Prime Minister Trudeau and Pope Francis discuss reconciliation at the Vatican

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau and Pope Francis discussed reconciliation with Canada’s indigenous peoples during a private meeting at the Vatican.In a statement, the Vatican said the pair also talked about conflicts in the Middle East, religious freedom and current ethical issues.Trudeau was also expected to bring up religious diversity and climate change during the meeting.At 1:04 p.m. on Monday, a bell rang, signalling the end of the private audience, which began in the Pope’s private quarters at 12:28 p.m.Trudeau then introduced his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, to the Pope along with officials from the Prime Minister’s Office.The prime minister gave the Pope a rare set of Jesuit Relations books, which have become an important source detailing the beginnings of Canada.Trudeau also presented the Pope with a Montagnais-French dictionary written by a French Jesuit in the 17th century.In return, the Pope gave the prime minister a gold medal marking the fourth year of his pontificate, an autographed copy of his message for World Peace Day and three papal letters about family, environment and evangelism. Watch the video below or click here. Trudeau was expected to ask the pontiff to issue a formal apology in Canada for the role of the Catholic Church in the residential school system.His government has promised a call to action on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s demand for a papal apology to survivors, their families and communities related to the dark legacy of residential schools.Related stories:Prime Minister Trudeau visits Italian town devastated by 2016 earthquakeTrudeau and Trump talk trade, security at G7 summitTop court to hear federal government’s appeal on residential school recordsTrudeau, in Rome this week following his participation at the NATO and G7 summits, wants to promote trade and other ties with Italy, including the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union.U.S. President Donald Trump met the pope at the Vatican last week.Monday morning, the prime minister took part in an event with the soccer team, A.S. Roma.His wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, has joined him on this part of the trip and the couple were to celebrate their wedding anniversary with a private dinner in Rome on Sunday evening.On Sunday, Trudeau appealed to the heart of the country by visiting Amatrice, a tiny town still struggling to recover from a devastating earthquake. “It’s an opportunity to share our thoughts, our condolences, our sympathies, but also demonstrate our resolve to accompany our friends in this difficult time,” Trudeau said Sunday as he stood below a clock tower, the only structure standing on a street lined with rubble.That clock is stopped at 3:36 – the time in the morning the 6.2-magnitude quake hit the area in central Italy about 100 kilometres northeast of Rome on August 24, 2016. Some 300 people were killed, including one Canadian.Many of them were children, and signs of their presence, including an illustrated cloth book and a inflatable pool toy, could be seen among the rocks, dust and other rubble piled high.Efforts to rebuild the town, which includes many heritage buildings from medieval times, have been moving slowly.The Italian-Canadian community has been trying to bring more attention to that fact, raising money to help pay for things like medical vehicles needed to navigate the mountainous terrain.Those efforts got a boost May 12 when Trudeau appeared at a fundraiser that also featured Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Fiat Chrysler who was born in Italy but went to school in Canada.Trudeau announced there that the Canadian government would match up to $2 million in donations to the Italy Earthquake Relief Fund.That drew sharp criticism from Conservative MP Maxime Bernier, who was nearing the end of the leadership race he ultimately lost to Andrew Scheer.At the time, Bernier took to Twitter to say that he loves Italy, but it is a rich country that can afford to rebuild without money from Canadian taxpayers, which he argued should have gone to help more victims of the floods in Quebec and eastern Ontario.The money will go toward humanitarian aid in the area, which is still experiencing tremors.The prime minister arrived in the town via an Italian government helicopter and he was greeted warmly with a long embrace by the local mayor, Sergio Pirozzi.In Amatrice, the Trudeaus surveyed the damage while wearing hard hats, spoke to residents, emergency responders and others working to rebuild the town.They also laid a bouquet of flowers at a memorial to the victims.Former prime minister Stephen Harper, who issued a residential schools apology on behalf of the Canadian government in 2008, did not raise the issue directly during a 10-minute audience with Pope Francis two years ago. Harper did mention the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.In 2009, the previous pope, Benedict XVI, did express “sorrow” on behalf of the Catholic Church for the “deplorable conduct” by some members of the church in their treatment of indigenous children in residential schools.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission report said this did not go far enough, especially since it was not made in public.last_img read more

