Iran slams Bahrains provocative Gulf maritime security conference

first_imgTehran: Iran on Thursday hit out at Bahrain for hosting a “provocative” conference on Gulf maritime security and for its “anti-Iran” rhetoric accusing Tehran of attacking tankers in sensitive waters. Bahrain said the July 31 meeting was to discuss the “current regional situation” and blasted “the repeated attacks and unacceptable practices of Iran and the terrorist groups linked to it”. The tiny Gulf monarchy, which hosts the US Fifth Fleet, did not specify who attended but Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported the UK had called for the meeting with other European countries and the United States. “Bahrain’s government should not become the facilitator of common enemies’ wishes and schemes in the region,” said foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi in a statement published on his Telegram channel. “The security of regional countries is inseparable and it is not possible for some to be secure at the cost of others’ insecurity. It is expected that regional countries prevent foreigners’ escalatory interventions by exercising prudence and foresight,” he added. Mousavi “condemned the anti-Iran measures taken by Bahrain’s government including hosting suspicious and provocative conferences,” the statement said.last_img read more

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Trans Mountain IPO to proceed despite BC GreenNDP deal Kinder Morgan says

first_imgCALGARY – Kinder Morgan says it expects to proceed Tuesday with its initial public offering for the Trans Mountain expansion, just as the anti-pipeline Greens and NDP in B.C. announced they have come to an agreement that could cast the project’s future into doubt.Dave Conover, a spokesman for the Houston-based energy company, said in an email that the IPO will go ahead on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Conover’s confirmation came shortly after the leaders of the B.C. Greens and NDP said they came to a deal that could see the formation of a minority NDP government in the province.Both parties have voiced their opposition to the Trans Mountain expansion, which would see the capacity of a pipeline running from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C. nearly triple its capacity to 890,000 barrels of oil per day.The IPO is intended to raise $1.75 billion to help fund the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain expansion.The offering would be the largest on the Toronto Stock Exchange since Hydro One’s $1.83-billion listing in 2015, with only insurers Sun Life Financial and Manulife Financial having bigger debuts.last_img read more

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In Pictures Bill and Hillary Clinton Make the Most of Marrakech

Rabat – This weekend, former US President Bill Clinton and his wife Hilary Clinton, who ran for president in 2016, are in Marrakech to celebrate Moroccan billionaire Marc Lasry’s birthday.The powerful couple could be seen this morning in Marrakech’s iconic Jemaa El-Fna square, a staple for all visitors to the ochre city. The couple posed with a snake and later looked at traditional Moroccan wares in the souk.Bill Clinton looking at Moroccan wares in Jemaa El-Fna.Bill Clinton holding a snake in Jemaa El-Fna square.Lasry will host the bash the Clintons are attending at Marrakech’s most luxurious hotel, La Mamounia. The Clintons also attended Lasry’s wedding in 2017, among a host of other stars. More than 300 respected figures in finance and politics from across the world are expected to attend Lasry’s party. According to Moroccan outlet Le Esco, Marrakech’s security officials organized a meeting to decide how to best prepare for the event.Marc Lasry was born in Marrakech on September 30, 1959. At the age of 7, his family immigrated to the US where Lasry later rose to success.Lasry made his fortune as a pension and hedge fund manager. He is the CEO of Avenue Capital Group and co-owner of Michigan professional basketball team the Milwaukee Bucks.Read also: Princess Lalla Salma in NYC With Prince Moulay Hassan and Lalla Khadija read more

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UN and AU envoys continue Darfur peace negotiations and consultations

