first_imgLes Néo-Écossais auront bientôt un plus grand choix et un meilleur accès aux soins dentaires préventifs grâce à un projet de loi présenté aujourd’hui 27 novembre par le ministre de la Santé, Chris d’Entremont. Le projet de loi sur les hygiénistes dentaires permettra aux hygiénistes dentaires de la Nouvelle-Écosse d’effectuer une plus vaste gamme de tâches relatives aux soins dentaires préventifs et de pratiquer dans un environnement indépendant. « Nous cherchons, et trouvons, des façons novatrices de s’assurer que tous les Néo-Écossais ont accès aux soins de santé dont ils ont besoin et qu’ils méritent, » a dit M. d’Entremont. « Cette loi est une très bonne nouvelle pour les aînés et les Néo-Écossais qui ont des problèmes de mobilité. Il s’agit d’une autre façon créative d’utiliser les professionnels et les ressources dont nous disposons afin d’en tirer le maximum de profit. » En vertu de la loi proposée, les hygiénistes dentaires auront une plus grande autonomie, leur permettant ainsi d’établir des cliniques d’hygiène dentaires indépendantes des dentistes. Les hygiénistes dentaires pourront offrir des soins dentaires préventifs dans des endroits non traditionnels, par exemple dans les établissements de soins de longue durée. L’accès aux services d’hygiène dentaire sera donc amélioré, particulièrement au sein de la population mal desservie de la Nouvelle-Écosse. La loi permettra également aux hygiénistes dentaires d’effectuer davantage de tâches reliées aux soins dentaires de façon indépendante, notamment le détartrage des dents et le surfaçage radiculaire, à condition d’avoir suivi une formation supplémentaire et qu’aucune contre-indication n’existe chez le patient. En vertu de la loi, la profession sera autoréglementée. Comme dans le cas de nombreux autres professionnels de la santé, incluant les médecins et les infirmières, les hygiénistes dentaires seront réglementés par leur collège professionnel, et seront responsables devant ce collège. La loi réglementera la pratique des hygiénistes dentaires en s’assurant que des normes de pratique sont établies et respectées. La loi prévoira également un processus de discipline et de traitement des plaintes à l’appui de la mise en application des normes et des exigences, et pour aborder toute préoccupation du public. Environ 600 hygiénistes dentaires sont membres de l’Association des hygiénistes dentaires de la Nouvelle-Écosse. L’association a travaillé étroitement avec le ministère de la Santé pour présenter cette loi. « Cette loi élimine le dernier obstacle à la croissance indépendante de notre profession et améliore l’accès aux soins dentaires pour tous les Néo-Écossais, » a dit Sue MacIntosh, présidente du comité législatif pour l’association. « Nous avons hâte de nous joindre aux autres hygiénistes dentaires à l’échelle du pays qui sont déjà en mesure d’offrir ces services aux Canadiens. » Les hygiénistes dentaires en Colombie-Britannique, en Alberta, en Saskatchewan, en Ontario et au Québec travaillent déjà selon des modèles indépendants semblables. À l’automne, la province présentera également des modifications à deux lois relatives aux soins de santé. Le premier projet de loi corrigera une erreur de rédaction dans la loi sur les hôpitaux (Hospitals Act), concernant le processus de publication des dossiers médicaux. Le deuxième projet de loi modifiera la loi sur la médecine (Medical Act) afin d’assurer la confidentialité des documents relatifs aux enquêtes et aux mesures disciplinaires dans les dossiers du Collège des médecins et des chirurgiens.last_img read more

