Demand for wood starting to recover in Europe and North America –

Consumption of forest products across Europe and North America is on the rise again after a two-year slump, the United Nations reported today, noting that overall demand was up by 5.6 per cent last year, a clear indication that the industry may be on a path to recovery.Trends in the first half of this year lend support to a continued, albeit modest, rise in consumption, according to the Forest Products Annual Market Review 2010-2011 prepared by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).There were small differences in consumption growth in the UNECE region, which includes North America. Consumption rose by 4.1 per cent in North America and by 6.6 per cent in Europe. In the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) growth in consumption was up 6.3 per cent.Production also rose in tandem with increasing consumption, with industrial roundwood (the raw material for processing and manufacture) climbing to 950 million cubic metres, eight per cent higher than in 2009, but still 15 per cent below the 2006 peak production year.As the main driver for forest products markets, especially for sawn softwood (lumber) and wood-based panels, housing construction is a key indicator of likely demand and production.After the decline in new construction registered since the 2006 peak, data for last year indicated a small recovery in both Europe and North America. It is uncertain if this trend will continue, though data for the first half of this year show a steady rise in house construction.In the United States, data released on 19 July by the US Census Bureau show that building permits in June were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 624,000 or 2.5 per cent above the revised May rate of 609,000, and 6.7 per cent above the June 2010 estimate of 585,000.In sharp contrast to the previous two years, all wood product sectors in the UNECE region have witnessed a recovery in demand, including sawnwood (up by 8.3 per cent), wood-based panels (4.8 per cent), and paper and paperboard (4.2 per cent).The paper and paperboard sector showed good recovery last year in almost all categories in all the three sub-regions of UNECE, according to the report.After several years of decline, production of newsprint increased by 10 per cent in Europe last year, compared with 2009. Even in the US, where the decline in newsprint has been steepest, with consumption in 2010 only one-third of what it was in 2005, consumption has flattened out.The forest sector, which already makes a significant contribution to the green economy, needs to redouble efforts to market itself more effectively to ensure that wood shakes off its old-fashioned image and be seen as a modern material that combines beauty and durability and has one of the lowest carbon footprints of any major raw material, according to the report. 3 August 2011Consumption of forest products across Europe and North America is on the rise again after a two-year slump, the United Nations reported today, noting that overall demand was up by 5.6 per cent last year, a clear indication that the industry may be on a path to recovery. read more

President to release Army occupied land in North on Monday

The Army said that the land will be released during ceremonies in Mullaittivu and other parts of the North presided by President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday. President Maithripala Sirisena is to release 1201.88 acres of Army occupied land in the North on Monday.The Army said that it will release 1201.88 acres of Army-used state and private lands in the North which will not have any impact on national security. Similarly, 46.11 acres of state land in Jaffna and the Wanni and 63.77 acres of private land in Jaffna and the Wanni will also be released under this programme in Mullaittivu.The ceremony to release the scheduled total of 1201.88 acreage, including Nachchikuda, Vellankulam and Udayarkattukulam Army farms is coordinated by the Security Fore Headquarters – Mullaittivu, Office of the Hon Governor for Northern Province, District Secretariats, respective Divisional Secretariats and the Army Directorate of Quartering, Land and Property. (Colombo Gazette) The release of this acreage of land includes 972 acres of state land in Kilinochchi and 120 acres of state land in Mullaittivu where the Army has been running farms. read more

Security Council approves extension of security forces mandate in Afghanistan

The Security Council today extended for another year the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, which has been beset by an increasing number of terrorist attacks in recent months.In a unanimously adopted resolution, Council members also called on UN Member States to contribute greater personnel, equipment and funding so that the force can be more effective.The resolution voiced concern at Afghanistan’s security situation following a surge in violent attacks and terrorist activities by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and armed groups linked to the country’s booming illegal drug trade.It also stressed the importance of making simultaneous progress on the fronts of security, governance, development and counter-narcotics, given their inter-connected nature, so as to mutually reinforce each element.After United States-led forces ousted the Taliban regime in late 2001, ISAF was established to help Afghanistan’s then interim authorities maintain security across the impoverished nation following years of civil conflict and misrule. Its new mandate runs through 13 October 2007. read more

