Moroccan FM The African Union is no Longer Hostage to Polisario

Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita, said that the African Union (AU) is no longer a“hostage” of Polisario agenda, at a press conference on Tuesday, after the AU’s 29th Summit in Addis Ababa.Speaking about Morocco’s participation in the union,the minister said that the kingdom was “satisfied” at the outcome of the Summit.“Morocco is very satisfied about the debates that took place and the decisions that were made,” he affirmed. “We are in a new dynamic,’’ the minister continued, noting that realities of the situation in Western Sahara had been made clear. The AU summit marked the first direct confrontation between Morocco and Polisario Front, along with its sponsor, Algeria, on Saturday.Prior to the meeting of the Executive Council, the Moroccan delegation objected to the use of the term “occupied territories” to refer to Western Sahara, in a report that was submitted to by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR)  and adopted by the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC).The report called for a delegation to be sent to the territories to evaluate the situation of human rights there.Western Sahara is referred to in AU as Sahrawi Arab Republic (SDR), even though the region is under Moroccan sovereignty.Morocco threatened to block the meeting of the Executive Council unless the text was modified. 16 member states backed Morocco, while six other supported Polisario and Algeria. The ensuing confrontation showed that Morocco’s position would from now on be taken into consideration by the AU.Nigeria mediated between the two parties and a consensus was reached. The modified version stated that that while some delegations had suggested sending a human rights evaluation mission to the territories referred to by the United Nations as Western Sahara and the AU as SDR, the proposal was rejected by other delegations.The modified version indicated a change in the way the AU deals with the issue of Western Sahara, demonstrating that Morocco had succeeded in its tireless campaign to reintegrate into the AU.“This kind of text used to be adopted automatically in the past because some countries saw this organization as an instrument to advance agendas,” explained Bourita. “The organization has been taken hostage.”The foreign minister added that things have changed: “Today, things are clearer.”Bourita stated that the report merely pointed to divergence of positions vis-à-vis the question of Western Sahara and called for a “constructive dialogue” on the issue.“All the provocative terminology such as ‘occupied territories’ and ‘violation of human rights’ has been expunged’’, explained Bourita. “We are more in a United Nations type of discourse which finally respects international legitimacy’’. read more

Kraft Heinz misstatements not quantitatively material

PITTSBURGH — Shares of Kraft Heinz are up sharply in the first day of trading since the company said that financial misstatements in revealed last month were not quantitatively material.The Pittsburgh company first said in February that it was being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission over its procurement operations. Kraft Heinz Co. said in a regulatory filing in May that several employees within those procurement operations engaged in misconduct and that it would have to restate financial reports for the years 2016, 2017, and for the first nine months of 2018.In a regulatory filing on Friday, Kraft Heinz said because of the qualitative nature of the matters identified in its internal investigation, including the number of years over which the misconduct occurred and the number of transactions, suppliers, and procurement employees involved, the company determined that it would be appropriate to correct the misstatements in its previously issued consolidated financial statements by restating them.The company made adjustments to correct prior misstatements, essentially increasing the total cost of products sold during the time when the misconduct occurred.Shares rose 5% in midday trading Monday.The Associated Press read more

China says Port City project in the best interest of Sri Lanka

Sun said the development within Sri Lanka’s biggest commercial city, which will be built on 269 hectares of reclaimed land, would accommodate 200,000 residents and consists of apartments, hotels, offices, shopping malls, exhibition centres, as well as provide 80,000 new jobs. It is expected to be completed by 2030. China says the Port City project is in the best interest of Sri Lanka. China is building a new city along Colombo’s coastline that will become the city’s central business district by 2030, creating 80,000 jobs for Sri Lankans, under the mainland’s “Belt and Road Initiative”.“Sri Lanka is in urgent need of a high-end platform to attract financial institutions, multinational companies, shoppers, tourists as well as provide jobs for well-educated locals as a part of its post-war reconstruction. The Port City project is planned in the best interest of Sri Lanka,” said Sun Ziyu, vice president of China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) in an interview with the South China Morning Post. Sun said the reclamation work had helped transform the area’s coastline which was previously hit by strong winds blowing towards the Indian Ocean that made it less livable.“[This has] also improved coastal protection, and is a boon to the environment,” he said. With an initial investment of US$1.4 billion, Colombo Port City is China’s biggest project in Sri Lanka, a key node along the Maritime Silk Road of the Belt and Road plan. China’s “Belt and Road” plan comprises a belt of overland corridors and sea routes connecting Asia, Africa and Europe through building infrastructure and boosting financial and trade ties for over 60 countries that lie along the routes.In 2016 alone, Chinese firms signed new construction projects worth a total contractual value of US$126 billion. CCCC accounted for one-tenth, or US$12.6 billion of the projects. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Arian Foster Bucks NCAA System I took Cash While

