Commonwealth considering action on Lanka

The Commonwealth is considering action on Sri Lanka for removing Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake.Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma, in a statement, expressed deep disappointment at the dismissal of the Chief Justice. The Secretary-General recalled his earlier statements about this matter, in particular his statement following the decision by Parliament on 11 January to impeach the Chief Justice, in which he had urged the Executive to pause and reflect carefully on the constitutional ramifications of the differing positions taken by the country’s Judiciary and Legislature. Reiterating the Commonwealth’s profound collective concern at the recent developments and noting the deep divisions this had caused in Sri Lanka, the Secretary-General said, “the dismissal of the Chief Justice will be widely seen, against the background of the divergence between the Judiciary and the Legislature, as running counter to the independence of the judiciary, which is a core Commonwealth value. “I have been in touch over recent days with the Government of Sri Lanka at the highest levels and had offered Commonwealth assistance to find a way forward from the constitutional impasse. I will continue to remain engaged with the Sri Lankan Government following today’s developments. I will also consider further Commonwealth initiatives and responses as are envisaged in situations that could be perceived to constitute violations of core Commonwealth values and principles,” he concluded.The Secretary-General will be visiting Sri Lanka in February. (Colombo Gazette) read more

12yearold calls 911 when told to get off internet

A 12-year-old Simcoe boy called 911 after he was told he needed to get off of the internet and help with household chores.Norfolk OPP report that a parent asked their son to get off the internet and to help wash some dishes on May 9.The boy became upset and contacted 911.Police officers went to the home and were told that the boy wanted police to find him a new family.The OPP remind all parents and caregivers to speak to their children about the importance of 911 and to explain that it should only be called for emergencies only. read more

Surge in animalhuman diseases calls for more holistic approach to health UN

The ongoing expansion of agricultural lands into wild areas, coupled with a worldwide boom in livestock production, means that “livestock and wildlife are more in contact with each other, and we ourselves are more in contact with animals than ever before,” said Ren Wang, UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Assistant Director-General for Agriculture and Consumer Protection. “What this means is that we cannot deal with human health, animal health, and ecosystem health in isolation from each other – we have to look at them together, and address the drivers of disease emergence, persistence and spread, rather than simply fighting back against diseases after they emerge,” he added.According to the report, ‘World Livestock 2013: Changing Disease Landscapes,’ a new, more holistic approach to managing disease threats is needed. Since the 1940’s, a majority of the infectious diseases that have emerged in humans since the 1940s can be traced back to wildlife.For instance, it is likely that the SARS virus emerging in humans was first transmitted by bats to masked palm civets and eventually spilled over to humans via animal markets. In other cases, the opposite occurs – livestock introduce pathogens into natural areas, affecting wildlife health.The report focuses on how changes in the way humans raise and trade animals have affected how diseases emerge and spread. Globalization and climate change are redistributing pathogens, vectors, and hosts, and pandemic risks to humans caused by pathogens of animal origin present a major concern. Meanwhile, food safety hazards and antibiotic resistance are on the increase worldwide. read more