first_imgPorto: Portugal manager Fernando Santos hailed Cristiano Ronaldo a “football genius” after his 53rd career hat-trick sent Portugal into the final of the Nations League on home soil in Porto with a 3-1 win over Switzerland. The hosts had to withstand a huge moment of VAR controversy as after Ronaldo’s free-kick opened the scoring, Portugal thought they had the chance to double their lead from the penalty spot. Instead German referee Felix Brych reversed his initial decision and awarded a spot-kick at the other end for an earlier incident, which Ricardo Rodriguez converted to seemingly send the game to extra-time. However, Ronaldo predictably took centre stage as he struck twice in the final two minutes to set up a clash with England or the Netherlands, who meet in the second semi-final on Thursday, in Sunday’s final. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun”I was his coach in 2003 and I could see where he’d go,” said Santos. “He’s a genius. There’s genius paintings and sculptures and he’s a football genius!” Portugal made it to the last four without their all-time record goalscorer as Ronaldo took a hiatus from international football to concentrate on his first season at Juventus. However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner returned to the national team in March and was always likely to be the centre of attention, particularly on a day when it was reported a rape lawsuit against him had been dropped. A lawyer for the American woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted by Ronaldo — accusations he has strongly denied — later dismissed that report, saying the case had not been dropped. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upIn front of an adoring home crowd, Ronaldo put the spotlight back on his performance on the pitch as he opened the scoring with a brilliant free-kick. The Portugal captain is however no longer his country’s only star name, with Bernardo Silva starring for Manchester City where he could soon be joined by Joao Felix. City are reportedly set to pay Felix’s 120-million-euro buyout clause from Benfica, but the 19-year-old missed a glaring chance to mark his international debut with a goal just before the break as he blasted over from Ronaldo’s pass.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government has taken a step towards fulfilling it’s promise to get rid of fossil fuel subsidies by agreeing to finally explain how much it actually spends on them.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr was in Argentina on Thursday where he and his Argentinian counterpart announced that each country will conduct a study on how much the other country subsidizes its fossil fuel industries.As part of both the G7 and G20, Canada has committed every year since 2009 that it will work to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies. The Liberals made it a campaign promise in 2015 and the following year said it would be done by 2025.Last year, auditor general Michael Ferguson said he tried to test the progress being made on phasing out the subsidies but blasted the government for refusing to provide documents that would allow him to do so.Last month, a dozen of Canada’s most well known and influential environment groups flagged lack of action on fossil fuel subsidies in a report card on the government’s efforts to deliver on its environmental promises.Earlier this month, Canada fared poorly in a report ranking the progress of the G7 nations on phasing out fossil fuels. The report, completed by Oil Change International and the International Institute for Sustainable Development, concluded that the seven biggest developed economies in the world collectively contribute more than $100 billion a year to help the fossil fuel industry.While the U.S. spent the most overall, Canada spent the most per capita of any G7 country on oil and gas production, according to the report.Canada also received a poor grade for transparency of its subsidies.Catherine Abreu, executive director of the Climate Action Network-Canada, said agreeing to work with Argentina to peer review each other’s subsidies is a very good sign the government is finally moving on its commitment to phase them out.Environment groups have used publicly available documents to try and figure out how much Canada subsidizes oil and gas companies but, without the government producing its own thorough review, Abreu said it’s very hard to know what’s missing.Existing reviews suggest Canada offers about $3 billion to companies to explore and produce oil and gas within Canada. Export Development Canada also finances oil production in other countries, spending almost $12 billion in 2016 and $10 billion in 2017 on foreign oil production.Abreu said the government has never really defined what it means by “inefficient” subsidies so this review may finally shed light on that aspect as well.A spokesman for Carr said the government will make the review report public once it is complete.last_img read more

first_imgThe Actors’ Gang is proud to announce it has been selected as a 2018 California Nonprofit of the Year by Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove.Jeremie Loncka, Sydney Kamlager-Dove, Tim Robbins, Malissa ShriverTim Robbins, Artistic Director of The Actors’ Gang, with Jeremie Loncka, Director of Prison Programing, and The Actors’ Gang Board Member, Malissa Shriver, joined other nonprofit leaders being honored by their state senators and assembly members at a celebratory luncheon as part of California Nonprofits Day on June 6th.“I am excited to recognize The Actor’s Gang as this year’s Nonprofit of the Year. I honor this amazing nonprofit because of its commitment to theatre, and for its hard work around criminal justice reform. They use theatre as a tool for bringing dignity, rehabilitation and employment to this important conversation. The 54th Assembly District is lucky to have such a partner. They break a leg every time,” comments Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-DoveFounded in 1981, the Actors’ Gang is a world-renowned theater company, having toured its plays in 5 continents and in over 40 U.S. States along with producing over 200 provocative, ground breaking award winning productions in the city of Los Angeles. It’s most recent production The New Colossus addresses the current anti-immigration climate in the United States, and played to sold out audiences for 5 months in L.A. The play will begin touring in South America in January 2019. Charles McNulty writing in the L.A. Times said of the production: “At a time when history is being warped by demagoguery The New Colossus holds a theatrical mirror to the nation.”Aside from touring and producing 6 shows a year at its home base in Culver City, The Actors’ Gang has a vigorous Outreach Program that serves over 3000 young students in nine Los Angeles area public schools. Through in school immersion and after school programs, the Gang teachers help to unlock the unlimited potential of young students, encouraging them to find the voice within them that has been dormant and to tell their story proudly.For the past 12 years The Actors’ Gang has been working with hundreds of incarcerated men and women in the California Correctional system, running rehabilitative workshops in 12 State Prisons as well as programs in two Re-entry Facilities and 2 Juvenile Detention Centers. The Prison Project has been recognized as effective cognitive therapy by the Department of Corrections and has been lauded by the Obama White House and by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Recent studies indicate a significant reduction in the recidivism rates of men and women that have been through the Prison Project workshops as well as an 89% reduction in 115s (in prison infractions).Both The Actors’ Gang Prison Project and the Education Department foster tolerance and nonviolent expression through improvised theatrical workshops, enabling emotional and social development for students, who often have become numb to emotion and human interaction. Ensemble building is at the heart of the work, the achievement of tasks through collective effort.In 2014 The Actors Gang was instrumental in reviving state funding for Arts in Corrections, working with the Governor, State Representatives and the Department of Corrections to reinstate funding in the state budget for rehabilitative arts programming in California prisons. Recently The Actors’ Gang has been working with the California Arts Council, Governor Brown and key representatives to increase state funding for nonprofit arts organizations throughout the state of California.“Nonprofits make California communities stronger, yet we’re often so busy that we don’t toot our own horns about the work we’re doing,” explains Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). “California Nonprofits Day is an opportunity for our elected officials to recognize the good work they see nonprofits doing in their districts, and it also demonstrates the larger collective impact of nonprofits throughout California.”last_img read more

