A growing taste for Canadian art Lawren Harris ripe for appreciation abroad

first_imgTapped with a conservative presale estimate of $3 million to $5 million, the painting is expected to sell for more. The thing about Canadian art is that Canadians have largely kept it to themselves — so says British art historian Ian Dejardin.But there’s definite potential for worldwide appreciation of Canadian art, and tonight could mark one instance where the cat’s out of the bag.The commanding large-scale canvas Mountain Forms by iconic artist and Group of Seven founder Lawren Harris — a mountain scene from his coveted 1920s creative period — hits the block with Heffel Fine Art Auction House in Toronto. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Reid joined the Canadian sitcom in its fourth season, playing the love interest for Dan Levy’s character David.In one of the show’s biggest moments of the year, Reid performed a heartfelt rendition of “Simply The Best” for David.By COREY ATAD | ET Canada Noah Reid (Twitter) Canada’s own Noah Reid rang in the New Year in the most romantic way.The “Schitt’s Creek” star revealed in an Instagram post on New Year’s Eve that he and his longtime girlfriend Clare Lydia Michelle got engaged.“Roommates for life,” the 31-year-old actor captioned the post. Twitterlast_img read more

Imam Guilty of Multiple Rapes Returns to Court in Marrakech

Rabat – A quadragenarian father of two and former imam of the Douar “bihalwane”  Mosque in Sti Fadmax in Marrakech, is due to appear at the Marrakech Court of Appeal for a second hearing in a case of multiple rapes. The imam stands accused of the rape of seven minors who were students under his care at the mosque. The girls, aged 9 to 14, were studying the Qur’an when the imam violated their innocence.It is likely that much of the damage would have not been known to the public had one of the victimized adolescent girls succeeded in fleeing her home in May 2018. Read also: Morocco to Send 422 Imams to Europe in RamadanThe girl, aged 16 at the time of the incident,  had received a marriage proposal, but she disappeared, fearing she would be outed as a non-virgin and cause her family distress. She was later found at a bus station in Casablanca.The new “wali” of the Marrakech region ordered that the families receive proper medical and psychological treatment to recover from the trauma. The imam, according to his first five-year sentencing, must pay each family of the victims between MAD 10,000 to 30,000.Associations dedicated to the rights of women and children have been pushing for the imam to be handed a much stiffer sentence. read more

Husky to buy refinery in Superior Wis for US435 million in cash

CALGARY — A US$435-million deal to buy a refinery in Wisconsin will allow Husky Energy (TSX:HSE) to match processing capacity with its growing heavy oil output while postponing a planned asphalt plant expansion in Alberta.The 50,000-barrel-per-day refinery in Superior, Wis., is being purchased from Calumet Specialty Products Partners of Indiana in a deal expected to close in the fourth quarter, the companies said Monday.“Acquiring the Superior refinery will increase Husky’s downstream crude processing capacity, keeping value-added processing in lockstep with our growing production,” Husky CEO Rob Peabody said in a statement.Husky’s heavy oil production from Alberta and Saskatchewan is currently about 170,000 barrels per day, but that will increase by about 40,000 bpd over the next three years, spokeswoman Kim Guttormson said.The Superior refinery deal will grow capacity to refine heavy oil to about 205,000 bpd, she said. Overall downstream capacity, including light and medium grade oil refining, is to rise to about 395,000 bpd, with 275,000 bpd in the United States.Husky owns a heavy oil upgrader and asphalt refinery in Lloydminster, on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border, as well as a light oil refinery in Lima, Ohio, and a 50 per cent stake with partner BP in a heavy oil refinery in Toledo, Ohio.The Superior refinery produces about 9,000 bpd of asphalt, 17,500 bpd of gasoline and 10,900 bpd of diesel, as well as heavy fuel oils.Husky has been contemplating an expansion of its asphalt refinery in Lloydminster to double production to about 30,000 bpd of asphalt.A decision on the Lloydminster expansion, estimated to cost $800 million to $900 million, was expected next year, but will now be delayed until after 2020.Analysts gave the acquisition passing marks Monday for its effect on Husky’s ability to capitalize on growing asphalt demand from increased infrastructure spending across North America.Guttormson said asphalt is transported by rail and can easily be moved across the border to where it is in demand.Husky plans to retain the approximately 180 workers at the refinery, which has direct pipeline connections to the company’s transport terminal in Hardisty, Alta.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. read more

