Beloved Vancouver theatre one step closer to being saved after mortgage approval

first_imgVANCOUVER – The operators of one of Vancouver’s last independent movie theatres say they’re a step closer to saving the property from development after being approved for a mortgage to buy the beloved cinema.Corrine Lea said she’s optimistic about the Rio Theatre’s future after receiving the news from Vancity credit union earlier this week.“It’s a huge relief to be able to give everyone the good news and say that the mortgage has been approved,” she said.Zoning changes in the area attracted developers who wanted to tear down the 80-year-old east Vancouver theatre for a new project, Lea said previously.In February, she announced that the cinema’s operators had put in a multi-million-dollar offer to purchase the Rio, a venue beloved for running independent films and hosting burlesque, comedy, improv and variety shows.A months-long fundrasing campaign has already brought in more than $500,000 for a deposit on the property and garnered support from a variety of entertainers, including filmmaker Kevin Smith, actor Ryan Reynolds and Vancouver-born Finn Wolfhard, the 15-year-old star of “Stranger Things” and “It.”The exact purchase price has never been revealed, but Lea has said it’s above the property’s $4.3-million assessed value.Lea said on Saturday that she’s been working on securing the mortgage for about a month and the final approval comes just before a May 7 deadline for finalizing the sale.“Basically, I was really biting my nails in the last couple of days because if they turned us down and said no, I would have had very little time to find another option,” she said, adding that she was cautious about the cinema’s future until the mortgage was approved.“This is the closest that we’ve been to reaching our goal. And I can see the finish line. And it feels really good.”On Monday, Lea is set to remove subjects on the deal. Then she and her business partner will have 60 days to come up with the $3-million deposit.Lea said investors have vowed to contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars to the deposit, but the operators are still looking to raise about $800,000.A new campaign is in the works that will allow people who aren’t accredited investors to purchase shares in the theatre, she said.“This has been such a huge, amazing community team effort. So I think it’ll be such a huge opportunity,” Lea said.“We’ve all seen so many stories about another beloved Vancouver space gone, another business shut down. And so to just realize that we can make a difference and that this is a good news story, everyone was really wanting to see that happen.”last_img read more

THESE ARE THE TOP YOUTUBE VIDEOS IN CANADA FOR 2018

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter There was even a little bit of Fortnite…As far as music videos went, Cardi B and Drake made multiple appearances on Canada’s list of Top 10, alongside Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa, and Post Malone.So without further ado, here are Canada’s top YouTube videos of 2018:Canada’s Top Trending Videos1. To Our Daughter2. we broke up3. Do You Hear “Yanny” or “Laurel”? (SOLVED with SCIENCE)4. Paul McCartney Carpool Karaoke5. Walmart yodeling kid6. Deadpool, meet Cable7. The Royal Wedding 2018: Prince Harry and Miss Meghan Markle8. Falcon Heavy Test Flight9. FORTNIGHT DANCE CHALLENGE! – (In Real Life)10. 2018 US Open Highlights: Serena Williams’ dispute overshadows Naomi Osaka’s final win | ESPNCanada’s Top Music Video:1. Maroon 5 – Girls Like You ft. Cardi B2. Drake – God’s Plan3. Childish Gambino – This Is America (Official Video)4. Bruno Mars – Finesse (Remix) [Feat. Cardi B] [Official Video5. Ariana Grande – no tears left to cry6. Post Malone – Psycho ft. Ty Dolla $ign7. Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I Like It [Official Music Video]8. Drake – Nice For What9. Lil Dicky – Freaky Friday feat. Chris Brown (Official Music Video)10. Dua Lipa – IDGAF (Official Music Video)By Vincent Plana | Daily Hive Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook With 2018 coming to a close, it’s time to celebrate and reflect on the major events that made the year special.In annual fashion, YouTube has once again revealed the top videos of the year.Canada’s top trending videos featured Paul McCartney, the Royal Wedding, Vancouver’s very own Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, and who could forget “Yanny or Laurel?”last_img read more

