After a week of voting and generating awareness for each of the finalists, Ryan Sheckler and the Sheckler Foundation are excited to announce Team Lilly Foundation as its latest “Be the Change” recipient.As a beneficiary, Team Lilly will receive a $10,000 grant from Ryan and the Sheckler Foundation to help families battling pediatric cancer. Team Lilly Foundation’s mission is to bring light to the reality of childhood cancer, while providing a hand to the families affected.“Congrats to Team Lilly Foundation on becoming our latest ‘Be the Change’ recipient! I’m stoked for you!” said Pro Skateboarder and Sheckler Foundation Co-Founder, Ryan Sheckler. “Thank you to all of the finalists that participated and everyone who voted in our ‘Be the Change’ initiative. It’s a blessing to see the skateboard and local community embrace our mission.”Team Lilly Foundation will utilize the $10,000 grant and support from Ryan and the Sheckler Foundation to help families with bills, travel for treatment, birthday and cancer-free bashes, holiday care packages to 200 kids three holidays a year and too often, funeral expenses.Ryan Sheckler’s “Be the Change” initiative was created to help injured action sports athletes and children in need. Since starting in 2008, the Sheckler Foundation has been paying it forward to help numerous individuals and causes. The past “Be the Change” recipients of this $10,000 grant include: The Port Gamble S’Klallam, Peach’s Neet Feet, Ashley Wade Foundation, Hope for Carter, Gamerosity, Andrew Hale’s Road to Recovery, Coping Mechanism-Parisite DIY Skatepark, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), Adventure Club and Books and Boards.For additional information, please visit shecklerfoundation.org.
Rabat – The Atlas lions have roared back for a 2-0 win to beat Ivory coast in Abidjan. The Moroccan football team has memorably defeated Ivory coast to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, finishing at the top of Group C ahead of the Ivorian team. The Moroccan footballers have fulfilled their vow and booked a ticket to the 2018 World Cup for the first time in 20 years. The first goal against Ivory Coast was netted by the Moroccan winger Nabil Dirar at the 26-minute mark. Moroccan players have showed great mentality and played a great defense in the decisive Morocco-Ivory Coast game. Despite the Ivorian elephants’ massive defense against the Moroccan team, Ivory had no escape from a second kick played through the Moroccan key defender Mehdi Benatia, who scored his fabulous goal just five minutes after Morocco’s first goal. There was an incredible harmony between the Moroccan players, who balanced between the run and the pass throughout the game. Moroccan goalkeeper Munir Mohanad Mohamedi has also played a key role in today’s decisive game against the Ivorian players as he succeeded to abort all their attempts to score.This qualification is long overdue for Moroccan millennials who have never watch their national team play in a World Cup. The last time Morocco qualified to the World Cup was in France 1998. At the time, Achraf Hakimi, Morocco’s right back and Real Madrid player was still not born. This is the fifth time the Atlas Lions qualify for the world Cup following the editions of 1970, 1986, 1994 and 1998.Morocco has the best defense in the world, as it is the only national team did not concede any goal during the World Cup qualifiers.
KAHULUI, Hawaii — A Hawaii airport has opened a $340 million facility for car rental companies.The Maui News reported Wednesday that the Kahului Airport Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility is the largest single public works project on Maui.Officials say the facility that opened Wednesday houses all major rental car companies in one spot and connects passengers with the airport via electric tram.Officials say the project took three years to complete, was environmentally friendly and created hundreds of local jobs.Gov. David Ige visited the site Tuesday and says the project was “funded with no taxpayer dollars involved.”The funding came from a state facility charge, a daily $4.50 payment by rental car customers.The Democratic governor says a similar facility is scheduled for 2021 completion at Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.___Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.comThe Associated Press
Ms. Migiro will represent Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the First Meeting of States Parties to the Convention of Cluster Munitions, which begins on Tuesday and brings together delegates to discuss the operation and implementation of the pact, which prohibits the use, production and trade in cluster munitions. The Convention entered into force on 1 August 2010 and has already gained the signatures of 108 States, with 46 of those countries having also ratified it.Cluster munitions contain dozens of smaller explosives designed to disperse over an area the size of a football field, but often fail to detonate upon impact, creating large de facto minefields. By the end of 2009, 16,816 cluster munitions casualties were recorded, but due to significant under-reporting, the actual number of casualties might be as high as 85,000 worldwide.The meeting takes place in Laos because of the particular prevalence of the munitions in the country. An estimated 37 per cent of the country’s territory remains contaminated three decades after the end of war in the South-east Asian nation, and an average of 300 Laotians are killed each year as a result of cluster munitions – half the annual global total.Ms. Migiro will then travel to Beirut, Lebanon, on 11 November to chair the 14th Regional Coordination Mechanism for Arab States and meet government officials and UN staff in the region. Then she will head to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 14 November to chair the 11th Session of the Regional Coordination Mechanism of UN agencies and organizations working in Africa in support of the African Union, before returning to New York on 16 November. 8 November 2010Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro arrived today in Vientiane, Laos, ahead of a global meeting on the outlawing of cluster munitions, the first stop on a three-nation tour that will also take the senior United Nations official to Lebanon and Ethiopia.
