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YMCA nearing design phase completion

Development and design of the new 73,000 square foot YMCA should be completed in the next 30 days, YMCA of Kokomo Executive Director David Dubois told the Kokomo Common Council Monday. Dubois said he hopes to begin construction on the new facility by Sept.

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First Factory Opens in West Bank Industrial Zone

BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK A new factory has opened in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. It is the first paper product plant in the history of the ancient city and the first company to open in a new industrial zone set up by the Palestinian Authority. It’s morning at the Spring Tissues factory on the outskirts of Bethlehem and workers are making rolls of toilet paper. The company started operations two months ago and already produces three tons of toilet tissue rolls a day. Issa Karraa, founder and marketing director of the company, says there was no such factory before in this city of 60,000 people. Nevertheless competition for customers is stiff. We have maybe 10 competitors and every competitor has many brands. So its difficult to enter the market because we dont have that experience. We are new. And its a big challenge,” said Karraa. This is the first factory in Bethlehems new industrial zone, launched several years ago by the Palestinian Authority (with support from France). More than 30 projects are being planned in this and two other zones in Jericho and Jenin, says the Zone Authoritys Marketing Director, Nidal Jabari. We as the Palestinian government want to create jobs, want to support the entire economy of Palestine by using many tools. One of these tools is the industrial zone,” said Jabari. Businessman Jiryes Karraa, Issas father, is helping with the start-up. He is worried because economic growth in the Palestinian territories is stagnating. If its a bad situation, of course we are afraid because if were not going to full capacity we have to become a little bit down ]downsize],” he said. Businessmen say restrictions by the Israeli government on Palestinian imports and exports and access to water and electricity present additional challenges. Normally, Spring Tissue employs 15 people and produces several other products, like tissues and paper towels. But today these lines are idle because raw paper stock, which must be imported, is tied up at an Israeli port. Jabari says both Palestinians and Israelis have an interest in promoting Palestinian enterprise. What we need is to create the peace. We cannot create the peace when these people are very poor. There is no job for them. There is no money for them, no future for them. [So] They are thinking about killing, about bombing,” he said. Prosperity is the best weapon against terrorism, he says, but in any case, Palestinian entrepreneurs will survive because they have learned to improvise, and persevere.

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United Kingdom: 1971 gay marriage ban is history. Rejoice!

1971 gay marriage ban is history. Rejoice!

Ban imposed only 33 years ago. Now repealed Marriage Act 1949 doesnt prohibit same-sex marriage First same-sex marriages take place at midnight on Friday

London, 27 March 2014 – I rejoice that the ban on same-sex marriage in England and Wales is finally being lifted after a campaign for its repeal that lasted 33 years. The ban was imposed for the first time in 1971. Previously, there was no legal prohibition on same-sex marriage.

The 1949 Marriage Act does not require marriage partners to be male and female. The outlawing of same-sex marriage is a recent and historically brief invention by what was a deeply homophobic political and religious establishment. From 29 March, the ban on same-sex marriage is history. Hurrah! said Peter Tatchell, Director of the human rights lobby, the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

For more than two decades, he spearheaded the campaign to open up civil marriage to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation – including organising the first challenge to the ban when five same-sex couples from OutRage! filed marriage licence applications at Westminster register office on 19 March 1992. As a leader of the Equal Love campaign, he has also championed the repeal of the ban on opposite-sex civil partnerships.

The government made the legalisation of same-sex marriage needlessly complicated. All it had to do was repeal the legislation banning same-sex marriage. Under the main marriage law, the Marriage Act 1949, there is no legal impediment to the marriage of lesbian and gay couples. They are, by default, allowed to marry, added Mr Tatchell.

Instead, David Cameron and Nick Clegg chose the senselessly complicated, convoluted option of legislating a completely new set of marriage laws exclusively for lesbian and gay couples. We now have two separate marriage laws – the Marriage Act 1949 for opposite-sex couples and the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 for same-sex couples. This is not equality. It is segregation in law.

The ban on same-sex marriage was first enacted in the Nullity of Marriage Act 1971. This ban was later incorporated into the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. All the government needed to do to ensure marriage equality was repeal the 1973 Act and amend some secondary legislation. That would have been the simplest, cheapest, fairest and most principled way to ensure equal marriage for all.

Speaking personally, I would not want to get married. I share the feminist critique. Marriage has an unseemly sexist, patriarchal history. But as a democrat, I defend the right of others to get married if they wish. I believe we should all be equal before the law; that homophobic discrimination is wrong and should be overturned. Banning LGBT people from marriage was anti-gay discrimination. Thats why I fought to overturn it, despite my own personal reservations about the institution of marriage, said Mr Tatchell.

ENDS

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Preview: Worcester v London Wasps

Back for Worcester: Euan Murray Scotland international Euan Murray returns to the Worcester side to face London Wasps at Sixways on Friday. The tighthead lines up alongside Ofa Fainga’anuku and Agustin Creevy in the front-row as Warriors search for their first league win of the season. Winger Josh Drauniniu also returns to the side in place of the injured Dean Hammond whilst the rest of the starting line-up remains unchanged from the narrow defeat at Harlequins in Round 16

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DepoTexas Expands in Houston to Accommodate Its Continuing Growth and Development

Houston, TX (PRWEB) March 12, 2014 DepoTexas, Inc., a court reporting service provider, has recently expanded its lease at 13101 Northwest Freeway by over 5,000 square feet to accommodate its continuing growth and development. It will now occupy approximately 17,000 square feet of space on the 2nd floor of the building

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Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian-Jordanian Judge at Border

Mar 11 2014 / 10:11 pm

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian-Jordanian man at the Allenby Bridge crossing between the occupied West Bank and Jordan, the Israeli army said.

