Campaign aims to reduce stigma discrimination of kids youth with disabilities

first_imgTORONTO – Like any typical teen, Jadine Baldwin loves spending time on her cellphone and laptop, the latter the vehicle for honing her skills as a wordsmith to fulfil her dream of some day becoming a novelist.But what sets the 17-year-old apart from most of her adolescent peers is her physical disability, the result of being born with cerebral palsy.And while she has no intention of letting that stop her from reaching her goal, she continually bumps up against the barrier of discrimination — the stares, the whispers and the social exclusion by those seemingly unable to see past her inability to walk or her somewhat laboured speech.“I think people discriminate against me in the way that they see my wheelchair and not who I am as a person,” said Jadine.“They’ll talk to other people about me, but not directly to me. So people will stop my mom in the grocery store and ask her what my problem is … because they think that because my legs don’t work I’m stupid and can’t understand them.“Then my mom’s always like, ‘Why don’t you ask her?’ And then as soon as I start talking, you see the look on their faces. It’s like they’re shocked. They don’t know what to do because they think I don’t have a brain.”Jadine is part of a new campaign by Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto, called “Dear Everybody,” aimed at ending stigma experienced by the estimated 400,000 Canadian children and youth with physical or cognitive disabilities and breaking down the barriers that lead to discrimination.“It’s a campaign that’s not only designed to change hearts and minds, but also to inspire action, to get people to think differently about the lives of people with disabilities,” said Julia Hanigsberg, president and CEO of Holland Bloorview.The campaign includes TV and radio ads, as well as a website — — that features an open letter written by kids and young adults with disabilities that answers questions and brings Canadians “face to face with their own biases.”The website provides information and resources, including recommendations for teachers, employers and health-care providers, intended to end the stigma that can severely affect these young people’s lives.Hanigsberg said youth with disabilities are less likely to pursue post-secondary education, are vastly underemployed compared to their typically developing friends, and have fewer opportunities for social inclusion.“One of the most startling statistics that I have ever heard is that more 50 per cent of young people with disabilities have zero or one friend.“Young people who are intelligent and dynamic and have a ton to say tell me that they’re spending every day at the school cafeteria sitting by themselves because no one wants to sit next to them.“That’s the day-to-day life impact of stigma.”Maddy Hearne knows all too well what it feels like to be unable to keep up with her friends and classmates after suffering six concussions over the last four years, half of them occurring while the diminutive teen was taking dance classes.The traumatic injury requires resting the brain as much as possible to help it heal, in part by reducing exposure to stimuli like loud noise and bright light.“I had to wear headphones and sunglasses, and because of that people stared at me and they saw I had a bunch of accommodations (from the school) and they’re like ‘She’s crazy. Like I don’t want to be a part of that.’”At lunchtime, she was put in a quiet room as prescribed by her doctor. “No one else was allowed in the room. I couldn’t eat in the room, I just had to sit there,” Maddy explained.“The room was a glass room and I always call it the goldfish room, the goldfish aquarium, because everybody would stare at me. I felt like a zoo animal.“I’d sit there and watch my friends go by.”The Toronto teen said she’s lost a lot of friends as a result of her concussions, which cause symptoms like fatigue that don’t allow her to be as active as she once was. She previously spent dozens of hours a week practising and performing ballet and other forms of dance.Maddy said some friends don’t understand that she has good days when she functions well and bad days when she doesn’t — and that’s just the nature of concussion.“They only want to see you when you’re 100 per cent and at your best,” she said. “So they’re like ‘I don’t want to hang out with Maddy because she can’t do this stuff.’“It’s a very hard, unhappy feeling. A lonely feeling.”Maddy, who is also taking part in Holland Bloorview’s anti-discrimination campaign, believes it will help educate Canadians, providing them with the “right information” about disabilities due to congenital birth defects, disease or accidental trauma.“I think this campaign is going to help kids who are disabled and kids who do have injuries to feel more comfortable and that society shouldn’t look down on them.”For Jadine, education comes naturally: “I take the time to sit people down a lot and explain to them my disability. It’s better that I explain it to them than them making assumptions about me that are not true.”The Georgetown, Ont., teen knows the pain of feeling like a pariah — sitting alone at lunch at school and hearing people talking about her behind her back.“And some people have literally asked me why I’m even here because as they say I’m such a waste of space and I’m an alien and shouldn’t be here.“I’m no less of a person than anybody else,” countered Jadine. “We as individuals with disabilities can do and be anything we want to be.“We have passion and drive and we’re willing to reach our full potential, despite what anybody else thinks about us.”– Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Postdisaster property buyout terms are provinces responsibility Ottawa

