Jewish community in Toronto supports a peaceful Caribbean

first_imgTORONTO, Canada — During a special service for Israel on Tuesday night held at the Beth Avraham Yoseph Synagogue in Toronto, Canada, under the theme “Canada standing with Israel and Israel’s right to exist in the Middle East,” participants also expressed solidarity with the aims and objectives of the organisers of the Peaceful Caribbean Conference, scheduled to be held in Barbados next month, in their initiative to seek solutions to the spread of violence and terrorism in the wider Caribbean.(L-R) Peaceful Caribbean Conference Media Director Melanius Alphonse; Conference Director Rebecca Theodore; and Amir R. Gissin, Israeli Consul General in TorontoConference director Rebecca Theodore participated in the discussions and took the opportunity to draw attention to the ongoing efforts by Iran to establish a foothold in Latin American countries — in North America’s backyard – specifically in Venezuela, which provides a springboard for activity in the region.She pointed out that Iran and its emissaries in the region also engage in extensive social, cultural, and religious activity aimed at exporting the Islamic Revolution. The resulting infrastructure in Latin America could, in time of need, help Iran act against the United States itself or against Western interests in Latin America in various scenarios: if its nuclear installations are attacked by Israel and/or the United States, or if, should Iran’s sense of isolation and encirclement intensify, it seeks to initiate crises with the US, perhaps on the model of the Cuban missile crisis. In the meantime, according to Theodore, Iran is exploiting the relative proximity to the US to illegally penetrate its territory (via Mexico) as well as to prepare a terror and sabotage infrastructure within the US itself.Equally, Iran and Hezbollah will take and most likely are taking advantage of Venezuelan ties and influence in the wider Caribbean to infiltrate the small countries and islands of the region, thereby moving ever closer to the United States and Canada.Members of the Jewish community in Toronto have expressed a firm interest in the aims and objectives of the Peaceful Caribbean Conference 2012 and indicated a willingness to attend and support a presentation at the Jamaican Canadian Centre in Toronto on Saturday, March 17, 2012, at 3:00 pm in support of the conference.By Caribbean News Now contributor Share 52 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Jewish community in Toronto supports a peaceful Caribbean by: – March 9, 2012last_img read more

LIVE BLOG: Minnesota vs. Wisconsin

first_imgWith a win Tuesday night, the Wisconsin Badgers will build on a streak Bo Ryan’s built since his first year in Madison – a top-four finish in the Big Ten.The No. 15 Badgers (21-8, 10-6) host the Minnesota Gophers (17-12, 5-11) at the Kohl Center, where a victory will guarantee UW of finishing no lower than fourth in the conference, as well as hand the school a first-round bye in next weekend’s Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. Wisconsin first faced Minnesota back on Feb. 9 in Minneapolis, where a determined Gophers squad forced overtime before the Badgers escaped The Barn with a 68-61 win. Now, the Badgers are riding high after Sunday’s upset win at Ohio State, while the Gophers have lost five straight.Fellow Herald Sports editor Elliot Hughes and myself will be live at the Kohl Center all game long to keep you updated on the live blog below, as well as on Twitter @BHeraldSports. Thanks for following along, and have a great Tuesday night.<a href=”” >Minnesota vs. Wisconsin</a>last_img read more

