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ZIM’s Emission Performance On Track

first_imgzoom The CCWG (Clean Cargo Working Group) of BRS, an industry-wide initiative dedicated to improving the environmental performance of marine transport, has published its 2013 results, accumulated from 22 top carriers worldwide, covering about 85% of the global container cargo carried in 2013. ZIM, the biggest cargo shipping company in Israel, which only joined the group last year, was ranked 4th (out of 22 container carriers) in the 2013 CCWG lowest average emissions performance, the company said.ZIM was ranked first on SOX average emissions, with the lowest emissions of 22 carriers; 4th on lowest average CO2 emissions for reefer containers; and 5th on lowest average CO2 emissions for dry containers.Dudu Arbel, ZIM’s VP Procurement & Ships Management, said: “ZIM has always been in the forefront of the industry with regard to overachieving environmental standards, therefore, on many occasions our performance has been above the international requirements. ZIM will continue to improve and set ambitious goals in order to further reduce the carbon footprint, protect the environment and promote sustainability values, which are part of our corporate vision.”Press Release, July 22nd 2014last_img read more

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Canadian Press NewsAlert Suspect in four Penticton BC murders charged

first_imgPENTICTON, B.C. — The British Columbia Prosecution Service says murder charges have now been laid against a suspect in the shooting deaths of four people in Penticton.Spokesman Dan McLaughlin says three counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder have been laid against John Brittain.The 60-year-old remains in custody and is due to appear in court in Penticton today.RCMP have said the shootings began at around 10:30 a.m. Monday when a 71-year-old man was killed outside a duplex in downtown Penticton.The suspect then drove about five kilometres to a second location where the other three people were attacked, but investigators say the motive for the shootings is still undetermined.McLaughlin says the names of the victims are currently being withheld pending notification of relatives.More coming. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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THE CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS GAVE SUSANNA FOURNIER 108000 AND SHE

first_imgSusanna Fournier inside Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, where The Scavenger’s Daughter, the second part of her Empire Trilogy, is being staged. (ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE / TORONTO STAR) Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement In 2010, Susanna Fournier had a crisis of faith in the theatre, feeling frustrated by the limited opportunities she was seeing as an actor and playwright, so she spent the year writing three plays she considered unstageable in Toronto: weird, visually demanding, big casts, two acts, highly political and conceptually ambitious.Six years later she was having another crisis of faith, with a collection of unproduced plays and an injury limiting her movement, so she spent a sleepless week creating an application for the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter grant to celebrate Canada 150, as a last-ditch effort.On the day of the submission deadline, she moved to Berlin for five months with her collaborator ted witzel (who co-wrote the application with her and Leora Morris). Three weeks after she returned to Toronto, both crises were resolved in a letter granting her $108,000 to produce her “unstageable” Empire Trilogy. And in that moment, Fournier went from an underemployed artist to a Renaissance woman: to pull this off, she would need to become a playwright, an actor, a director, a producer, a fundraiser, a financial manager, an artistic director, a curator and morecenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Thus began the “steepest learning curve of my life,” she says.“My reaction was a mixture of terror and numbness. So much of my artistic perseverance has come from getting told no. And now I was being told yes,” says the 34-year-old writer in Little Italy’s Café Diplomatico, across the street from the restaurant she served at in 2010 when she began writing the Empire Trilogy. Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Woman says late husband denied waiting list spot after health authorities allegedly

