Morocco Ban Kimoon Row Majority of MINURSO Staff Leaves Laayoune

Taroudant – Following Morocco’s decision to reduce the presence of the UN Mission, known as MINURSO, in the Sahara a majority of the MINURSO staff affected by the decision boarded on Sunday morning a UN aircraft to Las Palamas.According to an airport source in Laayoune, cited by the Maghreb Arab Press MAP, a large number of the civilian component, particularly the political component of MINURSO’s staff have already left Morocco on Saturday Morning.The same source said that the departure of all persons affected the decision made by Moroccan authorities as a reaction to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s recent statements, will be completed on March 20. Amid the escalating row between the Moroccan government and Ban Ki-moon over his recent statements, Morocco decided on Tuesday to impose drastic cut in MINURSO staff and to immediately stop its financial contribution to it.The Permanent Mission of Morocco to the United Nations transmitted on Thursday to the UN Secretariat a list of 84 international civilian members of MINURSO who should leave Morocco within three days.In response to Morocco’s decision, the Algeria-backed separatists warned on Thursday that “the shortest way to the resumption of war” is if the MINURSO ends its mission on the region.The Polisario Front’s U.N. representative, Ahmed Boukhari, told reporters that “If there is no mission, there is a vacuum and an invitation to war.”Ban Ki-moon found himself alone in his feud with Morocco after the Security Council has shown no unanimous support for him.On Saturday, the United States reiterated that its support for the Moroccan autonomy plan for the Western Sahara, which it described as “serious, credible, and realistic” option that could meet the aspirations of the population of the territory.“We continue to support the U.N.-led process to bring about a peaceful, sustainable, and mutually-agreed solution to conflict in Western Sahara,” U.S. mission spokesman Kurtis Cooper said on his Twitter feed. read more


Republic of Congo calls for increased support for joint UNAU mission in

29 September 2008Bringing an end to the protracted conflict in Darfur, on Sudan’s western flank, would serve as a catalyst for peace across the wider region, a top official from the Republic of Congo said today, calling for stepped-up support for the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission known as UNAMID. “We welcome the resumption of diplomatic relations between [Chad and Sudan], an initiative that needs to be further consolidated through putting in place military units of surveillance at the common border lines,” Basile Ikouebe, Foreign Minister of the Republic of the Congo, told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate.He encouraged the neighbouring nations to pursue all avenues towards normalizing relations and consolidating regional peace.“Solving the conflict in Darfur would contribute largely to these developments,” Mr. Ikouebe said, launching a “pressing appeal” to allow for the deployment at full strength of a 26,000-troop strong UNAMID.Currently, it has only 9,900 personnel on the ground and still lacks essential equipment, including helicopters.For its part, the Republic of Congo is preparing to send 140-person police unit to join UNAMID, the Foreign Minister noted.But he stressed that the international community must continue its efforts to implement the terms of the peace agreement concluded in Abuja, Nigeria, in 2006 between the Government of Sudan and the largest rebel force.“The parties who are not signatories to the Accord should be targeted and pressure exerted to bring them to the negotiation tables,” Mr. Ikouebe said, adding that his country believes the recent war crimes charges laid by the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor against the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir are “counterproductive.”Some 300,000 people in Darfur are estimated to have been killed, either through direct combat or as a result of disease, malnutrition or reduced life expectancy, and more than 2.7 million others have been uprooted from their homes in the five-year conflict that pits rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen.In an earlier address today, Yemen’s Foreign Minister Abubakr Al-Qibri also spoke out against the ICC prosecutor’s move to try to indict Mr. al-Bashir.Such matters should not be used as a pretext for interfering in the internal affairs of individual States, he said, calling for greater respect for Sudanese independence and encouraging Government dialogue with various factions. read more


