Police arrest suspect wanted in beating of autistic man in Mississauga

first_imgMISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Police say they’ve arrested a suspect wanted in connection with the beating of an autistic man at a Mississauga Ont., bus station, but are still seeking two others.Peel regional police say a 29-year-old man with autism was sitting at the bottom of a stairwell at the Mississauga Square One bus terminal on March 13 when three men began punching and kicking him.Investigators say Windsor, Ont., police helped them arrest 25-year-old Parmvir Singh Chahil on a charge of aggravated assault on Friday.Officers say they also charged a 44-year-old Windsor woman and an 18-year-old Windsor man with accessory after the fact in connection with the case.Earlier this week, police identified another suspect in the case as 25-year-old Ronjot Singh Dhami. His lawyer, Jag Virk, has said Dhami is not guilty but will turn himself in to police.Police say their warrant for Dhami is still outstanding, and say they’re also still seeking another man in the case who may go by the first name of Jason.last_img read more

Edmonton park getting a makeover … with Aboriginal art

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Queen Elizabeth park in Edmonton is getting a makeover. Construction has started to build a permanent area within the park that showcases Indigenous art.APTN’s Chris Stewart has the details.last_img

Kite Runner author praises UN refugee agency in new novel

22 May 2007The author of the acclaimed international best-seller “The Kite Runner” has praised the United Nations refugee agency in his new novel, calling his work as a Goodwill Envoy one of the most rewarding and momentous experiences of his life. In the afterward to “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” Khaled Hosseini wrote that “over the past year, I have had the privilege of working as a US envoy for UNHCR [the UN High Commissioner for Refugees],” which he calls “one of the world’s foremost humanitarian agencies.”Mr. Hosseini was named Humanitarian of the Year in 2006 for raising awareness about the plight of Afghan refugees his first novel, “The Kite Runner.” The author and his family left Afghanistan in 1976, seeking asylum four years later in the United States, and his new novel is an account of two women over the span of three decades in the war-torn country.UNHCR is active in assisting Afghan refugees, helping more than 4 million return to their homeland following the fall of the Taliban in 2001 and providing protection to an additional 3 million residing in Pakistan and Iran.Earlier this year, Mr. Hosseini visited UNHCR camps in eastern Chad housing almost a quarter of a million refugees from Sudan’s Darfur region in an effort to draw greater attention to the crisis in the US and to see the operation with his own eyes.“The visit certainly changed me in a very profound way,” Mr. Hosseini said. “For one thing, it fortified in my mind the notion of how fortunate I am, and how fortunate my children are, to be living in a free country and to have so many things that we take for granted.”He added, “In the camps, people told me stories of the Janjaweed [Arab militia] attacking their villages and killing children, killing women, killing the elderly. Their homes are burnt and everything they own is taken from them.”On World Refugee Day on 20 June, Mr. Hosseini will take part in a UNHCR panel in San Francisco on the theme, “A new home, a new life.” read more

Kentuckys Chances Of Going Undefeated Are Now 37 Percent

For the past three weeks or so, we’ve been tracking the odds that the Kentucky Wildcats can pull off a truly remarkable feat: becoming the first men’s NCAA Division I basketball team to finish a season undefeated since Bob Knight’s Indiana Hoosiers did so in 1976. Since the Wildcats just beat the Florida Gators in their SEC Tournament matchup on Friday, we thought we’d update the odds1As a refresher, to compute these probabilities we plug Ken Pomeroy’s Pythagorean power ratings into the Log 5 formula, then simulate both the SEC Tournament and the most likely NCAA Tournament bracket (seeded according to the aggregate bracket projection found at BracketMatrix.com) 10,000 times apiece. to reflect their 32-0 record.Kentucky’s chances of going undefeated still aren’t quite 40 percent, much less 50-50. The Wildcats did enter the Final Four undefeated in about 66 percent of our simulations, but the biggest obstacles to their undefeated bid will likely await them in Indianapolis. Even if they make it to that point unscathed, their probability of joining the Hoosiers among the ranks of the unbeaten would be just a shade over 56 percent.Kentucky may be a mere eight wins away from immortality, but they still have a lot of work left to do. read more

