Georgia UN envoy stresses need for talks on Abkhazias status

Speaking to reporters after briefing a private meeting of the Security Council, Dieter Boden said there was a “new awareness that unless we want to risk a further degradation of the conflict, we have to be able to start political negotiations on the status.” He added that this imperative had become all the more clear in recent weeks as fighting intensified and a helicopter belonging to the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) was shot down, killing all nine people aboard. “You have to give a clear political sign that we need negotiations on the key political issue, which is the future status of Abkhazia within the State of Georgia,” Mr. Boden stressed.Asked about negotiations by interested States – known as the “Group of Friends” – on a draft paper concerning the distribution of competences between Tbilisi and Sukhumi, Mr. Boden said “unfortunately, really there is no striking progress.””I wouldn’t be over-pessimistic,” he added, noting that while there was as yet no full agreement, “I think there are chances maybe to come to that.”To a question on next steps in the process, the envoy noted that the Group of Friends would continue consultations “and I would hope that in the immediate future we will have all of their support.””At least that is what I will be working for in my individual contacts with all members of the Group,” he said. read more

Saskatchewan legislature passes motion for Ottawa to get grain moving

Saskatchewan legislature passes motion for Ottawa to get grain moving by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 3, 2014 4:00 pm MDT REGINA – Saskatchewan lawmakers have passed a motion to support the federal government if it brings in emergency legislation to deal with the grain transportation backlog that has been hurting farmers.Premier Brad Wall introduced the motion on the first day of the spring sitting at the Saskatchewan legislature.“We’re definitively saying the federal government should look at all of its legislative options,” Wall said Monday in Regina.Federal legislation allows a government arbitrator to decide if a signed service agreement between a shipping company and a railway has been violated, but most grain handlers don’t have such contracts.Wall said it may be time to mandate service agreements or mandate the number of rail cars to get grain moving.He also said maybe the federal government can do something by regulation or through an order-in-council.“Let’s go,” he said.“We’re way past the point when we’re losing international customers, when a sector of Canada’s economy is under the pressure it is, we are now past the point of trying to accommodate everyone’s interests on a volunteer basis. We need action.”The premier said a legislative move “should be a last resort,” but added “that’s where we’re at today.”A record grain crop is sitting in bins across the Prairies and grain-handling companies have told the province that it might be 2015 before the backlog is cleared.Saskatchewan Agriculture has said the backlog could result in the loss of billions of dollars. Farmers don’t get paid until the grain gets to market.Farm groups across Western Canada have given the federal government some ideas on how to get the clogged grain transportation system back on track.The groups met with Transport Minister Lisa Raitt last week in Ottawa to discuss what they call the “dire situation” facing grain farmers.Producers told Raitt that Ottawa should fine grain shippers that don’t meet their commitments. The groups also suggested the government should toughen and enforce rules that pertain to railways.The Alberta Federation of Agriculture, the British Columbia Agricultural Council, the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan and Manitoba’s Keystone Agricultural Producers warn the backlog is so bad that some farmers won’t have enough cash to pay for seeding this year’s crop.“A record harvest is tied up in grain bins and temporary storage across the Prairies, while producers have very real concerns that they won’t have the cash flow to fund this year’s seeding,” Doug Chorney of Keystone said Monday.Railways blame the backlog on the size of the harvest and cold weather. They say they must use shorter trains during the cold to ensure brakes can be used properly — and that means less capacity.Canadian National (TSX:CNR) has said that it’s doing its best to move the record crop to market.The company said its goal is to return to a more normal level of winter service as soon as extremely frigid temperatures abate.— With files from John Cotter in Edmonton AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Feds move to require more safety valves that guard against natural gas

