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Canada has a racism problem AFN National Chief

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde says Canada has a racism problem across the country.Bellegarde was responding to a cover story by Maclean’s magazine claiming Canada has a bigger race problem than the U.S. The story focused on Winnipeg claiming racism in the city was the “ugliest” in the country.Bellegarde said he saw racism as a national problem.“I think we have to do a lot more to address it,” said Bellegarde, in an interview with Nation to Nation to air later Thursday. “It is not in any particular region, it is right across Canada.”The national chief told Maclean’s he believed colonialism was at the root of racism in Canada.“Colonialism didn’t just impact Aboriginal people,” Bellegarde said to the magazine. “It forever changed the way the European population on the Prairies would see Aboriginals as a problem, never a partner.”Bellegarde said Canada’s colonialism has spawned a litany sins against Indigenous people.“We have got to repair this relationship in this this land. It has been affected by colonialism, it has been affected by the imposition of residential schools, which is cultural genocide, it has been affected by the economic marginalization of the lands and resources being exploited without our being involved,” he said.Bellegarde said one of the ways to begin reversing Canada’s existing racism is to education children about the treaties and residential schools.Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office did not return request for comment as of this article’s posting.–More to read more

UNbacked African Green Revolution meeting to kick off

28 August 2007The United Nations-backed conference on the African Green Revolution – which supports African farming communities as they evolve from subsistence farming to sustainable modern agriculture – kicks off tomorrow in Oslo, Norway. The United Nations-backed conference on the African Green Revolution – which supports African farming communities as they evolve from subsistence farming to sustainable modern agriculture – kicks off tomorrow in Oslo, Norway. The first such gathering took place last year, spurred by a July 2004 call by former Secretary-General Kofi Annan to bolster agricultural productivity and food security through a “Green Revolution” in Africa, which he said is the only continent bypassed by the transformation. This year’s conference – themed “Partnership for Productivity” – emphasizes public-private partnerships, and will draw a wide range of participants, including policymakers, Government officials, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), farmers, entrepreneurs and business leaders. “The rural world is at a crossroads, facing ever-increasing pressure to produce more food to feed growing populations amid a number of rapidly evolving global challenges such as climate change, rural-urban migration and emerging biofuel markets,” said Kanayo Nwanze, Vice-President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The Green Revolution “will move forward with support from the outside because the challenges facing African agricultural development require comprehensive solutions only possible through strategic alliances,” he stressed. Mr. Nwanze is one of scores of speakers to address the four-day conference, expected to be attended by around 200 people. read more

ADB trims Asian outlook citing trade wars global slowdown

BANGKOK — The Asian Development Bank says that escalating trade tensions will sap Asian economies of some of their potential in this year and the next.The regional lender says in a report released Wednesday that it expects regional growth of 5.4% this year and 5.5% in the coming year, slightly below its earlier forecasts.The report cites a risk of a further deterioration in trade friction, such as the tariff war between China and the U.S. and a festering dispute between Japan and South Korea.It said uncertainty over such rifts could also further destabilize financial markets, compounding the problems.In broader terms, the report urges regional governments to do a better job of providing affordable housing and public transport to help support growth and improvements in urban living standards.The Associated Press read more

