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Sweet Relief for Musicians in Need

first_img Meet O.A.R. & Receive 2 Tickets to the Concert of Your Choice. 4 Tickets to See Jeff Dunham LIVE & Recieve a Collection of Jeff Dunham Items. It has been just over 20 years since the first Sweet Relief album came out celebrating the music of founder Victoria Williams, and now Sweet Relief III: Pennies From Heaven is available for purchase.Sweet Relief III helps musicians in needThe third compilation, produced by Sheldon Gomberg, features new recordings by various artists including Ben Harper, Jackson Browne, Shelby Lynne, Victoria Williams, She & Him, Ron Sexsmith, Rickie Lee Jones and Joseph Arthur in support of Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. The fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling while facing illness, disability or age-related problems.Released on Vanguard Records, each of the artists on the album chose songs with a theme of support and assistance such as “If I Needed You” (Joseph Arthur), “How Did You Find Me Here?” (KD Lang), “King of the Road” (She & Him), “Crazy Love” (Ben Harper), “Change is Gonna Come” (Victoria Williams), and “Big Spender” (Sam Phillips) plus many more.“Musicians are always among the first to give their energy and talent to help other people in times of emergency, though they are very often without health insurance themsevles, and need our support when they fall prey to illness and hardship. Sweet Relief has been helping musicians for years, and has helped some whom I am very much indebted to for enriching my life. I am very happy to take part in this CD project, and for the chance to support Sweet Relief’s very soulful work.” – Jackson Browne“Getting a chance to do something that benefits Sweet Relief combined with working with my dear friend Sheldon Comberg is an opportunity I jumped at and something I can’t wait to do again.” – Ben HarperThe compilation is available for purchase on iTunes and the release, Charitybuzz is hosting an auction to help raise funds. Current auction items include: Meet Local Natives at The Greek Theatre September 13, Attend Soundcheck & the Exclusive After Show Party with the Band. Meet Gary Allan & Receive 2 Tickets to his Santa Barabra Concert on Spetember 13. Kenny Chesney Autographed Fender Acoustic Guitar,CD & Flag.Also, Upperatus and Prima Donna have partnered up in an effort to raise money for Sweet Relief Musicians Fund by selling limited-edition T-Shirts. $10 of each shirt sold goes directly to Sweet Relief and musicians in need. All shirts are inspired by the band Prima Donna and are affordable, ranging from $23-$24 each. Sweet Relief is thrilled to be a part of such an inspiring project. To purchase shirts, please go to and help support a good cause.center_img Meet Travis Tritt & Receive 2 Tickets to the 2013 Concert of Your Choice. Meet Larry the Cable Guy & Recieve 2 Tickets to the Show of Your Choice. Meet Justin Moore & Receive 2 Tickets to the 2013 Concert of Your Choice.last_img read more

Staples For Students Supports Hatch Day With Jennifer Hudson

first_imgAcademy and Grammy Award winning artist Jennifer Hudson and sister Julia Hudson help celebrate the Julian D. King Gift Foundation’s Hatch Day with support from Staples for Students and the Entertainment Industry Foundation.Jennifer and Julia HudsonCredit/Copyright: Alex GoykhmanStaples, Inc. announced that it funded 115 local classroom projects in Chicago, as part of its recent $10 million pledge to Think It Up, a new national initiative of the Entertainment Industry Foundation that seeks to inaugurate a new movement in support of students, teachers and schools, helping to create a culture of excitement about learning everywhere in America. This fall, Think It Up, in partnership with, will launch a platform to fund student-powered, teacher-led learning projects in classrooms across the country.In addition to flash funding 115 STEM projects on, Staples for Students and the Entertainment Industry Foundation helped fund school supplies for thousands of students in honor of Hatch Day and Jennifer’s nephew Julian D. King.“Since its inception, Hatch Day has always been about celebrating Julian and honoring his passion for learning by providing families in need with basic school supplies, allowing those children to share his love for education,” said Jennifer Hudson, co-founder with her sister Julia of the Julian D. King Gift Foundation. “I’m so grateful to Think It Up and Staples for joining us in this mission and providing essential tools to teachers and students of Chicago to excel.”Since its founding in 2000, has helped fund more than 236,000 classroom projects for teachers and impacted more than 14 million students. Today, in Chicago, Staples fully funded every STEM project on in the Chicago Public School District. STEM education creates critical thinkers and enables the next generation of innovators. More than $95,000 was donated to help 96 teachers fulfill classroom needs and reached 12,037 students across 59 schools in the Chicago Public School District.“We’re thrilled to fund 115 STEM projects in the Chicago Public School District and to work with the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Think It Up initiative and to ensure classrooms have the supplies and resources they need,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president, North American stores and online, Staples. “Through our Staples for Students program, we’re proud to build on our rich history of supporting education with our $10 million pledge that will make a difference in America’s classrooms.”A recent survey conducted by Staples found almost three-quarters of parents agree that teachers in their communities inspire their students. Additionally, the survey revealed that 76% agree that a lack of school supplies is a significant challenge for schools today. Most teachers spend more than $400 of their own money each year to provide supplies and materials for their classrooms.“We are so grateful to Staples for their support of teachers and students through Think It Up,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of “Their incredible gesture today will ensure that Chicago teachers won’t have to dig as deep into their own pockets to pay for classroom supplies, and that students will have the materials they need to start the school year right.”The flash funding in Chicago is part of Staples’ $10 million pledge to Think It Up which will inspire students to pursue their passions by working on collaborative learning projects. To help support the Think It Up movement, customers can donate one dollar at a Staples store near them or visit to learn more.“Think It Up is excited to collaborate with Staples in helping Jennifer continue Julian’s love of education by providing support to students and teachers in Chicago. EIF is grateful to Staples for joining Think It Up as its lead corporate donor, and helping the Chicago Public School District get the school year off to a terrific start illustrates how deeply committed the company is to ensuring students and teachers have what they need to create learning experiences that make a genuine impact and prepare students for future success,” said Lisa Paulsen, President and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.Win a $50,000 Scholarship and VIP Red Carpet ExperienceFans can enter the #StaplesforStudents sweepstakes for a chance to win a $50,000 scholarship and a VIP Red Carpet Experience. Fifty lucky winners will fly to Los Angeles with a friend to attend a star-studded Think It Up event. One lucky grand prize winner will win the trip to Los Angeles and a $50,000 scholarship.Visit to learn about different ways to earn entries and increase chances of winning, including making an in-store purchase, sending a tweet, signing up for e-mail and more. Entries must be submitted before 11:59PM ET on Aug. 22 and participants must be 13 years or older.last_img read more

