Offreserve Aboriginal languages survive

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA — Aboriginal languages continue to survive in off-reserve First Nations homes, according to a new national study released Thursday.The Statistics Canada study found that one in five First Nations children aged two to five and living off-reserve could understand an Aboriginal language.The federal agency said that Cree and Ojibway languages were understood by the largest number of children.The study was based on data from the 2006 Aboriginal Children’s Survey.According to the 2006 census, there were 57,110 First Nations children aged between two and five living on and off reserve across Canada.The federal agency also found that 98 per cent of off-reserve children who understood an Aboriginal language also knew a non-Aboriginal language. English and French were the primary languages spoken in the homes of 90 per cent of off-reserve First Nations children, the study said.The federal agency reported that about one in 10 off-reserve First Nations children were spoken to primarily in an Aboriginal language at home and eight per cent had a mix of an Aboriginal tongue along with English and French. Only one per cent of children were spoken to exclusively in an Aboriginal language.The study found that being exposed to an Aboriginal language daily at home, having child care arrangements where an Aboriginal language is used, having at least one parent who spoke an Aboriginal mother tongue or having parents who believed in the importance of Aboriginal languages increased the likelihood that a child would develop the ability to speak a traditional tongue.Frequent hunting, camping, fishing and trapping activities were also found to be linked to a child’s ability to speak an Aboriginal language, the study found.last_img read more

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Moroccos Corporate Social Media Crisis Boycotters Successfully Win Digital Battle

Rabat – Morocco’s social media impact has been tested for the past two weeks in an unprecedented economic boycott of some of Morocco’s most popular consumer product brands. #Boycotters is a trending hashtag that represents the widely spread boycott of the brands of three major popular Moroccan companies. The French majority-owned Central Danone and Eaux Minérales d’Oulmès, owned by Holmarcom, and AFRIQUIA GAZ, owned by the Akwa Group, are losing this digital battle that has been sweeping Morocco for the past two weeks. The backlash of the boycott has caused the shares of these companies to plummet as the angry boycotters continue to control their message and focus on their target companies. In a poorly planned attempt to absorb the crisis when it started, an executive at Central Danone insulted the boycotters and called them “traitors” in a video. He later apologized and was presumably fired by the company after he made the situation even worse for Central Danone, whose hashtag #LetItSpoil targeted the company and its dairy products. It was rumored that Eaux Minérales d’Oulmès lowered the prices for some of its brands for fear that the boycott would spread to other companies and brands owned by Holmarcom. Without any strong digital strategy to respond to the boycott, this was used as an attempt to contain the crisis. The price decrease was reported to have reached 20% to 55% in the last twenty-four hours. The prices were slashed by 20% off the popular brand Sidi Ali, which was targeted in the boycott, and were reduced even more for other brands, such as Bahia.  However, Eaux Minérales d’Oulmès still lacked a proper social media response and exhibited no proper digital communication strategy about the boycott. In a continuously defiant response to the boycott, Afriquia has neither issued an apology nor lowered its prices, despite a 6% loss in its shares. In an attempt to regain investors’ confidence in the midst of the crisis, the gas and oil distribution company owned by the Akwa Group published its results for 2017 two days ago. The company reported making a 24.2% or 4424 million Dirham increase compared to 2016, distributing dividends of 125 MAD per share. The company, run by the strong Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch, remains silent in the digital sphere, displaying no efforts to contain the ongoing boycott. In analyzing the Moroccan boycott crisis, it is clear that the social media campaign in support of the boycott, spread by ordinary citizens, is far more successful than the actions of the corporate entities in Morocco. The boycott crisis will mark an important milestone in the history of media in Morocco, as the boycotters exposed corporate Morocco’s lack of preparedness. They are causing large losses in corporate profits and are disparaging the professional profiles of executives in some of Morocco’s largest companies.The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial views.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

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Iraq UN envoy hails Governing Council pledges support on long road to

