OTTAWA – A growing number of Canadian exporters were saying the NAFTA talks were having a negative impact on their operations even before the trade dispute with the United States escalated in recent weeks.A survey done for Export Development Canada found 28 per cent of the 1,000 exporters polled said the NAFTA talks had a negative impact on their Canadian operations.That was up from 23 per cent in an earlier survey.“Current sales may be riding high, but trade uncertainty is having an impact,” EDC chief economist Peter Hall said in a statement Friday.“Nearly one in five exporters say that NAFTA talks have negatively affected their investment plans. This reluctance to invest could severely restrain Canada’s export capacity in the years ahead.”The survey was done from April 18 to May 11, before the United States ended an exemption for Canada on the global steel and aluminium tariffs it had put in place in March.Since the tariffs went into place on Canadian metal exports at the end of May, Canada has imposed retaliatory tariffs on steel and aluminium coming from the U.S. as well as a wide range of consumer goods, while the U.S. has threatened additional tariffs on the auto sector.The bi-annual survey found overall trade confidence increased to 76.5 per cent from 73.5 per cent in the previous questionnaire which was done at the end of last year.The increase came as 73 per cent of Canadian companies indicated their export sales will increase over the next six months compared with 56 per cent in the previous survey.More businesses said their sales to the U.S. increased over the past six months with 46 per cent reporting an increase compared with 36 per cent.The EDC survey also noted that rising interest rates were having a negative impact on the sales of a larger share of exporters at 30 per cent compared with 21 per cent in the previous survey.The Bank of Canada raised its key interest rate target to 1.5 per cent this week, prompting Canada’s big banks to raise their prime lending rates.In raising the rate, the central bank said that despite the trade dispute it still projects Canadian growth to average just slightly above its potential with inflation already on target.It expects the downside of the trade policies to be largely offset by higher oil prices and the stronger U.S. economy.
Rabat – Security services arrested three individuals in Casablanca and Oujda who were attempting to join the terrorist organization of IS in Libya, the Ministry of Interior said in a statement.The three recruits of IS in Libya, originally from Sidi Bennour, were arrested on the basis of meticulous information provided by Morocco’s domestic intelligence (DGST), added the statement.The IS in Libya is increasingly attracting foreign fighters as it attempts to stretch in the Maghreb as part of the global “jihadist” strategy adopted by IS led by its self-proclaimed caliph Abou Bakr Al Baghdadi, noted the statement. The three individuals were in contact with a group of Sidi Bennour natives who were brought before justice on December 13, 2014 after they failed in joining terrorists in Libya, the Ministry said.With MAP
The UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry’s latest report, Rule of Terror: Living under ISIS in Syria, paints a devastating picture of the methods used by ISIS – also known as ISIL or Da’esh – concluding that the group “seeks to subjugate civilians under its control and dominate every aspect of their lives through terror, indoctrination, and the provision of services to those who obey.” Based on over 300 first-hand accounts from victims and eyewitnesses, the Commission’s report provides a unique insight from Syrian men, women and children who fled or who are living in ISIL-controlled areas. The paper was also informed by the publications, photographs and video footage distributed by the armed group. “Those that fled consistently described being subjected to acts that terrorize and aim to silence the population,” said Paulo Pinheiro, Chair of the four-member Commission said in a press release today, which urges international action to hold the perpetrators of such actions, including ISIL commanders named in the report, accountable possible “crimes against humanity.”The report says that executions, amputations and lashings in public spaces have become a regular occurrence. The display of mutilated bodies has only further terrorised and traumatised Syrians, in particular children.“With the capacity and means to attack the civilian population on a large scale, ISIL has carried out mass victimization against civilians, including segments of the population on the basis of gender, religion and ethnicity,” declared the report. According to the report, ISIL is aiming to exclude Syrian women and girls from public life. Women have been killed, often by stoning. ISIL regulations dictate what women must wear, with whom they may socialise, and where they may work. Distressing accounts were collected of forced marriages of girls as young as 13 to ISIL fighters. The paper also details ISIL’s horrific abuse of Yazidi women and girls, some of whom, after being abducted in Iraq in September 2014, were taken into Syria and sold into sexual slavery.Children have also been the victims, perpetrators and witnesses of ISIL executions. The armed group employs education as a tool of indoctrination, aiming propaganda at children to foster a new generation of recruits. In Raqqah city, children are gathered for screenings of videos depicting mass executions of Government soldiers, desensitising them to extreme violence, the report says. Where ISIL has occupied areas with diverse ethnic and religious communities, minorities have been forced either to assimilate or flee.“There is a manifest pattern of violent acts directed against certain groups – notably Christians, Shias and Kurds – with the intent to curtail and control their presence within ISIS areas,” said Commissioner Vitit Muntarbhorn. The group has also attacked journalists and activists trying to communicate the daily suffering of those living under its yoke. Scores have been abducted, disappeared, tortured and executed.The paper also details ISIL’s killing of captured belligerents during its recent military assaults, including the killings of over 200 captured soldiers from Tabqa airbase in Ar-Raqqah and the killing of hundreds of members of the Al-Sheitat tribe in Dayr Az-Zawr, both in August 2014.As an armed group bound by Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions and customary international law, ISIL has violated its obligations toward civilians and persons hors de combat, amounting to war crimes, the Commission said in its report. “The commanders of ISIS have acted wilfully, perpetrating these war crimes and crimes against humanity with clear intent of attacking persons with awareness of their civilian or hors de combat status,” said Commissioner Carla del Ponte. “They are individually criminally responsible for these crimes.”The paper recommends engaging international accountability mechanisms, including the International Criminal Court (ICC), to hold individuals, including ISIL commanders, responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity.The Commission emphasized that the lack of a political process had allowed extremism to fester and it was urgent to reach a sustainable solution to the ongoing armed conflict in Syria through an inclusive and Syrian-led political process. The Commission, which comprises Mr. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro (Chair), Ms. Karen Koning AbuZayd, Ms. Carla del Ponte and Mr. Vitit Muntarbhorn, has been mandated by the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate and record all violations of international human rights law. The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic was established on 22 August 2011 by the Human Rights Council through resolution S-17/1 adopted at its 17th special session with a mandate to investigate all alleged violations of international human rights law since March 2011 in the Syrian Arab Republic.
