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Stuffa launches the Triptych 3-in-1 technical jacket

first_imgSandro Cafasso launched the brand Stuffa in 2012 with one clear goal in mind: design innovative and practical products fit for traveling and spontaneous adventures. His original Stuffa Jacket — more a vest than a full jacket — accomplished this goal by featuring 12 concealed, stuffable pockets suited to holding up to 5 kgs (11 lbs) of clothing and the like. With the jacket, people had the ability to overcome excess baggage fees, pack light for weekenders, or just keep themselves warm for braving the outdoors. Perhaps the jacket’s greatest feature is its knack for not looking bulky with each of the hidden pockets stuffed to the max.After seeing the success of the Stuffa Jacket, Sandro and his collective group of friends (Stuffa’s design team) took the concept one glorious step further and created the Triptych 3-in-1 jacket. Not only does the Triptych jacket now feature a sleeved design, but it’s actually two jackets packed into one product. The outer shell, a waterproof yet breathable jacket, features fully tapered seams, waterproof zippers, and under arm zipped vents. The jacket’s internal powder skirt helps prevent any snow from getting inside your coat, which along with the goggle pocket proves perfect for a day spent skiing or snowboarding up at your favorite mountain. Moreover, its adjustable cuffs and draw-string waist assure that even if the jacket seems big out of the box, it doesn’t take many adjustments to achieve the perfect fit.The inner jacket — which looks like a varsity or bomber jacket — is where Stuffa’s revolutionary hidden pocket design is on full display. Its ten concealed and stuffable zipped pockets make it extremely easy to pack any extra luggage, gear, or equipment while embarking on any kind of adventure. Each of the pockets vary in size so packing your tablet, change of clothes, or just simply a phone and set of car keys is done with ease without sacrificing comfort. The jacket’s fleece body and elasticated cuffs also make it the perfect garment to wear either by itself, or underneath the outer shell for increased warmth.Though it seems a tall task to offer as much functionality as Stuffa puts on paper, we spent a week pushing the jacket to the limit and found it easily lives up to the hype. Capable of providing warmth when temperatures reach single digits, the Triptych 3-in-1 holds up extremely well even in the most rugged of conditions. Forget lugging around a backpack, the inner jacket’s concealed pockets were more than useful enough to pack a day’s worth of supplies and extra clothing without becoming too bulky. The outer shell’s thumb-hole sleeves also help provide added warmth — without restricting hand movement — for those days spent without a pair of gloves. So whether it’s a weekend spent adventuring in frigid temperatures, or a simple day long hike, Stuffa’s Triptych 3-in-1 jacket excels at offering wearers versatility while remaining practical. It just might be the last winter jacket you’ll ever want to own.Head on over to Stuffa’s website for a look at the company’s entire collection, as well as videos and ordering info for the Triptych 3-in-1 jacket. A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Bundle Up Right Now With the Best Sweaters for Men The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected Editors’ Recommendations How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Clublast_img read more

Budget Supports Govt’s Commitment to Fiscal Discipline

first_img He noted that in fiscal year 2017/2018, 46 per cent of the budget was allocated to meet debt service payments and this will be further reduced to 37 per cent in 2018/2019. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley  Shaw, says the budget for fiscal year 2018/2019 is designed to achieve the targets entrenched in the fiscal rules and is within the context of the Precautionary Stand-by Arrangement (SBA) with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).“Importantly, this new budget will be the last full year under the Standby Agreement with the IMF. We will continue to meet all commitments and we will meet all targets for reducing the debt-to-Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio, modernising the public sector, increasing the social safety net and strengthening fiscal and monetary buffers on our economy,” he said.Mr. Shaw, who was opening the Budget Debate in Gordon House on Thursday (March 8), said Jamaica’s programme with the IMF has now advanced to the point where the support is essentially an insurance policy.“Jamaica has had no need to access any of the US$1.64 billion of financing available since the SBA was agreed in 2016. Furthermore, the IMF shares our assessment that there is no indication of a need to access their financial support for the remainder of the SBA period that concludes in the last quarter of 2019,” he noted.The Finance Minister said that as the country reaps the benefits of sustained fiscal discipline, the new budget will usher in a concerted campaign to support actions that will boost growth and increase incomes.He noted that in fiscal year 2017/2018, 46 per cent of the budget was allocated to meet debt service payments and this will be further reduced to 37 per cent in 2018/2019.“That means that fiscal discipline is working and that we are increasing the proportion of the budget that can be assigned to improving social services and productive infrastructure,” he said.The Ministry included in its Estimates of Expenditure for fiscal year 2018/2019, forward expenditure estimates for 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022.The forward estimates, which were being included for the first time, are aligned with the medium-term aggregate expenditure ceilings as reflected in the fiscal management strategy.Minister Shaw noted that “although these forward estimates are only indicative and are not voted by Parliament, they represent a critical step forward in our ability to help investors and businesses with their long-term planning and to signal our continued fiscal discipline.” Story Highlights Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley  Shaw, says the budget for fiscal year 2018/2019 is designed to achieve the targets entrenched in the fiscal rules and is within the context of the Precautionary Stand-by Arrangement (SBA) with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Minister Shaw noted that “although these forward estimates are only indicative and are not voted by Parliament, they represent a critical step forward in our ability to help investors and businesses with their long-term planning and to signal our continued fiscal discipline.”last_img read more

