How Americans came to embrace meditation, and with it, Hinduism

first_imgThis week marks the death anniversary of Mahesh Yogi, the Indian guru who brought transcendental meditation to the West in the sixties and became a spiritual teacher to The Beatles, comedian Jerry Seinfeld and countless other celebrities.Today, the legacy of the Maharashi, as he was popularly known, is evident in the widespread appreciation of meditation: Over 6 million people worldwide practice the technique the Maharishi introduced – transcendental meditation. An even larger number practice other forms. Health professionals and practitioners extol its many benefits, which range from anger management, lowered blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, reduced post-traumatic stress and simply a healthier lifestyle.Read it at The Conversation Related Itemslast_img

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Le premier ministre Dexter présente un Cabinet de 12 membres

first_imgAprès son assermentation comme 27e premier ministre de la Nouvelle-Écosse, Darrell Dexter a nommé des députés chevronnés et des nouveaux visages à son premier Cabinet lors d’une cérémonie à Halifax, aujourd’hui 19 juin. « Ce premier Cabinet est petit et axé sur les tâches qui devront être effectuées immédiatement, mais il est aussi représentatif de toutes les principales régions de la Nouvelle-Écosse, a dit le premier ministre Dexter. Les gens qui habitent dans les régions rurales, les villages, les villes et les grandes régions urbaines se feront tous entendre. » La lieutenante-gouverneure Mayann Francis a assermenté le Conseil exécutif de 12 membres. C’est la première fois qu’une personne afro-néo-écossaise assermente un Cabinet en Nouvelle-Écosse. La cérémonie publique, qui a eu lieu au Cunard Centre à Halifax, a été diffusée en direct sur Internet. Le premier ministre Dexter affirme que les nouveaux membres du Cabinet prendront leurs responsabilités au sérieux. « Nous savons que nous devons être fidèles aux gens de cette province, a dit le premier ministre. Nous travaillerons chaque jour en sachant que nous devons relever les défis et tirer parti des occasions qui se présentent à cette province. » Le premier ministre Dexter est également président du Conseil exécutif, président du Conseil du trésor et de la politique, ministre des Affaires intergouvernementales, ministre des Affaires autochtones et ministre responsable des Relations militaires. Frank Corbett a été assermenté comme vice-premier ministre et vice-président du Conseil exécutif. Il est également ministre de la Commission de la fonction publique et ministre de Communications Nouvelle-Écosse. Maureen MacDonald est ministre de la Santé, ministre de la Promotion et de la Protection de la santé et ministre des Affaires gaéliques. John MacDonell est ministre de l’Agriculture et ministre des Ressources naturelles. Bill Estabrooks est ministre des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure, ministre de l’Énergie, ministre responsable de Conservation Nouvelle-Écosse, ministre responsable de l’initiative de la Porte d’entrée de l’Atlantique et ministre responsable de la Sydney Tar Ponds Agency. Graham Steele est ministre des Finances, ministre des Affaires acadiennes et ministre responsable de la Société des alcools de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Marilyn More est ministre de l’Éducation, ministre du Travail et du Développement de la main-d’œuvre et ministre du Bénévolat. Sterling Belliveau est ministre des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture et ministre de l’Environnement. Percy Paris est ministre du Développement économique et rural, ministre du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, ministre des Affaires afro-néo-écossaises et ministre responsable de Nova Scotia Business Incorporated. Denise Peterson-Rafuse est ministre des Services communautaires, ministre des Aînés, ministre responsable du Conseil consultatif sur la condition féminine et ministre responsable de la loi sur la Commission des personnes handicapées (Disabled Persons’ Commission Act). Ramona Jennex est ministre de Services Nouvelle-Écosse et Relations avec les municipalités, ministre de la Gestion des urgences, ministre de l’Immigration et ministre responsable de la jeunesse. Ross Landry est procureur général et ministre de la Justice. Pour consulter la liste complète des responsabilités des membres du Cabinet ainsi que des renseignements biographiques, consultez le http://gov.ns.ca/legislature/MEMBERS/cabinet/cabinet.html.last_img read more