Speaking at a ceremony in Baghdad, Special Representative Sergio Vieira de Mello said the world body is committed to assisting “all Iraqis in any way that we can.””We are here, in whatever form you wish, for as long as you want us,” the envoy added.The convening of the Governing Council, he said, “marks the first major development towards the restoration of Iraq’s rightful status as a fully sovereign State” and brings the country “one step closer towards fulfilling the explicit wish of the Security Council which, in its resolution 1483, resolved that the day when Iraqis govern themselves must come quickly.”While hailing the prevailing spirit of consensus which paved the way for the Governing Council’s formation, Mr. Vieira de Mello cautioned that much “daunting” work lies ahead. “The reconstruction and recovery tasks facing this country are immense, and must be supported by all,” he said. Elaborating on the challenges at hand, he cited restoring basic services, reviving the economy, finding jobs for the unemployed, re-establishing law and order, rebuilding the police force and reforming the justice system. The envoy also underscored the need to promote the full range of human rights in Iraq. “For too long these rights have been trampled on by those who have shown nothing but disdain for the dignity of the human being,” he said. “This must not be allowed to happen again.”In addition, Mr. Vieira de Mello called for attention to the plight of those who had been forced to flee the country. “Iraqis living in exile must not be forgotten: those who wish to return home – and many have been denied that opportunity for too long – need also be accommodated in this great land,” he said.On the political front, the Special Representative emphasized the importance of holding elections. “The voices of all Iraqis, men and women, must be heard as you shape your country for the future,” he said, adding that a constitution must be written to serve “all the many varied peoples and regions of this nation, rich and united in its diversity.” read more

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MARRAKECH New initiatives on forest protection give boost to climate action agenda

The global effort to protect and sustainably manage forests and deliver on climate change targets got a major boost at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP 22) taking place in Marrakech, Morocco, where several projects on protecting woodlands worldwide were announced.Forest actors at the meeting, formally known as the 22nd Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), expressed cautious optimism, welcoming the progress made on forest protection but warned against complacency.“We know that the annual net loss of natural forests is slowing – a 25 per cent decrease in 2015 compared to 2000. But this is very much about restoration, regeneration of forests and reforestation, [but] unfortunately tropical forest clearing continues,” said ‘Climate Champion’ Laurence Tubiana at a press conference yesterday.Ms. Tubiana, the French Ambassador on climate change, and Hakima El Haité, Moroccan Minister in charge of Environment, were appointed Climate Champions by the previous UN Climate Conference, known as COP 21.“It is improving, the action was effective, but we have to improve it if we want to be really consistent with the [Paris targets],” Ms. Tubiana added, referring to the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, which was adopted in the French capital last year and calls on countries to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future, and to adapt to the increasing impacts of the phenomenon. Also at press conference, René Castro Salazar, the Assistant Director-General for Forestry of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), also warned against complacency. “Forests are still disappearing at close to three million hectares per year […] especially natural forests. We hope the remaining four billion hectares of forest of the world will be sustainably managed, that will be the only way to preserve the resource. Addressing climate change cannot be done without a sustainable forest management programme,” he underscored. In efforts to tackle climate change, forests play an important role as they absorb and store carbon as trees grow, thereby eliminating emissions from the atmosphere. But deforestation and forest degradation have the opposite effect: they release carbon into the atmosphere. Currently, deforestation and forest degradation are responsible for 12 per cent of global carbon emissions. “Forests are one of the largest and most cost-effective responses we have to climate change,” said Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), said in a news release. According to Mr. Castro Salazar, healthier forests not only help combat climate change but also contribute to many other global development goals by providing food, income, fuel and shelter. The sense of prudent optimism was shared by the Senior Director of the Forest and Climate Program of the non-governmental organization WWF, Josephina Brana-Varela. “There is a lot of progress. We are on the right path but we need to do it faster,” she said at the press conference. To that end, she drew attention to the “very unusual coalition of partners” that has emerged around the issue, including developed countries, developing countries, corporations, private sector actors, indigenous people, and multilateral organizations. A dozen initiatives were presented yesterday at COP 22 by countries from Africa, Asia and South America during Forest Action Day, which is part of the Global Climate Action Agenda initiative by France and Morocco to boost cooperative action between governments, cities, business, investors and citizens.Among initiatives, the Government of Indonesia announced that it is implementing a moratorium on clearing super-high-carbon intact peatlands. Colombia announced forest plans linked to the peace process, including an initiative to put very large areas of forest under the control of indigenous people.The Moroccan Government announced an initiative called ‘Strengthened Action in Favor of Forests in the Mediterranean-Sahel Region in the Context of Climate Change’ to help countries of that region meet multilateral commitments to forests.“The idea is to form a collaborative partnership throughout the region given the interactions and strong relationships in environmental and socio-economic areas,” said the Secretary General of the High Commissioner for water and forests of Morocco, Abderrahim Houmy, at the press conference. Forest loss contributes to 1/6 of annual greenhouse gas emissions. Photo: FAO/Joan Manuel Baliellas read more

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Ohio State mens volleyball handles Coker College in straight sets

