The Department of Natural Resources will host three woodlotevents in September and October to recognize the provincial andregional winners of the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owner of the Yearaward. “Field days are a wonderful opportunity for the public to enjoythe outdoors while seeing the results of good forest managementpractices on private woodlots,” said Natural Resources MinisterRichard Hurlburt. “The Department is pleased to recognize theextra thought and care that all nominees for the Woodlot Owner ofthe Year award have put into their woodlands.” Richard Irving, of Baxters Harbour, Kings Co., is the 2003provincial winner and winner of the western regional title. Afield day will be held Saturday, Oct. 4 on his woodlot. The day’s activities will include displays and demonstrations ofsmall-scale equipment. Tours of the woodlot will show specialwildlife corridors as well as harvesting and silviculture workthat Mr. Irving has done himself. For more information contactBruce Carter at 902-584-2229 or by e-mail at email@example.com . The eastern region winner is Phillip Clark of Brophy, AntigonishCo. A field day is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6 on hiswoodlot. For more information contact Tim Bailey at 902-863-7373or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org . David Meehan of Rawdon Gold Mines, Hants Co., is the centralregion winner. A field day will be held on his woodlot onSaturday, Sept. 13. For more information contact Don Cameron at902-893-5629 or by e-mail at email@example.com . Admission to these events is free and open to the public. Formore information contact Dale Glennie at 902-424-5444 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday signed the death warrants to hang four drug convicts, ending a four-decade-long moratorium on the capital punishment in the country. Sirisena said he was committed to bringing back capital punishment for drug offenders, months after vowing a tougher line on spiralling narcotics-related crime. The last execution in Sri Lanka was 43 years ago. “I have signed the relevant documents and forwarded them to the concerned authorities,” Sirisena told reporters on Wednesday. He said he treats the drug menace as main problem in the country where over 60 per cent of the island’s 24,000 people in jail are sentenced due to drug addiction. Drug trafficking is a capital offence in Sri Lanka, which authorities believe is being used by peddlers as a transit hub. “I will not announce the dates for hanging because it can create problems in the prisons,” Sirisena said, adding that “they will be carried out soon”. Sirisena’s signing of death warrants have come during the ongoing ‘Drug Prevention’ week from June 23 to July 1.
TORONTO – Toronto’s vibrant Greektown neighbourhood is best known by locals for its for bustling patios, a massive summer food festival and a plethora of dogs and strollers clogging sidewalks. It features spectacular views of the Toronto skyline, was famously home to late Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, and was referenced in the Barenaked Ladies song, “The Old Apartment.”On Sunday, it became globally known for a shooting that killed two and injured 13 others. Authorities said the suspected gunman fled the area on foot and was later found dead with a gunshot wound.The horrific eruption of violence took place in an area known for family-friendly bars, restaurants and businesses, Howard Lichtman, a spokesman for the upcoming Taste of the Danforth festival, said Monday.Its eclectic mix of ice cream shops, parks, cafes, and burger joints has made it much more than just a hub for the city’s Greek immigrants who originally gave the east-end stretch its name decades ago, he says of the area, a haven for gyros, tzatziki and souvlaki, but also sushi and Ethiopian injera and kitfo.Even those who have never visited will likely recognize the impressive views it offers of downtown Toronto, with films including the 2013 romantic comedy “The F Word” showcasing a majestic skyline shot from the neighbourhood’s western boundary, next to the Don River.Famous Canadians with strong ties to the area include Blue Rodeo, whose music studio The Woodshed is within blocks of the shooting, and former Barenaked Ladies singer Steven Page, who on Monday tweeted a line from his nostalgic ode to a former residence.The crooner said he had lived in the area for 25 years, and it’s where his kids live today: “What an awful, violent year for Toronto,” he said on his verified account @stevenpage.Former Montreal mainstay Jay Baruchel also tweeted his sorrow from @BaruchelNDG, noting he moved to Toronto’s east end a few years ago: “I truly love it here. What happened on the Danforth last night was ugly, opportunistic barbarism.”Montreal band Arcade Fire, who played a show across town in the city’s west end Monday night, added they were “sending all our love to those affected.”And the Winnipeg-born star and writer of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” chimed in with her support for the area: “My heart is with all in Toronto’s Greektown,” Nia Vardalos said from her verified account, @NiaVardalos.“I hope the streets are packed tonight in defiance of fear and in solidarity of family and love.”Social media tributes also poured in from singer Jann Arden, comic Gerry Dee, former “Suits” star Patrick J. Adams and interior designers and TV personalities Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan.The colourful neighbourhood offers a unique mix of old and new, says Lichtman, noting the area has evolved dramatically as young professionals snapped up houses in leafy side streets, steps from the crosstown Bloor subway line.Markers of its historical Greek identity include an Alexander the Great statue and public square, St. Irene Greek Orthodox Church, and various cultural associations.One of its best known cultural hubs is the Danforth Music Hall, previously a silent film venue and later a Greek language theatre. Now, it hosts an array of stars both emerging and established — Justin Bieber played an acoustic set there in 2015, and Daniel Caesar held a five-show run at the venue late last year. Meanwhile, film shoots there have included the period musical “Chicago” and the New York-set disco drama “54,” according to the neighbourhood business association.Lichtman says the Danforth strip has always been considered safe, and welcoming. He says the annual Taste of the Danforth typically draws 1.6 million people and runs Aug. 10 to 12 this year.“You walk in the street and people nod and smile, that’s the kind of neighbourhood that it is.”Resident Valia Tseliou, who works at a nearby Greek radio station, described it as “like a small village for us,” while longtime resident Tina Papachristos says she feels sorry for relatives of the dead and injured.“I was up until about 5 o’clock in the morning, just devastated,” says Papachristos.George Vergados doesn’t live in the area, but like many mornings over the past 45 years, he headed to the fountain in the Alexander the Great Parkette on Monday.He said the local landmark was a popular gathering spot for residents and non-residents alike.“They all meet there, get together and have a coffee and just talk about old times and things that are happening. I guess now they’ll be talking about this tragedy.”— With files from Nicole Thompson
APTN National NewsA group of protestors gathered in downtown Montreal Monday.They want to send a clear message to the board of directors of a mining company that they oppose a clean-up project on a former mine site in the traditional territory of Kanesetake Mohawks.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette has this story.