Hungary Confident Cup victory for Pick Szeged

← Previous Story Dirk Beuchler leaves TBV Lemgo at season end Next Story → WCH 2013 TOP 10 disappointments: Vujin, Narcisse, Abalo, Lijewski… The first official appearance in 2013 for Hungarian League leaders Pick Szeged took place on Wednesday evening. It was a Hungarian Cup first leg match against Gyöngyös. Before the match, new signing Montenegrin international right wing Marko Lasica was introduced to the spectators.The starting Pick Szeged goal of 2013 came from young right-back talent Gábor Ancsin. The first few goals were scored evenly, but after the 8th minute Pick increased the pace and the goal difference began to grow (17th minute 10-4). The 6-goal margin remained until the end of the first half (30th min 15-9).For the second half Pick’s defence became tighter with hungarian international Péter Tatai producing many great saves. The guest team were only able to score two goals in ten minutes while Frantisek Sulc and croatian pivot Antonio Pribanic kept on scoring for Pick. In the end Szeged won the match comfortably by 32-18 with best scorers Sulc, Pribanic 6-6, Ancsin 4, Larholm 3. Best scorer for Gyöngyös was former Pick left-back Péter Szabó with 7 goals.The second leg of this quarterfinal  will be played in Gyöngyös on 19 February, but after today’s result Pick’s place in the Hungarian Cup Final4 seems secure.TEXT: Peter Butty ancsinmocsaiPick SzegedpribanicsulcSzegedtatai read more

EHF rejects FTC GOAL

EHF Cour of Appeal rejects official protest of Hungarian team FTC Rail Cargo Hungaria due goal in the last second of the EHF CL qualification, which helped German Leipzig to avoid elimination and reached the place at Preliminary Round… EHF STATEMENT:The EHF Court of Appeal has released a decision regarding the appeal filed by the club FTC Rail-Cargo Hungaria against the decision of the EHF delegate, acting as first instance body according to the 2014/15 Women’s EHF Champions League Regulations.FTC Rail-Cargo Hungaria protested against the result of the match, arguing that the equalising goal of HC Leipzig during the extra time period should not have been allowed by the EHF referees.The EHF Court of Appeal has decided to upheld the decision of first instance, consequently, the appeal is rejected and the result (38:39) of the Women’s EHF Champions League Qualification Tournament match: FTC Rail-Cargo Hungaria (HUN) vs. HC Leipzig (GER) which took place on 21 September 2014 is confirmed.The EHF Court of Appeal decided in substance that “such decision based on the observation and judgement of the factual situation shall be regarded as a decision made by the EHF referees on the basis of their observations of facts or their judgements, i.e. a factual and also final decision of the EHF referees and not a disrespect of the Rules. The decision shall then not be regarded as an obvious error; the elements available to the EHF referees at the moment of the decision were not of nature to enable a different decision.“In light of the foregoing, without regard to the alleged violations of the IHF Rules of the Game, the EHF Court of Appeal decides that the decision to allow the goal taken by the EHF referees on the playing court in this case is a factual decision based on their own observations and therefore in this case shall be final.”In line with the EHF Legal Regulations and the Women’s EHF Champions League 2014/15 Regulations, a statement of claim may be filed by any of the parties to the EHF Court of Arbitration (ECA) within 21 days.ECA is an independent court of arbitration solving disputes between handball related persons and entities once all EHF internal remedies have been exhausted. The disputes brought to the ECA are settled by an arbitral chamber composed of three arbitrators, part of the ECA list of arbitrators, following a specific procedure defined in the Rules of Arbitration for ECA. Further information can be found on the ECA. EHFfradi ← Previous Story EHF reschedules Russia – Ukraine clash for April 2015 Next Story → THW Kiel celebrates first EHF CL victory! read more

