Alberta premier threatens to broaden pipeline dispute with BC

first_imgNotley says if she sees more moves to delay construction, her government will pass legislation to give her the power to reduce the flow of oil and natural gas.In 1980, former Alberta premier Peter Lougheed cut oil exports in his fight with Ottawa over price controls and revenue sharing under the national energy program.The pipeline dispute began earlier this year when B.C. said it would not allow increased oil shipments until it could do more research on spill response. EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is threatening to expand a fight with B.C. over the Trans Mountain pipeline by reducing the amount of oil her province ships.Notley won’t say if she would cut off B.C. or the rest of Canada or both.She says it’s time to focus the country’s attention on lost jobs and reduced revenue due to a pipeline bottleneck.last_img read more

Saudi Man Offers Services of Moroccan Maid for Sale on Internet

Rabat- A Saudi citizen has reportedly offered to sell the services of his maid, originally from Morocco, over a shopping website apparently because he can no longer keep her in his house.Posting an ad for “Moroccan maid for sale,” the Saudi citizen who identified himself as Abou Badr wrote that he wants to give up the services of his maid.The Saudi man advertised the maid as if she were a slave on auction in violation of her human dignity and human rights. The outlandish ad posted the maid’s “price” at 1600 riyals (nearly $400) plus the 4000 riyal “Kafala” charges (about $1,066).The ad stated that the Moroccan woman had been brought to Saudi Arabia two years ago under the “kafala” system, a sponsorship system applicable in the Saudi Arabia, which puts foreign employees at the mercy of their employers.The Kafala sponsorship system, which requires foreign workers to have local sponsors, rigidly binds immigrant workers to their employers, enabling the latter to commit abuses, while preventing workers from changing jobs or leaving the country. read more

Nearly 14000 flee burnedout town in new fighting in Central African Republic

“Never before has the UN seen a town in CAR where 70 per cent of houses have been torched,” UN country humanitarian coordinator Toby Lanzer said after leading the first mission to Birao yesterday following the fighting which resumed on 3 March. “The impact of this on people’s lives cannot be exaggerated.” The area on the border of Sudan’s conflict-torn Darfur region has suffered from a spill-over of the violence there as well as from fighting between the Government and armed opposition militias that has uprooted over 200,000 people in recent months, about 50,000 of whom have sought refuge in neighbouring Chad, amid reports of summary executions, ethnic violence and burning of villages. Prior to this month’s fighting, some 14,000 people lived in Birao, but following yesterday’s visit, the UN now estimates that no more than 600 people remain, the rest having fled the violence and believed to be living in the bush.In addition to the burning of houses, which makes the population’s return virtually impossible before the start of the rainy season in May, the team also noted that the town’s schools and hospital had been destroyed or looted. Priorities for humanitarian aid include shelter, supplies and psycho-social support. “This alarming news underscores the importance of my mission, which is intended to highlight the dire situation in the north of the Central African Republic, as well as the gaps in our ability to provide an adequate response due to both a shortage of resources and of humanitarian actors on the ground,” said UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes who is on a two-week mission to Sudan, Chad and the CAR. The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in various parts of the CAR tripled in 2006. As many as 280,000 are now displaced, including 20,000 who have sought refuge in Cameroon, 50,000 in Chad, and an estimated 212,000 IDPs. Overall, some 1 million people, a quarter of the total population, are estimated to be affected by widespread insecurity throughout the north. Decades of recurrent armed conflict, political instability and poor governance have devastated the lives of the 4.2 million people of the CAR, the seventh least developed country on earth, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Index.Social indicators have been declining steadily for two decades, with 2003 estimates putting under-five child mortality at more than 20 per cent. Basic infrastructure and social services, such as health and education, are nearly nonexistent outside the capital of Bangui. In 2007, the UN is appealing for $54.5 million for urgently-needed aid. To date, just under $8 million has been received, or 15 per cent of requirements. In 2006, only 60 per cent of total needs was covered. 21 March 2007Nearly the 14,000 inhabitants have fled the burned-out wreck of the main town in north-eastern Central African Republic (CAR) since this month’s resumption of fighting between Government and rebel forces, United Nations officials reported today. read more

