Security Council extends mandate of UN force in Côte dIvoire through end

28 January 2010The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), and the French forces supporting it, for another four months to help support the staging of free, fair and transparent elections in the West African nation. The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), and the French forces supporting it, for another four months to help support the staging of free, fair and transparent elections in the West African nation.Originally intended to be held as far back as 2005, the polls have been repeatedly postponed. Last scheduled for November 2009, they are now slated for March.The Council, in a unanimously adopted resolution, urged the relevant Ivorian actors “to ensure the publication of the final voters list, to announce the official date of the first round of the presidential election and to meet their commitments in full.” UNOCI’s mandate was also extended through 31 May.To reinforce security ahead of the elections, the 15-member body expressed its intention to raise UNOCI’s current troop level of 7,450 by up to 500 additional personnel for a limited period of time when the final voters list will be made public. Last week the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Côte d’Ivoire, Choi Young-Jin, told the Council that the publication in November of the provisional electoral list was among the significant gains made in recent months towards holding the elections. At the same time, he cited a number of issues that remained to be resolved before the polls can be held this spring. Among them is the reunification of the country – which was split into a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south by civil war in 2002. As agreed by the parties in 2008, a de facto reunification is to be completed two months prior to the presidential election, but progress on this has been slow, Mr. Choi reported. The Council today urged the Ivorian parties to make further concrete progress, before and after the elections, to advance the process towards reunification, as well as the disarmament of former combatants of rebel Forces Nouvelles. read more

Investing in fight against poverty brings results General Assembly hears

“In such a climate, we need to scale up those interventions that have the best chance to generate progress across the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals],” said Ms. Migiro in an address to the General Assembly’s Development Dialogue, taking place at United Nations Headquarters in New York.“We must look for multiplier effects wherever we can. And none is more dramatic, none is more proven, than investments in the health of women and children,” she said.The eight MDGs – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and leading development institutions. They have galvanized global efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest people.Underlining the importance of reducing the levels of maternal, newborn and child mortality, Ms. Migiro noted said that healthy women delivered and brought up healthy children who then attended school and became part of a healthy workforce that created prosperous societies.“We can take heart from gains on the health MDGs. Last year, countries and a broad range of partners pledged more than $40 billion for the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. At its essence, the strategy is about taking what we know works for women and children, and bringing those efforts to scale,” she added.She said the strategy has a special focus on information that requires that solid statistics be provided on health-related topics such as births, deaths and causes of death to make it possible to analyse policy across the MDGs. Not enough resources have, however, been invested on the information aspect of the Strategy, Ms. Migiro added.Stronger accountability is another key feature of the strategy, she said.“We have a framework that will tell us where the money is coming from, where it is going, and how effectively it is being spent. This ability to track resources and results is critical for ensuring that all partners deliver on their commitments, and that we are achieving tangible progress in achieving our goals,” said Ms. Migiro.With the MDGs’ 2015 deadline approaching, Ms. Migiro stressed the need to consider what lay beyond. “Even a decade ago, we knew that achieving the MDGs would, in a sense, be only half the job. We knew that there would still be a vast backlog of deprivation.“The time has come to look at those numbers – at those people – at all the men, women and children who will be barely touched by what we do by 2015, and who will therefore need our attention come 2016 and beyond,’ she said.In his opening remarks, General Assembly President Joseph Deiss noted that the international community’s commitment to the achievement of the MDGs had gathered pace in recent months.He highlighted the creation of the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, which he said has significantly increased the mobilization of financial resources for that cause. He also noted the agreement in May on a new 10-year agenda for the so-called Least Developed Countries (LDCs), which focuses on improving the productive capacities of those States.“The ultimate goal is to transform economies and societies of these countries so that the category of ‘Least Developed Countries’ no longer exists,” said Mr. Deiss.He also singled out last week’s high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS as another major achievement because the international community had collectively pledged to intensify efforts to combat the pandemic.“The partners committed to implement a holistic approach, ensuring justice and social inclusion, and where the fight against AIDS is fully integrated into development programmes,” said Mr. Deiss.He, however, stressed that despite the extremely positive developments in the global fight against diseases and poverty, it must not be forgotten that in many countries and in several sectors, the MDGs may not be achieved by their target date.“Suffice it here to remind you that hunger still prevails far too often and that millions of children lack access to medicines and appropriate care and still die from diseases that can be avoided.“This reality confronts us with the fundamental challenge of turning commitments into action and action into results. In making a tangible difference on the ground in the lives of the poor, we demonstrate that the UN is a reliable, credible and accountable.” 14 June 2011Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today stressed the need to protect development gains achieved so far despite the fiscal austerity measures undertaken in the wake of the global financial crisis, saying great social benefits arise from investing in poverty eradication programmes. read more