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsA man from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation in northern Manitoba died on a Greyhound bus while on his way to see his heart specialist in Winnipeg.Family of Abraham Donkey say he was transported to a health station in Thompson and was being transferred to Winnipeg.They say he asked for a flight, or be allowed to have someone with him on the 12 hour bus ride.The family says both requests were denied.abrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandsonlast_img

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday refused to stall the release of film ‘Ram Ki Janmabhoomi’ which is scheduled to hit the screens across the country on March 29. A plea seeking to stall the release of the film was mentioned before a bench headed by Justice S A Bobde and the petitioner claimed that the release of the movie will vitiate the ongoing mediation proceeding in the Ayodhya land dispute case. “There is no connection between the mediation proceeding and the release of the movie,” the bench said and listed the plea for hearing after two weeks. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The film ‘Ram Ki Janmabhoomi’, directed by Sanoj Mishra, revolves around the controversial issue of Ram Mandir. Hearing a similar petition filed before it, the Delhi High Court said Wednesday that people will have to be tolerant if the freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under the Constitution has to survive. The court’s observation came while hearing a plea filed by Prince Yakub Habeebuddin Tucy, who claimed to be a descendant of Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, seeking to stop the release of the same film, ‘Ram Ki Janmabhoomi’.last_img read more

Rabat – Mahfoud Kerbadj, the Algerian president of the country’s professional football league has praised Zaki Badou, the Moroccan coach of Algerian football team Chabab Belouizdad (CRP), for leading the team to its 7th Algerian Cup win. Kerbadj responded to questions from journalists, saying that he had been “very pessimistic” about the future of CRP, but this view had changed thanks to Zaki and the coach’s technical staff who helped the team win the Algerian Cup. “I have already said it, and I’ll affirm it once again: Zaki is a world class coach.”

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the firing of a ballistic missile earlier today by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and urged the country to refrain from further actions.“Although the DPRK’s ballistic missile launch was a failure, this attempt constituted a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions 1718 (2006), 1874 (2009), 2087 (2013), 2094 (2013) and 2270 (2016),” said a press statement issued by the 15-member body.The members of the Security Council reiterated that the DPRK shall refrain from further actions in violation of the relevant Security Council resolutions and comply fully with its obligations under these resolutions.In light of these recent violations, the Council emphasized the importance of the work of the Security it’s Committee established pursuant to resolution 1718 (2006), and urged all Member States to redouble their efforts to implement the measures imposed in all relevant Council resolutions.The members of the Security Council reiterated the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in North-east Asia at large, expressed their commitment to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation and welcomed efforts by Council members as well as other States to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue.The Council agreed that it would continue to closely monitor the situation and take further significant measures in line with the Council’s previously expressed determination. read more

There were bittersweet results for the men’s and women’s cross country teams this weekend at Pre-Nationals.The women’s team finished 11th out of 37 teams, and the men’s team finished 22nd out of 35 teams.Sarah Foster and Katie Williams finished in the top 50 and led the way for the Buckeyes, who finished ahead of No. 12 Baylor and No. 27 Northern Arizona. “I was really focused on working with my teammates to run as a pack,” Williams said. She had “the race of her life” coach Chris Neal said.The women also finished just behind No. 17 Arizona State and No. 30 Notre Dame.“We really ran pretty average for ourselves,” Neal said. Only Taylor Williams and Donald Roys placed in the top 100 on the men’s side.Coach Robert Gary attributed part of the team’s poor finish to a spreading flu bug.“We have some players with complaints of the start of the flu,” Gary said. “We feel we could have done better. … The rest of the Big Ten ran lousy this week too.”Both teams believe this race has its advantages, regardless of how they placed.“Teams come to Pre-Nationals to get acclimated with the course,” Taylor Williams said. “I believe this is my sixth time running it.”“It’s great to get on the course for Nationals. We’ve ran it three times this weekend,” Neal said.The next big test for both teams will be the Big Ten Championships, the gateway to the national meet.“Everyone is really confident that we can go into the Big Ten and finish in the top three,” Neal said.Katie Williams hopes the women’s team can carry over the confidence gained from the meet.    “I think we should go into this meet with the confidence that we can compete and finish well,” she said.The men’s team is not so confident after its rough weekend. With health questions and confidence issues, the outlook is dim at this point.“[Our result] depends on how guys respond,” Gary said. “I’m hoping everyone stays healthy.” read more

