By Sana ElouaziRabat – Jawjab Studio’s innovative project “Marokkiates,” continues to break one stereotype after another, by shedding light on controversial subjects like adoption, hijab, sexual harassment and love in a series of videos. This time, the media platform has released its new video in which, Rihab, a Moroccan young woman was given the chance to speak up about her bisexuality in Morocco.“The first time I fell in love, I loved a girl. To make myself clear, I am a bisexual person,” Rihab said. For the young lady, it is quite difficult to describe her sexual orientation to Moroccans as it has no equivalent in Moroccan Darija.Rihab recounts her life of bisexual in Morocco, with its disadvantages, but also its relative advantages, saying that female homosexuality is treated with more tolerance compared with the masculine one.“Homosexuality or bisexuality for girls in Morocco is more socially acceptable than it is for boys. If people see two gay men holding hands or kissing each other on the cheek, everyone will stop. Morocco will just flip up. I know that I have a privilege, for once, for being a girl,” she said.However, Rihab confessed that at the beginning, she hesitated to take part in this video project. But by doing so, she hopes to inspire others to accept and reconcile with their sexual identity and orientation.“When I first contacted you [the director], I was asking myself if I was ready enough to appear before the camera and speak openly about my sexual orientation, knowing all the terrible consequences I might face in the society. But at the end, I think that soon or later, someone has to do it,” Rihab concluded.The video published online, went viral on social media and garnered hundreds of thousands of views.“Marokkiates,” or Moroccan women in Moroccan dialect, is a new project launched by media content platform Jawjab, created and direct by Sonia Terrab last November, who wants to answer the age-old question, who are Moroccan women?In addition to Rihab, several women also appeared in other videos to break the traditional mold by which Moroccan women are perceived. Their raw and touching videos are shedding light on the daily life of Moroccan women from all walks of life.
The duty on a hybrid vehicle with an engine capacity lower than 1000cc will be Rs 1.25 million.The increased duty will not be applicable for vehicles imported based on letters of credit (LC) established on or before August 1st 2018 and cleared from Sri Lanka Customs on or before the 31st January 2019. (Colombo Gazette) The duty on vehicles with an engine capacity below 1000cc has been increased, the Finance Ministry said today.The duty on non-hybrid vehicles with an engine capacity lower than 1000cc will be Rs 1.5 million.
OSU junior forward Nate Kohl (27) fights for a ball during a game against Akron on Oct. 26. Credit: Harrison Reber | For The LanternComing off a big win over Michigan in Ann Arbor, the Ohio State men’s soccer team looked to take down a rival of a different sort on Senior Night in-state foe Akron.The Buckeyes would not be as fortunate in this one, however, dropped a 2-0 contest against the Zips in their final regular season home game.“Akron is an explosive team with very good athletes and a lot of pace,” said OSU coach John Bluem. “We knew that would trouble us going in. We conceded a couple of bad goals early on. It put us in a hole that, against a team like that, you are probably not going to get out of.”Akron opened the scoring early in the first half.In just the 5th minute, Zips freshman forward Jonathan Lewis received the ball on a deflected pass and fired it into the back left of the net from 12 yards out, giving the Zips an early 1-0 lead.Later, in the 24th minute, freshman defender Nick Hinds received a pass at midfield and beat the keeper from the right wing, extending the Akron lead to 2-0.The two goals proved to be more than enough for the Zips, as they were able to hold the Buckeyes scoreless through 90 minutes. Akron outshot OSU 15-8, with both teams garnering five corner kicks apiece.The Buckeyes were without sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed and senior forward Danny Jensen, who both sat due to injury.Despite the loss, coach Bluem felt good about the intensity the team played with until the final whistle.“Its senior night and we just asked our guys to give it the best effort we possibly can and make sure we don’t give up,” Bluem said. “I think this team has given us that all year through a lot of adversity and a lot of challenges. We have never given up hope and always give it our best effort.”As part of the Senior Night festivities, the eight seniors on the roster were honored with their families before the start of the match, giving them time to reflect on their time at OSU.“It is crazy,” senior defender Tyler Kidwell said. “I just think about all the memories I’ve made in this stadium. I’ve had a little bit of success, but the friendships I have made have been awesome. I’ve met some lifelong friends. That’s the biggest part of it.”Senior defender Austin Bergstrom echoed his classmate.“It has been great,” Bergstrom said. “Coming in as a freshman I looked at the seniors and didn’t know how I was ever going to get to where they were. Now that I’m here, it’s pretty strange but it was really nice.”For the Buckeyes, there is only one game remaining on the regular season schedule: an away match against Wisconsin. For OSU, a win in the game could mean capturing a top-four seed in the Big Ten tournament.“We have a lot to look forward to still,” Bergstrom said. “The season isn’t over. I think we will go up to Wisconsin and give them a run for their money. We should come back with a win.”
