Province Names Finalists for Prestigious Portia White Prize

first_imgThree accomplished artists have been chosen as finalists for the 2009 Portia White Prize. “In the spirit of Portia White, this year’s nominees have left a lasting mark on our province’s creative landscape,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “Their accomplishments add to a proud legacy of artistic achievement within Nova Scotia’s arts and culture community.” The winner of the award will be announced at the Creative Nova Scotia awards gala being held at École secondaire de Par-en-Bas in Tusket on Saturday, Oct. 24. A peer jury comprised of five people from the arts and culture community reviewed the nominations for the award. As part of the selection process, they identified three finalists. Mary Jane Lamond is a singer and Gaelic cultural ambassador from Glendale, Inverness Co. She uses modern instrumentation and arrangements that provide a beautiful framework for Nova Scotia’s Gaelic traditions and songs. Her gripping vocal performances have earned her many Juno and East Coast Music Award nominations as well as a MuchMusic Global Groove Award. John Little is a blacksmith and sculptor from East Dover, Halifax Regional Municipality. He is a self-taught artist known for his passion for the forging process and his dedication to teaching, mentoring and jurying exhibitions in Canada and New England. Respected members of the international music community have recognized Mr. Little’s forged metal sculptures for musical performance as significant accomplishments. Mary Vingoe is a theatre artist from Dartmouth. As an actor, writer, director and producer she has created work of the highest quality resulting in rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. A founder of Eastern Front Theatre in Dartmouth and Ships Company Theatre in Parrsboro, Ms. Vingoe created the opportunity for hundreds of Nova Scotians to work as theatre artists within their own province. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to working as a mentor to young and emerging writers. The $25,000 annual award is named after Nova Scotian classical singer Portia White. It is one of the most prestigious arts awards in Canada, promoting excellence, innovation and expression in the arts. The Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala will also include presentation of the Prix Grand Pré, the Community Arts and Culture Recognition Award, and the Established Artist Recognition Award. The gala and an associated conference are organized by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council.last_img read more

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Violence hampering aid deliveries in mountainous part of Darfur UN official says

“Our operations have been on hold for some weeks while we have been trying to reach civilians in the highlands to assess the humanitarian situation and provide any relief that might be necessary,” said Georg Charpentier, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan.Clashes between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the so-called Abdel Wahid faction of the rebel Sudanese Liberation Army (SLA-AW) in the eastern Jebel Marra region, as well as inter-tribal clashes and fighting involving SLA splinter groups, are preventing aid agencies from delivering supplies of food, water, and medicines, which they have been distributing there over the past five years.“As we approach the end of the dry season and water becomes scarcer, it becomes more urgent to gain access to all civilians who are living in difficult circumstances,” Mr. Charpentier added.Sudan, Africa’s largest country, is recovering from a decades-long civil war which pitted the north against the southern half, in addition to the separate violence in the Darfur region of western Sudan.The joint UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) is trying to subdue a seven-year conflict between the Government and rebels that has killed at least 300,000 people and driven 2.7 million others from their homes.UN agencies and partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are working closely with line ministries and other authorities throughout Darfur to support the needs of the population, Mr. Charpentier’s office said in today’s statement. 19 April 2010Increasing violence has cut off aid deliveries to the mountainous area of Darfur and the living situation for the estimated 100,000 people there will worsen as the dry season comes to an end, the top United Nations humanitarian official in Sudan warned today. read more

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Jayalalithaa threatens to take back Katchatheevu from Sri Lanka

But, Karunanidhi kept a stoic silence when India ceded Katchatheevu to Lanka. Why had he not moved the Apex Court on Katchatheevu issue ? the AIADMK generalsecretary queried.Charging that Karunanidhi had betrayed the Tamil Nadu people on Katchatheevu imbroglio, the Chief Minister demanded that Karunanidhi provide an explanation to the people of Tamil Nadu. (Colombo Gazette) Stating that ceding of Katchatheevu to Sri Lanka was the main reason for the continuous arrest of Tamil Nadu fishermen, the chief minister said, “whenever our fishermen were arrested, I exert pressure on the Centre for their release.” “Instead, Karunanidhi then said the fishermen indulged in cross-border because of their greedy attitude. Had he (Karunanidhi) moved the Supreme Court (SC), citing the Berubari judgement, by which the SC ruled against ceding of the area to East Pakistan, Mr Karunanidhi could have got an interim stay on the Katchatheevu issue,” she lamented.Jayalalithaa recalled that the Apex Court in 1960 on Berubari issue had held that any land belonging to India could be ceded to another country only with the approval of Parliament and with a constitutional amendment. Hence, Berubari still remains an integral part of India. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK General Secretary J Jayalalithaa today vowed to retrieve Katchatheevu island ceded to Sri Lanka and restore the traditional fishing rights of Tamil Nadu fishermen in Palk Bay, if elected to power.Addressing an election rally at Aruppukottai in Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa said the arrest of Tamil Nadu fishermen under the pretext of cross-border fishing by Lankan navy is still continuing. Taking a jibe at DMK President M. Karunanidhi, she accused him of doing nothing in 1974, during his tenure, when Katchatheevu was transferred to Lanka. read more

