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Consortium threatens to stop Panama Canal expansion

first_imgA Spanish-led consortium threatened Thursday to halt a massive, $5.3 billion (3.9-billion-euro) expansion of the Panama Canal, which handles five percent of world maritime trade, because of a row over cost overruns.Spanish builder Sacyr, leader of the Grupo Unidos por el Canal consortium, said work will stop unless the canal pays $1.6 billion in cost overruns for work on the 80-kilometre (50-mile) waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.“GUPC has formally informed the Panama Canal Authority that it will suspend work if the failures to comply are not put right within the advised period,” Sacyr said in a statement to Spanish market regulators. The consortium said it had set the canal authorities a 21-day deadline before suspending the project to install a third set of canal locks.The news sent Sacyr shares plunging by more than 18 percent as trade opened on the Madrid stock exchange. By late morning they were down 8.95 percent at 3.43 euros.On Wednesday, Panama canal administrator Jorge Quijano warned that the canal authority would use contractual mechanisms to ensure the completion of the canal expansion.“No matter what kind of pressure is exercised against the ACP (Panama Canal Authority), we maintain our demand that Grupo Unidos por el Canal respect the contract that they agreed to and signed,” he said in a statement quoted by Panama media.A year ago, GUPC demanded an extra payment of $1.6 billion from the ACP due to construction delays.Led by Spain’s Sacyr, the consortium also includes Impregilo of Italy, Belgian firm Jan De Nul and Panama’s Constructora Urbana.It began work on a third set of locks for the canal in 2009 and expects to complete construction in June 2015, already a nine-month delay over the date set in the contract.The new locks will accommodate larger ships with a capacity of 12,000 containers — instead of those with 5,000 containers that are now able to navigate the canal.Some 13,000 to 14,000 ships navigate the canal each year.According to the canal authority, there was a delay of four months shortly after the project began because GUPC had planned to use lower-quality cement that would have prevented the construction from lasting more than 100 years.But Sacyr said the GUPC consortium had submitted justified claims for $1.625 billion in cost overruns due to “unforeseeable” circumstances to the relevant authorities, including the International Court of Arbitration.“GUPC is maintaining communication with the Panama Canal Authority to reach a satisfactory agreement to put an end to the contractual imbalance,” it added.The canal uses a system of locks to raise ships from sea level and enable them to sail through the continental divide.last_img read more

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UN food aid for 130000 Azerbaijanis faces shut down due to funding

Without immediate help from international donors, food assistance to 130,000 Azerbaijanis displaced by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Armenia could come to a complete halt in just three weeks time, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today. “For this to happen just before the onset of the harsh winter and during the holy month of Ramadan would be a severe blow to the displaced population, who are predominantly Muslim. In fact, it would be disastrous,” WFP’s Regional Director for the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, Amir Abdulla, said of the $4 million – or 16 per cent – funding shortfall. “Unless we can get enough resources right now, we will have no choice but to stop food assistance schemes at the beginning on November,” he added. Mr. Abdulla expressed hope that the international community would step in with funding for what he described as “desperately needed relief food aid” and added that further assistance from the Azerbaijan Government would be most welcome. Since 1994, WFP has been pivotal in helping hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijanis displaced by the armed conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. More than 600,000 Azerbaijanis fled the region to other parts of Azerbaijan and are now spread across western, central and eastern parts of the country with extremely limited opportunities for employment.“Seventy per cent of WFP’s beneficiaries are women and children and they are extremely food insecure,” WFP Country Director Rahman Chowdhury said. “Any discontinuation of food assistance will seriously affect their health and nutritional well being.”If the situation fails to improve, WFP’s school feeding programme, which covers 5,300 primary schoolchildren, will also come to a halt. Children regularly attending school receive a basket of take-home commodities. “School enrolment and attendance has registered a marked improvement since the launch of the programme. The nutrition of these children has improved considerably in recent months. But all that could be lost if we do not continue this programme,” Mr. Chowdhury said. read more

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Alevels go gender neutral Leading exam board allows students to opt out

