Cindy Gladue became the face of violence against Indigenous women inside and

first_imgNation to NationCindy Gladue’s death can only be described as horrific.The Alberta mother of three, bleeding from a deep wound to her vagina, was left in a motel bath tub to die.But what happened after inside a courtroom further angered a country.Her alleged killer was Bradley Barton, a truck driver from Ontario who claimed he paid for sexual services and Gladue accidentally died in June 2011.During the Barton’s murder trial, Gladue, 36, was referred to a “native” and “prostitute” over and over.The Crown also showed her preserved vagina as an exhibit to the jury which was “disgusting and frustrating” said Christa Big Canoe on Nation to Nation Thursday.The jury would clear Barton of all charges.Big Canoe is a lawyer with the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls that was an intervener at the Supreme Court Thursday where arguments were heard over the Barton case.“It just seems like there was an indifference by the trial court and that indifference actually ended up demonstrating systemic racism from our position,” said Big Canoe.Cindy Gladue.The Supreme Court can not only decide whether a new trial will occur, which an appellate court ruled should happen, but possibly define the law around consent in cases of sexual assault.“This is what makes this case so big and important because it has the possibility to change the laws of consent as it relates to sexual assault in this country,” said Big Canoe.That means does the likelihood of harm cancel out sexual consent.But, as an intervener, the national inquiry couldn’t speak to merits or outcomes of the Barton trial but specific legal components.And Big Canoe said that was how marginalized women, particularly Indigenous women, are treated in court – in legal terms they spoke to what’s known as judicial notice.Meaning the courts should accept it as fact that Indigenous women are a greater risk of being victims of crime.“Our argument was at the trial level the judge should have taken judicial notice that Indigenous women are overrepresented as victims, and Cindy Gladue was the exact kind of victim that the court should have been more careful with,” said Big Canoe.People rally on the steps of the Supreme Court of Canada Thursday seeking justice for Cindy Gladue. Justin Brake/APTN photoBefore the top court heard arguments on the Barton appeal it released a controversial ruling in another case.It ruled the federal government does not have a duty to consult Indigenous peoples when making laws that could impact treaty rights.In a 7-2 ruling, the court maintains that while the duty to consult applies to the federal government’s executive branch, the legislative branch of government is not constitutionally bound to consult Indigenous peoples during the law-making process.It is only after laws are made that the government has a duty to consult Indigenous peoples on matters that could negatively impact their treaty rights.The case was brought to the Supreme Court by Mikisew Cree First Nation in Alberta, which in 2013 challenged the Harper government’s 2012 omnibus legislation that, former Mikisew chief Steve Courtoreille argued, could impact their treaty rights to hunt, trap and fish in Treaty 8 territory.“It really surprised me when the appeal came based on no need to consult while developing that legislation, which is a bunch of crock,” said Courtoreille.“I feel personally with what the Supreme Court judges is that they don’t have the balls to make the right decision in favour of the nation. Regardless of my expression, pardon my French, but it’s exactly how I feel today.” read more

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Vancouver home sales were dismal in March Realtors blame mortgage stress tests

VANCOUVER — Home sales in Metro Vancouver in March plunged to levels not seen in more than three decades and real-estate experts blame government policies, not a lack of demand, for the dismal showing.The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver reports 1,727 homes changed hands, a 31.4 per cent tumble from sales recorded for the same month last year.March 2019 sales were up just over 16 per cent when compared with February, but the real estate board says they were more than 46 per cent below the 10-year average for the month and the lowest total since 1986.A news release from board president Ashley Smith calls the trend largely policy induced. Toronto housing has become magnet for money launderers, with $28 billion in real estate bought by anonymous owners: study Once-hot housing markets Toronto and Vancouver’s luxury home sales are falling. But they’re up in Montreal Canada’s housing market headed for weakest year in almost decade, warns CREA in updated outlook She says governments at all levels have imposed new taxes and borrowing requirements on the housing market for three years.The board says the result is that housing sales are no longer aligned with the growing economy and low unemployment rates across Greater Vancouver and most of British Columbia.“What policy-makers are failing to recognize is that demand-side measures don’t eliminate demand. They sideline potential home buyers in the short term,” Smith says in the release.She warns that shelter needs are always present and a mortgage stress test, speculation tax and other levies can’t relieve that pressure.“Using public policy to delay local demand in the housing market just feeds disruptive cycles that have been so well-documented in our region.”Just under 13,000 homes are currently listed for sale in Metro Vancouver, a roughly 52 per cent increase when compared with March 2018, and a 10 per cent jump in one month.Prices for homes of all types are falling. The board reports the composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently just over $1 million, down 7.7 per cent over the year and a 0.5 per cent decrease since February.The benchmark price for a detached home shows the greatest year-over-year skid to $1.4 million, a decrease of 10.5 per cent since March 2018.Metro Vancouver condos had a benchmark price of just under $657,000 in March, a six per cent decrease in one year. Condos also recorded the sharpest sales chill, with a 35.3 per cent year-to-year drop.Townhouse sales were off 27 per cent from March 2018, while the benchmark price was down six per cent over the same period to $783,600.For all property types, real estate board data shows the sales-to-active listings ratio for March was 13.5 per cent.Analysts say downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below 12 per cent for several months, while home prices often experience upward pressure when it surpasses 20 per cent over the same time frame. read more

