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Blondie Performs At StarStudded Red Dress AwardsBlondie Performs At StarStudded Red Dress Awards

first_imgWoman’s Day Editor in Chief Susan Spencer and Publisher and CRO Kassie Means hosted the 15th annual Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards at Jazz at Lincoln Center.Debbie Harry at 15th annual Woman’s Day Red Dress AwardsCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesThe event featured performances by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Blondie and the gentleman trio, GENTRI.Other guests included: Natalie Azar, Laura Benanti, Afiya Bennett, Carla Hall, Tamron Hall, Star Jones, AnnaLynne McCord, Alicia Quarles, and more.The Red Dress Awards is a night of awards and performances honoring those who have made significant contributions to Heart Health Awareness. This year’s honorees included: Jennifer Ashton, M.D., Chief medical correspondent, ABC News and Good Morning America and American Heart Association volunteer; Tom Colicchio & Lori Silverbush, Top Chef head judge, food policy activist; filmmaker, social justice activist; Karen Springer, President of health care operations for Ascension Health, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S.; Fitbit, the leading wearables brand helps Americans get moving and Icilma V. Fergus, M.D., F.A.C.C., Associate professor of medicine and director of cardiovascular disparities, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.Blondie closed the evening with an unforgettable performance that included: One Way or Another, Hanging on the Telephone, Maria, Long Time, Dreaming is Free and Heart of Glass.The evening featured additional performances from Broadway Inspirational Voices and Gentri. Woman’s Day is proud to partner with lead sponsor CocoaVia and sponsors For Your Sweetheart, The Quaker Oats Company, Novartis, Rosa Regale Red Sparkling Wine, Lands’ End and Lenox Tableware & Gifts for this year’s event.Participants of the fifth annual Woman’s Day Live Longer & Stronger Challenge attended alongside their mentor, TODAY Show nutritionist and Woman’s Day columnist Joy Bauer and experts from the Mayo Clinic. Over the course of eight months, Woman’s Day, Bauer and the Mayo Clinic have provided nutrition counseling and guidance to five women who have collectively lost more than 213 pounds and have achieved impressive heart health milestones. Neiman Marcus Last Call provided dresses for the women to help celebrate their transformations.For more on the event, check out #RedDressAwardslast_img read more

Thousands of steps for missing murdered Indigenous women to achieve just oneThousands of steps for missing murdered Indigenous women to achieve just one

first_imgAPTN National NewsA group of activists have made their way to Ottawa one step at a time.It’s the final trek of a 2,300 km journey.Their aim is to draw attention to the need for an inquiry into the 1,200 missing and murdered Indigenous women.APTN’s Annette Francis has the story.last_img

Not approaching politics as a star: Urmila MatondkarNot approaching politics as a star: Urmila Matondkar

first_imgMumbai: Urmila Matondkar, the star of 90s hit Hindi films like “Rangeela”, “Daud” and “Judaai”, is contesting the Lok Sabha election but says she isn’t approaching politics as a star and would rather be known as people’s representative.”I am not approaching this whole thing as a star with my star image. I am trying to get to grassroot and connect to people. I know it is going to be difficult. “I want to generate confidence in them about me as their representative more than just another star coming in, waving and asking for votes. Because that is not the thought with which I have gotten into it,” Urmila told PTI in an interview. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Considering she is a known face, ask her if Bollywood celebrities can be vote pullers, pat comes the reply, “I can’t talk about others, it is not fair. Media generally likes to generalise things as it makes their life easy.” She will be contesting the election from Mumbai North constituency, a seat held by Govinda. Urmila, who has been campaigning and meeting the locals, says some of the major issues of the area are housing, water scarcity, sanitation. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The most important issue is housing and it is too deep rooted for anyone to get a solution quickly. The slum redevelopment needs to be looked into. Water is another big issue, it is also a deep rooted so overnight solution is not possible. Women’s health, local trains. But we need do to things. “This area is issue-ridden probably the most in Mumbai. People have been telling me about need for public toilets, water in Gorai area is another problem. Also (need for more) local trains as the population is more here and there is no infrastructure.” She is fighting against BJP’s Gopal Shetty, a seasoned politician who has called Urmila naive and zero in politics. But the actor isn’t affected. “That shows his mentality in the whole thing. He started of saying that this is going to be a battle of vichardhara (ideology) but non-stop he is speaking derogatory things about me, which I have never done. “I think there can be two things behind it – someone who is not very confident and all these things stem out of deep rooted fear that must have come in.” The actor said the kind of politics him and his party indulge in focuses more on “emotional battles”, keeping people occupied with “all kinds of emotional, religious and socio-economic issues.” “So that they do not come to main issues like what is progress? And where is the progress? “If that is the politics he is referring to, I am happy to be political zero. For me politics is giving your word, standing by it and abiding by it no matter what.”last_img read more