MONTREAL – The timeline of the commercial dispute between Boeing and Bombardier:– April 27: The Chicago giant asks the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to take action against Bombardier’s business practices.– May 18: The Department of Commerce confirms the beginning of an investigation. Ottawa replies by questioning a military order from Boeing for new Super Hornet jet fighters.– June 9: ITC gives the go-ahead for Washington to continue its investigation into CSeries sales south of the border.– 28 June: At the request of Boeing, the Department of Commerce agrees to delay the disclosure of its preliminary decision on possible punitive duties by two months, until Sept. 25.– Sept. 4: Boeing International Division President Marc Allen says the U.S. giant has no intention to back down and withdraw its complaint against Bombardier.– Sept. 5: British Prime Minister Theresa May, in a telephone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump, pleads in favour of the Quebec manufacturer, which has more than 4,000 employees in Belfast, Northern Ireland.– Sept. 13: Demonstration in downtown Montreal of hundreds of union members in the aeronautics sector to denounce the Boeing approach.– Sept. 20: Bombardier workers in Toronto walk off the job to support company’s battle against Boeing.– Sept. 24: JetBlue becomes latest U.S. airline to write to the ITC urging it to deny Boeing’s petition, saying tariffs on the aircraft would harm competition and result in higher airfares.– Sept. 26: Department of Commerce announces a hefty 219 per cent preliminary countervailing duty on CSeries exports to the U.S., pending a final determination in February.– Oct. 4: Department of Commerce is expected to announce preliminary anti-dumping duties, but that could be extended.– December: Department of Commerce will release its final determinations.– February: ITC will make its final ruling, imposes any final duties.
Rabat – Moroccan international football player Achraf Hakimi announced today, October 3, that he is going to become a father. The announcement came through a picture on his instagram account, showing him and his pregnant girlfriend, Hiba Abouk, a Spanish actress.“Yesterday I promised my lady that I would go out on the field with a clear objective: to score a goal to dedicate to our future baby. The joy and enthusiasm pushed me to score not one, but two. Thanks to Hiba Abouk for making me feel the best feeling that can exist, and for being my life partner and my best friend! I love you!” reads the caption written in Spanish.Hakimi pulled off an impressive performance on his last game, scoring two goals for his team, Borussia Dortmund, in the second round of the Champions League group stage. He dedicated his goals to his future baby by sucking on his thumb when celebrating his goals. In just a couple of hours, Hakimi and his partner received congratulations from many celebrities, such as Cristiano Ronaldo’s fiancee Georgina, Ajax Amsterdam’s player Hakim Ziyech, and Moroccan singer Asma Lmnawar.The 20-year-old player and 32-year-old actress started dating in July 2018. They announced their relationship publicly in August of the same year, and they have been sharing pictures together ever since.
A Japanese woman visiting India to document the Independence Day celebrations was drugged and robbed of her belongings by a man who claimed to be a Sri Lankan tour guide, the Times Of India reported.According to the police, the woman, who had arrived in Delhi on August 10, was approached by the guide outside the New Delhi railway station where he offered her his services. “The man took her to several unfamiliar places on the first day but reassured her of her safety whenever she grew uncomfortable. After winning her confidence, he planned an outing with her for the next day,” he added In her statement, the woman revealed that the guide took her to a restaurant the next day where he ordered food for both of them. She said that he was gone for a while and arrived with a glass of juice which he offered to her, insisting that she try it out as it was the speciality of the restaurant. “He told her that he was from Sri Lanka and that he used to sell coconuts there but could not earn a decent living.So he came to Delhi and became a guide,” a police official said. “The woman started feeling dizzy after consuming the drink and became unconscious. She has no recollection of what happened after wards,” said a police offici al. Police said that they received a call from a passerby who had seen her lying unconscious near Sarojini Nagar on Friday morning.She was taken to the hospital where she was declared out of danger. Among the items reported missing by the woman were an expensive camera, an Apple mobile handset and Rs 15,000 in cash.