by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press Posted Sep 12, 2014 1:14 am MDT BRUSSELS – New European Union sanctions against Russia announced Friday toughen financial penalties on the country’s banks, arms manufacturers and its biggest oil company, Rosneft, to punish Moscow for what the West sees as efforts to destabilize Ukraine.The United States was also expected to announce more sanctions Friday.The EU measures, which were made official after a preliminary agreement Thursday, broaden the scope of penalties imposed in July. They increase restrictions to Europe’s capital markets, which further limits the targeted Russian companies’ ability to raise money, for example. They now also apply to major oil and defence companies, not only banks.Similarly, the EU broadened the scope of existing limits on the export of high-technology goods and items that could also be used for military purposes, so-called dual-use goods.The sanctions also ban another 24 officials from travelling to the EU and freeze their assets there. Among the individuals are four deputy Parliament speakers and leaders of the separatists in eastern Ukraine. They also hit businessman Sergey Viktorovich Chemezov, who served in the Soviet intelligence service in Germany alongside President Vladimir Putin during the Cold War and is now known as one of his “close associates,” according to the EU.The EU sanctions forbid EU companies from engaging in new contracts in oil drilling, exploration and related services in Russia’s Arctic, deep sea and shale oil projects. Russia’s Rosneft is majority-owned by the state, but Britain’s BP holds a 19.75 per cent stake in it.The curbs on access to Europe’s financial markets also hit pipeline operator Transneft, the oil subsidiary of Russia’s state-owned energy giant Gazprom and plane maker United Aircraft Corporation.Conspicuously absent from the list of targets was Russia’s gas industry, because many EU nations depend on Russian gas imports. The penalties hit only Gazprom’s crude oil subsidiary.The sanctions take immediate effect and will be reviewed by EU nations at the end of the month. Russia has threatened to retaliate.Speaking at a conference in Kyiv on Friday, European Parliament President Martin Schulz said the new sanctions were a sign to Moscow that there is “no return to business as usual.”The military conflict between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine has been raging since mid-April, claiming more than 3,000 lives, according to the UN. Ukraine and the West have accused Russia of providing the rebels with weapons and recruits, which Russia denies.The new EU capital market sanctions ban credits and loans with a maturity of over 30 days for the targeted Russian banks and firms. Previous sanctions covered only debt and equity with a maturity of more than 90 days.Limiting access to western capital markets curbs lending and is likely to weigh down Russia’s already flagging economy.“Even though (targeted) companies are not threatened with an immediate liquidity crisis, the banks and firms concerned will painfully notice, especially the stronger constraints for short-term refinancing,” said the managing director of the Association of German Banks, Michael Kemmer.Russia’s benchmark MICEX stock index, however, was up 0.8 per cent on Friday afternoon and Rosneft shares rose 1.7 per cent as investors had already largely factored in the new sanctions. The national currency was down 0.5 per cent at the all-time low of 37.7 rubles against the dollar.Overall, Brussels has been more reluctant than Washington to sanction Russia because of its economic ties. Moscow is an important gas supplier for many EU nations and is the bloc’s third-largest trading partner. The EU’s sanctions, however, have more impact than those imposed by the U.S. since the EU is by far Russia’s largest trading partner.In retaliation for earlier sanctions, Moscow banned food imports from the West, closing a market worth 10 billion euros ($13 billion) a year for European producers.Russia has also issued a veiled threat that it could ban Western airlines from using Russian airspace — a move that would lead to higher fuel costs and delays for flights to Asia by European airlines.___Laura Mills in Kyiv and Nataliya Vasilyeva in Moscow contributed reporting.___Follow Juergen Baetz on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/jbaetz AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EU sanctions target Rosneft and Gazprom’s oil business, banks, arms firms and lawmakers
