Nova Scotia Teachers Union calls surprise strike vote over education reforms

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s teachers union has called an unexpected strike vote, setting up a showdown with the province’s Liberal government over education reforms.Any strike would not be legal, the union admitted as it battles a revamp of its membership and other reforms.“Our education system is once again under attack from the McNeil government,” union president Liette Doucet said in a statement Tuesday.Doucet said the move follows information sessions around the province on a report by consultant Avis Glaze and what the government’s embrace of it means for students and the profession.“It was clear NSTU members agree the situation is dire and that as teachers and administrators we need to stand up for public education. We need to be prepared to fight for what is right and just.”She said as a result the union executive approved the strike vote for Feb. 20.The report, released last month, makes 22 recommendations including the removal of principals and vice-principals from the union and the creation of a provincial college of educators to license, govern, discipline and regulate the teaching profession.It also calls for the elimination of the province’s seven English-language school boards.Doucet said the strike vote would give the union a mandate to implement a job action if the government is unprepared to back down on its reforms.In an emailed response, the Education Department said the teachers contract agreement is in place until July 31, 2019.“Any job action undertaken while this is in place would be illegal,” said department spokeswoman Heather Fairbairn. “We are disappointed that the union executive is taking this position and ask that it consider how such action would affect students and their families.”Legislation is expected to enact many of the Glaze’s reform recommendations in a legislature session that begins Feb. 27.The teachers union has already flatly rejected an $800,000 compensation offer from the government to make up union dues that would be lost over the first year following the removal of principals and vice-principals from the union.Education Minister Zach Churchill said last week that the offer isn’t indefinite and that other areas of the education system require investment.Churchill also said while there’s no firm number yet, about 1,000 principals, vice-principals, and school board management supervisors would be affected.It is the latest chapter in the ongoing strife between the province and its teachers.Last February the Liberals enacted legislation that imposed a contract on Nova Scotia’s 9,300 public school teachers. The government imposed a three per cent wage increase over four years and also froze a retirement bonus for teachers backdated to July 2015.The legislated settlement came after the union rejected three tentative agreements.Premier Stephen McNeil said the move was necessary in order to end a work-to-rule job action that began in early December 2016.last_img read more

Stars Attend Chairs For Charity Event

first_imgAn exclusive art auction featuring extraordinary chairs and fine artwork from top designers, celebrities, artists, and tastemakers took place in Los Angeles last week.Kevin Zegers, Erin Foster, Jonathan Tucker and his wife, and Sara FosterCredit/Copyright: Faye Sadou/WENNProceeds from this event will benefit the Los Angeles LBGT Center’s work with youth experiencing homelessness.Andie MacDowell strikes a sultry poseCredit/Copyright: Faye Sadou/WENNAmong the stars who attended included Kevin Zegers (Gracepoint, The Colony), Tracey Bregman (The Young and the Restless), Willie Garson (White Collar, Sex and the City), George Kotsiopoulos (E! Channel’s Fashion Police), Andie MacDowell (Cedar Cove, Magic Mike XXL), Sara Rue (Impastor), Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds), Diane Warren (Award Winning Songwriter), Sara Foster (Barely Famous, 90210), Erin Foster (Barely Famous), Mimi Rogers (NCIS), Lolita Davidovich (True Detective, The Longest Ride), Mircea Monroe (Impastor, Hart of Dixie), and Jonathan Tucker (Justified).Impastor co-stars Mircea Monroe and Sara Rue Credit/Copyright: Faye Sadou/WENNHighlights of the evening, held at the The Washbow on Thursday, included • A glowing and pregnant Sara Foster attended the charity auction along with her sister and fellow Barely Famous star Erin Foster. • Sara Rue arrived with fellow Impastor co-star and charity advocate Mircea Monroe. • Justified’s Jonathan Tucker attended alongside his wife Tara Ahamed Tucker. • True Detective star Lolita Davidovich brought her husband and daughter along and the family won two velvet chairs by Jeff Hitchcock, a directors chair from Big Bang Theory as well as a hidden set of first class Delta Airlines tickets. • Additional celeb attendees and winners include Mimi Rogers (NCIS) who bid on the custom tufted ottoman by Jeff Hitchcock and Dominique Vorillan “Cuba” Photograph as well as Cedar Cove and Magic Mike XXL star Andi MacDowell who won the Thanet Rocking Chair and Diane Arlovs “Mae West”.Erin and Sara FosterCredit/Copyright: Faye Sadou/WENNlast_img read more

