Addressing the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in Geneva, Mr. Ban said the mid-point progress report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which was released today – contained encouraging messages.“Countries in Africa and elsewhere are demonstrating that rapid and large-scale progress on the MDGs is possible,” Mr. Ban said, referring to the set of eight development objectives which world leaders have agreed to work towards by the target date of 2015.This week’s ECOSOC meeting is focusing on two of the objectives: cutting extreme poverty and hunger in half, and building the global partnership for development.The Secretary-General urged a “strong and sustained effort” towards the targets. “Advancing on these two items is essential for human uplift, and it underpins our entire UN development agenda… Needless to say, millions of lives quite literally hang in the balance.”He called on the leaders of poor States to ensure they have national development strategies in place that focus on job creation, productivity, practical steps for increasing investments in key areas and improving access to markets.But “all of this will simply not occur without adequate financing, much of which has to flow from a strengthened global partnership for development,” the Secretary-General warned, noting that progress towards the Goals has so far been too slow in some countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.Mr. Ban said wealthy nations must keep their promises to eventually spend 0.7 per cent of their gross national product (GNP) on official development assistance (ODA) to poorer countries and “address the disparities in the global trade regime which handcuff so many developing nations.”He stressed the importance of a successful conclusion to the current so-called Doha round of trade negotiations.“Existing trade barriers, agricultural subsidies and restrictive rules on intellectual property rights reinforce global inequities – and they make a mockery of our tall claims to eliminate hunger and poverty from our world.” 2 July 2007The world’s shared goals for fighting poverty and other economic and social ills remain achievable in most countries, but only if political leaders in rich and poor nations take urgent and concerted action, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.
“It was not easy to be a child survivor after the War. I continued to hide. Why? My parents did not take me to the meetings with other survivors to not hurt the feelings of those that lost their children,” Ms. Lavi told the United Nations annual Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, held Wednesday at the world body’s Headquarters in New York.“Even now 73 years after the War, I feel guilty that I survived,” she lamented.Born in Poland, Ms. Lavi was two years old when the War broke out. One day when the Nazis appeared at the door of her home, her mother was desperate and gambled by putting her outside the window. It was winter and minus 20 Celsius, but Ms. Lavi held onto a pipe. It was freezing, but she survived.Now in her 80s, Ms. Lavi said she has often wondered why the God saved her.“Perhaps, he wanted me to do something big. I’m only an ordinary woman. No special achievements. But now I’m here, talking from the United Nations. This is the ‘big something’ that the God planned for me,” she said, noting that after her mother’s passing, she started publicly telling her stories for the sake of the future.Another featured speaker was Thomas Buergenthal, a Holocaust survivor and a retired Judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Professor at George Washington University Law School, in Washington, D.C.He said he belongs to the ever-smaller group of still-living Holocaust survivors.The world lost enormous intellectual, cultural, and scientific riches that would have benefited humanity as a whole, making the Holocaust a human tragedy of catastrophic proportions – Thomas Buergenthal, keynote speaker“We have an ever-more urgent and sacred obligation to ensure that the memories of all victims of the Holocaust be permanently preserved, and to work for a world in which no human being will ever again has to suffer the horrors that this terrible genocide inflicted on them,” he emphasized.Of the six million Jews who were murdered, more than a million were children, he noted.“Think of the physicians, the scientists, the historians, the archeologists, the theologians, the poets, the philosophers, the writers, the engineers, the teachers and other professionals that these children might have become,” he continued, stressing that the world lost enormous intellectual, cultural, and scientific riches that would have benefited humanity as a whole, making the Holocaust “a human tragedy of catastrophic proportions” even without counting the other five million victims.“No nation has a monopoly on goodness or on evil. Under certain circumstances genocide can take place in many of our own countries. That is why we must always be on the alert against this crime,” he said.For his part, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, describing the Holocaust as a “culmination of hostility towards Jews across the millennia” and a “systematic campaign of extermination,” warned against signs that hatred, xenophobia and other types of discrimination exist in today’s world.“Since hatred and contempt of human lives are rampant in our time, we must stand guard against xenophobia every day and everywhere. Across the world, the state of hate is high,” Mr. Guterres told the event.Four days ago, 27 January marked the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.“The gargantuan horror of those 12 years, from 1933 to 1945, reverberates to this day,” Mr. Guterres said. “This annual Day of commemoration is about the past, but also the future; it is about Jews but also all others who find themselves scapegoated and vilified solely because of who they are.”We must not lose sight of what went wrong – UN chief GuterresThe UN chief said that “genocide does not happen in a vacuum” and “the Holocaust was the culmination of hostility toward Jews across the millennia.”“We must not lose sight of what went wrong,” he declared, warning against manifestation of resurgent hatred, such as the march of 60,000 people waving signs reading “White Europe” and “Clean Blood” in one capital two months ago.The ceremony, hosted by Alison Smale, UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, began with a minute of silence in honour of the victims and the survivors of the Holocaust.General Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák said: “We are not here today just to remember the Holocaust. We are also here to remind ourselves of our collective failure to prevent it.”He said that the Holocaust did not happen overnight. “We saw it coming, and we did not stop it.”And, when it was over, a promise was made not to repeat it, “never again.” But, unfortunately, this promise has not always been kept.“No, we have not had another world war. Nor have we seen anything on the scale of the Holocaust. But we have felt tremors in the ground. We have seen red warning flashes lighting,” he said, citing acts of genocide, systematic discrimination, anti-Semitism, racism, intolerance, Islamophobia and hate speech.“Too often we did not have the courage to call things exactly what they are – and to act accordingly,” he said.“So, we need to reflect on our inaction – and, indeed, our failures. But we must also use this occasion to inspire change.”The Permanent Representatives of Israel, Germany and the United States, delivered remarks, and the ceremony include music by the UN Staff Recreation Council Singers and the UN Staff Recreation Council Chamber Music Society. Cantor Joseph Malovany of the Fifth Avenue Synagogue, also recited the memorial prayers.