Borjan Zafirovski ← Previous Story SHF, Djurkovic on EHF requests: “Unnecessary works in the arena” Next Story → Popovic to stop career after Olympic Games? HP: You began very well in the Bundesliga, and then a big drop in form happened. Now with the latest defeat against Huttenberg, there are incredible 8 games without a victory, the form is terrible, what is the problem?Nenad Vuckovic: We had a great drop in our form, and we also had some misfortune with the injuries. At the beginning we had a good rhytm in our first 5 games, we had easier schedule and we took advantage of that. We had great chance to continue the good run, but the first defeat at home against Hannover that should have never happened shaked us a little, and now we still feel the consequences. However, now we must concentrate on the upcoming games for the rest of the season, and win as many points as possible.HP: Is the goal still TOP10?Nenad Vuckovic: Yes, as I’ve said before the season started. We have a realistic chance, and we just need to put the faith back in ourselves that we can play well against anyone.HP: Your contract expires in Summer 2012. Are you staying in Melsungen or will you search for a new club?Nenad Vuckovic: In principle, I will definitely stay in the Bundesliga. In the next few days we will talk about my status at the club, and I think by New Year at latest I should know about my future at Melsungen. I would love to stay, as we have a good team and we can make good results in the future.HP: You tipped on Kiel before the season, are they still your favorites to win the title?Nenad Vuckovic: I think that for sure they will win this year. They won at some hard visits such as Berlin, Magdeburg and Mannheim, and I think now that they are 6 points ahead of HSV, it seems unevitable for me that they take the title. Handball-Planet.com continues to provide with interviews with participants of the upcoming European Championship. This time we talked to Nenad Vuckovic, the number 23 of MT Melsungen, who got his handball establishment through this plays for Red Star and Chambery. The left back of the Serbian national team discusses with us a bit about the fall of Melsungen, and that this is “to be or not to be” for this generation of Serbia, and that the medal is something they want at the European Championship in Serbia that will take place in January. He also tips France as favorite number one for the title. HP: A little about the national team. You play in a group with Denmark, Poland and Slovakia. Who do you see winning this group, and is Slovakia an easy win?Nenad Vuckovic: All three teams are very dangerous. And we definitely must not take lightly the game against Slovakia, they’ve shown they are good by beating France. Of course the first game seems the most important, and we need to be most ready for it. As we play the first game, and with good play win it, it will be a good wind in our back, as if we beat Poland we can count on good result already in the group phase.HP: How do you rate the potential of this Serbian representation? Is the medal close in front of your fans in Belgrade?Nenad Vuckovic: For sure there is a lot of talk about this medal. We, of course, want a medal. What is good and positive, is that this generation is together for some time and that the coach stayed for 2 years already, and we met at the WC in Sweden. We have a very good chance, and we need to use it, but I have to say that there are 10 strong contenders for the title, and it will be very hard.HP: Would you say that this European Championship is “to be or not to be” for Serbian handball?Nenad Vuckovic: I wouldn’t say that its “to be or not to be” for Serbian handball, but I would say that it’s more “to be or not to be” for this generation of players. I think what’s more important, is that after this generation, a new generation of players will come, and that seems to be of more importance.HP: Favorite number 1 for you, and surprise of the Championship?Nenad Vuckovic: Definitely contender number 1 is France, while I hope that we(Serbia) will be the surprise of the Championship.