This bloody tax is pushing us against the wall Retirees outofprovince residents

VANCOUVER — When Rick Smith’s son decided to move from Yukon to Victoria for college he bought him a condominium to avoid high rents, but a new provincial tax means the property may turn out to be more of a financial burden than anticipated.“Our contribution to his future is to put a roof over his head during his studies,” Smith said Wednesday. “This bloody tax is pushing us against the wall.”Finance Minister Carole James released details of what the government is calling a speculation tax on Monday that predominantly affects properties owned by non-B.C. residents.James said the tax is intended to improve housing affordability in areas where the need is most acute, while exempting rural cabins and vacation homes.Revised B.C. housing tax still a turn off for out-of-province homeownersB.C. makes changes to speculation tax after criticism from homeowners‘Fear and uncertainty’: Out-of-province homebuyers could rush to sell if B.C. slaps speculation taxAreas covered by the tax include Metro Vancouver, Kelowna, West Kelowna, Nanaimo-Lantzville, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission and the Capital Regional District around Victoria on southern Vancouver Island, excluding the Gulf Islands and Juan de Fuca.Canadians living outside B.C. who own a property in these areas will be subject to a one per cent tax based on the assessed value, while foreign owners will pay two per cent. Owners of properties living outside the province can avoid the tax by renting them out.Smith bought the condo last October with the intention that his son Kristian would live there for at least five years while studying at Camosun College.He said many northern students pursue studies in other provinces, and his son preferred the bachelor of business administration program in B.C.But the one per cent tax will add about $400 per month to the $2,300 he is already spending on the mortgage and condo fees.“That is a real stretch for us,” he said.Smith said they’ll likely have to sell, but that will be a financial hit too because of the transfer tax and penalties for breaking his fixed mortgage agreement.Selling would also put his son back into the expensive and competitive rental market.Smith said he’s already suggested his son consider switching to another college in a more affordable city such as Calgary, Edmonton or Winnipeg.“I think his preference, unless he can’t afford it, is to stay in B.C.  He’s really keen on putting his roots down there,” he said, adding it’s ironic if the tax intended to improve affordability for young professionals is the trigger that forces his son to leave.The Smiths aren’t alone in grappling with the implications of the tax.Bryant Stooks and his family say they will likely have to give up the beloved summer home on Vancouver Island they’ve had for more than two decades.Stooks is retired and lives full time in Phoenix, Ariz., but spends four to five months at his North Saanich home every year. He bought the property not as a financial investment but because while visiting the area on vacation with his wife, “we just fell in love with it.”He said communities stand to lose if people like himself, who couldn’t afford a tax hike, have to leave.“We spend money on food, restaurants, entertainment, we bring up friends. There is a large contribution to the Canadian economy,” he said.They participate in the local community, too, supporting fundraisers for the local hospital and community centre.A tax of two per cent on the house’s assessed value could cost Stooks up to $60,000 annually, he said, meaning he’d have no choice but to sell.“Although I love it, it’s my second home, I just can’t afford to pay that every year.”Stooks said his situation isn’t unique and he knows of a number of families in the Phoenix area that live part time in B.C. to escape the summer heat — the opposite of Canadian snowbirds.While he said it’s understandable the government is trying to curb speculation to cool the soaring housing market, long-term residents shouldn’t be penalized.Stooks isn’t putting the house on the market yet, holding out hope that the government may reconsider.Selling it could pose a challenge as well, he said, since buyers from outside B.C. could also be subject to the tax.Bill Veenof, chairman of the Regional District of Nanaimo, said he raised concerns with the finance minister about the effect the tax could have on property values for local owners and on future development.“It creates a taxation-based, unlevel playing field,” he said about the tax only applying to select areas.“Developers look to many funding sources, and one of those sources is money from away. If that dries up, that money will likely go to our neighbouring regional districts and we’ll see a downturn of development opportunities.”Veenof said he was pleased the government heard his concerns and left the regional district out of the tax, but added with Nanaimo and Lantzville are subject to the tax, debate will continue.“We’ll have to see how it works out, but it’s potentially challenging,” he said. read more


