Besiktas move for AC Milan midfielder Alen Halilovicby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBesiktas are moving for AC Milan midfielder Alen Halilovic.The 22-year-old joined Milan as a free agent from Hamburg last summer.Sky Italia says a January exit is imminent with his agent meeting Besiktas to consider personal terms on Tuesday.Halilovic is a Croatia international with nine senior caps, but made no impact at San Siro. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Previous 1 of 6 During the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, we saw a bunch of amazing vehicles. Supercars, halo models, and luxury rides dominated the convention, which showcases some of the most insane autos in the world.However, there’s one concept car that still has us buzzing: the all-new Hyundai Kite, which doubles as a dune buggy and a jet ski.As a dune buggy, it boasts two seats and massive street-ready wheels. When you’re prepared to go off-road and on-water, the Hyundai Kite converts into a single-seat jet ski powered by water jet propulsion. The vehicle intentionally has no roof, windows, and doors to “convey an idea of floating and freedom, connecting to the idea of spending leisure time near the water,” the company said in a press release.According to a virtual showroom video, features that both forms share include a monocoque chassis, electric propulsion, four brushless engines in the wheels, OZ Racing rims, Sabelt seat belts (safety first), a Sila Group gear-shifter, and watertight suspensions. If that wasn’t spiffy enough for you, many of the car’s functions can be controlled by a smartphone app.Hyundai Motor worked with Italy’s Istituto Europeo di Design (IED), a famed design school in Turin, on this innovative auto. The duo previously collaborated on the PassoCorto, a sporty, super-light coupe. These kinds of partnerships pave the way for some of the craziest, cutting-edge concepts.“Design is the number one reason why our customers in Europe choose Hyundai cars. We are always evolving our design to reflect modern lifestyle, which is our key to success. We are delighted to contribute to the development of young talents in Europe who will be designing the cars of the future,” said Thomas Bürkle, chief designer at Hyundai Design Centre Europe, in the same release.Unfortunately, since the Kite is a concept car, we won’t see this beast on roadways or waterways … yet. Next Editors’ Recommendations The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy The Bulletproof, Million-Dollar Ramsmobile SUV Has an Optional Hookah 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now The 200-Horsepower Vanquish Vanqraft VQ16 Is a Boat-Sized Jet Ski
Under amendments introduced to the House of Assembly Act by Finance and Treasury Board Minister Diana Whalen today, April 7, MLAs’ salaries will be frozen for three years. “The premier has been clear that all Nova Scotians need to make tough decisions in order to get our province back on track financially and as elected officials, we must lead by example,” said Ms. Whalen. “Our budget deficit is making it harder for new jobs to be created in Nova Scotia and if we want to make sustainable investments in health care and education, we need to make the right choices that will allow us to do so.” In addition to the salary freeze, the amendments will eliminate transitional pay to fully pension-eligible MLAs. The wage freeze will also apply to excluded classification employees, however, the amendments to the House of Assembly Act will cover elected officials only. In addition, the public service award will be frozen. The award is given to employees who are resigning or retiring and immediately accepting a pension. The public service award currently amounts to one week’s salary for each year of full-time work up to 26 weeks. The calculation is based on the employee’s salary at the time they finish work.
APTN National NewsManitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief David Harper isn’t stepping down from his post despite calls for his ouster.Harper says politics are behind a misunderstanding over an agreement he signed with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization.Last week, the Swampy Cree Tribal Council said they had lost faith in the MKO grand chief.The $312,000 deal with NWMO will be pu for discussion at an executive meeting Wednesday.Harper says the agreement has nothing to do with bringing nuclear waste to Manitoba.“It’s about education our people. We don’t want nuclear waste. I definitely don’t want nuclear waste,” said Harper. “But I want my people educated, aware of the impacts.”
