Bid On Celebrity Eyewear And Benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles

first_imgUnique eyewear designer, Stevie Boi, is auctioning off some of his celebrity-worn items to raise money for AIDS Project Los Angeles on Closets For Causes.Steve Boi Charity AuctionStevie Boi has teamed up with Closets For Causes to auction off some of his one-of-a-kind glasses like the ones worn by Anna Dello Russo, Fergie and Eva Marcille.Fans have the opportunity to bid on the Attackz shades and limited edition gold-spiked eye patch seen on and adored by Anna Dello Russo, the Fergz glasses rocked by Fergie during her Black Eyed Peas performance for Science is Rock and Roll, the Shines shades that were fiercely worn by America’s Next Top Model winner Eva Marcille, and a pair that graced the cover of Vogue Italia. In addition to these eye-catching sunglasses, Closets For Causes is also auctioning hand-painted tees, adorned with images of celebrity icons that were part of an exclusive collaboration with Anthony Pieters for Australia Fashion Week 2011.The Baltimore native has pushed the boundaries with his latest collection, “Leather” which features dark, sexy and chic pieces. His pieces have been worn by daring stars who push the limits of fashion. Stevie’s big break was landing his eyewear on the cover of the Vogue Italia November 2011 issue, shot by Steven Meisel plus an additional six page spread entitled The A Train featuring pieces from his collection “Coexist”. Stevie Boi now specializes in high fashion, runway, ready-wear shades and accessories, and is a favorite of Vogue Japan Editor-at-Large Anna Dello Russo.“I am very excited to team up with Closets For Causes on this campaign. I make fearless sunglasses so people can be who they are while rockin’ their own style. I’m honored to help support the fight against AIDS, and have my creations touch more lives than just those who wear them” says Stevie Boi.AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), one of the largest non-profit AIDS service organizations in the United States, provides bilingual direct services, prevention education, and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation.In 2013, APLA marks its 30th year of operation and is a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach. Annually, the agency provides direct services and HIV prevention education to more than 11,000 clients in Los Angeles, a city with the second-largest HIV/AIDS epidemic in the nation.“We are extremely happy to have the support of Stevie Boi. His decision to support our efforts to end the spread of HIV/AIDS and get those infected with the disease into the medical care system so that they can live happy, healthy and productive lives is commendable” says Clarence Williams, Corporate & Major Gifts Officer.Find out more here.last_img read more

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Nigerian UN officer donates uniforms to Liberian National Police

13 April 2007In another example of the ongoing personal contributions made by United Nations uniformed personnel to the countries where they are deployed, a Nigerian police officer serving with the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has provided sets of uniforms and accessories worth $7,000 to the national police there. Aliyu Abubakar’s donation to the Liberia National Police (LNP) includes 60 sets of police uniform, 60 reflective jackets, 100 pocket notebooks, 110 hand gloves, 50 Fez caps, 60 reflective hand bands and 60 whistles. It came in fulfillment of a promise he made last year when the LNP launched the programme “Help the Police to Help You” to appeal to the public for assistance, UNMIL said in a news release. “This is the small way I can assist enhance the capacity of the Liberian police and ensure that UNMIL achieves its mandate,” Mr. Abubakar said in presenting the items. The Nigerian police officer called for the institution of a monthly motivational package for officers of the Traffic Unit of the LNP, pledging that each month he would personally sew a new police uniform for the three most dedicated officers in the unit. Receiving the items, LNP Deputy Inspector-General of Police for Administration, Asatu Bah Kenneth praised Mr. Abubakar as a police officer who approaches his duty with humility, love, and commitment. UN Police Coordinator for Reform and Restructuring, Mohammed Thatha, also hailed Mr. Abubakar for his concern for the public appearance of the LNP traffic officers, saying that with their daily interaction with the public, traffic officers carry the image of the police. “The image of the police depends largely on the appearance and conduct of the traffic officer,” he pointed out, adding that UNMIL is committed to helping re-build the image of the LNP to regain the trust of the people. In another development, UNMIL chief Alan Doss on Thursday commissioned the newly rehabilitated Owensgrove Police Station, some 50 kilometres south of the country’s capital Monrovia, which was renovated by the Mission. The completion of the project brings to 25 the total number of police stations constructed and rehabilitated under the UNMIL Quick Impact Projects programme in eleven counties. “UNMIL recognizes that without the rule of law and the presence of the police, it would be difficult to stimulate economic recovery,” Mr. Doss said, noting that effective policing could only be done with the active support and involvement of the communities. Thanking UNMIL, Ms. Asatu Bah Kenneth challenged her fellow LNP officers to demonstrate a high degree of professionalism and responsibility in the discharge of their duties. “This will ensure that the people of Owensgrove can feel safe and have a sense of security,” said County Superintendent Julia Duncan Cassell. UNMIL was established in 2003 to support Liberia’s ceasefire and peace process, and currently has over 15,200 uniformed personnel, along with around 500 international civilian personnel, almost 1,000 local staff and 220 UN Volunteers. Late last month, the Security Council extended UNMIL’s mandate and, citing progress in a number of areas including the re-integration of former fighters, asked the Secretary-General to report on plans to draw down the level of blue helmets in Liberia. Mr. Doss has assured Liberians that UNMIL would not leave the job half done. “We have a lot of work to do to ensure that those trained are out there to help protect the people of Liberia and that they have the means to do it.” read more

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UN convening power can help bolster development initiatives