first_imgScene from Grand Theft Auto VCredit:Photo/Rockstar Games/AP Scene from Grand Theft Auto V Grand Theft Auto V Credit:Mike Blake/REUTERS The VSC, which classifies suitable age groups for games, admits that the 1980’s legislation it is meant to uphold “could not foresee the arrival of the online world”. Consequently, the legislation and age classification system only applies to “physical or boxed products” sold over the counter. It is largely powerless to stop foreign website selling downloads or streaming brutal games to children who have access to a credit card or online payment system.Last night, Lorin LaFave, the mother of Breck Bednar, 14, who was murdered in Surrey after being targeted by his killer while playing online games, called on ministers to make legislation suitable for the 21st Century.“If children are normalised to the violence they view in games that are inappropriate for their age group, this could lead them to become desensitised, and possibly dangerous,” she said.“Breck’s killer seemed to blur the lines of death being real and permanent, just like in violent games, and so didn’t value life.  Age ratings must be adhered to whether a hardcopy or streamed version is purchased. We must insist that government and industry make efforts to achieve this very important goal for the safety of all.” Grand Theft Auto V Britain’s video games watchdog has failed to ban a single violent game as campaigners warn that laws are not keeping up with advances in technology.Children’s charities and relatives of those killed by murderers thought to be acting out violent scenes from games are calling for an urgent review of rules meant to prevent young people obtaining the most gratuitously brutal games over the internet.The Video Standards Council (VSC) was accused by peers earlier this week of “not doing its job” after it emerged that it had not banned any violent games since it became the industry watchdog in 2012. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. When The Telegraph signed up to the website Steam, which has millions of visitors downloading games each day, it found a page featuring a video posted of a male showing off his “skills” with a butterfly knife. The knife was made after fans of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive asked an American company to manufacture one similar to that used by the game’s character who goes on a “killing spree”.Earlier this year, Acting Chief Inspector Stuart Weaver from Suffolk Police warned that teenagers were more prone to violence as if “living in a Playstation world”.In 2013, a gang of knife-wielding teenagers stabbed a schoolboy to death in a Tube station, something police blamed on a “blurring between the real world and the computer world”.An NSPCC spokesperson said: “We have long called for sites, apps and games to better protect all children using their platforms. They need legally enforceable universal safety standards that are built in from the start. And websites who fail to meet these standards should be sanctioned and fined by an independent regulator.”A spokeswoman for the Internet Watch Foundation, which works to remove online child sex abuse images, warned that the “internet moves at a fast and ever-changing pace”.“We know that it is an absolute necessity that regulators move with the times in order to make the internet safer and that there is something in place to protect children at all levels on the internet.”A VSC spokesman said the reasons downloadable games are not subject to legal controls was because it is “extremely difficult” to enforce legislation on foreign websites. Instead sites rely on the use of credit cards or PayPal accounts as proof of age.A Department for Culture Media and Sport spokesman said: “As part of our Internet Safety Strategy, the Government is working with industry and the VSC to improve online safety in games, which includes online purchases of age-restricted video games by children.”Last year, the VSC categorised 146 out of 498 video games as for over 18s only. Lord Laming, who led investigations into the deaths of Victoria Climbie and Baby P, said this internet loophole was putting children at risk.“Technology is moving ahead of our laws and procedures which is leaving young people particularly vulnerable.“To include violence as part of a game gives children the impression that it’s not only normal behaviour but fun. To portray dreadful acts as appropriate for a game is completely wrong.”last_img read more

first_imgTHE DUBLIN FILM Critics Circle has chosen the award winners at the 11th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.The Best Film Award went to hallucinatory science fiction film Vanishing Waves, while joint US and Irish project Babygirl won Best Irish Feature.Aleksey Vertkov took the Best Actor award for his portrayal of Ivan Naidenov in White Tiger, a film about an invulnerable tank during World War II; Dilan Aksut received Best Actress for Night of Silence, in which a Turkish newlywed fears consummation so tells her husband stories to distract him.The jury also named Claire Dix as this year’s recipient of the Michael Dwyer Discovery Award. Claire directed Broken Song, a documentary about three street poets and hip-hop artists from North Dublin.This year’s Critics Circle was composed of Daniel Anderson (Click), Paul Byrne (movies.ie), Brogen Hayes (Spin FM), John Maguire (Sunday Business Post), Nicola Timmins (Average Film Reviews), Dave O’Mahony (Access Cinema), Donald Clarke (Irish Times) and DFCC president Tara Brady (Irish Times).The 10 day festival, which started on February 14th, ended last night.The complete list of winners:Best Film: Vanishing WavesBest Director: Mikhail Segal (Short Stories)Best Actor: Aleksey Vertkov (White Tiger)Best Actress: Dilan Aksut (Night of Silence)Best Cinematography: Beyond The HillsBest Irish Documentary: Get The PictureBest Debut: Maja Milos (Clip)Best Screenplay: Oriol Paulo (The Body)Best Documentary: Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer StoryBest Irish Feature: Baby GirlSpecial Jury Award: Blanca NievesSpecial Jury Award: After LuciaSpecial Jury Award: The King of PigsThe Michael Dwyer Discovery Award: Claire Dix (Broken Song)Read: 5 things you probably didn’t know about Danny DeVito >last_img read more

