Investigations for employers who fail to settle wage theft disputes

first_imgA new crackdown from Alberta’s Ministry of Labour is going after employers accused of wage theft.The ministry will be handing out letters soon to businesses giving them three options to resolve complaints filed against them.The first is to pay the worker what they are owed in full, the second is for both sides to agree on some kind of compensation and the third is to file a dispute against the claim.In the last three years in Alberta, there have been over six thousand complaints filed for wage theft for $1,500 or less.The ministry said the complaints add up to nearly $19 million in unpaid wages and benefits.It’s not clear when these letters will be handed out, but if the accused employers don’t comply a formal investigation will take place.The ministry hopes this will not only cut down on the number of complaints received but also speed up the process for everyone.A similar initiative was carried out in Ontario in 2015 that resulted in about a 25 per cent decrease in investigations.last_img read more

Kushners buying Manhattan hotel in third such deal this year

first_imgNEW YORK — The family real estate company once run by Jared Kushner is buying a hotel on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the third hotel it has purchased this year.The Kushner Cos. said Tuesday that it is in contract to buy the 20-story Hotel on Rivington for an undisclosed amount. The company known for residential and office buildings bought two hotels in Long Branch, New Jersey, earlier this year.The company bought more than two-dozen apartment buildings in lower Manhattan when Jared Kushner was CEO. He stepped down from that position last year to become an adviser to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump.The Hotel on Rivington has a cocktail lounge and a three-story penthouse. A room with a king-size bed goes for more than $300 a night.The Associated Presslast_img

Moroccans, Largest Foreign Student Community in France

Rabat – The French Agency for the Promotion of Higher Education, Hospitality, and International Mobility, “Campus France,” has ranked Moroccans as the largest foreign student community in France during the 2017/2018 academic year.French newspaper Le Monde shared the agency’s statistics regarding foreign student communities in France.According to the statistics, the number of Moroccan students enrolled in French higher education institutions is 39,855 students. During the 2016-2017 academic year, the number of Moroccan students in France stood at 38,002, or 43.9 percent of foreign students. It reflects an increase of 17 percent compared to the 2011-2016 period.Algerian students come after Morocco, with 30,521 students, followed of China with 30,071 students, Italians with 13,341 students, while Tunisia is ranked 5th with 12,842 students.The number of African students in France represents 46 percent of international students in France followed by Europe (25 percent), Oceania (16 percent), the Americas (9 percent) and the Middle East (4 percent).Campus France said that 37 percent of foreign students prefer science and medicine while 32 percent of them choose humanities and social sciences.Business and management is third with 20 percent of foreign students, against 12 percent for law and political science.according to the same source, 52.5 percent of international students were female during the 2017-2018 academic year.France ranks fourth among the countries that host international students, behind the US, the UK and Australia, and ahead of Germany. read more

