New Years Celebrations around Fort St John

first_imgFree entry New Years EveHourly draws and goodiesFree champagne at midnightKaraoke10440 100 Street, Taylor, British Columbia V0C 2K0Monday, December 31, 2018, at 8 PMEvent Page CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Tis’ the season to celebrate and ring in the New Year and here is a list of events in the North Peace RegionNew Years Eve Party with the Literacy Society Join us for an evening of entertainment and celebration as we ring in the New Year! 100% of the event proceeds will be directed to the Fort St. John Literacy Society to enhance and expand the FREE literacy programs offered to the community!Entertainment starts at 9 PM. There will also be a 50/50 draw, as well as door prizes given away throughout the evening.TICKETS ON SALE OCTOBER 1, 2018Tickets $49.99 +taxes/feesEarly Bird – ONLY the first 100 tickets $25+ taxes/fees, so act fast!!Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite, or at the Casino Cash Cage and Pomeroy Hotel Fort St. John.Monday, December 31, 2018, at 6 PM – 3 AM11308 Alaska Rd, Fort Saint John, British Columbia V1J 5T5FB Event Page CLICK HEREThe New Years Eve Prayer Summit with Evangel Downtown An evening of song and prayer. We believe this is probably the most significant Prayer Summit of the year, as we transition into a new year and a new season.10040 100 Street, Fort Saint John, British Columbia V1J 3Y4Monday, December 31, 2018, at 5:30 PM – 7 PMFB Event Page CLICK HERENew Years Eve Game Night with FSJ AllianceCome out and ring in the New Year with a fun night of snacks and games. Bring some of your favourite games and snacks to share. Kids are welcome!9804 – 99 Avenue, Fort Saint John, British Columbia V1J 5A5Monday, December 31, 2018, at 7:30 PM – 12 AMFB Event Page CLICK HERENew Years Eve Party with The SweetWater BandBring in the NEW YEAR, with THE SweetWater BAND. The boys will be rocking us into the new year Monday, December 31st. Tickets are 25.00 each so don’t wait too long. They are guaranteed to sell out!!! You can E-transfer funds to kelly.smith.white@gmail.com and I will reserve your tickets for you!Just after midnight, we will have cold plates made by our fabulous LEGIONNAIRES You don’t wanna miss out on a fantastic night with The SweetWater BAND.Monday, December 31, 2018, at 9 PMFB Event Page CLICK HEREFamily New Years Event with Totem Pre-schoolWe are excited to be hosting the 2nd annual Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Dance! Dancing, food, and fun for all ages, no babysitters required as KIDS ARE WELCOME!A great way to ring in the New Year with your entire familyAdults $40Child $201 (year old ) and under FREE9223 100 St, Fort St John, BCMonday, December 31, 2018, at 7 pmEvent Page CLICK HEREHappy Brew Year Party with The Canadian BrewhouseJoin us in saying goodbye to 2018 at our Happy Brew Year Party!Your ticket includes;Access to the pizza buffet – starts at 11:00 pmChampagne toast at midnight$6.99 Gift CertificateFREE WINGS FOR A YEAR!There will be $4.99 & $5.99 Drink Specials ALL NIGHT!DRESS IN YOUR BEST BLACK & WHITE NEW YEAR’S ATTIRE!9203 100 St. #104, Fort Saint John, British Columbia V1J 3X3Monday, December 31, 2018, at 8 PM – 2 AMEvent Page CLICK HERELonestar Nightlife FSJ New Year PartyFSJ here is your chance to grab some tickets while they last, open till 4 AM, ALWAYS a sell out Party, so try your best to get a ticket while you can. Ticket Holders are the only ones eligible to win the( 55″ 4k Big Screen TV). Party with us here at Lonestar NightLife and ring in the New Year with us!9830 100th Ave, Fort Saint John, British Columbia V1J 1Y5Monday, December 31, 2018, at 8 PM – 4 AMEvent Page CLICK HERENew Years Eve Bashlast_img read more

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Morocco Pedophile of Marrakech Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Casablanca- The pedophile caught red handed in the act of molesting a 10-year old boy has been sentenced to two years in jail.One week after the pedophile’s arrest, the Criminal Court of Marrakech found him guilty of the charges and sentenced the accused to two years imprisonment and a fine of 10,000 dirhams ($1,200) as restitution for the family.According to Yabiladi.com, Najia Adib, President of the association known as “Touche pas à mes enfants” said in a phone interview that this meager punishment “is a shame for the children, the associations, for the justice and whole Morocco”. Although, the sentence was imposed in accordance with Article 484 of the Penal Code which punishes anyone who commits an indecent assault against a minor, many people are not satisfied with the convicted pedophile’s deprivation of liberty in prison for only 2 to 5 years.For many, the sentence is simply not punitive enough. Many associations and citizens have voiced their outrage through social media, in order to pressure for changes.Edited by Elisabeth Myers read more

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Parents need to plan carefully if they are going to help their