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Annan welcomes Democratic Republic of Congos new legal framework

“These steps mark important milestones in the history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” Mr. Annan said in a statement released by his spokesman.“The Secretary-General looks forward to the early publication by the Independent Electoral Commission of an electoral calendar providing for the timely holding of free, fair and transparent elections,” the spokesman added, pledging all possible UN support for the elections and the Congolese peace process as a whole.In December, about 25 million Congolese registered to vote in a referendum to endorse the Constitution, paving the way for the country’s first free elections in more than four decades and one of the biggest polls – with 36,000 vote offices and nearly 200,000 electoral agents – in which the UN has participated. read more

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Security Council reiterates concern over issue of Kuwaitis missing since 1990 war

In a statement to the press, Council President Nassir Abdulaziz al-Nasser of Qatar, which holds the rotating presidency this month, said the 15-member body offered its deepest condolences to the families of those missing persons whose remains have recently been found.He reiterated the Council’s condemnation of the executions of Kuwaitis and third party nationals during the 1990 war, adding that members “agreed that those responsible for these horrendous crimes should be brought to justice.”The statement was issued following a briefing to the Council by Yuli Vorontsov, the Secretary-General’s High Level Coordinator on the issue. Earlier this week Secretary-General Kofi Annan released his latest report to the Council, noting that although the remains of three Kuwaitis have been found recently, the fate of 370 others remains unknown.“This reflects disappointingly slow progress,” Mr. Annan said in the report, adding that “serious security challenges in Iraq have impeded searches for graves and exhumation of known sites where Kuwaiti and other nationals are thought to be buried.”The press statement lamented the lack of progress on locating the missing Kuwaiti national archive, but welcomed the work of the Tripartite Commission and the International Committee of the Red Cross in attempting to determine the fate of the missing people.It also noted the positive resolution of all issues relating to the transfer of Kuwaiti spare parts onboard Iraqi Airways planes in Tunisia.“Council members look forward to the final closure of all the matters related to Kuwaiti spare parts,” Mr. al-Nasser said. read more

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Act now to help and protect trafficking victims UN urges on World

“Conflict is a breeding ground for criminal activity,” said Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). “People forced from their homes are falling prey to human traffickers as they try desperately to escape the violence.” In Syria, for example, women and children there were less likely to be trafficked before 2011, according to the latest UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons. “Since the start of the Syrian crisis, however, an increasing number of countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East have detected trafficking victims from this country,” Mr. Fedotov said. “As evidence grows of conflict’s ability to nourish crime, the international community is increasingly recognizing the need to confront people’s vulnerability to trafficking during conflicts,” Mr. Fedotov said, recalling that in 2016, UN Security Council passed its first-ever resolution resolution on this issue, and last year’s New York Declaration calls for the need to vigorously combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling, as well as provide support and assistance under the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. His comments come on the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, which is being held this year under the theme of “Let’s act now to protect and assist trafficking victims.” In line with this year’s theme, the UN is promoting the Trust Fund for trafficking victims, as well as the Blue Heart Campaign, which is being adopted across the world. “Resources, well-supported advocacy, cooperation under international law, and action on the ground are the starting points for tackling this dehumanizing crime that shames everyone,” said Mr. Fedotov. The Trust Fund facilitates effective, on-the-ground assistance and protection to victims of trafficking, through grants to specialized NGOs. Victims coming from areas of armed conflict and those identified among large refugee and migration flows are being prioritized. Human trafficking is the acquisition of people by force, fraud or deception to exploit them, including for sex and forced labour. Smuggling of migrants is considered part of human trafficking. Victims of trafficking have been targeted for sexual exploitation and pornography, organ removal, forced begging, forced criminality and other crimes. Children among main targets of human traffickers Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims, UNODC has said. Children make up almost one-third of all human trafficking victims worldwide, according to the UN agency’s latest report on trafficking. In addition, women and girls comprise 71 per cent of human trafficking victims. Two UN human rights experts are also taking the opportunity provided by the World Day to warn that current systems designed to protect migrant children are failing, leaving many at risk of trafficking, sale and other forms of exploitation. “So many children have died in conflict zones and along their perilous journey,” said Special Rapporteurs Maria Grazia Giammarinaro and Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, in a statement issued ahead of the Day. The experts warned that all children fleeing conflict, especially those traveling alone, are vulnerable to abuse of different kinds: sexual and labour exploitation including as a consequence of trafficking, being sold and being coerced into marriage, in their homes, communities, society or in places where migrants and/or refugees reside – including reception centres, refugee camps or informal settlements at source, transit and destination countries.The UN General Assembly will discuss trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants in a special session in Vienna, Austria – where the UNODC is headquartered – in early September. The event is part of preparations for a global compact on migration that is expected to be completed and adopted in 2018. The World Day was established by the UN General Assembly in 2013 to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.” The UN International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally. This estimate also includes victims of human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation. While it is not known how many of these victims were trafficked, the estimate implies that currently, there are millions of trafficking in persons victims in the world. read more

