Fez – A young Moroccan construction worker living in Parma, Italy recently found 20,000 euros in a wall during his work restoring a house, according to the Italian news website Gazzetta di Parma.Mohamed Abderahim, 32, was working in a house restoration in Italy. Abderahim and another Moroccan started their jobs as usual, creating a significant amount of dust, which made the Italian owner uncomfortable, causing him to leave.After a few moments, the homeowner received a call from the Abderahim urging him to come back for good news. When the homeowner arrived, Abderahim handed him a suitcase containing 20,000 euros and explained to him that he found it while demolishing a wall.The homeowner was overjoyed to receive such a large amount of money and was very surprised that the Moroccan worker was honest enough to give it back to him.The homeowner decided to share the story with Italian newspapers in order to show the decency and nobility of some immigrantsThe owner’s father likely hid that amount of money in the wall, saving it for an emergency.
By Ahlam Ben SagaRabat – UNICEF released a data report on Tuesday, March 6, revealing that child marriage has seen a worldwide decrease over the course of the past decade.Child marriage has globally decreased by 15 percent as 25 million children under the age of 18 have been protected from entering wedlock in the last ten years, according to the UNICEF report. Child marriage saw reductions by an estimated 30 to 50 percent in South Asia over the past ten years, with marked increase in girls’ education in India.Meanwhile, child marriage decreased by a third in Ethiopia, one of the five Sub-Saharan African countries that experienced a significant reduction.Still, twelve million girls are married before the age of 18 each year worldwide.UNICEF’s Principal Gender Advisor, Anju Malhotra, acknowledged the good news regarding the decrease in child marriage in many parts of the globe, but also reminded the public that more progress needs to be made.“Given the life-altering impact child marriage has on a young girl’s life, any reduction is welcome news, but we’ve got a long way to go,” Malhotra concluded.UNICEF has taken into account the necessity of accelerating the efforts to end child marriage completely by 2030. Without increased efforts,“150 million additional girls will marry before their 18th birthday by 2030,” UNICEF emphasized.UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) resolved to put an end to child marriage by 2030 through a global programme initiated on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2016, which also aims to support millions of girls who were already married at a young age in different parts of the world.“As part of this global programme, we will work with governments of countries with a high prevalence of child marriage to uphold the rights of adolescent girls, so that girls can reach their potential and countries can attain their social and economic development goals,” the United Nations stated, in line with the announcement of its initiative in 2016.
Rudrakumaran noted that talks between Tamil parties in Sri Lanka and the government have not been able to move even an inch forward. “..the need for an independent Tamil state has only strengthened, not diminished. We realize that the current leadership of our homeland is engaged in certain discussions only because the governments of the world also hold the stance that a solution to the Tamil Question should be reached within an undivided country only. Yet, it is a forgone conclusion that none of these efforts are going to bear any fruit,” he said in the statement. He seemed to be referring to talks held between the government and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which are now at a stalemate.“The international community might be nursing a hope to effect an attitudinal change in Sinhalam through imposing a regime change in Sri Lanka. However, while it might be possible to address the internal problems of the Sinhala nation or the issues concerning international relations by effecting a regime change, it is unlikely to be of any use in resolving the Tamil Question,” he said. Former LTTE member and peace negotiator and now self proclaimed ‘Prime Minister’ of the Transnational Government of Tamil Ealam (TGTE), Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, has said that the international community will soon realize a Tamil Ealam state is the only solution to the issue in Sri Lanka.A TGTE statement quoted Rudrakumaran, who operates from the US, as saying that even the main Tamil political parties in Sri Lanka are engaged in talks with the government, which does not include demands for Ealam, owing to international pressure. Rudrakumaran said that the Tamil Diaspora and Tamils in Tamil Nadu must get together to push for a separate state for the Tamils.
