Comedian Gad El Maleh Bartended to Make a Living

Rabat – Famous Moroccan-French comedian Gad El Maleh posted a photo on his Instagram account Wednesday, recalling his early days before his successful career as a comedian when he made his living as a bartender in Canada in 1990.El Maleh appears with two of his colleagues, wearing a shirt and bow tie in the photo.El Maleh indicated that he had worked in many different professions before embarking on his career as a comedian. “I had to make a living …. Barman. Montréal 1990 #Everything is Possible,” El Maleh posted.Meanwhile, El Maleh is planning to perform a show in Moroccan Darija after his successful performances in French and English.In his first interview speaking in Darija as a guest on the France24 Arabic program “Thaqafa” (or “culture”), Gad El Maleh said that the performance may be entitled “Ouled Leblad” (“The Native”). read more

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French Animation Director Ocelot to Feature Morocco in Upcoming Film

Rabat – Award-winning French director Michel Ocelot is working on an animated film featuring Morocco and Turkey, reported UK-based news outlet Middle East Online (MEO) on Sunday.“The starting point is Morocco … in the 18th century,” Ocelot told Middle East Online at the Meknes International Festival of Animated Cinema (FICAM) taking place from March 22 to 27.The film “depicts… a female doctor who has been listening to tales orated by female storytellers in the palaces where she has been working,” he explained. Ocelot said that cinema can be a powerful inspiration for good or bad.“The guy who committed the massacre in New Zealand did a cinema. The cult of weapons is also a cinema art. I’m sure that when we make a violent movie, it inspires people to kill,” said Ocelot.“People, however, become noble” when they watch “noble” movies, he added.Ocelot said that animated cinema in Morocco needs some work to make it appeal to a global audience while preserving local taste.“The danger is to try to sell Moroccan animated cinema abroad and lose the identity.  You have to be both Moroccan and international,” he said.Ocelot is a self-taught director who kick-started his career in animation movies with the 1998 animation film “Kirikou and the Sorceress.”Last month, Michel Ocelot won the Cesar for Best Animated Film for his film “Dilili in Paris” at the 44th Cesar Award ceremony. Ocelot will present the film at FICAM 2019.“Dilili in Paris” shows the exploitation and enslavement of women at the turn of the 20th century Belle Epoque. “The harm men do to women is worse than wars. We should talk about this taboo,” Ocelot said.FICAM was founded in 2001 and has been under the patronage of King Mohammed VI since 2018. The Aicha Foundation is responsible for its production and the French Institute of Meknes provides artistic direction. read more

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UN refugee agency calls for 400 people adrift off West Africa to

9 February 2007The United Nations refugee agency is seriously concerned about the situation of some 400 people of various nationalities on a ship drifting off the West African coast, who have not been allowed to disembark for several days. The United Nations refugee agency is seriously concerned about the situation of some 400 people of various nationalities on a ship drifting off the West African coast, who have not been allowed to disembark for several days. “At this point in time, the main priority should be to help these people and not let them drift on the high seas in precarious conditions,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Director for Protection George Okoth-Obbo said. “UNHCR urges on humanitarian grounds that people on board this ship be allowed to disembark as soon as possible.” The Spanish Red Cross and the Mauritanian Red Crescent are delivering relief supplies to alleviate the immediate needs of the passengers aboard Marine I, which was spotted by the Spanish air rescue service on 30 January, apparently adrift. A day later a tugboat from the Spanish rescue service approached the ship and has since been accompanying it. The seas off West Africa have seen an increasing exodus of migrants seeking to reach Spain’s Canary Islands with sometimes deadly consequences as rickety boats succumb to the waves. In the first five months of last year alone, 7,400 people reached the islands after undertaking the perilous journey. Thousands of lives have been lost over the last decade in this exodus across the Atlantic Ocean or Mediterranean Sea, according to UNHCR officials. It is not clear whether there are people on board the Marine I seeking asylum. “Measures must be in place to identify persons who wish to seek asylum or may be in need of international protection and to channel such claims appropriately,” Mr. Okoth-Obbo said. In the past, vessels fulfilling their duty to rescue those in peril at sea have encountered problems disembarking those rescued. “This state of affairs can seriously threaten the integrity of the time-honoured humanitarian tradition and legal obligation to assist people in distress at sea,” Mr. Okoth-Obbo added. To help ship captains, ship owners, government authorities, insurance companies, and other interested parties involved in rescue at sea situations, UNHCR and the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) have issued an information leaflet that provides guidance on relevant legal provisions and procedures. read more

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Global unemployment projected to rise over next two years UN labour agency