Ghosts in their own country Government accused of wall of silence over

first_img Aug 25th 2019, 7:16 PM Image: Caelainn Hogan/Twitter.com Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share194 Tweet Email1 15,592 Views Memorial placed at the Tuam site today. Short URL ‘Ghosts in their own country’: Government accused of ‘wall of silence’ over Tuam babies Survivors and family members of the dead babies gathered at the site today.center_img Memorial placed at the Tuam site today. Image: Caelainn Hogan/Twitter.com https://jrnl.ie/4781929 THE IRISH AUTHORITIES have been accused of producing a “wall of silence” in response to demands from family members and survivors who are seeking dignified burials for the 796 ‘Tuam Babies’.One year on from the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland, survivors of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home and family members of the dead babies gathered at the site today to remind the Irish Government that they have not given up their campaign.The families and survivors are continuing to press for a full exhumation of the site and for the children to be given dignified burials.A giant labyrinth made of turf was put in place at the site and a number of artists from Galway and Clare joined family members and survivors for poetry and songs, in what was described as a “peaceful protest” to keep pressure on the Government.Annette McKay, whose older sister is one of the 796 ‘Tuam Babies’, travelled from Bury in the United Kingdom in order to show solidarity with the survivors. She said they had been treated appallingly by the Irish State.“All citizens have rights and you cannot take people’s rights away,” said McKay. “This is a crime scene. The survivors get no health insurance, no proper housing, they never had a proper education, they have been ghosts in their own country. Why is the State continuing to perpetuate these injustices?”After emigrating to England, Annette’s mother only opened up about the child she lost in Tuam when she was 70 years of age. She had kept the existence of her eldest daughter, and her life in the home, secret from her family for almost her entire life.Annette has since discovered that her mother was transferred to the Tuam Home after being raped by the caretaker of an institution in Galway City when she was just 17 years of age.  An elected member of Bury Council, McKay accused the Irish Government of abdicating its responsibility in relation to the survivors of religious institutions across Ireland.“Everybody blames the Church, and the Church was a big part of it, but the State abdicated responsibilities for its citizens and allowed these human rights abuses to continue for so long. The Irish Government cannot say that it had nothing to do with them.”‘A shivering thought’Local historian Catherine Corless, whose painstaking research uncovered the grim truth about the 796 ‘Tuam Babies’ in 2014, said that campaigners mapped out the exact locations of the burial chambers to remind visitors to the site that the children never had the dignity of Christian burials.She called on the Irish Government to speed up legislation which would allow the full exhumation of the site and help to bring some closure to the families.“It is a shivering thought that there are so many little babies buried down here,” said Corless. “This is a call for the Irish State, the Church, and the Bon Secours order to listen to the families and the survivors, and to do something about this.” Historian Catherine Corless at today’s gathering in Tuam Source: Caelainn Hogan/Twitter.comCorless said the exact location of the buried children was known since the publication of the Fifth Interim Report by the Commission of Mother and Baby Homes in April, and campaigners mapped out the burial chambers before the ceremony.“Anyone that walks in here today cannot but be moved by the love and the care that was put into these exhibitions here. People care so much about the babies who were put into the sewage tank and if only the Government and the Church could show a bit of care, just as the people have here today,” she said.Veteran campaigner Izzy O’Rourke said that children were buried in the vicinity of a septic tank to save money, conceal deaths, or to facilitate illegal adoptions to the United States.“The youngest survivors are over 60 now and most of the mothers are dead,” she said. “The only way to find out the truth about what happened here is for the site to be excavated. The people of Tuam are very much on board with investigating this site now. Until that’s done, there will be no truth about what happened.”‘Face up to the damage’Amanda Larkin, whose mother Carmel was a resident of the Tuam Home, said she was compelled to organise today’s protest in response to inaction by the Irish authorities.“It is one year since Pope Francis came to Ireland and nothing has moved on for the children who are buried in the ground here or for the survivors who are here today,” she said. “My mother spent the first five and a half years of her life here. She was one of the lucky ones, because she got a chance to leave.”Peter Mulryan’s younger sister is one of the 796 ‘Tuam Babies’. He said he had no idea he had a younger sibling until Catherine Corless contacted him five years ago. His mother spent her entire life in the Magdalene Laundry in Galway City.“I am still hoping against hope that my sister was sold off for adoption in the United States,” he said. “I don’t know where my sister is I won’t know until there is a full examination carried out at the site. All we want is to get those babies out of that septic tank and to give them a dignified, decent burial in a Christian grave.“I want the Irish State and the Bon Secours order to face up to the damage they did to these mothers and their children. It is so hurtful and disrespectful that they haven’t faced up to the damage done.” 68 Comments Sunday 25 Aug 2019, 7:16 PM By Ciaran Tierney last_img read more

Qatar Airways celebrates Australias Hellenic connection expanding its footprint in Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With Greece one of the most popular destinations among its Australian passengers, Qatar Airways is looking to expand its footprint in Greece. According to Breaking Travel News, the airline is set to launch its Mykonos route in 2017-18 with a convenient one-stop in Doha for those travelling directly from Australia.“Athens is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for our Melbourne-based passengers, and Qatar Airways offers one of the fastest and most convenient pathways to Greece from Australia via our state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport in Doha,” said Qatar Airways Australasia’s senior manager Adam Radwanski.“We look forward to further expanding our Greece footprint with the launch of Mykonos in 2017-18, bringing the whitewashed paradise islands closer to Australians.”With Melbourne the original home of Qatar Airways Down Under, the airline has recently introduced its flagship Airbus A380 to its Melbourne-Doha route. With a seat capacity of 517, passengers are spread across twin decks with first class comprising eight seats, business class 48 and 461 in economy class.The aircraft’s first class cabin features ultra-wide seats that recline into a flat bed, two passenger extension dining and designer sleeper suits, flight slippers and amenities. The good news also extends to those in economy. Thanks to higher ceilings on the main deck there is added spaciousness, while the wider seat configuration and design mean there’s more leg room along with contoured headrests.To celebrate its expansion and to highlight Melbourne’s links with Greece, Qatar Airways is teaming up with local Greek Australian chef and restaurateur George Calombaris to develop a delicious inflight menu.Passengers lucky enough to be flying first and business class from Melbourne and Doha between 1 July and 30 September will have the chance to enjoy some of the chef’s signature Greek-inspired dishes on the way to their next destination. Among dishes featured on the menu are Gazi’s lamb moussaka and souvlaki of pastourma beef short rib, the Hellenic grain salad with tahini yoghurt, and the signature Hellenic Republic risogalo (rice pudding) made with Murray River salted caramel.last_img read more

