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Go Fund Me raising money for deaf sixyearold halfway to goal of

first_imgThe processor fell off when 6-year-old Chloe Kalas was bumped while playing in the park. Chloe’s mom Elizabeth and her husband searched the park seven different times but came up empty-handed.Elizabeth Kalas explained that Chloe had just recovered from an infection where the magnet inside her head was killing her skin, making Chloe have to wear a weaker magnet. The weaker magnet caused the processor to fall off numerous times.Without the processor, Chloe is completely deaf and must rely on sign language. Kalas added that with her daughter going into grade one this year, a new cochlear implant is a must since it’s already difficult for someone who uses an implant to hear in a school environment.“Without this, she hears nothing, so she’s a bit further behind, speech-wise,” said Kalas.A new processor for the cochlear implant costs $11,130 while the cable and coil cost an additional $370. Kalas added that the family can handle the cost of the cable and coil, but the processor is currently beyond their means.The goal of the GoFundMe is to raise enough money to cover the cost of a new processor. For more information or to donate, visit the GoFundMe campaign’s website at UPDATE: The campaign has successfully reached its $12,000 goal. Details to follow.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Go Fund Me Campaign raising money for a 6-year-old deaf girl who lost the processor for her cochlear implant is halfway to its goal of $12,000.The campaign started on Tuesday just after 11:30 a.m. and reached $6,581 early this morning.last_img read more

Speculations About Dirham Devaluation Overblown BMI Research

Rabat – BMI Research is pinning the blame for the delay of the dirham liberalization reform on commercial banks. In its latest report, the Fitch Group company stresses that far from the devaluation speculations, the Moroccan dirham is set to sail on a “smooth and gradual transition towards a free float.”The Moroccan dirham has been the star of local news these past months. Amid talks about a currency liberalization reform, speculations about a sharp depreciation of the dirham have run wild. Despite the constant reassurance of Bank Al-Maghrib, which presented proof of a strong economic fundamentals able to sustain a flexible exchange rate, the mistrust of commercial banks resulted in a rush on currency, draining Morocco’s foreign reserves starting in April 2017.Also Read: All You Should Know About ‘Floating Dirham’In its economic analysis, entitled “Fears Of Disorderly Depreciation Overblown,” BMI Research stresses the risks of speculation facing the planned reform, and its dire consequences. Not only were the Moroccan authorities forced to delay the first phase of the dirham liberalization reform due to these unfounded fears,  the ensuing panic also sparked a “sharp fall in foreign reserves since April 2017.” Between April and June, “reserves fell by 12.4 percent, from USD 24.4 billion to USD 21.4 billion, before stabilising in late July,” notes the company, adding that fears that the perpetuation of this rush on currency would case a further drop in reserves pushed authorities to completely delay the reform for the time being.Sparked by fears of a similar scenario to that of Egypt, the speculations could have serious consequences, according to BMI Research, which states that “a significant loss of reserves would have impaired the central bank’s ability to manage the dirham after allowing greater [fluctuation bonds].”However, the delay of the reform and the drawdown in net international reserves “does not affect BMI’s confident outlook for Morocco to successfully undertake a gradual transition towards a more flexible exchange rate regime.”For BMI Research, the Moroccan central bank has been successful at managing the Dirham peg over the past few years, backed by “the robustness of the Moroccan economy and positive investor sentiment, sharply contrasting with other North African economies which have been forced to allow their currencies to depreciate against their respective baskets.”These factors, combined with a real effective exchange rate broadly in line with its 10-year average, suggest that the currency is not particularly overvalued, and BMI Research “maintains its view that Morocco is in a favourable position to gradually move towards a more flexible exchange rate.”The company stresses that with the Moroccan authorities set to allow only modest fluctuations over the coming months, it sees “limited risks stemming from the liberalisation of the exchange rate regime.”Not only are speculations about a possible sharp devaluation unfounded, according to BMI, on the contrary, the dirham liberalization reform is set to boost the Moroccan economy.“Greater exchange rate flexibility will enable the Moroccan government to further reduce capital controls, which will enhance Morocco’s status as the preferred investor destination in North Africa,” explains the report.The reform is “also consistent with Morocco’s ambitions to increase trade links with African economies, in an effort to become a manufacturing and exporting hub between Europe and Africa.”“A reduced dependence of the dirham to the euro’s fate will increase flexibility and reliance to external shocks,” concludes BMI. read more

JVP insists Government has no mandate to sign CEPA

Ratnayake said that the CEPA agreement has not been backed by Sri Lankans in the past as it does not favour Sri Lanka. The Parliamentarian said that while the Indian Government, the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka and some Indian companies in Sri Lanka want the agreement, Sri Lankans are not for it. (Colombo Gazette) He says now the current government is also attempting to sign the agreement without having the mandate from the public. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today insisted that the Government has no mandate to sign the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with India.JVP Parliamentarian Bimal Ratnayake said that past governments had attempted to sign the agreement with India but could not do so owing to several protests. read more

Ranil to visit Indian temple for religious observances

On account of the visit of Wickremesinghe, there would be traffic restrictions on three roads for security reasons from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.In a press release here on Thursday, Sanjeev M. Patil, Superintendent of Police, said that the three roads are Nittur-Kollur, Byndoor-Kollur and Vandse-Kollur. There would also be disruption of movement of vehicles entering or leaving Kollur during this period.There would also be changes in the timings of darshan for people at the temple on Saturday. People and devotees have been urged to extend cooperation to the police, he said. (Colombo Gazette) He will be given the traditional “purna kumbha” welcome at the entrance of the temple. He will then participate in the “mangalarti” ritual at the temple. Later, he will participate in a “chandika homa” and offer the “purnahuti” at the “homa kunda” at around noon. Tight security will be in place as Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visits the Sri Mookambika Temple at Kollur in Udupi district in India tomorrow.The Hindu newspaper reported that Wickremesinghe will arrive by helicopter from Bengaluru at Areshiroor near Kollur at around 11 a.m. He will then go to the Mookambika Temple guesthouse. After lunch, he will leave by helicopter to Bengaluru at 1.30 p.m.The Prime Minister’s wife, Maithree Wickremesinghe, and Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, V. Krishnamoorthy, will accompany them. read more