‘Morocco, Land of Cultures’: Spring University Invites Moroccans Abroad to Experience…

By Zoubida SenoussiRabat – Moroccans Living Abroad (MRE) are invited by the Ministry Delegate in Charge of Moroccans Living Abroad and Business of Migration, in partnership with Sultan Moulay Slimane University, to attend Spring University’s “Morocco, Land of Cultures” on April 10-14, in Beni Mellal.This event aims to preserve the identity of Moroccans residing abroad and strengthen their ties with their country of origin, as a part of the ministry’s strategy to develop cultural activities in order to better meet the needs and expectations of the Moroccan community abroad. Hundreds of young Moroccans from different countries around the world aged 18 to 25 are invited to discover and explore the offerings of Beni Mellal, in partnership with students from Sultan Moulay Slimane University. Spring University aims to highlight the diversity of Moroccan heritage, wealth, and assets in the Beni Mellal-Khenifra region, with its strategic location and ideal climate.For five days, the students will come together to participate in conferences and debates led by Moroccan researchers and experts, highlighting the wealth of the region and its cultural heritage.Some of the week’s themes include the evolution of science throughout the history of Morocco, the national cause, Moroccan youth and national identity, and the history and culture of Morocco.The Spring University is similar to the Al Akhawayn University event, Winter University, which was organized in Ifrane under the theme of “Living Together,” in December 2017. Both programs aims to preserve Moroccan identity for the new generations of Moroccans living abroad, strengthening their links with their country of origin and consequently, the contributions to their home societies. read more

Karunanidhi says 13A facing uncertainty

Karunanidhi recalled that External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid had last week asked Sri Lanka not to make any attempts to “weaken” the 13th amendment and added that in such a situation it was doubtful if elections would be held there this year as scheduled. Tamil Nadu opposition DMK leader M. Karunanidhi says the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan constitution, an Indian mediated concept giving autonomy especially for provinces, was facing an uncertain future with demands for its scrapping from pro-Sinhala parties.While a section of the ruling class was opposed to it, Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse was reported to have said that Colombo cannot toe India’s line on the issue, the Press Trust of India quoted Karunanidhi’s party mouthpiece ‘Murasoli’ as saying. read more

UN relief agencies report some progress in their aid efforts in Iraq

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) told the daily humanitarian briefing in Amman, Jordan, that all schools in the three northern governorates of Dohuk, Erbil and Suleimaniyah had reopened and classes had resumed in what it called “a very important first step in creating a sense of normalcy in these chaotic times.” Encouraged by the rapid developments in the whole country, the majority of the 300,000 internal refugees had returned home and only about 3,000 remained in the north, where they had been sheltering in schools and camps, UNICEF spokesman Geoffrey Keele said. But he warned that the relative stability of the north contrasted with the lawlessness in other parts of the country. In the 15 governorates of the south and centre schools remained closed, further delaying a stable environment for children. Nevertheless, in Umm Qasr, UNICEF and volunteers had begun screening children for malnutrition. Mr. Keele said UNICEF had been able to locate many of the former volunteers who staffed childcare centres before the outbreak of hostilities and new volunteers were also being trained in what he called “an extremely important development.” The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq (UNHCI) reported that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) had resumed its activities in Baghdad and was extremely concerned that the health care system there had basically collapsed. Interruptions to the water and electricity supply remained a serious threat to public health, spokesman David Wimhurst said. But in the south UN humanitarian missions with sorely needed water and other supplies had now begun from Kuwait to Safwan, Umm Kayaal and Al Zubair, he added. In Basrah, overall security was improving and power and water supplies were partly operational, although intensive looting had seriously affected water provision to the hospitals. Mr. Wimhurst said the UN flight carrying international staff back to the three northern governorates had been delayed while they were awaiting clearance from the military authorities. The World Health Organization (WHO) said a WHO team had conducted its first comprehensive survey of the situation in hospitals in the northern city of Kirkuk and found that the water and electricity infrastructure had been severely disrupted and health facilities seriously damaged and disrupted by looting. Between 50 and 75 per cent of the health staff were not coming to work, and the work of those who were able to turn up at any of the hospitals was made extremely difficult as the main health storage facilities had been completely emptied by looters, spokeswoman Melanie Zipperer said. All medicines and medical supplies had been stolen and even the windows, doors and cooling system had been stolen or destroyed. All health centres in the town had also been looted, as well as the local office of the Department of Health, she added. Although this was only a snapshot from one town, WHO believed the situation was repeated across much of Iraq, she said. Health facilities had been looted, vital supplies stolen, and both staff and patients were either afraid or unable to travel to the hospitals. Combined with the damage done to water and electricity systems, this made the task of rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Iraqi health system harder than ever. The World Food Programme (WFP) reported that its office in Baghdad had been looted and very little property remained. Spokesman Khaled Mansour said WPF staff were on standby in Cyprus to re-enter northern Iraq and the agency was hoping to open a new supply convoy route through Jordan this week. read more

