Home2 Suites receives Grant to build vegetable gardens to fill a need for perishables

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Home2 Suites recognized that FSJ Woman’s Resource Society needed access to more non-perishable items and has received a grant to build vegetable gardens.For the past two years, Home2 Suites has been challenging businesses in the community with their ‘One Bag Challenge’ in which a business purchases a bag of non-perishable food to be donated to the FSJWRS and then nominates five more businesses or persons to do the same.During this time Nadya Mclean, Director of Operations of Home2 Suites noticed the lack of available fresh produce for the FSJWRS.  Recognizing there was an open parking lot on the property of the Home2 Suites facility, Mclean submitted the plans to Hilton for a grant through the ‘Travel with purpose Action Grant’ program.- Advertisement -Hilton accepted the plans and Mclean and staff are ready to put their garden in action, converting the space into vegetable gardens to grow fresh produce that is easy to grow and will have a shelf life can then be donated to the FSJWRS starting this Spring.In response to the received grant and plan of Home2 Suites, FSJWRS is excited as this is an opportunity for a lot of people assessing the centre who don’t often get fresh produce. It’s a great way to share with neighbours and a healthy way to increase food security.With the FSJWRS client base demand growing the staff are grateful for the amazing things Home2 Suites has done for them and helping with food security.Advertisementlast_img read more

Muslims angry at pope for comments

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleSome experts said the perceived provocation by the spiritual leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics could leave even deeper scars. “The declarations from the pope are more dangerous than the cartoons, because they come from the most important Christian authority in the world – the cartoons just came from an artist,” said Diaa Rashwan, an analyst in Cairo, Egypt, who studies Islamic militancy. On Friday, Pakistan’s parliament adopted a resolution condemning Benedict for making what it called “derogatory” comments about Islam, and seeking an apology. Hours later, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry summoned the Vatican’s ambassador to express regret over the pope’s remarks Tuesday. Notably, the strongest denunciations came from Turkey – a moderate democracy seeking European Union membership – which Benedict is scheduled to visit in November as his first trip as pope to a Muslim country. Salih Kapusuz, deputy leader of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamic-rooted party, said Benedict’s remarks were either “the result of pitiful ignorance” about Islam and its prophet or, worse, a deliberate distortion. ISTANBUL, Turkey – Pakistan’s legislature unanimously condemned Pope Benedict XVI. Lebanon’s top Shiite cleric demanded an apology. And in Turkey, the ruling party likened the pontiff to Hitler and Mussolini and accused him of reviving the mentality of the Crusades. Across the Islamic world Friday, Benedict’s remarks on Islam and jihad in a speech in Germany unleashed a torrent of rage that many fear could burst into violent protests like those that followed publication of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad. By citing an obscure Medieval text that characterizes some of the teachings of Islam’s founder as “evil and inhuman,” Benedict inflamed Muslim passions and aggravated fears of a new outbreak of anti-Western protests. The last outpouring of Islamic anger at the West came in February over the prophet cartoons first published in a Danish newspaper. The drawings sparked protests – some of them deadly – in almost every Muslim nation in the world. “He has a dark mentality that comes from the darkness of the Middle Ages. He is a poor thing that has not benefited from the spirit of reform in the Christian world,” Kapusuz told Turkish state media. “It looks like an effort to revive the mentality of the Crusades. “Benedict, the author of such unfortunate and insolent remarks, is going down in history for his words,” Kapusuz added. “He is going down in history in the same category as leaders such as Hitler and Mussolini.” Even Turkey’s staunchly pro-secular opposition party demanded that the pope apologize before his visit. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi has tried to defuse anger, saying the pope did not intend to offend Muslim sensibilities and insisting that Benedict respects Islam. In Pakistan, the Vatican envoy voiced regret at “the hurt caused to Muslims.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Cam Newtons Advice to Johnny Manziel Apparently Did Not

