DP representing TCI at CARICOM Government meeting Guyana

first_imgThere will be some familiar faces at the 28th heads of government meeting, including Bahamas Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon Fred Mitchell. Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp “The meeting is expected to focus on the effects on the economic climate on member states of the Caribbean Community and framework by which the Community can achieve growth and development amidst the current environment. Additionally, the issue of crime and security is top among the three broad area that are up for discussion.” Aside from the plenary sessions, during the two-day conference, DP Astwood is expected to hold bilateral talks with CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador, Irvine LaRocque and region leaders including one with Minister Mitchell. The intercessional meetings wrap up today. #MagneticMediaNewscenter_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 17, 2017 – Regional security is a major topic at the 28th Intercessional meeting of CARICOM being held in Georgetown, Guyana at the Marriott Hotel and the Turks and Caicos is represented with a delegation led by Border Control minister and Deputy Premier, Hon Sean Astwood. Crime, gun violence and border control are all major matters shared as concerns and challenges among regional countries. Minister Astwood, who left a couple of days ago for the meeting is hailing it as a great networking opportunity and in a media release today shared the value of the sessions to CARICOM states and their developments – both as a community and individually. The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

McManaman I was surprised Real Madrid didnt replace Ronaldo

first_imgFormer Real Madrid midfielder Steve McManaman admits that their failure to sign a top-class replacement for Ronaldo came as a shock to himLos Blancos lost their all-time top scorer in the summer to Juventus in a €112m deal and have since struggled greatly in his absence.Without Ronaldo, Real have lost five of their last seven games with only four goals scored in the process following Sunday’s humiliating 5-1 thrashing to Barcelona.Speaking on his former club, McManaman cannot understand why Real didn’t sign a replacement for Ronaldo and fears they are suffering the consequences.“Everybody was surprised, weren’t they?” McManaman told Reuters.“They took a long, long time to bring in new signings. They didn’t bring anyone to replace Cristiano.“It was a big shock for everybody. Whether they could buy somebody of his quality I don’t know. The fact that they didn’t bring anybody in and they did slow business in the centre-forward area, it surprised everybody.”Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…McManaman had previously urged his old club to sign either Paris Saint-Germain stars Neymar or Kylian Mbappe to replace Ronaldo.Now the former England international feels it imperative that Real recruit in the January transfer window for some fresh faces after sticking with the same stars for a long time now.“They probably need to refresh the team a bit more, to be very honest. They have kept the majority of the same team for the last couple of years,” said McManaman.“If you look at the age group of the Real Madrid players now, four or five of them are in the 30s. It’s probably the time to start refreshing it and bring in more players and try and replicate the success.“They have got a hard job on their hands. They are not playing well, the manager is under pressure and the team as well. They need to do something and need to do it quickly.”McManaman made 158 appearances for Real across all competitions between 1999 to 2003 and won the Champions League twice at the club.last_img read more

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock hails amazing 2018

first_imgCardiff City manager Neil Warnock insists the year 2018 has been the best of his entire coaching career.Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur, Warnock who guided the Bluebirds to promotion reflected on the year as a whole.“For a calendar year, it’s probably the most amazing year I’ve ever had in my career,” he said, according to the club’s official website.“To think in 2018, after surviving beforehand and losing every game last Christmas, to turn that around and get automatic promotion, take the Club up and now have 18 points by the New Year has been an amazing thing.”AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.“I don’t think any of it could have been done without everyone singing from the same hymn sheet. The fans have just been quite amazing – you’d really put them at the top of the list. The way they’ve got behind us, I’ve even got goose pimples now talking about it.”“At the end of last season at Hull City – I’ll never forget that. After the warm-up the lads came in saying: ‘have you ever heard anything like that?’ and it was 45 minutes before kick-off! That was the win that got us up, make no mistake about that.”“This year, every week has been the same. I’ve never heard anything like it either. On Saturday my daughter said that all you could hear on the radio was the Cardiff fans singing the national anthem and everything else!”“It’s just a fabulous place to be and you feel so proud to in charge of a Club like this at a time like this.”last_img read more

