first_imgGopiballavpur/Bishnupur: Questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authority to disburse funds for the cyclone-hit areas, TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee accused him of trying to bypass the Chief Minister, without caring much about the country’s federal structure. She further added that the state government will bear the expenditure to repair the houses that have been badly or partially affected due to cyclone Fani.Addressing a mammoth rally at Gopiballavpur sub-division of Jhargram on Monday, she said: “I was in Kharagpur monitoring the cyclone. How can he bypass the Chief Minister and hold meetings with the Chief Secretary and other officials of the state government who work under the CM. His expiry date is over and now he cannot disburse funds for the affected areas also. This is another drama. I could have met him had he visited the state to see the affected areas,” she said. “In the past five years, he never visited the flood-affected areas in Bengal. The state government will give money to rebuild the damaged houses. We do not want any help from the Centre. He is politicising the whole issue,” she remarked. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkBanerjee further said: “When the state is reeling under scorching heat and sultry weather conditions and people are suffering enormously, Modi comes in private aircraft to address meetings where he tells loads of lies.” The Chief Minister added that Modi has deprived Bengal tremendously in the past five years out of sheer jealousy. “The state government had agreed to the Centre’s proposal of 74 percent equity in Tajpur port and the state government would retain the remaining 26 percent. We had agreed to the proposal and requested the Centre to construct a bridge at Gangasagar. The matter is still pending and it has been three years already. Because of the BJP’s delay, the MoU for the second biggest colliery in Asia at Deocha Pachami in Birbhum could not be signed till date. Though the Bengal Assembly had unanimously passed the proposal to change the name of West Bengal to Bangla, the Centre has not cleared the proposal yet. BJP hates Bengal because TMC is the only party that raises its voice against the Centre.” Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenBanerjee maintained that the country wants to know what Narendra Modi has done in the past five years. “His acche din has become a nightmare. More than 100 people have died just because they had to stand in long queues outside banks for hours to withdraw money after Modi banned the high-value notes. Twelve thousand farmers have committed suicide and people did not get jobs though Modi had assured that 2 crore youths will get jobs per year. He lied to the people about crediting Rs 15 lakh in their bank accounts,” she added. Addressing a gathering at Bishnupur, she said the state government has taken comprehensive measures to address the drinking water scarcity in Bankura. “The Centre did not give us any money for the flood control programmes that we have taken up.” She urged the people to serve Modi a “right lesson” and cast their votes in support of TMC candidates Birbaha Soren Tudu in Jhargram and Shyamal Santra in Bishnupur seats respectively.last_img read more

NORFOLK, Va. — A video rental store that is believed to be among one of the last of its size on the East Coast is set to close in Virginia.The Virginian-Pilot reports that the Naro Expanded Video Archival Library in Norfolk will close by the end of August.The store has more than 42,000 video titles and outlasted a vast number of video rental businesses that have already closed across the country. But like them, it fell victim to streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.Naro Video converted from a business to a non-profit in 2016 and partially relied on fundraisers. One raised $45,000 from 440 people in less than two days.That likely kept it going for another two years. But such efforts couldn’t provide sustainability over the long term.___Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.comThe Associated Press read more

TORONTO — The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is spending about $400 million to take a 3.4 per cent stake in French video game giant Ubisoft as part of a complex deal that will allow French conglomerate Vivendi to sell all of its Ubisoft shares.Vivendi, which was said to be considering a takeover when it accumulated its Ubisoft stake over the past few years, has agreed to sell its 30.5 million shares and not buy any more for at least five years.Ontario Teachers’ said to test investors on taking U.S. mall owner Macerich privateOntario Teachers forms royalties joint venture with mining giant GlencoreOntario Teachers’ has agreed to acquire 3.8 million shares in the company, which produces games including Assassin’s Creed and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, while Chinese internet giant Tencent is to buy 5.6 million shares.The rest are to be bought by Ubisoft and cancelled, or sold to existing shareholders and, through an offering, to institutional investors.Ubisoft says it has a strategic partnership with Tencent that will “significantly accelerate” the reach of Ubisoft franchises in China in the coming years. read more