first_imgPublic Safety Canada says it places no restrictions on how provinces and territories set criteria for delivering disaster financial assistance after some residents of a small B.C. community devastated by flooding last year say they were disappointed to learn that property buyouts will be lower than expected.The City of Grand Forks has said it advocated for funding to support buyouts based on pre-flood values, but the best compensation it could get from provincial and federal funding streams was based on post-flood assessments.The statement was issued in June, the same month that federal, provincial and local governments made a joint funding announcement of $49 million through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund to support recovery efforts.Infrastructure Canada, which manages the fund, says it has no role in determining the value of damaged homes or buying out homeowners affected by flooding.Emergency Management B.C. says in a statement the goal of the fund is to find ways to give people affected by the floods the means and opportunity to rebuild homes and communities in Grand Forks.It will also help rebuild Grand Forks with risk mitigation at the forefront, it says.“This is an opportunity to make sure that if an event of this magnitude were to occur again, it would not have the same outcome for this region,” it said.Federal help for disaster relief kicks in once costs surpass what lower levels of government could reasonably be expected to cover on their own.Public Safety Canada said in May that provinces and territories have asked for about $137.9 million to help cover costs related to 10 floods.The federal budget included $260 million over two years for disaster relief including relocation costs, buyouts and permanent removal of structures on vulnerable properties.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Sir Richard Branson Talks About The Importance Of The Elders

first_imgSir Richard Branson has revealed that one of the accomplishments he is most proud of is helping to establish The Elders.“When I think about the things I am most proud of, working with Virgin Unite, Peter Gabriel and Nelson Mandela to incubate The Elders is right up there,” he blogged. “This astonishing group of independent global leaders is going from strength to strength, working together for peace and human rights.“While I was in Davos, The Chair of The Elders, Kofi Annan, spoke out an all manner of issues, ranging from the need for greater leadership and cooperation to dealing with Europe’s refugee crisis to resolving the Syrian civil war and tackling the Islamic State.“Members of The Elders have been in charge of countries, from the US to the Republic of Ireland, Brazil to Norway, Mexico to Finland. In Kofi Annan, they are led by the former Secretary-General of the United Nations. Kofi, Martti Ahtisaari and President Carter have all been named Nobel Peace Laureates. They have all witnessed history on the frontlines, from Kosovo to Afghanistan to Haiti.“The Elders operate where there is war and abject poverty – but also hope. Where yesterday’s enemies sign today’s peace treaties. Where innovation transforms millions of people’s lives.”To read the full blog, click here.last_img read more

Rental Bikes Missing from Strasbourg Found in Casablanca

Rabat – Two Velhop rental bicycles, named after the eponymous Strasbourg bicycle rental company, were recently found in Casablanca.A photo, apparently taken in Casablanca, circulated on Moroccan media Facebook pages. In the photo can be seen a man carrying two Velhop bikes.Last year, a GPS chip placed on a bicycle helped the Casablanca police dismantle a large network of stolen bicycle smuggling months later, according to France Info.Velhop is the bicycle rental service established by the Eurometropolis of Strasbourg. Inaugurated on September 23, 2010, by Roland Ries, the mayor of Strasbourg, the service offers rental from one hour to one year.In 2016, Smoove, a French corporation, started an eco-friendly bike project in Marrakech. The Medina Bike project made 300 bikes available across ten bike stations for COP22. read more

