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  • Security Council and SecretaryGeneral welcome release of Ivorian poll results

    2 December 2010The Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the announcement by Côte d’Ivoire’s electoral authorities of the provisional results of Sunday’s presidential run-off, while urging calm amid reported violence in the West African nation. According to press reports, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) today declared former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara the winner of the elections in which he ran against incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo.The announcement of the provisional results is “a crucial step for ensuring the validity and integrity of the electoral process and thereby an important element in the process of certification of the final results by the Special Representative,” Ambassador Susan Rice of the United States, which holds the Council’s presidency for December, said a statement read out to the press.“The Secretary-General calls upon the Constitutional Council to expeditiously initiate the process of proclamation of the final results, respecting the will of the people of Côte d’Ivoire, so that his Special Representative can certify those results, in keeping with his mandate,” said a statement issued by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson.The Council’s statement followed a closed-door meeting of the Council in which members were briefed on the latest developments via videolink by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire, Y. J. Choi. The 15-member body took note of Mr. Choi’s assessment that the run-off was conducted in a “democratic climate.” The Council also reminded the leaders that they bear primary responsibility for ensuring a peaceful process and called on them to “exercise restraint, refrain from any interference in the work of the IEC, and honour their commitments to respect the results, address their complaints through the legal procedures and resolve their differences peacefully.“They further urged the supporters of the candidates to refrain from any provocation or recourse to violence throughout the electoral process.”Mr. Ban said stressed that all parties and leaders would bear the responsibility for any violent actions of their supporters.He also reassured the people of Côte d’Ivoire that the UN operation in the country, known as UNOCI, “will undertake all possible actions, within its mandate, to help keep the electoral process on track, to preserve peace and security in the country and to support their efforts to successfully conclude the peace process.”The Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, meanwhile encouraged authorities in Côte d’Ivoire to investigate “criminal incidents” that had occurred and take measures to prevent others from happening.“All reported acts of violence will be closely scrutinized by the Office [of the Prosecutor],” Ms. Bensouda said in a statement.She said that the Office of the Prosecutor has been monitoring the situation in the country before the presidential run-off and will continue to do so and urged supporters of both candidates and security forces to refrain from violence.“I encourage the political leaders to call on their supporters and fellow citizens to show restraint and avoid unrest,” she said.Yesterday Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned all sides not to interfere with the work of the IEC, and requested them to demonstrate responsibility and to refrain from any initiative until the announcement of the provisional results.His call followed media reports that a supporter of Mr. Gbagbo had torn up the first announcements of partial results, and that journalists were barred from entering the IEC.The West African country, the world’s largest cocoa exporter, was split by civil war in 2002 into a Government-controlled south and a rebel-held north, and UNOCI, with a current strength of over 9,000 uniformed personnel, has been supporting reunification efforts, of which Sunday’s vote was a principal step.Cote read more

  • TSX slides amid huge jobs miss lower Chinese inflation higher commodities

    TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was lower Friday as data showed Canadian job creation remained volatile in April.The S&P/TSX composite index lost 23.22 points to 14,522.81.The Canadian dollar tumbled 0.69 of a cent to 91.71 cents US as jobs data for April showed a big decrease in employment. Statistics Canada reported that the economy cut 28,900 jobs, against expectations of a gain of about 12,000. It was also a huge turnaround from the previous month when the economy cranked out 43,000 jobs, which means 14,000 jobs were added over the two-month period.The unemployment rate held steady at 6.9%. U.S. indexes were lower with the Dow Jones industrials down 43.86 points to 16,507.11, the Nasdaq lost 19.42 points to 4,032.07 while the S&P 500 index declined 7.34 points to 1,868.29.The TSX is heading for a negative week after three weeks of advances, after traders digested a heavy slate of earnings news and a forecast calling for lower global economic growth from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. But it is still one of the best performing stock indexes, up almost 7% year to date.It was a quiet morning for earnings news as TMX Group Ltd., the operator of the country’s largest stock posted first-quarter net income of $46.4 million, or 86 cents per share, up 23% from a year ago. The owner of the Toronto and TSX Venture stock exchanges, Montreal derivatives market and other securities exchanges says revenue was up 6% to $182.1 million. Its stock dipped four cents to $58.11.Shares in The Second Cup Ltd. 6lost 10 cents to $4.75 as the coffee chain reported a drop in its first-quarter net income to $56,000, or one cent per share, compared with $688,000, or seven cents per share, in the same quarter of 2013. Revenue was up at $7.6 million, compared with $6.2 million year-over-year.On Thursday after the markets closed, energy producer Canadian Natural Resources said that quarterly net income totalled $622 million or 57 cents per share compared with $213 million or 19 cents in the prior-year period. Revenue for the three months ended March 31 rose to almost $4.4 billion from $3.76 billion in the prior-year period and its shares gained 60 cents to $43.60.In other corporate developments, The Financial Times reported that Apple is orchestrating a $3.2 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, the headphone maker and music streaming distributor founded by hip-hop star Dr. Dre and record producer Jimmy Iovine. It said that Apple could announce a deal as early as next week.There was some positive inflation news from China. Consumer prices in the world’s second-largest economy rose 1.8% over a year earlier, down from March’s 2.4% increase, giving the government more leeway if needed to stimulate the slowing economy.The TSX energy sector led decliners, down 0.45% while renewed concerns about tensions in Ukraine pushed June crude up 57 cents to US$100.83 a barrel.Pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine are planning a referendum on independence over the weekend, in apparent defiance of a call by Russian President Vladimir Putin to put off the vote. July copper was up one cent to US$3.07 a pound while June bullion gained $3.40 to US$1,291.10 an ounce and the precious metals and base metals sectors were both up about 0.3%. read more