Morocco Requests Purchase of 24 New Apache Attack Helicopters from US

Rabat – US-managed website  reported that Morocco has requested the purchase of 24 new Apache attack helicopters from its main army supplier, the, a portal managed by the US Department of Commerce, shared an overview of Morocco’s military on July 15, showing Morocco’s latest military purchase activities.The overview shows that Morocco has put in a bid for  24 new Apache attack helicopters at $1.5 Billion. Apache attack helicopters are among the most advanced equipment and are heavily used by the US Army as well as other international militaries.“Over the last decade, Morocco has strengthened its navy and equipped its army with sophisticated vehicles,” said website also recalled the most significant purchase made by Morocco, which included the 25 new F-16 aircraft in 2019.“The Moroccan defense budget is expected to grow to  $3.9 billion by 2022,” emphasized the website.Morocco’s military budget slightly increased from MAD 29.4 billion ($3.2 billion) in 2012 to MAD 34.7 billion in 2018 ($3.5 billion), according to the 2018 Trends in World Military Expenditure report released in April added that Morocco made other significant purchases, including the  “162 new M1A1 tanks at $.75B, 300 TOW missile launchers with 1800 missiles at $180 Million, and significant interest in purchasing High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), PATRIOT Air Defense systems, and G550 reconnaissance aircraft. Morocco is the largest U.S. weapons buyer in Africa.”The overview said that Morocco signed a contract in 2019 to be provided with “technical support for their Abrams tanks.”“The Royal Moroccan Air Force flies F-16 fighters, C-130 transport aircraft, and CH-47D helicopters, among other U.S.-origin equipment, while the Royal Moroccan Navy operates modern frigates equipped with U.S.-origin digital communications” according to the government website.Morocco received 62% of its arms from the US between 2014-2018. Morocco also received 32% of its major arms from France, a second major supplier for said that   Spain is also among the list of major military suppliers to Morocco.“Morocco’s military expenditures totaled about $48 billion between 2005 and 2015,” the website added. read more

SecretaryGeneral speaks out against terrorist bombing in Beirut

A diplomatic vehicle from the United States Embassy was impacted in the attack. “The Secretary-General deplores this act of terror and extends his sympathies to the families of those killed and inured,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson. “It is imperative that the Lebanese authorities find the perpetrators of this cowardly crime and bring them to justice.” 16 January 2008United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned yesterday’s bombing in the Lebanese capital of Beirut which reportedly claimed the lives of at least three civilians and wounded at least 20 others. read more

UN mission in Afghanistan condemns Taliban attack on national police cadets

The new Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, said there was “no justification for such an attack.” At least 33 people were killed and 71 others injured in a suicide attack that targeted Afghan National Police (ANP) cadets and their instructors. “I remind all parties to the armed conflict in Afghanistan that they are bound to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law at all times,” said Mr. Yamamoto, who is also the new head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). He conveyed his deep condolences on behalf of the UN system in the country to the families of the victims and a speedy recovery of the injured.According to the statement, the two-stage attack was launched by the Taliban in Kabul province’s Paghman district. It began with the detonation of a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device targeting an ANP bus. When passengers from the other ANP buses disembarked to help the injured, a second suicide bomber detonated his body-borne device.“This attack appears specifically designed to maximize suffering as police went to the aid of their fallen colleagues,” said Mr. Yamamoto, stressing that the perpetrators must be held accountable. read more