Ancelotti pays tribute to John Terry

first_imgNapoli Coach Carlo Ancelotti has described it an honour to have worked with John Terry in his latest tribute to the former England player following his retirement.Carlo Ancelotti had a successful stint at Chelsea, winning the Premier League and FA Cup in the 2009-10 season before being sacked the following summer after a trophyless campaign.Last night his skipper for those occasions, who made over 700 appearances for the Blues, announced his retirement and Ancelotti paid tribute on his Instagram page.“An honour to have had you as captain,” the Napoli manager wrote.“Wishing you much success in your future endeavours.”John Terry has been tipped to nail a managerial role in the next few months to come in the bid to replicate his success story.And most Chelsea fans will be hoping he gets the chance to manage his beloved club.last_img read more

Miami residents more likely to be living with parents study suggests

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A new study suggests that Miami residents are more likely to still be living with their parents.The Magic City ranked second in the number of adults who still live with their parents.The study looked at the top 50 metro areas in the U.S. to see which had the most 25 to 40-year-olds still living in their parents’ home.Riverside, Calif. was ranked in first place ahead of Miami.To read the full study, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Wall Street climbs in wake of first presidential faceoff

first_imgConsumer and technology stocks, including Amazon, led gains on Wall Street on Tuesday, while a perceived win by Democrat Hillary Clinton in Monday’s first presidential debate gave broader support to equities.The S&P 500 technology sector rallied 1.15 percent, powered by a 1.85 percent gain in Microsoft and a 1.08 percent rise in Facebook.Amazon.com jumped 2.12 percent and the consumer discretionary index gained 0.99 percent after a report showed that the consumer confidence index for September rose to its highest level in nine years.Following the first of three presidential debates on Monday, Republican candidate Donald Trump vowed to hit Clinton harder after she put him on the defensive. With six weeks until the November 8 vote, some investors see the neck-and-neck contest sparking volatility in sectors including health insurers, drugmakers and industrials.”From a market perspective, rightly or wrongly, there is an understanding that Mrs. Clinton would be a safe pair of hands, that there’s very little uncertainty there,” said Brad McMillan, chief investment officer for Commonwealth Financial in Waltham, Massachusetts.Still, shares of private prison operators Corrections Corp and Geo Group fell 7.39 percent and 3.82 percent respectively after Clinton criticized states’ use of for-profit prisons during the debate.In their first increases in three sessions, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 0.74 percent to end at 18,228.3 points and the S&P 500 gained 0.64 percent to 2,159.93.The Nasdaq Composite added 0.92 percent to 5,305.71.The increase in the consumer confidence index also boosted shares of Coca-Cola Co, up 1.28 percent, and Nike, which rose 1.73 percent.”Consumer stocks seem to be catching a bit after having a hard time for probably a month or two,” said Mark Spellman, portfolio manager at Alpine Funds in New York.Oil prices plunged 3 percent as hopes for a deal to cut output faded at major producers meeting in Algeria. The S&P 500 energy index fell 0.46 percent.Gilead Sciences was the top drag on the S&P and the Nasdaq, falling 1.70 percent after Leerink downgraded the drugmaker’s stock to “market perform.”Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 1.42-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.92-to-1 ratio favoured advancers.The S&P 500 posted 12 new 52-week highs and 2 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 82 new highs and 34 new lows.About 6.2 billion shares changed hands on U.S. exchanges, below the 6.9 billion daily average for the past 20 trading days, according to Thomson Reuters data.last_img read more

California shooting kills 3

first_imgPolice in California on Saturday said three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a bowling alley near Los Angeles.Sergeant Ronald Harris of the Torrance Police Department confirmed to AFP that officers responded at 11:54 pm on Friday to reports of gunfire at Gable House Bowl.He added all seven victims were male. Three were pronounced dead at the scene, with two others taken to hospital.Witnesses told The Los Angeles Times there had been a fight at the gaming complex.In a tweet posted shortly after midnight, the Torrance Police Department had warned people to “please stay away from the area.”Torrance, a coastal city, is located around 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of downtown Los Angeles in the South Bay region.According to health authorities, nearly 40,000 people died in the United States as a result of firearms in 2017 — a figure that includes suicides.last_img read more

