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We are in a crisis and we need to call it what

first_img(Photo courtesy Ben Powless)APTN National NewsTORONTO–After introductions that used over five of her allotted 15 minutes, Mi’kmaq candidate Pam Palmater said she believes the next national chief faces hard times ahead.And she said the Assembly of First Nations needs to change to reflect that.“We are in a crisis and we need to call it what it is. We cannot move forward unless we, as the AFN, are the first to stand up front and say we won’t take this from this point forward. So what do we do? We know the status quo is killing our people,” she said.Palmater, a Ryerson University professor, is one of eight candidates vying for the position of national chief of the AFN. She was speaking during the candidate’s forum during the AFN gathering in Toronto where chiefs will vote for national chief on Wednesday.Palmater said the organization must take a tougher stance against the Harper government.“It’s no secret Canada has tried to assimilate us and it remains their ultimate objective. But we now have a government that has put that on fast forward, laid down the gauntlet and said, ‘I dare you to do something about it.’ I’m here today to do something about it,” she said.Palmater said chiefs are reluctant to make radical changes to the organization because of fear.“Canada yields a very powerful weapon over us. If we speak out, they cut our funding. If we speak out, maybe they don’t approve your economic development plan. And we are very much dependent on all of these social programs and services. Not in a shameful way, but in a way like any province and territory or municipality is dependent on those social programs,” she said.She said there is still a need to work with the Canadian government.“But this choice is not about working with the federal government in an abusive relationship where we always come out at the end. We have the right and the responsibility to demand a respectful relationship,” she said.Palmater said that if she’s elected the AFN will be given back to the chiefs, saying the organization is not a government but a potentially powerful advocate.“Why on earth wouldn’t we make that choice? We can do this. We’ve done it before, we’re standing here as a testament. We can do it again,” she said.last_img read more

Feds focused on targeted competitiveness plan over corporate tax cuts sources

first_imgOTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau is looking at targeted measures to enhance Canada’s competitiveness rather than broad-based corporate tax cuts, sources say.For months, the federal Liberals have been under pressure from business leaders to respond to a U.S. tax overhaul that many warn has put Canada at a disadvantage.Morneau told reporters this week that he hadn’t ruled anything out when specifically asked whether tax cuts would be part of his competitiveness plan.But Morneau has been meeting with businesses across the country in an effort to find the best way to deal with the U.S. changes. And sources with knowledge of the federal approach who spoke on condition of anonymity say his emphasis has been consistently on targeted measures.Morneau intends to announce plans in his fall economic update to bolster Canada’s competitiveness.The Trump administration’s changes include big tax reductions for businesses and loosened regulations, which have created fears Canada has lost part of its edge as an investment destination.The finance minister has been analyzing the impacts of the U.S. changes and has spent the summer on a “listening tour” to get feedback from the Canadian business community.Industry stakeholders have been calling for lower taxes — but a cut to the federal corporate rate would come at a cost. A tool on the parliamentary budget officer’s website estimates that a one percentage point reduction to the business tax rate would trim about $1.7 billion per year from federal revenues.There are, however, also recommendations that Morneau consider a cheaper option: allowing all companies to immediately write off new equipment purchases.The U.S. tax package enables American companies to immediately write off the full cost of new machinery and equipment. Canada already offers this provision for its manufacturing sector and there are calls for it to be expanded to cover all industries.Some experts believe this kind of measure should be combined with cuts to business taxes.A study released Wednesday by the PwC accounting firm warned the American tax reforms will have a major, negative impact on Canada. They will shift investment to the U.S. and hurt economic activity in Canada, it said.The analysis said the U.S. changes threaten 635,000 Canadian jobs, which represents about 3.4 per cent of all workers, and could lower Canada’s gross domestic product by 4.9 per cent. The report said $20 billion worth of government revenue could also be at risk.The study was commissioned by the Business Council of Canada, which has been pushing for lower corporate taxes.“Canada’s relatively favourable corporate tax environment was a major advantage in terms of attracting new investment,” said the report, which recommends federal and provincial tax reductions among its policy options.“Due to the U.S. tax reform, this advantage has now disappeared.”The assessment paints a far bleaker picture than estimates released last spring by the Bank of Canada.The central bank figured the U.S. reforms could lower business investment by about three per cent from 2017 to the end of 2020. The bank said this would shave the level of economic growth by about 0.2 per cent by the end of 2020.Morneau faced criticism from the business community after his February budget lacked specific steps to address their competitiveness concerns.The finance minister wanted more time assess the situation and his office has insisted he would avoid any “knee-jerk reactions.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Darfur UN peacekeeping chief urges more efforts to include rebels in peace

25 October 2011While important progress has been made in the peace process in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region, more needs to be done to bring on board rebel groups who are still fighting the Government, the United Nations peacekeeping chief warned today. “I call on those parties who have not yet done so to cease hostilities and enter into peace negotiations immediately and without preconditions,” Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous told the Security Council, referring to the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) signed between the Government and one of the rebel groups, the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM).Mr. Ladsous was presenting Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on the joint UN-African Union operation in Darfur (UNAMID), the 23,000-strong force set up in 2008 to help end a war that has killed at least 300,000 people and driven 2.7 million others from their homes since 2003. As signs of progress, he cited LJM leader Tijani Al Seisi’s arrival in Darfur and his inauguration at the beginning of the week as President of the Darfur Regional Authority, paving the way for the next stage of the DDPD, the establishment of various committees and commissions which are expected to include elements from another group, the Sudan Liberation Army/Minni Minawi, which is now fighting the Government again after joining a previous peace effort.Other hold-out groups include the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan Liberation Army/Abdul Wahid, and Mr. Ladsous stressed the vital importance of bringing all groups into the peace process.“We must continue to do all that is in our power to help the Sudanese reach a final and inclusive settlement to this conflict,” he said. “It will be crucial in this regard for the signatory parties to broaden support for the DDPD by working to ensure peace dividends reach the people of Darfur.”Mr. Ladsous noted that ongoing clashes, involving sporadic fighting between Government forces and armed groups as well as deadly attacks against UNAMID patrols, threaten the protection and humanitarian activities of both aid workers and the mission. “I strongly condemn those responsible for the cowardly attack on UNAMID peacekeepers at Zam Zam,” he said, referring to the ambush of a patrol near a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) on 10 October in which three UN peacekeepers were killed.“I call on the Government to fully investigate the incident and to spare no effort in bringing those responsible to justice.” read more