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Didier Drogba Leads Chelsea to First Ever Title

Didier Drogba added to his growing legend by scoring a dramatic header in the 88th minute to bring his club Chelsea to a tie with favored Bayern Munich at their home stadium, then he heroically won the match with a penalty kick to give Chelsea a 4-3 advantage and its first-ever European Champions League title.Drogba’s contract with Chelsea expires next month, so it could have been the theatrical 34-year-old’s last match with the British club. He couldn’t have gone off in a more dramatic fashion, lifting his club onto his shoulders after team captain John Terry was suspended for the final match. Drogba, who is from the Ivory Coast, later called his winning penalty kick his “best ever goal.”Bayern Munich scored first and held the league for much of the tense match until Drogba’s header with just minutes left pulled desperate Chelsea into a tie.“He’s a hero. Without him we’re not here,” said Lampard, who scored with Chelsea’s third penalty. “I’d love him to stay. What he did tonight he’s been doing all his career.”A total of seven starters from the two teams were suspended for the game, giving it an unsettled feel that home team Bayern was quick to take advantage of. The win guarantee Chelsea a spot in next year’s Champions League tournament, which is crucial to the team’s finances and elite status. read more

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Paris SaintGermain in chase of in NGolo Kante

first_imgChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been in one of the Premier League’s most consistent performers in recent years and PSG have is keen on a £90million move for the Chelsea star.The Qatari-owned French giants want to make the 26-year-old their latest Galactico after bringing in Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for a total of over £300million last summer, reports The Mirror.He was nominated for the prestigious Ballon D’Or award last year after helping Chelsea to clinch their second title in three seasons.The widely-admired star joined a select band of players to win the League in successive seasons after previous success with Leicester.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…Kante made his senior debut at Boulogne and then spent two seasons at Caen, the latter in Ligue 1. In 2015, he joined Leicester City for a fee of £5.6 million and became an integral member of the club’s first ever Premier League win in his only season at the club.In 2016 he joined Chelsea for a reported fee of £32 million, winning the league again in his first season. He also won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year and became the first outfield player to win back-to-back English league titles with different clubs since Eric Cantona in 1992 and 1993.Kanté made his senior international debut for France in 2016. He was included in their squad that finished runners-up at that year’s European Championship.last_img read more

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Chimneyattic fire does moderate damage

first_imgA chimney fire flared out of control and sent out embers that ignited the roof of a house southeast of Yacolt near Moulton Falls Park on Monday afternoon.Members of Fire District 13, based in Yacolt, were called to 36205 N.E. Sunset Falls Road about 4:10 p.m., said Assistant Chief Tom McDowell. When they arrived, flames had spread from the roof into the attic.An occupant of the home tried dousing the fire with a garden hose. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze and saved the home, which had just moderate damage, McDowell said. No one was reported injured. About 10 firefighters worked at the scene, including some from nearby Fire District 3, based in Hockinson, and Fire District 10 from Amboy.The home is owned by Marjorie English, according to county property records.last_img read more

