first_img Facebook Advertisement TELLIN’ IT LIKE IT IS featuring CATHY JONES AND GINA YASHERE as part of BRAVE: THE FESTIVAL OF RISK AND FAILURE on Friday (July 20) at 7:30 pm at Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage (235 Queens Quay West). Jones thinks about risk and failure a lot. And it’s finally coming in handy.The Halifax-based comedian – a founding member of the legendary CODCO troupe, and a writer and performer on This Hour Has 22 Minutes since its launch in 1993 – is bringing her act to Harbourfront Centre for the inaugural Brave festival. And it’s weighing on her. Twitter “I have been nervous about this,” she admits. “I cannot relax and enjoy my summer until this gig is over.”It’s Jones’s first stand-up performance in Toronto in a while, and the context of this appearance sets a higher bar than perhaps is necessary.Brave, subtitled The Festival Of Risk And Failure, is devoted to risk-taking artists and thinkers, including John Waters, Bif Naked and Bassem Youssef (“the Jon Stewart of Egypt,” as featured in the documentary Tickling Giants). LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Cathy Jones’s stand-up is very different from her television work. (Photo by Aaron McKenzie Fraser) Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Renault to Generate MAD 20 Billion by 2023 Through Morocco Sourcing

Rabat – French vehicle manufacturer, Renault, has announced ambitious new figures for its most recent project, “Ecosystem Renault.”The company’s new statement adds detail to  their plans for a MAD10 billion ($1.04 billion) investment into Moroccan factories.According to a statement released by the French manufacturer on Monday, the ecosystem and its new plants will increase Renault’s local component sourcing from 32 to 65 percent; the statement also  made a projection for generated revenues to reach Dh20 billion , through the tripling of Moroccan-made-part purchases. An official ceremony for the creation of the Renault Ecosystem was held in Rabat, on April 8th; after which, the company announced its intention to scale up its purchases of Moroccan made components. By 2023 their aim is to achieve a ratio of 65% locally-sourced, for items used in the factories.“The commitment of the Renault group is to achieve an integration rate of 65% of materials bought in Morocco,” read the statement.According to Renault Morocco, the sourcing “… incorporates local purchases as well as exports (excluding vehicles).”Considerations associated with the plan for local integration include “… purchasing of resources; infrastructure and logistics to maximize local sourcing; and the establishment of Morocco as a strong industrial export base.”An aim of the project is to place Morocco at the forefront of automotive component exporters.The French vehicle manufacturer announced, previously, its plans to invest Dh10 billion ($1.04 billion) and create 50,000 jobs in Morocco.Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Morocco’s Minister for Industry, was quoted by AFP as saying, “This strategic project alone will give Morocco 50,000 new jobs and combine investment of more than 10 billion Moroccan dirhams.”Renault’s head of operations for the Africa-Middle East-India region, Bernard Cambier, was said to be optimistic about the deal.In recent years, Morocco has managed to attract a number of large auto and aerospace investors, including Delphi, Bombardier and Eaton Corp.Edited by Clint Brooks read more

Over half of East Timorese registered to vote UN Mission says

In a statement issued in Dili, UNTAET said its Civil Registration Unit had registered a total of 435,000 people as of yesterday. On polling day, the registered voters will elect 88 representatives from a dozen political parties to form a Constituent Assembly that will draft East Timor’s first constitution.In a related development, the UN Volunteer programme (UNV) – the volunteer arm of the UN – reported that 60 new staff members had arrived in East Timor today to help prepare and conduct the elections. Today’s arrivals travelled straight to their duty stations, joining three-person UNTAET electoral teams deployed in March throughout the territory’s 13 districts, UNV said in a statement issued in Dili. Another group of 60 volunteers is expected to arrive on 27 May. The arrival of the District Electoral Officers brings to 820 the overall number of UN volunteers in East Timor, making their presence “the largest in scope and number in a single UN operation in the 30-year history of the UNV programme,” according to Kevin Gilroy, UNV Coordinator in East Timor. Some of the newly arrived UN Volunteers were part of a 500-strong contingent of UNV Electoral Officers who helped organize East Timor’s 1999 Popular Consultation, at which the vast majority of voters chose independence from Indonesia. “We are here to finish the job as we left it in September 1999,” said Dutch volunteer Jeroen Hamers. “I’m glad to be back and I’m looking forward to meeting again people I knew during the UNAMET [UN Mission in East Timor] time. I hope they are all well.” read more

UN mounts systemwide response to devastating floods in Pakistan

According to an update today from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), southern and southwestern parts of Pakistan have been devastated by floods following excessive monsoon rains during the last two weeks in July – especially the second round of storms that hit on 22 July. Sindh and Balochistan are the bearing the brunt of the damage, but the North Western Frontier Province has also been had hit. According to the media more than 230 people have died since rains began.Citing preliminary reports from the Provincial Government of Sindh’s Relief Department, OCHA said the floods have affected a total of 390,469 people in 1,407 villages. A total of 88 people have died as a result of the floods and 321 have been injured. The rains destroyed 11,699 homes while 21,063 others have been partially damaged. According to the latest reports, 9,110 heads of cattle have perished and 229,931 acres of cropped area have been affected.OCHA has made available an emergency grant of $50,000 for purchase of shelter materials. In addition to earlier delivery of oral rehydration salt packets, water purification tablets and jerry cans delivered by other UN agencies, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has initiated further procurement of jerry cans and water purification tablets.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has begun purchasing $200,000 worth of food supplies for distribution to some 240,000 beneficiaries in the Thatta, Badin, and Tharparkar districts. Half of the food supplies are being directed to Badin, which has been hit the hardest in that area.The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has allocated $50,000 for coordination, monitoring and logistics support of relief activities in Sindh. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) is providing 50,000 water purification tablets and 50,000 packets of ORS. The agency estimates that the requirements of medical supplies both of Sindh and Balochistan will cost over $1 million, and has appealed to donors for necessary funds. read more

