Kashmiri delegation meets Amit Shah in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah met a Kashmiri delegation at the North Block here on Tuesday. Twenty-two sarpanchs from Kashmir, who bravely contested the panchayat elections in spite of threat to their lives from terrorists, met Shah and other top officials of the Home Ministry. Shah will be listening to all of them and hold talks to bring normalcy in the valley, sources said. This is the first delegation from the Valley to meet the Home Minister after the abrogation of Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.last_img

Ottawa continues legal fight against St Annes Indian residential school survivor over

first_img( St. Anne’s Indian residential school. Photo/National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsOttawa is continuing its court battle against a residential school survivor who attended the notorious St. Anne’s Indian residential school.The survivor, known only as H-15019, wants a new compensation hearing without federal lawyers present because they previously suppressed evidence to discredit the  claim.A hearing on the case is scheduled for Wednesday in Toronto before Justice Paul Perell.St. Anne’s, which was located near Fort Albany First Nation in Ontario’s James Bay region, was one of the most notorious residential schools throughout the dark history of the institutions. An OPP investigation launched in the 1990s led to several convictions. The school, which closed in 1976, was home to an electric chair that was used on children who attended there. Children from Attawapiskat attended the school.Ottawa’s lawyers are asking the court to dismiss H-15019’s application, known technically as a request for direction (RFD), according to recent submissions filed with the Ontario Superior Court. Ottawa says the application for a new hearing should be rejected because it is “premature.”  The submission argues the survivor has not exhausted all possible appeal avenues under the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) created by the multi-billion dollar Indian residential school settlement agreement between Ottawa, the churches and survivors.“Claimant H-15019 has not exhausted the re-review process of the IAP, such that this request for direction is premature,” said Ottawa’s response submission. “In support of the processes of the IAP as well as the rights of Claimant H-15019 thereunder, Canada has signaled its consent for claimant H-15019 to seek a re-review decision…Canada asks this honourable court to dismiss the remaining preliminary relief sought by the claimant.”Ottawa argues that if the court orders a re-hearing on the grounds requested by H-15019 it would result in a “material amendment” to the Indian residential school settlement agreement.The federal government is also opposing H-15019’s request federal lawyers involved on the file submit affidavits explaining why they suppressed evidence, including the contents of an OPP criminal investigation, during the IAP hearings that resulted in the St. Anne’s survivor losing out on compensation.“Canada specifically contests any suggestion that particular federal officials are required to provide affidavit evidence in respect of this matter, and submits that the claimant has not established grounds to compel such evidence,” according to Ottawa’s submission.H-15019’s lawyer, Fay Brunning, said she would be fighting Ottawa’s move to dismiss the RFD. She said her client does not want to go through another IAP hearing with federal lawyers and adjudicators who violated his rights.“My client wants court supervision and public accountability by those persons who violated his rights,” said Brunning, in an emailed statement. “These hearings are about very serious child abuse in religious institutions. My client has suffered enough and he wants the justice system to uphold his rights, even against (Justice Canada).”Since the beginning of the IAP process, federal government lawyers used false narratives of the school, which omitted references the OPP’s criminal investigation and convictions, to defeat abuse claims filed by residential school survivors.The records shows Justice Canada had evidence of the OPP investigation before the IAP hearings began, but yet never disclosed them during IAP hearings.Even after the Ontario Superior Court ordered Ottawa in January 2014 to turn over the OPP evidence it held, federal lawyers continued to use the false narratives in H-15019’s case and used it to discredit the survivor’s story.“During final submissions for the IAP claim…on July 25, 2014, (Justice Canada) relied upon the pre-2014…report and source documentation…and argued that the claimant’s story was improbably and not reliable,” according to one of Brunning’s filings on behalf of H-15019.During this time, federal lawyers had in their possession proof a priest, who was one of the subjects named in H-15019’s claim, was a “serial sexual abuser.”Weeks before this happened, the Ontario Superior Court was again compelled to issue a follow-up order in June 2015 and told Ottawa to summarize and reverse redactions on the 12,000 documents it previously released following the 2014 ruling.NDP MP Charlie Angus, in who’s riding includes Ontario’s James Bay region, said Ottawa’s decision to continue the legal battle against the St. Anne’s survivor made a “mockery” of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s words to survivors at the closing ceremony of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.“It’s a travesty of justice,” said Angus. “I am really disturbed by what we seen since the beginning (with) the collusion of the Justice department in protecting perpetrators and suppression of evidence, undermining a legal process that is supposed to bring justice for the survivors.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Bodies of 2 Indian mountaineers recovered from Mt Kanchenjunga

