EDMONTON – Alberta’s law banning schools from telling parents when their children join a gay-straight alliance faces its first legal challenge.A Court of Queen’s Bench judge in Medicine Hat, Alta., is to hear arguments Wednesday filed on behalf of 25 faith-based schools and others to put the law on hold pending a constitutional challenge.Education Minister David Eggen says he wants the issue cleared up as soon as possible, because legal wrangling leads to confusion and concern on the part of students.“Uncertainty created by a court case like this … seeks to counter a lot of the progress that we’ve made to create safe and caring environments for kids and I find that pretty disturbing,” Eggen said in an interview.The lawsuit was filed in April in response to a law passed by Premier Rachel Notley’s government late last year.Gay-straight alliances are peer support networks organized by students to help gay kids feel welcome and to prevent bullying or abuse.Leading the legal challenge is the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms. The group argues in court documents that keeping parents out of the loop violates multiple charter freedoms, including freedom of religion and expression.It also says gay-straight alliances are “ideological sex clubs” where graphic information on gay sex is available.The group also says the law has “stripped parents of the ability to know fully where their children are, who they are involved with, and what they may be encouraged to think or do.”Schools have until the end of June to file information to the government showing they are complying with the new legislation.The lawsuit asks the judge to put that order on hold pending the full airing of concerns over the law’s constitutionality.The government, in its legal filings, says the applicants have misstated the role of the alliances and adds that charter freedoms have not been infringed.“(The applicants) speculate that GSAs are clubs aimed at providing children with sexually explicit material and at making children vulnerable to being preyed upon,” says the government.“In fact, GSAs focus on creating a safe space where students can socialize, be themselves, make friends and help other students understand the importance of being respectful to LGBTQ people.”The peer groups have been the subject of heated political debate for years.Notley’s government made the change to the law last year after Opposition United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney said he believed parents, in cases where their children’s safety was at risk, should be told when they join a gay-straight alliance.Kenney has never explained how teachers should be able to effectively judge when a child’s safety is at risk.Advocates say children can tell their parents any time they want about being in a gay-straight alliance. They say even the possibility that parents could be told would keep kids from joining.The United Conservatives have a troubled relationship with GSAs. At the party’s founding convention last month, rank-and-file members clashed with Kenney after they voted in favour of having the party endorse the principle that parents always be told when their children join the group — no matter the circumstance.Kenney said he wouldn’t include that in the party platform, because it must reflect the needs and values of all Albertans.
Brittany Hobson APTN National NewsIt was a moment 146 years in the making as history was made for the Metis people of Canada.Wednesday was the 131st anniversary of the execution of the Red River Rebel – Louis Riel.Two separate services honoured the occasion and reconciliation efforts between the federal government and the Manitoba Metis Federation.That includes raising the Metis flag on Parliament Hill for the first time.
Rabat – Vivo Energy Maroc, an oil company that owns the rights to market Shell brand fuels and Butagaz brand liquefied petroleum gas in Morocco, has announced the introduction of a “revolutionary” new fuel, “Shell-V Power Lead Free,” into the Moroccan market.On Thursday, the company said that the new Shell fuel generation is designed for improved engine performance and efficiency, featuring Dynaflex technology to clean and protect key engine components, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported.The new generation is also recommended by Scuderia Ferrari. The fuel contains three times more cleaning and friction-reducing molecules to improve engine efficiency and performance molecules to improve engine efficiency and performance.During the launch of the new fuel generations, the CEO of Vivafar Energy Morocco, Asaf V. Sasaoglu, said that the new fuel meets their “commitment to offer Moroccan drivers the best-perfromaning fuels of Shell to make them live a unique driving experience.”He added that his ambition is to maintain the company’s position as a leader in Morocco for innovation and quality.The company added that the fuels are also the result of several years of research and development by Shell international experts with intensive testing over more than 3 million kilometers and more than 250 cars.Created with Dynaflex technology, the product depends on formulas developed specifically to preserve the efficiency of the engine and help get the most energy from each drop of fuel, Sasaoglu said.The fuel is also designed to meet the demands of modern and older vehicles.In December 2018, Viva Energy Maroc inaugurated a new service station in Bouskoura Park in Casablanca. Founded in 2011, Vivo Energy Maroc has 330 service stations and 600 employees.The Shell brand has been present in Morocco since 1922.