Council to use 15million from rainy day fund to help small business

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ian Campbell Posted Nov 23, 2016 8:46 pm MDT Help is on the way for small businesses struggling with the economic downturn thanks to a one-time cash infusion from city council.Councillors voted Wednesday night to use $15-million from their so called ‘rainy day’ fund to help businesses deal with their property tax through some kind of structured program.City staff have been directed to come up with a proposal and then bring it back to council in January for a vote.“We’ve put aside $15-million to support a program for small business,” said Councillor Evan Woolley who spear-headed the proposal. “There’s still more work to do, they’ll come back for our approval.”“Businesses in Calgary are owned, operated and employ Calgarians. When times are good our business community has paid a vast portion of the operating costs of the city of Calgary and when times are tough, we need to step up and support them.”Former business owner and Ward One Councillor Ward Sutherland applauds the move.“There’s only so much money and we have to be prudent with it, we’re already drawing down significant funds to deal with such significant situations as transit fees and tax breaks.”Sutherland says he’s confident this will at least make a difference. Wikimedia Commons council|small business|YYC|yyccc Council to use $15-million from rainy day fund to help small business read more

In case you missed it… April 7

Tiger Woods returns to the course on Thursday after being away from competition for five months. In a press conference on Monday, Woods expressed his excitement to return to the course and was well received in the practice rounds. Woods is paired with K.J. Choi and Matt Kuchar. Woods has been paired with Choi 12 times and Kuchar twice. The threesome will tee off from the first hole at Augusta National at 1:42 p.m. Thursday and 10:35 a.m. Friday.Donovan McNabb was introduced Tuesday as the new quarterback of the Washington Redskins. McNabb, sporting a No. 5 Redskins jersey, is in the negotiation stage with the Redskins on a contract extension. McNabb has one year left on his 12-year, $115 million contract that he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski denies any interest in the New Jersey Nets coaching job. The Bergen Record reports that the Nets’ new owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, is targeting Coach K. Even if Prokhorov offers Coach K more than $12 million, making him the highest-paid coach in the NBA ahead of Phil Jackson, Krzyzewski maintained that he would not be leaving Duke. Coach K was offered the head coaching position with the Lakers in 2004, but opted to remain with the Blue Devils.Cleveland Browns nose tackle Shaun Rogers allegedly tried to carry a semiautomatic handgun through airport security over the weekend. The police report states that the gun had seven bullets in the magazine and one in the chamber, but was on safe mode. Rogers has pleaded not guilty to the charges. In an apology to his team and fans, Rogers claims he forgot the gun was in his carry-on bag when he went through security at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. read more

Daily handful of walnuts could suppress hunger study finds

first_imgNutritionist Professor Jamie Cooper, of the University of Georgia in the US, said: “Appetite hormones play an important role in regulating how much we eat.”These findings tell us that eating foods rich in PUFAs, like those found in walnuts, may favourably change appetite hormones so we can feel fuller for longer.”The study, published in the journal Nutrition, involved 26 young men and women aged 18 to 35 who had changes in hormone levels recorded as they were asked how hungry they felt.The participants were placed on a seven day diet high in polyunsaturated fats consisting of a typical American eating pattern. Then they consumed meals high in saturated fat again. Both diets contained the same number of total calories and percentage of fat – but the latter differed in the types. Salmon is also rich in polyunsaturated fatsCredit:Picture Partners / Alamy Stock Photo A daily handful of walnuts can suppress hunger and make you feel full, according to new research.The study shows that the nut contains high amounts of polyunsaturated fats (PUFAS) which prevent overeating.Researchers say that is because they dampen down a hormone that boosts hunger, while firing up another that increases feelings of fullness.Other foods rich in PUFAs include oily fish such as salmon and corn, grapeseed or canola oil. Salmon is also rich in polyunsaturated fats These findings tell us that eating foods rich in PUFAs, like those found in walnuts, may favourably change appetite hormones so we can feel fuller for longer.Professor Jamie Cooper Walnuts are unique among nuts because they are mainly comprised of PUFAs.Every ounce – about seven whole walnuts – contains a remarkable 13 grams of PUFA out of 18 grams of total fat.As a result they are the only nut to contain a significant amount of plant-based omega-3.Prof Cooper, whose study was funded by the California Walnut Commission, added that larger and longer term studies are now required.More clinical trials are also needed to determine the optimal intake of dietary PUFAs to offer the greatest health benefit. Those that consumed a diet high in PUFAs had a significant decrease in fasting ghrelin, a hormone that increases hunger.Meanwhile, there was a similar increase in peptide YY (PYY), a hormone that increases fullness or satiety.Participants saw increases in PYY while fasting and after consuming a meal. These types of hormone changes imply better appetite control.There was also no difference in responses to how hungry or full they felt and how much they thought they could eat – whether they ate the PUFA-rich diet, or not.PUFAs are known to be good for health by helping reduce cholesterol and providing essential fats like omega-6 and omega-3 that the body can’t produce itself.But the latest findings show for the first time how eating foods high in these polyunsaturated fats, consumers can curb overeating.Through feedback, and by monitoring the hormone levels, the scientists were able to see the PUFA diet was more likely to leave consumers feeling full.It included whole foods such as walnuts, Alaska salmon, tuna, flaxseed oil, grapeseed oil, canola oil and fish oil supplements. All meals were provided by the researchers.The control diet was comprised of 7% polyunsaturated fat, 15% monounsaturated fat and 13% saturated fat, compared to the PUFA-rich diet which was 21% polyunsaturated fat, 9% monounsaturated fat, and 5% saturated fat. 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

