First Nations leaders call meeting with Trudeau a sign of change and

first_imgThe Canadian PressFORT QU’APPELLE, Sask. – Cheering supporters greeted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he arrived in Saskatchewan for what First Nations leaders described as a historic meeting that heralds a sign of change. Trudeau held a private meeting Tuesday evening with the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council in Fort Qu’Appelle, about 75 kilometres northeast of Regina. Trudeau said he’s working on helping the relationship between First Nations people and the federal government. “I don’t want to pretend that any of us have the answers to the challenges facing Indigenous peoples in Canada, but what I will tell you is that as a country, we can build those answers,” Trudeau said after the meeting. “We can not turn our collective back on the problems. It’s not enough to be outraged by the headlines, the stories of heartbreak and hopelessness that come out of communities like La Loche, Attawapiskat and Natuashish and so many more.” The northern Saskatchewan village of La Loche was rocked Jan. 22 when a teenage boy allegedly shot and killed two brothers before going to the high school, where a teacher and a teacher’s aide were killed and seven others wounded. Trudeau visited the community a week after the shooting and promised that the federal government would be there for the people of La Loche for years to come. Natuashish, an Innu community in Labrador, has been the scene of a massive search effort for a missing teenager while a state of emergency was declared on Ontario’s Attawapiskat First Nation because of a string of suicide attempts among young people. The prime minister did not make any new announcements in Fort Qu’Appelle on Tuesday, but noted the federal budget’s announcement of investments in education, housing, health care facilities and clean drinking water. He said the government is taking significant steps to renew the relationship in an open and respectful way and to take concrete actions. File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council chairman Edmund Bellegarde said he believes Trudeau. “This is the first sign that we have a true commitment, that we have a meaningful conversation, that we have a meaningful relationship,” said Bellegarde. He said no other prime minister has sat down for a conversation with the tribal council, and the very action of Trudeau listening to the tribal concerns is a change 140 years in the works. “This is historic. This is reshaping the relationship. This is adding respect,” Bellegarde said. “This is recognizing the Indigenous peoples of this country have a role to play in the constitutional framework, but also in the public policy that needs to change, where it impacts our people.” Trudeau is scheduled to meet with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall on Wednesday, where he may face a tougher audience. Wall wants to talk about the gap between on-reserve and off-reserve education funding, support for pipelines and expanding employment insurance benefits. The premier has praised extensions to EI coverage for 12 areas hit hard by the resource downturn, including northern Saskatchewan. But he’s also said the federal government made a mistake when it didn’t include workers in southern Saskatchewan’s oil producing regions in those changes. The federal budget added five weeks to the regular 45 weeks of EI benefits, effective in July and retroactive to January 2015. Long-tenured workers will also be eligible for an extra 20 weeks of benefits, to a maximum of 70 weeks. Trudeau said he has “an excellent working relationship with every premier, particularly Premier Wall.” “My approach is always to be respectful and collaborative,” said Trudeau. “Brad and I have issues that we agree deeply on, other issues that we’re still working out, but … I have had nothing but positive, respectful conversations with Premier Wall about how best to serve the people of Saskatchewan and indeed, the people of this country.”last_img read more

Canadian home sales fall for first time in nine months

OTTAWA — Sales of existing homes cooled in September as they fell 1.4% on a month-over-month basis, the first monthly decline since January, the Canadian Real Estate Association said Wednesday.The association said sales through its Multiple Listings Service were down in about 60% of all local housing markets last month.CREA president Beth Crosbie said affordably priced single family homes are in short supply in some of the hottest markets and that contributed to the monthly decline.he $11 billion in mortgage payments the Bank of Canada doesn’t know aboutEven Canadian real estate companies don’t see much growth in home prices leftWhile Toronto’s housing boom rolls on, some of the housing itself is falling apart“That said, there are other markets with ample supply, but sellers there are holding firm on price,” Crosbie said in a statement.“There is a lot of variation in housing market trends depending on the type of housing, neighbourhood and price segment.”Compared with a year ago, sales were up 10.6%. However CREA said September 2013 had five Sundays, considered to be the slowest day for home sales.The average price for a home sold last month was $408,795, up 5.9% compared with a year ago.Excluding the Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto markets, the average price was $325,406, up 4.5% from September 2013.The aggregate composite MLS Home Price Index was up 5.28% compared with a year ago.BMO Capital Markets senior economist Robert Kavcic noted that there were large regional differences in house prices with Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary posting strong gains.“Conditions get decidedly weaker anywhere east of Toronto, with no city reporting average prices up more than 3% year-over-year, and fully half below year-ago levels,” Kavcic wrote in a report.“The good news is that the wide disparities in Canada’s housing market largely reflect economic, demographic and supply/demand fundamentals at work, all but eliminating any fears of a widespread ’bubble.”’The number of newly listed homes fell by 1.6% in September compared with August.CREA said the national sales-to-new listings ratio was 55.7% in September compared with 55.6% in August and within the 40 to 60% range usually described as a balanced market.The association noted that just over half of all local markets posted a sales-to-new listings ratio in the balanced range.There were 5.9 months of inventory nationally at the end of September 2014, up slightly from 5.8 months in August.TD Bank senior economist Randall Bartlett said the lack of listings on the market continued to be a surprise.“This suggests that home price growth may have more upside room over the next few months,” Bartlett said in a report.“While the housing market continues to defy expectations in 2014, we still remain of the view that housing activity will eventually cool from current levels. With home prices continuing to rise above incomes, affordability will become an obstacle to housing demand once interest rates do eventually begin to rise.”Meanwhile, the Teranet—National Bank national composite house price index posted a monthly increase of 0.3% for September.The increase came as prices rose in six of the 11 metropolitan markets surveyed including gains in Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax, Winnipeg and Quebec City.Prices were flat in Edmonton and down from the month before in Hamilton, Montreal, Ottawa-Gatineau and Victoria. read more

