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  • MEET THE CANADIAN DESIGNERS MAKING FEMINIST LINGERIE

    first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement For Stacy Anderson and Elise Gasbarrino, a bra is never just a bra—it’s an experience. The Toronto-born duo behind Kent Woman, the lingerie and loungewear brand, is dedicated to creating beautiful pieces with soul: designed and produced ethically in Los Angeles using organic silk that looks lovely and feels even lovelier against the body, a sartorial lesson in the joys of self-worth. The duo met during their business undergrad at Wilfrid Laurier University, then went their separate ways for grad school—Anderson to London, Gasbarrino to Milan— where they both studied fashion. Anderson moved to L.A. and launched Kent in November 2016 and Gasbarrino, who is based in New York, joined the brand last May. This year is set to be a major one for the buzzy up-and-comers: In February, Kent will be part of The Sustainable Shop, a pop-up at Hudson’s Bay, and its also participating in a pop-up at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. As well, the brand was recently accepted into an exclusive MBA incubation program with the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Here, the duo talks to us about underwear as feminist awakening.How Did The Idea For Kent Woman Come Together?Anderson: “I was doing my thesis on sustainability and luxury branding, specifically in the intimate apparel space, and I was frustrated at the lingerie options. They were very hypersexualized—it felt like they were intended for someone else other than the woman wearing them. Also, the materials used were largely synthetic—those are the most intimate pieces against your body, so I wanted them to be the most natural. From a stylistic point of view, bright colours, lots of frills, lace and sequins didn’t sit well with me. I really felt that my friends and I aren’t represented in the category.”How Would You Describe The Mission For Kent?Gasbarrino: “It’s great product, which is where any fashion brand starts. We start with that base and then build self-love, self-care and female empowerment around it. As a brand, we want to talk about what matters to women, so we’re hosting different events and animations that help speak to the DNA of the brand and start those conversations.”center_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

  • NURTURING THEM RIGHT

    first_imgAre dwarf rabbits relatively weaker? Rabbits have powerful hind legs designed for running and jumping. They need living space that will permit them ample freedom of movement even when they are confined. Dwarf rabbits tend to be more active and energetic than some larger breeds and require relatively more space. Is it alright to feed my rabbit roti, rice and other Indian food items? No! Rabbits have their own dietary needs and certain food items which they can consume. All cooked food must be avoided. Food with condiments, masala, oil etc. is also bad for your rabbit’s health. You should NOT give your rabbit rice or roti or any wheat based item like bread or pasta. Even raw fruits should only be given in small quantities. Rabbits can enjoy a variety of fresh leafy vegetables such as coriander, spinach, carrot tops or lettuce and also hay. But keep in mind that over-feeding your pet rabbit can have adverse effects. Also Read – Feel what you fear What do I do if my rabbit has fleas? Even though rabbit fleas are not that common in indoor pet rabbits, they do occur occasionally. If your rabbit is infected by fleas he/she might be showing symptoms like self-biting or chewing, excessive scratching and licking. To get read of fleas, run a flea comb thoroughly through your rabbit’s fur coat and then dip the comb in soapy water or alcohol to drown the fleas before combing again. If the condition persists use a rabbit-safe topical solution on the backside of the rabbit’s neck so that he/she does not lick it off as consuming the solution can lead to side-effects and stomach problems. If you have more than one rabbit, then kept them separate so that they don’t lick off each other’s solution. Don’t use any medication on your pet without consulting your vet first. Avoid flea collars and flea powder as the dosage could be too strong for you rabbit to handle. Avoid flea dips as taking a bath is stressful for your rabbit and could send him/her into shock.last_img read more

  • France Delays Fuel Tax Increase to Calm ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests

    Rabat – In an attempt to pacify the fierce protests which have sent thousands of protestors into French streets, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced the suspension of the tax increase planned for January, on Tuesday.The French government will suspend the implementation of tax increases on petrol and diesel for six months, while electricity and gas prices will be suspended during the winter, AFP reported.“This anger, you would have to be deaf and blind not to see it, nor hear it,” Philippe said in a televised address after three weeks since the beginning of the yellow vest protests. “No tax merits putting the unity of the nation in danger,” he added.The six-month period will allow consultations  to examine measures that might be introduced to ease the burden of  the serious situation.“The French who have donned yellow vests want taxes to drop, and work to pay. That’s also what we want. If I didn’t manage to explain it, if the ruling majority didn’t manage to convince the French, then something must change,” Philippe said in his televised address.The tax raised prices 23 percent in a year, to an average of €1.51 per liter of diesel, after President Emmanuel Macron introduced a fuel tax to promote alternative energy. The last time fuel prices were this high was the early 2000s, says AFP.Read also: French Officials Respond to Second Weekend Of ‘Yellow Vest’ ProtestsInstead of responding to the protesters’ demands initially, Macron chose to condemn the protests which caused a serious crisis during in the second year of his presidency.“Shame on those who have abused other citizens and journalists. Shame on those who have tried to intimidate elected officials. No room for this violence in the Republic,” Macron tweeted on the second weekend of the yellow vest protests.Far-right National Rally party leader Marine Le Pen, who has been on the side of the yellow vest protests, tweeted that she had asked Philippe during their meeting to “end the strategy of confrontation chosen by Emmanuel Macron for the past three weeks.”However, the prime minister’s office said a planned meeting on Tuesday between Philippe and a “yellow vest” delegation had been canceled for “security reasons.”Two of the protest leaders, Jacline Mouraud and Benjamin Cauchy, told AFP, that “they had received threats from hardline protesters who warned them against entering into negotiations with the government.”Read also: French PM Meets Yellow Vest Protesters, Officials After Weekend of ChaosWhy are French people protesting?The demands of the yellow vest movement, which started three weeks ago, are mainly to abolish the fuel tax increase scheduled to take effect January and a higher minimum income. Some protesters ask for the return of a wealth tax on high-earners which the French government canceled in 2017.In his election campaign, French President Emmanuel Macron proposed measures to encourage companies to invest in the country, in turn generating job opportunities. After he became president in May 2017, Macron started implementing tax cuts for entrepreneurs and high-earners.The measures stirred anger among the “yellow vest” protestors who have blocked highways around the country and brought serious destruction to streets, shops, and public property.Read also: France’s ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests Continue, Police Struggle to Gain ControlThe protests have resulted in the deaths of four people “including an 80-year-old woman who died in hospital on Sunday after being hit by a tear gas canister in Marseille,” according to AFP.The yellow vest movement developed into fierce street clashes with police in Paris each weekend, which caused the arrest of 412 people on Sunday while 363 remained in custody. read more

  • Myanmar UN rights experts demand new fair trials for jailed political prisoners

    18 November 2008Five independent United Nations experts on human rights today demanded that authorities in Myanmar hold fair and open re-trials for dozens of prisoners of conscience sentenced to lengthy prison terms and immediately release their jailed defence counsels. Last week a dozen detainees, including several women, arrested last year in connection with peaceful demonstrations, were each jailed for 65 years and more than 20 others, including five monks, were recently sentenced to up to 24 years. Many others still await sentencing.“The closed-door hearings are being held inside prisons by courts which lack independence and impartiality,” the five experts said in a joint statement, noting that three defence lawyers had been sentenced to several months of imprisonment for contempt of court after they transmitted their clients’ complaints of unfair trials. Since early November several other defence lawyers have been barred from representing their clients.“The UN experts strongly urge the Myanmar authorities to cease harassing and arresting individuals for peacefully exercising their internationally recognized human rights,” the statement added. “They further demand that all detainees be retried in open hearings respecting fair trial standards and the immediate release of their defence counsels.”The statement followed a call last week by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for the release of all political prisoners in Myanmar.Reiterating previous calls to initiate reforms for a transition to a multiparty democratic and civil government, as envisaged by the new Constitution, the experts strongly urged the authorities to immediately commence work on ensuring the indispensable pre-conditions for free and fair general elections to be held in 2010.These include a comprehensive review of national legislation to ensure its compliance with international human rights standards, the release of political prisoners of conscience, and reform of the armed forces and the judicial system.The five experts are: Special Rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana; Special Rapporteur for the independence of judges and lawyers Leandro Despouy; Special Rapporteur for freedom of opinion and expression Frank La Rue; Special Rapporteur for human rights defenders Margaret Sekaggya; and Special Rapporteur for freedom of religion or belief Asma Jahangir.The special rapporteurs, who serve in an independent unpaid capacity, report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. read more