MTV Supports UNICEFs Refugee Crisis Appeal At EMAs

first_imgMTV announced its support for UNICEF’s Refugee Crisis Appeal at the 2015 MTV European Music Awards, held in Milan and broadcast to millions around the world.During the annual event, MTV’s global audience was encouraged to join together and help raise vital funds for UNICEF’s work supporting child refugees and migrants. Currently 644,000 people, a third of whom are children and women, are seeking refuge in Europe.As winter is closing in, refugees traveling through Europe, or displaced by violence in their home countries and neighboring regions, are in desperate need of help.UNICEF is providing essential protection, healthcare, safe water, adequate food and education to refugee children and families who have witnessed unspeakable violence and are living in fear.Pharrell Williams performed “Freedom” at the conclusion of the 2015 MTV EMAs in Milan to raise awareness, trigger activism and donations to support the current refugee crisis.“UNICEF is delighted to partner with MTV to shine the spotlight on the plight of refugees and migrants, especially the youngest and most vulnerable. Winter is here, they our need protection, they our need help, fast. The MTV Freedom initiative can show how the power of the world’s young people, when united for even just a moment, can make a change for children, for all fleeing conflict and misery and seeking hope and a better future,” said Marie Pierre Poirier UNICEF’s Special Coordinator for the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe.All donations made here will go directly to fund UNICEF’s work for refugee and migrant children and families traveling through Europe.last_img read more

Elevated benzene levels near Texas petrochemicals facility

HOUSTON — National Guard troops have been called in and residents are being told to stay inside after elevated levels of benzene were detected near a Houston-area petrochemicals storage facility that caught fire this week.Harris County officials said Thursday that the Guard and hazardous materials teams have established perimeters around the Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park.The Texas Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that benzene levels near the facility didn’t post a health concern. But authorities now say a shelter-in-place order following “reports of action levels of benzene or other volatile organic compounds” within Deer Park.Several school districts also cancelled classes for the day, citing “unfavourable air quality conditions.”The fire started Sunday, sending a huge, dark plume into the air, and spread to storage tanks holding components of gasoline and materials used in nail polish remover, glues and paint thinner.The Associated Press read more

Living without food for 5 years

Kirby though insists that he is currently in excellent health and his lifestyle can actually reverse the ageing process, and he has also claimed that it could make immortal. He also added that eating real food makes him feel ill and extremely tired, stating, “In this consciousness, when I do eat food, it makes me feel very tired. And my alertness goes away when I eat now.”Kirby has insisted that he now plans to teach his process to others, stating, “I have been called to teach this better and fuller life.”Experts however have claimed that they are concerned for his well being as many people have died attempting to live like breatharians. (Courtesy inquisitr.com) Kirby appeared on Taboo USA, where he explained, “There are energy sources out there that are greater than the food calories you are putting in your body. Calories come from photons and light and vibrations and wind. Anything can feed you if your energy centres are open.” However, Kirby has admitted that over the last 10 months he has eaten seven meals, but he made sure that they only possessed 500 calories in them.Kirby proclaimed, “The average human being eats three meals a day, 90 a month. Over ten months that’s 900 meals. I’ve had seven meals in ten months, and I can’t eat big amounts.” A Sri Lankan man has claimed that he has survived on nothing but fresh air for the past five years, stating that he hasn’t had anything to eat during this time.Kirby de Lanerolle, a Breatharian, has insisted that he has only inhaled, light, wind, and the “vibrations of God.” Experts would be quick to disagree with this statement, as it is widely believed that you can only live without food for two months. read more