Final vigil outside Mater Hospital as Emergency Department opens

first_imgBut with such a long campaign, there were times when they wondered if they would succeed. Minister Joe Costello told remember in 2006 in the middle of our campaign, [Health] Minister Mary Harney declared an emergency in relation to accident and emergency departments. She promised that everything would be done to fix the situation in a very short space of time. The situation instead of getting better got worse. We kept pressing away at it.A new state of the art ED will open in the Mater Hospital tomorrow, Sunday 17 February.Minister Costello said he is “proud of all the people who participated in the vigil, week after week, and month after month, for almost ten years demanding that proper medical care facilities be provided for the vulnerable, ill and often frightened elderly people who came to the A&E for emergency care”.The Mater emergency department will now be located in a brand new, state of the art facility, which the campaigners are delighted about. The final vigil will take place today outside the Mater emergency department on the North Circular Road, Dublin 7, between 1- 2pm.For almost ten years they held the Saturday vigil from 1 – 2pm, “in hail rain or snow”, said Costello. “We only missed Christmas day, we almost always were there. There was always a core of people who were guaranteed to turn up every week which was fantastic.”Read: Mater Hospital’s emergency department to close for 18 hours> The purpose of the vigil has been to highlight the deplorable state of the A&E in the Mater Hospital, and the unacceptable practice of A&E patients left sitting on chairs and lying on trolleys for long periods of time while waiting for a bed for treatment. AFTER 10 YEARS, the final Labour Party vigil will take place outside Mater Hospital – because a new emergency department is due to open this weekend.The vigil began 10 years ago in protest at the conditions in the emergency department, but with the news that a new ED is to be opened, the weekly event is coming to an end.VigilThe vigils originally began after a 90-year-old woman died in the hospital after spending some time in there without a proper bed.last_img read more

Government to propose its own microbeads ban calling other parties bills flawed

first_imgUnder EU rules, there is a requirement for Ireland to formally notify the Commission that we intend to introduce such legislation. Introducing such a Bill in the Oireachtas prior to such required notification would put us in breach of this directive and open to immediate, and probably successful challenge.So what’s new about this bill? Source: Shutterstock/MILA ZedAccording to the government, the ban won’t be limited to cosmetics and personal care products, “but also includes detergents and scouring agents” that contain microbeads.The government said the reason they didn’t back Green Party Senator Grace O’Sullivan’s bill last November was because it had “significant flaws” that they are hoping to avoid. By Gráinne Ní Aodha For a start, it was more limited in ambition than our current policy position. …on grounds of public morality, public policy or public security; the protection of health and life of humans, animals or plants; the protection of national treasures possessing artistic, historic or archaeological value; or the protection of industrial and commercial property.But the government maintains that it does need to notify the EU of their intentions. Source: Shutterstock/Africa StudioTHE GOVERNMENT IS to bring forward legislation banning the sale of products that contain microbeads, calling the Green Party’s previous bill ‘significantly flawed’ and accusing Labour’s bill of ‘generally confusing’ microbeads and microplastics.That means four political parties all agree products containing microbeads should be banned – but have different proposals on how to do it.Microbeads are mostly used in some soaps, shower gels and facial scrubs to exfoliate your skin, although they can be found in toothpastes and abrasive cleaners.The tiny plastics  (usually between 0.0004-1.24 mm wide) enter the world’s waterways in their billions, and because of their size, are almost impossible to remove.In waterways, fish and other wildlife mistake the tiny scraps of plastic for food. From there, the beads are integrated into the food chain.In a statement to, the government said that although Minister for Housing Simon Coveney would have preferred an EU-wide ban, the effects of microbeads in freshwater was “a particular concern” for him.A spokesperson said: Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 6:25 AM It did not cover detergents and scouring agents which also can contain plastic microbeads.The government added it also didn’t provide any investigative or enforcement powers, and that the penalties as laid out were disproportionate and not in keeping with recent legislation. For example: It confuses microbeads with microplastics generally and makes no enforcement provisions. Government to propose its own microbeads ban, calling other parties’ bills ‘flawed and confused’ The Green Party and Labour have proposed bills on banning microbeads. Fianna Fáil said they’re working on their own one. Now it’s Fine Gael’s turn. Share Tweet Email2 Short URL 15,017 Views 18 Comments The Minister… is introducing legislation to prohibit the manufacture or sale of products containing microbeads where these are likely to be rinsed off into wastewater and potentially, make their way into rivers, lakes and seas.They added that although the detail of the bill hasn’t been decided, that they were now focusing on getting legal permission for the ban from the European Union. Source: Shutterstock/Africa StudioIs the EU a problem?With each bill that’s been proposed in the Houses of the Oireachtas to ban microbeads, there’s been speculation whether the ban could conflict with EU rules.Coveney told Cabinet in November that the government was supportive of banning microbeads in principle, but said imposing a ban at that stage would go against Article 33 and 35 of the EU treaty which guarantee the free movement of goods.But politicians including Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan have said that this is nonsense, as the UK and France have already begun the process to ‘ban the bead’.Although the EU’s single market rules don’t allow for ‘the exclusion of products’, there are exceptions under Article 36; Apr 19th 2017, 6:25 AM The specification of a fine of “up to €10,000 per item” could mean that a shopkeeper with a carton of 100 bottles of eye make-up containing plastic glitter for sale could be liable to a fine of up to €1 million.It added that under the Green Party’s proposal, the monitoring programme it proposed was “far too broad in scale to be either useful or scientifically justified”, adding “it would be unworkable, massively costly and ineffective”. Source: Shutterstock/Steve CordorySimilarly, the government said it can’t support the currently-proposed microbeads bill introduced by Labour’s Sean Sherlock.It says that this is mainly to do with the EU, but there are some other concerns. We need more time to develop scientifically and technically robust, future-proofed definitions of ‘plastics’ and ‘microbeads’ to ensure the legislation is effective.It’s still unknown when the government’s proposal will be introduced as some details of the legislation had to be ironed out – including what fine will be imposed on people who make or sell microbead products.The details of the ban will be decided through analysing recommendations from the consultation process, technical and scientific research, and looking at recent microbead-bans in Canada and the USA and those already underway in France and the UK.The public consultation on microbeads ended on 24 March 2017 and had over 3,000 submissions over the six-week period. The government will publish the findings at a later date.Read: Britain wants a global ban on microbeads – so what’s Ireland going to do about it?Read: Government to oppose Greens’ bid to ban microbeads, claiming bill breaches EU rules Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Algues vertes une nouvelle plainte déposée à Brest