Annan welcomes highlevel dialogue between US and DPR of Korea

A spokesman for Mr. Annan issued a statement voicing hope that the discussions in Pyongyang helped both countries to better understand their respective positions and concerns.”The Secretary-General is hopeful that this important development is the beginning of more regular exchanges by both sides with a view to resolving their differences, however serious,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York. “It is the view of the Secretary-General that the international community should continue its efforts to facilitate the encouraging trends in the Korean peninsula.”Participating in the talks were the US Presidential Envoy, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs James Kelly, the President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, Kim Yong Nam, and other officials. read more

UNESCO calls on US UK to protect Iraqs cultural heritage

Following the looting of the National Archaeological Museum of Baghdad, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has called on American and British authorities to take immediate measures to protect Iraq’s archaeological sites and cultural institutions. The agency has also asked regional and international police organizations to join forces with it to prevent trafficking in the stolen antiquities. In a letter of 11 April 2003 addressed to the American authorities, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura emphasized the urgent need to preserve collections and a heritage considered to be one of the richest in the world. He in particular insisted on the necessity of assuring military protection for the Archaeological Museum of Baghdad and the Mosul Museum. He made a similar request to the British authorities concerning the Basra region in the south. To prevent the illicit export of Iraqi cultural goods, Mr. Matsuura contacted the authorities of countries bordering Iraq and international police and customs officials to ensure respect of the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. He asked INTERPOL, the World Customs Organization, the International Confederation of Art and Antiquities Dealer Associations (CINOA), the International Council of Museums (ICOM), the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), and the principal actors of the art market to join forces with UNESCO in a “comprehensive mobilization so that stolen objects should not find their way to acquirers”. read more

Resolute Forest Products reports secondquarter loss sales down from year ago

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products Inc. (TSX:RFP) reported a loss of US$4 million in its latest quarter compared with a loss of $2 million a year ago.The forestry company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said the loss amounted to four cents per share for the quarter ended June 30 compared with a loss of two cents per share a year ago.Excluding special items, Resolute said it earned a profit of $7 million or seven cents per share, down from $17 million or 18 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Sales slipped to $926 million compared with $1.09 billion a year ago.Resolute has some 40 pulp and paper mills as well as lumber and other wood product operations in the United States, Canada and South Korea as well as power generation assets in Canada. Resolute Forest Products reports second-quarter loss, sales down from year ago by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 30, 2015 8:38 am MDT Last Updated Jul 30, 2015 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Brock graduate receives Governor Generals Gold Medal

For Brock graduate Lindsay Cline, getting a PhD sometimes felt more like a test of perseverance than of intelligence.But when Cline conferred Wednesday and joined her Applied Health Sciences colleagues on the stage, she was recognized with the Governor General’s Gold Medal for academic achievement. Maintaining a 97 per cent average, Cline finished the year with the highest grade of Brock’s 433 graduate students.“I didn’t set out to get the highest grade at Brock,” said Cline (BKIN ’09, MA ’11, PhD ‘17.)Lindsay ClineBeginning her educational journey at Brock in 2005 as an undergraduate student and athlete, Wednesday was the culmination of 12 years of her life.“Brock has been a second home to me for over a decade. A huge chapter of my life is coming to a close,” she said. “I’m fortunate that it is ending on such a high point surrounded by family, friends and great mentors.”Cline initially came to Brock to play basketball, but after suffering an injury at the beginning of her third year, she realized she needed to take a step back and focus on her education.This new-found focus put her on a path that led to not only the highest academic degree a graduate student can achieve, but the highest grades, as well.“There were definitely challenging moments that tested me, but getting this degree was my goal. So, I pushed through and I’m really proud of how things have turned out,” she said.Cline acknowledges that being a graduate student felt isolating at times, but thanks to her family, her supervisor Kinesiology Associate Professor Kimberley Gammage, and a core group of fellow students, she found the support she needed.“It was never the plan to stay and do three degrees at Brock, but one great experience kept rolling into another,” she said.Cline said her PhD thesis, Mind over Matter: Exploring the Power of a Positive Body Image, picked up where her Master’s left off.“My Master’s looked at negative body image, but it was important for me to tell the whole story,” she said. “Doing a PhD afforded me that opportunity, with my defence being the experience that brought everything together.”While she has started to think about her next big adventure outside of academia, Cline enjoyed spending Wednesday celebrating with her family.“My parents have been absolutely supportive of me throughout this whole experience. Brock has been such a big part of our lives, there was even a time when my younger sister, Michelle Cline (BA ’12) and I were both completing degrees here.”Amongst the celebrations, Cline still finds herself missing one important person.“My grandpa passed away just as I started my PhD and so he didn’t get to see all of this. He instilled in me the importance of education by talking to me about success from a very young age,” she said. “He was such an important influence that I dedicated my thesis to him.”Throughout her PhD, Cline was the recipient of the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship, as well as several Brock awards that highlight both qualities of academic excellence and leadership, including the Jack M. Miller Excellence in Research Award and the Barb Daly Excellence & Student Leadership Award.Cline was among six recipients of doctoral degrees awarded Wednesday by the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. This is the largest number of PhD’s awarded in one ceremony in the history of the Faculty.The other awardees include:Paul Jurbula, PhD in the field of Social and Cultural Health StudiesAmanda Longo, PhD in the field of Health BiosciencesGregory McGarr, PhD in the field of Health BiosciencesHisham Omar Sharif, PhD in the field of Behavioural and Population HealthScott Veldhuizen, PhD in the field of Behavioural and Population HealthScott Veldhuizen, Amanda Longo, Lindsay Cline, and Gregory McGarr the newest PhDs in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. read more