FILE – In this Nov. 24, 2012 file photo, inspectors assess damage around the area of a gas explosion that leveled a strip club in Springfield, Mass. on Nov. 23. The Obama administration moved Wednesday, July 8, 2015 to significantly expand a requirement for utilities to install inexpensive safety valves on natural gas lines across the U.S. to reduce the risk of deadly explosions. An Associated Press investigation in 2012 uncovered more than 270 accidents dating to 1968 that could have been prevented or made less dangerous if the valves had been in place, including the 2012 Springfield blast.(AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File) Feds move to require more safety valves that guard against natural gas explosions BILLINGS, Mont. – The Obama administration moved Wednesday to significantly expand a requirement for utilities to install inexpensive safety valves on gas lines across the U.S. after deadly fires and explosions going back decades that could have been avoided.The Transportation Department proposal would cover new or replaced natural gas lines serving multi-family dwellings, small businesses and homes not already covered under a 2009 mandate.The National Transportation Safety Board and other safety advocates have pressed for years to broaden requirements for so-called excess flow valves. The devices cost about $30 apiece for residential use, according to officials, and are designed to automatically shut off the flow of gas when a line is ruptured.An Associated Press investigation in 2012 uncovered more than 270 accidents dating to 1968 that could have been averted or made less dangerous if the valves had been in place.Fire Capt. David Wells led the first company responding to the scene of a gas explosion in Springfield, Massachusetts, in November 2012 that injured at least 20 people and damaged dozens of buildings with a boom heard for miles. Investigators said the accident could have been averted if valves had shut off the spewing gas.Having the valves in place also would help keep first responders safe, said Wells, adding that some of his colleagues are still recovering from injuries.“It caused three guys to retire from the job, and some guys are still suffering from headaches and pains. Some of the guys are more gun-shy now when it comes to gas leaks,” Wells said.Officials stressed that the valves won’t prevent lines from being ruptured, such as when a backhoe doing excavation work slices through a gas pipe servicing a house. But by limiting the amount of gas that escapes, the valves can prevent a buildup of fuel that can contribute to explosions or fires.“This important action will add extra protections to communities serviced by the nation’s largest network of pipelines,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement.Federal officials say the valves could have averted at least eight accidents that killed 10 people since 1998, including Springfield.The valves also could help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that are contributing to climate change, officials said.As utilities across the country dig up their old cast-iron and plastic gas lines over the coming years, the proposed rule would ensure they are replaced with safer lines that can be shut off more easily, said Carl Weimer, executive director of the Pipeline Safety Trust, a safety advocacy group.But Weimer said the proposal “won’t do much good for existing lines that lack valves and aren’t being replaced.”Customers could request the safety valves under the rule for the tens of millions of gas lines already installed across the U.S., but it does not specify who would pay for their installation.About 180,000 automatic valves would be installed annually under the rule, according to the Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.Manual valves would be required for new or replaced gas service lines that deliver higher volumes of gas, such as for apartment buildings and large commercial or residential gas customers. The government projected more than 40,000 of those valves would be installed annually.Out of more than 67 million gas service lines in the U.S., just over 9.3 million currently have excess flow valves, according to information submitted to regulators. A breakdown by type of customer was not available.The American Gas Association said its members have been voluntarily installing the valves on some lines for the past two years.The NTSB was reviewing the proposal to determine if it satisfies the board’s prior recommendations to install excess flow valves on all new and renewed gas lines, regardless of the type of customer, spokesman Keith Holloway said.Industry representatives previously have raised concerns about the potential cost of installation, particularly for larger gas lines that would require specialized valves. American Public Gas Association Vice-President John Erickson said utilities would be more accepting of a rule that is limited to smaller lines.But Erickson added that quality control during valve manufacturing was crucial to make sure the devices don’t inadvertently shut off the flow of gas for no reason.“It’s not going to affect every type of accident, but one where an excavator hits a service line, they seem to be effective at reducing the (gas) flow to where it’s an insignificant risk,” he said.Installing the valves on new and replaced lines should cost between $4.4 million and $20.3 million per year, depending on the price of the valves, the Transportation Department said. Benefits from damages avoided were generally lower — between $7.3 million and $14 million.Transportation officials said the proposal was nevertheless justified because of hard-to-measure benefits, such as avoided evacuations, environmental damages and the possibility of a high-consequence incident that could inflict mass casualties.The 2009 mandate required excess flow valves to be installed on new and replaced gas distribution lines serving single-family residences. The proposal would expand that to include lines serving multiple homes, duplexes and small multi-family buildings, and shops ranging from doctors’ offices and shopping centres to banks.__Burke reported from San Francisco. by Matthew Brown And Garance Burke, The Associated Press Posted Jul 8, 2015 2:13 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 8, 2015 at 5:21 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