OTTAWA — Buying a home is a big step for anyone and experts say that parents looking to help their children need to make sure it is affordable and that their children are ready for the change.Chris Catliff, president and chief executive of BlueShore Financial, says his bank’s seminars for parents looking to help their kids buy a house are always packed with mums and dads wanting to learn how they can help.He says parents first need to ask themselves if they can help without compromising their own financial security.“When you downsize your home and there is a lot of equity in it, that frees up capital that often is used for funding kids either first-time buy or move-up buy,” he said.But Catliff says you need to consider your own needs for that money and other savings and that may include long-term care in later years.Once you figure out what you can afford, parents can help their children buy their first home in a number of different ways.The most straightforward is to gift the money to your child, although Catliff says there are risks associated with it such as what may happen to the value of your gift if your child separates from their spouse or partner.Instead of gifting the money, he suggests you could structure it as a loan that you could in the future forgive if you want, perhaps as part of your estate planning.Parents could also act as a guarantor for a child on the loan, a move that would reduce the risk a lender faces and allow the child to obtain a better rate.Other options could be to buy a property and rent it to your child as an alternative or co-ownership, where you and your child live together and share ownership.Nathalie Weiner, a district vice-president at TD Bank in Ottawa, says a survey done by the bank found that one in four baby boomers are helping their children or grandchildren financially.“If you’re going to help out your child with a down payment, whether it is by form of a loan or a donation or a co-signer of a mortgage, you have to make sure that actually fits into your financial plan,” she said.Weiner said the cost of becoming a homeowner isn’t just the price of the home and it is important that your child is ready to deal with those costs too.“It’s expensive owning a home. It’s not the same as renting,” she said.“You really have to sit down, calculate it and make sure you can afford it.”Weiner said picking the right way to help your child buy a house, whether it is a gift, loan or other way, is about striking a balance with your own financial plan.Catliff says parents looking to lend or give the money also need to plan where they money will come from.If you’re selling an investment that has risen significantly to make your gift, you may be faced with a large tax bill if you don’t have other losses that you can use to offset the gains come tax time.Buying a home is a big step and Catliff says parents who want to help their children need to be sure their child is ready to become a homeowner.He says parents want to give a helping hand, but it can be highly emotional and you can run the risk of hurting your relationship with your children.“It’s really important to plan it and get good financial advice,” he said. Craig Wong, The Canadian Press read more

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United Against Malaria concert shows global resolve against the illness – Annan

“Together we can change the world and extend this vast movement of solidarity reflected in tonight’s concert,” Mr. Annan told the performers and guests at Saturday evening’s event, stressing that he shared the same goal of improving the world for all of its inhabitants. Some 6,000 people showed up for the 60th anniversary concert, which was cosponsored by the UN Office at Geneva and has already raised funds for 50,000 mosquito nets. “Collectively you can make a huge difference,” he said. “Having joined this movement of solidarity to assist the poor and to ensure that we have a more equitable world, please stick with it.” The United Nations, he stressed, was written in the name of “We the Peoples.” “That is you out there, not the bureaucrats in the building,” Mr. Annan said. “You are the United Nations.” The concert featured Youssou N’Dour and friends, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Peter Gabriel, Axelle Red, Rokia Traoré as well as other guest artists from all five continents committed to fighting malaria. “Music touches people’s hearts and minds,” said Mr. N’Dour, Roll Back Malaria Partnership Special Envoy and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, during rehearsal for Saturday’s concert. “We must continue to use our music to tell the world about malaria: that it can be prevented, it can be treated, and it can be beaten if everyone joins the fight.” read more

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On eve of Press Freedom Day UN Iraq envoy urges end to

In a message ahead of World Press Freedom Day in a country where more than 70 journalists have been killed in the past three years, the top United Nations envoy in Iraq today called on the new Government to reaffirm its commitment to protect the right of journalists to do their work free from intimidation and threats. Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi also urged the incoming Government to assist Iraq’s independent media in its struggle for the right to seek, receive and impart information in a responsible manner, terming it one of the necessary preconditions for establishing a healthy democracy in Iraq. Media freedom and access to information play a key role in empowering the powerless and promoting tolerance, respect and peace, he said, noting that Iraq has become a very risky environment for journalists and urging all concerned to show the Iraqi media corps respect and appreciation for their courage and the sacrifices they have made. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), more than 70 journalists have been killed on duty in Iraq since the United States-led invasion in March 2003 and many others have been maimed, detained or threatened while pursuing the right to freedom of expression. “Some of them we had the privilege to know in person,” Mr. Qazi said. read more

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US consumer confidence climbs to 807 in January highest level since August

WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer confidence has risen to its highest point since August on the strength of a brighter view of the job market and business conditions.The Conference Board, a business research group, said Tuesday its consumer confidence index rose to 80.7 this month from a December reading of 77.5. It was the second consecutive strong gain.“Confidence appears to be back on track and rising expectations suggest the economy may pick up some momentum in the months ahead,” said Conference Board economist Lynn Franco.Consumer confidence is closely watched because consumer spending accounts for 70 per cent of U.S. economic activity.Amna Asaf, an economist at Capital Economics, said the January improvement was encouraging given the unseasonably cold weather during the month. She said it probably reflected the strong stock market gains that were occurring during the survey period, which ended on Jan. 16.But she cautioned that the confidence gauge could retreat in the February reading if stock prices don’t rebound from their recent declines.For 2013, the confidence gauge averaged 73.3, the highest since 2007. That’s above the 45.2 average in 2009 when the economy was in recession for half the year. But it is still below the reading of 90 that economists view as consistent with a healthy economy.The unemployment rate fell to a five-year low of 6.7 per cent in December, down from 7 per cent in November. But the improvement came for the wrong reason. Many Americans gave up looking for work and were therefore not counted as unemployed. Job growth also slowed in December with employers adding just 74,000 jobs.But economists believe that slowdown was a temporary blip from what they are expecting to be a strong job performance in the coming year, reflecting increased strength in the economy.Many analysts are forecasting that the overall economy will grow at around 3 per cent in 2014, up a full percentage point from 2013 growth. The federal government is expected to be less of a drag on activity this year. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jan 28, 2014 8:23 am MDT US consumer confidence climbs to 80.7 in January, highest level since August In this Jan 2, 2014 photo, a pedestrian passes by sale signs on a store front window in Chicago. The Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for January, on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Ohio State field hockey set to begin Big Ten play

