Quebec man faces manslaughter charge in death of 5monthold baby girl

first_imgST-JEROME, Que. — A 24-year-old Quebec man faces charges of manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death after a baby girl was found unconscious inside a home west of Montreal.Police found the five-month-old child Feb. 3 in Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, and she died two days later in hospital.Police said the infant’s mother had left the girl in the care of a man she had recently met.Steven Bernard appeared Monday at the courthouse in St-Jerome, Que. His lawyer, Andre Blanchette, entered a plea of not guilty.The Crown opposed Bernard’s release, and the resident of Contrecoeur, Que., will remain detained until his next court appearance Feb. 19.Quebec provincial police and the local police force arrested Bernard last Friday. The local police had been called to the home at around 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 and discovered the child in cardiorespiratory arrest.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Three party leaders campaign in British Columbia Scheer tours Quebec

first_imgOTTAWA — British Columbia is getting attention from three federal party leaders today, including the promise of a “new deal” from the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh.Singh has already promised to cede authority in several areas to Quebec, including on the environment, immigration and justice, as part of his vision for more asymmetric federalism, in which the provinces don’t all have the same relationship with the federal government.Singh is also to meet with Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart, the former NDP MP whose old seat Singh now holds.Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is starting his day in Delta, B.C., where he’s expected to make another announcement on the environment before flying back east to a rally in Thunder Bay, Ont.And People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier begins a western tour, his first extended trip of the campaign, with an appearance at the Surrey, B.C., board of trade.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is campaigning in Quebec and Green Leader Elizabeth May is to reveal the financials behind her party’s platform in Halifax.Trudeau has been trying hard to paint Scheer as backward on environmental issues, especially climate change, by tying him and his opposition to the Liberals’ carbon-pricing policy to unpopular Ontario Premier Doug Ford.He hopes a string of environment-related promises will help draw back some of the support that got shaky after last week’s revelations of his history dressing up in black- and brownface.Singh made climate-change promises of his own Tuesday, including pledging to electrify Canada’s public-transit fleets by the end of the next decade and to construct a coast-to-coast clean-energy corridor.Trudeau’s climate-change policies are hypocritical, the NDP said, considering the $4.5-billion the government spent to buy the Trans Mountain oil-pipeline project.Trudeau and Singh did speak late Tuesday about the times Trudeau darkened his skin for costumes, but neither camp would say just what they talked about.Scheer, meanwhile, has mostly been playing his own game in central Canada, talking about undoing Liberal changes to the tax treatment small corporations get and eliminating regulations.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 25, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Cyclist Represents Elton John AIDS Foundation

first_imgUpcoming 18yo star South African cyclist and sprint champion of last year’s Cape Rouleur, Nicholas Dlamini is to ride 2014 Cape Rouleur from 2-6 March as an Ambassador for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.Nicholas Dlamini Rides For EJAFDlamini has proved himself a talented cyclist and was crowned the winner of the Amateur Green 36One Sprinter’s Jersey during the 2013 Cape Rouleur (part of the HotChillee Global Event Series) with Ride Magazine flagging him as a ‘name to watch’. Growing up in Khayelitsha and Capricorn Park in Cape Town, riding for the Foundation in this year’s Cape Rouleur has added significance.“Growing up in and around Khayelitsha, I understand the damage that HIV has done to families, neighbourhoods and the country as a whole. I am excited and proud that my passion for cycling can help raise funds and awareness to fight HIV in my country. I’m looking forward to riding with the guys from UBS, and am delighted to be of help to the Elton John AIDS Foundation, that has done so much to fight HIV around the world”, says Nicholas Dlamini.The Elton John AIDS Foundation has given over ZAR196 million (GBP£16 million) to 197 projects throughout South Africa including since 1993 reaching over two million people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. The Foundation continues to work extensively in and around the areas where Nicholas grew up.The charity’s Founder, Sir Elton John, commented ‘At my Foundation, we are passionate about helping to create an AIDS-free future for South Africa’s youth, so it’s fantastic to have such an inspirational young man as Nicholas joining forces with us. He understands that lifelong commitment is essential in realising your dreams. This kind of commitment is what will save lives in South Africa. On behalf of all of us at the Foundation, I want to wish Nicholas and his team every success for the Cape Rouleur.’“Nicholas is one of a range of new Ambassadors for the Foundation” commented Anne Aslett, Executive Director of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “These are champions who are using their personal passion and skill to raise awareness and funds for our work and, ultimately, for an AIDS-free future”. In his capacity as Ambassador, Nicholas will head a team of cyclists from UBS who are also riding to support the charity.Nicholas will head a team of cyclists from UBS who are also riding to support the charity.Sean Bennett, CEO of UBS South Africa and Head of UBS Sub-Saharan Africa, who will be part of the UBS team for the Cape Rouleur commented “At UBS, we are excited to be part of this superb race in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. It will be an immense physical challenge for me personally and I am inspired by the dedication and talent of Nicholas as well as the enthusiasm of my fellow team mates. UBS is delighted to be partnering with the Elton John AIDS Foundation which has done such great work on the African continent, particularly in South Africa. “The 2014 Cape Rouleur is full week of cycling, comprising a prologue and three stages of the Cape Rouleur, a 112km Festival ride into Cape Town and ends with the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour.To support Nicholas and the EJAF/UBS team with a donation to the Elton John AIDS Foundation, go to www.ejaf.com.last_img read more

