TMC councillor clinches gold at Mongolia powerlifting meet

first_imgKolkata: Pabitra Biswas, Trinamool Congress councilor of ward 33, has bagged two medals, including a gold, at the Asian Powerlifting Competition at Mongolia, which was held last week. Fifty-six-year-old Biswas has bagged a gold medal in the 85 kg category in equipped bench press and a bronze medal in the raw category. He lifted 135 kg bench press in the equipped category. Earlier, Biswas was selected in the national team. Biswas was first elected as a councillor of KMC in 1995 when the civic board was under the control of CPIM. Prasanta Chatterjee of CPIM was the then mayor. Subsequently, he won the 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015 civic polls. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhen contacted Biswas said: “Powerlifting is my passion. My day start with exercise and whenever I meet people particularly the young boys and girls I always ask them to do exercise as they will keep them fit.” Biswas is very popular in Ward no 33. He goes to every road, lanes and bylanes to ensure that sweeping has been done properly and garbage has been cleared. “The leaders in Trinamool also encourage me to perform powerlifting which has helped to serve the people in better ways.” Biswas is now preparing for the World Power Lifting competition. ” Take health food and work seriously – these are the two mantras to remain energetic and fit,” said Biswas.last_img read more

Gay purge lawsuit settlement expanded to include more people who suffered

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government has agreed to expand the scope of a landmark deal to financially compensate members of the military and other agencies who were investigated and sometimes fired because of their sexual orientation.A revised version of the class-action settlement over the so-called “gay purge” explicitly includes people whose careers suffered as early as 1955 — seven years prior to a previously agreed date.In addition, the settlement creates an “exceptions committee” that will look case-by-case at those who might otherwise fall through the cracks.They could include people affected before 1955, individuals who worked for agencies not listed in the settlement, or those who were targeted even though they were not gay or lesbian.An agreement in principle in the court action was drafted last November, just days before the government delivered a sweeping apology for decades of discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community.However, a number of people seeking redress fell outside the parameters of the original agreement, including some who were singled out by superiors because they were perceived as gay, or because they vocally stuck up for colleagues, said Doug Elliott, a lawyer behind the class action.“Those people were really victims of the purge, too and we felt if there were such people that they ought to be included, because even though they were not gay, they were suffering because of this anti-gay policy,” Elliott said in an interview.A former Air Force member who was investigated in the late 1950s and forced out in the early ’60s represents one of the earliest cases in the legal action, Elliott said.“I really didn’t expect there was going to be anyone around who was going to put their hand up from that earlier period and say that they had been purged. But a few elderly people did come forward.”The settlement, still subject to Federal Court approval, includes at least $50 million and up to $110 million in total compensation, with eligible individuals each expected to receive between $5,000 and $175,000.The first phase of a program to notify potential members of the class action is underway.Hundreds of people have already joined, and Elliott has a “working estimate” of up to 2,000 participants. “I expect that it will probably exceed a thousand. But how far north of that it will go is very difficult to predict.”Elliott said one theory holds that gay people don’t like to admit they were in the military and military members don’t like to acknowledge they’re gay, something called the “double-closet phenomenon.”In addition, the AIDS epidemic took its toll on many members of the gay community.“Despite the government’s great efforts to create a list of every homosexual in Canada, they never succeeded,” Elliott said with a chuckle.“So we don’t know who these people are. Even if we knew who they are, we don’t know how many of them are still alive. And among those who were affected and still alive, we don’t know if they will step forward.”He personally knows two eligible men who have not yet signed on.“And I think in their cases, that it’s because this is a horrible experience they had in their past. No amount of money in the world is enough to make them revisit it, they just want to forget about it.”There will also be several reconciliation and remembrance measures, including a national monument, a Canadian Museum for Human Rights exhibition, declassification of archival records and a citation akin to a medal for affected people.Elliott said the citation is extremely important to many of his clients, particularly former Armed Forces members.“When they went into the military, that’s one of the things they were looking forward to, was earning a medal one day,” he said. “And then they never got a chance. So this is some small recognition of the fact that they too served and that they suffered in the service of their country.”The Liberal government has also introduced legislation that would allow people to apply to have their criminal convictions for consensual sexual activity between same-sex partners erased from the public record.The Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act would provide for the destruction and removal of records for the offences of gross indecency, buggery and anal intercourse.At a Senate committee studying the bill Wednesday, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale called it an “important and overdue step in the right direction.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Sport Relief Returns For 2018

