HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government says Standard and Poor’s has upgraded the province’s long-term credit rating to its highest ever.In a news release, the province says the rating was upgraded from A+ to AA-, with a stable outlook.The province says the bond rating agency cited “strong fiscal management,” and that Standard and Poor’s credit report notes Nova Scotia is expected to outperform most Canadian provinces in the next two years.In March, the government tabled its 2018-19 budget, which projected a third consecutive surplus of $29.4 million.Much of the fiscal progress came after contract strife with public sector unions, including teachers and health care workers.In a statement, Premier Stephen McNeil says the government has “worked hard with Nova Scotians” to put the province on the right fiscal path.“More people are working in Nova Scotia than ever before, exports are booming and our population is at an all-time high,” said McNeil.“This credit rating is yet another sign that we are moving in the right direction as we build a stronger province together, where everyone can grow and succeed.”
One of the most popular conversation topics at Australian dinner parties is house prices. And it’s amazing how we can become experts on various matters once they find their way to the front pages of our newspapers and iPads. Think about the carbon tax, offshore processing, the monarchy and interest rates – four topics currently consuming a disproportionate share of newsprint. Let me add to that list the Consumer Price Index (CPI). In some ways it’s a natural follow on from any discussion about interest rates but the key difference here is that the CPI gives us a real sense of the pulse of the Australian economy and a gauge as to what you and I, the consumers, are actually thinking and doing. And as a result of this week’s release it is clear that we’re not doing much! If there was ever any doubt that the RBA should cut rates, this week’s CPI has made the decision for them. The Australian consumer is currently voting with his/her wallet/purse. For all the reason I’ve outlined in this column previously in relation to pressures on households, Australians are choosing to save rather than spend and this has come through in a dramatic fashion in the September quarter CPI data. Households are using any spare cash to either save or pay down debt; we are not going on shopping sprees. Indeed whenever I find myself in a shopping mall, it is fascinating to note the numbers of people in the stores and to see how few of them actually make their way to the cash registers. The CPI September quarter underlying inflation rate came in at 0.3 per cent, the lowest result since Q3 in 1997. Such a low figure comes as a surprise as the general market expectation was 0.6 per cent. This leaves the annual inflation rate at 2.5 per cent which is well inside the RBA’s target band of 2.3 per cent. The key components of the CPI to fall during the quarter were fuel, computers and furniture. Those on the rise were gas and electricity, rents and insurance. So what can you do about it? There are certain expenditures that you cannot avoid; your rent or mortgage payments, electricity and gas, education expenses and insurances. But so called discretionary expenditure, those things that we sometimes ‘want’ but don’t ‘need’, can be reigned in and you should take a close look at all of that. For now though the Australian economy as a whole remains in relatively good shape compared to our international peers. Although there remain some tough sectors, we should control what we can in our own households and patiently wait for what will be the inevitable recovery. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries you may have or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Fuite pour le Bac S: deux personnes mises en garde à vueNouveaux rebondissements dans l’affaire des fuites au baccalauréat scientifique. Alors que la moyenne de l’épreuve vient de passer de 10 à 9, deux personnes ont été placées en garde à vue.Luc Chatel, ministre de l’Education Nationale, a décidé de ne pas écouter les revendications des professeurs et de certains parents d’élèves. L’épreuve de mathématiques, dont l’un des sujets avait fuité sur Internet la veille de l’examen, ne sera pas repassée. Au lieu de cela, le barème de notation vient de baisser. Pour obtenir la moyenne, la note de 9 à l’examen, toutes épreuves confondues sera suffisante, explique L’Express. C’est une circulaire du ministère qui indique cette modification. L’épreuve litigieuse deviendrait un exercice bonus, avec des points à répartir au bon vouloir du correcteur. La Peep, deuxième fédération de parents d’élèves demande quant à elle, à ce que l’épreuve de probabilités soit notée, dans un souci d’équité.Certains demandent par contre le retrait de cet exercice, conformément aux souhaits de M.Chatel. Un autre recours devant le Conseil d’Etat a été déposé par un parent d’élève.Deux personnes en garde à vue Les enquêtes continuent sur d’autres fraudes en anglais et en physique signalées à ce même Bac S. Luc Chatel a déclaré ce jeudi 23 juin: “Je n’ai aucune indication sur d’autres fraudes au baccalauréat, la seule fraude avérée c’est celle que nous avons constatée à l’un des exercices de mathématiques. Concernant les