Suspects steal over 500K from Hermes De Paris at Fashion Valley Mall

first_img FASHION VALLEY (KUSI) — San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego Police Department’s Western Division are asking for assistance from the public to help identify and locate multiple suspects wanted for burglarizing the Hermes De Paris store at the Fashion Valley Mall.On Jan. 21 at 4:18 a.m., three vehicles arrived at the north entrance of the Fashion Valley Mall, located at 7007 Friars Road, in San Diego. A total of ten suspects got out of the vehicles and then forced entry into the Hermes De Paris store by using a pry bar to open the front door.The suspects were inside the store for approximately two minutes and stole various items including purses, jewelry, and clothing. The total loss is estimated at over $500,000. These suspects may be related to a statewide series were high-end department stores are being burglarized.Description of Suspects:All of the suspects were wearing hooded sweatshirts and gloves.Suspects’ Vehicles:The suspects used three vehicles and each one had paper plates. The vehicles are described as a white Chevy Suburban, and two blue colored sedans (possibly imports).Update:Investigators conducting follow-ups have recently recovered surveillance photos of the suspects believed to be responsible for this crime.Anyone with information on this case should call San Diego Police Department’s Western Division at (619) 692-4800 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Visit the Crime Stoppers website at www.sdcrimestoppers.org for more information on how to send anonymous web and mobile app tips. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 28, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Updated: 3:55 PM Suspects steal over $500K from Hermes De Paris at Fashion Valley Mall February 28, 2018 KUSI Newsroom FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Four injured in suspected gang shootout on Valencia Park Street

first_imgFour injured in suspected gang shootout on Valencia Park Street SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Four people were shot, including a 30-year-old man who suffered life-threatening injuries, during a suspected gang shootout between two groups on a Valencia Park street, police said Monday.It happened around 11:20 p.m. Sunday on Logan Avenue near Euclid Avenue, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.“For unknown reasons, the two groups started shooting at each other,” Buttle said. “Over 20 rounds were fired.”A 30-year-old man was shot in the neck and taken to a hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries, the officer said. An update on his condition was not immediately available.A 57-year-old man suffered several gunshot wounds to his leg, a 30- year-old man was shot in the neck and face and a 19-year-old man was shot in the chest, Buttle said, adding that all three were taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.Gang detectives were investigating the shooting. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 12, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 12, 2019 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Seward PD Seek Public Assistance In Locating Shoplifter

first_imgAnyone with information is asked to contact the Seward Police Department at (907) 224-3338 with any information. Reference case #19-2042. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Seward Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identify a shoplifter from a case that occured in Seward on July 9.According to SPD, the suspect may be driving a green 1993 Oldsmobile Bravada with a spider-webbed windshield and a storage rack on the back (Alaska License JMM914).last_img

Mayor Of Soldotna Nels Anderson Passed Away Early Tuesday Morning

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on September 11th, 2019 at 11:59 amMayor of Soldotna, Dr. John Nels Anderson, passed away early Tuesday morning in Anchorage. Dr. Anderson’s family confirmed his passing on social media. Dr. Anderson was currently serving as the mayor for the city of Soldotna. He also served one term as mayor after a term on the city council from 2009 to 2012, and he was on the borough school board for 15 years. According to his family, Dr. Anderson has been fighting an ongoing illness for some time. Soldotna City Manager Stephanie Queen: “Our hearts go out to Dr. Anderson’s family, and I would like to extend my deepest condolences. Mayor Anderson was beloved in this community, and a true public servant. He worked tirelessly to improve the lives of his friends and neighbors, and we are forever grateful. ” In addition to his duties as mayor, Dr. Anderson has been a long time practicing family physician in the city.Funeral Service for John Nels Anderson MD, Soldotna City Mayor will be at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints chapel (159 W Marydale next to the hospital)Monday September 16Viewing from 2:30 – 3:45 pmService beginning at 4:00 pmInterment to follow at Soldotna Memorial ParkAll who would like to pay respects are encouraged to attend.There will be an additional viewing Sunday night from 6:30-8:00 pm in Soldotna. Location pending. All are welcome to this as well.last_img read more

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker is a galactically stupid title