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster is fighting for college athletes’ rights. The pro player says he isn’t scared of the NCAA, and hopes that his admission that he was paid while playing in college at Tennessee will help change rules about paying college athletes.“I just feel strong about the injustice that the NCAA has been doing for years,” Foster said Friday. “That’s why I said what I said. I’m not trying to throw anybody under the bus. … I feel like I shouldn’t have to run from the NCAA anymore. They’re like these big bullies. I’m not scared of them.”In an interview posted on for a documentary called “Schooled: The Price of College Sports,” Foster said he took extra money so he could pay his rent and food while playing at Tennessee.“I don’t know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation — my senior year (2008), I was getting money on the side,” Foster said in the video. “I really didn’t have any money. I had to either pay the rent or buy some food. I remember the feeling of like, ‘Man, be careful.’ But there’s nothing wrong with it. And you’re not going to convince me that there is something wrong with it.”Foster described a time when he had to beg his coach for a meal.“Either you give us some food or I’m gonna go do something stupid,” Foster told his coach. The coach bought him and three others 50 tacos,  Foster recalled, laughing.Foster played at the University of Tennessee under former coach Phil Fulmer from 2005-08. read more

Shocking CCTV shows elderly woman being dragged to ground in violent robbery

first_imgA 92-year-old widow was dragged along the ground as she tried desperately to stop a violent robber from taking her handbag in broad daylight.The elderly women had just posted a letter and was on her way to her GPs when CCTV footage captured the hooded man creep up behind her.As she was right outside the surgery he snatched her bag in broad daylight and she desperately tried to hang on to it.But she was yanked to the floor and dragged along the pavement before being forced to let go.The thief then ran off leaving the woman bruised on the ground in Hackney, east London.She suffered extensive bruising all over her body, with the most severe on her ribs and side where she was dragged along the floor.She also suffered a three inch bruise to her left arm from where the handbag dragged on her arm.The woman, who recently lost her husband of nearly 70 years, was left incredibly distraught, nervous, afraid of her attacker and left terrified of leaving her house.Scotland Yard said: “On Tuesday, 27 June, the 92-year-old victim was walking north on Hoxton Street in Hackney at approximately 2.40pm. The suspect pulls the woman’s bag so hard she falls to the groundCredit:Met Police Robbery “The victim, who recently lost her husband of nearly 70 years, is currently being supported by her family, including her niece who described how she is incredibly distraught, nervous and does not wish to be named out of fear.”She is now terrified of leaving the house and has lost her independence. “Her route took her past the Papa Johns Pizzeria before she turned right into an alleyway that leads to the medical centre. “She had just been to post a letter and was heading to the Lawson Medical Centre on Nuttall Street.center_img “The suspect is described as a black man with short black hair. He was wearing a blue hooded jacket and dark coloured trousers. “The suspect followed her from the street into the alleyway.”As she entered the grounds of the medical centre she was attacked from behind.”The man made several attempts to grab her bag, he used such force that she was pulled to the ground.”The victim, who was screaming, refused to let go of her bag, so the suspect dragged her until she was in so much pain that she eventually let go.”The suspect ran back into the alleyway and turned right heading north on Hoxton Street.”The woman sustained extensive bruising all over her body.”The most severe bruising was on her ribs and side of the body where she was dragged along the floor.”She also has a three inch bruise to her left arm from where the handbag dragged on her arm. “The handbag contained a £50 Virgin mobile phone, her Freedom Pass, documents and £100 in cash.”Detective Inspector Paul Ridley, from Hackney CID, who is leading the investigation, said: “I have been involved in many serious cases, however the devastating psychological trauma of this victim is possibly the worse I have encountered.”The events have emotionally moved the initial officers that tended to the lady in the aftermath as well as the investigation team, especially witnessing this inconsolable elderly lady sobbing about the robbery and recent tragic events.”I cannot comprehend how anyone could target a frail lady in her 90s using this amount of violence, it is truly horrific.” 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.last_img read more