UN war crimes tribunal reduces sentence of convicted former Bosnian Serb general

12 November 2009The Appeals Chamber of the United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the worst crimes committed during the Balkan wars of the 1990s today cut four years off the 33-year sentence imposed on a former Bosnian Serb army general who commanded much of the siege of Sarajevo. Dragomir Milošević, who is not related to the former Serbian leader Slobodan Milošević, was convicted in 2007 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), based in The Hague.He was found guilty on five counts of murder, inflicting terror and committing inhumane acts during a campaign of sniping and shelling, which resulted in the injury and death of a large number of civilians in the Bosnian capital during the second half of the 1992-1995 siege. The Appeals Chamber ruled today that, “whereas the evidence cited in the Trial Judgement does not support a finding that Milošević planned and ordered the sniping incidents, his command responsibility for having failed to prevent and punish the said crimes committed by his subordinates has been established beyond reasonable doubt.” The Chamber upheld the majority of the Trial Chamber’s convictions for ordering the shelling of the civilian population in Sarajevo during the 15-month period, while also granting Mr. Milošević’s appeal in part and reducing his sentence from 33 to 29 years’ imprisonment.The Prosecution’s request that Mr. Miloševic, who is in his late sixties, be sentenced to life imprisonment was dismissed in its entirety. read more

BillsDolphins Capsule Preview

BUFFALO (4-7) at MIAMI (5-6)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSOPENING LINE – Dolphins by 6 1/2RECORD VS. SPREAD – Buffalo 5-6, Miami 6-5SERIES RECORD – Dolphins lead 60-47-1LAST MEETING – Bills beat Dolphins 22-16, Dec. 31, 2017LAST WEEK — Bills beat Jaguars 24-21; Dolphins lost at Colts 27-24AP PRO32 RANKING – Bills No. 25, Dolphins No. 21BILLS OFFENSE – OVERALL (31), RUSH (17), PASS (31).BILLS Defence – OVERALL (2), RUSH (15), PASS (1).DOLPHINS OFFENSE – OVERALL (28) RUSH (20), PASS (27).DOLPHINS Defence – OVERALL (29), RUSH (29), PASS (21).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Bills swept Miami last year. … Dolphins are plus-6 in turnover differential, and Bills are minus-5. … RB LeSean McCoy has seven TDs in seven games against Miami. … First-round draft pick Josh Allen set Bills record for quarterbacks last week with 99 yards rushing. He leads team with four TDs rushing. He’s 3-3 as starter. … Bills have topped 300 yards offence in past two games after failing to do so in first six. … Bills have passer rating of 58.9, worst in NFL. … Buffalo has been outscored by 111 points, third worst in NFL. … Bills are averaging 4.6 yards on first down, last in league. … Bills’ defence has 28 sacks, 11 more than last year. … In their six losses, Bills have been outscored 141-9 in first half. … Dolphins have been outgained by 928 yards, third worst in league. … QB Ryan Tannehill ranks 15th with passer rating of 97.2, which would be career high. Has won his past seven home starts. … Dolphins have scored touchdowns on nine of 22 red-zone possessions, second-worst average in league. … Miami ranks second with 17 interceptions. Xavien Howard is tied for second in league with five, and has nine in his past 16 games. … Blocked punt last week was 12th for Dolphins since 2011, most in NFL. … Fantasy tip: Frank Gore rushed for 130 yards last time he faced Bills — last December with Colts — and is averaging 4.5 yards per carry this season. And Bills gave up season-worst 226 yards rushing last week.___More AP NFL: and Associated Press read more

London Bridge terror attack Pavements left wide open despite Westminster atrocity three