7 Maple Leafs in desperate need of a big Game 7 against

BROWSE nhl | toronto maple leafs Every Game 7 needs its hero.But when you consider the Toronto Maple Leafs’ roster ahead of their deja vu-showdown in Boston, a few components need to elevate more than others.Frederik Andersen has been a backbone in net (.950 save percentage at even-strength), even in the losses. Morgan Rielly has performed at a level worthy of the mild local outrage that he was left off the list of Norris finalists. And no one has scored as often as Auston Matthews.Others will be looked at to scratch out a little more in a 3-3 war of inches, where one extra play can be the difference.“It’s been a hell of a series so far,” John Tavares said. “We’ve still got a great chance to move on and get it going for a victory.”Here are seven men who would be well-served if they can contribute to one more win.Patrick MarleauWhen Bruce Cassidy healthy-scratched $6-million veteran leader David Backes in Sunday’s must-win game, even the most loyal Maple Leafs fans couldn’t help but think about their own experienced third-line, free-agent winger and his $6.25-million cap hit, which is on the books through 2019-20.Marleau, 39, was a playoff star last April, leading all Leafs with four goals in the ’18 series, including a pair in the decisive Game 7.The affable ironman continues to see important minutes in 2019 despite obvious decline. Marleau has but two assists here. It’s a stat we might have seen coming in light of his regular-season statistical cliff dive: 16 goals and 37 points in 82 games despite healthy usage on the power play and alongside offensively gifted centremen.“The Fountain of Youth will kick in, for sure. He’ll be ready to go and a big part of things,” Babcock predicted in the hours leading up to Game 1. “It’s not just in the room, we need him on the ice. We need him to be a factor in the series on the ice. He understands and knows that.“You know, the great thing about Patty is, when he looks at it and you lay your career down on the ground, you say, ‘I don’t have many more kicks at the can.’ Sometimes we get thinking we’ve got too many kicks at the can and we don’t realize how hard we can really play. So, there’s another level and we can all get to it. You’ve got to figure that out.”If Marleau can’t figure it out fast, difficult conversations must be broached around Year 3 of his contract.Mike BabcockOn the brink of running his playoff series record to 0-3 in Toronto — or joyously snapping a 15-year franchise drought — the Leafs’ handsomely compensated bench boss is understandably targeted with a microscope for every decision he makes.That no playoff team has ever lasted a seventh game with a penalty kill so exposed as these Leafs’ is either a testament to Toronto’s 5-on-5 execution or a failure to adjust with a man down.Did he yank Andersen too early in Game 6? Does he need to use a proper faceoff man against Patrice Bergeron on the PK? Should he take a more aggressive approach with his top forwards’ ice time? Run his loaded PP1 for nearly two minutes straight, like the Bruins? Switch things up and take more risks for Game 7?“No. One hundred per cent the opposite of that piece of advice,” Babcock said Monday, calling off practice in favour of a team meeting. “I know how it works here [in Toronto]. I appreciate the help, though.”Cassidy is a less-celebrated but worthy foil in this coaching chess match, and his roster tweaks and special-teams strategies have got the Bruins to this point.If Babcock loses to him again, it’ll be on his own terms.Mitchell MarnerMarner was Toronto’s leading scorer in the past two regular seasons as well as last April’s Boston series. He appeared on track to continue that streak with his penalty-shot heroics in a Game 1 win, then was showered with praise for his face-front shot blocking in Game 3’s victory.Credit the Bruins’ Perfection Line for this, though: Offensively, the superstar has turned cold as a carton of freezer-burnt French vanilla.Marner, who averaged nearly three shots on goal per game in the regular season, registered 13 of them in Games 1, 2 and 3. In Games 4, 5 and 6? One shot total.“Don’t spend a whole lot of time worrying about what everyone else thinks,” said Babcock, by way of advice. “Just breathe and play hard and enjoy yourself.“When he was a kid, he probably played road hockey and, at this time of year, he was probably whoever scored the winning goal the night before. Be the same — just get out there and play.”Marner is also a key cog in a penalty kill that is getting stirred into a soup and devoured something delicious.He is minus-3 on the series.“There’s going to be ups and downs throughout the series and the games,” Marner said. “No matter what happens in the game, what happens in a shift, just stick with it… just stay in that moment. Just make sure you’re ready to go at all times.”Especially at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday.John TavaresTavares led all Maple Leafs in goals this season with 47, shattering his career best. The top-line centre has found the net once in six games, and it was empty.To be fair, the Tavares line’s chief responsibility is limiting Patrice Bergeron’s group 5-on-5, and they’ve done an impressive job of that. Also, Babcock needs to give Tavares — his best net-front man — more power-play time. Of the six minutes Toronto had with the man-advantage in Game 6, J.T. played 2:38.“I think he’s been excellent in the series,” Babcock said. “You’re playing against good players that are competing hard against you. Something is going to give. Make sure it’s your way.”Still, in two weeks of winner-take-all, $77 million should buy you something more than a saw-off. Tavares may be the most patient superstar you’ll come across, but urgency is the order of the day. Leafs Nation would love to see a performance like the one he delivered to drag the Islanders out of Round 1 in 2016.“You realize you can’t take it for granted,” Tavares said. “You never know how many opportunities you’re going to get, and you’ve got to make the most of the ones that are right there in front of you.”William NylanderNylander certainly enjoyed nice moments, great games even, in this “new season” — but Dollar Bill remains the most divisive star on the roster, thanks largely to the fact he’s scooping nearly $7 million off a tight salary cap.While his talents may be better built to drive offence to the flank of Matthews, Nylander has filled in nicely in Kadri’s stead and proven himself a worthy centre option if/when the need arises.His setup of Rielly’s strike in Game 6 was something special:Look at the hand-eye coordination and control from Nylander— Faizal Khamisa (@SNFaizalKhamisa) April 21, 2019“He wants the puck all over the ice. He’s great through the middle of the ice with the puck,” winger Connor Brown said. “He has been a joy to play with.”But then he’ll coast through a shift where he looks downright disinterested and draw the ire of his critics. “Honestly, I would not want him on my team,” analyst Kelly Hrudey said at on-air at one point this series.The 22-year-old’s regular-season production (seven goals, 27 points, minus-4 in 54 games) have mirrored his series results (one goal, three points) in that he’s exactly a half-point-per-game player right now.Yes, his wingers aren’t elite, but neither are his match-ups. His paycheque demands something more tangible than positive underlying numbers. You assume that’s coming. Boy, would Slick Willy silence a ton if people if it arrived Tuesday.Nazem KadriWell, we now know his suspension length: five games. This means Kadri, who was fantastic in the first two games of this series, will have removed himself out of more than half of his club’s playoff games (eight of 14) in the past two springs.The third-line pivot’s poor decision-making could end up costing the Leafs from seeing Round 2. Although he’ll have no say in Tuesday’s outcome, Kadri needs a Toronto win as badly as anyone. With his frustrating history and his movable contract, the longest-tenured Leaf becomes an off-season trade consideration.Survive TD Garden, however, and the impact forward has a chance to polish his narrative in Round 2 and, possibly, beyond.“You can’t cross the line,” Babcock said, “Any time you do, you leave decisions in someone else’s hands, and it’s not within your control. I think in anything in life you want to be in control and you’ve got to own everything.“You’ve got to own your play, you’ve got to own your discipline, you’ve got to own what’s going on for you. In the end, Naz has someone else making a decision whether he’s playing or not.”@mriles4 got snubbed for the Chucky Norris award. Monster year was a slam dunk for my guy. @NHL might need to consider reviewing that one…. A nomination at the very least— Nazem Kadri (@43_Kadri) April 22, 2019Jake GardinerToronto’s Gardiner–Travis Dermott pairing of the two D-men on an expedited rehab program are getting sheltered minutes.Gardiner skated just 12:31 in Game 5, second-fewest for a full game in his career, and only exceeded 17 minutes once in the series.“Obviously, he’s been injured. It’s pretty easy to see that when you watch,” Babcock said Monday. “I talked to him today. We need him to be good for us and just simple. He’s not playing against the same match-ups he was before, but just be simple and be safe. When you get the puck on the offensive blue line, be yourself.”Fair or not, Gardiner’s minus-5 performance in the last Game 7 made him a whipping boy, and there is a 50/50 chance Tuesday will be his final game in blue and white.“Any time you have a defeat like that, it drives you to be even better,” Gardiner said. “But this is a different team, there’s new guys on the team. It’s kind of a fresh start.” read more