Angelina Jolie Praises UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award Winners

first_imgThe 2014 winner of UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award is the Colombian women’s rights group, Red Mariposas de Alas Nuevas Construyendo Futuro – or Butterflies with New Wings Building a Future (Butterflies), whose members risk their lives to help survivors of forced displacement and sexual abuse.Based in the Pacific coastal city of Buenaventura, Butterflies, who are all volunteers, have so far helped over 1000 women and their families.UNHCR’s special envoy Actress Angelina Jolie has praised the work of the winners. As a staunch advocate for ending impunity for sexual violence in conflict, Jolie says Butterflies’ work is life-saving.“The Mariposas draw on their strengths as women to help thousands of vulnerable people who would otherwise have no rights and no protection,” said Angelina. “By winning this award, I hope it helps more people everywhere to understand that we have to change attitudes to sexual violence, and to help end impunity for these crimes.”Colombia is second only to Syria in the number of internally displaced people globally. Nowhere in the country is the devastation of the five decade armed conflict felt as acutely as in Buenaventura. This industrial port city has some of the highest rates of violence and displacement due to escalating rivalries between illegal armed groups and women are often their targets. The groups violate women and children to demonstrate their power and strength and frequently torture, rape or kill to exact revenge.“These women are doing extraordinary work in the most challenging of contexts,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres.” Each day they seek to heal the wounds of the women and children of Buenaventura and in doing so put their own lives at risk. Their bravery goes beyond words”.High Commissioner Guterres said, “The situation in Buenaventura illustrates the devastating impact of conflict on families and how essential the work of Butterflies is”.“In their battle to gain territory, illegal armed groups in Buenaventura aim to destroy the social fabric of communities. They violate the most vulnerable by sexual assault, kidnap and murder. Butterflies’ volunteers take the displaced and abused under their wing and help them to reclaim their lives and assert their rights,” he added.Drawing on only the most modest of resources, the women go about their work on foot or by bus or bicycle. As cautiously as they can, they move through the most dangerous neighbourhoods to help women access medical care and report crimes. It is this work deep inside the communities that helps them reach the most vulnerable women, but also brings with it danger and threats from the illegal armed groups.Women in the poorest areas of Buenaventura are often afraid to report sexual violence and the few women who do so remain unprotected because they often live alongside their aggressors. Building trust in this kind of environment is a slow and challenging process. Butterflies operates on the principal of “comadreo”, which has special significance in Afro-Colombian culture, uniting respect, trust solidarity and confidentiality.The cornerstone of the assistance Butterflies provides is the life skills and rights training workshops they organize. Here women come together, and realizing they are not alone in their suffering- slowly regain their self-esteem and strength.Butterflies will receive the Nansen Refugee Award Medal at a ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland on 29 September. The group will be represented by three women; Gloria Amparo, Maritza Asprilla Cruz and Mery Medina.The Award ceremony will feature a keynote speech from UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie (on video) and musical performances by UNHCR supporters, Swedish-Lebanese singer-songwriter Maher Zain and Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traorè. Acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela from Mexico will also perform at the ceremony.last_img read more

RBC CEO Dave McKay says battleground for financial institutions is data

first_imgTORONTO – Royal Bank of Canada’s chief executive says data is the battleground for banks that will determine the future success of financial institutions.Dave McKay said during a speech in Toronto on Monday that in the past banks needed economies of scale to succeed, but due to technological advances, they will need data scale in the future.He added during the Sibos banking and financial conference that technology platforms have created ecosystems which have a deep understanding of the customer’s life.McKay said over the next few years, banks will have to decide how they’re going to compete — which may require a rethink of their core value strategies.He also pointed to the potential of artificial intelligence and blockchain, and said banks will have to adapt and evolve further and faster than they have in the past.McKay’s comments came as RBC announced a partnership with J.P. Morgan and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. to launch the Interbank Information Network, which uses blockchain to facilitate easier global payments.“For banks, like every other business, the battleground will be data. Whereas in the past banks needed economic scale to succeed, in the future they will also need data scale,” he said.“This can be gained through existing franchises, or increasingly through strategic partnerships, and the use of open APIs, to enable them to create a platform effect.”last_img read more

Meng Wanzhou alleges her constitutional rights were breached by RCMP, CBSA

VANCOUVER — The defence team for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou has filed a notice of civil claim alleging “serious violations” of her constitutional rights.The suit filed with the B.C. Supreme Court on Friday is against members of the Canadian Border Services Agency, the RCMP and the federal government.It seeks damages for false imprisonment based on alleged multiple failures of government officials to comply with the rule of law upon her detention, search and interrogation at the Vancouver airport on Dec. 1.The allegations have not been proven in court and the CBSA, RCMP and the attorney general’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.On Friday, the Canadian Department of Justice gave the go-ahead for an extradition case against Meng, marking the formal start of the high-profile process that has put Canada in an uncomfortable position between the United States and China.The U.S. Department of Justice has laid out 13 criminal counts of conspiracy, fraud and obstruction against Huawei and Meng, who is the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei.The Canadian Press read more