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UN officials hail enthusiastic participation in landmark Sierra Leone ballot

“Their peaceful and enthusiastic participation in the elections is an eloquent testimony to Sierra Leoneans’ determination to turn a page on their tragic past,” said Secretary-General Kofi Annan, adding that the elections were “also a major step on the road to lasting, sustainable peace.”In a statement released by his spokesman in New York, the Secretary-General appealed “for continued calm and restraint as the election results are collated and announced.” He also urged political leaders and their followers “to be magnanimous in both victory and defeat.”Following the elections, Mr. Annan said, the country’s pressing reconstruction and national reconciliation needs would be the next challenge for the Sierra Leonean people and the international community. “Extending State authority throughout the country, restoring Government control over natural resources, reintegrating ex-combatants and resettling returning populations, will require sustained determination, encouragement and support,” he added.For his part, the President of the Security Council, Ambassador Kishore Mahbubani of Singapore, said in a press statement that Council members were very happy that the elections had gone off well. The members of the Council also noted the positive contribution made by various parties including UNAMSIL, the UN mission in the country, as well as the United Kingdom and others, to bring about successful elections.Briefing reporters at UN Headquarters, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, said “the fact that [the elections] went without any major glitch, without any security problems is a major testimony to the political will of the Sierra Leonean people to move forward towards peace and to build a foundation for peace.”Behind what had happened on election day were two years of very hard work, Mr. Guéhenno added. Some 17,500 troops had been deployed, he noted, which demonstrated that when adequate resources were put in place, a peace mission could achieve the desired results. Meanwhile, in Freetown yesterday, Oluyemi Adeniji, the head of UNAMSIL, told a press conference following the closure of the polls that the comportment of the voters had been “exemplary” in practically every place he and his deputies had visited throughout the day.Commenting on UNAMSIL’s role in providing logistical support to the National Electoral Commission (NEC), as mandated by the UN Security Council, he confirmed that “all the materials were in place by the time people started voting,” adding that even in some inaccessible places, UNAMSIL helicopters were still delivering materials well into the evening before the elections. Mr. Adeniji said that he was hopeful that political parties would abide by the code of conduct they signed and a declaration they made with the NEC on Saturday, 12 May. “We are expecting that as just as the election has been free of violence, so will the aftermath of the election when the results are announced,” he said. read more

