Calling on Israel to end Lebanon blockade Annan urges Hizbollah to free

Mr. Annan made his remarks after meeting Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and his cabinet to further discuss implementation of Security Council resolution 1701 that ended the recent month-long conflict between Hizbollah and Israel. “The Secretary-General… called for the lifting of the Israeli blockade and the return of the Israeli soldiers. He also stressed the importance of having ‘one law, one authority and one gun’ in Lebanon,” United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York. On his arrival in Beirut, Mr. Annan said this was a “very critical time,” and stressed that it was important for him to discuss personally with the Lebanese authorities the aftermath of the war and the measures being taken to implement UN resolutions, “and also to underscore international solidarity.” Later the Secretary-General also met with Lebanese Parliamentary Speaker Nabih Berri, during which he assured him that the UN and the international community wanted to work “very, very effectively with the parties” to ensure full implementation of resolution 1701 so that there will be “long-term peace in this region.” “We have a chance now to have a long-term ceasefire and a long-term peace and we all need to work together. This is the purpose of my visit here.” The Secretary-General is also scheduled to have a working dinner hosted by Prime Minister Siniora which Alain Pelligrini, the head of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), will also attend. UNIFIL said today its force commander had met senior representatives of the Lebanese and Israeli armies this morning at the Ras Naqoura border crossing in the south to discuss and coordinate the latest progress of withdrawal and deployment as stipulated by resolution 1701. It described the meeting as “productive” and said others were scheduled. From Lebanon, Mr. Annan is also scheduled to travel to Israel to discuss the cessation of hostilities and longer-term peace in the Middle East and he will then go to other countries in the region, including Iran. The Secretary-General’s trip follows his high-level meeting with European Union (EU) ministers in Brussels on Friday during which EU countries agreed to provide the ‘backbone’ to a beefed-up UN force of up to 15,000 troops in Lebanon as called for by resolution 1701. European officials said between 5,600 and 6,900 extra soldiers were pledged during the meeting, plus sea, air and logistical support, and Mr. Annan has said it is vital that advanced units of this expanded force be on the ground as soon as possible. read more

Motor industry facts at your fingertips

Motor industry Facts 2008 can be downloaded here. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Taking key facts from leading SMMT publications, this gives an overview of the environmental performance of the automotive sector. It is also packed with car and commercial vehicle registration and production data, as well as highlighting key safety issues. The core data provided is from SMMT’s Data Services team. They’re the people who process the numbers every month to provide accurate and timely data for the monthly releases on car and commercial vehicle registrations. And, to whet your appetite for Motor Industry Facts 2008 here’s some of the information you can find on its pages:* Registrations of alternatively fuelled vehicles nearly doubled in 2007 compared to the previous year.* The number of new car registrations in VED band C (121-150g/km) increased to 32.7% in 2007 compared to just 7.8% in 1997.* One in three cars registered in 2007 was from the supermini sector.* There are 4,247,958 commercial vehicles on UK roads. “For more than three decades, the dedicated data department has supplied a range of authoritative reports and publications acknowledged as the most comprehensive, reliable and accurate source of automotive information in the industry,” said Paul Everitt SMMT chief executive. “The society is not only a source for people to find vehicle data though as each department has a wealth of knowledge about industry issues. We’re ready and willing to provide comment on a variety of topics.” Where would the discerning investigative journalist be likely to go for facts and figures about the motor industry? The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders of course! As the voice of the motor industry, SMMT provides comment about environmental and other key issues and the latest edition of Motor Industry Facts will give you sector information at your fingertips. read more

University society asked comedians to sign safe space contract for event with

It decreed that the comedy night would be a “safe space” and all topics discussed by performers must be “presented in a way that is respectful and kind”. Unicef on Campus at Soas, University of London, tried to book five comics to appear at an unpaid charity gig in January, but the invitation came with a “behavioural agreement form”. The form continued: “By signing this contract, you are agreeing to our no tolerance policy with regards to racism, sexism, classism, ageism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia or… A university society has provoked ridicule by asking comedians to sign a “safe space” contract, forbidding them from making jokes about class, race or sexuality.

