New Brunswick city councillor quits to work as lifeguard in the Bahamas

first_imgA New Brunswick city councillor has stepped down to take an unlikely gig: lifeguard in the Bahamas.Jordan Nowlan was one of the province’s youngest-ever politicians — he was in high school when he ran for Dieppe city council in 2012 and he turned 19 the day after he was elected.But after five-and-a-half-years as a councillor-at-large, the 24-year-old recently quit to work as a lifeguard at Castaway Cay, a private island that serves as an exclusive port for Disney Cruise Line ships.“I absolutely loved being an elected official,” Nowlan said in a telephone interview from the Bahamas.“But I saw it (lifeguarding) as an opportunity to take a bit of a break from politics to focus on myself and to be able to grow as a person.”Dieppe council declared Nowlan’s seat vacant last week, and Elections New Brunswick has set a byelection for May 14.Nowlan said the difficult decision to leave — the lifeguarding job is only temporary — was made easier by the support he received from his council colleagues.“They all supported me in my decision, thinking that it’s the opportunity of a lifetime to come and work in the Bahamas for a corporation such as Disney,” he said.Nowlan said the move made sense given that he has been a lifeguard for nine years, working at various pools and at a water park in the Moncton area. He also worked for seven years at Parlee Beach provincial park and spent the last two of those as beach captain responsible for all of the lifeguards.In the summer, he’s also the aquatic director for the Canadian Cadets at HMCS Acadia in Cornwallis, N.S.Nowlan, who also trained as a paramedic, said he currently works and learns from people from around the world, and in the outdoor environment he prefers.“Being a pool lifeguard can get boring at times, but working out in the sun with the saltwater and the waves to me is where true lifeguarding is at,” he said.While he doesn’t regret his decision, Nowlan said he hopes the upcoming byelection will entice another young person to run “and keep the pressure on older more seasoned politicians.”“I do miss it,” he said, admitting he still watches council meetings when he can on YouTube.“Even now at times I see things in the news going on in the city and I’m forming opinions in my head as to how I would have voted.”Nowlan said he will return home when his current contract with Disney ends in December, and plans to return to the Bahamas on another contract that runs from late January to the end of May.After that, it’s back to his summer job with the cadets and then possibly university or college in September or January.Still, Nowlan doesn’t rule out a return to politics, perhaps at a different level.“Politics can make a difference and it’s definitely something I’d like to do later in the future,” he said.last_img read more

Spring storm wallops Atlantic Canada with heavy snowfall gusty winds

first_imgHALIFAX – A spring storm has closed schools and delayed business openings in parts of Atlantic Canada.Western Newfoundland and Labrador were getting heavy snowfall, along with winds expected to gust up to 130 kilometres an hour.Schools on the western edge of the province were closed, while many in the central region were delaying their openings as Environment Canada maintained storm warnings for much of Newfoundland.In Nova Scotia, classes were also being cancelled in Cape Breton and some flights were delayed at the Halifax airport, which reported about 23 centimetres of snow.The Sydney area in Cape Breton got about 30 centimetres of snow and winds gusted to 60 kilometres an hour.Marine Atlantic ferries cancelled some crossings to Newfoundland, and provincial government offices in the Corner Brook area were closed for the morning.last_img read more

Torontos Bay Adelaide Centre passes for Wall Street on Suits

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Turrell’s body of work, at the forefront of the influential California light and space movement, was always deeply contemplative of nature and a response, in some measure, to ultra-urbanism.“Light should be treasured, like we do silver and gold,” Turrell has said. Login/Register With: So what to make of the art, framed by the creamy marble of the Bay Adelaide Centre, a monument to corporatism in the heart of the financial district of Canada’s largest city?It’s an irony that only Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), the testosterone-filled partner of the fictional law firm Pearson-Specter, could appreciate.READ MORE Advertisementcenter_img Unnoticed by passersby and often unmarked by plaques, numerous Toronto addresses with big parts to play in cultural history sit mostly uncelebrated. In our series Local Legends, we tell you about them and put them on your mental map.Los Angeles-based conceptual artist James Turrell’s Straight Flush in the lobby of the Bay Adelaide Centre is one of Toronto’s most widely viewed pieces of art.The five rectangular lines of electrified light are on a dancing loop of luminescent pastels that work symbiotically with the busy streetscape through the building’s glass walls. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twittercenter_img Hollywood heartthrob, environmental crusader and my 12-year-old self’s imaginary boyfriend Leonardio DiCaprio is going to be spending a significant amount of time in Toronto this fall — enough time, perhaps, to meet and fall in love with a local writer.All we know for certain at this point is that Guillermo del Toro, the man behind that fish sex movie (among other award-winning films), has once again chosen our home and native land as a backdrop for one of his masterpieces, and that DiCaprio will be involved. Leonardio DiCaprio Advertisementlast_img