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Nishad is the hero Ayan the protagonist in Article 15 Mohammed Zeeshan

first_imgNew Delhi: Films such as “Article 15” are made rarely, says Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub whose Nishad is the beating heart of the Anubhav Sinha’s directorial despite only a few scenes. Ayyub, who had the option of choosing from three or four different roles in the film that deals with caste conflict, said he picked the character of activist Nishad, the conscience keeper of the story and an amalgamation of several real life people who have fought or are fighting the system. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography Told from the perspective of police office Ayan Ranjan (Ayushmann Khurrana), “Article 15” is a sharp take on caste divisions in India. The story is loosely based on a real-life incident and told through the gang-rape and murder of two village girls. “I’m quite aware about sociopolitical issues and as an actor, I’m involved with these topics. I have also read a lot about the caste system and have very strong views about it. This is why it was so satisfying to play this character,” Ayyub told PTI. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “It is big on Anubhav sir’s part that he gave me the option to choose the character from three-four other roles. I chose Nishad as I felt I would do justice to this role. I felt if I miss this character, I will not get another chance to play someone like him in the next 10 years. Such films are made so rarely in India,” he added. The 35-year-old, who has been seen in films such as “Raees” and “Ranjhanaa”, said Nishad’s short presence in the film is intentional. It makes the audience miss him and question why he is not there in the story. This, he said, can also be a metaphor for a caste dynamic in which people belonging to a certain group remain invisible. “The idea was Nishad should come across as a protagonist though he does not have too many scenes. But that is how our society is. Real people who are working on the ground level never come to the limelight… The idea was that he should be in the film for only a short while so that people miss him,” he said. This disadvantage also plays into the careers and the romance arcs of the two characters, Ayan and Nishad, Ayyub pointed out. “There are two couples in the film, one is Ayan and Aditi, and the other Nishad and Gaura. You can see the difference in how they behave as a couple. What advantages a person belonging to an upper caste has and what disadvantages people from lower castes have. Nishad could have been an IAS or IPS officer. Another character film points out how sharp Nishad was in his studies,” he said. For Ayyub, Nishad is the hero and upper caste Ayan the protagonist. “Ayan’s background, and I am not talking about him being a Brahmin, is that of someone who represents the urban crowd. As some viewers told me that the scene between Nishad and Gaura reminded them about Faiz’s line ‘Mujhse pehli si mohabbat mere mehboob na maang’. Nishad is surrounded by so much filth that he cannot lead a normal life.” The many references from real people, be it the two lines from Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula’s last letter about his aspiration to become a writer or a scientist, the overall shadow of Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad alias Ravan on Nishad or the hat-tip to freedom fighter Chandrashekhar Azad, were also intentional. “We did not want Nishad to be just one person whom we can easily find in the society. He was a representation of the intellect and the brightness of the people who are not getting their due, who are in a fight because of the place or the caste they are born in.” Ayyub said he also wanted people to understand how this fight has been imposed on Nishad. “I have read reviews asking for a spin-off on Nishad… We wanted to show the vulnerable side of a revolutionary… “Next time, when you read the newspaper, and find a mention of a person like him, you will not turn the page. You will, at least, read the story and understand that this person is involved in a fight that I should know about. This is why Nishad comes across so strong in just two scenes.”last_img read more

