Hedley frontman facing three sex offence charges in Toronto

first_imgToronto police have charged the frontman of the band Hedley with three sexual offences involving two women.Police say 34-year-old Jacob Hoggard is scheduled to appear in a Toronto courtroom on Thursday.He is charged with one count of sexual interference and two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm.Police allege the offences happened on three dates in 2016 after a man met with two women on separate occasions.Hoggard’s lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment.last_img

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante faces online threats over secularism stance

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec’s premier is speaking out against online threats levelled against Montreal’s mayor over her stance on Bill 21.Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante has said she’s been the target of increasing threats since making known her opposition to the provincial secularism bill.Plante told reporters threats of physical violence on social media have spiked recently, and she’s taking them very seriously.A senior aide to the mayor told The Canadian Press that messages deemed to have crossed a line have been flagged and given to Montreal police.In Quebec City, Premier Francois Legault called the threats unacceptable and said the debate over Bill 21 must be respectful.Bill 21 would prohibit public servants in positions of authority — including teachers, police officers, Crown prosecutors and prison guards — from wearing religious symbols on the job. A grandfather clause would protect people already hired in those positions.The debate surrounding the proposed legislation has been divisive since the bill was tabled last month.“This is unacceptable. We have to repeat again that this debate has to be done respectfully, and we have to be careful about any kind of violence,” Legault said in Quebec City on Thursday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Hudsons Bay Co says Saks stores affected by data breach

first_imgTORONTO – Hudson’s Bay Co. is the latest Canadian company to be hit with a data breach, saying that customer payment card information may have been stolen from shoppers at certain Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off Fifth and Lord & Taylor stores in North America.A spokesperson for retailer would not comment on whether any specific Canadian locations were affected, but did say there is no indication the breach affects any of HBC’s other digital platforms, Hudson’s Bay stores or Home Outfitters locations.HBC released little information on the breach itself on Sunday, but a New York-based cybersecurity firm said it had analyzed the available data and found that information from five-million credit cards had been compromised.Gemini Advisory LLC said in a report that the information was stolen from 83 Saks Fifth Avenue or Saks Off Fifth stores, and from all Lord & Taylor locations.The firm found that three Canadian Saks locations were exposed to the breach: Sherway Gardens in Toronto, Bramalea City Centre in Brampton, Ont. and Pickering Town Centre in Pickering, Ont.Dmitry Chorine, the co-founder of Gemini Advisory, said his firm works to improve response to data breaches by analyzing stolen data that appears on the so-called dark web.Chorine said the firm started looking into the breach when they noticed an influx of stolen credit and debit card information being offered for sale on the dark web last week.Upon analyzing the data, Chorine said they were able to determine that shoppers at all Lord & Taylor and at certain Saks Fifth Avenue locations were at risk of having their information stolen.“On March 28, we saw a significant spike of stolen credit cards offered for sale on one of the marketplaces,” said Chorine.“When we checked, we saw there was an advertisement stating that more than five-million credit and debit cards will be offered for sale, and that’s when we decided to research this particular breach.”The data that Chorine and his team found was being offered on a dark web marketplace operated by a hacking group called JokerStash, which Chorine says has been active in hacking retail and hospitality companies for the past three years.Gemini Advisory said Sunday that it had found data that had been stolen from as early as March 2017, and as late as March 2018.He said that only certain Saks Fifth Avenue locations were affected because the outlet was in the process of switching from card-swipe technology to EMV chip technology, which is already commonly used in Canada.Stores that had already implemented chip machines would likely not be exposed to the data breach, Chorine said.Chorine urged any consumers who had shopped at Saks Fifth Avenue or Lord & Taylor stores in the past year to take preventative measures against fraud.“They should probably call their banks and replace their cards,” said Chorine. “That would probably be the best preventative action they could take, instead of just waiting.”For now, HBC is asking clients to review their account statements for activity or transactions they don’t recognize.The company said it’s investigating and taking steps to contain the attack, and clients will not be responsible for any fraudulent charges as a result of the breach.It said it will offer free identity protection services to those affected once they learn more about the breach.last_img read more

