Nunavut polar bear license plate on verge of extinction

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Nunavut government is on the verge of killing-off its polar bear license plate.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll explains why the territorial government is replacing this iconic symbol.last_img

Human rights expert calls on States to back UN treaty protecting migrant

Jorge Bustamante, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, told the Human Rights Council in Geneva that it was time for countries to demonstrate their commitment towards improving the rights of migrant workers.The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families was adopted by the General Assembly in 1990, but so far just 34 countries have ratified it and the treaty only entered into force in 2003.Mr. Bustamante said he hoped more States would ratify the treaty during the Global Forum on Migration and Development, to be held in Belgium in July, and he also called for the creation of a voluntary fund to allow the world’s least developed countries to attend the Forum.The treaty includes clauses providing for a halt to the clandestine employment of irregular migrants so that they do not work in abusive conditions but enjoy safe and decent work and equal wages, as well as assistance to the orderly return of migrants, so that they can enjoy adequate economic and social conditions for their reintegration.Delivering his report in Geneva today, Mr. Bustamante also outlined his recent country visits to the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Indonesia, noting that the former had not yet ratified the Convention and pressing the latter to do more to alleviate the especially precarious situation of its female migrant domestic workers.The ROK’s delegate Dong-Hee Chang said Seoul was making steps towards ratifying the treaty, adding that the country was also involved in serious efforts to help female migrant spouses successfully integrate into Korean society.Indonesian representative Makarim Wibisono described Mr. Bustamante’s recommendations as feasible and constructive, adding that the Government had already set up taskforces to tackle the issues of violence towards migrant workers.In other reports before the Council, the Independent Expert on minorities issues, Gay McDougall, said minorities around the world were among the poorest of the poor and faced long-standing discrimination, exclusion, denial of basic rights and sometimes even violence.Ms. McDougall said that during her recent visit to Hungary, she found the situation of the Roma people to be dire, and she called on the Government to introduce affirmative action, aggressively enforce school de-segregation and to offer other financial and policy commitments.In response, Hungary’s delegate Dora Blaszek said that although her country acknowledged that much remained to be done, it was confident that some of the institutions and mechanisms it had established to deal with such problems were examples of best practice.During her visit to Ethiopia, Ms. McDougall observed that although the country’s constitution established fundamental freedoms for its diverse peoples, there was little confidence in the political process and a widespread feeling, exacerbated by elections last May and subsequent events, that it was dominated by an ethnic and political elite.Rodolfo Stavenhagen, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, submitted reports on his visits to Ecuador and Kenya.In Ecuador, Mr. Stavenhagen found that while the Government had created various institutions to tackle the problems of indigenous peoples, a lack of resources meant the impact of those institutions was limited.In Kenya, the Rapporteur observed that the situation of hunter-gatherer and pastoralist communities was increasingly difficult, although he also said that the process of democratization in the country had allowed indigenous organizations the opportunity to place their concerns on the national agenda.Ecuador’s delegate Luis Vayas Valdivieso described Mr. Stavenhagen’s report as deep and well-balanced, adding that it wanted to work more closely with both the Rapporteur and the Council to improve its standards.Kenyan representative Phillip Richard O. Owade said his Government had taken specific steps to try to ameliorate the problems faced by his country’s nomadic, semi-nomadic and pastoralist groups, including school feeding programmes and a national policy for sustainable development of arid and semi-arid lands. 20 March 2007The United Nations independent expert on the rights of migrants today called on UN Member States to ratify the international treaty that seeks to protect the almost 200 million migrant workers around the world against abuse. read more

General Assembly session on interreligious dialogue advances values – President

4 October 2007The General Assembly today convened its first-ever high-level dialogue on interreligious and intercultural understanding in a move the 192-member body’s president termed a step forward for advancing the values enshrined in the United Nations Charter. “By convening this event, the General Assembly has taken an important stand,” Srgjan Kerim told participants. “We are reaffirming the values enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But more importantly, we are taking concrete steps to advance these values around the world.”The Assembly President, who convened the two-day session, called for a sustained international effort to address the issue through exchanges of information. “We must begin a global dialogue, using public campaigns and all forms of media, to spread greater awareness of the issues,” he declared.“Governments can play an additional role by adopting educational curricula that instil values of peace and tolerance,” he added, pointing out that children are not born with prejudice.In order to “eliminate all distorted notions that deepen barriers and widen divides,” he called for a “multi-faceted dialogue that promotes unity in diversity, and replaces misunderstanding with mutual understanding and acceptance.”The active involvement of the media, private sector, civil society, faith groups and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will be crucial to this effort, he said. “Their insights and outreach will be instrumental in helping to achieve our goal.”Toward that end, he welcomed an informal interactive hearing planned for the afternoon aimed at fostering an exchange of views among Member States and civil society and the private sector. Among those slated to participate are leading academics, religious leaders and other civil society representatives.Also addressing the event today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need to promote the idea that differences among peoples, far from being a threat, are what enrich humanity as a whole.“It is time to explain that different religions, belief systems and cultural backgrounds are essential to the richness of the human experience,” Mr. Ban said. “And it is time to stress that our common humanity is greater – far greater – than our outward differences.”Mr. Ban said that the different people he has met in his travels during his first nine months in office all share one common emotion – “a universal longing for peace, and an aspiration of prosperity.” Mr. Ban noted that today’s gathering comes at a particularly auspicious time, as Jews mark the celebration of the Torah and Muslims approach the end of the holy month of Ramadan. “Such occasions remind us that men and women of faith around the world can be brought together, rather than separated, by their convictions and their belief in something greater than themselves.”He also pointed out that in today’s era of global travel and instant satellite transmissions, people everywhere are encountering “less of the familiar, and more of ‘the other,’” leading to increased tensions among cultures and religions.In light of that trend, Mr. Ban emphasized that “it is time – indeed, it is past time – for a constructive and committed dialogue; a dialogue amongst individuals, amongst communities, and between nations.” read more