UN will use internal review of activities in Sri Lanka to do

The report by the Internal Review Panel concluded that “events in Sri Lanka mark a grave failure of the UN to adequately respond to early warnings and to the evolving situation during the final stages of the conflict and its aftermath, to the detriment of hundreds of thousands of civilians and in contradiction with the principles and responsibilities of the UN.”Government forces declared victory over the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009 after a conflict that had raged on and off for nearly three decades and killed thousands of people.The Panel, set up by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, highlighted in particular the roles played by the Secretariat, the agencies and programmes of the UN Country Team, and the members of the Security Council and Human Rights Council in the final months of that conflict. Upon making the report public yesterday, Mr. Ban voiced his resolve for the UN to learn from its findings in order to better serve humanity, especially people caught in conflict.Addressing a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York, the Secretary-General’s Chef de Cabinet, Susana Malcorra, reiterated that determination, adding that this is a moment for “strong introspection” for the world body. “We are absolutely guided by his decision to look into the recommendations and make sure that we thoroughly review them and implement them to strengthen the system at large,” she stated.“The report highlights areas of improvement for the system to work and deliver better,” she added, noting that the Organization is in the process of putting together a group of senior advisors to review the report’s recommendations and figure out how to move forward. The eight-month study by the Internal Review Panel, headed by Charles Petrie – who joined Ms. Malcorra at the news briefing – came in the wake of recommendations made by another body, the Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts, which he set up in 2010 to advise him on measures to advance accountability after the war’s conclusion.The Panel of Experts’ report raised a number of issues, including those regarding the UN response to the situation facing civilians in the north of Sri Lanka in the last months of the war. It recommended “a comprehensive review of action by the United Nations system during the war in Sri Lanka and the aftermath, regarding the implementation of its humanitarian and protection mandates” – which, in turn, led to the internal UN review.“It is a very difficult report to read,” Mr. Petrie told reporters, referring to the review’s findings, while adding that the fact that the UN itself was championing the report bode well for the world body.The report called the Secretary-General’s decision to commission an internal review a “courageous” step, and said that the findings and recommendations provide an “urgent and compelling platform for action.” “The UN’s failure to adequately respond to events like those that occurred in Sri Lanka should not happen again. When confronted by similar situations, the UN must be able to meet a much higher standard in fulfilling its protection and humanitarian responsibilities,” said the report.Ms. Malcorra added that the report is “clear proof” of Mr. Ban’s commitment to the principles of accountability and transparency, and that while it is “painful” to realize one’s shortcomings, the UN owes it to itself, and more importantly to those it serves, to find ways to improve and work better in the future. read more

Each NHL Teams Trash Is Vegass Treasure

An expansion draft is more or less the NHL’s answer to a yard sale. The items on offer are inexpensive and potentially of no interest to anyone. Or, they are overpriced baubles that the owner wants to get rid of because they take up space in the house.Whichever type of players the brand-new Vegas Golden Knights select on Wednesday will begin to shape the brand-new team’s roster. The team will take one player from each NHL team in the league’s first expansion draft in nearly two decades. This week, the 30 existing franchises submitted their protected-player lists — teams could shield a designated number of players from the draft1Specifically, they were allowed to protect either seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender, or eight skaters and one goaltender. — and the Golden Knights will get their pick of the rest.To get a sense for what kind of talent is available at the Knights’ perusal, we plotted out each player’s goals above replacement2A modification of Hockey-Reference’s Point Shares that is set against the league’s replacement level and scaled to the same range of values as Hockey Prospectus’s Goals Versus Threshold. against his salary-cap hit from last season: To nobody’s surprise, the best players — expensive or not — tend to be protected by their current teams. With 15.7 goals above replacement, Washington’s T.J. Oshie was the most productive unprotected player last season, though he’s also an unrestricted free agent and the Knights will still need to reach a deal with him (which may be a hard sell for a team that’s unlikely to compete). At the other end of the spectrum, we can also see teams trying to pawn off unproductive players with bad contracts on the Golden Knights. The Boston Bruins, for instance, would love nothing more than for Vegas to claim Matt Beleskey and his $3.8-million-a-year salary, which equated to only three goals last season. The other 30 teams are basically using the expansion draft as an NHL version of the NBA’s “Allan Houston Rule.”3Any mention of which carries the obligation to note that, ironically, the New York Knicks didn’t use their amnesty on Houston. They waived Jerome Williams instead.It remains to be seen if any of those gambits end up working. For what it’s worth, most of the various online mock drafts call for the Golden Knights to focus mainly on relatively young, inexpensive talent — aside from the popular picks of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, forward James Neal and defenseman Marc Methot (each of whom will be 30 or older when the season starts and not particularly cheap). The Knights are also reportedly accepting trades that will net them draft picks in exchange for avoiding certain players in the expansion pool. The strategy of building a team from scratch is always fascinating, particularly for the first expansion club of the salary-cap era.If Vegas is anything like its expansion ancestors of the 1990s and early 2000s, it won’t be very good in its inaugural season. The average expansion club since 1991 won only 34 percent of the points available in its games and was outscored by 1.0 goals per game. But those teams have also occasionally managed to snag some pretty good players in the expansion draft, both in terms of skaters (Brian Bradley, Geoff Sanderson) and between the pipes (John Vanbiesbrouck, Guy Hebert). Just as Fleury lost his job in Pittsburgh to Matt Murray, Vanbiesbrouck became expendable to the New York Rangers with the emergence of Mike Richter. Twenty-four years later, maybe the Golden Knights will find similar steals with their picks Wednesday night, turning Fleury into the next Beezer. read more