Resuming her speech by reiterating that the government machinery was really prepared for any disaster in Chennai, Ms. Nirmala said “there is hue and cry, putting the blame on others. Everybody knows who is responsible. The rains are responsible.” A student of political science, a French national of Sri Lankan Tamil origin, was manhandled by Madras University staff when he raised questions about flood relief operations at a seminar organised by the educational body, The Hindu newspaper reported.Jonas Anton Pulendrarasa, a PG student of International Relations at Madras University, questioned IAS officer S.Jothi Nirmala, who was delivering a lecture on ‘Managing disaster: A case study of Chennai Floods 2015.” Even as Ms. Nirmala tried to answer his questions, senior university staff forced Pulendrarasa to sit down. As Pulendrarasa tried to raise another question , a group of professors beat him up.Pulendrarasa rushed out of the seminar hall, but was chased by staff members, forcing him to take shelter in the library. After a few media persons gathered at the library, the staff members prevented them from taking photographs of Pulendrarasa.“We came to the seminar, wanting to know new aspects of the disaster. As volunteers, we went and helped the flood-affected people in north Chennai and Velachery, learning about the disaster. But officials shared information that was already released in newspapers. So we requested them to tell us something more,” said Pulendrarasa.The students lodged a complaint with vice chancellor R.Thandavan.
Organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the week-long event opened on Monday under the formal title, “Security of Material: Measures to Prevent, Intercept and Respond to Illicit Uses of Nuclear Material and Radioactive Sources.”In a message to the conference, which has drawn some 300 participants, IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei, called for international cooperation to upgrade security measures, improve capabilities for responding to illicit trafficking, and enhance the protection of facilities against terrorism and sabotage. “The most difficult challenge will be the effective consolidation of all these measures into integrated, efficient national systems,” he added.Since 1993, there have been over 370 confirmed incidents of illicit trafficking, according to the IAEA. While most of these incidents do not involve material that can be used for making nuclear weapons, they have prompted stepped-up efforts to prevent and combat the illicit trade.The IAEA sets basic guidelines used in the development of national physical protection systems and international agreements, and supports Member States in improving their nuclear material accountancy and physical protection systems. The Agency also maintains a database of reported incidents.Rolf Ekeus, Head of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and a keynote speaker, called for the incorporation of IAEA guidelines into national legislation and coordination among States in their efforts to combat the problem. “The IAEA should be given a leadership role,” he said. “An individual State cannot do it on its own.”The meeting, hosted by the Swedish Nuclear Power Inspectorate, is being held in cooperation with the World Customs Organization, the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and the European Police Office.
In his first trip to the region since his appointment by Secretary-General Kofi Annan earlier this month, UN Special Humanitarian Envoy Kjell Magne Bondevik will arrive Tuesday in the Horn of Africa for a three-day visit to the five countries in crisis: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti and Kenya.Mr. Bondevik, the former prime minister of Norway, will meet with national and UN officials in the five Eastern African nations and also visit drought-affected regions in Africa, a spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.The absence of rains in the region for several years has left millions of people facing starvation in the Horn. The severe drought has compounded an already dire humanitarian crisis in countries that have been dealing with years of high malnutrition and morbidity rates, chronic food shortages and man-made conflicts.Last month, the UN World Food Program (WFP) estimated that the drought is impacting 2.5 million people in Kenya, 1.4 million in Somalia, 1.5 million in Ethiopia and 60,000 in Djibouti. At that time, the agency urged donors to provide immediate food aid for 5.4 million people as many children in the Horn of Africa were eating only one meal a day.Nearly two weeks ago the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) appealed for $16 million to expand its relief efforts in the region and said 1.5 million children under the age of five were facing the ravages of drought.Failing crops and the death of livestock significantly contribute to increased malnutrition among children, while measles threaten their survival as immunization rates are low in the affected areas, the agency said in a statement. Children weakened by malnutrition also face a much higher risk of infection, and measles can spread lethally and quickly among unprotected populations.Just yesterday, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) appealed for $18.5 million to help farmers, herders and others suffering through drought in southeastern Ethiopia. The funds would be used for to save the lives of the livestock that are a key household asset for many families and help farmers grow their crops.
