Autopsy report shows Canadian killed fighting ISIL died from head injury mother

first_imgAn Ontario woman whose son was killed secretly fighting against Islamic State militants in northern Syria last year says she was devastated to finally learn the details of his death.Tina Martino says an autopsy report she received last week concluded her 24-year-old son, Nazzareno Tassone, died from a blow to the head, not a gunshot wound as she had previously been told.Martino says the autopsy, which was conducted in northern Iraq, also found her son had broken bones, cigarette burns to his body and face and marks that suggested he had been bound.After days spent believing her son had been tortured, Martino says she learned Tuesday those injuries were incurred after his death.Tassone was killed on Dec. 21 in the city of Raqqa while fighting militants associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIS or ISIL.Months before, Tassone had told his family that he was going to Iraq to teach English, but he secretly slipped into Syria to join forces with a U.S.-backed Kurdish group known as the YPG.The young man’s family learned of his death in early January after receiving a letter from the group. The letter also said Tassone’s body had been taken by ISIL militants. His body was recovered last month.The autopsy report initially confused the family, because it described Tassone as six feet three inches tall, in his 30s and with blond hair, when in fact he was five feet 10 inches tall, several years younger and had brown hair, his mother said.That gave the family hope that it was about a different man, she said.“It was the first time in five months of not having him home that anger… overpowered most of the emotional crying,” Martino said.“There was also a lot of hoping and praying that it wasn’t him,” she said.Dental records eventually confirmed the report had correctly identified Tassone, however, she said.Still, the report leaves many questions unanswered about Tassone’s fate, his mother said. “Nobody’s saying what they think happened,” she said.Martino said her son’s body could be flown back to Canada as early as this weekend, though she wouldn’t be surprised if they encountered other delays.Tassone’s body would arrive in Toronto and be brought to Niagara Falls, Ont., in a repatriation ceremony, then laid to rest there, she said.The family had planned a memorial service last month but then decided to wait for the return of his body.last_img read more

A lot at stake for BJP in first phase LS polls

first_imgNew Delhi: As voters cast their ballot in the first phase of Lok Sabha polls for 91 seats across 18 states and two union territories, it is the Bharatiya Janata Party that has a lot at stake. It had won 32 of these seats in 2014. The Congress fared poorly in the last parliamentary elections and could win only seven of these 91 seats. Five of its seats came from the North-East where the BJP has considerably consolidated its position in the last five years. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The battle is tough for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, where it had won all the eight seats that have to the polls today. This time, the party faces challenge from the coalition of Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal. Analysts say it will be difficult for the BJP to repeat its 2014 performance. In Uttarakhand, where BJP had won all the five seats in 2014, the party faces strong candidates from Congress, including former Chief Minister Harish Rawat and Manish Khanduri, son of former Union Minister Major General B.C. Khanduri. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The “nationalism” narrative of the BJP seems to be a strong factor in the hills which has a large population of ex-servicemen and those serving in the uniformed forces. The BJP faces a stronger challenge in Assam with its stand on the Citizenship Amendment Bill which has been opposed by its allies. The Asom Gana Parishad, its ally in Assam, is opposed to the Bill which finds a mention in the BJP manifesto. In Bihar, BJP had won three of the four seats going to the polls and is now contesting one. The BJP and its ally Shiv Sena had in 2014 won all the seven seats going to polls in the first phase in Maharashtra, but the BJP later lost one seat. The first phase election will decide the fate of six Union Ministers — Nitin Gadkari (Nagpur), Hansraj Ahir (Chandrapur), General V.K. Singh (Ghaziabad), Mahesh Sharma (Gautam Buddha Nagar), Satyapal Singh (Baghpat) and Kiren Rijiju (Arunachal West). As it tries to retain its seats, BJP will also be seeking to gain in two seats each in West Bengal, Manipur and Tripura. The Congress is hopeful of scaling up its numbers from seven particular from Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Assam and Uttarakhand. The BJP and Congress are not seen as major players in Andhra Pradesh, which is undergoing both Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. BJP spokesperson Bizay Sonkar Shastri said the party will improve its performance compared to the last Lok Sabha polls. “Nationalism is a factor. The people continue to have faith in Modiji. Various government programmes have taken off, making an impact among communities seen to be loyal to other parties,” Shastri told IANS. He said there was “a visible wave” last time but this time it “is an inner current”. Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha said the party will do “much better than last time.” Prominent leaders whose fate will be decided in the first phase are Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter K. Kavitha (Nizamabad), Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s son Gaurav Gogoi (Kalibor), Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan’s son Chirag Paswan (Jamui) and AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi (Hyderabad). In Tura, former Union Minister Agatha Sangma is fighting former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma of Congress.last_img read more