President UNF meeting postponed to tomorrow

A meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena and the United National Front (UNF), which was expected to take place today, has been postponed to tomorrow.This was to be a follow-up meeting to a meeting held on Friday. Friday’s meeting was held to resolve the political crisis in the country.

Colourful mural celebrates Hamiltons pollinators

A new flowery mural is encapsulating Hamilton’s efforts to save the bees.The Hamilton Naturalists’ Club and Environment Hamilton are planting a “pollinator corridor” of native plants, which will provide food and shelter to pollinators across the city.The 40×8 mural at the York Blvd. Parkette between Pearl and Ray St. was unveiled Wednesday.The colourful piece  includes native trees, shrubs and wildflowers, which help pollinators fertilize fruits, vegetables and plants.It was designed by local artist Gerten Basom and was painted by students at Hess St School. read more

Majority of people lack proper social protection UN agency reports

“The global community agreed in 1948 that social security and health care for children, working age people who face unemployment or injury and older persons are a universal human right,” said Sandra Polaski, Deputy Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO).“And yet in 2014 the promise of universal social protection remains unfilled for the large majority of the world’s population.”As many as 122 governments are contracting public expenditures in 2014, of which 82 are developing countries, according to the findings of the World Social Protection Report 2014/15: Building economic recovery, inclusive development and social justice.“The case for social protection is even more compelling in these times of economic uncertainty, low growth and increased inequality,” Ms. Polaski added, noting that it is also an issue that the international community should embrace prominently in the development agenda following the Millennium Development Goals deadline in 2015.At the beginning of the 2008-2009 economic crisis, at least 48 high- and middle-income countries put in place stimulus packages totalling $2.4 trillion that devoted roughly a quarter to social protection measures. This support “acted as an automatic stabilizer that helped the economies to regain balance and protected the unemployed and vulnerable from economic disaster in the countries where it was extended,” according to the report.But from 2010 onwards, many governments reversed course and embarked prematurely on fiscal consolidation, despite the urgent need to continue supporting vulnerable populations and stabilizing consumption.In the European Union, cuts in social protection have already contributed to increases in poverty which now affect 123 million people or 24 per cent of the population, many of whom are children, women, older persons and persons with disabilities, the ILO reported.Meanwhile, some middle-income countries, such as China, are close to achieving universal pension coverage and have sharply increased minimum wages, and Brazil has accelerated the expansion of social protection coverage and minimum wages since 2009.The report also shows that about 39 per cent of the world population lacks any affiliation to a health system or scheme. The number reaches more than 90 per cent in low-income countries. The report also highlights the cases of Thailand and South Africa, which have achieved universal health coverage in just a few years, showing that it can be done.“It is now a matter of political will to make it a reality. Modern society can afford to provide social protection,” Ms. Polaski stated. read more