Small trees, including neem, acacia, moringa, leucaena and moringa, dot the landscape of the Minawao camp where some 56,000 Nigerians have sought shelter from violence in their homeland. They have escaped the terror and brutal treatment meted out by the outlawed Boko Haram extremist group which has been attacking villages along the border with Cameroon for over a decade.As in all refugee camps, life can be tough, but the residents of Minawao told UN News during a visit to the camp in February, that they have been working to plant trees in order to create a greener and more environmentally-friendly camp.“When there are no trees,” explained refugee representative Luka Isaac, “you can’t rest, you have to run around helter-skelter looking for shade in order to relax.”When the refugees started arriving in Minawao in May 2013, some 30 kilometers from the Nigerian border, the local environment bore the full force of their presence. “Most people thought they would be here for just two or three months,”“So, they ripped up trees for firewood and left nothing but sand and rocks,” Luka Isaac told UN News. Luka Isaac, a Nigerian refugee representative in the Minawao camp in Cameroon, stands beneath a tree he planted. UN News/Daniel DickinsonDeforestationThe uprooting of trees in Minawao is a part of a wider problem of deforestation in north-east Cameroon, where the fragile landscape has been degraded by unsustainable cultivation practices and rising temperatures caused by global warming.The arrival of close to 60,000 extra people has also put a huge pressure on a region where natural resources are scarce and desertification is already under way.‘Make Minawao green again’The “Make Minawao green again” project aims to reverse deforestation both in the camp and surrounding villages. The project led by Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and supported by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has so far planted 50,000 trees over a 600 hectare area; it is hoped that an additional 5000 trees will be planted every year. Some are planned in groves, others are located in front of dwellings.The different species of trees have been chosen for a number of reasons, according to LWF’s Luc Pemha. “They are mostly very quick to grow,” he said “When they are mature some can provide firewood, others, like neem, have medicinal properties. We are hoping also in the future to plant fruit trees which will provide food.”Across Minawao camp, the inhabitants are able to find shade and a respite from the midday sun under small trees planted just two years ago. Smaller saplings are protected by netting or the thorny branches of the acacia tree. “The people who live here and in the surrounding villages have seen the difference the trees can make to everyday life,” said Mr. Pemha, “so they respect them and allow them to grow.”UNHCR, which runs the camp, has one eye on the present and one on the future. “It’s important that we create a sustainable environment which benefits both host and refugee communities,” said Fanta Nifaboum, the agency’s deputy chief in Maroua, Cameroon. “And when the refugees ultimately return home, they will leave behind a greener and more developed village.”