6 November 2007United Nations and African Union envoys today held workshops on wealth-sharing issues with the Sudanese Government and some of Darfur’s rebel groups as they continue their efforts to try to find a way to end the deadly conflict in the war-torn region of western Sudan. The officials conducted the negotiations in Sirte, Libya, site of the first phase of the three-part UN-AU peace process aimed at quelling the violence and suffering that has engulfed Darfur since 2003. UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters that consultations are also taking place in Juba, southern Sudan, with some of the splintering rebel movements that did not attend last week’s talks in Sirte. Throughout this month UN and AU officials are holding a series of planned consultations and workshops with and among the rebel groups, with the hope that they will work out a unified position on the major issues in dispute. The third phase, in which full talks are supposed to take place in Sirte, is slated to begin in early December. The conflict – in which 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2.2 million others made homeless – has been complicated by the splintering of the rebel groups from about three major movements into as many as 16 or more separate factions. Ahmad Fawzi, a spokesperson for the UN-AU mediation team, said yesterday that “the door remains open for those who wish to join the process,” but warned that now was the time for the rebels to “get their act together” and unify behind a common delegation and position. Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at UN Headquarters, Salva Kiir, Sudan’s First Vice-President and the President of Southern Sudan, said he was working to try to unify the rebels based in Juba. Mr. Kiir stressed that the rebels should agree on the need for unity and a common agenda before determining issues and questions of leadership. Mr. Ban told reporters that it was also vital to “ensure a smooth and speedy implementation” of the January 2005 comprehensive peace agreement that ended the separate north-south civil war in Sudan. read more

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Security Council begins hearing from more than 60 countries on disarmament of

Speaking at the outset of the debate on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the Permanent Representative of South Africa, Dumisani Kumalo, said the 115 Member States and 15 Observer States of the United Nations who belonged to NAM had requested the meeting because the Council was engaged in a crucial debate that had important repercussions for the entire international community. “To us, [Security Council] resolution 1441 was – and still is – about ensuring that Iraq is peacefully disarmed,” Ambassador Kumalo said.Recalling the update last Friday by the UN’s lead inspectors, Ambassador Kumalo stressed that inspections were continuing apace and the inspectors themselves were receiving renewed cooperation from the Iraqi Government. None of the information presented during last week’s or previous reports would justify the Council’s abandoning of the inspections process and resort to war, he added.”Resorting to war without fully exhausting all other options represents an admission of failure by the Security Council in carrying out its mandate of maintaining international peace and security,” Ambassador Kumalo said, urging the 15-nation body to redouble its efforts to bring about a peaceful resolution to the situation.Continuing the discussion, Ambassador Mohammed A. Aldouri of Iraq said his country’s record of compliance with Security Council resolutions is “unprecedented in this international organization or in the history of international relations.” Iraq’s active cooperation since agreeing last October to the return of UN inspectors had resulted in the refutation of all allegations from the United States and Britain, he added.”Reason and wisdom make it incumbent upon us to ask if there is any justification for the United States and Britain to launch war against Iraq under the pretext of their concern about Iraq’s possession of weapons of mass destruction, even at a time when Iraq is under an ongoing monitoring and verification system,” Ambassador Aldouri said.He called on all Member States to shoulder their responsibilities under the UN Charter to put an end to the unjust embargo, eliminate the unilaterally imposed no-flight zones and heed the call for peace of the millions of people around the world expressed over the weekend.For his part, Yahya Mahmassani, the Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States, said the reports of the chief UN weapons inspectors last week confirmed some positive achievements in the inspections process. The reports also confirmed cooperation by Iraq, which reinforced the notion that such operations should continue until “such a day when the Iraqi file could be closed and the sanction lifted.”In light of those conclusions by the inspectors – who are the only legitimate authorities entrusted with the verification or submission of evidence of proscribed weapons to the Security Council – there is no justification to wage a war against Iraq, Mr. Mahmassani said. “Where is the immediate danger that Iraq poses to the world to warrant a war?” he asked.The Permanent Observer recalled that the League of Arab States met in Cairo last week and confirmed Arab countries’ rejection of threats to any Arab States or its security. He said the League hoped that the end of the last century’s Cold War would not be the beginning of “hot wars” in the new century – beginning with a war in Iraq. Any such war would amount to a failure of the Security Council and the international system, as well as a challenge to the Charter of the United Nations, the main safeguard that protects the world’s weakest countries and ensured international peace and security, he stressed.After hearing from representatives of more than 20 countries, the Council was expected to suspend its meeting and reconvene tomorrow to accommodate the remaining speakers. read more