Haiden Suarez Noa to be sentenced in girlfriends murder

Haiden Suarez Noa will be sentenced Thursday in the 2013 stabbing death of his girlfriend, Tania Cowell.A jury found Suarez Noa guilty of second-degree murder last month.The conviction means he will have no chance of parole for anywhere from ten to 25 years.Cowell, 36, was stabbed in the couple’s Stoney Creek apartment in March 2013.Their five-month-old son was in the home at the time.Suarez Noa admitted to stabbing Cowell but argued he was provoked.The case initially went to trial in 2015, where he was acquitted of second-degree murder but was found guilty of manslaughter.The Crown appealed that verdict.Cowell’s family and friends will read victim impact statements Tuesday as part of the sentencing hearing.The judge will hand down a sentence on Thursday. read more

EU stresses support for Cuba even as US hikes sanctions

HAVANA — The European Union is committed to helping Cuba develop its economy, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday, during a three-day trip to Havana, even as the United States hikes sanctions on the Communist-run island.The EU started normalizing relations with one-party Cuba about the same time as the United States five years ago, ending decades of Cold War-era hostility.But EU and U.S. policies have diverged, as U.S. President Donald Trump has unraveled the detente pursued by his predecessor. He has reverted to seeking to coerce the government to reform, a strategy that many experts say has long failed.“The EU is Cuba’s top commercial partner and investor, and we have tripled cooperation in the last two years,” Mogherini, the EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, told a news conference with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez.EU development aid is welcome in an ailing economy – one of the world’s last Soviet-style command economies – struggling with tighter U.S. sanctions and lower aid from leftist ally Venezuela in the wake of its own economic and political crisis.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Last week, the United States issued new regulations limiting the remittances its citizens can send to Cuba.Europe could help Cuba update its economy, said Mogherini, who also met Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Monday. Investment would also help European companies consolidate their foothold on the island as it opens up.The official said the two countries already held bilateral talks on topics such as sustainable development and human rights within the framework of a political dialog and cooperation pact agreed in 2017.“We have also continued the dialog on the situation in the region and cooperation, on Venezuela in particular,” she said.Cuba is a strong ally of leftist President Nicolas Maduro, whom most Western nations want to step down in favor of opposition leader Juan Guaido, arguing his election was fraudulent and there must be a new vote.Several opposition groups have called for the EU to suspend its cooperation agreement with Cuba, due to what the groups call an increase in repression on the one-party island.They accuse authorities of raiding dozens of activists’ homes in recent weeks and detaining more than 100 people last weekend alone.Cuban authorities dismiss dissidents, who have limited support on the island, as a tiny minority of provocateurs financed by the United States to subvert the government.EU officials say they believe they can better influence Cuba on human rights through dialog than coercion. (Reporting by Nelson Acosta Writing by Sarah Marsh; Editing by Cynthia Osterman) read more

US consumer confidence rebounds to reading of 823 in a signal of

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Mar 25, 2014 8:54 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US consumer confidence rebounds to reading of 82.3 in a signal of stronger growth ahead FILE – In this March 7, 2014, file photo, Mildred Miller pushes her cart full at the 14th Annual Wichita Adult Literacy Council Book Fair, in Wichita Falls, Texas. The Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for March on Tuesday, March, 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Wichita Falls Times Record News, Torin Halsey) WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer confidence has rebounded to the highest reading in six years, providing a further sign that the economy’s prospects should brighten with warmer weather.The Conference Board said Tuesday that its confidence index rose to 82.3 this month from a February reading of 78.3. It was the strongest reading since the index stood at 87.3 in January 2008, just as the Great Recession was beginning.Conference Board economist Lynn Franco said consumers are moderately more upbeat about future job prospects and the overall economy, though less optimistic about income growth.“Overall, consumers expect the economy to continue improving and believe it may even pick up a little steam in the months ahead,” Franco said.Consumer confidence is closely watched because consumer spending accounts for about 70 per cent of economic activity.The strength in the index this month came from an increase in consumers’ expectations, which offset a slight decline in their view of current conditions.The number of Americans who felt jobs were hard to get rose slightly to 33 per cent, up from 32.4 per cent in February. Economists expect views about the labour market to brighten as employers increase the pace of hiring.Employers added 175,000 jobs in February, far more than in the previous two months, and many private economists foresee solid job gains ahead.Many see the economy finally gaining momentum this year. The latest outlook from top forecasters at the National Association for Business Economics expect the overall economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, will expand 3.1 per cent this year. That would be a substantial increase from last year’s lacklustre 1.9 per cent growth. If that target is reached, it would be the best performance in nine years.An 18-month recession ended in the summer of 2009, and the recovery since then has been achingly slow. But the tax increases and spending cuts that dragged on growth last year will be less of a factor in 2014, according to many economists.Faster economic growth and more robust hiring would lift consumers’ spirits and power stronger consumer spending, analysts say. That expectation for stronger growth, though, doesn’t include the first three months of 2014, when severe winter storms raked parts of the country.The NABE forecasters expect January-March economic activity to expand at an annual rate of 1.9 per cent but then recover to a 2.8 per cent growth rate in the April-June quarter.At its December, January and March meetings, the Federal Reserve trimmed its monthly bond purchases and indicated that the economy, as it gains momentum, will need less support through such bond purchases. Those actions have pushed down long-term interest rates, encouraging investors to remain active in the markets. read more