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) continued its 2005 substantive session yesterday with a review of operational activities for development cooperation. Jose Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, said that increasing the volume of financial contributions and improving the ways in which those contributions were secured was essential to the UN system’s capacity to help Member States achieve their goals and objectives – including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – that constituted the UN Development Agenda.The UN’s development role focused not on financial aid, but on building national capacity. To maintain that capacity, three essential ingredients were necessary: strong “unearmarked” or “core-funding;” good management practices and corresponding reforms within the UN system. The latter two were driven, in part, by a concern for greater efficiency. That greater efficiency, in turn, was as crucial in the use of development aid as increasing aid levels, he said.Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director, UN Population Fund (UNFPA), stressed that development was a human process that needed to stay focused on people. “Yes, development is about building capacity. But it is also about building trust, building relationships and building momentum to unleash energy and accelerated action.”She went on to describe a number of challenges ahead, as the UNFPA used its experience and responsibility to leverage national and international resources to help meet the internationally agreed-upon goals and targets and the priorities set by the international community.One challenge was setting performance measures as incentives for staff to make the necessary shifts, as the agency provides an environment that supports and motivates them. Another challenge was achieving the right mix of staff and skills at the country level, away from project-based to sector-level working. Yet another challenge is placing more attention on enhancing south-south cooperation and enhancing collaborative regional support for capacity development and technical assistance.Bruce Jenks, Assistant Administrator and Director, Bureau for Resources and Strategic Partnerships (BRSP) of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), said that deep, underlying tensions within the current development financing system could not be easily resolved.In looking at development financing, it was necessary to focus on “critical mass funding”, or simply what was needed to get the job done. Conflicts sometimes arose between development ownership and concerns about delivery and capacity, if new sums of funding arrived. The starting point was not a funding crisis in the UN system, but to assure that the critical mass of funding would do the job. It was fine to have broad discussions about reform and structures, but challenges often lay in particular countries, rather than in the general sense. read more

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UN to hold solemn series of events in memory of Holocaust victims

Over six decades after the liberation of the Nazi death camps began, the United Nations this week will hold a series of solemn events culminating on Friday with the first universal observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.The activities, which are being organized by the UN Department of Public Information, stem from the General Assembly’s decision, taken one year ago, to designate the International Day on 27 January, the date the Auschwitz camp fell to allied forces in 1945.The 191-member Assembly adopted that resolution by consensus. Its provisions reject any denial of the Holocaust as a historical event and condemn all manifestations of religious intolerance, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief, whenever they occur.Welcoming its adoption at the time, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the annual event would serve as an important reminder of the universal lessons of the Holocaust and pledged to mobilize civil society for Holocaust remembrance and education in order to help prevent future acts of genocide.Activities this week will include the UN Chronicle e-alert on Holocaust and genocide-related articles. The e-alert can be accessed by visiting www.un.org/Pubs/chronicle/e_alert.asp. On Tuesday, the Under-Secretary-General for Public Information, Shashi Tharoor, will open a travelling exhibit entitled “Remembrance and Beyond: No Child’s Play” from Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum. The opening at UN Headquarters will feature a high school student reading the poem “Dream,” written in the Lodz ghetto by Avremek Koplowitz, a 13-year old who later perished at Auschwitz. That evening, the UN will screen the movie “Fateless,” based on the novel by the same name by Nobel Literature Laureate Imre Kertesz which follows a 14-year Jewish boy from Budapest to the Buchenwald concentration camp. On Thursday, the UN’s weekly NGO briefing will be devoted to the issue, featuring Ambassador Dan Gillerman of Israel and Judea Pearl, President of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. Their remarks will focus on promoting tolerance, cross-cultural understanding and communication. The same evening, a candlelight vigil will be held in the UN Visitors’ Lobby where Holocaust survivors and others will gather for a solemn ceremony. Six Holocaust survivors, representing the six million perished, will read excerpts from the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Friday’s events will feature a programme that will begin with a message from Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Other participants will include a number of dignitaries as well as Holocaust survivor Gerda Klein, who will be introduced by Roman Kent, Chairman of the American Gathering of Jewish Survivors of the Holocaust. The programme will include the first lecture in a proposed annual series on the theme “Remembrance and Beyond” by Professor Yehuda Bauer, Advisor to the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research. It will be webcast live at: www.un.org/webcast/index.asp. read more

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Negative forces at work in DR Congo threaten largely peaceful relations across

The UN’s outgoing Special Envoy for Africa’s Great Lakes region on Tuesday said countries there had made “important steps towards durable peace and stability” in the last 20 years, resulting in a region that is now “largely peaceful”.Said Djinnit, told the Security Council that “this progress notwithstanding, the continue presence of negative forces in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), perpetuates insecurity and mistrust between some countries.”He noted that allegations that some neighbouring countries had given support to some of the armed groups that operate with relative impunity in restive eastern DRC and across its borders, “continue to threaten cordial relations and stability”. UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeSaid Djinnit, Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, briefs the Security Council on the situation in the Great Lakes region.“They are compounded by the continuing illegal exploitation and trade of natural resources”, across the mineral-rich countryside of DRC, which has funded so much of the militia violence, said the envoy, and “the re-emergence of tensions between some countries of the region have further hampered efforts to yield the full potential of cooperation”, he warned.Mr. Djinnit said that ending the chronic instability and violence resulting from armed militia activity, required the “sustained attention” of Council members, noting that “greater regional cooperation will be necessary to effectively neutralize the negative forces operating in eastern DRC, and transform natural resources into vehicles of shared prosperity.”The Special Envoy – whose more than four-year term of office ends this month – said that there was a “continued need to strengthen existing confidence-building mechanisms” and “opportunities for dialogue” between the 13 countries of the region, “to address differences where they exist, and strengthen the trust and cooperation between them.” read more

