Switzerland intervenes over detained reporter in Belarus

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Switzerland’s foreign minister says that a reporter for the country’s public broadcaster who was detained by police in Belarus has been freed. Luzia Tschirky, a correspondent for Swiss broadcaster SRF, said she was detained by masked men as she was heading to meet an acquaintance for coffee in the Belaruisan capital Minsk. Hours later, Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis said Sunday that the reporter had been freed and was in the Swiss embassy. SRF condemned the incident, saying Tschirky was detained “for no reason” and adding that she has a valid press accreditation for Belarus. Tschirky said her acquaintance and her acquaintance’s husband were still being held when she was released.last_img read more

Muslim Student Union hosts candlelight vigil for New Zealand shooting

first_img“Over the last several years, there has been a dramatic rise in Islamophobic hate crimes across the United States and around the world,” Quick wrote. “We want our Muslim community … to know that we work closely with public safety and law enforcement to ensure that everyone in our community is safe.” Over 150 students, faculty and staff attended an interfaith vigil held in commemoration of the terrorist attack on March 14 in Christchurch, New Zealand, which claimed the lives of 49 worshippers celebrating Jumu’ah, a weekly Muslim congregational prayer. The vigil emphasized the need for community, stressing the importance of coming together during times of tragedy. “We are here to know each other, to grow with each other, to love each other, to understand that our differences and our diversity are things that bring us together in a way that makes us a family — a Trojan family, a global family — representing every country in the world, every religion on the planet,” Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni said. The event was hosted by the Muslim Student Union, Interfaith Council, the Office of Religious Life and Ansar Service Partnership, a Muslim community service organization on campus. “I really hope that after this tragedy people will really put forth more of an effort to humanize Muslims and to get to know us and what our faith is — to understand that our faith isn’t about hate or terrorism, but it’s about peace,” Jama said. “Our deepest sympathies go out to the victims, their families, friends and their nation,” Brake said. “So let us remember — together — the communities of Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre.” Soni opened the vigil with a statement about the prevalence of hate crimes directed at religious communities and how the USC community has previously come together to memorialize them. Paarsa Haque, student leader of ASP, read a quote from a rabbi she knew in her community in Memphis about the importance of community. Associate Dean of Religious Life Vanessa Gomez Brake introduced Muslim Student Union members as they read aloud the names of the victims. “[I want us] to be leaders of positivity, to be builders of communities, to be support systems when we are in need, to be light when there seems to be darkness,” Speight said. “When we come together, we say we cannot normalize [mass shootings],” Soni said. “This can’t be normal. This is not the world we want to live in. We stand for something bigger than this.” The event included four stations for students to write messages of support to the mosques targeted in last week’s mass shooting. (Dimple Sarnaaik/Daily Trojan) After a moment of silence was observed, MSU president Zayn Razi told the story of Daoud Nabi, a prominent member of the Islamic community in New Zealand who died shielding a man from the shooter. Awo Jama, a freshman majoring in journalism, said she felt healed by the vigil and hopes the attack in New Zealand spurs change.center_img “‘The cancer of hate will only stop when we stand together in solidarity and love,’” Haque said. “Seeing you all here today reminds us that these situations affect us all and they bring communities together.” “I tell you this story about this man because I want you to know what a real Muslim looks like,” Razi said. “I want you to know what Islam is: Islam is Daoud Nabi.” Director of Muslim Life Jibreel Speight offered a prayer and words of wisdom regarding how students can stand in solidarity with different communities. In a memorandum sent to the USC community on March 15, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs Michael W. Quick wrote that the purpose of the vigil was to support and uplift Muslim communities — both globally and on campus. The Rev. Richard Sunwoo, parish pastor of the Caruso Catholic Center, and Bailey London, executive director of Hillel, offered interfaith support and prayer to the Muslim community. Razi also discussed the way the Muslim community has been misrepresented and how fear and ignorance fuels hate crimes. Four stations were set up at the vigil where attendees could write messages of support to Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre, the two mosques targeted in New Zealand’s deadliest mass shooting. “If they know us, they have no reason to be afraid, they have no reason to hate,” Razi said. “I know this is a difficult time for you,” Soni said. “Over the last several years, we have seen a dramatic rise in Islamophobic hate crimes in our country and around the world. I want you all to know that this is your home, that this is your family, that you belong here, that we love you and that you’re safe.” “We pray, almighty God, that you restore peace and that you remind us of your love, especially now as our ears grow weary and tired of hearing about bloodshed and injustice,” Sunwoo said. In closing, Soni directly addressed the Muslim students in attendance and reminded them of their value and importance at the University, regardless of acts of Islamophobia that have occurred throughout the world. Speakers at the vigil also encouraged students to engage with the Muslim community during Islam Awareness Week next week.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY TO HOLD SUICIDE AWARENESS TALK

