Study Reveals Zara Owner Exploits Moroccan Labor

Rabat – Billionaire Zara founder Amancio Ortega has been accused of exploiting workers in Morocco.In 2017, Zara workers in Istanbul entered a store to attach notes to the clothes, saying, “I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn’t get paid for it.” This year, an NGO discovered that the Spanish business owner reportedly pays the seamstresses who make the garments as little as €178 a month for up to 65 hours a week.A Spanish NGO called Clean Clothes Campaign investigated the living conditions and wages that Ortega’s textile workers endure.  His company, Inditex, covers many popular brand names including Massimo Dutti, Stradivarius, Pull & Bear, and Zara. Spain has been a solid partner for Moroccan clothing exports since 2006 and 10% of all Inditex clothes are made in Morocco. Once a shop hand for a local shirtmaker himself, Amancio Ortega now has a net worth of approximately 60.3 billion dollars.The NGO author Albert Sale said the retailer “operates in the Moroccan market taking advantage of production costs clearly lower than those of the European Union and geographical proximity.”Younger workers work without contracts and receive 0.36 cents per hour.The report revealed that the harsh conditions Moroccan garment workers face include excessive hours of work with low wages and physical abuse.The report said: “These companies have in their hands the ability, both to generate situations of labor exploitation, and to avoid them.”A  worker gave his testimony for the study: “When auditors appear by surprise, supervisors hide minor workers on the roof or in empty clothing boxes.”In light of the abuse that has been recently reported, it seems to be contradictory that Ortega once uttered the esteemed quote:  “The successful combination of intense expansion and renewed business efficiency has only been possible through the immense effort of our team at all levels of the organization.”El Corte Ingles and Mango were also called out for using exploitative Moroccan based suppliers. read more

Panellists quit corporate responsibility panel citing erosion of trust

OTTAWA — Citing an erosion of trust, civil society and labour representatives have resigned from a panel set up to advise the federal government on ensuring Canadian firms operating abroad are accountable for how they conduct themselves.The 14 members withdrew from the “multi-stakeholder advisory body on responsible business conduct” Thursday, complaining that a newly created adviser on corporate accountability lacks the teeth to ensure companies conducting business outside Canada do so in a responsible manner.The government announced in January 2018 the creation of a Canadian ombudsperson for responsible enterprise (CORE), saying the office would be given the tools to conduct credible, independent investigations.The ombudsperson’s powers were to include the ability to summon witnesses and compel documents.But civil-society leaders say the appointment in April of this year of a special adviser to the international trade minister instead, without giving that adviser proper investigative powers, backtracked on the pledge.And because of that, organizations operating under the umbrella Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability said they lost faith in the ability of the advisory body to function as originally envisioned.Amnesty International Canada secretary general Alex Neve said he was pleased to be vice-chair of the advisory body when it was established.“It was because of assurances that the CORE would have independence and real investigatory powers that we stood alongside the government in January 2018 and we promoted the announcement both nationally and internationally,” Neve said.“The government of Canada’s decision to backtrack on those promises … has led me to lose confidence. I will no longer be able to continue in this role.”Emily Dwyer with the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability also questioned how civil-society groups can be assured that actions will be taken in changing laws and policies when the government appears to have bowed to industry pressure.“Without independence and investigatory powers, the CORE amounts to nothing more than a broken promise,” she said.A spokesman for International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr expressed regret over the departures from the panel but said the government is making progress in promoting responsible business conduct and is looking forward to the ombudsperson’s office being up and running by fall.“We’re grateful for the time and service of these members in advising the minister and in helping to lay the groundwork for the Canadian Ombudsperson on Responsible Enterprise,” said an email from Michael Jones, Carr’s director of communications.“We’re disappointed in their decision to leave the advisory body,” said the statement.“While consensus on these issues remains elusive, dialogue between civil society and industry is critical to progress and walking away from that dialogue is a step backwards and regrettable.”The mining sector has been a particular target of groups demanding greater oversight of activities of Canadian companies operating abroad.Indigenous groups in South America and Africa have complained in recent years of violence and human-rights abuses connected to resource projects carried out by Canadian-controlled companies, which sparked calls for greater accountability.Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press read more

