New Government to be Composed of Former Majority Parties Benkirane

Rabat – The new government will be composed only of the parties of the former majority, appointed Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane said Friday in Rabat.“The next majority government will include the Justice and Development Party (PJD), the National Rally of Independents (RNI), the Popular Movement (MP) and the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS),” Benkirane told reporters on the sidelines of a national colloquium.“I have discussed with the secretaries general of these parties and I am waiting for their reply to examine the details concerning the presidency of the parliament (House of Representatives) and the ministerial portfolios,” he said. read more

Housing Minister reassigned over conflict of interest allegations – President

Former Junior Communities Minister with responsibility for Housing, Valerie Patterson-Yearwood, was reassigned in light of the controversy surrounding the award of a multi-million dollar contract to her husband, Godfrey Yearwood.President David Granger confirmed this morning that the decision to move the minister to another ministry is in the “public interest”.Patterson-Yearwood was reassigned as the Ministry of Agriculture with responsibility for rural affairs, a position which did not previously exist. “There were certain allegations and I felt that it will be in the public interest for her to go to another Ministry. She has not been convicted of any crime and I feel that her services would be used supporting the Minister of Agriculture [Noel Holder]…,” President Granger told reporters on the sidelines of an event this morning.“At this point, I am satisfied that she has not committed any criminal offence, that she is a fit and proper person to continue to serve in the Department of Rural Affairs in the Ministry of Agriculture,” the Head-of-State expressed. Minister Patterson-Yearwood’s husband was awarded several contracts by the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA). She has since insisted that she did not intervene or influence the process to allow her husband to benefit.When she was asked about her reassignment during the last sitting of the National Assembly, Patterson-Yearwood contended that the transfer was not a demotion.“My salary is not affected, my allowances…nothing is affected,” she said.Meanwhile, Minister Annette Ferguson, who previously served as Junior Public Infrastructure Minister, will be taking over as Minister with responsibility for Housing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident announces plans to reshuffle Permanent SecretariesMay 16, 2019In “latest news”BREAKING: President announces Cabinet reshuffleApril 25, 2019In “latest news”Jaipaul Sharma removed from Finance, now at Public Infrastructure MinistryJune 15, 2019In “Local News” read more

Match abandoned Only 13 overs possible in washedout first ODI

West Indies 54 for 1 (Lewis 40, Kuldeep 1-3) v IndiaAfter a five-and-a-half-hour period where only 13 overs of play was possible, the first ODI between West Indies and India in Providence was called off by the umpires due to a wet outfield.In that period, Chris Gayle played his slowest-ever ODI innings (minimum 25 balls), scoring only four singles in 31 deliveries. At the opposite end, Evin Lewis ensured there was something for the home fans to cheer, blitzing an unbeaten 36-ball 40 that included three marvellous pulls over deep midwicket.The match itself began 90 minutes after the scheduled start, a delay forced by morning showers. When play began, though, the sun was bathing upon a half-filled Providence Stadium, but with rain scheduled towards the afternoon, it was not long before the first interruption happened.With Mohammad Shami, around the wicket, troubling the sedate Gayle and Lewis failing to find gaps in the infield, the teams first left the ground after 5.4 overs with West Indies yet to reach double digits. Over an hour later, the players returned to the middle, and Lewis made full use of the wet ball, shoveling Bhuvneshwar Kumar for six. The next over, he creamed 15 runs off left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed, a pulled-six over midwicket sandwiched between two flicked fours through the on-side.The partnership was primarily saved by Lewis’ aggression with Gayle failing to find his timing, and it was eventually Kuldeep Yadav who ended the latter’s innings in the 11th over.Playing his 298th game – just one short of West Indies’ record-holder Brian Lara – Gayle needed 13 runs to become the team’s highest-ever ODI run-getter, but swinging conditions at the top meant he was either splicing the ball or missing it completely. But while Lewis’ rampage was on, there was hope for the home fans that Gayle would finally break free. But that wasn’t to happen as Gayle tried to take on Kuldeep’s full-pitched stock delivery, and tried to heave it over the leg-side, only to inside-edge it onto the stumps. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWest Indies, India set to clash in 2nd ODIAugust 10, 2019In “Sports”Kraigg Brathwaite in ODI squad, T20 call-ups for Rovman Powell, PooranSeptember 5, 2016In “latest news”WI’s last chance to stay alive in seriesJune 29, 2017In “Sports” read more