Caricom observes World AIDS Day 2017

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHIV prevention response inadequate – PANCAPJanuary 22, 2019In “Health”Op-Ed: World AIDS DayNovember 30, 2018In “Health”SASOD honoured with world’s leading award in response to HIVJuly 22, 2014In “Business” The Caricom Secretariat, in collaboration with the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV & AIDS (PANCAP), has staged its 5th annual commemoration of World AIDS Day, being observed across the globe today, December 1.The event has been in keeping with this year’s theme, which is the “Right to Health”; it zoomed in on the efforts made to allow for the much-needed access to health care for persons living with HIV & AIDS across the region.This theme has been chosen because it has been recognised that although much strides have been made in bringing attention to this dreaded disease, persons who are infected are still not given equal access to health care services, like obtains with any other chronic disease. As such, this year’s observance is meant to bring attention to this issue.Speaking at the ceremony hosted at the Caricom Secretariat on Thursday, Vivian Rookhum, Senior Officer attached to the Coordinating Unit of PANCAP, in his address on behalf of the PANCAP Director, indicated that the initiative is aimed at highlighting that everyone has the right to the highest attainable health care without discrimination and stigma. This, he noted, is echoed in a wide array of international commitments.He outlined the significant accomplishments of his organisation, particularly as relates to the fight against HIV & AIDS.“Since its establishment in 2001, PANCAP has seen many successes, including the sharpest regional decline in HIV incidents — by 48.1% between 2001 and 2013; decline in AIDS-related deaths by 50% from 2000 to 2016; and ARV (Anti-retroviral drugs) coverage increased to 52% from less than 5% in 2001,” relayed Rookhum.This, he noted, is paired with capacity building of health care providers across the region.The PANCAP official further pointed out: “Despite the overall gains, considerable challenges remain for the Caribbean, which (still) has an unacceptably high HIV prevalence among key populations. While 64% of people living with HIV knew their status in 2016, 36% did not; 52% are on treatment, while 48% are not.”With that in mind, he contended that in order for there to be further reductions in AIDS-related mortality and transmission, there must be increased efforts at providing services and awareness where HIV is more heavily concentrated.“Achieving universal access to comprehensive, high quality, integrated HIV prevention and treatment services requires inclusive and harmonised multi-sectorial action, including the removal of legal, social and cultural barriers,” expressed Rookhum.Echoing similar sentiments was Deputy Secretary General of Caricom, Manorma Soeknandan. During her remarks, she indicated, “While we have been dealing with this devastating disease, HIV/AIDS, for over three decades, it has taught us many lessons.”Soeknandan elaborated, “The AIDS response leveraged rights, expanded access to life saving medicines, expanded health systems, and increased access to acceptable and quality health and social protection services without discrimination or coercion.”Moreover, she underscored that strides made for the prevention of HIV and AIDS have paved the way for improved health care services for other chronic and non-communicable diseases.Meanwhile, this event aligns with Caricom’s years-long tradition of reflecting on the regional campaign to stamp out HIV and AIDS, while assessing the efficiency of avenues available for the provision of health care services to those affected by the disease. Each year, this local aspect of World AIDS Day observance is marked by making a donation to the National Aids Programme Secretariat (NAPS) in offering assistance to persons living with HIV and AIDS. read more

Another night of stormy weather and high tides cause severe flooding

first_img(Photo courtesy of @Alanpbarry)HIGH TIDES AND THE severe weather caused further flooding overnight, with the worst affected area being Cork City, where the River Lee burst its banks yesterday evening.At around 8pm last night the waters of the River Lee flowed over the barrier walls, spilling into the city streets.The water flowed down the South Mall and onto Oliver Plunkett Street forcing gardaí to close of large parts of the city centre.This is the second night that the stormy weather and high tides have caused significant damage to the city.Speaking in RTE’s Morning Ireland, Cork City Mayor, Counsellor Catherine Clancy said she believes these are the worst floods since 2004.She said that lot of damage, has been done, but that Cork City Council did try and be prepared as they could be by giving out over 1,800 gel bags and over 650 sand bags.She added this did help the situation, however, water did get into some premises. Some kayakers decided to make the most of the situation by kayaking down Cork Street.Canoeists on the South Mall, Cork. Pic: Paloma Kreischer(Via @AcornBlinds) Meanwhile on Oliver Plunkett Street in the city, this woman tried to cycle her way home in the floods.(Via @AcornBlinds)High tide later this morning is causing further fears for the people of Cork, who fear they may not have seen the worst of it yet.John Mulvihill Jnr, Mayor of Cobh told RTE they were essentially cut off yesterday, which he said worried him for future emergencies as there would be no access.A woman walks through flood water in Cork city. (PA Images)Across the countryMeanwhile, other parts of the country are also waking up to damage caused by the stormy weather.Fallen trees, debris and flooding after excessive rainfall are the main problems throughout Leinster, Munster and Connacht.There is localised flooding in Wexford, Carlow and Waterford. Flooding was also reported in Kilkenny and Arklow.There are also dangerous conditions on the roads this morning, with temporary blocks on routes due to flood water and trees blocking roads from Clane to Kilcock, the Dublin Road into Naas, Ballymore Eustace and Newcastle to Rathnew in Wicklow.Around 8,500 households are without power, mainly in the southeast of the country.ESB Networks say crews are working to restore power.RoadsAA Roadwatch reports a collapsed wall on the Dundrum/Cashel Road and are asking drivers to take extreme care.Exiting the M50 northbound at J11 Tallaght there is also flooding, with one or two lane to close shortly.Today there will be further heavy showers according to Met Eireann, who said there will  be some thundery downpours and local flooding. There will be strong to gale force easterly winds over Leinster, Ulster and Connacht and also strong to gale force westerly winds later this morning and this afternoon over Munster.Met Eireann warns that there is another severe storm depression due to hit on Friday.(Weather making its way from the Atlantic on Friday. Via magicseaweed.com)Read: VIDEO: Yes, these people are kayaking down a flooded Cork street>Read: More rain and wind forecast tonight – so be careful on the roads>last_img read more

Driver killed after twocar collision in Co Limerick

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING a fatal collision involving two cars, which occurred this afternoon near Charleville, Co Limerick.The crash happened at around 12.30 pm, on the N20 at Creggane.The driver of one of the vehicles was seriously injured and subsequently pronounced dead at the scene.The body will be removed to Midwestern Regional Hospital in Limerick for a post-mortem later today.The driver of the other car was taken to Limerick Regional hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and there were no passengers in either vehicle.This is the second fatal road accident in Co Limerick in just 24 hours, after a 17-year-old boy was killed yesterday when the quad bike he was driving collided with a tractor on the Oola to Doon Road.Today’s incident brings to 107 the number of people killed on Irish roads so far in 2014, an increase of three from this time last year.Witnesses are asked to call Bruff Garda station on 061-382-940, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111, or to contact any Garda station.Read: Teenager killed in Limerick when his quad bike collided with a tractor>last_img read more

