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Alcohol Ban in Some Provincial Parks

first_img June 14 to July 5 (inclusive): Dollar Lake Camping Park and Laurie Lake Camping Park, Halifax Co. June 14 – 27 (inclusive): Islands Camping Park, Shelburne Co., and Ellenwood Camping Park, Yarmouth Co. The Department of Natural Resources will place a temporary ban onalcohol in some provincial parks, beginning June 14. The purpose of the ban is to help ensure visitors have a safe andenjoyable camping experience, without incident. “The safety of visitors to our parks remains our number onepriority,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Natural Resources. “Last year, there were a number of incidents involving alcohol ina few parks, which on one occasion resulted in the serious injuryof two teenagers. This is unacceptable.” The dates of the alcohol ban and the parks impacted are asfollows:last_img read more

Awareness Campaign Geared Towards Women Mood Disorders

first_imgWomen now have new resources to help understand anxiety and mood disorders and are encouraged to seek help if they think they may have symptoms of the disorders. Fact sheets, calendars, magnets and posters were launched today, Oct. 6, as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week. The calendar showcases artwork of women who are affected by mental health and includes facts and tips about mood disorders and how to improve and maintain mental health. “Studies show that 16 per cent of women are affected by an anxiety disorder,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont. “Through this campaign, we want to encourage people to know the signs and symptoms and seek help early.” A study conducted by Université de Montréal found that women are twice as likely to suffer from health problems related to stress. Mental Illness Awareness Week raises awareness and reduces stigma to show that those living with a mental illness can lead full, rewarding and productive lives. Phase one of the women and mood disorders campaign was launched in May, with the release of a booklet containing stories of five woman and their recovery. About nine per cent of Nova Scotians report being depressed, according to a Statistics Canada survey, and fewer than 40 per cent do something about it. “We want to encourage women to be aware of their mental health and to seek help as soon as possible,” said Linda Smith, executive director of mental health, children’s services and addiction treatment at the Department of Health. The Department of Health developed these materials with input from people who have experienced mental health problems, psychologists, nurses and social workers as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations to increase awareness. The materials are available at .last_img read more

Music festival that was cancelled due to wildfire is back on for

first_imgSALMO, B.C. – A weekend music festival in southern British Columbia that was cancelled due to an encroaching wildfire was put back on Sunday, although an evacuation alert remained in effect for the area.Organizers of the Shambhala Music Festival said in an email Sunday that damp, cool weather downgraded the threat of the fire moving close to the Salmo River ranch property where the event is held.“We invite all our guests to stay and celebrate with us for the final night of our 20th Annual Shambhala Music Festival,” organizers stated in the email.“Music acts might not continue as scheduled, but we will have a new schedule for this evening.”They said the decision followed hours of meetings on Sunday morning with the Regional District of Central Kootenay and other local government.An evacuation alert means people must be ready to leave an area on a moment’s notice.Police said there’s still a steady stream of people leaving the festival in an orderly fashion.“Evacuation plans remain in place and we’ll be closely monitoring activity and dealing directly with the organizers throughout the day,” RCMP spokeswoman Dawn Roberts said.The regional district had issued the evacuation alert Saturday morning after the BC Wildfire Service reported that flames had crossed the Salmo River and were heading toward the tiny community of Salmo.Festival organizers said they made the decision to cancel Saturday based on the advice of local officials.Ryan Turcot with the fire service said Sunday the McCormick Creek fire, which is 337 hectares in size, continues to burn about nine kilometres south of the festival site.“Overnight last night, there wasn’t any significant growth of the fire. The fire did receive 1.2 mm of precipitation as of 9 o’clock this morning,” Turcot told a news briefing Sunday, noting it isn’t a lot of rain.“Contingency guard lines have been established around this fire and it is currently 15 per cent contained.”The response from festival-goers to the news the festival would continue ranged from anger, to sympathy for the organizers.The festival posted on its Facebook page that anyone with their admission wristbands could return. However, some people responded that they had already travelled hundreds of kilometres away and discarded their bracelets.Elsewhere in B.C., numerous communities received new evacuation orders over the weekend.Turcot said 28 new fires were sparked in the province between Saturday and Sunday, most of which were from lightning. Gusty winds, he said, caused aggressive growth in the Caribou region.Roberts said RCMP noticed some of the fires in that region and made a “tactical decision” to order an evacuation involving residents in the Canim Lake, Hawkins Lake and the Canim Lake First Nation before officials issued formal evacuation orders.She noted that in Alexis Creek, where police helped people leave, officers removed items from the RCMP detachment in the community.On the south shores of Green Lake where an order was issued, Roberts said some people didn’t leave. But she said they changed their minds when buildings started to burn.“This did hamper efforts of emergency services, but we were able to get back in and assist those evacuations,” Roberts said.last_img read more

Ted Danson Blogs About Wasted Seafood

first_imgActor Ted Danson’s recent op-ed on Huffington Post says Oceana’s new report reveals there is a staggering amount of marine life caught by fisheries as bycatch that is discarded, which he says is a daily waste of many tons of edible fish.“Fishermen usually target one type of seafood, a specific type of fish,” says Danson, “but depending upon the type of fishing gear they use, they often catch enormous amounts of species that aren’t on their list. These animals are usually tossed overboard, injured, dying or dead.”Some fisheries in the States end up throwing away more marine life than they keep, he says, as much as up to 66 percent, and one scallop fishery cited in the report was allowed to throw away more flounder than flounder fishermen were allowed to catch and keep.A colossal waste, Danson offers three steps to begin reducing it: count what is caught, reduce each fishery’s bycatch limit, and use more selective fishing gear to avoid catching non-target species. He has ideas for American consumers too.“Look for sustainable, US-caught seafood,” suggests Danson, “and consult existing reference guides to avoid species caught with gillnets, longlines and trawls, which have high levels of bycatch. Help us put an end to the waste, and keep our fisheries healthy and our oceans abundant.”You can read the entire article here.Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

