first_imgView a transcript of the live chat between Vancouver City Council candidates Larry Smith and Cory Barnes held on Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. on Columbian.com.Cory BarnesAge: 24.Background: Store manager, Sutinen Consulting Inc. Republican campaign volunteer; 2008 and 2010 GOP convention delegate, served as county representative on state GOP Platform Committee in 2008 and served on county GOP Platform Committee in 2010. Active member in local “We the People” and “Campaign for Liberty.”Funds Raised: $5,595.Major Endorsements: Rep. Paul Harris; David Madore, U.S. Digital CEO; Michael Delavar and Jon Russell, Washougal city councilors.Website: http://www.Cory4Council.com.Name: Larry Smith.Age: 69.Background: Retired. Vancouver city councilor since 2003 and mayor pro tem from 2010 to present. Former director of Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation; former Vancouver assistant city attorney; former real estate broker. Serves on C-Tran board; 40et8, Voiture 99 Military Society; statewide Association of Washington Cities Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; Rotary International.Funds Raised: $18,644.Major Endorsements: Building Industry Association of Clark County; Clark County Realtors Association; Central Labor Roundtable; Sierra Club; SW Washington State Electricians PAC No. 48; county commissioners Marc Boldt and Steve Stuart, state Reps. Ann Rivers, Jim Moeller, Sharon Wylie and Tim Probst; state Sen. Craig Pridemore; and Mayor Tim Leavitt.Website: http://www.voteforlarrysmith.com.Cory Barnes said he’s here to put Vancouver City Councilor Larry Smith on trial.Barnes, a political newcomer, faces an uphill battle for Position 5 against Smith, who has been on the city council since 2003 and also serves as mayor pro tem.last_img

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first_imgGAO, Mali – A car-bomb explosion in northern Mali killed three civilians on Monday, and one group reportedly claimed that Canadian soldiers and other foreign forces were targeted.The Canadian Armed Forces said in an email Monday that it was aware of an explosion in the city of Gao, adding that all Canadian personnel were safe at Camp Castor.The Ministry of Security and Civil Protection of Mali says on its Facebook page that a trapped vehicle burst into flames in a courtyard in Gao.The ministry says three people were killed, two were injured and neighbouring homes were damaged.SITE, an American group that monitors jihadist websites, says an organization posing as al-Qaida’s branch in Mali has claimed “a suicide bomb blast on the headquarters of foreign forces, including British, Canadian and Germans, in Gao.”A Canadian peacekeeping contingent took over from Germans and Belgians in Mali in early July, and its main task is to evacuate the wounded peacekeepers by helicopter.The Canadian mission includes eight helicopters and 250 crew members and soldiers.Mali has been torn apart by conflict since a rebellion in the north and a coup in the capital in 2012. The turmoil has been aggravated in recent years by poverty, drought and the influx of Islamic extremists.Dozens of peacekeepers have died in attacks in Mali and dozens more have been wounded since the creation of the UN mission in 2013.last_img

first_imgA host of celebrities including Strictly Come Dancing stars Kristina Rihanoff and Robin Windsor attended a special space themed celebration today to honour the courage and bravery of children who have been diagnosed with cancer.Kristina Rihanoff Attends Little Stars Awards PartyThe Little Star Awards party, organised by Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx, is an annual event that brings together youngsters from across the UK for a fun packed party in their honour.The party, held at The Roof Gardens in Kensington, London, saw 20 inspirational Little Stars, who are currently battling or have undergone treatment for cancer, enjoy entertainment and games and live music before receiving award medals in front of their families. The day was rounded off with entertainment from CBeebies favourite RastaMouse and musical group GoGoGo!.Strictly Come Dancing star Robin Windsor said: “To lend my support to the Little Star Awards once again is such an incredible honour for me. These amazing kids and their families have been through such tough and gruelling times and to see their strength, spirit and constant positivity is truly humbling. Each and every one of these children is a hero.”Fellow Strictly dancer Kristina Rihanoff said: “It’s such a privilege to be supporting the Little Star Awards and to help show these brave kids and their families that they are always in our thoughts. To have gone through so much at such a young age is incredibly tough and the Little Star Awards party is a fantastic way to reward these amazing kids for their phenomenal courage.”Eastenders star Maisie Smith said: “I’m so glad I was invited to the Little Stars Awards today. The Little Stars are so brave and they deserve to be celebrated at this special party.”Eastenders star Maddy Hill: “I’m so glad that I have been invited to the Little Star Awards, the space themed party is brilliant. The Little Stars have had a great time and so have I. Despite so many of them still being poorly, they are so positive and happy, it’s great to see them smiling.”Actor Jamie Borthwick said, “I had a wonderful time at the Little Star Awards and it has been a pleasure to meet the Little Stars and their families. It’s been a lovely day and it’s nice to see the Little Stars laughing, playing and having an amazing time at their party. I am a keen supporter of Cancer Research UK and the work they do to help beat cancer sooner.”Pop star Elyar Fox said: “I’m so happy to support the Little Star Awards. It reminds me of how lucky so many of us are, the Little Stars and their families have been through so much and some still have more to go through. This is a fantastic event and a great way to celebrate these little heroes.”Party activities provided by Sharkey & George.The Little Star Awards in partnership with Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx celebrate the courage of all children who have been diagnosed with cancer. Every child nominated receives an award and a goody bag, including a £50 TK Maxx voucher. For more information visit www.cruk.org/littlestar.last_img