The ticket was paid by the Moroccan authorities, who have not spoken publicly about his case. The Sri Lankan had reportedly arrived in Morocco from Spain, where he also was denied asylum, and had sought refuge in Morocco claiming he faced risks to his life in Sri Lanka. While staying at the Casablanca airport, his case aroused the interest of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the National Human Rights Council (official advisory body).However both institutions were unable to prevent him from being deported. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lankan Tamil has been accused of having links to the LTTE and he has already spent a jail term in Sri Lanka.Siyanthan fled Sri Lanka in 2011 and arrived in Kenya, and later to Spain and Morocco. Moroccan authorities have deported a Sri Lankan immigrant, identified as Thambiappa Ariyanayagam Siyanthan, after he spent 39 days detained in the transit area of the Mohamed V Airport in Casablanca.Siyanthan, 34, was escorted onto an Emirates flight heading to Dubai from where he will take a flight to Colombo.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. (TSX:COS) posted a big drop in profit for the first three months of the year as unplanned outages at the Syncrude oilsands mine took a bite out of production.Net income during the first quarter was $177 million, or 37 cents per share, down from $318 million, or 66 cents per share during the same period a year earlier, the company said Tuesday.That missed the average analyst estimate of 41 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.Syncrude produced an average of 260,400 barrels per day, down from 294,800 during the same 2012 quarter.Sales during the quarter were $828 million, versus $956 million during the first three months of last year.“Syncrude production was lower than expected this quarter, as we experienced several unplanned outages in extraction and upgrading. Syncrude has performed the maintenance required to address the extraction issues and is investigating the root cause of the hydrotreating outages in the upgrader,” CEO Marcel Coutu said in a releaseAlthough it looks like the problems have been resolved, Coutu said the company has reduced its 2013 production outlook by about five per cent to between 100 million to 110 million barrels.Coutu said despite the lower output, Canadian Oil Sands should still be able to fund its capital program and maintain its 35-cent-per-share dividend.Canadian Oil Sands (TSX:COS) is best known for its 37 per cent stake in the massive Syncrude Canada oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray, Alta. It’s one of the oldest and largest projects of its kind.Bitumen from Syncrude is upgraded into a more valuable product called synthetic crude oil, which refineries can easily handle.Synthetic crude sold at an average price of $96 per barrel during the first quarter — a premium to the U.S. light oil benchmark, West Texas Intermediate, which was at around $94.Newer oilsands mines, such as Imperial Oil’s Kearl project, have decided to forego building multibillion-dollar oilsands upgrader in favour of selling bitumen into the market.Syncrude’s other owners include Imperial Oil Ltd. (TSX:IMO), Nexen, Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU), China’s Sinopec, Mocal Energy Ltd. and Murphy Oil Co. Ltd.Nexen was acquired by China National Offshore Oil Co. for $15 billion earlier this year, meaning 16 per cent of Syncrude is owned by Chinese state-owned interests. Canadian Oil Sands net income drops in first-quarter on plant outages by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 30, 2013 4:57 pm MDT
by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 30, 2013 2:17 pm MDT MONTREAL – Younger Canadians spend more on luxury travel and fashion than any other demographic, but selectively choose what they splurge on, says American Express Canada.Generation Y — which include those born after 1983 — had an 89 per cent increase in luxury travel spending and a 13 per cent increase in luxury fashion spending in 2012 compared with 2011, say data from the credit card company.They could be spending more money because they are just starting their careers, but they target their luxury spending, said Jennifer Hawkins, vice-president and general manger for merchant services with the company.“For example, they may choose to fly economy, but when they arrive at a holiday destination they really put money aside for things such as fine dining or a fantastic hotel experience,” she said.The credit card company looked at members’ spending on luxury fashion, travel and lodging, ranging from purchases of designer clothing to vehicles.According to the data, seniors — those over 60 — increased their spending on luxury travel by 52 per cent in 2012.While luxury travel is growing faster than luxury fashion and lodging, Hawkins said all age groups were selectively spending on luxury purchases that are “meaningful” to them.American Express Canada said luxury spending is expected to continue to grow in Canada, helped by the arrival of luxury U.S. retailers like Saks. It expects online spending in general to double by 2015 to $12.5 billion.A recent online poll by the Bank of Montreal found that Canadians were planning to save almost $10,000 this year, but 66 per cent said they were tucking the money away for vacations, luxury items and entertainment. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Younger Canadians big on luxury travel but are particular about splurges: Amex
“Violent extremism is a growing threat, as we have seen in Syria, Iraq, Libya and here in Saudi Arabia,” he said at the Fourth Arab-South American Summit in Riyadh, the Saudi capital.“Da’esh [the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq], Boko Haram (in Nigeria), and other such groups must be defeated. But recent experience also suggests the strong need to make sure that heavy-handed approaches do not fuel the problem we are trying to solve.”Mr. Ban also appealed for women’s empowerment in order to achieve the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), launched by the UN in September and to be reached by 2030. “Women can and must be able to drive progress,” Mr. Ban said. “Latin America has achieved notable gains in gender equality, in particular in women’s representation in Government and parliament. But too many women across the world continue to face systematic violence and other violations of their basic rights.“The world will never achieve 100 per cent of its goals without 50 per cent of its people as full and equal participants in all realms.”He appealed for leaders from the two regions play a positive role in next month’s UN climate conference in Paris, widely known as COP21, that seeks to combat global warming. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prior to the opening of the Fourth Summit of Arab and South American Countries. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas A group photo of participants at the Fourth Summit of Arab and South American Countries, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre left, second row). UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses UN staff serving in Saudi Arabia. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Mauro Vieira, Minister for External Relations of Brazil. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with UN staff serving in Saudi Arabia, at a dinner hosted by the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Foreign Minister María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar of Colombia. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas View of attendees at the opening ceremony of the Fourth Summit of Arab and South American Countries. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas A wide view of the setting for opening ceremony of the Fourth Summit of Arab and South American Countries. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas ‹ ›“The global transition to a low-emissions future is under way,” he said. “Here in the Gulf, one of the epicentres of the fossil fuel economy, solar energy and other renewables have great potential. On previous visits to this region, I have seen important steps to diversify the global energy mix.”Mr. Ban noted that the Arab world faces great upheaval. “Democratic progress in Tunisia offers an important but lonely positive example, as the hopes generated by the Arab Spring have been dashed by conflict, instability and authoritarian governance from Syria to Libya and elsewhere,” he said. “Latin American countries have largely made the transition that so many people across the Arab world yearn to make for themselves.”He commended Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan for hosting millions of Syrian refugees, as well as Brazil and the other Latin American countries that have pledged to grant asylum, appealing to other countries to show similar solidarity as winter approaches.The summits between the two regions were proposed by Brazil 10 years ago so that Arab and South American countries, which host the largest Arab diaspora in the world, can meet at the highest political level to deepen their ties.Later in the day, the Secretary-General met in Riyadh with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, of Saudi Arabia. Also in attendance were Mohamed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince, First Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Interior of Saudi Arabia, and Mohammad Bin Salman Al-Saud, Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defence of Saudi Arabia, as well as Adel Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia.The Secretary-General congratulated the King on the successful hosting of the Fourth Summit of Arab and South American countries.Mr. Ban commended Saudi Arabia ‘s support for UN efforts in the area of counter-terrorism.According to a read out, the Secretary-General and His Majesty also discussed the situations in Syria and Yemen and agreed on the need for an end to these two conflicts. The Secretary-General expressed the hope that the next meeting in Vienna on Syria would devise a clear set of next steps in the political process.On Yemen, Mr. Ban hoped that all sides to the conflict would take extreme care not to cause civilian casualties and that inter-Yemeni talks would take place this month. The Secretary-General also encouraged Saudi Arabia to further work closely with his respective Special Envoys for Syria and Yemen.The two leaders also discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the need for both parties to resume negotiations in order to achieve just, comprehensive and lasting peace.