State firms cut salary spending in half

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram While the government is examining the application of a unified salary scheme for state corporations, the effort to contain salary costs is already bearing fruit, as, according to Finance Ministry figures, expenditure on salaries has been cut in half in the last two-and-a-half years at the country’s 12 biggest state companies.The data from January to April showed that from the 1.4 billion euros which went toward salary costs for those 12 major state firms in December 2009, the figure dropped to less than 700 million euros in April 2012.This is due to the reduction in the number of employees and significant pay cuts. The average annual salary of employees at those companies is this year expected to drop to two-thirds of the 2009 level: It is set to drop to 36,000 euros from 53,600 euros in 2009.While there are certain public companies which are still feeding off the state budget without the central government having a clear picture of the figures involved, there are now plans to locate and compile data on their operational costs.Each budget-funded firm will now have to submit its full financial data on staff numbers, revenues, salaries, expenditure etc to the government’s Integrated Information System.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

State Republicans pulling for nontribal slot machines

first_imgOLYMPIA — Republican lawmakers steadfastly opposed to any tax increases suggested by Democrats say they have other ideas for raising money to help plug a $2 billion state budget shortfall.Their biggest proposal on the table: Gambling.Republican leaders want to let nontribal casinos offer the same slot machines as tribal casinos, with the state getting a cut of the revenue. Advocates say it would bring in nearly $160 million next fiscal year and $380 million in the following two years, although the governor’s office questions those numbers.“This to me seems like a pretty lucrative option,” said Rep. Gary Alexander, R-Olympia, the ranking Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee. “Beside generating significant amounts of money, it also hits the other major issue we’re addressing, and that is putting people back to work.”Republicans say they want to help level the playing field for small, nontribal gambling halls that are struggling to compete with the glitzy tribal casinos.Democrats, who’ve been saying “everything is on the table” when it comes to balancing the state budget, seem inclined to leave this idea in the freezer. Democrats control the House, Senate and governor’s office.last_img read more

Dozer Day a family affair

first_imgWhat: Dozer Day, a fairlike event where kids get to ride and drive heavy construction equipment, play in a pipe tunnel and dig for diamonds.Where: Cemex/Fisher Quarry, on the west side of Northeast 192nd Avenue and Brady Road intersection. Visitors are encouraged to take C-Tran from the Northeast 164th Street Park & Ride to the event. The bus costs $2, and riders will get a free souvenir.When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday .Cost: At the gate, $8 for children ages 2-12 and seniors age 55 and older, $10 for adults, and free for kids under 2. Most events are free with admission. Bring cash for food and drink. No ATM on site.Information: Nutter FoundationRanee Nutter relies on some expert help as she plans the kids construction playground that is Dozer Day.Each year, her two children — Jerry, 16, and Sammi, 13 — help her create new attractions at the two-day event, she said.“They come to me all the time with great ideas,” Nutter said. “They thought of the scavenger hunt. Who better to plan a big kid’s party than a kid?” Dozer Day, in its ninth year, draws about 20,000 people over the weekend. About 900 volunteers and a host of local companies take kids on dump truck rides, show them how to run equipment and build pipe tunnel playgrounds for them.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday May 6 2018

