Washington DC: India and the United States have asked Islamabad to “meaningfully address” the international community’s concerns on terrorism, including that emanating from across the border from Pakistan. The concern was raised in an statement by the Indian Embassy here after Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and his American counterpart Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale held Foreign Office Consultations here at the State Department, nearly a month after the Pulwama terror attack. “Both sides called on Pakistan to meaningfully address the concerns of the international community on terrorism, including cross-border terrorism,” the statement said. Tensions between India and Pakistan flared up after a suicide bomber of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel in Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14. India has provided a dossier to Pakistan, detailing the role of JeM in the Pulwama terror attack. India has also said that Pakistan has failed to take any credible action against JeM and other terrorist organisations, which continue to operate with impunity from Pakistan. On Monday, Gokhale called on US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and they agreed that Pakistan must take “concerted action” to dismantle terrorist infrastructure and deny safe haven to all terror groups on its soil. Gokhale and Hale also reaffirming their commitment to the Indo-US Strategic Partnership and they reviewed the progress made since the first Ministerial 2+2 meeting held last September and discussed ways to further expand cooperation. While cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region formed an important part of their deliberations, they also discussed counterterrorism cooperation and a range of global and regional issues of mutual interest, including the current situation in Afghanistan, North Korea, Iran and Venezuela, the State Department said in a readout of the meeting. “They affirmed the vitality of the US-India strategic partnership and the importance of joint leadership to strengthen the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region,” the State Department said, amidst China increasingly flexing its muscles in the region. The Indo-Pacific is a biogeographic region, comprising the Indian Ocean and the western and central Pacific Ocean, including the South China Sea. Beijing asserts nearly all of the South China Sea as its territory, while Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim parts. During the meeting, Gokhale and Hale affirmed their support for increased cooperation to include advancing initiatives undertaken as part of the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue process. “Recognising that the US and India share complementary visions for the Indo-Pacific, they agreed to deepen cooperation toward their joint goals in the region, including in conjunction with other Indo-Pacific partners,” the State Department said. According to the Indian Embassy, Gokhale and Hale exchanged views on building convergence in the Indo-Pacific and agreed to work with each other and regional partners to promote inclusivity, stability, peace and prosperity in the region.
New Delhi: Job creation dropped by 1.73 per cent in February to 15.03 lakh compared to 15.30 lakh in the same month last year, according to the latest payroll data of the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC). The data showed that during September 2017 to February 2019, nearly 3 crore new subscribers joined the ESIC scheme. According to the data, the gross new subscribers addition remained the highest at 19.81 lakh in July 2018.
OTTAWA — Canada’s broadcast regulator issued its final thrust Thursday in a series of moves aimed at positioning consumers “in the driver’s seat,” ahead of the country’s broadcasters, offering up a draft code that would require cable and satellite companies to make customer contracts easier to understand.Broadcast service providers would also have to more clearly spell out fees and policies surrounding early contract cancellations and adding or removing individual channels under the code.In issuing the proposed code, the CRTC also said it expects closed captioning services for Canadians with disabilities, already available through regular television programming, to be included free of charge when those programs are broadcast online and on mobile devices.And it said described video — a talk-over service for visually impaired viewers — must be expanded, with a requirement that all programs aired between 7 and 11 p.m. include the service by September 2019.“Canadians will have access to compelling television content, the freedom to choose the content that meets their needs and tools to navigate a dynamic marketplace,” Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission chairman Jean-Pierre Blais said.“They are now in the driver’s seat.”The CRTC received more than 13,000 submissions from individuals, interest groups and industry players since it launched a wide-ranging consultation process called Let’s Talk TV in 2013.From the get-go, the commission made clear its decisions would move regulation in a more consumer-friendly direction, away from favouring the commercial marketplace.It should come as no surprise, said John Lawson of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, given statements made by Blais when he was named by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to head up the regulatory body in June 2012.Terence Corcoran: CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais’ off-key, misguided ‘statement’CRTC chairman says report Bell manipulated news coverage ‘disturbing’CRTC’s mandatory pick-and-pay TV aims to give Canadians more choice, but is it too little too late?“When he was first appointed, he did a number of interviews and quite clearly said ’I’m here to do consumer stuff’,” said Lawson.It’s a welcome change for consumer advocacy groups like OpenMedia, which have been encouraging a change in direction since the days when former CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein declared in a public hearing that “citizen comments and concerns are out of scope” with the regulator’s mandate.“There’s definitely been a cultural change,” said OpenMedia campaign coordinator Josh Tabish.“That being said, they still have a long way to go to improve things.”Still, the decisions have sparked disappointment and even outrage on the part of some broadcasters.But they are not intended to invoke a negative reaction from industry, said Scott Hutton, the CRTC’s executive director, broadcasting.“It’s not putting down companies,” said Hutton.“It’s essentially looking at the Broadcasting Act and ensuring that everyone who is in the industry and everyone who should benefit from those objectives . . . get something out of it.”The TV code proposal follows on other recent CRTC directives that prohibited 30-day cancellation policies and required cable and satellite services to offer individual channel selection on top of a trimmed-down, lower-cost basic TV service.The regulator also announced a dramatic overhaul of what some critics had complained were protectionist rules governing the amount of Canadian television programming.The CRTC said last month it was eliminating the 55% daytime quota for Canadian programs that local TV stations must broadcast, but maintaining rules requiring that broadcasters spend to produce Canadian content.Thursday’s proposed code also comes on the heels of a dispute that went public this week between the president of Bell Media and Blais over the regulator’s so-called “pick-and-pay” system.The spat erupted after Blais announced the so-called “pick-and-pay” model for TV service.The Globe and Mail reported that, shortly after Blais released the decision last week, the president of Bell Media intervened to exclude the regulator from news coverage on CTV, the country’s largest private broadcaster which is owned by Bell Media parent BCE Inc.It was just the latest in a series of bitter disputes between Bell companies and the CRTC.Industry watchers say Bell, unlike most other telecom companies in Canada, is worried that the CRTC’s consumer-friendly approach is hurting its bottom line. And for good reason, say consumer advocates.“Bell has more to get mad about,” said Lawson.“They’re behemoth-sized,” he said, pointing out that Bell has moved over the years from being a telephone company to what is now one of the largest vertically-integrated firms in the country with business holdings in TV networks, satellite distribution, newspapers, cellular services as well as traditional landline phones.The regulator is accepting public comments on the draft TV service code until May 25.It wants to know what information consumers are looking for from cable and satellite providers when they sign up for service.It’s also asking how much notice cable and satellite companies should give customers before hiking prices and what constitutes a “reasonable time frame” for service calls.
