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Nunavut journalist becomes only person banned from all five Nunavut prisonsNunavut journalist becomes only person banned from all five Nunavut prisons

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsNunavut’s Baffin Correctional Centre (BCC) is infamous.The Auditor General of Canada said the facility puts the safety of staff and inmates at risk.Most people want to get out of BCC, not in.But one man who advocates for prisoners got kicked out of jail – and he’s taking Nunavut justice to court to get back

First Nations file lawsuit over Husky oil spill into North Saskatchewan RiverFirst Nations file lawsuit over Husky oil spill into North Saskatchewan River

first_imgPRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – Two First Nations in Saskatchewan have filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against an energy company responsible for an oil spill that fouled the drinking water supply of thousands of people two years ago.The James Smith Cree Nation and the Cumberland House Cree Nation are seeking reparations from Husky Energy for the spill in July 2016 that polluted the North Saskatchewan River.They cite damage caused by the spill and allege Husky hasn’t been willing to work with them to make things right.The James Smith Cree Nation alleges in a prepared statement of facts that Husky was advised to take remediation steps after about 40 per cent of roughly 250,000 litres of oil mixture leaked into the river.The statement obtained by Prince Albert radio station CKBI claims Husky “failed or refused to perform remediation steps to mitigate, limit or remove the adverse impact” of the spill.None of the allegations by either First Nation has been proven in court.The spill forced the cities of Prince Albert, North Battleford and Melfort to shut off their water intakes for almost two months. Wildlife was also harmed.James Smith’s statement of facts alleges Husky repeatedly failed to provide the community with updates regarding the cleanup, didn’t provide updated technical data such as studies or reports or any other information related to the oil spill.The statement of facts also alleges Calgary-based Husky failed to inform the community as to when the company would be on reserve land to obtain samples, perform remediation or undertake other activities related to the spill response.The band is asking for damages to make up for its members’ lost ability to hunt, fish, trap, gather and otherwise enjoy the river.It also seeks an order requiring Husky to cover the costs of remediating the water, riverbanks and vegetation.The band, based about 60 kilometres east of Prince Albert, wants out-of-pocket expenses accrued during the oil spill cleanup period covered as well.It is asking for punitive damages, legal costs and interest on any compensation.The Cumberland House Cree Nation, located about 300 kilometres east of Prince Albert, has also filed legal paperwork against Husky Energy.Many of the allegations in its statement of facts mirror those submitted by the James Smith band.The Cumberland House Cree are also seeking a judge’s order requiring Husky Energy to “immediately and fully, and at their own expense, remove or remediate oil in the water, soil, vegetation, and debris on the reserve lands.”Husky has said that more than 90 per cent of the oil was recovered.The company concluded that the spill which originated near Maidstone, Sask., was caused when ground underneath a submerged section of pipe shifted.(CKBI, The Canadian Press)(Companies in the story: TSX:HSE)last_img read more

Security Council to send mission to Great Lakes region in bid toSecurity Council to send mission to Great Lakes region in bid to

The mission will be led by Ambassador Jean-David Levitte of France, Ambassador Ole Peter Kolby of Norway, the current Council President, said in a statement to the press. He added that the 15 members would prepare the terms of reference for the mission in the coming days.The announcement came after a closed-door briefing to the Council by UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno on his recent visit to the DRC and regional capitals.According to a UN spokesperson, Mr. Guéhenno also discussed recent fighting in the southeastern part of the country, where there have been reports of an attack on DRC Army positions in the vicinity of Moliro, which the UN Organization Mission (MONUC) has not been able to verify independently.Mr. Guéhenno also told the Council that the UN should work to maintain the momentum on the ground by completing the deployment of some 2,000 UN personnel to Kindu, working with the parties to resume traffic on the DRC’s rivers and repatriating the 1,900 Hutu militia currently located in Kamina.In today’s press statement, Council members voiced “deep concern” about the reports of attacks on Moliro, demanding a halt to all fighting and calling on all parties to settle their differences through negotiations.The members of the Council also called on the parties of the inter-Congolese dialogue to pursue their work in a spirit of consensus and encouraged the facilitators to pursue their efforts.The statement also welcomed the deployment of MONUC to Kisangani and Kindu, in the eastern part of the country, and called on all parties to facilitate the process, especially by granting the Mission access to airports and port structures.The Council repeated its call for the demilitarization of Kisangani, in keeping with resolution 1304, and called for the full reopening of the river, including to commercial traffic, Ambassador Kolby said, adding that the members noted with concern the interruption of UN humanitarian assistance due to lack of funding. read more