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EYEWITNESS Mout open…

…on firingsCoalition politics is once again under the microscope with the fallout from the ouster of WPA Executive Member David Hinds as a columnist from the State-owned Chronic. But the fallout has highlighted some rather interesting revelations, which might just be radioactive!! One fella by the name of Milton Bruce revealed what might be at the root of the hammer falling on Hinds – to wit, hardliners within the PNC have neither forgotten nor forgiven the WPA for skewering Forbes Burnham, just when he was consolidating his dictatorship.Burnham’s principal weakness was his vanity – and boy did Rodney exploit that weakness. First and foremost, he did that by his very presence. Burnham’s claim to fame – and source of his support in the African community – was his “brilliance”. But what Rodney showed was that in that department, it was a case of being “a one-eyed man in blind man’s country”!!There’s no question that Burnham qualified as a lawyer – but is there any case that any of his followers could point to where he created any precedent through his argumentation? NONE!!In fact, the Luckhoos outshone him to such an extent in this department, he created the position of “Chancellor of the Judiciary” – which is giving us such fits today –  just to place someone over CJ Sir Joseph Luckhoo to humiliate him. Luckhoo, of course, left for Jamaica and our loss was their gain in legal acuity. Burnham was also lauded as an “orator” – but was nothing more than a cringing colonial hangover with his Churchillian pauses and lisping – totally bereft of the scholarship that typified Rodney’s speeches. He never saw the irony of imitating the racist, arch colonial Churchill!!But there was also Rodney’s use of satire and ridicule that made Burnham a laughing stock to the PNC’s traditional Georgetown base. “Fat-boy” was the least of the barbs. Most famous was Rodney’s analysis of why Burnham had wrecked the economy, the society, and everything else in Guyana: he had the “reverse Midas Touch”. Everything Burnham touched was turned into sh*t!!! Come to think of it, Rodney was saying Burnham singlehandedly turned Guyana into a “sh*thole” country!!Milton Bruce claimed the WPA destroyed “the most revolutionary thinker” in Guyana – Burnham!! So, selling out Guyana to the CIA and leading Guyana into a civil war from which we’ve never recovered is “revolutionary””?? Well then, every tin-pot dictator from Trujillo to Papa Doc was also “revolutionary”!!No…as your Eyewitness said before, the WPA’s usefulness to the PNC is over. But he believes the WPA will remain in the APNU coalition after their humiliations – just as their co-leader Roopnaraine did.They’re “true-believers”, caught between the devil and the deep blue sea!!…on WPA’s coalition roleAnother fallout from the firings was the revelation of some of the background intrigues that led to the APNU slate in 2011, which turned around the fortunes of the PNC – and not so incidentally, confirmed what  your (humble) Eyewitness had surmised earlier. WPA Executive Tacuma Ogunseye expanded on the pivotal role they and their party played to sanitise the PNC – all for the sake of “members of the African Community (sic) whose interest were of paramount importance to me”.And why not?? Ogunseye was also an Executive Member of ACDA, who in 2006 had called for the army to stand down if that community rose up were the PPP to win the elections of that year. But what troubled your Eyewitness was Ogunseye admitting he and Desmond Trotman connived to have Roopnaraine become the running mate for Granger in 2011, because “the PNCR was having extreme difficulty finding an Indian candidate to be Granger’s running mate.”So what if no “Indian” was involved in making the choice of their “leader”!!…on split of TUCBruce also claimed the TUC wasn’t split during Burnham’s time. So what happened in 1984 when George Daniels pulled out the GPSU from the TUC…and was threatened with death by Burnham’s goons?Surely, Burnham wasn’t yet dead? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Commemorating…August 7, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Fit and able…March 29, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: The free marketFebruary 18, 2019In “EYEWITNESS” read more

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Banter foodie Himself What words drive you absolutely up the wall

first_imgTweepsHubbieHimself/Herself (when referring to a significant other)Marketeers Hack (as in journalist)PiddleDrico EpicGuesstimateBanter/bants ARE THERE WORDS that send you into a blind irrational rage?Words that if used by a loved one could make you reconsider your relationship with them?Tell us, we’re here to listen.Here are some of DailyEdge.ie/TheJournal.ie‘s least favourite words to get you going…PoopFoodieNixercenter_img AmazeballsGirlosMethinks Now it’s your turn. Vent in the comments section…7 simple grammar rules EVERYONE should know>7 annoyingly tricky words and tips to help you spell them>last_img

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CERN records neutrinos traveling faster than light physicists scratch their heads

first_imgNothing travels faster than the speed of light, or so we thought. Physicists rely on that fact, but the latest results coming out of CERN, where the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is housed, may suggest otherwise.Scientists at CERN have been firing neutrinos 732km to the Gran Sasso laboratory in Italy in an experiment called the Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus (OPERA). The experiment was being done to see how many neutrinos spontaneously changed types from muon neutrinos to tau neutrinos. What they didn’t expect to witness was some of those neutrinos arriving at their destination faster than expected, and faster even than the speed of light.The early arrival was only billionths of a second quicker than light travels, but that’s still faster than the speed of light, which should be impossible. If it isn’t, then it will turn the field of physics upside down and reset the rulebook.OPERAThe scientists involved didn’t just accept the results, however. The most likely explanation for the super-fast neutrinos is some kind of error in the system. The team checked everything, but turned up no mistakes, which now means they are throwing it open to the wider community and asking what could have caused this anomaly. If no explanation is found, then we may have just seen proof of faster than light travel.For the moment, the team at CERN  and Gran Sasso are keeping their minds open to both possibilities, but expecting that some kind of error will be found.Read more at BBC Newslast_img read more

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Hellenic RSL celebrates Mothers Day PHOTOS