A cup of cocoa a day could reduce fatigue in MS sufferers

The study by Oxford Brookes University and the Univesity of Palermo, published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, also found those drinking high flavonoid cocoa believed their pain symptoms reduced.Scientists said patients should be recommended such dietary interventions, and a fuller evaluation carried out.Doctor Paolo Ragonese, of the University of Palermo in Italy, said: “Our study establishes that the use of dietary interventions is feasible and may offer possible long-term benefits to support fatigue management, by improving fatigue and walking endurance.”The use of dietary approaches to reduce fatigue and associated factors in people with MS may be an easy, safe, and cost-effective way to have an impact on quality of life and independence, allowing people to feel more in control of their condition.”A full evaluation, including wider geography, longer follow up and cost effectiveness is now indicated.” A daily cup of cocoa could help reduce fatigue in sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis, a study suggests.Nine in 10 people with the degenerative condition – which affects more than 100,000 people in the UK – suffer from tiredness.Researchers tested the use of cocoa rich in flavonoids – a substance found in fruit and vegetables which contains anti-inflammatory properties.The trial, on 40 recently diagnosed adults gave them a cup of high flavonoid cocoa powder mixed with heated rice milk or a low flavonoid version every day for six weeks.Those given cocoa high in flavonoids saw a 45 per cent improvement in participants’ alertness – according to their own ratings, and an 80 per cent boost in walking speed, which was independently measured. 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. read more

25 receive training to cultivate white oyster mushrooms

Participants along with Vice Chancellor University of Guyana Professor Ivelaw Griffith and Director UGBC Professor Gomathinayagam SubramanianTwenty-five persons are now equipped with the expertise to cultivate their own crop of white oyster mushrooms following a five-day workshop on the cultivation of edible mushroom and preparation of vermicomposting.The exercise hosted by the University of Guyana’s Berbice Campus (UGBC), Johns Science Centre concluded on Saturday, October 20.According to a DPI release, Director of UGBC, Professor Gomathinayagam Subramanian explained that the aim of the workshop was to minimise the use of inorganic fertilisers by promoting the use of vermicomposting and at the same time encourage and highlight some of the health benefits of mushrooms while clearing up some common misconceptions and misinformation on same.In a bid to make the environment eco-friendlier the John’s Science Centre, through funding from private stakeholders, shared with the participants how to make vermicompost while showing the economics and other benefits of cultivating the mushrooms.Vermicompost is an end product of organic waste that was processed by earthworms. The compost which is rich in Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium (NPK) is used instead of chemical fertilisers and enhances plant growth, disease suppression, increase porosity and microbial activity in soil and improves water retention and aeration.More importantly, the vermicompost is relatively inexpensive.The workshop explained in detail the cultivation methods of the White Oyster Mushrooms; which is a super mushroom with numerous health benefits and a better alternative to meat, especially for vegetarians.Professor Subramanian explained that this particular mushroom, which is widely available in Guyana, is high in protein and fibre, iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorous, calcium, folic acid, a wide range of vitamins and at the same time low in calories, gluten-free, sodium and cholesterol free.“It is very nutritious, so, my intention is to make persons more aware of the benefits. At the end of the day, we preserve our nation in terms of being pollution free and encourage more use of the mushroom as a meat substitute. It has 10-15 percent more nutritious value than meats such as beef, mutton, duck, chicken and fish,” the professor explained.He also encouraged the participants to share the knowledge gained in their respective communities and also encouraged farmers to get involved as the demand for the mushroom is growing.Meanwhile, Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Professor Ivelaw Griffith indicated his intention to replicate the workshop which he deemed “very successful” and important to the development of the agriculture sector in Guyana, especially in the areas of value-added products, in the non-traditional sector.“The success of the workshop is further testimony to the value of any University beyond offering degrees. Sharing of knowledge does not require only a degree, short programmes, workshops, symposiums are always enabling. That the replication of knowledge facilitated by the University either at Turkeyen or Berbice is something that we take seriously…All of these opportunities makes for the moment where we find ourselves at the University an exciting one. Exciting not only because we are only doing what we have always done. We are doing something different” Professor Griffith said in his remarks.Meanwhile, Regional Chairman David Armogan reiterated his calls for diversification in the agriculture sector. “The need to diversify our agriculture base and to be able to add value to our agriculture products is the way to go in the present circumstances.”At the conclusion of the closing ceremony, the participants and invitees sampled the cooked mushrooms which were prepared in form of a curry. The feedback was enthusiastic and many indicated their intention to add the new delicacy to their meal plan. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSoil testing lab at UG’s Berbice campus could boost rice yieldsJune 29, 2018In “Business”UG to commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of Dr Cheddi JaganJanuary 23, 2018In “latest news”First Lady hands over school bus, bicycles in MahdiaJuly 2, 2016In “latest news” read more

Cyprus named the Top Honeymoon Destination of 2010

first_imgThe results of a new travel study finds that more British newlywed couples have chosen Cyprus as their honeymoon destination this year, which could lead to more bookings to the ‘island of love’, according to British online travekl website new travel industry survey of over 1,000 newlyweds has named Paphos on the island of Cyprus as the most popular destination for honeymooning couples this year. The study, which also questioned the respondents about their wedding gifts and their idea of the perfect honeymoon, reveals that the couples questioned have turned away from the more traditional honeymoon destinations in favour of cheap holidays to Cyprus, and this result could lead to more bookings for holidays to the island, says Raine of online holiday firm says: “The results of this survey are particularly interesting, as none of the couples questioned chose to go to Paris, and only 2 of the 1,078 couples questioned travelled to Venice for their honeymoon. Both of these destinations have long been a favourite destination for romantic getaways and these new figures reveal that we could just see more couples travel to Cyprus for their honeymoon next year.”While Cyprus has been a popular summer holiday destination with travellers for many years, travel insiders believe that these results are due to the optimum weather conditions and the abundance of activities available on the island.Rain continues: “Cyprus is often credited for having the longest summer in Europe, which gives travellers the chance to experience great weather all year-round. It’s also known as the ‘island of love’ because it is named as the home of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. So while Cyprus is ideal for honeymooning couples, it’s also a great destination for any holidaymaker, regardless of their marital status, as short breaks and all inclusive holidays in Cyprus offer visitors countless activities, tours and luxuries to suit most tastes.”Source: Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Rise in oil tax forces Greeks to face cold as ancients did