autres rumeurs de fraudes au baccalauréat, j’ai décidé de lancer une enquête administrative.” À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Pour le moment, deux personnes ont été interpelées et mises en garde à vue. Ce sont deux jeunes majeurs, dont l’identité est inconnue pour le moment. Ils sont entendus par la brigade de répression de la délinquance contre la personne depuis le début de l’après-midi. Dans le même temps, le ministre a déposé plainte pour “fraude aux examens” et “recel et abus de confiance”. “L’organisation des épreuves du baccalauréat doit être revue entièrement”Dans tous les cas, cette affaire pose le problème de l’organisation de cet important examen. “L’organisation des épreuves du baccalauréat doit être revue entièrement”, a estimé jeudi Philippe Tournier”, secrétaire général du syndicat des personnels de direction de l’éducation nationale. Pour M. Chatel, il est important de revoir avec tous les partenaires éducatifs la mise en place de l’épreuve du Baccaulauréat pour la prochaine session.”Ce modèle est “en crise” et il est nécessaire de trouver d’autres formes, comme du contrôle continu, des questions à choix multiples (QCM), des oraux ou encore des travaux plus personnels”, a commenté Philippe Tournier, secrétaire général du SNPDEN, le syndicat des chefs d’établissement, comme cela se fait dans d’autres épreuves telles que le Brevet ou le Bac pro.Le 23 juin 2011 à 18:45 • Emmanuel Perrin
MIAMI (WSVN) – A police pursuit in Miami, Wednesday, led to the arrest of two robbery suspects.The chase led police east on Flagler Street, then south along 37th Avenue.The robbery suspects in the car bailed out at a construction site on Southwest 16th Street.Police said no one was hurt.The search continues for others who may have been in the vehicle.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Investigators said the subject’s niece told them he was drunk and had gotten “a little rowdy with me.”Authorities said both deputies who responded fired their weapons.Witnesses said they heard about five or six gunshots.Pompano Beach Fire Rescue responded and pronounced Gregory dead at the scene.On Sunday, dozens of “Black Lives Matter” protesters gathered at the scene of the shooting to demonstrate against the use of lethal force.The shooting remains under investigation. The deputies involved have been placed on administrative leave.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Newly released 911 calls that led Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies to open fire on a Pompano Beach man captured a frantic family member seeking help in what investigators described as a domestic disturbance.Deputies responded to a home near Northwest 14th Street and Third Avenue in Pompano Beach, Friday, just before 10 p.m. When they arrived, authorities said, they found 55-year-old Gregory Frazier in the yard holding a knife.His sister, Deborah Frazier, had made the call for help.Dispatcher: “911. What’s your emergency?”Deborah Frazier: “It’s an emergency. My (inaudible), he hit my, my … he’s trying to hurt my daughter and my son. He’s breaking up stuff in the house, right now!”Dispatcher: “And who is he?”Deborah Frazier: “Hurry up. Hurry up, please.”
DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade firefighters are ready to help send relief to those helping out in the Florida Keys.Crews loaded up supplies to a convoy of trucks and trailers outside the Firefighters Memorial Building in Doral, Friday morning.Supplies, gear and donations were all loaded up for the residents and first responders working since Sunday to restore the Keys.“We’ve gotten together with the International Association of Firefighters, and we are bringing these supplies for our brother and sister firefighters who are in need,” said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Omar Blanco.The convoy will stop in Marathon first before heading to Key West to assist with rescue efforts.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
LIGHTHOUSE POINT, Fla. (WSVN) — Rescue crews have taken six people to the hospital after a Broward County Transit bus and an SUV collided in Lighthouse Point.Lighthouse Point Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the crash along North Federal Highway, just south of Sample Road, at around 2 p.m., Wednesday.The SUV was seen with front-end damage at the scene. The transit bus appeared to have sustained little damage.Paramedics transported the patients to an area hospital with minor injuries.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Alcohol was a factor in an accidental shooting that took the life of Ft. Wainwright based soldier over the weekend.Fairbanks Police Detective Scott Adams says 25-year-old Stryker Brigade Sergeant Nathan Michael Higginbotham had been consuming alcohol prior to the early Sunday incident.“Basically it looks like the gentleman had been drinking, at the same time was handling a firearm. The two mixed together are never a good thing.”Police say friends witnessed Higgenbotham remove a clip from a pistol, put it to his head and pull the trigger, to demonstrate that it was not loaded.A bullet remaining in the chamber fired, killing Higgenbotham. Detective Adams says soldiers are well versed in firearms safety, and attributes the incident strictly to alcohol impairment.