B.C. company can sell prescription eyewear online in Ontario, court rules

TORONTO — Ontario regulators have no right to block a company legally operating elsewhere in Canada from selling prescription eyewear to online customers in the province, an Appeal Court ruled on Thursday.The decision means Ontario consumers can continue to order corrective glasses and contact lenses from British Columbia-based online retailer Essilor, which sells Coastal and Clearly products.“The mere delivery in Ontario of an order for prescription eyewear that has been processed in compliance with the British Columbia regulatory regime, without more, does not establish a sufficient connection between Essilor’s online sales and the controlled acts proscribed by (Ontario’s laws),” the Appeal Court ruled.“Where the supplier of the prescription eyewear operates in another province and complies with that province’s health-professions regulatory regime when filling an online order placed by an Ontario customer, the final act of delivering that product to the Ontario purchaser does not amount to the performance of a ‘controlled act’ by the supplier.”The case arose in December 2016 when regulators in Ontario — the colleges of Optometrists and Opticians — alleged Essilor was acting illegally by accepting orders for prescription eyewear through its websites and shipping the products to patients in Ontario. It wanted the courts to end the practice.In essence, the colleges argued only licensed professionals in Ontario could dispense prescription eyewear in the province. The colleges offered no evidence anyone was actually harmed by Essilor’s practices.In January 2018, Superior Court Justice Thomas Lederer sided with the colleges. He ruled the company was dispensing corrective eyewear in Ontario and concluded the province’s rules should apply. Lederer ordered Essilor to stop the sales.Essilor Group Canada, whose head office is in Quebec but runs its online operation out of B.C., appealed, also winning permission to continue its sales pending the outcome of the case. It argued that fulfilling Ontario orders did not amount to the controlled act of dispensing prescription eyewear.The subsidiary of France-based international eyewear giant, Essilor International, also argued Lederer wrongly decided that Ontario’s regulations applied to its online sales.According to court filings, the Canadian prescription eyewear market is estimated to be worth more than $4.5 billion a year. The Appeal Court noted that eyewear is part of a trend toward online retail sales.“The explosion in the volume and variety of online consumer transactions over the past decade has included the emergence of an online market for the purchase and sale of prescription eye glasses and contact lenses,” the court said. “In some jurisdictions, friction has emerged between the online vendors of such products and the professional health-care bodies that historically have regulated the sale.”In siding with Essilor, the appellate court found the company was acting lawfully in its home province, which has a similar regulatory framework to Ontario. Nor was it “dispensing” eyewear in Canada’s most populous province by fulfilling orders in B.C. and shipping them across the country.Leaning on Quebec case law, the court also noted that providing prescription eyewear is a transaction with both health care and commercial aspects.Barring the online sales would amount to using Ontario’s Regulated Health Professions Act to give the province’s optometrists and opticians a monopoly over the commercial importation of prescription eyewear.That could only happen if the legislature passed a law to clearly allow such a monopoly — something current regulations do not do, the court said.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press read more

Manufacturing sales slipped 14 per cent in October StatsCan

OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales declined 1.4 per cent in October to $48.8 billion, reflecting drops in aerospace products and parts, motor vehicle assembly and the primary metal industries.It says the declines were partly offset by higher sales in petroleum and coal products as well as the wood product industries.Overall, sales declined in 12 of 21 industries, representing approximately 71 per cent of the manufacturing sector.Durable goods sales decreased 2.9 per cent to $24.7 billion, while sales of non-durable goods rose 0.3 per cent to $24.2 billion.Constant-dollar manufacturing sales fell 2.4 per cent in October, indicating a decline in the volume of manufactured goods sold.Sales were down in six provinces, though the decrease was concentrated in Ontario, where sales dropped 3.4 per cent to $22 billion. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 14, 2012 8:41 am MDT Manufacturing sales slipped 1.4 per cent in October: StatsCan read more