first_imgThe club monthly meeting will be held next Tuesday April 29th at 9pm.Noel Scott has organised in association with the County Board a Suicide Awaremess talk. This will be held in the clubhouse Monday the 28th at 7:30pm. Obviously a very sensitive subject and it is hoped that all parents and managers of teenagers will attend.Our seniors and reserves were home to our neighbours St Eunans on Easter Sunday. the reserves were unlucky to lose by a point but on a positive note they had a great victory away to Ardara on Good Friday. The next outing for the reserves is against Na Rossa in the Gaeltacht on Wednesday the 23rd at home at 7pm. The seniors suffered a 1-7 to 3-13 defeat to St Eunans in what can only be described as an ill tempered match. Our U14 boys are at home in the quarter final of the league against Red Hughs this Friday evening at 7pm. Our ladies had their first outing of the year last Tuesday 15th against Niamh Columba.Although they suffered a loss it was fantastic to see the ladies take to the field and a large crowd was in attendance to lend their support.The U14 girls suffered a heavy defeat to Milford last Tuesday evening but are at home Tues 22nd to against St Eunans with throw in at 5:30pm.Paddy McGinty’s 3rd team had a comprehensive victory over Glenfin on Saturday evening last with an impressive scoreline of 2-17 to 0-4. Next up for Paddy’s boys is a home fixture versus Pettigo on Saturday 26th at 7pm. The Minors suffered a heavy defeat to a strong St Michaels team in the league semi final last Wednesday evening but are now training hard for the forthcoming Championship.It is that time of year again to dust off the runners and start training for the Glenswilly 5k which will take place in June – no excuses! – if you can’t run why not walk?Finally the club would like to wish a speedy recovery to Sarah Gallagher, Cormac Callaghan and Cormac Gallagher – all three are in plaster due to hand injuries.GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY TO HOLD SUICIDE AWARENESS TALK was last modified: April 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this: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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Glenswilly GAAlast_img read more

Free Light Leaks for Video Editors and Motion Designers

first_imgGive your projects style and flair with FREE light leaks from CreativeDojo.net!Light leaks are a quick way to add visual interest to your projects.  Give your footage an edgy, vintage feeling or use them as cool transitions between shots!  Great for live action or animation projects.  High quality light leaks usually come with a price, but CreativeDojo.net is graciously giving away their own light leaks package for FREE!The Creative Dojo pack includes 16 free light leak effects that are rendered in 1080P HD.  Each of the 16 leaks are individual clips, so they can be brought into any non-linear video editing application including Premiere, Avid or Final Cut Pro.  VihnSon at Creative Dojo offers up some advice for customizing these free light leaks – such as applying blending modes and adding filters to create totally unique effects!Download the free light leak effects from CreativeDojo.com and while you’re there be sure to check out their extensive motion graphics and visual effects tutorials.  The download is a bit large (500 mb) so be patient! Thanks CreativeDojo.com for sharing these free light leak effects!Video Example of the Light Leak Effectslast_img read more

a month agoSevilla sporting director Monchi: We won’t dwell on Real Madrid defeat