New van demand dips in March as UK LCV market stabilises

Notes1 March 2012, LCV registrations declined by -11.1%.Download the March and Q1 2017 press release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Light commercial vehicle market declines marginally in March, falling -0.9% following record 2016.Demand for pick-ups continues upward trend, rising 23.0% in the month.97,970 vans registered in Q1 – a slight decline of -0.9% over the same period last year. SEE LCV REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDLight commercial vehicle registrations dipped in March, as the market stabilised following a sustained period of strong growth and record demand, according to figures released by SMMT. 63,316 light commercial vehicles hit British roads last month, representing a small fall of -0.9%, and the first decline in March for five years.1Pick-ups and heavier vans experienced an increase in demand in March, up 23.0% and 3.6% respectively. However, figures for smaller vans painted a different picture, with registrations of vehicles weighing less than 2.0 tonnes down by -31.6% and vans between 2.0-2.5 tonnes falling -4.0%.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,The new van market has experienced strong levels of demand in recent years and this dip in registrations represents a natural rebalancing of the market. Despite the decline, demand remains at an historically high level with year-to-date registrations matching 2015’s performance, which was only exceeded by demand in 2016. We expect demand to remain stable at this high level throughout the year. read more

Ohio State Western Equestrian team opportunity for students of all skill levels

First-year in operations managment Elissa Bening (center) and second-year in science and technology exploration Aaron Boone ride during an equestrian team practice at Autumn Rose Farm in Plain City, Ohio, Oct. 4.Credit: Caroline Keyes / Lantern photographerWhen discussing successful Ohio State sports teams, many students naturally think of football or basketball, however, there is another team with a long track record of significant accomplishments — the Ohio State Western Equestrian team. “I’ve been told by a past AD (athletic director) at Ohio State that we are the most successful team in the history of Ohio State University,” Ollie Griffith said. Griffith has been the head coach of the team since 1985 along with his wife, Debbie.“(The team has) won nine national championships, they’ve won six reserve national championships … half of the time that nationals has existed, we have been either first or second since we have been competing,” Griffith said.Griffith acknowledges many students may feel intimidated to partake in the team with such a successful history, but stressed it is a rewarding opportunity for all OSU students because of six varying skill levels ranging from beginner to open, which are the most capable and experienced riders.“We have riders that have won world championships, and we have riders that have never touched a horse,” Griffith said. “So if you are an undergraduate and you like horses, but you think the Ohio State team is not for you — well, yes it is because they have all these different divisions.”Lidia Pedrozo, a third-year in animal science and the president of the team, said she has been described by others as the “poster child” for their association. This is because as a freshman at OSU she had never ridden a horse, but after contacting the Griffiths on a whim and having her first lesson that same week, she is now a national champion in her division.“I came to Ohio State and I didn’t even know people showed horses,” Pedrozo said. “It speaks volumes about our coaching staff, turning a kid who didn’t even know how to hold reins or get on a horse, and making her into a national champion less than 2 years later.”The Western team competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, which is comprised of more than 370 university teams across the nation, with only the nine best teams making it to nationals each year. With nine national titles as of 2011, the OSU team is the most successful team in the IHSA.Aaron Boone, a second-year in science and technology exploration, recently became involved with the team, and hopes to one day own and operate his own horse farm.“This is honestly the most affordable way you could ever want to do horse shows,” Boone said. “Compared to buying your own horse, buying your saddle, buying your tack, buying your trailer, going to the show, paying your entry fees — they already provide everything for you.”The OSU Western Equestrian team is not to be confused with the Ohio State Hunt Seat Equestrian team, which is based off an English style of riding and coached by Griffith’s brother. While the Hunt Seat team focuses on jumping, the Western team focuses on skills like stopping, starting, turning and spinning.Austin Griffith, a fourth-year in marketing and Ollie and Debbie Griffith’s son, is one of the most successful riders on the team and won the highly coveted High Point Rider award twice in his collegiate career, which is awarded to the nation’s best riders. He is training to win it in the spring for his third and final time.“It is (a lot of pressure), but I can’t worry about it too much and I just have to give it my best,” Austin Griffith said.The Griffiths own and operate Autumn Rose Farm in Plain City, which is about 20 minutes from campus. The OSU team uses a specific segment of the farm, but Austin Griffith said approximately 400 to 500 students are taught at the farm every week.Elissa Bening, a first-year in operations management, has been taking lessons at Autumn Rose Farm since she was four years old and is now in her first year on the OSU team.“Ollie and Debbie have been some of the most supportive people I’ve had in my life,” Bening said. “They’ve driven me to go as far as I can and to be as successful as I can be, so they are a huge part in all of my success.”Ollie Griffith said for him and his wife, the most important part of the OSU team is what the students get out of it. Not only is it one of the most inexpensive — costing students a total of $476 to participate— ways for college students to get involved with riding, but Ollie Griffith said the relationships built among the riders and coaches are what matters the most.“You come out and join the Ohio State team and you will make lifelong friends,” Ollie Griffith said. “It’s not just about winning — it is about liking what we do and enjoying horses.” read more

Gallery OSU vs Indiana

OSU junior tight end Marcus Baugh (85) is forced out of bounds during the first half against Indiana on Oct. 8. The Buckeyes won 38-17. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo Editor The Ohio State Buckeyes took on the Indiana Hoosiers on Oct. 8 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes came away with a 38-17 victory.