European rights envoy talks with France about yellow vests

PARIS — The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights is travelling to Paris to meet with French authorities to discuss human rights issues related to the yellow vests protests.A day after yellow vests demonstrated for an 11th straight weekend in Paris and across France, Dunja Mijatovic said Monday on Twitter that she will hold talks with French deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nunez and France’s defender of rights, Jacques Toubon.The council of Europe’s press office confirmed that Mijatovic will also meet with representatives of France’s human rights commission, police and journalists.About 2,000 people have been injured during yellow vests protests as the demonstrations demanding more economic justice often descended into violence. Ten people have also been killed in road incidents since the protests started on Nov. 17.The Associated Press read more

Rapper Maitre Gims Recites Quran in New Video

Rabat – On May 13, French-Congolese rapper and singer Gandhi Djuna, known by his stage name Maitre Gims, shared a short video of himself reciting the Quran. In the video, which he shared on social media, Gims can be seen reciting the beginnings of Surah Yasin in the Holy Quran.Maitre Gims, 33, converted to Islam in 2004. Gims has also recently filmed a music video in Marrakech. The song, which featured the Colombian singer Maluma, was part of his newly released album.Read also: Maitre Gims and Maluma Release New Music Video Filmed in Marrakech“I wanted to make this clip here in Marrakech, where I live. to highlight this millennial city and its enormous tourism potential,” said Gims in a statement to the press. Gims also noted that he wanted to “pay homage to this city where I was welcomed with open arms.” read more

Errachidias Flood Police Investigate Bus Driver

Rabat – Authorities are investigating the driver of the bus, which overturned at the Oued Damchan bridge in Errachidia province on Sunday, September 8.The bus driver fled the scene immediately after the incident, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported.The news agency added that the driver was considered among the missing people before he admitted himself for treatment at the Moulay Ali Cherif regional hospital on Monday, September 9. Security services are now investigating the driver. Emergency services managed to rescue 30 people.The number of people who were rescued stands a 30.  Local news outlets reported that the death toll has risen 17.Floods due to heavy rains in the region blocked the road.Morocco’s southern and central provinces saw heavy rains across August and September, claiming the lives of several people.Read Also:  Errachidia Flood Kills 11, Death Toll Continues to RiseFlooding in the Taroudant region killed eight people after a river in the region,  burst its banks onto a football pitch in August.Heavy rains led to floods in the Khenifra province, in northern central Morocco, on September 2. The floods killed a teenage girl and an elderly man.Moroccan media have been releasing special weather alerts recently to warn people of possible heavy rainfall, storms, and floods.Authorities warned citizens to check weather forecasts to avoid similar incidents.Equipment and transport Minister Abdelkader Amara told the press that “the National Meteorological Directorate published weather reports on a regular basis that must be taken into account and that citizens must be aware of the weather warnings issued by provincial and local officials.”He added that weather issues “should not be treated carelessly.” read more