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsThe widow of a deceased man says an allegedly repealed controversial organ transplant policy in British Columbia played a role her in late husband’s death two weeks ago.Gagan Grewal says her husband Gaurav Chopra died of liver disease on Aug. 3, and that his only chance for survival had been a liver transplant.Grewal reached out to APTN News after seeing the network’s story about David Dennis last week.Dennis made headlines after filing a human rights complaint against provincial health authorities after allegedly being denied a spot on the waiting list due to a policy that requires potential transplant recipients to be abstinent from drugs and alcohol for six months.After news of Dennis’ case went public, the Provincial Health Services Authority and B.C. Transplant said the former abstinence policy had been abandoned in May.When Gaurav was told he had end-stage liver disease in June, he had been alcohol-free since March — three months, says Grewal.“I should have fought more for him. I just trusted the doctors to do the right thing. I did trust the system a lot. I didn’t think they’ll just let him die,” she said.Grewal said Gaurav had an appointment with a liver specialist on June 7.“That is when the doctor said his liver is completely gone, and then there is the six-month period that he will need to wait for.”The couple didn’t question the abstinence policy — but that changed when Gaurav’s health took a turn for the worse in mid-June.“That’s when he got worse and that is when we questioned them, and they were still insisting ‘no’,” Grewal recalls.“Even the nurses, they were like, they are very strict about this policy and they won’t budge.”By late July Gaurav’s condition had worsened, at which time Grewal says they were told there was nothing doctors could do.“It was point of no return after that.”Gaurav, 42, died in the Vancouver General Hospital — at the six-month mark of his sobriety.Grewal said she was shocked to learn via APTN that B.C. Transplant had dropped the policy in May of this year.Last week the organization, which coordinates organ transplantation in B.C., told APTN David Dennis’s situation was a “misunderstanding”. It apologized to Dennis.Dr. Eric Yoshida, a transplant hepatologist and member of the liver transplant team at Vancouver General Hospital, also told APTN the policy had changed.“It was discussed within our team since last summer,” Yoshida explained.“Our arguments were presented and there was much debate and it’s basically been abolished,” he said. “We had dedicated meetings to this and we have our rounds every week and then it just kind of gradually became adopted as a functional policy. The general agreement with all the people on the team was probably the end of May.”But Grewal says there was no misunderstanding with her husband’s case.“The policy was still there. They never ever told us it doesn’t exist,” she said. “There was not even ever a hint that this policy does not exist.”B.C, Transplant still features the policy on its website.“All patients being considered for a liver transplant at the Solid Organ Transplant (SOC) clinic must be abstinent from drugs and alcohol for a minimum of six months.”Dr. Yoshida and B.C.’s Provincial Health Services Authority both said they cannot legally comment on Gaurav’s case due to doctor-patient confidentiality.lhamelin@aptn.ca@Laurie_Hamelinlast_img read more

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UN envoy deplores appalling attacks on pilgrims en route to Iraqi holy

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Staffan de Mistura, described the 24 and 25 February attacks as “appalling crimes against humanity in targeting innocent believers practicing their religion.“These acts deserve universal condemnation,” he declared.The Special Representative expressed his solidarity with the people of Iraq and extended his condolences to the families of the victims. 27 February 2008The top United Nations official in Iraq has strongly condemned the suicide attacks which earlier this week left dozens of people dead and wounded as they headed to the holy city of Karbala. read more

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UK ignores Lankan concerns on travel advice

The British Foreign office has updated its travel advice on Sri Lanka but maintained an earlier controversial comment despite objections by the External Affairs Ministry in Sri Lanka.Updated yesterday (August 23), the advice has been reviewed and reissued with amendments to the Local Laws and Customs section notably on posing for photographs in front of statues of Buddha. However the Foreign office said that the overall level of the advice has not changed. External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunathilaka Amunugama stressed that the government would voice their protest and work to get the notice changed.However the updated travel advice issued yesterday maintained that “travellers should note that the end of the military conflict in May 2009 has seen an upsurge of nationalism in Sri Lanka. As a result, anti-Western (particularly anti-British) rhetoric has increased. This has led to violent protests against the British High Commission and other diplomatic premises. Although no protests have so far been directed at the British community more generally, you should be vigilant and avoid demonstrations”. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka had earlier protested at the travel advisory when it was updated on August 14 warning British citizens of an upsurge in nationalism, sexual offenses and anti-western rhetoric in the country. read more

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Heavy rain to continue

The sea areas off the coast extending from Puttalam to Pottuvil via Galle and the gulf of Mannar sea area will be fairly rough at times. It also said that there will be showers or thundershowers at a several places in the sea areas off the coast extending from Puttalam to Pottuvil via Galle. Showers or thundershowers will develop at several places over most provinces of the island during the afternoon or evening today, the Department of Meteorology said.The Department said that there may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers. The general public have been urged to take adequate precautions to minimize the damages caused by lightning activities. Winds will be Westerly or Southwesterly and speeds will be 20-40 km/hr. The speed may increase up to 50kmph at times in the sea areas off the coast extending from Puttalam to Pottuvil via Galle and in the gulf of Mannar sea area. read more

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Germany initiates resolution backing GSP plus for Lanka

The Ambassador was speaking to a group of journalists from Sri Lanka who are in Germany to cover the visit of President Maithripala Sirisena. He says the German Government feels Sri Lanka must be rewarded for the progress made on several issues by giving the country the EU GSP plus trade concession. “This visit will open a new chapter between Germany and Sri Lanka,” he said.During the visit the President will have talks with the German Government and also meet the Sri Lankan community in Germany. (Colombo Gazette) He said that if Sri Lanka regains GSP plus Sri Lanka’s exports to the EU can increase by at least one billion USD.Meanwhile the Ambassador said that the visit of President Maithripala Sirisena to Germany will help boost the relations between both countries. The German Government has initiated a resolution at the EU Parliament supporting Sri Lanka to regain the GSP plus trade concession.Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Germany Karunatilaka Amunugama said that Germany is satisfied with the latest developments in Sri Lanka. read more

