Madrid – The Spanish Foreign Affairs Ministry voiced, on Wednesday, its satisfaction with the release of young Sahrawi woman Mahjouba Mohamed Hamdidaf, held captive since last summer in the camps of Tindouf (south-western Algeria).A spokesperson of the Spanish ministry, quoted by “Europapress” news agency, said he was glad of the happy ending of this woman’s story.Mahjouba is currently in Algiers waiting to be brought home to Spain, said the news agency. The young Sahrawi woman, who has been working for the London-based “Marie Curie Foundation Care” and intended to pursue her studies in the British capital, visited last summer the camps of Tindouf in order to see her biological parents.
In a statement read out on behalf of the Council, its president for October, Ambassador Mihnea Ioan Motoc of Romania, warned that the measures, set to take effect tomorrow, “will have serious implications for UNMEE’s ability to carry out its mandate and for the safety of its staff.”Eritrea’s decision gravely contravened the Council’s previous call on both parties “to provide UNMEE with the access, assistance, support and protection required for the performance of its duties,” according to the statement.Eritrea’s decision also contravened the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities the two Governments signed in Algiers on 18 June 2000, the Council said.The Council urged both Eritrea and Ethiopia to show maximum restraint and refrain from any threat of use of force against each other.Both parties bear the primary responsibility for implementing the Algiers Agreements and the decision of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission in 2002, the Council said, underlining the need to implement the Commission’s decision on demarcating the boundary without further delay.The Council further called on both parties to normalize their relationship fully through such means as political dialogue leading to the adoption of more confidence-building measures.Last month as the Council extended the five-year-old UNMEE’s mandate to monitor the Temporary Security Zone between Ethiopia and Eritrea until mid-March, it expressed concern about the high concentration near to the zone of troops from the two countries.At that time, the Council urged both Governments to refrain from escalating tensions or threatening to use force and to consider returning to the deployment levels that had prevailed as of late last year.
Mr. Annan made his remarks at an open ministerial-level debate on regional-global security cooperation in the Security Council, which also involved representatives from the European Union (EU), the League of Arab States, NATO and seven other regional and sub-regional organizations.“The reality of the next decade is that the demand for peacekeeping and these other services will continue to grow. And we must be ready. That means the time has come for us to take the regional-global partnership to a new level of clarity, practicality and seriousness.”Mr. Annan said that partnerships between the UN and regional organizations were already stronger than in the early 1990s, citing examples such as cooperation with the African Union in Sudan and working with NATO in Afghanistan and Kosovo, but emphasized there was still room for improvement.“Much as we have strengthened our capacities over the years, it is essential that we do even more… the breadth of our involvement in mediation efforts, the growing awareness of the fragility of post-conflict situations, and the increased emphasis on prevention, have also been major features in our work.”The meeting was initiated by Greece, which holds the revolving Council Presidency for this month, and Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis said it was an important step on the way to creating a “Regional-Global Security Mechanism.”The delegates also reviewed progress already made in strengthening such partnerships, particularly following a Council resolution on the matter last October, and focused as well on Mr. Annan’s latest report covering improved cooperation.In his speech, the Secretary-General highlighted that both the UN and the various regional and sub-regional organizations now have a “better sense” of each others respective strengths and weaknesses, and he emphasized that recommendations contained in his report seek to build on this knowledge.The recommendations cover conflict prevention, peacemaking, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, disarmament and non-proliferation, as well as the more generic issues of clarification of roles, guidelines for cooperation and formalizing the partnerships.Detailed suggestions included within each recommendation cover a wide range of topics from setting up a databank on conflict prevention capacities of partner organizations, to closer links between partners and the recently set up Peacebuilding Commission, and establishment of a general statement of principles that would act as a guiding mechanism for collaboration.
