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Renu Bala gives India first gold in weightlifting

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first_imgRenu Bala Chanu gave India its first gold medal in Commonwealth Games weightlifting event after finishing on top in women’s 58-kg category in New Delhi at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium sports complex on Wednesday.Renu Bala outshone all her competitors as she smoothly lifted all the weights before failing in her last attempt of 103 kgs in clean and jerk event, but by then she had already pocketed the No. 1 position.And although Sean Lee of Australia tried to come close to her but she had to be satisfied with a silver medal, while Zoe Smith of England took bronze.Renu Bala looked comfortable from the very beginning. She ended the snatch event with a highest lift of 90 kgs that made her set a new Commonwealth Games record.Ciana Agricole with 87 kgs after the snatch event was placed second but she ultimately finished fourth.Then in the clean and jerk category, Renu Bala lifted 104 kgs in her very first attempt, and followed it up by 107 kgs to make it a total of 197.Lee, who with her successful lift of 106 in her second attempt in clean and jerk plus her 86 kgs lift in snatch event, acquired a total of 192.In her final lift, she opted for 111 kgs to pose some challenge to India but she failed. And that automatically handed Renu Bala the yellow medal.Renu Bala, on her part made an attempt to lift 113 kgs in her third and the final chance but she could not.The bronze medallist Zoe Smith, meanwhile ended with a total of 188 kgs.advertisementlast_img read more

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Yanks Bullpen Loses to O’s, 7-5

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first_imgBALTIMORE — Through the first eight games of the season, the struggling New York Yankees could at least depend on their bullpen for a solid performance.Turns out, not even that component of the team can be considered totally reliable.Three New York relievers combined to allow five runs in the pivotal sixth inning, and the Yankees fell to the Baltimore Orioles 7-5 on April 15.Making his second start for New York, Nathan Eovaldi struck out nine over five innings and left with a 3-2 lead. The right-hander was in position to end a run of eight straight losses — a streak that started last August with the Marlins — but the bullpen couldn’t hold the advantage.David Carpenter (0-1) gave up a leadoff homer to Jonathan Schoop and Delmon Young greeted reliever Tom Wilson with a pinch-hit RBI single. Chris Davis followed with a two-run double and Caleb Joseph capped the uprising with a run-scoring single off Chris Martin.“You’re winning after five and you have got a full bullpen, you feel pretty good about it,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “We just couldn’t seem to get through that sixth inning.”New York’s bullpen came in with a 1.73 ERA.“We have some great arms in there,” Eovaldi said. “It was just one of those nights.”Alex Rodriguez homered for the Yankees, his second following a yearlong drug suspension. But last-place New York lost its third straight series to start the season, all within the AL East.“It’s frustrating. It’s not the way you want to start out,” Girardi said. “Obviously we need to start winning series or it becomes a long year.”The Orioles, on the other hand, improved to 5-4 after taking two of three from New York.“It’s big,” Davis said. “It’s nice to be tested early in the year. We’re playing our division pretty much this whole month, and it’s good to kind of see where we’re at and get a chance to see these guys.”Manny Machado hit his first home run of the season and Joseph went 3-for-4 with an RBI.Brad Brach (1-0) pitched two innings of hitless relief for Baltimore following starter Bud Norris, who allowed three runs in five innings. Norris was attempting to become the third pitcher in history to win his first five starts against the Yankees.New York got a run-scoring fly from Brian McCann in the eighth, and another run scored on a wild pitch by Tommy Hunter.Zach Britton worked the ninth for his third save.It was apparent early on that neither starting pitcher was going to be very effective.After Davis snapped an 0-for-10 skid with an RBI single in the first inning, New York went up 2-1 in the third. Norris retired the first two batters before Carlos Beltran hit a two-run double off the top of the wall in right-center.Rodriguez sent a 2-0 pitch deep into the left-field seats in the fourth, the 656th home run of his career, and Machado hit a solo shot in the bottom half before Eovaldi worked out of a bases-loaded jam.(DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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GA-CRZ-CENTRE

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first_imgGoa govt gives nod to Centre’s draft CRZ notification 2018Panaji, Jul 2 (PTI) The Goa government has given itsnod to the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and ClimateChange’s draft Coastal Regulation Zone notification 2018.The state’s nod came in a communication addressed tothe Union ministry by Environment Director of Goa, Ravi Jha,on June 29.Jha, in his communication to MoEFCC Director ArvindNautiyal, stated that the Goa government, after consultingstakeholders, wanted traditional economic activities, existingin notified CRZ areas for generations, to continue.The Goa government also urged the Centre to allow theerection of temporary structures like shacks and huts onbeaches as well as promotional activities like weddings andmusic festivals in the inter-tidal zone, something currentlyprohibited.Jha, in his communication said that since the 2018draft supersedes the earlier 2011 notification, it wasnecessary to include temporary structures, erected in themonths from September to May, as permissible activity in CRZIB, IIA and B and III A and B zones in the new draftnotification.The Goa government further said that the list ofpermissible activities under CRZ should include water sports,beach weddings, music festivals etc.It also sought relaxation of norms to set uplifeguard towers, police booths, public amenities and wastetreatment facilities in these areas.The communication also stressed that construction andreconstruction of dwellings of bonafide citizens be permittedin these areas as per local Town and Country Planning rules.While fishing groups, like the National FisherworkersForum, have opposed the CRZ notification draft claiming thatit fails to uphold the rights of traditional fishermen, NGOshave opposed it for reducing the CRZ area, measured from HighTide Line (HTL), from the current 200 metres to just 50metres.advertisementThe Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changehad uploaded the draft Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ)Notification, 2018 on its website on April 18, 2018 seekingcomments from the public within 60 days. PTI RPSBNM BNM BNMlast_img read more

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The Gear You’ll Need: Outdoor Retailer 2014

