Will abide by committee decision on future course ExHaryana CM Hooda

first_imgChandigarh: Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who has virtually threatened to part ways with the Congress ahead of the assembly polls, on Tuesday said he would abide by whatever decision a proposed committee decides for his faction. Two days ago, Hooda had raised eyebrows by slamming the Congress’ stand on scraping Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, saying it had “lost its way” and was no longer the party it was before. The infighting in the state Congress unit has intensified at a time when the assembly polls are barely months away. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’At the rally in Rohtak on Sunday, the Congress leader had announced he would form a 25-member committee that would decide the future course of action for his faction, which has been demanding that he be made the state unit chief in place of Ashok Tanwar. Talking to PTI over phone, Hooda said the committee would comprise 13 sitting legislators loyal to him, adding that most of the remaining members would be other party leaders from the state unit who are close to him. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The names of all the committee members will be announced on August 23. It will be authorised to take any decision and I will abide by it,” he said when asked what was his future course of action. Reacting to it, state Congress president Ashok Tanwar, who has been at loggerheads with Hooda for quite some time, said the statements and actions of the former chief minister, including the decision to form a committee, were an “act of indiscipline”. “No one is above party. No matter howsoever tall a leader he may be, no one can violate discipline,” said Tanwar, whose removal Hooda’s faction has been demanding for a long time. On the 25-member committee, Tanwar said it had no sanctity and cannot be formed, adding that constituting committees was the prerogative of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) or state unit. Asked about his reaction to Tanwar’s remarks, Hooda said: “I do not wish to make any comment on this. I have said what I had to say.” At the rally in Rohtak, Hooda had promised several sops if he becomes the chief minister, seen as an open challenge to the party that is yet to name its candidate for the top post.last_img read more

Morley Googoo asked chiefs to push back against AFN over suspension

first_imgMost of the Nova Scotia chiefs and proxies left the assembly Thursday morning.At the time of publication none had responded to APTN’s request by email for comment on the situation.Qalipu First Nation Chief Brendan Mitchell, who represents one of two Mi’kmaq communities in Newfoundland, told APTN Thursday morning he had no knowledge of a meeting, or of Googoo’s briefing note to chiefs in the region.Mitchell said he hopes to discuss the matter with other Mi’kmaq chiefs soon and that he would have to consult with his own council before making a decision to support Googoo, or support Googoo’s suspension.Membertou First Nation councillor Graham Marshall acted as a proxy for Googoo in Fredericton.Asked multiple times about the briefing note and whether he had knowledge of a meeting, Marshall repeated, “I am just here as a proxy.”AFN Manitoba Regional Chief Kevin Hart is a member of the organization’s executive and was part of the decision to suspend Googoo.He told APTN Thursday the executive “had no choice” but to enact the AFN’s zero-tolerance policy.“We didn’t want women and other people feeling uncomfortable if they came here,” he said.“Because at the end of the day our job as a regional chief, and as executive at the national table—including the national chief—is to make sure we advocate first and foremost to protect the rights and sovereignty of our people, but also to make sure we protect our citizens.”An independent report commissioned by the Tripartite Forum—an organization including Mi’kmaq, provincial and federal governments—last year found that Googoo had engaged in “direct discrimination” against Cheryl Maloney, former head of the NSNWA, and other Mi’kmaq women.The report says Maloney alleged Googoo harassed her “and engaged in gender-based bullying against her, and other women associated with the [Tripartite] Forum, resulting in an unsafe work environment.”Maloney further alleged that Googoo’s conduct “amounted to discrimination against women and the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association.”Googoo has denied the report’s findings, saying the allegations are “not true to me.”On Wednesday Miawpukek First Nation (MFN) Chief Mi’sel Joe sent a letter to Bellegarde commending the National Chief’s “swift response” to the investigation report and noting the allegations are part of a “pattern of behaviour” with Googoo.“With the recent 231 Calls to Justice outlined from the MMIW inquiry, it is imperative that as leaders, we are seen as removing perpetrators of violence from within our organizations. You have demonstrated great leadership here and MFN supports your decision to suspend.”Miawpukek Chief Mi’sel Joe says his community does not want Googoo restored to his position as regional chief. APTN file photo.Joe says Miawpukek “will be strongly recommending further action that NS and NL First Nations and the AFN can take to send a strong message that this type of action from our leadership will not be tolerated.“Given the pattern of behaviour of this individual, please note, we will not be a part of any process to restore him to this position. Violence against women has to stop, and we need to ensure it does. If the AFN and its member First Nations condone the actions of Regional Chief Googoo, how can we in good conscience hold society and other governments accountable in carrying out the calls to justice in the MMIWG final report.”Googoo’s briefing note states that no charges have been laid against him.It also says the proposed suspension is not about him, but rather about “whether the national AFN Executive has authority over conduct of Regional Chiefs which circumvents the authority of the Chiefs in the region.”In 2017 he was charged with assault and disturbing the peace after an altercation with a security guard at a hotel in Membertou First Nation.The charge was dropped in 2018 after the former Waycobah First Nation chief successfully completed a restorative justice program.Perry Bellegarde avoided questions from APTN on Thursday regarding Googoo’s claim that the national chief asked Googoo to stay away from national meetings. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN.On Tuesday Assembly of First Nations Youth Council Co-Chair Rosalie LaBillois commended the AFN executive for its decision on Gogooo.“I think it’s really empowering to see…our leaders at this regional and executive level taking those stances,” she said.Hart, whose portfolio includes the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, referenced the Me Too movement in his interview with APTN Thursday.He said the situation with Googoo is symbolic of the culture of disrespect for and mistreatment of First Nations women.“If you look at the misogyny in circles, all of us as men at one point or another has made comments, and we have to learn from those mistakes moving forward,” he said.With files from Amber Bernard.jbrake@aptn.ca@justinbrakenews AFN Regional Chief for Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, Morley Googoo. Photo: AFN.caJustin BrakeAPTN NewsAssembly of First Nations (AFN) Regional Chief Morley Googoo has asked chiefs in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland to challenge AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde on the organization’s recent decision to suspend Googoo after allegations of harassment against the Mi’kmaq leader were made public last week.APTN News obtained a copy of the briefing note written July 20, a day after CBC reported allegations against Googoo of discrimination and gender-based bullying against the former head of the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association (NSNWA) and other Mi’kmaw women.It was then sent to the AFN after the organization’s executive council announced on Monday it was initiating a process to suspend Googoo.The document suggests the AFN executive does not have the authority to suspend Googoo and alleges that Bellegarde told Googoo during an undated phone conversation, “Just do your job in the region and send a proxy to national meetings.”The briefing note highlights nine “points” by Googoo making a case against his suspension.It also includes two questions Googoo wants chiefs from his region at the assembly to ask the national chief.One question asks Bellegarde to confirm if he told Googoo not to attend national meetings.The other asks if the AFN executive’s decision to suspend Googoo was “based on the media story,” referring to the July 19 CBC article.“Why didn’t the Executive Committee consult with the Chiefs from the region?” the document says as a follow-up to the second question.The AFN announced its decision on Tuesday and said Googoo has 20 days to respond before the suspension would come into effect.Googoo is out of the country and did not attend the assembly in Fredericton.He has not answered APTN’s questions regarding the note.APTN confirmed Googoo’s briefing note was drafted by Rhonda Knockwood, an advisor on contract with Googoo’s office, and sent to chiefs in the region ahead of the AFN’s Annual General Assembly in Fredericton this week.An AFN spokesperson confirmed that a meeting took place Tuesday between Bellegarde and multiple chiefs from Googoo’s region but did not say what was discussed.Bellegarde declined multiple requests for an on camera interview and did not respond to APTN’s request for comment.After Thursday’s closing ceremonies in Fredericton the national chief refused to say whether he asked Googoo to stay away from regional meetings.See what happened to APTN reporter Amber Bernard when she tried to ask Bellegarde a question about Googoo:last_img read more