Urban Meyer Luke Fickell did not interview for the Florida Atlantic job

Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier (2) sacks the quarterback during a game against Purdue Nov. 2 at Ross-Ade Stadium. OSU won, 56-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell did not interview for the head coaching vacancy at Florida Atlantic University, OSU coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday.FAU is currently searching for a new coach after former coach Carl Pelini resigned because of illegal drug usage.Meyer told the media Wednesday after practice, “there’s absolutely no interviewing going on during this time.”Meyer said a mid-season interview would be disruptive to the team’s pursuit of a national championship. He also said he would have had to grant an interview.OSU is on its second bye week of the 2013 season, but still faces an important weekend in its push for a national title. Three other unbeaten teams that sit alongside OSU face off against top-15 opponents, including No. 3 Oregon who is set to take on No. 5 Stanford Thursday at 9 p.m.Meyer said rooting for certain teams to fail isn’t on his weekend agenda, which includes recruiting Friday night and watching his daughter play volleyball Saturday.“For us to waste energy on that, that’s not fair to the players we coach,” Meyer said.Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said he plans on taking in college football’s entire landscape this weekend, and even admitted to having a rooting interest Thursday night.“I just want to see everybody this weekend, to see where everybody’s at right now,” Shazier said. “I would be lying if I said I won’t be pulling for (Stanford).”Shazier said he believes everything will fall into place on its own at the end of the season.Junior defensive linemen Michael Bennett said his squad can’t focus on things out of its control.“Personally, it’s not that frustrating to me, ‘cause if I can’t control something, then I’m just going to not worry about it,” Bennett said. “All we can control is how much we beat the teams that we’re playing right now.”Bennett said a bye week this late in the season is “really, really helpful” in getting key pieces of the team back to full strength.Even with the additional time to rest, a banged-up OSU, with both sophomore right tackle Taylor Decker and junior linebacker Curtis Grant suffering from injuries, will depend on its developing depth to step up when it returns to action against Illinois Nov. 16.“We’ve been fortunate enough the offense has been putting up points on people so we can get younger guys in there,” Bennett said.Shazier said while the bye week will help himself and his teammates heal, he almost wishes there were a game this weekend.“I kind of wish I was playing on Saturday, (because) we’re in a good groove right now on defense and offense,” Shazier said. read more

Usain Bolt pictured with another mystery woman as he parties into the

first_imgUsain Bolt grins on a night out in London – his second in a rowCredit:Palace Lee/REX/Shutterstock The pair were photographed as they enjoyed a night out on the townCredit: Palace Lee/REX/Shutterstock Usain Bolt turns the tables on photographers by snapping them from a car Bolt posed for a photo with the studentCredit:Jady Duarte/Whatsapp Miss Duarte said she had not realised who the athlete was until her friend pointed it outCredit: Jady Duarte/WhatsApp The Olympic champion, who reportedly persuaded two women he met in a club on Monday to return to his hotel for an after-party, cheekily turned the tables on photographers by snapping them with his smartphone.  Usain Bolt 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. Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world, has been pictured with another mystery woman on a second night out in London as he continues to celebrate his Rio Olympic success.The athlete – who was earlier this week pictured in bed with a Brazilian student amid rumours he would be marrying his girlfriend Kasi Bennett after the Games – was photographed in the small hours of Wednesday.The Jamaican gold medallist was pictured leaving his London hotel with an unknown woman, who wore a revealing black dress, before heading to a party.Bolt, who has been dating his Jamaican girlfriend for two years, grinned as he faced the cameras in ripped jeans and a baseball cap. Usain Bolt turns the tables on photographers by snapping them from a carCredit:Palace Lee/REX/Shutterstock It came a day after the athlete’s sister, Christine Bolt-Hylton, told The Sun she that Bolt and his girlfriend are serious and expects the couple to get engaged on his return to the UK.Miss Bennett (below) has been in a relationship with Bolt for two years.center_img Jady Duarte shared WhatsApp pictures that show her wearing a white top while embracing a bare-torsoed Bolt Bolt was reportedly pictured kissing a different woman in a club on Monday night. The unknown woman is said to have been wearing a lanyard with Olympic branding in the VIP area at the venue.Bolt had previously been photographed dancing with another woman while celebrating his 30th birthday in Rio.It comes after Jady Duarte, 20, shared pictures of herself in bed with the athlete on Whatsapp.She tweeted in Portuguese to say her night with the sprinter was “not a big deal” and “normal”, admitting she had not realised who he was until her friend pointed it out.One photo shows Bolt kissing the woman’s cheek and, in another, he is posing with his arm around her. Bolt posing with Jady Duarte He was pictured walking down a London street with an unknown woman wearing a revealing dressCredit:Palace Lee/REX/Shutterstock He also said that as a celebrity it was difficult to “stay with one woman” when there was temptation from others. “It’s hard for you to stay with one woman because girls are literally just throwing themselves at you,” he said. ” And that’s unfair to us guys – it’s hard to say no, you know what I mean? ” Miss Duarte said she met the track star at a club in Barra, west Rio. Following the incident, Bolt followed her on Instagram but the student says she is not proud of the pictures.”[The impact] is very negative,” she told Brazilian news site EXTRA. “I never wanted to be famous, I’m dying of shame.””I’d rather not talk about it – in order not to complicate matters. Like I said, it was normal.”The revelation may not have negative consequences for Bolt, who revealed in the Daily Telegraph that he believed cheating was acceptable. “Jamaican culture is different, when you look at women and men having more than one [partner], it’s different,” he said.”I’ve noticed that in Britain, every famous person, as soon as they get famous, they have to get married – like, it’s a rule. And I’m like, that’s not fair!'” Usain Bolt's female companion Usain Bolt grins on a night out in London - his second in a rowlast_img read more