first_imgEven in the leafy northern stretches of this city, home to luxury apartment buildings, mansions with swimming pools and tennis clubs, the smell of wood smoke lingers everywhere at night. In her fourth-floor apartment here, Valy Pantelemidou, 37, a speech therapist, is, like many other Greeks, trying to save money on heating oil by using her fireplace to stay warm. Unemployment is at a record high of 26.8 per cent in Greece, and many people have had their salaries and pensions cut, but those are not the main reasons so few residents here can afford heating oil. In the fall, the Greek government raised the taxes on heating oil by 450 per cent. Overnight, the price of heating a small apartment for the winter shot up to about $1,900 from $1,300. “At the beginning of autumn, it was the biggest topic with all my friends: How are we going to heat our places?” said Ms Pantelemidou, who has had to lower her fees to keep clients. “Now, when I am out walking the dog, I see people with bags picking up sticks. In this neighbourhood, really.” In raising the taxes, government officials hoped not just to increase revenue but also to equalize taxes on heating oil and diesel, to cut down on the illegal practice of selling cheaper heating oil as diesel fuel. But the effort, which many Greeks dismiss as a cruel stupidity, appears to have backfired in more than one way. For one thing, the government seems to be losing money on the measure. Many Greeks, like Ms Pantelemidou, are simply not buying any heating oil this year. Sales in the last quarter of 2012 plunged 70 per cent from a year earlier, according to official figures. So while the government has collected more than $63 million in new tax revenue, it appears to have lost far more – about $190 million, according to an association of Greek oil suppliers – in revenue from sales taxes on the oil. Meanwhile, many Greeks are suffering from the cold. In one recent survey by Epaminondas Panas, who leads the statistics department at the Athens University of Economics and Business, nearly 80 per cent of respondents in northern Greece said they could not afford to heat their homes properly. The return to wood burning is also taking a toll on the environment. Illegal logging in national parks is on the rise, and there are reports of late-night thefts of trees and limbs from city parks in Athens, including the disappearance of the olive tree planted where Plato is said to have gone to study in the shade. At the same time, the smoke from the burning of wood – and often just about anything else that will catch fire – has caused spikes in air pollution that worry health officials. On some nights, the smog is clearly visible above Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city, and in Athens, where particulate matter has been measured at three times the normal levels. “Places that in 2008 wouldn’t even think about using their fireplaces for heating, now they are obliged to do so,” said Stefanos Sabatakakis, a health supervisor with the Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. He said the rise in pollution could cause eye irritation and headaches in the short term and far more serious problems in the long term. The air is particularly bad for asthma sufferers. The agency has asked that anyone who is lighting living-room fires just for the aesthetics give them up. It has also uploaded information on its website about what not to burn – anything that is painted or lacquered, for instance. But in these times, Mr Sabatakakis acknowledged, people are not that picky. Government officials say it is too early to judge the new tax. The winter is not yet over. It has not been particularly cold, they say, and many people may have stocked up on fuel oil last season. In the north of Greece, temperatures often dip to freezing at night, while in Athens they are more likely to stay in the low 40s. “This is a very complex environment,” said Harry Theoharis, the secretary general of the Ministry of Finance, adding that many factors were affecting people’s behaviour. “It is not easy to isolate and say: ‘Okay, this tax, this is the effect it had.’” He said there were no clear indications yet that the tax had discouraged illicit sales of heating oil as diesel, though he had detected a slight change in buying patterns that might indicate some change. * Dimitris Bounias and Nikolia Apostolou contributed to reporting. This article was first published in The New York Times. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Looking back at the Macedonia name controversy VIDEO

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Republic of North Macedonia was born following the ratification of the Prespes Agreement in Greek Parliament.The time has come to look at the name controversy and the region since the time when Hellenism spanned over a huge expanse of territory and ethnicities.The Macedonian heritage has always been about civilisation more than geography.READ MORE: The Prespes Agreement was ratified by Greek Parliament, and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced that a “new country is born”The video below shows the history of the area and how the name dispute unfolded.last_img read more

Port of Vancouver to discuss longterm strategy Thursday

first_imgA special workshop to discuss a major update of the Port of Vancouver’s long-term strategic plan takes place Thursday.The public meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the port office, 3103 N.W. Lower River Road.Consultant Maul Foster & Alongi will present an overview of the strategic planning process to port commissioners, and guide them through an analysis of the port’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.Though parts of the plan are reviewed annually, the port hasn’t updated its entire strategic plan in more than a decade, according to a news release.An open house will be held early next year to share progress, answer questions and hear additional input on the strategic plan.The goal is to complete and implement the plan by the end of next year.last_img read more