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Law that allows domestic violence records to be released patchy in the

first_imgHollie Gazzard was 20 years old when she was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend at the hair salon where she worked in Gloucester, England.Court heard her killer, Asher Maslin, had a history of domestic violence and stabbed the young woman fourteen times in front of horrified onlookers after she broke up with him.Five years later, Gazzard’s father wonders if he may have been able help his daughter had he known about her killer’s past.“If I knew then what I know now, I reckon I could have saved Hollie’s life because I would have seen all the signs,” Nick Gazzard said.“Had we used Clare’s Law and the right to ask, that might have been another indicator of his background and given evidence to Hollie to suggest that she was in a situation where he was very high risk.”Clare’s Law allows someone to request information about a partner’s abusive past from police if they believe they’re at risk. Named after another victim of domestic violence in the U.K., Clare Wood, it also allows officers to disclose a person’s violent record to someone they believe is at risk.This fall, the Saskatchewan government proposed similar legislation, as the province grapples with the highest rates of police-reported domestic violence in the country.Statistics show there were 48 domestic-related homicides and nine related suicides in Saskatchewan between 2005 and 2014.Criminal records are currently confidential in Saskatchewan and can’t be shared without consent.While the details are still being worked out in Saskatchewan, the proposed law has a “right to ask” route where a partner can request information and a “right to know” option where police can proactively disclose information to an individual.But if the U.K. experience is any guide, the success of the law is hardly assured.Lucy Hadley, a spokeswoman for the British domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid, said the application of Clare’s Law in the U.K. has been quite patchy since coming into force.While the U.K.’s Office for National Statistics says police recorded 1.1 million domestic-violence incidents and crimes in the year ending March 2017, Hadley said only one in five domestic violence victims will ever contact police.On top of that, only 34 per cent of the 2,820 “right to ask” applications under Clare’s Law resulted in disclosures that same year.Hadley said some of the U.K.’s 43 police forces advertise Clare’s Law and encourage people to come forward, while others don’t.It’s difficult to know whether the law has prevented domestic abuse, she said.“It’s great that we’ve got this scheme and the police can give you more information if you’re worried, but if you’re obviously worried about your partner’s behaviour then you’re probably experiencing domestic abuse already,” Hadley said.Sharon Stratton, public protection lead with the College of Policing in England and Wales, agreed the implementation of Clare’s Law has been patchy in the U.K. so far.“I can imagine that in some circumstances there’s been a lack of knowledge when victims have approached officers and asked to invoke this scheme,” Stratton said.Stratton said there isn’t enough awareness about the law in the U.K. although she said a lot has been done in the last three years to update training and change attitudes.A new pilot project is being introduced at two police forces which allows potential victims to make online applications for information. Currently, a person has to make the request in person.Nick Gazzard said the online process would be useful.“Certainly a lot of people who are traumatized or in relationships maybe where they might want to make that application … would probably be a little resistant of going to a police station for the fear of someone seeing them.“If it could be dealt with online, I think that could be very good.”— Follow @RyanBMcKenna on TwitterRyan McKenna, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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ITS BEEN VERY CHALLENGING MOVIE PRODUCTIONS VYING FOR SPACE AND STAFF IN