UN envoy calls on Spanish and Portuguesespeaking countries to support HaitiUN envoy calls on Spanish and Portuguesespeaking countries to support Haiti

The head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Juan Gabriel Valdés, on Friday asked foreign ministers attending the Summit to urgently fund projects that can produce quick results, so that the Haitian people can observe tangible improvements and gain trust in the UN.Mr. Valdes also emphasized the pioneering nature of the joint participation of troops from several Ibero-American countries, such as Guatemala, Peru, Chili, Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Brazil and Spain, in MINUSTAH’s work. This Summit brings together 19 nations from the Americas plus Spain and Portugal. read more

Rape sexual violence continue in Sudans Darfur region UN reportsRape sexual violence continue in Sudans Darfur region UN reports

Armed elements in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region, including law enforcement officers and the military, continue to perpetrate rape and sexual violence, with the authorities seemingly unable or unwilling to hold them accountable, according to a new United Nations report released today.“Many women do not report incidents out of fear of reprisals and are discouraged from reporting, given the lack of redress for sexual violence,” says the report, an assessment of how the Government of Sudan has lived up to commitments undertaken a year ago in a joint communiqué with Secretary-General Kofi Annan to investigate and punish sexual violence in Darfur.“Some police stations refuse to register and investigate complaints of sexual violence. When cases are registered, police officials often do not vigorously investigate the claims,” it adds, noting that the authorities intimidate victims and witnesses into withdrawing charges. The report, “Access to Justice for Victims of Sexual Violence,” prepared at the initiative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), looks at patterns of rape in Darfur, which has been racked by a conflict between the government, allied militias and rebels that has killed at least 180,000 people and driven 2 million more from their homes in the past two and a half years.“Basically we see extremely, extremely poor results in the investigation and successful prosecution of perpetrators of very serious sexual violence,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour told a news briefing in New York.“Rape, gang rapes continue to be very prevalent by all accounts and the deficit in the government ranges from first, an extremely unreceptive attitude toward even recognizing the magnitude of the problem, and it seems to me that is the first thing that needs to be addressed,” she added.The report lists specific cases and details different obstacles to justice as well as instances of arrest, intimidation and harassment of human rights defenders and medical providers.It says the Government is starting to take some steps, including the formation of a State Committee on Gender Based Violence for South Darfur and the provision of technical assistance to improve the investigative capacity of law enforcement agencies. But major obstacles continue to prevent most victims from seeking accountability.It notes that the authorities generally deny the allegations of rape and sexual violence and intimidate not only victims and witnesses into withdrawing charges but also local and international humanitarian organizations.In order to bring sexual violence to an end, the Government of Sudan needs to fully acknowledge the scope of the problem and take concrete action to end the climate of impunity in Darfur, the report states.“Only timely and credible investigations and prosecutions of sexual violence willmake it clear to the perpetrators of sexual violence, who include members of the law enforcement, security forces and pro-government militia, that sexual violence will no longer be tolerated,” it says.But to date most perpetrators of rape and sexual violence have not been brought to justice, adding that it remains to be seen whether a recently established Special Criminal Court for the Events in Darfur will effectively address these crimes. read more

Dorel Industries buying Chinese firm that makes goods for infants and childrenDorel Industries buying Chinese firm that makes goods for infants and children

