Annual Bell Lets Talk event makes a big impression

first_img Facebook Let’s talk!That was the prompt from Bell Canada on Jan. 25, promoting Bell Let’s Talk Day, an annual event that has been fostering awareness and fundraising for mental health initiatives since 2010.“We’re not done yet,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of the Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative. “We count all the activity right up until midnight on the west coast. It’s more than a 24-hour day.” Advertisement Billing itself as the country’s largest corporate initiative dedicated to mental health, Bell Canada has supported over 700 organizations since 2011, according to Deacon. Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img For every text, call, tweet and Instagram post, Facebook video view and use of Snapchat geofilter, Bell will contribute $0.05 to mental health initiatives.Deacon said the organization was feeling confident that they will exceed last year’s numbers. As of Wednesday evening, the campaign had reached more than 91,623,313 interactions. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img

WYNONNA EARP Welcomes Canadian Music Icon Jann Arden to Purgatory

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With: Sounds like Bunny may be a little “insensitive” to our favourite gunslinger. We’ll have to wait and see who gives Wynonna more trouble this season, the town’s Revenants or Regulators.The multi-dimensional artist should feel right at home as the 12-episode, one-hour, western sci-fi series is currently in production in her hometown of Calgary until May 2018.WYNONNA EARP Season 3 is slated to return to Space in 2018. Facebook Advertisement Pour the whiskey and powder the doughnuts, Purgatory is welcoming another iconic Canadian resident for Season 3. INNERSPACE broke the news last night that multi-platinum, award-winning songstress, Jann Arden, will appear in the upcoming season of WYNONNA EARP as council woman Bunny Loblaw.Arden joins the cast alongside previously announced Canadian icon Megan Follows, who is set to appear as Wynonna’s (Melanie Scrofano) mother Michelle Earp.According to showrunner Emily Andras, Arden’s WYNONNA EARP character Bunny Loblaw, is “a force to be reckoned with. She rules the Town Council with an iron fist and a will to match. She knows what’s best for Purgatory and will stop at nothing to enforce her vision of an idyllic community.” Advertisementlast_img

Morocco Postpones Hearing of Moroccan ExGuantanamo Prisoner

Rabat – A Moroccan court has decided to postpone the hearing of a Moroccan who spent over 13 years in Guantanamo.  The court of Rabat has postponed the hearing until November 4, 2015 to determine whether to free Younis Abdurrahman Chekkouri, a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who was released and sent back to Morocco.After he was held without charge on the U.S. base in Cuba for more than 13 years, the Moroccan prisoner was released and sent back to his homeland, but he is currently detained in Sale prison, near Rabat, awaiting his release.According to the Associated Press, British human rights group Reprieve, which has provided legal assistance to him, said that the hearing was postponed because of “the need for more information about a letter from the U.S. Justice Department letter about any alleged involvement with a group known as Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group.” The Moroccan detainee has been detained in Morocco “based on the now-revoked U.S. allegations,” of involvement with the group, Reprieve said in a statement.In a letter sent on October 20 to Reprieve, the U.S Justice Department decided to drop almost every allegation it had originally made against Younous Chekkouri, for various reasons. It  “ultimately took no position on whether Mr. Chekkouri was affiliated with the GICM.”In the letter, the US Department of State concedes that several years ago the U.S “withdrew all reliance” on “all evidence identifying Chekkouri with the group known as Group Islamique Combatant Maroc, GICM.”