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 29, 2013 8:49 am MDT Canadian dollar down, greenback higher amid better than expected economic growth AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed Thursday at its lowest level since early July as the American currency strengthened amid data that showed stronger than expected economic growth in the second quarter.The loonie was down 0.41 of a cent to 94.96 cents US, its first close below 95 cents since July 8.U.S. gross domestic product grew at an annualized rate of 2.5 per cent, better than the 2.2 per cent that economists expected. The original reading was 1.7 per cent.Traders also looked ahead to Canadian economic growth figures for the second quarter which come out on Friday.On Thursday, Statistics Canada said the country’s current account deficit increased $1.1 billion to $14.6 billion in the second quarter on a seasonally adjusted basis. It says the change was largely reflected in the trade balance, led by a higher deficit on trade in goods.The deficit on trade in goods expanded $1.1 billion in the second quarter to $3.1 billion, as imports increased.Meanwhile, commodity prices backed off as concerns about intervention in Syria’s civil war faded somewhat. Late Wednesday, the UN Security Council’s permanent members failed to agree to a proposal to use force against Syria.U.S. President Barack Obama also gave the impression that he had not yet decided to back a military strike. The U.K. government also backed down on a parliamentary vote to authorize British participation in any strike against Syria until UN inspectors reveal their findings on the apparent chemical attack in the suburbs of Damascus that has been blamed on the government of President Bashar Assad. The report is expected within a week.The prospect of intervention in the country’s civil war has rattled markets this week as it raised fears that such a move could seriously affect a fragile global economic recovery and that fighting could spread to other areas of the Mideast.Oil prices declined after running up about $4 in the previous two sessions on supply disruption concerns. The October contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell $1.30 to US$108.80 a barrel. Crude also felt the effect of data released Wednesday showing a sharp run-up in inventories last week.Other commodities were lower as gold prices also started to back off following gains earlier in the week. The December bullion contract lost $5.90 to US$1,412.90 an ounce.December copper slipped five cents to US$3.26 a pound. read more

“Eradicating hunger must not be our only concern […] in a region where 7 percent of children under the age of five are overweight and 20 percent of adults in 24 countries are obese,” Jose Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), highlighted at the opening of a regional conference being held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, where he called on governments to keep the fight against malnutrition at the top of their policy agendas.Globally, almost 1.9 billion adults are overweight and some 650 million obese. The situation is most worrying in Latin America, where about 96 million adults are obese.In addition to the growing threat of obesity and the ailments it often accompanies, the region has also seen the number of people suffering from undernutrition rising to 42.5 million, up 2.5 million, from the previous figure of 40 million.To address these challenges, creation of “really sustainable food systems” in which production, trade, transport and consumption combine to guarantee a really nutritional food intake is vital, the head of FAO said.“Eating fresh locally-grown produce in place of highly-processed foods is fundamental,” he stressed.Doing so will also help advance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the global development goals related to ending hunger, improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture.At the same time, introduction of social protection measures to strengthen family farming can also play an important part in combatting various forms of malnutrition, as well as reduce rural poverty, noted Mr. Graziano da Silva, urging also Governments to promote adaptation of agriculture to the changing climate, and to do so in a way that protects poor rural communities. read more