Twostate solution in danger warns new report from UN office on Middle

The report, issued by the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO), highlights an increase in settlement activities by Israel and a further consolidation of Israeli control over the West Bank.The report also underscores that the demolition of Palestinian homes and livelihood structures more than doubled in the reporting period as compared with the previous six months, noting that the total demolitions by mid-April already exceeded last year’s total. It also expresses concern over Palestinian access to land and natural resources in ‘Area C’ of the West Bank, among other development factors.Regarding the Palestinian side, the report notes that despite continuing reconciliation discussions held in February and March between Fatah, Hamas and other Palestinian factions in Qatar, no consensus has been reached on achieving genuine Palestinian unity.“The formation of a national unity government and the holding of elections are vital to laying the foundations of a future Palestinian state,” the report notes.Humanitarian crisis, degenerated human rights situationCiting a protracted humanitarian crisis in the occupied Palestinian territory, the report says that “some 1.1 million people in the West Bank and some 1.3 million in Gaza, over 900,000 of them refugees, need some form of humanitarian assistance in 2016.”The report stresses that the human rights situation degenerated with the dramatic rise in clashes between Palestinians and the Israeli Security Forces in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, increased instances of punitive measures against families of alleged perpetrators of attacks, and administrative detentions. Gaza reconstructionTurning to the Gaza Strip, the report notes that there has been steady progress on the enclave’s reconstruction, and that more than 90 per cent of health and education facilities damaged or destroyed during the conflict in 2014 have been repaired, but that structural barriers continue to impede recovery.It adds that, although the temporary Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM) has enabled a significant increase in the entry of construction material to Gaza, only the lifting of the closures would allow the people in Gaza to rebuild their lives and livelihoods. It also cites energy and water shortages in Gaza as particularly urgent and chronic.The report will be presented to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) at its bi-annual meeting in Brussels on 19 April. The Committee, chaired by Norway and co-sponsored by the European Union and the United States, serves as the principal policy-level coordination mechanism for development assistance to the Occupied Palestinian Territory. read more

Upswing in global growth wont last forever IMF says world must prepare

Trade tensionsWhile some governments are pursuing substantial economic reforms, trade disputes risk diverting others from the constructive steps they would currently need to take to improve and secure growth prospects, Mr. Obstfeld warned.Despite widespread economic growth, public optimism has been eroding over time by job and wage polarization trends, raising the threat of political developments that could destabilize various economic policies – even beyond those of trade.“Governments need to rise to the challenges of strengthening growth, spreading its benefits more widely, broadening economic opportunity through investments in people […] that could radically transform the nature of work,” underscored Mr. Obstfeld. “Fights over trade distract from this vital agenda, rather than advancing it.”Trade tensions started in early March when the US announced it would levy steel and aluminum tariffs for national security reasons, provoking China’s announcement of retaliatory tariffs on US imports.In the present environment, excessive global imbalances should be reduced multilaterally.“Plurilateral arrangements, if consistent with multilateral rules, can also provide a useful springboard to more open trade,” stated Mr. Obstfeld.While each Government can do much on its own to promote stronger, resilient and inclusive growth, multilateral cooperation remains essential to address a range of challenges – including climate change, infectious diseases, cyber-security, corporate taxation and corruption.“Global interdependence will only continue to grow and unless countries face it in a spirit of collaboration, not conflict, the world economy cannot prosper,” Mr. Obstfeld underscored. “Global growth is projected to soften beyond the next couple of years,” said the report, explaining that: “Once their output gaps close, most advanced economies are poised to return to potential growth rates well below pre-crisis averages – held back by aging populations and lackluster productivity.”Looking at the largest economies, the World Economic Outlook , the Fund’s semiannual report on the health of the international economy, shows growth projections at 2.4 per cent for the euro area, 1.2 per cent for Japan, 6.6 per cent for China and 2.9 per cent for the United States.“Despite the good near-term news, longer-term prospects are more sobering,” said Maurice Obstfeld, Economic Counsellor and Director of Research at the IMF, the specialized United Nations agency working to ensure stability in the global financial system.“Advanced economies – facing aging populations, falling rates of labor force participation, and low productivity growth – will likely not regain the per capita growth rates they enjoyed before the global financial crisis,” he continued.Mr. Obstfeld painted a diverse picture for emerging and developing economies, saying that among non-commodity exporters, some countries can expect longer-term, pre-crisis type growth rates.However, despite some improvement in the outlook for commodity prices, he pointed out that some exporters will need to diversify their economies to boost future growth and resilience.The IMF, which is holding its annual Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C., with the World Bank, continued to echo its advice that the current cyclical upswing offers policymakers a good opportunity to make longer-term growth more resilient and inclusive.“Sound policies can extend the upswing while reducing the risks of a disruptive unwinding,” Mr. Obstfeld stated. “Countries need to rebuild fiscal buffers, enact structural reforms and steer monetary policy cautiously in an environment that is already complex and challenging.” read more