Sorry Charlie Brown I Love Lucy is a holiday hit for CBS

Sorry, Charlie Brown: ‘I Love Lucy’ is a holiday hit for CBS, which wins weekly rating battle AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Nearly six decades after it first aired, an “I Love Lucy” Christmas special was last week’s most-watched holiday program, according to ratings released Tuesday.There was a gimmick involved: The episode of the 1950s Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz sitcom was colorized, as was a companion episode that featured Lucy as a grape-stomper in Italy.The “I Love Lucy” special on CBS drew 8.7 million viewers to rank as last Friday night’s most-watched program and No. 16 for the week overall, according to Nielsen figures. Holiday runner-up “A Charlie Brown Christmas” — a relative newcomer that debuted in 1965 — settled for 6.4 million the previous night on ABC.NBC could sing a happy tune, emerging as the most popular network among advertiser-favoured young adults on the strength of the season finale episodes of “The Voice” and the NFL Bears-Eagles game on “Sunday Night Football.”CBS was the No. 1 network among total viewers, buoyed by its reliable crime dramas, including “NCIS” and the series’ Los Angeles-based spinoff.CBS averaged 8.8 million viewers in prime time, followed by NBC with 8.1 million. ABC had 5.1 million, Fox had 3.4 million, Univision had 2.8 million, Telemundo had 1.3 million and ION Television had 1.4 million. CW had 980,000.NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9.2 million viewers. ABC’s “World News” was second with 7.9 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 7.1 million viewers.ESPN was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.9 million viewers in prime time. The Family Channel had 2.38 million, the Disney Channel had 2.3 million, USA had 2.2 million and History had 2 million.For the week of Dec. 16-22, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “NCIS,” CBS, 19.7 million; “NBC Sunday Night Football: Chicago at Philadelphia,” NBC, 18.3 million; “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 15.6 million; “NFL Regular Season: Baltimore at Detroit,” ESPN, 14.2 million; “The Voice (Tuesday),” NBC, 14 million; “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kickoff,” NBC, 13.6 million; “The Voice (Wednesday),” NBC, 12.7 million; “Person of Interest,” CBS, 12.4 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 12 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 11.3 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online: by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Dec 24, 2013 1:36 pm MDT read more

Security Council extends mandates of UN missions in Iraq Cyprus

The Council extended the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) until 31 July 2015. In doing so, the 15-member body called on all political entities to overcome divisions and work together in an inclusive and timely political process aimed at strengthening Iraq’s national unity.Recently, the armed group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has taken control of more than a third of the Iraq’s territory after unleashing a wave of attacks that has taken thousands of lives and displaced more than 1.2 million people.Last week, Nickolay Mladenov, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNAMI, called on the Council to demand that the Islamist forces cease all hostilities and to ensure that those responsible for horrific terrorist acts are held to account.Speaking via video-teleconference from Baghdad, Mr. Mladenov said that ISIL aimed to establish a permanent foothold beyond the control of authorities through terror and violence. The Islamist forces seek to radicalize people and undermine the Government by exploiting legitimate grievances and manipulating divisions within society.In extending the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus, known as UNFICYP, until 31 January 2015, the Council acknowledged the progress made so far in the UN-facilitated negotiations aimed at reunifying the divided Mediterranean island nation.At the same time, it noted that this “has not been sufficient and has not yet resulted in a comprehensive and durable settlement,” and urged the sides to continue their discussions to reach decisive progress on the core issues.The United Nations works through the good offices of the Secretary-General to assist in the search for a comprehensive and mutually acceptable settlement to the Cyprus problem. UNFICYP has been deployed in Cyprus since 1964, when inter-communal fighting erupted on the island. read more

Bubba Ray Dudley interested in a fulltime return to WWE

first_img Google+ Twitter Facebook WhatsApp has a new interview up with Bubba Ray Dudley who returned to WWE at this past Sunday’s Royal Rumble PPV. When asked if he would be interested in a full-time return to WWE by himself or with D-Von Dudley in a Dudley Boyz reunion, Bubba said the following:“If the WWE Universe and the WWE higher-ups want to see us here, then yes, hopefully there is a future. I really say it’s up to the fans. By the reaction tonight, I’d say the fans would love to see us back. And hopefully we can do it.” Giving them their money’s worth: Bubba Ray Dudley on the Royal Rumble’s most shocking return Pinterestcenter_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 WWE announces the full-time return of Rey Mysterio including his scheduled dates The Dudley Boyz to be inducted into the Class of 2018 WWE Hall of Fame on April 6last_img read more