first_img Comments 16 Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker trailer tees… That’s a joke, right?— rick (@ricktimmerman88) April 12, 2019 And the actor jumped right in with guesses as to which member of his fictional family the title is referring to.”Is that Skywalker KYLO? LEIA? ANAKIN? LUKE?” he wrote. “A previously unknown SKYWALKER? Is REY a Skywalker?”Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (really!) opens Dec. 19 in the UK and Australia, and Dec. 20 in the US. Skywalker is the new Jedi Order. Rey starts it, maybe with Kylo.— Unite or Die #TTP (@shadowdragontwt) April 12, 2019 TV and Movies Also, doesn’t the new title just scream spoiler? In one of two ways, apparently. With Rey all over the trailer and the words THE RISE OF SKYWALKER emblazoned on the screen, are we just all admitting now that we know she’s obviously a Skywalker relation, whether Luke’s kid or not? Let’s hope that’s just too obvious. So on the other hand, is Kylo Ren, whose mother Leia was a Skywalker, the family member on the rise?Some fans liked it, with writer Kris Tapley putting it solidly in the middle of a title ranking, above the 1977 original and below The Phantom Menace. Not everyone was on board with the title.”Which Star Wars isn’t the rise of Skywalker …. he rose 10x already,” noted one Twitter user. Tapley also has thoughts about the title’s meaning, writing, “I think there’s zero chance that title refers to Rey.” No, it’s not an adult-film parody title, or a coffee table book about George Lucas’ movie ranch. Episode 9, the next Star Wars movie, is really called Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. it’s called the rise of skywalker because anakin raises from the dead to drop-kick kylo into a sun— moms against dio brando (@C0REZI) April 12, 2019 77 Photos More Rise of Skywalker 2:04 Star Wars star Mark Hamill, who played O.G. Skywalker Luke, weighed in about the new title Friday, nothing that it wasn’t his suggestion: Episode IX: A Bunch More Stuff Happens. Some fans had theories about what was rising, and who, and why.”Skywalker is the new Jedi Order. Rey starts it, maybe with Kylo,” wrote one Twitter user. Awful. Is this real?— David Bernardi (@david_bernardi) April 12, 2019 Originally published April 12. Ranking Star Wars episode titles! (TITLES)1. The Phantom Menace2. The Empire Strikes Back3. Return of the Jedi4. Attack of the Clones5. The Rise of Skywalker6. The Force Awakens7. A New Hope8. The Last Jedi9. Revenge of the Sith— Kris Tapley (@kristapley) April 12, 2019center_img The fact that Palpatine was laughing at the end of the trailer and Episode IX is titled The Rise of Skywalker… it’s so f-ing blatant you guys. Ben is going to finally make things right and heal the wounds in his family line. #bendemption #episodeix #theriseofskywalker— raven-maiden (@raven_maiden3) April 12, 2019 Which Star Wars isn’t the rise of Skywalker …. he rose 10x already— jaime xumi 🔦 (@jaimelasticity) April 12, 2019 It’s not #EpisodeIXFromHisNap or even my suggestion: #EpisodeIXABunchMoreStuffHappens- It’#EpisodeIXTheRiseOfSkywalker! It’s time for the 8 months of speculation to begin. Is that Skywalker KYLO? LEIA? ANAKIN? LUKE? A previously unknown SKYWALKER? Is REY a Skywalker? #CoolTitle👍 https://t.co/avfffLvC1z— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) April 12, 2019 The title ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ has got everyone thinking of Rey, maybe J.J. is retconning what Rian did with Rey’s lineage. No, no, no.I think the Skywalker title is referring to Kylo. Maybe he will have a redemption arc in this story. Fight to defeat Palpatine. pic.twitter.com/4JOefF1j5L— terrellegrahamreviews.com (@TerrelleGraham) April 12, 2019 Tags Don’t get too excited. The Palpatine cackle at the end of the #EpisodeIX trailer is just Kylo Ren’s ringtone.— Charles Soule (@CharlesSoule) April 12, 2019 I think there’s zero chance that title refers to Rey.— Kris Tapley (@kristapley) April 12, 2019 I’m confused, I thought one of the goals of this new trilogy was to end the Skywalker saga, then again The Rise of the Dark Knight was the end of the Batman trilogy so there’s that— Pozzible Movies (@Pozzible_movies) April 12, 2019 Confused by title. pic.twitter.com/w6KI1ylrlg— 6reg (@Darthgreg78) April 12, 2019 Rise of Skywalker sees Emperor Palpatine rise again Meet new Star Wars character Jannah Share your voice Either Rey is a Skywalker or Ren is gonna rule the galaxy.— Auswald (@groovyspaceP) April 12, 2019 Some fans were more interested in a familiar laugh from the new teaser trailer. Hello, Emperor Palpatine, welcome back. Maybe the title should’ve been, “The Rise/Return/Revenge/Whatever of Palpatine.” Now playing: Watch this: 2019 movies to geek out over We finally got the title Friday morning at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, and yes, these things take time to get used to. But I can’t be the only Star Wars watcher who thinks it’s about as appealing as the Sarlacc.I’ve said it before: I was rooting for Star Wars: A New Order. That worked on every level. Short, appealing, direct and a nice throwback to the 1977 original Star Wars film, which I saw in theaters when it was just called Star Wars but was later dubbed A New Hope. Star Wars, Skywalker, Palpatine, #EpisodeIX, #TheRiseOfSkywalker pic.twitter.com/eMb9YlDWj9— Leugim🌺🌸 (@Leugim_3) April 12, 2019 Star Warslast_img read more