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Key things you need to know about Apple Pays partnerships with Canadian

Key things you need to know about Apple Pay’s partnerships with Canadian banks TORONTO – Canada’s five biggest banks all announced Tuesday that they are partnering with Apple Pay to bring the mobile payment system to their customers. Here is what you need to know:When will the service be available?That depends on who you bank with. Royal Bank and CIBC customers can start using Apple Pay with their credit and debit cards immediately, while TD Bank, Bank of Montreal and Scotiabank clients will have to wait several weeks or months. Those who have MasterCards from Canadian Tire Bank and ATB Financial can also now use Apple Pay.How does it work?Customers load eligible credit or debit cards into a smartphone. At checkout, the customer holds the device close to the merchant’s contactless reader while putting his or her finger on the touch ID fingerprint scanner to authenticate the transaction.What devices does it work with?Apple Pay only works with newer devices such as the iPhone 6 or later models, or the Apple Watch when paired with an iPhone 5.Is there a limit to how big of a purchase you can make?For now, customers can only pay for purchases worth $100 or less using Apple Pay, although industry insiders say that could change in the future.What security features are in place?When a credit or debit card is loaded into the app, a randomly generated number called a token is stored instead of the real card number. That way, hackers can’t steal the card number out of the device.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had a redundant reference to CIBC and omitted Scotiabank’s plans for Apple Pay. by The Canadian Press Posted May 10, 2016 2:01 pm MDT Last Updated May 10, 2016 at 3:29 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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McConnell undergoes surgery to repair shoulder fracture

McConnell: US not trying to start war with Iran LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has undergone surgery to repair a fracture in his shoulder.McConnell spokesman David Popp said in a statement Friday that the Senate Republican leader had successful surgery Thursday in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.- Advertisement – Popp says the surgery was done “without incident” and that the senator is grateful to his surgical team.The sixth-term senator suffered the shoulder fracture in a fall earlier this month. McConnell tripped on his outdoor patio at his Louisville home.McConnell is a key congressional ally for President Donald Trump and is running for another term next year.

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Penn State awaits Ohio State mens hockey in final regular season series

Junior forward Ryan Dzingel lines up for a shot against Michigan State. The teams tied, 1-1, Jan. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternPostseason hockey is almost here, but before the Ohio State men’s hockey team (15-12-5, 5-8-5) can start packing its bags for the Big Ten tournament, it must travel to Penn State (6-24-2, 2-15-1) for the first time in program history.With two games remaining in the regular season, OSU’s first round matchup in the conference tournament is all but set. The Buckeyes are currently in fourth place, and can’t leapfrog Michigan into third, nor can they fall lower than fifth. Michigan State sits two points behind OSU, and is also locked into fourth or fifth place.In the Big Ten tournament, one of the two quarterfinal contests is between the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds, which means the Buckeyes and Spartans are slated to face each other Thursday in St. Paul, Minn., with their respective seeds yet to be determined.The Buckeyes will again be without senior Alex Szczechura this weekend. The forward missed both games against Minnesota last weekend after sustaining an injury against Michigan on March 2.Despite its tournament opener already being set, OSU coach Steve Rohlik said the weekend’s games against the Nittany Lions are still important to his team.“We obviously know who we’re playing in the Big Ten tournament, (now) the thing that we’ve got to do is get better this weekend,” Rohlik said. “We’ve got to play the best hockey we can Friday and Saturday and try to get as many points as possible.”Things haven’t been easy for PSU in its second season as a Division I program. It enters this weekend having lost five straight, and has only won two conference games all year. But Rohlik called the poor record “deceiving,” especially considering the team still has had some notable results at home — including a 4-0 win against Michigan.The Buckeyes swept the Nittany Lions in Columbus earlier in the season, but senior defenseman Curtis Gedig said getting results on PSU’s home ice won’t be easy.“They’ve always hung in there with teams, so it’s not like we can take them lightly,” Gedig said. “They’re a hard-working team that won’t give up no matter what the score is, so it’ll be a good test for us going into the playoffs because it’ll feel like playoff hockey.”Freshman forward Nick Schilkey, who scored the clinching shootout goal against Minnesota Saturday, reiterated that this PSU team was going to give OSU all it could handle.“We know that we have to play hard and play our game,” Schilkey said. “We can’t look past them at all because if we do there’s a great chance that they’ll get the best of us, so we’ve got to stick to our game plan.”The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are scheduled to face off at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday. read more