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Civil society raises concerns with the Office for Reparations Bill

“However, for reparations to be transformative, they must be prompt, effective, and inclusive and the process must be transparent. Thus, an independent Office, free from political interference and vested with powers to define and implement reparations is essential,” the statement added.The activists called on the Government to use the opportunity to fulfil their commitments made in 2015, taking note of the findings of the Consultations Task Force (CTF) and enact legislation establishing a mechanism that can fully address the needs of victims across Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) As such, if properly implemented, reparations will have a significant impact across Sri Lanka. “Therefore, we request amendments to the draft Bill to address these issues. We also urge any future action to be preceded by meaningful consultations on the content of the draft Bill allowing civil society and other stakeholders to make further submissions regarding other outstanding concerns,” the statement said. 2) Furthermore, according to the draft Bill, policies and guidelines approved by the Cabinet of Ministers and authorizing the disbursement of funds must be placed before Parliament for its approval (clause 22(4)). This procedural requirement is unnecessary and redundant given that the proposed Office has its own Fund for the carrying out of its mandate. Therefore, this adds another unnecessary layer of Parliamentary oversight and thereby further dilutes the Office’s input on reparations policies and guidelines.“The two clauses are cause for grave concern as they take away any decision-making power from the proposed Office regarding the adoption of reparations policies and guidelines. In essence, the inclusion of such problematic clauses reduces the proposed Office to a another bureaucratic layer in the adoption of policies, a far cry from what the proposed Office was meant to be in terms of defining and implementing reparations policies and programmes,” the statement said.The statement notes that reparations are a critical component to rebuild the lives of those whose rights have been violated. In a joint statement, the civil society activists and groups said that if the concerns are not addressed forthwith, further engagement with the process will be moot. Civil society activists and groups in Sri Lanka have expressed deep concerns with aspects of the draft Bill titled ‘Office for Reparations’ (the Bill) gazetted on 25th June 2018.The activists raised several concerns with the process and content of the draft Bill and also noted that two issues regarding the powers and functions of the proposed Office stand out as the most pressing concerns. Paramount concerns regarding the draft Bill are:1) The proposed Office has no decisional power with respect to policies and guidelines on reparations. In fact, policies and guidelines formulated by the proposed Office will only be adopted upon approval by the Cabinet of Ministers (clause 11(1)(g)). This unnecessary requirement of designating the Cabinet of Ministers as the key decision-maker on the adoption of reparations policies and guidelines is hugely problematic as the latter may delay or even refuse approving the recommended policies on reparations. It can also lead to cabinet approving policies and guidelines in an ad hoc manner, as done in the past, potentially undermining the coherence of the scheme proposed by the Office. read more

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WatchBetrayed Canadians could launch unprecedented protests over Trans Mountain pipeline activist warns

Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press Berman is a director of Stand.earth, one of the groups that organized an anti-pipeline protest in Vancouver on Tuesday after Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the government’s plans for the pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C. Another protest is planned in Victoria on Thursday.“My expectation is that the outrage is going to grow and we’re not just going it see it here in British Columbia but we’re going to see it nationally and internationally,” she said, adding social media makes it possible for activists to connect in ways that didn’t exist at the height of anti-logging protests in 1993.“We didn’t have email, we didn’t have cellphones. It was a remote location that took most people five to seven hours to get through. This is a pipeline project that runs through urban centres,” she said of Trans Mountain.Tzeporah Berman. Khelsilem, a Squamish Nation council member who goes by his first name, said the federal government’s decision to pursue completion of the pipeline expansion threatens Indigenous communities if there was a spill of bitumen from increased tanker traffic in B.C. waters.“Trudeau had promised during the election that he would create a new environmental process that would protect Indigenous rights and that the Kinder Morgan project would be included and sent back to be done through the new process, and on both those counts he’s failed completely,” he said.Along with multiple legal challenges involving the pipeline, the Squamish Nation and five other First Nations are involved in a Federal Court of Appeal case that targets Ottawa’s approval of the project.“The protesters and the opposition, and the civil disobedience is probably going to increase,” Khelsilem said.“Our mandate from our people is to continue to defend our rights as a people and to protect our territory, not just for us but for future generations. We’re going to continue to stand with our allies that support our Indigenous rights and change the story of Canada, that Canada is no longer a country that disregards Indigenous rights.” Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Outrage over the federal government’s announcement about buying the Trans Mountain pipeline to ensure it gets built could fuel unprecedented protests, says a prominent environmentalist who was at the forefront of British Columbia’s so-called War in the Woods in the 1990s.Tzeporah Berman said the fight against the pipeline expansion is even bigger than those over logging in Clayoquot Sound.Canadians are angry the government is shelling out $4.5 billion to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline rather than investing in clean energy after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s climate-change promises during the 2015 election and his later commitment to the Paris climate accord, she said.“My experience is that people are motivated by betrayal, they’re motivated by a lack of fairness, they’re motivated by a sense of shared common purpose and outrage. In this case we have all of that,” said Berman, who was cleared of aiding and abetting protesters at the Clayoquot blockade and is now an adjunct professor of environmental studies at York University in Toronto.Berman said the Liberal government “made a very big mistake” by backing Kinder Morgan’s project and alienating voters to create “a perfect storm” that would prompt people to take action.“I think a lot of us who knocked on doors for the Trudeau government really believed them when they said they were going to bring evidence-based analysis and science and democratic process back to pipeline reviews.”Donna Oleksiuk holds a sign bearing a photograph of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, during a protest against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion in Vancouver on Tuesday May 29, 2018. read more

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Kosovo Security Council Annan welcome orderly and peaceful assembly elections

“The Secretary-General congratulates the people of Kosovo on the commitment to democratic norms through peaceful adherence to the electoral rules shown throughout the campaign and on election day,” Mr. Annan’s spokesman, Manoel de Almeida e Silva, said in a statement at UN Headquarters in New York.The all-inclusive nature of the elections would provide a solid basis for the institutions of provisional self-government that would be established in accordance with the Security Council resolution on Kosovo, he added. “The Secretary-General is gratified that members of the minority communities turned out in significant numbers and express the hope that the elected representatives of all communities will take up their rightful place in the institutions of provisional self-government,” Mr. de Almeida e Silva said.The 15-member Council said in a press statement by its current President, Ambassador Patricia Durrant of Jamaica, that the elections were an important step in the implementation of its resolution 1244 of 10 June 1999 and would enable the establishment of democratic self-governing institutions as specified in the Constitutional Framework for Provisional Self-Government.Council members also recalled the responsibility of Kosovo’s elected leaders and all concerned to respect fully all the provisions of resolution 1244, in particular the final status provisions, and to comply with the Constitutional Framework.”Full respect for resolution 1244 will contribute to building a democratic, pluralist and prosperous future for all the communities of Kosovo,” Ambassador Durrant said. “The stability in southeast Europe will also be strengthened.”The Council members commended Mr. Annan’s Special Representative for Kosovo, Hans Haekkerup, the UN mission (UNMIK) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and all those who contributed to the successful conduct of the elections, Ambassador Durrant said.On Saturday, Kosovars voted for a legislative assembly, casting ballots in Kosovo, Serbia and Montenegro, as well as by mail from 36 countries. By Saturday night, with three-quarters of precincts reporting in, UNMIK and the OSCE said that some 63 percent of eligible voters in Kosovo, as well as select polling stations in Serbia and Montenegro, turned out to vote. read more

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Private companies must boost efforts to implement sustainable policies – UN report

The Global Corporate Sustainability Report 2013, released by the UN Global Compact, found that many companies are defining goals and setting policies but still have much work to do in terms of implementing these policies. For example, 65 per cent of the companies who too part in the report develop sustainability policies at the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) level, while only 35 per cent train managers to integrate sustainability into strategies and operations.The report surveyed nearly 2,000 companies across 113 countries, and provides a snapshot of the actions taken by businesses to embed responsible practices into their strategies, operations and culture.The report also stresses that commitment to sustainability principles such as the protection of human rights, transparency and accountability, environmental stewardship and social inclusion affect companies’ performance.“Corporate sustainability is serious business. It influences long-term financial success. What used to be external to the company is now internal,” the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, Georg Kell, told reporters in New York.“Social issues such as poverty are also business issues and businesses can take on them proactively and be part of the solution or continue to ignore them at their own risk.”The report also found that while small and large companies are committing to the UN Global Compact in equal numbers, larger companies are significantly more likely to move beyond commitment to action across all issue areas. However, the survey also notes that smaller companies are increasingly taking steps to catch up to their larger peers.Supply chains are a major obstacle to implement sustainability policies, the report states. Even though the majority of companies have established sustainability expectations for their suppliers, they have the challenge of tracking their compliance and help suppliers reach their goals in this matter.Mr. Kell added that despite challenges, more companies are recognizing the importance of sustainable practices and are joining the Global Compact to align their core business strategies with UN principles and global development priorities.Launched in 2000, the UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative, with more than 8,000 companies in some 144 countries. It seeks The report will provide the backdrop for the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013: Architects of a Better World on 19-20 September in New York. The Summit will bring together 1,000 chief executives and leaders from civil society, government and the UN. read more