BC party leaders slamming opponents spending promises on campaign trail

NDP Leader John Horgan listens while taking questions during a campaign stop at a Chinese restaurant in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday April 14, 2017. A provincial election will be held on May 9. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s party leaders levelled criticism at each other’s spending promises as they spent Good Friday campaigning.Liberal leader Christy Clark started the day campaigning in her home riding of West Kelowna, dishing out pancakes to local residents.Although Clark said it wasn’t a day for politics, she did take aim at the NDP’s announcement this week to eliminate tolls on two major bridges in the Lower Mainland.The New Democrat’s announcement came just after the Liberals said they would cap bridge tolls to $500 per year for drivers in a bid to attract drivers in the Surrey and Delta ridings.Clark said the NDP’s “scheme” to use a $500 million fund generated from liquefied natural gas revenues to eliminate tolls on two major bridges will harm future generations.She said tapping into the prosperity fund created by her government would “raid our kids’ inheritance.”At an event in South Vancouver, NDP leader John Horgan responded to the criticism, saying the fund is a fantasy because there haven’t been any LNG revenues to support it.The New Democrats claim the fund was created first with revenues from a medical service plan hike in 2016 and then topped up with revenues from the property transfer tax.Horgan said Clark’s government failed to create jobs in the LNG sector which they promised in the last election.The NDP leader then turned the tables, saying Clark has already failed the province’s children by “starving them of the education they deserved,” a reference to legislation that blocked teachers from negotiating class sizes. The Supreme Court of Canada deemed it unconstitutional last year.“From kindergarten to Grade 12, a whole generation of kids was let down by Christy Clark. I’m not going to take any advice from her on the future,” Horgan said.He maintains his party, if elected, would deliver balanced budgets while freezing hydro rates, implementing a rental housing credit and increasing social assistance rates. by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 14, 2017 5:31 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 14, 2017 at 9:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. party leaders slamming opponents’ spending promises on campaign trail read more


Morocco phosphates handling contract awarded to FLSmidth

first_imgFLSmidth has received an order worth approximately €90m from the Moroccan company, OCP Office Chérifien des Phosphates, to supply equipment for a phosphate terminal for the Jorf Lasfar port at the Atlantic coast, some 120 km south of the capital Casablanca. The scope of supply includes complete engineering, design, fabrication of all steel structures and mechanical parts, procurement of all standard components, erection and commissioning.The order comprises two sulphur shiploaders each with a capacity of 2,000 t / h, two fertiliser shiploaders also with a capacity of 2,000 t / h each, two sulphur screw unloaders with an hourly capacity of 2,300 t each and two sulphur grab unloaders each with a capacity of 1,500 t / h. All the equipment will be supplied complete with appertaining belt conveyors. FLSmidth will also supply miscellaneous auxiliary equipment such as electrical equipment, a fire fighting system and dust suppression equipment.“This order demonstrates our increasingly strong position as a preferred provider of material handling equipment to the minerals industries. It also confirms the great opportunities within the phosphate industry, which is not cyclical”, said FLSmidth CEO, Jørgen Huno Rasmussen.last_img read more


Discovery deux fissures découvertes sur le réservoir externe de la navette

first_imgDiscovery : deux fissures découvertes sur le réservoir externe de la navetteAlors qu’elle devait décoller une dernière fois depuis la base de Cap Canaveral, en Floride, vendredi dernier, la navette Discovery ne s’envolera pas pour l’ISS avant le 30 novembre prochain. Un délai qui permettra aux ingénieurs de la Nasa de réparer les deux fissures découvertes récemment au niveau du réservoir externe du vaisseau.La navette se voit ainsi accorder un instant de répit avant d’être définitivement mise au rebut, pour une retraite qu’elle passera en compagnie d’Atlantis et Endeavour dans un musée.Une fuite d’hydrogène a été détectée pendant le remplissage du réservoir le 5 novembre dernier, entraînant l’annulation du lancement de Discovery. Les techniciens ont décelé une craquelure de 51 centimètres dans la mousse isolante, alors qu’ils procédaient à la vidange de l’hydrogène et de l’oxygène liquide.Mais mercredi dernier, un nouveau problème a été détecté : deux fissures sur le métal du réservoir externe de la navette spatiale ont été découvertes après que les équipes techniques ont enlevé la portion de mousse isolante, explique la Nasa sur son site Internet.Les fissures se situent dans un endroit intermédiaire du réservoir qui sépare la partie hydrogène liquide, de celle où se trouve l’oxygène liquide. A très basse température, ces deux éléments forment le comburant qui alimente les trois moteurs cryogéniques de la navette. “Les ingénieurs examinent les photos de ces fissures pour déterminer la meilleure façon de les réparer sur le pas de tir”, assure la Nasa, avouant toutefois que c’est la première fois que ses techniciens devront réparer de telles fissures dans l’aluminium et la mousse isolante sur le pas de tir.Le 12 novembre 2010 à 18:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