UNICEF welcomes final release of child soldiers by armed group in South

The release of 282 boys and one girl by the so-called ‘Cobra Faction’ took place in Labrab, a village in a remote corner of Jonglei state in South Sudan, bringing to 1,757 the number of children who have been released by the militant group this year. During the release ceremony, the children handed in their weapons and uniforms in exchange for civilian clothes. The boys and the one girl will stay at the interim care centre where they will receive food, shelter, medical and psychosocial support until their families are traced and they can return home. “It is the last chapter in a series of releases that have taken place since January and follows a peace agreement between the faction and the Government of South Sudan,” UNICEF said in a press release issued today in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. Jonathan Veitch, UNICEF’s South Sudan Representative, said: “We are very pleased to have seen this process through and that the final group of children has been released from the Cobra Faction.” “But the work is far from over,” he continued. “These children must be reunited with their families and they must begin the long and difficult road towards rebuilding their lives.” “UNICEF is extremely concerned about the welfare of children recently recruited around Malakal in Upper Nile state, given the recent upsurge in fighting in the area, the UNICEF representative said. “We again call for the immediate release of these children and we continue to stand ready to provide all necessary support for their demobilization,” he said. The reintegration programme, which includes ongoing psychosocial support, costs an estimated $2,580 per child. UNICEF faces a funding shortfall of $11 million for the programme. The conflict that began in December 2013 in South Sudan continues to affect the lives of millions of people. It has been marked by brutal violence against civilians and deepening suffering across the country. The major humanitarian consequences are widespread displacement due to the violence; high rates of death, disease, and injuries, severe food insecurity and disrupted livelihoods, and a major malnutrition crisis. Some 5.8 million people are estimated to be in some degree of food insecurity as of September 2014. This number is projected to increase to 6.4 million during the first quarter of 2015. The people in need for the coming year include an anticipated 1.95 million internally displaced people and a projected 293,000 refugees. Within South Sudan, the most acute needs are found in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile, the three states that have seen the most active hostilities. read more

Global food prices up in January cereal prices keep rising despite improved

According to a press release from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the January Food Price Index – which measures the monthly change in international prices for five major food commodity groups: major cereals, vegetable oils, dairy, meat, and sugar – averaged 173.8 per cent in January, its highest value in almost two years, marking a 2.1 per cent increase from its revised December value and 16.4 per cent above the year-earlier level.While 2016 marked the fifth consecutive year the global food price index has fallen, January marked its sixth monthly increase in a row.Sugar prices surged 9.9 per cent in the month, driven by expectations of protracted supply tightness in Brazil, India and Thailand.Cereal prices rose 3.4 per cent from December to a six-month high, with wheat, maize and rice values all increasing.International prices of rice also rose, in part due to India’s ongoing state procurement programme, reducing the quantities available for export.Vegetable oil prices rose 1.8 per cent, due mostly to low global inventory levels of palm oil coupled with a slow production recovery in Southeast Asia. Soy oil prices, by contrast, eased on expectations of ample global availability.Dairy prices remained unchanged from December, a marked departure from the 50 per cent increase it posted between May and December last year.Meat prices were also practically unchanged, with a rise in bovine meat quotations – the result of herd rebuilding in Australia – offset by lower prices of ovine and other meats.World cereal stocks at all-time high due to record productionWorldwide inventories of cereals are on course to reach an all-time record level by the end of seasons in 2017, according to FAO’s latest Cereal Supply and Demand Brief.Latest figures put global cereal stocks at 681 million metric tonnes, up 1.5 per cent from their December forecasted level and 3 per cent from the previous season. World wheat inventories would likely hit a new record of 245 million tonnes, marking an 8.3 per cent annual increase. Coarse grain stocks are forecast to grow by 0.7 per cent to reach their second-highest level on record, while rice stocks are set to decline slightly although ending the season at a near-record 170 million tonnes. FAO has also raised its estimate of global cereal output in 2016 by 15 million metric tonnes to 2,592 million tonnes, due primarily to larger-than-expected wheat harvests in Australia and Russia. For rice, excess rains over parts of Viet Nam and inadequate rainfall in Sri Lanka will likely curb rice output. read more

