The largest software exporter TCS today welcomed the clarity on H-1B visaholders, but said pending bills in the US legislature continue to be an “immediate concern” to grapple with.The company for which the US is the largest market, said there is a difference between the way it is reported and what is the reality on the ground.“Immediate concern of H-1B+ is that there are a few more bills that are being talked about, but none of that has played out as of now,” TCS human resources head Ajoy Mukherjee told reporters.The company will continue with its policy of planning in advance and continue with its steps like stepping up local hiring across, he added.Read it at Times of India Related Items
Juventus star Ronaldo collects two more titles at Globe Soccer Awardsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has collected two more titles at the Globe Soccer Awards.Ronaldo received the awards for Best Goal of the Year and Best Player of the Year, beating Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé.“It’s an honour to receive this trophy. I want to say thank you to my family, my girlfriend, my son, my friends, Jorge Mendes and all the staff.“While it has been a tough year, I win many trophies, including the Champions League, and it was an unbelievable year again.“Now 2019 is a new year, I am dreaming of winning many important trophies for Juventus, which is my new club. I am a person who likes a challenge, so my new life is in Turin and I want to win as much as I can.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Paul Finebaum Notre Dame National ChampionshipFighting Irish fans likely aren’t fans of pro-SEC ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum in the first place. After hearing what he has to say about Notre Dame’s 2015 title chances, that likely won’t change.Friday, Finebaum made a bold prediction, stating that he doesn’t believe that the Fighting Irish will compete for a national championship this year. While he believes Notre Dame has a good team, he thinks the schedule, which features Georgia Tech, Clemson, USC and Stanford, is too difficult. He added that he isn’t sure when the school will be able to compete for a national title, either.Notre Dame isn’t competing for a national championship in 2015 http://t.co/DmXr6tar5U— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) August 7, 2015Here’s a link to the video, if it doesn’t work for you on mobile.There are many who believe that Notre Dame needs to start putting together easier schedules to compete for the College Football Playoff. It’ll be interesting to see whether the school changes its ways.
7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make Editors’ Recommendations Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without Amaro liqueurs, or amari, are incredibly important, not only to Italian history and culture, but to cocktail culture. We’ve put together a brief history and how-to below, which includes some key recipes for the major amari brands available today.What it is:An amaro is an Italian liqueur that is primarily consumed as a digestif—an after-dinner drink meant to help aid in digestion. They are typically bitter in flavor—a result of the various mixtures of herbs, spices, barks, and aromatics that were steeped in high-proof spirits or wine in order to bring out their medical properties. A wide variety of herbs, spices, roots, and aromatics are used to create each type of amari, including but not limited to: juniper, wormwood, gentian, sage, thyme, mint, cardamom, saffron, ginger, fennel, and anise. Many more types of ingredients are used, but a good number of the amari producers keep their full ingredients list a secret within their companies. Amari are typically bottled today at between 40 and 90-proof (20 and 45% ABV).Brief History of Amari:For thousands of years, Italians have been creating amari—which translates to “sour” or “bitter”—to aid in digestion as well as a slew of other internal issues. While groups of people other than Italians have and still continue to make digestif liqueurs (Jägermeister, anyone?), the Italian branch of these after-dinner spirits has really been the most prominent over the course of time and are the only ones to be considered true amari.While evidence of amari dates back to as early as the Greek physician Hippocrates, who lived from 460 -370 BCE, the major push in amari knowledge and consumption began around the 1300s, when monasteries began to grow the necessary ingredients to create amari. These were then packaged and sold locally by the monasteries. This tradition continued for hundreds of years and from these roots many of the current amari brands can trace their lineage.Related: A Brief History of Fernet-BrancaHow to Drink Amari:Typically, an amaro is consumed straight and after your meal. Some Italians prefer to add a few drops of water, or mix the amaro into coffee, but overwhelmingly these should be taken and downed or sipped neat.Many amari, too, are used as a bittering agent in cocktails, which we’ll get