Is weightlifting and other resistance training dangerous for my son? Is my daughter’s gymnastics causing the delay in the onset of her puberty?Why is it so expensive for us to participate in community sport? Are the logistical and emotional hassles of being a “sport family” worth the time and trouble?Parents whose children are enrolled in sports activities – from Little League to elite level – ask a lot of questions as they and their families get deeper into their sport.A group of Brock University researchers have been studying the answers. They presented their findings and experiences at a panel celebrating Ontario Research Week in early April.Resistance is not futileBareket Falk, a pediatric exercise physiologist who researches the impact of exercise on children’s bodies, says there’s a common misconception that resistance training stunts their growth.“During the Olympics, we see sports such as wrestling or weightlifting,” she told the audience. “Usually those guys on the podium, especially the gold metal winners, are relatively short; people say it’s because they’re doing all this lifting.”Falk explained that, during exercise, muscles actually release growth hormones while glands in the brain discharge growth-related hormones. The “shortness” of weightlifters is an advantage in the sport rather than the result of training in that sport, she says.Falk also warned people not to draw conclusions from “anecdotal” reports regarding injuries arising out of resistance training but to look at “prospective studies” that follow a group of healthy children and adolescent athletes, and assess their injury rate over time compared to a group of healthy adults training in the same intensity.“If you do that, you’ll see that the incidence of injury in children and adolescence is lower than it is in adults,” she explained. “Resistance training, if performed properly, is safer than most other sports.”A later leap into pubertyKinesiologist Nota Klentrou also notes that many female gymnasts are relatively short compared to other girls or young women their age. And, unlike their male counterparts, they reach puberty at around 14 years of age, much later than usual. However, this isn’t the case with rhythmic gymnasts, who are much taller.Again, like in Falk’s research, “I do think – and I dare to say – it is mostly selection,” Klentrou told the audience.“Actually, this is the case in a lot more than just gymnastics,” she said. “I have to say that, in almost 90 per cent of sports, having a male type of body in a little girl is advantageous, because they are lighter and have lower body fat.”The likely cause of delayed puberty is under-nutrition, where the young athlete expends more energy than they take in from food, leading to an energy imbalance, she said.Klentrou explained that, since the primary female sex hormone estrogen plays a role in bone development, there is concern that late puberty prevents estrogen levels from being high enough to develop bones properly.But she said high-impact exercises, such as jumping, provides “mechanical loading,” a process in which body movement stimulates cells called osteoblasts deep within bones to form bone.“So, do young female athletes compensate for a lack of estrogen? Absolutely they compensate, and even more,” she told the audience. However, repeated injuries combined with under-nutrition may lead to chronic health issues if not addressed.Have money, will play but at what cost?Researchers on the panel, held in St. Catharines April 2, also explored the financial and social implications of how community sports are set up.PhD candidate Paul Jurbala, who is also CEO of the sport consulting business communityactive and volunteer chair of a non-profit called Community Sport Councils Ontario, quoted a 2004 national survey in which 58 per cent of youth and 18 per cent of adult volunteers participate in community sport in Canada.“Collectively, this is the biggest place outside school where kids are instructed by adults,” he said. “And those adults, in this case, are volunteers for the most part.”Despite the importance of community sport being a “key part of Canadian identity,” most of the more than 30,000 sport organizations in the country have no staff, have difficulty finding and retaining volunteers, and are funded only by membership fees.As a result, it’s becoming more expensive for families to participate in clubs, especially in the face of “fairly stagnant middle class incomes,” said Jurbala.He gave the example of a 2012 Hockey Canada survey, which found that the average family was paying $3,000 to $3,700 per child, depending on age, to play hockey through a club.And other costs – physical, emotional and relational – need to be taken into consideration, says Dawn Trussell, assistant professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.“Anyone in sports knows that when a child signs up, the family signs up,” she told the gathering. “My research is focused on what’s happening in the car, at the dining room table. All of these things, in turn, actually impact what happens on the field.”There can be a lot of time pressures put on the family – with many mothers clocking up to 20 hours a week for their children’s sports – which may cause stress in the parents’ relationship, especially in dual-income households, she said.Also, if parents are coaches and children are on the team, the result could be rebellious behaviour from the children and greater pressure or higher expectations on children’s performance. Athletic siblings, whether in the same or different sport, could be jealous of one another and engage in sibling rivalries, Trussell said.But Trussell outlined a host of positive impact on sport families. These include: family members spending quality time with one another; the opportunity to facilitate the children’s physical and social development; older siblings taking on a “mentoring” role; sport families creating a sense of community; and a model of “giving back” to society.