  • Quartet calls for immediate resumption of Middle East peace talks

    “These negotiations should lead to a settlement, negotiated between the parties within 24 months, that ends the occupation which began in 1967 and results in the emergence of an independent, democratic and viable Palestinian State living side by side in peace and security with Israel and its neighbours,” the Quartet said in a joint statement read out by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after the group’s meeting in Moscow. The Quartet welcomed the readiness to launch proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and emphasized that the circumstances which made it possible to agree to launch those talks be respected.In addition, it reiterated its call on both sides to act on the basis of international law and on their previous agreements, particularly adherence to the Roadmap – the plan championed by the Quartet and which calls for two States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.Members also underscored that the status of Jerusalem is a permanent status issue that must be resolved through negotiations between the parties, and they condemned the decision by the Israeli Government to advance planning for new housing units in the occupied Palestinian territory of East Jerusalem.In a related development, the Bureau of the General Assembly-mandated Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People voiced its grave concern today about Israel’s plans for settlement expansion in East Jerusalem. “We view it as alarming and totally unacceptable that the Government of Israel continues to flagrantly dismiss numerous calls by members of the international community, including the Quartet, for halting the illegal settlement activity in the occupied West Bank and especially in East Jerusalem,” the Bureau said in a statement. In addition, it reiterated its calls on the Israeli Government to immediately stop all its settlement activity and to refrain from any measures and actions that may alter the legal, demographic and cultural character and status of East Jerusalem and the rest of the occupied Palestinian territory. While in Moscow, Mr. Ban also met today with European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton to discuss Haiti, the globally agreed anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), climate change and a range of regional security matters.The Secretary-General is heading to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, which he will visit over the weekend. “The Secretary-General expects to meet with a range of senior officials, including Israel’s President and Prime Minister and the Palestinian Prime Minister,” UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters. “He also intends to visit Gaza, to see firsthand the humanitarian conditions there,” he added.The Quartet, in its statement, expressed its deep concern at the continuing deterioration in Gaza, including the humanitarian and human rights situation, and stressed the urgency of a durable resolution to the crisis. 19 March 2010The diplomatic Quartet promoting Middle East peace – comprising the United Nations, European Union, United States and Russia – today called on the Israeli and Palestinian sides to resume negotiations as soon as possible with the aim of reaching a settlement within two years. read more

  • Showing regard for others key to tackling todays great challenges – Ban

    28 May 2010On a day when millions worldwide are marking the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of acts of compassion for the less fortunate in addressing a host of global challenges. “Only by showing regard for others can we succeed in tackling the great challenges of our era: reducing poverty and hunger, reversing environmental decline, avoiding catastrophic climate change and creating a world of freedom, peace and justice for all,” Mr. Ban said in a message to mark the annual observance. “If we follow the true spirit of Buddhism – or any of the other major religions of the world – all these noble goals can be achieved,” he added.Mr. Ban noted that Vesak is a time for all Buddhists to reflect on the fundamental values of tolerance, compassion and service to humanity that are embodied in the Buddha’s life and teachings. These values are echoed in the UN Charter, a promise by Member States to work in harmony for a world where women and men can thrive and prosper in peace and dignity, he said.The Secretary-General said this year’s theme for the Day – “Global Recovery: the Buddhist Perspective” – speaks to the heart of global concerns at a time of multiple crises. “When the economic and financial crisis hit, the poor suffered first and worst. They will take longest to recover,” he stated.“At the time, I urged world leaders to act in unison for the common good. Their synchronized response and the efforts of the United Nations helped to avoid a worse crisis. Valuable lessons were learned that are guiding our response as the fallout continues.“Such displays of solidarity are increasingly essential in today’s interdependent world.” read more

  • Chinas August export sink 3 amid US trade war imports up

    BEIJING — China says its exports sank 3% in August amid a tariff war with Washington, while imports rose 1.7%.The export weakness reported Sunday was a reverse from July’s 12.2% growth.The customs agency reported China’s global exports for the first eight months of 2019 were off 1% from a year earlier.Chinese exporters also face pressure from weakening global consumer demand.The Associated Press

