Smugglers paid to turn back boat with Lankans

Asylum seekers on board the boat described being kept in “jail-like conditions” on a navy ship as navy and Customs officials intercepted, before the boat was turned around and sent back to the Indonesian island of Rote. There, the local police chief alleges the six crew members were given $US5,000 each by Australian custom officials. The asylum seekers reportedly swam ashore after their boat hit rocks in the West Rote district of Indonesia, after the crew agreed to turn the boat around. Speaking from a detention centre in West Timor, Mr Hassan said he and the rest of the group were “mentally very upset”.Former Immigration Department Executive Peter Hughes told Fairfax if the payment was true it would be unprecedented.“I have never heard of that happening before,” he said. A letter detailing the allegations was signed by all 65 asylum seekers on board the boat and delivered to the New Zealand government.The letter said officials had paid at least $7000 to each of the six crew members.One of the asylum seekers on board the boat, Nazmul Hassan from Bangladesh toldRadio New Zealand the boat twice encountered New Zealand officials, and those on board were told Australia “wanted to donate for us to go back to Indonesia”. Australian officials allegedly paid tens of thousands of dollars to people smugglers to turn a boat full of asylum seekers, including several Sri Lankans, back to Indonesia, Australian media reported today.A boat carrying 65 people from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, who were seeking asylum in New Zealand, was boarded by Australian custom officers in late May, Fairfax reported on Wednesday. The Rota police chief said he saw the money himself, wrapped in six black plastic bags when the crew was apprehended for their people-smuggling operation, News.com.au reported.Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has denied the claims and refused to answer questions on the matter. News.com.au has contacted Minister Dutton’s office for a comment. read more

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With UN support construction of new housing units begins in Serbia

Top government and civil society leaders have formally laid the first foundations of new homes under a housing and social integration programme for tens of thousands of war refugees and other vulnerable people in Serbia being supported by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). The programme aims to provide some 670 new homes for 3,000 refugees and vulnerable people, to build institutional capacities for social housing development, assist the social and economic integration of refugees and displaced people, and help boost the development capacity of local governments in their development planning and municipal information systems, the agency said in a press release. Special ceremonies were held in the municipality of Niš on 9 August, following others in different areas, where senior government and local officials were at hand to witness the start of the initiative. The Settlement and Integration of Refugees Programme in Serbia is a three-year effort being funded by the Government of Italy. read more

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National Trust accused of misleading tourists into paying for free Giants Causeway

first_imgThe Giant’s Causeway is the most popular visitor attraction in Northern Ireland, receiving more than 1m visitors last year.A spokesman for the National Trust said: “The National Trust recognises and fully supports the public right of way through the site. “Whether the National Trust like it or not, that is a public facility paid for by the public.”On Trip Advisor, the reviews website, several members of the public moved to warn future visitors they do not need to pay.One said: “They’ve taken a beautiful natural landmark and ruined it by turning it into an expensive tourist trap.“Very disappointed as this was one of the main reasons for our drive up to Northern Ireland!”A second said: “[The] visitors centre gives the impression it’s the entrance to the Causeway and that you have to pay.“Don’t be fooled! You are paying simply to access the visitors centre that isn’t worth it.” The stones are free to visitCredit: Rob Durston Entrance to the visitors’ centre at the site, which opened in 2012, can cost up to £11.50 per adult or £28.75 for a family of five.On Monday, independent councillor, Padraig McShane, who grew up near the site, submitted a motion which was unanimously agreed on by all Causeway Coast and Glens Borough councillors to protect public access to the site.The motion put forward by Mr McShane said that the signs could “mislead the public into believing they do not have an automatic right to walk in some of the most iconic parts” of the world heritage site. A third member of the public wrote: “The main reason for writing this review is to say: don’t pay to see the causeway/go into the visitor centre, the signs all seem like you have to but the National Trust can’t actually make you pay to get in.” The National Trust has been accused of misleading tourists, with a sign mistakenly convincing visitors they must pay to see the Giant’s Causeway.The landmark, Northern Ireland’s most popular attraction, is free to visit, with more than one million people taking advantage of public access to the site each year.Critics say “misleading” signs erected last year by the National Trust are now convincing tourists they have to pay to see it, with the local council vowing to “assert and protect” the public right of way.The signs warn visitors that they are entering the Unesco World Heritage site with the National Trust’s “permission”.However, although the Trust does operate a visitors’ centre at the site, members of the public can visit the coastline free of charge via public paths. The stones are free to visit Visitors say signs are misleading TripAdvisor users have been warning other visitors not to pay to visit the Giant's Causewaycenter_img Visitors say signs are misleadingCredit:Padraig McShane TripAdvisor TripAdvisor He said: “It’s absolute rubbish. The National Trust makes a massive amount of money at the site.“If people want to pay to visit the centre, that’s well and good. But the opportunity must be there at all times to allow the public to access for free. TripAdvisor users have been warning other visitors not to pay to visit the Giant’s Causeway “New signs were installed in March 2017 in support of managing visitor flow around the World Heritage Site but they do not have any impact on the public right of way down to the stones.“We have been actively engaging with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council on public rights of way and look forward to continuing to work with the council, who is a key partner in delivering a world-class visitor experience for local people and visitors from across the world.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Squirrel vaccination programme now needed as last chance to save reds in