Record 708m displaced at end of 2018 UN

first_imgChildren stand outside a school used as a shelter for Internally Displaced People (IDP) from northern Burkina Faso on 13 June 2019 in Ouagadougou. Internally Displaced People (IDP) from northern Burkina Faso flee intercommunal clashes, which have already killed a hundred people in a few weeks. Photo: AFPMore than 70 million people were counted last year as displaced from their homes, a record that underestimates the real number of refugees and asylum seekers, the UN said Wednesday.In its annual global trends report, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) described the figure of 70.8 million at the end of 2018 as “conservative”, particularly because the number of people who fled Venezuela’s devastating crisis is undercounted.At the end of 2017, by comparison, 68.5 million people were counted as being forcibly displaced by violence or persecution.The UNHCR attributed the increase partly to surging displacement in Ethiopia caused by inter-ethnic conflict, and in Venezuela, where thousands are fleeing every day amid an economic collapse that has triggered shortages of basic food and medicine.An estimated 3.3 million people have left Venezuela since the start of 2016, according to the UN.UNHCR head Filippo Grandi told reporters in Geneva the figure of 70.8 million only includes Venezuelans who had officially applied for asylum—roughly half a million people.Overall, the number of displaced people in the world has doubled over the last 20 years and now exceeds the population of Thailand.The trend, Grandi said, continues to go in “the wrong direction”.Conflicts ‘never’ end -According to Amnesty International, a refugee is a person who flees their home country and cannot or will not return due to conflict or fear of persecution.The report lists 41.3 million internally displaced people (IDPs), 25.9 million refugees, and 3.5 million asylum seekers—those awaiting a decision on their bid for official refugee protection.The countries with the most internally displaced people—fleeing within their own countries—are Syria, wracked by conflict since 2011 and Colombia, plagued by decades of violence, said the UNHCR.The group of refugees, it added, included 5.5 million Palestinians scattered across several countries, notably Lebanon and Jordan.The best solution for a refugee is to be able to return home once their country stabilises, but Grandi noted that 20 percent have been in exile for more than two decades.“We have become almost unable to make peace,” the UNHCR chief said.“It is true there are new conflicts, new situations producing refugees…, (but) the old ones never get resolved,” he added. “When is the last conflict that you remember was resolved?”‘Praise’ for Germany -The UNHCR has at times sought to push back against the phrase “migrant crisis”, especially as it has been applied to an influx of people into Europe via the Mediterranean sea.The agency has argued that while mass migration does pose serious challenges, it can be managed, particularly by wealthier nations.Grandi praised Germany for its acceptance of migrants and its efforts to “demystify” the notion that migration is unmanageable, “even when the numbers are very big.”“I usually don’t like to praise and criticise but I think in this case, I’d like to praise Germany for what it has done,” said Grandi in Geneva, ahead of the report’s launch in Berlin.He noted that Chancellor Angela Merkel had paid a “heavy price” politically for her openness to migration, arguing this made her actions “even more courageous”.last_img read more

Amazons New Blockchain Service to Compete With Oracle IBM

first_img Amazon Web Services last week announced a new blockchain program—with a little help from The Not Ready For Prime-Time Players.“Many of today’s discussions around blockchain technology remind me of the classic [Saturday Night Live] Shimmer Floor Wax skit,” AWS Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr wrote in a blog post.Dan Aykroyd believes Shimmer is a dessert topping, while Gilda Radner claims it’s a floor wax. Chevy Chase confirms it’s both.“Some of the people that I talk to see blockchains as the foundation of a new monetary system and a way to facilitate international payments,” Barr said. “Others see blockchains as a distributed ledger and immutable data source that can be applied to logistics, supply chain, land registration, crowdfunding, and other use cases“Either way,” he continued, “it is clear that there are a lot of intriguing possibilities and we are working to help our customers use this technology more effectively.”So the cloud computing firm launched AWS Blockchain Templates, providing a fast and easy way to create and deploy secure blockchain networks using the Ethereum or Hyperledger Fabric networks.Invented in 2008 for use in the cryptocurrency bitcoin, blockchain remains a mystery to many. The technology allows for information to be managed and organized without an intermediary like a bank, government, or accountant.Its best-known (but by not means only) application is the digital payment system bitcoin, which cuts out the middleman to enable direct electronic cash transfers.The scheme relies on members of the general public to validate and timestamp transactions. Those transactions are then added as “blocks” to a cryptographically protected, unalterable chain (hence the name) and shared on a private (with restricted membership) or public network.AWS Blockchain Templates comes just six months after Oracle unveiled a cloud service built on the open-source Hyperledger, and about a year after IBM revealed its own Hyperledger-based blockchain-as-a-service offering. Stay on target Master Blockchain With These Easy Online CoursesAtari Explains What ‘RollerCoaster Tycoon’ On Blockchain Even Means center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