British Airways has begun cancelling hundreds of flights ahead of next strike

On Thursday night The Sun said pilots are planning a 10-day strike for November which could cost the airline £400million.  British Airways has begun cancelling hundreds of flights ahead of the next strike by pilots.Tens of thousands of passengers are expected to be affected by the disruption on September 27. The 24-hour walkout follows a two-day strike on Monday and Tuesday when 1,700 flights due to carry 195,000 passengers were cancelled.The dispute over pay involves members of the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa). British Airways (BA) has offered a pay rise of 11.5% over three years, which it says would boost the pay of some captains to £200,000, but Balpa says its members want a bigger share of the company’s profits.Both sides have said they want to resume talks, but there is little sign of the deadlock being broken. The airline began contacting affected passengers on Thursday afternoon, 15 days ahead of the strike.Under EU law, passengers are only entitled to compensation if they receive less than 14 days’ notice of a cancellation. Balpa said in a statement: “Balpa set a gap between the first and second periods of strike action to give BA time to work with us to settle this dispute with their pilots.”We had today been exchanging new ideas to do that via Acas (the independent arbitration service) and so it’s irresponsible and inconsiderate to its customers that BA has pulled out and decided to start cancelling flights now, just to save money on compensation. “BA did not respond to our latest proposals before cancelling these flights. 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. “Passengers who will be affected by these cancellations should know that we have given BA multiple opportunities to work with us so we could call off this action.”A spokeswoman for BA said: “We have put forward new ideas through Acas this week and have called on Balpa to meet us face to face as soon as possible to return to negotiations.”However, we need to give our customers certainty, so we have contacted all those affected by the union’s strike on September 27.” When BA cancelled flights ahead of this week’s walkout, many passengers complained about difficulties contacting the airline, while some were sent cancellation emails in error.The airline said it had added extra staff to its customer relations teams and had up to 900 people answering phones at peak times.It had dealt with 491,000 calls and 125,000 tweets since the strikes were announced last month. Adam French of consumer group Which? said: “British Airways must now proactively inform those affected by any fresh cancellations of their rights to be rerouted on the next available flight, even if this is with a rival airline.”Unless a refund is vital to you, don’t be fobbed off by this option. “A refund means your travel plans would no longer be the responsibility of the airline and you would not be entitled to any reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred because of the disruption.” read more

EEAMA luncheon

first_imgMonthly Sunday Luncheon for the elderly will be held again this week, by the League of Greeks from Egypt and Middle East (EEAMA). The Sunday Luncheon is a monthly held social event by EEAMA. When: Sunday 7 July, 12.00 pm. Duration is 4 hours. Where: Stars International Dining Area, 1c Bell Street, Preston For more information, contact Con Papadopoulos, on 9469 3066 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Audible for Dogs Keeps Your Pets Company