Israeli officials said the man, identified as 38-year-old Judge Raed Alaeddin Nafe Zeiter, who allegedly tried to snatch a soldiers weapon, died from his injuries shortly after he was shot.

A short while ago a Palestinian attempted to seize the weapon of a soldier at the Allenby Bridge crossing from Jordan. In response, the forces at the scene opened fire towards the suspect, an Israeli military statement said.

Palestinian media sources said he was a court judge in Jordan and a PhD holder. Zeiter was identified as one of 30 Jordanian judges who received a promotion last month, according to Jordans Judicial Council [AR].

He was crossing into the West Bank from Jordan to visit the northern city of Nablus, reports said.

Nazmi Mhana, the director-general of the Palestinian Crossings Authority, told the government news agency WAFA that an Israeli soldier shot the man after a verbal altercation. According to WAFA, eyewitnesses deny claims that Zeiter tried to seize the soldiers weapon, saying there was some distance between the two.

In a statement, the Palestinian government condemned the killing of Judge Raed Zeiter and called for the formation of an international committee to investigate the incident.

Jordans Foreign Minister summoned the Israeli charge daffaires to protest and demand an immediate probe.

Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh summoned the Israeli charge daffaires in Amman and strongly condemned the shooting of Jordanian judge Raed Zeiter, a statement said.

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Houston-Based Law Firm Remains at Pennzoil Place

Houston, TX (PRWEB) March 11, 2014 Houston-based law firm Ogden, Gibson, Broocks, Longoria & Hall, L.L.P. (OGBL&H) signed an agreement to renew its lease and remain downtown at Pennzoil Place where the firm been for the last 20 years

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International Women's Day: Osisko Pays Tribute to its Talented Women

MALARTIC, QUBEC–(Marketwired – March 8, 2014) – Osisko Mining Corporation (the “Company” or “Osisko”) (TSX:OSK)(FRANKFURT:EWX) is pleased to report that a celebration of the International Women’s Day took place at its Canadian Malartic mine yesterday.

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Pole To Wins South Korea Studio Opens Its Doors for Business

(PRWEB) February 28, 2014

Pole To Win, the premier one-stop-shop for video game quality assurance testing, customer support, and localization announced last December that it has established a new subsidiary in Gwangju, Korea. The studio has now opened its doors for business ready to serve the region with game testing needs.

Pole To Win is a provider of game software testing and localization. In order for us to stay aligned with the globalization of the game industry, we have been rapidly expanding our overseas activity by establishing subsidiaries and acquiring companies in oversea areas making our presence available in 5 countries and a total of 8 locations.

Korea is one of the most active gaming markets in the world with many mobile and online gaming companies, and has a high number of players in the region. Pole To Win Korea was established with the objective of creating a base of operations in Korea, being able to provide support services to local businesses as well as Japanese businesses that want to expand into Korea.

Company Name: Pole To Win Korea Co., Ltd. Representative Director: Nobuhiro Park Founded: December 20, 2013 Address: 60 Songam-Ro, Namgu, Gwangju, Korea Capital: 500,000,000 KRW (approx. 471,800 USD)

About Pole To Win America: Pole To Win is the worlds premier video game services provider. With a range of services including Quality Assurance Testing, Localization, Customer Support and Onsite Staffing, Pole To Win is a one-stop-shop for video game production needs. With nearly two decades of experience, and a global reach stretching across 19 studios, PTW has the infrastructure to support projects and companies of all sizes. Pole To Win International Group is a group of subsidiaries of Poletowin Pitcrew Holdings Inc. POLE TO WIN is a registered trademark of Pole To Win Co., Ltd in Japan and other countries. All rights reserved. For more information, visit http://www.poletowininternational.com. Stay connected with PTW Intl on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.

For media inquiries, please contact Pole To Wins Marketing Manager, Masaru Harada: pr(at)poletowininternational(dot)com or (408) 969-0062.

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Trigger-happy Israeli army and police use reckless force

Trigger-happy Israeli army and police use reckless force in the West Bank Feb 27 2014 – 12:01am

Israeli forces have displayed a callous disregard for human life by killing dozens of Palestinian civilians, including children, in the occupied West Bank over the past three years with near total impunity, said Amnesty International in a report published today.

The report, Trigger-happy: Israels use of excessive force in the West Bank, describes mounting bloodshed and human rights abuses in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) as a result of the Israeli forces use of unnecessary, arbitrary and brutal force against Palestinians since January 2011.

In all cases examined by Amnesty International, Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers did not appear to be posing a direct and immediate threat to life. In some, there is evidence that they were victims of wilful killings, which would amount to war crimes. The report presents a body of evidence that shows a harrowing pattern of unlawful killings and unwarranted injuries of Palestinian civilians by Israeli forces in the West Bank, said Philip Luther, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International.

The frequency and persistence of arbitrary and abusive force against peaceful protesters in the West Bank by Israeli soldiers and police officers and the impunity enjoyed by perpetrators suggests that it is carried out as a matter of policy.

Deaths and injuries

Amnesty International has documented the killings of 22 Palestinian civilians in the West Bank last year, at least 14 of which were in the context of protests. Most were young adults under the age of 25. At least four were children.

According to UN figures, more West Bank Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in 2013 than the total number killed in 2011 and 2012 combined. Forty-five were killed in the past three years.

Peaceful protesters, civilian bystanders, human rights activists and journalists are among those who have been killed or injured.

In the last three years at least 261 Palestinians, including 67 children, have been seriously injured by live ammunition fired by Israeli forces in the West Bank. An astonishing number of Palestinians in the West Bank – more than 8,000, including 1,500 children have been wounded by other means, including rubber-coated metal bullets and the reckless use of tear gas, since January 2011. In some cases documented, victims have also died as a result of their use.

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