National barbershop chain probably would have lost in court expert

first_imgHALIFAX – An expert on trademark law says a national chain that threatened to sue local Halifax-area barbershop for trademark infringement probably wouldn’t have stood a chance of winning in court.Tommy Gun’s Original Barbershop, which has more than 60 Canadian locations, has apologized for issuing a cease-and-desist letter that said barber Thong Luong had to change the name of Tommy’s Barber Shop because it created confusion for potential customers.On Thursday, the company backed down amid a public backlash, saying it now has the “relevant information” it needed to reverse course.“As a family-owned business, we applaud Mr. Luong’s entrepreneurial drive and passion for his business and wish him every success in the future,” the company said in a statement issued Thursday.Luong said Tommy Gun’s retreat was caused in part by social media posts condemning the chain’s heavy-handed approach toward a small business.“It’s amazing. I got one customer come in to give her son a haircut and she gave me a bottle of Champagne and a big cake,” Luong said. “So many people helped me. There’s a lot of emotion.”Christene Hirschfeld, a lawyer for BoyneClarke LLP in Halifax, said Tommy’s Barber Shop was registered with the province’s Registry of Joint Stocks six years before Tommy Gun’s Original Barbershop applied for a trademark.“Tommy’s in Dartmouth was in a very good position,” Hirschfeld said. “They could establish that they had prior rights to use that name.”Bigger businesses put their reputations at risk whenever they decide to take on a small, local business, she said.“Lawyers always talk about the law, but businesses have to also think about the reputational risks that comes along with arguments like this,” Hirschfeld said. “Sometimes, the reputational damage is worse than the damage to your brand.”Hirschfeld said trademark applications typically include a national database search to asses if there are previously trademarked businesses with the same or a similar name in the field of services or products they provide.This also includes businesses that are not trademarked and are registered with each of the province’s Registry of Joint Stocks.If there are any matches, the business’s application may be rejected.“I would think that if they (Tommy Gun’s) had done a search, which they are required to do, they would have come across the name Tommy’s.”That means the small-business owner was well in his rights to keep the name, regardless of what Tommy Gun’s had to say about it.Hirschfeld said Nova Scotia businesses are no stranger to cease-and-desist orders.Fan’s Chinese Restaurant, for example, operated for decades under the name “Fran’s.” The restaurant changed its name when it received a cease-and-desist letter from a trademarked Chinese food business.“People have to be aware, when they are branding their businesses, they have to think beyond the next year — you have to think long term,” Hirschfeld said.Most Halifax foodies also remember Opa! Greek Taverna. Today it’s called Ela! Greek Taverna. The owners received a cease-and-desist letter from an Alberta-based Greek franchise of a similar name.The Halifax restaurant had registered its name with the Registry of Joint Stocks after the Alberta-based franchise had already trademarked its name. Opa! in Halifax had no choice but to rebrand.last_img read more

Ontarios former privacy commissioner resigns from Sidewalk Labs

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s former privacy commissioner has resigned from her consulting role at a company that is preparing to build a high-tech community on Toronto’s waterfront, becoming one of many to step away from the project due to concerns about how personal information and data will be managed.Ann Cavoukian resigned from Google sister company Sidewalk Labs on Friday after she said a privacy framework she developed was being overlooked when Sidewalk Labs said it couldn’t guarantee people’s personal information would be protected.“What I wanted was a wake up call,” said Cavoukian of her resignation.She wrote a letter of resignation following a meeting earlier in the week when Sidewalk Labs said while it agrees to follow her framework, called Privacy by Design, it cannot ensure that other companies involved in the project would do so as well.“I imagined us creating a Smart City of Privacy, as opposed to a Smart City of Surveillance,” said Cavoukian in the letter.Last October, Waterfront Toronto announced it had chosen Sidewalk Labs to present a plan to design a high-tech neighbourhood for the Quayside development, which is along Toronto’s eastern waterfront.Since then, the Alphabet Inc.-backed project has faced controversy because critics have complained that few details have been shared including how data will be collected, kept, accessed and protected.“It became clear that Sidewalk Labs would play a more limited role in near-term discussions about a data governance framework at Quayside,” said a statement from Sidewalk Labs.“Sidewalk Labs has committed to implement, as a company, the principles of Privacy by Design. Though that question is settled, the question of whether other companies involved in the Quayside project would be required to do so is unlikely to be worked out soon, and may be out of Sidewalk Labs’ hands.”Cavoukian said she resigned to “press” Waterfront Toronto to guarantee it would protect people’s personal information.Cavoukian said a crucial feature of Privacy by Design is that when personal information is collected by surveillance cameras and sensors, any personally identifying data is removed or “anonymized” immediately.Cavoukian said personally identifying data is not just a person’s name, and there is information that can be indirectly identifying — such as the specifics of where a person is travelling — that can be linked to that individual.“You must de-identify data. Waterfront Toronto can do that, so that’s why I’m pressing upon them to do it,” she said.Waterfront Toronto released a statement that said it will go beyond meeting all Canadian privacy legal requirements in the project.“Waterfront Toronto has great respect for Dr. Cavoukian and Privacy by Design, the excellent tool she has developed based on best practices. Waterfront Toronto also recognizes and respects the obligation to adhere to Canadian privacy laws, which go beyond Privacy by Design,” said the statement.Cavoukian’s resignation comes after a member of the panel guiding the plans stepped down earlier this month after she developed “deep dismay” and “profound concern” over a lack of leadership from Waterfront Toronto with ensuring public trust around privacy.In a letter, TechGirls Canada founder Saadia Muzaffar said she is stepping away from her role with the Waterfront Toronto Digital Strategy Advisory Panel because Waterfront Toronto has shown “apathy and a lack of leadership regarding shaky public trust” and has dodged questions around privacy and intellectual property.For months Sidewalk Labs have been dogged with questions around privacy and ownership of intellectual property. Dan Doctoroff, the chief executive officer of Sidewalk Labs, said at the Fortune Global Forum on Wednesday that he hoped concerns had been quelled after his company released its privacy proposal for the Quayside development on Oct. 15.The plans show Sidewalk Labs does not intend to own the data it gathers in public spaces and instead will relinquish control of it to an independent organization to be set up and called the Civic Data Trust. The Trust will set the rules around data use, make it open and accessible to people while offering privacy protection and ensure that Sidewalk Labs does not receive any special status or rights when it comes to data access.The plan mentions little of intellectual property, which has been a prime concern for many in Canada who have spoken out against foreign technology companies infiltrating the country and using Canadian talent to build intellectual property that ends up sending revenue to other nations.Cavoukian said there is an increasing number of data breaches and cyber security attacks around the world that has led to a growing concern over privacy and personal information.“Privacy is consistently at the highest rate of concern I’ve ever seen in over 20 years that I’ve been in this business,” she said.“When you have such high levels of concern associated with privacy and a total deficit of trust — trust is non-existent — you have to go to great lengths to assure the public, your personal data is safe.”last_img read more