to next.Amari Brands:While this is by no means a complete list, here are some amari that you should stock up on—not only to take shots of, but to use in a wide variety of cocktails.Aperol – The Aperol Spritz3 parts prosecco2 parts Aperol1 splash of soda waterMethod: Fill a balloon glass with ice and an orange wedge. Pour ingredients into glass in 3-2-1 order.Averna – The Triple Crown (Created by Natalie Jacobs, Dutch Kills Bar, NYC)1 oz Spring 44 Bourbon.75 oz Averna Amaro.75 oz Combier Pamplemousse Rose Liqueur.75 oz lemon juiceMethod: Combine all ingredients in a tin, shake, strain, serve up in a coupe.Campari – Negroni1 oz Campari1 oz gin1 oz sweet vermouthMethod: Stir with ice and strain into an old fashioned glass filled with cracked ice. Garnish with a wide orange twist.Cynar (and Cynar 70-Proof) – The Cynar Toronto (from Serious Eats)2 oz rye.75 oz Cynar1 teaspoon simple syrup2 dashes Angostura bittersMethod: Mix ingredients together in shaker with ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into coupe glass.Fernet-Branca – The Hanky Panky5 oz Italian Vermouth5 oz dry gin2 dashes Fernet BrancaMethod: Stir ingredients together with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with an orange peel.Montenegro – The Side Eye (Created by Jessie Dure) 5 oz Amaro Montenegro5 oz Aquavit1 Brown sugar cubeHalf dropper-full root beer bittersOrange peelMethod: Coat the brown sugar cube with the root beer bitters in a rocks glass and muddle. Add the liquid ingredients and stir. Add one large ice cube and stir again. Garnish with an orange peel.Lucano – The Lucano Cup5 oz Amaro Lucano75 oz green apple juice75 oz ginger aleMethod: Mix the drink directly in the glass and serve with a slice of cucumber, a slice of lemon and orange, a sprig of mint and ice.Luxardo – The Hemingway Daquiri 1.5 oz white rum.5 oz grapefruit juice.5 oz lime juice.25 oz simple syrup.5 oz LuxardoMethod: Shake together and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.Ramazzotti – The Chaplin3/4 oz Ramazzotti Amaro3/4 oz bourbon3/4 oz dry sherry1/8 oz Cointreau1 dash orange bittersMethod: Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know
HALIFAX – Finding the body of a vanished Dartmouth woman is a top priority for investigators, police said Thursday as a man accused of interfering with human remains in the case was remanded into custody.Owen Patrick Nelson, 40, appeared in Dartmouth provincial court on charges stemming from the disappearance of 40-year-old Karen Lee MacKenzie.The Dartmouth man faces charges of interfering with human remains, assault and two counts breach of probation. Court documents indicate that Nelson had also previously been charged with assaulting MacKenzie.“We do believe Ms. MacKenzie is deceased,” Halifax police Const. Carol McIsaac said. “We will not rule out the possibility of further charges … searching for and locating Karen will continue to be one of the main goals of the investigative team.”Nelson’s lawyer, Michelle James, said it’s unusual to see a charge of interfering with human remains when police have not found a body.“I can’t say that I’ve seen it before and I’ve been at it for about 18 years now,” James said.James confirmed the previous assault charge to Global News, and said her client had a probation order which required him to have consent to be around MacKenzie.Crown attorney Gerald Quigley wouldn’t comment on whether additional charges may be laid against Nelson.“I don’t wish to comment on the unusual nature or otherwise of the case before the courts,” Quigley said.According to Halifax Regional Police, MacKenzie was last seen on Feb. 25 on Highfield Park Drive in Dartmouth. She was officially reported missing to police on March 3.Nelson is scheduled to appear in court again on March 26.“Investigators continue to encourage members of the public who have information but have not yet spoken with the police to contact us,” McIsaac said.(Global News, The Canadian Press)
Facebook Body Percussion Festival is curated by Artistic Director Viv Moore, whose eccentric journey in dance has led her through English Music Hall, Clog, and, Butoh, amongst many other forms. The festival highlights the contagious energy of rhythm, playfulness and surprising humour that emerge from skilled improvisation, choreography and interplay between artists and the audience.READ MORE Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Body Percussion Festival returns to the stage at Harbourfront Centre Theatre for the second time since its sold-out inaugural festival back in 2014.The festival includes a vibrant group of local, provincial and national artists and will take place on December 1st and 2nd at 8:00pm with a matinée on December 3rd at 3:00pm.The first festival of its kind in Canada, Body Percussion Festival features dance, voice and movement arts that create music and rhythm through the body, footwear, and instruments that act as extensions of the body. Join the excitement and take part in the participatory workshops on Saturday, December 2nd led by artists performing in the festival. Twitter