“It is a victory for all the Iraqi people, and the United Nations stands ready to assist the provincial and national authorities in responding to the needs of the thousands of displaced,” Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, said in a press release issued earlier today.“Civilians’ safety and security must be protected in line with fundamental human rights principles and humanitarian law,” he continued.Amid ongoing fighting between Iraqi Government forces and ISIL and continuing sectarian tensions across society, the Middle Eastern country is facing a period of immense peace and security challenges.The country is also being tested by fiscal constraints and the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, also known as UNAMI and which Mr. Kubiš heads, is currently working actively with the authorities to set up a Recovery and Reconstruction fund, while the challenge posed by supporting persons displaced by conflict also remains huge.Overall, 5.2 million people need humanitarian assistance, of whom 2.25 million are displaced and 235,000 are refugees from Syria, with the population of the Kurdistan Region having increased by 30 per cent because of the influx.In the press release, Mr. Kubiš also added his call for the Iraqi Government to ensure that all inhabitants of Tikrit who fled from ISIL can safely return to their homes and urged for much needed humanitarian assistance to be provided without delay.Meanwhile, UNAMI also released March casualty figures for Iraq, which reveal that a total of 997 Iraqis were killed and another 2,172 were injured in acts of terrorism and violence during the month. The number of civilians killed was 729 (including 42 civilian police), and the number of civilians injured was 1,785 (including 98 civilian police).Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate with 1,290 civilian casualties (362 killed, 928 injured). Diyala suffered 51 killed and 75 injured; Salahadin suffered 34 killed and 48 injured, and Ninewa 20 killed and 15 injured.According to information obtained by UNAMI from the Health Directorate in Anbar, the Governorate suffered a total of 939 civilian casualties (237 killed and 702 injured). This included 58 killed and 391 injured in Ramadi and 179 killed and 311 injured in Fallujah.“I am shocked to see that Iraqis continue to bear the brunt of appalling numbers of casualties caused by successive waves of violence, which are threatening with additional suffering and misery,” Mr. Kubiš said in a separate press release.“The United Nations calls upon the Government of Iraq to do all it can to ensure that civilians’ safety and security is protected in line with fundamental human rights principles and humanitarian law”, the UN envoy further stated.
OSU football coach Urban Meyer disputes a call made by the Officials during the game against Michigan on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorTexas became a popular state for recruiting for Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer this year, with five players making the long journey to Columbus from the Lone Star State. The 2017 recruiting class is a testament to Meyer’s ability to reach far across the nation.This season, Jeffrey Okudah, Baron Browning, J.K. Dobbins, Kendall Sheffield and Elijah Gardiner all came to OSU as part of 21 new players for the Scarlet and Gray.The Texas to Ohio pipeline started for Meyer and company back in 2013, when the newest OSU football players from the state were Dontre Wilson, Mike Mitchell and J.T. Barrett. While all three players were former four-star recruits, each has traveled a much different path in college.Wilson, a once highly touted player who had the speed and hands to play both wide receiver and running back, suffered a foot injury that kept him out of contention for an extended period of time. His career with the Buckeyes is now over, and never really lived up to the hype that surrounded his initial signing.Mitchell never panned out with the Buckeyes, transferring to Texas Tech before winding up with Southeastern University, which is a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics program. Barrett, who is returning for his redshirt senior season, is poised to break nearly every OSU passing record in the books.In 2014, OSU snagged now-redshirt sophomore guard Demetrius Knox from Texas before no commitments from the state of Texas for the next two years. Then, everything clicked.Meyer’s success in Texas might have been a product of a staff full of quality recruiters as well as the team’s accomplishments. Appearances in the College Football Playoff two out of three years since its inception seems like an enticing factor for any incoming freshman.For Browning, it was all about the opportunities presented by a program like OSU. “I would say probably the reason everyone is leaving Texas is because everybody wanna be great, so they’re going to where they feel like they can grow the most,” he said on National Signing Day.However, Okudah said the tight-knit bond between the group was the key that led to the success in Texas for OSU.“The coaches, they had come out and recruit us, they did a pretty good job,” he said. “They might of got a little bit lucky, because we were all pretty close before so when they got one of us,I would go tell Baron, ‘Did you hear this? Did you hear that?’ and he would say, ‘Yeah.’ It made it easy for us to be comfortable so far from home.”All incoming players from Texas agreed Columbus is a city where they can grow both on and off the field, and where the dreams of winning a national championship and one day playing in the NFL are all very real possibilities. The Texas natives and the rest of the Buckeyes will get a chance to show off their skills on April 15 in the Spring Game. With multiple starting spots open on either side of the ball, any one of the five could find their way into the starting lineup. On top of that, there seemed to be one more thing they all could agree on — a longing for Whataburger.“I haven’t had (Whataburger) in a long time,” Dobbins said “So I’m kind of missing it.”
In light of the recent spate of deaths on the roadways, the traffic department of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) has made a special plea to road users particularly motorcyclists to be keen in their operation on the road.The traffic department said it could not sit idly by while persons continue to lose their lives senselessly on the roadways.Over the past few days, three motorcyclists lost their lives among a total of five road deaths. Traffic Chief Deon Moore said there is really no reason for persons to be losing their lives in this fashion. He said it is recognised that most of these accidents occur at midnight or any time after that hour. He said in three of the most recent deaths, the one at Goed fortune occurred at 3am while the one at Better Hope occurred after 11pm.On Sunday, 27-year-old biker Cleon Perreira of Buxton, East Coast Demerara (ECD), died on the spot after he collided with a car just after 23:00h on the Better Hope Public Road. Early Saturday morning, another motorcyclist was killed after he was struck by a minibus in the vicinity of the Goed Fortuin Public Road, West Bank Demerara (WBD).42-year-old Joseph James of Walter Terrace, West La Penitence, Georgetown, was returning home from a party when the accident occurred.On Monday, police were called in to investigate the death of 50-year-old Feroze Khan of Yarrowkabara, Soesdyke/Linden Highway, who succumbed to injuries sustained in an accident on the Land of Canaan Public Road, EBD that morning. Khan was pulled out of his vehicle after it had collided with another and was taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.“These timings are when the road is not too congested, not so busy. The weather condition was not foggy or rain was not falling so the condition was not bad”. He said motorists need to drive at a speed that could bring their vehicles to a stop if a situation should present itself.“At nights you should drive your vehicle at such a speed in accordance to the distance that you can see. If your vision is blurred, pull in a corner, if a light has blind you, pull in a corner”, the official pleaded. He said “it is better for you to wait a few seconds than to try to force to where you want to get and never meet there”.Traffic Chief of the Guyana Police Force, Dion MooreMoore said so far for the year, some 15 motorcyclists lost their lives. At the end of last year there were 23 motorcyclists who lost their lives. He said the police had committed at the beginning of this year to see a radical reduction in the amount of lives lost on the road by asking them to wear their safety helmets.“Many times you see them having the helmets, but having it strapped on the rear seat of the motorcycles. It is a dangerous practice. Motorcycle helmets afford you protection to your body in the event of any eventuality, for you to reduce the amount of injuries you would sustain”, the Traffic Chief said.Revealing the traffic statistics. Moore said there has been a decrease in all categories of accidents, with 62 fatal accidents as against 83 this time last year, a 23 per cent decrease. In terms of persons dying as a result of the road accidents, this year saw some 68 as against 88 this time last year, a decrease of 23 percent. Six children lost their lives last year. So far for this year there has been only one. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCampaign launched to reduce rising number of road fatalities in GuyanaNovember 16, 2018In “latest news”34 road deaths for 2016 so far…speeding, drunk driving main causesApril 12, 2016In “latest news”Bright lights, bad roads blamed for accidents where passengers were injuredNovember 1, 2017In “Crime”
TWO MEN HAVE been arrested after firearms and a suspected pipe bomb were seized in Derry.Detectives from PSNI Serious Crime Branch investigating dissident Republican activity said that a number of suspected firearms, a quantity of ammunition and a suspected pipe bomb were recovered following a police stop of two vehicles in the Northland Road area of the city at around 8pm yesterday.The Northland Road was closed for a time, and a number of properties were evacuated whilst ATO officers examined the scene.Two men, aged 20 and 54, were arrested at the scene and taken to Antrim Serious Crime Suite, where they remain assisting police with their inquiries.Various items, including a vehicle, were seized in follow-up searches at properties in the area.
