Danielle Rochette APTN National NewsA report was released Friday in Montréal that shows the city has a lot of work to do in the area of social housing for Indigenous peoples.It was released by the friendship centre, Native Montréal.According to the report, the needs are immense – and the project’s proposal is email@example.com
24 July 2011The United Nations-backed commission set up to help Cameroon and Nigeria resolve their border dispute has called for swift agreement to resolve the remaining border areas that have not yet been fully demarcated. At a two-day meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, that wrapped up yesterday, the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission instructed its sub-commission on demarcation to find “effective and practical solutions? on the remaining 350-kilometre land border areas that include the skipped areas, areas of disagreement and inaccessible areas,” according to a press release issued by the commission.The Mixed Commission – which contains representatives of Cameroon and Nigeria, as well as the UN – was established by the world body at the request of the African neighbours to help implement a 2002 International Court of Justice (ICJ) decision on the delineation of the border. It has already reached agreement on more than 1,600 kilometres of the border.In a communiqué issued at the end of this meeting, Cameroon and Nigeria reiterated their commitment to complete the demarcation by the end of next year.The commission, chaired by Said Djinnit, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, also noted the progress made by the two nations regarding the confidence-building initiatives for the populations affected by the demarcation.The next session of the commission will be held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on 8-9 December.
GILLETTE, Wyo. — At two of the world’s biggest coal mines, the finances got so bad that their owner couldn’t even get toilet paper on credit.Warehouse technician Melissa Worden divvied up what remained, giving four rolls to each mine and two to the mine supply facility where she worked.Then mine owner Blackjewel LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on July 1. Worden figured the accounts would get settled quickly.“The consensus was: In 30 days, we’ll look back on this, and we made it through, and we’ll be up and running, and it’s a fresh start,” Worden said.What happened instead has shaken the top coal-producing region in the United States. Blackjewel furloughed most of its Wyoming employees and shut down Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines, the first idled by hardship since coal mining in the Powder River Basin exploded in the 1970s.It’s a big hit to the region straddling northeastern Wyoming and southeastern Montana, where coal has quietly supported the economies of both states for decades and fuels a shrinking number of power plants in 28 states.Negotiations that could reopen the two Wyoming mines under new ownership are stalled more than two months later. Some 600 employees remain off the job. And doubts are growing about the long-term viability of the region’s coal mines.“I don’t think we’ll ever be that naive again,” said Worden, 44.Blackjewel, based in Milton, West Virginia, told its Wyoming employees this week that the mines might be running again soon and to let the company know if they wanted their jobs back.Worden said she felt little reassurance. She’s not the only one questioning long-held assumptions about Powder River Basin mines, which produce cleaner-burning coal less expensively than mines in other parts of the U.S. and weren’t widely thought of being at risk.But with coal in long-term decline, how the basin might eventually scale down production to a sustainable level has become a big question, said Rob Godby, director of the Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy at the University of Wyoming.“The irony here — and it’s really a cruel irony — is everybody is focused on getting these miners back to work. But really the solution to creating a healthy industry is some mines close,” Godby said.For now, little appears changed in Gillette, a city of 30,000 at the heart of the basin of rolling grasslands where tattoo shops are abundant and big, late-model pickup trucks still cruise the main drag.This year, however, has been especially tumultuous. Three of the Powder River Basin’s nine producers — Westmoreland Coal, Cloud Peak Energy and Blackjewel — have filed for bankruptcy since March. Two others, Arch Coal and Peabody, say they will merge assets in the region.The turmoil comes as U.S. coal production is down over 30 per cent since peaking in 2008. Utilities are retiring aging coal-fired power plants and switching to solar, wind and cheaper and cleaner-burning natural gas to generate electricity despite President Donald Trump’s efforts to prop up the coal industry.A decade ago, about half of U.S. electricity came from coal-fired power. Now it’s below 30 per cent, a shift that heavy equipment operator Rory Wallet saw as utilities became less willing to lock in multiyear contracts for Belle Ayr mine’s coal.“The market’s changed,” Wallet said. “The bankruptcies all tie into that.”Wallet, 40, who followed his father into the mine in 2008, said the recent closures and loss of his $80,000-a-year job surprised him. He has four children, and his wife’s job at a restaurant in Gillette is their main income while they await news about the mines.Blackjewel said Thursday that it was working on plans to restart the mines while pursuing their sale. There were no indications in federal bankruptcy court filings that the mines were set to reopen, however.“This is a fast-moving and sometimes unpredictable process, and accordingly, we do not have answers to all of your questions at this time,” the company’s statement said.Wallet is looking for a job and lobbying Wyoming lawmakers to fight harder to force Washington state to approve a port facility expansion that would allow more coal exports to Asia.“The ports are going to be a big deal. Asia is going to be a big deal,” Wallet said.But Godby said the amount of coal that the proposed export terminal could handle would offset only a small fraction of the amount that production has declined.Powder River Basin mines employ about 5,000 miners — 20 per cent fewer than eight years ago. The impact is even wider because an additional 8,000 jobs, from teachers to car mechanics, have indirect ties to the coal industry.Locals cheered when Trump lifted a federal moratorium on coal leases, but Worden and Wallet disagree about whether changing environmental regulations will do much good.Both say coal should continue to have a place alongside renewable energy.“It needs to be a group effort, not green is on one side and black is on the other,” Worden said. “We don’t want this community to die.”