Goodman faculty and staff to move offices Thursday

Twenty-one faculty and staff members are slated to move offices this week as part of the ongoing Goodman expansion project.Construction crews are renovating Taro Hall which will result in a series of moves as updated offices become available.Faculty and staff from various locations throughout Taro will move Thursday, April 26 — mostly into the new suite of offices on the south side of the third floor.Additional office moves are scheduled at intervals over the coming months during the renovation phase.A full listing of this week’s office changes has been posted on the Goodman expansion project blog, where regular updates will be provided. read more

97 nail bar workers arrested in crackdown on barbaric modern slavery

first_imgThe operation, led by Immigration Enforcement, took place from November 27 to December 3 and saw officers visit more than 280 businesses across the UK.The majority of the 97 people arrested were Vietnamese nationals, but the number also included suspected immigration offenders from Mongolia, Ghana, China, Nigeria, Pakistan and India.Those who are potential victims of trafficking will be offered support, while those who have no right to be in the UK will be removed, the Home Office said.Officers also issued notices to 68 businesses warning them they may be liable for financial penalties of up to £20,000 per illegal worker found if they cannot provide evidence that appropriate right to work document checks were carried out.Fourteen people were referred to the National Referral Mechanism hub, which supports those identified as possible victims of slavery and human trafficking.Operation Magnify is an initiative aiming to tackle exploitative employers who provide low-paid jobs to illegal migrants.It focused on the construction, care, cleaning, catering, taxi and car wash industries during 2016, with further activity in similar sectors planned for 2017. Scores of people were arrested on suspicion of immigration offences in a crackdown on alleged illegal working in nail bars.A total of 97 people were held during the week-long operation launched at the end of last month.It also saw dozens of businesses warned they could face fines and 14 people identified as potentially being at risk of modern slavery.The activity was part of Operation Magnify, a cross-government drive to clamp down on illegal working by targeting specific “risk” industries. Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill said: “This operation sends a strong message to those employers who ruthlessly seek to exploit vulnerable people and wilfully abuse our immigration laws.”Modern slavery is a barbaric crime which destroys the lives of some of the most vulnerable in our society.”This Government has taken world-leading action to tackle it by introducing the Modern Slavery Act, giving law enforcement agencies the tools they need and increasing support and protection for victims.”At the same time, we have also introduced strong measures through the Immigration Act to tackle illegal working, including making it easier to prosecute employers who repeatedly break the rules and creating the power to temporarily close businesses that do not comply with the law.” Modern slavery is a barbaric crime which destroys the lives of some of the most vulnerable in our societyRobert Goodwill Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Businessman sues estranged wife to stop RollsRoyce corruption inquiry pillow talk

The son of a wealthy Liberal Democrat donor is suing his wife to prevent her disclosing “pillow talk” about his part in a Rolls-Royce corruption inquiry.Bhanu Choudhrie is taking legal action against Simrin, his wife, to bar her from disclosing what he says are confidential details about the investigation and his business associates.The entrepreneur admits he disclosed confidential information to his wife after he was questioned as part of an investigation into claims of bribery by Rolls-Royce in 2014.Mr Choudhrie, 40, and his father Sudhir, 69 – who has donated more than £1.5 million to the Lib Dems since 2004 – were arrested and questioned by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in 2014 as part of an inquiry into bribery allegations at the Derby-based firm. They were released and have not been charged.The company, Europe’s largest maker of commercial jet engines, agreed in January 2017 to pay about £670 million to settle US and UK investigations into allegations its representatives bribed foreign officials.The deferred prosecution agreement reached by Rolls-Royce allows the company to avoid prosecution in exchange for full co-operation. But the SFO is now looking into allegations that Rolls-Royce illegally used middlemen such as Mr Choudhrie and his father to conduct deals. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Choudhrie’s lawsuit contains few details about what he told his wife or who he thinks she may talk to. He wants her to agree that she will not tell anyone what he told her, except her lawyers or if she is required by law or ordered by a court to do so.According to legal papers Mr Choudhrie only told his wife about the case so that she could “understand what he was going through”, and the information he told her was “obviously confidential”.In a statement, a spokesman for Mr Choudhrie said that he has “never embarked on any kind of illegal activity” and the lawsuit would not stop Mrs Choudhrie from co-operating.Mrs Choudhrie’s spokesman did not respond to a request to comment.An SFO spokesman declined to comment as did Rolls-Royce, other than to say it is “continuing to co-operate with the SFO”.Mrs Choudhrie filed for divorce in May 2017, but the couple continued to live together until November last year and are now going through divorce proceedings.Mr Choudhrie, who lives in a £20 million Grade II listed house in Belgravia, is seeking an order directing his wife to disclose the names of who she shared the information about his case with and what she used it for.   read more

