Parties to Western Sahara dispute commit to further UNbacked talks

12 February 2010The parties in the dispute over the status of Western Sahara have wrapped up two days of United Nations-backed talks in upstate New York by reiterating their commitment to continue their negotiations as soon as possible. “The proposals of the two parties were again presented and discussed. By the end of the meeting, neither party had accepted the proposal of the other as the sole basis of future negotiations,” the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, said in a statement last night. However, the discussions were held in “an atmosphere of serious engagement, frankness, and mutual respect,” added Mr. Ross, at whose invitation the delegations from Morocco and the Frente Polisario met.The discussions that began on 10 February are the second round of informal talks held in accordance with Security Council Resolution 1871. The resolution called on the parties to continue the dialogue under the auspices of the Secretary-General without preconditions to achieve “a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.”Delegations from the neighbouring States, Algeria and Mauritania, were also present at the opening and closing sessions and were consulted separately during the discussions. “The parties reiterated their commitment to continue their negotiations as soon as possible,” stated Mr. Ross, who intends to travel to the region to consult further with the parties and other stakeholders.Fighting broke out between Morocco and the Frente Polisario after Spanish colonial administration of Western Sahara ended in 1976. Morocco has presented a plan for autonomy while the position of the Frente Polisario is that the territory’s final status should be decided in a referendum on self-determination that includes independence as an option.A UN mission, known as MINURSO, has been entrusted with monitoring the ceasefire reached in September 1991 and organizing a referendum on self-determination. read more

Up from the ashes

DELHI – Foresters in southern Ontario are not ready to give up on ash trees just yet.The Forest Gene Conservation Association (FGCA) has asked woodlot owners to report the rare ash trees that survived the passage of the emerald ash borer several years ago.The goal is to collect seed for the eventual regeneration of ash in southern Ontario and other areas the pest devastated.“That would count as a best practice,” Norfolk County arborist Adam Biddle said this week at the annual general meeting of the Norfolk Woodlot Owners Association in Delhi.“Any time you’re faced with the extinction of a tree species, the best thing to do is try to preserve the genetics.”Working in partnership with the Canadian Forest Service’s National Tree Seed Centre, FGCA has collected seed in southern Ontario from trees that withstood the ash borer onslaught.Foresters have found that blue ash stood up well while green and black ash showed little tolerance. White ash has come down in the middle, with trees surviving for a few years before succumbing to larval infestations.Ash researchers have discovered some interesting anomalies in recent months.They’ve noted that the ash borer had little effect on ash trees planted next to eastern white cedar hedges. They suspect this has something to do with shared root systems and the possibility of transferred biochemical immunity.Other ash trees are believed to have survived because they were well-attended by woodpeckers. The birds penetrate the bark of trees and eat the insects and larvae beneath.FGCA has collected seed in Cambridge, London, Newbury, Chatham-Kent, Point Pelee and Pelee Island.The association is interested in locating ash survivors in Norfolk and Haldimand counties. Researchers want to preserve as much genetic diversity as possible.Researchers are especially interested in locating black ash and pumpkin ash. These are likely to be found in wet, swampy areas.“We did not expect to collect seed or find many trees, but we did,” Melissa Spearing, FGCA’s seed program co-ordinator, said in a recent report to the Norfolk Woodlot Owners Association.“Observant landowners and managers who had not pre-emptively cut all their natural stands have allowed the rare five in 10,000 green and black ash a chance to show their true colours.”Seed collected so far has been sent to the National Tree Seed Centre for evaluation. Germination tests will follow. Under climate-controlled conditions, these seeds can be stored for up to 50 years.This is not the first time science has been used to bring trees back from the brink.Elm trees are making a comeback nearly 70 years after Dutch elm disease devastated the North American population.As well, the Canadian Chestnut Council has worked diligently in recent years to collect and combine the genetics of American chestnut trees that are resistant to chestnut blight.Based on what he has seen to date, Ron Casier of St. Thomas, chair of the chestnut council, is optimistic this majestic tree will eventually return to the Carolinian zone in all its former glory.“We have very high hopes,” Casier said at the Delhi event. “We have found resistance among our native trees.”The loss of tree species can have profound ecological impacts. Casier says 11 species – mostly insects – have become extinct since blight attacked the American chestnut population more than 100 years ago.Ruffed grouse also declined because chestnuts are a key part of the birds’ diet. This in turn caused a drop in the goshawk population – raptors that rely on grouse as a primary prey species.The emerald ash borer is native to Asia. Foresters suspect it was accidentally introduced to North America in shipping crates and skids about 30 years ago.Ash borer has since devastated ash stands in the north-east part of the continent. The pest is lethal because it has no natural checks in this part of the world. The hope is the insect disappears once it runs out of ash read more

