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“This impressive petition from more than five million young people of faith from all regions is testament to a groundswell of civil society backing for these goals,” Mr. Ban told participants at the meeting in New York of Religions for Peace.In a message delivered by Sergio Duarte, UN High Representative for Disarmament, the Secretary-General noted that world military expenditure has risen by 50 per cent since 2000 to more than $1.5 trillion. “This money could surely have been much better spent on poverty reduction, climate change mitigation and adaptation, food and nutrition security, women’s and children’s health, and other global development challenges,” he stated. Mr. Ban welcomed the contribution that the group’s “Arms Down! Global Youth Campaign for Shared Security” is making to raising awareness about the importance of cutting military expenditure and promoting a nuclear-weapons-free world. Increasing momentum on these issues has been among the Secretary-General’s key priorities since taking office in 2007. In October 2008, the UN chief presented an action plan on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation that begins with a call for the parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to pursue negotiations on nuclear disarmament, either through a new convention or through a series of mutually reinforcing instruments backed by a credible system of verification. In addition, the plan is based on the following key principles: that disarmament must enhance security; be reliably verified; be rooted in legal obligations; be visible to the public; and must anticipate emerging dangers from other weapons. “Disarmament and non-proliferation are essential not simply for international peace and security, but across the international agenda,” he noted today. “They can foster confidence among nations and strengthen regional and international stability. They are integral to realizing the vision of the United Nations Charter.” 4 October 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed a civil society initiative that aims to raise awareness about the importance of reducing military spending and ridding the world of nuclear weapons. read more
Product operations of two Sri Lankan companies, namely Isebella Socks Manufacturing PLC and Hirdaramani Garments PLC, commenced in the presence of Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr. Arkebe Oqubay, Minister in-charge of Industrial Parks Development in Ethiopia, Sumith Dassanayake, Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Ethiopia, Hemantha Perera, Managing Director of Isebella Socks Manufacturing PLC and Vinod Hirdaramani, Director Hirdaramani Group of Companies. Two Sri Lankan companies have begun operations at the Hawassa Industrial Park in Ethiopia, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Ethiopia said.The inauguration ceremony of the Hawassa Industrial Park in Ethiopia which attracted 18 leading global apparel and textile companies, was held at the Industrial Park with the participation of the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, senior Ministers of the government, Ambassadors, senior government officials and the company owners etc. The Hawassa Industrial park in Ethiopia is a blueprint of the Katunayake Free Trade Zone in Sri Lanka and it has the capacity to create 60000 employment opportunities. At present, approximately 120 Sri Lankans are working in the Hawassa Industrial Park. read more
Speaking at his weekly press briefing, Amos Namanga Ngongi noted that this positive development was in accordance of the Lusaka peace accords and Security Council resolutions. He also welcomed the start today of the withdrawal of Zimbabwean troops from the western city of Mbandaka.As for the first class of police trainers in Kisangani, who completed their UN-organized course over the weekend, Mr. Ngongi said the aim was to allow the Congolese people to have a police force which they could trust and that could protect human rights. read more
Mr. Roed-Larsen, the UN Special Co-ordinator, is scheduled to meet with senior government officials in Beirut, Damascus, Amman and Cairo, where he will engage in consultations on implementation of the Road Map and discuss possible ways for the Quartet’s regional partners to assist in this process, according to a UN spokesperson.Following their meeting on Sunday on the shores of the Dead Sea in Jordan, the Quartet members – the United Nations, United States, Russian Federation and European Union – issued a statement hailing positive developments in the peace process and urging further efforts by both Israel and the Palestinian authorities to consolidate the gains achieved so far.The Quartet also hailed the appointment of Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and the “strong start he and his Government have made in difficult circumstances,” as well as the acceptance by both sides of the Road Map which envisages, in 2005, two States – Israel and Palestine – living side by side in peace and security.The statement also welcomed “the very positive message and personal commitment of President [George W. Bush] and his decision to place a mission on the ground charged with helping the parties to move toward peace, through establishment of a credible and effective structure led by the United States, in close cooperation with the Quartet, to coordinate, monitor, and promote implementation of the parties’ commitments and responsibilities, as laid out in the Road Map.” read more