Agadir Hosts First Annual Africa Medical Tourism Expo

New York – Morocco’s southern city of Agadir hosted its first annual Africa Medical Tourism Expo on Friday.The aim of expo is to promote medical tourism, wellness centers and health-related private clinics.Nearly 38 Million people travel annually solely for the purpose of improving their health and wellness. The ever-growing medical tourism industry is now worth 60 billion euros annually. The majority of medical tourists are between 45 and 65 and come mainly from Western countries where the price of health care is too high and, where waiting lists for surgery, are often quite long.“In this first expo, the National Centre for Scientific Research in France (CNRS) will present the results of a study on the evolution of medical tourism comparing three potential destinations, “says Khalil Daffar, exhibition commissioner.Three major destinations have been targeted by the study: Mexico, which is popular with North American customers, Bali, largely popular with Australians and Morocco which is well known to Europeans traveling on holiday.Part of Morocco’s Vision 2020 strategy to expand its tourism revenues is through the promotion of wellness and health tourism. Vision 2020 plan was presented to King Muhammad VI in November 2010 and has as its goal seeks to increase the number of tourists into the country and climb to be among the top 20 tourism destinations in the world.To reach its Vision 2020 goals, Agadir, which is the capital of the Souss region, is working on expanding it medical services at the university hospital by adding 841 additional beds.  This investment will cost 1.82 billion dirhams. “Clinika Agadir” is in the building permit stage but will provide an estimated 112 medical service beds at an investment of about 152 million dirhams. Lastly, a clinic is planned for Founty with a capacity of 54 beds and an investment of 48.8 million dirhams.Agadir has seen a drop in hotel stays during the first half of 2016 and hopes such events will spark greater interest in Morocco’s second most popular tourist destination. Marrakech remains by far Morocco’s main tourist destination. read more

AsiaPacifics developing nations urge end to red tape in trade – UN

7 October 2010With red tape in trade costing $300 billion a year in Asia and the Pacific, developing nations in the region have issued an urgent call at a United Nations-backed meeting for governments to streamline global trade procedures and ensure that regulations are simple, consistent and transparent. It still takes 30 days to move goods from factory to ship deck in Asia-Pacific countries, compared with an average of 10 days for nations belonging to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).More than 200 participants from 33 Asia-Pacific nations took part in the two-day gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which wrapped up yesterday and was organized by the UN Economic and Social Commissions for Asia (ESCAP) and for Europe (UNECE) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).“The somewhat shocking reality is that Asia-Pacific is better connected to Europe and America than with itself,” said Ravi Ratnayake, Director of ESCAP’s Trade and Investment Division.He pointed to research showing that on average, it costs 20 per cent less for Asian nations to trade with North America and Europe due to cumbersome border procedures, sometimes requiring hundreds of approval documents.At the end of the Kuala Lumpur meeting, participants adopted a road map to push forward trade facilitation reforms – including concluding a regional agreement on electronic exchange of trade documents – at both the national and regional levels. read more

