Final Walking in Spirit event attacts hundreds in Maskwacis

first_imgBrandi Morin APTN National NewsMASKWACIS, ALTA — Hundreds of people walked 17 kilometres in 30 degree temperatures for the fourth and final Walking in Spirit suicide awareness event in Maskwacis Thursday.Holding handmade signs with the names of loved ones who took their own lives, participants braved the scorching heat as a symbol of the pain each person who died  may have experienced in life.In the past three years, 60 people have taken their own lives in the community.The walk originally stemmed from the vision of Mason Buffalo who four years ago decided to take action against suicide that has hit the community hard in the last decade.He set out to walk from each of the four directions over four years and now believes a space has been made for changes to take form.“With our prayers sent from the four directions we lifted the cloud over Maskwacis,” said Buffalo.He said everyone struggles with mental illness and has dealt with some sort of trauma in their lifetime. He too fought his own demons and suffered from suicidal thoughts even in the recent past.“Even the last four years have been the worst. I used to turn to alcohol to not think about anything. But I’ve made a conscious decision to better my life and great opportunities have been coming to me,” he said.The efforts to combat suicide are not stopping here. He is advocating for a healing lodge to be built in the community.“If we had a treatment center here there will be people who will want to get help there. There’s usually waiting lists in other treatment centers and the ones who get in a lot of times are court ordered. The ones who can’t get in turn to suicide because they want to give up.”He said leadership of the four bands that make up Maskwacis are supportive of the idea.His father Patrick Buffalo, a council member at Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacis is also supportive, but said effective treatment plans need to be further explored.“We have a long ways to go in healing our community,” said Patrick. “I know for a fact that people can offer all sorts of programs but at the end of the day what is it that works?”Patrick is proud of his son for taking the lead on a grassroots level to tackle suicide. And said now people are more open to talk about it which wasn’t always the case.“This has been a problem for a long, long time. Mason took a huge leap in creating awareness but we need to continue creating awareness, educating, so that there are options and support mechanisms put in place so people can have someone to reach out to,” he said.Buffalo hopes a youth member of Maskwacis will carry on leading the walk in the years ahead.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

President sacks PMs secretary and other state officials

President Maithripala Sirisena has sacked the Secretary to the Prime Minister Saman Ekanayaka with immediate effect.The President appointed S. Amarasekara as the new Secretary to the Prime Minister. The President also replaced the Director of the Government Information Department.The President appointed Nalaka Kaluwewa as the acting Director of the Government Information Department.

One in three Europeans potentially exposed to asbestos new UN study shows

“We cannot afford losing almost 15,000 lives a year in Europe, especially workers, from diseases caused by exposure to asbestos,” Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, the World Health Organization’s Regional Director for Europe was quoted as saying in a press release issued in Haifa, Israel, where more than 200 delegates met from 28-30 April to evaluate progress on environment and health in Europe.“Every death from asbestos-related diseases is avoidable,” Dr. Jakab said. “We urge all countries to leave the Haifa meeting to fulfil their 2010 commitment and develop policies by the end of this year that will eliminate asbestos-related diseases from the face of Europe.”“There is very little time left for that,” she said.Elimination of asbestos-related diseases was one of the major issues discussed at the Haifa meeting, according to WHO. The report presented at the meeting, indicated that asbestos, a group of natural fibrous minerals, is responsible for about half of all deaths from cancers developed at work. According to new estimates, deaths from mesothelioma in 15 European countries cost society more than 1.5 billion euros annually.“While 37 of the 53 Member States in the Region have banned the use of all forms of asbestos, the remaining 16 countries still use asbestos, especially for building materials, and some continue to produce and export it,” according to the report. “Even after its use has ceased, asbestos lingers in the environment, so it needs to be safely removed and disposed without delay.”The 16 countries that have not yet banned all forms of asbestos are: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Monaco, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, according to WHO.“At its closure, the high-level meeting on environment and health urgently calls upon all European countries to eliminate asbestos-related diseases,” the WHO press release said.Those countries present at the meeting also renewed their pledges to work towards meeting the time-bound targets they adopted in 2010. The five time-bound targets adopted by countries in the European Region in 2010 are to: provide safe water and sanitation to all children by 2020; create healthy and safe environments for children in their daily life by 2020; make children’s indoor environments free from tobacco smoke by 2015; safeguard children’s environments from toxic chemicals by 2015; develop policies to eliminate asbestos-related diseases by 2015. read more