Lego fans will love this: a total of 6000 Brazilians, mostly children, got together for four days to assemble what’s clearly the world’s largest Lego tower, topping off at 102 feet and 3 inches. The effort required over a half-million Lego bricks and looks amazing: the children even managed to emblazon the Brazilian flag in the side using different colored bricks. The tower breaks the previous world record, just over 101 feet, set in Chile at a similar event held last year. The whole structure is supported by a set of wires draped down the sides to keep the whole thing from toppling over in high wind, and is just the latest entry since the original 43-foot tower build in London that earned the first record. Check out a video of the tower behind the jump. [via Escapist]AdChoices广告
Last month Sony announced it had figured out a way to start charging us for using a power outlet. The electronics company has figured out a way to detect what device is connected and either allow or disallow access to power. In so doing, it offers up an easy solution to charging for use of an outlet, and will surely get picked up by public areas where power is in demand, e.g. airports.Now Sony has decided to demonstrate its first generation Authentication Power Outlet. The original concept allowed for communication with a device over the actual power cable, but this early version requires an adaptor. The communication occurs wirelessly between the adaptor and the socket using Sony’s FeliCa smart card tech, so no power is allowed to flow unless the adaptor is used.The use of an adaptor still allows this system to work commercially, but will surely add to the cost of implementing it. Adaptors tend to get lost too, so you can see why Sony is working to integrate everything into the outlet and use the power cord instead.The final model will not require any tech being added to the actual outlet. Instead, the cables will just act as a way of communicating with the system through a management device located locally or in the cloud and accessed via a PC. That way authorized devices can be controlled from a single login and limits set, e.g. you could set a power use limit for an area, and cut power to specific devices when that limit is reached.With that in mind, Sony’s system has potential uses for energy conservation as well as offering up a way to charge for power. There’s also nothing to stop the system being hooked up to a solar array, for example, and managing which devices draw their power directly from that system regardless of where they are plugged in.Read more at Diginfo.tv
Regulator says up to 40 Irish charities could be owed €70k by company in liquidation The High Court heard on Friday that up to €3.8 million could be owed to charities by Pembroke Dynamic Internet Services. No Comments 10,123 Views Sunday 11 Feb 2018, 11:22 AM Feb 11th 2018, 11:23 AM By Sean Murray UP TO 40 Irish charities are owed an estimated €70,000 by Pembroke Dynamic Internet Services which has gone into liquidation, the Charities Regulator has said.The regulator said it had reached this conclusion after examining a list of charities provided by the liquidator of the company.During the week, the High Court heard that 700 charitable organisations have been contacted as part an investigation into the Dublin-based online donation platform.The court also heard that Peter Conlon, the managing director of Pembroke Dynamic, has been detained by prosecutors in Zurich, Switzerland since before Christmas following a complaint from the Red Cross about not getting monies donated via a platform managed by the businessman.The Charities Regulator has said that it is now contacting the up to 40 charities it has identified to confirm the numbers and amounts involved.Its CEO John Farrelly said: “We have taken a prudent approach and have potentially identified around 40 Irish-registered charities in the listing.Their cumulative outstanding balances total around €70,000. However, we believe the actual number of Irish-registered charities affected will be lower than the 40.In the High Court on Friday, barrister Rossa Fanning said that charities were contacted by his client, liquidator Myles Kirby, as part of his attempts to locate an estimated €3.8 million which was donated to but never received by various charities.Those funds had been contributed via a service provided by Pembroke Dynamic. Kirby has secured freezing orders against Conlon from the High Court.Fanning said that since the matter was last before the court there was “no good news” arising out of Kirby’s further investigations of Pembroke Dynamic’s affairs.Pembroke Dynamic was wound up last month arising out of its failure to satisfy a debt owed to Revenue of approximately €400,000.Shortly afterwards, Kirby secured freezing orders against Conlon after the liquidator discovered various charities have not received some €3.8 million donated to them via the platform.Conlon’s company was contracted to collect the donations and pass them on to the charities minus a 5% commission.The charities affected include UN refugee agency UNHCR, the Red Cross, and Save the Children UK.Charities Regulator CEO Farrelly added: “We are publishing details of our inquiries to date to provide some clarity to the Irish public about the scale of the impact which the issues at Pembroke Dynamic is having on registered Irish charities.We would like to remind registered Irish charities of their obligation under section 59 of the Charities Act 2009 to notify the Charities Regulator in writing if they have reasonable grounds for believing that an offence under the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001 