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Four underclassmen sign contracts to play in MLB

Former OSU first baseman Jacob Bosiokovic at bat versus Wright State on June 5. Courtesy: OSU AthleticsLast week at the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft, six Ohio State players were selected — the most since six were taken in the 1998 draft.One week later, it has been confirmed that all six of those Buckeyes will play professional baseball. OSU coach Greg Beals told The Lantern that each former OSU player has signed an MLB contract, which includes four underclassmen.The Buckeyes were set to lose nine seniors from the 2016 group that won a Big Ten tournament championship. With outfielders Ronnie Dawson and Troy Montgomery, first baseman Jacob Bosiokovic and starting pitcher Tanner Tully all signing with a year of eligibility left, the Buckeyes will now have to replace six of their starting nine hitters as well as two members of their starting rotation.The first player drafted for the Buckeyes was Dawson, who was taken in the second round with the 61st overall pick by the Houston Astros. According to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, he signed a deal with a bonus of $1,056,800.Montgomery was drafted 246th overall in the eighth round by the Los Angeles Angels. His bonus was worth $150,000.In the 19th round of the draft, the Colorado Rockies selected Bosiokovic. The 560th pick in the draft was signed with a bonus of $40,000. He flew out Monday to join the Rockies short-season single-A affiliate, the Boise Hawks.“I really didn’t know (I would be drafted) until I had spoken with (the Rockies) after the second day of the draft,” Bosiokovic said. “They were asking me what my signability was, but I really didn’t know what was going to happen until I got the phone call from our area scout.”Left-handed reliever Michael Horejsei was also selected in the draft, taken in the 21st round with the 626th overall pick, but it is unknown at this time how much he signed for. According to Baseball America, the slot value for his place in the draft is $100,000.Co-captain and third baseman Nick Sergakis was taken later in the 23rd round of the draft with the 700th pick in the draft and signed with the New York Mets for a bonus of $5,000. The final Buckeye taken in the draft was left-handed ace Tanner Tully, who signed with the Indians on a $100,000 bonus after being selected in the 26th round with the 782nd overall pick. read more

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I will stay married Transsexual woman defiant after court ruling

first_imgThe court could stop calling me a she or her, because the effective outcome of its decision is the prevention of gender recognition.Scroll down to read the court’s ruling, or if you’re on a mobile app, CLICK HERE to view it.Read: Revised bill would allow people to legally change their gender at age 16 or 17>Amnesty International says Ireland must follow Denmark after landmark transgender law>http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2014/07/grand-chamber-judgment-hamalainen-v-finland-transsexuals-official-recognition-of-new-gender.pdf THE EUROPEAN COURT of Human Rights today ruled that a Finnish transsexual woman did not have her human rights violated by having to change her marital status in order to be legally recognised as a female.The case revolved around Heli Hämäläinen, who was born a male in 1963, and married a woman in 1996. The couple had a child in 2002, and in 2006 Ms Hämäläinen changed her first name to reflect her new self-identification.Three years later, she underwent male-to-female gender reassignment surgery, but was prevented by Finnish law from changing her gender to female in official documents.Same-sex marriage is not legal in Finland, though same-sex civil unions are.Finnish courts, therefore, told Hämäläinen that the only way she could be legally recognised as female was to either adjust her marital status to civil union, or divorce her wife.A divorce would have violated the couple’s religious beliefs, they argued, while civil partnership would not have offered the same level of security to them and their child, as marriage did.After six years, and a series of rejected appeals at a national level, and in the European Court of Human Rights, the ECtHR’s 17-person Grand Chamber issued its final ruling today.The Strasbourg court found that Finland had not violated Hämäläinen’s human rights by making recognition of her gender contingent on her marital status. The Court found that it was not disproportionate to require the conversion of a marriage into a registered partnership as a precondition to legal recognition of an acquired gender as that was a genuine option which provided legal protection for same-sex couples that was almost identical to that of marriage.Their decision cannot be appealed.Hämäläinen was defiant this evening in her reaction to the decision.center_img I will stay married after this judgement. There is nothing on earth that will get us separated.She also criticised the judgement as “hypocritical.”last_img read more