Why do we laugh at people in pain

first_imgIF YOU HAVE watched a YouTube clip of someone falling from their bike, breaking a leg on a football pitch or smacking their face off something, you’ll undoubtedly have laughed.No matter how much sympathy you may have for the person, or how empathetic you are, it will have been hard to stifle a giggle.But why do we laugh at people in pain?(Video Patterson of Blackrock College decided to look at this phenomenon for his BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.“These people are going to the hospital with broken legs, and broken arms and broken necks and even worse, and we’re laughing at them. But we’re laughing at them almost because we don’t know what’s happening next,” he explained.He posited that the videos are “cut off at the point at which it’s funny”, before the impact of the incident kicks in. Viewers don’t see the resulting injury, or hospital visit, so it is easy to feel disconnected.“Immaturity is one of the biggest reasons why we laugh,” he added.Then, there is the fact that children can develop a thirst for violent images. Young children are exposed to violence in cartoons, and this violence makes them laugh for a while but it gets tiresome; they crave something more, something human, real, and so that’s why they look at these videos. Because it seems so cruel, and it seems so inhumane and unethical, but that’s what happens. But for the person watching it, it seems to be hilarious.He decided to look at the subject precisely because it is confusing, and because “the mind is so complex”.Patterson spoke to psychiatrists and psychologists during his research, and his stand was a hugely popular one at the exhibition.Read: How to trick algae to save the planet>Read: Students invent ‘Bike Radar’ to help prevent cyclists getting knocked down>last_img read more

Driver tears through Washougal swimming hole kills 2

first_imgTwo people died Tuesday after a Jeep tore through a Washougal swimming hole, striking them as they lay on the beach.A Jeep with damage to the front end was located a few hours later, and a man was being held for questioning, according to Washougal police.Shortly before 5 p.m., a red or maroon Jeep Grand Cherokee drove through a chain-link fence on the west side of Sandy Swimming Hole Park, 550 N. Shepherd Road, according to a Washougal Police Department news release. The car continued down to the beach and struck a man and woman who were lying down.The Jeep exited the park on the east side by driving up a berm and through a park sign, according to the release. Witnesses reported that the Jeep did not slow down while in the park. It was last seen headed east on Shepherd Road away from the park and located by police later Tuesday night.The man and woman were taken to the hospital in critical condition, but both soon died of their injuries, according to the release. Authorities have yet to identify them, citing a need to notify next of kin.It is not known if the Jeep driver knew the man and woman, according to the release.The Jeep has extensive front-end damage and is missing the front grill, the release says. The driver was described as a white male with brown, thinning hair and between ages 40 and 50. A person has been detained for questioning, but had not been arrested, police said in an update issued shortly after 10 p.m.Washougal police and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit are investigating the crash. Anyone with additional information is asked to call 911.last_img read more

Barca interested in Arsenal defender – Report

first_imgBarcelona are ready to make a move for Arsenal defender, Laurent Koscielny when the transfer window reopens in January.The Catalan club will reportedly consider signing the ex-France international as a short-term fix for their defensive problems.The Spanish champions are currently having to make do without Samuel Umtiti and Belgian stalwart Thomas Vermaelen at the back because of injury, leaving just Clement Lenglet to partner Gerard Pique.Rather than spending big on a new central defender, Ernesto Valverde’s side are understood to be after a cheaper alternative to fill in at centre-half if Umtiti struggles on his return from a long-term layoff.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Spanish outlet Marca, as reported by Sports Mole say that Koscielny, who is yet to feature for the Gunners since May 3 due to an Achilles injury, ticks the box for an experienced and cheap option in the January window.The Spanish giants are understood to be willing to offer the former FC Lorient defender an initial six-month deal, which will carry the option of an additional year come the end of the season.last_img read more

Salt can help take sting out of college debt

first_imgThis story was written by the editor-in-chief of The Independent, Clark College’s campus newspaper, as part of a collaboration with The Columbian called Voices From Clark College. It is also being published today in The Independent.Long before the U.S. dollar dominated the global economy, a simpler commodity was exchanged as money — salt.Now, in order to help college students become more financially savvy, many students at colleges nationwide — including some at Clark College — are learning about money with Salt, a financial literacy program created by American Student Assistance. The nonprofit is dedicated to helping students and alumni manage their college debt.Salt is a membership program that offers online workshops and modules to help students learn how to manage their money better. It provides courses on subjects such as budgeting, student loans and loan repayment. The service also tracks students’ financial-aid disbursements.Salt became available for free to Clark College students and alumni last Friday, and now Clark officials plan to incorporate Salt into many areas of the college. For example, financial aid officers will encourage loan recipients to complete courses on student loans and loan repayment in addition to mandatory entrance counseling. Clark’s Career Services department plans to supplement its student success workshops with money-management modules. Instructors of First-Year Experience classes will embed personal finance workshops into the classes.“We hope to see students making informed decisions about money matters,” said Edie Blakely, Clark College’s director of Career Services. “We hope to see students able to pay back any loans.”last_img read more