EU threatens US with 12 billion tariffs

first_imgBrussels: The EU on Wednesday unveiled a wide-ranging list of US-made goods, from beeswax to car parts, subject to tariffs in retaliation for subsidies to Boeing as a transatlantic trade war risked re-erupting. “European companies must be able to compete on fair and equal terms… We must continue to defend a level-playing field for our industry,” said EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom in a statement. Europe’s 12 billion claim against Boeing comes on the trail of a similar demand by the US for 11 billion in compensation for EU subsidies towards Airbus. The ultimate amount to be won by both sides will be determined by the World Trade Organization, with the finals sums likely to be far below the tit-for-tat demands by the EU and US. The Boeing-Airbus trade row has rumbled on for 14 years with the EU and US mutually accusing each other at the WTO of doling out illegal state aid since the 1990s to their respective aeronautical champions. Malmstrom insisted that the EU wanted to close the tit-for-tat battle amicably.last_img read more

Barrick net income falls to US620 million less than half yearearlier profit

Barrick Gold Corp. is moving to rein in costs in the face of a soaring bill for its massive Pascua-Lama mine on the border between Chile and Argentina and weaker than expected third-quarter results.The company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said Thursday it has cut US$1 billion in capital spending plans for next year and is reviewing all of its other costs.“We’ve cut or deferred significant capital expenditures that were previously budgeted and we’re continuing to work toward optimizing our asset portfolio,” chief executive Jamie Sokalsky said.Shares in Barrick fell C$3.83 or more than nine per cent to close at C$36.56 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The reduction in capital spending, about evenly split between cuts and deferred spending, comes in addition to about US$3 billion in capital spending that was planned over the next four years but cut in the second quarter.Barrick estimated that its capital spending for 2013 will come in around the same as this year, roughly $6 billion to $6.3 billion.The spending review comes as estimates for the company’s Pascua-Lama project now project the cost to build the mine at between $8 billion and $8.5 billion.Barrick estimated earlier this year that the mine’s cost would be 50 to 60 per cent more than an even earlier estimate of $4.7 billion to $5 billion.The results of an ongoing cost review is expected to be completed by the time the company reports its full-year results for 2012.Sokalsky noted that Fluor, the company that helped build its Pueblo Viejo mine, which poured its first gold on time and on budget and is expected to start commercial production in December, is now working on Pascua-Lama.“We have significantly increased our confidence that we are getting on top of this project,” Sokalsky said.“Pascua-Lama, while it has its challenges, is a world class asset … this will be a mine with a 25-year mine life providing significant low-cost production to Barrick for many years to come.”The gold miner said Thursday it earned a profit of $620 million or 62 cents per share — less than half what Barrick earned at the same time last year.In the third quarter of 2011, Barrick (TSX:ABX) had $1.37 billion or $1.37 per share of net earnings.Revenue dropped to US$3.43 billion from $3.97 billion.Barrick reported an adjusted profit of 85 cents per share, down from $1.38 per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of $1 per share, according to Thomson Reuters.The third-quarter profit included $148 million of impairment charges, primarily related to an exploration property in Papua New Guinea, acquired as a result of the Kainantu acquisition in 2007.Barrick says its realized average gold price was US$1,655 per ounce, five per cent lower than the same period last year.The company estimated that its 2012 gold production will come in between 7.3 million and 7.5 million ounces, within the original guidance range of 7.3 million to 7.8 million ounces.However, the company estimated that its total cash costs would come in higher than expected due to higher costs at its Australia-Pacific operations and African Barrick Gold.The company said total cash costs are expected to be between $575 and $585 per ounce, compared with an earlier estimate of $550 to $575 per ounce.Copper production is also expected to fall short of the company’s guidance at 450 million pounds, compared with a forecast of 460 million to 500 million.RBC analyst Stephen Walker said the results would hurt the company’s shares.“The miss was due to lower than expected gold production, mainly on less than expected production at Cortez and at the African gold mines, and higher operating costs for both gold and copper,” Walker wrote in a note to clients.“The company noted that it has made progress at Pascua Lama, despite the increase in capex and delay in expected mine startup.”In August, Toronto-based Barrick confirmed it was in talks with China National Gold Group Corp. over the future of its African assets, which include African Barrick Gold.ABG was formed when Barrick decided to spin off its African operations into a separate company and its shares began trading on the London exchange in March 2010. Barrick holds a 73.9 per cent interest in the company, which is Tanzania’s largest gold producer and one of the five largest gold producers in Africa.Barrick owns and operates gold mines in Canada, the United States, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Australia and Papua New Guinea. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 1, 2012 4:27 pm MDT Barrick net income falls to US$620 million, less than half year-earlier profit read more