Defibrillator drones to boost cardiac arrest survival

first_imgGood Samaritans can be instructed how to use the defibrillator down the phoneCredit:Andreas Calesson Defibrillators have been increasingly installed in public places in recent years, however many members of the public do not think to look for one in an emergency.Certified by the Swedish Transportation Agency, the drones used in the trial were equipped with a global positioning system, a high-definition camera and communicated via the 3G network. Defibrillator-carrying drones promise to dramatically boost survival rates for people suffering cardiac arrest after a new study found they could reach patients four times faster than an ambulance.The fully automated eight-rota machines can fly, unimpeded by traffic at up to 50mph and deliver an easy-to-use heart-starting kit to critically ill patients.The technology should enable more NHS emergency units to meet the eight-minute response target for the most urgent cases, which has slipped badly in recent years. “Saving 16 minutes is likely to be clinically important,” the researchers wrote.”None the less, further test flights, technological development, and evaluation of integration with dispatch centers and aviation administrators are needed.”The proportion of the most critical cases responded to by NHS paramedics within eight minutes has gone down from just below 80 per cent in 2011 to 65 per cent last year, according to Health Foundation research. Defibrillator drone There was an overall median reduction in response time of 16 minutes.Developers hope that bystanders will be easily able to attach the defibrillator pads to the patient’s chest, while being talked through the procedure by paramedics on the phone or even through a microphone-speaker system installed on the drone. Research indicates that for every minute that passes between a person collapsing due to cardiac arrest and defibrillation, the chances of survival decrease by 10 per cent.In the trial, run by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, drones responded to 18 simulated cardiac arrests within a six-mile radius of their base, beating the ambulance every time.The machines were airborne within three seconds of being allocated to a new patient and took an average of five minutes and 21 seconds to reach their destination, compared with 22 minutes for the ambulance. NHS ambulance Ambulance response times have dropped in recent yearsCredit:EPA Saving 16 minutes is likely to be clinically importantResearch team Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Marko Krivokapic BM Valladolid to retire at end of season

← Previous Story MKB Veszprem wins 21st Hungarian title! Next Story → (VIDEO) Bundesliga (Round 32): “Foxes” leave Hamburg defeated, Ivan Nincevic in hospital ASOBALMarko KrivokapicnordhornValladolid The Serbian Marko Krivokapic (37) decided that it’s time put end to his rich handball career. The final game of the ASOBAL between BM Valladolid and BM Atletico Madrid will be the final one of his career. He has had lately many injury worries, and now feels that his body “had enough”, and the 37-year old has opted for a retirement.Marko Krivokapic won the Cup Winners Cup 2009 with Valladolid, when the team beat HSG Nordhorn in the two-legged duel on away goals.On Saturday the home game against Atletico Madrid might prove vital for the clubs ASOBAL status for the next year. If the club loses and the other teams fighting relegation win or draw, BM Valladolid might find themself relegated. read more

I am astonished Condemnation by gardaí of mutiny comments made by public

first_img Share59 Tweet Email ‘I am astonished’: Condemnation by gardaí of “mutiny” comments made by public pay chairman The AGSI and GRA have said the comments are unhelpful at a time when their members are being balloted on a new pay deal. I am astonished that such comments would be publicly stated by the chairman of a State body designed to serve all employees equally.Gardaí are currently voting on whether or not to accept Labour Court recommendations which would see the restoration of rent allowance as well an immediate increase in pay.‘Unfounded and hugely damaging’AGSI president Antoinette Cunningham asked whether or not Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe had confidence in Duffy.The PSPC chairman was only appointed last month to the role.Cunningham said: “The National Executive of this association read the comments in the media today and were shocked that a government-appointed, and supposedly independent chairman, would articulate such views which we believe are unfair, unfounded and hugely damaging to relations between this association and the PSPC.”Duffy said that his comments will have “no implication”at all for the role that the PSPC will perform.Read: Public sector unions are not happy about garda pay increases >Read: Jury discharged from murder trial after they spot 29 second gap in crucial CCTV evidence > Short URL Thursday 24 Nov 2016, 7:16 PM By Garreth MacNamee Image: Sam Boal THERE WAS WIDESPREAD criticism of comments made by chairman of the Public Service Pay Commission (PSPC) Kevin Duffy that the potential garda strikes amounted to mutiny.Speaking at an industrial relations conference this morning, Duffy questioned the legality of the proposed action, according to RTÉ.Both the AGSI and GRA, which represent middle management and rank-and-file gardaí respectively, both hit out at the comments with AGSI president Antoinette Cunningham calling on Duffy to retract the remarks, describing them as “extremely damaging and divisive”.But Duffy, speaking on Drivetime with Mary Wilson on RTÉ Radio One this afternoon, said he was “commenting only on the methods by which they {gardaí} went about pursuing their claims”.He added that the Labour Court had made its recommendations and that, as a former chairman of the court himself, he believed those recommendations were “absolutely justified”.GRA general secretary Pat Ennis said he was “astonished” by the remarks and said any confidence the GRA had in a fair hearing at the (PSPC) had diminished since the comments. GRA president Ciaran O Neill(Front Left) and General Secretary Pat Ennis(Front Right) arrive with negotiators last month. Source: RollingNews.ieEnnis said: 13,603 Views Image: Sam Boal Nov 24th 2016, 7:16 PM 68 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Digicel and interCaribbean Airways present Prize to October Text to Win Winner