first_imgSport Relief is back in March, and events are now being revealed.Live on stage at the National Television Awards, Freddie Flintoff announced four fearless celebs that will go head-to-head in a charity celebrity boxing match. Ex-footballer Wayne Bridge will take on television personality Spencer Matthews, whilst S-Club 7 singer Hannah Spearritt will take on The Saturdays star Vanessa White. All four celebs will pursue a gruelling training programme in the lead up to the big match, which will be aired on BBC One during Sport Relief’s Night of TV on Friday 23rd March.It’s Made in Chelsea vs ‘played in Chelsea’, it’s two of the biggest girl band rivalries; it’s a sporting event you definitely will not want to miss.Sport Relief culminates in a week of unmissable events, hilarious TV moments and physically-demanding celebrity challenges encouraging the nation to get active, raise money and change lives in the UK and around the world.To find out more about Sport Relief, click here.last_img read more

UN and Chile launch sustainable tourism initiative for Easter Island

29 May 2009The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Chile today embarked on a new programme to develop sustainable tourism on Easter Island, which receives some 60,000 visitors every year. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Chile today embarked on a new programme to develop sustainable tourism on Easter Island, which receives some 60,000 visitors every year. “The project aims to develop tourism strategies that respect the outstanding universal value of the Rapa Nui National Park,” UNESCO said in a news release. The programme, financed by the Japanese Government, will promote training and involvement of the local communities on the island in sustainable ecotourism. “It is expected that the project will alleviate the growing pressure on the island’s fragile ecosystem resulting from tourism,” UNESCO said. Easter Island is located over 3,500 kilometres west of continental Chile. UNESCO inscribed Rapa Nui National Park, which contains giant Polynesian stone figures known as moai, on its World Heritage List in 1995. UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said the project will “reduce the negative impact of tourism […] by finding a balance between the needs for the preservation of the site and the development of the island community.” Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, who was present at the signing of the agreement in Paris, said the programme is a “remarkable initiative intended to give the local community a leading role in the enhancement and promotion of their own heritage.”“A society capable of preserving its heritage is capable of preserving its history and its identity,” the President stated. read more

UN experts call on Morocco to implement gender equity policies

21 February 2012Independent United Nations human rights experts today called on Morocco to consolidate and advance the country’s achievements on women’s rights by tackling gaps in its legal framework which put women at a disadvantage, adding that domestic and migrant workers are at higher risk of having their rights violated. “Gender equality must remain central in the complex process of political and social transformation in Morocco,” said Kamala Chandrakirana and Emna Aouij, members of the UN working group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice, at the end of their visit to the country.“Despite many competing priorities faced by the Government, the drafting of the law that will establish the authority for parity must start as soon as possible, involving all the relevant stakeholders.”During their eight-day visit, the independent experts gathered information on Morocco’s legal framework regarding the promotion of equality and elimination of sex-based discrimination, and identified remaining gaps in legal protection.The experts noted that despite progress achieved through the adoption and reform of several laws, discriminatory provisions remain concerning marriage, divorce, custody and inheritance.“Stakeholders have identified critical gaps in Morocco’s legal protection, particularly for women victims of domestic violence, for women and girls employed as domestic workers, and for women migrant workers,” said the group’s representatives, calling on authorities to accelerate deliberations on bills regarding these populations.The experts also called for the participation of women when carrying out reforms and for integration of an equal gender perspective into every aspect of the Government.“Poor and rural women need to be an integral part of the historic reforms the country is undergoing,” they said. “National programmes are crucial to integrate development and human rights and to secure participatory democracy at the local level, but have so far benefited women disproportionately less than men.” Ms. Chandrakirana and Ms. Aouij also urged the Government to use all means at its disposal, including education and the media, to combat stereotypes and negative portrayal of women.The experts visited Rabat, Casablanca, Fez and the province of Khémisset, where they met with Government officials, representatives of national institutions, civil society organizations and academic experts, as well as women community leaders.The group will present its final conclusions and recommendations from their visit in a report to the Human Rights Council in June. read more