Saskatchewan mans 3D printer Kickstarter campaign racks up 365K already

A Saskatchewan-based entrepreneur is quickly becoming a Kickstarter celebrity with his pitch to build a $100 3D printer.On Friday, Rylan Grayston, 28, of Yorkton, Sask., posted his plea for $50,000 to help manufacture his so-called Peachy Printer, which would be not only inexpensive but easy to use. It would also be designed to work as a 3D scanner.Grayston said the money would help improve the printer’s prototype, enhance its software, and would facilitate a bigger production run to get the price down to the $100 mark.His pitch clearly connected with the crowdfunding community at Kickstarter.He reached his $50,000 goal in a little over a day and has since signed on more than 2,700 backers who have pledged more than $365,000 in funding.And he still has three and a half weeks to recruit more supporters.Grayston said he was pushed to build his own 3D printer because he couldn’t afford the $3,500 price tag for the model he wanted. He then set out to make it as cheap as possible.“I had read in some forums somebody had said, ‘When the technology gets cheaper one day it’ll be only $100,’ and a whole bunch of people then argued that would never happen,” he said.“It took me an entire year of building printers and throwing them in the garbage when I realized there was a better way to do it. I’ve thrown away a lot of printers.”Grayston admits his printer isn’t a finished product yet and needs some work before it’s ready to ship out to 3D printing enthusiasts. But he’s confident the Peachy Printer will get there and can even outperform other 3D printers that sell for thousands of dollars.“There’s still a bit of trial and error in getting this printer to work but I have 100 per cent confidence that it will work flawlessly, I know exactly what needs to be done,” he said.“I need the funding to pay engineers that know exactly what they’re doing and can get this thing down to a science.”Grayston is guessing the project could raise more than $3 million based on the current rate of pledges and is trying to reassure supporters that he can handle the unexpected influx of orders.“I think the larger this thing goes the more I’ll be able to delegate tasks to the proper people who are experts,” he said.“It would basically put the project in a much better situation.”___Peachy Printer Kickstarter page: Saskatchewan man’s 3D printer Kickstarter campaign racks up $365K already AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 24, 2013 4:23 pm MDT read more

Eurotire launches new app for mining tyre data

first_imgEurotire, the global supplier of off-the-road tyres for the mining industry has unveiled a new complimentary smartphone app for iPhone and Android users. The first app of its kind, it brings a range of easily accessible tyre data for large mining equipment – no matter how remote their location. “Our clients are frequently working at isolated mine sites around the globe,” said Sue Schaffnit, Global Marketing Director. “Proper tyre fit and inflation are critical for their safety, and the app eliminates the guesswork. At Eurotire, we are dedicated to the mining industry; therefore, it is our commitment to be a valued partner to help our clients achieve their goals. We believe this app will further assist them in this pursuit.”The Eurotire app features a variety of navigation options:Tyre SelectorAbility to select by vehicle manufacturer, make and modelOnce the vehicle is chosen, recommended tyres are listedUser may review product specifications for each tyre to understand the tread patterns and types; ply rating; load indexes and ratings; and inflation pressureAbility to email PDFs of specification sheetsAll data is available in both metric and imperial unitsLoad CheckOnce a tyre is selected, a load check can be completed to see safety ratings and identify maximum load and weight limitsThis feature ensures longer tire and equipment life, reduced fuel consumption and safer applicationsLocation FinderProvides clients with a worldwide database of Eurotire locations and contact informationEurotire Company ProfileIndividuals may connect to the Eurotire website to learn about the company and its products and servicesThe new Eurotire App is available for download at: or read more

Niklas Ekberg in THW Kiel until 2015

← Previous Story Sigurdsson to stay in Berlin until 2017 Next Story → DKB Handball Bundesliga 2012/2013 opened with a tie! One of the best right wing in Europe and the Topscorer of the Men’s Olympic Tournament in London, Niklas Ekberg (23) has signed three years contract with VELUX EHF CL winner – THW Kiel.– I am very happy that after these tough weeks everything ended so positive. That was my dream as a kid to play in THW Kiel in front of so many fans – said Swedish right wing. Niklas EkbergTHW Kiel