An RSPCA spokesman said: “This is a worrying report and if RHD2 or myxomatosis was the cause, then the hares would have really suffered.  Both are highly infectious and fatal diseases to rabbits and hares.“If a wild hare or rabbit is found with suspected myxomatosis or RHD if possible if should be confined and taken to the nearest vet. When confining the animal thick gloves should be worn and hands should be washed thoroughly after handling the animal.”Anyone who sees an animal that is dead or unwell has been asked to alert the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Hares could be wiped out, experts warn, as a spate in mystery deaths have sparked fears that a highly infectious disease has “jumped” from rabbits.David Wembridge, Peoples Trust for Endangered Species Survey Officer,  warned that if Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD) or Myxomatosis spreads to non-resistant hares for the first time, the animals could be virtually eradicated in a couple of years.Myxomatosis first reached the UK in 1953 after it was introduced as a control measure in Kent, but inadvertently resulted in the deaths of 99 percent of the rabbit population only three years later.There are now renewed fears that the potentially fatal viral disease caused by blood sucking insects is behind the mysterious surge in the recent deaths of hares in Suffolk and Norfolk.The hares, which are larger than rabbits and have longer hind legs, are also at risk from RHD-2, a difficult to diagnose haemorrhagic disease that “got into the wild big-time in the last three years”.Mr Wembridge said: “It is not thought that hunting has a big effect on the population, but the hare population is not so robust that it would be able to take a really big loss in numbers- the disease in rabbits nearly wiped out their population in the 1950s . Until resistance spread in rabbits it  had a major impact on them. The hares are larger than rabbits and have longer hind legsCredit:Frederic Desmette/Biosphoto “If a contagious disease agent has spread to hares for the first time then they will not have any resistance, and it could be that a very large proportion -over 90%- of the population will be killed as was in the case of rabbits. The rabbits were gone in a matter of a couple of years.”It comes as a spike in reports by landowners and farmers of sightings of sick or dead hares have fuelled concerns around the future of the species in the East of England.Many of these sightings were around Bungay, Suffolk, and on one occasion six hares were found dead in a field.Myxomatosis  is always fatal to rabbits, and its symptoms include breathing problems, bulging eyes and swelling.Dr Diana Bell, Senior Lecturer of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia, said the disease has been “particularly virulent” in rabbits this autumn.Dr Bell said: “We need to know what is happening. East Anglia is a really important stronghold for brown hares so it would be disastrous if we lost them. Hares are really up against it so getting good images of the bodies, along with their exact location, is crucial for us to rule out or identify possible diseases. The hares are larger than rabbits and have longer hind legs “Myxomatosis in hares is rare but earlier this year and last year there was a significant die-off in Spain. That was the first time it had happened.”She warned that losing a large number of hares would be “disastrous” for the region, known for being a stronghold for the animals because of its large amount of arable farmland.The People’s Trust for Endangered Species estimates there are around 817,500 left in the UK, but their numbers have continued to decline over the years.Suffolk Wildlife Trust said the number of hares nationally have fallen by 80% over the past 100 years due to them being hunted all year round ,and also because of the threat of illegal hare coursing. 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. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJagdeo calls on Gov’t to resign over ‘oil bonus’ scandalDecember 8, 2017In “latest news”ExxonMobil signing bonus: TIGI says confirmation is a “shock” to anti-corruption advocates, GuyanaDecember 9, 2017In “latest news”US$20M Exxon signing bonus: If intel provided proves true entire Govt should resign- Opposition leaderNovember 22, 2017In “latest news” …Document shows account was set up in 2016Finance Minister Winston JordanAlthough Finance Minister Winston Jordan had claimed that there was no advance payment made to the Government by United States oil giant ExxonMobil, a confidential document seen by this publication now proves that the Administration was fully aware of receiving the signing bonus granted by the same company, while a request was also made to open an account at the Central Bank to facilitate a deposit.A missive dated September 20, 2016 and addressed to the Governor of the Bank of Guyana has this subject: “Signing bonus granted by ExxonMobil – Request to open bank account”. It shows that Finance Secretary at the Finance Ministry, Hector Butts, has requested that a foreign currency account be opened at the Bank in order to receive a deposit in the form of a ‘signing bonus’ to be given by ExxonMobil.The missive that was sent requesting the opening of a bank account to facilitate the deposit of Exxon’s bonus for the Government of GuyanaThe letter stated, “This account should not be treated as part of the Bank’s reserves. Instead, the proceeds should be held in the currency of the deposit, that is United States dollars, and invested in secured interest-bearing securities.”The missive also listed the signatories to the account: Hector Butts, Finance Secretary at the Finance Ministry; Louise Bouyea, Deputy Finance Secretary at the Finance Ministry; Jawahar Persaud, Accountant General (Acting) at the Finance Ministry; and Jennifer Chapman, Deputy Accountant General at the Finance Ministry. The letter was also copied to Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman.At a press conference held two weeks ago, Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo demanded that Government come clean on this signing bonus, stating that he could ‘reasonably confirm’ that it was true, especially since members of Government have neither confirmed nor denied the allegation when confronted.Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo“They received this money, it seems, almost a year ago. If this turns out to be true, then I believe that the entire Government should resign; because if you cannot be transparent about receipts from a company or from any company in Guyana, particularly a company in the extractive sector…,” he said.Jagdeo told the press that coming clean on receipt of this signing bonus is perhaps the most appropriate thing to do, especially since Guyana was now seeking membership of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) — an organisation that promotes open and accountable management of oil, gas and mineral resources.He also queried the whereabouts of the money. “If this turns out to be true, and the Government received the money and (Finance Minister) Winston Jordan did not know about this, then where did the money go? And if he does know about it and he lied to the country, saying he did not know about it, then that is just as bad.”The Opposition Leader noted that the matter is of grave concern if it turns out that Government did in fact receive money from ExxonMobil and did not tell the nation.Jagdeo had promised to place this issue on the front burner until the truth was revealed. He said the issue has languished in the media because no one felt that any Government would make such a move.Not long after Jagdeo had made these statements, Minister Jordan had responded to say that such a claim is “a figment of the imagination”, and that there is “no agreement for any bonus”. He told sections of the press that the Government did not request such a bonus.The coalition Government has been tight-lipped on its dealings with ExxonMobil amidst calls for more transparency regarding the oil and gas sector.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has also been tight-lipped in regard to receipt of this alleged bonus.Repeatedly avowing that the release of the oil contract between Guyana and ExxonMobil could have national security ramifications, and the Government has been “advised” against such a course of action. Trotman has said the decision to release the contract is not his to make, but Cabinet’s.The allegation about Government receiving a US$20M signing bonus was first made by Chartered Accountant and Attorney Christopher Ram. Ram had said that this payment may be one of the reasons why Government was not disclosing the new contract between itself and the US oil giant.Minister of State Joseph Harmon had only last week announced that the contract would be made available for public scrutiny by the end of December. Giving reasons why the Government has now decided to release the contract, Harmon said the Administration took into consideration the need expressed by citizens for greater inclusiveness, and the need for information-sharing in the interest of transparency. read more