Land Acquisition Bill Government Moves 9 Amendments

first_imgIn the latest development to the highly-anticipated land acquisition bill, the government moved nine of its amendments on Tuesday, reports NDTV.Land acquisition to be kept at bare minimumJob for at least one member of affected family1 km of land to be acquired on sides of rail corridorSocial exemption projects exemption to be done away withGrievance redressal to be available at district levelMulti-cropped irrigation areas shall not be acquired.Earlier on Monday, veteran social activist Anna Hazare met his close aides on Monday and discussed his long-planned Sevagram to Delhi “padyatra” to protest against the Land Acquisition Bill.Hazare had earlier staged a sit-in protest in Delhi to oppose the land bill with his former aide and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The social activist has termed the land bill as “anti-farmer” which only benefits the industrialists and corporates.Hazare told reporters that he would not allow any politician to share the stage with him at the Ram Leela Maidan where the foot-march is scheduled to come to an end.The meetings with his associates were held at Yatra Nivas in Sevagram, Maharashtra, where Mahatma Gandhi’s ashram is situated.last_img read more

PHOTOS The Sahara Desert Painted White With Snow

first_imgZineddine Hashas/Geoff RobinsonA scene of snow, striped in orange: This is how the desert surrounding Ain Sefra in Algeria appeared to residents for a few fleeting hours Sunday.For a few fleeting hours Sunday, people perched in the arid heights of northwest Algeria caught sight of something rarely seen: the Sahara Desert, shrouded in white. Residents of Ain Sefra, a small town surrounded by the Atlas Mountains of Northern Africa, walked outside to find a dusting of snow underfoot — and more than a foot of it crowding the town’s outer boundaries.While it’s not unheard of — snow visited this landscape in December 2016, after all — the wintry weather is indeed rare for the region: As NPR’s Maggie Penman pointed out at the time, the last major snowfall in Ain Sefra before that happened in 1979.Karim Bouchetata/Geoff RobinsonIt was no mere flurry that hit the area. In some parts of the region surrounding Ain Sefra, as much as 16 inches of snow fell Sunday.But, as Forbes noted, the unlikely winter wonderland was not alone in experiencing extreme weather this past week — and indeed, it came about because of odd patterns elsewhere:“The east coast of the United States continues to face the brutally cold winter storm Grayson and Sydney, Australia swelters in the hottest temperatures seen in nearly 80 years at 116.6 degrees Farenheight.“High pressures over Europe caused cold air to be pulled down into northern Africa and into the Sahara Desert. This mass of cold air rose 3,280 feet to the elevation of Ain Sefra, a town surrounded by the Atlas Mountains, and began to snow early Sunday morning.”Still, the scene Sunday was not to last.By late afternoon, the dunes’ blazing orange and red had reasserted themselves over the surrounding palette, as rising temperatures forced the snow to give way again to sand.Luckily for some residents, that vanishing act was not too fast to sneak in a quick sledding session. And luckily for us, some local photographers managed to capture the moment forever for folks who happened not to catch it in person.Here are some of those photographs.Zineddine Hashas/Geoff RobinsonBy late afternoon Sunday, the scene had retreated into its typical hues — but not before the snow was memorialized in a few astounding images. Karim Bouchetata/Geoff RobinsonAin Sefra is nestled in the heights of the Atlas Mountains in northwestern Algeria. Karim Bouchetata/Geoff RobinsonAin Sefra saw snow last winter, as well, but before 2016, it had been decades since the Algerian town had experienced a major snowfall.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Ashanti Alert for Missing Adults Passes in US Senate