Temper 6 Days Box Office Collection Junior NTR Starrer Mints ₹40 Crore

first_imgJunior NTR and Kajal Aggarwal in “Temper”https://www.facebook.com/TemperMovieJr NTR’s much celebrated movie “Temper” is now set to clear all the existing record for Telugu cinema behind it. The movie has minted ₹40 crore since its release on 13 February.”The film is turning out to be a blockbuster. In its first week, it has grossed Rs. 40 crore approximately worldwide,” trade analyst Trinath told IANS.Meanwhile, the box office report from the US alone suggest that the movie is going ahead to be the biggest success for Jr NTR in the country.The movie has reportedly grossed $934,467 (approximately ₹5.82 crore) in US and the box office collection for each day is as follows:First weekend Total – $868,223Monday – $47,700Tuesday – $18,544Total – $934,467, approximately ₹5.82 Crore”#Temper [Telugu] – USA: Wknd $ 868,223, Mon $ 47,700, Tue $ 18,544. Total: $ 934,467 [₹ 5.82 cr]. Some screens yet to report,” tweeted industry analyst Taran AdarshMeanwhile, the movie had a decent and a steady run on its sixth day at domestic box office. According to Andhra box office, the film’s run was a little lower than usual in Andhra but is continuing a good run in Nizam and Ceeded.The movie also lost on a few screens at Suresh group theatre after the death of legendary producer Duggabati Ramanaidu. The industry experts feel the film will not collect much on Thursday as the industry will be completely shut down as they pay last respects to the late producer.The movie reportedly has collected around ₹1.7 crore in Andhra Pradesh and Nizam together on Day 6.”Temper” is directed by Puri Jagganath and Jr NTR plays the role of a ruthless and corrupt cop but he changes after meeting the character played by Kajal Aggarwal. How a change is seen in his attitude towards others and within himself forms the crux of the movie.last_img read more

Samsung brings allnew Galaxy A20 with InfinityV display in India Top facts

first_imgProcessorSamsung Exynos 7884 octa-core After launching three Galaxy A series- A50, A30 and A10 in March, World’s leading smartphone-maker Samsung is bringing a new A20 model in India.Like the previous models, the Galaxy A20 shares some of the features particularly the design language. It boasts massive 6.4-inch super AMOLED Infinity-V display, which is very rare for a mid-range phone in the mid-range class of phones. Though the resolution is HD+ (720×1560), OLED-made screen will offer an enriching viewing experience with true black. Samsung Galaxy A20 launched in IndiaSamsung India Media KitThe Galaxy A20 comes with Samsung’s proprietary Exynos 7884 octa-core back by Android OS with 3GB RAM, 32GB storage (expandable up to 512GB via microSD) and a 4,000mAh battery with fast charging capability via Type C charger. The retail package houses 15W fast charger.As far as the photography hardware is concerned, the new Samsung phone boasts 13MP+5MP dual camera with LED flash on the back and an 8MP front snapper on the front.The new Galaxy A20 will go on sale on Samsung e-store, Samsung Opera House (Bengaluru), authorised e-commerce sites and retail chains across India from April 8 onward for Rs 12,490. It will be available vivid colour options such as Red, Blue and Black. Samsung Galaxy A20 go on sale on April 8 onwardSamsung India Media KitSamsung Galaxy A20 vs competition:Considering the price and its specifications, Samsung Galaxy A20 will be competing with Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 series, Honor 10 Lite and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2, among others.Key specifications of Samsung Galaxy A20:ModelModelGalaxy A20Galaxy A20ModelDisplayGalaxy A206.4-inch HD+ (1560x720p) super AMOLED Infinity-V screenModelOSGalaxy A20Android OSModelProcessorGalaxy A20Samsung Exynos 7884 octa-coreModelRAMGalaxy A203GBModelStorageGalaxy A2032GB, expandable up to 512GBModelCameraGalaxy A20Main: 13MP FF (F1.9) + 5MP FF (F2.2) with LED flashFront: 8MP FF (F2.0 aperture)ModelBatteryGalaxy A204,000mAh with 15W fast charging via USB Type C chargerModelNetworkGalaxy A204G-LTEModelAdd-onsGalaxy A20Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, rear fingerprint sensor,ModelColoursGalaxy A20Red/Blue/BlackModelPriceGalaxy A20Rs 12,490 Network4G-LTE ModelGalaxy A20 Display6.4-inch HD+ (1560x720p) super AMOLED Infinity-V screen RAM3GB OSAndroid OS Close Add-onsBluetooth, Wi-Fi, rear fingerprint sensor, Apple and Samsung Finally Reach A Truce PriceRs 12,490 Storage32GB, expandable up to 512GB Battery4,000mAh with 15W fast charging via USB Type C charger CameraMain: 13MP FF (F1.9) + 5MP FF (F2.2) with LED flashFront: 8MP FF (F2.0 aperture) ColoursRed/Blue/Blacklast_img read more