Senior defenseman Becky Allis attempts to chase down the puck during a game against the Toronto Aeros Sept. 28 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost, 2-1.Credit: Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editorA streaky season came to a close for the Ohio State women’s hockey team this weekend.The Buckeyes (15-17-5, 10-16-5) fell to Minnesota Duluth (15-14-6, 13-12-6), 5-1, on the road Sunday in the decisive third game of the team’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament first-round series.Junior forward Zoe Hickel gave the host Bulldogs their third 1-0 lead of the weekend 9:24 into Sunday’s game, but seven minutes later junior forward Kayla Sullivan tied the game for the Buckeyes.Then, 7:06 into the second, Duluth scored what would prove to be the series-clinching goal. After OSU freshman defenseman Alexa Ranahan was called for interference, the Bulldogs capitalized on the power play with a goal from freshman defenseman Sidney Morin.Despite 16 combined shots in the second and third period, the Buckeyes couldn’t find the tying goal, and a couple of Duluth empty net goals punctuated the clinching victory.OSU coach Nate Handrahan said the 5-1 score line was slightly misleading, but ultimately the game came down to missed opportunities.“I thought we played our best game of the series and really had a lot of opportunities to capitalize, but we didn’t,” Handrahan said. “That kind of allowed them to hang around, and they capitalized when we didn’t.”On Saturday night the Buckeyes had to ride 32 saves from OSU senior goalie Lisa Steffes to come from behind twice and extend the series with a 3-2 win.Tied 1-1 heading into the third, the two teams shared three goals in a 2:20 span. Duluth took their second lead of the night early in the period, but senior forward Ally Tarr scored her 11th of the year to tie things at two. Tarr picked up an assist on the winning goal two minutes later, as she and junior defenseman Sara Schmitt set up Sara’s twin sister, junior defender Kari Schmitt, to score the game-winning power play goal.Game one on Friday saw both net minders stymie the opposition. Steffes and Duluth sophomore goalie Kayla Black combined for 50 saves, but it was the one shot Steffes didn’t save that mattered. Duluth’s leading goal scorer, senior forward Jamie Kenyon gave her team the lead 5:26 into the second, and things remained that way the rest of the night.The close margins of each playoff game were representative of an OSU team that reinvented itself after the winter holidays, only losing four of its final 16 regular season games.Over the course of the season, the Buckeyes fought through a nine-game winless streak, while also putting together separate three and four-game winning streaks.
The seventh year in a row, Handball-Planet.com organizes the Contest for the WORLD BEST COACH in Women’s Handball 2017! Voting process of the traditional December competition is based on opinion of 16 handball journalists from all over the world (13 countries). Handball-Planet.com Jury of handball Experts from four continents made the list of FIVE best coaches in Women’s Handball who will compete for the title of WORLD BEST COACH in Women’s Handball 2017.The last member of Jury are Handball-Planet.com visitors, who can support their favourite coach by joining the Polls until January 4. It is important to be remembered that votes of handball fans across the globe will be added to existing number of points given by the journalist’s jury.Journalists and fans will together announce the best at the end of the voting process.CLICK AND VOTEVOTE UNTIL JANUARY 4JURY MEMBERS:Bjorn Pazen (Handball Woche, Germany)Jozsef Simon (Nemzeti Sport, Hungary)Piotr Karpinski (NC TV, Poland)Jasmin Tajić (Oslobodjenje, Bosnia and Herzegovina)Jorge Dargel (MARCA, Spain)Sergey Novikov (PRESSBALL, Belarus)Sergey Prigolovkin (Rushandball.ru, Russia)Amina Idrizi (24rakomet.mk, Macedonia)Ibolya Szekeres (Time Out Mag, Norway)Laura Agena (Handball-Planet.com, Argentina)Peter Bruun (EHF, Denmark)Marian Ursescu (Gazete Sporturilor, Romania)Haris Zilić (Sportske.ba, Bosnia and Herzegovina)Handbollskanalen TEAM (Sweden)Života Bogdanović (Handball-Planet.com, Serbia)Nagore Odriozola (Revista Líderas, Spain)Zorica Radojkovic (Balkan-Handball.com, Serbia)JURY MEMBERS FROM EUROPE, ASIA, AFRICA AND SOUTH AMERICAOur goal that handball world gets a public and fair contest for the World best players of the year, since 2010 received a big support from the parts of handball globe. WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2017 Jury is consisted of the people with their names and CV’s with the clear aim to get opinion from different countries, continents, handball schools and traditions. Our Jury members are famous handball specialists in their countries, which coming from the biggest media (Marca, TV 2 NO, Globoesporte, Aftonbladet), but also from specialized websites and newspapers as Handball Woche, Handnews.fr, Balkan-Handball.com, rushandball.ru, Handbollskanalen, Stregspiller…WINNERSThorir Hergeirsson – 2011Karl Erik Bohn – 2012Ambros Martin – 2013Dragan Adžić – (2014 and 2015) Yevgenii Trefilov (2016)WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2017 – PARTNERSCREATIC – https://creatic.hu/MASTERS HANDBALL WORLD CUP 2018 – mhworldcup.com WORLD BEST COACH in Women’s Handball 2017 ← Previous Story RK Celje and Pivovarna Lasko together until 2021 Next Story → Gonzalo Perez de Vargas at Blaugrana until 2023!