Aaron Hernandezs Fiancée to Share Her Story on Dr

Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, the fiancée of former New England Patriots Aaron Hernandez, and his child, Arielle. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool, File)BOSTON (AP) — The fiancée of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez says she thought his suicide was a hoax.Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez says in an interview on “Dr. Phil” scheduled to air next week that she thought “some cruel person” was playing a trick on her when she heard Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell on April 19, days after he was acquitted of a double murder. He was still serving a life sentence for another killing.Jenkins-Hernandez said her last conversation with the former New England Patriots player was positive and she “felt like we were looking so bright.”She also addresses rumors about Hernandez’s purported secret love life and whether she thinks he killed himself so she could collect millions of dollars.The interview with Dr. Phillip McGraw is scheduled to air Monday and Tuesday. read more

The 9 at 9 Monday

first_imgEVERY MORNING brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1. #TRUCE: The UN has called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza to allow aid to get to civilians affected by the conflict in recent weeks.2. #LET’S TALK: The Seanad is to be recalled for a debate on the Israel-Gaza conflict as well as the escalating situation in Ukraine and Minister Charlie Flanagan is expected to speak during it.3. #JOBS: An investment by the government in an IT consultancy company will allow for the creation of 100 jobs in Ireland, Minister Richard Bruton has said.4. #EQUALITY: Research from the ESRI has found that income inequality narrowed during the recession as middle-income earners bore the brunt of tax increases, The Irish Times reports.5. #GARDAÍ: Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald will be under pressure today to release a report which examined her department’s handling of garda misconduct allegations and the conduct of secretary general Brian Purcell. She has had it for two weeks.6. #ROAD DEATH: A 50-year-old cyclist died yesterday evening after being struck by a car near Swords in Dublin.7. #SHOCKING: A 20-year-old man died after being struck by lightning in California and a number of other people nearby suffered effects of the strike, Associated Press reports.8. #WHAT’S THAT SMELL?: Residents at an estate in Donegal have been plagued by a rank sewage odour for years and it’s unlikely to be fixed any time soon.9. #SELL SELL SELL: Some €112 million worth of second hand stuff has been sold online so far this year – including a handmade vampire hunting kit, a working French guillotine and some Garth Brooks tickets.last_img read more