has been, or is being, committed.With reporting from Aodhan O’FaolainRead: Charities are hunting for €3.8m missing after the collapse of a detained Irish man’s firm Share5 Tweet Email1 http://jrnl.ie/3846063 Image: Shutterstock/Stuart Miles Image: Shutterstock/Stuart Miles Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A public lecture by TV producer turned archaeologist Aris Tsaravopoulos aims to present the importance of the Antikythera shipwreck in the vortex of the Roman-Cretan war. The lecture is based on the archaeological finds and the epigraphic and philological testimonies on the island of Antikythera, known as Aegilia in antiquity.Aris Tsavopoulos will follow the history of the thriving fortified town, which bloomed between the fourth century BC to around 150AD due to its strategic position for maritime commerce.Modern-day archaeologists aim to create an archaeological park that will contribute to the island’s growth, which at present is inhabited by 20 people. Aris Tsaravopoulos has worked on the island of Kythera for more than 20 years as a member of the Archeological Service of the Greek Ministry of Culture, and since 2000 he has conducted a systematic excavation on the island of Antikythera at the site called Kastro.When: Monday 22 June 2015 at 6.00 pm Where: At the Australian Archaeological Institute, Level 4, Madsen Building University of Sydney
“All of human history has lead to this moment. The irony is we created you. And nature has been punishing us ever since. This is our last stand. And if we lose… it will be a Planet of Apes.”Whether you are a fan of the rebooted Planet of the Apes series or not, hearing Woody Harrelson as The Colonel recite these words in the final trailer for the War for the Planet of the Apes film (See Moviebob’s review here) is a bit haunting. The war between man and ape that broke out in San Francisco years ago still rages on. We are now in the final moments where it looks as if ultimate destruction is at humanities doorstep.War for the Planet of the Apes #1(W) David F. Walker (A) Jonas ScharfThe story told in BOOM Studios War for the Planet of the Apes mini-series take place two years prior to the events that occur in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. This bridges the gap between both films and tells the story that is only briefly touched upon in the new summer film.Written by David F. Walker (Iron Fist) and illustrated by Jonas Scharf (Warlords of Appalachia) the first issue in this new mini-series packs in a punch with 32 beautiful full-color pages by Jason Wordie. We discover that the war has made it all over America, stretching to a few different locations in San Francisco, Reno, Atlanta and Ocala, FL. The main plot of the story moves over to Atlanta where scientists at The Yerkes National Primate Research Center are doing everything they can to keep their studies going, but they are running out of adult male chimps to help the process move along. A bounty has been put out to take down more specimens. That’s where our story takes us to Florida following some hopeful civilians just looking for any help they can get by capturing whatever apes they find. Carnage rages on in the streets of San Fran where the initial war broke out, while Reno follows the story of a very special chimp.Scharf’s art style makes this first issue leap off the pages with a lot of depth, while decay begins to fill the streets. I think it’s pretty great that 20th Century Fox is allowing these great talents to play in the Apes sandbox. One thing I’d also like to point out is that this series takes place before the tie-in novel, War for the Planet of the Apes: Revelations, Which focuses around Ceaser a bit more.Collectors will jump at the chance to get their hands on both covers. One is a nice throwback to Full Metal Jacket, where the other is a gorgeous colorful piece by cover artist Mikhail Borulko.I absolutely love this film series, and It’s great to see more talent getting the chance to stretch their work into The Planet of the Apes universe. I’d imagine when this four-part series wraps up and the trade paperback releases, it will make for a great addition to any Ape fans collection. You can purchase War for the Planet of the Apes #1 in digital format over at Comixology.7/12/17 Releases – In addition to War for the Planet of the Apes #1, here is a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should also be reading.Calexit #1 by writer Matteo Pizzolo, artist Amancay Nahuelpan, and Black Mask Studios.Violent Love #6 by writer Frank J. Barbiere, artist Victor Santos, and Image Comics.Deadly Class #29 by writer Rick Remender, artists Jordan Boyd, and Image Comics.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 Stay on target
The Ridgefield City Council appointed a Vancouver financial consultant as its interim city manager during a special meeting Thursday night.Paul Lewis will begin work with the city Monday and take over city manager duties Sunday, April 1. Longtime city manager Justin Clary’s last day is March 30.Clary is leaving to work for environmental consulting firm Maul Foster Alongi after nearly eight years with the city of Ridgefield.Lewis is the sole owner of Financial & Management Consulting in Vancouver. He has served as Vancouver’s finance director from 1999 to 2004, interim assistant city manager for Vancouver from November 2010 to March 2011 and provided support to Vancouver, Camas and Washougal, according to Ridgefield city officials.There is no immediate timeline for Ridgefield’s search for a full-time city manager. The financial terms of Lewis’ agreement were not immediately known.