first_imgStatistics indicate Alaska Native woman have been murdered or gone missing in disproportionately large numbers. May 5th marked the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls and community members in Anchorage and Fairbanks gathered over the weekend to pay their respects. The event — which coincides with the start of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month — is organized by the nonprofit group Alaska Bikers Advocating Training & Education, otherwise known as ABATE. Nathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage This past winter, parts of Southeast Alaska experienced severe drought. But a new study published in the journal Nature suggests that’s probably not a preview of what’s to come in Alaska. Kirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Anchorage Bike Blessing draws riders from around the state With the legislative session winding down, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has gotten traction with some of his ideas, but many others have stalled. The governor’s office is still holding out for more, but his allies say Dunleavy can still declare victory without passage of specific bills or initiatives. New Anchorage climate plan calls for 80 percent cut to emissions by 2050 An Anchorage sewer line broke loose from the bottom of a city lake after the Magnitude 7.1 earthquake last year, and reinstalling it has not been easy. Public will have chance to weigh in on proposal to move Juneau City Hall Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage The countries of the Arctic Council have for years rejoiced that their region is a zone of peace and cooperation. But in a speech in Finland Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took a harder edge. Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Pompeo to Arctic Council: Easy days are over Donlin Gold looks to schools, workforce development for future employees Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau As the Lower 48 continues to dry out, Alaska could get wetter Johanna Eurich and Robyne, KYUK and KUAC – Anchorage/Fairbanks Donlin Gold promised to hire local workers for its proposed gold mine. To fulfill that promise, the company knows that it has to start now and it has to start young. Anchorage utility racing to fix sewer line unmoored by quake There’s growing concern about a wildfire south of Delta Junction. The Oregon Lakes Fire, has burned about 6,700 acres on a military training range near Ft. Greely. On Tuesday, the city’s Assembly is receiving the 106-page document, which outlines everything from transportation recommendations to emission reduction targets. Communities in Anchorage and Fairbanks commemorate missing Native women and children Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C. Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Bethel Big parts of Gov. Dunleavy’s agenda remain unfinished. But he still has time, tools at his disposal. Adelyn Baxter, KTOO – Juneau Ft. Greely wildfire gores to 6,700 acres Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @AKPublicNews Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Officials say CBJ outgrew the current City Hall more than 20 years ago. Now the city is proposing a new City Hall building on top of the Downtown Transportation Center parking garage.last_img read more

Elon Musk changes Twitter name to Elon Tusk amid reports he may

first_imgElon Musk, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tesla Inc., speaks at an unveiling eventRobyn Beck-Pool/Getty ImagesTesla CEO Elon Musk is not new to odd Twitter behaviour and the frenzy that it creates. And he has kicked up a storm on the micro-blogging site once again changing his name from Elon Musk to “Elon Tusk.”The billionaire changed his name on Wednesday, February 27, afternoon and also put up an elephant emoji next to his new name. Musk then changed his profile picture and put up an image of Mars, which he has been speaking of colonising through SpaceX. In addition, Musk also promised to announce some Tesla “news” on Thursday, February 28, at 2 pm California time.While Musk did not elaborate on what the “news” could be and a spokesperson for the company also didn’t respond to Fox Business’ request for comment, the tweet created quite some curiosity and Tesla shares gained 5.67 percent on Wednesday.Some Tesla news— Elon Tusk (@elonmusk) February 27, 2019 Thursday 2pm— Elon Tusk (@elonmusk) February 27, 2019 After Musk teased the announcement, many believe that it could be about the Model Y SUV, which Tesla had earlier spoken about unveiling in March 2019. The CEO had in 2018 said that Tesla would unveil the model in March 15, 2019, but later stated that he made up the date as “the Ides of March sounded good.” However, he added that March was most probably when the model would be unveiled.”But consider it real,” he added. “We could unveil Model Y anytime from late this year to mid next year, so March 15 is about right,” he tweeted.Meanwhile, Musk has raked up a fresh controversy with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) calling the regulator “broken.” Musk was responding to the SEC’s accusation that the CEO had violated the terms of a court endorsed deal between him and the agency that he would not tweet any information that would affect the shares of the carmaker. On February 19, Musk had tweeted that Tesla would make 500,000 cars in 2019, but corrected the figure later and said it was about 400,000.Meant to say annualized production rate at end of 2019 probably around 500k, ie 10k cars/week. Deliveries for year still estimated to be about 400k.— Elon Tusk (@elonmusk) February 20, 2019 But the information caught the eye of the federal judge, who then gave Musk two weeks to explain why no action should be taken against him for disregarding his deal with the SEC. This, according to Charles Elson, a corporate governance specialist at the University of Delaware, is not something that can be easily ignored.”No CEO would survive this,” he told the Agence France-Presse, and Stephen Davis, a senior fellow at Harvard’s program on Corporate Governance seems to agree. “If the board wishes to get ahead of the problem, they may have to take action as serious as relieving Musk of his executive responsibilities, at least for a period of time,” Davis explained.The SEC started an investigation into Musk and Tesla after the CEO announced on Twitter that he planned to take Tesla private and had even secured funding for the same. While this turned out to be a false information, several investors who had made bets against Tesla lost huge amounts of money.As a result, the 47-year-old CEO stepped down as Tesla chairman and he and the company had to pay a $20 million penalty to settle fraud charges.last_img read more