Jaya adds voice to 13A

The Times of India reported that the chief minister had said that Tamils in Tamil Nadu and Tamil diaspora spread across the world were “outraged and incensed over the impunity with which the Sri Lankan government was ignoring international sentiments and binding resolutions relating to reconciliation and rehabilitation and the ongoing gross human rights abuses against Lankan Tamils.” Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa has added her voice to the issue over the 13th Amendment to the constitution by urging the  Indian government to ensure the Sri Lankan government does not repeal the amendment.“The Centre should ensure that the process of democratic decentralization, which is integral to the survival of the Tamils in Lanka, is in no way jeopardized,” Jayalalithaa said in a letter to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a copy of which was released to the Indian media on Sunday. Her letter comes in the wake of the Sri Lankan government’s decision to constitute a parliamentary select committee to review the thirteenth amendment to the constitution. “It appears that our worst fears regarding the intentions and motives of the present Sri Lankan regime are coming true,” the chief minister said.In March last, the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly passed a resolution calling for a referendum on a separate Eelam for Tamils in Sri Lanka and Tamils displaced from Lanka and live in other countries. The aspirations of the Lankan Tamils could be realized only through a Tamil Eelam, Jayalalithaa said. read more

Action urged to strengthen UN antitorture treaty

In a joint statement released in Geneva, UN human rights officials voiced strong backing for calls to enact an optional protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.“The optional protocol is designed to assist States parties in implementing their obligation under the Convention to prevent torture by providing for the establishment of effective international and national mechanisms for visiting places where persons are or may be deprived of their liberty,” said the statement, which was issued by the Committee against Torture and the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on the question of torture. The Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, also added their names to the statement.The officials called on States to “give the matter of an effective protocol to the Convention their earnest and immediate attention, and to move towards the final adoption of this instrument.”For his part, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the treaty was “as true and relevant” today as when the pact became a reality a decade and a half ago.Mr. Annan also noted that the horrific events of 11 September have prompted a wide-ranging debate about the means that may be used to combat the threat of terrorism. He stressed that security would never be achieved by sacrificing human rights. “That would hand the terrorists a victory beyond their dreams – for rather than preventing terrorism, I fear we would encourage it,” he said.Humankind must continue its united stand against torture, the Secretary-General said, noting that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were already playing a leading role and that governments were also involved through the UN Voluntary Fund, which supports hundreds of NGO projects worldwide.”Those projects provide crucial medical, psychological, economic, social, legal and other assistance to hundreds of thousands of victims of torture and their families,” he said, calling on countries to continue to give generously to the Fund, so that even more projects could be funded in the coming year. read more

Commentary Buckeyes in NBA playoffs a testament to Thad Matta

The NBA playoffs are in full swing and Ohio State fans looking for a reason to watch the games need look no further than the four former Buckeyes playing in them. Former OSU basketball players Evan Turner, Mike Conley, Daequan Cook and Kosta Koufos are all playing in this season’s NBA playoffs. Turner plays in the Eastern Conference as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, while Conley, Cook and Koufos are in the Western Conference playing for the Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets, respectively. All four players were recruited by and played for OSU basketball coach Thad Matta. The fact that they’re all vying for the NBA title in the same season speaks loudly of Matta and the OSU basketball program. Conley and Cook were members of the “Thad Five” 2007 NCAA runner-up team. Koufos was named the National Invitation Tournament MVP when the Buckeyes won the tournament in 2008, and Turner became the first OSU player to win the John R. Wooden Award in 2010. Since taking over the basketball program for the 2004-2005 season, Matta has turned the Buckeyes into perennial NCAA championship contenders and brought some of the best basketball talent to Columbus that the program has ever seen. Taking OSU to two Final Fours (2007, 2012), Matta has won five Big Ten championships (2006, 2007 and 2010-2012) and seen seven of his players drafted into the NBA: Greg Oden (2007), Conley (2007), Cook (2007), Koufos (2008), B.J. Mullens (2009), Turner (2010) and Jon Diebler (2011). That number will likely grow to nine after this season’s NBA draft where it’s expected that former Buckeyes Jared Sullinger and William Buford will be selected. Not including Sullinger, projected as a first-rounder in the 2012 Draft, Matta has produced six first-round draft picks, including the only top two picks in program history with Oden (No. 1 overall) and Turner (No. 2 overall) in their respective drafts. Matta has produced more NBA draft talent in a five-year span from 2007-2011 than Duke’s NCAA men’s all-time winningest coach Mike Krzyzewski (five draft picks), Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim (five), Connecticut’s Jim Calhoun (four), Michigan State’s Tom Izzo (one) and as much as North Carolina’s Roy Williams (seven). The skill level of the players that Matta has recruited to OSU to play basketball should not be taken lightly and the NBA playoffs are simply a microcosm of the talent Matta is responsible for. In each of the last four NBA seasons, at least two of Matta’s former Buckeyes have played on basketball’s biggest stage, and lately they’ve been making their presence felt. In 2011, Conley helped Memphis upset the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs, becoming only the fourth No. 8 seed to beat a No. 1 seed in the NBA playoffs. He averaged 15.2 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game and 6.4 assists per game in the 2011 playoffs with the Grizzlies. This season, Conley and Memphis are back in postseason play and as of Tuesday night, he’s averaging 17.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists through four games in a series with the Los Angeles Clippers. Turner is attempting to match Conley’s and the Grizzlies’ feat from a season ago. Through the first four games of the series between the Sixers and the Chicago Bulls the former OSU Wooden Award winner is averaging 14.0 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game and 3.8 assists per game. From 1996 to 2005, there were just four Buckeyes to play in an NBA playoff game, Jim Jackson, Lawrence Funderburke, Herb Williams, and Michael Redd. OSU has four former players, all products of Matta, in this season’s playoffs alone. If Sullinger and Buford are selected in the 2012 NBA Draft, nine Buckeyes under Matta will have been drafted in the span of six seasons. To put that into perspective, the previous nine OSU basketball players selected into the NBA draft span across the course of 19 drafts from 1983-2001, with only four first-round selections. As long as Matta continues to roam the sidelines in Columbus, Buckeye fans should expect to have a rooting interest in May and June when the NBA playoffs come around. read more