Pippa Middleton Bikes Across America For Charity

first_imgPippa Middleton has begun an epic bike ride across the US for charity.“On 14th June, my brother and I, along with six friends will be setting off on a West to East Coast Race Across America (RAAM),” she wrote on her fundraising page. “This relay cycling event spans 3000 miles, 12 states and 88 counties. We are aiming to complete this non-stop challenge in eight days, riding between 350 and 500 miles a day.“Shortly after this, we will be heading over to Istanbul to take on the Bosphorus Cross-Continental Race. This 6.5km historical swim crosses two continents – Europe to Asia, across one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.“We are taking on these two overseas sporting challenges to raise money for two charities that are very close to our hearts …“It was shocking to learn that nearly three times more women die from coronary heart disease than breast cancer. We’re passionate about raising awareness of this killer disease and money raised from these challenges will go towards funding the British Heart Foundation’s life-saving heart research.“The other charity we’re supporting is the Michael Matthews Foundation. Mike tragically died descending the summit of Mount Everest. The Foundation helps to provide education to children all over the world. Mike’s brother James, is part of our team.“It means everything to have your support, and thanks in particular goes to Martin Gilbert and Aberdeen Asset Management for their invaluable sponsorship for getting us, quite literally on the road. Every donation will give us extra power to pedal (and paddle) all the way to the finish lines!”Find out more here.last_img read more

Los Angeles next stop on Bans ongoing tour of United States cities

Los Angeles is the latest stop on Mr. Ban’s tour of major US cities since taking office in January 2007, which also includes San Francisco, Chicago and Atlanta. Among those he will meet with next Thursday are California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa.UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters that as part of the programme, Mr. Ban will reach out to Hollywood and meet with representatives and leaders from the creative community and the entertainment industry.“These meetings aim to build partnerships to highlight issues of global concern and tell the UN story,” she stated.Mr. Ban embarked on a similar mission in June, when he travelled to Jackson, Wyoming, to open the inaugural Global Insight Summit convened by the UN and the Jackson Hole Film Institute. That event brought UN officials together with entertainment leaders to explore how film and television can better be put to use to heighten awareness of key global issues and the world body’s role in tackling them.During his stay in California’s largest city, the Secretary-General will also speak at the University of California Los Angeles, where he is to receive a UCLA medal in recognition of his contribution to world peace and security. From Los Angeles, Mr. Ban will head to Washington D.C. to attend the meeting of the leaders of the so-called Group of 20 (G20) countries on the global financial crisis. 7 November 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon embarks on his first visit to the United States city of Los Angeles, where he is scheduled to meet with senior state and city Government officials and leaders in the entertainment industry, as well as address students and faculty at the University of California. read more

Ban condemns series of terrorist attacks in Turkey

“[The Secretary-General] is greatly concerned by the violence,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in New York. According to news reports, the attack on the US Consulate follows the overnight bombing of an Istanbul police station and further unrest in other parts of the country. “The Secretary-General expresses his deepest sympathies with the victims of today’s acts, as well as with the Government and people of Turkey,” the statement said, adding that the UN chief hopes the perpetrators of the attacks will be swiftly brought to justice. read more

