BEIJING — President Xi Jinping has promised to promote high financial standards for China’s Belt and Road infrastructure-building initiative as Beijing tries to dispel complaints the multibillion-dollar project leaves developing countries with too much debt.Xi avoided mentioning debt complaints in a speech Friday at the opening of a forum to celebrate his signature foreign initiative. But he said Beijing wants “open, green and clean co-operation” with “zero tolerance for corruption.”Developing countries welcome the initiative to expand trade by building roads, ports and other facilities across Asia and Africa to Europe. But high costs have prompted complaints some are falling into a “debt trap.”Chinese officials reject such complaints and issued guidelines this week for assessing debt risks to Belt and Road borrowers.The Associated Press
The report says that the main causes of food insecurity in the occupied Palestinian territories are “rooted in the military and administrative measures imposed by the Israeli occupation – closure regime, permits, destruction of assets – as well as settlement expansion and derived infrastructure multiplication – access to land and water and the construction of bypass roads.”“The agricultural sector in the Gaza Strip is close to collapse, as no exports are allowed, and there is a total unavailability of fertilizer, pesticides and other crucial inputs,” according to the report, released yesterday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).The UN agencies also report that soaring food prices, falling incomes and growing unemployment are all jeopardizing the livelihoods of Palestinians, leading to heavy debt and changes in family eating habits.“Palestinians are eating less. Many parents reduce their intake to allow for their children to eat. Half the surveyed population have decreased their spending on food, 89 per cent reduced the quality of food they buy while 75 per cent reduced the quantity since January 2008 and almost all people have reduced their consumption of fresh fruit, vegetables and animal protein to save money. Very few Palestinians now eat fresh [red] meat.”More than a third of breadwinners in the Gaza Strip are unemployed, while 27 per cent are without work in the West Bank, the report notes.“The agriculture sector urgently needs to be strengthened to increase local food productions and create vital income and employment opportunities for the struggling population,” said Luigi Damiani, the FAO’s Senior Project Coordinator in Jerusalem.Rising fuel and commodity prices are also making it more difficult to deliver aid.“It is becoming extraordinarily difficult to cover the growing needs of the Palestinian people,” said Christine van Niewenhuyse, WFP Representative in the occupied Palestinian territories, adding that donor contributions have declined recently. “As more people are pushed into hunger and food insecurity, we fear people’s health and welfare could sharply deteriorate.”The report notes that in the past year the price of wheat flour has risen by 73 per cent in the West Bank and 68 per cent in the Gaza Strip, while a third of Palestinians have seen a fall in their income, with the poor being hit by a 40 per cent drop.Farmers in the Gaza Strip have faced three major shocks in recent months, the report says: the complete closure of the Strip by Israel, a late frost and an ongoing drought.The report paints a picture of an increasingly dependent population. Some 59 per cent of households now rely on credit to buy food, even as the availability of informal credit is drying up. In addition, 76 per cent of households in Gaza have received some type of cash or in-kind aid in the past three months, with higher levels of coverage for refugees, while 23 per cent of households have been assisted in the West Bank.“The economic downturn results in a much greater need for food assistance, while the severe closure regime makes it harder for us to deliver our services,” Karen AbuZayd, Commissioner-General of URNWA, said. “Palestine refugees are facing triple threats – higher prices, greater aid dependency and more restrictions.”The report concludes that “there is little scope for action other than that of a humanitarian-emergency nature to solve food insecurity, until the political dimension is resolved.” 19 June 2008Nearly 40 per cent of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank do not have access to sufficient food, a rise of four per cent from 2006, according to a joint report issued by three United Nations agencies.