Le gouvernement décidera bientôt sil faut expulser WikiLeaks ou non de France

first_imgLe gouvernement décidera bientôt s’il faut expulser WikiLeaks ou non de FranceL’Etat se prononcera bientôt sur la légalité de l’hébergement du site WikiLeaks en France. Après qu’Eric Besson, ministre de l’Industrie et de l’Economie numérique, a pris position, l’administration devrait bientôt rendre son verdict. Le site polémique WikiLeaks risque de déménager de France. Hébergé par OVH, il avait été chassé des Etats-Unis après les publications de plusieurs informations confidentielles qui ont embarrassé le gouvernement américain. Eric Besson, ministre de l’Industrie et de l’Economie numérique, a officiellement pris position pour l’expulsion du site. Mais OVH a remis la décision entre les mains de la justice (voir notre article). La semaine dernière, le Conseil Général de l’Industrie, de l’Energie et des Technologies a transmis son rapport à plusieurs autorités de l’Etat. Après un débat cette semaine, le gouvernement devrait rendre sa décision dans les prochains jours. Le 14 décembre 2010 à 15:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Méditerranée les côtes françaises servent de nursery aux requins

first_imgMéditerranée : les côtes françaises servent de “nursery” aux requinsLa grande majorité des requins des côtes françaises de la Méditerranée sont de jeunes spécimens n’ayant pas encore atteint l’âge adulte. Des chercheurs étudient ce phénomène, et avancent l’hypothèse selon laquelle cette zone méditerranéenne est utilisée par les requins comme une véritable nursery.Aux abords des côtes françaises de la Méditerranée, les chercheurs mais aussi les pêcheurs, constatent depuis plusieurs années que les requins sont dans cette zone particulièrement jeunes. Des scientifiques se sont alors penchés sur le phénomène. C’est notamment le cas des chercheurs de l’Association Ichtyologique pour l’Etude, la Recherche, l’Observation dans la Nature des Sélaciens (Ailerons). Pour Nicolas Ziani, le président et fondateur de cette organisation, cité par Sciences et Avenir, il est fort probable que “les abords des côtes françaises servent de nursery aux squales”.À lire aussiUn requin mako filmé en pleine attaque par une caméra embarquée (Vidéo)Pour l’heure les chercheurs ne peuvent pas avancer de certitudes. Mais cette zone aurait pu être choisie par les requins pour plusieurs raisons, comme la nourriture, la qualité de l’eau, sa température, ou encore les grandes profondeurs qu’elle offre. Selon Nicolas Ziani, les squales ont jeté leur dévolu sur cette région de la Méditerranée parce qu’elle offre “un écosystème favorable au développement des requins qui vivent toujours à 10 km au large”.Des études en cours, menées par Ailerons avec les fédérations des pêcheurs en gros (FNPPSF), consistent à marquer des spécimens et réaliser des analyses ADN pour en savoir plus sur ce phénomène. “L’intérêt est de les suivre et d’obtenir aussi des informations sur leurs liens de parentés et sur leurs origines”, explique M. Ziani, avant de rappeler que la Méditerranée abrite 51 des 400 à 450 espèces de requins, “un maillon essentiel de la chaîne alimentaire aquatique”.Le 28 juillet 2011 à 12:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

