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WOMEN BEHIND CANADIAN TV CASTING DIRECTOR SUSAN FORREST

first_img Facebook Advertisement Susan Forrest: Since high school, I wanted to work as a director in the theatre. I graduated from university with a drama degree, specializing in directing. I worked for a few small theatre companies but for the most part, found myself assistant stage managing. After traveling abroad, I was waitressing at a restaurant near the Old Fire Hall, where I met a woman who I was serving, who suggested I apply for a job at Second City. During my interview, I was told by the woman who ran the Old Fire Hall that her friend and the SCTV casting director needed an assistant.Later that day, I landed the job at Pamela Roberts Casting and was introduced to the world of casting. I did not even own a television. I had no idea what the job was, but it sounded like fun. It was a good fit though, as I knew the Toronto theatre scene well and it was a small acting community in the early 80s. I started going to the theatre 2-3 times a week. My education into the casting world was fast and furious.Pamela closed her casting company a year later, so I contacted John Brunton to inquire about work in development. He asked me to cast for three HBO dramas. I had only been an assistant up until that point, but he gave me the job. He let me rent a room in his office for fifty dollars a month to start my casting company. That was 36 years ago. Oh and yes, I eventually I got a television.TTVJ: How long did you work until you decided to go out on your own and form your own agency? What was that process like and was there any extra challenge since you were a woman?SF: Most casting directors from the 80s and 90s came from the CBC, but we have only ever worked for ourselves as freelancers. Casting has always been dominated by women so there is no obstacle being female. I went to L.A. when I was 25 because producers in Toronto thought I looked too young to be taken seriously. Americans loved that I was young and before I knew it, I was on the ABC, NBC, MGM, Showtime and CBS list of approved casting directors in Canada. Canada became Hollywood North and I worked nonstop. My sister Sharon started working as my assistant and six years later she became my partner.TTVJ: With diversity being such a huge topic of discussion, and there being such a demand for improvement on screen, what role does the casting director play in regards to diversity?SF: All casting directors need to work very hard to audition and learn about all diverse actors in the industry. Even non-traditional routes need to be explored — dance, singing, stand up — as the demand is huge, and the pool is not yet large enough or experienced enough to meet the demand. Advertisement Advertisement After originally being drawn to the world of theater, finding herself working in the television industry was a bit of a surprise for Susan Forrest. While being a theatre director was always her dream and what she went to school for, it was a meeting she had while working as a waitress that led her to into the world of casting. Forrest quickly found her niche there and founded her own casting company, Forrest & Forrest, with her sister Sharon. She has since had a hand in casting many of the TV series we know and love such as Mary Kills People, Saving Hope, Rookie Blue, Heartland, X Company and Orphan Black, as well as new series Burden of Truth and The Detail.Forrest recently joined The TV Junkies as part of our Women Behind Canadian TV series to discuss some of the hardest parts she’s had to cast, as well as the role casting directors play when it comes to on screen diversity. She shares the biggest challenges she faces, especially because of the differences that exist between the Canadian TV industry and that of other countries around the world. Forrest also offers up advice to actors about what she is looking for when casting for series.The TV Junkies: How did you get into this business and into casting specifically? Did you always know you wanted to work in television? Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Federal government boosts loans for canola farmers amid tensions with China

OTTAWA — The federal government is rolling out changes to a payment program for canola farmers to help those affected by China’s decision to ban the Canadian product.Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says the maximum loan limit through the program will be boosted to $1 million from $400,000, and the portion that will be interest free is rising to $500,000 from $100,000.The government’s announcement comes after China barred Canadian canola from two of the country’s biggest exporters in what is considered retaliation for the detention of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.China imported $2.7 billion worth of Canadian canola seed last year, which ensures any prolonged blockage will hurt farmers, the industry and the broader economy.Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr says he will lead a canola trade mission to Japan and South Korea in early June to help farmer find new markets for their product.He also says he will be promoting canola in all of his upcoming visits, including in France.The Canadian Press read more