10 bizarre animal rescue stories from 2016 orange seagull to cat in

first_imgFrom the seagull that turned orange after a curry mishap to the cat posted 260 miles by accident, there have been plenty of bizarre animal rescue stories in 2016.The RSPCA has released a list of some its most unusual rescue efforts as 2016 comes to a close. “Animals really do do the funniest things,” a spokesperson for the charity said. “But sometimes, they need a little help getting themselves out of the trouble they find themselves in… And the RSPCA is always there to help!” Eight-year-old Siamese cat, Cupcake, had a narrow escape after climbing into a box – which was then posted 260 miles from Cornwall to West SussexCredit:RSPCA RSPCA A Pokémon Go gamer contacted the RSPCA after discovering a cow with her head wedged in a metal feeder in Wythenshawe Park, Manchester, in July. RSPCA RSPCA 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. RSPCA 1. Bar-king mad! Five-month-old Schnauzer, Juno, had to be rescued after getting her head wedged between two bars during an afternoon walk in Stockport.“Juno was out on her walk and, as a young, excitable dog, was running around very fast,” RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer Steve Wickham said in March.“She ran full pelt into the fence and her head went straight in between the bars. I don’t know for sure how she managed to do it but once her head was in there it was completely stuck.”The RSPCA and Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service helped free the canine who thankfully did not suffer any injuries in the mishap. 2. Slippery customer Six goldfish were rescued from a culvert in Abergavenny Credit:RSPCA Who knew seagulls were such big fans of curry?An unfortunate gull turned bright orange after falling into a vat of cold Tandoori curry in Newport in August. “The RSPCA were called to rescue him and rushed him to a wildlife centre for a check-up by a vet,” a spokesperson for the charity said.“Luckily, he was uninjured and, after a good clean, was all ready to be released.”6. Have your cake and… post it! This cat had a very lucky escape Credit:RSPCA It was a happy ending when Juno was freed with a wagging tail and no injuriesCredit:RSPCA ‘I can’t see a thing!’ Credit:RSPCA RSPCA RSPCA RSPCAcenter_img Curiosity almost killed feline Maggie May in October when the unlucky pet got stuck under her owner’s stairlift. RSPCA staff used a car jack to lift the seat off the tabby cat who miraculously escaped without any injuries.5. Spice gull RSPCA The horse got stuck on a footbridge Credit:RSPCA An unfortunate predicament Credit:RSPCA Six goldfish were rescued from a culvert in Abergavenny after the RSPCA were called to the same location – twice.On March 22, two goldfish were rescued from the entrance to the open drain, and four more were found on March 30.8. What ewe looking at? RSPCA A gull in Newport had to be rescued after having a craving for a taster of beak-a masala or some gull-frazi Credit:RSPCA A snake in a vacuum Credit:RSPCA In March, a Siamese cat had a very lucky escape when its owners accidentally posted her 260 miles away to West Sussex.Cupcake’s owners were sending some DVDs to a buyer in Worthing but failed to spot their pet was asleep in the cardboard box.The feline spent eight days in the post but miraculously survived the traumatic journey from Falmouth in Cornwall.7. Rescue goes swimmingly well Inspector Jason Finch was called to the Norwich garden on 20 July to help free the porky toadCredit:RSPCA A couple from York were left stunned after finding a corn snake in their airing cupboard back in October.The slippery pet snake, who had been missing for three months, slithered into the head of the couple’s vacuum cleaner before being reunited with his owner.3. Fail at first fence RSPCA This chubby toad may think twice the next time he attempts to squeeze through a hole after getting wedged in some garden decking in Norwich.“He was the biggest, fattest toad I have ever seen,” said RSPCA inspector Jason Finch.“Much like his literary counterpart, this Mr Toad had got himself in a spot of bother.”10. Bull-basaur A dog walker came to the aid of a horse found stuck on a footbridge in Alfreton, Derbyshire, by alerting RSPCA officials.“Luckily, despite some bloody wounds, she wasn’t seriously injured and RSPCA officers, fire crews and a vet managed to pull her free and get her to safety,” a spokesperson said.4. Curiosity [almost] killed the cat More animal news A smiling dog faced losing his new home after this adoption selfie alerted police. While the ‘world’s saddest polar bear’ kept in shopping centre has finally seen some sunlight.   Would ewe believe it?A sheep needed the help of the RSCPA after getting a traffic cone stuck on her head in the middle of a field in Hertfordshire.The RSPCA said: “Thankfully, despite feeling a little sheepish, the ewe wasn’t injured and happily ran off to rejoin her flock.”9. Toad in a holelast_img read more

Highgrove party for a Duchess now firmly in peoples hearts as 250

first_imgIt was a celebration fit, if not quite for a Queen, then certainly for a Duchess. The Duchess’ own family naturally raised a glass to her landmark birthday, which she has taken in her customary stride, jokingly telling schoolchildren last week that she was “hanging on to the last years of my sixth decade”. Highgrove Credit: Andrew Butler The Duchess of Cornwall has seen in her 70th birthday in fine style, with a party for 250 friends and family members at Highgrove: her second in three days.center_img The Duchess of Cornwall is hosting her 70th birthday party at Highgrove. Thrown in her honour by the Prince of Wales, the private party saw the Royal family show their support with guests including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Contrary to initial reports she planned just a small family…last_img read more