Bonegilla a place Greek Migrants were told to avoid at all costs

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As a response to post war era Australian shortages in heavy industry and agriculture, the Government signed agreements with European states as the country was eager for new immigrants to increase its population and labour workforce.The people that arrived under those agreements were assisted and passed through immigration centres like Bonegilla which was situated around 300 kilometres north-east of Melbourne.Bonegilla was originally an army training camp but in 1947 the Australian Government turned it into a Reception and Processing Centre run by the Department of Immigration.From 1947 to 1971 it was a temporary home, a point of processing and dispersal to some 320,000 European post war refugees and migrants who came to Australia under assisted passage provided by the Government. As non-British assisted arrivals, they were all made to sign two-year work contracts with the Commonwealth in return for their assisted passage and temporary subsidised accommodation.In her book Dr Alexandra Dellios writes that Bonegilla was viewed in a number of ways such as a detention centre; a little Europe; a concentration camp; the birthplace of multiculturalism; a place of no hope; an Eden and a first home. Given that many migrant recollections are contested, Dellios told Neos Kosmos that finding the truth is difficult as it depends on who you talk to.“Thinking of it from the perspective of a child, you were essentially camping, like a holiday,” she says. “You had wide open spaces and you were completely unsupervised. Thinking of it from the perspective of an adult, you had no idea where you were going or what you were doing, you couldn’t speak the language and you had to raise children in an environment where there weren’t proper bedding or proper kitchens to cook your own food.”While the majority of Greek migrants were sponsored and therefore not captured in the migrant camp net, there were still between 15,000- 30,000 Greeks that did pass through Bonegilla. Dellios tells says its role as a processing point didn’t always meet the expectations of those that passed through.“The biggest shock for Greek migrants tended to be the food and the shock about the landscape. We’re talking about rural Victoria – a very barren landscape than what they were used to,” she says.“The space of Bonegilla and its surrounds and even Albury the tiny country town were quite shocking. They came with the expectation that this would advance their family and their life and that this would be economically beneficial for them. They presumed that they were coming to a developed country, so being stuck in Bonegilla was a shock to many.”Dellios also says that for those early Greeks the financial burden became a strain especially for those that took longer to find work.“Often people accrued debt while they were at Bonegilla,” she says. “If you repeatedly refused employment allocations you were denied unemployment benefits. It was very hard to save enough money to get out of that system.”And it was the issue of work which was at the heart of one of the defining moments in Bonegilla’s history – the riots of 1952. Dellios’s book devotes a chapter to those events. In 1952, and again in 1961, Italian and other assisted migrants in centres and hostels across the country staged protests, demanding work or repatriation, as per their contract with the Government. This was in response to a lack of job opportunities and a feeling of desperation and being trapped in uncomfortable locations. From a Greek perspective, the Democritus League, which was a leftist labour group for Greek workers, also participated in the protests on behalf of the Greeks in the camp demanding better conditions. Eventually the League was banned from entering Bonegilla in 1953 by the Department of Immigration. “I managed to see a fair bit of their confiscated material in the archives. ASIO and the Department of Immigration kept tabs on this League” she says. “They demanded that Greeks staying in Bonegilla should make it clear that they came to Australia for work not to get the unemployment allowances. That they should demand from the Government and from the Greek Consul to find them immediate work. The Department of Immigration classified them as promoting discord, but what they were really doing was letting Greek migrants know of their rights as migrants.”When asked for the overall impression of the Greek experience at Bonegilla as a result of her research, Dellios points to some relative positives in terms of both time spent at the camp, as well as how Greeks were generally perceived. “In the case of Greek migrants, a lot of them absconded from their work contracts,” she says. “Most left Bonegilla with their families and used their personal connections or connections based on home villages to secure work in places like Melbourne and get away from the centre and hostel system. “There was also a level of political acceptance when it came to Greek migrants, having come in from the right side of the wall. There was a level of pro- Hellenism when it came to ideas to do with democracy. So it made it easier for those groups within Bonegilla.”Dellios added, “However refugees arriving from countries that were then Soviet ruled had experienced a certain amount of discrimination against them. But Greeks did not have that level of discrimination. Not that it wasn’t there, we’re still talking about a population that was overwhelmingly Anglo- Australian and which still upheld the White Australia Policy. Dellios goes on to say that the politics of the Cold War had a lasting impact, including for eventual citizenship. “Some of the groups that went out to visit Bonegilla migrants were considered to be communist sympathisers because of their left-wing politics,” she says.“Many of those individuals like George Zangalis who I mention in my book was actually a member of the Communist Party of Australia and has talked openly about what a horrible place Bonegilla was. Many of those people were denied citizenship for decades up until the 1970s. “I referenced some of his work in Neos Kosmos a few years ago, in which he called Bonegilla ‘a concentration camp’. He himself didn’t pass through the centre, but it was a common perception amongst many Greeks in Melbourne of what Bonegilla was and what it represented.”Dellios’s grandparents migrated to Australia in the late 60s and were sponsored so didn’t pass through Bonegilla. But it was the experience of her parents that migrated to Australia as children that inspired her work in this field.“I’ve always been interested in that generation of Greek migrants who arrived as children and grew up in Melbourne in the 70s,” she says.“I’ve always been interested in issues of belonging and identity and multicultural spaces. “So, when I started my history research I was interested in Greek child migrants. The space of Bonegilla is interesting because of what it represents for different groups. It had this aura that it was a place you escaped from, a place that you avoided. My grandparents remember hearing the word Bonegilla on the ship ride over to Australia. So, I just thought it was interesting because of its reputation. For Greek migrants at least, it was a place that you were told to avoid at all costs.”last_img read more