Review of Laila Lalamis Novel The Moors Account

By Mbarka BohamraRabat – In 1527, a fleet of five Spanish ships led by Pánfilo de Narváez set sailed to explore present-day Florida, only to get lost and perish in The New World. The crew originally consisted of three hundred men including officers, soldiers, friars and settlers but four men survived: the expedition’s treasurer, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca; a nobleman named Alonso del Castillo Maldonado; an explorer named Andrés Dorantes de Carranza; and his enslaved moor Estebanico. Upon his arrival to Spain, Cabeza de Vaca began writing his own account of what he had witnessed in his journey, which was published in 1542 and it’s considered to be the first written account of North America. There was only one line in which he mentioned Estebanico: “the fourth [survivor] is Estibanico, an Arab negro from Azemmour”.In her novel, The Moor’s Account, Laila Lalami sets out to resurrect Estebanico, giving him a voice to tell the story from his perspective and narrate the details of the ill-fated expedition without the embellishments or the changes that the other survivors would add to their stories to make them fit the Spanish crown at the time. He “intend to correct details of the history that was compiled by my companions, the three Castilian”Estebanico, or Mustafa Al-Zamori as Leila labels him, was a merchant living in Azemmour. When the town fell to Portuguese rule and famine spread all over the place, he had to sell himself into slavery to save his family from starvation. Baptized and converted to Catholicism against his will, Estebanico strives to juggle his identity in a strange land and surrounded by strangers and hazards from every corner in The New World.The novel touches on different themes and emotions including despair, loss, racial conflicts, and most importantly; greed, which the root of all evil in the story. It was greed that led Pánfilo de Narváez to cross the ocean in search of gold he convinced himself it existed in Florida. It was greed that made Estebanico forsake the profession of a notary that his father wanted for him and instead he ventured into trading, selling several human beings and eventually, selling himself into bondage.The storytelling moves rather in a slow motion giving the novel a perceptive undertone. Estebanico narrates a myriad of tales about the American Indians, their tribes, their traditions and their customs and the survival tactics that allowed him to remain alive. The story also points out how racial differences crumble in times of peril and hardship, but they’re back as soon as the circumstances return to comfort.Overall, The Moor’s Account is a well-researched page-turner filled with thrilling and sometimes shocking events. It explores the reactions of humans in the face of the adversary and danger, and the brutality on both sides of equation (Indians and Spanish colonists) from the perspective of a relatively neutral bystander.Throughout the story, Estebanico remains unbiased and his only concern is staying alive and regaining his freedom. He writes about The Spanish: “Just by saying something was so, they believed that it was. I know that these conquerors, like many before them, and no doubt like others after, gave speeches not to voice the truth, but to create it.” If you’re into historical fiction and want to read about darker periods of history, this novel is a must-read for you. read more

UN and partners mobilise to respond to cholera outbreak in Haiti

“The point here is that cholera deaths are preventable, and we are doing everything we can to assist the Haitian authorities to prevent further deaths,” Catherine Bragg, Deputy Emergency Coordinator, told a news conference in New York after returning from a visit to Haiti.Figures provided by the Government indicate that more than 1,500 cases of cholera have been confirmed, with the disease having claimed the lives of 138 people.Humanitarian agencies already have 300,000 doses of antibiotics in the in country ready for distribution, Ms. Bragg said, stressing that the spread of cholera can also be curbed by improving the availability of clean water, using soap to wash hands before meals, and improving sanitation.The cholera epidemic has been reported around Saint-Marc in the Artibonite department, far from the camps hosting hundreds of thousands of people who lost their homes following the devastating earthquake of 12 January this year.Some 10,000 boxes of water purification tablets, 2,500 jerry cans, and the same number of buckets and hygiene kits are being distributed in the affected area, the official noted.On the humanitarian response to the earthquake, Ms. Bragg said that a great deal has been accomplished by the Government, the humanitarian community and their partners.“We are all conscious of the shortcomings of the response and the extremely difficult conditions which many of the earthquake survivors are still living in, but the magnitude of what has been achieved should not be forgotten,” said Ms. Bragg, who also serves as Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.“If you go back and look at what we committed to do in the Consolidated Appeal launched 72 hours after the earthquake, and revised three months after that, we have actually done what we set out to do.“All the strategic objectives and targets set for providing life-saving humanitarian assistance have been met, or we are on track to meet them,” she added.The official pointed out that there have been no major outbreaks of infectious diseases in Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, nor has there been a ‘second wave’ of deaths feared six months ago, when it was thought that the massive displacement might lead to hunger- and exposure-related diseases and other illnesses which would claim many lives.“Unfortunately now we are responding to a cholera outbreak, but we need to note that the healthcare, sanitation and clean water provided since the earthquake have saved many, many lives. Everyone that we planned to provide food aid to has been reached,” Ms. Bragg said.However, she stressed that a lot more needs to be done, with “truly awful” conditions in some of the camps.“We should expect a significant humanitarian operation is still going to be needed in Haiti in 2011. Recovery efforts have to be accelerated to phase out the humanitarian work, but given the amount that still needs to happen in terms of rehabilitating housing, removing rubble, and re-establishing basic services in areas people are returning to, even in the best case this is not going to happen overnight,” she said.In a related development, Walter Kälin, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Representative on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), today identified some of the challenges facing earthquake survivors living in camps in Haiti, including gender-based violence and evictions by the owners of the land where some of the sites area situated.Mr. Kälin, who also recently visited Haiti, told reporters in New York that overall, “people in camps felt more secure” with police patrols reaching about 40 percent of the population in the settlements.On IDPs in Iraq, he highlighted the plight of people in squatter settlements in the capital, Baghdad, and other cities, who he said are living “on the fringes of society” with little humanitarian assistance.He was, however, encouraged by the Government of Iraq’s assurance to him that it was making arrangements to solve the problem of the IDPs by allocating them land to settle on.Mr. Kälin presented his latest report to the General Assembly yesterday. 22 October 2010The humanitarian community has mobilized its resources to help the Haitian Government respond to an outbreak of cholera in the western region of Caribbean country, with medical supplies being provided and teams of health workers rushing to the affected area, a senior United Nations humanitarian official said today. read more