Sun Life Financial reports secondquarter profit up from year ago

Sun Life Financial reports second-quarter profit up from year ago AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX:SLF) said Wednesday it earned $399 million in its latest quarter, up from a year ago, helped by strong sales, rising interest rates and favourable credit experience.The insurer said the profit amounted to 65 cents per share in its latest quarter, up from $90 million or 15 cents per share a year ago.Sun Life president and chief executive Dean Connor said the company had a very strong quarter.“Wealth sales and insurance sales each recorded increases of 32 per cent and assets under management grew almost $58 billion to over $590 billion,” Connor said in a statement.“We also benefited from favourable market conditions.”Adjusted revenue was $5.5 billion compared with $4.8 billion in the second quarter of 2012 helped by higher net premium revenue, increased fee income and higher investment income.The results followed the sale of the company’s U.S. annuity business last week to Delaware Life Holdings.Excluding that business, Sun Life reported an operating profit from continuing operations of $431 million or 71 cents per share compared with $250 million or 42 cents per share in the second quarter of 2012.In an update to its outlook following the sale, Sun Life said it expects annual operating net income of $1.85 billion by the end of 2015 compared with $2 billion before the sale of the U.S. annuity business.“The recent completion of the sale of our U.S. annuity business is a transformational transaction, which significantly reduces Sun Life Financial’s risk profile and earnings volatility,” Connor said.“Our U.S. operations are now focused on our successful employee benefits business and our voluntary benefits business, which have achieved substantial growth during the past two years.”In Canada, the company earned an operating profit of $210 million in the second quarter, compared with $186 million in the second quarter of 2012.Meanwhile, the insurer’s U.S. operations earned an operating profit of $143 million including the annuity business compared with a loss of $147 million a year ago. Operating profit at its continuing operations totalled $115 million, up from $8 million.MFS Investment Management earned an operating profit of $104 million, up from $68 million. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 7, 2013 6:05 pm MDT read more

Essequibo resident killed in accident

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTruck driver slapped with causing death chargeFebruary 10, 2017In “Court”Herstelling man crushed to deathJune 25, 2017In “Crime”Wanted man escapes police custody with cuffs on after being caughtApril 19, 2017In “Crime”,A pedestrian was killed on Monday night after he was run over by a car, which was driven by a 21-year-old man from Johanna Cecelia village, on the Essequibo Coast. The accident occurred on the Adventure Public Road at around 19:30hrs.Dead: Ashuk DassThe pedestrian, who has been identified as Ashuk Dass, 56, of Adventure village, was reportedly last seen imbibing on Monday evening. The driver of motor car, PVV 4390, was proceeding East around the northern side of the Adventure access road and was about to take a left turn when he allegedly ran over the pedestrian.After the impact, the man reportedly came out of the vehicle and saw Dass lying motionless on the road. He immediately rendered assistance and took him to the Suddie Public Hospital. However, Dass was pronounced dead on arrival by doctors.According to eyewitnesses who converged on the scene, they saw the man lying on the road and it appeared as though he sustained severe injuries to his face. Villagers also reported that they had seen Dass in the area earlier in the evening, watching a game of cricket.According to the dead man’s sister, Nirupa Dass, she last saw her brother on Monday evening. She explained that the man lives alone and that she would usually cook for him.The deceased, a father of one, has been separated from his wife for some time and was said to be in the habit of drinking alcohol and was always roaming the area. His body was taken to the Suddie mortuary where it awaits a post-mortem examination.The car involved in the accident which killed DassSeventeen-year-old Iftikar Ishmael, a mechanic from Lot 36 Vilvoorden, Essequibo Coast, also lost his life in an accident on Sunday, which occurred on the Airy Hall Public Road. That accident involved a motor lorry, GNN 6695, owned and driven by 30-year-old Balwant Mohabeer, a truck driver of Lot 52 Zorg, Essequibo Coast. Mohabeer is presently in Police custody assisting with investigations.Ishmael was the eldest child for his parents. His body is also at the Suddie mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination. A pedestrian was killed on Monday night after he was run over by a car, which was driven by a 21-year-old man from Johanna Cecelia village, on the Essequibo Coast. The accident occurred on the Adventure Public Road at around 19:30hrs.Dead: Ashuk DassThe pedestrian, who has been identified as Ashuk Dass, 56, of Adventure village, was reportedly last seen imbibing on Monday evening. The driver of motor car, PVV 4390, was proceeding East around the northern side of the Adventure access road and was about to take a left turn when he allegedly ran over the pedestrian.After the impact, the man reportedly came out of the vehicle and saw Dass lying motionless on the road. He immediately rendered assistance and took him to the Suddie Public Hospital. However, Dass was pronounced dead on arrival by doctors.According to eyewitnesses who converged on the scene, they saw the man lying on the road and it appeared as though he sustained severe injuries to his face. Villagers also reported that they had seen Dass in the area earlier in the evening, watching a game of cricket.According to the dead man’s sister, Nirupa Dass, she last saw her brother on Monday evening. She explained that the man lives alone and that she would usually cook for him.The deceased, a father of one, has been separated from his wife for some time and was said to be in the habit of drinking alcohol and was always roaming the area. His body was taken to the Suddie mortuary where it awaits a post-mortem examination.The car involved in the accident which killed DassSeventeen-year-old Iftikar Ishmael, a mechanic from Lot 36 Vilvoorden, Essequibo Coast, also lost his life in an accident on Sunday, which occurred on the Airy Hall Public Road. That accident involved a motor lorry, GNN 6695, owned and driven by 30-year-old Balwant Mohabeer, a truck driver of Lot 52 Zorg, Essequibo Coast. Mohabeer is presently in Police custody assisting with investigations.Ishmael was the eldest child for his parents. His body is also at the Suddie mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination. read more