UN helps Sri Lanka fight child sex tourismUN helps Sri Lanka fight child sex tourism

“A child who is a victim of sexual abuse may suffer serious, lifelong or even life-threatening consequences,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Senior Programme Coordinator Yasmin Ali Haque said of the campaign, launched on Sunday.“As the first country in South Asia with a national plan of action to combat child sex tourism, Sri Lanka has a unique opportunity to lead the way for other countries in the region.”UNICEF is providing the Sri Lanka Tourist Board with financial and technical support. As well as mass media campaigns on television, radio and in newspapers, messages will be relayed to tourists through a range of devices such as in-flight magazines and videos, billboards, posters, car-stickers and flyers. Legal penalties for the sexual exploitation of children range from five to 20 years imprisonment.While the exact numbers are not known, it is estimated that thousands of Sri Lankan children are drawn into prostitution every year, the majority of them boys, with money, clothes, pens, sweets, food and sometimes the chance to travel overseas. They are exploited by foreign tourists, as well as by local people. The most vulnerable are those from poor and marginalized communities who have little supervision from their families.Last year 549,000 foreign tourists visited Sri Lanka, with the figure projected to rise to 600,000 in the current year, and to 1 million by 2010.The UN International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 1.8 million children globally are exploited in the multi-billion dollar commercial sex industry, which includes child sex tourism. read more

Strong dollar world competition blamed for closing of Nova Scotia millStrong dollar world competition blamed for closing of Nova Scotia mill

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Strong dollar, world competition blamed for closing of Nova Scotia mill BROOKLYN, N.S. – A Nova Scotia newsprint mill became the latest victim of the global downturn in the pulp and paper industry Friday when its owners announced it would stop production and sell its assets, throwing 320 people out of work.Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products (TSX:RFP) said the strong Canadian dollar and competition from Europe forced it to put the mill, locally known as Bowater, into an indefinite idle.The grim news comes only months after the provincial government provided a $50-million assistance package to the mill late last year.Premier Darrell Dexter said his government tried everything within its power to keep the company in the province, and he blamed currency markets for the factory’s demise.“All of the partners came together to try and give the plant the best possible opportunity for the future. Unfortunately it didn’t turn out as we would have wished,” he said.“That doesn’t make the attempt to do that in any way invalid.”In December, Dexter announced the province would give the mill a $25-million forgivable loan to keep its two paper machines operating, and to help the company make efficiency improvements and upgrade its power plant.The government says none of that money has been spent.Dexter put most of the blame for the plant’s demise on the high Canadian dollar and a 30 per cent erosion in the value of the Euro against the dollar.“The plants in Europe are now able to sell into the world market at a considerable discount,” he said.“We recognize that advantage because it used to be ours. … The results as anyone can see have been pretty profound.”The company’s sawmill in nearby Oakhill and the Brooklyn Power Corp. are also affected by the shutdown. The company said it is looking at the feasibility of selling all of its assets and timberlands that it owns in the province.Dexter said he is concerned about the possibility the company may sell the land to an overseas company that could ship wood fibre abroad.However, he said he didn’t know if the province would offer to buy the woodlands.Dexter said the government will look for alternative uses of the idled mill and try to attract new industries to an area beset by high unemployment.“Very shortly we will set up a transition process and it will be led by a prominent Nova Scotia leader. We intend to find a way forward for these communities,” he said.Company spokesman Seth Kursman acknowledged that workers made sacrifices in the form of concessions to try and save the mill.“Everything that was really in the direct control of the people here, of government, of stakeholders across the board, people did — they stepped up and it makes the situation that much more frustrating,” he said in an interview.Kursman said the company, which was previously called AbitibiBowater, has also responded to global pressures by closing some of its paper-making machines in Quebec and Alabama.The plant was initially scheduled to shut down Sunday for about two weeks. It was also idled last month, the latest in a series of scheduled down times for the mill since December.Late last year, unionized workers at the mill voted to cut 110 jobs in an effort to reduce labour costs and help save the operation.Don MacKenzie of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada said the indefinite closure is a blow to the area, which has relied heavily on jobs at the mill during more than 70 years of operation.“It’s just got to be devastating to the members I represent,” he said. “It’s a sad day for the people of Liverpool and it will obviously have an impact to many spin-off jobs in the province, and it’s simply another reflection of the turbulent times in the pulp and paper industry.”He too is worried the company’s 212,000 hectares could be bought up by foreign interests and exported, making it unavailable to domestic interests that could use the raw fibre.The lifeline thrown to the company also included $23.75 million the province spent to buy about 10,120 hectares of woodland from the company.Another $1.5 million was offered over three years to train workers. So far, $605,000 has been spent on training and the remainder will be returned to province.— By Alison Auld and Michael Tutton in Halifax by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 15, 2012 1:11 pm MDT read more