WHO says health care staff shortages may impede efforts to cut TB

Staff recruitment and retainment are difficult because of low pay, unhealthy and often unsafe work environments, poor career prospects and HIV-related worker illnesses. These are factors restricting progress towards the goal of detecting 70 per cent of cases and curing 85 per cent of the people diagnosed by the target date, WHO said.Of the 22 high-burden countries (HBCs) that account for 4 out of 5 of the world’s TB cases, 17 have reported that their efforts to reach the 2005 targets are being hampered by staffing problems. The HBCs include China, India, Indonesia and Nigeria.”For a country’s economy to grow, it must have a healthy workforce. At the same time the workforce has to depend on highly motivated and qualified staff in the health sector,” said Dr. Leopold Blanc, WHO Coordinator for the Stop TB Department.”We need to promote improved working conditions for TB control staff and also an incentive for them to stay working in TB. Opening up career opportunities and supporting ongoing training schemes is one way to ensure we retain staff.”In some countries, despite drawbacks, thousands of volunteers and health workers deliver lifesaving TB drugs daily to patients under the comprehensive Directly Observed Therapy Short-Course (DOTS) strategy, making sure patients take all of their prescribed medicines and, thus, limiting the development of multi-drug-resistant TB.For workers in some of these areas, the dangers are very apparent. At a conference in the Netherlands hosted by the Dutch KNVC charity earlier this week, participants paid tribute to Annalena Tonelli, who ran a clinic for refugees in Somalia and was shot to death on Sunday. She was instrumental in developing DOTS tuberculosis control programmes in Africa. read more

MACEDONIAN EXODUS Jonovski to La Rioja – Besiktas sign Pribak

← Previous Story DKB Bundesliga: HSV beat Melsungen – Kiel demolish Balingen Next Story → Atypical handball goalie – gunner Christoforos Nungovitch! Two more Macedonian players will leave or they already left domestic teams. The defensive leader of Macedonian RK Metalurg and the national team, Ace Jonovski was forced to leave Skopje due financial reasons as he didn’t receive any salary this season as most of his team-mates. His new team is the Spanish vice-champions Naturhouse La Roja, where he will stay until the end of the season.On the other side, RK Vardar playmaker Nemanja Pribak will leave TOP 16 EHF CL outfit at the end of the season. His new proffesional station is ambitious Turkish champions Besiktas Mogaz. A 30 years-old Macedonian NT member has played in Slovenia (Trimo) and France (Nantes), while his proffesional start is linked with Serbia (he played for Serbia before Macedonia), where he won Championship title with RK Kolubara (2010) and played in his home team – RK Železničar Niš. ace jonovskiBESIKTAS MOGAZhandball transfersnemanja pribak read more