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sevilla sporting director Monchi: We won’t dwell on Real Madrid defeatby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla sporting director Monchi insists there’s no need for panic after defeat to Real Madrid.This was Sevilla’s first defeat of the season in LaLiga Santander, but Monchi isn’t getting carried away either way.”It’s a very long season,” he said.”We’re happy with what the team is doing.”We can’t draw positive conclusions for either the good or the bad.”We came up against a team made to win and they played a very good game.” last_img read more

25 days agoPallister: Arsenal a winnable game for patched up Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pallister: Arsenal a winnable game for patched up Man Utdby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Gary Pallister sees tonight’s clash with Arsenal as a winnable.United will host the Gunners with a patched up XI.But Pallister says: “I think both clubs are in a similar situation. You just don’t know what to expect of the sides. Both managers are trying to implement their styles and get the best out of the teams but it’s not happening on a consistent basis, so I think both sets of fans will feel the same. “United have got to use the negative feeling and try to make it into a positive; roll up your sleeves and show you’re not a bad side. It’s not City or Liverpool, it’s a club they’ll be competing with at the end of the season. At Old Trafford, they’ve got to be trying to win.”He also insisted: “With Arsenal, you’re not quite sure what you’re going to get at the moment either – Unai Emery has been there a season and they’ve not been terrific but they can also look like the Arsene Wenger team. You don’t know which team will turn up. What better game for the United players to react than Arsenal.”Gary Pallister was speaking to BonusCodeBets last_img read more

Photo: Arkansas Football Graduates Will Wear This Patch On Their Uniform

first_imgArkansas’ football program is honoring its graduates with a special patch.The Razorbacks who have already graduated will be wearing an “SEC Graduate” patch on their uniform this fall.Here’s the patch, via Arkansas’ official website.ArkansasArkansasArkansasArkansas AD Jeff Long said this about the patch:“Our mission is to develop student-athletes to their fullest potential through intercollegiate athletics, including empowering them to attain the ultimate goal of graduation,” he told the school’s website. “More and more, our student-athletes are achieving that goal even before their athletic eligibility has expired. In recognition of this extraordinary achievement, we have developed a patch to be worn on their respective jerseys by all those student-athletes who have earned their college degree. It is a great reminder that these talented young men and women have already achieved something truly special that will impact them the rest of their lives.”Arkansas has eight players who will be wearing the patch. The Razorbacks open their 2016 season on Sept. 3 against Louisiana Tech.last_img read more