Cominar REIT may buy 68 properties from GE Capital with proceed from

QUEBEC — Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust says it received $276-million in net proceeds from its public offering of equity units and may use the money towards the cost of buying 68 properties from GE Capital Real Estate.The GE Capital deal includes 14 office buildings and one vacant lot of land in Ottawa, 23 office properties and 23 industrial properties in Montreal and four office properties and three industrial properties in Quebec City.Cominar said Tuesday it plans to use the money to finance a portion of the $697-million purchase or it could use the proceeds to pay down outstanding debt.Cominar has grown to be the third-largest diversified real estate investment trust in Canada and the largest commercial property owner in Quebec.Cominar owns a real estate portfolio of 415 high-quality properties, consisting of 82 office, 158 retail and 175 industrial and mixed-use buildings that cover a total area of 30.7 million square feet in Quebec, Ontario, the Atlantic provinces and western Canada.The Canadian Press read more

A tribute concert remembering Mike Taylor from the band Walk off

The first time pop indie group Walk off the Earth preformed without Mike Taylor his keyboard illuminated on stage by candles the seat empty the keys untouched. There were many hugs and tears within the band, and out in the audience. Burlington’s City Hall Square was filled with fans, wiping away tears, holding candles, and remembering. The band encouraged people to laugh, dance, and sing a celebration they said for their good friend, who came off stern in his beard guy character, but was far from it in reality. Taylor died suddenly on December 29th, leaving behind two kids and lots of friends in the music industry. Including the Bare Naked Ladies and Hamilton natives Arkells. Walk off the Earth rose to fame in 2012 after a creative cover blew up on Youtube, catching the attention of Ellen Degenerous, and other celebrities. Burlington Mayor Marianne Meedward honoured Taylor by making him the first recipient of the key to the city posthumously. As for the band, they say their world tour will go on as planned, with a special person in their heart. While going on will be difficult, the band says it’s the right way to honour Taylor. read more

People living in mountains among worlds hungriest UN food agency says

Mountain dwellers are among the world’s largest populations of undernourished and hungry people, a senior official with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. Speaking in Rome at FAO’s launch of the International Year of Mountains, the agency’s Deputy Director-General, David Harcharik, said that by paying special attention to the plight of mountain people, the amount of hungry and undernourished citizens in the world – currently estimated at more than 800 million – could be reduced substantially. According to FAO, the number of undernourished in the world is falling at a rate of only 6 million per year – well below the 22 million annually needed to reach the international target of halving the number of hungry people by 2015. “If we can improve conditions in mountain communities, we will go a long way toward fulfilling this important goal,” said Mr. Harcharik.About 600 million people – one in 10 – live in mountain areas. Outside thewell-to-do mountain resorts and commuter towns in industrialized countries, the majority of mountain people are chronically undernourished, due partly to poverty and political marginalization, FAO said. In addition, mountain people face physical barriers, such as rugged terrain, poor communications systems and inadequate roads.Above all, the agency blamed armed conflict for the poor conditions facing mountain dwellers, noting that most of clashes in the world today are in mountain areas. In 1999, 23 of the 27 major armed conflicts in the world were being fought in mountain regions. “How can you reliably produce food in conditions of war?” Mr. Harcharik asked. “How can you take steps to improve your life, to dream of a better future, when you don’t know where your next meal is coming from – or if you will live to eat it?”FAO pledged to give long-term priority to on-the-ground action in response to the needs of mountain dwellers. The agency also said it planned to support the efforts of national committees dedicated to the International Year of Mountains, noting that “countries have the power to develop laws and policies to encourage the sustainable development of mountain areas, and to ensure that decision-making processes include the full participation of mountain people.” read more