OSU senior midfielder Kaitlyn Wagner (13) lunges for the ball during a game against Ball State on Sept. 14 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won, 3-2, in overtime.Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerFresh off an overtime victory against Ball State, the Ohio State field hockey team is set to welcome No. 16 Michigan State to Buckeye Varsity Field on Friday to kick off Big Ten play.For OSU (2-3), the path to a conference championship could start with playing well against the Spartans.“I think we all just have to realize how important these Big Ten games are,” junior forward Peanut Johnson said Wednesday. “The NCAA Tournament is super selective, so it’s imperative that we win the whole Big Ten. We can’t really have any off games.”The Spartans bring a 4-2 record into Friday’s contest after outlasting Kent State, 4-3, in overtime and handling Richmond, 6-1, last weekend in Kent, Ohio.Michigan State’s offense is averaging more than three goals per game in 2014 behind the play of senior forward Abby Barker, a Columbus native and the reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. The senior forward has tallied seven goals and five assists.The Spartans’ speed is the biggest concern for OSU, which is a more deliberate team while attacking.OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said she’s working on different matchups against Michigan State so her best players can use their speed to the fullest.“It’s always a great matchup between our two teams. They’re fast. They love to counter,” Wilkinson said. “You should expect an up-tempo game.”OSU lost a pair of games by one goal to the Spartans in 2013, including a 2-1 loss in the Big Ten Tournament.Freshman midfielder Maddy Humphrey said she’s focused on staying aggressive to help her team get on the board early and often.“I’m really trying to focus a little more on finishing,” Humphrey said. “Because the last few games I haven’t been finishing my shots.”Humphrey leads the Buckeyes with eight points on two goals and four assists.OSU is set to continue its three-game homestand Sunday against Appalachian State at noon.The Mountaineers (2-4) are coming off a 3-2 overtime victory against Davidson on Sunday, and they feature a balanced offensive attack. Three Appalachian State players have tallied six points each early in the season.If OSU can take both games this weekend, the team will be better .500 for the first time in 2014. Humphrey said OSU is ready for the challenge.“We want to just play as a team, win as a team and just have a good time,” Humphrey said. “And finish.”OSU is set to take on the Spartans at 3 p.m. Friday. read more

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Maker Faire San Diego 2018 at Balboa Park

first_img Posted: October 7, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Maker Faire San Diego is going on this weekend at Plaza de Panama in Balboa Park. Elizabeth Alvarez was live to check it out.The Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects.Maker Faire San Diego is a hands-on festival of invention and creativity and a celebration of the Maker movement in our binational region. Balboa Park is host to this celebration of technology, arts, craftsmanship, science, and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) culture. It’s for innovative, creative people who like to tinker and love to create, and also for those curious minds who want to see what new and innovative things are just around the corner and get hands-on.Today, a “Maker” is an overarching term for independent inventors, DIYers, artisans, people who just like to create, innovate, and teach others how they can do it too. Makers range from high-tech robotics teams and geeky coders, to traditional artisans and intricate crafters, to home brewers and garage tinkers. The Maker Movement rose in response to shrinking practical arts and technical programs in schools, the prolific rise in accessible technology, and a disconnect between people and the products they use in everyday life. It’s about embracing curiosity and getting hands-on with practical arts and innovation. In truth, everyone is a maker – some just haven’t realized it yet.Maker Faire San Diego is a partnership between the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership (BPCP) and the San Diego Makers Guild. Over 200 local and regional makers display their creations at Balboa Park – mostly inside participating museums. This multi-museum event showcases innovation, creativity, and hands-on learning for adults, teens, and kids in the San Diego region. Maker Faire San Diego 2018 at Balboa Park Elizabeth Alvarez, October 7, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Luther Campbells son arrested in Miami Beach charged with car theft drug

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The son of Miami-based rapper and record executive Luther Campbell, also known as “Uncle Luke,” was arrested in Miami Beach after, police said, he was spotted driving a stolen car while carrying what officials believe is cocaine.According to Miami Beach Police, officers were dispatched after a license plate reader confirmed a vehicle that had been stolen in Miami was entering Miami Beach through the MacArthur Causeway, just after 9:15 a.m., Saturday.Officers pulled over 25-year-old Luther Campbell Jr. as he was heading northbound on Washington Avenue, near Sixth Street.An officer searching Campbell found a small clear baggie, with a white substance believed to be cocaine, in the suspect’s right front jean pocket. It has been sent to a Miami-Dade County lab for analysis.A woman who was riding in the passenger seat, identified as 26-year-old Ceyla Barhan, told officers she had just met Campbell at E11EVEN Miami, a nightclub in downtown Miami, and he was taking her home.According to the arrest report, when asked about the passenger, Campbell said, “I just met her at the club and was taking her home.”The report further states that both Campbell and Barhan said she had no idea the car was stolen. She was released shortly after. Investigators said Campbell has a police record and was driving with a suspended license.He has been charged with third-degree grand theft, possession of a controlled substance and driving with a suspended license.The car was later towed from the scene.As of Saturday night, Campbell remained behind bars.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Telugu Sahitya Peetam becomes an orphan in Rajamahendravaram