UNICEF wins Spanish prize for its work in helping African children

The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today accepted a prestigious Spanish award on behalf of the UN agency for its work in Africa and its efforts to improve the health and living conditions of millions of children around the world.Accepting the 2006 Prince of Asturias Award for Concord during a ceremony in the Spanish city of Oviedo, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman described the prize as “a great honour.”“UNICEF is grateful to the Prince of Asturias Foundation for this global recognition and hopes that it will inspire others to work to make the world a better place for children,” she said.The minutes of the award jury’s decision cited UNICEF’s “generous effort, 60 years of child advocacy, and especially its most recent battle: to put an end to ignorance, poverty and disease in the African continent.”The awards, which have been presented since 1981, are handed out in eight categories: arts, communications and humanities, international cooperation, literature, social sciences, sports, technical and scientific research, and concord. A jury in each category selects the winners.Previous winners of the concord category include the violinist Yehudi Menuhin, the scientist Stephen Hawking and the non-governmental organization (NGO) Save The Children. read more

International push needed to end child rights violations in Yemen – UN

“Regrettably, the scale of killing and maiming of children has increased dramatically in 2015,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, said in a statement issued on Sunday.Citing UN figures, she said that more than 400 children were killed, and more than 600 injured between 26 March – which saw an escalation in the conflict with the launch of air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition – and August. “This is already more than triple the number of children killed and maimed during the whole of 2014,” Ms. Zerrougui continued. “I am appalled by the high level of child casualties, which indicates a failure by the parties to conflict to distinguish between civilian and military objects, and to take precautionary measures to avoid and minimize civilian casualties.”Yemen has suffered turmoil and instability since Houthi rebels seized the capital Sana’a one year ago and then advanced on the port city, Aden. According to the UN, 80 per cent of the population requires some form of humanitarian protection or assistance.Last Friday, the Special Representative briefed the Security Council working group on children and armed conflict, as well as a Security Council Committee established to monitor measures imposed by the UN on Yemen. She said the UN had “for a number of years” documented grave violations against children committed by parties to conflict in the country. She also noted that March’s escalation in the conflict followed an escalation marked by the September 2014 takeover of Sana’a by Houthi forces.“In this complex environment, where we are faced with political stalemate and an intensification of conflict, it is ever more important for the Security Council and the international community to promote political dialogue and to seek to end the violations committed against children,” Ms. Zerrougui said.In her briefing, she noted that 73 per cent of child deaths and injuries during the second quarter of 2015 were attributed to air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition – and that 18 per cent of child deaths and 17 per cent of child injuries were attributed to Houthi forces during the same period.In addition, she said reports showed there had been a “stark increase in attacks and military use of schools” since March, while violence had additionally taken a “heavy toll on education workers.”The UN envoy also said that verified attacks on hospitals had increased six-fold from the first to the second quarter of this year, adding that the destruction – together with insecurity due to conflict – was having a “serious impact on access to healthcare.”Meanwhile, Ms. Zerrougui highlighted other violations against children caught up in armed conflict, including recruitment and use, saying it was “increasingly being used more systematically by all parties.” The number of cases of child recruitment and use documented by the UN during the first eight months of 2015 had been triple the number for the whole of 2014 – and 82 per cent of verified recruitment cases were attributed to Houthi forces.Four groups remain listed for recruitment and use in the annexes of the Secretary-General’s annual report on children and armed conflict, she recalled, but added that while the Government of Yemen had signed an Action Plan with the UN to end the practice in its armed forces, the plan had been stalled since September of last year.The Special Representative also spoke of “serious concerns about the denial of humanitarian access,” and called for urgent action to facilitate access to assistance without delay. read more