first_img Share1122 Tweet Email Yes (4578) Don’t know/no opinion (681) By Rónán Duffy Friday 3 Feb 2017, 8:08 PM No (5170) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Barack Obama holds a hurl during his 2011 visit to Ireland. 127 Comments Image: AP/Press Association Images The Freedom of Dublin for Barack Obama? People are divided Lord Mayor Brendan Carr wants to give it to both Barack and Michelle. center_img FRESH MOVES ARE afoot to grant Barack Obama the Freedom of Dublin City but opposition to the move is likely to continue.The Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr unsuccessfully tabled the proposal last summer but, in a new letter to councillors, has argued that now is the time to return to it.“In light of the recent draconian decisions being taken by his successor President Donald Trump, I believe it is more important now than ever that I proceed with this proposal,” Carr claims.The Lord Mayor also wants the honour granted on the former US First Lady as well:I am also proposing that the City Council recognise the inspirational role on human rights played by First Lady Michelle Obama by also awarding her the highest honour we can grant the Freedom of Dublin City.The Lord Mayor wants the issue discussed at this Monday’s council meeting but his letter already anticipates objections from Dublin councillors.“President Obama inherited some of the most challenging legacy issues possible from his predecessor George Bush,” Carr writes.Some of the actions the US has taken in response to the turmoil that has swept the Middle East and North Africa in recent years, Obama himself has described as “regrettable”. However, it may only become evident in the coming years the true extent that during his Presidency Obama was a stabilising and moderating influence on US foreign policy.Carr also points to what he terms as Obama’s foreign policy “successes” including ending the authorised use of torture by US forces and the Iran nuclear deal. President Barack Obama meets members of the public at College Green, Dublin. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesDrone campaign Many councillors are understood to be opposed to the plans, however.Workers’ Party Councillor Éilis Ryan argues that a much more immediate concern for Dublin councillors is to ensure that Irish airports are not used to enforce Donald Trump’s travel ban.The North Inner City councillor says she will be supporting a motion calling on both Shannon and Dublin Airport not to implement the travel ban in pre-clearance facilities.Another motion also seeks to end the use of Irish airports by the US military“This is far more relevant to Irish-US relations than giving the Freedom of the City to Obama,” Ryan says.I think Obama’s record in relation to Ireland has been about using our airports without consent to transport weapons and prisoners through the airport and I think that alone is enough to not give him the Freedom of the City.Ryan also points to work she’s done in the Middle-East and says that Obama’s drone strikes have made the region a more dangerous place for locals and humanitarians alike.“Every single human rights activist I know in Pakistan would say that Obama’s drone campaign has radicalised Muslims across Pakistan and made their lives much more difficult.”What do you think? Should Barack Obama be awarded the Freedom of Dublin City?  Feb 3rd 2017, 8:08 PM Short URL 30,913 Views Poll Results: Barack Obama holds a hurl during his 2011 visit to Ireland. Image: AP/Press Association Images YesNoDon’t know/no opinionVoteRead: A law that aimed to prevent mentally ill people from buying guns has been overturned in the US >Read: FactFind: Is Donald Trump’s travel ban ‘similar to what Obama did’? >last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Former Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou did not appear on Thursday before a parliamentary committee investigating his handling of the so-called Lagarde list of some 2,000 wealthy Greek depositors, submitting instead a nine-page deposition in which he accuses the panel of having already decided to indict him to trial. In the deposition, Papaconstantinou refers to a “flagrant insult to my rights” and suggests he will take legal action in Greek and international courts. He claims the charges against him were “handed down to serve political interests”. He adds that the memory stick containing the list given to his successor as finance minister, Evangelos Venizelos, by the then head of the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE), Yiannis Diotis, is not the same as the one he had given to Diotis. He also describes as a “mockery” the fact that he was given 17 days to study a 20,000-page case file. Meanwhile, the committee narrowly rejected – by seven votes to six – a proposal by leftist opposition SYRIZA for Venizelos to be resummoned. SYRIZA MPs had wanted to question Venizelos about a police examination of computers seized from the Finance Ministry which, they claim, reinforces Diotis’s claim that the USB found to have been tampered with was given to Venizelos in July 2011, not in August of that year, as the latter had claimed. SYRIZA’s Nikos Voutsis said that the party might seek to broaden the charges being considered so as to include Venizelos. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