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Hellenic RSL Branch was founded in the ’70s and promotes the contribution of the Hellenes as part of the Australian Military forces in WW1, WW2 and the Vietnam War.The Greek branch, celebrating almost 50 years since its founding date honoured the women and specifically the mothers of veterans in a special gathering last Sunday 5 May.A large number of members and friends attended the event to enjoy this special day of the year and make the most important ladies in their lives happy.READ MORE: Greek veterans march with the Hellenic RSL for Mother’s DayThe oldest mother at the Hellenic RSL function was Mrs Evangelia Polidoropoulos aged 85, and the youngest mother present was Mrs Hariklia Kouskouris, 49.“Many talks and poems were read on the day, and I have to say it was at times emotional,” said President Mr Steve Kyritsis.“We wish all Mothers happiness and good health.”READ MORE: NK staff members pay tribute to their mumsMembers of Hellenic RSL dancing the ‘ballos’.’Kalamatiano’ and ‘syrtaki’ were also part of the repertoire.A live orchestra was present and several mothers tried their singing abilities.Mothers giving speeches before the party took off.Hellenic RSL is not just about the Veterans but also about the women in their lives constantly offering their support.Two ladies having a go at zeimbekiko.Members of Hellenic RSL dancing the ‘ballos’.last_img read more

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Two electrocuted in YadadriBhongir and Suryapet districts

first_imgBhongir: Two persons were electrocuted in two separate incidents that took place in Yadadri-Bhongir and Suryapet districts on Friday. In Bandakothapally village of Gundala mandal of Yadadri-Bhongir district, Komaraiah (41) was electrocuted while carrying out repairs to an electric pole. Similarly, in Tirumalagiri of Suryapet district, a 16-year-old boy, Vadde Naveen, was electrocuted while switching on a light in his residence.last_img

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Transfer news updates Brazilian star Neymar desperate for Barcelona move Manchester United

first_imgNeymar Jr.ReutersBrazilian star Neymar is desperate to leave PSG for Barcelona whereas Manchester United has agreed to the Pablo Dybala swap deal with Juventus. Neymar has told his club that he wants out and is refusing to play for the French club, according to a report in Daily Express.PSG have demanded  £165million from Barcelona in response to which the Catalan club has offered player-plush cash deals which includes two players in exchange of the Brazilian. PSG’s sporting director Leanardo had tried to persuade the 26-year-old to stay for another season but the latter did not agree. As a result of which PSG officials have set up a meeting with the Barcelona president to discuss the deal.  Paulo Dybala.GettyBarcelona is planning a bid for Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian if they cannot secure their target Real Betis youngster Junior Firpo, according to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo. Ernesto Valverde, the Catalan club’s boss wants to boost his defence by signing another defender to the squad. Firpo has a £45million release clause in his contract that is there till 2023. If the deal does not work out then they will go for the United full-back. Manchester United have agreed to a swap deal for Pablo Dybala from Juventus. The player that United is offering is Romelu Lukaku and the Red Devils had been heavily linked with Juventus for signing the Argentine. But it depends on Dybala at this moment.last_img read more

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UPDATE UT Report Criticizes How City Of Houston Conducts Apartment Inspections

first_img Share Gail Delaughter | Houston Public MediaA report released by the University of Texas criticizes the City of Houston’s programs and protocols regarding the inspection of apartment units and apartment complexes, such as the one this file photo shows, which is located near downtown Houston.A report released this week by the University of Texas  criticizes the City of Houston’s programs and protocols regarding the inspection of apartment units and apartment complexes and recommends multiple changes to fix what it categorizes as an “epidemic.”Professor Heather Way authored the report, which was specifically prepared by UT’s School of Law’s Clinic on Entrepreneurship and Community Development.The report has seven findings that point to problems with the way in which City departments –mainly Public Works and the Department of Health— conduct inspections.One of the findings of the report is that the City “rarely sends inspectors out to apartments to investigate tenants’ reports of unsafe apartment conditions and closes cases without ensuring the issues were addressed.”According to the report, the fact that inspection programs exclude many multi-family rental properties is another problem, along with the ineptitude of the City’s 311 Service Center which, also as indicated in the report, “frequently refers reports of apartment safety issues to the wrong department.”The report has nine recommendations that cover a wide range range of topics, including educating tenants about their rights regarding repairs and where to look for help, as well as producing detailed and frequently updated online reports about problematic properties and consolidating the City’s oversight regarding health and safety conditions at apartments into a new “Apartment Safety Division reporting directly to the Mayor.”The City of Houston said in an email it is “reviewing the findings and recommendations.”“This is not the first critical report that the University of Texas School of Law – Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic has released about apartment regulations in large Texas cities. But Houston is unique in Texas because it has the third highest number of occupied apartments in the country. About half of all Houstonians are renters. We will evaluate the recommendations as we continue the work of improve the programs and the services we offer the community,” the emailed statement asserted.A City official disputed one of the findings.Porfirio Villarreal, a public information officer with the Department of Health, told Houston Public Media that the, while the report says the department’s Bureau of Pollution Control and Prevention “has only two investigators in the entire city to enforce indoor health issues at apartment complexes,” the bureau currently has three investigators.“It’s a very thorough report, so we are gonna take a look and see if there’s anything where we can improve our processes,” added Villarreal.Alanna Reed, director of communications for the City’s Public Works Department, noted in an email that the department’s director, Carol Haddock, met with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Tuesday morning to analyze the report.Reed detailed that the Public Works Department “currently has a team of 10 multi-family inspectors that conduct inspections in teams of 2 (5 teams), one electrical and one structural expert.”“These inspectors monitor 4,032 apartment complexes, 26,723 apartment buildings and over 295,000 apartment units throughout 655 square miles,” Reed added in her email.Heather Way Discusses Apartment Safety Report:Find  the document below:last_img read more