Ban and Security Council strongly condemn terrorist attack at Russian train stationBan and Security Council strongly condemn terrorist attack at Russian train station

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council strongly condemned the terrorist attack that occurred at the central train station of the Russian city of Volgograd today causing numerous deaths and injuries.Media reports say 16 people were killed and some 40 injured in the suicide attack, which occurred around 12:45 p.m. local time at the train station.“The Secretary-General calls for the perpetrators of this heinous act to be brought to justice. He stands in solidarity with the Russian Federation in the face of terrorism,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.The 15 members of the Security Council, in a statement issued to the press, extended their condolences to the families of the victims and expressed their sympathy to all those injured in this “heinous” act, and to the Russian people and Government.“The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” said the statement.They also underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of the attack to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with all relevant authorities in this regard. read more

Football Records dont matter in Ohio State vs Michigan StateFootball Records dont matter in Ohio State vs Michigan State

The Ohio State football team prepares to run onto the field prior to the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe idea that “records don’t matter” when it comes to Ohio State and Michigan has been reiterated throughout the week by the Buckeyes. Redshirt senior center Pat Elflein knows all too well how much of a dogfight the matchups between the Buckeyes and the Spartans are.Since 2011, the Buckeyes are just 2-3 against Michigan State — the worst mark OSU has against any team throughout the past five years. During that time, the Scarlet and Gray have never played in Spartan Stadium as a top-five team.That is, until Saturday. Elflein, among others, said the 3-7 record for Mark Dantonio’s team is nothing if not a ruse. A hot topic for OSU coach Urban Meyer this week has been how important competing for a Big Ten title — something OSU might not do this season — is for making a playoff case. Meyer, of course, deflected the question, and said he had not discussed the issue with his team.“Just want to beat Michigan State, man,” he said. “It means a lot.”Looking back through the past five years, that statement has been easier said than done.2011: Michigan State 10 – Ohio State 7In the wake of TattooGate, the Buckeyes lost long-time coach Jim Tressel and multiple players. In Luke Fickell’s interim head coaching stint, OSU came into the game against the Spartans at 3-1, with a loss to the University of Miami. The Buckeyes were simply outclassed in Ohio Stadium, as they failed to average more than a yard rushing on 39 attempts. Even with three forced turnovers, just 178 yards of offense and 82 yards of penalties suffocated OSU. OSU finished the year 6-7 without any real notable wins, except for a 33-29 victory over Wisconsin, who went on to win the Big Ten title. Next year, Meyer became the head coach for OSU, much to the excitement of Buckeye fans.2012: Ohio State 17 – Michigan State 16Meyer’s tenure started with a bang. After jumping out to a 4-0 start, the Buckeyes traveled to their first away game of the season. The Spartans proved to be a tough draw.It took a 314 total-yard performance from Braxton Miller to do it, and a 63-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith to seal the deal. It was Michigan State’s second loss of the season.The Buckeyes never had a game as close as this one for the rest of the 2012 campaign, and OSU finished the year with a perfect 12-0 record. Due to ramifications from NCAA actions taken against the team after TattooGate, OSU was not bowl eligible.2013: Michigan State 34 – Ohio State 24 (Big Ten championship)After facing Michigan State for the two previous years in the regular season, the Buckeyes had to wait until the Big Ten title game to get a chance at Dantonio’s team. OSU was pushed to the limit for the second