first_imgRajamahendravaram: Telugu Sahitya Peetam (TSP) of Potti Sriramulu Telugu University (PSTU) in this historical city is on death bed due to gross negligenceof the state government, funds crunch and lack of faculty, among other factors. The peetam was started for MA (Telugu literature) as two years course along with M.Phil in 1989 after the PSTU came into existence through an Act in 1985. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Along with TSP in Rajamahendravaram, two other peetams, one in Srisailam for History, Arachaelogy, Sanskrit Epics and Culture and another in Kuchipudi for Dance, also came into existence. Except the peetam in Rajamahendravaram, the other two peetams are functioning to some extent with minimum regular staff. At present, there are six students in TSP and 15 staff members of various categories, including two temporary faculty members in the centre. Thestudents are not showing interest to join the peetam due to lack of scholarship facility and there is no head for the peetam to take care of the issues. Six professors are needed to run the peetam successfully. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us So far this year, no one was admitted because of the burning problems. Meanwhile, PSTU is in 10th schedule of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act-2014 and not yet divided after the state bifurcation. Now there is no vice-chancellor and registrar for the university. The government is paying salaries to the staff, but they are implementing the rules of Telangana government in the peetam. Advertise With Us Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments appointed vice-chancellors separately to the university whose tenure expired recently. Of the total 30 acre area in which the university is located, 10 acre is under revenue department and 10 acres was given to NAAC. The campus is full of thorny bushes and the staff are worried about the presence of snakes and some buildings are in dilapidated condition. When contacted, PSTU Officer on Special Duty Bhimeswara Rao said the university remained with the state as it was recognised and registered in the name of Andhra Pradesh. The government may appoint vice-chancellor and registrar shortly,he said. Noted historian and founder of Andhra Kesari Yuvajan Samithi Y S Narasimha Rao underlined the need to develop the peetam by addressing the problems immediately. The government should feel ashamed for neglecting the TSP, as it is located in the city where Adikavi Nannaya translated epic Mahabharatha into Telugu and the land which had given birth to many great personalities.last_img read more

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Breaking South Africa bowl first against Bangladesh Hashim Amla out David Miller

first_imgSouth Africa captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and decided to put Bangladesh in to bat first for their second game of the ICC 2019 World Cup. The big loss for the Proteas is the absence of Hashim Amla who is out of the game due to the blow he suffered in the first game against England. David Miller has been brought into the team to replace him.Another change in the Proteas side is the replacement of Dwaine Pretorius by Chris Morris. The presence of extra pacer reflects the disappointment the team probably felt after conceding a 300+ score against England.For Bangladesh, the big relief was the fitness of their ace batsman Tamim Iqbal who was doubtful for the game. However, the Tigers are up against a team that is looking to get its campaign back on track after a big loss in the opening game of the tournament.last_img read more

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In the City that Claims Him Ben Carson Falls from Grace

first_imgBy The Associated PressThe portrait used to hang in the hallway, welcoming children and parents to the Archbishop Borders School in Baltimore: A smiling Dr. Ben Carson in surgical scrubs, rubbing together the careful, steady hands that helped him become the nation’s most famous Black doctor.“The person who has the most to do with your success is you,” it reads.Ben Carson’s story of growing up in a single-parent household and climbing out of poverty to become a world-renowned surgeon was once ubiquitous in Baltimore, where Carson made his name. But his role in the Trump Administration has added a complicated epilogue, leaving many who admired him feeling betrayed, unable to separate him from the politics of a president widely rejected by African Americans in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)That was before Carson’s presidential bid, before he withdrew from the race and endorsed Donald Trump, before he was tapped to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development. It was before he worked for a president who failed to condemn White supremacists who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia. And before Carson pushed policies critics say walk back civil rights protections for those living in subsidized housing.“I took it down,” said Principal Alicia Freeman of the portrait she’s since placed out of public view. Although the school, whose student body is majority Hispanic, Black and low-income, has a reading room funded by Carson’s foundation, the doctor’s inspirational message now feels hostile, she said.“He was starting to become offensive.”Carson’s story of growing up in a single-parent household and climbing out of poverty to become a world-renowned surgeon was once ubiquitous in Baltimore, the overwhelmingly Democratic city where Carson made his name. In some schools his memoir was required reading, an illustration of the power of perseverance. For a working-class, majority African-American city wracked by racial division, poverty, drug addiction and neglect, Ben Carson was hope.But his role in the Trump administration has added a complicated epilogue, leaving many who admired him feeling betrayed, unable to separate him from the politics of a president widely rejected by African-Americans here.“The Trump virus is weakening Ben Carson’s image,” said Bishop Frank Reid, a former pastor at Baltimore’s Bethel AME Church who met Carson at Yale, where both received their bachelor’s degrees. Carson is still respected, Reid said. “But he is no longer the hero he once was.”Carson declined to be interviewed for this story. Instead, he sent a written statement.“I understand what it means to be poor because I grew up poor,” the statement said. “I was fortunate to have my mother who was my compass – always steering me on course, helping me to see beyond our circumstances. That’s what I hope to do for the millions of low-income families HUD serves.”Carson was born in Detroit, but Baltimore is the city that claims him. He rose to fame for his groundbreaking surgeries at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and launched his scholarship program here. Carson would sometimes arrange for high school students to visit the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum on the city’s east side, where a figure in his likeness stands glossy and smiling in a white lab coat and stethoscope, in the middle of the Famous Marylanders display.But since taking the reins at HUD, Carson has proposed sweeping rent increases for the poorest subsidized housing tenants, and delayed key Obama-era regulations designed to address racial segregation. Carson has considered stripping anti-discrimination language from the department’s mission statement, and voiced strong support for implementing work requirements for housing aid recipients. In a radio interview shortly after being confirmed, Carson said poverty “is a state of mind.”Promoting self-sufficiency is a cornerstone of Carson’s leadership, and he enthusiastically embraces the bootstrap ideology popular with conservatives.Such themes have always informed how Carson frames his own history.“Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them,” Carson wrote in his memoir.But those messages take on a new tone coming from a politician.Shaun Verma, a Ben Carson Scholarship recipient and Johns Hopkins graduate, says Carson’s use of his story of hard work and determination to justify scaling back the safety net for the same communities that raised and revered him “is really, really disappointing.”At 15, Verma founded MDJunior, a nonprofit that aims to improve health care accessibility to underserved communities. As a Carson scholar he attended board meetings and banquets, and got to know Carson personally. Carson’s politics “has tainted his long career and commendable service. It’s hard to associate all this with a person I looked up to for years,” said Verma, who grew up in Georgia and is now living in New York.Some Maryland conservatives view Carson differently. Antonio Campbell, a professor of political science at Towson University and state chairman for Carson’s 2016 presidential campaign, said he “remains impressed” with Carson, and that those disappointed with his performance as HUD secretary likely feel that way because of fundamentally divergent values.“The question is, what is the role of government?” said Campbell, a Republican who is running for U.S. Senate against Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md. When assistance is scaled back, those accustomed to the status quo are bound to be disappointed, he said, adding that Carson “is learning” how to sell his policies to skeptics.Kurt Schmoke, Baltimore’s first elected African-American mayor, said Carson “has left a substantial segment of the community scratching their heads.” But he added that Carson’s vast achievements and philanthropic work haven’t been entirely eclipsed by his foray into politics.“You can’t take away the fact that he’s done outstanding things for people throughout his life, that can’t be erased,” said Schmoke, who has been friends with Carson for decades. “But I do think there’s clearly more people who view him through a political lens and that affects how he’s viewed here.”last_img read more