A JCQ spokesperson said: “Schools and colleges enter students for examinations and designate a gender for their candidates. Where a candidate has no designated gender JCQ does not enter their results for national reporting.  “The number of candidates is small and does not have a material impact on the aggregated results.  Awarding bodies continue to work towards supporting non-binary candidates.”Last year, boys beat girls to top A-level grades for the first time in 17 years, with the dramatic reversal of fortunes thought to be fuelled by the new “tougher” A-levels. In the subjects that have a reformed syllabus and course structure, the top grades of girls have drastically declined in percentage points compared to last year. A spokesperson for Pearson said:  “We are continuing to look at how non-binary students can have the option of signalling that they do not wish to be classed as either male or female when they register for a qualification and receive results with Pearson Edexcel. It’s great to see organisations like Pearson taking steps to be more inclusive of all gender identitiesSidonie Bertrand Shelton, head of education programmes at Stonewall A-levels are going gender neutral, as one of the country’s leading exam boards is now allowing students to opt out of boys and girls classifications.For the first time this summer, teenagers who do not identify with either gender are able to request that male and female flags are removed from EdExcel’s system.EdExcel, which is owned by the education company Pearson, has also axed gender categories completely from the documents that students receive on results day with their grades.Compiling information about students’ gender enables exam boards to examine trends in results over time, such as whether boys or girls are dominating the top gradeshow many girls are taking STEM subjects compared to boys.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––However, the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), which represents the UK’s major exam boards, said that the introduction of a gender neutral option would not affect national trends since numbers would be too low to have an impact.EdExcel is the first major exam board to have made changes to accommodate non-binary pupils, but others intend to follow suit.OCR and AQA are both examining their systems to see whether similar changes can be made, The Daily Telegraph understands. “For this summer we have removed the gender flag altogether from the documents students receive from us, and we are giving them the option of removing the male/female flag on our qualifications systems by requesting this through their school or college.”Pearson said it is working on a number of initiatives with the charity Stonewall aimed at boosting “diversity and inclusion”.  Earlier this year, Pearson announced that its school textbooks will be updated to include “same sex” couples in their questions. It said it will update all of its products and resources to ensure they are “LGBT inclusive”.Exam boards already have a process in place for transgender student who transition after sitting their exams, and want to change the information on their certificate to reflect their new identity.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. EdExcel has axed gender categories completely from the documents that students receive on results day with their grades EdExcel has axed gender categories completely from the documents that students receive on results day with their grades This year, boys are expected to score more A and A* grades than girls in the new A-levels, according to a Buckingham University report.It predicts that boys’ performance will improve this year in England because there are twice as many new tough A-levels, which are tested by exams, rather than coursework.Sidonie Bertrand Shelton, head of education programmes at Stonewall, said: “It’s great to see organisations like Pearson taking steps to be more inclusive of all gender identities.”By offering non-binary students a voluntary way to express their identity schools will get a better understanding of who makes up their student body.”Having more inclusive data will help schools create more welcoming environments and ensure every student is accepted without exception.’A-Level results day Q&AGot a question about A Levels or what to do next? Today, the Telegraph is hosting a special results day Q&A. Education expert and Good Schools Guide consultant Elizabeth Coatman will be on hand to offer advice on everything from clearing and adjustment to gap years and student finance, between 12pm and 2pm.If you’ve got a question, you can either leave a comment ahead of time on the Q&A article page, join us today for the live session, or email your question to editorialcommunities@telegraph.co.uk. read more

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End of season for Ruben Garabaya

Naturhouse La RiojaRuben Garabaya ← Previous Story DKB Bundesliga (Round 7): Convincing Fuchse and HSV! Next Story → Mirza Dzomba leaves the “Zamet” project Ex Spanish NT line-player and experienced member of Naturhouse La Rioja, Ruben Garabaya (34) will miss rest of the season after medical tests confirmed injury of knee ligaments. Garabaya got injured during match of his team against Palma Del Rio last weekend. He will have to rest at least six months, what means that ASOBAL won’t be his destiny this season. read more

