Rabat – Ali Daqneesh, the brother of Omran Daqneesh, the five-year-old who became the symbol of Syrian civilians in war-torn Aleppo on Wednesday, reportedly died on Saturday.Ali, the ten-year-old attained severe injuries after he was injured with his brother Omran and his family members when an airstrike reduced his family’s building to rubble.“Ali was taken to hospital with his family members, but he succumbed to death on Saturday.” Activists in Aleppo said. The UK-based Syrian Solidarity Campaign also reported the death of Ali, saying that the attack is a “war crime” and calling for peace in Syria.In an interview with the Telegraph, Ali’s father said “It is very painful to watch your children falling in front of your eyes.”The touching photo of Omran on Wednesday epitomized the dire misery of the Syrian people after five years of war.In August alone, approximately 142 children have been killed in Aleppo, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Rabat – Air Arabia Morocco has announced it will expand its network from Agadir with a new direct flight to Basel, Switzerland. Air Arabia, Morocco’s leading low-budget airline, has collaborated with the Moroccan National Office of Tourism (ONMT) to operate the new flight weekly on Mondays, beginning October 29, said the company in a statement.The new service will be the second flight operated by the airline from Basel to Morocco. ”Our first flight experience between Casablanca and Basel has been satisfactory and we are confident that this additional flight will bring added value in terms of tourist arrivals, for Basel airport covers three countries which are Switzerland, Germany and France,” said Adel Ali, president of the Air Arabia Group.Basel-Mulhouse Airport, better known as ”EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg,” is a tri-national airport in France, less than five kilometers from both the Swiss and German borders. Tourists from all three countries will now be able to fly to Agadir on the low-cost flight.
EDMONTON — A U.S. insurance company has agreed to pay US$219 million to end a class action lawsuit for allegedly making false and misleading statements about a group that includes the Alberta Investment Management Corp.The agreement in principle from Genworth Financial requires approval from a U.S. district court in Virginia, where the insurance company has its head office.Edmonton-based AIMCo — which invests on behalf of 26 pension, endowment and government funds in Alberta — was one of the lead plaintiffs in the suit, along with the California-based Fresno County Employees’ Retirement Association.AIMco and other investors recover more than US$200M in class action against MF GlobalTransAlta Renewables gets $200M investment from Alberta fund manager AIMCoThe plaintiffs argued that Genworth’s executives and financial statements had failed to properly disclose information before the company announced in November 2014 that it would need to shore up its long-term care insurance business.The announcement of the $531-million accounting charge was followed by a substantial drop in the value of Genworth stock held by AIMCo and other investors.The Virginia-based insurance company continues to say the claims against it are without merit but has agreed to make the payment to avoid the cost and risk of continuing the battle in court.
VANCOUVER — Critics of open-net fish farms say the escape of 305,000 Atlantic salmon in Washington state should spur Canada to support a transition to land-based aquaculture.Steve Summerfelt of the Conservation Fund Freshwater Institute in Shepherdstown, W. Va., says compared with the United States, Europe and China, Canada has the most companies using closed-containment pens to harvest salmon.He says four of the world’s 13 land-based facilities are in Canada, while China has the largest production capacity, followed by Denmark.Summerfelt says while the technology to grow fish on land-based farms has steadily improved, relatively high capital and operating costs have been a challenge to the widespread implementation of that model.Bob Chamberlin, chairman of the First Nations Wild Salmon Alliance, says the Washington state spill earlier this week near B.C. waters requires government and industry to back more sustainable ways to farm salmon, which is in such high demand around the world.He says waste being pumped into the ocean from open-net salmon farms is harming the environment and those costs aren’t absorbed by companies producing salmon in more profitable but less sustainable ways that threaten wild species.
A Port Colborne man has been arrested and charged with allegedly accessing and distributing child pornography.Niagara Regional Police began an investigation into the online sexual exploitation of children in February that led to a Port Colborne home. Officers seized and forensically examined a number of computer systems and storage media on Thursday. 40-year-old Jason Favaro is facing several charges, including two counts of possession of child pornography, one count of accessing child pornography and one count of distributing child pornography. Favaro is being held in custody pending a bail hearing scheduled for Friday in St. Catharines.