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Baltimore Church Leaders Handing Over Files Amid Abuse Probe

first_imgBy DAVID McFADDEN, Associated PressBALTIMORE (AP) — The Catholic archdiocese in Baltimore has delivered over 50,000 internal files to Maryland’s top law enforcement official amid an investigation into child sex abuse and are in the process of handing over more, church leaders announced Tuesday.Archbishop William Lori described the clergy sex abuse scourge that’s been rocking the church as a “genuine crisis” and said Baltimore’s archdiocese is “working very hard to cooperate” with Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh’s investigation. Lori asserted that any credible allegations have long been sent to the attorney general’s office so their hope is the documents “will be helpful in the process of being transparent and forthright about all of this.”Archbishop William Lori, of Baltimore, attends a press briefing at the archdiocese’s headquarters in Baltimore, Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019. Catholic leaders in Baltimore say they’ve delivered thousands of files to Maryland’s top law enforcement official amid an investigation into child sex abuse. At the Tuesday event for reporters, Lori said Baltimore’s archdiocese is cooperating fully with Attorney General Brian Frosh’s ongoing probe. (AP Photo/David McFadden)“For quite some time, certainly going back to 2002 if not before, every time we’ve had a credible accusation we have sent that not only to local law enforcement but also to the attorney general’s office. So there was already a lot on file from us,” Lori said at a Tuesday gathering for reporters at the archdiocese’s headquarters, situated across from the first Roman Catholic cathedral built in the United States.Bishop Adam Parker, the archdiocese’s chief of operations, told reporters that they are preparing and delivering decades-old church files to the attorney general’s office on a rolling basis. He said there haven’t been any recent allegations within the archdiocese.“There are specific files that they have asked to see, and our internal team is in the process of gathering them,” said Parker, who described the work as a “very significant undertaking” for the archdiocese.The Tuesday press gathering at the archdiocese comes days after Frosh announced a phone hotline for victims to report child sex abuse associated with a place of worship or school. Unlike attorneys general in several states who have announced probes into clergy sex abuse, Frosh’s office will only say it doesn’t confirm or deny the existence of any investigation.Also Tuesday, Lori announced that Baltimore’s archdiocese has launched a “third-party system” for reporting allegations against bishops, the latest step to address the abuse crisis.At their national conference in Baltimore last year, American bishops agreed to wait until after a Vatican-convened global meeting on sex abuse in February to consider establishing a special commission to review complaints against the bishops. They delayed voting on the measure at the Vatican’s request.But Lori said he and his leadership team didn’t want to wait any longer to embrace this step with a system dubbed “Ethics Point,” which will hold bishops accountable to the same standards priests and others have faced since 2002.“We said to ourselves: Why can’t we do this locally?” said Lori, who last year was appointed by the Vatican to take over West Virginia’s diocese following the resignation of Bishop Michael Bransfield amid allegations he sexually harassed adults.According to Lori, any complaint against a bishop will now be routed to the archdiocese’s Independent Review Board, a panel he says is led by two retired judges. The board would then report any allegations deemed credible to Maryland authorities and Pope Francis’ envoy in the United States.Terence McKiernan, president of BishopAccountability.org, which has tracked abuse for more than a decade, asserted that the archdiocese’s review board is not in any sense a “third party,” stating that Catholic citizens should be skeptical that true bishop accountability could ever be delivered by such a panel.He also said Lori’s history as a church authority did not bode well for bishop accountability in Baltimore. While acting as Bridgeport’s bishop, Lori fought to prevent abuse documents from becoming public, taking the fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where he lost the legal battle, McKeirnan said.“The Maryland attorney would be well advised to seize the archdiocese’s abuse records, and not depend on Archbishop Lori to provide them,” McKeirnan said Tuesday.Abuse scandals have roiled the Roman Catholic Church worldwide for decades, but there were major developments last year in the U.S. In July, Pope Francis removed U.S. church leader Theodore McCarrick as a cardinal after church investigators said an allegation that he groped a teenage altar boy in the 1970s was credible. Subsequently, several former seminarians and priests reported that they too had been abused or harassed by McCarrick as adults, triggering debate over who might have known and covered up McCarrick’s misconduct.And in August, a grand jury report in Pennsylvania detailed decades of abuse and cover-up in six dioceses, alleging that more than 1,000 children had been abused over the years by about 300 priests. Since then, attorneys general in other states have launched investigations.___Follow McFadden on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dmcfaddlast_img read more