So far so good for Shayla Cooper and Ohio State womens basketball

Sophomore forward Shayla Cooper (32) attempts a shot during a game against Iowa on Feb. 21 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 100-82.Credit: Ryan Cooper / Lantern photographerDecember brought a joyful celebration season for the Ohio State women’s basketball team, even before Christmas rolled around.Dec. 22 marked the first time 6-foot-2 sophomore transfer Shayla Cooper took the court dressed in the scarlet and gray.The 96-54 drubbing of West Virginia was a turning point in the season for OSU as Cooper became the root of much improvement to follow.“We have gotten more tough rebounds and our post defense has been better since her addition,” coach Kevin McGuff said of Cooper. “She is a good player and has really helped us, that’s for sure.”Cooper, who transferred from Georgetown, joined the Buckeyes last spring. NCAA regulations forced her to sit out the first 11 games this season before joining her new team on the court.“When the season started this year, I was just more anxious to play,” Cooper said. “We had a countdown, every game, it was one less until I could play.”Coming from a private Catholic school like Georgetown to a large public school like OSU has been a surprisingly easy transition for Cooper, she said, in large part because of her teammates, coaches and the great people she has met in Columbus.“It’s more about the people,” Cooper said. “The people here are way nicer than back in D.C. and the environment is just different.”Cooper attributed much of her success in making the transition to junior guard Ameryst Alston and the overall closeness of the Buckeye team.“Ameryst and I have gotten really close,” Cooper said. “She was one of my hosts when I came to visit and I could tell from just interacting with her those first couple days that she would be someone I would get close to.“We tend to laugh around all the time,” Cooper said of the team. “We get on each other and joke around a lot, but that is what makes it fun. It’s a fun, happy environment to be around.”The transition on the court has been just as easy for Cooper as it has off the court. It has been her intimidation factor and aggressive play that has lifted the Buckeye defense since she became eligible, freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell said.“When she is aggressive, it makes it easier for everybody else,” Mitchell said. “She is a dirty type of player, a trash talker. You are never going to find a person like that, let alone a player like that. I’m grateful and I’m glad to have her on the team.”McGuff said it is Cooper’s aggressive nature that has allowed the team to get better defensively because she can match up with the bigger players OSU has faced.“She gives us different options on how we want to play defensively,” McGuff said. “We put her on the bigger player because she is a little bigger and stronger and does a good job pushing opponents out of the paint.”Although she’s not the biggest at her position, Alston said she believes it’s the intimidation factor that allows Cooper to have so much success down low.“She is really strong, I think she intimidates a lot of players,” Alston said. “She is definitely someone we need.”Cooper has solidified her spot as the sixth man for the Buckeyes and unlike most players who would rather be in the starting lineup, she said she has relished the opportunity.“It’s fun,” Cooper said of her position in the OSU lineup. “My sophomore year of high school, I came off the bench, and then the next year I started. I am fine coming in as a sixth man and cleaning up everything and always knowing what I need to do.”Since her addition, OSU has gone 14-5 and secured the third seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament.Cooper said she believes she made the best choice of her career in coming to OSU and thinks this is just the beginning of her efforts to change the Buckeye program around.“I thought this could be my second chance in having the opportunity to change a program around,” she said. “So far, so good. I am loving every minute of it.” read more

Mother of murdered schoolgirl Lucy McHugh urges Facebook to release murder suspects

A horse-drawn hearse carrying the coffin of 13-year-old Lucy McHugh August 27, 2018Credit:Andrew Matthews/PA Facebook logo The court heard his excuse for refusing access was to protect himself and his family as there was information relating to cannabis on the account.Prosecutors said police were facing a “lengthy procedure” in order to obtain access and the investigation into Lucy’s death had been “considerably obstructed” as a result.Yvette Cooper, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, called on the Government and Facebook to create a fast legal procedure for such cases.”This was an appalling murder, and Lucy McHugh’s family need justice,” she told the Mail.”For there to be such long delays and cumbersome international processes for getting crucial information in such a serious case is deeply disturbing.”Facebook told the paper it was “co-operating with Hampshire Police”.Nicholson remains on bail for his arrest on suspicion of murder and sexual activity with a child. Facebook logoCredit:LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP The mother of schoolgirl Lucy McHugh has urged Facebook to give police access to an account belonging to the man suspected of murdering the 13-year-old.Stacey White said detectives could uncover information vital to their investigation if they are allowed to read messages sent and received by Stephen Nicholson before the teenager’s death.The care worker, 24, was jailed for 14 months on Friday over his refusal to hand over the password to his account.Investigators face having to take lengthy legal action in the US in order to obtain access, with the delay branded “deeply disturbing” by the head of the Commons Home Affairs Committee.Ms White has said unlocking the account would “certainly give police an idea of what was being said between Lucy and Stephen”. A charging decision is anticipated on October 27. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “In situations like this, Facebook really should just release the information that is needed and I think that is the opinion that everybody has,” she told the Daily Mail.”They should give over the account details. Lucy needs justice. It’s so easy for them to do.”Nicholson, a father-of-one, was staying at Lucy’s family home in Southampton until several days before she was found stabbed to death in woodland on July 26. A horse-drawn hearse carrying the coffin of 13-year-old Lucy McHugh August 27, 2018 According to prosecutors he had contact with the teenager as recently as the morning of her disappearance.While being questioned on suspicion of murder and sexual activity with a child, he twice refused to give detectives his Facebook password.Nicholson pleaded guilty to a charge under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) before his sentencing at Southampton Crown Court. read more