APTN National NewsWalmart Canada says it is pulling a baby sleeper from its shelves after customers brought the writing on the questionable product to its attention.The storm started on Twitter when a user tweeted out a picture of a sleeper that was taken at a store in southwestern Ontario.The text on the sleeper reads: “I Still Live With My Parents,” while the graphics include an arrow, and two teepees.“He @walmart. You know that indigenous children are taken into foster care disproportionately don’t you?” @gindaanis wrote on Twitter with the hashtag #racism.Found at #NiagaraFalls @Walmart. Where Did you find your #Walmartonesie? pic.twitter.com/qJ1PkyQ2Dt— gindaanis (@gindaanis) July 14, 2017The photo was taken by Elizabeth Sault who is the Aboriginal healing and wellness coordinator for the Niagara Regional Native Centre in Niagara on the Lake, Ont.“Given my profession, my first thought went right towards child welfare and we have the highest rate of children in care in Canada,” Sault told APTN. “I was with my daughter, she is 13, I thought what a great education for her and how inappropriate it is. At first she was just like ‘oh mom stop,’ because I’m always educating her – and she is probably also of that mindset that it’s no big deal but now she sees that it’s gaining some momentum.”Sault posted the picture on her Facebook – it was then posted on twitter.The picture has been retweeted and liked hundreds of times along with dozens of comments since it was posted Thursday.“WOW … that is a whole new level of insensitive,” wrote @claudiasteinSault took the picture of the sleeper at a Walmart store in Niagara Falls, Ont., approximately two hours west of Toronto outside Niagara Falls.According to a message APTN received on Twitter, the manager of the store agreed to take the item off stores shelves when a complaint was lodged. APTN has not been able to reach the store manager.It’s not clear if the sleeper, made by the George clothing line, is sold in other Walmart stores across the country.The item does not appear to be sold online.APTN contacted Walmart Canada to get more information about the sleeper and received this response.“We thank our customers for bringing this matter to our attention,” said Anika Malik, senior manager of corporate affairs for Walmart Canada. “The graphic on this item does not represent Walmart’s beliefs and has no place in our stores. We are removing the product immediately and sincerely apologize for any unintended offence this has caused.”Malik did not explain how the item got into Walmart stores to begin with, or how many complaints the company has received.Sault, who is from the MIssissaugas of the New Credit not far from Niagara Falls, doesn’t think Walmart knew what it was selling.“I think it was out of ignorance,” she said. “It’s not intentional but because people who are unaware I think opening up the conversation around this onesie is key – it’s not necessarily all negative because the conversation is happening, the awareness is happening around this.”The “I still live with my parents” text appears on many sleepers – but usually without graphics.“It’s a kind of common onesie joke (where the joke is, like you said, that they’re expected to) but with the imagery, jesus,” wrote @christapetersoIt’s not clear when the product will be removed from Walmart Canada’s stores.“I think there will be mixed feelings – there’s always mixed feelings when it comes to anything with the Indigenous communities. Some people are aware, and are receptive – and other people are not,” said Sault.firstname.lastname@example.org
Kolkata: The first phase of Lok Sabha Polls 2019 is all set to be conducted in the Cooch Behar (SC) and Alipurduar (ST) constituencies, amidst tight security on Thursday.The total number of electors in Cooch Behar is 18,10,660 with 16,43,616 in Alipurduar, taking the total number to 34,54,276. There are 29 third gender electors in the two constituencies. Altogether 18 candidates including 2 women are fighting in the first phase of the elections in the state. Cooch Behar has 11 candidates contesting the elections, whereas in Alipurduar 7 candidates are in the fray. There are 3,844 polling stations in the two constituencies, with 2,010 in Cooch Behar and 1,834 in Alipurduar. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to Election Commission officials, there will be Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in all the polling stations of the two constituencies, along with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). The Election Commission has so far seized 33 guns and ammunitions from both the constituencies, since the notification of the elections. Around 1,28,260.9 litres of liquor has also been seized. The total number of micro observers who will be deployed in both the constituencies remains at 790, out of which 350 are in Cooch Behar and 440 in Alipurduar. As many as 374 video cameras have been set up, with 228 in Cooch Behar and 146 in Alipurduar. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIn addition to this, there will be 180 offline CCTV cameras installed at various poll premises in Alipurduar. Webcasting facilities would be available in 533 polling stations, of which 279 are in Cooch Behar and 254 in Alipurduar. According to sources in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), there may be a total deployment of 83 companies of Central Forces. Additional Chief Electoral Officer Sanjay Basu said that if any polling person is killed on the poll day, his/her family members would be given a compensation of Rs 10 lakh by the Election Commission of India (ECI). In case someone is critically injured, there will be a compensation of Rs 5 lakh. Out of the 2,010 polling Stations in Cooch Behar, around 1,153 booths will be manned by Central Force jawans, while the rest will be managed by the state armed force. Meanwhile, out of the 1,834 polling stations in Alipurduar, 814 will be guarded by Central Force jawans, with the remaining being manned by the state armed force. Adequate security arrangements are in place in both the constituencies. All the sensitive polling stations will be guarded by Central Force jawans, a senior election official said. Around 24 Central Force jawans and 30 state armed police personnel will be deployed for security of the strong rooms. Trinamool Congress has fielded Paresh Adhikary in Cooch Behar against Nitish Pramanick of BJP and Govinda Roy of RSP. Congress has nominated Priya Roychowdhury. In Alipurduar, Trinamool Congress has nominated Dasarath Tirkey, against John barla of BJP, Mili Oraon of Left front and Mohanlal Basumata of Congress.
Rabat – Pictures show the Moroccan royal family celebrating the first day of Prince Moulay Rachid’s wedding ceremony with Lala Oum Kaltoum Boufares. The celebrations started on Thursday afternoon and will go until Saturday evening.A high number of international personalities are attending the wedding, including members of the royal families of the Gulf countries.
Fanny Dolansky, Brock University associate professor in the Department of Classics, was co-awarded the 2014 Barbara McManus Prize for Best Published Article on Gender or Women’s Studies in Antiquity.What can we learn about gender identities and class structure in ancient Rome by examining the dolls that girls played with during that time?The question intrigues Roman social historian Fanny Dolansky, who explores this topic in her award-winning paper “Playing with Gender: Girls, Dolls, and Adult Ideals in the Roman World.”Much like today, girls in ancient Rome played with dolls, which at that time were made out of ivory, bone, wood or cloth, and fashioned to look like upper-class adult women. And, like today, girls were taught certain messages about society through those dolls.In her research on ancient Roman dolls, the associate professor in the Department of Classics focuses on three aspects: how the dolls are adorned; the dolls’ capacity for movement, such as joints that enabled them to move their shoulders, elbows, hips and knees; and the use of imperial figures, such as Roman empresses, as models.Dolansky draws on a combination of archeological evidence, texts written by Greek and Roman authors, and modern research about contemporary girls’ play with dolls such as Barbie to see how Roman girls may have responded to the adult ideals and assumptions about gender embodied in their toys.“These toys may have encouraged girls to contemplate being wives and mothers and engage in role-playing activities to that end, as some have suggested,” Dolansky says.“But the dolls were more complex and presented girls with conflicting messages about what being an upper-class woman entailed and what was valued, which potentially had serious implications for girls at a formative stage in their development.”The dolls in Dolansky’s study emphasize adornment, whether in a mane of real human hair or an array of gold jewelry. Yet, she says, women’s adornment was always a matter of great controversy among Roman men.“Women of a certain social standing were expected to devote time to cultivating their appearance to reflect their status and rank, but the dominant tradition was profoundly negative and linked women’s fondness for clothing, cosmetics, jewelry, and elaborate hairstyles to vices such as frivolity and immorality that threatened the welfare of the household and ultimately the state.”And, the modeling of dolls after imperial figures such as second century CE empresses also sent mixed messages to the girls, says Dolansky.She explains that, on the one hand, empresses and their husbands’ reigns were associated with ideals of fertility, prosperity, and generosity through their contributions as wives and mothers and their involvement in welfare programs to benefit lower-class girls.Yet, “by resembling empresses and by virtue of their status as luxury items that only girls of the upper classes could have owned, these dolls helped to reinforce the hierarchical structure of Roman society.”With respect to how