Kenzo Oshima, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, landed in Khartoum for the start of a 12-day mission to the Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia and Eritrea.On the first leg of his mission, to the Sudan and Kenya, Mr. Oshima is scheduled to meet with senior officials from the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement. He is also slated to hold talks with the UN country team and representatives from donor countries and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).The meetings are expected to cover humanitarian access to people in need, the safety of civilians and aid workers, and ways to assure the smooth functioning of one of the world’s largest humanitarian operations.Accompanying Mr. Oshima is UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for Humanitarian Affairs for the Sudan, Ambassador Tom Eric Vraalsen.For the second half of his trip, from 5 to 11 October, Mr. Oshima is scheduled to travel to Ethiopia and Eritrea to draw attention to growing humanitarian needs brought about by drought-induced food shortages.He is expected to visit areas hard-hit by drought and discuss how best to address the urgent needs of populations effected by the emergency. Holdbrook Arthur, the UN World Food Programme’s (WFP) Director for the Central Africa Region, as well as officials from the European Commission and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will accompany Mr. Oshima during this leg of the trip.
The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today called for urgent action to alleviate the plight of a million children affected by conflict in northern Uganda, tens of thousands of whom are sent away from their homes every night to avoid kidnapping by rebels.Some 44,000 Ugandan children have been dubbed “night commuters” because they seek refuge each evening in northern towns to avoid kidnapping by the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).Speaking in the capital Kampala at the end of her four-day visit, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy praised Uganda for its efforts to promote gender parity in education and to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. But she warned that the ongoing conflict in the north threatens to undermine the country’s achievements.”On the one hand, I see the tremendous progress that has taken place,” Ms. Bellamy said. “But on the other, I will be troubled by my memory of mothers in the north who love their children so much that they send them away from their own homes every night to seek safety and the protection that they are powerless to offer.” The number of Ugandans displaced by the nearly 20-year war between the Government and the LRA has tripled to 1.6 million people, 80 per cent of them children and women. Meanwhile, HIV/AIDS is spreading at an alarming rate, basic literacy is in decline and in the district of Gulu, less than 20 per cent of the people have access to adequate healthcare.UNICEF helps feed 700 children every month, but insecurity prevents the agency and its partners from reaching all of those in need. An estimated 7,000 children in the area suffer from the most severe and deadly form of malnutrition.”These figures, and these images, show that Uganda is home to one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world today,” Ms. Bellamy observed. “And I say that quite conscious of the great humanitarian crises that lie to the north in Sudan.”While pledging UNICEF’s commitment to alleviating the suffering of Uganda’s children, she called on the country’s Government and the international community to act to tackle the crisis in the north.
“This incident is a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers journalists face every day in Syria. It also once again demonstrates the brutality of [IS], which is responsible for thousands of abuses against the Syrian and Iraqi people,” the Council said in statement to the press.They expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the Foley family, to the Government of the United States, as well as to the families of all victims of [IS].“[IS] must be defeated and the intolerance, violence and hatred it espouses must be stamped out,” Council members said, emphasizing the unity amongst governments and institutions to counter [IS], Al-Nusra Front and other groups associated with Al-Qaida. According to international law, journalists engaged in dangerous professional missions in areas of armed conflict are generally considered as civilians and shall be respected as such, members stressed. It is essential to bring perpetrators of these “reprehensible acts of terrorism” to justice. “Those responsible for the killing of James Foley shall be held accountable,” the Council stressed, urging all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the United States. The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, members stated.The Council’s strong condemnation echoes that of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who two days ago deplored the Mr. Foley’s “horrific murder”, which he declared “an abominable crime that underscores the campaign of terror the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [IS] continues to wage against the people of Iraq and Syria.”