Daniel Chi / For The LanternThen-senior outside hitter Mari Hole blocks the ball during a match against Northwestern Nov. 7, 2012, at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.The No. 23 Ohio State women’s volleyball team took home the NIU Invitational championship with a 3-0 victory against Liberty Friday and a pair of 3-2 wins against Green Bay and Northern Illinois Sunday.Junior setter Taylor Sherwin, who dished out a total of 158 assists during the tournament, led the Buckeyes to the wins over Liberty and Green Bay before capping the weekend off with a victory against host Northern Illinois, which marked win No. 300 for Coach Geoff Carlston.Carlston said he was happy to see his team keep their composure in high stress situations, especially in the tournament finale.“We played almost perfect volleyball in the fifth set, with three freshmen on the floor at the same time.” Carlston said.The Buckeye coach said all of the freshmen contributed during the tournament, but he was particularly impressed with the play of outside hitter Kylie Randall, who made her collegiate debut against Northern Illinois.“She’s (going to) be an incredible player,” Carlston said. “Her first eight swings in college were kills, eight swings, eight kills, no errors.”Randall said in an email she could feel the intensity of the situation but found her comfort level with help from Sherwin.“I settled in when Taylor Sherwin looked at me and said be ready (to) go,” Randall said. “Then I knew it was time to make an impact.”Randall finished the finale second on the team with 18 kills and senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary led the team with a career-high 26 kills.Sherwin said via email that she did not realize she had put out an MVP caliber performance until after the tournament wrapped up, but she wanted to give credit to Randall and the other attackers.“That’s what matters most to me,” she said. “For me to be able to put them in the best situations.”While Sherwin and company put on an impressive display, Carlston said he recognizes that there is room for improvement.“We put in a new offensive system about a week ago,” Carlston said. “We just (have to) keep building on that.”Leary experienced some problems in the new offense, picking up 16 errors against Green Bay.“I wasn’t making good shot selections and adjustments throughout that whole game,” Leary said in an email. “But it motivated me to redeem myself in the next game.”She certainly stepped up in the finale against Northern Illinois, adding 22 digs to her career-high kill total.“I was very happy to see 22 digs on the stat sheet,” Leary said. “It shows the improvement in an area I needed and have been working on.”Beyond Leary’s performance, senior libero Davionna DiSalvatore said the team’s defense was strong throughout the tournament.“Everyone did a really great job taking care of the tips, rolls and back row attacks,” DiSalvatore said in an email.While the team performed well in both facets of the game, they still found time to honor their coach’s milestone, even though Carlston said he was not aware that it had been his 300th win.He said the players had noisemakers waiting in the locker room after the match.OSU returns to Columbus for an exhibition match against the Polish National Team at St. John Arena at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.
It’s early morning in Athens, less than 24 hours after one of Greece’s darkest days in recent times, and the mood on my northern suburb high street is sombre. The morning papers at the periptero remind passers by, as if they needed reminding, of yesterday’s shameful events in central Athens. What is clear is that the vast majority of the peaceful demonstrators who took to the streets of Athens yesterday, and will do again, feel themselves to be sacrificial pawns in the after-tremors of the Global Financial Crisis, victims of the speculators, and the mismanagement of others.“Arson aimed to kill” runs the headline of Eleftherotypia. “The abyss and the responsibility” declares the bold text on Ta Nea’s front page. A single word on the cover of the Expresso tabloid suffices – “Tragedy”. The kiosk’s owner shrugs his shoulders when I ask him how he feels about what happened downtown. “It’s difficult times for Greece”, is all he is prepared to share with me, as Athenians head for work. Public transport will run today, unlike the last two days of paralysing strikes. Others I’ve spoken to here are sad but also angry; asking how Greeks can kill their own, in a protest about a situation way beyond Greece’s own control. What is clear is that the vast majority of the peaceful demonstrators who took to the streets of Athens yesterday, and will do again, feel themselves to be sacrificial pawns in the after-tremors of the Global Financial Crisis, victims of the speculators, and the mismanagement of others. They feel the austerity measures are misconstrued, and do not target those guilty of having taken Greece to the economic precipice. Once again, extremists, bent on violent confrontation infiltrated the crowds, ‘cover’, for their intentions to attack any symbol of authority and the capitalist state; the parliament, the nearest policeman, and a bank in Stadiou avenue.Reaction to yesterday’s deadly violence came swiftly from Greece’s political opposition parties. New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras spoke of the country experiencing “critical moments”, while expressing his grief and condolences for the victims of “fanaticism and blind violence.” Samaras reminded the Greek people that “the country has passed through worst times, and we must remain calm.” In another show of national disunity and posturing, ND, the major opposition party vowed that they would abstain from the crucial parliamentary vote on new austerity measures which takes place today. Their position is irrelevant, as the government has the seats to get the vote through anyway.From the extreme Left and Right, condolences and expressions of grief were