first_imgKathmandu: The bodies of two Indian mountaineers, who died in Nepal due to high altitude sickness near the summit of Mount Kanchenjunga during an expedition to the world’s third tallest peak, have been recovered and flown to Kathmandu, officials said here on Sunday. Biplab Baidya (48) and Kuntal Karar (46) died on Wednesday night above Camp IV after they were unable to continue their descent from near the 8,586-metre peak due to hypothermia and snow-blindness. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe bodies of Baidya and Kanrar were first carried by rescuers from the mountain’s highest camp to near the base camp and then flown to Kathmandu in a helicopter. The bodies were kept at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital at Maharajgunj on the outskirts of Kathmandu for autopsy, said a staff member of Peak Promotion, which conducted the expedition. According to officials, Biplab made it successfully to the summit point, while Kuntal fell sick on his way and could not make it to the top. The duo, who were part of a five-member team of climbers from Bengal, died while climbing down from the peak. Mount Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world. It rises in a section of the Himalayas called Kanchenjunga Himal delimited in the west by the Tamur River, in the north by the Lhonak Chu and Jongsang La, and in the east by the Teesta river.last_img read more

UN envoy speaks out against resumed Israeli demolitions in West Bank

3 November 2008The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) has voiced alarm at Israel’s recent resumption of house demolitions – after a freeze which began this April – in the West Bank. Robert Serry said in a statement issued over the weekend in Jerusalem that the UN Humanitarian Coordinator and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) are discussing the world body’s concerns – given the impact of the demolitions on the area’s most vulnerable, with many poor families left destitute – with Israeli authorities.“The actions are also a political step back from the commitments Israel has made and send a discouraging signal regarding its support for the strenuous and concerted efforts underway to improve the conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory and build greater trust and confidence in support of the peace process,” he said.Mr. Serry said that he calls on Israel to follow its commitments by calling a halt to demolitions, thereby preventing civilians from losing their homes and livelihoods.Last week, the head of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said that conditions have not improved in the West Bank, with the number of checkpoints topping 600, making it extremely difficult for people, including UN staff that live in the West Bank and work in Jerusalem, to move around.“The whole situation makes it very difficult… developing the economy there, and also makes us very worried about how viable a Palestinian state can be created in a territory that is so completely fragmented as this one is,” Karen AbuZayd, Commissioner-General of UNRWA, told reporters in New York. read more

India to dispatch Menon

It was noted that the proposed changes raised doubts about the commitments made by the Sri Lankan Government to India and the international community, including the United Nations, on a political settlement in Sri Lanka that would go beyond the 13th Amendment.“The changes would also be incompatible with the recommendation of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), set up by the Government of Sri Lanka, calling for a political settlement based on the devolution of power to the provinces,” the Indian External Affairs Ministry said.The Prime Minister stated that he was deeply concerned about the welfare and wellbeing of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka. He stressed on the expectation that the Sri Lankan Tamil community would lead a life of dignity, as equal citizens, and reiterated that India would make every effort to ensure the achievement of a future for the community marked by equality, justice and self-respect. (Colombo Gazette) India had this week told the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) that it is not happy with moves in Sri Lanka to dilute the 13thAmendment to the constitution. India is to send National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon to Sri Lanka next month for talks with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and other government officials.The meeting will take place amidst the backdrop of moves by the government to repeal the 13th Amendment to the constitution. The Indian External Affairs spokesperson’s office, in a statement, said that Prime Minister Manomhan Sing conveyed to the TNA delegation that he was dismayed by reports suggesting that the Government of Sri Lanka planned to dilute certain key provisions of the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution ahead of elections to the Northern Provincial Council.A six-member delegation of the TNA led by R. Sampanthan which includes Mavai S. Senathirajah, Suresh Premachandran, P. Selvarajah, Selvam Adaikkalanathan and M.A. Sumanthiran met the Indian Prime Minister yesterday as well as the Indian Foreign Minister and the National Security Adviser According to the Uthayan newspaper, Menon is expected in Colombo on July 7 to discuss bilateral and regional issues including the 13th Amendment to the constitution. read more

