QUEBEC – Lawyers for the Quebec City mosque gunman say their client is troubled his name is being associated with the mass killings at two New Zealand mosques Friday that claimed at least 49 lives.Charles-Olivier Gosselin and Jean-Claude Gingras released a statement to the media today stating convicted killer Alexandre Bissonnette is not looking for his acts to be imitated or to serve as a model for others.The lawyers were responding to unconfirmed reports the shooter in New Zealand was influenced by Bissonnette, who shot dead six worshippers in a Quebec City mosque in January 2017.READ MORE: Quebec mosque killer sentenced to life in prisonA now-deleted Twitter account that is believed to be linked to the accused New Zealand shooter shows what appear to be three assault-rifle magazines, one of which has Bissonnette’s name on it.Bissonnette was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 40 years, but both the Crown and his lawyers have recently announced they are appealing the sentence.Gosselin and Gingras say Bissonnette profoundly regrets what he did and has been very affected by the shootings in New Zealand.
OTTAWA — Federal Justice Minister David Lametti says the Ontario government’s rejecting shared responsibility for legal aid as an “excuse for spending cuts” will leave many of the province’s most vulnerable at greater risk.In a letter sent today to the Ontario attorney general, Lametti says the federal government has consistently recognized the importance of working with its provincial counterparts on matters relating to legal aid.He says it should come as no surprise that he strongly disagrees with the path chosen by Ontario Premier Doug Ford.In the spring, the provincial Progressive Conservative government announced it would cut funding for refugee- and immigration-law services provided by Legal Aid Ontario.Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey recently wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau directly and asked him to instruct his ministers to reply to the province’s requests to fill what he says is a funding gap of $25 million.He says the number of refugee claims in Ontario has soared by nearly 160 per cent since 2013 and connects the increase to the Trudeau government’s immigration policies.The Canadian Press
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And now for something completely different. Today the Peace BCCOS assisted in the movement of an occupied Raven’s nest so a stack could be repaired. Improvisation occurred to protect all from the dive bombing parents. All reunited. Quoth the Raven “Nevermore!” Edgar Allan Poe. pic.twitter.com/nwldcZGCsQ— BC CO Service (@_BCCOS) May 17, 2018The story is a heart-warming one, as Kneller explained that though there is currently an open season on ravens in the area, the property’s customers preferred having the birds around, just not at that specific location. Three raven fledglings whose nest was relocated in Fort St. John. Photo by BC Conservation Officer Service/TwitterAccording to Kneller, the two parents have successfully returned to their relocated nest and are once again rearing their young. He said that if all goes according to plan, the fledglings should be ready to leave their nest in a few weeks. Kneller said that he and Service biologist Audrey Gagne-Delorme commandeered a crane that was at the site and donned helmets and goggles to protect themselves while they attempted to relocate the nest. Using a snow shovel instead of his phone, Kneller took care of the angry birds while Gagne-Delorme scooped the nest into an open dog kennel. The pair then took the nest and placed it, chicks and all, on top of a sea-can located on the other side of the property. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A story that might have ended like Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller The Birds ended up with a happy ending yesterday after Conservation Officers were called out to deal with a raven’s nest that was perched in an inconvenient location.Conservation Officer Micha Kneller said that employees of Crop Production Services called the B.C. Conservation Officer Service on Wednesday to help deal with a pair of ravens that were dive-bombing staff that needed to gain access to some silos on the property. As it turns out, the two ravens had built their nest on one of the silo’s towers, and were protecting their three chicks. A raven’s nest seen perched on a silo tower in Fort St. John. Photo by BC Conservation Officer Service/Twitter Conservation Officer Micha Kneller and biologist Audrey Gagne-Delorme suited up before relocating a raven’s nest in Fort St. John on Wednesday. Photo by BC Conservation Officer Service/Twitter