US Recognition of Jerusalem US Embassy in Morocco Warns Americans of

Rabat – The US embassy in Rabat has just called its citizens to be “cautious” following the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel under President Donald Trump. This announcement “could trigger demonstrations [in Morocco], some of which could become violent,” it warns.The press release published Wednesday evening on the embassy’s website calls on Americans in the kingdom to “maintain a high level of vigilance, and take appropriate measures to enhance their personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.”“The US Mission Morocco reminds US citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security.” The embassy is also advising its citizens to “avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.” The Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel in Morocco announced in a press release yesterday night that it will organize a protest on December 7 at 6 p.m. in front of the Moroccan Parliament in Rabat, to denounce President Trump’s decision.Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel yesterday, December 6, becoming the first president to ever do so.“It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” said Trump during his speech at the White House, delivered on Wednesday at 1 p.m. local time.During his speech, the president also announced that he will move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, despite the waiver signed recently that delayed the decision by six months.Commenting on the motivation behind his decision, Trump said that while “we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement, it would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula will achieve anything different.”The news has sparked a wave of outrage throughout the Arab world and especially in Morocco, as King Mohammed VI immediately reacted by sending a message directly to President Trump, expressing his strong disapproval “of any action likely to compromise the multi-confessional character of the Holy City, or alter its legal and political status.”The Sovereign also addressed a message to the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, calling on him to intervene. The King said that Trump’s decision would escalate tensions in the region and “undermine all opportunities for peace.”On Wednesday, Morocco’s Foreign Affairs Ministry summoned the ambassadors of Russia, China, France, and the United Kingdom, asking them to “take full responsibility for preserving the legal and political status of Al Quds and to avoid anything that might stir up conflicts and undermine stability in the region.” read more