The new cabinet took oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today.In all, 29 cabinet Ministers were appointed today. Accordingly, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed as the Minister of National Polices, Economic Affairs, Resettlement & Rehabilitation, Northern Province Development, Vocational Training & Skills Development & Youth Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera was appointed as the Minister of Finance and Mass Media, (Mrs.) Thalatha Athukorala: Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms, Rishad Bathiudeen: Minister of Industry & Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons & Co-operative Development, John Amaratunga: Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife & Christian Religious Affairs, Malik Samarawickrama: Minister of Development Strategies, International Trade and Science, Technology and Research, Daya Gamage: Minister of Labour, Trade Union Relations, and Social Empowerment, Mano Ganesan: Minister of National Integration, Official Languages, Social Progress and Hindu Religious Affairs, Harin Fernando: Minister of Telecommunication, Digital Infrastructure, Foreign Employment and Sports, Sagala Ratnayaka: Minister of Ports & Shipping and Southern Development, Abdul Haleem Mohamed Hasheem: Minister of Postal Services & Muslim Religious Affairs, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam: Minister of Education, Pelisge Harrison: Minister of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affairs, Livestock Development, Irrigation and Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development, (Mrs) Chadrani Bandara: Minister of Women & Child Affairs and Dry Zone Development, U. Palani Thigambaram: Minister of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure & Community Development, Eranjan Navin Dissanayake: Minister of Plantation Industries, Patali Champika Ranawaka: Minister of Megapolis & Western Development, Vajira Abeywardena: Minister of Internal and Home Affairs and Provincial Councils and Local Government, Ravi Karunanayake: Minister of Power, Energy and Enterprise Development, Rajitha Senaratne: Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Arjuna Ranatunga: Minister of Transport & Civil Aviation, Sajith Premadasa: Minister of Housing Construction and Cultural Affairs, Gayantha Karunatilake: Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms, Ranjith Maddumabandara: Minister of Public Administration & Disaster Management, Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Kabir: Minister of Highways, Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development, Lakshman Kiriella: Minister of Public Enterprise, Kandyan Heritage & Kandy Development, Gamini Jayawickrama Perera: Minister of Buddhasasana & Wayamba Development, Thilak Janaka Marapana: Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ibathul Rauff Hakeem: Minister of City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education. CLICK HERE FOR PICTURES
The new unit in Sierra Leone was set up in line with an understanding between UNAIDS (the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS) and the Department for Peacekeeping Operations. It aims to sensitize peacekeepers and civilian UN staff, as well as the communities in their deployment area, the mission said in a statement issued today in Freetown.In East Timor, the UN transitional administration (UNTAET) said it was establishing an all-Timorese working group to deal with sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS. The group, whose 12 members will be formally nominated tomorrow in Dili, will be composed of representatives from non-governmental organizations, the Church, women’s groups and medical associations. The role of the new working group will be to advise the UN mission and the future East Timorese government on prevention and care of sexually transmitted diseases.
“[I]t is not possible to restore security and stability without a resumption of political activity leading towards a just settlement and of economic activity leading to an improvement of living conditions,” he notes, reiterating his call for implementation of the recommendations of the fact-finding committee led by former United States Senator George Mitchell. The report provides details on the re-orientation of UN assistance efforts since the crisis broke out last September. “Development-oriented initiatives became extremely difficult to implement in the context of violence and lack of freedom of movement while, at the same time, the immediate needs on the ground called for a rapid response,” Mr. Annan notes. In response, UN agencies worked to meet the urgent needs of the Palestinian people, who “found every aspect of their lives disrupted.”Stressing the heightened need for increased activities and services provided by the UN and other organizations in the occupied Palestinian territory, the Secretary-General calls upon the international community to support aid programmes, especially the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which provides “vital services” to hundreds of thousands of people. “The dramatic deterioration of the economic and the humanitarian situation in the occupied Palestinian territory highlights the urgent need to find a peaceful solution of the ongoing crisis,” writes the Secretary-General. He strongly urges the parties to end the current cycle of violence and to resume a meaningful political process on the basis of UN resolutions, leading to lasting peace and reconciliation.Meanwhile, the Secretary-General today reacted positively to the recent statement by the G-8 countries (the seven most industrialized States and Russia) concerning a third party monitoring mechanism in the Middle East. “I think now that they have come up with that recommendation, we need to work at it and try to see when and how we implement it,” he observed.Mr. Annan also said the international community, particularly the countries that made the statement at the G-8 summit meeting in Genoa, should be involved in that effort. “I think we all have to pool our efforts to try and calm the situation on the ground and move forward,” he stressed.