MONCTON, N.B. — Organigram Holdings Inc. reported a loss of $10.2 million in its latest quarter compared with a profit of $2.8 million.The cannabis producer says the loss amounted to nearly seven cents per share for the quarter ended May 31 compared with a profit of three cents per share in the same quarter a year ago.Net revenue in what was the company’s third quarter totalled $24.8 million, up from $3.4 million a year earlier before legal recreational cannabis sales began.Revenue in the most recent quarter was down from the second quarter when Organigram reported net revenue of $26.9 million.The decrease came as sales growth in Alberta and Atlantic Canada was offset by the timing of shipments to Quebec and a large number of orders in the second quarter shipped to Ontario in advance of the opening retail stores in that province.The company says it sold approximately 3,926 kilograms of dried cannabis flower and approximately 5,090 litres of cannabis oil in its most recent quarter. Companies in this story: (TSXV:OGI)The Canadian Press
Updating the Security Council on the Middle East in a periodic briefing, Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast noted that the last month had witnessed the most promising opening in nearly three years with the launching of the Road Map plan, which calls on Israelis and Palestinians to take parallel and reciprocal steps culminating in two states living side by side in peace and security by 2005.United States President George W. Bush’s personal engagement in last week’s summit in Aqaba, Jordan “generated enormous hopes and expectations,” he told the Council in an open session. “Yet, the same period also witnessed the continuation of the sort of violence that has snuffed out every previous effort to renew the peace process.”He said the Road Map required Palestinians to stop “morally reprehensible” terrorist attacks, and Israel to “take no actions undermining trust” such as extra-judicial killings, as occurred this week in the attack on Hamas leader Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi. Israel should also stop using “excessive and disproportionate force” in civilian areas.Noting that extremists on either side “will continue to do everything they can to stifle the nascent peace process,” Mr. Prendergast declared: “In these circumstances the international community has a responsibility to do everything possible to help the parties remain on the path they set for themselves at Aqaba.”But there was no substitute for the commitment of the parties themselves to end the conflict. “Let us be clear,” he said. “Stay the course they must. The alternative is no alternative.”As to the humanitarian situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, he said it had worsened since his last briefing less than a month ago. There was “continuing significant destruction” of property by Israeli forces, but the main problem was the closure of territory, preventing the circulation of people and economic activity. While noting that Israel had a “right to self-defence in the face of repeated terrorist attacks,” Mr. Prendergast said: “If the Palestinian Authority is to build effective institutions and gain the support of the Palestinian people for the peace process, it is essential that the closure regime be eased. It is incumbent upon Israel to pursue its security and self-defence in a manner that minimizes the suffering of Palestinian civilians.”Following the briefing Council members continued their discussions behind closed doors.
“Regardless of the circumstances and nature of the crime, the execution of juvenile offenders is clearly prohibited by international human rights law,” Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, and Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, declared in a press release issued earlier today. “The imposition of the death penalty in Iran contrasts the current international trend of abolishing the death penalty in law and in practice,” they added. Saman Naseem, who was 17 at the time of his arrest in 2011, was allegedly subjected to torture and made to confess to the crimes of “Moharebeh,” or “enmity against God,” and “Ifsad fil Arz,” or “corruption on Earth,” for his suspected involvement in armed activities with the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan. He was sentenced to death in April 2013. According to a UN human rights report released last year, the new Islamic Penal Code that entered into force in 2013 now omits references to apostasy, witchcraft and heresy, but continues to allow for juvenile executions and retains the death penalty for activities that do not constitute most serious crimes in line with the safeguards guaranteeing protection of the rights of those facing the death penalty such as adultery, repeated alcohol use, and drug possession and trafficking.Nonetheless, the independent experts recalled the “repeated assertions” by Iranian authorities that confessions obtained under torture were inadmissible under Iranian law while noting that the country was also party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Iran has witnessed a surge in executions over the past two years. At least 852 individuals were reportedly executed between July 2013 and June 2014, representing an “alarming” increase in the number of executions in relation to the already-high rates of previous years, according to UN estimates. In addition, at least 60 persons, including four women, have reportedly been executed in January 2015 alone.