MONTREAL – Dorel Industries will become one of the largest makers of strollers, high chairs and other products for children and infants in China with a deal Monday to buy Hong Kong-based Lerado Group for US$120 million.Chief financial officer Jeffrey Schwartz said the acquisition will give Dorel more flexibility and allow it to “control its own destiny.”Though the acquisition is not expected to add to earnings in the first year of operations as Dorel integrates the new facilities, Schwartz said it was a strategic move.“I think it’s going to change Dorel. It gives us a whole new element that we never had before and that’s manufacturing,” he said in an interview.Instead of relying exclusively on third-party suppliers, Montreal-based Dorel (TSX:DII.B) will be able to make its own products to sell in China and export around the world.The acquisition, which will see Lerado’s management and employees join Dorel, includes four facilities – three manufacturing plants in China and a research and development facility in Taiwan.The plants will become Dorel’s Asian juvenile production hub while also making products for other companies as a contract manufacturer.By producing lower-priced products in-house, Dorel will be better able to compete for this business, Schwartz said.“There was a part of the market that we were losing because we couldn’t compete directly with a factory. There wasn’t enough value-added on lower-end products to justify why we would make a mark up on top of the factory’s mark up.”Meanwhile, higher-end strollers currently made in Europe, for example, will also be able to be produced in China for the Chinese market.China is currently a “negligible” part of Dorel’s juvenile sales, but new car seat laws and the growing middle class make it a “very interesting market” longer term, Schwartz said.Dorel plans to continue making car seats at its facilities in the United States and Europe, but most of the other products have long been made in China.The company said it will benefit from Lerado’s new facilities and technology, including a recently constructed car seat crash test laboratory similar to those owned by Dorel in the U.S. and Europe.The deal, which as been in the works for nearly a year, is expected to close later this year.Analyst Leon Aghazarian of National Bank Financial said the acquisition is part of the evolution of the supply chain and competitive environment in the global juvenile market.“While Dorel intends to keep using existing suppliers to a certain degree, the Lerado acquisition provides more supply chain control in a changing environment where some manufacturers are now acquiring brands and competing with Dorel,” he wrote in a report.Lerado is one of the main juvenile products manufacturers in China along with Goodbaby and Wonderland, the maker of Graco products. Goodbaby has been one of Dorel’s main suppliers but stands to become one of its biggest competitors with its purchase of Evenflo and Europe’s Cybex brand.Analyst Mark Petrie of CIBC World Markets said the deal is driven by the desire to control supply and will take time to provide a financial return.“Given Dorel’s inexperience, and the need to improve current operations, we expect it will take some time for the benefits of the transaction to appear in the numbers,” he wrote.Dorel manufactures a number of children’s products under the Safety 1st, Quinny, Cosco, Maxi-Cosi and Bebe Confort brands. It also sells bikes and cycling gear under the Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, IronHorse and Sugoi brands.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 16, 2014 11:28 am MDT Dorel Industries buying Chinese firm that makes goods for infants and children AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

NDP firing CEO of auto industry watchdog promises changeNDP firing CEO of auto industry watchdog promises change

Related Stories Man facing 164 charges related to vehicle consignment fraud by News Staff Posted Dec 6, 2016 2:29 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 6, 2016 at 2:35 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Service Alberta Minster Stephanie McLean and AMVIC Board Chair Paul Williams (Service Alberta) The Alberta Government is firing the CEO of the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council, the watchdog in charge of monitoring the auto industry and protecting consumers, following ongoing problems in the organization.Following a four-month review, the NDP is accepting 22 recommendations made by reviewer George Cuff to overhaul AMVIC, after complaints including lack of enforcement, siding with industry over customers and failing to properly oversee transactions.Service Alberta Minister Stephanie McLean said the focus is restoring public confidence.“Albertans need to know that when a purchasing a car or truck or any other vehicle for the matter, that they’re well-represented and AMVIC is the body to do that,” she said.In the spotlight of AMVIC’s troubles is the $5 million class-action lawsuit against now-defunct Treadz Auto Group, a Calgary company accused of bilking dozens of customers.The lawsuit claims AMVIC failed to provide its proper oversight, as some complainants have been waiting for five years to be compensated.While she didn’t provide any specific examples, McLean said it’s clear AMVIC’s structure had to change and remove its CEO John Bachinski.“It’s better to position someone else who has the ability to take on a newly defined role and one that will have a fresh take on things and furthermore, that the board and employees have a fresh relationship with,” she said.McLean cited there were questionable appointments to AMVIC made during the last government, high levels of staff turnover and administrative decisions that benefited industry and not customers.AMVIC Board Chair Paul Williams said the report will help.“AMVIC actually needs to turn the corner on certain issues and some of the perceptions about our organization amongst consumers, industry and even media,” Williams said.AMVIC has a compensation fund that reimburses customers who have been wronged, but McLean said last year, only $2,000 was paid out of the $4 million in the fund.As for the Treadz case, McLean said once the court case is settled, those who deserve money will get it.“Absolutely if you have a valid claim, you should receive compensation under the fund,” she said.Williams added there are consumers that don’t even know about the fund, with McLean saying in the future it will improve.“We are committed to ensuring that it functions better and that it pays out when there have been issues that would warrant a payout,” she said. “It’s clear that the past structure is not one that functioned in that way.”“Treadz Auto is a complicated case,” McLean said. “The changes that have been recommended by Cuff are thorough, they’re detailed and we are committed to ensuring that they are going to be implemented in the most effective way possible for our consumers.” NDP firing CEO of auto industry watchdog; promises change Alberta|Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council|Calgary|George Cuff|John Bachinski|paul williams|Stephanie McLean|Treadz Auto|YYC read more

UN agencies fly in urgent aid for Syrian refugees in north IraqUN agencies fly in urgent aid for Syrian refugees in north Iraq