LG Nexus 4 revealed early by Carphone Warehouse

first_imgMan, it’s sure hard to keep secrets if you’re a company with a smartphone or tablet you want to keep quiet until launch day. Just ask Apple. If some sneaky devil with a camera isn’t snapping pics of pre-production units, retailers are letting inventory listings slip out left and right. Listings like the one Carphone Warehouse posted for the LG Nexus 4.With this latest leak, the Nexus 4 has cemented its status as the worst kept smartphone secret ever. There aren’t a whole lot of new details contained in the Carphone Warehouse posting, but what we’ve already seen before has been confirmed:quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor4.7-inch display with 1280 x 720 native resolution (roughly 320ppi)8GB of internal storageno microSD expansion slot, in keeping with previous Nexus device offerings8 megapixel rear-facing camera with 360-degree panorama supportAndroid 4.2And of course there’s mention made of the new Swype-style Nexus Keyboard, which Carphone Warehouse refers to as “Gesture Typing. ” It’s also noted that the Nexus 4 will officially go on sale on October 30th, just a day after Google’s launch event.One particularly juicy tidbit that we hadn’t heard of previously is that the Nexus 4 may very well be free on-contract. Carphone Warehouse shows the $0 deal on new activations with either Vodafone or O2.Whether that means we’ll all be able to get our hands on the smartphone equivalent of a Nexus 7 that’s actually priced similarly remains to be seen, but CW’s itchy trigger finger has certainly given us reason to hope.More at BBClast_img read more

Opinion Big businesses will cry wolf and fire accusations of nannystatism at

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4594588 Public health as a discipline has been overshadowed by advances in the biomedical sphere for decades.Now that we’re facing an onslaught of preventable chronic diseases that we cannot cure with a pill (as with infectious diseases), it’s time that public health approaches are recognised and valued as the largest contributor to maintaining good health for longer.Health researchers know that ‘we cannot treat our way out of cancer’.The projections for cancer incidence alone could threaten the financial sustainability of our health system by the middle of this century.Measures such as the workplace smoking ban (15 years old this week) and the recent Public Health (Alcohol) Bill are ‘upstream approaches’ in public health.This means that instead of firefighting to save lives downstream, we change the focus to fostering and preserving good health now, preventing the illness from ever occurring.We do this by tackling the causes of ill-health and the ‘causes of causes’.For example, if obesity is a cause of cancer and diabetes, we try to reduce levels of obesity.The big picturePublic health researchers study health systems and services, population health needs and inequalities, demographics, health statistics, disease patterns (epidemiology), causes of disease, and health promotion and protection.Public health professionals can be medics, who work in the community, but they’re also statisticians, epidemiologists, environmental scientists, economists, policy analysts, sociologists, geographers and historians, or a mix of those.According to the Institute of Medicine in the US: public health is “what we, as a society, do collectively to assure the conditions for people to be healthy”.It is said that sickness is an inevitable part of ageing but there is a big difference between the general effects of ageing and premature onset of multiple preventable chronic diseases in your 50s or 60s.If we are going to reduce the incidence of cancer, and other chronic diseases such as asthma and COPD, there are a few key things we need:Housing for allEasy access to healthy and affordable foodReduce dangerous levels of air pollution (particularly in cities)Clean water free from microbeads and other pollutantsLocal infrastructure to support active travel such as greenwaysJobs that encourage physical movementStronger regulation for industries that profit from causing ill-health – such as tobacco, alcohol and sugar.The HSE was given a budget of €16 billion in 2019.Health and wellbeing was allocated €121 million which works out as less than 0.001% of the overall budget.Even though there are elements of public health in activities under other budget lines, this still gives a clear indication of how little we prioritise public health.Big businesses will cry wolf and fire accusations of nanny-statism at any public health intervention.But we need to look to the smoking ban, seat-belts and food labelling, as well as cycling infrastructure and firearm regulation (in the US) and ask, do they limit or increase our freedoms?With our community groups and representatives, we can collectively demand the policies and regulation necessary to create healthy liveable environments. Opinion: ‘Big businesses will cry wolf and fire accusations of nanny-statism at any public health intervention’ But education and individual agency cannot help people to ‘do the right thing’ when it comes to their health, writes Maebh Ní Fhallúin. Apr 18th 2019, 7:01 AM 11,311 Views HOW IS IT possible that the US spends more money on healthcare than any developed country but still has poorer outcomes?Public health research can tell us a lot about this apparent paradox within the US healthcare system.For starters, healthcare in the US is relatively expensive compared with other countries and is mostly delivered by private healthcare companies who extract enormous profits.So, while this money may be considered health spending, much of it does not actually contribute to the cost of providing healthcare and keeping people healthy.There is a massive wealth gap in the US and it has no system of universal healthcare.Very rich people spend vast sums of money and benefit from expensive cutting-edge treatments, in hospitals akin to 5-star hotels, while poor people often struggle to access even basic community care services.There is also evidence of widespread waste in the US health system, including overtreatment, which is related to the commercial nature of the system.Public health research points to another reason for this incongruity between health spending and outcomes, and it lies beyond the healthcare sector entirely.Health is not simply related to healthcare.In fact, studies show that formal healthcare contributes to approximately 15% of the overall health of the population. (That is not insignificant; healthcare is vital when people get sick and this generally increases as the population ages.)But we have to ask what constitutes the other 85% of factors that influence the health of the population?According to research, they include behavioural patterns, genetic predisposition, social circumstances and environmental exposure.The study of genetics is an evolving and ethically challenging field.However, there is a strong body of evidence that the other factors – behavioural, social and environmental, can be addressed.They largely concern the context in which we live, grow and work.Behavioural causes of diseaseHow our own behaviour contributes to disease is a really interesting area that is contributing to the broader field of behavioural science.Research shows that ‘nudge theory’ (which is when we implement measures that gently encourage people to change their behaviour) isn’t very effective at scale to address grand challenges, like obesity and climate change.We’re beginning to understand human behaviour in terms of how we interact and are influenced by our environment rather than the simplistic idea of individuals choosing to make ‘good’ or ‘bad’ choices.For example, we now know that commercial marketing techniques are designed to erode individual willpower, so unless healthy options significantly outweigh unhealthy ones, education alone cannot help people to ‘do the right thing’.There is an abundance of academic literature on the most effective ways to influence behavioural change at scale and they largely relate to influencing the following: the physical environment (e.g. cycle lanes); the regulatory environment (e.g. clear food labelling and ‘no-fry zones’); the policy environment (e.g. health-proofing all policies); and the fiscal environment (e.g. taxes on cigarettes and sugary drinks).These policies have been shown to have a much greater impact on the health of the overall population than approaches which focus solely on individual agency.The leading causes of death in this country are cancer and heart disease, chronic diseases commonly referred to as ‘lifestyle diseases’, which is somewhat misleading.These diseases are often preventable (not always) but only if the context and environment in which a person lives are supportive of living healthily. Otherwise, it is extremely difficult for an individual on his or her own to change their behaviour and sustain those changes.Public health interventions at the household level and in settings such as schools and workplaces are also less effective than broader community and societal measures.Social and environmental causes of diseaseHealth outcomes are inextricably linked to your economic status. People who live in wealthier neighbourhoods, attend good schools and have better-paid jobs, and job security, tend to have better health.Needless to say, having a home is the most fundamental determinant of health.When there are significant wealth disparities within a country, the overall health of the population worsens and Richard Wilkinson writes about this in detail in his book ‘The Spirit Level’.We know that adopting population approaches to improving health can also do more to address health inequalities than individual level approaches.We should remember that the largest increases in life expectancy over the last 100 years were down to public health measures, such as clean water, sanitation, tobacco control and vaccination – rather than healthcare. Maebh Ní Fhallúin Share36 Tweet Email3 center_img By Maebh Ní Fhallúin This will help to relieve much of the pressure on our precious health system.  Maebh Ní Fhallúin has a Masters in Public Health. She is a public health policy researcher and advisor with a background in media and communications. 9 Comments Thursday 18 Apr 2019, 7:00 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