Cotton Candy un ordinateur sous cléUsb

first_imgCotton Candy: un ordinateur sous clé…Usb !La firme norvégienne FXI Tech a élaboré une clé USB qui a tout d’un ordinateur, fonctionnant sous Android ou Ubuntu… Difficile de faire plus compact ! La start-up norvégienne FXI Tech, a mis au point le Cotton Candy, prototype d’un ordinateur reposant dans… une clé USB. La clé présente d’une part un connecteur USB présentant une alimentation électrique et d’autre part un connecteur HDMI permettant la connexion d’un écran. Grâce au Wifi, il est possible de se connecter à Internet et la clé peut aussi bien être utilisée avec un smartphone ou une tablette. Le Cotton Candy dispose d’un CPU ARM Cortex-A9 cadencé à 1,2 GHz ainsi que d’un GPU ARM Mali-400MP, selon Clubic. La clé supporte une résolution Full HD 1080p et dispose de 1 Go de mémoire vive et de 32Go de stockage interne. La clé peut fonctionner sous Android et Ubuntu.FXI Tech songe à commercialiser cette clé à moins de 200 dollars autour de Noël 2012, mais on peut déjà la voir dans cette vidéo. Un ordinateur miniature, le Raspberry Pi, est en cours d’élaboration au sein de FXI Tech. Le 27 novembre 2011 à 14:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Sneijder Nows a great time for Ajax to face Real Madrid

first_imgDutch legend Wesley Sneijder believes the young Ajax team cannot be underestimated against Real MadridDe Godenzonen have been drawn to face reigning champions Real in the last-16 of the Champions League.Though not many expect the young and inexperienced Ajax team, who boast an average age of 23 years old, to pose much of a threat to Real, who are chasing a fourth successive European title this season.But Ajax have proven themselves to be no pushovers in the Champions League this season following a thrilling 3-3 draw against Bayern Munich.Aside from that, Erik ten Hag’s side are also going strong in the Eredivisie with 15 wins from their 17 games leaving them second and two points adrift of leaders PSV Eindhoven.Sneijder, who started out his playing career at Ajax and also played for Real, warned that an upset could be on the cards.“For Ajax, this is the best moment to take on Real Madrid. I don’t see Real Madrid as being as strong as in previous years,” Sneijder told Marca.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“That’s obvious. Ajax are a very young team, but nobody should be mistaken about them as they have a lot of quality and play very well, especially at home in Amsterdam. It’ll be a difficult tie for Real Madrid.”He added: “Real Madrid are still the favourites despite everything.“But look! If Ajax can achieve a good result in the first leg then Real Madrid could have problems, and we’ve seen that recently when they face teams that keep the ball.“This is a good matchup to check the quality of this Ajax side, one that is very exciting, as they go up against the three-in-a-row Champions League winners.”Sneijder played for Ajax between 2002 to 2007 and won the Eredivisie and two KNVB Cups, while managing 58 goals and 45 assists in 180 appearances across all competitions.The 34-year-old has since played for Real, Inter Milan, Galatasaray, OGC Nice and now Al-Gharafa in Qatar.last_img read more


UK funded Consultant reports on MV Mega One says Tourism Minister

first_img Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 19, 2017 – The shipwrecked, MV Mega One Triton is in its last days on Governor’s Beach in Grand Turk as the consultant’s report on how to move the vessel is in says Tourism Minister, Hon Ralph Higgs.   The Minister said the UK funded consultation with CWaves will continue into the tender process for a collaboration that will see the cargo boat, grounded in Grand Turk since Superstorm Sandy of 2012, removed safely from the beach.Minister Higgs said in a news release that:  “I am grateful for the assistance of CWaves and their input which will help with the removal of Mega One Triton, which has become unsightly on one of our most popular beaches over the years.  My Government stands firm on seeing the removal of this impediment in a timely manner.” While the boat has now become a habitat, one of the most photographed attractions in Grand Turk and even an exploratory site for some residents, the Minister is warning of the danger of entering the huge ship which is badly deteriorated and still with hazardous materials on board.In December, the former PNP Administration had announced that the tender contract was awarded for the removal of the MV Mega One Triton, there is no word on what happened to that contract.  It had been a personal push for Grand Turk South MP, now Health Minister, Hon Edwin Astwood, to see the eyesore gone from the famous Grand Turk beach. Recommended for you Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force #MagneticNewsMedia  #MVMegaGrandTurkcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia, #MVMegaGrandTurklast_img read more