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An evening to celebrate 30 years of English August

first_imgDelhi’s iconic Oxford Bookstore in collaboration with renowned author and festival director Namita Gokhale organized an evening for the launch of ‘The Revenge of the Non-vegetarian’ and to celebrate the 30th anniversary edition of the classic ‘English, August’ by an renowned author, Upamanyu Chatterjee. An interesting talk session between Upamanyu Chatterjee and Editor-in-chief, VICE India, Pragya Tewari was curated to discuss the idea around the book followed by wine and cheese, hosted by The Park, New Delhi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfUpamanyu Chatterjee’s novel ‘The Revenge of the Non-Vegetarian’ is set between 1949 and 1973 in a town called Batia in the state Narmada Pradesh. Batia is home to the 1,000-year-old Dayasagar Adinath Temple while the Batia sub-division is just 70 years old. With the town being predominantly Hindu, and the temple precincts being sacred, meat-eating is frowned upon in Batia. Eating contentious food like beef, therefore, is quite unthinkable.English, August however is an Indian Story by Upamanyu Chatterjee, which was written in English, first published in 1988 and has since been reprinted several times. It was adapted into a film of the same name in 1994. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe novel portrays the struggle of a civil servant who is posted in a rural area and is considered to be a very authentic portrayal of the state of Indian youth in the 1980s.The author of the book Upamanyu Chatterjee is an Indian Administrative Service officer, currently serving the Indian government as Joint Secretary on the Petrol and Natural Gas Regulatory Board.In 2004, Chatterjee was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award and conferred with Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2009 in recognition of his exemplary contribution to contemporary literature.last_img read more

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Leave India to Indians Naipaul was once told by mother

first_imgNew Delhi: V.S. Naipaul, known for his timeless books and unsparing views, made his last public appearance in India in January 2015 at the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), where he spoke at length and was even moved to tears at the overwhelming reception he got.Recalling his maiden visit to India, the Nobel laureate had said in 2015: “I came to India first because of curiosity about my ancestral land. My publisher agreed to pay me an advance for anything I would write on India.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBut after writing two celebrated books on India, ‘An Area of Darkness’ and ‘A Wounded Civilization’, his mother asked him to leave India. “The only Hindi word my mother carried from India was ‘beta’ and she said ‘Beta, leave India to the Indians’,” he quipped. Naipaul took part in two sessions – ‘A House for Mr Biswas’, which revolved around his masterpiece by the same name, and ‘The Writer and the World’, in which he talked about his literary journey. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveNaipaul was in conversation with Farrukh Dhondy, who asked him about his life in Trinidad, the journey as a writer, his memories of India and his writings about the country. Dhondi asked him how come he was born in Trinidad despite his deep Indian roots. Naipaul said that it had nothing to do with him. “It had to do with my family and my parents,” he said, pointing out that there was a massive migration from India to the Caribbean islands during the middle of the 19th century and that he and his relatives “had to live with the result of that migration”. When Dhondy proclaimed that the session would be like “a conversation between two old friends sitting with a glass of wine and looking at the sunset”, an emotional Naipaul retracted humbly: “I do not like talking about the sunset. It can be used against me to infer that I am in the sunset of my life. Unhappy metaphor.” His wife, Lady Nadira, sat on a chair behind him, taking notes, holding the microphone when he became too tired to hold it and prompting the words when he forgot what he was saying or ran out of steam. Naipaul also recalled the hardships during the initial days of writing. “I was one of those people who desperately wanted to be a writer but had nothing to write about,” he said and advised young writers not be repetitive. “Even Dickens went wrong when he began to repeat. An author should avoid doing that.” He recognised that during the course of his long and illustrious literary journey, there had been works that he was not very proud of. “A writer has to make a living and has to write a book. Don’t forget that.” The last words of Naipaul on stage was a reply to a question from veteran lawyer Ram Jethmalani, who asked him the reason for calling India ‘An Area of Darkness’ and suggested that it (India) was instead an area of light. A humble Naipaul left a witty remark to conclude the session: “Ram is a friend and he left a very friendly comment.” Jethmalani was later seen kissing his hands and showing his reverance to the Nobel laureate. Naipual’s last visit to India will also be cherished and remembered fondly by the writing fraternity for his public reunion with Paul Theroux, with whom Naipaul shared a full-blown feud.last_img read more

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The Story of Graceland – How Priscilla Presleys Bright Idea Saved Elvis