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comThe United States Senate unanimously passed the Ashanti Alert Act of 2018, a bill that could help find missing adults.Similar to the Amber Alerts issued for missing children, the Ashanti Alert Act of 2018, is aimed at notifying the authorities and public about adults ages 18-64 who have disappeared without a clear trace.The Ashanti Alert system, named after Prince George’s County native Ashanti Billie, which could be used to find missing adults, passed unanimously in the U.S. Senate.The legislation is in honor of Prince George’s County native Ashanti Billie, 19, who disappeared from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Hampton Roads, Va. on Sept. 18, 2017.   The 19-year-old was found dead in North Carolina two weeks later.While Eric Brown, a Navy veteran, was charged in her abduction and murder after her body was found, Billie’s parents think the outcome could have been different had there been some sort of alert issued for their daughter.“We don’t want any family to ever have to experience this,” Meltony Billie said according to WTOP.“Ashanti Billie, who at 19 years old, kind of fell through the cracks of our system,” said Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA).Since Billie’s abduction and murder, the state of Virginia has created similar legislation in hopes of avoiding tragedies like in the case of Billie.If this new legislation makes it through the House of Representatives, then to the oval office and receives President Donald Trump’s signature, police will now be able to alert the public using radio, television and even street signs.The Senate even laid out in the legislation the need for educating, “broadcasters, first responders, dispatchers, public safety communications personnel and radio station personnel,” on how to use and disseminate the system.In addition, the legislation warns against overusing the system.Billie’s parents are hopeful the legislation will pass officially in the House and to the President to save other families and keep their daughter’s memory alive.“Every time we see an Ashanti Alert, it’s going to be kind of like a hug from her, coming to us,” said her mother Brandy Billie.last_img read more

Oranje does it at Pragati Maidan

Finally, the grand FDCI-Dutch fashion collaboration saw Dutch designers Jan Taminiau and Diederik Verbakel and Marieke Holthuislabel of DIED team up with our very own Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna of Cue and Suneet Verma. While the collection was interesting, what grabbed eyeballs were interesting headgear, hairdo and killer shoes [by Dutch designer Rosabbe Bergsma] – giving the show a truly international feel. For Taminiau’s collection, the hairdo was done to resemble blooming flowers. For Verma’s show, models walked in wearing feathered headgear. The ensembles marked a fusion between Indian and Dutch sensibilities. read more

Learn the art of selfdefence at KCCs Taekwondo classes

first_imgWith the increasing crime rate, Indian parents are looking for a sport for their children that would teach them the art of self-fefence and protection.Korean Cultural Centre India, in view of the same, has organised two months free Taekwondo classes, which will go until October 31.The students will be trained by Master Wan Yong Lee – who will be focusing on teaching self-defense techniques, fights, taekwondo, poomsae, taekwondo demonstration, and dance, teaching etiquettes and manners to the participants. Master Lee has been training Indian students from the age group of six years to 24 years at KCC, which also includes Indian Athletes who participated in this year’s Asian Games.”Unlike the common prejudice about the sport, it is more than a fighting game. Its ultimate goal is to develop and cultivate the personality of the player through physical, mental and spiritual discipline,” he says.Taekwondo – a form of Korean martial art is South Korea’s national sport.It became an official Olympic sport in 2000, and since then it has been disseminated in 203 countries.last_img read more