FIPB to take up stake hike proposals of Standard Life Aviva on

first_imgForeign partners are keen to raise their stake in Indian insurance joint ventures, with the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) expected to consider stake hike proposals of Standard Life Insurance and Aviva Life Insurance at its meeting on 29 December.At its 228th meeting on 27 November, 2015, the FIPB had deferred a proposal by HDFC to transfer its shares so as to raise Standard Life’s (Mauritius Holdings) stake in HDFC Standard Life Insurance from the existing 26% to 35%.The FIPB also set aside Aviva Life Insurance Company India’s proposal to increase the foreign shareholding in the venture from 26% to 49% by Aviva International Holdings, UK, by transferring 23% stake being held by the Indian partner, Dabur.In the recent past, many foreign partners of Indian insurance companies have either increased their stake or have planned to do so, ever since the Modi government increased the foreign direct investment (FDI) limit for such foreign associates from 26% to 49% in March this year.The aim was to increase insurance penetration in India and enable the companies to raise adequate capital for expanding operations.On 17 December, Ergo International AG, the German insurance company that had 26% equity stake in HDFC Ergo General Insurance Company, increased its stake to 48.9% by acquiring 123 million shares in the joint venture, representing 22.90% stake.The shares were acquired at a price of Rs 90.97 per share, translating into a consideration of Rs 1,122 crore, HDFC said in a regulatory filing to the BSE.Pursuant to the deal, which will be subject to regulatory approvals, HDFC’s stake will come down to 50.7% from 73.6% held earlier.HDFC Ergo General Insurance’s gross direct premium for the first half of the current fiscal was Rs 1,593 crore. The company earned a net profit of Rs 68.9 crore during the period. In 2014-15, the company had earned a net profit of Rs 104 crore and its gross written premium was Rs 3,257 crore.HDFC Standard Life Insurance’s total premium collection was Rs 6,590 crore for the first six months ended 30 September, 2015.There are 24 life insurance companies, including LIC, operating in India. The total amount collected by way of premium was Rs 7,553 crore in November this year and Rs 74,550 crore till November this year, marking an increase of 17.03% for the nine month period over last year, according to Life Insurance Council.While state-owned LIC is the biggest player in the business, other prominent companies include SBI Life Insurance (JV with BNP Paribas Assurance), ICICI Prudential and HDFC Standard Life.On 25 December, Tube Investments of India said it had approved the sale of 14% equity stake in Cholamandalam MS General Insurance to its joint venture partner Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Japan, for Rs 882.67 crore. The transaction, which will be subject to regulatory approvals, will increase Mitsui’s stake in the joint venture to 40%.last_img read more

Expediaowned Trivago files for IPO worth 400 million

first_imgTrivago, a hotel booking website owned by Expedia, has filed for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in the United States. In a regulatory filing, the company said it plans to list its depository receipts on Nasdaq.According to Bloomberg, Trivago will have two classes of shares after the IPO — Class A shares and Class B shares. It plans to sell its Class A shares to the public, while the Class B shares will be retained by Expedia. Class A shares are currently held by Trivago’s management.However, in its regulatory filing on Monday, the company did not reveal how many shares it planned to sell or its expected price.Four years ago, the US-based Expedia bought a 62 percent stake in Trivago for about $531 million. Dara Khosrowshahi, Expedia CEO, had told investors in July that the management and founders of Trivago had agreed to go public in a bid to value Trivago as a standalone firm, Reuters reported.Chances are the final size of the IPO could be different. The company plans to use the symbol TRVG for its listing.For the first nine months of the present fiscal, the Dusseldorf-based Trivago reported a net loss of $57.8 million on income of $425.6 million. Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs are leading the deal.last_img read more