Four of Rembrandts Five Senses reunitedbut hunt is on for the last

first_imgThe Unconscious Patient (Sense of Smell)Credit:The Leiden Collection, New York The Stone Operation (Sense of Touch) The Three Singers (Sense of Hearing) Four of Rembrandt’s earliest paintings are to be reunited for the first time in centuries after one was discovered in a cellar, as the Ashmolean Museum announces the hunt is still on for one final missing work.The quartet, four-fifths of the “Five Senses” series, are to go on public display in the Oxford museum, after “Smell” was sensationally rediscovered last year.It will now go on public show alongside Hearing, Touch and Sight for the first time, with as experts say the missing Taste could still be “languishing in someone’s attic” somewhere in the world. The Stone Operation (Sense of Touch)Credit:The Leiden Collection, New York The Three Singers (Sense of Hearing)Credit:The Leiden Collection, New York The paintings were created around 1624-5 when the artist was still a teenager, and depict the five senses – a popular allegorical theme of the day.Each picture shows three figures depicting a sense, with Sight showing a squinting woman trying on a pair of spectacles and Hearing showing three singers.Smell, long thought missing, was discovered lsat years in the basement of a New Jersey home in the United States, offered at auction for just $500-800 and thought to be by a minor 19th century painting by an unknown artist. But eagle-eyed European collectors spotted its potential, sparking a bidding war which raised the price to $870,000.The painting was eventually bought by the the Leiden Collection, New York, and restored, being attributed to Rembrandt not least because his monogram was on the canvas.The panel was unveiled to the public at the TEFAF art fair in Maastricht earlier this year, and is now united with its series at the Ashmolean. An Van Camp, curator of Northern European art at the Ashmolean Museum, said: “These earliest of paintings by Rembrandt are fascinating in what they tell us of the young artist’s abilities and his immaturity.“The paintings show that at the age of just eighteen, Rembrandt already has a genius for representing human character and emotion, and for packing in amazing amounts of detail into the briefest of brushstrokes – skills that would see him become one of the most celebrated artists of all time.”The fifth painting, Taste, remains lost and possibly destroyed.The Ashmolean is now encouraging visitors to “draw, paint, recreate or just describe” what the painting may look like via its social media channels.  The Unconscious Patient (Sense of Smell) Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Husbands wrongly accused of abuse after changes to legal aid rules charity

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. “If they have not done anything abusive, or which they consider to be abusive, they might assume that it’s OK to do certain things, maybe contact their ex-partner and say ‘can I see the children this weekend’, and the next thing you know they are arrested and convicted because they’ve broken an order. He said orders made without the respondent being present were “unhelpful because the judge only hears one side of the story when they issue the order”. However, women’s groups said false reports were rare.Katie Ghose, chief executive of Women’s Aid, said: “Given that the police are recording record numbers of domestic abuse-related incidents and offences, we would expect the number of non-molestation orders being applied for and granted to increase over this period as more victims have the courage to report to the police and seek protection through the justice system.” Husbands have been wrongly accused of domestic abuse after changes to legal aid rules, a charity has warned. Figures show that there has been a significant rise in applications for non-molestation orders, which are granted in urgent abuse cases. Parent advocacy group Families need Fathers said that in some cases parents were encouraged to allege abuse in order to be granted an order, which then allows them to access legal aid funding. The law was changed in 2012 to remove legal aid for family court cases, except where abuse is involved. The statistics, obtained following Freedom of Information requests by the group, show that the number of orders made in England and Wales has risen by 30 per cent since 2011. Most of the orders are applied for by women, with more than 22,000 granted in 2017 compared to less than 2,000 which were applied for by men. A spokesman for Families need Fathers said that in some cases the order can be made when the respondent is not present, and they are likely to be unrepresented by a lawyer and may not understand its its implications.”A lot of people are coming to us through our support groups who have received documents through the post, they don’t really understand the significance of them and if they don’t act they make mistakes.  She added that the charity was “not aware of any cases where mothers have falsely applied for non-molestation orders”, adding, “we know from our work with survivors that non-molestation orders can be difficult to obtain and the court process itself can be distressing for victims.”She said the suggestion that the accusations are false “sends out a dangerous message to survivors” and “tells them that they may not be believed”. A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “Non-molestation orders are an important means of protecting individuals in abusive situations. “When deciding whether to grant a non-molestation order the judge will consider all the circumstances, including the need to secure the health, safety and wellbeing of the applicant and any children.” read more