straight week after a 42-41 slugfest in the week prior with Michigan.The Buckeyes luck ran out, and Meyer suffered his first loss as OSU’s coach.Connor Cook torched the Scarlet and Gray defense with 304 yards and three touchdowns, while Jeremy Langfield pounded the ball up the middle against a relatively stout OSU rush defense. A late Langford touchdown run put Michigan State up by 10, and the Spartans never looked back.Defensive shortcomings mixed with a lack of an OSU passing game (eight completions for 101 yards) gave the Spartans the Big Ten title. The Buckeyes had to wait until early November of 2014 to get redemption.2014: Ohio State 49 – Michigan State 37The injury of Braxton Miller before the 2014 season began was supposed to doom the Buckeyes. That was until a little-known redshirt freshman quarterback by the name of J.T. Barrett trotted onto the field for OSU.Barrett, who had led the team to a 7-1 mark when OSU traveled to East Lansing, played one of his best games of his short career to that point. Piling up 300 yards through the air with three touchdowns, paired with a 154-yard, two touchdown performance for Ezekiel Elliott, the Buckeyes walked away from Spartan Stadium one win richer.The win was an upset, with OSU coming into the game at No. 14 and Michigan State at No. 8. A good showing against the Spartans helped propel the Buckeyes into Big Ten and eventually national championship contention.2015: Michigan State 17 – Ohio State 14With repeat title hopes on their mind, the Buckeyes struggled to find continuity at the quarterback position. Swapping between Barrett and Cardale Jones, who helped the team win a national championship following an injury to Barrett against Michigan in 2014, Meyer could not decide who should have led the team.With the decision made for Barrett to start, OSU’s offense floundered. Elliott touched the ball just 12 times, and Barrett threw for just 46 yards. Two turnovers for the Buckeye defense still wasn’t enough to bring home a win. Tyler O’Connor, Michigan State’s starting quarterback for this season, replaced an injured Connor Cook and managed the game to the best of his abilities. A game-winning field goal by Michael Geiger is an image most OSU fans have yet to let go, especially the windmill celebration the kicker did down the sideline after nailing the kick to top OSU.2016With title hopes on the line again for OSU, and Michigan State looking to save face following a disappointing season so far, fans in attendance should be ready for some fireworks in Spartan Stadium. OSU’s run game should dictate the pace of play, while the Silver Bullets might be able to grab a few turnovers. read more

Alibaba to pay 266 million to acquire South China Morning PostAlibaba to pay 266 million to acquire South China Morning Post

first_imgChinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group Holding will pay $266 million to acquire South China Morning Post and related assets of the SCMP Group Ltd from Malaysian businessman Robert Kuok in an all-cash deal.The deal includes the SCMP’s magazines, outdoor media, education and digital business, SCMP said in a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx), reports Nikkei Asian Review.The deal will exclude investments of the SCMP, including the newspaper’s newsroom in the Causeway Bay district.The assets being acquired generated HK$1.2 billion in revenues and HK$136.2 million in pre-tax report last year. Kuok’s Kerry Group took control of the SCMP in 1993 from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, paying $349 million to acquire a 35% stake.The sale of the 112-year-old English newspaper to Chinese billionaire and Alibaba founder Jack Ma has also created uncertainty over the editorial direction following acquisition.”I think it will be interesting to see if the existing reporters and editorial staff would like to continue. It’s worth watching,” said James Sung, a political analyst at City University of Hong Kong.Alibaba Executive Vice-Chairman Joe Tsai denied his company “would compromise the newspaper’s editorial independence in a letter to readers”.The deal marks Alibaba Group Holding’s first foray into overseas media.last_img read more