Stay on target You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels, and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. Just in time for Halloween, here’s one monster that will chill you to the bone.These dimensional devils are not wanted on this plane (via BBC)BONELESSFirst appearance: “Flatline” (2014)—season 8, episode 9Home planet: N/ADoctor: TwelfthCompanion: ClaraWhen people start transforming into static, two-dimensional images, it’s time to panic.On their way home to London, the Doctor discovers something is draining energy from the TARDIS, which materializes (much to Clara’s chagrin) in Bristol—120 miles from the capital.Clara steps out to investigate, and while she is being chatted up by a local graffiti artist completing community service, the Doctor finds himself trapped inside the shrunken TARDIS.“Oh, my god. That is so adorable,” a bemused Clara says, face close to the toy-sized police box.“It’s not adorable. It’s very, very serious,” the Time Lord asserts. “Something nearby is leeching all the external dimensions.”Just one small problem, Doctor… (via BBC)Something that is the Boneless (so named by the Doctor in a fit of fury)—aliens from a two-dimensional universe trying to understand the third dimension.Trapped (for unknown reasons) in our 3D world, the creatures have no distinct way of communicating with Earthlings. So, they do the next best thing: suck items and people into their element for study, leaving only stagnant images of their victims.“The impressions we make in two-dimensional space. That was them reaching out, attempting to talk,” the Doctor explains to Clara. “At which point they moved into flattening and dissection. Trying to understand. Trying to emulate. But here’s the big question. Do they know they’re hurting us?”This is one mural Rigsy won’t take credit for (via BBC)Absorbing abilities and becoming more powerful with each human guinea pig, the Boneless eventually morph into 3D simulacra of its kills. The hoard of undulating creatures—sort of flickering like a video chat with poor reception—attack Doctor Oswald Clara, her new friend Rigsy, and a crew of misfits.Meanwhile, the Twelfth Doctor, still stuck inside the miniature time machine, activates the TARDIS’s siege mode (further miniaturizing the box to resemble the Pandorica), in hopes of protecting himself (and his ship) from impending doom. Ever-clever Clara—taking charge of the situation with the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver and enemy-combatant playbook—tricks the Boneless into repowering the TARDIS, restoring it to its normal size and freeing our hero to confront the invaders.With great power comes great responsibility—which Clara handles well (via BBC)“I tried to talk. I want you to remember that. I tried to reach out, I tried to understand you, but I think that you understand us perfectly,” he says over the speaker system. “And I think you just don’t care.“And I don’t know whether you are here to invade, infiltrate, or just replace us,” the Doctor continues (typical). “I don’t suppose it really matters now. You are monsters. That is the role you seem determined to play. So it seems I must play mine: The man that stops the monsters.”Banished to their own dimension, the Boneless aren’t likely to return to Earth anytime soon. They did, however, appear twice more in Titan Comics stories “The Fourth Wall” and “The Faceless Two,” published in May 2016.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Mire’Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Zygon
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Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TropicalStormIrma Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 31, 2017 – Providenciales – We are not experiencing a hurricane, but there is a tropical wave over the Turks and Caicos Islands and it is expected to bring rain and thunderstorms for the weekend. Here is the official report from The Bahamas Department of Meteorology;A TROPICAL WAVE IN THE VICINITY OF THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS CONTINUES TO MOVE WESTWARD WHILE A WEAK HIGH-PRESSURE RIDGE SETTLES NORTH OF THE AREA. SMALL CRAFT CAUTION IS IN EFFECT. BOATERS SHOULD EXPECT GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS. WINDS AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS. SEAS: 4 TO 6 FEET OVER THE OCEAN. Weather wise today, a FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THE CHANCE OF AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORMS. The Met Office also warns, that MARINERS SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE ALERT FOR THE POTENTIAL OF WATERSPOUTS.As we watch the Tropics, here is the latest on #TropicalStormIrma which is expected to become a hurricane today…At 5AM the center of Tropical Storm Irma was located near latitude 16.5 North, longitude 32.9 West. Irma is moving toward the west near 12 mph. A west-northwestward motion is expected today and tonight, followed by a generally westward motion on Friday.Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70 mph with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center. There are no warnings or watches and no hazards to any land mass at this point. Tropical Storm Irma is located about 590mls west of Cabo Verde Islands and is moving west at 12mph.#MagneticMediaNews
On Sunday morning, a gunman at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Fla., perpetrated the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. He killed 49 people and injured more than 50.The city of Orlando has released the names of the identified victims, after notifying their next of kin.“Our City is working tirelessly to get as much information out to the families so they can begin the grieving process,” reads the city’s statement. “Please keep the following individuals in your thoughts and prayers.”This post will be updated with further information about the victims as we learn more.Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34, Sarasota, Fla.According to multiple social media profiles, Sotomayor worked as the national brand manager for Al and Chuck Travel, which describes itself as “part of America’s largest gay owned travel company.”In an interview with The Associated Press, David Sotomayor, who identified himself as Sotomayor’s cousin, said Edward was a “caring, energetic man.”Christina Copelli, who lives in Vienna, was on three cruises with Sotomayor.“He was a lovely, kind guy who touched everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him,” she told NPR. “I can’t believe he’s gone.”Stanley Almodovar III, 23, Clermont, Fla.Almodovar worked as a pharmacy technician, according to his Facebook profile.“He made me feel like it was perfectly fine being who I was,” Almodovar’s friend Haze Ramirez told The Two-Way. She says they met at Pulse and “clicked instantly.”“You would know when Stanley entered a room,” she said. “He can turn my mood by a conversation.”Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22Guerrero, who had recently begun attending the University of Central Florida, had only recently come out to his family as gay, according to The Associated Press. In a conversation with the news service, his cousin Robert Guerrero said he opened up to his family just before the start of the year.“He was always this amazing person (and) he was like a big brother to me,” Robert Guerrero told the AP. “He was never the type to go out to parties, would rather stay home and care for his niece and nephew.”Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36, Orlando, Fla.Ortiz-Rivera was the man everyone in his family asked for design advice, his cousin Orlando Gonzalez told The New York Times.“He was very artistic,” Gonzalez told the Times. “He was all about interior design.”The paper reports that the 36-year-old “goofball” — Gonzalez’s words — lived in downtown Orlando with his husband.Luis S. Vielma, 22, Sanford, Fla.“Luis was by far the best person I knew,” his friend Will Randle told the Miami Herald. “He inherently made us all better people by simply existing around us. Part of him will always live on in every good decision I make.”According to his Facebook page, Vielma worked at Universal Studios in Orlando, including on the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling mourned him on Twitter.Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22Peter Ommy Gonzalez-Cruz went by “Ommy,” his aunt told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.