Flickr has been the de facto place where professional photographers show off their work for several years now, but Yahoo has failed to really capitalize on the Flickr brand as the company continues to falter. Now, it might be the beginning of the end for the once proud site. Rival photo haven 500px has introduced a new cheaper membership plan that undercuts Flickr and brings some unique features to the table.Flickr’s Pro plan costs $25 per-year, which is a perfectly good value. 500px used to offer just a pricey $50 tier, but the new $20 Plus membership seems aimed directly at Flickr. A 500px Plus account will provide you with unlimited storage and access to your files, an unlimited number of collections, market functionality, and viewing statistics. This matches almost 1:1 with what Flickr is offering.The statistics provided by 500px are somewhat more advanced than those you’d get with Flickr. The market functionality included with 500px Plus is a very robust service that helps users buy prints of their favorite pics, and Flickr can’t really match this even at the Pro level. These features have already coaxed some professionals into leaving Flickr, and the new lower price can only accelerate that.500px also rolled out a Mac file upload tool to make getting content into the service that much easier for the roughly 25% of 500px users that have a Mac. The app sits at the top of the screen, ready to upload any pics you want at a moment’s notice. The web uploader, while reasonably good, is more tedious than this method. No word on a Windows version of the tool.500px is currently seeing 30,000 photo uploads per day to the service, and a cheaper plan will likely increase the rate at which 500px leaches users from more established services.via The Next Web
Gaz de schiste : la colère gronde contre les autorisations de prospection en FranceEn mars dernier, le ministère de l’Ecologie a donné son feu vert, en toute discrétion, à trois entreprises pour la prospection de gaz de schiste, sur une surface de 9.600 kilomètres carrés. Une autorisation qui provoque la colère des écologistes, cette exploitation déjà largement pratiquée aux Etats-Unis présentant d’importants dangers pour l’environnement.Contrairement au gaz naturel classique, le gaz de schiste n’est pas piégé dans une poche mais dans des roches imperméables. Son exploitation nécessite des techniques extrêmement complexes, et dangereuses. Des forages verticaux ou horizontaux, allant de deux à trois kilomètres de profondeur, sont dans un premier temps réalisés. Puis la roche est fracturée au moyen d’une technique appelée “fracturation hydraulique”, consistant à injecter à forte pression de grandes quantités d’eau mélangée à des produits chimiques très nocifs pour l’environnement et les organismes vivants.À lire aussiQuébec confirme la fin du nucléaire et son refus du gaz de schisteAux Etats-Unis, comme au Canada, cette technique a déjà révélé ses dangereux impacts. Selon Josh Fox, réalisateur du documentaire Gasland, l’eau du robinet des habitants de Fort Worth, au Texas, serait déjà contaminée par les gaz, tandis qu’ont été observées dans les villes accueillant des forages, des concentrations anormales de benzène et de plusieurs composés neurotoxiques.La découverte des autorisations de prospections délivrées il y a près d’un an par l’ancien ministre de l’Ecologie Jean-Louis Borloo, dans trois zones couvrant une partie de l’Hérault, de l’Aveyron, de la Lozère, de l’Ardèche et de la Drôme, entraîne alors la colère des écologistes, et l’inquiétude des riverains. Alors que l’euro-députée Corinne Lepage réclame un moratoire, afin d’organiser un débat public sur ces exploitations, José Bové a lancé une pétition, qui comme le rapporte 20minutes.fr, a pour l’instant été signée par près de 500 personnes. Le député européen a par ailleurs annoncé l’organisation d’un “regroupement général” des opposants au gaz de schiste, qui se déroulera à Valence dans quelques semaines. De son côté, Martin Malvy, président de la région Midi-Pyrénées, a demandé il y a quelques jours la suspension des autorisations, à l’instar de Jean-Jack Queyranne, son homologue de la région Rhône-Alpes.A Paris aussi la colère gronde. Le collectif “Sauvons les riches” a en effet organisé ce matin une manifestation sur les Champs-Elysées, pour protester contre l’exploitation du gaz de schiste en France. Déguisés en cowboys, une cinquantaine de manifestants se sont installés devant un hôtel où se réunissaient les industriels pétroliers lors d’un colloque sur le gaz de schiste, forant symboliquement le trottoir, ont constaté des journalistes de Radio France.Le 2 février 2011 à 16:59 • Emmanuel Perrin