City Employees Sue Houston To Defend SameSex Spousal BenefitsCity Employees Sue Houston To Defend SameSex Spousal Benefits

first_imgA trio of Houston city employees are suing the city, in order to preserve same-sex spousal benefits. The federal lawsuit comes as Houston is defending its right to grant such benefits against a challenge in Texas state court.LGBT civil rights organization Lambda Legal filed the suit on behalf of the three city employees. All three married their spouses before 2015, when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in its Obergefell v. Hodges decision.“States are looking for ways, who don’t like the decision, to kind of worm around it and limit it, and we just want the federal courts to put a stop to that now,” says Kenneth Upton, senior counsel for Lambda Legal. “And that’s what this lawsuit is attempting to do, is saying, look, this ultimately is a matter of federal law. Let’s get this resolved once and for all.”A pair of Houston taxpayers are suing the city, arguing the city broke Texas law by using tax dollars to pay same-sex spousal benefits. Earlier this year, the Texas Supreme Court threw out a lower court ruling in favor of the city.Houston officials did not respond to a request for comment on the Lambda Legal suit by this article’s posting. However, at the time of the state Supreme Court ruling, Mayor Sylvester Turner said the city will continue to pay spousal benefits to all eligible employees. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:08 Listen Xlast_img read more

Sip a martini in the school librarySip a martini in the school library

first_imgImagine Sipping a Cosmopolitan sitting inside the school library. Or having a pizza in the laboratory. Well, if school spells fun for you and if you are one of those adults who still fantasise about school, heading to Cafe Ludus might just hit the rewind button for you. While concept cafes and restaurants are an age-old concept, this one, with its cafeterias and libraries (complete with shelves and old radios and magazines on hangers) and an open terrace was actually quite interesting. Adding to the quirky factor is the menu card. Every page has some doodle or food-related graphic, making ‘visual’ that much more interesting. However, Cafe Ludus needs to work on the lighting — it is quite dim in most places.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’They have a separate section for an ‘all-day breakfast’, may be for PLUs who combine a lot of meals together and still want to ‘have breakfast’. Hmmmm, now that’s a thought.   The cuisine is mostly comfort and cafe style. So you have your usual pizzas and pastas, paninis and risottos. A lot of the dishes have been given Greek names to go with the concept. However, ordering will not be a tall task because the menu clearly specifies what each dish is made of. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe food here is good. I liked most dishes that I ordered so I will suggest that you can take your pick according to your preferences when you visit. The portions are good and can be shared by 2-3 people. The lack of an alcohol license is a spoiler but that should be in place soon. Till then, enjoy the mocktails. Hey pssst! Do visit the washroom before you leave, even if you don’t need to.DETAILAt: Cafe Ludus, 24 & 25, 2nd Floor, MGF Metropolitian Mall, SaketTimings: Noon to 1 amPhone: 9599426426 Meal for Two: Rs 1,800 approxlast_img read more

Varied colours of expressionVaried colours of expression

first_imgThe Capital is soon going to witness a unique exhibition that displays the variety of sources that inspire artistes to create great works. Ekam: Towards the Countless… is an attempt to create that variety through artistes who have a different visage towards their creations. It is a unique attempt at being one, being united, being diversified. The show will display paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramics. Eminent artistes like – Satish Gujral, Niren Sen Gupta and Siddhartha Tagore of Art Consult Gallery are the special guests for the event that will open on 21 August. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition has been curated by 4th Wall Art and managing partners are Priyanka Dua and Gaurav Chawla who are also participating in the exhibition.The other participating artistes are – Amita Gupta, Amrit Kapoor, Anand Krishnan, Asim Pal, Bhaskar Nayar, Bheem Malhotra, Chand Kumar Doliya, Devji Shrimali, Gaurav Chawla, Gayatri Tandon,  Geetika Sangwan, Kamaljeet, Kapil Kapoor, Kristine Michael, Harminder Singh Boparai,  Meenakshi Wadhwa, Mishika Chawla, Nandita Richie, Neerajj Mittra, Nidhi Desai, Prabhinder Lall, Prince Chand, Priyanka Dua, Radhika Seksaria, Raosaheb Gurav,  Ruchi Chadha, Sangeeta Sharma, Sonal Kabra, Shikha Osan, Swati Pasari, Umesh Hatkhambar, Nidhi Sehgal and Vikash Kalra. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEach has worked on his or her own through a personal quest, with diverging visions and unique working methods, and yet united with common faith that art must prevail. There is a ten-year old girl who has her own way of saying what she wants through her art.The artistes are as varied as the works of art they display. If some are moved by emotions which they express through colours, others feel this is the work of their sub-conscious mind. Some of them are looking for their destiny or spirituality through their work, and there are some who feel the journey of life throws out different experiences for men or women. Some look for inspiration at nature, and others who find it in the deep recesses of the human mind or human relationships, and even in music or books. So head over!When: 21 to 24 AugustWhere: Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi RoadTiming: 11 am to 7 pmlast_img read more