Digicel and interCaribbean Airways present Prize to October Text to Win Winner

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNovember 11, 2014 – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (Digicel Press Release) – Digicel and interCaribbean Airways have teamed up to give customers the opportunity to walk away with a roundtrip ticket and spending money to popular destinations- the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica.The month of October saw Sara Divert, a student at the TCI community College walking away with the second of the three prizes – a roundtrip ticket to Haiti and $500 Cash. All customers have to do is text play to 7171 from their Digicel phone for a chance at walking away with the grand prize. The cost to play is $0.75 per text. Games run for a month long period. Currently the game for a roundtrip ticket to Jamaica and $500 cash is live and will end on November 30.Head of Marketing for Digicel, Ava-Dayne Fulford says, “This partnership with interCaribbean Airways gives our customers the opportunity to walk away with a very exciting prize package of a trip plus spending money! I’m sure this will come in handy for a number of persons who would love a Christmas trip back home or someone who wants a nice getaway vacation – either way, it’s a great package.”Yvonne Rankine of interCaribbean Airways, during the presentation to Octobers Prize winner, said “interCaribbean likes to be associated with winners and we are happy to be able to present Sara with her prize and we hope she enjoys her trip.”To find out more about the promotion like DigicelTCI and interCaribbean on Facebook. Related Items:ava-dayne fulford, christmas trip, digicel, games, Intercaribbean Airways, yvonne rankine Recommended for you Thousands without power in TCI Digicel T&T Donates Supplies to Anguilla and British Virgin Islands TCI Govt meets with Digicel and Carnival Cruise Lineslast_img read more

Tanker truck hits parked cars at West MiamiDade business complex

Tanker truck hits parked cars at West MiamiDade business complex

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – The driver of a tanker truck lost control of his vehicle and slammed into several parked cars at a business complex in West Miami-Dade, officials said.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the accident in the area of Northwest 107th Avenue and Seventh Street, Tuesday evening. The truck was carrying around 8,000 gallons of diesel fuel and gas.Skyforce HD hovered above the scene that showed tire tracks leading to the truck under some palm trees. The vehicle knocked over a fence and a fire hydrant before smashing into at least four parked cars.No one was hurt.Police shut down two lanes of Northwest 107th Avenue.Officials said there were no leaks.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

JetBlue flight makes emergency landing at FLL after windshield shatters

JetBlue flight makes emergency landing at FLL after windshield shatters

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A JetBlue plane was forced to make an emergency landing after the plane’s windshield shattered during a flight.The flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico was supposed to land in Tampa, but had to land at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport instead.A flight attendant took to the intercom to let passengers know what was happening. “It happens, I wouldn’t say frequently, but I have had this happen before.”JetBlue issued a statement that reads “JetBlue flight 1052 from San Juan to Tampa diverted to Fort Lauderdale in an abundance of caution, following a report of damage to one of the outer layers of the cockpit windscreen. The flight landed safely at approximately 1:00 p.m. local time. Customers have been accommodated on another aircraft.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Woman hospitalized after being struck by hitandrun driver in Miami

Woman hospitalized after being struck by hitandrun driver in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a woman to the hospital after, officials said, she was struck in Miami by a driver who fled the scene.City of Miami Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene near Northwest 79th Street and Seventh Avenue, Monday, at around 5:10 p.m.Paramedics transported the victim to Jackson Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.Police do not have the description of that car at this time.If you have any information on this hit-and-run, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams Yep my mom watched that Arya