“The significant slowdown in emerging economies coupled with a sharp decline in commodity prices is having a dramatic effect on the world of work,” UN International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder said of the latest report.“Many working women and men are having to accept low paid jobs, both in emerging and developing economies and also, increasingly in developed countries,” he added, stressing that despite a drop in unemployment in some European Union countries and the United States, too many people are still jobless. “We need to take urgent action to boost the number of decent work opportunities or we risk intensified social tensions,” said the ILO chief.Final unemployment for 2015 is estimated to stand at 197.1 million, 27 million higher than the pre-crisis level of 2007, and in 2016 it is forecast to rise by about 2.3 million to 199.4 million, according to the ILO’s World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2016. An additional 1.1 million jobless will likely be added to the global tally in 2017.The unemployment rate for developed economies decreased from 7.1 per cent in 2014 to 6.7 per cent in 2015, but in most cases these improvements were not enough to eliminate the jobs gap that emerged due to the global financial crisis. Moreover, the employment outlook has now weakened in emerging and developing economies, notably in Brazil, China and oil-producing countries. “The unstable economic environment associated with volatile capital flows, still dysfunctional financial markets and the shortage of global demand continue to affect enterprises and deter investment and job creation,” said Raymond Torres, Director of the ILO Research Department. “In addition, policy-makers need to focus more on strengthening employment policies and tackling excessive inequalities. There is much evidence that well-designed labour market and social policies are essential for boosting economic growth and addressing the jobs crisis and almost eight years after the start of the global crisis, a strengthening of that policy approach is urgently needed,” he said. Job quality remains a major challenge. While there has been a decrease in poverty rates, the decline in working poor in developing economies has slowed and vulnerable employment still accounts for over 46 per cent of the total, affecting nearly 1.5 billion people.Vulnerable employment is particularly high in emerging and developing economies, hitting between half and three-quarters of the employed population, with peaks in Southern Asia at 74 per cent and sub-Saharan Africa at 70 per cent. The report also shows that informal employment, as a percentage of non-agricultural employment, exceeds 50 per cent in half of the developing and emerging countries with comparable data. In one-third of these countries, it affects over 65 per cent of workers. “The lack of decent jobs leads people to turn to informal employment, which is typically characterized by low productivity, low pay and no social protection. This needs to change,” Mr. Ryder said. Stressing that responding urgently to the global jobs challenge is key to achieving the UN’s newly-adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. read more

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Queen boards train for journey back to London as she finishes winter

first_imgThe Queen traditionally spends the Christmas and new year period at her private Sandringham estate in Norfolk.On Monday, the head of state made history by becoming the first British monarch to reach their Sapphire Jubilee. Members of the The KingÕs Troop Royal Horse Artillery stage a 41-Gun salute in Green Park, central London David Bailey’s 2014 portrait of the Queen, showing her wearing a suite of sapphire jewellery given to her by King George VI as a wedding gift, has been reissuedCredit:PA Members of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park, central London, after staging a 41-Gun salute to mark the 65th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne Three-year-old Jessica Atfield, who dressed for the occasion in a union flag skirt, was delighted when she handed a bunch of flowers to the Queen. The Queen receives flowers from Jessica Atfield, three, after a church service on Sunday A portrait by David Bailey, taken in 2014 and showing the Queen wearing a suite of sapphire jewellery given to her by King George VI as a wedding gift, has also been reissued. The Queen boards a train at King's Lynn railway station on Tuesday morning The Queen may well be matter-of-fact about the historic occasion. In 2015, when she thanked the nation for its kind messages after overtaking Queen Victoria to become the longest-reigning monarch in British history, she admitted the royal record was “not one to which I have ever aspired”.She added: “Inevitably, a long life can pass by many milestones. My own is no exception.” The Royal Mint of a new £5 coin designed by Glyn Davies to celebrate the Queen's Sapphire Jubilee A 62-gun salute by the Honourable Artillery Company was fired at the Tower of London at 1pm.The Queen was in good spirits on Sunday as she greeted well-wishers after attending a church service at St Peter and St Paul in West Newton, Norfolk. It was 65 years to the day since the Queen acceded to the throne following the death of her father, George VI, on February 6 1952.As she has in previous years, the Queen spent Accession Day privately at Sandringham.At King’s Lynn station, the Queen appeared to have fully recovered from the heavy cold that blighted the start of her break and forced her to miss church over Christmas. The Queen receives flowers from Jessica Atfield, three, after a church service on SundayCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA It is likely that any large-scale jubilee celebrations will be reserved for the Platinum Jubilee in 2022 – although any events will take into account the fact that Queen is due to turn 96 that year. The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery stage a 41-gun salute in Green Park, central LondonCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA Royal Mail’s Sapphire Blue £5 stamp A new £5 coin designed by Glyn Davies to celebrate the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee But during the period, the Queen was still working on her famous red box of official papers.The red boxes, sent to her by her private secretaries, contain policy papers, cabinet documents, telegrams, letters and other state papers from government ministers and representatives in Commonwealth and foreign countries. Royal Mail's Sapphire Blue £5 stamp Royal gun salutes were staged in London on Monday, as is the tradition, with a 41-gun salute by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park at noon.The Band of the Royal Artillery played a selection of celebratory music close to the firing position as 89 horses pulled six First World War-era 13-pounder field guns into position in the park. The Queen looked relaxed on the platform in NorfolkCredit:Victoria Jones/PA The Queen has made the journey by train back to London after her traditional winter break came to an end.Looking relaxed and wearing a lime green coat and a headscarf, the monarch was photographed boarding a train at King’s Lynn station. The Queen celebrated her 90th birthday last year, with activities including a walkabout, beacon lighting and a black tie dinner for family and friends in Windsor on her actual birthday.A weekend of national celebrations, including a party on The Mall, was held for her official birthday in June. Members of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park, central London, after staging a 41-gun saluteCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA The Royal Mint is marking the 65th anniversary with a range of specially designed Sapphire Jubilee commemorative coins, as the Royal Mail issues a Sapphire Blue £5 stamp. David Bailey's portrait of the Queen The Queen boards a train at King’s Lynn railway station on Tuesday morningCredit:Victoria Jones/PA The Queen looked relaxed on the platform in Norfolk 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

