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Canadians generally tolerant toward their neighbours tribalism an issue poll

first_imgA new poll is shedding light on a dark problem in Canada: intolerance and bigotry.Data collected by Pollara Strategic Insights, and provided exclusively to CityNews, showed that 33 per cent of Canadians hold negative, intolerant, prejudiced or hostile views against at least one other segment of the population. This included those of different races, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities.And 42 per cent of Canadians said they have been treated unfairly or discriminated against because of their sexual orientation gender identity, religion, or ethnic and cultural background.However, a little under half of Canadians, or about 44 per cent, refused to say anything negative about their neighbours.“That’s a very nice number,” said Craig Worden, president of Pollara Strategic Insights. “It’s the right response …almost half of Canadians don’t judge others.”About 23 per cent of those surveyed had nothing negative to say about other groups but viewed their own group as being superior to others.“I can call this the ‘Big Fat Greek Wedding’ group,” Worden said. “They don’t feel this [superiority] is a negative thing.”This form of “tribalism” cuts across society and their data found it was most prominent in non-white groups, which may surprise some, Worden said.“They don’t say anything negative about any particular group, but they do say their own group is superior towards other groups,” he said.“This group can sometimes seem harmless on the surface, but they are not benign. These attitudes are a form of prejudice and they can easily express themselves through acts of bigotry,” Worden explained. “We can’t give them a pass.”Acceptance of transgender persons ‘the new frontier’While the poll data shows a general acceptance of gay and lesbian Canadians in society, persons who identify as transgender, non-binary or gender non-conforming still face discriminatory attitudes.“Canadians have come around to same-sex issues,” Worden said, adding that the gay marriage debate is a “dead issue” in Canada.“[However] intolerance was more likely to be directed at transgender identity,” he said. “It’s a new frontier of acceptance.”Face-to-face exposure, education, key to changing attitudesWorden said that while these numbers may be surprising to some, as Canadians tend to view themselves as an accepting society, he said that it’s not necessarily a bad thing.“I don’t think these results say we are not successful …but does speak to the fact that Canadians aren’t perfect, and there’s always improvement needed on this.”Worden said their findings show that exposure to other groups, whether that be through face-to-face interactions in the community or education, can help combat intolerance.“By far the most common predictor was exposure to other groups,” he said, adding that old assumptions about income level determining a person’s attitude towards others weren’t the main factor.Still, Worden said the poll results show Canadians as a generally tolerant bunch.“It’s quite a nice finding,” he said.The online poll of 1,013 adults was conducted by Pollara Strategic Insights between March 27 and April 1, 2019.  As a guideline, a probability sample of this size carries a margin of error of ± 3.1%, 19 times out of 20.last_img read more

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WILL IT CHAPTER TWO HOBBS SHAW OR JUMANJI 3 BE THIS YEARS

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment IT CHAPTER 2 POSTER (Warner Bros.) Advertisementcenter_img Pennywise is floating back to theaters on Sept. 6, and the return of the demonic dancing clown couldn’t come at a better time. After what is shaping up to be a lackluster August at the box office, “It: Chapter Two” looks to scare some life back into multiplexes. READ MOREIT Chapter 2 (Photo: New Line Cinema)‘IT: CHAPTER TWO’ OFFICIAL RUNTIME REVEALEDIT CHAPTER TWO will hit the big screen next month, bringing an end to the live-action adaptation of the Stephen King saga. Based off of a new listing for the film on the British Board of Film Classification, moviegoers should brace themselves for a pretty lengthy final chapter. The listing shows the film’s runtime at 169 minutes and 11 seconds, or roughly 2 hours and 49 minutes.Surprisingly, this is actually four minutes longer than previously reported cuts of the film, as director Andy Muschietti revealed the film would be 2 hours and 45 minutes late last month. Even then, there’s still quite a lot of CHAPTER TWO that apparently won’t make it into the final cut, as the earliest iterations of the film clocked in at 4 hours. READ MORE‘IT: CHAPTER TWO’ PROJECTED TO AT LEAST MATCH PREDECESSOR’S HORROR RECORD OPENINGFirst round of tracking estimates sit around the $123 million earned by “It” two years agoWhile horror movies might be a good way for studios to make a solid profit on a low budget, it’s extremely rare to see one serve as a studio’s primary tentpole. But such is the case for Warner Bros.’/New Line’s “It: Chapter Two,” which is expected to perform just as big as its 2017 predecessor, judging by its first round of tracking numbers on Thursday.Two years ago, “It” smashed the glass ceiling for horror at the box office, earning a genre record $123 million domestic opening and $700 million worldwide, all on a very thrifty $35 million budget. That took trackers and analysts by surprise. But this time they’re expecting one of the biggest openings of the year. READ MOREWILL ‘IT CHAPTER TWO,’ ‘HOBBS & SHAW’ OR ‘JUMANJI 3’ BE THIS YEAR’S BIGGEST NON-DISNEY AND NON-MARVEL MOVIE?Two years ago, the first bit of pre-release tracking for New Line and Warner Bros.’ It forecast a $50 million-plus debut. Yes, we all knew the much-anticipated Stephen King adaptation was going to open higher than that, but it ended up with a $123 million domestic launch. That was the second-biggest R-rated opening of all time and is still the biggest opening ever for any kind of “scary” movie outside of Jurassic World ($208 million in 2015) and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($148 million in 2018). I haven’t gotten official pre-release tracking for It Chapter Two yet, but I’d be a little surprised if it didn’t pull at least $100 million when it opens three weeks from tonight. READ MORE Facebook NO CLOWNING AROUND: ‘IT: CHAPTER TWO’ TO SET FALL ON FIRE WITH $120M+ OPENING ON PAR WITH FIRST PICNew Line’s It: Chapter Two, the sequel to the biggest horror film of all time, is looking at a domestic opening similar to the 2017 pic’s $123.4 million first frame.We hear in regards to demos the pic is comping to the first title in the series, Stephen King’s $700M-grossing It, and 20th Century Fox’s Logan ($88.4M), but It: Chapter Two is far better then the R-rated Wolverine movie in first choice. Some tracking services have the sequel’s opening as low as $95M, which by the way, ain’t too shabby for September. In fact, it would be the second-best opening for the month all time. Nothing to cry about. READ MOREIT Chapter 2 (Photo: New Line Cinema)‘IT: CHAPTER TWO’ COULD FLOAT TO $110 MILLION DEBUTWarner Bros.’ thriller “It” jolted the box office when it debuted two years ago, delivering the best debut for an R-rated horror movie with $123 million. Twitterlast_img read more