The flight, chartered by the World Food Programme (WFP), includes 340 family tents, 42 metric tonnes of high energy biscuits and 15 metric tonnes of special nutrition bars contributed by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The supplies will be distributed by WFP and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).“The continuing exodus of people fleeing Syria into Iraq over the last month has been unprecedented,” said UNHCR Representative in Iraq Claire Bourgeois. “With the support of the government of the Kurdistan Region, UNHCR, WFP and our partners are in a race against time to meet the needs of the tens of thousands of new arrivals.”Over the past two weeks, more than 44,000 Syrian refugees have crossed into the Kurdish region of northern Iraq. Most of them are women and children sheltered in camps or collective facilities while others reside with family and friends.A second flight is due to arrive in Erbil today from Adana, Turkey, carrying 93 metric tonnes of food, enough to feed 11,500 people for three weeks. In addition to the flights, WFP is mobilizing more than 37,000 rations from around the region to feed up to 185,000 people for one month. Some 25 trucks carrying 500 metric tonnes of food supplies arrived Monday from Turkey to meet the urgent food need of refugees.In a news release, UNHCR and WFP said most of the newly arrived Syrians have been transferred to Kawergosk camp, close to Erbil, which is now home to an estimated 15,000 refugees. “In the last 12 days, aid workers have turned the desolate Kawergosk site from an empty plain into a burgeoning refugee camp that now must be prepared for northern Iraq’s rough winters,” the agencies said.UNHCR has so far sent over 120 trucks of aid to camps and various centres hosting new arrivals, with more relief being dispatched from the agency’s stockpiles in Jordan. Meanwhile, WFP has distributed more than 1,500 family food rations, enough to feed 7,500 people for one month, in Kawergosk camp over the last few days. The ration includes rice, sugar, salt, wheat flour, lentils, and vegetable oil.“We are grateful for the generosity of the local authorities of the Kurdistan Regional Government who provided the Syrian refugees with hot meals in the initial days, when they arrived in northern Iraq,” said Ute Meir, WFP’s acting Country Director in Iraq. “WFP has now mobilized enough food to meet most of the urgent food needs of Syrian refugees in camps and transit centres in northern Iraq.”UNHCR is also assisting some 3,000 people temporarily encamped at the Baharka warehouse, also in Erbil, as well as about 2,600 Syrians living in schools and other buildings in Qushtapa. Temporary sites are being set up to accommodate those living in mosques, schools and libraries, the agency said.Almost 200,000 Syrian refugees have fled into Iraq since the onset of the conflict in Syria on March 2011, with some 30 per cent residing in camps and 70 per cent living in Iraqi communities. read more

The charts that show how the UK is in the midst ofThe charts that show how the UK is in the midst of

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week comes at a time of great change in the world of mental health – with more people coming forward and openly discussing the once-shunned illnesses that affect so many of us.  And as more of us are impacted by mental health, awareness around its issues has also risen recently. This has been assisted by high-profile interventions, such as those made by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge…. Millions of us are impacted by mental illness each year, with official data revealing that almost 1.8 million work sickness notes handed out by GPs between September 2016 and September 2018 were for mental health, accounting for a third of all sickness notes with a recorded illness. read more

Revenue seizes over 600 litres of alcohol at Dublin PortRevenue seizes over 600 litres of alcohol at Dublin Port

first_imgRevenue seizes over 600 litres of alcohol at Dublin Port They made the seizure a couple of days before St Patrick’s Day celebrations kick off. Share Tweet Email1 By Gráinne Ní Aodha Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 1:40 PM 18 Comments Mar 16th 2017, 1:40 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Revenue 8,472 Views Image: Revenue Short URL REVENUE HAS UNCOVERED more than 600 litres of undeclared alcohol at Dublin Port this week.Revenue officers searched a truck as it arrived into Dublin from Holyhead as part of an intelligence-led operation.Officers seized 200 litres of beer and 408 litres of wine, which has a retail value of over €6,700, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of more than €3,300.A man in his 40s was questioned and investigations are ongoing with a view to prosecution.The seizure is part of Revenue’s on-going operations targeting the illegal importation, supply and sale of alcohol in the shadow economy.The majority of people pay the right amount of tax and duty.If you know someone is evading tax or involved in smuggling, contact Revenue’s Confidential Freephone 1800 295 295.Read: Second man (18) charged with murder of David ‘Daithi’ DouglasRead: Parents of injured baby to be interviewed by gardaí in Louthlast_img read more