Grad student says Brock prepared him for Harvard program

A Brock University graduate student is one step closer to attending his dream Ivy League school.Harish Aggarwal (BSc ’15), an MSc student, said his education from Brock prepared him well for the rigours of Harvard University, where he attended the intensive Summer Session for Public Health Studies program.The competitive, seven-week program introduces students to the core areas of public health, and is an important step in Aggarwal’s path to earning a Masters degree from Harvard.Aggarwal, of Niagara Falls, is one of only 60 people worldwide to earn a spot in the program.“It’s divided into two half-summer terms, earning 15 credits within the seven weeks. All of the work I completed goes towards earning a Masters of Public Health at Harvard, which I plan to return to in September 2017,” Aggarwal said.In the weeks prior to beginning this new chapter in his academic career, he sought advice from then-President Jack Lightstone.“He told me that there is nowhere that my Brock education would not prepare me for, and when I got there, he was exactly right,” he said.“Even though I was intimidated by the fact that most of my peers were medical doctors with much more experience, my time at Brock was just as challenging, and it prepared me exceptionally well.”Aggarwal also credits his co-curricular involvement for steering him towards the path to public health, having been involved in the Interprofessional Education for Quality Improvement Program (I-EQUIP), Med Plus, the Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-being, as well as sitting on the Niagara Falls Community Outreach Board of Directors during his undergrad.“I’ve always had an interest in public health. After my experience in I-EQUIP, I really started to focus on this area, starting with my Master’s research at Brock. Right now I’m exploring how self-efficacy relates to obesity in children,” he said.In anticipation of the start of his last year in his program, Aggarwal is looking forward to bringing his experience at Harvard into the classroom.“The program has not only made me a better researcher through my studies in biostatistics and epidemiology, but is also shaping me to be a better teaching assistant for my students,” he said. read more

Regina man facing 45 charges in connection with string of auto and

Police have arrested a 19-year-old Regina man following an investigation into a series of recent auto and property thefts in the city.The man is facing a total of 45 charges, which date back to May 2. He was arrested on Aug. 15 while allegedly driving a stolen vehicle in the area of College Avenue and Halifax Street.According to the Regina Police Service (RPS), plainclothes officers were able to stop the vehicle and arrest the man. Police said he was safely taken into custody, but the arrest did cause a disruption in the neighbourhood and some property damage to vehicles.The man has been charged in connection with seven separate auto thefts. Some of the stolen vehicles include a Ford F150, Honda Accord, Toyota Prius, 2005 Audi and 2015 Audi.Before his arrest, police allege the man pulled a modified gun, a .22 calibre rifle, and attempted to hide it. The arrest led police to obtain a search warrant for an address on the 800 block of Victoria Avenue. There, police found a stolen vehicle and other stolen items.Aside from vehicles, the man has also been charged with stealing gas, possessing a stolen credit card, possessing an identity document belonging to another person and several breach of probation charges.The man is also facing seven firearm and weapon charges, including possession of a gun obtained by crime.The man made his first court appearance on Monday at Regina Provincial Court. read more

UNESCO chief pleads for release of French journalists abducted in Iraq

Christian Chesnot, a correspondent for Radio France International, and Georges Malbrunot of the daily Le Figaro are being held by militants demanding that France rescind a ban on Muslim female students wearing headscarves in schools, according to a video aired on the Al-Jazeera Arabic television station. “It is totally unacceptable that conflicting factions should use them [the journalists] as pawns in their struggle. Such attacks will not contribute to the well-being of the people of Iraq. Such actions are contrary to the teaching of Islam,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said. “I am deeply distressed by the shameful targeting of media professionals in Iraq and wish to pay tribute to their courage and their exemplary commitment to freedom of expression,” he added. According to the International News Safety Institute, 51 media workers from 16 countries have died covering the Iraq conflict. The heaviest toll has been paid by Iraqi journalists – 28 of them have been killed. Over the past several months Mr. Matsuura has issued numerous condemnations of the murder of journalists in various countries, calling them an attack on society as a whole. Only last Saturday he denounced reported killing in Iraq of Italian reporter Enzo Baldoni as a “flagrant disregard for civilian lives and for the most fundamental human values.” read more

Ahead of Yemen ceasefire UNICEF sounds alarm about impact of crisis on

Speaking to reporters earlier this afternoon in Geneva, UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac explained that the UN agency and its partners were stepping up a series of initiatives targeting Yemen’s struggling children, including nutrition screening, vaccinations and other life-saving interventions. In the southern city of Aden, for instance, UNICEF had supplied emergency ambulances, as well as blood testing and transfusion services to ensure that injured children could receive immediate treatment. Mr. Boulierac added that the UNICEF team in Aden was also currently supporting an immunization campaign as part of a nation-wide drive aimed at vaccinating around one million children under the age of one against measles, polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases. “Our mobile teams and staff have to brave extremely hazardous conditions, risking their lives to reach children and women wherever they can. If they don’t do that more children are likely to die from malnutrition and preventable diseases,” Julien Harneis, UNICEF Representative in Yemen said in a press release. “But what Yemen really needs now is a return to peace, a solution to the fuel and power crisis and restoration of regular health services”, Mr. Harneis added. According to the latest UN data, the humanitarian crisis in Yemen has been steadily deteriorating since the outbreak of fighting in late March 2015. In the past three months alone, some 3,000 Yemenis have been killed, half of them civilians, and 14,000 others injured. Over a million people have had to flee their homes and 21 million need immediate help, close to 13 million people are unable to meet their food needs, 15 million people have no healthcare and outbreaks of dengue and malaria are raging unchecked. Humanitarian partners have reached 4.4 million people with aid in the past three months, but this is a fraction of those in need, says the UN Spokesperson’s office. The United Nations, the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement and international non-governmental organizations working together have now activated the highest level of emergency response. At the same time, just yesterday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the beginning of a humanitarian pause on Friday, 10 July, to permit humanitarian actors to reach civilians in need. Today, the UN Security Council welcomed the announcement and emphasized that all parties would need to suspend military operations during the pause and that no party should take advantage of the pause to move weapons or seize territory. Further, the Council urged all parties to facilitate the urgent delivery of humanitarian assistance to all parts of Yemen, as well as rapid, safe, and unhindered access for humanitarian actors to reach people in need of humanitarian assistance, including medical assistance. The announcement of the pause comes at a critical moment for Yemen’s children, according to the UNICEF spokesperson who reported that more than 2.5 million children were at risk of diarrhoeal diseases, half a million were at risk of severe acute malnutrition, more than 1.3 million children faced the threat of acute respiratory tract infections and 2.6 million of them under the age of 15 were not protected against measles. To that point, Mr. Boulierac reiterated the UN’s call all parties to enable the urgent delivery of food, water and medical attention to the most vulnerable populations in Yemen during the pause. Also addressing the briefing was World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson, Elisabeth Byrs, who cited the agency’s efforts over the past months in reaching close to 2 million people with emergency food aid. Nevertheless, she added, numerous obstacles continued to impede the UN agency’s access to vulnerable populations including damaged roads and multiple checkpoints. read more