National Bank raises dividend Q4 profit up 20 per cent from year

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 6, 2012 11:04 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – National Bank announced Thursday it that its quarterly dividend will go up in the new year, following a fourth quarter that saw its net income rise 20 per cent over the same time last year.The Montreal-based bank’s quarterly dividend on common shares will increase by five per cent or four cents to 83 cents per common share, starting with the January payout to shareholders.It joins Quebec-based rival Laurentian Bank and Alberta-based Canadian Western Bank (TSX:CWB), which also announced dividend increases this week. Four bigger Canadian banks have kept their dividends unchanged in their announcements.John Aiken of Barclays Capital said the results represent National Bank’s best quarter to date and, unlike other banks, it didn’t benefit from an unusually low tax rate.“Unlike the other banks that have reported to date, there are very few negative issues to point at in National’s earnings, particularly on a relative basis,” Aiken wrote in a report.“Solid earnings, capped with what will likely be the only dividend increase this quarter (among the large Canadian banks), should garner some relative outperformance for National.”Aiken said future dividend increases are “a distinct possibility” because National Bank’s payout ratio still remains below 45 per cent.National (TSX:NA), which is the country’s sixth-largest bank, announced Thursday that its profit for the three months ended Oct. 31 amounted to $351 million or $1.97 per share.For the full year ended Oct. 31, National bank had $1.6 billion of net income — up 26 per cent from 2011. That amounted to $9.32 per share of diluted earnings, up 35 per cent from the same time last year.Adjusting for one-time items, the bank earned $343 million or $1.93 per share for the quarter and $1.4 billion or $7.86 per share for the full year, in line with analyst forecasts.Revenues grew by 15 per cent to $1.35 billion in the quarter and to $5.1 billion for the year.“For the fourth quarter of 2012 and the year as a whole, the bank performed well on the strength of personal loan growth, financial market trading, and contributions from the wealth management acquisitions,” stated president and CEO Louis Vachon.He said the bank’s loan portfolio is among the best in the industry and it will continue to invest prudently.Net interest income from the personal and commercial segment rose $12 million the quarter as higher personal loan volume partially offset narrower net interest margins.Gains on available-for-sale securities increased $20 million, mainly because of a disposal gain on the investments sold during the TMX transaction.Underwriting and advisory fees and revenues from trust services and mutual funds increased by $27 million following the integration of Wellington West Holdings Inc. and HSBC Securities full-service investment advisory business.The increase in revenues during the year resulted from factors, including a gain on the sale of the operations of NatCan Investment Management Inc., personal loan volume growth and wealth management acquisitions.National Bank’s provision for credit losses was $46 million during the quarter, a decrease of $4 million. Gross impaired loans were $387 million, a $20 million decrease from a year ago.The core personal and commercial segment’s profits were unchanged at $157 million but grew by seven per cent to $168 million excluding severances.The wealth management segment’s net income totalled $30 million, down $44 million from a year ago on higher operating costs due to acquisitions. On an adjusted bases, profits fell 10 per cent to $45 million.Financial markets net income grew by $33 million to $107 million but were up 57 per cent to $124 million excluding severances.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, National’s shares lost 41 cents at $77.36 in morning trading. National Bank raises dividend, Q4 profit up 20 per cent from year earlier read more

UN General Assembly President defends landmark migration compact

“The Compact allows enormous flexibility for countries to use the parts of the compact that can be adapted to their sovereign decisions and existing legal frameworks…it is a cooperation instrument,” said Ms. Espinosa, briefing reporters at UN Headquarters in New York.She described the Global Compact for migration as a landmark agreement which will help ensure that migrants everywhere in the world have their rights safeguarded and are treated fairly.The compact, which is due to be adopted at a conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, in December, sets clear objectives to make migration safe, orderly and regular; addresses the concerns of signatory governments and reinforces national sovereignty; and recognizes the vulnerabilities faced by migrants.Ms. Espinosa said that she has been encouraged by the commitment of Member States and expects the Morocco conference to be a success: “Migration is part of the way the world develops, interacts and interconnects. We have seen lately unusual migration flows that need to be tackled and addressed multilaterally. And the response is precisely the Global Compact.”As for reports that a number of countries are backing out of the agreement, the Assembly President said that the decisions of Member State governments must be respected: “We fully understand the decision of some countries that have decided they are not ready to commit, and it’s perhaps because they are taking the issue migration very seriously, and they need to have greater discussions and conversations domestically.”Ms. Espinosa also highlighted the importance of the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference, known by the shorthand COP24, taking place in Katowice, Poland, this December. Describing climate change as a “survival issue,” she said that urgent action on the environment is one of her priorities as President, and that the world needs to move as soon as possible towards a green economy, generating low carbon technologies, which will produce thousands more jobs, and a cultural shift in production and consumption patterns is needed if we are to keep temperatures from rising more than 1.5º Celsius. read more