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first_img Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Share Which side ended Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 champions Dublin’s reign after their semi-final win on Sunday? Tweet Laois 12 Comments Top of the pile, you really were paying attention this week. Ireland Tweet Niall Scannell Offaly https://the42.ie/4607825 8 Kerry legend Kieran Donaghy was this week unveiled as Sky Sports’ newest GAA pundit. When was he named Footballer of the Year though? 2009 2006 2007 4 UL Bohemians bid for their 14th title in the Women’s All-Ireland League final tomorrow. Which Munster star coached them this year? Luke McGrath Share Sydney Swans Donegal How many Premier League goals has Dubliner Matt Doherty scored so far this season? You scored out of ! Paul Pogba 3 England Cork Well now, there’s not much we can say about that. Do you even like sport? You scored out of ! The questions just didn’t suit you this time. Maybe try again next week. Not too bad at all. If you’d paid a little more attention you could have won the gold. Ireland’s Shane Lowry fell short at the RBC Heritage in South Carolina last weekend, but who won it out? Dan Goggin Subscribe The Ireland women’s hockey team have a new head coach in Sean Dancer. What nation did he represent as a player? Know Your Sport? Take our weekly quiz How closely have you paid attention to this week’s sporting headlines? Share Tweet Jordan Larmour Answer all the questions to see your result! 2008 Geelong Kildarecenter_img Short URL Matt Kuchar Mayo Silver Peter O’Mahony Jack O’Donoghue Collingwood C.T. Pan Share your result: Eden Hazard Scott Fardy By Emma Duffy K.J. Choi Gold You scored out of ! Wooden Spoon Westmeath One non-Liverpool/Manchester City player made the PFA Team of the Year. Name him? Son Heung-min Tweet Share your result: TJ Doheny faces fellow world champion Danny Roman in a world-title unification clash tonight. Where is the 32-year-old from? Which of the following Leinster players did not score a try in their Champions Cup semi-final win over Toulouse? Zach Tuohy will make his return to AFL action after injury this weekend. What club does he play for in Oz? Friday 26 Apr 2019, 5:00 PM New Zealand Galway James Lowe You scored out of ! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Essendon Share Tweet Email1 Share your result: 37,625 Views Australia Ian Poulter Apr 26th 2019, 5:01 PM Gavan Casey and Murray Kinsella are joined by Andy Dunne to get stuck into last weekend’s Champions Cup semi-finals.: 2 Bronze Share your result: Rúben Neveslast_img read more

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Le jeudi 14 octobre sacré Journée mondiale du souffle

first_imgLe jeudi 14 octobre sacré Journée mondiale du soufflePour la première fois au monde aura lieu jeudi 14 octobre la Journée mondiale du souffle. A cette occasion, les pneumologues proposent à tous ceux qui le veulent de tester leur souffle et ainsi, peut-être, de détecter une maladie respiratoire.Jeudi 14 octobre aura lieu la première Journée mondiale du souffle suivie par plus de 70 pays. Dans le cadre de cette journée, des opérations de sensibilisation sont organisées, notamment par l’European Respiratory. En France, c’est la Société de pneumologie de langue française ainsi que le Comité national de lutte contre les maladies respiratoires et la Fédération française de pneumologie qui se chargent de l’organisation de la manifestation.Ainsi, vous pourrez notamment mesurer votre souffle chez les pneumologues participants grâce à un spiromètre. Cet appareil permet immédiatement de voir si le patient souffre d’une maladie respiratoire, comme une bronchite chronique obstructive, une apnée du sommeil ou encore un cancer du poumon. Et l’AFP de préciser qu’en France, 6 millions de personnes souffrent d’asthme ou de BPCO.Le 13 octobre 2010 à 18:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Dyche is hopeful Burnley can grow soon

first_imgBurnley’s manager Sean Dyche hopes his team can do well in the rest of the English Premier League season.Burnley is currently sitting in the 17th position of the English Premier League table.The team has 24 points, thanks to six victories, six draws, and 13 defeats.And for manager Sean Dyche the rest of the 2018-2019 can be very good for the team if they manage to grow.“The squad is coming back together and we just want that to continue now,” he told the club’s official website.“If we can get through the Brighton game intact, at least we have that little break which hopefully allows more players to chance to get more training and more strength under their belt.”“Sometimes, when you come back, you need the strength training and conditioning, but you also need that little bit of luck to stay injury free for a period until your body balances again,” he explained.“We have had players just get there, then break down and that’s been frustrating, but I think they are on their way back now.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It all has to come together at some point and I’m very pleased that the signs are strong at the moment,” he said.“Six games unbeaten in the Premier League is not easy and the mentality of those performances has been key.”“It shows there is a strength to us, which we’ve always had, but now it’s coming back and you can sense it,” he continued.“People are going the extra inches that count and sometimes it’s hard to define what makes that work, or not work.“I’m pleased to say though that at the moment the players are showing strong signs of that mentality,” he commented.“We’ve had our challenges, but we have earned the right to get those results, but we know we have to go again and the mentality is getting stronger to do that.“Every game that comes our way, we are looking clear-minded again,” Dyche concluded.last_img read more