Ryan Genn (10) sends the ball over the net. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternThe Ohio State University men’s volleyball team (5-2) defended its home floor in St. John Arena on Friday night, handling Coker College (3-1) in three straight sets.After starting the season out slowly by losing two of their first three regular-season matches, the Buckeyes dominated the night (25-11, 25-15, 25-23) in convincing fashion. The Scarlet and Gray have now won their last 12 sets and four straight matches overall.Sophomore outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen said after the match that he feels the team has shaken off the rust from the long winter break.“After winter break it was tough to get back into a rhythm,” Szerszen said. “So, now we have two weeks (back) on and we’re getting better.”Redshirt senior outside hitter Matt Pohlman had himself a career night, tallying five service aces. The achievement placed him in fifth all-time individually in the OSU record books for single-game aces.OSU coach Pete Hanson said he was caught off guard by the high quality of his team’s serves throughout the night.“The thing that was really surprising to me was how well we served the ball,” Hanson said. “We didn’t let them off the hook, and that’s easy to do when you’ve got things going and lose focus.”Szerszen finished the game with 10 kills, while his teammate, senior outside hitter Christian Franceschi, finished with 11 kills. The Buckeyes also had an impressive defensive performance, racking up 10 blocks during the course of the evening.Although the Buckeyes have been on a roll recently, Hanson said he feels that the team still has plenty of things to improve on.“We’ve got to continue to fine-tune some things,” Hanson said. “Even though you’re winning you can always come back and say OK, we weren’t very good in this section, and we can work on these things..”The Buckeyes’ Saturday match originally scheduled against Pfeiffer University was postponed because of Thursday travel concerns brought upon by inclement weather that the visiting team would have to travel through. The match is instead scheduled to be made up on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena.The flaming-hot Buckeyes are next slated travel to take on the Quincy University Hawks (2-4) on Friday, followed by a match at Lindenwood University the following day. The upcoming road trip signals the start of the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association conference play portion of their schedule. read more

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Thomas Markles leaked letter from Duchess of Sussex could provoke legal action

The five-page letter, which laid bare the Duchess’ feelings over her father’s behaviour since she married into the Royal Family, was shared by Thomas Markle with a newspaper this weekend and has since been published around the world. Kensington Palace is considering taking legal action over a leaked letter from the Duchess of Sussex to her father, as her estranged family threaten to make public further details of their relationship breakdown. Palace aides are understood to be considering whether to take a stand over the very public family disclosures, taking legal advice before the Duchess decides whether she wishes to take formal action. The Duchess’ estranged half-sister has said her father… read more

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My body was her gearstick The winner of the Bad Sex in

first_img Wednesday 30 Nov 2016, 9:39 PM ‘My body was her gearstick’ – The winner of the Bad Sex in Fiction Prize has been revealed It’s bad. Very bad. By Rónán Duffy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share100 Tweet Email1 33 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3112531 27,335 Views center_img Reading from the winner #BadSex pic.twitter.com/CSit8VISgM— Literary Review (@Lit_Review) November 30, 2016 Nov 30th 2016, 9:39 PM Source: Literary Review/Twitter Short URL Read: Morrissey’s writing about sex is so bad he was given an award >Read: Renowned Irish author William Trevor dies aged 88 > AN ITALIAN NOVELIST, poet and translator has been given the dubious award of the Literary Review’s Bad Sex in Fiction Prize for 2016.Erri De Luca, a man once described by a critic in his native Italy as ”the writer of the decade”, was not at tonight’s ceremony to pick up the award.Last year the award was won by former Smiths frontman Morrissey.De Luca beat off competition from five other writers to win the 2016 award, former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis among them.The ‘winning’ passage from De Luca’s book The Day Before Happiness was read out at the awards ceremony this evening. Read it at your own risk:My prick was a plank stuck to her stomach. With a swerve of her hips, she turned me over and I was on top of her. She opened her legs, pulled up her dress and, holding my hips over her, pushed my prick against her opening. I was her plaything, which she moved around. Our sexes were ready, poised in expectation, barely touching each other: ballet dancers hovering en pointe.She pushed on my hips, an order that thrust me in. I entered her. Not only my prick, but the whole of me entered her, into her guts, into her darkness, eyes wide open, seeing nothing. My whole body had gone inside her. I went in with her thrusts and stayed still. While I got used to the quiet and the pulsing of my blood in my ears and nose, she pushed me out a little, then in again. She did it again and again, holding me with force and moving me to the rhythm of the surf. She wiggled her breasts beneath my hands and intensified the pushing. I went in up to my groin and came out almost entirely. My body was her gearstick.last_img read more

