first_imgWith files from Chris Purdy, Colette Derworiz in Edmonton and Jonathan Hayward in Humboldt, Sask. Brandow encouraged those gathered to lean on their faith as they struggle to deal with the tragedy.People laid flowers in a circle around centre ice in the rink as family and friends of players listened to prayers and hymns.Pictures of the dead and injured were placed on stands at one end of the arena.Nick Shumlanski, the only one of the 14 injured in the crash to be released from hospital, attended the vigil wearing his white, green and yellow team jersey, an obvious bruise under his left eye.The Humboldt Broncos were on their way to a playoff game Friday in Nipawin when the bus carrying the team collided with a semi.Sunday’s vigil took place the same night as Game 6 was scheduled to be played with the Nipawin Hawks in the Humboldt rink. There was a moment of silence at the time the game was supposed to start.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended the vigil along with Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe. Trudeau visited survivors of the crash in a Saskatoon hospital earlier in the day. Family and friends also shared more stories Sunday of their memories of those lost and unbreakable bonds forged by a love for hockey.More names were confirmed of those killed early Friday evening at an east-central Saskatchewan highway intersection.Scott Thomas remembered his 18-year-old son, defenceman Evan Thomas, as a strong athlete. He played both hockey and baseball and was a good student. But he was a teammate first.“He liked sports, but at times I think he tolerated sports so he could be a teammate,” the father said in a phone interview with The Canadian Press. “He loved his teammates and I think that was more important to him than the actual sport he was playing.“He loved those boys. He really loved those boys.”Thomas said that before Christmas, he spoke with the team’s head coach, Darcy Haugan, who was also killed in the crash, about whether there would be any trades for the second half of the season.“Darcy just said, ‘You know, Scott, there’s something about this group of kids that’s special,”’ he recalled. “He didn’t want to make any changes because they are such a great group of kids.”Player Logan Boulet, 21, had been on life support until his organs were donated, cousin Julie Kindt said on Facebook.“These actions alone give voice to the selfless and benevolent nature Logan possessed in life,” his godfather, Neil Langevin, posted in a statement on behalf of the family.Assistant coach Chris Beaudry was driving his own vehicle to the game the night of the crash.In an interview, he described his colleague, Mark Cross, as one of the happiest people he had ever met. Cross was from Strasbourg, Sask., where he played hockey before joining the Broncos’ coaching staff.“His first game, we found a tin of mints and ever since then it’s been alternating back and forth, buying mints for each other and sharing it as a joke. We’d end up going through a whole tin every game,” said Beaudry.Brody Hinz, 18, worked as the team statistician for the local radio station. Golden West Radio said in a statement that Hinz was being mentored by Tyler Bieber, the team’s play-by-play announcer, who was also killed in the crash.Adam Herold, a few days shy of his 17th birthday, was the youngest to die in the crash. He had previously played with the Regina Pat Canadians but, when the Regina team’s season wrapped up, he was sent to join the Broncos for their playoff round.Jacob Leicht, 19, was remembered for his laugh and bright smile.“Your laughter is so contagious and you had a smile that lit up any room,” relative Cassidy Tolley wrote in a Facebook post.Charlie’s Charters posted on Facebook about the bus driver’s death. Another team Glen Doerksen drove for, the Kinistino Tigers, also issued a statement.“(Doerksen) spoke at length of his time in rinks with his own family and now how much he enjoyed being able to take and watch other teams from minor, to senior to SJHL to their hockey games,” a spokesperson for the Tigers wrote on Facebook.Others killed include Broncos captain Logan Schatz, defenceman Stephen Wack and forwards Jaxon Joseph and Logan Hunter.The intersection in east-central Saskatchewan where the crash happened reopened to traffic shortly before noon on Sunday.While the wreckage had been removed, there were still playing cards and a broken DVD of the movie “Slap Shot” scattered in the ditch. The Hanson brothers, popular characters in the movie, tweeted condolences to the Broncos on the weekend, as did other celebrities.Team president Kevin Garinger acknowledged the shock and heartache at the arena during vigil.“I want to say to all the Humboldt Broncos families, billets, coaching staff, teammates, classmates, teachers, friends, community members – not one of us is alone in our grief,” he said.Garinger then read off a list of the injured and dead, his voice breaking toward the end.“Today and for every day forward we are all Humboldt Broncos.”center_img Thousands gathered to remember 15 people who died when the Humboldt Broncos’ bus crashed late last week and heard a heart-rending recollection from the team chaplain who happened upon the gruesome scene and heard sounds of the dying.“We travelled up and arrived at the scene … and walked up on a scene I never want to see again,” Pastor Sean Brandow told a vigil held Sunday night in the Saskatchewan junior hockey team’s home arena. “To sounds I never want to hear again.”He said he felt at a loss as emergency crews worked to save those they could. And then it got worse.“To go to the hospital and walk around and just hear groaning and panic and fear and distress and pain and just nothing but darkness,” he said.“To sit and hold the hand of a lifeless body … This is the valley of darkness. All I saw was darkness and hurt and anguish and fear and confusion. And I had nothing. Nothing. I’m a pastor, I’m supposed to have something.”last_img read more