Canadian Pacific confirms former rival Hunter Harrison as its new CEO

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 29, 2012 8:25 am MDT CALGARY – Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) has named Hunter Harrison as its new president and chief executive officer, the result of reforms pushed through by the company’s largest shareholder.Harrison’s appointment was widely expected after a high-profile battle waged against the Calgary-based railway’s former leadership by William Ackman, head of a New York-based investment fund.Harrison is the former CEO of Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR).He is credited with turning CN into North America’s most successful railway company — a track record that Ackerman says is needed at Canadian Pacific.Ackman’s Pershing Square became the largest shareholder of Canadian Pacific last year, beginning months of battles that resulted in the departure of the railway’s chief executive, its chairman and several directors.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misspelled Ackman. Canadian Pacific confirms former rival Hunter Harrison as its new CEO AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

December new car preregistration figures

Today, SMMT released figures for December pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of in December 2011 that were defined as pre-registrations.Download releaseClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

EHF EURO 2014 TOPSCORERS Lazarov to defend the title

← Previous Story France VS Croatia for the door of semi-finals Next Story → EHF EURO 2014 is over for Noddesbo and Atlason! Macedonian star Kiril Lazarov is on the way to defend the title of TOP scorer from the Men’s EURO 2012 in Serbia. He scored 29 goals in the Preliminary Round matches, six goals more than Filip Jicha who finished competition in Herning. On the third place are Serhei Rutenka and Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson with 21 goals.TOP SCORERSThe best assistant till now is Danish star Mikkel Hansen. EHF EURO 2014handballHandball EURO 2014handball topscorerlazarovrutenka

No winner in Mannheim – Veszprem close to win the group

3. Celje Pivovarna Lasko8314214:210(4)7 4. HC Motor Zaporozhye8314224:244(-20)7 5. HC Croatia Osiguranje Zagr…8305214:224(-10)6 EHF Champions Leaguehandballmvm mkb veszprem Hungarian champion MVM MKB Veszprem have won the important point in the derby match against Rhein Neckar Lowen 25:25 (12:13) in Mannheim, which will be enough for the first position in the group before TOP 16 draw at EHF Champions League.Rhein-Neckar Löwen – MKB-MVM Veszprem 25:25 (12:13)Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Landin, Stojanovic (.) – Schmid (3/3), Gensheimer (10/2), Roggisch, Sesum, I. Guardiola (1), Manojlovic, Sigurmannsson, Gorbok (3), Myrhol (3), Groetzki (2), G. Guardiola (1), Petersson (2), Ekdahl Du Rietz.MKB-MVM Veszprem: Fazekas, Alilovic – Vilovski, Gulyas (1), G. Ivancsik, Schuch, T. Ivancsik, Ruesga (1), Ilic (12/2), Mocsai, Nagy (2), Ugalde (3), Rodriguez (1), Terzic, Sulic (5), Ligetvari.STANDINGS: 6. St. Petersburg HC8017169:234(-65)1 2. Rhein-Neckar Löwen8521238:204(34)12 1. MKB-MVM Veszprém8710247:190(57)15 ← Previous Story EHF CL (W): Buducnost demolish Krim, Vardar with only a point from Sweden Next Story → Marin Sego to Vive Targi Kielce read more

Mother loses four children in station one catches fasttrain to Leipzig

first_img By Associated Press IT’S EVERY PARENT’S worst nightmare: a woman from Peru lost all four of her children at Berlin’s main train station this week after briefly turning her back on them to buy a ticket.German police said that the tearful mother immediately approached officers, who were able to find two of the children wandering around the station.A third turned up at another station in Berlin.The fourth child, aged 3, was discovered by a conductor on a high-speed train heading south.The boy, who spoke Spanish and Italian, was taken into care by police in Leipzig, about 160 kilometres south of Berlin, but refused to tell officers his name.“He fell asleep at the police station from the exhaustion caused by his exciting journey,” police said.His mother, along with his three siblings, arrived to collect the boy about three hours later and together the family, who live in Italy, were able to continue their journey to Munich.Read: Robots should be given legal status as ‘electronic persons’ and fitted with ‘kill switches’ – EU > 35,068 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email Image: Michael Sohn Mother loses four children in station, one catches fast-train to Leipzig The boy, who spoke Spanish and Italian, was taken into care by police before being reunited with his family. Jan 14th 2017, 9:15 AM Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3183824 18 Comments Image: Michael Sohn Saturday 14 Jan 2017, 9:15 AMlast_img read more

Bonneville faces promise and perils in changing markets

first_imgGRAND COULEE DAM — When workers started pulling apart the three largest hydroelectric units in North America — capable of supplying more than enough power for all of Seattle — they found the damage far worse than expected.They encountered large cracks, worn-out bearings and a defect in a critical weld that, if left in place, could fail, unleashing catastrophic flooding inside the powerhouse that risked killing workers and destroying the 7 million-pound generator-turbine units.That last discovery halted work for 10 months to give engineers time to come up with a fix that would ensure a crucial covering would hold fast.“How do we deal with the unexpected? It definitely keeps you up at night,” said Brian Clark, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation manager for the project, which got underway in 2013 when work began on the first turbine.This Grand Coulee overhaul is part of a broader maintenance marathon to sustain the regional hydroelectric network born of a 1930s, Depression-era quest to produce public power at cost for Northwest utilities, a concept some denounced as socialism. But the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), the federal agency set up to market the dams’ output, helped turn cheap electricity into a cornerstone of the regional economy, gaining the fierce loyalty of the region’s congressional Democrats and Republicans.last_img read more