UN warns of worsening hunger in East Africa amid third consecutive failed

AUDIO: Hunger rising sharply across East Africa due to third failed rains.Poor crop prospects In several cropping areas across the region, poor rains have caused sharp reductions in planting, and wilting of crops currently being harvested. Despite some late rainfall in May, damage to crops is irreversible. In addition, fall armyworm, which has caused extensive damage to maize crops in southern Africa, has spread to the east and has worsened the situation. Cereal prices are surging, driven by reduced supplies and concerns over the performance of current-season crops. Prices in May were at record to near-record levels in most markets and up to double their year-earlier levels. According to an alert released today by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), poor rains have worsened hunger and left crops scorched, pastures dry and thousands of livestock dead. “This is the third season in a row that families have had to endure failed rains – they are simply running out of ways to cope,” said FAO’s Director of Emergencies Dominique Burgeon in a news release. “Support is needed now before the situation rapidly deteriorates further.”Families are simply running out of ways to copeThe most affected areas, which received less than half of their normal seasonal rainfall, are central and southern Somalia, southeastern Ethiopia, northern and eastern Kenya, northern Tanzania and northeastern and southwestern Uganda.Increasing humanitarian needThe number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in these five countries, currently estimated at about 16 million, has increased by about 30 per cent since late 2016. In Somalia, almost half of the total population is lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Read more on: UN urges ‘reboot’ of drought responses to focus more on preparednessThe food security situation for pastoralists is of particular concern, in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, where animal mortality rates are high and milk production from the surviving animals has declined sharply with negative consequences on food security and nutrition. “When we know how critical milk is for the healthy development of children aged under five, and the irreversible damage its lack can create, it is evident that supporting pastoralists going through this drought is essential,” said Mr. Burgeon. read more