Overgrazing, deforestation and the building of roads and settlements on the mountains of Asia are increasing the risk of flooding in some areas and drying up rivers in others, affecting billions of people and endangering the region’s rich wildlife, according to a new report from the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). The report, “The Fall of the Water,” released in advance of the 14-16 October World Summit at the UN and the General Assembly immediately thereafter, said satellite images from 1960 to 2000 show that deforestation and unsustainable land use practices may explain why the region’s rivers now have the largest sediment loads in the world and why dissolved nutrients in the water are increasing more than in any other region. These human land use practices are among the primary causes for the increasing drought in some areas, coupled with flood-related disasters in other areas in the region, including the latest floods in China and India, with high numbers of casualties, according to the report, compiled by UNEP in collaboration with the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and local experts across the Himalayan region. The report calculates that currently nearly half of Asia’s mountain regions are affected by infrastructure development and that, by 2030, this could rise to over 70 per cent, if trends continue unchecked. Development will have its biggest impact on river catchments and wildlife along the Karakoram Highway, Pakistan, the Indian and southern side of the Himalayas and in south-eastern Tibet and the Yunnan and Sichuan provinces of south-western China, it said. Overgrazing along road corridors in dry regions of Pakistan and China results in erosion and land-slides, as well as dust storms, it said. “The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) covering poverty eradication and the better supply of sufficient, safe, drinking water, up to reversing the spread of disease, cannot be met without economic growth. But this needs to be carried out in a way that conserves the life support systems and the ecosystem services they provide. Otherwise, it cannot be sustainable for current or future generations,” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said. “Mountain areas are especially important and particularly vulnerable. These are the water towers of the world and often home to unique wildlife species upon which local people depend for food, medicines and other important materials. They have often been saved from uncontrolled development by their remoteness. But modern engineering methods mean this is no longer the case,” he added. Some 7 per cent of China’s glaciers are disappearing each year and by 2050 some 64 per cent will have melted, according to experts from the Chinese Academy of Sciences who contributed to the report. “An estimated 300 million Chinese live in the country’s arid west and depend on water from glaciers for their survival,” the report said. Meanwhile, studies by UNEP and other institutions have pinpointed some 50 lakes that have formed recently in Nepal and Bhutan as a result of melting glaciers. Experts are concerned that these lakes, held back only by soil and stones, could burst their banks, sending torrential floods down valleys and threatening villages. read more
by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 3, 2014 8:14 am MDT Wynne downplays Moody’s move to change Ontario outlook from stable to negative AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Premier Kathleen Wynne and senior cabinet ministers Thursday downplayed a move by Moody’s Investors Service to change Ontario’s debt outlook from stable to negative, but the Opposition predicted an expensive credit downgrade will soon follow.Moody announced the change in the province’s outlook late Wednesday, while affirming Ontario’s Aa2 credit rating, citing concerns over the Liberal government’s ability to eliminate a $12.5 billion deficit by 2017-18 as scheduled.“After several years of weak to moderate economic growth, and higher than previously anticipated deficits projected for the next two years, the province is facing a greater challenge to return to balanced outcomes than previously anticipated,” the ratings agency said in a statement.After the throne speech outlining her government’s priorities, Wynne said she was committed to balancing the books in three years but would also make strategic investments in transit, skills training and education to help create jobs and grow the economy.