SimmsMiller Family Reunion

first_imgThe Simms-Miller Family.The Simms-Miller family reunion, celebrated Aug. 16, marked 106 years at Druid Hill Park, and is now branching into their sixth generation. As on every third Saturday in August, there was face painting, soccer and football, table games, raffle, line dancing and music by DJ Zack. A procla mation from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake hailed Simms Family Reunion Day in Baltimore City.Rachel McClellan, 85 celebrates with Marie Simms, 100.Family members came from as far away as Australia. Family members include internationally known Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson fame and the internationally known Softones and the late musical duo and actors in Paris, John and Arthur Simms.A highlight of the event was the attendance of Marie Simms who celebrated her 100th birthday, July 14. She is the grandmother of a member of the “Softones” and mother of John and Arthur.Family member, Trevor Jakes, will be playing drums at the Apollo Theatre in N.Y. City on Sept. 11.Reunion committee members are Rachel Simms McClellan, Trina Williams, Monique Williams, Cherie White, Stephanie Simms, Margo Simms Johnson, Lorraine Scott, Joseph Scott, Delores Kenny, Gale McClelland, Louise Lewis, Pamela Burgess, JoAnn Simms & Linda Bakerlast_img read more

Costa Rican prosecutors judicial police under investigation for alleged use of police

first_imgRelated posts:VIDEO: Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas wins Spain’s Best Goalkeeper award for 2013-2014 season Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas named CONCACAF’s Player of the Year ¡Grande Navas! Watch the save that sent Costa Rica to the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time Revenge eludes Uruguay as Costa Rica’s ‘Sele’ wins again Costa Rican goalkeeperKeylor Navas became a global superstar in sports this year following his stellar performance at the World Cup in Brazil, his signing with the legendary football club Real Madrid, and a nod this week with Spain’s Best Goalkeeper award for the 2013-2014 season. But a bizarre case back home involving illegal prying into his personal life by law enforcement officials has him in the spotlight again, for all the wrong reasons.Costa Rican Supreme Court justices on Tuesday ordered the country’s chief prosecutor, Jorge Chavarría, and the director of the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ), Francisco Segura, to explain why 24 OIJ agents and four prosecutors searched a police database a total of 51 times for personal information on Navas and two of his sisters earlier this year. Most of the searches occurred during the World Cup months of June and July, and when Navas signed a contract with Real Madrid in August.While most – if not all – of the information was public, such as personal phone and property records, officials confirmed this week that the judicial branch has no open investigation of Navas, meaning there is no legal justification for the snooping by law enforcement employees. The database on which the information is stored is protected by law from unwarranted access.“We have no reason to investigate Keylor Navas or any of his relatives. We don’t know why these people did this,” Segura said at a press conference.The Police Information Platform, as the database is named, contains information on all citizens. From June to October, law enforcement and judicial employees accessed it 42 times to search for personal information on Navas. Seven queries searched his sister’s name, Keilyn Navas, 25, and two searched his other sister, Kimberly Navas, 18, Segura admitted in a press conference Tuesday following the court action.Supreme Court President Zarela Villanueva on Tuesday called the scandal “disturbing” and “unacceptable.”“There is no justification for the use of agency resources to probe the private lives of people who are not under police investigation,” she said, before ordering an investigation and disciplinary measures against those who carried out the searches – whose names will be readily available to investigators.Chavarría said criminal charges could be pending.According to Segura, an official file ordering a criminal investigation on a suspect must be created before law enforcement employees can access someone’s personal information on the database. That would mean that judicial employees likely created fake case files to access the information on Navas and his family.One line of investigation is if employees planned to use the information to commit a crime. When Navas signed with Real Madrid, his annual salary jumped from €250,000 ($317,000) at Levante to €2.5 million ($3.1 million) with Real Madrid.Navas has not yet commented on the scandal, because he is playing in a match today in the Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) against Cornellá. The game had just started at 1 p.m., Costa Rica time, at the time of this posting.Stay tuned for updates. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Canopy by Hilton opens first hotel in Reykjavik Iceland