Breakfast like a king as Fortnum Mason publishes recipe for Edward VIIIs

first_imgAnything to avoid that gloomy continental breakfastTom Parker Bowles, of Edward VIII Among the chapters in one on scotch eggs, said to have been invented in the Piccadilly shop after customers in the 18th century developed the habit of popping in en route to the country by coach and demanding a portable snack.Dr Andrea Tanner, Fortnum and Mason archivist, said the idea had been inspired by the current chief executive, who “couldn’t understand why we hadn’t done a cookery book before”.“We have never actually exposed out recipes to the public before,” she said. “But people kept asking us for recipes for things like scones and the ultimate scotch eggs.“So we delved into the archive to see the sorts of things we cooked in the past.“We then talked about famous customers and giving everyone the Fortnums experience. It was huge fun.” She added: “People might be surprised to learn we supplied every British Everest expedition.“Or the Charles Dickens used to very sweetly almost advertise us in his journalism before he loved our hampers so much.Dr Tanner added she had had some initial misgivings about giving away their secret recipes to all and sundry, but had concluded it would be a “travesty” not to be generous enough to share their greatest hits.Writing of the royal kippers, Parker Bowles states: “After Edward VIII had abdicated and was waiting, in exile, to marry Mrs Simpson at Chateau de Conde, he still craved a taste of home.“So he had Fortnum’s send down its Craster kippers (from Northumberland, with a strong oak smoke) every morning by plane.“Anything to avoid that gloomy continental breakfast.”Fortnum & Mason: The Cookbook by Tom Parker Bowles is published by 4th Estate, costs £30, and is out now. Charles Dickens: Fortnum & Mason fan Traditional Craster Kippers being cured in a smoke house. Anyone who wishes to breakfast like a king, as the saying goes, may be in luck. They can now, at the very least, breakfast like a former king in exile.Fortnum and Mason are to release their top secret recipes for the first time in more than 300 years, including instructions to make the smoked kipper breakfast shipped to Edward VIII as he waited to marry Wallis Simpson.According to archivists, the meal was flown down every morning from Fortnum and Mason in London to the French chateau where the abdicated king waited for his bride-to-be.He is said to have enjoyed it so much he would do anything to “avoid that gloomy continental breakfast” and enjoy Craster kippers freshly smoked – relatively – from Northumberland. Traditional Craster Kippers being cured in a smoke house. Tom Parker Bowles, the chef Among the dishes includes picnic fare enjoyed by Charles Dickens, a steak tartare served to Terence Stamp’s table, and recipes for scotch eggs: invented by Fortum itself.It will also include their most-requested dishes from Welsh Rarebit and scones, to Knickerbocker Glories and the traditional Marmalade Tea Bread.Tom Parker Bowles, the chef, said he had wanted to get involved to show the store was a “national icon” and “British institution” which had “fed the appetites of kings and queens, maharajahs and tsars, emperors, dukes and divas alike”. Tom Parker Bowles, the chef Charles Dickens: Fortnum & Mason fan 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. The recipe is one of dozens to be released by the store for the first time in its history, the product of years of research delving into their own archives.While many of the recipes are as original as historians could muster, others have been developed by chef Tom Parker Bowles.And even the kipper recipe will make one key concession to the modern age: swapping lashings of butter to fry them in for “a little olive oil”.last_img read more

Mehrir le Youtube de lIran officiellement lancé : le Youtube de l’Iran officiellement lancéEn pleine mise en place de son “intranet national”, l’Iran vient de lancer un premier service web y attenant, un Youtube pour son réseau à l’échelle du pays,, afin de promouvoir les contenus nationaux.Le 9 décembre, le gouvernement iranien a lancé sa plateforme de partage vidéo “ (lien non disponible)”, élaborée sur le modèle de Youtube et destinée à promouvoir des contenus provenant des chaînes de télévision nationale, ou des films provenant de particuliers.Avant de pouvoir apparaître sur la toile, chaque contenu est vérifié et validé par le ministère de la culture et de la guidance islamique, comme l’explique la page Facebook du service.”À partir de maintenant, les gens peuvent utiliser ce site pour y placer leurs vidéos ou regarder les productions de la télévision iranienne”, a déclaré Lotfollah Siahkali. le vice-président d’Irib (radio-télévision iranienne) dans les colonnes du quotidien le Monde édition numérique.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?, un service qui vient donc compléter un Internet à l’échelle nationale, projet pour lequel le gouvernement iranien nourrit de grands espoirs. D’après les médias iraniens, cet Intranet à l’échelle d’un pays comptant quelques 75 millions d’habitants, devrait être opérationnel au mois de mars 2013.Le 10 décembre 2012 à 15:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

We focus on us Dele Alli

first_imgThe Tottenham Hotspur midfielder is not watching what the other teams are doing in the English Premier League and believes the Spurs are title candidatesTottenham Hotspur has started the 2018-2019 English Premier League season with the right foot, the team is now in fifth place on the standings.With three wins and only one defeat, the Spurs have nine points and are title contenders.And this is exactly what midfielder Dele Alli believes since he is just focusing on his team and not the other clubs.“No matter what people are talking about, we have belief in ourselves,” he told The Evening Standard as quoted by Football London.“There are some great sides out there, but we have to focus on us.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“We don’t worry about what anyone else says,” he added.“We’ll keep trying to get as many points as we can and if nobody else is talking about us as title contenders, it doesn’t bother me.”“It is a statement that we can win at places like United. We had the belief we could do it,” he commented.“Sometimes it doesn’t go your way or something happens – I remember Kyle Walker’s own goal there when we played really well and lost [1-0, in 2015] – but this year it all came together.”“We didn’t start very well but stayed in the game, showed great character and were clinical in the second half,” the midfielder said.“We want to keep moving forward.”last_img read more