first_imgA former funeral home director is facing a number of charges after allegedly defrauding the families of people who had pre-paid for their arrangements.Provincial Police Sgt. Peter Leon says the investigation centred on the Watts Funeral Home, a now-shuttered family-run business that had three locations in the central Ontario communities of Wasaga Beach, Midland and Penetanguishene.Leon says one of the family members on the funeral director team allegedly took money that had been provided by clients who were pre-paying for their funeral arrangements in a bid to make life easier for their loved ones.He says police began investigating the funeral home in 2013 and eventually uncovered 86 alleged victims who were defrauded of nearly $400,000.He says the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, the province’s regulatory body for funeral service providers, ultimately reimbursed those who lost money.Darrin Watts, 52, is facing six charges including two counts of fraud over $5,000, 2 counts of theft over $5,000, using forged documents and breach of trust. Leon says no other family members who help run the funeral home were believed to be involved in the alleged fraud.“It’s very disturbing that there’s individuals out there that are taking advantage of what is one of the most difficult things to do — say goodbye to a loved one,” Leon said.Carey Smith, Chief Executive Officer of the Bereavement Authority, said Darrin Watts owned funeral homes in Midland and Penetanguishene while his parents ran a third in Wasaga Beach. All three operated under the name Watts Funeral Home, he said.Smith alleged that Darrin Watts gained access to a number of accounts set up by people who had pre-paid their funeral arrangements.In such situations, Smith said, clients pay a fixed sum to funeral home operators, who become trustees for the money. He said funeral directors are ideally supposed to invest the funds in trust, allowing them to acrew interest that will cover inflation and other costs incurred since the arrangements were first made.Between 2012 and 2013, however, Smith alleged Watts went to some banks and cancelled the client’s arrangements, receiving the money that was being held in trust.Smith also alleged Watts told some clients he was transferring their accounts to a different financial institution, then taking possession of the money. Smith also said he forged documents cancelling pre-arrangements for clients who had booked with his parents’ funeral home, depriving his family members of the money.Smith said the Authority audited the Watts’ facilities in 2013 and sounded the alarm on the alleged fraud by contacting police. Darrin Watts turned in his funeral director licence shortly thereafter, Smith said, and his parents had to close their business.Smith said large-scale frauds in the funeral sector are rare, but said they can deal a devastating blow to the entire field.“When we have one person do something untoward, it starts to erode the reputation of the rest of the industry even if it’s a one-off,” Smith said. “That’s what we have a grave concern about.”Smith said Ontario’s funeral directors pay annual licensing fees, part of which form a mandatory contribution to a compensation fund run by the Authority.That fund is usually used to reimburse clients who made arrangements with funereal homes that were forced to close. In this case, however, he said the Authority used the fund to compensate Watts’ alleged victims.Leon praised the organization’s willingness to make the customers’ whole.“They assumed … the role of becoming the victim on behalf of those individuals,” he said.Watts is due to appear in a Colingwood, Ont., courtroom on May 1. It wasn’t known whether he had a lawyer.last_img read more

first_imgSir Elton John and David Furnish will host the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)’s 26th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles.BVLGARI is the gala event’s generous Presenting Sponsor.This year, through the support of EJAF’s friends at BBVA Compass, the Roca Brothers of the Michelin three-star restaurant El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, will design and prepare a sumptuous dinner for Party guests to enjoy while watching a live telecast of the 90th Academy Awards. El Celler de Can Roca has been among the top three restaurants on the influential World’s 50 Best Restaurants list from Restaurant magazine the past three years, claiming the top spot in 2015. Alexander Gilkes of Paddle8 will return to conduct the evening’s highly anticipated live auction. Illusionist David Jarre will make a special appearance, and the event concludes with dancing until dawn with DJ Johnny Dynell.The Foundation is excited to announce that one of 2017’s newest breakout bands Greta Van Fleet will be the evening’s special guest performers.EJAF’s Academy Awards Viewing Party is the most highly visible and successful fundraising event in Hollywood on Oscar night. Over the past quarter century, this annual event has raised more than $62 million, thanks to the generosity of EJAF’s supporters. These funds help the Foundation to make a real difference in the lives of people at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS, including urgently needed medical care in the Caribbean, innovative treatment and prevention programs in the Southern United States, and national initiatives addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States, Canada, and Latin America.BBVA Compass, TheBLUEFISH, and M∙A∙C Viva Glam have partnered with EJAF as the evening’s Co-Sponsors; Fin Gray and Michael Melnick and Guy and Lisa Ruffin are Associate Sponsors. Champagne will be provided courtesy of Hatt et Söner, wines by Domaine Bertaud Belieu, and spirits by Chopin Vodka and Clase Azul Tequila. The Foundation is especially grateful to the City of West Hollywood for continued collaboration with EJAF on shared goals. American Airlines is EJAF’s official airline.This