Ban phones leaders of Saudi Arabia and Italy to discuss situation in

26 February 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today had telephone discussions with King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on developments in Libya, as he continues to reach out to world leaders to urge them to support the international effort to stop the violence in the North African country. Mr. Ban briefed King Abdullah on United Nations efforts to quell the violence and bloodshed in Libya and to hold those responsible to account. He underscored Saudi Arabia’s key religious and political role in the region.In his telephone call with Mr. Berlusconi, the Secretary-General dwelt on the options available to handle the crisis and asked for Italy’s continued support and proactive role for decisive action, according to a summary the conversations released by the spokesperson of the Secretary-General.Yesterday, Mr. Ban urged the Security Council to consider immediately concrete steps against Libyan President Muammar Al-Qadhafi’s Government for its deadly repression of protesters, with options ranging from sanctions to assured punishment.The Secretary-General also said he would travel Washington on Monday to discuss the situation with United States President Barack Obama.He stressed that the first obligation of the international community is to do everything possible to ensure the immediate protection of civilians at demonstrable risk, and welcomed yesterday’s decision by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to recommend Libya’s suspension from the body.Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today voiced deep concern over reports that children and adolescents have been killed or injured in the violence that is affecting a number of countries in the Middle East and North Africa.“No child should be exposed to any forms of danger, as this could have a long-lasting effect on their survival or psychological well being,” said Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, speaking in Brussels.UNICEF said the situation is particularly alarming in Libya where the Security Council has called for international humanitarian assistance and expressed concern at the reported shortage of medical supplies.The agency said it is ready to provide assistance if needed and urged all those involved to protect children. read more

Walker Complex will be more accessible with federal funding

Rick Dykstra makes an accessibility announcement at the Walker Complex.The Walker Complex will soon be more accessible for people with disabilities thanks to funding from the federal Enabling Accessibility Fund.Rick Dykstra, St. Catharines MP, announced more than $104,000 for two accessibility projects in the Walker Complex this morning.“Our government recognizes the abilities of all Canadians and celebrates the progress we have made as a society towards the full inclusion of people with disabilities,” Dykstra said. “Through the Enabling Accessibility Fund, we are helping Canadians participate fully in their communities by improving access to facilities, activities and services.”The funding will further enable Brock to provide accessible facilities and services for everyone, President Jack Lightstone said.“Brock is a place where people care about people. We’re a diverse and inclusive community and are committed to making our University a preferred place for all to study, work and visit,” he said.“This is a collaborative community-based initiative, which involves key partners both internally at Brock and externally here in Niagara,” said Margaret Sanderson, co-ordinator, University Accessibility. “By working together, we’ve all been able to improve accessibility at Brock for students, visitors and members of our community.”The Government of Canada is providing $14.2 million for 297 projects across Canada that will improve accessibility through activities such as the renovation, construction and retrofitting of buildings, the modification of vehicles for community use, and enhancements to information and communication technologies.From left: Brock board chair Rudi Kroeker, Jack Lightstone, Margaret Sanderson, Rick Dykstra and Steven Pillar, Vice-President Finance and Administration read more

Ideal stage for Badgers Buckeyes

GameDay airs at 9 a.m. ET on ESPNU and from 10 a.m. to noon on ESPN Check out College GameDay’s website at Follow College GameDay on Twitter @GameDayFootball. College GameDay’s new Facebook page is Since the first preseason polls came out in August, Ohio State had played second fiddle to Alabama. Following the Crimson Tide’s 35-21 loss at South Carolina, the Buckeyes have been pegged as the nation’s team to beat. But for how long will they hold that distinction? The Buckeyes won’t have time to ease into their new role of having a giant target on their back. The new No. 1 gets its toughest challenge of the season to date, a trip to Madison, Wis., where a raucous crowd awaits at Camp Randall Stadium. Throw in the College GameDay crew, a little “Jump Around” and an opponent eager to establish its footing in the Big Ten, and OSU will have its hands full at Wisconsin on Saturday night. But the Buckeyes have been here before — and with this group. On Oct. 4, 2008, freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor — in just his third career start — grew up on the fly, orchestrating a game-winning, 12-play, 80-yard drive to dispel the Badgers. Pryor capped the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run with 1:08 remaining, giving OSU a 20-17 edge. So it’s not like OSU and its Heisman trophy candidate signal-caller aren’t walking into Camp Randall unprepared. But the Buckeyes were ranked No. 14 for the ’08 matchup, a speck of light compared to the spotlight on the Scarlet and Gray this week. Wisconsin wants to pound the ball on the ground with John Clay and freshman James White. The Buckeye defense will invite such an attack. OSU hasn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher since the Lincoln administration. In last season’s matchup, an early OSU lead forced Wisconsin into a passing frenzy. Quarterback Scott Tolzien chucked it 45 times, throwing a pair of interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns. That’s not Badger football. But it could work this time around. OSU lost starting safety C.J. Barnett for the season following his September knee surgery. Tyler Moeller, who starred at the “star” position, a hybrid linebacker/safety position, tore a pectoral muscle two weeks ago against Illinois and will miss the remainder of 2010. That leaves the middle of OSU’s secondary pretty thin. But, ask Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell if the Buckeye defensive backfield is vulnerable. The fifth-year senior, who torched Michigan for school records of 45 completions and 480 yards a week earlier, struggled to find his receivers against OSU, finishing with 106 yards and two interceptions. But should Wisconsin excel early with its running game, it shouldn’t be too difficult to open up its passing attack. The Buckeyes have waited for an opportunity to prove to the nation their top-ranked worth. The Badgers have waited for an opportunity to prove they belong in discussions for a potential BCS bowl appearance. Neither team could ask for a more appropriate stage to make their cases heard. read more