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File photoBangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said their party wants the Election Commission (EC) to work neutrally instead of indulging in ‘flattering’, reports UNB.”You (govt) made the chief election commissioner as per your wish. It seems he wants to bring the political parties in the polls through flattering. We would like to tell him to work neutrally and take steps impartially. You need not to flatter anyone. It’s unnecessary,” he said.The BNP leader came up with the comment while speaking at a discussion at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) arranged by Bhasani Smrity Sangsad marking the 41st death anniversary of great leader Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani.Referring to the CEC’s comments about BNP and Awami League during their talks with the EC, Fakhrul said KM Nurul Huda tried to make BNP happy with his remarks about its founder’s role in restoring multiparty democracy.”You also tried to appease Awami League calling (Bangabandhu) the greatest human being of thousand years. There’s no point of making such comments. Demonstrate your neutrality through your actions,” he said.The BNP leader urged the EC to take steps for ensuring equal scopes for all political parties so that they can carry out political and organisational activities smoothly in a peaceful manner.”They (AL leaders) will visit different areas by helicopters and conduct electioneering, and we won’t be able to hold one meeting, take to the streets and speak the truth. And our chairperson and leaders and activists will remain busy appearing in courts every week. Under such an atmosphere, a fair election cannot be held. A level-playing field must be created for all parties from now on,” he said.To hold a credible and effective election, Fakhrul said, the current parliament must be dissolved and all the political cases will have to be withdrawn for creating a level-playing field.He also warned that no election will be held this time if BNP does not participate in it. “People won’t allow you (AL) anymore to hang onto power by that type of polls (5 Jan, 2014 ones) as they want to see an inclusive election so that they can form a government with their votes.”last_img read more

first_imgBUET students are seen during a protest they started on 15 June. UNB file photoAgitating students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) returned to their classes on Saturday, a week after their protests rocked the campus.BUET students started demonstration on 15 June to press home 16-point demands, including cancelling recruitment of students’ welfare director and increasing research allocation.They met education minister Dipu Moni on Thursday who assured them to fulfill their demands.On Friday, the university authorities pledged to the students that their 16-point demands would be met soon.last_img

first_imgA woman reacts next to two coffins during a mass burial of victims, two days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, at a cemetery near St Sebastian Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka 23 April, 2019. Photo: ReutersSri Lankan police detained a Syrian among 40 people being questioned about the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels, government and military sources said on Tuesday, as the toll from the coordinated bomb attacks rose to 321.No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which officials said were carried out by at least seven suicide bombers on three churches and four hotels. About 500 people were also wounded.However, the focus of suspicion is falling on Islamist militants with links to foreign groups. U.S. intelligence sources said the attacks bore some of the hallmarks of the Islamic State extremist group.Tuesday was declared a national day of mourning and the funerals of some of the victims were held as pressure mounted on the government over why effective action had not been taken in response to a warning this month about a possible attack on churches by a little-known domestic Islamist group.Police said the number of people arrested since Sunday had risen to 40, most of them Sri Lankans. The investigation of those detainees had led to the Syrian, three government and military sources told Reuters.”He was arrested after the interrogation of local suspects,” one of the sources said.The first six attacks – on three churches and three luxury hotels – came within 20 minutes on Sunday morning during Easter services and as hotels served breakfast.Two more explosions – at a down-market hotel and a house in a suburb of the capital, Colombo – came in the early afternoon.Most of the dead and wounded were Sri Lankans, although government officials said 38 foreigners were killed. That included British, U.S., Australian, Turkish, Indian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch and Portuguese nationals.FBI TO HELPThe bombs brought a shattering end to a relative calm that had existed in the Buddhist-majority Indian Ocean island since a bitter civil war fought by Tamil separatists ended 10 years ago and raised fears of a return to sectarian violence.Sri Lanka’s 22 million people include minority Christians, Muslims and Hindus. Up to now, Christians had largely managed to keep out of the worst of the island’s conflict and communal tensions.The government imposed an emergency law at midnight on Monday, giving police extensive powers to detain and interrogate suspects without court orders.An overnight curfew has also been imposed since Sunday.U.S. President Donald Trump called Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday to pledge U.S. support in bringing the perpetrators to justice.The Washington Post quoted an unidentified law enforcement official as saying Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents were being sent to Sri Lanka to assist in the investigation.The FBI has also offered laboratory expertise to test evidence and analysts were scouring databases for information that might shed light on the attacks, the Post said. Counter-terrorism officials from Britain were also due to arrive on Tuesday, a Western diplomat in Colombo said.U.S. intelligence sources said the attacks carried some of the hallmarks of the Islamic State militant group, although they were cautious because it had not claimed responsibility.Islamic State is usually quick to claim responsibility for, or links to, attacks against foreign targets or religious groups whether they were involved or not.Footage on CNN showed what it said was one of the bombers wearing a heavy backpack. The man patted a child on the head before entering the Gothic-style St. Sebastian church in Katuwapitiya, north of Colombo. Dozens were killed there.INTERNAL FEUDThe attacks have also underlined concern over fractures in Sri Lanka’s government, and whether the discord prevented action that might have stopped them.The government got a tip-off from India this month about a possible attack on churches by a little-known domestic Islamist group, the National Thawheed Jama’ut group.It was not immediately clear what action, if any, was taken in response. A government minister said on Monday Wickremesinghe had not been informed about the warning and had been shut out of top security meetings because of a feud with President Maithripala Sirisena.Sirisena fired Wickremesinghe last year only to be forced to reinstate him under pressure from the Supreme Court. Their relationship is reported to be fraught.The U.S. State Department said in a travel advisory “terrorist groups” were plotting possible attacks in Sri Lanka and targets could include tourist spots, transport hubs, shopping malls, hotels, places of worship and airports.China’s embassy in Sri Lanka warned Chinese nationals against travelling to Sri Lanka in the near term because of “huge security risks”.China is a major investor in Sri Lanka. The embassy said one Chinese national was killed, five wounded and five were missing.Among the victims were three of the four children of Anders Holch Povlsen, Denmark’s richest man.Eight Britons were also killed, including Anita Nicholson, her 14-year-old son and her 11-year-old daughter. Nicholson’s husband survived the attack on the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo.last_img read more