20 detainees released in Côte dIvoire after UN human rights officers intervene

The UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) said that the detainees had been held in the northern towns of Korhogo and Ouangolodougou and that some of those arrested had been in jail since November, while others had been detained more recently.“Following discussions between UNOCI Human Rights Officers and the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Forces Nouvelles (FAFN), General Soumaila Bakayoko, on human rights issues and concerns on 21 February, the FN yesterday released 20 elements from its ranks,” UNOCI said, referring to the detainees.UNOCI troops and military observers in the troubled country also described the current situation in Côte d’Ivoire as “calm”, reporting “no anomalies” in recent arms inspections that they had carried out.Yesterday, the Security Council urged Ivorian officials to help humanitarian groups return to the West African nation following political unrest in January that prompted many to leave.The disturbances took place in the capital of Abidjan as well as Daloa, San Pedro, Guiglo and other parts of the country after a UN-authorized group recommended the effective disbanding of the National Assembly, whose mandate had expired.Earlier this month, Secretary-General Kofi Annan sent the Government of President Laurent Gbagbo a bill for damage to UN offices that occurred during the several days of unrest.Côte d’Ivoire was divided into a Government-ruled south and rebel-held north after the failure of an attempted coup against President Gbagbo in September 2002 triggered a civil war. UNOCI troops and the UN-authorized French Licorne forces have been guarding the so-called Zone of Confidence separating the two areas in this nation, one of the world’s top cocoa producers. read more

Woman who met Princess Diana on her first official tour speaks of

first_imgKatherine Owen was a 9-year-old Girl Guide when she met Princess Diana on her first tour at Caernarfon Castle, but she says she will always remember the encounter. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

Second foreigner beaten on train

first_imgIn the second racially motivated attack to take place on the ISAP electrical railway in Athens in as many days, a 32-year-old Pakistani man was ambushed by a group of around a dozen men on Tuesday night.The group, according to eyewitnesses and ISAP staff, boarded the train at central Attiki station and were apparently eyeing foreign passengers aggressively, with some sources suggesting that they were also shouting anti-immigrant slogans. The group assaulted the Pakistani man before it pulled into Aghios Nikolaos station, beating him brutally, and dumping him onto the station’s platform, before continuing on their journey and getting off at Aghios Eleftherios.The man was being treated for extensive injuries at the KAT trauma hospital.A Bangladeshi man was also undergoing treatment after being stabbed by a mugger at Omonia station on Monday.Police did not confirm whether either of the attacks were racially motivated.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Glonass le système de navigation russe sera achevé en mars

first_imgGlonass : le système de navigation russe sera achevé en marsMalgré l’échec du lancement de trois satellites dimanche dernier (voir notre article), l’Agence spatiale russe, Roskosmos, assure que son système de navigation Glonass sera achevé au plus tard en mars 2011.A ce jour, 22 satellites Glonass sont placés en orbite, 20 étant opérationnels, les deux autres de réserve. Pour être complet, le système de navigation russe nécessite au moins deux autres appareils, qui seront lancés “dans un délai de deux mois et demi à trois mois”, a annoncé Anatoli Perminov, le chef de l’Agence spatiale russe. Un satellite de nouvelle génération Glonass-K devrait ainsi être lancé le 28 décembre prochain. Puis un autre sera placé en orbite au cours du premier trimestre 2011.En outre, pour remédier à l’échec du lancement de trois satellites Glonass-M, qui dimanche sont tombés dans l’océan Pacifique, les deux appareils de réserve seront progressivement mis en exploitation. Si ce programme se déroule sans encombres, le système Glonass sera donc complet en mars prochain, avec 24 satellites en fonctionnement.Le 12 décembre 2010 à 14:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Joachim Low believes Germany will win the WC again

first_imgThe national team manager believes he has already detected the mistakes his squad committed in the 2018 FIFA World Cup editionThe 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is seen as the worst tournament Germany has ever participated in.The national team failed to advance from its group and ended up at the bottom of the block.But for manager Joachim Low, he has four years to work on what can lead Germany to be world champions again.“This time we missed a little bit with our emotions, our fire – some players were not at their top level,” Low told the BBC World Football Show.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“It was a shock. We have to learn from that and accept that.”“We are re-motivated. We were four years at the top level, we won the World Cup in 2014 and the Confederations Cup in 2017. If you want to win the World Cup again, everything has to be perfect,” he added.“We have to accept our results but we’re looking forward. We know we have a good team of motivated players. We will come back again.”“It’s always a challenge in Germany, everyone expects you to win a tournament. But we had a very good last 10 or 12 years. This time it was bad but we are sure we will be better in the future,” Low said.“[German FA director] Oliver Bierhoff and I met immediately after the World Cup. For 14 years we were responsible for the team and for the organization in this federation.”last_img read more