SecretaryGeneral gives list of Darfur war crimes suspects to international court

But in Sudan, where public statements and media comment have repeated the Government’s refusal to allow any Sudanese citizens to be tried in foreign courts, tens of thousands of people demonstrated against the Security Council resolution referring the issue to the ICC, with some attacking a perimeter fence and stoning a UN compound.”Now, we have a common task – to end the culture of impunity,” ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo said on receiving the list compiled by the UN-appointed International Commission of Inquiry, which found that crimes against humanity and war crimes had been committed, including mass killings of innocent civilians, systematic rape of girls and women, torture, destruction of villages and burning of family homes.”I will closely monitor ongoing crimes in Darfur as well as efforts to prevent and stop them,” he added of the conflict in which tens of thousands of people have been killed and more than 2 million others driven from their homes since rebels took up arms in early 2003, partly in protest at the distribution of economic resources.Earlier today the ICC, based in The Hague, received thousands of documents collected by the Commission and Mr. Moreno Ocampo said he would analyze them and assess the crimes and the admissibility of the cases.Appointed to determine whether genocide had occurred, the five-member Commission found that although no genocidal policy had been pursued, “international offences such as the crimes against humanity and war crimes that have been committed in Darfur may be no less serious and heinous than genocide.”Meanwhile in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, the UN mission reported that some of the tens of thousands of protesters attacked the perimeter fence of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) compound. When that failed, they threw stones into it until a group of elders and community leaders passed a letter into the building for transmission to the Secretary-General.Earlier, a group of students threw stones at a rental car with UN markings. No casualties were reported. A similar demonstration was planned for Port Sudan today and on Sunday a protest took place in El-Fasher in North Darfur.In Darfur today, Mr. Annan’s Special Representative Jan Pronk continued his tour amid reports of continued insecurity. In North Darfur, some 800 people at the Abu Shouk camp for displaced persons staged a demonstration to protest against the high level of rapes around the camps and the continued lack of security.In South Darfur, tribesmen entered Kalma camp at the weekend and harassed the population. The local police, claiming there was no wrongdoing, refused to take action. Later, members of the African Union civilian police unit dispersed the armed men, following requests from humanitarian organizations.The UN mission said that in Nyala, South Darfur’s main town, police continued to demand incentives in the form of fuel and food for carrying out security patrols despite the clear understanding that this is a responsibility of the Government of Sudan. read more

Sudan harvest improves but 7 million people will need food aid UN

While Sudan is likely to reap a reasonably good harvest late this year and into next year, almost 7 million people will still require food aid this year, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) said.Some 6.7 million people will require about 800,000 tons of targeted food assistance this year, the agencies said.With favourable rainfall, a low incidence of pests and diseases and improved security over most of the country, the most recent FAO/WFP Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission said the country’s overall cereal production in 2005/06 would amount to about 5.3 million metric tons. The total would be 55 per cent higher than the very poor 2004/05 harvest and 17 per cent above the average of the last five years.Many Sudanese, however, have either been forced to flee their homes because of fighting, are in the process of returning home following the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the South, or will be unable to benefit from the harvest due to high cereal prices.These people include more than 2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), about 900,000 returnees and close to 3.5 million highly vulnerable people in Darfur in the west, in the South and in marginal areas of the central and eastern parts of the country. read more