“I don’t think you first deal with the deficit and then build up people’s skills and talents and then make sure you have the appropriate infrastructure,” she said.“The reality is that a strong economy thrives when there is strong infrastructure, when there’s an educated workforce.”Finance Minister Charles Sousa said the Liberals run the lowest cost government in Canada per capita, and claimed credit rating agencies and the banks that loan the government money aren’t worried about its massive debt load of nearly $290 billion.“The bankers aren’t freaking here,” Sousa told reporters. “What has happened is the degree of revenue has not met expectations, that’s really the issue.”But the Opposition said the move by Moody’s was entirely predictable because the Liberals said the July 14 budget will be identical to the May budget that triggered last month’s election, a fiscal plan the agency called a “credit negative.”“The signal from Moody’s that they’ve downgraded their outlook, somebody is freaking,” said Progressive Conservative finance critic Vic Fedeli. “I think one of the first things Minister Sousa needs to do is acknowledge there is a problem.”Credit ratings agencies waited until after the June 12 election before commenting on the budget, which contained $5.7 billion in new spending, as a “courtesy” to avoid interfering in the campaign, added Fedeli.“There’s a deteriorating financial position in Ontario and it’s recognized now by the agencies,” he said. “You can’t continue to spend and reduce the deficit at the same time, it’s just physically impossible to do both, yet they claim to be doing both.”The New Democrats called Moody’s change to a negative outlook “a concern,” and said the Liberal government would have to consider tax hikes in addition to better controlling spending.“One of the things we thought was important was to bring new revenue for some of these infrastructure projects with a slight increase in the corporate tax rate,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.“The Liberals decided not to do that and instead they’re going to try to freeze wages and create an atmosphere of reductions that people will be surprised by.”Treasury Board president Deb Matthews, who was given expanded powers to find hundreds of millions of dollars in more savings each year, suggested the negative outlook from Moody’s wasn’t that important.“I wouldn’t say I’m worried about it,” she said. “We know there’s a challenge and that’s why we’ve created this new position as president of the Treasury Board to focus on this challenge.”The Liberals insisted they will not eliminate civil service jobs to balance the budget, which Sousa said can be done on schedule without taking “extreme measures” or by cancelling planned spending on transit, infrastructure and job creation.“There are some out there who would suggest that we take measures of greater austerity at the expense of the livelihood of individuals, that’s dangerous and that puts us in economic peril,” he said.Eleven billion dollars a year in interest charges is already the third largest expenditure in the Ontario budget, behind health care and education, and would go even higher if the province’s credit rating was downgraded.The negative outlook from Moody’s will be followed by a credit downgrade not only for the province, but for municipalities, electricity utilities, universities and other agencies funded by the government, predicted Fedeli.“The biggest concern is that it will take away money that could be spent on services,” he said.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter read more
Parking Services is gearing up for the parking permit sales season.Online permit sales for faculty and staff begin Monday, June 19 at 10 a.m. at brocku.ca/parking/onlineservices.In-office sales will begin Tuesday, July 5 at 10 a.m. at Parking Services in Thistle 221 beside Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.Lineups can be avoided by ordering a parking permit in advance through the website.Some permits have a special order process and are not available online.Contact Parking Services at 905-688-5550 x4309 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not see your desired permit.Student permit sales, both online and in-office, will start July 5 at 10 a.m.Details on rates are available on the Parking Services website. read more