Veselin Vujovic first pick for Slovenian bench

The first pick for the Slovenian NT bench is Veselin Vujovic! Several domestic media wrote that one of the greatest handball players ever and current PPD Zagreb coach is the biggest wish of the Slovenian Handball Federation. Slovenian had four candidates at the beginning of the “race”, but it looks that Vujovic is the best solution ahead of Spaniard Raul Gonzales from RK Vardar Skopje and successful domestic coach from RK Celje Pivovarna Laško, Branko Tamse, who won the three last national Championships with Gorenje and Celje PL.Vujovic made a fantastic step forward with young PPD Zagreb team by qualifing for the VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 8 this season.Ex -Slovenian head-coach Boris Denic resigned after matches with Sweden in the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 qualifications despite the fact that Slovenians need only win over Latvia to secure place in Poland. Denic was on the bench since 2011 with the biggest success – the fourth place at World Championship 2013 in Spain. ← Previous Story SWISS FINAL 2015: Kadetten smash St. Otmar at the start! Next Story → MOMENT OF HANDBALL HISTORY: Bravo Laszlo, goodbye Atilla! ppd zagrebVeselin Vujović read more

Un projet de barrage menace une tribu en Namibie

first_imgUn projet de barrage menace une tribu en NamibieUn projet de barrage hydraulique menace les terres de la tribu des Himbas, en Namibie. 26 de leurs chefs font maintenant appel au Haut-Commissariat aux droits de l’Homme pour stopper ce projet d’envergure.La tribu des Himbas souffre déjà énormément du réchauffement climatique mais le projet pourrait encore aggraver la situation. En effet, les autorités ont autorisé la construction d’un barrage de 1.700 mégawatts (MW) érigé sur le fleuve Kunene entre la Namibie et l’Angola. Or, si cette structure venait à être construite, les Himbas pourraient perdre la plupart de leurs terres, à tel point que leur survie serait remise en jeu. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?De la région des Grands Lacs, les Himbas, nomades, ont voyagé jusqu’en Namibie où ils ne sont aujourd’hui plus que 18.000 individus. Face au projet, 26 chefs de la tribu ont appelé le Haut-Commissariat aux droits de l’Homme à annuler la construction de ce barrage très encombrant. Dans leur missive, les chefs ont ainsi dénoncé l’indifférence du gouvernement face à leurs conditions de vie, qui selon eux n’a “pris aucune mesure pour (les) informer sur le réchauffement climatique, et n’a pas non plus fait le moindre geste pour (les) aider à s’adapter”, rapporte Zegreenweb. “Le climat devient plus extrême. Il est de plus en plus chaud, et nous avons moins de pluie. Quand il pleut, nous sommes confrontés à de terribles inondations. Notre terre fait face à la désertification, ce qui veut dire moins de nourritures vertes pour nos animaux et moins de production de cultures pour les populations”, ont-ils expliqué. Par ailleurs, ils ont également rappelé que des mines menaçaient leur environnement, et ce, sans qu’aucun autorisation ne leur ait été demandée. “Nous ne consentirons jamais à ce qu’on bloque notre fleuve, (…) détruise notre environnement et prenne notre terre”, ont-ils encore ajouté.Le 28 février 2012 à 15:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

San Diego County Sheriffs Department looking to fill multiple roles

first_img Updated: 11:28 PM Posted: October 11, 2018 San Diego County Sheriff’s Department looking to fill multiple roles Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, center_img KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSheriff’s Recruiter Ysidro Granillo and Sheriff’s Crime Lab Director Mike Grubb joined us in studio to discuss several roles the San Diego Sheriff’s Department is looking to fill.For more information, visit http://joinsdsheriff.net. October 11, 2018last_img read more

Chattogram slum fire burns dead 8

first_imgLogo of fire IllustrationBodies of at least eight people, including seven of two families, were recovered from debris after a deadly fire broke out at Bhera-market slum in Chaktai area of Chattogram early Sunday.Around 200 houses were gutted in the fire that broke out around 3:30am, Chattogram fire service and civil defence deputy assistant director Jasim Uddin told Prothom Alo.Several other people have sustained burn injuries in the fire, he said.Ten fire-fighting units were working to douse the blaze until filing this report.A four-member committee has been constituted to investigate into the reason of the fire and the losses incurred, said Chattogram deputy commissioner Mohammad Elius Hossain.last_img read more