first_img Driver Finds Dog With Throat Cut, Mouth Duct-Taped in OhioWatch: Dog Rescued After Collapsing From Heatstroke During Hike Stay on target When the humans are away, the dogs will play feel lonely, bored, and despondent.To combat doggy depression, Audible and Cesar Millan teamed up to introduce audiobooks for pets.The platform, dubbed Audible for Dogs, features a rotating selection of titles, which aims to provide peace of mind for man and best friend when leaving your four-legged friend home alone.“Dogs are social animals, so they need to engage with someone, and the purpose of Audible for Dogs is to make dogs feel there is someone with them,” Millan said in a statement. “The person performing the audiobook is actually keeping your dog calm and taking the dog to a resting state, acting as an extension of you.”This week’s launch includes a free download of Cesar Millan’s Guide to Audiobooks for Dogs, an original piece written and narrated by the Dog Whisperer himself.Inspired by a 2015 study suggesting audiobooks are more effective than music for reducing stress in canines (the jury is still out in regards to human), Audible conducted its own research, in partnership with Millan’s Dog Psychology Center.The results, based on 100 puppy participants, showed that 76 percent of owners who played audiobooks in their absence saw an increase in relaxed behavior over a period of four weeks.Dogs seemed to respond best to narrators of the same gender as their primary owner, played at the average volume on an in-home listening device (i.e. don’t try to stick headphones into your pooch’s ears).Launch titles include Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (performed by Noah), Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (performed by Rosamund Pike), W. Bruce Cameron’s A Dog’s Purpose, Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain, Maria Goodavage’s Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes, and Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows.“Your dog will never wax poetic about Rosamund Pike’s nuanced performance of Pride and Prejudice,” Audible Chief Content Officer Andy Gaies said. (Speak for yourself.) “But you will return home to a calmer, happier best friend.”Each curated story features an introduction by Millan, who has authored a handful of his own audiobooks, including How to Raise the Perfect Dog and Cesar’s Way.And, through 2017, Audible will donate a dime per download (up to $250,000) of the free audio original Cesar Millan’s Guide to Bringing Home a Shelter Dog to North Shore Animal League America.New listeners can sign up for a 30-day free trial; a subscription costs $14.95 per month (which is probably less than you’d pay for a dog sitter, anyway.)Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

The Latest in Black People at GDC 2018

first_imgStay on target Watch These Movies Before ‘Don’t Let Go’‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting… One thing I really appreciate about GDC over E3 is the focus on people instead of products. It’s just a much more humanistic show. That said, many of those humans are still the same kind of nerdy white dudes who dominate the industry. It makes it tough for people of color, like Black people like me, to be seen. But diversity is here at GDC if you’re willing to look, and I was. So here’s what I found.For me the centerpiece of GDC’s diversity initiatives was the Blacks in Gaming mixer at a cool San Francisco art gallery. For 13 years Microsoft of all companies has hosted this party for Black folks in the industry to mingle and network and talk about how great it is to bring their indie games to Xbox. And it’s not some charity case either since pretty big names came through like Tim Schafer and Microsoft’s own Phil Spencer. There was great food, jokes about Wakanda, and talks of plans for future events like this year’s upcoming Game Devs of Color Expo in Harlem.The other highlight of the mixer (not to be confused with Microsoft’s Mixer platform) was the series of talks with Black folks in the gaming industry moderated by friend of the site and host of the Spawn on Me podcast Kahlief Adams. Streamer Simply Undrea talked about fostering an inclusive community despite the toxicity of Twitch at large. Jay Bobo and Latesha Williams discussed how they turned their card game Black Card Revoked into a BET game show. Dr. Kishonna L. Gray recapped parts of her book on how race and gender and deviance in general are expressed on Xbox Live. And writer Charles Webb shed new light on the creation of famous Black Game of the Year Mafia III as well as his dreams where even “Black mediocrity” can exist in games.At the mixer it was brought up how urban PoC kids actually helped saved the video game industry by spending so much money in arcades back in the day. Video games owe Black people more than just a place in the margins. And to learn more about what actions Black game developers are taking to increase their prominence, I also attended a roundtable discussion in the Moscone Center itself.Together we articulated why Black game developers matter. Black people matter and are talented. Diverse teams create more innovative work and new stories with new perspectives. Present success inspires future generations. Black Panther made a billion dollars and if nothing else industries care about successful IP.But despite how worthwhile it is, if it was so easy to raise up more Black game devs it would’ve happened by now. So for the rest of the roundtable we identified problems halting the advancement of Black game developers as well as potential solutions and resources. Not everyone can afford coming to events GDC. So we need more events in more places helping more folks. Not everyone knows how to network online or off. So we need to educate each other about being outgoing but respectful and finding collaborators. Not everyone is paid fairly. So we need to unionize.Overall, a lot of helpful thoughts were shared and collected. Meanwhile, we pooled our contact information so the network can build on this work in the future. Black people helping other black people obviously is good for Black people. And that’s enough by itself to be worth doing. But removing barriers for more passionate people to make more and better games is good for everyone.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Woman struck and killed by vehicle on Portland freeway

first_imgPORTLAND — Authorities say a woman was struck and killed by a vehicle on Interstate 5 in northeast Portland.The Portland Police Bureau says the woman was walking near an overpass shortly after 1 a.m. when the collision occurred Wednesday. The driver who hit the woman left the scene.Southbound lanes in that area were closed for hours during the investigation.last_img