Photo by zimbio.comCam Newton, the former Heisman Trophy winner, said he conversed with enigmatic Johnny Manziel “a few times” this summer. Apparently, whatever Newton had to offer did not stick, as the news gets worse each day for “Johnny Football.”The latest is that a Las Vegas broker said he paid Manziel $7,500 to sign helmets, a blatant violation of NCAA rules that could render the rising sophomore ineligible for the upcoming season. Not good.Newton survived an NCAA investigation into pay-for-play allegations. He was not found to have committed any wrongdoing and was not suspended from any games.Manziel “has to go through these types of situations to know how to handle them in the future,” Newton said. “When somebody comes up to you and asks for your autograph, you don’t know if they’re going to do it for good or bad” purposes.“For any college athlete you are vulnerable to so many things,” Newton said. “You think everybody loves you for who you are.“When I was there at college, so many people wanted from me and I wanted to give so much,” he added. “Like I would sign this and give my time and this, this and that. And nobody was looking at it through my [eyes]. If you say no to this particular person, you are going to be a [jerk]. You are going to be the person that people look at as, ‘What’s up? We came out here and supported you and cheered for you and you can’t sign an autograph?’ Never mind that you signed 300 other autographs before. But that’s the nature of the beast.”Despite whatever Newton shared with Manziel, the Texas A&M star has struggled to stay out of the news since leading Texas A&M to an 11-2 record and an upset win over No. 1 Alabama en route to becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman.The latest potential problem involves an ESPN report that the NCAA is investigating whether Manziel was paid for signing hundreds of autographs last January.Newton said he hopes “that everything works out in the best for him so he can get back to what he likes to do and that’s playing football.” read more

The Russian Ambassador and his Delhi connect

first_imgHonouring our diplomatic ties with Russia, Delhi Study Group celebrated the silver jubilee of Alexander M Kadakin, a veteran Russian ambassador to India. Vijay Jolly, the president of the group, presided over the event to elaborate on the bilateral relations between India and Russia.The ambassador was presented with a flowers, trophy and citation for his years long services to promote the ties between the two countries and its people. Mayors of South and North Delhi, Sarita Chaudhary and Master Azad Singh and Deputy Mayor of East Delhi, Mahender Kumar Ahuja, graced the occasion with their benign presence. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In his address, Vijay Jolly proclaimed that during Kadakin’s tenure, the bilateral relations got a boost and we worked together successfully in the field of science, technology, space, education, military hardware and two way trade between the nations.  Kadakin, who is fluent in Hindi, French, Urdu, Romanian and Russian languages was a great force in bolstering the relations. It was a nostalgic moment for the ambassador who recollected his memories from 25 years. He also narrated his close relations with various former Indian Prime Ministers & his intense love for India.A photo exhibition relived  his moments in India with pictures of him interacting with great Indian leaders like Late Smt. Indira Gandhi, Late Morarji Desai, Late Rajiv Gandhi, Late Narsimha Rao, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani and Manmohan Singh during his long innings in India.last_img read more

Cant Live WithCant Live Without Skype for Business

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read Register Now » This story appears in the December 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Can’t Live with It’I use Skype regularly to communicate with clients in the U.S., Europe and Asia and sometimes set up conference calls. Although Skype provides a valuable service at no cost, its security is poor and customer service nonexistent. In the spring, I began receiving unsolicited calls at my home and office from Skype-based numbers. I unplugged my office phones and left a voicemail advising people to try me on another number. Clients were concerned–one asked if I couldn’t pay my phone bill–and I missed other important calls. I tried calling Skype but there is no phone number associated with the phone service. After searching the web, I discovered you could post issues on one of its forums. Eventually Skype stopped the calls. I determined that my phone numbers had been harvested from my Skype profile. Skype is the de facto standard of international business callers, so despite my fears of further security compromises and poor customer service concerns, I still use Skype upon request.”–George Cohen, president, George Cohen Communications Inc., BostonCan’t Live Without It’We literally use Skype all day, every day to communicate between employees and vendors in different locations. Also, both offices use Skype Chat as back-channel communications during conference calls with remote clients. By chatting back and forth, we make decisions literally while the client is asking a question, and decide who on the team is best qualified to do it. We then use chat to pass snippets of information or even full files to help them answer the question. It’s a lot of fun to watch knowledge being passed by a group on one channel and hearing it disseminated by an individual on another channel–all in real time and with great effectiveness. We save Skype Video for more in-depth conversations, creative team meetings or for presentations that need visual representation. We also use it as a social tool to bring the two offices together. Screen sharing is a great feature for offices in multiple locations. Everything runs smoother when we use Skype and fewer mistakes are made.”–Jay Lohmann, creative partner, TagTeam Creative, Dallas and Colorado Springs, Colo. November 13, 2009 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Strike at Brussels airport leaves hundreds stranded

first_imgStrike at Brussels airport leaves hundreds stranded << Previous PostNext Post >> By: The Associated Press Friday, October 26, 2018 BRUSSELS — Hundreds of passengers have been left stranded at Brussels International Airport after luggage handlers went on strike over workload and pay demands.Overnight, several hundred passengers had to spend the night in the airport after their planes were left stranded. By noon on Friday, well over 100 flights had been cancelled. Some passengers had to line up for hours, hoping to still get a flight at the start of the autumn holiday season.The Aviapartner luggage handling company serves major companies like Ryanair, TUI, EasyJet and British Airways. Tags: Brussels, Strike Sharelast_img read more