The recruitment of the University’s next Vice-President, Research is in full sail, steered by an Advisory Committee anchored by some of Brock’s top researchers (including two Canada Research Chairs) and chaired by Interim President Tom Traves.The position has been posted in the media and on public websites, and preliminary discussions will be held with potential candidates. All expressions of interest are encouraged to contact the search consultant, Laverne Smith & Associates.The Advisory Committee will oversee a confidential search process that includes reviewing all candidates, creating a shortlist, conducting interviews and ultimately providing the President with a recommendation. The successful candidate will replace biological scientist Joffre Mercier, who has been serving as Interim VP Research since the fall of 2016.The committee membership includes:Two members of the Board of TrusteesTrevor CooperDennis HewkoFull-time representatives from each Brock FacultyWendy Ward (Canada Research Chair, Faculty of Applied Health and Sciences)Stephen Cheung (Canada Research Chair, Faculty of Graduate Studies)Anteneh Ayanso (Goodman School of Business)Michael O’Sullivan (Faculty of Education)Tim Conley (Faculty of Humanities)Fiona Hunter (Faculty of Mathematics and Science)Stefan Dolgert (Faculty of Social Sciences)Professional librarianIan GordonUndergraduate student of student trustee representing BUSUAmalia BanavaGraduate student representing GSAChristopher YendtSAC memberIngrid MakusStaff memberSheila Smith
Champion of Croatia, C.O Zagreb prepares roster for the next season. After the TOP 16 EHF Champions League team extended contract with Tonci Valcic, Management of the team began talks with Hungarian NT member, left back of Pick Szeged, David Katzirz (31). Katzirz is on the end of his contract with Hungarian vice-champion. In Zagreb thinks that he can be usefull as add to the back line with Balic, Valcic, Gojun, etc…From the other side, from the Serbian media, there is the story about negotation of Gorenje’s left back, Nikola Manojlovic (30) with Croatian champion. Manojlovic, who played in Rhein Neckar Lowen season before, also in Goppingen, back to the Serbian national team this Spring, after few years, ready to help to the team at the EHF EURO 2012 in his country… David KatzirzNikola Manojlovic ← Previous Story HK Viborg doesn’t want Savic and Amariei Next Story → Grubisic remains at Krim!
The letter bomb defused at the Greek embassy in Rome on Monday was sent by anarchists seeking revenge for their comrades in Greece, the Italian police it was reported in various media agencies on Tuesday.An Italian group called the Informal Anarchist Federation has claimed responsibility for the defused letter bomb, as well as for two letter bombs that exploded at the Swiss and Chilean embassies to Rome on December 23, seriously injuring two people.Colonel Maurizio Mezzavilla of the Carabinieri paramilitary police said the device sent to the Greek embassy was a response to the arrests in Greece in November of two alleged members of an anarchist group, the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, which claimed responsibility for sending 14 letter bombs to embassies in Athens last month.A note found with the Greek embassy bomb in Rome on Monday read, “We’re striking again, and we do so in response to the appeal sent by the Greek comrades of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire,” the Colonel said to other media agencies.He quoted the note as saying: “That is why we are directing the new attack to one of the structures that represents the Greek state and its servants, in solidarity with the comrades arrested in Athens and the Conspiracy’s project which, like ours, is based on the actions and methods of revolutionary violence.”Italian and Greek police officials say that anarchist groups