UN agency and partners seek 500 million for Nigeria and Central African

“These two humanitarian crises must not be forgotten; they are not going away,” said Liz Ahua, UNHCR’s Regional Refugee Coordinator for the CAR and Nigeria situations, in a press release. “The suffering is great and the needs acute among both the displaced and host communities. Violence occurs on almost a daily basis in north-east Nigeria and CAR, generating fear and new displacement in the region,” she added, citing suicide attacks, kidnapping, indiscriminate killings and massive human rights abuses. The two Regional Refugee Response Plans (RRRP), presented at a donor briefing in Yaoundé, Cameroon, include $198.76 million for 230,000 Nigerian refugees and some 284,300 members of host communities in Niger, Chad and Cameroon as well as $345.7 million for 476,300 CAR refugees and some 289,000 people hosting them in Chad, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Republic of Congo. According to UNHCR, both response plans cover needs in sectors such as protection, education, food security, health and nutrition, livelihoods, shelter, basic aid and water, hygiene and sanitation. The CAR appeal is being made by 25 organizations, and the Nigeria one by 28. UNHCR alone is seeking $189.54 million under the Central African Republic RRRP and $62.33 million for the other. “There is light at the end of the tunnel, but we won’t see it unless there is a much stronger commitment from African governments and the international community to help re-establish stability and peace,” Ms. Ahua said, urging donors to give more generously. In 2015, the Nigerian RRRP received 52 per cent of its financial requirements while the Central African Republic RRRP received just 27 per cent. Meanwhile, despite important steps towards restoring peace in both north-east Nigeria and CAR, the UN is underlining that there were also reverses and continuing significant population displacement in 2015. In Nigeria, the Government rolled back Boko Haram gains, but the insurgent group turned to terror tactics that spread into neighbouring countries. In CAR, relative peace was punctuated by waves of violence that triggered flight within the country and into the DRC, but the first round of the presidential election passed peacefully in late December with the participation of tens of thousands of refugees in Chad, the Republic of Congo and Cameroon. The second round is due in February. “We need funding to prevent malnutrition among children; to run schools, build up proper sanitation systems and provide clean water; and to make sure that families have shelter over their heads,” stressed Ms. Ahua. The Nigeria and CAR regional response plans are part of the wider 2016 humanitarian appeal, asking for $20.1 billion to reach 87 million people around the world, launched last December.

Former Ohio State basketball player LaQuinton Ross signs with Italian team

Then-junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) drives past an opposing player during a game against Northwestern Feb. 19 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 76-60.Lantern file photoAfter playing in the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League for the Los Angeles Lakers, former Ohio State basketball player LaQuinton Ross is set to play professionally in Italy.According to multiple reports, Ross signed on to play with Victoria Libertas in the Italian Serie A.Ross was passed on in the 2014 NBA Draft after deciding to pursue a professional career following his junior season with the Buckeyes. He was named to the 2014 Big Ten All-Tournament team as well as earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors after averaging 15.2 points per game for OSU. Ross averaged 8.3 points per game as a sophomore in 2012-13 and played in nine games as a true freshman the year before.Former OSU player Amedeo Della Valle, a native of Italy, also chose to leave the school following the 2013-14 season to pursue a professional career in Europe. He then signed with Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia, a club team that also plays in Serie A.Della Valle took to his Twitter account, @Ame_DV_33, to express his excitement at the chance to play against his former teammate in Italy.Can finally say I’m super happy for @qross2011 comin to play in Italy. Can’t wait to play against you. #DreamBig— Amedeo Della Valle (@Ame_DV_33) August 8, 2014Ross, a native of Jackson, Miss., attended Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J., before joining the Buckeyes. He played in three games for the Lakers this summer and averaged three points in 10.3 minute of action per game.Former Buckeye basketball player Scoonie Penn played for Victoria Libertas during the 2004-05 season.

Raising issue of employment discrimination not about race about equity Opposition