Strong sales of FisherPrice Monster High lift Mattels 3Q results tops Wall

Strong sales of Fisher-Price, Monster High lift Mattel’s 3Q results, tops Wall Street view by News Staff Posted Oct 16, 2012 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Mattel says that cost cuts and higher revenue from toys including Monster High dolls and Fisher-Price helped send net income up 22 per cent in the third quarter, providing a bit of early holiday cheer for the largest U.S. toy maker.The results topped Wall Street expectations and sent its shares 3 per cent higher in morning trading Tuesday.They also indicate that Mattel is outperforming its rivals so far as it heads into the crucial holiday season, when toy makers can earn up to 40 per cent of annual revenue.CEO Bryan Stockton said the quarter shows the company is “building momentum in the marketplace through share gains and strong shipments across our portfolio of brands and countries.” But he said the company is solidly focused on the holidays.“With the holidays still in front of us, we remain focused on executing our business and driving retail sales in the all-important holiday season,” he said.There was one lump of coal: The stronger dollar and tough competition in the doll aisle was a drag on Barbie, usually one of Mattel’s top performers. Revenue from that brand fell 4 per cent. But Mattel’s other doll brands’ revenue surged, including Monster High, its hit line of monster-inspired dolls, and American Girl dolls.The holidays are expected to be a tough battleground for toy makers, with retailers ordering inventory cautiously. In addition, retailers including Wal-Mart, Kmart and Toys R Us have beefed up layaway and reservation services to encourage shoppers to buy toys early in the season, meaning they might be scarce later on.But Stockton reassured analysts in a call with investors that he was satisfied with inventory levels and early layaway programs.“Our belief is (early layaway) is positive for the toy industry, particularly higher-priced toy items, and may help drive incremental traffic,” he said. “We feel good that inventory levels, both at Mattel and at our retail partners, position us well for success is the holiday season.”Mattel’s net income was $365.9 million, or $1.04 per share, for the period ended Sept. 30. That’s up from $300.8 million, or 86 cents per share, a year ago.Analysts expected 99 cents per share, according to a poll by FactSet.Revenue for the El Segundo, Calif.-based company rose 4 per cent to $2.08 billion, topping Wall Street’s estimate of $2.07 billion.Fisher Price sales increased 6 per cent, while American Girl rose 16 per cent. Sales of Hot Wheels were flat. Mattel reported strong sales of Monster High products, while sales of games tied to the “Cars 2” movie fell.Revenue climbed in North America and abroad, with international results pressured by the stronger dollar.Cost of sales fell 8 per cent during the quarter as the company continued a cost-cutting program and streamlined design and manufacturing processes.Smaller rival Hasbro Inc., which makes Monopoly, Nerf and My Little Pony, reports its results on Monday.Shares rose $1.78, or 5 per cent, to close at $37.20 after rising as high as $37.31 Tuesday, their highest level in more than a decade.___AP Writers Michelle Chapman and Candice Choi contributed to this report. read more

A bythenumbers look at social finance and essential skills in Canada

A by-the-numbers look at social finance and essential skills in Canada by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 6, 2016 2:30 am MDT Last Updated Jun 6, 2016 at 3:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The federal government is focused on increasing social financing to help pay for essential skills development. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at how much is available for social financing, what the government already spends, and the state of essential skills in the Canadian labour force.$2.2 billion: Estimated amount available in Canada for impact investing.$25 million: Amount the federal government spends annually on essential skills training.$2.7 billion: Amount the federal government transfers to provinces and territories annually to help with skills training.14: Percentage of workers in Canada who score at the lowest literacy skill levels.60: Percentage of aboriginal people off-reserve who scored in the lowest two categories on an OECD five-point scale for measuring literacy skills.1: Canada’s rank among 37 OECD and G20 countries in the percentage of the population age 25-64 with post-secondary education.(Source: Employment and Social Development Canada, OECD) read more