Five most powerful people in Britain are women says Prof Stephen Hawking

first_imgFive most powerful people in Britain are now women, Professor Stephen Hawking has said, claiming there has been a ‘seismic shift’ in gender equality.The 75-year-old astrophysicist said that the Queen, Prime Minister Theresa May, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick were evidence that times had changed.However he argued that the private sector was yet to catch up.“I welcome these signs of women’s liberation,” he said on an interview with Piers Morgan for ITV’s Good Morning Britain. “But there may still be a gap between those women achieving high public status and those in the private sector. The Queen and Theresa May are examples of powerful women in Britain, says Prof Hawking  Jeremy Corbyn Credit:Jane Barlow PA “It is not scientific proof of gender equality that is required, but general acceptance that women are at least the equals of men, or better.“This is coming. If we factor in high-powered women in Europe as well, such as Angela Merkel, it seems we are witnessing a seismic shift for women to accede to high-level positions in politics and society.“I have always supported women’s rights. I moved the admission of women to my college, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. The results were wholly good.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Queen and Theresa May are examples of powerful women in Britain, says Prof Hawking  Professor Hawking also said that he would continue to vote Labour, even though he did not believe the party could win under Jeremy Corbyn. Earlier this month, Prof Hawking branded Mr Corbyn a ‘disaster’ who should resign. Jeremy Corbyn  “I don’t believe there will be much chance of Labour winning an election under him,” he said. On the meaning of life and happiness, Professor Hawking, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease aged 21, said: “My three children have brought me great joy. And I can tell you what will make me happy, to travel in space. I thought no one would take me but Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said yes immediately.”And when asked if he believed himself to be the world’s most intelligent human being, he replied : “I would never claim this. People who boast about their IQ are losers.”And on whether he had worked out the mystery of true love since he had solved the mystery of life, Professor Hawking said: “Thankfully, this is beyond human reasoning. And should remain so.” Prof Stephen Hawking said he had seen a seismic change in women's rights  Prof Stephen Hawking said he had seen a seismic change in women’s rights Credit:AFP “He doesn’t come across as a strong leader, and he allowed the media to portray him as a left-wing extremist, which he’s not. It’s no good having the right principles if you never get in power. But I will continue to vote Labour, it’s the party that matters.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe Moto X was long anticipated as the first true Motorola phone to come after their acquisition by Google. Geeks impatiently awaited what was thought to be the next pseudo-Nexus phone, a model that embodied the latest and greatest technologies. While the result shocked them, with its only dual-core processor and only 720p screen, this is actually one of the best Android phones you can buy today. And with today’s deal, Verizon customers can get it for 30% off.The Moto X doesn’t have a giant super-high-resolution screen or blazing octa-core processor. Instead, it works well, better than most other Android phones on the market today. It’s 4.7-inch 720p screen and uniquely shaped chassis fit comfortably in your hand. It’s extremely fast and responsive in day-to-day usage, with no lag or hiccups.The software is where the Moto X really stands out. It senses when you are moving the phone and flashes up your notifications automatically. It’s always listening for your voice commands. You can access the camera with a hand movement, no buttons needed. All of this is possible thanks to a unique processor and screen combination that enables these features while offering up to 24 hours of battery life (supposing you sleep for part of that time period).AT&T customers may have had a week head start on Verizon, but Big Red customers can get it now for only $139.99 with free shipping, with a 2-year contract. If you value functionality more than having the latest specs, the Moto X is the logical choice and at a killer price. Need more convincing? Check out our review.Motorola Moto X smartphone [Verizon] for $139.99 + free shipping (reg. $199.99 | use coupon VERIZON30)Our other top deals:Dell Inspiron 17 17.3-inch Core i3 laptop for $399.99 + free shipping (reg. $519.99)Limited quantity: Microsoft Surface Windows RT Tablet 32GB with touch cover (mfr. refurb) for $199 + free shipping (reg. $449 | 64GB also available)last_img read more