UNs top human rights official urges action to combat Islamaphobia

“Islamic communities need to become more active in countering ignorance through offering positive information on Islam and Islamic beliefs,” High Commissioner Mary Robinson told a symposium convened by the Organization of the Islamic Conference in Geneva. “Prejudice and misperception feed on ignorance and this needs to be confronted, especially through the mass media, with the truth,” she added, calling for individual Muslims to play their part in this process.Mrs. Robinson pointed out that the world’s Muslims – comprising over 20 per cent of all people on Earth – come from a diverse range of cultures and geographical areas. “It is important to recognize the greatness of Islam, its civilizations and its immense contribution to the richness of the human experience, not only through profound belief and theology but also through the sciences, literature and art,” she said.“No one can deny that at its core Islam is entirely consonant with the principle of fundamental human rights, including human dignity, tolerance, solidarity and equality,” the High Commissioner declared. “No one can deny, from a historical perspective, the revolutionary force that is Islam, which bestowed rights upon women and children long before similar recognition was afforded in other civilizations.”She also paid tribute to the “acceptance of the universality of human rights by Islamic States,” commending their contributions to the drafting of international human rights treaties. Mrs. Robinson, who had just returned to Geneva from a tour of several Arab countries and Afghanistan, said she was “very conscious of the worsening situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel” and called on the leaders there to respect international human rights and humanitarian law.“I repeat what the Secretary General [Kofi Annan] has urged, that all parties must recognize that security and a political settlement are indivisible,” she said. read more

Security Council welcomes ceasefire in power struggle in northeast DR of Congo

In a statement read out during a formal meeting by its current President, Ambassador Munir Akram of Pakistan, the Security Council condemned the recent “unacceptable” spate of violence, human rights violations and other atrocities in and around Bunia, and welcomed Mr. Annan’s efforts to address the situation, including options for sending an emergency international force. Council members encouraged the Secretary-General to complete consultations to that end as a matter of urgency, and demanded that all Congolese parties and the regional States involved in the ongoing conflict refrain from any action that could undermine the possible deployment of such an international force.While welcoming the ceasefire reached by the parties in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and calling on them to fully implement its provisions, the Council nevertheless called on all parties in the region to end all support to armed groups and refrain from any action that might compromise the return to peace in Ituri. The signatories to the ceasefire included President Joseph Kabila, representatives of the democratically elected Ituri Pacification Commission (IPC) – which rival militia and tribal groups agreed to set up late last month to manage the region until a new post-war national government takes over – and leaders of the various armed groups who have been fighting for control of the region’s administrative capital, Bunia.”[The Council] demands that all hostilities in Ituri cease immediately,” Ambassador Akram said, adding that the members expressed concern for the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in Bunia and demanded that all parties grant unimpeded access for humanitarian aid and guarantee the safety and security of humanitarian personnel. “It also calls on the donor community to continue to support the humanitarian organizations,” he added.Along with condemning the recent killings in Bunia, the Council also condemned the attacks against the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) and internally displaced persons who had sought refuge at the MONUC premises, and reiterated that there would be no impunity for such acts and that the perpetrators would be held accountable. read more

Rogers Communications hires German telecom veteran to head its consumer business

TORONTO – Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B) is hiring a senior executive of Germany’s largest telecommunications company to be president of the company’s consumer business unit.The appointment of Dirk Woessner, who has been responsible for the equivalent of C$25 billion in sales at Deutsche Telecom, becomes effective April 6.At Rogers, Woessner will be responsible for product development and sales operations for the company’s consumer business, which includes its national wireless network and cable TV distribution services in Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.It also has an extensive media business, including ownership of the Toronto Blue Jays and Canadian broadcast rights to NHL games.He’ll report to chief executive Guy Laurence, who headed Vodaphone UK until he was hired for the top position at Rogers in late 2013.Since then, Laurence has embarked on a number of initiatives at Rogers, one of Canada’s three dominant wireless carriers.Under a strategy announced last May, the company’s consumer business unit was headed on an interim basis by Rob Bruce, who agreed to remain through a transitional period. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 19, 2015 11:15 am MDT Rogers Communications hires German telecom veteran to head its consumer business read more