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEmployment discrimination: PPP GECOM Commissioners have written to ERC- JagdeoJune 14, 2018In “latest news”GECOM Deputy CEO position: Chair overlooks top ranking candidate Vishnu PersaudJune 12, 2018In “latest news”It would be more transparent for the UN to conduct local elections- Opposition LeaderSeptember 6, 2018In “latest news” By Ramona LuthiFollowing claims of employment discrimination, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) says it intends to continue their monitoring of the ethnic composition at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and “expose every breach at the entity’s level, so as to ensure free and fair future elections.”Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo“We will continue watching the issue. We will keep watching it because we believe that that Elections Commission has a critical role to play in the future and we intend to expose every single breach that could lead to the elections not being free and fair,” Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo said on Thursday during a press conference at his Church Street office.His comment came on the heels of the recent disclosure by his Party’s Executive member Dr Roger Luncheon who said that the matter was brought to his attention by several sources who indicated their observations that the People’s National Congress (PNC) Commissioners at GECOM are allegedly engaged in a process to eliminate candidates for advertised positions at the GECOM Secretariat.PPP’s Executive member Dr Roger LuncheonIn addition to that, the former Head of the Presidential Secretariat also alleged that the Commissioners were finding extraneous reasons for eliminating top candidates of Indian origin from appointment to positions at the GECOM Secretariat.Following this, during the Election Commissions statutory meeting earlier this week, the PPP GECOM Commissioners walked out of the meeting after being disallowed by the Commission’s Chairman, James Patterson, from probing the issue.In a subsequent press conference called by the GECOM Commissioners on the Government’s side, Commissioner Vincent Alexander stressed that the ethnic makeup remained the same as previous election years but he could not provide figures to support that information.Alexander also told the media that the burden of proof resides with the Opposition.Later the same day, information disseminated by the GECOM Chairman indicated that Afro-Guyanese account for 46 per cent of the staff at GECOM, while Indo-Guyanese account 21 per cent, mixed 20 per cent, Amerindians 12 per cent and others one per cent.In his press conference today, the Opposition Leader questioned “who is lying” since the comments from both the Commissioner and Chairman of GECOM are contradicting.“Vincent Alexander said ‘we don’t keep information on ethnicity’ and the same day he said that, the Chairman of GECOM released to the media, the alleged composition of the staff based on ethnicity. Who is lying?”Nevertheless, Jagdeo asserted that his Party’s decision to raise the issue of the ethnic composition of staff at GECOM has nothing to do with race but more to do with ensuring equality for Guyanese. “This is not about a race issue. This is a fairness issue. This is about equity, this is about rights of Guyanese to be treated fairly, equally, and not have …APNU people in there discriminate against people for political purposes… This is the worry that we have. This is about fairness, about the right to be treated fairly as a Guyanese,” he said.According to Jagdeo, anyone who is aggrieved should go to the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) to have a full fledged investigation launched.

Boris Denic decides the 16 for Spain no Kavticnik Prost Mackovsek…

bundalodenisgajickavticniklesjakmackovsekprostrazgorSloveniasostariczorman The head coach of the Slovenian national team, Boris Denis, has given the list of 16 players that will be travelling to Spain. The list missing names like Urban Lesjak, Simon Razgor, Borut Mackovsek, Mario Sostaric, Primoz Prost and Vid Kavticnik, which are put as reserves, and will do training with the rest of the team and be on disposal if needed.LIST OF 16:Goalkeepers: Matevž Skok (Celje Pivovarna Laško) i Gorazd Škof (Cimos Koper);Wingers: Jure Dobelšek (Cimos Koper), Dragan Gajič (Montpellier), Gašper Marguč i Luka Žvižej (oba Celje Pivovarna Laško);Backs: Marko Bezjak, Jure Dolenec, David Miklavčič (vsi Gorenje Velenje), Nenad Bilbija (Minden), Sebastian Skube (Celje Pivovarna Laško), David Špiler (Croatia osiguranje Zagreb) i Uroš Zorman (Vive Targi Kielce);Pivots: Uroš Bundalo (Cimos Koper), Matej Gaber (Gorenje Velenje) i Miha Žvižej (Fenix Toulouse).photo: ← Previous Story Hombrados to run for President of Spanish Handball Federation Next Story → Dragana Cvijic is back after seven months!

Zara opens in Melbourne

first_imgSpanish clothing retailer Zara opened in Melbourne.The Bourke Street store is the second Zara outlet to open in Australia after the Sydney store opened in April this year. Hundreds of eager fans lined the Bourke Street Mall waiting for the doors to open at 9.00 am Tuesday 14 June. Some even camped out to make sure they were the first to enter the clothing giant. The first Zara shop opened in Spain in 1975, and now can be found worldwide. Zara creates clothes for women, men and children and has a strong shoe and accessory line. The brand Zara is very popular in Greece, as their simple yet sophisticated clothing transcends fads and passing trends. They are a style icon of their own. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Nationwide protests rage against persecution of Rohingya Muslims