“Peter makes a difference everywhere he goes. He was a happy person,” Sonia Cruz told the paper. “If Peter is not at the party, no one wants to go.”Gonzelez-Cruz went to Pulse with his best friend, Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, she said.Menendez also died in the attack.Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20Omar Capo was a passionate dancer, according to remembrances being left for him online.“May the only time you rest,” Tamandra Diaz wrote, be after you “make some kick ass choreo up in paradise.”His friend Julius Ortiz was with him at Pulse, but left shortly before the shooting. Ortiz told NPR’s Ari Shapiro that after the shooting began, he sent Capo text after text after text, trying to reach him.He also remembered Capo helping him out when he was in need.“When I was in a very hard situation — because with my dad, I was staying with him and he kicked me out — he actually took me in for a little,” Ortiz said.Kimberly Morris, 37Kimberly “KJ” Morris was a bouncer at Pulse.She moved to Orlando this spring, from Hawaii, in order to help her mother and grandmother, the Orlando Sentinel reports.Before that, she played basketball at Post University in Connecticut and worked as a drag king and bouncer at a gay club in Massachusetts, NBC Connecticut reports.Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30Eddie Justice was an accountant, living in downtown Orlando, who loved to eat and work out, The Associated Press reports. He woke his mother up shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, with a text message:“Mommy I love you.” Then: “In club they shooting.”Mina Justice and her son exchanged messages for nearly an hour, the AP reports. Eddie Justice was trapped in a bathroom at Pulse as the hostage situation began. He asked his mother to call the police, telling her a man was shooting, lots of people were wounded.“He has us,” he told her. “He’s in the bathroom with us.”“He’s a terror.”His death was announced Monday.Darryl Roman Burt II, 29Burt was a financial aid officer at Keiser University in Jacksonville, the Florida Times-Union reports.“He always had a smile on his face and was a very nice guy. He definitely leaves an impression and had a big personality and he is missed,” campus President Lisamarie Winslow told the newspaper.He was known for his colorful bowties, reporter Jenna Bourne has tweeted.Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32A woman who identified herself as Drayton’s aunt posted on Facebook that Drayton had been at work when she was shot.Melody Maia Monet, a nightclub photographer, posted a photo of Drayton (center) taken on Friday, a day before the shooting.Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25Laureanodisla, who studied at the University of the Sacred Heart in San Juan, Puerto Rico, performed in drag as Alanis Laurell. “It is with deepest sorrow that we report that a member of the Drag community has lost their life due to the shooting at pulse night club in Orlando Florida,” states a Facebook post from the community page Drag Around the World. “Alanis Laurell was a[n] amazing performer and a beautiful person inside and out.”Originally from Puerto Rico, Laureanodisla studied education at the university, according to a Facebook tribute page. He moved to Orlando three years ago to “pursue a career as a dancer and choreographer,” according to the Orlando Sentinel. He’d gone dancing at Pulse with his roommates on Saturday, and his family grew alarmed when they didn’t hear from him after he texted them at 2:07 a.m. ET. “What I have now is a pain beyond repair,” wrote cousin Lucas Daniel Acosta D’oleo.Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 Born in Puerto Rico, Perez had lived in the U.S. since he was a teenager and worked at an Orlando Perfumania store. “One of the customers Perez charmed at the perfume shop was Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, who would become his longtime partner,” according to the Orlando Sentinel. Both were killed in the attack at the Pulse nightclub.Perez “was a man full of life and joy who loved his friends and family above all things,” says a GoFundMe page set up by family members to raise money for his funeral.Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 Originally from Puerto Rico, Velazquez worked at Forever 21 in Orlando and was a professional Jíbaro folk dancer, according to the Orlando Weekly. A friend told the paper that Velazquez was with friends at Pulse, when “he and others were pushed up against the wall by [Omar] Mateen, who started shooting at the group.”“My brother will never die,” his sister wrote on Facebook. “He will be in my heart.”Amanda Alvear, 25 Alvear had gone to Pulse with her friend Mercedez Marisol Flores, and was among those who took refuge in a bathroom during the attack. Alvear posted a Snapchat video that documented the first moments of gunfire erupting at the club. Both she and Flores were killed.Older brother Brian Alvear told the Orlando Sentinel that his sister had spent the first part of the weekend shopping with his young daughters – “She liked to make them look very good.” Amanda, who wanted to be a nurse, “wouldn’t want anyone to spread hate for her,” he told the newspaper. “She’d rather they spread more love, keep friends and family close, and have a good time doing it.”Martin Benitez Torres, 33 Torres, a student at Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez in San Juan, Puerto Rico, had gone to Orlando to spend time with family. He posted Facebook videos and photos sharing scenes from his holiday.The Orlando Sentinel reports that he was among several students from his school who were killed in the Pulse attack. “I can’t believe it that my cousin is gone too soon. Going to miss that big smile always happy,” wrote Sonia N. Crapps on Facebook.“I am a good man,” Torres wrote on his Facebook profile page, “a fighter who gives everything without expecting anything in return, ready to fly high today.”Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37Wilson-Leon, who grew up in Puerto Rico, had gone to Pulse with his partner, Jean Carlos Mendez Perez. Both were shot and killed at the club.The two had met a decade ago, when Perez sold Wilson-Leon Cartier perfume at a Perfumania shop, according to the Orlando Sentinel. They fell in love soon thereafter.A friend in Pennsylvania, Daniel Gmys-Casiano, paid tribute to Wilson-Leon on Facebook as “a wonderful young man full of life, who endured countless days of bullying while growing up, by cruel people calling him all sorts of horrendous homophobic slurs. He was the first person on this earth I came out to, and he always protected and loved his friends. His strength and character was always an inspiration to all of us.”Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 Originally from Queens, N.Y., Flores studied literature at Orlando’s Valencia Community College and worked at Target, according to her Facebook memorial page. She’d gone to the Pulse club with her friend Amanda Alvear. Both were killed in the attack.“I forgive the boy because I cannot take that hate in my life. My life is more important than hate,” Flores’ father, Cesar Flores, told reporters in Orlando.His daughter “had so many dreams,” Flores said. “We must all come together, we must all be at peace, we must all love each other, because this hatred cannot continue for the rest of our lives.”Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 Xavier E. Serrano was a professional dancer and performed in shows for Disney Live!. Matt Molandes, a friend of Serrano’s, tells NPR that Serrano helped Molandes accept himself as a gay person. “Coming from a place where I was ashamed to be gay, watching … performers like Xavier helped me come out of my shell,” he says. “Xavier lived in his truth, he was always happy even on days he wasn’t.”Serrano leaves behind a young son.Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25Menendez, originally from Puerto Rico, had moved to Orlando and was working for Speedway convenience stores while he studied health care management at Ana G. Mendez University in Orlando.Sonia Cruz, the aunt of another victim, Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that Menendez was best friends with her nephew and that the two had gone to the Pulse nightclub together on Saturday.Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26Oscar Aracena was partners with another victim of the shooting, Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez. According to a friend of both men, Norkis Fernandez-Valdez, the two had just purchased a home together.Another friend, Yamil Caraballo, who says he had known Aracena for three years, tells NPR that he was always happy and willing to help others. “He was a great man and loved the Lord with all his heart,” Carabello recalls. “He was amazing.”Enrique L. Rios Jr., 25Rios was on vacation in Orlando from Brooklyn, N.Y. In 2015, he enrolled at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, studying social work.A spokesman for the college, Richard Relkin, said in a press release, “Sadly, his dreams were cut short by this senseless act of violence. The St. Francis College community mourns the loss of one of our own and offers prayers to his family and friends.”While he was in school, Rios worked at a restaurant at LaGuardia Airport. A co-worker remembered his sense of humor. “He had so much joy in him and was so funny,” Dorys Gonzalez wrote in a remembrance on Facebook. “He was such a good person.”New York Mayor Bill de Blasio singled out Rios Monday night at the Stonewall Inn vigil in Manhattan.“We lost a good young man from Brooklyn. A caring and loving young man, he was already serving others. He was attending nursing school while working with our senior citizens as a social worker. This is the kind of good human being we lost in Orlando, someone with a life ahead, making this world a better place,” said de Blasio.Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 Miguel Honorato was married with three children. The family lived in the Orlando suburb of Apopka, F.L., and according to Facebook he and his brother, Jose Honorato, worked together at FajitaMex Mexican Catering.Jose Honorato tells the Orlando Sentinel that his brother had gone to Pulse nightclub with three friends, and that all three of them had made it home safe.Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40Known to his friends as “Javi”, Javier Jorge-Reyes was originally from Puerto Rico. Jose Diaz, a friend of the victim, tells the Orlando Sentinel that Jorge-Reyes was a salesman at a Gucci store at a mall in Orlando, and that his outgoing personality made Jorge-Reyes good at his job. “He was always positive,” Diaz tells the Sentinel. “He was very humble. He was a lovely friend.”Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19Josaphat, still in his teens, is the second-youngest identified victim in the Pulse shooting.“Like many 19-year-olds, Jason Benjamin Josaphat had many interests and was just starting to chart his path in life, according to his family — he was computer savvy, loved to work out and had an interest in photography,” the Orlando Sentinel wrote.The Orlando native had recently graduated from high school and started college classes, Josephat’s uncle Christopher Long told the newspaper.“He was always helpful, always willing to help someone in need,” Josephat’s aunt, Josette Desile, said.Josephat called his mother from the club after the shooting began, and stayed on the line with her as she called 911.“She said she heard the shots getting closer,” Desile said.Cory James Connell, 21Connell, a student at Valencia Community College, hoped to become a firefighter, his father James told CNN.Connell was at Pulse with his girlfriend, who was also shot in the attack.“Cory’s a good guy,” James Connell told CNN after the attack, before the family had learned of his fate. “He loves everybody.”On Facebook, Cory Connell’s brother Ryan called him “the superhero of our family.” “God just got the best of angels,” he wrote.Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37Luis Daniel Conde, 39Partners Conde and Velazquez were together at Pulse when they were shot.“Se fueron juntos como la pareja que son,” Facebook user Pipo Pere wrote — meaning “they left together like the couple that they are.”Another Facebook user, Tulio Lopez, recalled them as “two extraordinary human beings.”Conde and Velazquez owned a salon and spa together, the Tampa Bay Times reports, and had been business partners for a decade.“They were both exceptional people,” Conde’s sister Lynette Conde told the paper. “They were always helping each other.”Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24Jonathan Camuy worked on the show La Voz Kids, produced in Orlando for Telemundo, NBC Miami reports.He was a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, according to president Mekhlo Medina. He’d joined the journalism association as a student in Puerto Rico before moving to Florida.Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32Christine Leinonen drove to Pulse at 4 a.m., after she heard there was a shooting, the Associated Press reports. Her son, Christopher Andrew Leinonen, had been at the club — and after the attack his friends had posted online that they didn’t know where he wasShe stood on the street, sobbing, begging for word of her son.“These are nonsensical killings of our children,” she said. “They’re killing our babies!”Christine’s emotional appeal for news of her son aired on TVs around the nation. She said she was proud of Christopher, she told ABC News, saying he won a humanitarian award for founding the gay-straight alliance at his high school. She begged for the world to “try to get rid of the hatred and the violence, please!”On Monday the confirmation came: Leinonen died in the shooting.Nightclub photographer Melody Maia Monet shared a photo on Instagram of Leinonen and his boyfriend Juan Ramon Guerrero, who also died in the attack. She took the photo at a different nightclub on Friday, just one day before the shooting.“I am haunted that I may have taken the last photo of them together,” she wrote. “They were so beautiful.”Frank Hernandez, 27His family called him Frankie. Frank Hernandez was at Pulse nightclub in Orlando with his boyfriend when the shooting began. According to the Miami Herald, by the time Hernandez’s teenage sister, Julissa Leal, made the 12 hour drive to Orlando from their childhood home in Louisiana, Hernandez was dead.“I don’t want to say it, I don’t even want to believe it,” Leal writes on Facebook. “I don’t understand why he had to be one of the many victims who didn’t make it. Why did it have to be him of all people. They took my big brother away from me, they took him away from us.” Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33Tomlinson was a lead singer in a cover band called Frequency. Earlier Sunday night, the Orlando Sentinel reports, he was singing at another nightclub, the Blue Martini.He was “a vibrant and charismatic lead vocalist,” the paper writes.“Orlando will miss his voice,” friend Jai Saint told People. “The world will miss his voice.”Paul Terrell Henry, 41Antonio Davon Brown, 29Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan, 24Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25Akyra Monet Murray, 18Vigils, marches, and rallies are being held across the country Monday evening to remember the victims of the deadly attack in Orlando.Events were held in New York, Vermont, Florida, California, Alaska, Rhode Island, Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. Another vigil is scheduled for Tuesday in Atlanta, Georgia.In New York, thousands gathered outside the Stonewall Inn, the site of a 1969 police raid that launched the modern movement in this country for LGBT activism.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined the vigil and delivered a full throated demand for what he called “sensible gun control.”“How many people have to die before this federal government comes to its senses? We had Columbine, we had Virginia Tech, we had Sandy Hook, we had San Bernardino, we had Aurora, Colorado! When does it stop? he asked the cheering crowd.Mayor Bill de Blasio called the attack in Orlando not just an attack on forty-nine Americans. “It was an attack on American values,” he said.“We do not accept anyone who would sow division and hatred. We do not accept the notion of any of our leaders sowing hatred and division particularly in the wake of tragedy and that means you Donald Trump.”Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