Feds have options to cut risk for Trans Mountain pipeline investors says

first_img“One of the ways to make sure there is more certainty is to look at possible financial arrangements that would help de-risk the project.”Pipeline builder Kinder Morgan has halted all non-essential spending on the project until it gets assurances from Ottawa that the issues will be resolved. The federal government has until May 31 to respond.Trudeau has put a lot of political eggs in the Trans Mountain basket, risking political capital among climate-change activists in search of middle ground that allows for pipeline construction alongside improved environmental safeguards.Trudeau, who is currently in Peru for the Summit of the Americas, was originally supposed to fly to Paris directly from Lima on Sunday for meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron. Instead, he’ll be back in the national capital in search of a resolution to anintractable and politically perilous dispute.Carr refused to discuss the specific financial options available, other than to say there are many of them on the table and they’re all being considered.One of those options, however, is to buy a stake in the pipeline, something Notley has already said Alberta would be willing to do Canada and Alberta could jointly buy the pipeline outright, or at least a significant stake in the project.Another option is to provide a guaranteed source of revenue for private investors if the pipeline completion date misses the target for when returns on their investments were supposed to start flowing. Carr was only prepared to say Sunday’s meeting between Trudeau and the premiers would be a chance for the various sides to share their positions and try and talk things out _ not necessarily a day when further action would be announced.That, said Sears, would be a bad political move.“If they come out of that meeting on Sunday and (Trudeau) says, ‘We’ve made good progress and I’m off to Paris,’ it will cost them severely,” he said.University of British Columbia politics professor Kathryn Harrison said she doesn’t know that there is a way for everyone to come out of Sunday’s meeting with a win.“They have drawn lines in the sand that are simply incompatible,” said Harrison.Trudeau and Carr have spent more than two years accusing the former Conservative government of themselves failing to build pipelines because they stacked the deck against environmental concerns, failing in the process to get the social license necessary to allow the projects to proceed.The Liberals introduced new review processes that accounted for things like the potential greenhouse gas emissions resulting from increased oil flows. The National Energy Board’s 2016 approval of Trans Mountain required monitoring and upstream emissions offsetsrelated to construction.But environmental concerns remain including the risk of higher emissions from increased oilsands production and the environmental impact of a spill. As a result, environmentalists who helped get Trudeau elected are now doubting his commitment to the cause.Harrison said Trudeau has staked a claim on being able to reconcile both interests, offering up the pipeline and the resulting ability to get resources to market _ as a quid pro quo toget provincial and stakeholder support for a carbon price and environmental investments.“That was the compromise and they got pretty far with it,” Harrison said, noting all provinces but Saskatchewan signed onto the climate change framework.“We’re at that point now where the trains are colliding. This is a moment of truth for Canada and a country that relies heavily on producing fossil fuels.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) The company had targeted May 31 as the make-or-break deadline to start construction if the pipeline was to hit those investment targets. That date is now the drop-dead date Kinder Morgan has given Canada to prove the company should have the confidence to move forward.Political strategist Robin Sears, a principal at Earnscliffe Strategy Group, said another option would be to increase spending on the environmental protection side, including on improved research into preventing and mitigating the impacts of a diluted bitumenspill.“The company has not done what it needs to have done to satisfy the people of B.C. they have taken the steps necessary to protect the environment,” said Sears.Sears said the Trudeau government has an oceans protection plan on paper, but hasn’t done much if anything to put it into action.center_img OTTAWA, O.N. – Canada is considering several ways to reduce the financial risk for Kinder Morgan investors spooked by the uncertainty plaguing the planned Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said Friday as a high-level, make-or-break meeting loomed on the horizon.The government is still examining its options, Carr said, but won’t commit to a course of action before Sunday, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau jets home from Peru for a hastily organized meeting in Ottawa with British Columbia Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.“What we’re now faced with is to find ways to make sure there is more certainty than there is now,” Carr said in an interview with The Canadian Press.last_img read more