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Canadian judge resigns over keep your knees together comment in sexual assault

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Mar 10th 2017, 3:54 PM A CANADIAN FEDERAL judge has announced his resignation over a controversy sparked when he asked a woman in a sexual assault case why she couldn’t keep her “knees together.”The Canadian Judicial Council had earlier asked the Minister of Justice to dismiss Judge Robin Camp, who then issued a statement declaring his resignation.Camp oversaw a 2014 trial in which he told the woman that “pain and sex sometimes go together.”He also asked the 19-year-old “why couldn’t you just keep your knees together” to defend herself against her alleged attacker.“I would like to express my sincere apology to everyone who was hurt by my comments,” Camp said in his resignation statement.In its recommendation the council said Camp’s conduct “seriously undermines public confidence in the judiciary.”By his statements, the Judge clearly failed to meet high standards Canadians rightfully expect of their judges.Since the 1971 creation of the Canadian Judicial Council, just three judges have been forced to resign following the committee’s recommendation.- © AFP 2017Read: Blogger awarded £24k in damages after suing Katie Hopkins for defamationRead: Department destroyed report on National Museum management, Dáil hears Image: Shutterstock/sebra 18,861 Views http://jrnl.ie/3281157 Share Tweet Email1 Image: Shutterstock/sebra Canadian judge resigns over ‘keep your knees together’ comment in sexual assault trial Judge Camp had said in a 2014 trial that “pain and sex sometimes go together”. 18 Comments Friday 10 Mar 2017, 3:54 PM By AFPlast_img read more

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Du plastique fabriqué avec des plumes de poulet

first_imgDu plastique fabriqué avec des plumes de poulet Des chercheurs américains ont eu l’étonnante idée de fabriquer du plastique à partir de plumes de poulet. Derrière ses airs de plaisanterie, cette technique est très sérieuse, et a permis la mise au point d’une matière solide, résistante à l’eau, et écologique.Une équipe de chercheurs de l’Université de Lincoln, dans le Nebraska, a annoncé lors du 241e congrès national de l’American Chemical Society, avoir mis au point un thermoplastique grâce à des plumes de poulet, rapporte le site Futura Sciences. Alors que la viande de cette volaille est l’une des plus consommées au monde, ses plumes, essentiellement constituées de kératine, sont bien souvent jetées sans qu’aucune utilité ne leur soit trouvée. Grâce à cette découverte, elles pourraient désormais s’offrir une seconde vie. À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueLa matière plastique mise au point par les chercheurs est très facilement malléable lorsqu’elle est chauffée. Puis elle retrouve sa forme quand elle retrouve sa température initiale. Ecologique, ce plastique est recyclable et réutilisable. “Utiliser des déchets comme source alternative de matériaux est l’une des meilleures approches pour tendre vers une société plus durable et plus responsable d’un point de vue environnemental”, souligne Yiqi Yang, l’un des principaux auteurs de l’étude. Jusqu’alors, les thermoplastiques étaient en grande majorité réalisés avec des hydrocarbures. Cette découverte pourrait donc constituer une alternative idéale pour produire un plastique écologique. Mais il est tout de même issu d’une polymérisation à base de produits chimiques, dont l’acrylate de méthyle, un composant polluant et potentiellement dangereux. Le 17 avril 2011 à 10:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Rights group, state reach settlement in competency lawsuit