Clark Talks Podcast to focus on aiding homeless

first_imgOn this week’s episode of Clark Talks, The Columbian’s weekly podcast, hosts Dameon Pesanti and Katie Gillespie talk housing the homeless and the county’s favorite businesses.The show starts with a discussion with Columbian reporter Patty Hastings about her upcoming story on the first year of Lincoln Place, Vancouver’s housing-first facility for the homeless.Then they speak with the curators of the Best of Clark County to get the story behind the community’s largest survey of its top businesses.Finally, Pesanti and Gillespie chat with features news coordinator Ashley Swanson to talk about what events are coming up this weekend.Here’s a list of the events featured:• Vancouver USA Singers present “Mozart and Mollicone,” 7 p.m. March 11; 3 p.m. March 12. First Presbyterian Church, 4300 Main St., Vancouver; $17 to $20, free for ages 12 and younger. 360-694-3363 or• “Columbia Dance Presents!” 7 p.m. March 10; 2 and 7 p.m. March 11. Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, Royal Durst Theatre, 3101 Main St., Vancouver; $20, $15 for students and seniors, $10 for ages 12 and younger. 360-737-1922 or www.columbiadance.orglast_img read more

Silva urges Everton to show consistency

first_imgEverton has lost the last two matches the team played in the English Premier League and for the manager, consistency is the key for victoryEverton started its 2019 the same way it ended its 2018: with a 1-0 defeat.And for manager Marco Silva, the key to return to their winning ways is consistency.“If you look at the past performances and results, we haven’t been consistent,” he told the club’s official website.“This is the moment to be honest and look clearly at the game, to analyze the match, and pass the feedback to our boys”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I felt our team was too nervous in some moments in the match. We did not put our game out there,” he added.“We knew before the match what they [Leicester] came here to do.”“We know, because of how they respect us, how they will come here to play. They started the game with a 4-5-1, blocking the space and waiting for our mistake,” he explained.“We made a mistake and they scored in that moment, which made things more difficult for us and after that we didn’t create the good moments to change the result for us.”last_img read more

Tourists stuck in Turks and Caicos Noreaster to blame

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:new england, new york, northeastern united states, snow storm, Tourist Favorite things about TCI revealed in exit survey results Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciaes, 27 Jan 2015 – Scores of visiting families are expected to be stuck in the Turks and Caicos today as a result of flight cancellations due to snow and sleet in the north. The snow storm was early this morning and fortunately downgraded significantly in the Northeastern United States, still nearly 8,000 flights are expected to be cancelled due to the heavy snow fall and blistering winds impacting places like New York and New England, which will reportedly get the worst of it. Yesterday; we checked in with some of the major resorts to find that around 8-20 rooms or families per property were impacted by cancellations. Naturally it proved frustrating for those guests. Today, the hotels in the Turks and Caicos expect it to be much worse. Three armed attacks in Provo, all in Blue Hills Stop the Violence Speaker from NY Inner City; on Tonightlast_img read more

Dembele to undergo Guangzhou RF medical

first_imgTottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is set to join Chinese club  Guangzhou R&F as he will be travelling to Hong Kong to undergo a medical.Skysports reports Spurs have been receiving several offers from China as Super League side Beijing Sinobo Guoan tabled an offer which the club accepted but an acceptable offer has now been made by Guangzhou R&FThe Belgium international has spent six-and-a-half-years with Tottenham and it is likely that this window will bring an end to his stay with the North London side as his contract expires at the end of the season.Mousa Dembele backs Gareth Bale’s shock China move Andrew Smyth – July 28, 2019 Mousa Dembele believes his former Tottenham team-mate Gareth Bale will find things “easy” in China and hopes the Real Madrid player makes the move.Dembele has not played for Spurs since November due to an ankle injury and has reportedly been keen on a move to China since the summer.It is still unclear who will replace Dembele at Spurs but the club have been monitoring the likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Donny van de Beek.Tottenham hope to retain their top four position this season.last_img read more