Going to university pays off faster for women than for men new

Going to university pays off faster for women than it does for men, a new analysis has found.Within five years of graduating, women on average earn more than they would have if they had not gone to university.However, almost one in five (18.6 per cent) male graduates are still paid less five years after they finish university than if they had taken a vocational qualification or gone straight into the workplace.  The analysis, published by the think-tank Onward, is based on the Longitudinal Education Outcomes data published by the Department of Education (DfE).The dataset, published for the first time last year, includes the tax records of thousands of university graduates after one, three and five years of completing their degree. It comes ahead of the publication of the Augar review, expected this week, which is likely to recommend that tuition fees should be cut. Ministers have previously criticised universities for running “threadbare” courses in a rush to get “bums on seats”.The Education Secretary recently criticised the proliferation of “low value, low quality” courses which churn out graduates who go into poorly paid jobs and are unable to pay back their student loans.The study by Onward found that men who have taken degrees in Creative Arts, Communications, English, Agriculture, Psychology, Philosophy and Languages at some universities will earn less than the national living wage, on average, five years after their graduation.Male students studying Creative Arts from Bolton University earn an average of £14,400 five years after graduation, which is lower than the full-time national living wage.Alistair Jarvis, chief executive of Universities UK, has said that it is “irresponsible” to discourage people from studying at university when there are “such clear benefits” for graduates, business and public services.“Students are right to expect value for money and universities are striving to deliver this and address any concerns,” he said.  “However, salary outcomes shouldn’t be the only measure of value. Many graduates work in vital roles in the public and charitable sectors or creative industries that make hugely valuable contributions to society and enrich our lives.” Last February Theresa May ordered a review of post-18 education led by Philip Augar, a former equities broker. The Prime Minister came under pressure on the issue after it was felt that the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s pledge to abolish tuition fees won support from young voters in the last general election.   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. read more

Turkey local elections Setback for President Erdogan as party set to lose

first_img Image: Lefteris Pitarakis via PA Images Share24 Tweet Email1 Monday 1 Apr 2019, 7:21 AM 7,726 Views By AFP Apr 1st 2019, 7:21 AM TURKISH PRESIDENT RECEP Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) has suffered a blow in the country’s local election with the ruling party set to lose the capital Ankara.The party also risks defeat in the country’s economic hub Istanbul.Losing Turkey’s two major cities would be a major setback for Erdogan and AKP. The party has won every vote in a decade and a half in power thanks in part to economic growth. This election has been viewed as a test for the AKP as an economic slowdown took hold after a collapse of the lira currency. With 99% of the ballot boxes counted, the joint opposition candidate for Ankara mayor, Mansur Yavas was winning with 50.89% of votes and the AKP on 47.06%, Anadolu state agency reported citing preliminary results.In Istanbul, the race for mayor was deadlocked as the AKP candidate claimed victory with 48.70% of votes and his opponent on 48.65% also saying he had won, after almost all ballot boxes were counted there. The last results published by Anadolu gave the AKP a lead of just 4,000 votes. The ruling party said it planned to challenge tens of thousands of ballots it considered invalid in both of the major cities.Speaking to thousands of supporters in Ankara, Erdogan portrayed the election as a victory for AKP, which along with coalition partner, the right wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), won more than 50% of the votes nationwide. However, he did not refer directly to the loss of Ankara.“If there are any shortcomings, it is our duty to correct them,” Erdogan told supporters.center_img Short URL Image: Lefteris Pitarakis via PA Images 10 Comments Starting tomorrow morning, we will begin our work to identify our shortcomings and make up for them.He suggested if his party lost in Istanbul, they would still control district councils even if the opposition held the mayor’s office.Yesterday’s poll was the first municipal ballot since Turks approved constitutional reforms in 2017 to create an executive presidency that gave Erdogan wider powers after 16 years in office.Ankara fireworksFor his supporters, Erdogan remains the strong leader they believe Turkey needs and they tout the country’s economic development over the years he and the AKP have been in power. However, rights activists and even Turkey’s Western allies say that under Erdogan’s leadership, democracy has been eroded, particularly after a failed 2016 coup that led to tens of thousands of people being arrested.Much of the AKP’s success has been down to Erdogan’s perceived economic prowess, but days before the vote, the Turkish lira began sliding again, provoking memories of the 2018 currency crisis.In Ankara, Yavas – the candidate for both the opposition Republican People’s Party or CHP and the nationalist Good Party – claimed victory in a large rally full of supporters waving red Turkish flags and setting off fireworks.“No one has lost. Ankara has won. All of Ankara has won, hand in hand,” he told supporters.Yavas had been slightly ahead in some recent opinion polls before the election.Istanbul dead heatIn Istanbul, a city where Erdogan had sometimes described victory as like winning Turkey itself, the race had been very tight. Erdogan fielded one of his loyalists, former prime minister Binali Yildirim, in a push to win the city.Erdogan personally campaigned hard across Turkey even though he was not on the ballot. He was often rallying in Istanbul’s districts.“We have won the election in Istanbul. We thank Istanbul’s residents for the mandate they have given us,” Yildirim told supporters as final tallies were arriving.But his opponent Ekrem Imamoglu dismissed Yildirim’s claim as an attempt to manipulate opinion.“I would like to announce to Istanbul’s residents and all of Turkey that our numbers show that it is clear we won Istanbul,” Imamoglu said in a speech in the early hours of this morning.- © AFP 2019 Turkey local elections: Setback for President Erdogan as party set to lose capital The AKP party also risks defeat in the country’s economic hub Istanbul. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Greek Community of Sydney celebrates 120year milestone