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami Beach Gay Pride kicked off on Monday with a ceremonial raising of the rainbow flag at City Hall, Monday evening.Miami Beach is often regarded as one of the most gay-friendly destinations worldwide.The rainbow flag flies year-round alongside the U.S. flag.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Alvarez Flores pleaded guilty to three counts of production of child pornography and three counts of enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Davie man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for luring three preteen boys online and producing child pornography out of the videos the victims sent him, authorities said.According to court records, 38-year-old Henry Alvarez Flores reached out to the boys on Facebook Messenger in 2018 pretending to be a young woman.Once the victims, who were 11 and 12 years old at the time, accepted the man’s friend request, investigators said, he asked them to engage in sexual conduct and record videos of themselves.Records state Alvarez Flores directed the boys as to the nature of the sexual acts he wanted them to perform, then asked them to send him the clips in exchange for Google Play gift cards.Officials said when one of the boys refused to go along with the request, Alvarez Flores threatened to expose the minor and his family, who were in the U.S. without citizenship status.The investigation that led to Alvarez Flores’ arrest and Friday’s sentencing was a joint effort between Davie Police detectives and the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force.He was taken into custody after police raided his mobile home near Southwest Sixth Street and 130th Avenue in July.
Sea otters eat clams, mussels, sea urchins and crab. (U.S. Fish & Wildlife photo)Biologists are investigating a surprising connection between two animals that aren’t exactly well loved in parts of Southeast. Gustavus locals suspect wolves are picking off deer at a popular hunting spot on an island near the mainland. The wolves started swimming over to feast on the deer about five years ago.Listen nowBut on a recent camping trip, a Gustavus man realized the wolves weren’t just eating deer. One notorious marine predator appears to be the prey.Greg Streveler has worked as a field biologist all his life. He’s retired now. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t find plenty of work. When he camped on Pleasant Island — just off the coast of Gustavus — he saw another opportunity to spring into action.On his trip in March, Streveler noticed numerous wolf signs and six dead sea otters.“Well, it varied from bleached out bones … to blood on the ribs,” Streveler said.Streveler says it looked like the wolves were so hungry, they were eating everything they could find, and he wondered if scavenging sea otters was a last resort.Then Streveler noticed something else that could help answer his question.“Concentrations of scats like I’ve never seen,” Streveler said.Gretchen Roffler holds one of the bags of wolf scat collected by Greg Streveler. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/Alaska’s Energy Desk).In that moment Streveler knew how he could be of service. He asked his daughter to bring an entire box of plastic bags which kept him pretty busy. Thankfully, his family was OK with his unusual hunt. His daughter even helped out.They collected more than 40 bags of wolf scat, but they still needed a place to send it. As a former employee of the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Streveler felt like he knew the right place.“Oh, I just put it in a five gallon bucket and put it on the airplane,” Streveler said.In an industrial area in the capital city, Gretchen Roffler fiddles with a lock on what appears to be a metal shed.