Vipers Kristiansand seal trip to Budapest

The coached by Ole Gustav Gjekstad have taken Scandinavian handball to Budapest again, after Larvik’s appearance on the continental title’s final in the 2015 season. Helped by some great goalkeeping from Katrine Lunde (46% save rate), and with the goals from Linn Jørum Sulland (6), youngster Henny Ella Reistad and Jeanett Kristiansen (4 each), the Norwegian side did not let the Montenegrin side get too close. Vipers Kristiansand are the third qualified for the DELO Women’s EHF Final 4. After a 25-18 win over Buducnost at home, and a global result of 49-37 (24-19 on the first leg in Podgorica), the Norwegian side have booked their participation on their first ever Champions League semifinals. On the 22th minute, a goal by Emilie Hegh Arntzen set the 10-5 and seemed to establish a secure distance. But the coached by Dragan Adzic are known for fighting, and they did so; with goals from Itana Grbic, Cristina Laslo and Karatina Bulatovic, they managed to reach the half time only three goals down: 11-8. On the second half Vipers continued with a high level that allowed them to stretch the lead to +8 after 20′ (22-14) and simply mantained the difference until the end of the match. Sulland was top scorer of the match with 6 goals while Grbic was the one who scored the most for her team (5). ← Previous Story Győri Audi ETO KC are in for title defense in Budapest Next Story → Germany qualify for Men’s EHF EURO 2020 After four years, Norwegian club handball is back among the best in Europe. Vipers Kristiansand have qualified for their first ever DELO Women’s EHF Final 4 after the 25-18 victory against Buducnost in Kristiansand. buducnostDragan AdzicHenny ReistadKatrine LundeLinn Jorum SullandVipers Kristiansand While this will be Vipers Kristiansand’s first time on the DELO Women’s EHF Final 4, some of its players will have their second participation. Sulland and Lunde were part of the final stage of the Champions League with the same team, but in different years. While the goalkeeper lifted the trophy on the first ever Women’s Final 4 in 2014 with Győri Audi ETO KC, the right back was part of the squad that finished second after CSM Bucuresti on a nail-biting final that was decided in 7-meter throws. read more

How fragile is Barca – Sting postpones concert in Skopje due possible

← Previous Story HP asked handball journalists about EHF CL Final4: It’s time for Veszprem! Next Story → NEXT 4 YEARS: Dejan Milosavljev to Fuchse Berlin Sting handball Handball euphoria in Northern Macedonia is on TOP just before the start of the crucial weekend of the season – VELUX EHF Champions League Final4 2019 in Cologne.Legendary British musician Sting has decided to postpone the start of his show in Skopje on Sunday due possibility that RK Vardar playing the final match in Cologne.Management of the concert has announced that show at national stadium “Tose Proeski” will start at 22.00 with famous domestic musician Vlatko Stefanovski as “pre-concert” at 20.30.“All the fans have a chance to stay at home and watch possible RK Vardar final which starts at 18.00 hrs”.RK Vardar will play against FC Barcelona Lassa for the final at Lanxess Arena.  read more

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has these tips for Leaving Cert students

first_imgTHE DUBLIN RAPE Crisis Centre (DRCC) is urging students to read its Staying Safe Tips before celebrating today’s results.The tips were first published in 2008 and since then the DRCC says there has been “a steady decrease in the numbers of victims accompanied by DRCC to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit in the Rotunda Hospital in August – from the very high number of victims of 40 in 2008″.Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, Chief Executive of DRCC said: “We also know that the celebrations can leave some young people, as a result of drinking too much alcohol, vulnerable to the predators who will take advantage of them physically and sexually.We urge parents, teachers, communities and the class of 2014 to take a few minutes to read the Staying Safe Tips devised in consultation with young people and many other interested parties to help and support to warn but not to blame.“It is possible to have a great time and to let your hair down but not to let your guard down.”Staying Safe TipsLook out for each otherDo not get separated from your groupDo not drink to excess and keep your drink in your hand at all timesDo not accept a drink from someone you have just metAsk a friend to mind your drink if you have to leaveStay in popular places and do not go to remote placesNominate a Designated Minder for each group of 6 (in the same way as Designated Drivers are used)Share taxis and liftsIf you have to travel alone make sure you phone ahead to where you are going and in the hearing of the driver give your estimated time of arrivalMake sure your mobile is charged at all timesBe aware that having sexual intercourse with a person without their consent constitutes rapeThe age of consent in Ireland is 17 yearsKey the National 24 hour helpline 1 800 77 88 88* into your phone Report any crime to the Gardai and seek medical helpIf you need any help or are unsure of what to do, call the National 24 hour Helpline 1 800 77 88 88 where you will get support and guidance from a trained personRead: Over 2,100 people called rape helpline over Christmas 2012>last_img read more