Legal arguments bog down court argument over Chinese miners in B.C. by Dene Moore, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 9, 2013 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Legal wrangling bogged down what was to be the first day of a Federal Court judicial review of temporary foreign worker permits issued to a northern B.C. coal mine.On Tuesday, lawyers for one of the companies involved in the project, Canadian Dehua International Mines Group, asked the court to disregard some of the affidavits submitted by the unions among the thousands of pages of documents filed in the case.“These written submissions are full of extraordinarily inflammatory language, accusing HD Mining of being a liar, of misrepresenting, of blowing hot and cold and all sort of other spurious allegations which we would submit are not found in evidence,” Laura Best, lawyer for Dehua, referring to the second company involved, HD Mining International.Among the “behemoth” of information filed by the unions in their pursuit of a judicial review, are affidavits based on hearsay and false allegations, Best said.The unions fired back with written arguments labelling the application by the companies to dismiss the affidavits an abuse of process.Two unions are challenging the government decision last year granting HD Mining permission to bring miners from China to perform preliminary work at its proposed Murray River project near Tumbler Ridge, B.C.The company received positive labour market opinions — documents that confirm a skilled labour shortage — from Service Canada that allowed them to bring 201 miners from overseas to perform bulk sampling work at the proposed mine.The Construction and Specialized Workers Union, Local 1611, and the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 115, say Canadian workers are willing and able to perform those jobs.But the unions are attempting to have the court weigh different evidence than is required by Service Canada, a lawyer for HD Mining told Federal Court Judge Russell Zinn.“The role of the court on judicial review is really to look at the legality of the underlying decision. It’s not to hold a full trial on the merits, which is, in our submission, what the unions are attempting to do by introducing the numerous affidavits that they have filed in these proceedings,” Joan Young said in court.As the judicial review was to get underway, HD Mining said in an email response to questions that the court action has delayed the mine project by six months. Sixteen workers who had arrived last fall to commence work returned to China in late January and no more workers will be brought over “until the litigation is complete and we have reasonable certainty.”An internal government memorandum to the Human Resources Minister obtained by The Canadian Press noted that there are applications from other companies “involving relatively large numbers of foreign workers,” and HD Mining said the outcome of the judicial review will have implications for many companies.“Our company, and others too, are watching very closely to determine if goalposts can be changed after a company has invested much time and $50 million on a project in this country, and after having built very strong relations with the local community,” the unidentified spokesperson said in the email.The unions agree the outcome of the review will have far-reaching consequences — for Canadian workers.“I think this is going to shed a lot of light on the integrity of the existing program,” Brian Cochrane, business manager for the International Union of Operating Engineers local, said prior to the hearing.Several days have been set aside for the hearing this week.
According to the press release issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), its Director General Yukiya Amano met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Vice-President and President of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi, and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, during a visit to the capital, Tehran.Since January 2016, the IAEA has been verifying and monitoring Iran’s implementation of its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was endorsed unanimously by the UN Security Council in 2015.The accord between its five permanent members (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States), plus Germany, the European Union (EU) and Iran, set out rigorous mechanisms for monitoring limits on Iran’s nuclear programme, while paving the way for lifting UN sanctions against the country.The release said that the IAEA’s verification and monitoring activities are conducted in an impartial and objective manner and in accordance with the modalities defined by the JCPOA and standard safeguards practice.Mr. Amano reiterated that the JCPOA represents a clear gain from a verification point of view, and stressed the importance of full implementation by Iran of its nuclear-related commitments in order to make the JCPOA sustainable.