Ohio State redshirt sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun (4) moves past a Maryland defender during the Buckeyes’ game on Feb. 20 Credit: Magee Sprague | Lantern reporterThe No. 12 Ohio State women’s basketball team has put itself in position to win the Big Ten regular season title, beating No. 2 Maryland 98-87. Junior guard Kelsey Mitchell led all scorers with 31 points.The Buckeyes have now won 10 straight games and gave Maryland its first loss since Dec. 29.Although Mitchell was a major factor, the Buckeyes had five players scoring double digits. Senior forward Shayla Cooper had a special Senior Night outing, following Mitchell with 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Cooper had some colorful words for the great team play and the spreading of the ball on offense. “When the ball is moving like that, it’s so beautiful it’s like orchestra out there. You know, like soft jazz music. It’s just so beautiful and everyone is feeling it, the coaches over there, ‘yeah.’ We’re over here like ‘yeah.’ It’s just a beautiful sight,” she said.When the topic of senior night came up, coach Kevin McGuff said that it was special to see Cooper go out the way she did.“I was really happy for Shayla to play so well on her Senior Night,” he said. “But she had some really big moments and got some tough rebounds for us down the stretch for us when we needed them.”Cooper said the crowd affected her hot start, scoring 10 points in the first quarter.“When the ball goes through the net, you just hear (the crowd) roaring, and it’s like ‘OK,’” she said. “And you see one drop, you see another one drop, and it’s like ‘hey, keep letting it rip.’”The Buckeyes had an early boost from Cooper and Mitchell, both scoring double digits before the end of the first quarter. OSU hit 12-of-12 field goals near the end of the quarter, giving the Buckeyes a 35-22 lead.The Terrapins picked up their rebounding in the second quarter, and outscored the Buckeyes in second-chance points 11 to 2. The Buckeyes were still able to get some good assists from Cooper throughout the quarter and ended the half leading the Terrapins 49-40.In the middle of the third, momentum swung in OSU’s favor thanks to Mitchell’s transition offense and inside scoring. OSU found themselves in foul trouble with freshman forward Tori McCoy being called for her fourth foul with under a minute left in the third, which led to a Maryland 14-0 run, cutting OSU’s lead to 68-66.The Buckeyes struggled to rebound in the fourth as McCoy fouled out halfway into the final quarter. Maryland took advantage in the post, putting up 20 offensive rebounds to OSU’s four. The Terps used this to their advantage, scoring 29 second-chance points. However, with 1:30 left in play and leading by six, the Buckeyes stayed strong under pressure, hitting 4-of-7 free throws, giving the Buckeyes a 10-point lead. Maryland hit a 3-pointer with 45 seconds left to cut the lead back down to seven. The last 30 seconds were decided by OSU’s free throws. The Buckeyes shot 50 percent from the line in the final 30 seconds of play, but were still able to pull out the win over the second-ranked team in the country.Ohio State ended the game shooting 63.2 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from 3-point range.“Well when they shoot like that, they can go all the way,” said Maryland coach Brenda Frese. “This is the best I’ve seen them.”Up NextOSU will now face Rutgers (6-21, 3-11 Big Ten) in the final regular season game. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Feb. 26 in Piscataway, New Jersey. read more
2. Ghosts of the TsunamiRichard Lloyd Parry writes about the aftermath of the Japanese tsunami in March 2011, and the shocking effect it has had on survivors. One man believes that the spirits of those who perished have possessed him.(London Review of Books, approx 35 minutes reading time, 7112 words)The tsunami spared nothing, and achieved feats of surreal juxtaposition that no mere explosion could match. It plucked forests up by their roots and scattered them miles inland. It peeled the macadam off the roads and cast it hither and thither in buckled ribbons. It stripped houses to their foundations, and lifted cars, lorries, ships and corpses onto the tops of tall buildings.3. NekNominationsThe Neknominations craze will pass, Joe O’Connor writes, but our drinking culture will stay the same – and it’s the thing that has to change.(TheJournal.ie, approx 3 minutes reading time, 732 words)While the potential knock-on effects may have been obvious at an early stage, as the days passed by videos of people downing or ‘necking’ pints not dissimilar to what you might find in an Irish pub on a regular weekend, were replaced by a mass escalation as NekNominations became a race to the bottom. More dangerous challenges, greater risk, larger quantities and stronger volumes of alcohol. It was only going in one direction.Want some more longreads? Then check out Sitdown Sunday> They were art historians, architects, artists, archaeologists and archivists: a straight civilian lot who had no business, in the eyes of many soldiers, moving around a theater of war telling colonels and generals what not to bomb. The unit consisted of two men at the start of operations in Italy; their numbers would reach 27 by completion of the campaign there. Almost as soon as they set foot in the country they were nicknamed “the Venus Fixers.” IT’S MIDWAY THROUGH the week and you want to get up to speed on the latest news topics and catch up on opinions and insights.We’re here to help you do just that, with our three midweek longreads:1. The Monuments MenThe film Monuments Men is due out soon, and is based on the true story of the members of the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives section of the Allied Military Government for Occupied Territories, who saved landmarks and works of art from damage. Ilaria Dagnini Brey tells their story.(Smithsonian, approx 22 minutes reading time, 4434 words) read more