Refugees wanted to be heard so they started the Migratory Birds newspaper

first_imgMahdia Hosseini, 28, and Fatima Sedaghat, 16, are two young women from the Network for Children’s Rights youth centre in Kolonos, a working class district of Athens. The centre serves the needs of young refugees, migrants as well as low-income Greek people from morning until night.It’s newspaper, Migratory Birds, is one of the few refugee-led initiatives in Greece and has a circulation of 13,000, and is printed in five languages: Greek, English, Arabic, Farsi and Urdu. Recent funding cuts have meant an uncertain future for the publication that has given voice to dozens of migrant and refugee communities since it got off the ground in 2017.Each issue includes reported articles, essays and opinion pieces about life as a refugees, poems, and traditional ethnic recipes, and even advice about things such as where to find Athens’ best falafel.The newspaper was founded by Hosseini and Sedaghat, who met at the Schisto Camp, along with 13 other Afghan girls. They named it Migratory Birds as it expressed their situation. Their mission was to tell people about the realities of life for refugees in Schisto, while they were also desperate for a way to express themselves. It sprang from their need to be heard. It also gave many of the young journalists, living in containers and makeshift shelters in camps, a sense of normalcy.READ MORE: How cashless programmes to support refugees’ independence can restrict their freedomsThe girls worked with passion, managing to overcome all manner of barriers, including the perceptions of their own community where women do not work. “They said that women could not do this, but what they didn’t know was that each comment made us better,” she said, adding that the publication of the first issue in April 2017 also helped change the perception of Afghan men regarding Afghan women.The newspaper empowers young people arriving in Athens. Hosseini, who is currently involved in the project as editor-in-chief, states that the newspaper experience has been transformative for her and has given her a sense of independence.She and Sedaghat are involved in transcribing and editing Migratory Birds with staff members from the Young Journalists program funded by the UNHCR, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and UNICEF. It is offered via the Network for Children’s Rights.Greek journalist Sotiris Sideris is one of the seven staff members involved on the project. “Our goal is for the final article to be as good as possible,” he says.READ MORE: Condolences for Greek Australian Baker of Kos who gave bread to refugeesThe articles are sent to Efimerida ton Sintakton for a final look before an eight-page section for Migratory Birds is printed and slipped inside.As many charity organisations slowly leave Greece, funding has become an obstacle. Only three of the original seven full-time staff members and one cultural mediator remain on the staff of the newspaper. Production and the workload is the same as usual, however there are fewer people to do the work.For those that remain, it is a labour of love. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Hard work of disability advocates rewarded with VISA policy changes

first_imgThe Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) welcomes the Federal Government’s decision to make changes to the way permanent residency visa applications are assessed for migrants with permanent medical conditions or disabilities.FECCA understands that part of these changes includes the threshold for an acceptable perceived economic cost of care for applicants with permanent medical conditions or disabilities has been increased from $40,000 to $49,000.The Government will now also only calculate the care cost over a ten-year period, rather than the lifetime of the applicant as was previously the case, meaning many more people with permanent medical conditions or disabilities will potentially fall below the new threshold.FECCA Chairperson Ms Mary Patetsos said that FECCA and the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) have been strong advocates for reform in the area.“NEDA has been advocating hard for changes to the strict visa application requirements for migrants living with permanent medical conditions or disabilities for many years,” she said.READ MORE: Australia’s partner visa system being ‘exploited’, claims study by The Australian Population Research Institute“The strict rules around hypothetical cost of care has meant many families who have wanted to work hard and contribute to Australian society have faced deportation because of the medical circumstances of one family member.“In each of these cases, NEDA and FECCA have fought tirelessly for the affected families, and these changes are a testament to the work both organisations have done for our communities.”READ MORE: FECCA welcomes abandonment of plans to make citizenship test stricterFECCA is the peak, national body representing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. FECCA’s role is to advocate and promote issues on behalf of its constituency to government, business and the broader community. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis appointed inaugural Bishop of Brisbane

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis has been appointed by Australia’s Greek Orthodox Archbishop Makarios, as the inaugural Bishop of Brisbane.It is the second time he has made history in Australia; Bishop Iakovos was the first ever Australian-born to be ordained as an Orthodox Bishop.Writer Dean Kalimniou took to Facebook to pay tribute to the Bishop, in honour of his new appointment.“His Grace is a humble, softly spoken, self contained man with a keen sense of humour and a rare appreciation of the original Star Wars trilogy. Our loss here in Melbourne is Brisbane’s gain, where spreading his wings, undoubtedly he will accomplish amazing things. Άξιος!!” Mr Kalimniou wrote.Bishop Iakovos will begin his service in the Fourth District of the Australian Archdiocese as of 1 November, 2019.READ MORE: ‘The best Greeks of today are the Greeks of Australia,’ says Archbishop Makarioslast_img read more