Region of The Americas become first to eliminate Measles

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWashington DC, U.S.A, September 27, 2016 – The Region of the Americas has successfully eliminated Measles, Rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome.  The announcement was made, September 27th, 2016 at the World Health Organization for the Americas’ 55th annual Directing Council in Washington DC.   It is the first region to have eradicated small pox, the first region to have eliminated poliomyelitis and now it is the first region to have eliminated Measles, Rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS).The process began within the Americas in 2007 where countries were urged and agreed to work towards the elimination of Measles, Rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS).   Measles and Rubella are highly infectious diseases which affect the respiratory system; CRS can be contracted by infants born to mothers who have not received the rubella vaccine.  The last reported case of Rubella within the Americas was in 2009, this allowed the International Expert Committee (IEC) to validate the region as having eliminated Rubella and CRS in 2015.  Measles was scheduled to be a part of this validation, but because of the outbreaks in Canada, the United States, Brazil and Ecuador during the period in which the region was to be validated, the verification was withheld.Elimination means that a region would have had to interrupt endemic transmission of Measles over a period of time.  Simply put, all the countries in the Americas would have needed to have zero cases of Measles, Rubella and CRS contracted within any of the countries for a period of time.  The last outbreak of Measles in the region was in 2015 in Brazil as a result of an imported case from another region.“Today we say bye-bye to indigenous transmission of Measles.  We celebrate this historic day in which the scourge has been eliminated,” said Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).Premier Dr. The Hon. Rufus Ewing stated;  “The Turks and Caicos Islands is elated to be a part of this great success.  The country has always boasted of its high coverage in Measles and Rubella vaccination over the years, due to the hard work and dedication of our public health staff and public health policies over the years.  We will continue to work to maintain a high coverage in all vaccines and to go even higher.”Elimination does not mean eradication and so the work must continue to ensure that we keep the TCI Measles, Rubella and CRS free.   In attendance at the 55th Directing Council and also the conference on Medical Health Tourism is the Hon. Premier and Minister of Health Dr. Rufus Ewing, Permanent Secretary Mr. Wesley Clerveaux along with other members of staff from the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services and the office of the Premier. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Burn ban declared in Clark County

first_imgA stagnant weather pattern expected to linger through this week has prompted local officials to declare a Stage 1 burn ban in Clark County. The ban takes effect at 5 p.m. today, according to the Southwest Clean Air Agency.A stage one burn ban means the use of all wood fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves is prohibited. (Uncertified wood stoves are generally made before 1990 and lack a certification label on the back.) Outdoor burning is also not allowed during a Stage 1 ban.Homes that rely on wood burning as their only source of heat, however, are exempt from the ban.Unlike summertime burn bans, this week’s announcement isn’t related to fire danger. Instead, officials hope to minimize air pollution as particulates build up in the air.The ban will remain in effect until further notice, according to the clean air agency. A high-pressure system is expected to keep a stagnant air mass in place over the region for at least the next several days. That pattern, combined with poor daytime ventilation and other factors, may cause moderate to high levels of fine particle air pollution, according to the agency. Limiting burning aims to minimize that effect.Updated air quality information is available at Southwest Clean Air Agency.last_img read more