Israeli World Cup Fans: Moroccans Did Not Attack Us, They Welcomed…

Rabat- Israeli fans have denied allegations that Moroccan fans tried to snatch their flag at Morocco-Portugal World Cup match on Wednesday, saying that the media reports were “fake news.”Following the end of the World Cup match between Morocco and Portugal on Wednesday, a video showing Moroccan fans tugging at an Israeli flag held by Israeli fans in the stands led viewers to assume that the Moroccan fans were attacking them.Several international news outlets reported about how Morocco’s 0-1 defeat to Portugal had Moroccan fans lash out at Israelis and attack their flag. Some even suggested that the fans’ display was to condemn the Gaza massacre where dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers.However, the Israeli fans told Israeli television channel Kan that Moroccan fans were very friendly towards them and the fight shown in the footage was over the Atlas Lions’ captain Mehdi Benatia’s jersey.After the match ended, Benatia threw his jersey to the Moroccan fans close to Israeli fans who clarified that Moroccan fans were tugging on the flag to reach the jersey.“There was a great atmosphere during the game. Everyone welcomed us,” one of the fans told Kan, reported the Times of Israel news site. read more

Number of Togolese refugees in Benin and Ghana rises to over 34000

Between 70 and 200 refugees, mainly southern Togolese young men suspected of belonging to the opposition, crossed daily into Benin at Hilakondji, bringing the total there to 19,272 and the total in both countries to 34,416, up from 33,385 on Tuesday. No new arrivals have been reported in Ghana this week, the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said. The refugees have talked about abductions and disappearances as the security forces search opposition strongholds by night, creating a climate of fear, it said. In the camps of Come and Lokossa, sheltering 6,621 refugees between them, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has organized classes at the pre-school, primary and secondary levels for some 1,600 children, using the same textbooks they might have used in Togo. Some of the teachers, who are also refugees, have received UNICEF training in psycho-social counselling, UNHCR said. In Ghana, UNHCR is providing tools, cement, doors, windows and roofing materials to improve housing for refugees and their host families. Local communities have also agreed to help build houses out of mud and bamboo, it said. read more

OPG wants 30 rate hike for nuclear generation would add 536 to

TORONTO – Already increasing electricity bills will soar even higher if Ontario Power Generation gets approval for a 30 per cent increase in the rate it is paid for electricity generated by nuclear power, the New Democrats warned Tuesday.“You’re seeing rates go up faster than they should,” said NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns. “As long as the Liberals see a blank cheque as a parachute to get out of any tough spots, our bills are going to go up.”OPG said the rate increase, if approved by the Ontario Energy Board, would add about $5.36 each month to the bill for typical residential customers.The reasons for the requested hike “include ensuring obligations for used nuclear fuel management and decommissioning costs are met,” the government-owned utility said in a statement.“As well, we will make investments in the plants over the next couple of years to set up the long-term operation of Darlington for 30 more years following refurbishment.”However, the government pointed out there’s no guarantee the Energy Board will approve the rate hike for OPG, which has not had an increase in its rates since 2008.OPG is currently paid 5.7 cents per kilowatt hour for nuclear generated electricity, while privately run Bruce Power is paid between 5.2 and 7.1 cents.In 2011, the Energy Board not only rejected an OPG application to hike its base rate by 6.2 per cent, it actually lowered the rate by 0.8 per cent.There will be public hearings on OPG’s new application as it comes under review by the OEB before any decision is made. OPG wants to increase the rate Jan. 1, 2014.Opponents of nuclear power say Ontario should shut down its aging reactors and abandon plans to refurbish nuclear generating stations.A report by the Ontario Clean Air Alliance said that every nuclear project in the province’s history has gone massively over budget, on average by 2.5 times.If the OPG rate increase is approved, it will cost electricity consumers in the province $755 million a year, said Alliance spokesman Jack Gibbons.“Cancelling the Darlington rebuild would save consumers more than $1.2 billion a year between 2020 and 2050,” he said.Ontario’s Liberal government recently decided against building two new nuclear reactors, saying there was no need to spend more than $10 billion when the province doesn’t need the electricity.The NDP complained that decision also added to hydro bills because millions were spent in prepatory work on the new reactors that won’t be built.“They were irresponsible with the $1.1 billion spent to cancel gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga. They spent $180 million on a nuclear plant people knew wasn’t going to go forward, and they’ve committed $1 billion to refurbishment when they don’t even know the full costs of doing that work,” said Tabuns. “They are not thinking about and caring about public money.”Ontario gets about 50 per cent of its electricity from nuclear generation. Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli said nuclear will likely fall to about the 47 per cent mark of the energy mix when the province’s long-term energy plan is released later this year, but building new reactors won’t be part of the strategy. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OPG wants 30% rate hike for nuclear generation; would add $5.36 to monthly bills by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 12, 2013 11:43 am MDT read more