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Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Wednesday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9743Brazil real 0.3888China renminbi 0.1863Euro 1.4517Hong Kong dollar 0.155998India rupee 0.01904Indonesia rupiah 0.0000920Japan yen 0.01103Malaysia ringgit 0.2907Mexico peso 0.06858N.Z. dollar 0.8832Norway krone 0.1546Peruvian new sol 0.3764Russia rouble 0.02109Saudi riyal 0.3250Singapore dollar 0.9035South Africa rand 0.09274South Korean won 0.001079Sweden krona 0.1519Switzerland franc 1.2650Taiwanese dollar 0.04049Thailand baht 0.03679Turkey lira 0.3530U.K. pound 1.6119U.S. dollar 1.2187Vietnam dong 0.000054

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Ukraine UNICEF appeals for help to restore damaged water facilities for 13

Robert McCarthy, UNICEF’s Regional Chief of Emergency for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), who has just completed a mission to take stock of the situation in eastern Ukraine, namely in Donetsk and Luhansk, also said humanitarian actors needed to strengthen response to the impact of violence and displacement on children.“In terms of water supply, up to 1.3 million adults and children faced a serious water crisis due to damaged or destroyed water lines and acute water shortages,” Mr. McCarthy told reporters at a press briefing in Geneva, Switzerland.“More than 470,000 people, including 118,000 children, were also facing serious problems in accessing safe water in non-government areas of Luhansk region,” he said.The UNICEF officials said many families had to rely on trucks or travel to neighbouring villages to get water from functioning wells.Mr. McCarthy noted that Mariupol, which was under Government control, is no longer receiving water from the water channel damaged by shelling and that the city is now reliant on a water-storage reservoir that is rapidly depleting. “The risk of waterborne disease is likely to increase as people are unable to store or transport water safely,” he warned.He appealed for more humanitarian partners to assist in the emergency water and sanitation response despite the fact that UNICEF and its partners have helped more than 500,000 people in Donetsk and Luhansk regions to access safe water since January 2015.Nearly 1.4 million people are displaced, including at least 174,000 children in Ukraine, where the humanitarian crisis affects more than 5 million people, including 1.7 million children, and movement across the Government/non-government-controlled areas remained difficult, according to UNICEF.“As the winter season approaches, there is a need to improve contingency planning,” Mr. McCarthy said.He appealed on behalf of UNICEF for $55.8 million to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of children and families in eastern Ukraine for 2015. To date, just $10.48 million, or 20 percent of what was needed, had been received. read more

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Pret climbs down on sandwiches in exchange for work scheme and promises