first_imgStudents and teachers of Banafool Adibasi Greenheart College and Buddhists of Shakyamuni Bouddha Bihar forms a human chain in the capital’s Mirpur on Wednesday in protest against the killing and the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Photo: Sabina YasminDifferent political and social organisations across the country on Wednesday staged demonstrations protesting against Rohingya persecution by the Myanmar security forces.In Khulna, local residents held a human-chain at Picturepalace intersection of the Sadar upazila around 11:00am protesting at the mass killing, torture and harassment of the Rohingya people in Myanmar’s Arakan state.The speaker of the human-chain strongly condemned the arson attacks, rapes and barbarism committed by the Myanmar Security Force.In Madaripur, District Traders’ Association held prayers and human-chain at Puran Bazar of Sadar upazila where hundreds of people attended and prayed for the welfare of Rohingya people.The association also donated Tk 300,000 for the relief of Rohingyas.In Dinajpur, District lawyer Assistant Association held another human-chain at Kachari Road of Sadar upazila demanding an end to the genocide of Rohingya people and calling Myanmar government to take back their nationals.In Comilla, Religious organisation Khelafat e Majlish formed a human-chain at Kandirpara of Sadar Upazila where the speakers asked the government to create global awareness to put pressure on Myanmar to accept the Rohingya, who are not even recognized as one of Myanmar’s ethnic groups, of which there are 135 following the black 1982 Citizenship Law.Meanwhile, in the capital, Bangladesh Peace Council announced to hold a discussion programme at Conference Lounge of Jatiya Press Club protesting the killing and repression inflicted on the Rohingya community on Thursday afternoon.From the left, the Communist Party of Bangladesh, Basad, and Democratic Left Alliance visited the refugee camps and will hold a press conference over it on Thursday morning.last_img

Parents of Zafar Iqbals attacker surrender

first_imgFoyzur Rahman (C)The parents of Foyzur Rahman, the attacker on professor Muhammed Zafar Iqbal of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), surrendered to the police on Sunday night.Foyzur’s father Atiqur Rahman and mother Minara Begum appeared in the Jalabad police station of Sylhet city, ending hours of their hiding after the attack on Zafar. Sylhet city police’s additional deputy commissioner Jyotirmoy Sarkar confirmed this to Prothom Alo.On Saturday, renowned writer and educationist Zafar sustained head injuries when 24-year old youth Foyzur stabbed him with a knife during a prize-giving ceremony of the university.  Foyzur’s family members went into on hiding immediately after the attack. The law enforcement claimed Foyzur, during the interrogation, told them that he carried out the attack as Zafar is an “enemy of Islam”.last_img