mixed with unsavoury political point-scoring. Communist Party leader Aleka Papariga was quick to blame “provocations” by ultra-rightist elements, who she claimed tried to storm the parliament. Alexis Tsipras leader of the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) when condemning the violence, added his party’s ideological polemic. “We will not fall into the trap of dissension that is being set up against us. Every progressive citizen must expect such attacks, and we are ready to confront them now, when it has become clear who is favoured by the political-economic system that is reaching a dead end.” From the extreme Right, Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) leader George Karatzaferis pleaded for self-restraint. “Now, not only is our economy threatened, but our republic and constitution as well. Some people are banking on chaos, and today they received a bloody down-payment.” Such invective is hardly helpful.Prime Minister Papandreou has promised that the perpetrators of yesterday’s atrocity will be identified and stand trial. He has called on all parliamentary parties “not to hide behind the decisions to save the country.” Some hope. Already making political capital out of the situation, opposition statements ludicrously declare the Pasok government “a dictatorial regime” and that the constitution itself has been “insubordinated”. Poisoning the political atmosphere with such irresponsible remarks is nothing new in Greece. It does of course, do no more than fan the flames. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
KUSI Newsroom, December 19, 2018 World famous sculpture unveiling at Balboa Park 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- A new sculpture unveiled at the San Diego Art Museum in Balboa Park. The sculpture is called Rain Mountain ad is made by artist Isamu Noguchi and was originally donated to the art museum in 2012.Due to conservation issues the artwork’s unveil was delayed until today.KUSI’s Allie Wagner was at Balboa Park this morning to learn more. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: December 19, 2018
As part of its efforts to attract more foreign investments, the government is reportedly contemplating to allow 49 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in the insurance sector via automatic route.Currently, insurance companies are permitted to accept FDI up to 26 percent without the consent of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB). But to raise FDI to 49 percent, they need to get approval from the FIPB.The government may raise the FDI limit for the sector via automatic route in the upcoming budget in a bid to improve ease of doing business also, sources told Press Trust of India.”If IRDAI is looking at the proposal, the RBI too is looking at and the management is in the hands of Indian then the government may do away with the FIPB approval route,” the sources said.About 10 FDI proposals, including those related to that of ICICI Prudential Life, ICICI Lombard General Insurance and Aviva Life Insurance, are awaiting clearance at various stages currently.At present, there are 52 insurance companies in India, with 24 of them running life insurance business and the remaining operating in the general insurance segment.Last week, a PTI report said that the government was planning to hike the FDI limit in state-owned banks to 49 percent from the existing 20 percent. Last year, the government had allowed the foreign banks in the country to seek FDI up to 74 percent.India witnessed a massive growth in FDI inflows in December last year. The country saw FDI inflows surge by 114 percent to about $4.5 billion (roughly Rs 30,440 crore) in December 2015, compared to December 2014’s $2.16 billion.Overall, FDI flows to India went up by 48 percent in the June-December period in 2015 against the corresponding period in 2014, according to the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP).
The Election Commission on Friday started the distribution of smart national identity (NID) cards in 27 districts of the country, reports UNB.Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda opened the distribution process through video conferencing from the Nirbachan Bhaban at Agargaon in the capital.Deputy commissioners and district election officers from eight districts – Gopalganj, Bogra, Patuakhali, Cox’s Bazar, Noakhali, Pabna, Gaibandha and Netrakona– joined the video conference.In the last month, the EC decided to complete the distribution of smart NID cards across the country by December 2018 with a view to providing all voters with the cards before the next general election.The EC earlier started the distribution of smart NID cards in the areas of the country’s 11 city corporations after launching the distribution process in October 2016. The areas where the distribution of the machine readable cards was opened on Friday are Kurigram Sadar upazila, Lalmonirhat Sadar, Panchagarh Sadar, Gaibandha Sadar, Nilphamari Sadar, Dinajpur Sadar, Thakurgaon Sadar, Bogra Sadar, Joypurhat Sadar, Pabna Sadar, Meherpur Sadar, Bagerhat Sadar, Narail Sadar, Pirojpur Sadar, Patuakhali Sadar, Jhalakathi Sadar, Barguna Sadar, Tungipara of Gopalganj, Shariatpur Sadar, Netrakona Sadar, Habiganj Sadar, Sunamganj Sadar, Noakhali Sadar, Bandarban Sadar, Khagrachhari Sadar, Cox’s Bazar Sadar, and Rangamati Sadar.