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Google images fait peau neuve

first_imgGoogle images fait peau neuveÉtats-Unis – Google a repensé l’option de son portail Google images. La firme américaine a souhaité faciliter la recherche et la navigation des utilisateurs.Google a lancé les grands travaux d’été pour rénover son site. Après l’interface du moteur de recherche et le fil d’actualités, le géant d’internet retravaille son service Google images. Désormais, les images sont présentées sans légende et s’agrandissent quand la souris passe dessus, un texte explicatif donnant davantage de précisions sur l’illustration. De plus, il ne sera plus nécessaire de cliquer pour aller à la page suivante, toutes les images étant disposées sur la même page, respectant ainsi la technologie “Infinite scrolling”. Ces changements devraient être effectifs ces prochains jours. Le 22 juillet 2010 à 11:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Lukaku reveals important talks with Mourinho

first_imgManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has disclosed how his conversations with manager Jose Mourinho has clarified his role at the club.After scoring 27 goals last season, Lukaku has struggled in front of goal this term. But the Belgian striker has now scored in two games in a row and says his conversations with Mourinho set him straight.“I think I just need to keep working hard. Me and the manager had good conversations in the last couple of days, where really he told me what he wanted from me,” Lukaku told Sky Sports.“I know from my side I have to do better, and I just keep looking forward and improving, trying to add into my game and help the team to win.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Not enough intensity. I played with not enough aggression, I think.“[Against Fulham] I think I played with intensity like everybody else did. For me, I was happy to play at a decent level again and now it’s all about improving and continuing on a consistent basis.”last_img read more

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Game of Thrones Battle of Winterfell most tweeted episode in TV history

first_img 187 Photos There were 7.8 MILLION Tweets about last night’s episode of @GameOfThrones. And in case you’re wondering, that number is GINORMOUS.— Jen Santamaria (@jensantamaria) April 29, 2019 Another Game of Thrones episode takes the second-place spot for most tweets. The series’ April 14 season 8 premiere earned over 5 million tweets, according to Variety. 0 Post a comment Tags See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos More Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 3 recap: Sweet mercy, WHY?! Pivotal Thrones scene even better with Titanic music Last night’s episode was terribly dark, here’s how to adjust that 6:04 Game of Thrones Battle of Winterfell: We’re still shaking We’re breaking records over here!Last night’s episode of @GameOfThrones was the most Tweeted about episode of scripted television EVER with nearly 8 MILLION Tweets. 🐉📺 https://t.co/D5IVk8R9LX— Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) April 29, 2019 The episode called “The Long Night” included a dramatic 67-minute battle scene in which beloved Westeros heroes battled the White Walkers, with very bloody results. The battle resonated with Game of Thrones fans so strongly they posted 7.8 million tweets about the episode. Share your voice The Night King turns his frown upside down! HBO The horrifying bloodshed and deaths in the latest episode of Game of Thrones clearly struck a nerve with fans. The Battle of Winterfell earned the honor of being the most-tweeted episode in TV history, according to reports on Monday.  TV and Movies Online Twitter confirmed on Monday that the Game of Thrones episode was “the most tweeted about episode of scripted television ever with nearly 8 million tweets.” Now playing: Watch this: Game of Thrones HBO Twitterlast_img read more

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Three from Hyderabad killed in Guntur road accident

first_imgThree people hailing from Kukatpally in Hyderabad was killed in road accident in Guntur district. Getting into details, two families from Kukatpally headed to Kamakshi temple in Jonnawada of Nellore district on Saturday morning in a car. The speeding car collided with the divider when they reached Santhagudipadu of Rompicharla of Guntur district. Gopi Krishna and his Sujatha, Vijay Kumar were dead on the spot. While Vijay Kumar’s wife Thirupathamma, daughter-in-law Poojitha, son Chaitanya and driver Vineeth sustained serious injuries. The injured were shifted to a hospital for treatment.last_img read more

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Electric goods train runs successfully on new line

first_imgNellore: South Central Railway (SCR) operated the first freight train on Tuesday hauled by electric traction power between Venkatachalam Road Junction and Obulavaripalle. It may be recalled that a test run with a locomotive goods train was conducted on June 15. Now, the SCR officials have completed electric traction works and ran the train successfully on the Krishnapatnam-Obulavaripalle railway line. This maiden run marked the full-scale operation of the newly built electrified railway line opening up a viable rail connectivity between the port and its hinterland areas of the district. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us It is expected to operationalise the section for commercial movement of freight train services shortly, according to a release. Gajanan Mallya, General Manager, SCR, expressed happiness on the occasion and exuded confidence that the freight handling strength of the zone will substantially increase based on the new rail connectivity. The first electric goods train which ran on Tuesday was bound to Jindal Steels, Toranagallu and it took 2 hours and 17 minutes to cover the distance of 93 km from Venakatachalam Road to Obulavaripalle which signifies the potential to reduce travel time of goods trains running from the port towards the west coast by 2 to 3 hours. The rail route earlier was via Gudur, Renigunta and Koduru which was consuming huge time. Also Read – Event management students of SPMVV exhibit talent Advertise With Us The Railway line from Krishnapatnam port is connected to Vijayawada-Gudur mainline at Venkatachalam station and is a busy and over-saturated section with continuous movement of passenger and freight trains towards Chennai and down South, from the East and the North. To decongest the section for seamless movement of freight trains towards Mumbai and West coast area, a new line project from Venkatachalam to Obulavaripalle was envisaged, to provide a midway connectivity between Chennai-Howrah (Venakatachalam) and Chennai-Mumbai (Obulavaripalle) rail routes, thereby considerably reducing distance and running time.last_img read more