A Vancouver police bomb squad responded to Wintler Park on Tuesday afternoon to remove what appeared to be a pipe bomb found there in the Columbia River.Police responded to a call at about 2:42 p.m., after volunteers found a rusty device that looked to them like a pipe bomb lying in the river while they were cleaning the park, said Kim Kapp, spokeswoman for the Vancouver Police Department.When officers arrived, Kapp said, they found that the volunteers had moved the device to a trash can, but it did not detonate and no one was injured. The park was evacuated while a bomb squad removed the device.Police won’t know if it’s a pipe bomb until a report from the Metro Explosive Disposal Unit on Wednesday, Kapp said, adding that investigators have no idea how long the device had been in the water.“We don’t recommend people touching them or moving them,” Kapp said, “but these people did, which is kind of scary.”
Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong joked with the idea of possibly getting Lionel Messi’s number ’10’ jersey at Barcelona when he arrived next summer.The biggest news in Spanish football for the last couple of days has been Frenkie de Jongs transfer to FC Barcelona, a deal that was completed last Wednesday and will have the Dutchman playing alongside the likes of Lionel Messi.The Argentine forward was reportedly crazy for getting the Ajax midfielder signed, which is something that motivated De Jong for making his final decision.The player is set to start his new journey at FC Barcelona next summer, he will finish the current season at Ajax in all competitions and then report to the manager on July 1st.During an interview with De Telegraaf, Frenkie opened up about the number he could use at the Catalan club and joked with the idea of possibly taking it away from Lionel Messi.But all kidding aside, the player revealed that he still hasn’t decided which number he will sport for the rest of his career at Barcelona and he is possibly waiting for any changes that happen by the end of the season.The Spanish giants are expected to get rid of at least one of the big players in the squad, the money right now is on Brazilian Philipe Coutinho who hasn’t lived up to the hype since he arrived from Liverpool.De Jong: “I want number 10, but I think someone already has it.”#EnjoyDeJong pic.twitter.com/3LRqsgsEz9— Penya FCB de Beirut (@PenyaFCBBeirut) January 24, 2019Another option for FC Barcelona is to sell Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic, who has come a long way since he arrived in the club from Sevilla and possibly has already fulfilled a cycle as he approaches the final stages of his career.As we all know, Ivan Rakitic sports the number ‘4’ jersey, a traditional number at FC Barcelona that have worn historic players like Ronald Koeman or Pep Guardiola.It would be only fitting for Frenkie to follow in those footsteps once Ivan Rakitic decides to call it quits, this scenario is more plausible than the jokes De Jong made in regards to taking Lionel Messi’s number ’10’.Because as we all know by now, the Argentine will wear this jersey until the day he decides to retire. Hopefully for all football fans, that day won’t come any time soon.But that number ‘4’ jersey does seem like the most likely path for the Dutch midfielder, he fits the position and has what it takes to become the next great FC Barcelona player.Top 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.But even Ivan Rakitic’s exit from the club is not a sure thing, mainly because manager Ernesto Valverde has repeatedly said that the Croatian midfielder is a key player in his squad.Esto es Frenkie de Jong… 😍#FrenkieFuturo pic.twitter.com/L8qGei6Bp5— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) January 23, 2019Frenkie de Joong has been talking to several news outlets during these past two days, but the very first interview he offered was to Dutch outlet De Telegraaf because they were the ones with the inside information and the very first outlet that spoke about the specifics of De Jong’s transfer from Ajax to Barcelona.The player granted an interview where he discussed several topics, but the subject of the number he will wear was specifically addressed.