Mr Patterson was speaking following a final pre-inquest hearing at the Old Bailey updating Chief Coroner Mark Lucraft QC on the preparations and police investigation.During the hearing, Jonathan Hough QC, counsel to the coroner, said: “We understand the families have concerns about the lack of barriers on the bridge, this attack coming after the Westminster attack.”We can assure (them) this is a topic which will be pursued.”Mr Patterson responded: “I’m grateful appropriate witnesses will be called, and equally the vehicle rental issue.”The issues that arose in Westminster seemed to have resulted in absolutely nothing by way of additional measures on rentals by people preparing attacks.”Mr Hough said the counter-terrorism police had taken 2,701 statements and seized “vast” amounts of CCTV footage of the attacks and the terrorists’ movements.Other evidence included body-worn video from police officers and videos from members of the public caught up in the carnage.Mr Hough said extensive work had been done by forensic experts on the attackers’ vehicle, the knives used and petrol bombs found in the aftermath. The victims were Canadian Christine Archibald, 30, and Frenchmen Xavier Thomas, 45, and Alexandre Pigeard, 26, as well as Sara Zelenak, 21, Kirsty Boden, 28, Sebastien Belanger, 36, James McMullan, 32, and Ignacio Echeverria, 39. 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. The attackers, Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, were shot dead by police at the scene.The incident came just three months after Khalid Masood mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in a hired car before stabbing a police officer to death.One of the victims on the bridge was Ms Archibald, who was walking on the pavement with her fiance, having just had a meal, when she was knocked down and killed almost instantly.Mr Patterson also said there was an “apparent failure to have any sort of regulation or security checks by rental businesses where they are renting out powerful vehicles which can be used as lethal weapons”.”We have had them used in terrorist attack after terrorist attack.”The lawyer pointed out that rental vehicles were also used to cause carnage in Nice and Berlin.The barrister said Butt was under investigation by security services yet was still able to plan and carry out the attack with his accomplices. He said it was a “very troubling and a significant issue” which he plans to pursue at the inquest. A lawyer has criticised the lack of action before the London Bridge and Borough Market terror attack, saying pavements were “wide open” despite a similar atrocity three months earlier.Gareth Patterson QC, who is representing six families of victims of the June 2017 attack, set out his key concerns ahead of a full inquest at the Old Bailey starting on May 7.He will also lament the apparent lack of security measures in place at rental companies, saying that no lessons had been learned from the Westminster attack in which four people were killed by a terrorist in a hire car. Mr Patterson criticised the lack of barriers on the bridge at the time of the attack, coming so soon after the Westminster attack in March.He said: “The pavements of London Bridge were wide open, despite what happened at Westminster.”In the autumn, the Westminster inquest was told that no consideration was given at the time to putting up barriers inbetween the two attacks.Yet within a day of the London Bridge atrocity, work began to put up barriers, Mr Patterson said.Eight people were killed when three men ploughed into pedestrians in a white van on the bridge, before stabbing revellers in the nearby market with 12in (30cm) ceramic knives on June 3 2017. read more

Was a feud over WW2 gold behind the gruesome slaying of a

first_img 18,537 Views Mar 10th 2017, 10:53 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The Troadec family who were missing and found dead. L-R) the father Pascal, the mother Brigitte, their son Sebastien and their daughter Charlotte. Source: ABACA/PA ImagesINVESTIGATORS HAVE VOICED caution over claims that a dispute over family gold led to the gruesome murder of a couple and their two children in western France.So far “there is no evidence” to support claims by the confessed killer and his 76-year-old mother that Pascal Troadec had helped himself to a trove of gold that his father had found while renovating an apartment, “robbing” his sister Lydie of her share.“It’s only an assertion for now,” a source close to the probe said.The victim’s mother told the daily Le Parisien that her late husband found a cache of gold coins and ingots — of an unspecified value — in 2006 in an apartment in the northwestern port of Brest.He took the gold, “perhaps stolen from the Bank of France” during World War II, and hid it in the couple’s garage, said the woman, who declined to give her first name.It was the year after her husband died in 2009 that she said Troadec took the gold while she was in hospital, adding that he had “robbed his sister” Lydie.Troadec later told the family he had invested the gold in Monaco and Andorra, tauntingly adding that they “couldn’t touch it”, his mother said.Soon afterwards, Troadec and his wife Brigitte — whom Lydie’s partner Hubert Caouissin has admitted killing along with their children Charlotte and Sebastien — began flaunting their new lifestyle, sending postcards from their holiday travels.Eventually it was too much for Caouissin, who later told investigators of his anger over the gold, according to both the confessed killer and his mother.But the lawyer of Brigitte Troadec’s family, Cecile de Oliveira, charged that the gold coins and ingots were a figment of Caouissin’s imagination and that he had begun “harassing” the Troadecs in 2014. Source: euronews (in English)/YouTube“Pascal Troadec went to the police to complain of being falsely and repeatedly accused over this story of gold ingots that comes out of Hubert Caouissin’s imagination,” she told AFP.And Caouissin’s mother told Le Parisien that the claims about a gold treasure were “nonsense”.So far little evidence has emerged that the Troadecs enjoyed a lavish lifestyle.Nantes prosecutor Pierre Sennes told a press briefing earlier this week that Troadec, who worked at a commercial sign-making firm, and his wife Brigitte, a civil servant, had “good incomes” and were not in debt.More body parts foundThe sudden disappearance of Pascal’s family on 16 February left France on tenterhooks as investigators scrambled for clues.Detectives found traces of blood and efforts to clean them up throughout the two-storey house where Pascal and Brigitte, both 49, lived in a suburb of the western city of Nantes.In his confession, Caouissin said he killed the couple, as well as their children Charlotte, 18, and Sebastien, 21, with a crowbar, then cut up the bodies, burning some of the parts in his oven and scattering others around his farm in Brittany. The house of missing Troadec family in Nantes was sealed-off by police. Source: Courtois Christophe/PA ImagesOn Thursday, investigators found more body parts at the 32-hectare farm, along with more jewellery and some computers taken from the Troadecs’ home in Nantes, Sennes said.Caouissin and Lydie Troadec were quizzed for nearly 21 hours at the start of the probe, when Caouissin told investigators he had fallen out with the family over the dispute.But initial suspicions centred on Sebastien Troadec, who had a history of psychological problems.The focus shifted after traces of Caouissin’s DNA were found at the Troadecs’ home in suburban Nantes and then in Sebastien’s car, abandoned in the port of Saint-Nazaire about an hour’s drive to the west.Comments have been disabled as legal proceedings are ongoing.© – AFP 2017Read: Body parts found at farm of man who confessed to killing family of four >Read: Two tourists dead – and two still missing – after avalanche at French resort > No Comments Share Tweet Email Was a feud over WW2 gold behind the gruesome slaying of a French family of four? Investigators are unconvinced by the killer’s claims. Friday 10 Mar 2017, 10:53 AM By AFPlast_img read more