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Handson with the 2019 MercedesBenz Sprinters safety tech

first_imgAdvanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) have taken their sweet time moving from regular cars to commercial vehicles, but several automakers with their hands in both have been leading the charge. Volvo’s big-rig trucks now have automatic emergency braking, for example, but the 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van goes above and beyond by adding a huge chunk of the ADAS found on M-B’s cars.While I was in Germany to drive the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, the automaker took us to Daimler’s proving grounds in Stuttgart to experience the Sprinter’s new ADAS firsthand. It might not have been a class of vehicle I was used to, but after digging into its tech, it felt like any other passenger car, which should be a good thing for the oodles of commercial-vehicle drivers out there. Tags Keep it safe, but don’t keep it secret in the 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 1 27 Photos Auto Tech Vans 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class first drive: ‘The S-Class of SUVs’ earns its title 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560 Coupe review: Still the luxury benchmark Comment Automatic braking, two waysI will always instinctively cringe when barreling toward another car at speed, even in a controlled environment where the slower vehicle ahead is actually an inflatable pillow. The 2019 Sprinter has not one, but two different automatic emergency braking systems. The standard AEB setup works with traffic traveling ahead of the van. To meet German requirements for the system, it will first emit an audible warning after finding a major speed differential between the two vehicles, followed by light braking to give the driver the opportunity to hit the brakes. If that doesn’t happen, the Sprinter will eventually clamp down the stoppers on its own. It’s a violent experience, as the tall-roof Sprinter leaned on its front axle, anti-lock brakes sending chattering and grinding noises into the cabin, but it worked perfectly.The other system uses radar located in the rear bumper as part of its rear cross-traffic alert system. The radar can determine when a vehicle moving perpendicular to the Sprinter represents a crash risk. Since there are no regulations for how the rear-facing AEB engages, it will beep and almost immediately slam to a halt. The Sprinter did come close to the vehicle traveling behind, but once again, it managed to stop in time thanks to its fast-acting ABS.Enlarge ImageOops! Mercedes-Benz Open-door warnings and Drive Away AssistThe 2019 Sprinter also has two less common systems you might not know about. The first is a door-exit warning that hopes to prevent the van’s front doors from opening when an oncoming vehicle or bicyclist is detected. It doesn’t actually prevent the door from opening, but the blind-spot monitor will flash as something approaches the van from behind, giving an audible warning if the driver still isn’t paying attention and chooses to open the door anyway.Drive Away Assist was completely new to me. Its goal is to help prevent collisions when leaving a parking space in the event a nearby item would impede the van’s travel. If its parking sensors pick up on an item, even if it’s outside the driver’s line of sight, it will artificially limit the vehicle speed to 3 kilometers per hour (about 2 miles per hour), even if the driver jams the gas to the firewall.Ideally, this would give the driver time to brake and avoid contacting the thing in its way. If the vehicle continues to move forward and contact the cone or car or whatever’s in its path, the low vehicle speed should minimize or completely mitigate any potential damage.Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Safety TechEnlarge ImageIf the Sprinter senses an item in close proximity, it’s not going to let you barrel into it at full clip. Mercedes-Benz Easier highway drivingMercedes-Benz’s Sprinter can also be optioned with a variant of the technology used to keep its passenger cars in their respective lanes. I tested the Sprinter’s full-speed adaptive cruise control on Daimler’s test track, and it worked flawlessly, following the vehicle ahead and smoothly braking to match speeds. It even worked around some awkward turns and a banked portion of the test track. If you’ve experienced adaptive cruise in a modern car, it’s about the same on the Sprinter.The van also packed active lane-keep assist, albeit a slightly different system than what I was used to. When the overhead camera determined the Sprinter was leaving its lane, it braked the opposite-side wheel to slowly guide the Sprinter back to its lane. There was a bit of ABS chattering, much like I experienced in the autobrake tests, which is the key differentiator from most modern LKA systems — there is no active steering control in the Sprinter, so instead of manipulating the steering rack to return the van to its lane, it uses individual wheel braking. It’s a little louder, but the result is the same.Of course, a lack of active steering assist in the Sprinter means that a proper lane-holding system is not in the cards, like it is for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, but hey, it’s better than nothin’.Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Safety TechEnlarge ImageThere’s no active steering, but the Sprinter uses individual wheel braking to help guide an errant vehicle back into its lane. Mercedes-Benz Easier parkingSome cars feel difficult to position in a space without parking sensors. Commercial vans are even worse, especially if the rear windows are actually opaque metal panels. Thankfully, sensors and cameras have made this job nearly effortless.To test out its camera and sensor systems, Mercedes put me into a Sprinter that had its rear windows, side mirrors and rearview mirror all blocked. I had to navigate a series of S-turns, in reverse, with nothing but the infotainment screen guiding the way. Thankfully, Mercedes-Benz’s screen and camera combined to provide one of the best digital views across the industry, car or van.I always knew where the van was positioned. In addition to the sensors blaring at me when I drove too close to one of the many cones on the ground, the Sprinter was optioned with its most expensive parking package, which adds a 360-degree, top-down view of the van. Combined with steering guidelines that let me know where the whole width of the vehicle was and would soon be, it wasn’t too hard to string together a carnage-free path. Some surround-view systems disable the side cameras when the mirrors fold in, but not the Sprinter — they’re positioned to still provide views when the mirrors need to be folded during tight maneuvering. There was also a clever system that, upon opening the rear door, changed the screen to show that specific camera, in case some scofflaw is trying to jack whatever stuff is in the back.Between the systems I experienced and all the other clever stuff hidden away under its skin, I believe the 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will be a serious force to be reckoned with. Driver-assistance tech isn’t just for passenger cars.Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Safety TechEnlarge ImageVery few cones were harmed in the making of this story. Mercedes-Benz Editors’ note: Travel costs related to this feature were covered by the manufacturer. This is common in the auto industry, as it’s far more economical to ship journalists to cars than to ship cars to journalists. While Roadshow accepts multi-day vehicle loans from manufacturers in order to provide scored editorial reviews, all scored vehicle reviews are completed on our turf and on our terms.The judgments and opinions of Roadshow’s editorial team are our own and we do not accept paid editorial content. More From Roadshow Share your voice Mercedes-Benz 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe: Drives better than most, and smells better too Mercedes-Benzlast_img read more