Olly Alexander wants a thruple – but this is his preferred arrangementOlly Alexander wants a thruple – but this is his preferred arrangement

first_img‘And suddenly, there was just an explosion of pain and conflict.’‘Clubs are almost like queer churches’Speaking about his love of clubbing, Olly furthermore continued: ‘I think a lot about how clubs are almost like queer churches. You go and congregate and you dance. That’s always been a sacred experience for me, although it’s been both positive and negative.’Years and Years’ new album Palo Santo is out on 6 July. Their last album Communion sold over a million copies worldwide.[embedded content]Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Olly Alexander | Photo: Press shot Years and Years’ Olly Alexander has spoken about wanting to be in a thruple relationship – adding the caveat that he would still want to live by himself. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘What I think would suit me was if I was in a thruple and the other two guys lived in a house nearby,’ he tells the BBC in a new interview.‘I could visit them every now and then and they’d cook me dinner, and then I could just go home and watch TV by myself.’Speaking about one of his past lovers, the Sanctify singer added: ‘He told me was straight and we became friends, and at a certain point the relationship tipped over into something more intimate – and it felt like we were becoming lovers.center_img GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Years and Years singer documents struggle with eating disorderYears & Years’ Olly Alexander on Grindr, sex with straight guys inspiring new songYears & Years release new ‘petty’ song about gay heartbreakRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Foundation helps the community of Ladysmith and surrounding areasFoundation helps the community of Ladysmith and surrounding areas

first_imgThe Al-Imdaad Foundation, in partnership with the Office of the Mayor and the Al-Imdaad United Kingdom (UK) office, launched the ‘Slice for Life’ programme at Ladysmith Provincial Hospital.The programme was launched at the hospital on Tuesday (January 16), with hospital management, members of Al-Imdaad from South Africa and the United Kingdom, and lastly Mayor Vincent Madlala in attendance.The foundation runs this programme all over Africa, in over 40 hospitals and clinics throughout the continent.Al-Imdaad local project co-ordinator Mr Abed Karrim, along with the UK members, came out in their numbers to the hospital and kicked off the project in fine style by handing out sandwiches to all patients in the casualty area.The patients were delighted to receive the food, as many of them leave their homes early in the morning to make their way to the hospital.The contingent of members also visited the ward for premature babies, with whom the Al-Imdaad Foundation works closely, donating numerous items which are used by the mothers and nurses in the ward.Also read: Al-Imdaad Foundation brings relief to Ladysmith residents with waterAlso read: Al-Imdaad Foundation helps stroke victimRead also: Al-Imdaad Foundation co-ordinator wins Community Builder Award WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The team, along with the mayor and senior members from the hospital, also travelled to the Driefontein area.Mr Abdus Smad Moolla, who is the Al-Imdaad director in the UK, said they are passionate about assisting the community and it has been a learning process for the many volunteers in getting rid of poverty in the rural areas of KZN and in Ladysmith.In the Driefontein area, the Al-Imdaad UK team (with their volunteers and South African Al-Imdaad Foundation members) handed out food parcels to the families who were affected by a massive hailstorm that hit the area in December. This was all done in conjunction with the Office of the Mayor.They then visited the Phela Mtwana Centre, where children who are malnourished go for support and help. The centre has been adopted by the Al-Imdaad Foundation, who have given them scales, bedding and many other things that help the growing and care process of babies from the area.The community were delighted with everything they received from the Al-Imdaad Foundation.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Unemployment increases despite economic growthUnemployment increases despite economic growth