Speaking to young Māoris and people of the Pacific Islands in New Zealand on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said “nature does not negotiate” and emphasized four key measures that Governments should prioritize in order to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.For this, he called on nations worldwide to make four pivotal shifts: 1/ tax pollution, not people; 2/ stop subsidizing fossil fuels; 3/ stop building new coal plants; 4/ focus on a green economy.>> Find out more about his proposals here.Climate change ‘a threat to our human rights’, says Australian minority community Gaza blockade causes ‘near ten-fold increase’ in food dependency, says UN agency At a time when Muslims globally are observing the holy month of Ramadan, more than half the population in Gaza depends on the international community for food aid, the director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said on Monday, citing a “near ten-fold increase” in need.According to UNRWA, it must secure an additional $60 million by June to continue providing food to more than one million Palestine refugees in Gaza, including some 620,000 “abject poor” who cannot cover their basic food needs and are surviving on $1.6 per day.>> Read our full coverage here.Listen to Matthias Schmale, UNRWA’s Director of Operations in Gaza: Climate action: 4 shifts the UN chief encourages Governments to make In a related development, indigenous Australians are set to ask the UN Human Rights Committee to investigate its claim that the government is doing too little to limit climate change.According to reports, Torres Strait islanders in the north of the country say that global warming is a threat to their survival, thanks to rising seas, tidal surges and coastal erosion. They maintain that the lack of action by the authorities is a threat to their human rights.As part of their claim, the group is calling for the UN panel – which is one of 10 human rights committees that meet regularly throughout the year in Geneva – to call for Australia to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions.UN condemns deadly attack on Burkina Faso church Listen to or download our audio News in Brief for 13 May 2019 on SoundCloud: Senior UN officials, including Secretary-General António Guterres have voiced their outrage at a deadly attack on a Catholic church in the north of Burkina Faso on Sunday, during which six people were reportedly killed by gunmen.According to media reports, the attack took place in the town of Dablo, situated in a region that has seen a spike in violence in recent months. The church was burned to the ground, along with other buildings including a health centre.>> Find our full coverage here.
The family of Shamima Begum have taken the Home Secretary to court, appealing the decision to strip the 19-year-old of her British citizenship.Shamima Begum vanished from her home in Bethnal Green in London four years ago, along with two other teenage girls, and travelled to Syria where she married an Isil fighter from the Netherlands.Home Secretary Sajid Javid stripped her of her citizenship just days after she gave birth to a baby boy, which died only three weeks later. It was the third child she lost in four years.Now, according to The Guardian, an appeal against the decision to revoke her citizenship has been lodged with the Special Immigration Appeals Commission by Begum’s mother, while another challenge will be lodged with the high court on Thursday.Tasnime Akunjee, the solicitor representing Begum’s family claims the government decision breaks several articles of the European Convention on Human Rights. “We are arguing the decision is wrong because it renders Shamima Begum stateless, it puts her life at risk, exposes her to inhumane and degrading treatment, and breaches her right to family life,” he told The Guardian.“The decision was disproportionate.“The government has accepted that 400 people have picked up a gun and actively fought for Isis and then been allowed back to Britain. So how can it be proportionate for a 19-year-old girl who had a child not be allowed to return, when the others have been allowed to return?” Last week Mr Akunjee was unable to get Begum’s written permission to launch an appeal for British citizenship after he was blocked from entering the camp she is in by Syrian forces.The solicitor was stopped just “50 metres” from Begum after travelling thousands of miles to the al-Roj camp in north-eastern Syria.Instead, the appeal has been launched by Begum’s mother. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Wednesdays. Horrible horrible Wednesdays. The everyday horrors of the workweek are upon us, and the brief respite of the weekend seems an insurmountable world away.Thankfully, we have the internet!Some people like to virtually escape work by stalking friends on Facebook. Others pass the time harassing celebrities on Twitter. And still others read recaps of the TV shows they watched the night before so that some anonymous blogger can validate their opinions on the minutia of character development on Gossip Girl. As for me? I like to watch water balloons exploding in slow motion on YouTube. There’s just something unworldly about water–especially when you slow it down to 1,000 fps. Water’s crazy. You just have to pay really really close attention.Happy Humpday.Magic is after the jump. 10. 126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.1.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Leading Senior Constable Liz Sidiropoulos announced that police will be on high alert over the Easter period, targeting the unauthorised and unlicensed use of fireworks and crackers as part of celebrations.“We respect the right of people to practice and celebrate their faith, but anyone who engages in unauthorised use of fireworks is simply irresponsible. Not only does it put your own life at risk, but also the lives of others,” LSC Sidiropoulos said.“Time and time again, we’ve seen people become injured, including with serious burns, as a result of letting off fireworks as part of religious festivities. These injuries are completely preventable.“Easter is a wonderful time to celebrate with friends and family, don’t put others in danger by using illegal fireworks.” Fireworks are considered explosives under the Dangerous Goods Act and heavy penalties apply.A person in possession of illegally obtained fireworks may be charged with a criminal offence for possession of an explosive, jailed for up to five years and fined thousands of dollars.Anyone who witnesses this illegal behaviour should contact their local police immediately.Information about the sale or use of illegal fireworks can be reported to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or by submitting a confidential crime report to www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
Vancouver — The Port of Vancouver will deliver its annual state of the port report from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay.Originally scheduled for Feb. 24, the “Port RePort” breakfast event was moved to April 6 because of weather concerns.Tickets purchased for the February date through the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce are valid for the rescheduled event. Ticket holders who are unable to attend may call the chamber, 360-694-2588, to request a refund.