WebAssembly Source Code Can Now Be Debugged Outside the Browser with GDB

first_imgMozilla recently demonstrated debugging of WebAssembly binaries outside the browser, using standard debuggers like GDB and LLDB. Debugging WebAssembly code in the same execution environment used in production allows developers to catch and diagnose bugs that may not arise in a native build of the same code.WebAssembly, in connection with WASI, has recently made strides to be used outside of the browser, and realize the Write Once, Run Anywhere promise. While running WebAssembly programs outside the browser is already possible, in particular with wasmtime, the debugging story presents some difficulties. While WASI allows developers to use console logging to report on the execution of the program, it was not possible to debug the original source. Taking the example of a Rust source compiled to WebAssembly, rustwasm documentation explains the issue: Debuggers currently provide limited utility, and we end up stepping through raw WebAssembly instructions emitted by the compiler, rather than the Rust source text we authored. Once this is done, developers can use breakpoints (for instance breakpoint set -name fizzbuzz), source-level navigation, inspect and modify variables during the interrupted execution of the program, view and navigate stack frames, and perform other typical debugging functions with the command line interface or the graphical user interface of LLDB: The LLVM Project is a collection of modular and reusable compiler and toolchain technologies. The LLDB project builds on libraries provided by LLVM and provides a native debugger.GDB (GNU Project debugger) is a debugger which supports the following languages: C++, Rust, Go, Objective-C, Ada, Assembly, C, D, Fortran, OpenCL, Modula-2, and Pascal.WASI (WebAssembly System Interface) is a modular system interface for WebAssembly focused on security and portability, which is on a standardization path. WASI aims at enabling developers to run WebAssembly programs on any devices, computers, or operating systems.Wasmtime is a standalone JIT-style runtime for WebAssembly. The Wasmtime runtime’s tutorial contains examples for how to target WASI from C and Rust. The resulting .wasm modules can be run in any WASI-compliant runtime, such as Wasmtime or Fastly’s Lucet. Wasmtime’s debugging support makes it easier to catch and diagnose bugs that may not arise in a native build of the same code. For example, the WebAssembly System Interface(WASI) treats filesystem access more strictly than traditional Unix-style permissions. This could create issues that only manifest in WebAssembly runtimes. Mozilla explains how source-level debugging may help WebAssembly developers catch otherwise obfuscated bugs: Source-level debugging of .wasm files using traditional tools like GDB and LLDB is now possible. In a recently published screencast, Mozilla illustrates the debugging with LLDB of a Rust-generated WebAssembly program that implements a solution to the FizzBuzz problem. The screencast first showcases compiling Rust code with cargo to WebAssembly, and running the generated wasm code with wasmtime. The screencast continues with instrumenting the wasm code with debugging information, using LLDB:lldb — wasmtime -g target/wasm32-wasi/debug/fizz.wasmlast_img read more

South Florida dancer advances to Top 8 on SYTYCD

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Eight dancers have advanced onto the next round of Fox’s hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” and a Miami dancer is among the group.Gino Cosculluela moved up in the competition on Monday night while two other dancers were sent home.He previously sat down with 7News to talk about how he found his passion for the art.“I have a sister, and she started dancing, and we would always go to pick her up from the studio,” said Cosculluela. “Somehow, I just ended up in a hip-hop class, and I grew a serious love for it.”The next episode of SYTYCD airs on Aug. 26 at 9 p.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Ex Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Babulal Gaur passes away

first_imgBhopal: Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Babulal Gaur passed away on Wednesday morning at a private hospital here after prolonged illness. Gaur (89) suffered a cardiac arrest late on Tuesday night, Narmada Hospital director Rajesh Sharma told the media. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first to condole Gaur’s death. “Shri Babulal Gaur Ji served people for decades. From Jana Sangh days, he worked constantly to strengthen our Party. As Minister and CM of Madhya Pradesh he undertook many efforts to transform the state. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti,” Modi tweeted. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us Gaur will be cremated at the Subhash Nagar crematorium with full state honours later in the afternoon. He was suffering from various age-related ailments and was hospitalised for quite some time. The veteran BJP leader served as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister from 2004-2005 and had represented his traditional Govindpura Vidhan Sabha seat 10 times. Born on June 2, 1930, at Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh, Gaur emerged as a powerful and popular leader in Madhya Pradesh initially as a trade union leader and later as a minister.last_img read more

8 injured in French mosque shooting

first_imgA view of Arrahma Mosque where a shooting incident occured, in this still image from video, in Avignon. ReutersEight people including a girl were lightly wounded late Sunday in a shooting in front of a mosque in the southeast French city of Avignon, the prosecutor’s office said, ruling out terrorism.According to initial accounts taken on the spot, at least two men got out of a car around 10:30 pm near the mosque and opened fire, including with a shotgun, the prosecutor’s office said.None of the wounded had life-threatening injuries, it said.”From what we know this evening, the mosque was not targeted. The fact that it happened in the street of the religious establishment was unconnected with it,” the prosecutor said, ruling out terrorism.Witness accounts mentioned four men in the car, all hooded.The criminal investigation department has taken charge of the case.The shooting comes a few days after a man on Thursday attempted to drive his car into worshippers outside the Creteil mosque in southeast Paris.The driver, a 43-year-old Armenian who suffered from schizophrenia, hit barriers and pillars outside the mosque with his 4×4 without causing any injuries before crashing into a traffic island.According to a source close to the investigation, the suspect had made “confused remarks in relation” to a string of jihadist attacks that have struck France, killing 239 people since 2015.Following a van attack against worshippers leaving Finsbury Park Mosque in London on June 19 which left one dead and 11 injured, France’s Muslim community has also felt threatened.Some Muslim officials have described the Paris incident as an attack and called on the authorities to “strengthen protection of places of worship”.The Paris police commissioner reiterated his orders for vigilance in protecting Muslim places of worship.last_img read more