  • Police make arrest in Niagara growop shooting say facility not operating

    Niagara Regional Police have arrested and charged a Niagara Falls man in connection with a shooting at a licensed cannabis grow-op.Police officers were called to the facility near Somerville Rd. and Willoughby Rd. around 2 p.m. Monday.A 45-year-old man called 911 to report he had been shot.After securing a search warrant, officers entered the building as part of the investigation.In addition to evidence related to the shooting, police say they found cannabis plants in various stages of growth.They say the numbers and the manner they were being grown did not comply with the license for grow-op.These plants were seized with the help of the force’s Guns, Gangs and Grows units.58-year-old Frederick Roy Collette was arrested and charged Thursday.He faces eight charges including reckless discharge of a firearm and unlawful production of marijuana.The victim remains in serious but stable condition. read more

  • As Syria crisis roils Middle East Ban says IsraeliPalestinian peace remains urgent

    Calling for a “clear political horizon” to break the impasse and maximize present momentum, Mr. Ban told the UN Asia and Pacific International Meeting in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace, in a message delivered by Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, that “the coming weeks will be critical.” “I cannot stress enough the risk of missing the current window of opportunity,” he told the dozens of Government delegates, academics, regional experts and civil society representatives gathered in Beijing for the two-day meeting to discuss reviving the collective international engagement towards a two-State solution.He told the meeting, organized by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, that it is “imperative” that everyone in the international community work collectively to make 2013 a positive year for Israeli-Palestinian peace and peace in the whole region. Similarly, in his keynote address, Mr. Fernandez-Taranco voiced hope that, with the decisive momentum of the United States and support of the international community, the parties will demonstrate the political courage necessary to overcome decades of mistrust and conflict, and engage in meaningful negotiations. However, he said that, frankly speaking, “the odds are not favourable,” with the gap between the parties widening, and with mistrust and skepticism at an “all-time high.” Peacemaking in such conditions is daunting and, some would say that the “time is not right and the situation is not ripe, or that it is already too late.” It might be true that “it is the last chance,” but the UN believes “we have no other choice than to keep trying,” he said. Providing a credible diplomatic horizon needs the concerted action and support of the international community and key regional stakeholders, he said, pledging UN support for any credible initiative. At the same time, he cautioned that rushing the parties back to the table without the necessary framework in place and “buy-in” from both sides will be counter-productive. “The risk and price of failure are too high.” read more