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Jayne Slogans might sound great but theyre not solutions

first_imgIn many ways, slogans are the candy canes of politics. They’re sweet, and nearly everybody likes them, and they can make your mouth water. But, in the end, they are empty calories that rot your teeth.Politically, slogans are the things you use to get elected, not to govern. And yet a simple slogan could be the crux upon which the entirety of next year’s legislative session revolves.You see, “Fund education first” is the mantra of the state’s Republicans and, by their own account, they have clung to it since 2006. In 2012, they boasted, “House Republicans proposed House Bill 2533 to Fund Education First.” In 2013, they chortled “House Republicans unveil Fund Education First budget.” In 2014, they enlisted a whole host of candidates who robotically repeated the ideology.And a simple ideology it is. The suggestion is that K-12 education should receive adequate funding, and then all other state services can fight over the scraps. Considering that the state constitution — as the Washington State Supreme Court has persistently reminded lawmakers — calls for education to be the Legislature’s paramount duty, who could argue with that approach?Well, Jim Moeller, for one. “They only want to fund education, quite honestly,” said the Democratic state representative from Vancouver’s 49th District. “With a budget that at least half of it is going to education, you are going to basically fund education first. However, it may be our paramount duty, but it is not our only duty. We also have responsibilities for other parts of the budget. About two-thirds or three-quarters of it is pretty much protected constitutionally, either statewide or federally, so we have to look for savings in what has already been cut and cut and cut and cut and cut again in the one-third to one-quarter that’s left.”last_img read more

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OneMan PAC To Target Four House Races

first_imgIt’s not unheard of for wealthy individuals to get involved in ballot measure fights. This year alone, grocery magnate Barney Gottstein put $100,000 toward a failed oil tax referendum, and financier Bob Gillam has spent more than $1 million supporting an initiative to slow the development of Pebble Mine. But what is unusual is for a single person to sweep into legislative races and operate basically like a Super PAC would. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports attorney Brad Keithley is doing just that, targeting a handful of Anchorage races.Download AudioKeithley is launching a $200,000 independent expenditure campaign to install his vision of a more fiscally responsible Legislature in Juneau. He’s hired a campaign manager, he’s done polling, and after collecting candidate surveys, he’s decided to get involved in four races. Keithley is supporting two Democratic challengers — Laurie Hummel against the incumbent Republican Gabrielle LeDoux in Muldoon, and Matt Moore against House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt in East Anchorage. In West Anchorage, he’s backing a Republican, Anand Dubey, against Democrat Matt Claman in a race for an open seat. And in Mountain View, he’s spending on behalf of Libertarian Cean Stevens, who is trying to unseat Democratic Rep. Geran Tarr.“These are districts where we think we can move the needle,” Keithley says, from the kitchen of his unfussy Anchorage condo.So, why is he doing all this? For the past two years, Keithley’s been a regular at the state Capitol, preaching a gospel of budget caps. But while he thought his message of limiting state spending to $5 billion was resonating, the last state budget tapped $6 billion from the general fund and the one before took out over $7 billion. “We went backward over the next two years. Rather than saving, we had the two highest deficits in Alaska’s history.”To make up the difference, the Legislature and governor had to tap the state’s budget reserves, basically a $15 billion piggy bank the state can dip into when there’s shortfalls. Keithley thinks that instead of draining the reserves, Alaska should let the funds grow and then use the interest to counteract declining revenue from oil production — a plan