first_imgAdvertisement Crew members work on set for the television series, The Arrangement in downtown Vancouver in August, 2017. (Rafferty Baker/CBC) Advertisement Tara Cowell-Plain has been working in film production in Vancouver for the past 22 years, but she says this summer has been one of the most difficult of her career when it comes to finding suitable crew members and scene locations.“It’s been very challenging,” said Cowell-Plain, currently a line producer on Dragged Across Concrete, an upcoming film starring Mel Gibson, Jennifer Carpenter and Vince Vaughn.“Everything from trying to find crew who have experience, to working with local city officials, in terms of shooting downtown with other productions and their schedules, and obviously the efficiencies the city needs to maintain for residents.” Facebook Advertisementcenter_img The City of Vancouver says there are 70 film, television and commercial shoots taking place on city streets in August alone — and Dragged Across Concrete has to compete with all of them.“For instance, Deadpool is shooting quite a lot of sequences downtown and we’ve had to work with their schedule,” said Cowell-Plain.‘At capacity right now’According to the union that represents many of the people who work in the B.C. film industry, last summer’s production demands broke records — but this year appears to be even more intense.“We’re a significant margin — probably about 10 per cent higher than we were last year,” said Phil Klapwyk, business representative for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 891.“We’re actually at capacity right now,” added Klapwyk, whose union represents everyone from artists and carpenters to people working in hair and makeup departments.A sign directs the crew to the set of The Arrangement, a TV series being shot in Vancouver. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)He partly credits the boom to the surge of online streaming platforms, like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon.“This is the cycle we go through every time a big push for content is put on, like we experienced the same situation back when HBO first came into existence,” he said. “We expanded rapidly at that point as well.”IATSE has added more than 1,600 people to its membership list in the past year, swelling the organization to 7,600 members, along with about 6,000 people who work as permittees.‘Not as experienced as we’d like’For Cowell-Plain, the movie has to be made regardless of hurdles, but the pressure from so many productions forces hard choices to be made.“Some of the people on the crew are not as experienced as we’d like. I kind of look at all films as a great training ground for people that are coming into the industry, and we need those people in the industry so there’s a responsibility there,” she said.Cowell-Plain said the positions are mostly being filled, but rather than 10 candidates, she’s choosing from just one or two in some cases.Piles of cable and film gear are a common sight around downtown Vancouver all year round — but especially during the summer months. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)“I would say that, considering the size of movie this is and the level of cast we have, I was expecting it to be quite a bit easier to find people to work on the film. That was a surprise to me.”In addition, she’s also had to choose shooting locations farther from downtown Vancouver, including Surrey.“Prices for things have risen dramatically. What people are expecting you pay for, rentals of locations, rentals of parking … has risen quite a bit,” she said. “It’s been dramatic. Over the last five to ten years, it’s just gone up, up, up.”And Klapwyk doesn’t have good news for anyone hoping a downturn might ease up production resources in the next little while.“I don’t anticipate any immediate slowdowns. It’s looking like we’re going to have a strong fall … it’s looking pretty good.”By Rafferty BakerFollow Rafferty Baker on Twitter: @raffertybaker Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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US Socialist Dem Sanders tax returns show hes a millionaire

first_imgWashington DC: Self-described Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders, the 2020 presidential candidate who has long assailed America’s growing income inequality, released 10 years of tax returns Monday that confirm his newfound status as a millionaire. The senator, who routinely rails against “millionaires and billionaires” and the “rigged” economic system that protects their standing, saw his income spike on royalties from sales of his book, “Our Revolution,” published shortly after his 2016 race for the Democratic nomination. According to tax returns released by the Sanders campaign, Sanders had an adjusted gross income of 561,293 in 2018, 1,131,925 in 2017 and 1,062,626 in 2016. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHis 2015 income was substantially less, at 240,622, the returns showed. “These tax returns show that our family has been fortunate. I am very grateful for that, as I grew up in a family that lived paycheck to paycheck and I know the stress of economic insecurity,” Sanders said in a statement. “I consider paying more in taxes as my income rose to be both an obligation and an investment in our country.” The increased wealth of the liberal candidate who has positioned himself as a champion of the people has raised questions about whether he can still speak for working-class Americans. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSanders said he will still “strive every day to ensure every American has the basic necessities of life, including a livable wage, decent housing, health care and retirement security.” The release comes amid continued pressure on billionaire President Donald Trump to show his tax returns. The New York real estate tycoon refused to do so during the 2016 campaign, saying that he was under audit, but the Internal Revenue Service has said this is no impediment to their release. Democrats have seized on the issue of Trump’s undisclosed taxes since taking control of the House of Representatives in January, and have cited a little-known law that allows Congress to review anyone’s returns to conduct an investigation. On Saturday, Democratic lawmakers gave tax authorities a final deadline of April 23 to hand over Trump’s returns, but it remained unclear if his administration will comply.last_img read more

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UN envoy to visit Iraq in two weeks for talks on broader