Lindener emerges as first female GTT million dollar smile winner

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKuru Kururu benefits from free dental programme spearheaded by GTTDecember 11, 2017In “Business”Social activist is GTT’s latest millionaireDecember 6, 2017In “latest news”GTT’s Pinktober concludes with $4.7M donation to the GCFNovember 2, 2017In “Entertainment” Twenty-four-year-old Gillian Sharon Washington, an insurance sales representative from the Wisroc Housing Scheme area of Linden, became the first female and third winner at the Linden draw of the GTT Million Dollar Smile campaign on Friday, November 17.“I am more than thankful to GTT,” she declared. “Winning this money is very significant for me and my family, since my mom has plenty expenses and I was at my wits’ end wondering how I will be able to help, since I only recently started working,” Washington explained.Gillian Sharon Washington emerged as first female GTT ‘million dollar smile’ winnerThe mother of two said that on the evening before the draw she purchased a GTT handset as a present for her mother’s birthday, and it was this purchase which entered her for a chance to win the million dollars. Her number was the fifth number called, after the holders of all of the other numbers called were absent from the draw location. The promotion requires the winner to be at the draw location when the number is called.Washington says she will remain faithful to the GTT network.GTT Million Dollar Smile campaign has made it quite simple for customers to have a chance to win millions. Every customer who does an electronic top-up of $1,000 or more in a single transaction, or purchases a data plan for a $1,000 or more, or pays any GTT bill in full and on time, or signs up for or upgrades a Blaze plan, or purchases a GTT handset or purchases a ticket for the Chronixx show, has been entered for a chance to win.The first winner, Maynard Carmichael, was entered through his purchase of tickets to the Chronixx show which was held on Saturday evening. David Sital, the second winner, topped up and won.The promotion next heads to Bartica on November 24; Essequibo on December 1; Berbice on December 15; and will return to Georgetown for the Grand Draw on December 18, when four winners will be selected for a million dollars each. read more

Zlatko Saracevic overtakes RK PPD Zagreb

Kasim KamenicaRK PPD Zagrebzlatko saracevic ← Previous Story EHF Cup: Berlin win in Porto – Tatabanya with +1 to Chambery Next Story → World Handball Playmaker 2017? RK PPD Zagreb will present a new coach on today’s press conference, finds out His name is Zlatko Saracevic, famous handball name from 80′ and 90′ who is currently assistant in coaching staff of Lino Cervar in Croatian national team.The 56 years-old coach will overtake team from Kasim Kamenica, who won only two points in eight matches of the VELUX EHF Champions League.Saracevic worked as TV commentator of RTL – in time of big handball competition. He was assistant coach of Boris Dvorsek in PPD Zagreb, afterwards had only one match as the first coach before arrival of Veselin Vujovic in 2014. PPD Zagreb beat THW Kiel in that match… read more

Add Flash to Your Old iPhone

first_imgHave iPhone 4 envy? Your older model will never be as cool as the shiniest, newest version, but at least there’s one thing you can do to help soup the thing up. The iFlash plugs into your iPhone or iPod’s dock connector. It offers 10cd of light, to help you take better shots with your phone.The iFlash has an on/off button and is powered by the phone itself. There’s also a string on the thing, so you can let it dangle from your phone, when not in use. The iFlash is a bit pricey, at $39.95, and, let’s be honest, is a bit less exciting than it could be, given the addition of a flash on the latest version of the iPhone. But if you’ve got $40 and demand sharp phone pictures, you can pick one up today.last_img