first_imgSEATTLE  — The state of Washington has agreed to a plan to resolve a lawsuit filed on behalf of mentally ill people who’ve been warehoused in jails for weeks or months while awaiting competency services.A settlement reached Thursday between Disability Rights Washington and the Department of Social and Health Services is designed to bring the state into compliance with a judge’s 2015 ruling that said the state was violating the rights of its most vulnerable citizens. The plan also will end the contempt fines the state has been paying for years. So far, those fines have topped $60 million and average $3 million to $4 million each month.U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman must approve the settlement before it gets implemented.“Every day that someone with a serious mental illness sits waiting for help in jail, they get sicker,” said Kimberly Mosolf, attorney for Disability Rights Washington. “This plan will keep people out of jail when mental health treatment and community supports are more appropriate, and it will get people with mental illness who are currently in jail into community settings where appropriate.”The lawsuit, filed in 2014, sought relief for criminal defendants who were languishing for months in county jails while waiting to be evaluated to see if they were competent to help in their defense. When many of the defendants were found incompetent, they had to wait weeks or months before being taken to a state-run mental hospital for treatment. The suit claimed the state was violating their constitutional rights.Even though Pechman found in the group’s favor in 2015, many are still waiting for competency services.The two sides joined with others to devise a plan to get the state into compliance. Participants included family members, lawmakers, behavioral health organizations, law enforcement agencies, jails and courts. “This settlement reflects the ideas of those people closest to the problems and most knowledgeable about what it will take to fix those problems,” said David Carlson with the rights group. The proposed settlement “lays out a comprehensive plan to reform the way we treat people with mental illness who interact with our criminal justice system,” he said.last_img read more

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Suspect in Camas man’s death enters not-guilty plea

first_imgA Camas man accused of killing his neighbor pleaded not guilty Thursday in Clark County Superior Court to second-degree murder.Randy John Schmidt, 47, entered the not-guilty plea in connection with the death of Michael Chad Holmes, 52. A trial date is set for June 17.Holmes went missing Feb. 5 when he left his home on Northeast 94th Street and got into Schmidt’s tan GMC Yukon, according to a probable cause affidavit. He was never heard from again.Schmidt showed up at Holmes’ doorstep three hours later, telling family there that Holmes got out of his vehicle near the intersection of Riley and Blair roads and walked away, according to the affidavit. Schmidt has changed his story several times since then, the affidavit said.In March, Clark County sheriff’s deputies found the GMC Yukon submerged in the Lewis River, not far from the location where Schmidt said he sold it to strangers a few weeks earlier, according to the affidavit. Investigators located blood stains on the front passenger’s seat that returned a DNA match to Holmes, court records say.Data collected through a search warrant placed Schmidt near the river where the vehicle was recovered, according to the affidavit.Earlier this month, kayakers on the Washougal River called police after finding a body in the river. The body turned out to be Holmes, who had “an apparent traumatic injury to his head. Metal fragments in his skull likely from bullet projectiles,” the affidavit said.SWAT officers served warrants April 9 and arrested Schmidt.last_img read more

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Williams Auditorium transforms with New Community Focus