first_imgAlgues vertes : une nouvelle plainte déposée à BrestBrest, France – L’association Agir pour un environnement, l’AE2D (un développement durable) et l’Union démocratique bretonne (UDB) du Finistère ont déposé mardi au tribunal de Brest, une plainte contre X pour mise en danger de la vie d’autrui. Au banc des accusés : la prolifération des algues vertes.”Cela fait un moment que l’on attend que l’État prenne les bonnes mesures. Il a la volonté d’agir sur les conséquences en débloquant 600 millions d’euros pour le ramassage, mais pas sur la cause”, a déploré lors d’une conférence de presse le président d’AE2D, Roger Abiven.Ce sont quelque 126 plaintes individuelles et pétitions collectées par AE2D et l’UDB du Finistère qui constituent la plainte déposée mardi au tribunal de Brest. Cette initiative fait suite à une première série de plaintes, 300 environ, déposées en novembre dernier. Sur les quatre-vingt-trois sites pollués par les algues vertes en Bretagne identifiés par l’Ifremer, trente-sept concernent le Finistère, ont rappelé les militants qui se sont réunis mardi sur les marches du palais de justice de Brest. La baie de Concarneau notamment, est l’une des plus touchées par le phénomène des algues vertes dû, selon les associations écologistes, à l’agriculture intensive pratiquée en Bretagne.Le 10 mars 2010 à 16:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Im A Recovering Addict The Wilmington Police Saved
LETTER TO THE EDITOR Im A Recovering Addict The Wilmington Police Saved

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a comment posted on the ‘Wilmington MA Community Board Page’ and shared with the poster’s permission:Wilmington is very blessed and lucky to have a Police Chief like Chief Michael Begonis. Police departments talk about how valuable every life is and how they are fighting the opiate epidemic. Chief Begonis and his detectives/officers do what they say they will.I am a two time Iraq Combat Veteran who used heroine to deal with the invisible scars of war. The Chief of Police and his Narcotics Detectives took time out of their busy days to come to my grandparents house to talk to me about getting help and to tell me they were there for me if i ever needed it, no matter what. These men live the true values of to Protect and Serve. Yes, I am one life, but I am one life that was saved because of their love and support. I have zero connection to anyone in the Wilmington Police Department and I am one of many in our town struggling with this horrible addiction. These men made me feel as if I mattered when I thought I was nothing. They showed how much this police department cares about making a dent in this epidemic and that they will do what it takes to save a life no matter how hopeless I seemed.Yes, I understand Wilmington is not the most crime ridden area of this country, but that’s not the point. The point is that the Chief of Police will make the effort for the people of his town even if it takes him coming and just talking to someone. This is not an easy time to be a police officer and i think this town should see how devoted their Chief is to making an impact.Those interactions with his detectives and him were 4 years ago and because of them and others, I will be hitting 3 years in December, in that time I have bought my own home, had a beautiful baby girl and am very close to my Bachelors Degree in Human Services. These accomplishments would never have been possible with out their support and love.These are times when we are losing young people at alarming numbers to the opiate epidemic and there are no easy answers to put a dent in it, but one life is worth the time to the Chief because one life lost sends huge repercussions through whole families and communities.You should be proud to be residents of the Town of Wilmington and should feel pretty damn good that you have a Police Chief who doesn’t just talk the talk but walks the walk and everything starts from the top. I just hope that by the end of his reign as Police Chief that I am one of many saved lives. He deserves to be held in the highest regard by his town because he will fight to protect the lives of every single one of you and that’s not something you can say about a lot of towns.Thank you Chief and your entire department for being a part of saving this one life. I will be eternally grateful to you and will always be proud to say I am from the town of Wilmington. I’m sorry this was so long but I tried to keep it short.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington’s New Police Chief Joe Desmond (PART 1)In “5 Quick Questions”5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington’s New Police Chief Joe Desmond (PART 2)In “5 Quick Questions”Joe Desmond Appointed Permanent Wilmington Police ChiefIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Twists are in the depth of the characters
Twists are in the depth of the characters