Recalling the human rights abuses suffered by her country decades ago, the President of Chile today urged national leaders gathered at the United Nations for its annual general debate to end impunity for violations.“Exactly 30 years ago, the General Assembly received terrible news: Orlando Letelier, the former Foreign Minister and Defence Minister of President Allende, had been brutally murdered on the street in Washington, DC,” Michelle Bachelet said. “The delegates were moved by that crime and today I remember it with emotion to illustrate how we have learned the lessons from the past.”Stressing that nothing justifies the violation of human rights, she declared her country’s firm rejection of impunity. “I assure you all of our commitment and enthusiasm to participate in the initiatives designed to promote human rights and democracy,” she said, welcoming numerous advances in the field, particularly the adoption of the International Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Forced Disappearance.Guatemalan President Oscar Berger Perdomo also looked back on his country’s history, saying that compared to 1996, when peace accords ended the war there, the human rights situation had improved greatly.“At the same time, we recognized that much remain to be done,” he said, noting that the UN has an office in the country and has been invited to support a Commission to Investigate Illicit and Clandestine Groups.Voicing support for indigenous rights, he said the General Assembly should soon adopt the new Declaration on this issue.Esteban Lazo Hernández, the Vice-President of Cuba, spoke about the results of the recent Non-Aligned Movement summit, held in Havana, which produced consensus on a number of pressing issues. Among these, “the Summit clearly and firmly pronounced itself against terrorism, double standards in international relations, coercive unilateral measures against any nation, ‘regime change’ policies and the failure of developed countries to fulfil their commitments in economic and social areas.”He also criticized current United States policies towards Cuba. “The Bush administration has stepped up its brutally hostile measures against Cuba with new economic sanctions which further intensify the longest blockade human history has known,” he said. “The very Government of the United States recognizes that it is spending more, today, in persecuting and punishing those who have business dealings with Cuba than in monitoring the finances of those who attacked the Twin Towers.”Néstor Carlos Kirchner, Argentina’s President, reflected on his country’s history and its relevance to the work of the UN. “In the field of human rights, after over two decades of sustained democratic rule in the Argentina, we experienced in 2003 a true paradigm shift,” he said. “In response to the mandates of the whole society, the three powers of the State have adopted, within their respective scopes, coinciding decisions against impunity, preserving memory, truth, justice and granting reparations.”Based on its own experience, Argentina had strongly supported the enshrinement of human rights at the centre of the UN’s work “so as to upgrade the institutional level of their treatment to that already given to development and to the maintenance of international peace and security.”Martin Torrijos Espino, the President of Panama, said that considerable time and energy had been devoted in recent years to reforming the UN, based on the profound conviction that it was an indispensable organization for humanity. Critics, he said, should honestly question what the world would be like without the UN. Governments were the objects of daily scrutiny by their peoples, and they often received severe criticism, but nobody suggested doing away with the government. People tried to make governments better for the same reason that they wanted the UN to improve, because it was equally necessary. He said that denunciations of human rights violators made at the UN had an enormous power of deterrence. While acknowledging that there had been horrendous violations during the Organization’s existence, he stressed that the situation had improved over decades past. Leonel Fernandez Reyna, President of the Dominican Republic, hailed recent efforts to reform the UN, including the creation of the Human Rights Council and the Peacebuilding Commission, but emphasized that the process would remain incomplete without changing the Security Council. That 15-member body must be expanded to make it more representative of the various regions and national interests of the world, he said.He welcomed the Council’s recent decision to extend the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) for six months, asserting that the Dominican Republic “has assumed a strong commitment to the re-establishment of stability in Haiti.”Ecuador’s President, Alfredo Palacio, noted the gross disparities in health indicators across the world, citing the example of life expectancy, which was more than 80 years in Japan while barely reaching 36 years in Botswana.“We must guarantee greater equity in health expenses throughout the world in order to overcome the huge differences between the few dollars invested per capita in poor countries and the thousands of dollars invested per capita in the developed world,” he said.President Palacio called for strengthening the UN World Health Organization and making a “huge” mobilization of financial resources to reduce inequality in medical services.“This will allow the development of health systems and models capable of ensuring explicit benefits to each and every one of the inhabitants of the planet.”

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