“No, there is still no number on that jersey. That will come later. Yes, I would obviously love wearing the number ’10’ jersey but I think someone is already playing with it at Camp Nou,” he laughed.“Lionel Messi, I think. That number won’t be mine. He is the best and I believe it’s an honor to be his teammate.”“Right now, I really can’t picture myself next to him on a football pitch. However, I won’t be some kind of tourist who only enjoys Messi play.”“I am doing everything I can in order to become a fundamental player for FC Barcelona,” he concluded.El pequeño Frenkie de Jong, la nueva perla del Barcelona. pic.twitter.com/YHv7aE3rwY— El Mister (@el_Mister8) January 24, 2019Which number would you prefer Frenkie de Jong could wear at FC Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Construction will begin next month on Woodland’s new police station, a nearly $2.5 million project meant to alleviate the department’s growing pains.When the city’s current 1,000-square-foot police station was built in 1971, there were only three full-time staffers — now there are 12.Woodland Mayor Grover Laseke said the larger space at 300 E. Scott Ave. will let police stretch out, relieving the increasing burden of operating in such cramped quarters. The department’s detective currently works in an old broom closet.In November 2011, Woodland voters approved a 0.1 percentage point sales tax increase to build the station, which will pay off the project’s cost over 25 years.After an 11 a.m. ground-breaking ceremony April 13, construction on the modular building is expected to wrap up in August.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio: Alaska Senators Vote to Reform Patriot ActLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to limit the NSA’s collection of bulk phone data. Both Alaska senators voted for the reforms, called the USA Freedom Act.No Budget Deal, No Ferry ServiceEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauAll state ferries will stop sailing by early July if the Legislature fails to reach a budget deal.Court Employees Assigned 2 Days Unpaid LeaveJeremy Hsieh, KTOO – JuneauAbout 800 Alaska Court System employees will be forced to take two days of unpaid leave around the holidays – a result of state budget cuts.The Blob expands from Gulf of Alaska to Baja CaliforniaMatt Miller, KTOO – JuneauScientists are watching for how a warmer North Pacific Ocean could affect weather and climate this year. There could also be significant impacts to marine life, including species that form the basis for Alaska’s commercial fisheries.Seniors Find Few Options Beyond MedicaidQuinton Chandler, KBBI – HomerThe state is being criticized for finding hundreds of seniors ineligible for a Medicaid waiver program that pays the cost of their housing and nursing care.Juneau to Be The Third City in Alaska to Shelter High-Risk HomelessElizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – JuneauJuneau will become the third city in Alaska to offer permanent supportive housing to the high-risk, chronically homeless. Those are the people who have been on the streets the longest, and may suffer from addiction or mental health issues.Fort Yukon Goes SolarDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksFt. Yukon recently began operating a solar electric project. The system is testing integration of the energy source into the power grid of an isolated northern community.Strings on the Bus: Anchorage Has A ConfluxZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageOver the weekend Anchorage experienced an “urban conflux.” If you’re not familiar with the term, don’t worry: it’s made up. A group of community members worked with cultural institutions and the bus system to engineer a unique project: throw a surprise party for the city.