PHOTOS Wilmington Sons of Italy Holds Easter Bunny Breakfast

first_imgLike 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… RelatedWilmington Sons Of Italy Announces Golf Tournament For September 27In “Community”Wilmington Sons Of Italy To Host 10th Annual Italian Heritage Golf Classic On September 27In “Community”PHOTOS: Wilmington Sons of Italy Holds Easter Bunny BreakfastIn “Photo of the Day” WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Sons of Italy held its 14th Annual “Easter Bunny Breakfast” on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall.More than 200 residents enjoyed a great breakfast and a visit with the Easter Bunny. All proceeds from the event benefited the Wilmington Sons of Italy Charities — Alzheimer’s Research and Cooley’s Anemia Research. Cooley’s Anemia, more commonly known as Thalassemia, is a blood disorder that commonly affects people of Mediterranean descent. At one time, those who had the most serve form of the disease would not survive into puberty, but thanks to the research, that has changed.Below are more than 30 photos from the breakfast courtesy of Lennie Malvone. More of Lennie’s shots can be found on the Wilmington Sons of Italy’s Facebook page.last_img read more

Siddharth Anand spills beans on Hrithik RoshanTiger Shroff action scenes in War

first_imgHrithik Roshan in WarPR HandoutBollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan will be seen fighting with Tiger Shroff on land, ice, ocean and even air in his upcoming film War. Four top action directors of the world have been roped in to create a visual spectacle in the film.Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff are among the biggest action stars of our generation. They are seen pitting against each other in YRF’s much-awaited entertainer War. There are a series of massive showdowns. These action spectacles have been choreographed by four big action directors from across the globe!In a statement to media, Siddharth Anand spilled the beans on the making of the action scenes of War. The director said, “When we have Hrithik taking on Tiger, the promise of the film to audiences become huge and we wanted to deliver the action experience for people to feel the adrenaline rush.”Siddharth Anand added, “We have four of the top action directors from different parts of the world like Paul Jennings, Franz Spilhaus, SeaYoung Oh and Parvez Shaikh – all specialists in creating a different type of spectacle, choreographing breath-taking, never seen before action stunts. Hrithik and Tiger will be seen fighting each other on land, ocean, ice and even air! We will be disclosing all these big action moments strategically to audiences.” Tiger Shroff in WarPR HandoutPaul Jennings has worked in Hollywood films like The Dark Knight, San Andreas, Jack Reacher and Game of Thrones. South Korean stunt master SeaYoung Oh has designed hand to hand combat sequences in films like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Pokemon XY and Snowpiercer. Franz Spilhaus has designed spectacular action sequences in films like Safe House, Eye in the Sky and Death Race. Parvez Shaikh has designed action in Tiger Zinda Hai, Junglee, Kesari and Mary Kom.The biggest action entertainer of the year will see both Hrithik and Tiger push their bodies to the limit to pull off these death-defying acting stunts. War is set to be a visual spectacle for quintessential action cinema lovers as Hrithik and Tiger fight each other relentlessly to try and beat each other.Produced by Yash Raj Films, the high-octane film that also stars Vaani Kapoor opposite Hrithik Roshan is set to release in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu on the big National Holiday of Gandhi Jayanti, October 2.last_img read more