Listen 00:00 /02:07 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Lower oil prices and layoffs have driven down the demand for commercial office space in Houston. But construction has been quite healthy in healthcare, and it’s fueled by the need for both more, and newer, hospitals.At last week’s groundbreaking ceremony for a new CHI St. Luke’s hospital, the climactic moment came when a priest, a congressman, a businessman and two doctor walked up to a pile of dirt. After grabbing their silver shovels, they shouted, “One, two, three!”Carrie Feibel(From left): Father Michael Barrosa, Congressman Al Green, Dr. Paul Klotman, Dr. C. Kent Osborne and Scotty Arnoldy, chairman of the executive building committee.“Let’s spill some dirt!” Added Congressman Al Green, D-Houston. But for all the lightheartedness, this project is serious business.“This is the largest project of its kind for Catholic Health Initiatives that they’ve ever done, a billion-dollar project,” said Scott Arnoldy, the businessman who served as chairman of the executive building committee.“So to put that kind of money it, there is great expectations of what we will produce,” he added.Two firms, Tellepsen and Hunt, were chosen to build the new tower for CHI.“The commercial [sector] is having its challenges right now, because there is a lot of office space available because of the layoffs,” said Howard Tellepsen, chairman and CEO of Tellepsen. “But healthcare right now is as strong as it’s been in years, it is booming.”Tellepsen said the CHI St. Luke’s project is especially meaningful for him, because his grandfather built the original St. Luke’s tower. “I remember he was so excited when he came and told the family, how proud he was to be involved, because it was one of the early hospitals in the Texas Medical Center,” Tellepsen recalled. He said his grandfather broke the news over Sunday lunch, after church, when he was ten years old.Kathleen Margolis handles healthcare clients at Gensler, an architecture and planning firm. She says healthcare projects are more than just a bright spot in Houston construction.“It’s an absolute shining star, and it’s not because it’s suddenly grown so much. It’s because others have stepped back,” she said.The hospitals have stepped up, especially in the suburbs.Memorial Hermann is building new hospitals in Pearland and Cypress. Methodist and Texas Children’s are building in the Woodlands.“You’ve seen a significant growth in the suburbs with population and density, and medical service providers are coming to their customers,” said Mark Sikes, a partner with Deal Sikes & Associates.And the construction includes more than just acute-care hospitals. In the healthcare business, insurers want to pay to keep people out of the hospital, to keep them well. So administrators are building a range of facilities, from primary-care clinics to rehab facilities to urgent care centers.Margolis noted that much of the construction going on inside the Texas Medical Center itself is not about population growth per se. Instead, those hospital executives are updating and modernizing their facilities.“You see these cranes going up and you think, ‘Oh my gosh, we’re building more hospitals!’ when actually what we’re doing is replacing,” Margolis said.It’s not that the old buildings were falling apart, she explained, it’s that they have become functionally obsolescent as medical treatments and technology have raced ahead.St. Luke’s, for example, opened in 1954, long before there were C-T scans or electronic health records. That kind of technology all had to be shoved in later. Patients need more room, too.“You have more acute cases, patients are sicker that are going in to hospitals now,” Margolis explained. “These 40 year-old-plus hospitals aren’t able to accommodate them.”The building boom isn’t just about patients either. MD Anderson dedicated a new building on Friday – a 12-story center entirely for cancer research.