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Len McCluskey is grasping at straws Unite sources claim after attack on

first_imgThe Unite general secretaryCredit:Telegraph Now union sources have told The Telegraph that Mr McCluskey’s latest attack on Labour MPs, accusing them of “dirty tricks” is a sign that he is worried about his position as union general secretary and knows that losing could damage Mr Corbyn. One source said: “Len is grasping at straws now, it’s clear that he is getting significant push back from members over his recent comments. “There are real concerns about the way Unite is being run, particularly the support for Momentum and the flat he bought. “He ought to be focused on those things, rather than thrashing out at people who have been members of the union for most of their working lives.” Gerard CoyneCredit:PA Tom Watson and Jeremy CorbynCredit:Eddie Mulholland Another added: “This is about shoring up the leader, in both senses. “Without Len, Corbyn is weakened and if he was ousted that could be the end of the left’s grip on our party. A lot of people would welcome that.” It came after Mr McCluskey told The Observer newspaper that MPs including Tom Watson, the deputy leader who Mr Corbyn publicly disagreed with over Syria last week, are “trying to abuse Unite’s democracy” to oust the Labour leader. Claiming that his election campaign has been turned into a third leadership race for Mr Corbyn by so-called hostile MPs, he said: “That is precisely what the media want it to be, and what the rightwing of the Labour party want it to be, and they have a puppet in Gerard Coyne that they can use.“Remember, those people who are running Coyne’s campaign are skilled masters of the dark arts. It is in their DNA and, though it is normal in political elections, it’s quite unique that they have brought this into a trade union election.”Mr McCluskey also named other Labour MPs, blaming them for running a “shameful campaign full of lies, innuendoes and smears” against him. John Spellar, MP for Warley, Jack Dromey, MP for Birmingham Erdington, and Siôn Simon, MEP for the West Midlands and Labour candidate for the West Midlands mayoral election were all named alongside Mr Watson. The Unite general secretary 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. In a sign of the deep rift between the two men at the top of the parliamentary Labour party Mr McCluskey pointed spoke of his poor relationship with Mr Watson.  Gerard Coyne He said: “We have not spoken since last July and it is sad that you lose friends but it is even sadder that Tom has turned on those of his friends who he relied upon in his darkest hours. He will have to answer to himself when he looks in the mirror every morning.”It came as John McDonnell, another close ally of the leader and the shadow chancellor, repeated claims that Mr Watson was wrong to support American missile strikes in Syria last week, exposing the disagreement at the heart of the party. Len McCluskey has been accused of “grasping at straws” after he claimed critics of Jeremy Corbyn are attempting to manipulate a union election battle to force him out of the top job and damage the party leader.The Unite general secretary is facing a challenge from Gerard Coyne, who he has accused of being backed by a “cabal” of MPs “fighting a proxy war against Corbyn” in what is being seen as a battle between moderate and left-wing factions of the party.Mr McCluskey, who has been at the top of the powerful union since 2011, is one of Mr Corbyn’s biggest and most powerful backers but he has been damaged by concerns about the way Unite supports pro-Corbyn group Momentum and about a flat he bought in London with the help of union money.He has demanded Labour investigate his claims after the election result has been announced on 21 April. Tom Watson and Jeremy Corbynlast_img read more

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Light my fire Independent candidate launches local election bid with burning turf

first_imgYouTube: Trish O’DowdVideo of Saturday night’s march. Note: poor quality.‘Cross-party support’He said he made the decision to run after receiving “cross-party support” from members of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour.“People are very disaffected with party politics … People are tired of broken promises … People are very tired of a form of musical chairs every other year,” he noted.O’Brien, who at 34 is the youngest candidate running in the area, said that the council needed “a mixture of old and young” members. He added that it was “worrying” that many of the young people he knows view politics as “pointless”.If elected, O’Brien said he would campaign against further closures of Post Offices and Garda stations in the area, having previously been involved in a successful campaign to retain a local Garda station.In a bid to stimulate the local economy, he said that a reduction in commercial rates for businesses could help create employment.‘Burning Sods of Turf’Saturday’s march culminated at a local pub, Clancy’s Bar, where O’Brien made an impassioned plea for volunteers to join his campaign.He told supporters: “In 2011 we were promised democratic revolution, a change. What we got was more of the same: more austerity, water charges, local property tax.”O’Brien added that it would be a “tough campaign” but said he wanted “to be back here celebrating with double amounts of burning sods of turf and with double the crowd of the 24 of May”.Read: Bankrupt Jillian Godsil takes constitutional challenge to run in electionsRead: Ex-firefighter running in locals wants whistleblower legislation for all public sector workers “I’ve always been independent in mind … I always found party politics, in broad terms, a bit restrictive,” O’Brien stated. INDEPENDENT LOCAL ELECTION candidate Emmett O’Brien chose a novel way to launch his campaign – by marching through the streets of Limerick while supporters carried sticks topped with sods of burning turf.Some 250 people attended the rally in Pallaskenry on Saturday night. O’Brien told TheJournal.ie that the burning turf “signified that there is still life and hope in the community”.The barrister is running on a non-party platform after failing to be chosen as a Fianna Fáil candidate.He was widely expected to appear on the party’s ticket in the Adare-Rathkeale constituency, but lost out to sitting councillor Kevin Sheahan in December. The two were pitted against each other in a vote after party headquarters pre-selected three candidates.O’Brien said that Fianna Fáil’s behaviour was “fundamentally wrong” but added he had “moved on” from the “unfortunate episode”.last_img read more