Vintage Shelf Revisiting Tim Burtons Batman

first_img You’re on a geeky pop culture site so you’re already familiar with Batman and you’re almost definitely familiar with his blockbuster debut (save for the serials and the Adam West movie), starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. It’d be a waste of my time and yours to rehash the plot of the movie (Batman does Batman stuff, fights Joker, there’s Prince music, etc.) and writers way smarter than me have already talked about what Burton brought to the directorial role and the effect it had on Batman’s trajectory as a cultural force in the coming decades. So what is there to talk about?I’ve been thinking about archetypes lately, specifically in relation to Batman and Superman (the back-to-back releases of Shazam and Brightburn, both of which play on the Superman archetype to some extent, are largely what’s prompted this). Superman hit the big 8-0 last year and his cranky best pal is joining the club in 2019. Eighty years is a long, long time for a couple of buff dudes in tights to stick around in the public mind. But it’s 80 years later and they’re more prominent than ever. Need proof? Just look at how Twitter reacted the day that it leaked that it was relatively likely that Robert Pattinson would be playing Batman in the next live-action movie.(Photo Credit: Warner Bros.)Revisiting Burton’s Batman provides a unique perspective on the character’s longevity and the reason we still care about him all these years later. The reason it does so might surprise you, though. See, Burton’s Batman isn’t eternal in the slightest. More than any MCU movie, more than Superman: The Movie, and maybe even more than The Dark Knight, Batman feels like a product of its time. This doesn’t apply solely to performance or production design or the film’s photography so much as it does the way it interprets the mythos of Batman.Think about the typical interpretation of Batman today, the one present in everything from writer Scott Snyder’s lengthy comic run with the character to Ben Affleck’s portrayal of him in BvS. He’s mostly seen as an uber-prepared physical specimen who has already thought out and prepared for every single series of events possible; a cold, calculating crime-busting machine. I’m not sure when this became the consensus take on the character but I know that it’s largely a reaction to the character’s appearances in The Dark Knight and back to back runs by writers Grant Morrison and Scott Snyder that furthered this interpretation.That’s why it’s so weird to revisit Batman ‘89 — the character was in such a different place in the public consciousness then and Burton and Keaton’s take on the character reflects this much. In Keaton’s Bruce Wayne we see a far more human man behind the mask. In his Batman we see the human behind the iconography — and this is a movie very heavy on iconography, so that’s saying something. Burton and Keaton craft a far more human, restrained Batman than we’ve seen in a while — likely because Batman wasn’t the might-as-well-be-superhuman character he so often is today back then.Full disclosure though, I wasn’t alive in ‘89 so I can’t speak to specifics. I’m sure plenty of y’all weren’t either. But that’s part of what’s so fun about watching this movie today — it’s so easy to glean from it how fans saw the character at the time. While I’ve read enough Batman comics of the era to know that the character wasn’t exactly the Gothic icon Burton makes him into in the movie, there are elements of the design and interpretation of the character that feel ripped from the pages of those comics — most notably the film’s interest in Bruce Wayne over Batman. When Keaton suits up he’s awesome as the legendary Caped Crusader but it’s out of costume that he really shines. It feels like a great deal of Batman discourse over the last decade or so has focused on the idea that Bruce Wayne doesn’t really exist — that the identity of Batman is all that exists anymore and Bruce Wayne is simply a mask he wears in public.Michael Keaton and Kim Basinger in ‘Batman.’ (Photo Credit: Warner Bros.)Aside from how boring and defeatist a take this has become (the idea of the clash between a superhero identity and a secret identity is half the fun of the genre!) it doesn’t allow writers or actors to explore how interesting a character Bruce Wayne is. That Keaton is given the space to make Bruce feel like a character in his own right — and an interesting one at that as Keaton is on the record as saying is take is that Bruce is a traumatized weirdo — feels revelatory today.Here’s the thing, though: I can’t say that I hope Matt Reeves or future directors take inspiration from Burton’s Batman. The character has evolved and shifted in the public consciousness since then and any interpretation of him in the future should reflect that. Batman is an archetype but an ever-changing one, a character that you can’t really break through experimentation. He’s inherently malleable and that’s why he has the longevity he does. Robert Pattinson’s rumored casting in the role seems like a bit of a curveball considering the last few men who have donned the cape and cowl but that’s probably a good thing — it means we might be in for something new, something modern. We might be getting the next Michael Keaton as Batman, which isn’t to say that the performance will resemble Keaton’s, but rather that 30 years from now it will feel distinctly of its time — in the best way.More on Geek.com:Vintage Shelf: ‘The Hunger’Vintage Shelf: ‘In the Mouth of Madness’Vintage Shelf: ‘Cobra’ Stay on target Christian Bale Shares Cheeky Batsuit Advice for Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson Describes Trying on the Batsuit for First Time last_img read more