BSE closes points 31.00 down on September 256.1K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 31.00 down on September 256.1K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Sept 25 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 276.33 points down to stand at 26,468.36. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 90.55 points down to stand at 7,911.85. AUROPHARMA and INFRATEL were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 8.90% and 4.94% along with TCS and BAJAJ HOLDINGS & INVESTMENT LTD with an increase of 3.08% and 2.88% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include JAIPRAKASH ASSOCIATES LTD and JPPOWER with a decrease of 18.52% and 13.92% along with JPINFRATEC & ALLAHABAD BANK with a decrease of 13.02% and 12.30% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 173.15 points at 17,684.63 while the banking sector is down 401.40 points at 17,607.83 and the reality sector is down 52.85 points at 1,592.36. The Indian currency is down 0.32% at Rs 61.15 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Sept 25 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 276.33 points down to stand at 26,468.36. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 90.55 points down to stand at 7,911.85. AUROPHARMA and INFRATEL were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 8.90% and 4.94% along with TCS and BAJAJ HOLDINGS & INVESTMENT LTD with an increase of 3.08% and 2.88% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include JAIPRAKASH ASSOCIATES LTD and JPPOWER with a decrease of 18.52% and 13.92% along with JPINFRATEC & ALLAHABAD BANK with a decrease of 13.02% and 12.30% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 173.15 points at 17,684.63 while the banking sector is down 401.40 points at 17,607.83 and the reality sector is down 52.85 points at 1,592.36. The Indian currency is down 0.32% at Rs 61.15 per dollar.
Khaleda ZiaA provisional leave to appeal was filed on Monday seeking stay on the High Court verdict that extended the jail term of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case to 10 years from five years, reports UNB.Joynul Abedin Tuhin, advocate on record, filed the petition with the concerned wing of the Appellate Division.Khaleda’s lawyer NawshadJamir said that as they are yet to get certified copy of the verdict in the case, they filed the CMP (Criminal Miscellaneous Petition also known as provisional leave to appeal.Earlier on 30 October, the HC extended the jail term of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia.On 8 February, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former prime minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment and five other accused in the case, including her son and BNP’s acting chairman Tarique Rahman, to 10 years’ imprisonment each.The ACC filed a revision appeal seeking her sentence to be extended to life imprisonment.On Sunday, Khaleda Zia filed an appeal with the High Court (HC) challenging her conviction by a trial court in the much-talked-about Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.On 29 October, a Special Court-5 pronounced the verdict sentencing her to seven years’ imprisonment in her absence when she was undergoing treatment at Bangbandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) under a special medical board formed by the government.