Junior forward Sam Thompson (12) takes a 3-pointer during a game against Iowa Jan. 12 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 84-74.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta has his starting five set. Aside from an injury or a drastic turn of form — something that some would argue is happening to the Buckeyes now — it is doubtful that the lineup will change.One player on the outside looking in on the starting five is junior forward Sam Thompson, despite his status as on the front line last season.Thompson started every game for OSU during his sophomore season, averaging 7.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.But this year he has been on the bench at the beginning of every contest, something he said doesn’t bother him.“I know that every guy in that locker room wants the same thing that I want, and that’s to win basketball games,” Thompson said Jan. 15. “(Against) Michigan State, we found a group out there that had it going. I was fortunate enough to be part of that group. Against Iowa, coach Matta found another group that he felt would help best win the game. At the end of the day I’m not upset about playing time, I’m not upset about stats. We wanted to get two big wins last week and we didn’t get them. That’s all my focus is on.”The Buckeye starters this season — senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr., junior guard Shannon Scott, junior forward LaQuinton Ross and junior center Amir Williams — are the top five players in points and minutes per game for OSU so far this season.Thompson, though, has been the sixth man — sixth in points and minutes, and the only bench player to average more than 20 minutes of play a game — for the Buckeyes so far this season.Since Big Ten play began, Thompson has been up and down in terms of production. In the first conference game against Purdue, the junior from Chicago failed to score in 18 minutes played. Two games later Thompson would score a season high 18 points to help force overtime against the Spartans.In the Buckeyes fourth consecutive loss (68-62 against Nebraska) Thompson would score nine points, good for fourth on the team.Although he is coming off the bench, Thompson said his role has not been altered significantly.“I don’t think it’s changed much. I think whenever I get in the game I still look to do pretty much the same things; it’s just at this point I’m not starting,” Thompson said Dec. 17. “Last year I was starting, I think I’m playing pretty much the same amount of time I was last year, so I don’t think my role has changed that much.”Figuring out the team’s rotation off the bench has been an ongoing process based on game-by-game scenarios, Thompson said.“I think it’s a combination of a few things: one, who’s playing well, foul trouble, stuff like that, and then also our opponent. We’ve had some success the past couple of seasons with a small ball lineup. Then we tried to go to the small ball lineup versus Michigan State and we couldn’t rebound; we didn’t have some success we had in the past so we went back to Amir and he really produced for us in that lineup,” Thompson said. “Iowa would have been a tough game to go small ball against because they have so much size and athleticism as a team. So I think it’s a combination of a few things. It’s just about being ready to play when you’re number is called and execute with whatever group of five we have on the court.”Matta said the changing rotations during game is not likely to go away anytime soon.“At this stage, so much of it is simply predicated on who’s playing well and when they’re playing well, why they’re playing well,” Matta said. “There’s no mistaking, when everybody is playing good — not great, playing good — we’re a much better basketball team. And I think that’s the thing that getting these guys to understand.”Although his play has fluctuated, Matta said he wants Thompson to shoot more often instead of passing up open opportunities.“I want Sam shooting the right shot in terms of his release, his follow through,” Matta said. “But yeah we need scoring and he’s shown throughout the course of his career this year that he can have some big nights.”Next up the Buckeyes are set to take on Illinois (13-6, 2-4) at the Schottenstein Center Thursday at 7 p.m.
It is disgusting, my life’s work is in part dedicated to getting washing machines out of the kitchen. https://t.co/FDqjoGOnlN— Kirstie Mary Allsopp (@KirstieMAllsopp) July 10, 2017 Just shows how out of touch this so called property expert is with what people can actually afford. Snob. https://t.co/m00O1jFCPx— Rich (@Rich_Wig) July 10, 2017 Look what twitter has driven @KirstieMAllsopp to . Death by spinning 😍 x pic.twitter.com/RkPkVNLEW9— Sharon Withers (@lilybell61) July 10, 2017 The presenter, 45, urged her followers not to take the debate too seriously, saying: “Clue that this *was* a humorous debate was in the phrase “life’s work”. Who the effing hell has laundry relocation as their life’s work?”She added that she was getting “lots of po-faced Tweets” in response to her initial message.She later wrote: “Can I safely move away from Twitter for the evening without everyone having a white goods wig out?” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. I was joking, although getting machine out of kitchen *when possible* does free up kitchen space. Clue is in “life’s work” comment. https://t.co/oQFATzppm4— Kirstie Mary Allsopp (@KirstieMAllsopp) July 10, 2017 She explained that getting the washing machine out of the kitchen was a practical idea as it created more cupboard space. Her comments prompted scores of responses with many saying they did not have the luxury of putting their washing machine anywhere other than the kitchen. Please note there is a degree of humour in this debate, no need to take it quite so seriously. https://t.co/igv9L9XNcF— Kirstie Mary Allsopp (@KirstieMAllsopp) July 10, 2017 Asked where they should be put instead if a homeowner has no utility room, she said: “Bathroom, hall cupboard, airing cupboard”. Television presenter Kirstie Allsopp has prompted a fierce debate over whether washing machines belong in kitchens.Allsopp, who co-presents the property show Location Location Location, believes the practice of doing laundry in the kitchen is “disgusting”.Responding to a post on Twitter from a journalist about how Americans find the location of the appliance in British homes confusing, Allsopp said: “It is disgusting, my life’s work is in part dedicated to getting washing machines out of the kitchen.” Kirstie Allsopp prefers a washing machine to be in a bathroomCredit:Clara Molden for the Telegraph