HolmesDennis joins BristolHolmesDennis joins Bristol

first_imgTareiq Holmes-Dennis has signed for Bristol Rovers, according to Huddersfield official website.Holmes-Dennis has completed a permanent transfer from Huddersfield Town to Sky Bet League 1 side Bristol Rovers. The terms and details of the transfer have not been disclosed by Huddersfield. Tareiq signed for Huddersfield from Charleroi Athletic back in the summer of 2016.After making his debut in the club’s 2-1 victory Rotherham in September that year he went on to make a further 14 appearances for David Wagner’s side. Tareiq picked up just one assist during his time at Town, setting up Harry Bunn with a lovely cross during Huddersfield 4-0 victory over Port Vale in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.Robbie Fowler interested in managing Bristol Rovers Obinna Echi – December 15, 2018 Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has revealed his interest in becoming the manager at League One club Bristol Rovers.This week, Darrell Clarke left Bristol…The 22-year-old also featured in Huddersfield Town’s playoff promotion run back in 2017, coming on a substitute during the semi-final second leg against Sheffield Wednesday.The left back’s 2017-18 campaign was marred with injuries during a loan spell at Portsmouth. He picked up an injury 19minutes into his Pompey debut.Tareiq’s contract with Huddersfield was meant to run until the summer of 2019 but the club have decided to let him go this summer.last_img read more

Bahamas Govt to pay for residents new notable water supplyBahamas Govt to pay for residents new notable water supply

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 7th 2017 – Nassau – Minister for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Kwasi Thompson has announced that the Government will assist residents in getting access to water. Thompson said the government would be paying the required deposit for residents in both East and West Grand Bahama, which will allow them to access the newly installed notable water supply.These deposits represent the initial $150 deposits required by the Grand Bahama Utility Company in order for customers to get connected. Once this is provided to residents who qualify, all that is left is for the applicant to make arrangements with the Grand Bahama Utility Company to pay the balance over time.Thompson said, “After discussions with the Members of Parliament, Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Peter Turnquest and Parliamentary Secretary, Pakesia Parker Edgecombe, the Government of The Bahamas agreed to further assist residents who qualify, particularly senior citizens and Indigents and those with low income. ” He added, that the assistance will aid approximately 100 persons.The Grand Bahama Utility Company has also reduced their service connection fees from $680 to $418.75, inclusive of the $150 deposit fee.The Potable Water Project is currently in its second phase in East Grand Bahamas and is expected to be completed within 90-120 days.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews New cruise ship new border policy coming for grand Bahama Bahamas Govt bids to buy Lucayan Strip resorts, PM Minnis tours site Grand Bahama is future Caribbean silicon valley, Govt tells Diplomats Related Items:#magneticmedianews, grandbahama, waterlast_img read more

Jury convicts man in attempted strangling of psychiatristJury convicts man in attempted strangling of psychiatrist

first_imgA well-known psychiatrist with a reported $2.5 million life insurance policy. A house guest with a felony record. A drunken party the night before.The story was convoluted, but jurors still convicted 26-year-old Ibn Aquil of Baltimore of second-degree attempted murder for trying to strangle his cousin’s husband last spring.After deliberating five hours over two days, the jury of eight women and four men also convicted Aquil of first-degree assault in the April 13, 2009, attack on Barry Maletzky, 68.Sentencing before Clark County Superior Court Judge Rich Melnick was set for June 18. Second-degree attempted murder carries a minimum sentence of nine years in prison. Aquil will likely face more time because of several prior felony convictions in Maryland, including arson and burglary, which will boost the potential sentence, Deputy Prosecutor Tony Golik said.Time served for attempted murder and first-degree assault will be counted concurrently.Testimony in the three-day trial indicated Aquil came with several family members from Baltimore to visit his 32-year-old cousin, Tiara Maletzky, last spring. The prosecution alleged he tried to kill Maletzky for his life insurance policy, for which Tiara — Maletzky’s wife –was a beneficiary.Aquil was staying with the couple at Maletzky’s 8,000-square-foot home on Northeast 193rd Street. After attending a party with Tiara and another relative, an intoxicated Aquil arrived back at Maletzky’s house around 6 a.m. April 13.last_img read more