Travel expert Paris is back open for business

first_img Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall For those currently considering traveling to Paris, Mollan said they may want to consider planning a trip sooner than later.“They want your business, they want you to feel comfortable and secure, and the first thing you would want to do if planning a trip to Paris or if you already have something planned is to go ahead and let the State Department know you are travelling,” she said.According to Mollan, there is nothing to be concerned about when travelling to France if all travel safety guidelines are followed.“They are doing the same business today that they were a week ago just a little bit obviously more cautious and a calmness about the environment because of what is going on over there,” she said Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Four benefits of having a wireless security systemcenter_img Tourists pose for a selfie while a French soldier patrols at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. France is urging its European partners to move swiftly to boost intelligence sharing, fight arms trafficking and terror financing, and strengthen border security in the wake of the Paris attacks. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) PHOENIX — Businesses in Paris want travelers to know they are open again.Cultural sites around France are beginning to reopen after the devastating terrorist attacks that left well over 100 people dead including some tourists.KTAR travel expert Kari Mollan said the attacks should not keep travelers from taking a vacation to the country.“The way you can show your support and don’t let the terrorists win is to keep going back to where you wanted to go to,” Mollan said.Related LinksThe many ways umbrella insurance protects your businessSponsored Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Sponsored Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

MCI Australia talents awarded as Certified Meeting Professionals

first_imgMCI Australia project managers Adele Cumerford and Brylee McFarlane have both successfully completed the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program, which recognises individuals who have achieved the industry’s highest standard of professionalism.Adele and Brylee are two of only five current CMPs based in Australia, though they join an elite community of over 14,000 peers in 36 countries who have earned the CMP designation since the program was established in 1985.Requirements for CMP certification are based on professional experience and a rigorous examination, ensuring its participants demonstrate the highest level of experience, knowledge and skill in order to qualify.MCI Australia Director of Operations and Development, Jan Shaw, congratulated the project managers on what can be a gruelling process.“The amount of preparation required to sit an exam of this calibre is phenomenal and Adele and Brylee’s fantastic results are a testament to the MCI team’s commitment to quality,” she said.“Our project managers work directly with clients to build the best possible events, so having talent with this prestigious certification on the front line is a huge advantage.”On obtaining the certification, Brylee expressed her gratitude towards her colleagues and industry peers.“The support from everyone at MCI has been massive, and although the program was definitely a challenge I’m sure it will set new industry standards in Australia.”“Adele and I are two of five CMPs in Australia, so I feel privileged to be one of the only local representatives of the global CMP community,” she added. Source = MCI Australialast_img read more

The first ultra luxury resort of Rosewood Hotels Resorts in Mai

first_imgThe first ultra luxury resort of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts in Mainland ChinaRosewood Hotels & Resorts® is delighted to announce the ultra-luxury brand’s first mainland Chinese resort, Rosewood Sanya, on the paradise island of Sanya, on August 21, 2017.All 246 guestrooms at Rosewood Sanya are ocean facing and 45 guestrooms include balcony plunge pools. Guestrooms measure from 68 to 680 square meters.In keeping with the brand’s A Sense of Place philosophy, the resort’s design incorporates wood, tribal totems and aquatic elements to create a serene and contemporary space, celebrating the beauty of nature and the serenity of the ocean, for all Rosewood guests to discover.Rosewood Sanya is part of an integrated resort set within 40 acres (16 hectares) of landscaped gardens surrounding the Sanya Forum, the largest convention center in Haitang Bay. The hotel’s 3,425 square meters of meeting space include a 1,500 square-meter pillar less grand ballroom and six function spaces. It also offers The Pavilion, a sophisticated residential-style venue with a spacious outdoor terrace offering full sea views.State-of-the-art facilities and impeccable service supports a range of personal and business events from exclusive board meetings, to product launches, to red carpet galas and legendary weddings.There are a multitude of activities for all to enjoy, from families, to watersports enthusiasts, to golfing aficionados.  Hotel recreational options include Sense, A Rosewood Spa offering two double treatment rooms, four single treatment rooms and one VIP treatment room.  A fully equipped fitness studio, and an indoor yoga studio and outdoor yoga platform are also available for those who wish to exercise and unwind in privacy.A dramatic 110-meter infinity-edge sky pool on the 13th floor offers sweeping South China Sea views. An additional outdoor swimming pool and Breakers kids’ club further complements, the family recreation room designed to be fun and educational, and to be enjoyed by all ages.Source = Rosewood Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