Sunwing temporarily grounds Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft for commercial reasons

MONTREAL — Sunwing Airlines is temporarily grounding its four Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in the wake of the Ethiopian plane crash that killed all 157 people on board.The Canadian low-cost airline says in a statement Tuesday night that it made the decision for “evolving commercial reasons” unrelated to safety, including airspace restrictions being imposed in other countries.Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau will provide an update on Canada’s Boeing 737 MAX 8 plan on Wednesday morning in Ottawa.But he is facing an escalating dilemma over the aircraft, which a growing number of countries have grounded or banned after the crash that also claimed the lives of 18 Canadians. Canadian, U.S. airlines keep flying Boeing 737 Max 8 — for now — as authorities around the world ground jets Transport Minister says he would board a Boeing 737 despite crash Before clearing his schedule to meet with experts, Garneau said Tuesday he has no plans to ground Canada’s fleet of 737 Max 8 aircraft, but that “all options are on the table.”Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash has raised concerns over parallels to a Lion Air crash of the same model of aircraft in Indonesia that killed 189 people last October.Earlier Tuesday, authorities from more than half a dozen countries and regulators, including the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), announced grounding orders or airspace bans on the aircraft. By Tuesday evening, dozens of airlines had grounded the Max 8, leaving the majority of the nearly 390 Max 8s currently in service around the world confined to the hangar.Air Canada, along with Southwest and American Airlines, are the major outliers.Robert Kokonis, president of Toronto-based consulting firm AirTrav Inc., said EASA’s suspension of all Max 8 and Max 9 planes puts “massive pressure” on Garneau.“It’s really going to give the minister pause for thought,” he said. “I think they’ve been feeling an unprecedented level of heat from social media — both airlines and aviation regulators.”Adding to the pressure, the Canadian Union of Public employees — which represents more than 8,000 Air Canada flight attendants — said late Tuesday that its members have safety concerns as a result of the recent crash and don’t want to be forced to fly on the Max 8.“The Air Canada Component of CUPE who represents flight attendants at Air Canada mainline and Rouge is calling on the company to at a minimum continue to offer reassignment to crew members who do not want to fly on this type of airplane,” said component president, Wesley Lesosky, in a statement. “The safety of passengers and crews must be the absolute priority.”Air Canada did not respond to a request for comment by time of publication.Air Canada has 24 Max 8 aircraft, which it uses mainly for domestic and U.S. routes, while Calgary-based WestJet Airlines Ltd. has 13 Max 8s.A grounding order in Canada would prove costly for Canadian airlines, said Karl Moore, a professor at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management.“It would have a considerable impact on both of them, because that’s a lot of flights every day,” he said.“You’d have to cancel some flights. You’d try to use other planes, which are suboptimal. A Q-400 is too small. You could use two big planes, which means that you’re wasting money on fuel and you’re not making money.”The airlines are also facing concerned passengers who want to rebook their flights to avoid the Max 8.Flight Centre travel agency said Canadian airlines are not waiving flight-change or cancellation fees for passengers who want to switch to another aircraft.Air Canada and WestJet did not respond to requests for comment on fee waiving.“We continue to monitor the situation and based on current info, and recommendations by government safety regulators, Transport Canada, the FAA, and the manufacturer, we will continue to operate our normal B737 schedule and our current re-booking policies remain in place,” Air Canada said in a tweet Tuesday.Larry Vance, an aviation consultant and former Transportation Safety Board investigator, cautioned against drawing too many comparisons between Sunday’s disaster and Lion Air Flight 610, which plunged into the Java Sea on Oct. 29.The main similarities appear to be the aircraft model and the way the plane swiftly lost elevation after takeoff, briefly recovered and then plummeted to the ground.“If I had a ticket to fly this afternoon and it was on that airplane, I would go to the airport, I would check in normally, I would get aboard the flight and go to sleep and enjoy my flight and get on with my day,” Vance said.“The odds of me meeting my maker on that flight are as close to zero as you can get.”At Halifax Stanfield International Airport on Tuesday, Air Canada passengers arriving from London gave mixed reactions about flying on the aircraft.Angela Taylor, whose 22-year-old daughter was flying alone for the first time, said she felt the aircraft should be grounded in Canada.“I was a bit perturbed Air Canada hadn’t suspended flights when Australia is not even letting any in or out,” said Taylor.“You might be on the bandwagon, but for safety? Come on.”Patricia Little, who was on the same flight as Taylor’s daughter, said riding the Max 8 didn’t worry her at all.“I think it’s a whole lot of hype. I think there’s hundreds of thousands of planes that go, only one or two of them crash,” said Little, who lives in Saint John, N.B.“Get a grip. You could die walking out there to your car.”With files from Aly Thomson and Alison Auld read more