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPROVIDENCIALES, TCI DECEMBER 15, 2014 — For over 13 years Williams Auditorium has been enjoyed as a premier and community events center in the Turks and Caicos Islands and come January 2015 the use of the facility will alter dramatically. Williams Auditorium will instead offer a low cost wholesale grocery option for the people of the islands.“It was not an easy decision to shift the community focus of Williams Auditorium, but with the significant slump in business and greatly reduced need for the 10,000 square feet premises for events; we decided it was a good move to allow Sunny Foods Retail & Wholesale to lease the space and move in,” said Hon. Delroy Williams, owner of Williams Auditorium.Golden Sunrays Ltd or Sunny Foods is nearly done with its modifications to Williams Auditorium and will bring wholesale grocery shopping to Five Cays and beyond. The lease to Sunny Foods Retail& Wholesale will last for tenyears.Originally, Sunny Foods was hoping to open the doors of its „cash and carry‟ in December 2014. The company, which brokered the lease to operate from Williams Auditorium for at least the next decade has added a new side entrance, overhauled the interior of the structure and graded the parking lot, which is one of the most expansive parking areas in the country.“I do understand the role Williams Auditorium has played in the lives of my people; Williams has hosted concerts, funerals, pageants, weddings, church services, awards ceremonies, banquets, political functions, events for justabout every ethnic group and there have been graduations – but this was a decision to see the building used on a regular basis,” explained Hon. Williams.It was in November 2000 that Williams Auditorium began construction; it took Williams eight months to go from clearing the two and a half acres of land, to erecting the steel, constructing the concrete siding and outfitting the interior for any event of any size hosting from locals to international celebrities. Award winning singers and performers like Beres Hammond, Beenie Man, Lucky Dube and Morgan Heritage; Gospel music royalty including ShirleyCesar, Donnie McClurkin, Israel Houghton and Juanita Bynum; International, regional and local music stars: Zenglen, Ronnie Butler, K.B., Local, Sagittarius “Winston Jennings”, Keno& Kaz, V6, Lee & the Force, Barbara Johnson, ByronLee & the Dragonaires, Richie Spice, Washington Williams and the Cooling Waters, Marlin Award winning Gospel artists: Simeon Outten and TCIs own Robyn Hinds and the nation‟s most beautiful, intelligent and talented people.“It‟s so funny to think about how Williams Auditorium came to being. I was a part of the Provo Day Committee and we needed a venue after some fall out with another spot we had rented. Some members of the Committee were soupset by the situation that I personally vowed that by the next year, we would have our own place to host Provo Day.”In July 2001, Williams Auditorium was ready for use and ready for Provo Day. The ability of Hon. Williams to deliver on this pledge has now become a hallmark characteristic for the businessman/politician who is well regarded for his ability to „get the job done.‟ “I know the venue will be missed; particularly for organizations like Clement Howell High School which has held its graduation ceremony here year after year, yet I believe there is hope for a new Williams Auditorium; don‟t count me out. We can come back when there is a market demand; we can build again.”The official handover of Williams Auditorium to Sunny Foods Retail & Wholesale was on Monday December 15, 2014. Overgrown bush moved by MPs and TCEM Tiki Hut host Job Fair then Hurricane Relief fundraiser, Oct 27 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Black Friday sales dominate National Day of Thanksgiving holiday in TCI Related Items:delroy williams, golden sunrays limited, provo day, sunny foods, williams auditoriumlast_img read more

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Senate Passes Water Resources Development Act House Action Pending

first_imgThe U.S. Senate earlier Thursday afternoon passed a two-year Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The American Soybean Association (ASA)  supports enactment of the two-year WRDA reauthorization bill as a follow-up on the significant reforms and achievements of the WRDA bill enacted in 2014 and to get Congress back to the regular schedule of waterways infrastructure program reauthorizations every two years.The Senate WRDA bill (S. 2848) authorizes $9 billion for water projects recommended by the Army Corps of Engineers, including inland waterways navigation infrastructure, as well as restoration for the Everglades, the Great Lakes and other areas.Of most interest to soybean farmers are the authorizations provided for inland waterways navigation and harbor deepening projects. The authorizations are still subject to annual appropriations to allow the funds to be executed and implemented by the Corps of Engineers.On the House side, Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster has indicated his hope to be able to get their version of the WRDA bill (HR 5303) on the House floor next week. The House T&I Committee passed their bill back in May. The House and Senate versions are similar on ports and waterways provisions, but differ on the contentious issue of providing aid for Flint, Mich. and other communities with drinking water infrastructure issues. If the House is able to pass their bill, a conference committee could convene during the lame duck session in December.last_img read more

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Senate Committee Markups of Defense Bill Coming in Two Weeks

first_imgSubcommittee and full committee markups of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill by the Senate Armed Services Committee will take place during the week of May 21. The seven subcommittees will hold their markups from May 21-22, with the Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee meeting at 11 a.m. on May 22. With the exception of the Personnel Subcommittee’s, all of the markups will be closed to the public. The full committee is scheduled to meet in closed session from May 23-25. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img