Boy recovered after car theft outside Pembroke Pines day care 2 arrested

first_imgMeanwhile, surveillance video showed the other man walking along the strip mall. Police believe he may have been picked up later.7News cameras captured parents picking up their children from the day care. The situation frightened some of them.“Basically, I’m just freaked out about the whole situation,” said one woman.“It’s heartbreaking,” said one mother holding a little girl. “My little one just said, ‘I hope the little kid that was in the car is safe as well.’”He was, according to police. Investigators said the boy was dropped off a short time later near the shopping plaza.Phillips’ car was later recovered in Miami Gardens with the assistance of OnStar.Friday night, police said they took two juveniles into custody. One of them was charged with grand theft auto and the other was charged with criminal trespassing in a conveyance. Phillips said his son is doing just fine. “Everything’s all right, They just let him out right here from the car,” he said.Authorities advise parents to avoid leaving their children in a car by themselves, and certainly not in a running vehicle.If you have any information on the thieves’ whereabouts, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested 2 juveniles in connection to the theft of a car, outside a day care center in Pembroke Pines that, police said, had a sleeping 7-year-old boy when it was stolen.Pembroke Pines Police responded to the scene of a stolen car that had a child inside near the Kiddie City day care center, located at 1780 N. University Drive, Friday afternoon.The child’s father, Arnett Phillips, said he parked his car outside the day care to pick up his child, but left his other child, 7, in the car.“I just come to pick up [my other son],” Phillips later told 7News.Surveillance video captured Phillips’ dark colored sedan pulling up in front of the day care. Moments later, the parent is seen walking toward the center while his son remained inside the vehicle.“I called and they brought him, like, right here to the front,” said Phillips, “so I got out and came to the door right here and got him.”But moments after Phillips went inside Kiddie City, the footage captured two young men walking by his car. One of the men kept going, but the other turned around and walked back toward the sedan. He circled the vehicle, then suddenly jumped in and took off with Phillips’ son still inside. last_img read more

Las Vegas Life Shutters Monthly

first_imgAccording to Greenspun president Michael T. Carr, going online-only is “the most engaging way to deliver content, applications and services that truly meet the needs of our audiences.” Las Vegas Life had completed an extensive redesign in January.In addition to transitioning Las Vegas Life content online, Greenspun will publish an annual “Best of” issue, the company says.Also as part of the announcement, Greenspun says it will increase the editorial coverage of its other regional titles, including: Vegas magazine, Las Vegas Home & Design and Las Vegas Weekly.Carr says the yet-to-be-named portal, part of which is already active through Greenpun’s Las Vegas Sun newspaper, will be rolled out to other markets, beginning with New York, where Greenspun owns Niche Media titles Gotham and the Hamptons. Greenspun Media today announced that the April issue of Las Vegas Life will be its last. The magazine’s content will go online to become “the anchor of the Greenspun Media Group’s larger and long-term vision” for its lasvegaslife.com site, the company says.As FOLIO: reported earlier this week, Greenspun is planning to launcha “category crushing” Web portal for the Las Vegas market on Memorial Day weekend.last_img read more

Government to Give Tax Sops on Transactions Made through Credit Debit Cards

first_imgTo promote greater usage of plastic money, the government is planning to give tax sops on purchases made through credit or debit cards.The government is looking to abandon transaction charges on payments for petrol, gas and rail tickets, made through plastic money. Credit and debit cards are commonly referred to as plastic currency.”The developed world has moved substantially to plastic currency and payment gateways. I think there is need for India and our determination is there to gradually take steps to move in that direction,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said at a conference on ‘Make in India – Indigenisation of Currency’ in New Delhi on 2 June.The draft paper, which laid out the proposals to transform the country into cashless economy and curtail tax evasion, also proposes to make transactions exceeding ₹1 lakh to be compulsorily settled online, The Times of India reported.”High value transactions of, say, more than ₹1 lakh, (be settled) only by electronic means,” the draft paper said.The government has also proposed to give “tax rebate” to shopkeepers in a bid to motivate them to adopt usage of plastic money, while accepting payments on the sales.”An appropriate tax rebate can be extended to a merchant if at least say 50 per cent value of the transactions is through electronic means. Alternatively, 1-2 per cent reduction in value added tax could be considered on all electronic transactions by the merchants,” it added.The proposals are targeted at creating a transactions history of a person to give enhanced access to credit and financial inclusion, cut down tax evasion and clamp down on fake currency menace.”Tax benefits in terms of income tax rebates to be considered to consumers for paying a certain proportion of their expenditure through electronic means,” said the draft.last_img read more