“We have had 50 dead squirrels that we have found  but most go underground to die so the real number will be hundreds.”Ms Mead spends her days watching the red squirrels in Galloway forest and said it is horrific to see them die in front of her.She added: “We would be lucky if we had a year left the rate it’s picking up now. We need the vaccine. It’s a horrendous, horrific illness. It completely destroys them in a week.”I monitor this colony, I’ve been coming in every day expecting to see them dead and dying and I’m expecting at any moment – we  have babies and pregnant mothers here and I’m going to watch them all die.”Then I find a vaccine has been tested and works and has been sat on a shelf for 10 years after they gave up trying to raise funding. I tried to speak to Defra about it and they haven’t replied. I’ve emailed Theresa Villiers and she hasn’t replied.”The original population of red squirrels is thought to have been 3.5 million, and it is now down to 140,000, limited to small colonies in parts of Northern England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Scotland’s red squirrels could be wiped out in a year, campaigners have said, as they urge the government to fund a squirrelpox vaccine.While there has been a vaccine for ten years, lack of funds means it has sat on a shelf. The final stages of development include a final test on wild squirrels to see if they respond as well as they do in captivity.Squirrel charity the Wildlife Ark Trust has been trying to raise money to roll out the vaccine, and needs around £115,000 for it to be completed.The disease was originally brought to Britain when grey squirrels arrived, and it decimated the population of their red cousins.It causes lesions to form on the faces of the animals, and they eventually starve to death. It is highly contagious and can be spread if one squirrel touches a nut or a tree touched by an infected animal.Vicki Mead, who works to monitor a colony of red squirrels in Dumfries and Galloway, said Defra has ignored her plea to roll out the vaccine.She told The Telegraph: “The greys have taken the border, the last red squirrel was sighted in the borders in 2017. That used to be a red squirrel territory. “We are the last entrance to Scotland left – and we are losing our squirrels due to squirrel pox. The sheer numbers of grey squirrels have meant the virus is spreading so fast. And now it’s going red to red they stand no chance unless we get a vaccine. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Defra has been contacted for comment.The donations page for the squirrel pox vaccine can be found here. Just gorgeous, Lady. Made my day. pic.twitter.com/vgj3QS5Ig1— Victoria McNamara (@vickimead) August 18, 2019 read more

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CoO mine service shaft – raising and sinking progress

first_imgMedusa Mining Ltd, through its Philippine affiliate, Philsaga Mining Corp (PMC), advises of good progress on the construction of the Service Shaft to Level 8 at the Co-O mine which commenced in April 2015. The picture schematically illustrates the description and progress of the service shaft. The Alimak (2 m x 2 m) raise has completed 250 m of the 350 m from Level 8 up to Level 3 and a new Alimak nest is now being excavated at Level 3, and will continue for 100 m to Level 1.The second concrete pour out of seven for the collar of the service shaft is complete and once the collar is fully formed, a blind sink of 33 m to Level 1 will be undertaken using a crane and kibble.The shaft head frame, main winder and sinking equipment are scheduled to arrive during the last quarter of 2015 and once installed, a sinking stage will be used to widen the shaft to its final dimensions (3.2 m x 3.65 m) from Level 1 to Level 8. Installation of ground support to the walls and equipping the level accesses between Levels 3 to 8 will be done simultaneously. The rope guided man-cage is scheduled to be installed in the second quarter 2016.On commissioning, all men and material movement will be transferred to the service shaft from the L8 shaft, and the latter will then be used exclusively to hoist ore, to attain its planned capacity of 1,700 t/d. Geoff Davis, CEO of Medusa, commented: “The construction of the service shaft has got off to a great start and should be completed within the estimated timelines with all long lead times items ordered and being manufactured.”The final shaft dimension has been chosen to allow a loco/mine car to be lowered intact, where currently they need to be dis-assembled to be lowered down the L8 shaft.last_img read more