FIFA boosts World Cup prize money to US400M

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWorld Cup 2019 winners to get US $4 millionMay 17, 2019In “latest news”Windies Women to play for increased prize moneyJune 20, 2017In “latest news”NCN has sole broadcast rights of FIFA World Cup 2014May 24, 2014In “Sports” KOLKATA, India (AFP) — The 32 national teams competing at the 2018 World Cup will share US$400 million (344 million euros) in prize money, a 12 per cent increase from the 2014 tournament, FIFA said Friday.The purse at the previous edition in Brazil was US$358 million — US$35 million of which was awarded to champions Germany, with runners-up Argentina pocketing US$25 million.By contrast, countries who failed to advance beyond the group stage received US$8 million.At a meeting of the FIFA council in Kolkata, world football’s governing body also approved a decision to enhance the bidding regulations for the 2026 World Cup and appointed members of the bid evaluation task force.Dates for several upcoming FIFA tournaments, including next year’s Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, were also confirmed.The 2018 Club World Cup will run from December 12 to 22, while the Women’s World Cup in 2019 is scheduled to start on June 7 with the final to take place on July 7. read more

Bloody Alem Toskić signs for RK Gorenje Velenje

Fans of two teams won’t be happy with the following information. One of the best RK Vardar Skopje players in season so far and RK Celje Pivovarna Laško member between 2007 and 2013, Alem Toskić (33) signed contract with Slovenian vice-champions RK Gorenje Velenje. Ambitious team from small city of Velenje wants to keep level and try to get back to the VELUX EHF Champions League soon, where they have played at TOP 16 twice.Toskić’s decision was based on his private reasons, as his family lives in Celje, 20 km far away from Velenje.Ex-Serbian NT line-player signed two years contract with possibilty of extension for one more.Day after announcing his departure from Skopje next summer, Toskić lost with Vardar in Kolding 33:31 and suffered bleeding injury… Alem ToskicRK Gorenje ← Previous Story Nikola Karabatić receives WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 trophy! Next Story → EHF Cup 2015/2016: Sporting CP, Alingsas, Haslum and Bregenz end European season read more