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Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Greek priest appointed as a chaplain by South Australian Police has been dismissed just seven days into his job after senior police became aware of information affecting his “suitability” for the position. Reverend Prokopios Kanavas was appointed as a voluntary SAPOL chaplain on January 28 and had his status withdrawn on February 4. He did not undertake any official duties as a chaplain.During the assessment of Mr Kanavas’ application, standard and appropriate police clearance procedures were followed, Acting Deputy Commissioner Graeme Barton told Neos Kosmos in a police statement. The Autocephalic Greek Orthodox Church for America and Australia also supported his application. However, soon after appointing Mr Kanavas, who is currently based at the St Nicholas parish, Thebarton, as part of the Autocephalic Greek Orthodox Church, police uncovered information, which led to his subsequent dismissal. The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem last year sent a letter to the head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in South Australia, Bishop Nikandros, making serious allegations about Mr Kanavas, which led to him being defrocked in 2008. The letter, the contents of which cannot be revealed for legal reasons, was distributed nationally throughout churches. It said Mr Kanavas, who represents himself in Adelaide as an Archimandrite, was ordained and served within the Jerusalem patriarchate as a deacon and that the Synod of the patriarchate deliberated on July 24, 2008, and defrocked him, at which time he reverted back to a lay person. He then joined the Greek Army, later joining another faction of the church, was again ordained and made his way to Adelaide last year.Bishop Nikandros of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of South Australia told Neos Kosmos that when a priest is defrocked, letters sent between Orthodox churches worldwide is not extraordinary. “This was not a secret letter, it was read in South Australian churches and published in the official newspaper of the Greek archdiocese of Australia; To Vema Tis Ekklesias, so people would know that he was not a priest of the Orthodox Church,” Bishop Nikandros said.The bishop said he could not understand why police hired Mr Kanavas considering his record, which was publicly documented.However, the Greek Orthodox community of South Australia (GOCSA) obviously did not care about Mr Kanavas’ past, he added, since head of the GOCSA Theo Maras defended the priest in an article in the Sunday Mail. “I express great sorrow that the Greek Orthodox community of Adelaide takes such a serious matter with such lightness,” the bishop said.Mr Kanavas refused to speak to Neos Kosmos and has never commented or taken action against the grave accusations made in the letter. “I wonder why Mr Kanavas remains silent about that official letter?” Bishop Nikandros said. “He never denied the allegations or pursued legal action after the letter was made public.” General manager of the GOCSA Nick Kyriazopoulos told Neos Kosmos the community is currently working through evidence of the allegations. “At this stage we’re trying to get to the bottom of it,” he said. “We’re working our way through evidence that was allegedly sent.” He said the document from the Archdiocese allegedly sent through was “disappointing”. “We have supported Father Prokopias from the day he arrived here,” Mr Kyriazopoulos said.