Texas House Committee Report Lays Foundation For Sandra Bland Act

first_imgSandra Bland/FacebookSandra Bland, who was found dead at the Waller County Jail on July 13.Fourteen recommendations in the Texas House County Affairs Committee’s recent report to lawmakers – including calls for them to increase police officer training for de-escalation and mental health awareness, to back jail-to-treatment diversion programs, and eliminate consent searches during stops – will be the foundation for the Sandra Bland Act.State Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, announced last year that he would file the bill to address race, poverty, mental health and accountability in law enforcement and corrections.In 2015, former Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Brian Encinia stopped Sandra Bland in Prairie View after she failed to signal a lane change. Bland’s conversation with the arresting officer became heated, and she was arrested for assaulting a public servant.Bland, a 28-year-old Illinois woman, was found dead in her Waller County Jail cell three days after her arrest, sparking concerns about jail conditions and outrage across the country. Her death has been ruled a suicide by hanging. Share Though it’s legal, it doesn’t make sense for someone to be arrested because of a traffic violation or for a stop like Bland’s to escalate into an arrest, Coleman said.“If you look at Sandra Bland, the incident that led to her death – that’s all you have to look at,” said Coleman, who was the County Affairs chairman last session. Committee assignments for the 2017 session have not been announced.If a driver’s tail light is out, or they cross over the yellow line, no matter how briefly, “the law says they are jailable offenses, so we have to remove that from the statute,” Coleman said.“[Encinia] was well within his right to (arrest Bland), and that’s where we’re running into the problem,” he said. “It’s baked in the cake. Injustice is baked into the cake.”Other proposals from the committee include eliminating consent searches and raising the threshold for stops to something higher than the current “probable cause” and “reasonable suspicion.”Kevin Lawrence, executive director of the Texas Municipal Police Association, said his organization would oppose such changes.“It’s folly,”Lawrence said. “The whole premise behind it is the argument that the individuals are not truly consenting (to be searched), that somehow the officers are goading or tricking or whatever into consenting.”Lawrence said changing the standards for stops and searches would help defense attorneys confuse juries.“The standards are set,” he said. “The Fourth Amendment has worked well for 240 years now, and so tinkering with it at this point just because you’re trying to appease a constituency, not a good idea in our opinion.”Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh’s traffic stop based on probable cause is a good example of why the standards shouldn’t change, Lawrence said. McVeigh may have never been caught were it not for the traffic stop, he said.“During that stop, the officer, because of his training, his experience, his instinctive, intuitive perceptions of what was going on, he developed a reasonable suspicion to believe there was something more going on with that guy, so he went ahead and arrested him on the original traffic violation,” Lawrence said. “Once he did that, then they did a search of inventory of the automobile, where they found the lease agreement on the Ryder truck. And that was when they realized hey, we really have something more going on here, and they called the FBI, and the FBI traced that Ryder truck back to the Oklahoma City bombing.”In the proposal, the County Affairs Committee also recommends that lawmakers:require DPS to accurately document the race of the people they stopmandate that jails add electronic monitoring systems to document when “cell checks” are done on inmatescreate policies that promote more personal recognizance bonds — when courts release individuals without having to pay bail because they aren’t considered threats to the community or a flight riskensure that health care continues for people after they are released from jail. Medicaid, Supplemental Security Insurance and Social Security Disability Insurance are terminated when someone goes to jail, and the state takes over healthcare. The committee’s proposal calls for a suspension instead.Lawmakers also should address contraband behind bars by employing drug-sniffing dogs at all entry points of a facility, and officer contracts should stipulate that they be fired if they’re found guilty of perjury or aid another officer in committing perjury, said Cannon Lambert, an attorney for Sandra Bland’s family.Bland reportedly had marijuana in her system before she died.“They do regular walkthroughs,” Lambert said. “And to employ a drug dog seems sensible.”Encinia faces a perjury charge after a Waller County grand jury identified a discrepancy between what his official report says about why Bland stepped out of her car and what dashboard camera footage shows.The anti-perjury proposal “would change the culture of policing,” Lambert said. “That protects good officers from bad officers because the good officers can say ‘No, I can’t lie for you.’”Read more stories related to the Sandra Bland case:Texas’ top criminal justice lawmakers are considering sending community leaders into public schools to teach ninth graders how to interact with police.Texas county jails have seen an almost 60 percent decrease in suicides from last year.Two law enforcement agencies say they will start adding information on filing complaints to the citations they issue.The family of Sandra Bland — the woman who died in a Waller County Jail cell in 2015 — reached a settlement in September with Texas officials in a wrongful death lawsuit.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/02/03/texas-house-committee-report-lays-foundation-sandra-bland-act/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.last_img read more