first_imgBy Hamzat Sani, Special to the AFROWhen Jake Cumsky-Whitlock decided to open Solid State Books he knew he wanted a store that could serve as a third space that would intellectually feed the District’s book ravenous crowd but he also knew that he wanted it to be in a community that was diverse enough to encompass the changing face of the city and it’s longtime residents. Along with business partner Scott Abel, Jake set out to find the perfect home for their bookstore and quickly found that the historically Black H Street NE was the place to be.By the looks of it their decision to open Solid State Books last year has not been a disappointing one.Solid State Books, Historic H Street, Washington DC (Photo by Hamzat Sani)“We’re thrilled to be in our new space and to realize the vision we had for a large, full-servicebookstore and cafe that serves as a neighborhood gathering place,” said Jake, a Boston native with a lifelong love affair with books. “We’re grateful for the warm welcome we received when we opened our pop-up shop, and are excited to expand what we started there into a cultural and intellectual hub that serves our community.”Solid State Books celebrated their grand opening this past weekend with a slew of events; such as putting on display their community approach to their new neighborhood. In partnership with the Atlas Theatre, the bookstore hosted a book reading, discussion and signing with Actress/Writer Vivica A. Fox, promoting her new book “Everyday I’m Hustling.”They followed the event with a storytime event for kids, which the bookstore makes great pains to cater to. “We knew we wanted a big kids section because children’s books are huge and it was important for us to get the earliest readers,” said Whitlock.Between Whitlock and Abel. lies a combined 30 years of bookselling at the D.C. bookstore and institution Kramerbooks and Afterwords. Whitlock spent 15 years at Kramerbooks and ended his time there as the head buyer, while Abel served as the old bookstore’s general manager. After realizing that their time with Kramer’s was coming to an end, the two set out to bring books to a new community with a distinct need for it.“We knew there was a need for this here… a place for the open exchange of ideas, a place where people could go and touch books and think about things,” Jake Cumsky-Whitlock told The AFRO “Restaurants and bars are great. Coffee shops are great. But a bookstore in this day and age is such a vital third place for people. A place where they can really go that’s not there home, that’s not their work, that’s not just a place to refuel. Where they can just sort of spend some time and just let their mind wander and maybe come across things that they hadn’t thought about.”The bookstore features a few elements that make it easy to lose a day or two in. In addition to being the largest bookstore in D.C. in 20 years, with an extensive collection of both fiction and nonfiction, the space also houses a bar for coffee, tea, alcohol and wine. Pair this with their extensive events calendar, which includes a “Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt” on the 28th, and it’s easy to see oneself picking up the latest Ta-Nehisi Coates offering, grabbing a coffee, taking in a poetry reading and discussing the merits of Drake vs Pusha-T over rosé and never leaving the store.The bookstore also plans to engage the community it resides in by partnering with local schools on youth focused events and hosting book fairs for them as well. “We want to continue to put forth the idea that books are accessible and they shouldn’t be daunting or scary,” Whitlock told The AFRO. And I think that really needs to happen starting at a young age.”If you are wondering what books to pick up at the newly opened Solid State Books, check out a few suggested pieces from their head buyer. Nonfiction folks will like “A Spy in Canaan” by Marc Perrusquia which covers the story of an FBI informant who served as one of the most important photographers of the Civil Rights movement. Fiction readers will dig “Welcome to Lagos” by Nigerian author Chibundu Onuza about Nigerian military officers who abandon their post when ordered to commit violence against civilians. Poetry buffs can also pick up the recent offering by the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Kevin Young, “Brown.”Solid State Books is located at 600 H Street Northeast.last_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:What to do in Costa Rica in September From ATVs to Arenal, Adventure Tours offers the best of Costa Rica More than 20 boats competing in Tico waters eyeing Quepos Billfish Cup title International drug rehab in Costa Rica with the Costa Rica Treatment Center Milena Astorga, owner of Sunset Studio, has organized an event to showcase the work of several Costa Rican artists, including Juan Carlos Camacho, Leda Astorga and Milo González. The exhibition will take place at the Bahía del Sol Hotel in Potrero Beach, Guanacaste from March 24-31.Sunset Studios got its name from the beautiful sunsets in Guanacaste – where Astorga dreams to one day open an art gallery on the beach. Sunset Studio specializes in promoting Costa Rican artists, whom Astorga says rarely receive the attention and recognition they deserve. It boasts a wide variety of art, including paintings, sculptures, music, dance and literature. Juan Carlos Camacho.Juan Carlos Camacho, Leda Astorga and Milo González will all be present throughout the exhibition to answer questions about their technique and motivation. Astorga believes that building relationships with the public will strengthen understanding and appreciation of Costa Rican works