  • UN condemns attack on Ebola treatment centre in DR Congo which left

    Doctor Valery Mouzoko Kiboung was an epidemiologist deployed by WHO in response to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease that began last August, in the eastern North Kivu area of DRC, which is home to dozens of armed groups. Today we lost one of our very own: Dr Richard Valery Mouzoko Kiboung, an epidemiologist deployed in the #Ebola response in #DRC, during a hospital attack in Butembo.We grieve together with his family during this difficult time.— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) April 19, 2019 UN chief António Guterres called on the Congolese authorities “to spare no effort in identifying and swiftly bringing to justice the perpetrators” of the attack at Butembo Hospital, and extended his deepest condolences to the bereaved family, and a swift recovery to the injured.  The head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus, said that “we grieve together” wth Dr. Mouzoko’s family, “during this difficult time”.   The Secretary-General expressed his “solidarity with the people and Government” of the DRC, and reiterated “the determination of the United Nations system to continue their work in support of the Congolese authorities to bring the Ebola outbreak to an end.” Outrage at attack – WHO chief Mr. Tedros said in a statement, that the killing was “a tragic reminder of the risks health workers take every day, to protect the lives and health of others. We are outraged by this attack: health workers and health facilities must never be targets”. WHO said that the attack had taken place while a coordination meeting on fighting the Ebola outbreak had been taking place. “We are assessing the security situation to ensure the safety of all patients, health workers, and Ebola responders, said Mr. Tedros. “At the same time, we remain committed to continue supporting the Ministry of Health of DRC, to end this oubreak as quickly as possible”. More than 1,200 confirmed and probable cases of Ebola have been recorded since the outbreak began, with more than 760 deaths confirmed. read more

  • Buytolet crackdown will end the dreams of middleclass investors

    first_imgHe said: “This change is a proactive move that recognises the need to help safeguard rental cover for landlords over the coming years, and in advance  of the forthcoming changes to mortgage interest tax relief.” While would-be landlords are being locked out of the market, current landlords are rapidly looking to sell, studies have indicated. One survey of almost 1,000 experienced private landlords by the  Residential Landlords’ Association found a quarter of buy-to-let investors  are planning to sell their rental properties as a result of the  Government tax changes.  Philip Hammond will deliver his Autumn Statement next weekCredit:Rex / Shutterstock From Jan 1 the Prudential Regulation Authority, the lending arm of the Bank of England, will impose new minimum affordability thresholds which will reject borrowers who make less than 25 per cent profit from their investment, or would no longer be able to afford mortgage repayments if interest rates  rise to 5.5 per cent. For example, someone with a £200,000 interest-only mortgage borrowing at  1.79 pc would have monthly mortgage payments of £299.However, as these repayments would rise to £917 if their rate of repayment interest rose to  5.5 per cent, they would need to prove they could charge rent of £1,146 a month to  be approved for the mortgage.   As the Bank rate is currently at a record low of 0.25 per cent, mortgage deals are cheaper than ever with many charging less than 2 per cent interest.  Prior to the announcement of the Bank’s new rules, some lenders went further and tightened their criteria voluntarily with some, including Nationwide, now refusing to lend to landlords making rental profits of less than 45 per cent of their mortgage repayments. When the building society announced the change in April this year, Paul  Wootton, managing director of its buy-to-let arm, The Mortgage Works, said  the move was a response to the change on tax relief.  Philip Hammond If interest rates were to move up quickly that would cause buy-to-let  investors a huge problem as they are too acclimatized to low ratesRay Boulger Many have turned to buy-to-let to fund retirement income after being effectively barred from putting more money in to their pensions by the Government. Low mortgage rates have made the investments attractive. However, ministers have recently targeted buy-to-let properties with aggressive new taxes, including higher rates of stamp duty and the removal of tax relief on mortgage interest. Experts fear that the announcement will make the investments unaffordable for many middle class people, closing down another potential  saving opportunity. Mr Hammond and Theresa May, the Prime Minister, are expected to come under pressure to ease the burden on savers with new tax breaks or government help in next week’s  Autumn Statement.  Andrew Montlake, director at Coreco, a mortgage broker, said: “Many people will see this as the beginning of the end of the middle class buy-to-let dream which is a big shame. “Until recently middle-class savers have helped fuel a buy-to-let boom in  Britain with more than two million savers funnelling cash into rental properties to help fund their retirement.  The Bank is forcing lenders to “toughen up”  over concerns they have relaxed standards for landlords.  Ray Boulger, from John Charcol, a mortgage adviser, said: “The rationale for these stress tests are the same as those which were brought into the residential market to avoid people being unable to repay their mortgages if interest rates rise.”If interest rates were to move up quickly that would cause buy-to-let investors a huge problem as they are too acclimatized to low rates. If rates rose sharply and they were unable to repay their mortgages en masse the market could suddenly be flooded with properties.” Many people will see this as the beginning of the end of the middle class buy to let  dream which is a big shameAndrew Montlake, Coreco Property investors will face tough new mortgage affordability tests from next year which will herald the “beginning of the end of the middle-class buy-to-let dream”, experts have warned.Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, announced additional rules on buy-to-let which will result in ordinary investors being able to borrow far less towards their purchase.Mr Hammond indicated he was concerned about “financial stability” following a boom in residential property investment as savers desperately try to find profitable places to put their money.  Under the plans to give the Bank of England extra powers, affordability checks are to be introduced for investors, who will now have to prove they can make a profit of 25 per cent profit from tenants even if large interest rate rises make their mortgage more expensive. The Chancellor said: “It is crucial that Britain’s independent regulators  have the tools they need to keep our financial system as safe as possible. “Expanding the number of tools at the Financial Policy Committee’s disposal will ensure that the buy-to-let sector can continue to make an important contribution to our economy, while allowing the regulator to address any potential risks to financial stability.”  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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  • PHOTOS Cork kayakers refuse to let floods dampen their night out