100 Years Since the Greatest Pandemic in History

first_imgIn 1918, as the devastating conflict of World War One was close to winding down, an epidemic began that would kill more people than the war itself. Known as the Spanish Flu, it quickly spread and engulfed much of the planet. It isn’t known exactly where the deadly influenza virus came from. However, the first reported cases were at a military base in the United States in early 1918.America had recently entered the Great War on the Allied side. Thousands of soldiers were being housed together and then sent off to Europe to fight.A street car conductor in Seattle in 1918 refusing to allow passengers aboard who are not wearing masks.Although the pandemic did not originate in Spain, there is a reason it was given the name. Most countries of North America and Europe were at war and the news outlets in these nations were censored by authorities.American Expeditionary Force victims of the Spanish flu at U.S. Army Camp Hospital no. 45 in Aix-les-Bains, France, in 1918.However, Spain was neutral and allowed news of the spreading virus to circulate freely. The casualties in Spain from the flu were also higher than the rest of Europe. Mistakenly, many people assumed that this particular strain began in Spain and the name stuck.American Red Cross nurses tend to flu patients in temporary wards set up inside Oakland Municipal Auditorium, 1918.Beginning in a mild form early in 1918, by the autumn of that year the strain had taken a severe and deadly turn. Unlike other common influenzas, which tended to affect the young and the elderly, the Spanish flu hit people between 20 and 40 years old particularly hard. This was especially disruptive as it hit adults caring for young children, leaving thousands orphaned.Asia and Africa suffered the highest rates of death. Cities were affected more than rural areas. Men tended to be more susceptible than women. The poor, ethnic minorities, and immigrants were more likely to be infected.The Spanish Influenza. Chart showing mortality from the 1918 influenza pandemic in the U.S. and Europe.In the 19th century, scientists had gained further knowledge about bacteria. As a result, societies were starting to improve health and sanitary conditions in many parts of the world. It was thought that the latest flu outbreak was caused by germs. But the understanding of diseases spread by a virus such as influenza was still relatively new and misunderstood.An electron micrograph showing recreated 1918 influenza virions.People around the world turned to various rituals to try to stop the dying. There were mass prayer gatherings in Europe despite warnings that crowds of people together would spread the influenza. In some rural parts of China, models of dragons were paraded through streets to scare away evil spirits.Despite the lack of understanding of what caused the Spanish flu and with no vaccines available, governments around the world mobilized against it. Quarantine areas were established for the sick. Large gatherings of people were prohibited. Some measures may have slowed the spread of the virus. Australia kept quarantine facilities at all points of entry, limiting the effects of the worst waves of the flu.Demonstration at the Red Cross Emergency Ambulance Station in Washington, D.C., during the influenza pandemic of 1918.Despite preventative measures, the Spanish flu was a catastrophe. Up to one-third of the world’s population at the time was infected, an estimated 500 million people. It’s estimated that up to 50 million likely died from the pandemic, maybe more.February 1918 drawing by Marguerite Martyn of a visiting nurse in St. Louis, Missouri.Individual suffering was horrendous. After developing typical flu-like symptoms such as coughing and fever, the victim’s skin would turn blue and their lungs filled with fluid, leading to suffocation. Death would often occur just hours or days after developing symptoms. In 1918, the average life expectancy of Americans dropped by 12 years.Influenza ward at Walter Reed Hospital during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918–1919.The effects on societies were also devastating. Along with the aftermath of years of war, the Spanish flu further disrupted economies and governments that were already struggling. The autumn of 1918 witnessed the rise of workers’ strikes and anti-government protests around the globe.Soldiers from Fort Riley, Kansas, ill with Spanish influenza at a hospital ward at Camp Funston.Parts of Europe were on the brink of civil war. In India, up to 18 million died in the pandemic. The suffering increased agitation against the colonial British lack of response to the crisis, spreading the growing independence movement.Read another story from us: The Human Remains of Skeleton Lake – Visible Only when the Ice MeltsBy the summer of 1919, the Spanish flu pandemic effectively came to an end. In 2008, scientists made a discovery on what made the 1918 virus so deadly. According to researchers, there were three genes affected by the Spanish flu that weakened a victim’s bronchial tubes and lungs. That opened the way for pneumonia to set in and become fatal.last_img read more