Facebook unveils Home A new approach to Android

first_imgFacebook’s approach to the mobile race is going to be a little different from everyone else’s. Instead of making their own operating system, Facebook has announced a new platform that fits on top of Android and allows users to approach their on-the-go social experience in a whole new way.The idea of a Facebook Phone has been rumored for years, but something about it has never really made sense. Facebook attracts millions of users a day, but their platform can be contained in a single app on any smartphone. And even if you used Facebook all the time, it is unreasonable to assume you’d want a phone that did nothing but what you can do on their website. Basically: there’s a huge amount of things our smartphones can do, so even if Facebook is the most commonly used app — as Mark Zuckerberg suggests — why limit things? Instead of a whole new operating system, Zuckerberg and crew wants Facebook to be able to create a “new category of experience” that heavily ties in the Facebook ecosystem.Through a series of apps Facebook is calling “Home” you can completely re-skin your Android phone to tie in the Facebook experience. This includes a new lockscreen, homescreen, and interaction method. The new lockscreen integrates the Facebook feed directly, so full frame images cycle through with status updates. There’s a gentle animation with your Facebook icon in the center to let you know it’s your phone. This feed continues when your phone is unlocked, showing you a constant stream from your Facebook. You can comment and like posts in line as they happen, with simple gestures and zero navigation anywhere.When you want to navigate, you drag your Facebook icon around and reveal your basic options. Here you can see your app drawer and a quick jump back to the last app you are on, as well as your messenger. When you launch an app, the experience will be mostly the same as it is on any other Android phone. Nothing about the underlying system has been taken away in terms of apps that you’re going to run outside of Facebook, including the notification drawer. If you’re a fan of Android 4.2 lockscreen widgets or desktop widgets, that experience is pretty much gone in this format.Messaging is a big part of the new Facebook platform, and it is handled in a pretty clever way. The messaging platform, chat heads, functions as a layer on top of everything. When you have an active conversation, that person’s avatar sits in a bubble on top of everything that you can move wherever you like. When you go to message someone, the conversation floats over the thing you were doing without affecting that app at all. This system works for SMS, group messaging, and one on one Facebook chat as well.Facebook Home is going to be available on a select number of handsets, with plans to expand rapidly. The entire Facebook Home project plans to update rapidly, with monthly dates set for new features, fixes, and supported phones. Tablet support is planned for the future, but there’s no timetable for when this experience will be coming to tablets. Facebook as a software download will be available on April 12th, but if you’d rather have your own Facebook Phone, HTC and AT&T have what you need.The HTC First, not to be confused with the HTC One, will be coming to AT&T exclusively later this month. This phone is the first to include Facebook Home by default, and will be available for $99 on a new two year agreement. Compared to some of the phones on their way to the world in the next few weeks, the First is nothing to write home about hardware wise. It’s going to be available in four colors and appeals directly to the younger Facebook audience.The phone itself is a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus with 1GB RAM, 5MP rear camera, and 1.6MP front-facing camera. The 4.3-inch 720p display alone makes the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One well worth the $100 bump in price by comparison, and both of those phones will support Facebook Home.HTC won’t be alone for long, if Facebook has it their way. The Facebook Home Program, which was announced during the launch event, is specifically geared towards bringing other hardware manufacturers and carriers on board. If the First is even remotely successful, expect to see a growing trend in Android phones that come with Facebook Home by default. Overall, the presentation was impressive. If you’re really into Facebook, there’s some great reasons to download Facebook Home. If Facebook is just something you do casually, chances are this isn’t for you. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Facebook HomeFacebook HomeMark ZuckerbergFacebook Home App DrawerFacebook Home LockscreenFacebook NotificationsFacebook Home LauncherFacebook Home TabletsFacebook Home Update ScheduleFacebook Home Launch PhonesHTC FirstHTC First ColorsPeter Chou HTC Firstlast_img read more

Israël découverte dun fragment de code de loi vieux de 3700 ans

first_imgIsraël : découverte d’un fragment de code de loi vieux de 3.700 ansIsraël – Lundi 26 juillet, des archéologues israéliens ont annoncé avoir découvert un fragment d’un code de loi vieux de quelque 3.700 ans. Ce fragment est semblable au code d’Hammourabi, l’un des plus anciens textes de loi connu à ce jour .C’est la première fois qu’un tel fragment est retrouvé en Terre Sainte, et même hors de la Mésopotamie, a souligné auprès de l’AFP le responsable des fouilles, l’archéologue Amnon Ben-Tor de l’université hébraïque de Jérusalem. À lire aussiUne momie égyptienne vieille de 5500 ans renverse nos croyances sur l’embaumementDécouvert sur le site de la ville cananéenne de Hazor, au nord du lac de Tibériade, le fragment fait d’argile est très petit : 2 centimètres sur 1,5. Le texte est “en écriture cunéiforme akkadienne, sur quatre lignes très serrées des deux côtés de la tablette” explique l’archéologue.Hazor fut l’une des principales cités du Croissant Fertile à l’âge de bronze. Le fragment pourrait appartenir au code d’Hammourabi, l’un des plus anciens textes de loi, et le premier quasiment complet, qui fut écrit vers 1.750 avant J.-C. D’après le professeur Wayne Horowitz, chargé du décryptage, le texte découvert fait référence aux règles concernant les rapports entre maîtres et esclaves. “Ces lignes qui ont d’évidence un contenu légal confirment le lien entre le royaume de Hazor et les royaumes de la Syrie du nord” précise-t-il.Texte babylonien non religieux mais d’inspiration divine, le code d’Hammourabi est actuellement exposé au Louvre à Paris. Une copie est également exposée au musée archéologique de Téhéran.Le 31 juillet 2010 à 13:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Un iPhone 5 pour juin prochain