ExRDA Publisher Jumps to ReadyMade

first_imgJeff Wellington Wednesday was named publisher of Meredith Corp.’s recently–relocated Readymade magazine, replacing co-founder Grace Hawthorne. His appointment is effective March 30.This marks Wellington’s third job in as many years. Most recently, Wellington [pictured] served as vice president and publisher of Reader’s Digest—a post he held for only six months. Before his departure last May, he served as president and group publisher at The Parenting Group and led the company’s transition after it was acquired by the Bonnier Group from Time Inc. in 2007.In January, Meredith announced plans to relocate its ReadyMade brand and operations to its headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa. At the same time, the women’s magazine publisher said it was reducing its overall workforce by 250 positions and shuttered Country Home magazine. None of ReadyMade’s editorial employees, including co-founders Hawthorne and Shoshana Berger, made the move to Iowa.And neither apparently will Wellington. He’ll be based in Meredith’s New York office.last_img read more

MPA Names Linda Thomas Brooks New President and CEO

first_img Brooks brings experience from GM MediaWorks, where she was VP and managing director, and The Martin Agency. Her agency background should bring a new perspective to the organization. In the official announcement, Brooks suggests she will bring new insight from a client’s perspective, something that could be extremely beneficial as publishers continue to search for answers when it comes to growing revenue through advertising. Linda Thomas Brooks will assume the role of president and CEO at the MPA, the association announced today. The role has remained vacant since Mary Berner left to join Cumulus Media last September. The months-long search ends as the MPA gears up for it’s annual American Magazine Media Conference, which includes the National Magazine Awards, scheduled to kick off on February 1. The appointment takes effect immediately. “In our ever-changing media landscape, we are thrilled to have an innovative leader with Linda’s experience, vision and growth mindset,” said Stephen Lacy, chairman and CEO at Meredith and chairman of the MPA’s BOD. “In the last two years, MPA has created a very accurate measure of the impressive reach of our audience through Magazine Media 360°, and created an exciting new way to measure the tremendous effectiveness of magazine advertising through our Print Industry Sales Guarantee. We believe Linda brings the exact skills and leadership we need, and look forward to her aggressively evangelizing and expanding these cutting-edge tools and solutions in the media and advertising marketplace.”​center_img It’s still unclear if Brooks will be working on expanding the association’s Magazine Media 360º project to appeal more to media buyers, with expanded data or cross-channel tracking. In a time where advertisers are seeking deep, concise data, it’s reasonable to expect a 2.0 version of the monthly consumer magazine report.last_img read more