first_imgWhat inspired you to write Simian?When I was young, my grandmother used to tell me tales from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata as bedtime stories. My favourites involved Hanuman and Bali. Then as I grew older and I thought about them in detail, I found myself questioning certain aspects of the stories I couldn’t come to terms with. My grandmother couldn’t answer them, it was upto me. And I soon found, among others of my generation, that I wasn’t alone in this questioning. That was the seed of the idea for Simian. To deal with these questions in me.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Why do you think a legend like that of Hanuman’s needed a re-telling?These legends have been told and retold countless times in hundreds of languages over the past three thousand years. I don’t know why they have survived and others haven’t. All I know is that there must be a reason why they are so much a part of our culture and us. I think retelling these stories is part of their nature. They are open to it since they are not written in stone and that is what is so unique and beautiful about them.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHow did the story of Simian formulate in your mind? How difficult (or easy) was it to get it down on paper?The story formulated as a result of the delving questions I have had ever since my grandmother used to tell me the Ramayana as a young boy. It had a long gestation period. I had to mature into the person I am now for it to be ready. That part was beyond my control. Regarding difficulty; on the one hand the work was incredibly hard but on the other hand it made sense to me, so that made it easier.  Does your graphic novel add any twists to the story that everyone knows?Yes, it does. The twists are in the depth of the characters and the unique and interesting exploration of what is so familiar to us in the story of the Ramayana. I dig deep and explore the characters relationships and motivations. Why did Sugriva kill his brother Bali? Why does Ram decide to stay in the forest even when Bharat comes to take him back? Why did Ravan really kidnap Sita? It is meant for both those readers familiar with the Ramayana, and those who don’t know anything about the story. Why did you pick Ramayana and Hanuman’s story?I picked the Ramayana because it means so much to me. I’ve known the story since before I can remember and that fascination with it has never left me. When my grandmother used to tell me the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, from that very young age I always identified more with the Vanars. And I chose Hanuman’s story because I found his story the most compelling. I also felt it hadn’t been explored yet, the way it should be.Do you have plans to take on any other character from any other epic in the future?Not yet. I’m working on part three of Simian right now. There’s time after that.If you weren’t an author what would you have been?Actually I’m a film-maker by training and profession, and being an author feels no different. I’m doing what I’ve always been doing, and that is telling stories.last_img read more

Volunteers remove tons of seaweed from XcacelXcacelito turtle sanctuary
Volunteers remove tons of seaweed from XcacelXcacelito turtle sanctuary

first_imgRiviera Maya, Q.R. — Environmentalists and volunteers spent the day clearing seaweed from the beach area of Xcacel-Xcacelito.More than 40 people from Tulum and Playa del Carmen gathered to help clear the sargasso from the Xcacel-Xcacelito Sea Turtle Sanctuary. The sea weed removal was organized by the environmental civilian association Moce Yax Cuxtal.Guadalupe de la Rosa, member of the environmental group, said that a total of 42 people gathered to help collect two trucks of three tons each from just the Xcacel-Xcacelito front.”Those who participated said that the removal was not massive, but that it’s important to keep the area clear to prevent the turtles from getting caught up and stuck in the seaweed, adding that the sand also needs to be clean to encourage the adults to arrive and spawn.Members of Moce Yax Cuxtal along with the Secretariat of Ecology and Environment are encouraging the public to help with the removal of sargasso. The state of Quintana Roo has been granted 62 million peso to remove the algae that lies along the coastal areas.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Commission needs more time on GMO ruling