  • German competition watchdog opens probe against Facebook

    by Frank Jordans, The Associated Press Posted Mar 2, 2016 2:52 am MDT Last Updated Mar 2, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this March 25, 2015 file photo CEO Mark Zuckerberg gives the keynote address during the Facebook F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco. Germany’s competition authority said Wednesday March 2, 2016 it is investigating whether Facebook abused its market position by breaching data protection laws. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, file) German competition watchdog opens probe against Facebook BERLIN – Facebook’s privacy rules are under fresh scrutiny in Germany after the country’s competition watchdog said Wednesday it suspects the social networking site of abusing its dominant market position to make users hand over too much personal information.The California-based company has repeatedly faced challenges to its terms of service in Germany and last week was ordered to pay a fine for making excessive demands on the intellectual property of its users.“There is a preliminary suspicion that Facebook’s terms of use breach data protection rules,” Germany’s Federal Cartel Office said in a statement.Facebook rejected claims of wrongdoing. “We are confident that we comply with the law and we look forward to working with the Federal Cartel Office to answer their questions,” said Tina Kulow, the company’s director of corporate communication for Northern, Central, Eastern Europe and Benelux.The competition watchdog said its probe is directed against Facebook’s subsidiaries in Ireland and Hamburg, Germany.“Market dominating companies have a special responsibility,” said Andreas Mundt, the head of the cartel office. Facebook’s collection of users’ personal data is important to the company’s advertising business and therefore warrants particular scrutiny, he said.“In order to access the social network users must first agree to the collection and use of this data by declaring their consent to the terms of use,” the cartel office said. “The extent of the permissions granted is hard for users to comprehend.”“There are considerable doubts about the admissibility of this practice especially under the current national data protection law,” it added.Last month the company was fined 100,000 euros ($109,000) by a Berlin court for failing to narrow the rights that users have to grant Facebook to use their intellectual property, such as photos and videos. read more

  • UN Women launches media partnership to help bring gender equality to newsrooms

    The United Nations entity tasked with promoting gender equality launched an innovative partnership with leading media houses today to galvanize attention and concrete action towards women’s rights within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The initiative, Step it Up for Gender Equality Media Compact , brings together a broad coalition of print, broadcast and online news media outlets from every region.By signing up to the Compact, the outlets are committing to a range of concrete change actions: championing women’s rights and gender equality issues through editorial articles; ensuring inclusion of women as sources in stories produced, aiming for gender parity; adopting a gender-sensitive Code of Conduct on Reporting; and ensuring women journalists are provided mentors and guidance for career advancement.“Even when reporting is entirely factually accurate, if it is reported predominantly by men, about men, it is actually misrepresenting the real state of the world,” said UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka as she launched the Compact during a side event of the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN New York Headquarters.“This level of support and leadership from media houses and newsrooms alike is what is needed to ensure that we can achieve gender equality and women’s rights by 2030,” she added.Leading up to the launch event, more than 35 media outlets signed up as founding members of the Compact. The diverse group of initial members reach millions of readers and viewers in Africa, Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin American regions.At the event, representatives of some founding members, including South African Broadcasting Corporation, Good Housekeeping and TV Azteca, underlined their commitment to push for gender equality in their news coverage and their newsrooms. read more