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Mother defends turning her oneyearold son into an Instagram influencer

A mother who turned her one-year-old son into a social media “influencer” has spoken out after facing backlash for using the toddler as a “tool”.Stacey Woodhams from Brentwood, Essex, runs the Instagram page for her little boy, Ralphie, which has 15,000 followers.Pictures of the perfect-looking baby can earn the family hundreds of pounds in sponsorships, and the family has managed to accumulate £10,000 worth of freebies including his clothes, bedroom furniture and days out using the account.She has even banned family members from sharing photographs of Ralphie on social media, in case they interfere with his brand.However, in return, the 28-year-old has received hate mail and threats from fellow mothers online, who accuse her of using her son as a “tool” and being an unloving mother.She told The Telegraph that those accusations are not true, adding: “I know everything I do is for Ralphie’s future and genuinely because we love helping others. People are quick to buy anything endorsed by celebrities just because they have a status. The account for Ralphie was originally set up when he was seven days old so the family could see him grow, but he quickly amassed over 1,000 followers. “But what we’re trying to do is grow our online online business, blogger page and influencer following whilst also helping to promote other small independent businesses. Yet I still get accused of being an unloving mother. “What I do doesn’t define me as a mum and people should think carefully before commenting as suicide happens because of online trolls, and they’re factoring into that pool of online abuse and it’s just nasty and could be detrimental if the receiving person wasn’t in the right frame of mind.”Ms Woodhams agreed that there is a double standard when celebrities parade their children on social media.She added: “I think it’s wrong that Kim Kardashian gets pardoned and can share intimate family videos and people support her and buy into her brand yet I share a gorgeous picture of Ralphie and I get called a terrible mother just because I have no status. “I’m sure she gets abuse too but it’s different – she’s protected by the super scale of her success so she couldn’t possibly see everything written online, whereas small time accounts are trolled directly and it’s hard.”Super rich and celebrity statuses are already established and in essence can’t be torn apart or destroyed.. but trolls feel like they can affect small timers like us. But that’s all part and parcel of the struggle and challenger to better myself and work harder.” She now spends hours each day running the account, and styling her baby for pictures, as well as running her own business from home.Ms Woodhams makes sure she posts a photograph of Ralphie daily, and posts when frazzled parents are most likely to be scrolling on their phones, sometimes at 2am.The work has paid off; she says she gets paid up to £375 for each sponsored post, as well as enjoying trips to hotels and theme parks.The mother explained: “I’ve worked really hard to achieve what we have achieved and everything I do is for Ralphie and his future.”If a photo of him in a tracksuit with snot running down his face and his hair is messy gets put on social media, that is not representative of the brands we are representing.”It sounds awful referring to him as a brand because he is a human and a child but essentially, the name that we have created is a business.”So our family aren’t allowed to post photos unless it’s a photo we’ve already posted or a photo I’ve approved.”Because of her success on Instagram, the mother has started to run workshops for other parents, teaching them how to make their own family influencer accounts. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Verizon selling original iPad starting at 300 while supplies last

first_imgVerizon’s taking a cue from AT&T and is drastically lowering the prices on the first generation iPad. We reported earlier this week that AT&T dropped the price of the iPad between $200 and $300.Before the iPad 2, the iPad 3G was offered in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models at $629, $729 and $829 respectively. AT&T is now offering the 16GB WiFi model for $429 and the 32GB and 64GB models for $529. According to TAW, the only iPad 3G model still in stock at AT&T is the 64GB model for $529.AdChoices广告Now it’s Verizon’s turn to make us an offer we can’t refuse. Though there’s no official announcement as of yet, deal sites are buzzing with reports that Verizon is now selling the original iPad for only $299.99 in-store. That price is for the 16GB WiFi-only model. And it’s $100 cheaper than AT&T’s first-gen iPad price originally. The 32GB and 64GB models are also apparently on sale for $399.99 and $499.99, respectively.There are also rumors that Verizon’s stock is already selling out, so you might want to go to your local Verizon store and check things out. Only corporate-owned Verizon stores will be offering these prices, not independent Verizon stores.Verizon doesn’t offer built-in 3G models of the original iPad, and of course.  MiFi mobile hotspots are sold separately.With 70 percent of iPad 2 customers being first-time owners, you may wonder if they’d be just as happy with the original iPad for $300 less? Some people were willing to spend over $1,000 on eBay to get their new iPad 2 when stores had run low on stock. That’s $700 more than what you’d pay for an original iPad right now.Let us know if you find one of these discounted iPads at your Verizon store. We’d love to know how the stock is looking.last_img read more