    first_imgTHE HIGH WATERS rendered some Cork roads impassable and caused problems for many business and home owners.However, some people have just got on with things, going about their everyday business, just like any other… except they’re in a kayak.These kayakers were spotted out for a paddle on the South Mall in Cork last night.(Video they didn’t stop there. Refused to be defeated by the floods, they decided to go about their normal errands. As you do.First thing’s first. For a good night on the town, cash is needed, so time to hit the hole in the wall.And we’re off. Nothing like a cold pint of the black stuff in the middle of a storm.Even better when you share it with friends.While some were enjoying their pints, others wanted to do a spot of shopping.What a night, lads! Everyone say cheese!(All photos courtesy of @AcornBlinds) VIDEO: Yes, these people are kayaking down a flooded Cork street>Read: Another night of stormy weather and high tides cause severe flooding>last_img read more

  • Grant applications for Vic seniors

    first_imgThe deadline is looming for Victoria’s ethnic seniors groups to apply for financial assistance to continue their work in alleviating social isolation and providing activities to connect with others.Applications for the third round of the Victorian Government’s Participation for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Seniors Grants Program must be submitted by next Friday, February 28.Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) chairperson, Eddie Micallef encouraged ethnic seniors groups to apply for project funding before the deadline. “The ECCV applauds the work these groups do for our community – they provide opportunities for people to join together in their own culture and language, and provide a way for seniors to receive information about health, services and support they may require,” he said.“The Victorian Government is awarding grants of up to $4,000 (metro) or $5,000 (rural) and more complex projects can apply for up to $10,000. “This grants program provides support for groups to continue and strengthen the work they are doing – the funds can go a long way for your group to provide vital services to members.” Mr Micallef said past project funding includes assisting people to use public transport, the development of social and recreational activities, setting up home visits, promoting self-independence and skill development.Other previous projects which have received support include social activities for living alone and housebound seniors and transport options for frail and isolated members. The grants are open until Friday, February 28, 2014.Grant guidelines, application form, and other information to help are available on Seniors Online, For more information or additional support, contact the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria on (03) 9349 4122 or visit Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

  • 21 et 22 mai journées de larchéologie 2011

    first_img21 et 22 mai : journées de l’archéologie 2011France – Le ministère de la Culture et de la Communication lance la deuxième édition des Journées de l’Archéologie, qui auront lieu le samedi 21 et le dimanche 22 mai 2011 sur le thème “De la fouille… au musée”.Les 21 et 22 mai, sous l’égide du Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, les Journées de l’Archéologie permettront au public de découvrir sites archéologiques, chantiers de fouille, musées ou expositions, de participer à des ateliers ou d’assister à des conférences, mais aussi de rencontrer des chercheurs. À lire aussiLa Création d’Adam, la célèbre fresque de Michel Ange cacherait un incroyable secretPour cette deuxième édition, ce sont près de 600 initiatives – en Métropole, en Guadeloupe, en Martinique et en Guyane – qui seront proposées, à travers un fil conducteur, le thème : “De la fouille… au musée”.”Découvrir les différents métiers pour mieux saisir la chaîne archéologique et les liens qui unissent le travail sur le terrain, l’analyse des résultats, la recherche archéologique et la présentation des vestiges” : tel est le but affiché de cette manifestation, pilotée par l’Institut national de recherches archéologiques préventives (Inrap), qui mobilise l’ensemble de la communauté archéologique et associe plus de 300 lieux dans près de 240 communes.Le 1 mai 2011 à 15:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