Parliamentarians directly called to take action on global issues by UN chief

‘Tests’ of cooperationMr. Guterres listed some current and growing major “tests” for international cooperation: climate change, migration, growing populism and nationalism, and emerging new technologies often described as the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”. “It’s time to show people that multilateralism can deliver,” he stated, highlighting the need to understand “why large sectors of the population in different parts of the world today feel abandoned”. Citing the many recent “good news” that prove the benefits of multilateralism and the UN – such as the recent peace deals in the Central African Republic and Yemen, the massive amounts of humanitarian aid delivered in 2018, UN reform, and recent global agreements on climate action and migration – he appealed to the parliamentarians in the room: “We need to show that politics is a noble undertaking and not merely the pursuit of power. And we need to demonstrate that our ideas, policies and programs aim at solving their problems.”Increasing collective ambition for 2019With the aim of achieving “even more in 2019,” the UN Secretary-General said he will be convening a Climate Summit in September “to mobilize action, partnerships, financing and, above all, ambition”.Regarding new technologies, the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation is expected to report in the months ahead on how best to harness the benefits of new technologies and artificial intelligence while safeguarding against the risks.In meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, safe and orderly migration, and women empowerment, he highlighted the “critical role” played by parliaments in defining good governance, ensuring oversight, building partnerships and allocating funding.As a strategy and global plan of action is in the works for the prevention of genocides, the UN is also continuing to work to “prevent, mediate and resolve conflicts” and “tackle the rise of hate speech, xenophobia and the poisonous views that are penetrating political debates”.“In all of these endeavours, I ask for your support, as the legislative branches of your governments, as political leaders in your countries, and as partners in advancing these common global goals,” concluded Mr. Guterres. “As a former parliamentarian, I have felt the heavy responsibility of representing people and trying to advance their aspirations,” said UN Secretary-General Guterres, who was elected to the Portuguese Parliament seven times, and served as Prime Minister for the country for over six years.“Parliaments can be bastions of democracy, and crucial links between the national and the global. Through legislation and spending decisions, parliamentarians can contribute significantly to the Sustainable Development Goals, (SDGs)” he told members of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the 130-year-old an organization that works in partnership with the UN  to enhance accountability and ensure parliamentarians are involved in global decisions. The Secretary-General, who was elected to parliament at 26, lamented that “parliaments are still largely a sphere dominated by older men,” noting that “the world needs more women parliamentarians, and more young parliamentarians”.It is our duty in parliaments and in the UN to re-establish trust – UN chief GuterresThe paradoxes and challenges of our timeHe went on to highlight the main paradoxes the world faces today, namely: the fact that issues are more and more connected but that responses remain fragmented; a growing but slowing economy; the advances enabled by globalization and technological progress, which are also responsible for increased inequality.  “People, sectors and regions are being left behind – creating a sense of frustration,” he noted. “This in turn has been a factor in reducing trust in governments, in political establishments, and in international organizations.”“It is our duty in parliaments and in the UN to re-establish trust,” Mr. Guterres stated, delivering his remarks alongside UN General Assembly President, Maria Fernanda Espinosa.Warning against the dangers of multipolarity, which he described as “a factor of equilibrium”, but “not a guarantee of peace and security”, he said the world needs a “networked” and “inclusive multilateralism”.  “I am deeply convinced that there is no other way to deal with global challenges than with global responses, organized in a multilateral way,” he explained, saying this should include close cooperation with and among inter-governmental institutions such as the World Bank, the African Union, the Arab League and others, but also with the business community, civil society, academia, and parliaments. read more