Donald Trump says hes coming to Ireland after invite from new friend

first_img Source: Kenny also said that he told Trump that Ireland would always be a “friend of America”.Ireland will always be a friend of America, the European Union will always be a friend of America and that cooperation between these two most developed economic regions of the planet will be for the mutual benefit of millions of people in Europe and the United States.At another gathering following the meeting, Trump then recited what he said was a proverb.“As we stand together with our Irish friends, I’m reminded of that proverb and this is one I like, this is a good one, this is one I’ve heard for many years and I love it,” he said.Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue, but never forget to remember those that have stuck by you.“We know that, politically speaking we know that,” Trump added. Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 10:15 PM Donald Trump says Enda Kenny is ‘his new friend’— Christina Finn (@christinafinn8) March 16, 2017 Mar 16th 2017, 10:15 PM Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter 224 Comments Briefing reporters about their meeting, Kenny said the pair discussed a range of issues including Brexit, the Irish economy and immigration.“The president asked a number of questions about what the hard border meant in the past and I pointed out to him about customs posts and the sectarian violence that came with it,” Kenny said.“I also spoke to him about the difficulties Brexit would have for Ireland and for Northern Ireland and I pointed out the economic indicators that show we’d be the most adversely affected.”President Trump asked quite a number of questions about the Irish economy, the drop in unemployment the rise in employment, the improvement in our growth rates. He was very complementary to the people of Ireland for having had the courage to make those decisions and make the many sacrifices they have made over the past number of years. By Rónán Duffy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Shamrock Ceremony Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter Later this evening, the pair met in the White House for the traditional exchange of a bowl of shamrock.Taoiseach Enda Kenny he wanted to sincerely thank President Trump “for so graciously continuing this great tradition of hospitality which means so much to us all”. Source: Niall CarsonI am proud to have the opportunity to contribute to maintaining and developing relations between Ireland and the United States, particularly at the beginning of a new era in our relationship following your election, Mr. President. Donald Trump says he’s coming to Ireland after invite from ‘new friend’ Enda Kenny Trump and Enda Kenny met in the Oval Office this morning. Source: Christina Finn/Twitter Trump told the East Room of the White House that America is “an always loyal friend” to Ireland.The US president said the Irish people have enriched America in inexplicable ways and they always will.Referring to Ireland as America’s “faithful partner” and “loyal friend” he said the US “will always be there for you”.Read: Trump travel ban was halted because it would cause “irreparable injury” if it went ahead >Read: When is racist language racist? Enda Kenny facing big questions in the US > Updated 11.30pm- With reporting from Christina Finn in Washington D.C. Source: ENDA KENNY has met with US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office in the White House.As the pair shook hands and posed for photographs following a private meeting, Trump confirmed to reporters that he intends to visit Ireland.“I really love Ireland, I’ll be there absolutely,” Trump said in response to a question.Kenny later confirmed that Trump agreed to come to Ireland after he extended an invite to the US President.“We had a good, friendly and constructive engagement,” Kenny told reporters in the White House lawn after the photocall. Enda Kenny and Donald Trump on front of the bust of Martin Luther King jr. Source: Merrion Street/“The president also referred to hospitality and is very well acquainted with the golf courses of Ireland.”And finally, I said in Ireland invitations are always returned and returned in kind. And so during the course of his presidency of the United States I’ve asked him to come to Ireland and he hopes to do that some time during the course of his presidency.During the Oval Office photocall, a number of other reporters then attempted to ask questions of the pair but a White House staffer attempted to end the interaction by repeating the phrase: “Thank you press”.One Irish reporter then asked whether Kenny’s previous comments about Trump’s language being “racist and dangerous” was raised during their meeting.There was no response to the query.center_img 100,466 Views Undocumented“I also spoke to him about immigration, and it’s important to make particular note of this here, of the fact that the president is interested in this and we had a very beneficial, constructive discussion about this,” Kenny said.For those who are undocumented, among them many millions who are in America who are undocumented . The president was actually surprised at the figure, I think he might have thought it would be a higher figure.I would say to Irish people who are undocumented, that if there are small issues like parking fines or traffic lights or whatever, they should clear those up through legal people whether they be in any city. And that’s an issue which can lift the fear, concern and anxiety that any Irish people may have. I want to thank the President for giving so much of his time to this visit. We had an excellent meeting this morning in the Oval Office where we discussed a variety of important issues of mutual concern. I want to assure you of our commitment to working closely with you and your administration as you face the many challenges ahead. Source: Christina Finn/Twitter Trump says the Irish have the name ‘the fighting Irish for a reason’ – a people who enriched America— Christina Finn (@christinafinn8) March 16, 2017 Look at that handshake— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) March 16, 2017 Let me congratulate you and wish you the very best as you begin your term of office. The job is exceptionally demanding and difficult. The United States remains the most influential, as well as, the most powerful country in the world. You hold the hopes and future of America, and indeed the world, in your hands. Share Tweet Email7 US President Donald Trump (left) and Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny hold a bowl of Shamrocks during the St. Patrick’s Day Reception and Shamrock Presentation Ceremony, at the White House. Source: Niall Carson Trump says ‘great people, great people’ about Fionnuala and Enda Kenny— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) March 16, 2017— Christina Finn (@christinafinn8) March 16, 2017 Source: Christina Finn/Twitter Short URLlast_img read more