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Adams honoured for decade of excellence

Lined up at Wednesday’s event were, from left, Chris Critelli, Murray Nystrom, Ward Dilse, Lorne Adams, Joe Kenny and Maureen Connelly.Lorne Adams was surrounded by family, friends and colleagues on Wednesday night as more than 120 people filled Brock’s Bob Davis Gym to honour Adams’ contributions to Brock Athletics over the past decade.Besides being left speechless at the presentation of a rowing shell which has been named the Dr. Lorne Adams, the guest of honour also got some roasting at the hands of his close friends OUA Executive Director Ward Dilse, professor Maureen Connolly and Brock’s head athletic therapist Joe Kenny.Dilse and Brock interim director of Athletics Chris Critelli also presented Adams with a signed OUA Championship banner and a Brock Badgers game day chair.Adams stepped down this past summer after 10 years as Brock’s director of Athletics, during which time he oversaw 50 championships in various sports, including 31 provincial and 19 national titles.Adams’ passion for sport and commitment to education has inspired students to exceed their goals in the game and in the classroom, and helped redefine the term “student-athlete”.Besides his many athletic achievements, Adams won the prestigious national 3M Canada Teaching Fellowship Award in 2004.Adams has served as a faculty member, administrator, coach and director of Athletics in his 35 years at Brock. Some of his more memorable moments in athletics came when Brock won the men’s soccer national title in 2002, the men’s national basketball crown in 2007- 08, and a remarkable eight straight Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s wrestling national championships. read more

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Ohio State mens tennis sets NCAA record with 185th straight home win

Redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz and other members of the OSU men’s tennis team are congratulated by OSU Director of Athletics and Vice President Gene Smith after a match against Northwestern. OSU won, 4-3, to set the NCAA record for consecutive home wins with 185.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerMore than a decade of dominance was culminated in history for the Ohio State men’s tennis team against Northwestern.The No. 2 Buckeyes (20-2, 5-0) defeated the No. 28 Wildcats, 4-3, Friday at the Varsity Tennis Center for their 185th consecutive home victory, the most by any team in NCAA history.The Stanford women’s tennis previously held the record, going undefeated in Palo Alto, Calif., from 1999-2011. The Buckeyes began their home dominance with a 5-2 win over Purdue April 5, 2003.“Obviously you’re happy for the guys in the room. They were able to come together and fight,” OSU coach Ty Tucker said. “For five or six straight matches all we do is talk about the streak.  People come out, there’s excitement around tennis because of the streak. Every time we have to rise up and win and we were able to do it. And it wasn’t easy.”The Wildcats (12-8, 1-3) did their best to come in and put an end to the streak and send the crowd — one that included OSU Director of Athletics and Vice President Gene Smith — home in disappointment.Doubles play began with the Buckeye duo of redshirt-junior Hunter Callahan and redshirt-freshman Ralf Steinbach breaking serve early and holding on to beat sophomore Mihir Kumar and freshman Konrad Zieba, 8-6.The Buckeyes’ No. 6-ranked team of senior Peter Kobelt and redshirt-junior Kevin Metka stayed on serve all match with senior Raleigh Smith and freshman Sam Shropshire. In the tiebreak though, Kobelt took over. He was responsible for five points en route to the 8-7 (7-2) victory, securing the doubles point and putting OSU just only three singles wins away from the record.The Wildcats came out strong in singles, earning three first set wins. Unfortunately for them, they needed one more.Metka was off first, breaking Kumar’s serve once each set and holding his own serve the whole match to win 6-3, 6-3.Mere minutes after Metka’s victory, Steinbach dominated his second set tiebreak to defeat junior Alex Pasareanu 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).With only one more win needed to go down in history, OSU turned again to Kobelt, the captain and lone senior on the squad.After cruising in the first set, Kobelt found himself tied at five with Smith in their second set. Sensing the match was within grasp, he finally got the break he needed and crossed the court with the chance to win on his serve.With recording devices of all kind in the air trying to capture the moment, Kobelt fired a huge serve that Smith barely returned over the net. When the ball just made it over, Kobelt smashed it into the corner for the winner and 6-1, 7-5 victory.Afterwards, Kobelt said he knew he had the opportunity to close things out.“Our coaches always tell us not to watch the scoreboard, but it’s a pretty nice and big scoreboard, so you end up catching yourself looking up at it,” Kobelt said. “There was a moment where I was like ‘It’s going to come down to me.’”Although the remaining matches had to be finished before the teams could head to the locker rooms, the crowd stayed the whole time to give the Buckeyes the ovation they deserved.“I’ll be thinking about it for the rest of my life,” Metka said. “We’ll be in the record books. It’s a really big accomplishment. I’m proud of everyone.”Despite having an indoor national championship in hand and now an NCAA record, Tucker still wants improvement from his team down the final stretch. Especially with No. 10 Illinois set to come to town Sunday.“There’s a lot of work left to do and we have to find a way,” Tucker said “A couple spots didn’t show up tonight, so we have to find a way to get that improved over the next 24 to 48 hours.”The Buckeyes are scheduled take on the Fighting Illini at 12 p.m. Sunday at the Varsity Tennis Center. read more