JK school teacher threatens to kill student with axe video goes viral

first_imgTeacher threatens student of slaughtering him at Handwara, Jammu and KashmirscreengrabThe Jammu and Kashmir Police have registered an FIR against a school teacher in Handwara for threatening a student on slaughtering him with an axe.In a horrific video that has gone viral over the internet, the frightened boy can be seen crying and held on the ground by the man with the axe pointed towards the child. The incident took place at a classroom inside Future Education Institute Wagahat Magam in Handwara. Other students can also be seen inside the classroom.”Close your eyes. I am going to slaughter him,” the teacher tells the other students in Kashmiri. The students are not dressed in their uniforms and are wearing winter clothes like Pheran(traditional Kashmiri gown used to keep warm during winter) and sweaters, reports NDTV.The police registered a case after the heinous video showing disturbing visuals went viral over the social media on Tuesday. The investigating officers are questioning people who are allegedly involved or has details of the incident.”A video was found circulating on social media, in which a young boy is seemingly held to the ground by a male person, who is holding an axe in another hand and threatening to assault him with it,” said a police spokesperson.Netizens have demanded stringent action against the perpetrator for doing such monstrous act against a student that too by a teacher.last_img read more

Putin briefs Trump over Ukraine crisis

first_imgVladimir PutinRussian president Vladimir Putin said Saturday he briefed his US counterpart Donald Trump on the Ukraine crisis as he came under pressure over Moscow’s robust foreign policy at the G20 summit in Argentina.Putin said he explained Moscow’s position to Trump when the leaders met briefly at a summit dinner Friday.”We spoke standing up. I replied to his questions about the incident in the Black Sea,” Putin told reporters at the end of the summit.Putin strode into the summit under a cloud, having drawn outrage from Europe over last week’s incident in which his navy detained three Ukrainian ships and 24 sailors — causing Trump to abruptly cancel their scheduled meeting.Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko kept up the pressure from Kiev, saying Putin had refused to take his calls since the crisis started.He said that when the incident happened, he instructed his office to set up a call with the Kremlin leader to say “we are ready for this negotiation to de-escalate… and unfortunately, until now, Putin did not answer my request for a direct phone conversation.”Poroshenko told France 24 in an interview that Ukraine would try to resolve the standoff diplomatically but insisted Russian forces withdraw from Crimea, and return its ships and sailors “captured illegally in the neutral waters of the Black Sea.”German Chancellor Angela Merkel took Putin to task at length over the naval spat, a day after French president Emmanuel Macron urged him to “de-escalate” the crisis.Merkel used breakfast with Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit to voice her “concern” over the tensions in the Kerch Strait off Russian-annexed Crimea.”Of course, we talked about the situation in the Sea of Azov, because it is important to avoid any aggravation,” Merkel said in Buenos Aires.Macron raised his concerns with the Russian leader at one of his first bilateral meetings, pressing him “to make the necessary gestures so that there is a de-escalation,” said a French official.Both European countries are members of the “Normandy Four” group with Moscow and Kiev, set up to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine involving Russian-backed rebels.Merkel said she had also discussed Syria with Putin, “especially … the Idlib region,” where a fragile ceasefire has been negotiated between rebels and Syrian army forces backed by Moscow.Her main focus, however, was on the situation in Ukraine.”I want to make it quite clear, though, that free shipping to the Sea of Azov must be guaranteed to the Ukrainian coasts and cities. There is a basic contractual agreement from 2003 on this. Russia must comply with this basis,” she said.Away from the summit, US defense secretary Jim Mattis said Moscow had shown “brazen contempt” for a deal “that allowed both Russian and Ukrainian ships free passage.”- ‘Exhaustive explanations’-Putin — who has praised his navy for defending Russian territory — “provided exhaustive explanations on this incident in the Black Sea, explaining everything in detail, in exactly the same manner as yesterday during his meeting with the French president,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Interfax.According to a French aide, Friday’s version entailed Putin drawing a map for Macron of the Kerch Strait, to buttress his position that the seized Ukrainian ships had intruded into Russian waters — a claim denied by Kiev.As for Macron, “the main message that he passed on is really that of a de-escalation,” the aide said.Far from offering comforting words, Putin said at a post-summit press conference he saw no end in sight to the four-year conflict in eastern Ukraine “as long as the current Ukrainian authorities remain in power.””The current Ukrainian authorities have no interest in resolving the conflict, especially by peaceful means,” he said.The November 25 incident in the contested Kerch Strait — which connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov — was the first open military confrontation between Kiev and Moscow since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.Merkel said Germany had suggested a meeting of the Normandy group to discuss the crisis.last_img read more