Business owner Diamond Rozakeas awarded for lifting the profile of Melbourne

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Last weekend saw cafe owner Diamond Rozakeas win the Melbourne Award for lifting the profile of the city through Higher Ground, her youngest cafe-brainchild.The Greek Australian entrepreneur accepted the award alongside cafe co-owner Nathan Toleman at a gala event at the Melbourne Town Hall on Saturday 18 November.Rozakeas, Toleman, and third partner, Ben Clark through their joint company The Mulberry Group, have been operating some of Australia’s highest award winning cafes over the course of 12 years.Higher GroundApart from Higher Ground, the company currently owns Top Paddock and The Kettle Black.“It’s great to work with an outstanding and supportive team and be rewarded for adding to our city’s reputation as the cafe capital of the world,” Rozakeas said. “As a Greek, I acknowledge that hospitality is part of our culture and I’m happy to promote that wherever possible.”Meanwhile, Rozakeas, who spends her time in Central Australia making a difference in the lives of children in Indigenous communities through food, art programs and social enterprises, has just introduced Indigenous Gularn tea to her cafes. The hand-picked tea/leaves are sourced from the remote community of Minyerri, four hours east of Darwin.last_img read more

Ranieri warning for Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool must be cautious against a Roma side that are capable of defeating the likes of Barcelona in the Champions League, warns Claudio RanieriJurgen Klopp’s side will be hosting the Giallorossi at Anfield for the first leg of their semi-final clash in the Champions League with both clubs aiming for a place in the final of the competition at Kiev against either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.Liverpool impressed many pundits with their convincing 5-1 aggregate win over Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the competition, while Roma left the football world stunned with their shocking comeback win against Barcelona secured them their first semi-final appearance in the Champions League since the 1983/84 season.Ranieri, who is renown for guiding Leicester City to a shock Premier League title victory in 2016, told Gazzetta dello Sport that he believes that Roma will prove themselves to be a difficult challenge for Liverpool.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“As a manager I never think I can face defeat before I play. [Eusebio] Di Francesco [the current Roma manager] will study Liverpool.” said Ranieri, according to The Sport Review.“They are not beaten yet, the Roma side that we admired against Barcelona can make it.“The Reds are spectacular but away from home they aren’t always solid.”last_img read more

Take part in exclusive pensions research

first_imgWhat are the main retirement concerns facing your employees? What retirement support does your organisation offer staff? Is your organisation aware of how the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) might impact workplace pensions?Tell us how your organisation approaches pension saving and helps staff prepare for retirement by taking part in the Employee Benefits Pensions research 2017, in association with Nest.The research is designed to provide insight into how your pensions strategy compares to those of industry peers. It looks at financial education, pensions communications, auto-re-enrolment, and more.The online survey will be open until Friday 22 September 2017.As a thank you for taking part, we will enter you into a prize draw to win £100-worth of retail vouchers. For your chance to win, fill in your details at the end of the survey.The research findings will be available online and in a print supplement.Complete the survey today.last_img read more