Public Sector units have stepped up efforts to make upcoming energy conclave ‘Urja Sangam’ a big success here, as the historic March 27 meet braces to celebrate golden jubilee milestones of ONGC Videsh, Engineers India Limited and IndianOil’s Barauni Refinery among others.“The meet envisages bringing together all the state-owned companies in the energy sector for better synergy and a unified energy vision,” an official associated with the event set. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the event and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will address the valedictory session. “The event will also celebrate golden jubilee milestones of ONGC Videsh, Engineers India Limited and IndianOil’s Barauni Refinery,” an official said.
The European Commission has reportedly pushed back its ruling on Total Produce’s (US$303 million) €260 million purchase of a stake in U.S. rival Dole to the end of July after the Irish-based fruit and vegetable distributor agreed to a number of concessions. You might also be interested in Total Produce’s 2018 revenues rise 18% on back of … July 12 , 2018 The EU competition watchdog had set July 16 as the initial deadline but recently revised that to July 30.The fresh produce distributor unveiled the acquisition of a 45 percent share in Dole, one of the world’s top producers of bananas and pineapples, in February, and plans to tap investors for about US$150 million (€127 million) to help fund the deal.If the transaction receives a green light, Total and Dole’s owner, 95-year old billionaire, David H Murdock, will run the company as a joint venture.www.freshfruitportal.com The Independent reported the changes are minor and will not impact the key terms of the agreement, which if approved by regulators on both sides of the Atlantic, may ultimately result in the creation of a global conglomerate with combined sales of €8 billion. U.S.: Dole inks deal for executive office in uptow … Dole trucks attacked in Honduras as protests build … Speculation mounts over Dole corporate office move …
Peregrine Adventures is celebrating the launch of five new voyages in its 2019/20 Exclusive Voyages brochure with up to 30 per cent off a select range of polar cruises when booked before 19 August 2018The new brochure, which covers Antarctica and the Arctic and is available now, will see guests follow in the footsteps of Drake and Shackleton in comfort and style. Ensuring guests have the most enriching experience, Peregrine polar voyages feature a team of experts in a range of fields including glaciology, ornithology, marine biology and polar history.“As seasoned adventurers, we’re always looking for new ways to take our polar experiences to the next level without costing the earth. These five new voyages will provide our guests with memories that will stay forever sketched into their hearts and minds as they witness the jaw- dropping natural beauty of glaciers and fjords, encounter unique wildlife, and learn about the extraordinary history of the north and south pole,” said Brett Mitchell, Australia and New Zealand Regional Director for Peregrine Adventures. The five new voyages include:Jewels of Antarctica (12 days) and Pristine Antarctica (11 days)Travellers will explore Antarctica’s untouched wilderness, snowy peaks, towers of broken blue-white ice and abundance of wildlife including thousands of gentoo penguins, humpback and minke whales.Discover Antarctica (11 days) Starting in Ushuaia, this voyage sets sail through the Drake Passage following the footsteps of famous English seafarer, Sir Frances Drake. Travellers will spend four days on the Antarctic Peninsula spotting wildlife, visit an active research station and explore well-known sites such as the Lemaire Channel, Deception Island, Paradise Bay and Neko Harbour.Exclusive Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands (21 days)In addition to Drake Passage and the Antarctic Peninsula, this voyage will retrace Shackleton’s path to South Georgia where travellers will see seabirds, whales and other wildlife. Weather permitting, they will land at Elephant Island where Shackleton embarked on one of the greatest survival stories of all time.Arctic Unveiled (8 days)The shortest of the five voyages, this eight-day journey starts in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. On a zodiac cruise, travellers will watch for Brunnich’s guillemots, puffins, kittiwake and prowling Arctic foxes. There’s hope of cruising near Monaco Glacier and spotting a polar bear. In Hinlopen Strait, travellers can spot reindeer, pink-footed geese and walruses.AGENT FACT FILESome voyages are onboard the new Hondius vessel that rates among the elite few civilian ships with Polar Class 6 notations meaning it’s the strongest ice-strengthened ship available. Hondius carries 176 guests and each of its 84 cabins have views of the Antarctic landscape. The remaining voyages will be onboard the newly updated Ocean Atlantic ship that carries up to 198 passengers, and includes a gym, polar boutique and panoramic views from the bar.