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Quantum effects lead to more powerful battery charging

first_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters Credit: CC0 Public Domain The researchers, Francesco Campaioli et al., have published a paper on the fast charging of nanoscale batteries in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.Although a great deal of research has shown that quantum phenomena provide advantages in information processing applications, such as computing and secure communication, there have been very few demonstrations of quantum advantages in thermodynamics. In one recent study in this area, researchers showed that quantum entanglement can allow more work to be extracted from a nanoscale energy-storage device, or “quantum battery,” than would be possible without entanglement. In the new study, the researchers build on this result to show that quantum phenomena can also enhance the charging power of quantum batteries. They also found that the process does not necessarily require entanglement, although it does require operations that have the potential to generate entangled states.”Our work shows how entangling operations—that is, interactions between two or more bodies—are necessary to obtain a quantum advantage for the charging power of many-body batteries, whereas entanglement itself does not constitute a resource,” Campaioli, at Monash University in Australia, told Phys.org. “Additionally, we show that for locally coupled batteries the quantum advantage scales with the number of interacting batteries.”The quantum advantage is not without its limits, however, and the physicists derive the upper bound on how much faster a collection of batteries can be charged with the help of quantum phenomena. They show that for locally coupled batteries the quantum advantage grows with the number of interacting batteries. These bounds for the quantum advantage are based on quantum speed limits, which are used, for example, to estimate the maximum speed of quantum processes, such as calculations on a quantum computer. Here, the limit is for thermodynamic processes. Overall, the results may lead to methods of improving future nanoscale energy-charging processes, as well as to a better understanding of how quantum theory and thermodynamics are related.”Our result could be used to provide optimal charging for nanodevices that rely on batteries that consist of few quantum systems, such as charge qubits, ions or atoms,” Campaioli said. “Our plan for future research in this field is to provide a tight upper bound to the advantage that can be obtained by means of interactions between a finite number of bodies. Furthermore, we would like to obtain an experimental realization of the above-mentioned quantum advantage.” (Phys.org)—Physicists have theoretically shown that, when multiple nanoscale batteries are coupled together, they can be charged faster than if each battery was charged individually. The improvement arises from collective quantum phenomena and is rooted in the emerging field of quantum thermodynamics—the study of how quantum effects influence the traditional laws governing energy and work. Explore further © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img For faster battery charging, try a quantum battery? More information: Francesco Campaioli et al. “Enhancing the Charging Power of Quantum Batteries.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.150601 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Quantum effects lead to more powerful battery charging (2017, May 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-quantum-effects-powerful-battery.htmllast_img read more

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Central forces conduct route march in the city

first_imgKolkata: Central forces conducted route march in various parts of the city on Monday as part of area domination and confidence building measure among the people ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. A contingent of central forces along with officials of Kolkata police conducted route march in various parts of north Kolkata. Ten companies of central paramilitary forces had arrived in the state since Friday and are conducting flag marches in different parts of Kolkata and elsewhere before the seven-phase polls in the state beginning on April 11. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose On Saturday during their route march the central forces personnel knocked at the doors of the people and assuring them not to be afraid of hooligans. The ruling Trinamool Congress Sunday said the central paramilitary personnel should not “terrorise” the people in the “name of making them feel safe and secure”. The BJP has alleged that TMC is afraid that due to presence of central forces their plans to rig the polls might fall flat.last_img read more