Tesco and union still split as Valentines Day strike looms large

first_img 18,768 Views Share396 Tweet Email By Cianan Brennan Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 9:07 PM We believe now more than ever that there is an onus on Mandate to abide by the outcomes of the Labour Court which is the agreement the Union, had sought. Tesco continues to call on Mandate to re-think its plan to damage the company with an unjustified strike.Read: Fianna Fáil to abstain from vote of no confidence in GovernmentRead: Two women have died in separate road collisions this morning The company has followed all the industrial relations processes of the State to seek agreement. The recommendation protects colleagues’ rate of pay with 90 per cent actually getting a pay increase under the Labour Court proposals. Short URL Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieUpdated 21.07A UNION REPRESENTING 11,000 of Tesco’s Irish employees says it will call off the pending workers strikes if Tesco “commits not to make changes to contracts without agreement”.Nine Tesco stores have voted to strike ‘indefinitely’ from this Tuesday over issues surrounding the contracts of the company’s longest-serving Irish workers.A further nine stores will strike from 17 February.Tesco has moved to impose newer ‘modern contracts’ on those employees remaining who have been employed since before 1996, claiming that those contracts are no longer fit for purpose.Those contracts would see longer-term employees “experiencing reduced incomes of up to 20%,” Mandate’s general secretary John Douglas said this evening.“In recent days, Tesco Ireland have said that the impending strikes are not justified because they have not yet actually made the contractual changes,” he said.In response, last Friday Mandate wrote to the management of Tesco Ireland saying that if they committed to not making changes to their staff’s contracts without agreement with them – rather than trying to impose change unilaterally – then the strike due to start on Tuesday could be called off.“Unfortunately, to date we have had no response from Tesco Ireland to our letter,” he added.Tesco’s actions “constitute an abuse of the company’s considerable economic power” according to Douglas who added that “an important principle is at stake”.Tesco’s responseTesco responded this evening and does not seem to have changed its stance towards the pending industrial action.“Tesco continues to call on Mandate to accept the recent Labour Court recommendation as the only means of resolving this dispute. The company is shocked that Mandate has organised strike action in a handful of our stores on Tuesday after the Union has rejected the outcome of the State’s industrial relations process which they had insisted on following,” the company said in a statement.Tesco has not made any changes to the pre-1996 terms and conditions and the Labour Court recommendation sets out a clear path to resolving this issue and we call upon Mandate to now accept the Labour Court recommendation. Feb 12th 2017, 9:07 PM Tesco and union still split as Valentine’s Day strike looms large Nine Tesco stores are set to go on strike on Tuesday 14 February. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 35 Comments last_img read more

Turkeys criticism of genocide motion rebuffed

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “Let justice be done, souls consoled, broken hearts mended, nations reconciled and honour given to all those who perished.”Following the NSW Parliament’s adoption of a motion recognising genocide by Turkey of its Armenian, Assyrian and Hellenic communities in the early 20th century, the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s condemnations of the motion have been rebuffed by NSW parliamentarians. Both houses of the state parliament passed the motion earlier this month, affirming the reality of genocides committed by Turkey in the 1910s and 1920s, which Turkey continues to deny. In a provocative reaction, the Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned the motion, calling it a “hate speech”, and adding that those responsible for it would in future “doubtlessly be deprived of the hospitality and friendship” normally extended to Australians. More specifically, the official statement said: “These persons who try to damage the spirit of Çanakkale/Gallipoli will also not have their place in the Çanakkale ceremonies where we commemorate together our sons lying side by side in our soil.” Member of the NSW Legislative Council Marie Ficarra has condemned the Turkish reaction, which implies the country would block NSW politicians from visiting Gallipoli for the centenary of Anzac in 2015. Ficarra has written to the Turkish Consul General saying that to politicise Gallipoli was “an unacceptable and irrational act” and that the ministry’s comments “diminishes Turkey’s credibility and reputation”. In his speech to the NSW Parliament on Tuesday, Reverend Fred Nile MP – who moved the motion – referred to a letter written by the Turkish Consul General to the NSW Parliament criticising its adoption.

 Mr Nile said that his intention was not to attack or denigrate the modern state of Turkey, but an action that drew on irrefutable conclusions reached by national and international scholarly groups. “The unanimous opinion is that the Assyrian, Armenian and Hellenic peoples were victims of genocide in the 1910s and 1920s,” said Mr Nile. “These genocides were carried out by the leaders of the Ottoman Empire, not the modern state of Turkey which has wonderful relations with Australia.”

 Mr Nile refuted suggestions made by the Turkish Consul General that the NSW Legislative Council resolution constituted “sowing the seeds of hatred” in Australia. Mr Nile said that as a representative of the Christian Democratic Party and the Parliament of New South Wales, “recognition of the genocides of the indigenous Assyrian, Armenian and Hellenic peoples of the Ottoman Empire is not simply a matter of history… the effects of the genocides continue to this day – it is an issue of international law and human rights.” Mr Nile vowed “to continue to advocate such issues at every opportunity. “Let justice be done, souls consoled, broken hearts mended, nations reconciled and honour given to all those who perished so needlessly during a dark hour in mankind’s recent history.”