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Chinas Xi North Koreas Kim meet ahead of Trump summit

first_imgChinese president Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet in Dalian, Liaoning province, China in this picture released by Xinhua on 8 May 2018. Photo: ReutersChinese president Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Un met in China for the second time in six weeks on Tuesday, signalling their warming ties ahead of the North Korean leader’s expected summit with US president Donald Trump.Shortly after the meeting was made public, Trump tweeted that he would speak to his “friend” Xi about North Korea later on Tuesday.Kim’s trip to the northeastern port city of Dalian was his second visit to China since March, highlighting efforts by the Cold War-era allies to mend relations that have chilled as Beijing has supported UN sanctions over Pyongyang’s nuclear activities.Beijing is keen to avoid being left out in the cold in a whirlwind of diplomacy that has led to Kim’s historic summit last month with South Korean president Moon Jae-in and his expected meeting with Trump in June.But Kim’s second trip abroad in such a short time — after having never left North Korea since coming to power in 2011 — shows that Beijing still has a central role to play in the diplomatic shuffle.”After the first meeting between me and Comrade Chairman (Kim), both China-DPRK relations and the Korean peninsula situation have made positive progress. I feel happy about it,” Xi said, according to the official Xinhua news agency.North Korea’s official KCNA news agency said Xi and Kim “exchanged warm greetings, unable to hold back joy at meeting again”.”The respected leader (Kim) also expressed pleasure at the bilateral ties that are enjoying a new heyday, and praised that the high-level exchanges and strategic communication between the two countries have reached an unprecedented level,” according to KCNA.For his part, Trump tweeted that “the primary topics” of his discussion with Xi “will be Trade, where good things will happen, and North Korea, where relationships and trust are building.”Chinese state broadcaster CCTV showed Xi and Kim taking a seaside stroll and holding talks in a conference room with several officials, while Xinhua said the two leaders met on Monday and Tuesday.- Mystery plane -Apanese media had earlier shown images of an airplane normally used by North Korean VIPs flying out of Dalian, fuelling speculation that Kim had been in town.Kim’s use of a plane shows that he did not inherit his father’s fear of flying and suggests he could be willing to meet with Trump in a third country, with reports saying Singapore is a possible destination.Kim travelled to Beijing by train in March for his maiden official trip abroad and first meeting with the Chinese president.Xi said he was willing to meet Kim again, and backed North Korea’s adherence to the denuclearisation of the peninsula and the dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington, Xinhua said.”China is willing to continue to work with all relevant parties and play an active role in comprehensively advancing the process of peaceful resolution of the peninsula issue through dialogue, and realising long-term peace and stability in the region,” Xi said.The Chinese leader also voiced support for North Korea “shifting its strategic focus to economic construction”.Xinhua said Kim spoke “highly of Xi’s profound vision and extraordinary wisdom” and “expressed his gratitude to China” for its contribution to the denuclearisation and peace efforts.- Trump-Kim in Singapore? -At their summit last month in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas, Kim and Moon agreed to pursue the complete denuclearisation of the peninsula.According to Xinhua, Kim told Xi there was no need for North Korea to be a nuclear state “as long as relevant parties abolish their hostile policies and remove security threats against the DPRK”.Kim also expressed hope that the US and North Korea would take “phased and synchronous measures” to achieve denuclearisation and peace, Xinhua said, signalling Pyongyang’s demands for a quid pro quo.Trump said last week that he was not envisaging a drawdown of troops in South Korea for now — something the regime in Pyongyang has long wanted — but he admitted it was a possibility in the longer term.North and South Korea have also agreed to hold talks with the United States, and possibly China, to reach a peace treaty by the end of the year.The Korean War, in which China fought on the North’s side, ended in 1953 with an armistice rather than a peace treaty.China would likely want to be part of discussions on a peace treaty, worrying that the diplomatic thaw may lead to a deal between Pyongyang and Washington that is not in its interests, according to experts.A divided Korea has played in Beijing’s favour as the North serves as a buffer with the South, where US troops are stationed.Chinese premier Li Keqiang, meanwhile, will take part in a trilateral summit with Moon and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Wednesday, with the North Korean issue high on the agenda.last_img read more