Birmingham sign Celtic youngster Johnstone

first_img Denny Johnstone in action for Scotland Under-19s Birmingham have completed the signing of rookie striker Denny Johnstone from Celtic.talkSPORT told you earlier this month that Lee Clark was considering handing the forward a contract after he impressed on trial.And now it has been confirmed that Birmingham have landed Johnstone, 19, on a three-year deal after agreeing a compensation fee with Celtic.Johnstone was recommended to Clark by former Celtic coach Alan Thompson, who was recently appointed senior professional development coach at St Andrews.“I’d like to thank the board and everybody involved for making this happen.” Clark told the club’s official website. “Negotiations with Celtic have been long but we got there in the end.“The board have backed me because I feel the boy can offer future value to the squad. Denny was highly thought of by Celtic and they wanted to keep him but the boy wanted to move on.“Two unnamed Scottish Premier League clubs also wanted to bring him in as their number one striker, while opponents he faced playing for Celtic in The NextGen Series also expressed an interest off the back of his performances.“Having Alan [Thompson] on board has helped to smooth the move as he’s a familiar face around the club. I just think Denny will give us something different to the other strikers we have at the club. He’s very competitive and can hold the ball up well but he’s also got terrific movement in and around the box. We have high hopes for Denny and I’m delighted that we could make it happen.” 1last_img read more

How to throw an awesome New Year’s geocaching bash in 5 easy steps

first_imgNew Year’s is an opportunity to celebrate the end of one year and welcome the beginning of the next. While end-of-year traditions come in many shapes and sizes, celebrations around the world will all have one thing in common this year: geocaching.This year, we invite you to say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016 with two new geocaching souvenirs. Find a geocache or attend an event on December 31 to earn the Goodbye 2015 souvenir. Then, start your year off right with the Hello 2016 souvenir, which can also be earned by finding a geocache or attending an event on January 1.Without further ado, here are four easy steps to hosting a great New Year’s geocaching bash!Step 1: Pick a themeLike creating a new geocaching username, all great Event Caches start out with a theme. Here are a few examples to get your creative juices flowing:Host a “DNF Forgiveness” party. In Japan, New Year’s is considered a time for renewal — for forgetting the problems of the past and forgiving any grudges or misunderstandings. Make your event a safe space for geocachers to move on from those DNFs that have haunted them in 2015.Throw a muggle initiation party. Do you have friends who would love geocaching, but haven’t tried it out yet? Planning a New Year’s Event Cache can be the perfect way to get them started! Make the event both fun and educational, and invite your fellow geocachers to bring their non-geocaching friends too. Newbies can then get started by finding their first geocache the very next day.Keep things warm & cozy. Plan a daytime event on January 1 at a coffee shop or cafe so that geocachers can warm up (or cool down) with a tasty beverage after finding their first geocache(s) of the year.Step 2: Select the date, time, and location of your eventThis is an easy one: plan your event for December 31 or January 1 so that it qualifies for a souvenir. In picking a time, be sure to think about your guests. If you’re encouraging families to bring young kids, you may want to plan your event earlier in the evening on New Year’s Eve or even schedule a daytime event on January 1.Reminder: The geocaching guidelines prohibit event stacking. To avoid event stacking, Event Caches should be separated by time, organized by different geocachers, have a minimum duration of 30 minutes and take place at a different location than other events. Please check out the geocaching guidelines for more information about planning an Event Cache.You can host Event Caches anywhere available to the public — a restaurant, park or even your house. Be sure to find a place that has enough space for activities!Step 3: Plan fun and engaging activitiesA great way to make your event fun for all is to schedule activities to help your guests meet each other. Here are some ideas to get you started:Set up a photo booth. This can be as easy as finding an area with a simple background. Play the “geocaching predictions” game. Ask guests to write down their geocaching predictions for 2018 (e.g. “I will find my 25th T5 geocache” or “Moun10Bike will finally beat me to an FTF this year”) and throw them into a bucket. Take turns reading the predictions out loud.Play geocaching bingo. Create a bingo card based on geocaching achievements (e.g. “Earned a new country souvenir” or “Found more than 100 geocaches”). Guests will need to find other geocachers at the event who have completed the achievements in 2015 to fill in their board.Bake a lucky trackable into a cake. In Bolivia, coins are baked into sweets so that whoever finds the coin has good luck for the next year. Give your guests the gift of geocaching luck by hiding trackables in the dessert. Make sure to mention this to them before they take a bite!Step 4: Invite friends, new and old!Create a new event on to have your event listed on (This will also qualify your event for the Goodbye 2015 or Hello 2016 souvenir.) Remember, events must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event date. Once your event has been published, share the event listing with your local geocaching organization.Whether you’re already a well-established social butterfly or a first-time attendee, geocaching events are a great way to meet new people who share your love for geocaching. We hope these tips help you host a rockin’ New Year’s geocaching bash and we’d love to hear your ideas too! What tips do you have for throwing a great geocaching New Year’s event? Tell us in the comments below. SharePrint RelatedSay Hello to 2016 with Two New SouvenirsNovember 10, 2015In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Guide to hosting an unforgettable Last/First New Year’s eventNovember 27, 2018In “Community”How to host the best New Year’s event for Last/FirstNovember 28, 2017In “Community” Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