Irish booksellers could lose their jobs after library contracts outsourced to UK

first_imgIrish booksellers ‘could lose their jobs’ after library contracts outsourced to UK The chair of Bookselling Ireland said that “at least three Irish companies will more than likely go out of business”. 13,025 Views Irish booksellers and library suppliers offer unique local industry knowledge, and have been instrumental in supporting Irish publishers and authors by ensuring Irish content is available in Irish libraries. Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3195886 Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie File photo Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie By Sean Murray Share Tweet Email7 center_img Author and former Children’s Laureate Siobhán Parkinson said that, a year after we commemorated the 1916 rising, we should continue to promote events of Irish cultural and historical significance through the books we have in our libraries.She said: “A nation that aspires to develop independent thinking in its children needs a public library system that can provide our children with books written by Irish authors, published in Ireland (as well as elsewhere), mediated by specialist Irish librarians.“And supplied by specialist [children’s books] Irish library suppliers who have expertise in Irish requirements and can source and recommend the titles that Irish readers and especially Irish children want and need to read.If library supply contracts are outsourced to corporate entities outside Ireland, the cultural consequences will be enormous and irretrievable.Cultural groups want the government to implement a “cultural exemption” to the procurement process which, under EU directives, can make tender processes subject to cultural sensitivities.They say that, instead of locking out suppliers from overseas, “it would provide smaller Irish firms with some security for the future”.Kelly added that specialist Irish suppliers had worked with libraries here for decades, and that they were aware of the specific requirements that libraries up and down the country have.He said that a specific skillset will be lost if the contracts go ahead, and companies from outside Ireland take control of library supplies.“We won’t be around the next time a procurement process comes along,” he said. “We want this to be looked at again before the contracts are signed, but it’ll be a tough battle.”TheJournal.ie has asked the Local Government Management Agency, the State agency responsible for the provision of services to library authorities, for comment on the issue.Read: Staffless libraries: 111 people had membership withdrawn in pilot libraries, one over drunkennessRead: Cork community library shut on 90 minutes notice is closed ‘indefinitely’ File photo Jan 21st 2017, 7:45 AM Saturday 21 Jan 2017, 7:45 AM 34 Comments IRISH BOOKSELLERS have said that they are at risk of going out of business after a State decision to outsource the majority of procurement for new library books to the UK.The tender process for the procurement of library books has granted 60% of the €6 million annual contract to a UK company.The announcement of the contracts in December was met with dismay by Irish cultural bodies, such as the Irish Writers Centre and Poetry Ireland.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, the chair of Bookselling Ireland, Frank Kelly, said that the move may mean “at least three Irish companies will more than likely go out of business”.He also pointed out that the short-term gain for the government in terms of savings on books will be offset by the cost of people losing their jobs as smaller booksellers struggle to compete.Kelly said: “In the short run, the UK might be the cheaper option. Next time there’s a tender there won’t be any competition. They’d be free to increase their prices then. It’s a short-term gain for a long-term loss.”As well as the impact on local jobs and communities – Kelly employs over 10 people at his Sligo business – there are fears that there will be a negative cultural impact from this outsourcing.In a statement, Bookselling Ireland and Words Ireland said: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Post to Multiple Instagram Accounts Simultaneously