Voluntary living wage rises to £845 an hour

first_imgThe UK voluntary living wage has increased to £8.45 an hour, and the London living wage rate has risen to £9.75 an hour.The voluntary living wage has increased by 2.4% from £8.25 to £8.45. The new UK living wage rate is now 17% higher than the national living wage rate of £7.20 an hour, which is the statutory rate for individuals over the age of 25.The London living wage has increased by 3.7% from £9.40 an hour to £9.75, in order to reflect the high cost of living in the city.The Living Wage Foundation’s living wage rate is paid on a voluntary basis to staff aged 18 and over. It is designed to ensure that employees across the UK can meet the basic cost of living.The new rates have been announced as part of Living Wage Week (30 October-5 November). Living wage employers are encouraged to implement the new rates as soon as possible and by 1 May 2017 at the latest.Almost 1,000 organisations in London have committed to paying staff the London living wage, with more than 300 businesses signing up to the scheme this year. Across the rest of the UK, 1,000 organisations have agreed to pay the living wage to employees over the last 12 months, bringing the total number of accredited living wage employers to almost 3,000.Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, said: “Our economy continues to grow and for the first time in London’s history we now have over one million businesses based here. It’s essential that hard-working Londoners, who keep this city going, are rewarded for their integral role in this success.“Paying the London living wage is not just the right and moral thing to do, it makes good business sense too. As many employers already accredited know, the benefits are clear; including increased productivity and reduced staff turnover.”Nicola Sturgeon, first minister for Scotland, added: “The new living wage of £8.45 will be a welcome pay rise for thousands of Scottish workers and ensures people’s basic wage continues to meet the real costs of living.“For business, paying the living wage makes sense; it’s an investment in people and all the evidence shows it leads to increased productivity and reduced staff absences and turnover, while sending a strong signal to customers about fairness.”last_img read more

Speech impaired girl raped

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationAn eight-year-old speech impaired girl was raped by a man in Bhugoil village of Kalai upazila in Joypurhat on Thursday, reports UNB.Police arrested Mehedi Hasan, 37, son of a certain Makbul Hossain of the village in connection with the incident.Abdul Latif Khan, officer-in-charge of Kalai police station, said Mehedi, a neighbour of the victim, took the girl to his house and violated her in absence of his family members in the afternoon.Being informed by locals, police went to the spot and sent the victim to Joypurhat Modern Hospital.Following the complaint of the victim’s mother, police arrested Mehedi at night.A case was filed.last_img read more

Japan Is Concerned Olympics Visitors Will Be Confused by Their Emojis

first_img In Japan, the emoji symbol for onsen, or hot springs, is seen everywhere throughout the country to denote where you can find such places to rest and relax. It looks like this: almost like a hot plate with steam rising out of it. Given that Japan will be hosting the 2010 Olympic Games, the Japanese government is looking into changing this symbol, for fear that it will confuse tourists visiting the country.The onsen symbol is being reviewed in addition to 90 others as possible confusing pictographs for those visiting from other countries into. What now follows is reprogramming emojis for smartphones and other electronic devices. But they would have about four years to make updates to this symbol and others via emoji interpretations.But it’s not likely that any updates to the code via the Unicode Consortium will happen, according to emoji reference site founder Jeremy Burge, when speaking to Quartz.AdChoices广告via japantourlist.com“It’s an unusual case, as Unicode prefers not to encode symbols as emoji, and this is one reason why. The hot springs emoji was included for compatibility with Japanese carrier emoji sets, but otherwise isn’t very popular outside of Japan.”It seems like a lot more work than actually necessary to make a new emoji just to accommodate foreign travelers, especially since it wouldn’t make sense for a “hot food” icon to be on a map in the first place, at least when it comes to regular maps. Surely outsiders would be able to comprehend what a hot spring is, right…? Or maybe not.In any case, there’s plenty of time left for Japan to decide what they are going to do with these emoji, but it seems there are far more important decisions to make when it comes to accommodating foreign travelers than a simple emoji. Stay on target How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan last_img read more