Saudi Arabian crude oil imports to Canada easy to replace says energy

first_img“A rise in tensions puts Canadian bids to win major healthcare projects, education projects, transportation projects, on an increasingly shaky footing,” said Allam, a former Canadian diplomat and head of Allam Advisory Group.“What you’re seeing is that Riyadh’s hard line against Ottawa is going to result in substantial harm to the Canadian economy in general.”He said the recall of 12,000 to 15,000 Saudi students from Canada, and accompanying relatives, is going to remove as much as $2 billion in annual investment in the Canadian economy.The cancelling of flights between the two countries means Canada loses an important link not only with Saudi Arabia but with numerous Saudi allies such as the United Arab Emirates, which was quick to declare its support for the measures against Canada, he said. CALGARY, A.B. – Canada can easily replace the oil it imports from Saudi Arabia should relations with the Middle Eastern kingdom deteriorate to the point that trade in crude is halted, says an energy economist.But this week’s trade tension escalation means Canada will be on the sidelines as the Saudis try to diversify their economy away from its dependence on oil and gas, said Omar Allam, a Canadian consultant who specializes in advice on doing business in Saudi Arabia.Eastern Canadian refineries import about 75,000 to 80,000 barrels per day of Saudi Arabian crude, said Judith Dwarkin, chief economist with RS Energy Group in Calgary, on Tuesday. According to the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Canada exported $1.45 billion worth of products to Saudi Arabia in 2017, with about half in the category of vehicles and equipment at $760 million.The federal office says Canada imported $2.6 billion worth of goods from Saudi Arabia, with $2.5 billion of that in mineral production.A handful of Canadian companies operate in Saudi Arabia and could potentially be affected by the ongoing trade battle.Precision Drilling Corp. of Calgary has about 900 employees working between Kuwait, where it has five active rigs, and Saudi Arabia, where three of its four rigs in the country are currently active, the company confirmed, without offering further comment.SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says on its website it has had a 24-year relationship with Saudi Aramco, the national Saudi Arabian oil company, providing general engineering services for its oil and gas facilities.Armoured tanks and personnel carriers have been Canada’s biggest recent export to the kingdom. A London, Ont.-based firm called General Dynamics Land Systems signed a $15-billion deal with Saudi Arabia in 2014 to export its light-armoured vehicles to the kingdom.By Dan HealingTHE CANADIAN PRESScenter_img That’s less than 10 per cent of total imports and amounts to a “drop in the bucket” compared with the United States, she said, which accounts for two-thirds of imports and could easily cover Saudi’s share thanks to growing domestic production.It is also dwarfed by the 3.5 million barrels per day of Canadian oil that Canada exports mainly to the U.S.“The Saudis, if they choose to supply less to Canada, will divert those barrels, possibly to China, and U.S. barrels that would have gone to China, but are uncompetitive under Chinese tariffs, come to Canada,” Dwarkin said.“Basically, the cupboard gets rearranged.”Saudi Arabia declared a freeze on new trade with Canada and recalled thousands of students attending Canadian universities following a tweet last week from Global Affairs Canada that expressed concerns about the arrest of activists in the kingdom.The Saudi foreign ministry has also ordered Canada’s ambassador, Dennis Horak, to leave the country.last_img read more

Possible jewelry scammers from Alberta could be in the BC Peace Region

first_imgA caller, who wished to remain anonymous, said that on Wednesday evening, they encountered a family travelling in a dark-coloured SUV or crossover vehicle stopped at a gas station in Dawson Creek trying to sell gold jewelry for gas money.The caller said that after selling their wares to at least one person, they noticed that the family did not end up buying gas, but left the gas station headed towards Fort St. John or Chetwynd.Cpl. Kading stated in the release that while the St. Albert RCMP cannot say for sure that the jackets and gold are worthless, officers are warning the public that it is “Buyer Beware” in these kinds of transactions.“Don’t become the proud owner of ‘Fool’s Gold,’” she added. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A jewelry scam that has been reported in the Edmonton and Grande Prairie areas could also be surfacing in the B.C. Peace Region.In a press release issued Wednesday, Corporal Laurel Kading with the St. Albert RCMP said that the detachment was recently made aware of a possible scam in the Edmonton area in which people offer to sell gold rings and gold chains from their vehicle in order to get money for gas.The scammers tell would-be victims that they are travelling across Canada, and are selling a large number of gold rings or necklaces so they can continue their trip. With files from EverthingGP.com: https://everythinggp.com/article/535936/jewellery-scam-surfacing-grande-prairie-regioncenter_img Cpl. Kading explained that there is no way of verifying the value of these rings or chains, especially when they are being sold from a vehicle in a parking lot or on the side of a highway.She added that a similar scam involving selling “designer” leather jackets from a vehicle in a parking lot seems to return to St. Albert every so often and catches some residents unaware.As reported by EverythingGP.com, the scammers also appear to have made their way to the Grande Prairie area.In a post on their Facebook page, Janina’s Jewellers in Grande Prairie said that over the past few weeks, it has seen an increasing number of people coming in to have the authenticity of jewellery checked, which after an inspection turns out to be fake.According to a news tips received by Energeticcity.ca on Thursday morning, the scammers may now have been spotted in the B.C. Peace Region.last_img read more