IRL Scientist on Doctor Who Its So Easy to Get the Science

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Yep! Seriously annoyed by the lab set up in #DoctorWho – so much so that I couldn’t focus on the episode through the rage! @bbcdoctorwho https://t.co/tHyLrrXpCX— Dr Suze Kundu (@FunSizeSuze) May 28, 2017 Doctor Who does a lot of things well. But understanding the physical or material world through observation and experimentation is not one of them.For more than 50 years, the popular sci-fi show has put the emphasis on fiction rather than science—an oversight that often leaves viewers miffed. Most annoying thing is you could have made story work with realistic mistakes, without the HUGE level of incompetence #Karl4DWScienceFixer— Karl Byrne (@KJCByrne) May 28, 2017Last week’s “The Pyramid at the End of the World” (midway point in Steven Moffat’s three-part story arc) is especially guilty of throwing protocol out the window.The episode hinges on human error—or, even worse, scientist error: Erica broke her reading glasses and Douglas is in a hungover stupor, ensuring neither is in tip-top shape to work in a biochemical research lab today.“You look, and don’t take this the wrong way—you look awful,” Erica tells her Agrofuel Research Operations colleague, who admits to a night of debauchery.“There was drinking. There were breakages,” he says, before drowsily suggesting they move to “stage two” of their work.“Well, it would be rude not to,” Erica says brightly. “You OK mixing it? Broke my reading glasses.”No, Erica, he’s not OK doing anything in this state but drinking gallons of water and having a lie down.Douglas (Tony Gardner) does not follow laboratory protocol (via BBC)Instead, bleary-eyed Douglas goes ahead with the task, unsurprisingly misplacing a decimal point (11.89 becomes 118.9) to accidentally create a super-bacteria, which later (rightfully) turns him into a pile of mush.Co-written by showrunner Moffat and Peter Harness (“Kill the Moon,” “The Zygon Invasion,” “The Zygon Inversion”), the episode raises so many questions.Why are there only two people working with this volatile material? Shouldn’t someone double check the inputs before pressing enter? How did Douglas—who’s stupid enough to get drunk on a weeknight then grab a cupful of obviously toxic material secured only by his hand—land this job in the first place?I studied journalism in college, and even I know that’s not how biochemical research labs operate.“It’s so easy to get the science right,” Dr. Pam Cameron, director of Scottish outreach firm NovoScience, told Geek.Boasting more than two decades of practical science experience, the former biomedical scientist in an email highlighted at least half a dozen blunders in the season’s seventh episode.“Surely a microbe capable of ‘killing off root systems’ would be handled in a containment level three or four lab,” she wrote.The airlock doors (built into an existing lab on location at Swansea University), indicate negative pressure. “Yet those would not open directly into an office,” Cameron explained. “They would open into an [anteroom], where scientists would take off outer hazmat suits or shower completely and re-dress for containment level 4.”And that’s not even the half of it.Is the suit Erica (Rachel Denning) wears really necessary? (via BBC)“What was the point of the ‘space suits’?” she asked, highlighting the lab rats’ all-white ensembles, which contain no independent oxygen supply, and can be removed on a whim. “What’s the point of wearing this?”Frankly, there is none. Except, perhaps, for Moffat and Harness to create the illusion of what they envisage as a working laboratory—complete with an air filtration system that cycles toxins out of the air every 30 minutes.“Very good,” Cameron said, “but this would NOT be vented into the atmosphere.”Running one of the most popular shows on television is a tough task, and it’s nearly impossible to please everyone. But surely Moffat & Co. could have put a few more minutes of thought and preparation into this episode.“Why not create the bacterium as being capable of mind control, forcing one of the scientists to release it? That’s not inconceivable,” Cameron suggested. “A good sci-fi writer could have dreamed that up or [consult] with a scientist to see what was possible.“It would have been so easy to depict this correctly and it would have made for more interesting viewing than the quick rush to the end, narrowly preventing destruction of the Earth,” she wrote.Read our full recap of “The Pyramid at the End of the World,” and watch tonight’s installment, “The Lie of the Land” (9 p.m. Eastern on BBC America), to find out whether this was all just a poor simulation by the Monks, or if the BBC should hire a real scientist to review its Doctor Who scripts.last_img read more