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Mikmaw professor calling on Indigenous leaders to push Canada to accept more

first_img(Dean of Unama’ki College, Stephen Augustine would like Canada to accept more Syrian refugees)Trina Roache APTN National NewsHALIFAX — Like the rest of the world, Stephen Augustine was struck by the image of three-year-old Alan Kurdi’s body washed up on a Turkish beach, drowned, along with his mother and brother after their attempt to flee war-torn Syria.“The Mi’kmaw culture, the Mi’kmaw people pride themselves on family,” said Augustine, Dean of the Unama’ki College at Cape Breton University. “When I saw the front page image of a dead child on a beach, this really hit me.”Last week, Augustine spoke out at a public meeting in Sydney, Cape Breton where about 200 people came to talk about how to help bring Syrian refugees to Canada.“My voice broke when I was speaking, I was so emotional, but this really speaks to the Mi’kmaw principles and family values,” said Augustine. “I challenge the Mi’kmaw leadership, and aboriginal leadership in Canada, to pressure the Harper government to increase the quotas for refugees coming to Canada.”Since 2014, Canada has accepted 2,406 refugees from Syria.Under pressure from opposition parties, Harper has now made a commitment to bring 11,300 refugees from Syria by 2017, announced the Syria Emergency Relief Fund and will match donations up to $100 million until the end of 2015.The photo that went around the world. The body of Alan Kurdi on a Turkish beach. Photo: Nilüfer Demir/ Doğan News AgencyBut those numbers pale in comparison to the Syrian population displaced by the humanitarian crisis. In a report released earlier this month, the United Nations’s Commission of Inquiry on Syria cited 7.6 million people are displaced within Syria and over four million refuges flowing over the border into neighboring countries.Chair of the Commission, Mr. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, said there’s no end to this crisis in sight.“Civilians are suffering the unimaginable, as the world stands witness,” said Pinheiro. “Without stronger efforts to bring parties to the peace table, ready to compromise, current trends suggest that the Syrian conflict – and the killing and destruction it wreaks – will carry on for the foreseeable future.”Critics have argued the Harper government isn’t doing enough and the plight of Syria has become a federal election topic on campaign trail.Green’s Party leader Elizabeth May said in a release, “I expect Canada to take on its share of the responsibility in the Syrian refugee crisis, so we never see these types of images again. Stephen Harper has no credibility whatsoever on this issue, having failed to honour previous announcements.  We should ramp up the number of refugees welcomed to Canada to 25,000 and we must do more to end the conflict, including living up to our commitments to the UN High Commission for Refugees.”Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has promised to raise the number of refugees from Syria to 25 thousand, while the NDP put the number at 10,000 for the first year with a promise of 9,000 a year for the next four years.Augustine calls Prime Minister Harper’s focus on ISIS and security concerns a case of fear-mongering. He sees an influx of refugees as a bonus to Cape Breton’s fragile economy.“Local refugees have contributed to the economy,” said Augustine. “In Sydney, it would increase the number of students in local schools, get more students in university, and have people developing businesses from a different cultural perspective.”And from the traditional Mi’kmaw and Wolastoq, or Maliseet, cultural perspective, refugees are welcome.Wolastoq Grand Council member Ron Tremblay spoke at a recent rally for the Syrian Refugees in Fredericton.“The Wolastoqeyiyik signed Peace and Friendship Treaties in the 18th Century with the first Refugees who sailed from France,” said Tremblay. “They were searching for a better place live and escape the uneasiness that was evolving in their country.”He said the spirit and intent of the early treaties the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet signed in the 1700s is still living today.“These people are not migrants they are refugees fleeing from their home and villages beings bombed and destroyed by US and Canadian forces,” said Tremblay.  “Our Wolastoqewiyik were and still are about Peace and Friendship.”Augustine agrees.Aside from his day job as a professor, he’s an elder and Hereditary Chief of the Sigenigtog District Mi’kmawey Mawiomi, and Keptin on the Mi’kmaq Grand Council.“We didn’t have an immigration policy,” said Augustine, referring to the arrival of Europeans to Mi’ma’ki. “So we allowed you guys to come in and we supported you and looked after you until you could do it yourself, otherwise we could have wiped you all out.”Augustine wants action.In Cape Breton, a steering committee has been set up to help facilitate private sponsorship for refugees. And a rally is planned for this weekend at Cape Breton University.But so far, indigenous leaders are silent on the issue.Mi’kmaq chiefs have no comment on the Syrian refugee crisis.And APTN received no response from the Assembly of First Nations.troache@aptn.calast_img read more