crafted by retired University of Alaska economics professor Scott Goldsmith, which generated a lot of buzz in the Capitol when it was introduced.Keithley says he thought there was buy-in for that plan from the Republican majorities when they listed “sustainable budgets” as a priority going into the legislative session two years ago. Based on the spending they did, Keithley doesn’t think they’re justified in using those terms now when running for reelection. “They’re just saying words. After what happened in 2012, and after the Senate Majority coming out and making the statement it did, and after seeing the two largest deficits in Alaska history, they know what words constituents want to hear. They know what words resonate at voting time, and they’re just saying those words. They’re not living up to the words.”Keithley has a few objectives with his independent expenditure campaign. Obviously, he’d like his chosen candidates to be successful. But he also wants to get people talking about the state budget. And he believes his spending could have an effect in other races. On top of targeting four House districts, he also plans to send issue mailers in the Senate district represented by Republican Cathy Giessel and the open Senate district in West Anchorage where Democrat Clare Ross and Republican Mia Costello are squaring off. That means candidates Keithley considered targeting but didn’t find vulnerable enough – like Rep. Mike Hawker, who shares a district with Giessel and has been criticized for the expensive renovations of the Anchorage legislative information office – might still have to address fiscal issues in their campaign.Keithley has been a vocal critic of incumbent Sean Parnell’s limited use of the line item veto during the past legislative cycle, except didn’t think $200,000 directed at that contest was enough to make a serious difference. By targeting high-turnout districts and doing web and radio advertising that could have a broader reach, he thinks there may be a ripple effect. “The mailers certainly are going to identify, and the web advertising is going to say, ‘This is both the governor and the legislature that has been doing this.’ It’s both Alaska’s chief executive and its board of directors that is sending the state down this path. So, it may have some carryover effect in the governor’s race, and that’s certainly not going to bother me.”Needless to say, the independent expenditure effort has ruffled feathers. Keithley, who isn’t registered with a party but describes his views as libertarian, says he’s lost friends over it. Republicans have accused him of simply trying to elect Democrats. He’s been described as arrogant and dogmatic. People have questioned his attachment to the state – he’s been an Alaska resident since 2007 and uses a cell phone with a Georgia area code – and asked him who he thinks he is to be the arbiter of fiscal responsibility. He says people also wonder why he is putting $200,000 into political spending instead of toward philanthropy. Keithley, who wouldn’t disclose his net worth but says he’s financially secure after a career as an oil and gas attorney, says he does give money to other causes. And he thinks his political spending may have more of an impact than giving to a specific charity.“It creates a better world for that philanthropy and for that small segment, but it doesn’t improve the economy of the state or it doesn’t hand off a better world – a better state fiscal world – to the next generation.”Keithley says he’s also prepared to be negatively compared to political spenders like the Koch brothers and George Soros, who are viewed as election-influencing boogeymen by the left and right respectively. Though, he sees himself more like billionaire Ross Perot, who self-financed a 1992 presidential run centered on reducing the national debt. “You know, Ross Perot may have lost that election, but he changed the discussion. He changed the dynamic.”Keithley even considered pulling a Ross Perot and running for governor. But after some self-reflection, he realized he “just wasn’t a good candidate” and did not have a shot at victory. So, he figured he may as well put money behind people who did have a chance. After all, he thought that was the fiscally responsible approach.last_img read more