across Europe maintain close ties with each other through the Internet, and often act to call attention to their cause.Colonel Mezzavilla said the note at the Greek embassy had been found in a small metal licorice box sent in the same packet as the explosive device.After the spate of letter bombs in Athens, Greek police arrested two Greeks, Panagiotis Argyrou, 22, and Gerasimos Tsakalos, 24, in November, and charged them with terrorism-related offenses. They and other alleged members of their group are expected to go on trial on January 17.The Colonel said that the packages sent to the Greek, Chilean and Swiss embassies were of similar construction. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Mars500 : une troisième sortie sur la planète rouge simuléeLes astronautes de la mission Mars500 ont réalisé hier une troisième “sortie” sur la planète rouge, la dernière prévue dans le cadre de cette aventure lancée en juin dernier à l’Institut russe des problèmes médicaux-biologiques (IBMP), près de Moscou.Pendant près d’une heure, Alexander Smoleyevsky et Diego Urbina Diego, ont foulé le sol martien reconstitué au sein de l’IBMP. Ils ont alors simulé une situation d’urgence lors de laquelle Diego Urbina a trébuché sur un sac d’échantillons de roches, rapporte le site Techno-Science.com.À lire aussiFossile, Mars et Google Chrome, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 4 juinAprès cette dernière sortie martienne, les astronautes ont rejoint leurs co-équipiers dans le module principal de la mission, et tous entreprendront leur retour sur Terre le 27 février. Leur arrivée à destination n’est pas prévue avant le mois de novembre.Fruit d’une collaboration entre l’IBMP, l’Agence spatiale européenne (Esa) et l’Agence spatiale fédérale russe Roscosmos, la mission Mars500 a été lancée le 3 juin dernier. Six volontaires âgés de 26 à 38 ans, trois ingénieurs, un médecin, un chirurgien et un physicien, participent à cette simulation d’un voyage sur Mars. Depuis huit mois, ils vivent totalement isolés, dans des conditions quasi-similaires à celles que pourrait imposer un véritable voyage sur la planète rouge.Retrouvez les images des coulisses de Mars500 sur Maxisciences. Le 23 février 2011 à 16:28 • Emmanuel Perrin
Free Mobile : l’option data pour le forfait à 2 € est débloquéeL’option data de Free Mobile fait enfin son apparition. Elle peut être activée gratuitement. Les 20 Mo de datas sont facturés 2€.L’option data Internet du forfait à 2 euros de Free Mobile, très attendue, est désormais disponible. Elle apparaît désormais dans la rubrique “Mes options” des abonnés. Il ne reste donc plus à ceux-ci de l’activer, gratuitement.20 Mo de datas sont ainsi débloqués pour la somme de 1,99 euro. Le mégaoctet supplémentaire est facturé 0,06 euro, soit 6 euros pour 100 Mo supplémentaires. Le forfait est alors valable jusqu’à la fin de période de facture et non pour les 30 prochains jours, comme le rappelle Clubic.Enfin, la page permettant de suivre sa consommation a vue son interface relookée. Elle est également plus intuitive. Pratique pour savoir ou en est le forfait consommé… et les datas restantes. Le 23 février 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 22, 2017 – Nassau – Some 100 plus children are enrolled in Fort Charlotte’s Urban Renewal Summer Camp and although now into week two, the numbers continue to swell.Led by a team of 11 leaders, the children take time out of their 4-hour day to focus on the Urban Renewal Summer Camp theme “It’s a Bahamian Thing”.“During the downtime we try to hone in on Bahamian culture to make the kids more aware of our culture and the meaning of what it is. We are starting from young so we can mold them into their culture so they can understand who they are and build national Bahamian pride. Not knowing their heritage is like a tree with no root,” said Christina Sweeting, coordinator for the Camp.Ms. Sweeting indicated that the children take a daily walk through the Bahamian islands in the classrooms at Greater Chippingham Church of God. Billboards erected in the classrooms are fully decorated with Bahamian crafts depicting national heroes, Bahamian artwork and more. This allows them to make the journey around The Bahamas.The children also participate in devotions, make crafts and are instructed in subjects including sports, English Language and History. Pep talks on bullying, nutrition and dos and don’ts about summer are presented. Weekly field trips, T-shirts and fully balanced meals are also provided for the children.They were busy rehearsing a musical selection for the Closing ceremony when the team from BIS stopped by on Thursday.