Raptors aid Kissi’s developmentBrock University men’s basketball coach Charles Kissi spent a season apprenticing under Toronto Raptors head coach Dwayne Casey in 2012-13. Kissi tells The St. Catharines Standard about the lasting impact that experience had on his coaching style. He says Casey taught him many lessons including people skills and defensive strategy. The coaches stay in touch throughout the season and Kissi continues to attend Raptors practices.The employee argument against defined-benefit pension plansThere are several financial risks to companies when providing pension plans to their employees, but Goodman School of Business Professor Michael Armstrong also argues that there are risks for the employees as well. Armstrong defines what it means for employees to opt into pension plans in The Globe and Mail.Brock profs reveal how to combat brutality of Tour de FranceWith competitors reaching the halfway mark in the annual Tour de France, Professor Brian Roy discusses how cyclists take care of their mental and physical health through the taxing competition: Niagara this Week
Senior reliever Seth Kinker snags a comeback hit to finish off Ohio State’s 5-4 win against Indiana on April 21. Credit: Mac Connor | Ohio State AthleticsSeth Kinker is not the first Ohio State pitcher from Huntington, West Virginia.When the now-senior pitcher arrived at Ohio State, he was following in the footsteps of Huntington native Trace Dempsey, a reliever who played from 2012-2015 and held the record for most career appearances in a Buckeye uniform.That is, until Kinker broke his record in Friday’s 4-2 win over Purdue.“He texted me the other night and he said, ‘Man, I never thought it would be broken, especially this fast, but I am damn happy it was you who broke it,’” Kinker said. Entering the game in the sixth inning of Friday’s matchup with the Boilermakers, Kinker broke the school record with his 103rd career appearance, throwing three innings for his 12th save of the season.Kinker knew this day was coming. This accomplishment was something he had been working towards. However, that did not change his persona on the mound. For Ohio State head coach Greg Beals, that level of consistency helped develop a trust in his reliever to put him in many different situations throughout his college career. “At this level, at a program like Ohio State, we don’t just run guys out there,” Beals said. “You are pitching the guys and putting them in situations and that tells you that Kinker has been competitive, really competitive for a long time here.” For the past four seasons, Kinker has developed into the more consistent options out of the Ohio State bullpen, posting a 2.07 ERA and a .232 opponent’s batting average in 186.2 career innings. Kinker felt like he physically had the ability to break the record for most appearances in Ohio State history, but he wasn’t sure he would get that many chances. “I knew I had the capability to,” Kinker said. “Was I going to be put in the position that early to be able to rack up that many in the span of a year between last year and junior year? No, not really. There were a lot of better arms in front of me.” What he felt he needed most was a change in mindset when he was on the mound. Kinker found the perfect example of what he needed in his roommate: former Ohio State pitcher Jake Post. “He’s taught me everything I needed to know when it comes to a mentality, when it comes to being a pitcher at Ohio State,” Kinker said. As he watched Post become a leader in the dugout for the Buckeyes, Kinker solidified his own confidence, therefore establishing his role in the bullpen. That confidence is something he still utilizes to this day. “If you are confident in yourself, you trust yourself. No one is going to take that away from you,” Kinker said. “That’s why I was able to be put in that situation. I trusted myself, I had confidence in my teammates and myself, so there’s nothing really holding me back.” With the senior leading the team with 24 appearances and a 1.22 ERA in 51.2 innings of work, Beals said he sees how the mix of confidence and composure Kinker brings to any in-game situation. “He plays with a great deal of confidence and a great deal of awareness of who he is and a trust in his ability and knows how he is going to go about doing it and does it,” Beals said. “You have heard me say it before, it’s one thing to have awareness and it’s one thing to know how and it’s another thing to be able to execute and he executes. That’s what makes it special.”Execution. No matter what the situation is, this is something that Kinker will always strive for each time he comes out of the bullpen for Ohio State. “I was going to be the same person,” Kinker said. “I always am and I have been for 102 appearances prior to that one.”
Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Transport Minister Shane Ross Source: Sam BoalMinister Ross announced the opening of a public consultation on powered personal transporters until 1 November. He said that until this process is completed, such vehicles are illegal for use on public roads.Ross said e-scooters are defined as “mechanically propelled vehicles” and must be covered by insurance, have motor tax and the driver must be licensed if they’re used in public places.He said that according to the Road Traffic Act, e-scooters and similar vehicles “must be covered by insurance, have motor tax and the driver appropriately licensed to operate them”.“Due to the nature of these vehicles, under existing road traffic law they are only suitable for use on private property, “Ross said.In a recent report, the Road Safety Authority suggested training schemes, licences and helmets should all be considered if electric scooters are to be properly legalised in Ireland.Get our Daily Briefing with the morning’s most important headlines for innovative Irish businesses. Written by Laura Roddy and posted on Fora.ie 15,791 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Sep 3rd 2019, 2:52 PM Saturday 7 Sep 2019, 7:15 AM By Fora Staff Image: Shutterstock/Akaberka Retail reps have rubbished claims they’re ‘obliged’ to clamp down on the misuse of e-scooters Transport Minister Shane Ross said stores must inform consumers of the vehicles’ legal status. 50 Comments A GROUP REPRESENTING Irish retailers has rubbished Transport Minister Shane Ross’s warning that store owners must tell customers that electric scooters are illegal to use on public roads.The minister said today that retailers that sell the vehicles are “obliged” to inform customers that the use of so-called ‘powered personal transporters’ – machines like e-scooters and segways – is not legal on public roads and thoroughfares.He said actual enforcement of the current legislation is a matter for An Garda Síochána.Chief executive of Retail Excellence, David Fitzsimons, described Ross’s comments as “nonsense” and said the onus is not on retailers to inform customers on how to use such vehicles. He likened the purchase of an e-scooter to other modes of transport.“People go in and buy quad bikes, motorbikes and cars and the sales rep will sell it to them and won’t give them a demonstration of the rules of the road,” Fitzsimons said.“The customers are buying the product and using the product and it’s not for the retailer to tell them how to use it … it’s up to the customers to use the product responsibly.” Image: Shutterstock/Akaberka Share1 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4798766
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Amongst the many Greeks in Greece and abroad that jumped into the cold waters to retrieve the cross and get the priest’s blessing on Holy Epiphany Day there was one lady that stood out.A yiayia in Dilesi, Greece surprised everyone whan fully clothed – in a coat, with tights and shoes on – not to mention carrying a handbag, she jumped into the sea and walked on water catching the cross before anyone else had a change to take the image in.One of the local parishioners, Aggelos Mavrokefalidis, captured the incident on video and later uploaded it on Facebook getting thousands of comments and dozens of shares. Watch the facebook video below and enjoy:
Watchmen is one of those revered classic comics that nearly everyone seems to love. Many consider it to be one of the greatest graphic novels of all time, and because of that, it’s been tricky to adapt. In 2009, Zack Snyder directed a film adaptation of the comic that drew mixed reactions. Some loved it, saying it was the best possible adaptation we were likely to get. Others criticized the excessive use of slow motion, changes to the ending, and comics-style pacing that didn’t fit a feature film. Now, HBO is taking their own shot at adapting the beloved comic.Damon Lindelof, fresh off the series finale of HBO’s The Leftovers, is in talks to develop a Watchmen TV series for the premium cable network, Variety reports. HBO previously tried to turn the comic into a TV series back in 2014, but that effort never went anywhere. Lindelof’s series will reportedly be starting from scratch, having nothing to do with HBO’s earlier effort or Snyder’s 2009 movie.When the comic came out in 1985, Alan Moore used the series to take a critical look at the nature of superheroes. It made sense to turn it into a film in 2009 when superhero movies were rapidly becoming each year’s biggest blockbusters. Now that they’ve improbably gotten even bigger than they were back then, it’s the perfect time for someone to take another look at Watchmen. While Damon Lindelof’s work has been met with mixed reactions in the past, The Leftovers was near-universally beloved by critics and audiences alike. Coming off that success, it’ll be exciting to see what Lindelof can do with Watchmen. Gal Godot (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Warner Bros.)Another exciting DC development involves the only DCEU film to be an unqualified success. DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns confirmed in an interview with Variety that he and director Patty Jenkins are currently writing Wonder Woman 2. As great as the first movie is, the fact that they’re making a sequel is no surprise. It was interesting to learn recently that Jenkins was not contractually locked down for a sequel, meaning she now has some negotiating leverage when those contract discussions start up, if they haven’t already. Either way, she is definitely involved in writing the sequel.