Hero Dad Punched Shark Five Times to Save Daughter During Attack

first_img A teenager is recovering at a hospital after a shark attack at a North Carolina state park has left her with severe injuries to her leg and hands, officials say.Fort Macon State Park ranger Paul Terry told WCTI-TV that the girl, identified by Vidant Medical Center as Paige Winter, 17, was attacked by a shark while swimming at Atlantic Beach around noon Sunday.According to Winter’s family, her father had to punch the shark five times before it let the teenager go.Atlantic Beach Fire Department officials said in a statement that the teen suffered “deep lacerations to her leg, pelvic, and hand areas.” She was flown by helicopter to the Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, around 80 miles north.In a Facebook post, Winter’s grandmother, Janet Winter, said the teenager will “lose one leg above the knee and some fingers.”The Vidant Medical Center said in a statement that Winter’s family was thankful for the support from the community and “her heroic father who saved her life.”“Despite this unfortunate circumstance, Paige is an unwavering advocate for the marine life and the animals who live in the water,” their statement added.“She wishes for people to continue to respect sharks in their environment and their safety.”Marcy Winter, Paige’s mother, said the teenager is “pretty groggy but cracking jokes” post-surgery.“She wants everyone to know that sharks are still good people.” A GoFundMe page has been set up for the teen. The page says the funds raised will be “used to assist in the many surgeries, physical therapy, prosthetics, recovery process, and [her father] Charlie’s missed days from work.”According to the fundraiser, Paige’s father Charlie is a marine, firefighter, and paramedic. “[Charlie] has served his country and his community for the last 20 years,” the GoFundMe page reads. “Now it’s time for us to rally around him and his family to help them in their time of need.”A GoFundMe is set up for 17-year-old Paige Winter who was bitten by a shark at Fort Macon. Winter “wishes for people to continue to respect sharks in their environment and their safety.”https://t.co/bNQUnftxq3 pic.twitter.com/biPQJGA0PL— NewsChannel 12 (@wcti12) June 3, 2019Officials have not yet confirmed the species of shark that was responsible for the attack.Last year, the International Shark Attack File (ISAF), which tracks shark attacks, concluded there were 66 unprovoked shark attacks and 34 provoked shark attacks on humans worldwide. Out of the 66 unprovoked cases worldwide, the U.S. experienced the most in 2018 — with 32 confirmed cases (with three in North Carolina).Last week, a 65-year-old California man was killed in an apparent shark attack while swimming off the coast of Maui.More on Geek.com:Child Escapes ‘Serious Injuries’ After Cougar Attack in Washington ParkMan Dies After Apparent Shark Attack in HawaiiTiger Shark With Teeth, Jaw Removed and Stomach Cut Out Found on South Carolina Beach 911 Calls Released: Kinkajou Sneaks Into Florida Apartment, Attacks ManWoman Bitten Twice By Shark While Swimming in Hawaii Bay center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Weather Eye Enjoy sun milder weather on weekend before and after more

first_imgPatrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. As I write this column late Wednesday afternoon it is raining cats and dogs with water running curb to curb. Yep, I think we have entered our annual rainy season a bit early this year. More rain on the way tonight and Friday with breezy conditions.There is a silver lining in all these clouds however as high pressure will follow the next incoming storm. This brings sunshine and mild weather back to us. High temperatures will inch into the 70s Saturday through Monday.So this weekend will be ideal to make the annual trek to the pumpkin patch and bring home those orange gems to test the artistic abilities of carvers and artists for the Halloween festivities. The fields may be a bit muddy so bring the old shoes or boots. Sunday and Monday would be the best as things dry out.Meanwhile in the upper elevations, snow has been falling and when skies clear Saturday afternoon and Sunday you will see some new whitecaps on the Cascade peaks. The snow mainly stuck above six or seven thousand feet so a narrow ring will be showing on Mount St. Helens and a broader cap on Mount Hood.Have fun in the pumpkin patch this weekend because after that I have to squash (pun) the fair weather forecast. An active weather pattern sets up late Monday and the rain and wind will return in earnest. In fact we could easily see 2-3 inches of rain next week with the highest amounts at the coast and in the mountains.last_img read more

Orchards firstgraders eggs fail to hatch

first_imgA valiant attempt at “project-based learning” – a bit of educational jargon encompassing hands-on projects — got a bit too real for Orchards Elementary School.Four baby chicks, barely hatchlings, died in a first-grade classroom over the weekend.They are survived by four classrooms of undoubtedly bummed out 5- and 6-year-olds.The elementary school’s first-grade students have spent several weeks studying the life cycle — including its end — of chickens. The cherry on top for the lesson? An incubator filled with 14 eggs, promising a chance for the students to see their studies come literally to life.But that was not to be. The eggs, purchased online from mypetchicken.com, never hatched. Four appeared to be hatching over the weekend, but their efforts to see the sunny side of life met a hard-boiled end.Emily Humphrey, associate principal at the elementary school, said the teachers are regrouping to decide how to proceed. They’ll likely buy new eggs and start over, and have a conversation with the students about what happened.“That’s how life goes, and that’s an important part of what they’re learning,” Humphrey said. “It’s the whole life cycle.”Despite the unhappy ending, Humphrey said the project was still a valuable learning experience.“It’s an authentic piece,” Humphrey said. “They can still learn a lot even though the ones that are hatching didn’t make it.”last_img read more

Ground broken at VA for local Fisher House

first_imgOfficials broke ground Friday on Vancouver’s VA campus for the nation’s 67th Fisher House — which means they’ve learned something since 1990 about building them.A Fisher House is a home away from home for families of veterans or service personnel who are being treated at a military or a Veterans Affairs hospital.One of the original Fisher Houses was built near Washington, D.C., at what now is Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. It didn’t take long to recognize an oversight, David Coker, president of the Fisher House Foundation, said.“A soldier had lost his legs and he was wheeled in” to spend some time with his family, Coker said during Friday’s ceremony.The soldier’s family was living on the second floor of the Fisher House, and the only way up was the stairs. “People decided they could put him on a sheet and carry him up the stairs,” Coker said.“You hear that once, and you get elevators.”Vancouver is part of the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Since the Vancouver campus has a lot more open space than Portland’s, a site just across the street from Clark College on the northwest side of Fort Vancouver Way was chosen for the Fisher House.last_img read more