Is Hollywoods Love Affair with Journalism Over

first_imgWill young people gravitate to a business defined by bankruptcy, decline—and, likely, fewer films about it?Moviesover time have usually depicted the magazine and newspaper industrieswith a touch of glamour, power or idealism. For some recent examples,think “In Good Company,” “13 Going on 30” and “The Devil Wears Prada.”Then there’s the greatest movie of all time, “Citizen Kane,” and themovie that launched 10,000 careers, “All the President’s Men.”Yes,there’s the occasional “Absence of Malice,” about journalistic abuse ofpower, or “American Beauty,” where the troubled Kevin Spacey characteris a trade magazine editor. But generally these industries and thejournalism profession get positive treatment. And that reflects the popular culture.  The professions that make up our business have historically been appealing.AndHollywood’s love affair with journalism has for decades helped feedtalented people into the business. Smart, ambitious editors andsalespeople wanted to be the top editor at Newsweek, or the New Yorker,or Ad Age. They wanted to be the writer in “Almost Famous,” or evenlike Mr. Big in “Sex and the City.”But is it true now? Inthe last 10 days alone, this page has covered the plummeting profitmargins of publicly traded magazine companies. It has covered thestaggering decline in fourth-quarter ad sales in b-to-b media. It hascovered the cancellation or dramatic downsizing of two events,including the crown jewel of the glitzy, mass-consumer part of thebusiness, the American Magazine Conference. On the newspaperside, the Rocky Mountain News went out of business today after 150years of publishing. Newspapers in Philadelphia filed for bankruptcy. Apaper in Seattle is teetering.Newspapers everywhere are not just troubled, but nearing oblivion.Sowhat’s the appeal of this business for the high school kid just headinginto college? Who the hell wants to get into an industry perceived asin decline? And if we can’t attract talented people, what are theimplications of that? My take? The image of a profession inpop culture has a huge effect on whether young people choose to pursuea career in it. That means print media is in trouble.Maybe they’ll make a movie about it.[image: IMDB]last_img read more


Navy Looks to Expand Fleet End Strength over Next Five Years

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR With plans to add more than 25,000 sailors and 46 ships over the next five years, the Navy plans to increase financial incentives to bolster retention and recruitment, and adjust advancement policies to stem attrition. The service’s end strength, which now stands at 319,400, is slated to reach 344,800 sailors by the end of fiscal 2023, under the administration’s new budget request. Navy staffing hasn’t been that large since 2006, when it finished the year with about 350,000 personnel, reports Navy Times. The service’s target end strength could surpass 350,000 if Congress finds a way to fund the Navy’s long-term goal of a 350-plus-ship fleet, Vice Adm. Robert Burke, chief of naval personnel, told lawmakers last week. … Meanwhile, lawmakers criticized the administration’s 30-year shipbuilding plan, which calls for expanding the fleet from its current level of 280 ships to 355 by sometime in the 2050s, reported Military.com. The Navy’s plan “falls well short” of what the service needs, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, said last week. The Navy’s goal of reaching a 355-ship fleet within 30 years should be considered a floor, Wittman said.Navy photo by 2nd Class Sabrina Finelast_img read more


Girl committed suicide by pouring kerosene on her in Hyderguda

first_imgHyderabad: A minor girl committed suicide by pouring kerosene on her in an Apartment in Hyderguda under Rajendranagar police station limits. According to police, the girl identified as Balamani. The girl was working in a flat in Brindavan Apartment in Hyderguda where suddenly she poured kerosene on her and put fire. With serious burning injuries, she rushed to a nearby private hospital where while undergoing treatment she died. Victim’s parents alleged that due to the harassment of the flat owners their child died and later complained police demanding justice. By registering a case police are investigating.last_img read more