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Two men arrested in Donegal in connection with murder of David Black

first_img Image: PSNI GARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED a man in Donegal in connection with the murder of Tyrone prison officer David Black.Black was shot dead on 1 November 2012.Today, as part of a joint Garda and Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) operation investigating the murder, gardaí from the Special Detective Unit have arrested two men in Co. Donegal this afternoon.A man in his 40s was arrested under a European Arrest Warrant and a second man in his late 50s was detained under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, 1939. One man is detained at Letterkenny Garda Station and the other at a Garda Station in Dublin.The man in his 40s is due to appear before the High Court in Dublin on foot of a European Arrest warrant tomorrow morning.David Black, a 52-year-old father of two, was driving from his Cookstown home to work at Maghaberry prison at 7.30am on Thursday 1 November 2012 in his black Audi A4 when the incident occurred.He was driving along the M1 motorway between Portadown (Junction 11) and Lurgan (Junction 10) when, one mile from the Oxford Island exit ramp, a a dark blue Toyota Camry car with a Republic of Ireland registration, 94 D 50997, pulled alongside him.A number of shots were fired, fatally injuring Black. http://jrnl.ie/3267861 Mar 2nd 2017, 8:20 PM David Black Image: PSNI By Paul Hosford Short URL David Blackcenter_img Share9 Tweet Email No Comments Thursday 2 Mar 2017, 8:20 PM 11,628 Views Two men arrested in Donegal in connection with murder of David Black Black was shot dead on 1 November 2012. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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8/6 RAW Highlights: Paul Heyman interview, Ronda Rousey vs. Alicia Fox, Reigns vs. Corbin

first_img Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Highlights from last night’s RAW in Jacksonville. Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR For more clips from RAW, visit WWE’s official YouTube channel. WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Facebook Google+last_img read more

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PBS journalist Ifill dies of cancer

first_imgNEW YORK — Gwen Ifill, co-anchor of PBS’ “NewsHour” with Judy Woodruff and a veteran journalist who moderated two vice presidential debates, died Monday of cancer, the network said. She was 61.A former reporter for The New York Times and The Washington Post, Ifill switched to television in the 1990s and covered politics and Congress for NBC News. She moved to PBS in 1999 as host of “Washington Week” and also worked for the nightly “NewsHour” program. She and Woodruff were named co-anchors in 2013.She moderated vice presidential debates in 2004 and 2008 and authored the book, “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.”The president on Monday praised Ifill for informing today’s citizens while also inspiring a young generation of journalists.“I always appreciated Gwen’s reporting, even when I was on the receiving end of one of her tough” interviews, Obama said.Ifill took a leave from “NewsHour” for a month this spring for health reasons, keeping details of her illness private. Her health failing, she left “NewsHour” again shortly before an election night that she and Woodruff would have covered together.“Gwen was a standard bearer for courage, fairness and integrity in an industry going through seismic change,” said Sara Just, PBS “NewsHour” executive producer. “She was a mentor to so many across the industry and her professionalism was respected across the political spectrum. She was a journalist’s journalist and set an example for all around her.”NBC News’ Pete Williams, a former colleague, struggled to keep his composure Monday when announcing Ifill’s death on MSNBC.“She had so many awards in her office you could barely see out the window,” Williams said.U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat, said he was a member of the Maryland state legislature when Ifill worked for the Baltimore Evening Sun.last_img read more

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Off beat Vancouver womans legacy honored in Air Force ad campaign

first_imgA Vancouver woman is part of a national TV campaign sponsored by the U.S. Air Force.Blanche Bross is among the history-making aviators featured in the Air Force’s public service spot, “100 years of Military Aviation.”About 12 seconds into the video, four women appear, with a B-17 bomber looming behind them. The woman on the right is Bross.The image on TV seems to be digitally borrowed from an iconic photograph taken during World War II, when Bross was a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs.Bross died in 2008 at the age of 92. But that photograph of four women striding confidently toward the camera in their leather jackets and flight boots has a life of its own.A few years ago, Bross told a Columbian reporter that she doesn’t remember the day the photograph was taken, but it’s her favorite. It’s since shown up in all kinds of advertisements and in all kinds of museums.“It just started appearing and appearing,” Bross said.The bomber has changed, however, In the photograph, “Pistol Packin’ Mama” is painted on the nose of the B-17. In the Air Force video, the plane’s nose is a clean slate — and it’s pointed in the other direction.Bross and Washougal’s Helen Johnson, who died in November at the age of 94, were among 1,000 Women Airforce Service Pilots who flew military aircraft in noncombat missions.last_img read more

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3 rescued from burning Beaverton apartment

first_imgALOHA, Ore. — An 11-year-old boy and his parents have been rescued from a burning townhome in Aloha and sent to the hospital. KGW-TV reported the mother was alert and talking Thursday morning, and the father and child required CPR. No condition reports were immediately available.Firefighters say it appeared the fire started in the garage, and fire and smoke trapped the family.A deputy and a neighbor tried to reach them with a ladder but that proved too dangerous.Firefighters brought the woman down from the third floor, and then found the man and boy inside.Firefighters said the blaze was out within 20 minutes, and they were investigating to determine the cause.last_img read more