first_imgStay on target Report: Facebook Developing ‘Threads’ App For Close FriendsFall For the Viral Instagram Hoax? So Did Lots of Celebs Instagram now lets iOS users publish feed posts to multiple accounts at the same time.The photo-sharing service confirmed to TechCrunch that the option is available now to all iOS users.“We are rolling out this feature to provide a better experience for people who often post to multiple accounts,” a company spokesman told the news blog.The so-called “self regram” function would make it easier for businesses, influencers, and anyone with more than one Insta account to simultaneously promote content across profiles, instead of copying and pasting on each one.But, it could turn followers’ feeds into a scrolling stream of monotony—”with different audiences of different accounts seeing the same shots and captions,” TechCrunch said.And isn’t that level of impersonalness exactly why Instagram shunned a native regram feature (the ability to repost someone else’s snaps to your timeline) in the first place?Instagram gives iOS users the ability to publish a post to several accounts at once (via TechCrunch)Judging by a screenshot published by TechCrunch, users with multiple accounts can pick and choose one (or two, or three, or more) to share images, memes, videos, and text.The preference is currently available only to those running iOS: On the final page of the image-sharing process, look for the “Post to other accounts” drop-down menu. All logged-in accounts will appear, with the choice to toggle them on or off.There is no word on when (or if) this will hit Android, or whether it will reach Stories, as well.It’s also unclear how vital this function really is. Most multi-account holders use one for personal stuff and another for commerce, the two seemingly rarely overlapping in content.Instagram did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.More on Geek.com:Create Your Own 2018 Instagram Palette With This Cool AppInstagram Accidentally Released a Horizontal Scrolling FeatureInstagram Rolls Out Walkie-Talkie Voice Messaginglast_img read more

Gregoire takes aim at education reform

first_imgVancouver’s state Rep. Tim Probst, D-Vancouver, said Gov. Christine Gregoire’s education reform package should include financial incentives for school districts and their employees whose students show academic improvement.Probst said the House education and higher education committees on which he sits would likely offer such amendments when the package is considered during the regular legislative session, which begins Jan. 9.“Our education system is primarily funded by enrollment regardless of performance of the school,” Probst said. “We need to ask ourselves: Is it the enrollment we value or the performance?”Probst said he favors a system in which schools that show improvement receive a greater share of funding.However, Probst said the reform plan was a good step in recognizing the integral link between the state’s education system and its economy.Meanwhile, Gloria Smith, president of Evergreen Public Schools Education Association, said the four-tiered evaluation system the governor proposed Tuesday is a better indicator of performance than the existing system in which teachers are rated either satisfactory or unsatisfactory.last_img read more

Summit Ascent could see Russian tax rate double

first_img RelatedPosts Hong Kong-listed Summit Ascent Holdings Ltd could see gaming tax at its Russian integrated resort, Tigre de Cristal, double should the Russian Federation pass a draft bill proposing an increase to allowable tax rates.In a clarification announcement to investors on Tuesday, Summit Ascent outlined its current tax responsibilities at Tigre de Cristal, located in Vladivastok in the Primorye Integrated Entertainment Zone, which sees it pay the maximum rate allowed by law of RUB9,020,000 (US$154,770) per month – equal to RUB125,000 (US$2,145) per gaming table and RUB7,500 (US$129) per gaming machine. Summit Ascent completes HK$297 million fundraising exercise for Russian IR expansion VIP, slots growth at Tigre de Cristal sees Summit Ascent profits soar in 1H19 Summit Ascent to raise almost HK$300 million for Russian IR expansion via share placement Load More Tigre de Cristal has 55 gaming tables and 286 gaming machines.However, the draft bill proposes doubling the maximum monthly tax rate to RUB250,000 (US$4,290) per gaming table and RUB15,000 (US$258) per gaming machine.“There will be a negative impact of approximately RUB9,020,000 (US$154,770) on the monthly gaming tax payable of Tigre de Cristal, equivalent to an annual negative impact of approximately RUB108.24 million (US$1.857 million) assuming that the same number of gaming tables and gaming machines will be in operation as in September 2017,” the company said.The draft bill has gone through a first reading by the local legislative assembly, known as the State Duma, and must go through two more before it can be signed into law with the second reading scheduled for this Friday 10 November.Summit Ascent said that the Primorsky Government also intends to recommend no change to the tax imposed on the company even if the law is passed in order to attract investors to continue investing in the Primorsky Integrated Entertainment Zone, but added “there is no guarantee that the Primorsky Krai Duma would necessarily approve such a proposal.”Gaming tax in the Russian Federation has long been based on a fixed levy per gaming table or machine rather than on a percentage of gaming revenue, with taxes payable to local governments.last_img read more

Sands China bans shark fin from all Macau properties

first_img Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August RelatedPosts Macau gaming operator Sands China Ltd has banned shark fin from its restaurants.The company revealed in a press announcement on Tuesday that the ban came into effect as of 1 January 2019 and covers all food and beverage outlets – both internal and external – located at any of its Macau integrated resorts. Load More The initiative is part of Sands ECO360, the global sustainability strategy of Sands China’s parent company Las Vegas Sands Corp, which aims to incorporate responsible business operations in the areas of green buildings, environmentally responsible operations, green meetings and events, and stakeholder engagement and outreach.“This shark fin ban reflects our company’s firm commitment to continue reducing the environmental impact of our operations,” said Sands China’s SVP of Resort Operations and Development, Mark McWhinnie.“As a leader in our industry, we hope our actions inspire and encourage our customers and business partners in their own sustainability efforts in Macau and in the region.”Sands China’s recent green initiatives have included a company-wide ban on the use of plastic straws, which also came into effect this year.last_img read more