Womens swimming Ohio State set to travel to Indiana for Big Ten

The Ohio State women’s swimming team practice at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in preparation for the Big Ten Championships. Credit: Fallon Perl | Lantern reporterAfter completing its regular season just one meet shy of undefeated, the No. 22 Ohio State women’s swimming team is looking forward to taking its talents to West Lafayette, Indiana, for the Big Ten Championships beginning Wednesday.Last year, the Buckeyes finished in fourth place with a total of 859 points, claiming four individual Big Ten titles as well as one relay title for five championships overall. This was the sixth time since 2010 that OSU earned a top-five finish, and the Buckeyes’ four individual titles and one relay title made the year the most successful one since 1991.With four Big Ten teams ranked ahead of it, OSU will need strong performances by all swimmers to make a run. However, the main focus is on the factors that it’s able to control.“When you’re at Ohio State, the expectation is to put together championship teams. So, we want to compete for Big Ten titles and be one of the ten best teams in the country, but the truth is we can’t control that,” OSU coach Bill Dorenkott said. “What we can control is putting the strongest, fittest, most prepared kids in the pool at Big Tens, and who we compete against is irrelevant.”To ensure they do so, the team will be taking 25 swimmers to compete in Indiana, several of whom are returning Big Ten contenders, including senior Taylor Vargo. During last year’s Big Ten Championships, Vargo finished fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke and eighth in the 200-yard breaststroke. She will be competing in both races again this year, as well as the 100-yard individual medley and possibly a relay. This year, her personal goals are to enjoy her senior year, move up a couple of spots from last year and improve her times, Vargo said. However, her focus remains on the team rather than herself.“I’d say we’re focusing more on preparing to go to Purdue and swim as a team, not as an individual,” Vargo said. “We always go through the mantra, ‘The goal is not to win, the goal is to improve.’ Whether it’s your technique, or half a fraction of a second, or moving up two spots — go in and swim your best. Focus on the little things.”Vargo’s teammate, senior Lindsey Clary is another returning Big Ten contender who will be competing in the 400-yard individual medley, 500-yard freestyle and the 1,650-yard freestyle — all for the fourth consecutive year — at the Big Ten Championships.Last year Clary set new OSU records in all three events and took home Big Ten titles in both the 400-yard individual medley and the 1,650-yard freestyle with times of 4:03.64 and 15:49.98 respectively. She will also be competing in the 800-yard freestyle relay.Clary said she is looking forward to improving at the Big Ten Championships this year, and is hoping to inspire her teammates as well. “Each year you want to get better. I was extremely happy with how I swam last year, so I want to repeat that and hopefully swim even faster,” Clary said. “Especially to put points up for my team because I know that if someone has a good swim it inspires everyone else, so I’m hoping to be that person for the team.”In addition to Clary and Vargo, OSU has five other athletes who have posted top-10 times in the Big Ten this season including junior Meg Bailey, freshman Kathrin Demler, freshman Molly Kowal, junior Liz Li and senior Zulal Zeren.“This is a good group. They’ve done the work, they’re well prepared, and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do,” Dorenkott said. “We’re looking toward being our best for seven sessions, three and a half days in February. That’s what we want to do.”The Big Ten Championships are set to begin Wednesday evening at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Indiana. The competition runs through Saturday evening with preliminaries beginning Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. Finals begin each night at 6:30 p.m. read more

Buying an apartment house or plot in Greece

first_imgYou would have recently noticed that prices of beautiful homes and other properties in Greece you may have been eyeing for the last few years have dramatically dropped. Therefore you may sense that the time to buy a nice property in one of the most magnificent countries in the world perhaps has come. What do you do next?Firstly, you try to pick the property you wish to buy, through the numerous sites on the internet, or by instructing a local real estate agent to show you what is offered according to your preferences, or by visiting prospective properties, which you have heard about through agents, relatives or friends in Greece. Your obligation towards the agent will be to pay no more than two per cent of the purchase price if you buy something they have shown you. You can engage more than one agent and you do not have to pay anyone except the agency who showed you the property you are going to buy. Once you have made up your mind on which property to buy and you have reached an agreement with the seller on the price, you must retain an attorney in Greece, who will review the various deeds and other legal documents related to the titles of the property, and will undertake the title search at the local land registry to make sure there are no legal burdens on the property and that there are no legal obstacles to the acquisition. In Greece the title search is significant since the legal description, the boundaries, and the other characteristics of the property are not always clear, nor properly outlined in previous deeds, and clarification may be needed to make sure that what you believe you are buying will be the actual property you buy. If you purchase a plot or a lot – defined as a piece of land within the city, town or village limits – or a land – a piece of property outside these limits – and you intend to build upon it you may also need the advice of a local civil engineer to make sure the plot or land is able to be built upon according to the local building regulations, and the dimensions of the structure you intend to build. Once the legal due diligence has been concluded, you choose a notary to draft the purchase deed with advice of your lawyer(s). As the buyer, you will pay the notary at the end of the transaction. The purchase deed can only be signed at the notary’s office by both parties (seller and buyer) at the same time. Either of the two parties can sign in person or by proxy with a power of attorney. Right before the deed is executed, the seller must pay acquisition tax, which in most cases is three per cent of the purchase price. The money is paid to the seller either by certified bank cheque(s) from a Greek bank, or by transferring money to the seller’s bank account anywhere in the world, in which case more details and terms must be added to the sale/purchase deed, to safeguard the rights of seller and buyer. Finally, the deed, once signed/executed at the notary’s office by both parties, must be properly registered at the local land registry, without which the legal transfer of the property to the ownership of the buyer will not take place. It must be noted that this is just a general outline of the basic steps in the process of the purchase of a real estate property in Greece. However, in each specific case more action may need to be taken and more checks may have to be done in relation to forest regulations, environmental directives – Natura 2000 legislation and related articles – and other particularities of Greek administrative and legal practice. * Christos Iliopoulos is an attorney at the Supreme Court of Greece, LLM. For more information go to greekadvocate.eu or e-mail ktimatologiolaw@yahoo.gr or bm-bioxoi@otenet.gr Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Interhealth Canada ICL promises cooperation