Deteriorating dollar VAT burdens will have far reaching effects GMSA

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGMSA calls on authorities to take urgent steps to stabilise exchange rateMarch 22, 2017In “Business”International travel by Govt officials depleting foreign currency reserves- EdghillOctober 16, 2017In “Business”Consumers forced to pay high rates for foreign currenciesMarch 19, 2017In “Business” …says increased production costs will cause  unemployment, could wipe out businessesEven though the government through its Finance Minister Winston Jordan and the Central Bank of Guyana, through its Governor Dr Gobind Ganga, are steadfastly maintaining that there is no shortage of foreign currencies in Guyana, that the scarcity was contrived, more business institutions have come forth and outlined that contrived or not the increasing rate of the foreign currency is having a devastating effect on the sector.The Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) is the latest body to add to the swelling claims of others that there are shortages of foreign currency in the market, thereby increasing the demand and consequent value for the same. The GMSA however, has gone a step further to draw the correlating parallels that as the foreign currency goes up in value it means the local dollar is also deteriorating. A weaker currency does not bode well for businesses in general, particularly those that are engaged in the manufacturing of goods and services.All things being equal, the nominal rate of the foreign exchange pegged against the US dollar, would usually be around the rate of $200.00 US  to $1.00 GYD.The GMSA at its most recent Board meeting expressed its disappointment “at the rate of deterioration of the Guyana dollar and has estimated that the real exchange rate when available being used for the purchase of foreign exchange is $230.00 for the replacement of imported inputs into the sectors.”Deliberating on the “woes of the manufacturing sector” the GMSA outlined that their “ability to keep prices stable will be limited and guided by this new rate. The burden of the changes in the VAT regime will also cause production costs to move upwards.” The GMSA said that it is “encouraging all of the sectors to implement cost cutting exercises and have noted that some entities have started to rationalize employment.“Moreover, the Association noted that “the rise in the price of the U.S. dollar will have far reaching effects on our country as a whole both socially and economically.”The Bank of Guyana had come up with a series of new regulations to closely monitor the local foreign exchange markets, following reports of shortages in the market and allegations of foreign currency hoarding.According to the circular seen by this publication non-bank cambios must reduce the spread between the buying and selling rates on foreign currency transactions to no more than G$3. This means that if a cambio dealer purchases currency at G$210, then the dealer cannot sell it for more than G$213.Contentions were raised about the regulations which the Opposition had deemed illegal and a retrograde move that would among other things, have the deleterious effect of leading to even more tightening of the money in circulation and will also trigger hoarding.Dr Ganga had said that despite stern warnings from authorities, businesses are suspected to be hoarding foreign currencies, and commercial banks and cambios are claiming shortages in order to cause customers to resort to paying exorbitant rates for foreign currencies, even purchasing elsewhere in light of the “contrived scarcity”.Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Irfaan Ali had said that government was interfering, and reversing over two decades of financial reforms.The Government “is overstepping its boundary and threatening the stability of the most important market in Guyana,” he posited, while adding that such interference would not be taken lightly by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and that a reaction should be expected, since rates are supposed to be market-determined from a capitalist perspective.Jordan recently announced that the foreign exchange reserves at the Bank of Guyana are in excess of US$600 million.However, commercial banks and cambios across the country continue to turn away customers, claiming a shortage of the US dollar; and based on the findings of investigations by this media agency, popular cambios are turning away regular patrons who are interested in purchasing foreign currencies.This has resulted in businesspersons and the average Guyanese being forced to buy foreign currencies at exploitative rates.The GMSA has urged “the Bank of Guyana and the Government of Guyana to take steps to stabilize the value of the Guyana Dollar immediately by injecting funds into the system as we believe that the rate is being driven by the simple Economic formula of supply and demand.”“This situation has the potential to further increase unemployment and at worst wipe out Companies” said the GMSA. read more

BOMB IN PARIS Kim Andersson and PSG – medical tests on Tuesday

Even a week after Karabatic and Co. brought the gold medals to the French capital, handball headlines from Paris are still among the most interesting in handball world. Domestic media published story about intention of the richest team on the planet, PSG Handball, to sign Nikola Karabatic in package with his brother Luka, but also legendary coach of THW Kiel, now in Aix Provience, Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic.However, until that speculations become something more serious, the one thing linked with PSG Handball is much more realistic, according to One of the best lefthanded players in the last decade, Swedish star Kim Andersson is close to sign contract with the French vice-champions! A 31 years-old KIF Kolding Kobenhavn right back is coming to „City of Light“ on medical examinations on Tuesday. If he pass all the tests, there won’t be any other obstacle to put his sign on the paper with the team support by Qatari sponsors.The second option for PSG Handball in the future will stay domestic NT star Xavier Barachet, while Croatian lefthander Marko Kopljar will leave the team next summer when his contract expiring.The Russian star Konstantin Igropulo, in that case, would be the first pick of the Danish squad for the future, since his contract with the German Fuchse Berlin coming to the end in June.Interesting days on transfer market are ahead of us. ← Previous Story Dejan Manaskov to HSG Wetzlar Next Story → Latvian giant Dainis Kristopans goes to …. East? Kim Andersson PSG read more