48 do not know that tips cannot be used to top up

first_imgAlmost half (48%) of respondents who earn less than £15,000 a year do not know that tips cannot be used to top up wages to the minimum wage, according to research by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).Its survey of 1,435 UK adults who are aged 16 or over and earn less than £15,000 a year, also found that 69% of respondents do not know that they should be paid for travel time between appointments.The research also found that more than half (57%) of respondents do not know that having money deducted from their wages to cover the costs of their uniform is unlawful if it takes their earnings below the national minimum wage or national living wage.The research forms part of a new government advertising campaign, which is designed to increase understanding about pay, especially among lower-paid employees.The campaign has been launched ahead of the national minimum wage and national living wage rate increases, due to come into effect from 1 April 2017.The national living wage, which currently stands at £7.20 an hour for employees aged 25 and over, is set to increase to £7.50 an hour from April 2017. The national minimum wage will rise from £6.95 an hour to £7.05 an hour for staff aged between 21 and 24, from £5.55 an hour to £5.60 an hour for employees aged between 18 and 20, and those under the age of 18 will earn £4.05 an hour from April 2017, compared to the current £4.00 an hour. Apprentice wage rates will also increase from £3.40 an hour to £3.50 an hour from April 2017.Margot James, business minister, said: “We are determined to make sure everybody in work receives a fair wage and while most employers get it right, there are still a small number who fail to play by the rules. This campaign will raise awareness among the lowest-paid people in society about what they must legally receive.”last_img read more

National Powersports Distributors pays 44330 for overtime violations

first_imgUS-based motorcycle dealer The Collectible Trader LLC, doing business as National Powersports Distributors, has been fined $44,330 (£35,295.55) in back wages and damages following an investigation by the US Department of Labor.The employer, based in Pembroke and Merrimack, New Hampshire, was found by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) to have violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by failing to pay adequate overtime wages.The organisation has, as a result, paid $22,165 (£17647.77) in back wages, and a matching amount in liquidated damages, to a total of 59 current and former employees.A practice of failing to count short breaks and meal periods as working time, when these periods caused employees’ total hours to exceed 40 per week, resulted in overtime violations. In addition, the organisation’s general sales manager was found to have altered payroll records to reflect a lower number of hours than certain members of staff at the Pembroke location had actually worked.Daniel Cronin, New England district director, at the WHD in Manchester, New Hampshire, said: “Employees must be paid for all hours they work, including short rest periods. Management cannot permit employees to work without compensation.“We encourage employers to contact our Manchester office to better understand the law and to avoid violations. Trained [WHD] professionals are available to speak with callers confidentially to answer their questions.”National Powersports Distributors was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.last_img read more

GMR denies selling stake in Hyderabad Airport Report

first_imgGMR Infrastructure, one of the biggest infra company in India, on Friday denied selling controlling stake in Hyderabad airport in a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange. The clarification follows media reports of GMR being in talks with PE firms to sell stake in Hyderabad airport.”We completely deny sale of controlling stake in Hyderabad Airport. We wish to submit that GMR Group has been continuously exploring opportunities to raise necessary funds for the group,” GMR said in its regulatory filing to BSE on Friday.According to a report by the Economic Times, GMR Group’s business vertical GMR airport is planning to sell a controlling stake in Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi international airport. Apollo Global Management, Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund and Canada’s pension giant PSP Investments are some of the private equity firms, which are in negotiations with GMR.GMR Airport (the holding firm) owns 63 percent stake in Hyderabad International Airport Ltd.The stake sale of the Hyderabad airport is valued between Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 5,500 crore, the Economic Times had earlier reported. In addition, Paris Aeroport, which owns the TAV airports and manages the Istanbul Ataturk International Airports, Georgia, Tunisia and Macedonia airports, has also shown interest in the stake stale.Last month, GMR re-entered talks with Paris Aeroport as it plans to sell 49 percent stake in GMR airports. Paris Aeroport, formally known as Aeroports de Paris, is looking at global opportunities.Sources aware of the discussion told ET that GMR plans to close one of the deals, which would give a chance to the company to recover its debt and provide exit option to its present investors.A company spokesperson quoted by the Economic Times said “there is no definitive development. However, we are in the process of raising funds for the group to create liquidity and enhance shareholder value.”GMR under pressureThe company is reportedly looking to sell the stake at the earliest since its equation with three investors namely Standard Chartered Private Equity, SBI Macquarie Infrastructure Fund and JM Financial Old lane has gone cold. The three firms had invested Rs. 1,458 crore in 2011. Now the investors are pressurising GMR to pay the outstanding amount and let them exit or face legal consequences, ET added.Some analysts quoted by the publication believe selling stake in Hyderabad airport as a standalone asset would be an easier transaction.The GMR Infrastructure’s stock was trading at Rs. 12.94 at around 12 p.m. on Friday, up 1.41 percent on the Bombay Stock Exchange.last_img read more

