Canadian Normandy veteran awarded Frances highest decoration for service

first_imgHALIFAX – Fred Turnbull was only 19 when his landing craft approached the beaches of Normandy as part of the greatest amphibious assault in military history.Now 92, Turnbull, who was a Royal Canadian Navy bowman-gunner, said he still vividly remembers the confusion of the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944.“From the air it must have looked like a mix-up of landing craft going in all directions,” the retired banker said, moments after receiving France’s highest decoration, the Legion of Honour, at a ceremony Friday at Canadian Forces Base Halifax.“And I think probably the worst thing was the noise. The noise was terrible because we had our own battleships firing in and the Germans firing out.”Born in Montreal, Turnbull was just 17 when he joined the navy in the summer of 1942. Serving aboard landing craft, he took part in several Allied operations including landings in Sicily, Normandy, southern France and Greece.His job was to drop the ramp of the landing craft and then jump over the bow to help steady it with a rope as the soldiers it carried disembarked and headed ashore.It was a dangerous job with little protection from enemy snipers, mortars, aircraft and minefields. Turnbull said there was little time to be afraid.“You just have a job to do and you do it,” he said. “That’s where the training comes in. You train so much, everything’s automatic.”Turnbull was presented with his medal by Laurence Monmayrant, France’s consul general for the Atlantic provinces. He is one of over 600 Canadian veterans who have been awarded the five-armed cross created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802.“You are a living page of the history of my home country,” said Monmayrant. “Your contribution to its liberation needed to be recognized.”Monmayrant later said that meeting Turnbull and bestowing him with the award was a special honour for her.“I come from Normandy and from a very early age we are told of the role of the soldiers who came from the U.S., from Canada … who came to the rescue of France and Europe,” she said.Turnbull said he was proud to receive the honour, which he dedicated to his comrades in arms.“I never thought that this would happen,” he told a gathering of family, friends and military dignitaries.“But I’d like to say this is on behalf of all the landing craft crews.”Turnbull recorded his wartime memories in a diary, which at the time was forbidden by Allied authorities. The diaries eventually formed the basis of a book that was published in 2007 entitled “The Invasion Diaries.”He said he hid the diary in his hammock and recorded his thoughts often a week to 10 days after certain events had unfolded.“But then in the early 80s the government said all those who have diaries can deposit them in the national archives and get a tax benefit, so everything changed,” Turnbull chuckled.After the war, Turnbull studied history and economics at McGill University and eventually worked for Montreal Trust, retiring as an assistant vice president in 1989.“I got into business and you sort of forget day-to-day what went on,” he said. “Life goes on.”last_img read more

Prince Charles Chairs WWFUK Meeting

first_imgThe Prince of Wales has lent his support to efforts to protect the world’s forests from being cut down for wood products ranging from guitars to greeting cards.Environmental charity WWF-UK, of which The Prince is President, is campaigning to close legal loopholes in European legislation that mean less than half of timber products, measured by value, coming into the EU are confirmed as from legal sources.Yesterday, His Royal Highness chaired a meeting of British business leaders to explore ways to ensure the UK market for wood products is protecting forests.WWF warns that illegal and unsustainable logging is contributing to deforestation and damage to habitats across some of the most important forest regions ranging from Russia’s Far East to Central Africa.The environmental organisation’s chief executive David Nussbaum said: “WWF-UK’s forest campaign challenges businesses to commit to responsible trade in wood and paper to help end deforestation around the world.“Businesses that rely on wood, from greetings card companies to furniture manufacturers and musical instrument makers, need to step up and make sure they only use materials from sustainable sources.“I am delighted that the Prince of Wales has brought his passion and concern for the environment to help highlight this pressing issue.”More than 30 influential business have pledged support to the campaign, committing to get all their wood-based products from legal and sustainable sources by 2020.The Prince chaired a meeting of the Forest Business Forum which involves representatives from businesses including Boots, Tesco, Kingfisher and Kimberly-Clark.Source:www.princeofwales.gov.uklast_img read more

Khadija Ryadi receives 2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize

first_imgNew York (UN) – Former president of the Moroccan human rights association (AMDH) Khadija Ryadi received, on Tuesday in New York, the 2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize. The Prize was handed by deputy UNSG Jan Eliasson to Ryadi along with other recipients during a ceremony at the UN headquarters on the occasion of the commemoration of the Human Rights Day.Ryadi is known to be at the forefront in the fight against impunity, full gender equality and freedom of expression, said on Friday the UN selection committee which revealed the names of the award winners. The Moroccan activist is the coordinator of a network of twenty-two non-governmental organizations defending human rights in Morocco, it added.last_img read more

New controls in Maine to prevent poaching of valuable eels

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s lucrative baby eel industry will likely face tighter controls this year designed to thwart poaching.Baby eels, called elvers, are an important part of the worldwide supply chain for Japanese food. Maine fishermen harvest them from rivers and streams every spring, and they are typically worth more than $1,000 per pound. No other U.S. state has a significant elver fishery.The Maine Department of Marine Resources is looking to add a requirement that elver exporters in the state must notify the Maine Marine Patrol 48 hours before preparing to pack and ship the eels. State officers would oversee the packing and shipping of the wriggling critters.Elver fishing season begins on March 22.Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press read more

Report on Sri Lankas missing almost ready

Constituted in August 2013, the Commission has looked into complaints about the disappearance of thousands of people in the Northern and Eastern Provinces during June 1990 to May 2009. In early April, the Commission submitted its preliminary report to the President. Sunday marked the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances.‘Army for the well-being of North-East’The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) will continue to focus on the “well being of people in the North and the East,” Lt. Gen. A.W. J. Chrishanthe De Silva, SLA Commander, claims. The Presidential Commission on Missing Persons has almost completed its task, according to Justice Maxwell Parakrama Paranagama, chairman of the panel, The Hindu newspaper reported.In a chat with The Hindu on Monday, Justice Paranagama said the Commission had virtually finalised its findings. However, he refused to say when he would submit the final report to President Maithripala Sirisena. “The President is busy these days,” he said. According to the panel’s website, as many as 17,329 complaints from the residents in the two provinces and 5,000 complaints from families of security forces were received as on August 20.Meanwhile, women staged demonstrations in Mannar and Talaimannar of the Northern Province on Sunday, demanding the authorities to ensure the return of their relatives who went missing, according to sections of the Tamil press. Asked about the procedure of making the reports public, the chairman said that once the reports were submitted, it would be left to the discretion of the President to take any action. Terming this “our primary objective,” Lt. Gen. Silva, who took charge in February after Maithripala Sirisena became President in January, told The Hindu that “we will ensure that everyone, who requires assistance, will be provided with such assistance.” He was responding to a question whether any time frame has been set to return private lands in the two provinces to original landowners.“We are looking at all options,” he added. read more

Together we can pull Ukraine back from the brink UN political chief

The Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN requested the Council to convene urgently “due to the deterioration of the situation in the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea, Ukraine, which threatens the territorial integrity of Ukraine.” Chairing the meeting was Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg, which holds the Council’s presidency for the month. The session was briefed by Jeffrey Feltman, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and also heard a statement from Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. The meeting came as senior UN officials have been appealing to all parties for weeks to de-escalate tensions and to engage in direct and constructive dialogue to forge a peaceful way forward in Ukraine, which has been witnessing unrest for several months. Tensions heightened last week as lawmakers in Crimea, where additional Russian troops and armoured vehicles have recently been deployed, voted to join Russia and to hold a referendum on 16 March to validate the decision. In his briefing, Mr. Feltman noted that this is the sixth time the Security Council has met on the situation in Ukraine since 1 March, even as multiple multilateral and bilateral diplomatic efforts remain under way, “all aimed at seeking a peaceful resolution of the crisis.” Yet, the frequency of the deliberations is also a reflection of the fact that as an international community “we have not yet been able to deliver on our obligation…to contribute to the de-escalation of tensions in accordance with the provisions of the UN Charter,” he said.Mr. Feltman said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s concern continues to deepen regarding the deterioration of the situation in Crimea and rising tensions in eastern Ukraine. In Crimea, the seizure and blockade of Ukrainian military bases, as well as of the majority of State Border Service facilities continues. “There have been reports that a military hospital has been taken over by unidentified military personnel,” he said, noting other reports that Crimean authorities closed the airspace over the peninsula to all commercial flights except those travelling to and from Moscow, citing the need to keep ‘provocateurs’ out of the area.“The scheduled referendum has further complicated an already difficult and volatile situation,” Mr. Feltman continued, saying that he regretted to report that local authorities have denied UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonovic, access to Crimea, citing the lack of readiness to receive him and inability to provide security.As for the situation on the ground “we will have to rely on, among others, reports from residents, foreign diplomats based in Crimea, and international non-governmental organizations,” with whom Mr. Šimonovic has been in contact. “Given the vast divergence in reports about what is actually happening on the ground in Crimea, we would have much preferred that [Mr. Šimonovic] had been able to collect first-hand accounts himself.” He went on to say that the monitoring mission established by the Office for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is set to become operational in Ukraine by Monday, and, in light of the “unpredictable situation, which could affect human rights”, the Secretary-General has asked Mr. Šimonovic to extend his mission in the country. “In the highly charged atmosphere in Ukraine, exacerbated by the lack of trust and by fear, the potential for intentional or unintentional escalation or miscalculations is very real,” he said, reiterating the Secretary-General’s recent calls for resolving the crisis in a manner that respects Ukraine’s territorial integrity and which paves the way for constructive, rhetoric-free dialogue.“All sides must avoid unilateral actions that could further raise tensions and make de-escalation difficult. It is high time for constructive engagement – instability in Ukraine is in no one’s interest and will have dire consequences for the region and the world,” said Mr. Feltman, emphasizing that the United Nations is convinced that with genuine concerted efforts by the international community “we can together pull Ukraine back from the brink.” Later in the day, the Secretary-General’s spokesman issued a readout of a meeting between the UN chief and Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and acting Foreign Minister, Andrii Deshchytsia. “The Secretary-General expressed his increasing concern about developments in Ukraine, including his particular alarm at the rapidly evolving crisis in Crimea and reports of rising tensions in eastern Ukraine,” said the note. The Secretary-General underscored that he had intensified diplomatic efforts over the past days and weeks but that all parties must de-escalate the situation, tame the rhetoric and find a peaceful solution to the crisis. “He urged the Prime Minister and acting Foreign Minister not to relent on their efforts to engage in direct dialogue with Russia and commended their restraint thus far during this difficult time in Ukraine’s history,” said the readout, adding that Mr. Ban stressed the need for the Prime Minister to govern Ukraine in a spirit of inclusivity and to promote a country of unity and opportunity for all, including minorities. The officials also discussed the ongoing visity of Mr. Šimonovic in Ukraine. Further to the readout, Mr. Ban underscored that the UN Charter has to be the guiding instrument for collective efforts toward a peaceful solution to the crisis in Ukraine. The Charter’s principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity, peaceful settlement of disputes and full respect for human rights, must prevail.Meanwhile, according to UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, Mr. Šimonovic continued his mission in Ukraine today, visiting Lviv, a city in the western part of the country, where he met with the head of the regional council and discussed the hosting of displaced people from Crimea now living in the Lviv region. He also held talks with the regional Ombudsperson.The spokesperson said that Mr. Šimonovic then met with representatives of local non-governmental organizations, including Crimean Tatars, and they discussed the human rights situation in Ukraine.He also had a meeting with the originator of a grassroots campaign to speak Russian in Lviv for one day in solidarity with Russian speakers in Ukraine alarmed by the decision of the country’s Parliament to repeal the language law. “Mr. Šimonovic returned to Kiev today, where he will meet with ministers and other officials. He is scheduled to hold a press conference in Kiev tomorrow,” said the spokesperson. read more

Fundamental freedoms inalienable and inherent – now and always UN says on

“In a year that marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, we can draw inspiration from the history of the modern human rights movement, which emerged from the Second World War,” said Mr. Ban in a message to mark Human Rights Day, celebrated annually on 10 December. Mr. Ban hailed the four basic freedoms identified by former United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt – freedom of expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear, and stressed that today’s extraordinary challenges can be seen and addressed “through the lens of [those] four freedoms.” The Secretary-General highlighted the condition of millions of people, who are denied freedom of expression and are living under threat and urged to defend, preserve and expand democratic practices and space for civil society for lasting stability. Mr. Ban also noted that across the globe, terrorists have “hijacked religion, betraying its spirit by killing in its name,” or targeting minorities and exploring fears for political gain, thereby denying people their freedom of worship. “In response, we must promote respect for diversity based on the fundamental equality of all people and the right to freedom of religion,” stressed the Secretary-General. Speaking about freedom from want, UN chief said much of humankind is plagued by deprivation and called on world leaders to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with the aim of ending poverty and enabling all people to live in dignity on a peaceful, healthy planet. Mr. Ban also said that millions of refugees and internally displaced persons are a tragic product of the failure to fulfil the freedom from fear, adding that not since the Second World War have so many people been forced to flee their homes. “They run from war, violence and injustice across continents and oceans, often risking their lives. In response, we must not close but open doors and guarantee the right of all to seek asylum, without any discrimination. Migrants seeking an escape from poverty and hopelessness should also enjoy their fundamental human rights,” said the Secretary-General.Lastly, reaffirming UN’s commitment to protecting human rights as the foundation of the Organization’s work, Mr. Ban highlighted the features of the Human Rights Up Front initiative, which aims to prevent and respond to large-scale violations.Echoing those sentiments, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein added that “freedom is the ideal that underpins what we now recognize as international human rights law, the norms and regulations that protect and guarantee our rights.”In a video message, Mr. Zeid noted that Human Rights Day 2015 marks the launch of a year-long campaign to celebrate the 50th anniversary of two of the oldest international human rights treaties – the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. “These two documents, along with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, form the ‘International Bill of Human Rights,’ which together set out the civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights which are the birth right of all human beings,” said Mr. Zeid. He also stressed that freedoms set out in these documents are universal, applicable to everyone, everywhere and noted that traditional practices, cultural norms, cannot justify taking them away. “The world has changed since the UN General Assembly adopted the Two Covenants in 1966. The Covenants, together with the other human rights treaties, have played an important role in securing better respect and recognition during the past five, at times turbulent, decades,” added Mr. Zeid. At the same time, the UN rights chief noted that the drafters of the Covenants could have had little idea of issues such as digital privacy, counter-terrorism measures and climate change, but respect for freedom continues to be the foundation for peace, security and development for all. Lastly, echoing the theme of this year’s Day, he urged everyone to join the celebration of freedom, to help “spread the message the world over that our rights, our freedoms are inalienable and inherent – now, and always.” Speaking later in the day at a flower laying ceremony at Four Freedoms Park in New York, Mr. Zeid paid respects to President Roosevelt (FDR) and his wife Eleanor, recalling their significant contribution to human rights.“In the months and years after FDR’s death, States shaped the United Nations, and wrote binding laws and agreed to be governed by them, so that they would form a web of protection from the threats of violence and deprivation,” said Mr. Zeid.He also noted the growing turmoil across the globe, particularly in the Middle East and parts of Africa, where the region faces massive emergencies, are also generating an exodus of suffering amongst people who are not free of fear or of want.Mr. Zeid added that new “nightmarish” violent groups are seeking to exterminate all those who dissent from their harsh and narrow world view.“When humanity ceases to protect human rights, the system built to ward off chaos and violence begins to crumble; the chain of human security is broken; and selfishness, violence and conflict are unleashed in more and more ways in more and more places,” said Mr. Zeid.Lastly, he stressed that it is imperative to translate FDR’s call for freedom from want into a reality, the absence of which was defined by the Secretary-General as ‘the silent crises – grinding poverty, hunger, inequality, discrimination and other threats to people’s lives and dignity.’“Such extreme inequalities are unjust, divisive and socially corrosive. They breed economic instability, social unrest and can – and do –lead to conflict. This suffering is not inevitable: it is a product of the choices we make,” said Mr. Zeid urging all Member States to successfully implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to save and improve millions of lives. Later in the day, the Secretary-General addressed an award ceremony organized by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) called the Momentum for Change awards.“Today, as never before, we see momentum for change coming from every sector of society,” he said. “The 16 award winners this year are focusing on some of the most important elements of climate action. From solar-powered solutions for households in sub-Saharan Africa, to communications tools that help rural farmers and Pacific Island nations better predict and adapt to climate change, they are achieving results.”Mr. Ban added that these initiatives were launched by individuals who were inspired to turn the challenges posed by climate change into opportunities for new ways of building a more sustainable future. read more

Blaz Rola wins mens NCAA Singles Championship

Blaz Rola, junior for the Ohio State men’s tennis team, has been crowned the 2013 NCAA singles champion.Rola took down No. 3 Jarmere Jenkins of the University of Virginia 7-6(8), 6-4 on Sunday to complete his run through the tournament to claim the first ever singles championship in program history.Mark Batke / Lantern photographerAfter the Buckeyes fell to No. 1 UCLA last week it looked as though the men’s tennis program would be left without a national championship again this season. Rola was the highest ranked player entering the tournament for the Buckeyes but his No. 12 ranking did not instill much confidence in the OSU faithful.Despite this Rola defeated six ranked opponents, and only lost one set throughout the tournament en route to his championship victory.The championship comes a year after Rola advanced to the semifinals but fell 6-2, 6-1 to Kentucky’s Eric Quigley. It completed a 32-1 season for the Slovenian, his only loss coming at the hands of Jared Hiltzik of Illinois, the Big Ten freshman of the year.A hard fought first set saw Rola win the tiebreak 10-8 despite giving up four-consecutive wins to allow Jenkins to tie the set at 6-6. In the second set Rola broke in the 7th game and held serve for the rest of the match for the 6-4 and the championship.This was not the first national championship Rola has earned in his time at OSU. He was last season’s doubles champion with his partner Chase Buchanan. Rola is also a four-time All-American and a three-time unanimous First Team All-Big Ten pick. read more

For Ohio State softballs Maddy McIntyre surfing still a passion

The warm sunshine beams down upon the tropical waters off the coast of San Diego, as Ohio State softball shortstop Maddy McIntyre sits on a surf board, bobbing in the Pacific Ocean and waiting for the next wave to ride. The serenity the ocean offers is a far cry from the stress of finals week or the pressure of hundreds of screaming fans. “(Surfing) is just a good way to take a break from everything,” McIntyre said. “Sometimes you’re out on the softball field or sometimes it gets intense with school and everything, so it’s just the best way to fall back and just relax. The feeling I get when I drop in is priceless.” McIntyre, a sophomore from San Diego, has started every game but one in her two-year OSU career. She’s a career .265 hitter with a .944 fielding percentage from her middle infield position. But while softball might be her first love, surfing has morphed from a fun hobby into something much more important to McIntyre. “It’s definitely her passion,” said senior teammate and third baseman Megan Coletta. “She really misses it (when she’s in Ohio) and she has a lot of passion for it and knowledge about the ocean.” McIntyre’s passion started at age 12, off the coast of Maui, Hawaii. It was there she first received personalized instruction with surfing trainers who immediately recognized her talent and passion for the sport. They encouraged her to keep riding when she returned home to California. Her father made sure that became a reality. “For one of my birthdays, my dad got me a board, and it was the best thing. He couldn’t keep me out of the water after that,” McIntyre said. She and her father – an avid surfer himself – have used their passions for surfing to develop an even tighter bond. They usually go in the summers, fitting in a quick, two-hour session before Marc McIntyre drops his daughter off back home and heads to work. The father-daughter surfing time is something they both cherish. “It’s awesome,” Marc McIntyre said. “She’s a better surfer than I am, but it’s still fun just being out there in the water with her. It makes you think, ‘It doesn’t get much better than this.’” The landlocked qualities of Columbus make surfing during softball season impossible for Maddy McIntyre, so when she gets home to San Diego, she feels like she has to make up for lost time. “I get really excited to surf when I go home,” Maddy McIntyre said. “But at home, everyone gets so mad, like, ‘Oh, the waves suck today,’ so they won’t go out. But now, for me, it’s like even if the waves suck, I still want to go out because I’m not out there very often.” Her father said she will go out at every opportunity when she’s home. Whenever she can get someone to go with her, be it morning, noon or night, she’ll hit the waves. OSU softball coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said she loves her shortstop’s passion for surfing, and encourages her to keep up with it as much as possible. When Schoenly takes recruiting trips to Calif., which is fairly frequently, Maddy McIntyre is often there, badgering her coach to catch some waves with her. “It’s really cool we have kids with such different passions,” Schoenly said. “I’ve never really known surfing, so when I hear about the waves, and just the love that she has for it, I’m really excited for her to have that.” For someone who is used to having all eyes on her whenever she competes, surfing offers Maddy McIntyre the chance to drop in and do what she loves, away from the fandom. “The thing I like most about (surfing) is it doesn’t have to be competitive,” Maddy McIntyre said. “I don’t have to go out and have to perform. I can go for something great and I don’t have to worry if I don’t land it, or if the wave eats me up, it doesn’t matter, I can just have fun with it.” Schoolwork and softball might be Maddy McIntyre’s primary focuses during the year, but once summer rolls around, her childhood passion takes center stage. Her bat and glove get swapped for a board, and her No. 30 jersey gets traded for a bathing suit. For Maddy McIntyre, summer is nearly here – the sun is out and the ocean beckons. read more

BBC apologises for accidentally promoting Brut aftershave

first_imgThe BBC has had to apologise after their Today programme promoted Brut aftershave.Listeners complained after it appeared the state-owned broadcaster was advertising the product on the Radio 4 show.The show caused controversy when it seemed to plug the aftershave while wrapping up an interview with cricketer Jimmy Anderson.Sports presenter Garry Richardson told listeners: “Jimmy Anderson, who was speaking to us in conjunction with Brut aftershave, who he is an ambassador for.” And another said: “Why did the Radio 4 Today Programme run an advert for Brut aftershave?”This isn’t the first time a Radio 4 show has been in hot water for accidentally advertising. On last year’s Desert Island Discs, Michael Buble chose a Rolex watch as his luxury item.However, he fronts the brand.Buble’s connection to the watchmaker, as brand ambassador, was mentioned during the recording of the show, but edited out of the final broadcast. A spokeswoman for the BBC said: “This was a mistake. It should not have happened.”We apologise and the programme’s sport production team is being reminded of the editorial guidelines on product prominence.” 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. Why is R4 Today sport peddling Brut aftershave? Error of editorial judgement?— Martin Waller (@martinwaller10) March 30, 2017 One asked what Theresa May could advertise on Radio 4: “Jimmy Anderson in conjunction with Brut! What next BBC R4 Today? Theresa May brought to you in conjunction with Toilet Duck.”center_img Listeners expressed how unimpressed they were by the apparent product placement.One listener asked: “Was that just an advertisement for Brut aftershave on BBC R4 Today?!”Another fumed: “Advertising Brut to get an interview with a cricketer. Rubbish. R4 Today NO. Get someone else. No ads on the BBC.” “That was Jimmy Anderson talking to us in association with Brut Aftershave.” Is that really allowed on a BBC programme like Today?!— Iain Dale (@IainDale) March 30, 2017 Glad to hear that the Today prog has been sponsored by the great smell of Brut, that classy 70s pong #r4today— Neil Boom (@MrBoom) March 30, 2017 He’s had many @alanpartridge moments but today Garry Richardson plugged Brut aftershave @BBCr4today after talking to a cricketer #howzat— Grant Feller (@grantfeller) March 30, 2017last_img read more

Good season start for Kielce

Brest Meshkovfrisch aufhandball CupTatran PresovVive Targi Kielce The third European team last season, Polish champion Vive Targi Kielce began season at the Echo Kielce Cup 2013 with a victory over Belarus Meshkov Brest 29:26.Vive Targi Kielce – Meshkov Brest 29:26 (14:10)Vive: Szmal, Losert – Grabarczyk, Jurecki, Tkaczyk 2, Tomczak, Chrapkowski 2, Aginagalde 5, Bielecki 3, Jachlewski 1, Strlek 5, Lijewski 1, Buntić 4, Musa, Zorman, Rosiński, Cupić 6.Meszkow: Pesić, Potockij – Djukić 1, Atajevas, Markotić 4, Spiler, Kniazev 2, Cherepenko, Shumak 3, Vukić 2, Baranov 5, Milicević, Haisa, Karacić 2, Tatarin, Srsen 1, Ushal, Astrashapkin 3, Buykevich, Volyncev 3.In the second match of the day, German Frisch Auf Goppingen beat Slovak Tatran Presov 34:32.Frisch: Prost, Marinović, Rutschmann – Kraus 6, Kneule 3, Oprea 4, Schoene 6, Lobedank 3, Fontaine 1, Rnić 4, Schiller 2, Pevnov 5,Tatran: Krupa – Rabek 5, Hrstka 1, Krok 4,  Kristopans 8, Radcenko 1, Urban T. 2, Cip 3, Pejović 2, Antl 3 ← Previous Story French Ivry wants to progress: Struga and Marrane to find the form Next Story → W19 EURO 2013: Scandi girls in TOP form read more

Northern Ireland Attorney General calls for end to Troubles prosecutions

first_imgTHE ATTORNEY GENERAL for Northern Ireland has said he believes there should be no more police investigations, inquiries or prosecutions of any killings that occurred during the Troubles before the Good Friday Agreement.Speaking to BBC News and RTÉ, John Larkin said the rule should be applied to paramilitaries, the police force and the British army.According to the AG, the chances of a successful conviction diminish as the years pass, making now a good time to “take stock”.It strikes me that the time has come to think about putting a line, set at Good Friday 1998, with respect to prosecutions, inquests and other inquiries.Larkin insisted his proposal was not a full amnesty as the crime committed would not cease to be a crime but it would mean no criminal proceedings could be taken over the offence.He noted that the current tools for investigating the role of the British army and the police force during the Troubles were “very good” but that they were not matched by those which could bring paramilitaries to account.Drawing a line – at the point of the Good Friday Agreement – may also see families find out more about the deaths of their loved ones, he added.“We can’t really be surprised if people don’t tell us as long as the theoretical threat of prosecution remains,” he said.Larkin has made a submission to the talks process currently underway with US diplomat Dr Richard Haass, who is trying to broker an agreements on how to deal with the legacy of Northern Ireland’s parades.The controversial proposal has been welcomed by the Secretary of State for Northern Irleand Peter Hain, who said on this Twitter account:NI Attorney General commonsense no pre-Good Friday conflict-related prosecutions. Best to help Victims & address The Past in other ways.However, Amnesty International’s Peter Corrigan says he disagrees:NI AG’s proposal an utter betrayal of victims’ fundamental right to access justice, a tenet of int’l human rights law.The full interview with John Larkin is due to be broadcast on RTÉ radio after 8am. Read: Broad welcome for President Higgins’s planned trip to BritainMore: Britain’s secret force ‘used IRA tactics’ during the TroublesTánaiste: ‘There are people who know where those bodies were buried’last_img read more

H1 budget figures offer hope

first_imgGreece has been a source of bad news in the last two-and-a-half years but we may see some tentative positive signs for the first time since the crisis began. Although they are contingent on the cohesion of the governing coalition and a more effective way of tackling the debt crisis at the level of the European Union and European Central Bank, it is nevertheless encouraging to spot them in the midst of the deep and prolonged recession.The lack of credibility of successive Greek governments has made the country the laughing-stock of foreign politicians, analysts and others, and hurt its reputation, costing jobs and growth. Moreover, it has made it harder for it to attain other goals such the time extension of the current program for two more years, that is, through 2016.However, there are signs that the coalition government — despite the evident internal friction during deliberations for spending cuts — is willing to act and restore credibility. It is showing that is has the determination to forge ahead with 11.5 billion euros in spending cuts outlined in the second economic program to help meet the fiscal targets in 2013 and 2014.Moreover, the government spearheaded by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras is showing a greater political determination to revive the privatization and public property development and sales program, and proceed with structural reforms.On the other hand, the recession continues to take its toll with incomes suppressed and the ranks of unemployed in the private sector continuing to swell, generating resentment against the imposed austerity with political repercussions and more reform fatigue.Yet, for the first time since the first adjustment program was put in place in May 2010, it is likely this year’s budget deficit target of the general government will be attained. At least that’s what the official figures for the first half of the year point to.To be more precise, the budget deficit stood at 9.9 billion euros compared to 11.34 billion in the first half of 2011 although this year’s figure was burdened by 2 billion euros more in interest expenses related to the public debt. Overall, this year’s interest expenses should be lower by more than 3 billion euros following the debt restructuring (PSI), meaning there is scope for considerable interest savings in the second half of 2012. It is noted that the budget deficit ended up at 19.58 billion euros in 2011 and the target for this year is 13.7 billion euros.There is another element in the fiscal figures of the general government — which comprises the state budget, local authorities, legal entities, social security funds and hospitals — justifying optimism. The primary deficit, which excludes interest expenses, shrank to 490 million euros in the January-June period from 4 billion the same period a year earlier.Assuming there is a normal trend in the second half, the primary budget deficit, considered by many a more genuine fiscal indicator, can either drop further or rise but no more than 2 billion euros or 1 percent of GDP compared to 3.6 billion in 2011.This improvement comes in the face of a deeper-than-projected recession which deprives tax revenues from state coffers but generates extra expenditures for unemployment benefits and other items. On the other hand, one may argue that the shrinking in the first-half budget deficit is partly due to the state’s unwillingness to pay its suppliers and provide tax rebates. Although this is true, one should also take into account the slow collection of income taxes compared to the previous years for political reasons, as well as various other taxes, i.e. real estate from previous years.The positive signs from the fiscal front, which may be reinforced if the government adopts part of the 11.5-billion-euro spending cuts this year, enhancing also the chances of meeting the budget targets of the next few years, do not end here.Last week, ECB chief Mario Draghi said that the central bank was prepared to discuss the subordination issue linked to its bond purchase program (SMP), namely to give up seniority. It is reminded that the ECB’s holdings of Greek bonds were not cut by 53.3 percent, unlike those of private investors, which amounted to preferential creditor status.If the ECB gives up seniority, it will be subject to the same rules as all other bondholders in the case of a future sovereign debt restructuring. If this does indeed happen, it opens the door for a writedown of Greek bonds held by the eurosystem. The haircut may amount to an estimated 20-25 billion euros, going a great distance toward restoring the sustainability of Greek debt under a more adverse growth scenario until 2020 and in turn allowing the planned disbursement of IMF money assuming the program is being implemented. Of course, there are other ways to do the same, such as debt buyback.All-in-all, there appears to be some positive news from and about Greece in the last 10 days or so. Despite internal disagreements, the coalition government agreed to forge ahead with the 11.5 billion euros spending cuts, and speed up privatizations and structural reforms.Moreover, first-half fiscal figures showed that 2012 may be the first year Greece met its overall budget deficit (in absolute number) and primary deficit goal since it sought a bailout in May 2010 despite a much deeper-than-projected recession. Also, Draghi’s hint at the ECB giving up seniority in its bond purchase program fuelled hopes that the eurosystem may accept a haircut in its Greek bond holdings, helping restore the sustainability of the debt.Of course, the future of Greece in the eurozone will most likely be decided by a small number of high-level European politicians in coming weeks and months. It will be to Greece’s advantage to show something concrete when the time comes.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Race for the Conch a swim race for a good cause

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 8th 2017: First event on the calendar for the month of July in the Turks and Caicos is the Annual “Race for the Conch” event.In its eigth year, the annual eco-sea swim race raises funds for local charities, including the Providenciales Children’s Home, a major beneficiary, not to mention the TCI’s Swim Federation and its drive to expand learn-to-swim opportunities in the Turks and Caicos.The event features three main distances, the Ironman, a 2.4 mile or 3.8 km race, the one mile and the half mile, including a 100 meters Children’s Swim for kids ages 10 and under.To race directors Ben Stubenberg and Chloe Zimmermann, the event raises awareness and interest in swimming, while the “eco”, part promotes the use of non-toxic reef safe sunscreens.This year organizers are partnering with the sunscreen company, RAW, to provide an effective alternative sunscreen without oxybenzone and other chemicals that damage the reef.Stubenberg describes the event as another great way to use our incredible ocean resources to tap into the burgeoning sports tourism market and generate revenue for TCI.The event comes on the heels of the venue declared as an open water safe-swim zone, one of the few in the world.It is anticipated that the event will gather participants from around the world, including some 175 swimmers from the US and Canada, and neighbouring nations.The “Race for the Conch” takes place in front of Rickie’s Flamingo Cafe beginning at 8 am on July 1st. Persons interested in more race information, including times, and rules can be found at www.ecoseaswim.com or by contacting a Race Director at raceinfo@ecoseaswim.com.  Organisers say TCI residents get an island discount on the entry fee if they sign up directly at Marco Travel located in the Caicos Cafe Plaza, Grace Bay. Related Items: #MagneticMediaNews#TCIRaceForTheConch#TCIGraceBayOpenWaterSafeSwimZonecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Jayne 52 Sundays Chance to write about whats important

first_imgI promise, there won’t be any mention about how time flies when you’re having fun.Sure, it has been a year since I became Opinion editor at The Columbian after 13 years as Sports editor. And, yes, it has gone by quickly. But to invoke the “time flies” mantra would be cliché … and trite … and maybe even gauche.Anyway, as of Tuesday, I will have spent exactly one year in this position at the paper. I suppose it is appropriate that the anniversary falls on election day (public service announcement: turn in your ballots), considering that much of this job revolves around elections and politics and politicians. I have spent a good portion of the past year meeting with governors (well, one) and United States senators (well, one) and U.S. representatives (well, less than two).I also have sat down with plenty of state representatives and state senators and local officials, which, in a way, is far more important. To a large extent, those people have more impact on our daily lives than the ones who work in Washington, D.C. And from the start, that has been the goal — to assist readers in making decisions that impact their daily lives and the daily function of our communities.Because of that, I’m never really sure about what to even call my job. Technically, I am The Columbian’s Editorial Page editor — I think. But I typically just say “Opinion editor,” because, frankly, it’s shorter. Of course, that led Gov. Jay Inslee to say, upon my introduction, “Opinion editor? Hmmm, it’s good to have opinions.” He’s a good man that governor. You might disagree with some of his politics — and we often do in our editorials — but in person he exudes leadership and he’s thoughtful — and he can take command of a room.Anyway, the daily nuts and bolts of this job is writing The Columbian’s In Our View editorial, which reflects the opinion of the paper’s five-person Editorial Board. We weigh in on topics both local and national and, infrequently, global — and in the past 365 days I have written roughly 360 of those editorials with input from the board.last_img read more

Tongass Forest advisers finish review of logging transition plan

first_imgAerial view of Tongass National Forest. (Creative Commons Photo by Alan Wu)The Tongass Advisory Committee ended a 16-month series of meetings Thursday, formally completing its effort to advise the Tongass National Forest in a transition from old to young growth logging.The committee met in Ketchikan last week to finalize its recommendations to the U.S. Forest Service and review the agency’sdraft Environmental Impact Statement for a forest plan amendment.The plan would transition the Tongass to second-growth logging in 16 years.Les Cronk is a committee co-chair and a timber industry representative. He said the committee was happy with the Forest Service’s use of their recommendations in the agency’s preferred alternative.“As far as our recommendations for the transition, we were. It fell short in certain areas when it came to the implementation and monitoring that we also recommended, so we have a few other recommendations,” Cronk said. “But as far as what needed to go into the plan amendment, yes.”The committee began meeting in August 2014. Its charter ends in February. But Andrew Thoms, a conservation representative on the committee, said they will stay involved.“We’re going to keep working together with the Forest Service, and other people that are on the TAC, to see that the implementation recommendations and the plan are put together in a way that is successful moving forward,” Thoms said.Committee members are still working on a plan for a multi-stakeholder collaborative to provide input as the transition is implemented.At the end of the meeting, committee members agreed the process was challenging, but that it went well.Cronk said committee members had a lot of concerns at the beginning, but they were committed to finding a solution.“People stayed at the table and worked through, compromised, and really did a commendable job of handling a very difficult topic: to come up with a unanimous consensus on how to achieve, hopefully, a positive transition for the Tongass,” Cronk said.The Tongass Advisory Committee is made up of representatives from local government, Native tribes, the timber industry, environmental organizations and other forest users.The draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Tongass forest plan amendment is open for public comment through Feb. 22.last_img read more

WATCH Florida woman rescues snake stuck in beer can hailed as angel

first_imgRosa Fond, a professional animal rescuer in Florida, is being hailed as an angel on social media after she rescued a snake which had got its head stuck inside a beer can. She owns Humans & Animals United.According to Fox 13, Rosa had spotted the snake while driving in Brooksville. Even though Rosa is not the biggest fan of reptiles, especially snakes, she said she knew she had to rescue the animal, which was identified as a non-venomous black racer. Rosa can be seen trying to take the snake’s head from the canFacebook/ Rosa Fond”I saw she was alive and started to panic but I knew I had to save her. Anyone else would have probably killed her… I couldn’t let her be hurt,” Rosa was quoted as saying by Fox 13.Rosa placed her phone on the ground and started recording her attempt to rescue the snake. She took a stick and tried to pull the snake out with it. All through the video, Rosa can be heard screaming whenever the snake moved. At one point, the snake was so frightened that it began to coil itself around the can and Rosa’s hand too.In the video, she was even heard saying, “I’m not trying to be mean, please forgive me.”Rosa shared the video online and received a lot of appreciation for her sensitivity in helping the animal which was clearly in pain. One comment read, “I was an animal control officer for a long time – never once did I see a snake in a beer can! As fearful as some people are of snakes (they’re one of my favorites) I can understand your emotions must have been running high….. Kudos for putting your feelings aside and helping him out!!!”Another woman wrote, “Rosa Fond, you are angel!!!!!!” IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:07/4:39Loaded: 0%0:08Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-4:32?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Watch: Women save snake which got stuck in a beer cancenter_img Closelast_img read more

What to Learn from A School Shooting That Almost Happened

first_img Listen Jefferson said that another student heard about the plan and called in an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers. The public safety nonprofit increasingly deals with school safety.Jefferson won’t reveal the school’s name to keep the tip line anonymous, and she won’t identify the student because he’s a minor. There’s also often a stigma attached to schools if they’re linked to threats or acts of violence.What she wanted to emphasize, though, is they took this tip very seriously. “There was a campus officer that was immediately contacted by one of our Crime Stoppers investigators and the juvenile who was identified was actually arrested for third degree felony and for terroristic threat,” Jefferson said. “And they were charged.”Jefferson said that later the school police didn’t find explosives on campus.Still, experts say this shooting that almost happened offers key lessons. “We’ve known that fellow students are an absolute critical part of prevention efforts,” said Marisa Randazzo. She used to work with the U.S. Secret Service as its chief research psychologist. Now she’s co-founded a company, SIGMA Threat Management, that’s helping Texas schools do threat assessments.Randazzo said that in over three quarters of actual school shootings, the shooter told someone about his plans. So, authorities need to hear from that someone: “When we can encourage people to come forward and let people know if they hear about something, like in this case, if someone is talking about planning to engage in violence at school, it is quite possible to prevent, just like it has been done here.”In fact, the National Police Foundation has started a database, where schools and districts can volunteer information about these shootings that were averted. It’s trying to study these cases so other schools can protect students and staff. Some early lessons include:Schools and law enforcement need strong relationships and open communication before an attack occurs;In over half the cases in the database, students were the first to discover another student’s plan. So, students should be encouraged to report threats and also coached on how to recognize signs of self-harm and depression;Threats should be taken seriously; andParents should monitor social media accounts and what their children are searching online.In the local case from 2017, Crime Stoppers had visited the Houston-area high school months before the threat. They coached over 2,000 teenagers on how to report tips in two sessions at the start of that school year.“What went right is that the student that reported anonymously had been trained and knew what to do,” said Rania Mankarious, Crime Stoppers’ CEO.Laura IsenseeRania Mankarious leads Crime Stoppers of Houston.But, Mankarious said, it was still a close call. “What went wrong is the boy who made the threat had been operating under the radar until we came in and educated people,” she said. “Nobody knew what to look for. Nobody noticed that his language and activity had changed. So that’s a problem.”Crime Stoppers, along with other state and national groups, are trying to reach more schools with lessons on “what to look for” — so would-be shooters are stopped before they can act. Via The Texas Tribune Police tape in front of Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas on May 20, 2018.It can be the most dreaded news a parent can hear: a shooting at their child’s school.It happened six years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary. Then this February in Parkland, Florida. And then just outside of Houston in May, when 10 people were killed and 13 others injured when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School.But as horrific as that list is, it would be even longer if it included school shootings that almost happened.News 88.7 found one such case in Greater Houston, when a ninth grader at a local high school made a threat in February, 2017.“He pretty much told his plans of placing bombs in a school cafeteria,” said Lt. Tiffany Jefferson, a Houston police officer who works with Crime Stoppers of Houston. “And that student went on to say that when the bombs explode and the students are going to flee the building, they will be shot.” To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:54center_img Share X last_img read more

Unity of Washington DC Observes World Day of Prayer

first_imgUnity of Washington D.C. (Unity WDC) will join Silent Unity – an international, trans-denominational 24/7 prayer ministry – and Unity churches around the world for the 21st annual Unity World Day of Prayer on Sept. 11. Unity created “World Day of Prayer” as a global effort to uplift the world in shared prayer consciousness. Residents in the Washington Metropolitan Area are invited to attend events being offered at Unity WDC, located at 1225 R Street, N.W. and Lafayette “President’s” Park.last_img read more