Early action key to preventing crises related to El Niño and La

AUDIO: Interview with UN OCHA’s Greg Puley “We know that the earlier we’re able to put in place a response, the more efficient and effective that response can be,” Greg Puley, Chief of Policy Advice and Planning Section, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told UN News. El Niño is the term used to describe the warming of the central to eastern tropical Pacific that occurs, on average, every three to seven years. It raises sea surface temperatures and impacts weather systems around the globe so that some places receive more rain while others receive none at all, often in a reversal of their usual weather pattern. Its counterpart La Niña is associated with cooler-than-average sea surface temperatures, but it also results in extreme weather. In 2016, 23 countries – representing 60 million people – had to appeal for emergency aid because of El Niño-related weather events. While there is never 100 per cent certainty that a weather event will happen, Mr. Puley urged governments “to be willing to act on the clues.” He discussed insurance, or forecast-based funding, which released funding early, as innovations that have “no regrets” even if a predicted event does not happen. “If you’re aware that excess precipitation is forecast, for example, you can make some investment to reinforce river beds so that the excess precipitation doesn’t result in flooding,” he said. “It will cost you $10 million to reinforce the river bed. It might have cost you $50 or $60 million to provide food, water and shelter to people who are displaced by the flood. You can make those investments when you know.” read more

Womens Basketball No 8 Ohio State upset by No 19 Michigan 8475

The No. 8 Ohio State women’s basketball team (15-3, 5-1 Big Ten) led by five points at halftime, but failed to finish off No. 19 Michigan (16-4, 5-2 Big Ten) in the second half, falling 84-75 to the Wolverines Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center.The Wolverines clawed their way back into the game after trailing the majority of the game. Over the final 2:59 of the third quarter, they went on a 13-4 run to take a 62-58 lead. The visiting team extended its lead and closed the game with a 22-17 fourth-quarter run.Ohio State struggled in the second half, shooting just 25.6 percent from the field. The Buckeyes also finished 6-for-30 from 3-point range. Their shooting woes were not the only problem. Ohio State was out-rebounded 44-31 in the game.“I don’t think we had the focus that we needed tonight to win, way too many mental errors against a good Michigan team,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said. “I thought they played well, and when we made mistakes they made us pay. They shot 53 percent and outrebounded us by 13, we shot 36 percent, you’re not going to win a game.”A 15-point first half from senior forward Stephanie Mavunga boosted the Buckeyes to a 41-36 lead, but she was held to just six second-half points before fouling out with 1:52 remaining in the game.Senior guard Kelsey Mitchell added 20 points, shooting 5-for-14 from the field. Mitchell tied the all-time made 3-point record in all divisions with 58.3 seconds remaining in the game. She has made 441 career triples.The Buckeyes forced 21 turnovers to their eight, but Michigan executed its offense well when it maintained possession, shooting 53.7 percent from the field.The Buckeyes’ pesky defense and solid ball movement was effective in the first half. That changed in the second half behind Michigan center Hallie Thome’s domination in the paint. The 6-foot-5 junior finished with 27 points, despite facing early foul trouble.“[Thome] was incredible the first go around so we really wanted to make sure we found her early and got her touches early and last game it was the opposite. Last game Mavunga got those two fouls early and she was out,” Michigan head coach Kim Barnes Arico said. “For our team to stay as close as we did at half without [Thome] being in the game, I felt pretty good at half going in.”Michigan senior guard Katelynn Flaherty, who averaged 23.1 points per game entering the game, was held to just three points on 1-for-9 shooting in the first half. But she finished with 21 points, four rebounds and three assists, with most of her scoring coming during the Wolverines’ second-half charge. read more