Bike Sharing Market Forecast DoubleDigit Growth Rate Through 2024

first_imgThe Bike Sharing Market research report presents a comprehensive assessment of the market and contains thoughtful insights, facts, historical data and statistically-supported and industry-validated market data and projections with a suitable set of assumptions and methodology. It provides analysis and information by categories such as market segments, regions, and product type and distribution channels. The report includes an analysis of the growth rate of every segment with the help of charts and tables. In addition, the market across various regions is analyzed in the report, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. The report manifests the growth trends and future opportunities in every region. Get Sample Copy of this Report @ Market Players: Uber, Ofo, Mobike, Lime, JCDecaux Group, Bluegogo Contact us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail: The report begins with a brief introduction and market overview, in which the Bike Sharing industry is first defined before estimating its market scope and size. Next, the report elaborates on the market scope and market size estimation. This is followed by an overview of the market segmentations such as type, application, and region. The drivers, limitations, and opportunities are listed for the Bike Sharing industry, followed by industry news and policies. For the future period, sound forecasts on market value and volume are offered for each type and application. In the same period, the report also provides a detailed analysis of market value and consumption for each region. These insights are helpful in devising strategies for the future and take necessary steps. New project investment feasibility analysis and SWOT analysis are offered along with insights on industry barriers. Research findings and conclusions are mentioned at the end. Inquire for Discount @ Table of ContentsChapter 1 Executive SummaryChapter 2 Abbreviation and AcronymsChapter 3 PrefaceChapter 4 Market LandscapeChapter 5 Market Trend AnalysisChapter 6 Industry Chain AnalysisChapter 7 Latest Market DynamicsChapter 8 Trading AnalysisChapter 9 Historical and Current Bike Sharing in North America (2013-2018)Chapter 10 Historical and Current Bike Sharing in South America (2013-2018)Chapter 11 Historical and Current Bike Sharing in Asia & Pacific (2013-2018)Chapter 12 Historical and Current Bike Sharing in Europe (2013-2018)Chapter 13 Historical and Current Bike Sharing in MEA (2013-2018)Chapter 14 Summary for Global Bike Sharing (2013-2018)Chapter 15 Global Bike Sharing Forecast (2019-2024)Chapter 16 Analysis of Global Key Vendors Bike sharing provides a convenient and cost-effective mode of transportation to the people for short-distance trips. Bike sharing serves the dual purpose of benefiting the environment by providing a cleaner mode of transportation as well as provide a means of physical exercise for the people. The bike sharing market generates revenue from three main sources: the deposit fees, rental charges and advertisement. Various kinds of bike sharing models include free-floating bike sharing, hybrid bike sharing, dock-based bike sharing, cargo bike sharing etc. About Us: Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for. We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us. Bike Sharing market is presented to the readers as a holistic snapshot of the competitive landscape within the given forecast period. It presents a comparative detailed analysis of the all regional and player segments, offering readers a better knowledge of where areas in which they can place their existing resources and gauging the priority of a particular region in order to boost their standing in the global market.The Global Bike Sharing Market is gaining pace and businesses have started understanding the benefits of analytics in the present day highly dynamic business environment. The market has witnessed several important developments over the past few years, with mounting volumes of business data and the shift from traditional data analysis platforms to self-service business analytics being some of the most prominent ones.last_img read more

Ladysmith musicians want to be role models in their own right

first_imgTheir support not only comes from the town, but also their schools, as they pull the crowd from there and their friends are always willing to support them.The boys also have an album called ‘What A Time’ they are working on.There’s no specific group they want to be like; they rather want to be role models in their own right.Though they all have different ideas and goals for the group, the one thing they have in common (besides their love of music) is the love they have for Ladysmith.“We get amazing support from the community and we hope to put Ladysmith on the map again and show everyone it is a place full of talent and opportunity,” says Philasande, while the other two agree.With their enthusiasm and determination, it’s not impossible for them to turn this into a reality.Follow them on: Twitter-EarthQuake SKFacebook-EarthQuake SKInstagram-Eq_SClick to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Many of the youth today have dreams and aspirations they want to follow and make a reality. Three youngsters who are showing this can happen are two rappers and a DJ, who make up a group they call ‘Earthquake SK’.They have been going strong for the last four years.The group consists of 18-year-old Philasande Mbhele (who goes by the stage name ‘Biggiesmokes’), 18-year-old Cebo Mlotsshwa (also known as ‘Peekilllah’) and 19-year-old Sandile Vilakazi (or ‘DJ Max’).While Cebo and Philasande wow the crowd as rappers, Sandile keeps the beats flowing as the DJ and producer.All three of these boys were born and raised right here in Ladysmith, specifically Mkhamba Gardens (Hyde Park).The young scholars want to make an impact on the world and decided they can do this with music. “The only way we could think of was music, as everyone listens to it and you can reach people easier,” Philasande states.The group’s biggest achievement of late is their music being featured in a movie that was released this month called ‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’. “I uploaded the song in Grade 9 on soundclould and Sean Drummond contacted us about using it in the movie. It was so exciting for us,” Cebo enthusiastically states.The boys have performed at the Ladysmith Show and various talent shows in the area. They will be performing at the Ladysmith Show again this year and are really looking forward to it.last_img read more