Tomasa Del Real On Bringing Her Take On Reggaetón NeoPerreo To CoachellaTomasa Del Real On Bringing Her Take On Reggaetón NeoPerreo To Coachella

first_img Facebook Mon Laferte Talks First Coachella Performance, ‘Norma’ & MoreRead more You recently made your Coachella debut, how did you feel to share your music at such an iconic festival? It was an amazing experience, and I’m happy that such a big festival is recognizing and featuring artists from the underground music scene. What was the most inspiring part of your first Coachella experience? I love seeing people have fun while I’m performing, and the audience was having a lot fun with us!A lot of people, myself included, were excited to see such a diverse musical lineup this Coachella, especially in terms of Latin music. What does it mean to you to be one of the international/Latina artist at the fest, and to be bringing NeoPerreo to California?I think the fact that there are more international and diverse artists on this lineup goes to show how accepting this generation is in general. I’m so excited to bring NeoPerreo to Coachella and show the audience this new way to “perrear.”How do you explain NeoPerreo to someone who is unfamiliar with it? What does it feel like to be an important part of this female-led musical movement, especially when considering the gender imbalance in the larger reggaetón space?[The term] NeoPerreo was born when I was trying to explain the type of music I was making. It was inspired by reggaetón, but I didn’t want to appropriate it since I’m not from Puerto Rico. And this style of music was being made by people who were born in the digital age, who were always connected to each other and to music through their computers. I wanted to say that it was a “new” way to “perrear.” Because this music is made to party. Can you tell us a little bit about your most recent album, Bellaca del Año; how did you choose who to collaborate with, and what was the biggest thing you were trying to achieve with that project? I wanted to make an album that was hot and catchy, and I think Bellaca del Año is that. I wanted people all around the world to know about NeoPerreo and know about the NeoPerreo crew, who is out here making music that we can party to.  “I think the fact that there are more international and diverse artists on this lineup goes to show how accepting this generation is in general,” the Chilean tattoo-artist-turned-rapper told usAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Apr 24, 2019 – 3:24 pm Chilean rapper Tomasa del Real has been making waves with her bold female-empowering take on reggaetón, which she has dubbed “NeoPerreo;” “perreo” is Spanish slang for the way you dance to reggaetón. From making music in her bedroom to starting an underground movement in Latin music and culture, she is ready to introduce you to her big sound and growing crew.A tattoo artist from the small town of Iquique, Chile, she began uploading tracks and DIY videos on SoundCloud and YouTube for fun in 2013, which caught on and led her to rerelease them as a debut album, Bien Y Mal, in 2016. That same year, she also coined the term NeoPerreo and began to really catalyze the movement around it, connecting with even more rappers, like Madrid’s Ms Nina, the two of whom collabed on “Y Dime” in 2019.In 2018, her NeoPerreo Records teamed up with Los Angeles-based indie record label Nacional Records, home to other Latino artists like Aterciopelados and Ana Tijoux, and she dropped her second album, Bellaca del Año. Over the last two weekends, del Real brought her big energy to Coachella to make her debut at the fest, so we caught up with the rising rapper to learn more about the big moment and bringing NeoPerreo to California. Email Twitter News Tomasa Del Real On Bringing Her Take On Reggaetón, NeoPerreo, To Coachella Tomasa Del Real On Bringing NeoPerreo To Coachella tomasa-del-real-bringing-her-take-reggaet%C3%B3n-neoperreo-coachellalast_img read more

Wes Moore Celebrates Unsung Heroes for Finding Their Greater PurposeWes Moore Celebrates Unsung Heroes for Finding Their Greater Purpose