19 October 2007The new United Nations envoy for Iraq will travel to the country in two weeks for talks on a broader role for the world body there, a senior UN official told the Security Council today. The new United Nations envoy for Iraq will travel to the country in two weeks for talks on a broader role for the world body there, a senior UN official told the Security Council today.Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe presented the Council with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on Iraq, echoing the UN leader’s assertion that “there is an opportunity today that should not be missed” for transforming recent positive developments – including the ceasefire declared by the Mahdi Army and the Sunni insurgent alliance against Al-Qaida – into a basis for achieving national reconciliation.In August, the Council adopted resolution 1770 expanding the UN’s role in Iraq, including in support of a national dialogue. Mr. Pascoe said the Secretary-General’s new Special Representative, Staffan de Mistura, will immediately explore possibilities toward that end “when he reaches Iraq in two weeks.”Mr. Pascoe confirmed that the ceiling for international civilian staff in Baghdad has been raised from 65 to 85, adding that the number of staff authorized for the northern city of Erbil has risen from 29 to 35. In addition, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has “adopted an area-based approach that expands activities where circumstances are more permissible.”The Under-Secretary-General also issued a strong appeal for Member States to support the UN’s efforts. “Importantly, the United Nations must be afforded the necessary political and humanitarian space to implement the new mandate and the ability of the Organization to talk with all sides must be protected and respected,” he said.“Security arrangements and financial and logistical backing are also essential for the success of the UN Mission in Iraq,” he added.Mr. Pascoe voiced gratitude to countries now supporting the UN’s work in Iraq while urging States to provide additional resources for the mission. He pointed out that a trust fund established to support the ‘Distinct Entity’ that provides protection for the UN will be exhausted next month, while needs are clear “at least through 2008.”He warned that, without an immediate infusion of funds, “the ability of the UN to operate in Iraq could be severely compromised.”The magnitude of the challenges facing Iraq call for an international response which the UN is well-placed to meet, he said. “It is our belief that the new UN mandate, matched by strong international support, provides the necessary framework to move toward building a more stable Iraq.” read more

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US concerned over Jaffna incident

The United States Embassy in Colombo said it is greatly concerned about reports of attacks on students in Jaffna.  “We call upon authorities to exercise restraint and respect peaceful demonstrations,” the Embassy said.An Embassy statement said it was also concerned about the recent threats to freedom of expression in Sri Lanka. The November 28 beating of a reporter in Jaffna, harassment by Government of Sri Lanka officials of independent media outlets, and searches without warrants of journalists all serve to stifle media freedom, the Embassy said.

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Jayalalithaa meets Modi discusses concerns of Sri Lankan Tamils

On her first visit after her second consecutive election victory, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and submitted a memorandum demanding among other things strong action on Sri Lanka.During the meeting at the Race Course residence of the Prime Minister, she presented a memorandum which noted the Sri Lankan Tamils issue and several other matters related to Tamil Nadu. She also demanded the Government to take necessary measures against those in Sri Lanka who allegedly perpetrated “genocide” on innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka.“India should take the initiative in this regard in appropriate international fora like the United Nations Human Rights Council,” she said. (Colombo Gazette) “Tamil Nadu Government urges the Government of India to permit such refugees to hold dual citizenship of both India and Sri Lanka so that they could take up employment and business in India without any hindrance,” she said in the memorandum. Jayalalithaa, in her memorandum, urged the Centre to consider dual citizenship for the Sri Lankan Tamils residing in Tamil Nadu as refugees. read more

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Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Nimal Lanza resigns

The Deputy Minister extended support to President Maithripala Sirisena in 2015.However as of late he has been critical of the Government and also sought to unite former President Mahinda Rajapaksa with President Sirisena. (Colombo Gazette) United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Gampaha District Parliamentarian Nimal Lanza resigned from his post as the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs.Lanza said that he resigned over several reasons.