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Pentagon Spending Flexibility at Stake in Border Wall Fight

first_img ADC AUTHOR President Trump’s emergency declaration to build a border wall could end an informal agreement between Congress and the Pentagon permitting it to shift billions of dollars within its budget, Roll Call reported last week.House Democrats are expected to try to end DOD’s ability to easily move funds among various Pentagon accounts by reasserting their “power of the purse” authority.If restricted, the Pentagon could lose its ability to transfer up to $4 billion of its base budget and an additional $2 billion in warfighting funds that are not subject to fiscal year spending limits.The accounts comprise less than 1 percent of the defense budget but provide DOD the flexibility to respond to unanticipated funding crises.DOD recently used reprogrammed funds for disaster aid, including $600 million for Hurricane Florence damage to North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune, and $200 million for Hurricane Michael damage to Florida’s Tyndall Air Force Base, as ADC has reported.Army Corps of Engineers photo by Brooks Hubbard IV last_img read more

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Students provided free bus passes

first_imgMalkajgiri: About 200 students of ZP school at Neredmet were handed over free bus passes at a programme at the school by TSRTC Cantonment depot manager Krishnamurthy and deputy depot manager Lavanya on Thursday. A private borewell company Manikanta Borewells sponsored the free bus passes. Borewell company owners Lakshminarayana and B Venkat Reddy attended the programme. Speaking on the occasion, Krishnamurthy noted that many in the higher positions studied in government schools and advised the students to study hard and bring fame to the school as well as to their teachers and parents. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Venkat Reddy said that they too had their primary education at government schools and attributed his success in life to the education he received from such school. He said many poor students were discontinuing their studies due poverty and their inability to pay for bus passes, hence they had come forward to help poor students. Lakshmi Narayana said that their company was ready to provide any help needed by the school, and promised to pay Rs 5,000 for the students securing first and second ranks in the next SSC exams. School headmaster Gopal, teaching and non-teaching staff and students attended the programme.last_img read more

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Kashmir Pandits hail courageous decision

first_imgThe decision to withdraw J & K’s special status was approved by the Rajya Sabha on Monday after Interior Minister Amit Shah presented a resolution on the issue. The decision of the central government led by the Bharatiya Janata party to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution, which attributes special status to Jammu and Kashmir, has been hailed by Kashmir and Pandit groups, who call it a “decisive decision”. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us The Kashmiri Pandits, who were forced out of the valley in the 1990s as a result of escalating terrorist activity in the region, supported the BJP’s decision to remove special constitutional provisions for J & K. All India Kashmiri Samaj (AIKS) said the revocation of Articles 370 and 35A, which empowers the state assembly to define “permanent residents” as conferring special rights and privileges, was a “bold decision”. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us The decision to withdraw J & K’s special status was approved by the Rajya Sabha on Monday after Interior Minister Amit Shah presented a resolution on the issue. The Upper House of Parliament also passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill, 2019, to split the state into two territories: Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. “According to initial media reports, the Indian government has finally acted on Kashmir with unprecedented clarity and determination, making bold decisions that will have many positive ramifications for the entire subcontinent,” he said. said MK Pajan, secretary-general of AIKS said. Advertise With Us The Samaj said that the movement is of unprecedented magnitude and that it will remove uncertainties about the status of the state and its future. Dr. Ajay Chrangoo, chairman of Panun Kashmir, a front-line organization of internally displaced Kashmir Pandits who have embarked on a separate homeland for the community, said: “This is the first step decisive step towards the dismantling of an Islamic State. this will pave the way for a permanent overthrow of the genocide. ” The All India Minority Front hailed the decision and said everyone should go beyond their political interests and differences and welcome this decision. “We welcome the government’s courageous decision. This was necessary for the country’s interest, including Jammu and Kashmir, “said SM Asif, Front National President. Sushil Pandit, associated with another Pandit organization, Roots in Kashmir, said that India had finally changed gears. “India has declared [a] war against jihad. Repeal is a declaration of intent. The war must be won, on the ground. It will be long and arduous … “said Pandit.last_img read more

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