Paedophile accused of murdering two schoolgirls goes on trial 30 years after he

Opening the case for the prosecution, Brian Altman QC told the jury: “The killings were entirely intentional and they were carried out in the woods by a man who sexually assaulted them for his own gratification. That man, say the prosecution, was this defendant, Russell Bishop.”Mr Altman went on: “This defendant was, as you will hear, arrested in 1986, charged and indeed tried the following year in 1987 for the murders of both girls, but on December 10 1987 he was acquitted by a jury at Lewes Crown Court.“Having been acquitted of these murders, the defendant was discharged was a free man and returned to live in the Brighton area.”Less than three years after his acquittal on 4 February 1990, the defendant committed offices involving the attempted murder, kidnapping and indecent assault of a seven-year-old girl in the Whitehawk are of Brighton.“Unlike Nicola and Karen, the victim survived and was able to identify the defendant as her attacker, which, together with scientific and other compelling evidence, led to his conditions by a jury at Lewes Crown Court on December 13 1990.” Schoolgirl victims Karen Hadaway (left) and Nicola Fellows Schoolgirl victims Karen Hadaway (left) and Nicola FellowsCredit:PA Their bodies were found in the woods at Wild Park in Brighton the following day. Both girls had been sexually assaulted and strangled to death.Bishop was charged with their murders the following year, but was cleared following a trial at Lewes Crown Court.But after the longest investigation in Sussex Police’s history, Bishop was charged with the killings once again after the Court of Appeal quashed his original acquittal. Police searching an area where the girl's bodies were found The jury at the Old Bailey was told that the case against Bishop was based on similarities between the two cases, but also developments in DNA and forensic science, which was not available at the time of the original trial. 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. Mr Altman told the jury: “Despite the acquittal the case was never closed and the police have continued to investigate it.“One significant part of the enquiry has been to re evaluate various areas of scientific work that were performed for the purposes of the 1987 trial but through the lens of modern day techniques, DNA profiling which although available in 1986 and 1987 was the in its infancy.”He went on:  “Because of the new evidence and without making any judgment about the guilt or otherwise of this defendant, the Court of Appeal has quashed the 1987 acquittals. That means the defendant can be prosecuted again based on the evidence that existed then and the new evidence that is available now. “Evidence of the re-evaluation of the science available at the time of the original trial and new science, we suggest proves that Russell Bishop was to the exclusion of anyone else responsible for the murders of the two girls.” Bishop denies the murders and the trial is expected to last up to eight weeks. A convicted paedophile acquitted of the kidnap and murder of two schoolgirls more than 30 years ago has gone on trial for a second time after new DNA evidence came to light, the Old Bailey has been told.Russell Bishop, 52, was found not guilty of the sexually motivated murders of nine-year-old schoolgirls, Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows, who were killed in Brighton in 1986.Three years after walking free from court in December 1987, he molested another seven-year-old girl, strangled her and left her for dead in the Whitehawk area of the city.For more than three decades the investigation into Nicola and Karen’s killings remained open and last year, following advances in DNA and forensic technology, Sussex Police charged Bishop with the notorious double murder.Karen and Nicola, who were close friends, disappeared from near their homes in the Moulsecoomb area of Brighton on 9 October 1986 after going out to play. Police searching an area where the girl’s bodies were foundCredit:Ken Mason  read more

Young Dubs respond in style to beat Cork despite losing Crummey to

first_img Short URL Young Dubs respond in style to beat Cork despite losing Crummey to red card Ger Cunningham’s men bounced back to earn an eight-point victory at Páirc Uí Rinn tonight. 27,285 Views Cork’s Patrick Horgan with Ben Quinn of Dublin. Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO 51 Comments By Denis Hurley Feb 18th 2017, 9:09 PM Follow us: http://the42.ie/3247450 Dublin 2-19Cork 1-14Denis Hurley reports from Páirc Ui RinnDUBLIN GOT THEIR first Allianz HL Division 1A points of the year as a first-half scoring burst of an unanswered 1-8 at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday evening put them into a lead Cork would not be able to reel in.Having lost heavily to Tipperary last week, Dublin manager Ger Cunningham needed a response against his native county but Cork started as they finished against Clare, moving 0-4 to 0-1 ahead early on.However, Ryan O’Dywer’s goal put Dublin 1-2 to 0-5 in front and the points began to flow, with Donal Burke getting the first of his eight. The full-forward could even have had a goal only for Anthony Nash to save his penalty.Cork revived themselves coming up to half-time, Shane Kingston with a smartly-taken goal from Luke Meade’s pass before adding two points, and a 1-11 to 1-7 deficit at the interval was not insurmountable. Goulmouth action at Páirc Uí Rinn. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOWithin six minutes of the restart, though, Dublin had reasserted themselves, Burke setting up Eoghan Conroy for a goal, and Burke, O’Dwyer, Chris Bennett and Eamon Dillon all added further points.Not even the sending off of Chris Crummey – who also saw red when the counties met in the championship last summer – could destabilise Dublin, as a misfiring Cork never looked like mounting a late fightback.Scorers for Dublin: Domhnall Burke 0-8 (0-4 frees, 0-1 65), Eoghan Conroy 1-2, Ryan O’Dwyer 1-1, Rian McBride 0-2 each, Chris Crummey, Eamon Dillon, Chris Bennett, Caolán Conway, Cian O’Sullivan, Fiontán Mac Gib 0-1 each.Scorers for Cork: Patrick Horgan 0-7 (0-5 frees, 0-1 65), Shane Kingston 1-2, Luke Meade 0-2, Mark Coleman (0-1 free), Alan Cadogan, Conor Lehane 0-1 each.Dublin16. Conor Dooley (Ballyboden St Enda’s)18. James Madden (Ballyboden St Enda’s)3. Eoghan O’Donnell (Whitehall Colmcille)4. Shane Barrett (Na Fianna)8. Ben Quinn (Crumlin)6. Liam Rushe (St Patrick’s, Palmerstown)7. Chris Crummey (Lucan Sarsfields)21. Caolán Conway (Kilmacud Crokes)11. Niall McMorrow (Ballyboden St Enda’s)25. Eoghan Conroy (St Maur’s)22. Rian McBride (St Vincent’s)10. Eamon Dillon (Naomh Fionnbarra)15. Fiontán Mac Gib (Setanta)12. Ryan O’Dwyer (Kilmacud Crokes)14. Donal Burke (Na Fianna)Subs:13. Chris Bennett (Faughs) for Quinn (49)17. Cian McGowan (Kilmacud Crokes) for Conway (59)26. Cian O’Sullivan (St Brigid’s) for O’Dwyer (63)23. Fergal Whitely (Kilmacud Crokes) for Dillon (67)9. Domhnall Fox (St Jude’s) for Burke (70)Cork1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)2. Killian Burke (Midleton)4. David Griffin (Carrigaline)3. Colm Spillane (Castlelyons)5. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)6. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)7. Mark Coleman (Blarney)8. Bill Cooper (Youghal)9. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields)11. Luke Meade (Newcestown)12. Shane Kingston (Douglas)15. Darragh Fitzgibbon (Charleville)13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)14. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)10. Séamus Harnedy (St Ita’s)Subs:18. Damien Cahalane (St Finbarr’s) for Spillane (25, injured)17. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers) for Griffin (half-time)26. Conor Lehane (Midleton) for Fitzgibbon (45)22. Paul Haughney (Midleton) for Kearney (49)Referee: Seán Cleere (Kilkenny)The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Share64 Tweet Email Cork’s Patrick Horgan with Ben Quinn of Dublin. Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 9:09 PM Last year’s All-Ireland finalists open 2017 with wins and they both mean businessAs it happened: Cork v Dublin, Division 1A hurling league Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Greek embassy in Australia GCM and the PanMacedonian Association demand an apology