The Love Boats Isaac Washington heads to Australia

first_imgThe Love Boat’s Isaac Washington heads to AustraliaThe Love Boat’s Isaac Washington heads to AustraliaTed Lange, best known for his role of Isaac Washington, the cocktail maker and confidant on the iconic TV series ‘The Love Boat’, will be in Sydney from 9-12 July 2019 to celebrate the return of Princess Cruises’ Pacific Princess to Australia.The December 2020 arrival of the 670-guest Pacific Princess in Sydney will coincide with the 45th anniversary of Princess Cruises’ first roundtrip cruise from Australia, a voyage that was made on the original Pacific Princess which was the ship that starred in ‘The Love Boat’.“I’m so excited to return to Australia. I first fell in love with the country while I was filming an episode of ‘The Love Boat’ in Sydney back in the 1980s,” Ted Lange said.“Two of my Love Boat co-stars, Gavin MacLeod who played Captain Stubing and Lauren Tewes who played Julie McCoy have both also travelled down-under since the show – Australia holds a special place in our hearts. I can’t wait to show Aussie’s how to make my signature cocktail, The Isaac, when I get there!”Announced yesterday and on sale on Friday July 12, Pacific Princess’ program will include an epic 90-day roundtrip Sydney voyage around South America, a 13-night cruise visiting ports on New Zealand’s North and South Islands and a special 21-night sailing to remote locations in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.The addition of Pacific Princess means Australians will have an unprecedented choice of Princess ships sailing from their doorstep over the 2020-21 summer, from the cruise line’s smallest ship, the 30,277-tonne Pacific Princess, to two of its largest ships – the 143,700-tonne Majestic Princess and 142,200-tonne Regal Princess.  With Sapphire Princess, Sun Princess and Sea Princess also sailing in local waters, Princess Cruises will further cement its position as Australia’s biggest cruise line, offering almost 25 per cent more beds across the 2020-21 summer than any other cruise line in AustraliaAbout Ted LangeTED LANGE certainly exemplifies the Renaissance Man Theatre Award that he received from the NAACP in Los Angeles and the Heroes and Legends HAL Lifetime Achievement Award.  A prolific author, educator, and director and actor of stage and screen comprise the talents that have created a revered career and worldwide recognition. On May 10, 2018, Lange received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in recognition of his Contribution to the History of Television for his work on The Loveboat.A graduate of London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Lange has written over twenty five plays and has been labeled The Black Neil Simon, The Brown Bard, and The Footnote Historian.  These nomenclatures reflect the nature of the plays that he has written and produced around the country in black theatres to rave reviews and numerous awards.  Lange is passionate about comedy, Shakespeare, history, and character driven theatre.  His quest is to weave the African American experience into stories that entertain and educate by using current events as the touchstone for timely stories and characters, by discovering little known historical facts and bringing alive lost moments of our black history, and by using the timelessness of Shakespearean tales to reflect what is still relevant to our culture today.His Shakespearean based play written in verse, The Cause, My Soul, the Prequel to Othello, the NAACP Theatre Best Play of 2017, was presented at the Odyssey Theatre on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and at the North Carolina Black Theatre Festival.  The Tears of Shylock another Shakespearean based play will be read at the Matrix Theatre in April 2019.Lange’s historical based plays have been produced around the nation and at the National Black Theatre Festival to rave reviews.   His American historical trilogy includes George Washington’s Boy, the story of George Washington’s favorite slave, Billy Lee, The Journals of Osborne P. Anderson, the story of the five black activists that were a part of John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry and Lady Patriot, the tale of a Union spy in the Confederate White House.    George Washington’s Boy, was rated by the Denver Post as one of the top most important American plays.As an educator, Lange has lectured on the life of Ira Aldridge at the University of Lutz, Poland. He was named an adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Cinema/Television at USC, where he taught a weekly course in film directing.  In addition to this, he currently lectures on Shakespeare and acting at high schools and colleges across the nation.An award winning theatrical director, Lange received the Artistic Director Achievement Award, as Director of an Original Play for his comedy Lemon Meringue Façade and the Dramalogue Award for outstanding directing of The Visit, which was later turned into a film. Lange also received the Oakland Ensemble Theatre’s Paul Robeson Award and the James Cagney Directing Fellow Scholarship Award from the American Film Institute.Other highlights from his stage directing include: an interracial Hamlet starring Glynn Turman, an avant-garde version of Richard III, Driving Miss Daisy, a one man show- Big Daddy’s Barbecue starring Jeff Wayne and The Heart of Biddy Mason, a jazz musical which he co- wrote with noted jazz musician Gerald Trottman. He directed the independent feature film For Love of Amy. In 1989, he directed and starred in the film, Othello. Behind the Mask – An Evening with Paul Laurence Dunbar is Lange’s one-man show, which toured to sold-out houses at Ohio State University, San Jose State and Indiana State University.Four Queens – No Trump played garnered critical acclaim in Los Angeles, Cleveland, Omaha, and Chicago and won the NAACP Best Play – 1997.  The Valley Theatre Awards nominated his play, Lemon Meringue Façade, in five categories and played off Broadway in New York at the New Perspectives Theatre. Another respected play, Soul Survivor, was staged at the National Black Theatre Festival at the 1996; The Olympics in Atlanta, and at the Lee Strasberg Institute in Hollywood, which co-starred Yolanda King.Evil Legacy – The Story of Lucretia Borgia was nominated by LA Weekly for Best One-Woman Show.  Also written, directed, and produced by Lange was Born a Unicorn, a rock ‘n roll musical depicting the life of Black Shakespearean actor, Ira Aldridge. Lange made his Broadway acting debut in the musical hit Hair and his theatrical acting careers spans over fifty plays including South Coast Repertory’s Piano Lesson, Sunshine Boys, Biloxi Blues, and a national tour of Driving Miss Daisy. Lange was bestowed The Best Actor 2001 by the NAACP for his work in Louie and Ophelia.  His passion for Shakespeare has led to the roles of Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew, Bottom in Midsummer’s Night Dream, and leads in MacBeth, King Henry VI, and Romeo and Juliet.  Other credits include Othello, in which he directed and starred in the stage version at the Inner City Cultural Center.Honored to be named a mentee of James Burrows, Lange’s TV & film directing career includes: sixty episodes of Mr. Box Office, and The First Family, as well as multiple episodes of Are We There Yet? He has directed Eve, Dharma and Greg, Moesha, Mike Hammer, and In the House. His directing expertise also encompasses a pilot he co-created for NBC, Big Daddy’s Barbecue.As a star of the television classic The Love Boat, Lange’s ten seasons as Isaac Washington earned him global recognition. His television acting career also includes That’s My Mama, Mr. T and Tina, and guest appearances on Evening Shade, Half and Half, Family Matters, In the Heat of the Night, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Oprah Winfrey Show.  He hit the reality TV genre running on Celebrity Fit Club.Combining all his talents, Lange wrote, acted, directed, and produced his play, Let Freedom Ring in Los Angeles. A historical dramedy about how the Liberty Bell was cracked. The play is based on a true story…almost.When asked about the diversity of his career, Lange states, “The duty of the Artist is to find his muse, then let her rip.”About Princess CruisesOne of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global premium cruise line and tour company operating a fleet of 17 modern cruise ships, carrying two million guests each year to 380 destinations around the globe, including the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera, Europe, South America, Australia/New Zealand, the South Pacific, Hawaii, Asia, Canada/New England and World Cruises. A team of professional destination experts has created more than 150 award-winning itineraries, ranging in length from three to 111 days and Princess Cruises has been continuously recognised as “Best Cruise Line for Itineraries.”Princess Cruises continues its multi-year, “Come Back New Promise” – a $450 million-dollar product innovation and cruise ship renovation campaign that will continue to enhance the line’s onboard guest experience. These enhancements result in more moments of awe, lifetime memories and meaningful stories for guests to share from their cruise holiday. The product innovations include partnerships with award-winning Chef Curtis Stone; engaging entertainment inspired shows with Broadway-legend Stephen Schwartz; immersive activities for the whole family from Discovery and Animal Planet that include exclusive shore excursions to onboard activities; the ultimate sleep at sea with the award-winning Princess Luxury Bed and much more.Three new Royal-class ships are currently on order with the next new ship, Sky Princess, under construction scheduled for delivery in October 2019 and Enchanted Princess in 2020. Princess recently announced that two new (LNG) ships which will be the largest ships in the Princess fleet, accommodating approximately 4,300 guests with expected delivery in 2023 and 2025. Princess now has five ships arriving over the next six years between 2019 & 2025. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE:CUK).Source = Princess Cruiseslast_img read more