first_imgLeading global slot machine developer Aristocrat Game Technologies has purchased the source code and IP of SIC Innovations for its casino mobile technology app PlayerMax.The purchase, which makes PlayerMax a wholly-owned product of Aristocrat’s Oasis 360 gaming systems brand, aims to enhance the company’s player-focused offerings to its customers, it said. RelatedPosts Marriage proposal provides unexpected highlight at third Macau After Dark Aristocrat releases new MarsX cabinet to Asia-Pacific venues Life on Mars The PlayerMax app offers a range of features including a dashboard where users can instantly access balances, player status and messages; gamification via in-app challenges; the ability for players to make restaurant reservations and receive notifications; and an in-app host offering direct connection to the player’s casino host by phone text, or email.Under the agreement, Aristocrat has received all PlayerMax web and mobile source code for exclusive use in the gaming industry plus a non-exclusive license to leverage SIC’s AvT patent for use within the PlayerMax mobile platform.“This purchase is another exciting step forward in our Oasis 360 systems offerings,” said Aristocrat Vice President of Oasis Systems, Kelly Shaw. “It enables us to further enhance and expand our loyalty solutions in the mobile segment, which will allow our customers to engage with their players in an even more meaningful way.” Load Morelast_img read more

first_img(NOTE: Reading Cooperative Bank has two locations in Wilmington — 230 Lowell Street and 352 Middlesex Avenue.)READING, MA — Reading Cooperative Bank (RCB) has hired Paul Bruno for a new role within the organization as its Chief Credit Officer. In this role, Paul will work closely with the Bank’s Chief Lending Officer to manage the credit risk in its loan portfolios.Paul has over 15 years of experience in banking, predominantly in the commercial credit field. Paul comes to RCB after spending several years as the Senior Vice President/Chief Lending Officer at Octant Business Services, LLC, where he focused on all commercial underwriting activities for twenty-nine Credit Unions throughout New England. Paul was instrumental in the development and updating of loan policy, procedures and underwriting guidelines coupled with several effective reporting and tracking tools for Executive Management and the Board of Directors. Before that, he was the Underwriting Manager/Credit Team Leader at TD Bank, N.A. and the Senior Portfolio Manager – Commercial Enterprise Banking at RBS Citizens, N.A. Paul graduated Cum Laude with a BBA degree in Finance & Operations Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.In addition to leadership of the Bank’s credit department, Paul will work to enhance the banks systems to provide products and services faster and in more streamlined fashion. Improving metrics and reporting will serve to maintain the bank’s asset quality, safety and soundness. His credit team is responsible for conducting credit analysis on commercial and business loans and provides administrative support for the bank’s commercial lenders.Paul has successfully completed a formal credit training program, coupled with the completion of several RMA classes focused on credit risk management. He has been a small business lender and understands the struggle between business development and prudent risk management. Paul resides in Burlington, MA with his wife and three daughters. There, he is actively involved in youth soccer as a coach and board member. In his free time, he enjoys fishing and various outdoor activities.“I’m happy to take this next step in my career,” said Paul. “I look forward to leveraging the Commercial team’s expertise and doing my best to optimize RCB’s lending portfolio and identify opportunities to innovate and improve the customer experience.”“Paul’s wealth of experience and quality of character will serve the bank well,” said Julieann Thurlow, President & CEO at RCB. “Paul is a highly accomplished banker and credit officer; I look forward to seeing his success as a member of our team.”About Reading Cooperative BankReading Cooperative Bank is a depositor owned co-operative founded in 1886. This community-centric North Shore financial service provider has branches in Reading, Wilmington, North Reading, Andover, and Burlington. They also operate teaching branches at Northeast Metro Tech in Wakefield (open to the public) and at Reading Memorial High School (students and staff only), as well as an online branch at Bruno(NOTE: The above press release is from Reading Cooperative Bank.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Reading Cooperative Bank Announces Three Personnel MovesIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Reading Cooperative Bank Announces 3 New Branch Managers, Including Changes In WilmingtonIn “Business”Reading Cooperative Bank Hires Elizabeth Trifone As New Vice President & Commercial Loan OfficerIn “Business”last_img read more