Share Michael Macor/APJose Ines Garcia Zarate is led into the courtroom by San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi in July 2015.Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, a homeless undocumented immigrant, who was acquitted of murder in the shooting death of San Francisco resident Kate Steinle on a city pier, was sentenced to time already served for being a felon in possession of a gun.Steinle’s death in July 2015 reignited a national debate over illegal immigration, especially as then-candidate Donald Trump often cited the case as evidence justifying an immigration crackdown.Zarate had faced a maximum sentence of three years for his conviction on the state charge of being a felon in possession of a gun. He’s been in custody for about 30 months since his arrest for killing Steinle as she was walking arm-in-arm with her father.Superior Court Judge Samuel Feng denied a defense motion for a new trial on the gun possession charge. Zarate’s public defenders had argued that the judge did not properly instruct the jury on the issue that the defendant may have had only “momentary” possession of the gun and therefore did not commit a crime.The jury of six men and six women decided in November that Zarate had not intentionally killed Steinle after hearing evidence that the single, fatal shot fired had ricocheted off the ground and travelled about 78 feet before striking her. The defense had argued that Zarate found the gun in a cloth under his bench seat and the gun accidentally discharged.Zarate had been deported five times and was slated to be removed from the United States again in early 2015 when he was transferred by federal authorities to San Francisco to face a local 20-year-old marijuana charge. That charge eventually was dropped and local authorities released him in accordance with San Francisco’s sanctuary-city policies. Steinle’s death occurred several weeks later.A week after his acquittal, Zarate was indicted on two federal charges of being a felon and undocumented immigrant in possession of a firearm and ammunition. San Francisco authorities say they will turn Garcia Zarate over to federal immigration authorities, although it is not immediately clear as to when. The federal gun charges carry a penalty of up to ten years in prison, after which — if he were convicted — he presumably would be deported.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Jae C. Hong/APPeople wave U.S. flags during a 2017 naturalization ceremony at the Los Angeles Convention Center.United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is changing its mission statement to eliminate a passage that describes the U.S. as “a nation of immigrants.”The agency’s new mission statement as it appears on the agency’s website reads:“U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administers the nation’s lawful immigration system, safeguarding its integrity and promise by efficiently and fairly adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our values.”Here is USCIS’s previous mission statement:“USCIS secures America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system.”The removal of the phrase “nation of immigrants” was announced to agency staff in an email letter from Director L. Francis Cissna.In the letter, Cissna said, “I believe this simple, straightforward statement clearly defines the agency’s role in our country’s lawful immigration system and the commitment we have to the American people.”He also explained why the new mission statement deletes the reference to agency applicants as “customers.”“What we do at USCIS is so important to our nation, so meaningful to the applicants and petitioners, and the nature of the work is often so complicated, that we should never allow our work to be regarded as a mere production line or even described in business or commercial terms. In particular, referring to applicants and petitioners for immigration benefits, and the beneficiaries of such applications and petitions, as “customers” promotes an institutional culture that emphasizes the ultimate satisfaction of applicants and petitioners, rather than the correct adjudication of such applications and petitions according to the law. Use of the term leads to the erroneous belief that applicants and petitioners, rather than the American people, are whom we ultimately serve.”Ending the use of the word “customer,” writes Cissna, is “a reminder that we are always working for the American people.”Cissna did not explain his rationale for dropping the words “America’s promise as a nation of immigrants.”Cissna was sworn in as the agency’s director in October 2017. He had been the director of immigration policy with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Policy.Opponents of the Trump administration’s immigration policies criticized the change. In a statement, Eleanor Acer, senior director for refugee protection at D.C.-based Human Rights First, said:“Our nation is one built by immigrants—removing this language does nothing to change that fact, it only reveals the insidious racism harbored by those in this administration. It is clear from the language and policies put forth by President Trump and his hard-line immigration extremists that they will stop at nothing to demonize and dehumanize immigrants and refugees, who have often fled violence and persecution in search for a better life for themselves and their children.”USCIS officials say the new mission statement reflects Cissna’s focus on “fairness, lawfulness, efficiency, as well as protecting American workers and safeguarding the homeland.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
Houston Forensic Science CenterHouston’s forensics labs inside the Houston Police Department headquarters are inadequate and need to be housed elsewhere, officials with the Houston Forensic Science Center (HFSC) said Monday.The crime lab, which provides forensic services to local law enforcement agencies, is an independent government corporation. HFSC proposed moving into 4 floors of a building at 500 Jefferson St. downtown. The new location would house office space and a firing range, as well as biology, toxicology, drugs, and latent prints lab space. HFSC claims the move would fit within its existing budget.Board chair Nicole Casarez told city council members on the Budget and Fiscal Affairs committee the current location inside the Houston Police Department doesn’t have enough space or the right electrical connections to handle additional equipment.“The building is inadequate and flawed for the operation of a forensic lab,” Casarez said. “It was never designed to be a forensic lab, it was designed to be an office building.”Also speaking to the committee, CEO Peter Stout said the current location creates a perception problem that forensics is not independent of HPD.“I’ve got analysts that sit on the stand every day having to answer questions about [the lab’s independence] because you walk into HPD’s headquarters on the way to the laboratory,” Stout said.City council members were not immediately accepting of the idea, with some saying they were concerned with costs of leasing space downtown. Some members suggested partnering with the county to create a regional forensics center as a solution, which forensics officials said would create a lab too large to be efficient.If approved, forensics could move as soon as next March. Share
Vision To Learn, a non-profit that provides free eye exams and free eyeglasses to students in low-income communities, hosted its first ever Baltimore event at Hampstead Hill Academy on May 10. Sixty students received free glasses at the event, which is being made possible through the partnership of ‘Vision toLearn’ with Baltimore Health, Baltimore City Public Schools, the Casey Foundation, the Abell Foundation and Johns Hopkins University. Former Baltimore Raven Ray Lewis was also in attendance.