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An Irishwoman on converting to Islam It excited me It wasnt anything

first_imgI wasn’t a practising Catholic but I still believed in God, and life was fine but I needed an element of purpose. I started reading the Bible, and felt like their was a total lack of clarity.BRIGID AYLWARD, A paediatric nurse at University Hospital Waterford, grew up as a Christian, but wouldn’t have given much consideration to what that meant.It was after she left home that she started thinking more about where she was was going and for what purpose she was here.She decided that she would travel to a Muslim country where she would work as a nurse in the hope that in isolation, she could reconnect with God, confirming her belief.“When I got to Saudi Arabia, I realised that I had a very western mindset, a western culture. I had so many questions: ‘What the heck is with these women who covered head; I thought it was sad to look at, and that women had no place in society.” Source: Shutterstock/Aisylu Ahmadieva‘Mothers behind the veil’Brigid says that working as a paediatric nurse in a Muslim country she got to know the “mothers behind the veil”, and disspelled myths she had about the veil.“They don’t have to cover – it’s their choice, they prefer to. They’re human, they’re normal. I started to read about Islam purely to do my job better and to understand these women better. 177 Comments An Irishwoman on converting to Islam: ‘It excited me. It wasn’t anything I thought it was’ We spoke to a Waterford woman about why she converted to Islam and the benefits of wearing a hijab. 48,919 Views https://jrnl.ie/3221552 Sunday 5 Feb 2017, 9:00 PM It started to make sense to me – it excited to me. It wasn’t anything I thought it was before.In November 2008 Brigid accepted Islam. There were some fears she had that were associated with it, about what her mum would say and what her family would say.Her husband, who she met while working in hospital in Saudi helped her deal with her fears and she says her family have seen the sense of purpose the religion has given her.“I’ve only ever had positive reactions. I knew people would be surprised at a big change. I’ve only experienced niceness, that’s the great spirit of Ireland.”Brigid says that the news of Donald Trump’s travel ban saddened her, but that she’d be sad no matter what religion they were.“What Trump has done is put a mark on Muslims that says ‘We’ve a reason to be afraid of these people’. This is what we’ve been working against, it’s putting fuel on a fire.” Muslim worshippers attend a service for the Eid al-Adha holiday, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, in the Queens borough of New York. Source: Mark LennihanMisconceptions about MuslimsDr Rachel Woodlock is an Australian Muslim academic who lives in Clonmel, Co Tipperary. She’s been studying attitudes about Muslims and opinions of Muslims themselves, and says that there are many misconceptions around Islam – one of which is not all Muslims are really religious.“[In Catholicism] you’re meant to fast during Lent, but not all Catholics fast, not all Catholics go to church, and it’s the same with Islam. Muslims are a lot more heterogeneous – there’s no Vatican equivalent that prescribes what you do.”Woodlock says that a survey was done of a population in Victoria, Australia that showed rates of ‘religiousness’ was the same in the general population as it was with Muslims.“[Some Muslims] go to mosques the same way some Christians go to church at Christmas time.Woodlock said that there were different attitudes towards Islam before the Lindt café siege – states like New South Wales started an ethnic force, while Victoria set-up a ‘multicultural liaison unit’.“The thing about the attacker though, the Muslim community had been saying this guy is crazy, we’re worried about him, he doesn’t represent us. At the Quebec shooting this week, the attacker was called a ‘lone wolf’. Well Man Haron Monis was our lone wolf.”She says that in Australia, the coverage of Muslims feels moch different compared to Ireland: “It’s as if Muslims make up 2% of the population but take up 30-40% of the media coverage, while in Ireland, about 1% of the population is Muslim and half a percent is covered in the media”.“I think the history of terrorism in the north means Ireland can contextualise a national crisis a bit better than most.”‘The veil’ used as political props Source: Shutterstock/Saida ShigapovaIn traditional Muslim cultures, both men and women covered their bodies. It later evolved so that it was reserved only for upper class women. This then eventually spread out to all families as a symbol of culture and identity in the 18th century.“Europeans argued for the emancipation of women,” Woodlock says. “But ironically, people like Lord Cromer who were arguing that these women needed to be set free, were also opposing the suffragette movement in England.”In the Ottoman empire, women were a representation of the Muslim world; the Hijab was seen as the last barrier of defence. “So the veil took on a political current that it wouldn’t have had in previous eras.”Even more so now – with burkini bans in France causing a debate over how to deal with the fear of terrorism and a recent ruling by a Swiss High Court that means Muslim girls must learn to swim with boys as part of their education, the issue of how to make room for tradition in a modern setting is becoming more and more tricky.“Most Muslim women in the west chose to wear a veil as part of their identity – it’s not a fundamentalist act,” says Woodlock. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article I believed there was a God, but I couldn’t find God in the Catholic religion, it didn’t make sense for me. Feb 5th 2017, 9:00 PM Share1698 Tweet Email It’s a part of the religion and there are a lot of different meanings to it, but it all gets collapsed into one symbol of religion. By Gráinne Ní Aodha Short URL Muslim mother teach her daughter reading koran inside the mosque. Source: Shutterstock/leolintang“It’s the woman who wants to wear a hijab,” says Brigid. “When you actually wear it then you realise the benefits.“As well as fulfilling the religious requirements, for me I’ve gained more confidence when I speak, they’re not looking at me at what my hair is like, I have an inner confidence.”Woodlock wears a hijab everyday, but recalls donning a face veil (nijab) when she was visiting a Muslim country, and she says it gave her an deeper understanding of why women wear it.“I really got a sense of the privacy of it – I feel I’m able to look out at the world and operate in the world without the world intruding on me.“But I wouldn’t wear it in the West, in case it creates a fear and apprehension.”Aylward and Woodlock took part in the only registered event in Ireland to mark World Hijab Day last Wednesday at Waterford Institute of Technology. The an annual global event was set up by New Yorker Nazma Khan in 2013 in order to fight prejudice and discrimination against Muslim women.Article was updated at 23.55Read: Austria promises ban on face veil in public placesRead: Vegetarianism, communal living and ‘plenty of craic’: How do Irish Buddhists live?last_img read more