the girls played with these dolls, it is unclear how Roman girls manipulated their dolls’ mobility. Some scholars argue that girls used the dolls to learn how to dress, sit and stand according to how a matron would.Dolansky argues that, fueled by their imaginations, girls may have transformed their dolls in ways manufacturers never intended, making the dolls take on active roles as athletes or dancers, challenging “stereotypes that long associated the female sex with passivity, weakness, and mainly sedentary activities.”Dolansky’s paper was published in the journal Classical Antiquity in October 2012. For her efforts, Dolansky was co-awarded the 2014 Barbara McManus Prize for Best Published Article on Gender or Women’s Studies in Antiquity.The award is sponsored by the Women’s Classical Caucus, an affiliate of the American Philological Association, the primary professional organization for Classicists in North America.The paper’s publication will also be taking Dolansky to an international conference being held at the University of Oslo, Norway this May to present another research paper, “Roman children at play: realities and representations” that examines archaeological evidence for children’s play in the form of toys, as well as scenes of play that decorated tableware, wall paintings, and funerary monuments.Dolansky is currently completing a sourcebook on the ancient city of Rome (under contract with Bloomsbury Press) in collaboration with Stacie Raucci of Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.
Facebook Messenger s’invite officiellement sur Windows 7La messagerie instantanée de Facebook fait officiellement son apparition sur l’OS de Microsoft, quatre mois après une version bêta publiée par erreur.Dévoilée par erreur à la fin de l’année dernière, l’application Facebook Messenger (lien non disponible) débarque de façon officielle pour les ordinateurs fonctionnant sous windows 7.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?L’utilisateur pourra, bien évidemment, accéder à sa messagerie Facebook, mais aussi suivre les dernières actualités de ses contacts sous forme de notifications.Affichée de façon verticale comme beaucoup d’autres programmes de messagerie instantannée, Facebook Messenger se place donc en concurrence directe avec eux, avec, comme force principale, son nombre d’utilisateurs (845 millions d’utilisateurs dans le monde).D’autres versions, tournant sous Windows Vista et Mac OS X devrait également et prochainement voir le jour.Le 6 mars 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambert
Allergy sufferers might want to look away. Before thunderstorms rolled into Durham, North Carolina on Monday, a photographer captured the apocalyptic (or a pollpocalyptic?) sight of a green haze of tree pollen almost completely blanketing the city.“Pollen was in the air on Monday … and on cars, the ground, handrails and practically everything else outside,” reported ABC 11. Mini Satellite View of Hurricane Dorian Shows Intense Storm ActivityWild Horses of NC to Ride Out Hurricane With ‘Butts to the Wind’ On Facebook, photographer Jeremy Gilchrist posted “No tricks here. Yes you are looking at a green haze made up of tree pollen from the pines of central NC!”The heavy rains eventually helped wash away much of the pollen, and the pollen count in Durham improved on Tuesday, according to meteorologist Brittany Bell.However, allergy sufferers may not be totally safe from the “pollpocalypse” or “pollmageddon.” The pollen count is expected to jump to medium-high Wednesday and then to high Thursday, according to ABC 11.More on Geek.com:National Hurricane Center Reveals 2019 Hurricane NamesStrange ‘Whirlpool Hole’ in the Sky Spotted Over UAE and OmanImages of Historic Nebraska Flooding from Space Shows Stunning Detail Stay on target
Eden Hazard has outgrown the current Chelsea squad and is simply just too good for them now, says Jermaine JenasThe Belgian superstar delivered another superb performance on Tuesday night, but couldn’t prevent Chelsea from losing the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final tie 1-0 to Tottenham.Hazard has picked up most of the slack this term for Chelsea with manager Maurizio Sarri even starting him as a centre-forward due to Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud’s struggles in front of goal.And, amid all the uncertainty surrounding his future at Stamford Bridge, former Spurs star Jenas weighed in by claiming Hazard has outgrown the Chelsea team.“I thought Eden Hazard was unplayable,” Jenas said on BBC Radio 5 Live.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“He has gone by everybody and he must be thinking, ‘what more do you need me to do?’“Chelsea are a top side but I think he has outgrown them and he is above [the] level of everybody around him.“I never thought I would say it, but he’s too good for this Chelsea team.”Hazard, who is yet to agree on a new contract at Chelsea, has been strongly linked with a transfer to Real Madrid, which he described as a “dream” move in October.