Fish and chip shops urged to serve standard sized portions

first_img“Secondly, it’s about choice. By offering a greater selection of sizes, shops can potentially open themselves up to increased business from lunch time trade and by upselling to single smaller portions, rather than a larger shared portion.”Standardising portion sizes is also expected to cut waste, improve profits and provide clearer nutrition information, said the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).Rob Clayton, of the AHDB, said: “A key finding of the research was that one in three people said a greater range of portion sizes would encourage them to eat fish and chips more often.”That’s more than 17 million people across the UK.”Couple this with the fact that 45 per cent of people would order smaller portions to cut their calorie intake and there is a huge marketplace for outlets to encourage health conscious consumers through their doors.”In October wholesaler JJ food Service called for smaller portion sizes to cut obesity levels in Britain. Fish and chip shops are being urged to serve portions in standard sizes in a new campaign to cut obesity.Research released on Wednesday found a huge difference in portion sizes at 600 fish and chip shops across the UK.Currently a medium portion of cod varies from 93g to 562g and a medium portion of chips varies from 100g to 797g.But the average price of fish and chips varies by only 34 per cent around the country. Fochabers Fish Bar owner Darren Boothroyd Under industry recommendations, a medium or regular portion of fish would weigh 170g while chips would be 284g.Tom Pickerell, technical director at industry body Seafish, said standard portion sizes had two main benefits.He said: “Firstly by standardising portion sizes across the industry, consumers will know what to expect when ordering their selected portion size, wherever they are in the UK.center_img Fochabers Fish Bar owner Darren Boothroyd 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

British Airways introduces boarding without passports as it installs facial recognition at

first_img 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. British Airways is introducing technology that will allow passengers to go through boarding gates at Heathrow using facial recognition.Biometric devices in Terminal 5 will capture a traveller’s features along with the boarding pass, and then a facial scan at the gate verifies the person’s identity, allowing them to get on the plane without showing documents, BA said in a letter to staff.The system is designed to speed up boarding and reduce errors, it said. Three gates are now using the equipment, with another 33 planned in the coming months. The system will be used initially only for domestic routes, before being extended to international flights.BA already operates self-service luggage check-in desks at both Heathrow and Gatwick as part of moves to improve the passenger experience.Troy Warfield, director of customer experience at BA, said the new self-boarding gates and self-serve bag drop points were ways to invest in what customers “value most”. The Telegraph reported this week that British passengers flying home from some countries in the Middle East and North Africa will no longer be able to take laptops, tablets and other electronic devices on board in their hand luggage. Instead, anyone flying from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia will have to put electronic devices in their hold luggage, despite concerns they could be stolen or damaged. British Airways is one of the airlines affected. last_img read more

Photographer loses battle with Wikipedia over this amazing monkey selfie

first_imgWHEN A MACAQUE monkey presses the shutter button on a camera, and the result is the most phenomenal selfie you’re ever likely to see – who owns the rights to it?This is the question at the heart of an ongoing dispute between British photographer David Slater and Wikipedia, which took a turn today when the Wikimedia Foundation issued its latest Transparency Report. A photographer left his camera unattended in a national park in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Source: David Slater/Wikimedia CommonsWikimedia Commons is where users and content-producers upload photos and other media which is not governed by copyright, or whose copyright has expired.Slater had argued that, while it was the monkey that physically took the snapshots, he set it up, the camera was his, and therefore he owned the copyright on them.The photographer summed up Wikipedia’s argument as being, “If the monkey took it, it owns copyright, not me,” and the story has been widely reported as an assertion by Wikipedia that the macaque monkey is the sole copyright holder.However, Wikipedia’s stated rationale for refusing to delete the images is that no one has copyright over them, because no human being took them. We didn’t agree, so we denied the request. The pictures were featured in an online newspaper article and eventually posted to Commons. We received a takedown request from the photographer, claiming that he owned the copyright to the photographs. A female crested black macaque monkey got a hold of the camera and took a series of pictures, including some self-portraits. Whatever your own view is, we could be set for an intriguing legal fight, with Slater telling the Daily Telegraph that it’s not up to Wikipedia alone to decide who owns copyright on what. “It needs a court to decide that,” he said.One of the images has already been nominated for deletion from Wikipedia since their ruling today, on the following grounds:Monkeys with machines? It starts like this……it goes on to this…And it ends like this…Read: Google starts removing search results under ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling>This Cork village has the best Wikipedia entry in Ireland>last_img read more