The story of Dora Ratjen was set amidst a backdrop of controversy and society upheaval. In 1936, the Summer Olympics were held in Berlin. They will go down in history as the “Nazi Olympics” in which many controversies surrounding the politics of the Third Reich caught the eye of the world. While Hitler saw the Olympics as a means to promote his idea of pure German superiority his plan severely backfired. This was mainly thanks to Jesse Owens, an African-American athlete who won four gold medals, smashing Hitler’s concept.Jesse Owens salutes the American flag after winning the long jump at the 1936 Summer Olympics. Photo by Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-G00630 / Unknown / CC-BY-SA 3.0On the other hand, an issue that wasn’t mentioned during the Olympics, came to prominence two years after, as an oddity (which it was called at the time), which resulted in one person’s sports career being terminated. The “oddity” in question was the case of Dora Ratjen, a German athlete, whose appearance caused a railway conductor to report to the police that “a man dressed as a woman” was aboard his train.This happened on 21st of September, 1938, in Magdenburg, Germany, while Ratjen was en route from Vienna to Cologne. Ratjen was returning from the European Athletics Championships, where she had just won a gold medal, and set the world record in high-jump for women.Dora Ratjen high jump at the 1936 Olympics. Photo by: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-C10378 / unbekannt / CC-BY-SA 3.0Just two years before this incident, at the 1936 Olympics, she had won fourth place in the women’s high-jump, without anyone drawing attention to her masculine physique. However, when Dora was apprehended in Magdenburg, she decided to tell her full story to the police, under the threat of being stripped down and forcibly examined.What followed was a series of questioning which also involved her father, Heinrich, who gave the following statement for the police record:“I was not standing at my wife’s bedside during delivery, rather I was in the kitchen at the time. When the child was born the midwife called over to me, ‘Heini, it’s a boy!’ But five minutes later she said to me, ‘It is a girl, after all.”Dora, who was that day dressed in a grey two-piece, with skin-colored tights, herself testified regarding her specific medical condition. She confessed that she was, in fact, a man, despite being raised as a girl:“My parents brought me up as a girl. I, therefore, wore girl’s clothes all my childhood. But from the age of 10 or 11 I started to realize I wasn’t female, but male. However, I never asked my parents why I had to wear women’s clothes even though I was a male.”The transcript of the interrogation was discovered by the German media outlet Der Spiegel, which published an article in 2009, shedding light on the forgotten case of the non-binary athlete. Although one might think that Dora was reluctant to speak of this, it was noted in the police records that she showed honest relief for finally being able to address the issue which had forced her to conceal her true identity in front of other athletes, as well as women in general.As for the appearance, it wasn’t unusual for female athletes to feature physical traits that could be described as “masculine”, such as stronger muscles and a deeper voice. While Dora certainly looked manly, so did many fellow athletes.Dora Ratjen. Photo by: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-C10379 / unbekannt / CC-BY-SA 3.0After the confession, a police physician was brought on the following day, to determine whether or not Dora Ratjen was a man. After concluding that the secondary sexual characteristics were definitely male, the doctor proceeded to examine the genitals. Although he was certain that the person was male, he noted that an anatomical anomaly in the shape of scar tissue was present, going backward from the underside of the male organ. He also concluded that this anomaly most probably prevented Ratjen to have intercourse.The piece of redundant skin also explained how Ratjen was misgendered at birth. As soon as Dora was confirmed male, a radio message was sent to Berlin, reading:Women’s European high-jumping champion Ratjen, first name Dora, is not a woman, but a man. Please notify the Reich Sports Ministry at once. Awaiting orders by radio.Soon after, an avalanche of retrospective action was taken, resulting in her being disqualified from participating in any future sports events. Also, the gold medal won in Vienna was returned and handed to the women who won second place, as she was pronounced winner of the European Athletics Championships.It’s not that Dora, who was soon named Heinrich, minded all that. Heinrich inherited his parent’s bar and ran it for the rest of his life while living in seclusion and refusing journalists and interviewers. However, controversy arose once again, following a 1966 article featured in Time Magazine, which claimed that Ratjen was planted by the Nazi Party to pose as a woman