“This is a big freezer,” Roffler said. “This is where we store the animal parts.”Inside this freezer in Juneau there are goat skulls and moose jaws and Streveler’s five gallon bucket.Roffler, a biologist with fish and game, says she appreciated the find because she’s been amassing wolf scat from areas around Southeast for about three years. Just looking at it, she can guess what the wolves are eating.“So for example, here you can see these hairs sticking out of the edge,” Roffler said describing the contents of the plastic bag.But to get a more detailed snapshot, you have to analyze the DNA of all the different prey.Roffler plans to send these samples off for analysis in the summer. She knows what wolves eat for dinner varies seasonally and from place to place. Wolves are opportunistic. In some locations, they eat moose or deer. Around Point Gustavus, however, the common prey that’s showed up in past lab results has been sea otter.“It’s not something we’ve seen so far in other parts of Southeast,” Roffler said.Biologists aren’t sure why that’s happening. But better understanding the various prey species in scat could provide a clue and influence management decisions down the road.Streveler says Gustavus hunters weren’t thrilled when more wolves started swimming over to Pleasant Island to eat the deer.“That was our main meat source,” Streveler said. “People are big time disgusted about it.”Streveler wants to know if this is still one wolf pack swimming over. He doesn’t think that would bode well for the island’s deer. It’s like finishing your dinner at one restaurant and moving on to the next. Chances are you’ll want to go back to your favorite restaurant again.“One thing we really want to know is what’s the connection between the wolves on the island and the wolves on the mainland.” Streveler said.The scat Streveler collected could help make that distinction.As for the gnawed on sea otters, Streveler acknowledges how people in Southeast could read that as some kind of poetic justice. If fisherman had to pick their most disliked marine mammal, sea otters might win. They’ve sunk their teeth into favorite fishing spots, and now the predator is becoming the prey.But Streveler says both animals teach us the same thing about our ecosystem and ourselves: Everything has its up and downs. Streveler knows that. He helped reintroduce sea otters to the region nearly sixty years ago.“I’m not wearing it on my lapel. Let’s put it that way,” Streveler said.But now Streveler is keeping plastic bags at the ready to document the unexpected places sea otters are popping up.
Unocoin, a Bangalore-based bitcoin start up, has raised $1.5 million in funding from a mix of Indian and U.S. investors, the company announced on Thursday.The company, which runs a trading platform to buy, sell, and store bitcoins for Indian customers, said the money raised was the largest for an Indian bitcoin startup. Unocoin, which has 100,000 users and more than 30 employees, has been in operation since December 2013.Unocoin describes itself as the Coinbase of India. San Francisco-based Coinbase is the largest U.S. bitcoin company and runs an exchange and a wallet service, among other businesses.Funding came from Indian entities such as Blume Ventures, Mumbai Angels and ah! Ventures along with U.S. investors such as Digital Currency Group, Boost VC, Bank to the Future, and FundersClub.Digital Currency Group was founded by one of the top U.S. bitcoin investors Barry Silbert, while Boost VC is run by U.S.-based Adam Draper, the son of billionaire entrepreneur Tim Draper.”We needed a separate exchange for India. A few years ago when we wanted to buy bitcoin, there was nothing available in India,” Sunny Ray, Unocoin’s co-founder and president told Reuters in an interview.”So if you want to buy bitcoin from an international exchange, you will have to do a wire transfer from India to these international exchanges and get your bitcoin and oftentimes it takes three to five days.”Unocoin raised about $200,000 in its first financing round. It started from a small hometown called Tumkur, near Bengaluru.Bitcoin, a digital currency, was trading at $604.50 on the Bitstamp platform.