Eastern Canadian ski resorts wait for the white stuff as it piles

CALGARY – A reversal of fortunes is afoot in Canada as the snow continues to pile up at western Canadian ski resorts while the grass is still on display on slopes in the east.The conditions are in contrast to the past couple of years when warm winters wreaked havoc at many western ski resorts while frigid and snowy conditions in the east ensured hills packed with skiers and snowboarders.Blue Mountain ski resort in Collingwood, Ont., north of Toronto, was all set for a Nov. 27 start date, but the snow just didn’t show up — and hasn’t in other parts of Ontario and Quebec either.“We were all ready for the 27th; nature was not,” said Tara Lovell, public relations manager for the resort.This year could be the latest season opening for the resort ever, said Lovell, pushing past the Dec. 26 opening in 2001.Blue Mountain has responded by reopening some of its summer activities like the rope course, zip line and climbing wall while still offering its usual holiday activities like live music, fireworks and wagon rides.“Santa is still there with or without the snow,” said Lovell.The conditions are in stark contrast to free-falling snow in the West.“B.C. in general has had an unreal opening start,” said Cynthia Thomas, communications manager for the Canada West Ski Areas Association. “It was really amazing we had so much snow in November because I think it really mitigated those fears from last season and helped people get over that and book for this season.”The heavy snowfall is being welcomed at Mount Washington on Vancouver Island, which was forced to close early the past two seasons due to lack of snow.“The conditions have just been outstanding,” said Don Sharpe, director of business operations for the resort.Mount Washington has already had over 300 centimetres of snow in December, allowing it to open its more technical terrain after a two-year hiatus and attract more skiers.“There are a lot of people out that have been holding off for a couple years, I think we’re starting to see them all pretty pumped about what we have going on,” said Sharpe.In the Rocky Mountains, the snow is also falling fast to the relief of resorts like Castle Mountain that were also forced to close early last year.And so far, Alberta’s economic downturn doesn’t seem to have had an impact on the ski resorts, with Sunshine Village near Banff, Alta. showing a 10 to 15 per cent increase in ticket sales, says Lindsay Gallagher, marketing co-ordinator for the resort.She said more Albertans are staying closer to home this season rather than travel for vacation, helping to boost season-pass sales. American travellers taking advantage of the low Canadian dollar are also helping to boost attendance.“We’ve seen definitely more Americans visiting, and over this Christmas break I’m sure we’re going to see a lot of them coming up to take advantage of the 25 per cent off,” said Gallagher.With its high elevation, Sunshine hasn’t had to invest in snow-making equipment, but Mount Washington is bringing in a few snow guns later this week as the start of a planned investment to make snow when needed.Ontario and Quebec resorts have often had to rely on snow machines early in the season, and have invested heavily in them.Mont-Tremblant, north of Montreal, has 15 runs open despite zero natural snow accumulation thanks to more than a thousand snow guns at the resort, said Annique Aird, vice president of marketing and communications for the resort.She said snow machines cover 75 per cent of the runs, but to successfully make snow, resorts need temperatures to dip to at least -2C, or ideally closer to -5.The weather forecast is predicting somewhat lower temperatures for eastern Canada in the next couple of weeks, but one of the strongest El Nino systems on record could mean warmer and dryer conditions continue into next year, said meteorologist Kirk Torneby.“Historically speaking, it usually means warmer-than-normal winters and more or less dryer winters as well,” said Torneby.He said already Ontario and Quebec have experienced higher than normal temperatures thanks to the weather phenomenon, but adds that the effects are strongest between January and March.———Follow @ibickis on Twitter by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 22, 2015 11:17 am MDT Last Updated Dec 22, 2015 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Eastern Canadian ski resorts wait for the white stuff as it piles up out west Chairlifts remain idle at the Glen Eden ski hill in Milton, Ont., on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. A reversal of fortunes is afoot in Canada as the snow continues to pile up at western Canadian ski resorts while the grass is still on display on slopes in the east.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette read more

Commentary Jared Sullingers skills might not transfer to the NBA

For a player who played two years of college basketball, former Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger’s résumé is hard to top. Sullinger was an All-American in each of his two seasons at OSU, averaging 17.3 points per game and about 9.7 rebounds per game over the course of his collegiate career. As a freshman, he led the Buckeyes to a 34-win season which ended in a Sweet 16 loss. As a sophomore, he led OSU to the Final Four, where their run ended against Kansas. Wednesday, Sullinger announced that he would declare for the 2012 NBA Draft. He is a skilled post player who managed to average 17.5 points per game for his sophomore season, even though he faced double-team or triple-team defense nearly every time he touched the ball in the paint. He was able to do this because of his impressive array of post moves – no player in college basketball last season was better at using the hook shot to score over multiple defenders. Sullinger’s post scoring and rebounding abilities make him a likely top-10 draft selection, but there are many deficiencies in his game that he must overcome to be successful at the professional level. Sullinger stands at 6-foot-9, which is slightly short for an NBA power forward. The bigger problem for Sullinger, however, is that he will be a subpar athlete by NBA standards. He does not have an impressive vertical leap, and lacks the ability to play “above the rim” that most NBA forwards can. Dunking the basketball often looked like a struggle for him during his college career, a skill that comes easy for most NBA power forwards. Additionally, his lack of athleticism will hurt his ability to be an NBA shot-blocker. He averaged less than one block per game over his two-year OSU career, so that has never been a strength of his game. He is a well-built, 265-pound power forward, but even this past season, he often looked like he was still getting used to his body. He has the physical strength to physically dominate opponents in the paint, but his play could often be characterized by a lack of aggressiveness and shying away from contact. He must be more aggressive against NBA big men to make up for his lack of athleticism. Sullinger is often compared to Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love. In some facets, this comparison makes sense. Love is slightly taller at 6-foot-10, but like Sullinger, he lacks the height and athleticism of top NBA big men. Love only played one season of college basketball at UCLA, but had similar statistics to Sullinger, averaging 17.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Both players were among the best players in college basketball based on their technical skill sets, even though they lack elite athleticism. Comparing Sullinger to Love now, however, is giving Sullinger too much credit. Love, in his fourth season in the NBA, has emerged as one of the league’s best power forwards. As of Monday afternoon, he ranked 4th in the NBA with 26.5 points per game and 2nd with 13.5 rebounds per game. In addition to the skills Sullinger has, Love is a terrific 3-point shooter, a skill unlikely to translate to the next level for Sullinger. Although Sullinger did shoot 40 percent from beyond the arc in his sophomore season, he only attempted 40 3-point shots. He is a good mid-range field goal shooter in the NBA, but will have to become a more consistent shooter to be successful shooting from beyond the NBA-range 3-point arc. By looking at his statistics and achievements on paper, Sullinger appears to be a very good NBA prospect. However, having watched him over the course of two seasons at OSU, he was not physically impressive enough to convince me that his game will translate to NBA success. Sullinger’s post moves and rebounding ability should make him a productive professional player, but his lack of athleticism, aggressiveness and ability to make plays away from the basket are serious detriments to his NBA potential. read more