Italys president to hold talks aiming to solve political

first_imgRome: Italy’s president will hold a second day of talks aimed at solving the political crisis shaking the country on Thursday after the disintegration of the populist government. President Sergio Mattarella will meet the main parties, including the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and far-right League, after the breakdown of their dysfunctional coalition. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned on Tuesday after months of alliance sniping and a bid by League leader and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini to force a snap election, just 14 months since coming to power. The nationalist, populist government’s demonisation of migrants, promoted by Salvini in particular, and attempts to flout EU budget rules had angered many European leaders. Mattarella met the leaders of both houses of parliament on Wednesday and has been trying to find a way forward. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us The formation of a new coalition, a short-term technocratic government or an early election — more than three years ahead of schedule — is the main options. A proposed alliance between M5S and opposition centre-left Democratic Party (PD) – previously almost unthinkable — appears to be gaining traction, with PD leader Nicola Zingaretti saying he is ready to make a deal. Advertise With Us The PD and M5S have been at each other’s throats for years — but an alliance would see Salvini kicked out of government, a powerful motive for compromise. Zingaretti has said the party would back an M5S coalition dependent on five conditions, including a radical shift in Italy’s zero-tolerance policy on migrants crossing the Mediterranean. He later told “La 7” television he was also against the idea of Conte staying on as prime minister. M5S would like Conte to remain in place but did not give much away, saying it would “wait for the end of consultations”. In a bid to get a PD-M5S alliance off the ground, former PD premier Matteo Renzi has said he will not participate. Many in the anti-establishment party view him as elitist. Salvini, who is also deputy prime minister, on Wednesday, mocked his former coalition allies, saying: “In a week they have gone from the League to Renzi.” He added: “No matter which government emerges, its goals will be against the League.” The end of the unstable coalition government in the eurozone’s third-largest economy has so far been welcomed by the markets, with a sharp rise in the Milan stock market on Wednesday. The country’s debt ratio — 132 per cent of gross domestic product — is the second-biggest in the eurozone after Greece, and youth unemployment is currently above 30 per cent. Governments have consistently struggled to bring down debt levels and unemployment. “Italy’s disharmonious political backdrop and the country’s budgetary challenges extend well before the sovereign debt crisis,” said Rabobank analyst Jane Foley. Rome needs to approve a budget in the next few months or potentially face an automatic rise in value-added tax that would hit the least well-off Italian families the hardest and likely plunge the country into recession. “(The crisis) arrives at a critical juncture for Europe amid the risk of recession in Germany and the formation of the new European Commission, and could contribute to deteriorating significantly the confidence on the eurozone,” said Andrea Montanino, chief economist at the General Confederation of Italian Industry. After last year’s election, it took months of wrangling before a government was formed. Mattarella has made it clear he wants talks to conclude quickly but splits within the PD and M5S, as well as sharp policy differences, could complicate coalition efforts. A PD-M5S tie-up would realistically also need support from smaller parties to be an effective government.last_img read more

WATCH Charminars minaret crumbles due to unseasonal rains in Hyderabad

first_imgSubhadip Mukherjee via Free imagesWith a resounding thud, a part of one of Charminar’s minarets fell down on Wednesday (May 1) night. The chunk which fell off was the part of the historic structure where the Archaeological Survey of India had already done their conservation work a few months back. Many reports claim that one of the reasons for the large chunk falling was due to the unseasonal rains in the city.A piece of history crumbles. A piece of one of the minarets of the #Charminar falls down. #Hyderabad— Filter Kaapi (@FilterKaapiLive) May 2, 2019The damaged portion was part of the minarets on the Laad Bazaar side of the monument and The New Indian Express stated that no casualties were reported. However, the crumbling of the structure invoked widespread panic among the residents and tourists of the Old City in Hyderabad, which is famous for many of its Mughal era monuments.The Assistant Commissioner of Traffic (Charminar), Nagarjuna confirmed that they have informed the ASI authorities regarding the incident to take the required measures to restore the structure, according to the Times of India.The conservation of the Charminar was done after the monument had to go through decades of pollution to it turning a blackish colour, at last alerting the concerned authorities to take action. In fact, most monuments in the area started becoming a blackish colour. TOI reports that for the past few years, the traffic police around Charminar has not allowed any vehicles within the monument’s vicinity.last_img read more

Dreamers Gather At University Of Houston To Ask Congress To Protect Them

first_imgAl Ortiz | Houston Public MediaAn organizer of the event with DACA recipients held on December 5th, 2017 at the University of Houston talks about the nationwide campaign that Emerson Collective is conducting to ask Congress to pass a clean Dream Act.A group of  DACA recipients gathered Tuesday at the University of Houston’s main campus to tell their stories and urge Congress to pass a bill that will protect them from potential deportations.The event was organized by the Emerson Collective, an organization that is conducting a nationwide campaign to promote the passage of a clean Dream Act.A clean Dream Act means that the bill that would create the law wouldn’t have border security and enforcement provisions as conditions.The Trump Administration plans to let the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program phase out and expire next year.The speakers talked about how DACA has helped them to have a more normal life and do things such as going to college.José Abraham García was one of the speakers.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Share 21-yr old García arrived in Houston when he was approximately 3, and  is currently a junior at UH.He said he is advocating for a clean DREAM Act because the DACA recipients should not be treated as “bargaining chips.”“They’re still human beings that are part of this country and part of the society that we’re living in right now,” he added..The potential passage of a DREAM Act before Congress starts its recess in mid-December is now part of the national headlines because some Democrats are reportedly conditioning their support for passing a federal budget to enacting legislation that would protect the so-called Dreamer community.last_img read more