The Torg silenced after wishing death to Desmond Howard

The Ohio State-Michigan football rivalry is a passionate subject for many, and Columbus radio host Scott Torgerson let that passion get the better of him. Torgerson, a co-host of “The Common Man and The Torg” show on WBNS 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, was suspended by the radio station after wishing death on former Michigan football star and current ESPN analyst Desmond Howard. The suspension is indefinite, according to multiple reports. Howard currently works as a co-host for ESPN’s traveling, live college football show, “College GameDay.” 97.1 The Fan also happens to be an ESPN affiliate. From his Twitter account, @myguythetorg, Torgerson tweeted Saturday: “I wish Desmond Howard would get fired or die so I can watch Gameday again.” Torgerson later issued an apology on Twitter, saying: “My Desmond Howard tweet was a joke. I think if you listen to the show you know that. My apologizes to those who took it serious. Total joke.” The apology arrived too late for Kirk Herbstreit and Howard’s wife. Herbstreit, an ESPN analyst, co-host of “College GameDay” with Howard, and former OSU quarterback, criticized Torgerson during “The Kirk Herbstreit Show,” which airs on 97.1 The Fan. “I think what Desmond Howard had to deal with over the weekend is disgusting and very sad,” Herbstreit said. “I don’t know the reason behind it, but the tweet from an individual that works at the radio station was above and beyond, I think, what was acceptable … There’s so much more I wish I could say about that and I’ll choose not to … To me he crossed a line and that’s just completely unacceptable.” Howard’s wife, Rebkah Howard, responded to Torgerson on Twitter as well. From Rebkah Howard’s Twitter account, @pink_funk, she said: “(thanks) for the ‘apologizes’. Are you fortunate enough to be a father? Know who didn’t get your ‘total (dead) joke’? Our daughter.” Torgerson did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s Tuesday request for comment. read more

Ecuadorian jailed in Guyana for cocaine possession fraud

Julio Harreira of Ecuador was slapped with cocaine possession and fraud charges and taken to the Georgetown Magistrate’s Courts on Wednesday.Harreira stood before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus and admitted to both charges, which stated that on May 23 at Charlotte Street, Georgetown he had in his possession 0.6grams of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.The second charge stated that between May 1 and 23, 2019 in Georgetown he conspired with person(s) unknown to commit forgery.Police Prosecutor Adduni Innis told the court that ranks of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters were conducting an operation at a shipping company at Fifth Street, Alberttown, Georgetown when a search was carried out on eight persons.According to the prosecutor, two passports with forged US visas were found in their possession. After the items were found, a further search was conducted, and the cocaine was found in a cigarette pack.The accused was arrested and was taken to the CID Headquarters, where he admitted to both offence. The file was sent to the Department of Public Prosecutions for advice, in which they advised immediate deportation.Harreira told the court that he had no intention of scamming anyone in Guyana, adding that he was sorry for the offence committed. He furthered begged the Magistrate Isaacs-Marcus for a lenient sentence, and urge the magistrate to take into consideration to the fact that he has no family members in Guyana.As a result, Magistrate Isaacs -Marcus sentenced Harreira to one-year imprisonment for possession of cocaine and $20,000 fine, along with four years imprisonment for the forgery. The sentences were ordered to run concurrently. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuilty for cocaine possession, man gets 3 yearsJanuary 8, 2018Similar post3 men remanded on cocaine, illegal gun possession chargesOctober 5, 2018In “Court”Albertown man slapped with cocaine trafficking chargeApril 15, 2019In “Court” read more

President Granger urges fathers to spend time with children

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident urges Berbice residents to continue nation building with pillars of ancestral foundationAugust 2, 2015In “Business”“Respect women folk” – President Granger urgesNovember 19, 2017In “Local News”After criminal charges filed against GECOM: Granger asks for “shortest possible time” for electionsMarch 13, 2019In “latest news” President David Granger admires his daughter Mrs. Han Granger-Gaskin and granddaughter Faraa Gaskin as they play a game at State House in GeorgetownAs the world celebrates Father’s Day today, President David Granger is urging men to make time to spend with their children.The following is a Father’s Day message from the Head of State:“I have no doubt in my mind that the happiest moment in my life is when I was 26 and my first daughter was born all of 48 years ago. It is a sense of responsibility; there is a sense of joy, knowing that you participated in bringing a human life into this world.It is a feeling that I feel all fathers should share as we celebrate Father’s Day. I urge fathers where ever they are to find a few minutes, a few hours, days and weeks to spend with their children.This has been the policy of our government to encourage happy families by providing houses, by ensuring that there are enough schools for children to go to and by allowing the next generation to grow up in a happy country. Happy families, happy country. So that is my dream.Father’s Day is not only 24 hours it is really a lifetime celebrated from one generation to the next.” read more