  • GIIAA to host Garv Aur Izzat at NCC tonight

    Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIndo Guyanese must protect their contributions to Guyana – activistsMarch 5, 2017In “Local News”British universities to mark abolition of Indian indentureshipOctober 5, 2017In “Entertainment”PHOTOS: Abolition of Indian indentureship anniversary event at LeonoraMarch 6, 2017In “Local News” …in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Abolition of Indian Indentureship in Guyana (Bharat Ko Janiye Image)March 2017, marks 100 years since the Indian Indentureship Scheme was abolished in the then British Guiana. To mark this historic occasion, the Guyana Indian Indentureship Abolition Association (GIIAA), which is representative of the organizations listed below, will be hosting, “Garv Aur Izzat” (Pride And Dignity), tonight, at the National Cultural Centre commencing at 19:00 hrs.The event is a national symbolic launch of activities which are to be held across the country by the various organizations over the next few weeks to commemorate this milestone.“Garv Aur Izzat”, is presented in collaboration with the High Commission of India in Georgetown and the Ministry of Social Cohesion.GIIAA says it has been informed that Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo who is currently performing duties as Acting President, will attend and deliver remarks.The programme also includes presentations from prominent Guyanese Ravi Dev and Ryhaan Shah on the historical perspective of the occasion, the role of women, where we are and where we are going. In addition, Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr George Norton; People’s Progressive Party Member of Parliament and Attorney-at-Law, Adrian Anamayah and High Commissioner of India to Guyana, H.E. V. Mahalingam, will also address the gathering.An enthralling rich cultural showcase capturing glimpses of Indo-Guyanese performing arts will provide the evening’s entertainment.According to the GIIAA “as Guyanese, especially those of East Indian ancestry, use this occasion to reflect on the contributions of their fore-parents to the development of Guyana, there is a profound sense of pride over their achievements and the dignity which they instilled through their sacrifices. While those values will be celebrated as this momentous occasion is being commemorated, how it has been impacted over time will also be put into perspective.”The GIIAA says it is therefore extending an invitation to all to be part of this historic occasion. Admission to the event tonight is free.For further information, the following persons can be contacted: Dr. Seeta Shah Roath – 655-2533; Petamber Persaud – 644-1889 and Neaz Subhan – 624-5002.The GIIAA is comprised of the following organizations: Gandhi Youth Organization, Girmitya Research Council (Guyana), Guyana Arya Samaj, Guyana Indian Indentureship Abolition 100, Guyana Islamic Forum, Guyana Maha Sabha, Guyana Pandits Council, Hindus for Selfless Service, Indian Action Committee, Indian Commemoration Trust, ISKCON, Muslim Youth League, Oral Tradition, Pandit Sabha Region 3, Saraswati Vidya Niketan, Viraat Sabha Guyana and the Vishnu Bandhu Group. read more

  • Java declared harmful get it off your computer now

    first_imgWhen it comes to keeping your computer system secure, browser plug-ins deserve a little extra attention. They’re frequently targeted by cybercriminals, and they’re not always patched as quickly as they should be. That’s a big reason why both Google and Mozilla blacklist or block plug-ins when they’re out of date.Generally, there are three plug-ins that get targeted by the drive-by exploits landmines scattered around the web: Flash, Adobe Reader, and Java. And while you’ll need Flash if you play games or watch videos (to some extent, even though HTML5 video is on the rise) and you might need Reader to check out PDF manuals and the like, Java probably isn’t doing anything for you except putting you at risk.Because of that, says F-Secure’s Mikko Hypponen, you should really just get it off your system right now.There was a time when many people actually needed the Java plug-in. Those days are long gone, and chances are good that you can remove Java from your system entirely and you’ll never notice the difference. You’ll be surfing more securely, and the sites you visit will probably function just fine. As a bonus, exploits like the recently-discovered Java Rhino won’t be able to touch you.If you have to run Java, Hypponen suggests using a secondary browser just for those times you need the plug-in. Use it only to visit the sites where you know it’s needed, then close the browser when you’re done and return to your default. If you’re OK with a little instability from time to time, Chrome Canary is a good choice. Its sandboxing abilities help keep it safe from attacks like Java exploits, and it won’t allow you to set it as your default browser.More at F-Securelast_img read more