The arrival of thousands of spontaneous returnees, after a peace accord last year ended Liberia’s almost 15 years of civil war, has temporarily slowed, “but we expect it to rise again next week following food distribution in the camps in (neighbouring) Sierra Leone,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. Refugees tend to wait for the food distribution in Sierra Leone before making the return trip to Liberia, he added. UNHCR has so far helped 1,600 refugees with transport from the border to Monrovia, the Liberian capital, where a way station and a camp hold about 6,000 returnees who cannot go back to their home areas due to security concerns. The agency reported last week that it had received only $3 million of the $39.2 million it had sought for Liberia for 2004, as well as only $3 million of the $8.8 million needed for preparatory work in Sudan, where a potential peace accord in the two-decades old war between the government and southern rebels is expected to lead to a flood of more than half a million returnees. No additional funds have so far been received for Sudan. “Although repatriation is not yet a reality in Sudan, we have deployed an emergency team in the south to prepare the ground, vehicles, trucks and telecom equipment, and pre-positioned relief material for 40,000 people,” Mr. Redmond said. “All this needs to be funded if we want to be ready once the situation stabilizes and conditions are right for the return of some 600,000 Sudanese refugees from eight neighbouring countries,” he added.
Treasury Secretary Geithner says much more needs to be done despite US fiscal progress AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Oct 13, 2012 12:44 am MDT TOKYO – Despite making progress on getting its fiscal house in order, the United States still has much work to do, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told fellow financial leaders Saturday. The comment came just hours after the U.S. government announced that the budget deficit had topped $1 trillion for a fourth straight year despite a modest improvement thanks to stronger economic growth.“It is important that we in the U.S. enact a balanced framework to bring down our fiscal deficit and debt over several years, while continuing to provide support for jobs and growth in the short term,” Geithner told a meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee during the annual meeting of the IMF and World Bank, which is being held in Tokyo.The Treasury Department said Friday that the deficit for the 2012 budget year totalled $1.1 trillion, though a 6.4 per cent increase in tax revenues thanks to stronger growth helped contain the deficit.The risk of the U.S. running into a “fiscal cliff” of tax increases and deep spending cuts next year unless the Obama administration and Congress resolve a deadlock over the budget has overshadowed the gathering of top financial officials. Such a prospect would deal a heavy blow to the economy, eroding progress made since the 2008 global crisis.The overwhelming emphasis of the Tokyo gathering has been on coddling fragile growth around the globe.At Saturday’s meeting of the IMFC, which advises the IMF and monitors the world financial system, officials from developing and emerging economies urged the U.S. and European nations to prevent malaise in their regions from slowing global growth.“Advanced countries should rethink their macroeconomic strategies and avoid simultaneous fiscal contractions and the consequent overburdening of monetary policies,” Guido Mantega, Brazil’s finance minister, told the committee.“In many advanced economies, fiscal and structural policies are severely hampered by political paralysis,” Mantega said. He urged that spending be focused on areas that can have a maximum impact and on social safety nets to protect the poor.He and other finance ministers expressed concern over monetary easing in the U.S. and other countries that is meant to encourage more bank lending, but that some worry could destabilize markets while failing to stave off recession.During the meetings in Japan, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde has been urging countries to not sacrifice growth for the sake of austerity, saying they should temper spending cuts to help create jobs and support future growth.Balancing those sometimes competing priorities is the central puzzle facing policymakers as the world economy slows further, even in dynamic Asia.Growth has slowed in Asia and is sapping the potential in the poorest countries, many of which depend on exports of minerals, oil and other commodities to the industrial countries.“We should all be committed in our resolve to avoid a worst case scenario where strains in the euro area deepen, fiscal cliff and debt ceiling problems in the U.S. are not resolved, and growth in emerging market economies continues to decline,” Pravin J. Gordhan, South Africa’s finance minister, told the meeting on Saturday.While there seems to be a wide consensus on long-term strategies for reform, there is less agreement on how painful such policies should be in the near term given the persistent risk of recession and surging unemployment.Greece, Spain and other European countries labouring under massive debts have slashed spending and raised taxes, seeking to restore confidence in their public finances and qualify for emergency financing. The economies of financially healthier European countries, such as Germany and Finland, face a potential blow to growth if those troubled economies fail to get their financial houses in order. At the same time, the recovery of the 17-nation grouping that uses the euro could founder if tax increases and spending cuts bite too deeply.The IMF has scaled back its global growth forecast for 2012 to 3.3 per cent from 3.5 per cent, and has warned that even its dimmer outlook might prove too optimistic if Europe and the United States fail to resolve their crises.On Friday, the IMF said economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region slowed to 5.5 per cent in January-June. That is well above the global average, but the lowest for the region since the financial crisis in 2008. The slowdown is largely because of sluggishness in Europe and the U.S. It also noted weakness in China and India, whose dynamism had helped counter weakness elsewhere.The IMF’s outlook for the African region was “broadly positive” with growth forecast at over 5 per cent in 