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Blame it on the proverbial foreign hand

first_imgTHE most powerful, though never sighted, political unifier in India is back: the foreign hand. The National Democratic Alliance government recently went after the Ford Foundation for funding “political” and “disruptive” activities. And hardly a few hours after the announcement, it cancelled the registration of nearly 9,000 non-government organisations (NGOs) for violating the rules governing foreign funds. At the same time, it stopped a Greenpeace activist from flying abroad to make a presentation on how a community is fighting a coal mine project in the country. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justicePursuing this obsession, the Union Environment Minister has publicly said that the recent focus on air pollution in Delhi is part of a “design” to malign the country. The Union minister cited a “foreign hand” because the air pollution data came from machines installed at an embassy. He has questioned why nobody talked about air pollution in the capital in the past 10 years. It is another matter that hardly a day goes by without the newspapers carrying a story on Delhi’s alarming air pollution. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeThis is not the first government that is obsessed with the foreign hand theory. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, attributed “foreign hand” to the anti-nuclear campaigns. And when his government was shrouded with corruption charges that led to its miserable fall in the general elections next year, Singh’s key ministers questioned civil society groups and their intentions citing foreign funds. This was surprising because there was a period when the government was seen as “NGO-wallas” due to its leadership’s engaging relationship with civil society. Equally surprising is the current government’s actions against NGOs and donors because, as stated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ministers, its focus is on salvaging the image of the country in the international arena. Then why would the government risk going after a US charity that has the potential of diplomatic fallout? The Ford Foundation has also helped implement many government schemes, including a few flagship schemes in Gujarat, when Modi was its chief minister.This is where the larger question of intent comes. The Union government took action against Ford Foundation after the Gujarat government complained that the foundation supported a few activists who were campaigning against the state’s involvement in the 2002 communal riots. Similarly, the NGOs that were forced to shut shop were mostly opposing mining and industry projects and fighting for the legitimate rights of communities.The political leadership wants to polarise the development discourse in the country by hitting out at any NGO that is protesting development projects. And the leadership seems to be successful as whenever genuine environmental concerns are raised, it automatically ends in a debate over development v environment. At a time when the middle class is calling the political shots, development has taken precedence over the environment. The growth rate has to be revived and the government has conveniently made us believe that the growth is not happening because of opposition to projects on environmental concerns. A polarised discourse is easy to manage, at least while dealing with daily anti-government headlines, according to former BJP minister Arun Shourie. The current leadership believes it will be able to salvage its image through this. But the point it misses is that polarisation is an enemy in the long-term. The government might be able to slow down NGOs but what will it do when people come out on the streets to protect their rights. That is a much bigger and difficult headline to manage. DOWN TO EARTHlast_img read more