The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five things you need to know before you head out the door.1. #INVESTIGATION: Judge Yvonne Murphy has been named the chair of the mother-and-baby home inquiry. The investigation already faces issues relating to the sheer number of homes involved.2. #STATE CARE: The State has been heavily criticised in four reports published into the deaths of children who had been in care.3. #MACROOM: A man in his 70s has died after the car he was driving hit a ditch in Cork. Gardaí are investigating the incident.4. #WHEN WILL IT END: Peter Aiken has said he is seeking legal advice over the cancelled Garth Brooks gigs. A judicial review could be applied for, but Aiken must do so very soon.5. #AG CAINT: The new Gaeltacht Minister Joe McHugh has been tested on his fluency in Irish. Here’s how he got on.last_img read more

Its like winning the Lotto Irelands oldest living transplant recipient marks 46th

first_img Apr 5th 2019, 10:32 PM Christy McLaughlin Image: Arthur Carron IRELAND’S LONGEST-SURVIVING organ recipient has expressed his appreciation for organ donors across the country after marking the 46th anniversary of his transplant.67 year-old Christy McLoughlin from Castlerickard, Longwood, Co Meath, had his successful kidney transplant in December 1972 when he was 21 years old, after he received a kidney from a deceased donor.Speaking at the end of Organ Donation Awareness Week, Christy said he still prays for his donor every day and has a mass said for his family every year on the anniversary of his transplant.“Only for organ donors many people would not be alive today and I probably wouldn’t be here,” he said.Before his transplant, Christy had to travel to the old Jervis Street Hospital for dialysis treatment three times a week, a journey which took him nine hours.“At the time it was very tough working by day and having to travel for dialysis in the evenings,” he explained.“In those days there was no kidney patients advocacy group. I underwent hospital dialysis treatment from 1968 until I was called for my transplant in December 1972.”Christy also revealed how he used to have to go for regular check ups to the old St. Mary’s Hospital in the Phoenix Park after his transplant.While there, he met Sean Fitzpatrick from Athlone, one of the first people to undergo a living donor kidney transplant in Ireland in 1975.Sean received his kidney from his brother Seamus, and his transplant kidney is still working.“We were both young lads at the time when we used to have regular stays at St. Mary’s,” Christy said.“In those days we’d regularly be kept in hospital together where we would stay for almost a week at a time as we underwent medical examinations and tests to see how our transplanted kidneys were performing”.Following his life-saving transplant, Christy met his wife Terese, and this year marks their 38th wedding anniversary.The couple have been living in Castlerickard since they were married, and have one daughter and two young grandchildren.But despite having started a family of his own, Christy says his donor’s family are always in his thoughts.“Getting a transplant is like winning the lotto,” he said. “I am still here 46 years later and making the best of my second chance of life.” Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Christy McLaughlin By Stephen McDermott Image: Arthur Carroncenter_img https://jrnl.ie/4579812 27,037 Views Friday 5 Apr 2019, 10:32 PM Share1219 Tweet Email1 ‘It’s like winning the Lotto’: Ireland’s oldest living transplant recipient marks 46th year of organ donation Christy McLoughlin was just 21 when he had a successful kidney transplant. 9 Comments last_img read more

Washington court rules against florist in gay wedding case

first_imgThe Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding broke the state’s antidiscrimination law, even though she claimed doing so would violate her religious beliefs.A lower court had fined Barronelle Stutzman, a florist in Richland, for denying service to a gay couple in 2013, and ordered her to pay a $1,000 fine. Stutzman argued that she was exercising her First Amendment rights. But the court held that her floral arrangements do not constitute protected free speech, and that providing flowers to a same-sex wedding would not serve as an endorsement of same-sex marriage.“As Stutzman acknowledged at deposition, providing flowers for a wedding between Muslims would not necessarily constitute an endorsement of Islam, nor would providing flowers for an atheist couple endorse atheism,” the opinion said.Stutzman’s lawyers immediately said they would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the decision.“It’s wrong for the state to force any citizen to support a particular view about marriage or anything else against their will,” Stutzman’s attorney, Kristen Waggoner, wrote in a statement issued after the ruling. “Freedom of speech and religion aren’t subject to the whim of a majority; they are constitutional guarantees.”last_img read more