first_imgShe said: “If Pret really wants to impress this age group they should be paying [the work experience participants].”The sandwich chain said it hoped to employ in permanent roles some of the people from the work experience scheme and would stay in touch with those who wanted to remain in education and apply at a later stage.It pointed out that the placements “are to give participants experience of what it’s like working in the industry”.The chain also told The Telegraph the teenagers will be “shadowing” current members of staff, and will not have to make sandwiches themselves. Journalist Janice Turner wrote: “Fancy an ‘internship’ making sandwiches? You won’t be paid but they’ll ‘give you food’. No wonder only migrants apply to work at Pret.”Tanya de Grunwald of Graduate Fog, a website campaigning for fair internships, told The Guardian the work experience should be paid.She said: “The best kind of experience is hands-on experience where it is really clear that the young worker has set hours and responsibilities and is doing proper work. By law, if that’s the case they should be paid.” The sandwich chain will be promoting the work experience through schools it works with already, and through a social media campaign. Sure! 16-18 yes old kids will be lining up to work for free at pret a manger this summer. #jokers https://t.co/qF3wNYg2ce— Francesca Solmi (@Francesca_Solmi) March 25, 2017 Fancy an “internship” making sandwiches? You won’t be paid but they’ll “give you food”. No wonder only migrants apply to work at Pret. https://t.co/p1nWxjnnRS— Janice Turner (@VictoriaPeckham) March 25, 2017 Clive Schlee, Pret A Manger CEO, said : “Pret’s Work Experience Week is not about making sandwiches for free.”We set it up so that 16 to 18 year olds can shadow our teams and get a flavour for what working at Pret is like.”We’ve seen how passionately people feel about the initiative, and in response I would like to confirm that we will pay all participants Pret’s starting hourly rate and of course provide free food as well.”In a blog post on the company’s website, it says this is to tackle the “long-term challenge that Pret and the wider industry must meet to ensure hospitality is seen by Brits as a serious career choice”. Another critic tweeted: “Sure! 16-18 yes old kids will be lining up to work for free at pret a manger this summer. #jokers.”Ms de Grunwald pointed out that the minimum wage for under-18s is just £4 an hour, which would make employing them over the summer cheap. Dear @Pret – I use your shops quite a lot. That stops today until you pay these young people in money— Iain Millar (@IainDM) March 25, 2017 After online anger, Pret A Manger has scrapped plans to offer sandwiches to teenagers in exchange for their time on an unpaid internship.The chief executive of the sandwich chain has been forced to promise to pay interns after members of the public threatened to boycott the sandwich chain.Pret is said to be on the cusp of a staffing crisis, as just one in 50 of job applicants to the sandwich chain is British. If foreign workers avoid the country because of Brexit, or choose to return home, Pret could find itself short of staff.To avoid this Pret is putting on a work experience scheme in the summer, where teenagers “get exposure to aspects of our business including food production, customer service, social responsibility [care for the homeless] and financial control”.Teenagers were originally not going to be paid for their efforts, but get food in exchange for their time.  Andrea Wareham, the human resources director at the company, wrote: “Attracting British applicants is not exclusively a Pret problem, and is symptomatic of a wider cultural bias. British schools and parents don’t always take careers in the hospitality industry seriously, but they really ought to.”The industry has changed dramatically over the past 20 years and today it is strong, dynamic and growing.”Many on social media have criticised the scheme.One person tweeted: “Pret A Manger should pay for workers to work. Let’s put the idea that people work for free back in the box.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Gaz à effet de serre lagriculture et la foresterie doivent contribuer à

first_imgGaz à effet de serre : l’agriculture et la foresterie doivent contribuer à la réductionLa Commission européenne souhaite voir l’agriculture et la foresterie contribuer aux efforts de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre. Lundi, elle a plaidé en faveur de règles communes de comptabilisation des émissions pour ces deux secteurs.La Commission européenne a proposé en début de semaine la mise en place de règles communes à l’agriculture et la foresterie pour la comptabilisation des gaz à effet de serre et ainsi faire contribuer ces deux secteurs à l’effort de réduction des émissions. “Ce que nous proposons aujourd’hui, ce sont des règles harmonisées pour comptabiliser les émissions des secteurs de la foresterie et de l’agriculture. Il s’agit de la première étape pour la prise en compte de ces secteurs dans les efforts de réduction de l’UE”, a déclaré la commissaire chargée du Climat Connie Hedegaard, citée par l’AFP.La Commission prévoit dans cette proposition de contraindre les Etats de l’Union européenne à mettre en place des plans d’actions visant à limiter ou réduire les émissions de dioxyde de carbone (CO2), de méthane (CH4) et d’oxyde d’azote (N20), tout en maintenant ou augmentant les capacités d’absorption des forêts et des terres agricoles qui couvrent plus des trois quarts du territoire de l’UE. Elles abritent d’importants stocks de carbone et empêchent leur libération dans l’atmosphère, constituant ainsi une arme naturelle contre le changement climatique.D’après la Commission européenne, augmenter ces stocks de seulement 0,1 point suffirait à compenser les émissions de GES annuelles de quelques 100 millions de voitures. Pour piéger le carbone sur les terres agricoles, plusieurs solutions existent, comme des labours moins profonds, ou même des semis sans labours, l’enfouissement des résidus de culture après la récolte, ou encore le maintien des surfaces en prairies permanentes.Réduire de 20% les émissions européennes d’ici 2020 À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Quant aux forêts, elles absorbent de grandes quantités de CO2 lorsqu’elles sont en croissance. La reforestation des terres agricoles comme la plantation d’arbres à croissance rapide, permettrait de piéger d’importants stocks de carbone atmosphérique. Grâce à la contribution de la foresterie et l’agriculture, l’UE espère parvenir à atteindre ses objectifs de réduction de gaz à effet de serre. A l’horizon 2020, l’ambition est de réduire les émissions européennes de 20% par rapport à leurs niveaux de 1990. Un objectif qui passe à 40% en 2030, et 60% en 2040.Le 14 mars 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Argentina announce Cesar Luis Menotti as their director