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Located on the corner of Burke and Ridge Streets in Surry Hills stands the Greek Orthodox Church of Holy Trinity. The oldest Greek Orthodox church in Australia, and the Southern Hemisphere to boot, it stands as a continual reminder of the Greek Orthodox Community of Sydney’s (GOC) beginnings, and the important role it would come to play in the years to follow.This year marks the 120-year milestone since the members of that very community, albeit fewer at the time, came together in 1897 to raise funds to build a place of worship. Starting out on a generous footing that would set the tone of its mission, the land for the church was donated by Ioanis Cominos, and finally realised with the donations of 62 individuals for the sum of 257 to fund its construction in 1898.The organisation officially commenced in 1898 when some 100 residents of Greek decent came together at the Australia Hall down Sydney’s Elizabeth Street, ahead of the formation even of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901, making it one of the oldest migrant organisations in the country.Led by the then president, Dyoniosis Kouvaras, the foundation stone of the church was laid on 29 May 1898. During the first 60 years of its establishment, the GOC was mostly centred around the church. However, tensions between various community leaders, would see fragmentation occur, and the establishment of a second church, St Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, in 1927.In 1959, a third church, the Dormition of Theotokos, was built on Abercrombie Street in Redfern. It is said that upon arriving to the port in Sydney, Greek migrant women would rush to the church to thank Mary for the safe trip, and to ask for help in establishing themselves in the country. Even today, the church is a popular meeting spot, with the surrounding streets flooded with parishioners, namely on Mary’s feast day, 15 August.But that same year, greater change was ahead. With the appointment of Bishop Ezekiel Tsoukalas as Archbishop of Australia and New Zealand, relations changed and became hostile between the various Greek community groups in Sydney, and across the country with the archdiocese.This saw new parishes being built across the country, and so the GOC changed its focus over the next 60 years. While still steeped in the Orthodox tradition, it took on a more proactive role placing it at the forefront of the Greek community’s struggles: national, social, or cultural.Members worked towards ensuring migrants had fair working conditions so they wouldn’t become victims of exploitation, helping to strengthen democracy, and establishing a policy of multiculturalism in Australia.On a community level, there was also a lot of emphasis placed on enhancing resources for the teaching of the Greek language, with the establishment of community language schools, and the organisation of cultural festivals.Meanwhile the community’s thoughts were still with the motherland. Members of the GOC helped to develop anti-dictatorial action in the years of the junta dictatorship in Greece, to restore democracy.This next phase, saw the community purchase the former Odeon Cinema Complex on Oxford and South Dowling Streets in Paddington in 1963. The interior was altered to set up the GOC’s office and a space for meetings to be held. It was sold in 2017 for $23 million, after a majority vote from members at a general meeting.The community also established three daycare centres in Stanmore and Marrickville in the late 1970s and early 80s, and in 1992 opened an aged care facility in Earlwood.In addition to this, today the GOC is responsible for the Greek language education of 550 students across 20 schools, and continues its welfare work through the Greek community clubs across Sydney, providing free legal and tax advice. While on a cultural level, it runs both the Greek Festival of Sydney and the Greek Film Festival annually.These works have been made possible, and continue until this day, thanks to the thousands of members and supporters who have come on board and worked with the GOC throughout its history; driven individuals who have a shared passion for their Greekness and, living in as fair and just a society as possible.As the community celebrates its 120 years, it is far from resting on its laurels, working just as hard to ensure its future is viable, to meet the changing needs of the community.“The challenges for the future of the Greek community are many and varied,” says current GOC chair Harry Danalis.“And will require the continuing support of all our members, friends and supporters, and indeed, of the whole of the Greek community of NSW for the continuing role of the Greek Community of NSW.”last_img read more

Update on Assault Investigation

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 25, 2017 – Providenciales – In relation to the report of an assault that was made on Sunday 20th August 2017, that left 59-year old Colin Williams with severe injuries,A suspect was arrested on suspicion of Inflicting Grievous Bodily Harm.   He is presently on a $30,000 bail and is scheduled to return to the station next month to be further dealt with.Mr. Williams is still in Jamaica undergoing further treatment.   Investigations are ongoing into this matter.Anyone who was present at the bar when this incident occurred, the police would like to hear from you.   Please contact Chalk Sound Police Station at 338-5901 and Crimestoppers 1-800-8477.RTCIPFPress Release: Related Items:last_img read more