Chile charges 7 in Pinochetera death of photographer

first_imgRelated posts:US cable says Pinochet told of army involvement in teens’ burning Pinochet carried out targeted assassination in Washington Sentencing in Chile begins to bring closure in 41-year-old murder cases of US citizens Frank Teruggi and Charles Horman Suspicions grow that Chilean poet Pablo Neruda was murdered by Pinochet regime SANTIAGO,Chile — Seven ex-military men were indicted Friday in Chile over the 1986 killing of a photographer reportedly doused with gasoline and set ablaze by soldiers during a protest against then-ruler Augusto Pinochet.The crime is considered one of the most grisly committed under the dictatorship of General Pinochet, who waged a brutal campaign against leftist dissenters both real and perceived.More than 3,000 people died or disappeared under the right-wing regime.An 18-year-old engineering student named Carmen Gloria Quintana was also set ablaze along with photographer Rodrigo Rojas, 19. She lived, but was horribly disfigured.Six of the detainees were charged as suspected authors of the crime and the last as an accomplice, said Judge Mario Carroza.The alleged authors are the former officers and non-commissioned officers that were in charge of the patrol that apparently set the youths on fire. The driver of the truck the others had ridden in is the accused accomplice, the judge said.All seven were arrested on Wednesday after a former soldier came forward and testified about what happened during the protest march on July 2, 1986.The case had been closed in the 1990s with just one military man being convicted, of negligence. The court accepted the argument that the two youths were burned after a homemade fire bomb exploded.“Maybe they were carrying something hidden and it exploded,” Pinochet said at the time.The case was reopened in 2013 after a new lawsuit was filed by relatives of the two youths.Rojas and Quintana were arrested that day in 1986 by a military patrol. They were allegedly doused with gasoline and set ablaze, then left for dead on the outskirts of the capital Santiago.Rojas had just returned to Chile from the United States, where he had been living with his exiled mother. He died after four days of agony from his burns.Quintana suffered burns to 60 per cent of her body. She now lives in Canada.“I never lose faith in justice being done,” said Rojas’s mother Veronica de Negri. “But the wounds have not remained in the past.”Pinochet seized power in 1973 in a military coup that overthrew president Salvador Allende, and ruled until 1990, although he stayed on for eight more years as head of the military, which gave him immunity from prosecution. Pinochet died in 2006. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Etihad Airways network update

first_imgEtihad Airways has also revealed plans to increase its Abu Dhabi-Munich services from seven flights per week to a double daily schedule from 1 February 2014. Etihad will launch daily non-stop flights to Zurich, Switzerland from 1 June 2014. Passengers utilising this new service will be able to connect, through Etihad Regional’s new extensive network, to a range of secondary European destinations and hubs of equity alliance partners. The United Arab Emirates national carrier has acquired a 33 percent share in Switzerland’s Darwin Airline – to be re-branded as Etihad Regional – offering expanded network services from April 2014. Source = ETB News: P.T.center_img “This is a step-change for Etihad Airways… we are creating a unique approach to network development for global airlines,” Etihad Airways president and chief executive James Hogan said. Earlier this week, Emirates and Etihad Airways made their largest fleet orders in aviation history. Etihad Airways will launch a new regional carrier in Switzerland, while offering non-stop daily flights to Zurich and boosting frequencies on the Abu Dhabi-Munich route.last_img read more