first_img Game of Thrones if u feel uncomfortable just know that my mother and my step dad and my 2 sisters and my 4 brothers have all probably watched this too ahahakillmeehehe— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) April 23, 2019 57 Photos Originally published April 21. Update, April 23, 12:51 p.m. PT:  Adds tweet from Maisie Williams.   Post a comment 0 Me watching Gendry and Arya have a conversation: #GameOfThrones— Fattest Bear (@ljcharley_11) April 22, 2019 “That was trash”- Arya probably— T-Pain (@TPAIN) April 22, 2019 🤯🤯🤯… Robert Baratheon was right all along… Joffrey and Sansa didn’t work because that wasn’t really his son… But his son really did eventually get with Ned’s daughter… Damn.— Crazy Frog Lady 🐸 (@crazy_frog_lady) April 22, 2019 Arya: where’s that weapon you promised me?Gendry: #gameofthrones— Beau Sør-Trast (@beaudiddleyitis) April 22, 2019 Gendry: I think it’s time we start seeing other peopleArya, pulling out her faces: who you wanna see boo?— Big Ole Freak (@cahmehron) April 22, 2019 Did she shave her legs for that?— ꀘ ꍟ ꈤ ꀸ ꋪ ꍏ (@Truble247365) April 22, 2019 TV and Movies Some snarked about how the experience went. Joked rapper T-Pain, “That was trash,” attributing the remark to, “Arya probably.” Share your voice Jon snow when he finds out about Arya and gendry #gameofthrones— kop legend (@koplegend11) April 22, 2019 Game of Thrones continues on HBO with the third episode of the final season, airing April 28. Some fans, however, were Team Arya and Gendry all the way. “Get it girl,” wrote one Twitter user. Get it girl #GameofThrones— Sophie Vershbow (@svershbow) April 22, 2019 I’m thankful Maisie kept it classy – she was perfect! She doesn’t need nudity to enhance her character. She’s a BA— Nancy Williamson (@Nancy_WebDesign) April 22, 2019 arya with everyone else vs. arya with gendry— richard madden’s fluffy pillow lips (@wildlingjon) April 22, 2019center_img Arya and Gendry finally getting together I’ve been wanting this for YEARS this is my time #GameofThrones— Ashley (@AshleyFerrieri) April 22, 2019 Also, this is Game of Thrones, so no romance is going to run smoothly, right? Cracked one fan, “Arya and Gendry’s relationship gonna be WILD when she starts swapping faces.” me watching Arya and Gendry knowing Maisie Williams is 22 but in my head she’s still 12 #GameOfThrones— Allison #ALLCAPS🏆 (@allie_jay13) April 22, 2019 187 Photos Arya & Gendry don’t even know what they dads had planned so long ago…— First I Robbed You👸🏽 (@_R_U_B_E_) April 22, 2019 #GameofThrones that scene with Arya and Gendry… I can’t look at her like that, she’s basically my kid sister— Nakia (@WakandaQueenMza) April 22, 2019 Robert Baratheon: I have a son, you have a daughter. We’ll join our houses.Arya and Gendry:#GameofThrones— Alphina (@maleedus) April 22, 2019 Arya and Gendry’s relationship gonna be WILD when she starts swapping faces— mose (@mosebergmann) April 22, 2019 Helen Sloan/HBO Spoilers for Game of Thrones ahead.Think it was tough for you to watch actress Maisie Williams’ sex scene on Game of Thrones Sunday night? The actress revealed Tuesday that fans’ discomfort was nothing compared with hers.”If you feel uncomfortable just know that my mother and my stepdad and my two sisters and my four brothers have all probably watched this too ahahakillmeehehe,” Williams tweeted on Tuesday. Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through today “Where’s Podrick” – Ayra probably— afrosheep (@afrosheepy) April 22, 2019 Arya is 18, in full control and making a choice. She’s having probably the least weird, and most empowering consensual interaction in the whole show. Ever. EVER— ❄Mikki Kendall❄ (@Karnythia) April 22, 2019 I’m glad Arya actually lost her virginity to someone she did care for. Absolutely a great way to give her the humanity that she had to put aside for so many years🐺❄️💙 @Maisie_Williams— Brendon Smith (@bigdogXVI) April 22, 2019 Williams is 22 now, but she was just 13 when she started playing Arya Stark (who was 11, but is now 18) on Game of Thrones. And frankly, some of us still see her as the show’s kid sister. So when she finally got a romantic scene with longtime pal Gendry on Sunday night’s episode, it was tough for some fans to face. Gendry trying to come up with a body count that won’t get him killed by Arya— Alexandra (@aquinn95) April 22, 2019 See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos Tags And some fans were all for Arya finally finding romance, pointing out she’s not a little kid now, and her encounter was fully consensual, unlike many on this show.”Arya is 18, in full control and making a choice,” a fan pointed out. “She’s having probably the least weird, and most empowering consensual interaction in the whole show. Ever. EVER.” Williams herself thought rumors of the scene were a prank, she told Entertainment Weekly.”I was like, ‘Yo, good one,'” she confessed. But upon learning it was real, Williams was “very happy,” co-star Sophie Turner told EW.Hey, even in the show’s 2011 premiere, Ned Stark (Arya’s dad) and Robert Baratheon (Gendry’s father) were talking about arranging a marriage, as fans pointed out. They just weren’t the kids they had in mind for it.last_img read more

Amid criticism of homeless camps Anchorage officials weigh aggressive policy change