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Most LGBT Europeans still afraid and threatened report

first_imgALMOST TWO-THIRDS of Europe’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are still afraid to show their sexuality in public and most feel discriminated against, an EU report said Friday, the International Day Against Homophobia.“Fear, isolation and discrimination are everyday phenomena for the LGBT community in Europe,” the director of the European Union’s Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Morten Kjaerum, wrote in the report.The online survey, described as the largest of its kind, questioned around 93,000 people in the European Union’s 27 member states plus Croatia, which is to join the bloc in July.Just over a quarter (26 percent) of the respondents said that they had been physically or verbally assaulted over the last five years.TransgenderTransgender people suffered particularly, with 28 percent saying they had been attacked or threatened more than three times in the last 12 months because of their sexuality, the report said.Some respondents said that even in countries traditionally considered to be tolerant, attitudes were worsening.“My situations of harassment/discrimination/violence are mainly random acts of verbal aggression,” a 27-year-old gay Belgian wrote.The situation is worse now than it was, for example, four years ago.In The Netherlands, the first country in the world to legalise gay marriage in 2001, almost 20 percent of those taking part said they felt discriminated against when going to sport clubs or hospitals, looking for an apartment, going out at night, or dealing with banks.The average figure across Europe was 32 percent, with the highest figures reported in Lithuania (42 percent); Croatia (41 percent); Bulgaria (40 percent); and Romania (39 percent).Many said they were afraid to go to the police, including in France where the beating of a gay couple in April hit the headlines after pictures of the bloodied face of one of the victims spread across social media.“(I am) reluctant to report anything that might indicate that I am gay, as I know (the police) just dismiss everything,” a 42-year-old Frenchman said.And a 32-year-old Czech lesbian said: “For me, the most alarming discrimination experienced is in health.I feel strong enough to deal with street harassment now, but I feel upset about having to justify my lifestyle to every doctor.PublicTwo-thirds of respondents and three-quarters of gay men said they were afraid to show their sexuality in public.The FRA report noted that discrimination often begins at school, where two-thirds of respondents hid their sexual orientation.“Ten years later, I still consider being bullied at school the worst form of homophobic abuse I’ve ever been subjected to,” said a gay Maltese man, 25.The constant insults for being effeminate (‘and therefore gay’) were unbearable at school, and not much action was taken by the teachers against the bullies! Bullying forced me to remain in the closet until I reached the age of 18.“Member states must take care that LGBT students feel secure at school, given that that is where LGBT people’s negative experiences, social prejudice and exclusion often begins,” the FRA said.The United Nations has launched its own education campaign, with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reassuring the world’s LGBT community: “You are not alone.”- © AFP, 2013Read: Horrific murder fuels fears of rising homophobia in Russia>last_img read more

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Council uturn on funds means iconic Shandon clock will be repaired

first_imgThe Shandon Clock Source: Aoife Barry/TheJournal.ieTHE ICONIC SHANDON Clock in Cork city is to be repaired – despite the council initially saying it would not find the funding this year.The news comes after months of calls for it to be fixed, and a fundraising account being set up by a local radio station.Today, Lord Mayor of Cork Catherine Clancy confirmed that Cork City Council has secured funding to repair the clock.The Neil Prendeville Show on RedFM had been attempting to raise up to €40,000 to fix the clock, as it said the City Architect’s office said this amount was needed for the repairs.AppealIts RedFM Shandon Appeal was launched on Tuesday of this week, and had secured a number of donations. The radio station will be contacting all those who made donations.The council had previously said it did not have the funding to repair the clock, which is located in the tower of St Anne’s Church in Shandon, until 2015.The church was built in 1722 as a chapel, and the tower accommodates eight bells, which weigh six tonnes altogether. Visitors to the tower can ring the bells themselves.At the top of the tower is a fish-shaped weather vane.Read: Go clubbing in Sir Henry’s in Cork? They want your memorabilia>last_img read more

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The Oakleigh contest – Part II