first_imgSummer Music Series Features Live Concerts, a Farmers Market and MoreHello my dear friends. I am just loving this time of the year because of the many social events that are going on in the Baltimore area and they don’t cost a dime. Honey Child! Get out of the house and enjoy these activities for all walks of life and all ages. We don’t have much time, because the end of this month marks the end of the summer weather.“The SoBo Summer Music Series” features live music in locations throughout south Baltimore until the end of August. Maryland –based musicians perform various genres at free special events. These events activate green spaces and community gathering locations in South Baltimore including in Carroll Park, Cherry Hill, Lakeland, Mt. Winans, Sharp-Leaden hall and Westport.Dee Brent & Signature Live, Rosa Pryor’s (Rambling Rose) Motown group from out of Washington, DC will be performing at the Avenue Market located 2229 Pennsylvania Avenue on the corner of Pennsylvania Ave. and Baker Street on Saturday, August 10, 4-8 p.m. in their outdoor Courtyard. Bring your folding chairs; all are welcome, open to the public. Admission free.Here are a few off the tip of my head you can check out! The Solo Gibbs Heritage Festival featuring DJ Cool Curtis Strong & Theljon Allen and Universal Language on Saturday, August 3 from 5-8 p.m. at the Solo Gibbs Park, 1044 Leaden hall Street. This festival features music by DJ who spins contemporary and old school R&B and hip-hop and Baltimore-based trumpet player, Theljon Allen.  The Common Roots Jazz Ensemble recently was interviewed at WEAA Radio Station by Robert Shahid, who is Baltimore’s own renowned musician as well as WEAA 88. FM Radio Personality about their new CD, “Dance of the DNA” from L/R; the composer of all seven tunes Mitch Mirkin, Yawn Jones-guitar; Ron Pender-sax; Justin Taylor-keyboard and host, Robert Shahid. Congratulations guys!Check this out! The BMI Farmer’s Market featuring Jahiti is Saturday August 3 at 11 a.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 11415 Key Hwy, in Baltimore. Jahiti is a singer-songwriter based in Baltimore. As part of Baltimore’s legendary group “Brown Fish and as a solo artist, he has performed throughout the U.S., Canada and Jamaica for the past 15 years.The Cherry Hill Fun at the Garden featuring Clarence Ward III is Saturday August 10 from 6-8 p.m. Cherry Hill Community Garden, Cherry Hill Road and Veronica Avenue, in Baltimore. This event is also free and open to the public.Larry & his lovely wife, Diana Gibson celebrating their 46th Wedding Anniversary.The Baltimore Jazz Festival is August 10th & 11th at the Downtown Baltimore’s “Game” 1400 Warner Street in Baltimore, featuring Chelsey Green & the Green Project; Kevin Jackson, Isaac Parham, the John Lamkin Favorites Jazz Quintet; Blackman-Murray-Russo, The Melting Pot Big Band, Craig Alston Jazz Syndicate, Subria Larnell Lewis Band, Clarence Ward III & Dat Feel Good and Joy Lapps Project. Show time is noon-5 p.m. For directions and information, call 443-200-4868. Here is another free event that is hosted by Lexington Market. It is called, “House for Vets” on Saturday August 3rd from 1-4 p.m. at the Lexington Market on the Arcade Stage; 400 W. Lexington Street. “We Dance in Honor of Veterans Everywhere” is the theme. There will be music performed by DJ Kelly Kell; the Columbia House Music Project and much more. Also it is Garden Day on August 10th at Lexington Market from 12 noon-3 p.m. Join them for a free family fun event featuring gardening techniques and tips, healthy plant-based food demonstrations and recipes, children’s activities and arts and crafts.Baltimore’s song stylist, jazz vocalist “Tiny Tim” Harris is home from the hospital and is doing well. Thanks for your prayers and well wishes.“Authors Show Case” event featuring Black Book Authors and Editors of the National Black Unity News, guest speakers, uplifting and supporting the Black community also a fund raiser for “God’s Giving Hands” on Saturday, August 10th at 12 p.m. at 5011 Arbutus Avenue, in Baltimore. Vendors are welcome, call 443-455-2373.Okay, my dear friends, I am out of space, but I will see you at the Avenue Bakery for my show on Saturday August 10th or at Lexington Market or maybe the Baltimore Downtown Festival. In the meantime, keep our Baltimore’s own song stylist, Tiny Tim Harris in prayer that he continues to get better. Remember, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.last_img

Netflix Cancels Marvels Jessica Jones and The Punisher

first_img What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies Despite this disappointing announcement, there’s still time to catch up on both Marvel series: You can stream Jessica Jones and The Punisher on Netflix. Plus, you can stream other Marvel shows, such as Iron Fist, on the streaming service if you still need your superhero binge-watching fix.More on ‘Transformers’ Animated Origins Is Coming to Netflix in 2020‘Breaking Bad’ Movie Sequel Is Reportedly Coming to AMC and NetflixMeet the Cast of Netflix’s ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’ Superhero Series Netflix is saying goodbye to two major Marvel series: The streaming service just announced that it’s canceling Jessica Jones and The Punisher after their last seasons.On Monday, Netflix told Deadline that there will be no Season 3 for The Punisher and that the completed third season of Jessica Jones will still air, however, there will be no Season 4 for the superhero series. Netflix didn’t disclose why it’s ending both series, however, these cancellations will terminate the five-year relationship between Marvel and the streaming giant. “Marvel’s The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix. In addition, in reviewing our Marvel programming, we have decided that the upcoming third season will also be the final season for Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” Netflix told Deadline in a statement. “We are grateful to Marvel for five years of our fruitful partnership and thank the passionate fans who have followed these series from the beginning.”Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones) and Jon Bernthal (Frank Castle) also posted touching photos on social media to confirm the sad news. Both actors expressed how they’re incredibly grateful for their production teams and the Marvel characters that they played in the series. Stay on targetlast_img