I wanted to come say thank you Tim Cook makes first visit

TORONTO — Apple Inc.’s Tim Cook visited Canada for the first time as CEO Monday, surprising students at a downtown Toronto Apple store to highlight the importance of learning to code, and dropping in on a group of developers to thank them for their contributions to the tech giant’s app store.The unannounced visit by Cook, who as Apple’s chief executive since 2011 has overseen the rollout of the iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch, was the first time an Apple CEO has visited Canada since Steve Jobs made the trek north in the late 1980s.Cook surprised a class of Grade 7 students from Scarborough, Ont., as they learned how to program robots to dance on tables using Apple’s Swift programming language, recently introduced by the company as a low-barrier-to-entry way of coding.Apple’s spending plan may help America, but it will likely help shareholders even moreApple to pay $38 billion tax on repatriated cash, invest billions on U.S. jobs, manufacturing, data centresApple’s battery replacement program could slash iPhone sales by 16 million“Swift came out of the fundamental recognition that coding languages were too geeky. Most students would look at them and say, ‘that’s not for me,” Cook said as the pre-teens participated in an Apple-designed “Everyone Can Code” workshop, which helps children learn how to build mobile apps, at the Apple Store in Toronto’s Eaton Centre.“That’s not our view. Our view is that coding is a horizontal skill like your native languages or mathematics, so we wanted to design a programming language that is as easy to learn as our products are to use.”There are 250,000 apps in the App Store that have been coded with Swift, including popular ones such as LinkedIn and AirBnb. In 2016, Apple released Swift Playgrounds, which turns learning the programming language into a game for people of all ages — though especially for students.The Canadian visit follows a similar surprise last week, when Cook visited a school in the United Kingdom, as part of a whistle-stop tour of Europe, where Apple recently launched its “Everyone Can Code” curriculum in several schools.The CEO’s tour to promote the benefits of Apple technology comes after the company recently came under fire from shareholders over concerns about the addictive effects of gadgets and social media on young people.New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System said in a Jan. 6 open letter to Apple that the company must offer more choices and tools to help children fight addiction to its devices.Among their proposals to Apple: Establish a committee of experts, including child development specialists; offer Apple’s “vast information resources” to researchers; and enhance mobile device software so that parents have more options to protect their children’s health.But Cook’s Canadian stop was squarely focused on the benefits, both educational and economic, of Apple’s technology.There are more than 120,000 jobs in Canada directly related to Apple’s iOS and App Store ecosystem, the company said Monday. These positions can include developers, designers, entrepreneurs and other highly skilled roles.“Canada is an extremely important market for us. We have a great team in Canada,” Cook said.“I want to do everything I can do to highlight their innovation, their companies and their work, because it is a critical part of the entire user experience. I wanted to come say thank you.”Demand for digital skills in Canada continues to expand and the federal government has identified coding as a key job development skill. By 2021, there will be 210,000 Canadian jobs in the space and, based on forecasted numbers of computer science graduates, the country won’t have the skilled workers to fill these positions.Denise Salsman, who teaches the Grade 7 class that Cook surprised, said that in less than a year of implementing code into the classroom, her students have seen an improvement in their grades.“Coding is something my students, who will have jobs we don’t even know about yet, need to know.”Cook’s visit came the same day the federal government launched its first major investment in coding education.Navdeep Bains, Federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development introduced CanCode, a federal program designed to help Canadian students improve their digital skills.“It’s a $50 million program launched by our government to pave the path for Canada’s future leaders,” Bains said at a stop at Microsoft Canada in Mississauga, Ont.Bains said the program will give more than one million children and their teachers across Canada the chance to develop their digital skills. read more

Mega Lotto Max night

Have you got your ticket?Friday night’s Lotto Max draw is a little richer than usual. There’s 100-million dollars up for grabs, and you don’t even have to win the big jackpot — to walk away with a substantial chunk. In fact — as of right now — there should be at least 51 new millionaires in Canada.It’s easy to be tempted — and hard to resist.With a 50 Million dollar jackpot — and 50 millions more up for grabs, just for fun — it’s not a surprise that you mind might tend to wander — and dream, a little bit.Of course, everyone’s dream is a little bit different. Some like boats instead of cars — houses instead of boats — and although you could spend 50 million on either one of those things I suppose, there are all kinds of other things that can pop to mind, without really any kind of effort at all. The problem is — once you get started down that road there’s really no end to it. There’s always something else to buy. Something bigger. Better. More shiny.So maybe I should set my mind on more noble things. Maybe engage in life-long learning, thinking deep thoughts — and earning a really fancy degree.Or maybe, there is a higher purpose. Maybe I could do real good with money like that. Become a phli- — philll — ffffff — good deed do-er.Maybe. All that, or none of it. For one more night at least — it’s back to the grindstone.Sorry about that Nick. Yeah, it’s easy — almost too easy — to get carried away in the fantasy of a big win — and fun to dream a bit. But that kind of money can also be a big challenge if your not prepared for it. So I will pass along some advice from the experts at the OLG. Don’t rush into anything. Get sound financial advice, and think carefully about what you want to achieve with your new found wealth. After all — prudent planning will last a lifetime — but it only takes a second, to make a life-long mistake. read more

Thousands rally against austerity across Greece ahead of Mondays Eurozone meeting