Click to enlarge. Homebuilding activity increased in September in Clark County, as measured by building permit totals in a report released Monday. The data showed 56 new-home permits were issued to build single-family homes in unincorporated parts of the county in the month of September. It was a 19 percent increase over the 47 permits handed out in August and an 80 percent increase over the 31 permits issued in September 2011. Values also increased for the single-family housing industry, which in September took out permits valued at $18.7 million, up from $10.4 million worth of permits issued in the same month last year.For the third quarter, or the three months ending Sept. 30, there were 169 permits issued to build single-family houses, representing a 78 percent increase over the 92 permits handed out during the third quarter in 2011.Commercial construction — office, retail and industrial projects — also improved slightly in September in unincorporated Clark County. There were 26 commercial building permits issued for the month, which held steady with August’s 24 permits and with the September 2011 total of 27 permits. However, the projects permitted in September had a higher collective value than the projects permitted in the same month last year. September’s commercial construction permits were valued at $18.7 million, up from a total value of $10.4 million for permits issued during the same month last year. In September, the county handed out five permits to build multi-family apartment complexes, one of the fastest-growing sectors in the local construction industry. The county has issued 27 permits to build multi-family housing projects in 2011 and 2012. Few of the projects have broken ground.
Several other appointees also had their characters impugned on the House floor, according to a release from the House of Representatives. “We extend our sincerest apologies to those who were slandered by our colleagues,” they stated. “What we saw on Wednesday was not the level of decorum that we expect to see in the legislature.” Rep. Carpenter: “This was one of the most unstatesmanlike things I’ve ever seen anywhere, let alone in the House of Representatives. I am gravely concerned about the chilling effect this behavior might have on future board nominees if we have a body that is allowed to engage in this manner. What sort of decent person will want to serve their state if they have to deal with nonsense like this?” None of the accusations, including ones made against Bob Griffin, whom a member baselessly insinuated was a pedophile, and Karl Johnstone, whom a member claimed had sexually harassed “more than” two anonymous women, had been brought up in the vetting process previously. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Representative Ben Carpenter (R-Nikiski) and Representative Sarah Vance (R-Homer) issued apologies on Friday to the several appointees who faced offensive insinuations on the House floor. Representative Vance: “Neither Rep. Carpenter nor I voted to confirm Mr. Johnstone to the Board of Fish, but our decisions had nothing to do with the unfair accusations levied against him on the floor. To wildly throw out such offensive accusations with a clear intent to derail someone’s nomination is a sick political stunt, and I hope Mr. Johnstone and Mr. Griffin will accept our apologies on behalf of the body.”