first_imgThe Argentina Football Association finally made the decision to appoint legendary Cesar Luis Menotti, to be their National Team’s Director on Monday.As the new Argentina board of directors have managed to keep the National Team a float in the last few years, they needed to make a massive point by signing someone like Cesar Luis Menotti for an important position in the federation and they just announced him this Monday.The legendary former manager reportedly declined the position as the National Team coach, he doesn’t feel like he will deliver good results given his advanced age and he is not interested on having stress problems at this point in his life.But Menotti has always been very interested in what happens to his beloved National Team, which is the reason he agreed to sign a new contract as the new National Teams’ Director and will start his new job effective immediately.The Argentina Football Association (AFA), made the announcement on Monday and posted a picture of him and chairman Claudio Tapia shaking hands while closing the deal that binds Menotti to the squad in this new position.The input that Cesar Luis can give to the younger national teams is very valuable, he will make sure that the right decisions are made in Argentina from now on.El ex entrenador de @Argentina, César Luis Menotti, será Director de Selecciones Nacionales. Comenzará su función el próximo 1 de febrero. ¡Bienvenido a su Casa, César! pic.twitter.com/Ze2O7ksNY9— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) January 14, 2019This position has only been reserved in the past for World Cup champions with Argentina according to Diario Ole, only two other figures have taken on the job before Menotti and he has some major shoes to fill.The first one to take on the role was Carlos Bilardo, the manager who took Argentine to the 1986 World Cup championship and one of the most influential managers in the country’s history.During his tenure as the National Teams’ Director, Bilardo took Argentina when Diego Maradona took the job as the manager and he didn’t really have a lot of success in the position.The other person who took the position was Jose Nestor Pekerman, he was the Director between the mid-nineties and the start of the millennium.He was the one who appointed Marcelo Bielsa as the National Team manager, he also took the youth World Cup trophies of Qatar 1995, Malasia 1997, and Argentina in 2001.It’s Menotti’s turn to take a crack at the job, which is a huge responsibility because he will be the one calling the shots with only chairman Claudio Tapia above him in the organization.Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…¡La reconstrucción albiceleste!🇦🇷 AFA ha anunciado que a partir del próximo 1 de febrero, César Luis Menotti asumirá como Director de Selecciones Nacionales.👏 Argentina fue Campeón del Mundo con ‘El Flaco’ en 1978 de la mano de @ESPNMarioKempes pic.twitter.com/F5gREgM6cH— Fuera de Juego (@ESPN_FDJ) January 14, 2019Now that AFA has appointed Lionel Scaloni as the National Team manager, he will have to impress Menotti within the span of the next year or he will most likely be replaced if he comes out short.After the protocol is followed with all the necessary documents that Menotti will have to sign, the position will start officially on 1 February this year but Cesar Luis has already begun to form the working team that will help him build a better structure for all the National Teams in Argentina.As far as the National Team goes, it will be Cesar Luis Menotti’s job to convince Lionel Messi that he still has a lot to give to Argentina and to let him know that he has the full support from AFA for the upcoming tournaments in which he may compete.The new Director also has big plans for the manager’s job, but he will give Scaloni the benefit of the doubt and let him work without any pressure coming from his end.However, the options Menotti has for the job are Marcelo Gallardo, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, and Diego Simeone.#Seleccion 🇦🇷 ¿Qué decía Menotti de los posibles candidatos a entrenador de Argentina? ¿A quiénes elogiaba y les veía pasta? ➡ https://t.co/KPfVYhu0Wm pic.twitter.com/z0tMZOIYAm— Diario Olé (@DiarioOle) January 15, 2019How well do you think Cesar Luis Menotti will do as the new National Teams’ Director for Argentina? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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String of recent incidents have schools rethinking security