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Kyrgyzstan Government pledges not to deport UNassisted asylumseekers

Announcing the renewed commitment, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees also thanked the Kyrgyz Government for its efforts to find a new location for the camp housing the asylum-seekers, which is considered to be too close to the border. There are presently 482 individuals registered by UNHCR in the Barash camp in Kyrgyzstan. Hundreds of people fled across the border last month after bloody confrontations between protesters and security forces in the Uzbek city of Andijan. After initially issuing 10-day “asylum certificates,” the government of Kyrgyzstan has since given asylum-seekers permission to remain for a month. With its assurances to UNHCR, the government reiterated its commitment to observe the ban on refoulement – the forcible return of asylum-seekers – that is an essential part of the 1951 Convention on refugees. read more

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Brock United Way goal reached

Greg Finn and Kevin LawrIt wasn’t a wide berth, but it was enough for Kevin Lawr – the Brock community raised $112,710.46 for United Way this year.That was about $700 more than the goal, said Lawr, co-chair of Brock’s campaign benefiting the United Way of St. Catharines and Thorold.“I’d like to thank the Brock community for pulling together and achieving the goal,” Lawr said. “I’m thankful the giving spirit came through in the end.”The official campaign ran for six weeks, starting Oct. 18 and ending Nov. 26. But donations continued until the end of the year. The first event of the campaign was the annual Souper Star Lunch on Oct. 20, when the goal of $112,000 was announced. Other events included a Halloween office decorating competition and a volleyball tournament.The goal increases a little every year, Lawr said. He wasn’t sure the target would be met this year because of the economic climate and competing fundraisers.“But we snuck it out at the end,” he said. “That’s what we always hope to do.”Lawr is pleased that Brock met the goal, although “the need (in the community) is still much greater than we can ever possibly meet.”Campaigning happens year round at Brock. New volunteers are needed, said Lawr, who has been a campaign volunteer for eight years.“We need committee members,” he said. “We need volunteers for events and planning. We need volunteers to do departmental presentations. We just need people.”The committee especially needs faculty members to volunteer, he said.Interested parties can contact Lawr at klawr@brocku.ca or co-chair Lynne Prout at lprout@brocku.ca. This year’s faculty campaign co-chair was Greg Finn, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Academic.Related stories:• United Way campaign entering final week | The Brock News• Brock in the Halloween spirit | The Brock News• Soups dished out for a good cause | The Brock News read more

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Mane agrees new longterm deal with Liverpool

LIVERPOOL, England — Senegal forward Sadio Mane agreed a new long-term contract with Liverpool on Thursday.The length of the deal was undisclosed by the English Premier League club, but media reports suggested it would run until 2023.Mane joins fellow strikers Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in signing new contracts in the last six months.“I am very happy to extend my time at Liverpool,” Mane said. “It is a great day for me and now I am looking forward to helping the club achieve our dreams and, especially, to win trophies. I have made the best decision in my career.”Liverpool, which is second in the standings, visits Watford on Saturday.“I can’t think of a single club anywhere in Europe that wouldn’t want a player like Sadio,” manager Juergen Klopp said. “He is such an important member of our team and squad. He radiates joy and I think this is reflected in his performances and impact on the pitch.”Mane joined from Southampton on a five-year contract in 2016. He has scored 40 goals in 89 appearances for Liverpool.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

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Lundin Gold recognised by UN Global Compact for sustainable development best practices