 Mr Nile said in his response to the Turkish Consul General that the Genocide Recognition motion had a strong focus on the genocides “as part of the Australian national story”. “As documented in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Anzacs were captured and imprisoned as far south as the Sinai Peninsula, as far east as Mesopotamia – modern Iraq – as well as across Anatolia.”
 Mr Nile pointed out that the archives of the Australian War Memorial contained written and photographic evidence that the Anzacs rescued Armenians and Assyrians in Persia (Iran) and Mesopotamia (Iraq) – as well as during the Palestine Campaign. “Many of these Anzacs later became involved in an international humanitarian relief effort on behalf of the survivors for over a decade,” said the MP, who added that the events of the Assyrian, Armenian and Hellenic Genocides were documented by the Australian media before WWI and into the 1920s.last_img read more

Trisomie 21 un traitement parvient à inverser certains symptômes chez des souris

first_imgTrisomie 21 : un traitement parvient à inverser certains symptômes chez des sourisDes chercheurs américains ont annoncé avoir découvert une molécule permettant d’inverser certains symptômes de la trisomie 21 chez des souris lorsqu’elles sont traitées dès leur naissance. Ceci constitue un grand espoir pour la mise au point de traitement destinés aux humains.La trisomie 21 est une maladie génétique qui résulte d’une copie supplémentaire du chromosome 21. Alors qu’il ne devrait être présent qu’en deux exemplaires, on en compte un troisième (d’où le nom de trisomie) ce qui se traduit par un handicap mental, parfois des troubles cardiaques et un faciès caractéristique (mongolisme). La trisomie 21 reste à ce jour une pathologie incurable. D’autant plus que ce syndrome implique de très nombreux gènes, comme l’a souligné Roger Reeves, professeur à l’Institut de médecine génétique de l’Université Johns Hopkins à Baltimore (Maryland). Toutefois, les choses semblent évoluer puisque des chercheurs américains ont annoncé avoir découvert une molécule capable d’inverser certains symptômes de la trisomie 21. Un développement normal du cerveau Administrée à des souris trisomiques, elle aurait permis le développement normal de leur cerveau et une amélioration de leur capacité de mémorisation.Selon ces scientifiques de la faculté de médecine Johns Hopkins et des Instituts nationaux de la santé (NIH) américains, les symptômes seraient inversés uniquement si les souris sont traités dès la naissance. “La plupart des personnes trisomiques ont un cervelet qui ne fait que 60 % de la taille normale”, rappelle le Dr Reeves. Or, une simple dose de “cette molécule a parfaitement normalisé la croissance du cervelet de ces souris” génétiquement modifiées pour reproduire la trisomie humaine. Dans l’étude parue dans la revue Science Transnational Medicine, le Dr Reeves précise : “nous ne nous attendions pas à ce que cette substance ait un effet sur la mémoire et l’apprentissage, qui sont des fonctions généralement contrôlées par l’hippocampe”. En effet, ainsi traitées, les rongeurs ont présenté des capacités de mémorisation et d’apprentissage proches de la normale.Pas de “médicament magique” À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Néanmoins, le chercheur met en garde contre l’utilisation de cette substance chez les humains atteints de trisomie 21. Sa sûreté n’a pas encore été prouvée et le fait d’altérer un mécanisme biologique cérébral pourrait déclencher une croissance excessive des cellules, c’est à dire un cancer. Ces expériences sur des souris sont cependant prometteuses pour la mise au point de traitements ayant des effets similaires, estiment les auteurs de l’étude cités par l’AFP. Reste que, même si des médicaments humains étaient mis au point, ils ne permettraient pas de “guérir” véritablement les problèmes de mémoire qu’entraîne la trisomie 21.”La trisomie 21 est un syndrome très complexe et personne ne pense qu’il existe un médicament magique pour recouvrer une intelligence normale”, explique ainsi le Dr Reeves, selon qui “de multiples approches seront nécessaires”.Le 5 septembre 2013 à 12:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fire department called to Pleasant Valley Middle School

first_imgA malfunctioning HVAC system led brought firefighters to Pleasant Valley Middle School just 16 minutes before school the beginning of winter break Friday. Vancouver Fire Department responded to the smell of smoke in the gym.The Vancouver Fire Department discovered that a filter had been sucked into the HVAC system and was causing the burning smell.“We could smell the smoke, but we couldn’t see the smoke,” said Principal Travis Drake. “It was minor. It smelled like a bonfire. The fire alarms didn’t go off.”Drake said staff had been on the roof “trying to find where the smoke smell was coming from.”But they couldn’t find anything, so they called 911. There was no damage.“We just have to replace the filter,” Drake said.The gym is a separate building from the rest of the campus. There were no students in the gym.The incident did not disrupt the school day. Classrooms were not evacuated.It was an early release day, and students were eating lunches in their classrooms before boarding school buses at 12:30 p.m.The Pleasant Valley campus includes both a primary and middle school at 14320 N.E. 50th Ave. The schools are in Battle Ground Public Schools.last_img read more