  • Challenge 5 Fix something thats bothering you about your phone

    first_imgChallenge 5: Fix something that’s bothering you about your phone A small change can mean a peaceful mind. Short URL Sometimes, we have small things that bother us that hover in the background, causing us minute but still noticeable stress.A 2014 study shows that ‘hassles’, or small stresses, can actually affect mortality in men. It found that people with ‘medium hassles’ that increased in late life had a 63% higher mortality risk, while those with consistently high hassles “had independent effects on mortality”.Should your phone be a hassle? No.(Here’s a longer read about studies on the affect of stress on our health.)That’s why we should try and curb the amount of little stresses something like a phone brings to our lives.So today:If your phone is broken, look up a qualified repair centre and arrange a repair dateIf you have a tech question about your phone, google the question or ask a tech-minded friend. Or browse our Q-Tip series which has lots of little tech hints and tips.Need a new cover, or one that helps prevent breaks? Go shopping for one or look online. Places like Society6 are great if you want a cover that has a print designed by an independent artist.Want to change something about how your phone is laid out, what apps you prioritise, or set a new home screen? Take the time to do that.Do you need new headphones or a new charger? Shop around. Here are some examples our writers shared:I had a spot on my camera lens for months that drove me to distraction. I even left it into a repair place to get it fixed. It eventually went away but it was stressful. 6 Comments Share Tweet Email3 http://jrnl.ie/3321264 Apr 28th 2017, 12:50 PM Memory really stressed me out. Now I have Google photos, so all my photos are automatically saved to it whenever I connect to wifi (so if I lose my phone I still have my pictures). When that filled up I just bought more Google Photos storage, which wasn’t expensive. Cheaper than buying a harddrive. It’s great cos I don’t have to stress all the time about clearing my memory. IT’S WEEK TWO of our Live A Better Life series, and it’s all about challenging yourself.On the 10th day of the series, we’re looking at what’s bothering us about our phone, and whether that can lead to unnecessary stress.This can be something big, or something tiny. But it’s something that’s niggling at you.Is your screen a bit cracked? Does the cover need a bit of love? Are your apps arranged badly? Does your phone need a bit of TLC? The phone I have now is slow to open apps, open the camera, the keyboard freezes frequently etc. It’s an old phone and it used to drive me absolutely mad. I switched back to after dropping my new one in the loo (three weeks after I got it) and I actually find all of that less annoying. I think it’s because I’m generally more zen about my phone anyway, so I put it away from me more frequently at home and the keyboard issue forces me to take breaks from texting and just call people.Don’t have an issue with your phone? Then happy days. Enjoy the break.Join us next week when we’ll be looking at the major tech stressors that can bother you, from questions about your bill to how to make sure your phone privacy is secure.Let us know how the second week of Live A Better Life has been going for you in the comments. Live A Better Life: The series so far> Friday 28 Apr 2017, 12:50 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Anytime a permission gets enabled unexpectedly and things don’t work the way they should will have me stressed until I’ve fixed it. 8,659 Views Want more? Get this wellness series emailed to you every Friday this month: I had an old phone that was stressing me out by freaking out and hitting random buttons whenever it was on an Edge connection. I fixed this by… getting a new phone. But seriously that was driving me insane. I forgot that it was actually nice sometimes to use a smartphone. I hate not getting notifications from some apps. You have to change about a hundred settings on my phone to always get them. By Aoife Barrylast_img read more

  • Record breaking tourist arrivals and revenues in 2015

    first_imgOfficial data released on Monday by the Bank of Greece confirmed that 2015 was an all-time record year for Greek tourism, thanks to the significant contribution of revenues from US and British holidaymakers.Tourism takings last year amounted to 14.2 billion euros, posting annual growth of 6 percent. Revenues from US tourists registered a massive 44.4 percent year-on-year rise to reach a record 945.6 million euros, while revenues from the British market exceeded 2 billion euros, posting 30.5 percent annual growth. This development came about mainly due to the slide of the euro against the US dollar and the British pound.There were also gains in revenues from German visitors, who spent 13.6 percent more last year, reaching 2.26 billion, while French tourists achieved record spending of 1.2 billion euros, rising 6.6 percent compared to 2014. On the other hand, there was a major 63.2 percent year-on-year decline in revenues from the Russian market, which amounted to 425.5 million euros.The number of tourism arrivals in Greece expanded 7.1 percent in 2015 from the year before, reaching an all-time high of 23.6 million, with US and French tourists also posting record numbers. The number of US visitors climbed above 750,000, rising 26.8 percent from 2014, while French visitors rose 4 percent to exceed 1.5 million.There was also a positive trend in Greek tourism’s two main markets: German holidaymakers increased 14.3 percent on a yearly basis to top 2.8 million, while 14.7 percent more Britons visited Greece in 2015 than in 2014 to add up to almost 2.4 million. The number of Russian tourists slumped 59 percent to almost 513,000.In December 2015 alone there was a 12.2 percent increase in tourism revenues, which reached 205 million euros, while foreign tourism arrivals declined by 9.3 percent from December 2014 to 488,000. All main five markets (German, British, French, US and Russian) posted a rise in arrivals, while revenues rose from the Americans, the Russians and the French, but declined from the Germans and the British.BoG figures also showed that the travel balance recorded a surplus of 12.17 billion euros last year, rising 7.5 percent from the surplus of 11.3 billion registered in 2014. This development is mainly attributed to the rise in tourism revenues by 801 million euros and, to a lesser extent, to the 51-million-euro decline in travel payments (money used for traveling abroad).Average expenditure per trip amounted to 582.9 million euros, recording a decline of 1.2 percent from 2014.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