ABM Rebrands as Connectiv

first_img A new “Best Practices Roadshow” will kick off in 2016 and feature a case-study-oriented program that will travel around the country.  Membership is on the rise, making the new mission even more critical. Manoni and Marchesano say that 60 new members have been added, bringing total membership to more than 200. “The new organization is strongly committed to helping our membership understand a business model that’s complicated by new and changing technologies,” says Manoni. “We’ve seen dramatic shifts in how our member companies are making money. New technology has changed every aspect of our companies. Every one of our member companies is conducting business differently than they did just five years ago.” In 2013 ABM was absorbed into the Software & Information Industry Association and then merged early this year with the Content and Information Services Division, giving it the awkward name of ABM/CISD. At the time, the SIIA merger was a move for survival. Membership was running dry and existing members were becoming frustrated that the association’s mix of services and representation wasn’t matching or keeping up with the pace of change in the industry.  The new name is symbolic of the connective economy, say Marchesano and Manoni, and the positioning of the association as a connector, bringing members together.  Manoni and Marchesano say the committee structure will also change. Out is the Publishers Committee and in is a CRO Committee—an acknowledgment that members are not just publishers. And with a more organized base of Millennials, Connective may introduce new committees that address that community as well. In a sense, the new name reflects the association’s change of focus from the media that once characterized its member base to a service-oriented mission to connect a more diverse mix of company types, from publishers to data and information to technology. Much of that frustration came from the understanding that the B2B media industry’s evolution was throwing strategic and tactical assumptions way out of alignment.  “The level of change with technology and its acceleration in markets and audience is what’s keeping them up at night,” adds Mike Marchesano, managing director of Connectiv. “They needed an association that would give them the direction to lead them through the evolving set of challenges and opportunities.” In terms of services, Manoni says the fundamental components won’t change, but new products and resources will be rolled out. “The association will operate very much the same way it did historically, but it will be more focused on preparing companies on what’s coming next and helping them to move forward with confidence.” New services include an annual Innovation Index which will monitor the impact of innovation, show the industry’s progress with it and how member companies can do more of it in their own organizations.  The second phase of the association’s change involves the younger community. “The Millennials are taking on increasingly important roles,” says Manoni. “They consume and use information differently, so we recognize that we have to think about the role we serve and how we serve them very differently. Otherwise, the Millennials will go somewhere else.” ABM is set to announce this morning at its Business Information & Media Summit that as part of an initiative to realign its member mission, it’s rebranding as Connectiv. The association that once served a tightly defined market of B2B publishing companies has been faced with unprecedented change and evolution in the media industry and the rebranding is an attempt to show that its mission matches it membership. Accordingly, Connectiv is launching an Emerging Leaders Collective—an online community and learning resource where younger professionals will be able to share ideas. The association is also planning to leverage that community into in-person events.  “The vision behind the merger was to serve the industry more broadly,” Connectiv board chairman Doug Manoni tells Folio:. “What’s even more important than the new name is the refinement of the new mission. We want to be more forward looking, more involved in the demands of our members’ business.” last_img read more