during the 1936 Olympics. The controversy sparked even higher, when Gretel Bergmann, Ratjen’s former teammate supported this claim.1936 Berlin Olympics. East gate of the Olympics stadium. Photo by Joe Haupt CC BY-SA 2.0Bergmann was a German-Jewish athlete who was pushed out of the team just before the 1936 Olympics, due to her ancestry. She emigrated to the United States in 1937, where she lived until her death in 2008.While there is no doubt about the fact that Bergmann was denied the right to compete due to horrific Nazi laws, according to the before-mentioned 2009 investigative article by Spiegel, the claim that Dora/Heinrich Ratjen was put in to replace the Jewish athlete is false.The theory promoted by Time featured the idea that Ratjen literally posed as female a few years before the Olympics, when in fact, he was raised as a girl by his parents and made it into the team under the pretext that he was female.Related Article: Female Athletes Who Organized Their Own OlympicsIn fact, according to the little that is known of Ratjen’s later life, he had trouble adjusting to his new role as a man, having spent most of his life thinking and acting otherwise.
Sappho speaks outBut a leading LGBTI organization has condemned the bizarre punishment. Sappho for Equality – The Activist Forum For Lesbian, Bisexual Woman and Transman Rights plans to investigate the incident.‘What happened with those girls is abhorrent,’ Sappho for Equality’s cofounder, Malobika, told the Indian Express.‘Not only were they singled out on the basis of a few complaints, which could very well have been pranks, I don’t understand what purpose did the whole exercise serve? Are students in co-ed schools asked to write a confession about their heterosexuality when they are seen spending time together?’Previous students of the school told local media the school disapproved of ‘intense friendships between girls’ and the school’s atmosphere was ‘oppressive’.It is not the first time an Indian school has punished female students after suspecting they were lesbian.Last year a university student was asked to move out of the student dorms for showing ‘homosexual tendencies’. And a nursing school in southern India does not allow female students to lock their dorm rooms to prevent lesbian sex.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Ten students at a school in India were each forced to write a ‘confession’ letter admitting they were a lesbian. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The Kamala Girls’ School in south Kolkata in West India has come under fire the unusual practice.On 8 March the girls were hauled into the acting headmistresses’ office after other students accused them of indulging in ‘such behaviour’.‘We called those students and they admitted it. Considering the sensitive nature of the issue, I asked them to admit it in writing. I have got written admissions from all 10 students, acting headmistress Sikha Sarkar told IANS.Another teacher at the school said the punishment had been blown out of proportion. The official made the comment anonymously after the students’ angry parents stormed into the Sarkar’s office.‘It was a simple act of disciplining the students. They were being naughty in class so they were called into the office of the headmistress and were made to sign a confession,’ the unnamed school offical told The Indian Express.‘The parents were called to sort out the matter and have a discussion but they overreacted saying their girls were forced to sign it… We have given back the signed letters to the parents.’ School students in India. | Photo: File image GAYSTARNEWS- LGBTI students demand UK Government make ‘gay cure’ therapy illegalLGBT Witch-hunt: North Carolina no longer welcomes transgender travelers and residentsLesbian couple told they can now attend Alabama school prom togetherRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/students-forced-write-i-lesbian-punishment-indian-school/
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Silversea Expeditions celebrates 10 years of pioneering explorationSilversea Expeditions celebrates 10 years of pioneering explorationOn 3 June, 2018, Silversea Expeditions proudly celebrated 10 years of luxurious expedition cruising, marking the occasion with a two-day gala voyage between London and Dublin. On this momentous day, the ultra-luxury Silver Cloud departed London’s Tower Bridge amid great elation to honour Silversea Expeditions’ very first voyage, which sailed under Tower Bridge for Svalbard a decade ago to the day.In a nod to the company’s continued focus on innovation, Silver Cloud, which was the first vessel in Silversea’s fleet and was reimagined as an elegant ice-class expedition ship in late 2017, crossed paths with Silver Spirit – Silversea’s recently lengthened and renovated ship – in Greenwich, London.The array of enrichments aboard Silver Cloud’s celebratory voyage included a congratulatory video message from HSH Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco, who had cut the ribbon in Monte Carlo during the naming ceremony for Silversea’s first expedition ship in 2008. Originally named Prince Albert II in tribute to His Serene Highness and his environmental efforts, the ship sails today as Silver Explorer and continues a legacy of sustainable tourism.