Where Do New Home Sales Stand

first_img Danielle Hale HUD Realtor.com US Census Bureau 2019-01-31 Donna Joseph The new residential sales statistics for November 2018 by the latest U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development revealed that sales of new single‐family houses in November 2018 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 657,000, reflecting an upward trend at 16.9 percent (±19.9 percent) above the revised October rate of 562,000—but is 7.7 percent (±20.7 percent) below the November 2017 estimate of 712,000. According to Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.com, unlike other housing indicators released during the shutdown, today’s new home sales data shows a pick up from October’s pace. Hale indicated that “the November figure trails the sales figure of a year ago, which is consistent with other data showing a sluggish finish to 2018 home sales.”The median sales price of new houses sold in November 2018 was $302,400, the report found. The average sales price was $362,400. Data on sale inventory and month’s supply on a seasonally-adjusted basis revealed that the estimate of new houses for sale at the end of November was 330,000—representing a supply of six months at the current sales rate, the report noted. The report also stated that the U.S. Census Bureau is updating its 2019 economic indicator release calendar in coordination with other agencies and the Office of Management and Budget to address the impacts of the recent lapse in federal funding. The survey is primarily based on a sample of houses selected from building permits. The purpose of the survey is to provide current national and regional statistics on starts, completions, and characteristics of new, privately-owned single-family and multifamily housing units and on sales of new single-family houses.Read the full report here. Where Do New Home Sales Stand? in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, Newscenter_img January 31, 2019 719 Views Sharelast_img read more