“Every Camp is expected to give a presentation at the Closing Ceremony. Our contribution is the choir,” said Ms. Sweeting. “We are trying to build a Fort Charlotte Community Choir so we are beginning with the kids who come to the Camp.”Superintendent Dencil Barr said as a result of the formation of the choir, the children are able to show they have developed synergy from what they have been exposed to in such a short time.Visitors including the Hon. Mark Humes, Member of Parliament for Fort Charlotte, and representatives of Baha Juice and Beverages also visited the happy campers on Thursday.Baha Juice donated several cases of fresh, natural, organic juice to the camp. Director Levin Wilson said his company was “excited” about giving the product to the children.On the other hand, Mr. Humes plans to direct the campers in a few songs.The children who range in age from 5 to 15 represent neighborhoods including Fort Charlotte. According to Superintendent Barr, many of them were enrolled as a result of recruitment exercises undertaken by his staff members. “We did walkabouts throughout the neighborhoods and urged parents to enroll. The parents know of the positivity of Urban Renewal. That is why we have such a great response.”The Urban Renewal Summer Camp is sponsored by the Urban Renewal Commission of the Ministry of Social Services.Press Release: BISPHOTO CAPTIONS: The Hon. Mark Humes interacts with the campers and Superintendent Dencil Barr watches as the children perform.(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)
The photo shows fishermen taking preparation to go to the Bay as the ban on catching hilsa fish is about to end. Photo: UNBFishermen in coastal districts are taking preparation to go to the Bay of Bengal to resume catching hilsa as the 22-day ban on fishing the delicious fish comes to an end on Monday.The government imposed the ban on catching, selling, hoarding and transportation of hilsa in the country for 22 days from 7 to 28 October to boost the production through protection of the mother fish during the peak of the breeding season.During a visit to KB Bazar Ghat adjacent to Doratana River on Friday, the UNB correspondent saw the fishermen preparing their trawlers and fishing nets to go to the Bay of Bengal to catch hilsa.Trawlers were being towed to rivers from the dockyard. Fishing nets, fuel and daily essentials were being loaded in the trawlers.Thousands of fishermen are waiting to start their journeys to the sea.Local fishermen alleged that fishermen from India enter Bangladesh water territories illegally to catch hilsa during the ban.They demanded government steps so that the Indian fishermen cannot enter the Bangladesh territory.Idris Sheikh, president of Bagerhat Coastal Fishermen Association, urged the government to take steps so that foreign fishermen could not enter Bangladesh territory to catch fish.Officials at the fisheries department, Bangladesh Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, district and upazila administration, police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) conducted drives to prevent hilsa fishing during the period of ban.Besides, executive magistrates conducted mobile courts and punished a good number of fishermen who violated the ban.Haque Islam, a fisherman of ‘FB Sabbir’ trawler of Khulna district, said that they returned to the ghat from the Bay on 6 October obeying the government ban. Now, they are taking preparations to go again for catching hilsa. Their trawlers and nets are prepared to resume fishing.Zia Haider Chowdhury, district fisheries officer, said, “Now we’ve to save Hilsa fry (under 10 inches). The authorities will impose a ban on catching Hilsa fry in the coastal areas from 1 November to 30 June next year.”
NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Guy Clark has died.Clark died Tuesday at his home in Nashville, Tennessee, according to his manager, Keith Case. He was 74 and had been in poor health, although Case didn’t give an official cause of death.Wikipedia/GobonoboGuy Clark at the Newport Folk Festival in 2009A native of Monahans, Texas, Clark was known for such hits as “L.A. Freeway” and “Desperados Waiting for a Train,” and his songs were covered by Johnny Cash, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs and many others. In 2014, his “My Favorite Picture of You” won a Grammy for best folk album.Clark also was a mentor for such future stars as Steve Earle and Rodney Crowell.Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Share
(Photo Courtesy of Kay Jon Photography)On the second Saturday of each month, the warm and embracing sound of a choir rehearsing rises from the basement of the Journey of Faith Church on Liberty Road. The voices are so rich, polished and laden with soulful expression the immediate assumption is that an adult choir is singing. However, what you will find are young people, the abundantly talented Singing Sensations Youth Choir.Nearly 11 years ago, while teaching music at Furman L. Templeton Elementary School, Dr. Hollie Hood-Mincey decided she wanted her students to have the opportunity to travel with their music as her own kids were doing through dance. Mincey’s three children were members of a dance troupe that traveled internationally, and she went with them. Dr. Hollie Hood-Mincey (Courtesy Photo)“I traveled with them to England, Paris, and all these wonderful places, and I started asking myself, ‘How can I do this for Baltimore City children?’” she explains. Mincey prayed about it, asking God how she could make it happen for kids with no money, and it wasn’t long before she got a vision for a touring choir, the Singing Sensations. She took the idea to her principal. “I want to take these kids on tour for 10 days,” she said. “They’re going to wear tuxedos at the spring concert. They’re going to wear gowns.” She said her principal replied, “That’s not going to happen. You’ve got to raise money.” The determined music teacher says her response was, “Okay. And, then we did it.” “We got started in the community at Furman L. Templeton Elementary School. This is our 10th year, We’ve been to Canada, Trinidad, Africa . . . and we continue. And, God keeps opening up doors. We don’t have any foundation that’s backing us. We kind of raise money selling candy bars and cinnamon buns.” That is one reason that the choir’s upcoming Black History Month Concert, “I, Too, Sing America,” is so important. The concert 5 p.m. March 22 in the Gilliam Concert Hall is presented by Morgan State University’s Fine and Performing Arts Department. It will feature the Community Concert Choir of Baltimore and New Town High School Choir, and is a major fundraiser for the youth choir that has provided scholarships and life-altering experiences for its members.Atiya Jacobs started with the choir when it began, and she was in the first grade. Now, an 18-year-old senior in high school, she says belonging to the choir is a blessing that opened up a world of experiences she never thought possible. She said the choir’s trip to South Africa, about 18 months ago, was her most meaningful experience, so far.“It honestly changed me. I have become more humble from it,” she said. “I know it would have never happened if I wasn’t in the choir.”While travel is one thing that the group’s fundraising efforts support, raising scholarship funds is of importance to Mincey. “Our whole push is that every kid that participates goes to college,” she explains. “So, we try to raise money just to make sure there is no reason they cannot go.”Last year, four choir members graduated from high school, and each received a $2,000 scholarship. Mincey is hoping to give as much or more, when three members graduate this year.This time of year, the choir goes into high gear for travel and fundraising with its Spring Break Tour, and annual Spring Break occurrence for the past 10 years. Things will be a little different this year, however, because parents have been invited to join them, keepng families together for Easter. The group, 90 strong, will travel to churches, schools, and nursing homes in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia, sharing their joy for music.Then, June 23, the young singers who are often complimented as much for their model behavior as they are for their singing, will travel to Dallas, Texas to perform at Bishop T. D. Jakes’ Potter’s House, followed by a 10-day tour in the Bahamas, July 17-27.While Dr. Mincey has enjoyed great success touring the choir and providing scholarships for her students, her goal of having the Singing Sensations Youth Choir perform for President Barack Obama at the White House remains unfulfilled. “My kids have sung with Donnie McClurkin, Karen Clark Sheard … and for Congressman Elijah Cummings. My hope and dream is to take the choir to the White House. We wrote a song for Obama. My kids are clearly good enough to be there. We want to sing for President Obama,” she says in a tone that indicates determination, which will not be denied.For additional information about the Singing Sensations Youth Choir and its upcoming concert, visit http://www.sensationalsingers.org/, or call 443-622-4994 or 443-929-2603. Information is also available at www.morgan.edu.