first_imgClark County’s schools strive for safetyA new state law, Senate Bill 5197, provides $10 million for upgraded technology to expedite the response and arrival time of law enforcement to schools in emergencies. The program is being overseen by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.“We’re finalizing a grant program around this,” said Scott Black, a program development manager at OSPI. “We’re assuming it’s a one-time appropriation.”School districts will be able to apply for grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to upgrade school security systems for “technology that gets a school district to faster response times,” Black said. “What we’re focusing on are the outcomes: better information to law enforcement, faster.”The grant parameters will be spelled out on the OSPI website by mid-December. Districts will have until mid-March to complete a grant application. The biennial grant would be wrapped up by June 2015, Black said.On the Web:Read Senate Bill 5197 at: Washington Votes— Susan ParrishRIDGEFIELD — The final bell echoes over the campus of Ridgefield High School at 2:45 p.m. on an overcast day in early November. Students filter out of the building, passing freshly planted trees, dirt and gravel as crews work on an expansion to the building on the back of the campus. Across the street, a man wearing khaki pants and a ribbed black sweater stands, watching.last_img read more

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1st Ebola patient diagnosed in the US has died

first_imgStaff at Vancouver’s two hospitals have been monitoring the Ebola outbreak, reviewing hospital practices and preparing for the possibility of a local case.Officials at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center have been meeting for the past several weeks to discuss Ebola.Asking patients about recent travel is a standard part of the hospital’s intake procedure, said Brian Willoughby, hospital spokesman. But staff are now also asking a more specific travel question: Have you traveled to Africa in the last 30 days?PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center has formed a multi-disciplinary Ebola preparedness team that is working to ensure hospital practices are aligned with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Hospital officials are also reminding staff to repeatedly ask about trips outside of the U.S.“The experience at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas has demonstrated the importance of asking patients about travel outside the United States within the past 21 days,” said Randy Querin, a hospital spokesman. “While this has been part of our preparation from the beginning, it’s a great reminder of the high value of this information in producing a rapid diagnosis, which would allow us to quickly begin treatment of the patient and ensure the safety of caregivers and the community.”–Marissa HarshmanDALLAS — The death of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States renewed questions about his medical care and whether Thomas Eric Duncan’s life could have been extended or saved if the Texas hospital where he first sought help had taken him in sooner.last_img read more

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Elusive Alain Hachettes Lemarchand Speaks

first_img“We have to make sure every dollar we spend is unavoidable, is strictly critical to the business,” Mr. Lemarchand said in his first interview since taking over Hachette’s U.S. operation in September.You can read FOLIO:’s story on today’s restructuring here. Aside from a few colorful, inside baseball details (a 45th floor meeting in July, a two-day off-site in the fall, the sacking of receptionists on four of its six floors) there’s nothing behind Rupert Murdoch’s pay wall we don’t have.Enjoy. Alain Lemarchand, president and CEO of Hachette Filipacchi Media’s U.S. division, announced a restructuring of its women’s magazines brands today, each aligned with a “chief brand officer,” reporting back to him. FOLIO: had been trying to land an interview with Lemarchand since last summer, when he took over the chief executive role from longtime CEO Jack Kliger.Alas, the Frenchman gave it to the Wall Street Journal.The Journal story is here, although it’s behind a subscriber wall. But I’ll give you the money quote:last_img read more

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Apple Watch Series 3 GPS and Cellular deal Just 229