Casio shows off bulbless 3Dcapable projectors

first_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The line features models to meet a variety of perceived users needs. One model will be able to display images with a very high level of brightness, with projected images at up to 3,500 lumens. Another model has enhanced wireless conductivity, which allows for easy streaming of web-based presentations and video streams. The real interest here is the projectors in the line with 3D capabilities. The 3D projector must be paired with a 3D capable computer and with Casio’s proprietary 2D-3D conversion software in order to use this feature. Once that is all set up the hardware will combine a blue laser with its fluorescent element in order to create green light. Some parts of that light are then passed through the red LED’s. This allows the screen to properly shade images to appear 3D, in a style similar to the older optical lens style of 3D instead of trying to project a hologram from multiple angles, as some researchers have been demonstrating in the recent past. Currently, Casio has not given any information about when this line of projects will go on sale, or exactly how much they will cost when they do. Parties interested in making a purchase should contact the company directly for further information on the product and its potential release date. © 2010 Citation: Casio shows off bulbless 3D-capable projectors (2011, June 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Casio is currently showing off a line of lamp free projectors, designed for work in corporate and educational settings. The system eliminates the lamp by relying on a system that combines laser, fluorescent and LED technology in order to project the images in question. More information: press release 3D TV — Without the Glasses (w/ Video)last_img read more

This One Aspect of Your Office Design Is Wasting a Lot of

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read February 28, 2018 The modern office was conceived at the turn of the 20th century by Frederick Winslow Taylor, imitating factory assembly lines, where clerks and executives could perform repetitive tasks with maximum efficiency. In recent years, our offices have changed to reflect the more collaborative nature of work, but meeting rooms have lagged behind.Related: Science Has Some Suggestions for Making Meetings ProductiveBack in the Mad Men era, employees worked for a boss and gathered in his office for meetings. On the few occasions when a large room was needed, a secretary would book a suitable room. If a presentation was to be made, there would be flip charts and perhaps an overhead projector showing some slides to people in the room, watching through a haze of cigarette smoke.Today, work has changed utterly. We all still have a boss, but we tend to work in collaborative, cross-functional clusters rather than within isolated reporting lines. Fewer people have offices to hold small meetings in, and almost no one has a secretary to book a room for a meeting. The end result, as anyone who works in an office knows, is groups of people wandering around looking for an open room. And then, minutes after finding an empty room, often getting kicked out by a late-arriving group.Poorly used meeting space wastes money.Meetings are expensive — the rent of the office space combined with the wages of each attendee — but a lot of that investment is wasted. A UCLA and University of Minnesota study finds that executives spend up to half of their working hours in meetings and that as much as 50 percent of that time is unproductive. With 17 million business meetings in the United States every day, there are a lot of frustrated workers: 88 percent of people are annoyed by technology problems in meeting rooms, and 20 percent of meetings run late due to those issues, wasting 2.83 working days a year for the average employee.Related: How to Create a Meeting-Smart Work CultureIt’s no wonder that removing these headaches, solving the daily productivity challenges and streamlining workflows is a priority for businesses in every industry. And a majority of those organizations are installing integrated meeting room systems — with touchscreen tablets — outside each room to solve meeting room management challenges. Employees are tired of having to log onto a computer to find the shared network drive where they can reserve an open room. Instead, a growing number of companies are equipping their meeting rooms with interactive display panels on the wall just outside the door, empowering employees to instantly book the room and be on their way.Having a simple meeting room solution is increasingly important as fewer workers have assigned desks or their own offices.Modern meeting room solutions include the ability to cancel a reservation if no one shows up within 15 minutes of scheduled meeting start time, immediately opening the room for a new reservation. The technology also allows employees to extend reservation or contact support staff if there are problems with equipment or other issues. There are even meeting room management solutions with built-in light indicators, showing real-time room availability; green if the room is available or red if it’s booked.Related: How to Master Meetings (Infographic)Upgrading meeting rooms is key to revitalizing office space.Making meeting rooms more interactive and easier to navigate is part of a movement to upgrade our office spaces to better reflect how we work today. Real estate executives acknowledge updating is needed with 86 percent saying they are remaking or adapting offices and another 51 percent are planning to reinvent shared workspaces this year, according to the CBRE’s 2017 Americas Occupier Survey. Employing technology to more efficiently use meeting space is a vital part of those efforts and can make a big impact on a company’s bottom line.In fact, one of the top global professional services companies installed a digital meeting system and ran analytics to figure out how to optimize the use of its offices globally. Analytics revealed how often meeting rooms were empty and how often staff were working in each office. The information revealed that the firm was renting more office space than it really needed, prompting a move to a more efficient hoteling system of office space management. For example, at the company’s building in Times Square, in the heart of Manhattan, the firm was able to sublet three floors, an initiative that ultimately saved the company millions in rent, annually.Inflexible, static meeting room signage is one of the last vestiges of the 1980s-era office design. Making meeting rooms easier to use is part of the evolution of the workplace, and companies are currently clamoring to make that transition — because the benefits of digital meeting room management solutions are as wide-ranging as they are impactful.Related Video: This Tech Business Holds Company-Wide, 15-Minute Standing Meetings to Keep Employees Connected Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Councillor attacked and robbed at Matthews Farm