New round of talks in Brussels

first_imgPrime Minister Alexis Tsipras was due to be locked in talks on Wednesday night with key European officials after Greece’s lenders submitted new proposals for measures to unlock 7.2 billion euros in bailout funds that Athens dismissed as being unacceptable.Tsipras, accompanied by State Minister Nikos Pappas and Alternate Minister for International Economic Relations Euclid Tsakalotos, held talks for several hours with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde after lenders demanded the Greek government adopt more spending cuts than it had proposed.This meeting was followed by a brief Eurogroup meeting, where finance ministers were not able to take any decisions as the previous talks had not arrived at a conclusion. A decision was reached for the ministers to reconvene at 1 p.m. in Brussels on Thursday, by which time they hope to have a document that they can assess.“We will work through the night if we have to,” said Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who was also due to take part in Wednesday night’s talks along with European Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici and European Stability Mechanism chief Klaus Regling.A government official said Greece’s delegation had expected talks in Brussels on Wednesday to focus on Greek proposals that “the institutions had accepted as a basis for discussion on Monday.” However, the creditors submitted their own proposal, “which transfers the burden to salaried workers and pensioners in a way that is socially unfair while also proposing measures to avoid increasing the burden on the privileged,” the official said.“The Greek side is unable to go in such a direction,” the official added, noting that “negotiations are continuing at all levels.”The creditors’ latest demands include that Greece raise revenue to the tune of 1 percent of gross domestic product from reforms to the value-added tax system, as compared to 0.74 percent of GDP as proposed by Greece. Overhauls proposed by creditors would lead to the VAT on cafes and restaurants increasing to 23 percent from the current 13 percent. The VAT on basic supermarket staples such as pasta and rice would increase to 23 percent. Creditors also want Greece to gradually phase out the low-level pension benefit known as EKAS.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