  • Social Services Minister Urges Zonta Workforce Readiness Program Graduates to Keep Stepping

    first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 27, 2017 – Nassau – Thirty unemployed young women are empowered and equipped for the workforce after completing the Zonta Club’s 2017 Workforce Readiness Training Program.The women graduated from the three-week program, Monday, July 24, during a special ceremony at Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI), Old Trail Road. Five of them were awarded scholarships to further their education at BTVI.The program, now in its fifth year, is a public/private initiative sponsored by The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute and the Zonta Club of New Providence whose mission is to focus on the upliftment and empowerment of women through service. It comprises a soft-skills component which includes character traits, interpersonal and communication skills, character traits, attitudes and career attributes.The Hon. Lanisha Rolle, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, was the keynote speaker for the event. Among the officials attending the event were: the Hon. Shannondon Cartwright, MP for St. Barnabas; Claudine Farquharson, President, Zonta Club of New Providence and Robert Robertson, President, Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute. Faculty, members of the Zonta Club and well-wishers also made up the audience.Participants included Shantara Musgrove, 2017 graduate of the University of The Bahamas and Moniqua Rodgers, 2015 graduate and scholarship recipient.Minister Rolle told the graduates that completing the Workforce Readiness Program is a step in the “right direction.” She said the most powerful decision they can made is the decision to make the “first-step” towards their goal if it is a personal goal, national plan or career path.She remarked that the Government has emphasized its intention to strengthen public-private partnerships and collaboration with non-governmental organizations as a “key” component of the nation’s economic development.“Such relationships also underscore our mandate to comply with ventures that reflect fiscal discipline and financial prudence. Today, this is a step in the right direction.“To that end, the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development seeks to ensure that those with the greatest need receive the greatest assistance. In carrying out our objectives, we aim to provide for a certain or specific period, a help-up through a help-out. I am happy to see that you have taken the time to invest in a category of individuals that requires our attention and that is our women – the homemakers, the entrepreneurs, the help mates, in some instances the breadwinners, and whose role has been likened to the ‘neck that turns the head,’ ’’ she said.Minister Rolle congratulated the graduates for being “bold” and “brilliant” enough to take their “first step” and admonished Zonta, BTVI, the facilitators and the participants to “keep walking”.Certificate course scholarship recipients are: Manouchka Bien-Aime, Lestia Clarke and Peaches Williamson.  Kristin Burrows received a scholarship for medical certificate course in Critical Care.  An Associate of Arts Degree scholarship was awarded to Tanya Joseph.Story by: Kathryn Campbell (BIS)Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.Press Release: BISPHOTO CAPTIONSHeader:  Officials at BTVI and Zonta graduation programme.   From left to right:  Robert Robertson, President, BTVI; Raquel Bethel, Dean, BTVI;  the Hon. Shannondon Cartwright, MP for St. Barnabas; the Hon. Lanisha Rolle, the Minister of Social Services and Urban Development; and Claudine Farquharson, President, Zonta Club of New Providence.1st insert- 2017 graduates render a musical selection.2nd insert – The Hon. Lanisha Rolle, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, addresses the graduation ceremony.3rd insert – Shantara Musgrove, 2017 graduate of the University of The Bahamas gives a testimonial.4th insert – Inderia Saunders, member of Zonta, presents the Associate of Arts Degree scholarship to Tanya Joseph. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

  • Consumer Magazine Circulation Falls 12 Percent In Second Half 2010

    first_imgConsumer magazines slowed their general circulation skid, with total paid and verified circ dropping 1.2 percent for the second half of 2010 (compared to a 2.3 percent drop in the first half of the year), according to preliminary figures reported in the Audit Bureau of Circulations’ most recent FAS-FAX, which was released Monday.Newsstand sales accelerated their fall, down 7.3 percent (compared to a 5.6 percent drop in the beginning of the year). Total paid subscriptions also fell 1.2 percent. A total of 550 titles reported total paid and verified circ in both the December 2009 and December 2010 periods, ABC says.Of the top 25 titles by total paid and verified circ, just 10 increased total paid and verified circulation for the six month period ended December 31, 2010, over the six months ended December 31, 2009. Game Informer magazine had the biggest increase for the second six-month period in a row, up 33 percent to 5.1 million. Reader’s Digest–the fourth largest magazine at 5.5 million circ–posted the largest drop of the top 25 for the second six-month period in a row, down 22.2 percent. Reader’s Digest previously announced a circulation reduction.AARP the Magazine (24.4 million circ) and AARP Bulletin (24 million circ) were the largest reporting titles, despite 2.6 percent and 1.9 percent circulation drops, respectively. Better Homes & Gardens was the third largest title at 7.7 million (up less than 1 percent) Food & Family had the biggest gain, up 203.1 percent to 1.1 million circ. Newsmax had the second biggest jump, up 111.1 percent to 228,337, while Vanidades rounded out the top three gainers, up 33.3 percent to 192,181.last_img read more