Fellow Gambians,As we celebrate yet another Independence day, we must reflect on the state of our nation over the past 53 years, and hence the theme of my address focuses on THE ‘NEW GAMBIA’ FOR REFLECTION AND SOUL-SEARCHING FOR INCLUSIVE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT.My fellow Gambians, Together, we have ushered the New Gambia into a world of hope – while we shall jealously guard to preserve the freedom and dignity of our people. We should continue to nurture the spirit of unity to build the New Gambia that we want and deserve. Peace is priceless, that is why my government will tirelessly work towards safeguarding this peace to be able to set our development agenda on the right path.We can only continue to enjoy a peaceful atmosphere if we embrace our diversity, and as citizens selflessly contribute to making The Gambia the best it can be. We will always have our differences but we must learn to respect those differences. There is no one correct perspective but let us remember that despite our political, ethnic, economic, gender difference, we have one thing in common –we have one Gambia and we are all Gambians.We can only impact positive change in our institutions and society if we realise that the ultimate responsibility to bring effective systems in place lies with all of us, state and non-state actors. We all have specific responsibilities that we cannot neglect.In this regard we must take responsibilities bestowed on us and be accountable to the citizens. No matter what position you hold in my government, or profession you practice, or be you an opinion shaper, or a politician, we are in it together for the success of this country.We have won the war against dictatorship, which is the easy part, maintaining the peace for our democracy to thrive will be our utmost challenge. This will require patience, tolerance, and even mistakes will be made but we will correct them as we work towards perfecting the New Gambia. In this journey we are not alone, the world has opened its arms and shows us a lot of goodwill in this experiment of democracy, and we must make good use of this opportunity. The Gambia has been re-admitted to the Commonwealth of Nations because of our strife to promote democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law. My fellow Gambians,In shaping the New Gambia, my government has begun the task of steadily reforming the government machinery. The reforms will put in place the instruments for best practices we formulate in governance through the policies and practices in the execution of our duties. This will also include cultural and attitudinal change in the timely execution and delivery of our work. In this regard my administration will focus not only on service delivery but also on the quality of work expected of public servants.Under my administration, every artificial barrier that will prevent the application of creativity, innovation and service delivery system will be completely removed.It is one year into my administration, and yet we have remove one of the major huddles – Management by Fear – by creating an enabling environment that encourages critical thinking, collaboration, positive engagement, guided by a clear vision in our quest to build the New Gambia. This vision is captured in our National Development Plan 2018-2021.This plan is our National blueprint that would ensure the New Gambia is put on a firm footing to deliver good governance and accountability, social cohesion and national reconciliation and above all to revitalise and transform the economy for the well being of all Gambians.My priorities which are in line with the NDP is to fix the energy problem, improve health and agricultural sub-sectors, youth empowerment, and education and tourism.To this end, the office of the President and Ministry of finance will work in tandem to ensure that a robust monitoring and delivery system is put in place so that I will be personally briefed on a quarterly basis on the status of implementation of the NDP.Fellow Gambians, 2017 was a challenging period in starting the transformation process because we inherited a structure and a system that was dysfunctional, with coordinated policies, and in some instances no records for my government to immediately continue governance. We have also recognized the impatience from fellow Gambians and in some cases frustrations in the speed with which they want to see things happen.In spite of all these challenges, my government has registered modest but profound improvements in tax reforms which has significantly benefited companies and individuals, improved macroeconomic performance by improving our import cover from one month to four months, improved fiscal discipline by cutting on our expenses and reduced borrowing. We will also implement the vehicle policy that will reduce the overall government spending in maintenance and fuel cost.Similarly we have improved the power supply across the nation, where in some places fellow citizens are enjoying 20-24 hours of steady supply.Fellow Gambians, On Justice and Judicial reforms, a Constitutional Review Commission, Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission and the Human Rights Commission have been enacted. The Executive Secretary of the TRRC has also been appointment. At this junction, I will use this opportunity to declare a moratorium on the use of the death penalty in The Gambia, as a first step towards abolition. Similarly the Security Sector Reform assessment has been completed and it will guide the programme design and implementation.On Works and Infrastructure, we have secured $75Million grant from the Chinese to construct roads and bridges in the Upper River Region. Fellow Gambians,The Gambia is open for business and we have taken steps to facilitate trade and provide incentives for investment in the country. We now have a country that will benefit from greater openness through international trade. Many investors are exploring the Gambian market and opportunities.We have formulated several policies to enhance our trade relations and to better integrate The Gambia in to the multilateral trading system. The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) has been ratified. The Gambia was successfully reinstated into the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) which provides duty free market access to the United States.The Ministry of Youth and Sports is partnering with Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment on the EU funded Youth Empowerment Project working closely with the International Organisation for Migration.Fellow GambiansThe price of groundnut at the seccos has increased from D16,850 last year to D18,800 per ton this year. Also, the Islamic Development Bank provided my government with $25million to support farmers with groundnut seeds and fertilizers. The Agriculture and Natural Resources policy 2017-2026 has been reviewed to boost and add value to agriculture.The Ministry of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters and the Ministry of Justice reviewed the fisheries regulations 2008 to make it more relevant to our current realities. My government has signed an agreement with the FTI tour operators to boost the tourism industry and build the capacity of young people in the sector, all aimed at making tourism an all year round activity. Fellow Gambians, My government has put in place the right policies and programmes to protect our environment and combat the effects of climate change and has benefited from $20.5 million from the ECO system based adaptation climate change project to restore and build The Gambia natural resource base.To improve health delivery, we have obtained mobility for Village Health Workers and Community Health Nurses across the country.Fellow Gambians,In one year, MRC Holland Foundation has supported the construction of 477 new classrooms in 50 schools, renovation of 318 classrooms, 520 toilets and 28 staff quarters built, 28 schools and staff quarters solarised and 29 boreholes dug in 29 schools.The curriculum review process is ongoing and with support from the World Bank and the Global Partnership for Education, we are building on existing programmes to enhance access to quality basic education, including early childhood education.To enhance capacity in the education sector, 75 Teachers in various disciplines are undergoing their graduate studies at the University of The Gambia.To further strengthen the freedom of the media, my government is preparing an Information Bill and a committee on Media Law Reform has been set up to review the existing media laws to support the drafting of a Media Law that is in line with the developments in media and communication technologies.The first Private television station has been licensed and all the radio stations that have been illegally shut down have been re-opened.In one year, I held three bi-annual press conferences with both local and international press all aimed at informing the Gambian and development partners on the state of affairs of the nation. We will continue to pursue our communication strategies. Fellow Gambians,May I now turn my attention to the students. We have begun a journey that will usher in democratic change and this comes with respect for human rights and the rule of law. However, it equally calls for responsible citizenship, and to this end, I want to encourage you to be steadfast in your education and learning to become future teachers, nurses, engineers, technicians, doctors, journalists, politicians and business people to name a few on whose shoulders the New Gambia will be carried into the future. We need these professions to thrive as a modern nation that is successful. Success can only be built through hard-work; there is no short cut to success. Those countries that have advanced placed country before self, show respect for rule of law and have positive attitude towards nation building.Therefore, I am calling on both parents and teachers to redouble their efforts to instill discipline, hard-work, truthfulness, self-reliance and love for nation before self. It is such values that can make The Gambia great again.I cannot conclude my statement without thanking our partners who stood by us when it was difficult and continue to stand by us as we strive to realise our national development plan. Each one of them took strategic decision to support us because of our common belief in nurturing democracy, rule of law, freedom and equality of all citizens.On that note I thank you for your kind attention and wish you a happy celebration.