The Joker Loses Face on Gotham

first_imgStay on target NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News Gotham had to be very careful with how it handled The Joker. Part of the reason he’s such a terrifying villain is his lack of a concrete backstory. Nobody knows for sure where he came from, or how he got that way. Every attempt to explain The Joker even a little bit has been terrible, from Justice League‘s “there are three” cop out last summer to The Killing Joke. (Yes, The Killing Joke is terrible. Even Alan Moore says so, and he wrote the thing.)But Gotham is all about origin stories. That’s part of why we watch it, to see the beginnings of our favorite Batman villains. So how do they solve this problem? By making their version of The Joker’s origin the craziest thing, we’ve ever seen. After all, the show’s complete insanity is the other reason we watch Gotham.Last night’s episode began with the cult of Jerome-worshipers stealing his body. The GCPD investigates the scene, and Gordon realizes what they plan to do immediately. Lucky for Gordon, one of the cult members was wounded during the break-in. Instead of taking him to a hospital, Gordon takes him in for interrogation. He learns where Dwight’s lab is, but there’s a mole inside the department. Dwight gets word the police are on their way and is forced to clear out before he can bring Jerome back to life. So, he does the only rational thing he can: Cuts Jerome’s face off and wears it as a mask. Did Gotham’s writers have a Nic Cage marathon before writing this episode?Gordon arrives at Dwight’s lab to find a dead henchman and a faceless Jerome. He brings both back to the morgue at GCPD and figures that Dwight must have known they were coming. Gordon draws the mole out and brings him to the interrogation room. With a little help from Lee and a syringe of sodium pentothal, they learn where Dwight is going. Ready for more awkward times with Gordon and Lee? No? Thankfully, their soap opera scene is short this week. Lee tells Gordon off and goes back to the morgue where, surprise, Jerome has come back to life. Dwight’s experiment worked, just on a delay. And now he’s wondering where his face is.Morena Baccarin in the Smile Like You Mean It episode of GOTHAM (Credit: Jessica Miglio/FOX.)This leads to probably the best scene in the whole show. Jerome keeps asking Lee about what he’s missed since he’s been dead, and she answers in a bored, matter-of-fact, almost annoyed way. She has seen far weirder things than this. A faceless psychopath brought back from the dead is just another day in Gotham City.Meanwhile, Dwight has used his Jerome-face mask to convince his cult that they are all Jerome and that he is their leader. After stealing some news equipment, they hijack a broadcast and Dwight makes what he thinks is a Jerome-like speech. Unfortunately for him, Jerome is watching, and he is not impressed. He steals a cop car and arrives at the scene just behind Gordon and the rest of the GCPD. Gordon sneaks into the building, rescues the hostages and arrests or shoots the cult members. Once outside, he gets a call from Lee warning him that Jerome is on his way. He goes to check on Dwight only to find a dead police officer.Jerome has taken him to a power plant. After stapling his face back on in one of the episodes most cringe-inducing scenes, he broadcasts a message to the city, inviting them to go crazy. He then blows up the power plant with Dwight trapped inside, and the city is engulfed in darkness. “Mad City” may finally make good on its title next week.GOTHAM: Camren Bicondova in the Smile Like You Mean It episode of GOTHAM (Credit: Jessica Miglio/FOX.)While the main story was crazy, scary and wonderful, Bruce and Selina had a more down-to-earth subplot. The man, Selina’s mom owes money to shows up at Wayne Manor demanding $200,000. After some discussion with Selina and her mom, Bruce agrees to pay up. It’s not like he’ll miss the money anyway. Selina has her suspicions, though, which turn out to be completely founded. Her mother is working with the man. The only reason she came back into Selina’s life is to get money out of her new boyfriend. Selina realizes that Bruce must have had his suspicions and confronted him for not telling her. This is where we see that Bruce can be kind of a jerk. He’s condescending and manipulative, seeing nothing wrong with lying to Selina and essentially paying her mother to stay with her. Selina rightly calls him out, and storms out of Wayne Manor.Those were the two good storyline’s this week. Penguin’s is in a holding pattern at this point. He believes Nygma has been kidnapped and Barbara is making sure he grows more paranoid by the day. That’s about all we get this week. The Riddler vs. Penguin thing is turning out a little lame. Let’s hope it turns into something interesting soon.Despite that one weak link, this week’s Gotham turned in a very strong episode. Cameron Monaghan is borrowing heavily from Heath Ledger’s performance in The Dark Knight, but he’s adding enough of his own twist on it to keep things interesting. It’s a version of The Joker we haven’t seen before, and that’s exciting. Next Monday is the winter finale before the show takes a break, and I can’t wait to see what the new Joker will do in a city without power.last_img read more

From the seventh division to the Bundesliga the story of Weydandt

first_imgThe now Hannover footballer was in the Lower Saxony city’s amateur leagues just four years ago, and in the fourth division a few weeks agoHannover 96 forward Hendrik Weydandt must be thinking he’s dreaming.Four years ago he was playing in the seventh division, the Lower Saxony city’s amateurs leagues; a few weeks ago in the fourth division, and on the weekend in the Bundesliga.He has not only come from the lower division to the top flight of the German football, but he also has managed to score in his two matches with Hannover.“I just wanted to see if he could show me his scoring qualities,” manager André Breitenreiter said to the official Bundesliga website.“He’s very hard working, so actually it’s no coincidence he’s here.”“It’s crazy; it’s like a fairy tale,” said Hannover’s sporting director Horst Heldt.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“This is what makes football so special. He was still kicking about in the local amateur leagues just a few years ago and I think this was only his second or third time on the ball, and he takes his chance so coolly.”“He was so nervous, he made such a mess as he was getting changed,” revealed Heldt.“Although I would have expected more from his celebrations,” continued Heldt and promised, “we’re going to give him a professional contract now”.76′ TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOR FÜR #H96! ??? Hendrik #Weydandt macht’s – UN-GLAUB-LICH! ?? #NiemalsAllein ⚫️⚪️? | #SVWH96 0:1 pic.twitter.com/Fx9Omjp3de— Hannover 96 (@Hannover96) August 25, 2018last_img read more