HIRO III lets you feel what you see on screen w Video

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Scientists from Gifu University’s Kawasaki and Mouri Laboratory at Gifu in central Japan, say the HIRO III is a “haptic interface robot,” which can transmit realistic sensations of touch to a user’s fingertips. The touch screen uses a 3D display to provide the visual stimulus. Citation: HIRO III lets you feel what you see on screen (w/ Video) (2010, July 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-hiro-iii-screen-video.html Robot may perform breast exam (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers in Japan are developing a new touch screen system, the HIRO III, that incorporates a robot hand that could offer a new way of simulating the touching of virtual objects and receiving feedback from them.center_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com The robot is an arm and hand with five fingers to which the user’s own fingers are strapped. The robotic fingers give the user tactile sensations simulating the textures of surfaces, size of virtual objects and a sense of weight. The system is integrated with a three-dimensional display that includes an image of the user’s hand. The hand on the screen appears to be in the same position as the user’s own hand, which could make the experience seem very realistic.Each robotic fingertip has fifteen degrees of movement and the arm has six, which allows it to operate in a relatively large space under the screen. The robot’s movements are controlled by fifteen motors running simultaneously.The device could be used in applications such as controlling robotic arms in factory work, and for simulating procedures for medical diagnosis training. At the moment it is still at the experimental stage and the researchers are concentrating on its potential use in teaching medical students how to carry out tactile screening for breast cancer. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Looking for a job The SAPS is looking for new police trainees

first_imgAlso read: Update: Looking for a job? The SAPS are looking for new police trainees, applications need to be in by FridayNO PAYMENT is required, thus preventing criminals from making use of this opportunity to prey on people.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Uthukela Cluster is urgently looking  for police trainees.The attached flyer details the requirements.center_img The closing date is September 22, which is why the SAPS urgently needs your assistance in getting the word out.Also read: Update: SAPS vacancy up for grabs for police trainees in Ladysmith, apply now!last_img read more

Without Navas Costa Rica to face Chile and Peru in friendlies

first_imgThe Costa Rican men’s national team will be without its star goalkeeper, Keylor Navas, when it faces Chile and Peru in friendly matches this month, according to Thursday’s announcement from interim coach Ronald Gonzalez.The coach explained that Navas asked not to be summoned to the team for the FIFA dates of Nov. 16 and 20 in order to focus on his club, Real Madrid, where the goalkeeper fights for the starting role with Thibaut Courtois.“Keylor had reached a previous understanding because his situation has been unstable […] and it is a moment for him to stay at Madrid and make decisions,” the interim coach said.In his place, Gonzalez summoned Darryl Parker, goalkeeper for the local C.S. Cartaginés, who is considered a rising star and could make his debut with the senior national team.Parker is part of an innovative roster announced by Gonzalez to face Chile on Nov. 16 in Rancagua, and Peru on Nov. 20 in Arequipa.Those will be the last matches during which Gonzalez will lead La Sele. In January, the Uruguayan Gustavo Matosas will assume the managerial position. Matosas has been in Costa Rica during recent weeks observing local club matches.The novel call-ups include striker Jonathan McDonald, the dangerous Alajuelense attacker, and midfielders Dylan Flores and Deiver Vega.Under the leadership of Gonzalez, Costa Rica has four defeats: against South Korea (2-0), Japan (3-0), Mexico (3-2) and Colombia (3-1).The following is the list of summoned players:Goalkeepers: Esteban Alvarado (Trabznospor, Turkey), Darryl Parker (Cartaginés), Leonel Moreira (Herediano)Defenders: Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS), Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United, MLS), Giancarlo González (Bologna, Italy), Oscar Duarte (Espanyol, Spain), Yostin Salinas (Saprissa), Ian Smith (Norrkoping, Sweden), Ronald Matarrita (New York City, MLS), Joseph Mora (DC United, MLS).Midfielders: José Miguel Cubero (Alajuelense), Celso Borges (Coztepe, Turkey), Allan Cruz (Herediano), Elías Aguilar (Incheon United, South Korea), Deyver Vega (SK Brann, Norway), Randall Leal (Saprissa), Bryan Ruiz (Santos, Brazil).Strikers: Mayron George (Midtjylland, Denmark), Joel Campbell (Frosinone, Italy), Jonathan McDonald (Alajuelense). Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica returns with full-strength lineup in last step toward World Cup qualifying Costa Rica scores key victory over Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup Qualifying PHOTOS: Costa Rica comes up empty-handed in clash with Panama Mexico defeats Costa Rica 3-2 in international friendlylast_img read more