The Hearst Corporation has launched the beta version of Manilla, a free personal account management system. George Kliavkoff has been named CEO of the service that allows consumers to securely link bank accounts, view statements, pay bills and manage subscriptions through one account. Kliavkoff began working with Hearst in 2009 as the EVP and deputy group head of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, according to paidContent. Manilla aims to rid its users of paper mail, hoping to eliminate the reported “48 billion account notices, statements, offers and bills to their customers every year.”
Wikipedia CommonsReliance Industries and its partner BP Plc of the UK plan to use a floating production system at high sea in the Bay of Bengal to bring to production the deepest gas discovery in the flagging KG-D6 block, according to a PTI report on Sunday.An executive with the joint venture between the two companies said floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) will be used to bring the gas to the surface, treat it and pump it to the pipeline system that will take it to the shore.In May 2013, RIL, BP and Niko Resources of Canada had struck a 155-metres thick gas condensate column in the exploration well KGD6-MJ1, which was later named as D55 or MJ-1 discovery. The report said that MJ-1 is one of the three clusters that the partners are focusing on reviving the flagging output at KG-D6.”The commerciality of the discovery was approved in December last year and we have one year time from that date to submit an investment plan called the field development plan (FDP). If need be, the deadline can be extended by six months. So we have time till mid-2018 to firm up investment,” the executive told PTI.MJ-1 is located about 2,000 meters directly below the currently producing Dhirubhai-1 and 3 (D1 and D3) fields in the eastern offshore KG-D6 block and is estimated to hold a minimum of 0.988 Trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of contingent resource, the report said.Besides MJ-1, four deep sea satellite gas discoveries — D-2, 6, 19 and 22 are planned to be developed together with D29 and D30 finds on the block. The third set is the D-34 or R-Series find, the report said.All three (sets of finds) will produce 30-35 million standard cubic meters per day of gas in 4-5 years, the JV executive was quoted by PTI as saying.RIL and BP had in mid-June this year announced investing Rs 40,000 crore in the three sets of finds to reverse the flagging production in KG-D6 block.The government had in 2012 approved a $1.529 billion plan to produce 10.36 mmscmd of gas from four satellite fields of block KG-DWN-98/3 (KG–D6) by 2016-17.The four fields have 617 billion cubic feet of reserves and can produce gas for eight years. However, the companies did not begin the investment citing uncertainty over gas pricing, the report noted.After the government has allowed a higher gas price of $5.56 per million British thermal unit for yet-to-be- developed gas finds in difficult areas like the deep sea, RIL and BP have decided to take up their development.
In a colorful show of support for LGBTI people, an Australian police station invited 400 students to decorate it in rainbow colors. A student is covered in paint after throwing it at a police station in Australia. | Photo: Merri Health ‘Through the mural, police are also hoping to increase confidence and trust between LGBTI communities and police, and encourage everyone to speak to us if they need help.‘The initiative is also a fantastic way for our young people to tell other young people that they have a right to be proud of who they are. Our youth play an important role in creating safer and more inclusive communities, and ensuring a brighter future for all.’Paint bombing Fawkner Police Station in all the colours of the rainbow. #IDAHOBIT pic.twitter.com/TdEkmEC3Pe— Linda van de Wall (@bnwps_linda) 30 April 2018Local councillor, Oscar Yildiz, from Moreland City Council was on hand to join in on the fun. He even managed to get caught in the cross-fire, finding paint on his shoes the next day.‘I believe that respect should be demonstrated to all community groups and that of LGBTI persons should be treated with the same level of respect. There are many residents… that experienced discrimination because of their sexual orientation/preference,’ he told Gay Star News.‘It really was fantastic to see so many individuals from various backgrounds and ages representing various organisations to stand up against threats, violence or discrimination.‘I’m proud of my Council and colleagues for making a stance and engaging in what really was a fantastic initiative. We had a lot fun and the atmosphere was friendly and respectful.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Fawkner Police in the southern city of Melbourne, wanted to do their bit for this year’s IDAHOBIT day. IDAHOBIT is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersex-phobia and Transphobia. It’s celebrated annually to promote acceptance and inclusion of sexual and gender diverse communities.IDAHOBIT is on 17 May this year, but Fawkner Police thought they’d get in early on the action.Police invited the local students to throw paint-filled water balloons at the station. The aim of the day was ‘to create an explosion of colour and celebration for LGBTI communities’.Fawkner Police Station got the rainbow treatment this afternoon when hundreds of school kids took part in an explosion of colour in celebration and support of LGBTI communities. Check out our video of the full, paint-spattered spectacular tomorrow. #IDAHOBIT pic.twitter.com/W2T6Gy1Esj— Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) 30 April 2018Rainbow love‘The rainbow artwork will form a permanent 80m (260ft) mural on the police station fence and is a symbolic way for the community, including police, to show that we’re taking a stance against violence and discrimination,’ said Community Engagement Acting Inspector Troy Papworth. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… What is happening for IDAHOTB around the world in 2018?Video shows security attacking LGBTI people at IDAHOBIT event in ChinaRainbow flag removed from police station, then culprits send terrible homophobic letterRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/teenage-students-throw-rainbow-paint-at-police-station-in-australia/