___Follow Mead Gruver at https://twitter.com/meadgruverMead Gruver, The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Latest on Eugene Scalia, President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Labor Department (all times local):9:50 a.m.President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Labor Department tells a Senate committee that his years of work as an attorney for corporate clients won’t influence his actions as a senior government official.In opening remarks Thursday to the Republican-led Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Eugene Scalia (skuh-LEE’-uh) recalled his previous service as the Labor Department’s top lawyer during the George W. Bush administration. Then, as now, Scalia says he was coming to the department from the private sector, where he advised and represented businesses on employment matters.Scalia says once at the Labor Department he “had new clients, new responsibilities and a public trust.”Scalia’s nomination is opposed by the AFL-CIO. The labour federation has described him as a union-busting lawyer who has eroded labour rights and consumer protections.___12:30 a.m.President Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Labor Department faces a Senate confirmation hearing Thursday, even as Democrats argue they haven’t had enough time to scour his record of legal work for corporate interests.Although Trump tweeted in mid-July that Eugene Scalia was his, the committee didn’t officially receive the nomination until Sept. 11. The Republican-led Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee panel has set a vote on the nomination early next week.Democrats say that won’t allow them to properly investigate Scalia’s work history. But Republicans counter that his required paperwork has been available since late August.Scalia was the Labor Department’s top lawyer during the George W. Bush administration. As an attorney, he’s run up a string of legal victories on behalf of business interests.The Associated Press
The Business Minister was joined by 30 teenagers from The Sandwell Academy, who were given the chance to tour BMW’s engine production plant, in Hams Hall, near Birmingham, take part in an interactive manufacturing challenge and meet apprentices currently working at the plant.Government’s ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ initiative, underlines the importance of the automotive industry to the UK economy and the range of exciting career opportunities it offers.“Today’s event at Hams Hall is a fantastic behind-the-scenes opportunity for local children to see what goes into making iconic cars,” said Business Minister, Mark Prisk. “The government’s ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ initiative is helping to show students and teachers across the UK that a career in industry can be interesting and rewarding.”Speaking about the visit, Nick Spencer, Director of the BMW Hams Hall plant, said, “We are always keen to welcome schools into the plant. The apprenticeship scheme benefits the business by developing highly-skilled employees that are perfectly matched to our operational needs. Apprenticeships are highly valued by us for the unique blend of knowledge, skills and practical experience they offer. For that reason, they are an attractive career path to students considering their future employment options in a manufacturing sector that offers so many exciting possibilities.”Currently in the fourth year of his engineering apprenticeship, Richard Kirkland, 22, from Great Barr, said, “I am really enjoying working for BMW and I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to other young people. The scheme is giving me the chance to gain academic qualifications as well as valuable work experience, and the opportunity of a career path within a large global company.”Around 300 secondary school pupils from around the West Midlands will participate in the ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ events at the Hams Hall plant, which continue to run until 21 October.There are currently 109 apprentices across the company’s production plants at Oxford, Swindon, Hams Hall, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited in Goodwood.For more information about ‘See Inside Manufacturing, click here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
The spokesman added: “All families involved are continuing to receive the appropriate support from specially trained officers.”If you are visiting the location today, please show respect and allow the emergency services professionals to continue the search uninterrupted.” Forecasters expect the next few days to be even hotter, with the mercury set to rise to 33C (91.4F) later in the week. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Emergency services are currently at Westport Lake in Stoke-on-Trent to resume the search for a missing child.”Staffordshire Police, together with partners including West Midlands Ambulance Service, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and specialist underwater teams, will recommence the search shortly.” Train announcer as we slow down outside London: ‘Due to cost cuts at network rail the tracks are too hot…only in England can we have the wrong type of leaves, wrong type of snow & wrong type of hot weather…I feel your pain, was looking forward to going home for a pint’— Jennifer Williams (@JenWilliamsMEN) June 25, 2018 Hottest day of the year and chaotic scenes at Waterloo Station @Se_Railway @SW_Help pic.twitter.com/1b8eJOD86J— donnilad (@donnilad) June 25, 2018 Let your grass go brown, gardeners are toldWater UK, which represents regional water companies, said heavy rainfall during spring had left aquifer levels robust.However, Anglian Water issued a detailed list of dos and don’ts to prevent waste, including “leaving the sprinkler in the shed this summer”.“Grass is extremely hard to kill – your lawn will soon bounce back and be vibrant and green again,” a spokesman said. Water safety warning after man found deadA man has died after he was seen struggling while swimming in a lake in Surrey. Police and the ambulance service were called to the lake in Nutfield after the man was seen to get into difficulties at 6.30pm on Monday.A search was launched, including Surrey Fire and Rescue Service’s water search team and Surrey Search and Rescue, and his body was found by a team of divers from rescue service Specialist Group International at 9.20pm.A Surrey Police spokesman said: “The death is currently being treated as unexplained, although at this stage there is not believed to be any third party involvement and it is not believed to be suspicious. We are currently trying to locate the man’s next of kin.”The force spokesman gave safety advice for swimming in open water and added that a number of youths had been swimming in the lake and behaving in an anti-social manner.He said: “Bodies of water may look safe, but can hide dangers such as hidden currents, hazardous objects, pollution and cold water shock, which affects our ability to swim and reach safety if experiencing difficulties.”It can also be difficult to gauge water depth – you could find yourself in unexpectedly deep water or injure yourself jumping into shallow water.” Three children were reportedly in distress in Westport Lake, Stoke-on-TrentCredit:Stoke Sentinel/BPM Media And high temperatures are expected to be beaten later this week- before dropping off at the weekend. Search resumes for missing boy at lakeA search has resumed for a missing 13-year-old boy, Ryan Evans, who was seen in distress in a lake.Two other children were able to safely get out of the water as the alarm was raised at about 5pm on Monday, but the third youngster remains unaccounted for.A search involving police divers, the fire brigade and ambulance teams is continuing