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first_imgIf you’re a serious fisherman (or bike commuter, hiker, skier, and general outdoorsman), then you know the value of dry gear after a day on the water or in a downpour. The new Westwater Roll Top from Colorado based Fishpond is a multisport enthusiast’s dream pack for hauling gear. The CYCLEPOND material is made from recycled commercial fishing nets, and is much more smooth and flexible that a typical dry bag. Open mesh straps and back panel shed water quickly – a welcome addition if your pack will be spending the day in a raft or kayak. Whether you’re hauling precious cargo in search of that elusive rainbow trout or simply keeping dry on your morning commute to the gym and work, the West Water Roll Top will do it all. Expect it to hit dealers in November.Goal Zero Venture 30 These new hiking shoes from Arc’Teryx are a departure from any design we’ve ever seen in technical mountain footwear. They use a liner and shell model similar to ski boots, but with a clever addition. Two different liners can be swapped out depending on your conditions. Gore-Tex and insulated liners are both waterproof and extremely breathable, but each is uniquely qualified to a specific environment (think forest versus tundra). The shell material is seamless and abrasion resistant, making these new shoes the perfect gear addition for fast and light mountain missions. Look for them next spring.Fishpond Westwater Roll Top Backpack We spotted the Abisko Light’s and immediately thought of long spring days chasing sandstone climbing in the deserts of Nevada and single track riding in Colorado’s Front Range. Four way stretch and quick drying material blend nicely with the minimalist styling and Fjallraven‘s trademark fox logo for a pair of shorts that will pull more than a few year’s worth of duty on every spring and summer adventure. Editors’ Recommendations Every six months the outdoor world – gear designers, retailers, buyers, athletes, and the media – descends on Salt Lake City for a sneak peak of next year’s must have gear. Outdoor Retailer is a whirlwind of top secret product unveilings, gear testing, and sizing up the competition. For the locals, this just means a little extra traffic to and from the mountains and best spots on the lake, but for our visit to the Show, it was a trip to wonderland seeing what next year has in store for adventure travel and extreme sports gear. Almost everything we saw was undeniably drool-worthy, but there were a few standouts that will be on our radar as we (im)patiently wait for them to hit stores this fall and next spring.Arc’Teryx Alpha 2 FL Hiking Shoes A Quick Overview of the Sustainable Adidas Outdoor and Five Ten Line Essentials An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors A Closer Look at the Inspiration Behind Backcountry’s In-House Apparel We were lucky enough to get an extended look at this new power pack from Goal Zero during the show, and can’t wait to add it to our day packs, briefcases, and glovebox (and maybe another spare or two around the house). We were able to keep our smartphones and tablets powered up while moving around the massive showroom with ease. What’s more, on a weekend trip after Outdoor Retailer wrapped up, with the addition of a small solar panel, we kept the lights on and GoPros running for 2 days on a quick backpacking trip in the mountains East of Salt Lake City. Once you pick up a Venture, you’ll wonder how you ever made it by without one.Fjallraven Abisko Light Shorts Best Weekend Sales on Menswear and Gear: Huckberry, Allen Edmonds, J. Crew, and More last_img read more

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All the Reasons to Travel to Turkey in 2018

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first_imgWhy is everyone going to Turkey all of a sudden?According to figures released by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, January through March 2018 saw a 50 percent increase in visitors — and they didn’t just have hankering for baklava and kebap. We’ve got three words for you: Year. Of. Troy.Turkish Ministry of Culture and TourismThis year marks the 20th anniversary of Troy’s listing on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. The archeological site, made famous by its conquering at the hands of the Greeks and King Agamemnon, has 4,000 years of history in its soil and currently stands as one of the most famous sites in the world. “In scientific terms, its extensive remains are the most significant demonstration of the first contact between the civilizations of Anatolia and the Mediterranean world. Moreover, the siege of Troy by Spartan and Achaean warriors from Greece in the 13th or 12th century B.C., immortalized by Homer in the Iliad, has inspired great creative artists throughout the world ever since,” according to UNESCO. The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now Hang Like the Rat Pack at These Old School Vegas Steakhouses Derived from the Sanskrit word ‘peace’ and the Turkish word for “dream,” Amanruya, a luxurious hotel set on the Southeastern Aegean coast (the area is dotted with ancient sites from Greek and Roman history) will have you feeling like an ancient god. Rent a private stone pavilion with a private pool and sea views. Inside, white Turkish marble floors, dark acajau wooden furniture, and traditional mangal charcoal fireplaces set the mood. This may be the most Instagram-able spot hidden to man.Sacred House Editors’ Recommendations If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? 1 of 5 Previous 360IstanbulPerched in modernity atop a 19th-century penthouse with insane 360-degree views (get the name?), the multi-award-winning 360Istanbul is a must for dinner. Inventive twists are made to traditional Turkish mezze, like Turkish pepperoni risotto, shellfish ramen with coconut milk, beef samosas with masala spices, and lamb liver. Stay late, as 360Istanbul turns into a club on the weekends, with live music, performers, and DJs.DrinkSoHo House IstanbulHello, whiskey! SoHo House Istanbul offers a menu of blended whiskey, American whiskey, single malt, and Irish, along with curated cocktails that ace the term “inventive,” like the Old Sail made with Zacapa, vanilla liquor, Chambord, and elderflower liquor. Turquoise-upholstered booster seats set around a marble and gold bar ground a room adorned with golden embellishment and rich textures.Nevizade Street<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>While SoHo House is reserved, modern, and exclusive, Istanbul’s Nevizade Street bubbles over with life and noise and can always be counted on if you’re looking to have a great night out. Located down a squished street in the most modern part of Istanbul, you’ll find a handful of bars, cafes, and plenty of spots to order a traditional Turkish Raki, the national spirit also known as “Lion’s Milk” for its hazy white color, Raki is made from twice-distilled grapes and aniseed, then diluted with water to serve.VisitButterfly ValleyOften called Turkey’s most perfect beach, Butterfly Valley is home to bungalow-sleeping hippies, adventurous cliff-climbers, and roughly 100 species of butterflies, some extremely rare. With cerulean waters that turn turquoise at the beach, the pictures really don’t do justice to the true beauty of this hidden hamlet. Take a taxi boat from Olu Deniz and, if you’re really feeling wild, bring a tent and camp under the stars right on the beach. Don’t expect top-button restaurants, but do expect self-serve shacks that don’t take credit cards.CutNo. 14 Barber ShopNo. 14 Barber Shop/InstagramA crisp, modern barber in the streets of Istanbul, No. 14 Barber Shop is a safe haven for those too nervous to stop into a tarp-signed hair cutter. No. 14 is sharp, clean, well-designed, and will give you one hell of a modern quiff. Previous center_img 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know 1 of 5 1. Library of Celsus 2. Istanbul 3. Hagia Sophia 4. Bosphorus Bridge (Photos courtesy Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism) To celebrate the Year of Troy 2018, Turkey has packed a calendar of cultural and sporting events held throughout the year, including the International Trojan Food Festival-Çanakkale in June and Trojan Horse Short Film Festival in October. For a full list of 2018 happenings, go here.We suggest jumping on the wooden horse and following the crowd to Turkey this year. Here are the best places to stay, eat, and (duh) drink.Editor’s note: Keep in mind that elections in Turkey are slated for the end of June. While the country is safe, the U.S. government has issued an advisory to travelers in certain areas, particularly along the Turkey-Syria border.StayAmanruya Next In the heart of Turkey, Sacred House is a regal 21-room hotel fit for Ottoman royalty. Built in Cappadocia, that most haunting and surreal landscape that used to be a crossroad for ancient trading routes, Sacred House is a Greek aristocratic mansion complete with a grandiose Hammam and underground “inferno spa” surrounded by stone columns, leather lounging chairs, and a crackling fireplace.EatKucukoglu Barbecue RestaurantKucukoglu Barbecue Restaurant in Istanbul boasts authentic Turkish food with authentic Turkish hospitality. From the outside, it seems quite ordinary, but don’t be put off by the look of this place. Let the host, Yacoub, take care of your food, sit back, and get ready to eat the most tender eggplant and lamb of your life. Next The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Citieslast_img read more