“Patty and I are writing the treatment right now,” Johns said. “The goal is to make another great “Wonder Woman” film. I had a blast making it with Patty the first time. We’ve got a cool idea for the second one.”Johns, of course, didn’t say what that cool idea was, nor did he confirm that Jenkins was definitely going to direct the sequel. Still, the fact that she’s still involved in Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure is promising. After the way Wonder Woman turned out, it’d be ridiculous for DC not to do whatever it takes to sign her for the sequel.Johns also said the studio is learning from the mistakes of past DC movies, which sounds promising. Specifically, he recognizes that Batman v. Superman was too dark, and too unlike what people want from a Batman or Superman movie. Wonder Woman, he said, celebrated everything people love about her character and that’s why it worked so well. While the characters of Batman and Superman aren’t going to change, and the universe won’t suddenly shift to be happy and optimistic from now on, we might get movies that are more in line with who Batman and Superman are as characters.Via Warner Bros./DC EntertainmentFinally, those who prefer the animated versions of DC’s characters have something to look forward to at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Warner Bros. will premiere the upcoming Batman and Harley Quinn movie at Comic Con on July 21 in the San Diego Convention Center’s Ballroom 20, IGN reports. After the premiere the cast and crew of the movie will take the stage for a panel discussion.Directed by Sam Liu, who did the Killing Joke animated adaptation, the film involves Batman, Nightwing and Harley Quinn teaming up to fight Poison Ivy and The Floronic Man. Kevin Conroy reprises the role of Batman, Melissa Rauch plays Harley Quinn, Loren Lester is Nightwing, and Paget Brewster is Poison Ivy. DC’s animated output has been some of the best comic book movies to come out of the studio, so this is definitely a panel Dark Knight fans won’t want to miss.Those of us who can’t make it to Comic Con this year will just have to wait for the movie’s digital release on August 15, or pick it up on Blu-ray August 29.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Batman Loses a Dad Again, Another Ben Affleck Update & More DC Movie NewsSecret Aquaman Role, Wonder Woman’s Throwback Photo, & More DC Movie News Stay on target
The Portuguese superstar has yet to play a single match with the Bianconeri and the team is already winningJuventus doesn’t have to see Cristiano Ronaldo play to know they are already winning.The Portuguese superstar has already benefited the club in many ways.And one of them is their social media presence.In a tweet published by Thomas van Schaik, less than a month after ‘Juve’ acquired Ronaldo, their social media numbers are over the top.The team has gained massive followings in four social media channels. More than 350,000 followers on Twitter and more than 500,000 new subscribers on YouTube.But even more impressive is Ronaldo’s signing has been extra good for Facebook and Instagram.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.On Facebook, the team gained more than 1 million 700 new likes, while on Instagram almost 4 million people follow the team’s account.On August 3rd, Cristiano Ronaldo stopped following Real Madrid’s account on Instagram.Less than a month after @Cristiano’s transfer, @juventusfcen already scores pretty incredible #community growth…Roughly:Twitter: + 350,000YouTube: + 500,000Facebook: + 1,700,000Instagram: + 3,500,000 pic.twitter.com/eZL8MBvHlI— Thomas van Schaik (@thomasvanschaik) August 10, 2018
Kylian Mbappe believes he has already become a leader at Paris Saint-Germain after his impressive second-half cameo inspired them to a 2-0 win over MarseillePSG manager Thomas Tuchel benched Mbappe along with Adrien Rabiot from Sunday’s Le Classique for disciplinary reasons after arriving late for the pre-game team talk.However, with the scoreline goalless, Tuchel substituted Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting for Mbappe in the 62nd-minute and the youngster responded emphatically.It took just three minutes for Mbappe to score the opener for PSG before he later assisted Julian Draxler’s injury-time goal to seal a 2-0 win.Now the 19-year-old admits he feels like a leader for a team that wants to down in history.“The team needed this win,” Mbappe told Canal+.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“A great team relies on its leaders and they have to make a difference at key moments. I think I can take on that role and I did.“We have to continue on the right path. Marseille showed they have a team that plays with the ball. They had several sequences of play where we were in trouble, so all credit to them.“But we were able to be effective and we leave with the win. We are competitors. We want to go down in history. We mustn’t disregard any match.”Mbappe has now scored 12 goals and added four assists in 10 appearances across all competitions this season.PSG have also now won all eleven of their opening Ligue 1 fixtures this term, which hasn’t been accomplished in any of Europe’s top five leagues since Tottenham in 1960.