Rainbow ears make their Disney debut in time for Pride Month

first_img(WSVN) – Walt Disney World has released a new design of their famous Mickey Mouse ears.Social media is buzzing about the company’s new rainbow ears, which are out just in time for Pride Month in June. A photo of the new ears, taken by Alex Farnworth, shows they feature two rainbow-striped ears on top of a red hat with a blue trim.The front of the hat is embroidered with Mickey’s gloves forming the shape of a heart, and the heart is filled with a rainbow.They are being sold at souvenir shops in all four of the Disney World theme parks, as well as Disneyland in California.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington Week of June 23 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are job listings previously published on Wilmington Apple during the week of June 23, 2019:Full-Time Mathematics Teacher at Wilmington High SchoolFull-Time Member Onboarding Coordinator at AmetrosFull-Time Member Care Specialist at AmetrosFull-Time Rx Authorization Specialist at AmetrosFull-Time Durable Medical Equipment Specialist at AmetrosFull-Time Scenic Painter at Art of the EventPart-Time Nanny For Wilmington ChildFull-Time Shirt Presser at Anton’s CleanersPart-Time Scale House Operator at Lynch Materials Inc.Part-Time Sunday Deliver Driver at OptimaFull-Time Receptionist at CareOneFull-Time Warehouse Driver at Harrington Industrial PlasticsFull-Time Production Support Coordinator at Charles River LabsFull-Time & Part-Time Cashier at Cumberland FarmsFull-Time Assistant Site Manager at Packer Sanitation ServicesFull-Time Site Manager at Packer Sanitation ServicesFull-Time Branch Manager (Tier 2) at Citizens BankPart-Time Guest Advocate TargetFull-Time Reset Specialist at Pepsi Co.Part-Time Officer Administrator at ChemGenesFull-Time Planning & Logistics Specialist at DSMFull-Time Personal Insurance Assistant Account Manager at HUB InternationalFull-Time Helper/Laborer at Enduro Construction Co.Full-Time Professional Auto Detailer at Final Finish Collision CentersFull-Time & Part-Time Sales Associates at Nouria EnergyPart-Time Babysitter For 2 Wilmington ChildrenFull-Time Supervisor (Quality Assurance) at Spectra Medical DevicesFull-Time Senior Principal Electrical Engineer at MKS InstrumentsPart-Time General Laborer at Pepsi Co.Full-Time SVP of Operations at AmetrosFull-Time Educational Assistant (STAGES Program) at North Intermediate SchoolFull-Time Carpet Cleaning Technician at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Systems Analyst at Analog DevicesFull-Time Maintenance Trainer at SymboticPart-Tme Merchandiser at Red BullFull-Time Laborer at Packer Sanitation ServicesFull-Time Business Unit Controller at MKS InstrumentsFull-Time & Part-Time Cashier/Customer Service at K1 SpeedFull-Time Drain Cleaner at Drains By JamesFull-Time Heavy-Highway Construction Operators & Laborers at Swank Construction CompanyFull-Time Client Services Representative at AllOne Health GroupFull-TIme Technical Analyst at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Sales Trainee at Red BullFull-Time Calibration II at TranscatPart-Time/Full-Time Food & Beverage Team Leader at TargetFull-Time Residential Life Coach (Overnight) at NuPathFull-Time Calibration Laboratory Manager at TranscatFull-Time Service Desk Technician at SymboticFull-Time Software Engineer at SymboticFull-Time CNC/LATHE Programmer at Scully Signal Co.(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