Signing Day Was Big For Unheralded Prep Footballers Too

All the attention and adulation for last week’s National Signing Day went to the country’s top players, like Robert Nkemdiche of Georgia, who chose Mississippi.But for Kris Smith of Flowery Branch High School near Atlanta, who has signed with Indiana University, the occasion was just as important and exciting, despite there being no ESPN cameras or significant gathering of media.The 6-foot-2, 205-pound linebacker Smith gave up football after the eighth grade to focus on basketball. But the urge was too great to not return to the field, and he resumed his football career in his junior year. In just two seasons, he flourished enough to earn a scholarship, making last Wednesday a special day.“I just can’t wait to play football when I get to Indiana,” Smith said.Smith’s father, Sean Smith, credits Rodrick Clark — a former assistant coach at Stephenson High School near Atlanta who co-founded Athletic Trust Advisers with Cosey Coleman and Tim Mason — for his son landing a Division I scholarship.Clark’s and Coleman’s company helps parents and young athletes navigate college options.“We were lost,” Sean Smith said. “We were a little behind. (Clark) told us what we needed to do as far as training, education and eating right. Kids had been getting letters since their sophomore year. I didn’t know that kids had to be registered to be recruited through the NCAA Clearinghouse.”Kris Smith was surprised at how much he learned from Clark about training and diet and that Clark was as committed as he was in the recruitment process.“It’s a blessing,” Sean Smith said when he learned his son was being offered scholarships. “We give God the credit and he orchestrated Coach Clark in our life.”William Koen Jr., a 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive lineman, signed his letter to play with Bethune Cookman University, a small school in Daytona Beach, Fla., that plays in the MEAC. For Koen, it was like he signed with Alabama.Coming out of Mt. View High, he earned looks from some Division I and I-AA schools. But offers were not coming in. Koen and his family were hooked up with Athletic Trust Advisers. There was some skepticism by William Koen Sr. — until Clark provided examples of others he had mentored.“Their family went 110 percent no matter what,” Clark said. “They trusted the process.”The family celebrated when  they received word that their son would be receive a scholarship from Bethune Cookman.“It was a weight lifted off my shoulders,” Koen Sr. said. “One of the best things that could have happened to me. Me and my wife (Tracey) danced around the house and gave each other high fives.”It was similar for Archer High corner back Trevellous Cheek and his family. The 5-foot-10, 178-pound Cheek is expected to sign with California. Clark said Cheek’s work ethic has been his strength.“He would go 110 percent on anything,” Clark said. “Grades, working out. He would call and ask questions and was eager to learn. He wanted to be the best on and off the field, to the point where he would be drained.”“He not only encouraged, he kept my son reaching,” Leon Cheek said of Clark. “That guy is a blessing to me, my family and so many other families. He helped us build this young man.”Trevellous Cheek added, “I learned small things about what wide receivers don’t like, such as to be touched. Especially, if you keep (hands) on them all the way through five yards.”Cheek’s teammate Deondre Singleton, who played corner back and safety, signed with Duke. And the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Singleton said aside from football, he learned from Clark the importance of dressing properly and speaking clearly and with authority to coaches and the media.“I had to learn how to work on my body language,” Singleton said. “No matter what school it was, I had to show the same body language.”For Archer defensive end Antonio Riles, who signed with Florida, Clark’s work was more about helping him raise his grade point average to meet admission qualifications, which he did.Some other local Atlanta recruits who will be attending college in the fall on a football scholarship are: Ernest Alexander of Archer High (going to Navy), Sean Fowler of Archer (Shorter College), Jaypee Philbert of Archer (Alabama State), Brandon Goodson of Dacula (Wofford), Chris Palmer of Collins Hill (Navy), Kyle Simmons of Druid Hills (Stetson University), Jay Turner of Parkview (Coastal Carolina), Detavius Long and Demetrius McClendon of Tri-Cities (West Georgia Tech).Each player that Clark has helped has vowed to come back and be a testimony to other high school football players, but William Koen Jr. summed it up best as far the collective sentiments they had for Athletic Trust Advisers.“Without coach Clark’s help I wouldn’t be anywhere,” Keon Jr. said. “Without his help I would not be getting a scholarship to college. If you’re a good football player, with coach Clark’s help he will make you a great football player.” read more