Community Rally And Funeral Announced For 7YearOld Jazmine Barnes

first_imgThe family of 7 year old Jazmine Barnes asked me to share these wonderful recent images of her with her dad and family. She was loved and treasured and valued. We will not stop until we find her killer. pic.twitter.com/pisRtQ298A— Shaun King (@shaunking) January 2, 2019 Share Courtesy of Harris County Sheriff’s Office via APThis photo provided by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office shows an image taken from surveillance video of a pickup whose driver, according to authorities, fired several shots into a car carrying a family, killing a 7-year-old girl and wounding the child’s mother, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in the Houston area. (Courtesy of Harris County Sheriff’s Office via AP)A community rally and public funeral service have been scheduled for seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes who was killed Sunday morning while riding in a car with her mom and sisters.The community rally will be held Saturday, January 5 at noon in the Walmart parking lot at 5655 East Sam Houston Parkway, not far from where the shooting occurred. A funeral service and balloon release will take place on Tuesday, January 8 at noon at the Green House International Church.Barnes was killed while riding in a car with her mother and three sisters in the eastern outskirts of Houston. A person in a red, four-door pick-up truck pulled alongside the car and fired into it. Barnes was killed on scene and her mother, LaPorsha Washington, suffered a gunshot wound.In a press conference on Wednesday, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said they are receiving tips and information from possible eyewitness and that they hope to release a composite sketch of the shooter this week.While the Sheriff said that initially the shooting seems to be random, local activists have alleged it was racially motivated and that the family was targeted because they’re African American.The reward for a tip that would lead to an arrest of the killer has also been increased to $100,000. The reward is being offered by Lee Merritt, a national civil rights attorney with an office in Dallas, and New-York-based activist and writer Shaun King.Rally on Saturday. Funeral on Tuesday. We should not have to be doing any of this, but here we are. Our reward for the arrest of the killer of 7 year old Jazmine Barnes is now $100,000. Email me today at shaunking@gmail.com with tips and leads. Strictly confidential. pic.twitter.com/IVrLajKJVm— Shaun King (@shaunking) January 3, 2019last_img read more

Cancun announces four inclusive beaches for those with disabilities

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — The director for the Center of Rehabilitation and Inclusion says more and more Cancun beaches are outfitted for people with disabilities.Eduardo Martínez Salgado, director of the Centro de Rehabilitación y Inclusión, says that Cancun now has several beaches that are completely able to accommodate people with disabilities.He says these inclusive beaches are complete with access ramps, signs, attention modules, wheelchairs, lounge chairs, bathrooms and showers.“These beaches are wonderful. They are flat. There have little waves. They have amphibious chairs that allow people with reduced mobility to go into the sea and enjoy the water” said Martínez Salgado.Last week, the director was on hand as the city promoted its inclusive beaches where he says, more than 300 people came to participate in the activities and enjoy the specially designed beach areas.“The most beautiful thing we have in Quintana Roo are our beaches. The fact they are inclusive also improves the image of the city.“Everyone, absolutely everyone, has the right to enjoy the paradise we have. It is gratifying to see that the needs of all people are taken into account, especially the disabled and the elderly,” stressed Martínez Salgado.Cancun began creating inclusive beaches in November of 2017 and now have four. The inclusive beaches of Cancun are Playa Langosta, Las Perlas, Chaacmool and Playa Delfines.In Playa del Carmen, the main central beach next to the ferry terminal is an inclusive beach which is completely outfitted to accommodate people with disabilities.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Medical device manufacturer hiring for its Costa Rica operation