227 prisoners released today

227 prisoners released today

first_imgBy Muhammed Sailu BahThrough the grant of pardon by President Jammeh 227 prisoner were released this morning Friday 24 July 2015. The presidential pardon was not limited to prisoners convicted of treason, murder, rape, robbery as announced by the president but included former ministers and civil servants who served under the president and were convicted of economic crimes, abuse of office, negligence of duty sedition, false information, etc.The premises of the Mile Two Administration complex was full of family members and loved ones of the pardoned prisoners; others were even outside the premises occupying even part of the highway. Vehicles werediverted to use the opposite lane of the highway. Security was tight and armed security personnel could be seen everywhere.Pardoned prisoners were transported in groups. Each group boarded a security truck and were transported in turn from the main prison and brought to the main Administration complex.After they assembled they were addressed by the Minister of Presidential Affairs and Secretary General, Mr Lamin Nyabally and Interior Minister Mr Ousman Sonko.In addressing the pardoned prisoners, Minister Sonko advised the prisoners to “stay away from violating the Law for next ten years to come,” while urging families to talk to their loved ones not to be victims of any crime.S.G Nyabally reiterated similar comments and further said that the pardoned prisoners should try and positively contribute to development of the country.The pardoned prisoners included the following treason convicts: Alhagie Nying, Alieu Jobe, Ex Captain Abdou Karim, Alieu Lowe, Abdoulie Sonko, Babou Janha, Samba Bah, Essa Baldeh, Captain Bunja Darboe, Mballow Kanteh, Wassa Camara, Sulayman Sarr, Pharing Sanyang, Omar Danfa Private Soldier, Omar Bun Mbye, Modu Gaye Ex Deputy Inspector General of Police, former NIA Director General Lamin Bo Badjie, former CDS of the Gambia Armed forces General Lang Tombong Tamba, Ngorr Secka Deputy Director General NIA and Ex Ambassador to Guinea Bissau, Kawsu Camara Alias Bombardier, Captain Yaya MS Darboe, Abdoulie Joof, Marabout Omar Faal, Ex Captain Pierre John Mendy, Ex Lieutenant Landing Sanneh and Foday Kassama.The following who had served in President Jammeh’s administration were also pardoned: Ensa Badjie Ex Inspector General of Police, former Minister of Justice Lamin AF Jobarteh, Pa Hary Jammeh Ex Solicitor General, Dr. Njogu Bah, the former presidential affairs minister and Secretary General and Head of the Civil Service.The pardoned prisoners were picked up at the prison gate by the various relatives and friends who were all overwhelmed by the reunion.The release of prisoners is made possible by the president exercising his prerogative of mercy which the constitution empowers him to do. The prelude was the pronouncement of the president at the commemoration of the 21st anniversary of the July 22nd events which overthrew the former government in 1994.Before the pardoned prisoners were released they thumb printed all their fingers of both hands, and were then snapped by a photographer.Mr David Colley Director General of Prisons announced that pardoned prisoners can collect their release certificates next week as they are not yet ready.A tabulation of the pardoned prisoners reveals that 26 treason convicts are released and all are Gambians. Murder convicts number 14, 9 Gambians, 2 Senegalese, 1 Bissau Guinean and 2 Mauritanians. Armed robbery convicts are 6, all them Nigerians.Hard Drug Convicts are 8, 6 Venezuelans, 1 Estonian and 1 Dutch.Drug Possession convicts number 91, 89 male, 2 female, 79 Gambians, 8 Senegalese, 2 Conakry Guineans, 2 Nigerians.Drug Trafficking convicts 72, 71 male, 1 female, 51 Gambians, 13 Senegalese, 2 Conakry Guineans, 1 Bissau Guinean, 2 Nigerians, 1 Malian, 1 Serra-Leonean, 1 Cape Verdean.Total convicts for Mile 2 and Jeshwang is 217, 214 male 3 female.For Jangjangbureh Drug possession 7 convicts 7 Gambians.Juvenile Murder is 1 Gambian.Mile Two and Jeshwang total number of convicts is 217, Janjangbureh Prison 7, Juvenile Prison 1, giving a grand total of 225+4 = 229 released convicts. There is no indication of how the 4 is categorized. However a press release issued by the Ministry of the Interior indicates that a total of 227 prisoners have been released. ]]>last_img read more

2 gorillas arrive at Zoo Miami for breeding program

2 gorillas arrive at Zoo Miami for breeding program

first_img Courtesy: Zoo Miami Courtesy: Zoo Miami MIAMI (WSVN) – Two new male silverback gorillas have made their debut at Zoo Miami.Twenty-eight-year-old Shango and his brother, 23-year-old Barney, have been in quarantine since they arrived from the Sedgwick County Zoo on May 20.center_img The duo have been transported to Zoo Miami as part of a breeding program to help repopulate the endangered species.Their exhibit was previously renovated and is finally finished, so the public can now see the new addition to the zoo.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

One Mans Solitary Nightmare on a Deserted Island full of Haunted Dolls

One Mans Solitary Nightmare on a Deserted Island full of Haunted Dolls

first_imgFor some children out there, and a fair few grown-ups, a plastic doll is more than just a plaything. People frightened of dolls find those happy smiling faces take on the aspect of something sinister. Horror movies have delighted in playing on people’s fear of the cherubic toys, from Chucky and the Child’s Play franchise to the recent Annabelle.It’s bad enough imagining what a doll gets up to when the lights go out. For one poor soul, however, a life of terror dictated by dolls awaited him when he decided to relocate to a Mexican island.The battered & tattered remains of a toy doll in a woodOne day in the 1950s, Julian Santana Barrera left his family so he could devote himself to a solitary existence.The isolated zone of La Isla de las Muñecas, found in the suburb of Xochimilco, seemed the perfect spot to lay his hat.The Dolls Island, in Xochimilco, MexicoThis wasn’t a typical remote patch of land. The island is cut off by a canal system rather than a tropical sea. Anyone listening closely might hear the roar of the local football stadium, as opposed to the roar of a lion.Island of Dolls (Isla de las MunecasLa Isla de las Muñecas means “Island of the Dolls.” Unbeknownst to Barrera, he was about to give the place its eerie name.Santana probably saw this as a bad omen. Yet worse was to come for the island’s newest inhabitant, when “At night, Barrera heard footsteps and crying, and, believing it was the ghost of the dead woman, decided to hang the doll she left behind from a tree to placate the spirit.”Creepy island called the Island Of Dolls (Isla de las Munecas)This worked, albeit temporarily. Barrera then felt compelled to find more dolls, hanging countless degraded plastic “babies” on the branches of ancient trees.Before long, his oasis had become a macabre trap. The website Lost At E Minor reports that “Even his little hut, where he slept on a mat on the floor, was filled with dolls of all kinds to watch him while he slept.” The frightened man sought refuge from everyday problems. In doing so, he’d inadvertently created a Hell of a different sort.Oldest doll in the Isla de las Muñecas, in Xochimilco, Mexico City Photo by KatyaMSL CC BY-SA 4.0In 2001 Barrera was discovered drowned, apparently at the location where he’d originally stumbled on the girl.His family members believe “that the girl never existed, and that the whole time he had been haunted only by his own mind.”They might be onto something, and the sad chronicle of Barrera’s life might have ended there. Were it not for tourism.Mexico city, August, 28, 2018: Famous and unique island full of tetric dolls in Xochimilco.La Isla de las Muñecas is now a destination for doll phobics and fans of the supernatural. They even offer up their own plastic sacrifices, adding them to the grisly collection of degraded dolls, and Barrera’s nephew is on hand to give visitors the tour.In a strange sort of way the dolls sustain the island in spite of their artificial nature. Over half a century on from one man’s terrifying personal odyssey, his legend is appreciated by travelers from all over the world.That isn’t to say the nightmare is over. As stated by a recent report on Hypebeast, “Locals insist that the dolls come alive and move every night, and even if they don’t, the thousands of eyes watching you should be scary enough.”Read another story from us: Hidden Tunnels and Chamber Discovered Beneath Mexico’s Pyramid of the MoonWith the current vogue for killer doll films, it wouldn’t be a surprise if a screen adaptation was forthcoming. It’s one thing fighting off Chucky in a bedroom but quite another contending with an army of moldering mini-marauders.last_img read more