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 12-month-old child died on New Year’s Eve after contracting influenza, bringing the total flu deaths in San Diego County this season to 45, health officials reported Wednesday.The baby, like all of the others who died from the flu this season and for whom information is available, had underlying medical conditions, according to county health officials.“The death of a child is very unfortunate. Our sympathy goes out to the family for their tragic loss,” said Dr. Sayone Thihalolipavan, the county’s deputy public health officer.This time last flu season, there were five deaths in San Diego County. There have been 7,314 lab-confirmed flu cases so far this season, compared to 883 last season.Public health officials are urging people to get vaccinated if they haven’t already done so and to stay home if they are sick.“We are seeing a very high number of flu deaths and cases,” Thihalolipavan said. “Sick people should stay home to avoid infecting others at work, in school or in public places. People should not shake hands, share food or drinks, or kiss if they are sick.”Vaccination is especially important for those who are at high risk of developing serious complications from the flu. They include people with chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes and lung disease; pregnant women; those over 65; and people who live with or care for those who are at higher risk, health officials said.Vaccines are available at doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies. Those without insurance can go to a county public health center to get vaccinated. For a list of locations, visit www.sdiz.org or call 211. January 3, 2018 Posted: January 3, 2018 , Updated: 10:59 AM 12-month-old child dies from flu as death toll rises to 45 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Flu, Flu season FacebookTwitter read more
Posted: April 17, 2018 MCAS Miramar Marine killed in helicopter crash laid to rest Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Ed Lenderman Ed Lenderman, 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) — Two private services were held Tuesday to remember one of the four MCAS Miramar Marines killed in a helicopter crash during a training incident near El Centro.First, Gunnery Sgt. Derik Holley was remembered at Miramar National Cemetery, then at a private service at a mortuary in Clairemont.The public tribute included kids and teachers at Lindbergh-Schweitzer Elementary School in Clairemont.Related Link: MCAS Miramar Marines killed in a helicopter crash during training mission identifiedSgt. Holley was killed alongside Samuel A. Schultz of Huntington Valley, Pennsylvania, and 1st Lt. Samuel D. Phillips of Pinehurst, North Carolina, both of whom were pilots; and crew chief Lance Cpl. Taylor J. Conrad of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.The servicemen were aboard a CH-53E Super Stallion that went down for unknown reasons roughly 15 miles west of El Centro about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to 3rd MAW public affairs.The crew, with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, had flown to the remote desert area from Strategic Expeditionary Landing Field at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms to practice making landings in unimproved terrain.Holley enlisted in the Marines in November 2003 and deployed to Iraq twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, to Japan as part of the Unit Deployment Program and with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.During his service, he received a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Air Medal-Strike/Flight, and Navy and Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal. April 17, 2018 read more
Review • 2019 Jaguar I-Pace: Traditional Jag values, truly modern powertrain 2019 Jaguar I-Pace: Pretty, dynamic and electrified 0 More From Roadshow 2019 Jaguar I-Pace: A spunky electric cat Preview • 2019 Jaguar I-Pace: This cat will hunt 2017 Fiat 124 Spider: The Fiata is Fi-awesome Share your voice 2019 Honda CR-V review: Still one of the best small SUVs around Enlarge ImageThis kind of tech could all but eliminate issues with turn-by-turn directions. Just keep it in the lines. Jaguar Land Rover Augmented reality and three-dimensional displays are still very much in their early stages, at least when it comes to cars. While we haven’t seen many of these technologies applied to production cars yet, that doesn’t mean automakers aren’t hard at work on them. Case in point, Jaguar Land Rover’s 3D displays.Jaguar Land Rover announced on Tuesday that it is developing three-dimensional head-up displays as part of its research in future technologies. It has possibilities for making