Two things to confirm here – yes, Garey Busey will soon be able to direct you to your destination, and yes, there is actually a company that specializes in obtaining and selling celebrity GPS voices.Wanderlust Media, which claims it is “the global leader in celebrity and branded voice content for the GPS navigation industry,” has just signed the always entertaining Busey to make our commutes a bit more…well, insane?AdChoices广告Busey, who is elegantly described in an episode of Family Guy as “frequently aggressive in situations that don’t call for it,” joins Wanderlust’s collection of David Hasselhoff, Mr. T, Flavor Flav, and others in celebrity GPS voices being licensed to manufacturers all across the industry.Via Media Bistro
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram I would like to dedicate this article to my old man. A bloke with whom I never saw eye to eye as I was growing up and never understood until I was 64. Mind you, he is still alive, bless his soul, but I felt compelled to write my thoughts down for no particular reason on this day. Over the years I have recorded his stories and yarns and written extensively on my parents’ hardships and struggles without publishing them. This brief article touches only the boundaries of my parents and I am hoping that it is the start of many other articles based on their lives. I am a product of my earlier youthful experiences and those Greek Civil War experiences my father passed onto me and my young brother Phillip. This may explain why I enlisted in the Australian Defence Force and why I chose a particular Australian political party.My right wing conservatist views are those of basic human rights, a respect for our elderly, institutions, to those who hold office on our behalf, protection of our youth, support to our family, contribution to society, economic and physical security to a nation we all call home, Australia. These right wing conservative values were embedded into my psyche at an age when most children were out playing. My Dad would hang me with my two arms clasping the bough of an olive tree at the age offour, insisting upon me not to give up. It was his way of hardening me and preparing me for life’s experiences, whatever they were to be. My father, who had fought with the ‘HITTES’ (Χηττεσ – right wing irregulars) during the Greek Civil War, post WW2, became hardened to the horrors he witnessed and as such instilled in his children the following:“Never give up in the face of adversity”.From the age of 15 to 20 years old he witnessed many horrors that he wished he never had to face or overcome. It was at a time when there was no real government in Greece and brother killed brother, relative against relative, father against son and village against village. Despite his right wing views he never did subscribe to any extremist party left or right, as both ideologies left no room for the other to breathe. He knew that the right wing was created as a bulwark against the communists, who were growing in numbers during WW2, and he also knew that sooner or later he would be called upon to do his bit.When a group of communists came to the village Dad was almost killed by one of their members for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was only through sheer luck that a relative of dad’s was in the vicinity and saved his life. This same relative (bless his soul), at great risk to his life, put his arm up against the communist’s weapon just when he was about to shoot my father dead. The weapon discharged harmlessly into the air and missed Dad. After this incident my father ran away as fast as he could outside the village. After hiding out until dark, Dad made his way into the mountains where one of his elder cousins, who was with the right wing forces, was hiding. After his near-death incident Dad became a full time member of the ‘HITTES’, fighting against the communists.I must also add that despite my father fighting the communists, he never had a bad word to say against them but recognised that many Greeks were forced to make choices depending on which side was superior at that time and location. Education and up-to-date communication was poor which also led to the diverse nature of the communist and the right wing forces. My Dad did say that they were just as bad as each other and that atrocities in some cases was for profit and not for any ideological reasons. In fact, one chap my father met again on his first trip to Greece was a man who sold the weapons to the other side for profit. When this man recognised my father he went pale and disappeared quick smart never to be seen in the village. Another alleged fighter killed people in cold blood for the fun of it and incidents like these turned my father into the man we knew. I guess with time I will write upon his civil war experiences.Some 64 years later when dad was 85, I took him back to Greece for a two month holiday in order to breathe some new life into him, visit his remaining relatives and enjoy the tranquillity of his birth place. It was to be exhilarating, exhausting and very profitable from a relationship point of view, and we finally got to know each other. During the day for the next two months, Dad and I fought verbally every day and on each occasion we got to know each other a lot better than we had known each other for the past 64 years.We shared stories, jokes, life experiences, hurts, griefs, dreams, past ambitions, the future and personal matters that only a father and son share. Neither of us gave each other an inch and I realised where my