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Moody’s Gives B2 to Teekay’s Add-On Notes

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first_imgzoom Moody’s Investors Service assigned a B2 rating to the USD 200 million add-on to Teekay Corporation’s (Teekay) existing 8.5% senior unsecured notes due 15 January 2020.The add-on notes are being issued under a supplement to the indenture of the 8.5% Notes and have the same terms, conditions and maturity date.Teekay intends to use the net proceeds to repay a portion of indebtedness outstanding under its USD 500 million revolving credit facility and the balance to replenish cash reserves used to repay the outstanding principal balance of Teekay’s NOK Bonds that matured in October 2015.According to Moody’s, the Corporate Family rating of Teekay is B1. The rating outlook is stable.“The B1 Corporate Family rating reflects Teekay’s leading position, through its subsidiaries that it controls, as a provider of maritime transportation of oil, gas and refined petroleum products, and an operator of FPSOs (floating production, storage and off-take units),” Moody’s said.Moody’s believes that the long-term contracts on the majority of the Teekay family’s LNG and non-conventional tankers offset the highly leveraged profile of the company.Given this, Moody’s expects that the cash flows to the parent can continue in upcoming years, as majority of the company’s offshore vessels are tied to production rather than exploration, lowering market risk relative to service-providers to oil exploration operations.The B1 Corporate Family rating also reflects Moody’s expectation that Teekay Parent will strengthen its stand-alone credit profile via sale of its remaining three FPSOs, together with the debt secured by these vessels, to Teekay Offshore Partners by the end of 2017.Elimination of this debt from the parent’s balance sheet is expected to occur, either by pay off with sale proceeds or transfer to Teekay Offshore. Parent debt at 30 September 2015 stood at about $1.0 billion, following the sale of the Knarr FPSO in July 2015.“Parent debt is about $200 million higher than Moody’s anticipated because Teekay Parent took more equity in place of cash than expected when dropping down the vessel to Teekay Offshore. Teekay Parent will have no remaining operating assets following the disposal of the one Very Large Crude Carrier and FPSOs that it owns,” Moody’s said.As explained by the rating agency, the B1 rating anticipates that Teekay Parent will maintain adequate liquidity and no longer use its balance sheet to directly invest in new projects or vessels. Repayment of secured debt with vessel sale proceeds will further reduce funded debt, lending additional support to the B1 rating.Moody’s foresees no upwards pressure on the ratings during the next few years.“A negative rating action could follow if Teekay Parent does not fully transfer or repay the secured debt associated with each of its vessels upon their disposal. While not expected, a decline of more than USD 40 million in the annual distributions received by Parent could pressure the rating as could another increase in funded debt should Parent unexpectedly directly invest in growth projects. A reduction in Parent’s unrestricted cash to below $125 million or the inability of Parent or a subsidiary to timely refinance upcoming debt maturities could also lead to a negative rating action,” Moody’s adds.last_img read more

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Kea Trader Clean Up Efforts Continue No Pollution at Site

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first_imgzoom After the grounded containership Kea Trader broke in two, relevant authorities have amended the pollution control plan to address each section separately.Necessary measures to prevent further pollution from the vessel were undertaken and evaluation works were conducted.The new pollution control plan has seen the salvage teams fully recover the unpumpable ballast water from the cargo hold number two at the front part of the vessel. Skimming operations are being conducted on the starboard sides, while the debris cleaning in the cargo hold number three is expected to be finished by the end of the week, according to New Caledonia’s government.Salvage teams are also pumping out oily waters from the machine room in the rear part of the ship.Although the wreck is still being affected by the sea, overflights have found no traces of pollution.The 2017-built Kea Trader, which ran aground on the Durand Reef in July 2017, developed a crack and split four months later on November 12 due to heavy seas.The boxship’s owner Lomar Shipping earlier said that the constant, heavy movement of the sea, even in good weather, affected Kea Trader causing further damage, weakening the ship’s hull, and frustrating the salvage operations on site.In late November a marine pollution alert was issued after globules of oil washed ashore along some of the beaches of Lifou Island, New Caledonia, including Lifou, Ouvea and both Yate and Houailou.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Norden Strengthens Fleet with MR Pair