Pryor rescues sloppy Buckeyes with fourthdown scramble in victory over Hawkeyes

Terrelle Pryor admitted he doesn’t have the most talent or the glitziest numbers. But he proved Saturday he can make plays when it counts. The junior quarterback rallied Ohio State (10-1, 6-1) to a fourth-quarter comeback to escape Iowa City, Iowa, with a 20-17 victory and keep the Buckeyes in the hunt for their sixth straight conference title. “I might not be the best quarterback or have the best stats,” Pryor said, “but I guarantee I can bring my team back and make them believe that we were coming back.” It wasn’t pretty. Pryor scrambled for 14 yards to convert a fourth-and-10 at midfield to revive a game-winning drive that was on life support. Five plays later, running back Dan “Boom” Herron punched in a 2-yard touchdown to cap the 12-play, 76-yard march and give OSU a 20-17 lead with 1:47 remaining. “Our guys don’t panic,” coach Jim Tressel said. “They believe and keep fighting. We felt like it was going to be a four-quarter heavyweight bout.” Herron rushed for 69 yards on 20 carries. The junior has scored at least one touchdown in 10 consecutive games. Iowa’s final crack at tying or winning the game was short-lived. Defensive lineman Cameron Heyward sacked quarterback Ricky Stanzi to force the Hawkeyes into a fourth-and-22, which they couldn’t convert. “I think we knew we really needed a stop,” Heyward said. “The defensive line just took that personally and went out there and played.” Pryor raved all week about OSU’s offensive game plan for Iowa, but aside from the go-ahead series, the Buckeyes struggled to muster up any sort of offensive rhythm. The junior signal-caller tossed a pair of costly interceptions, and officials flagged the Buckeyes eight times for 73 yards, including three false start penalties. “Throughout the game, a lot of things were going on,” Pryor said. “A lot of dropped passes, a lot of bad throws, a lot of inaccurate throws. We lived for another day.” Pryor’s miscues nearly cost OSU the game. Facing third-and-10 with the score tied 10-10 in the fourth quarter, Pryor, looking for receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, threw into double coverage off his back foot. Iowa’s Shaun Prater collected the errant throw after a deflection, returning the pick eight yards to the OSU 27-yard line. The pick “was kind of B.S.,” Pryor said. “It kind of bounced off Dane and bounced up. They made a great play on that.” Two plays later, running back Marcus Coker scored the first touchdown of his career from one yard out to provide Iowa a 17-10 edge. Coker totaled 70 yards on nine carries as he started in place of Adam Robinson, whom Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz benched for the first quarter for what he called “academic indigestions.” “He didn’t do anything wrong, illegal or what have you,” Ferentz said. “But just not dotting the ‘I’s and crossing the ‘T’s.” Robinson, who gained 27 yards on nine carries, left the game on Iowa’s final drive after taking a brutal hit from OSU safety Jermale Hines. With 7:38 to play, Devin Barclay converted a career-long 48-yard field goal to cap an 11-play, 30-yard drive that cut OSU’s deficit to 17-13. One play before Pryor rescued the Buckeyes on fourth down, receiver DeVier Posey, all alone in the end zone, let a downfield heave fall through his fingers. He strutted back to the huddle, hands on his helmet, shaking his head. “Was I pissed? Yeah, I was mad,” Pryor said. “But we had a fourth-and-10 to get to or we were going to lose another game. I hate losing with a passion.” Pryor atoned for Posey’s drop and his own mistakes on the next play, as Tressel opted against punting on fourth down from midfield with more than four minutes left. Instead, the notoriously conservative coach put his trust in an offense that tallied just three points in the first half. “When it was fourth-and-10 and (Pryor) went scrambling, I almost threw up on myself,” linebacker Brian Rolle said. “I held my breath the whole play.” On the Buckeyes’ final possession before halftime, Pryor tried to squeeze a pass into triple coverage for receiver Taurian Washington. After a deflection, Iowa safety Micah Hyde snagged the ball with one hand while falling to the ground to preserve the Hawkeye lead. Following the play, Pryor pleaded his case with Tressel and quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano, insisting that the turnover wasn’t his fault. “He was probably upset about the fact he threw an interception,” Tressel said. “But in the heat of a game when you’re screaming and yelling at each other, there’s no place for the meek and mild. You need to be screamed at and you need to scream. “I don’t know if I was screaming at him or if he was screaming at me or if we were screaming at each other, but we still love each other.” Pryor completed 18 of his 33 pass attempts for 195 yards. He found backup tight end Reid Fragel for a 5-yard touchdown to cap a 12-play, 77-yard drive to start the second half and turn a 7-3 deficit into a 10-7 advantage. The score was the first of Fragel’s career. Iowa responded with a 10-play, 65-yard march of its own, which culminated in a 31-yard field goal to tie the game. Last season, the teams also entered the fourth quarter knotted at 10-10. Herron and running back Brandon Saine scored touchdowns early in the quarter before Iowa erased a 14-point deficit to send the contest into overtime. After Iowa failed to score, Barclay punched the Buckeyes’ ticket to Pasadena, Calif., with a 39-yard field goal. OSU hosts rival Michigan at the Horseshoe at noon Saturday. A victory would clinch the Buckeyes at least a share of the Big Ten title. Michigan State and Wisconsin remain tied with OSU atop the Big Ten standings with one conference loss. The Badgers beat Michigan, and the Spartans rallied to defeat Purdue. read more