stubbornness and never give up attitude came from. At night, however, it was different, we would sit and watch the local television stations and talk in an amicable manner as if nothing had occurred between us during the day. Dad would sit on the couch and I at his feet either cross legged or lounging length ways, looking up at him occasionally when discussing the future.One of the taxi drivers was the grandson of a famous Laconian Communist fighter who was renowned for his leadership and fighting abilities, whom my father knew of. I took a photograph of the grandson with my father for posterity. The young bloke was eager to hear of his grandfather from a fighter of the opposite side. It appeared that this young bloke was trying to find out as much as he could about his grandfather. It was a chance meeting but well worth the experience for both.In 1949 Dad married my mother, whose elder brother had joined the communists and who my father saved from being shot by the ‘HITTES’ who had captured him. It was this uncle’s daughter Helen (my first cousin) from whom I purchased the land with the olive tree adjacent to my parents’ home. Talk about love overcoming all barriers.During my time with him, Dad had many visitors to the home, all of whom had come to pay their respects to him and to pass on the news of the past, present, of the future. It was also through them that I finally realised that there was a complete other side to my father, a side that I and my young brother Phillip never knew or were privy to. I found that he was a very compassionate, loving, overly generous and forgiving person who hid behind a veil of granite in not wanting to show his soft side.It reminded me of a story my mother confided to me in late December 1973. I had just returned back to Australia from my posting with the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment in Malaya and Singapore. My mother told me that my father was like a block of granite that many people over the years had tried and failed in their attempts to topple and bring him down. She said that my father always stood up for what was right no matter what adversities and challenges he faced. My mother then lowered her voice as if she did not want anyone else to hear, and said to me softly that she alone knew what my father had faced and went on to say that if you went closely to that granite rock, “you could see the scratch marks and the damage left by those who tried to bring down your father”.This year Dad, by Greek standards, turns 87 and by Western standards he is 86 years old. He is strong physically, his mind is alert, still a stubborn bastard and occasionally will smile that smile which so often evaded us during our childhood. I hope that in 2015 he is still fit enough for another trip to Greece. Although I am now 64 years old, and have been in Australia since 23 July 1954, I call Australia home. Having said that, I still yearn for the mountains of Taygetos in Laconia, Greece, with its many meadows, flowers and trees, and the tranquillity that it brings.
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During next week’s annual Legislative Forum, the American Soybean Association (ASA) will explore several issues key to the soybean industry, including international agricultural development, current trade issues, tax reform and tax policy, biotechnology, the potential impact of unmanned aerial systems and precision agriculture on soybean farms.The event is Tuesday, July 14 at the Washington Court Hotel, beginning with a noon lunch featuring a discussion of tax issues with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley. The meeting concludes at 5:15 p.m. and is part of ASA’s annual summer board meeting and fly-in. A full agenda is available by clicking here.
IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Apple Campus 2: Drone video of spectacular Spaceship HQ With six months remaining until its expected completion, Apples multibillion-dollar mega-HQ – the Apple Campus 2 – is taking shape in impressive fashion. Progress on the spherical construction, nicknamed The Spaceship, has been detailed in a new flyover video captured via a DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter.The 175-acre colossus, designed by architect Norman Foster, appears to be ticking along nicely, with the main construction cranes shifting positions to focus on new areas of the Cupertino-based facility that is expected to cost the iPhone manufacturer more than $5bn (£3.2bn).In the flyover video we get a good look at continued installation of the 3,000 glass panels, which are expected to total up to a whopping 1.23m sq ft of glass upon the projects anticipated completion in 2017.Solar panel installation atop the 11,000 vehicle-capacity parking areas is also shown, while solar panels on the roof of the Spaceship itself – totalling 70,000 sq ft – can also be seen, with the circular array of panels expected to be capable of producing an immense 16 megawatts of power.We also get a glimpse of Campus 2s stunning auditorium which is currently covered in construction foam. The separate 120,000 sq ft, UFO-like building is reportedly capable of welcoming around 1,000 people, with Apple intending to showcase future products and developments in its underground hub.Elsewhere, the exterior of the research and development building is shown nearing completion, while work on the foundations of the Tantau Avenue facility is also under way, with neighbouring units also developing at a rapid pace.While there is currently a gigantic mountain of dirt that Apple intends to reuse while landscaping around the facility – all in an effort to camouflage the glass giant among the surrounding parkland – future staff members will likely have their attention swayed by the almost-finished, exclusive 100,000 sq ft fitness centre.With more than 10,000 employees expected to accommodate the 2.8m sq ft futuristic base, the Campus 2 is quickly resembling the stunning, self-sufficient net-zero energy landmark that Apples former CEO, the late Steve Jobs, envisioned and worked on until his death in 2011.