UN urges Jordan to open camp for Syrian refugees

first_imgJordanian government officials had no immediate comment.Jordan has not opened a refugee camp it built this spring in the hamlet of Ribaa Sarhan, near its border with Syria. It could house 1,000 Syrian families.Although the 30,000 square meter (36,000 square yard) area has been paved, and electricity and water facilities have been installed, it has not been used.Government secrecy has limited information on the camp to avoid angering Damascus and dragging Jordan into the conflict. Syria is one of Jordan’s largest Arab trade partners, with bilateral trade estimated at $470 million last year. Also, 60 percent of Jordanian exports of mainly fruits and vegetables are routed through Syria for onward shipping to Turkey overland or to Europe.The refugees fleeing the fighting receive aid from friends, relatives and the Jordanian government.Syrian refugee families often share rooms in apartments or stay in houses with family or friends, mainly in the northern towns of Ramtha, Mafraq and Irbid along the frontier.They receive medical and educational assistance from the Jordanian government, as well as aid from private groups and the U.N.’s refugee agency.The U.N. has urged the international community to boost financial support to countries like Jordan that host the refugees. The U.N. has set the goal for contributions at $192 million. “We will have to do something pretty soon, because we’ve had 1,000 people arrive (Monday) night,” Harper said in a telephone interview. “Over the past four days, the numbers have doubled every night.”He said most are fleeing violence in and around the northern city of Homs, and from Daraa just across the border. Refugees report Syrian troop movements around Daraa and fear a military offensive is about to begin.Both the U.N. and Jordan’s Interior Ministry estimate an average of 400 Syrians were crossing into Jordan daily before the sudden surge.Harper said a camp must be built to accommodate recent arrivals because of overcrowding at the government’s Bashabsheh holding facility. More than 2,000 Syrians are being housed there while their information is being processed.“We are looking to reduce the numbers at Bashabsheh and spread the current population to other sites,” Harper said.“We’re also looking at a longer term facility that can accommodate many more people, because it doesn’t make sense to have a whole range of smaller sites. We need to be looking at something which is much larger and can accommodate many more people,” he said. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Comments   Share   Associated PressAMMAN, Jordan (AP) – Jordan must open a refugee camp for thousands of Syrians fleeing the fighting in their country, a U.N. official said Tuesday, just hours after another 1,000 crossed the border.The appeal from Andrew Harper, the U.N. refugee agency’s representative to Jordan, came during a sudden spike in numbers, adding to 140,000 Syrians already in the country.For now, though, a new camp remains unused because of Jordan’s desire not to anger its powerful Syrian neighbors.center_img Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Jordan hosted about 1.5 million Iraqis during the height of the violence there in 2003-2008. The refugees were a huge drain on the country’s resources, and hundreds of thousands remain in the resource-poor kingdom.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