year’s event co-chairs are Tim and Jane Allen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Jean-Christophe Babin, Beck, Joseph W. Blount, Boy George, Jim Carrey, Ciara, Chris Colfer, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Cara Delevingne, John Demsey, Zooey Deschanel, Michelle Dockery, Jennifer Kelly Dominiquini, Jay Duplass, Ava DuVernay, Tracey Emin, Roland Emmerich, Frank Giustra, Fin Gray and Michael Melnick, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Patricia Hearst, Tracey Jacobs, Allison Janney, Caitlyn Jenner, Quincy Jones, Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss, Heidi Klum, Robert K. Kraft, Diana Krall and Elvis Costello, Ryan Kwanten, Diane Lane, Sandra Lee, Spike and Tonya Lee, Judith Light, Eugenio Lopez, Rob and Sheryl Lowe, Eric and Janet McCormack, Joe McMillan, Lea Michele, Thomas E. Moore III and Mark Reynolds, Matthew Morrison, Mike and Kelly Myers, Kumail Nanjiani, Yvonne Orji, Sharon Osbourne, Katy Perry, Tyler Perry, Busy Philipps, Andrew Rannells, Pamella Roland, Jane Seymour, Sarah Silverman, Gillian Hearst Simonds and Christian Simonds, Steve Sims, Sharon Stone, Sam and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Steve Tisch and Katia Francesconi, Steven Tyler, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, and Denzel and Pauletta Washington.last_img read more

Rabat – In the midst of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of Hamas co-founder Hassan Yousef, appeared on CNN denouncing the ideology of Hamas and what he described as the organization’s “hidden agendas.”Speaking to CNN’s Don Lemon, Mosab Yousef said that Hamas’ “final destination” exceeds destroying Israel into building an Islamic Caliphate on “the rubble of every other civilization.”Mosab Hassan Yousef, writer of the book “Son of Hamas” a volume in which he details the alleged suffering the Palestinian people inside the Gaza strip have to bear under the reign of Hamas, is also a former informant for Israel’s internal security service Shin Bet for a decade and a Christianity convert. Dubbed by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz as “an ex-Hamas member who hates the God of the Quran and adores Israel,” Mosab Yousef is now living in the United States where he feels free to voice his criticism against the organization to which he belonged once in the past, claiming it is the one responsible for the deaths of innocent Palestinian children, not Israel.“Hamas does not care about the lives of Palestinians, or the lives of Israelis, or Americans; they don’t care about their own lives,” he claimed during his CNN interview.“They consider dying for the sake of their ideology a way of worship. Hamas is not seeking coexistence and compromise; Hamas is seeking conquest.”Asked to describe Hamas he knew as a Palestinian growing up in the West Bank, Yousef claimed that the organization was trying to inject their ideology in children from an early age.“In the mosques, Hamas told us that without shedding innocent blood for the sake of the ideology, we will not be able to build an Islamic state (caliphate). They were preparing us from the age as young as five years old. This is the ideology that Hamas was feeding us,” he claimed. read more

By Sana ElouaziRabat – North Korea’s ambassador to Algeria, Choi Hyuk Chul, has confirmed his government’s willingness to transfer its expertise in space technology to Bouteflika’s regime and help it launch an intelligence satellite.“We will be happy to transfer our expertise in space technology to Algeria and we are ready to help it launch its locally manufactured satellite from Algeria, not from China or India,” the North Korean ambassador told Algerian media outlet Al Ikhbaria. “The embargo imposed on us by America and its allies has contributed to strengthening our technological capabilities, not just military ones. By relying on ourselves, we have high technology in the field of industrial agriculture, such as tractors, space technology, and energy,” he added.The Korean diplomat said that North Korea could provide this expertise to Algeria, noting that coal can be relied on as an alternative or supplement to oil.He also said that there are intense discussions about the project, indicating that several meetings have been held with Algerian businessmen, despite the US blockade remaining in the face of this cooperation.Regarding the latest escalation between North Korea and the US, the ambassador said that North Korea “will never give up on the nuclear power to defend ourselves, even if the sky collapses. As long as there is an American imperialism on this planet, there is aggression and war, we can never stop our nuclear development or abandon our nuclear weapons.”A few days after the launch of the Mohammed VI-A satellite by Morocco, Algeria announced the launch in the coming months of its own satellite Alcomsat-1 from China, which will meet, among other goals, its “military and strategic” needs, reported several Algerian media outlets on November 11. read more

Michael Williams, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, briefed Mr. Siniora this morning of a Council meeting earlier this month on resolution 1701.That resolution, Mr. Williams told the Council, has helped to ensure stability, but the parties must do more to meet their commitments.“Stated commitment is good, implementation in practice is better,” he told reporters following his closed-door briefing to the Council.The envoy said after the Council meeting that he welcomed the continued commitment of all parties to the full implementation of resolution 1701, which ended the conflict that erupted in 2006, as well as calls for respect for the so-called Blue Line separating the Israeli and Lebanese sides, the disarming of all militias operating in Lebanon and an end to arms smuggling in the area.