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first_img – / 22 Robison looks genuinely concerned he that he might-ve just ended that man’s life, but in the brevity of what a Vine clip can provide us, it appears that Joseph was just fine to keep on running.Here’s to hoping FOX sound guy is alright.It’s apparent his glasses aren’t. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Watch out!The Minnesota Vikings in their spiffy new stadium were pumped to run out of the hull of their Viking ship of a tunnel before their showdown against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Unfortunately, this not-so-aware FOX sound guy attempted to cross in their path.That’s 329-pound Linval Joseph and 259-pound Brian Robison leveling the man in the green vest. Eyeing the poor fellow, he’s probably 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds or so. 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires ErrorOK ErrorOK The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo for those asking, the Fox sound guy is ok. He’s gonna need new glasses though— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) November 20, 2016last_img read more

3 Because you can experience Santa Monica and Los

first_img3. Because you can experience Santa Monica and Los Angeles without a carAlthough may people immediately associate Los Angeles with freeways and traffic, visitors will be pleasantly surprised to arrive at the western end of Route 66 and discover that Santa Monica is entirely accessible without a car. The city’s 8.3 square miles are best explored on foot or by bike, and the majority of Santa Monica’s hotels are close to the city’s top shopping, outdoor activities, entertainment and dining. The newly opened Expo Line in Downtown Santa Monica provides rail service to the city for the first time in over 50 years. Visitors and locals are now able to take advantage of a daily service between Downtown Los Angeles and Downtown Santa Monica in only 46 minutes, no matter the time of day. With consistent access to Los Angeles’s growing rail network, visitors will find it easier than ever to base their stay on the beach while enjoying convenient and car-free access to the rest of Los Angeles. Want to see what Santa Monica’s like for yourself? Keep reading and watch our video guide 1. Because you’ll get sun, sea and sandSanta Monica is where the city meets the sea. Its three and a half miles of glistening coastline dazzle on more than 300 days of sunshine each year. The wide beaches stretch north and south from the iconic Santa Monica Pier, while the adjacent oceanfront bike path offers an easy cruise through one of the most scenic backdrops in the world. Don’t forget to hit Perry’s on the Beach, where beach butlers will set up your lounge chairs, coolers and serve you delicious snacks – all you need to worry about is getting those toes in the sand. 5. Because you’ll stay in styleSanta Monica is home to one of the most unique, celebrated hotel collections in all of California. The city’s 38 hotels range from world-famous oceanfront resorts to more budget-friendly stays. Check out the classic rooms at the historic Hotel Carmel, in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica just one block from the beach. Best Western Plus Gateway’s central location on Santa Monica Boulevard offers modern double rooms at affordable prices, while The Comfort Inn’s outdoor pool is always a hit with holidaymakers. The newly-renovated Le Meridien Delfina’s contemporary style is complete with cabana beds. For stylish suites, book at Doubletree Suites Santa Monica, or experience mid-century luxury at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalow’s newly renovated bungalow suites. This article was produced in conjunction with and paid for by British Airways and Santa Monica Tourist Board, who also supplied the images.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Now see if you can resist Santa Monica…center_img RelatedLA life: Explore the best neighbourhoods in Santa MonicaThinking of taking a trip to Santa Monica? Find out what the LA lifestyle is all about by checking out one of these eight unique neighbourhoods: 1. Montana Avenue 2. Pico Boulevard 3. Wilshire Boulevard 4. Main Street 5. Downtown Santa Monica and Third Street Promenade 6. Santa Monica Pier…Winter sun stars: 5 dream beach destinations to beat the winter bluesSitting, staring out of the window dreaming of white sand against bright blue skies? Yeah, us too. But wait, those beaches are not a figment of your imagination – and it’s entirely possible to escape the dreary British weather for one of those exotic, sandy hotspots with long, sun-drenched days.…Top 15 attractions and things to do in Sal, Cape VerdeThe Cape Verde islands, or Cabo Verde (as they’re locally known) truly earn their nickname with the glorious weather, vibrant Creole culture and snow-white beaches of Sal. Throw in a short flight time from the UK (around six hours), and it’s a no-brainer why the island’s becoming one of the… 2. Because you’ll live the healthy Santa Monica lifestyleSanta Monica has been the home of pioneering fitness and nutritional practices since the 1920s, and continues to be a centre for wellbeing to this day. Trying one of the city’s innovative workout options for yourself is the best way to get into a healthy mindset and experience the culture of this wellness hub. Try your hand on the famous rings at the original Muscle Beach at the foot of the Pier, or learn to surf or paddleboard on Santa Monica’s gentle waves. Break a sweat at one of Santa Monica’s countless yoga and spin studios, go for a run along the beach, or work those obliques during a thrilling flying trapeze class on the Pier. Grab a post-workout green juice, or fill up on some of the healthiest cuisine around at one of the city’s many renowned vegan or raw restaurants. 4. Because you’ll find plenty of things to doYou won’t sit for long in Santa Monica – there’s too much to do. You can’t miss the famous Pacific Park amusement arcade on the Pier, with its brightly painted roller coaster and the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel. Get behind two wheels on the longest oceanfront bike path in the world, or head to the pedestrian-only Third Street Promenade to shop and people watch. Santa Monica is also home to eight distinct neighborhoods, each with their own unique character and plenty of visitor attractions. Check out the eclectic bars on Main Street, the high-end boutiques of Montana Avenue, or discover Mid-City’s art scene just for starters. No trip to Santa Monica is complete without experiencing the city’s thriving culinary scene, fueled by celebrity chefs, culinary innovators, and access to some of the finest produce in the world at the city’s four weekly farmers markets. last_img read more