Cocks are the 201617 BHL champions

← Previous Story THW Kiel win Geman Cup 2017 Next Story → RK Vardar – SEHA GAZPROM League champions 2016/2017! In a very tight and low-scoring final match, Cocks Riihimäki repeated their success from last season and are the 2016/17 BHL champions! The title-defender from Finland overcame BHL’s newcomer ZTR Zaporozhye in the final by 20-18 (10-10). In the third place play-off SKA Minsk defeated Serviti Põlva by 26-23 (11-15). Champions’ Teemu Tamminen was voted as the MVP of the tournament.Defenders and goalkeepers in key rolesThe final match in Põlva’s Mesikäpa Hall started with Cocks’ goalkeeper Kiril Morozov’s save – perhaps otherwise not significant, but jumping ahead, it set the tone for the final, as the 29-year-old Russian goalkeeper kept making excellent saves throughout the game. After an even start, Cocks had a maximum of three-goal lead, 7-4, but ZTR did not give up and by half-time the scores were level at 10-10.Maksym Karamyshev gave the Ukrainian side the lead for the first time in the match in the 32nd minute. 11 minutes later, ZTR’s goalkeeper Oleksandr Popov saw a red card in front of him and for a while it knocked the team off their rhythm. That was enough for Cocks to score four unanswered goals and take a 16-12 lead.But it was not over yet, definitely not for ZTR’s playmaker Oleksandr Tilte, who pulled his team with him, while scoring three times himself to put another draw 16-16 to the scoreboard. Coming on for Popov, Boris Kriuchkov in ZTR goal also made some important saves.And then started the “Teemu Tamminen Show”, as the Finnish left-winger scored three times with Tilte replying once from a penalty throw and Roman Severyn rounding up the numbers for Cocks’ 20-18 victory. Tilte finished as the top scorer of the match with 8 goals, Tamminen recording one less.Savukynas: “We would not have won without the EHF experience”Cocks’ head coach Gintaras Savukynas was quick to praise Morozov and his defence: “We conceded only 18 goals, this was all due to a great defence and excellent goalkeeping. This is almost two times less than in the semi-final, so I am very happy to see our players understood what was said between two games.”Another important factor, which the coach of the champions revealed, was the Finnish side’s participation in the EHF Cup group stage. “We have had a lot of very high level games in recent months and I even claim, we would not have won these matches in the BHL Final Four without that European experience and lessons,” admitted Savukynas.ZTR’s head coach Vitaliy Nat was only slightly disappointed: “I have no complaints to our players, they fought until the end and we did get close. Unfortunately we lost players to injuries before the Final Four, during semi-final and today Andrii Akimenko got injured, so in the end our bench was just too short,” Nat explained.The Most Valuable Player award went unsurprisingly to Cocks’ Teemu Tamminen, while despite not playing in Põlva, ZTR’s Oleksii Ganchev remained as league’s top scorer with 82 goals. Tamminen got close with 79 and Celtnieks Riga’s Arturs Lazdinš finished third with 73. On another personal achievement, Yury Lukyanchuk has now won the BHL title in five (!) consecutive seasons, having been the champion with SKA in 2013-15 and with Cocks in 2016 and 2017.SKA Minsk took the bronze-medalsA pair of former BHL winners put up a good performance in the third place play-off. SKA Minsk took a quick 2-0 lead, but Serviti Põlva then managed to take the control of the match for a long period. Especially with goals from Roman Aizatullov, Henri Sillaste and Hendrik Varul the Final Four hosts extended their lead gradually and went on a break with a 15-11 advantage.Carl-Eric Uibo even added one goal at the start of the second half, but then SKA started to climb back into the game. They put on a higher tempo and were helped by Serviti’s technical fouls and two-minute penalties. Goalkeeper Eston Varusk kept Serviti in the game for a while, but in the 51st minute it was SKA’s Mikalai Aliokhin who made it 22-22.Serviti only managed to score one goal in the final ten minutes and just 8 in the whole second half. Three-time BHL winners SKA eventually took a 26-23 win and finished the season with bronze-medals. For Serviti, it was the first finish outside the top three in last eight years!SKA’s head coach Ihar Papruha admitted they were hoping for a better finish: “We came here to win and our players were extremely disappointed with yesterday’s semi-final defeat. However, as anyone could see, both yesterday’s and today’s match were worthy of a final – so even and strong is the level in this Final Four.”On photo: 2016/17 BHL champion Cocks Riihimäki. (Photo by Helin Potter). read more

Government Ministers talk water in Nassau Bahamas at CWWA conference

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Related Items:bahamas, bahamas deputy prime minister, caribbean water and waste water association, Government ministers, jamaica workinister, phillip davis, tci goverment support groupcenter_img Recommended for you Nassau, 09 Oct 2014 – MINISTERIAL MEETING at Caribbean Water and Waste Water Association conference includes Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister, Turks and Caicos Govt Support Services Minister and Jamaica’s Works Minister. The Bahamas is spending $83 Million dollars with Miya Bahamas for an expansive project in Nassau to reduce water loss.Jamaicans are distressing their system of water delivery to the country by the Govt by not paying their bills. Turks and Caicos is still plagued by challenges stemming from hurricanes and storms.Dep PM Hon Philip Davis said the high level talks were fruitful. Former PM And Deputy PM Christie and Davis Deep in Water Debtlast_img read more