Congress White House Look to Fight over Defense Policy Bill

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The House and Senate got a relatively early start on negotiations over a conference agreement for the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill, but enactment of the measure is not certain as the Obama administration has issued a veto threat due to its opposition to a variety of policy provisions in the two versions.The administration’s sticking points include language in the Senate version reorganizing the Pentagon, including a provision which would eliminate the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, and assign its duties to multiple officials, including an undersecretary for management support. DOD objects to other changes to its acquisition policies as well.The White House criticized the House version over its reliance on $18 billion in overseas contingency operations account (OCO) funds for base budget items — including more weapons and equipment, and higher end strength levels — not requested by the DOD. Using the funds allocated to the OCO account — which is not subject to the statutory budget caps — in an effort to restore shortfalls in military readiness would result in funding for overseas operations to run out at the end of April.“There’s a code term in there, ‘strongly object,’ which is normally interpreted as a veto threat, and there were more than 18 of those in this year’s statement of administration policy,” said Andrew Hunter, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.Committee leaders began formal conference talks in July, with staff working out many of the lower-profile issues since then in an effort to agree on a compromise version when lawmakers return in September. With Congress back in session, the pace of negotiations should pick up.Lawmakers say they are hopeful they can reach agreement on a final bill before November, but analysts believe another late-year vote is more likely, reported Defense News.“It’s unlikely to make much progress in September,” said Justin Johnson of the Heritage Foundation.last_img read more

VIDEO Wilmington Library Holds Successful End Of Summer Bash

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Memorial Library held its annual End of Summer Bash last Thursday, August 15, 2019.Hundreds of residents gathered on the Swain Green to enjoy Fat Belly BBQ and 3rd Alarm Pizza food trucks, live music with the Squeezebox Stompers, balloon animals, cotton candy, kids games, and more.Watch highlights from the event courtesy of Wilmington Community Television below:———Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNews & Notes From WCTV: Wildcat TV After School Club Starting At Wilmington High SchoolIn “Community”VIDEO: Wilmington Library Holds Successful End Of Summer BashIn “Videos”VIDEO: Wilmington Library’s End of Summer Bash Is A Huge SuccessIn “Videos”last_img read more

Stranger Things trailer Season 3 promises one summer can change everything

first_img Post a comment #StrangerThings Season 3 — NEW PHOTOS: pic.twitter.com/0Oy2Vi7MVt— See What’s Next (@seewhatsnext) March 20, 2019 Share your voice Have you already gone frame-by-frame on the #StrangerThings Season 3 trailer? Cuz I have: pic.twitter.com/AqKqXSvIoQ— See What’s Next (@seewhatsnext) March 20, 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Netflix teased the third season of Stranger Things Wednesday in a new trailer ahead of the season’s July 4 launch. Everyone’s favorite ’80s-inspired sci-fi show promises more retro costumes and nose bleeds, as well as a fair few growing pains. 0 The trailer sparks so many questions. Will Dustin ever find love? Why doesn’t Joyce feel safe? Is romance in the cards for Steve and his new co-worker? Who’s the man with the gun? And why is there no sign of Erica Sinclair, Lucas’ little sister, who with only few lines was the breakout star of season two? Unless there’s another trailer, we’ll have to wait until July 4 to find out for sure. If the meantime if you’re itching for more, you can check out some of the still images for the upcoming season posted by Netflix on Twitter — one of which includes a kiss between Eleven and Mike. Here’s everything we know about season 3 of Stranger Things so far.  The tagline for the season, “one summer can change everything,” suggests the kids of Hawkins, Indiana, have yet more ordeals ahead as they negotiate the challenges of becoming full-fledged teens while tackling at least one bone-chillingly scary monster. “We’re not kids anymore,” Mike says in a voiceover. “I mean, what did you think? That we’re just going to sit in my basement all day playing games for the rest of our lives?” 3:02 Top 5 things we want from Apple’s TV service Now playing: Watch this: 2:50 Tags Netflix teases Stranger Things season 3 in new trailer TV and Movies Netflixlast_img read more

Pool housing land by Sep 10 Minister tells officials

first_imgEluru: Minister for Housing Ch Sriranganadha Raju has directed the officials to complete the work relating to land acquisition for distribution of house site pattas to the poor before September 10. He convened a review meeting with officials concerned to discuss the measures to be taken to acquire the necessary land for distribution among urban and rural poor families by Ugadi festival. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us He asked revenue and housing officials to work in coordination to achieve the targets. He instructed them to complete the process of identification of beneficiaries and land in West Godavari initially. He called upon the MLAs and local leaders to be part of this exercise to speed up the process. While acquiring land, the officials should take consent letter from the land owner and ensure that no objections should be raised in future. This initiative would help in the hassle-free completion of the site distribution. MP K Sridhar, MLAs T Babaraju and VR Eliza, District Collector R Muthyala Raju, Joint Collector M Venugopala Reddy and others were present on the occasion.last_img read more