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In the race to Victoria’s State Parliament, the Liberal candidate for the seat of Oakleigh in Melbourne, Cr Theo Zographos, told Neos Kosmos he has always been passionate about the issues faced by the people in his constituency, which have spurred him to strive. “My vision and my commitment is to the people of Oakleigh and I am focused on explaining what I stand for and what the government stands for, that’s my first priority and aim, and actually explaining what we’ve achieved.”He has been involved with the Greek community his whole life and had an interest in politics from a very young age, which led to him joining the party at the age of 16.“I joined the Liberal Party when I was 16 so I had an interest in politics quite early on. I was involved in the student representative council at Oakleigh Grammar, which was called Oakleigh Greek Orthodox College. I got interested in debating and I was honoured to be elected as school captain in my final year and after that I studied at university and volunteered for Liberal members of parliament,” he said.If elected, he said, he will tackle the biggest issues faced by his constituency, which he believes are public transport, community safety and economic growth. Public transport, particularly, is something he feels was ignored by the previous Labor government. “Labor ignored fixing level crossings for 11 years and as I travel around the electorate that is the constant feedback that I get – that level crossings are an enormous nuisance for constituents in Oakleigh – and they’re very happy that the Napthine government is actually fixing them.“I was proud to be a part of that back in 2010 when I was the first person to get funding for the Murrumbeena level crossing and now we are delivering on Murrumbeena, Carnegie, Clayton, and we’ve just completed Springvale. So that’s the biggest issue in terms of public transport, and of course we’ll have new stations built at Clayton, Murrumbeena and Carnegie. He believes that there are still many challenges to be met in the face of ensuring public safety.“We’ve seen enormous success with our protective service officers at train stations, we have record police, however, there are still enormous challenges faced in our area and we are committed to delivering on that into the future, because one of the most important things, generally speaking, is that people should feel safe.”And personally meeting and greeting his constituents is paramount to his election message push. “The best thing a candidate can do is to meet with people face to face and since I’ve been a candidate, earlier this year, I’ve been door knocking houses in Oakleigh. I’ve done over 5,000 houses so far, I’ve stood at train stations, I’ve had mobile offices in every part and corner of Oakleigh, I’ve attended many events, I send out letters to people to speak about issues. And I get a good response.“People know I’m a hard worker, they can see that I’m a hard worker, they know I’ve got a good record of delivering on issues, delivering on commitments and I feel extremely confident, particularly because the Napthine government has been such a good government and I believe at the moment we’re doing very well.”He holds the Greek community very close to him. He was the raised in the Oakleigh area, attended a Greek Orthodox college and was an alter boy at the local church. If elected in November he will become the youngest Greek Australian member of parliament in Australian history, and he believes his party has best represented the values of Greek Australians.”We have a very strong record as the Liberal Party, over many years, of being there for the Greek community when it counted. During the Kennett years when he stood up for Greek rights in Macedonia, or whether it was Malcolm Fraser who brought in a lot of Greek migrants or whether it was Petro Georgiou, who created the modern SBS.”I think that by having me as a candidate we have a very great opportunity to have someone who’s passionate about the Greek community in the Liberal Party, in government, and that’s why it’s something that will work for our cause if I’m elected.”When it comes to the November 29 election, Cr Zographos believes his party is in good stead to win. “The record speaks for itself in terms of what has actually been achieved and what was ignored by Labor.“The state budget has delivered a lot for Oakleigh, it’s the biggest public transport investment in Oakleigh ever.“He also flagged the building of a new children’s hospital in the area as one of the great projects his party has pledged whilst in government, and is hopeful that voters will see that as his (and his party’s commitment) hard work. Hard work which, according to him, will continue to be delivered.“I look forward to the future in Oakleigh, hopefully as a member.”last_img read more

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Senate passes bill making it easier to kill sea lions

first_imgSEATTLE — A bill that would make it easier to kill sea lions that feast on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River has cleared the U.S. Senate.State wildlife managers say rebounding numbers of sea lions are eating more salmon than ever and their appetites are undermining billions of dollars of investments to restore endangered fish runs.Senate Bill 3119, which passed Thursday by unanimous consent, would streamline the process for Washington, Idaho, Oregon and several Pacific Northwest Native American tribes to capture and euthanize potentially hundreds of sea lions found in the river east of Portland.Sen. Jim Risch, an Idaho Republican who co-sponsored the bill with senators from all three states, said the legislation would help ensure healthy populations of salmon for years to come.“As endangered salmon face extinction, we must take steps to protect them,” Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Washington Democrat, said in a statement.The Senate bill is similar to one passed by the U.S. House in June and sponsored by Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Washington Republican, Kurt Schrader, an Oregon Democrat, and others.last_img read more

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Washington state bans alcoholic energy drinks

first_imgOLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state is banning alcoholic energy drinks.The state Liquor Control Board adopted that rule Wednesday morning. It takes effect Nov. 18.The ban comes after nine Central Washington University students were hospitalized after a party last month. Authorities say they drank the caffeinated malt liquor beverage Four Loko.Gov. Chris Gregoire asked the board to consider the ban. And Attorney General Rob McKenna has asked the Food and Drug Administration to consider whether such drinks are safe.last_img