Almost one in 10 Irish women wear their seatbelt underarm to avoid

first_img Share489 Tweet Email1 Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 12:13 PM 80 Comments Feb 22nd 2017, 12:13 PM By Cianan Brennan Almost one in 10 Irish women wear their seatbelt underarm to avoid ruining fake tan A new study from the RSA shows that nearly one in three women wear their seatbelt incorrectly. 25,543 Views Source: RSA Ireland/YouTubeA NEW SURVEY of Irish female drivers has found that nearly a third of women are wearing their car seatbelt incorrectly.The study (which can be viewed here), taken by Behaviour and Attitudes on behalf of the Road Safety Authority (RSA), polled 300 Irish women aged between 17 and 34 on their driving habits.The resulting figures are eye-opening:28% of those asked admitted to wearing their seatbelt underarm, rising to 35% among younger drivers53% said that their friends wear their seatbelt underarmOf those wearing their seatbelt in that manner, 49% said they did so to relieve neck tension and 47% do so for general comfort9% of those asked said they did so to protect their fake tan, while 7% do so to protect their clothes23% of those asked do not always wear a seatbelt as a rear passenger Short URL The survey forms part of a new RSA online campaign targeting women who wear their seatbelts incorrectly. Source: RSAClick here to view a larger imageDoing so can lead to “horrific” injuries according to the RSA.“Whether for comfort or vanity, many women choose to wear their seatbelts under the arm, instead of over the shoulder, which exposes them to terrible injuries and even death in the event of a crash,” said Moyagh Murdock, chief executive of the RSA.Placing the shoulder strap of the seatbelt under their arm leaves your upper torso — including your neck, face and head – completely unrestrained during a collision. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article My message to anyone who wears their seatbelt under their arm is simple – wear your seatbelt correctly.Read: Man found dead after incident at truck stop in CorkRead: Not so vegan: Happy Pear pesto batches recalled for containing egglast_img read more

Wounds still open Bali bombing survivor opens her heart

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram October 12 marked the anniversary of one of the most shocking and violent acts of islamic terrorism; the Bali Bombing that destroyed two nightclubs packed with tourists on the island’s popular Kuta Beach, leaving 202 people dead and 209 injured. Maria Kotronakis is one of the people who survived the terrible event. Her sisters and cousins were not so lucky. Both her twin sister, Dimmy and her six years older one, Elizabeth, were among the 88 Australians killed by the bombing, as were their two cousins, Christine Betmalik and Louiza Zervos.In an interview with ‘NewsCorp Media, Maria Kotronakis admitted that not a day passes without her thinking of her sisters and cousins (of which she often writes on Facebook, describing them as “my sisters, my angels, my everything” and saying “if only you were both here”). Each year, the anniversary renders her “anxious, moody and short-temper”, as she relives the terror, but this year anniversary has been especially difficult.  After several years of trying to heal the wounds and move on with her life, she is on the right track, having met her soulmate, Steve Konitsas. However, the couple’s plan to get married have been put on hold, as Maria’s mother, Vicky, is ill with terminal cancer. “We have no date because my mum is ill. They haven’t said how long, but she doesn’t want us to get married before she passes,” Maria said. “She told us she wants to see my sisters [Dimmy and Elizabeth] up there and she doesn’t want us to mourn, or worry. She has been scared of what is going to happen to me and my dad.”Her parents, Vicky and Peter, a truck driver, had met as children in Greece’s Peloponnese region, emigrated to Australia and married in 1966 in Sydney. When their daughters were born, the family moved to Blacktown. The sisters were very close, so that it was natural that they followed Maria to her honeymoon in Bali, after she got married. It was a migraine that prevented Maria from joining the others for a night out. She stayed at the hotel, while her sisters and cousins headed to the Sari Club, popular among Australian tourists, outside of which was a van containing a bomb, put by Jemaah Islamiah, an al-Qaeda group. 25 people were held responsible for the attacks.  At their homes, police found copies of speeches by Osama bin Laden, and Abu Bakar Bashir, the radical Indonesian Muslim cleric and head of Jamaal Islamiah. Six years after the event, three of the bombers were executed. Maria has no compassion for the perpetrators of this terrible act, saving her sympathy for the victims of crime and terror. She still remembers the devastating return home without her sisters and cousins and how she had to wait for their remains to be identified and returned back to Australia. Her sisters’ graves are at Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney, where Peter Kotronakis visits regularly to keep their candles burning in the Greek Orthodox tradition. But Maria prefers to go to Bali to honour their memory.  ”I don’t go very often because I don’t feel they are there. My sisters died in Bali. A piece of them will always be there,” she said. last_img read more