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Sandvik intelligent trucks automate haulage with AutoMine

first_imgSandvik is introducing new intelligent mining trucks for automated haulage, delivering tangible benefits in safety, productivity and profitability. Paired with AutoMine® Trucking, mines can increase haulage production by as much as 30%. The new Sandvik TH551i and Sandvik TH663i trucks are designed for intelligent mine production. “The high-capacity trucks are safer, efficient and easy to maintain with low cost per tonne. An integrated weighing system helps operators ensure a full payload every trip.”The new trucks essentially deliver increased production with no increase in fixed costs. Multi-machine control and improved operating discipline can reduce operating costs by as much as 50%. Better availability and improved performance mean that mines can achieve the same production volume with fewer trucks. The addition of four to eight productive hours each day, which otherwise would be wasted for blast clearance, can increase production by as much as 30% compared with conventional trucks, says Sandvik.“By removing the operator from the truck and running the entire trucking loop autonomously, mines can achieve significant operational cost savings and efficiency gains that are unheard of using traditional current underground trucking methods,” says Mark Ryan, Product Line Manager Trucks at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. “We’ve proven these benefits with automation projects at mines from Canada to South Africa.“Our focus areas in automating these trucks were the safety of operators and other personnel,” says Jarkko Ruokojärvi, Product Line Manager Equipment Automation at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. “We’re relocating operators from underground to the surface and isolating the automation area, as well as reducing decline safety hazards caused by operator fatigue.”The new evolution in AutoMine® Trucking is decline haulage, which enables high-level utilisation and improved productivity also in declines for underground hard rock miners who use ramp haulage. This helps enable several additional daily hours of haulage with automation. Haulage-level automation has been in operation since 2005 at Petra Diamonds’ Finsch mine in South Africa, and now the same proven technology is also available for decline ramp applications.The new intelligent trucks have inbuilt data collection capabilities, ensuring all information can be visualised at any time. Every load is analysed and high speed continuous production in autonomous mode enables higher utilisation and extended equipment lifetime.last_img read more

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Grand Theft Auto V Special and Collectors editions announced

first_imgAs soon as Grand Theft Auto V was announced retailers started allowing you to place a speculative pre-order. However, we didn’t know about any special editions of the game until today, and now Rockstar Games has announced two of them.First up we’ve got the GTA V Special Edition, which includes the following extras:Blueprint Map – 21.5 x 26.75-inch map of Los Santos and Blaine County complete with points of interestOutfits and Tattoos – bonus outfits and tattoos for all three main player charactersSpecial Ability Boost – allows each character’s special ability bar to regenerate 25% fasterSteelbook and Artwork – metallic casing for the game disc including exclusive double-sided artworkStunt Plane Trails – added challenges for the player involving stunt plane trailsWeapons – Ammunation will offer the pistol, .50, Bullpup shotgun, and Hammer for free If that isn’t enough for you, then there’s the Collector’s Edition. It includes everything from the Special Edition as well as the following extras:Custom Characters for GTA Online – in the Grand Theft Auto Online Character Creation System you’ll have access to characters from older GTA gamesNew Era 9FIFTY Snapback Cap – exclusive cap with Los Santos embroidered on the front, Rockstar Games on the left side, and the GTA V logo on the right sideSecurity Deposit Bag and Logo Key – 10.75 x 8.5-inch money bag with a pop-up lock for the key complete with Rockstar logo and security mountUnique Garage and Vehicles – custom garage that has a 1930’s-style Hotknife hotrod and CarbonRS sports bike already inside. For GTA Online you get the Khamelion electric car.Premium Box – outer packaging is a matte, scuff-resistant film lamination box with foil embossed GTA V logoOf course, you’ll be paying quite the premium to get hold of one of these editions. While the standard game is set to cost $59.99, the Special Edition is $79.99. The Collector’s Edition is only for the hardcore GTA player though, as it costs $149.99. Quantities of both editions are thought to be very limited, so if you want either one you need to pre-order it ASAP.Now read: Open world action: 7 games like Grand Theft Autolast_img read more

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Double Fine launches second Kickstarter game SRPG Massive Chalice

first_imgAlmost a millennium ago (in internet time), Double Fine kickstarted the Kickstarter craze for the video game industry with what is now known as Broken Age. Since then, it seems nearly every game developer — indie or otherwise — has attempted to gain funding for a project through the crowdfunding platform. Now, even though Broken Age has yet to release, Double Fine is throwing another plea into the please-give-us-money engine in the form of Massive Chalice, a strategy RPG.The game’s description wastes no time garnering the favor of every single SRPG fan, citing Fire Emblem, XCOM, and Final Fantasy Tactics as inspiration. If that weren’t enough, it then mentions the “array of noble families” found in Game of Thrones as another source of inspiration, going after the favor of the rest of the internet.Aside from the sweet feeling you get from positioning a unit to the side or back of an enemy before an attack in order to gain a damage bonus, the main hook of Massive Chalice appears to be a multi-generational campaign in which you have to take care of your soliders so they can survive the war, retire as a soldier, then mate and generate offspring that can grow up to fight in the war. Permadeath, as the Kickstarter description says, is inevitable. If your character doesn’t die on the field, it will eventually die of old age, which is why you’d want to get your soldiers married off and mating before they can’t leave you with kids to thrust into the grim reality of war.The multi-generational aspect isn’t just a gameplay gimmick, but woven into the story: The world is faced with a demonic invasion that’s said to last hundreds of years, and since people don’t last that long, they’ll need to make more people to continue the fight. The game employs some of the randomization found in roguelikes, as you start each game with a random set of units, and some events in the game happen randomly.Since Double Fine, a Tim Schafer company, is hosting the Kickstarter, the video is actually pretty amusing — it’s a sketch rather than a bunch of people telling you how their Kickstarter project makes them feel instead of what it actually is. It involves beard-shaving and brain surgery.The entry pledge runs $20, and will get you a copy of the game upon its release for Windows, Mac, or Linux, which will be free of DRM and available on Steam. A $50 pledge will net you early access, a soundtrack, behind-the-scenes videos, and a high-res art package. If you really love Tim Schafer (like the rest of us) and are rolling in dough (unlike the rest of us), you can pony up $10,000 to be invited to a board game night at Double Fine HQ in San Francisco.Head on over to the Kickstarter campaign page and give Double Fine some money for what already sounds like will be good game.Now read: Notch backs out of funding Psychonauts 2, says asking price is too highlast_img read more