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Sensex Soars 250 Points on RBI Rate Cut Hopes

first_imgThe S&P BSE Sensex rose nearly 250 points on Monday after a slew of positive data raised expectations over interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as early as this month.The Sensex ended at 25,856 points, up 246 points, or 0.96%, while the 50-share Nifty gained 82.95 points, or 1.06%, to close at 7,872 points.”Nifty is poised to make a dash towards the 8100 mark as the index has breached the neckline of an inverted bullish head and shoulder pattern indicating that the markets would surge higher,” said Amar Ambani, Head of Research, IIFL.While 29 out of 30 Sensex companies ended in green, metal index was the top gainer among sectoral indices.Earlier in the day, official data showed that the wholesale price inflation (WPI) declined further to minus 4.9% in August, reaching the lowest level since 2005. The WPI has been in negative territory for the past ten months.”The WPI rate may not have as much of a bearing on policymaking as the CPI rate, but the fact that it has plummeted again is unlikely to be ignored. This strengthens our view that interest rates will be cut at the RBI’s policy meeting later this month,” said Capital Economics in a note.The RBI’s next bi-monthly monetary policy review is scheduled on 29 September and the bank is widely expected to cut lending rates amid falling inflation rate.”We are maintaining our view that the RBI will cut the repo rate by another 25bp to 7.00% at its next policy meeting on 29th September before the easing cycle concludes,” said Capital Economics.Stock markets are also buoyed by a positive industrial activity data for July released on Friday after trading hours. The Index of Industrial Production (IIP) rose to 4.2%.”RBI will take a considered call on the issue. There is no divergence in perception. The government and RBI are working together. Taking into account the overall factors, RBI will take a considered call,” Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das, told The Economic Times.Indian markets shrugged off weakness in equities in other major Asian countries. While China’s Shanghai Composite closed 2.6% lower at 3,114 points, Japan’s Nikkei ended at 17,965, down 299 points.Rate sensitive stocks like banking and real estate rose sharply. Banking stocks Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and SBI ended with a gain of 1 to 3%, while realty stocks India Bulls Realty, Sobha Realty and HDIL also ended higher. Metal stocks Vedanta, Hindalco and Tata Steel ended the session gaining 2 to 4%. IT stocks rose in anticipation of interest rate hike by the US Fed this week. Wipro gained nearly 2.5% to close at Rs 570.75. A rate hike by the US Federal Reserve is expected to further strengthen the US dollar, which could result in a revenue increase for Indian IT firms in rupee terms.last_img read more

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Two militants gunned down in encounter in Jammu and Kashmirs Shopian

first_img Kashmir’s most wanted militant and Burhan Wani’s successor Zakir Musa killed in Tral Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:14Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:12?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img The operation turned into a gunfight after the militants opened fire at the security forces in the early hours of Tuesday.Two militants were gunned down in an encounter that broke out between security forces and militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, on Tuesday, June 11. The militants belong to Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGH) outfit, according to the police.”The slain militants have been identified as Shakir Ahmad of Shopian and Sayar Bhat of Kulgam district. Both of them were affiliated with AGH outfit,” the police reportedly said.The security forces launched a search and cordon operation in Anweera area of Shopian on Monday evening, after receiving a tip-off about militants being present in the area. The operation turned into a gunfight after the militants opened fire at the security forces in the early hours of Tuesday.”When challenged today morning, the hiding militants opened fire, triggering an encounter in which two militants were killed,” police was quoted as saying in an IANS report.Although the firing has stopped, the search operation is still underway.The AGH chief Zakir Musa was killed by security forces in Dadsara village of Pulwama area on May 24 this year. He was a close associate of Burhan Wani who was killed in 2017, was a militant of Hizbul Mujahideen who succeeded Burhan and later headed the Al Qaeda affiliate AGH. He had taken to militancy in 2013.The killing of Zakir Musa was seen as a big success for the security forces in their anti-militancy operations in Kashmir.last_img read more

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One small step for a woman one giant leap for womankind

first_imgCosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova. Photo: CollectedCosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was launched into space 55 years ago. She was followed nearly 20 years later by the second woman in space, Svetlana Savitskaya, who also did a spacewalk two years later.Now, nearly 35 years after Savitskaya’s second journey, the first all-female spacewalk is planned for 29 March, NASA announced on Wednesday.The space agency insisted it was just a coincidence that the date coincides with the last week of Women’s History Month.Astronauts Christina Koch and Ann McClain will walk outside the International Space Station (ISS) as members of Expedition 59, on a mission to replace batteries installed last summer.They will receive ground support from flight director Mary Lawrence and Kristen Facciol of the Canadian Space Agency in NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Texas.”I cannot contain my excitement!” exclaimed Facciol in a tweet on Friday.There have been 213 space walks at the ISS since 1998 for the purposes of maintenance, repairs, testing of new equipment or science experiments, according to the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.Less than 11 percent of the more than 500 people who have been to space have been female, and spacewalk teams have either been all-male or male-female.In the nearly 60 years of human spaceflight, there have only been four times when expeditions included two female members trained for space walks.McClain and Koch were part of the 2013 NASA class that was 50 percent women.”It definitely resonates with women around the agency that we’re at this point,” Stephanie Schierholz, a NASA public affairs officer, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.McClain is on the ISS, currently, and her Twitter posts with a stuffed toy Earth have garnered tens of thousands of retweets.Koch is due to lift off on March 14 for her first space flight.NASA estimated their walk will last about seven hours.It will be the second of three walks scheduled for Expedition 59’s mission.While having the first women-only spacewalk was exciting, the more common sentiment around NASA was that it is more important that it not be the only one, Schierholz said.She pointed to the first African-American administrator, Charles Bolden, who said in 2016, “Being the first African American Administrator is all well and good, but I want to make sure I’m not the last.”last_img read more