ATHENS, Greece – About 15,000 people have gathered in central Athens to support the newly elected government’s push for a better deal on Greece’s debt.Protesters are carrying banners denouncing economic austerity and Greece’s creditors.Similar rallies are taking place in several Greek cities and about forty other solidarity gatherings are planned across Europe and in Australia, Brazil and the US.The Greek government has enthusiastically welcomed these rallies while insisting that they are spontaneous affairs, organized through social media.On Monday, a gathering of Eurozone finance ministers will consider Greece’s proposal for short-term “bridge financing” without the onerous terms previously imposed on the country, until a longer-term solution to Greece’s crushing debt is found.So-called technical level talks with creditor representatives ended Saturday, Greek officials say. Thousands rally against austerity across Greece ahead of Monday’s Eurozone meeting Backdropped by Britain’s National Gallery in central London, protesters hold placards during a rally to show solidarity with Greece, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. Hundreds of protesters gathered in support of the new government and the anti-austerity movement in Greece. Greece’s new left-wing government is pressing for a short-term “bridge” agreement with eurozone lenders and a longer-term debt relief deal later this year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) by The Associated Press Posted Feb 15, 2015 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Carbon School District Holds Public Listening Meeting

Those meetings will take place on July 8 and 9 at Carbon High School and Helper Middle School, respectively. The meetings will take place at 7 p.m. each evening. The gathering will begin with the introduction of the board, a presentation by Hatch, a listening session and then people can also look at planning boards that describe various options the district believes it has in putting together a plan.Light refreshments will be served. Carbon School District Press ReleaseThe decisions that need to be made concerning major remodeling and construction over the next few years in Carbon School District were discussed at a listening meeting at Bruin Point Elementary in East Carbon on Monday. The meeting was held by the Carbon School District Board of Education to hear what people in that community think about a number of options for the revamp of Helper Middle School and Carbon High School. “I think we had a very successful meeting and received a good deal of important input from the people that attended the meeting on Monday,” said Carbon School District Superintendent Lance Hatch the morning after. “We look forward to our other meetings with the community next week to hear more.” read more

Jamaicas Usain Bolt Wins 100m Race At The Golden

Usain Bolt won the 100 metres at the Golden Spike meet Friday, his first victory in Europe ahead of the London Olympics.The Jamaican, who won three gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, had a slow start but pulled ahead in the final stretch to finish in 10.04 seconds.Bolt, who failed to improve his season best of 9.82 from a May meet in Jamaica, sounded disappointed with the time.“It’s hard to explain. I don’t really know what went wrong,” Bolt said.Ahead of the race, Bolt said he was working on his notoriously slow start to improve and be ready to attack his world records in the 100 and 200 in London.“At the start I didn’t feel explosive as I normally feel like,” he said.Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis finished second in 10.19 and American Darvis Patton was third in 10.22.This was his sixth competition in Ostrava.“I was looking to coming here for a good time. I guess it’s one of those days,” he said. “I just never got going.”The runners had to start twice after Simon Magakwe false started.That was something familiar for Bolt who failed to defend the world championship title in the 100 in Daegu, South Korea, after he was disqualified for a false start.But Bolt said that was not a problem for him Friday. He said he felt good ahead of the race.“I did some starts and I was flying from the blocks so I said, ‘Yeah this is good.’ I can’t tell you what happened.”Bolt will have another chance to lower his times in Diamond League meets in Rome on Thursday and Oslo on June 7 before returning to Jamaica for the national trials.In the meantime, he said he will seek advice from his coach.“I have to look at the tape and see what went wrong and call my coach to explain to me what I did wrong.”Source: read more