Share Von Diaz/StoryCorpsGeorge Rincon and Yolanda Reyes stand with a portrait of their son Diego Rincon. The family immigrated to the U.S. from Colombia in 1989. Diego served in the Army and was killed in Iraq in 2003.Memorial Day weekend is a time when a lot of Americans remember those who have served and lost their lives during war — and not all of those individuals were U.S. citizens.When the Iraq war started, nearly 40,000 members of the military were not U.S. citizens. Army Pfc. Diego Rincon was one of them.In 1989, his family immigrated to the U.S. from Colombia. In 2003, he was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq. He died for his country even though he wasn’t a citizen.His parents, George Rincon and Yolanda Reyes still remember their son and how quickly he adapted to his home in the U.S.“We came here when he was 5-years-old,” Reyes says. “Diego started speaking English faster than we did. He was often letting me know, ‘When I finish high school, I’m going to join the Army.’ “Diego did go on to join the Army and he was on his way to becoming a citizen, along with his parents.“Before he went to Iraq, he got the green card,” George says. “But he said to me, ‘Dad, don’t do the citizenship until I return. We’ll do it together.’ “Reyes says the last time she spoke to Diego, he told her he had written her a letter, but instructed her not to open it until she was ready.Courtesy of the Rincon FamilyArmy Pfc. Diego Rincon during his time in Iraq in 2003.“A week later I got the letter, and it was different from the rest,” Reyes says. “He was talking about this feeling that he had that he was going to die. He asked for forgiveness for anything wrong that he had done, and he said that he loves me. This letter was like a bucket of icy water.”Diego died on March 29, 2003.While his mother was sitting on the steps of the family’s home, a chaplain walked into the house.“He said, ‘Mr. Rincon, I’m sorry. Your son is dead,’ ” George says.Reyes says she didn’t believe the news at first.“I called the Army and asked for pictures of his body,” she says. “I looked at the pictures and I destroyed them.”It is still hard for the couple to believe that their son is gone.“Sometimes I wake up in the morning thinking that this is a nightmare and he’s coming back,” George says. “But I had my baby for 19 years and it was a blessing.”Reyes says they also wonder what might have happened if the family hadn’t left Colombia.“At least he was doing something with honor, with pride,” she says. “He was doing something for America.”In the end, Diego did get citizenship. It came the day of the his funeral.His death also helped get a bill passed that grants immediate citizenship to immigrant soldiers who die in combat.“It’s a piece of paper, but it means a lot for us,” George says. “He will always be our hero.”Audio produced for Morning Edition by Liyna Anwar and Jud Esty-Kendall.StoryCorps is a national nonprofit that gives people the chance to interview friends and loved ones about their lives. These conversations are archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, allowing participants to leave a legacy for future generations. Learn more, including how to interview someone in your life, at StoryCorps.org.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
By LAURIE KELLMAN and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is making another hardline immigration play in the final days before midterm elections, declaring that he wants to order an end to the constitutional right to citizenship for babies born in the United States to non-citizens. Most scholars think he can’t implement such a change unilaterally.With seven days to go before high-stakes elections that he has sought to focus on fearmongering over immigration, Trump made the comments to “Axios on HBO.” Trump, seeking to energize his supporters and help Republicans keep control of Congress, has stoked anxiety about a caravan of Central American migrants making its way to the U.S.-Mexico border. He is dispatching additional troops and saying he’ll set up tent cities for asylum seekers.FILE – In this March 23, 2016 photo, the Constitution is held by a member of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump says he wants to order the end of the constitutional right to citizenship for babies of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born in the United States. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Trump has long called for an end to birthright citizenship, as have many conservatives. An executive order would spark an uphill legal battle for Trump about whether the president has the unilateral ability to declare that children born in the U.S. to those living here illegally aren’t citizens. Most scholars think he can’t.Asked about the legality of such an executive order, Trump said, “they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order.” He added that “we’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States.” A 2010 study from the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that supports immigration restrictions, showed that 30 countries offered birthright citizenship.The Pew Research Center found in a survey