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Hundreds of Lithuanians bravely fly Pride flag after arson attacks

first_img‘I come from middle class background and the current Lithuania is far safer than what people faced in the Stonewall era or during the HIV crisis, so I consider myself privileged.’But that doesn’t mean the past week hasn’t been intense for the filmmaker and his boyfriend.‘The whole week was intense mix of emotions: fear, joy, pride and stress,’ he said.‘I’m certainly overwhelmed with all the support, and to be honest I think it’s quite amazing that we succeeded to turn this situation into something positive.’ Hundreds of Lithuanians are showing their support for the country’s LGBTI community after arsonists started a fire in a well-known filmmaker’s apartment building. What’s next for  Zabarauskas?Zabarauskas will continue to use his films to tell LGBTI stories. His new film The Lawyer comes out in 2020 and managed to receive unprecedented funding from the Lithuanian Film Center.His current film the semi-autobiographical film, You Can’t Escape Lithuania, is currently touring film festivals around the world.In the meantime, he will also continue to work on the Friendly Vilnius map which he launched in 2012.The guide lists all the city’s LGBTI-friendly venues and last year received an official endorsement from the city. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘We were overwhelmed with positive reactions. People started to unfurl the rainbow flags immediately,’ Zabarauskas said.‘However, it was quickly sold out where available, so we decided to make it more accessible. For that reason, the night after the first fire in my building, I emailed the sponsors of my previous work – films and outreach initiatives.‘Next morning, I woke up with thousands euros already raised to buy and gift 500 flags. At the distribution event the following Friday, they were all gone within the first half an hour – except a hundred that we reserved and sent by post to people who live outside Vilnius.’ Arsonists started a fire outside Romas Zabarauskas’ apartment last week in what appeared to be an alleged hate crime because he flew a rainbow Pride flag from his balcony.Zabarauskas and his boyfriend decided to fly the flag after arsonists set fire to the Lithuania Gay League’s office – a prominent LGBTI support group – in August.‘I thought it was important not to give into fear. With my boyfriend, we bought a rainbow flag and unfurled it in our balcony. After the first fire in my apartment building, I told the policewoman that this could be related, and she gave me a shocking answer, telling me to simply take down the flag “before the whole house burns down”,’ the filmmaker told Gay Star News.‘This goes against everything I believe in. Lithuania is a free country and no one can tell me or anyone else what to place in their private property. So I quickly realised we need to defend this freedom and instead of being afraid, show solidarity with the LGBT community.’But it took a second fire in Zabarauskas’ building for police and officials to sit up and take notice.‘A few days after the first fire in my apartment building, there was a second attack on another floor. This made the story even more visible in Lithuania: Vilnius’s City Mayor, the General Commissioner and others spoke out. Finally all the four cases received top police attention,’ he said.Show your prideThe day after the fire he decided to order 500 Pride flags to hand out to people wanting to show their support of the LGBTI community. People in the capital Vilnius, were so eager that they ran out of flags within half an hour.Rainbow flags are flying on balconies and in the streets across Vilnius with people posting photos on social media with the hashtag #lgbtdraugiškalietuva (LGBT Friendly Lithuania). Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Solidarity means strengthZabarauskas doesn’t consider himself an LGBTI activist but will never miss an opportunity to promote equality for the community. He said he’s not sure if he feels afraid after the two attacks and believes he is privileged.‘I was never really afraid to be openly gay, express myself and create art in challenging ways,’ Zabarauskas said.center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Saulius Baradinskas finished his first half marathon in Vilnius carrying the Pride flag. | Photo: Instagram/sauliusbaradinskas• Lithuania one of EU’s worst on LGBTI issuesLithuania has been ranked one of the worst countries in the European Union on LGBTI rights.In 2017, Lithuanian politicians voted against a proposal that would have recognized same-sex couples. The parliament voted on a proposal to amend Lithuania’s Civil Code to give legal status to all couple regardless of gender, but the majority of MPs voted against it.But LGBTI advocates have said Lithuania is making slow progress on equality and Zabarauskas agreed.‘Lithuania is on its’ way to progress and prosperity. The more LGBT people are becoming visible, the more we are accepted, so we’re on the right track,’ he said.‘Sure, there should be even more and stronger reactions by politicians and top officials. And it’s still a long way before we achieve full equality and acceptance.‘But there’s no “us” and “them” in this situation. LGBT community and supportive civic society are Lithuania, and I’m proud of how we defended our freedom here.’ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Positive progressEven though the filmmaker thinks he’s still in shock with everything that’s happened in the past week, he does believe a silver lining has emerged from the arson attacks.‘I’m actually not sure what to think and how to feel about it – perhaps I’m still in shock,’ he said.‘The whole solidarity initiative we organised does make me feel safer. For example, now three buildings surrounding mine have unfurled rainbow flags: we’re not alone anymore.’ Arsonist targeted Lithuanian gay director in a possible homophobic attackArsonist attacks Lithuania LGBT rights group office, set door aflame at 4amPuerto Rican designer creates new Pride flag to include trans and people of colorRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/hundreds-of-lithuanians-bravely-fly-pride-flag-after-multiple-arson-attacks/last_img read more