New Species of Leech Found Near Washington, DC3,300-Year-Old Chamber Tombs Filled With Bones Discovered in Greece A rare 1943 copper Lincoln cent — found by a Massachusetts teenager in his change after he paid for lunch at a school cafeteria — is expected to fetch up to $1.7 million when it is auctioned off.The coin, produced accidentally by the U.S. Mint, has been described as the “most famous” coin made in error, according to Heritage Auctions.In 1942, pennies were supposed to be struck from steel, in order to conserve copper for shell casings, telephone wire, and other “wartime necessities.” However, a small number of bronze blanks were caught in the Mint’s presses and were struck into pennies in the new year. The resulting “copper” cents were lost in the flood of millions of “steel” cents, escaped detection by the Mint’s quality control measures, and quietly slipped into circulation.Photo Credit: Heritage Auctions/HA.comIt is believed only 20 of the rare coins were made. One teen, 16-year-old coin collector Don Lutes Jr. of Pittsfield, Mass., found one in the change he got after buying lunch at a school cafeteria in March 1947.At the time, it was falsely reported that car magnate Henry Ford would give a new car to anyone who could give him one of these 1943 “copper” pennies. Lutes contacted the Ford Motor Company but was told the rumor was false. He also contacted the Treasury Department about his find but the Mint steadfastly denied any copper specimens had been struck in 1943.Lutes died in September last year, and the coin is now up for auction.Bids for the coin is currently at $100,000 but another 1943 copper cent was sold by a New Jersey dealer to an anonymous buyer for $1.7 million in 2010. The proceeds of that sale went to charity.“While a number of other examples have surfaced over the years, no other specimen has been celebrated and written about as much as this remarkable coin,” said Heritage Auctions. “This piece inspires a special pride of ownership not equaled by any other example. This lot represents a true ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity.”More on Geek.com:This Egg-Sized Diamond Is the Largest Ever Found in North AmericaBoot That Almost Went to the Moon Up for AuctionRare Moon Rocks Expected to Fetch $1M at Auction Stay on target
— DIFERA (@LiberateJersey) February 1, 2018Located near the coast of Normandy, Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands between England and France. It is a Crown dependency and self-governing parlimentary democracy. While not part of the United Kingdom, the UK is responsible for both Jersey’s external relations (like with the EU) and defense.The island has a population of 100,000.States Assembly members also rejected an amendment giving religious business owners the right to refuse same-sex couples.What is a humanist marriage?Humanism is a philosophical practice that places the importance and agency of humans above that of the divine. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Jersey today passed a law recognizing both same-sex and humanist marriages. Politicians voted 43-1 to legalize these unions.EQUAL MARRIAGE PASSED! 43.1. Have your cake and eat it Humanist weddings are non-religious, deeply personal and specifically tailored to those getting married. They are different from civil unions, in that they reflect humanist values. Many humanist celebrants also officiate same-sex marriages.The organization Humanists UK led the campaign to include humanist wedings with same-sex marriage, which many see as a victory.‘The changes that allow same-sex marriage have always been the most significant aspect of this legislation,’ acknowledged Louise Doublet, Deputy of St Saviour No 2. ‘But as a bonus, Jersey is also now ahead of England in offering marriage equality to those with non-religious beliefs such as humanism.‘I am expecting to see a surge in numbers of humanist weddings on the island, and am hopeful that local businesses will benefit as couples will be keen to travel from England and elsewhere to have a legally-recognised wedding performed by a Humanist UK celebrant. I cannot think of a better setting than our beautiful island.’Scotland recognized humanist weddings in 2005. The Republic of Ireland followed suit in 2012.In 2016, Scotland held 4,900 humanist weddings — up from 85 the first year.Humanists UK Chief Executive Andrew Copson added: ‘We look forward to marrying many happy couples in the months and years to come.’Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/same-sex-marriage-legalized-jersey/
Motorists are being told to expect delays after a car overturned on the M6 slip road at junction 16. The slip has closed on the northbound side of the carriageway, heading up from the roundabout towards the main carriageway. Officers from the North West Motorway Police have warned drivers that delays are likely while the vehicle is recovered. Traffic monitoring service INRIX reported the slip road was originally open with traffic able to pass but closed at 8am. A spokesman said: “M6 Northbound entry slip road closed, queueing traffic due to overturned car and recovery work at J16 A500, Stoke-On-Trent and Crewe.” Read MoreWatch dramatic footage of high-speed police chase through Staffordshire town before drug dealer is finally arrested We will bring you more updates in the feed below. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.09:34This incident has now cleared09:23INRIX updateTraffic easing, earlier overturned car on M6 Northbound at J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe). Previous congestion to the A500 heading to J16.. Slip road closed re-opened at 08:15 now recovery has been completed. Recovery arrived around 08:00. This is as you head up from the roundabout towards the main carriageway. Only a lane was originally closed.08:2008:19Slip road reopenTraffic monitoring company INRIX reports the slip road has now reopened and recovery is completed. Delays remain. 08:18Picture from the sceneThe overturned car on the M6 slip road (Image: FatScottie/Twitter)
TORONTO — We have the utmost respect for flight attendants. But for those who need to be reminded of just how awesome they really are, please read this letter.An anonymous flight attendant has penned an open letter to a passenger who referred to her as “just a flight attendant”. The lengthy letter, which was posted on Facebook, picked up by Forbes and shared numerous times, is being seen as a rallying war cry among flight attendants, as well as a call to action for travellers to treat cabin crew with the respect and dignity they deserve.Read the post in full here:“Dear Passenger in 5A, Yesterday, when I wouldn’t let you come to the front of the airplane because the pilots were going in and out of the cockpit, you informed me I was ‘just a flight attendant.’ I’ve had some time to reflect on that and decided to educate you on a few facts regarding this flight attendant.“First, let’s review my training and requirements for this job. I know how to fight fires while 35,00 feet in the air; I can perform CPR, do first aid-basic all the way up to inserting an IV; I know how to identify guns and weapons; I know how to identify bombs and then move them to a location on the aircraft that will hopefully cause the least damage should they go off.“I know basic survival skills for land and water; I know how to disarm people brandishing a gun; how to actually kill someone if need be; how to prepare an airplane for an emergency landing so every person aboard has the best chance of survival, and how to then evacuate the aircraft in under 60 seconds.More news: Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal“While smiling, I have been taught how to deal with people from many different cultures, people who are disgruntled, and people who are downright rude. I received excellent training for all these things and every year have to go through refresher training and learn new skills.“Second, I’d like to share with you some of the personal experiences I’ve had in the last 20 years as a flight attendant. I’ve held the hand of a grieving mother who was flying across the country to claim her 21-year-old son’s dead body. I have given my personal clothes to a passenger who threw up, although I had nothing else to put on. I have been poked in my arm and sides many times by people who can’t wait for me to finish with one person before they get their drink.“I have held babies while their parent went to the bathroom. I have been yelled at for not having the exact food a person wanted. I have prepared an aircraft for an emergency landing, and, while you were arguing with me about not wanting to turn off your computer, I was hoping I would be able to see my children one more time. I stood with tears in my eyes in the door of an aircraft while the remains of a U.S. soldier were lowered in a flag-draped coffin. I have had the honor of flying U.S. troops into foreign deployment areas. I missed Christmas Day with my family so you could get to your family. My work schedule is constantly changing, and there are times I go five to six days without a real night’s sleep.More news: Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at sea“I watched the events of 9/11 in horror, heartbroken from what my colleagues went through that day. I was scared to go back to work, but I reassured my child that I would come home — all the while knowing it could happen again. I watched a man die in front of me, because the CPR we performed didn’t revive him. Then I tried to reverently place his body on the airplane floor for the remainder of the flight, and, when we landed, I sat with his body for over an hour until the coroner could pick it up.“Please know that I do love my job, and I choose to do it. I have a college degree, am a mother, a grandmother, a friend, a human being. So the next time you look at me and think, ‘Just a flight attendant,’ I hope you quickly remember who is trained and willing to get you out of a crashed airplane, save you from hijackers, perform CPR on you if need be and — the easiest part of my job — give you food and drinks.” Travelweek Group Flight attendant’s open letter to rude passenger is a must-read Share Tags: Flight Attendant, Funny Tuesday, January 15, 2019 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>
Focus on personal attention is key for personal travel managerFocus on personal attention is key for personal travel managerProviding great, personal service creates happy clients, and happy clients very often become repeat clients who return over and over again to the same personal travel manager (PTM), confident that their travel needs and wants will be understood, met, and even exceeded.TravelManagers’ Tanya Barker, who is representative for Narre Warren South VIC, has worked within the travel industry for 25 years, and her focus has always been on providing the best possible service to her clients. The personal attention and care that she brings to every individual itinerary has provided what Barker considers one of the best perks of the job: clients who she now calls friends.