Big Ten Preview Michigan State Spartans

Big Ten Preview Michigan State Spartans

first_imgLocation: East Lansing, Michigan2018 record: 7-6Head coach: Mark Dantonio (13th year, 110-52)2019 record so far: 3-1Record against Ohio State since 2010: 3-5What’s happened so far in 2019: Then-No. 18 Michigan State took a loss against unranked Arizona State in its third game of the season by a score of 10-7. The Spartans had previously beaten Tulsa and Western Michigan before falling to Arizona State for the second consecutive year. The Spartans came back and won in Week 4 against Northwestern 31-10, placing them at No. 25 and earning head coach Mark Dantonio a win that gave him the most in program history. Key offensive player:Redshirt senior quarterback Brian Lewerke returns for his third season as a starter, averaging 256.3 passing yards per game. However, his 7.4 yards per attempt ranks No. 7 among Big Ten quarterbacks with at least 14 attempts per game. Lewerke has passed for more than 200 yards 15 times in his career. His primary target is senior receiver Darrell Stewart, who has 30 receptions for 439 yards this season.Key defensive player:Redshirt senior defensive end Kenny Willekes was No. 5 in the Big Ten with eight sacks in 2018, and he’s already outpacing himself with a team-leading 3.5 through four games this season. Willekes opened the season with two tackles for loss in three straight games, and recovered two fumbles in the season opener against Tulsa. As one of the best pass rushers in the conference, Willekes is instrumental for a defense that allows just 176 pass yards per game, and a Big Ten third-best 228.3 yards overall.Weaknesses:Michigan State has struggled with penalties, resulting in the loss of yards that could allow teams to close the gap. The Spartans’ 31 penalties thus far are the most in the Big Ten, including 14 in the season opener and 10 in the loss to Arizona State. A 12-men-on-the-field penalty negated a would-be game-tying field goal against Arizona State, and after missing the retry as time expired, Michigan State lost the game.last_img read more

Young people struggle to cope with setbacks as happiness falls to lowest

first_imgThe charity said it would work with mental health charity Young Minds to review its programmes so it could incorporate aspects which would help participants’ mental health. The charity, founded in 1976, works with disadvantaged young people to help them get a job or continue their education. Figures released earlier this week by the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers suggested that 96 per cent of teachers had worked with children who were experiencing mental health issues.  Today’s youngsters are the unhappiest in almost a decade because they do not know how to cope with setbacks, research by the Prince’s Trust has found. The charity, founded by the Prince of Wales, said worries about the future, money, and “not being good enough” were “piling up” on young people aged 16-25. Its research found that happiness and confidence in emotional health had dropped to their lowest levels since 2009.Its index rates young people’s emotional health by ranking happiness levels in areas such as work and relationships from 0 to 100. In this year’s survey the overall average figure was 57, a four-point fall from the previous year and down from 70 when the study was first carried out. Almost half of the young people said they did not feel they could cope well with setbacks in life. Financial worries were behind the issues experienced by many respondents, with one in three saying that being without a job would put their mental health at risk. One in ten said they had lost a job through redundancy or having a contracted terminated or not renewed, or being fired, and 54 per cent said they were worried about their finances. 61 per cent of young people said they regularly felt stressed, 53 per cent said they regularly felt anxious and 27 per cent said they felt hopeless on a regular basis. Almost half said they had experienced a mental health problem.Nick Stace, UK chief executive at The Prince’s Trust, said: “It should ring alarm bells for us all that young people are feeling more despondent about their emotional health than ever before.”This is a generation rapidly losing faith in their ability to achieve their goals in life, who are increasingly wary of and disillusioned with the jobs market and at risk of leaving a wealth of untapped potential in their wake.“One of the most important things we can do to stem this flow is to show young people that it’s worth having high aspirations, that opportunities to earn a good living and progress in a career are out there and that they’ll be supported along the way to live, learn and earn.” 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

Zarko Markovic – new Qatari

kastratovicmarkovicQatarZarko Markovic Zarko Markovic played his last game for Montenegro on 14th of January last year against Latvia in the qualifications for the World Championship. In June and October he missed as well the games that his national team played because of aesthetic operation and injuries.He was on the list for the World Championship 2013 in Spain, but Kastratovic removed him from the team after it was announced that he will be late for the preparations. In the handball circles it is however discussed that Markovic is avoiding his national team duties as he has a very attractive offer from Qatar. The rich country from the Arabian peninsula is host of the World Championship 2015 and the petrodollars are trying to attract many talented and fine players from the European continent.As the rules say, a player has the right to change the national team he plays for after three years have passed since his last game for the national team. Markovic’s three years would pass shortly after the start of the World Championship in Qatar, which is supposed to play from 11th to 27th January 2015 – according to the unofficial calendar.source: ← Previous Story VIDEO: Israel wants to give 100% against Montenegro Next Story → Euro Quals: Spain dominant in Skopje, France outclasses Norway read more