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first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Danish shipping company Norden has purchased two South Korean-built MR product tankers as a way of getting ready for the anticipated market improvement moving forward.The 2009-built vessels, named Nord Magic and Nord Minute, have a deadweight capacity of 50,000 tonnes each. The purchase brings Norden’s tanker fleet to up to 58 vessels including chartered vessels.Out of these 24 tankers are owned by Norden, while the rest are chartered vessels. The vessels are operated through Norient Product Pool (NPP).“While product tanker market conditions have suffered from oversupply and weak demand this year, we expect an improvement towards 2020. Recently, the crude tanker market has recovered strongly, oil price has declined to a 12-month low and oil inventories have been drawn significantly,” CEO Jan Rindbo said in comment.“This points to a recovery in demand for product tankers and improving market conditions. We therefore believe this purchase is a good opportunity to take advantage of the relatively low prices on tonnage now, to increase the capacity.” The two vessels are expected to join Norden’s owned fleet in December 2018. The company’s fleet includes also 12 Handysize vessels and two LR1 tankers on charter.last_img read more

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Former 1stclass players request BCCI to revise their pension

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first_imgNew Delhi: Former first-class players including Ashu Dani and Vinay Limba have approached the BCCI to raise their monthly pension by 50 percent. A monthly gratis is paid to cricketers who have played at least 25 first-class games by 2003-04, but the amount has not been revised since 2015 despite repeated requests to the Committee of Administrators (CoA). The affected players wrote to BCCI acting president C K Khanna, who, in turn, has requested the CoA to address the issue. “BCCI keeps the welfare of its cricketers in mind, and the former cricketers are reaching out to BCCI with a hope that the areas highlight by them will be looked into and implemented. While discussions have been held over the revision of pension of retired international cricketers and domestic cricketers who played at least 25 first-class games by 2003-04 and that the amount was revised in 2015; the players are waiting for revision of pension,” Khanna wrote in his e-mail to the COA. Players who have played more than 75 first-class games have also been recipients of BCCI’s one-time benefit scheme.last_img read more

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Top court to hear federal governments appeal on residential school records

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first_imgOTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada is set to hold a hearing today on the federal government’s appeal of a decision that allows personal records from survivors of residential schools to be destroyed after 15 years unless individuals decide otherwise.Ottawa argues it controls the documents and that they are subject to legislation pertaining to access to information, archiving and privacy.“To ensure that the history of what happened at the residential schools is not forgotten or lost on future generations, the documentary record must be preserved,” the attorney general argued in her factum to the court.The government also argues that the use of the court’s “inherent jurisdiction” to order the wholesale destruction of the records “fails to respect the intentions”of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement, which settled the largest class action in Canadian history.“Many of the records at issue in this appeal often contain deeply personal accounts of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse of former students,” the factum says.“The information was provided in the context of an independent assessment process to provide compensation for this abuse.”Carey Newman, a First Nations artist who formed a group called the Coalition to Preserve Truth, agrees the impact of destroying the documents would be enormous, calling them a very important piece of Canadian history.Newman said he plans to attend the court’s hearing on Thursday.The coalition believes traumatic events are only part of the complex history of residential schools, Newman said; the ensuing personal trauma has been resonating through the lives of families for generations.Newman, the son of a residential school survivor, decided to push for the preservation of the records after a friend asked him how he would feel about their destruction.“It just kind of sat on my heart,” he said in an interview.“That was the question for me that sort of convinced me that I had to do something … I think it is important for people to know this is the very final decision and that the largest number of stories about the worst things that happened in residential school are at stake.”Many survivors are either gravely ill or have already died and do not have the capacity to make a request to preserve the records, Newman added.The federal government and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission both agree the survivor accounts are a critical part of Canadian history that should be preserved.For its part, the independent claims adjudicator has maintained that claimants were promised confidentiality, which means that only they have the right to waive their privacy.A lower court judge ruled the material should be destroyed after 15 years, but individuals could consent to have their stories preserved at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in Winnipeg.In a split decision in April 2016, the Ontario Court of Appeal agreed, noting the documents were not government records subject to archiving laws.The court also rejected the idea the documents were “government records” but fell under judicial control.A dissenting justice maintained, however, that documents should be turned over to Library and Archives Canada, subject to normal privacy safeguards and rules.“If the IAP documents are destroyed,” wrote Justice Robert Sharpe, “we obliterate an important part of our effort to deal with a very dark moment in our history.”The Assembly of First Nations argues the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the promises of confidentiality made to former students of residential schools by ordering the destruction of records and ensuring former students maintain control over the accounts of their residential school experiences.“The future release of IAP records without the consent of claimants will result in the re-victimization of former students and will pose real harms to First Nation communities,” the organization said in its factum to the court.“This is particularly problematic in the case of victims and perpetrators related to student-on-student abuse.”—With files from Colin Perkel in Toronto; follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

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Government faces balancing act on marketing packaging of legal marijuana