first_imgGene Stone, former superintendent of the Mat-Su Borough School district. (Photo courtesy of Mat-Su Borough School District)After a sudden resignation, Alaska’s second largest school district finds itself in need of a superintendent for the second time in under a year. On Monday, the Mat-Su Borough School District announced the school board would hold an emergency special meeting with less than four hours’ notice. The agenda for that meeting included naming an interim superintendent. A resolution justifying the meeting’s emergency status cites the “impending immediate resignation” of current Superintendent of Schools Gene Stone.Listen nowAfter passing the resolution, and more than ninety minutes of executive session, the school board reconvened its public meeting and voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Gene Stone, effective April 3rd. Stone was named as superintendent last May after the departure of Dr. Deena Bishop for the Anchorage School District.Superintendent Stone did not speak publicly at the meeting. Mat-Su School Board President Dr. Donna Dearman says Stone tendered his resignation for personal reasons. She did not elaborate, and asked that the privacy of Stone and his family be respected.“Mr. Stone asked the board to accept his resignation,” Dearman said. “He was not asked by the board to resign. I want that out there, and I want to make that clear.”Dr. Monica Goyette, current Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, will take over as interim Superintendent of Schools for the Mat-Su. Goyette has an 18-year history with the district.This story contained contributions from Casey Grove with Alaska Public Media.last_img read more