first_imgRelated posts:US medical devices manufacturer to open plant in Costa Rica Accenture announces 300 new jobs in Costa Rica Bilingual employment fair to offer 3,800 jobs Software company TradeStation Global Services expands Costa Rica operation U.S. industrial manufacturerOkay Industries reported plans this week to hire more staff in Costa Rica following a ₡345 million (some $638,000) investment in its local operation. This is the third investment the company makes here since launching operations in 2012.The company manufactures medical and other precision components for companies in the medical and industrial sectors.General Manager in Costa Rica Mario Chaves said the expansion means the company will be hiring manufacturing engineers, technical staff specialized in ​​precision mechanics and operational staff for various manufacturing processes.Okay Industries launched operations in Costa Rica in 2012 with an initial investment of $1 million. The company has now invested some $3 million here, Chaves said.Those interested in applying for jobs with the company can see available posts and request further information on the company’s website.In addition to the Costa Rica operation, Okay Industries has two manufacturing plants in Connecticut. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer looks to throw as Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Markus Golden (44) and outside linebacker Chandler Jones (55) pursue during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) “It breaks everybody’s heart in there because they know how hard he plays,” Arians said. “It takes a lot of spirit out of the defense because he brings it every play.”Golden left the Cardinals’ 18-15 win in overtime after colliding with teammate and safety Budda Baker while bearing down on 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer. Baker appeared to undercut Golden, who went to the ground grabbing his knee. 🙏out to Cardinals LB Markus Golden…Didn’t look good! pic.twitter.com/ZumGLhy5ss— ACL Recovery Club (@ACLrecoveryCLUB) October 1, 2017Golden had 11 tackles this season but he didn’t record any sacks after posting 12.5 in his second NFL season last year. The Cardinals selected Golden in the second round (No. 58) of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Missouri.Golden joins a growing list of key Cardinals injuries through four games this season. Running back David Johnson (ACL) was sidelined for 8-12 weeks with wrist surgery after suffering the injury in the season opener at Detroit. Left guard Mike Iupati (triceps) is on injured reserve and could be sidelined the rest of the season. Left tackle D.J. Humphries (knee), guard Alex Boone (chest) and defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche (calf) are also out, and Arians said Monday Humphries probably wouldn’t return this week after re-injuring his knee last week in practice. TEMPE, Ariz. — Cardinals outside linebacker Markus Golden suffered a torn right ACL in Sunday’s win over the San Francisco 49ers, coach Bruce Arians confirmed Monday at a press conference at the team’s headquarters. Golden will go on injured reserve and miss the rest of the regular season.Arians said doctors would likely wait a few weeks to perform surgery until the swelling in Golden’s knee subsides. Golden left the team’s Tempe facility around 11:30 a.m. Monday on crutches, wearing a knee brace. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Wide receiver John Brown is still hampered by a quad injury although he played on Sunday.Arians said the staff would discuss how to replace Golden on Monday. Arians said elevating someone from the practice squad is an option. Haason Reddick is another possibility on the edge with Deone Bucannon back in the lineup, although Arians said Reddick would only be in certain packages as he learns the position.Kareem Martin is another option who Arians said has played well in the rotation. – / 40 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 7 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterAmsterdam hosted the annual Virtuoso Symposium, 17-22 March 2018, and I was lucky enough to be there for the start. That first evening, Saturday 17 March 2018, began for many with a cocktail hosted at Hotel De L’Europe, where 75 delegates were staying for a night. Hotel GM Tom Krooswijk, with the help of masses of jazz-players in full chefs’ whites and oodles of free-flowing Moët, hosted a magnificent first act. Then we took the red-carpet walkway to board two canal boats for a fascinating Amstel River and Singelgracht canal trip right to the door of the Rijksmuseum.And there, what a thrill for all 650 delegates, suppliers and Virtuoso travel advisors. The awe-inspiring complex was open especially, to allow drinks and sensible canapés – things like bitterballen beef croquettes and chicken satay – over networking and more networking before going upstairs to an unprecedentedly easy viewing of ‘The Night Watch’ and some of the other 21 Rembrandts that the museum owns (all will be displayed, alongside 60 drawings and some 300 of the 1300 Rembrandt prints in its collection, in a 2019 exhibition to commemorate 350 years since his death in 1669).The following day, Virtuoso sessions started in earnest, first at the Passenger Terminal, a highly appropriate venue for seven riverboat companies – AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, Crystal River Cruises, Tauck, U by Uniworld, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and Viking Cruises – were about to whisk everyone on to the water for the next three nights. The bosses of those companies were publicly thanked, and then GMs of the six host hotels – Amstel InterContinental, Conservatorium, De L’Europe, Hotel The Grand Amsterdam, Pulitzer Amsterdam and Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam – were called up. Swedish futurist Anders Sörman-Nilsson, in his keynote speech, urged everyone to embrace digital, and then Virtuoso chairman and CEO Matthew Upchurch similarly backed configurability, adapting to today’s life and the value of niche-interest communities. Virtuoso now has over 17,500 travel advisors, up 126% in 5 years. They are affiliated with over a thousand agencies in 45 countries, and in total, they achieve US$23.7 billion in annual sales.Luxury hoteliers must surely be delighted with Virtuoso’s Reserve niche, a category dedicated to the highest-spending clients. Only identified so far in the USA, Reservists are on average 62 years old, but 33% of the total are under 54. They take 8.2 trips a year, spend on average US$1735 per room night with a total annual travel outlay of US$128,000.And with that tantalising taster, I sadly left the Virtuoso family to continue on my way, while they made ready to board their boats (for an odyssey that culminated in a final gala in Amsterdam’s Maritime Museum three nights later).I was staying, by the way, at Amsterdam’s Kimpton De Witt Hotel, the first Kimpton outside the USA, and the kind of friendly old-and-new luxury hotel that instantly