USborn kids of migrants lose rights in Mexico

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Many of the Mexican parents of U.S. children were not aware of Mexico’s paperwork requirement before they came back, so now tens of thousands are struggling to get their children’s documents to the United States to be certified, and then returned to Mexico to be officially translated.They get little help from the Mexican government, but a lucky few get aid from groups like the Corner Project, a nonprofit organization for migrant families in Malinalco. It arranged for state government workers to travel to the town recently to meet with families and then send packages of documents to different U.S. offices. Returnees living in small towns without government offices otherwise have to make long journeys to deal with officials.“The government doesn’t care about what happens to the people who are coming back,” said Maria del Rosario Leyva, who came back with her two U.S.-born children, a 3-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, from Santa Ana, California, last year after their father was deported.She and other returnees have gone to schools and to education offices seeking to enroll their children. Some were sent to Malinalco’s records office, which suggested they hire a lawyer. Top Stories “The mothers have come to us for help after multiple frustrations,” said Ellen Calmus, director of the Corner Project. “I’ve literally had a series of mothers in tears coming to the office.”Her group arranged for two state clerks to help about a dozen families at the recent session in Malinalco, and both Leyva and Hernandez were able to send their children’s birth certificates to get the official stamps in California. They were given a special permit to show schools that the paperwork is in progress.Leyva’s husband was among 46,000 people deported from the United States in the first half of 2011 who had U.S.-born children. He worked as a chef at a steakhouse in Santa Ana before he was arrested and pleaded guilty to drunken driving and was deported.After nearly 17 years in the U.S. and with two small children, Leyva worried she would get caught, too, so she left their rented townhome in California. Her older daughter in her mid-20s stayed, but Leyva brought back her 19-year-old son. Both immigrated illegally as children.A majority of migrants’ American-born children stay in the U.S. with relatives, or are taken into state foster care after their parents are arrested for crimes. Demographers say only about 10 to 15 percent of the U.S.-born youngsters are taken to Mexico. Associated PressMALINALCO, Mexico (AP) – As a cold drizzle washed over this town of narrow cobblestone streets in the forested highlands of central Mexico, mothers waiting outside the colonial-era cultural center wrapped wool blankets around the infants snuggled in their arms. Other parents tightened plastic bags around folders filled with U.S. passports and birth certificates from California, Ohio and Texas.One by one, the parents filed inside, sat down before a Mexican government worker and told stories of lives that had crossed the U.S.-Mexico border twice. First, they crossed illegally into the United States for work, found jobs, and had children. Then, they were caught and deported, or left on their own as the work dried up with the U.S. economic slump. Now they are back in Mexico with children who are American citizens by virtue of being born on U.S. soil. Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths “These are children who are kind of stateless in both countries,” said Hirokazu Yoshikawa, academic dean at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of “Immigrants Raising Citizens: Undocumented Parents and Their Young Children.”“Each generation is undocumented in one country,” he said.In Washington, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has said that the U.S. government worries about U.S.-born offspring of migrants. “Where are the children? What’s going on with the children?” she said in an interview with The Arizona Republic newspaper.The U.S.-born children who are brought back to Mexico have birth certificates and American passports, so they don’t need anything else to prove they have citizen rights if they should go back to the U.S.Leyva says her U.S.-citizen children will not stay in Mexico beyond childhood.Her eyes moistened as she told of how they often ask when they will return to the United States.“When they are old enough, they will leave,” she said. “Their future is not here. Their children will have papers; the children of their children will also have papers. The problems will end.” Sponsored Stories center_img Rogelio Hernandez Sanchez is another parent who is back. He lost his job as a construction worker in Oakland, California, last year and decided to bring his family to Mexico in November. He was told that not only was he missing official seals on the birth certificates of his two U.S.-born children, but that the documents were no good because they were issued by a health department rather than a government records office, as is done in Mexico.“They won’t give me my kid’s grades. I won’t be able to take them to a doctor,” Hernandez said.Responding to questions from The Associated Press, Mexico’s health officials said in a statement that they offer a temporary care plan for U.S.-born children, but families must certify the youngsters’ documents within 90 days to continue receiving health care. An education department spokesman said each Mexican state, and sometimes individual school administrators, can temporarily waive requirements and let children into school despite the lack of official paperwork.Many parents don’t understand what administrators and clerks tell them. Official procedures are often confusing even for college-educated Mexicans. Misconceptions are widespread: Hernandez said he’d heard from other families that if he didn’t get the children’s documents stamped, U.S. officials could take the youngsters from him, even in Mexico. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates ___Adriana Gomez Licon on Twitter: http://twitter.com/agomezlicon Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Because of the byzantine rules of Mexican and U.S. bureaucracies, tens of thousands of those children without Mexican citizenship now find themselves without access to basic services in Mexico _ unable to officially register in school or sign up for health care at public hospitals and clinics that give free check-ups and medicines.At issue is a Mexican government requirement that any official document from another country be certified inside that country with a seal known as an “apostille,” then be translated by a certified, and often expensive, translator in Mexico.It’s a growing problem in Mexico as hundreds of thousands return home because of the sluggish U.S. job market and a record number of deportations. Illegal migration of Mexicans to the U.S. is at its lowest level in decades, with more Mexicans now leaving the United States than entering it each year.More than 300,000 U.S.-born children have been brought to Mexico since 2005, out of a total of 1.4 million people who moved back from the U.S. during that period, according to the Washington-based Pew Hispanic Center.The number of U.S.-citizen children living in Mexico with at least one Mexican parent reached 500,000 in 2011, according to one demographic study. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

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