Alaska delegation introduces bills to curb states bans on walrus ivory

first_imgAn ivory walrus on display at Maruskiya’s in Nome. (Photo by Emily Russell, KNOM – Nome).Alaska’s Congressman and Senators have introduced legislation in the U.S. House and Senate to preempt states from banning walrus ivory, whale bone and other marine mammal products. Through these new bills, the delegation has proposed amending the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). Vera Metcalf, the director of the Eskimo Walrus Commission, says this is a step in the right direction.“For us, there’s really no way to address the consequences of the ivory ban at the state level and I’m glad they (the delegation) are moving forward with introducing this legislation that might get us moving and working more to educate the general public about what walrus ivory is to our communities and why it is important to not include it in the ivory ban,” she said.The need for this legislation came about when almost 10 states, the most recent being Illinois, passed state bans on some or all types of ivory which included the resource Alaska Native carvers use for their livelihood. Originally these state restrictions were put into effect in response to the U.S.’s near-total ban on commercial trade of elephant ivory in 2016.In an announcement from Alaska’s representatives earlier this month, Sen. Dan Sullivan said these craftsmen have been attacked by “numerous states banning the sale of sustainable arts made of walrus and mammoth ivory and other marine mammal products legally allowed under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, unnecessarily coupling them with the illicit sale of poached elephant ivory.”During a recent visit to St. Lawrence Island, local carvers told Metcalf that the inconsistency among state’s ivory bans has been negatively affecting their sales.“I’ve heard people say, ‘Well it’s getting harder for me to sell ivory because of this fear (in) people that buy walrus ivory, arts and crafts.’ I think there is fear of potential prosecution because I think each state has different information,” she said.The Alaska delegation says its legislation aims to end the confusion created by other states’ laws and protect Native artisans who work with ivory. Metcalf agrees more needs to be done to protect Alaska Native ivory carvers.While these two new bills go through Congress, Metcalf says she and her working group will continue to spread the message that the walrus population is healthy and does not warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made that determination in October of 2017, so now the species will continue to be protected under the MMPA for Alaska Natives to sustainably harvest.“I mean we certainly promote non-wasteful takes and we have been sending this message but also using all of what is given to us, including the ivory, is very much a part of our communities using the resource for food and ivory for making beautiful handicrafts and art,” Metcalf said.According to the state delegation, the Secretary of the Interior is authorized to restrict the take of marine mammals if the population is dwindling, but the secretary must also have evidence to demonstrate that.For more information on legal Alaska Native ivory carvings made with walrus or other marine mammal products, check out the Eskimo Walrus Commission’s brochure.last_img read more

Leave supporters cheer out out out

first_imgThe pound dropped below the crucial $1.40 mark amid fears that the UK would vote to leave the European Union. Sterling fell as much as 10% early on Friday, and is on track for its worst one-day fall in history. Trading was at $1.3262, down nearly 9%, as of 5.27am BST.The pound, which had earlier hit a 2016 high as polls suggested the Remain camp would come through in the referendum, fell to lows not seen since 1981. Just before 5am BST, as various agencies began calling the referendum in favour of Leave, the pound slipped further to trade at 1.3322. Stock futures on the FTSE 100, which had ended the previous session up 1.23% were predicted to be down 8% as the vote swung Friday.Its extraordinary, said John Wraith, Head of UK Rates Strategy, UBS Investment Bank, Reuters reported. Shock probably isnt too strong a word. People will come in this morning earlier than usual, so its a skeleton staff right now. But shock was the first reaction. Now its all hands on deck trying to deal with the volatility, he said.Early Friday, the BBC, and other agencies, forecast that the UK had decided to leave the EU based on the analysis of pending undeclared counts.Markets are very nervy at the moment, Joe Rundle, head of trading at ETX Capital in London, told Reuters. Its definitely tin hats time. If Leave wins there will be carnage for cable, he said, referring to the sterling/dollar exchange rate.Elsewhere, the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo was trading down 6.73% while Hong Kongs Hang Seng was down 4.7% and the Shanghai Composite was down over 1%.Ahead of the EU referendum results, the pound was trading higher at $1.50, amid expectations that the Remain campaign would win. However, after votes in Sunderland and Newcastle swayed towards the Leave campaign, the sterling declined to $1.43. It further fell to $1.41 at about 2am.The pound then dropped below 1.35, a 31-year low, Bloomberg reported. A few traders said that they had not witnessed such dramatic moves since the financial crisis of 2008.Jeremy Cook, chief economist at World First, a UK-based foreign exchange company said, These moves are concerning and bring back pretty painful memories of 2008.The pound didnt have this bad a day [against the dollar] in the global financial crisis and the moves by the bookies to price Leave as the favourite is killing the pound. News from Wales is the most concerning at the moment alongside the London turnout dynamics.Analysts have warned that the drop was amplified by low trading volumes. Jeremy Stretch from CIBC said, Volumes are very low and markets are relatively illiquid. Traders are very jittery, its not just in sterling.last_img read more