at Westport Lake. It means parts of the UK are currently hotter than Athens in Greece, and on a par with Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Rio in Brazil.The heatwave is set to last until the weekend, when temperatures are due to slowly fall. Fun in the sun as twins Teddy and Sapphire are pushed along in an inflatable by their grandmother Zuzana Briscoe at Warleigh Weir near BathCredit:ANDREW LLOYD Some sections of rails are painted white so they absorb less heat. Merseyside is likely to enjoy the hottest weather on Tuesday, the Met Office said, with highs of 31C (87.8F) forecast.Temperatures are set to rise, with a possible high of 33C (91.4F) on Thursday, meteorologist Alex Burkill said, soaring above the UK average for this time of year of 17.3C (63.1F).The fine, hot weather looks set to continue into next month.”At the moment it looks like that will be the general theme through much of July,” he said. “Generally it looks like it will stay drier and warmer than average.”Forecasters said the hot weather is being caused by a jet stream looping to the north of the UK which has created an area of high pressure.Weather map for Tuesday and week ahead The yellow health warnings are for heatwave conditions between 9am on Tuesday to 6pm on Thursday. The Local Government Association issued a plea not to neglect the elderly or vulnerable, more than 2,000 of whom died in England during the heatwave of 2003.“The hundreds of deaths caused by temperatures each year are avoidable,” said chairman Izzi Seccombe. “No one is immune to the power of the sun.” The search of Westport Lake, in Stoke-on-TrentCredit:Stoke Sentinel/BPM Media Good morning! Another day of unbroken sunshine for many allowing it to become hot, with the highest temperatures likely in the west. Cloud will affect northern Scotland & some eastern coasts may be misty. Fresher around coasts with sea breezes. https://t.co/hQmWS6xFNb ^Kayleigh pic.twitter.com/8IsUttgAiX— Met Office (@metoffice) June 26, 2018 Firefighters were still at the scene of the blaze between Stalybridge and Dovestones, which spread overnight.Greater Manchester Fire Service said the blaze had “devastated a portion of the area near to Buckton Hill”. Firefighters walk across the smouldering Saddleworth moorCredit:Allan Bentley/Cavendish Press Saddleworth Moor burns through the night above Mossley and CarrbrookCredit:Allan Bentley/Cavendish Press A man waters flowers in London on Monday as temperatures riseCredit:Leon Neal /Getty ‘No one is immune to the power of the sun’: Health warnings issuedFour areas of England – the North East, North West, West Midlands and Southwest – are now subject to the Met Office yellow health warning, meaning temperatures are expected to exceed heatwave thresholds, which range from 28C in the North East to 30C in the Southwest.The Met Office said heatwaves can be dangerous for the very young, the elderly or those with chronic diseases.Its warnings mean there is an 80 per cent chance of temperatures that could be a risk to health. Speed restrictions over fears for tracks in direct sunTransport officials said rails under direct sunshine might reach 20C above the surrounding air temperature, causing the steel to expand – raising concern that rails will buckle as temperatures soar.It means some routes, such as the line between London Waterloo and New Malden, will be subject to speed restrictions from 11am each day until Friday.Network Rail’s extreme weather action teams are being activated across Britain to monitor “vulnerable locations”. Andy Thomas, managing director of England and Wales at Network Rail, said: “On very sunny days, rails in direct sunshine can be as much as 20C above air temperature, causing the steel to expand markedly, and could – if not carefully monitored and action taken – buckle, causing travel disruption.”Our engineers and specialist extreme weather teams are monitoring track-side temperatures at vulnerable locations and will, if necessary, introduce temporary speed restrictions during the hottest part of the day to keep trains running, albeit more slowly than normal.” Buckled rails at Wishaw near Glasgow, as Network Rail’s extreme weather action teams are being activated across BritainCredit:Network Rail Giant walls of flames: Firefighters battle a large blaze on Saddleworth moorCredit:Allan Bentley /Cavendish Press They added: “Forget the paddling pool and head to the beach…if you’ve already filled the paddling pool for the day, don’t empty it, you can save loads on your water bill by using gentle disinfectant tablets that keep the paddling pool water fresh for days.”Failing that, Anglsaddlian customers are advised to use the water to “wash the dog”.Mercury passes 30C – and it is due to get even hotterOn Monday, the hottest point of Britain was at Hampton, in London, where temperatures reached 30.1C – making it the hottest day of the year so far.The previous 2018 record was recorded at St James’s Park in central London, which reached 29.1 on April 19.Meanwhile in Scotland, Achnagart in Ross and Cromarty boasted a temperature of 27.5C and the heat hit 25.3C in Castlederg in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, on Monday. A cooling dip at Dovestones Reservoir in Saddleworth, Greater ManchesterCredit:Mercury Press & Media Sunshine sparks moor blaze visible for milesThe sweltering sunshine sparked a large moor fire in Saddleworth on Monday evening that could be seen 15 miles away in Manchester. Slower trains exert lower forces on the track, reducing the likelihood of buckling. Click here for more UK weather news. The #heatwave is here! So how can you keep your garden looking beautiful without using lots of water? Here’s some top tips from expert Nick Hamilton of @barnsdalegarden near Rutland Water pic.twitter.com/UY4CDyqkxU— Anglian Water (@AnglianWater) June 25, 2018 Rail passengers are being warned of lengthy delays as speed restrictions are enforced to prevent tracks from buckling in a heatwave that has sparked wildfires across parts of Britain – and shows no signs of abating.As scorching temperatures are set to last until the weekend, Network Rail has deployed “extreme weather action teams” in readiness for even warmer conditions following a peak of 30.1C (86.1F) on Monday, which was the hottest day of the year so far.The announcement came as wildfires took hold in parts of northern England and the Met Office issued its first “yellow” health warning for heatwave conditions of 2018 from Tuesday until Thursday evening. In north Staffordshire, a search is continuing for a 13-year-old boy, Ryan Evans, who is missing after being seen in distress in a lake. Two other children were able to safely get out of the water on Monday, but the third youngster remains missing. Police have urged people to avoid the temptation to swim in open water in hot weather.Meanwhile, gardeners are being encouraged to “love your brown lawn” and avoid using paddling pools in a bid to preserve water – although utility firms described reserves as “healthy” and promised not to introduce hosepipe bans. Commuting isn’t commuting until you’ve experienced a scorching day at Waterloo station with cancellations and delays #urbanwarrior #waterloo #commuteleaderboard pic.twitter.com/I9axXlNHKK— Neil Sharpe (@Neil5harpe) June 25, 2018 Police officers in a boat searching Westport Lake on Tuesday morningCredit:James Ward/Caters News Emergency crews, including paramedics, firefighters and a police helicopter, were called to the scene at around 4.50pm.An air ambulance also attended, but the search was suspended overnight due to fading light. 