PHOTOS 125 Photos From Wilmington Public Schools Art Show

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools held its 6th Annual Art Show at the Wilmington Middle School this past weekend.  Artwork from each grade and each school was displayed throughout the school’s cafeteria, main hallway, and lobby.  Student-created films were shown in the auditorium.Below are more than 125 photos capturing many submissions: Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPHOTOS: 750 Photos From Wilmington Public Schools Art ShowIn “Education”VIDEO: Watch Highlights From Wilmington Public Schools Art ShowIn “Videos”Wilmington School System Receives $20K State Grant For Safety & Security UpgradesIn “Education”last_img read more

27000 Black Lotus found during live Magic the Gathering pack opening

first_imgThough you may not come across it in your everyday life, Magic the Gathering is arguably more popular and successful than it has ever been. The rare and expensive cards from the early days that you remember are still the cream of the crop, and are even harder to find. Though banned from most formats of official play, the Black Lotus is still the holy grail of Magic, and one lucky fan just pulled one from a booster pack and happened to catch it on video.For those unfamiliar with Magic’s history, the Black Lotus originates from the Alpha and Beta sets of the game. The Alpha version is the more expensive of the two due to its limited printing of around 1,100 copies, compared Beta’s 3,300 or so. The card is part of the Power Nine, a set of early-run cards that were only printed for a few months between 1993 and 1994, with abilities that are considered to be the most powerful in the entire game. The Black Lotus is considered the most powerful card out of the Power Nine thanks to the extreme early edge the card provides if you happen to draw it early enough.A Black Lotus was recently auctioned off for over $27,000, so this lucky guy just hit it big. The pull begins at around 8:15.The video was mainly made to show players what card pulls looked like during the very early days of Magic. A Black Lotus pull was possible, though highly unlikely. It’s impressive how the fan doesn’t totally lose his mind when he flips over that last card and it turns out to be the most famous CCG card of all time.last_img read more

A journey shared on canvas

first_imgSharing the experience of 40 years, artist Niren Sengupta is ready with his solo exhibition titled Sublimity- A Painter’s Quest. The show will display forty works of the painter created at different points of his journey through the years.The artist invokes motifs from animal world, birds, contemporary life, picturesque sightings and spiritual existences. Lord Krishna, Lord Rama,  Lord Buddha and monks dance on his canvases in ecstasy and bliss. He believes that art is an expression of inner language. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The subjects are varied which he treated differently at different points of his journey. He deploys the idea of shringar from Natyashastra Shastra in every painting. He moves beyond the trance to the romance with maturing figures’ thought and struggle. The artist seems to have given enough thinking space to the spectator to understand the mood of the painting.The paintings deal with abstracts followed by the saranagata series (surrender to the divine). They are linked in more than one ways. His abstracts have a perspective and the natural force. The works are more an example of light and shade, and competing movements of organic wings and boat-like contrasts against blues, reds and mauve background.Where: Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi RoadWhen: Till 7 AugustTimings: 11 am to 8 pmlast_img read more