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Church World Service hosts Ration Challenge around World Refugee Day

first_imgEmily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 News Share This! Survey: Most white evangelicals blame journalists for fake news Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News • Photos of the Week Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,New video captures sexist comments to women ministers — read by male counterparts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — The Rev. Trina Bose North didn’t have a lot of ingredients to work with for a recent dinner party: lentils, chickpeas, rice, flour, a couple of spices and some sugar.But things turned out all right. She and her guests made garlicky flatbread, lentils on rice and chickpeas fixed two ways.There was even dessert.Her foodie husband borrowed a tip from some vegan friends and combined the sugar with leftover water from the chickpeas to make meringue cookies.The meal might not make it onto Pinterest or the pages of “Martha Stewart Living,” but it was filling, said Bose North, pastor of Crown Heights United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City.Bose North and her friends are among more than 14,000 Americans participating in the Ration Challenge for the first time this year — many, this week around World Refugee Day (June 20).The Rev. Trina Bose North, right, talks with refugee congregants about their experiences at Crown Heights United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City on June 2, 2019. Photo courtesy of Trina Bose NorthThe global challenge — organized in the United States by Church World Service — asks participants to live for a week on the same food rations people receive at refugee camps. The idea is to raise awareness for the challenges refugees face and funds to support them. Participants ask friends and others to sponsor them by donating to the cause.It also is a way to show support for refugees at a time when the U.S. refugee program is struggling. President Trump has set refugee admissions to the country at historic lows, said Mary Elizabeth Margolis, director of communications for the Immigration and Refugee Program at CWS.Many people feel there isn’t much they can do to help, Margolis said. This is one thing they can do.“It’s a way to show support in your communities and to start conversations and also to really make a difference by raising a couple of hundred dollars,” Margolis said. “If we all do that, it can have a huge impact.”The Ration Challenge began in 2014 when co-founders Kaz McGrath and Ben Littlejohn visited a refugee camp on the Thai-Myanmar border through their work for Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia. There, McGrath and Littlejohn met with refugees and saw the sparse rations they receive.Sample contents of a Ration Challenge refugee box. Photo courtesy of Ration ChallengeFor a week, they decided to live on the same food to better understand the experience of living in a refugee camp.Since then, more than 40,000 people in Australia and New Zealand have joined Act for Peace’s annual Ration Challenge, raising more than $7 million to support refugees.CWS — one of nine agencies authorized to resettle refugees in the U.S. — was anticipating as many as 8,000 Americans might sign up for the challenge in its first year stateside, according to Margolis. Already, more than 14,000 have signed up from all 50 states, donating more than $264,000 as of Monday (June 17).About $2 million has been raised so far this year by the challenge.So many Americans registered to take part that CWS ran out of ration packs to send participants. The organization posted a list of what’s included in the challenge online so others can do it on their own.The packs for the challenge include the same rations received by a Syrian refugee living in a camp in Jordan: small bags of rice, chickpeas and lentils; a tin of sardines; flour; a can of beans; and a bottle of oil.Participants can earn additional ingredients for their meals by raising money for CWS and sharing about the challenge.The Syrian conflict, which started in March 2011, has led to hundreds of thousands of Syrians fleeing their country. The situation escalated in 2013 and again in 2015. It is estimated that over 1 million Syrian refugees have now fled to Jordan. Photo courtesy of Ration ChallengeThe funds raised by the Ration Challenge will provide food rations, medicine and education for Syrian refugees in Jordan.CWS also is among a number of faith-based organizations advocating on Capitol Hill for specific measures to help refugees.That includes the Grace Act, which would set the minimum number of refugees admitted to the U.S. each year at its historic average of 95,000. Current U.S. law allows the president to set the limit on how many refugees are admitted. Trump has set that number at just 30,000 for the current fiscal year, which ends in October.CWS also supports the No Ban Act, Margolis said, which would repeal and prevent efforts to ban Muslims, refugees and asylum-seekers from entering the country.“There’s a strong sense among the communities where we work that we have a responsibility to do something to respond to that and that protecting families is a fundamental value regardless of where those people come from or what their religious affiliation is,” Margolis said.Melanie Smith, left, and the Rev. Trina Bose North show off their flatbread-making abilities while participating in the Ration Challenge in Oklahoma City. Photo courtesy of Trina Bose NorthAt Crown Heights United Methodist Church, a team of coaches for the Ration Challenge has set up a temporary office and reaches out to participants throughout the week with tips and encouragement.Bose North spoke during a recent service at the church about her experience taking the challenge. Members of several refugee families who attend Crown Heights shared their stories as well.For the pastor, taking the Ration Challenge is one small way she can live out her Christian beliefs.“The call on all of us is to serve the least and the lonely among us, and refugees are some of the world’s neglected and forgotten people. To raise awareness, to provide help for refugees is absolutely what I’m called to do as Christian,” Bose North said.The challenge forced her to think of others’ experiences — so drastically unlike her own — in a way that was different from reading about the refugee crisis or seeing images in the news, she said.“You can read it, and that gets into your head, and you can write a check, and that affects you on a different level, but, man, to really experience it,” she said. “There’s something to be said about the experiential piece of this.” TagsChurch World Service CWS homepage featured Ration Challenge refugees World Refugee Day,You may also likecenter_img As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Catholicism By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. 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No 4 Louisville Notches 122 Win Over No 20 Connecticut