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Council Formally Approves Appointment Of Carol Ellinger Haddock As Public Works Director

first_imgPhoto: Davis Land | Houston Public MediaCarol Ellinger Haddock was formally appointed as director of the Department of Public Works and Engineering by the Houston City Council on January 10th 2018.The Houston City Council gave the final approval on Wednesday to the appointment of Carol Ellinger Haddock as the director of the Department of Public Works and Engineering.Mayor Sylvester Turner already notified Council members of his decision to appoint Ellinger Haddock, who is the first woman to hold that position for the City, but the appointment required a final confirmation.As she addressed the Council members, Ellinger Haddock –who is an engineer and has been working for the City for more than 12 years— told them she is committed to being “straightforward” and added: “we will be transparent in what we do.”The Council also approved changing the department’s name to Houston Public Works. Sharelast_img read more

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Hes here to play it your way

first_imgNo serious plans this Friday night? Might as well make a slot for Nikhil Chinappa spinning out music live at a lounge in the Capital.Mixing commercial tunes, EDM and a bit of trance, basically all the music you could ask for in a night, Chinappa, one of the best known DJ’s in India (alongside his MTV VJ fame) and one of the forces behind Sunburn and submerge in India will surely keep the crowd entertained!Pen this one in for the weekend!DETAILWhere: Cocaine, GK 1When: 22 MarchTime: 9 pm onwardslast_img read more

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Unhappy marriage good for diabetic men Study

first_imgAn unhappy marriage may actually slow the development of diabetes in men and promote successful treatment once they do get the disease, suggests an interesting study. It may be because wives are constantly regulating their husband’s health behaviours, especially if he is in poor health or is diabetic. And while this may improve the husband’s health, it also can be seen as annoying and provoke hostility and emotional distress. “The study challenges the traditional assumption that negative marital quality is always detrimental to health,” said lead investigator Hui Liu, associate professor of Sociology at Michigan State University in the US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“It also encourages family scholars to distinguish different sources and types of marital quality. Sometimes, nagging is caring,” Liu said.Diabetes requires frequent monitoring that the wives could be prodding the husband, boosting his health but also increasing marital strain over time.Using data from the US National Social Life, Health and Aging Project, Liu and colleagues analysed survey results from 1,228 married respondents over five years.  At the onset of the study, the respondents were 57 to 85 years old –389 had diabetes at the end of the study. The researchers investigated the role of marital quality in diabetes risk and management and found two major gender differences. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe most surprising finding was that, for men, an increase in negative marital quality lowered the risk of developing diabetes and increased the chances of managing the disease after its onset. For women, a good marriage was related to a lower risk of being diabetic five years later. Women may be more sensitive than men to the quality of a relationship and thus more likely to experience a health boost from a good quality relationship, Liu said.The findings appeared in the Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. This thought-provoking study helps to understand the dynamics of companionship, which results in fights out of love and affection, for the partner. The frank and aggressive (at times) behaviour helps the partner push their spouse to take care of themselves. And, also people acknowledge the concern and even if it is out of fear, they take care of themselves.last_img read more

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CAPA creates new Citizen Advisory Council for Tulum

first_imgTulum, Q.R. — La Comisión de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado (CAPA) has created a new Citizen Advisory Council as part of the Together We Do More program in the municipality of Tulum.During the event which was chaired by the general director of CAPA, Gerardo Mora Vallejo, he stressed the importance of the program which expands possibilities of the participation of people so that they can propose solutions to problems in a voluntary, honest and transparent way.During the swearing in of the Citizen Council, the progress of CAPA in the municipality was outlined, noting the more than 130 million peso that has been invested in terms of drinking water, drainage and sanitation in the first two years of Carlos Joaquín’s government, to improve the services provided to the people.The Citizen Advisory Council of the CAPA in Tulum is composed of Luis Felipe Dzib Us, José Antonio Cohuo Ortega, Susano Canul May, María del Carmen May Canul, Aurelia Aban Ku and Lucía Nahuat Aban.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Liceo de Villareal High School opens Central Americas first school skate park