first_imgCanopy by Hilton opens first hotel in Reykjavik, IcelandCanopy by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide’s new lifestyle brand, and Icelandair Hotels, have announced the opening of the world’s first Canopy hotel in the city of Reykjavik.Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre is centrally located on Hverfisgata Street, a thriving area in the heart of the city. The Icelandic capital, with its artistic flair, thriving culinary scene and backdrop of dramatic volcanic landscapes, is the ideal location for Canopy’s global debut.“Reykjavik is unlike any other city on Earth. Its rich heritage and natural beauty perfectly align with the ethos of the Canopy by Hilton brand,” said Gary Steffen, global head, Canopy by Hilton. “We are thrilled to open the doors and begin greeting adventurous travelers searching for a unique experience to this city centre neighborhood in Reykjavik.”Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre is designed as a natural extension of Hverfisgata Street, with local design influences and natural materials used throughout the hotel’s architecture and interiors. The hotel is at the heart of Reykjavik, surrounded by iconic attractions such as Laugavegur, a street known for its shopping, eateries, and pubs, and Harpa Concert Hall and Convention Center, as well as from Old Reykjavik Harbor, which offers incredible views of Mount Esja and the landmark Hallgrimskirkja church.Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre is steeped in local culture, and guests can taste Iceland’s famous Omnom chocolate on site, enjoy water naturally filtered by Icelandic lava, and immerse themselves in local literature when relaxing in poets’ corner – an ideal setting for literary relaxation.Simon Vincent, executive vice president and president, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Hilton Worldwide said: “Over one million foreign travelers visited Iceland last year*, and Reykjavik is an incredibly exciting and unique city to visit. The introduction of Canopy establishes a new home for discerning lifestyle travelers to Iceland, and we’re thrilled to build on our longstanding partnership with Icelandair Hotels.”“With the support from Hilton Worldwide, as well as our Icelandic partners, this has become a distinguished property for Reykjavik,” said Magnea Thorey Hjálmarsdóttir, managing director, Icelandair Hotels. “We’ve changed the face of hospitality in Iceland with the Canopy lifestyle brand, and we look forward to welcoming visitors from around the world.”The Geiri Smart restaurant is open for dinner for guests and locals ready for a night out. Lead Chef Enthusiast, Jóhannes Steinn Jóhannesson and Sous Chef Enthusiast, Bjarni Siguroli Jakobsson, put their own spin on local delights such as fresh fish and organic vegetables.All 112 rooms and suites are designed to fit in with neighborhood culture. Shades of ocean blue and gray volcanic rock make the interior comfortable and invigorating – a true reflection of Reykjavik. The rooms have been decorated with fun, local twists, such as a little Reykjavik Music Box which will lull our guests to sleep with an Icelandic lullaby.A 24-hour fitness center is available, as well as event and meeting space for up to 50 people. The hotel provides complimentary bicycles for guest use, and Enthusiasts can recommend local routes to explore the city and surrounding trails. Canopy by HiltonSource = Canopy by Hiltonlast_img read more

November 09 2018

first_imgNovember 09 , 2018 Argentine blueberries: Country will be “niche” pla … Blueberry uptick drives Camposol’s strong performa … Argentina to send increased blueberry volumes in s … Chilean fresh fruit exports rose by 6.7% year-on-year during the 2017-18 season, driven by China (mainland and Hong Kong) which saw a massive 45% growth.The Chilean Fruit Exporters’ Association (ASOEX) said the total shipments to all destinations during the 2017-18 season reached a total of 2.78 million metric tons (MT), while to China they increased to 390,218MT.The Far East region overall saw 30.7% growth to 626,729MT.”This increase is explained, mainly in Asia and China, by the record volumes reached in cherries and blueberries,” said ASOEX president Ronald Bown.”In the case of cherries, the growth reached 96%, which led this produce item to become, for the first time, the third most exported fruit in Chile.”This growth reflects the great interest that the Asia-Pacific markets have acquired for the fruit export sector, where China has become a key market. We believe that Asia, especially China, will soon be the main market for Chilean fruit shipments.”Meanwhile, exports to Europe rose by 10.3% to 658,711MT during the 2017-18 season. To North America, they declined by 2.6%, although the region remains Chile’s most important market, with a 32% share.”The Chilean fruit industry is looking to diversify exports, promote new markets and niches, as well as open new market destinations”, said Brown.”[But] this does not mean that we will stop supplying traditional markets, since we have established solid relationships and programs with them.”After cherries, clementines registered the second-highest export growth, rising by 53.9% to 63,048MT.”For the second time, apples are the most exported fruit in Chile, since traditionally the country’s fruit exports had been led by table grapes, with volumes that make Chile the leading exporter of table grapes in the world,” said Bown.Photo: India: IG International sees rising blueberry sale … You might also be interested inlast_img read more