Présentation Apple découvrez les caractéristiques de liPad 2

first_imgPrésentation Apple : découvrez les caractéristiques de l’iPad 2L’iPad 2 a été présenté ce mercredi à San Francisco avec une innovation de taille : la présence de deux caméras. Deux fois plus puissant, il possède pourtant la même autonomie que son prédécesseur.L’iPad 2 en France, c’est pour le 25 mars. L’annonce a été faite ce mercredi à l’occasion de la présentation de la nouvelle tablette tactile d’Apple. Outre la présence de Steve Jobs, l’assistance attendait les caractéristiques du successeur de l’iPad.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Équipé d’un processeur double-cœur deux fois plus rapide, il est également neuf fois plus rapide graphiquement, tout en gardant la même autonomie que son prédécesseur (10 heures). Comme prévu, il est doté de deux caméras, une devant, une derrière. En revanche, il n’y pas de sortie directe HDMI, mais un câble/adaptateur pour 39 dollars. Le bouton du dessus peut lui se programmer. Ainsi, il peut servir à couper le son ou bloquer l’orientation de l’écran. La nouvelle tablette d’Apple peut également servir de HotSpot WiFi. L’iPad 2 plus fin qu’un iPhone 4 Côté esthétique, l’iPad 2 est plus fin, 8,8 mm contre 13,4 mm pour la première version, soit moins qu’un iPhone 4, et plus léger d’environ 10%. Il est disponible en noir et blanc dans trois versions, 16, 32, et 64 GB, pour un prix compris entre 499 et 829 dollars. Accessoire intéressant, une housse protectrice qu’il est possible de rouler pour servir de pied sera disponible dans de nombreux coloris. Elle aura la faculté de nettoyer l’écran. L’iPad 2 est donc une évolution de l’iPad. Plus léger et plus fin tout en étant plus puissant et en gardant la même autonomie, il reste toutefois une véritable prouesse. Disponible d’ici trois semaines en France, la tablette tactile sera en vente aux États-Unis dès le 11 mars prochain. Le 2 mars 2011 à 20:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

High speed chase ends badly for criminals one dead in police gunfire

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#carchaseendwithonesuspectdead, #magneticmedianews, #PolicehighspeedcarchaseinNassau Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 25, 2017 – Nassau – Police may have uncovered a stolen car ring after a high speed car chase in Nassau led to a criminal suspect being killed by police gunfire.  It is described as a brazen day time shoot out and when the dust settled, it was the criminal trio who reportedly opened fire first, which had two of its men taken down by the Royal Bahamas Police Force.Senior ACP Stephen Dean reported to media that the chase ended with a standoff when the suspects, despite warnings to stop, turned their guns onto approaching Police.  The Senior Assistant Commissioner explained that their officers are trained for this kind of confrontation and were able to take control of the situation.Officer Dean said this was also a demonstration to the public and the criminals that Police are not afraid to fight for the safety and security of The Bahamas.  The car chase happened off Carmichael Road in Prides Estates, Nassau.One man was killed, another critically wounded, the third is in custody.  In that vehicle were found stolen license plates, and the plate on the suspect car was also stolen said Police.#MagneticMediaNews#carchaseendwithonesuspectdead#PolicehighspeedcarchaseinNassaulast_img read more

The Morning Press A review of the weeks news

first_imgA look back at some of this week’s top stories:I-5 Bridge listed as ‘fracture critical’Both spans of the Interstate 5 Bridge over the Columbia River are considered “fracture critical” by the Oregon Department of Transportation, meaning if one crucial part of the bridge sustains a big enough blow, the bridge could collapse.It’s a designation the bridge shares with many bridges in both Oregon and Washington, as well as the I-5 Skagit River Bridge that collapsed Thursday evening. The Oregon Department of Transportation, which is tasked with maintaining the I-5 Bridge between Portland and Vancouver, has released a fact sheet about Oregon’s bridges following Thursday’s nonfatal bridge collapse.In it, the I-5 Columbia River bridge is categorized as a bridge without safety redundancies or backups that would prevent it from collapsing if part of a bridge truss is damaged or removed.“If one of the fracture-critical pieces is somehow taken out, removed or fails in some way, the whole bridge could collapse,” Oregon transportation spokesman Don Hamilton said Tuesday. He declined to specify where the bridge would need to be damaged in order to collapse, because he didn’t want to make the bridge’s weak spots public.Read the full story here.County officials oppose fee waiverFour Clark County elected officials say they are dubious of Clark County commissioners’ proposed plan to expand cuts to county development fees.last_img read more