HSBC Underweight on Sensex to Return to Dalal Street Only After 10

first_imgHSBC has cut the outlook for Indian stocks to ‘underweight’ from overweight earlier, saying that the market is likely to more downside due to poor corporate earnings, limited scope for rate cuts and significant negative impact from El Nino conditions.The bank sees huge scope for capital outflows from the country, as foreign investors buying of domestic equities looks stretched.”India remains one of the most over-owned markets in Asia, but earnings growth is slowing and there is little room for further rate cuts,” HSBC said on Wednesday in a note  to Reuters.The investment bank chooses to stay away from the markets at current levels and looks to re-enter the markets if they decline by another 10 percent.The Indian stock markets have been trading highly volatile for the past few sessions on controversy over the Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) on overseas investors. The government has asked them to pay MAT on long-term capital gains from equities earned previously.The bank sees no sign of rebound in India’s capex cycle and says the country has recorded the highest number of earnings downgrades in the region.”For earnings expectations to recover on a sustainable basis, they would need to see a recovery in the capex cycle and credit growth, but that is not visible yet. While reforms have been put in place, it might take some time before they impact corporate earnings,” HSBC told The Economic Times.Easing inflation and subdued growth may offer little scope for rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its next review meeting in June, but the bank sees little room for rate cuts from next year.”Rate cuts beyond 2015 and in the run up to RBI’s inflation target of 4% in early 2018 will depend on the government’s structural reforms. If they are coming, there could be further space to cut. But if not, the RBI may just have to sit tight,” said Devendra Joshi and Herald van der Linde, analysts at HSBC.Absence of rate cuts will provide little liquidity to the corporates weighing on the economic growth in the country.Lack of investments has led to companies reporting lacklustre earnings in the last fiscal year, with 396 companies showing a fall in revenue by 7 percent and profit by 6 percent on yearly basis, Firstpost reported citing a research note by SBI.Besides, the bank is concerned about the adverse impact of El Nino phenomenon on monsoon rainfall. El Nino may lead to poor monsoon rainfall during June-September, resulting in causing more damage to the agriculture sector, which is already hit by unseasonal rains.A second consecutive year of deficient monsoon rainfall would deepen the rural distress, in turn reducing the rural demand.last_img read more

Sebi asks Fortis Healthcare to recover 55 million from founders eight firms

first_imgShivinder Singh (L), Managing Director of Fortis Healthcare, speaks to his brother and Chairman Malivnder Singh during a news conference in Singapore July 1, 2010. India’s Fortis Healthcare launched a bid valuing Singapore hospital operator Parkway Holdings at $3.1 billion (S$4.3 billion), topping a bid by rival suitor Malaysian state fund Khazanah.REUTERS/Vivek PrakashIndia’s capital markets regulator has asked Fortis Healthcare (FOHE.NS) to recover 4.03 billion rupees ($55 million) from its founder brothers and firms related to them, pending an investigation into loans made by the company.Tycoon brothers Shivinder Singh and Malvinder Singh and eight firms related to them should jointly pay the sum with due interest to Fortis within three months, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) said in its order on Wednesday.”A detailed investigation of the entire scheme employed in this case is necessary to find out the role of each entity in the alleged routing of funds,” SEBI said.SEBI will carry out a detailed investigation, but said it was issuing an interim order to protect the interests of Fortis Healthcare shareholders and prevent any further “deterioration” of company funds or assets.It also barred the Singh brothers and the firms from selling any assets or from diverting any funds except for meeting daily expenses till such a probe was completed.Reuters could not reach the Singh brothers for comment, while Fortis did not immediately respond to a request for comment outside regular business hours.The eight firms and the Singh brothers, who have also been ordered not to associate themselves with any Fortis-related business, have 21 days to file a reply from the day they receive the order, SEBI said.Cash-strapped Fortis, which operates about 30 private hospitals in India, accepted an investment offer from Malaysia’s IHH Healthcare Bhd (IHHH.KL) in July after an extended bidding war for control of the company.last_img read more