first_img See it • 21 Photos 3:06 Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements Now playing: Watch this: Adorama Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) $349 Apple Watch Series 3: Once more, with calling See All Best Buy Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See It Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) Tags Apple $399 How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! See It Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier $349 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See It Apple Watch as phone: living off the Watch Series 3 Apple Think you missed your chance to score Prime Day-level Apple Watch deals? Think again. For a limited time, and while supplies last, Walmart has the Apple Watch Series 3 GPS and Cellular 42mm in black for $259 shipped — a full $160 off the current Apple price and the lowest I can recall seeing. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See it at WalmartIf you don’t mind a slightly smaller screen (I don’t — it’s what I use), you can also get the Apple Watch Series 3 GPS and Cellular 38mm model for $229.Meanwhile, the GPS-only Apple Watch Series 3 38mm is back down to $199 (a price matched at Amazon), while the 42mm is back to $229 — prices that had been pretty consistent during the first half of 2019, but haven’t been seen for the last month or two. (Note that the latter may be out of stock by the time you read this, as it shows “only 2 left!” at this writing. Indeed, with prices like these, I expect rapid sellouts across the board.)Even with discounts as steep as these, I can’t mention the Apple Watch without also mentioning the Amazfit Bip, which continues to sell for around $80. I like it primarily for time-telling and notifications, but as a fitness tracker it offers features like a step-counter, heart-rate monitor and even GPS. And its battery life is utterly spectacular — literally weeks, depending on how you use it. Check out Lexy Savvides’ recent Apple Watch-versus-Bip comparison for more.Still, the Bip is not what I would call a fitness powerhouse. If you want something that’s pool-friendly and phone-capable, something that can store music and stream it to your favorite Bluetooth headphones, you need this here Apple Watch. And the cellular option, should you choose to get it, gives you true freedom from your phone. Beyond that, I’ll refer you to Scott Stein’s comprehensive Apple Watch Series 3 review. Whether you value that stuff or not, the fact remains this is a $409 watch on sale for $259 — and that makes it something to consider.While you’re considering, be sure to check out this roundup of great cheap accessories for your new Apple Watch. Because after you’ve spent this much, the last thing you want to do is pay a premium for extra watch bands.Originally published Jan. 9.Update, Aug. 13: This is an updated version of a previous Apple Watch deal post and has been updated with new pricing, availability and other details. $399 Share your voice 17 Apple Watch Series 4 reading • Huge Apple Watch sale at Walmart, including the Series 3 GPS and Cellular for $229 (Update: Expired) The Cheapskate Comments Wearable Techlast_img read more

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14 killed in Brazil nightclub shooting

first_imgA member of the military police patrols during an operation in the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Thursday. AFP file photoAt least 14 people were killed overnight in a shootout at a nightclub in Fortaleza, northeastern Brazil, officials said Saturday.“We can confirm 14 deaths,” Andre Costa, security secretary for the state of Ceara-of which Fortaleza is the capital-told a press conference.Costa said that other victims are hospitalized in serious condition, but did not say how many people were injured.last_img

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9 people killed in Taiwan nursing home fire

first_imgIn this image from a video, patients stay outside of Taipei Hospital of the Ministry of Health and Welfare in New Taipei City, Taiwan following a fire Monday on 13 August. Photo: APA fire at a nursing home in Taiwan early Monday left nine people dead and 16 injured.Authorities were still investigating the cause of the blaze that broke out before 5:00am and was extinguished roughly one hour later.No details were immediately available about those who had died, although the fire department said 10 of the injured were in serious condition.The nursing home attached to Taipei Hospital had 32 patients on the ward, along with 11 nurses, helpers and foreign caregivers.last_img

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Houston City Council Approves 2M For Flood Rescue Vehicles For HFD

first_img Listen Michael HagertyWith spring – and the potential for spring floods – just weeks away, Houston is rushing to beef up its capacity for flood rescues. The City Council has voted $2 million for rescue vehicles and gear for the Houston Fire Department.The $2 million will buy dozens of vehicles Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña said were needed after Hurricane Harvey. They include 6 high water vehicles, 10 4×4 pickup trucks, 4 rescue boats for use in fast-moving waters, 10 evacuation boats for saving large numbers of stranded people, 3 rescue boat double stack trailers, 4 WaveRunner personal water craft, and 1 DPS drone. The appropriation will also pay for new and replacement gear for first responders.The purchases come on top of vehicles that have been donated to the city. “When you combine that which was donated to what the appropriation did today, we are certainly in a much better position six months after Harvey than we were then, and in a much, much better position than where we were from the Tax Day Flood,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner.It will take 90 to 120 days to secure all the equipment on the list. That means the last of it will be in place by the end of June. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /00:46 Xlast_img read more