  • Minister of Citizenship firm on the significance of an English Language test

    first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, Alan Tudge confirms the commitment of the Federal Government to the importance of English as a prerequisite for Australian citizenship.Though the Coalition government tried to introduce a bill to make the citizenship prerequisites stricter last year, it failed to pass through the Senate. Now another bill is waiting to be discussed in the Parliament, introduced by One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson, which also amends the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 in relation to strengthened citizenship requirements, including English language proficiency.These two elements were brought to the foreground last week, as they are included in the Federal Budget.“We are still planning on introducing some reasonable requirements for new migrants to learn conversational English before becoming a citizen,” Minister Alan Tudge stated to Neos Kosmos. “It is difficult today to get good employment without English and, of course, basic English is vital to be a full participant in our democracy.”This specific reference to “conversational” English is a far cry from the ‘university level’ English test that government critics were concerned that the ministry was aiming to introduce. “Importantly, these requirements would not apply to anyone over the age of 60,” the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs clarified.last_img read more

  • Arts commission seeks lifetime achiever

    first_imgThe Clark County Arts Commission is seeking nominations for its annual Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes an artist who lives or works in the county and has made a significant contribution to local, national or international arts and culture. Individuals or groups may be nominated.Nominees must be at least 60 years old, current or previous longtime Clark County residents, and active or recently retired from a field, such as visual arts, dance, acting, music, literary arts, graphic arts, art education or art advocacy.For more information about criteria and making a nomination, visit www.clark.wa.gov/county-manager/arts-commission-seeks-lifetime-achievement-award-nominations.All nomination materials should go to Commissioner Barbara Wright by 5 p.m. Oct. 30. Send to bawwrightseta@hotmail.com.last_img read more

  • Search teams targeted homes in theft case

    first_imgLaw enforcement officials served search warrants at multiple residences in Vancouver Friday morning, as part of an ongoing theft investigation. Stolen property was recovered by members of the Vancouver Police Department’s west Neighborhood Response Team with assistance from the regional SWAT team, according to Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp.Shawn M. Justin, 36, and Kristine K. Nelson, 25, were arrested Friday on suspicion of possessing stolen property.last_img

  • Surveillance captures shirtless man stealing package with gun parts inside

    first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A package thief was caught on camera running up to a Deerfield Beach home and swiping a box with gun parts for an AK-47 inside.Surveillance cameras outside of the Deerfield Beach house along South Deerfield Avenue and Southeast 11th Street captured the Sept. 11 burglary.The man, who partly covered his face with his shirt, could be seen getting out of the passenger side of a car and walking up to the porch. Once he got a hold of the package, he took off.The gun parts inside the box were worth about $500.If you recognize the thief, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

  • Alaska unemployment rate at 68 percent in May

    first_imgAlaska’s preliminary unemployment rate stood at 6.8 percent last month.That compares to 6.7 percent in April and 6.9 percent in May 2014.Alaska has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state with the highest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate last month was West Virginia, where unemployment stood at 7.2 percent.The state labor department, in a release, says Alaska’s unemployment rate began to decline temporarily last fall after a policy change in unemployment insurance eligibility. But the department says the unemployment rate has since returned to “typical” levels.The U.S. unemployment rate for May was 5.5 percent.last_img read more

  • Board of Fisheries member resigns

    first_imgThe newest member of the state Board of Fisheries is planning to resign after less than a year on the job.Anchorage’s Bob Mumford was appointed last spring. In late January, he told board support staff that after two more meetings, he would be done serving on the board. Mumford will serve through the Alaska Peninsula and statewide meetings, scheduled for February and March, and then will be done with that job.That’ll leave Governor Bill Walker with three seats to fill this spring. Current chair Tom Kluberton’s term expires in June, and he’s said he doesn’t want to serve another term. That’s typically considered a sport fishing seat. Dillingham commercial fisherman Fritz Johnson’s term also expires in June. He told KDLG News last fall that he was interested in continuing his work on the board.Mumford was appointed to the board last spring, after the governor’s prior pick for the seat was not confirmed by the state Legislature. He was appointed to a seat typically held by someone who represents sport fishing interests, and is a former Wildlife Trooper who has also served on the state Board of Game.last_img read more