Legal and General boosts staff fitness through stairclimbing challenge

first_imgLegal and General has boosted physical activity among its workforce through a stair-climbing scheme.In October 2015, 142 employees across the organisation formed into 39 teams to take part in the World Towers stair climbing challenge, conducted in partnership with StepJockey. Over 31 days, staff climbed the equivalent height of eight of the world’s tallest buildings, making 8,000 stair journeys and taking a total of 728,748 steps.This is the second stair-climbing challenge that Legal and General employees have participated in. In February 2014, staff climbed the equivalent height of Everest, burning over 107,947 calories. The challenge increased stair use at the organisation by 3,710%.As part of the stair-climbing scheme, Legal and General installed smart signs at six of its sites to encourage staff to take the stairs rather than the lift. The scheme uses contactless technology and gamification principles that enable employees to set goals and track their progress.In addition to the increase in stair-climbing, the challenges have helped to boost communication and networking among employees at the organisation.Alyson Bowcott, the Legal and General executive in charge of the project, said: “People in the teams would often have lunch together, so it’s been a really good way of encouraging bonding.“The more naturally athletic ones encourage the others to do more, so it’s a nice way to get people working together positively and having a bit of fun.”last_img read more

Second Special Session Set To End Today

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The second special session of the 31st Alaska Legislature will end Tuesday with no further legislative action. Any decision on a third special session also rests in the hands of the governor. The governor told reporters last month he is uninterested in discussing a change until a $3,000 dividend is paid this year. Lawmakers have approved a $1,600 dividend. That bill sits on the governor’s desk. Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen) said that unless something major happens with the vetoes from the governor he doesn’t expect a third special session. The Alaska House of Representatives and Alaska Senate have canceled scheduled meetings for Tuesday making it the end of the second special session. Its 30-day limit is at midnight Wednesday morning.center_img Leaders of the state Legislature sent a letter to the governor last week urging him to call a third special session to study the Permanent Fund and the dividend. The letter was sent from Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, and House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, I-Dillingham on July 31: “Among our discussions in the legislature is the future use of the earnings of the Alaska Permanent Fund and the need to consider policy issues relevant to the long-term sustainability of the Fund and the PFD.”last_img read more

Son sentenced to 10 years for killing mother in fit of rage

first_imgBALURGHAT: A man, accused of killing his mother, has been sentenced to ten years of jail by a Fast Track court in Islampur of North Dinajpur on Tuesday.Goutam Dutta was awarded the jail term and a fine of Rs 10,000 was imposed on him by the judge of Fast Track (II) court, Arun Rai.An additional jail term of one year has also been imposed on the accused if the fine is not paid.According to the prosecution, the incident occurred on December 11, 2014 while Dutta hailing from Islampur’s Collegepara area was involved in a scuffle with his mother Parbati Dutta and in a fit of anger she was hit by an iron rod on her head. She died on the spot. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA police complaint was lodged by the victim’s daughter at Islampur police station. Police initiated a case against Dutta and arrested him later on the basis of the complaint.Police investigation also revealed Dutta’s direct involvement in killing his mother. Prima-facie report also proved it. The process of filing charge sheet by the cops, trial before the court and sentencing were completed after four years.On Tuesday, Dutta was sentenced to the punishment.last_img read more