LGBTQ Travel in EuropeThe European Travel Commission (ETC), in collaboration with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association Foundation (IGLTAF), has published its first study on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer travel segment.The aim of the Handbook on the LGBTQ Travel Segment, authored by Peter Jordan of Gen C Traveler, is to help European destinations to understand the potential of the LGBTQ travel market and how they can provide a more welcoming environment for LGBTQ travelers from all around the world, in order to improve Europe’s overall competitiveness as a destination. First-hand consumer research for the Handbook was facilitated by Hornet Networks through an online survey of LGBTQ consumers in five long-haul markets: Brazil, China, Japan, Russia and the United States. Additionally, the Handbook includes insights from 16 experts who gave their perspective on the cultural factors that shape demand for travel among LGBTQ consumers.Research results found that overall Europe has a strong competitive position, being viewed widely by LGBTQ consumers in its major long-haul markets as “the most liberal, socially progressive destination”, however, weaknesses prevail as some parts of Europe are perceived to offer a less safe environment for their own LGBTQ citizens, and by extension, travelers.• LGBTQ travelers in Europe’s long-haul markets have a high affinity with Europe and a strong desire to visit in the near future. 80% of survey respondents expected to visit Europe in the next three years, with 92% of those who had visited before expecting to make a repeat visit.• LGBTQ travelers to Europe are highly sensitive to how local LGBTQ people are accepted in society. Most of all, they value an open-minded and forward-thinking culture, as well as a history of acceptance, and local laws allowing same-sex marriage or civil partnerships. LGBTQ events and nightlife are also major attractions, especially for travelers from Russia or China where these are less prevalent. More articles on eTurboNews click here • LGBTQ events and festivals are high on travelers’ wish lists when visiting Europe, as well as the opportunity to discover the nightlife. However, the research highlights that a significant number of travelers are looking for a more cultural experience, such as visiting specific sites and monuments, socializing with local people and enjoying luxury experiences. In destination marketing, LGBTQ consumers value authenticity in the marketing message and images, and consistency between the marketing promise and in-destination experience.“When it comes to LGBTQ rights, most of us consider European countries to be among the world’s most progressive; however, there remains room for improvement in both established LGBTQ-friendly destinations and in many European nations still striving for greater equality. This is why, through our philanthropic IGLTA Foundation, we gave our support to this project,” said IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella. “By sharing data and resources on the LGBTQ segment with the travel industry as a whole we can create greater understanding of our diverse community.”“While we at ETC believe that a ‘separate’ approach for the LGBTQ traveler could seem incongruous with our beliefs in equality and inclusion, we cannot ignore the fact that also within Europe, the hospitality business, like no other, has its work cut out to ensure that we remain committed to our core values of freedom, equality and brotherhood,” said Visit Flanders CEO and ETC President Peter de Wilde. “Fostering support for LGBTQ inclusion also is an opportunity for economic growth and cultural development for tourism destinations. Destinations, governments are thus called to join efforts to create the conditions for LGBTQ residents to live in safety and comfort.”The Handbook is free of charge, and can be downloaded through the websites of the European Travel Commission and the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. With 75 pages of analysis, forecasts and consumer insights, the Handbook is expected to be a valuable resource to those seeking to understand the dynamics of the LGBTQ travel segment today. A 41-page supplement that includes case studies on LGBTQ destination marketing and transcripts from the expert interviews is available upon request. yahooShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)
MONTREAL — Air Canada’s overall capacity in and out of Atlantic Canada will increase by 8% starting this winter, as some routes transfer to Air Canada Rouge while other Air Canada Rouge and mainline services extend to year-round.“Leisure travellers and business customers alike will benefit from these service enhancements which clearly demonstrate our commitment to these markets as we increase capacity on numerous routes in Atlantic Canada, which we have been serving year-round since 1942, longer than any other carrier,” says Mark Galardo, VPof Network Planning. Galardo adds: “With the introduction of Air Canada Rouge service to Saint John, NB, the extension of Rouge on Charlottetown-Toronto and the expansion of Halifax-Calgary flights to year-round service, Atlantic Canada will enjoy an improved product and convenient connections throughout Air Canada’s extensive North American and global network.”Starting Oct. 27, twice daily Saint John-Toronto flights will be operated year-round by Air Canada Rouge using an Airbus A319, replacing the Bombardier Q400s. This represents a 16% increase in available seats, while also offering an upgraded customer experience on the A319 which features Premium Rouge and Economy cabins, as well as streaming in-flight entertainment.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTAir Canada operates out of four airports in New Brunswick with roughly 1,600 daily seats available for travellers. Also continuing year-round will be Air Canada Rouge service from Toronto to Moncton (three times a day) and Fredericton (twice a day), also operated by an Airbus A319, representing a 16% capacity increase through the winter season.Charlottetown-Toronto flights operated by Air Canada Rouge in the summer will become year-round service as of Dec. 16, with two daily flights operated with an Airbus A319. Air Canada offers nonstop flights from Charlottetown to Halifax, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto.Air Canada is also adding a second daily flight between Gander, NL and Halifax during the winter season. Flights between Halifax and Gander will be operated year-round on the Bombardier Q400.From Halifax, Air Canada mainline will operate year-round nonstop service to Calgary on an A319 beginning March 1, 2020.Air Canada also recently launched nonstop service between Montreal and Sydney, Nova Scotia, for the summer season. Share Tags: Air Canada Posted by Travelweek Group Air Canada announces more capacity, enhanced services for Atlantic Canada Wednesday, July 3, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>