UN again seeks urgent global aid to forestall potential African locust plague

Calling the next two months in the battle against locusts in West Africa “extremely crucial,” the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today again urged the world community to come up with the funding and equipment needed to prevent the crop-devouring insects from developing into a full-scale plague. “To make a real impact in the battle to control the desert locust upsurge, help must arrive this month in order to disrupt the next locust breeding cycle in October,” FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said is his agency’s latest appeal. “Otherwise the infestation could spread to even more countries in Africa threatening food security in a wide area.” There is an urgent need to get large quantities of pesticides, spraying equipment and other means to the scene, but to do so required funds which were only now becoming available, he added. So far only $37 million of the requested $100 million have been pledged while the situation continues to deteriorate. FAO warned last month that the current infestation is potentially worse than the last plague of 1987-89, which cost the international community $300 million. Welcoming a 12-country West African ministerial meeting held in Dakar, Senegal, to counter the threat to crops and pasture in the region, Mr. Diouf stressed: “Locusts don’t respect political boundaries, so it is essential that the countries in the region work closely together to tackle this emergency.” Since last October FAO has been warning of the growing threat from locust swarms caused by the abundant rains that fell in the summer of 2003 throughout much of West Africa. Substantial breeding is now in progress over a large area of southern Mauritania, in the sub-Saharan zone of Mali, in western Niger and northern and central Senegal. Hatching has occurred and hopper bands are forming in all of these countries. The first generation of summer swarms in Mauritania can be expected to form in the coming days. In the coming weeks they will form in other countries. Several locust swarms from northwest Africa reached both western and northeastern Chad earlier in August and a few swarms have also reached northern Burkina Faso. The swarms have laid eggs in both countries. Significant crop damage has been reported in several countries. Control operations are underway in all these countries but they are hampered by insufficient resources. read more

GPF mourning loss of officer who succumbed to accident injuries

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice Sergeant critical after slamming into parked lorry at HerstellingDecember 10, 2018In “Crime”Police Constable dies following accident in BerbiceMay 19, 2017In “latest news”GPF seeking public’s assistance in identifying fatal accident victimJuly 12, 2018In “Crime” The Guyana Police Force (GPF) is  mourning the death of Sergeant 16542 Joseph Elton Ambrose who was involved in an accident on Herstelling Public Road, East Bank Demerara on Sunday last but succumbed to his injuries at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation around 01:00h on Thursday.Dead: Sergeant Joseph Elton AmbroseAccording to the Police, Sergeant Ambrose who was married and the father of two joined the Force on January 11, 1995.“The always pleasant, respected, dedicated and committed policeman was on 500 days accumulated vacation leave which commenced on April 9” said the Force.A autopsy is expected to be conducted on Friday.The GPF has extended condolences to the family, relatives and friends. read more

Successful debut for VoIP mining phones in South Africa

first_imgNorphonic enjoyed a highly successful product launch at the recent Electra Mining in Johannesburg, with its display of the latest rugged VoIP mining telephones. “Norphonic’s VoIP Mining Telephones proved immensely popular at our stand, demonstrating that the mining industry is serious about improving communications and safety for exposed workers” said Albert Bower, MD at Becker Electronics, Norphonic’s partner in South Africa.“The Norphonic IP based telephone is ideally suited for underground mining areas and comes with innovative technology features such as automatic fault check and remote management and control functions. Despite the economic downturn, we see that the leading mining companies are starting to realise the benefits with these VoIP telephones”.Safety for underground miners was a buzz-word at the Electra Mining event this year, with many following the rescue of the 33 miners in Chile that was trapped underground following the San Jose mine accident. The accident shed light on safety conditions at many mines across the world, and many global mining companies attended the Electra Mining to find how to improve safety underground, using the latest VoIP communications technology.Helge Rognstad, Sales and Marketing Director with Norphonic comments “We are delighted with the high level of interest in our heavy duty mining telephones at Electra Mining.”“We are also very excited about the way we have worked with our partner, Becker Electronics, to truly integrate this solution with complimentary wireless and leaky feeder systems. Together, we have created a future-proof and scalable solution that has the potential to emerge a clear market winner in South Africa.”last_img read more