For Ohio State mens club rugby brotherhood leads to success

OSU fullback Ronan Forrestal during a game against Wisconsin on Oct. 24. Credit: Courtesy of GJ HildebrandtFor the second year in a row, the Ohio State men’s club rugby team is preparing to play in the Big Ten Universities Rugby Conference Championships on Saturday.A tight race for the top two spots in the conference came to a close Saturday when the Buckeyes narrowly defeated Michigan 35-31 to solidify their opportunity to play for the conference title.Senior flanker and co-president of the rugby club Jake Berlin said the final minutes of the game against Michigan were a culmination of the squad’s season.“In the final seconds, your position on the field didn’t matter; it was all about grabbing the man next to you and doing whatever you could to crush that seed of doubt and prevent Michigan from crossing that line,” Berlin said. “Everything we worked toward came together in those final seconds.”Last season, the Buckeyes fell short in the championship game against Wisconsin, but this year the team feels stronger and better prepared after instituting a tougher practice schedule and 6 a.m. workouts three days a week.“Last year, I’d say we wanted to have the focus of being out here and being competitive, but it wasn’t there. This year it’s incredible,” sophomore lock and co-president Nathan Grose said. “Doing that stuff just brought everyone together, you show up at 6 a.m. and yeah it sucks, but it sucks with everyone else. We know we’re all getting better.”Berlin said he’s seen the work ethic of the program grow over time.“I can say right now the team is probably closer than it’s ever been in my four years, there’s kind of this old rugby culture that was around before I came in. It was a lot about more fun than actually working hard,” Berlin said. “I think myself and the captains have kind of gotten rid of that and started a culture that’s ‘work hard, play hard.’”Coach Ron Bowers, who played rugby at OSU from 1987-1991, said he is impressed with how the level of collegiate rugby has risen both since his playing days and over the last few years.“There are bigger, faster, stronger athletes,” Bowers said. “In Ohio now, there’s a lot more high school rugby, so they’re coming to us with three or four years of experience already, which makes a huge difference.”Despite the rise of high school rugby, many of those athletes got their starts playing football in high school, including senior 8-man/flanker and captain Santino Cua.“In high school I kind of wanted to play collegiate football and thought rugby would be a good way to hone in my skills. But I fell in love with the sport and chose to play it over collegiate football,” Cua said.While rugby is growing — plans for the first professional league in North America were announced Monday — it remains a relatively unknown sport in the U.S. However, Grose said those who start with it usually stick with it.“In high school, you see guys quit football to play rugby, but nobody ever quit rugby to play another sport,” Grose said. “I decided to try it out here, and I fell in love with it, fell in love with the team and it’s been awesome.”Cua said the team’s camaraderie and passion for the sport and team were the keys against Michigan and will be the keys moving forward.“The win over Michigan only happened because we had 15 guys who refused to let their brothers down. The bond amongst our players proved stronger than Michigan on Saturday,” Cua said. “It is one of those intangible characteristics that define a championship team, which is exactly what we plan to be come Saturday afternoon.”The Buckeyes are set to take on the Indiana Hoosiers for the Big Ten Universities Rugby Conference Championships on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Rockford, Illinois. read more

Ohio State Oregon agree to homeandhome series in 2020 2021

Chalk up another rematch for the Ohio State football team. Almost two weeks after finalizing an agreement to play Texas in the coming years, the Buckeyes secured another home-and-home series with Oregon for the 2020 and 2021 seasons, the athletic department announced Tuesday. “Oregon has developed into one of the premier football programs in the (Football Bowl Subdivision),” OSU athletic director Gene Smith said in a released statement. “We are excited to add them to our future slate of games.” The Buckeyes are slated to travel to Eugene, Ore., for a Sept. 12, 2020, contest before hosting Oregon on Sept. 11, 2021, in Columbus. Ducks’ athletics director Rob Mullens said OSU “provides another major conference opponent” for the future. “The Pac-12 and Big Ten have enjoyed a long-standing relationship, so the opportunity to add another Big Ten opponent was attractive, Mullens said in a released statement. “We have two of the most passionate fan bases in college football and the atmosphere at both Ohio Stadium and Autzen Stadium are among the best in college football.” Oregon football coach Chip Kelly said he shares a similar mindset. “This will be a great opportunity for our fans to be a part of an intersectional battle that has not taken place in Eugene very often,” Kelly said in a released statement. “I’ve always been a proponent of playing the highest level of competition possible. I’m a firm believer that you make yourself better when pushed by the level of your competition.” While the teams have only met eight times, it’s been less than three years since OSU defeated the Ducks in the 2010 Rose Bowl, 26-17. In fact, the Buckeyes are 8-0 against Oregon all-time. On Oct. 10, OSU and Texas agreed to play in Austin in 2022 and Columbus in 2023. The contest against the Longhorns is the first since the 2009 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, which saw Texas top OSU, 24-21. The Buckeyes announced the completion of their non-conference schedule for 2016 season Tuesday after home games against Tulsa on Sept. 10 and Central Michigan on Sept. 24 were finalized. Rounding out the Buckeyes’ non-conference schedule that year will be Bowling Green (Sept. 3) and Oklahoma (Sept. 17). read more