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Differentlyabled children to walk ramp for Khadi show in Capital

first_imgThe Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) in association with Tamana, a non-profit organisation which works with the multiple challenged and autistic children, will host a Khadi fashion show titled- ‘Inclusion Beyond Boundaries’ in the Capital.The fashion extravaganza attempts to include the differently-abled into the world of fashion. The exhibition will be held on Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, read a statement. The show will bring forward creations of 10 FDCI designers including Abraham & Thakore, Anju Modi, Gaurav Jai Gupta, JJ Valaya, Payal Jain, Rahul Mishra, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Rina Dhaka, Rohit Bal and Samant Chauhan.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The style gurus will create ensembles in Khadi and present them in pure, simple and versatile forms for the differently abled and fulfil their dreams of walking the ramp with professional models. For the last 10 years, Tamana has been organising the show with the support of the fashion fraternity. This year, the event is being executed under the umbrella of the FDCI. Tamana founder and president Shyama Chona said: “Tamana’s annual fashion show has over the years depicted that fashion is inclusive; it does not discriminate, even the disadvantaged can imbibe the latest fashion and fulfil their desires and aspirations of looking good and fashionable.” FDCI president Sunil Sethi shared: “We respect diversity and inclusion and it is an honour to partner with Tamana for a landmark event like this.” Australian High Commissioner to India Harinder Sindhu will be the guest of honour at the event.last_img read more

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No impact of cyclonic storm Pabuk in state MeT

first_imgKolkata: Tropical cyclone Pabuk which is expected to cross Andaman Sea on Sunday will hardly have any major impact on the state except some gushes of wind sweeping through some of the South Bengal districts.While the Odisha government has put some of its districts on alert, the Bengal government has not issued any such notification so far in this connection. The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore predicted that the cyclone will have no major impact on the weather system in the state. Some South Bengal districts may witness strong winds with a speed ranging between 40 and 50 km per hour. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe temperature in the city may hover around 12 degree Celsius in the next few days while the adjoining districts may see a little dip in the mercury. The weather office also predicted lesser chances of cold wave condition in various South Bengal districts. However, the weather office said the sudden rise and fall in the temperature is quite common during this period. “Heavy rains are expected in Andaman and Nicobar Islands from January 6-7 due to the impact of approaching tropical cyclone Pabuk which is likely to cross the islands on January 6. “According to available information, it may pass through Andaman Islands on the evening of January 6,” a weather expert in the city said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that Pabuk originated over the Gulf of Thailand and its neighbourhood. Sea condition may be rough over Nicobar Islands till January 7. Fishermen have been asked not to venture into the Andaman Sea. The weather office also maintained that some of the North Bengal districts may receive light rainfall on Sunday. There is also a prediction that various places in neighbouring Sikkim may receive snow fall in the next few days.last_img read more

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Costa Rica signs letter supporting ban on nuclear weapons

first_imgNo related posts. President Laura Chinchilla on Monday signed a letter of support for the global call to ban nuclear weapons.During a ceremony held at Casa Presidencial, Chinchilla received 1,000 paper cranes made by the students of the University for Peace (UPEACE) and representatives of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), as a symbol of support of a world free from nuclear weapons.“Peace cannot be only the subject of prayers for some people, it is the most natural human asset we have,” the president said.“These beautiful cranes made by hands full of the hope of many young people will be able to spread their wings to more countries every day,” she added.UPEACE Rector Victor Valle said the initiative aims to deliver 1,000 paper cranes to every political leader in the world to support the ban on the use and storage of nuclear weapons.In addition to Chinchilla, other top politicians also have signed ICAN’s letter, including United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of state of Afghanistan, Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Slovenia, Spain, France, Greece, Kazakhstan, Marshall Islands, Luxembourg, Mozambique, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia and Vanuatu. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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After Central America slog Cubans can expect US welcome