2013, supported by strong domestic demand. However, it warned of risks for food security due to surging grain prices and the spillover of weaker growth in Europe.In Japan, both Lagarde and Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, have stressed that without greater equity and equality, growth will be unsustainable.The IMF’s mission is threefold â€” economic surveillance, advice and providing temporary funding â€” while the World Bank’s mission is to fight poverty. The bank uses funds from donor members and proceeds from bond sales to provide low-interest loans to developing countries.During the meetings, Kim has spoken often about the need to ensure food security for the poor at a time when spikes in prices have become routine.To fortify a “safety net” for crises while supporting improvements to make farming more efficient and sustainable, ministers pledged new funds for the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, a trust fund set up in 2010.Japan and South Korea each promised $30 million in new funding, while the U.S. pledged to contribute an extra $1 for every $2 contributed by other donors, up to a total amount of $475 million. Including those new funds, the fund has financial support of $1.3 billion.___Associated Press writer Malcolm Foster contributed to this report.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Your smartphone or tablet is most likely pretty secure — not perfect, maybe, but generally unlikely to be hacked or to store, say, your email where other people could read it.The same can’t be said for any Internet-connected toys you may have purchased for your kids. Recently discovered security flaws in a pair of such toys highlight just how badly the toy industry has neglected such problems, theoretically exposing kids to online threats.While major crimes teeming from the hack of a connected toy haven’t yet surfaced, some experts argue that it’s only a matter of time.Kids “aren’t expected to be Internet security experts and neither are their parents,” said Tod Beardsley, security research manager for Rapid7 Inc., the Boston-based cybersecurity firm that published the toy-security research on Tuesday.Rapid7 researchers examined the Fisher Price Smart Toy, an interactive stuffed animal for children aged 3 to 8 that connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi. They also took a look at HereO, a GPS smartwatch that allows parents to track their child’s location. In both cases, they found that the toys failed to safeguard children’s information such as their names and in the case of the watch, their location, storing it on remote servers in such a way that unauthorized people could access it by masquerading as legitimate users.After researchers informed the manufacturers of the flaws, the companies quickly fixed the problems.Mattel Inc., which owns the Fisher Price brand, released a statement Monday emphasizing that it has no evidence that anyone actually stole any customer information because of the flaw. Eli Shemesh, chief technology officer for Cyprus-based hereO, released a statement saying that security remains paramount for his company, adding that the security flaw was fixed quickly and before the watches started shipping to customers.Those security problems are far from unique, said Mark Stanislav, Rapid7’s manager of global services and the researcher who discovered the flaws. Reports of connected-toy vulnerabilities have been rife in recent months, a trend he expects to continue to worsen as more connected toys hit the market.Toy makers need to be “building security in at the development phase,” Stanislav said in a statement.Like many connected devices, the Fisher Price toy runs a version of Google’s Android operating system, the same software that powers many smartphones and tablets. Beardsley, however, said toy makers don’t have the same commitment to security that a major tech company would have.“I would be shocked if any Android-based toy didn’t have any problems,” he said.Apple, whose iPhones and iPads are the biggest rivals to Android devices, doesn’t license its mobile software for use in toys.Toy-related security problems began to grab headlines late last year, when kid’s tech maker VTech announced that one of its databases had been hacked, exposing the names, ages and genders of more than 6 million children who used the company’s toys.As the number of connected toys continues to grow, so will the number of hackings, says Bridget Karlin, managing director of Intel Corp.’s Internet of things group. Intel’s chips power a slew of connected devices, including a GPS smartwatch for kids, similar to the HereO, that’s set to go on sale later this year.Karlin says that while the odds of any particular toy being hacked may be very low, most of the attacks are random. That means building in security from the ground up, starting at the silicon level.In the case of the Fisher Price toy — which is sold as a stuffed bear, panda or monkey and retails for about $100 — the researchers found that the toy’s software and applications weren’t appropriately verifying who was trying to access its information. That could theoretically expose a child’s name, birthday, spoken language and gender.Of course, those tidbits of information aren’t necessarily secret. But hackers could theoretically amass enough of them to create a phishing scheme aimed at financial fraud or identity theft down the road. In theory, the information could also be used to pull off the abduction of a child, though experts say the chance of that remains slim.The same flaw also could allow an attacker to effectively take control of the device to do things such as change the account information, or monitor whether a child is playing with it or if an adult is using the related mobile app, the researchers said.The HereO smartwatch is marketed as a safety device for children aged three to 12 and creates a kind of social network that’s restricted to invited family and friends.The brightly colored watch has both a cellular and GPS connection, allowing parents to monitor a child’s location through a mobile app. Features include messaging, location alerts and a panic button. The watch, which costs $179 in the U.S. plus a $4.95 per month monitoring fee, recently started shipping to customers around the world.Rapid7 says its researchers found a way attackers could trick the watch into adding them onto a given family’s account. That would give them access to the entire family’s location history and profile details and even the ability to message parents or their kids.___Follow Bree Fowler at https://twitter.com/APBreeFowler. Her work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/author/bree-fowler. by Bree Fowler, The Associated Press Posted Feb 2, 2016 9:04 am MDT Last Updated Feb 2, 2016 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This photo provided by HereO shows the HereO GPS watch. Your smartphone or tablet is most likely pretty secure, and unlikely to be hacked, but the same can’t be said for any Internet connected toys you may have purchased for your kids. (Studio OnE/HereO via AP) Something new to worry about: Connected toy security