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Brock University is helping Habitat for Humanity Niagara mark a milestone year with a massive build in Welland.The University is looking for 18 faculty and staff members to contribute to a five-home build set to begin this spring in celebration of Habitat’s 25th anniversary.The near $1-million project, which includes two semi-detached and a single-dwelling home, will take place on a large lot on Afton Avenue in Welland.While Brock has previously participated in two Habitat Women Build events, this is the first time a co-ed team from the University will be taking on the challenge of an open build.“I’m really looking forward to being able to have men join us this time around,” said Sandy Howe, Brock’s Associate Director, Experiential Education, and a past build participant. “The Women Builds have been fantastic in years past and I can’t wait to see the interest from the Brock community for this first-time open build.”Internationally, the University also participates in the Habitat Collegiate Challenge and Global Village builds, working with students on construction projects over Reading Week.The builds are an opportunity to give back to the community in a tangible way and to help provide affordable housing that is strongly needed across Niagara, Howe said.“As someone who has done a number of builds with Habitat both locally and abroad, I love the opportunity to go out with a team of colleagues at home and contribute to positive change in our community,” she said.Those participating in this spring’s build will work on one of two days: Framing walls on Monday, April 30 or insulating on Wednesday, June 27.Staff and faculty interested in being part of the Brock Habitat team can submit an expression of interest online by Monday, March 26 at 11:45 p.m. Interested parties will then be entered into a lottery for the available team spots. Successful participants will be notified Tuesday, March 27.Each participant must raise a minimum of $350 towards the Brock team’s $6,000 goal. All funds will directly support the Habitat build.The near $1-million project marks Habitat Niagara’s largest-ever single fundraising goal. Since its inception in 1993, the organization has built 57 homes in the region for families in need of decent and affordable home ownership.
According to a study by Royal Pingdom and data from Statcounter that covered over 3 million Web sites, the iPad along makes up more hits on the sites that collected data than all of the Linux machines that visited those same sites combined. The big news from the study initially was that Windows 7 users had finally outnumbered Windows XP users, but when the team looked more closely at the numbers of operating systems near the bottom of the list, they uncovered the surprising stats. Overall, Windows systems still make up well over 80% of all of the visitors to the Websites in the Statcounter study, but down at the bottom, all Linux users and distros only accounted for 0.71% of all visits. The iPad however, even with the iPhone and iPod Touch removed from the numbers, accounted for 1.18%. That makes the iPad a more popular “desktop” platform than Linux, which is a turn of events few expected. At the same time, it’s just as possible that all of the Linux users out there simply aren’t surfing the Web on their computers, or that the majority of Linux systems in use aren’t built for Web browsing. At the same time though, it’s clear that Linux on the desktop doesn’t have the traction that the iPad does.AdChoices广告
LONGVIEW — A report released Friday suggests that a wider array of choices should be considered for the long-term stability of Spirit Lake to ensure that it does not breach its volcanic debris dam and unleash catastrophic flooding along the Toutle, Cowlitz and Columbia rivers. Among the possibilities: constructing a second drainage tunnel into the lake as a backup to the existing conduit.In addition, according to the report, assessments of flooding and geologic hazards caused by the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens are based on old information that needs updating, and a broader array of interest groups should be involved in deciding how to handle the risks posed by Spirit Lake, the erosion of volcanic debris and the volcano itself. Distrust, competing missions and perspectives among all the players now interferes with good, long-term decision making, the report says.The report’s technical-sounding title — “A Decision Framework for Managing the Spirit Lake and Toutle River System at Mount St. Helens” — hints at its character. The 250-page document is academically dense, repetitive and intimidating even for someone intimately familiar with the volcano.Produced by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the $570,000 effort reviewed hundreds of studies and papers about the flooding and geological hazards at the volcano but did not involve any new research of its own. It suggests but does not recommend specific actions. Its chief value, perhaps, is that it was written largely by scientists from outside the region, and in that sense it offers some fresh perspective and raises some interesting questions and reminders.For one, despite the complacency that has developed with living with the volcano and its troubles for nearly 40 years, the region must be prepared to deal with those challenges for many more years, the report says.
Welcome to the woods. Stand still, close your eyes and open your senses.Imagine your feet growing roots that burrow deep underground. Lie down on the leaves and notice the chill of the ground, the sweep of the sky. Walk slowly and pause to notice mundane miracles that don’t normally demand attention: the roughness of rocks, the softness of moss, the hidden spiderwebs, the tiny stream that flows from nowhere and disappears again.In Japan, this practice has been named “Shinrin-yoku,” which translates as “forest bathing.” It’s not just a sweet sensation in search of a reason; driven by soaring rates of anxiety, depression, diabetes, cancer and other ailments associated with living in concrete jungles, science has begun to explore what happens to the human body when it’s removed from all that and plunged into pure greenery.The positive results are so striking, it might be a little hard to believe them. But Elizabeth Koch believes, deeply. She’s a current trainee with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides, which is based in California but looks to Japan for its inspiration. In Japan, Koch pointed out, there’s a deep cultural connection between people and nature — but there’s also a modern drive to work oneself to a stressed-out death. It’s a real enough problem to have been given its own term too: “Karōshi,” or “overwork death.”That’s not the problem for Koch, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. In January 2016, she said, her prognosis was months to live. Now, at the end of 2017, she’s feeling great about earning her certification as a forest therapy guide and launching her own private consulting business: Northwest Nature and Forest Therapy. Meanwhile, she volunteers to lead as many as 15 participants at a time on “Forest Bathing” walks through the woods at Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center. (The next outing is set for 10 a.m. Jan. 6; visit www.columbiasprings.org to learn more. The price is $30.)The Columbian agreed not to distract folks doing the walk with cameras and questions. We enjoyed our own sample outing with Koch and Columbia Springs volunteer manager Erik Horngren in mid-November — just when heavy rain was starting to fall.