Candidates spar at first presidential debate in Costa Ricas 2014 campaign

first_imgSolís and Piza both said the quality of leadership was key to addressing corruption. The PAC candidate said that it was not the law that needed reforming so much as the example set by politicians and public employees.Every other candidate agreed that citizens should be more involved in keeping the government transparent and fair, but there were few details about how such public oversight would work in practice. Guevara, Solís and Villalta echoed similar proposals.Rising inequality and stagnant poverty rates have dogged Costa Rica in recent years. The country’s poverty rate remains at 20 percent and upwards of 40 percent for children, despite expanded spending on social programs.Piza and Guevara both agreed that there were too many people on the government dole who didn’t need financial support, and the Libertarian candidate went so far as to suggest that the rolls of those on public assistance should be published and easily accessible online.Villalta criticized the neoliberal trend in government as a “factory of poverty” that misplaces its trust in privatization, while Guevara and Piza said that economic growth was the greatest guarantor of human development.Addressing poverty and inequality transitioned into fortifying public education and restarting the domestic economy. Solís pointed out that strong public education in the 19th century helped give Costa Rica a leg up on other countries in the region and that it was unacceptable that recent budget proposals would consider cutting funds for higher education.Solís, Araya and Corrales focused on the need for an expanded role of development banks that focus on extending credit to small and medium-sized businesses.Villalta and Solís added that there needs to be more support for poor, working mothers to be able to finish their schooling, namely through public daycare.When Guevara said that he wanted Costa Rica’s higher education system to tailor itself to the needs of the economy as a mechanism to create jobs, other candidates bristled at the idea of interference with the autonomy of the country’s universities.“I believe that the end of education is happiness, not money,” opined Corrales to cheers from the audience.The environment ended up being one topic that most candidates saw eye to eye on. Every candidate acknowledged climate change as a reality and focused on moving the country away from fossil fuel consumption.Guevara was the only candidate to mention exploring for natural gas in Costa Rica as a cleaner fuel source for public transportation vehicles during his allotted time, but Araya had previously expressed his support for the hydrocarbon.According to the CIEP poll results, Araya leads the pack with 24.6 percent, followed by Guevara and Villalta at 9.9 and 9.7 percent, respectively, while Solís (4.2 percent) and Piza (3 percent) trail behind. Corrales was listed in the 1.3 percent of voters who supported other candidates. Forty-seven percent of Ticos said that they were still undecided on how they would vote in the Feb. 2, 2014 election.    Facebook Comments In a marathon debate that lasted more than four hours, Costa Rica’s presidential candidates met face to face for the first time to convince Ticos that they are the right choice to lead the country. While frontrunner National Liberation Party (PLN) candidate Johnny Araya remained aloof for much of the debate, second place contenders Otto Guevara of the Libertarian Movement Party (ML), and José María Villalta of the Broad Front Party (FA) drove the debate.Experts from the National University in Heredia crafted questions for the six candidates, Johnny Araya, José Miguel Corrales (PN), Otto Guevara, Rodolfo Piza (PUSC), Luis Guillermo Solís (PAC) and José María Villalta, ranging from corruption, poverty, employment, education and the environment.Guevara and Villalta, tied for second place in the latest poll from the University of Costa Rica’s Center for Political Studies and Investigation (CIEP), offered radically different visions for the country. Their distinct platforms and ability to wax about the debate’s topics kept viewers attention in an otherwise crowded presidential field. Compared to the moderate PLN, the next two contenders are by far the most ideologically driven candidates, albeit from different ends of the political spectrum.On the subject of corruption, the libertarian trumpeted his slogan, “Donde hay permiso, hay chorizo,” where there is regulation, there is graft, attributing “excessive” government regulation as one of the main generators of corruption in the government. But Villalta shot back, asking why it was that only government officials were being held accountable when private businesses make up the other half of the same coin.Araya returned to the PLN’s need to re-establish its legitimacy as the representative of the people’s interests as Liberation approaches the end of eight consecutive years at the helm of the government. Araya said “citizens need to be brought into the government,” and offered a citizen oversight board for public spending and public works projects as one way to improve transparency and accountability. Alberto Font No related posts. Left to right, Otto Guevara, Rodolfo Piza, and Luis Guillermo Solís. Piza started his campaign for the presidency on Oct. 12 after the Unity Party’s original candidate dropped out of the race at the beginning of the month. last_img read more

Joes first flight – British Airways takes special customer

first_imgJoe’s first flight – British Airways takes special customerJoe’s first flight – British Airways takes special customerBritish Airways stepped in to help customer, Joe Dowd on a milestone journey from Heathrow to Dublin this month. Though not a long journey, it was a very important one for 47 year-old Brentford based Joe as it was his first flight since he suffered a life-changing brain injury in 2014, which left him with significant physical and cognitive challenges.His wife, Liz, got in touch with the airline to tell them Joe’s story and to ask for support with his first flight. Liz explained that her husband had previously worked in banking and regularly travelled the world, but his condition had left him unable to fly. After a long period of intense rehabilitation Joe defied medics and learnt to walk again, but one of his big goals had been to fly. Joe worked hard to become strong enough to trial flying again and the couple planned a short flight to Dublin, to visit extended family in Ireland.Please view the video receiving a heartfelt letter, British Airways stepped in to make the journey as memorable as possible for the deserving pair, with a few surprises along the way. A behind-the-scenes video captured the journey.Surprised by a British Airways ambassador at their home in Brentford, Joe and Liz were whisked off to Heathrow in a Rolls Royce Phantom and surprised with a montage of wellwishes from his family and friends who are supporting them as Joe rebuilds his life. As Joe had  explained that when he was young his dream was to be a pilot, he was met by Captain Ben Collins for a tour of the flight deck, before being invited for a day at British Airways flight simulator with his sporting hero, Chris Froome.Joe and Liz had previously lived in Australia, with Joe’s ultimate goal being to fly back to visit one day. On landing at Dublin the couple were surprised by the airline with a pair of complimentary Club World (business class) tickets to Sydney as an incentive for him to step from one of British Airways nearest destinations to the furthest.Joe said “It’s been an amazing experience from start to finish. From being met by the British Airways ambassador to meeting Captain Ben and then surprising us with the Australia tickets, it was a day I’ll never forget!”Liz said “When I wrote to British Airways telling them Joe’s story, I never imagined they would help make the journey so special. It was such an incredible and emotional milestone, Joe’s specialist team feel that he has returned even stronger. The whole experience was truly memorable and magical.”Carolina Martinoli, British Airways director of brand and customer experience, said: “When Liz wrote to us and told us about Joe’s bravery, we wanted to do everything we could to make sure he had an enjoyable and seamless journey. Our ambassadors, ground staff, cabin crew and pilots worked hard to make sure it was a trip Joe and Liz would never forget. They are a truly inspirational and deserving couple.”British Airways is asking customers who have booked a trip with them to email their stories in, in the hope of making their trip a little bit more magical.Source = British Airwayslast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2018 1:14 pm PDT Last Updated Jul 31, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ORLANDO, Fla. – You won’t have to travel to Hawkins, Indiana, to visit the Upside Down.Universal Studios’ theme parks in Orlando, Los Angeles and Singapore are bringing the scary dimension from Netflix’s “Stranger Things” to their Halloween Horror Nights. Each park will have a “Stranger Things” maze complete with a Demogorgon creature to terrify visitors from September through early November.The “Stranger Things” maze is one of several haunted houses at the parks’ Halloween Horror Nights fright fests.For the first time, the Orlando park will have 10 houses, several recalling slasher films or horror cinema from the 1980s. The houses will have themes of a dilapidated carnival, a decrepit drive-in movie theatre, a house of zombies and one that’s a tribute to the cult horror film, “Trick ‘r Treat.” ‘Stranger Things,’ other terrors at Universal for Halloweenlast_img read more

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