first_imgThe first 180 Cuban migrants, of nearly 8,000 stranded in Costa Rica, were set to fly Tuesday to El Salvador to continue an arduous journey through Central America and Mexico to new lives in the United States.The Cubans are part of a big wave of migrants leaving their Communist-ruled island over the past year for America, in the wake of a diplomatic thaw between Washington and Havana.Many say promised reforms and prosperity have failed to materialize and they are fleeing economic misery.Are the Cubans ‘illegal immigrants’ in the U.S.?No. Although they don’t have American entry visas, under a special U.S. law passed during the Cold War, the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act, arriving Cubans can ask for permission — called a “parole” — which allows them to stay for a year, after which they can apply for U.S. permanent residency.Processing at a U.S. border post typically takes only a couple of hours and then they are free to enter, with many then joining the big Cuban community in Miami. They are given access to months of U.S. benefits and English lessons. Once U.S. residency is approved, they are allowed to work.How did they get stranded in Central America?Nicaragua — a Cuban ally — blocked their entry and posted soldiers on the border in mid-November. That resulted in a bottleneck that saw 7,800 Cubans get stuck in Costa Rica. Then Costa Rica in mid-December also refused to allow any more in, leading to 2,000 more Cubans also becoming stranded in Panama.The border closures — and the decision by Ecuador, their usual starting point in Latin America, to reimpose visa requirements for Cubans — means the overland route through Central America has become much tougher. But under America’s policy of intercepting and sending back any Cubans trying to cross to Florida by boat, many still see it as their best chance.Why are some countries being so difficult?Some Central American nations are nettled by the easy access Cubans get to the U.S. when many of their own citizens have to enter and stay in America clandestinely. That issue has become even more pronounced with a new U.S. operation started this month to raid homes looking for Central American migrants with deportation orders against them to send them home.Some countries, the more prosperous ones, also fear that the Cubans might end up living on their territory and not go to the U.S., putting a strain on their societies.Why are so many Cubans migrating?More than 43,000 Cubans entered the U.S. between October 2014 and the end of September 2015, according to data from the Customs and Border Protection agency obtained by the Pew Research Center. That was a dramatic 78 percent jump over the corresponding previous year.Many Cubans fear that the U.S.-Cuba thaw will see Washington scrapping its open-arms policy to them, though U.S. officials say no change is foreseen.Others, however, simply say that conditions under the government of Cuban President Raul Castro have deteriorated further, with no sign of hoped-for improvements. The state’s monthly salary of just $20 is insufficient to live on, they say.Some two million Cubans live in the United States.Read more of The Tico Times’ coverage of the Cuban migrant crisis‘Dusty-foot’ Cubans forgo rafts, choose land route through Costa RicaEcuador requires Cubans get visas to dissuade them from using country as springboard to USCentral American countries agree to safe passage for Cuban migrants marooned in Costa RicaReforms by Castro, Obama set stage for Cuban migration spike Facebook Comments Related posts:Desperate Cubans mass at Nicaragua’s closed border Cubans bound for US inch closer, arrive in Guatemala Cuban migrants storm Costa Rica-Panama border demanding to pass What the US can learn from its ‘Cuban immigration policy’last_img read more

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ATAS accreditations cancelled with immediate effect

first_imgATAS accreditations cancelled with immediate effectATAS accreditations cancelled with immediate effectToday, and in the last month, the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) has taken further action to cancel the ATAS travel accredited status of a number of ATAS participants for failing to renew or demonstrate that they meet the eligibility criteria.AFTA take this opportunity to remind ATAS Participants that the Eligibility Criteria of the ATAS Charter and the obligations under the ATAS Code of Conduct must be adhered to and demonstrated at all times.The cancellations are:WizTrips (ABN: 32166071790)Evolution Luxury Travel (ABN: 29085838053)Champion Travel & Tours (ABN: 60264035076)TravelPlus (ABN: 15945301094)Getaway Travel & Cruise (ABN: 23928129367)Lorraine’s House of Travel (ABN:  48003296286)ATAS Participants whose accreditation has been cancelled must immediately take steps to remove any logo or reference to AFTA or ATAS from their website, business cards, any ancillary internet or social media sites you may use (such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) any printed material used to promote your business like brochures, flyers or newsletters and any other in store promotional materials used like certificates, stickers or window decals. Cancelled Participants are no longer eligible for the AFTA Chargeback Scheme (ACS).A notice has been posted to this effect on the AFTA website pursuant to s6.2 of the ATAS Charter.Source = Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA)last_img read more