appeals. It seems that brand Kimpton has got through to American travellers of all ages, but mostly child-free. Since their flights typically arrive early morning, they are delighted to find a multifunction lobby area, with lots of seating, and sockets and good Wi-Fi, and always-there boiling water in a silver samovar for make-your-own teas.From 5 pm every night the lobby becomes cocktail-hour, or rather 60 minutes of wine-tasting, liberally poured by hotel managers. There are so many fascinating spaces in this 274-room hotel, a conversion of a Crowne Plaza. I like the deliberately industrial feel of Wyers Bar.Restaurant, a free-standing facility with street entrances, which means 90% of the guests who come in from Nieuwezijds think it is independent: hotel guests reach the area via a zigzag walkway past an inner courtyard with hanging hammock-seats. Come to breakfast and there is no buffet but you are immediately brought a blue-and-white Delft-look Villeroy & Boch plate holding glass cocottes of cut fruit and honey with granola atop.A server in dark grey, matching the ceiling, comes round with a wicker pannier of croissants and petits pains au chocolat. The menu lists such What’s For Breakfast offerings as a cauliflower and tabbouleh salad, but I must confess I preferred my simpler order for two eggs sunny-side up which produced eggs with the crinkly-crisp edges that I just adore. Plain wood tables have teatowel-look napkins and matching wood Peugeot mills (I have only just learned that, far from being a modern diversion of the carmaker, Jean-Pierre Peugeot started by making coffee grinders in the late 18th century). I eschewed a pay-extra ginger-glow smoothie in favour of yet more excellent coffee and went back up to 622.This, dear readers, is decidedly Best In House. 622, the Penthouse Suite, is a duplex, with 14 spiral wood stairs taking me to a living space where everything, desk and chairs, feels so silky smooth I simply, well, stroke them. Sofas are covered in soft tweed, the bathroom has a most useful electric rail and easy-pump Marie Stella-Maris toiletries. I love the bright blue floral cushions on the bed, which delightfully is not too soft. The terrace, with 270-degree views of Amsterdam’s rooftops, is big enough for cocktails for 20. Such heavy hardcover books as Amsterdam Canals, Surf Odyssey: The Culture of Wave Riding; High Tide Surf Odyssey and David Hicks’ A Private World of Interiors indicate that this is a modern-luxury hotel for Nihi-type globalists when in Amsterdam. And being 10 minutes’ walk to the station is such a plus: I got there in ample time and left town after snacking on a paper bowl of just-fried frites and a bitterballen croquette.Mary Gostelow travels over 300 days a year, doing one-night stands in top hotels around the world.  Read her daily travelogue, www.girlahead.comGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgWant more tips on how to find the perfect last minute deal? Read on…How to find a cheap last minute flightIt’s not all it’s cracked up to be: we bust the myths for finding cheap last minute flights. 7 secrets of finding a cheap flightOur tried and tested hacks for cheap travel – make sure you’re flight searching on a Tuesday afternoon. 8 expert tips for booking cheap flights that you really should know aboutGet the full facts about how to find the best deal from industry experts and travel bloggers and learn a few new travel hacks to make sure you get a flight at a price that fits your budget.*Published May 2017. Flight prices are for return journeys from the UK. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 2. London to Rome, Italy from £46Who doesn’t dream of escaping to Rome? And nothing will get you in the mood like watching one of the many classic movies set here. Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck simmer on the screen in Roman Holiday (1953), and you can visit the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) sculpture that features in the film by the Santa Maria in Cosmedin church. Meanwhile, the Trevi Fountain in the Trevi district is where Anita Ekberg adopts that pose in La Dolce Vita (1960). Take a look at this guide for local tips on where to go in Italy’s capital. RelatedFlight deals of the weekSometimes it’s hard to find the best deal, so we’ve pulled together cheap breaks, flights and accommodation so you don’t have to do the hard work!Top 15 attractions and things to do in KrakowHere’s what to do in Krakow when you’re not sampling the local spirits. This is one of the prettiest cities in Poland as it was left undamaged by WW2, and the flamboyant Old Town makes it an enticing destination for city breaks.5 flights for £70 or lessCheap flights mean budget breaks from culture in Warsaw to sun worship in Paphos. 5. Edinburgh to Amsterdam, Netherlands from £83Amsterdam’s 400-year-old Canal Ring makes for a great walk, and the plethora of bars and cafés along it mean that refreshment is never far away. After your stroll, try heading to Amsterdam’s largest street market, Albert Cuyp, where you can haggle over everything from bike locks to herring sandwiches. For more ideas on where to go, from the Rijksmuseum to the Red Light District, take a look at this list of the best things to do in Amsterdam. 3. Birmingham to Geneva, Switzerland from £52After stepping off the plane in Geneva, at the top of your itinerary should be a visit to the Old Town, a district packed with fine eateries and cultural attractions that transports visitors to a tranquil past. Along the main street, Grand-Rue, you’ll find No. 40, Maison de Rousseau et de la Literature, the birthplace of Geneva’s greatest thinker and now a museum to the great man. For more on Geneva’s cultural highlights, take a local’s advice. 6. Bristol to Copenhagen, Denmark from £89Copenhagen’s harbour is home to the city’s most famous resident, Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid – the tiny aquatic lady can be found perched on a rock, gazing forlornly out to sea. 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Newcastle to Warsaw, Poland from £28After a bite to eat in one of the many traditional Polish milk bars, which have recently been making a comeback, head to the Neon Museum (open midday to 5pm) for more retro entertainment. Situated within the Soho Factory complex of old industrial buildings, the museum houses iconic neon signs of the communist era. Other designers and artists have exhibits here and, of course, they’re all illuminated after dark. Need help deciding what milk bar to go to? Check out our guide on where to eat in Warsaw. 4. Liverpool to Berlin, Germany from £53Looking to escape the ordinary? Berlin’s creative mix of the old and new will deliver, and Pfefferberg in the Prenzlauer Berg district is a perfect example. This huge, rambling complex of culture includes cafés, theatres, concert venues and the Bassy nightclub, which opens from 9pm until very, very late indeed. It also continues to be a working microbrewery. 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