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Why Luke Walton is probably more like Larry Coker than Larry Brown

first_img Recent history shows that winning games with a supremely talented team, like Luke Walton did with the Warriors, doesn’t translate to winning over the long term.Barry Switzer won a Super Bowl with Jimmy Johnson’s players. He couldn’t sustain it and was fired. Larry Coker won a national championship at Miami with Butch Davis’ players. He was fired. In 2013, Mark Helfrich took over Oregon from Chip Kelly. He reached a national championship game with Kelly’s players. Three years later aren’t even favored to win the Pac-12.Luke Walton could end up being more like Chip Kelly than Mark Helfrich. Based on the Lakers’ recent track record of hiring coaches, they don’t get the benefit of the doubt. The last three Lakers coaching hires have been a disaster. The Lakers hired Luke Walton as their newest Head Coach without even interviewing another candidate. He was hired largely because of his brief stint coaching the Warriors in Steve Kerr’s absence in the first half of the season.Walton was 39-4, but the team was loaded with talent and the self-motivated. The Lakers are none of those things. Colin thinks Laker fans need to pump the breaks on the idea that Walton is a can’t-miss coaching genius.“Luke Walton was a substitute teacher. If you were a substitute teacher and you inherited 20 kids, 18 of which are going to college. They’re driven. They’re composed. They’re aspirational. They work hard. You inherit them. You’re the substitute teacher because the teacher got injured and is out for six weeks.You’re the substitute. You come in with this class. They’ve already qualified. They’ve got their SAT’s in. They’re all Seniors. Luke Walton comes in. He’s the substitute teacher. And we’re now claiming he gets credit for that great first half in the regular season.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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Colin The Browns shouldnt take Saquon Barkley with the 1 pick

first_img Advertisement Watch Colin explain why the Browns need to pass on Saquon:The Browns shouldn’t take Saquon Barkley with the No. 1 pick— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 5, 2018 After an off-the-charts NFL Scouting Combine performance, the Browns are reportedly considering taking Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the #1 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Colin thinks this would be a huge mistake.Even though Barkley is an unquestioned game-breaker, there are a number of running backs that are at least comparable in terms of potential NFL productivity that will be available well into the later rounds. Among the available quarterbacks, there are only a handful of potential franchise changers, and the Browns need one badly.Ezekiel Elliott’s rookie success in Dallas changed the narrative that running backs aren’t worth taking with high draft picks, but Colin thinks the pendulum has swung so far in the other direction in just a few years that running backs are now overvalued.There’s no question Barkley is an elite talent, and should be a home run hitter in the NFL, but the value of a franchise quarterback still far exceeds the value of a franchise running back. The Browns need to not get cute and take a QB at #1.last_img read more

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Carnival Costa and Princess will all debut new ships in 2019