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first_imgVANCOUVER – David Brown’s marijuana marketing students are often shocked to learn how difficult it is to — well — market marijuana.Advertising medical cannabis is essentially banned in Canada, with some exceptions. Restrictions on recreational weed are set to be a bit looser, but Brown still advises students to think of the constraints as opportunities.“These limitations can really aid in creativity. Marketing weed isn’t difficult, but marketing a highly regulated cannabis product is a lot more of a challenge,” said Brown, an instructor in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s cannabis professional series.As legalization looms, observers say Ottawa faces a tricky balancing act on marketing. Large growers say branding is necessary to convince consumers to switch to the legal market, while health advocates call for plain packaging and strict advertising limits.The Cannabis Act, which would legalize recreational marijuana next July, would restrict marketing similarly to tobacco. It would ban promotion that appeals to youth, contains false or misleading statements or depicts people, celebrities, characters or animals.It would allow ads that present facts or promote brand preference. But they could only be shown in places where youth are not legally allowed, or broadcast if “reasonable steps” have been taken to ensure they “cannot be accessed by a young person.”The rules have been criticized as hazy. It’s unclear, for example, whether a commercial could air before a TV show or movie that is intended for adult audiences or how Internet ads would be policed.Health Canada spokeswoman Tammy Jarbeau said the “reasonable steps” to ensure an ad cannot be seen by a young person would depend on the circumstances. For example, websites could use age verification mechanisms, she said.“This would provide an opportunity to communicate factual information about cannabis, as well as information about a product’s brand characteristics, to allow adult consumers to make informed decisions,” she said.She said the government was not considering changes to the advertising provisions of the legislation, but if it’s passed by Parliament, Health Canada will develop guidance documents to help industry comply with the rules.Seventeen licensed producers have formed a Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Branding and put forward proposed guidelines, including that ads be allowed on TV, radio and websites where at least 70 per cent of the audience is expected to be over 18.Provinces can introduce additional marketing rules. Quebec’s framework allows some ads in newspapers and magazines where 85 per cent of readers are of the legal age, as well as in displays inside cannabis stores.“Offloading it to the provinces is not the answer,” said Lindsay Meredith, a Simon Fraser University marketing professor, who added it can lead to “spillover advertising,” where ads that comply with rules in one province are shown in another where they don’t.Mark Zekulin, president of Canada’s largest licensed producer, Canopy Growth, said branding breeds accountability. If consumers are going to be more likely to remember their experience, companies will put more effort into ensuring it’s a good one.“If everybody’s in the same white packaging, maybe they’ll remember what they bought, maybe they won’t,” he said.Health Canada recently proposed regulations that would limit the use of colours and graphics on packages and require labels to have specific product information, mandatory health warnings and a standardized THC symbol.They would also restrict brand elements, including requiring a standard font, size and colour relative to other information on the package. Public consultation on the rules ends Jan. 20.Restrictions on fonts, graphics and colours open the door to brand prohibition, limiting the ability of companies to differentiate from each other and the black market, said Brendan Kennedy, president of Tilray, a leading licensed producer.“What you’ll see is a race to the bottom, where all these products are essentially competing on price,” he said. “You’ll see less investment in high-quality products.”Rebecca Jesseman of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction said the regulations were positive overall but restrictions on brand elements should be clearer.“It’s a tricky balance, because we don’t want to promote increased use and we don’t want (packaging) to be flashy, but we do certainly want to use it as a way to convey information effectively,” she said.“I think we’re looking at something that’s informative, truthful and perhaps a little bit bland.”Canada can learn from U.S. states that have legalized pot. Colorado allows print, radio, TV and Internet ads if there’s reliable evidence that 70 per cent of the audience is over 21, while Washington state requires ads to contain a number of warnings.Colorado banned promotions that appeal to kids when it legalized cannabis, but over time the rules became more specific, including prohibiting edibles shaped like animals, said Lewis Koski, the state’s former marijuana enforcement director.The federal government has given itself extra time to allow edibles, such as candies and cookies, in the marketplace, with regulations expected by July 2019. Koski, co-founder of consulting firm Freedman & Koski, praised the strategy.“Health Canada has done a really, really good job,” he said. “They’ve been very thoughtful in their approach and they recognize that this is going to take some time and it’s going to evolve.”The department said companies that violate the advertising or packaging rules, if passed, could face licence suspensions or revocations, fines of up to $1 million and potentially be referred to police.Brown, the Kwantlen instructor, said he expects Health Canada to make examples of those who don’t comply early on. The department already sends a stern letter about once a year to all the licensed medical producers, he said.“Inevitably, it’s a cycle where they all agree and they all comply, and then six or seven months later, they tend to drift away from that compliance,” he said. “We’ve yet to see any enforcement of that.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

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Senior UN official urges Syria to end repression and respect freedom of

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“Reports coming from Syria are alarming,” Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), stated in a news release. “The rights of citizens must be respected, as must the rights and security of journalists.“This includes the right to freedom of expression, the need to access information and the ability to communicate. The decision to shut down internet access and cell phone networks, to block broadcasters and prevent journalists from doing their job is not acceptable,” Ms. Bokova added.Taking note of a promised amnesty and call for national dialogue, Ms. Bokova urged the Syrian authorities to “immediately restore internet and cell phone services for citizens, to lift restrictions on the media and to prevent acts of aggression against journalists, so that they can report freely on events as is their duty.”Secretary-General also voimced his deep concern over the continuing violence in Syria, including in the north-western town of Jisr-al-Shughur, and its heavy toll on the civilian population.”The Syrian authorities have an obligation to protect their people and respect their rights. The use of military force against civilians is unacceptable,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson.Mr. Ban said remains convinced that the only way to heed the calls of the Syrian people for peaceful change is by engaging in a fully inclusive national dialogue and the launching of genuine reforms.Syria has been in the maelstrom of domestic unrest since March when protesters started taking to the streets to demand democratic reform and greater civil liberties. The country’s authorities have been widely criticised for their often bloody repression of demonstrations.The protests are part of a broader uprising this year across North Africa and the Middle East that has already toppled the long-standing regimes in Tunisia and Egypt and led to ongoing conflict in Libya. 10 June 2011The head of the United Nations agency that promotes access to information today voiced concern at the escalating violence in Syria and the curtailment of the people’s access to communication and information services, as well as the reported attacks and restrictions on journalists. read more