first_img Facebook Comments GMO’s in Costa Rica Should Costa Rica allow GM corn to be grown here?  Yes. There is nothing wrong with GMO crops.  No. It’s a dangerous step and could threaten Costa Rican farmers.  No Response. Costa Rica’s National Technical Biosecurity Commission announced Monday it needs more time to evaluate whether to grant permission to a local subsidiary of multinational biotechnology company Monsanto to grow genetically modified corn in Costa Rica. The commission is reviewing a request by the company D&PL to grow GM corn seeds for export in the northwestern province of Guanacaste. The company’s plan has sparked protests in recent days by several groups of environmentalists, farmers and university students and professors, who say GM crops pose a threat to the environment and public health. Company representatives dismiss those claims.Commission president Alex May said colleagues from the National Academy of Sciences and the Environment Ministry asked to review more information before issuing a final vote.Agronomist Fabián Pacheco, from the Ecologist Federation and a member of the commission, said D&PL has up to 60 days to provide the requested information. Once the request is fulfilled, the commission will have five days to issue a ruling.On Monday, opponents of allowing GMOs in Costa Rica demonstrated outside the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry in western San José while commission members met inside.“Our food autonomy is at stake here, as well as our right to choose what we want to eat and what products we can grow,” University of Costa Rica professor Carlos Garro said on Monday.An unscientific Tico Times poll asking readers to weigh in on the issue found that 82 percent of 1,031 respondents – 841 readers – opposed allowing GM crops to be grown here. Sixteen percent – 167 readers – were in favor of allowing GM crops. Readers can vote only once in Tico Times polls. No related posts.last_img read more

Family demands justice after Mexican students body identified
Family demands justice after Mexican students body identified

first_imgRelated posts:Clashes as Mexicans hold rally for 43 missing students Independent probe doubts 43 Mexico students cremated Mexico’s 43 missing students continue to haunt President Peña Nieto – and they should Parents of 43 missing students in Mexico wage hunger strike TECOANAPA, Mexico – The family of the first victim identified among 43 missing Mexican students lamented the dashed dreams of the aspiring teacher Sunday, calling for justice in the case that has shocked the country.Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karám confirmed that Alexander Mora, 19, was identified among charred remains found in a landfill and a nearby river, bolstering suspicions that all 43 young men were slaughtered by a police-backed gang in September.Authorities had sent 17 badly burned remains to an Austrian medical university last month after the Guerreros Unidos cartel confessed to executing the students in the southern state of Guerrero.Murillo Karám said more tests will be conducted on the remains sent to Austria that have still not been identified.If all the students are confirmed dead, it would rank among the worst mass murders in a drug war that has killed more than 80,000 people and left 22,000 others missing since 2006 in Mexico.The case has sparked nationwide protests, highlighted Mexico’s struggle with corruption and undermined President Enrique Peña Nieto’s assurances that his security policy was bearing fruit.‘Let justice be done’At their humble home in the village of El Pericón, Mora’s family remembered him as a cheerful youth who dreamed of becoming a teacher to help his widowed father.“He decided to go to school, because it was his dream to be trained as a teacher, but his life was taken away,” his father Ezequiel, a farmer, told AFP of his youngest of eight children.Neighbors and fellow students have been paying visits to the tiny two-room house where the family displayed a small altar with candles, several photographs and a beach football, recalling his favorite hobby.But locals lamented the fact that no government representative has yet to visit the impoverished mountain community of 1,800 people.“Let justice be done because it cannot stay like this. My brother was not an animal that was killed,” said his sister, Edith. “We are poor people who live in the countryside. We will give him a funeral as is done here, honestly, poorly.”Authorities say the aspiring teachers vanished after gang-linked police attacked their buses in the city of Iguala on September 26, allegedly under orders from the mayor and his wife in a night of terror that left six other people dead.The police then delivered the young men to members of the Guerreros Unidos drug gang, who told investigators they took them in two trucks to a landfill, killed them, burned their bodies and dumped them in a river. Mexico’s Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karám offers a press conference in Mexico City on Dec. 7, 2014. Omar Torres/AFPMore DNA testsMurillo Karám said only Mora’s remains, found in the San Juan River, were identified so far among those analyzed by Austria’s Innsbruck University.He stressed that the identification process “reinforces the historical reconstruction” suggesting that the young people were massacred by drug hit men.Independent Argentine forensic experts hired by the families to assist the authorities said, however, that “for the moment” there was not enough physical evidence to connect the two sites where the remains were found — the river and the landfill near Iguala.“The evidence that links both sites for now is essentially through testimony,” the world-renowned Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team said in a statement, adding that the search for the students should continue.Family spokesman Felipe de la Cruz had already declared Saturday that relatives would continue looking for the 42 others.The parents have rejected claims the students were killed, demanding that the government find them alive and leading their own searches around Guerrero.Authorities have arrested 80 people over the deaths, including Iguala’s mayor and his wife, and are still searching for 11 other suspects.Peña Nieto vows reformsThe case has turned into the biggest challenge of Peña Nieto’s two-year presidency, shattering his attempt to move the narrative away from the drug war to his internationally acclaimed energy and economic reforms.His approval rating has plunged to around 40 percent, the worst for a president in almost two decades.The Mexican leader will host the Ibero-American Summit in the eastern city of Veracruz on Monday and Tuesday.Last month, Peña Nieto unveiled a plan to replace the country’s notoriously corrupt municipal forces with state agencies, but security experts say it fails to address corruption at all levels of government. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Czech government fights for austerity