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We feel you California Greek youth show solidarity amid devastating fires

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Young people from #Mati, Attiki in #Greece where during last summer 100 people died from horrific wildfires, reach out to the people of #California, #USA during their time of grief and pain. Once again the long enduring ties between #Greece and the #US are emphatically revealed pic.twitter.com/pcQEOEuV07— Spyros Litsas (@Spyros_Litsas) November 18, 2018Currently the death toll in California stands at 80, while over 1,200 people remain missing. Just over three months ago, fires ravaged east Attica in Greece, resulting in 99 people losing their lives.Still experiencing the aftereffects, the people of the region understand all too well what those in California currently facing the wildfires are going through.In a show of solidarity, young people in Mati, Neos Voutzas and Kokkino Limanaki have sent a message of hope.Holding placards in areas devastated by fire, they feature a simple, yet poignant message: “We feel you Calinfornia”.The photographs were tweeted by Spyros Litsas, Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Macedonia, and has since been retweeted by US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Byatt.last_img read more

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Ganja Bill Will Reduce Crime Free Up Police Resources

first_img HOUSE PASSES BILL TO EXPUNGE RECORDS FOR MINOR OFFENCES Related Items:ganja bill, peter bunting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Feb. 25 (JIS) – Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, said a regulated regime for the use of ganja can have positive benefits for law enforcement, including reducing organised crime, while enabling more efficient use of police resources.Minister Bunting was speaking in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (February 24), where the Bill to amend the Dangerous Drugs Act was passed.The Bill seeks to, among other things: make the possession of small quantities of ganja a non-arrestable offence and, to instead, make it a ticketable infraction that does not result in a criminal record.It also permits the use of ganja for religious, medical, scientific, and therapeutic purposes; and provides for the granting of licences for the development of a lawful industry for medical ganja and industrial hemp.Noting the impact on crime reduction, Minister Bunting said: “A regime for legal production and distribution of ganja eliminates the monopoly that organised criminals now have in this area and consequently reduce their funding for criminal enterprise.” He cited law enforcement reports, which suggest that since the regulated regimes for medicinal and recreational marijuana have come into effect in some states in the United States of America (USA), the price for Mexican marijuana has dropped by more than 50 per cent, making it uneconomical for many of the Mexican cartels to continue exporting to the USA. The Minister said the provision to make possession of small quantities of ganja a non-arrestable offence will reduce incarceration of young people, lessen the caseload in the Resident Magistrate’s Courts and enable more efficient and effective use of police resources.“One social cost of those thousands of arrests and convictions per year, over decades, has been to consign these young men to the margins of our economy. With a criminal record, they are unable to get many jobs, prohibited from farm work programmes, and restricted in their overseas travel. Ironically, by reducing their legitimate opportunities, it increases the likelihood of their involvement in criminal activity such as housebreaking, larceny, robbery, etcetera,” he said.He noted that already, the policy is enabling the police to deploy resources where they are most needed.“In 2014, with our policy direction already clear, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) arrested 5,300 fewer persons for minor offences, primarily possession of small quantities of ganja, than in 2013, thereby freeing tens of thousands of police man-hours to focus on serious criminals,” Mr. Bunting said.He also noted that the passage of the Bill will remove a source of friction between the police and the community, which will result in an improvement in police-citizen relations.The Minister, however, made it clear that the passage of the Bill does not create a “free- for-all” in the growing, transporting, dealing, or exporting of ganja. He said the security forces will continue to rigorously enforce Jamaica’s law consistent with international treaty obligations.Member of Parliament for St. Andrew North Eastern, Delroy Chuck, while welcoming the passage of the Bill, noted that persons should be encouraged not to excessively use ganja.“I have no doubt that the excessive use of marijuana, just like the excessive use of food or alcohol, is bad for the body. There can be no doubt that… we should be promoting the non-use of marijuana, cigarette smoking, and alcohol for good health,” Mr. Chuck said.For his part, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, noted that the establishment of a marijuana industry represents for Jamaica, a new and emerging sector with tremendous possibilities.He added that while the cannabis industry has been developing organically, every effort must now be made for it to achieve its full potential. “This means adopting a strong commercial approach, based on entrepreneurial practices that are market-driven, broad-based, and results in value-added outputs of both goods and services,” Mr. Hylton said.He noted that the Ministry has been involved in the efforts to establish a local medical marijuana industry, through the development of regulations, standards, intellectual property provisions, investment promotion, and the involvement of the micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME).Mr. Hylton also welcomed the provisions in the Bill for the creation of a Cannabis Licensing Authority to regulate hemp and medicinal ganja.Mr. Hylton noted that in moving the hemp industry forward, a cross Ministry consultative group has been established and draft regulations governing the establishment of industrial hemp as a viable investment opportunity has been developed, taking into consideration the role of the local farming community. “Much work has already been done by this consultative working group and further consultations towards finalisation of hemp regulations awaits the passage into law by this Honourable House,” he stated.In closing the debate, Mr. Bunting noted that the legislation was covering new ground and will be kept under constant review, while adding that the implementation of the provisions of the Bill will take some time.The legislation was passed in the Senate on Friday, February 6, with five amendments. 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Drogba on becoming a manager Why not I think I could