first_img Related Items:house of assembly, interhealth canada, sharlene robinson Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Recommended for you TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Jan 2015 – No bucking expected from Interhealth Canada explains executives of the two hospitals today in a media release. After a motion to investigate the facility on a financial and clinical level was approved at the House of Assembly, ICL said this: “We have noted the motion put before the House of Assembly January 27th, 2015, and understand that the motion was approved. If a properly constituted, independent review into the matters raised in the motion is launched we wish to state very openly that we welcome that process and will fully participate, in the same fashion we welcomed the financial audit and the clinical audit carried out at the request of Government in the past months”. That motion was brought by Opposition Leader Sharlene Robinson. Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane fundslast_img read more

Battle Ground school board appoints Rose interim superintendent

first_img The Battle Ground school board unanimously appointed Duane Rose as the district’s interim superintendent while a successor for Shonny Bria is sought. Bria is retiring June 30 after 15 years at the district’s helm.Rose’s contract begins July 1 and will last for a year or until a permanent superintendent is hired.The board also appointed Lynn Hicks as interim deputy superintendent to temporarily replace Diana Gilsinger, who is also retiring June 30. The contract for Hicks is for the same time period.Both appointments were made during the public portion of a special board meeting held Saturday. Their salaries were not immediately available.Bria announced her retirement at an April 29 board meeting. She is completing the first year of a three-year contract.John Idsinga, board president, explained the need to appoint the interim positions quickly.“We need to get this done because people in the district were asking: ‘What about leadership between now and then?’” said Idsinga. “At Saturday’s meeting, we had a good discussion and asked for names. We decided this would be a great team, with their past knowledge of the district.”Rose, a former Battle Ground teacher, principal and administrator, already has been serving as a liaison to the board since Bria’s announcement.Hicks retired from the district in 2006 as assistant superintendent for business and operations.Finding a permanent superintendent will be an involved, public process, Idsinga said. The district will use an interest-based approach that involves community members, parents, employees, employee unions and other major groups.“We will come together with the community and have public meetings and have the bargaining units present,” Idsinga said. “They’ll all be involved in the process to design what we’re looking for in a superintendent.” Duane Roselast_img read more

66 of managers believe the average retirement age will increase in their

first_imgTwo thirds (66%) of manager respondents believe the average age of retirement in their organisation will increase over the next five to 10 years, according to research by Axa PPP Healthcare.Its Supporting fuller working working lives: how organisations can embrace older employees and those with caring responsibilities white paper, which is based on a survey of 1,000 managers and 1,000 employees in the UK, also found that 36% of manager respondents are unaware of anything their organisation does to attract, retain and engage older employees.The research also found:29% of employee respondents feel supported in managing workplace stress, and 28% feel supported in maintaining their physical wellbeing.23% of employee respondents feel their employer supports them with their caring responsibilities.Less than a third (28%) of manager respondents state that their organisation has formal policies and practices in place to support employees with caring responsibilities.44% of employee respondents feel supported in meeting work deadlines.Chris Horlick (pictured), distribution director at Axa PPP Healthcare, said: “The changing nature of older age and how work is performed, combined with the predicted increase in employees who have caring responsibilities, present opportunities for redefining the relationship between the state, employer and individual when it comes to managing health and wellbeing.“Employers need to ensure that their procedures, policies and communications are geared up to meet the needs of the growing number of older workers and, in particular, that they support the so-called sandwich generation; those who may be responsible for caring both for elderly relatives and for children or grandchildren while working.”last_img read more