first_imgBy Suzanna Lourie | Special to The Tico TimesVILLAREAL, Guanacaste – The blistering afternoon sun proved no match for the excitement that captured more than 600 students and community members last Tuesday as they celebrated the inauguration of the new Liceo de Villareal High School Skatepark.“It really seems like we started a craze,” said one crowd member as he watched the students swarm the edge of the park, taking runs, trying tricks and laughing with friends.A craze would be an understatement. Since Liceo de Villareal announced the completion of the new skate park – the first one in a public high school in all of Central America – requests for more have been pouring in from across the country.“The Minister of Education wants to build more parks, and we’re actually meeting tomorrow to discuss ways of getting the funds to build five or six more skate parks all across the country,” said Andrés Valenciano, executive director of the Youth Action Fund (FAJ), one of the nonprofit groups that spearheaded the Villareal project.“The park works as an excuse to get kids more interested in what education is supposed to be. Suddenly school becomes a place where you can not only gain new knowledge and skills, but also make new friends and develop your potential as a human being,” he added.The model of the skate park as an alternative to get kids off the streets and build healthy social relationships in a safe recreational space is catching the attention of the press and other schools around the country for one very important reason – it works. Etnies professional skater Ed Reategui, left, with CEPIA President Laetitia Deweer.  Photo: Suzanna Lourie | Tico Times “It all started three years ago when the [school] director called us in to help with a group of 13 teenagers who were having some trouble in school,” said Laetitia Deweer, president of CEPIA, a Guanacaste-based nonprofit organization that worked with FAJ on the skate park project.Both organizations were called in to initiate discussions with the group of students, who were teetering on the edge of expulsion, in hopes of finding a way to turn their behavior around.“They explained to us they were all facing difficulties in their personal lives that led to them getting into all sorts of problems, fights, drugs, the works, and they told us there weren’t a lot of different alternatives to have fun together or just socialize,” FAJ founder and President Jorge Aguilar Berrocal said.As it turned out, the students shared common interests in sports, including surfing and skateboarding. When asked what would motivate them to come to school, the group unanimously suggested the idea of a skate park – something that would boost the high school’s “cool” factor.From there, the 13 students took on a new identity, and the “Team Riders” of the Liceo de Villareal Skatepark were born.“We immediately figured out they were talented, clever, funny and creative kids,” Berrocal said. “So it was absolutely feasible for them to get good grades and do better, we just needed to figure out how to channel their potential.”With the help of CEPIA and FAJ, the Team Riders made a deal with the principal: They would get a clean slate in exchange for improving their grades, helping with volunteer work and attending class.Inextricably linked to education, the skate park evolved along with the students’ grades. Eventually, CEPIA and FAJ began to search for funding to make the vision a reality, and they found an overwhelming response from the community.The project was made possible with more than $30,000 in materials and services donated by National Community Development, Australian AID, CEMEX, The Pool Store, Fertama, Friends of Education Foundation, Florida Skateboards National, Recordings Destiny and many other individual sponsors. Tamarindo resident and longtime skateboarder Alex Cavaletti – responsible for the nearby Tamarindo Community Skate Park – also donated his design services for the new park and helped oversee the building process. With the help of enthusiastic donors and continued participation in school from the Team Riders, the park began to take form and simultaneously accomplish its educational goals of helping students boost grades and get involved in various volunteer projects.One of the original members of the Team Riders, 20-year-old Keiner López, 20, has since graduated from high school thanks to the skate park program. Today, nearly half the group holds diplomas.“I’m finished with school, so I am just excited to skate all the time,” López said. “But the idea for the other students is to motivate kids in school to make classes more fun; so they don’t just feel like they are going to learn, but also that school can be a fun place to be.”The hundreds of kids aged 4-24 who came out to skate the new park on Tuesday seemed to support López’s sentiments and show just how popular the school will be with its new park.“I think [the skate park] is a good metaphor of how kids, teachers, faculty, civil society and the private sector can all come together behind an idea of giving kids a voice,” Valenciano said.“The kids are willing to do their half if people are willing to listen and take note of their ideas,” he added. “This high school is an example of how education can be transformed into a place for kids to fulfill their potential as human beings.” Facebook Commentscenter_img No related posts.last_img read more