first_imgSeven Network’s presenter Andrew Gaze, while hosting of the opening ceremony alongside sports journalist Bruce McAvaney referred to FYROM as being the home of Alexander the Great and King Phillip causing the outrage not only of the Greek Australians but of Greeks worldwide.The first mobilised by the major gaffe, were the Pan-Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria, along with hundreds of viewers who took to Facebook and Twitter to complain, sharing their disappointment towards Gaze who in fact used to play basketball professionally in Greece.This is how it went:Andrew Gaze: “Greatest ancient Olympic Champion was? Macedonian and his name was Phillip the second, father of Alexander the Great.”Bruce McAvaney: “And a bit of history about Macedonia.”Gaze responded on Twitter, saying that “If it is incorrect or wasn’t communicated correctly, I sincerely apologise,” sharing a photo of the script. Meanwhile, a similar misappropriation of history took place on national American television when commentators from NBC network referred to FYROM as the homeland of Greece’s historical figures.In a letter to the broadcaster, the President of the Pan-Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria accused the network of “ignorance of history citing known historical fact that in antiquity, only Greeks were permitted to take part in the Olympics yet when mentioning Alexander the Great’s participation in the ancient games, it was during the entrance of FYROM, a Slavic nation whose history clearly has nothing to do with the Macedonian general of antiquity.”Neos Kosmos’ Greek edition also featured the story on its front page voicing the Greek Community’s demands calling for an official retraction and apology from the Australian network. “I urge you to educate your staff on nothing more than what is the internationally accepted name for the state known as FYROM and request that they do not re-write history for cheap amusement or to fill in broadcast time”, wrote Bill Papastergiadis.Today, the Greek Embassy from Canberra also issued an official statement asking for Channel 7 to retract the comments and rectify the comments. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Erdogan reacts to Christchurch gunmans manifesto regarding Hagia Sophia

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday. He said that the attacks indicated that there is a growing hostility towards Islam.Mr Erdogan was particularly concerned that the Australian gunman Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, had published a 74-page manifesto online, titled “The Great Replacement”. The document is extensive and consists of a long rant about white genocide and lists numerous goals that need to be achieved.The document suggests that the gunman had an obsession with uprisings against Islam and claims that he had “brief contact” with Norwegian attacker Anders Behring Breivik who gave his “blessing” for the attack.Structured as a long list of Q&As, the manifesto also has a section that refers to Turkey and ridding Hagia Sophia in Istanbul of its minarets.Hagia Sophia church had been used as a mosque during the Ottoman empire before being converted to the museum it is today.“My brothers, he called Istanbul ‘Constantinople’! He threatened to turn Hagia Sophia into a church,” Mr Erdogan said.The manifesto calls on people to murder the ‘enemies’ of European nations and describes Mr Erdogan as “the leader of the largest Islamist organisation in Europe”.The writer threatens to kill Turks living on the European side of Turkey and elsewhere. He identifies the “east side of the Bosporus” as the area where Turks would be allowed to live peacefully.READ MORE: Greek Community condemns Christchurch attacks“We are coming for Constantinople and we will destroy every mosque and minaret in the city. The Hagia Sophia will be free of minarets and Constantinople will be rightfully christian [sic] owned once more,” the text states.The manifesto describes Turkish communities abroad as Mr Erdogan’s “ethnic soldiers currently occupying Europe.”Photos of the rifles show the word ‘Turkofagos’ (‘Turkeater’) painted in white, which was the name which revolutionary figure Nikitas Stamatelopoulos was known by during the Greek War of Independence. The rifles also had other names of people who fought against the Ottomans.Tarrant also visited Turkey at least twice – in March and September – and spent extensive periods of time in the country, a senior Turkish official revealed.last_img read more

Nonlisting of urgent cases Something fundamentally wrong with

first_imgNew Delhi : Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi on Thursday expressed displeasure over the functioning of the Supreme Court registry with regard to non-listing of cases for urgent hearing, saying that “there was something fundamentally wrong” about it. A bench headed by the CJI was irked over the apex court registry and said that everyday there is a long queue of lawyers who want their cases to be listed for urgent hearing on the ground that they have been deleted from the cause-list despite court’s order to the contrary. Also Read – INX Media case: P Chidambaram’s CBI custody extended for three days till September 2 Advertise With Us Justice Gogoi has been working — ever since he took oath as the 46th CJI on October 3, 2018 — to devise a mechanism where lawyers are not required to mention cases for urgent hearing and get listed automatically before a bench within a stipulated time. “Everyday there is a sea of humanity seeking listing (of the cases),” said the bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose. Also Read – Pakistan ISI agents copy most hi-tech feature of Rs 2,000 notes Advertise With Us “There is something fundamentally wrong with it (the Supreme Court registry)… Despite my best efforts, I have been unable to deal with it (listing of cases),” the visibly irked CJI said. The observations came when a lawyer sought urgent listing of his matter and alleged that it was deleted from the list of business despite court’s order allowing the listing. Advertise With Us The bench then referred to the fact that in a high court around 6,000 fresh cases are filed in a week in comparison to around 1,000 cases during the same period in the Supreme Court and still, the apex court registry was unable to manage them effectively. Listing of cases in the Supreme Court takes more time than high courts, the bench said, adding that a high court judge has to deal with more cases in comparison to the apex court judge. “In High Court, 6,000 cases are filed every week and get listed the next day. In Supreme Court, only 1,000 cases are filed and are not listed…We direct that matter should not be deleted from the list and still it gets deleted,” the CJI said. Laughter broke out in the packed courtroom, when another lawyer sought urgent listing of his case, which was filed in 2014, on the ground that his client was 72-year-old man who can “die any moment”. “Your prayer is rejected for obvious reasons. Let him have a long life. That is our wish,” the CJI quipped. The lawyer replied that his client has been suffering from many diseases. “Tell me, who is disease free,” the CJI asked. Meanwhile, The Supreme Court directed all states and Union Territories to comply within six weeks with its direction to provide medical facilities to retired chief justices and judges of high courts, their spouses and dependent family members at par with the sitting judges. The top court cautioned the states and the UTs saying that their Chief Secretaries will have to appear in person before it if the orders are not complied with. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had passed a slew of directions to ensure uniform medical facilities for retired Chief Justices and Judges of the High Courts as also their spouses and dependent family members.last_img read more