published two years ago that births to “unauthorized immigrants” were declining and accounted for about 1 in 3 births to foreign-born mothers in the U.S. in 2014. About 275,000 babies were born to such parents in 2014, or about 7 percent of the 4 million births in the U.S. that year, according to Pew estimates based on government data. That represented a decline from 330,000 in 2009, at the end of the recession.An excerpt of Trump’s interview was posted on Axios’ website on Tuesday.The president said White House lawyers are reviewing his proposal. It’s unclear how quickly he would act and the White House did not provide further details.A person familiar with the internal White House debate said the topic of birthright citizenship had come up inside the West Wing at various times over at least the last year, but has some internal detractors. White House lawyers have debated the topic, and expect to work with the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel to develop a legal justification for the action. It is one of many immigration changes being discussed including asylum law changes, and barring the migrant caravan from entering the country.But administration officials said there would likely be no decisions until after the midterms, due in part to the president’s trip to Pittsburgh.Legal experts questioned whether Trump has the authority to do this by executive order.Omar Jadwat, director of the Immigrants’ Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union in New York, said Tuesday that the Constitution is very clear.“If you are born in the United States, you’re a citizen,” he said, adding that it was “outrageous that the president can think he can override constitutional guarantees by issuing an executive order,Jadwat said the president has an obligation to uphold the Constitution. Trump can try to get Congress to pass a constitutional amendment, “but I don’t think they are anywhere close to getting that.”“Obviously, even if he did, it would be subject to court challenge,” he added.Suzanna Sherry, a professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School specializing in constitutional questions, said those advising Trump that he can change the Constitution via executive order are simply mistaken. “He can’t do it by himself and, in fact, he can’t do it even if Congress passed a statue.”“I think it would take a Constitutional amendment,” she said. “I don’t see it as having any plausible legal basis,” she said.But others suggest the president may have an opening.
PERGAS said it supported Section 377A on religious grounds and ‘concern towards moral and social values, that can affect the family institution as well as the fabric of society’.Section 377A of the Penal Code criminalizes gay sex with a punishment of up to two years in prison. Debate over Section 377A has intensified in Singapore since India’s Supreme Court scrapped a similar law and decriminalized gay sex.‘The repeal of this Act can cause several worrying implications. Among them, it will threaten the importance of the traditional family unit as the foundation of society,’ PERGAS said.Repealing Section 377A would ‘affirm and normalize the LGBTQ lifestyle’, the Islamic organization argued.PERGAS said repealing Section 377A could also negatively affect population growth.Debate ragesThe PERGAS statement came in the same week that the head of the Catholic Church urged followers to support Section 377A.Last week, the National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS) also voiced support for Section 377A. It said ‘homosexual lifestyle is not only harmful for individuals, but also for families and society as a whole’. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- The Singapore Islamic Scholars and Religious Teachers Association (PERGAS) supports Section 377A (Photo: Facebook) The Singapore Islamic Scholars and Religious Teachers Association (PERGAS) spoke out against attempts to repeal the city-state’s anti-gay law. More than 40,000 LGBTI rights supporters have signed an online petition to repeal the law. Meanwhile, about 100,000 people have signed a petition maintain the rights-abusing law.A Singapore DJ has filed a legal challenge against Section 377A of the city-state’s Penal Code. Johnson Ong, aka DJ Big Kid, is arguing that the law is unconstitutional.‘Dire Consequences’Roman Catholic Archbishop William Goh said this week countries that normalized same-sex unions had seen ‘dire consequences’.‘May we not repeat the mistake that others have made!’ the archbishop urged.‘Repealing the law will not be the end of the saga’, he said. Moreover, He suggested it would lead to further demands for equal marriage or same-sex adoption. ‘I pray that we will not walk the slippery path of no return’, the Archbishop wrote.Leow Yangfa of Singapore LGBTI organization, Oogachaga, said the Archbishop did not speak for all religious people in Singapore, or all Singaporeans.He also warned that the Archbishop’s request that Parliament put in a place legislation to protect ‘the rights of the majority who favour the traditional family’ was a dangerous mix of politics and religion.‘Why is the Archbishop so interested in the realities of LGBT persons, including LGBT non-Catholics?’ Yangfa asked. ‘Does he feel threatened in some way?’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Veteran Singapore diplomat Tommy Koh backs petition to repeal anti-gay lawRepeal Section anti-gay law for a more secular Singapore, urges rights groupSingapore petition urges government to repeal anti-gay Section 377ARead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/islamic-association-in-singapore-joins-calls-to-keep-section-377a/