Related Items:#FNMGovernmentToPayPoliceViaLoan, #magneticmedianews, #PoliceToGetMoniesOwed Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, Wednesday 17th May 2017: The new FNM government is vowing to keep the promised pay out to police officers of The Bahamas. Former Prime Minister Perry Christie made the promise during his 2017 election campaign. And despite the FNM’s former leader, Hubert Ingraham saying the move was impossible, newly sworn in Finance Minister Peter Turnquest says government will make it happen, at the expense of taking a loan.Turnquest speaking to reporters following the FNM administration’s first cabinet meeting says “We intend to honour the commitment. Some degree of borrowing would be required to help the government fulfil its obligations”.Similar comments were made by the new National Security Minister, Marvin Dames who also assured government’s commitment to paying the officers. He too stated that Cabinet was in the process of determining whether there is sufficient money in the Public Treasury to cover the payments.Payment is owed to the Police Officers following a Supreme Court ruling ordering government to pay officers for working 12-hour shifts at in 2013 and 2014, after it was instituted officers work 12 hour shifts in an effort to clamp down on criminal activity. It was ordered by the Supreme Court that compensation be received within a year. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews#PoliceToGetMoniesOwed#FNMGovernmentToPayPoliceViaLoan
WILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington is calling for volunteers to serve on the Conservation Commission. If you would like to be considered for the current opening, please fill out an application for appointment and submit it to the Town Manager’s office. You can download the application from the Town’s website HERE.The Conservation Commission is the Town body responsible for administering the State Wetlands Protection Act so as to protect the Town’s wetlands and their resource values. The Commission also acquires and holds land on behalf of the Town for protection of the Town’s natural resources and watersheds. The Commission typically meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7pm at Wilmington Town Hall.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wilmington Town Hall.)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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Annual Town Clean Up Day Set For September 21In “Community”VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Town Seeking Volunteers For Open Space CommitteeIn “Government”Town Seeking Interested Individuals for Boards & CommissionsIn “Government”
Walker replaces 2 members on gas line boardRachel Waldholz, APRN – AnchorageGov. Bill Walker is once again shaking up the state’s gas line team. On Friday, Walker replaced two of seven board members for the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, or AGDC.Alaska may be 1st state to allow marijuana cafesZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageAlaska is on track to be the first state in the nation to allow recreational use of cannabis at venues similar to a bar or a cafe.Tongass plan drafts timeline for transition to young-growth harvestJoe Viechnicki, KFSK – PetersburgThe U.S. Forest Service has released a new plan for managing timber lands on the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska. It puts a timeline on the transition from young- to old-growth logging and it attempts to make it easier to develop hydro projects.Chugach Tree fulfills holiday destiny on Captiol lawnLiz Ruskin, APRN – AnchorageA 74-foot tree cut from the Chugach National Forest near Seward nearly a month ago arrived at the U.S. Capitol today. It’s the first time the Capitol Christmas tree has come from the 49th state.Estrada subsistence fishing case may influence other bag limitsJennifer Canfield, KTOO – JuneauCharges against three Southeast subsistence fishermen have once again been dismissed.Skipjack tuna, other warm-water fish increasingly caught in AlaskaMatt Miller, KTOO – JuneauA four-legged thief is blamed for the disappearance of a warm water fish carcass that was discovered in Alaska waters. But at least there’s proof… in the form of pictures.ABC Board hires first Yup’ik investigator in 15 yearsLakeidra Chavis, KYUK – BethelThe Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board hired a new investigator in early October. He’s the first Yup’ik investigator in 15 years, and maybe, the first ever.AK: With sustainable logging in mind, Galena looks to forests for fuelTim Bodony, KIYU – GalenaLarge-scale logging on the Yukon River started about a hundred years ago with the influx of steamships. Village residents clear-cut wide swathes of forest along the river. These days, villages like Galena are once again looking to the forest for an energy supply. But this time around, a new generation of loggers is thinking more about sustainability in how – and why – they harvest trees from around their communities.49 Voices: Leonard Savage of WasillaThis week we’re talking with Athabascan ivory carver Leonard Savage about how he got his start. Savage splits his time between Wasilla and Kentucky. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio
Lyndea Kelleher of Anchorage. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)This week we’re hearing from Lyndea Kelleher in Anchorage. Kelleher is graduating from the University of Alaska Anchorage on Sunday and will be the student speaker at the commencement ceremony.Listen nowKELLEHER: So, my mom is not from the United States; she’s from the Philippines. And so for her, she really pushed her children to get an education because after that, you can do whatever you want. Basically, she was very, very encouraging and supportive of whatever we wanted. For me, she was like, “Yeah. You can go become the president, and a doctor, and a lawyer.” But yeah, my thing was always like, “I’ll be Doctor, Lawyer Kelleher, future president.” So there was never one thing where, “my sights were set on this.” It was always, “just get your education and then anything you want to do, the door is open.”When I left for San Francisco, I was so heartbroken. I was like, “This is not Alaska. The trees are all wrong. Where do I go hiking? What do I do?” And I had such a great childhood growing up here. I went to a very diverse school. The academics were great, I had a lot of opportunities. And so, I would one hundred percent want that for my own family. You’re crazy to leave Alaska.I think coming to UAA, it was really great because it gave me so many opportunities. And I never knew that I would end up interning for the mayor.At the time, I was really interested in the economic empowerment of women, and so that’s kinda what I pitched them with. And so they were like, “You know, we’re not doing anything specifically on that, but we have some programs that we’re working on right now that have to do with empowerment of youth and immigrants and minorities.” And definitely the work that can be done for empowering women can be applied to all these other communities.And so I’m kinda like, if there was a way that I could join urban planning and policy together and then do all that work at once, that would be my dream job.I always joke about saying I wanna be mayor, but it’s like, I kinda do wanna be mayor. But I think I would hate running for office, just because it’s so much work being in the public eye. But I feel like it’s a definite possibility that you’ll see my face somewhere being like, “Vote for Lyndea.”
A Muslim man was beaten to death for dating a Hindu girl in India, police said Friday, in the latest mob violence against minorities in the country.Mohammad Shalik, 20, was set upon by dozens of people from the town where he lived after he was spotted dropping off his girlfriend on his scooter near her home in the Gumla district of eastern Jharkhand state.The mob tied him to a pole in front of the girl and lashed at him with sticks and belts in an ordeal that lasted for hours late Wednesday. He died of his injuries on Thursday, police said.”We are trying to find whether the mob was instigated by the (girl’s) family,” Chandan Kumar Jha, Gumla police chief told AFP.He said three people have been arrested and more were wanted over the killing, which is being treated as religiously motivated.The young couple had been together for about a year and had faced threats in the past, Jha said.Inter-religious relationships are still a taboo in India, particularly in rural areas.The issue has become a flashpoint for nationalists in recent years, with Hindu extremists raising fears of “love jihad” — claims that Muslim boys were attempting to seduce and elope with Hindu girls across the country to convert them.Prime minister Narendra Modi’s right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made claims of protection of Hindu women a part of their electoral strategy in a March vote in populous Uttar Pradesh state.The latest Hindu mob violence comes less than a week after a 55-year-old Muslim man was fatally attacked in western Rajasthan state over allegations that he was smuggling cows, as tensions rose over the slaughter of an animal Hindus consider sacred.
0 Comments Share New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths How men can have a healthy 2019 U.S. Forces Korea says it’s checking whether Robinson intends to appeal.The court also ordered the soldier’s personal information be disclosed on a South Korean government website for 10 years. It cited the victim’s age as a reason to warn the public.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Quick workouts for men Top Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – A Seoul court has sentenced an American soldier to six years in prison for raping a teenage South Korean girl last year.The Seoul Central District Court’s sentencing of Pvt. Kevin Robinson on Wednesday follows the sentencing in November of another U.S. private to 10 years in prison for a similar crime.The two cases rekindled anti-American sentiments in South Korea and prompted U.S. officials to apologize. The United States has 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea as a deterrent against North Korea.