first_imgPRAGUE (AP) – The Czech government is re-submitting unpopular austerity measures designed to help bring the country’s budget deficit below 3 percent of GDP.The lower house on Wednesday rejected a 1 percent increase in the sales tax on retail goods and a 7 percent income tax increase for the highest-earners.The parliamentary refusal came after six lawmakers from the conservative Civic Democratic Party of Prime Minister Petr Necas voted against because they said the tax hikes are against their party’s values. Necas said Thursday a new vote should take place in three months and the government is linking it to a confidence vote. If that vote also fails, the coalition government will fall.The government wants to reduce the deficit to retain the confidence of the markets.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Quick workouts for mencenter_img Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Four benefits of having a wireless security system Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

Emirates celebrates 20 years of connecting the world to Australia
Emirates celebrates 20 years of connecting the world to Australia

first_imgEmirates celebrates 20 years of connecting the world to AustraliaThis month Emirates celebrates 20 years of flying to Australia with the airline continuing to demonstrate its commitment to the market by increasing capacity through the deployment of two additional A380 aircraft on its Australian services this calendar year.Since launching services to Australia in June 1996, the airline has grown substantially from four flights a week from Dubai to Melbourne, Victoria, to 105 flights per week to five Australian cities today. This includes 11 daily flights from Dubai to five capital cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, and four daily flights from New Zealand to Australia.Over the last two decades the airline has experienced progressive growth in Australia and since commencing services to the country, Emirates has carried more than 27 million passengers on its Australian flights, boosting the nation’s annual AUD$30 billion export earnings from tourism. While in 2015-16, Emirates carried more than 3.3 million passengers on its Australian flights, with an average seat factor of 80 percent – one of the highest amongst carriers operating in the Australian market.From a cargo perspective, Emirates is the second largest international cargo carrier in Australia, with market share of over 11%. While overall, including both international and domestic cargo, Emirates is the third largest cargo carrier in this market.Barry Brown, Emirates Divisional Vice President for Australasia, said the milestone highlights the airline’s ongoing commitment to the Australian market.“Australia is one of Emirates’ most important markets and it has been incredible to witness the expansion of our network across the country over the past 20 years, which has allowed us to connect more travellers from around the world to Australia through our convenient Dubai hub.“Australia is the third largest A380 destination for the airline globally. The deployment of additional A380 aircraft in Australia this year provides further opportunities for those travelling to Australia to experience our world-class product and enjoy a seamless A380 journey, while increasing our capacity and delivering substantial economic benefits through travel connections, cargo and inbound seats,” said Mr. Brown.Already this year, Emirates added its sixth daily A380 service to Australia, replacing the B777-300ER aircraft on flights EK404 and EK405 between Dubai and Melbourne, which operate via Singapore.While from August, Emirates is scheduled to increase this number to a total of seven daily A380 flights to Australia, up-gauging flights EK424 and EK425 between Dubai and Perth, Western Australia.In addition, in the last 12 months Emirates demonstrated its commitment to the Australian market by unveiling new Business Class lounges at Melbourne and Perth international airports.This year Emirates also celebrated the third anniversary of its codeshare partnership with Qantas, which allows Emirates customers to connect to Qantas’ Australian domestic network of more than 50 destinations and 3,900 flights per week, while Qantas customers are able to access more than 45 Emirates destinations in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.In the time that Emirates has flown to Australia, the airline has invested more than AUD$90 million in local sponsorships of a number of Australia’s leading sporting and cultural institutions, ranging from the Emirates Melbourne Cup and the Australian Open Tennis, Collingwood Football Club, Emirates Australian Open Golf through to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Emirates AirlineSource = Emirates Airlinelast_img read more

Long Island Bank Implements Fiserv Origination Platform
Long Island Bank Implements Fiserv Origination Platform