The partial government shutdown continues — 19 days and counting. It’s affecting hundreds of U.S. Forest Service workers all over Southeast Alaska. In Petersburg, most of the 75 agency workers are furloughed.The lights are out for most of the Petersburg Ranger District. Interim District Ranger, Ted Sandhofer, is still reporting to work but he says he’s not allowed to talk to the media during the shutdown. And all Forest Service media offices are closed including at DC headquarters.“When we’re on furlough, we’re basically not doing any of the agency’s work,” said Ken Dinsmore of Sitka. He’s the Local 251 Union President for forestry workers in Alaska and has worked for the Forest Service for decades. He represents about 200 workers in Southeast along with others throughout the state. He says the furlough doesn’t just affect federal workers but also local economies.“Say, for example in Petersburg, 75 employees, here in Sitka, maybe 50 aren’t getting paid, you’re taking that revenue not only out of the employees hand but you’re taking it out of the community as well from what they might have spent,” Dinsmore said.The partial shutdown means workers considered essential are on the job without pay and non-essential workers aren’t working at all. Dinsmore says there are circumstances when some employees could get called back in to work but it would be on a limited basis.“Such as a timber sale that may be still active and needs to have the contract administered and payments made and collected, that sort of thing,” he said.For right now though it’s a wait and see for dozens of Petersburg workers. KFSK approached several of them for their thoughts on the furlough but most wouldn’t comment. A few did.“It’s really an uncertain time,” said Carin Christensen, a part-time employee whose husband also works for the Forest Service. “We don’t know when we’re going back to work, how it will happen, you know, how this will get resolved.”So far, her family has been okay financially but all of that depends on how long the shutdown lasts and if the government decides to pay workers back pay afterwards.The timing hasn’t been the worst. Winter is a low production time of year for the Forest Service. There is less field work outside and more paper work inside. But Christensen says workers are missing time to prepare for their next projects.“It’s a good time to plan, it’s a good time to do maps, it’s a good time to do any of the office work that you don’t have time to do during the summer,” she said.Another furloughed Petersburg Forest Service couple is Heath and Marina Whitacre. He’s a hydrologist and she’s a writer-editor.Heath says they hope the furlough doesn’t last too long and really impact their finances. But he says they’re trying not to let themselves get worked up about it because they can’t change anything.“There’s nothing we can do about the shutdown,” he said. “Just kind of letting go of that and stressing about something you can’t influence. That’s happening in Washington DC at an entirely different level. Locally, we can’t do anything about it.”He says the shutdown will affect science-based projects that include data collection like snow surveys. Marina says hiring seasonal workers for summertime field work will be backlogged.“We were supposed to have selections or working on it before a certain that’s already passed,” Marina said. “And I think that one week–the week we’ve been closed already–was a critical week for that.”The Whitacres went through a previous extended shutdown in 2013, which lasted for 16 days. They received back pay after that. Heath says some people don’t understand what it’s like to be furloughed when they call it a paid vacation for the feds.“That doesn’t feel good,” Heath said. “I want to give the people — the tax payers — their money’s worth. I want to be at work, working, if I’m getting paid. And so, that part of it doesn’t really sit well with me … but what am I going to do about that also?”Dinsmore has been through many furloughs in the past and Forest Service workers received back pay for the time they were off. But he says this time could be different.“I don’t see that as being any sort of a guarantee this time around,” Dinsmore said. “So, I just caution employees to not count on that.”For now, all they can do wait on decisions being made thousands of miles away in the country’s capital.As for the U.S. Coast Guard, they are not part of the furlough. All of Petersburg’s 27 Coast Guard employees are working without pay. They conduct search and rescue missions and aid navigation.