first_imgUConn (1-1) gifted UofL a run on the next batter when the Huskies dropped Zach Britton’s pop up allowing Wyatt to cross the plate. Listen Live After totaling just two runs in Friday’s opener, the Cardinals (1-1) rebounded with a strong offensive showing on Saturday for their first win of the season. The Cardinals added another crooked number to the board in the second started by consecutive singles from Lucas Dunn and Tyler Fitzgerald to lead off the frame. Ethan Stringer brought home Dunn with a groundout to stretch the lead to four, and Britton blew the game open with a long 3-run homer over the wall in right. Next Game: vs. Connecticut 2/17/2019 | 12:30 PM Five different Cardinals had multi-hit days at the plate as part of the 12-hit attack. Wyatt was 2-for-2 with the triple to go along with three walks and three runs scored. Campbell and Dunn were each 2-for-3, while Davis (2-for-4) and Fitzgerald (2-for-5) also had a pair of knocks. Full Schedule Roster Louisville used the long ball again in the third, getting back-to-back blasts from Dunn and Fitzgerald to push the lead out to 10-0 after three innings. LAKELAND, Fla. – The fourth-ranked Louisville baseball team pounded out 12 runs on 12 hits in a 12-2 victory over No. 20 Connecticut on Saturday. The second game of the series was played at Joker Marchant Stadium.center_img Connecticut plated its first run in its half of the third, but the Cardinals responded with their fourth straight multi-run inning to begin the game. Drew Campbell doubled home Wyatt with two away in the fourth and Henry Davis followed with his first career RBI singling home Campbell. Preview The offense got rolling in the very first inning as a hit by pitch and single put runners on the corners with one out. All-American first baseman Logan Wyatt then drove a ball off the wall in right-centerfield to plate both runners are put the Cardinals on the board first. Nick Bennett allowed just two hits over his five innings of work to tally his 14th victory in his Louisville career. The southpaw struck out four and surrendered just two unearned runs on the day. Meanwhile, Bennett settled in on the mound before turning the game over to the bullpen in the sixth. Freshman Jack Perkins had a strong showing in his collegiate debut, notching six strikeouts over three scoreless innings before freshman Garrett Schmeltz closed things out with a scoreless ninth. Live Stats The rubber game of the series is scheduled for Sunday, with first pitch moved up to 12:30 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Westborough police log Aug 30 edition