10 cheap winter sun destinations

first_imgWe’ve found 10 affordable hotspots where you can shed those winter layers and top up your vitamin D, all with great value off-season price tags. Explore cheap flight deals in the app Hotels in Cape Verde 6. Dubai Car hire in Madeira Best for: something a bit different Flights to Gran Canaria Flights to Doha 2. Cape Verde 9. Cyprus Best for: history buffs Flights to Oman Flights to Cape Verde ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Flights to The Gambia Winter feels like spring on the island of Madeira owing to its pleasant climate, mild waters and fresh mountain scenery. There are some lovely beaches, but the lush flora and laurel forests are real highlights. The island’s volcanic peaks and rich-yet-rugged terrain make it the perfect place to get outdoors for walks, rambles or hikes with a view. Hire a car to experience the landscape on four wheels or catch a boat for a spot of dolphin and whale watching. Get a taste of Portugal in the capital, Funchal, where you can photograph the colonial architecture, listen to traditional fado music and have a tipple of its namesake wine. Where will you find some winter sun? Thanks to its location, Cyprus has some of the best winter weather you’ll find without leaving Europe. Some like it hot, sure, but for those who don’t mind it mild, a winter’s day in Cyprus is just like a spring day in the UK, around 17-19°C. With a divide of Turkish and Greek influence, this little island is one, quite literally, of two sides. As one of the oldest civilisations in the Mediterranean, it’s steeped in myths and history, which means that beyond the beaches, there are plenty of ancient ruins to explore. Take a pit-stop from your adventures for a meze feast – no trip to Cyprus would be complete without a slither (or five) of halloumi. Some hotels close for the winter season, but expect great low-season value at the ones that stay open. Best for: adventure seekers 4. Morocco Best for: a sunny city break 3. The Gambia Flights to Madeira Flights to Lanzarote Flights to Tenerife Flights to Morocco Similar to the UAE, this Middle Eastern country comes with year-round sunshine and an achievable flight time. Oman isn’t as well-known or flashy as Dubai, but what it lacks in cutting-edge modernities, it more than makes up for with its rich cultural heritage. It’s perfect for adventure lovers looking for something a little more than a fly-and-flop beach break. Instead, spend your days driving to Jebel Shams (Oman’s highest mountain) and exploring the desert wilderness of Sharqiya Sands. Both Pioneer Hotel (prices start at £48) and Al Ferdous Hotel Apartments (prices start at £41) offer great value for money in Muscat. Whether you’re looking for a base to explore or beachside luxury, browse more hotels in Oman and find the perfect fit for your stay. There are several reasons UK travellers flock to the Canary Islands when they head south for the winter. There’s the sub-tropical climate – the islands stay a balmy 20°C when most of Europe is freezing – and the snappy flight time (less than four and a half hours from London). Then there are seven islands to choose from depending on your holiday style, and all of them come with inviting beaches and impressive volcanic landscapes. Choose from something-for-everyone Tenerife, glamorous Gran Canaria, rugged Lanzarote or surfers’ paradise Fuerteventura – the latter two are slightly cooler, but also drier. Whichever island you choose, look for hotels and resorts on the south coast for the most pleasant weather. Best for: nature lovers Flights to Dubaicenter_img Best for: getting outdoors 8. Mexico All flight and prices mentioned in this article are estimates of the cheapest prices based on Skyscanner’s flight search tools. These are subject to change and were correct at time of writing on 23 October 2018.  Hotels in Oman 1. The Canary Islands 7. Oman Hotels in Morocco It may be the smallest country in Africa, but there are plenty of postcard-worthy beaches to be found in The Gambia. Daytime temperatures hover in the high-twenties, often tipping 30°C. Plus, winter is dry season, so you can leave your brolly at home. Soak up the sun and sea at the coastal resorts of Bakau, Fajara and Kotu – you’ll be spoiled for choice with cheap and cheerful hotels, too, like the beachside Lemon Creek Hotel Resort in Bijilo where prices start at £56. After you’ve had your fill of beaches, head inland to explore the namesake river at the heart of the country. Its verdant basin brims with wildlife: spot hippos, manatees, monkeys and hundreds of bird species. Best for: beautiful beaches Year-round sunshine and a relatively short flight are two big draws to this shimmering oasis in the