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THE GOVERNMENT IS to send an additional €3 million of aid to the Philippines to help with the rebuilding of the country following Typhoon Haiyan.The extra assistance brings to Ireland’s total contribution to the typhoon response to more than €7 million.The additional aid was announced by Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello during a visit to the affected Tacloban region yesterday and will support local efforts to build shelters and re-establish people’s livelihoods.The assistance is being provided through the Government’s overseas development programme Irish Aide andOver €2.6 million of Irish funding has been provided through NGO partners with Ireland directly providing 166 tonnes of relief items including shelter, water and hygiene supplies.Minister Costello said upon his visit that he was “shocked by the scale of destruction” adding that Ireland is committed to long-term relief efforts in the Philippines:“This funding underlines Ireland’s continuing commitment to supporting the Philippines government and the communities devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. Ireland is committed to supporting the Philippines over the longer term, particularly as international attention has shifted elsewhere.”Read: “If tourists choose not to come then Malapascua will slowly go back into the dark ages” >Read: Ireland sends €120k more aid to Philippines >
By Paul Hosford Image: BBC Mar 9th 2017, 6:09 AM 14,404 Views Share3 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3277452 34 Comments A DUBLIN MEP wants the law changed to get rid of the “terms and conditions apply” part of radio ads.Brian Hayes says the fast-paced disclaimers cost stations money and is an example of overreaching Brussels bureaucracy. Hayes suggests sending listeners to a website instead.The disclaimers are carried as part of a European Commission directive – The Consumer Credit Directive – which requires advertisers carry the disclaimers.Hayes makes the argument that visual media can carry the notices in small print – a luxury not available to radio advertisers.“Radio adverts are different. In order for radio stations to comply, they are required to read out the terms and conditions of every advert. This requirement means that a company who purchases 40 seconds of advertising can actually only advertise for 20 seconds as the remainder of the advert is filled with terms and conditions.”Hayes says he has written to Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans, Head of Better Regulation to investigate the matter.Kevin Branigan, the CEO of Radio Nova, told TheJournal.ie that while the disclaimers add a challenge to running a radio station, it is far from the only one.“It’s welcome that Brian Hayes is interested in commercial radio. Terms and Conditions disclaimers have affected some ads for a while. Encouraging to see an opinion for it.“Other compelling issues include the funding of public service broadcasting from the licence fee. These have been debated for years and I would be interested to hear (Hayes’) views on that.”Read: Plan to get more women on airwaves ‘welcome’ – but progress could take years Short URL The terms and conditions apply parts of ads are ‘costing radio stations money’ Brian Hayes says the fast-paced disclaimers cost stations money and is an example of overreaching Brussels bureaucracy. Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 6:09 AM Image: BBC
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Katerina Tsamourtzis and Maria Roiniotis are the founders of Ammos Accessories, a label that promises to make Greek island style a summer staple for Down Under.Apart from a strong friendship, their love of fashion and obsession with shoes is what binds them together. Maria is a qualified beautician, and also has extensive experience in importing beauty goods and loves to constantly challenge herself creatively. Katerina, on the other hand, focuses on social media and is marketing director of Remark Marketing, having previously worked for Westfield and Nintendo. “Together we are a great combination, bringing a touch of Greece to our shores,” they tell Neos Kosmos. Their project, Ammos Shoes & Accessories, is a new online store that is bringing the latest shoes and accessories from the Mediterranean to Australia. “We aim to bring the latest trends, as well as pieces that can’t be purchased in Australia,” Katerina adds.Inspired by the beauty and the colours of Greek islands and mythology, they present an impressive collection of sandals and accessories, named after inspiring ancient Greek goddesses. “We love Greece, its amazing past, and its current beauty; the feeling you have when you are there, how amazing you feel when you are there,” Katerina Dassios says.This year she travelled to Greece and purchased twenty pairs of shoes, along with numerous accessories and handbags. “Every time I wear these pieces I receive so many compliments,” she enthuses.“I had been thinking about it for a long time, but now it suddenly seemed like the right time to take the plunge and start bringing these amazing products to Australia. This is how, in a nutshell, Ammos was born.”Maria and Katerina’s market is every female who loves to wear unique shoes and accessories, and is confident in donning stand-out pieces. The duo feels that Australia tends to follow America in fashion, and does not keep up with the constantly evolving European scene as much. “We tend to miss out on some trends, or they come to us a season later,” Katerina explains.“Australia also lacks the unique pieces and most things are the same, which is part of the reason why we tend to have to pay a fortune for the more ‘different’ pieces.”The majority (about 80 per cent) of all Ammos products are made in Greece and overall 95 per cent is manufactured in the Mediterranean. “We are buying locally, from remote parts of Greece, which is satisfying knowing that we can assist in the current Greek crisis,” Katerina adds.“We hope to be able to bring amazing and distinctive pieces that will make every woman feel like she is on the shores of Greece, and is a Greek goddess.”For more information, head to www.ammosaccessories.com.au