Experts say 2016 smashed previous records for Alaskas hottest year on record

first_img2016 was the warmest year on record statewide and in several communities, including Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow) and Kotzebue. The warmth contributed to several other records around the state, including the earliest breakup of the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers in Circle and Bethel, respectively, and the earliest greenup, in Fairbanks.(Image courtesy of NOAA)2016 was the warmest year in Alaska since the National Weather Service began keeping records in the state more than a century ago. Two weather-service climate specialists say that’s mainly because of extraordinarily warm ocean water, which in turn helped generate above-normal precipitation – especially in the Interior.Listen nowThe sun hasn’t risen in Utqiagvik since mid-November, but that didn’t keep the temperature from rising on New Year’s Day to above freezing.The high temperature in Alaska’s northernmost city, formerly known as Barrow, hit 36 degrees Fahrenheit on Jan. 1, reflecting in a way the extraordinarily warm year that had just ended.“2016, over much of Alaska, goes down as the warmest year of record,” Rick Thoman said. Thoman is the climate science and services manager at the Fairbanks National Weather Service office. “Equally impressive – or maybe more impressive, to me – is the persistence of the warmth.”Warm-temperature records fell on most days in communities around the state dueing 2016. In the Pribilof Island community of St. Paul, warm-temperature records were set on 333 days last year.(Image courtesy of NOAA)That’s a reference to the frequent above-normal temperatures that were recorded by weather stations around the state throughout the year.“Virtually everywhere in Alaska, 70 percent or more of the days during the year were warmer than normal,” Thoman said. “And in coastal Alaska, in general, 80 percent or more of the days were normal than normal. That’s really just phenomenal persistence of mild weather.”Anchorage climatologist Brian Brettschneider said the warm days just kept coming, day after day, with no appreciable cold snap during the winter, and relatively few days of what until recently would be considered normal, chilly winter weather.“At one point statewide, we were above-normal for 218 consecutive days,” Brettschneider said. “I mean, that’s just unheard of.”Brettschneider said 2016 blew past the previous record-setting warm year of 2015, which held the title for only a year after it had surpassed 2014.“The last three years have been the three warmest on record in Alaska,” Brettschneider said. “And 2016 was far and away warmer than either of the last two years … It’s the overarching story of 2016 – the unrelenting warmth.”2016 was the warmest year on record for several Alaskan communities; for others, it was the second- or third-warmest year. Around Utqiagvik/Barrow, high temperatures were more than 7 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 1981-2010 average. (Image courtesy of NOAA)The National Weather Service said the warmth last winter was fueled largely by warm ocean water generated by El Nino and boosted by a separate phenomenon called The Blob, a term scientists used to describe an amorphous area of unusually warm water in the northern Pacific. Thoman said those two factors likely were the main reasons for numerous record-warm days along the coast.“In coastal Alaska, in general, 80 percent or more of the days were above normal,” Thoman said. “That’s really just phenomenal persistence of mild weather.”Brettscheider said a lack of any appreciable sea ice contributed to the warm temperatures. The weather service recorded a record high in Klawock near the end of March of 71 degrees. It said the unusually warm winter was followed by a warm spring, which contributed to a very early snow melt, river break-up and greenup. Warm air can carry more moisture than cool air.Brettscheider said that’s demonstrated by the amount of precipitation that fell around the state in 2016, especially in the Interior.“Fairbanks had 150 percent of their normal annual precipitation. It was an extremely wet year in Fairbanks,” Brettschneider said. “The normal precipitation is about 10 inches.”That made 2016 the second-wettest year on record for Fairbanks. But Brettschneider said some areas, like the eastern Gulf of Alaska around Yakutat and parts of the southeastern panhandle were relatively dry. Statewide, the weather service said it was the 10th wettest year on record. Brettscheider predicted 2017 won’t be quite as warm nor wet. But he expected it will be, once again, a warmer and wetter-than-normal year.last_img read more