Everything You Need To Know About The Bitcoin Fork

first_imgStay on target Cops Raid Suspected Pot House, Find Cryptomining Operation InsteadBitcoin Bomb Threat Scam Disrupts Businesses Across US, Canada Cryptocurrency is one of the most exciting developments in the world of finance in recent years, but it’s also a complete disaster that has led to innumerable scams and rip-offs. Funny how that works. The big daddy of them all, Bitcoin, just made a major decision that could change the way it works in the future and reshape the whole landscape of distributed money. Let’s dive deep into the Bitcoin fork and why it’s important.First, a little background. Bitcoin was invented by a programmer (or team of such) who went by the name of Satoshi Nakamura. The real identity of the creators has been in dispute for some time, with several individuals taking credit and then being exposed as fakers. It was first released in 2009 and over the last few years has become the industry leader in cryptocurrency.Unlike traditional currencies, which are backed primarily by governments or physical exchange, cryptocurrencies have no innate value. They’re considered valuable because people ascribe value to them. It’s basically a huge trust exercise. What makes them interesting is that they can be both secure and anonymous. When Bitcoin is exchanged, it’s done through something called a blockchain – a distributed database that can be securely read and written to by multiple users. The blockchain update is timestamped and linked to all previous updates, meaning you can’t forge a past transaction without altering all subsequent blocks.Because control of the system is decentralized, it prevents manipulation of the currency’s value by the powerful. That’s definitely a good thing, but Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have also found themselves the victim of a bunch of scams and hustles. In 2014, Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox – a site where people traded real currency for Bitcoins – collapsed, robbing users of $460 million after being hacked. While that was happening, the value of the currency dropped 36%.The process of updating the blockchain is done by “miners,” individuals who dedicate the processing resources of their computers to the task in exchange for Bitcoin, which are added to the miner’s wallet and thus the economy. In 2010, about four hours of time for a single Intel G4 processor was required to generate a single coin. Now it takes one of the most advanced dedicated mining rigs on the market about a month to make one bitcoin.The issue here is that the Bitcoin blockchain was just getting too big. The time it’s taking to process transactions gets longer and longer with each new addition, and if you’re hoping to make your crypto currency a general public thing, it can’t take hours to buy a cup of coffee. For larger, less frequent transactions it’s not a big deal, but the infrastructure hasn’t scaled with the volume, and something has to give.Over the past few weeks, the maintainers of Bitcoin have been deliberating about what to do. One group wants to stay the course and essentially make Bitcoin only usable for high-value transactions, while another is in favor of splitting the currency’s value into multiple “forks” and handling the growth through different processes. The argument was contentious, and it came down to a deadline last night, where the second group emerged victorious.Bitcoin has now split into two products: Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash. Bitcoin will continue as normal, but Bitcoin Cash will increase the size of blocks in the chain to 8MB, compared to 1MB for traditional bitcoin. This new block size should theoretically make the processing of smaller transactions faster and more financially feasible while leaving mainline Bitcoin intact for larger transactions.Unfortunately, several major exchanges such as Coinbase have already announced that they won’t support the split and leaving Bitcoin Cash out in the cold. Right now it’s up to the miners – if they find they can generate new blocks profitably, the cryptocurrency will thrive. If not, we’re in for a lot of volatility. That’s something that crypto fans are unfortunately all too familiar with. The price of bitcoin has already started to drop following the announcement.If you’re not already invested in cryptocurrency, this won’t have much of an impact on your life. But if you’ve considered investing in Bitcoin – or a competing currency like Etherium – you’re coming into a market that’s as unpredictable as it’s ever been. Before you invest hard currency into Bitcoin or Bitcoin Cash, consider if you can afford to lose that money and proceed with caution.We want nothing but the best for Bitcoin or whatever cryptocurrency manages to make the model work. But today’s split is a great illustration that the technology still has a long way to go before it replaces the old-fashioned dollar.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Digital Pride The global LGBTI Pride is back and even bigger

first_imgDigital Pride is coming to the big screens in Times Square, New York next week. | Photo: Terabass eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Digital Pride is back from 23 to 28 April. And this year our message – that all LGBTI people around the world deserve freedom, equality and protection – will be louder than ever.center_img Thank you for making 2018 a record-breaker for Digital PrideStephen Fry, George Takei support 30 million (and growing) strong message for Digital PrideThis Digital Pride call for LGBTI equality is being shown in Times SquareRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/digital-pride-the-global-lgbti-pride-is-back-and-even-bigger/ We’ll be displaying that message on huge screens in Times Square, New York and Canary Wharf, London, thanks to our friends at Thomson Reuters.We will be Tweeting it to millions of people via our social media Thunderclap, thanks to the many celebrities, organisations and influencers who support our community.And we will be rubber-stamping it onto the front of millions of envelopes and postcards put through the UK postal system, thanks to our sponsors at Royal Mail.We call this our Millions Of Us message. After all, there are hundreds of millions of LGBTI people around the world, not to mention our friends, families and allies. And if we all pull together, we can build a better world for everyone.What is Digital Pride?Digital Pride is a Pride anyone can take part in, provided you can get online.You can be part of Digital Pride if you live in a country where your sexuality is criminalized. You can enjoy it if your nearest Pride is hundreds of miles away or is difficult for you to access for other reasons. And you can even take part from your bedroom in your pyjamas if you want.Last year, Ramy from Tunisia made a video with his friends for Digital Pride. He told us:‘In Arab and North African countries, it’s not possible to do gay Pride in the street. So this is an opportunity to speak freely. All you need is a computer or a mobile phone…’Beyond pure visibility, the other great thing about Digital Pride is that it provides a platform for politics, campaigning, art, culture, music, fashion and so much more. In 2018, we will be doing a naked photo shoot to highlight body confidence issues, creating our first ever Digital Pride anthem and telling stories from queer activists who are fighting to repeal the laws banning gay sex.And there’s so much more too. For example, we’ll be standing in solidarity with LGBTI people in Turkey who had their film festival censored by broadcasting the films online.Digital Pride only started in 2016 and that year it reached 25million people. That more than doubled to 55million in 2017. And we expect 2018 to be even bigger.How you can take partOne of the first things you can do, if you have a Twitter account, is to join our Thunderclap. If you sign up here, you’ll automatically join us in broadcasting this message on Thursday 26 April:‘All LGBTI+ people deserve freedom, equality and protection. I am one of Millions of Us fighting for this world.’And you can hear more stories, see videos and take part in live events by visiting the Digital Pride homepage and following us on Facebook and Twitter.I hope if you take part you’ll be inspired by how powerful our LGBTI community around the world can be. We just need to pull together.Thank you, in advance, for supporting Digital Pride and helping us make 2018 a record-breaking year.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