Aerial view of the Starrigavan boat launch, looking south. (ADF&G photo)Before statehood and the advent of scientific management, Southeast Alaska’s herring populations were harvested – and depleted – without much thought for the future. Many believe the herring population in Sitka Sound now is a fraction of what it was in those days, and wonder if herring stocks – like salmon – can be restored.Download AudioJust look at Raven Radio’s Facebook page. Photos of active herring spawn in Sitka Sound and hemlock branches coated with eggs are the kind of posts that go viral. It’s clear that many more than the 9,000 people that live in Sitka are herring obsessed.“Culturally it’s important obviously as a major subsistence resource in the Sitka area but also very important in trade,” says Chuck Smythe, the Director of the history and culture department at Sealaska Heritage Institute.Smythe says there are places that used to attract herring that don’t anymore. “Some of the oral history suggests that herring just sort of stopped coming and moved to another area.”He is working with the Sitka Tribe to figure out why they stopped coming, and how the population might be restored throughout Southeast. The Alaska Native Fund granted SHI $15,000 to develop a herring restoration plan in the Sitka vicinity. They chose Sitka because it still attracts heaps of herring. Jeff Feldpausch, STA’s Resource Protection Director, agrees. “Right now Sitka has one of the larger herring stocks in Southeast.” Close to 80,000 tons of herring.“So, if you were looking at transferring eggs to other locations Sitka would probably have the biomass available,” says Feldpausch, “as far as herring eggs to be able to do that.”Figuring out exactly how to transplant herring eggs is the tricky part.“I’ve been told stories about how harvesters from other communities would come over to Sitka and pick up eggs for their community and on their way home they would place a few branches in the water in different locations,” says Feldpausch.Anecdotes like this one will be heavily weighted in the brainstorming process. But, a recent study on Pacific herring will serve as the framework. Anthropologist Tom Thornton was the principal investigator of the Herring Synthesis Project. Smythe says it’s the most thorough attempt to date at demystifying the Pacific herring.Forman: And so, why now?Smythe: Well it was just realizing that this significant study had been completed. I came to the realization that it would be good to use this information and take it to the next step.The Herring Synthesis Project combines archaeological, biological, and cultural data. It identifies things like how herring were distributed throughout Southeast, what factors could have changed spawning location, and where herring could thrive. And basically concludes that there are a lot less herring than there used to be.Feldpausch says the goal is to return herring to historical levels, “before the late 1800s.” Back before commercial sac-roe fisheries, back before herring were mainly reduced to oil, and back before herring were simply fished for bait.Smythe says he is in the midst of working his way through Thornton’s study. “And there’s just a lot we don’t know about herring.” Smythe says there are a number of factors that explain why herring left certain areas: pollution from logging and the pulp mill, other industrial activities that may have contaminated the water, or hatchery salmon released when the herring are most vulnerable – to name a few.STA will host a panel discussion of experts in June. Thornton’s study will serve as the framework for the discussion. And Feldpausch says the project is a productive step. And hopes the end product will be implemented throughout Southeast.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday said that ignoring the expectation of the people ,nothing can be imposed forcibly.“Much has taken place and enough is enough. Of course, everything has to be done in accordance with the expectation of the people,” Fakhrul told a meeting in the city.Bangladesh Sammilita Peshajibi Parishad, a platform of professional bodies, organised it at Shaheed AKM Siddque Hall in the capital’ s Supreme Court protesting against the false and fictitious cases against the Bangladesh Nationalist Party leaders including BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and acting chairperson Tarique Rahman.At a press conference at Ganabhaban on Wednesday, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said she held meetings with world leaders during the UN general assembly in New York. “The world leaders want to see me in power again,” the prime minister claimed.”Is it possible to stay in power for long if the world leaders want it, but the people of the country don’t?” Fakhrul asked.Mirza Fakhrul urged the prime minister to think positively and facilitate the people to cast their votes by arranging a free and fair election.”Free Khaleda Zia. If you don’t release her, the crisis will emerge in the country that you won’t be able to tackle it,” the BNP leader warned.”Why are you afraid of BNP and the people? Why don’t you want to give a fair election?” Fakhrul asked referring to the prime minister.You have learnt that your popularity has plunged to zero, he observed.He alleged that the ruling Awami League is totally isolated from the people.UNB adds: BNP on Friday alleged that the government is conspiring to hurriedly complete the trial in the cases filed against BNP top leaders ahead of the national election.”There’s no rule of law in the country. We’ve seen what happened to our madam (Khaleda). The same thing is happening regarding the cases filed against our acting chairman Tarique Rahman,” said BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.He further said, “Three dates are being fixed in a week for hearing cases against our standing committee members to expedite the trial proceedings. It means they (govt) are trying to settle everything before the election.”About the national unity, he expressed the hope that they will be able to ensure the fall of the current government by forging the national unity.”We all are trying together to overcome the current situation. We’re working to remove the current dangerous, fascist and despotic government to create a national unity as per the call made by our chairperson Khaleda Zia.”Fakhrul called upon people from all walks of life, including the professionals, to get united for launching a movement to save the country and its independence and sovereignty.