first_imgCamps set up along the Chester Creek Trail in Anchorage. (Hillman/KSKA)Anchorage’s problem with homeless encampments in public parks and trails is reaching a new “crisis” point. That’s according to a collection of increasingly organized and vocal community groups petitioning the city to get more aggressive in dealing with the problem.Listen nowThe tension was on full display at an Assembly meeting Wednesday at City Hall, where it was standing room only as advocates, municipal employees and elected officials crowded into a conference room.Over the last year, meetings of the Assembly’s Homelessness and Public Safety committees have taken on a sense of urgency, with members of the public growing increasingly impatient with the city’s management of the sprawling, unlawful encampments that speckle Anchorage’s parks, trails, and green spaces. Neighborhood groups and community councils have become more organized and involved in the issue, criticizing officials for a lack of transparent communication, and even presenting assembly members with a 12-point list of recommended actions.Assembly member Dick Traini has served on the body off and on since the early 1991, and says he and his constituents are seeing the issue of homeless encampments on public lands worsen.“People are more frustrated than ever, because they don’t see anything being done. The camps are not done away with,” Traini said after Wednesday’s committee meeting.The administration of Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has taken big steps to create new housing and support services to get people off the streets. But it is a long-term strategy that many say has inadequate solutions for addressing ongoing problems like overflowing shelters, a concentration of struggling individuals on the east side of downtown and messy, sometimes dangerous encampments throughout the green-belt that area residents say make them feel unsafe in their own homes.The city has a system for cleaning up vacated campsites, but it lacks the resources to keep pace with the problem. Parks and Recreation Director John Rodda told the Assembly that since January 1st, crews have cleared 65 tons of material from unlawful encampments — double what they had collected by this time last year.Right now, the Assembly is re-evaluating its strategy for clearing campsites. It includes a proposal to expedite removal when camps are close to a newly created class of “protected” public areas. That category could include popular trails, playgrounds, schools, as well as recreation areas, and mandate that all campsites within 100 feet be cleared within 72 hours. Currently, individuals have 15 days to leave a site once they are given notice by officials. The move is intended to classify broad zones where encampments cannot take root.The proposal could spark a legal challenge from civil rights groups. Traini doesn’t think the potential for litigation should stop the Assembly from taking more assertive measures.“My constituents are calling me up, demanding action (be) taken. And they’re right,” Traini said. “We’re the ones elected to do this.”In addition to the Assembly’s revised abatement ordinance, the administration is set to unveil new components of its strategic action plan on homelessness in July.last_img read more

Not done homework Kanhaiya jabs Giriraj Singh over Begusarai seat

Not done homework Kanhaiya jabs Giriraj Singh over Begusarai seat

first_imgPatna: Union Minister Giriraj Singh’s “reluctance” to contest Lok Sabha polls from Begusarai was comparable to a kid refusal to attend school in the event of failing to complete his homework, the CPI candidate from the seat Kanhaiya Kumar has said.”Watched the news on TV and learnt that the BJP minister known for sending off people to Pakistan on free of cost tours is not ready to come to Begusarai for contesting the polls”, Kumar said in a Facebook post late Monday night wherein he did not mention Singh by name. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA firebrand BJP leader, Giriraj Singh had caused a stir ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls when he said “those opposed to Narendra Modi should go to Pakistan.” He has continued with similar outbursts since then, the latest instance being his threat that those not coming out in support of the Prime Ministers Patna rally on March 3 would be deemed “anti-national” even though he himself ended up remaining absent on account of ill-health. “I have a nephew who, similarly, refuses to go to school whenever he fails to do his homework. But even he never thinks of sending the teacher to Pakistan. Neither does he hate anybody nor he wants to get anybody expelled Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivefrom the school”, Kanhaiya Kumar added sarcastically in the post. “This is the real India, vastly different from the shrill debates one watches on news channels”, the former JNU students union president, who first came into limelight upon being booked for sedition in connection with alleged raising of anti-national slogans at a function held inside the varsity premises. Kumars remarks came in the backdrop of Singh expressing unhappiness over his Nawada seat going to ally LJP this time. On Monday, he camped in New Delhi where he is believed to have tried to apprise the BJPs top leadership of his sentiments.last_img read more

Many years of dedicated service in the classroom

Many years of dedicated service in the classroom

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite 57-year-old Mrs Lorraine Schirge, the headmistress and founder of Andante Independent School, always makes sure that education is the top priority and that each child receives individual attention.Mrs Schirge has been blessed with four daughters who are the “apple of her eye”.She was born in Durban and later moved to Ladysmith.Mrs Schirge had visual problems as a child and battled with poor eyesight for years. Every day, she prayed that her luck would change and that somehow she would one day enjoy good sight.Having moved to Ladysmith in 1996, she heard about a good eye specialist whom she decided to visit and see what he had to say about her eyes.This visit would culminate in lenses being implanted in both eyes, which helped her regain her eyesight.Ever since, she has had no visual problems whatsoever.On the other side of the coin, her eye problems made her aware of the problems many children face in their lives on a daily basis.Children often have learning difficulties, and even bright children sometimes need a little push.That is when she decided to open up a school which would provide good education and help children with their problems. That school is none other than Andante Independent School, an inclusive mainstream school no matter what race a child is.Each class at Andante is small, which allows for individual attention.She established the school in the year 2000 and then handed the school over to a trust in 2003, which made her principal.Over the years since, Mrs Schirge has created strong bonds between the children and staff at the school.She is also well-known in the community as a kind and friendly woman.“I would like to thank the community at large, including my family and friends, for all their love and support,” says this educator with a kind heart and an eye for helping children attain a good education.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there?last_img read more