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HC given 3 more months to dispose of Khaleda appeal challenging conviction

first_imgKhaleda ZiaThe Appellate Division of Supreme Court on Tuesday extended time for the High Court till 31 October to dispose of an appeal filed by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, reports UNB.A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain came up with the order, said Khaleda’s lawyer AKM Ehsanur Rahman.Earlier on 16 May, the SC ordered the HC to dispose of Khaleda’s appeal challenging the lower court’s verdict in the case by 31 July.Later, Khaleda’s lawyer filed a review petition on 25 June saying that the hearing on the petition would not be finished by this time.On 12 July, the Supreme Court kept the petition stand over till 31 July.Later, Khaleda’s lawyer again placed it before the court on 29 July.The SC on Monday fixed 31 July to pass an order on the petitions.On 8 February, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former prime minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.last_img read more

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Transgender First Dates contestant Its very rare to see a trans man

first_imgSeven tweeters who really needed to delete their accounts in 2017FX’s Pose shows why trans representation mattersJeremy Corbyn: Trump and Pence must not encourage anti-LGBT discriminationPINK NEWS- A transgender man who made a landmark appearance on First Dates Hotel has spoken out against a lack of trans representation on TV, saying: “I’ve never seen anything major about trans men.”Nick, from Glasgow, spoke to PinkNews after going to an Italian hotel looking for love in the episode, which aired last week.  eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) PinkNews: At the end of last year, it was announced that the Scottish Government would be reviewing the 2004 Gender Recognition Act, to make the process of legally changing gender easier. When you were transitioning, how was your experience with healthcare and legally changing your name?Nick: I’m not going to lie, my experience with healthcare has been amazing. The doctors I’ve had have been so accepting. There has never been any malice from any of them.There was one surgery I wasn’t happy with, though. It was my top half, mainly because it was on the NHS. It was just straight two straight scars across my chest. No definition, nothing at all like that.That kind of annoyed me a wee bit, but I can’t fault them for anything else they were so helpful with everything. When it came to changing my name, I had to do it through deed poll. So, I had to get the forms and have someone I’ve known for five years to witness it.Once it went through the deed poll, I just had to send that away to the bank. There have never been any problems with changing my name. I’m quite happy about that. My gender identity has been changed on my ID and passport as well. It was quite simple to change, as I had the proof that I had changed my name.PinkNews: Lewis said: “In the gay would, you have to be super skinny or super muscular or no one is going to look at you.” What are your thoughts on this?Nick: I have to agree with him. Especially on the gay scene on Glasgow, it’s all about the really skinny guys or the big buff muscular guys whenever you are out. Anyone who has the slightest bit of fat on them is pushed to the side as if they’re not good enough for the scene. It’s happened to me a few times, but I take it in my stride and continue on.If that’s the way they’re going to be that’s the way they’re going to be. I agree with him there is a massive stereotype that is annoying. There’s either really skinny or really muscular, there’s no in between.PinkNews: What was your experience on dating apps like Grindr?Nick: I’m still on Tinder too, but I’ve never met anyone from them. People will ask me what my profile means with it saying trans. I will tell them and a lot of people have actually been really accepting, but I’ve had the odd person say: “You shouldn’t be on here,” and stuff.I just block them, because I don’t need their prejudice.Nick before his sister’s weddingPinkNews: What advice would you offer to a young person who is struggling with their gender identity?Nick: Don’t be scared to be you. Don’t close yourself in, because I did that for years and it wasn’t nice. Don’t isolate yourself. Just speak to someone.It doesn’t have to be your family. Just speak to someone you know will be accepting and you’ll realise there are people out there who actually want to help you and actually accept you for who you are.First Dates Hotel – Series 2 concludes tonight at 10pm on Channel 4. Interested in taking part in First Dates? Please visit https://www.firstdatescasting.co.uk/Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… He went on two dates with cisgender man and fellow Glaswegian geek, Lewis.Nick, who is pansexual, had previously only dated women, but went on the show open to dating men.The two hit it off, bonding over being geeks and the difficult time they had in school.Lewis was surprised when Nick told him he was transgender – surprised, but not shaken.After the date, Nick and Lewis continued their romance – even going on a date to the cinema.PinkNews spoke to Nick after the episode aired about his experience transitioning, representation of trans men in the media and advice he would offer a young person struggling with their gender identity.PinkNews: Hi Nick. What did you expect when going on First Dates Hotel?Nick: To be honest, I was kind of nervous at first, because I’ve not seen a lot of people who are transgender on TV.I thought if I went on to this kind of show I would get a lot of bad feedback, but it’s been the complete opposite and it’s been quite surprising.(Channel 4 Picture Publicity)PinkNews: Are you and Lewis still seeing each other?Nick: We’re not, unfortunately. There wasn’t that spark we thought there was going to be, but we are still friends.(Nick with his parents)PinkNews: On the show, Lewis pointed out how comfortable and confident you were with yourself. Do you think a lot of that is down to having such an accepting family?Nick: I do. If it weren’t for the fact that my mum and dad are so accepting and my sister and my aunts are, I don’t think I would be as confident as I am. Even then, I’m not majorly confident.When I’m in a social situation I try to put myself out of my comfort zone, so I can become a bit more confident and it does help.PinkNews: Do you think there is enough representation of trans men on TV and if not, how do you think this could be improved?Nick: I don’t see that much representation of trans men. I only see a lot about trans women on TV shows like Orange is the New Black. I’ve never seen anything major about trans men.People should go onto shows like First Dates and First Dates Hotel to show that there are trans men out there. The only trans man in the media I think I can name is Chaz Bono.It’s very rare that you see a trans man in the media. To actually have a trans man in a movie or TV show would be amazing because TV shows and movies always influence a lot of people. We need more representation in all kinds of media, just to get the information out there.Photo of Nick before his transitionlast_img read more

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US travel uncertainty continues with school boards accessing future student trips