UN human rights chief toughens warning of genocide in Myanmar

first_imgThe top UN human rights official has said he would not be surprised if a court one day ruled that acts of genocide had been committed against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar, according to a television interview to be shown on Monday.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein told the BBC that attacks on the Rohingya had been “well thought out and planned” and he had asked Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi to do more to stop the military action.Zeid has already called the campaign “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing” and asked rhetorically if anyone could rule out “elements of genocide”, but his latest remarks put the case plainly, toughening his stance.“The elements suggest you cannot rule out the possibility that acts of genocide have been committed,” he said, according to excerpts of his interview provided in advance by the BBC.“It’s very hard to establish because the thresholds are high,” he said. “But it wouldn’t surprise me in the future if the court were to make such a finding on the basis of what we see.”Myanmar denies committing atrocities against the Rohingya and has previously rejected UN criticism for its “politicisation and partiality”. The Myanmar military says the crackdown is a legitimate counter-insurgency operation.Zeid said Myanmar’s “flippant” response to the serious concerns of the international community made him fear the current crisis “could just be the opening phases of something much worse”.He told the BBC he feared jihadi groups could form in the huge refugee camps in Bangladesh and even launch attacks in Myanmar, perhaps targeting Buddhist temples there.He did not say, in the excerpts provided, which court could prosecute suspected atrocities. Myanmar is not a member of the International Criminal Court, so referral to that court could be done only by the UN Security Council. But Myanmar’s ally China could veto such a referral.The United Nations defines genocide as acts meant to destroy a national, ethnic, racial or religious group in whole or in part. Such a designation is rare under international law, but has been used in contexts including Bosnia, Sudan and an Islamic State campaign against the Yazidi communities in Iraq and Syria.Almost 870,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh, including about 660,000 who arrived after 25 Aug, when Rohingya militants attacked security posts and the Myanmar army launched a counter-offensive.UN investigators have heard Rohingya testimony of a “consistent, methodical pattern of killings, torture, rape and arson”.Zeid said he had phoned Suu Kyi in January, asking her in vain to stop the the military operation.Nobel peace laureate Suu Kyi’s less than two-year old civilian government has faced heavy international criticism for its response to the crisis, though it has no control over the generals it has to share power with under Myanmar’s transition after decades of military rule.last_img read more


8 killed in Nepal landslide

first_imgA view of a flooded road caused by an incessant rainfall in Bhaktapur, Nepal on 12 July. Photo: ReutersA landslide killed a woman and at least seven children in Nepal over the weekend as officials issued warnings on Monday of the risk of more landslides and flash floods due to torrential rain.Working in the downpour, rescuers in Bheri town, about 310 kilometres (193 miles) west of capital Kathmandu, were still searching for a missing boy, having pulled out one survivor.“Army and police personnel are digging with shovels through mud for a 12-year-old boy who is missing,” Krishna Prasad Khatiwada, a senior government official in Bheri, told Reuters by phone.The dead children were aged between three and eleven years.Flash floods and landslides in the June-September monsoon season are common in mostly mountainous Nepal, home to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains including Mount Everest.Samir Shrestha, an official at the weather forecasting office in Kathmandu, said more landslides and flash floods were likely as heavy rains were forecast for hilly areas in central and western Nepal through Tuesday.Residents in Terai, the southern low lying region bordering India, had been warned to beware of floods as water levels were rising in many rivers, he said.last_img read more


HPD Will Have Detectives Working Overnight Investigating Aggravated Assaults

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Al OrtizHPD Chief Art Acevedo is creating a new unit of 13 detectives to work the night shift investigating aggravated assaults in Houston.Chief Art Acevedo is trying to fill a void in the Houston Police Department to improve the department’s response to crimes happening at a specific time of the day.Acevedo is creating a new unit of 13 detectives to work the night shift investigating aggravated assaults.They will assess the crime scenes and gather evidence.“The first forty eight (hours) of any investigation and the first few hours are critical. They’re key that we hit the ground running, so we can try to identify a suspect,” Acevedo says to explain why HPD needs the new unit.Currently, detectives start working on these investigations when their shift starts, which, in some cases, can be several hours after the crime has originally occurred.Asked about why a city the size of Houston didn’t already have overnight detectives, Acevedo says that HPD doesn’t “look backward, we look forward.”Ray Hunt, president of the Houston Police Officers’ Union (HPOU), supports the creation of the new unit of detectives as long as its members are working the night shift voluntarily.“We do not support it if you are making people disrupt their lives to put them on this shift, we’d rather use a rotating shift. But, whenever you have people who are volunteering for it, we fully support it,” Hunt notes and adds that he thinks HPD will be able to find enough detectives who will volunteer.Acevedo says the new unit should be operational in about two weeks. 00:00 /01:14 X Sharelast_img read more