first_img The “”First National Bank of Long Island””: (FNBLI) is now using “”Fiserv’s””: Common Origination Platform for its consumer, business, and mortgage lending needs, the companies announced jointly.[IMAGE]””Common Origination Platform has the capabilities financial institutions need as they adjust to the current loan origination landscape. Fiserv will help First National Bank of Long Island to drive down operational costs, reduce redundant processes and comply with increasing regulatory demands,”” said Kevin Collins, division president for lending solutions at Fiserv.Considered by several leading financial firms as “”one of the strongest and best operating banks in the country within its peer group,”” FNBLI has been taking advantage of Fiserv’s solutions since 1987. Through the Common Origination Platform, the bank will now benefit from the planned integration of the lending system into its account processing platform, increasing efficiencies and minimizing employee training time.””We run a lean operation which means that every member of our staff is responsible for all types of lending. By implementing Common Origination Platform from Fiserv, we are giving our staff the best tools available as we provide our customers with the levels of service they have come to expect,”” said Rich Kick, EVP for the bank.Common Origination Platform is just the latest in a long line of Fiserv solutions used by FNBLI. The bank also relies on Fiserv’s Signature account processing platform, Risk Office, and ConvergeIT, among others.””Our time-tested relationship with Fiserv makes us confident that they will continue to invest in technologies like Common Origination Platform and product integrations that make them a strategic partner in our success,”” Kick said. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology September 24, 2013 459 Views Sharecenter_img Long Island Bank Implements Fiserv Origination Platform Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Fiserv Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-09-24 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

Anastasiades offered additional assurances to Akinci on hydrocarbons Updated
Anastasiades offered additional assurances to Akinci on hydrocarbons Updated

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades has offered additional assurances to the Turkish Cypriots on safeguarding their share of the proceeds from hydrocarbons when Cyprus talks are in their final stage, it emerged on Tuesday.The assurances were contained in his response to Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci’s proposal for a joint committee to handle the issue of hydrocarbons so as to reduce tensions due to Ankara’s drilling in Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The response was sent to Akinci, the UN chief and the EU leadership.Anastasiades response was received late Monday, the Turkish Cypriot leader’s spokesman Baris Burcu said on Tuesday.The response was handed over through the UN, he said, adding that Akinci would raise the issue again when the leaders meet on August 9.In the meantime, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said later on Tuesday that UN special envoy Jane Holl Lute wished Anastasiades during a telephone conversation good luck on his meeting with Akinci and wished him a speedy recovery. They agreed to be in contact after the meeting, Prodromou said.Burcu said Anastasiades’ arguments against Akinci’s proposal that a joint committee be set up to handle hydrocarbons, were unconvincing.He cited the reminder from Anastasiades that the convergence between former leaders Mehmet Ali Talat and Demetris Christofias that hydrocarbon activities would be a federal competence after a comprehensive solution and would then be handled jointly, and also that the Turkish Cypriots’ rights to hydrocarbons and joint management had been accepted by the Greek Cypriots as a given post-solution.But Burcu said the convergence itself was incompatible with Akinci’s current proposal.“There is still no agreement on a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem, nor a federal structure or a joint federal administration so there is no mechanism for centrally managing hydrocarbons and other natural resources,” he said.Burcu also referred to Anastasiades’ reference that legislation has already been passed by parliament for the creation of the hydrocarbons’ fund that takes into account the rights of the Turkish Cypriots.“This is not convincing,” said Burcu.“We want it to be understood that Turkish Cypriots should participate in all phases of hydrocarbons’ operations and have a say in the procedures. If a fund is created, this is something that should be decided together,” he added.“One-sided decisions and creating funds by excluding the Turkish Cypriot side does not give us a sense of guarantee because our rights cannot be left to the mercy of the Greek Cypriots.”Akinci, he said, would discuss all of this at the informal meeting of the two leaders on August 9.“We believe that it is a priority for all to eliminate the climate of tension that exists and open the door to actions that will benefit all sides in Cyprus,” Burcu said.Later in the day, CNA, citing sources, said the Greek Cypriot side was ready to provide additional assurances as regards the proceeds Cyprus talks entered their final stage.Anastasiades said he did not agree with bringing gas into the negotiations because the process needed to focus on a solution.  But in the final stages of negotiations, the Greek Cypriot side could give additional assurances to alleviate the concerns of the Turkish Cypriots, especially as regards any proceeds from the hydrocarbons’ fund.The sources told CNA that if an informal conference was convened, the Greek Cypriot side would ask for the resumption of negotiations under the UN framework as a continuation of the talks where they left off in Crans-Montana in 2017.According to the same sources, the informal conference could be held in New York in September following the UN General Assembly.The response to Akinci came after the party leaders last week unanimously rejected the Turkish Cypriot leader’s proposal for joint decision-making on hydrocarbons, arguing that it distracted from the essence of seeking a solution to the Cyprus problem and the need for immediate resumption of substantive negotiations.Political parties also said in a joint statement that Akinci’s proposal contained provisions that did not serve the best interests of the Republic of Cyprus and the Cypriot people as a whole.On Saturday, Akel made public a letter it sent Anastasiades calling on him to declare that the involvement of the Turkish Cypriots in natural gas issues could be discussed if there was a strategic agreement that would lead to a solution.Although Akel was a party to the joint rejection of Akinci’s proposal, it said Anastasiades should have made a counterproposal rather than outright reject the Turkish Cypriot leader’s proposal. You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityWe protect our home with earthquake insuranceCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Three arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoBritain ramps up preparations for “very real prospect” of no-deal BrexitUndoA grotesque choice of prime minister for Britain?Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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