Everly Brother singer Phil Everly dies at 74

first_imgAccording to a Rolling Stone biography of the legendary performers – hailed as “the most important vocal duo in rock” by the magazine – Phil and his younger brother Don were the children of Midwestern country stars Ike and Margaret Everly and performed on the family radio show while growing up.As teenagers, they headed for Nashville, Tennessee, and began their stellar career.In addition to his wife and brother, Everly is survived by their mother, Margaret, sons Jason and Chris, and two granddaughters.The Times said funeral services would be private.- © AFP, 2014RIP Uncle Phil: Actor James Avery dies aged 65>Deaths in 2013: Saying goodbye to those we loved and lost this year> SINGER PHIL EVERLY of the Everly Brothers has died, his widow told The Los Angeles Times. He was 74.Everly passed away in the Californian city of Burbank due to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Patti Everly told the newspaper.“We are absolutely heartbroken,” she said, noting her husband’s disease was caused by cigarette smoking. “He fought long and hard.”Together with his brother Don, who survives him, Everly rose to fame in the late 1950s and 1960s for smash hits such as Wake Up Little Susie, All I Have to Do is Dream and Bye Bye Love.The duo, who influenced The Beatles as well as Simon and Garfunkel, were known for their close-harmony singing.The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, into which the Everly Brothers were inducted in 1986, described their harmonies as “one of the musical treasures of the 1950s and a major influence on the music of the 1960s”.In 1957, the Everly Brothers signed their first record deal and soon after produced hits that spawned the genres of pop, rock and country. They were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.Tributes poured in soon after word of Everly’s death surfaced.“Rest in peace Phil Everly. You guys brought us a lot of pleasure back in the day,” rock and country singer-songwriter Charlie Daniels tweeted.Commenting as a winter snowstorm hit the northeast United States, actor and musician John Gallagher Jr said: “This cold night just got colder. RIP Phil Everly. The Everly Brothers Greatest Hits was my first CD as a kid and will always be a favorite.”“They had that sibling sound,” said Linda Ronstadt, who recorded one of the biggest hits of her career in 1975 with her interpretation of Everly’s When Will I Be Loved.The information of your DNA is carried in your voice, and you can get a sound (with family) that you never get with someone who’s not blood-related to you.And they were both such good singers – they were one of the foundations, one of the cornerstones of the new rock ‘n’ roll sound.last_img read more