first_imgThe life of Eva Peron (affectionately known as “Evita”), the glamorous and controversial former First Lady of Argentina, has been well-documented over the years — in articles, documentaries, a 1979 Tony Award-winning Broadway play, and a 1996 big-screen musical, starring another diva, Madonna. But the details of her demise — an early and tragic one, at age 33 — may be the most fascinating part of her story. It includes a top-secret lobotomy, which took place without her knowledge, as well as the disappearance of her corpse for 16 years.Eva Duarte in 1944 at age 25, photographed by Annemarie Heinrich.In 1950, at the height of her popularity and power, Eva was diagnosed with cervical cancer. (Perón’s first wife, Aurelia, also died of the disease, leading some to believe that Perón killed both wives, unknowingly, by passing on the human papillomavirus that led to their death.)The cancer spread quickly. In June of 1952, Eva accompanied her husband to his second inauguration as President of Argentina. Too weak to stand, and weighing a mere 78 pounds, the frail woman had to be propped up in a cage-like contraption.Nearly three million people attended Evita’s funeral in the streets of Buenos Aires.Just a few weeks later, Eva would be dead, but her demise may have been brought about not only by her battle with cancer, but by a secret lobotomy, ordered by her husband and carried out shortly before her death.A half-century later, Daniel Nijensohn, a neurosurgeon at Yale University Medical School, uncovered the truth after examining x-rays of Eva’s skull and talking to acquaintances of the surgeon who reportedly performed the operation, Dr. James L. Poppen, of the Lahey Clinic in Boston.Eva PerónThe controversial procedure, which involves drilling through the skull and severing the connection between the prefrontal lobes and the rest of the brain to numb emotional responses and “stabilize” the personality, was conducted out of concern and fear.On the one hand, the lobotomy may have been an extreme attempt by Perón to ease the pain his wife was suffering from metastatic cancer. (Though a lobotomy wouldn’t be able to wipe out the excruciating pain, it may have helped her endure it.)Evita and Juan Perón in 1947.But the mind-altering operation may have also been used to alter Eva’s behavior — in short, to shut her up. In the year before her death, Eva was becoming increasingly unhinged, perhaps due to anxiety resulting from her cancer diagnosis.Those who didn’t agree with her were deemed “insensitive and repugnant.” She urged her followers to ‘fight the oligarchy’. Even more troubling: Eva, without her husband’s knowledge, ordered thousands of pistols and machine guns, planning to arm workers of the trade unions to form a militia.Top 5 Female Spies of WW2Could Eva’s inflammatory statements have led to civil war? Juan Perón may have thought so, and with good reason. As First Lady of Argentina, Eva was more than fashionable arm candy. Perón may have been president and leader of the Peronist party, but his wife also possessed a great deal of power.Perón wearing a dress especially designed by Christian Dior.She ran the left wing of the party and her every word was followed by a large and passionate group of loyalists. With fractures appearing in the government during Perón’s second term, it’s not far-fetched to think that the political unrest could lead to a full-out revolution.For Perón, a lobotomy, first introduced in the late 1940s, may have been an answer. The operation was done a few weeks before Eva’s death — in secrecy and without Eva’s consent — in a make-shift operating room set up in the palace. Indeed, the lobotomy would silence Eva, though perhaps not in the way her husband intended. After the procedure she simply stopped eating and eventually died.Eva Perón addresses the Peronists on October 17, 1951. By this point she was too weak to stand without Juan Perón’s aid.Pedro Ara, embalmer extraordinaire, was brought in to preserve Eva’s body for public viewing. He did that — and more. The embalming process, which involved replacing her blood with glycerin, left Eva’s corpse, in Ara’s own words “completely and indefinitely incorruptible.”Evita’s elaborately adorned funeral.Eventually her body was to be placed at the base of an enormous monument. But before the tomb could be completed, Juan Perón was overthrown by a military coup in 1955, and he fled the country before he could secure Eva’s body.What happened to her remains for the next 15 years would become something of a mystery. Finally, in 1971, military informants revealed it was in a crypt in Milan, Italy, under the fake name Maria Maggi.A cast of the death mask of Eva Peron, aka Evita, at Buenos Aires. Photo by Tim Adams CC BY 2.0Perón had her body — none the worse for wear, save for a missing finger — removed and flown to his home in Spain. He and his third wife, Isabel, would keep her corpse in their dining room, on a platform near the table.Read another story from us: Hundreds of Nazi war criminals fled to Argentina in the aftermath of WWIIIn 1973, Perón came out of exile and returned to Argentina to serve as president once again. He died in 1974 and was succeeded by his wife Isabel, who had Eva’s body returned to her beloved homeland and placed in the La Recoleta Cemetery, burial place of many (formerly) rich and powerful Argentines. Etched in Latin, above marble columns gracing the entrance: the words “Rest in peace.” This time, for good. Eva’s tomb, it is said, is so secure that it could survive a nuclear attack.Barbara Stepko is a New Jersey-based freelance editor and writer who has contributed to AARP magazine and the Wall Street Journal.last_img read more

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first_imgGothenburg is painting its trams in rainbow colors for Pride and we want a ride ‘It’s one thing to say you are supportive, but I’ve always liked to do it in action.’Watch his performance below:Performing in drag might be a taboo in the sports worldLaraque said dressing in drag still might seem taboo in the sports world where athletes are often worried about maintaining a certain image, but he feels it’s important to challenge those norms.‘There are things in the world that are more important than worrying about your image all the time. And if public figures don’t take part in the fight, how are things going to change?’ he said.While he said he’s not sure if he’ll wear the dress again, he took it in for dry cleaning just in case. Better keep an eye out for Montreal Pride parade, happening on 19 August.Read more about Prides:Queer Eye’s Antoni and Justin Trudeau will have a Pride brunch together ‘There are many people that still suffer today different types of discrimination just because of their sexual orientation. I think that’s stupid in 2018,’ Laraque told eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Ottawa raises the rainbow flag to mark the beginning of Capital Pride weekIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsFootball and baseball stars will join New York Pride March for the first timeRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Georges Laraque at Montreal Pride and in an Edmonton Oilers jersey. | Photo: Twitter/Wiki Laraque, who does not identify as LGBTI but has always been an ally, performed Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You.He lip-synced while wearing a $1,500 bridal gown and sandals, struggling to find heels in his size 14. The former player stands six feet three inches and weighs over 270 pounds.The Quebecois of Haitian descent played for a variety of teams of the NHL for 14 years, before retiring in 2010.Georges Laraque is a Canadian national treasureHere is my “Drag Queen” look at last night’s @FierteMTLPride that I won thanks to Miss Butterfly’s great work! In 2018, it is inconceivable that we must all fight against homophobia again. And personally it’s with pleasure that I join this cause!— Georges Laraque (@GeorgesLaraque) August 11, 2018Laraque tweeted a few pictures of his outfit.‘Here is my “Drag Queen” look at last night’s @FierteMTLPride that I won thanks to Miss Butterfly’s great work!’ he wrote.‘In 2018, it is inconceivable that we must all fight against homophobia again. And personally it’s with pleasure that I join this cause!’Montreal drag star Johnny Naoufal, also known as Miss Butterfly, did his makeup, including purple eye-shadow and sparkling pink lip gloss.Laraque ended up winning the $1,000 prize for the competition, which he promptly donated back to Montreal Pride.When the committee of Montreal Pride reached out and asked him to enter the competition, he said the decision was simple. Former National Hockey League (NHL) player Georges Laraque slayed a drag competition during an event of Pride Montreal festival on 10 August. This fabulous dancer on stage with Carly Rae Jepsen will give you life Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