Mother of 3 dies from flu in California

first_imgSAN JOSE, Calif. (WSVN) — The 40-year-old mother of three by all accounts lead a healthy life. Katie Oxley Thomas ran marathons and did yoga, but her family says she quickly deteriorated after coming down with the flu.KTVU reports that Thomas died Jan. 4, just days after her diagnosis of Influenza B. Doctors believe Thomas eventually developed pneumonia, which lead to septic shock.Her father, Walt Oxley, said Thomas’ condition worsened rapidly, making her one of over 40 people under the age of 65 to die from the flu this season in California alone.“The one doctor said I’ve never seen anything progress like this. He said this is just incredible,” Oxley told KTVU.Oxley said he rushed to bring her three children to the hospital for her final moments.“We went and picked them up at 4:30 and by the time we got back at 5 they were at code red and trying to save her. But she was already gone,” her father said.The heartbroken family says they are speaking out in order to encourage others to get a flu shot. “Most of us get the flu and recover from it and a handful of people every year don’t. And you just don’t think it’s going to be your daughter. But you really want to take it serious,” Oxley said.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Urvashi Dholakia lashes out at Nach Baliye makers Calls out biased judgement

first_imgInstagramJust a few days after being eliminated on account of least number of votes from dance reality show – Nach Baliye 9 – Urvashi Dholakia has lashed out at the makers over their unfair means. Dholakia also said that they misused her image and disrespected her hard-earned place in the industry.Dholakia also made shocking revelations in an exclusive interview with a daily saying that the makers and the judges allowed few couples to re-dance when goof-ups happened. Not just that, the judges also assured those few participants that the goof-ups would be edited out.Talking to Bombay Times, Urvashi said, “Well, if a couple has been scoring good marks, which is only increasing every week and there’s a certain vote bank that I know we have, then it’s difficult for me to believe that we were not able to win the love of our viewers. How can a couple be consistently moving up the scoreboard and yet be at the bottom four times in a row? Is this a dance show or a popularity contest? And if we are being judged on popularity, then I am not ready to believe that 35 years of work leads to a low fan base. Where’s the score board to show where each of us stands when it comes to audience’s votes plus judges’ scores? If the show was all about young couples, then why bring us in? If you have brought us on the show, then why the partiality? This is not just a misuse of my image, but total disrespect to the hard-earned place that I’ve made for myself in the industry. Anuj and I can’t fight and bicker on screen. We agreed to do the show thinking it’s a dance show and not a bloody fighting ring!”She further added, “I thought I was signing up for a non-fiction show and not a fictional one. This is not the first time that I have done a reality show, but yes, it’s the first time that I have seen this kind of biased judgement.” Urvashi also asked that when she was given a standing ovation by the judges and almost 300 people on the sets, why it didn’t reflect in the marks they got. Urvashi says she is determined to speak out against this unfair judgement.last_img read more

Modi assures Hamid of Teesta water solution

first_imgIndian prime minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said they were trying to resolve the hurdles to the signing of the Teesta water-sharing deal with Bangladesh ‘keeping all concerned on board’.He made the remarks during a meeting with president Abdul Hamid on the side-lines of the International Solar Alliance founding conference 2018 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in India’s New Delhi.”During the meeting, president Abdul Hamid underscored the importance of the Teesta water availability for the socio-economic development of Bangladesh,” president’s press secretary Md Joynal Abedin said after the meeting.He also said, ”In response, Narendra Modi said his government is making all-out efforts to this end and is keen to resolve the issue together with everyone.”Without mentioning the name of India’s West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, he mentioned that the Indian prime minister said, “We’re trying to keep her on board.”The Teesta water-sharing deal was about to be signed during the visit of former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh to Dhaka several years back, but it was stopped in the last moment due to Mamata Banerjee’s objection.After this, the Indian government has repeatedly been assuring Bangladesh of signing the agreement, but the problem has not been resolved yet.The president also sought Indian cooperation for safe, dignified and sustainable return of forcibly displaced Rohingyas to their homeland in Rakhine state of Myanmar.In reply, Modi said the matter has already been discussed with Myanmar, assuring Bangladesh of giving assistance in this regard as it is a big problem for it.During the meeting, Modi also congratulated Abdul Hamid on being elected Bangladesh president for the second term, Joynal Abedin said.He also lauded the communal harmony prevailing in Bangladesh mentioning the festivals of all religions being celebrated at Bangabhaban.When the president apprised the Indian PM of his last two-day visit to different places in Assam and Meghalaya, Modi said, “This tour is very significant as you (Hamid) are a freedom fighter.”Modi also said he is happy and feels honoured for his visit to Assam and Meghalaya as well as for showing respect to the Indians who took part in the 1971 liberation war.Abdul Hamid said Bangladesh attaches great importance to the existing excellent relations between the two countries and the relationship is gradually being expanded.last_img read more