  • Jet Airways JetLite get shareholders nod for merger

    first_imgDomestic carrier Jet Airways on Saturday announced it had won shareholders’ approval for the Jet Airways-JetLite merger. According to the airline, the merger would result in greater efficiency from the merged entity.In a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange, Jet Airways said: “The equity shareholders of the company have approved the scheme of merger between JetLite (India) Ltd and Jet Airways (India) Ltd and their respective shareholders and creditors.”The Bombay High Court on April 18 had directed the airline to hold a meeting of shareholders on April 22 to “consider” the proposal of the merger of JetLite and Jet Airways, Press Trust of India reports.The airline was also quoted as saying by PTI: “The merger would lead to unfettered access to cash flow generated by the combined business, which can be deployed more effectively to maximise shareholders value.” In terms of market presence, Jet Airways saw its share reduce to 17.6 percent during March from 18.4 percent a month earlier. Indian aviation companies flew 78.72 lakh (7.87 million) passengers in March alone.Jet Airways had bought Sahara Airlines in 2007 for about Rs. 1,450 crore. Later, the airlines renamed Sahara as JetLite, and operated the airline as its low-cost subsidiary.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

  • 23 killed in Nepal student bus crash

    first_imgInjured Nepali passengers receive treatment at a hospital in Dang District, some 540 kilometres southwest of Kathmandu, on 22 December 2018, following a bus accident that left 23 people dead. Twenty-three people died in western Nepal when a bus carrying school students and teachers back from a botanical field trip plunged into a gorge, police said. Photo: AFPTwenty-three people died in western Nepal when a bus carrying school students and teachers back from a botanical field trip plunged into a gorge, police said.The students were aged mostly between 16 and 20. Two teachers and the driver also died in the accident early evening on Friday in a remote area.The vehicle was carrying 37 people, with 22 killed at the scene and another in a nearby hospital. Fourteen people were treated for injuries.”Our preliminary investigation shows the cause of the incident was speed,” police officer Bel Bahadur Pandey told AFP.Road accidents are relatively common in Nepal because of poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.The latest comes a week after a truck accident in central Nepal killed 20 mourners returning from a funeral ritual.last_img read more

  • NRC debacle TMC to hold meets across state today

    first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress will organise meetings all over the state on Saturday except Kolkata, to protest against the omission of 40 lakh people from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) by the Centre, party’s secretary general Partha Chatterjee said on Friday.The protest meetings will be held on the day when BJP national president Amit Shah will address a rally in Kolkata. Asked why no meeting inKolkata will be held, Chatterjee cited political courtesy as the reason. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeChatterjee said common people will also attend the meetings along with party leaders. Party workers will wear black badges. It may be mentioned that Trinamool had observed ‘black day’ on August 4 and 5, after the party’s MPs and MLAs were not allowed to meet the helpless people in Assam. The eight member delegation was stopped at the Silchar Airport after prohibitory order under section 144 CrPC was promulgated.Chatterjee said on August 12, a meeting will be held in the city in which the party’s MPs, MLAs and councillors will take part. The venue of the meeting is yet to be decided. There may be two meetings instead of one, he maintained. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedTrinamool Congress has protested against the publication of a list omitting the names of genuine citizens on the floor of the Parliament and state Assembly. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, during her recent trip to Delhi, had met the Union Home minister Rajnath Singh and discussed the issue.Meanwhile, BJP has protested against the putting up of posters and flags by Trinamool Congress around the venue where the meeting will be held on Saturday.last_img read more