Santorini and Crete among top hotel destinations

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek islands of Santorini and Crete have made it into the list of the world’s top 25 tourism destinations with the best hotels, compiled by Agoda.com.Santorini secured seventh place and Crete 12th in the global rankings of the leading online travel agency in Asia.The survey was published in Singapore after collecting some 7 million comments from users.The top destination in this respect is Cape Town in South Africa, which scored 8.43 out of 10. Santorini and Crete were graded 8.14 and 8.07 respectively.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Tim Cook Apple Focused on Mother of All AI Projects

first_img iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week Stay on target Apple chief Tim Cook finally shed some light on the company’s secretive car project.During an interview with Bloomberg Television, he clarified that “what we’re focusing on [is] autonomous systems.”That is to say, Cupertino isn’t putting all of its eggs into the self-driving-vehicle basket. Rather, it is addressing a more generalized issue—which just happens to also cover self-driving vehicles.“We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects,” Cook said, adding that this is “probably one of the most difficult AI projects.”Reports of an Apple car have been kicking around for some time; from securing auto-themed domain names to poaching Tesla execs, it’s clear the company is at least exploring the idea.But Cook never formally acknowledged work on a vehicle—autonomous, electric, or otherwise. And by last fall, it looked like the prospect of an Apple iCar was in the rearview mirror when Cupertino cut hundreds of jobs from its autonomous vehicle team.The tech titan, instead, turned its focus toward creating software so it can potentially partner with existing automakers.Based on what little Cook revealed to Bloomberg, Apple appears to be right on track with Project Titan, moving forward with its “autonomous systems.”“Autonomy is something that’s incredibly exciting for us,” Cook told Bloomberg. “We’ll see where it takes us.”In April, the California Department of Motor Vehicles issued Apple an autonomous vehicle test permit for three 2015 Lexus RX450h cars (the same as Google) and six drivers.The CEO, meanwhile, remained mum on future products, but added that autonomy is “a core technology that we view as very important.”There is plenty of competition in this space: Not only is rival Google testing its own self-driving vehicles, but manufacturers like Volvo, Ford, Toyota, GM, Nissan, Fiat Chrysler, and Tesla, among others, have jumped on the autonomous bandwagon.last_img read more

ABC cancels Roseanne over stars racist tweet

first_imgNEW YORK — ABC canceled its hit reboot of “Roseanne” on Tuesday following star Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet that referred to former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett as a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the “Planet of the Apes.”ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said the comment “is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.” Barr had apologized and deleted her Monday-night tweet, calling it a “bad joke,” but the damage had already been done.Barr was also dumped by her talent agency, ICM Partners.The revival of the comedy was a surprise smash for ABC, owned by the Walt Disney Co., and was counted on to lead the network’s fortunes next season. Its first new episode in March was seen by more than 25 million people, with delayed viewing counted in, numbers that are increasingly rare in network television. ABC expected advertisers to pay millions of dollars for the chance to be seen during commercial breaks on television’s most popular comedy after “The Big Bang Theory.”And it was all killed in a 53-character tweet.One of the few network shows about a working-class family, “Roseanne” attracted considerable attention upon its return when Barr’s character supported President Donald Trump. That made the show popular with conservative viewers, and Trump himself suggested the character’s backing had a lot to do with the show’s success.Barr herself has a history of diving into political conspiracy theories on her Twitter feed, and she ended her Memorial Day weekend with a series of statements. She criticized Democratic financier George Soros and tweeted that Chelsea Clinton was “Chelsea Soros Clinton,” implying she was married to a nephew of Soros. Clinton herself corrected Barr online. Donald Trump Jr. retweeted two of Barr’s statements about Soros, although not the remark about Jarrett.last_img read more

Library asks all to check out new service

first_imgo What: “Re-Imagining the Mall Library,” a transition to a “library connection” format.o When: 7 p.m. Wednesday.o Where: Second floor, Westfield Vancouver mall, 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive.o Information: Online.Members of the public are invited to discuss the conversion of the Vancouver Mall Community Library into a facility that will reopen in the spring as The Mall Library Connection.The mall transition is part of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District’s new approach to naming and operating 15 sites in three counties.Library officials will provide information and take input at a “Re-Imagining the Mall Library” public event, 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29 in a storefront meeting space on the second level of the mall, between Macy’s and Champs Sports.The remodeled facility is expected to open in March or April near its current location on the mall’s second level, adjacent to J.C. Penney.The Mall Library Connection represents a shift in the way the district is naming its sites according to their service levels.• Vancouver Community Library (for example): Staffed all the time; full array of services; broad collection.• The Mall Library Connection: Selected array of services; targeted collection. The mall site will be staffed all the time, said spokeswoman Sue Vanlaanen, but if the district opens other “library connection” facilities, those sites might have “most of the time” staffing.No other connection sites are under discussion, but it could be a way to introduce service to an area, Vanlaanen said.• Yacolt Library Express: Primarily self-service but may be staffed some of the time; limited services; limited collection. The Yacolt facility is scheduled to open in September, as is Green Mountain Library Express at Green Mountain School.last_img read more