Asia oil thirst tab 1 trillion a year as crude rises to

first_imgThe updated petrol price per litre is seen on a petrol pump display at a fuel station in New Delhi on January 16, 2013 (representational image).PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty ImagesOil prices are poised to break through $80 per barrel and Asia’s demand is at a record, pushing the cost of the region’s thirst for crude to $1 trillion this year, about twice what it was during the market lull of 2015/2016.Oil prices have gained 20 percent since January to just shy of $80 per barrel, a level not seen since 2014.With the US dollar – in which virtually all oil is traded – also growing stronger, concerns are rising that economies will take a hit, especially in import-reliant Asia. Surging costs could have an inflationary effect that will hurt both consumers and companies.”Asia is most vulnerable to an oil price spike,” Canadian investment bank RBC Capital Markets warned in a note this month, after oil prices hit their highest since November 2014.Asia-Pacific consumes more than 35 percent of the 100 million barrels of oil the world uses each day, according to industry data, with the region’s global share steadily rising.Asia is also the world’s smallest oil producing region, accounting for less than 10 percent of output.INFLATION, RISING COSTSUS bank Morgan Stanley said this week that diesel use contributes 10-20 percent to cash costs for miners, while oil contributes from 4 percent to 50 percent to the cost of power generation, depending on a company’s or country’s fuel mix.”A rising oil price therefore shifts the entire cost curve higher,” it said.China is by far Asia’s – and the world’s – biggest importer of oil, ordering 9.6 million barrels per day in April. That’s almost 10 percent of global consumption.At current prices, this amounts to a Chinese oil import bill of $768 million per day, $23 billion per month – a whopping $280 billion a year.Other Asian countries are even more exposed to rising oil prices. Most damage will be done to countries like India and Vietnam, which not only rely heavily on imports, but also where national wealth is not yet large enough to absorb sudden increases in fuel costs.”Poorer countries with limited borrowing capacity may face financing difficulty amid higher import bills,” RBC said.Unless fuel is heavily subsidized, households and businesses in poorer countries are also more vulnerable to rising oil prices than they are in wealthier nations.In developing economies like India, Vietnam or the Philippines, fuel costs eat up around 8-9 percent of an average person’s salary, according to Reuters research and figures from statistics portal Numbeo. That compares to just 1-2 percent in wealthy countries like Japan or Australia.DIESEL & LOGISTICSThe surge in oil prices has a particularly big impact on transport and logistics companies. One such firm in Asia is courier LBC Express Holdings in the Philippines.”LBC has been intently watching the movement of crude oil prices … What we, at LBC, are preparing for are the effects an oil price increase may have on our carriers: airlines, shipping lines, trucking companies,” its Chief Financial Officer Enrique V. Rey Jr said.The high oil price “challenges us to improve our own efficiencies to achieve better economies of scale and maintain our margins,” he said.Some firms say they will pass on any higher costs to consumers.Chryss Alfonsus Damuy, President and Chief Executive at Philippine firm Chelsea Logistics, said his firm could be affected by higher oil prices, but “we can pass on the effect to consumer via price adjustments.”Others said if they burden consumers with higher costs, they will lose clients.Ashish Savla, owner of 50-truck strong Pravin Roadways in Mumbai, India, said diesel accounts for more than half of his company’s expenses, and that it was difficult to pass rising expenses on to customers.”Diesel prices have jumped 16 percent in a year, but I couldn’t raise freight charges by 5 percent. If I charge more, clients will use cheaper railroads,” Savla said.Anil Mittal, who runs a container logistics company and is a member of Bombay Goods Transport Association, said his firm was “already operating at wafer-thin margins” before prices rose.The “diesel price hike has hit our business hard,” he said. Many small transport firms like his “are struggling to pay back bank loans they took to buy trucks.”Given the economic costs and its reliance on imports, economists say it is time for Asia to limit its exposure to oil.”It is very important for Asia to reduce its oil dependency and increase its energy efficiency … to protect itself from future oil shocks,” RBC Capital Markets said.last_img read more

Constable killed in Ctg train accident

first_imgA highway police constable was crushed under the wheels of a speeding train in Railgate area of Baraiyarhat municipality in Mirsharai upazila of Chittagong on Tuesday evening, reports UNB.The deceased is Chuty Aung Marma, 50, hailing from Matiranga upazila of Khagrachari district, was a constable of Feni Bogdadia Highway police camp.M Alamgir, sub-inspector of Joralganj police station, said the accident took place when a Dhaka-bound train of Mahanagar Godhuli Express knocked down Chuty Aung Marma around 6:30pm, leaving him dead on the spot.On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Chittagong Medical College Hospital for autopsy.last_img