SoundCloud Wants 1 Billion Users a Day

first_img 5 min read November 4, 2013 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img Eric Wahlforss and his co-founder Alex Ljung launched SoundCloud in 2007 to solve their own personal frustration sharing audio files online. In five years, the website they created has grown from a niche audio service for techno musicians to a web platform hosting audio channels from the White House and Harvard Business Review and launching hit singles from the likes of Nine Inch Nails and Beyoncé.SoundCloud’s goal is to have 1 billion users a day, says Wahlforss. “That works,” he laughs, but it’s not clear that he considers the goal entirely out of his reach. Right now, 250 million users reach the SoundCloud site each month.  SoundCloud’s co-founder Eric Wahlforss.Image credit: SoundCloudThe Berlin-based audio platform has north of 200 employees, most in the capital city of Germany, but with satellite offices in San Francisco, London, and Sofia, Bulgaria. Currently, SoundCloud is growing its New York City team. Wahlforss was in New York working with the team when he talked with about the company’s goals.Even just two years ago, there was virtually no brand awareness of SoundCloud in the U.S., says Wahlforss. Today, nine in 10 people he runs into would know the brand without explanation, he says. To be sure, his circles aren’t representative of the average public. When this reporter pitched the story to her team of editors, almost no one in the room had heard of the audio platform. Awareness of SoundCloud is greater in younger, tech savvy music fans.  Related: Zipcar Founder: Entrepreneurs Have to Build a Collaborative Economy, or ElseIf you don’t know SoundCloud, think YouTube for audio.Wahlforss mostly agrees with the analogy. There are 12 hours of user-generated audio content uploaded to SoundCloud every minute. The uploaded audio ranges from your neighbor’s amateur attempts to reproduce an Eric Clapton ballad to long-form radio programming from NPR, CBS and the BBC.But the YouTube analogy is not entirely accurate. That’s because of the fundamental difference between the nature of video and audio. Individuals tend to consume short clips of video. And audio is a much more personal experience. Audio tends to be “extremely emotional,” therefore the listening sessions tend to be longer, says Wahlforss.Related: For Social Entrepreneurs, What Comes First: Business or Mission?What SoundCloud does that its competitors — including the likes of Pandora, Grooveshark and Spotify — don’t do as well, is make the audio experience a social, interactive experience. Users can comment on different bits of a track, see what others users are listening to, and discover new artists.Wahlforss says that at its heart, SoundCloud embeds the interactive communication elements of the web into the audio-listening experience. “We really think that this is the way music and audio ought to be shared, in the world as we know today.”In the earliest days of SoundCloud’s genesis, Wahlforss and his co-founder Ljung were inspired by the clean and simple layout designs of Flickr. SoundCloud started for techno, but self-consciously pushed the conversations on the platform to indie rock and then beyond. The co-founders never wanted to create a website for the electronic music set. They wanted to create a platform to change the way music is created, listened to and shared around the web.Related: Intel’s Futurist: We’ll Soon Be Living In ComputersThe table set for SoundCloud’s weekly team luncheon.Image credit: SoundCloudSoundCloud doesn’t disclose revenues or profits, but is starting to look for ways to make money with advertising. It’s seeking out deals with brands that are creative and unobtrusive to listeners, says Wahlforss. They won’t disclose any brands that they are in talks with, but Wahlforss and Ljung have what advertisers want: a young, engaged user base.The company operates on a “freemium” business model, meaning the service is free of charge, but users must pay a subscription if they want premium services such as expanded audio-upload storage and analytics.SoundCloud wants to become a listening platform, in addition to a platform for creators. But as the user base grows, and the SoundCloud experience matures, the line between listener and creator should blur. “The most deeply engaged fans are more often than not are also co-creating, they are also creators, or strong curators,” says Wahlforss. “To give them the ability to remix your creations, to add value to it, to multiply your community or brand as an artist, these things should all be possible and that is what we fundamentally believe in.”And that’s already happening in fits and spurts. For example, electronica artist Joel Thomas Zimmerman, known by his stage name deadmau5 (pronounced “dead mouse”), was live-streaming the production process on his latest mix when a fan named Chris tweeted him a vocal layover track he had uploaded on SoundCloud. Deadmau5 was impressed, as the expletives in his tweet express, and within minutes had Chris on the phone. Chris’s vocals were included in Deadmau5’s final track. Related: Successful Crowdfunding Is About More Than Money Register Now »last_img read more