Congress poised to approve 15M for village relocation in Alaska

first_imgNewtok welcomes guests before their trip over to the new village site, Mertarvik, in August 2017. (Photo by Christine Trudeau/KYUK)Congress is set to approve a major increase in funding for Alaska villages threatened by climate change.Listen nowThe spending bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday would double the budget of the federal Denali Commission, which funds infrastructure in rural Alaska, to $30 million.The new money is aimed at addressing “the most urgent needs” of Alaska villages facing “erosion, flooding and permafrost degradation,” according to instructions accompanying the bill.The nearest homes in Newtok are now just 40 feet from the edge of the Ninglick River. The village could lose that amount of land in just one or two storms. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Joel Neimeyer is the federal co-chair of the Denali Commission. He said virtually all the new money will go toward moving the village of Newtok, in Western Alaska.The village is losing about 70 feet of land annually to coastal erosion, and residents worry it will be completely uninhabitable within a few years.Newtok has been trying to move to a new site, Mertarvik, which is several miles away. Neimeyer said the new funding could finally break the logjam.“We’re very excited that this $15 million will allow the community of Newtok to realize their dream of moving to Mertarvik,” Neimeyer said.Newtok has been trying to piece together enough funding to move for more than a decade. But the village has found itself in a Catch-22: government agencies that fund housing won’t build homes where there’s no infrastructure. But agencies that fund infrastructure — like water, sewer or power — won’t spend money on a village where nobody lives.The new money could break that cycle. The village plans to move used barracks from a military base in Anchorage and convert them into housing at the new site. Officials estimate moving the barracks will be significantly less expensive than building new homes, stretching out any funding.“I would hope that this $15 million would get us halfway to where the community needs in terms of housing stock,” Neimeyer said. “That really is a real community. There are enough people living there that the other funding agencies will have to say, ‘that is a community and our money will be put to good use.’”That would be a landmark moment for Newtok, and for the state of Alaska, which has not managed to move any of the coastal villages coping with erosion and climate change, despite years of work.If Newtok can move successfully, Neimeyer said, it could be a model for other threatened villages, like Shishmaref, Shaktoolik or Kivalina.“If we in Alaska can show Congress we can take their funds and put it to good use, and show that we can do this efficiently, effectively and smartly, perhaps that will open up the checkbook for the other communities,” Neimeyer said.On Thursday, leaders in Newtok said they were not quite ready to talk about the funding. After years of waiting, they are holding off until the bill is officially passed into law.The spending bill now goes to the U.S. Senate, which must pass it by Friday night to avoid triggering a partial government shut down.last_img read more