Jordans position on unemployment shocking – Jagdeo

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo                                      Finance Minister Winston JordanOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has taken Finance Minister Winston Jordan to task over recent remarks on unemployment in Guyana.Last week, the Finance Minister flagged Guyanese for crying foul over the lack of job opportunities when foreign nationals are coming here and getting jobs. He made this remark while at a press conference hosted by the PNCR – the largest party in the APNU fraction of the Coalition government.Jordan had opined that Guyanese are demanding high wages hence jobs often go to those foreigners who are willing to accept lesser salaries.“When you say they are no job, I’ve seen Venezuelans and I’ve seen Cubans, I’ve seen Brazilians, I’ve seen Nigerians and I’ve seen Haitians now getting jobs in Guyana – a country that supposedly don’t have jobs or you hear a lot of young people say, they ain’t got jobs. I’m not speaking lies, you have Haitian Carpenters, Brazilians carpenters and plumbers and so on,” Jordan had said last Friday.However, this statement did not go down well with Jagdeo when he was asked about the Minister’s utterance at his weekly press conference on Wednesday.According to the Opposition Leader, this position by a Senior Government Minister is especially shocking. “If this is the justification of this government, then I don’t know. It’s shocking for me personally because I thought our aim is to first of all to look out for our Guyanese people and to ensure that progressively, they get better paying jobs and more jobs – not to try to bring in people to undercut their salaries,” Jagdeo posited.Recent figures from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has estimated youth unemployment in Guyana to be almost 23 percent. To further compound this, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has found that 80 percent of prosecuted crimes here are committed by youths between the ages of 19 and 29. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related“Worst budget I’ve ever seen” – JagdeoNovember 28, 2016In “latest news”Jordan, Jagdeo clash over development plans for GuyanaAugust 16, 2016In “latest news”2018 Budget should focus on growth, development & welfare of the people- OppositionNovember 22, 2017In “latest news” read more

Guyana Amazon Warriors assist 14YO to fight cancer

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWarriors’ Hemraj, Shepherd top CPL charts after three roundsSeptember 11, 2019In “latest news”League topper Guyana Amazon Warriors take on Jamaica Tallawahs for spot in CPL finalAugust 2, 2016In “Sports”Powell & Smith preview Hero CPL Playoff 1 on WednesdayAugust 1, 2016In “latest news” GAW Media Officer, John Ramsingh hands over the donation on behalf of the team to the Nahoe family in St KittsThe Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) cricket team has assisted 14-year-old Shaniece Nahoe, who has been diagnosed with a cancerous facial tumour, in her battle for survival.While preparing for their clash against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots (SKNP) in Basseterre in this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), the Warriors learnt of the Washington Archibald High School student’s situation and immediately pooled financial resources to hand over to the family.Nahoe, who was born in Guyana, is currently in Jamaica at the University of the West Indies Hospital with her mother, Shelly Jailall, while her father and two younger siblings remain in St Kitts praying for her speedy recovery.The form two student is far from full recovery having just recently undergone her first chemotherapy session. The next session is set for the end of September and once the tumour begins to shrink, radiation treatment will begin.Upon receiving the donation, Nahoe’s father, who was born in Guyana, thanked the Guyana Amazon Warriors for their support and wished the team well in their quest for a maiden CPL title. read more

Newmont Goldcorp sees value in expanding process control support hub

first_imgNewmont Goldcorp says it plans on expanding its Process Control Operations Support Hub globally following a successful pilot project launched in Australia, in 2018.The company will start the expansion in Ghana, where its Ahafo, Akyem and Subika mines reside, but expects full implementation in 2020, it said.The Process Control Operations Support Hub pilot project was launched in 2018 with a mandate to streamline process control systems, procedures and monitoring tools, the company said.“Thanks to the teamwork and collaboration of our Boddington team, the pilot project was a great success, demonstrating the need for process control support and the value of the project’s innovations,” the company explained. “We learned that the operational support hub model accelerates the advanced process control value at our sites and allows for knowledge and expertise to be targeted in a cost-efficient way.”The company also found that the demand for operations support hubs was higher than expected, and that introducing this support model would help drive improvement at its sites.In line with the company’s Full Potential program’s mandate to identify opportunities for efficiency and innovation across our business, the support hub has added $2.8 million in what the company calls “Full Potential value” to date, Newmont Goldcorp said.last_img read more