Indoor facility an asset for Ohio State golf during winter in recruiting

The Jane and Walt Dennis Golf Performance Center allows OSU’s golf programs to practice year round, no matter the weather.Credit: Whitney Wilson / Lantern reporterAbout a year after opening, Ohio State’s $6.3 million state-of-the-art golf facility is paying dividends in more ways than one.Not only are the current OSU golfers able to practice regardless of weather, but the indoor facility is helping the coaches bring in future Buckeyes as well.“It has allowed us to recruit kids from all over the country now, where before most of the kids we were recruiting were from the Midwest or from cold weather climates,” men’s golf coach Donnie Darr said. “That stigmatism of not being able to develop your game in the Midwest because it’s cold is gone now because we do have a place to practice.”The Jane and Walt Dennis Golf Performance Center was named a Design Excellence Recognition Program Award recipient by the American Society of Golf Course Architects earlier this year. The university’s golf programs received the 20,800-square-foot facility in February 2014.Darr said the facility has benefited his players enormously in terms of practicing, in addition to the help in recruiting.“The biggest advantage the facility offers us is that we have the opportunity to develop our skills year-round and we don’t have to take that break for a couple months like we’ve had to do in the past,” Darr said. “In the past, we’ve had four months where other teams were getting better and we weren’t and so we were falling further behind.”Women’s golf coach Therese Hession said players benefit the most when it comes to the finer portions of the game.“The biggest asset has been to our short game, a lot of putting practice, and a lot of short-game chipping and putting,” Hession said. “The facility aids us in putting too, having greens with different surfaces and speeds. Where we were in California (for the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge), greens were really fast, so we were able to adjust to them quicker, whereas in Peoria, Arizona, (for the Westbrook Spring Invitational), it’s a lot slower, so I think speed control has been good for us.”Women’s golf assistant coach Lisa Strom said the facility has also provided a place for players to spend their spare time.“The facility has provided a great environment for not only golf but also the camaraderie between the teams and also amongst ourselves,” Strom said. “You find that the team members come in here a lot more to study and lingering to practice on their own.”Darr said while it is difficult for his team to develop a playing mentality after practicing indoors for half of the year, the players have found a way to get a match mindset.“The playing mentality is hard,” Darr said. “One of the things we do is we try to simulate games. We will simulate a round of golf when they’re hitting balls, we’ll visualize, ‘OK, I’m going to hit the first tee shot at the next tournament’ and they’ll work their way through 18 holes. That’s the best way of getting back into playing again.”Darr said his players are not limited in terms of practicing with specific golf clubs, showing appreciation for the team’s spacious facility.“Mostly the building was designed for chipping and pitching and so we’ve been able to do that a lot in here,” Darr said. “You can also hit golf balls in the building, you can hit it 50 yards before you get to the other end, where there is a net. We also have a net that comes down in the middle of the building, so if we do want to hit pitching wedges or 8-irons inside the building, we can do that as well.”Darr said the building has required little upkeep thus far, sustaining excellent condition.“From a maintenance standpoint on the building, you do have to do a little bit of maintenance to the turf but it’s nothing in depth,” Darr said. “There’s a bunker in there that you’ve got to rake and maintain, but for the most part, it’s fairly common sense practices.”The Buckeyes are set to continue practicing in the facility until traveling to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate, scheduled for Friday and Saturday. read more

Worlds largest aircraft the Airlander makes maiden flight in UK

first_imgThe Airlander 10 The Airlander 10, part plane, part airshipCredit:Chris Radburn Chief executive Stephen McGlennan said he thinks there will be plenty of customers for the vehicle – both civilian and military – because of its potential to gather data and conduct surveillance for days on end.”What it does now, and will do, is fly, point to point, a bit like a giant helicopter, taking bigger loads, longer distances, cheaper, safer and crucially, without the same damage to the environment,” he said.The aircraft was initially developed for the US military, which planned to use it for surveillance in Afghanistan.The US blimp programme was scrapped in 2013 and since then Hybrid Air Vehicles, a small British aviation firm that dreams of ushering in a new era for airships, has sought funding from government agencies and individual donors.The vast aircraft is based at Cardington, where the first British airships were built during and after World War I. The stately aircraft performed a circuit of the area – watched by hundreds of local people who had parked their cars around the perimeter of the airfield – before touching down about half an hour later as dusk fell.The Airlander is designed to use less fuel than a plane, but carry heavier loads than conventional airships.Its developer, Hybrid Air Vehicles, says it can reach 16,000 feet, travel at up to 90 miles-per-hour and stay aloft for up to two weeks. A blimp-shaped, helium-filled airship considered the world’s largest aircraft flew for the first time on Wednesday with a short but historic jaunt over an airfield in central England.Engines roaring, the 302-foot Airlander 10 rose slowly into the air from Cardington airfield, 45 miles north of London.A hybrid of blimp, helicopter and plane, it can stay aloft for days at a time and has been nicknamed the ‘flying bum’ because of its bulbous front end.center_img The Airlander 10, part plane, part airship The Airlander 10Credit:SOUTH BEDS NEWS AGENCY Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Turkey court jails top journalists for life over coup links