“We are delighted to be celebrating this important milestone,” says Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s Chairman. “I am glad to see that my vision has been successfully realised and we are now recognized for our destination leadership. Since the launch of our expedition itineraries, we have connected people with the world’s most spectacular landscapes and cultures, and, in the process, we have fostered respect and greater care for our planet and its inhabitants. I am very proud of my team and our mission. We will continue to scout new destinations to bring innovation to the world of expedition cruising.”Over the last 10 years, the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability and humanitarian efforts has extended across the globe, in many forms: in the Cook and Phoenix islands in 2015, guests of Silversea participated in a mammal acoustic survey that successfully added three new species of animals to the national registry; in Bangladesh, where Silver Discoverer made the first-ever cruise ship call in 2017, we visited a remote village where our guests purchased regional produce to benefit the local community; and in 2017, when Silversea engaged in a partnership with ORCA, one of the U.K.’s leading marine conservation charities, to enable guests to discover incredible marine life and contribute to the charity’s ongoing conservation work. In the Galápagos Islands, where Silver Galapagos inaugurated ultra-luxury expedition experiences in 2014, Silversea will co-sponsor a camp for children to encourage the conservation of marine habitats.Looking ahead, the future of ultra-luxury expedition cruising is in safe hands with Silversea. With a Northeast Passage crossing planned, and additional voyages to the Bay of Bengal, the Russian Far East, Antarctica, and Australia’s Kimberley Coast, among others, the cruise line will continue to push industry boundaries. Of special note are two Silver Discoverer cruises that depart in summer 2019 for Borneo’s Camp Leakey – a renowned refuge for orangutans, to which the cruise company enjoys exclusive access and has made various donations to support the protection and research of the primates.Efforts to champion environmental sustainability are currently, and will continue to be, key in Silversea’s strategic development. Silversea is a member of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), which is dedicated to managing respectable, sustainable and safe expedition cruising in the Arctic. Moreover, the cruise line belongs to the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO), which promotes safe and responsible travel to Antarctica.In the past decade, Silversea has developed innovative strategies – such as a dedicated training academy – to recruit an unparalleled team of expedition specialists. This has played a crucial role in the cruise line’s success. On each expedition voyage, teams of up to 28 experts conduct immersive destination experiences for guests. These passionate and insightful professionals offer informative lectures and discussions on board, in addition to Zodiac® excursions and nature walks ashore – all of which are complimentary.Aboard Silversea’s fleet of four purpose-built expedition ships, guests enjoy ocean-view suites, gourmet cuisine, the personalized service of a butler, and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages served throughout the ship, a stocked in-suite beverage cabinet, and unlimited free Wi-Fi.View the commemorative video marking 10 years of Silversea Expeditions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCq3ERfNZIs&feature=youtu.beView the congratulatory message from HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JH7ap4YMhkw&feature=youtu.beFor more information on Silversea Expeditions, please visit https://www.silversea.com/luxury-expeditions-cruises.html.Source = Silversea Cruises
Royal Caribbean’s worldwide WOW sale includes savings of up to 30 per cent on cruise fares and up to USD$400 onboard credit per stateroom.The offer is available for all new bookings on local and international voyages departing after 24 April 2018, excluding China, and ends on 3 May 2018. Guests who book on eligible sailings will receive onboard credit tiered by stateroom – Interior Staterooms will receive $USD100 onboard credit, Oceanview Staterooms will receive USD$150 onboard credit, Balcony Staterooms will enjoy USD$200 onboard credit and Suite guests can indulge in USD$400 onboard credit.