in-car entertainment more exciting, too, but safety appears to be the top priority.While the automaker didn’t delve too deeply into the underlying tech, it claims this kind of display can better project safety alerts and other notifications, giving the driver a better chance at identifying important information. Augmented-reality tech could create depth by putting the messages “on” the road through the windshield — it’s sort of like what Mercedes-Benz does with its new MBUX infotainment system’s turn-by-turn directions, except on the windshield.In addition to helping drivers better figure out which pieces of information are more useful, a 3D HUD could make navigation even easier. Do you really know how far ahead a turn is when the system tells you it’s a quarter mile away? It would certainly be easier to follow a line on the windshield that wraps around the correct corner a few blocks up. JLR also has ideas for the technology beyond the driver. The company is also working to develop stereoscopic 3D displays for passenger use, specifically in autonomous vehicles. A person traveling to work might be able to watch a 3D movie using a display that tracks a person’s head and eyes, delivering a three-dimensional experience without the need for special glasses. The British automaker isn’t the first to dive into this tech. In addition to the augmented-reality navigation in new Mercedes vehicles equipped with MBUX, Bosch announced last week that it, too, wants to bring 3D displays into the car. Citing the same information-based benefits as JLR, the supplier imagines the tech being used to improve everything from road-hazard warnings to backup camera displays. Jaguar Land Rover 4:56 Auto Tech Autonomous Vehicles Future Cars Land Rover Jaguar 66 Photos Post a comment Tags More about 2019 Jaguar I-Pace Now playing: Watch this: 2018 Honda Accord: Turbo engines, sharper design and more space read more
Aliy Zirkle – Photo by Patrick Yack – Alaska Public MediaAliy Zirkle, hoping to end her streak of second-place finishes, was the first out of Kaltag early Saturday morning. She left about 3:18 with 11 dogs in her team. She spent just a few minutes at the checkpoint before darting off for Unalakleet.Martin Buser left Kaltag about 5:34 Saturday morning with 14 dogs. Nicolas Petit was in third place on Saturday morning. He left Kaltag about 7:14 with 14 dogs.Dallas Seavey, who won two years ago, jumped into fourth place. He was in Kaltag Saturday morning. read more
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite K9 Unit officers have recovered some of the cash and goods that were stolen in this morning’s (Wednesday) armed robbery at Buy ‘n Save Wholesalers in Illing Road.A group of six men armed with guns and knives stormed into the store, catching staff and customers by surprise. The robbers fled with a substantial amount of cash, cartons of cigarettes and cell-phones.No one was injured, but staff and customers are traumatised after the horrific ordeal.Management is grateful that no one was injured. “Robberies can happen anywhere; we’re just delighted that no one was hurt or killed,” is the message from management.Read also: Update: Massive manhunt for suspects after armed robbery at wholesaler in LadysmithAlso read: Breaking News: Police hunt for suspects after armed robbery at wholesaler in Ladysmith this morning During a search of the area, members of the Ladysmith K9 Unit spotted a group of three people dividing up possessions in a bushy area near the old Matthew’s Farm.As soon as the three men were approached by police, they sped off on foot in different directions, into the bushes.The robbers made a run for it, crossing the Klip River in the direction of Steadville, leaving behind a trail of money and items stolen in the robbery.29 cartons of cigarettes as well as a large amount of cash was found.Police have launched a massive manhunt for the suspects.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! read more
New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Images of the damage show the glass was broken by more than a dozen sharp blows. The Virgin figure, whose blue and white garments are the only expression of Argentine pride permitted in the islands, has been removed to protect it from the elements until the shrine can be repaired.The remote cemetery has been the focus of attention during this year’s 30th anniversary of Argentina’s occupation of the islands, but on most days and nights, the lonely hillside more than an hour from the capital of Stanley gets few visitors.In all, the war claimed the lives of 649 Argentines and 255 British soldiers, along with three elderly islanders. Argentina has not given up its claim to the Malvinas despite losing the war, and accuses Britain of ignoring UN resolutions urging sovereignty talks.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Associated PressBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Someone has vandalized Argentina’s war cemetery in the Falkland Islands, repeatedly smashing and shattering the glass that protects the country’s sacred Virgin.Police are seeking suspects, and the islands’ government condemned the crime on Tuesday.