Paul Walker star of Fast Furious films killed in car crash

first_imgPAUL WALKER, ONE of the stars of the popular ‘Fast and Furious’ action movie franchise, died in a car crash on Saturday, his publicist confirmed.He was 40 year old.Walker’s publicist Ame Van Iden confirmed the actor’s death. A statement on Walker’s Facebook page said he was a passenger in a friend’s car, and that the star was in the area to attend a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said that speed was a factor in the crash.Deputies found a Porsche Carrera GT engulfed in flames when they responded to a report of a collision in the community of Valencia, north of Los Angeles. Two people who were found in the car were pronounced dead at the scene.The Santa Clarita Valley Signal reported that the Porsche crashed into a light pole and tree and burst into flames. The fundraiser, to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan, took place at a nearby racecar shop. Attendees rushed to put out the flames with fire extinguishers to no avail.MoviesWalker was best known for his role as undercover agent Brian O’Connor in the “Fast and Furious” movies. He appeared in all but one of the six movies in the series, and was one of the leading protagonists along with Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez.“All of us at Universal are heartbroken,” Universal Pictures, which released the franchise, said in a statement. “Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the ‘Fast and Furious’ films, and to countless fans.”Diesel posted this photograph on Instagram:[Vin Diesel via Instagram]The son of a fashion model and a sewer contractor, Walker grew up in a working class, Mormon household in Glendale, California. The oldest of five siblings, his mother began taking him to auditions as a toddler. He was a child model beginning at the age of 2.Walker has said the early induction to show business wasn’t to start him on a career path, but as a way to help provide for the family.After a string of TV roles as a child in the ’80s, including small roles on “Who’s the Boss” and “Charles in Charge,” Walker made his feature film debut in the 1998 comedy “Meet the Deedles.” Supporting roles in the films “Pleasantville,” ”Varsity Blues” and “Flags of Our Fathers” followed.His performance in the 2000 thriller “The Skulls” caught the eye of producer Neal H. Moritz, who cast him in “The Fast and the Furious” as undercover police officer Brian O’Conner. Adapted from a Vibe magazine article about underground street races, the film became an unexpected hit.(Youtube: Empire Magazine)In the sequel, “2 Fast 2 Furious,” Walker moved to center stage with Diesel temporarily dropping out. Walker, a self-described “gearhead,” kept his character’s sports car from the film.He starred in other films, including the crime thriller “Running Scared,” the Antarctic adventure “Eight Below” and the heist film “Takers.” Though his stardom didn’t make as much of an impact outside the “Fast & Furious” series, Walker continually drew praise from his co-stars and directors as a kind-hearted and eager collaborator.“Your humble spirit was felt from the start,” Ludacris, Walker’s “Fast & Furious” co-star, said on Twitter. “Wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark, we were like brothers.”This article includes reporting from AP and AFPlast_img read more

Man hacked 3200 Gmail accounts stole naked pictures posted them on Facebook

first_imgSometimes you read about a criminal who is so much of a small-minded pervert and borderline mutant you almost can’t help but admire him. George Bronk is just such a criminal: the 23-year old has just pleased guilty to hacking into the email accounts of 3,200 girls, looking for nude photographs, then posting the pictures to their public Facebook profiles. That’s some single-minded skeeviness.Bronk was arrested in late October after he used the same technique that was popularized by hacker David Kernell to break into Sarah Palin‘s email. Namely, Bronk scoured his victims’ Facebook accounts looking for the answers to security questions used for password recovery by services like Gmail and Yahoo Mail.AdChoices广告Once he had access to an email account, it was go time: he’d do an extensive search for nude photographs sent by the account holder, then trigger a Facebook password recovery to get into their account and post the pictures live to their profiles.Gronk did this to over 172 women: he even convinced one woman to send him even more explicit photos of herself by threatening to post the ones he’d already stolen if she didn’t.Gronk now faces six years in prison for felony hacking, child pornography (it seems several of the girls were minors) and identity theft charges.Wow. Most pervs would stop at just getting the naked photos, but the added step of posting them to the girls’ own Facebook profile? That’s just the creep-de-la-creep.Read more at IT Worldlast_img read more