Tennis fans were disappointed this weekend when Serena Williams backed out of the Italian Open before her semifinal match. Clay has perennially been her worst surface. Williams said backing out was the best way to prevent any further injuries—just before the summer stretch of the French Open, Wimbledone and the U.S. Open—after she had been complaining about pains in her lower back.“I [felt] a little bit of ache and pain and don’t want to go out there and start compensating and eventually hurt something else,” Serena told reporters.Serena’s withdrawal means that Li Na, the reigning French Open champion, will automatically advance to the finals in Rome.According to Williams this isn’t the first time her back has been a problem since she began playing in the Italian Open. Earlier this week she was reported saying, “It was feeling a little stiff and I don’t think this is the right moment to force [it]. I just want to relax and get ready for the next few months.” The decision has put an end to Serena’s streak of 17 consecutive victories. According to ESPN, several other players are nursing injuries as well, but there is no word out yet on whether there will be more withdrawals from the Italian Open.“Everyone. I’m sooooo sad and sorry I had to pull out of what has become my favorite tournament in Rome,” Serena tweeted. “Everyone has become so nice here in Rome and the tournament director is amazing. I will be here next year for sure.”Li Na will go on to compete with Maria Sharapova, the defending champion of the Rome Final, or Angelique Kerber of Germany.
The Ohio State men’s basketball team already dropped its final game of the regular season, but it raked in multiple individual awards Monday.Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year as well as being named to the first-team All-Big Ten list by both coaches and media. Russell is the first Buckeye to win the conference Freshman of the Year award since Jared Sullinger in 2011.Russell also becomes the first Buckeye to be named first-team all-conference since DeShaun Thomas and Aaron Craft were both on the list in 2013.Russell finished his regular season campaign averaging 19.2 points per game, good for second in the Big Ten. He also led the Buckeyes in rebounds and was second on the team in assists.Joining Russell on the All-Big Ten freshman team is forward Jae’Sean Tate, who averaged 8.9 points per game this season, while ranking second on the team in total rebounds with 152.Tate earned the honors despite only starting 12 games this season after he stepped in for struggling sophomore forward Marc Loving six games into the Big Ten schedule. The Pickerington, Ohio, native averaged 10.7 points and five rebounds per game in conference play.In addition to Russell and Tate’s accolades, senior guard Shannon Scott and senior forward Sam Thompson were both honorable mention selections by the media.OSU is set to return to action on Thursday in Chicago in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes are scheduled to play the winner of the Minnesota vs. Rutgers matchup, which is set to be played Wednesday.
Opinion: A variety of non-Christian historical sources support the idea that Jesus rose from the dead The eyewitnesses to the resurrection were willing to die for their faith – but who would die for a lie, writes Thomas Finegan. These diverse witnesses were either telling the truth or lying. But why would they lie?They would have known that claiming Jesus was risen would put them in danger of torture and death. https://jrnl.ie/4598263 EASTER IS THE Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.The key written source for the resurrection claim is the New Testament, in particular the four Gospels and the letters of Paul.Sceptics tend to deride these writings as fiction – but how credible are they in light of other historical sources?While the New Testament makes use of figurative and symbolic language, it is also based on testimony of what historically occurred.Many of the most important historical claims made in the New Testament are corroborated by non-Christian historical sources.For example, Josephus, a Roman-Jewish historian, writing in around 93 AD, affirmed not only the existence of Jesus but the fact that he was a “wise man”, a “teacher” and a “doer of wonderful works”.Josephus also makes mention of Jesus’ crucifixion and of the imprisonment and death of Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist.The Roman magistrate Pliny the Younger wrote in around 112 AD that Christians “meet on a fixed day before dawn and sing responsively a hymn to Christ as to a god, and to bind themselves by oath … not to commit fraud, theft, or adultery, not falsify their trust, nor to refuse to return a trust when called upon to do so.” In around 116 AD, Tacitus, a Roman senator and historian, wrote about how Nero tortured Christians.He further explained that “Christus” had “suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus”.Written sourcesOther interesting sources that mention Jesus include the Greek Lucian of Samosata (around 170 AD) and the Jewish Talmud (200 AD to 500 AD).The New Testament contains the earliest written sources about Jesus.Scholars disagree over precise timelines but it is likely that Paul’s authentic letters were written 20 to 25 years after Jesus’ death. The first Gospel appeared 35 years after Jesus’ death if not before. This written tradition about Jesus was rooted in an earlier oral tradition. That oral testimony began during Jesus’ lifetime and was substantial – memory skill was highly prized among Jews of that era.There is a consensus among historians that these documents provide us with knowledge of Jesus. One of the reasons for this is that the documents can be traced back to eyewitness reports of Jesus’ teachings and actions.Another is that these writings would have circulated among communities where Jesus ministered.Many eyewitnesses and relatives of eyewitnesses would still have been alive and would likely have heard of the documents so it would have been difficult for the writers to fabricate events, as any fabrications could easily have been exposed by contemporaries.The most profound claim made by Paul in the Gospels is that after being crucified Jesus rose from the dead. This proclamation originated in the immediate aftermath of Jesus’ death.There are two interrelated components to the resurrection claim. First, the tomb where Jesus was buried lay empty, and this is almost certainly true. (a) Contemporary Jews accepted that the tomb was empty (according to Justin Martyr’s ‘Dialogue with Trypho’ and the Jewish ‘Toledot Yeshu’).