#KicksStalker: Terrence Romeo makes history with launch of signature shoe ‘TR7’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The sly guard, who has impressed in his stint with Gilas Pilipinas, has been a Peak endorser since last year. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH O.J. Simpson to be released from prison LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Details have yet to be released regarding the TR7 but the number seven pays homage to Romeo’s jersey with Globalport and Far Eastern University.As seen in Romeo’s post, his first shoe features what looks like a mesh upper allowing breathability through the side panels and comes in a low top version. It also has the logo TR on the tongue.Other notable endorsers of the brand are NBA players Tony Parker and Matthew Dellavadova.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Filipino basketball star Terrence Romeo made history when he became the first local player to get his own signature shoe under a major foreign brand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRomeo gave a glimpse of TR7 ver 1.0 by Chinese sportswear brand Peak in an Instagram post on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

9 months agoChelsea boss Sarri: Willian and Hudson-Odoi must stay

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri: Willian and Hudson-Odoi must stayby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says Willian must stay after he proved the matchwinner against Newcastle.Willian is being linked with Barcelona.But Sarri says: “Willian, for us, is a very important player. As I said yesterday in the press conference, in my opinion he has to stay with us. He’s very important player, like Pedro.”Hudson-Odoi is becoming a very important player so with Eden like a striker today, we need wingers, so we need Pedro, Hudson-Odoi and Willian, of course. At this moment he’s a fundamental player.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

21 days ago​Robertson wants ‘complete performance’ from Liverpool against Leicester

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Robertson wants ‘complete performance’ from Liverpool against Leicesterby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool full back Andy Robertson wants to see his side give the perfect performance at the weekend.The Reds are facing off against high flying an in form Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.And Robertson believes that the Reds, who have a 100 percent record in the league so far, need to prove their title credentials against a tough opponent.He also spoke about their recent 4-3 win over RB Salzburg in the Champions League.Robertson told reporters: “At three-nil up and you think you are going to be comfortable but we started probably doing things we shouldn’t have done, we let them back into the game and they are a good team. That’s why that happened.”Then when we went to 3-3 and to show the character we did was important. But we need to sort out that 50-minute period when we weren’t good enough.”We have had a lot of away games but so far, so good but we need to get better and that is the pressure we put on ourselves.”We have got results but today could have been different, Saturday could have been different so we need to look at that and we need to play better.”But when you don’t play well it is important to get results and that’s what we have done. We were very good first half but we need a complete performance and we need that on Saturday.” last_img read more