Deep Discounts Southwest Airlines starts daily service to Costa Rica on March

first_imgRelated posts:Good news for travelers: Costa Rica’s airport exit tax (finally) will be added to ticket prices Travelers in Costa Rica can pay departure tax at airports for 3 more months Spirit Airlines to fly San José-Houston four times per week starting next year Travelers beware: Plane ticket to Peru no guarantee of visa Southwest Airlines and the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) confirmed that the discount carrier will start daily service to Juan Santamaría International Airport outside San José from Baltimore, effective March 7, according to officials at a press conference Wednesday morning.Southwest Executive Vice President Robert Jordan said that customers can expect fares as low as $130 one way from Baltimore-Washington International Airport, and that the company’s discount reputation would hold true abroad with fares on average 30 to 40 percent lower than their competitors.Baltimore daily service will be on Boeing 737-700 jets with a capacity of 143 passengers, according to a statement from ICT. Jordan said that customers could connect to 60 destinations on 200 daily flights out of BWI. President Luis Guillermo Solís, center, meets with Southwest Airlines Executive Vice President Robert Jordan, left, and Tourism Minister Wilhem von Breymann on Wednesday to discuss new flights to Costa Rica. (Courtesy of Costa Rican Tourism Institute)The discount carrier also plans to start offering direct service from Houston Hobby Airport sometime in October.“We have millions of current customers in the United States, and we can see where they want to travel, and we can see – based on their requests – that Costa Rica was at the top of their list,” said Andrew Waterson, Southwest vice president of network planning and performance.“Our international expansion in the first phase is geared toward tourist destinations, and San José represents a different kind of tourist destination – not just a beach, but also business and visiting relatives travel. So, Costa Rica looked like the best fit for our market,” Waterson added.Recommended: 21 Tips: The do’s and don’ts of renting an apartment in San JoséTourism Minister Wilhem von Breymann said that the new routes would help bolster Costa Rica’s relationship with the United States, the largest single source of visitors to Costa Rica. According to the ICT, 90 percent of U.S. tourists arrive in Costa Rica by air and spend an average of more than $2,200 per person, per visit.Tourism industry representatives have been increasingly concerned about the rising costs for travelers in Costa Rica, but Waterson said the country continues to provide greater value than many other destinations.“There are many countries, many islands that have a great beach, but you can’t leave the hotel. Costa Rica offers a diversity of visiting nice beaches and hotels, but also of seeing more of the country in a safe manner, and that’s priceless,” Waterson said.President Luis Guillermo Solís said Southwest’s announcement and his intention of opening a direct flight to Costa Rica from China were part of a larger policy to make Costa Rica more connected to the wider world. The president added that the announcement was once again proof that Costa Rica is an attractive, reliable market for companies to invest.Southwest already offers international service to Aruba, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Service to Belize City is expected later in 2015.Fans of the carrier’s distinctive cattle-call boarding policy can look forward to seeing the same queues here in Costa Rica, Waterson said.“We can’t wait to show you that Southwest hospitality,” Jordan said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Keylor Navas Real Madrid clinch second consecutive Champions League title

first_imgReal Madrid made history Saturday as the first team ever to win two consecutive Champions League Title, in an action-packed game that – because of the presence of Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas – was followed as passionately in Costa Rica as any National Team contest.Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid crushed Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff on Saturday to become the first team to retain the European Cup in the Champions League era.The Portugal superstar’s opener was cancelled out by an astonishing Mario Mandzukic strike, but goals from Casemiro, Ronaldo and Marco Asensio secured Madrid’s third Champions League triumph in four years and 12th in total.Now a four-time Champions League winner, Ronaldo finished as the competition’s top scorer for the fifth season running, substantially enhancing his chances of matching eternal rival Lionel Messi’s tally of five Ballons d’Or.Zinedine Zidane, a head coach for only 17 months, became the first manager to oversee back-to-back European Cup successes since Arrigo Sacchi’s fabled AC Milan team won the tournament in 1989 and 1990. It crowns a glorious season for Madrid, who have pulled off a La Liga and European Cup double for the first time since 1958, having also won the Club World Cup and European Super Cup.Zidane’s triumph was his former club Juve’s misery, Massimiliano Allegri’s side crashing to a fifth successive defeat in Champions League finals and seventh in total, extending their own desperately unwanted record.The first Champions League final to be played beneath a closed roof saw Juve hit their heads against a familiar ceiling as they missed out on a chance to complete the first Treble in their history.The Italian champions also had substitute Juan Cuadrado sent off after he was shown a second yellow card for a gentle push on Sergio Ramos that drew a comical overreaction from the Madrid skipper.Kick-off at the Principality Stadium was delayed by two minutes due to an elaborate pre-match ceremony involving American pop act the Black Eyed Peas and when play got under way, Juve settled first.Navas’ was worked twice by Gonzalo Higuain, and had his biggest save of the match when Miralem Pjanic’s snappy half-volley forced the Madrid goalkeeper to produce a smart one-handed save.Navas was the second Costa Rican star to contest a Champions League Final on the Cardiff field this week. Shirley Cruz, of Paris Saint Germain, logged a strong performance Thursday, though her team ultimately lost 7-6 in a penalty shootout to Lyon.  The game was the fifth Champions League Final for two-time title winner Cruz. Related posts:Keylor Navas and Real Madrid beat Wolfsburg to classify for Champions League semifinals Keylor Navas and Real Madrid tie 1-1 with rival Barcelona in dramatic Clásico Lionel Messi surprises Real Madrid, Keylor Navas with 500th Barcelona goal Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas, Real Madrid nab third consecutive Champions title Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Cossacks to crack down on migrants in Russia