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Top 5 Crime Stories of 2013

first_img5. Costa Rica seizes more cocaine than any other Central American countryCosta Rica likely seized more cocaine than any other Central American country during 2013, estimated to come in at nearly 20 tons. Between 2005 and 2012 the country seized an average of 17 tons of cocaine annually, according to a December 2013 report by the UNODC. During President Laura Chinchilla’s administration, authorities have seized more than 44 tons of cocaine. Only Panama has confiscated more of the narcotic than Costa Rica during the last decade. 4. Mysterious ‘drug camp’ helicoptersDuring October and November, it seemed like every other week brought new revelations about secret camps in Costa Rica’s isolated mountains that were equipped with clandestine helipads, assault rifles – even rocket-propelled grenades – and tens of thousands of U.S. dollars. The Judicial Investigation Police, or OIJ, raided four such camps between Oct. 9 and Nov. 8.The Tico Times also reported claims of other unidentified helicopter flights in indigenous Bribrí territory in the southern Talamanca region.Authorities believe the camps are most likely related to transcontinental drug trafficking, perhaps by the Sinaloa or Knights Templar cartels, as cocaine moves north from Colombia into Mexico and eventually the U.S. in exchange for money, guns and chemical agents used to process narcotics. No related posts. Alberto Font Judicial Investigation Police arrest the owner of Akropolis pizzeria, Dimosthenis Katsigiannis Karkasi, on Oct. 10 for allegedly soliciting people to sell their kidneys to an organ trafficking ring. Masked assailants kidnapped and murdered Jairo Mora on a Caribbean beach while he protected nesting leatherback turtles and their eggs. Courtesy of WIDECAST High profile killings, the corrosive influence of drug money on cops and the communities they police, and those who launder illicit earnings topped the headlines for crime in Costa Rica in 2013.But despite these dramatic, sometimes gruesome stories, 2013 wasn’t necessarily a bad year for law enforcement.Dramatic cases like that of Jairo Mora, a murdered 26-year-old sea turtle conservationist, caught international attention, but nationwide, the number of homicides has been decreasing since 2010, according to the Public Security Ministry and a recent report from the United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime. Costa Rica’s homicide rate reached a three-year low of 8.9 homicides per 10,000 inhabitants in 2012, down from 11.5 in 2010.Public Security Minister Mario Zamora said that an apparent increase in the number of drug busts was more a function of successful police work than explosive growth in the drug trade.“The more we fight [against illicit drugs], the more of it we’re going to see,” he said.Scroll down for a rundown of the top five crime stories of 2013: Costa Rican Public Security Minister Mario Zamora, in the green shirt, reviews confiscated cocaine. Courtesy of the Public Security Ministry 3. Organ trafficking claims at least 13 victimsEasily the most gruesome crime of the year, an alleged international organ-trafficking ring was revealed when OIJ frog-marched Dr. Francisco José Mora out of San José’s Calerdón Guardia Hospital on June 17.Authorities accused Mora, the former head of nephrology at the public hospital and alleged ringleader, and eventually several other doctors and a pizzeria owner of soliciting and extracting kidneys, paying victims up to $20,000 for an organ. According to a UNODC report, 13 people fell prey to organ trafficking in Costa Rica during 2013.You can still get a slice (sorry) of pizza from the Akropolis restaurant where the owner allegedly connected victims with the doctors, now that it has reopened in La California neighborhood of San José.2. U.S., Tico authorities bust the ‘largest’ money laundering scheme in historyDigital currency operator Liberty Reserve allegedly moved some $6 billion, much of it laundered money for criminal organizations, gaining the mantle of “bank of choice for the criminal underworld,” according to U.S. prosecutors in New York.U.S. law enforcement said that the unlicensed money transfer business was the “largest” money laundering operation in history.Costa Rican, Spanish and U.S. law enforcement rounded up the firm’s principals, including one-time U.S. citizen Arthur Budovsky, on May 24 in a global sweep that took place in New York, Spain, and Costa Rica.In a sign of her entrepreneurial spirit, Budovsky’s Costa Rican wife, Yessenia Valerio Vargas, who was a street vendor selling empanadas when Budovsky’s attorney paid her to marry the Liberty Reserve founder to gain residency, filed a claim to collect half of her jailed husband’s assets.   1. ¡Jairo Vive!The brutal, fatal beating of Costa Rican turtle conservationist Jairo Mora caught the attention of the nation and the international community – including a U.S. Congressman – leading to questions about the nexus of organized crime, turtle egg poaching and tourism in Moín, Limón, on the northern Caribbean coast.In the early morning of July 31, balaclava-bearing OIJ agents raided several homes in Moín and other nearby towns. Seven suspects received six months of preventive detention as they await trial for Mora’s murder. The suspects are allegedly members of a criminal gang linked to other cases of rape, robbery, and gasoline thefts, according to court documents.Costa Rica’s Environment Ministry is currently exploring options to create a protected area on Moín Beach that would allow park rangers to patrol the area, and a recent executive decree would allow them to be armed.THE TICO TIMES’ YEAR-IN-REVIEW 2013:–The 8 most fascinating Central America stories of the year–The best of Costa Rica in 2013, according to everyone else Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Guyana to probe China company awarded airport deal

first_img Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments   Share   Officials with China Harbor Engineering Company issued a statement late last week saying that the company itself has not been sanctioned by the World Bank.Guyana House Speaker Raphael Trotman said Tuesday that Parliament’s economic services committee will decide whether the company should proceed with the $138 million renovation at Cheddi Jagan Airport.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) – Legislators in Guyana will soon hold hearings on whether one of China’s largest state companies should be allowed to renovate the country’s main airport following allegations of corruption.The announcement comes after Jamaica’s government recently alerted Caribbean nations that the World Bank had barred the parent company of China Harbor Engineering Company from bidding on certain bank-funded projects from 2009 to 2017. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

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