John Gardiner Cork off the early pace Cadogan just like Deane and

first_imgCORK AND WATERFORD battles in Thurles were a constant during my inter-county days. Taking a seat in the stand yesterday to watch the game rather than taking a spot on the field to play was strange.Last year was more difficult adjusting to watching Cork matches, this year it’s easier. Arriving to Semple Stadium yesterday there was still that good buzz of Munster championship anticipation. My expectation was that Waterford would put them in a corner at times but Cork would ultimately win. Seeing Waterford race nine points ahead, Cork pegging them back and the teams finishing level in a frantic finale wasn’t what I envisaged.Tactically Waterford got it spot on. The wind was a help in the first-half but the biggest reason was their dominance of Cork’s puckouts. Waterford targeted Patrick Cronin, got the ball down on to the ground and there they then cleaned Cork on the breaks.They were composed at the back which allowed them to fire in better deliveries to their forwards. Creating time on the ball also allowed Jamie Nagle and Tadhg Burke to pick off great long-range points. But for nine first-half wides, Waterford could have been out of sight.Cork were well off the pace in the first-half. During the league, we have seen Cork go through games where they drift out of it for periods. Yesterday that was more prolonged which was a worry. Coming under pressure, they needed to sort their structure out and get back to basics. It took a long time for that to happen.Waterford must be really pleased with some of their performances. Michael Walsh’s composure was brilliant. He always took his time on the ball and searched for the right pass. Kevin Moran had a fine game and Pauric Mahony is the kind of freetaker who gives a side a real chance. ‘Pauric Mahony is the kind of freetaker who gives a side a real chance’ Source: James Crombie/INPHOAustin Gleeson had a great first day out. He hit a point from play, struck a beautiful sideline and then there was that wonder goal. He showed fierce pace but Cork will be disappointed that no one got their body across to cut out his run or got a hurley in to hook him.For all those positives for Waterford, Cork still hauled them back. Waterford faded out hugely. They expended a lot of energy to get ahead and several of their players went down with cramp near the end. That was down to fatigue. They looked to me like a team that was screaming for the final whistle.Cork’s goal was key. It showed again how teams are vulnerable after scoring a goal and it was a messy one for Waterford to concede. They had opportunities to clear but didn’t. The first thing you teach underage players is get the ball out of the danger area. The longer it hangs around, the more dangerous it is and Bill Cooper, who did well when he came on, got the vital touch.Cork brought Patrick Horgan outfield as well which was important. He’s their talisman and he wasn’t involved. Cork needed him to bring the game to Waterford and he did. He hit two good scores, set up another and fired over nine frees. Patrick Horgan struck 0-12 for Cork yesterday. Source: James Crombie/INPHOCork’s real star was Alan Cadogan. He showed form in the league that he could potentially make this breakthrough. The main thing you’re looking for in a player in his debut that he shows for the ball every time, makes the run and makes himself available. It’s very easy to drift through a game and not stand up to be counted.Alan showed real leadership by going for every ball from the start. He reminds me of Joe Deane in how he plays and he has a brilliant turn which allows him a few extra yards ahead of the defender. The point he got late on was outstanding.Cork showed their character again to come back. But you can’t keep affording to stay out of games as you’ll get caught eventually. Aidan Walsh brought a lot to Cork’s midfield but showed a little inexperience in not tapping over an early point when they needed it.Other lads found it hard to get going. Seamus Harnedy doesn’t have the element of surprise this year which makes it more challenging for him. The Cork tactics didn’t help him, he’s better in the half-forward line and showed that with a great first-half point after fielding a puckout from Anthony Nash. Anthony Nash commiserates with Stephen O’Keeffe. Source: James Crombie/INPHOWaterford will take huge confidence from yesterday. Their team and management believed they could beat Cork but I don’t think many of their supporters shared that view. They’ll take belief and bring that to the replay.I don’t think Cork will play as badly as they did in that first-half again. After a game like that, they’ll be bursting to get back on track and would probably have preferred the replay to be next week given their disappointment.Waterford put in such a huge effort that they’ll be glad of the fortnight break with their tired bodies. It’s going to be interesting and it’s a big challenge in the schedule with the winners out against Clare seven days after the replay.******Two-time All-Ireland senior winner John Gardiner will be part of’s hurling coverage throughout this summer.‘Ultimately he’ll go down the Ken McGrath route’ – high hopes for Waterford’s teenage starThe story of Cork and Waterford’s draw in shot conversion, turnovers and puckoutslast_img read more