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first_imgUS Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell stressed on Friday his country’s desire for the resumption of the reunification talks and backed Cyprus’ right to develop its natural resources.Speaking after a meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades in Nicosia, Mitchell said the US supports the Republic of Cyprus in its right to develop natural resources, including in the exclusive economic zone.“I reiterated to the President our appreciation for the strategic partnership that we have with the Republic of Cyprus. I also reiterated our desire to see a resumption of talks and our support for a bizonal bicommunal federation,” the US official said.Furthermore, he said that he had a warm and engaging conversation with Anastasiades and said that it was important for him to come to Cyprus on one of his first trips after assuming his new duties.“We are very supportive of the Republic of Cyprus, we appreciate the longstanding friendship that we have and look forward to being back,” he said.Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said the government is pleased to have US support for a resumption of the settlement talks and the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus to explore and exploit its natural resources.“It was an important and constructive meeting”, he said.Prodromou said that Anastasiades had the opportunity to reiterate his readiness for the negotiations to continue.“It is with satisfaction that we heard about the support of the US for the negotiating process within the parameters of the United Nations, and we hope that this support will contribute to the continuation of the negotiations, which is also our goal,” Prodromou said.He added that bilateral issues were also discussed as were regional developments, since, ‘from the US point of view, Cyprus plays a role in regional security’.In the afternoon, Mitchell had a meeting with Akinci.Following the meeting, Akinci reiterated the Turkish Cypriot side’s position that a change in the Greek Cypriots’ approach was important as regards the settlement negotiations to be able to exit the deadlock reached at the talks last summer in Switzerland.He said he is being blamed lately by the Greek Cypriot side for being unwilling to meet Anastasiades at an informal dinner, but added that unless there is a change in the stance of the Greek Cypriots, his side does not wish to enter a process doomed to end before it even begins.Akinci also said that during his meeting with the US official, Mitchell heard with due attention the positions of the Turkish Cypriot side.The Turkish Cypriot leader said that it was unfair that only the Greek Cypriot side possesses the joint state and acts like the sole owner of the island and of its natural wealth.The current situation, he said, threatens peace at sea, but it is possible for bridges of cooperation to be built between the island’s two communities and also Turkey and Greece.Instead of causing tensions, he said, it would be beneficial to create cooperation opportunities.“It is a shame because the Greek Cypriot side sees even the seas as its own, its own area of sovereignty, and they do not even want to discuss this issue with the Turkish Cypriots,” Akinci said.He added that this behaviour is wrong and, only causes tensions. That is why, he said, it is very important for the Greek Cypriot side to change its mentality.Akinci also said that the most practical and cheapest way to transfer Cyprus’ and Israel’s natural gas to Europe, was through Turkey, as the pipeline through southern Cyprus to Crete, Greece and Italy is much more expensive, time consuming and passes through deep waters.He also said that water from Turkey could serve the needs of the entire island and that the electric cable from Turkey could unify Cyprus with the Middle East and Turkey with Europe.All this however, he said, requires peace, a solution and cooperation.Mitchell also met later in the day with Foreign Affairs Minister Nicos Christodoulides and discussed the Cyprus issue, energy security, bilateral relations, European and regional issues.You May LikeKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoBon VoyagedCelebrity Mega Yachts That Are Out Of This World – Step AboardBon VoyagedUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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