Iran has launched a ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km. Reuters File PhotoIran has “successfully” launched a ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km, a state-media report said on Saturday.State-run Press TV broadcast a footage released by the government of “the successful test-launch” of its new ballistic missile, Khorramshahr, a few hours after it was unveiled during a military parade here on Friday with president Hassan Rouhani and senior military officials in attendance, reports Xinhua news agency.The report said the missile was launched late Friday, without providing further details.The ballistic missile is capable of carrying multiple warheads, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, a senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Division, told the media on Friday.”The missile has become smaller in size (compared to other Iranian ballistic missiles) and more tactical, and it will be operational in the near future,” Hajizadeh said without further elaboration.On Friday, the Iranian armed forces commemorated the 1980-1988 war with Iraq by holding a parade in which Iran’s most advanced military power and abilities are showcased.Iran also displayed other home-made advanced missiles, including ballistic missiles, which are reported to have ranges of 1,300 km to 2,000 km.
Lego Unveils ‘Friends’ 25th Anniversary Central Perk SetThis Tree House Is Lego’s Most Sustainable Set Ever Two years ago, Lego started on a $200 million journey to manufacture more eco-friendly bricks. Three years before that, they had already kicked off another green initiative: a commitment to supporting renewable energy.In 2012, Lego pledged to offset 100% of their worldwide energy consumption through renewable investments. Under the company’s plan, they hoped to achieve that goal by the year 2020. This week, however, they announced some big news. Lego met — and surpassed — their goal three years ahead of schedule.It’s certainly great to see the world’s largest toymaker setting a good example. Last year Lego factories produced more than 75 billion bricks and consumed around 360 gigawatt-hours of electricity in the process.The fact that they managed to offset that usage three years early is an impressive achievement, and it’s one that required involvement in multiple projects. The latest saw the deployment of 32 8.0MW turbines off the coast of Liverpool, England. So far, Lego has helped add more than 160MW of clean energy capacity.Lego will continue supporting the push for clean energy through its involvement in a couple of initiatives. One is the WWF’s Climate Savers, which works with companies to reduce carbon emissions, minimize environmental impact, and ensure a business’ core remains sustainable.The other is RE100, a group of 94 companies that committed to going 100% renewable. Several big names appear on its roster along with the Lego Group, including Apple, Facebook, Google, Ikea, Microsoft, and the beer-making juggernaut AbInbev… who you may remember is working to shift 490-gigawatt hours per year to renewable sources. Stay on target
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Mr Malan says that if there is a slight breeze, the light pole sways from side to side. “If the wind is strong enough, the pole could easily come crashing to the ground or worse than that, injure someone or fall onto a car.”IFP councillor Abbas Warasally has taken the matter further with the municipality to have the broken light pole removed and the cables fixed to the new light pole.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! A light pole has been left hanging from a piece of wire in Club Road, Colenso.The light pole in question was left dangling after a car crashed into it a few months ago.Street resident Mr Malan says the municipality came and put a new light pole next to the damaged one, yet they left the old one and simply tied wire around it.Also read: 2 people injured as Golf hits light pole and overturns on the bypassAlso read: 5 schoolchildren involved in crash as car hits light pole in Ladysmith
Singapore and Virgin Australia link services to provide more to their customersimage source: daylife.com Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines (SIA) have launched the first phase of their alliance, offering reciprocal lounge access to their customers.SIA passengers are able to connect to a range of Australian destinations served by Virgin Australia on one ticket, with terminal transfers, in-flight entertainment and meals included.SIA executive vice president commercial Mak Swee Wah said passengers can now travel to and from all parts of Australia on a single ticket, with full-service comfort on each leg of their journey.“From now customers can experience the first benefits of this landmark agreement with Virgin Australia, in line with our shared plans for a deep and integrated alliance providing seamless service offerings,” Singapore Airlines Mr Mak said.Virgin Australia group executive Merren McArthur said the alliance would also benefit tourism in Australia.“The agreement will make it easier for SIA customers from all over the world to travel through to a range of domestic destinations around Australia and should our proposed alliance receive regulatory approval, we will expand our cooperation to better promote these Australian destinations,” Ms McArthur said.The airlines have jointly lodged an application to the ACCC proposing code-share on each other’s flights, Subject to regulatory approval, customers should be able to experience the full benefits of the alliance later this year.