Mamata wishes people on Ulta Rath

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wished people on the occasion of Ulta Rath Yatra (return journey) on Sunday.Thousands of people joined the ceremony when the chariot returned from Brigade Parade Ground to the temple on Albert Road. In a tweet on Sunday, the Chief Minister said: “Heartiest greetings to all on the occasion of Ulta Rath Yatra”.It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had inaugurated the Rath Yatra festival organised by ISKCON on July 14. She had pulled the rope and marked the beginning of the festival. She had said: “Religion is personal but people from every faith take part in the festival of peace and harmony.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe chariot of ISKCON has stayed at Brigade Parade Ground since July 14, where thousands of people visited to offer prayers to Lord Jagannath, Balaram and Subhadra. There was a fair at the grounds on the eve of Rath Yatra. Various cultural programmes were also organised in the past seven days.On Sunday, the festival of Ulta Rath Yatra (return journey) took place. The chariot was brought back to the temple through Outram Road near Park Street Metro, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Dorina Crossing, S N Banerjee Road, Moulali Crossing, CIT Road, Suhrawardy Avenue, Park Circus Seven Point Crossing, Shakespeare Sarani and Hungerford Street. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe police made an elaborate arrangement to ensure that no untoward incident takes place during the festival and equal stress was given on traffic management.”There was not as much pressure on Sunday as weekdays. But there was necessary arrangement in place to ensure that no one faces any inconvenience,” said a police officer.The festival of Ulta Rath has also taken place in many parts of the state. Thousands of people have joined the festival at Mahesh in Hooghly.last_img

Interaction with others may improve our decision making

first_imgOur decision-making is heavily influenced by the world around us, a study has found, challenging the traditional idea that thinking takes place strictly in the head.The idea that thinking is done only in the head is a convenient illusion that doesn’t reflect how problems are solved in reality, said Gaelle Vallee-Tourangeau, Professor at Kingston University in Britain. “When you write or draw, the action itself makes you think differently. In cognitive psychology you are trained to see the mind as a computer, but we’ve found that people don’t think that way in the real world.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“If you give them something to interact with they think in a different way,” Vallee-Tourangeau added.In the study, the researchers explored how maths anxiety – a debilitating emotional reaction to mental arithmetic that can lead sufferers to avoid even simple tasks like splitting a restaurant bill – could potentially be managed through interactivity.The study involved asking people to speak a word repeatedly while doing long sums at the same time.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe results showed that the mathematical ability of those asked to do the sums in their heads was more affected than those given number tokens that they could move with their hands.“We found that for those adding the sums in their head, their maths anxiety score predicted the magnitude of errors made while speaking a word repeatedly. If they’re really maths anxious, the impact will be huge,” Vallée-Tourangeau explained. “But in a high interactivity context – when they were moving number tokens – they behaved as if they were not anxious about numbers,” Vallée-Tourangeau said.Understanding how we think and make decisions by interacting with the world around us could help businesses find new ways of improving productivity –  and even improve people’s chances of getting a job, the researches noted. The study was published in the journal Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications.last_img