first_imgNo related posts. Results of the “Continuous Employment Survey” released Wednesday by the National Statistics and Census Institute (INEC) indicates that the unemployment rate for the first quarter of 2012 was 10.4 percent, a higher figure than the 9.8 percent reported the same period last year.Maria Elena González, manager of INEC, said the drop is due to the economic recovery of mid-2011, which prompted more people to seek work. This increases the rate of unemployment.In early 2011, the unemployment rate was 9.8 percent. It rose to 10.9 percent in the second and third quarter, then dropped to 10.4 percent in the fourth quarter, remaining the same in the first quarter of this year.INEC experts say that the Costa Rican industry sector can be considered stable, but the construction sector has shown a dramatic increase from the early fall of 2011.The “Continuous Employment Survey” provides new statistical research on job market development, and is published four times a year. The investigation involves visiting 9,024 homes per quarter, and each home data remains in the sample for four quarters. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Panama and Costa Rica agree to strengthen border securityPanama and Costa Rica agree to strengthen border security

first_imgRelated posts:‘The Beast’: Costa Rica’s new crime-fighting machine Is ‘El Chapo’ in Costa Rica? Probably not, but he wouldn’t be the first kingpin to flee here Cúcuta: Colombia’s city of contraband and a broken Bolivarian dream Defendants captured aboard supposed drug vessel accuse U.S. authorities of torture Panama and Costa Rica, the only two countries on the Central American isthmus with no army, are strengthening security cooperation in the face of drug trafficking and other global threats.The 330-kilometer border shared by Panama and Costa Rica is an area that’s highly vulnerable to organized crime, including drug and weapons trafficking, as well as smuggling. Both countries rely on their police forces for national security. Lax security measures along the border also allow criminals in one country to easily cross the border in an attempt to avoid arrest.Panamanian and Costa Rican authorities met on Feb. 11 and 12 in the western Panamanian city of Bocas del Toro and agreed to step up coordination and create a joint task force “for more efficient crime fighting,” according to Panama’s Security Minister Rodolfo Aguilera. Aguilera presided over the talks with his recently-appointed Costa Rican counterpart, Gustavo Mata.Aguilera also said the two countries agreed to training, joint border surveillance and to exchange information and security technology.In an interview with The Tico Times, Mata said the countries also discussed creating a joint task force made up of police officers from both sides of the border.The talks were attended by Rosso Serrano, who headed the Colombian National Police from 1994 to 2000. Serrano is credited with having masterminded the dismantling of the Cali and Medellín drug cartels.Honduran Security Minister Julián Pacheco, who was sworn in this month by President Juan Orlando Hernández, also attended the meeting as an observer.A meeting to discuss cooperation among Costa Rican, Panamanian and Honduran police forces is being scheduled for later this year, Costa Rican authorities said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