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Marking Day Ban urges complete elimination of chemical weapons

29 April 2011Marking the annual Remembrance Day for All Victims of Chemical Warfare, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the world to build on progress so far made towards the complete elimination of chemical weapons and to promote the international convention banning their use and stockpiling. Marking the annual Remembrance Day for All Victims of Chemical Warfare, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the world to build on progress so far made towards the complete elimination of chemical weapons and to promote the international convention banning their use and stockpiling. “This annual remembrance day, marking the anniversary of the entry into force of the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1997, is an opportunity to pay tribute to the victims of chemical warfare and to reaffirm the international community’s condemnation of an inhumane weapon of mass destruction,” said Mr. Ban in a message to mark the Day. He said the Convention embodied the collective determination of States and people to completely and permanently eliminate the threat, and to promote a world where chemistry is exclusively used for the benefit of humanity. “In that spirit, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 the International Year of Chemistry in order to celebrate chemistry as a science of peace and progress,” said the Secretary-General. Important progress has been made in implementing the convention’s provisions and fulfilling the mandate entrusted to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Mr. Ban said. The convention now has 188 States Parties. More than 65 per cent of declared chemical warfare agents have been verifiably destroyed, Mr. Ban pointed out, noting that three States have destroyed their stockpiles, while the remaining countries which posses the weapons are working intently toward that goal. “An impressive 90 per cent of chemical weapons production capability has been inactivated or permanently converted for peaceful purposes,” Mr. Ban said. The non-proliferation regime provided for under the convention is also working effectively, he said, with more than 2,000 inspections conducted at industrial facilities, and a monitoring mechanism in place to track global exports and imports of toxic chemicals. Almost all States Parties have also established a national authority to ensure full and effective domestic implementation of the convention, the Secretary-General added. read more

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CIBC launches Simplii Financial direct banking but customers finding glitches

TORONTO — The launch of CIBC’s new Simplii Financial direct banking brand on Wednesday has not gone exactly to plan, as some customers are finding glitches with the new offering.The bank has switched over customers from President’s Choice Financial to the new brand after reaching a deal with PC owner Loblaw in August to take over its banking operations.Some customers have found long call waits for customer services, and others are complaining on Twitter that the mobile application isn’t working or that they’re unimpressed with the changes.“There are no innovations. They simplii just changed the app logo and colour. It’s still the worst mobile banking app in Canada,” tweeted Andrew Chisholm.Others are simply confused about where their new banking cards are, which will be mailed out between today and next April, and some were pleased by new offerings like free e-transfers.The company has responded on Twitter saying that its mobile app is being updated throughout the day and suggesting customers delete and reinstall the app if they have issues.Communicating with customers is key in situations like this, said IDC Canada associate analyst Bob Smythe, but he said any impact on the brand will be limited if they fix it soon.“In any situation where someone’s forced to do something you’re going to find people who are annoyed, but I guess it depends how smoothly it goes over the next couple of days.”“I think if it carried on for very long it would be a problem, but if it’s rectified quickly they can overcome any negative feelings,” said Smythe.All PC Financial customers have been switched over to the new brand, which offers online, phone, and mobile banking, while PC Financial MasterCard operations are still with Loblaw (TSX:L).In announcing the deal in August, CIBC (TSX:CM) promised a smooth transition for existing PC Financial clients, with no changes to account numbers, mortgage terms or automatic payments and deposits.CIBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment. read more

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Grains mostly lower livestock lower

CHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly lower Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Sept. delivery rose 2 cents at $4.8640 a bushel; Sept. corn fell 2.40 cents at $3.97 a bushel; Sept. oats was off 4.40 cents at $2.6260 a bushel; while Aug. soybeans declined 10.40 cents at 8.4220 a bushel.Beef and pork were lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Aug. live cattle was off 1.25 cents at $1.0682 a pound; Aug. feeder cattle fell 1.83 cents at $1.3862 a pound; Aug. lean hogs lost 3 cents at .7495 a pound.The Associated Press read more

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Dont look for Congress to quickly pass overhaul of tax code

FILE – In this Feb. 22, 2017, file photo, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, speaks to the Utah Senate at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. After their humiliating loss on health care, Republicans in Congress could use a quick victory on a big issue. It won’t be an overhaul of the tax code. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) WASHINGTON – After their humiliating loss on health care, Republicans in Congress could use a quick victory on a big issue. It won’t be an overhaul of the tax code.Overhauling the tax code could prove harder to accomplish than repealing and replacing Barack Obama’s health law. Congressional Republicans are divided on significant issues, especially a new tax on imports embraced by House Speaker Paul Ryan. And the White House is sending contradicting signals on the new tax, adding to the uncertainty.House Republicans also can’t decide whether to move on from health care. Ryan cancelled a scheduled vote on a House GOP plan after it became obvious that Republicans didn’t have the votes.“This is a setback — no two ways about it,” Ryan said of the loss on health care. “I will not sugarcoat this — this is a disappointing day for us.Ryan said he will continue to work on the issue but one of his top lieutenants on health care, Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, says he is now “100 per cent” focused on a tax overhaul.Ryan says Congress can work on both at the same time. It won’t be easy. Here’s why:___REPUBLICAN DIVIDEHouse and Senate Republicans largely agree on the broad outlines of a tax overhaul. They want to lower tax rates for individuals and corporations, and make up the lost revenue by scaling back tax breaks.But they are sharply divided on a key tenet of the House Republican plan.The new “border adjustment tax” would be applied to profits from goods and services consumed in the U.S., whether they are domestically produced or imported. Exports would be exempt.House GOP leaders say the tax is key to lowering the top corporate income tax rate from 35 per cent to 20 per cent.But good luck finding a single Republican senator who will publicly support the tax. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, is the latest in a long line of Republican senators to come out against the tax.___ABSENT DEMOCRATSSenate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, says he wants to work with Democrats to overhaul the tax code.“A bipartisan bill would allow us to put in place more lasting reforms and give the overall effort additional credibility,” Hatch said.Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said it is bad policy to pass major legislation without bipartisan support.“Without some meaningful buy-in, you guarantee a food fight,” McConnell wrote in his memoir last year. “You guarantee instability and strife.”But in the House, Republicans haven’t reached out to Democrats in any meaningful way.___WHERE’S THE WHITE HOUSE?“Obviously we’re driving the train on this,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.But President Donald Trump’s administration has been all over the map on tax reform. Trump at one point said the House border tax is too complicated, then said it’s in the mix.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told a Senate panel that “there would be no absolute tax cut for the upper class” in Trump’s tax plan.However, the plan Trump unveiled during his presidential campaign would provide big tax breaks to high-income households.Since taking office, Trump has promised “massive” tax cuts for the middle class.A former Treasury official under President Barack Obama says the White House needs to stake out clear goals on tax overhaul to guide the debate in Congress.“I think it’s important for the administration to signal early the general shape” of what they would like to accomplish so that there are fewer proposals vying for attention, said Michael Mundaca, a former assistant Treasury secretary now at Ernst & Young.___TAX CHANGE IS DIFFICULTThere is a reason it’s been 31 years since the last time Congress rewrote the tax code. Since then, the number of exemptions, deductions and credits has mushroomed. Taxpayers enjoyed $1.6 trillion in tax breaks in 2016 — more than the federal government collected in individual income taxes.That huge number could provide plenty of tax breaks that lawmakers can scale back so they can lower tax rates significantly. There is just one problem — all of the biggest tax breaks are very popular and have powerful constituencies.Nearly 34 million families claimed the mortgage interest deduction in 2016. That same year more than 43 million families took advantage of a deduction of state and local taxes.The House Republicans’ tax plan would retain the mortgage deduction and eliminate the deduction for state and local taxes.___HEALTH CAREBoth Trump and Republicans in Congress made big campaign promises to repeal and replace Obama’s health law, so the issue won’t go away.However, several players say negotiations on a way forward are non-existent. In the meantime, Trump is stoking animosity among a key voting bloc by criticizing them on Twitter.Two factions in the House GOP had members oppose the health plan: the hard right Freedom Caucus and the moderate Tuesday Group.Ryan has suggested that they get together to sort out their differences, but it’s not happening, according to one key lawmaker.“We are not currently negotiating with the Freedom Caucus. There was never a meeting scheduled with the Freedom Caucus. We will never meet with the Freedom Caucus,” said Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., a member of the Tuesday Group.Trump tweeted: “The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!”To quote a favourite saying of the president, Not nice.___Follow Stephen Ohlemacher on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephenatap by Stephen OhlemacHer, The Associated Press Posted Apr 3, 2017 7:23 am MDT Last Updated Apr 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Don’t look for Congress to quickly pass overhaul of tax code read more

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Poll Should the anniversary of the Easter Rising be a public holiday

first_img Yes (2686) No (2918) I don’t know (827) Poll Results:center_img IRELAND’S NATIONAL HOLIDAY, St Patrick’s Day, is just over a fortnight away – but if Sinn Féin has its way, Ireland could be getting another public holiday to rival March 17 in terms of its meaning for the Irish.Last month the party tabled legislation looking to create a new national holiday on April 24, to be known as ‘Lá na Poblachta’ (or ‘Republic Day’) – with a board set up to take responsibility for running events to mark the date on which the Easter Rising began in 1916.Ireland is relatively unique in that it doesn’t have any public or national holiday on a date that marks its independence, unlike most countries with a history of colonialism. Many would argue that an increasingly secular country should not celebrate a saint’s feast day as its holiday.However, St Patrick’s Day already has world recognition greater than almost any national holiday – and diluting that by introducing a separate holiday could be damaging to tourism and Ireland’s attempts to sell itself abroad.So – do you think the anniversary of the Easter Rising should be declared a public holiday? YesNoI don’t knowVoteRead: Sinn Féin wants to make Easter Rising anniversary a bank holidaylast_img read more

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Anniversary of 25th March 1821 Revolution celebrated throughout Greece

first_imgThe March 25th national anniversary, marking the commencement of the 1821 Revolution against Ottoman rule, was celebrated throughout Greece on Thursday, with the main military parade in central Athens and local school parades in all parts of the country.Before the parade, a doxology was held in Athens, officiated by Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece and attended by President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias, Health Minister Mariliza Xenoyiannakopoulou representing the government, Parliament President Philippos Petsalnikos, and representatives of the political parties and the country’s military and religious leadership. Prime Minister George Papandreou and main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras were both in Brussels for an EU Summit and European People’s Party (EPP) summit, respectively.“As in 1821, the wave of Philhellenes hastened to manifest their solidarity to Greece, so today in Brussels a tough battle is being waged, and we ask the solidarity of the Europeans,” Papoulias said after the parade.Xenoyiannakopoulou said that the obstacles will be overcome “with unity and solidarity for democracy”, while Petsalnikos stressed that “we can achieve prosperity in Greece through struggles and a responsible attitude”.Only infantry divisions took part in this year’s parade, following a defence ministry decision to avoid the movement of motorised units from the borders for reasons of economy and environmental protection.PM Papandreou’s messageIn a message, prime minister George Papandreou stressed that March 25 “symbolises the strength of will of an entire people to break its bonds and demand its most fundamental right, freedom, its very existence”.“In 1821 the Greeks rose up and won their freedom, Greece’s independence, its right to determine its fate itself. 189 years after the start of the great struggle, Greece is once again today at a critical crossroads, as it has found itself many times in its history. What was sought then was our liberation from the yoke of the conqueror. Today, it is our liberation from all that led us to today’s big economic and social impasse, to the biggest crisis in our recent history,” the Premier stressed in his message.“All we Greeks are called on to work together, to make every possible effort for an exit from the present crisis and the rebirth of our country. For a Greece in which justice, solidarity, equal opportunities and potential prevail,” the Premier continued, adding: “I am certain that, once again, we will stand worthy of our history, emerging stronger and once again standing firmly on our own two feet.”“It is the minimum tribute we are called on to actively pay to those who, 189 years ago, believed in the impossible and succeeded in making it possible,” the Premier’s message concluded.Thessaloniki – Defence MinisterDefence Minister Evangelos Venizelos expressed certainty that Greece will overcome its present difficult situation on its own power, in statements after the March 25 parade in Thessaloniki.Greece, he said, has a strong economy, is an EU and eurozone member country, ranks 30th country in the world with respect to GDP, 15th in the world with respect to investments and savings, has big economic prospects, and can overcome – and will overcome – the difficulties on its own strength.“We once again need a liberation…A liberation of the powers and abilities of the nation. We will achieve this on our own, with our own power,” he added.What Greece is seeking from the EU are self-evident and basic things, namely that Europe comprehends its problem, “because its problem is not a Greek problem but a European problem”, and show that it has the political ability to anticipate, manage and overcome crises, Venizelos stressed.Regarding Turkey’s provocations in the Aegean, Venizelos said that Greece was carefully and vigilantly monitoring what was happening in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean. It was taking account of the situations, without underestimating them or exaggerating them.“We don’t have dependent reflexes, we don’t chase after provocations, we always have a firm axis: peace in the region arising from respect of international law, national sovereignty, existing borders, the sovereign rights that have been recognised by international treaties or resolutions of international organisations,” Venizelos said, adding that Greece is once again sending to its neighbors a message of cooperation, stability and mutual understanding.He warned, however, that “we must not remain at the level of rhetoric, we must proceed to actions and initiatives”.ND deputy Costas Giulekas stressed that the main opposition party “supports Greece, supports our country, but not the government…we are not giving blank cheques…in hard times, however, we put in our support, and this is what (ND leader) Antonis Samaras is doing on his trip abroad”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Family distressed over missing woman

first_imgA Melbourne family are appealing for the return of Helen Michael who went missing just after Easter.Michael, who is a cancer sufferer and needs to take her medication, went missing on 30 April after she left her home in Gabriel Terrace South Morang and has not been seen since. It is believed the 58-year-old may have left on foot as she left her car and personal belongings including her mobile phone and purse at home. She is perceived to be Caucasian in appearance, 150cm tall, solid build with short grey hair. It is believed she was wearing a purple hooded top with track suit pants and runners when she went missing.Anyone with any information is urged to contact Victoria Police on 000. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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La manette de la Wii U ne sera pas multitouch

first_imgLa manette de la Wii U ne sera pas multi-touchUn responsable de Nintendo a confirmé que la Wii U GamePad ne disposerait pas de la technologie multi-touch pour son écran, mais une simple mono-touch. Si elle a soulevé l’intérêt de beaucoup lors de son annonce, la manette de la Wii U, la prochaine console signée Nintendo, ne disposera pas de la technologie multi-touch. Si elle possèdera bien un écran tactile en son centre, elle se contentera bien de mono-touch. C’est le président de Nintendo America, Reggie Fils-Aime, qui a expliqué cela, dans des propos repris par Ubergizmo. “Quand nous avons construit cette console, et compte tenu de certaines des fonctionnalités dont elle est dotée, nous avons pensé que la technologie mono-touch, était une option plus appropriée, surtout quand vous avez d’autres boutons de configuration”, a-t-il ainsi détaillé.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Une décision dûe à la nécessité de poser la manette sur ses genoux si elle avait été multi-touch, pas vraiment l’idéal pour jouer à des jeux vidéos. “Nous envisageons cela comme un contrôleur que vous mettez entre vos mains et qui vous permet de vivre une expérience à deux écran. Et l’idée d’avoir à la mettre sur vos genoux pour faire du multi-touch, nous semble tout simplement pas pratique du tout”, a ainsi complété Reggie Fils-Aime. Et vous, vous auriez aimé une manette multi-touch ?Le 14 juin 2012 à 20:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Navy base in Washington state closed due to potential threat

first_imgBANGOR — The Washington State Patrol says the Navy’s nuclear submarine base and its undersea warfare center in Kitsap County were closed due to a potential threat.KOMO-TV reports that Lt. Robert Brazas says a suspect in a vehicle Thursday tried to enter the Naval Base Kitsap at Bangor, which is home to the Navy’s Trident submarine fleet and strategic nuclear weapons facility.Brazas says the suspect was detained and suspicious items were found in the vehicle.All gates have been closed at the Bangor submarine base and at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Keyport, which are located a few miles apart in Kitsap County.The on-ramp from Highway 3 to the Bangor base also has been closed down.last_img read more

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Alex Fergusons son thankful for support

first_imgDarren Ferguson, son of the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, has expressed his gratitude for the support his whole family received since news broke of his dad suffering a brain haemorrhage.Sir Alex Ferguson, who won a total of 38 trophies for the 26 years spent as the man in charge for Manchester United, had to undergo an urgent surgery after falling ill last Saturday.On this Wednesday, his now former club officially announced he was out of intensive care and is being treated as an inpatient.“On behalf of myself and my family, I would like to thank the huge number of people who have been kind enough to send messages of support during a difficult time,” Darren Ferguson said, according to ESPN.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“It has been overwhelming to read how many people care and that they are thinking of my dad and willing his recovery.”“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at Macclesfield Hospital and at the Salford Royal who have been truly magnificent.”“We continue to request privacy during this vital period of recovery,” Ferguson junior went on to add.last_img read more

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Leroy Sane sees improvement despite draw

first_imgGerman winger Leroy Sane insists the team is on the path to improvement despite losing a two-goal lead in the deflating 2-2 home draw with the Netherlands.Joachim Low’s side ended their inaugural Nations League campaign without a victory and a five-match competitive winless streak dating back to their forgettable World Cup.But Manchester City star Sane believes they have improved on their last game after netting his second international.“Of course we all wanted to win the game. We were 2-0 up. It’s a little bit disappointing,” Sane disclosed to FourFourTwo.“But everyone could see how we’ve improved and that we’re looking to keep taking steps forward.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“The fans can see we have a plan and that we’re capable of playing really good football.“Obviously we now need to keep going for the 90 minutes, to play strong and good football. Then everyone will see that we’ll come back strong.“At the end, it’s annoying to have played a really good game and to draw.”Netherlands’ impressive fightback earned them a place in the Nations League Finals at the expense of world champions France, who finished second in the group on head-to-head aggregate.last_img read more

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Firefighters rescue workers stuck on platform outside East Village highrise

first_imgFirefighters rescue workers stuck on platform outside East Village high-rise Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Firefighters came Tuesday to the rescue of a construction crew left stranded by an equipment malfunction about 400 feet above the ground outside a high-rise under construction in the East Village.The two workers’ elevator lift broke down at the 42nd floor of the building at 14th Street and Island Avenue about 9:45 a.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.Emergency personnel went to the roof of the structure and, using a rope system, lowered themselves several stories down to the stuck platform.The firefighters then removed a window on the 43rd floor and pulled the workers to safety through it, getting them inside by shortly after 11 a.m., according to SDFRD public affairs.No injuries were reported. Posted: June 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom center_img Updated: 2:31 PM June 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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Native seed expo draws good turnout in Visakhapatnam

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Paryavarana Margadarsi Vaisakhi (PMV) has conducted native vegetable seeds exhibition at Visakhapatnam Public library, Dwarakanagar on Monday. Under the guidance of S Vijaya Kumar, founder-president of PMV, the seeds exhibition saw a good turnout. In the exhibition, Builder’s Association of India Chairman Kasi Visweswara Rao underlined the importance of domestic and kitchen gardening with native vegetable seeds as well as other indigenous seeds for good health and environmental sustainability. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Founder of Writer’s Forum V V Ramana Murthy said, “Those who are interested in doing natural farming should make a forum to create awareness on the process among the public on the importance of natural farming. Natural farming helps one avoid use of chemical pesticides and fertilisers.” This exhibition encouraged students to know about the varieties of native indigenous seeds and the importance of preserving them for a sustainable future. J Rajeswari and J V Ratnam took an active participation in the exhibition.last_img read more

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Korean Air crew allowed to use stun guns to manage violent passengers

first_imgKorean Air has allowed its cabin crew members to use stun guns to manage violent passengers. The Seoul-based airlines will also recruit more male flight attendants, will provide more staff training and teach them to use the latest device to tie up violent passengers. Additionally, the carrier also plans to ban passengers with a history of unruly behaviour as per the latest guidelines. The carrier has also said that it will try to have at least one male cabin crew on each flight.Also read: Indian aviation market to grow to about 600 million passengers annuallyThe airline has come under criticism from US singer Richard Marx and his wife over the crew’s way of handling a recent incident, Reuters reported. The incident involved a passenger, identified as Lim, inflicting injury to the crew members on the Vietnam-South Korea flight. An airline spokesperson told BBC that the accused had consumed two and a half shots of whiskey on-board. South Korean police on Tuesday sought an arrest warrant for the passenger on charges of inflicting injury to the crew and a passenger. “While US carriers have taken stern action on violent on-board behaviour following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 (2001), Asian carriers including us have not imposed tough standards because of Asian culture,” Chi Chang-hoon, Korean Air president told a news conference.”We will use the latest incident to put safety foremost and strengthen our safety standards,” he added. According to government data cited by the agency, the number of unlawful acts committed by passengers in-flight has tripled in the last five years. As per the existing rules, the use of stun guns is permitted only under serious situations (when the safety and life of a passenger or crew is put in danger). However, different airlines have their own policies on what equipments can be carried on-board.last_img read more

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5 Dhaka University students call off hunger strike

first_imgStudents break their strike seeping Lacchi on Friday night. Photo: Prothom AloFollowing assurance by the university administration to look into the alleged irregularities into the DUCSU polls, five Dhaka University students who were on a hunger strike demanding fresh elections withdrew their protest programme on Friday night, reports UNB.They broke their strike around 11:35pm seeping Lacchi following talks with the university’s pro-vice chancellor professor Muhammad Samad, proctor professor AKM Golam Rabbani, DUCSU VP-elect Nurul Haq Nuru and general secretary-elect Golam Rabbani.The university authorities asked the striking students to submit in written their demands by Monday, saying they will look into those.On Tuesday afternoon, four candidates of the opposition panel along with a general student began the hunger strike at the foot of the Raju Sculpture on the campus demanding fresh election to the Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU), held on 11 March.They were also demanding resignation of DU vice-chancellor professor Md Akhtaruzzaman, chief returning officer of DUCUS professor SM Mahfizur Rahman and others concerned for their “failure to hold a fair election”.Meanwhile, DU students, including those on a hunger strike demanding fresh elections to DUCSU, brought out a hunger procession on the campus on Friday to press for their demand.Around 400 students, including the striking five, from different departments of the university joined the procession that began from the Raju Sculpture premises around 4:00pm and paraded through different parts of the campus, including the VC Chattar and Arts Faculty.While addressing the procession, Chhatra Union general secretary Liton Nandi urged the authorities concerned to announce fresh election schedule for the DUCSU polls as soon as possible.He also threatened to go on a tougher movement if their demand is not met by Monday.Earlier at noon, DUCSU vice-president-elect Nurul Haq Nur along with some leaders of Bangladesh General Student’s Rights Protection Council visited the striking students.When the procession reached Memory Eternal, one of the striking students — Soyeb Mahmud — fell unconscious and another — Mim Arafat Manab — also fell sick at the end of the procession.Both of them were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for treatment.On Wednesday night, five female students of Ruqayyah Hall began a fast unto death demanding the resignation of hall Provost professor Zeenat Huda, fresh election to DUCSU and hall unions, ensuring security of the protesting girls and withdrawal of all cases filed against the independent candidates and their supporters, including the DUCSU VP-elect.They however withdrew their strike on Thursday night, threatening to resume it if their demands are not met by Friday.last_img read more

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Microsofts First NYC Flagship Store Is Open for Business

first_img This story originally appeared on CNBC 1 min read Register Now » Microsoft opened its first flagship store Monday, on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, as it released a pair of highly anticipated devices.The store is not Microsoft’s first retail store in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico. But at two-stories high and more than 22,000 square feet, it’s the largest.The store’s Answer Desk — akin to the Genius Bar at Apple stores — offers PC and phone support to customers, even if they didn’t buy the device at a Microsoft store.The store opening comes amid a strong news cycle for Microsoft. The tech giant handily beat earnings estimates last week, and its new lineup of mobile devices has generated a healthy amount of buzz.Microsoft’s Surface Book laptop-tablet hybrid and the Surface Pro 4 tablet went on sale Monday. October 26, 2015 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

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Citi Launches Military Road to Recovery Tour to Assist Service Members

first_img in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share Citi Launches ‘Military Road to Recovery’ Tour to Assist Service Members “”CitiMortgage””:https://www.citimortgage.com/Mortgage/Home.do announced Thursday the launch of its proprietary “”Citi Military Road to Recovery Tour”” designed to help current and former Armed Services members who need assistance with their mortgages.[IMAGE]The tour will feature five homeowner-support events near military bases all around the United States. At these events, Citi’s Homeowner Support Travel Team of mortgage experts and HUD-approved housing counselors will have individualized discussions with both current service members and veterans. The first event will take place in San Diego, California on June 29.Citi also announced its Citi Military Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Transfer Assistance Program, a reduced payment program for qualifying service members who have PCS orders.[COLUMN_BREAK]Service members required to relocate who have CitiMortgage-owned first mortgages may have their monthly payments on non-escrowed loans reduced to $250 (or to their escrow payment only on escrow loans) for a six-month period.””Military families face many unique obstacles when it comes to purchasing and maintaining a home. With the Fourth of July approaching, we’re glad to offer further support for our troops who sacrifice so much for all of us,”” said CitiMortgage CEO Sanjiv Das. “”We would like to thank the military and veterans organizations and other individuals who have so generously offered their time and expertise to help us in our efforts,”” he added.Military Road to Recovery events are hosted by Citi along with local non-profit housing counseling groups in each market. For the San Diego event, Citi is working with Housing Opportunity Collaborative, a Southern California non-profit that seeks to promote equal access to housing for all people in the region.Other stops on the tour include: Norfolk, Virginia; San Antonio, Texas; and Columbia, South Carolina.Military Road to Recovery events are open to all former and current members of the Armed Services, and participants do not have to be CitiMortgage customers to attend. Citi encourages any military mortgage borrowers who have missed payments in the past or think they will in the future to attend.center_img June 29, 2012 508 Views Agents & Brokers Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-06-29 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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