Mobile internet suspended restrictions imposed across Kashmir Valley

first_imgSecurity beefed up in Baramulla of Jammu and Kashmir.IANSRestrictions have been imposed across the Kashmir Valley from early Monday, it was announced in Srinagar. “Government has imposed restrictions under section 144 CrPC in District Srinagar with effect from 1200 Hrs on 5th August 2019 which shall remain in force till further orders.”As per the order, there shall be no movement of public and all educational institutions shall also remain closed. There will be a complete bar on holding any kind of public meetings or rallies during the period of operation of this order. Identity cards of essential services officials will be treated as movement passes wherever required.”However, there is no curfew in place as reported in a section of media,” an official statement said.Political leaders like Congress’ Usman Majid and Communist Party of India-Marxist MLA MY Tarigami said that they have been arrested, while police sources said that former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti will be under house arrest.Heavy deployments of local police, along with contingents of paramilitary forces, will fan out so that they are in place when the loudspeaker-mounted police vehicles make the announcement early morning.All universities in the Valley have ordered the cancellation of classwork and exams scheduled on Monday without announcing any future dates for the same.Mobile internet facility was been snapped across the state and sources said that even call facility on cell phones are likely to be cut soon, adding that this was being done to prevent anti-social elements from spreading rumours.All police stations, district and sector magistrates deputed on law and order duties have been provided satellite phones to maintain official communications.Service provider BSNL is offering satellite phones to media persons at Rs one lakh a piece to file stories from the Valley.All available indications suggest the locals have already stocked enough rations, medicines and other essentials to survive any eventuality even if this means remaining indoors for long.All top officers of state police, paramilitary forces and intelligence agencies are supervising the situation to ensure that there is no major law and order problem if any major decision is announced in New Delhi that would alter the constitutional relationship of the state with the rest of the country.Meanwhile, District Magistrates across the Valley, worried about an uncontrolled rush of buyers at petrol pumps, on Sunday imposed restrictions on sales.last_img read more

Party Politics Ep 51 Trump Declares DACA Dead But Is It Really

first_img X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, FileFILE – In this Jan. 23, 2018, file photo, immigration advocates hold a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, denied the Trump administration’s unusual request to overrule a judge who kept alive a program that shields young immigrants from deportation. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) 00:00 /22:40 On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news:Texas: Ted Cruz is ‘Tough As Texas’; Beto O’Rourke rolls in cashSpecial elections in Texas Senate: When are they happening–Unrest in 19? and the battle for SD 6Woman sentenced to five years for voting while on probationNational:President Donald Trump proposed Vladimir Putin visitTeacher strikesPruitt’s private plane and other assorted problemsAnd finally, Brandon and Jay talk about NAFTA, DACA, and the border wall. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Tweet us using #PartyPoliticsPod or email partypoliticspod@houstonpublicmedia.org. Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin and our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more

Viceroys ultramodern hotel in Los Cabos is unlike anything youve ever seen

first_img Posted by Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Viceroy’s ultra-modern hotel in Los Cabos is unlike anything you’ve ever seen Share Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Mexico, Viceroy Hotel Group LOS ANGELES — A super modern, ultra-luxe Viceroy hotel is coming to Los Cabos this year, marking Viceroy Hotel Group’s second property in Mexico.Scheduled to open in the spring, Viceroy Los Cabos, formerly the Hotel Mar Adentro, is Viceroy Hotel Group’s 14th property and will debut as a member of The Viceroy Icon Collection. The hotel is also the brand’s first collaboration with Rodina Group, which acquired the hotel in December 2017.Upon opening, what guests will notice first is the hotel’s sleek lines and minimal design, a departure from the warm and colourful look typical of other Caribbean properties. Considered an architectural achievement, the beachfront property is located in San José del Cabo on the outer rim of Baja California Sur and boasts 194 rooms, suites and villas plus 50 residences.On-site amenities include a beach bar and beach pool, state-of-the-art fitness centre and spa, and four newly updated dining outlets. Guests can also enjoy a cinema room for movie screenings, meeting spaces, and new restaurants and bars.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise Collection“This is an incredible opportunity to expand our presence in Mexico and to offer travellers a remarkable Viceroy experience in Los Cabos,” said Bill Walshe, Viceroy Hotel Group. “It is a privilege to collaborate with such an accomplished partner as Rodina, who shares our vision to create an extraordinary new modern luxury resort experience in one of the world’s most sought after destinations.”Minutes away from downtown San José del Cabo, guests have easy access to exciting nightlife, multiple dining options and nearby activities such as whale watching, marine park exploration and swimming in La Paz lagoon.Viceroy Los Cabos’ grand debut will coincide with the resort hosting the 2018 ‘Gala de Danza’, a dance and music festival that celebrates artistry and creativity.For more information go to viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/loscabos. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Dominican Javier Fortuna knocks Tiquito Vásquezs hopes for world title