first_imgWestboroughSunday, Aug. 1112:01 a.m. Edgewood Rd. Well-being check.1:33 a.m. Turnpike Rd. Suspicious auto.12:08 p.m. Computer Dr. Well-being check.1:28 p.m. Turnpike Rd. Suspicious person.3:23 p.m. Maynard St. Disturbance (general).6:23 p.m. Computer Dr. Suspicious auto.7:19 p.m. Technology Dr. Disturbance (general).8:45 p.m. Connector Rd. Well-being check.Monday, Aug. 125:36 a.m. Arrested, Elvin Orlando Gomez-Morales, 30, of 135 E Main St., Apt. J2, Westborough, for operating under the influence of liquor, marked lanes violation, operating MV without a license.8:59 a.m. E Main St. Larceny.9:22 a.m. E Main St. Larceny.9:36 a.m. Glen/Nourse Sts. Accident property damage.12:37 p.m. E Main St./Flanders Rd. Accident property damage.6:06 p.m. Turnpike Rd. Accident property damage.8:21 p.m. Blake St. Disturbance (general).9:31 p.m. Milk St./North Dr. Suspicious person.Tuesday, Aug. 1310:22 a.m. Turnpike Rd. Accident property damage.12:13 p.m. Arrested, Jose Pantojas Jr., 46, of 51 Holworthy St., Apt. 1, Dorchester, on warrant.12:30 p.m. Endicott Dr. Disturbance (general).2:12 p.m. Cross St. Well-being check.2:20 p.m. Mill Rd. Suspicious person.4:05 p.m. Lyman St. Suspicious auto.4:11 p.m. Connector Rd. Well-being check.5:30 p.m. E Main St. Suspicious activity.10:54 p.m. Turnpike Rd. Suspicious auto.Wednesday, Aug. 145:00 a.m. Glen St. Well-being check.9:39 a.m. Summer St. Suspicious auto.12:26 p.m. Turn pike Rd. Parking violation/complaint.1:40 p.m. Turnpike Rd. Suspicious auto.2:33 p.m. E Main St. Suspicious person.9:58 p.m. E Main St. Suspicious auto.11:15 p.m. Zaara Dr. Suspicious activity.Thursday, Aug. 158:12 a.m. E Main St. Road/tree.10:25 a.m. W Main St. Parking violation/complaint.2:19 p.m. Windsor Ridge Dr. Suspicious activity.2:54 p.m. Gary Cir. Suspicious activity.4:07 p.m. E Main St. Accident property damage.10:12 p.m. Turnpike Rd./Milk St. Well-being check.Friday, Aug. 162:24 p.m. Computer Dr. Larceny.4:10 p.m. Valente Dr. Disturbance (general).6:43 p.m. Flanders Rd./Fruit St. Accident property damage.9:49 p.m. Turnpike Rd. Erratic operator.Saturday, Aug. 179:00 p.m. Oak St. Disturbance (general).10:13 p.m. E Main St. Disturbance (general).Sunday, Aug. 181:01 a.m. E Main St. Suspicious auto.3:00 a.m. Chauncy St. Suspicious auto.1:36 p.m. Otis St. Suspicious auto.5:04 p.m. W Main St. Accident property damage.5:11 p.m. Turnpike Rd. Larceny.11:05 p.m. W Main St. Erratic operator.Monday, Aug. 191:30 a.m. Lyman St. Suspicious auto.6:35 a.m. Maynard St. Larceny.11:19 a.m. Computer Dr. Suspicious activity.11:44 a.m. Joanne Dr. Suspicious auto.3:23 p.m. Charlestown Meadows Dr. Suspicious auto.6:22 p.m. Friberg Pkwy. Well-being check.7:56 p.m. Willow St. Well-being check.Tuesday, Aug. 206:36 p.m. W Main St. Parking violation/complaint.10:12 p.m. Oak St. Threats made.Wednesday, Aug. 211:24 a.m. Turnpike Rd. Suspicious auto.11:22 a.m. Reed Ave. Suspicious activity.11:42 a.m. Long Dr. Suspicious auto.4:32 p.m. Cook St. Suspicious auto.5:08 p.m. Fisher St. Well-being check.5:52 p.m. Turnpike Rd. Accident property damage.The information from the police log is obtained directly from the official records maintained at each police station in our circulation area. It contains arrests and samplings of police activity. Those arrested are innocent until proven guilty. The Community Advocate will publish news of acquittals upon notification and a copy of court-issued documentation.last_img read more

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Passenger overboard search suspended

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A The U.S Coast Guard has called off the search for a missing 63 year old woman who allegedly jumped overboard from the Celebrity Millennium cruise ship somewhere between Cabo San Lucas and San Diego. In a statement made by Celebrity Cruises, security staff became aware that the female passenger was missing when she did not disembark the ship as scheduled. After multiple public announcements and a complete search of the ship, the Captain alerted the local authorities. CCTV footage onboard shows the guest climb over the ship’s railing and let go at 9:12pm on Monday 2 May. The F.B.I and U.S Coast Guard were alerted of the GPS location of where the passenger went overboard and commenced a search of the area. Website cruisecompare.co.uk has reported the suspension of the 1,900 square mile search “pending any new developments”. Celebrity Cruises have stated that their ‘Our Care Team’ is currently providing support to the guest’s family and sends their thoughts and prayers over this time. Sailing a 15–night Panama Canal itinerary from San Juan, Puerto Rico on 18 April, the cruise concluded in San Diego on 3 May.last_img read more

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A decade on Tok Tok still rocks

first_imgWelcome to Tok Tok Vanuatu Deputy PM Ham Lini Vanuaroroa Tok Tok Vanuatu 2011 opened in Port Vila yesterday as the island nation’s biggest travel and tourism trade show celebrated its 10th anniversary.Opening the event, Vanuatu Deputy Prime Minister Ham Lini Vanuaroroa stressed the value of Tok Tok to tourism, an industry “of vital importance to Vanuatu and its people”.“Since its inception Tok Tok has gone from strength to strength,” Mr Vanuaroroa said.“It is the single most significant event on the Vanuatu tourism calendar and a significant catalyst for ongoing tourism development in this country.”    Praising the organisers of Tok Tok, Mr Vanuaroroa said the number of new properties and products at this year’s event was “testament to the strength of the Vanuatu tourism industry and its positive outlook for the future”.The Deputy PM, who also acts as the country’s Minister of Trade, Tourism, Commerce and Industry, said tourism contributed 40 per cent to the nation’s GDP, as well as providing for some 6,000 jobs in “formal and informal” employment.“Maintaining tourism growth remains a priority for this government,” the ni-Vanuatu said, attributing the country’s “ongoing success story” to the collaboration between public and private sectors. During his address, Mr Vanuaroroa revealed that the Vanuatu Tourism Office and industry were already working on a major destination marketing project for the next three years.center_img Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