Will Magazine MA Bounce Back

first_imgThis void has been filled, to a limited extent, by more expensive mezzanine financing, Greenberg said. Taking on additional debt could be possible for some buyers since asset values are low. Now, according to Greenberg, is a good time for private companies with strong balance sheets to take advantage of strategic assets for sale. One aggressive strategic buyer has been enthusiast magazine publisher Bonnier Corp., which purchased Working Mother publisher Working Mother Media Inc. from MCG Capital and founding CEO Carol Evans in September and Scuba Diving magazine from F+W Media in December. This month, Bonnier acquired American Photo, Boating, Flying, Popular Photography and Sound & Vision from Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. Deals Picking Up But Remain SmallMichael Alcamo, president of New York City-based investment banking firm M.C. Alcamo & Co., issued a bold prediction in February—based his evaluations of empirical data collected by the National Bureau of Economic Research—that the economic recession in the U.S. would end on or before June 1. By mid-June, he was confident that a rebound had in fact begun. “The banking sector has stabilized,” Alcamo said. “There is enough investor confidence in the market that the stock indices are up 35 percent from their lows. Major banks have been in a hurry to return Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds and were simultaneously to raise capital from public investors. That would not be possible unless we were exiting a recession.”As the industry heads into the second half of 2009, Alcamo and other M&A executives predict an uptick in consumer and b-to-b magazine M&A activity through the remainder of the year; a mixture of low and high quality deals. “We are seeing signs that magazine M&A is rebounding, but it is a gradual recovery so far,” said DeSilva + Phillips managing partner Reed Phillips. “I expect to see more non-core properties being sold as well as distressed titles. Mixed in will surely be some good properties, too, but for the most part the transactions will be of lower quality than in previous years.” Peters believes the second half will see more high quality deals, “with a number of strong buyers coming out of hiding.” The first quarter of 2009 saw media deal values plummet 91 percent to a combined $1.3 billion on only 129 transactions, according to media banker the Jordan, Edmiston Group. The second quarter didn’t fare any better, JEGI said, as many of the deals that did get done were “heavily weighted toward distressed situations.” “Market valuations have been under pressure due to the lack of debt capital and a general perception of the M&A market as being a ‘buyer’s market,’” JEGI managing director Scott Peters told FOLIO:.It’s a shocking turn for an industry that saw record M&A spending in recent years, thanks to a surge in private equity buying. The largest issue facing magazine M&A has been the lack of senior bank financing, said VSS Secured Capital partner Hal Greenberg. “Even if it is available, the cost is around 10 percent,” he said. “Therefore, most private equity players are on the sidelines as they cannot borrow. This is even more true for companies with an EBITDA of under $10 million—there is little capital available to them.”last_img read more

Did Virat Kohli have influence on Ravi Shastris reappointment as Team Indias

first_imgVirat Kohli (L) and Ravi Shastri (R).BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty ImagesIndian skipper Virat Kohli has always been expressive about his liking towards Indian coach Ravi Shastri in the past. The 30-year-old even before going for the West Indies tour voiced his opinion that he will like to see Shastri back as the head coach of Team India. He also mentioned that if the Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) ask for his opinion, he will definitely vouch for the former Indian cricketer as the Indian skipper and Shastri have a good understanding.”The CAC (Cricket Advisory Committee) hasn’t contacted me yet. If they want my opinion, I’ll go and speak to them. With Ravi bhai, we share a great camaraderie, and will definitely be very happy if he continues. But I haven’t been contacted so far,” Kohli had said while addressing the media at the pre-departure press conference.But, at that moment Kohli’s opinion was not taken. However, on August 16, Shastri got re-appointed as the head coach of Team India for a tenure of two years which arose questions regarding Kohli’s influence in the decision making.Did Kohli have any say regarding the re-appointment of Ravi Shastri?The CAC committee appointed Shastri till the end of the 2021 T20  World Cup after which his tenure will be up for review. Kapil Dev cleared all the speculations regarding Kohli’s influence in the coach selection process stating that if they take the Indian skipper’s views then they have to talk with the whole team also. He went on to mention that they did not ask anybody as there was no scope for that.”If we take his (Kohli’s) views we would have taken the entire team’s views too. We haven’t asked anyone. There was no scope for that,” Kapil Dev was quoted by the PTI.Why was Ravi Shastri re-appointed? Team India sporting the special cap. Robert Cianflone/Getty ImagesThe decision to re-appoint Ravi Shastri was expected as he had a very good record during his two-year stint with Team India. He had the best record among all the candidates as under him the Indian team reached the number one spot in Test cricket and also won a series in Australia for the first time in 71 years. The 47-year-old has a magnificent record with the team as India won 13 out of 21 Tests, 43 out of 60 ODIs and 25 out of 36 T20 internationals during his tenure. Moreover, he connected with the players a lot and is well-versed with the entire system which got him in an advantageous position over others, Anshuman Gaekwad who is also a member of the CAC mentioned.”Basically, being the current coach, knowing the boys well, knowing the problems well in the team and what needs to be done. I think he is well-versed with the entire system. If somebody knows the system, knows the players well and can communicate well, I think he has the advantage,” Gaekwad said.Kapil Dev further said that Shastri’s presentation was better than the others and he got marks for that. According to the 60-year-old former cricketer, Shastri had more communication skills than the others.”All of them were excellent. Sometimes I felt Shastri had more skills in communication, they may have felt differently but we didn’t discuss that we have given the marks after listening to their presentations. We all three have learnt so much, knowing how much hard work they have put in their presentation,” Kapil said.Team India are slated to play a two-match Test series against West Indies which starts on August 22. The Men in Blue have beaten the Windies 2-0 in the recently concluded ODI series.last_img read more