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Legally Blonde A musical staged at The Keegan Theatre in Washington DC

first_imgThe Keegan Theatre closes out its 22nd season with the award-winning musical Legally Blonde, which opened on August 3. Based on the hit movie, Legally Blonde is a fabulously fun and energetic musical, wrapped up with a snappy pink bow. It features music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and a book by Heather Hach. The DC premiere production at Keegan is directed by Ricky Drummond with music direction by Helen Hayes Award-winner Walter ‘Bobby’ McCoy and choreography by Ashleigh King.During the run of the musical, ticket holders are invited to neighbouring restaurant Firefly for a 20% discount off lunch, dinner or happy hour. The Firefly bar team will also offer a special rotating flight of pink cocktails inspired by Elle Woods’ fearless love of pink. Playful tributes to the show’s fearless heroine include the ‘Bend and Snap’, ‘Gemini Vegetarians’ and ‘Valley-dictorian’. The collection of three 3oz cocktails will be available exclusively through September 1 for $22.last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Many had waited in anti

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterMany had waited in anticipation to see the stunning new Murray in Hong Kong. Ever since the 25-floor, open-square building was designed by Ron Phillips in 1969, some must have thought it would make an excellent hotel. Finally, on 15 January 2018, the Cotton Tree Drive building (re-imagined by Foster+Partners) opened as The Murray, a Niccolo Hotel, Hong Kong – and the first visitors, amazingly, were Ron Phillips and his family. They were welcomed by the hotel’s Managing Director, Duncan Palmer, and his Manager, Dean Dimitriou – whose office, interestingly, is behind a bevelled-glass wall at one end of the long reception area so that he can see what is going on.THE MURRAY lobbyThere are many notable features about the transformation of what, for nearly 50 years, was government offices, to today’s 336-room hotel. The ground entrance floor, a marble haven, is narrow, with no comfortable seating. Four alcoves offer private areas for stand-up check-in and check-out. Another, larger, alcove leads back into Murray Lane bar. Everything is sleek and clean, without undue fuss; this is not a hotel for addicts of frills and non-necessities. It seems as if Duncan Palmer has put his own highly cultured stamp throughout.THE MURRAY, Murray Lane DrivewayThe Murray Suite #2301 is absolutely gorgeous, with 225 square metres of design by Foster+Partners’ Colin Ward and Armstrong Yakubu. The main salon is an S-shaped space with stone-coloured silk walls, and dark wood parquet flooring enlivened by a soft avocado rug under the main seating. The seating, which is soft avocado, includes a six-seat, L-shaped Ninotti leather sofa, with unique cushions in sit-up-and-notice colours.The full pantry has a bright orange Smeg refrigerator. One of the wall artworks, all from Wharf Hotels’ Executive Chairman Peter Woo’s private collection, is a 1.5×1.5m oil of 11 tall poppies with leaf-free stalks. A glass-walled gym in one corner holds a Ciclotte bicycle, next to a 50-centimetre-high day-glo scarlet Calder-type standing mobile. Toiletries in the seriously oasis bathroom, and the powder room, are Grown Alchemist, from Melbourne. The hair dryer is Dyson, the air purifer Tom Dixon – and so on.THE MURRAY, Murray Suite Living RoomThere are hardback books everywhere, chosen from Kelly & Walsh in nearby Pacific Place by Dean Dimitriou, who has obviously learned a lot from Duncan Palmer. In one closet I have Fashion 150, and Socks: The Rule Book. The bedroom holds Hong Kong Food & Culture, The Monocle Guide to Drinking & Dining (note the order), and Urban Jungle: Living and Styling with Plants. In the living room are Eames Furniture Source Book, John Galliano Unseen, and Pattern: 100 Fashion Designers, 10 Curators (if I run out of inspiration I could always turn to that room’s iPad).I pause to call the concierge to ask laundry to come for some pressing, and get an instant response, using my name: “housekeeping will come”, which happened four minutes later; “What time you want back?”