My Sisters Place Womens Center Provides Help to Baltimore Women and Children

first_imgMy Sister’s Place in Baltimore has become a safe haven for many women and their children that are struggling to get back on their feet.  The Catholic Charities organization provides these women with meals and services that help them get back into the workplace and into their own homes.The women and children who come to My Sister’s Place frequently reside in night shelters or on the streets of Baltimore. They face constant hardship and struggle as they are unable to provide themselves with housing, medical care, or support services.The women who come to the center are either unemployed, marginally employed, or employed but confronted with serious obstacles.  Women from all walks of life and women that are confronted with different problems all reside in the center.  These women are all either survivors of physical abuse, suffers from chronic disabilities, teenage mothers, single heads of households, or face different addictions.All of the women and children at the women’s center are vulnerable and homeless and many of them feel hopeless about the future.  The staff at the Catholic Charities organization work to restore hope to these women and their children, and they provide the necessary resources to help the women start to rebuild their lives.The center provides three meals a day to its residents along with multiple services.  These services include education and life skills training, housing assistance, benefits advice and enrollment, case management, emergency financial assistance, linkages to other community providers (mental health and addiction services), financial literacy services, personal services (e.g., shower and laundry facilities, mail and telephone access, etc.).  They center also makes life a little more enjoyable for their tenants by providing a day room with comfortable seating, a fireplace and television, three large classrooms for workshops, and an enclosed play area for children.Valerie Tarantino, director of My Sister’s Place Women’s Center, explained just how much the program has benefitted women.“We provide an array of services to these women and housing and employment is a piece of the work we do.  We start with basic services, so we do three meals a day and any homeless women and children can come and get a meal.  Last school year, we served over 83,000 meals to homeless women and children in Baltimore City.  On the second floor, we have a day resource center here women can come and receive a host of services.  Whether its mental health services, physical health, they can attend an array of workshops during the day,” said Tarantino.Since January of this year to July, My Sister’s Place has provided 76, 251 meals, helped 80 people get health insurance, found housing for 56 women and their children, and placed 19 women in jobs.They also provide numerous life and soft skills that help women find and retain a job.“What we found in our work around employment with our women is that many of them don’t have the soft skills, in terms of keeping jobs, so what we have done is actually develop some internship programs, internal internship programs, where we can actually work on those skills with our women before we refer them on to employment services,” stated Tarantino.The skills include resume writing, interview skills, conflict management, appropriate work behavior (such as showing up on time and calling employer if can’t make it in), and having good relationships with coworkers and supervisors.Not only does the center have a significant impact on poverty, but it also holds a number of volunteer opportunities such as front desk assistant, meal service/preparation volunteer, and a casserole preparation group.  Tarantino commented that over 1,100 new volunteers came through the center last fiscal year and helped facilitate groups and prepare and serve meals.  The volunteers also helped the center through the arts or donations.last_img read more

UNESCO adopts Good Tourism in China

first_img‘Good Tourism’ adopted by UNESCO planting of tree On the back of the inspiring ‘Rise of Good Tourism’ session during the PATA 60th Anniversary & Conference earlier this year, UNESCO has launched the project “Good Tourism” in China.The ‘Good Tourism’ project was launched at the beginning of this month in Yanoda, China to encourage beneficial and supportive interaction among travellers, tourism policy-makers, entrepreneurs, tourism operators, managers, scenic spots and local communities in the county. According to UNESCO Programme Specialist for Culture, Beatrice Kaldun, the purpose of the project is to pursue the sustainable development of tourism.The concept, first introduced at the PATA 60th Anniversary & Conference in Beijing, April 2011 consists of a new balancing concept following eco-tourism, green tourism, low-carbon tourism and responsible tourism. PATA Chief Executive Martin Craigs said they are thankful for UNESCO’s initiative to promote the PATA concept of ‘Good Tourism’ in China. “The days of labelling tourism based on its particular contribution for example, environment, community or local heritage are receding,” Mr Craigs said.“PATA believes that tomorrow’s industry should instead aspire to ‘Good Tourism’ that is tourism which is both balanced and sustainable and delivers a range of different benefits.”The implementation of the Good Tourism project will take around two years and will be supported by the Hainan Provincial Tourism Development Commission.Additionally, the Yanoda Rain Forest Cultural Tourism Zone will become the first research site for the project and will also offer funding and support for the projects implementation. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