(b) The Gospels state that women discovered the empty tomb.Since women’s testimony was viewed as suspect according to Jewish custom – if the story was fabricated, why would the fabricators attribute the discovery to women? (c) If the tomb wasn’t empty then no one would have believed reports that Jesus had risen: the existence of the rotting body, which was easily verifiable, would disprove such reports.It is also very unlikely that the body was stolen.Rational motiveIf enemies of the early Christians had stolen Jesus’ body they surely would have returned it once the Christians began claiming that Jesus had risen.There is no rational motive for why Jesus’ followers would have risked their lives to steal his body. To their minds, Jesus had just been humiliated and killed for claiming to be the Son of God.He was dead and gone, and his followers were in hiding and many were even denying they knew him. Why would they risk the same fate on behalf of a failed, humiliated prophet? The second component is the resurrection appearances.Various people, including women followers, the apostles, other named individuals and even crowds of people are reported to have witnessed the resurrected Jesus a short while after his death and on different occasions and in different circumstances after that. The resurrection explains all of these events in a consistent way, and it explains why Jesus’ earliest followers were willing to die for their faith: they knew it to be true because they themselves encountered the risen Christ.That experience changed their lives and continues to change the lives of many to this day.Dr Thomas Finegan is a lecturer in Theology at Mary Immaculate College. 198 Comments 40,647 Views Short URL Dr Thomas Finegan Apr 21st 2019, 1:01 PM Sunday 21 Apr 2019, 1:00 PM Indeed, there is evidence that Stephen, James, Peter and Paul were each martyred.Very few people are willing to sacrifice their life for something they believe to be true. It is highly unlikely that a significant number of people, from a variety of backgrounds, would be willing to die for something they knew to be false.Early Christians were widely known for their commitment to truth, and it seems that at the very least a significant number of people at the time believed that they had witnessed the resurrection. Paul is an important source – before witnessing the risen Christ he actively persecuted Christians as a committed Jew.But after experiencing the resurrection, he became the most convinced Christian of all.Something happened that radically changed the lives of Jesus’ earliest followers and their persecutor, Paul. Something happened to make the tomb empty. Lecturer in Theology By Dr Thomas Finegan Share Tweet Email6 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
The Portuguese captain, Cristiano Ronaldo will be given a break after his long and tiring season with his club so that he would be totally fit in his return before World Cup kick off.Seleccao is scheduled to have the warm-up game against Belgium in Brussels on Saturday night. Yet, instead of joining his teammate, Ronaldo is in tennis court with his fellow, Miguel Paixao to keep fit during his short break.According to Mirror, Portugal’s head coach, Fernando Santos said that he deserved his rest after playing in 49 games in one season. He also said, “Cristiano Ronaldo is on holiday,”Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I won’t bother Cristiano by calling him, after a spell where he’s put in so much effort and is tired. I don’t have to talk with Cristiano. Hopefully he can have a great holiday and he can come back in good condition. That’s the important thing.”Portugal will begin their World Cup campaign against Spain on 15th June.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — A 2-year-old grizzly bear was mauled to death by two older bears at the Washington State University Bear Center in Pullman.The university says the fight Tuesday was the first time the bears had shown violent aggression. Center Director Charles Robbins said it doesn’t put bears together unless they show months or years of good behavior with each other.The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports the three bears had been raised in side-by-side pens for at least two years and were out together in a 2-acre fenced area with two other resident bears.The WSU Bear Center houses adult grizzlies for research.Information from: The Moscow-Pullman Daily News, http://www.dnews.com
Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR The Japanese government has given cabinet approval to the Development and Promotion Ordinance for Integrated Resorts, locking in place a range of key regulations governing the size and scope of the nation’s first integrated resorts.The contents of the cabinet order are the same as those within the previously announced ordinance draft, including limiting the floor space of the casino to no more than 3% of the entire IR facility and restricting advertisements for casinos to the border check areas of ports and airports for arriving international visitors. Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team An IR’s hotel must have a total guest room area of at least 100,000 square meters, while the size of the international conference and exhibition halls will be calculated together but also expected to be on a scale much greater than anything previously seen in Japan.Further, operators will be required to report information on guests who exchange over JPY1 million (US$9,050) in cash or chips in order to combat money laundering.Local governments hoping to make an IR bid will apply to the national government with an area development plan, along with their operator partner, based on this order.The newly approved ordinance is based on the Act on Promotion of Development of Specified Complex Tourist Facilities Areas announced on 27 July 2018 and lays the foundations for IR facilities. The enforcement ordinance draft, first announced in February, has now implemented the public feedback phase and was put together by the IR Promotion Headquarters. The implementation process will start in phases from 1 April 2019.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was at the IR Promotion Headquarters assembly held in the Prime Minister’s office prior to the cabinet meeting, commented on Tuesday, “We are hoping for a scale and quality not achieved before in long-stay tourism to attract tourists from all over the world.“We are working hard to establish a Casino Administration Committee and establish basic policies in the future as we move toward realizing our dream of being a key tourist destination.” RelatedPosts Load More Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – An investigation is underway after a violent and deadly crash in Northwest Miami-Dade.7Skyforce flew over the scene along Red Road before the Florida Turnpike, late Friday morning, where a vehicle could be seen in pieces after slamming into a letter board pole.According to Florida Highway Patrol, the driver was traveling north along Red Road, when he lost control of the vehicle.The male driver was pronounced dead on the scene. His identity has not yet been released.Officials said this was a single-vehicle crash, and the victim was the sole occupant of the vehicle.Red Road is currently shut down at Honey Hill Road as crews work to clean up debris.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Milind Deora, Mukesh Ambani and Nita AmbaniTwitter [Representational Image]Congress has received a massive boost for the Lok Sabha elections as business magnate Mukesh Ambani and billionaire banker Uday Kotak have expressed their support to Mumbai South constituency candidate Milind Deora.A former UPA minister, Deora will lock horns with Shiv Sena’s Arvind Ganpat Sawant in a fierce battle for phase four of the elections. He has shared a video on Twitter where the top industrialists were seen praising him.He posted the video by saying, “From small shopkeepers to large industrialists – for everyone, South Mumbai means business. We need to bring businesses back to Mumbai and make job creation for our youth a top priority.”In the video, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani said, “Milind is the man for South Mumbai. Having represented South Mumbai for ten years I believe that Milind has in-depth knowledge of social, economic and cultural ecosystem of the South Mumbai constituency. Both micro enterprises and large businesses can thrive in Mumbai. So that attractive new employment opportunities can be created for our talented young women and men.”From small shopkeepers to large industrialists – for everyone, South Mumbai means business.We need to bring businesses back to Mumbai and make job creation for our youth a top priority.#MumbaiKaConnection pic.twitter.com/d4xJnvhyKr— Milind Deora (@milinddeora) April 17, 2019Endorsing Deora, Kotak Mahindra Bank Managing Director and CEO Uday Kotak said, “Milind truly represents Mumbai ka connection. I genuinely believe Milind understands and relates to a Mumbaikar. His family has been associated with Mumbai for a long time.”The video also features small entrepreneurs, businessmen and traders praising and backing Milind Deora for the general elections. The Mumbai South constituency will go to polls in the fourth phase on April 29.
DubaiReutersIn Dubai’s posh Jumeirah Beach Residence district, luxury apartment rents are down about 15 percent from a year ago – a sign, some fear, that the wealthy emirate’s recipe for economic success is getting stale.For over two decades, Dubai prospered as one of the world’s most international cities, attracting people and capital from across the globe.Nine years ago, it needed a $20 billion bailout from oil-rich Abu Dhabi to escape a debt crisis caused by collapsing property prices. Dubai’s economy roared back and has grown by a third since then, buoyed by foreign trade, tourism and its status as the main regional hub for business services.Now, however, Dubai issued 4,722 new business licenses in the second quarter of 2018, down 26 percent from the same period in 2016, the year when new licenses peaked.The falls may be temporary, the result of an economic slowdown in the Gulf caused by low oil prices. But other figures suggest some of Dubai’s traditional growth engines are losing steam, which could mean a long-term slump.Growth in passenger traffic through the city’s international airport has fallen to near zero this year, after 15 years of strong growth. Increasingly long-range aircraft may loosen Dubai’s dominance as a travel hub connecting Asia and Europe.Official data shows Dubai’s population continues to expand, by 3.5 percent to 3.08 million in the first half of 2018. But most growth in recent years has been in lower-paid construction and services jobs, not in higher-paid white-collar posts.”Perhaps the era when one could move to Dubai to make one’s wealth is passing,” said Hasnain Malik, Dubai-based global head of equity research and strategy at Exotix Capital.He said the city was increasingly attractive as a base for rich people from around the world who wished to enjoy their wealth.But it is not clear that Dubai’s transport industries and business zones can continue growing fast enough to attract, and retain, the number of foreign white-collar workers needed to support demand in its real estate market, Malik said. Dubai Burj KhalifaSTRUCTURAL CHALLENGESEconomists see little risk of another financial crisis; after restructuring billions of dollars of debt, Dubai’s state-linked companies are less leveraged than they were a decade ago.Nor has headline economic growth slowed greatly. International Monetary Fund officials have estimated gross domestic product will expand over 3 percent this year.”The emirate continues to attract businesses and investors as a competitive hub for sustainable business development,” Dubai’s Department of Economic Development said in a statement this week, adding that licensing figures