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Modern Greek in Australia is at crisis point. Melbourne’s only Greek department at La Trobe University is dwindling, with the future in doubt.Director of LOGOS Australian Centre for Hellenic Language and Culture at Flinders University, Professor Michael Tsianikas is one of the academics concerned.“Sometimes I’m angry with myself, with everybody. How is it possible to explain that the whole of Melbourne is unable to have a proper Greek program at tertiary level? What kind of Hellenism are we if we can’t claim one important program at university level? Why are we failing so badly?”His one explanation is of course a historical one; one that considers the significant fact that the first generation of Greeks who migrated to Australia were of the working class, not middle class, or what is also known as the educated class, which is not to say they weren’t very successful, carving a life for themselves by working hard, and acquiring their own homes, raising their families.“But because they were not from the middle class, there was no culture around that could provide them with something of the essence of what Hellenism is,” he explains.“Then it became just folklore; it became just to go to church for Christmas or things like that.”While a new middle class of Greek Australians has emerged from the opportunities their parents afforded them, going on to study at university, they were henceforth enveloped into the Anglo culture, a disconnect ensuing with their Hellenic roots.“How many of them are buying or reading a book [in Greek], or asking questions beyond the emotional thing of ‘Yes, I am Greek’?” urges Professor Tsianikas.He says there has been a missing space, a missing opportunity for people to come together and delve deeper into their roots.To help address this, he has launched a new Modern Greek Lecture Series at Flinders University. Open to the public and free to attend, his aim for the series is to engage a dialogue about the true essence of Hellenism.“Every year we’re trying to organise something new regarding our teaching and research, and in particular also engaging with the community, so for this year I decided to organise a new series of public talks. I’m trying to create a community around LOGOS Centre and a learning community, to be aware that there’s a program at Flinders University and to support in a variety of ways the future existence of our program, and [to] also create opportunities for members of the community to be engaging with something Greek. But beyond the surface, if you like, of the usual things we are practising in our culture and engaging in the most challenging aspects of Greek culture, that’s the idea,” he explains.Taking place once a month, the first lecture kicked off last month on Giorgos Seferis and his collection of poetry Mithistorima.Published in 1935, it is considered to be one of the most significant literary outcomes of the 20th century for a combination of reasons: his exploration of the ancient Greek mythological tradition, modern Greek history, and his aim to introduce European modernism to Greece.“Mithistorima is myth and history, so in other words he wanted to talk through his poems about ancient Greek mythology but also about modern Greek history. Poetry is always illusive so you have to think a little bit beyond and understand the context. Also 1935 is 12 or 13 years after the Asia Minor disaster, the exchange of population in 1923. Seferis was born in Asia Minor, all his life belonging to the Asia Minor tradition and culture. The third dimension of course is that he wanted to create something new in modern Greek literature, in other words to bring to Greece European modernism, in particular French poetry and French music – he was educated in France – knowing very well the European tradition and context,” he explains.Professor Tsianikas didn’t only pick the Nobel Prize winner for this reason, but for his underlying message: “You can’t really continue into the future without thinking or discussing or engaging with your past, in particular your ancestors”.“This is what he’s trying to do; the essence of his poetry is if we want to go ahead, if we want to continue, it’s extremely important to understand our past. We need to engage with the texts, stories, myths, to have a profound understanding of the intellectual impact, then we can be ready to continue into the future. And I think that today we can say, unfortunately, we have been unable to engage in a productive dialogue with our past. This is a modern Greek tragedy if you like.”With his research interests including Greek Australian migration, through his exposure he says there is a lack of understanding when it comes to the essence of the Hellenic tradition, and how important it is for them and their children in their own journeys forward.His explanation? It keeps coming back to the same premise: “We don’t know exactly who we are”.“So I thought let’s create this new opportunity. I’m not trying to make miracles. Just once a month. I’m hoping next year to do a bit more depending on if there’s a demand, if people are interested, but I hope for the best. Later on I’m thinking of doing a bit of theatre, retreats and things like that, have philosophical discussions. Bring people together.”The next lecture is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 8 May. For more information, visit flinders.edu.au/ehl/languages-studies/departmental-sections/modern-greek/logos/logos_home.cfm or get social at facebook.com/logoscentre For enquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cargo sur la Grande barrière de corail : le capitaine et son second ont été arrêtésAustralie – Le capitaine et l’officier de quart du Shen Neng 1, le cargo chinois qui s’est échoué sur la Grande barrière de corail, ont été arrêtés. L’échouage du navire a provoqué une marée noire longue de trois kilomètres et provoqué d’importants dégâts sur le site, classé au patrimoine mondial par l’Unesco.Une semaine après avoir dévié sa route et ainsi entraîné l’échouage du Shen Neng 1, le capitaine et l’officier-vigie du cargo ont été arrêtés, a indiqué la police. Et de préciser qu’ils devront tous les deux se présenter devant la justice le jeudi 15 avril.Le capitaine, âgé de 47 ans, a été mis en examen pour “avoir causé des dommages au parc marin de la Grande barrière de corail”. Il risque une amende de 55.000 dollars australiens (plus de 37.000 euros), tandis que l’officier, en tant que responsable de la surveillance du cargo, encourt une peine de prison pouvant aller jusqu’à trois ans, et une amende maximum de 220.000 dollars australiens (environ 150.000 euros).Comme l’a reconnu l’armateur du navire, Shenzhen Energy Transport, “l’enquête montre que le Shen Neng 1 n’a pas viré à un point prévu dans son plan de route” a précisé la police. L’Australie, qui a décidé de porter plainte, estime que c’est un itinéraire illégal qui a été emprunté.Trois tonnes de carburant se sont déversées à proximité de la Grande barrière lorsque le Shen Neng 1 s’est échoué sur un banc de sable, laissant une cicatrice de près de 3 kilomètres de long sur le site, dont la biodiversité marine est exceptionnelle. La peinture toxique de la coque du navire s’est également écaillée, tuant les coraux alentours. D’après certains experts, 20 ans seront nécessaires pour effacer ces dégâts.Le 14 avril 2010 à 16:07 • Emmanuel Perrin