  • Darjeeling Mail halts for 2 hrs at Malda stn as scuffle breaks

    first_imgKolkata: Sealdah-bound Darjeeling Mail halted at Malda station for nearly two hours, following a scuffle that broke out between Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel and the passengers inside an AC coach late on Saturday night.As many as eight GRP personnel including Inspector of Police of Malda Town station were injured in the incident. Six passengers were eventually arrested for their alleged involvement in manhandling the security forces. Railways have initiated a probe in this regard. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe GRP officials alleged that some passengers were smoking near the toilet inside the B4 AC coach. The policemen asked them to pay a fine for smoking inside the train compartment. The accused passengers then wanted the see the identity cards of the policemen. As they produced their identity cards, the accused snatched them, which resulted in a scuffle between the two groups. Some other passengers soon came in support of the accused and attacked the security personnel. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe incident occurred when the Down Darjeeling Mail was about to arrive at Malda station. Some of the GRP officials from Malda tried to convince the passengers and also received a complaint from the passengers against the GRP personnel who were involved in the scuffle. But the irate passengers demanded that all the GRP personnel must be handed over to them. The Inspector of Police from Malda Town police station Bhaskar Pradhan was attacked by the passengers, when he tried to pacify the mob at the station. A large contingent of police soon reached the spot and arrested the accused youths. As a result of the incident, the train halted at the Malda Town station for almost two hours. A senior GRP officer in Malda alleged that the accused youths were smoking and had attacked the policemen when they were asked for a fine. The officer also alleged that the accused tried to snatch a service revolver from a policeman. Those who were arrested brought some counter allegations against the on-duty GRP personnel. They claimed that they were ready to pay the fine for smoking inside the running train but the policemen demanded Rs 1,500 from them. The policemen captured the photographs of their voter cards and threatened them of dire consequences. As they protested, the police officials resorted to lathi charge, in which some of them received injuries. A detailed probe has been initiated in this regard.last_img read more

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  • Luxury traveller personalities revealed Europe remains popular

    first_imgParis, France topped the list for luxury romantic getaways and fine dining reservations. European destinations remain the most popular amongst affluent travellers, while cruise holidays continue to climb the ranks, according to network survey results.International luxury travel agency network, Virtuoso, has revealed findings from its annual ‘Travel Dreams’ survey, identifying unique travel personalities through respondents selections.There’s the classic traveller (26 percent of respondents) who re-visits destinations; the connoisseur (24 percent of respondents) who indulges in culture, arts and culinary delights; the trendsetter who’s all about what’s new and next; the go-getter who’s active and adventurous; and the relaxationist who prefers to rest, rejuvenate and restore while on vacation.Italy topped the list of dream destinations, while Paris was number one for dining and romance.Photographing the ‘big five’ while on safari in Africa ranks as the ‘trip of a lifetime.’Although European river cruising and Mediterranean sailing trips were the most popular forms of cruising, expedition trips to Antarctic and Alaska made the top five for luxury travellers.See below for complete survey results.Top Trips of a Lifetime1.      Photographing the “big five” on African safari2.      Renting a European villa3.      Galápagos Islands expedition4.      Antarctic cruise5.      World cruise6.      Cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage7.      Staying in Europe’s top hotel suites8.      Renting a private island in the Caribbean9.      Chartering a private jet          10.  Paris with a personal shopperTop 10 Dream Destinations1.      Italy2.      Antarctica3.      France4.      England5.      Myanmar (Burma)6.      United States7.      Argentina8.      South Africa9.      Turkey10.  CubaFantasy Islands1.      Galápagos Islands      2.      Greek Islands 3.      Maldives4.      The Caribbean5.      HawaiiWhere to Make Dinner Reservations1.      Paris2.      New York City3.      Rome4.      Florence5.      BarcelonaCities That Excite   1.      New York2.      Paris3.      London4.      Rome5.      Istanbul    Best Trips For Two1.      Paris in April2.      New York for shopping, dining and shows3.      Mediterranean cruise4.      Roman holiday5.      Caribbean resort stayWhere to Set Sail          1.      European river/ canal2.      The Mediterranean3.      Alaska4.      Antarctica5.      The Caribbean    Favourite Family Holidays1.      African safari2.      Ski and snowboard adventure3.      Galápagos Islands4.      Ireland’s castles and countryside5.      Alaskan cruiseSource = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

  • Bougainvillea House Villa in the Exuma islands of

    first_imgBougainvillea House Villa, in the Exuma islands of the Bahamas, announced the offer of an “all inclusive” package for its beachfront Villa clients. Owner Scott McMullen, said: “Our clients don’t want to waste time shopping for liquor, food, and transportation; so we made a business decision to eliminate everything that might possibly add stress to a Caribbean vacation. Our guests can step off of their private jet at Exuma airport and be on the beach at Bougainvillea House within 15 minutes.” The secluded, beachfront property lies 10 minutes from the Four Seasons Resort and is accessible from New York in less than 2 hours.www.bougainvilleahouse.comlast_img read more