first_imgThe death of the King of Rock n Roll Elvis Presley may not have come as such a shock due to his years of drug use and the amount of weight he had gained over the years, not to mention his penchant for peanut butter and banana sandwiches. However, what was shocking was the state of his estate at his death and in the years immediately following. Elvis Presley is shown during a karate workout, as seen in the film ‘This Is Elvis’, 1981. Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty ImagesHis estate was divided amongst three beneficiaries: His grandmother Minnie Mae Presley, his father Vernon, and his only child, Lisa Marie.By 1980, only three years after Elvis’ death, both Vernon and Minnie Mae had also passed on, in 1979 and 1980 respectively. This left Lisa Marie as the sole heir to the King’s wealth.Press photo of Elvis Presley with his parents at his Army induction.Lisa Marie was not able to access any of her inheritance until her 25th birthday which wouldn’t occur until February of 1993.Until then, her mother and Elvis’ ex-wife, Priscilla, served as executor of the estate along with Elvis’ accountant, Joseph Hanks, and Elvis’ long-time bank.Upon taking control of the estate, Priscilla found that while Elvis had been a model citizen in regard to paying his taxes, he hadn’t been a great financial planner.Elvis Presley and Priscilla with newborn Lisa Marie, February 1968.His father, Vernon, had managed much of the King’s affairs during Elvis’ lifetime and hadn’t done much in terms of extending the wealth of the estate.Lisa Marie’s inheritance was sizable, but nothing befitting the daughter of a king. Elvis’ home, Graceland, was costing about a half-million dollars a year in taxes and maintenance and Priscilla was under pressure to sell the property to reduce it’s drag on cash flow.Lisa Marie Presley at a car race.Instead she chose another route, one that would go on to provide a boon for Lisa Marie and fans of Elvis alike.In 1981, Priscilla, with the agreement of the other executors, hired Jack Soden to plan and execute the opening of Graceland as a tourist attraction. The property opened up to tours in June of 1982 under the business entity, Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE).Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley. Photo by Joseph Novak – Flickr CC BY 2.0Additionally, EPE then acquired a long-term lease on the property directly across the street from Graceland in 1983, which was a typical urban strip mall at the time.They honored the existing leases of tenants in that property until they expired, but also made sure that businesses there only carried licensed merchandise pertaining to Elvis.Designation of Graceland mansion as a National Historic Landmark in 2006.With the expiration of the existing leases, they converted that property into a museum in 1987 and then purchased the property outright in 1993. It was renamed as Graceland Plaza.Related Video: Elvis Presley’s 40th Anniversary – He Would Have Been 82Some of the attractions that supplement the tourist experience of visiting the King’s home are the automobile museum at Graceland Plaza featuring many of Elvis’ vehicles and two of Elvis’ jets, the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II.Elvis Presley’s plane, “Lisa Marie”, named after his daughter on display at Graceland. Photo byT.A.F.K.A.S. CC BY-SA 3.0These planes had been sold in 1978 by Vernon but were brought back with the cooperation of the new owners in a joint venture to serve as a tourist attraction. The complex has continued to grow and evolve, and in 2017 a 450-room hotel with two restaurants was opened on the site.EPE has also purchased other nearby properties and expanded the Elvis brand. Over half a million people visit Graceland each year.Graceland living room. Photo by David Brossard – Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0Priscilla essentially turned Graceland from a dog into a cash cow and her efforts have not only provided for her daughter’s extravagant lifestyle, but also employed hundreds of people in the Memphis area.Her efforts were recently recognized when she was honored as the AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s Citizen of the Year of 2018. She also cares for her grandchildren, Lisa Marie’s eight-year-old twins – Finley and Harper.Ironically, Lisa Marie sold 85 percent of her share of EPE in 2005 and is now suing her former management team for the sale complaining that they have essentially bankrupted her.Read another story from us: The Embarrassing Demise of Elvis – Factors which Led to that Fateful ToiletShe still retains 100 percent ownership of Graceland itself, all of Elvis’ wardrobe, cars, and other effects.last_img read more

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Study reveals mobilefree travel doesnt fly with Aussie travellers

first_imgExpedia.com®, one of the world’s largest full service online travel sites, and Egencia®, the business travel brand of Expedia, Inc. have released the results of the Expedia®/Egencia Mobile Index, a global study of mobile-device-related behaviour and preferences among travellers conducted online across North America, Europe, South America and Asia Pacific.The study, which solicited input from 9,642 travellers across 19 countries, finds whilst the majority of Australians have a smartphone (94%), how they use them when travelling differs in comparison to other nations around the world.One top finding is the perceived importance of the smartphone as a travel companion. Globally, a smartphone ranks as the single most indispensable item travellers carry with them when they travel, even ahead of a driver’s licence.Whereas, although nine in ten (91%) Australian travellers confirm they take their smartphone with them when on holiday, and a further 69% believe their mobile device is an important travel companion, the trusted toothbrush is still the most essential travel item (52%) for Australians, just ahead of a smartphone (49%).Mobile-free travel doesn’t flyDemonstrating the dependence travellers have on mobile devices, more than half (60%) of respondents globally say they would be unwilling to go on holiday without a mobile device, in line with the Australian finding (61%). Well over half (61%) of Aussies say they sleep with their device beside their bed when travelling (versus 63% globally).Whilst Aussies undoubtedly value their mobile device as a travel companion, they are not as mobile-dependent as other nations. Globally, 28% say they carry a rechargeable pack or spare battery as a back-up in case they lose battery when travelling.This rises to over 50% of people from Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan. Australians, on the other hand, are happy to put the device away and recharge back at the hotel (58% versus global average of 40%) and only 12% carry a back-up charger.On average, a third (34%) of global travellers have purchased inflight Wi-Fi on a business trip, compared to only 20% of Australian business travellers. Australians are also less likely to feel the need to seek out free Wi-Fi (70% global average versus 53% Australian average).When it comes to checking in on work when travelling, Aussies are again less obsessive than other nations, with only two in five (42%) checking twice a day or more, compared with 53% globally.The relevance of mobile devices is tied to how the device improves the quality of travel itself for both business and leisure travellers – 63% of Australians say their mobile device and apps improve the quality of their holidays, compared to 67% globally.Kelly Cull, travel expert, Expedia.com.au, commented: “We know mobile devices have become helpful travel partners. From researching to booking, getting up-to-date flight details and checking-in to a hotel, to capturing and sharing travel experiences; they are with us every step of the way.“Mobile devices may be a requirement for business trips, however, business travel and connectivity is changing.  Various devices allow for a seamless experience with apps that enable users to be more productive and efficient. Travellers are using this to prioritise work-life balance and disconnect when possible” said Kyle Davis, Managing Director, Egencia Asia Pacific.Mobile etiquetteThe Expedia/Egencia Mobile Index revealed travellers are well attuned to mobile device etiquette, and find mobile faux pas to be highly offensive. Courteousness and noise consciousness continue to be particularly prized, as is privacy.Australians consider “making/taking calls while on speaker phone” to be the most offensive mobile behavior, cited by 54% of Australian travellers. “Playing music games or videos without headphones” infuriates 48% of people, while “texting or emailing while attending a seated performance” is offensive to 41% of Australians. Expedia.com®Source = Expedia.com®last_img read more