Ruth Davidson signals possible move to Westminster if she loses 2021 Holyrood

first_imgRuth Davidson has been touted as a replacement for Theresa MayCredit:Reuters Asked what went wrong with the Tories in England in the general election, she appeared to have a dig at Mrs May’s “strong and stable” mantra, saying: “I’ve got a bit of experience in campaigning. Part of the issue is a belief that you can say the same thing every day for seven weeks and the media will just report that.“Voters don’t like results being declared before they have cast their votes, thanks very much. There was a bit of a backlash there. Corbyn was seen as a safe receptacle because everybody had written off his chances. Well, he won’t be a safe receptacle next time.“I don’t believe that Jeremy Corbyn is unstoppable. I think he’s eminently beatable in 2022. People who are so afraid of him do need to get their act together and start making that case now.” They are also the second party at Holyrood and Ms Davidson aims to become First Minister after the 2021 vote.  Her popularity was clear at the party conference two months ago following a spectacular result in the general election in June when the Scottish Tories won 13 seats – 12 more than the last time round – including Alex Salmond’s constituency. theresa may Ruth Davidson has given the clearest signal yet that she could stand for a Westminster seat in 2022 if she fails to win the next Holyrood election.The Scottish Conservative leader has repeatedly been touted as a possible replacement for Theresa May, and was backed by the Tory grandee Lord Heseltine in October as someone who has “begun to qualify” for the job.She previously insisted she had no plans to become an MP, but has admitted in a new interview that if the Tories fail to win the 2021 Scottish Parliament election she will consider her options.Ms Davidson also said she believed that Jeremy Corbyn would be “eminently beatable” in the next election.She told The Spectator that she had been the Scottish leader for six years, and her two predecessors lasted around six and a half years each.Ms Davidson added that after that “we can start other conversations”, and when asked if that meant coming to Westminster, she replied: “I haven’t ruled it out. If devolution is going to work, then actually there has to be the ability to move between chambers and parliaments.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

University diversity drive has led to more students feeling under pressure to

Universities’ efforts to boost their intake of disadvantaged students has led to more feeling under “psychological pressure” to cheat due to financial woes, the new chair of higher education quality watchdog has said.     In recent… Prof Simon Gaskell, chair of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), said that the temptation to “cut corners” is linked to how stressed students feel and this is now “significantly higher” than it used to be. In his first interview since taking up the post earlier this month, he said that students feel under a “great deal” of pressure these days including financial pressure and the pressure to do well in their degree and go on to get a good job.  read more

Graduates face tough recruitment process for jobs in Gilmores department

first_imgJOBSEEKERS APPLYING FOR graduate positions in the Diplomatic Service in the Department of Foreign Affairs will face a gruelling recruitment process, according to details provided by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore.Gilmore said the deadline for the jobs was 10 October and applications were to be made online.“Candidates will be required to take a number of online and assessment centre tests in October and November, with preliminary and second round interviews due to be held in December and January,” Gilmore said.The number of appointments made will depend on the department’s overall staffing position during the lifetime of the new panel, he said, having regard to the exigencies of the targets set for the department.“I would hope that it will be possible to make at least 10 appointments immediately,” the Tánaiste added.Read: Want to work in the civil service? New jobs being advertised from today>Read: 217 people have worked JobBridge internships in government departments>last_img read more