Hawaiian airlines flew record number of passengers in 2018

first_imgHawaiian airlines flew record number of passengers in 2018 Monday, January 21, 2019 It was a record-breaking year for Hawaiian airlines, which welcomed 11,840,178 passengers in 2018, a 2.9% increase over the previous year.This record number of passengers marks 14 consecutive years of growth as the airline continues to expand its network and fleet.Last year, Hawaiian took delivery of nine A321neo aircraft in 2018, bringing the total size of its A321neo fleet to 11 aircraft. The A321neo will help the airline build upon its already strong U.S. West Coast presence, including new daily nonstop service to Maui’s Kahului Airport from Portland, Sacramento and San Diego international airports, as well as to Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport from Long Beach.On April 4, Hawaiian will also begin new 5x/week nonstop service to Honolulu from Boston’s Logan International Airport.Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 14 years, as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Now in its 90th year of continuous service, it is Hawaii’s biggest and longest-serving airline, with nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities (12) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img Tags: Hawaii, Hawaii TWD, Hawaiian Airlines << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bylast_img read more

Ethiopia starts peace talks with separatist rebels

first_imgADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) – The Ethiopian government and separatist rebels say they have started negotiations.Ethiopian officials and representatives of the Ogaden National Liberation Front, or ONLF, met in Kenya for peace talks last week, the rebels said in a statement Saturday.Although the rebels said the peace process has been months in the making, it was not clear if negotiations gained momentum after the death of former leader Meles Zenawi, whose government considered the group a terrorist organization. Bereket Simon, Ethiopia’s communications minister, confirmed that peace talks are going on. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Comments   Share   Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The rebels want to create an independent state in Ethiopia’s Ogaden region, which is inhabited by mostly ethnic Somalis. The ONLF is blamed for an attack in 2007 on a Chinese-run oil field in which scores were killed in Ogaden.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

Rs 6983 crore sanctioned for development of Kakinada Hope Island under Coastal

first_imgThe Centre has sanctioned an amount of Rs 69.83 crore in 2014-15 for the development of Kakinada Hope Island Konaseema as World class coastal & Eco Tourism Circuit in Andhra Pradesh under the Swadesh Darshan scheme.The Ministry of Tourism has launched the Swadesh Darshan scheme with a vision to develop theme based tourist circuits on the principles of high tourist value, competitiveness and sustainability in an integrated manner by synergising efforts to focus on needs and concerns of all stakeholders to enrich tourist experience and enhance employment opportunities. Coastal Circuit is one of the 12 thematic circuits identified for development under the Swadesh Darshan scheme.The Ministry of Tourism had sanctioned the project-development of Vishakhapatnam and Bheemunipatnam Beach Corridor mega circuit in Andhra Pradesh for Rs 45.88 crore under the scheme of Product / Infrastructure Development for Destination and Circuits in the year 2012-13.last_img read more