first_imgDidier Drogba reckons there is no reason why he wouldn’t make a great manager in his post-playing careerThe former Chelsea striker ended an impressive career on Wednesday after spending the last 18 months with USL side Phoenix Rising FC.Tributes have been flowing in from the likes of former Blues teammates Frank Lampard and John Terry.But Drogba, who played 104 times for the Ivory Coast, teased that the football world may not have seen the last of him yet.The 40-year-old said he could enter management, where he will be successful due to having worked under the likes of Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea.“I’ve met enough managers to make it possible,” Drogba told Sky Sports.“I’ve worked with a lot of managers – different skills, different approaches – and I’ve played with a lot of very good players who understand the game.“I learned so much that this could be an option, a good option.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“When you have Mourinho, Ancelotti, all these managers, and players like Frank Lampard, John Terry, Michael Ballack, Petr Cech, all these guys, you learn a lot.“In a dressing room, you experience so many things so when I ask if management could an option. Why not? I think I could do well.”For his final season of football, Drogba finished with seven goals and two assists in 12 games at Phoenix.“I’ve been here long enough and it’s about time to hang up my boots,” he added.“What a way to finish my career, what I’ve done with these young players in Phoenix over the past few weeks.“Having the chance to give something back after 20 years of playing to the next generation.“Having played in the US, Asia, Europe and with the national team in Africa, I think I’ve done it all.“Football is something I’ve been doing for 20 years, but besides that I’m doing different things and I want to be successful in those things.”last_img read more

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Ridgefield Little League fields unlocked again

first_imgRidgefield — Here’s the latest on the dogs vs. Little League conflict that arose last year at Abrams Park.The dog owners have promised to stop using the Ridgefield Little League baseball diamonds as de facto dog runs.After daily complaints to the city, what had been permanent padlocks on the Little League fields were eventually removed. So the fields are once again open to everyone (on two legs).A promised meeting between the dog owners and the Little League has not taken place, but dog advocate Dave Dunn made a presentation to the Ridgefield City Council regarding the ongoing search for a good site for a real off-leash dog park in Ridgefield.last_img read more

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Police search for suspect using stolen credit cards in Miramar

first_imgMIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a man who used stolen credit cards in Miramar.The cards were stolen out of a car at Miramar Regional Park, Wednesday morning.Surveillance video later captured the subject using the card at a nearby Publix and gas station.The subject managed to spend hundreds of dollars with the victim’s credit and debit cards.If you have any information on this subject, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Houstonians Ecstatic For Astros First World Series Title

first_img Share – / 20The wait has been 55 years in the making. And for Houston sports fans the Astros first World Series title has exorcised a lot of demons.The victory helps overcome the memories of the Oilers blowing a 35-3 lead against the Buffalo Bills in the ’92 NFL playoffs. Or Astros heartbreaking losses to the Phillies, and Dodgers, and Mets, and Braves in past playoffs.So it’s understandable that some Astros fans were cautiously optimistic about this year’s team. Shane Jackson said despite scoring five runs early in Game Seven, he wasn’t sure the Astros would win until the final out.MORE: Houston Matters Reflects On The Astros’ World Series Run“We are used to a lot of disappointment. Nothing’s over until it’s actually over, I mean, how many times have we sat there and said, “Oh we got this,” and all of a sudden, “What? Tenth inning, twelve – twelve? Come on.” Nobody sits there and expects to have to go through 25 runs to win a game. But, it happens,” said Jackson.For other Houston natives like Alley Schaich, confidence in the Astros grew as the team raced to the best record in baseball at the All Star break. But still she said the team managed to exceed expectations.“I was pretty excited earlier on in the summer when they were looking really good, but I definitely think they’d go this far,” she said.For Andrew Wenger, the path to the title makes the victory even sweeter. “The fact that we beat, Red Sox, Yankees, then Dodgers it’s three of the perennial best franchises in the league. It’s pretty incredible,” Wenger said. The World Series has also inspired him. “It was a lot of fun so I think tomorrow I’m getting season tickets.”Robert Menendez has a lot of family in Chicago that were able to celebrate the Cubs first Series win in 108 years. He said he’s looking forward to seeing them soon now that the Astros have won.“Well my family they got all tattoos for the first time, and just like laughing at ‘em, and it’s going to be funny when I go to Guatemala in the middle of the year just to show off my Astros tattoo,” said Melendez.For many Astro fans, Wednesday night’s win, means Thursday morning shopping. At the Academy Sports and Outdoors store near Midtown, Shane Carlisle said people started lining up for merchandise during the second inning of the game. When the game ended, the Academy communications specialist said hundreds were waiting.“We actually had boxes and boxes in the back of our stores ready to go a couple days before Game Seven. So as soon as that last out came across, we brought all the product out, slapped them on the table and starting selling products immediately after the game,” said Carlisle.Susan Wong was one of the hundreds in line this morning. “Dropped the kids off already and I have to go to work in late today, so this is how I’m spending my time,” Chong said.Hoarse from losing her voice cheering Wednesday night, Lisa Jenkins plans to be in line for World Series gear soon. “Definitely, that’s where I’ll be after school today,” said JenkinsAnd for a city still dealing with the aftereffects of a hurricane and a long road to recovery ahead, the Astros first title provides a perfect escape. Kirby Gray thinks so. “Perfect time through the things that Houston been through with Harvey and everything, it’s a great thing for the city.”  The trophy’s here! #EarnedHistory pic.twitter.com/w0TRt64gDN— Houston Astros (@astros) November 2, 2017last_img read more