Rev David Whiting reaches New Heights

first_imgWhen the Rev. David Whiting moved to Ridgefield to become New Heights Church’s new lead pastor, he found a much different climate than his former home of Houston. This time of year, the Northwest often boasts blue skies and mild temperatures while Texas starts getting uncomfortably hot and humid.The two areas also have contrasting religious climates. In the South, he said, the assumption is that everyone goes to church.“The Northwest is similar to upstate New York,” said Whiting, who spent more than 20 years pastoring at Northridge Church in Rochester, N.Y. “There’s a lot more tendency for people not to attend church than to attend church.”As a pastor, it requires a different approach, he said.“We don’t assume everyone understands the Bible or even believes the Bible,” Whiting said. “When you show up at New Heights, you might not buy in yet. You might just be checking it out, and we’re glad you’re here. Every person needs to deal with questions of life and death and eternity and ‘What do I believe?’ So, we want to help people walk through that journey.”The 50-year-old has been the lead pastor at New Heights for about three months, having taken over for retired pastor Matt Hannan. New Heights is one of the largest churches in Clark County with four locations.For his first Easter in front of New Heights, the weekend’s running theme is a skeptic’s guide to Easter. He hopes those who come to a service feel like they’re part of a conversation rather than at a lecture or presentation.last_img read more

Students protesting for gun reform hold National School Walkout

Students protesting for gun reform hold National School Walkout

first_img Ed Lenderman, AP Posted: April 20, 2018 Students protesting for gun reform hold National School Walkout Ed Lenderman, AP, April 20, 2018center_img Updated: 12:03 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCLAIREMONT (KUSI) — Students from about two dozen San Diego County schools walked out of class Friday for the second time in just over a month to protest gun violence and urge politicians to better protect campuses.The first protest last month came on the one-month anniversary of a shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Friday’s was planned for the 19-year anniversary of the shooting that killed 13 people at Columbine High School in Colorado.The Columbine shooting is generally considered the start of modern-day school massacres, and since April 20, 1999, there have been three deadlier shootings on campuses: the one that killed 32 people at Virginia Tech in 2007, the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 that killed 20 young children and six adults, and the Feb. 14 shooting this year in Parkland.In an editorial today listing the name of each victim, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that including the Columbine shooting, 223 people have been killed by gun violence on school campuses since 1999. That number included mass shootings, gang shootings and any gun violence in campus housing or at school athletic fields, but excluded suicides, drive-by shooting victims and people killed on buses or at off-campus school events.Students from at least two dozen schools planned to walk out of class at 10 a.m. Friday. Area schools that registered with, according to 10News, were Bonita Vista High School, Canyon Crest Academy, Chula Vista High School, Clairemont High School, Coronado High School, Eastlake High School, El Camino High School, Farb Middle School, High Tech High School, Hilltop High School, Hoover High School, Kumeyaay Elementary School, La Jolla High School, Mission Hills High School, Olympian High School, Otay Ranch High School, Point Loma High School, Poway High School, Rancho Buena Vista High School, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, San Marcos High School, Scripps Ranch High School, University City High School and Westview High School.The Poway Unified School District said in a statement that officials at its schools “have been working with student leaders to coordinate safe places for those choosing to assemble and exercise their First Amendment rights on campus in supervised areas.”“All PUSD attendance policies remain in effect should any of our students choose to leave campus and not return,” district officials said, adding that, per CIF policy, student-athletes must attend at least two-thirds of their classes in order to be eligible to practice or compete later in the day.Officials from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department released a statement saying they “respect everyone’s right to express themselves in a peaceful and respectful manner” but urging students to communicate with law enforcement before the protests, especially if a walkout or march would involve leaving a campus.Sheriff’s officials also urged any students who heard of possible violence to contact the Students Speaking Out tip line at (888) 580-8477. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

San Diego reopens Ocean Beach Pier

San Diego reopens Ocean Beach Pier

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Ocean Beach Pier reopened today after strong winter storms forced its temporary closure earlier this year.The city closed the pier in January, determining that more than 2,200 feet of guard rail and electric, water and sewer lines needed significant repair or complete replacement. City workers began $309,000 worth of repairs in March, completing the renovations on time and $121,000 under budget.Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Councilwoman Jennifer Campbell, whose district includes Ocean Beach, reopened the pier just in time for Memorial Day weekend.“It just wouldn’t be summer in San Diego without the Ocean Beach Pier so we made getting it fixed and reopened before Memorial Day a top priority,” Faulconer said. “The intensity of this year’s storms did a number on this treasured landmark, but the work we’ve completed ensures it will be safe for residents and visitors to enjoy.”The pier opened in 1966 and attracts more than 500,000 visitors annually. City officials are in the process of drafting a plan to evaluate and make permanent repairs to the bridge; the plan is due to be released later this year, according to the mayor’s office.The pier is the second longest on the west coast and the longest concrete pier in the world, according to the city.“Many thanks to Mayor Faulconer and the wonderful city staff who repaired our Ocean Beach Pier so we can have it open for Memorial Day weekend to kick off the summer,” Campbell said. “We are grateful for this landmark pier and the beautiful sights of our oceanfront that we are able to enjoy because of it.” KUSI Newsroom May 24, 2019 San Diego reopens Ocean Beach Pier KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Posted: May 24, 2019last_img read more