first_img Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Friday 16 Feb 2018, 6:00 PM Short URL 9,436 Views A woman holds a copy of Turkish pro-government daily newspaper 34 Comments By AFP A woman holds a copy of Turkish pro-government daily newspaper Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Activists release balloons as they gather outside the court in Istanbul, Monday, July 24, 2017, protesting against the trial of journalists. Source: Can Erok via PA“The result of casting the net too widely is to spread a chilling effect across society as a whole,” said Council of Europe chief Thorbjorn Jagland.Ilicak, 73, was one of the very first journalists arrested in July after the coup bid. Briefly an MP from 1999, she wrote for several dailies including Hurriyet.Ahmet Altan, 67, is a novelist and journalist who has written for some of Turkey’s leading dailies including Hurriyet and Milliyet. He founded the now-closed opposition daily Taraf.Mehmet Altan, 65, has written books on Turkish politics. Both were detained in early September although Ahmet Altan was released in mid-September before rapidly being re-arrested.In the same case, the court gave life sentences to former Zaman newspaper marketing manager Yakup Simsek, police academy instructor Sukru Tugrul Ozsengul and Zaman layout designer Fevzi Yazici.The Altan brothers and Ilicak are also accused of appearing together on a TV show on a pro-Gulen channel just before the coup bid and issuing a message that the attempted overthrow was in the offing.‘Decisions are binding’Mehmet Altan was in January ordered to be freed by the Constitutional Court on the grounds his rights had been violated. But the ruling was not implemented by the criminal courts in a move that outraged supporters.The failure to release Mehmet Altan and fellow writer Sahin Alpay — who is being tried in a separate case — raised new alarm over the rule of law in Turkey.Jagland praised the Constitutional Court’s ruling and warned: “These decisions are binding. This is guaranteed by the Turkish Constitution. Other courts must abide by them.After the jail sentences were announced, the CoE’s spokesperson asked in a statement: “Why is evidence that is judged insufficient by the highest Turkish court to justify pre-trial detention now deemed sufficient for a life sentence?”In another prominent process seen as a test case for press freedoms, 17 current and former writers, cartoonists and executives from the opposition Cumhuriyet (“Republic”) daily remain on trial on charges of supporting terror groups.Three of the suspects are still behind bars, including investigative reporter Ahmet Sik. The next hearing in that case is on 9 March.- © AFP, 2018Read: ‘It was maybe 30 minutes, but it felt like 3 hours’: Irish family caught up in Florida attack> Feb 16th 2018, 6:00 PM A TURKISH COURT has jailed three prominent journalists for life over links to the group blamed for the 2016 failed coup, a verdict that raised new alarm over freedom of expression under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Veteran journalists and writers Nazli Ilicak and the brothers Mehmet and Ahmet Altan were handed the life sentences at a trial in Istanbul over alleged connections to the outlawed group of US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.Similar sentences were given to three other suspects.They were all convicted of seeking to usurp the constitutional order in Turkey.Gulen, who built up substantial influence in Turkey through media, education and banking interests before falling out with the authorities in 2013, denies having links to the coup bid.The ruling came as Turkey freed German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel, the correspondent of the Die Welt daily, who had been held for more than a year without charge in a separate case.According to the P24 press freedom group, there are 156 jailed journalists in Turkey, most of whom were held in the mass crackdown after the failed coup aimed at ousting Erdogan.‘Disregard for the rule of law’The International Press Institute (IPI) said it was “appalled” at the verdict, describing it as in “utter disregard for the rule of law”.“This is a dark day for press freedom and for justice in Turkey,” said Gauri van Gulik, Europe Director for Amnesty International, adding the move had “drained the joy” from the Yucel release.In a joint statement, David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of expression, and Harlem Desir, the OSCE representative on media freedom, said the terms “represent an unparalleled level of suppression of dissenting voices in Turkey”.Speaking in Ankara hours before the verdict was delivered, the head of a top European rights watchdog expressed concern over the arrests of journalists, MPs, mayors and activists since the coup. Turkey court jails top journalists for life over coup links They were all convicted of seeking to usurp the constitutional order in Turkey. Share53 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Further suspicion arises around boxing decisions during Rio Olympics