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Wynne rejects beer sales in corner stores as Ontario reviews rules on

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Wynne rejects beer sales in corner stores as Ontario reviews rules on alcohol TORONTO – Ontario is preparing changes to the way alcoholic beverages are sold, but it will not permit beer sales in corner stores, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Monday.It was another Liberal premier, David Peterson, who first promised Ontarians back in the 1980s that they’d be able to buy beer and wine at the corner store, just like their neighbours in Quebec. But Peterson never delivered on the pledge, and Wynne said the idea is now off the table.“We’re not going to have beer in convenience stores,” she said. “There is change coming however.”The Ontario Convenience Stores Association said the province already has more than 200 LCBO agency stores, which are convenience stores in smaller, remote communities that sell LCBO products, and asked the government to expand that model.“By piloting an expansion of this program in an urban or suburban community … government will be able to build on the success of this program while stimulating local economies and increasing LCBO revenues,” said spokesman Dave Bryans.Wynne said she’s been concerned for years about the foreign-owned Beer Store’s virtual monopoly on 80 per cent of beer sales in Ontario.“I was concerned about the functioning of the Beer Store. I was concerned about the access of craft brewers to the Beer Store, and so from that time I’ve been committed to making change,” she said. “It’s not whether there will be change. It’s just a matter of what that change will be, so stay tuned.”Wynne appointed former TD Bank CEO Ed Clark to examine the relationship between the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the Beer Store as part of a review aimed at squeezing the maximum value out of all government assets.“We now have Ed Clark and his commissioners, who are looking at the (alcohol) distribution system in the province,” she said. “They’re looking at the LCBO and as a result of that looking at the Beer Store, so there are changes coming.”Clark rejected privatizing the LCBO in an interim report, and recommended the Beer Store give taxpayers a “fair share” of its profits, saying its virtual monopoly could be auctioned off if the Beer Store doesn’t want to pay a still undetermined fee to the government.Ontario craft brewers say their market share is held back by the Beer Store, which makes it difficult — and expensive — for them to sell their products in its 448 retail outlets.The Beer Store offered to let craft brewers buy an ownership share and promised to make it easier for them to list their products, but the smaller brewers said they wanted to wait and see what action the government takes.Clark’s final report will be given to the government in time for the recommendations to be included in the spring budget, but it is not expected to be made public before then.The Beer Store, the commercial name for Brewers Retail, was owned by a consortium of Ontario-based brewers when it was set up in 1927, but is now owned by Molson-Coors of the United States, AB InBev of Belgium and Sapporo of Japan.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 2, 2015 8:44 am MDT read more

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Latest agenda minutes for Quality Panel

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Looking into the future of Ohio State mens basketball

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The Ohio State men’s basketball team’s season came to a disappointing end Friday with a 62-60 loss to No. 4-seeded Kentucky. With no more Buckeye basketball to be played this season, looking to the future is the only option. Though the season just concluded, much can already be determined about next year’s squad. The team will return two starters, freshman forward Jared Sullinger and junior guard William Buford, assuming they hold true to their stated intentions not to enter the NBA Draft. The Buckeyes also will welcome back freshman point guard Aaron Craft, who was fifth on the team in minutes played, and freshman forward Deshaun Thomas. Beyond those four seemingly known commodities, the future of OSU basketball becomes less clear. The star Recently named first-team All-American, Sullinger is arguably the most talented player the Buckeyes will have next season. The 6-foot-9 post player led the team in points and rebounds last season with 17.2 and 10.1 per game, respectively. “He’s extremely productive. … He commands a lot of respect,” coach Thad Matta said. “He’s a great player.” The forward also took home Freshman of the Year honors and remains a finalist for the Naismith Award, given to the nation’s best player. With a year of experience under his belt, Sullinger is expected to excel futher during his sophomore campaign. The OSU youngster is likely to be the nation’s front-runner for the Naismith Award next season, regardless of whether he brings home the hardware this year. Sullinger is making sure to put in the work during the offseason. Following his team’s final loss of the season, Sullinger said, “I know I am going to be back in the gym as soon as we get back.” The veteran Although Sullinger likely will be the Buckeye who receives the most attention, Buford will be the one with the most experience. As a senior, Buford will be the only player on the OSU roster who will start the season with more than one year of program experience. He has three full years in the system. Besides leadership, Buford brings a shooter’s touch to the 2011–12 squad. “Will’s an awesome guy,” Craft said. “He’s definitely willing to take his shots, and he (has) knocked them down.” Buford shot 44.2 percent from 3-point range this past season, good for the third-best 3-point shooting season in school history. The guard was also second in scoring on the team, with 14.4 points per game. Buford sits at 22nd in school history in points scored, with 1,424. If he maintains this past season’s scoring pace next season, he will finish fourth. The engine With Sullinger expected to score in the post and Buford expected to score from the outside, Craft will be expected to push the defense and facilitate the offense. Throughout the season, the freshman point guard was praised for his on-ball defensive abilities. Craft, who averaged a team-high two steals a game, embraces the role of lockdown defender. “I’ve always just enjoyed doing it, even in AAU. I always had to guard … the team’s best player,” he said. “It’s something I’ve grown into.” With fifth-year senior forward David Lighty, whom Matta often has called the best defender in college basketball, departing from the program, Craft will be able to take over the role of the team’s best defender. Besides his defense, Craft will be required to set up the offense from his position. The freshman was fourth in the Big Ten in assists last season, with 4.8 per game. “I think as you really get to know Aaron, you get to spend time with him, you watch him develop. It’s amazing,” Matta said. “He’s been so steady throughout the course of the year.” Craft played his best basketball late in the season, logging an OSU-record 15 assists against George Mason in the NCAA Tournament. The tank Thomas came off the bench last season to average 7.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in just 14 minutes per game for the Buckeyes. With the departure of wing players Lighty and Jon Diebler, Thomas likely will be a starter next season. Despite his single-digit scoring average, Thomas scored double figures 10 times during the season and notched 20 or more points on three occasions. “I think we’ve seen, throughout the course, that Deshaun can score in bunches,” Matta said. “He’s a very talented player, and he really has a knack … for finding open areas, finding the seams.” Besides providing instant offense, Thomas’ 62 offensive rebounds were good for second on the team. With added minutes next season, expect those numbers to rise. The unknown Craft and Thomas will likely join Sullinger and Buford in the starting lineup next year. But determining who will fill that fifth spot, and how Matta will use his bench, will be more difficult to determine. The remaining player with any significant playing time from this past season is freshman guard Jordan Sibert, who appeared in 25 games and averaged 8.3 minutes a game. Starting Sibert would create a relatively small starting five. Matta has shown a tendency to start multiple post players in the past. This past season, the coach started the 6-foot-9 Sullinger and 6-foot-8 senior center Dallas Lauderdale. If he wants to go big again, he seems to have two options: Boston College transfer forward Evan Ravenel and incoming freshman center Amir Williams. Ravenel averaged just 3.3 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.5 minutes off the bench when he played for Boston College. Despite the underwhelming numbers, the forward does have a year in the program on his side. Williams, on the other hand, could become the newest freshman post player to start at OSU. The 6-foot-9 center is the nation’s No. 7 center and No. 73 overall recruit, according to Rivals.com. Matta, who has often used a short bench, will need to decide how he wants to use the remaining talented players. Freshman guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. received playing time in blowout victories, and freshman forward J.D. Weatherspoon did the same before being ruled academically ineligible for winter quarter. Four recruits, including No. 17-ranked point guard and No. 62 overall recruit Shannon Scott, will join Williams in vying for playing time as freshmen. Regardless of how Matta pieces together the puzzle that is next year’s season, the established pieces and young talent are there. Whichever grouping of players the coach relies on will strive to accomplish the goal that the 2010–11 team could not: a national championship. read more