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A local councillor and a female companion were assaulted by 2 assailants this evening at Matthews Farm.The duo were allegedly beaten with a rock. They were robbed of their money, cell-phones and other valuables.The unknown male attackers then fled on foot, leaving their two victims lying injured on the ground.The robbery victims were stabilised by paramedics and taken to hospital for further treatment.The Dog (K9) Unit was called out to the scene. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there?last_img read more

The Latest Paraguayans say the popemobile went by too fast

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies In this pool photo taken on July 9, 2015 and made available on Friday, July 10, 2015, Pope Francis and Bolivia’s President Evo Morales, left, smile as they don the traditional Bolivian hats they were given at the second World Meeting of Popular Movements in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Francis gave a late-afternoon speech to delegates at the gathering. (L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP) The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the vehicle traveled at that speed because they did not want a repeat of the delays seen in Ecuador and Bolivia, and that the Asuncion’s airport was a greater distance from the presidential palace than in other cities.___9:50 p.m.Pope Francis has received from Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes a national soccer team jersey with the name “Papa Francisco” and a white wool manta woven in the region where Jesuit missionaries worked in the South American country during the colonial era.“Gifts without problems,” said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi with a smile.Lombardi’s comment was a joking reference to the “Communist crucifix,” with a carved hammer and sickle, the pope received from Bolivian President Evo Morales. That gift clearly surprised the pope and led to raised eyebrows, though Bolivian officials denied the gift was a political maneuver. It had been designed by a Jesuit activist.___7:10 p.m.In his opening remarks in Paraguay, Pope Francis is giving special praise to Paraguayan women.Francis met with President Horacio Cartes in the presidential palace and expressed his “profound admiration for the role played by the women of Paraguay in those dramatic historical moments. As mothers, wives and widows, they shouldered the heaviest burdens.” Parents, stop beating yourself up Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Francis has frequently spoken out about the plight of prisoners, denouncing the widespread abuse of pre-trial detention and calling life sentences a “hidden death penalty.”___9:45 a.m.Pope Francis has offered up to the Madonna the two medals of honor that Bolivian President Evo Morales gave him upon his arrival.The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Francis made the offering Friday morning after celebrating Mass. Francis generally doesn’t accept honorary medallions or awards, and Morales’ gifts came as a surprise to the Vatican.One of the medals was named for the Rev. Luis Espinal, the Jesuit activist slain by Bolivian paramilitaries in 1980. It featured the crucifix on a hammer and sickle, the same symbol used in a real-life “Communist crucifix” that Morales gave to the pope at the same ceremony.The Vatican didn’t say what Francis was doing with the crucifix.The pope is visiting a prison outside Santa Cruz, Bolivia, this morning.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Francis plans to rest briefly after the visit then head to the presidential palace to meet with President Horacio Cartes.___3:30 p.m.Pope Francis is getting a show on the tarmac of the airport in Asuncion, Paraguay.Upon getting off the plane, Francis sat down next to President Horacio Cartes. The two listened to a girls’ choir that sang in Spanish, along with indigenous languages Guarani and Ache. A group of dancers also entertained the pope, who looked on with smiles.When he stood up, several young girls ran up and hugged him. He received them with open arms and then gave them blessings.