first_imgUn iPhone 5 pour juin prochain ?Apple nous faisait miroiter la sortie du nouvel iPhone et c’est finalement le 4S qui était sortit en octobre dernier. Une nouvelle rumeur court comme quoi la firme préparerait alors le vrai numéro 5.Cette rumeur vient tout droit de Chine et du principal fabricant travaillant pour Apple, Foxconn. C’est lors d’un entretien à la TV japonaise que le DRH a annoncé le futur recrutement de 18.000 personnes, rien que ça…Et pour quoi faire ?Et bien tout simplement pour lancer la fabrication du prochain iPhone. Il semblerait même que, selon la source (lien non disponible), cette sortie se fasse en juin 2012 !Info ou intox? Tous les modèles d’iPhone, mis à part le 4S ont été lancé en juin, ce qui donnerait un peu plus de poids à cette rumeur. Mais il est certain que cette fuite, si elle était vraie, ne dois pas être du goût de la marque à la pomme.Le 3 avril 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Kit Harington Gemma Chan and Barry Keoghan join Marvels Eternals

first_imgKit Harington is joining the MCU, as Dane Whitman in The Eternals. Getty Images Kit Harington, Gemma Chan and Barry Keoghan will join Eternals, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s cosmic Phase 4 adventure, Disney confirmed during its biannual D23 expo Saturday. Game of Thrones actor Harington will play non-Eternal Dane Whitman, Chernobyl’s Barry Keoghan will be Druig, and Crazy Rich Asians star Chan is portraying Sersi.The movie, scheduled to come out Nov. 6, 2020, will reunite Harington with Richard Madden; the pair played cousins Jon Snow and Robb Stark in Game of Thrones. Chan previously dipped into the MCU as Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel, but Sersi is a separate character.Much of the cast took to the stage during the D23 panel, and stood below concept art showing their characters in costume. 0 TV and Movies The movie was unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con last month, where Madden, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Don Lee, Lia McHugh, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry and Lauren Ridloff were revealed as its stars.Originally published Aug. 24, 11:06 a.m. PT.Update, 11:51 a.m.: Adds more detail. Share your voicecenter_img The cast of Marvel Studios’ Eternals have arrived on stage at #D23Expo. See the film in theaters November 6, 2020. pic.twitter.com/AltxcOvGXU— Disney (@Disney) August 24, 2019 Post a comment Tagslast_img read more

Forest Service chief Firefighting cost leaves little room for prevention other programs

first_imgFile photo courtesy of Baker River HotshotsNationally, longer fire seasons and more destructive fires have put the Forest Service in a bad place: To pay the cost of fighting mega fires, the agency has had to raid other programs, including its fire prevention budget. Sen. Lisa Murkowski supports a plan to end so-called “fire borrowing.” But Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell told her it’s not penciling out as they’d hoped.Download AudioLast year, more than half of the Forest Service budget was consumed by wildland fires, up from 16 percent two decades ago. Murkowski and Tidwell both support a new arrangement where Congress will move 30 percent of the fire-fighting expense off the Forest Service budget. If next year’s fire season costs more than Congress appropriates, some fires would be funded as natural disasters.But looking over the Forest Service’s budget proposal for next year, Murkowski says she doesn’t see the agency making good use of money it no longer needs to keep for emergencies.“Because As I look at it, you’ve got a decrease in national forest management. Only a very small increase in hazardous fuel reductions,” she said at a hearing of an Appropriations subcommittee that she chairs.The senator says Alaskans want to see more fire prevention, particularly after the 2014 Funny River fire on the Kenai Peninsula.“In the wake of the fire, we had 11.3 million acres that were identified as high priority for fuels reduction,” she told him. “Again, folks at home are real concerned about what may be coming with this fire season.”Tidwell told her they’re treating more acres every year to make them less fire-prone, but “yes there is a backlog out there that I’ve been very clear about.”Murkowski questioned why the Forest Service wants to spend money on land aquisition, rather using those funds on fuel reduction and forest management.“Well, (acquisition) is another one of our programs that has tremendous public support,” Tidwell said.The Forest Service wants $66 million for land acquisition next year. That’s small compared to the nearly $400 million it’s seeking for hazardous fuels reduction, but Murkowski says it doesn’t make sense for the agency to buy more land when it can’t take care of what it has.The real budget culprit, Tidwell says, is the ever-increasing cost of fighting fires. When they began trying to move some firefighting expenses out of the forest service budget two years ago, the chief said, they both assumed it would free up money for other programs.“But what’s happened over the past two years is that cost of fire suppression, as it’s gone up, it’s basically eliminated that potential savings,” he said.One reason for the growing cost is the longer fire season, and, when asked by one of the Democratic senators, Tidwell says he knows the cause.“Climate change,” he said. “It’s just that we have our weather — it’s hotter and dryer and what we’re seeing is it’s warming up earlier in the spring and it stays warmer later into the falls. Where it used to be (that) come Labor Day, we were pretty much out of the fire season, and any more it goes way past Labor Day,” he said.This month’s fire outlook for Southcentral Alaska also suggests an early start to fire season. With the low snowpack, forecasters say the risk of wildland fire is already above normal for the Anchorage Bowl and the Kenai Peninsula and will remain elevated until June.last_img read more