first_imgThey sustained minor injuries. Firemen from Tulum arrived to extinguish the burning vehicle. The ambulance was completely destroyed. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Photo: El Heroico Cuerpo de Bomberos de Tulum The ambulance was reportedly on its way to Mahahual in response to an emergency when the accident happened. The medical team inside the ambulance managed to get out safely before it caught fire. Tulum, Q.R. — The driver of an ambulance who was trying to avoid another vehicle, lost control and overturned, causing his unit to catch fire. center_img Reports say that the ambulance driver was trying to dodge a car that was turning onto a secondary road, however, both vehicles made contact anyway. While the car received minor bumper damage, the ambulance burned completely. A Costamed ambulance veered off the road apparently in an attempt to dodge another vehicle, when it ended up in the ditch and caught fire along the Tulum-Felipe Carrillo Puerto highway.last_img read more

first_imgThe Middle East will experience aviation growth over the next 10 years and “low-cost carrier expansion will be a major driver for passenger traffic in the region”, according to a new report by Ernst & Young.The report revealed consolidation in traditional markets will create a new era of streamlined operations and the introduction of a new mega-carrier business model.The findings were presented earlier this week at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai.“The new global aviation landscape will have seven to 10 mega-carriers occupying prime position in the market, while aggressive Middle East sector growth and low-cost carrier expansion will be a major driver for passenger traffic in the region,” Ernst & Young director aviation sector Middle East & North Africa Sunil Malhotra said.“The industry has grown by 53 percent since 2000 and will continue to grow airline traffic at 5 percent Revenue Passenger Kilometre (RPK) until 2023.”The report noted that Asia-Pacific will lead world traffic by 2031, with a 32 percent share, while Middle East carriers will see a market share rise to 11 percent in 2031, from the current 7 percent.Year-on-year RPK growth by Middle East-based carriers is expected to rise from 11.4 percent to 15.6 percent, driven by long-range aircraft capability and developing airport hubs.The report outlined aviation alliances and partnerships, the development of customer loyalty programmes and a strong customer focus will be crucial to future success.“While the opportunities are clearly there, airlines must remain focused on innovation in order to maintain competitive edge, with four key areas of focus to develop including customer insight, a realistic understanding and appreciation of people and culture, investment into comprehensive R&D, and operations and business model alignment,” Mr Malhotra said.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. Low-cost carriers to be major driver.last_img read more

first_imgThe Concert Hall of Sydney Opera House was a sight to be seen on Monday 28 August when the Royal Thai Government presented the Khon Epic Masked Performance in celebration of the 7th Cycle Birthday Anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand.Her Majesty is one of the greatest patrons of Thai arts and crafts, and is particularly honoured for her role in the preservation and promotion of Khon. This high performance art brings together a raft of uniquely Thai skills, including silk brocade used in the costumes, the making of the elaborate masks and head dresses, and the dazzling accessories and jewellery.Guests were able to appreciate the incredible detail and artistry required to put on a Khon performance through an exhibition that showcased Her Majesty’s passion in the foyer of the Concert Hall prior to seeing the epic played out on stage. The dance drama told a story from the Ramakien, the Thai version of the ancient Hindu epic Ramayana.2017 also marks the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Australia. The Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, General Tanasak Patimapragorn, was among the distinguished guests in attendance, adding to the atmosphere of celebration. The elaborate Khon costumes are dazzling in their detaillast_img read more

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