“But I also told the Council that all parties must do far more to meet their obligations,” he said, echoing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on the implementation of resolution 1701, which says that a number of violations occurred during the past several months and that “no progress was recorded with regard to key obligations” under the resolution.Also discussed between Mr. Williams and Mr. Siniora today was the deployment of another Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) brigade in south Lebanon, which the UN official said “is very welcome given the recent tensions.”UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) personnel have recently been the target of protests and attacks by villagers in southern Lebanon in response to routine military exercises carried out by the mission. Both Mr. Williams and the Council have called for ensuring the safety and freedom of movement of the peacekeepers in their area of operations, which is critical for discharging their mandate.“We also reflected on regional efforts to try to help Lebanon and particularly to maintain stability throughout the country,” the Special Coordinator said of his meeting with Mr. Siniora today. 27 July 2010Regional stability and the Security Council resolution that ended the war between Israel and Hizbollah topped today’s talks between a United Nations envoy and former Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora. read more

Prime Minister and United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe today said that the UNP and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) agreed to disagree on some issues.He said that both main political parties must work together to take the country forward. The Prime Minister said that while working together both parties must also look at strengthening the parties individually.The Prime Minister was speaking at an event held in Kandy today in remembrance of former President D.B. Wijetunga. (Colombo Gazette)

According to a spokesperson for the UN agency, the leaders of Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) sent a statement to the media on Wednesday, implying that they were ready to release the five women. However, the details of a possible release remained unclear.In the meantime, Liberian refugees and Sierra Leonean returnees continue to reach Sierra Leone in large numbers despite poor weather conditions caused by heavy rains in the region.Nearly 600 refugees and returnees arrived on Thursday at the Gendema border crossing in Sierra Leone, bringing the total of new arrivals in a week to 6,000, UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Clark said at a press briefing in Geneva.An average of 500 to 600 people have been arriving each day, with some 3,000 Liberians still waiting at the Zimmi waystation to be transferred to refugee sites. Further north in Kailahun, some 2,000 Liberian refugees are also waiting for transfer.More people displaced by last week’s attack on Sinje – Sierra Leonean refugees and Liberians – also continued to arrive in the Monrovia area, Ms. Clark said. Some of them are believed to be going straight to one of the five camps that UNHCR is running near Monrovia, while others have been heading for the camps for the displaced. read more

first_imgA FEW MONTHS after Google proposed a list of remedies to help settle Europe’s antitrust case focusing on its search engine business, the European Commission (EC) could soon be filing another case against the company, this time looking at its mobile software Android.The EC is currently laying down the groundwork for a case looking at whether Google abuses the dominant market share Android has on the smartphone market to promote services like search and maps, according to Reuters.It has sent out questionnaires to companies, asking whether there was a requirement set by Google for them not to pre-install apps, products or services that compete with Google’s own services.While any company is free to use Android as they wish, as it’s an open-source platform, mobile handset makers that want to use the platform must sign a contract that requires a minimum number of Google services be pre-installed on devices, according to a former Google executive speaking to Reuters.It’s expected that a formal probe will begin once the EC wraps up its investigation into whether Google ranks its own services higher than those of its rivals.The news comes shortly after new findings from Strategy Analytics found that 85% of global phone shipments in the second quarter were powered by Android. It also found that overall smartphone shipments grew to 295 million units during the last quarter, a 27% increase compared to the same period last year.Read: Ever wished your car would park itself and return to you later? You could be in luck >Read: Facebook’s latest app is offering developing countries free access to Wikipedia and Google >last_img read more

first_imgAstérix distribue les baffes, les neurochirurgiens diagnostiquent les dégâts…Publiée dans la très sérieuse revue médicale Acta Neurochirurgica, une analyse exhaustive, réalisée par des spécialistes allemands, recense les quelque 700 blessures crâniennes reçues par les divers personnages dans les 34 albums d’Astérix…704 cas de traumatisme crânien ou cérébral – 698 chez des hommes, 6 chez des femmes – dont 696 provoqués à l’aide d’objets contondants, occasionnant 188 cas de parésie hypoglosse (langue tendue ou latéralement pendante), et ventilés en 390 traumatismes sévères, 89 traumatismes modérés et 225 traumatismes ‘doux’ : ce n’est pas le bilan d’un sanglant fait divers, mais celui de quelque 50 ans d’aventures d’Astérix le Gaulois !