The tenth consecutive Cruise Down Under (CDU) report has found cruising locally and abroad in the financial year had injected a total output value of AUD $3.16 billion into the economy.The report has revealed this represents a 16 percent increase compared with the 2012 – 2013 financial year.CDU chairman Stephen Bradford, said the current findings showed a surge in cruising over ten years.“Total direct industry expenditure has reached AUD $1.85 billion, increasing by 30 percent per annum from just under AUD $155 million in 2004-05,” Mr Bradford said.“The study revealed a total expenditure by the international cruise shipping industry in Australia in 2013-14 was estimated at AUD $2.1 billion compared to AUD $1.9 billion in 2012-13.”Some of the key growth indicators, compared to ten years’ ago show:– The number of cruise ships visiting has almost doubled from 23 to 45.– Estimated total passenger expenditure has increased by 26 percent per annum from 24,380 to 63,335.– The number of cruise ship visits has grown by 10 percent per annum from 325 to 773.This is the tenth consecutive report from CDU, which is a national and regional independent study, investigating the benefits of the cruise sector to the Australian economy.Source = ETB News: Megan Tran
IATO to hold its biennial elections on April 28A meeting was called on March 26 2018, at the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) office for scrutinising the withdrawal of nominations for the forthcoming IATO Elections to be held on April 28, 2018. Pronab Sarkar (Swagatam Tours) was elected as the President of the IATO un-opposed, second time consecutively. The other unopposed candidates include Vice President – Rajiv Mehra (Uday Tours and Travel), Honorary Treasurer – Ravi Gosain (Erco Travels) and Honorary Joint Secretary – Rajnish Kaistha (Paradise Holidays India).Akshay Kumar will be the Returning Officer for the upcoming IATO Elections 2018. After rejections and withdrawals, the final list of candidates who will contest on April 28 includes – EM Najeeb (Airtravel Enterprises India) and Rajeev Kohli (Creative Travel) for the position of Senior Vice President. For the post of Honorary Secretary, Amaresh Tiwari (A.T. Seasons and Vacations Travel) will be contesting against Rajesh Mudgill (Planet India Travels).For the five posts in the Executive Committee (Active), names comprise Deepak Bhatnagar (Aamantaran Travel Company); Mahender Singh (K.K. Holidays N Vacations); Manoj Kumar Matta (Oriental Vacations and Journeys); P.S. Duggal (Minar Travels India); Raj Bajaj (Adventure World India); Sandeep Madhavan (Pettitts India Tours); Sanjeev Joshi (Tourism India Management Enterprises); Sunil Mishra (Cosmos Travels and Tours); Tony Marwah (Indian Travel Promotion Company) and Viney Tyagi (Uni Crystal Holidays).Alongside, Ashok Dhoot (Harsh Travels); Harish K. Lawania (Lawania Adventures); N.S. Rathor (Pooja Travels); P. Vijayasarathi (Benchmark Hotels); Sunil Gupta (Travel Bureau) and Zia Siddiqui (Alliance Hotels and Resorts) will contest for the three Allied posts in the Executive Committee of IATO.