. I call concierge again, asking to have a boarding card printed out; it arrives 4.5 minutes after.THE MURRAY, Murray Suite BathroomRather than a spa manager, here, the hotel has a Director of Nutrition and Wellness: Josephine Chan, who will do personalised programs as required. I loved dining up in Popinjoys, up on the 26th floor, reached by a dedicated elevator from the hotel’s top floor. This is an indoor-out area, and many really enjoy being able to cocktail out on the terrace. The entire bar area of the L-shaped bar/restaurant is a mixologist’s heaven. Here, displayed cocktails include a blue macaw, in an appropriate china jug holding Montelobos Mescal, Ancho Reyes, yellow Chartreuse, fresh pineapple and lemon juice.THE MURRAY Popinjays Dining RoomMore sedately, we sit in the L’s other leg, at a grey-flecked white marble table. We drink Savigny-les-Beaune 2016 Simon Bizy & Fils, and nibble on four homemade breads in a black linen-lined silver bowl. A Beurre d’Isigny round, in a marble holder, is accompanied by a dipping sauce, and a round of guacamole. Chef Didier Quennouelle has suggested a special menu, but I go à la carte with a Popinjay’s salad that looks like a Royal’s hat and a bed of smoked eggplant from which rise ‘feathers’ of crudités and avocado. A turquoise Laguiole knife is brought, but not needed, for my four fingers of Japanese wagyu striploin with side of grilled asparagus; china is Haviland.THE MURRAY, Murray Suite DiningIn the morning I have the 24/7 Technogym to myself and watch a global final of ladies’ Crossfit. 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first_imgSkyscanner scooped a trio of Travolution Awards last night (11 October 2011) in London, winning Travel Brand of the Year, Best Use Of SEO, and for the second year running, Best Metasearch/Price Comparison site. RelatedSkyscanner AwardsSkyscanner have won or been shortlisted for numerous awards. Here are our most recent wins:Skyscanner wins best metasearch flight comparison website at Travolution awardsSkyscanner wins best metasearch flight comparison website at Travolution awardsOur latest awardsOur award wins in the past month Gareth Williams, Skyscanner CEO commented:“Over the last 12 months we’ve been working hard to continually improve Skyscanner products and make flight and travel search easier, faster and better for our users. To have our efforts officially recognised by winning not just one, but three awards in the UK’s most highly respected travel industry accolades is very gratifying.”The Travolution Awards recognise companies that excel in the fields of online travel, digital marketing and technology. Judged by a panel of proven business leaders, experts and entrepreneurs, they are the UK travel industry’s highest accolade for innovation and excellence online.The triple win adds to Skyscanner’s already heavy shelf of recent accolades including silver in the Travel Marketing Awards 2011, a place in the Sunday Times 100 Best companies to work for in the UK and a Deloitte Technology Fast 50.See Skyscanner’s full list of awards here. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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Martin Luther King

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