“When I meet a client for the first time, I like to take the time to learn about them: their travel experiences and their expectations of the holiday they are planning,” Barker explains. “I think this is really important in order to get to know your client and start building a relationship.”For Barker, that means being available round-the-clock to provide whatever support they may need, and taking the worry out of planning a trip. No job is considered too big or too small, and clients have responded to her attention to detail by returning again and again, and providing referrals.One such client first dealt with Barker more than eight years ago, when the two worked together to plan a three-month dream trip to Italy. They bonded over a shared love of travel, and continued to collaborate on subsequent trips, culminating in this year’s trip to the Arctic Circle, for which Barker was invited to join her client.Barker’s client says it was her extremely professional manner and her care and personal attention to detail over her many travels around the world that made her feel she would go back to book future travel with Barker.“But little did I know that this was the beginning of an enduring friendship,” adds Barker’s client. “The trust and confidence I had in Tanya has grown and matured into a fantastic friendship that has allowed me to tick off so many places/activities from my bucket list, and to share this memorable adventure with her.”TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says that although it is not uncommon for PTMs and clients to become friends over the course of their professional relationship as Barker and her client have done, it is a ringing endorsement of Barker’s attention to the smallest details and her determination to provide the best possible travel experience to her clients.“This story really demonstrates the importance of PTM/client relationships,” says Gazal. “Between the home-based business model Barker employs and the tools and support provided by TravelManagers’ National Partnership Office (NPO), our PTMs are well set up to cultivate such relationships – possibly more so than with a traditional bricks and mortar business environment.”Highlights of the pair’s trip, which took them to Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Russia, included reindeer sledding, dog sledding and snowmobile riding and a five-night tour of Iceland. They also spent a two-night stopover in Dubai, where they enjoyed a Seawings Seaplane Tour over Dubai.“As we worked together to put this holiday together, I found that my client’s bucket list was fast becoming my own!” says Barker.Gazal says that TravelManagers place much importance on building a business that’s based on long-term repeat business and referrals, but that this can only be done by PTMs taking a genuine interest in their clients and maintaining their involvement throughout the trip and beyond.“Our clients know that their PTM will be available to them whenever they need them,” explains Gazal, “so that if they strike any difficulties, or just change their plans, they only need to pick up the phone or send an email and it will be taken care of. That sort of personal service generates the sort of goodwill and loyalty that money can’t buy.”Barker’s client returned from their holiday full of praise for Barker’s organisational ability.“Tanya is a unique person who can take your dream and make it come true. She works on your plan promptly and efficiently, researching new ideas and using her product knowledge to create lifetime experiences,” she says. “Our itinerary was very involved, from staying in the Ice Hotel in Kiruna Sweden to igloos in Ivalo, Finland but everything went seamlessly, and her experience and infectious enthusiasm takes all the stress out of a holiday booking.”Barker says that being a personal travel manager means she has the perfect opportunity to make her clients feel special so they know that she cares about them and their travel needs.“I am living the dream!” she concludes.For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.Source = TravelManagers
Thanks to Wikitravel.org for the tips ! Known for its rich history and the seemingly permanent sunshine, Spain is an increasingly popular tourist destination. Whether its the party of Ibiza, or the culture of Barcelona, Spain has got it all.Spain, located on the Iberian Peninsula has a diverse culture, with much of the population having quite significantly different cultures. Included, is 17 autonomous regions, all a little bit different. Known for its friendly people, Spaniards are generally relaxed and known for living life to its best. Good food, wine and company is the order of the day.Dali Museum: Close to Cadaques, is the amazing Dali Museum; with the building itself an architectural delight. Be prepared to be dazzled with the reality altering works of Dali. Tours are available from Barcelona.Game of Thrones Set: head over to Girona to see beautiful medieval viallages and one of sets for the Game of Thrones hit TV show.Mostserrat Monastery: Almost 1000 years old, the iconic building is storied in history. Built into the mountain, its an easy train ride from Barcelona. Hiking options are plentiful, and hard to beat with a blue sky and smiling people.Port Aventura: Summertime fun for the kids of all ages, this amusement park contains a water park which is also fun for adults.Fine Dining: For traditional and authentic Catalan food, try Agut. decaxdes old, this restaurant is one of the finest in Spain. Superb Chefs, amazing food, and sceneray to die for makes this traditional eatery a must see. Sample the delights of Spain with STUBA Source = STUBA