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PICS Heres how Ireland welcomed in 2014

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first_imgALL AROUND THE island of Ireland, people gathered to welcome in the New Year last night.2014 appeared with a bang, thanks to the plethora of fireworks that lit up the sky around the island, and the champagne corks popped from chilled bottles.In Limerick City, it was a time to mark the beginning of its year as National City of Culture, with events taking place throughout the day leading up to the big moment at midnight.Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries made a trip back to her home town to play at the NYE celebrations, while other acts including the Strypes, the Coronas, Maverick Sabre, SOAK and locals Leading Armies also took to the stage in Merchants Quay.The weather wasn’t a deterrent to those who came out to hear the bells of St Mary’s Cathedral mark the turning of midnight.In Dublin, the countdown concert featuring Madness and the (extremely busy) Strypes took place at College Green, while other events included a procession of light, and a brunch event in Temple Bar.The event marked the end of The Gathering 2013 as much as it did the beginning of a new year. Seven million people visited Ireland this year, thanks in large part to the Gathering initiative.In Waterford, the dawning of a new year also marked the beginning of the town’s 1100th year. The city was founded by Vikings in 914 and is planning more than eight months of celebrations for Waterford1100.The night saw a New Year’s Eve party take place in Cathedral square, while celebrations will continue this Saturday for Vadrarfjordr!, an outdoor ‘fiery spectacle’ celebrating Viking life in Waterford.How did celebrate New Year’s Eve? Tell us in the comments.last_img read more

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A Greek spin on ovarian cancer awareness

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first_imgEvery 11 hours an Australian woman will die from ovarian cancer. To mark Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in February comedian Jean Kittson and 11 Australian women teamed up with Ovarian Cancer Australia to help raise awareness of the disease and help generate vital funds for programmes that support women diagnosed with the disease, and their families. There is no early detection test for ovarian cancer and while the disease is often considered a silent killer, scientific evidence shows that many women do experience symptoms that if acted on, could result in an earlier diagnosis and a better chance of beating the disease. Jean Kittson, the 2010 Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Campaign Ambassador said, “Ovarian cancer affects someone’s friend, someone’s partner, someone’s sister, someone’s daughter and someone’s mother. I’m delighted to be part of such an important health initiative for Australian women. Together, we can all learn the symptoms of ovarian cancer to save lives and at the same time raise vital funds to help women who have the disease.” Tannia Tiropanis, a member of the Napoleon Perdis National Creative Team, is one of the11th Hour Ambassadors for the national health campaign. “Napoleon Perdis is incredibly proud to be a partner of Ovarian Cancer Australia. When I was invited to be part of this campaign to raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer among women in my community, I was thrilled to be involved in such an important women’s health issue.” “My family has been touched by cancer, so if by working with Ovarian Cancer Australia we can help save the life of just one woman by raising awareness about the early symptoms of ovarian cancer as well as raise vital funds to support the invaluable services offered by Ovarian Cancer Australia, then we will have helped to make a difference,” Tannia Tiropanis said. Nicole Livingstone, co-founder and Patron of Ovarian Cancer Australia said, “We really value what Jean Kittson, Tannia Tiropanis and all the 11th Hour Ambassadors are doing to help us deliver this essential health message to Australian women. It’s this support that has given us the opportunity to educate women and hopefully help save lives.” Ms Kittson said, “By teaming up we hope to inform women about a disease that is the 6th most common cause of cancer death among Australian women and help them learn to recognise the symptoms of ovarian cancer so that they can seek early treatment which could save their lives. “Most women think they are protected through a Pap smear. However this test does not detect ovarian cancer. There is no test to detect ovarian cancer. Only knowing the symptoms will save your life. Our message to every Australian women is make sure you know the symptoms of ovarian cancer because it might save your life. Don’t leave it until the 11the hour,” Ms. Kittson said. The 11th Hour Ambassadors are 11 women chosen to represent Australian women of all ages, cultures and professions to emphasise that women should not leave learning the symptoms of ovarian cancer until the 11th hour!” For information call 1300 660 334 or go to: www.ovariancancer.net.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Beware Less sleep puts you at risk of compulsive Facebook use