first_img Tweet Monday, February 27, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: America, Donald Trump, Trend Watch TORONTO — Schools across Canada are grappling with the uncertainty of U.S. travel restrictions and how that affects upcoming student trips across the border.A travel ban instituted by President Donald Trump on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries and Syrian refugees may be on hold as it works its way through the U.S. justice system, but Canadian schools remain concerned with how foreign-born students will be treated at the border.Jim Cambridge, superintendent of the Sooke School District in British Columbia, said there are a number of trips planned for sports, music and educational purposes in the coming months that are being reconsidered.While the refugee population among students in the Vancouver Island district is small, Cambridge said the board must make a decision based on safety and also ethical considerations.“The board is concerned some students may be stopped at the border, and if that’s the case, they want to examine whether or not they’ll support any trips to the States right now,” he said.The B.C. School Trustees Association is advising them on what student groups can expect at the border based on information from both U.S. and Canadian border agencies, he said.One of the board’s concerns is fairness to students who may not be allowed to cross the border, he said.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthEven if specific trips may not involve students affected by the ban, Cambridge said the board will have to decide whether to take a stance on the ban anyway, recognizing there are students within the district who are being discriminated against due to new U.S. travel policies.“That’s what the board needs to wrestle with is the more ethical decision about whether some trips can go and some can’t or whether they all can’t or can,” he said.The board meets Tuesday to discuss the issue, and Cambridge said some schools have begun looking at Canadian cities as a “Plan B” in the event trips are cancelled.Sooke trustees have looked to neighbouring school boards and other areas of the country to help inform their decision.The Greater Essex County School Board in southwestern Ontario decided earlier this month to cancel a handful of trips over concerns of safety and equity.The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board sent a letter to parents to confirm whether their children will participate in upcoming trips across the border to determine whether plans should go ahead.Students in the Pembina Trails School Division in Winnipeg participate in many international trips, but superintendent Ted Fransen said a recent decision to cancel one, although rushed, was made easily.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsThe track team at Acadia Junior High School was required to submit a deposit on Jan. 30 to participate in a competition in Minnesota, days after Trump signed his executive order.Unsure about how policy would affect students on the team, they chose to opt out of the race.Since the ban has been blocked by the U.S. courts, Fransen said two other trips to the States have since gone ahead.Trump has vowed to bring in a new travel ban order to replace the one that the American courts have suspended pending a legal challenge by Washington State and Minnesota. It’s not clear when the new order would be issued.The Pembina Trails school board isn’t considering new rules around travel in light of the situation in the U.S., even if another ban is implemented.Fransen said he knows principals, teachers and students within his diverse district all value inclusivity, and a board-wide rule isn’t necessary.“I just can’t imagine that we would get a request from a school principal to approve a trip to the U.S. where students in the group wouldn’t be allowed to go,” he said. “That would be counter to our culture.” U.S. travel uncertainty continues with school boards accessing future student trips By: Linda Givetash Source: The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Windstar to debut new and longer cruises in Asia next fall

first_img SEATTLE — Windstar has ramped up its Asia offerings by adding new sailings in fall 2018.Its Asia Collection now includes five new sailings, while five additional sailings have been added to its Star Collector Voyages in Asia. Itineraries range from 14-34 days, and all include free daily laundry.New for next fall, the seven-day ‘Singapore & Siam Holiday’ begins with an overnight stay in Singapore before sailing to Penang, Malaysia where guests can visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site in colonial George Town and ride the Langkawai Gondola to get a bird’s eye view of the rainforest. The itinerary also includes a visit to Ko Yao Noi, Thailand, known for its aquamarine waters and rural villages, as well as an overnight stay in Phuket.Also new is the seven-day ‘Taste of Siam & Singapore’ New Year’s Eve cruise, which sails from Phuket to Singapore, stopping in Malaysia along the way. Highlights include a visit to Ipoh, the fourth largest city in Malaysia, and a visit to the UNESCO city of Malacca.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksThe 16-day ‘Aleutians & North Pacific Crossing’ sails between Seward, Alaska and Tokyo, Japan. This cruise emphasizes the less frequented ports of call, and retraces the route of the Russian-America fur trade. Visitors will enjoy sportfishing in Kodiak, kayaking in Sand Point, and visit Dutch Harbor, the only deep-water port in the Aleutians.While Windstar’s 10-day ‘Grand Japan’ itinerary was originally announced solely for the spring of 2018, Windstar has now added two new fall 2018 sailings on this already wildly popular itinerary. Fall colours promise to be spectacular, along with fewer crowds during this less-visited but no less gorgeous time to explore Japan and South Korea.For another take on Japan, the 11-day ‘Pop Culture Kings of Asia’ highlights over 17 UNESCO sites. It begins in Tokyo and ends in Beijing, and includes highlights such as Shimizu (home to Mount Fuji), Shiraito Waterfall, Hiroshima and sailing to South Korea where the dormant Hallasan Volcano await.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerAlso not to be missed is the 11-day ‘Comprehensive China Exploration’, which features overnights in Shanghai, Taipei and Hong Kong. Considered a foodie’s dream come true, guests will sample oyster pancakes in Taiwan’s night markets, eat dim sum in Hong Kong, and sip locally brewed beer in Qingdao. They’ll also enjoy shopping in Old Shanghai and explore the 36 bridges that connect Zhoushan, also known as the ‘Venice of china’. Friday, August 11, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Windstar to debut new and longer cruises in Asia next fall Share Posted bylast_img read more