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(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Delegates are tasked with studying Hu’s speech _ a long-prepared report summarizing progress and outlining an agenda _ so they can share it with local party members. They attend presentations showcasing China’s achievements under the party’s leadership, and hold sessions by region to air suggestions. There is no voice of opposition.Li, like other delegates, received early drafts of Hu’s report. She made suggestions for the section on ecological development and was overjoyed to see even stronger wording in the final version that Hu delivered Thursday.“The report is truly a collective work of the whole party’s wisdom,” Li said.After the congress, the delegates help spread the message from the top leadership, known as Zhongyang, or “party central.”“We are engaged with the masses,” Wu said. “We are the bridge between the party central and the grassroots.”Most significantly, the delegates will select the Central Committee, the party’s policy-setting body of around 350 full and non-voting alternate members. Usually there are a few more candidates than seats. At the last congress in 2007, there were about 108 candidates for every 100 seats, so votes can affect the outcome slightly. Li, 55, has an authoritative voice but the look of a college student, with blue jeans, bangs and cascading black hair. Her backpack has two frog pendants, which she equates with a healthy ecology.She develops drought-resistant varieties of plants meant to hold back the Gobi Desert in Ningxia province, to protect the farmland China needs to feed its large population. She heads a national laboratory of seedling bioengineering, and her projects have won numerous awards, including from the Hong Kong-based Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation.Li joined the party as a teenager even though she lived through some of its radical excesses. Her father had been condemned as a rightist and banished to one of China’s poorest regions, Ningxia province, where she joined him in the 1960s. She later was sent to another community in Ningxia where she worked alongside farmers by day and taught girls to read by night.“To join the party at 18 was more glorious than being a pop star today,” she said.She went to college in 1978 and was assigned upon graduation to the Ningxia Forestry Institute. After a two-year research stint in Oslo, Norway, she became the head of the institute in 1995.“I love the Chinese Communist Party. There is no reason not to love it,” Li said. “It gives you space and lets you grow.” The Central Committee then chooses the leadership, though the real lineup is largely fixed through back-channel negotiations.“The rank-and-file delegates are welcome to air their views, but they are also skillfully guided by the top echelons of the party to make the right decisions and elect the appropriate Central Committee members,” said Steve Tsang of the University of Nottingham in Britain. “Party discipline means that there is no real scope for them to make what will be deemed by the party central as inappropriate choices.”Still, Li said she was taking her vote seriously. As one of the 2,268 national delegates for more than 82 million party members, Li technically is voting on behalf of 35,000 party members.“It’s very weighty,” she said. Work experience, word of mouth, gender and region of origin will factor into how she votes, she said.She brushed aside reports that two top slots are already settled: Vice President Xi Jinping is all but certain to replace Hu as party chief, and Li Keqiang will become premier. But she said she would support their election.“They are super great,” Li said. “They have been elected up through many levels, and they are accepted and recognized by the masses.” 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes This is coming directly from party leader Hu, she told them. “This is not from some TV anchor or some youth group speech,” she said at the meeting, open to reporters. “This means there’s no doubt we will have a beautiful China. That is absolutely certain!”Li is one of the rank-and-file delegates attending the Communist Party congress running through Wednesday that will start to install a new generation of leaders to run the world’s No. 2 economy.Delegates like Li have no real political clout. They ratify decisions made by a few dozen party insiders in backroom deals. There were brought to Beijing largely to make the roughly 2,300-member congress more representative, but they believe in the cause and swoon at the prestige of being chosen to be a delegate.“This is a high honor, especially for those of us who are not government officials,” Li said. “Any one of us who gets elected is the cream of the crop from each and every industry.”Along with senior party figures, government officials, managers of state industries and military commanders, delegates like Li include migrant workers, peasants, factory technicians, teachers, doctors, artists and Olympic gold medalists. Comments Share Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Quick workouts for men There’s China’s “most beautiful mother” _ who shot to national fame when she caught someone else’s 2-year-old daughter with her bare arms when the toddler fell from a 10th-floor window. Wu Juping became a symbol of selflessness after the July 2011 rescue crushed her left arm.“I did what every mom would do,” said Wu, who was then a quality control employee at the e-commerce giant Alibaba in eastern China’s Hangzhou city.Wu had a rose-red blazer tailored at her own expense for the congress. A fellow delegate, Yu Fuling, said she spent more than 3,000 yuan ($475) for a hot-pink jacket with green embroidery.“You see a lot of bright hues of red, yellow and green from the delegates,” Wu said in an interview. “This is such an important meeting that we want to host it in a happy, joyful mood, as the Chinese tradition goes.”Even if their power is limited, the delegates are successful and influential in their fields or communities. They typically know little about China’s politics. Communists all, they are nominated by local party offices. Party personnel officers vet their qualifications and sound out colleagues to evaluate their reputations. Parents, stop beating yourself up Associated PressBEIJING (AP) – Tears welled in Li Jian’s eyes whenever President Hu Jintao mentioned the environment in his speech to Communist Party delegates gathered in the Great Hall of the People during China’s most important political event of the decade.Hu’s exhortation last week to create a “beautiful China” and to “cherish and love nature” spoke to the 55-year-old bioengineer’s dearest concerns. Hours later, still brimming with emotion, she stood up during a staid discussion among fellow delegates, to underline the good news.