Johnnys historical concession speech

Johnnys historical concession speech

first_imgOn Wednesday, ruling National Liberation Party presidential candidate Johnny Arayabowed out of the campaign leading up to an April 6 runoff. In so doing, he became the first presidential candidate in Costa Rica’s history to make it to a second round only to end his campaign before the vote.Early Wednesday afternoon, Araya made the announcement at San José’s Hotel Corobicí. Following is a translation of the speech. Araya did not take questions from reporters.Beyond my aspirations is Costa RicaJohnny Araya Monge Candidate to the Presidency of the Republic National Liberation PartyI would like to thank the citizens who gave the National Liberation Party majority control of the new Legislative Assembly. Equally, I thank the compatriots who, with their votes, honored our presidential ballot. The work of thousands of collaborators made the February 2 results possible. The gratitude of our party, of lawmakers-elect and of me, personally, is immense for all. The Tico TimesAfter traversing the country, I can perceive the sentiment of Costa Ricans, I’ve listened to their reasons, I’ve paid attention to their judgment. I’ve consulted surveys that measure the currents of public opinion. And I’ve confirmed the existence of a desire that inclines more and more toward the replacement of the party of the current administration. The campaign for the second round of voting has become very difficult and full of obstacles. Resources and time are as limited as immense is the work to reverse that trend. For ethical reasons, it is unacceptable to resort to ignoble tactics in a zeal to change political perceptions.Politics, which is the science of reality, has its own logic. Good sense shows that now, more than ever, we ponder the elements of reality and act accordingly. For this reason, and with a firmness in spirit, I make known my decision to end today this campaign for the Presidency of the Republic. Beyond my aspirations is Costa Rica. Prudence advises against spending millions of colones on propaganda, meetings and rallies. We will comply with the constitutional norms that apply, but I will abstain from any electoral activity.Our party, the lawmakers-elect and your humble servant communicate the disposition to participate institutionally in the construction of a National Accord for Production, Equity and Governableness. Without any other consideration than the greater good of Costa Rica, we have decided to support legislation included in the National Accord. It’s necessary to rectify but not replace Costa Rica’s path toward development. The National Accord must be transparent, focus on citizens, and take place under strict vigilance. Beyond the issues of the National Accord, we are prepared to exercise a new, responsible opposition. The historical mission of the National Liberation Party supersedes the battle for the Presidency of the Republic.Since my infancy and youth I’ve been inclined toward public service, inspired by the example of those who came before me. With this spirit of patriotism, I accepted the challenge of taking up the green, white and green banner. I reaffirm my vocation for public service and my intention of continuing in the political arena. The satisfaction of fulfilling a duty is the compensation for two decades of public service that have left their mark. I will dedicate my best efforts to strengthening the National Liberation Party, renovating its social democratic essence. The adverse conditions require us to reposition ourselves in preparation for new battles for Costa Rica. Soon I will travel the country to embrace our directors, who I shouldn’t expose amid a tiring process that could affect the national soul.I confess to you that I can’t find the adequate words to express my deep gratitude for all who opened their hearts to me, who shared their intelligence or their muscle and extended me their hand. May God compensate for such generosity. Upon the conclusion of this process, I share with compatriots my unwavering faith in the future of Costa Rica. Without bitterness or frustration, my heart remains true and serene upon serving my country. May Providence illuminate the new rulers, guide us in the opposition, and always bless Costa Rica.I thank our journalist friends for your understanding during this difficult period that obligates I postpone responding to your questions.This is not goodbye, but rather, so long for now…San José, March 5, 2014. Facebook Comments Related posts:What keeps Johnny Araya awake at night? Ex-President Abel Pacheco to back opposition candidate Solís Johnny Araya’s 5 biggest campaign mistakes A victory for the ageslast_img read more

Dubai to host World Expo 2020

Dubai to host World Expo 2020

first_imgSource = ETB News: P.T. The World Expo is the third largest global non-commercial event, following the Olympic Games and FIFA World Cup. The United Arab Emirates beat out competitors Brazil, Turkey and Russia to secure the majority of votes by member states of the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE) in a round-robin style decider. Dubai, the commercial and transportation nucleus of the Middle East, celebrated the victory with an exuberant fireworks display atop the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. In related news, Dubai’s hotel industry reported a busy first nine months of the year, welcoming over 7.9 million visitors between January and September 2013, a 9.8 percent year-on-year increase.center_img Dubai is expected to spend almost US$8.1 billion on infrastructure projects ahead of the World Expo. “Dubai #Expo2020 will breathe new life into the ancient role of the Middle East as a melting pot for cultures and creativity,” Dubai prime minister and vice president UAE Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed al-Maktoum tweeted. Dubai has won the right to host the 2020 World Expo, a six month event, forecast to create tens of thousands of jobs and deliver billions in new investments and economic return.last_img read more