first_imgLundin Gold Inc has been recognized by the United Nations Global Compact Networks of Colombia and Ecuador at the Best Practice Awards for Sustainable Development for its work undertaken jointly with the Lundin Foundation and Catering Las Peñas (CLP), the supplier of food preparation, cleaning and laundry services to the company’s Fruta del Norte gold project in Ecuador. Global Compact is a United Nations’ initiative through which companies and organizations voluntarily undertake to align their strategies with ten universal principles of corporate social responsibility. Following the Global Compact’s evaluation process, Lundin Gold was recognized for its work with CLP, which relates to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth. This award will allow the company to be evaluated in the 2018 Regional SDG Awards with companies from other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. “The alliance between CLP, the Lundin Foundation and Lundin Gold has had a significant positive economic impact in the province of Zamora Chinchipe and local communities that surround Fruta del Norte,” said Ron Hochstein, President and CEO of Lundin Gold. “Local agricultural producers are now integrated into the catering supply chain, which has boosted the economy and has generated important sources of stable and gainful employment. We are very proud of the results achieved with CLP.”Lundin Gold is committed to developing Fruta del Norte responsibly. In line with this, it aligns its community investment programs with the United Nations SDGs. This set of goals seeks to eradicate poverty, protect the environment and ensure prosperity as part of a sustainable development agenda.CLP was founded by former Lundin Gold employees, who, in doing so, fulfilled their dream to create their own business. Since 2015, CLP has offered food preparation, cleaning and laundry services to Fruta del Norte. Moreover, CLP and Lundin Gold share a common vision and commitment to sustainability. In just over two years, 150 jobs have been created, 75% of which are from the province of Zamora Chinchipe. More than 65% of CLP’s suppliers are from the province of Zamora Chinchipe, and 30% of its purchases are made within the parish of Los Encuentros. Throughout its development, CLP has partnered with the Lundin Foundation and Lundin Gold. The initial investment and technical assistance provided by the Lundin Foundation helped to ensure the success of CLP and promote prosperity in the region. The Lundin Foundation works in partnership with the Lundin Group of companies, host governments, and local communities to improve the management of, and benefit streams from, resource development projects. Operating across diverse geographies, each with a unique cultural and socio-economic context, the Foundation aims to ensure inclusive benefits for generations to come. The Foundation embodies the entrepreneurial spirit of the Lundin Group of Companies, creating jobs, stimulating the economy, training workers and improving livelihoods for those living at or near the bottom of the economic pyramid. The Foundation designs and implements strategic initiatives through the provision of capacity building, targeted technical assistance and performance-based funding. Since inception, the Foundation has disbursed $62 million in support of building resilient communities.Lundin Gold, headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, is developing its wholly-owned Fruta del Norte gold project in southeast Ecuador. Fruta del Norte is one of the highest-grade and largest gold projects currently under construction.last_img read more

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Pretty white girl and out of the shadows The week in quotes

first_imgIT WAS A week dominated by the good news of the discovery of Ohio woman Amanda Berry, ten years after she went missing in Cleveland along with two other women who she was held in captivity with for a decade.Here at home, the government gave negotiators more time to come up with a deal on public sector pay cuts but it did not appear hopeful of an overarching deal, while the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United made headlines here and across the world.All that and more, it’s the week in quotes:last_img

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Mansoorabad lake to sport minitank bund

first_imgMansoorabad: MLA Devireddy Sudheer Reddy, division corporator Koppula Vittal Reddy and GHMC officials inspected the works at Mansoorabad lake on Monday. Sudheer Reddy said, “Officials are ordered to finish the works soon. The lake area will be developed into a beautiful park to facilitate the nearby residents, locals and visitors. It will be groomed as a mini-tank bund.” Pochaboyina Jagadeesh Yadav, Vijay Bhaskar Reddy, Kadamanchi Anand, Singireddy Venu, Irrigation officers and others participated in the programme.last_img

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Gawker Media files for bankruptcy after Hulk Hogan sex tape lawsuit

first_imgGawker Media filed for bankruptcy on Friday after losing a $140 million lawsuit that involved the publication of a sex tape involving former wrestler Hulk Hogan.According to a report by Reuters, the move came after a judge refused to allow Gawker more time to appeal, forcing it to put up a $50 million bond towards Hogan’s damages. While Gawker filed for bankruptcy, it listed Hogan as its biggest creditor.It was revealed last month that billionaire tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel, one of the co-founders of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook, had been funding Hogan’s lawsuit.Gawker had outed him as gay in 2007 with the headline: “Peter Thiel is totally gay, people.”Thiel said he had secretly funded a team of lawyers to track down “victims” of Gawker and help fund their lawsuits against the company. Thiel said he had funded Hogan’s legal costs to the tune of about $10 million.Thiel told the New York Times that funding the lawsuit was one of the “greater philanthropic things that I’ve done.” He also said that this wasn’t the only lawsuit against Gawker that he had funded, but refused to divulge more details about it. Nick Denton, the founder of Gawker, who is also gay, responded on twitter.Gawker, which also owns Jezebel and Gizmodo, will be put up for auction with bids starting at about $100 million following interest from digital publisher Ziff Davis LLC. Ziff Davis owns a number of tech and gaming publications, including PC Magazine and IGN.In the filing, Gawker said its assets are estimated to be worth $50 million to $100 million, whereas its liabilities are estimated to be between $100 million and $500 million.Entering bankruptcy freezes claims from creditors – including Hogan.According to an article published in the Guardian, Hogan’s legal counsel said: “We have every intention to continue to pursue our judgement against Gawker and to hold them accountable for violating Mr Bollea’s privacy whether it be in the bankruptcy court or any other court.”last_img read more

