent bath tub – perfect for soaking in after a day’s game viewing.Best of all for families, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp has its own dedicated kids’ area, designed with children aged six and up in mind. The area includes a fancy dress corner and a nature table, where guides are on hand to help young guests identify wildlife by their droppings – cause for much interest and amusement! There’s even an entertainment zone for children aged 11-plus complete with a PlayStation and table football to keep them entertained well after the excitement of the morning’s predator safari game drive is over.Special offerNow is definitely the time to book a family safari holiday with Sanctuary Retreats’ extended stay offer at one or more of its luxury camps and lodges, including Sanctuary Chief’s Camp and Sanctuary Olonana.Stay three to four nights at any combination of Sanctuary Retreats African camps and lodges including Sanctuary Chief’s Camp and/or Sanctuary Olonana and save 30 per cent.Stay five to seven nights and save up to 35 per cent.Stay eight or more nights and save up to 40 per cent.last_img read more

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Round 1 Food Refined learned and noble harmoni

first_imgRound 1: Food”Refined, learned and noble, harmonious and orderly, clear and logical, the cooking of France is, in some strange manner, intimately linked to the genius of her greatest men.” So said Marcel Rouff, but he’s French, so he’s biased. On the other hand, Charles Pierce said: “The perfect lover is one who turns into a pizza at 4am” and anyone who has eaten pizza at dawn after nine pints of lager will concur that the experience is infinitely superior to many things after nine pints of lager…Winner: Italy. A jab, a feint, and bang! Snails and oysters are no match for a stodgy mass of cheese and dough when you’re three sheets to the wind. Round 5: Value for moneyFrance, especially Paris, can be expensive. Standard holiday outlays like hotels and restaurants hit the wallet hard, so keep costs down by resisting coffee in famous Paris cafés, and instead drink cans of supermarket own-brand beer in the park. Which is what holidays are all about, right? Italy is similarly pricey in places, depending on whether you’re in a touristy city like Rome or Florence, or Il Mezzogiorno. So avoid espresso on St. Mark’s Square and stick to getting lashed on illicitly-distilled grappa in rural Puglia.Winner: Italy. The judges have taken a backhander from a sharp-suited cove in darkglasses with a suspiciously Sicilian accent and awarded the round on points to Italy. Round 2: Wine“No poem was ever written by a drinker of water.” Half-cut Roman poet Horace knew what he was talking about. Not that French creative types haven’t been partial to a pichet or two down the years. Wine and Italy go together like Cinzano and lemonade. But then again, where would a holiday in France be without a luscious rosé under Provencal sun, or rounding off a six-course affair with a seductive Sauterne? Costières or Chianti? Vacqueyras or Valpolicella? No contest.Winner: France. Floats like a butterfly, stings like an over-priced Lambrusco at Toni’s Trattoria, Tamworth.More: Extreme wines: 5 unusual wine regions The verdict?And the overall winner is… ItalyWe go to the scorecards. Despite the poor exchange rate in recent years and increased competition from emerging European destinations served by low-cost flights, France and Italy remain perennially popular choices for holidaymakers from the UK in search of sunshine, sights, fine food and, oh go on then, another bottle of wine. Despite being three rounds to two, and the judging slightly suspect throughout, the verdict is unanimous. France has thrown the fight.More: 14 fabulous places in France: in picturesReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related7 cities where you’ll find the cheapest beer in EuropeFrom cheap ales in Budapest to free wine in Paris, in honour of National Beer Day (15th June) we’ve got seven ideas for city breaks in Europe where your pounds will buy you more pints. Beer we go, then!Parents admit holidaying without kids is bestParents admit holidaying without kids is best5 flights for under £50Five fab spring breaks on a budget for him, for her, and for them.center_img After Spain floored Croatia, we’re back for another bout. Skyscanner puts two holiday heavyweights in the ring to slug it out over five bare-knuckle rounds. Where’s better? France or Italy? The gloves are off. It’s Holiday Fight Club! Round 3: BeachesFrance has the grand sands of Normandy, the rugged coast of Brittany, the surfing paradise of Aquitane and the posing playgrounds of the Riviera. Not to forget Paris Plage. Italy has Puglia’s Tremiti, Tuscany’s Maremma, Calabria’s Viola (oh, those names!), Amalfi, Sardinia… But France has a sucker punch up its sleeve: Corsica, which boasts some the best beaches not just in France, but the world.Winner: France. Bloodied, Italy throws in the towel on its way to Palookaville. They think it’s all over…More: 10 best beautiful secret beaches in Europe Round 4: Cheapest flightsThis looks like a walkover for France. It’s closer to the UK, so flights are bound to be cheaper, right? Looking on Skyscanner, return flights from London Stansted to Dinard, and Manchester to Paris Beauvais in October are both a snip at only £34 return in October. But hang on, flights from Bristol to Milan Bergamo and London Stansted to Pisa are also only £34 return, making the price per mile a lot less to Italy. Meanwhile, a jaunt from Manchester to St. Etienne will set you back a minimum of £2,855.Winner: Italy. Coming off the ropes, Italy lands a left, a right and a haymaker. Well-fancied France is punch-drunk.last_img read more

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Tribeca Fest cofounder celebrates women filmmaker

first_imgTribeca Fest co-founder celebrates women filmmakers NEW YORK — The co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival is calling on women filmmakers to keep building on the momentum of the #MeToo and Time’s Up era.This year for the first time, half of the films in Tribeca’s competition categories are directed or co-directed by women. That’s up from 44 per cent last year.Jane Rosenthal, who co-founded the festival with Robert De Niro, told attendees at a luncheon for women filmmakers Friday that if a window has now been opened, “it’s only because of all of us that that window is going to stay open,” and that necessary changes will be made.Rosenthal told the crowd that they “cannot be the exception. We have to be the norm in every business.”The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Apr 26, 2019 2:21 pm PDT Jane Rosenthal attends the AT&T Presents: Untold Stories luncheon, in conjunction with the Tribeca Film Festival, at Thalassa on Monday, April 22, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more