Riverdales Kevin Keller is getting a boyfriend says actor Casey Cott

first_imgGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Kevin Keller and Moose Mason’s kiss in the season two finale of Riverdale (Photo: Riverdale / Netflix) eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Which Riverdale character did Kevin Keller just kiss?Riverdale writer hints at bisexual sex scene in upcoming episodeMeet the cute actor playing Xavier Dolan’s bf in It: Chapter Two (and here’s the man he’s married to in real life)Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/riverdales-kevin-keller-boyfriend/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Meet the man who brought Drag Race to Thailand Season Three of Netflix’s Riverdale will see the two high school hunks embarking on a ‘complicated’ relationship.Actor Casey Scott, who plays Kevin, confirmed the news in an interview with TVLine.‘We are dating in season three, so it’s fun to start off with that and explore that with Moose,’ said Cott.The relationship is set to be challenging for the pair due to Moose remaining in the closet, not to mention the recent death of his girlfriend Midge.The season two finale saw the pair lock lips after Kevin comforts a distraught Moose in the bathroom of Riverdale High School. The kiss got tongues wagging across social media, after a lengthy buildup across seasons one and two.[embedded content]Casey Cott: ‘It’s a complicated relationship’Kevin and Mason hooked up in the first episode of the show. Moose, denying that he is gay, tells Kevin he will do anything sexually ‘but kiss’. Kevin responds that he loves a ‘good closet case’. Following their passionate kiss in the season two finale of Riverdale, Kevin Keller and Moose Mason are finally getting together. ‘I [filmed] my first kissing scene of the season recently and it was in the hallway at school,’ Cott said of shooting the latest scenes. ‘He pushes me off because he’s still closeted, but it’s still a kiss. It’s a complicated relationship.’The coupling of Kevin Keller and Moose Mason isn’t the only same-sex relationship on the show. Characters Cheryl Blossom and Toni Topaz are set to enjoy a blossoming lesbian relationship throughout season three as well.Season Three of Riverdale debuts on Netflix 10th October. Check out the new trailer below.[embedded content]Also on Gay Star News:Netflix announces one of the main Voltron heroes is gay and in an interracial relationshiplast_img read more