JeepersMedia/FlickrLead poisoning can happen when young children eat chipped-off pieces of lead paint.Harris County Public Health (HCPH) announced Thursday its new Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) aimed at reducing lead exposure and poisoning among children in Harris County.According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, 1,016 children had elevated blood lead levels in 2016.The program will provide lead testing at two Harris County WIC locations (Antoine and Shaver), as well as case coordination for children with high levels lead of lead, to identify the lead source and ensure the poisoning discontinues.Additionally, it also entails educational outreach to the public on the dangers and prevention of lead poisoning and information to medical providers on recommendations and requirements for lead testing.DatabaseIt is also creating a database to track, evaluate and monitor county cases. Most families affected by lead poisoning are low-income.“Many families aren’t aware of the dangers of lead poisoning. They don’t know this can affect their child’s cognitive development,” said Dr. Umair A. Shah, executive director for Harris County Public Health. “That’s why this program is so important. We want to bring more awareness to the issue in Harris County,” he said.Lead poisoning in children can cause brain development delays, speech and language problems, damage to the nervous system and kidneys, and in extremely high cases, death.Lead paintOftentimes, lead poisoning doesn’t show symptoms and can happen when young children eat chipped-off pieces of lead paint. Lead paint was banned in 1978, but children living in homes built before then could be at risk. Lead is also found in products from overseas like jewelry, toys, pottery, spices and cosmetics.HCPH recommends children age 6 or younger be tested for lead by a medical provider at least once. Children who are receiving benefits from the Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) can be tested at HCPH’s Antoine and Shaver WIC clinics. Share
With a discernment to give their guests a remarkable culinary experience, The Lalit New Delhi hosted Chef Ollie Dabbous and Mixologist Oskar Kinberg, co-owners of the Michelin-starred Dabbous, London from September 29 to October 2.In this one-of-its-kind endeavour, the Michelin Chef and The Lalit Team planed three exceptional gourmet nights at The Lalit New Delhi, which included re-launching European speciality restaurant The Grill Room. The menu was an amalgamation of Chef Ollie’s signature recipes and thoughtful innovations while Mixologist Oskar churned some exotic cocktails to compliment the flavours. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe List at Kitty Su (the only Indian club to be featured in DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs) welcomed its patrons, where Oskar showcased some of his signature cocktails and Ollie delighted the guests with finger food. Bespoke dishes combining contemporary creations with local flavours, prepared by Chef Ollie were served at Baluchi dinner night.Talking about his experience Chef Ollie said, “It is our first time in India and we are very excited to showcase our food to such a varied audience. We are already overwhelmed by the response and also by the Lalit hospitality. I would like to thank Mr Keshav Suri to have given us this opportunity.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“We always like to do something innovative and path breaking for our guests. From Naanery to cheese wheel pasta to Michelin star Chef, I plan to make it bigger and better, for all the food lovers,” added Keshav Suri, Executive Director of The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group. The group has twelve 5-star hotels, palaces and resorts throughout India. However the residency will also introduce international audiences to the Baluchi concept that will be an integral part of The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group’s first overseas hotel, The Lalit London is set to open later this year.
Google Wallpapers app for Android by Martin Brinkmann on October 21, 2016 in Google Android – 2 commentsWallpapers is a new Android application by Google which offers similar functionality as the built-in wallpaper app of the Google Pixel phone.Are you a smartphone user who never switches the default wallpaper the phone ships with, or someone who likes new wallpapers?If you belong to the latter group of users, you may find Google’s Wallpaper application useful for that task. While most smartphones ship with capabilities to change wallpapers, and some even with stores to download free wallpapers, others dont or the selection may not be to your liking.Google Wallpapers app for AndroidThe Wallpapers application by Google requires only one permission — access to photos, media and files — which seems reasonable for an application of its kind.The app features curated wallpapers sorted into several categories. The categories that it supports currently are Earth, Landscape, Cityscapes, Life, Textures and Live Wallpapers.You may browse the selection with a tap, and set any wallpaper you find interesting as the device’s wallpaper with two additional taps (one on the thumbnail, the other on the set wallpaper button).While that is interesting in itself, as you get access to hundreds of good looking wallpapers for your device, Wallpapers features another feature of interest.You may set it to rotate wallpapers of a category automatically. The cycle is set to 24 hours after which a new random wallpaper image is picked, downloaded, and set as the device’s background image for the next 24 hour period.So, if you like new wallpapers, you may enable the automatic wallpaper rotation of the Wallpapers application for that.Wallpapers ships without any preferences. This is unfortunate as it means that you cannot change the wallpaper rotation interval, download wallpapers in advance, or create your own little group of wallpaper images that you want the device to rotate between.Android Nougat 7.0 and up users may select to apply the wallpaper to the home and lock screen at the same time, but may also select two different images instead. Those running earlier versions of Android may use it only to change the home screen background image.The app uses quite a bit of RAM on top of that. If your device is short on RAM, you may want to try an app like Muzei instead.Closing WordsWallpapers offers a good selection of great looking wallpaper images, and it supports changing wallpapers regularly. It is let down by the fact that it ships without any preferences, and is not as customizable than other wallpaper changes or apps for Android.Now You: Do you use custom wallpapers on your devices?Summary12345 Author Rating2.5 based on 5 votes Software Name WallpapersOperating System AndroidSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.wallpaper&referrer=utm_source%3Dandroidcentral%26utm_medium%3Dblog%26utm_campaign%3Dbloglink Advertisement
eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) SAWASDEE: You can read full article here: https://www.tatnews.org/phuket-food-culture-poised-for-global-stardom/ One of the best things about Phuket is its food culture. For visitors who think they know Southern Thai cuisine by sampling Thai classics and street food snacks at the beach, it is time to be schooled local style: fresh seafood, strong fiery spices, pungent fermented flavours, farm-to-table crunchy vegetables, and slow-cooked stewed meats.Perhaps the least well-known and understood of Thailand’s regional cuisine, Southern Thai food is characterised by its spice and sharpness. Its curries and flavour profiles are the most powerful, which combines the lit heat of various chillies with piquant sour notes of tamarind.Just like the North, Southern Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…
A disgruntled consumer has taken on one of the world’s largest airlines, utilising social media in a fashion that may represent a new trend in customer complaints. British Airways responded to the complaint in a message to the BBC. Using promoted tweets in this way could represent a new trend, according to industry experts. Source = ETB News: P.T. UK Businessman Hasan Syed, irritated with the way British Airways was handling the issue of his father’s lost luggage, paid to have a complaint tweet promoted, the BBC reported. “We would like to apologise to the customer for the inconvenience caused,” British Airways said. The tweet was purchased for an undisclosed amount via Twitter’s self-service advertising platform. Mr Syed targeted New York and UK markets with the tweet. The tweet read: “Don’t fly @BritishAirways. Their customer service is horrendous.” British Airways targeted through social media. Promoted tweets are generally purchased by advertisers aiming to reach a wider audience, with the post given higher status on the Twitter feed of the relevant company. “We have been in contact with the customer and the bag is due to be delivered.”