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DFG Reminds Dipnetters Setnetters To Report 2018 UCI Personal Use Salmon Harvest

first_imgParticipants in the fisheries are required by law to report their harvests even if they did not fish, or even if they fished but caught nothing. DF&G: “Compliance with the permit requirements is important for future management of the Upper Cook Inlet personal use fisheries.” These fisheries include the Kasilof River gillnet, Kasilof and Kenai rivers dipnet, and Fish Creek dipnet, which opened this year by emergency order. Participants can report their harvest online on the ADF&G webpage, regardless if they obtained an electronic or paper permit. In addition, participants may also access the harvest reporting webpage from a smart phone or tablet device by scanning the QR code on the electronic permit. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) sent out a reminder for all 2018 Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use permit holders that August 15, is the deadline to report your harvest for the Kasilof and Kenai rivers, and Fish Creek fisheries.center_img Participants may also mail their permits to the address printed on the back, or hand-deliver their permits to local ADF&G offices during regular business hours. If no one in the household went personal use fishing, answer “NO” for the question “Did you fish for personal use in 2018?” and return the permit to ADF&G.last_img read more

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California becomes first state to ban hairstyle discrimination

first_imgSACRAMENTO: Gov Gavin Newsom signed into law Wednesday a bill making California the first state to ban workplace and school discrimination against black people for wearing hairstyles such as braids, twists and locks. The law by Democratic Sen Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles, a black woman who wears her hair in locks, makes California the first state to explicitly say that those hairstyles are associated with race and therefore protected against discrimination in the workplace and in schools. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us “We are changing the course of history, hopefully, across this country by acknowledging that what has been defined as professional hairstyles and attire in the workplace has historically been based on a Euro-centric model based on straight hair,” Mitchell said. Stephanie Hunter-Ray, who works at a makeup counter, says she typically wears her hair braided or in an afro, but one day she showed up to work with it straightened and styled in a bob. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Her manager told Hunter-Ray her hair had never looked so normal. “It bothered me,” Hunter-Ray said in an interview at the hair salon she owns in Sacramento that specializes in natural hairstyles. “What do you mean by ‘normal?’ Your normal is not normal. My normal is my ‘fro or my braids.” Alikah Hatchett-Fall, who runs Sacred Crowns Salon in Sacramento, said she’s had black men come into her salon asking to have their hair cut off because they can’t find jobs. Advertise With Us The law, she said, “means that psychologically and mentally people can be at ease and be able to get the jobs they want, keep the jobs they want, and get promoted at the jobs they want.” California’s new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, is significant because federal courts have historically held that hair is a characteristic that can be changed, meaning there’s no basis for discrimination complaints based on a hairstyle. The US Supreme Court recently declined to hear the case of an Alabama woman who said she didn’t get a job because she refused to change her hair. The issue burst into public view last December when a black high school wrestler in New Jersey was told by a referee that he had to cut off his dreadlocks if he wanted to compete. California’s Democratic governor said the video was a clear example of the discrimination black Americans face. “His decision whether or not to lose an athletic competition or lose his identity came into, I think, stark terms for millions of Americans,” Newsom said before signing the bill alongside Mitchell and half a dozen advocates. “That is played out in workplaces, it’s played out in schools not just athletic competitions and settings every single day all across America in ways subtle and overt.” Though California is the first state with such a law, New York City earlier this year issued legal guidance banning discrimination against someone based on their hairstyle. The beauty company Dove is part of a coalition pushing for more hairstyle protections, and Mitchell said she hopes other states follow California. Mitchell’s bill adds language to the state’s discrimination laws to say that “race” also includes “traits historically associated with race,” including hair texture and protective hairstyles. It further defines protective hairstyles as braids, twists and locks. The term locks, or “locs,” is the preferred term to dreadlocks, which has a derogatory connotation. At Hunter-Ray’s studio, Exquisite U, on Wednesday, her stylists and customers reflected on the new law. Shereen Africa, who was having her hair re-braided by Elicia Drayton, said she used to work at a television station in Mississippi where a black anchor quit after facing resistance to wearing her hair in locks. Africa said she did not wear her hair in braids at the job, even though she wasn’t on air, because the environment wasn’t supportive of it. “If I’m in a professional setting, I won’t wear my hair in certain ways,” she said. An anchor at a different Mississippi TV station made national news when she said she was fired after she stopped straightening her hair. “You want to go to work and feel free,” Drayton said. “You don’t want to have to feel like you have to put on a wig or you have to have your hair straight to please someone else.”last_img read more