Karas underworld financier sues ATO

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Tom Karas, an associate of Tony Mokbel who is alleged to have used the identity of a distant Greek relative from Pylos to avoid tax, is suing the ATO. The action marks the latest round of a tax battle worth tens of millions of dollars between Melbourne financier Tom Karas 47, of Fitzroy, and the ATO. Karas has launched a Federal Court action to prevent the tax authorities getting $44 million. Described in an affidavit to the Supreme Court earlier this year, the ATO described Karas as “a primary person of interest to the joint special project conducted between the serious non-compliance section of the ATO and Victoria Police’s Purana taskforce investigating those who may be involved in, or benefiting from, Melbourne’s organised crime scene”. The ATO alleges Karas received millions of dollars in undisclosed funds, using a false identity – Christos Karaglanis from 2003 to 2010. Mr Karas claims Karaglanis exists, and that he should not be liable for income tax for Karaglanis.In June, Victoria’s Supreme Court ordered Mr Karas’ assets be frozen after the tax office alleged he used a false identity from 2003 to 2010 to hide income. For the past decade the Purana taskforce has used the civil court system to systematically dismantle and seize assets bought from the alleged sale of drugs by large crime syndicates. The ATO alleges Mr Karas used the name of Christos Karaglanis, who lives in Greece, to avoid more than $21 million in income tax. The ATO is also claiming $23 million in interest and penalties. Karas claims the ATO has wrongly assessed cash he had ‘held’ on behalf of Mr Karaglanis and is seeking a declaration that the ATO’s tax assessments are unlawful. He is also pursuing an injunction stopping the ATO from pursuing the assessments. Mr Karas has attracted much attention from the police and ATO since 2006, when he began lending money to some of Victoria’s most notorious underworld figures.last_img read more

Davies Spurs derby defeat to Arsenal really hurts

first_imgTottenham full-back Ben Davies revealed the entire squad is suffering from their 4-2 defeat to rivals Arsenal on SundaySpurs headed into the break with a 2-1 lead at the Emirates after goals from Eric Dier and Harry Kane cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener.However, in light of Arsenal coach Unai Emery’s double substitution in the during half-time, Spurs conceded three goals after the break to lose the North London derby 4-2.The result also saw Arsenal leapfrog Spurs into fourth-place in the Premier League table.“It’s a horrible feeling losing the derby,” Davies told the club website.“Losing the derby hurts a lot. it’s about us dealing with that now and trying to put it right in the next few games.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s a very disappointing result but we have to go away, try to get it out of our minds now and focus on the next games coming up.“They came out of the blocks, but we had a really good go and got back into the game.“That’s why it’s so disappointing we let it slip. Those are the games where you sometimes have to grind it out and we didn’t do that well enough.“You have to deal with the highs and the lows. That’s football. Obviously, losing the derby hurts a lot and it’s about us dealing with that now and trying to put it right in the next few games.“We have to make sure we pick up three points against Southampton and bounce back straight away.”Spurs will host Southampton at Wembley on Wednesday with kick-off set for 21:00 (CET).last_img read more

Blackout leads to threat against Medford TV station

first_imgMEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Police say a man who was upset he couldn’t watch local Fox programming from his satellite TV provider threatened to blow up the KMVU Fox 26 station in Medford and shoot a specific employee.Police arrested 47-year-old Jeffry Alan Sebastian Wednesday on charges of attempted coercion and harassment.The Fox affiliate and Dish Network failed to negotiate a deal last month, leading to a blackout.The Mail Tribune reports Sebastian can watch Fox programs on the jail’s TV sets.last_img read more

Miami Beach commissioner accused of sexual battery

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami Beach commissioner Ricky Arriola is under investigation for sexual battery.A woman has accused Arriola of raping her, and now the State Attorney’s Office is investigating.The commissioner has since released a statement that says, “There is zero truth to the complaint in question. I was on a first date with a woman who I met on an online dating site. I felt that she had too much to drink over dinner, and she was intoxicated, so I believed that the best thing to do was end the date and go home. She was upset with my decision, but I knew this was the right thing to do. Multiple witnesses who saw us that evening can confirm this sequence of events.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday July 21

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: Brooklyn, New York Congressman Edolphus Towns is lobbying for reform of the judicial practice of, “mandatory minimums.” We’ll talk to Towns about his effort and the effect mandatory minimums have had on communities of color over the years. And well publicized, numerous incidents of police brutality and racial violence directed at Black Americans which has caused a state of emergency in the minds of many, and challenged the mental health of many in the Black community. We’ll talk to mental health experts about the psychological and emotional price of being Black in America.  It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