The Coalition government is currently analysing the economic and social impacts of putting an airport in different locations in Western Sydney and will announce the final location before the end of its first term. Source = ETB News: Tom Neale The Federal Transport Minister Warren Truss has said that Western Sydney is a “priority consideration” for a second Sydney airport. Minister Truss noted that as Western Sydney’s population will boom to 4 million people in the future, the area should have its own aviation hub, the Australian reported. “Surely a community with four million people needs an airport, to service their local needs if not just the wider needs of the city,” Minister Truss said at transport forum in Canberra. Badgerys Creek is shaping up to be the preferred location for any second airport as it has been since the Hawke government bought the land in the 1980s.
A British woman has made a surprising revelation about her own past whilst reading Lawrence Durrell’s Bitter Lemons of Cyprus and is now on a quest to find a young Cypriot featured in the book.By Nathan MorleyAFTER Sue King’s mother died in 2009, she inherited her old copy of Bitter Lemons of Cyprus, the iconic novel chronicling the island during the troubles of the 1950s.It was a time she remembered well. Nowadays, Sue, a retired English teacher, lives in the north-east of England. Back in the 50s, she was schoolgirl in Nicosia where her father, Donald Goldie, was the Anglican archdeacon at what is now St Paul’s Cathedral almost opposite the Ledra Palace Hotel.Even now her vivid memories of an idyllic childhood, playing outside in the sunshine and in the summer moving to Troodos remain crystal clear. “Fruit and vegetables conveniently appeared at our house on the backs of donkeys,” she remembers. “The Cypriot people were friendly, particularly when my father took an interest in their beautiful churches and he was shown round with pride.”As Sue played in the mountains, the young British writer Lawrence Durrell was settling down at his new house a mile from Kyrenia at Bellapais. To make ends meet, he took a job with the Colonial government, whilst also teaching English to Greek students at the Pancyprian Gymnasium. Despite his dreams of living a carefree existence, he soon found himself caught up in EOKAs struggle for independence.Astonishingly, due to his day jobs, work on his book became a sideline. In the evenings, the clacking of his typewriter filled his cottage near the medieval abbey, as he described a turbulent island and its people with a true poet’s vision.Sporadic acts of violence were intensifying by the spring of 1955. Sue remembers the first intimation of political disturbance came on the night of April 1 that year, when a bomb was detonated outside the Secretariat Building, causing minor damage. “It was not far from our house so we were wakened by the noise.” Other explosions followed, damaging an assortment of government buildings. “Our gardener, a retired policeman, reported to my father one day that he had found an improvised bomb under the culvert by the back gate. It appeared that it had been left there, perhaps for future use. Father was outraged.”In fact, Donald Goldie was so angry he dashed to see Archbishop Makarios to demand an explanation.Sue remembered: “Makarios responded by asking my father how often he slept away from home. Father admitted that this was a rare occurrence. Makarios explained that he never slept in the same bed twice. There were so many threats on his life that he had to take extreme security precautions all the time. One little bomb under a culvert was hardly worth a mention.”When Bitter Lemons of Cyprus was published in 1957, Sue’s father bought the book. “Naturally, it was of interest to my parents but whenever friends asked their opinion of it, Father would opine that it had nothing much in it and dismiss it, although while saying this, I noticed that he would be looking at me as he spoke.”And, that was that for the next 50-years. Curiously enough, however, it was only whilst reading her mother’s copy of Bitter Lemons on a recent holiday in Italy, that one incident in the book rang a bell. Durrell tells the tale of how Paul, one of his Greek students who had often spoke of his wish for a free Cyprus, was tasked with planting a bomb near the Anglican Church in Nicosia, but having spotted children playing nearby, he tossed the explosive in the churchyard.Sue King wants to try and find PaulDurrell portrayed Paul as a diligent hard-working student, with a great love of poetry and literature. So when, on a visit to a detention centre, he was startled to find his young pupil imprisoned for a terrorist offence. Paul was rather reluctant to admit that he failed to throw his bomb at the intended target, as other young activists had done. Near to tears, he said, “If (the jailer) wants to know why I threw it in the churchyard, tell him because I was a coward. I am unworthy. But the others are not like me. They are not afraid. I was supposed to throw it in a house but there were small children playing in the garden. I could not. I threw it in the churchyard.”After reading this passage, Sue realised she was one of those children. “I have to be cautious about this one because my house may not have been the intended target of the bomb,” she tells the Sunday Mail. “However, what I remember of that afternoon is that I was playing with a friend on my swing, opposite the front door of the house which was accessed by the drive.”Moreover, Sue explained how she heard a bang nearby and rushed into the house to find out what had happened. Her father was pacing up and down the hall, “ranting furiously about the irresponsibility and religious intolerance of those who would bomb a churchyard for political gain.” The explosion had left slight damage and no one was hurt, but her father was concerned that the religious groups should respect and support each other through difficult political times, and such acts would drive them apart.Sue thinks her our house could have been the intended target of the bomb, as her father had worked hard to build trusting relationships with other religious groups, particularly the Greek Orthodox Church, and knew Archbishop Makarios well, “Perhaps he was viewed as a political nuisance,” she says.Now, over half a century later, Sue wants to contact Paul to “thank him for his humanity.”“The character of Paul is intriguing,” she says. He is described as a solitary orphan, “burning with hunger for some advancement in life” but interested in poetry, borrowing most of Durrell’s books. It is understandable that the Youth EOKA oath would have appealed to him but that the prospect of killing children did not fit with his poetic nature.”Although she has hit a dead in her search so far, according to Durrell’s manuscript, Paul was a 17-year-old orphan living in the school lodging house; his father was killed serving with the British forces in Italy during the Second World War. Durrell noted:He spent all of his spare time in the library studying the ancient Greek poets. He was a thin solitary boy, burning with hunger for some chance of advancement in life, in which he felt to be closing in upon him.The story of Paul is a key part of the book, and highlights the fact that many pupils from the Pancyprian Gymnasium (and other schools) participated in the EOKA struggle; a number of them were killed in action. Durrell noted:To the alarms of the night were added the daylight terrors of the open street, where small groups of students patrolled on bicycles, suddenly opening fire with pistols. And yet between these incidents the calm, the good nature, of everyday life was restored as if from some fathomless source of goodwill, banishing the fear these incidents had created. The sun still shone; and in perfect September sunshine the yachts fluttered across the harbour-bar at Kyrenia, the groups of drinkers sat around the cafes in idle conversation.The clacking of Durell’s typewriter filled his cottage near the medieval abbey in Bellapais (above) as he described a turbulent island and its people with a true poet’s vision“I think the story of Paul illustrates how the call to violence clashes with humane instincts,” Sue adds. “Although he felt a “coward” for not planting the bomb, I would like to be able to tell him that he was a hero for putting the welfare of children above the political aims of the bomb. I would like to know how he fared after Cyprus became independent. I hope he was able to lead a full life.”