Abstract Odyssey

first_imgArt is expressed through a variety of medium and Sudip Roy’s works are best expressed through water-colours. Using unique strokes and colours, he solely focuses on innovation in his series of artworks. His experience is clearly reflected in his art which depict his emotions that do not linger on in his mind after its completion.Roy showcased his latest collection of works in an exhibition titled — ‘Odyssey’ — at the Visual Art Gallery, in India Habitat Centre on Wednesday. The exhibition was inaugurated by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. “I am very happy that Sudip Roy has come up with such beautiful paintings. I am a great admirer of his work; he’s doing very well and he deserves all the appreciation for that. Thank god I am born in the world of sound and I wish him all the best and I hope that our relation of music and colour goes deeper with time. I would love to see more of his works in future,” said the sarod maestro while inaugurating the exhibition. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Uma Nair, art curator echoed similar thoughts and said: “Sudip Roy is an artist who is known for his realist works. He is known for his Charulata series and is a great water-colour artist. But this is another journey. It is a journey in abstraction. A lot of artists think that abstract painting is about colours but actually, it is more about the experience. These paintings show extreme emotions. I think it is great to be able to keep reinventing yourself.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe uses a unique combination of colours while expressing his emotions. However, the essence plays a part momentarily as it comes with a flow. Nair agrees and says: “The choice of colours is something which is instinctive and intuitive for Sudip. It comes naturally with a flow and nothing is deliberate.” The guests who graced the event were Subhalakshmi, Sushma Bahl, Manu Dosaj, Pooja Bahri, Anuradha Raman, Diana, Poonam Sethi and others.last_img read more

Gay porn star couple get engaged right after filming gang bang scene

first_imgGay porn star couple on life after gang bang proposal: ‘I’d love to have kids’Gay porn star Logan Moore: ‘When you do porn, you have to come out twice!’Fans are very excited about Neighbours’ first gay sex sceneRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : During a post-scene photo shoot with the eight other guys from the gang bang, Brian Bonds was already on his knees when he popped the question to his shocked boyfriend Mason Lear.Bonds said: ‘Well, this is the end of our tour and I can say that this was probably the best day that ever happened between us. And I’d love to do it over and over again, but there is one difference that I want.‘I want you wearing this,’ he says.Then he pulls out (no pun intended) a box with a ring inside.Lear immediately says yes as the pair kiss and all of the guys cheer in the background.Then Bonds took to Twitter to announce the news on his personal account.He tweeted a photo of his boyfriend’s hand wearing the engagement ring, with the caption: We are finally headed home!! So ready to be back after all this time, but coming back knowing that @MrMasonLear is going to marry me someday soon (after lots of planning) makes this the best trip ever. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Brian Bonds: ‘The way I propose to my fiancé is my choice’When one person responded in disgust (in a now deleted tweet) to the way he proposed, Bonds clapped back.He tweeted: ‘This is how I wanted to propose to my future husband, with my friends around after and crazy fun time at the end of a month and a half long tour. I don’t give a buck-tooth fuck what conservatives (or anybody) thinks. We fought for our rights to love and marry who we want.‘The way I propose to my fiancé is my choice. And as porn actors, I felt this would not only be special to us, but to the industry. If this is going to be used as fuel to take away any rights we have, any conservatives can suck my dick. I charge extra for y’all btw.‘And lastly, any conservatives who have issues with how I propose and with the fact that men love each other, need to get with the goddam program or do the world a favor and crawl into a hole and die,’ he tweeted.center_img GAYSTARNEWS-A gay porn star proposed to his boyfriend, right after they’d finished shooting a bareback gang bang scene together. Mason Lear and Brian Bonds. | Photo: stoneypup / InstagramThe gay porn star couple are in an open relationship and have been since they first started dating. Bonds said he prefers to keep it this way, even after their marriage.He tweeted: ‘I prefer to keep us as we are; open, sex working horn dogs that love the company of our friends – and more? Why kill something we love about our relationship?’Congratulations to the happy couple!last_img read more