first_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Ethnic Russians treat Caucasus natives with increasing xenophobia and hostility. Migrant workers from former Soviet republics in Central Asia, Armenia and Azerbaijan also face increasing discrimination.Tkachyov’s remarks drew strong criticism. A member of the Public Chamber, a Kremlin-approved advisory body, said it would ask state prosecutors to investigate whether they violated Russian law on the incitement of ethnic hatred.“Tkachyov has called for the disintegration of the country,” Public Chamber member Alexander Sokolov said in a statement on Friday. “He considers the Caucasus provinces enemy territory and calls for fencing them off with illegal paramilitary militias.”Cossack paramilitary communities spearheaded czarist Russia’s expansion and were notorious for anti-Semitic pogroms that triggered mass Jewish migration to the West. In the Soviet era, Cossacks were persecuted and purged for their resistance to Communist rule, and the post-Soviet revival of their squads and parades is often seen as harmless theatrics. In Russia’s 2010 census, some 70,000 people identified themselves as Cossacks.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The Cossacks will be unarmed but still wear uniforms identifying them as adherents of a military force that still celebrates its pre-Soviet role as a defender of Russia’s borders.Their mission beginning Sept. 1 will be to deal with migrants whose “behavior is not always legal, not always right,” Konstantin Perenishko, deputy head of the Kuban Cossack Army, said Monday by telephone from Krasnodar.Gov. Alexander Tkachyov announced the deployment of the Cossacks in a speech to police officers last week.“What you can’t do, a Cossack can,” Tkachyov said. He said the Cossacks would not be as restrained as police in maintaining public order and enforcing migration laws.“The police have sufficiently high powers, but there are limitations,” the governor said. “We have seen this in recent years because of democracy and the greater attention paid to human rights and civil society.”He said the presence of the Cossacks would deter non-ethnic Russians from coming to Krasnodar, an agricultural region.Tkachyov appeared most concerned about Russian citizens from the multi-ethnic Caucasus region, which has been plagued by an Islamic insurgency and economic woes since the start of the first Chechen separatist war in 1994. Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) – A thousand Cossacks, who formed a feared military force in czarist times, will help police patrol the southern Russian region hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, charged with preventing an influx of labor migrants from the nearby Caucasus.The planned deployment of the Cossacks, announced by the governor of the Krasnodar region, has been harshly criticized in Russia, with some warning that it will lead to a rise in ethnic tensions and even hate crimes against mostly dark-complexioned Muslim migrants. Top Stories Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Health services step up food safety controls

first_imgBy Evie AndreouWith less than a week until Easter Sunday, the health services have intensified controls on foodstuffs, the deputy of health services Christos Christou said on Monday.He added that after controls on importers of raw materials, problematic batches of sesame seeds, shelled peanuts and raisins, had been found.Salmonella was detected in the sesame seeds, Christou said, so they would either be destroyed or shipped back to the country from which they were imported.Sulphur dioxide was detected on the raisins which was not mentioned on the label, therefore its circulation on the marker was forbidden since it is a substance that can cause allergies, Christou said.“Earlier in the year, after lab tests on shelled peanuts about to be distributed on the market, we detected high levels of aflatoxins,” he said.He added that they found out that the peanuts had arrived through intra-community trade from Greece but that the initial point of departure was China.“In cooperation with the state lab and customs, we observed the intra-community trade from Greece for all shelled peanut batches and…we traced six more cases, whose circulation in the market was prohibited,” he said.Meanwhile, Health Minister Philippos Patsalis, said that no practice that endangered public health or mislead consumers would be tolerated, in his address to mark World Health Day, which is dedicated to food safety, and marked on Tuesday.Unsafe foodstuffs are held responsible for more than 200 diseases like diarrheal diseases, viral diseases, problems in child development, even cancers, he said.He added that Cyprus was among the four fastest EU countries when it came to  effective management and update of information in the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF).You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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