National Museum of Women in the Arts Hosts Free Community Day

first_imgVisit the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave., NW, on Jan. 7 from noon to 5 p.m. for Community Day. Community Day is free for participants. Residents can take the opportunity to explore the museum’s newly reinstalled collection and current exhibitions, including the Magnetic Fields exhibition. The Magnetic Fields expands American Abstraction from the 1960s to present day, places abstract works by multiple generations of Black women artists in context with one another—and within the larger history of abstract art—for the first time.Maren Hassinger, Wrenching News, 2008.  (Courtesy Photo: E. G. Schempf/National Museum of Women in the Arts via Facebook)last_img read more


Vandals spray hate graffiti on Jerusalem church

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Extremists have carried out similar “price tag” attacks on other churches, mosques and Israeli military bases.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the defacing of the church.Israel has 155,000 Christian citizens, less than 2 percent of its nearly 8 million people.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories JERUSALEM (AP) – Vandals have spray-painted “Death to Christianity” and “Jesus, son of a whore” on a Greek Orthodox monastery in Jerusalem.The overnight attack on the Monastery of the Cross was the latest in a series of vandalisms of Christian holy sites. Extremist Jews sympathetic to Israel’s settlement movement are suspected.Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Wednesday the vandals also sprayed “price tag” on the monastery’s outer wall _ a form of retribution settlers and their sympathizers use in retaliation for acts they consider to be pro-Palestinian. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breachescenter_img Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019 Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more


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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe Regional Managing Director of Abercrombie & Kent has called on travel advisors to ensure clients are aware of a valuable proposition the luxury travel company offers to prospective clients.Speaking in Sydney earlier this month to 80 top-selling agents during the company’s Australian roadshow, Sujata Raman said “don’t let clients think A&K is expensive”.Raman’s comments referred to the extent of inclusions offered in Abercrombie & Kent’s extensive selection of independent and escorted itineraries around the world, many of which cost up to tens-of-thousands of dollars, with some exclusive tours priced in the hundreds-of-thousands.“I don’t think agents need to be convinced about the level of inclusion A&K provides. They know the standard, they know the reputation, they know the brand.” “People will often say to me that they know A&K, they love A&K and there’s this notion that it’s just an aspirational brand. Comments like ‘You’re the best. One of these days I’ll do your trips’, are common. “We say to agents that they’ve got to encourage their clients to actually look at the pricing and compare it. Look at the inclusions because people have to get value for money. It doesn’t matter what end of the market, you need to get value and then when I hear the kind of holidays that they are doing, they could have done an A&K holiday for that sort of money,” Raman explained to LATTE.Indeed, some Abercrombie & Kent packages are under $600 per person per day, such as the South India and Sri Lanka journey which are $599; a Croatia itinerary, slightly higher at $692; or Egypt for $811.Separately, Raman also raised the topic of “luxury disruptors” in the deals space, such as Luxury Escapes.“I think they’ve created a lot of conversation around luxury. Because I do think it’s a commodification of luxury. I say to guests, if you want to have three or four nights at a luxury hotel, I can’t add any value to that. Go with Luxury Escapes, absolutely.”“But if you want the best expertise around your lifestyle holiday to Africa, then you come to someone like A&K or to one of the many other tour operators there are. “There are different kinds of tour operators with all levels of service. But I think that adds a layer that a deals site cannot do. I’m not picking on a particular deals site as they do a great job, but it’s just a different model.”Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more