“Clearly we condemn any action of this sort and very much regret that this might have happened. Anyone who knows anything about the cause of the damage should contact the police,” Dick Sawle, a member of the islands’ legislative assembly, said in a statement. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Families of the Argentine war dead blamed British hostility for what they called an “act of sacrilege” and sent letters to Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman and Britain’s ambassador in Buenos Aires, John Freeman, demanding an urgent and exhaustive investigation.“We believe that reflects escalating hostility by certain British sectors who are influential locally,” their commission said in a statement. “We will not let up until this repugnant act of sacrilege is clarified.”The Argentine government also condemned the vandalism, demanding that the British government mount an impartial investigation that identifies and punishes those responsible. The statement made mention of the Falkland Islands Government, which Argentina doesn’t recognize, and blamed Britain for provoking the “barbaric act” with its “hostile attitudes.”The vandalism could have happened anytime in the last week or earlier, said Sebastian Socodo, an Argentine who takes care of the cemetery that holds the remains of 237 Argentine combatants killed during the 1982 war between Argentina and Britain.“It’s basically the glass that covers the Virgin Mary. They just smashed the glass. I don’t know with what or how,” Socodo said. “I was there a couple of weeks ago and there was no damage.” Comments Share Top Stories The vital role family plays in society Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches read more
Virgin Cruises set to sail from 2020Aiming to shake up the cruise industry, British billionaire Richard Branson has announced his latest venture, Virgin Cruises.At a press conference in Miami, the founder of Virgin Airlines announced he has signed an agreement with Italy’s Fincantieri to build three ships, with the first being ready by 2020.Each ship would be fit to carry 2,860 passengers, based on double occupancy, and 1,150 crewmembers.“We’ve been trying to get this off the ground for a really long time. We’ve got the resources. We’ve got the financing. We’ve got the brand,” Mr Branson said.Branson announced formation of the cruise line in December 2014, with Bain Capital as the financing partner.Branson said the ships would be Virgin’s trademark red and for ideas of what to offer onboard, he said the line is seeking public input at its website, virgincruises.com.Virgin Cruises President and chief executive officer Tom McAplin, said Virgin Cruises would be a premium product, with a high percentage of the ships’ staterooms having balconies.“The ships would be differentiated from others in the industry by their design, size and program onboard” and be targeted to the young at heart,” Mr McAlpin said.Branson said Virgin fans could expect a really fun product delivered in a fun and different way, similar to his approach to airlines, trains and hotels.He said with Virgin’s brand power he is confident the line can sell cruises even to non-cruisers.Virgin Cruises’ first ship will do seven-day cruises, departing Miami on Sundays, however specific itinerary details were not disclosed. Virgin CruisesSource = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman read more
Chinese New Year is one of the most important and colourful festivals of Macao. Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) welcomes the Year of the Yellow Dog with some grand celebrations from February 16-18. MGTO along with its Culinary Partner, Modern Asian Bistro & Tapas Bar – Pa Pa Ya showcases the specially curated Chinese New Year menu.Macanese cuisine is an interesting fusion of Eastern and Western influence and a definite highlight of any visit to Macao. Gastronomy has been a distinctive element of Macao’s culture. Based on Portuguese cuisine, the spices and ingredients from Portugal and its various colonies in Africa, Southeast Asia and India – including curry, coconut milk, cloves and cinnamon – are combined using Chinese culinary skills in a wonderful potpourri of tastes and aromas, giving birth to the uniquely flavourful Macanese cuisine of today. Macaonow boasts of yet another world renowned status as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy. This designation brings an array of new opportunities to promote Macao’s unmatched food culture and develop a sustainable tourism industry, as the city works totransform itself into a world centre of tourism and leisure.Commenting on the occasion Arzan Khambatta, Head of Macao Government Tourism Office in India, says, “Macanese cuisine is unique to Macao and is one of the most distinctive cuisines born and evolved. It is a blend of Chinese and Portuguese food and cooking styles which truly showcases