UPDATE Girl Shot At Texas School In Good Spirits Boy Charged

first_img Share Photo via Twitter @grlopez4A 15-year-old girl was hospitalized Monday morning after a shooting was reported at a school in the Ellis County town of Italy.A 15-year-old girl who was wounded in a Texas high school shooting is “in good spirits,” and the 16-year-old boy suspected of opening fire in the cafeteria has been charged as a juvenile with aggravated assault, officials said Tuesday.Italy Independent School District Superintendent Lee Joffre, who visited the girl at a Dallas hospital and spoke to reporters outside Italy High School, said, “It is an amazing demonstration of her strength that she was able to survive this.”In a statement addressed to parents and the community Tuesday, Joffre said the girl, whose name has not been released, was shot multiple times Monday morning at the high school in Italy, south of Dallas.The teenage boy who was arrested not long after the shooting was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, the Ellis County district attorney’s office announced Tuesday. He was being held at a juvenile detention center, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in juvenile court.Police have not released the suspect’s name and Italy police Chief Michael Taylor did not respond to a request for comment.Assistant District Attorney Ann Montgomery declined to say whether the boy’s case will remain in juvenile court or whether prosecutors will move to charge him as an adult.Montgomery would not say why the suspect was charged with two counts. Ellis County sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Fitzgerald also declined to comment on that.Cassie Shook, a 17-year-old junior at the school, has told The Associated Press that she was driving up to the building Monday when she saw “the doors fly open and everyone screaming and running out of the building.” She said she was angry when she learned who the suspect was because she’d complained about the boy at least twice to school officials, including to a vice principal.“This could have been avoidable,” she said. “There were so many signs.”Shook said she first went to school officials after the boy allegedly made a “hit list” in eighth grade and her name was on it. Then last year, the boy got angry during a class and threw a pair of scissors at her friend and later threw a computer against a wall, she said. She said the boy was removed from the school but eventually was allowed back.Tina Haight, whose daughter attends the school, told KDFW-TV in Dallas that she had complained to school administrators after the same boy threw scissors at her daughter in anger.Joffre has repeatedly said that he can’t comment on disciplinary actions involving students. He says that the district “adheres to regulations established by the Texas Education Agency.”“I have confidence that our administration always addresses the Texas education code appropriately,” he said.In his statement Tuesday to parents and the community, Joffre said he understands they have “many questions and concerns.” At a news conference Tuesday afternoon at a church that lasted less than five minutes, Joffre said he’d like to help “possibly address some of the concerns” about “conversations and speculation regarding student discipline.” He noted though that while he could talk generally about disciplinary procedures, the law prohibits a district from speaking specifically regarding student discipline or any other student incidents.Shook said the girl who was shot had moved to the school district a few months earlier. She said the girl had briefly dated the suspect, but that she did not know much about her.Fitzgerald said authorities would inquire about any dating history involving the two as part of the investigation. The sergeant also said officials know where the handgun used in the shooting was obtained. He declined to publicly reveal that information.School resumed Tuesday. Agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched the building for weapons and explosive devices before students arrived. Joffre said law enforcement officers would be on campus through the day.“It was an extra assurance for us to be ready for our students today,” he said.Italy, a town of about 2,000 people that dubs itself “The Biggest Little Town In Texas,” is about 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of Dallas.___An assistant district attorney is declining to say whether the case of a 16-year-old boy accused of opening fire inside a Texas high school will remain in juvenile court or whether prosecutors will move to charge him as an adult.The Ellis County district attorney’s office said Tuesday that the boy has been charged as a juvenile with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. A 15-year-old girl was wounded in the shooting inside the cafeteria at the high school in the small town of Italy (IT’-lee) south of Dallas.Assistant District Attorney Ann Montgomery would not say why the suspect was charged with two counts. Ellis County sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Fitzgerald also declined to comment.A preliminary hearing is scheduled Wednesday in juvenile court. The suspect is being held at a juvenile detention center.___The head of a Texas school district where a 15-year-old girl was shot and a 16-year-old boy has been arrested says in a statement to parents and the community that he understands they have “many questions and concerns.”Italy Independent School District superintendent Lee Joffre said in the Tuesday statement that he met with the victim following the Monday morning shooting at the high school in Italy, located south of Dallas. He says the girl, who is in a Dallas hospital, was shot multiple times.A parent and a student in media interviews have expressed concern about past incidents involving the suspect. Cassie Shook, a 17-year-old junior at the school, told The Associated Press the boy got angry during a class and threw a pair of scissors at her friend and later threw a computer against a wall. She had said the boy was out of school for a time, but was allowed to return.At a Tuesday news conference that lasted less than five minutes, Joffre said he’d like to help “possibly address some of the concerns” about “conversations and speculation regarding student discipline.” He noted though that while he could talk generally about disciplinary procedures, the law prohibits a district from speaking specifically regarding student discipline or any other student incidents.___A 15-year-old girl who was wounded in a Texas high school shooting is “in good spirits,” and the 16-year-old boy suspected of opening fire in the cafeteria has been charged as a juvenile with aggravated assault, officials said Tuesday.School District superintendent Lee Joffre told reporters outside Italy High School that he visited the girl at a Dallas hospital.“It is an amazing demonstration of her strength that she was able to survive this,” he said of the girl, who authorities have not identified. Joffre did not provide details about her condition. He said in a statement released to the community later in the day that she was shot multiple times.The teenage boy who was arrested not long after the shooting Monday morning at the school south of Dallas was meanwhile charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, the Ellis County district attorney’s office announced Tuesday.A preliminary hearing in juvenile court is scheduled for Wednesday. He was being held at a juvenile detention center.Police have not released the suspect’s name and Italy police Chief Michael Taylor did not respond to a request for comment.Cassie Shook, a 17-year-old junior at the school, earlier told The Associated Press that she was driving up to the cafeteria Monday when she saw “the doors fly open and everyone screaming and running out of the building.” She said she was angry when she learned who the suspect was because she had complained about him at least twice to school officials, including to a vice principal.“This could have been avoidable,” she said. “There were so many signs.”Tina Haight, whose daughter attends the school, told KDFW-TV in Dallas that she had complained to school administrators after the same boy threw scissors at her daughter in anger.Joffre said Tuesday that he couldn’t comment on disciplinary actions involving students, but that the school district adheres to regulations established by the Texas Education Agency.“I have confidence that our administration always addresses the Texas education code appropriately,” he said.Shook said the girl who was shot had moved to the school district a few months earlier. She said the girl had briefly dated the suspect, but that she did not know much about her.Ellis County sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Fitzgerald said authorities would inquire about any dating history involving the two as part of the investigation.Fitzgerald said officials know where the suspect obtained the handgun used in the shooting but he declined to publicly reveal that information.Agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched the school for weapons and explosive devices before students arrived Tuesday. Joffre said law enforcement officers would be on campus through the day.“It was an extra assurance for us to be ready for our students today,” he said.Italy, a town of about 2,000 people that dubs itself “The Biggest Little Town In Texas,” is about 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of Dallas.___About 300 people packed a church in a small North Texas community to pray for a girl wounded in a shooting at the town’s high school.The vigil Monday night at Central Baptist Church in Italy (IT’-lee) was held to bring comfort to residents in the town of about 2,000 in the wake of the shooting at Italy High School.Authorities have a 16-year-old boy in custody as a suspect in the shooting of the 15-year-old girl, which occurred Monday morning in the school cafeteria.___A 16-year-old boy accused of shooting a classmate at a Texas high school on Monday had a history of aggressive actions at school, a fellow student said.The injured student, a 15-year-old girl, was airlifted to a hospital in Dallas following the shooting inside the cafeteria at Italy High School, which is in the small town of Italy about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Dallas. The boy fled after being confronted by a school district official but was later arrested.Cassie Shook, a 17-year-old junior at the school, told The Associated Press that she was driving up to the building when she saw “the doors fly open and everyone screaming and running out of the building.” She said she was angry when she learned who the suspect was because she’d complained about the boy at least twice to school officials, including to a vice principal.“This could have been avoidable,” she said. “There were so many signs.”Shook said she first went to school officials after the boy allegedly made a “hit list” in eighth grade and her name was on it. Then last year, the boy got angry during a class and threw a pair of scissors at her friend and later threw a computer against a wall, she said.“I ran out of the classroom screaming, telling everyone to hide because I was scared,” Shook said.Shook said police came to talk to the class after the incident. She said the boy was removed from the school but eventually was allowed back.Italy Independent School District Superintendent Lee Joffre said the district couldn’t comment on disciplinary actions involving students. Police have not released the boy’s name and didn’t return a message seeking comment about his past.Shook said the girl who was shot Monday had moved to the school district a few months earlier. Police said the girl was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where a spokeswoman said she couldn’t release any information about the girl’s condition.The school district of about 600 students is located near the center of Italy, a town of about 2,000 people that dubs itself “The Biggest Little Town In Texas.” Joffre said that about 45 to 55 students are typically in the high school’s cafeteria in the morning for breakfast. He noted that school would be in session Tuesday and that counselors would be available.“In a small town, the school district is the center of what goes on for our kids, and this morning’s tragedy hits the heart of this community,” Joffre said.Ellis County Sheriff Chuck Edge said during a news conference that the suspect “engaged the victim” and fired several shots from a semi-automatic .380 handgun just before 8 a.m. Edge did not say how many times the victim was shot.Investigators have said they don’t know the relationship between the victim and shooter, or what may have been the shooter’s motive.Edge said the suspect fled when confronted by a school district official but was later arrested by law enforcement on school grounds. Edge said the handgun was recovered at the scene and is in evidence.Edge said it’s unclear where the boy may have gotten the weapon. He also didn’t know what charges the boy might face.On Monday night, about 300 people packed an Italy church to pray for the wounded girl and their shocked community.last_img read more