Buy This Comic The Weatherman 1

first_imgStay on target “Nathan Bright had it all: an awesome girlfriend, a kickass dog, and a job as the number one weatherman on terraformed Mars. But when he’s accused of carrying out the worst terrorist attack in human history—an event that wiped out nearly the entire population of Earth—Nathan becomes the most wanted man alive and a target of a manhunt that spans the galaxy. But is Nathan truly responsible for such a horrific crime? And why can’t he remember?”THE WEATHERMAN #1(W): Jody Leheup (A): Nathan Fox (C): Dave Stewart (L): Steve Wands (D): Tom MullerI adore when comics take you on the ride with a title character. You’re not sure what’s happening and left in confusion of what they’ve gotten themselves into. You have more questions than answer. You’re sitting with the issue going, BUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?! Weatherman #1 gives you that feeling. It brings an out of the box concept that will make you tilt your head, but when you dive in, you’ll get absorbed in this world within seconds.Jody Leheup is a writer that knows how to keep a secret and does a damn fine job with keeping you in the dark. Leheup’s narrative is so vague and mysterious, but you find yourself waiting for another piece of information to drop. As you read the first issue, you find yourself asking questions. What big event wipes out half a billion people? Why can’t Nathan remember anything? Why did these guys want to capture Nathan so severely? What’s going on?! All of these questions would lead some readers to frustration, but I’m one that loves this kind of storytelling. It leads you to lean in a little bit more as the story unfolds.via Image ComicsThe Weatherman #1 is almost guaranteed, especially with Leheup’s writing to have that “oh shit” moment, just like in the final panels. Leheup has a way of writing a hilarious story that catches you from the start. The withdrawal makes the lead up with this comic something powerful and thrilling. That’s what it does with the characters as well.Nathan Bright, The Weatherman himself has one of the coolest jobs in the world. He lives practically like a rockstar with a life of luxury in every sense, but now he’s about to go down for something he doesn’t remember. We’re in the journey with Nathan which is another thing that’s so appealing with Leheup’s narrative. It makes it so much more impressive as we’re in the dark with the character. This is something a brilliant writer can bring out in a narrative. He’s done it with Shirtless Bear Fighter. This time, Leheup invites you to follow along with Nathan til the end.via Image ComicsNathan Fox’s art for Weatherman is an absolute knockout. I was immediately blown away by how much detail he brings to the panels with his pencils. Fox delivers a unique and offbeat style. One that’s sketch-driven, but with that carries a lot more than he can do with those details, including action and a whole bunch of sci-fi. Action scenes in comics ALWAYS land me. It’s something rarely done with grace from panel to panel or even in the panels. Fox absolutely nails it in those final pages that are easily some of my favorites in comics this year. Let me put it this way. If Black Widow, drawn by Nathan Fox is something Marvel wants to do, I will throw all my money at it. Fox’s art is aesthetically pleasing and a visual delight, especially paired with Dave Stewart’s bright and neon colors throughout the panels.Stewart presents colors that are high neon or bright/dense pastels while setting the mood of the comic that is both high energy and playful. Throughout the panels, he mixes them perfectly, allowing you to zoom in on certain things within Fox’s art that your eyes didn’t catch before. I know I say a lot of art and colors are a match, but with Stewart’s color and Fox’s art, it’s pure creation of a world at its best. They both bring a satisfying vibrant world to life with the visuals that leave you excited for more.via Image ComicsSteve Wands’ lettering for this issue is outstanding. He plays into the atmosphere and space of the comic. Wands gives it the variation it needs when it comes to the story and working within Fox’s art. The placement is eye-catching and allows to move from panel to panel effortlessly without missing a beat. Something else I loved and took notice of was the hand-lettered font by Nathan Fox and designed by John Green. It flowed naturally within Wand’s lettering and gave it a distinct and striking look that was just as unique as the comic is.Weatherman #1 is a series you can’t miss. Filled with an intriguing and bonkers premise mixed with stunning visuals that are out of this world. It’s purely creative, unique and one of a kind. The Weatherman #1 is now available on Comixology and in your local comic shops.6/13/2018 Releases – In addition to THE WEATHERMAN #1, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.By Night #1 by John Allison (W), Christine Larsen (A) BOOM! BoxThe Magic Order #1 by Mark Miller (W), Olivier Coipel (A) Image ComicsBatgirl vs. The Riddler #1 by Tim Seeley(W), Minkyu Jung, Jose Marzan Jr. (A), Jose Marzan Jr. (I), Jordi Bellaire (C) DC ComicsAdventure Time Vol. 12: Thunder Road by Jeremy Sorese (W), Zachary Sterling (A) KaBOOM!A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni & Tristan Jimerson (W), Archie Bongiovanni (A) Oni PressIt Will All Hurt by Farel Dalrymple (C, W, A) Image ComicsMarvel Rising: Alpha #1 by Devin Grayson (W), Georges Durate (A) Marvel ComicsDeadpool: Assassin #1 by Cullen Bunn (W), Mark Bagley (A) Marvel ComicsLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 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Joint Forum of Trade Unions announce series of agitations over tea workers

first_imgDarjeeling: The Joint Forum of Trade Unions of West Bengal announced a series of agitation programmes, in demand of the implementation of minimum wages in the tea industry of the state.A meeting of the Joint Forum resolved that on June 27 and 28, memorandums will be given to District Magistrates, Superintendent of Police and GTA chairman, with the demand of implementation of minimum wages in the tea gardens.One June 24, the Joint Forum will hold a public meeting at Mirik, to address various issues including minimum wages, land documents for tea garden workers and the Margaret’s Hope incident of June 25, 1955, which is commemorated as martyr’s day. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIncidentally on June 25, 1955, ajoint movement had been called by the trade unions of All India GorkhaLeague and undivided CPI at Margaret’s Hope Tea Garden, 24 km from Darjeeling.On that day, workers had assembled in Margaret’s Hope Tea Garden, to submit a 14 point charter of demands.A scuffle had taken place between the management and the workers and in the police firing that ensued, 6 people died and many were injured.The ones who were killed were Amrit Maya Kamini (18), Moulik Sobha Raini (23), Kancha Sunwar (22), Padam Bahadur Kami (25), Jitman Tamang (45) and Kaley Limbu (14). Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”On June 25, martyr’s day will be observed by all tea garden workers in Darjeeling, Terai and Dooars, before work in the garden commences,” stated Zia Ul Alam, convenor.On July 2, 3, 4 and 5, gate meetings and demonstrations will be held in front of all the 87 tea gardens in the Hills.”We feel that the government will pay heed to our just demand and implement minimum wages at the earliest. If the above programme fails to yield the desired results, then we will chalk out our future course of action. We appeal for support from one and all for our cause. Our agitation will be peaceful and democratic,” stated Alam.At present, workers are getting a daily wage of Rs 160. In 2015, a tripartite agreement was signed between operating trade unions, management of gardens and the state government, stating that minimum wages would be implemented. Recently, Rs 17.50 was given as interim hike to the daily wages.last_img read more