The town of Nosara is famous for many things: proximity to Pacific beaches, multitudes of worldly expats and a whole lot of yoga. By mid-2014, Nosara will also boast one of the most advanced recycling centers in the country.“The building is built,” said U.S.-based architect Tobias Holler. “The structure is completely erected. It’s very close. We just have to get through some bureaucratic hurtles.”About three years ago, Holler met with the Civic Association of Nosara. A German native, Holler had spent a lot of time in Costa Rica – surfing its waves, hiking in Coronado and relishing Tico culture. He was looking for a new project, and he wanted to see what the people of Nosara lacked.“They said, ‘We have a garbage problem,’” Holler recalled during a recent phone interview. “They didn’t think I was going to be interested. But I was very interested.” Professor Tobias Holler, left, oversees construction of the Nosara Recycling Center. Courtesy of Ayana de Vos Holler owns and operates Holler Architecture in New York City, where he also teaches at the New York Institute of Technology. Since that meeting in Nosara, Holler has managed to combine his many passions, designing the Nosara Recycling Center and conscripting NYIT students to help design and assemble the structure. This “student-led community” of builders known as sLAB, functions under the umbrella of NYIT and has enabled Holler to help the country he loves.“The infrastructure for recycling is not in place yet,” Holler said. “The contrast is shocking, between the [eco-friendly] image of Costa Rica and the reality.”The painful paradox is that Costa Rica, one of the most famously green countries in the world, has no serious national recycling program, and most solid waste is dumped into landfills. Indeed, Costa Ricans produce 2,400 tons of waste every day, according to Holler Architecture, and 250 tons are “dumped illegally into rives and tropical forests.” Less than 10 percent of the total output ends up recycled.While most Ticos will never see these dumps firsthand, the country is nearly devoid of recycling bins or pickups. Despite some small initiatives, such as recycling collection at the Feria Verde in San José, Costa Ricans are largely unfamiliar with the daily practice of sorting paper, bottles and cans.The Nosara structure is long and narrow and built mostly from wood; set in the shade of surrounding woods, the Center looks like a cross between a rustic cabin and an elementary school. As described by Holler Architecture, the facility was designed to be “an elongated building form, consisting of three zones (a sorting facility, an open lobby, and support spaces) … a common roof is placed horizontally along the existing slope of the site, minimizing excavation.”So far, the project has incorporated about 30 NYIT students and countless members of the Nosara community. Among its many innovations, sLAB spearheaded two Kickstarter campaigns, using the online fundraising platform to collect charitable donations. The second campaign ended on May 21, surpassing its $15,000 goal by raising $21,350. Toller makes it clear that the Kickstarter money was not used for construction purposes, but to help transport student volunteers to Costa Rica. German filmmaker Ayana de Vos was hired to document the process.As for the future of the facility, Holler will soon release the reins. “I’m not involved in the day-to-day meetings,” he said. Indeed, Holler does not plan to visit Costa Rica until January 2014, shortly before the Center is expected to open. In the meantime, he continues to juggle classes and professional projects.“There’s a big portion of idealism,” Holler said of his busy schedule. “But being a professor gives me some flexibility to do the projects that I want to do. It’s very fulfilling.” Facebook Comments No related posts.
All workshop-participants helped with this project as part of their hands-on building experience. As raw materials are brought in and layered, bigger rocks are broken down with the help of a power drill. April 1, 2009 Work on the guardrails along the new Visitor’s Entrance path continues.Meanwhile, the Construction and Landscaping crew put together drains along the pathway. In the left-side photo, you can see the water permeable cloth material used for lining the trenches along the slabs. This cloth, filled with gravel, would keep silt away while allowing for water to flow freely. Planter beds are formed with retaining rock walls and fresh soil.The Construction and Landscaping crew continue working on the new Visitor’s Entrance, and we will resume the reports on this project on Wednesday, April 8.[Photo & text: dkt]
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