Jenas disguisted by Mourinhos behaviour

first_imgJosé Mourinho has publicly criticized some of his players for multiple times this season but Jermaine Jenas believes that it was over the edge when he slammed Marcus Rashford after the game against Brighton.Jenas insisted that it almost looked like the manager was enjoying the failure of one of his players and he criticized him a lot more than it was necessary as the youngster didn’t deserve this kind of behaviour.The former England international spoke about this situation as he said, according to Independent:“I found what he did after that Brighton game disgusting, to be honest with you.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“When you are managing a young player like Marcus Rashford, the thing that I really didn’t like about it was for him to come out as publicly as he did at that time.”“The comments about (Romelu) Lukaku were a direct shot at (Marcus) Rashford. Now, it was almost like he enjoyed the failure of Rashford.”“It gave him the opportunity to say shut up, I am right and you’re wrong and that is not a point you should be using on a young player.”last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE More than twofifths view improving engagement as top priority

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: More than two-fifths (44%) of HR directors cite increasing employee engagement as one of their top priorities for people strategy in 2019, according to research by Reward Gateway.Its survey of 500 UK-based HR professionals found that HR directors are also prioritising improving workplace productivity (56%) and connecting employees to the business (38%) for the year ahead.More than three-fifths (63%) of senior manager respondents agree that bolstering employee engagement is a priority for this year; other top agenda items for senior management include boosting productivity (58%) and attracting talent (40%).The majority (93%) of senior managers working in HR believe that employee engagement would improve if members of their workforce had the technology to recognise one another for good behaviours on an ongoing basis. Among HR directors, 88% agree with this, as do 86% of respondents overall.Rob Boland (pictured), group director of product and client success at Reward Gateway, said: “The demand for mobile working continues to grow and, as the research indicates, HR professionals are recognising that HR technology increases employee engagement.”last_img read more

Pueblo Chemical Depot LRA Issues RFPs for Range of Services Needed to

first_imgPuebloPlex, the local redevelopment authority for the Pueblo Chemical Depot, Colo., is soliciting proposals for a range of services needed to carry out its reuse plan following the recent approval of its grant application to DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA).“We are eager to assemble a world-class consulting team to assist us in implementing our redevelopment plan. The successful redevelopment of PuebloPlex is extremely important for the economic future of southeastern Colorado,” said PuebloPlex CEO & President Russell DeSalvo, who oversees the redevelopment of Pueblo Chemical Depot.The RFP includes a master infrastructure plan and utilities privatization study, business and operations plan, and economic development conveyance application supporting the HUD-approved redevelopment plan. Additionally, PuebloPlex is seeking proposals for engineering, environmental, legal and surveying services.The PuebloPlex RFPs can be downloaded from the following website.Proposals are due by 5 p.m. MST on Aug. 31, and shall be submitted to the attorney of record for PuebloPlex; reference full RFP for delivery instructions. Questions can be directed to Chris Bolt, director of operations, at RFP@PuebloPlex.com or (719) 947-3770.This work is to be performed under a federal grant (Section 12.607) from OEA for community economic adjustment assistance for establishment, expansion, realignment, or closure of a military installation. The grant assists state or local governments to plan and carry out adjustment strategies; engage the private sector in order to plan and undertake community economic development and base redevelopment; and partner with the military departments in response to the proposed or actual expansion, establishment, realignment or closure of a military installation. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