DC Security Guard Assaults Transgendered Woman

first_imgA security guard was arrested and charged with assault after refusing to let a transgender woman use the restroom inside of a Northeast grocery store on May 18, according to D.C. police reports. Officials are charging Francine Bernice Jones, 45, with simple assault, a misdemeanor, after police said she pushed a transgender woman, Ebony Belcher, 32, out of the Giant Food Stores restroom on H Street in Northeast around noon.Jones works for Wolf Security in Baltimore and police are classifying the altercation as a possible hate crime. She is scheduled to appear in court on July 21, according to D.C. Courts.Belcher told News4 that she passed Jones on her way to the bathroom. While inside of the restroom, Jones opened the door on Belcher and said, “I know you are a man.” Belcher said Jones began calling her derogatory names and grabbed and shoved Belcher out of the supermarket.Belcher said she recalls Jones saying, “You guys cannot keep coming in here and using our women’s restroom. They did not pass the law yet.”This incident comes in the midst of a heated national debate about whether transgender people should use public restrooms corresponding to the sex they were born with or corresponding to their gender identity. The Obama administration issued guidelines on May 13 that directs public schools to allow transgender students to occupy the restroom that matches their gender identity. The guidelines do not have the force of law. This is a product of a current court feud between the Federal Government and North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which mandates transgender individuals to access restrooms that match the sex stated on their birth certificate.Advocacy groups, such as The DC Center for the LGBT Community, are working to stop violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people. Sam Shinberg, a staff social worker at the center, told the AFRO May 24 about the center’s DC Anti-Violence Project that aids survivors of violence, through community outreach, education, and monitoring cases to ensure that the rights and dignity of LGBT victims are protected.  Mental health services provided by the center are free to individuals and groups.There has been a 43 percent increase in hate crimes in D.C. as of April 30 from 10 incidents in 2015, according to the police department.  There was a zero percent change in crimes against gender identity/expression from three crimes in 2015.last_img read more

ASALHs Malcolm Martin and Medgar A Dramatic Reading

first_imgThe C. Delores Tucker Legacy Chapter of the Association of the Study of African American Literature and History (ASALH) will hold a fundraising event June 12 at Bus Boys and Poets, 1025 5th Street NW at 5:30 p.m. Malaak Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz will be the guest narrator. The event will include a portrayal of Malcolm X by Arjun Collins, the nephew of the late Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz. A discussion on the men’s legacies will follow the presentation. Tickets cost $20. For more information, contact S. Conn at 202-412-5046 or email at or P. Bailey at 202-716-4560 or email at

Starbucks buys coffee farm in Costa Rica

first_imgStarbucks Corp. bought a coffee farm next to Poás Volcano in the province of Alajuela to expand the company’s grower-support program and allow the coffee-shop operator to purchase more coffee beans grown in an ethical fashion.According to the Wall Street Journal, the transaction may have hovered between $5- $10 million and was closed last week.The 240-hectare farm will help support growers and their families, while allowing Starbucks to create new blends of coffee to sell, Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz said in a statement. Seattle-based Starbucks has committed to buying only ethically sourced coffee by 2015, The Washington Post reported.The farm will allow development of new varieties of Starbucks coffee through hybridization (but not genetic modification) and different processing techniques that result in a unique flavored coffee, the company stated.Starbucks, which sells fair-trade blends and reserve coffees from several countries has spent some $70 million during the past 40 years on farmer-support programs and loans.It opened its first farmer-support center in San José, Costa Rica, in 2004 and has since opened others in Rwanda, Tanzania, Colombia and China.Last year the company opened its first two coffee shops in Costa Rica, at malls in San José. Facebook Comments Related posts:Starbucks to sell Tico brand in Costa Rica store Starbucks’ most expensive coffee is from Costa Rica Residents split on Starbucks announcement Second Starbucks announced for Costa Rica, will open in Novemberlast_img read more