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Group of Syrians rescued off Cape Greco

first_imgA group of 17 Syrian refugees were transferred on Monday night to the Larnaca police station, after being rescued by marine police earlier in the day off the Cape Greco coast.The boat was spotted at around noon on Monday, at a distance of some 50 nautical miles off Cape Greco in Ayia Napa, police said.At around 5pm, the boat was approached by port police, who helped the group to board their boat, leaving behind the boat on which they arrived.The Syrians were transferred to the Larnaca police station at around 8pm in order to verify their details and to complete investigations into the case.Among the 17 on board the boat that had set off in Lebanon were 12 men, one woman and four children.The boat was about five metres long and made of fibre glass, police said. You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoEditorChoice.comIf You Have Any Of These 20 Toys Around, You Just Became RichEditorChoice.comUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Biggest social reform since 1960 off to a good start officials say

first_imgIN WHAT was hailed as an historic day by President Nicos Anastasiades, Cyprus on Saturday introduced universal health care (Gesy), in what is perhaps the biggest social reform since independence in 1960.Health authorities said the first day went smoothly with the IT system surpassing expectations.“A historic day has dawned for our country,” the president said in a tweet on Saturday morning. “A day that signals perhaps the biggest social conquest in the history of the Republic of Cyprus.”“We are going forward with determination, responsibility, and patience. All the best Gesy.”Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said later that the first transaction was carried out at 5.15am by a GP, followed by one from a specialist.“It is with delight that I have been informed that no problems have been observed,” he said. “Of course, because it is Saturday, the volume is not huge but with the current volume and the transactions carried out by pharmacies, it seems that so far everything is running smoothly.”Speaking at a news conference at lunchtime, the chairman of the health insurance organisation (HIO) board, Thomas Antoniou, described Gesy as the best gift the state could give the next generations.Antoniou said the new health system was not a single reform but many combined. It is the first time Cyprus has primary healthcare as part of a universal health system. The island is the last country in the European Union to implement a health system but is among the first to have a fully electronic one.Antoniou said the first day went smoothly “but we will not become complacent as we know that problems could arise and we will ask for the public’s patience and support, as well as that of the mass media, asking them to contribute in the best possible implementation of the biggest social reform of the past 50 years.”HIO director Athos Tsinontides said dozens of people had visited their GPs and pharmacies had filled many prescriptions.Reports said pharmacies had filled over 350 prescriptions while doctors ordered some 80 lab tests.During the first day some 600 people visited their GPs who issued 75 referrals to specialists.Tsinontides said in the past few days there was no problem in registrations with the portal operating smoothly.Certain issues that concern third country nationals or Europeans from other member states relate to technical matters that must be resolved in cooperation with other government departments like the civil registry, to enable them to register.Health authorities were concerned about the performance of the IT system but Saturday went by without major issues.Tsinontides said the Gesy programme was probably the biggest IT system ever in operation in Cyprus and already some 550,000 people are registered on it, as well as hundreds of health providers.Asked how the organisation would handle the possible refusal of providers to get on board, as needs increased, Tsinontides said they would see how the first week goes since the needs have been covered to a large extent.He said there was adequacy of medicines with over 1,000 offered for free, and the number of pharmacies was also ample.The list of medicines will be updated on a daily basis, he said.In the next few days the HIO is expected to conclude the registration of between 500 and 600 specialist doctors so no problems with supply were expected in that aspect.Throughout the day Saturday, people shared posts on social media about how cheap their meds were under Gesy.Victoras Papadopoulos, the director of the president’s media office, posted a photo of himself at a pharmacy where he paid €3 for meds that would otherwise cost €98. Another man paid €2 for a prescription that cost €86 previously, he said.The first patient who needed a €220 heart ultrasound received it for free.Political parties also welcome the introduction but a large number of ordinary people posted their thanks to former health minister George Pamboridis who is widely credited with the success of pushing the system through amid a hostile environment created by its opponents.“Welcome my soul! Have a good Gesy fellow humans,” he tweeted. You May LikeSmart Living Ideas${city:CapitalizationType}$ Program Giving Solar Panels To Homeowners With Electric Bills Over $99/monthSmart Living IdeasUndoAuto Overload30 Perfectly Timed Moments Captured When It All Went WrongAuto OverloadUndoFinance NancyRemember Him? This is Why He’s No Longer An ActorFinance NancyUndo A new way of doing businessUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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