How to Solve Twitters Biggest Problems

first_img 3 min read January 18, 2017 This story originally appeared on PCMag Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global There has been a lot of discussion about Twitter lately, most of it negative — it can’t make money on advertising, growth is down and online bullies remain a problem.Meanwhile, Donald Trump tweets daily; more every day since the election. This alone, you’d think, would draw more attention to Twitter and make it more popular. Twitter actually does over $2.5 billion in revenue, but tech companies are supposed to grow like crazy, not freeze up at a mere $2.5 billion dollars, which is ludicrous.   With that revenue, all Twitter needs to do is have a bunch of sales folks sell the ads and a slew of IT guys keep the thing running. That should not cost billions, although it looks like it does.So what’s the solution to this “problem”?When I listen to all the pundits, I see two solutions. The first is never brought up for any other billion-dollar company: stabilization. In other words, do nothing.In tech, there is a never-ending mad dash for growth. It stems from the late 1990s, when one company would replace another after the simplest of stumbles. The financiers, mostly venture capitalists, demanded high performance growth so they could dump the company and do it all over again with some other crazy idea. This is an unnatural way to do business. Most businesses stabilize and become fixtures. Not so with tech, where everything seems like a fad.Online customers can easily drop one thing and flock to another. Thus, Twitter’s $2.5 billion in revenue could drop to a billion — or nothing — almost overnight. It cannot just stabilize and coast for as long as possible, or die a natural death, or morph the way AOL morphed. It is a spawn of the go-go tech grow-like-crazy-or-die syndrome.The irony is that such companies often get acquired by other growth-oriented places like Google or Facebook. What happens then? They slowly die a natural death … usually quicker.Twitter, unlike many of these operations, has a different dimension, though. It’s a kind of public service. It breaks news and can trigger revolutions or protests. It’s casual, too. Twitter is an enjoyable product if you are not attacked by its mad dogs.That’s not to say there aren’t problems with Twitter. There is some sort of corruption with the “Who to follow” recommendations; it seldom makes sense especially for those signing up for a new account. Maybe that’s part of its advertising, although I do not think so. There is a lot of spam. I find fake accounts daily and do not see how they can possibly remain unless Twitter wants phony numbers. That said, its core users seem content.Which brings us to the second solution, which is simple. Do what LinkedIn did and add a premium tier. I’d pay $5 or $10 a year for an upper tier account. There are over 300 million active users. Sell them something! How hard can it be? Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

New Dutch king to deliver Cabinets gloomy message

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Dutch media are also expecting new military spending cuts, following the earlier decision to cut one of every six military jobs between 2012-2015. However, the De Telegraaf paper reported Tuesday the government has decided not to abandon participating in the U.S.-led “Joint Strike Fighter” project, despite cost overruns.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationcenter_img AMSTERDAM (AP) – King Willem-Alexander is traveling in a gilded horse-drawn carriage to the 13th-century Hall of Knights in The Hague for his first official address to Dutch lawmakers but his message is decidedly modern: More budget cuts are coming.Prime Minister Mark Rutte may be hoping that the pomp and ceremony will provide a diversion from the gloomy message the king must deliver. Rutte’s government is cutting spending again in 2014, despite this year’s recession. Top Stories Comments   Share   5 treatments for adult scoliosis New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

UK police investigate over 1400 suspects for past sex abuse

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Most of the others were said to be offenders who operated inside schools, children’s homes and religious bodies. Of the total, 216 are dead.Norfolk Chief Constable Simon Bailey said the referrals were “increasing on an almost-daily basis.” He added that revelations about the scale of abuse by late children’s entertainer and charity fundraiser Jimmy Savile “no doubt” had an impact on the unprecedented number of allegations.Britons were horrified to learn after Savile’s death in 2011 that he had been a serial predator, abusing children in places including hospitals for decades.Other well-known figures have since been investigated for or convicted of using their positions to get away with abuse.Home Secretary Theresa May said it was almost certain more allegations are to come.An official inquiry is underway looking into whether British public agencies had neglected or covered up abuse allegations from the 1970s.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies LONDON (AP) — A national U.K. police group looking into potential links between multiple British investigations into past child sex abuse said Wednesday that more than 1,400 suspects have been identified.The National Police Chiefs’ Council, which coordinates separate abuse allegations across Britain, said 261 suspects were “people of public prominence.” They included 76 politicians, 135 people from TV, film or radio, and 43 from the music industry. Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories last_img read more

Treasury Extends MHA Renews PLS Push

first_imgTreasury Extends MHA, Renews PLS Push The Treasury Department announced new efforts by the Obama Administration to further stabilize the housing market. During his remarks at the Making Home Affordable (MHA) Fifth Anniversary Summit, Secretary Jack Lew announced an extension of the MHA program for at least one year and a new effort to help jump-start the private-label securities (PLS) market.”Families and neighborhoods across the country continue to recover from the financial crisis, and we must not lose our resolve to help them, even as the economy continues to expand,” Lew said. “From day one, the Obama Administration has worked to provide relief to struggling homeowners and stabilize hard-hit communities. Today’s announcement continues that effort. These new actions will help provide more affordable options for renters, assist homeowners facing foreclosure or juggling bills to pay their mortgages and expand access to credit for prospective borrowers.”The extension of MHA would push the end of the program to December 31, 2016 and allow American homeowners more time to take advantage of the suite of programs, which Lew has characterized as an example for the mortgage industry on how to restructure loans, aimed at avoiding foreclosures and addressing homes that are underwater.In his remarks, Lew asserted that the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), one of the MHA’s hallmark programs, has provided aid for more than 1.3 million homeowners by allowing them to permanently modify their mortgages, saving an average of $540 per month. Treasury contends that more than 5 million homeowners have been assisted by private lenders who have mostly used a similar framework to that established by HAMP.Additionally, Lew announced an effort by the Treasury Department to revamp the PLS market. Prior to the housing crisis, private label securities market allowed access to credit for qualified Americans who fell short of GSE and FHA eligibility requirements by bundling mortgages and allowing the risk to be to be spread out among investors.Since the financial crisis, the PLS market has undergone extensive regulation. Many of the largest investors who were active in the market pre-crisis have yet to return. To determine what can be done to encourage new PLS investment, the Treasury Department will be hosting a series of meetings with investors and is publishing a request for comment in the Federal Register. June 30, 2014 457 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, Newscenter_img MHA Mortgage-Backed Securities Treasury 2014-06-30 Derek Templeton Sharelast_img read more