by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 19, 2018 9:38 am PDT Last Updated Feb 19, 2018 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ACTRA honouree Jennifer Podemski combats ‘inequity’ for Indigenous talent TORONTO – About 20 years ago, Toronto-born screen star Jennifer Podemski was growing frustrated with a lack of work for Indigenous actors and storytellers such as herself. She took matters into her own hands by becoming a producer.“It was this mounting frustration and anger around the inequity, I suppose,” Podemski, who is of mixed First Nations and Israeli descent, said in a recent phone interview.“I specifically was frustrated with how native people and native stories were so far behind in terms of relevance and how often we saw them.”Podemski has since produced various projects — from the show “Moccasin Flats” to the film “Empire of Dirt” and the upcoming doc series “Future History” — while continuing her acting career and mentoring and training other Indigenous artists.Her body of work as well as her advocacy will be recognized Saturday as she receives an Award of Excellence at the ACTRA Awards in Toronto.While Podemski said she’s encouraged with the opportunities arising for Indigenous actors and storytellers in Canada these days — with the creation of the Indigenous Screen Office and various government initiatives — she feels there’s more work to be done.“I flip-flop between being super encouraged and inspired, and devastated and frustrated at the state of affairs when it comes to Indigenous stories and how the mainstream is opening its doors or not opening its doors to the storytellers,” said Podemski, whose film credits include a starring role in Bruce McDonald’s “Dance Me Outside.”“I’ve been a producer for 20 years, and if I was to look back at 20 years, yeah, things are easier today for me. But they’re not as easy as I thought they would be, with the amount of experience that I have.“The similarity that I make often is, ‘Wherever the women’s movement is, the Indigenous movement seems to be behind it.’”Podemski adds that of course she can relate to the current conversations around female representation in the screen industry.“That’s super important,” she said, “but the parallel story to that is that there is an entire community left out of the storytelling fabric of this entire country and it’s the people, the many, many nations that were here, that are from here.”Podemski has been acting and performing onstage since elementary school. In the late ’90s, she opened her first production company, Big Soul Productions, with Laura Milliken.The company produced projects including the series “The Seventh Generation” and “Moccasin Flats.”“The Seventh Generation,” which aired on APTN, was a way to combat “shame in our community” and tell uplifting stories of triumph and those who overcame the odds, Podemski said.But they had trouble getting funding and had to create financial sponsorships around specific episodes.“At the time, we had a couple of thousand dollars per episode to make the show from a licence fee from APTN and we tried to pitch it to every single network in Canada,” Podemski recalled.“There were two things that we heard, one was, ‘Don’t you have your own network?’ and the other one was, ‘We did a native story last year.’”In 2005, Podemski started her own production company, Redcloud Studios Inc. Her upcoming “Future History” is about the reclamation of Indigenous knowledge through the eyes of two hosts.“As an actor, I want producers and network executives and writers to know that you don’t have to have a native storyline just to hire a native actor, but why is that such a deeply cemented reality for us?” said Podemski, whose recent acting credits include the series “Hard Rock Medical,” “Cardinal” and “Private Eyes.”“So if I had one wish that I could have (it would be to) just make everyone forget that somehow they had to construct often inaccurate storylines just to get that native storyline in there, we could play lots of different characters.“And then on the producing side, the content-creating side, I would say there is so much potential to create realities for Indigenous characters that are beyond expectation, and whether that’s in the sci-fi realm or the horror realm or comedy, romance, all these different genres.” Jennifer Podemski poses for a portrait at Black Rock Coffee in Toronto, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. About 20 years ago, Toronto-born screen star Jennifer Podemski was growing frustrated with a lack of work for Indigenous actors and storytellers such as herself and took matters into her own hands by becoming a producer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marta Iwanek
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