Marches held across the state in solidarity with DC March For Our

first_imgOrganizers hold up a banner for March For Our Lives Alaska, asking for signatures (Photo by Victoria Petersen/ Alaska Public Media)From Bethel and Fairbanks to Anchorage and Juneau, people across Alaska gathered on Saturday in solidarity with March For Our Lives in Washington D.C.Listen nowAnchorage marchers carried signs showing varying messages such as Thoughts and Prayers are not Bulletproof and Books Not Bullets.About 1,000 people attended.The march kicked off with speeches from local student organizers. One of them was Keegan Blain, a junior at AJ Dimond High School.“We all believe that no more innocent children need to lose their life in what is supposed to be a safe place,” Blain said.Student organizer Keegan Blain (Photo by Victoria Petersen/ Alaska Public Media)The organizers want to raise the minimum age to own a firearm from 18 to 21, among other demands. They say high schoolers shouldn’t be allowed to own guns.“If you buy a gun at 21, you’re not gonna be having a gun while you’re also enrolled in a school,” high school junior and speaker James Schultz said. “You’d have it be in a college which has a lot more safeguards in place”Currently, Alaska residents can carry concealed firearms without a permit at 21, however most universities in the state don’t allow guns on campus without administrative approval. March organizers also want to require background checks for gun show purchases and reclassify certain weapons and ammunition magazines as military grade.Alaska has the highest percentage of gun ownership among adults in the country. Schultz insists the March for Our Lives movement does not want to take away people’s firearms.“I don’t want to take away your second amendment rights,” Schultz said. “I’ve got family members that have guns. What we want is gun reforms. So we want it to be harder to get a gun, but easy enough that if you’re healthy and you’re doing all the right things, you can get one.” Bethel High School Junior Amara Freeman and Senior Kelly O’Brien join the hundreds of thousands across the nation who marched for stricter gun regulation in the March for Our Lives on March 24, 2018. (Photo by Katie Basile/ KYUK)In Bethel, about 30 people joined the March, carrying signs and walking the slushy shoulder of Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway. Most of those who took to the Bethel street were students, teachers, school administrators, parents and grandparents.“It [my sign] says ‘At 17 I have seen 192 school shootings. I refuse to see another,’” 17-year-old organizer Kelly O’Brien said. “I made this sign when we did the Student Walkout, and that number was 188. And since the Parkland School shooting, there have been four more school shootings in the United States. So I’m marching for stricter gun laws and regulations and just keeping students safe in school.”Bethel Regional High School was the site of a school shooting more than 20 years ago where principal Ron Edwards and student Josh Palacios lost their lives. While the students marching wouldn’t have been old enough to remember the tragedy, Yuut Elitnaurviat  learning center executive director Mike Hoffman says the effects of the shooting can still be felt in Bethel.“I see it every day at our school, and we’re already practicing our shooting lockdowns and everything,” Hoffman said. “I know I have four people who work in that school [Yuut Elitnaurviat and Kuskokwim Learning Academy] that were here during the school shooting 20 years ago, and just to watch their face when we started that whole process. I feel so sad for them.”March for Our Lives protesters walk toward the Alaska State Capitol on March 24, 2018. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)In Juneau, Anchorage Democratic Representative Geran Tarr spoke at the rally at the state’s capitol. Tarr introduced House Bill 75 last year. It establishes red flag laws that allow judges to remove guns from the homes of people at higher risk of committing acts of violence.“The idea is that you’re trying to intervene in a crisis situation and prevent someone from harming themselves or others and using the court to help you intervene by removing the guns,” Tarr said.The bill has had several hearings in the House Judiciary Committee and Tarr said she’s hopeful it will be moved out next week.Update: This story has been updated to reflect information on marches in Juenau and Bethel. It now contains contributions from KTOO’s Adelyn Baxter in Juneau and KYUK’s Anna Rose MacArthur in Bethel.last_img read more

Strumming the night away

first_imgHead banging, applause and cheers were all over the house as top bands from NCR unleashed their passion on Les Paul’s tribute night, organised by Matchbox Pub and Grub in association with Gibson Les Paul. Celebrating the legend’s birthday, bands like The Iyer Project, guitarist Namit Chabbra, Virtus and Man Goes Human performed chartbursting covers from the 60s, 70s and some of their own numbers. When the best guitar brand joins hands with a happening pub in the Delhi NCR, it is sure to strike a chord with many, and the Les Paul tribute night was no different. If The Iyer Project enthralled the music aficionados with their alternate Carnatic rock, then Virtus belted out covers of Led Zeppelin and Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Man Goes Human ended it with jazz and blues numbers from 60s and 70s.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Sexy’ Les Paul guitars (as described by some of the performers and listeners) were on display, giving an opportunity to budding guitarists to learn more about their most desired instrument. Band members were felicitated with gift vouchers by Gibson Les Paul in the end. Great food and drinks added the extra zing to the event. The co-owners of Matchbox Amit Panda, Mahavir Mohanty and Siddharth Suman are passionate about music and strive to promote the rock scene in NCR. ‘The idea behind Matchbox is always to celebrate legends of music who contributed immensely towards its evolution in 20th century.’  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe goes on to say, ‘The Les Paul tribute night is a step whereby we wanted to provide a platform for music lovers to come and celebrate the legendary Les Paul. The wonderful line up of bands that we had for this played songs that would inspire us towards our effort to celebrate music. More such tribute nights, celebrating the music of icons by the most happening bands will take place at Matchbox in time to come,.’ they said.last_img read more