TCS sued by 3 US citizens over employment discrimination

first_imgTata Consultancy Services (TCS) Chief Executive N. Chandrasekaran speaks during a news conference in Mumbai July 18, 2013. [Representational Image]Reuters FileIndia’s Information Technology (IT) behemoth Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have been sued by three US citizens from two different companies for alleged discrimination based on race and national origin. They are seeking exemplary and punitive damages from the IT giant.The Economic Times reported that, in a complaint to the District Court of New Jersey, the three complainants — Darryl Stacy, Donald Stephen Bradley and Hesham Hafez — have alleged that TCS prefers to bring in the human resources from India even though there are able and trained US citizens.The complaint further added that when it comes to hiring local talent, the company prefers Indian and South Asians over US citizens. The complaint is the latest addition to a number of litigations filed against Indian IT companies operating in the US including TCS, Infosys and HCL Technologies.The complaint has come at a time when the United States president Donald Trump has openly opposed immigration in the country. The Trump administration has ordered for an increased inspection on the issuance of the H-1B visa; additionally, it is also working towards withdrawing an Obama-era policy that allowed spouses of H-1B visa workers to work in the US. Employees of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) work inside the company headquarters in Mumbai March 14, 2013.Reuters FileThe complaint said: “TCS’ president for North America Surya Kant and vice president and head of human resources Narasimhan Srinivasan devised and implemented a nationwide ‘leadership directive’ to utilize TCS’s visa-ready South Asian employees (also known as ‘expats’) to the ‘maximum extent’ when filling US positions.”Stacy and Bradley were ex-employees of Southern California Edison, the primary electricity supply company in southern California. While on the other hand, Hafez worked with Royal Bank of Scotland in Connecticut. The complainants are being represented by Kotchen & Low, the firm that is also representing some other employees of Southern California Edison in a class-action lawsuit against TCS related in a similar case of discrimination. It is the same law firm which has filed that case against Infosys and HCL Technologies.However, the TCS management defended the company and argued that “the allegations by the plaintiffs are baseless, and is confident that it will successfully defend itself”.last_img read more

2 prisoners tortured as they refuse to massage jailer

first_imgTwenty people were injured in a chaos over torturing two prisoners at the district jail allegedly at the order to the jail super on Thursday.Wishing anonymity, a habildar of the jail said the jailer asked the two prisoners — Md Sumon, who was serving a jail term in a goat stealing case, and Taslim, who was serving imprisonment in a case filed over a clash — to massage his body in the afternoon.However, they refused to abide by the order.Being angered at the refusal, the jailer ordered other prisoners to beat the duo.A clash erupted between the prisoners at that time, leaving at least 18 others, including three security guards of the jail, injured.Sumon was taken to Nilphamari General Hospital while Taslim to Jail Hospital.Later, Sumon was shifted to the jail again in the evening.The jailer did not receive the phone when UNB correspondent tried to reach him for his version over the incident.last_img read more

PM Hasina assures EU of free fair polls

first_imgPM Hasina assures EU of free, fair pollsPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday assured the new ambassador of European Union (EU) of a free, fair and credible general election to be held at the end of this year.“The Awami League had to struggle for protection of the democratic rights of the people when the state power was confined in the cantonment,” she said when new EU envoy Rensje Teerink called on prime minister at her Tejgaon office in Dhaka.Briefing reporters after the meeting the prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim said the premier’s comment came in response to the EU envoy’s hope for a transparent and credible election.Sheikh Hasina and the envoy expressed satisfaction over the existing cordial relations, the press secretary said.Sheikh Hasina thanked the EU for helping the election commission and introducing transparent ballot boxes and voters’ list with photographs.The prime minister highlighted the development policy of her government saying the government is working with a special policy for socio-economic development and all development works are being implemented as the target set earlier.Recalling her visit to EU headquarters in her first term in office the prime minister appreciated EU’s continuous support to Bangladesh.As the Rohingya issue came in their discussion the prime minister said Rohingyas are creating immense burden on Bangladesh’s economy. Everybody including administration, police, army, BGB and other agencies are sincerely working to ensure their safe shelter, food and healthcare.Huge number of Rohingyas is occupying the cultivable land of local people, causing economic problem on them.The prime minister highly appreciated the role of EU on refugee issue.She said as the next door neighbor Bangladesh is engaged in dialogue with Myanmar and other bordering countries of Myanmar to resolve the problem.The press secretary said the envoy talked about the current situation of the garment sector saying the present government is very much sincere for giving a legitimate wages.For fixing wages for workers of garment industries, the prime minister said, she herself bargained with the owners to raise their wages.She said garment workers are working very nicely for development of the sector, despite attempts of creating trouble in the mills and factories from outside by non-professionals in vested interest.Sheikh Hasina laid importance on role of buyers in fixation of prices of garment products which was endorsed by the EU envoy.The press secretary said the EU envoy appreciated Bangladesh’s tremendous achievement in various sectors including in the economic growth, graduation from LDCs to developing countries.Raising power generation capacity from 3,000 MW to 18,000 MW is an impressive success, she said.The envoy assured stepping up their support and pointed out 30 million Euro additional support of EU for Rohingays. She also mentioned about imposing sections on seven Myanmar generals for their links with the atrocities on Rohingays.Rensje Teerinks hoped that the visit of UN secretary-general would help making the international support to Rohingyas more strong.The envoy assured continued cooperation with Bangladesh on the issues of socio-economic development.Principal secretary to the prime minister Md. Nojibur Rahman and military secretary Major General Mia Muhammad Joynul Abedin were present.last_img read more