Pros and cons of consuming ecigarettes

first_imgEvidence has suggested that increased use of e-cigarette can dramatically decrease cigarette smoking among youth and young adults, the researchers said, adding that vaping is likely to provide positive health benefits that outweigh the harm. “E-cigarettes can provide the potential to reduce harm and also improve the public health if used as an alternative to cigarette smoking,” said lead author David Levy, Professor at Georgetown University in Washington, US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’However, these e-cigarettes can also increase the harm if people become smokers as a direct consequence of first trying e-cigarettes, the researchers warned.The “recent claims by some scientists that e-cigarettes are likely to act as a gateway to the use of tobacco products are overstated,” Levy added. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently banned the use of e-cigarettes by youth younger than 18, said the paper published in the journal ‘Nicotine & Tobacco Research’.”We want to discourage use of all nicotine and cigarette products,” Levy said, supporting the move.Despite the estimates of an overall public health benefit from e-cigarettes, use of these products in youths needs to be continuously monitored, since use patterns are likely to change as the product and awareness about the product changes, the researchers concluded.last_img read more

ICC Sydney increases Asian involvement

first_imgAfter the success from its Asia Pacific launch in February, the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) will visit cities across Asia to meet with business event decision makers ahead of its December 2016 opening.ICC Sydney chief executive officer Geoff Donaghy, said Asia was an extremely important market for ICC Sydney.“ICC Sydney is stepping up its engagement across Asian markets. Our involvement in Business Events Australia’s high profile annual marketing mission in the region allows us to further showcase the range of innovative marketing tools that have already been incredibly well received by the industry,” Mr Donaghy said.ICC Sydney’s marketing activations allow clients and stakeholders to engage with the space and experience what it is like to host an event at ICC Sydney, without stepping inside the building.A selection of digital and physical solutions, including a virtual tour, bring the features of ICC Sydney to life during its construction phase, highlighting the venue’s diverse functionality as well as its integration with a dynamic waterfront business and leisure precinct.“At ICC Sydney, we have the privilege of marketing one of the most exciting projects underway across the business events industry, in a dynamic, global city that is the economic powerhouse of our nation.”Many Asian buyers and clients will have already experienced successful events at ICC Sydney’s sister venue Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.As a result, they will be familiar with the high quality of facilities and service provided by ICC Sydney’s manager AEG Ogden.Of the 23 large international conventions already secured for ICC Sydney, many have previously been held at Kuala Lumpur including, the World Congress of Accountants and the International Chamber of Commerce World Chambers Federation World Chambers Congress.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

Germanwings will be launching a new direct flight

first_imgGermanwings will be launching a new direct flight from Sarajevo in Bosnia & Herzegovina to Cologne-Bonn, Germany in August.The new route will be launched as part of the airlines winter timetable for the 2008-09 season, beginning in mid-August.Another service from Stuttgart, Germany to Sarajevo has also been announced.However, this route will not begin service until October 27th.Germanwings recently unveiled a new baggage policy in a bid to reduce fuel consumption by reducing aircraft weight.Those checking in heavy luggage will now be landed with a surcharge of €5 for each item.However, as a counter measure, the airline has also increased the excess luggage allowance from 20kg to 23kg per passenger.These measures came into force on all flights booked after May 19th, although those travelling with hand luggage alone will not be affected by the new charging system. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedGermanwings adds three new routesGermanwings adds three new routesClickair’s Vigo flights takeoffClickair’s Vigo flights takeoffGermanwings and clickair in joint agreementGermanwings and clickair in joint agreementlast_img read more