Female Palestinian medic Razan Al-Najar works at the scene of clashes at Israel-Gaza border, in the southern Gaza Strip on 1 April. Photo: ReutersIsraeli forces killed a Palestinian nurse on Friday as she tried to help a wounded protester at the Gaza border, according to health officials and a witness, while Israel said militants had attacked its troops with gunfire and a grenade.Razan Al-Najar’s death brought to 119 the number of Palestinians killed in weekly demonstrations launched on 30 March in the Gaza Strip, an enclave controlled by the Islamist group Hamas and long subject to grinding Israeli and Egyptian embargoes.Najar, a 21-year-old volunteer medic, was shot as she ran toward the fortified border fence, east of the south Gaza city of Khan Younis, in a bid to reach a casualty, a witness said.Wearing a white uniform, “she raised her hands high in a clear way, but Israeli soldiers fired and she was hit in the chest,” the witness, who requested anonymity, told Reuters.An Israeli military spokeswoman had no immediate comment on Najar’s killing. Israeli officers have previously said that army snipers target only people posing a threat, but that the bullets can sometimes run through them or ricochet, hitting bystanders.Gazan medical officials said at least 100 Palestinians were wounded by army gunfire during Friday’s mass demonstrations.In a separate statement, the Israeli military said its troops had acted to disperse “thousands of rioters” at five locations.It said that “an IDF (Israel Defence Forces) vehicle was fired upon and a suspect was identified crossing the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip and planting a grenade which exploded as he returned to the Strip”.There have been no Israeli casualties during the border confrontations, but Israel has reported extensive damage to farmland from firebomb-bearing kites flown over from Gaza.The surge in violence at the border crescendoed this week to the most intensive shelling exchanges between Israel and Hamas and another Palestinian armed faction since a 2014. But the violence, which caused no fatalities, was reined in with Egyptian ceasefire mediation.In the protests, billed as the “Great March of Return”, Palestinians have been calling for the right to return to lands lost to Israel during the 1948 war of its creation. Israel calls them a ploy to breach its border and deflect scrutiny from Hamas’ governance problems.Israel’s lethal response has drawn international censure.Friday’s turnout of protestors was less than in previous weeks, but is expected to grow next week as Palestinians mark the anniversary of Israel’s capture of the Gaza Strip and West Bank and East Jerusalem in the 1967 war.Israel quit Gaza in 2005, but has elsewhere deepened settlements on occupied land. The demonstrations come at a time of growing frustration over the prospects for an independent Palestinian state or even a revival of peace talks, stalled since 2014.At her house in Khan Younis, Najar’s mother collapsed in grief as she was handed her daughter’s blood-stained uniform.A statement from Gaza’s Health Ministry mourned Najar as a “martyr”. Interviewed by Reuters interview in April, she said she would see the border protests through until their end.“I am returning and not retreating,” Najar’s last Facebook post said. “Hit me with your bullets. I am not afraid.”
President Abdul Hamid and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. Photo: ReutersPresident Abdul Hamid will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, says an official source, reports UNB.Modi will take oath as Indian prime minister for the second term on 30 May at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan in the evening.On Sunday, foreign minister AK Abdul Momen had said liberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Haque would represent Bangladesh at the ceremony as the senior most cabinet member of the Bangladesh government.However, the decision was changed on Monday.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will be in Japan during the swearing-in ceremony as was during previous ceremony.Last time, speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury attended Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.Earlier, prime minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi pledged to continue to raise the relationship between the two countries to an “unprecedented new height.”They recognised the importance of rapidly completing the ongoing plans for deepening the partnership in security trade, transportation, energy and people-to-people ties.Doing so within the next three years will have specific significance in view of the centenary of birth of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 2020 and the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s Liberation in 2021, according to a media release issued by the Indian prime minister’s office.The leaders also agreed to identify dates for a meeting at the earliest to resume work in service of the bilateral relationship.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina became one of the first foreign leaders to congratulate the Indian prime minister, thus reflecting the “extraordinarily close and cordial ties” between India and Bangladesh, and the excellent rapport that the two leaders enjoy, the release added.Prime minister Hasina spoke to Modi on Thursday to extend her congratulations on the clear mandate given by the people of India to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by prime minister Narendra Modi.
He tells the Ladysmith Gazette that the first time travelling was very exciting for him, but also scary.Now he is used to it. During all his visits around the world, he has tasted many different foods and met a lot of people who turned into great friends.“I loved every moment of it and am still looking forward to visiting more countries and cities. Life is short, so enjoy every moment of it,” says Andre.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite 33-year-old Andre Tredoux has visited many places around the world and shares all his great experiences with us…He was born in Namibia in a town called Tsumeb. He, together with his family, moved to South Africa when he was very young. Andre moved to Ladysmith when he was 16 years old and is still living here.When he matriculated, he went to England.Also read: Ladysmith’s very own ‘Spiderman’ SeanHe started working in the military and was sent to Iraq. He also visited France and Belgium to learn about military history in World War I and II. The military then sent him to Canada.After all his training, he returned to South Africa, where he did some courses and then did sub-contracting for Anti Piracy companies that took him to Egypt, Yemen, Oman, UAE, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Tanzania and the Comoros.
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