Castaway from El Salvador back home after saying he spent 13 months

first_imgSAN SALVADOR — The Salvadoran castaway who says he spent 13 months adrift in the Pacific returned home Tuesday to his homeland. He landed in El Salvador at 8:30 p.m. local time.José Salvador Alvarenga traveled by plane back to Central America, two weeks after the fisherman washed ashore in the Marshall Islands and told the world he had floated 12,500 kilometers (8,000 miles) in a small boat.Sporting a new haircut and a clean shave, the 37-year-old was heading home to a family that thought he was dead until he emerged, recounting how he ate raw fish and birds and drank urine and turtle blood to survive.“He could have died. But thanks to God my cousin is a warrior, because I don’t know what would have happened to another person,” said Marisol Alvarenga, 35, who had come to the airport with another cousin to wait for his arrival.“We are happy he is coming back after so much time,” she said.His original departure from the Marshall Islands was delayed until Monday due to a health setback. After a stop in Hawaii, he flew to Los Angeles where he underwent a medical examination to decide whether he could board the final flight home, a Salvadoran foreign ministry official told AFP.Alvarenga, who left El Salvador more than a decade ago, was living on Mexico’s southern coast when he says he went on an ill-fated shark fishing trip in late 2012 with a companion who later died.In his home village of Garita Palmera, on El Salvador’s west coast, his parents and 14-year-old daughter, Fatima, decorated their humble brick home with blue balloons and palm leaves for his arrival.“We are preparing to welcome him. It is joy for all of us,” his father Ricardo Orellana told AFP from the fishing and beach village.The fisherman says he lived in a seven-meter (24-foot) fiberglass boat for 13 months, enduring the odyssey by grabbing turtles off the water and snatching approaching birds.He told AFP last week that his crewmate, 24-year-old Ezequiel Cordoba, could not stomach the food and starved to death four months into the voyage.Cordoba’s family in the southern Mexico state of Chiapas say they want Alvarenga to tell them what happened, though they do not blame him for his death.Alvarenga’s miraculous story was met with some doubt when images first emerged of him, his hair shaggy and sporting a bushy beard, but looking plump.But officials have said his story checks out, and survival experts concede living in such conditions is theoretically possible.Fishermen in the Mexican village of Chocohuital backed up his story, saying they went looking for him when he disappeared in late 2012. They say pictures of his boat in the Marshall Islands confirm it is his.The Salvadoran government has disclosed little about his emotional return home, insisting that Alvarenga wanted privacy after giving a flurry of media interviews while in the Marshall Islands.“His family and him say they feel inundated by the constant calls and requests from the media and have asked us to transmit their (privacy) request,” said Foreign Minister Jaime Miranda.Alvarenga was expected to get another medical examination in El Salvador before heading to his village.The fisherman was in and out of hospital in the Marshall Islands, suffering from dehydration and a range of ailments including back pain, swollen joints and lethargy.In Garita Palmera, villagers were looking forward to hearing his story of survival, which some said they believe, including young fishermen.“I would like for him to sit with us here on the beach and tell us about his adventure,” said Tomas Leiva, 17, dragging a fishing net.“For us youngsters, it would help us learn to survive.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Details of Salvadoran castaway’s Marshalls arrival emerge Emotional Salvadoran shipwreck survivor meets dead mate’s kin Hot wheels, cold cash: Police discover more than $1 million hidden in truck tires After 7 months on the run, El Salvador’s ex-President Flores turns himself inlast_img

Experts Foreign Buyers Not Bolstering Recovery

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Service Providers Trulia 2013-07-08 Krista Franks Brock Following a recent “”report from Trulia””: stating foreign interest in the U.S. housing market is on the decline, “”Capital Economics””: reported Monday foreign investment is “”peripheral”” to our nation’s housing market recovery. [IMAGE]””A couple of years ago, a lot was being made of the potential for foreign buyers to come to the rescue of the housing market,”” Capital Economics said. “”We were dubious of these claims at the time, and a recent “”NAR [National Association of Realtors] survey””: seems to have proven our doubts well-founded.”” The “”NAR””: reported foreign buyers accounted for 6.3 percent of all existing home sales and 3.2 percent of all transactions over the 12-month period ending in March. Sales to foreign investors declined by $14.3 billion from the previous year, according to NAR. The association [COLUMN_BREAK]attributes about $8.8 billion of the decline to lower prices and about $5.5 billion to a decrease in sales transactions to foreign buyers. Weakening currencies are deterring foreign buyers, according to Capital Economics. However, China is the exception. The greatest share of foreign buyers come to the U.S. from Canada, China, Mexico, the United Kingdom, India, and Germany–in that order–according to Capital Economics. As the dollar grows more favorable, even underpriced U.S. markets appear more expensive to foreign buyers. However, the Chinese renminbi has strengthened, and Chinese investment in the U.S. housing market has grown from 5 percent five years ago to 11 percent last year. California is benefitting from Chinese investment, according to Capital Economics. Chinese buyers have contributed to 17 percent of foreign sales in the state this year as opposed to 11 percent last year. While China’s GDP growth is projected to slow next year, Capital Economics believes “”wealth creation at the top of Chinese society, coupled with a slow but steady strengthening of the renminbi, should see Chinese interest in US housing continue to grow.”” Despite the growing interest from China, the analytics firm “”doubt[s] foreigners will make much of a contribution to the recovery”” due to further strengthening of the dollar and “”challenging”” economic conditions abroad. July 8, 2013 455 Views Experts: Foreign Buyers Not Bolstering Recoverycenter_img in Data Sharelast_img


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