___3 p.m.Pope Francis is now in Paraguay, where he’s set to spend three days for the last stop of his South America tour.Paraguay’s government has declared Friday and Saturday national holidays in honor of the pope’s visit.While in Paraguay, he will celebrate two Masses, including one in Caacupe, the center of Paraguayan spirituality. He’ll also meet with President Horacio Cartes on Friday and with hundreds of local groups on Saturday.___3 p.m.Bolivian President Evo Morales is settling the question of whether the 78-year-old Francis chewed coca leaves during the visit to cope with the altitude during his four-hour stop in Bolivia’s capital, which has an altitude of 13,100 feet. The Paraguay government declared Friday and Saturday national holidays in honor of the pope’s visit. While in Paraguay, he will celebrate two Masses, including one in Caacupe, the center of Paraguayan spirituality. He’ll also meet with President Horacio Cartes on Friday and with hundreds of local groups on Saturday.___11:45 a.m.The Paraguay field where Pope Francis will celebrate the final Mass of his South American tour is cursed with serpents.At least that’s the warning from Paraguay’s health ministry.The Pope is due to celebrate Mass Sunday at the Nu Guasu site in a subtropical forest in Paraguay.Health Minister Antonio Barrios says the area is a natural habitat for the reptiles. He says authorities have antivenom, but says the faithful should wear boots in any case.Pope John Paul II celebrated a mass in this same place in 1988 under torrential rains.___11:40 a.m.Bolivian police say they have detained three Chileans who wanted to deliver a letter to Pope Francis. The men are protesting the Pope’s ordainment of a bishop in southern Chile who is accused of covering up for a pedophile priest.Police held the three men for more than 14 hours in the city of Santa Cruz. The men say they missed a chance to ask Francis to reconsider naming the Rev. Juan Barros as bishop in the city of Osorno. Comments   Share   Top Stories But for Mayan activist Andrea Ixchiu in Guatemala it is pure marketing for the church, coming so many years after the fact. She thinks it’s meant to prevent Catholics from leaving the faith in favor of Protestant evangelical sects.Ixchiu says the church should return to native peoples land it took from them.___5:50 p.m.The crowd walking back to Asuncion’s center from the airport is in high spirits after seeing the pope, singing and chanting “Long live the pope.” Many people said they hoped Francis’ visit would help improve life for the marginalized.Vivian Nunez, a 26-year-old psychologist, said she was very moved and hopes for big changes. “Maybe there won’t be political change, but human change, in each person.”Housewife Eladia Olmedo said the pope has already changed Paraguay: “They fixed the streets, they cleaned things up. They beautified the city.”___4:00 p.m.Pope Francis is making a brief stop at the Buen Pastor women’s prison in Paraguay, listening to a prison choir sing a song specially prepared for him.The visit isn’t on the pope’s official itinerary and the choir is serenading the pope outside the facility. The prison houses 500 female inmates, many of whom are detained on drug charges. The leaf is the raw material for cocaine and Morales has been trying to get it off the international list of controlled narcotics because it is also widely chewed in the Andes as a mild stimulant.Morales said in a Friday interview with The Associated Press that he gave the pope a wallet with coca leaves, but he apparently didn’t use them.But he says the pope did drink two cups of coca tea at the government palace.___2:50 p.m.Evo Morales says he feels like he’s got a good friend and ally in his battle for revolutionary social change and halting global warming: Pope Francis.Bolivia’s president says he thinks that what Pope Francis preaches amounts to socialism — though the pope himself insists he’s not preaching any political doctrine.In an interview Friday with The Associated Press, Morales referred to the pope as “the first and best politician in the world.”Francis has said several times that concern for the poor and marginalized is at the center of the Gospel, but has said Marxism is wrong.