first_imgTags: Carnival Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, New Ship, Princess Cruises Posted by Carnival, Costa and Princess will all debut new ships in 2019 MIAMI — Carnival Corporation & PLC will launch four new cruise ships in 2019 across three of its leading global brands – Carnival Cruise Line, Costa Cruises and Princess Cruises.The world will get a preview of one of these new vessels when Carnival debuts a floral replica of its new Carnival Panorama in the televised Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, viewed by more than 80 million people worldwide, beginning a year-long celebration of its first new ship based in California in 20 years, scheduled to begin sailing from its homeport of Long Beach in December 2019.Also relevant for this market, there’s also Sky Princess, Princess Cruises’ fourth Royal-class ship, and Costa Smeralda, the second of Carnival Corporation’s total of 11 new ships joining the fleet between 2018 and 2025 that can be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) both in port and at sea.There’s also Costa Venezia for the China market.The ships are part of Carnival Corporation’s ongoing fleet enhancement strategy with 20 new ships scheduled for delivery between 2019 and 2025 – creating excitement in the vacation market and helping the company’s brands continue to provide a great vacation experience while accelerating demand for cruising.These new ships build on the success of Carnival Corporation’s four ships launched in 2018, which include Carnival Horizon from Carnival Cruise Line, Seabourn Ovation from Seabourn, ms Nieuw Statendam from Holland America Line and most recently, AIDAnova – the world’s first cruise ship that can be powered by LNG both in port and at sea – from AIDA Cruises.“Each launch of a new ship generates lots of interest and excitement among consumers, whether they are among our many loyal guests or they are new to cruising,” said Roger Frizzell, chief communications officer for Carnival Corporation. “Our four new ships in 2019 will be no exception as our brands will introduce spectacular new vessels that have been designed with one purpose in mind: to dazzle our guests as they enjoy an extraordinary vacation experience.”Here’s a look at Carnival Panorama, Sky Princess and Costa Smerelda…CARNIVAL PANORAMA – DECEMBER 2019The 4,008-passenger, 133,500-ton Carnival Panorama is the third in the line’s Vista-class series, the largest ever constructed for Carnival Cruise Line, which includes Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon. Carnival Panorama will feature a wide variety of fun indoor and outdoor experiences for a unique seagoing vacation, including popular features such as the tropics-inspired Havana section, Family Harbor with extra-roomy staterooms and the Family Harbor Lounge, a massive WaterWorks aqua park, the luxurious Cloud 9 Spa and the SportSquare recreation area.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaCarnival Panorama is scheduled to debut on Dec. 11, 2019, with a three-day inaugural cruise from the Long Beach Cruise Terminal, which is housed in a massive 146,000-square-foot geodesic dome that once served as home to Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose airplane.Year-round, seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises begin Dec. 14, departing Long Beach every Saturday to destinations along the Mexican Riviera, including Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.Sky PrincessSKY PRINCESS – OCTOBER 2019Sky Princess will carry 3,660 guests and include the best of the features found on its three Royal-class sister ships – Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Majestic Princess – as well as new offerings that represent an evolution of the current ships’ designs.New to Sky Princess are the Sky Suites, centrally located on the top deck. Measuring 700 square feet and with a 270-degree panorama, the suites feature the largest private balconies at sea with a prime view of the ship’s Movie Under the Stars screen. Sky Suites have sleeping capacity for five guests and plenty of room for entertaining, making them ideal for families and celebrations.The 143,700-ton Sky Princess will also offer the relaxing adults-only Sanctuary area, and twice as many private cabanas as its sister ships.Also new for Sky Princess will be the addition of a Wakeview pool on its aft decks, plus two new deep-tank top deck pools, a restorative Retreat Pool and more Jacuzzis than previous Royal-Class ships, including two cantilevered over the deep-tank pools.Other ship highlights will include a central Piazza-style atrium, the iconic Seawalk, Princess Live! entertainment venue with a new café, Camp Discovery youth and teen centers, and a variety of guest-favorite dining venues with updated décor and design throughout the ship.The inaugural Mediterranean deployment of Sky Princess is set to feature 10 cruise departures on eight unique itineraries, beginning Oct. 20, 2019, with a seven-day Mediterranean and Adriatic cruise from Athens (Piraeus) to Barcelona. On Nov. 17, the ship is scheduled to set sail from Barcelona for Fort Lauderdale, where guests will enjoy tropical holidays in the Caribbean before the ship returns to tour Europe beginning in April 2020.Costa SmeraldaCOSTA SMERALDA – OCTOBER 2019More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthWith a name that honours the Emerald Coast of Sardinia, the features of Costa Smeralda will reflect the best of Italy, says the cruise line. The ship will be Costa Cruises’ first that is able to be powered in port and at sea by LNG, the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel.The heart of the new flagship will be a centrally-located, three-level domed Colosseo, lined with themed lounge bars, that will feature the best shows each evening.The new Costa Cruises flagship will host another unique feature at sea: an onboard museum. The Costa Design Museum – or CoDe – will be dedicated to the excellence of Italian design, showcasing many of the Italian designers and design firms that contributed to the ship’s construction and authentic ‘Made in Italy’ décor.Costa Smeralda guests will have access to 11 restaurants, four swimming pools, a water park with colorful waterslides, a multi-sport gym, disco, jazz club, games room, special areas set aside for kids and a spa featuring a beauty salon, hammam, thalassotherapy pool, 16 treatment rooms, and snow, salt and relaxation rooms.At 182,700 tons, and with over 2,600 guest rooms, Costa Smeralda will be the largest ship in Costa Cruises’ fleet.The ship is scheduled to make its maiden voyage on Oct. 20, 2019, with a 15-day cruise from Hamburg, with stops in Rotterdam, Lisbon, Barcelona, and Marseille before arriving for a naming celebration at Savona, in northwest Italy, on Nov. 3.On Nov. 4, the six-day inaugural cruise is expected to depart from Savona, calling on Barcelona, Marseille and Rome (Civitavecchia). Costa Smeralda will continue to sail in the Western Mediterranean until April 2020, with seven-day cruises calling on Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Civitavecchia and La Spezia. << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Monday, December 17, 2018 Share Travelweek Group last_img read more