4 POINTS TO MAIN ROUND Russia beat Montenegro in thriller

Women’s EHF EURO 2018 Marina Sudakova and Anna Vyakhireva joined efforts for the second Russian win at Women’s EHF EURO 2018 in Nancy. Lefthander’s duo made amazing finish to secure four points for their team at the start of Main Round in Nantes. After big battle, Russia beat Montenegro 24:23 (13:15).Russia-Montenegro 24-23 (13-15)Russia: Daria Samokhina 7, Luliia Managarova 6, Daria Dmitrieva 3, Polina Kuznetsova 2, Anna Sen 2, Marina Sudakova 2, Kseniia Makeeva 1, Elizaveta Malashenko 1 .Montenegro: Durdina Jaukovic 12, Majda Mehmedovic 5, Katarina Bulatovic 4, Jovanka Radicevic 1, Milena Raicevic 1.France are back on track in EHF Euro 2018STANDING:Russia 4Montenegro 2France 2Slovenia 0 ← Previous Story FILLIPA IDEHN LIKE A OCTOPUS: Sweden beat Serbia Next Story → HBC Nantes 14 minutes without goal for draw in Celje read more

High Court orders TD to stop blockading Greyhound trucks

first_imgTHE HIGH COURT has ordered a TD and two councillors to stop blockading Greyhound bin trucks in Dublin.The order was made against TD Joan Collins and councillors Tina MacVeigh and Patrick Dunne, all members of People Before Profit.The waste management company had gone to court to try to prevent people from stopping the trucks from picking up rubbish, during a dispute which has lasted almost two months.Greyhound said it regretted having to go to court, but said it was necessary after a number of incidents where trucks had been “illegally blocked by both striking workers and protesters”.The company also said that agency and contract workers had been abused, intimidated and threatened.A union representing the Greyhound workers said it will continue to hold peaceful pickets at the company’s depots in Dublin 22 and Dublin 12.One worker said he and his colleagues want to return to work but that the company needs to end the dispute.“My colleagues and I do not earn large amounts of money to carry out the essential task of collecting domestic refuse in Dublin,” said Jesse Hughes, who is a shop steward for SIPTU.“Greyhound operatives earn between €9.50 and €11.45 per hour. Drivers earn €15.66 an hour. It is these wages that the company is seeking to cut by up to 35%”.SIPTU says the workers have been locked out of the company since 17 June for refusing to accept the company’s plan to cut their wages by around 30% and change their employment conditions.However Greyhound, which has been employing new staff to carry out waste collections during the strike, says the workers will still be paid more than the industry average.Timeline: What’s happened so far in the SIPTU vs Greyhound ‘lockout’ > Read: Greyhound trucks ‘blocked’ by protesters as court date looms >last_img read more

Police fire smoke and tear gas at defiant Ferguson protesters

first_imgSource: APPOLICE SAID THEY fired smoke and tear gas canisters into a crowd of defiant protesters who gathered in a St. Louis suburb earlier today where a black teen had been shot by a white police officer while walking down the street.One person was shot and is in critical condition. Several people have been arrested. Source: LSUDVM/YouTubeHundreds of other protesters left peacefully before the midnight to 5am deadline took effect in Ferguson, Missouri, where 18-year-old Michael Brown had been shot last week.But remaining protesters — chanting “No justice! No curfew!” — refused to leave the area.As five armored tactical vehicles approached the crowd, officers spoke through a loudspeaker: You are in violation of a state-imposed curfew. You must disperse immediately. Failure to comply, may result in arrest.As officers put on gas masks, a chant from the distant crowd emerged:We have the right to assemble peacefully.A moment later, police began firing canisters into the crowd of protesters. Source: APHighway Patrol Spokesman Lt. John Hotz initially said police only used smoke, but later told The Associated Press that they also fired tear gas canisters. He said of police efforts: “Obviously, we’re trying to give them every opportunity to comply with the curfew.”CanistersJayson Ross, who was leading the protesters toward police before the canisters were fired, said: “They got guns. We got guns. We are ready.”The unrest between police and protesters came after Gov. Jay Nixon on Saturday declared a state of emergency in Ferguson.Nixon’s curfew announcement came after tensions again flared in Ferguson late Friday night.Earlier that day, local police identified the officer who shot Brown as Darren Wilson and released documents and video footage alleging that Brown had robbed a convenience store just before he was shot. People defy the curfew that was put in place overnight. Source: AP/Press Association Images Police said Wilson was unaware Brown was a suspect when he encountered him walking in the street with a friend.As the curfew approached late Saturday night, New Black Panther Party leader Malik Shabazz roamed the street with a bullhorn, encouraging people to leave for their own safety. Many appeared to follow his suggestion.“C’mon you all, let’s roll out,” Shabazz said through his bullhorn. “Let’s roll out of here, get some rest and come back tomorrow.”Crowds that were in the hundreds prior to the curfew had dwindled significantly in the final hour.Keyon Watkins, a 26-year-old computer science worker from St. Louis, said on Saturday that if many others stayed in the street, he would join them.“All of this is just building up — pent-up aggression by being mistreated on a daily basis,” Watkins said. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIn announcing the curfew, Nixon said that though many protesters were making themselves heard peacefully, the state would not allow looters to endanger the community.“I am committed to making sure the forces of peace and justice prevail,” Nixon said during a press conference at a church that was interrupted repeatedly by people objecting to the curfew and demanding that the officer who shot Brown be charged with murder.“We must first have and maintain peace. This is a test. The eyes of the world are watching,” Nixon said. “We cannot allow the ill will of the few to undermine the good will of the many.”State statute gives the governor broad powers when he declares a state of emergency, but he hasn’t indicated that he plans to do anything other than imposing the curfew and empowering the state highway patrol to enforce it.Meanwhile, Nixon said the U.S. Department of Justice is beefing up its civil rights investigation of the shooting.Read: State of emergency and curfew imposed in Ferguson to quell violent protests>Read: Stores looted after police say slain US teen is robbery suspect>last_img read more