Cashstrapped UN food agency reduces help to Syrian refugees

first_imgCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The United Nations’ food agency is cutting back on assistance to thousands of Syrian refugees after an appeal for a ceasefire to enable Syrians feed themselves went unheeded, World Food Program Executive Director Ertharin Cousin said on Friday.The WFP appealed in May for a humanitarian pause in fighting in Syria to let farmers harvest a bumper wheat crop in the country’s northeast, an Islamic State movement stronghold, and bring it to markets in Syria’s west, including Aleppo and Homs. Cousin said because there was no ceasefire, the wheat is being stored at the farming belt and will likely be sold in Turkey.“We’re very disappointed that the calls for a cease in the fighting to support the harvest was not heeded by the parties,” Cousin told The Associated Press.“That wheat that is harvested cannot be brought across lines of conflict into the area where it is needed most by people who are suffering now into a fifth year of this conflict,” she added.The WFP is grappling with a $193 million Syria-related funding shortfall in the next three months through September, including a $54 million shortage of donations for inside Syria, Cousin said.The agency will soon halve the value of food vouchers for 795,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon to $13.50 per person per month. Some 440,000 Syrian refugees who live outside camps in Jordan would be cut off from food support, she said.WFP also supports refugees of conflict in Iraq, Turkey and Egypt. It had already reduced assistance to 1.6 million Syrian refugees in the five countries this year.Cousin said the funding shortfall was a combination of increasing demand and waning generosity.“Unfortunately what we are seeing is we have more people who are food insecure both inside and outside Syria because of the length of the conflict and we aren’t receiving the resources that we received even last year at this time for the support of those refugees,” she said. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 0 Comments   Share   Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Top Stories Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Mesa family survives lightning strike to home In 2014, WFP globally received $5.4 billion in contributions, 27 percent more than in 2013. That was in response to an unprecedented number of emergencies in places including Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Central African Republic and the West African countries affected by Ebola.While the food shortage had improved in the Central African Republic, food insecurity in Yemen had this week been upgraded to crisis level, Cousin said.“So we still have five major crises and 80 percent of those crises are directly related to conflict,” she said.Cousin said when she took the top WFP job in 2012, the focus was climate change-related crises such droughts and floods.Cousin was speaking in the Australian capital of Canberra where Australia committed to donating 167.5 million Australian dollars ($128 million) over four year for the WFP to spend in the Indo-Pacific region. Cousin said that commitment was on par with a previous Australian agreement that it replaced.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts Pakistan presence blooms