first_imgLou Oberndorf, awardee Angelique Smith and Wes Moore at Moore’s Champions of #TheWORK Celebration. (Photo by Anderson Ward)Wes Moore held his first Champions of #THEWORK celebration in Baltimore honoring a slate of unsung heroes from across the country working diligently to serve their communities. The event was heavily attended by many of Baltimore City’s and Maryland’s movers and shakers, including Mayor Stephanie-Rawlings Blake, former Mayor Kurt Schmoke, and former Maryland attorney general Doug Gansler.The red carpet event had its genesis in Moore’s New York Times best-selling book, ‘The Work,’ which details his search for a life of meaning. “We all search for our greatness, because I really feel like all of us have this innate and inherent greatness,” Moore told the AFRO the night of the celebration. “The problem is, for many people, that we never find it because we let the world cloud our thought process.”Lou Oberndorf, awardee Tyson Sanford-Griffin and Wes Moore. (Photo by Anderson Ward)Moore said that two things stand out about people who have managed to find and harness their greatness, a strong passion for the work they do, and a work that is about service to others. “Part of what we wanted to celebrate now is champions of this idea of ‘the work,’ of people who have really found their calling, their purpose, and they’ve found it by basically moving themselves out of the way and giving all they have to somebody else.”Among the evening’s honorees was Robert Clark, who runs an education and job training program for young people who have dropped out of high school in Newark, NJ.  “Newark, very much like Baltimore, has seen a lot of challenges, and there are countless young people in need of services. The work that we do is important to the Newark community, and important to young people being able to understand they can transcend their circumstance,” said Clark.Former U.S. Marine Corps Captain Christopher Minaya was also recognized for his work serving military veterans as a military ambassador for Cîroc Vodka, where he has focused on aiding veterans as they reintegrate into civilian life. “When you actually come home, and you’re in that position [of having to reintegrate], it’s a very tough position to be in.  You feel alone a lot of the times, and that’s why it’s important for things like this – like what Wes is doing, and organizations like what I have going – to bring everybody together and help out,” said Minaya.The celebration and award ceremony was sponsored, in part, by Prudential Financial, whose vice chairman Mark Grier said found a natural partnership with Moore’s efforts to encourage a life of meaning. “We pride ourselves on the idea of having a higher purpose as an organization than just earnings per share, or just the stock price, or just the products we sell,” said Grier. “And Wes (Moore) is a leader and a role model and a fabulous person to be associated with.”Rawlings-Blake, who attended the event, praised the effort to recognize persons who often work quietly behind the scenes yet have a big impact. “I think it’s wonderful that Wes and his wife are celebrating unsung heroes that without expectation of accolade are serving the community,” said the mayor.For former attorney general Gansler, the evening was an opportunity to focus on the good that is occurring in our communities. “We so often are critical and cynical about what’s going on in our communities that we don’t take enough time to take a break, take a deep breath, and thank the people that give of themselves to help the community,” said Gansler.ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

Tourism Ireland celebrates the harvestTourism Ireland celebrates the harvest

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X Tourism Ireland is promoting autumn in Ireland as part of the “Flavour of Ireland” initiative, as our autumn begins to come to a close, and says there’s no better time to book a trip over to the green isle.Recently the Irish economy has seem some steep drops in the pricing of goods and services across a wide range of sectors, and while not so good for the locals, is currently making the destination much cheaper for travellers.Paired with the strong Australian dollar, Ireland is becoming a truly value-for-money destination.“Complimented with that [strong dollar] we’ve had a price adjustment across many sectors, including hotels, restaurants, and other general price reductions,” said Billy Kelleher, Minister for Trade and Commerce. Tourism Ireland team: (L-R) Orla, Caroline, Marie and Donna Billy Kelleher, Minister for Trade and Commerce. “We’re very conscious that previously Australians would have found Ireland very expensive, but that has changed dramatically.”On the back of this, Tourism Ireland is pushing for Australians to begin booking a visit to Ireland in autumn, to coincide with the harvest season in order to experience the gourmet food offerings that the region can produce.“Autumn’s a great time to visit Ireland, during the harvest.  Ireland can be a foodie destination and our cooking techniques can rival the Australians,” adds Orla Saul, Tourism Ireland Manager for Australia/New Zealand.The Irish delegation also goes on to reassure travellers that the current Iceland eruptions are a “temporary” situation and that after this period it is unlikely that travel plans will continue to be disrupted by Eyjafjallajokull.last_img read more

MoT constitutes Medical and Wellness Tourism BoardMoT constitutes Medical and Wellness Tourism Board