Young entrepreneurs and auto aficionados John Tem

first_imgYoung entrepreneurs and auto aficionados, John Temerian and David Lee Adams, alongside new partner Jan Otto, have recently announced the launch of Supercar Experience— A series of racy, high-tech mega-events.“We are proud to announce that our vision will be realized in three vibrant and affluent locations in 2010: Palm Beach, New Orleans, and the Hamptons”, says John Temerian. “David, Jan and I are extremely excited to introduce the new dimension of the Supercar concours concept, kicking off our first event in Palm Beach in February 2010.”Temerian, who produced the first Supercar event of its kind, Palm Beach Supercar Weekend 2005, in conjunction with Donald J. Trump and Barclays International Realty, assures that the 2010 experience will be ‘larger than life’, boasting state-of-the-art technology, innovative design, premier luxury, and of course the world’s largest, most impressive collection of privately owned supercars.“2010 SCX is not just a showcase, but a comprehensive experience”, added co-founder David Lee Adams. “This national celebration is the product of a power-house team of event producers, race car drivers, supercar owners, and entrepreneurs. We’re looking forward to unveiling the specifics of this event in the coming months, securing Supercar Experience as the premier lifestyle event like no other.”“Supercar Experience is a direct result of the relationships the three of us have cultivated over the years,” says John Temerian. “We each have experience catering to both the public masses and very elite groups, including the most discerning auto aficionados. We know what they expect, and pledge to deliver nothing less.”www.supercarlife.comlast_img read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 13 2018 700

first_img by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 13, 2018 7:00 am PDT Last Updated Feb 13, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Jonny Harris of “Murdoch Mysteries” and Emma Hunter of “The Beaverton” as shown in this handout image, will co-host this year’s Canadian Screen Awards gala. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-George Pimentel *MANDATORY CREDIT* Jonny Harris, Emma Hunter to host Canadian Screen Awards broadcast galacenter_img TORONTO – Jonny Harris of “Murdoch Mysteries” and Emma Hunter of “The Beaverton” will co-host this year’s Canadian Screen Awards gala.Harris is also known for his series “Still Standing” while Hunter’s other credits include “Mr. D.”The CBC and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television will air the show on March 11.The new production partner for the gala is Insight Production Company.The gala will mark the end of Canadian Screen week, which will include three non-broadcast galas.Hosts for those galas will include Miguel Rivas, Andrew Phung, Carlos Bustamante and “Mind Fudge”‘s Jon Simonassi and Justine Nelson.last_img read more

Health minister denies resignation linked to favours

first_imgBy Elias HazouHealth minister under resignation Philippos Patsalis on Tuesday denied reports claiming he had personally interceded to do a favour to an acquaintance of his, a pulmonologist.According to daily Politis, Patsalis had recently intervened to have a friend transferred to Kyperounda hospital instead of to Limassol’s Pulmonology Clinic.Patsalis’ acquaintance had been promoted to clinic director. However, the Nicosia clinic already had a director in place, so the logical solution would have been to transfer the doctor to Limassol’s Pulmonology Clinic, which lacked a director.Instead, Patsalis allegedly had the physician transferred to Kyperounda, with the arrangement that he would spend two days a week there, and three days in Nicosia.To justify the presence of a pulmonology director in Kyperounda, the paper said, Patsalis then also had a pulmonologist from the Limassol clinic whisked to Kyperounda.This reportedly drew objections from the Limassol clinic, which is short on pulmonologists.Patsalis denied the story.In a brief telephone communication, he told the Cyprus Mail that the reports were not true and that he did not even know the pulmonologist alleged to be his friend.He declined to comment further on why he had stepped down.Patsalis’ resignation was announced over the weekend, fuelling speculation as to the reasons.Some say he quit because he was being stonewalled by the government. The cabinet decided to postpone approving the bill on hospital autonomy, which forms an integral part of the proposed national health scheme (NHS).Others suggested Patsalis left pre-emptively, sensing he was on his way out anyway as the President was unsatisfied with his overall performance and his “managerial skills.”Following Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, which he attended, Patsalis told reporters only that he would stay on until the President finds a replacement.Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said the President thanked the health minister for his important work.Patsalis’ replacement would likely be announced over the next 10 days, he added.The spokesman dismissed the notion that the government is backtracking on the NHS because of pressure from interest groups.Asked how the administration plans to handle the NHS issue with the troika, Christodoulides said: “We are in touch with them, we will be explaining how things stand. The point is to have a positive outcome.The political will does exist, the intention [to reform the public health care system] is there, and we are optimistic that we shall have results soon.”Meantime, in another twist, Patsalis has filed a complaint to police over a spoof blog post claiming the minister stepped down because of the President’s refusal to sanction the use of medical marijuana.Over the weekend, the Friends of Cannabis group posted a fake letter of resignation by Patsalis. In it, the minister ‘said’ he could no longer serve while thousands of people suffered because they were being denied medical marijuana.The police’s cyber crime unit is investigating Patsalis’ complaint. Friends of Cannabis said the post was satire, and protested its freedom of speech.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more