Kerry presses Irans FM to reach nuke deal outline

first_imgUS Secretary of State John Kerry pressed Iran’s foreign minister on the Obama administration’s desire to reach the outline of a nuclear deal by the end of March, in keeping with a target set by negotiators last year.Kerry delivered the message to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif during a two-hour meeting on the sidelines of an international security conference in Munich, according to a US official. Kerry “reiterated our desire to move toward a political framework by the end of March,” the official said. “They agreed to stay in close touch and that they would try to meet again soon.” The official was not authorized to discuss the meeting publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany will resume negotiations with Iran soon, with an eye on the March target they set in November after missing two earlier deadlines.Their ultimate goal is to reach a final agreement by July that would, in exchange for a lifting of sanctions, address international concerns that Iran may be using a civilian atomic energy program as cover to try to develop nuclear weapons.Despite assurances from the administration that it will not accept any deal with Iran that allows the capability to construct a bomb, the prospect of an agreement that may only keep Iran on the threshold of such a step has alarmed many allies, including Israel and the Gulf Arab states, along with many in Congress.Meeting later with foreign ministers and senior officials from the Gulf Cooperation Council Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates Kerry pledged anew that “no deal is better that a bad deal,” according to senior US officials who attended the session.last_img read more

Pride Fort Lauderdale celebrates nations only Love Pride February 11

first_img“We have held annual celebrations and tributes to the LGBT+ community and its unique culture for 40 years, and are excited to host another inclusive and diverse Pride Fort Lauderdale this year,” said Miik Martorell, president of Pride Fort Lauderdale. “We think celebrating ‘Love Pride’ is fitting just before Valentine’s Day and to celebrate how inclusive Greater Fort Lauderdale is.”Admission to the main event will be FREE and proceeds will fund scholarships for LGBT+ youth and grants to local community organizers. Pride Fort Lauderdale is expected to draw more than 60,000 people to Fort Lauderdale Beach Park.Affiliated events are also being planned for the larger LGBT+ community, including women, families, transgender men and women, seniors, sports enthusiasts and people in recovery.The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has been proactively targeting and welcoming the LGBT+ market since 1996, when it became the first Convention & Visitors Bureau with a gay-centric vacation planner and dedicated website on a CVB homepage. Since then, the destination has continued to break down barriers and facilitate essential visibility for the LGBT+ community at large. The destination now welcomes 1.5 million LGBT+ travelers annually, spending $1.5 billion.It also features one of the largest Pride Centers in the country, the first and only World AIDS Museum and Education Center, and is home to the Stonewall National Museum & Archives, one of the only permanent spaces in the U.S. devoted to exhibitions relating to LGBT+ history and culture.Share this: eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Like this:Like Loading… This is the 41st anniversary for the festival. It is also the region’s first Transgender Pride, with an appearance by leading transgender model and singer Laith Ashley, star of the Oxygen network’s series “Strut.” Celebrity DJs Tracy Young, Deanna and Power Infiniti will be spinning from the main stage throughout the day. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Pride Fort Lauderdale celebrates nation’s only “Love Pride”Pride Fort Lauderdale will celebrate the nation’s only “Love Pride” on Sunday, February 11 from noon to 8 p.m. on the iconic Fort Lauderdale Beach. Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Estelle and internationally-acclaimed actress, singer and flamenco guitarist Charo, best known as a guest star on the iconic 70s show “The Love Boat,” will headline the festival.“We’re so excited to celebrate with residents and visitors from across the world in Greater Fort Lauderdale – where they can be free to be who they are,” said Richard Gray, vice president, LGBT+ market, of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We are a welcoming destination to all people, regardless of whom they choose to love, how they choose to identify, the color of their skin, or what religion they believe in, and we are looking forward to another successful world-class festival.” Greater Fort Lauderdale celebrates NYC Pride Week with Pride Place activationGreater Fort Lauderdale further solidifies itself as major LGBT tourism hubFirst-ever Pride of the Americas Festival coming to Greater Fort Lauderdale in 2020More articles on eTurboNews click herelast_img read more