first_imgThe Union Ministry of Tourism launched several new initiatives on the occasion of World Tourism Day. The Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge), and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma announced the constitution of the Medical and Wellness Tourism Promotion Board at a function in New Delhi. The Board has been formed to tap the potential and advantages that India has in the field of medical and wellness tourism. The Centre of Excellence in Hospitality Education to operate from Hotel Samrat in New Delhi was also inaugurated at the same function.Release of Tourism Vision Document 2030, launch of the revamped website of Ministry of Tourism, ( which has now been made bilingual, release of Audio Visual Presentation ‘Introduction to India’ and a seminar on the theme of World Tourism Day 2015 “One Billion Tourist, One Billion Opportunities” were some of the other highlights of the function on the occasion of World Tourism Day.Speaking on the occasion, Dr Mahesh Sharma said that low cost medical facilities are India’s strength and we must take advantage of the same for the purpose of promoting tourism. It is for this reason that the Government took the important decision of setting up the Medical and Wellness Tourism Promotion Board. The Board will have a corpus fund of Rs 2 crore initially, the Minister disclosed. Dr Mahesh Sharma said that the AYUSH facilities will be promoted along with regular medical facilities.Dr Mahesh Sharma also announced Discover India fares of Air India. Under the scheme, a tourist can discover India in one or two weeks at a reasonable travel cost. A tourist can buy 5 coupons for Rs 32,500 (15 days validity) or 10 coupons for Rs 60,000 (30 days validity) for exciting Indian destinations, serviced by Air India & Alliance Air without worrying about ticket price fluctuation. In another initiative, Air India will introduce Incredible Air India holiday packages from December 01, 2015. Air India will also launch Delhi-San Francisco flight from December 02, 2015 onwards which will fly thrice a week, Dr Mahesh Sharma announced.Secretary, Tourism, Vinod Zutshi; CMD, ITDC Umang Kumar; CMD, Air India, Ashwani Lohani and other senior officials and members of the travel industry attended the function.Details of the new initiatives launched are as below:Medical and Wellness Tourism Promotion Board: The Board will provide leadership of the Government within a framework of prudent and effective measures, thereby enabling promotion and positioning of India as a competent and credible medical and wellness tourism destination. The Board will be chaired by the Union Tourism Minister and consists of members representing the related government departments, tourism & hospitality sector and experts in the medical, wellness and yoga.Ashok Institute of Hospitality & Tourism Management – Centre of Excellence: The Ashok Institute of Hospitality & Tourism Management is part of the HRD division of India Tourism Development Corporation Limited (ITDC) a PSU under Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. As part of its contribution towards supplying trained manpower to the hospitality industry, ITDC has envisioned to set up a Centre of Excellence in Hospitality Education at Hotel Samrat, New Delhi. The courses offered by AIH&TM are a blend of the rich heritage and culture of India and hospitality management education system. It provides the students with a world class contemporary education to have an edge over others in the field.Tourism Vision Document 2030: The document goes into the challenges for the sector and details the way towards Vision 2030. ‘Tourism Vision 2030’ has been commissioned by the Experience India Society and prepared by KPMG.Launch of bi-lingual website of Ministry of Tourism: The official website of MoT ( has been revamped and translated in Hindi. This administrative website contains the activities and information of all the divisions of the Ministry including the web based E-Recognition system for recognition of travel trade service providers and approval and classification of hotels.Audio Visual Presentation ‘ Introduction to India’: The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), the apex body of tourism industry promoting inbound tourism to our country has produced a 6 minutes AV presentation depicting all tourism products of India and a element of human engagement with the various tourism products . This video presentation is to be used by IATO in all its promotional activities including road shows, international travel marts and other industry interactions.last_img read more

How Lenders can Tailor their Marketing Toward TechSavvy HomebuyersHow Lenders can Tailor their Marketing Toward TechSavvy Homebuyers

first_img in Daily Dose, Print Features, Technology January 16, 2015 959 Views 2015-01-16 Admin The following is a print feature that first appeared in MReport’s January 2015 issue, available now.In a market cycle where the purchase loan is king and prospects are few, lenders must tailor their marketing strategies toward tech-savvy homebuyers who’d prefer to work through the process themselves. The old adage “fish where the fish are” has never been truer. But now the fish—so to speak—have gone digital.The current generation of first-time homebuyers has grown up with a computer in their homes and a cell phone in their hands. The level of service they expect is far, far different than that of any previous generation. To survive, lenders have no choice but to meet those expectations head-on. Just consider the numbers.It should come as no surprise that nearly 60 percent of the country’s adults have a smart-phone, according to the Pew Research Internet Project. Narrow that down to 35, the average age of first-time homebuyers, and the figure shoots up to 74 percent. Nor should it come as a shock that the National Association of Realtors (NAR) finds that 92 percent of homebuyers start their search online. When they do, they’ll stumble upon seemingly countless websites offering online applications for pre-approval—catnip to digital do-it-yourselfers.These are your first-time and move-up buyers, those who will be on radar for the next decade. These prospects think they know all the answers before engaging any mortgage professional in the process. If they could, some would probably try to edge them out altogether.Be ready.To stay in the game, you’ll need to provide the right information at the right moment and be available at all times to direct—and, if necessary, to correct—their homebuying experience. To do that, lenders not only need to know prospects better, they must learn how to work harder and smarter.For example, Fannie Mae’s research on borrowers shows that those with higher incomes are using technology to shop for mortgages twice as often as borrowers with lower incomes. That same study also indicates that all borrowers anticipate using technology significantly more in the future to shop for a mortgage.There are a number of strategies that lenders—especially smaller operations with limited resources—can immediately employ to be relevant to the first-time, digitally minded borrower. Here are few. Pages: 1 2center_img homebuyers,How Lenders can Tailor their Marketing Toward Tech-Savvy Homebuyers Sharelast_img read more

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