Barca outplay Danish champions in second half

6. Orlen Wisla Plock7214182:192(-10)5 Danish Bjerringro Silkeborg were a serious threath to FC Barcelona just in the first 30 minutes of the home match 23:27 (13:11). Home team were in good mood at the start of the match, but suddenly fighting spirit disapeared after the half-time break when Barca took control over the results until the end…23 – Bjerringbro-Silkeborg: Rasmussen (Frandsen); Hansen (2), Jensen, Skube (5), Damgaard (5), Markussen (4), Klitgaard (1p); Thomsen, Orsted (1), Olsen , Hudstrup (1), Nielsen y Knudsen (4).27 – FC Barcelona: Pérez de Vargas (Ristovski); Tomás (2), Mem, Raúl Entrerríos (3), Syprzak (1), Morros, Rivera (4, 1p); N’Guessan (2), Noddesbo (2), Andersson (6), Ariño, Jallouz (1), Lazarov (6).Result: 2-2, 5-4, 7-5, 9-7, 10-9, 13-11; 13-13, 14-16, 16-19, 19-22, 20-22 y 23-27.STANDINGS: 2. FC Barcelona Lassa7601199:179(20)12 bjerringbro-silkeborgEHF Champions LeagueFC Barcelona Lassa 1. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…7601220:189(31)12 5. THW Kiel7304176:182(-6)6 ← Previous Story Rampant SG Flensburg win in Kiel! Next Story → Over 70.000 votes for WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2016 in first 72 hours! 7. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg7205184:194(-10)4 8. Kadetten Schaffhausen7007183:224(-41)0 4. Telekom Veszprém7322186:183(3)8 3. SG Flensburg-Handewitt7412179:166(13)9 read more

Burglar Blaster will nuke unwanted guests with pepper spray

first_imgMost people are content to protect their homes with a dead bolt or two, or maybe a loud security alarm that goes off if it isn’t disarmed thirty seconds after you enter the house. Those alarms can tend to be problematic if you’re forgetful, filling the air with ear-splitting sound if you don’t manage to disarm them in time, but that isn’t anything compared to the Burglar Blaster: a movement-triggered dispenser of pepper spray which, if triggered and not shut off within 40 seconds, will fill a 2,000 square feet space with choking, burning and searing gas. The Burglar Blaster is battery powered, and will apparently last up to four years on just a pair of AA batteries. Settings include the ability to give anywhere between forty and zero seconds grace time before triggering its researve pepper spray. Once triggered, the Burglar Blaster will start broadcasting a warning tone, reminding you to slot your key in and turn the Blaster off before it napalms you.In addition to just the Burglar Blaster, there’s a 12V trigger that allows you to hook up additional accessories, such as flashing lights, loud alarms and — given the unforgiving nature of this gadget — maybe a giant rolling boulder or an automated totem of whirring buzzsaws.We’re not really sure what kind of consumer the Burglar Blaster is aimed at. Anyone with riches enough to justify this sort of extreme force probably should just hire his own personal security team. We’re guessing this is aimed at more average joes with sadistic streak enough to want to totally cripple anyone who would dare break into their house. If you’re that sadistic, prepare to pay for your fantasy of hospitalizing a home invader: the Burglar Blaster will cost you $600.Read more at Slashgearlast_img read more