À lire aussiLe crâne d’un ancêtre de Lucy nous en apprend plus sur l’histoire de l’humanitéUne équipe dirigée par Marcel Kamp, du département de neurochirurgie à l’Université Heinrich-Heine de Düsseldorf, afin “d’analyser l’épidémiologie et les facteurs de risque spécifiques de lésions cérébrales traumatiques dans les albums d’Astérix”, a passé au crible les 34 albums existant, y recensant coups, plaies, bosses et autres strangulations, ainsi que les ecchymoses périorbitaires (yeux au beurre noir) et les amnésies sporadiques consécutives,  et notant au passage qu’Astérix et Obélix eux-mêmes étaient responsables de plus de la moitié de ces voies de fait…”Aucun cas de décès ou d’un déficit neurologique permanent suite à une blessure traumatique au cerveau n’a été trouvé”, notent fort heureusement les chercheurs, qui commentent : “Ce résultat favorable est étonnant, puisque le bilan des blessures traumatiques du cerveau dans le monde antique est supposé avoir été pire qu’aujourd’hui, d’autant qu’aucune procédure diagnostique ou thérapeutique n’était effectuée”.Le 19 juin 2011 à 11:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgLa biomasse forestière plus polluante que le charbon ? D’après un rapport rendu par Greenpeace Canada, la combustion du bois de forêt serait plus polluante et dangereuse que l’utilisation de l’essence et du charbon pour produire de l’énergie. Alors que la biomasse forestière intéresse aujourd’hui de plus en plus d’entreprises, c’est une révélation importante que vient d’annoncer Greenpeace Canada. Aujourd’hui, plusieurs provinces canadiennes ont ouvert les forêts publiques à l’extraction à grande échelle de matière végétale (arbres, arbuste, souches, racines et feuillages) pour produire de l’énergie à partir de leur combustion dans des centrales électriques. Mais dans un rapport basé sur de nombreux travaux de recherche, l’organisation affirme que la combustion du bois de forêt pour produire de l’énergie serait plus polluante et dangereuse pour l’environnement que l’essence ou de charbon.Plus précisément, elle explique que la combustion des arbres n’est pas “carboneutre”, autrement dit qu’elle ne présente pas de bilan neutre des émissions de dioxyde de carbone et plus généralement de gaz à effet de serre tels que le dioxyde de carbone (CO2). Ainsi, les centrales électriques nord-américaines fonctionnant à la biomasse émettraient “jusqu’à 150% de plus de CO2, 400% de plus de monoxyde de carbone irritant pour les poumons, et 200% de plus de particules fines qui causent l’asthme”, affirme Nicolas Mainville, responsable de la campagne “Forêt” de Greenpeace dans son rapport relayé par l’AFP.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéAjouté à cela, l’organisation écologiste précise également que les émissions de CO2 provenant de la bioénergie forestière ne sont pas comptabilisées parce que les autorités les considèrent à tort comme carboneutres. Elles atteindraient ainsi environ 40 mégatonnes par an, ce qui dépasse celles du parc automobile canadien en 2009. Le rapport dénonce aussi la croissance des exportations de granules de bois vers l’Europe – 1,2 million de tonne en 2010 – qui a augmenté de 700% en moins de huit ans.D’autres alternatives bien meilleures Qualifiant la politique des provinces canadiennes de “biomascarade”, Greenpeace demande un moratoire sur les nouveaux projets bioénergétiques et la révision des projets existants, l’interdiction de la récolte d’arbres entiers et l’abandon du principe de “carboneutralité” concernant la biomasse, qui ne serait qu’un trompe-l’oeil. Selon elle, l’éolien, le solaire et la géothermie seraient donc de bien meilleures alternatives que l’exploitation énergétique des forêts.Le 5 novembre 2011 à 10:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Oct 2015 – LIAT, will on Friday October 16, celebrate 59 years of service to travelers in the Caribbean.The airline will mark the occasion with a 59% discount on tickets from today, until Friday but those tickets purchased under the birthday discount are redeemable until November 30. LIAT, then an acronym for Leeward Island Air Transport Ltd., was founded in Montserrat in October 1956 by St. Kitts born, Sir Frank Delisle. Related Items:birthday discount, LIAT, Sir Frank Delisle Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Billion dollar loss recorded for Caribbean airlinerslast_img

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, November 8, 2016 – Waterkeepers Bahamas and Save The Bays join those across the Bahamian spectrum this week who are expressing  reaction ranging from disbelief to outrage upon learning that the Government of The Bahamas has authorised negotiations with the People’s Republic of China for 10,000 acres of Crown land in Andros, farming and fishing rights, and 4,500 acres of Crown land for timber harvesting.As partners in the struggle to call attention to climate change, and as champions of transparency, accountability, freedom of information and protection of the many natural resources with which The Bahamas is blessed, we hereby go on record opposing the granting of any such rights to foreign governments to farm, fish and harvest the precious resources of The Bahamas.By stating this view, it is not our intention to cast aspersion on this or previous governments for this is not a time for blame and both governments have contributed to the growing dependence on a foreign government.Nor do we wish to cast blame on the representatives of the People’s Republic of China. It is clear that with one fifth of the world’s population, the most populous nation on the face of the earth must find ways to feed itself in the future.  We simply wish to reiterate that The Bahamas which already faces a precarious future with some predicting that as much as 80% of our land mass will be underwater due to rising seas in our grandchildren’s lifetime, this tiny island nation may not serve as a temporary foodbasket for a giant, risking the depletion of conch, crawfish and fish or losing Crown land with tens of thousands of Bahamians awaiting grants. Our arable land is already shrinking and we can ill afford to donate more.We stand firm and united with others in the environmental and freedom of information movement.  Please do not give away what makes The Bahamas one of the most desirable places to live, work and play on earth. Please, listen to the voices of the people who love The Bahamas and want the best for its future. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 4, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas’ delegation to Dominica set a great precedent for how the country will be “taken care of if this was to ever happen to us,” Bahamas Christian Council President, Bishop Delton Fernander said Monday.Bishop Fernander, was part of the contingent — led by Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis – that visited Dominica on Monday (October 2, 2017) to get a first-hand view of the devastation caused by super storm Hurricane Maria.The contingent also included Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration, the Hon. T. Brent Symonette; Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield; Director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Captain Stephen Russell, and President of The Bahamas Union of Teachers, Mrs. Belinda Wilson.“I believe, as a country, we demonstrated that we are citizens of the world,” Bishop Fernander said. “We showed up, we showed representation. People were there from all around the world trying to lend a helping hand and we stepped up in a very real and meaningful way.“We saw the devastation, we spoke with the Prime Minister (Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit), we met with the other Cabinet Ministers and some of the people on the ground, and there was a sense that ‘We are glad you are here; We are glad that you are looking after us and that you are concerned about us.’“I believe that we, as a Diaspora, set a precedent for how we will be taken care of if this was to ever happen to us and so I think we should be mighty proud as a nation that we were able to step up and be that kind of example of what we ought to do as CARICOM Leaders,” Bishop Fernander added.Bishop Fernander said the devastation caused in Dominica by Hurricane Maria was daunting.“Just about every place had tremendous damage and there is a tremendous cleanup effort taking place with mud still everywhere. You have to wear masks in some areas from what has taken place (as it relates to some potential public health concerns).“This is a journey of how we learn to take care of our brothers and sisters, with the hope that this never happens to us,” Bishop Fernander added.By: Matt Maura (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

first_imgBegum Rokeya in the eyes of an artist. Photo: UNBFive persons on Saturday received prestigious Rokeya Padak, 2017 for their outstanding contributions to the society and the empowerment of womenfolk.They are-freedom fighter and organiser Mazeda Shawkat Ali, journalist Mahfuza Khatun Baby Moudud (Posthumous), artiste Suraiya Rahman, writer Shobha Rani Tripura, and social worker Masuda Faruk Ratna, reports UNB.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina handed over the prizes and certificates among the winners and their family members at a programme held at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka on 9 December, the birth and death anniversary of Begum Rokeya.The children and women affairs ministry organised the programme with state minister for women and children affairs Meher Afroze Chumki in the chair. Secretary to the ministry Nasima Begum read out the citations.The government introduced the award in 1995 after the name of Begum Rokeya, a pioneer of women’s rights movement in the undivided Bengal who was a leading feminist writer and social worker during the early 20th century and mostly famous for her efforts for gender equality and female education.last_img read more

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Related Content Technology | Lung Cancer | May 09, 2018 Body Vision Medical Receives FDA Clearance for LungVision Tool Body Vision Medical received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market their LungVision Tool… read more Videos | Advanced Visualization | March 05, 2019 VIDEO: Virtual Endoscopic Navigation Planning Tool For Pancreatic Cancer This is an example of a new endoscopic 3-D imaging simulator created from a patient’s computed tomography (CT) scan u read more News | Endoscopes | March 14, 2019 Hologic Receives CE Mark for Three-in-One Omni Hysteroscope Hologic Inc. announced it has received a CE mark in Europe for its Omni hysteroscope, a three-in-one modular scope with… read more center_img September 9, 2008 – Aptium Oncology, which develops hospital-based outpatient cancer centers, will inaugurate the Aptium Oncology GI Cancer Consortium (AGICC), a consortium that aims to speed the process of finding and efficiently testing active new compounds for patients with gastrointestinal cancers, enabling useful drugs to reach the market more quickly.The consortium consists of eight member institutions with demonstrated expertise in the multidisciplinary and translational approach to gastrointestinal (GI) malignancies, at a kick-off meeting September 28 and 29, 2008 at Christiana Care Healthcare Systems in Newark, DE.“A number of us at Aptium Oncology have long had strong interest in advancing the state of care for GI cancers,” said John S. Macdonald, M.D., chief medical officer. “With colon, stomach and other types of GI cancers affecting millions, there is considerable opportunity for introducing new drugs in GI cancer, including targeted agents that are in development but still need to be tested.” Aptium assembled a think tank of physicians from around the country – all with experience in the biology of GI cancers – to be involved in the Consortium. “And with involvement from eight cancer centers across the country, including world leaders in GI cancer, we can get drugs evaluated and, if active and likely to be helpful to patients, to market more quickly – and with less bureaucracy,” said Dr. Macdonald.The new, targeted GI drugs cited by Dr. Macdonald are currently being investigated and are the result of scientists’ increased understanding of the molecular events that take place within a cell to make it