desert. Superlative Dubai is well known for its glitz and glamour, but skyscrapers and malls aside, we’re here for the sun. Even in winter, expect temperatures of around 25°C. That’s perfect weather for sun-worshipping on Jumeirah beach or heading out on a desert safari for a camel’s-eye-view of the city. The overwhelming choice of flights and hotels keep top-line prices down. But be warned, the cost of eating, drinking and shopping can quickly add up in this sleek city. Take a look at our local’s guide to Dubai for more ideas on what to do, including where to find the best Emirati cuisine. Sometimes referred to as ‘the new Dubai’, Doha is one of the most dynamic cities in the Gulf and a world-class city in the making. While it might not spring to mind as easily as its glitzy neighbour across the water, everything in Qatar’s capital is, quite literally, up and coming. With reinvented souqs, a new metro system, several world cup stadiums in the works, and skyscrapers popping up all over the place, this city has plenty to boast about. You can expect the weather to stay in the low twenties, and so unlike the summer months (when everyone becomes a slave to the aircon) winter is a great time to explore the city on your own two feet – stroll along the Corniche, a long seaside promenade that curves around Doha Bay with places to eat and beautiful views. Hotels in Doha, like Warwick Doha, are luxurious but affordable and start at £54 a night. If you’re willing to spend a little more time in the air, unlike other long-haul, winter sun destinations like Thailand or the Caribbean, there are plenty of deals that make Mexico an affordable option. Winter is the coolest time to visit Mexico, which helps bring the price down further. Plus, thanks to its tropical climate you can still expect temperatures in the early- to mid-twenties most days. Head to the Riviera Maya for beautiful beaches and golden sand and soak up the varied Mexican culture. You’ll be spoilt for choice with budget hotels too – couples will love Villas El Encanto where prices start at £76 in Cozumel, while Hotel Los Girasoles is a cheap option in Cancun with prices starting at £22. Hotels in The Gambia Flights to Fuerteventura Like the Canary Islands, Cape Verde is an archipelago of volcanic islands west of Africa. It’s a little further away – a six-hour flight – but with the extra distance comes warmer weather. Even midwinter, temperatures range from 21-26°C. Expect to find Creole Portuguese-African hospitality that’s just as warm as the weather. Fill your days hiking craggy mountains, sunning yourself on powdery beaches – Sal and Boa Vista islands have some of the best – and when the sun goes down, hit the bars and clubs for a taste of the lively music scene. Accommodation is affordable too, like Boutique Hotel Praia Maria on Santiago from £40 a night, the largest of the islands, or Pontao Hotel on Sal starting at £51. Take a look at our guide to Sal, which is one of the most popular islands to visit and is home to some excellent kite surfing spots. Best for: a holiday with something for everyone Just beyond Europe, Morocco feels a world away despite its relatively short flight. Perched on the edge of the Sahara Desert, it remains warm throughout winter, which also happens to be the cheapest time to fly. For a city break in the sun, head to the enticing city of Marrakech. After you’ve whiled away the day sipping mint tea and wandering the labyrinthine souks, relax in a traditional Moroccan house, called a riad. Riad Chi-Chi is a great value boutique hotel, with prices starting at £48, situated in the heart of the medina. Check out our round-up of the nine best things to do in the city. If you’ve already explored Marrakech, a trip to Agadir or Fez could be an equally affordable, sun-soaked Moroccan escape. Best for: affordable long-haul Hotels in Cyprus Hotels in Dubai 5. Madeira 10. Doha Best for: glitz and glamour Hotels in Doha Flights to Mexico Flights to Cyprus Hotels in Mexico RelatedWhere’s hot in February?February may be the most romantic month, but it’s a chilly one in the UK. If you’re looking for some sun and a little bit of heat, consult our official guide to where’s hot in February, from Thailand to the Canary Islands.Where’s hot in March?Spring hasn’t quite sprung, but it’s tantalisingly close. If you’re looking for a bit early sun, we’ve got plenty of suggestions, from the Dominican Republic to Morocco.Where to go for guaranteed winter sunWith the last bank holiday out of the way, you’ll need some winter sun to look forward to this season. Here are the best places to go in October, November, December and January for escaping the winter blues.last_img read more

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