Eight Wounded in Four Separate Shootings

first_imgEight people — including two teenagers— were injured in four different shootings the evening of March 12, according to the Baltimore Police Department (BPD).T.J. Smith, chief spokesman for BPD said all of the victims are, “varying from critical condition to stable and soon to be released.”In total, Two women, two 17 year-old boys, and four adult males were shot.The rash of shootings started with two separate triple shootings that happened between 9:15 p.m. and 11:45 p.m.The first triple shooting happened in the Allendale neighborhood of West Baltimore, in the 3600 block of Mulberry St. According to police, at around 9:15 p.m., a 17-year old male was shot in the stomach, an adult male was shot in the upper body, and a 27-year old woman was shot in the chest.All three victims were taken area hospitals for treatment. As of AFRO press time there was no update on their injuries.At 9:50 p.m., in the 2300 block of Bryant Ave., police found a 23 year-old shot in the back in the Parkview/Woodbrook neighborhood of West Baltimore. He was transported to an area hospital, no word on his condition.A little after 11:30 p.m., in the Penrose neighborhood, police said the second triple shooting of the night occurred when two men and a woman were shot in the 1900 blk., of Penrose Ave., also in West Baltimore.A 24 year old man was shot in the upper body, a 49 year-old man was shot in the cheek, and a 49 year-old woman was shot in the neck.The 17 year-old victim with a gunshot wound to the cheek, walked into an area hospital a short time later.The victim said he tried to run when he was shot. The Penrose community was also the sight of a homicide last weekend and another shooting last week where the victim suffered non-life threatening injuries.Smith said police are “obviously concerned” about the spike in violence and are responding to it.He also stated police were paying close attention to the neighborhood on March 12, but, “Unfortunately, last night (March 12), some motivated bad guys were able to get through those deployments,” Smith said.“Between the weekend and last night, every commander was on conference calls and at work as part of an all-out strategy. There have been extra deployments placed on the streets in general, and people can ride around the city and see that.”Police are asking anyone with information in the shootings to call detectives at 410-396-2221 or call and leave a tip anonymously on the Metro Crime Stoppers line at 1-866-7-LOCK-UP.last_img read more