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Booze scammers target bottle stores

first_imgA local business almost fell foul of a new scam in which liquor outlets are requested to pay a fee for the renewal of their liquor licence.Alarm bells were triggered after the owner received an SMS requesting that he make a deposit of R250 for the renewal of his liquor licence.After verifying matters with the National Liquor Board, he discovered that the bank details provided in the SMS were not those of the Liquor Authority.In the interests of their safety, police advise liquor outlets that receive such an SMS to first verify the bank details before handing over any money and to ensure that they contact the Liquor Authority in order to verify the contents of the SMS. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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Honduran company plans megamall for Alajuela

first_imgIn 2014, the city of Alajuela, northwest of San José, will inaugurate one of the largest shopping malls in the country. The design of the 185,000-square-meter City Mall project will rival the gigantic Mall Multiplaza Escazú, southwest of the city.The City Mall will include 280 stores and 2,400 parking spaces, according to El Financiero. Honduran company Lady Lee plans to start construction in October, once permits are issued. The structure is expected to be as large as the five-story Mall Multiplaza Escazú.The business did not release the price of the investment, but based on the amount of land acquired, El Financiero estimated that already $13.7 million could be invested in the project.The mall will include the department stores Aliss, Universal and Carrion and a 10-screen movie theater. Foreign brands from Europe, Israel and the United States are looking to open stores, including Gap, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger and restaurant Chili’s.The mall also will include an arcade with a “ferris wheel, bumper cars and a nursery.” El Financiero also noted that in time for the holiday season, two new malls will open, and Mall Multiplaza Escazú will be remodeled. The Lincoln Plaza in Moravia, northeast of San José, and Paseo Metrópoli in Cartago, east of San José, debut in November. The refurbished Mall Multiplaza Escazú includes U.S. brands new to the country, such as Gap, Banana Republic and Forever 21, and also U.S. eateries Chili’s and Cosi. Facebook Comments Related posts:Fun, action on Alajuela Museum tour Aerocasillas opens new store in Alajuela Kid-friendly “Tales of Kings” plays in Alajuela Alajuela smokers have new reason to quitlast_img read more

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Another decree angers Costa Ricas tourism sector

first_imgRelated posts:Tourism chamber leaders vow to escalate fight against added sales tax Tourism entrepreneurs urge President Solís to block retroactive sales tax Tourism chambers outraged over latest Tax Administration order for businesses to collect sales tax on tourism activities Solís administration proposes bill to cancel tax debts for some tourism businesses A reorganization of the Solís administration has the tourism sector on edge. On Monday, the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels criticized a decree signed by President Luis Guillermo Solís that places the tourism sector under the authority of the Economy Ministry.“There are members of the current Cabinet who underestimate the tourism sector,” the Chamber of Hotels stated in response on Monday.In May, Solís named Wilhelm von Breymann as Tourism Minister. But Article 2 of Executive Decree #38536, published in the official newspaper La Gaceta on Aug. 20, states that tourism will fall within the same administrative sector as the Economy Ministry, as part of a reorganization of the executive branch ordered by the Planning Ministry and Casa Presidencial.Article 5 states the economy minister will be the top official governing the economy, industry, trade and tourism.Solís over the weekend told members of the media he was unaware the decree changed the tourism sector’s category. He acknowledged that the tourism industry is extremely important for the country, and he denied it was an oversight.The National Tourism Chamber  (CANATUR) also voiced disapproval of the decree.Chamber Executive President Pablo Abarca claimed that because tourism now is under the authority of the Economy Ministry, business owners believe the government is sidelining their sector.“We are now a subsector of the economy, despite being a productive activity that generates more than 500,000 jobs, contributes 8 percent of the GDP, and represents 20 percent of Costa Rica’s annual exports,” Abarca said.The Tico Times attempted to speak with the tourism minister to receive his response to the polemic, but his press office said he “would not yet address the questions because he is discussing the matter with Casa Presidencial.”Problems with the new decree add to ongoing controversy in the tourism sector over a recent Finance Ministry decree ordering tourism businesses to charge sales tax on all outdoor activities such as rafting and ziplining, among others, as well as ordering them to pay back taxes for the past four years.Ministry officials justified the measure in a new interpretation of the Sales Tax Law and in the context of reducing the country’s growing fiscal deficit.Business owners argue they never collected the taxes because they were never notified to do so. Some have begun receiving official notifications recently from the Tax Administration setting Sept. 30 is a deadline to pay back taxes for the last four years.Vice President Ana Helena Chacón, who also is coordinator of a government Tourism Competitiveness Committee, on Monday said the committee would lobby for a change to the ministry’s interpretation, although Tax Administration officials have continued to insist they will collect the tax as required by law, “no matter what.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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If you build it they will come Haiti rebuilds for tourism