First Episode of Telltale Games Guardians of the Galaxy Releases Next Month

first_imgStay on target Toy Tuesday: The Most Astronomical Spaceship Toys11 Ways the Avengers Could Defeat Thanos in ‘Endgame’ UPDATE (03/30/17): As Telltale Games promised, here is the first trailer for the game.ORIGINAL STORY: Telltale Games delivered a satisfying superhero adventure romp with Batman: A Telltale Games Series. Now, the studio is set to do it all over again with another beloved franchise: Guardians of the Galaxy.Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Episode 1 – ‘Tangled Up in Blue’ will be released on April 18. Available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS, and Android devices, this first episode will cost $4.99. You can buy each installment piecemeal or wait until May 2 for the season pass which gives you access to all episodes as they are released. This should cost $19.99 like previous season passes from the developer.Physical versions of Telltale Games usually come out shortly after the final episode of a series has been released. Guardians of the Galaxy will have a physical release on May 2. However, only the first episode will be unlocked at that time. Subsequent episodes will be playable as they are released digitally (usually once a month).As far as the game’s story goes, we don’t have much information to go on at the moment. Based on the recently released promotional pictures, we know that Thanos will be one of the game’s antagonists. The Mad Titan is one of the most powerful villains in the Marvel Universe, so he will no doubt be the series’ main bad guy. Although I’m sure, there will be other colorful ne’er-do-wells for the Guardians to tussle with.If you’re expecting the movie’s stars to voice their respective characters, then you might be in for a disappointment. This game will have Scott Porter as Starlord and Nolan North as Rocket Raccoon. While these may not be the same voices we’re used to hearing, I’m sure the actors will do a fantastic job. Nolan North, in particular, should turn in a brilliant performance as Rocket.With Guardians of the Galaxy 2 coming out at the same time as this game, it is definitely a great time for fans of the franchise. A trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Episode 1 – ‘Tangled Up in Blue’ is expected to hit this Thursday.last_img read more

Vancouver council addresses aging services budget

first_imgIn the span of two hours Monday, the Vancouver City Council covered three of the largest topics facing any government: population, public services and the city’s budget.To be more specific, the council held workshops going over an update from the Clark County Commission on Aging, the 2017 Vancouver Fire Department service levels and the first 2018 supplemental budget proposal.Here’s a quick look at those discussions.Commission on AgingTemple Lentz, member of the Commission on Aging, said at this point in time 1 in 6 residents are more than 60 years old. By 2030, that figure will jump to 1 in 4.The commission was created in 2012 to evaluate and implement strategies to better the community’s support of its aging population. In 2017, the focus was on housing. Lentz said as a result of the commission’s work, Clark County implemented code changes to allow for more urban and rural accessory dwelling units. Camas and Ridgefield also changed their codes to better support affordable housing.Looking forward, the commission will focus on transportation.last_img read more

Watch Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper In A Star Is Born Trailer

first_imgNews Watch: Lady Gaga In ‘A Star Is Born’ Trailer watch-lady-gaga-and-bradley-cooper-star-born-trailer Gaga and Cooper shine in the first glimpse at their new remake of the 1937 classic Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Jun 7, 2018 – 7:37 am The impending release of A Star Is Born starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga has film buffs and music fans alike buzzing with anticipation. Now, the official trailer for the film has arrived, teasing Cooper and Gaga’s on screen dynamic for the first time.Cooper, who also directed the film, plays road-worn country singer Jackson Maine. He discovers an unknown singer named Ally (Gaga) as she’s just about to give up on her dream of making it big as a star. The duo fall in love off-stage as Maine revives Ally’s passion for the spotlight on stage, but as her career surges, their relationship can’t escape the pitfalls of stardom.The film marks Gaga’s first leading role on the silver screen, and the trailer shows the GRAMMY-winning megastar in a new light. In the wake of the trailer’s release, her loyal fans, the Little Monsters, took to Twitter to find inventive ways of expressing their excitement, including an elated retweet from GRAMMY nominee Katy Perry. Twitter Email Facebook Watch: Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper In ‘A Star Is Born’ Trailer The cast of Cooper’s remake also features GRAMMY winner Dave Chappelle, plus seasoned actors Sam Elliott and Andrew Dice Clay. The original 1937 film starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. Two other remakes have been executed since, including the 1954 version starring GRAMMY winner Judy Garland and James Mason, and the 1976 version starring GRAMMY Winners Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. The 1976 film was a blockbuster, earning $80 million at the U.S. box office and yielding soundtrack that held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 for six weeks.Gaga and Cooper co-wrote a number of the movie’s original songs, and she also worked with Lukas Nelson, and GRAMMY winners Jason Isbell, Dave Cobb and Mark Ronson to craft songs for the film. Gaga reportedly insisted that the material be recorded live on set.The newest version of A Star Is Born hits theatres October 5.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

Comilla road crash kills one hurts 6

first_imgA man was killed in a road accident in Mirshani area on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Chauddagram on Sunday.The deceased was identified as Mohiuddin, son of Amzad Hossian, hailing from Adabar area in Dhaka.Mohammad Rahmat Ullah, additional superintendent of highway police (Comilla circle), said a Chittagong-bound bus of Hanif Paribahan hit a road island in the area in the morning and then overturned, leaving one of its passengers dead on the spot and six others injured.On information, police recovered the body and sent the injured to Comilla Medical College Hospital, he added.last_img read more