first_imgMövenpick Hotels and Resorts’ Pakistan presence blooms From left to right, front row: Andreas Mattmuller – COO Middle East and Africa Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts, Mian Ahmad Fazal – Executive Director of Orient Group of Companies, Olivier Chavy – CEO and President Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts. Back row: David Weir – Senior Legal Counsel Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts, Amir Lababedi – Vice President Development Middle East & Africa Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts, Andrew Langdon – Chief Development Officer and Senior Vice President Asia Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts.Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts’ Pakistan presence blooms as firm signs new property in the ‘city of gardens’Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has expanded its footprint in Pakistan after finalising an agreement to operate its third property in the country. The Swiss hospitality firm has signed a deal with the Orient Group of Companies to manage the 310-key Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Lahore, part of a new mixed-used development the government has earmarked as the city’s new commercial hub.Set to be one of the tallest buildings in Pakistan when it opens in 2021, the property will be the focal point of the high-profile Finance and Trade Centre project in Johar Town, an up-and-coming district earmarked for significant development.The hotel will also be close to the Lahore International Expo Centre, the Bank Square financial precinct and several corporate and government offices, as well as new and upcoming theme parks and shopping malls.“Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Lahore will be perfectly positioned to capitalise on the significant resident and visiting population this new commercial hub will attract,” said Mian Ahmad Fazal, Executive Director of Orient Group of Companies.“We are pleased to be able to support the government’s ambitions for infrastructure development and look forward to Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts setting new hospitality standards in Lahore, as it has in other key cities across the region.”Known as the ‘city of gardens’, Lahore is the Punjab province’s capital and its commercial and banking centre.The Finance and Trade Centre development, which aims to grow the city’s prominence as a regional financial hub, comes as Pakistan ploughs significant investment into developments designed to transform the country’s economic landscape.Located at the heart of this new project, Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Lahore will feature 260 rooms and 50 serviced apartments; five restaurants and lounges; 1,500 square metres of meeting and event space, including a large ballroom; a 700-square-metre spa and fitness area; and a kids’ club and business centre.Mövenpick already operates the 407-room Mövenpick Hotel Karachi and is scheduled to open the 361-key Mövenpick Hotel Centaurus Islamabad in 2018.“Signing our third property in Pakistan marks yet another milestone in our expansion strategy, which focuses on operating properties in key gateway cities across the Middle East and Asia regions,” said Andrew Langdon, Chief Development Officer, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.“Pakistan is undergoing rapid development and we are actively seeking opportunities to further expand our footprint in a country that offers strong growth potential.”About Mövenpick Hotels & ResortsMövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international upscale hotel management company with over 16,000 staff members, is represented in 24 countries with 83 hotels, resorts and Nile cruisers currently in operation. Around 20 properties are planned or under construction, including those in Chiang Mai (Thailand), Al Khobar (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and Nairobi (Kenya). Focusing on expanding within its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts specialises in business and conference hotels, as well as holiday resorts, all reflecting a sense of place and respect for their local communities. Of Swiss heritage and with headquarters in central Switzerland (Baar), Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is passionate about delivering premium service and culinary enjoyment – all with a personal touch. Committed to supporting sustainable environments, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has become the most Green Globe-certified hotel company in the world. The hotel company is owned by Mövenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%). For more information, please visit www.movenpick.comSource = Mövenpick Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

Blockbuster hopes Russell Crowes jockstrap helps

first_imgBlockbuster hopes Russell Crowe’s jockstrap helps business Blockbuster Alaska General Manager Kevin Daymude moves a display case featuring the jockstrap worn by actor Russell Crowe in the 2005 movie “Cinderella Man” at the video store location in Anchorage, Alaska, on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. HBO’s John Oliver bought the jockstrap and other items at auction and sent them to Anchorage, in hopes it would help the store stave off pressure from streaming movie services. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen) ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A celebrity jockstrap that’s been the buzz of Alaska for nearly two weeks went on display Wednesday at one of the nation’s last Blockbuster video stores in an effort to ramp up business.“I tell you, we’re going to get a lot of traffic, is what I’m expecting,” said Kevin Daymude, general manager of Blockbuster Alaska.He expects the store to get a lot of calls: “Did you get it in? Can we go see it?” he said.The jockstrap has a strange history since actor Russell Crowe wore it in the 2005 movie “Cinderella Man.”It recently became part of a celebrity auction, which Crowe has dubbed ‘the divorce auction,’ where it caught the eye of the host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”Oliver purchased the jockstrap and some other items and sent them to Anchorage, which has one of the last remaining big box store video chains. The video store is trying to stave off streaming movie services, which are gaining popularity as more broadband capability comes to the nation’s most remote state.Oliver also sent along the robe and boxing shorts worn by Crowe in the movie as well as the actor’s hood from “Robin Hood,” his vest from “Les Misérables” and a director’s chair with Crowe’s name on it.But the prize is the leather jockstrap, and Daymude believes it might have a unique place in movie folklore.“The very first jockstrap memorabilia I can think of, yes,” he said.And as for the most asked question so far, no, he doesn’t know if they washed it before sending it, but he would like to think they did.Daymude admits it was “be awesome” if Crowe were ever to show up at the store, but in the meantime he’d like to send photos of the display to him as a thank you.And as for Oliver, Daymude said he would like to thank him by sending him copies of the movies that features the memorabilia Oliver sent to Alaska.“I don’t know if he’s ever seen the movies, but I figure we can send him the movies and he can watch them,” Daymude said.A message seeking comment from HBO wasn’t immediately returned Wednesday.center_img by Mark Thiessen, The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2018 5:10 pm PDT Last Updated May 2, 2018 at 9:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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