5 Questions About Syria And Chemical Weapons

first_img Share SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP/Getty ImagesA medical worker at a Damascus hospital holds a sign protesting a suspected chemical weapons attack outside the Syrian capital a year ago. The suspected attacks led the U.S. to fire a barrage of missiles at a Syrian air base on April 7, 2017.Faced with the threat of U.S. military action and prodded by longtime ally Russia, Syria declared in September 2013 — two years into its civil war — it had ratified the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) banning the production, storage and use of chemical weapons.A letter from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sent at the time to the United Nations’ then-Secretary General Ban Ki-moon promised that Syria would immediately comply with its CWC obligations.The following year, then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared the U.S. had struck a deal with Syria “where we got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out.”And yet reports of a chlorine gas attack over the weekend on a rebel-held enclave outside Damascus constitute just one of many reported instances of chemical weapons use in Syria since Assad ratified the CWC.1. HOW DO WE KNOW SYRIA HAS POSSESSED CHEMICAL WEAPONS?It was Syria’s own foreign ministry that confirmed in 2012 that the nation held chemical weapons, many of them developed in the 1970’s with help from the former Soviet Union and Egypt. A spokesman for the ministry vowed the weapons were intended to defend the country against “external aggression” and would never be used against the Syrian people.2. WASN’T THE ELIMINATION OF THOSE WEAPONS REQUIRED UNDER THE CWC?Both production facilities and the chemical weapons themselves were to be destroyed. The Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, through on-site inspections and unfettered access, was responsible for “stringent verification” that the terms of the treaty would be observed.3. HOW WOULD THE OPCW WATCHDOG ORGANIZATION KNOW WHAT CHEMICAL WEAPONS EXISTED AND WHERE THEY WERE LOCATED IN SYRIA?In 2013 the Syrian government provided the U.S. and Russia what was supposed to have been a comprehensive listing of all the chemical weapons in its possession and their location. The recurring chemical weapons attacks in Syria since then could possibly be due to:–omissions in that listing–the manufacture of new chemical weapons in secret facilities–lack of inspections due to warfare–additional chemical weapons supplied by an ally of Syria4. DIDN’T THE CWC ALSO CALL FOR THE ELIMINATION OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS WORLDWIDE?That is the aim of the CWC, and 190 nations have ratified the treaty. Four have not: Egypt, Israel, North Korea and South Sudan. Others have long surpassed the 10-year window following ratification during which their chemical weapons stockpiles were to be destroyed. The U.S. ratified the CWC 21 years ago this month, but as of Dec. 2015, it had not yet destroyed about 10 percent of the 27,771 metric tons it declared, including sarin and mustard gas.5. IS THE CHLORINE GAS ALLEGEDLY USED IN THE LATEST ATTACK BANNED UNDER THE CWC?Using chlorine as a weapon is banned, but chlorine itself is not proscribed by the CWC. Unlike other substances that fall under the treaty, such as sarin and mustard gas, chlorine is also produced and used in Syria for peaceful purposes, from cleaning products to water purification. It was not included on the list of banned chemical agents in the deal made with the U.S. and Russia.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Costa Rica fashion designers to promote their creations abroad

first_imgThe creations of Tico fashion designers are the newest product to be promoted abroad by Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER).The idea is to create a cluster of Costa Rican designers to promote the style at international markets so that other countries can get to know their work, PROCOMER General Manager Pedro Beirute Prada said this week.“We are pleased to support an industry that shows the essence of our country through the talent and creativity of fashion designers, therefore we decided to boost our efforts and resources to promote their creations starting next year,” he said.One of the agency’s first strategies is the creation of a group of designers called “Estilo Costa Rica” (Costa Rica Style) that brings together 30 designers of women’s and men’s fashion, jewelry, accessories and footwear.The official launch of the designers’ group took place Monday during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Hacienda Pinilla hotel in Guanacaste province.Beirute said he believes local designers have high export potential and that the creation of the cluster will facilitate access to training and marketing tools for entering international markets.“We launched this initiative because we know that there are many emerging designers, very talented, but who lack the experience, structure and contacts needed to grow on their own,” Beirute noted.The agency also hired a business consultant who will be responsible for outlining a work plan for the next three years. The agency estimates it will invest $30,000 in “Estilo Costa Rica” next year, mostly to attend international fairs, trade missions and business meetings.PROCOMER is initially looking at the U.S., Canada and Panama as potential export markets in the short-term. In a second stage, the agency will seek to promote Tico fashion in Europe.The cluster model is one of PROCOMER’s most frequent strategies. Currently the agency conducts export promotion for companies grouped in 13 clusters ranging from food to computer animation and aerospace industries.“It’s a methodology that we have used successfully,” Beirute said. “Companies that make up each cluster are connected by a common goal.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican exports up 2.2 percent in last year Costa Rica’s exports in 2014 down 2.4 percent from previous year, but surpass expectations Intel’s exit still affecting Costa Rica export figures Costa Rican company begins exporting wood-burning stoveslast_img read more

Last week Virtuoso conducted a series of one day

first_imgLast week Virtuoso conducted a series of one day ‘Cruise Host Training’ programs in Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast – the first time the program has been run in the region.Virtuoso’s Senior Manager, Global Cruise Programs, Tony Logan was on hand to host the series, which qualifies Virtuoso advisors to host a Virtuoso Voyage.With over 600 Virtuoso Voyages held globally each year, the company was keen to see more Australian based network advisors qualified to host sailings from the APAC region.The training also coincided with the Virtuoso Travel Week on Tour held across Australia and New Zealand, which included professional development ‘Deep Dive’ sessions held by Virtuoso’s Director of Training, Helen Nodland. The program teaches the advisors how to position themselves confidently in the value chain from travel agent to trusted advisor by utilising Virtuoso’s features.More than 80 Australian advisors took part in the Virtuoso Voyages training and 380 advisors attended three days of roadshows presenting cruise product partners. The deep dive NZ was attended by 14 travel advisors (Photo) and 48 New Zealand based advisors attended the Auckland roadshow which included cruise, hotel and destination product partner presentations.IMAGE: Virtuoso Voyages training at the Crown Casino in Melbourne) australiacruise hostNew ZealandPacifictrainingVirtuosolast_img read more