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UPDATE Dallas Police Officer Dies From Injuries After Shooting Second Officer In

first_img Share Sending our support to our friends @DallasPD .#PoliceFamily— Fort Worth Police (@fortworthpd) April 24, 2018 Armando Juarez L/M/29, is a person of interest in the Attempted Capital Murder of 2 Police Officers that occurred at the Home Depot located at 11682 Forest Central Drive. Anyone with information regarding this offense is encouraged to contact 9-1-1 pic.twitter.com/rbmwmMv2JC— Dallas Police Dept (@DallasPD) April 25, 2018Suspect Armando Juárez, 29, faces two assault charges and two previous felony theft warrants. Additional charges may be added, authorities say. Juárez was taken into custody shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday after leading law enforcement on a high-speed car chase.CREDIT DALLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT VIA APArmando JuarezHe’s being held at the Dallas County jail on a bond in excess of $1 million.Officers had spent several hours searching for Juárez after he had apparently fled the scene in a white truck, Hall said in a news conference Tuesday night.Around 4 p.m. Tuesday, an off-duty Dallas police officer was at the Home Depot along Forest Central Drive, near the intersection of Forest Lane and U.S. Highway 75. Police officials say the officer detained Juárez and requested additional officers for assistance. After they arrived, Juárez fired a handgun, striking the two responding officers and the store employee.“We need you right now,” Hall said at the Tuesday night news conference. “Our hearts are very heavy.”Rawlings, who joined Hall at the news conference, said it is sobering to realize how quickly police officers can become victims.“I continue to be upset at the lack of respect of our police in this city and in our country,” he said.In 2016, four Dallas police officers and a transit officer were shot dead by a sniper in an ambush that came toward the end of a peaceful protest over the police killings of black men that had occurred in other cities.After a lengthy car chase, the suspect related to today’s shooting is in custody. Now, prayers are needed for the two officers fighting for their lives!— Dallas Air One (@DPDAir1) April 25, 2018 Our thoughts and prayers are with @DallasPD and the two officers shot and critically wounded. Texas honors all the men and women who protect and serve our communities, and justice will be served. https://t.co/gkUnxciFOs— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) April 24, 2018center_img Prayers to officers and their families for God’s grace— Chief David O. Brown (@ChiefDavidBrown) April 24, 2018 DALLAS HABITAT PHOTOS VIA FLICKROne Dallas police officer has died from his injuries and a second remains in critical condition after they were shot while trying to remove a man from a Home Depot in Northeast Dallas Tuesday afternoon.In a City Council meeting Wednesday morning, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings announced that Officer Rogelio Santander, a three-year veteran of the force, died just after 8 a.m. “It is with great sadness that we must inform you that Officer Rogelio Santander, Badge No. 10934, passed away at 8:11 this morning from his injuries,” Rawlings said. “We ask that you please continue to pray for Officer Santander’s family and our department as we all try to cope with this tragic loss.”Incredible police work. Thanks to @DallasPD and officers from the many other agencies who assisted our search. https://t.co/uTj8nmRPYw— Mike Rawlings (@Mike_Rawlings) April 25, 2018Rawlings said officer Crystal Almeida, also on the force for three years, remains in critical condition. He asked for continued prayers for her recovery and a moment of silence for Santander.Scott Painter, a loss-prevention officer for Home Depot who was also shot Tuesday, remains in critical condition. All three wounded underwent surgery for their injuries at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. In a brief update outside the hospital Wednesday morning, Dallas Police Chief U. Reneé Hall said both Almedia and Painter are making “remarkable” recoveries.last_img read more

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PayPal Here Joins MobilePay Apps Already There