Kavvalos up for Miss International Australia

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Full-time mother, actress and social media expert, Katrina Kavvalos will use the opportunity to be crowned Miss International Australia to raise awareness for disadvantaged children. Kingsgrove resident and National Finalist for Mrs International Australia, Katrina Kavvalos will represent NSW to become Mrs International Australia in April 2013. Katrina, mother of three took up this opportunity to share on a national level the need for ‘Goodness Lunch Packs’. “We aim to raise funds to provide nutritious lunch packs to disadvantaged school children and reduce their embarrassment of not having anything to eat. Research has shown proper nutrition can improve children’s ability to concentrate and improve behaviour in class,” Kavvalos says. The national titleholder will then compete in the Mrs International pageant in Chicago, USA in July 2013. With the support of the Touch of Goodness Foundation, she will use the competition to raise funds to provide nutritious lunch packs to disadvantaged school children, as well as promoting the achievements of today’s married women who show compassion, intellect and beauty. For more information visit www.touchofgoodness.corg.aulast_img read more

Report Jan Vertonghen a longterm injury concern for Spurs

first_imgTottenham are reportedly worried that they will have to make do without Jan Vertonghen for the next two monthsThe 31-year-old defender’s hamstring problem ruled him out of Spurs’ last two matches against Cardiff City and Barcelona.Vertonghen sustained the injury in a Premier League game at Huddersfield Town on September 29, where he limped off at half-time, and had been expected to be on the sidelines for the next six weeks.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.But the Daily Mirror reports that Spurs have suffered a big blow after learning that Vertonghen will be out for at least eight weeks and is now a doubt for the remainder of their Champions League group-stage campaign.Spurs will also likely have to make do without Vertonghen for their key Premier League clashes against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal.Vertonghen will be unavailable for Belgium in their upcoming games against Switzerland and the Netherlands.last_img read more

Dionisio DAguilar Introduced As CTOs New Chairman

first_img#magneticmedianews#ctocaribbeannews Related Items:#magneticmedianews #ctocaribbeanweek, Sheri-kae McLeod American Tourist Shot in TCI, In Serious Condition at Hospital in Florida Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNew York, June 8,  2017 – New York City – On June 8, at Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Board of Directors Meeting in New York, Executive Coordinator, Charlene Drakes pinned and officially introduced the new Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Chairman, Hon. Dionisio James D’Aguilar.Mr. D’Aguilar, Minister of Tourism, Aviation and Bahamasair in The Bahamas, was among the Caribbean representatives in New York for CTO’s Caribbean Week being celebrated from June 3 – 10.Notable figures from the Caribbean also received awards from the organization including Hon. Ralph Higgs, Minister of Tourism for Turks & Caicos Islands, who was on, June 7, presented with the Allied Award. The award is presented to an individual among the CTO family who has done an extraordinary job of contributing, in a tangible way, to the sustainable development of the region.The other awardee is set to be is Jamaican Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resort International who will get the Jerry Award, for demonstrated passion in the development of the region through time, energy, financial, and other personal and professional resources.The CTO’s goal is to provide to and through its members, the services and information needed for the development of sustainable tourism that contributes to the economic and social benefit of the Caribbean people. The agency currently comprises of 28 Caribbean governments bodies. Recommended for youcenter_img STATEMENT FROM THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM ON RECENT SHOOTING OF VISITOR Usain Bolt is the Seventh Most Popular Athlete in the World Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Outsourced staff strike for living wage and equal employment rights