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppResponding to the ‘A’ grades his government was given for too much ‘Travelling’ by the Opposition PDM in their recent report card of the government’s first year in office, Premier Hon Rufus Ewing, finally gave reaction. The Premier said that the opposition can say anything, while explaining that as a government and even as a person sometimes you have to branch out and make contact. The country’s leader believes travel is important to networking and building the country. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Kylian Mbappe believes he has already become a leader at Paris Saint-Germain after his impressive second-half cameo inspired them to a 2-0 win over MarseillePSG manager Thomas Tuchel benched Mbappe along with Adrien Rabiot from Sunday’s Le Classique for disciplinary reasons after arriving late for the pre-game team talk.However, with the scoreline goalless, Tuchel substituted Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting for Mbappe in the 62nd-minute and the youngster responded emphatically.It took just three minutes for Mbappe to score the opener for PSG before he later assisted Julian Draxler’s injury-time goal to seal a 2-0 win.Now the 19-year-old admits he feels like a leader for a team that wants to down in history.“The team needed this win,” Mbappe told Canal+.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“A great team relies on its leaders and they have to make a difference at key moments. I think I can take on that role and I did.“We have to continue on the right path. Marseille showed they have a team that plays with the ball. They had several sequences of play where we were in trouble, so all credit to them.“But we were able to be effective and we leave with the win. We are competitors. We want to go down in history. We mustn’t disregard any match.”Mbappe has now scored 12 goals and added four assists in 10 appearances across all competitions this season.PSG have also now won all eleven of their opening Ligue 1 fixtures this term, which hasn’t been accomplished in any of Europe’s top five leagues since Tottenham in 1960.
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsMIRA MESA (KUSI) – Three men were hospitalized Monday with burn injuries they suffered in a two-alarm fire at a Mira Mesa home that had a marijuana growing operation inside, authorities said.The fire was reported around 6:15 p.m. Sunday at a home on Sunny Meadow Street, near Canyon Breeze Road, San Diego Fire-Rescue Dispatch Supervisor Brent Peterson said.Firefighters responded to the scene and had the flames knocked down within 30 minutes, Peterson said.Three men ran out of the home before crews arrived, but suffered burn injuries, 10News reported.A 29-year-old man suffered third-degree burns on 95 percent of his body, a 24-year-old man had burns on 50 percent of his body and a 28-year-old man had burns on 26 percent of his body, the news station reported. An update on their conditions were not immediately available.A Hazmat team responded to the scene, Peterson confirmed.San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros said the house was being investigated as a marijuana growing operation, but he did not disclose any additional details.The cause of the fire was under investigation. KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 5:36 PM Posted: May 5, 2019 May 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Marijuana operation explodes and sparks fire at Mira Mesa home Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
An ordinance that would add a prayer to the regular Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meeting agenda passed in first reading Monday night. The vote was split 4-3, with some on the Assembly expressing concern about inadvertently excluding some people with different beliefs.Download Audio:Six people testified during the Borough Assembly’s public comment period about the proposed prayer ordinance. Five of them favor the proposal. Of those five, three are local pastors.Gary Souza is with the Ketchikan Church of Christ and is president of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association. That organization is, understandably, happy to endorse the proposal. Souza adds that legislative prayer is not a new thing.“As our forefathers were strong believers in the Judeo-Christian ethic and belief. The current Congress and Senate both have chaplains in D.C. and these invocations are something that’s been carried on in Juneau for many years. We strongly support this and encourage you to embrace this and make this law.”Dave Spokely says the country was founded by people who believed in religion. He says the Constitution makes church free of state, but doesn’t make the state free of church, and that prayer sets a moral foundation for a community.Pastor Bill White of the Lighthouse Church of God says he’s been praying for local government for many years already.“But it would sure be a notch in our faith if we saw that you were receiving and asking for this,” White says.Pastor Fred Adams also spoke in favor of the ordinance. He says he has served overseas as a missionary, and that people elsewhere are observing a moral breakdown in the United States. Adams says prayer would honor what God has done for this country.Eric Muench provided the only public comment against the proposal. He says the Assembly meetings shouldn’t be turned into quasi-religious gatherings.“Private prayer and reflection might be useful and helpful for some, but subjecting the entire public to a unified prayer performance is coercive and objectionable to many, including me,” Muench says.During Assembly discussion of the proposal, which was submitted by members Glen Thompson and Agnes Moran, one Assembly member tried to expand the definition of who could offer invocations.Bill Rotecki says he’s not opposed to the concept, but he doesn’t want anyone to feel left out.“Many people came here, not just the Founding Fathers, for religious freedom. And to institute anything as the prior religion or invocation is I think contrary to the principles on which this country was founded and has continued to be governed.”Rotecki suggested adding atheists to the list, which already provides for any religious group that wants to offer a prayer.Thompson objected to that.“Atheism means not god, and that completely guts the whole intention of this ordinance and I think it’s inappropriate,” Thomspon says. “I don’t have a problem with having an inclusive denominations, be they Hindu, Islam, Bahai faith, Christian, what have you. I will draw the line on Satanists or atheists.”The day after the Assembly meeting, Thompson recanted that comment. He now says he would be willing to hear a prayer from anyone interested in presenting one.Rotecki’s amendment failed with only Rotecki voting in favor.When it came to the main motion, Assembly Members Todd Phillips and Alan Bailey spoke against establishing prayer at Assembly meetings. Phillips notes that religion is personal. Bailey says he’s worried about excluding people.Assembly Member Mike Painter, while voting in favor of introducing the ordinance, didn’t seem convinced that it’s been fully thought out. He notes that it’s not clear who will administer the invocation list, and that there’s no time limit for prayers.Borough Clerk Kacie Paxton says it was suggested that requests to give invocations go through the clerk’s office, and Mayor Dave Kiffer says 30 to 40 seconds should be adequate for prayers.Borough Attorney Scott Brandt-Erichsen weighed in on the legality of the language. He says the ordinance is worded well, but the borough will have to be careful about it’s administered.“The ordinance itself simply puts a location on the agenda for an invocation, but if, in the administration of that the clerk or the mayor or whoever is charged with scheduling those is not being even-handed, then that action could create a problem.”The ordinance passed in first reading 4-3, with Rotecki, Bailey and Phillips voting no. A public hearing and second reading of the measure are scheduled for the Assembly’s Oct. 20 regular meeting.