*Terms and conditions apply. Azamara Club Cruises has rolled out its “Spend or Save” offer, which is combinable with back to back savings, onboard booking program, LCV quarterly savings and reduced singles. Guests making eligible bookings, made before 31 May 2018 on selected Azamara Club Cruises, on a range of local and international sailings departing on or after 31 October 2018 will have the choice to receive up to AUD$3,000 off their cruise, or receive the same amount in US dollars onboard spending money per stateroom.Savings are tiered according to stateroom and are based on double occupancy. Interior and Oceanview Staterooms will receive up to AUD$1,000 savings or onboard credit, Balcony Staterooms will receive up to AUD$2,000 savings or onboard credit, and Suites will enjoy AUD$3,000 savings or onboard credit.*Terms and conditions apply. Guests booking holidays on Celebrity Cruises are being offered the cruise line’s ‘Go Better for Free’ sale. New bookings made in Oceanview Staterooms and above, before 2 May 2018, on a range of Caribbean, Asia and Europe sailings departing between 1 June 2018 and 30 April 2019, will receive two free perks in the form of a Classic Beverage Package, USD$150 per person Onboard Credit, Complimentary Unlimited Wifi or an additional US$150 per person Onboard Credit. Suite bookings on eligible sailings will enjoy even more and receive the ‘Go Best’ option for free, which includes all four free perks with a Premium Beverage Package upgrade. Additionally, third and fourth passengers can sail for up to 50% off.*Terms and conditions apply.IMAGE: Azamara Club Cruises Azamara ClubCelebrity CruisescruiseRoyal Caribbean
The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz and Harald Kitz, creator of the haki method, have opened a new kind of treatment suite. Four exclusively created haki rituals restore natural balance and strength to people suffering from imbalances and mental and physical burdens – alone or as a couple. To launch the innovative services, the five-star resort presents the“haki® – Time out for your head” overnight package.Nowadays, people spend their time racing through life in the fast lane, driven by the constant pressure to make sure they don’t miss out or fail to meet up to expectations. The consequences of this are conflict, dissatisfaction and stress – all at the cost of our health. This is where the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz comes in with new treatments. Europe’s leading wellbeing and medical health resort is renowned for its interdisciplinary medical expertise and a range of wellbeing services based on the healing powers of the Ragazer thermal water to comprehensively improve and maintain people’s health.Introducing new dimensions of wellbeingIn cooperation with Harald Kitz, the resort further expanded its range of haki services in 2017 and created an innovative and globally unique treatment suite in its Tamina Therme, one of the resorts Spa areas: “haki® – Time out for your head”. Based on his many years of experience, the founder of the haki philosophy combined space, music, sound, colours, fragrances and the thermal water experience with the touching of the body and the activation of the senses to help the people of today find their rhythm.“Guests who use the room can set aside any pressure that is weighing down on them and place themselves in our capable hands. We therapists help them discover new strength and their body’s natural balance,” comments Kitz in explanation of his greatest wellbeing masterpiece to date.What makes the treatments so extraordinary is the sophisticated manner, in which infrastructure, atmosphere and treatment are combined. In four sensory worlds, new 60- to 150-minute rituals exclusively available in Bad Ragaz provide relaxation and inner harmony.“haki® – Time out for your head” – alone or with your loved oneTo launch the haki rituals in the specially designed “haki® – The Art of Touch” treatment suite, the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is offering guests the exclusive “haki® – a treatment for two” overnight package. The “haki® – Reconciliation” treatment is the most comprehensive of the four rituals, releasing guests from physical and emotional pressure in order to offer new strength to their body, mind and soul. The ritual begins in the Room of the Senses, which uses darkness to help guests focus on inner mindfulness. Hearing, touch, smell and feel are all important. Guests then have any burdens, troubled thoughts and negative energy washed away in the Rain Hall, where the warm, healing thermal water is cleansing and releasing. The third step is characterised by touch. Foam and compress massages, thermal water affusions and a warm, full-body oil treatment, followed by a haki treatment, release pressure and tension from the body. The treatment ends with a period of calm and creativity, until it is time to return to the outside world – with a new level of consciousness.The package offers guests a new dimension of wellbeing in the five-star atmosphere of the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz until 20 December 2017 and includes:Two nights including a generous buffet breakfast36.5-degree wellbeing packageWelcome drink at the barDaily four-course lunch or dinnerOne “haki® – Reconciliation” ritual