RIM launching Mobile Fusion management tool for Android iOS phones and tablets

first_imgResearch in Motion has been a respected player in the corporate IT world for quite some time. The company’s position has slipped more recently as Android and iOS gained footholds in enterprise settings, but RIM is still a force to be reckoned with. Now it has announced BlackBerry Mobile Fusion — a smartphone and tablet management system that plays nice with competitors’ devices, too.Mobile Fusion brings BlackBerry Protect functionality to Android 2.1-2.3 devices as well as iPhones and iPads running iOS 4+. The omission of Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich is a glaring one, but the service isn’t set to launch until early 2012 — so there’s plenty of time for RIM to add support for the OS versions which power most Android tablets. With a Mobile Fusion server in place, a company would be able to set password and app installation rules and check for compliance. Supported devices can also be remotely locked and wiped — as BlackBerry phones with the BlackBerry Protect can. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see other Protect features added, like remote backup and GPS tracking.RIM might have gotten a lot of bad press this year for falling sales figures in the US, but getting consumers to buy your phones isn’t the only way to make money in the mobile marketplace. There’s even plenty of profit for the taking if you don’t sell phones to businesses. RIM’s management solution could be huge, and it looks like it’s going to launch at exactly the right time — just as interest in BYOD (bring your own device) starts to spike.Even Google is aware of the enormous potential that lies with enterprise device management. You’ve got to think that the folks in Mountain View noticed 3LM — who builds enterprise security and management software for Android devices — in Motorola’s portfolio when acquisition talks began.There are already some smaller companies offering corporate solutions like Mobile Fusion, but RIM could be the first on the scene with any real street cred. If they can be first and offer a truly useful tool that resonates with corporate IT types, Mobile Fusion could be a winner for the Canadian company.More at Reuters and RIMlast_img read more

Watch Motorists warned to stay away from Sally Gap due to snowy

first_imgWatch: Motorists warned to stay away from Sally Gap due to snowy conditions The road is currently impassable. By Nicky Ryan https://jrnl.ie/3237584 Feb 13th 2017, 2:42 PM 21,910 Views Monday 13 Feb 2017, 2:42 PM Short URL Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeTHE SALLY GAP is impassable this afternoon due to freezing conditions on the treacherous stretch of road.AA Roadwatch captured the footage above earlier this morning in the Wicklow Mountains, showing the snow and ice left by sub-zero temperatures overnight.Motorists are being advised to use an alternative route.The stretch was also impassable on Saturday, with Wicklow News reporting that recovery services were called out several times on Sunday to rescue stranded vehicles.While caution will need to be exercised in the area over the coming days, temperatures are due to recover somewhat this week after a cold weekend.Met Éireann is forecasting lowest temperatures of 2 to 5 degrees overnight.The weather is also causing problems for walkers this afternoon.The Coast Guard is advising members of the public to avoid piers and other exposed seafront areas this afternoon due to strong gales.“Waves can be unpredictable,” spokesperson Fergus Cooney said, “A lull of 10 minutes can be followed by intense waves powerful enough to knock you over and cause injury or wash you off the pier wall.”Read: Walkers warned to be careful on coasts as high winds expected > Share36 Tweet Email5 9 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Spartels gets top Kazzie honour

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Michael Spartels has been named Kastellorizian of the year for his distinguished service to the Kastellorizian Association of Victoria, spanning almost four decades. Mr Spartels served as president for the association several times but it was in his last term – 2008-10 – that he was directly involved in the preservation of the heritage of the members and the association. Under his leadership, the Multicultural Commission of Victoria awarded the Kastellorizian Association of Victoria $9000 to enable the organisation to properly manage, document and store the collection of the club and develop a set of policies to ensure the future collections would be managed appropriately. The success of this grant was instrumental in securing a further $4,400 from the National Library of Australia to conduct a ‘significant assessment’ of the club’s collection. His passion saw many more younger members of the association get involved and offered endless advice and support, but also promoted activities for the senior members of the association too.His enthusiasm for his heritage has filtered through to his family with his children and grandchildren being actively involved in the association as well. Mr Spartel’s support and generosity also extends to the Greek and wider Australian communities. He organised and supervised the construction of the Manse at the rear of St. Eustathios Greek Orthodox Church, in Dorcas Street, South Melbourne. This project was a significant and long term commitment generating a major construction of the church which houses the offices of the Bishop and it is regularly used by members of the Greek community. The award was announced by the Kastellorizian of the Year Committee who has the daunting task each year to select the recipient through the numerous nominations they receive.last_img read more