Threequarters of employees favour wellbeing investment over Christmas party

Threequarters of employees favour wellbeing investment over Christmas party

first_imgThree-quarters of workers would rather their organisations committed to an investment in wellbeing, rather than spending money on a Christmas party, according to research by consultancy Shine Workplace Wellbeing.The online survey of 312 employees, conducted in November 2018, asked respondents if they would rather their employer allocate £100 towards a Christmas party or their health and wellbeing over the coming months.Three-quarters (74%) of those surveyed chose wellbeing supports, such as gym and sports memberships, yoga classes, in-office talks on mindfulness and mental health awareness, and free fruit in the office, in preference to an all-expenses-paid Christmas party covering drinks, food, entertainment and transport.Matthew Carlton, founder of Shine Workplace Wellbeing, said: “The preference for wellbeing might surprise some, but there’s a real trend in terms of workers wanting their employers to support their wellbeing in order to help them cope with the stresses of business and personal life.”He added: “Many employers, particularly in SMEs, believe that introducing employee wellbeing policies will be expensive. This is not the case. Even an allocation of £100 per worker can provide a good level of physical and mental wellbeing support throughout the year, such as by contributing to the cost of training for a mental health first aider, regular wellbeing workshops, and initiatives to improve physical health.”Women were the biggest advocates of wellbeing support, with 80% in favour compared with 67% of men. The survey showed consistency across age groups, and while the party was most popular in the 18 to 24-year-old demographic, it was still only chosen by 30% of respondents in that category.Those working in education were the most likely to opt for wellbeing over a party (82%), while those in the construction industry preferred the Christmas celebration (57%). Seven out of 10 (70%) respondents working in marketing chose wellbeing, while 60% of those in IT made the same choice.Carlton said: “We are certainly not saying that Christmas parties should be scrapped. However, rather than relying on one major annual event to boost employee morale, organisations should think about how they could invest in ongoing initiatives that make employees feel appreciated and supported for a prolonged period.”last_img read more

Kuskokwim Elders React To This Years Breakup

first_imgKuskokwim and Gweek Rivers on 5/2/14 . (Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK)This year, residents along the Kuskokwim River experienced a rare breakup when the river seemingly broke up in reverse.While elders say this year was a unique event they also believe it could be sign of things to come.Download AudioThe Kuskokwim River serves as the main transportation route for the Yup’ik living along it.  People use it to reach other villages and gather their food. So predicting its behavior is an essential part of survival.Atmautluak elder Henry Tikiun says this break-up was unlike any he’s ever seen.“They said the weather would change with the people, I never thought I’d ever reach this in my lifetime,” Tikiun said.Originally from Bethel, Tikiun recounts his childhood memories when seasons were more predictable.“In my first memories in Bethel, upriver areas like McGrath and Aniak would always break up first,” Tikiun said. “After that, downriver would break up even though it’s closer to the ocean.”Tikiun says the ice would be much thicker in those days. Breakup would be signaled by loud rumbling from the river caused by ice grinding and breaking against each other. He says the climate is changing because of the way people treat the land.“All of us just the same are polluting our land with no respect,” he said.Tikiun points to trashed fuel drums along riverbanks as just one of numerous examples.At the mouth of the Kuskokwim, Tuntutuliak elder and pilot James Charles says the early downriver break-up is attributed to the lack of snow and thin ice.“The lower area had no snow and the ice was thin so it broke up first,” Charles said. “It usually breaks up last when there’s snow.”Charles says he’s noticed reports of melting glaciers and permafrost and believes this is attributed to global warming.“People say our land is thawing and getting warmer and I believe what they call ‘global warming’ is happening,” Charles said.On the south side of the Kuskokwim Bay, elder John Alexie says breakup near Eek was similar to just one other that occurred about a decade ago. He says warming temperatures were predicted by his ancestral elders.“I used to hear from people who came before me that the weather would change,” Alexie said. “It wouldn’t be as cold as it used to be and the winters would be different.”Alexie also heard some of the elders mention that while this area gets warmer, other areas in the Lower 48 would get colder with harsher winters.While break-up was unusual this year, the elders say similar break-ups may not be uncommon in the future.last_img read more