Go back to the e-newsletterLATAM Airlines Peru has announced that it will operate three weekly non-stop flights between Santiago and Cusco starting 15 August 2018. The route will be operated by Airbus A319 aircraft with capacity for 144 passengers, offering a total of 45,051 seats per year. Tickets are on sale from this week.“As part of our commitment to offering unparalleled connectivity in Latin America and to the development of sustainable tourism in the region, from August we will proudly offer our first non-stop international flight to Cusco, the historic capital of Peru,” said Enrique Cueto, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group. “With 24 new routes planned for 2018, we continue to bring the region’s remotest corners closer to the world.”Starting 15 August 2018, LATAM Airlines Peru flight LA2366 will depart Santiago on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday at 3.35pm, arriving in Cusco at 5pm the same day. The return flight (LA2367) will operate on the same days, departing Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport at 8.25am and arriving in Santiago at 1.50pm (all times local).Located 3,399 metres above sea level in the Peruvian Andes, Cusco is the former capital of the Incan empire and is renowned for both its Incan and Spanish colonial architecture, becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Its history, vibrant culinary scene and proximity to attractions such as the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the citadel of Machu Picchu draw visitors from around the world.In addition to the new Santiago-Cusco route, LATAM Airlines Peru has served Cusco from its Lima hub since 1999, operating up to 24 daily flights. From Lima, the airline group offers non-stop flights to 17 destinations throughout Peru as well as 32 cities in Latin America, the United States and Europe.New direct flights from CuscoThe Santiago-Cusco service will complement LATAM Airlines Peru’s new Cusco-Pisco, Cusco-Iquitos and Cusco-Trujillo flights, which will operate on a seasonal basis between July and November 2018, enabling passengers to travel directly between Peru’s principal tourist destinations without needing to connect via Lima.Cusco-Pisco: Located in the Ica region on the Pacific coast of Peru, Pisco is small port town known for its bird and marine life, the production of the grape spirit of the same name and its proximity to the world-famous Nazca Lines. LATAM will operate two weekly flights from Cusco to Pisco.Cusco-Iquitos: Iquitos is known as the ‘capital of the Peruvian Amazon’ and is located in the Great Plains of the Amazon Basin to the east of the Andes. With 471,993 inhabitants, it is the largest city in the world that cannot be reached by road and is accessible only by air or river. LATAM will operate three weekly flights between Cusco and Iquitos.Cusco-Trujillo: Known as ‘the city of eternal spring’ – thanks to a pleasant year-round climate – Trujillo offers world-class beaches and water sports as well as prized gastronomy. It is also close to two major pre-Columbian archeological sites: Chan Chan, the largest adobe city in the ancient world, and the temples of the Sun and Moon. LATAM will operate three weekly flights from Cusco to Trujillo.In total, LATAM will fly to 8 destinations from Cusco in 2018, including seasonal services to Pisco, Iquitos and Trujillo as well as year-round services to Lima, Arequipa, Juliaca, Puerto Maldonado and now Santiago.Go back to the e-newsletter
by The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2019 10:24 am PDT SACRAMENTO, Calif. — May the fourth officially be with you.The California Legislature voted Thursday to declare May 4 “Star Wars Day” in honour of a Disneyland theme park slated to open later this month centred on the franchise.It’s a play on the Star Wars’ phrase “may the force be with you.” The resolution by Democratic Assemblyman Tom Daly says it’s the largest single-site expansion in the park’s history and could generate $14 million in tax revenue for the city of Anaheim annually.The resolution also recognizes the Walt Disney Company’s “decades-long record of enhancing the quality of life for people in California and beyond.”A charity group that dresses up as Stormtroopers are at the Capitol, and a hot air balloon that looked like Yoda flew outside the Capitol.The Associated Press California Legislature declares May 4 ‘Star Wars Day’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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