The journalist said that the police had questioned him about some missing documents from the police headquarters. Priyantha said that he had given the police a statement for three hours and denied having in his possession any stolen police files.He also said that he had refused to divulge to the police where he received information pertaining to the police mentioned in some of his articles. In the year 2000 Priyantha was arrested and detained by the police over his writing while in April this year he was questioned twice by the CID.In March 1999 he was abducted and assaulted and then dropped off on the road. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda The House of the Editor of the Ethalaya and Gindara (Fire) magazine Srilal Priyantha was searched by the police this afternoon.He said that a police team had initially attempted to arrest him but later took down a statement from him and then searched his house. The police had attempted to arrest him using a Court order obtained from the Gangodawila Magistrates Court.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Brewers of Corona and Budweiser revise buyout to appease US regulators and push deal through NEW YORK, N.Y. – Anheuser-Bush InBev changed the terms of its proposed $20.1 billion acquisition of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo Thursday in an attempt to push through a deal that federal regulators say will kill competition.AB InBev is willing to sell Modelo’s Piedras Negras brewery and give perpetual rights for Corona and the Modelo brands in the U.S. to Constellation for $2.9 billion, the company said Thursday. The brewery, which currently makes Corona, Corona Light and Modelo Especial, will give Constellation total control over the production of Corona and Modelo in the U.S.Under previous terms of the complicated deal, Modelo would sell its half of Crown Imports to wine maker Constellation Brands Inc.to address antitrust concerns, but InBev maintained the right to end an import agreement with Crown Imports, and that was to be exercisable every 10 years.Regulators are leery of the tie-up because AB InBev and Modelo control about 46 per cent of annual U.S. sales.Anheuser-Busch was purchased by Belgium’s InBev in 2008. The combined company is already the world’s biggest brewer and makes Budweiser, Beck’s and Stella Artois, among others.Last month the Justice Department filed a lawsuit to block the deal, saying that one company controlling nearly half of all U.S. beer sales would stifle competition and increase prices.“We believe this revised agreement addresses all of the concerns raised by the U.S. Department of Justice in its lawsuit, leaving no doubt about Constellation’s Crown beer division’s complete independence and ability to compete,” InBev said in a statement released Thursday.AB InBev rose nearly 4 per cent in premarket trading Thursday, while Constellation jumped more than 17 per cent. by The Associated Press Posted Feb 14, 2013 7:46 am MDT
Uber proposes rideshare program in YYC by News Staff Posted Sep 12, 2014 7:41 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Calgarians looking to make a few extra bucks by offering a taxi service may soon be able to do so.Uber Technologies is looking for approval from Calgary City Hall for a new program called uberX.Toronto recently gave the company the thumbs up to operate its rideshare program.Spokesperson Jeff Weshler told 660News, under the program, anybody can sign up to be a taxi driverAfter clearing rigorous police background checks, they can offer rides at rates lower than local cab companies.“It’s not an average Joe; [the drivers] are undergoing very stringent checks. It means that these are safe and reliable rides that are being provided through this platform,” said Weshler.He said his company is in talks with the City of Calgary, hoping eventually they will be allowed to launch uberX here.
“It’s like a row of soldiers. You knock one infection down but then another one pops up. You go home and you feel okay but then it’s all hiding there underneath the skin.“It starts off as a little pimple or a red spot and then the skin turns black and gets swollen and incredibly painful,” he says. She predicted a future “where the types of intervention we routinely deliver today, such as caesarean sections, chemotherapy and hip replacements become extremely dangerous… due to drug resistant infections”. Officials estimate that at the current rate, 10 million people a year will die worldwide by 2050 because of the rise of superbugs. 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. What Mr Tilley has gone through is still rare, says Dr Williams, but resistant infections are not.“The numbers are going up and up. There’s a straight correlation between the number of antibiotics we use and the number of resistant infections,” he says.Mr Tilley underwent the amputation in November and nearly two months later his stump is healing well and he is looking forward to having a prosthesis fitted in the next few months. Paradoxically, he says he will be more mobile without his leg – he has spent much of the last six years using sticks and crutches to get about and has been heavily reliant on his wife, Andrea. He says adjusting to life as an amputee will be hard but once he gets the hang of his prosthesis he hopes to be back to his previous, active self. The pain of the infection was the worst thing, said Mr Tilley. It was so intense during a walking holiday in Spain he considered throwing himself off a mountain path. In the end he opted to have his leg amputated. “Between the microbiologist and the surgeon you could see they were fighting their way through this. They didn’t know what to do with me. There are no antibiotics for this – this is the end of the line,” he said. John Williams, an infectious diseases consultant at James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough, said Mr Tilley had various resistant infections over the years.“If you look at the figures on knee replacements about two per cent become infected – it’s a bit higher for the second knee and a bit higher for the third knee.“The more operations a patient has there is less and less bone and soft tissue for the surgeon to work with so the replacements become that much more difficult,” he said. Protect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security A British man has had his leg amputated after contracting a superbug infection following what should have been a routine knee replacement.He is one of a growing number of NHS patients for whom common operations are going horribly wrong because of the rise of antibiotic resistance.Paul Tilley, 68, a former catering manager from Dalton in North Yorkshire, had his right leg removed before Christmas.He contracted the bug after a simple knee replacement. Doctors battled to fight the infection over the course of six years and a series of follow-up operations but without success.“The doctors don’t tell you you need a leg amputation – you have to take the decision yourself. But after six years of pain and not being able to live my life it was the only choice,” he says. Mr Tilley is one of a growing number of NHS patients to have fallen victim to the epidemic of antibiotic resistance that has been building over the last few years.Data suggests there are at least 2000 superbug-related deaths in the UK each year, many linked to common but invasive operations such as hip and knee replacements.Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer for England, warned in The Telegraph last year of a dark future for modern medicine unless the blight of antibiotic resistance could be tackled. “When bone becomes infected you need to get high concentrations of antibiotics into it and not all oral antibiotics achieve that. And if you have a resistant organism it becomes harder because you have a limited number of options. The infections are treatable but you don’t have as many choices and you end up relying on drugs from the 1950s and 60s,” he says. Mr Tilley problems began almost as soon as his knee was replaced.“Within a matter of days I was in the most tremendous pain. I was shaking and vomiting. The nurses had to call the surgeon out in the middle of the night because they didn’t know what to do with me,” he said.His medical notes show a series of infections set in, including the superbugs meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Enterobacter cloacae. He received a wide range of antibiotics and endured three follow-up knee replacements but the infections could not be killed off. Surgeons even tried an artificial knee coated in silver, a metal known for its anti-bacterial properties. Mr Tilley said last week he had never heard of superbugs or antibiotic resistance before his first operation. Now he has become an expert, losing track of the the number of different antibiotics he has taken orally and by drip over the last few years. Paul Tilley contracted the bug after a simple knee replacementCredit:Charlotte Graham/The Telegraph
Nikola Karabatic was one of the best French player in semi-final victory over Spain last night in LUSAIL Arena in Doha. The WORLD BEST PLAYER 2014 will remember 29 of January because of one another reason. He scored his 1000th goal in 245th match in the national team.France will meet the host team Qatar in the big final of thr 24th Men’s Handball World Championship. The match starts on Sunday 19.15 local time. ← Previous Story France beat Spain with amazing Omeyer between the posts Next Story → Denmark fifth, Germany clinch Olympic qualification spot! nikola karabatiNikola Karabatic
La Nouvelle-Zélande redoute une grave marée noire dans l’une de ses baiesUn porte-conteneur libérien, le Rena, menace de se briser et de polluer les côtes de la Nouvelle-Zélande avec ses 1.700 tonnes de fioul lourd. Echoué depuis mercredi dans la baie de Plenty, le cargo a déjà laissé échapper du pétrole qui a englué de nombreux oiseaux.Le Rena, un porte-conteneur libérien d’une capacité totale de 47.000 tonnes, menace de déverser 1.700 tonnes de fioul lourd dans la baie de Plenty, après s’être échoué sur le récif Astrolabe, près de l’île du Nord de la Nouvelle-Zélande. Le carburant qui a commencé à s’échapper du bateau, échoué depuis mercredi, forme déjà une nappe de cinq kilomètres de long dans laquelle de très nombreux oiseaux se sont retrouvés pris.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueDes avions ont largué des agents dissolvants sur la nappe pour tenter de la réduire mais l’opération n’a donné aucun résultat et le fioul risque désormais de souiller le littoral, indique Le Monde. Le ministre néo-zélandais de l’environnement, Nick Smith, a estimé aujourd’hui que l’avarie du Rena “pourrait devenir la catastrophe écologique maritime la plus grave qu’ait connue la Nouvelle-Zélande depuis des décennies”.Pour protéger autant que faire se peut la baie de Plenty, qui est l’une des destinations touristiques les plus populaires du pays et un havre pour les baleines, les dauphins, les phoques et les pingouins, les autorités cherchent à pomper les cuves du Rena. “Le problème, c’est que la situation se dégrade et, d’après mes informations, il est possible que le navire se brise et coule”, a déclaré le ministre des transports Steven Joyce, au New Zealand Herald.Les 23 membres d’équipage philippins sont toujours à bord du cargo et travaillent jour et nuit à écoper l’eau qui s’engouffre dans le bateau. Ils cherchent également à transférer le pétrole dans des parties encore préservées du navire. Le pire est à craindre dans la mesure où du mauvais temps est attendu pour le début de la semaine prochaine, précise l’AFP.Le 7 octobre 2011 à 12:23 • Maxime Lambert
e.Republic, a publisher targeting the government and public service markets, has acquired TechWire.net, a regional news site covering California’s technology infrastructure development.Terms of the deal were not released, but it allows e.Republic to expand into private-sector coverage of tech issues that impact local government. “Now more than ever, government and industry need to understand each other because they are mutually interdependent in efforts to prepare communities for the future,” says e.Republic CEO Dennis McKenna in a statement. “The combination of TechWire and e.Republic positions us to deliver in-depth coverage of these evolving issues for both public- and private-sector audiences.” TechWire, which was launched in 2011, will remain a standalone site. Founder and publisher Bill Maile will join e.Republic as industry and markets editor. Included in the deal is TechWire’s #Innovate Technology Conference, held each year in Sacramento.e.Republic bought Governing magazine from Florida’s Times Publishing Group back in 2009.
Warangal: Punnam Venu has been elected as Warangal district (Undivided) convener of the ABVP. The ABVP State meeting that was held in Bhongir recently decided to elevate Warangal Urban district convener Punnam Venu as the erstwhile district convener. Venu worked for the organisation in different capacities since 2015. Beginning with the post of vice president of the Vaagdevi Degree College, he held the posts of City Joint Secretary the Secretary. Venu thanked ABVP State President and Secretary Meesala Prasad and Ambala Kiran, and other leaders for appointing him as the erstwhile district convener.
High Court order disrespected More than 6 months have passed since the PIL on RTI implementation was disposed of by Hon’ble High Court of J&K. But the awareness camps or proactive disclosure of the information is yet to be initiated.To implement the said high court direction, the government has not even issued a formal order or circular till date. I am dismayed and distressed by the administration which has not taken any concrete steps to implement the provisions of J&K RTI Law. The State Information Commission (SIC) which is a quasi-judicial body for implementation of the RTI Act, has a lone Information Commissioner while two commissioners are not being appointed for last 1 year.It took 6 months or more for Governor of J&K to implement his own decision called State Administrative Council (SAC) decision vis a vis declaring J&K Bank as Public Authority by bringing the bank under the ambit of Right to Information (RTI) law.After the PIL on RTI implementation was filed, Government got exposed vis a vis conducting training RTI workshops for its citizens and designated officers (PIOs and FAAs). When details of awareness camps and workshops were submitted before the Hon’ble High Court by the government, it was shocking to know that mere two RTI workshops had been conducted in last 3 years (until Oct 2018) by the government through Institute of Management Public Administration & Rural Development (IMPARD). During these two workshops, only 42 officers had been trained.Pertinently from the year 2011 to 2013 more than 75 RTI workshops were conducted by IMPARD wherein more than 2500 officers were trained. This indicates that the government has failed to even create awareness for its own officers. Creating awareness among disadvantaged communities seems to be a distant dream.Conclusion Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has been saying that corruption is a serious problem in J&K and needs to be dealt with an iron fist. Everybody knows that RTI helps to make government accountable before citizens.The information which can’t be denied to a member of the state legislature or parliament can’t be denied to a citizen as well and this is well explained in the RTI law. It is also a fact that RTI checks corruption and ensures empowerment of people. If the government is serious about eradicating corruption, then the institutions that help to reduce corruption need to be strengthened.RTI thus need not only to be strengthened but this law should be institutionalized as well. If people don’t know how to file an RTI application or how to pay RTI application fees even after 10 years of enactment of this law in J&K, I believe this is an utter failure of the government.If the government is not able to create awareness about this law or lacks the manpower to train PIOs and designated officers, why can’t this job be outsourced to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) or other institutions who undertake capacity building programmes and workshops? If NGOs can be asked to assist the government in creating awareness on Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, Consumer Rights, AIDS, Environmental issues etc why can’t they be asked to undertake RTI awareness as well?Dr Raja MuzaffarBhat is Chairman of Jammu & Kashmir RTI Movement. He is also an Acumen India fellow from 2017 cohort.Feedback : email@example.com The 2004 RTI law was repealed when Jammu & Kashmir state legislature came up with a much robust information law in 2009. (Representational Image)Jammu & Kashmir Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI law) completed 10 years of its enactment in March this year. Including the RTI law enacted in the year 2004 (J&K RTI Act 2004), it has been almost 15 years since this law has been operational in our state. The 2004 RTI law was repealed when Jammu & Kashmir state legislature came up with a much robust information law in 2009. After more than a decade, we still have bad governance and maladministration in Jammu & Kashmir. Corruption is still a big challenge.The main reason is lack of awareness and non-implementation of transparency laws which unfortunately are to be implemented by the same Government officials who are looting state exchequer.Being a campaigner of RTI Act in J&K, I have written a lot on RTI from the last 12 years. Not only have I been writing but our dedicated campaigners have been trying their level best to create awareness about this legislation without any resources as NGO funders hardly support initiatives like anti-corruption work or activities related to transparent governance.After keenly observing the developments around RTI regime in my state, I have come to the conclusion that Government officials do not want this law to flourish. It is because of this that the implementation and awareness about the act have been dismal and pathetic in the state for the last 5 to 6 years.Legal obligationsUnder section 23 of the J&K RTI Act 2009, the government is under a legal obligation to undertake information, education and communication (IEC) programmes on RTI law. This awareness campaign is especially to be undertaken among disadvantaged communities living in far off areas of J&K.In addition to it, the government has to train its officials, especially the designated First Appellate Authorities (FAAs) and Public Information Officers (PIOs). These officers have to be sensitized about the provisions of the law. As Government failed to do so, our organization Jammu &Kashmir RTI Movement filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) before the state High Court last year.The Court disposed of the PIL within a few months directing the government to create awareness and to make a voluntary disclosure of information under sections 23 and 4 of the J&K RTI Act 2009 respectively. This was our main prayer before the High Court. In spite of the December 2018 High Court directions, the government continues to violate this law. We are now mulling for contempt proceedings in the coming weeks.Before moving to High Court with a PIL, J&K State Information Commission (SIC), an autonomous institution created under State RTI law of 2009 also issued several circulars and notices to Government to adhere to the provisions of section 4 and 23 of J&K RTI Act 2009.Former State Chief Information Commissioners (CICs) G R Sufi and Khurshid Ahmad Ganai issued several circulars reminding the Government to make a voluntary disclosure of information on official websites of different public authorities and impressed upon the government to undertake RTI awareness campaigns under section 23 of J&K RTI Act 2009. Government hardly bothered to adhere to the circulars and notices.
US pharmacy chain Walgreens is facing a right-wing boycott after announcing a trans-inclusive bathroom policy.The store altered its policy after an incident at the Walgreens on Sunset Boulevard, where Jessie Meehan – who is a cisgender woman – was told to use a stall in the men’s room because she looked ‘too masculine’ to go into the female bathroom. Yale University sues state of Connecticut over gender-neutral bathroom limitationsLGBT history will be made at the Rio Olympics, starting with the first same-sex married couple to compete in the gamesOne of the largest LGBT+ legal nonprofit organisations will sue Trump over transgender military banPINK NEWS- On Nov. 17, 2017, Walgreens distributed this memo stating, ‘All individuals have a right to use restroom facilities that correspond to the individual’s gender identity, regardless of the individual’s sex assigned at birth.’“The policy came as the result of being pressured by the ACLU of Southern California.“Since a similar public policy was announced by Target Stores, Inc. two years ago, dozens of women and children have been victimized by male predators inside Target stores.“Walgreens’ new policy could potentially result in female customers becoming victims of voyeurism, sexual assault and physical attack.”Walgreens (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Once more, for good measure: Crimes remain illegal.In 2016 more than a million people pledged to ‘boycott’ Target over its trans-inclusive bathroom policy.The store came under fire from Christian evangelical groups after publishing a policy clarifying that customers are permitted to use the bathroom which is appropriate to their gender identity.The policy was standard for most retailers, but the issue quickly grew into a media controversy.A customer enters a Walgreens store (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)The group behind the petition, the American Family Association, also took issue with Target’s LGBT-friendly Pride merchandise.The AFA lashed out at the store, claiming: “Target appears content with its sprint into self-destruction”.“Target [has an] all out love affair with the LGBTQ. For the past two years, Target stores have entire sections dedicated to products normalizing homosexuality.“In many instances, profits from the sale of the products are donated to gay advocacy groups for the promotion of the lifestyle to children in public schools.”The group added: “While AFA’s boycott [has] focused on Target’s bizarre and dangerous dressing room and bathroom policy, the company has a history of distaste for traditional family values.”“Pray that Target‘s leadership will realize it gravely misjudged the 1.5 million families who have signed a pledge to boycott its stores.”Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Meehan, who launched a case via the ACLU, did not seek out a financial settlement – instead pressing the store to adopt an LGBT-inclusive bathroom policy across all of its 8,100 stores.The new policy was rolled out this month and states that customers should be able to use the bathroom that aligns with their preferred gender identity.But anti-LGBT conservatives have opted to once again wage a war over the issue – having launched a notorious boycott of Target over a similar policy in 2016.A Walgreens store (Photo by KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)The American Family Association, the anti-LGBT pressure group which was behind the Target boycott, has now turned its guns on Walgreens.It has launched a petition which claims: “Walgreens’ store policy endangers women and children by allowing men to frequent women’s restrooms.“As an example, since a similar public policy was announced by Target Stores, Inc. two years ago, dozens of women and children have been victimized by male predators inside Target stores.“Walgreens’ new policy could potentially result in female customers becoming victims of voyeurism, sexual assault and physical attack.“Walgreens must immediately reverse its dangerous policy that allows men unrestricted access into women’s restrooms.”There have been zero reported incidents of transgender people exploiting LGBT-inclusive bathroom policies in order to commit crimes, anywhere in the world.Crimes are still against the law even if you legally enter a space to commit them.But those two points have seemingly evaded the AFA, which had strong ties to Vice President Mike Pence.2015: Governor of Indiana Mike Pence is flanked by anti-LGBT lobbyists as he signs a ‘freedom to discriminate’ billThe AFA’s sockpuppet activist group One Million Moms, which has 3,721 mostly-male followers on Twitter, also spoke out.It claimed: “In a shocking policy announcement, Walgreens has now directed its stores to allow men full and unrestricted access to women’s restrooms in all of its 8,100 stores. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)
William Ayre is a Canadian born chef and restaurateur who has spent the last half of his life doing business in Costa Rica, where he now considers to be home. Inspired by Anthony Bourdain, Ayre’s passion of experiencing different cultures through food has taken him to 35 different countries over five continents. Whether it’s a 20-course meal at a fine dining restaurant in Toronto, or cantina hopping in search for the best chifrijo here in San José, he fits in just fine.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments This week I’ll highlight an assortment of different and delicious street foods at a place that doubles as a cost-effective alternative to your local chain grocery store. This is especially true if you’re looking for fresh fruit like massive avocados, plump watermelons, juicy tomatoes, and ripe bananas.This magical place is locally known as a feria, or farmers market, and most towns around Costa Rica have their own version.In Santa Ana, it happens every Sunday from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m along Avenida 1, just north of the public park and Catholic Church grounds, in the very center of Santa Ana. I wouldn’t recommend going later than 11:30 a.m. though, since most stalls begin to sell out and shut down early.The street is closed off to vehicles during the feria, which makes for a nice pedestrian walkway. Both sides are lined with a large offer of different products from local farmers and craftspeople. Produce at the feria is fresh and cheaper than the grocery store. (William Ayre / The Tico Times)As you would find at a farmers market anywhere else in the world, there are many different fresh fruits and vegetables direct from the growers. They also have free-range eggs, wild honey, natural medicines, seafood, meats, breads, crafts and even prepared foods – hot and ready to eat. Prices here will definitely beat the usual grocery store. If you are into juicing or smoothies, this is the place to go to stock up.Believe it or not, I don’t cook too much at home, although I love to. I leave most of the produce untouched. I also skip the crafts and trinkets, but I do have fun browsing them.What I really want is ice-cold coconut water or a freshly-squeezed sugar cane juice. Or, if you want to try something new, try Mozote. This is a drink made from soaking Mozote branches in water for more than 12 hours. Some fresh sugarcane juice. (William Ayre / The Tico Times)After that you remove the branches and what’s left is a viscous, drinkable fluid that Costa Rican grandmothers have long-sworn cures an upset stomach. The consistency of it is unique, and so is the flavor. I quite enjoy it. Even if you don’t have an upset stomach, go for it.Or, if you’re hungry, definitely get a vigorón.For me, the vigorón (3,000 colones or about $5) at this farmers market is one of the best in the country. It’s only outdone by the ones sold roadside in Caldera, Puntarenas. Apparently, the word is out, because if you arrive too late in the morning, they’re sold out. For those who aren’t “in the know,” a vigorón is a traditional plate from Nicaragua that has also found its place in Costa Rica.The plate is generally made with a bed of shaved cabbage and boiled yuca. Then comes a generous portion of pork and a topping of pico de gallo. One of the best vigorones in the country. (William Ayre / The Tico Times)Depending on where you have one, the pork might be fried pork meat or crispy skin known as chicharrón. This vigorón is a mix of both. And when you add a splash of their homemade hot sauce (ask for it if you don’t see the bottle, but be careful) the touch of heat takes it all to the next level.The place selling these vigorónes also sells chicharrón and the fried pork meat to take home. Look for the blue tent, with a ground full of flattened cardboard boxes (to soak the oil, since they are frying the pork in large drums, fresh on-site), and the glass display case full of the goods.Another not-to-miss stall is the one with the pupusa ladies. These Salvadorian delicacies are made from cornmeal and stuffed with things like mashed beans and melted cheese. You then top them off with different shredded and lightly pickled cabbages.One is mild and the other has a bit of heat. The spicy one adds a great kick, as well as some refreshing crunch. Try one and I bet you will be craving them every Sunday thereafter. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. At 1,500 colones a piece (about $2.50), they’re cheap too. So why not? Cheap and delicious, don’t miss out on the pupusas. (William Ayre / The Tico Times)In addition to the foods, you can find flowers, spices, clothing, and even a pet fish. Seriously. It is a great mix of vendors. Even if you have no intention of buying anything, you can still go, just for fun, as a different way to spend a morning. When the weather is nice, it’s a great excuse to get outside.The Farmers Market in Santa Ana takes place rain or shine. Surprisingly, you can search “Feria del Agricultor de Santa Ana” in Waze or Uber to arrive conveniently. Most vendors only accept cash. This farmer’s market recently teamed up with Banco Nacional, and some of their vendors are able to take credit card payments. They’re the first in the country to do so. Related posts:Off the eaten path: Pollos Male Off the eaten path: Ristopizza Napolitano A Vit è N’Attim Off the eaten path: Soda Lima Off the eaten path: Pad Thai
Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix He faces a fine or several months’ imprisonment. Arrests for insulting Mugabe are common in Zimbabwe. At least 60 have been arrested and charged with insulting Mugabe since 2010, according to Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.Also Tuesday, Zimbabwean police took in for questioning two journalists from an independent newspaper on allegations of publishing “falsehoods” against state institutions involving reports that generals and security chiefs were willing to meet with Tsvangirai. Tsvangirai would like to speak to security chiefs about reforms in the armed forces he says are needed before the elections expected around September.Dumisani Muleya, editor of The Independent, a business and political weekly newspaper, and chief reporter Owen Gagare were released later in the day after police said their investigations into the allegations were continuing.Mugabe’s two topmost generals have said publicly that they will not meet with Tsvangirai and the Independent’s reports that other generals are willing to meet with Tsvangirai allegedly demoralized the ranks of the police and military and jeopardized state security.Media freedom groups immediately warned of a renewed clampdown against journalists ahead of the upcoming elections. How do cataracts affect your vision? Comments Share Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day “We still have all the apparatus of a police state,” despite a referendum that overwhelmingly accepted a new constitution in March that envisages an end to sweeping media curbs, said the independent Zimbabwe National Editors’ Forum.The intimidation of the two senior journalists came days after the commemoration of World Press Freedom Day, said the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe.“It is undemocratic for the state to seek and continue to criminalize the work of professional journalists,” it said.Rights groups say there has been an increase in arrests and intimidation of media staff and Mugabe’s opponents as the nation prepares for elections to end the shaky coalition brokered by regional leaders in 2009 after violent and disputed elections in 2008 that made Tsvangirai, 60, the former opposition leader, the country’s prime minister.Sweeping security laws make it an offense to undermine the authority of the president.“Obnoxious” security and media laws have been used by police loyal to Mugabe to stifle media freedom and political campaigning by his opponents, said the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.“It is saddening to note Zimbabwe is still saddled with an arsenal of repressive media and criminal laws that are too broad or vague,” the group said. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Top Stories (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes The vital role family plays in society HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) – A young political activist who compared Zimbabwe’s president to a lame donkey will spend another week in jail, his attorney said Tuesday.Defense lawyer Charles Kwaramba said state prosecutors used a contentious appeal law to stop a court order to free Solomon Madzore, head of the youth wing of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party, on $100 bail.Madzore, at an election rally, allegedly called President Robert Mugabe, 89, “a limping donkey” who should be put out to pasture.
Dream Hotel Group opens Asia Pacific Regional Office in BangkokRenowned hotel brand and management company Dream Hotel Group is pleased to announce the opening of its first international office in Bangkok – a milestone moment as the business continues to rapidly expand its footprint across the Asia Pacific region. Home to its Dream Hotels, Time Hotels, The Chatwal and Unscripted brands, Dream Hotel Group encompasses three business lines: Proprietary Brands, Hotel Management and Dining & Nightlife.In addition, Michel Serrano has been appointed as Chief Operations Officer, Asia Pacific, overseeing operations for Dream Hotel Group’s regional office. Reporting into Kevin Wallace, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Serrano marks the first of several major appointments to be announced this year.“We are pleased to welcome Michel to our team as we continue to grow our brand in Asia,” said Dream Hotel Group CEO Jay Stein. “Michel is a seasoned hotelier with global hospitality experience, who will play a pivotal role in strengthening the Dream Hotel Group’s presence in the region. The opening of our Asian headquarters under Kevin Wallace marks another key milestone in our continued growth and evolution.”“I have known Michel for several years now, and he is a first-class operator who will be a great addition to the regional team’s effort,” added Kevin Wallace, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Dream Hotel Group.Dream Hotel Group plans to open more than 30 hotels and resorts in Asia over the next four years. The company most recently partnered with Empire Group to develop Unscripted Cocobay Danang in Vietnam, set to open in August 2017, as well as other projects in the region to be announced soon.Earlier this year, Dream Hotel Group announced the signing of two hotels in the Maldives with local entrepreneur Mohamed Manik and Alpha Kinam Holdings to develop The Chatwal Maaga Maldives and Dream Gasveli Maldives, set to open in 2019 and 2020 respectively. The news follows that of the signing of Dream Hotel Group’s first hotel in Vietnam with locally owned Beegreen Group. Set to open in summer 2017, Dream Oceanami Villas & Spa, located in Long Hai, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, will be the first of four new resort hotels developed by Beegreen Group and managed by Dream Hotel Group in Vietnam over the next two years.Combined, these new locations triple the group’s presence in Asia and mark a pivotal step in Dream Hotel Group’s global expansion strategy.“Dream Hotel Group is gaining impressive momentum in Asia Pacific,” added Michel Serrano, COO, Asia Pacific, Dream Hotel Group. “I am delighted to take up this new role and believe we are well positioned for future success and growth in the region.”Prior to joining Dream Hotel Group, Serrano has held positions in the hospitality industry for the past twenty years in many corners of the world, including Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Australia, Paris, Vietnam and Thailand. Serrano served most recently as CEO of Odyssea Hospitality in Ho Chi Minh City before taking his new role with Dream Hotel Group in Asia. He also held several positions with Centara Hotels and Resorts in Thailand.The company plans to sign more than 150 hotels and resorts worldwide across all its brands – Dream, Time, The Chatwal and Unscripted – over the next four years, continuing to solidify its burgeoning international portfolio.Source = Dream Hotel Group
Go back to the e-newsletterThe new Bürgenstock Resort, 457 metres immediately above Lucerne in Switzerland, will open in 2017 following a multi-million dollar rebuild. The car-free village-style complex on the edge of Lake Lucerne will include three hotels (including the five-star Superior Bürgenstock Hotel with 102 rooms and the Waldhotel healthy living destination), residences, 12 restaurants and bars, a 3700-square-metre conference centre and an alpine spa, as well as golf, hiking and tennis facilities.The Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne is a part of the Bürgenstock Selection – Katara Hospitality Switzerland AG. The latter is the developer and operator of the Swiss hotels of Katara Hospitality Ltd., Doha. Under the direction of Managing Director Bruno H. Schöpfer, Katara Hospitality Switzerland AG develops concepts for the Swiss hotels, and reconstructs and renovates these legendary businesses. Currently, its portfolio consists of the Bürgenstock Resort, the Hotel Schweizerhof in Bern and the Hotel Royal Savoy in Lausanne. The Hotel Schweizerhof was successfully reopened in June 2011 and the Hotel Royal Savoy Lausanne in November 2015. The Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne is on track to be reopened in 2017. The total investment volume is one billion Swiss francs.Go back to the e-newsletter
Canadian actors push for more diversity in television, film casting VANCOUVER — Raugi Yu was thrilled when he nabbed an audition to play a French ambassador. It was about 15 years ago, early in his acting career, and a rare time he’d been welcomed to try out for a role not specifically written for an Asian actor.In the waiting room, a middle-aged white actor auditioning for the same job asked Yu why he was there. When Yu said he was reading for the French ambassador role, the man replied, “Wow, they’re really casting a wide net.”“There was no consideration of how racist that is, and how that would mess with my audition so much, because I was young and I was like, ‘Oh, does that mean I don’t belong here?’ ” recalled Yu, who grew up in Montreal and speaks fluent French.“That guy got to me. I became angry. I became small. I became all these things I’ve been working so hard not to be. But in the end, it was a good thing, because it was a catalyst for me.”Yu is among the Vancouver-based actors now pushing for greater diversity in television and film. He participated in an emotional roundtable video series posted online last fall, organized by the Union of British Columbia Performers, a branch of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists.Actors say the industry began to change about five years ago, but it has accelerated in the past year and a half with the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment business. Discussions about gender have sparked conversations about race, and the voices of diverse actors are being heard more loudly, they say.Yu, who appeared in “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” said the man’s comment to him about the ambassador role wouldn’t fly today.“Now, nobody would say that. If he did, everybody would go, ‘Whoa, Raugi belongs here, man. That’s a weird thing to say, dude.’”Angela Moore, co-chair of the diversity and inclusion committee at the B.C. performers’ union, said the roundtable discussions were meant to showcase the experiences of Middle Eastern, North African and East Asian actors. The previous year, Moore participated in a roundtable with other African-Canadian performers.One of the challenges of being a diverse performer has been trying to get more auditions, she said, and when she first started about 25 years ago she often had to wait for roles that were specifically meant for black actors.“A lot of those roles were service roles, one-liners as a nurse or a prostitute,” Moore said. “I played nurses dozens of times. Nurse No. 2, nurse No. 3. I’ve also played a police officer many times, or a guard.”She noted that many American shows are shot in Vancouver and the leading roles are often already filled with Hollywood actors by the time the production arrives north. Canadian actors are left to fight over smaller parts, she said, and opportunities get smaller still for people of colour.“In the last few years, (the union has) made more inroads with the casting directors about being brought in for different parts, and (casting directors) have had conversations with producers,” she said.Moore said her goal is to collect Canada-wide data on representation of people of colour in television and film so that she knows the baseline in order to improve it.Patrick Sabongui, a Canadian actor of Egyptian heritage, said the moment he realized his cultural identity was going to become an issue was on 9/11.“I quickly identified that there were going to be a lot of work opportunities for a guy like me. Hollywood was going to want to see someone who looked like me as the villain, getting beat up and blown up and as the threat,” he said.As a younger actor with fewer opportunities, Sabongui took those roles. But as he evolved and became a parent, he said he began to feel guilty, though he still needed to accept those types of jobs to put food on the table.Sabongui finally drew the line about five years ago and started to look for better parts, but the industry hadn’t quite caught up with his social conscience. The Middle Eastern or North African character could be an ally or a friend, but not the lead character, he said.A turning point for him was a role on “Homeland,” where he played an advocate for wrongly accused Muslim Americans. Now, he plays Captain David Singh on “The Flash,” an openly gay South Asian police captain. These are the kinds of roles he’s been pushing for, he said.Recently, the issue of representation in the entertainment industry was highlighted on one Hollywood’s biggest nights when Canadian actress Sandra Oh delivered an emotional Golden Globes speech in which she celebrated this “moment of change.”But while Oh spoke of a noticeable shift this year, there is still a need for improvement, actors say.A lack of diversity on screen means that young stars can’t imagine themselves in those roles, said Mayumi Yoshida, a Tokyo-born actress based in Vancouver.Yoshida said one of the reasons she moved to the city was because she saw Oh on “Grey’s Anatomy.”“I actually thought, ‘Why is she cast? It’s so odd,’ because I was so used to not seeing her,” said Yoshida. “Then, I thought, ‘Wow, I want to play roles like this.’“If I hadn’t seen Sandra play that, then I still would’ve thought that world belongs to them, not me.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.Laura Kane, The Canadian Press by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 15, 2019 7:01 am PDT Raugi Yu (left), a Montreal-born actor who is advocating for more diversity in the entertainment industry, is pictured directing for television in an undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Raugi Yu AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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