Noël Voici comment on célèbre cette fête à travers le monde

first_imgNoël : Voici comment on célèbre cette fête à travers le mondeBûche, dinde aux marrons, et cadeaux au pied du sapin… Telles sont les premières images qui viennent souvent à l’esprit lorsqu’on pense aux fêtes de Noël en France. Si à travers le monde, il est aussi de coutume de se retrouver autour d’un repas familial et de s’échanger des présents, d’autres traditions existent aussi pour célébrer cette fêteDes cookies pour le Père Noël, une soirée passée à faire du porte-à-porte pour certains ou encore des toiles d’araignées en guise de décoration chez d’autres… A chaque pays sa tradition pour célébrer l’Avent. Maxisciences a fait un petit tour du monde en traineau pour en glisser quelques-unes dans sa hotte et les partager avec vous. Et peut-être pour en recréer chez nous et apporter une touche d’exotisme à Noël ! Traditions de Noël en Grande-Bretagne Entre les crackers, des sortes de papillotes que l’on tire à deux pour récupérer un petit cadeau et une blague, l’envoi de cartes de vœux qui, si elles étaient mises bout à bout chaque année, feraient 500 fois le tour de la terre et le christmas pudding, un gâteau préparé généralement 5 semaines avant d’être servi, nos voisins britanniques ne manquent pas de rituels pour cette période de l’année. Mais s’il y a bien un qu’on aimerait adopter, c’est celui du « Boxing Day » ! Le Lendemain de noël, le 26 décembre, est un jour férié que l’on pourrait traduire par « le jour des boîtes ». Traditionnellement, cette journée chômée devait permettre de distribuer aux plus démunisquelques cadeaux.Elle tirerait aussi son origine de Saint Etienne, célébré ce jour-là, et qui est le premier chrétien à être mort en martyr. Aujourd’hui, cette date est surtout synonyme du lancement des soldes d’hiver. Autant dire que tous ne chôment pas … Tradition de Noël au Mexique Au Mexique, qui est un pays où le catholicisme est très présent, les festivités débutent le 16 décembre. Pendant 9 jours sont organisées les Posadas, quireprésentent le périple de Marie et Joseph entre Nazareth et Bethléem. Les personnes qui participent vont de maison en maison et recréent des scènes de la Nativité tout en profitant de chaque halte pour se sustenter. Pendant cette période, des pièces de théâtre sont organisées dans les écoles, des tours de chants sont également proposés et c’est l’occasion de mêler fête et foi. Les enfants profitent des Posadas pour briser les piñatas, généralement après la prière. Ces grandes étoiles ou boules confectionnées en papier mâché regorgent en leur centre de bonbons, de douceurs, de fruits… A l’aide d’un bâton ou d’un manche à balai et les yeux bandés, on tape dessus pour l’ouvrir et ainsi profiter des friandises déversées. Tradition de Noël aux Etats-Unis Une assiette de cookies et un verre de lait sont laissés dans chaque maison américaine près du sapin, la veille de Noël. Pourquoi ? Pour que Santa Claus puisse reprendre des forces et continuer ensuite sa tournée de distribution de cadeaux. Généralement (mais chut ! il ne faut pas le dire), les adultes mangent les biscuits et boivent un peu de lait pour faire croire que le Père Noël est bien passé pendant la nuit. Les plus perfectionnistes (et on en connaît !) vont jusqu’à laisser des traces de pas recouverts de suie pour laisser les enfants imaginer qu’il est passé par la cheminée ! Tradition de Noël en Ukraine À lire aussiQue faire de son sapin après les fêtes de Noël ?Voici une histoire qui pourrait réconcilier ceux qui souffrent d’arachnophobie avec les araignées. Selon un vieux conte ukrainien, une veuve et son fils vivaient dans la pauvreté et dans une vieille maison. Démunie la maman n’avait pas assez d’argent pour offrir un noël digne de ce nom à son petit garçon. Le hasard voulut qu’une branche de sapin tombe dans leur jardin. Mais l’argent manquant, elle ne pouvait pas être décorée de boules ni de guirlandes. La légende veut que touchées par le chagrin du petit garçon des araignées décidèrent de tisser une toile extraordinaire tout autour de l’arbre. A son réveil, l’enfant découvrit un sapin enveloppé dans une soie féérique et pu passer le noël le plus magique de son existence. Depuis, il est de coutume en Ukraine de décorer son sapin mais aussi sa maison de (fausses) toiles d’araignées pour leur rendre hommage.Le 24 décembre 2018 à 08:35 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE 52 are not satisfied with their current benefits package