showed “continued investment in all vital economic sectors in Dubai”.But much of this year’s growth is due to a big rise in state spending as Dubai builds infrastructure to host the Expo 2020 world’s fair; its 2018 budget soared 19.5 percent from 2017 to a record 56.6 billion dirhams ($15.4 billion). The government cannot keep boosting spending at that speed indefinitely.Jim Krane, an energy fellow at Rice University in Texas and author of “City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism”, said the emirate faced structural challenges including an increasingly tough geopolitical environment.In the past, Dubai thrived by keeping cordial relations with every country in the region, accepting trade and investment from all of them.That has become impossible. Last year, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and other countries cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar, ending Dubai’s role as a base for business with the small but super-rich country.Goods that were once shipped to Qatar via Dubai now move via other countries, such as Oman or India; multinational firms use their European or U.S. offices, not their Dubai operations, to handle business with Qatar.Meanwhile, the United States and Gulf allies, including the UAE, are trying to squeeze Iran’s economy by reducing its financial and trade ties. The effort is more aggressive than Washington’s previous attempt to isolate Iran several years ago, diplomats in the region say.That matters because the UAE’s exports and re-exports to Iran, the vast majority via Dubai, totaled $19.9 billion in 2017.The chief executive of a foreign financial firm in Dubai said the emirate faced unprecedented competition from neighboring countries for capital, as low oil prices forced those countries to develop their own non-oil industries.Portfolio funds are already flowing from Dubai’s stock market to Saudi Arabia’s bourse. In coming years, the direct investment may follow; U.S. oilfield services firm McDermott International has said it expects to move business slowly from Dubai’s Jebel Ali Port to a new Saudi facility by the mid-2020s.Dubai is trying to shore up its competitive position. In the last few months, the government has said it will reduce municipal fees, scrap some aviation charges, freeze school costs and take other steps to aid foreign firms and residents. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates, and ruler of Dubai, attends the World Government Summit in DubaiReutersPotentially the most far-reaching reform was announced by the UAE cabinet, chaired by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum. It promised to permit 100 percent foreign ownership of some UAE-based businesses, up from the current 49 percent limit, and grant long-term residency visas of up to 10 years to foreign investors and some professionals.That could make foreign investment in Dubai more attractive and, by helping foreigners plan on a long-term residence in the emirate, encourage them to buy homes.But details of the new policy have not been released, and implementing it may be tricky. “Free zones” in Dubai already permit 100 percent foreign ownership; they could suffer if they no longer have that right exclusively. And many UAE citizens make money as silent partners with foreign businessmen.”To some extent, the economy is based on people renting out their passports – disrupting that could cause economic pain among the local population,” the financial executive said.
By JAKE COYLE, AP Film WriterCANNES, France (AP) — Eighty-two women climbed the steps of the Palais des Festivals at the Cannes Film Festival in an unprecedented red carpet protest to press for improved gender equality in the film industry.The number of stars, filmmakers and film industry professionals ascending the steps represented the number of female filmmakers who have been selected to compete at Cannes during the festival’s seven-decade history.Jury members Kristen Stewart, from left, Lea Seydoux, Khadja Nin, Ava Duvernay, Cate Blanchett and director Agnes Varda walk the red carpet as part of 82 film industry professionals to represent, what they describe as pervasive gender inequality in the film industry, at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 12, 2018. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)In contrast to their 82, 1,866 films directed by men have been picked for the prestigious festival lineup.Organizers said the event was orchestrated by the Time’s Up movement and the French movement known as 5020×2020 to show “how hard it is still to climb the social and professional ladder” for women.It brought an array of film industry professionals to the Cannes red carpet, including actresses Salma Hayek and Jane Fonda, “Wonder Woman” filmmaker Patty Jenkins and French director Agnes Varda, a recipient of an honorary Palme d’Or at Cannes.Also joining were the five female members of this year’s Cannes jury: Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay, Lea Seydoux and Burundian singer Khadja Nin. Blanchett read a statement atop the Palais steps in English; Varda read it in French.“Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of the industry says otherwise,” Blanchett said. “We stand together on these steps today as a symbol of our determination to change and progress.”“The stairs of our industry must be accessible to all,” she concluded. “Let’s climb.”The protest was held ahead of the premiere of French filmmaker Eva Husson’s “Girls of the Sun,” which is about a Kurdish battalion of women soldiers. Husson is one of three female filmmakers out of the 21 movies in competition for the Palme d’Or this year.The other two — Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum,” and Alice Rohrwacher’s “Happy as Lazzaro” — are to premiere next week.Cannes has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years over the number of female directors selected into its main slate, considered one of the most esteemed achievements in cinema. Jane Campion is the only female filmmaker to ever win the Palme.The festival supported Saturday’s protest. Festival director Thierry Fremaux earlier this week hailed Saturday’s event as a way for women “to affirm their presence.”Fremaux has repeatedly insisted that the festival chooses its films purely based on quality. But he’s also signaled that the festival is reanalyzing its procedures and making its selection committees gender-balanced.