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first_img TORONTO — WOW air says it plans to launch four flights a week from Tel Aviv to Montreal and Toronto, with stopovers in Reykjavik.When the flights start Sept. 12 WOW air will be the third airline in as many months to add or boost capacity on the routes.In February Air Canada announced it was launching seasonal nonstop service between Montreal and Tel Aviv this summer, twice weekly from June 22 to Oct. 16, as well as increasing its current Toronto-Tel Aviv nonstop service from six days a week to daily frequency year-round.Meanwhile Air Transat is offering new direct flights from Montreal to Tel Aviv, as well as from Toronto with a connection in Montreal. The nonstop flight will operate twice weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays, from June 18 until late October. Flights will operate on A330-300s with 332 seats.El Al also offers flights from Toronto (and Montreal via Toronto) to Tel Aviv.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”WOW air’s CEO Skúli Mogensen says his airline will offer “one of the lowest fares ever” from North America to Tel Aviv, starting at $199 one-way. Bookings open today.It’s the first destination for the airline outside of Europe and North America.“We are thrilled to add Tel Aviv to our growing list of overseas destinations for Canadians,” said Mogensen. “By adding a third continent to our ever-expanding roster of destinations, we can continue connecting Canadians with their dream destinations at the best possible prices.”Like most ultra-low-cost carriers WOW air doesn’t pay commission, and the flights aren’t direct. Passengers can layover in Reykjavik for as long as they wish with the WOW Stopover program.“We set a goal to bring new airlines to Israel, so I’m happy and congratulate WOW air, which is known for its long haul low cost flights, on its entry into Israel in cooperation with the Israeli tourism ministry,” says Yariv Levin, Israel Minister of Tourism. “I’m confident the launching of this new historic route will significantly increase the number of tourists traveling to Israel from Iceland, Canada and the U.S., and will also contribute to the unprecedented trend of growth in the number of tourists visiting Israel over the last number of months.” Travelweek Group Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Tags: Israel, New Routes, WOW air Too much capacity to Tel Aviv? WOW air adds new flights ex YYZ, YULlast_img read more

British Airways introduces a new way to book tickets on its app

first_imgCustomers looking to spend their Avios on British Airways flights will just have to swipe their finger and they would be able to use the new Reward Flight Finder to find flights. The flights can be booked by using Avios or a combination of Avios and cash.The latest release of the app on iPhone and Android also features a completely redesigned flight booking process, using the latest technology and user-friendly design to make flights quicker and easier to book.The number of reward flights booked on mobile has increased by over 300% in 2014. Kevin McQuillan, British Airways’ Head of ba.com and mobile said, “We know our loyal customers are keen collectors of Avios and are always looking for flights on which to spend them…because the number of customers booking through our iPhone app has also grown by over 100% in the last year alone, we understand that they are often short on time when they are on the move. Thanks to this new redesign it is now possible for time-pressed customers to find great prices and book flights in under 60 seconds.”The new release of the British Airways iPhone app provides customers with a clear view of all flights which have seats that can be bought using Avios, available to destinations around the world.Avios can be collected from flights, hotel stays, car rental, credit cards, and even on everyday things like shopping. Customers can collect Avios every time they fly with British Airways and Iberia, or any oneworld airline partner, with a minimum of 125 Avios per flight.last_img read more

Remembering President George HW Bush

first_img Affordable Housing George Bush HOUSING HUD 2018-12-04 Radhika Ojha Remembering President George H.W. Bush Share December 4, 2018 637 Views center_img On Wednesday, the country will observe a national day of mourning on the passing of George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States. While he is best remembered for his impact on America’s foreign policy, President Bush also played an important role in the passing of some key housing legislation that hasf left a lasting impact on the industry.As a young Congressman from Texas in 1968, he voted for the passage of the Fair Housing Act in a reversal on his earlier position on the Civil Rights Act, which he had famously opposed at that time.In an article that touched upon the event, Carlos Lozada, The Washington Post’s nonfiction book critic wrote, “He suffered through boos at a rally back home but insisted that “a man should not have a door slammed in his face because he is a Negro or speaks with a Latin American accent.” At the end of the event, he received a standing ovation, and nearly two decades later, he wrote that nothing else he’d experienced in public life matched the feeling from that evening.”After taking over the reins as President, Bush signed the Financial Institutions Reforms Act of 1989, which aimed to reform, recapitalize, and consolidate the Federal Deposit Insurance system, to enhance the regulatory and enforcement powers of federal financial institutions and regulatory agencies.His efforts for the housing industry also included the creation of an advisory commission under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for affordable housing to reduce regulations and red tape that added to the cost of housing, as well as privatization proposals for the public housing sector.President Bush and his son, President George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, are the second father-son pair to serve as president, following John Adams and John Quincy Adams.All federal agencies will be closed on Wednesday to observe it as a national day of mourning in remembrance of the 41st President.”The President has issued an Executive order to close Federal offices and excuse all Federal employees from duty for the scheduled workday on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, except those who, in the judgment of the head of the agency, cannot be excused for reasons of national security, defense, or other essential public business,” a statement by the U.S. Office of Personnel said. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Newslast_img read more

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