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Just over half (52%) of respondents are not satisfied with their current benefits package, according to research by Gympass.Its survey of 2,000 UK employees also found that 89% of respondents feel that good workplace perks would make them more likely to accept an organisation’s job offer.The research also found:57% of respondents want access to free fruit within their employee benefits, compared to 54% who would value having health checks, and 42% who would like a gym membership as an benefit.37% of respondents want a company car, and 40% would like a good pension plan.11% of respondents describe their workplace perks as very good and 89% are more likely to remain in their current role if they have access to good work perks.14% of respondents state that their employer provides free fruit or healthy snacks, compared to 15% that offer private health care and 7% that subsidise or reimburse gym memberships.64% of respondents believe they would be more effective at work if they had better access to fitness schemes or physical activities. 60% think they would exercise more if their employer provided a subsidised gym membership.22% of respondents aged between 18 and 24 state that they would be more likely to accept a job offer if their employer provided a free gym membership.39% of respondents based at organisations with 250 employees or less are satisfied with their current benefits package, compared to 64% who work in organisations with between 251 and 500 employees.Pietro Carmignani (pictured), chief executive officer at Gympass UK said: “Our research shows that the right benefits offering can form a key part of [an organisation’s] competitive strategy, so it’s time for employers to sit up and take notice of the needs of today’s workforce.“[Around] 3.2 million people die every year due to issues stemming from physical inactivity. With most of us spending more time than ever at work, employers have an opportunity and a responsibility to be a key player in their employees’ wellbeing.”last_img read more

People on the Move 031810

first_imgHearst appointed Josh Peskowitz Web editor of style, fashion and grooming for Esquire.com. Most recently, Peskowitz served as fashion editor at men.style.com.Forbes Media’s senior vice president and group publisher Meredith Levien was given the added responsibility of leading print strategy and product leadership across, Forbes, ForbesLife and ForbesWoman, and will oversee Eastern region integrated advertising sales. Additionally, chief digital advertising officer Robert Pietsch now will also lead the company’s product sales strategy as well as its newly-developed accountability and measurement tools on Forbes.com. He will oversee integrated ad sales efforts in the Western region.Greg Mitchell has joined TheNation.com and will manage the site’s Media Fix blog. Formerly, Mitchell served as editor of Editor & Publisher.Time magazine announced a pair of changes to its editorial team: international editor Michael Elliot was appointed deputy managing editor, replacing Romesh Ratnesar, who left the company; and Nancy Gibbs was named executive editor.United Business Media’s Everything Channel promoted three to its management team: Dan Dignam was named executive vice president, Lisa Mackenzie was named senior vice president of sales, and Tricia Syed was promoted to vice president of online marketing and analytics.San Diego-based The Competitor Group appointed Julia Beeson Polloreno editor-in-chief of Triathlete magazine. Previously, Polloreno served as senior editor of San Diego magazine.St. Johnsbury, Vermont-based trade publisher Moose River Media announced three staffing changes: Sue Ravenscraft was appointed vice president of audience development and inside sales; Jeff Plaster was named publisher of Turf magazine; and Sharon Ferland was promoted to vice president of administration. Longtime Essence magazine beauty and cover director, Mikki Taylor, has retired. Taylor joined Essence more than three decades ago. Her retirement is effective March 31, after which she will contribute to the magazine as an editor-at-large.Meredith Corp. made a pair of personnel changes: Family Circle publisher Carey Witmer was named vice president and group publisher of the Meredith Parents Network, replacing Diane Newman, who left the company for American Media Inc., where she now serves as executive vice president and publishing director for its Active Lifestyle Group; and Diane Papazian was promoted from associate publisher of Family Circle to publisher.In addition to Newman’s appointment, AMI said Brian Gruseke was named vice president and publisher of Shape as well as director of corporate integrated sales. Previously, Gruseke served as group associate publisher of Meredith’s Parents Network.last_img read more