Myanmar seeks time and space to solve Rohingya crisis

first_imgUN special rapporteur on Myanmar, Yanghee Lee (centre R-in blue jacket), being escorted during a visit to the Rakhine ethnic Sein Pan Myaing village, near the town of Maungdaw in strife-torn Rakhine State near the Bangladesh border on 20 January. AFP file photoMyanmar’s deputy defence chief on Monday urged the world to give his government “time and space” to solve a crisis involving the Rohingya Muslim minority amid concerns jihadists could exploit the situation.Rear Admiral Myint Nwe told a security forum in Singapore his government is “fully aware of the growing concern about the widespread reports on (the) situation in Rakhine state” where the Rohingya live, and was committed to address the issue and punish wrongdoers.Since October Myanmar’s army has carried out “clearance operations” in the north of the western state to root out insurgents accused of deadly raids on police border posts.At least 66,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh, alleging rape, murder and torture at the hands of security forces.Myanmar has long faced international criticism over its treatment of the Rohingya. Most people in the majority Buddhist community consider them illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.“The government does not condone rights abuses against innocent civilians. Legal action will be taken in response to any substantiated claim,” Myint Nwe said.The admiral was responding to a keynote address by Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein at th Fullerton Forum organised by the International Institute for Strategic Studies.Hishammuddin warned that the situation in Rakhine-if not addressed properly-could be exploited by the Islamic State group as it seeks a base in Southeast Asia.“This horrific possibility has the potential to cause death and destruction well beyond the borders of ASEAN,” he added, referring to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.Answering a delegate’s question, Hishammuddin said the Rohingya issue “is going to test ASEAN solidarity… It needs to be resolved, we cannot sweep it under the carpet, it affects a lot of Muslims and it’s very emotional”.Myint Nwe said both Yangon and the international community should focus on finding a “lasting solution” to the problem.“Allowing time and space is essential for the government’s efforts to bear fruit in finding a sustainable solution of this complex issue.”Hishammuddin said ASEAN-the regional bloc to which both Malaysia and Myanmar belong-should play a key role in working out a solution with Myanmar’s leaders.last_img read more

PM Hasina returns home

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. File photoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina returned home on Monday morning wrapping up her weeklong visit to the United States to attend the 73rd UN General Assembly.A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister, which departed Heathrow International Airport in London at 6:50pm (local time), landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9:10am (BST).During her visit to the USA, Sheikh Hasina delivered the country statement at the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in Bangla demanding immediate and effective implementation of the agreement concluded between Myanmar and the UN over settlement of the ongoing Rohingya crisis.On the sidelines of the UNGA sessions, the prime minister also attended a good number of high-level events and placed some specific proposals in continuation of her previous five-point proposal for resolving the protracted Rohingya crisis.Sheikh Hasina had a meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. She also joined a welcome reception hosted by US president Donald Trump, while US secretary of state Mike Pompeo met her at her hotel suite in New York.Hasina also had bilateral meetings with world leaders and heads of international organisations, including Estonian president Kersti Kaljulaid, Dutch Queen Maxima and the OIC secretary general.During the tour, the prime minister received ‘International Achievement Award’ given by Inter Press Service, a global news agency for her dynamic and farsighted leadership in addressing the Rohingya crisis while Global Hope Coalition conferred upon her the ‘2018 Special Recognition for Outstanding Leadership Award’.Hasina also addressed a press conference and attended a reception accorded to her by the Bangladesh community in the United States.last_img read more

Trump Pence wont attend Jerusalem embassy opening

first_img.Neither president Donald Trump nor vice president Mike Pence will be in attendance when the US opens its embassy in Jerusalem next week.The White House says Trump is instead sending a high-level delegation to the ceremony marking the formal recognition by the US of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump ordered the move last year, fulfilling a key campaign promise but drawing condemnation from many US allies, who say the move makes it more difficult to achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians.The White House says deputy secretary of State John Sullivan is leading the delegation, joined by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin) and the president’s daughter and son-in-law, White House aides Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.Trump had left the door open to personally attending the embassy opening.last_img read more