WWE RAW Ratings Viewers hold steady on April 2 episode days before

first_img Now Playing Up Next Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE RAW Ratings are in for April 2, 2018.This week’s episode from Atlanta drew an average of 3.36 million viewers on Monday night on the USA Network according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is down just slightly from last week’s show that drew an average of 3.37 million viewers. WWE came in at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 for the night on cable.Like last week, all hours of the show averaged above three million viewers on Monday night on cable, with the first hour peaking at 3.4 million viewers.Hourly breakdowns were as follows.Hourly breakdowns of the WWE RAW RatingsHour 1: 3.430 (up from 3.403 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 3.329 (down from 3.547 million viewers)Hour 3: 3.314 (up from 3.150 million viewers)RAW, headlined by a confrontation between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns, averaged a 1.19 rating for the night among adults 18-49. This is up from last week’s 1.17 rating.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Shawn Michaels Now Playing Up Next Twitter Roman Reigns is in Remission Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Videos Articles Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Google+ Seth Rollins WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership stays over 2 million, WWE stays No. 1 on Tuesday WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins WWE Will Air Roman Reigns Documentary Roman Reigns: Leukemia Is In Remission WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Footballlast_img read more

Forum features strategies for positive engagement

first_imgVancouver – Washington State University Vancouver’s Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service’s Initiative for Public Deliberation will hold a two-day forum, “Revitalizing Dialogue: Strategies for Engaging in a Polarized Society,” from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 26 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 27, at WSU Vancouver. The keynote speaker will be Martin Carcasson, founder and director of the Center for Public Deliberation and Communication Studies at Colorado State University. Participants will learn about active listening, cultural competency, working through conflict, fostering conversation, planning forums and facilitation skills, among other topics. The forum costs $25, which includes materials, breakfast, two lunches, an evening reception and parking. Those interested in registering should visit tinyurl.com/ycl68kzz.last_img read more

Students from hurricane ravaged Dominica welcomed to the Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 25, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas will take school children from Dominica while the Caribbean island works to rebuild after being devastated by monstrous hurricane Maria.    A meeting held on Sunday between PM Hubert Minnis and Dominican PM, Roosevelt Skerrit solidified the help …..and that Immigration Minister, Brent Symonette is tasked with ironing out the arrangements for the assistance by The Bahamas.The special arrangement will also consider Dominicans with families in The Bahamas to come into the country to live as rebuilding takes place.#MagneticMediaNews#DominicastudentswelcomedtoBahamas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#DominicastudentswelcomedtoBahamas, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Florida school cafeteria worker refuses to give student lunch for being 15

first_imgAiken’s daughter said she brought a quarter to school the following day to cover any outstanding dues.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ORANGE CITY, Fla. (WSVN) – A student from a central Florida high school went without lunch because she was short just 15 cents.According to WKMG, the 10th-grade student’s mother, Kimberly Aiken, said the cafeteria worker threw away the food after her daughter didn’t have enough money for lunch.“She puts her food on the tray, gets to the front, gives her number to the cashier, and she says, ‘Well, you owe 15 cents,’” Aiken told the station. “My daughter said she didn’t have any money, so the cashier took her food.”The mother said her daughter was signed up for the free and reduced lunch program at University High School in Orange City. However, the program had not yet taken effect.That meant the 10th-grader spent her first day at school without lunch.“That’s the big thing — it’s eat breakfast, lunch, so that they can make sure that they’re doing good on their work,” Aiken said. “But then you starve my child?”A spokesperson for Volusia County Public Schools issued a statement to WKMG that reads in part, “The school is always willing to work with students and families as needed. The school will be contacting the family directly to help resolve this issue.” last_img read more