This year were not as bullish on the preChristm

This year were not as bullish on the preChristm

first_img“This year we’re not as bullish on the pre-Christmas market,” he says.”We know that retailers will make the switch quickly – as soon as they start seeing condition issues with California fruit, they will make the switch over and you’ll want to be there with fruit to satisfy their demand. “The problem is predicting when that’s going to happen.”Greenberg says the situation is unnerving for Peruvian growers because as an importer he isn’t prepared to make promises he can’t keep.”Today it’s almost impossible to predict what you can do with a container of imported fruit.”The situation is a bit different for Vanguard International as it has its own vineyards in Peru’s central Ica region through farms from Challapampa it acquired in 2016. Vanguard CEO Craig Stauffer says Peru is off to a great start, and the grape category overall is set to enjoy “unprecedented promotional activity” as global supply is “plentiful to fill the needs of every global market”.”The Northern growing areas – Piura and Lambayeque should finish harvest early January. The Southern growing region of Peru – Ica where Vanguard Challapampa vineyards are in brilliant production – will starts harvest in Week 46 (mid to late November),” he says.Winkelmann says the biggest increases in Peruvian volume are coming from the traditional varieties Red Globes, Crimsons and Sugraones, while Sweet Globes continue to be a “market darling”.”Shipments from Peru to the USA are also up on last year with Sweet Globes also getting a lot of the early action.  No surprise here as Sweet Globes are leading early exports with a lot of equally spectacular varieties coming along,” he says.”With harvest dates delayed somewhat in Peru and “normal” harvest dates in Chile it is very likely that we will have California, Piura, Ica and III region from Chile all looking for their place in the market.”Stauffer is expecting Chile to be packing season volumes of Red Globes from Weeks 51 to Week 15, Green Seedless Week 47 to Week 12 and Red Seedless Week 47 to Week 18. Meanwhile, he claims South Africa is off to a good start as well after some great and “much needed” rainfall over the country’s winter.”No doubt we are going to see some “new” trade lanes carved out as Peru and Chile look to “ up their game “ into the EU and the U.K. which were “traditionally” South African-dominated markets,” says Stauffer.”There will be new partnerships formed this year and again, the ultimate winner will be, we hope, the grape category as a whole. These new varieties and new supply chains are perfect for enticing “new “ consumers into the category.”While Peru’s rise to prominence and its timing warrant attention, it is worth noting Chile is still the world’s leading grape exporter. In 2017 the value of its exports were almost double that of Peru, and a third higher than the world’s second-largest player – the USA, principally California. Chile has also historically been very reliant on the U.S. market, generally selling close to half its product there. But last year that percentage was down to around 44%.”The Chileans have been more reliant and have less traction in other markets than do the Peruvians,” says Greenberg.”The Chileans also have the added burden of they traditionally ship a lot of Flames early on in the piece, and those Flames are being met with increasing disfavor – people are more interested in the Peruvian Crimsons and in the new varieties than they are in Chilean Flames.”He says that as the earliest Chilean Flames have traditionally not sized well – even though quality has been fine – the variety as a whole has been “discredited”.”So a lot of Chilean Flames that used to come will not come, not because they’re going to go somewhere else but because they’ve been pulled out.”We’ll see a reduction of Chilean Flames coming out of Copiapó and Coquimbo this year, but there will be Chilean fruit shipped.”Chile’s table grapes have been affected by a recent hail event but the extent is as yet unclear. It is expected that the bad weather has cut the walnut crop in half and that the cherry sector could have up to US$100 million in losses. An export reshuffle from CaliforniaApart from having a large crop, the Californian table grape industry has also had the challenge of tariffs in China this year. But it appears a diversification strategy has helped soften the blow”Certainly, tariffs have had an impact in China and Hong Kong, but other export markets increased volume,” says Stauffer, citing Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea and the Netherlands as examples.”Overall exports are reported to be down less than 8%.”Pandol’s comments are similar, highlighting that export numbers through to the end of September were “basically the same”.”California exports to about 50 countries; some are up, some are down,” he says.”Of the major markets that have increased versus last season, Australia and Mexico are way up. China and Hong Kong have seen a decline.”Photo: While significant promotional activity has taken place in North America and globally to move a huge Californian table grape crop, large inventories presage what one importer describes as a “tricky early import season” ahead for South American fruit. At, we hear from a few key industry players about their views on what to expect for the coming months. Pandol Brothers special projects director John Pandol says pushing more product through the same channels in less time is a “Houdini-like trick”. And with Vanguard International chief business development officer Dirk Winkelmann highlighting Peru’s global grape shipments were up 40% year-on-year to 3.4 million boxes as of Oct. 31, it seems the industry will need more contortionists and magic than ever before.”The California Grape industry will continue to promote heavily through the fall and winter months. Weather and the efficacy of those promotions will determine how stocks will move for the remainder of the campaign,” says Winkelmann.Winkelmann says if the quality of Californian table grapes can hold, harvests could still go on for more than a month.”So it’s certainly possible that we will see some stock going into January,” he says.”California has had a great growing season-weather conditions made for almost “perfect” growing weather which resulted in an excellent crop,” adds his colleague at Vanguard, CEO Craig Stauffer.”The California Grape Commission announced that the California industry set a new 5-year record shipping 23 million boxes worldwide between Sept. 8 and Oct. 12,” says Stauffer.Pandol forecasts the total crop might even be 10 million more boxes than 2017, all harvested in one week less. “The amount remaining to harvest and the amount of grapes sent to processing are also higher,” he says.”There is an urgency to move grapes to market fresh. Fresh grapes drive demand at retail and that is helping. Storage is seldom a solution to big crops.”Prices both FOB and retail are lower. Retail promotions have been robust, including one week where half of the stores in the USA sample were on promotion with black grapes.”Pandol explains one of the biggest differences this year versus 2017 has been the awareness of the situation. Last year around the time of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Fresh Summit in October, many Californian shippers thought the late market would be stronger and slowed down.”That turned out to be a “Market Mirage” and there was no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, only cold stores full of aging grapes. There is a sense of urgency but not panic,” he says.Capespan North America CEO Mark Greenberg says it is very clear that there’s a “substantial overhang” of Californian fruit.”Right now we’re looking at a total increase on paper anyway of close to six million boxes more table grapes available today than last year at this time,” says Greenberg.”And even those numbers can be a little misleading because there’s still fruit being added in the sense that one, picking has not actually finished, and two, it’s not clear if this captures everything that has been picked.”The numbers will reduce week to week because I think they’re still consuming more grapes than are coming into the system. But it’s a massive crop.”Southern Hemisphere supply outlookGreenberg prefaces that as an importer his company isn’t involved in the Californian table grape deal, but his general observation has been that movement over the summer was “sluggish” and prices were not especially high.”Nonetheless, retailers like the product. As an importer, we’re cognizant of the fact that unless we have a home for imported fruit in these circumstances we’re really loathe to bring in fruit to sell speculatively to retailers that may not be ready to transition over to imported sources until mid-to-late December, perhaps not until January,” he says.”We’re not alone in thinking that we’ve got to be really careful in how we move forward – the only fruit that we have coming in now is fruit that is programmed for a customer that is committed to that fruit.”We and our fellow importers are pushing back and saying right now to the Peruvians, who are producing a lot of fruit, ‘don’t ship’.”Greenberg says Peruvian exporters are finding other markets in response.”They’re more focused on Europe and the U.K., knowing though that when South Africa gets up to speed and really starts getting into its harvest which I presume will happen in the next couple of weeks, they’re going to need to find other markets,”It looks like it’s going to be a very tricky early import season for the South Americans in North America.”Pandol says most retailers are planning to transition to Peruvian grapes later this season.”Typically most transition in the second half of December but many are planning to transition in January this season,” he says.”California always has a few million boxes sold after January 1, and I speculate there will be more this year.  The late season fruit increasingly is harvested into holding totes and fresh packed to customer specification immediately before dispatch.  “Retailers also know the ports can be problematic around the Christmas and New Year holidays and the logistics from California are more reliable.”Greenberg echoes Pandol’s comments, emphasizing that as California has produced varieties that do well and can stay in the market for longer, Capespan North America has normally started its first imports a couple of weeks before Christmas, mainly with red seedless and some white seedless. 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