of art.Artist, painter and architect Juan Carlos Camacho was born in Heredia and studied architecture at the University of Costa Rica. His work has been featured in 50 joint and 25 individual exhibitions around the world and has won him a variety of awards, including the “Grano de Oro” prize. Leda Astorga.Sculptor Leda Astorga received her degree in visual arts from the University of Costa Rica. Her work has been displayed worldwide, including in Panama, Taiwan, the United States and Chile. She has been described by Adriano Corrales Arias, Costa Rican writer and researcher, as “an artist that has developed her work with tenacity, observation and clarity, but fundamentally, with a nonchalance and a dedication, rarely seen in the media.” She has also won numerous awards, most notably the Aquileo J. Echeverría National Sculpture Prize in 1999. Milo González.As a child, Milo González was fascinated by illustrations, which often produced in him hypnotic effects. Those reactions inspired him to become an artist. Today, his style is more figurative, but it remains difficult to attribute to one specific artistic classification.“The work creates itself,” he said. “I am only a barely conscious spectator.”Home visits can be arranged, allowing certain members of the public with particularly demanding work schedules the opportunity to see — and purchase — works of art at their house or office. Virtual tours of the gallery will also be available at the Sunset Studio website.With this exhibition, Astorga says she has created a “more fun and welcoming space” that will allow a “direct connection” between artist and spectator. She hopes the opportunity to view beautiful art and understand the mind of the artist will heighten the experience.The main exhibition will be open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. each day from March 24-31, at the Bahía del Sol Hotel. Juan Carlos Camacho and Leda Astorga will be offering a workshop from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. March 25 and 28, respectively.Entry to the main gallery is free, and there is an entry fee of 15,000 colones (about $25) for Leda Astorga and Juan Carlos Camacho’s workshops, which include materials, a glass of wine and canapés.For more information on the artists and the featured works, visit the Sunset Studio website at https://www.sunsetstudiocr.com.Links to the artists’ profiles can be found here:Leda AstorgaJuan Carlos CamachoMilo GonzálezThis story was sponsored by Sunset Studio. To sponsor your website or event, contact kstanley@ticotimes.net. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgReed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) announced at ibtm world in Barcelona that it has signed a global agreement designating oneworld® as its exclusive airline alliance partner for 2016, in what is believed to be the biggest yet partnership of its kind.It will see the world’s leading organizer of travel and tourism events offer clients attending these events attractive discounts on the worldwide network of the most highly prized global airline alliance.It covers RTE events worldwide in 2016, including World Travel Market (WTM), International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) and Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Events (ibtm) events – a total of 19 shows, taking place in some 15 cities on five continents, attracting an estimated 100,000 delegates from across the travel sector worldwide.Participants of the travel events that are under the umbrella of Reed Travel Exhibitions (www.reedtravelexhibitions.com) will, from December 2015, be able to make flight reservations via www.oneworld.com/events for travel to these shows – and receive discounted fares for themselves and a companion.  They can fly on any oneworld member airline, which include 15 of the world’s leading carriers, serving between them more than 1,000 destinations in 150 plus countries.Members of any oneworld member airline frequent flyer programme will be able to take advantage of their usual privileges and benefits along the way – including earning miles/points and, for top tier cardholders and one companion each, the use any of the 650 plus airport lounges provided by the alliance’s airlines the world over.oneworld and oneworld events, the alliance’s travel solution for the meetings, conferences, conventions, exhibitions and special events sector, will be prominently promoted at RTE’s 2016 events including during their build up.“I am delighted to announce this partnership with oneworld events, the one stop air travel solution for large-scale meetings, conventions and events worldwide, so the strategic match with our portfolio creates a great partnership,” said Nick Pilbeam, Divisional Director of Reed Travel Exhibitions.“Every attendee whether exhibitor, buyer, media or trade visitor will be able to book simply and easily through the oneworld events portal where each show will have its own customized link, as well as a 24 hour support desk.“Being the world’s largest travel event organiser, with shows on all continents and customers travelling all over the globe to attend our events, the synergy with oneworld’s global network, with 15 major carriers and their affiliates, is an excellent fit for our customers,” added Pilbeam.oneworld Director of Sales José María Alvarado said: “We are delighted and proud that Reed Travel Exhibitions – which brings together the travel, events and conventions industries worldwide – has selected oneworld events as its exclusive official airline alliance partner for its events in the year ahead.” Reed Travel ExhibitionsSource = Reed Travel Exhibitionslast_img read more