first_img Facebook Comments Costa Rican boxer Bryan “Tiquito” Vásquez lost to Dominican Javier Fortuna Friday night in a heated battle for theWorld Boxing Association‘s  super featherweight, 130 pounds title.It was a gripping fight with both Vásquez and Fortuna landing a number of punches, however Fortuna’s precision, speed and stamina allowed him to improve his score as the rounds progressed.Tiquito had a lot of heart but he was unable to mount any sort of sustained offense against Fortuna.The fight was sometimes sloppy with both fighters throwing punches in the air. Vásquez began pressing the action in Round 3 and hammering Fortuna on the ropes, but overall the Dominican landed more blows and cleaner connects.Fortuna landed 64 more punches than Vásquez. Out of a total of 637 punches, he landed 237, or 37 percent, while Tiquito landed only 25 percent, or 174 out of 710 attempts.During the last seconds of the seventh round the Dominican was about to knock Vásquez out, but Tiquito managed to return a few hits.In previous days, Fortuna had predicted a knock-out ending for the fight, however the bout, held at the Barclays Center in New York, went on for the full 12 rounds.Fortuna (28-0-1, 20 knockouts), ended the last two rounds by dancing and celebrating to a chorus of boos from the crowd. But the judges’ decision was unanimous in favor of the Dominican: 117-111, 117-111 and 116-112.In the end, the fight’s intensity showed on both of the boxers’ faces: Fortuna had a visibly swollen left eye and Tiquito displayed cuts on both eyes.Vásquez (34-2, 18 knockouts) said he has to keep his head high, look forward and continue.“He constantly hit me with his head and elbows, he threw several low blows but the referee never said anything. The guy is too dirty, that’s the right word for him, but it doesn’t matter because in the end he won the title,” a visibly upset Vásquez told Telenoticias reporters who attended the fight.Shortly after the fight Tiquito posted a message on Twitter saying he was sorry to have dissapointed his fans and that he had given it his best shot. No lo puedo creer … Hice mi mejor esfuerzo … Siento defraudarlos … Seguimos para adelante adelante Costa Rica— Bryan Vasquez (@BryanTiqVasquez) May 30, 2015center_img Related posts:Costa Rican boxer Tiquito Vásquez shoots for world title in Brooklyn Costa Rica’s world boxing champions win fights on the same night Boxing: Nicaragua’s ‘Chocolatito’ González, from garbage collector to flyweight champ Hanna Gabriels retains her world titles in vibrant fightlast_img read more

Syrian rebels launch offensive aimed at southern city

first_img Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “Our armed forces repelled them and inflicted large casualties among them” al-Hannous said. “The situation is under control and they did not advance even one meter.”___Associated Press writer Omar Akour in Amman, Jordan contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels launched an offensive Thursday to capture government-held neighborhoods in the southern city of Daraa, setting off fighting that killed dozens of people, including a man struck by a shell that slammed into a market in a nearby Jordanian border town.Daraa is the birthplace of the uprising against President Bashar Assad that erupted in 2011. The uprising began with mostly peaceful protests but escalated into a full-blown civil war after a brutal government crackdown. The new offensive started around dawn Thursday, aiming to “liberate the city of Daraa,” said Maj. Issam el Rayyes, spokesman for the Southern Front, a coalition of several dozen moderate rebel groups that is leading the push.The spokesman said rebels and government troops were clashing in several locations.Syrian State TV said rebel shelling attacks on Daraa killed six people and wounded 13. It said electricity was cut in the city after a main station was hit north of Daraa.A Jordanian security official said one man was killed and four people were wounded when a shell from Syria struck a market in the Jordanian border town of Ramtha. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue with reporters.The website of the Jordanian daily Al-Rai said a total of three shells hit Ramtha and that the sound of explosions on the Syrian side of the border could be heard throughout the day. It said the four wounded included two 12-year-old boys.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 20 troops and pro-government gunmen as well as 18 rebels were killed on the first day of fighting.Daraa governor Mohammed Khaled al-Hannous told Syrian state TV that the attack on the city began at 5:30 a.m. (0230 GMT) with intense shelling. Parents, stop beating yourself up New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories last_img read more

NZ acquisition to support helloworld launch and expansion

first_imgNZ acquisition to support helloworld launch and expansionHelloworld Limited is pleased to announce that it has agreed terms to acquire up to 10 retail travel stores from Air New Zealand ahead of the launch of the helloworld brand in New Zealand early 2016. The acquisition is subject to certain pre-completion conditions.The agreed consideration and anticipated effect on profit are not material. HLO CEO Elizabeth Gaines said the acquisition would support the strategic growth of HLO’s operations in New Zealand.“The intended acquisition of up to 10 retail travel stores from Air New Zealand would expand our geographical footprint, add strength to our existing networks and would assist in building the critical mass from which to launch the helloworld brand in New Zealand.”“HLO has a strong presence in New Zealand with over 90 agents currently operating under the Harvey World Travel and United Travel brands. The opportunity to transition to a unified helloworld brand will deliver a consolidated share of voice for our agents, as well as economies of scale for the business.”“HLO remains focused on delivering for our shareholders, agents, partners and consumers and this proposed strategic expansion of our retail footprint reflects that commitment.” HelloworldSource = helloworldlast_img read more