AK Tlingit Dance

first_imgHeather Powell, Education Director at the Sitka Native Education Program, poses with some young dancers after the Naa Kahídi Dancers’ 20th anniversary performance at the Sheet’ká Ḵwáan Naa Kahídi. “We are giving them an opportunity to have a sense of pride, a sense of community,” said Powell.Dancing can be a celebration, an expression of joy or sorrow, or a way to tell a story. For one man in Sitka, it’s a way to teach people about his Native culture and values, and to carry on his tradition. With elders in the community growing older or already gone, he says it’s his responsibility to learn and pass along the teachings to the younger generation so they grow up proud to be Tlingit.Download AudioChuck Miller is teaching 2nd and 3rd graders how to perform traditional Haida-style men’s and women’s dances.Miller is the youth program coordinator at the Sitka Native Education Program. It’s an after-school program where kids and teens learn Native dance, song, and language. Students are called Gajaa Héen Dancers. Miller attended the program when he was a kid and says dancing makes him feel connected to his culture.“When I dance, it feels like my ancestors are running through my veins,” said Miller. “When you put your robe on, it’s like you’re putting on your teachers. You’re putting on your ancestors. You feel them on you. You’re embracing them. It’s like you’re walking into a warm hug.”Miller grew up in Sitka and became a Gajaa Héen Dancer when he was just 3 years old. As a child, he was surrounded by elders and mentors who taught him the traditional Tlingit ways of doing things. He says that when Alaska became a part of the United States, the Tlingit culture suffered.“That’s just the way history happened to us,” said Miller. “A lot of the people went through boarding schools, and it wasn’t okay to speak Tlingit language. They beat it out of you. Or the families back at home would say, ‘we’re stepping into the white man’s world. You can’t speak your Tlingit language anymore. We want you to adapt to the culture that’s prominent here.’” Chuck Miller (front row, fourth from right) has been a part of the Sitka Native Education Program since he was 3-years-old. Miller says the Tlingit people believe in reincarnation and he remembers his grandma saying, “You carry my uncle’s name. You gotta have big shoulders to carry that name. You think you have big enough shoulders?” (Photo courtesy of the Sitka Native Education Program)So, in 1974, Isabella Brady started the Sitka Native Education Program. She, along with other cultural leaders in the community, wanted to instill a sense of cultural pride in the younger generation, so they would grow up to hold and pass on the Tlingit teachings.“The vision of the elders was, ‘Our culture is going to die,’” said Miller. “We need to do something now. We need to get these young people together.”Miller remembers the words of the elders. “They would have elders come and talk to us and they would always say to everyone one of us, ‘and you folks will be the leaders one day.’ It’s true. It’s coming around.”Heather Powell is the education director of the Sitka Native Education Program. She also attended the program growing up and says being a Gajaa Héen Dancer should not be taken lightly.“For us, it’s a very very big responsibility to carry those songs,” said Powell. “To dance those dances, with respect, with knowledge, and with knowing where they come from, who do they belong to. Giving those pieces of our history that tie us to those songs, to those places, to those names.” Chuck Miller, Youth Program Coordinator at the Sitka Native Education Program, teaches 2nd and 3rd graders a traditional Haida-style dance. The program is for kids from ages 3 to 18 from all different backgrounds who want to learn about the Tlingit culture.Both Miller and Powell have embraced the leadership role. Powell says that Tlingit songs and dance teach students about Native traditional values and how to live by them.Oleana Valley is 15 years old and a Gajaa Héen Dancer. “I just love it,” she said. “I’m just so passionate about it. It’s just like, one of my favorite things to do. It makes me super happy.”Valley says it helps her forget her everyday worries and that the songs they sing are personal. “Stuff that we sing in songs is more about telling stories. They’re really deep, so it’s kind of like a privilege for people to hear songs like that. It’s like reading someone’s journal.” Chuck Miller started the Naa Kahídi Dancers in 1994 to help tourists understand the Tlingit culture. “I wanted to show everyone that we are still here and this is who we are,” he said. This year, the dance group, made up of dancers of all ages and backgrounds, celebrated its 20th anniversary.With so many elders getting older, Miller says it’s more important than ever to learn as much as they can before the elders are gone. He calls himself an elder-in-training. “Now, more and more of them are leaving,” he said, “it’s like, whoa, whoa, whoa, it’s like an encyclopedia is getting burned right in front of us and it’s the last copy.”Miller continues to learn and teach as much as he can, so that the Tlingit culture will continue to grow stronger and carry on long after he’s gone.last_img read more

US Consulate General Katherine B Hadda meets CM YS Jagan Mohan

first_imgAmaravati: US Consulate General Katherine B Hadda has met AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy at the state Secretariat in Amaravati on Tuesday morning. On the occasion, both the leaders have discussed various issues. It’s known that through a Twitter message, Katherine Hadda has congratulated YS Jagan for achieving the victory in Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state. Also Read – Academia-industry interface on Sept 5 in Kakinada Advertise With Us In a Twitter post, she tweets ‘Honored to meet and congratulate Chief Minister @ysjagan in #Vijayawada this morning. Discussed How further to build on existing strong #USIndia ties in Andhra Pradesh.last_img