  • by Pablo Gorondi The Associated Press Posted

    first_img by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Jan 24, 2019 1:55 pm PDT Review: Leyla McCalla puts down cello for ‘Capitalist Blues’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Leyla McCalla, “The Capitalist Blues” (PIAS/Jazz Village)Look, Ma, no cello!After a pair of albums on which New York-born Leyla McCalla accompanied herself on her trademark instrument, “The Capitalist Blues” finds her on the tenor banjo and electric guitar, deepening her musical ties to New Orleans, her adopted hometown, while further referencing her Haitian heritage.McCalla spices up her takes on relationships, everyday struggles and even the Syrian civil war with an alluring mix of styles, from R&B and boogie to zydeco and beyond.Recorded at Preservation Hall, a stalwart of the city’s traditional jazz scene, the title track shows off the New Orleans side of things, not for the only time, with a strolling tempo, a rumbling tuba and worries that giving it all leaves you with little left to lose.“Money Is King,” from Trinidad legend Neville Marcano aka “The Growling Tiger,” also deals with material inequality, which is also the focus of “Mize Pa Dous” (“Poverty Isn’t Sweet”), written and sung by McCalla in Haitian Creole. Its lap steel guitar and tanbou, a drum and Haiti’s national instrument, combine for a gentle blues echoing Cesaria Evora.Producer Jimmy Horn’s fierce electric guitar invokes the suffering portrayed on “Aleppo,” where the tragedy in Syria serves to introduce other scenarios of oppression and violence. In contrast, the dance-worthy “Oh My Love” expresses the joys of a relationship despite the imperfections.“Heavy as Lead” — with some fabulous organ by Joe Ashlar — is about “always living on the edge … always reaching to get ahead,” while also referencing her daughter’s bout with elevated lead levels.McCalla sings wonderfully, is a talented songwriter and on “The Capitalist Blues” she addresses some of the world’s ills with a graceful touch that never becomes dour.Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Presslast_img read more

  • Not a laughing matter pubs selling laughing gas in Ayia Napa

    first_imgBy Liam CarterAlthough illegal, the sale of laughing gas in popular tourist destinations is so blatant that many bars and nightclubs are actually advertising and selling the drug themselves.A simple stroll through the centre of Ayia Napa highlights the prevalence of laughing gas or ‘hippy crack’.Many nightclubs and bars have decided to hire ‘balloon girls’. Sporting a haversack, their job is to sell the drug to the many patrons who flock the popular nightlife destination. Outside the clubs, it’s everywhere from blackboards traditionally used to advertise a happy hour or a cheeky quote revolving around alcohol to dedicated ‘balloon kiosks’.According to the latest Global Drug Survey, laughing gas was the seventh most popular drug in the 50 countries surveyed. Half of the UK respondents said they had tried the drug at some point in their lives. The drug is a colourless, sweet tasting gas that is medically used as an anaesthetic, tranquilliser and painkiller. It is relatively cheap and produces a short-lasting high. Usually it is dispensed from canisters to small whippets into balloons, which the user then inhales from.According to Cypriot laws the user caught doing the drug cannot be arrested but police regularly arrest people who are caught selling the drug. Just a few weeks ago, two women were fined by the Famagusta court in Larnaca for selling laughing gas. The 23-year-old and a 22-year-old were fined 1,200 euros and 900 euros respectively.Many nightclubs and bars hire ‘balloon girls’ to sell laughing gasAyia Napa mayor, Yiannis Karousos, told the Sunday Mail that the issue of laughing gas was wide spread all over Cyprus, from Paphos to Protaras and not just in Ayia Napa, but that the municipality was eager to stamp out the practice.“Ayia Napa however is the only area where the police actually carry out operations to stop this,” he said. “The police in Ayia Napa are doing a very good job.”He added that the municipality would put pressure on parliament to toughen the laws regarding the sale of the drug.Ayia Napa police department spokesman, Andreas Constantinou, underlined the present legal difficulties police officers face when building a court case.“This summer, we focused on cracking down on such use and in fact we have brought 66 cases before the court,” he said. “We prosecute offenders who are caught selling the substance on the streets, however we can’t arrest or fine an establishment owner for advertising the substance. We can only prosecute when we are confident someone is selling the substance.”According to UK government data, in 2017 eight people in the UK died from the use of laughing gas. In 2015 four people died.You May LikeAscend NutritionalsDoctor: Stiff Joints? Try ThisAscend NutritionalsUndoCheap Flights | Sponsored LinksFlight Price From India to USA Might Surprise YouCheap Flights | Sponsored LinksUndoNerve RenewIf You’re Fighting Neuropathy With B12. Here’s Why It’s Not Working.Nerve RenewUndo Korkolis brings magic to the stageUndoNew equipment for Paphos lifeguards but ‘proper’ towers neededUndoBritain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more