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first_imgLong spells of bad night sleep do not only put you at the risk of developing day-long tiredness, crankiness or distraction but also lead to compulsive Facebook checking too, find researchers.The team from University of California-Irvine demonstrated that lack of sleep – in addition to affecting busy college students’ moods and productivity – leads to more frequent online activities such as browsing Facebook.“When you get less sleep, you’re more prone to distraction. If you’re being distracted, what do you do? You go to Facebook. It’s lightweight, it’s easy, and you’re tired,” said lead researcher and informatics professor Gloria Mark.The findings show a direct connection among chronic lack of sleep, worsening mood and greater reliance on Facebook browsing. Mark also found that the less sleep people have, the more frequently their attention shifts among different computer screens, suggesting heightened distractibility.Sleep deprivation can cause workplace mishaps and make drivers fall asleep.last_img read more

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Janelle Monáe waves pansexual flag and rocks vagina pants at LA concert

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first_imgI have discovered the best way to end Pride Month on a high note — going to a Janelle Monáe concert, where the energy was full of pride, beauty, strength, and hope. She performed at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday night (28 June) and it was truly an incredible evening.The singer, who recently came out as pansexual, addressed Pride numerous times throughout the event. She wasn’t afraid to get political.‘Choose freedom, not fear,’ Monáe told us before ending the concert with the last song on her new album Dirty Computer, Americans.At one point, while performing I Got the Juice, she invited numerous people from the audience to jam with her and her dancers. She called us all beautiful throughout the night and made us feel loved, accepted, and truly proud of who we are and what we stand for.Fighting for freedom with prideNear the end of the show, she came out on stage waving a pansexual flag.Then she had an honest, beautiful conversation with us.‘One thing I was thinking about that I did not mention,’ she began. ‘With freedom, comes sacrifice. Freedom ain’t free. You have to fight for it every single day you get up.’Then she came out with a pansexual pride flag and got real with us pic.twitter.com/eE2OFFBynD— Anya Crittenton (@anyacrittenton) June 29, 2018She continued: ‘Sometimes it comes with a lot of cost. To be open, to be proud.‘Even I get afraid. But looking out here tonight, I realize that I’m not alone. I can’t tell you how heard I feel, how seen I feel, how celebrated I feel. That is what I wanted and want to give to you. And I hope each and every last one of y’all feel it.’She did thatWhen she performed Pynk, she came out wearing — as we were all hoping — the iconic vagina pants from the music video.It was as epic as it appears.Yeah, she did that during Pynk. Of course she did. What a queen. pic.twitter.com/0fhCyp0yYk — Anya Crittenton (@anyacrittenton) June 29, 2018Some of dancers also wore the pants, while others donned pink velvet bodysuits.As Monáe said about the pants and why not every woman wears them in the video (or in concert): ‘There are some women in the video that do not have on the pants, because I don’t believe that all women need to possess a vagina to be a woman.’A queen in her own rightBefore she sang her bisexual anthem Make Me Feel, she showed off some dance moves.The intro lasted a few minutes, all to the repeated beat of the song, and it was thrilling to witness. Monáe possesses the talent and magnetism of artists past like Michael Jackson and Prince.The latter especially makes sense, given their close friendship and collaboration before his death.Her dancing intro before Make Me Feel, oh my god pic.twitter.com/vqn7LVtTki— Anya Crittenton (@anyacrittenton) June 29, 2018These moves and ability to maintain an audience’s attention speak for themselves.Dirty and proudThe night was exactly the kind of space I feel proud and safe in as a queer woman.Looking around me in the audience, I knew I was among a community that is special, defiant, and beautiful. I’m grateful to Monáe for giving me and everyone else this experience. It was needed.In conclusion:In conclusion: IM DIRTY, IM PROUD thank you for an amazing night, @JanelleMonae. pic.twitter.com/rNmmBA0Fhj— Anya Crittenton (@anyacrittenton) June 29, 2018 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Monáe is a great live performer, as seen here at The Grand Opera House | Photo: Flickr/William Haun Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Janelle Monáe comes out as pansexual: ‘I consider myself to be a free-ass motherf*cker’Janelle Monáe and Tessa Thompson play lovers in visual albumThe internet wants Janelle Monáe to play Willy Wonka in new movieRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/janelle-monae-pansexual-flag-vagina-pants-concert/last_img read more

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LOT – a powerful brand in the Polish market

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first_imgLOT has received the Superbrands 2011 trophy. This prestigious award was presented to the Polish air carrier during Sunday’s ceremonial gala in Warsaw. The Superbrands 2011 trophy was accepted at the ceremonial gala in the Warsaw Sheraton hotel on LOT’s behalf by Dorota Haller, marketing and product director of the company. This distinction is granted to the world’s most powerful brands, which offer their clients the highest standard of services, maintain strong reputations and who stand out among the competition. “This award is proof of the fact that LOT, as a ‘citizen of the world’ is a consistently powerful brand with a tremendous tradition, and is able to compete with the best” – said Dorota Haller, marketing and product director of LOT Polish Airlines. “We have the most important elements – ambition, creativity, flexibility and effectiveness in our operations.I am very pleased that LOT Polish Airlines has received recognition once again.These awards motivate us to move forward with our work and to be consistent in building what we marketers call ‘brand equity’ – the essence and value of the brand”, added Dorota Haller. The Superbrands title is awarded by the independent organization The Superbrands Ltd., which is active in over 80 countries around the world. Among its main aims is to promote and award companies whose brands are a testimony to their high standards of customer service and who enjoy a strong reputation on the marketplace, among consumers and businesses alike. Director D.Haller from LOT Polish Airlines with Superbrands 2011 trophy Source = LOTlast_img read more

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