“All developing countries, regardless of size or level of development, have accumulated capacities and experiences that can be shared,” the United Nations chief told a high-level discussion on South-South cooperation, the term used to describe relations between developing countries, which he co-hosted together with Chinese President Xi Jinping.“South-South cooperation will play a key role in the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals,” he said, a day after the General Assembly adopted the blueprint to wipe out extreme poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years.Noting that China has lifted millions of people from extreme poverty and is a leader in advancing South-South cooperation, Mr. Ban said that countries from the South have become key drivers of global growth.“The fact that many of the MDGs have been met is largely due to the leadership, strong focus and contributions of developing countries,” he went on, referring to the previous 15-year Millennium Development Goals adopted by a UN summit in 2000.Outlining the full spectrum of South-South cooperation, he highlighted trade and foreign resource transfers, infrastructure financing, remittances, foreign direct investment, technology transfer and capacity development to regional integration. He also cited agricultural and rural development programmes connecting farmers to markets, building rural infrastructure, strengthening collective bargaining power for smallholder farmers and improving access to finance and extensive services. “These programmes contribute to greater agricultural productivity and reductions in poverty, hunger and malnutrition,” Mr. Ban stressed at the discussion, held on the margins of the three-day summit on sustainable development at UN Headquarters.“Replicating and adapting these examples through South-South and triangular cooperation can provide cost-effective and replicable solutions to the challenges faced by many developing countries,” he added, pledging the full commitment of the entire UN system to help developing countries achieve the 2030 Agenda.
NEW YORK — Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold sat out team drills for a second straight day of practice, increasing the likelihood he’ll sit out against New England on Sunday.Darnold strained his right foot against Miami on Nov. 4 and didn’t play the following week against Buffalo. Josh McCown will start in Darnold’s place again if the youngster is unable to play.Darnold showed some progress Wednesday when he was in uniform for the first time since the injury, but didn’t throw passes in individual or team drills. It was the same situation Thursday when the Jets practiced indoors because of temperatures in New Jersey dropping into the low-20s.Safety Marcus Maye (shoulder/thumb), left guard James Carpenter (shoulder), linebacker Brandon Copeland (elbow) and wide receiver Robby Anderson (ankle) also sat out a second straight day. Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (ankle) was limited again.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLDennis Waszak Jr., The Associated Press
It was one of the biggest moments in Cleveland sports history. (Seriously!) LeBron James’ first game back as a member of the Cavaliers, wearing that familiar No. 23 jersey. James returned with great fanfare Thursday night, leading his new teammates onto the floor against the New York Knicks. Those same Knicks were fresh off being routed by the Chicago Bulls in their 2014-15 season debut, and the Cavaliers — expected to be the best team in the Eastern Conference (not just by us, either) — were at home, in front of one of the most fired-up crowds imaginable.Piece of cake for the Cavs, right?Not quite. After a hot start (they led the Knicks by 11 early in the second quarter), Cleveland struggled to make shots and to keep New York from doing the same, eventually losing 95-90 in a game they were favored to win by 13.It’s only one game, the first of 82 in what is effectively the longest regular-season in sports. But it’s fair to ask what went wrong, and what it means for the Cavs.In the game, Cleveland had an offensive rating (points scored per 100 possessions) of 108.3 and a defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions) of 114.3. Just as a point of comparison, last season’s Knicks scored 109.3 points per 100 possessions and allowed 110.6, but the Real Plus Minus (RPM) ratings of New York’s roster this season would imply a decline of 2 points per 100 possessions on offense from last season, and a decline of 1.5 points/100 on defense. In essence, an average team would have scored around 112 points/100 and allowed 107 points/100 against the Knicks, giving the Cavaliers a ratings shortfall of 4 points on offense and 7 points on defense.Cleveland was expected to be an offensive juggernaut going into the season, so in a sense its performance at that end was the big disappointment. But it’s difficult to imagine a LeBron James-led team not being an offensive powerhouse; a James-led team hasn’t ranked outside the NBA’s Top 8 in offensive rating since 2007-08. (And that’s not even considering the teammates he now has in Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, among others.) The bigger concern is that Cleveland’s defensive struggles against New York give credence to the most reasonable fears people had about the Cavaliers over the offseason — that their defense would not be up to par.Anderson Varejao is an elite defender by plus/minus metrics, and he logged starter’s minutes for the Cavaliers last night. But although James has a strong defensive reputation as well — he’s made the NBA’s All-Defensive squad in some form (first or second team) every year since 2008-09 — his RPM defense ranked just 24th among small forwards a year ago. Meanwhile, scouts for years have questioned Love’s defense, even though his defensive RPM is surprisingly positive. And Cleveland’s other top minute-earners Thursday night — Irving, Dion Waiters, and Tristan Thompson — are defensive disasters whether you look at the numbers or just watch the games.If ever there was an area where Cleveland’s new super team would struggle, it would be on defense, and Thursday night’s outing against the Knicks only reinforces that fear.Cavaliers coach David Blatt is new to the NBA, and his defensive system is still a work in progress. Two of his team’s biggest issues Thursday night were transition defense and defending spot-up shooters, both areas that can be improved with better defensive cohesion, communication and awareness.It’s unlikely the Cavaliers will play as badly on defense all season as they did against New York. But in a Bayesian sense, it does give us one new data point to reinforce doubts about the defensive quality of the group Cleveland has assembled.
THE US GOVERNMENT reopened its doors today after a battle-weary Congress approved a bipartisan measure to end a 16-day partial shutdown and avert the possibility of an economy-jarring default on US obligations.Earlier today, President Barack Obama signed the measure, which the House and Senate passed late last night, ending a brawl with Republicans who tried to use the must-pass legislation to mount a last-ditch effort to derail the president’s landmark health care law and demand concessions on the budget.Back to workThe White House directed all agencies to reopen promptly and in an orderly fashion. Furloughed federal employees across the country are expected to return to work this morning.The impasse had shuttered national parks and monuments, and mostly closed down NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department. Critical functions of government went on as usual and most federal employees won’t see their paychecks delayed, but the closure and potential default weighed on the economy and spooked the financial markets.There were signs earlier today that the federal government was slowly coming back to life. “We’re back from the #shutdown!” the Smithsonian Institution crowed on Twitter, announcing that museums would reopen today.Damage to US economy Standard & Poor’s estimated the shutdown has taken $24 billion out of the economy, and the Fitch credit rating agency warned on Tuesday that it was reviewing its AAA rating on US government debt for a possible downgrade.Obama and his Democratic allies on Capitol Hill were the decisive winners in the fight, which was sparked by tea party Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who prevailed upon skeptical GOP leaders to use a normally routine short-term funding bill to “defund” the 2010 health care law known as Obamacare.“We fought the good fight. We just didn’t win,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, conceded in a radio interview. He was given positive reviews from Republicans for his handling of the crisis, though it again exposed the tenuous grasp he holds over the fractious House GOP conference.The agreement was brokered by the Senate’s top Democrat, Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, and its Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. They stepped in after the House was unable to coalesce around a Republican-only approach Tuesday.The Senate approved the legislation by an 81-18 vote; the House followed suit by a tally of 285-144, with 87 Republicans in favor and 144 against, breaking an informal rule in which a majority of the majority party is supposed to carry legislation.Passing the billDemocrats unanimously supported the bill, even though it locks in funding at levels required by across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration.The bill’s passage was only a temporary truce that sets up another collision between Obama and Republicans over spending and borrowing early next year.It’s the second time this year that Congress has passed legislation to increase the government’s borrowing cap.“With the shutdown behind us,” Obama said after the Senate vote, “we now have an opportunity to focus on a sensible budget that is responsible, that is fair and that helps hardworking people all across this country”.Read: US avoids default as last-minute deal is struck>Read: Statue of Liberty and Grand Canyon to reopen>
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Kathleen Papatriandaphillou was mistakingly buried with a stranger for more than a year, instead of with her husband and son and her family are wanting answers so this tragic mistake doesn’t happen again.Her son, Steve Papas, claims that although the cemetary inititially denied the error, they have since exhumed her body and buried it in the appropriate grave. But the family who are seeking counselling after the traumatic experience have been denied by lawyers acting for the Greater Metropolitcan Cemeteries Trust. In a letter, they told Mr Papas that they are “not obligated to provide you and your family with counselling”.The family of the deceased have decided not to pursue this case in VCAT saying instead that “it was never about the money”.“What we really wanted was a personal apology, an explanation of how it happened and something done to rectify the problem and make sure it doesnt’ happen again,” Mr Papas told Herald Sun. Mrs Papatriandaphillou was buried at Preston Cemetary on 25 September 2009 in what was supposed to be the same plot as her husband and son who died at 14. But the following year, the headstone the family ordered for their loved one, they found being erected on the wrong grave. Their worst nightmare was confirmed when on December 10 2010, they had their father’s grave opened that confirmed Mrs Papatriandaphillou was not buried ther but her body was in fact buried in an adjacent grave. The cemetary had to pay more than $10,000 to have her body exhumed and buried for a second time in the right grave.
SEATTLE — One month after the landslide near Oso that killed at least 35 people, President Barack Obama is planning to survey the destruction firsthand.Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday that Obama will travel on April 22 to the site of the mammoth slide that closed state Highway 530 and destroyed dozens of homes, prompting a major disaster declaration from the White House.The president is scheduled to meet with families of the dead and missing, first responders and recovery workers, Inslee said.“From the earliest days following the slide, the president has closely monitored events in the area, and shown his concerns for the victims and their families,” Inslee said in a statement announcing the visit. “He and his team have been important partners in the response effort, and I believe this visit will strengthen those ties as we face the tough work ahead.”The Snohomish County medical examiner’s office said one more person has been added to the list of people killed in the mudslide.Authorities said Tuesday afternoon that at least 35 people have died, but officials are still working to identify four of them.Eleven people remain on the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office’s list of missing people.U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, both Democrats, expressed gratitude Tuesday for the president’s upcoming visit and for the federal government’s support in the form of disaster assistance and an extension of the April 15 tax filing deadline for those affected by the slide.“We are confident that President Obama will see what we have seen,” the senators wrote in a joint statement, “the tremendous resolve and determination of the people of Oso, Darrington and Arlington in the face of tragedy.”Among the difficult issues facing the county and the small towns along the Stillaguamish River is whether it will be possible to rebuild the demolished town of Oso, which had a population of about 200 when the hillside came crashing down on it 2 1/2 weeks ago. There are also questions surrounding how much longer searchers will continue to look for the remains of the 11 people still listed as missing.
Vehicles are seen plying amind thick fog. Photo: UNBSevere cold wave has been sweeping over the Panchagarh district for the last few days, reports UNB.Mild to moderate cold wave is sweeping over the rest of Rangpur and Mymensingh division and some parts of Tangail, Madaripur, Gopalganj, Sitakunda, Sreemangal, Rajshahi, Naogaon, Khulna, Jashore, Chuadanga and Barishal districts, said met office.The lowest temperature was recorded 5.1 degree Celsius in Tetulia.Night temperature may rise slightly and day temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country.
FlickrMedical needleA puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu.Vaccine experts think the results may reflect the older age and other miscarriage risks for the women, and not the flu shots. Health officials say there is no reason to change the government recommendation that all pregnant women be vaccinated against the flu. They say the flu itself is a much greater danger to women and their fetuses.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reached out to a doctor’s group, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, to warn them the study is coming out and help them prepare for a potential wave of worry from expectant moms, CDC officials said.“I want the CDC and researchers to continue to investigate this,” said Dr. Laura Riley, a Boston-based obstetrician who leads a committee on maternal immunization. “But as an advocate for pregnant women, what I hope doesn’t happen is that people panic and stop getting vaccinated.”Past studies have found flu vaccines are safe during pregnancy, though there’s been little research on impact of flu vaccinations given in the first three months of pregnancy.Flu and its complications kill thousands of Americans every year. The elderly, young children and pregnant women are especially at risk. When a new “swine flu” strain emerged in 2009, it killed 56 U.S. pregnant women that year, according to the CDC.The study’s authors, two of whom are CDC researchers, saw a big difference when they looked at women who had miscarried within 28 days of getting a shot that included protection against swine flu, but it was only when the women also had had a flu shot the previous season.They found 17 of 485 miscarriages they studied involved women whose vaccinations followed that pattern. Just four of a comparable 485 healthy pregnancies involved women who were vaccinated that way.The first group also had more women who were at higher risk for miscarriage, like older moms and smokers and those with diabetes. The researchers tried to make statistical adjustments to level out some of those differences but some researchers don’t think they completely succeeded.Other experts said they don’t believe a shot made from killed flu virus could trigger an immune system response severe enough to prompt a miscarriage. And the authors said they couldn’t rule out the possibility that exposure to swine flu itself was a factor in some miscarriages.Two other medical journals rejected the article before a third, Vaccine, accepted it. Dr. Gregory Poland, Vaccine’s editor-in-chief, said it was a well-designed study that raised a question that shouldn’t be ignored. But he doesn’t believe flu shots caused the miscarriages. “Not at all,” said Poland, who also is director of vaccine research at the Mayo Clinic.Though this study may cause worry and confusion, it is evidence “of just how rigorous and principled our vaccine safety monitoring system is,” said Jason Schwartz, a Yale University vaccine policy expert.Some of the same researchers are working on a larger study looking at more recent data to see if a possible link between swine flu vaccine and miscarriage holds up, said James Donahue, a study author from the Wisconsin-based Marshfield Clinic Research Institute. The results aren’t expected until next year at the earliest, he said.___This story has been corrected to say that Marshfield Clinic Research Institute is based in Wisconsin. Share
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailWinter is drawing ever closer – but pothole repair teams are still out and about patching up roads across Staffordshire this month. Here are the roads across the Stafford Borough where work has recently taken place according to the Staffordshire County Council’s November 5 and November 12 carriageway repair list. If you spot a road in need of repair, it can be reported online here. Stafford Borough Adbaston – Lerridge Lane Aqualate – Stafford Road Read MoreControversial Universal Credit scheme launches in Stafford today Barlaston – Blurton Road; Longton Road; Old Road and Tittensor Road Bishops Offley – Main Road Brockton – Brockton Lane Chebsey – Scamnel Lane Church Eaton – Church Eaton Road Coppenhall – Bigwood Lane and Church Lane Cotes Heath – Newcastle Road Eccleshall – Lower Heamies Lane and Stone Road Ellenhall – Marsh Lane Read MoreGender pay gap reveals women paid 18% less than men at Cannock Chase Council Enson – Enson Lane Flashbrook – Lower Camp Lane Forton – Shay Lane Great Bridgeford – Clanford Road Hilderstone – Whitesytch Lane Hixon – Church Lane; New Road Little Haywood – Shelley Close Meir Heath – Combe Drive; High View and Lindley Place Milford – The Green Read MoreTown petrol station set for new 24-hour service upgrade Mill Meece – Newcastle Road Offley Marsh – Road from Cash Lane towards Tunstall Oulton – Church Lane and Junction Road Sandon – Lichfield Road Seighford – Millian Brook Road and Seighford Lane Shugborough – Lichfield Road Slindon – Slindon Road Stafford – Beaconside; Burton Bank Lane; Chell Road; Hawksmoor Road; Pine Crescent; Second Avenue; Stone Road; Winsford Crescent; Waterfront Way and Weston Road Stone – Alexandra Street; Jordan Way; Lichfield Road; Old A51 near Carr House; Park House Drive and The Avenue Tittensor – Chase Lane Read MoreFormer pub set to make way for centre supporting children with autism Woodseaves – Newport Road; Riley Lane and Stafford Road Wootton – Newport Road Tixall – Holdiford Road
TORONTO — Toronto police are investigating reports of people pointing lasers at the cockpits of aircraft landing and taking off from Pearson Airport.Police searched two parks in northwest Toronto, but failed to nab any suspects.Anyone caught pointing a laser at an aircraft can be fined up to 100-thousand dollars and sentenced up to five years in jail. Share The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Police investigating lasers targeting planes at Pearson Tags: Toronto Pearson Airport Tuesday, November 21, 2017 Posted by
Visiting tourism body, Czech Tourism, and Beyond Travel joined forces in Sydney recently at Beer DeLuxe on King St Wharf to host the first evening of a series of Czech Republic agent information dinners – with a selection of popular Czech beers!The event was also attended by Ms Hana Flanderova, Consul General and Mr Tomas Kara, Deputy Consul General from the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Sydney. Ms Flanderova said it was perfect timing for the visiting tourism body with the Czech Republic celebrating 100 years presence in Australia this year.Beyond Travel marketing manager Bryce Crampton said the events had been designed to increase awareness and update agents on the great value, ideal location in the heart of Europe and the numerous attractions the Czech Republic offers Australians travelling to Eastern Europe.He added, “With the challenge of the Australian dollar for travellers at the moment, Czech Republic offers amazing value for expenses on the ground in Czech, especially in comparison to other major tourist cities.“For example, the average cost per night of a centrally located four star hotel in London is A$385, in Vienna is A$295 and in Prague is only A$180. While the average price of a beer in Sydney is A$8 a local Czech beer, home to the famous Pilsen, is just A$2.The event included over 50 agents who were encouraged to complete a Czech Republic crossword to be in the chance to win numerous prizes including a beautiful Moser crystal glass wear.Similar sized events also took place in Melbourne and Auckland.IMAGE: Bryce Crampton; general manager sales and marketing Beyond Travel, Hana Flanderova; consul general Czech Republic, Tomas Kara; deputy consul general Czech Republic, Jan Urban; PR Czech Tourism agentsBeyond TravelCzech Tourismevents
Go back to the e-newsletter >Silversea Cruises has released additional news about Silver Muse, its newest ship due to set sail in spring of 2017, on its dedicated website www.silvermuse.info.Kristian Anderson, Silversea’s senior vice president and general manager for the Americas, said: “We’re thrilled to announce more detailed features of our new flagship. Our beautiful new site utilizes the latest technology to bring to life the state-of-the-art design and luxe, modern amenities of Silver Muse. We are sure that many discerning travellers will love it, and will be eager to learn more about this highly anticipated new addition to our ocean fleet.”Visitors to the site are greeted by an interactive discovery of Silver Muse with a 360-degree virtual tour, which provides a variety of viewing options, including day and night renderings of the ship at sea. A “Stay Updated” tab enables visitors to register to receive the latest Silver Muse news by email.The site showcases Silver Muse’s accommodation with artist’s renderings of contemporary interior furnishings dressed in earth tones of cream, saffron, green, and sienna. With the highest number of large suites (Silver, Royal, Grand and Owner’s) in the fleet, and greatest number of connecting suites for families and friends, Silver Muse offers a welcoming blend of spaciousness, luxury, and comfort, where guests can feel immediately at home.By clicking on the interactive ship diagram, a range of suites are available to explore, from the Classic Veranda Suite, with 36 square metres of living space, to the two-bedroom Owner’s Suite, an apartment suite offering the ultimate level of spaciousness and comfort at 129 square metres.Of special note is the increased number of Silver Suites, 34, now available across three top decks, and the addition of new two-bedroom Silver Suite configurations, each measuring 104 square metres.With more restaurants than any other ultra-luxury ship — eight venues including an exclusive Relais & Châteaux® restaurant — plus an incredible number of further dining options which will be progressively disclosed, Silver Museoffers the finest and widest culinary bespoke experience.Following are some of the restaurants that can now be previewed at the dedicated website:Atlantide: A new European-style dining venue featuring a bar and grill will debut aboard Silver Muse.La Terrazza: This Slow Food-inspired à-la-carte restaurant offers authentic Italian dishes made from the freshest ingredients.Hot Rocks: An outdoor interactive dining venue where fresh seafood and prime cuts are grilled at the table by each guest on a heated volcanic “hot rock” plate.Regina Margherita: Named in tribute to the beloved 19th-century Italian queen consort for whom this pizza was invented, this open-air pizzeria, with its relaxed dining atmosphere, reflects the simplicity of the famous Neapolitan-style pizza that bears her name.Further news about Silver Muse will be released soon at www.silvermuse.info, starting with the details on the itineraries for her inaugural season. Reservations will open in the coming days.Go back to the e-newsletter >
3 student gun control activists to be honoured by PEN by The Associated Press Posted Apr 26, 2018 8:53 am PDT Last Updated Apr 26, 2018 at 10:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This combination photo shows Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students, from left, Cameron Kasky and Samantha Fuentes, and Zion Kelly, of Washington, who lost his twin brother Zaire to gun violence in the nation’s capital in 2017, during the “March for Our Lives” rally in support of gun control in Washington on March 24, 2018. The three activists will be honored at next month’s PEN America gala on May 22 in New York. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Two survivors of the Parkland school massacre in Florida and the twin sibling of a gun victim from Washington, D.C., will be honoured at next month’s PEN America gala.Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Cameron Kasky and Samantha Fuentes, and Washington, D.C., high school student Zion Kelly will be presented the PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award. PEN, a literary and human rights organization, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the three students were being cited as representatives of “an inclusive group of young people” fighting for gun control.The gala will be held May 22 in New York City. Others receiving awards include Stephen King, Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy and imprisoned Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.
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as BBC History Magazine reportsCredit: Finnish Military ArchivesAged 33 when the war began he racked up 505 confirmed sniper kills for the Finnish Army during the conflicts run giving him such a reputation that he was nicknamed The White Death by the Russians Not bad at all as nicknames go – definitely beats the ones the rest of us usually get Häyhä was a farmer by profession before the war – where 25900 Finns died to protect their new-found independence against the Soviets who lost 126900 soldiers – while his hobbies included snow-skiing hunting and shooting Kind of explains why the dude was so good as a sniper then and was used to the brutal winter conditions that many others couldnt cope with During the conflict he targeted Russian soldiers with deadly accuracy managing to hit the Soviets from 300 yards away He even claims to have once killed 25 men in one dayCredit: Finnish Military ArchivesAfter 98 days his lucky streak ran out when he was hit in the jaw and was left unconscious 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