He was inducted to the Cardinals Ring of Honor in

first_imgHe was inducted to the Cardinals’ Ring of Honor in 2008.After his time in the desert, Williams ended his career in St. Louis and helped the Rams win an NFC Championship in his first season there. They’d go on to lose to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI.Williams ranks tied for 19th on the all-time NFL list with 55 interceptions. He was one of ten finalists for induction into the Hall of Fame last season.This year’s list of finalists also includes first-year nominees Jonathan Ogden, Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan.Former Arizona State standout Curley Culp, who played with the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Oilers during a 14-year career, was selected as a finalist by the Hall of Fame Seniors Committee. The Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee has unveiled their list of 15 modern-day finalists for induction into Canton in 2013, and among those finalists is former Arizona Cardinals cornerback Aeneas Williams.Williams, 44, was a third round pick by the Phoenix Cardinals in 1991 out of Southern University and made his mark immediately, starting 15 games and intercepting six passes in his rookie season.The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Williams went on to play ten seasons with the Cardinals, and went to six Pro Bowls during that decade. He is second on the Cardinals all-time list with 46 interceptions, and his six interception returns for touchdowns is a team record. Top Stories Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHESAPEAKE, Va. — A Virginia city’s penalty of jail time for teenage trick-or-treaters has scared up some ridicule and a possible policy change.The Chesapeake City Council is set to vote Tuesday on an amendment to a 50-year-old law that threatens teens with up to six months in jail if they go door-to-door in pursuit of candy on Oct. 31.The Virginian-Pilot reports no teens have ever actually been arrested under the ordinance. But it made news last Halloween, ending up parodied on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”Mayor Rick West says the town’s sudden infamy left him sleepless.The amendment would eliminate the jail penalty. Trick-or-treating past the age of 12 instead would carry fines of up to $250, as would violating the 8 p.m. curfew. The proposed policy mirrors that of neighbouring cities.___Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.comThe Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Feb 12, 2019 8:35 am PDTcenter_img Haunted by infamy, town rethinks teen trick-or-treat penaltylast_img read more

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first_imgDespite the Cyprus government ‘closing’ the issue of Russia’s threats over reported US military involvement on the island as claimed by Moscow, the saga continued on Sunday with a tweet from an Israeli journalist.Amichai Stein, who is a correspondent for Israel’s broadcasting authority, and has contributed to Russian news outlet Sputnik, tweeted: #Exclusive: “Advance talks” for US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to participat (sic) “In the coming months” in a 4-way summit with the leaders of Israel, Greece and Cyprus; US is also considering a 4-way military exercise in the East-Med @kann_news”.On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said a US delegation had inspected potential sites for bases in the region and that Washington was engaged in intensive talks with Nicosia on expanding military cooperation.“It [Cyprus] is being drawn into US and Nato plans in the eastern Mediterranean,” she added. “In Moscow we can’t ignore the anti-Russian element in these [US] plans and in the event that they are implemented we will be forced to take countermeasures.”“The further militarisation of the island and its involvement in the implementation of American and Nato plans will inevitably lead to dangerous and destabilising consequences for Cyprus itself,” she said.“We have repeatedly pointed [this] out to the leadership of Cyprus … Moscow cannot but take into consideration the anti-Russian background of these schemes. We will have to take response measures in case of their implementation.”The threat was repeated again on Thursday, not directly from Moscow but from the Russian embassy in Israel.The Cypriot government said Friday it considered the whole issue closed after Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides spoke to his Russian counterpart Sergi Lavrov.The US State Department has also rejected as “absurd”, Russian suggestions of a military build-up in Cyprus, accompanied by a threat to retaliate.A State Department spokesperson said that “in November the United States and Cyprus signed a non-binding statement of intent expressing both countries’ desire to explore opportunities to deepen bilateral security cooperation on a wide range of issues including counterterrorism, disaster response, cyber security, and anti-money laundering.”“The Russian portrayal of this signing as plans for a “military build-up” is characteristically absurd,” the spokesperson added.Early last month, Christodoulides after meeting his US counterpart Mike Pompeo and Wess Mitchell, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, signed a statement to promote mutual interests in combatting terrorism, strengthening security at sea and borders and promoting regional stability.Other developments recently may have fuelled Russia’s suspicions of more US involvement in Cyprus.Late last month President Nicos Anastasiades told an energy conference that Cyprus was expecting the US to participate in the trilateral cooperation between Greece, Cyprus and Israel in the near future.  Cyprus is also appointing a military attaché to the Republic’s embassy in Washington in the US as part of enhancing bilateral relationsIt also emerged on Friday that Russian Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Alexander Grushko will be visiting Cyprus on December 14.According to the Cyprus News Agency, the visit had been scheduled before the issue created by Zakharova’s comments.Grushko handles Russia’s relations with the EU, Nato, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and the Council of Europe.He will meet Christodoulides and delegations from the two countries will hold talks on bilateral relations, regional and international issues, and Russia-EU relations.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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