US Topical Pain Relief Market is Estimated to Grasp 3730 Million

first_imgThe U.S. Topical Pain Relief market was valued at $2,324 million in 2017, and is projected to reach $3,730 million in 2025, registering a CAGR of 6.0% from 2018 to 2025.Upsurge in prevalence of arthritis, rise in demand for topical pain relief products from sportspeople, and fewer side effects as compared to oral medicines drive the growth in the U.S. topical pain relief market. However, side effects such as skin irritation and unpleasant odor of the products restrain the market growth. On the other hand, emergence of online pharmacy present new opportunities in the industry.Request Sample Report at: segment to maintain its dominance during the forecast periodOn the basis of formulation, the cream segment held the major share in 2017, accounting for nearly two-fifths of the total market share, and is expected to maintain its dominance during the forecast period. This is attributed to help in offering long-lasting comfort and quick pain relief without irritating or burning skin along with lack of risk of side effects and prevention of intake of oral narcotics. However, the patch segment would grow at the highest CAGR of 7.6% from 2018 to 2025, owing to uniform plasma drug concentrations and controlled absorption provided by patches along with rise in preference to relieve minor to severe pain.Non-opioids segment to be lucrative by 2025Based on therapeutic class, the non-opioids segment accounted for nearly three-fourths of the total share in 2017 and is expected to contribute its lion’s share by 2025. Moreover, this segment is expected to register the highest CAGR of 6.2% during the forecast period, 2018–2025. It is a lucrative segment due to preference over the opioid drugs to treat mild to moderate pain and lesser side effects in comparison to opioids. The research also analyzes the opioids segment.Pharmacies & drug stores segment to continue its leadership status by 2025Based on distribution channels, the pharmacies & drug stores segment dominated the market share, with nearly fourth-fifths of the total revenue in 2017, and is expected to continue its leadership status by 2025. This is due to ease in availability of a diverse set of drugs and services at different outlets. On the other hand, the e-commerce segment would register the highest growth rate, with a CAGR of 8.7% from 2018 to 2025, owing to significant rise in digital literacy among the population, fewer expenses, enhanced convenience, and ease in access to patient reviews.Have any Query? Ask our Research Experts: market playersLeading market players analyzed in the market include Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline Plc., Novartis AG, Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc., Pfizer Inc., Topical BioMedics, Inc., Sanofi S.A., Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., AdvaCare Pharma, and Nestle S.A.About Us:Allied Market Research (AMR) is a full-service market research and business consulting wing of Allied Analytics LLP based in Portland, Oregon. Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions.” AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.We are in professional corporate relations with various companies and this helps us in digging out market data that helps us generate accurate research data tables and confirms utmost accuracy in our market forecasting. Each and every data presented in the reports published by us is extracted through primary interviews with top officials from leading companies of domain concerned. Our secondary data procurement methodology includes deep online and offline research and discussion with knowledgeable professionals and analysts in the industry.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesUSA/Canada (Toll Free):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1(855)550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Hot off the press Globus family of brands 2019 Religious Travel brochure

first_img Posted by Tags: Christianity, Globus Hot off the press: Globus family of brands’ 2019 Religious Travel brochure Tuesday, July 17, 2018 Travelweek Group center_img Share TORONTO — Globus family of brands is keeping the faith with the launch of its 2019 Religious Travel brochure, featuring a total of 10 tours that explore the roots of Christianity.Offered by both Globus and its value-brand cousin Cosmos, the escorted tours are available throughout Europe, including Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and Ireland, as well as to Israel and Jordan. Cosmos has three new tours: the week-long ‘Shrines of Alpine Europe’, the nine-day ‘Shrines of Northern Italy & Rome’, and the 14-day ‘Shrines of Italy’.Tours range from six to 20 days, with many that include masses geared toward Roman Catholic travellers. Cosmos’ ‘Biblical Israel’ tour, meanwhile, caters specifically to Protestants.The company also features 14 itineraries plus one Avalon Waterways European river cruise to the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany, taking place in 2020.“We are the only mainstream tour operator to have a faith-based division,” said Stéphanie Bishop, managing director for the Globus family of brands in Canada. Bishop also adds that when planning its religious itineraries, the company takes “enormous effort” to create a balance between faith and fun. For example, a tour may include a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi as well as a private boat excursion in Venice.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckWhile Globus tours feature VIP access to attractions and behind-the-scenes local experiences, Cosmos has the popular guaranteed share program whereby the company will match solo travellers of the same sex in order to save them the single supplement. There’s also the new CosmosGO app, which helps clients make the most of their free time while in destination.Discounted rates are available for groups as small as eight. The company can also customize groups for as few as 20 travellers. New this year, Globus is able to make any of its itineraries private for two to 24 passengers.As extra incentive, the company’s Early Booking Bonus program includes up to 10% off. Clients can book any 2019 Globus Europe (excluding Escapes by Globus and 2020 Oberammergau tours) by Nov. 27, 2018 to receive the discount. With Cosmos, bookings must be made by Oct. 23, 2018 to receive a savings of $50 per person.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerFor more details go to << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more