cancerous. The ability to potentially target those actual molecular events represents a significant step in cancer care, and is vastly preferable to cytotoxic drugs that kill large numbers of cancer cells, but also kill normal tissue, which can typically lead to severe side effects during treatment.AGICC is an innovative model that brings investigators together to test drugs as they come along, in contrast to pharmaceutical company-driven studies that typically are created to test a specific drug. “There are about 160,000 new colon cancer patients a year,” noted Dr. Macdonald. “In addition, only about fifty percent of all colon cancer patients survive five years. If we look at the patients whose cancer has metastasized, the five-year survival rate is only 10-15 percent. These patients with a very a poor prognosis are the group we want to target, in order to improve their survival rates and quality of life. And if we’re successful, the Consortium can serve as an important model for speeding time to market for drugs targeting other cancers. The Consortium underscores Aptium Oncology’s commitment to innovative research on behalf of all patients with cancer.”Accordingly, a key goal of the Consortium is to design a new process for clinical trials that is faster, more efficient and less bureaucratic, allowing institutions to more rapidly take new drugs into test protocols, ultimately identifying those that are most effective.”There currently are a number of compounds for treating GI cancers of the colon, rectum, liver, stomach, pancreas and esophagus,” said Lawrence Leichman, M.D., F.A.C.P., director of the Consortium. Dr. Leichman, National Program Director of GI Malignancies, Aptium Oncology, and medical oncologist at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, added, “However, while our drug choices are more varied and effective, none of the compounds on the market for GI cancers are as effective over the long term as we would like. We have already made great advances in understanding the molecular biology of many GI cancers. The consortium will help us take advantage of that knowledge and advance the research needed to get the new drugs on the radar screen and get these new treatments on the market – and to our patients – sooner.”Each of the eight institutions selected for the consortium is funded for two years via a support grant to be used in expanding and supplementing their ongoing clinical/translational gastrointestinal cancer programs. The consortium includes five university cancer center programs and three large private groups:USC/Norris Gastrointestinal Oncology Program, University of Southern California; Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Vanderbilt University; University of Colorado Cancer Center; University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center; NYU Langone Medical Center; Fox Chase Cancer Center Partners; Swedish Cancer Institute, Seattle, WA; and Christiana Care’s Helen F. 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first_img Sponsored Stories Nationwide apologized to customers for what it described as a “one-off incident” and assured them any costs related to the error will be reimbursed in full.Separately, RBS Group _ which owns NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland _ said some of its customers experienced technical difficulties with online banking and debit cards. It did not specify what caused the issue, but said late Thursday that operations had returned to normal.Last month, a weeklong glitch delayed the posting of credits and debits to millions of NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland customers.RBS said at the time a failed software upgrade caused the issues.Hundreds of branches were forced to open early and close late in a bid to placate customers, who complained of bills and salaries going unpaid and delays in closing home purchases because money was not being credited to accounts.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths LONDON (AP) – Nationwide Building Society said Thursday that human error at the company caused more than 704,000 British debit card customers to have payments taken from their accounts twice, while technical issues hit customers of RBS Group-owned National Westminster Bank for the second time in just over a month.Nationwide said that a human error saw debit card transactions made on Wednesday processed that day and again on Thursday, affecting 704,426 accounts. It said the issue was identified Thursday and will be corrected overnight. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementscenter_img 5 ways to recognize low testosterone 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   last_img read more

first_imgSource = Club Med Say Ciao to Club Med CefaluSay Ciao to Club Med CefaluClub Med is proud to announce the recent expansion of their ‘Exclusive Collection’ with the opening of Club Med Cefalu, Italy, the first luxury 5-Trident resort in the Mediterranean. Located on the northern coast of Sicily, Cefalu has breath-taking panoramic views, situated within a natural reserve of rugged cliffs. The resort will join the likes of Club Med Finolhu Villas to comprise the all-inclusive holiday provider’s exquisite Exclusive Collection, which offers premium guest benefits and personalised services for those looking to relax and enjoy the ultimate hassle-free luxury holiday.Marine Blanchetier, Marketing Manager for Club Med Pacific, says, “We’ve continued to see an increase in travellers seeking high-end luxury accommodation and experiences and we’re proud to be expanding our Exclusive Collection in line with this. Club Med continues to provide amazing services worldwide and we look forward to inviting guests to experience this at Club Med Cefalu. It truly is the ultimate opportunity to unwind, reconnect and embrace the Sicilian art de vivre.”Club Med Cefalu, SicilySituated in a picturesque old town 90 minutes from Palermo airport lays Club