25 killed hundreds injured as massive rainstorm lashes Nepal

first_imgNepal’s Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli in a tweet said 25 people had been killed, and around 400 were injured.ReutersA massive rainstorm swept through parts of southern Nepal on Sunday (March 31) evening, killing at least 25 people and injuring 400 others, officials said. The rainstorm has hit the southern district of Bara and adjoining Parsa.Nepal’s Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli in a tweet said 25 people had been killed, and around 400 were injured. “Helicopters have been kept ready for immediate rescue and relief,” Oli said in his post. He offered condolences to the families of the victims. Prime Minister’s Chief Advisor Bishnu Rimal said army personnel have been mobilised in the affected areas.Government administrator Rajesh Paudel who is a top bureaucrat of Bara district, where the storm hit, said the death toll may increase as rescuers were still trying to reach many of those affected. According to the National Emergency Operation Centre, the injured are undergoing treatment at various health services.Bara is located about 62 km (39 miles) south of Kathmandu and borders India’s eastern state of Bihar. Pre-monsoon thunderstorms are common in Nepal during the spring season but are rarely of an intensity that causes high casualties.Police officer Sanu Ram Bhattarai said rescue teams had been dispatched to the affected villages, but reaching the victims was difficult at night. Many television channels said the storm and accompanying heavy rainfall, uprooted trees and electric and telephone poles, crushing some people to death. Most people in the district are farmers.(Inputs from agencies)last_img read more

Strengthening IndiaVietnam ties

Strengthening IndiaVietnam ties

first_imgParallel paths met when an event showcasing the similar approach towards strengthening cultural bonds was held in the national Capital recently. Indian Council for Cultural Relations’ two-day bilateral seminar on ‘Indo-Vietnam Cultural Relations: Retrospect and Prospect’ was inaugurated at Azad Bhavan on Saturday.Prof. Lokesh Chandra, President, ICCR addressed the crowd by saying: “History shapes a nation’s future. The Indian traders and monks who had once migrated from India to Vietnam, had established their Champa (Hindu) kingdoms in central Vietnam without any violence or invasion.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The Indian approach was sharing, which gave them scripts for language while cotton fabrics and sugar were major exports at the highest point in Vietnam. In the past 2000 years Vietnam has maintained its identity while we have a problem in India. International Mother Language Day, accepted by UNESCO India and Vietnam, must change terminology as language is power.”Guest of Honour, HE Ton Sinh Thanh, Ambassador, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, said: “Cultural Cooperation is one of the pillars in the strategic partnerships between our two countries.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Vietnam and India have many cultural similarities which have been accumulated by the interactions between our countries over the last 2000 years. Besides enhancing the exchange of artists, cultural troops, students and think tanks, we should try new areas such as exchange of movies and promoting film shooting in other countries.” The Chief Guest, Shri Anil Wadhwa, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs said: “Buddhism has a long history which dates back to the 3rd Century BC in Vietnam. Furthermore, some historians also feel that the first oldest Hindu kingdom, Funan ruled from Vyadhapura was established in the lower valley of the Mekong.  “The carvings of Cham period depicted events of Ramayana and Indian mythology such as Marriage ceremony of Ram–Sita, Krishna playing flute, Indra and Dancing apsaras, Vishnu and Sheshnag and the Shivling. The depiction of musical instruments such as Pakhawaj, Mridangam, Drums etc. are reflective influence of Indian music. Vietnam’s famous LakhonBassac dance drama is based on the epic of the Ramayana (Ramleela).”As cultural relations play an important role in building people to people contacts, future areas of cooperation could make film production in Vietnam which will help in increasing tourism between the two countries as Bollywood has been attracting tourism all around the world. Commenting on the relevance of the seminar, Ambassador C Rajasekhar, Director General, ICCR said: “The Seminar is an effort to unearth the contacts between these two ancient civilisations and would cover the centuries-old cultural bonding between India and Vietnam: role of Hinduism and Buddhism, relevance of culture and literature in today’s geopolitical scenario in the context.”last_img read more