Q3 Home Prices Fall While Some State Sales Rise

first_img November 9, 2011 443 Views in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Q3 Home Prices Fall While Some State Sales Rise Existing-home prices sagged in most metropolitan areas over the third quarter, pointing to a soft spot in job security for people across the country as home affordability hovers around record highs.[IMAGE]A quarterly report by the “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/ (NAR) revealed that more than two-thirds of all metropolitan areas suffered plunges in home prices from last year. Thirty-one percent of single-family home markets meanwhile saw gains in home prices.””Home sales need to recover first ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô only then can prices stabilize,”” “”Lawrence Yun””:http://www.realtor.org/research/chief_economist_bio, NAR’s chief economist, said in a statement. “”Existing home-sales are little changed from the second quarter but are notably higher than a year ago.””The NAR found state existing-home sales falling by 0.1 percent to crest at a seasonally adjusted 4.9 million over the third quarter.The national median for existing single-family home prices fell by 4.7 percent to hit $169,500 over the third quarter. Distressed home sales declined by a few percentage points to land at 30 percent, down from 33 percent from the last quarter and 34 percent from the same time frame last year.All-cash home purchases stayed at around 29 percent over the third quarter, largely unchanged from the second [COLUMN_BREAK]quarter and figures seen during the same time frame last year. NAR said that cash purchasers sopped up 20 percent of all third-quarter transactions.First-time buyers bought up 32 percent of homes over the third quarter, a few percentage points less than the 35 percent seen over the second quarter.In the statement, “”Ron Phipps””:http://www.realtor.org/about_nar/fullbio_phipps, NAR’s president, described figures for home sales as those that should be higher in lieu of the housing market’s all-time affordability.””Housing affordability conditions have been at a record high this year, rents are rising and homes are selling for less than the cost of construction in most of the country,”” he said. “”For people with secure jobs, good credit and long-term plans, today’s conditions will be remembered as a golden opportunity to enter the housing market.””Regions across the country varied in terms of their existing-home sales. The Northeast underwent a 0.9-percent uptick over the third quarter, with median existing single-family home prices dipping year-over-year by 6.5 percent for the region.The Midwest emerged with a slightly healthier spat of sales, as existing-home sales for the region climbed the ladder to 2.5 percent over the third quarter. Median existing single-family home prices for the region fell by 2.2 percent from the year before.The South bore witness to minimal change for existing-home sales, with median existing single-family home prices falling only 2.2 percent from the year before.For the West, existing-home sales tumbled by a few percentage points to crest at 2.6 percent over the third quarter, with Yun calling sales figures “”dominated by cash investors in the lower price ranges.””The figures for existing-home sales and prices follow a series of ongoing troughs for payrolls, with the U.S. economy picking up about 80,000 jobs over October.center_img Share Agents & Brokers Confidence Existing-Home Sales First-Time Homebuyers Fixed-Rate Mortgage Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability Investment Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Payrolls Pending-Home Prices Processing Service Providers Underwriting Standards Unemployment Valuation 2011-11-09 Ryan Schuettelast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Steve Wilks, Cardinals Head Coach Top Stories NFL.com’s Peter Schrager nailed it on April 23, but his predicted price of the trade was much higher than it actually was.Arizona trades the 15th and 47th overall picks to move up five spots for their quarterback of the future. From Day One of this process, Rosen has been viewed as the purest passer of the bunch. If he’s the fourth quarterback taken, he’ll use that to fuel him for the rest of his career.The Cardinals, actually, would only give up the Nos. 79 and 152 picks in the deal with the Raiders to move up.ESPN’s Todd McShay released his final mock draft the day of the draft and also hit on the prediction.Another trade! Arizona doesn’t have to give up nearly as much to move up five spots and get ahead of Miami for a QB. Rosen is the most natural thrower of the football in this class and gives the Cardinals a QB to build around.McShay also had the Bills trading up to draft Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, which did happen, but he thought it would happen at No. 5 and not No. 7. – / 97 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 1 Comments   Share   Your browser does not support the audio element. Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, presents UCLA’s Josh Rosen with his Arizona Cardinals jersey during the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Mock drafts provide a lot of insight and analysis leading up to the big day of the NFL Draft.Once the clock starts, though, most mock drafts can be thrown out the window in terms of accuracy by the time five picks are read off.Related LinksCardinals head into Day 2 of NFL Draft with long-term QB, holes to fillJosh Rosen to the Cardinals: Reaction to the NFL Draft-day trade, pickCall it robbery: Cardinals hit home run with trade, pick of QB Josh RosenWhy Cardinals first-round pick Josh Rosen fell in 2018 NFL Draft‘Aggressive’ Arizona Cardinals land franchise quarterback in Josh RosenThat made it a surprise Thursday when not one but two mock drafts called the shocking trade made by the Arizona Cardinals.The Cardinals traded with the Oakland Raiders, moving from No. 15 to 10th, in order to select UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen.last_img read more