first_img By AFP Mar 25th 2019, 4:40 PM Subscribe AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION by amateur boxing’s world body AIBA has raised serious questions about the judging at the 2016 Rio Olympics, with particular suspicion falling on a French official, French newspaper Le Monde reported on Monday.France basked in the glow of six boxing medals in Rio, including golds for super heavyweight Tony Yoka and his now wife Estelle Mossely — Katie Taylor’s successor at lightweight.But three days before the end of the Olympic tournament, boxing federation AIBA removed its then executive director Karim Bouzidi from his role because he was accused of favouring fighters from certain countries, according to Le Monde’s report.Le Monde, which carried out the investigation with Bulgarian newspaper Bulgaria Today, said it had seen the internal AIBA report and emails that showed the body was concerned Bouzidi had influenced the decisions of so-called five-star judges in Olympic bouts.An email from AIBA’s then-president Wu Ching-Ko dated 18 November 2016 said the body suspected Bouzidi of acting with another senior official to influence the judges, in particular those featuring boxers from France and Uzbekistan.Bouzidi did not reply to AFP’s request for a comment on Monday.Andre Martin, the head of the French boxing federation, told Le Monde: Further suspicion arises around boxing decisions during Rio Olympics French official Karim Bouzidi is at the centre of fresh allegations involving AIBA. Ireland’s Michael Conlan takes aim at judges following his controversial Olympic defeat. Monday 25 Mar 2019, 9:30 PM Short URL 74,908 Views The results in Rio were not ‘stolen’, they are honest. It’s true that we knew Bouzidi but we never blackmailed him. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Ireland’s Michael Conlan takes aim at judges following his controversial Olympic defeat. France’s Estelle Mossely (R) won gold in the women’s 60kg division, succeeding 2012 champion Katie Taylor (L). Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOAIBA’s internal investigation found that Bouzidi had the power to appoint the referees and officials for competitions, but added there was no direct proof that these changes influenced the results of fights.Bouzidi’s arrival in the senior AIBA ranks coincided with a campaign by France to try to improve its Olympic boxing results after disappointing performances at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games.One part of the strategy involved setting up a franchise to take part in World Series Boxing, an international competition aimed at swelling AIBA’s coffers.Kevinn Rabaud, the former coach of the French team in the WSB series, said they had done nothing wrong.“We always played by the rules… We organised events in France so that the athletes could become better known. If the fight was close, it might play in the boxer’s favour if they were better known.“In Rio, we got results thanks to our reputation and our previous results.”Boxing is already facing the threat of expulsion from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Its inclusion depends on the outcome of an investigation into AIBA by the International Olympic Committee, which has presented the body with a list of 41 questions via audit firm Deloitte, who will then report back to the Olympic body.Controversial Ukzbek businessman Gafur Rakhimov, who the US Treasury Department has linked to “transnational criminal organisations”, stepped down as AIBA president on Friday.Bouzidi is allegedly forbidden by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from being involved in AIBA, yet Le Monde and Bulgaria Today claim he has worked as an advisor to Rakhimov. Gafur Rakhimov stepped down as AIBA president on Friday with a view to protecting boxing’s status as an Olympic sport. Source: Imago/PA ImagesRelations between the IOC and AIBA were hit hard at the 2016 Rio Olympics when 36 officials and referees were suspended amid allegations of bout-fixing. Ireland’s Michael Conlan fell foul of a ludicrous decision at the quarter-final stage which saw him exit to Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin despite dominating their contest.In a famous post-fight interview with RTÉ, an emotional Conlan stated:The AIBA are cheats. They’re fucking cheats. It’s simple as that. That’s me. I’ll never box for anyone again. They’re cheating bastards, they’re paying everybody. I don’t give a fuck about cursing on TV. My dream’s Olympic gold, that’s dreams been shattered now. But you know what? I’ve a big career ahead of me. Amateur boxing stinks from the core to the very top.Rakhimov insists the allegations against him are “politically motivated lies”.His emergence as amateur boxing’s head in 2018 was only made possible by a series of scandals and accidents of circumstance.Wu Ching-ko resigned in 2017 amid claims of multi-million dollar accounting fraud.Italian Franco Falcinelli then resigned the position just months after taking over, allowing Rakhimov — the next most senior vice president — to step up to become first interim and then permanent president.The status of boxing is on the agenda for IOC executive board meeting in Lausanne this week, from 26-28 March.- © AFP 2019- with reporting from Gavan CaseySubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Fury’s US promoter Arum doesn’t see Wilder rematch happening until 2020 Share25 Tweet Email1 22 Comments last_img read more

Stalactites turns over new leaf

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram For the 24 hour business, closing its doors was never an option. Until this week. The famous corner Stalactites restaurant is closed for two months as it undergoes a vast, $1 million renovation. Still under the helm of the Konstandakopoulos extended family since 1978, Stalactites will overhaul its kitchen and restaurant layout for a fresher and more modern look. Operations manager Nicole Konstandakopoulos has been on the planning front for over 18 months and is happy to see the job get started. Bulldozers moved in on Wednesday and it will take a week to completely gut the shop. But don’t worry; the famous stalactite inspired ceiling is staying put. “We’re keeping the stalactites ceiling,” says Ms Konstandakopoulos, a little defeated. “We see it every day so we’re a bit sick of our ceiling – it’s funny, we actually did a survey of almost 3,000 of our customers, and the theme that came back was always the same: do not change the ceiling, keep the ceiling!” The renovation will reuse many of the current restaurant’s fit-out in a new way. You’ll find the wooden floorboards will be converted into doors and used in the construction of the bar, while the slate walls will be recycled and become part of the take away floor area. Melbourne architects Chaulk were commissioned to design the refurbishment, which will be undertaken by building firm Liquid Lines – whose recent work include the refurbishment of the Stokehouse restaurant and Vue de Monde. The two month process is a necessary one, says Ms Konstandakopoulos. “I do believe the stores always need to be changing,” she says. “Keep offering the same and your market will be the same. You always constantly need to refresh and renew and make sure your business is always modern and keeping up to date with what’s going on in the world, fashion and trends.” As the second refurbishment but definitely the biggest undertaken in over 30 years, the old staple will still retain its character but move into the 21st century. But, like most restaurant renovations, Stalactites isn’t taking on the project to secure new customers. On the contrary, they are renovating with the recommendations of their loyal customers and tailoring the dining experience to them. “We’re not trying to appeal to a new market; we’re just trying to appeal to the same customers that we have. We want to keep it nice and comfortable for everyone,” Ms Konstandakopoulos says. For a Greek business, its success has been in its ability to tap into the Australian market, not just rely on the Greek community. Most days the clientele vary from business people grabbing a hearty lunch to tourist groups wanting a taste of Greece. “We’ve never really had a Greek clientele and that’s probably one of the strengths of the business, because it appeals to such a wide market,” Ms Konstandakopoulos says. But, as the scaffolding goes up and the bulldozers come in, the CBD will be without it’s 24 hour souvlaki joint. To date, Stalactites has served over 5 million souvlakis to the public, seven days a week for 35 years. At least for the staff, the time off the 24 hour cycle will be well appreciated.last_img read more