It was intentionally provocative — given the clothes’ exorbitant price-tag.The collection, which was also one of Saint Laurent’s most decorative, mixed high and low.Among all the shabby hippy wardrobe sprung out some real gems — like a fabulous patchwork leopard print tuxedo, or a richly embroidered jacket that was made from every color of the rainbow.Whether the fashion media were being duped or not, it was great fun to watch.___BROSNAN TALKS OF BEING MOBBED IN IRELANDBrosnan, 62, was pictured being mobbed by fans on Saturday while in Dublin filming for his latest movie, a revenge film called “I.T.”“You know, I’m Irish and it’s just so wonderful to be back home filming this film,” he said.“It’s really touching as well that there is clearly this excitement that I’m back there,” he added.___LANVIN CONTINUES ’80s-TINGED LOVE AFFAIRNBA star Amar’e Stoudemire continued his whistle stop tour of Paris Fashion Week, arriving at Lanvin with his wife for the Sunday morning show.In the collection, co-designers Lucas Ossendrijver and Alber Elbaz continued their recent flirtations with the ’80s, offering up a varied collection — dominated by neutral colors. PARIS (AP) — Pierce Brosnan and Gary Oldman attended the Saint Laurent Paris show — not as celebrity actors but as proud and genuinely nervous parents.Their sons, Dylan Brosnan and Charlie Oldman made their runway modeling debuts in the show after being discovered by designer Hedi Slimane.Here are the highlights of the last day of Paris Menswear Week, including Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Paul Smith and Agnes B. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The show’s opening statement — an oversize pale gray polo shirt with a model with slicked-back hair — set the clock firmly back to the era of exaggerated volume and form.More ’80s references abounded — like a huge, voluminous blue suit, with big round shoulders, turned up sleeves, and high-waisted pants — and white patent and punk-looking boots. Elsewhere, a turned-up collar on a stylish pea coat cut a graphic silhouette, especially with the floodlit lighting inside Paris’ storied Left Bank Ecole des Beaux Arts.In other looks, there were flashes of detail, embellishment and layering — tassels flapping down from long jerkins, necklaces, hoops on belts, and neck scarves.The collection packed no great surprises, but was consistently stylish.___AGNES B. MIXES SOBRIETY AND MADNESSIt was an eclectic mix of styles in Agnes B.’s creative pot Sunday.A sober start of black-and-white suit and shirt styles was followed by white jeans and a snug-looking denim jumpsuit that the Parisian designer, bien sur, twinned with a Left Bank-standard foulard.But there was a welcome flash of madness.Two psychedelic, multi-colored hoodies, burst onto the catwalk midway through, with one nicely evoking the decorative swirls of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt. And the psychedelic was repeated in a pair of flower power shirts. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 The color chapter also produced the show’s most on-trend moments — with citrus yellow (one of the main colors of the season) appearing on turned up pants, and a shirt. But the extent of the creative madness ended here.___PAUL SMITH’S COLORFUL EIGHTIESPaul Smith is perhaps the menswear designer most closely associated with bold color.Sunday’s show proved why — with the British designer cleverly riffing off the trend for the 80s by reviving that decade’s often-overlooked penchant for vivid hues on exaggerated jackets and pants.The first clue to this mission was an oversize burnt orange jacket with angular shoulders — that hanged loosely down to the mid-thigh. It was masterfully contrasted with a subtle vermilion in the shirt and high Eighties pants.The most eye-catching of the colorful looks — were some on-trend citrus yellow pants — a hue that flashed back in boots, a shirt and a sweater later in the collection.There was also a hint of the dazzling era of Glam Rock — with one bold, shiny gray double breasted jacket and stylish skinny tie.___Thomas Adamson can be followed at www.twitter.com/ThomasAdamsonAPCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology ___PROUD PARENTSOldman said he was jittery for his 16-year-old son Charlie before his modeling debut in Paris — after he was discovered at a music concert wearing an YSL jacket by the fashion house.“I’m a little nervous for Charlie. The Yves Saint Laurent house is such a tradition … It’s great that he, in a small way, can be part of it,” he told The Associated Press.Meanwhile, former James Bond actor Brosnan was predictably cooler.“It is a proud moment. We’re here to see our son on the runway. To support him,” he said.“He’s not modeled before, and Hedi (Slimane) just discovered him at a juice bar coffee shop in Malibu,” he added, laughing.___SAINT LAURENT HEADS TO WOODSTOCKSlimane headed directly into counter-culture (and perhaps counter-fashion) for his glitzily shabby fash ode to the late Sixties hippy on Sunday.Torn denim jeans, knitted bobble hats, unkempt hair, boys that look like girls, (and vice versa), lumberjack shirts, army surplus coats, Peruvian ponchos and tie-dye tops were all thrown into the creative mix by the irreverent designer who seemed to channel the styles of the 1969 iconic Woodstock music festival. 