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Will Smiths daughter wants to date both man and woman at the

first_imgWill Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith at the premiere of AladdinInstagramWill and Jada Pinkett Smith’s daughter Willow Smith recently revealed that she sees herself as someone who would date both woman and a man at the same time.During the recent episode of Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook Watch talk show, Red Table Talk, Willow got super candid about her relationship. The 18-year-old teen revealed that her ideal relationship would be a polyamorous throuple with a woman and a man — at the same time. A throuple is a kind of a romantic or sexual relationship where three partners are involved at the same time. Willow loves both the genders equally and wishes to date both the genders.Willow added that she feels like there are “so many different kinds of people in this world and so many things to learn.” She further stated that she would be putting herself at a disadvantage if she closed herself off to those practices.During the chat, Willow stated that she feels that monogamy is steeped in the idea of ownership. But both her grandmother and mother did not seem to agree with her ideologies and admitted their discomfort towards the same. Even Jada stated that “I think my stomach just…” she then made a turning motion with her hands but later added, “whatever makes you happy…”Now as per the latest report by HollywoodLife, both Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are open-minded when it comes to the relationship choices of their children. As per a close friend, the married couple who was recently in news for their marriage is apparently liberal.”Will and Jada are extremely proud of both their children and want nothing more than for them to live their life the way they want to live it,” revealed the alleged source. “They were well aware that Willow felt this way about relationships, but are very proud that she shared her views with the world. It’s important for them all that people can hear these things so if anyone is struggling with the way they want to live their life maybe they can look to Willow as a role model.”last_img read more

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GameStop cloud PCconsole gaming service enters testing

first_imgGameStop announced today that its cloud gaming service has entered closed testing and is expected to enter public beta this year.The service, which rivals similar offerings from start-ups OnLive and Gaikai, allows PC, PlayStation3 and Xbox 360 games to stream from a data center to a remote client using one box and one common controller, regardless of the system for which the game was originally developed. GameStop president Tony Bartel said today that the beta service is live and streaming games from a data center in Austin, Texas.The game retailer is working with publishers to make their portfolios of games available on demand to dedicated hardware and other platforms including smartphones. GameStop is developing the service through its subsidiary Spawn Labs, which the company acquired in April of this year. Spawn Labs originally created a device for home use, the Spawn Box, that worked like a Slingbox for game consoles. Since then, the company has shifted into streaming gaming from central data centers.The service will eventually roll out internationally. GameStop’s UK arm told European gaming site Eurogamer that an EU launch is “in the plans.”The move is the latest in GameStop’s evolving strategy of embracing digital content. At the same time that it acquired Spawn Labs, the retail giant also bought Impulse, a Steam-like digital distribution store for PC games.GameStop’s service is currently scheduled to enter public beta before the end of 2011 and fully launch in mid-2012.via Eurogamerlast_img read more

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When Bengal talked business 2018 sees Ambanis Adanis and Mittal promising huge

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal has never been known for industrialisation and is still associated more with politics, but 2018 saw corporate titans like Ambanis, Adanis and Mittals as also its own Goenkas and Neotias announcing huge investments and jobs here and the state made a big jump on the ease of doing business ranking to figure among the top-ten for the first time ever. While it still remains to be seen what portion of the staggering amount of Rs 2.2 lakh crore worth investments proposed by the industrialists at the big-bang Bengal Global Business Summit in January has already materialised, the state government has been making right noises to boost its pro-business image and has been getting good support from industrialists as well as economists. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Also, the West Bengal government’s Economic Review for 2018-19 showed that the annual growth rate of the state GDP rose from 5.8 per cent in 2015-16 to 11.4 per cent in 2017-18. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is said to have been making serious efforts on attracting investments and creating jobs in the state. The efforts were reflected in West Bengal’s ranking on the national ease of doing business jumping to 10th place, while it was ranked third in terms of ‘reforms’. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed At the end of the Bengal Global Business Summit, Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee had said the state received new investment proposals worth Rs 2.20 lakh crore with a job creation potential of 20 lakh. Those making the commitments included Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, who said it was nothing short of a “miracle” that the state has adopted a change in mindset to welcome the industry. Banerjee said 50 per cent of the investment proposals made at the last year’s event were already in progress and asserted that Bengal was the new investment destination because of political stability, industry-friendly environment and also because of its strategic location. Major business groups which announced investments at the summit also included Adani Group, JSW group, Adventz group and RP-Sanjiv Goenka group. The Summit saw participation from 32 countries, though there was no representation from the central government. According to the state government, several MNCs including Dassult, Aramco, Samsung and PepsiCo have also expressed business interest. Later in the year, Banerjee announced a 200-acre plot at New Town, dedicated for a silicon valley hub for high-end IT functions. Already, companies like Jio, TCS and Capgemini have applied for land parcels there. The booming e-commerce business also left its mark in the state this year. Flipkart subsidiary Instakart Services would invest Rs 991 crore at Haringhata, about 55 m from Kolkata, for a logistics park with employment potential in excess of 18,000 people. Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) would invest around Rs 120 crore for a single project with the objective to delivery technological services in the east and north-east with the idea to boost software exports. The state also got a shot in the arm on getting exploration and licensing of Deocha-Pachami coal block in Bankura district with an aggregate reserves of over 21 million tonnes. City-based storage battery major Exide Industries also announced an investment of Rs 550 crore for two projects in the state this year. Praise also came from a group of 13 senior economists, including former RBI Raghuram Rajan and IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath, when they cited example of West Bengal while outlining an economic strategy for India. Talking about need to reform the healthcare system in India, the group said studies in West Bengal suggest that training the private sector health providers improves their performance by a very significant amount. They said West Bengal has already begun to train many thousands of private sector health providers and it would make sense for other states to follow the same. However, there were also warnings from some quarters about the risks from climate change. A study by New Delhi-based climate research group Climate Trends listed West Bengal among the estates facing heightened risks from multiple climate disasters.last_img read more

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A Soap Opera Holiday – Santa Barbara Reunion Cruise is Happening

first_imgFor many people around the world, a Santa Barbara reunion cruise would be a dream come true. The television soap opera Santa Barbara may have gone off the air in the U.S. in 1993, but it never left the hearts of many of its fans around the world, and now some folks may have the opportunity to mingle with the original cast while aboard a ship. The first-ever Santa Barbara Reunion Cruise sails on November 4th through 8th from Miami to the Bahamas on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas. The cruise will bring together six original Santa Barbara cast members: Lane Davies, A. Martinez, Judith McConnell, Harley Jane Kozak, Louise Sorel, and Nicolas Coster.The Santa Barbara cruise ship“I’m pleased, but more surprised that 30 years later we’re still as fondly remembered as we are,” Lane Davies told Soap Hub.Lane DaviesThe show’s creators, Bridget and Jerry Dobson, are credited with its success as well as taking advantage of the 1980s timing, which was the perfect setting for its stories. Its popularity soared in 40 overseas markets, particularly in France, Eastern Europe, and, most of all, Russia. “I think we were so refreshing after communism and dark Siberian winter nights,” said Davies. “Something about the show really captured the Soviet imagination.”A. MartinezWhen the series first appeared on NBC network in 1984, the American TV critics were not exactly blown away. One reviewer described it as “The worst program on television …. maybe ever.”  But the fan base grew for the show that followed the tumultuous lives of the rich Capwells. The show garnered 24 Daytime Emmy Awards.Judith McConnell“Among daytime soaps, Santa Barbara was notable for its generous $30 million budget and its unique blend of romance, melodrama and black comedy (one popular character was killed when a giant neon letter ‘C’ fell from the Capwell Hotel sign, crushing her),” said History. “It was also the first soap with prominent Hispanic characters–notably Cruz Castillo (A. Martinez), who with Eden Capwell (Marcy Walker) formed one of the show’s resident ‘power couples’–and even featured a member of the British nobility, Dame Judith Anderson, as the grand dame Minx Lockridge.”Harley Jane KozakDespite the enthusiasm of such fans as Ronald and Nancy Regan, Santa Barbara never finished above 10th place in the ratings. But it remains a cult favorite around the world. Alumni of the series include Robin Wright and soap opera mainstay Jack Wagner.Louise SorelIts longtime popularity in Russia is particularly remarkable. Santa Barbara was the first ever American soap opera to be broadcast on Russian television. It started airing on Jan. 2, 1992, with episode 217, and came to a close on April 17, 2002, with episode 2,040. For the first several years, the new episodes ran three evenings per week.Nicolas CosterForeign Policy wrote, “For 10 long years — all through the crime-ridden, chaotic 1990s, the early post-Soviet years of timelessness and hardship — life in large cities, small towns, industrial settlements, and snowbound villages across Russia’s 11 time zones would come to a standstill as the remarkably cheery sounds of Santa Barbara’s intro issued from millions of TV sets.”Santa Barbara cruise shipDavies told Soap Hub that plenty of photo ops, autograph sessions, and “face time” are planned for the cruise. “There will be some panel stuff,” Davies said. “We’re planning a tribute not only to Jed Allan [who played C.C. Capwell], bless his soul, but everybody who has departed this mortal coil since the show ended.”Related Article: Golden Girls Themed Cruise to set sail in 2020He concluded, “What we’re really looking forward to is a shared experience with the fans. They’re not just going to go into a room with other fans and watch 20 minutes of Santa Barbara highlights. We’ll be there with them.”Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more

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The two time winner of Japans Best Ski Resort

first_imgThe two time winner of “Japan’s Best Ski Resort”, Rusutsu, has partnered with SkiJapan.com to offer a great deal.From just AUD$2,480 AUD, the deal offers seven nights’ accommodation in Rusutsu Resort Hotel, two days lift pass, direct flights with Qantas, and ground transfers, offering a saving of around $1,000 on average.Epic Pass holders will receive five consecutive free days of lift access.Travellers will be flying with Qantas on the new Sydney to Sapporo (New Chitose Airport) route, with the first flights starting December 16 this year.The epic Rusutsu package is available for travel from 16 December 2019 with return by 21 March 2020. This offer is available exclusively through SkiJapan.com.*Subject to exchange rates, additional airline taxes, availability. Indicated price based on quad share, per person, staying 14/03/2020 – 20/03/2020.Available travel dates: Depart from 16 December 2019, return by 21 March 2020 JapanqantasRusutsuSapporoskiski skijapanlast_img read more

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first_imgReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related‘Appy Days for Skyscanner as flight comparison app downloads hit 5 million2011 has been the ‘year of the app’ for SkyscannerPremature Xmas locations for diehard festive fansFive months too early for Christmas says SkyscannerChristmas jumpers, Christmas cheerWhat better way to raise money than donning your best novelty sweater for the day?last_img

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