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Picasso found under tree in Romania appears to b

first_img“Picasso” found under tree in Romania appears to be hoax by The Associated Press Posted Nov 19, 2018 3:35 am PDT BUCHAREST, Romania — A Romanian novelist who thought she had found a painting by Pablo Picasso stolen from a museum in the Netherlands six years ago seems to have been the victim of a prank.Mira Feticu said she found the picture — supposedly Picasso’s Tete d’Arlequin — under a tree based on an anonymous tip and handed it to the Dutch embassy.Frank Westerman, a Dutch journalist who accompanied Feticu to Romania, wrote on Facebook that the pair had been hoodwinked. “The supposed lost Picasso was put there by two Belgian theatre makers.”Romania’s Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism said Sunday it was examining the circumstances. On Monday, it declined to comment further.Four Romanians were convicted in the 2012 heist of the painting and six others from the Kunsthal gallery in Rotterdam.The Associated Presscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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Never born but still my babies

first_imgMiscarriages are common, until they happen to you says Maria GregoriouBy Maria GregoriouExperiences are said to be unique only because we all live through them differently. The saddest come with feelings of individual, exclusive despair, but this does not mean that they are not shared over and over again.This is why the tale of my miscarriages will be told with the pronoun ‘you’, to lift the silence of an experience shared, one that could happen to any woman.The joys of pregnancy are not supposed to be articulated until the third month, so you stay away from picking out baby names, dreaming about that baby smell, taking out the baby clothes you have saved away.Nine weeks pass and then it happens: spots of blood. You go to the public hospital, wait to be seen, for hours. Emergencies right, left and centre and you wait for confirmation, the taste of blood in your mouth. The nurse calls you, says they are ready for a scan on the big screen.With her back completely covering the ultra sound screen so you can’t see – though you try – she says it. Then the doctor confirms that it has come to an end – yes, she is sure.You went into the examining room still hoping you were two, you come out knowing there is only one.Then the formalities begin. Shave yourself, insert substances to help contractions begin, wait for them to take effect. At 5pm you’re due to go into the operating room. Five pm becomes 6pm becomes 7pm becomes nearly 9pm. You are wheeled into the operating room, asked stupid questions, and then fall into unconsciousness.When a scan reveals a strong heartbeat you can’t help but start thinking of names for your childOperation over, the nurses tell you to wake up. As soon as you open your mouth you feel the need to throw up and are warned not to for fear of haemorrhaging.The night won’t pass, sleep won’t come, the taste of blood no longer in your mouth. You blame yourself, even though they said there was nothing you could have done to prevent it.Before being released the next day, you ask when to try again. One doctor says three months, another says six. You wait nine just to be sure and fall pregnant quickly. This time, you go to a private clinic, hoping that better care will secure a better outcome.At four weeks you go to the doctor, and there the little guy is on the screen. It is just a blob but you ask to hear the heartbeat – in your mind if the heartbeat is strong, it will last until the ninth month.And it sounds strong, so you start picking out names, looking at baby clothes. You book an appointment on the Thursday in two weeks’ time. The Sunday before, you feel strange, but try to convince yourself that Thursday is not so far away and it will be OK.By Monday, you dare not go to the toilet. You tell yourself – or God – over and over how you want this child, you ask for it to be a healthy baby, how you love it. You get ready to take a shower, and there it is, blood once more.Another scan, but this time you do not even try to look at the scan as the doctor lists the deformities. You are forced to view your own child now as a list of DNA strings that didn’t make a perfect pattern. No heartbeat, only a sound like air trapped in a tunnel. The brain does not fill the skull. It was doomed from its conception, it would not have made it, better it happened now than later. You go home, you will get instructions later and go back tomorrow to remove what is basically a bunch of cells.After the ‘cells’ are removed, the nurse wakes you up. It was 11am when they took you in, it is now 12pm. An hour to remove a life, probably less, just under an hour to suck cells out of its mother. They wheel you back to the room you started from, where you remain for a few hours before you are allowed to go to see the doctor before you go home.He says he is sorry, he says the whole thing over again, how the baby was doomed from the time it was made. That we know we can have a healthy child – we already have one – that you may be 40 and the percentages are less and less every year, but he is positive. No, he does not believe that using someone else’s sperm or egg is the way to go.The ‘new episode’, as he puts it, is to go down the same road: let three months pass and try again.It is too fresh right now. Perhaps you could give it one more go, even if, in theory, your DNA and your husband’s do not mix well. You go home, see your son, thank God for him, tell everyone it is OK. This time you can handle it.But late at night, you analyse it scene for scene, rewind, pause, edit frames, zoom in. You are angry. You feel as if you are a ball of electricity ready to explode. You feel numb, take the pillow, push it close to your belly and suddenly you realise that is how it could have been and – for a split second – those cells that were sucked out of you with basically a straw once again form back into the time of conception.Some people believe that at the time of conception there is a light and the brighter the light, the greater the chance the embryo has of becoming a healthy baby. 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