Manual to Help Journalists Report on Local Government Issues

first_imgThe Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), have collaborated to launch a manual for reporting on Local Government issues. The 88-page manual, ‘Reporting Local Government Issues – A Manual for Jamaican Journalists’,  was developed by noted Communication Specialist and Adjunct Lecturer at CARIMAC, Claude Robinson. It is intended for Jamaican journalists to use as a key resource as they focus more of their reporting on issues of accountability and transparency as well as other areas relating to local government reform. The document was done with the support of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development.  Speaking at the launch, held at CARIMAC, today (December 7), State Minister in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan, said the manual is a timely addition to the Local Government Reform process, as well as a critical means of strengthening relationships with civil society partners and the media, in the pursuit of more effective governance. He said that the administration welcomes any partnership that proves beneficial to the people, especially when the standards defend openness, accountability, transparency and probity as well as provide the necessary tool that will allow the media to garner full and balanced material and content on which to report. Mr. Fagan pointed out that the Ministry is working to fast track the entrenchment of Local Government in the Constitution, as well as continuing to work with the Ministry of Justice to see the promulgation of three critical laws – the New Local Governance Act; the Unified Services Act and Local Government Financing & Financial Management Act. “The critical upgrade of our laws and regulations will significantly streamline the local governance process and ensure greater efficiency and service delivery to our clients,” he said. The manual was created as part of a larger UNDP-funded Jamaica project on ‘Building Civil Society Capacity to Support Good Governance by Local Authorities’, which was implemented between 2010-12. It had as one of its objectives, the improvement of media’s capacity to report on local authorities’ use of public funds. New UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Dr. Elsie Laurence-Chounoune, said the project supported the GOJ in the Local Government Reform Process. “In giving more autonomy to local authorities, there was a greater need to ensure that the authorities were able to handle their expanded powers competently and responsibly. The project worked at strengthening the capacity of civil society and public institutions to provide oversight of public expenditure at the local level,” Dr. Laurence-Chounoune said. She noted too, that the UNDP’s initiative through this project fits into the wider efforts to rid Jamaica of corruption. The manual was awarded first place in the Knowledge Fair of the 5th UNDP Global Anti-corruption Community of Practice in Brazil, last month.last_img read more

Performance in CAPE Improves by 3.2%

first_img The performance by students in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), improved by 3.2 per cent this year. Story Highlights The performance by students in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), improved by 3.2 per cent this year.This was disclosed by Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, at a press conference held at his National Heroes Circle offices in Kingston, on August 18.He informed that there was improved performance in 23 of the 36 subjects, when compared with 2016. The overall subjects included four new areas.“There was a total of 59,740 subject entries for Units 1 and 2. Of this number, 56,468 (approximately 95 per cent) sat these examinations, with an average pass rate of 89.8 per cent, compared to 86.6 per cent last year when 59,394 subject entries were sat,” he said.Providing a further breakdown of the results, Mr. Reid informed that Unit 1 had a total of 41,948 subject entries, of which 39,463 were sat with a pass rate of 88.9 per cent.Of the 17,792 subject entries for Unit 2, a total of 17,005 were sat, with a pass rate of 91.8 per cent.Turning to the performance of students in specific subject areas, the Minister informed that Electrical and Electronic Technology recorded an increase of 29.6 per cent, while Integrated Mathematics saw an increase of 28.8 per cent over the previous year.However, Applied Mathematics and Pure Mathematics saw slight declines of 7.8 and 1.9 per cent respectively, when compared with 2016.In the meantime, Mr. Reid informed that public schools accounted for 84.4 per cent (50,408) of the subject entries for Units 1 and 2. Of this number, 48,116 were sat, with an average pass rate of 91.3 per cent, which is an increase of 3.4 per cent over the previous year.“Unit 1 had a total of 35,129 subject entries, of which 33,413 (95.1 per cent) were sat, with a pass rate of 90.6 per cent, representing a 2.4 percentage points increase from the previous year. Of the 15,279 subject entries for Unit 2, a total of 14,703 (96.2 percent) were sat, with a pass rate of 93 per cent, registering a 5.7 percentage points increase compared with 2016,” he said. In the meantime, Mr. Reid informed that public schools accounted for 84.4 per cent (50,408) of the subject entries for Units 1 and 2. Of this number, 48,116 were sat, with an average pass rate of 91.3 per cent, which is an increase of 3.4 per cent over the previous year. This was disclosed by Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, at a press conference held at his National Heroes Circle offices in Kingston, on August 18.last_img read more