India urges world to help Bangladesh regarding Rohingyas

first_imgRohingya Camp. File PhotoIndia has urged the world to help Bangladesh cope with the “humanitarian burden” mentioning that they are “deeply conscious” of the humanitarian and security implications due to the presence of huge Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar.India has praised Bangladesh generosity and recognised the economic burden this crisis places upon Bangladesh’s society and economy, according to the Annual Security Outlook 2019 released by ASEAN.Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered the country after 25 August 2017 as Myanmar launched a brutal offensive targeting the mainly-Muslim ethnic minority.Though Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a repatriation deal on 23 November 2017, not a single person has so far been repatriated.India has extended supports though the provision of four large tranches of aid and to prioritise addressing significant socio-economic challenges in Rakhine State, to facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine State, according to the 206-page report.India is a leading development partner of Bangladesh and it has extended concessional lines of credit totalling around the US $ 8 billion, the report mentions.The report released in Bangkok during the 26th Asean Regional Forum says India is working closely with the government of Bangladesh to achieve a lasting progress in improving security, energy cooperation, trade, connectivity and people-to-people ties to provide developmental benefits to the entire region.In resolution of old and outstanding issues, the two countries signed a Land Boundary Agreement in 2015 resolving issues relating to enclaves of adversarial possession of territory, the report mentions.India and Bangladesh are working together on all fields of cooperation, including military–to–military ties, capacity building, creation of shared energy infrastructure, improved transport links (land, sea, inland waterway and air), and easier movement of people, said the report.Bordering the North Eastern States of India, the report says, the stability and prosperity of Myanmar is crucial for the regional security.The report mentions that India and Myanmar enjoy good bilateral relations and cooperation in security matters between the two countries have substantially improved.Efforts are on to improve connectivity and infrastructural gaps and promote development of the region. India is cooperating with Myanmar in diverse fields, including in the development of institutions in Myanmar, the report says.last_img read more

Trump Administration Will Keep Protected Status for Somalis

first_imgBy COLLEEN LONG and AMY FORLITI, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday that Somalis granted special immigration status in the U.S. can keep the designation, making them one of the few groups permitted to stay in the U.S. under a program that has allowed them to remain here for years.Somalia was first designated for the special status in 1991, following the collapse of the authoritarian Siad Barre regime, and the designation had been extended in part because nationals feared returning because of the ongoing armed conflict there. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen cited the armed conflict and other extraordinary conditions in supporting the continuation of Somalia’s designation for about 500 people.(Courtesy Image/Logo)But the administration will not take on new applicants, disappointing advocacy groups.Those already with the status will be able to remain in the U.S. and will be allowed to work through March 17, 2020.Many Somalis have settled in Minnesota, which has the largest Somali population in the U.S. Community and immigration advocates have said that returning to Somalia would be a death sentence for some and that it would separate families.Democratic Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton wrote a letter to President Donald Trump on Tuesday, urging him to extend the special status. Dayton’s letter said the conditions in Somalia are treacherous, and he pointed to a recent State Department advisory that tells people to avoid traveling to Somalia because of crime, terrorism and piracy. The advisory says those who do travel to Somalia should draft a will before traveling, name a family member to be a point of contact in the event of a hostage situation and leave a DNA sample in case it is needed to identify remains.“Under those conditions, it would be horribly ‘Un-American’ to force innocent people to return to Somalia, to break up many of their families, and to forgo their chances to live safe and decent lives,” Dayton wrote.Members of Congress, including Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith of Minnesota, also wrote to the president, urging that the status be extended.Advocates for Somali nationals who are living in the U.S. said Thursday they are relieved that about 500 Somalis will be able to reregister to extend their protected status for 18 months, but they are disappointed the administration didn’t do more. The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said if the administration would have redesignated the status instead of just extending it, then more than 1,000 Somali nationals could have enrolled.The International Rescue Committee and Muslim Advocates also expressed disappointment.“It is not only a mistake, it is a death sentence,” Muslim Advocates said in a statement.Around 437,000 immigrants from 10 countries have had temporary protected status, a designation created in 1990 to allow people from countries ravaged by natural disasters like earthquakes or man-made disasters like war to have a short-term safe haven.Those with it have generally been able to work and, with permission, travel outside the U.S. and return.Countries are added to the list as circumstances warrant, with renewals coming usually around every 18 months. While some countries were removed, others have stayed on for years, which critics say turns the program into default amnesty. Other countries that had the status for long periods of time — like El Salvador or Honduras — were cut off under Trump.The protections were never meant to be permanent.Under Trump, the Department of Homeland Security also ended the program for Sudan, Nicaragua, Nepal and Haiti. Several groups are suing to stay in the U.S.Protections were extended for about 1,100 Yemenis and 6,900 Syrians who already have them, but the administration has said it won’t take on new applicants.Trump has said he wants to curtail legal immigration and has been cracking down broadly on illegal immigration.___Forliti reported from Minneapolis.last_img read more