Share This! News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,NEW YORK (AP) — The Greek Orthodox church of the United States, a far-flung denomination of 1.5-million members, on Saturday installed its first new leader in 20 years — a lifelong European whose top priority is completing construction of a shrine in New York City linked to the Sept. 11 attacks.Elpidophoros Lambriniadis, 51, a native of Istanbul and a longtime theology professor in Greece, was enthroned as archbishop in an elaborate ceremony at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan. Many Greek Americans from across the U.S. came to New York for the event.Elpidophoros was unanimously elected by senior Greek Orthodox officials last month to succeed Archbishop Demetrios, who recently retired at age 91 after serving in the post since 1999.Much of Demetrios’ tenure as archbishop was complicated by controversy related to construction of the St. Nicholas National Shrine next to the World Trade Center memorial plaza in lower Manhattan. The new church is intended to replace a tiny Greek Orthodox church obliterated in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.Construction of the shrine was suspended in December 2017 amid rising costs and questions over how donations were managed. Some funds earmarked by donors for the shrine were shifted to unrelated projects as the archdiocese struggled with what it called a “severe and complex” financial deficit.In October, the archdiocese’s governing council declared that the denomination had restored financial stability. It said that an investigative committee determined there was no fraud or misappropriation of money involved in the financial mismanagement that led to disruption of the St. Nicholas project.The investigative committee indicated that more than $30 million would still need to be raised to complete the project, which now has an estimated total cost of nearly $80 million. Archbishop Elpidophoros told The Associated Press that one of his first actions, after the weekend’s enthronement ceremonies, would be to convene a fundraising meeting.“For me and the whole archdiocese, it is the first priority,” he said. “It’s a matter of pride and dignity to finish this church as soon as possible.”Referring to the memorial plaza at ground zero, he added, “We know how sacred this place is for the American people. We have to respect that.”Elpidophoros studied as an undergraduate at Aristotle University’s theological school in Thessaloniki, Greece, and later earned his doctorate there before joining its faculty. He also has studied at University of Bonn in Germany and the Theological School of St. John the Damascene in Beirut, Lebanon, as well as teaching for a semester in 2004 at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston.He said that stint in Boston was his only lengthy stay in the United States, though he has briefly visited many other places, including California and Florida.From its national headquarters in New York, the archdiocese oversees 540 parishes across the U.S. staffed by about 800 priests.“It will be a challenge for me to get to know all of the different places,” the archbishop said. “I have to travel to all our parishes. … Already my schedule is full for next three months.”Also high on the archbishop’s agenda are concerns among many of the church’s priests about the stability of their health care and pension plans. Priests raised the issue in a teleconference with Elpidophoros a few days after his election in May.The archbishop addressed the concerns Thursday in a meeting with clerics in New York.“I give you my word that together, we will handle the earthly concerns — the health care, financial security, retirement, and all the others that rob you of a good night’s sleep — and we will handle them in a way that is transparent and responsible to you,” he said. Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 By: David Crary Share This! Share This! Share This! David Crary By: David Crary News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email David Crary,Load Comments,Meet the Catholic sister nominated for an ESPY Award for her wicked curveball Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Dinner church movement sets the table for food, faith and friendships August 29, 2019 By: David Crary DIY Faith • News Tagsarchbishop Elpidophoros Lambriniadis Greek Orthodox Church homepage featured,You may also like Taylor University president resigns after hosting VP Pence as commencement speaker Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email
Cancun, Q.R. — A package containing 25 kilos of marijuana was detected by a canine sniffer dog at the Cancun International Airport.The drug bust was the work of Zeno, a narcotics dog who works at the airport with his handler. Zeno was brought out to do his usual duty when he showed interest in a large wooden box. Inside the box were vases that had been filled with marijuana.The wood crate, which originated from Guadalajara, was bound for a resident of Cancun. The package was confiscated by federal authorities.The discovery of illegal substances being shipping via the Cancun airport is the work of the government’s new permanent program, Titan, which prevents the trafficking of drugs and other illegal substances or products through packages using courier services.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Kangaroo Island could be facing major travel redevelopment as the South Australian Government aims to double tourism into the island over the next ten years.As part of the makeover, the Government has commenced a study into the island’s airport, major roads and ferry terminals, ABC News reported.”One of the issues with the island is, of course, the opportunity to get here,” Tourism Minister John Rau said.”Presently the size of the aircraft that can land safely at Kingscote is limited.”We’re looking at improving the airport facilities, the runway and the terminal so that we can have larger aircraft come in.”In total the region will receive up to $18 million to develop and expand its facilities, with $8 million set aside for road improvements and $5 million to build a new walking trail.
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