Extradition hearing for Kurdish resident postponed

first_imgThe Larnaca district court on Tuesday postponed the extradition hearing of Kurdish detainee Cerkez Korkmaz, 60, who is wanted in Germany on alleged terrorism-related charges, pending clarification from Hamburg on the exact reasons he is being sought.The extradition hearing is set to continue on April 10 and 12. The court agreed to release Korkmaz in the meantime provided that a sum of €30,000 was paid as a personal guarantee with a further €100,000 bond from a credible guarantor.However, Korkmaz, who was arrested on March 22, was transported to the central prisons under heavy security after he failed to secure the bonds.Korkmaz, who has been living in Cyprus for a number of years after being recognised as a political refugee and who possessed Cypriot travel documents, was arrested at Larnaca airport from where he was to travel to Athens, after it emerged during passport control that the German authorities had issued a European arrest warrant and extradition against him on March 19.He was wanted in connection with terrorism offences allegedly committed between 2013 and 2015 in Germany, reportedly concerning links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).Korkmaz, reportedly stayed in Germany between 2013 and 2014 and last visited the country in 2015.His arrest caused a reaction in the Kurdish community living in Cyprus, which is calling for his release and which gathered to protest outside the court on Tuesday.An online petition that has been launched, addressed to the justice minister, calling for Korkmaz’s release, argues that other European countries ignore such requests on Kurdish fighters.According to the authors of the petition, Germany issued the arrest warrant against Korkmaz on the request of Turkey since the latter is unable to arrest Kurdish fighters “and is asking Germany to do its dirty work”.Taking into account the hundreds of thousands of arrests and jail detentions in Turkey, the petition says, many European countries ignore such demands by Turkey against Kurdish fighters.“It is disappointing to see that Cyprus is willing to apply such warrants, a country that has been invaded by Turkey and continues to deal with Turkish threats and interventions in the Cypriot exclusive, economic zone,” it says.Hundreds of thousands of Kurdish fighters today live all over Europe as political refugees, it says, but Turkey, can, at any given moment, abolish and break the entire political asylum system with a simple ‘terrorism’ accusation. The petition gives as glaring example that of the case of “Kurdish leader” Abdullah Ocalan in which case “political asylum failed miserably.”It said that the signatories are calling on political parties, trade unions, artistic and other organisations, on all democrats and supporters of the Kurdish struggle, “to mobilise for the immediate release of the Kurdish fighter.”You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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When it was later revealed that torture continued at the facility,feedback.APA wouldn’t comment specificallyon the pair’s recommendations; several people on their “staff “to be fired” list remain with APA including APA’s General Counsel Nathalie Gilfoyle APA’s senior policy advisor Ellen Garrison senior legislative and federal affairs officer Heather Kelly and science policy director Geoff Mumford “A lot of change can happen but it will take a lot of time to implement it” Kaslow says APA’s 180° turn is only a start Soldz says “The APA and the entire psychology profession needs to grapple with the enormous scandal enveloping psychological ethics”JV Pawar’s recently translated book in English from Marathi Dalit Panthers: An Authoritative History is the first-hand documentation of how and why the movement of Dalit Panthers took shape in Maharashtra and how it spread across several Indian states from south to north Being one of the founding members of the Dalit Panthers besides Namdeo Dhasal Raja Dhale and others the narrative transports us through the time that gave birth to an unprecedented anti-caste movement Dalit Panthers This book not only offers us the background of the emergence of Dalit Panthers but surprises us by telling tales behind the stories popularised by media and literature of dominants Cover of the book Dalit Panthers — An Authoritative History Image courtesy: Forward Press The book is an enthusiastic read for those who are interested in knowing history through the eyes of Dalits In this sense this book unlike those written with a dominant Brahminical imagination on Dalit Panthers offers us the scope to learn that history in India has many facets It also tells us that history once it is written and produced as narratives changes with the caste-class location of a person who writes it Pawar in his book mentions incidents of caste-atrocities which perhaps are never heard or forgotten long before Therefore this book is a rare documentation of both facts and fanaticism of upper caste culprits who committed atrocities on Dalits For example in a chapter called ‘Inhuman blinding of the Gavai Brother’ he mentions: On 26 September 1974 a barbaric act was committed in Dhakli village of Akola district The eyes of two brothers were gouged out for resisting injustice The incident did not receive the attention it deserved till I called a press conference in Mumbai on 25 January 1975 The residents of the village had justified the act and created an impression that two local goons had been punished They failed to see that even if the two men had indulged in a criminal act they had no authority to take the law into their own hands and mete out punishment Nobody bothered to find out whether they were really criminals and what their crime was One of the facts as the book suggests behind the atrocities that went unheard and unnoticed was also the inability of the political leaders among Dalits to address the