Protests show Brazilian dream fading as Rousseffs popularity ebbs

first_imgNo related posts. BRASILIA, Brazil — Francisco Soares, a 32-year-old Brasilia electrician, felt good about life two years ago when he started commuting in his first car, blasting the music and passing packed buses. Since then, bills started piling up, the cost of living jumped and last week he had to sell his wheels.After a decade that saw 40 million people rise from poverty, Brazil’s middle class finds itself squeezed by faster inflation, rising debt and a weaker currency. Consumers are spending less at supermarkets and hairdressers as the classic weekend event, a prime cut barbecue, becomes a stretch for some. Continuing a wave of protests sparked by an increase in bus fares, demonstrators surrounded Congress in Brasilia Monday and set a car on fire in Rio de Janeiro as tens of thousands marched in major cities.The emerging middle class was the engine of economic growth and made the developing nation one of the world’s top five markets for cars and mobile phones. It also helped the Workers’ Party win its third straight presidential election in 2010. Now, as the dream of a new car and a trip to Disney World fades for some, so does support for President Dilma Rousseff, who was jeered at a packed soccer stadium on June 15. Asked whether he would vote for her again, as he did in 2010, Soares said: “No way.”“The golden days are over, the feel-good factor is lost,” said Renato Fragelli, economics professor at the Fundacao Getulio Vargas, a business think tank in Rio de Janeiro. “It’s not that the middle class is disappearing but there’s been a setback, people feel they’re getting less for their money.”After Latin America’s biggest economy expanded less than economists forecast for the past five quarters and inflation accelerated, the approval rating of Rousseff’s government fell eight percentage points in June from March, the first drop since she took office in January 2011, according to a Datafolha opinion survey published June 9. The poll interviewed 3,758 people June 6-7 and had a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.Still, at 57 percent, Rousseff’s government support is 10 percentage points higher than in March 2011, according to Datafolha. The 65-year-old Rousseff remains the favorite to win the October 2014 presidential race, commanding 49 percent of voter intention, according to Datafolha. Marina Silva, a former environment minister who finished third in the 2010 presidential race, ranked second with 14 percent, while Aecio Neves, the candidate of the main opposition party, ranked third with 12 percent of voter intention.While her backing fell in all regions and income classes, it dropped most among those earning more than 6,780 reais ($3,142) and living in the southern part of the country and least in the traditionally poor northeastern region.The fact that Rousseff’s poll numbers have held up as well as they have in the face of slower growth and faster inflation is based on expanded social welfare programs and record low joblessness, said Andre Cesar, director at Sao Paulo-based consulting firm Prospectiva.Rousseff’s press office declined by email to comment on her approval rating.Unemployment, which hit an historic low in December at 4.6 percent, rose to 5.8 percent in April, still a record low for that month. Rousseff this month created an 18.7 billion reais subsidized credit line for beneficiaries of the government’s home-building program to buy refrigerators, stoves and furniture.Brazil’s gross domestic product expanded 0.9 percent last year, down from 2.7 percent in 2011 and 7.5 percent in 2010. Economists in the latest central bank survey forecast expansion of 2.49 percent this year. While that’s less than the 6.2 percent and 4.9 percent predicted for regional peers Peru and Chile, respectively, it’s more than the -0.08 percent estimate for Europe, according a Bloomberg survey of economists.The Sao Paulo stock exchange has fallen 24 percent in dollar terms this year, the worst performer among 18 major indexes tracked by Bloomberg. The real lost 8.7 percent against the dollar over the last three months, the worst among 16 major currencies followed by Bloomberg.There are signs that patience with the government may be wearing thin. Unhappiness with the cost of living spilled last week into the streets of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where a 20-centavos increase in bus fares generated protests that led to more than a hundred arrests, dozens of wounded and destroyed vehicles.Monday 65,000 people marched in Sao Paulo, Datafolha estimated, according to the website of newspaper Folha de S.Paulo, while in Rio 100,000 took to the streets, according to the website of Globo newspaper. In Brasilia, demonstrators surrounded Congress.The basic bus fare in Sao Paulo is 3.20 reais, a steep price for someone earning the minimum monthly wage of 678 reais.“These young people have something to tell us,” Rousseff’s secretary-general, Gilberto Carvalho, said to reporters in Brasilia. “They’re showing us anguish. If their message reverberates, it’s because it reflects the desires of many people.”“Peaceful protests are legitimate and a part of democracy” Rousseff said in a statement posted on the presidential blog.Another focus of Brazilians’ frustration has been the price of food, which rose through May at more than double the 6.5 percent pace of annual inflation. Tomatoes at one point jumped more than 100 percent, prompting a popular Italian restaurant in Sao Paulo to boycott the staple in protest of Rousseff’s economic policies.“It affects low-income families most because food makes up a bigger share of their budget,” said Eulina Nunes, coordinator for inflation data at the government’s statistics agency, by telephone from Rio de Janeiro. “Inflation is perverse.”At a supermarket in Vicente Pires, a working-class Brasilia suburb, Francisca Gomes, a domestic servant, picks up and then drops a bag of bell peppers after checking the price. She puts the cheaper squash in her shopping basket.The 40-year-old maid said she can no longer afford a prime cut of beef, known as picanha, for special occasions.“For us, it’s only second-rate meat now,” said Gomes, who earns the monthly minimum wage and still supports Rousseff.Supermarket sales in April were down 5.6 percent from a year earlier, and retail sales expanded at half the rate forecast by economists surveyed by Bloomberg.Tax breaks this year on electricity, basic foodstuffs and ethanol to slow inflation and revive economic growth have provided little relief for household budgets, said 59-year-old Fontanelli dos Pasos, who earns around 3,000 reais per month as a chauffeur. His dream of taking the family to Disney World in Orlando, Fla., is no longer an option, he said.“It’s a warning to the government — optimism on income and employment has fallen,” said Clesio Andrade, head of the National Transport Confederation, which last week published a poll that showed the Rousseff administration’s approval at 54.2 percent, down from 56.6 percent a year earlier. “Her popularity is still high but she can’t ignore these issues.”The CNT polled 2,010 people June 1-5 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.The government has stepped up its fight against inflation, and food prices are already falling, Guido Mantega, who has been finance minister for more than seven years, said in an interview on June 12.“Inflation bothers the population and also the government, that’s why we fight it,” Mantega said. Income continues to rise and consumers are not only buying electronic goods and food but also housing, with mortgage credit up more than 34 percent in 12 months, he said.The share of income that households spend on servicing debt has doubled in seven years to a record 44 percent, leaving less disposable income. More than 15 percent of those polled in the CNT survey said they are at least three months overdue on one or more debt payments.In addition to rising food and gasoline costs, the monthly debt payments and unforeseen health expenses for his 8-year-old daughter whacked his budget out of balance, Soares said.“At first the installments weren’t a problem, then everything became more expensive and I couldn’t handle it anymore,” said Soares, who earns around 2,000 reais a month.Instead of returning the car to the bank, he sold it to a used-car dealer who will continue paying his installments and thereby prevent him from getting a negative credit rating, he said, shoulders slumping.“It was a short-lived dream,” he said.With assistance from Joshua Goodman in Rio de Janeiro and Arnaldo Galvao in Brasilia Newsroom.© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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