Med Cefalu, peacefully positioned away from tourist hot spots, featuring charming winding alleys, a dramatic cathedral and crystal-clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea below. Amidst this stunning location with 180-degree views over the bay, Cefalu demonstrates Club Med’s innovation, offering premium guest benefits and personalised services while providing an authentic Italian experience.At Cefalu, guests can enjoy a myriad of water sports including all-new electric surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, scuba diving, a dip in Sicily’s first natural swimming pool in the resort’s Zen Zone, and much more. Those looking to unwind on the shores can enjoy sports like volleyball and tennis or pamper themselves with a world-class beauty experience at the Parisian Carita spa.Three restaurants offer their own take on Sicilian cuisine, with breath-taking views over Cefalu Bay on the resort’s cliff-side terraces. Led by Michelin-star chef Andrea Berton who created the five-star menu at the Il Palazzo Gourmet Lounge, indulge in a selection of fresh local and international cuisine, craft gelato, home-grown specialities counter with streamer arancini, mozzarella in carroza, and granita, all accompanied by Italian, French and international wines, live music in the evenings, and décor inspired by the stars of Italian cinema.The opening of Club Med Cefalu celebrates a milestone for the business, adding a sixth resort to its renowned Exclusive Collection.Exclusive CollectionClub Med’s Exclusive Collection treats guests to luxurious accommodation and design inspired by their surroundings, intimate resort areas with lower capacity, access to private lounges and pools, and complimentary champagne from 6pm – all with Club Med’s signature friendly service and all-inclusive offering. Each Club Med experience is customised to the needs of guests with a dedicated concierge service, private transfers, plus many more resort-specific benefits to discover upon arrival.Club Med’s Exclusive Collection compromises of its most luxurious chalets, villas, resorts and five star spaces across the globe, including:Villas & ChaletsAlbion Villas, Mauritius – private multi-bedroom villas inspired by the essence of Mauritian designFinolhu Villas, Maldives – exceptional private eco-friendly villas just a stone’s throw away from Club Med Kani – barefoot luxury at its best Valmorel Chalets, France – a friendly, intimate setting that sets you on course for an unforgettable family holiday for guests of all agesResortsLa Plantation D’Albion, Mauritius – striking nature and vibrant immersions in the Mauritian art of living, Club Med La Plantation d’Albion will enchant you with its sublime experiences and unique local cultureCefalu – A chic Sicilian paradise set on rugged cliffs offering a perfect haven to soak up the authentic Mediterranean flavours and styles of ItalyFive star luxury spacesManta exclusive space at Kani Maldives – the perfect option for those in search of privacy in paradise without sacrificing the Club Med spiritFor further information visit read more

first_imgTurkey’s minister for EU Affairs Omer Celik said on Wednesday he wondered how such a “large EU was hostage to southern Cyprus”, following a critical report from the European Commission on Tuesday that specifically referred to Ankara’s lack of relations with Cyprus.In its 2018 report on Turkey, the commission urged Ankara to commit itself unequivocally to good neighbourly relations and the peaceful settlement of disputes. It called on Turkey to avoid any kind of threat or action against a member state, or actions that damage good neighbourly relations and the peaceful settlement of disputes.The report followed recent violations of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone by Turkish navy vessels that intercepted ENI’s Saipem 12000 drillship last February while it was en route to a site in offshore block 3 where it was scheduled to drill an exploratory gas well.Celik said he would write a letter to the commission registering Turkey’s dissatisfaction with the report, which he called “far from encouraging”.“As for Cyprus, it still lacks principles on that issue. Such a large EU is a hostage to southern Cyprus. What we call neighbourhood solidarity is contrary to the values of the EU,” he said. “There is no question of southern Cyprus making decisions on its own in the region.”He added: “We are not afraid of criticism, but here we do not see a critique written in objective language.”In addition to referencing Cyprus, the commission report said Turkey was moving rapidly away from the path of European Union membership, in what was the EU’s harshest criticism yet of what it sees as Ankara’s shift towards authoritarianism.While couched in diplomatic language, the report blamed Ankara for a broad, collective and disproportionate crackdown after a failed 2016 coup attempt.The Cyprus foreign ministry on Wednesday called the EU report “the most critical since 2005”.“The report stresses that Turkey’s actions were in stark contrast to the repeated calls by the European Union for Ankara to respect the sovereign rights of all member states…,” a statement said.“The European Commission’s report is the most critical issue since the start of the accession negotiations in 2005,” it added.Meanwhile it was announced on Wednesday that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is due in the north on April 20. Reports said the programme for his visit had not yet been finalised and would be announced later. You May LikeBrainFunHome Remedies for Getting Rid of a Stuffy NoseBrainFunUndoDoj MagazineFast and Simple Formulas you can use to Get Low Cost Car InsuranceDoj MagazineUndoMoney VersedVet Brings Home Baby Deer With A Missing Leg Only To Discover That He’s Not Everything He SeemsMoney VersedUndo Licences for ENI and Total to explore block sevenUndoLED-lighting the way by 2020UndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more