first_img Two business days Syncs with accounting programs Yes March 27, 2012 3.7% per transaction or monthly fee of $12.95, plus 2.7% per transaction Free Android, iOS No Android, iOS 3.49%, plus19 cents 3.5%, plus 15 cents 2.7% Funds available Cost of app and reader Accepted platforms Canada, Hong Kong, Australia 3.5%, plus 15 cents No Android, iOS Monthly minimum Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express Android, iOS No 2.7% per transaction or monthly fee of $12.95, plus 1.7% per transaction Free Keyed fee (numbers entered manually) per transaction Cash No Card brands accepted Other forms of payment accepted No 2.69%center_img Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express Quickbooks PayPal, Check (U.S. only) Quickbooks 4 min read No International use (available to foreign-based merchants) EBay’s payment service PayPal revolutionized how we pay for online purchases. And two years ago, the payment giant attempted to change how we use our phones when it introduced its PayPal Mobile app, which offers to transfer money from one person to another by bumping phones together. And though it would make sense for PayPal to continue its reign in payment innovations, the company appears to be the last to arrive at the mobile-payment party.Earlier this month, PayPal with a heaping helping of pomp, launched its mobile payment system PayPal Here, which runs on a person’s smartphone through a downloadable app and uses a small plastic reader to swipe cards. The company boasted last week that it signed up more than 1,000 new users per hour in its first day.Though PayPal remains a juggernaut in the online-payment space, the question is, is PayPal too late to make a dent with business customers?The new platform joins incumbent systems like Jack Dorsey’s Square, Intuit’s GoPayment, and North American Bancard’s Pay Anywhere, among others. Square, alone, claims more than a million users and merchants and a spokesperson says the company processes more than $4 billion annually. But, it’s a sector that’s growing, says Todd Ablowitz, founder of Double Diamond Group, LLC, a Centennial, Colo., payment systems consultancy. “The entrance of PayPal shows that this is a very real market, with an increasing number of options for target merchants,” he says.Related: For Some Businesses, Square Register Can Replace Traditional Point-of-Sales ToolsCynthia Wahl, for one, says she loves Square. The co-founder of Texas Toast Culinary Tours, a Fort Worth, Texas-based tour company, says she routinely uses her Square system to sign up last-minute attendees on their tours—an important financial catch-all for the two-year-old company.”It’s so simple to use,” Wahl says. “We signed up in about five minutes and were taking credit cards immediately. The money is in our account the next day. It just seems like Square is looking out for the small business owner.”But features vary from provider to provider. Texas Toast doesn’t run tours every month, so Wahl is loathe to pay a monthly fee, which is an option with one of the services. But Ablowtiz says it might make sense for those with a high volume of mobile transactions to opt for a monthly fee and a lower swipe rate. Your business may need to accept multiple forms of payment, generate invoices or process transactions internationally — features that vary from app to app.So, how do the main players stack up? Here’s our breakdown to help you evaluate the right mobile system for your business:  Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express Next business day Register Now » No Invoicing ability from app No Swipe fee per transaction No Free No Free Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global No Same day via PayPal or three business days  Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express No Yes Two to three business days Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. No 2.75%last_img read more

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We want travel agent business and we appreciate travel agent business Flair

first_img“We want travel agent business and we appreciate travel agent business”: Flair Share This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Click here to read Part 1.TORONTO — Ultra-low cost carriers aren’t known for working with travel agents and very few offer commission. But contrary to traditional thinking, Flair Airlines gets “a surprising amount” of its bookings from travel agents.“It’s a fair portion,” says Mirza Smajic, Director of Passenger Sales. “We think travel agents want more than two major players in the market. We will not let them down.”Mirza Smajic, Director of Passenger Sales, Flair AirlinesSmajic adds: “Many airlines see travel agents as competitors because they want as many direct bookings as they can get. [But] travel agents are still playing a huge role in the travel industry. We do want travel agent business and we appreciate travel agent business.”Commission levels are subject to negotiation and are based on volume, he added.It’s been a busy past few months for Flair. In December 2017, with new livery on its 156-seat B737-400s, the airline added Toronto Pearson, Kelowna and Vancouver flights. Flair’s route network also includes Hamilton, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Abbotsford.Flair also announced it was starting to distribute its content via GDS.Already live with Amadeus, Flair will also go live with Travelport (Worldspan/Galileo) in mid-February and is in final negotiations with Sabre.Flair is adding two new aircraft to its fleet at the beginning of this year. For 2019, Flair said it expects to add four more Boeing aircraft to accommodate the nearly 1.5 million passengers that the airline forecasts will be flying Flair in 2019.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoAnd yesterday Flair announced its new ownership as well as a new CEO, Jim Scott, who said Flair is positioned as a premium ULCC. Scott was one of the co-founders of rival Canada Jetlines and was CEO of that company from 2012 to 2017.Scott’s appointment as CEO comes six months after Flair’s purchase of NewLeaf Travel Company’s assets in June 2017. Flair Airlines founder and former president Jim Rogers has sold his shares, but will remain on the advisory council until 2019.While it now operates primarily as a scheduled carrier, Flair has more than 12 years of experience as a charter carrier.Many in the industry still associate Flair with NewLeaf, the short-lived travel company that operated as a re-seller for Flair fares. NewLeaf was never an actual airline; it used planes chartered from Flair Airlines.Asked about NewLeaf, Smajic has this to say: “Execution is crucial; you need experienced sales people, experienced marketing people. It was just unprofitable.”Many have pointed out that Canada’s size, geography and demographics make it a challenge for ULCCs. “For the ultra low-cost carrier model to work, you need population density and you need it in cities that are about 1.5 to 2 hours apart. Europe is the best example and you can see the ULCC boom in Europe. The U.S. is another example. Although in the U.S. the ULCCs operate on either the West or East Coast,” says Smajic.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochure“I do believe there is room for two ultra-low cost carriers in Canada. As long as it’s divided regionally,” he added.Flair knows it’s facing competition from ultra low-cost carriers Swoop and Canada Jetlines, both aiming for summer 2018 launches. But until those carriers are up and running, they’re not on the radar yet as far as Flair is concerned. “They’re paper airlines. I’m not competing with airlines that aren’t flying yet,” says Smajic.Canadian travel agents have seen airlines come and go. What makes Flair different? “You need an execution plan. You can have an amazing idea but without an execution plan it’s not going to work.”In addition to Flair’s 12+ years in the airline industry, the carrier also has more than 225 employees. “We’re responsible for those employees. We want to make sure this works properly,” says Smajic.What’s next for Flair? Transborder routes. Smajic says the carrier plans to add transborder flights, most likely to the East Coast and potentially into New York or Boston, by June 2018. “We’re also looking at sun destinations.” Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Tags: Commission, Flair Airlines << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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