Nauert ends bid for US envoy role to UN

first_imgIn this file photo US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert arrives for the release of the 2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom on 29 May 2018, in the Press Briefing Room at the US state department in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPFormer Fox News anchor and state department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Saturday that she has withdrawn from consideration to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations.”The past two months have been grueling for my family and therefore it is in the best interest of my family that I withdraw,” Nauert said in a statement.The abrupt statement, issued in the evening of a holiday weekend, came after weeks of often mocking criticism of the nomination of Nauert, who had no foreign policy experience until two years ago when she was named state department spokeswoman.Opponents questioned whether Nauert, despite her poise at the podium, had the gravitas and skill to go head-to-head on complex international issues with seasoned diplomats from adversaries such as Russia.President Donald Trump, an avid viewer of conservative-leaning Fox News where Nauert was once an anchor on morning show “Fox and Friends,” told reporters in December that he wanted her to be UN ambassador.Her nomination, however, was never formally submitted to the senate and she has vanished for over two months as she prepared for a confirmation hearing — and, eventually, the top diplomatic job.With Trump’s Republican Party in control of the Senate, her nomination had not seemed to be in serious risk, barring any disclosure that had not been made public.State department spokesman Robert Palladino said that Trump would put forward a new name “soon.”The UN post has been vacant since the start of the year after Nikki Haley, a former governor seen as a rising star in Republican politics, decided to leave after two years in the position.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised Nauert in a statement, saying that he had “great respect” for her “personal” decision to withdraw.last_img read more

Critics Say Gov Abbott Shouldnt Be Part Of MLK Parade Call For

first_img Share CHRISTOPHER CONNELLY / KERA NEWSDominique Alexandor, a pastor and leader of Next Generation Action Network, says Abbott’s inclusion as an honorary grand marshal in a Martin Luther King Day parade is “an insult to the black community.”What was billed as a region-wide celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has drawn fire from local civil rights groups and community activists. They’re angry over the inclusion of Gov. Greg Abbott as an honorary grand marshal of the Toyota North Texas Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade & Celebration, which is scheduled for next Monday in Arlington.Dominique Alexander from the Next Generation Action Network said he was shocked when he heard Abbott was given top billing at the festivities.“We will not tolerate this, and we call for an effective boycott of the North Texas Martin Luther King Parade,” Alexander said, calling the decision an “insult to the black community.”Alexander says he and others are planning to protest the event.The Arlington chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said Abbott’s inclusion, “stings with hypocrisy.” In a statement, the group said Abbott has “done more to damage and undermine African-American and Latino civil and voter rights, educational opportunities and economic empowerment than any other modern-day Texas governor.”The NAACP will hold a town hall meeting on Thursday evening to discuss the parade.Rev. Jeff Hood said Martin Luther King stood up for the rights of poor and marginalized people and that they should be front and center in the parade.“Right now, with Greg Abbott being the grand marshal, we don’t have a keeper of the dream, we have a killer of the dream,” he said.“The governor is the governor,” said parade spokeswoman Winsor Barbee. “He is our top elected official for the state of Texas,” which is why the organizers invited him to participate.Barbee said part of King’s legacy is engaging with people even when you don’t agree with them, and that participation shouldn’t be seen as an endorsement of any particular policies.Retired Tarrant County District Judge Clifford Davis, a civil rights lawyer, will serve as grand marshal for the parade, which is intended to unite six counties into one regional celebration. There are a range of activities leading up to the parade, which will include floats, bands, elected officials and car clubs.A spokeswoman for the governor said Abbott looks forward to honoring Dr. King’s legacy and reflecting on “the triumphs, tragedies, and lessons of the past.”“It’s a shame that some are politicizing what should be a unifying event,” said Ciara Matthews, deputy communications director for the governor’s office.“I am at odds with the governor’s policies. This is not politics,” said Ruby Fay Woolridge, an Arlington community activist who’s running for Congress in the 6th district. The Democrat says Abbott’s support for voter ID laws and defense of gerrymandered districts undermines the voting power of people of color.“Those policies, as well as [his opposition to] expanding Medicaid, those things hurt the African-American community. Let’s be clear about that,” she said.Woolridge says she hopes that if Abbott does take part in the parade, he’ll also sit down with local civil rights leaders and community groups to talk about the impact of his policies.last_img read more