Etihad Emirates to increase Toronto service in light of Canadas new air

first_img Posted by Tags: Emirates, Etihad Airways TORONTO — Both Etihad Airways and Emirates have announced that they will be ramping up service from Toronto to the United Arab Emirates following news of Canada’s expanded air transport agreements with the UAE and Egypt.Etihad will be increasing service from Abu Dhabi to Toronto, effective Oct. 28, 2018, from three to five weekly services. The flights will be operated by Boeing 777-300 ER and depart Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.According to Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, Toronto is one of the airline’s most successful and popular destinations in its global route network.“We have welcomed well over a million guests on our flights to Toronto since we launched the service almost 13 years ago. This news has been eagerly anticipated,” he said.Meanwhile, Emirates will also introduce two additional flights to its YYZ service, which will operate on Saturday and Sunday, starting Aug. 18.The new flight schedule will depart Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Toronto at 2:25 p.m. and arrive in Dubai at 11:40 a.m. the following day. Return flights will depart Dubai at 3:30 a.m. and arrive in Toronto at 9:30 a.m. Both flights will be operated by the iconic Emirates A380, with private suites in First Class, lie-flat seats in Business and spacious seats in Economy.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemEmirates recently celebrated 10 years of operations in Canada last October. Over the past decade, it has introduced new aircraft on the route from a Boeing 777 in October 2007 to the flagship A380 in 2009. The A380 scheduled service increased passenger capacity on the Toronto service by 40%, and since then passenger occupancy on the route has averaged 90% with demand outstripping supply.The additional frequency will add 65% capacity to the market.Both service updates were made on the heels of the Honourable Marc Garneau’s announcement on July 27. Canada’s Minister of Transport unveiled expanded air transport agreements with both the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, saying that they are a “positive development for air transport relations between our countries”, and that they will “facilitate tourism, trade and investment between Canada and these countries and help our businesses grow and succeed.”The Canada-Egypt air transport agreement has been expanded to allow designated airlines to operate up to seven passenger flights per week, up from four. In addition, designated airlines can now serve any city in the other country’s territory.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaAs for the expanded Canada-United Arab Emirates air transport agreement, each government can now allocate 68% more capacity among its designated air carriers (ie. the number of seats that carriers can sell). Moreover, the agreement now contains four dedicated frequencies for all-cargo flights for the first time.These expanded agreements with Egypt and the UAE were reached under Canada’s Blue Sky policy, which encourages long-term, sustainable competition and the development of international air services.Under this policy, the Government of Canada has concluded new or expanded air transport agreements covering 104 countries. Share Monday, July 30, 2018 center_img Etihad, Emirates to increase Toronto service in light of Canada’s new air agreements Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Venezuela progovernment political figure shot dead

first_imgCARACAS — Robbers shot dead a prominent ally of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas, prosecutors said on Wednesday.Ricardo Durán Trujillo, 45, was shot near his home on Tuesday night, the state prosecution service said in a statement.Durán was a former journalist and ex-head of media for the National Assembly legislature. He was a high-profile supporter of the socialist president, who is locked in a political standoff with opponents.Prosecutors citing witnesses said Durán “was intercepted by three men” in the west of the capital and resisted when they tried to rob him.“The unidentified men shot him several times and he died on the spot,” then the men drove off in their own vehicle without taking anything, said a prosecution statement.“It is striking that they did not take anything,” said Daniel Aponte, head of the Capital District government, a metropolitan authority for which Durán was working.Aponte told reporters Durán was carrying his own firearm at the time of the attack.Venezuela has one of the highest murder rates in the world, according to the United Nations.It is gripped by a political and economic crisis, with a standoff between Maduro and the center-right opposition in the legislature raising tensions.Duran was working as head of media relations for the metropolitan authority, which was set up by Maduro to rival the opposition-held city hall.He was also a Caracas city councilor and worked for state television channel Venezolana de Televisión. Facebook Comments Related posts:Venezuelan beer magnate accused of treason Venezuelan opposition leader shot dead at campaign event: lawmaker Venezuela opposition drops deputies to break deadlock Venezuelan protests seek Maduro’s ousterlast_img read more

AccorHotels acquires 50 stake in sbe

first_imgRecently, AccorHotels and sbe Entertainment Group (’sbe’) have signed a Letter of Intent and entered into exclusive negotiations according to which AccorHotels will acquire a 50% stake in sbe, further illustrating AccorHotels’s strategy to expand its offering in the luxury lifestyle hospitality segment.This partnership will combine the expertise and savoir-faire of the two groups; AccorHotels will acquire the 50% of sbe’s common equity held in part by Cain International for USD 125 million. The Founder and CEO Sam Nazarian will continue to own the remaining 50% of sbe. In addition, AccorHotels will invest USD 194 million in a new preferred debt instrument that will be used to redeem all existing preferred units, also held in part by Cain International. AccorHotels’ total investment in sbe will be USD 319 million.This long-term investment will allow sbe to leverage AccorHotels’ leading global hospitality platform while remaining an independent luxury lifestyle operator. Sbe will continue to be led by Nazarian as well as its expert management team while retaining its global headquarters in New York.Speaking on the occasion, Nazar/g-term investment by AccorHotels provides sbe, its customers and hotel owners with greater depth and breadth around the world and supports our collective ambition to be the best lifestyle hospitality company in the market. This investment will further accelerate our growth both domestically in the United States and in new markets internationally, particularly in Europe. Moving forward, sbe and AccorHotels together are committed to bringing our unique lifestyle experiential offering to more destinations and serving our discerning guests with unforgettable memories.”Sébastien Bazin, Chairman & CEO, AccorHotels said, “I am delighted to announce this strategic partnership with one of the most innovative Groups in the luxury lifestyle space worldwide. ‘The new luxury’ is all about exclusive experiences and incredible lifestyle concepts and sbe brands have the perfect know-how that will complete perfectly the AccorHotels portfolio. We remain committed to providing all our guests with unparalleled service and always renewed experiences around the world.”Through this investment, sbe will accelerate its international growth with expansion into new markets outside of the U.S., including priority growth markets in the Middle East and Latin America. sbe’s pipeline includes projects in some of the most important global gateway cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Washington D.C., Dubai, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Cancun, Tokyo and Los Cabos.last_img read more