4 Birmingham to Dubai 3483 £360 10 pence

first_img4Birmingham to Dubai3,483£36010 pence RankingJourneyDistance (miles)CostCost per mile 5London to Sharm El Sheikh2,411£2078 pence 6London to Malaga1,042£303 pence 2New York to Singapore10,000£2,00021 pence RelatedTransatlantic flight deals and what to expect when you fly low-cost long-haulMore and more airlines have started running cheap transatlantic flights from the UK to the US, Canada and Mexico – but are those prices just too good to be true? Make sure you get the best all-round deal by finding the cheapest long-haul flights out there and reading our short…High Mileage – Low Cost? Round-the-world with (mostly) budget airlinesI wrote a piece about this last year in happier financial times, but since then various airlines have gone bustThe best time to book cheap flights to Australia? We have the answerEver wondered which city gives you the best value flight to Australia? Perth is the closest Australian gateway and often the cheapest route Down Under. Check out the best time to book flights to Perth.center_img 3Edinburgh to London400£3611 pence With Boeing announcing plans to develop the first non-stop flight from London to Sydney by 2020, we take a look at some of the world’s longest and shortest flights to reveal which routes offer the best value per mile.1. Westray (WRY) to Papa Westray (PPW) – £5.70 per mileThis two-minute island-hop in Scotland’s windswept Orkney Isles (pictured) lays claim to being the shortest commercial flight on the planet, as well as one of the world’s most beautiful air journeys. No need for in-flight entertainment on this route, which will cost you £17 one-way.2. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Singapore Changi (SIN) – 21 pence per mileConnecting Asia with North America, the world’s longest flight is Singapore Airlines’ 9,519-mile, 18.5-hour journey between New York Newark and Singapore, notoriously pricey with the cost of an average ticket around £2,000.3. Edinburgh (EDI) to London Gatwick (LGW) – 11 pence per mileOne of the UK’s most searched for routes, this 331-mile trip between the Scottish and English capitals takes only around an hour and costs around £36. 4. Birmingham (BHX) to Dubai (DXB) – 10 pence per mileThe United Arab Emirate state of Dubai (pictured) has emerged as one of the UK’s favourite long-haul holiday destinations in recent years, and it’s perhaps no surprise with one-way tickets for the seven-hour 3,483 journey coming in at only £360.5. London Gatwick (LGW) to Sharm El Sheikh (SSH) 8 pence per mileA popular route for Brits looking for year-round sun, the 2,411 mile journey from London to the tourist hotspot of Sharm El Sheikh comes in at £207 and equates to only 8 pence per mile.6. London Stansted (STN) to Malaga (AGP) – 3 pence per mileThe most searched for journey on Skyscanner in 2011, a one-way ticket to the sun-kissed Costa Del Sol can be yours for only £30, and the 1,042 mile journey comes in at a bargain three pence per mile, leaving you plenty to spend on ice cream and cold beers by the pool. To put this in perspective, the price of unleaded petrol at the time of writing was 140p per litre, equating to 18p per mile or nearly six times as expensive per mile as flights to Malaga. 1Westray to Papa Westray3£17£5.70 • All flight prices taken from Skyscanner and correct as at 30 March 2012 for the cheapest one-way fare available on 1 July 2012• Westray to Papa Westray can only be booked by telephone via Loganair• Petrol prices taken from petrolprices.com and hmrc.gov.uk• Distances taken from mapcrow.infoReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more


Tourist injured in car accident

first_imgA 57-year-old Russian tourist that was hit by a car in Larnaca early on Saturday morning is in critical condition at the Nicosia general hospital, a police report said.According to the report, at around 3am Saturday, a Greek Cypriot 28-year-old woman driving her car on the Larnaca beachfront road from Makenzie beach toward the medieval castle, hit the tourist, also a woman, while she was trying to cross the road near a pedestrian crossing.The 57-year-old suffered heavy injuries and was rushed to the Larnaca general hospital by ambulance, but was soon transported to the Nicosia general hospital due to the seriousness of her condition.She was placed on a respirator and her condition is described as critical.A breathalyser test on the driver gave an initial reading of 29 μg – the maximum allowed being 22 – and a final reading of 19.The scene of the accident was recorded and photographed by police, who continue to investigate. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppTake Online Privacy on a whole New levelFigLeaf Beta AppUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover Vehicle | Search AdsThese Crossovers Are Leading The Pack. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover Vehicle DealsLuxury Crossover Vehicle | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more