Chinchilla asks UNESCO to recognize Costa Ricas stone spheres

first_imgPresident Laura Chinchilla met with the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) last Friday to ask the group to include Costa Rica’s stone spheres of Diquís, located in the south Pacific, on its World Heritage List.During her European tour, Chinchilla met with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bakova in Paris. The World Heritage List includes 936 items, both natural and cultural, that are deemed to have “outstanding universal value.” Costa Rica has been trying to put the huge stone spheres on the list for a decade.During the meeting, Chinchilla was accompanied by Jorge Jiménez, an archeologist and sphere expert. Chinchilla asked Bakova for advice on having the spheres approved for the list.Costa Rica must present a proposal in September on why the artifacts deserve to be recognized as a world heritage site. If approved by next February, the stones would be added to the list.While in Paris, Chinchilla and Jiménez visited the Quai Branly Museum, where a pre-Columbian stone sphere was on display – a gift from Costa Costa Rica’s National Museum. Facebook Comments Related posts:Controversy Erupts over Spheres Costa Rica’s indigenous stone spheres considered for prestigious list Sphere Festival, surfing nostalgia, and other happenings around Costa Rica Costa Rica’s stone spheres close to making World Heritage listlast_img read more

Costa Ricas capital to run earthquake drill Thursday

Costa Ricas capital to run earthquake drill Thursday

first_imgRelated posts:Officials in Costa Rica’s capital ‘evacuate’ 60,000 people during earthquake drill Earthquake jolts five provinces in Costa Rica Two Good Friday quakes rock Costa Rica Earthquake in Cartago damaged dozens of houses At 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, emergency sirens, text messages and highway alerts on electronic billboards will report that a magnitude-6.5 earthquake just shook Costa Rica’s capital, San José. As part of the drill, nearly 60,000 people in over 90 buildings downtown will be evacuated.This will be the country’s first “Massive Earthquake Evacuation Drill.” Its main goal is to allow emergency response agencies, public offices and businesses in the area to evaluate the effectiveness of emergency response plans, evacuation routes and gathering points during an emergency.“Evacuees” will be taken to safe sites in parking lots, on sidewalks and in parks. Some streets will be temporarily closed during the drill to allow evacuees to reach designated gathering areas.The emergency drill, called “Mi ciudad se prepara” (My City Prepares), is organized by San Jose’s Municipal Emergency Committee and the Network of Emergency Committees at workplaces. The National Emergency Commission (CNE) will be the top coordinatating agency.Private companies, communities and some government agencies engage in similar exercises periodically, but this will be the first massive evacuation drill in such a large area, CNE President Iván Brenes Reyes said. Buildings in four districts of downtown San José will be evacuated: Hospital, Carmen, Catedral and Merced.Authorities have been announcing the event in local media and distributing fliers on the capital’s streets with information about the drill.CNE President Iván Brenes Reyes said last Tuesday that employers were expected to act as if it were a real emergency. He said the exercise will help save lives.“The initiative seeks to set an example for other cities, communities and organized groups to plan and conduct similar activities,” Brenes said.San José Mayor Sandra García Pérez said that most participants have been preparing their emergency teams and plans since earlier this year. “Their expectations are to get an assessment of their weaknesses, opportunities for improvement and especially to gain experience that can be shared with others,” she said.The results of the evaluation will be released within a week after the drill, CNE spokeswoman Rebeca Morera said.The emergency scenarioThe scenario will be based on a big disaster caused by a strong earthquake with its epicenter in Alajuelita canton, in southwestern San José. The severity of the damage will exceed the capacity of local and national response, therefore emergency agencies also will test national protocols for requesting international assistance.The drill assumes that the most affected cities in the earthquake scenario would be Alajuelita, Escazú, Aserrí, Desamparados, Santa Ana and central San José.The drill will last about an hour and all participants will resume their normal routine after they receive confirmation that the exercise is over.Here is the full list of participants and the number of buildings to be evacuated for each:-Legislative Assembly (14 buildings)-Association of Employees of the Social Security System (1 building)-Costa Rica’s Central Bank (2 buildings)-Bank of Costa Rica (6 buildings)-National Bank of Costa Rica (2 buildings)-Popular Bank’s Metropolitan Building (1 building)-BN Vital (1 building)-National Association of Educators (1 building)-Social Security System (7 buildings)-National Power and Light Company (8 buildings)-Costa Rican Post Office (1 building)-Clínica Bíblica Hospital (5 buildings)-Costa Rican Electricity Institute (16 buildings)-National Insurance Institute (3 buildings)-Science, Technology and Telecommunications Ministry (2 buildings)-Culture and Youth Ministry (1 building)-Finance Ministry (2 buildings)-National Museum (1 building)-Popular Bank (1 building)-Government Attorney’s Office (5 buildings)-Radiográfica Costarricense S.A. (3 buildings)-Supreme Elections Tribunal (3 buildings)-Vida Plena Pension Operator (1 building)-Walmart supermarkets (4 buildings)Earthquake’s epicenter and area designated for the emergency drill: Facebook Commentslast_img read more