British soap Emmerdale to introduce first trans character

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- ‘Matty’s a groundbreaking character’Ash said in a statement: ‘I’m very excited to be joining the very welcoming Emmerdale family. From nervous auditions to now working alongside the team daily has been truly amazing. Matty’s a groundbreaking character to play and I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for him.’Producer Kate Brooks furthermore added: ‘We are absolutely thrilled to have Ash on board to play this role. A skilful actor of great talent, he exudes charisma and there’s an unflinching honesty to his performance that adds real depth to this complex character.’She also said: ‘Ash has already proven himself to be a brilliant addition to the cast and we look forward to charting his journey as he reconnects with old friends and forges new relationships along the way.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ITV soap Emmerdale has announced it is introducing its first trans character, Matty Barton. Matty, who is the son of character Moira Barton, will be played by Ash Palmisciano on the long-running British soap.Furthermore, Ash himself is transgender, an ITV spokesperson confirmed to GSN. He has previously appeared in the miniseries Boy Meets Girl, a comedy about a trans couple who find love in an age gap relationship.Emmerdale bosses have described the circumstances in which Matty’s character joins the show as such:‘Thinking that the farm has been broken into, Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) punches and knocks out Matty Barton, mistaking him for an intruder. However, when Moira (Natalie J. Robb) arrives she instantly recognises him as her daughter, Hannah.’Hannah was previously a character on Emmerdale from 2009 to 2012. She was played by Grace Cassidy.center_img Meet Matty, Emmerdale’s newest character, with his mom Moira | Photo: Emmerdale press shot Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Writers of British soap Emmerdale respond to criticism show panders to bisexual stereotypesGay Hollyoaks star Nathan Sussex on why straight men can play gay roles (and vice versa)This TV show boss received complaints about ‘too many gay characters’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/british-soap-emmerdale-to-introduce-trans-character/last_img read more

Coffee expo showcases vandola the Costa Rican coffee pourover brewer

first_imgALAJUELA — Over the course of three days, the south side of the City Mall is turning visitors’ attentions to chocolate and coffee. Jacob Spetzler / The Tico TimesThe Costa Rica Coffee & Chocolate Expo consists of presentations, vendors and a barista competition. The vendors are set up in a triangle — among them are the coffee and chocolate experts, as well a series of tables housing everything from tamales, to colorful candies, to homemade honey and artisan wood.In the center of the triangle stand a series of presenters discussing the finer points of coffee brewing and roasting. A small crowd, tiny cups of coffee in hand, gathers by the stage tolerant about creating the absolute best cup of joe. The true thematic center of the expo, though, is the vandola. Invented by a local coffee shop owner, Minor Alfaro, it’s a play off of the traditional Costa Rican coffee brewing methods that have been employed for centuries.Alfaro created the first vandola four years ago, and it has quickly gained attention among baristas and others in the coffee industry. He says it has taken hold across the world — from Costa Rica, through Central America, to Europe — because it produces coffee with excellent flavor. Minor Alfaro with a vandola pour-over brewer. Jacob Spetzler / The Tico TimesWhen asked what makes the vandola special, Alfaro points to its clay composition. The vandola is similar to the glass Chemex, but Alfaro says the glass doesn’t do coffee’s flavors any favors. On the other hand, Alfaro says clay enhances and improves coffee’s flavor, texture and smell.The other important design piece, Alfaro says, is the small hole located beneath the handle that allows for the coffee to oxygenate in a way that other brew methods don’t, creating the intricate retronasal flavors — flavors you can only sense through your nose. And, in terms of practicality, clay keeps the coffee hotter for longer.During Saturday’s barista competition, the vandola was used exclusively. One of the event’s organizers, Maureen Monge, said that a reason for the competition was to present the vandola as a legitimate form of coffee brewing.Behind closed doors, several San José baristas will be judged on their ability to make the best cup of coffee, earning points based on criteria that include acidity and flavor balance. Sunday, the results of the competition will be released alongside several talks from Alfaro and others touting the vandola as an excellent tool for brewing coffee. Besides the vandola, the expo is meant as a sort of industry mixer. “It’s a great way for those involved in the Costa Rican coffee industry to meet one another and learn more about coffee,” said Karla Leal, a coffee shop representative. And if that knowledge sharing results in better coffee? Well, that’s a benefit for just about everyone. Coffee, anyone? The Costa Rica Coffee & Chocolate Expo is in search of the country’s best. Jacob Spetzler / The Tico TimesThis story was updated Sunday, May 12 to clarify Alfaro’s comments about the differences between glass and clay coffeemakers.  Related posts:Hurricane Otto caused $15 million in losses for Costa Rican coffee sector Starbucks introduces exclusive coffee from its Costa Rica farm Chanel’s new anti-aging serum contains Costa Rican green coffee Starbucks investigating climate-change resistant coffee in Costa Rica Facebook Commentslast_img read more