The end of January is always tough. Most people get paid early in December meaning up to 6 weeks before the next lot of cash gets deposited in their bank accounts. But the end is near and this week a lot of people get paid. Sony has decided to take advantage of that fact by having a pretty good sale on PSN.Starting today, 11 critically acclaimed games are being offered at 50% off their usual price. The games include:Costume Quest – $7.49 sale price; $14.99 regular priceDeathspank Thongs of Virtue – $7.49 sale price; $14.99 regular priceHoard – $7.49 sale price; $14.99 regular priceSoldner-X2: Final Prototype – $6.49 sale price; $12.99 regular priceMotorStorm 3D Rift – $4.99 sale price; $9.99 regular pricePeggle – $4.99 sale price; $9.99 regular priceSpace Invaders Infinity Gene – $4.99 sale price; $9.99 regular priceSwords and Soliders – $4.99 sale price; $9.99 regular priceTumble – $4.99 sale price; $9.99 regular priceComet Crash – $4.99 sale price; $9.99 regular priceShatter – $3.99 sale price; $7.99 regular priceThere should be something for everyone in that list except the avid PSN game purchaser who probably has them all already.There’s no need to rush deciding what games you want to buy at the temporary lower price, Sony is running the sale until January 31.Read more at PlayStation.Blog
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You’ll also find us on Instagram here . 20:24Reports of a cow loose on the M6“There’s a cow running free on the road between M6 junc 16 southbound and the Talke turn off on the a500! I saw it about 15 minutes ago, not an awful lot I could do, I’ve reported it to the police on 101.”19:24Slow traffic and partially blocked due to accident, two vehicles involved on A50 Westbound between A518 Derby Road (Racecourse roundabout) and B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef roundabout).The accident is reported to have happened at around 18:45 and is on the roundabout near to the McDonalds. 17:23Reports of slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and Stafford Services.The matrix signs are showing that there is a stranded vehicle along this stretch, however there are no official reports of any lane closures as yet. Stafford Services is located between J15 and J14. 16:20Slow traffic and traffic heavier than normal on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and Stafford Services.Traffic is slower than usual along this stretch, awaiting further details as to the possible cause. Stafford Services is located between J15 and J14. 16:20A5007 Uttoxeter Road partially blocked due to building fire at Sandgate Street. Traffic is coping well.The road was fully blocked, however traffic can now pass the scene. 16:19A51 London Road in both directions closed due to spillage between Yew Tree Lane and Candle Lane.Road is closed outside Bridgemere Garden World to clean up spilled paint from a lorry. 16:19One lane closed and heavy traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North) and J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent).Lane one (of three) is closed.15:50Nantwich paint job…A main road near Nantwich will be shut for several hours this afternoon after a lorry spilt paint.Nantwich Police says it happened at about 15:20 on the A51 London Road at Bridgemere Garden World.It’s expected to take two hours to clean up.15:06Queueing traffic and one lane closed due to broken down vehicle on A50 Eastbound between A50 / Upper Normacot Road and A50 / A520 Sandon Road (Meir Tunnel Interchange), congestion to A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout).One lane is closed heading away from Stoke towards Meir. 14:48One lane of the A50 closed One lane of the A50 is closed due to broken down coach Westbound between A522 (Uttoxeter / Upper Tean) and A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycot). 14:14Road closed after multi-vehicle accidentEmergency services are currently responding to a multi-vehicle road traffic collision on the A34, Queensville, near to Queen’s Retail Park in Stafford. A road closure is in place, so please avoid the area if possible. 13:50Biker from North Staffordshire killed in crashPolice are appealing for dashcam footage after a 58-year-old biker died in a two-vehicle smash.The motorcyclist, from Newcastle, was riding on the A530, Middlewich Road, in Alvaston, near Nantwich, when he collided with a blue Mazda 5.Read the full story here.12:46M6 CheshireOne lane is blocked and traffic is heavy on the M6 southbound at junction 18, Middlewich and Holmes Chapel. Lane one, of three, is blocked within the roadworks area.12:25Uttoxeter Road, LongtonA5007 Uttoxeter Road partially blocked due to building fire at Sandgate Street. Traffic is coping well. The road was fully blocked however traffic can now pass the scene.12:16Crewe Green RoadReports of traffic on Crewe Green Road eastbound before the roadworks at the Crewe Green Roundabout.12:04A34 Congleton Road, CongletonTemporary traffic lights on A34 Congleton Road in both directions between Moss Lane and Walfield Avenue.Creation of new road layout to facilitate new housing estates. Until June 26.11:25Live: Latest cases from North Staffordshire Justice Centre as they happenDozens of defendants are due to appear at North Staffordshire Justice Centre today – and StokeonTrentLive has a reporter in court to capture all of the action.There are five courts operating at the Newcastle courtroom – and the cases start from 10am.Today’s cases include parents accused of not sending their children to school, an OAP charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a cow, a suspected rogue landlord, and a Hanley shopkeeper accused of selling counterfeit fags.Follow our live blog, below, with all of the latest updates.11:24A52 Werrington Road, BucknallA52 Werrington Road Westbound clear before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 11:13A34 AstburyTraffic returned to normal on A34 Newcastle Road Northbound between Fol Hollow and Lower Heath Avenue.10:53Three hit by trainThree people have been killed after they were hit by a train south of London this morning. British Transport Police were called to Loughborough Junction in Brixton shortly after 7.30am. 10:46Live: Major Stoke-on-Trent roundabout expected to remain closed all dayA major roundabout is set to remain closed for the rest of the day and one person has been taken to hospital following a collision.The Heron Cross roundabout, just off the A50 near Fenton , is expected to remain closed for most of the day following an incident at around 9am this morning.Police officers revealed the road is likely to need resurfacing due to the amount of fuel that has been spilt onto the highway.Read more.10:37A34 Congleton Delays and queueing traffic on A34 Lower Heath in both directions at A536 Macclesfield Road, congestion on A34 Newcastle Road to The Village and on A534 to Sandy Lane. In the roadworks area. 10:23Trains diverted due to damaged overhead wiresRail users are facing delays in Cheshire because of damage to the overhead electric wires.Passengers travelling between Crewe and Wilmslow using the Arriva Trains Wales, Northern, Virgin, and CrossCountry services could have to divert through Stoke-on-Trent.While some passengers will be diverted other services may just be cancelled entirely or replacement buses could be offered.Read more.10:15Virgin West CoastService suspended on Virgin Trains West Coast between Wilmslow and Crewe due to overhead line problems at Holmes Chapel. Trains may divert via Stoke-on-Trent.09:58Biddulph to Brindley FordWe’re getting reports of slow traffic on A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 09:45Crosscountry TrainsServices at a stand due to overhead line problems on CrossCountry between Wilmslow and Crewe. 09:42Baths Road, LongtonSlow traffic due to A50 problems on Baths Road Eastbound between A5005 / A50 / Foley Road (Longton / Blurton) and A5005 The Strand / A50 Times Square. 09:29Overturned lorry in FentonA major roundabout is ‘partially closed’ because a collision caused a lorry to overturn leaving one person trapped in the cab.Read the full story here.09:09City road cordoned off due to fire in abandoned flatsParts of a major road have been cordoned off this morning as firefighters tackle a blaze is a disused block of flats.A ection of Uttoxeter Road, in Longton, is closed because of a building fire at Sandgate Street.Originally two crews were called to the scene shortly after 7.30am but the fire has now been extinguished and an investigation is underway into the cause of the blaze.Traffic monitoring company INRIX reports that Uttoxeter Road is closed but traffic is coping well.Read more.09:05Fire in LongtonWe are getting reports that Uttoxeter Road, in Longton, is closed this morning because of a building fire at Sandgate Street.We will bring you more as we get it. 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TEGUCIGALPA – The Honduran Supreme Court ruled against a plan to build a series of “model cities,” each with their own independent tax and justice systems, similar to those in Hong Kong.The 15-judge panel voted 13-2 to reject the proposals, claiming that legislation permitting the creation of specialized development zones was outside the jurisdiction of Honduran law, and the project would unconstitutionally involve the creation of a state within the state.Supporters of the project said that the court’s decision was a massive blow to Honduras’ ongoing effort to attract more international investment.Originally, the model cites initiative was authorized by the Honduran Congress in January 2011 during a controversy over control of regional territory. A U.S.-based investment group was expected to put up some $15 million to start the project.The cities were to be located at Puerto Castilla on the Caribbean coast. The idea was that the cities would have their own government, judicial system and police forces. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Top Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober According to CNN, the images were captured Sunday but were not released until Wednesday.China’s State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense announced the discovery, including images of what it said were “three suspected floating objects and their sizes.”The flight has been missing since Saturday, when it disappeared from radar after departing Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. PHOENIX — A satellite may have found a missing Malaysian Air flight.The photo first emerged on Twitter about 1:40 p.m. Arizona time on Wednesday. It purportedly shows the plane in the South China Sea.#MH370 Chinese satellite images released pic.twitter.com/zlvMui5n5u— Badladsplace (@badladsplace) March 12, 2014 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Authorities had earlier said the plane, which took off at 12:20 a.m. and was headed to Beijing, may have attempted to turn back to Kuala Lumpur, but they expressed surprise that it would do so without informing ground control.The search for the plane was initially focused on waters between the eastern coast of Malaysia and Vietnam, the position where aviation authorities last tracked it. No trace of the plane, which was carrying 239 people, has been found by than 40 planes and ships from at least 10 nations searching the area.Earlier Tuesday, Malaysia Airlines said in a statement that search and rescue teams had expanded their scope to the Malacca Strait. An earlier statement said the western coast of Malaysia was “now the focus,” but the airline subsequently said that phrase was an oversight. It didn’t elaborate. Civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the search remained “on both sides” of the country. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Comments Share 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Residents in and around Ladysmith are up-in-arms because they don’t have electricity today (December 9), and it’s not because of load-shedding. Last night’s heavy rain and flash flooding caused damage to electricity transformers around town, and technicians are out and about today in an attempt to locate and fix all the problems. For this reason, people will find that their power might go off as electricians work on these problems.Some areas in Acaciavale were left without electricity last night after the load-shedding. The power did eventually come back on, as technicians managed to fix the problem.Affected areas included Acaciavale, Circle Road and Steadville.Municipal technicians are currently in the process of fixing the power supply in these areas.Be aware that certain areas will have no power due to these repairs.
Ranking: Best and Worst Presidents by Homeownership Rate May 8, 2015 513 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News Federal Housing Administration President Homeownership Rate ValueWalk 2015-05-08 Staff Writer There are many metrics by which to judge the current administration against those of the past. This week, ValueWalk ranked the ‘best’ and ‘worst’ presidents as judged by their homeownership rates.Making ValueWalk’s ‘best’ list were Presidents Clinton, Johnson (Lydon), and Carter who saw homeownership expand during their presidencies by 5.1 percent, just over 1.1 percent, and just under 1.1. percent, respectively.ValueWalk ranks President Obama as one of the worst presidents when it comes to homeownership numbers, followed by President Regan. ValueWalk notes that both presidents inherited their homeownership woes from the previous administrations, but weren’t able to turn the numbers around in their own terms. During the current Obama administration homeownership has dipped by 5.3 percent, while Regan saw a decline of 2.7 percent.At the beginning of the year, the Obama administration announced they were reducing FHA mortgage insurance premiums by 0.5 percentage points to make mortgages more accessible to credit worthy families. In a fact sheet detailing the move, the Office of the Press Secretary addressed many of the challenges the president has faced in regards to the housing market since he took office. “When President Obama took office, our housing market was in free-fall, and rising unemployment and plunging house prices posed numerous challenges for families and the broader economy. The President took immediate action to stabilize the housing market and protect the middle class. These steps helped millions of middle class families stay in their homes, save money on their mortgages, and turn their communities around,” the fact sheet stated.In addition to lowering FHA mortgage insurance premiums; the fact sheet also highlighted other initiatives by the Administration to improve homeownership, such as building on successful federal mortgage assistance programs, which the fact sheet cited as having helped more than 8 million borrowers. Share
The Christmas season has officially begun at the Radisson Blu Resort Fiji with the tree lighting ceremony held on Monday. The event was celebrated with guests, resort staff and the local community to mark and welcome the festive season.The annual event signifies the start of festivities at the resort with an exciting programme leading up to Christmas and New Year. Gift wrapping stations will be available for guests, photo with Santa booths, Christmas movie nights and Santa’s elves will also deliver cookies and milk on the eve of Christmas for a special touch.With the theme ‘Christmas in Paradise’ the hotel is focusing on keeping meals traditional with a tropical infusion. As part of the hotels 12 days of Christmas promotion there will be daily specials from all restaurant outlets and signature Christmas cocktails available throughout the festive season.“Christmas is a very special time for the hotel as we welcome families who choose to spend their holidays with Radisson Blu Fiji Family. We have organized our Christmas programme to create special memories and moments for all our guests,” says Charles Homsy, General Manager at the Radisson Blu Resort Fiji.About Radisson Hotel GroupRadisson Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel companies and includes 1,440 hotels in operation and under development with more than 230,000 rooms and a footprint spanning 115 countries and territories.The Radisson Hotel Group portfolio includes a powerful set of global brands: Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson RED, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inn & Suites® by Radisson.Guests can benefit from Radisson Rewards, a program that redefines hotel rewards with a collection of exceptional benefits, services, and privileges at more than 1,000 hotels worldwide. Over 95,000 people are employed in Radisson Hotel Group hotel systems and the company is headquartered in Minneapolis, Singapore, and Brussels. For more information, www.radissonhotelgroup.com and follow on Twitter @radissongroup[Source: Radisson Blu press release,05th December 2018]The post Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Lights Up for the Festive Season appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog
Photo Source: @Lemnos Philema The Lemnos Philema festival will be held at the Apothiki cultural venue at the port of Mirina in the western part of the island.The Greek Travel Pages (GTP) is a media partner of the 3rd Lemnos Philema Gastronomy & Wine Festival. 51sharesHome > Industry sectors > Culinary > Lemnos’ Gastronomy and Wines on the Menu of 3rd Philema FestivalThe northern Aegean island of Lemnos, during July 26-28, will host the 3rd Philema Gastronomy & Wine Festival, an annual event that promotes local tastes and products.Lemnos Philema will once again host local producers, restaurants and gastronomy experts who will introduce visitors to the island’s gastronomy wealth through hospitality and the sense of philema, which in Greek means “offering guests a treat”.The three-day event will feature Lemnos’ signature products such as pasta, cheeses, pastries, crackers, wines, kavourmas, legumes, flour, nuts, herbs, olive oil, wine and more.The festival will also offer its visitors the “Lemnos Philema Menu”, which is curated especially for the occasion and will be available at selected restaurants around the island.On July 26 Lemnos Philema will host the “Herbal Alchemy” workshop, which will offer useful information on the island’s aromatic plants and herbs that can be found on Greek vineyards.The festival will conclude on Sunday, July 27, with a lineup of live cooking and cocktail sessions.