first_imgThe Republic of Haiti has had much to rebuild post- 2010 earthquake, but tourism infrastructure is not being left behind in the nation’s reconstruction.Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, saw much of its infrastructure and half of its hotels wiped out in the earthquake, but recent developments are leading to what NY Daily News has called “something of a construction boom”.According to the newspaper, as plans for the construction of a new Marriott Hotel in 2014 are brought to fruition, this summer will also see the opening of a new Occidental hotel.Millions are reportedly being spent on the rebuilding of the Port-au-Prince International Airport and Cap-Haitien International Airport, and officials have confirmed “discussions” about next year bringing Port-au-Prince’s first cruise ship in 25 years to the city as part of the ‘Cruise with a Cause’ volunteer vacations.Funding will reportedly come from the implementation of a tourist card and flight levies.e-Travel Blackboard spoke to a Bay Area travel agent who admitted that while she has clients who are looking for the new Caribbean hotspot, Haiti “will need to do some impressive marketing to convince the industry and the world that it is ready for tourists”. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

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New Zealand cruise industry reaches new heights

first_imgThe 2013-2014 cruise season saw the New Zealand cruise sector contribute a record NZD $365.3 million to the nation’s economy.That figure is forecast to swell dramatically to NZD $421.5 million in two years time due to more and bigger ships as well as more tourists.According to a new economic impact report released by Cruise New Zealand, the 2015-16 season is expected to bring more cruise passengers to New Zealand ports on bigger ships than ever before.The 2013-14 cruise season saw 202,700 passengers on 33 separate ships which made 119 voyages and spent 699 days at ports around the country.Of the season’s total profit, passengers accounted for NZD $273 million, vessel-related spending was NZD $63.6 million and crew-related spend was NZD $28.7 million and it is estimated that the cruise sector supported 6,818 jobs in New Zealand.The coming 2014-15 cruise season is expected to see a small increase in total spending to NZD $373.4 million, before a dramatic increase the following season to NZD $421.5 million, due to a large increase in passenger numbers to 246,800 people.The current outlook for 2015-16 indicates that 119 voyages will spend 652 port days in New Zealand, with the season also set to bring the highest number of exchange cruises on record.Source = ETB News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Feb 12, 2018 10:46 am PDT Last Updated Feb 12, 2018 at 11:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: NY AG says Weinstein Co. covered up abuses NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Latest on the lawsuit filed by New York’s attorney general against Weinstein (all times local):1:40 p.m.New York’s attorney general says his office’s four-month investigation of The Weinstein Co. found “a pervasive pattern” of sexual harassment, intimidation and abuse.Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday his office found “extensive coverup” of “despicable” allegations that should have prompted formal investigations at the company.A proposed sale of company is in question after Schneiderman filed a lawsuit Sunday saying any deal would have to include assurances of financial compensation for women abused by co-founder Harvey Weinstein.The lawsuit accuses the producer of “repeatedly and persistently” sexually harassing female workers in violation of state law.Weinstein has repeatedly denied all accusations of nonconsensual sex.His attorney released a statement saying many of the allegations against his client are “without merit.”___12:40 p.m.NEW YORK — A proposed sale of The Weinstein Co. is in question after New York’s attorney general filed a lawsuit saying that any deal would have to include assurances of financial compensation for women abused by co-founder Harvey Weinstein.The suit was filed Sunday. It accused the producer of “repeatedly and persistently” sexually harassing female workers in violation of state law.The attorney general’s office said the lawsuit was filed partly due to reports of the movie company’s imminent sale to an investment group led by Maria Contreras-Sweet. She was the chief administrator of the Small Business Administration under President Barack Obama.Weinstein has repeatedly denied all accusations of nonconsensual sex.His New York attorney released a statement saying many of the allegations against his client are “without merit.”last_img read more

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