___1 p.m.Hours before Pope Francis is set to arrive, tens of thousands of people are lined up along an 8-mile (13-kilometer) stretch of road coming from the airport to downtown Asuncion. The pope is set to spend three days there for the last stop of his South America tour. One inmate told of witnessing the murder of a fellow inmate. Another described his surprise on arriving at finding “so many people sleeping on the floor like animals.” The prison built for 800 inmates has more than 5,000.A female inmate described what she called judicial terrorism: Those who can’t buy justice are condemned to suffer. She said Bolivia’s criminal justice system is based on lies, deceit and abuse of power.The inmates pleaded with the pope to help and said little had improved since 36 people were killed in an August 2013 fight between rival gangs inside the penitentiary.One asked for “dignified nutrition” for starters. He said the prison spent less than a dollar a day on each inmate’s food.___10 a.m.Pope Francis has arrived at Bolivia’s notorious Palmasola prison, greeting some by hand ahead of a message that is expected to focus on encouragement.Crowds of people packed a central square of the prison complex, waving yellow and white balloons, the colors of the Holy See.Palmasola is the most notorious of Bolivia’s 32 prisons, built to detain some 800 people but housing 5,000, more than four in five still awaiting trial. Two years ago, 36 people died in a fierce battle between rival gangs. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Barros is accused of covering up the sex abuse by crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, whom the Vatican has sanctioned for abusing young boys.The Pope’s appointment of Barros has led to an unprecedented outcry by abuse victims and Catholic faithful in Chile.A Vatican investigation found Karadima guilty in 2011 and sentenced the now 84-year-old priest to a cloistered life of “penitence and prayer.” It remains Chile’s highest-profile case of abuse by a priest.___10:55 a.m.Pope Francis is urging inmates at Bolivia’s notoriously violent Palmasola prison to not despair, leaving them with a message of hope and solidarity,In his comments, Francis acknowledged the wretched conditions that the inmates face: overcrowding, the slow pace of justice, violence and few opportunities for education or rehabilitation. He said those need to be addressed by Bolivian institutions.But he urged the inmates not to despair and to not let their suffering lead to violence.___10:50 a.m.Three inmates are telling tell Pope Francis of the desperation inside Bolivia’s most notorious prison and a corrupt and inept judiciary that sends many innocents to Palmasola Prison. ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Here are the latest developments from Pope Francis’ trip to South America:___10:20 p.m.Some Paraguayans are complaining that the driver of the popemobile had a heavy foot.Comments are circulating on social media that the popemobile went too fast, leaving Paraguayans who had waited for hours on Asuncion streets to see Pope Francis only a fleeting glimpse of the pontiff as he sped by. Francis is referring to a war in the 1860s against Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. During the War of the Triple Alliance, an estimated 60 percent of the country’s population was wiped out. Those losses included the vast majority of men, who had gone off to fight, leaving women to move Paraguay forward.When he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, the Rev. Jorge Bergoglio, as he was known then, often spoke about his admiration for Paraguayan women.___7:05 p.m.A lot of tears flowed among the inmates at the Buen Pastor women’s prison where Pope Francis made a brief stop to hear its choir.The 50 women who serenaded the pope with a specially prepared song broke into tears when the people blessed them.The women inmates stuck inside, however, cried for a different reason — out of frustration. Prison director Ana Coronel told The Associated Press that they had hoped the pope would enter the former convent and visit with them.She said she told them afterward that the archbishop’s office had never responded to her request that the pope go inside.___6:45 p.m.Pope Francis’ apology for the “grave sins” the Catholic Church committed against indigenous peoples in the Americas during the European conquest has been well-received by many native peoples across the continent.last_img read more

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