  • Kenyan court upholds bans on gay intimacy

    first_img Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — In a case that pitted influential faith leaders against gay rights groups, Kenya’s High Court declined on Friday (May 24) to force the repeal of sections of the penal code widely seen to discriminate against homosexuals.A ruling in favor of repeal would have been a trailblazing step for an Africa court, but the three-judge bench said there was not sufficient evidence of discrimination or denial of basic rights.“We are not persuaded by the petitioner that the offense against them (gays and Lesbians) are overboard,” said Justice Chacha Mwita, one of the judges.But pro-gay church leaders and activists reacted sharply to the ruling, vowing that the struggle for equality will continue.Members of the Kenyan LGBTI community leave Kenya High Court in Nairobi after hearing the ruling on an LGBTI petition seeking decriminalization of gay sex on May 24, 2019. RNS photo by Fredrick Nzwili.“I am very disappointed,” Rev. John Makokha, a pastor who heads Riruta Hope Community Church in Nairobi, which welcomes LGBT people, told Religion News Service. “Gay people need the freedom to express themselves without fear or victimization. They need to be let free to live their lives fully.” He urged the churches to open their doors to LGBT people, saying they, too, are children of God.But the vast majority of Christian and Muslim leaders approved of the court’s decision. Most oppose homosexuality as contrary to the teaching of the Bible and the Quran, and many pastors don’t accept gays and lesbians in their churches.Homosexuality “is against everything — our culture, the bible, nature, our faith,” said Anglican Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit of Kenya. “We are alarmed by same sex marriages. Marriages is an institution of procreation. There is no procreation in gay marriages.”According to the archbishop, defeating these trends, which he said are imports from the West, requires vigilance. “If we keep quiet, they advance an inch. We must sustain the noise against the trends,” said Ole Sapit.Sheikh Hassan ole Naado, deputy secretary general of the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims, said he never doubted how the court would rule. “The society does not condone extreme liberal ideas such as this one. We are for procreation and we do not support homosexuality,” said Ole Naado.Members of Kenyan LGBTI community await a ruling in Kenya High Court in Nairobi on an LGBTI petition seeking decriminalization of gay sex on May 24, 2019. RNS photo by Fredrick Nzwili.In 2016, the National Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission went to court seeking a repeal of sections 162 and 165 of the Penal Code of Kenya. Though convictions have been rare, the two sections outlaw “carnal knowledge against the order of nature and indecent acts” between males, whether in public or private, and punish gay sex with up to 14 years in prison.Gay rights activists had argued that the laws contradicted sections of the 2010 constitution, which guaranteed equality, dignity and privacy for all citizens.Opponents say the laws have been used to persecute the LGBT community. Some members of the gay community have been attacked, evicted from their houses or fired from work because of their sexual orientation.“LGBT rights mean more than just gay rights. The fight to #Repeal162 is a fight for civil liberties. This fight should matter to everyone no matter who we are,” said Michael Okun Oliech, a Kenyan writer, blogger and human rights activist, in a tweet.“This is a huge setback for human rights in Kenya,” said Téa Braun, the director of the Human Dignity Trust, who was in court to see the ruling handed down.“The ruling sends a dangerous signal to the other 72 countries, 35 of them in the Commonwealth, where citizens are made ‘criminals’ simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”In sub-Saharan Africa, 28 out of 49 countries have laws penalizing same-sex relationships, according to Human Rights Watch. In Mauritania, Sudan and Northern Nigeria, Islamic law prescribes death for homosexuals, although no executions have been carried out recently. Angola, Mozambique and Seychelles recent scrapped their anti-gay laws. Catholicism Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Fredrick Nzwili By: Fredrick Nzwili Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Fredrick Nzwili Share This! TagsAfrica Anglicans gay rights homepage featured homosexuality Islam Kenya legal cases LGBT Muslims Shariah Supreme Court,You may also like Fredrick Nzwili Fredrick Nzwili is a journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. For more than 15 years, he has written about religion, politics, peace and conflict, development, security, environment and wildlife. His articles have appeared in international media organizations among others; The Tablet, The Christian Science Monitor, The National Geographic and Kenyan local newspapers; The Standard and the People Daily.,Load Comments,How remembering the dead has evolved from graveside eulogy to farewell address As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Russian Orthodox Church drops plan to build a new St. Catherine’s Cathedral News By: Fredrick Nzwili Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019last_img read more