World Travel Award nomination goes to FCm Travel

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X Flight Centre’s corporate arm FCm Travel has just been nominated for not one, but two World Travel Awards under the Australasia sub-region.The awards in contention are ‘Australasia’s leading business travel agent’ and ‘Australia’s leading business travel agent’, and winners will be revealed at a gala event in New Delhi on the 14th of November.“We’ll be keeping a close eye on the results, which no doubt will be hotly contested in both categories,” said Rob Flint, FCm Travel Executive GM Asia.“Testament to our success is the fact that FCm’s operations across the Asia region are expected to be one of the biggest drivers of growth for our company worldwide.”The official online voting form is available to 183,000 registered travel agents and professionals worldwide through the World Travel Awards website. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1ecd5/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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first_imgPushing the boundaries of experiential travel to the natural world, Ecuador’s Mashpi Lodge has launched its highly-anticipated Dragonfly canopy gondola for guests to enjoy captivating bird’s eye views of the 1300-hectare Mashpi Rainforest Reserve via a cable-driven system of gondolas that glide above, below and through the tree canopy up to 200 metres above the ground and travelling two kilometres across the magical cloud forest with Mashpi’s resident naturalists to identify the sights and sounds of the forest.Comprising three different stations and embarkation points located at different altitudes, guests can choose whether to combine a ride on The Dragonfly with a testing hike through the forest and along the riverbed, or to take the full two-hour return trip for a more relaxing experience, while still accessing hidden waterfalls, swimming holes and walking trails. Adhering to Mashpi’s sustainability ethos, The Dragonfly was carefully constructed over a period of 18 months largely by hand and without the use of any heavy machinery, to ensure minimal impact to the Reserve and its wildlife. Much like the lodge itself, The Dragonfly is powered by renewable energy and designed to blend seamlessly and silently into the surrounding forest.Opened in April 2012, and last year selected as a founding member of National Geographic ‘Unique Lodges of the World’, Mashpi Lodge is an intimate cocoon in the clouds, accommodating 44 guests in 22 understated yet luxurious rooms. The contemporary glass and steel structure features floor-to-ceiling windows, giving remarkable views of the forested mountains on one side and the rainforest up close on the other.A paradise for nature lovers, Mashpi Lodge features an immersive Life Centre, where wildlife enthusiasts can learn more about the Reserve’s magical inhabitants including 500 species of bird, as well as butterflies, frogs and monkeys. The Hummingbird Viewpoint offers avid birders an unrivalled setting for bird-watching, featuring a shelter with seating and feeders for the birds strung from its roof. Mashpi’s unique ‘Sky Bike’ is another truly thrilling way to explore the canopy up close, as guests pedal their way along a cable stretched between the trees, while the climb to the top of the 26m-high Observation Tower rewards with panoramic views across the forest.Back indoors, guests can be pampered in the Wellness Area, indulging in specialised massages using natural ingredients from the forest. The double height dining room offers exquisite Ecuadorian cuisine inspired by flavours of the forest, utilising regional ingredients such as naranjilla, papaya, palm heart, coffee, manioc, chocolate and plantain.Rates start from $1437 per room per night based on two sharing, including all activities, meals, guiding and return transfers from central Quito hotels.last_img read more

Five arrests after drugs raid 5kg of cannabis found Updated

first_imgPolice on Wednesday arrested a 25-year-old man wanted in relation to five kilos of cannabis found in a Limassol home.The family affair has seen a 49-year-old man remanded for eight days, his wife, 48, their 23-year-old daughter and their daughter-in-law, also 23, for three days, at Limassol district court on Tuesday.Officers searched their residence and found a suitcase containing five kilos of cannabis and 40 grammes of cocaine in a storage area at the back of the building.The couple’s son, aged 25 was arrested on Wednesday.You May LikeMiss Penny StocksAnn-Margret Olsson Is Absolutely Gorgeous At 76Miss Penny StocksUndoEuropean River Cruises | Search AdsLooking for European River Cruises? We have listed the Top 5 for You.European River Cruises | Search AdsUndoBrighterWoman.comTop Natural Remedies For Keeping Ants At BayBrighterWoman.comUndo Limassol police investigating attempted murderUndoUrgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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