first_imgOutsourced employees working at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Ministry of Justice and the University of London are undertaking strike action today (Tuesday 26 February 2019) in a bid to end the practice of outsourcing and achieve the living wage.The industrial action, which commenced at 8.00am, has been organised by a collaboration of trade unions, including the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB), United Voices of the World (UVW), BEIS L&S PCS Union and RMT London Transport Regional Council.The strike is scheduled to take place across three sites. Cleaners and security officers who are members of UVW are striking at the Ministry of Justice, PCS members who work as cleaners, security staff or in catering at BEIS are taking action there, while cleaners who are members of IWGB and work at the University of London are undertaking strike action at the Russell Square campus.Those on strike are seeking the living wage, equal terms and conditions to directly employed staff and for an end to the practice of outsourcing. IWGB states that outsourcing means poorer pay, holiday entitlements, sick pay and pension contributions than direct employment.Today’s strike, named the #CleanUpOutsourcing march, also coincides with legal action the IWGB trade union is taking against the BEIS and the University of London, relating to the employment rights of outsourced staff.Rebecca Long Bailey, member of Parliament (MP) and shadow secretary of state at BEIS, said: “For far too long [employees] in this country have suffered from worsening pay and conditions, while those at the top get richer.“But, seeing these mainly migrant [employees] from different unions come together to push back against the scourge of outsourcing gives me hope for the future of the Labour movement and the UK as a whole.“These cleaners, receptionists and other outsourced [staff] have the courage to stand up and fight back, so we as the Labour party will be by their side every step of the way.”A spokesperson at the Ministry of Justice added: “We are committed to lifting the salaries of the lowest paid members of staff and demonstrating that everyone is valued equally for their contribution, including our vital support staff.“Of course, we do not have unlimited resources, we have to work within our financial constraints, but we will continue to work with our suppliers to improve conditions in line with our values, and across government to pursue this important issue.“The independently advised national living wage, which we strictly enforce in all our contracts, has helped to deliver the fastest wage growth for the lowest paid in 20 years; the most recent rise in April [means] full-time [employees] will earn an extra £600 a year.”A spokesperson at the BEIS said: “All of our staff are valued members of the BEIS team and all deserve a fair and competitive wage, whether directly employed or working for our contractors.“Following a review of contractor pay, the department has agreed with its contractors [to] align the pay of cleaning, catering, mailroom and security staff with pay rates for [staff] in comparable roles. This will take effect on 1 March.”The University of London is unavailable for comment at time of publication.last_img read more

Granger on Flap Over Esquires Cover Flap

first_imgThe February cover of Esquire, featuring—who else?—Barack Obama on its cover, caused a bit of a stir in hardlining church-state circles over a cover “window” that opens up to an ad for the Discovery Channel, as well as a mini-TOC.Editor David Granger, who’s become something of a serial envelope pusher (see: Esquire’s e-ink cover, margin novella, etc.), claims it wasn’t a gimmick cooked up by some outside the box sales executive at Hearst, but a pure editorial play.  “This was an editorial idea,” he wrote in a post on the American Society of Magazine Editors blog.  “It’s one of the several manufacturing gimmicks I presented to my publisher about a year and a half ago as things I would love to do if we could find a way to pay for them.”RELATED VIDEO: Granger’s Keynote at the 2007 FOLIO: Show Granger’s reasons for pushing the envelope this time run deeper than his well-documented restlessness with his position as editor of a print magazine.“I got sick of reading about the demise of print, which is the best, most rewarding medium ever, and I got sick of all forms of print being labeled ‘old media,’” he wrote. “Yeah, print has been around for a long time, but that’s because it works really well. Both aesthetically and as a business—which is more than one can say for most forms of ‘new media.’ So we’ve been trying to find ways to get people to reassess the print medium.”For its part, ASME said it did not violate any guidelines: “A clever and audacious use of print, yes; an attempt to disguise advertising as editorial or compromise editorial independence, no.”Read more here …last_img read more