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Summer Season Starts with Rising Home Sales Inventory

first_img Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply RE/MAX 2014-07-18 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News July 18, 2014 548 Views Summer Season Starts with Rising Home Sales, Inventorycenter_img Home sales in June rose 4.5 percent over the month prior, climbing closer to 2013 numbers than any other month so far this year.In its monthly National Housing Report, RE/MAX observed another month-to-month climb in transaction levels, marking the fourth straight month of increases following a poor showing at the start of the year. All 52 surveyed metros reported monthly gains.While sales figures remain down nearly 2 percent compared to June 2013, the company says the year-over-year difference is the smallest one recorded year-to-date.”The trend may have started late, but 2014 appears to be following a traditional seasonal sales pattern,” RE/MAX said.Inventory also ticked up slightly for the third straight month, nudging up 0.3 percent from May. Compared to the same time last year, supply was down 4.2 percent, slightly worse than May’s decline of 4.1 percent.The low level of inventory and high level of demand brought the number of days the average home was listed on the market to 62, four days less than in May and three days less than a year ago. It was the 25th consecutive month in which the average market time came in below 90 days.Still, with sales going on at their current pace, the stock of inventory improved when measured in months, climbing to 4.1 months supply from 3.8 in May and 3.9 last year. RE/MAX considers a six-month supply to be a balanced market between buyers and sellers.”The increasing inventory of homes for sale is having a positive impact, despite some lingering challenges with lending standards, so the recovery remains in place,” said RE/MAX CEO Margaret Kelly. “If the overall economy improves, history has shown that housing is likely to stay in line with long-standing seasonal trends.”Meanwhile, home prices continued to slide up, gaining 9.6 percent over the last 12 months to a median $210,000. Of the 52 areas surveyed, RE/MAX reported higher sales prices in 41, with eight seeing double-digit increases. Sharelast_img read more

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Virtuoso has announced two key promotions in its A

first_imgVirtuoso has announced two key promotions in its APAC team. Evan Pierce and Cristina Magni have both been promoted to Regional Director roles, in recognition of their success in growing the Virtuoso network and driving member engagement over the past three years. Evan will relocate to Singapore in the Regional Director, Asia role, to lead the Asia team in Virtuoso’s expansion into China, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. Cristina will remain in Sydney as Regional Director, Australia and New Zealand, where she will continue to drive the ongoing success and growth of the member network.“Virtuoso has witnessed strong performance in the Asia Pacific region over the past 5 years and Virtuoso has made the commitment to reward this success by further investment in our in-market resources,” said Michael Londregan, Virtuoso APAC Managing Director. “The local team has been instrumental in growing our business by working with members to ensure Virtuoso programs deliver competitive advantages for their clients.“In 2017 we saw more than 20% growth in our regional network, much of which was the result of existing members growing their business through expansion, acquisition and efficiencies.“Evan and Cristina have been instrumental in these results and their development to Regional Director roles will ensure Virtuoso is well placed to expand further in 2019.“Asia is a newer market for Virtuoso with unlimited potential and Evan will lead our ongoing expansion with a key focus on the development of our existing members and the targeted expansion into the complex China market.“Cristina will continue the management of our member programs in Australia and New Zealand where we expect significant performance growth in what must be described as both a contested and commoditising landscape.“As a team, Virtuoso Asia Pacific is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead and to supporting our members in continuing to be the best in the business.” IMAGE:L-R Evan Pierce, Cristina Magni and Michael Londregan appointmentsVirtuosolast_img read more

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Ombudsman frees guarantor from 26 year old loan in landmark ruling

first_imgFINANCIAL Ombudsman Pavlos Ioannou said that he ruled in favour of relieving a woman of her obligations from a loan she had guaranteed 26 years ago after the bank failed to inform her that it was in arrears.Ioannou said on state-radio CyBC on Wednesday that his ruling was based on the retroactive effect of the law on the limited protection of guarantors of a particular category which came into force in 2015 and which could apply in the woman’s case.The unnamed woman had agreed with a cooperative bank to guarantee a CYP25,000 (€42,715) loan in 1991, Ioannou said. The bank subsequently failed to inform her about how the loan was performing and when the borrower eventually died, it did not attempt to collect the dues from the inheritors of the deceased.At some point, when the woman went to the bank to apply for a loan for herself, she was told that the loan she had guaranteed remained unpaid and that the outstanding had in the meantime risen to €365,000, Ioannou added.For the ruling to be binding, both sides have to accept it, he said.Whether the state-owned Cyprus Cooperative Bank will accept the ruling and what the probable impact will be on its capital, remains unknown as the bank was unavailable for comment.In March, the ombudsman ordered the return of €111m to overcharged Co-op borrowers and as a result the bank has had to re-adjust its provisions within the 2015 earnings to show more losses. The bank, which is struggling with about €6.5bn in non-performing loans that represent more than half of its portfolio, is currently working on a listing on the Cyprus Stock Exchange as part of its effort to raise several hundred million euros in fresh capital with the issue of new shares over the next years. The Cyprus Cooperative Bank received almost €1.7bn in 2014 and 2015 in taxpayer’s money to comply with capital requirements.“What’s important is not the decision itself, but the legal framework that we could apply in the specific case provisions which allowed us to come to this decision,” Ioannou said.He added that it was clearly in the “legislator’s intention” to include a clause in the law which apply retroactively in the case of this guarantor, Ioannou said, adding that her case was not an isolated one.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo 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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