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Source = Princess Cruises Princess CruisesPrincess Cruises launches first New Zealand television commercialPrincess Cruises has released its first New Zealand television commercial, underscoring the cruise line’s commitment to growing the New Zealand cruise market.The TVC forms part of Princess’ new brand campaign ‘The Moment’, designed to showcase the transformative power of a shared holiday experience.Based around the story of a couple sharing a moment set against the historic ruins of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya in Thailand, the campaign draws on the themes of travel and reconnection to underline Princess’ destination expertise.Developed by MediaCom’s specialist division MediaCom Beyond Advertising (MBA), in association with production partners Now We Collide, the new campaign includes television commercials, print, digital, social media and an online content series.Launched yesterday, it will be distributed across broadcast, social and digital platforms throughout 2017.Princess Cruises Marketing Manager Nick Ferguson said the cruise line’s move into television reflected Princess’ position as the leading cruise line in New Zealand and its focus on expanding the local cruise market.“Princess made more visits to New Zealand ports than any other cruise line and carried two thirds of the 100,000 Australians who cruised New Zealand waters last year,” Mr Ferguson said.He said Princess prided itself on being destination experts, immersing guests in the many locations its ships visit.“The story of ‘The Moment’ was crafted so future guests had a sense of the positive and lasting impact that cruising with Princess offered, and were inspired to embark on their own transformative journey. We want our guests to return home with memories instead of souvenirs, and we think we’ve captured that sentiment with this campaign,” he said.Shelby Craig, Regional Group Creative Director at MBA said the agency wanted to bring the essence of Princess’ brand to life.“When people go on holidays and travel around the world, they go back home and talk about a memory, a singular experience, and whether it is an amazing meal on the balcony as the sun dives beneath the Indian Ocean or stumbling upon the ancient ruins of the Siamese Empire, for us, it is the emotion and passion in that moment that really captivated us,” Mr Craig said.Mr Ferguson said the campaign would also include emotive travel documentary style stories told from the hearts of Princess Cruises’ crew members, whose passion helps drive the cruise line’s high repeat guest rates.“The series showcases the best of what the ships have to offer and highlights that it is our people that go above and beyond to make the experience truly extraordinary for our guests. The transformative and rejuvenating power of moments between our guests and crew members is the human connection that sits at the heart of delivering the Princess promise time and time again; that it is not a cruise unless you ‘Come Back New.”
Celebrity chef Mario Batali facing assault charge in Boston AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted May 22, 2019 7:03 pm PDT BOSTON — Celebrity chef Mario Batali is facing criminal charges on allegations that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017.The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office says Batali is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on a charge of indecent assault and battery.The Boston Globe reports that a criminal complaint filed last month says the woman told police that Batali invited her to take a selfie with him and then grabbed her chest, kissed her face and touched her groin without her consent.The details in the complaint mirror those in a civil lawsuit filed against Batali in August. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for “severe emotional distress” including anxiety and self-doubt.An attorney for Batali told the Globe that the chef denies the allegations. His lawyer didn’t immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press.The Associated Press FILE – In this Wednesday, April 19, 2017, file photo, chef Mario Batali attends an awards event in New York. The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston says Batali is scheduled to be arraigned Friday, May 24, 2019, on a charge of indecent assault and battery, in connection with an allegation that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP, File)
December 12, 2002 Our internalauction called ‘Trauktion’ for a new (used) tractor, spearheaded byAnia Gorka and reported in our Daily Progress on April 26, raised over$3,000. The tractor has finally arrived! [Photo: Ania Gorka & text:sa] The garden crewappreciates this new addition to their work force. [Photo: Ania Gorka &text: sa] On a test-drivethrough the peach orchard, agriculture manager Adam Nordfors makes surethe tractor will fit between the trees. [Photo: Ania Gorka & text: sa] The new tractor wasintroduced at morning meeting. Ania presented a plaque naming thecontributors to this successful enterprise. [Photo & text: sa]
The European Commission announced Friday the start of the EU funded Innovative Entrepreneurship and Dialogue, a €3m project that is part of the economic development of the Turkish Cypriot community.The three-year project will be implemented by Northern Ireland Cooperation Overseas and aims to open up shared spaces for innovation, inclusive and entrepreneurial engagement, community dialogue and knowledge sharing.The project will work on the establishment of an innovation centre in the old town of Nicosia, on the provision of services to entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers, and the improvement of the entrepreneurship ecosystem and culture in the Turkish Cypriot community.Inter-communal dialogue and cooperation will also be promoted. To ensure sustainability, the project will work with local partners and build on existing initiatives.The expected results of the project include: entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers to benefit from a fully operational innovation centre in the Turkish Cypriot community.A growing culture of innovation and entrepreneurship through a spirit of engagement, partnership and collaboration within the community.A strengthened innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem providing demand-oriented services to support researchers, innovators and potential entrepreneurs.The project will provide opportunities for companies in the early stages of their development, and complement EU’s private sector development support in the Turkish Cypriot community. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola