Congrès Mondial Acadien Finale on Sunday

first_imgTwo weeks of family reunions and cultural events of the CongrèsMondial Acadien will climax on Sunday, Aug. 15, with a mass inGrand Pré and a concert on Citadel Hill in Halifax. Nova Scotia’s Minister of Acadian Affairs is inviting all NovaScotians, especially Acadians, to the final events. “The Congrès is clearly the success that everyone hoped it wouldbe, and a triumph of organization, hospitality and enthusiasm,”said Chris d’Entremont. “The mass and the concert on Citadel Hillwill provide a fitting end to this wonderful event.” The mass will be celebrated by bishops from all over l’Acadie atthe pilgrimage site of Park Grand Pré. Mass will begin at 11:30a.m., with the official closing ceremonies following at about12:30 p.m. The concert at Citadel Hill will begin at 4 p.m., with thetelevised concert starting at 9 p.m., and will includeperformances by Zachary Richard, Wilfred LeBoutilier, EdithButler, Blou and Grand Dérangement. The final concert isscheduled to end at 11 p.m. “The Congrès mondial acadien is strengthening Acadian culture –and Nova Scotia’s culture — with every family encounter, everystory, every song, and it’s happening thousands of times everyday,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “Acadians are learning about theirfamilies and their shared history, and they’re having a wonderfultime doing so.” Six thousand people helped launch the Congrès mondial acadien ata ceremony in Church Point, on July 31. By the time the Congrèsends this Sunday, 2,000 activities will have taken place intraditional Acadian regions and in some predominately Englishspeaking areas throughout Nova Scotia. A parking and shuttle service will be available for thoseinterested in attending the festivities in Grand Pré. For a feeof $5 per person, participants s can park at one of five sites,and use a return shuttle to the Grand Pré site. Parking lots atthe Windsor Exhibition Grounds and Fort Edward Mall (Windsor),County Fair Mall and Walmart (New Minas), and Horton High School(Grenwich) will open at 7 a.m. For concert ticket information or further details on the Aug. 15events see the Congrès website at www.cma2004.com .last_img read more

Judge reserves decision in British Columbia child bride case

first_imgCRANBROOK, B.C. — A four-day gap in the whereabouts of a 15-year-old girl is enough to dispute whether she was removed from Canada in 2004 to marry a member of a fundamentalist sect in the United States, a lawyer argued Tuesday at the trial of a former member of the church.Joe Doyle, who is serving as an amicus curiae or friend of the court to ensure a fair trial, said Crown prosecutors haven’t proven that the girl was in Canada when the leader of the sect called James Oler and allegedly ordered him to bring the child to the United States to get married.Oler is charged with removing the girl from Canada to marry a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which practises polygamy in Bountiful, B.C., and the United States.He was acquitted in 2017 by a judge who was not convinced Oler did anything within Canada’s borders to arrange the girl’s transfer to the U.S. But the B.C. Court of Appeal agreed with the Crown that proof of wrongdoing in Canada was not necessary and ordered a new trial.Oler is self-represented and did not call any witnesses or make a case in his defence.In his closing argument, Doyle argued prosecutors hadn’t accounted for the window when the girl was last seen in Bountiful but then identified by a witness four days later in northern Idaho at a highway rest stop on June 24, 2004.Doyle raised the possibility that the accused and the girl were potentially already in the United States visiting other communities associated with the fundamentalist sect when Warren Jeffs allegedly called Oler.Special prosecutor Peter Wilson questioned Doyle’s suggestion that Oler and the girl may have already been in the United States in the four-day window, describing his argument on their movements as “fanciful.”“Maybe it did — anything can happen,” he added.Doyle also questioned the credibility of church records seized by U.S. law enforcement officials a decade ago at the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Texas.The court has heard the girl’s marriage was documented by priesthood records kept by Jeffs, the church’s president and prophet. One priesthood record describes the phone call that Jeffs made to Oler.Some of the documentation was incomplete and uncertified, which is contrary to the church’s doctrine, Doyle said.“What is not known about these records and is still not known … is which person or persons prepared them, when were they prepared, what information led to their preparation and where that information came from,” he said.In his closing arguments on Monday, Wilson contended that Oler should have known the girl would be subject to sexual activity following her marriage based on the nature of church doctrine and the role of women in the faith.Women do not have financial assets and need permission to travel or pursue post-secondary education, former church members told the trial. They were taught that their role within the religion was to be a celestial wife in polygamous marriages and to bear children.Justice Martha Devlin of the B.C. Supreme Court has reserved her decision and tentatively scheduled a ruling on June 24.(Cranbrook Daily Townsman)Trevor Crawley, Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook Daily Townsmanlast_img read more

Memorial service held for wife of ESPN broadcaster Berman

WALLINGFORD, Conn. – A memorial service honouring the wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman has been held in Connecticut.The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/2qtCwYU ) friends, colleagues and relatives of Berman and his wife gathered Wednesday at Seymour St. John Chapel at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford.Sixty-seven-year-old Cheshire resident Katherine Ann Berman was killed in a two-vehicle traffic crash May 9 in Woodbury.Police say her car struck the rear of an SUV and both veered off the road. Her car went down an embankment and overturned in a body of water. The SUV driver also was killed.The burial will be in Cheshire Hillside Cemetery.___Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com Memorial service held for wife of ESPN broadcaster Berman by The Associated Press Posted May 17, 2017 1:50 pm MDT Last Updated May 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE- In this May 24, 2010, file photo provided by ESPN, sportscaster Chris Berman stands with his wife, Katherine Ann Berman, upon receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. The wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman died in a traffic crash in Connecticut on May 9, 2017. The memorial service for her was held Wednesday, May 17, in Wallingford, Conn. (Scott Clarke/ESPN Images via AP, File) read more

Ancient doodle discovered on windowsill at Tintagel Castle is evidence of King

But Scutt said: “We can’t ignore legends. This castle was built by Richard, Earl of Cornwall purely because of the Arthurian legend. There was no other reason for the castle to be here.“These excavations will enable us to learn more about the older site, and we hope in turn they will encourage people to visit it.” For centuries, historians have searched for evidence that Tintagel Castle was the birthplace of King Arthur.Perched on a rocky outcrop on the Cornish coast, the windswept site seemed an unlikely location for a royal court. But the discovery of a 1300-year-old windowsill has lent credence to the idea that Tintagel was, after all, the home of kings.The two-foot long slate bears a mix of Latin and Greek with Christian symbols, in a decorative script similar to those found in illuminated Gospel manuscripts of the time, showing that the writer was familiar with those texts.English Heritage, which manages Tintagel, said the find “lends further weight to the theory that Tintagel was a royal site with a literate Christian culture”.The writing is believed to have been the work of someone practising their handwriting, perhaps carving words into the stone while gazing out to sea. It includes the Roman and Celtic names “Tito” and “Budic”, and the Latin words “fili”, or son, and “viri duo”, meaning “two men”. The Greek letter delta also appears. The tale of King Arthur has been portrayed in a number of filmsCredit:Warner Bros. Pictures A large piece of Cornish Slate at English Heritage’s Tintagel Castle in Cornwall. The engraved stone was found at the famous ancient monumentCredit:Christopher Ison/English Heritage On the question of whether the find brings the Arthurian legend any closer to reality, Scutt said diplomatically: “It shows we have got the right conditions for an Arthurian figure, if he did exist.”In 2016, English Heritage was accused of the “Disneyfication” of Tintagel by commissioning a rock carving of Merlin’s face at the mouth of the cave where the wizard is said to have taken the infant Arthur.The organisation also installed a bronze statue of a king wielding a sword. The Cornwall Association of Local Historians complained that the ancient site was being turned “into a fairytale theme park”. More of the carvings found on the stone Tintagel Castle, Cornwall - the mythical birthplace of the legendary King Arthur Tintagel Castle, Cornwall – the mythical birthplace of the legendary King ArthurCredit:PA The discovery will delight those who believe in the Arthurian legend, which has made Tintagel a popular tourist attraction, although for naysayers it provides no more concrete evidence that Arthur actually existed.The legend of King Arthur was popularised by Geoffrey of Monmouth in his 12th century work, The History of the Kings of Britain.Tintagel is home to two sites: the original, early medieval settlement, and the ruins of a 13th century castle built there by Richard, Earl of Cornwall due to its supposed history as the seat of Cornish power. The stone was found at the former site, which is currently being excavated. 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. Win Scutt, English Heritage curator, said: “It is incredible to think that 1,300 years ago, on this dramatic Cornish clifftop, someone was practising their writing, using Latin phrases and Christian symbols.“We can’t know for sure who made these marks or why, but what we can say is that seventh century Tintagel had professional scribes who were familiar with the techniques of writing manuscripts, and that in itself is very exciting.“We knew that this was a high status site but what we didn’t know was the extent of their education.” The find proves that the area’s rulers were not “ignorant warlords, taking areas in post-Roman Britain like something from post-war Afghanistan”, he said, but a community with exposure to different cultures. More of the carvings found on the stoneCredit:Christopher Ison/English Heritage The tale of King Arthur has been portrayed in a number of films A large piece of Cornish Slate at English Heritage's Tintagel Castle in Cornwall. The engraved stone was found at the famous ancient monument read more

Khashoggi murder Crown prince vows to punish culprits

The Saudis have previously denied accusations that the prince himself had a role in the killing (AFP)The Saudi crown prince has vowed to punish all the “culprits” responsible for the murder of writer Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey.Speaking at a business forum in Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman said “the crime was painful to all Saudis” but he would never allow any rift with Turkey.The Saudis have previously denied accusations that the prince, the de facto ruler, had a role in the killing.Khashoggi died during a 2 October visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.The Saudi government has blamed the murder on rogue agents.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the journalist, a prominent critic of the government, was the victim of a carefully planned “political murder” by Saudi intelligence officers and other officials.These were his first public comments by the Prince since the Saudis admitted Khashoggi had been killed at the consulate.He said the killing was “a heinous crime that cannot be justified” and vowed that “those behind this crime will be held accountable… in the end justice will prevail”.He said there had been good co-operation with Turkey, adding: “A lot of people are trying to seize this painful situation to create a rift between Saudi Arabia and Turkey. And I want to send them a message: you will never be able to do that.“The rift will never be there.”First, Saudi Arabia said Khashoggi had left the building alive, then that he had been killed in a “fist-fight” inside the consulate.It finally said that Khashoggi had been murdered in a “rogue operation” that the leadership had not been aware of.An unnamed Saudi official told Reuters news agency on Sunday that Khashoggi had died in a chokehold after resisting attempts to return him to Saudi Arabia.His body was then rolled in a rug and given to a local “co-operator” to dispose of, the official said. (Excerpts from BBC) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJamal Khashoggi murder ordered by agent – Saudi prosecutorNovember 15, 2018In “World”Jamal Khashoggi murder trial opens in Saudi ArabiaJanuary 3, 2019In “World”Khashoggi murder: Body ‘dissolved in acid’November 2, 2018In “latest news” read more

PHOTO NEWS They are the best fans

The biggest fans of RK Celje Pivovarna Laško captain Luka Žvižej are his twins – Jan and Kris. Look how they support his father during the match between Rhein Neckar Lowen and Celje Pivovarna Laško. ← Previous Story Antonio Carlos Ortega (Veszprem) before Skoplje match: Vardar have a great team Next Story → Veszprem beat Vardar after crazy finish in Skopje

The 10 developed countries with the worst quality of life

first_img16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York WANT TO LIVE a better life? Then don’t move to Turkey, which ranked dead last in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) new Better Life Index for the second year in a row.The OECD – an international economic organisation – analysed its 34 member countries in 11 categories, including income, housing, jobs, community, education, environment, civic engagement, health, life satisfaction, safety and work-life balance, with each country rated on a 10-point scale for each criteria. (You can read the full methodology here).The list was topped by Australia, with Ireland coming 15th overall.These are the 10 countries with the lowest overall scores, and we highlighted a few of the criteria on the following slides so you could see why.#10: South Korea(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)Average household disposable income: €13,294South Koreans are hard workers — so much so that they risk burning themselves out, working an average of 2,090 hours a year, much higher than the OECD average of 1,776 hours.They also have 33 micrograms per cubic meter of atmospheric PM10 — tiny air pollutant particles small enough to enter and damage the lungs — which is considerably higher than the OECD average of 21 micrograms.#9: Portugal(AP Photo/Francisco Seco)Average household disposable income: €14,850There is a big gap between the richest and poorest people in Portugal: The top 20 per cent of the population earn six times as much as the bottom 20 per cent.Only 32 per cent of Portuguese adults aged 25-64 have finished the equivalent of secondary school, and the voter turnout in recent elections was as low as 58 per cent.#8: Hungary(Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images)Average household disposable income: €10,626Just 58 per cent of people aged 15 to 64 have a paid job in Hungary, even though 81 per cent of adults have earned the equivalent of a high school degree.Life expectancy at birth is 75 years (5 years lower than the OECD average), and 69 per cent of Hungarians say they have more positive experiences in an average day than negative ones.#7: Greece(AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)Average household disposable income: €15,673In Greece, 65 per cent of adults aged 25-64 have finished seondary school, and the average student scored 473 on the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment test (far below the average of 497).Though their life expectancy is above the OECD average, they have a high level of atmospheric PM10 at 31 micrograms per cubic meter.#6: Estonia(Eye Uniquitous/Press Association Images)Average household disposable income: €9,815Estonia has made progress over the last decade improving quality of life for their citizens by bolstering its education system.Their voter turnout, however, still remains below the OECD average at 64 per cent, and only 69 per cent of the population say they have more positive experiences in an average day than negative ones.They also have one of the lowest average household disposable incomes on the list.#5: Russia(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)Average household disposable income: €11,721The average life expectancy at birth in Russia is 70 years, well below the OECD average of 80.The voter turnout is Russia in recent years was 65 per cent, below the OECD average of 72 per cent.#4: Brazil(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)Average household disposable income: €17,672Despite reportedly high levels of overall satisfaction with their lives, Brazilians do not perform well on the OECD scale.68 per cent of people aged 15 to 64 have a paid job in Brazil, with 12 per cent of employees working extremely long hours. And only 41 per cent of Brazilians have finished secondary school.3. Chile(AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)Average household disposable income: €8,470Chile has the lowest average household disposable income at only €8,470 annually. There’s a huge gap between the richest and poorest, with the top 20 per cent earning 13 times as much as the bottom 20 per cent.Chileans also have extremely high level of atmospheric PM10 (which causes lung damage) at 53 micrograms per cubic meter — over 30 micrograms higher than the OECD average.#2: Mexico(AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)Average household disposable income: €9,769Despite tremendous progress over the last decade, Mexico is still one of the worst developed countries on the OECD list.Only 60 per cent of people aged 15 to 64 have a paid job, and those that do work approximately 2,250 hours a year, much higher than the OECD average of 1,776.And despite improvements in education, still only 36 per cent of Mexicans have finished secondary school.#1: Turkey(AP Photo)Average household disposable income: €17,676For the second year in the row, Turkey is at the bottom of the OECD list by a long shot.31 per cent of its population has the equivalent of a high school degree, and 48 per cent of people have a paid job — some of the worst numbers on the list.Plus, only 68 per cent of Turkey citizens say they have more positive experience in an average day than negative ones.Read: 13 things we learned from the CSO’s new ‘quality of life’ data >last_img read more

Vancouver man dies in logging accident in Skamania County

first_imgA 36-year-old Vancouver man died Sunday in Skamania County when the machine he was operating went off a narrow road and rolled several times down a 250-foot embankment.James Schiefelbein was inside a logging skidder, moving equipment on private land in the South Swift Reservoir area when he lost control of the tractor, according to a news release from the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office. Schiefelbein, who was ejected from the skidder, was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident was reported at 11:05 p.m.The accident occurred about 10 miles southeast of Mount St. Helens. An investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

1 dead after fiery collision in Davie

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – One person is dead after a fiery car collision in Davie, Sunday morning.According to police, the two-vehicle collision happened along Interstate 75, between Griffin Road and Sheridan Street, at around 5 a.m.The impact caused one car to flip on its side and burst into flames, killing the driver inside.The other motorist was not injured.The southbound lanes of I-75 remained shut down for hours as police investigated. They were later reopened to traffic.The cause of the crash remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

School set up to give free education to poor

first_imgHyderabad: A first-of-its-kind school for the underprivileged has been set up near Kothapet fruit marketat NTR Nagar. The school’s objective, whose supervision is undertaken by Vision Academy High Schools, is to provide education to the weaker sections of the community, who cannot afford school education.The school is providing free school uniform, free breakfast and lunch and free education from nursery to primary school for students of different communities from Nursery to Vth class, mostly coming from nearby slums. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Speaking at the inaugural programme, the nonagenarian and chairman of school, Mohammed Ali Ansari, said “These students, if provided good education, can become assets for the society when they grow up.Education will also help in preventing them from going astray,” “Taha Memorial School will provide not just education but the means to pursue it, including free books and stationary, free uniforms and free education throughout. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided to these students every day,” he added. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us The school is established by a city-based NRI and managed by the Vision Academy High Schools and is an effort towards empowering the society with education, particularly the weaker sections. The expenditure in managing the school is borne by Jaleel Ansari whose friends and family members are also supporting the cause. “The cost of about Rs 1000 per student will be borne by us,” said Ansari. Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, Director and Principal, Uzma Ansari, said “India is a country with more than one billion people, and more than one-third of them cannot read or write. Rapidly growing size of population, shortages of teachers, books and basic facilities as well as insufficient public funds to cover education costs are some of the nation’s toughest challenges. The children in India are facing the brunt of these challenges. A study reveals that more than 30% of educational funds are allocated towards higher education, leaving the primary education in India in sway.” Parents of first batch of students were also present on this occasion.last_img read more

Ajith has zero dedication more interested in cooking biriyani Babloo Prithiveeraj creates

first_imgBabloo Prithiveeraj and Ajith Kumar.PR HandoutAll these years, we have seen a lot of celebrities praising the humble nature of Ajith Kumar and his dedication towards work. Well, here is one actor, who has something else to say which has now come as a shock to the cine-goers of South India.Multilingual actor Babloo Prithiveeraj’s three-month old comments have now surfaced online and receiving flak. In an interview, the actor was asked to tell positive and negative qualities of Thala.Babloo Prithiveeraj said that Ajith was down-to-earth, stylish and a cool man. Talking about the bad aspects of Thala, he claimed, “He has zero dedication and doesn’t want to act. But he is lucky,” the Telugu actor indicated that stardom has easily come his way, making him careless about his work.He further took potshots at Ajith by stating, “He is more interested in cooking biriyani and things like that.” The clip is now going viral even as the angry fans of Ajith are lashing out at him by questioning his achievements.Who is Ajith?  Ajith entered film industry without any background. He never dreamt of being an actor at the first place. He was passionate in modelling and racing, but did not have passion to pursue a career in film industry.After dropping out of school, he worked in garment industry and turned a businessman by starting a textile-processing agency. Unfortunately, the business was not successful and he lost a huge amount of money.To clear his loans, Ajith started acting and made forgettable debut in Telugu film industry. He was also trying to follow his passion to make a career in auto racing.A week before a major competition, Ajith suffered a serious injury, which shattered his dreams. He was bedridden for 18 months. After those depressing months, he started working in the film Pavitra. Again, it was only for survival. In 1995, he got a break in Kollywood in the form of Aasai.Thereafter, his real journey in film industry begun. Today, he is one of the few Tamil actors, who has legion of fans across the globe.Apart from acting, he loves racing and cooking.last_img read more

More trouble for Jet Airways as Nikos Kardassis tasked to turn around

first_imgAn aircraft of India’s Jet Airways lands during rain showers in MumbaiPUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty ImagesTroubled times for Jet Airways seems far from over. At a time when the carrier is reeling under intense pressure of financial woes, Nikos Kardassis, the airline’s former CEO who had come onboard on an advisory role, has reportedly left.He had joined Jet for the third time in May 2018, after Jet’s owner Naresh Goyal brought him back hoping that the Greek-American aviation expert would help turnaround the troubled airline. However, sources told the Press Trust of India that Kardassis had gone to his home country on leave in November, and did not return.”Kardassis, whom Goyal roped-in to help him in the airline’s turnaround plan, had gone on leave to his native place in November but after that he did not return,” a source close to the matter told PTI.The former CEO, in his recent stint, was said to be working with the senior management and helping them with cost cutting and productivity enhancement plans.The former CEO had earlier left the airline when Jet had planned to sell further stake to investment partner Etihad Airways and had initiated discussions for the same. “Kardassis had in 2013 also quit the airline as its chief executive officer as he was largely kept out of discussions on the deal with Etihad at that time,” PTI quoted the source as saying.However, Jet Airways hasn’t responded to any of these reports.Meanwhile, the State Bank of India has ordered a “forensic” audit of Jet Airways’ books between April 2014 and March 2018, on suspicions of financial irregularities. The audit is being carried out by Ernst & Young.In another blow to the carrier last week, local credit rating agency ICRA downgraded its long-term ratings to C from B-. The short-term rating of the carrier was kept at A4.The rating has been downgraded to C, keeping in mind the full-service airline’s debt instruments such as long-term loans of about Rs 49.70 billion, fund-based facilities Rs 6.45 billion, and non-convertible debenture programme of Rs 6.98 billion, to name a few.”The rating downgrade considers delays in the implementation of the proposed liquidity initiatives by the management, further aggravating its liquidity, as reflected in the delays in employee salary payments and lease rental payments to the aircraft lessors,” the Week quoted ICRA analysts as saying.Jet Airways too confirmed the downgrade in a regulatory filing.last_img read more

Texas Tests Trump Administration Over Abortion Providers

first_imgCarrie FeibelTexas is asking the federal government to reverse course and provide funding for a state-run women’s health program that excludes abortion providers, an apparent test of the Trump administration that could provide a model for other conservative states.Since 2011, Texas has chosen to forgo millions in federal Medicare dollars rather than let abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood participate in a statewide program that provides birth control, pregnancy testing and health screenings for low-income women.Although the move showed the resolve of Republican lawmakers determined to get Texas out of business with abortion providers, a state report found that 30,000 fewer women were served in the program following the changes. More than 80 family planning centers also closed in Texas, a third of which were Planned Parenthood affiliates.Texas health officials say the program has since improved and now want the Trump administration to provide dollars blocked under President Barack Obama.The stakes potentially extend far beyond Texas. Abortion-rights groups worry that if Texas succeeds, other conservative states will also cut off Planned Parenthood and put clinics in jeopardy.“There is a new administration, and we’re looking at what opportunities may exist for us,” said Carrie Williams, a spokeswoman for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.At a public hearing Monday, Planned Parenthood supporters criticized Texas health officials for seeking the waiver while continuing to exclude the nation’s largest abortion provider from the state program, which is now known as Healthy Texas Women. Texas expects to finalize its request this summer to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.Only Missouri and most recently Iowa have joined Texas in spurning federal dollars rather than let abortion providers into its women’s health programs, said Elizabeth Nash, a policy analyst with the Guttmacher Institute, a national organization that supports abortion rights. But Texas is the first state to seek a waiver with the Trump administration, and Nash said other states could follow.“If Texas is successful there’s no reason to think these others states wouldn’t try to do the exact same thing,” Nash said.Planned Parenthood currently has about 35 clinics in Texas and served more than 126,000 individual patients last year, including those seeking abortions.State officials estimate that more than 169,000 women are now enrolled in the Healthy Texas Women program, nearly a two-fold increase over when the revamped program launched last summer.But the program has seen stumbles. In March, The Associated Press found that an anti-abortion group that received $1.6 million under the Healthy Texas Women program to bolster smaller clinics had done little of the sweeping outreached or advertising promised. That led the Republican chairwoman of the Texas House ethics committee to demand answers from state health officials. Sharelast_img read more

Algerian president overthrown in 92 coup dies

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Associated PressALGIERS, Algeria (AP) – Former Algerian President Chadli Bendjedid, who gave the country a multiparty political system before he was overthrown in a 1992 military coup, died Saturday at a military hospital, the state news agency said. He was 83.Bendjedid, who became president in 1979, presided over a series of political reforms that allowed for competitive legislative and municipal elections.But when an Islamist party swept the first round of parliamentary elections, Algeria’s powerful generals stepped in, ousted Benjedid and canceled the elections in 1992. The coup prompted an armed resistance that turned into a decade-long civil war, which tore the country apart and claimed at least 200,000 lives.Bendjedid was kept under house arrest hundreds of miles from the capital until 1999, when he was freed.He was admitted to the Mohamed Seghir Nekkache military hospital last week for kidney-related problems, the state news agency reported, citing family members.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Top Stories last_img read more

CFPB Director Announces Leadership Changes

first_img Andrew Duke CFPB Delicia Reynolds Kathleen L. Kraninger Laura Fiene Lora McCray Marisol Garibay 2019-01-31 Donna Joseph January 31, 2019 620 Views in Headlines, News CFPB Director Announces Leadership Changescenter_img Share The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director, Kathleen L. Kraninger, announced leadership changes within the Bureau on Friday, January 25. The positions announced are:Policy Associate Director for External Affairs; West Regional Director; Acting Chief Communications Officer; Deputy Associate Director for External Affairs; and the Director for the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion.The following individuals were announced as joining the CFPB leadership team:Andrew Duke will serve as the Policy Associate Director for External Affairs. Duke has 27 years of experience in public policy, including 20 years on Capitol Hill serving with three different members of Congress. He received his B.A. in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College.Laura Fiene will serve as West Regional Director. Fiene joined the CFPB at its inception in 2011. She brings over 31 continuous years of experience in regulating financial services companies, including 27 years dedicated to supervising and examining compliance with federal consumer financial laws and regulations. She graduated from Southern Illinois University. She holds an MBA from Golden Gate University and a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.Marisol Garibay will serve as the Acting Chief Communications Officer. Garibay has 14 years of experience in policy communications focused on financial issues and served most recently as Senior Advisor and Acting Communications Director at the Office of Management and Budget. She received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.Delicia Reynolds Hand will serve as Deputy Associate Director for External Affairs. Hand joined the Bureau in 2012 and has 17 years of experience, having worked in consumer advocacy, community development, and on Capitol Hill. She holds a JD from the American University’s Washington College of Law, and M.A. from Cambridge University, U.K.Lora McCray will serve as Director for the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion. McCray’s career includes 15 years of experience in diversity practice and management, most recently as the Assistant Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She holds an M.A. in Applied Anthropology from the University of Memphis; a J.D. from the University Of Washington School Of Law; and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Georgia.last_img read more

Seabourn has announced international recording art

first_imgSeabourn has announced international recording artist and world’s best-selling Soprano Sarah Brightman will be the godmother of its newest vessel, the intimate, all-suite Seabourn Encore, when the ship is named at the port of Singapore on 7 January 2017.Brightman will preside over a glittering evening ceremony and all-around festive occasion, attended by guests and crew departing on a 10-day maiden voyage bound for Indonesia.Brightman launched her career with the British dance troupe Hot Gossip in the late 1970s. In 1981, she made her West End musical theatre debut in Cats, and went on to star in several West End and Broadway musicals, including originating the role of Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. Brightman furthered her musical career as a classical crossover artist, a genre she is often credited with creating and has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Her 1996 duet with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli on “Time to Say Goodbye” became an international sensation and one of the best-selling singles of all time.Brightman is the first artist to have been invited twice to perform the theme song at the Olympic Games: first at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, where she sang “Amigos Para Siempre” with Spanish tenor José Carreras; and second at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, performing “You and Me” with Chinese singer Liu Huan. In 2012,Brightman accepted the UNESCO nomination for Artist for Peace, honouring her “commitment to humanitarian and charitable causes”.Seabourn Encore is the fourth of five luxury ships that will eventually be part of the Seabourn fleet. The next, Seabourn Ovation, will join the fleet in 2018. Seabourn Encore is ushering in a new ultra-luxury style for Seabourn, with modern interior design elements by hospitality icon Adam D. Tihany.Following its gala naming ceremony, the 600-guest Seabourn Encore will cruise Australian waters making nine maiden calls to Australian ports from Darwin to Geelong between 22 January 2017 and 17 March 2017.When Seabourn Encore arrives down under it will be the youngest and most luxurious ship to ever visit Australia.last_img read more

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first_imgMiami, Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe Yachts of Seabourn has announced that Twiggy will be the Godmother of its newest yacht, Seabourn Sojourn, at a glamorous naming ceremony hosted on board on the River Thames Friday, June 4th, 2010. On Saturday, June 5th, The Yachts of Seabourn has donated Seabourn Sojourn to the non-profit Breast Cancer Haven as the venue for an exclusive fundraising gala event to celebrate the charity&rsquos 10th anniversary.Twiggy exploded onto the international modelling scene as a London teenager in 1966. She went on to define the term “supermodel” and to become the icon of 1960s style worldwide. In the early 1970s she became an actress and singer, winning two coveted Golden Globe Awards for her first filmThe Boyfriend. In the 1980s she took Broadway by storm in the Tony Award-winning Gershwin musical My One & Only. More recently, she has been a judge on America’s Next Top Model and fronted the phenomenally successful campaign for the British retail giant Marks & Spencer. Along with this she designs her own clothing and bed linen lines in the UK and has just launched her “Twiggy London” collection in the United States on the Home Shopping Channel.She is an ardent campaigner for animal welfare and breast cancer support. Twiggy’s renowned elegance and style perfectly complement the values of Seabourn, reflected in the gracious lines and sophistication of Seabourn Sojourn, which she is delighted to be naming in her home town of London.“I am incredibly excited that Seabourn has asked me to be Godmother to Seabourn Sojourn.” said Twiggy. “Her stylish interiors and sleek silhouette make her one of the most elegant yachts at sea. I am thrilled that Seabourn is combining their inaugural celebrations with Breast Cancer Haven’s 10 year anniversary — it really is a wonderful organization.”Pamela Conover, president and CEO of The Yachts of Seabourn commented, “Seabourn enjoys a truly international clientele and welcomes a significant number of new and repeat British guests on nearly every sailing. As such, it is entirely appropriate that we should choose London to introduce our beautiful new vessel to the world. We are all very much looking forward to welcoming Twiggy on board Seabourn Sojourn on June 4th. She is the perfect choice to name our beautiful new yacht in London. ”Following an early morning transit of the River Thames, Sojourn will position mid-river at Greenwich for two days of inaugural celebrations, and will sail from there on its maiden voyage on Sunday, June 6th.Seabourn Sojourn is the second of the three new, ultra-luxurious vessels to be launched by the Yachts of Seabourn in a three-year period. The first, Seabourn Odyssey, launched in 2009, has already been hailed as a “game-changer” in the luxury cruise segment. Seabourn Sojourn departs on its Maiden Voyage from Greenwich on June 6th, 2010. Destinations on the 14-night “Northern Star Sojourn” cruise include Scotland, Denmark, Iceland, the Norwegian Sea, Norway and the Netherlands. The voyage ends on June 20th in Dover, England.Seabourn Sojourn will sail a series of 12- to 14-day voyages of Scandinavia, Russia and the Baltic throughout the summer season of 2010.www.seabourn.comlast_img read more

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