Locals opt for plastic

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It would seem the imposition of capital controls in Greece hasn’t been without its benefits. Capital controls have seen 135 per cent increase in card transactions.While officials worried the measures would fuel the black market, the opposite has occurred, with close to one million debit cards issued, helping to curb undeclared transactions. Last month alone, Alpha Bank reports having issued 220,000 cards – more than the whole of 2014, while the National Bank of Greece issued more than 400,000 debit cards in the last four weeks. Greece’s manager for Visa Europe, Nikos Kabanopoulos said the number of active Visa debit cards has now more than doubled, along with a 135 per cent increase in card transactions in the two weeks following the introduction of capital controls. Alpha Bank’s general manager for household lending, Leonidas Kasoumis, attributes the shift to pensioners, who during the closure of the banks realised the need to access their money from cash machines and to purchase goods.Mr Kasoumis said during July, debit card sales at the supermarket and petrol stations doubled, while increased card usage was not exclusive to the cities, with numbers tripling in rural areas. “Capital controls were a big trigger. It’s good for merchants, because cash is limited; it’s good for banks because it reduces operational costs. But the best news is for the economy,” Mr Kasoumis told Fairfax Media.The rise in credit card use has pleased the Confederation of Greek Tourism (SETE).SETE’s head, Andreas Andreadis, urged tourists to Greece back in May to use cards where possible to help fight tax evasion. “In a country where the tax collection system is so inefficient, credit cards are the easiest way of clamping down on evasion,” said Mr Andreadis. “We calculate that around 40 per cent of receipts are not issued in tourist areas to avoid VAT.”Though capital controls introduced in June continue throughout the country, with Greeks limited to a cash withdrawal of €420 a week, spending on debit and credit cards is unlimited.Athenian cafe worker Alexandros Papadakis says he has already noticed an increase in customers asking to pay by card. “I hope it becomes a habit among all Greeks,” he said.Sources: The Age, The Guardianlast_img read more

WWE Studios Condemned 2 with Randy Orton out on 116

first_imgFacebook WWE Smackdown Results – 8/13/19 (Reigns vs. Murphy, Randy Orton responds to Kofi Kingston) Pinterest Google+ WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) WhatsAppcenter_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Two championship matches added to Clash of Champions in three weeks from Charlotte Courtesy of Orton stars in ‘Condemned 2’ from WWE Studios and LionsgateWWE Superstar Randy Orton and Eric Roberts ignite a powder keg of action in this explosive follow-up to “The Condemned.”After a failed mission to capture the leader of a deadly gambling ring (Wes Studi), bounty hunter Will Tanner (Orton) becomes the hunted — a human target in a game in which contestants must kill or be killed. As high rollers bet on who will survive, Will, his dad (Roberts), and members of Will’s team wage an all-out war against the game’s mastermind (Steven Michael Quezada).Lionsgate presents a WWE Studios production, “The Condemned 2,” available in theaters and on-demand Nov. 6.“The Condemned 2” is rated R. Twitterlast_img read more

OBITUARY Daniel W Wentzell 70

first_imgWESTFORD, MA — Daniel W. Wentzell passed away Tuesday evening, April 16th after a brief illness. Dear son of the late Albert and Audrey (Gibson) Wentzell, he was seventy years of age.Born in Winchester, Dan was raised in Billerica, later moving to Wilmington, graduating from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1967.  Shortly after high school he entered the United States Marines, where he served proudly during the Vietnam War.Upon his return home, he settled in Westford where he raised four children.  He owned his own franchise route of Peppridge Farm Breads and travelled all throughout the New Enland area.  After a decade he began working for Whole Foods where he remained for over thirty years in merchandising. He retired mid 2000.Dan was a rather quiet man, who pretty much stayed to himself.  He shared wonderful times with his family, particularly watching his children play sports along with following all the Boston sports!  Going to Rockport and Gloucester were always cherished trips and those to Wingaersheek Beach, where the water, long walks and sunshine, brought great enjoyment and sun burns!Over the last several years Dan has been enjoying the friendship of a group of Veterans.  They would all enjoy friendly conversation, a game of cards or give a helping hand there where needed.Dan sadly was predeceased by his parents and siblings.He is lovingly survived by his children Christie Verville, her husband Richard of Winchendon, Michael Wentzell of Fitchburg, Scott Wentzell, his wife Grettelle of Watertown, Eric Wentzell, his wife Allison of Sudbury and their mother Anne Wentzell of Leominster.  Cherished “Grandpa/Grandpy” of Nicholas Verville, Zachary, Kaia, Kamden, Lucy and Jackson Wentzell.  Also dear companion of Linda Snaddon of Holliston. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801. Arrangements are presently incomplete and will be announced on Tuesday, April 23rd on W. WentzellLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Paul L. D’Eon, 83In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday Oct 19 2015

first_imgOn Attu Island, WWII battlefield awaits clean-up as seabirds recolonize the isleLauren Rosenthal, APRN ContributorIt’s been more than 70 years since Attu Island was taken captive, setting off one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. Once they got it back, American forces transformed the last island in the Aleutian Chain into a strategic hub that’s slowly become a source of pollution.State Dept. official to talk on nuclear treaty in FairbanksRobert Hannon, KUAC – FairbanksA high ranking State Department official will speak Monday night at the University of Alaska Fairbanks on the prospects of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.Confronting suicide in Alaska: Talk about itLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageA discussion after a suicide can help support vulnerable people who are at risk, or it can help push them in that direction, a lot depends on the words used to describe the event. Usually, those who take their life are alone and most people won’t hear about it. But four recent suicides in Hooper Bay and the very public death of a man who killed himself inside the Dena’ina Convention Center at the end of the annual AFN convention on Saturday has Alaskans and Alaska news media grappling with the right way to report without sensationalizing, deaths that result from suicide.Expert disputes boot print evidence at Fairbanks 4 hearingDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksBoot print evidence used to link one of the Fairbanks Four to the 1997 murder of John Hartman, are disputed by a forensic expert. Independent consultant Lesly Hammer testified on Friday at an ongoing evidentiary hearing into whether George Frese, Kevin Pease, Marvin Roberts and Eugene Vent, men known as the Fairbanks Four, convicted of the Hartman attack, are in fact innocent.Fairbanks 4 parolee speaks out at AFN to standing ovationDaysha Eaton, KBBI – HomerMarvin Roberts, one of the Fairbanks Four, received a standing ovation when he walked onto the stage at AFN, Saturday. It was the first time Roberts had spoken out in such a public venue about the case.In tight race, Halter wins Mat-Su mayor’s seatEllen Lockyer,  KSKA – AnchorageThe final vote tally in the Matanuska Susitana Borough mayor’s race indicates that  Vern  Halter is the Borough’s new mayor. Halter drew 5,422 votes compared with incumbent DeVilbiss’ 4,971.NAACP asks Sitka to rename Alaska Day eventEmily Kwong, KCAW – SitkaThe Anchorage chapter of the NAACP wrote to the Sitka committee of the Alaska Day festival yesterday, criticizing the name of one of the events on the program: the slave auction. Organized by a local bar, the annual fundraiser took place last night.Online map plots coastal erosion in eight Western Alaska locationsHannah Colton, KDLG – DillinghamEach year, coastal communities in Western Alaska watch feet of shoreline disappear into the waves. Now a new online mapping tool will let them look at past erosion and see where the coastline might be in future years. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audiolast_img read more