Arabesque magic

first_imgLove experimenting with food? Head over to Hyatt Regency this week to get a taste of some authentic Turkish, Lebanese and Jordanian food at the Arabesque Flavours at Cafe, the 24-hour coffee shop of the hotel. Prepared by Chef  Ali Alhaj, Chef De Cuisine all the way from Park Hyatt Dubai, indulge yourself in some authentic Hummus, Motabel, Muhamarra, Taboulleh, Fattoush, Baba Ghanoush, Kibdat Dajaj (chicken liver with lemon and garlic), Fitter Moutafa (mushroom with coriander, garlic and lemon juice), Mouajanats (dough stuffed with cheese, meat and spinach), Kabab Halabi (lamb minced with walnut and parsley) a variety of soups including a lentil soup, the Moroccan harera soup and the Chicken vermicelli soup. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Currently chef de cuisine at Café Arabesque, Park Hyatt Dubai, Chef Ali’s passion for cooking started when he was 14, when his father opened a small restaurant in their home town of Hama, Syria, serving traditional Syrian cuisine.  His favourite cuisine to cook is Syrian-style Arabic cuisine and next comes Italian, as he says that the flavours and ingredients in Italian food are very similar to the ones he has grown up with. We tried the Hommus, moutabel, Tabouleh, Fattush, mohamara, Beetroot salad, okra salad, mushroom salad, harra Beirut, baba ghanug and the Moroccan harera soup for starters and moved to green peas rice, lamb kabab halabi, fish fillet with lemon garlic sauce, Jordanian chicken mousakhan, Patata harra and  Mahashi wine leaves. Each dish was as authentic as it came and we assure that you will be going back for more. The festival is on till 30 August and you can head over for lunch (12:00 Noon to 2:30 pm) or dinner (7:00pm to 11:30pm) and the Arabesque buffet comes to you at Rs 2,000 per person (without taxes and alcohol).last_img read more

MSI GL62M 7REX OnePlus 5T Lenovo Legion R720 Xiaomi Mi Note 2

first_img Share Tweet Submit We’ve got a lot of great deals for you today. These cover smartphones, accessories and notebooks and are bound to leave everyone happy. If you’re looking for a new gadget, or a power bank or even notebooks, plenty of stuff is on sale today. So, without further ado, let’s get to it. The discounts are available for a limited time – and we’ve added their expiry dates as well. So, if you’re going to make a decision, make one fast and take a look below for the details.OnePlus 5T, MSI GL62M 7REX, Xiaomi Note 2 4G And Other Gadgets Plus Accessories Are Off For As Much As 20% – Act Fast To Save Some Serious MoneyWhether you’re a gamer, a smartphone user, a traveler or a photographer, our deals will make sure you do not go home disappointed. Folks over at Gearbest feel particularly generous today, and we’re here to make sure you get to know all about it.The OnePlus 5T 4G, 8GB RAM:This particular variant of the OnePlus 5T is available at $619.99, down by 5%. The device also features 128GB internal storage and with the Snapdragon 835, will make sure that you do not need a flagship upgrade for at least a year – if you’re not a fan of heavy usage. This promotional offer ends in 24 hours and you can access it here.MSI GL62M 7REX – 223CN Gaming Laptop:The MSI 7REX comes with a 15.6 inch screen, Windows 10 and Intel’s Core i7 7700HQ. It features default 8GB RAM which can be expanded to 32GB and 1TB internal storage. The rig is off 21% at $1030 and you can buy it here. Hurry up though, this deals ends in four days, so you need to act fast.Xiaomi Ultra Thin 10,000mAh Mobile Power Bank:Use an iPhone? Well, if you do, then throttling due to low battery is a major problem. Thankfully, Xiaomi’s got your back. Its ultra thin 10,000mAh mobile power bank is down by 26% to $18.99. Interested? Head over here. As above, the deal ends in four days, but given the price, this really isn’t a hard decision to make if you want a power bank.Lenovo Legion R720 15.6″ Screen GTX1050Ti 1TB HDD:The Lenovo Legion R720 features Intel’s Core i5-7300HQ, with four cores. It also features Nvidia’s GTX 1050Ti with 4GB GDDR5. To top things up, you get 8GB RAM which is expandable to 32GB and 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD. The rig is down to $958.99 after a 20% discount. You’ve got slightly more time to decide whether to buy this one, as this particular deal ends in five days. Interested? Head over here.Xiaomi Mi Note 2 4GB RAM 64GB Internal Storage:The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is not a new device. It was launched nearly two years back, and features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821. Of course, that also means you’ll need to pay nearly half of what the OnePlus 5T is going for. Interested in the phablet? Head over here. The deal ends in 16 hours and the Mi Note 2 is down by a massive 24%.Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3″:The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air features a 13.3″ screen, 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. It’s powered by Intel’s Core i5-8550U, which is the low power variant of Santa Clara’s processor lineup. The Mi Notebook is down to $953 after a 15% discount. Head over here if you’re interested. This deal ends in four days.10-in-1 Mobile Photography Kit:If you love taking photographs on your smartphone, this is the deal for you. The 10 in 1 mobile photography kit comes with a lot of accessories, which will suit your needs in a variety of environments, for a variety of different shots. It’s down 11% at $14.99, which really is a bargain if you ask us. Interested? Head over here. The deal ends in four days.last_img read more