Simulation shows diamond nanothread may not have to be so brittle after

first_img Carbon nanothreads from compressed benzene Explore further The atomic configurations of a segment of DNT, insets show the structural representation of the poly-benzene rings and the Stone-Wales defect (SWD). Credit: arXiv:1511.01583 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci] (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from Australia and Singapore has found via simulation that diamond nanothreads may not have to be as brittle as has been assumed. In their paper uploaded to the arXiv server, the team describes the simulations they created and why they believe defects found in the construction process may be the key to creating useful structures out of the material. Journal information: arXiv Citation: Simulation shows diamond nanothread may not have to be so brittle after all (2015, November 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-11-simulation-diamond-nanothread-brittle.htmlcenter_img More information: From Brittle to Ductile: A Structure Dependent Ductility of Diamond Nanothread, arXiv:1511.01583 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci] arxiv.org/abs/1511.01583AbstractAs a potential building block for the next generation of devices or multifunctional materials that are spreading almost every technology sector, one-dimensional (1D) carbon nanomaterial has received intensive research interests. Recently, a new ultra-thin diamond nanothread (DNT) has joined this palette, which is a 1D structure with poly-benzene sections connected by Stone-Wales (SW) transformation defects. Using large-scale molecular dynamics simulations, we found that this sp3 bonded DNT can transit from a brittle to a ductile characteristic by varying the length of the poly-benzene sections, suggesting that DNT possesses entirely different mechanical responses than other 1D carbon allotropies. Analogously, the SW defects behave like a grain boundary that interrupts the consistency of the poly-benzene sections. For a DNT with a fixed length, the yield strength fluctuates in the vicinity of a certain value and is independent of the “grain size”. On the other hand, both yield strength and yield strain show a clear dependence on the total length of DNT, which is due to the fact that the failure of the DNT is dominated by the SW defects. Its highly tunable ductility together with its ultra-light density and high Young’s modulus makes diamond nanothread ideal for creation of extremely strong three-dimensional nano-architectures. Last month a team of researchers at Pennsylvania State University announced that they had created a material they called diamond nanothread—one-dimensional crystals capped with hydrogen and bonded together to form tiny chains. The results were duly noted by the scientific community, but reports by the team suggested that as the chains grew longer, they became more brittle, preventing its use in creating interesting or useful structures. They also suggested that if a way could be made to prevent the brittliing effect, it might be possible to create a thread long enough to serve as the basis for a space elevator. In this new effort, the researchers report finding a way to form similar chains that are not brittle—though their research thus far has been strictly virtual—they modeled structures on a computer, creating simulations.In the real experiments, the researchers created the threads by exposing liquid benzene to great pressure and then slowly releasing the pressure, and that served as the starting point for the researchers looking to model the nanothreads that were produced in the earlier work. They noted immediately that different configurations could be formed depending on the ways the atoms bonded. They also noted that defects tended to appear in the chains as well, and when they did, the threads that resulted were less rigid, meaning less brittle. Taking the idea further, the team found that if they introduced such defects intentionally, they could simulate the construction of structures that were malleable.It is not clear at this time how close the simulations would be to real-world applications, but it is likely that other teams will follow up on what was found to discern if their idea is sound, and if so, if long useful threads could indeed be created—perhaps long enough to be used for that elusive space elevator. © 2015 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Kath Kim is now on Netflix – here are the shows best

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Photo: Kath & Kim / Netflix It follows Kim going through marital problems and Kath thinking it’s because her daughter’s a lesbian, through various hilarious scenes. Kel also reveals he was ‘in the navy for six years’ and went through an experimentation phase.At the very end of the episode, Kath and Kim are sitting in their back yard drinking cocktails.Kath says: ‘I find sexuality is a fluid thing.’Kim responds: ‘Keep your fluids to yourself please!’So without further ado, here are the best bits:Kath’s hilarious freak out when she thinks Kim is a lesbian[embedded content]And then when she comes to accept it[embedded content]Little baby cheeses?![embedded content]‘Mom, you’re chooky’[embedded content]Fast forward to Kim’s daughter’s (played by Kylie) wedding [embedded content]‘Two dead sticks’[embedded content]And this beautiful collection of mispronounced words[embedded content]Do you have a favorite scene from Kath & Kim?Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Kath & Kim is a hugely popular Australian television series, especially among LGBTI audiences.center_img Trans lecturer wins years long discrimination legal battle against universityMore needs to be done to protect transgender prisoners in ThailandShocking exposé reveals underground LGBTI conversion therapy in South KoreaRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/kath-kim-is-now-on-netflix-here-are-the-shows-best-moments/ GAYSTARNEWS- The multi-award winning television sitcom spans over four seasons and later a telemovie and a feature-length film.The show stars comedians Jane Turner and Gina Riley, as well as a host of star-studded guest appearances, including Kylie Minogue, Eric Bana, Michael Bublé and Geoffrey Rush.It also features Magda Szubanski in a recurring role as Sharon Strzelecki.Szubanski is a comedian who came out as gay in 2012. She was also a vocal campaigner of same-sex marriage in Australia at the end of last year.Kath, Sharon and Kim. | Photo: NetflixKath & Kim is so LGBTI-friendly, the second episode of season one is entitled Gay.last_img read more

Kate Middleton as cover girl in South Africa

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The cover claims Middleton wears South Africa’s “best local designs” only to acknowledge in a well-hidden small print that “of course she doesn’t. But she should.”Some readers on the magazine’s website described the cover as “misleading” but others thought it was “pure genius.”Editor Aspasia Karras says the cover was meant to be a playful tribute harking back to the covers of the 1940s and 50s.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Patients with chronic pain give advice More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debatescenter_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories JOHANNESBURG (AP) – The August edition of Marie Claire South Africa featuring an illustration of Kate Middleton has raised eyebrows with some saying the magazine bypassed traditional routes of securing a cover girl.The magazine cover appears to show the Duchess of Cambridge wearing African-style designer clothes but a closer look reveals that an illustrator and a real-life model were used to create a likeness of Prince William’s wife. Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous oflast_img read more

Emirates hints at answer to Etihad

first_imgThis has caught out some consumers who have paid the same economy fare in the same jet flown by the same carrier. Source = ETB News: Tom Neale Emirates President, Tim Clark told the Wall Street Journal that Emirates was working on bedrooms with room service and other features. Emirates currently operates 1562 pod like seats called “suites” at US $20,000 a pop but its new bedrooms are rumoured to cost US $500,000 each to build, the same price as an apartment in Manhattan, New York. Emirates Airways has given a strong indication that it will respond to the Etihad ‘Residence’ concept apartments. This may not continue, with Airbus to offer higher density seating on all of its planes.  In addition, Emirates currently has a system where it uses wide seats in economy in its A380s and tighter seat organisation in all of its other planes.last_img read more