issues and demand for justice as most of them either had their own separate groups such as the Republican Party of India (RPI) or Congress had strategically co-opted them Depicting this awful situation about Dalit leaders Pawar writes that “some of them went on to become leaders but could not give up their old habits After Dr Ambedkar’s death the movement disintegrated These squabbling leaders fell prey to the crooked politics of the Congress party that led to further division in society” The result of this claims Pawar was that the gap between Dalit leaders and masses widened The restlessness and hopelessness among the people was widespread In such a situation as we read in the book a few Dalit youths from Mumbai (then known as Bombay) mostly talented budding writers and poets — Pawar being one of them — decided to resist the onslaught of atrocities on Dalits Thus there emerged Dalit Panthers a movement responsible for transforming the realm of consciousness of Dalit youth in Maharashtra for several decades In the absence of any written history on Dalit Panthers by the Panthers people’s imagination of this movement could have been different Hence it is in this context that Pawar’s documentation of events incidents conflicts and the politics in this book makes a compulsory reading But the book is not only an attempt to document or write but also tell the angst among the Dalit youth back then and which translated into their radical stands against caste and drawing further strategies to tackle the issues of atrocities on Dalits Unlike the decades-long struggle in the past especially when Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar was alive the Dalits under Dalit Panthers — taking cues from the Black Panthers of America — abled themselves to fight against oppression and oppressors by being present at the sight of atrocity in a group of hundred or often thousands This book is full of such atrocious stories presenting the ugly face of the country This furious sense of unity among them (the Dalit Panthers) further provided utmost confidence to the Dalit youth that was necessary to fight oppression by the Upper castes and articulate resistance through poems stories and songs Pawar who has authored more than two dozen of books on the Dalit movement has undoubtedly managed to express the anger in the form of this book This book is a priceless souvenir for one who aspires to resist caste to fight it and to write the songs of resistance Impeached Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly Mr Peter Azi said on Wednesday that he had no regrets over his removal Azi representing Jos North-East Constituency in the House was unanimously removed by his colleagues in a dramatic sitting on Wednesday He was promptly replaced with Mr Joshua Madaki from Jos East Constituency as the new Speaker of the State House of Assembly Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Azi described his removal as “part of legislative dynamism” that shapes democracy “As we speak I don’t have any regrets over my removal as speaker of Plateau State House of Assembly “To me the removal is just part of the legislative dynamism which I should gladly accept as it helps in shaping our democracy “In fact I now feel relieved because now I have time to parley with people in my own constituency because then as speaker I took the entire state as my constituency “I am happy that my colleagues did not pin-point my area of fault in my leadershipbut only claimed they just needed a change of leadership” he said On whether it was because he was a stumbling block to the House getting at Governor Simon Lalong Azi said “well if that was the problem they didn’t say so “It is the same people that elected Lalong as governor who also elected members to the House and so I see no reason why they may want to get at him “I don’t think anyone would want to plunge the state into any crisis; we are all trying to support the democratic system for due process to thrive for the sake of the peace of the state “If they have anything against the governor why won’t they seek amicable means of relaying it to him than go after him All we want is peace on the Plateau not rancour” Curtis Allen Knowles 34 pleaded guilty to one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver a Class A felony and was sentenced to serve a year behind barsHe was initially charged with a Class AA felony the state’s highest level of crime and punishable by life in prison but prosecutors agreed to lower the charge as part of a plea dealKnowles was arrested following a Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force warrant search at the residence of Troy Kent Oistad in the 700 block of Walnut Street in OctoberKnowles was arrested in a vehicle while driving with Oistad’s roommate according to charging documentsAfter the search was completed at the residence officers spotted the vehicle with Knowles in the vicinity of 4265 Fifth Ave N Officers followed the car towards Sixth Avenue North and North 40th Street around which point the vehicle’s passenger threw a bag out of the car’s window documents sayAuthorities say the bag contained about 20 grams of methamphetamineKnowles was given a four-year prison sentence with three years suspended and credit for 158 days served He will serve out the remainder of his sentence at the Grand Forks County Correctional Center and is eligible for work release Knowles has been ordered to pay $1100 in court fees and the state will keep the $530 in cash seized from him at the time of his arrestOistad pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver a Class A felony theft and drug paraphernalia charges in February He was sentenced to a year in jail but had all but 73 days of his sentence suspended He is under probation for the next two years they can select a ride-hailing service and be taken to its mobile app so they can immediately request a ride.

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