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. Photo: ReutersIran is ready to “vigorously” resume nuclear enrichment if the United States ditches the 2015 nuclear deal, and further “drastic measures” are being considered in response to a US exit, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned Saturday.Zarif told reporters in New York that Iran is not seeking to acquire a nuclear bomb, but that Tehran’s “probable” response to a US withdrawal would be to restart production of enriched uranium-a key bomb-making ingredient.“America never should have feared Iran producing a nuclear bomb, but we will pursue vigorously our nuclear enrichment,” added the foreign minister, who is in the United States to attend a UN meeting on sustaining peace.US president Donald Trump has set a May 12 deadline for the Europeans to “fix” the 2015 agreement that provides for curbs to Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from financial sanctions.Zarif’s comments marked a further escalation of rhetoric following a warning earlier this month from Iranian president Hassan Rouhani that Washington would “regret” withdrawing from the nuclear deal, and that Iran would respond within a week if it did.The fate of the Iran deal will be a key issue during French president Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to Washington beginning Monday, followed by talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington on Friday.Zarif said the European leaders must press Trump to stick to the deal if the United States “intends to maintain any credibility in the international community” and to abide by it, “rather than demand more.”The foreign minister warned against offering any concessions to Trump.“To try to appease the president, I think, would be an exercise in futility,” he said.European leaders are hoping to persuade Trump to save the deal if they, in turn, agree to press Iran to enter into agreement on missile tests and moderating its regional influence in Yemen, Syria and Lebanon.If the United States buries the deal, Iran is unlikely to stick to the agreement alongside the other signatories-Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia — said the foreign minister.“That’s highly unlikely,” he said. “It is important for Iran to receive the benefits of the agreement and there is no way that Iran would do a one-sided implementation of the agreement.”Zarif, who will attend a UN meeting on sustaining peace this week, warned of “drastic measures” under discussion in Iran.He declined to be more specific, pointing to “what certain members of our parliament are saying about Iran’s options.”
Randi Weingarten tries to deliver a teddy bear and other items for children to federal agents at the port-of-entry, Tuesday on 26 June 2018, in Fabens, Texas, along the international border where immigrant children are being held. The group tried to deliver items to the children housed in tents at the facility but were turned away. Photo: APA judge in California on Tuesday ordered US border authorities to reunite separated families within 30 days, setting a hard deadline in a process that has so far yielded uncertainty about when children might again see their parents.If children are younger than 5, they must be reunified within 14 days of the order issued Tuesday by US district judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego. Sabraw, an appointee of President George W. Bush, also issued a nationwide injunction on future family separations, unless the parent is deemed unfit or doesn’t want to be with the child. He also requires the government provide phone contact between parents and their children within 10 days.More than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents in recent weeks and placed in government-contracted shelters – hundreds of miles away, in some cases – under a now-abandoned policy toward families caught illegally entering the USAmid an international outcry, Trump last week issued an executive order to stop the separation of families and said parents and children will instead be detained together. A Department of Homeland Security statement over the weekend on reuniting families only seemed to sow more confusion.”The facts set forth before the Court portray reactive governance_responses to address a chaotic circumstance of the Government’s own making,” Sabraw wrote. “They belie measured and ordered governance, which is central to the concept of due process enshrined in our Constitution.”The ruling was a win for the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit in March involving a 7-year-old girl who was separated from her Congolese mother and a 14-year-old boy who was separated from his Brazilian mother.”Tears will be flowing in detention centers across the country when the families learn they will be reunited,” said ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt.The Justice and Homeland Security Departments did not immediately respond to requests for comment late Tuesday.It’s not clear how border authorities will meet the deadline. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told Congress on Tuesday that his department still has custody of 2,047 immigrant children separated from their parents at the border. That is only six fewer children than the number in HHS custody as of last Wednesday. Democratic senators said that wasn’t nearly enough progress.Under questioning, Azar refused to be pinned down on how long it will take to reunite families. He said his department does extensive vetting of parents to make sure they are not traffickers masquerading as parents.Also challenging will be the requirement the judge set on phone contact.At a Texas detention facility, immigrant advocates complained that parents have gotten busy signals or no answers from a 1-800 number provided by federal authorities to get information about their children.Attorneys have spoken to about 200 immigrants at the Port Isabel detention facility near Los Fresnos, Texas, since last week, and only a few knew where their children were being held, said Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg of the Legal Aid Justice Center in Virginia.”The US government never had any plan to reunite these families that were separated,” Sandoval-Moshenberg said, and now it is “scrambling to undo this terrible thing that they have done.”A message left for HHS, which runs the hotline, was not immediately returned.Many children in shelters in southern Texas have not had contact with their parents, though some have reported being allowed to speak with them in recent days, said Meghan Johnson Perez, director of the Children’s Project for the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, which provides free legal services to minors.”Things might be changing now. The agencies are trying to coordinate better,” she said. “But the kids we have been seeing have not been in contact with the parents. They don’t know where the parent is. They’re just distraught. Their urgent need is just trying to figure out, ‘Where is my parent?'”The decision comes as 17 states, including New York and California, sued the Trump administration Tuesday to force it to reunite children and parents. The states, all led by Democratic attorneys general, joined Washington, DC, in filing the lawsuit in federal court in Seattle, arguing that they are being forced to shoulder increased child welfare, education and social services costs. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for a comment on the multistate lawsuit.”The administration’s practice of separating families is cruel, plain and simple,” New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a statement. “Every day, it seems like the administration is issuing new, contradictory policies and relying on new, contradictory justifications. But we can’t forget: The lives of real people hang in the balance.”In a speech before the conservative Criminal Justice Legal Foundation in Los Angeles, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the administration for taking a hardline stand on illegal immigration and said the voters elected President Donald Trump to do just that.”This is the Trump era,” he said. “We are enforcing our laws again. We know whose side we are on – so does this group – and we’re on the side of police, and we’re on the side of the public safety of the American people.”After expressing reluctance in May to get too deeply involved in immigration enforcement decisions, the judge who issued Tuesday’s ruling was clearly influenced by Trump’s reversal last week and the Homeland Security Department’s statement on its family reunification plan Saturday night, which, he said, left many questions unanswered.”This situation has reached a crisis level. The news media is saturated with stories of immigrant families being separated at the border. People are protesting. Elected officials are weighing in. Congress is threatening action,” he wrote.Outraged by the family separations, immigrant supporters have led protests in recent days in states such as Florida and Texas. In Los Angeles, police arrested 25 demonstrators at rally Tuesday ahead of Sessions’ address.Outside the U.S. attorney’s office, protesters carried signs reading, “Free the children!” and “Stop caging families.” Clergy members blocked the street by forming a human chain. Police handcuffed them and led them away.Later, protesters gathered outside the hotel where Sessions gave his speech. As the attorney general’s motorcade arrived, the crowd chanted, “Nazi, go home.”Weissert reported from Harlingen, Texas. Associated Press writers Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar in Washington; Gene Johnson in Seattle; Robin McDowell in Austin, Texas; Amy Taxin in Santa Ana, California; and John Antczak in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
Trying to Get Pregnant? Stop Smoking Pot’Star Wars’-Inspired Animation Leads to Scientific Discovery Stay on target Sperm is creepy. It’s wiggly, and there’s usually millions of them and unless they’re… y’know, going after an egg, sperm are useless. That was until some German scientists came up with a system to deliver medication using the tiny swimmers.An emerging body of biomedical engineering is focused on creative ways to fight cancer. Some have thought to modify red blood cells, others are using viruses, but this team was focused on treating cancers in the female reproductive tract. The thinking was that if we’ve already taken to modifying other cells to deliver treatments, why not look for something that’s tailor-made for the job. So, they attached metal helmets to individual sperms. These are steered with magnets, and the sperm just push forward until they hit something. If the contraption attached to a cancer cell, the sperm will push through and deliver the medication — killing the cancerous cell.The team has been able to guide the little fellas through tracks and even demonstrated delivery of chemotherapy treatments to active cancer. Two days later, the drug went to work.There’s still a lot of work to be done on the treatment, and it’s worth noting that all of this happened in controlled lab conditions. Getting the magnetic guidance system to work in a person will surely be a challenge. Not to mention that the sperms’ added gear slowed them down quite a bit, and they just had to scoot across a slide. Plus, if you’re treating cancer in the reproductive tract with sperm, you’re also going to have to take some precautions to avoid issues like pregnancy. Aaaaand then there’s a lot of rules about using human genetic material like this. Ethics boards would need quite a few reassurances before greenlighting clinical trials.Despite all that, this is definitely some Cool Science™.
Lego people don’t look much like people, but what if they did? Tossing out the sickly, jaundiced yellow and keeping the funky head shape and the eerie claw hands, the folks at Tested decided to scare the hell out of San Diego Comic-Con with one of the creepiest cosplays around — minifig-inspired prosthetics with natural-ish skin color.The costume was the work of Frank Ippolito, a special effects artist. He and his team photobombed and pestered attendees of the convention before hitting the Lego booth to frighten children. Not everyone was terrified to see this disturbing man wandering around the show, however, and some children seemed pretty excited to see a real-life mini-fig.“Creepy fig” as the team called it, is part of a growing trend to make the fantastic and fictitious real and distinctly unnerving. You may recall the live action Futurama movie, for example, featuring weird-looking silicone sculptures of the main cast. And the group behind the Creepy Fig may have been one of the first on that trend with their real-world Zoidberg costume from a few years back.Ippolito’s team previously hit SDCC with a human-scale rancor suit. They used a bunch of archives from Return of the Jedi and worked directly with the sculptor responsible for the final version of the rancor we see in the film. It’s a bit less disconcerting, but just as impressive and begs the question — just what is this time-tested master planning for next year? Until then, enjoy your nightmares.
If you want to help out the close to 10,000 people who were left without a roof over their heads in the Knysna fires that ravaged the Knysna and Plettenberg Bay areas, then here is one easy way to help!They will be delivering clothing and blankets via Fastway Courier Service, leaving TONIGHT!.So if you have warm clothes or blankets, then contact Lizzie at Tuinhuis Nursery on 0366375280 and ask her what she needs!https://web.facebook.com/policepicsandclips/videos/751587368299901/ Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite