Government writes to diplomatic missions

Premkumar Gunaratnam and Dimuthu Atygalle were both reported missing over the weekend and were believed to have been abducted. Gunaratnam, who holds an Australian passport, re-appeared last night and after his statement was recorded by the police he was deported to Australia today.Attygalle meanwhile also re-appeared on this afternoon and was to later brief the media on her alleged abduction. The External Affairs Ministry also said that there were several discrepancies on the statements made by Gunaratnam and Attygalle regarding their abduction. The government also questioned the decision by family members of both political activists to lodge police complaints several hours after they were allegedly abducted and not sooner.  (Colombo Gazette) The diplomatic missions and UN agencies were told by the External Affairs Ministry in the statement that it has now become a recurring pattern to blame the government for any alleged abduction. The family members of Gunaratnam who are in Australia had blamed the Sri Lankan government for the abduction.However the External Affairs Ministry said that allegations of volatile nature should be based on facts properly ascertained and objectively assessed.The Ministry said that investigations had found that Gunaratnam had changed his name three times and overstayed his visa by more than five months. The government today wrote to the diplomatic missions and UN agencies based in Colombo rejecting any involvement in the alleged abduction of two political activists.A statement by the External Affairs Ministry said that following the alleged abduction of political activist Premkumar Gunaratnam and Dimuthu Atygalle there was an attempt to point fingers at the government. Letter sent to diplomatic missions: Media Release 10-04-2012 read more

GSMB to monitor construction work of Financial City

The GSMB Chairman said that measures will be taken to remove the rock stones and ensure the construction takes place in line with the agreement between the parties concerned without damaging the environment. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda Dissanayake said this has threatened marine life and the movements of ships to the Colombo port which is close to the project site. He said that the suspension of the project for several months after it began, had resulted in massive rock stones placed around the project site being washed into the sea. The Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB) is to monitor construction work on the Financial City (formerly known as port city) at Galle Face.GSMB Chairman Kithsiri Dissanayake said that an official will be appointed to ensure the construction of the Financial City dos not harm the environment. read more

At the age of 90 and after death of beloved wife WWII

first_imgAt the age of 18, in April 1945, Peter enlisted with the Royal Army Service Corps, during the last months of the Second World War. In fact he jokes that Hitler threw in the towel when he heard he would be up against this Leicestershire lad. Peter Davies lived what many would regard as an enviable and admirable life; serving with the British Army in the world’s trouble spots, followed by a fulfilling career and a long and happy marriage.But since the age of three Peter harboured a deep secret, one he felt unable to share with anyone. He had long considered himself a woman.Now, at the age of 90 and after the death of his beloved wife, he has taken the brave step of coming out as transgender and has begun female hormone treatment.Peter has become Patricia. Patricia Davies as a Corporal in the Army, when she was still PeterCredit:Mercury Press Even though she opened up to her late wife about her feelings in 1987, Patricia remained living as Peter after receiving abuse from people in the street  But he was soon shipped to the Far East, in the run up to the surrender of Japan, and went on to serve in India, East Africa and Palestine, where British troops were targeted by Zionist insurgents fighting to establish the state of Israel.“You took your life in your hands in the army,” said Patricia. “I lost a couple of mates and had a close shave myself. But it was alright overall and I feel quite proud having served during the war and having done military service, in particular during the trouble in Palestine.The Army was not an easy place to be, especially for someone like Peter.”I had to keep my mouth shut about being transgender, you couldn’t flaunt that as that would have been a disaster,” she said. “Transgender wasn’t really known in those days. I would have been classed as homosexual, which would have caused problems in the army. I would have ended up in prison. But I got through it.”Peter got married at the age of 21, a few months after leaving the Army, and went on to work as an industrial photographer.The marriage was a happy one, lasting 63 years until the death of Patricia’s wife six years ago.Remarkably, perhaps, Peter – as she was still called – had managed to sum up the courage to open up about her feelings and true identity to her wife as early as 1987. Indeed his wife even bought jewellery and dresses for her to wear in secret. Even though she opened up to her late wife about her feelings in 1987, Patricia, seen here during Army service, remained living as Peter after receiving abuse from people in the street  Patricia Davies as a Corporal in the Army, when she was still Peter The World War Two veteran says she has never felt more at ease with herself, since she began not only dressing and acting like a woman, but also starting hormone replacement therapy.Indeed, she now feels so comfortable with her female identity she has done what just a few years ago would have seemed unthinkable – Patricia has told her neighbours she is no longer a man.”It feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I was living a lie,” said Patricia, who lives in a village in Leicestershire.”I have been keeping quiet. I have slowly started to tell some of my neighbours. Everybody said ‘don’t worry, as long as you’re happy’.”It wasn’t always like this, however.Patricia says she long suppressed her desire to live as a woman knowing the repercussions it would bring at the hands not only of those around her, but the authorities – who would have at the time regarded such a condition as a deviant aberration. Even though she opened up to her late wife about her feelings in 1987, Patricia, seen here during Army service, remained living as Peter after receiving abuse from people in the street Credit:Mercury Press But Peter kept his identity secret for fear of the reaction of those around him, only changing his name recently and getting his doctor to change her medical records to ‘female’ last year.”I was 60 when it all came pouring out to my wife, she was very sympathetic and helped me all the way but we agreed to keep it quiet. She used to buy me jewellery and she would call me Patricia. I kept it a complete secret.“When I first came out to my wife I started to wear female shoes, some teenagers spotted it and started hurling abuse,” said Patricia.”They used to often throw eggs at my windows too. They did it so much I had to get the police involved. But they have grown up and gone now thankfully. I also started to wear female tops. People thought I was weird and bonkers but I don’t care.” Even though she opened up to her late wife about her feelings in 1987, Patricia remained living as Peter after receiving abuse from people in the street Credit:Mikey Jones/Mercury Press “I feel quite relieved, quite happy. [The best thing about coming out] is being accept as a woman. That has been something I’ve wanted all of my life.”Since coming out last year, Patricia has become a member of The Beaumont Society, a support group for the transgender community, and has also joined the Women’s Institute.“I socialise with them and have a natter,” she said. “I’ve been made most welcome in the societies. I think people will benefit from being educated on this a bit more.”I’m known to pretty much all the old faces in the village. I’m quite content now and I wear a skirt and blouse. I don’t wear any men’s clothes any more.”If people don’t like what they see then I don’t care but no one seems to be causing me any trouble. Nobody questions it though. Nobody seems to bat an eyelid, they accept me as I am.”Despite having to suppress her identity for fear of retribution Patricia appears remarkably free of bitterness.”I was never totally unhappy. I always made the most of things and looked on the bright side of things,” she says. “I’ve always had a wicked sense of humour. I’m having a great time. I have a new lease on life.” It was the 2015 BBC Two sitcom, Boy Meets Girl, which portrayed the lives of transgender characters, that encouraged Patricia to make the change.She said: “It’s not 100 per cent safe now but it’s much better than it was. People that I have told seem to be very accommodating and haven’t thrown abuse at me.”There was a TV show in the 1970s about a man that wanted to dress as a woman and at that point I had never even heard the word ‘transgender’. I looked it up and there it was and I knew I was transgender. 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. “The atmosphere [around being transgender] was not safe. People did not understand what transgender was,” she said.”Really even the medical profession didn’t understand it as the treatment was to give you the ‘electric shock treatment’.”They thought they could make you better. They didn’t realise it was something that you could not cure.”Because of the general hostility of people I kept quiet. It wasn’t until recently that I felt safe to come out and I felt an overwhelming desire that I wanted to break free. So I came out and I’ve not regretted it.”Patricia says she felt from the age of three that she was not a boy and even then tried to live as a girl, thanks in part to an understanding mother.“I knew a girl called Patricia and I decided I wanted to be known by that name but it didn’t stick,” she said. “From about the age of four I didn’t want to play with boys’ toys. I didn’t want toy soldiers. I wanted an ironing board.”My mother seemed to go along with it. We went to see Peter Pan and I wanted to be a fairy. She made me a wand. She didn’t say it was strange.”I have always been attracted to women but not in a sexual way. I’m not gay. My attraction to women was that I wanted to be like them. I would have liked to be like the pin-ups.”last_img read more

Exercise can help new mothers manage postnatal depression study finds

first_imgMeanwhile a separate study published in the same journal examined women’s experiences with seeking help for postnatal depression.The analysis of 24 UK studies which obtained data through interviews and focus groups found that some women did not seek help because of “stigma”. “But it’s incredibly hard for GPs to explore all the physical and psychological factors affecting our patients’ health within the time constraints of the consultation as it stands. We need these checks to be much longer as standard, so that we are able to give the same attention to the new mother as we do to the baby – but this needs many more resources for our service, many more GPs, and many more practice staff.”On the exercise study, Dr Shakespeare added: “Physical activity has numerous benefits for all patients’ physical and mental health – so it’s not surprising that this study has found it to have a positive effect on reducing some perinatal mental health issues, such as postnatal depression, in new mothers.”GPs are highly trained to take into account all factors potentially affecting a patient’s health when making a diagnosis – including lifestyle factors – and we will use this to develop a treatment plan based on the individual patient in front of us, in conversation with them.” The authors said that women felt under pressure to be “good mothers” and that “failure” impacted negatively on their mental health and their likelihood to seek help.They said this was consistent with other reports which found the fear of failure may cause women to “self-silence”.”The combined fear of stigma and the high expectations that women have of themselves further undermine their self-worth, increasing distress,” they wrote.Dr Judy Shakespeare, spokeswoman for perinatal mental health for the Royal College of GPs, and co-author of the study, said: “Attitudes towards mental health do seem to be improving across society – but a terrible stigma still surrounds mothers with mental health problems, not least from the women themselves.”As this paper shows, many women think that if they disclose their concerns, they will be judged negatively or are frightened that social services might get involved.”We know it takes an enormous amount of courage for women to approach their doctor with concerns, so it is vital that when they do they are taken seriously, not told that what they are feeling is ‘normal’, and that they feel safe and secure enough to disclose their feelings to healthcare professionals.”The routine six-week postnatal check, offered to all new mothers after giving birth, is an important opportunity for GPs and new mothers to discuss issues around mental health and wellbeing – and begin to address any resulting concerns. 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. Exercise could help women alleviate symptoms of postnatal depression, a new study has found.Aerobic exercise should be considered as a “management option” for women who have recently given birth and are showing depressive symptoms, researchers said.And physical activity could be a potential preventative measure among all postpartum women, they added.Researchers from the University of Birmingham examined data from 13 trials including 1,734 women.Their study, published in the British Journal of General Practice, concludes that exercise – either in group sessions, individually or when added to other interventions – is effective in reducing postpartum depressive symptoms.The authors wrote: “UK clinical guidance recommends psychological therapy and antidepressants for postnatal depression. However, women can be reluctant to take antidepressants postnatally and the availability of psychological therapies is often limited.”Given the high prevalence of postpartum depression and the potential for exercise to be a low-cost, freely available intervention, aerobic exercise should be considered as a management option for postpartum women with depressive symptoms and as a potential preventative measure more generally in postpartum women.”last_img read more

Elderly businesswoman Jacqueline Veyrac 76 kidnapped in Nice

first_img Oct 25th 2016, 3:09 PM Short URL 22,257 Views By AFP Nice, France. Image: Shutterstock/Veniamin Kraskov 7 Comments Share28 Tweet Email Tuesday 25 Oct 2016, 3:09 PMcenter_img http://jrnl.ie/3045416 Elderly businesswoman Jacqueline Veyrac (76) kidnapped in Nice Her attackers forced her from her black 4×4 into another car, a source told AFP. Nice, France. Image: Shutterstock/Veniamin Kraskov THE HEAD OF a five-star hotel on the French Riviera has been kidnapped, according to the local prosecutor.Jacqueline Veyrac, 76, president of the Grand Hotel in Cannes, was seized from her car in the middle of the day yesterday near her home in Nice, said prosecutor Jean-Michel Pretre.Her attackers forced her from her black 4×4 into another car, while several passers-by looked on, a source close to the case said.“A woman of that age, kidnapped in those conditions – we are all very concerned,” the prosecutor said.A police investigation has been launched to try to apprehend the “organised gang” members and secure the victim’s safe return.It is not the first time Veyrac has been the target of a kidnapping gang.In 2013 there was an attempt to abduct her outside her garage.© – AFP 2016 Read: Massive cocaine haul uncovered in ‘torpedo-like’ device off Clare > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Piraeus Port deal with Cosco faces uncertainty

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Chinese shipping giant Cosco has pushed the brakes on the Piraeus Port deal, accusing the Greek government of altering fundamental parts of the agreement. The company issued a statement to privatisation agency TAIPED, claiming that the bill that was submitted to Parliament last week did not adhere to the agreement reached on April 8, and that it was in fact completely overturned and in turn unacceptable, reports Kathimerini.“Cosco expects the government and TAIPED to implement what they signed on to in the presence of the prime minister,” stated Cosco.The deal was expected to be ratified ahead of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ arrival in China on Friday.In an address to Parliament, Greek shipping Minister Theodoros Dritsas admitted to the discrepancies, however he defended the government’s right to make amendments.“The government will look into it, it will look into the objections and will probably consider making improvements,” he said.One of the changes noted was the requirement for the Greek state to approve project licensing within 90 days, a significant detail, which if not included in the agreement the company says could likely change the amount it bids for a project, or even discourage the submission of a bid.The deal, which if all goes ahead as planned will see the sale of a 67 per cent majority stake in the port, is a vital move for Greece in its current economic state, believed to be the catalyst needed to kick-start growth.last_img read more

Létoile Alpha Centauri A possède une étrange couche plus froide comme le

first_imgL’étoile Alpha Centauri A possède une étrange couche plus froide comme le SoleilL’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA) a découvert la présence d’une couche plus froide au cœur de l’atmosphère de l’étoile Alpha Centauri A. Le phénomène était jusqu’à présent exclusif au Soleil. Cette découverte permet de comprendre un peu mieux l’activité de l’astre solaire.L’un des mystères du Soleil réside dans la composition de son atmosphère. En effet, les températures varient entre ses différentes zones. Étonnamment, les zones externes sont bien plus chaudes que celles situées à la surface du Soleil : alors que la température moyenne de la photosphère, partie externe de l’étoile, tourne autour des 6.000°C, elle atteint plusieurs millions de degrés Celsius au niveau de la couronne solaire. On pourrait alors croire qu’il suffit de s’écarter de la surface pour que la température augmente, mais ce n’est pas le cas. En effet, entre ces deux couches, la température de la partie basse de la chromosphère descend à 4.000°C. Toutefois, ce phénomène ne serait pas observable que sur le Soleil. Grâce au télescope spatial Herschel, les astronomes de l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA) ont découvert une zone de température minimum similaire, juste au-dessus de la surface de l’étoile Alpha Centauri A. C’est la première fois que ce phénomène est observé dans une autre étoile que le Soleil. Alpha Centauri A est une étoile jaune-orange, semblable sur de nombreux points (masse, température, composition chimique) au Soleil. Elle fait partie des trois étoiles, avec l’Alpha Centauri B et la Proxima Centauri, qui composent le système Alpha Centuri, et qui sont les voisines les plus proches du système solaire. La Proxima Centauri est à seulement 4,24 années-lumière de distance avec la Terre, tandis que ces grandes sœurs formant une étoile double Alpha Centauri AB sont à 4,36 d’années-lumière. Mieux comprendre le “puzzle du chauffage atmosphérique” À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”L’étude de ces structures a jusqu’à présent été limitée au Soleil, mais nous voyons clairement la signature d’une inversion de température des couches similaires chez l’Alpha Centauri A”, a déclaré dans un communiqué René Liseau, principal auteur de l’étude étayant ces découvertes et publiée dans le journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. Les scientifiques pensent que la chaleur extrême de la couronne du Soleil est vraisemblablement liée à l’enroulement des lignes de champ magnétique qui donne lieu à des explosions du type éruption solaire.”Des observations détaillées de ce genre pour une variété d’étoiles pourrait nous aider à comprendre l’origine de telles couches et le puzzle du chauffage atmosphérique”, a ajouté René Liseau du Onsala Space Observatory en Suède. Mais cette découverte pourrait également permettre d’estimer la quantité de poussière présente dans les disques de débris froids autour des étoiles similaires au Soleil. Le 9 mars 2013 à 11:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Live Like Bella organization luncheon celebrates milestone

first_imgCORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – A luncheon in Coral Gables celebrated progress for the Live Like Bella initiative.Florida lawmakers established a designated fund for the organization, which raises money for cancer research.The new fund commits nearly $5 million of tax payer money to the cause.“To do this work is part of our healing process in missing Bella,” said Bella’s father, Ramon Rodriguez-Torres, “but more than that, it’s humbling to see the state and community come together, so we can help generations of children in Bella’s memory.”Bella’s mother, Shannah Rodriguez-Torres, said she hopes this can help others. “What we do we know won’t bring her back, but we do it so no other family has to go through what we went through and suffer the loss of their child.”7News anchor Alex De Armas was there to take part in the event.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


Miami Marlins outfielders make AllStar team

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – On July 11, Miami will be hosting the Major League Baseball All-Star Game with a couple Marlins stars included in the line-up.Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna was selected as a starter for the National League, which marks his second selection to the All-Star Game.Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton was also voted to be a reserve, and he’ll be defending his Home Run Derby title the night before the ASG.Marlins first baseman Justin Bour is in the running for a spot on the National League roster. He is up against four other players for a final spot on the team.Baseball fans can catch the ASG right here on 7, July 11, at 7 p.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


Virginias Smaller Defense Firms Cope with Spending Caps Focus on CostCutting

first_imgSmall and midsize defense contractors in Virginia are coping with statutory spending caps and an increased effort by federal contracting managers to limit profit margins in a variety of ways, with some firms taking a second look at federal set-aside programs and others looking to new markets in the United States or overseas.Virginia is particularly vulnerable to cutbacks in defense spending; 11.8 percent of the state’s gross domestic product relies on DOD spending, the highest in the nation. While Pentagon spending is increasing slightly this year, the department’s budget had declined since fiscal 2011.“Defense contracting these days is not for the faint of heart,” Mark Moore, executive vice president and chief lending officer for John Marshall Bank, told Virginia Business. “The downward pressure on permitable profit is more difficult than it has ever been.”To survive in a hyper-competitive environment, Global Dimensions, which provides language and linguistic services, moved from Alexandria to Fredericksburg to take advantage of the Small Business Administration’s HUBZone program. The initiative provides special access to federal contracts to companies that locate in historically underutilized business zones and hire 35 percent of their employees from similarly designated areas.Alliance Solutions Group, which specializes in emergency response and mass-casualty incident planning, has been forced to contend with a sharp drop in federal funding for training and the federal government’s increasing preference to award contracts to larger companies.In response, Alliance has begun to target the commercial market and opened an office in the United Arab Emirates. The firm’s overseas expansion has been supported by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s Going Global Defense Initiative.Almost 300 companies, representing 25,000 employees, have participated in the initiative, said Paul Grossman, the partnership’s vice president of international trade. The program is in its third year, and until now, has been largely funded by DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), according to the story. Virginia’s General Assembly this year agreed to fund the program through 2018.OEA supports a wide array of economic adjustment strategies for areas affected by cuts in defense spending. The agency’s defense industry adjustment program provides technical and grant assistance focused on regional job creation through business development, attraction and expansion, workforce development and community economic diversification. Examples include helping manufacturers become more efficient or explore different markets, including domestic and international; and helping workers acquire new skills in growth industries in their area. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Prime Day Deal Light your yard with 4 Ring Pathlights for under

first_img Tags Prime Day 2019: The leftovers Walmart’s final day of anti-Prime Day deals After Amazon Prime Day 2019: You can still snag deals on the Echo and Echo Dot 4 great cheap deals you can get anytime Amazon Prime Day 2019: Fire TV deals end, but Roku discounts still going strong Amazon Prime Day 2019: The best deals on Chromebooks, gaming laptops and MacBooks Post-Prime Day deals from Vizio: Save up to $1,200 on TVs, $200 on an Atmos sound bar The best Prime Day deals still available The best Walmart Summer Sale deals still available AirPods, iPads, Apple Watch and MacBooks still on sale Prime Day is over, but these laptop deals aren’t: Big price cuts on Chromebooks, MacBooks and more 0 Smart Home Share your voice At $30 each, the Pathlights are pretty affordable to begin with, but today, for Amazon Prime Day, you can nab a starter kit with 4 Ring Pathlights plus the mandatory Ring Bridge that controls them for a total of $95. That’s almost half off the normal price, and just $15 more than the starter kit with 2 Pathlights and the Bridge usually sells for.See the Ring Pathlight Starter Kit on AmazonIn addition to being programmable on your phone, Ring’s smart lights work with Alexa, so you can turn them on with a quick voice command if you think you hear something outside at night. They also promise a motion detection range of 15 feet and a year’s worth of battery life — but note that the four D batteries each one requires don’t come included.Disclosure: CNET may earn a share of the revenue from purchases made via the links on this page. See also See also null Amazon Prime Day CNET Smart Home The Ring Pathlight turns on whenever someone passes by — and it can trigger your Ring cameras, too. Ring Amazon-owned home security startup Ring recently released a lineup of motion-activated smart lights for the outside of your home. All of them can turn on automatically when someone passes by — and they can trigger your Ring cameras to start recording, too.I liked some lights better than others when I tested the system out at the CNET Smart Home — but my favorites of the bunch were Ring’s battery-powered Pathlights. Just stick them anywhere in your yard where you’d like, no wiring required. From there, they’ll light up whenever someone passes by — and if you like, they’ll trigger your Ring cameras to record and send alerts to your phone, too. If you’ve got young children, that might make them a great pick for the path that leads out to your pool or backyard pond. Amazonlast_img read more

Meet the married retirees pushing Anchorage to change homeless policy

first_imgRuss Webb shows photos he’s taken of camps in the areas near his neighborhood (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media, Anchorage)A group of residents in Anchorage is organizing to change the city’s response to homelessness. They say the current approach is too narrowly focused on long-term housing, and has allowed lawless camps to persist along popular trails. The frustration has turned once sleepy public meetings into increasingly contentious events. And one couple is at the center of the efforts.Listen nowEven by the standards of public municipal meetings, the Anchorage Assembly’s Committee on Homelessness used to be dull. Members would typically listen to briefs on data and observe elaborate flow charts of social service programs. Occasionally, a member or two of the public would testify about an issue causing them grief.Now, those same committee meetings have become markedly more dramatic, routinely packed with standing room only. A group of older residents, many of them retired and active in local community councils, has started filling out the audience, grumbling, testifying and chiding the Assembly members if they don’t speak loudly enough.Russ Webb and his wife Stephanie Rhoades are at the front of the fight.Webb’s frustration peaked at a meeting in August over a set of policy proposals introduced two months earlier that the Assembly has continually delayed taking up.“I would have brought that draft proposal to this committee for discussion today,” Webb said at the meeting with a note of exasperation in his voice.Webb and Rhoades are unlikely antagonists in a fight over homeless issues. Both voted for Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. Webb even maxed out his contributions to the re-election campaign. Before retiring, both had long careers working for the state on topics like mental health, homelessness and substance abuse.  Now, with more time on their hands, they’re working long hours to try shaping the city’s response to the issue.During an interview inside their home in the well-to-do South Addition neighborhood between downtown and the Chester Creek trail, Webb explained a 12-point plan for dealing with nearby homeless camps he is pushing the Assembly to consider implementing.“The proposals are intended to push the municipality to develop a system, to actually comprehensively and continuously identify camps, engage campers, move folks who need help to the systems that will help them and to enforce the prohibitions against all the public nuisances within and emanating from the camps,” Webb said.The 68-year-old is extremely organized. The 12 points touch on everything from adjustments to municipal codes, expanding shelter options, increasing funding for specific jobs and even thinning vegetation along trails to improve sight lines. Along with the one-sheet of bullet points, Webb also submitted a supplemental document explaining each one in depth. It is 22 pages long.Rhoades is a former judge who helped establish a mental health court. She knows what mental illness, substance abuse and personal tragedy look like. The people she encounters in the camps, though, don’t all fit those categories.“There is a tremendous pocket of crime that is a subset of the folks who are camping,” Rhoades said.The couple know the camps better than most. They go in, take pictures, talk with people, occasionally get into arguments and have generally tried to educate themselves about what’s happening on the trail system they use so frequently.Their main criticism is that the Berkowitz Administration has become overly focused on getting hard-to-house residents into permanent housing and connected with social services. And they say that has come at the expense of effectively curbing illegal camping that is ruining residential life and allowing misery to go unchecked in the woods.“It’s just too slow of a process to be able to adequately address the encampments and the issues that are impacting the community,” Rhoades said.Since coming into office, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s administration has made significant progress on a “Housing First” model that creates new permanent residential units. According to City Homelessness Coordinator Nancy Burke, the policies have helped more than 300 people get into housing over the last few years. They have plans house 270 more by 2021.Burke says the city is making progress on the issue, even though that is not always readily visible to residents.“We agree there is not enough that’s happening,” Burke said. “However, in the last three years we’ve built the foundation for us to take the camp abatement process and actually (assist) people to move out of those locations.”Burke pointed out the administration and assembly recently revised the city’s strategy for evicting campers, increased waste removal by public employees and improved data collection on where camps are being established.She and several sympathetic Assembly members regularly point out to critics that the municipality is constantly trying to balance the demands of residents for clean, safe public parks with respect for campers’ civil rights, a matter that has come before the courts in the past.“We have chosen to focus on the solutions that will end this problem for Anchorage so we’re not having this same conversation in five years,” Burke said.Recently, Burke has been attending community council meetings around town where residents are discussing whether or not to formally support for the 12-point plan. All measures, she stresses, need to be part of the broader public process.last_img read more


US Consulate to hold 10k Run on Sunday

first_imgHyderabad: The US Consulate General, Hyderabad in Association with the University of Hyderabad, Bala Vikas Social Service Society and the Hyderabad Runners is organising a 10k Run in Hyderabad on Sunday.This event is being organised to promote women’s leadership and is a part of the United States Consulate General’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations. Professionals, entrepreneurs, students, activists and teachers are expected to participate in this run. Runners will be provided with medals, t-shirts and bibs.last_img read more

SBI Life to launch Indias first billion dollar IPO in seven years

first_imgIndia’s SBI Life Insurance Co Ltd will launch an initial public offering next week to raise as much as $1.3 billion, sources with direct knowledge told Reuters, in what will be the country’s first billion-dollar IPO in nearly seven years.Also read: Post Merger: SBI does the impossible, unions praise managementSBI Life, a subsidiary of top Indian lender State Bank of India, will open the IPO sale to the public on Sept. 20 and close it on Sept. 22, according to a filing. Two sources said the shares will be sold in a price range of 685 rupees to 700 rupees apiece.The IPO will raise as much as 84 billion rupees ($1.3 billion) for SBI Life’s two main shareholders – State Bank of India and BNP Paribas Cardif – which are paring their stakes.State Bank of India is selling up to an 8 percent stake, or 80 million shares, in SBI Life, while BNP Paribas Cardif is selling up to a 4 percent stake, or 40 million shares.SBI Life’s IPO is the biggest since state-run Coal India’s 155 billion rupee ($2.4 billion) IPO in 2010 and market participants expect 2017 to be a record-setting year for India, with fund-raising from IPOs exceeding 2010’s $8.5 billion.The country has already seen more than $3 billion in IPOs this year, according to Thomson Reuters data, and has a number of upcoming listings from insurers, which should take it well past the $4 billion raised from IPOs last year.ICICI Lombard General Insurance Co Ltd’s IPO to raise up to $890 million opens on Friday, while state-run reinsurer General Insurance Corp of India (GIC Re) and non-life insurer New India Assurance Co Ltd have also filed for IPOs that bankers estimate could raise a total of more than $3 billion.last_img read more

PATA stays cutting edge with TripAdvisor

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has announced a new PATA Strategic Partner, signing-up online review site, TripAdvisor.Launched today, PATA chief executive Martin J Craigs said the agreement would benefit the organisation’s members through joint initiatives including surveys, reports and data sharing.Mr Craigs added that the agreement would also help PATA move into a more digital and mobile environment, and keep PATA Next Gen “at the cutting edge of travel industry engagement”.“PATA will work with TripAdvisor to add real value and insights for the benefit of both partners,” he explained. The agreement will keep PATA Next Gen “at the cutting edge of travel industry engagement”.last_img read more


New Chinese homeport for Star Cruises

first_imgAnother 6 day 5 night itinerary, departing on 20 October, will visit Penghu, Keelung, Taichung, Kaohsiung, the three largest Taiwanese cities. The 50,764 ton SuperStar Gemini is currently based in Shanghai sailing to Taiwanese and Korean destinations, with entertainment facilities and amenities tailor made for Chinese tourists, with a new 450sqm duty free shopping area including premium international brands. The first cruise to depart from Xiamen on 9 October is a 6 day 5 night cruise to Penghu, Kaohsiung and Hong Kong and a 7 day 6 night cruise from Xiamen on 14 October will visit Boracay and Manila, with this itinerary said to be a favourite among Xiamen travellers. “We believe these itineraries will energise local tourism and attract both new and our regular cruisers. This cruise will also mark SuperStar Gemini’s first visit to the Philippines, including Boracay’s world famous beaches and buzzing Manila, with Resorts World Manila, a joint-venture between Genting Hong Kong and AGI, providing free shuttle service to bring travellers to this world-class one stop, non-stop entertainment and leisure hub. “As a pioneer and leader of the Asia-Pacific cruise industry, Star Cruises has never stopped introducing new routes and setting new itineraries in the region.” SuperStar Gemini. Image: Star Cruises “We’ve introduced China to more than 1.2 million tourists from around the world by ship.”center_img Star Cruises COO Mr William Ng said, “Star Cruises has been calling into China since 1994 inclusive of Xiamen.” “We were the first international cruise line to open up this market.” Star Cruises has announced that the SuperStar Gemini will commence her first homeport deployment in Xiamen on 9 October, 2013, with a range of new routes on offer, including Keelung, Penghu, Kaohsiung, Taichung, Hong Kong, Boracay and Manila. “With Xiamen being our homeport for SuperStar Gemini, we’re pleased to take Chinese customers on cruise holidays to destinations in Taiwan, Boracay and Manila.” “We look forward to developing more Xiamen-based itineraries in close partnership with the local government.” Source = ETB News: JAJlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The InterContinental Sa

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort on Thailand’s Koh Samui provides the perfect location to enjoy family holidays this year like never before with extensive activities for children and romance for parents.The InterContinental Koh Samui provides magical views of the Gulf of Thailand, breathless sunset views, mouth-watering cuisine and award-winning service to its 79 romantic luxury guest rooms, suites and villas.Featured is the multi award-winning Baan Thai Spa by HARNN offering a variety of aroma and relaxation therapies and pampering including therapeutic head-to-toe massage.On offer are free meals for kids and complimentary activities including the Resort’s own kids’ club Planet Trekkers, featuring activities and entertainment for children aged 4 –12 years.There are a host of recreation activities to enjoy during your school holiday stay – truly something for everyone. Including the following:SnorkellingThai boxingThai cooking classesYogaDolphin watchingWalks through the Angthong National Marine ParkWater Sports Centre offering stand-up-paddle boarding, windsurfing, kayaking and snorkellingPADI Dive CentreFully-equipped fitness centreYoga and PilatesThai ChiFit Ball classesAerobicsBeach volleyballMini beach soccerTable tennisMountain bikingThai cooking classes including a visit a local marketCocktail classesSpecial promotions have been created for the spring school holidays and are available until December 2018 only online and are subject to availability. Five islands of Koh Samui tour is now included in the offer for the first 25 guests to book.The Family Pleasure offer includes a stay at the luxurious Club Napa reserve Three Bedroom Residence Villa or three nights for two adults and two children at the Club Two Bedroom Residence Villa from THB 71,000 (AUD $2868.24).The package also includes free meals for children designed by our consultants of celebrity chefs in all outlets for the entire stay plus:Daily breakfast for the family at Amber, our Award-winning restaurant by Thailand TatlerComplimentary two-hour babysitting by our certified NanniesOne 60-minute therapeutic body massage for two adults at our Beach Sala (once per stay)Complimentary daily access to Planet Trekkers, InterContinental Samui’s signature Kids Club (for 2 kids)One Junior Master Chef Cooking Class for the children (once per stay)Welcome children’s amenitiesComplimentary WiFi access throughout the ResortKoh Samui is one of Thailand’s most popular island getaways. The 5-star award winning resort spans nine hectares (22 acres) on the unspoilt west coast of Koh Samui, only one hour by air from Bangkok and a 45-minute drive from the airport.Surrounded by more than 50 islands the property is a self-contained relaxed paradise that offers sheer tranquillity and romance for parents and a range of activities for the children. The resort is also idyllic for couples and honeymooners as well as weddings and corporate functions.The resort focusses on water fun with seven swimming pools and a variety of aquatic sports for guests supported by a fully equipped Fitness Center featuring life fitness cardio machines, resistance and free weights.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Man arrested for breaking into Mellencamps Indian

first_imgMan arrested for breaking into Mellencamp’s Indiana home by The Associated Press Posted Feb 7, 2019 1:08 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — An Indianapolis man has been arrested after ramming his SUV through a security gate at the home of rocker John Mellencamp and kicking in a door.The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department says 48-year-old Robert P. Carter was arrested about 6 a.m. Thursday by officers responding to an alarm at Mellencamp’s home outside Bloomington. No one was home at the time.Carter told officers he was there to “arrest Mellencamp for supporting a government” Carter doesn’t support. He was charged with burglary, residential entry and criminal trespass.Carter had been released from the Monroe County Jail after a court appearance Wednesday for having a handgun without a license. He also received a mental health evaluation.Court records don’t list an attorney for Carter who can comment on his behalf.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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