Hundreds missing after dam collapse in Laos

first_imgMap of Laos locating a dam collapse. Photo: AFPHundreds of people are missing and an unknown number believed dead after the collapse of a hydropower dam under construction in southeast Laos, state media reported Tuesday.Communist Laos is traversed by a vast network of rivers and there are several dams being built or are planned in the impoverished and landlocked country, which exports most of its hydropower energy to neighbouring countries like Thailand.Laos News Agency said the accident happened at a hydropower dam in southeastern Attapeu province’s Sanamxay district late Monday, releasing five billion cubic metres of water-more than two million Olympic swimming pools.The report added that the there were “several human lives claimed, and several hundreds of people missing”.Several houses in the southern part of the district were also swept away, the report said, and officials in the province put out a call for relief aid for flood victims.The $1.2 billion dam is part of a project by Vientiane-based Xe Pian Xe Namnoy Power Company, or PNPC, a joint venture formed in 2012.Among the companies involved in the project according to the Laos News Agency are Thailand’s Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding, South Korea’s Korea Western Power and the state-run Lao Holding State Enterprise.The 410 megawatt capacity dam was supposed to start commercial operations by 2019, according to the venture’s website.The project consists of a series of dams over the Houay Makchanh, the Xe-Namnoy and the Xe-Pian rivers in neighbouring Champasack Province.It planned to export 90 percent of its electricity to energy hungry Thailand and the remaining amount was to be offered up on the local grid.Under the terms of construction, PNPC said it would operate and manage the power project for 27-years after commercial operations began.When contacted by phone in Laos’ capital Vientiane an official told AFP: “We do not have any official reports about it yet. We are gathering information.”Dam projects, mainly providing power to neighbouring countries, have long been controversial as they often displace large numbers of local people.The hydroelectric project at Xayaburi, led by Thai group CH Karnchang, with a 1,285 megawatt dam-which will cost $3.5 billion according to state media-is at the heart of Laos’ plan to become “the battery of Southeast Asia”.But it has sharply divided several Mekong nations who worry it will disrupt vital ecosystems and their own river systems.Six Vietnamese workers were killed when a gas cylinder exploded at the construction site of a hydropower plant in central Laos in July last year.last_img read more

What Does Space Smell Like Astronaut Scott Kelly Reflects On His Year

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: In March of 2016, astronaut Scott Kelly returned home to earth after spending nearly a full year aboard the International Space Station. He was participating in an experiment studying the long-term effects of living in space on the human body.Now, Kelly has written a book about his time in space called Endurance. He’ll talk about his book and his experiences at an event for Brazos Bookstore at The Ballroom at Bayou Place downtown on Saturday night (Oct. 21).Ahead of that appearance, Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn caught up with Kelly and asked him what he missed the most about life on earth — and to explain how space smells. That’s right — space apparently has a smell.– / 5 00:00 /14:50 X Listencenter_img nasa.govJust before the 15th anniversary of continuous human presence on the International Space Station on Nov. 2, 2015, U.S. astronaut and commander of the Expedition 45 crew, Scott Kelly, poses next to a portal looking down on the earth. Sharelast_img read more

The varied colours of life

first_imgAll art enthusiasts can find their way to IHC as Bhiku Ram Jain Foundation in association with Art Mall brings to us the group art show Colour Of Life – 14. The show is a part of their annual All India Art Exhibitions. The exhibition will display the art works of about 70 eminent and upcoming artistes in the discipline of paintings, sculptures, graphics, drawings, photography and digital art from across the country. The works on display celebrate the theme of colourful aspect through an individualistic makeover by the artistes, bringing the hopes, aspirations, achievements and challenges before the participating artistes. The overall effect on the canvas shows graphic detailing and symbolic forms to highlight such ideas. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A set of four unique sandal wood sculptures will be displayed made way back in 20th century by Mali Chand Jangid from Churu, Rajasthan. Eminent artistes like Jatin Das, Niren Sen Gupta, Vijender Sharma, Om Prakash said that the selection of the participants is done by an organising committee where emphasis of selection is based on creating an aura for enhance of colours empowerment which forms as a mission to bring together the largely untouched segments of genuinely art works before a gamut of art lovers who have shielded away from the gallery doors, intimidated by price tags and name droppings thus making it an art-friendly show for artistes and the art lovers alike. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe show will be inaugrated by Prof Rajeev Lochan , Director National Gallery of Modern Art, Prof S N Lahiri, Principal Delhi College of Art, K K Chakravarty, Chairman Lalit Kala Academy , Jatin Das along with Her Excellency Milena Santana-Ramirez, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Bolivarian, Republic of Venezuela along with Andrea Kucerova, Deputy Head of Mission, Political Affairs, Embassy of the Czech Republic.When:1 – 3 JuneWhere: Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat CentreTimings: 11am – 7pmlast_img read more