A story of betrayal kidnapped Maries family speaks out

first_imgThe Norwegian man who abducted his four-year-old daughter last month never legally requested contact with her in custody disputes but has always been bent on taking her illegally, the mother’s family said on Wednesday.The events that led to the abduction on April 27 of Marie Eleni Grimsrud, four, by her father, Torkel Grimsrud, 49, outside her kindergarten tell a story the family calls a betrayal in that on the outside a seemingly good relationship between an estranged couple for the sake of their child was a lie.The family of Marie’s mother, Eleni Ioannou, 48, now want the facts known.  Ioannou had met Grimsrud in Cyprus and following a mostly-long-distance relationship, they got married in 2012. Marie was born on April 30, 2013.But before celebrating her fourth birthday, she was abducted outside her kindergarten in Dasoupolis in Nicosia and is nowhere to be found, with a man whom she hadn’t seen for more than a year.Marie was born in Norway on the insistence of her father, who felt that she would be entitled to more benefits that way. Two months after, Ioannou returned to Cyprus with her baby, and has been living on the island since. Marie speaks Greek and a bit of English but no Norwegian.Torkel GrimsrudHer father travelled to Cyprus five to six times a year to visit. Marie and her mother would also travel to Norway three to four times a year.According to the family, Grimsrud had been telling everyone he would go on early retirement so that he could move permanently to Cyprus and be with his family, as per the couple’s agreement before getting married.But everything was turned upside down when Grimsrud, withheld Ioannou’s and his daughter’s passports forbidding them to leave the country when they last visited him on October 2015 for four days, at his request, in order to celebrate his birthday and visit a theme park.The move caught Ioannou off guard as nothing until that moment led to her think that Grimsrud was not happy with their arrangement.It was only after the intervention of Ioannou’s family and friends that contacted Cypriot authorities who issued an order for the immediate return of Marie and her mother to Cyprus, that they managed to return home via Sweden, 15 days later by using their identity cards.The father then reported that his daughter had been kidnapped by Ioannou, but the claim was dismissed by authorities.Since that incident, Marie remained in Cyprus and communicated with her father through Skype. The Cypriot court ruled that she should live in Cyprus with her mother. It also issued an order stipulating that she could travel outside the country only with the mother’s consent.The father, according to the family, did not file for access but for custody in Norway. It was rejected as were four appeals.The last one was two months before the abduction. In the meantime, on February 2016, police in Cyprus foiled a first attempt to snatch Marie. Her father had no contact with her after that until the abduction.Ioannou’s lawyer Larry Vrahimis said last week that police were close to locating Grimsrud and Marie. He is said to be still in the government controlled areas.Ioannou’s family is making another plea. Anyone with information should contact local police (1460) or Interpol, or even write to them at kidnapping.aid@gmail.comA Facebook support group has also been set up – HELP US BRING HER HOME – that has more than 9,000 followers.  A march for Marie-EleniA support group for Marie-Eleni’s return are organising a march on Thursday to mark the Missing Children’s Day.Participants wearing white T-shirts and holding green balloons, will set off at 6pm from the Road Safety Park in Antistratigou Evaggelou Floraki Street in Aglandjia and march to police headquarters. The event is open to everyone.For more info: Facebook/ ΒΟΗΘΕΙΣΤΕ ΤΗΝ ΜΑΡΙΕ ΝΑ ΕΠΙΣΤΡΕΨΕΙ ΣΤΗ ΜΑΜΑ ΤΗΣ  You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Are Leading The Pack. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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