1 Sunbathe and celebspot on South Beach Known as1 Sunbathe and celebspot on South Beach Known as

first_img1. Sunbathe and celeb-spot on South BeachKnown as SoBe to locals, South Beach is the most famous and arguably the coolest part of Miami. Here are miles of white sand, beach bars, water sports facilities, shopping promenades and restaurants. As well as topping up your tan, it’s a great place for people-watching – there’s always a chance of spotting a celeb.Address: 33139 – the beach runs alongside Downtown. 3. Go shopping on Lincoln Road‘The Road’ is Miami’s answer to New York’s 5th Avenue. A pedestrian-only promenade, it boasts retail offerings from Victoria’s Secret to Macy’s, Armani to Oakley. There are loads of eating options on the prom to fuel your bargain hunting, from seafood to tacos, gourmet pizza to Argentine steak.Address: Lincoln Rd Mall, Miami Beach, FL 33139 9. Visit the EvergladesIf you love the great outdoors, take a trip out of Miami to the Everglades National Park. Its 1.5 million acres of wild swampland and forests is home to alligators, tree frogs, manatees and birds such as the pretty-in-pink roseate spoonbill. For a fast-paced sightseeing tour, take an airboat ride, although getting close to the rarest creatures takes a little more patience.Address: 40001 State Road 9336 Homestead, FL 33034Cost: $20 per vehicle. Tours with airboats can be booked in Downtown Miami. 4. Monkey around at Jungle IslandJungle Island used to be called Parrot Jungle, but it’s been upgraded and is now home to monkeys, leopards, llamas, tigers, warthogs, reptiles, lemurs, orang-utans, marmosets and many more. It’s an interactive zoo experience where you can get up close and personal and even feed some of the inhabitants.Address: 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132Opening times: 10am – 5pmCost: $39.95 per adult, $32.95 per child 5. Go clubbingAs Will Smith once sang, “Party in the city where the heat is on. All night on the beach ’til the break of dawn…” Home to the Winter Music Conference, the biggest dance music gathering outside Ibiza, Miami is clubbing central. To live the celeb lifestyle, check out Miami beach clubs such as Club Space, Cameo, LIV, Set and Lounge and Mansion where you’ll find everything from A-List DJs to dancers in giant martini glasses. Just remember that a lot of these places have a strict dress code, so be sure to get changed out of the flip-flops! 2. Admire the architecture in the Art Deco Historic DistrictThe Historic District has 960 colourful art deco buildings from the 1920s and ’30s within a single square mile. Hire an audio kit from the Art Deco Welcome Center, so you can go on a self-guided tour of the Art Deco District.Address: 1001 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 8. Have a whale of a time at Miami SeaquariumVisit America’s oldest oceanarium, open since 1955 and former home of movie superstar dolphin Flipper. See sharks, stingrays, crocodiles, turtles, tropical birds, sea lions and killer whales, with eight shows daily. Address: 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149Opening times: 10am – 6pmCost: $59.99 per adult, $49.99 per child 6. Go museum-hoppingIf you’re more into culture than clubbing, Miami is home to some amazing museums, such as the Wolfsonian-FIU, the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MoCA) and the Museum of Science which features a planetarium and birds of prey. 7. Hang out in Little HavanaLittle Havana is Miami’s Latin quarter, home, as the name might suggest, to a large Cuban community. Take a walk down the main road Calle Ocho and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into Havana. If you’re visiting in March, look out for the huge annual street party which is a singing, dancing and feasting spectacular. 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Be amazed by Vizcaya Museum and GardensThis incredible site was built for millionaire bachelor James Deering in 1916. He was obsessed with the idea of living in a place that looked like a 16th century Italian villa, so he hired 1000 people to construct the house and garden, a task which took over seven years. You can wander around the 34 lavish, antique-filled rooms, while imagining the parties that Deering hosted for film stars. After you’ve toured the villa, take a stroll around the landscaped gardens decorated with statues, fountains and lakes.Address: 3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33129Opening times: 9.30am – 4.30pmCost: $18last_img read more

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first_imgPolice warned motorists on Monday evening of rock and mudslides on mountainous roads in the Limassol district and of dense fog in the Paphos and Troodos areas.The road between Gerasa and Kalo Chorio, pilode said, is closed in both directions due to rock and mudslides.Rock and mudslides have also occurred on the Zoopigi to Agros road, where heavy rainfall and dense fog prevail resulting in limited visibility.Police warned of restricted visibility due to fog also on the Paphos to Polis Chrysochous, Peyia to Polis Chrysochous and Agia Varvara to Panayia roads.The road to the bridge of the Tzielefos river, from Ayios Nicolaos to Pera Vasa remains closed to traffic, police said.Some roads that that lead to Troodos are open only to vehicles with four-wheel drive or snow chains. This concerns the Karvounas to Troodos, Platres to Troodos and Prodromos to Troodos roads. In these areas, police said, there is heavy rain and dense fog, resulting in limited visibility for the passing drivers.There are also strong winds in the areas of Zygi, Kofinou and Kiti, but no problems have been reported concerning the road network.On Monday afternoon there were power outages mainly in Limassol and Paphos, caused by damage to the grid due to intense weather conditions.  In Trachoni, in the Limassol district, strong winds cut a tree that fell on electricity cables.Police said no serious problems have been reported concerning the road network in the urban areas but, due to heavy rainfall in various areas across the island, motorists are urged to drive safely, at a low speed, keep a safe distance from the vehicles ahead of them and comply with the road traffic code and traffic signs to avoid road accidents.The public is advised to check the latest announcements on the road network through the Cyprus Police mobile phone application and on, as well as the police social media.You May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchBack Pain Treatments That Might Surprise You. Search For Back Pain TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndo Three arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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