Saint Lucia Tourism Authority revamps travel agent program

first_img Travelweek Group Friday, June 15, 2018 TORONTO – The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) has revamped its travel agent specialist program (SLEx), an online educational and loyalty program that’s open to agents in Canada.Mobile friendly and customizable, SLEx provides resources that will enable agents to better sell the destination in areas like Dive, Romance and Family Travel.Upon completion of the program, graduates will receive a certificate that unlocks features and benefits of being a Saint Lucia Expert. A combination of three status tiers will highlight the best producers and provide additional incentives and support to each tier.SLEx awards agents marketing credits based on room nights within the following tiers: Gold (50-149 room nights); Platinum (150-299 room nights); and Diamond (300+ room nights).Benefits include: three continuing education credits from ACTA or The Travel Institute; personalized certificate; and printable education packet.As an additional incentive, the top recording travel agents and their agencies will be awarded monthly prizes in the sum of US$250 cash for the agent, and $250 marketing credit for the agency (to go towards Saint Lucia business development). The new platform will allow agents to track their progress in real time.More news: TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamOther benefits of the program include:Lead generation via website inclusion by zip code, agency name and contact details;Customization of collateral including package flyers and social media resourcesSpecial recognition and awards;Discounted fams and agent rates with Saint Lucia Agent Months (SLAM);Special promotions and offers;Agent’s own SLEx e-newsletter templateSpecial recognition in SLTA press releases and stories ‘Tell us about your client’s vacation experience in Saint Lucia’;Invitation to attend THE PITON INSPIRO AwardsAn SLTA logo for business cards and websiteTravel agents can enroll in the program at http://edu.recommend.com/saintlucia. Current Saint Lucia Specialists are not required to retake the course but will benefit from the new resources and status. Posted by Saint Lucia Tourism Authority revamps travel agent programcenter_img Share Tags: Agent Incentives, Saint Lucia, Saint Lucia Tourism Authority << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Its coming Universal confirms fourth new theme park

first_img Share By: The Associated Press ORLANDO — There’s a new salvo in Orlando’s theme park wars.Universal Orlando Resort has announced that it is building a fourth theme park to be called Universal’s Epic Universe.Featuring an entertainment centre, hotels, shops, restaurants and more, the park will be located within a larger 750-acre site that nearly doubles Universal’s total available acreage in Central Florida. Its specific location will be just a few miles from the existing resort in Southwest Orange County, south of Sand Lake Road and east of Universal Boulevard.An opening date has yet to be revealed.The announcement was made Thursday at an event attended by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, and Universal executives Tom Williams and Brian Roberts.“Our new park represents the single-largest investment Comcast NBCUniversal has made in its theme park business and in Florida overall,” said Roberts, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Comcast Corporation. “It reflects the tremendous excitement we have for the future of our theme park business and for our entire company’s future in Florida.”More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesWilliams, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Universal Parks & Resorts, added: “Our vision for Epic Universe is historic. It will build on everything we have done and become the most immersive and innovative theme park we have ever created. It is an investment in our business, our industry, our team members and our community.”Mayor Demings spotlighted Universal’s role in the Kirkman Road extension, a 50/50 public-private project that when finished will add a 1.7-mile, north-south artery between Carrier Drive on the north to Universal Boulevard on the south. Universal is investing US$160 million to extend Kirkman into the area where the new park will be located.“The investment Universal is making in our community and the benefit all of us will see is substantial,” said Demings. “This will benefit nearly every segment of our economy, from tourism to high-tech.”Demings added that the Kirkman extension will improve transportation and open up the entire area for additional development, including an important expansion of the Convention Center.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesConstruction of the new park alone will contribute a total of $11.5 billion in direct and indirect economic benefit into the Florida economy. Universal Orlando currently employs 25,000 people and will hire an additional 14,000 team members as part of Epic Universe.Universal already operates Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, as well as the Volcano Bay water park, in Orlando. The company recently has been acquiring hundreds of acres of land near Orlando’s convention centre.Universal’s announcement comes weeks ahead of the planned opening of a Star Wars land at rival Walt Disney World. An identical land opened earlier this summer at sister park Disneyland in California.Earlier this summer, Universal also debuted a new ride based on the Harry Potter property, which had fans waiting for hours to ride it.More details about Epic Universe will be revealed over time. << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, August 1, 2019 Tags: Orlando, Theme Parks & Attractions It’s coming: Universal confirms fourth new theme parklast_img read more