the incredible culture of Macao. The designation of UNESCO creative city of gastronomy portrays the culinary strength of Macao and taking this opportunity we aim to promote and popularise our unrivalled food culture here in India.”In terms of inheritance, the designation is set to endorse the global recognition of Macao‘s more than 400-year old culinary legacy, arousing interest among the young generation in gastronomy culture, especially in Macanese cuisine and providing favourable conditions for food traditions to continuously thrive.MGTO chose to partner with Pa Pa Ya, a revolutionary modern Pan Asian Bistro, to present Macao as the Creative City of Gastronomy in India. From the House of Massive Restaurants, Pa Pa Ya offers a perfect balance of culinary art along with an exceptional gastronomic experience and destination dining. Its expansive menu represents influences from Pan Asian countries. Using latest innovations and technology in molecular gastronomy along with cutting-edge, contemporary cooking techniques, it aims at offering a unique and first-of-its-kind experience.In the yearlong association, Pa Pa Ya will be soon adding a few dishes from the Macanese Cuisine to its regular menu. Commenting on the occasion, Zorawar Kalra, Founder and Managing Director Massive Restaurants Pvt Ltd said, “One of Pa Pa Ya’s mission is to bring pan Asian cuisine on a global scale. It is an absolute honour to be the official culinary partner for Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) in India. Through this association, we will be the first to introduce this rich and creative global gastronomic cuisine in the Indian market. Keeping the authentic and diverse Macanese food culture in mind, we plan to serve Macanese cuisine with a twist and with our unparalleled services and practices.” read more
in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News May 23, 2016 541 Views Share Gene Sperling GSE Reform Hillary Clinton Housing Finance Policy 2016-05-23 Seth Welborn Hillary ClintonThe possibility of Hillary Clinton winning the Democratic nomination for the presidency is becoming more of a likelihood and GSE reform has become more and more of a hot button topic as of late.A few months ago, Clinton laid out her plan to provide “a fair shot at homeownership” for everyone, but has not spoken on the possibility of GSE reform—nor have any of the presidential candidates. The closest they have come was earlier this week when presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump said that in a couple of weeks he would overhaul the controversial Dodd-Frank Act if he is elected.Clinton may have indirectly commented on a plan for GSE reform with the hiring of Gene Sperling, who was Director of the National Economic Council under Clinton’s husband and Obama and also served as Counselor to former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, as her top economic adviser. Sperling and noted economists Jim Parrott, Lewis Ranieri, Mark Zandi, and Barry Zigas in March authored a white paper for Urban Institute titled “A More Promising Road to GSE Reform” in which they not only proposed to merge Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into one government entity, but they highlighted the urgency of the situation, saying that the FHFA is helping Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac “tread water” and that “the situation is not healthy.” They insisted, “Let’s not wait until the next crisis” for GSE reform.Gene SperlingIn that paper, the authors contend that a government corporation titled the National Mortgage Reinsurance Corporation (NMRC) would replace Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and would perform the same functions as the GSEs do currently—it would purchase conforming single-family and multi-family mortgages and issue securities backing the loans through a single issuing platform operated by the NMRC—but unlike the GSEs, would be required to transfer all non-catastrophic debt risk on the securities it issues to a broad range of private entities.Perhaps the most important difference between the NMRC and the current GSEs is that the NMRC “would be motivated neither by profit nor market share, but by a mandate to balance broad access to credit with the safety and soundness of the mortgage market.”The plan offered by Sperling and his co-authors is similar to a plan offered earlier by Senators Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) when the two were, respectively, Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee. That plan included a government backstop for any catastrophic losses the mortgage industry might incur.There is speculation that if Clinton is elected, she would likely tackle GSE reform at some point during her first 18 months in office. The hiring of Sperling as a top economic adviser would seem to indicate that she would share his views on housing policy reform. What Would Housing Finance Reform Look Like Under Clinton? read more
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