“We left Cyprus at the end of June, 1955. I did not meet Lawrence Durrell,” Sue recalled. “Lawrence Durrell writes well and evokes the Cyprus I remember, particularly with his vivid descriptions of the coast, flora and archaeological heritage… I have always thought it a mistake to revisit places where one has been happy but I think if there was a prospect of a meeting with Paul I would be pleased to make the journey.”Durrell himself departed just a year later, with well-justified fears that his connection to the British administration had made him a prime target for assassination.It is, of course, impossible to know for certain if “Paul” was the real name of the student in Durrell’s class, but there may be former school mates that remember him. 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By Elias HazouThe UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide has conceded that, despite his efforts, chances are slim for the resumption of direct Cyprus peace talks in the near future.“We are not giving up…but right now there are no prospects for an immediate meeting [of the two leaders] and I think that will be true for quite awhile,” the UN official said on Wednesday.He was speaking to reporters coming out of a meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades. The Norwegian diplomat is on the island in an improbable bid to put stalled negotiations back on track.Eide imparted a certain disappointment over the present impasse. Responding to a question, the UN official said that his ideas were not always successful, adding that on this trip he was here to listen to the two leaders.Although both leaders were in favour of resuming talks, it had not been possible to resolve complications, he said. “I’m concerned, I’m increasingly concerned that things are not moving and I’m afraid that as they are not moving they are de facto moving in the wrong direction,” the special adviser added. “If you remember in October I said that if this hydrocarbon crisis will last for a few weeks or even a few months; it would not threaten the process itself. Now it’s lingering on we are way into the next year and I think is really important that everybody now tries to do what they can to get over this”.Eide spoke of a paradox, in that there is greater agreement on the future than on the present. Whereas the sides agree that hydrocarbons should be the competency of the central government in a reunified state, they cannot agree on how to unlock the current stalemate.The UN official said that during a lull in natural gas drilling by the Greek Cypriots, and a simultaneous halt in seismic surveys by Turkey in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), the UN had tried to work out a formula to bring the two leaders back to the table.But the efforts failed due to a number of factors, he said, without elaborating.This was unfortunate, Eide said, because whatever disagreements existed on the issue of hydrocarbons were less severe than divergences on such thorny subjects as property and territory.Eide welcomed Anastasiades’ positive contribution, which however did not succeed in ending the standoff.“The difference on the issue is so deep that it prevents any direct talks about anything which I think is highly unfortunate because we should now be at the table so that this issues can actually be discussed,” said Eide. “And I reiterate that there is a positive step from Mr Anastasiades and this step should be followed with some kind of response from the other side.”He was referring to last week’s overture by Anastasiades to the Turkish Cypriots, when the President stated the island’s hydrocarbons resources could be discussed at the tail end of the talks process.Previously Nicosia had ruled out discussing hydrocarbons prior to a comprehensive settlement.Anastasiades said after the meeting with Eide the issue was not whether hydrocarbons were on the table or not. “It has already been agreed that the management of the natural resources comes under the competencies of the central government,” Anastasiades said.“It has been discussed and it has been agreed. Also agreed has been the issue of the allocation of the total resources of the federal state among which are also the natural resources. That is why the Turkish Cypriots never raised an issue during the joint communique or during the exchange of the proposals. Consequently, it is not the first time that is being raised. But there is also no way that the issue will be discussed before the completion of the total agreement, and always with implementation of whatever will be agreed after the solution.”On Tuesday, Eide had met separately with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu. After that meeting, the UN official warned that the deadlock has started damaging the peace process.Eide will be shuttling back to the island once again before January 26, the date on which he will brief the UN Security Council on Cyprus, in view of the renewal of UNFICYP’s mandate.On his next visit here, he said, the aim will be to clinch an agreement between the leaders on a schedule of meetings and a timeline. Achieving that goal would allow him to report back to the Security Council that prospects for a solution still existed, Eide said.For its part the government said it expected Eide to give the Security Council an “objective” account as to why the Cyprus peace talks remain deadlocked.“We are not asking the United Nations to present a picture in our favour,” government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said.“We are asking for the facts to be presented as is: an objective briefing on what took place and why it has not been possible for the dialogue to resume.”The ball is now in the court of the Turkish side if negotiations are to resume, the spokesman said.Meanwhile Turkey’s foreign minister Melvut Cavusoglu on Wednesday accused Nicosia of deliberately excluding Turkish Cypriots from sharing in the island’s wealth.In comments to Turkey’s Anadolu news agency, Cavusoglu proposed setting up an escrow account holding the share of natural gas revenues allotted to the Turkish Cypriots.The account could be held in trust by either the UN or the World Bank, the chief Turkish diplomat said.Once this was done, he added, negotiations in Cyprus could resume.Greek Cypriots have “failed the sincerity test,” Cavusoglu noted, claiming that Nicosia is coming up with all sorts of excuses to avoid sharing the island’s natural resources.“We proposed establishing a [joint hydrocarbons] commission, they [Greek Cypriots] said no, because that would amount to recognition [of the breakaway regime]. Then we proposed setting up a private company, again they rejected this. Then what else can be done?”Turkey is not opposed to hydrocarbons prospecting in the eastern Mediterranean, provided that this was not unilateral, Cavusoglu added.Cavusoglu was due in the north for talks with the Turkish Cypriot leadership later on Wednesday.Anastasiades pulled out of peace talks in October, after Turkey issued a NAVTEX, or marine advisory. Turkey then began offshore seismic surveys within Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone – illegally according to Nicosia – by despatching the vessel Barbaros.The advisory expired on December 30 and was not renewed by Turkey. On January 5 Anastasiades stated he would not resume talks unless Ankara guaranteed it would cease explorations in the EEZ.The following day Turkey issued a new NAVTEX. Although the Barbaros remains in Cypriot waters, it has since not conducted any new surveys.Turkey does not recognise the Republic nor its jurisdiction over the EEZ, and accuses Nicosia of “unilateral” hydrocarbons prospecting, leaving out the Turkish Cypriot community.The Turkish NAVTEX runs until April and in the same month the breakaway regime will be holding ‘presidential elections.’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 ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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