Parliament session extended till Aug 7

first_imgNew Delhi : The government has decided to extend the Parliament session till August 7, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. As soon as the triple talaq bill was passed in the House, Joshi rose to inform the Speaker Om Birla about the decision to extend the session. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs here, according to sources. Also Read – Chidambaram’s CBI custody extended till Monday Advertise With Us The government had indicated on Wednesday that the ongoing Parliament session could be extended. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar had said the Opposition has always demanded that Parliament should meet for a greater number of days. “Now we are doing it,” he had said. The session, which began on June 17, was scheduled to end on July 26.last_img read more

Exhausted and subdued reunited families return to Guatemala

first_imgDonelda Pulex and her 5-year-old daughter Marelyn, step off a chartered flight from the US in Guatemala City, Guatemala, after the two were deported after being separated crossing the US border. Pulex said she was tormented by the idea she’d never see her child again. Photo : APDonelda Pulex stepped off the airplane into the sun, clutching her 5-year-old daughter’s hand and burst into heaving sobs. Fourteen-year-old Hermelindo Juarez hid his face as his father comforted him. Efildo Daniel Vasquez walked cautiously behind his 8-year-old son.Quiet, confused and exhausted, 11 families who had been detained and separated after they were caught crossing the US border illegally returned home Tuesday to Guatemala aboard a US government-chartered flight that read “World Atlantic.”Greeted by first lady Patricia Marroquin, they lined up on the tarmac, shuffling – their shoelaces had been taken as a security precaution. US immigration officials handed over paperwork in manila envelopes to Guatemalan officials. The immigrants walked single-file into a squat gray building at the country’s military base to be processed back into their country, along with dozens of others also deported.Chartered flights full of deportees from the United States regularly arrive in the Central American country, but Tuesday’s flight was among the first containing families separated at the border under President Donald Trump’s contentious zero-tolerance policy. More than 2,300 children were separated from their families before a 20 June order stopping the practice.While some Central American migrants say they were fleeing to protect their families from severe violence, parents who spoke with The Associated Press said they made the difficult, dangerous journey to the US for a better life. They were seeking a chance at a steady job or a better education for their children.They didn’t know they’d be separated from their kids under the policy that criminally prosecuted anyone caught crossing the border illegally. Trump administration officials had said the policy was necessary to deter a growing number of families from Central America who were crossing illegally. But the president backed off following a national and international uproar, ordering an end to the separations on 20 June.While frustrated that their difficult journeys had ended in failure, the families were relieved their ordeals were over.Pulex said she spent nearly two months apart from her daughter, waiting in an El Paso, Texas, detention center, first for the resolution of her criminal case and later for deportation proceedings.”It was a great torment,” she said, wiping tears away. “I did not know if I would ever see my daughter again. I thought she was taken from me forever.” Her little girl, Marelyn, dressed in a pristine white sweater and blue chiffon skirt, said she spoke to her mother by phone from a foster care home in Michigan.”My mother, she was so sad. She would cry for me, and I would tell her, Mami, everything is OK, I am OK. I will see you soon,” the little girl said. She said the people who cared for her were kind, and treated her well, but she missed her mother.”I am happy to be back with her,” she said.Inside the military base, the families were steered into a crowded, hot room with rows of folding chairs and big whirring fans. Each chair had a brown paper bag with a sandwich, chips, an orange soda and bottle of water. The families were told by social workers they would have medical screenings and go through a paperwork process before they were given bus vouchers home. Eventually, they’d walk down a short outdoor hall and through a metal door leading them back into Guatemala City. Some lived more than seven hours away in the mountains.Single adults were in a larger room, where they waited in line to be processed. Their belongings, taken from them at the US border, were piled in back, mostly black duffels and red plastic bags.About 75 people were aboard the flight, and the AP asked at least two dozen adults whether they had children left behind in the US either on purpose or because they were deported without them. All said no. There have been other reports of parents deported without their children.In one case, Elsa Ortiz Enriquez said recently in Guatemala that she was deported last month without her 8-year-old, Anthony David Tovar Ortiz. The boy was in a shelter for migrant children in Houston.Inside the immigration complex, Pulex helped Marelyn drink from a water bottle, and then pulled the little girl’s hand up to her heart and kissed it. Another father held his son as the little boy closed his eyes. Two little girls opened up Snickers bars that were handed out. In the back row, Hermelindo Juarez told his father, Deivin Juarez, he was so very tired.The two made the trip north in early May, and they spent almost two weeks on the road with barely any food.”We were starving,” Juarez said. “The frontier, it is a trying place.”Hermelindo said he didn’t know where he was going when he was separated, and the two did not have good communications during their time apart. He had been sent to a shelter in Tucson, Arizona, where he said he was treated very well. He studied and played soccer. The air conditioning made him a bit cold, he said, but he got used to it.”I felt comfortable there,” he said. There were children there from Brazil, from India, from Guatemala. He didn’t know how many had been separated from parents or how many had made the journey alone. There are more than 10,000 children in US care who crossed the border alone.Juarez and the others said they paid thousands of dollars to smugglers, and would not likely try the journey again anytime soon.”Now, I’ll try to find work here,” Juarez said. “What else is there?”last_img read more