first_img“He works his tail off and he’s really ahead of schedule in his rehab,” Cardinals GM Steve Keim told ProFootballTalk. The exact schedule that Mathieu figured to be on was always a bit unclear, as every player is different with regards to how quickly they can return to the field after an injury like the one he suffered. However, in an AZCardinals.com video series titled, “Tenacious,” fans are given an inside look at what the 21-year-old is going through. In the latest episode, which was released on March 19 and is the third in the series, Cardinals assistant trainer Chad Cook said Mathieu was moving into the next phase of his rehab.“Now we’re transitioning into that phase of just working on his range of motion, getting that full range of motion back, getting his strength back,” he said. In the video, Mathieu said there are some days where he feels better than others, which is to be expected when going through something like this. But his progression, and that’s the most important thing.“To see the progression over the last couple weeks, it’s been amazing,” Cook said, pointing to some of what Mathieu is now able to do that he couldn’t before, like wall squats. “He’s making tremendous strides.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Late in a Week 14 game home game against the St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu tore his ACL in his left knee returning a kick. It was a crushing blow to the team’s secondary, forcing the star rookie to miss the final three games in what was otherwise a storybook season.Since then Mathieu has had surgery and begun the rehabilitation process, and while his story may have added a chapter he was hoping to avoid, it appears he’s ready to keep writing. Of course, Mathieu still has a long way to go before he’ll be back on the field, and what kind of player he’ll be upon his return remains a question. But if he is ahead of schedule as Keim says, we may find out soon enough.Your browser does not support iframes. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterWith a length of approximately 123 metres (404 feet), a width of 18 metres (59 feet) and a capacity of 175 passengers, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises‘ MS HANSEATIC is a small expedition ship – ideal for visiting the more remote destinations and ports that are virtually unexplored by tourists. As part of the Expedition to the South Seas and Easter Island, guests on board the five-star MS HANSEATIC will travel to destinations including the Tuamotu Islands in the heart of French Polynesia, go on Zodiac landings and discover the Moai statues on Easter Island.The Expedition to the South Seas and Easter Island is a 24-day cruise that follows in the wake of famous seafarers such as James Cook. In the 18th century, Cook embarked on three South Sea voyages and discovered a number of different islands there. For many of the guests, this cruise will also be full of firsts – for example, when the MS HANSEATIC heads for the Tuamotu Islands, the world’s largest archipelago. This group of islands was discovered in 1521 by Ferdinand Magellan.A further port of call will be Pitcairn, the only inhabited island in the archipelago of the same name. Weather permitting, guests will land at Bounty Bay with the 14 Zodiacs – inflatable boats well suited to expeditions – and meet personally the descendants of the Bounty mutineers. The highlight of the expedition will be the penultimate stop: the Easter Islands. The park where the Moai, the island’s famous stone sculptures, are situated is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A team of experts from different fields such as regional studies, cultural history, biology and geology will accompany the guests throughout the entire cruise. In lectures both on board and during the shore excursions and Zodiac excursions, these specialists will provide fascinating facts and insights, for example, about the different Polynesian people and the European expeditions of the 16th and 18th centuries.Example cruise: MS HANSEATIC – Expedition to the South Seas and Easter Island, from Tahiti to Puerto Montt, 25 November – 19 December 19 2016, 24 days, from €8,990 per person (£6,750, $10,790), cruise only.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

first_imgLondon, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineIconic British brand Asprey has introduced The Londoner Collection in conjunction with Globe-Trotter, luggage maker to the British royal family. Consisting of five pieces, this exceptional set of suitcases and trolleys was designed by Asprey’s Creative Director Bruce Hoeksema.The two color options—extraordinarily strong molded Vulcan fiberboard in metallic purple with purple crocodile trim or matte black with oxidized metallic corners and black crocodile trim—are accented with hemp linen lining, a hand-stamped leather Asprey label, hand-stitched crocodile corners that match the classic stripe of the removable webbed luggage straps and the signature lock that fastens all of Asprey’s leather goods.www.asprey.comlast_img read more