Air Canada Centre no more home of Maple Leafs and Raptors is

first_imgAir Canada Centre no more; home of Maple Leafs and Raptors is getting a new name Share Posted by Tags: Air Canada, Toronto The Canadian Press center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — The name of Toronto’s Air Canada Centre will be changing next year.A source confirmed to The Canadian Press that Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment has reached a 20-year sponsorship agreement with Scotiabank that will see the home to the NHL’s Maple Leafs and NBA’s Raptors renamed Scotiabank Arena.The change will reportedly take place July 1.Air Canada held the naming rights to the arena since it opened on Feb. 19, 1999.The arena, commonly known as the ACC by Toronto’s sports fans, is also home to the Toronto Rock of Major League Lacrosse and is a top destination for major music acts. Wednesday, August 30, 2017 last_img read more

Businessman found not guilty after brutal police arrest

first_imgMr Imraan Sader, the owner of RS Butchery, won his case today (Monday) in court after police wrongfully arrested him on September 14 last year.The call came in to SAPS as the theft of a cell-phone and that a security guard had been assaulted. According to Mr Sader, police officers stormed into the building, handcuffed him and dragged him out of his own shop.Mr Sader was arrested and put into a cell to spend the night. He was released the next day on R500 bail. Mr Sader says he should not have been arrested in the first place, as he had done nothing wrong. Police thought he was the one who had assaulted a security guard. “My business sustained losses due to the injuries I sustained and police didn’t even provide any explanation for barging in and hauling me off like that,” he says. The official police response for the arrest was HEREMr Sader is happy that the correct decision was made by the magistrate, and that the ordeal is over for him and his family. He and his wife Sarah thank Attorney Vishnu Moodley for the excellent job he did and for the manner in which he conducted the trial. They say they had total confidence in him from the outset.Attorney Vishnu Moodley is also very pleased with the outcome and that justice has been served. He regrets Mr Sader’s mistreatment at the hands of the police and says they will be proceeding with a hefty civil claim against the SAPS for damages suffered by Mr Sader.The first court appearance was on the very day Mr Sader was released, and the matter was finalised today (March 2). Mr Sader was found not guilty and discharged at the close of the State’s case. He was charged with crimen injuria, resisting arrest and interfering with policemen while conducting their duties.Mr Sader still has handcuff marks on his arms to this day. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more