50 US Households Wont Have Enough Retirement Income

first_img Retirement for Baby Boomers and Gen Xers could be more difficult than for current retirees, according to the National Retirement Risk Index (NRRI) compiled by the Center of Retirement Research at Boston College. The NRRI measures the percentage of working-age households that are at risk of being unable to maintain their pre-retirement standard of living in retirement and tries to address the challenges of ensuring retirement security of an aging population.The latest report that analyzes retirement risks data from 2016 indicates that half of today’s households won’t have enough retirement income to maintain their pre-retirement lifestyle even if they work to the age of 65 and annuitize their financial assets, including receipts from reverse mortgage on their homes. According to the report, rising home prices and stock market gains led the NRRI to improve modestly from 52 percent in 2013 to 50 percent of working-age households in 2016. It said that during this time period, a substantial percentage of households in all income groups owned a home and enjoyed the benefits of rising prices. Citing the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index, the report said that between 2013 and 2016, U.S. home prices increased about 14 percent in real terms. The NRRI stresses on home ownership and home prices due to their significant impact when home equity is accessed in retirement by taking out a reverse mortgage that can turn into an income stream through annuitization.On the other hand, it said that Social Security’s rising Full Retirement Age (FRA), reverse mortgage reform and declining interest rates served as a headwind against greater progress and reduced risk on the NRRI. The report indicated that by 2016 almost all workers had an FRA of 67, leading to a larger impact on low-income households who depend almost entirely on Social Security for retirement income.Lower interest rates in 2016, compared to 2013 meant that households got less income from annuitizing their assets, while the reverse mortgage reform announced by the government in 2017 meant raising up-front premiums and placing tighter limits on home loans.When viewed by age and income, all groups of households experienced an improvement, except middle-age and middle-income households due to more non-mortgage borrowing, particularly for education expenses. For households ages 45-50, their average non-mortgage debt-to-income ratio almost doubled from 14 percent in 2013 to 27 percent in 2016. Increased borrowing was also an issue for the middle-income group, aggravated by a downturn in reported defined benefit coverage. Share asset Boston College Center for Retirement Research Financial FRA Home Prices homes Retirement Reverse Mortgage Social security 2018-01-15 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img January 15, 2018 617 Views 50% U.S. Households Won’t Have Enough Retirement Incomelast_img read more

Hope for UK Cypriot teen Youtuber with rare disorder

first_imgResearchers this week announced they had found the genetic cause of rare blood vessel disorder arteriovenous malformation (AVM).They found four faulty genes which are also involved in the growth of many cancers.One of the patients involved in the research is British-born Greek Cypriot teenager Nikki Christou, 13.She has an AVM on the right side of her face and could have a life-threatening bleed at any time.“It’s quite confusing, because you don’t really know what’s happening from day-to-day. Instead of me crying water I have blood coming out of my tear ducts which comes out of my mouth and nose,” she said.The rare condition manifested itself when she was six years old, and life hasn’t been easy since.“I’ve probably had around 600 hospital visits,” she said. “I was virtually spending half of my year in hospital ever since I was six.”She started to be part of the treatment at London’s Great Ormond Street hospital six months ago, one of the first to do so.AVM usually worsens over time and causes swelling and disfigurement, but a recent MRI scan has shown that in Nikki’s case, the swelling has stopped growing.However, doctors will know more about the results of the trial in about a year.Nikki is doing much more than just swallowing the medicine, waiting for the results and staying in hiding because of the swelling in her face.She decided to start her own YouTube channel which now has some 300,000 subscribers and on it she tackles various issues regarding her illness, saying that she wants to show people that things can get better.“It’s what’s on the inside what makes you who you are and makes you unique and makes you beautiful really,” is her main message.She also acknowledges that negative comments about her appearance do hurt.“Even if you’ve got a thicker skin it doesn’t mean the comments don’t get to you,” she told Theresa May when she interviewed the Prime Minister on February 9.The teenager has also, along with her family, raised funds for research on the rare disease for years and they are key funders of the current research. With parents George and Tanya and other family members and friends she set up the charity Butterfly AVM which so far has raised more than £250,000. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more