Costa Ricas Keylor Navas up for challenge after Madrid move

first_imgMADRID — Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas on Tuesday said he was ready for the challenge at Real Madridafter completing his move to Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.“I know I will have to work extremely hard. Madrid has the best players in the world in every position, they have two excellent goalkeepers,” said Navas at an introductory press conference at the home of the European champions.Navas is tipped to get the nod ahead of club legend Iker Casillas to start in goal for Carlo Ancelotti’s side. The team’s third goalie Diego López looks likely to be forced out.“Only God knows what will happen. It is up to me to train hard every day so that I am ready if my opportunity comes around,” said Navas. “I have always looked up to Casillas and Diego López, who have shown themselves to be the best in the world over many years.”Last season, López was Ancelotti’s first choice in goal in Spain’s La Liga but captain Casillas was used in triumphant Copa del Rey and Champions League campaigns.Navas, 27, arrives in the Spanish capital from Levante on a six-year deal after Real reportedly paid a $13.4 million release clause in his contract with the Valencia-based side.He rose to international prominence with his performances at the World Cup, when he starred during unfancied Costa Rica’s run to the quarterfinals, where the Ticos only succumbed on penalties to the Netherlands.“The World Cup was wonderful for me. Playing against the best teams makes one improve,” said Navas, who was warmly welcomed by Madrid president Florentino Pérez.“You will have the pride and the honour of being the first man from your country to play for this club,” Pérez told his new recruit. “His performances were key in helping Costa Rica reach the quarterfinals for the first time in their history.”Navas is Madrid’s third summer signing, following the arrivals of Germany’s Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich for a reported $40 million and Colombia’s James Rodríguez from Monaco for around $107 million. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica star Keylor Navas will sign with Real Madrid, says Spain’s national sports paper VIDEO: Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas wins Spain’s Best Goalkeeper award for 2013-2014 season Costa Rican prosecutors, judicial police under investigation for alleged use of police database to probe personal information of superstar goalie Keylor Navas Keylor Navas breaks another Real Madrid recordlast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Kerry Rhodes is not holding a grudge against teammate Darnell Dockett after an on-field incident occurred between the two at the end of Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets.“It is what it is. It was just something that happened in the heat of the moment for us,” Rhodes told Arizona Sports 620’s The Big Red Rage on Thursday. Dockett apologized to Rhodes on Wednesday for the argument that transpired between the two. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories – / 16 It is believed Dockett was upset with the decision to allow the Jets to score at the end of the game so the Cardinals could get the ball back and go for the winning touchdown. The Cardinals were down 7-6 and the only way they could regain possession was on a turnover or a Jets score. The issue became moot when the Jets downed the ball at Arizona’s 1-yard line and New York ran out the clock.Rhodes did not divulge any specifics of the argument between the two but he said the issue is behind them and they are both ready to move forward.“We had a disagreement on the field and as two grown men, two adults, you have those a lot and especially as teammates,” Rhodes said. “We’re past it. There’s really nothing to it.”Rhodes had two interceptions, a forced fumble and six tackles against the Jets. Dockett was credited with four tackles and half a sack in the loss. 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Commitment to East Med pipeline remains despite cost concerns

first_imgCyprus, together with Israel, Greece and Italy lent their support on Monday to pressing on with the proposed East Med pipeline taking Israeli and Cypriot gas reserves to mainland Europe.In Tel Aviv, the respective energy ministers of the four countries signed a joint declaration, committing to support the application for obtaining EU funding for the project under the Connecting European Facility programme.The parties also pledged to enhance their cooperation by forming a quadrilateral working group “with the aim to monitor and support the development of the East Med and to identify terms of a necessary intergovernmental agreement to expedite project realisation”.On Tuesday, hosts Israel will give a presentation of the project to visiting EU officials.“This is an ambitious project which as the Commission we clearly support, as it will have a high value in terms of security of supply and diversification targets,” European Climate and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said on Monday.Canete added he believed the project will “meet all relevant requirements” to make financial commitment possible.In his own comments, energy minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said that Cyprus, as a transit point for gas but also a future producer, will continue supporting feasible export options, such as the East Med project and a direct subsea pipeline from Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) to Egypt.Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s energy minister, said the concerned parties have set a target of 2025 for completion of the project.Neighbouring Israel, mulling its gas export options, has been in talks with Ankara for a pipeline running from the massive Leviathan prospect to the southern shores of Turkey. The pipeline would have to cross through Cyprus’ EEZ.At the same time, Cyprus, Israel, Greece and Italy have been discussing a subsea pipeline bringing eastern Mediterranean gas to the European mainland. An initial survey estimated the cost of the undersea segment of a pipeline with an annual capacity of 12-16 billion cubic metres (bcm) at $5.7 billion.Asked about Israel’s plans, Steinitz was categorical on Monday that his country would move forward with both pipelines.For his part, Elio Ruggeri, CEO of the IGI Poseidon joint venture promoting the East Med option, said a final investment decision for the project was expected by 2020.According to Ruggeri, the segment of the pipeline from the eastern Mediterranean to Greek shores is estimated to cost some €5 billion, plus another €6 billion for the segment linking Greece to Italy.The energy ministers of the four countries said they would be meeting again in Cyprus in six months’ time.As Globes points out, the high cost of the gas at the reception point in Europe remains problematic for the East Med pipeline. The cost is estimated to be at least $7 per heating unit, $2.50 more than the price of Russian gas.Similarly tricky are the logistics, as the undersea route will reach a depth of 3.3 kilometres, and would further have to contend with volcanic activity on the seabed between Cyprus and Greece.According to Globes, the four-way meeting in Israel this week is also taking place against the backdrop of the European Commission withdrawing its opposition to the construction of two additional gas pipelines for transporting gas from Russia to Europe.The European Commission decided not to block two more pipelines in the Baltic Sea between Russia and Germany with an annual capacity of 55 bcm, at an estimated construction cost of €9.9 billion. The project, called Nord Stream 2, is strongly opposed by Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic Republics.Also in Israel on an official visit is government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides. He is scheduled to hold meetings with the country’s defence and energy ministers, as well as with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief of staff.Meanwhile in Nicosia on Wednesday the government will be signing a contract with Exxon Mobil granting the latter an exploration concession over offshore Block 10.Attending the signing ceremony – in what is perhaps an unusual gesture – will be Robin Dunnigan, US deputy assistant secretary for energy diplomacy at the State Department’s Bureau of Energy Resources.Later in the week, ink will be put on paper for the contracts awarding exploration concessions to a partnership of ENI and Total for Block 6, and to ENI for Block 8. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more