Bombay HC junks plea seeking ban on Alibaug se aaya hai kya

first_imgMUMBAI: The Bombay High Court Friday dismissed a petition seeking a ban on the phrase ‘Alibaug se aaya hai kya?’ (Have you come from Alibaug?), observing that there was nothing derogatory in it and it should not be taken as a humiliation. As per the plea, the phrase is commonly used in Maharashtra to address someone who is considered foolish or naive. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us A division bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice N M Jamdar dismissed the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Rajendra Thakur, a resident of Alibaug district in Maharashtra. “Jokes are made on every community. Santa Banta jokes. Madrasi jokes and jokes on north Indians. Have fun don’t get humiliated,” Chief Justice Nandrajog said. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us “We do not find anything derogatory in this,” the bench added. In his plea, Thakur said that the phrase is “unfair and humiliating” as it projected people of Alibaug as illiterates. Thakur’s plea states that Alibaug is a well-to-do place, a major tourist attraction and that it has several good schools and high literacy rate. It also says that Alibaug has a rich culture and history. Advertise With Us “Alibaug is bestowed with nature with scenical beauty. In spite of having such a rich background filled with history, culture, industry, tourism, medical facilities, nature and education, it is highly objectionable to ridicule the people of Alibaug by projecting them as ‘illiterate’ who do not have common sense,” the plea said. Thakur had urged the court to direct state authorities to get public refrain from making such a comment. He had also urged the court to ensure that films, documentaries, TV serials, among others, that have the above phrase as part of its dialogue, are not granted censor certificate.last_img read more

Dangerous Tala complex still in place despite demolition order

first_imgNearby residents forced on lengthy, dangerous detoursBy Bejay BrowneAngry homeowners in Tala village in Paphos have started a petition to demand the immediate demolition of the structurally dangerous, abandoned development that is sliding down a hillside and has forced the closure of a busy access road.Residents were hoping for the immediate demolition of the residential complex following a recent supreme court decision that ordered the developer to demolish it within 60 days. The Paphos District Office also recently said that it would look at ways to bring it down sooner.However, weeks later the complex remains standing, albeit tenuously, as homeowners told the Sunday Mail that huge cracks in the complex and road below are widening fast and buildings are tilting and splitting apart far quicker than before.“There is a huge difference in the present condition of the collapsing buildings from just a couple of months ago and it is more visible now,” said a Kamares resident, Irina Yakimovitch.“The structure is ripping apart. The road is sunken and it’s very dangerous even to walk there. It looks as if it can collapse at any time. I feel very sorry for homeowners, especially the elderly.”The road closure means a lengthier and trickier route to both their homes and the town.A local residents’ group has held three meetings regarding the complex so far, and is preparing a petition to the authorities which is being signed by residents of all nationalities.They are demanding that all possible steps be taken to complete demolition of the complex and the road restored as quickly as possible. They also want to be informed of progress, expected completion and any changes to the timetable.The road beneath the dangerous unfinished project has been closed since AprilA spokesman for Paphos District Office confirmed to the Sunday Mail that they are proceeding with a tender to demolish the buildings and restore the hillside and road, which will cost an estimated 500,000 euros altogether.“The court decision gave time until the end of this month (July) for the demolition, so we have decided to wait to see if the developer will comply and take any action and we also need this time for the tenders,” he said.The demolition is expected to take around two months once it starts.This can’t come too quickly for residents, as the main road from Tala to Koili, Zelemenos and Kamares village has been closed since April 6, due to the danger posed by the subsiding development. This means that local traffic must use narrow, winding roads through the middle of Tala and surrounding areas, which are not suitable for the volume of traffic.The diversion is also leaving many people feeling isolated as they won’t chance driving, especially at night.Residents are also concerned that poor access will delay the emergency response times of the emergency and private security services.The diverted route, they said, is treacherous with numerous ‘blind corners’ and that it’s only a matter of time before a serious accident occurs. Traffic is congested with queues of vehicles having to try to reverse to let large trucks through.“The road is still closed and it has caused big problems to all the residents of Kamares, Zelemenos and Koili,” Yakimovitch said. “It’s a huge inconvenience for my family as we have had to drive children to and from school and every day and the journey is twice as long, twice as costly and also uncomfortable.”The roads used for the diversion have no road markings, steep sides, dangerous edges, no pedestrian pathways on either side, and the trip is sometimes hair raising, she said.Residents said they are also being charged more by some suppliers such as gas, as they now have to travel further to reach them.“This situation is appalling. If the building, road and hillside collapse, which is perfectly feasible it will be catastrophic,” said another resident who wished to remain anonymous. “The authorities don’t seem to care about us or our lives at all. I really hope that no-one is hurt.”The next Tala residents meeting will be held on July 26.Safety in Paphos – SOS page on Facebook for further information.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityMake earthquake insurance a family priorityCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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