Ensuring toy safety this Christmas

first_imgChristmas is upon us and it’s a certainty that children will receive toys as gifts.Some toys may seem harmless, but every year, many children are injured by their favourite toys. You should be diligent about inspecting your child’s toys and adhere to all age suggestions listed on the packaging.Here are some things you should take into consideration:Read the label. Warning labels give important information about how to use a toy and what ages the toy is safe for. Be sure to show your child how to use the toy the right way.Think large. Make sure all toys and parts are larger than your child’s mouth to prevent choking.Avoid toys that shoot objects into the air. They can cause serious eye injuries or choking.For younger children, avoid play sets with small magnets and make sure batteries are secured within the toy. If magnets or batteries are ingested, serious injuries or death can occur.Look for stuffed toys that are well made. Make sure all the parts are on tight, and seams and edges are secure. They should also be machine washable. Take off any loose ribbons or strings to avoid strangulation.Avoid toys that have small bean-like pellets or stuffing that can cause choking or suffocation if swallowed. Inspect toys for sturdiness. Your child’s toys should be durable, with no sharp edges or points. The toys should also withstand impact. Dispose of plastic wrapping material immediately, as it may have sharp edges.Avoid toys with toxic materials that could cause poisoning. Make sure the label says “non-toxic”.Avoid hobby kits and chemistry sets for any child younger than 12 years. They can cause fires or explosions and may contain dangerous chemicals. Make sure your older child knows how to safely handle these kinds of toys.Be careful with crib toys. Strings or wires that hang in a crib should be kept short to avoid strangulation. Crib toys should be removed as soon as your child can push up on his hands and knees.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

ShangriLa well placed to take on Chinas secondary cities

first_imgWith almost half of the Shangri-La’s future developments set in China’s so called ‘secondary cities’, the Hong Kong based hotel company is preparing for a new market and a new traveller.From the cool of Shangri-La Sydney’s Horizon Club Lounge, the blistering heat of a Sydney summer looks relatively appealing, but talking to Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts corporate communications director Maria Kuhn, it is new Asian destinations which beckon.Set to open in the second quarter of this year, the Shangri-La Hotel, Manzhouli, on the China/Russian border is likely to cater to travellers from what is the largest inland port of entry in China.Featuring a range of restaurants including (what is likely to be very popular with Shangri-La’s potential target market) a Russian cuisine restaurant and 200 rooms, the new hotel is set to not only take advantage of the region’s potential but also encourage it.So too for China’s Chongqing, Haikou, Yangzhou, Diqing and Shenyang, destinations not common in the West.“You have to remember ‘secondary’ cities in China are home to millions,” Ms Kuhn told e-Travel Blackboard.“We have already got a strong base in China’s primary cities such as Beijing and Shanghai and we can actually build on that base and explore further into new regions.”According to Ms Kuhn, the focus beyond China’s primary cities will also bring a new generation of hospitality to the country thanks to training programmes such as the Shangri-La Academy.The hotel group has projects in Austria, Canada, mainland China, India, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Mongolia, Russia, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Turkey and the United Kingdom in the development pipeline. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

Ayios Athanasios backs plastic bag campaign

first_imgBy Christophe HadjigeorgiouAyios Athanasios municipality in Limassol will launch a campaign next month to reduce plastic bag usage and raise awareness.The municipality made the announcement during the ‘I Change My Habits. We Say Goodbye to the Plastic Bag. How About You?’ conference, which aimed to inform businesses, retailers and consumers of the need for change. It will also provide 1,500 free reusable bags to promote the move.The bags will be provided by the Delegation of the European Commission to Cyprus, represented by Ierotheos Papadopoulos, who said he was glad to contribute, and with Environment Commissioner Ioanna Panagiotou congratulated the municipality on its initiative.Ayios Athanasios mayor Marinos Kyriakou said the campaign will begin in September and will include children from local schools. The reusable bags will be available outside supermarkets located in the municipality. He expressed certainty that citizens will embrace this effort, as they have with other environmental programmes, “and we will all say goodbye, once and for all, to plastic bags.”The recent reduction of plastic bag use by 80 per cent only a month after a law was passed to charge for them was already cause to celebrate, Panagiotou said.Papadopoulos added that the next target would be to reduce other disposable plastics and called on the Ayios Athanasios Municipality to keep leading efforts, and be the first to entirely stop disposable plastic usage in all companies within its area.EU objectives aim to reduce and ban disposable plastics by 2030, and many have already found ways to meet the challenges ahead.“By 2030, we have to be in another Europe with regard to the design, use and deposition of plastic,” added Papadopoulos.You May LikeSportsRetrieverThe Heartwarming Reason The Queen Doesn’t Take Down Her Christmas Decorations Until FebruarySportsRetrieverUndoBuzzsteackStrong Differences Between American Fillet or Steak TartarBuzzsteackUndoLifeUnveil8 Greatest Destinations for Your Vacations in the United StatesLifeUnveilUndo Films and food at RialtoUndoFour dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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