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first_imgAuthorities from the Roadway Safety Council (COSEVI) said Tuesday that some 5,200 seized motorcycles and cars will be auction in coming months if their owners do not claim them or pay their traffic fines.The new Traffic Law authorizes COSEVI to auction cars or motorcycles if their owners don’t claim them within three months after they are seized.COSEVI Director Silvia Bolaños said, “the idea is to collect most of the money from fines, but if vehicles are declared as scrap they will be donated to schools and municipalities.” Vehicles in good condition will be sold at a public auction.COSEVI pays ₡600 million ($1.2 million) per year in parking space to store seized cars, Bolaños said. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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first_imgA Greek Orthodox nun who is also a doctor and dedicated to palliative care has joined the Friends’ Hospice in Paphos.One and a half years ago, Doctor Pansemni Aristi Aristodemou, left the Holy Convent of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a monastery at Ormylia in northern Greece where she had spent the last 21 years of her life to travel to Cyprus and continue her vocation.After spending a few months as a palliative care doctor with PASYKAF, the association of cancer patients and friends in Nicosia, she is now at the Friend’s Hospice in Paphos.Dr Aristos Georghiou, medical director of the hospice with Doctor PansemniShe explained to the Sunday Mail that she is rather an exception than a rule, as it is fairly unusual for Greek Orthodox nuns to hold down jobs as well.A few years ago whilst undertaking a master’s degree in palliative care at King’s College London, she travelled to and from the monastery in Greece.“This was novel as they had never had a nun participate before and it was also an unusual situation for the nuns at the monastery, I was an exception and so I tried to keep it all rather low key, even though I was sometimes flying in and out.”Although the doctor had been exposed to the outside world, the adjustment of living outside the monastery is still, understandably, taking time.“It was my intention to stay at the monastery for life, but things change and God takes you in different ways. I’m now learning to take one day at a time, and I will carry on my monasticism as much as I can.”The hospice which opened in 2006 provides free palliative and respite care to patients whatever their nationality or religion and their families. It is housed in a dedicated wing at St George’s Polyclinic in Paphos.“As well as being a first-class doctor, Pansemni has a wonderful personality, full of life and love, and this is having a great effect on patients and staff alike,” said Dr Andreas Demetriou, clinical director of the hospice. “She has a natural gift of patience and gentleness which is so important for those in our care and for their families.”Chris Jones, president of The Friends’ Hospice Foundation said the facility was privileged to gain her expertise in palliative care and as a sister in the Orthodox Church she also brought a sense of calm and compassion which has a hugely positive effect.Doctor Pansemni exudes an aura of warmth and kindness; tall in stature she presents a dignified figure wearing her black habit, her eyes are friendly and reassuring. The nun puts her clear skin and lack of facial lines down to a stress free life in the monastery.Born in Foini village in 1965, her family moved to London when she was twelve to help organise education for Greek Cypriot children in London and she went on to study medicine.As a doctor, she worked in some of the busiest hospitals in London, including renowned Guys’ Hospital. She often refers to herself as ‘Sister P’ and said that she enjoys the science of medicine as well as the vocation of helping people.“I realised that this speciality (palliative care) is about truth. You can stop pretending that you can cure a problem and really care for patients.”In London, Doctor Pansemni also met Dame Cicely Saunders, best known for her role in establishing the hospice movement in the UK, which helped her decide that she would concentrate on palliative care which was emerging at the time.Parallel to her interest in hospice care, the doctor’s spiritual life was beginning to evolve and she started to attend a monastery in Essex.“There I realised what beauty there was in the Orthodox liturgy and as I heard it in English, I understood what was being said as ancient Greek is not accessible for everyone.”She took a sabbatical to study French at the Sorbonne in Paris, where she also took a theology course at St Sergius’ seminary. Returning to England from Paris, she began working at St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney in London, looking after a large and diverse community.“With hospice care, you really see the value of a person and patients stop being patients or numbers. They are people. I realised that to be able to serve the people, I needed to be a better person myself and through prayer my spiritual cultivation got underway as much as it could do.”She said that her monasticism came as a choice and on Christmas morning in 1993, she realised that she had to go to live in a monastery. She chose the monastery at Ormylia in Northern Greece where she had visited the previous summer.“The feeling of giving your life back to God is the most wonderful feeling of grace, it feels like you’re flying,” she said.Even in monastic life, Dr Pansemni continued with her medical activities, caring for 120 sisters and visitors, and attending conferences and seminars concerning cancer preventive medicine.A year and a half ago, after more than two decades at the monastery, she decided to come out of the monastery to serve.“It’s not where you are but where you are within yourself. I had some beautiful gifts given to me in my 21 years in the monastery,” she said.“It’s a super privileged position to be with these people, it’s such a sacred time for them. Each person is special and unique and so is the life that they hold. Even if you just help one person in all your life time that’s enough, as long as you don’t hurt anyone along the way.”You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSenior Living | Search AdsCheap Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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