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Dutch likely to take Russia to court over MH17

first_imgThe Netherlands is considering dragging Russia to an international court over the downing of flight MH17 after talks over responsibility ground to an impasse, the Dutch foreign minister said Thursday.In May, the Netherlands and Australia directly blamed Moscow for shooting down the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet with a BUK missile over war-torn eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014.The two countries “asked Russia to formally contact us via diplomatic channels to discuss responsibility in the interest of justice, the victims and their relatives,” foreign minister Stef Blok said Thursday.”More than half a year later… diplomatic contacts have not led to a start of talks with Russia and its responsibility for downing flight MH17,” Blok said in a letter to the Dutch parliament.”The Netherlands and Australia are prepared to continue talks with Russia. But at the same time, cabinet will look at the next steps, in which taking the case to an international judge or organisation will be an option.”All 298 people on the flight between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur were killed when the missile slammed into the Boeing 777 as it overflew territory held by pro-Russian separatists.In November the relatives of 65 Dutch victims lodged a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg demanding that Russia take responsibility for MH17.The Dutch-Australian claim came after international investigators fingered a Russian military unit based in Kursk for transporting the missile from Russia into eastern Ukraine before launching it — a claim backed by other Western powers.Moscow has always vehemently denied involvement and instead pointed the finger at Kiev.Russia in September said it had “fresh proof”, releasing what it said was the missile’s serial number, aiming to prove the missile was made in Ukraine during the Soviet era.The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team has said it would “carefully” study Moscow’s claims, adding that information previously provided by Russia such as the alleged presence of a Ukrainian fighter jet near the airliner on radar images was “incorrect”.last_img read more

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Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter finally out North America

first_imgAround the time Pokémon X and Y released last year, Nintendo announced the Pokémon Bank, a solution for one of the biggest issues the pocket monster franchise routinely faces. The Pokémon series allows you to actually catch ’em all by way of transferring each captured critter from game to game, provided you have the appropriate hardware and software. The Pokémon Bank is a cloud solution for your Pokémon, which allows you to store and retrieve your critters for a subscription of just five bucks per year. The Bank was slated to release toward the end of last year, but was unfortunately delayed. Now, however, it has finally made its way to digital North American shores.The Bank allows you to store up to 3,000 of your enslaved Pokémon, functioning just like the series’ iconic storage boxes. What makes the Bank even more enticing for fans is that it comes with the Poké Transporter app, which allows you to transfer your Pokémon from Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, and White 2 over to X and Y. This means you can then safely store those Pokémon on the Bank. While storing those Nintendo DS critters on the cloud for use in future versions is convenient, the real boon is that if you have transferred pocket monsters from the older Pokémon games into Black and White — from, for example, the original Game Boy games — then you can store those on the Bank as well.Basically, the Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter make keeping and accessing your old Pokémon a breeze for future versions. Once they’re all stored in the Bank, you can then pluck them out for use in upcoming iterations of the series, removing the need for older hardware, cartridges, and link cables.You can grab the Pokémon Bank right now from the Nintendo 3DS store, and if you download it before March 14 of this year, you’ll get a free 30-day trial.last_img read more

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