Go back to the e-newsletterOh to be in Paris in springtime… and all I want is to see the Eiffel Tower. A charming Cambodian drove the Peninsula-green BMW up to the main door of The Peninsula Paris; a page girl in pristine white was among the smiling meeters-and-greeters. A short while later I was in the hotel’s seventh-floor rooftop restaurant, looking out at a life-size white plane hanging in infinity. This is a replica of the unique L’Oiseau Blanc, the bi-plane in which WWI aces François Coli and Charles Nungesser disappeared while attempting – on 9 May 1927 – to fly the Atlantic before Lindbergh. The copy was made for The Peninsula’s aviation-loving Chairman The Hon Sir Michael Kadoorie by the English firm Gateguards.I started my L’Oiseau Blanc dinner with an onsen egg. Cooked at 63 degrees for 45 minutes, and covered with smoked eel, celery and apple it was totally delicious, especially with a glass of La Vieilles Vignes Meursault 2015 Vincent Girardin. We looked out at the Eiffel Tower, and, true to form, at every new hour it twinkles from top to bottom and back again. No wonder this 40-seat restaurant, where chef Christophe Roux holds court, is packed every lunch and dinner.I always feel at home in a Peninsula hotel. Everything works. Interior signage means it is impossible to get lost and in the room’s electronic signs are in one’s natural language. End suite 310 looked down at the glass-topped terrace embraced by the C-shaped main building: I looked along Rue Kléber to the Arc de Triomphe. The suite was extremely comfortable, with masses of space. I had remarked on arrival that the handle of my beloved Porsche Design Rimowa wheelie ‘est malade‘. No problem, said GM Katja Henke, let us take it to the Rimowa hospital. So I emptied everything out, a bellman collected it, and a concierge returned the rejuvenated item two hours later – well done not only Rimowa but also Peninsula.This is a hotel for style-lovers, those who appreciate Henry Leung’s plush interiors and the gorgeous pool. History buffs understand the appeal of staying where George Gershwin wrote An American In Paris – in 1928, on commission from the New York Philharmonic – and where, in 1973, Henry Kissinger, then the US National Security Advisor, signed the Paris Peace Accord.This is also a hotel for families. An exclusive agreement with Walt Disney means kids can have breakfast in the Walt Disney Store on nearby Champs-Élysées. Doubtless, their parents will buy a few souvenirs at that time (you can also stay in the hotel’s Disney-themed bedroom, which comes with suitable costumes, giant soft toys, confetti and more).What an blessing it was, for posterity and for the continuing appeal of Paris as a top tourism destination for the luxury traveller, that the great and good of the past built such magnificent private residences – each one, as it seems to us today, bigger and better than its neighbours. In 1896 Prince Roland Bonaparte built just such a grand palace on Avenue D’Iéna. He probably needed to show his status: grandson of Napoleon I’s brother, Lucien Bonaparte, he was married to the daughter of the founder of Monaco’s Société des Bains de Mer (SBM), François Blanc. This is the building that opened in 2010 as the luxury Shangri-La Hotel, Paris.Its public rooms are glorious and the main staircase must have seen many elegant and important people walking up and down in past years. Today, with updated architecture by Richard Martinet and interiors by Pierre-Yves Rochon, 60% of the 91 bedrooms have views of the Eiffel Tower, only a few 100 yards away. Hotel GM Guy Bertaud, the Parisien who, after years working abroad, is now back home, says you can lie on some beds and look straight out at the Paris ‘logo’.Sadly, there was only time for a quick lunch, which this hotel does splendidly in its more casual La Bauhinia, named after the orchid on the national flag of Hong Kong, headquarters of the Shangri-La group. The menu is by Christophe Moret, who also oversees the more-elaborate L’Abeille, which has two Michelin stars – here, his lunch menu includes such dishes as green asparagus from Haute Provence, with three balls of Maltaise condiment, which I find out later is hollandaise with blood orange juice, and it is divine. I go on to a really healthy dish of seabass, enormous fish on a big plate of spinach, with tiny cubes of tomato flesh and slivers of mushroom, and feel fit to face the afternoon. Oh, the glory of Paris in the springtime!Mary Gostelow travels over 300 days a year, doing one-night stands in top hotels around the world. Read her daily travelogue, www.girlahead.comGo back to the e-newsletter
OlderTikTok launches UK-focused travel campaign Air France-KLM Group has signed a memorandum of understanding for 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft to modernise its fleet. The planes are intended to be operated by Air France and will replace the outgoing fleet of Airbus A318 and Airbus A319 planes, of which Air France has a total of 51.“The acquisition of these brand new A220-300s aligns perfectly with Air France-KLM’s overall fleet modernisation and harmonisation strategy,” said Benjamin Smith, chief executive of the Air France-KLM Group. “This aircraft demonstrates optimum operational and economic efficiency and enables us to further improve our environment footprint thanks to the A220’s low fuel consumption and reduced emissions. “It is also perfectly adapted to our domestic and European network and will enable Air France to operate more efficiently on its short and medium-haul routes.”The A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market. It brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer at least 20 per cent lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft. ADVERTISEMENTAir France currently operates a fleet of 144 Airbus aircraft.“It is an honour for Airbus that Air France, a long-standing valued customer, has endorsed our latest family member, the A220, for its fleet renewal plans,” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus chief executive.“We are committed to supporting Air France with our A220 by bringing the latest technologies, efficiency levels, and environment benefits. “We are delighted to embark on this partnership, and we are looking forward to seeing the A220 flying in the Air France colours.”With an order book of 551 aircraft as of end of June, the A220 has all the credentials to win the lion’s share of the 100-to-150-seat aircraft market, estimated to represent 7,000 aircraft over the next 20 years.Airbus A380As part of a wider fleet simplification, Air France also announced plans to retire its ten Airbus A380s by 2022.Previously the airline had planned to phase out three of the planes in the next few years, but keep the rest. Now the flag-carrier will phase them all out in the next few years. Of the seven additional planes being retired, five are owned by the company, and two are leased. NewerBartlett appoints new tourism safety chief in Jamaica
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