Taoiseach says he wasnt nervous ahead of Pence speech I wanted to

first_imgTaoiseach says he wasn’t nervous ahead of Pence speech: ‘I wanted to express Ireland’s values’ Varadkar said he and Pence have very different views on social issues, but says it’s better to engage with people rather than boycott them. I don’t really bring him to official events, you know he has his own life and his own career, and doesn’t particularly enjoy coming along to events as my plus one unless maybe it’s a match or a concert or something like that.But the Taoiseach said when he and Barrett got the invitation from the Pences “it was different”.Matt wanted to accept the invite“He felt that it was an invitation that he wanted to accept. I hope as well that they take up our invitation to come to Ireland. They’re a family with a really genuine Irish connection to Co Sligo and to Co Clare.“And I think as we found during the various referendum campaigns in Ireland and the progress that we’ve made on women’s rights in particular that what helped to change Ireland was personal stories, people understanding the personal and human stories that are behind these issues,” he said, adding:Unfortunately in America I think things are so polarized you know people watching different news channels, shouting at each other, refusing to engage with each other. Maybe we’ve done it a bit different in Ireland a bit better.The Taoiseach said yesterday that Pence and Varadkar had not discussed the speech beforehand.“We didn’t really discuss the speech but we had a good chat afterwards on different issues and I had the chance to meet him again in the White House.“I met his brother who was recently elected to congress and his sister too.“They are very nice people and certainly have made me feel welcome when I have been in DC. Obviously we have very different views on social policy but I think the best way to manage these things is to engage with people rather than boycotting them and that’s what I intend to do.” Image: PA Wire/PA Images Image: PA Wire/PA Images 23,571 Views By Christina Finn Short URL 63 Comments center_img Mar 16th 2019, 9:31 PM Christina Finn reporting from Chicago THE TAOISEACH has said he wasn’t nervous ahead of giving his speech at the US Vice President’s house this week, stating that he wanted to be “respectful” while also expressing “Ireland’s values”.Headlines in the international press were dominated by the Leo Varadkar’s breakfast meeting with Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday, with chat show host Ellen Degeneres also expressing her joy at the Taoiseach taking his boyfriend to meet Pence.Pence, who has been criticised for his views and his legislative record on LGBT rights, told Varadkar last year that his partner, Matt Barrett, would be welcome at his official residence at this year’s St Patrick’s breakfast. Speaking at the event – which was open to press, in a departure from last year – the Taoiseach gave remarks noting that in modern day Ireland politicians were judged not by their sexual orientation, “skin tone, gender or religious beliefs” but by their actions.NervesWhen asked by reporters today if he was nervous ahead of giving the speech, the Taoiseach said no.   “No I wouldn’t say I was nervous but I gave consideration about what I was going to say and how I was going to say it. Ultimately Matthew and I were guests at his home so I wanted to make sure what I had to say was respectful. And I hope it came across that way.“But at the same time expressing what are now Ireland’s values, that everyone is equal before the law regardless of their religion, or lack thereof, their gender, the colour of their skin, or who they love,” said Varadkar. When asked how did Matt feel about being there, the Taoiseach laughed, stating:I don’t know, I didn’t ask him. Saturday 16 Mar 2019, 9:30 PM Share541 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

UN Secretary General meets with Christofias and Eroglu

first_imgThe leaders of the two communities in Cyprus have decided to intensify their contacts in the coming weeks in an attempt to overcome the major points of disagreement, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced in New York On Thursday.Speaking after a meeting with Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, Ban said he will meet again with both leaders in January next year in Geneva.“We have just had a constructive exchange of views on the core issues, including governance and power-sharing, economy, EU matters, property, territory and security,” he said, having thanked the two leaders for traveling to New York for the meeting and having expressed appreciation for their commitment.Commenting on Thursdays meeting with the two leaders, the UN Secretary General expressed hope that the meeting had helped to restore momentum to the process. “Both leaders have told me they recognize the need to move more quickly and decisively in order to reach a settlement. Serious differences remain, but both leaders expressed their commitment to work together, as partners, toward that goal,” he said.The leaders agreed to intensify their contacts in the coming weeks in order to establish a practical plan for overcoming the major remaining points of disagreement. We have agreed to meet again at the end of January next year in Geneva, Ban announced.The leaders will identify further convergences and the core issues which still need to be resolved, across all chapters, according to Ban Ki-moon.The President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias said late on Thursday he was satisfied with the results of his joint meeting in New York with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu.“I am leaving New York very satisfied with the results of this meeting,” he said, noting that “there are no timeframes, there is no threat from anywhere, and there is no intention on behalf of the Secretary General to exert pressure.”President Christofias added that “we want a solution of the Cyprus problem, we do not want talks just for the sake of it,” noting that “we will do everything possible to break the deadlock and I hope we do.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greek family first to ride the Wheel

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The giant observation Melbourne Star Wheel opened for the second time on December 22 and welcomed its first visitors: the Greek expatriate Saul Balnionis, along with his wife Alissa and their sons Lukas and Nikolas.“Wherever you look, the view of Melbourne is breathtaking”, said the 8 year old Nikolas.The Melbourne Star Wheel is the fifth largest in the world and the first solid steel wheel design to be built in the world of this size. Reaching a height of 120 metres, it is equivalent to a 40-storey building and with its 21 fully enclosed air-conditioned glass cabins it can offer guests a 360 degree view of Melbourne.Apart from the 30 minute ride, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a range of other features, including a multimedia display of the history of Melbourne and function spaces. The state government of Victoria and the city of Melbourne are optimistic about the future of the Wheel and its potential to attract a great tourist inflow in the Docklands.According to media reports however, since the re-opening, at least one member of the public has raised a safety issue that is currently under investigation by the Victorian Workcover Authority.last_img read more

Dinosaur Jr Announce Summer Camp Fuzz In The Catskills

first_imgNews Dinosaur Jr. Announce Summer Camp Fuzz dinosaur-jr-announce-summer-camp-fuzz-catskills Email Twitter Facebook Dinosaur Jr. Announce Summer Camp Fuzz In The Catskills Delve deep into the roots of alternative rock, or just groove along with the reunited original lineup during musical master classesPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 12, 2019 – 4:19 pm Dinosaur Jr.’s Lou Barlow, J Mascis and Murph will be teachers and counselors from July 30 to Aug. 2 at Camp Fuzz, which will be held this summer at New York’s Full Moon Resort in the Catskill Mountains.In 1985, the college-rock greats’ self-titled debut album Dinosaur preceded the litigation by a supergroup that compelled their next-generation name change. In the late ’80s, friction caused Barlow to leave the band and focus on independent solo projects. Murph later left for a time too, but in 2005 the original Dinosaur Jr. reunited and has been recording and touring steadily since. There is so much to learn from these musicians, both looking back over musical and cultural history as well as just grooving and learning licks and beats.Camp Fuzz’s FAQ recommends bringing cash, if desired, for the bar, as the resort has no ATM machines. Details are at the Camp Fuzz website, and the regular price is $999 per person, including meals and other amenities.The Full Moon Resort hosts other music master camps and provides an intriguing business model for fan communities, with musical instruments in tow, to acquire in-depth knowledge through personal interactions with more beloved bands.Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis Launches New ShopRead morelast_img read more

Philips sleep sensor lands at CES 2019 sets sights on snorers

first_img 1 Sleep tech CES Products Philips Check out the Philips SmartSleep Snoring Relief Band at CES 2019. Philips Philips wants to stop your snoring with its SmartSleep Snoring Relief Band. The band consists of a “discreet sensor” that goes around your chest. It’s supposed to track your sleep, including when you change positions.When you move to lie on your back — a position that often makes snoring worse — the sensor is supposed to encourage you to move to your side.Philips doesn’t exactly explain how it accomplishes this, but claims it’s “natural, non-invasive, comfortable and effective.” We’ve tested quite a few smart sleep gadgets but haven’t come across anything quite like this Philips device before. Sleep Number’s 360 bed has a feature that raises one side of the bed to stop you — or your partner — from snoring.  Comment CES 2019 Health and Wellness CNET Smart Home 85 Photos CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 4 features every smart bed needscenter_img 1:41 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Smart Home Tagslast_img read more

Bill to update Alaska Military Code of Justice advances

first_imgA bill that would update Alaska’s Military Code of Justice and strengthen penalties for certain violations has advanced from the House Judiciary Committee.The bill would update a code that has been largely unused by the Alaska National Guard. The Guard has not used it to court martial a service member since 1955.Progress on the bill comes more than a year after the National Guard Bureau found that the guard had not been properly investigating or adjudicating Guard member misconduct cases and did not have a process for coordinating with local law enforcement in Guard member misconduct cases.Proposed updates to the code include changes in what criminal behavior is subject to court-martial proceedings.last_img

Ayodhya case Temple destroyed to build mosque says advocate

first_imgNew Delhi: The Hindu temple in Ayodhya was destroyed to construct a mosque at the disputed site, said advocate for Ram Lalla Virajman, one of the parties in the politically-sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, on Tuesday while referring to an ASI report. Senior advocate C S Vaidyanathan, appearing for the deity, told the court that the ASI’s report refers to figures of crocodiles and tortoise, which were alien to the Muslim culture. The submissions were made during the eighth day hearing in the case before a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.The senior advocate is referring to other archaeological evidences from the ASI’s report to buttress claims that the disputed area had a Hindu temple. The hearing is underway before the bench also comprising justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer.last_img