Shanghai China – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgShanghai, China – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineSmart, sexy and stylish, the city’s second Four Seasons is a glamorous new enclave in the heart of Shanghai’s business district.Charged with power, high energy and confidence, Shanghai’s Pudong area is where commerce and style meet in a constantly changing, extraordinarily exciting city. In the middle of all the action, Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai is set to open this summer.High above the urban melee, Four Seasons will offer a chic enclave from which to do business in the city, with 187 rooms, a spa and health club, and sophisticated event spaces. At the lower levels, the Hotel’s stylish restaurants and bar set the stage for guests to mingle with Pudong’s high powered executives, fashion vanguard and urban professionals for fun, food and drink. As always, the experience is facilitated by the intuitive service for which Four Seasons is renowned.“Shanghai is a sexy city; it seduces with infinite opportunity, its glamorous past and the incredible possibilities of its future,” says Rainer Stampfer, regional vice president and general manager of the city’s second Four Seasons. “This is the environment we are creating at our new Four Seasons – a place to do business, make connections, experience the city, and live the Pudong lifestyle to its fullest.”The Pudong district, on the eastern side of the Huangpu River in China’s largest city, literally rose from farm fields in just the past 20 years. Viewed from the historic Bund, Pudong’s skyline is a fantastical landscape of modern architecture, including the famous Oriental Pearl Tower. Now centre of the city’s financial community and home to hundreds of international corporations as well as shopping, dining, nightlife, museums and attractions, Pudong is also home to business executives and the city’s rising professional set.Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai is centrally located in Pudong’s Lujiazui business district, in the newly-built 55-story 21st Century Tower, which also houses Ferrari Maserati. The Hotel is minutes from the Shanghai Financial Center, IFC Mall, Pearl Tower, the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium and The Bund.Already known locally as the “jewel box,” the Gensler-designed building is both modern and timeless, with contemporary interiors by Wilson Associates inspired by Shanghai’s golden age of international trade and culture in the 1920s and 30s Art Deco period.The rich colour palette of Shanghai red, black and grey plays across smoked glass, Makassar ebony wood, stingray leather, mirror finishes and exceptionally high grade marble, with floor to ceiling windows letting in both the views and natural light.For today’s demanding clientele, efficiency and functionality are found throughout the Hotel, with iPod docking stations and satellite television in all 187 guest rooms including 15 suites,state-of-the-art audio visual and conferencing equipment in all event spaces, and high speed wireless internet throughout the Hotel.At the heart of the social experience at Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai is the street level Camelia, envisioned by SPIN Design Studio. Camelia will welcome Hotel guests, local residents and business people for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and with a menu of French and Japanese cuisines created by Executive Chef Weimar Gomez,who joins the team from Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris.Camelia’s lively whiskey bar and wine lounge will offer labels from around the world to accompany business meetings, after work drinks and evenings out with friends and colleagues. A private sushi dining room for up to 12 guests will also be available.On the second floor is the exclusive Shàng-xí, an elegant restaurant showcasing the very best in contemporary Shanghainese and Cantonese cuisine, as well as dishes inspired by regional cooking and the finest seasonal ingredients for lunch and dinner. AB Concept Design has included a number of seats in the main restaurant, with the further opportunity to entertain and dine behind the discreet walls of five private dining rooms.intimate FLARE Spa promises a very special urban getaway where one can renew and regenerate, and indulge in a few hours of pampering and attention to beauty. Treatment rooms including two luxurious VIP spa suites with whirlpool and rainshower for two. FLARE Spa will offer the latest spa therapies using the finest products in the world, plus a full service salon.The 24-hour fitness centre includes sauna, steam rooms and ice fountains; a brine inhalation room in the men’s area and a tepidarium room (a Roman-style bath with heated floors and walls) in the women’s area.Guests can also stay fit in the 18 metre (59 foot) indoor lap pool. Refreshments are served as guests lounge poolside, taking in the 41st floor skyline views.For those doing business in Pudong, Four Seasons will be the preferred gathering place for meetings ranging from two to 200. In addition to six private dining rooms at the restaurants that are ideal for high level conferences, entertaining clients and hosting business celebrations, the Hotel offers 800 square metres (8,611 square feet) of meeting spaces, including a divisible ballroom, three smaller salons and a boardroom.The individual business traveller will find room appointments that allow easy setup of one’s mobile office, with a multi-lingual concierge team and 24-hour business centrefor support. For timezone hopping guests, round-the-clock in-room dining is offered, including a new 15 Minute Room Service menu. As at all Four Seasons hotels, one-hour pressing, overnight shoeshine and 24-hour laundry and dry cleaning assure that one is always at their best.With skyline views from the 35th floor, Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai will also offer an Executive Club for business travellers, offering a quiet respite for breakfast, a boardroom and a dedicated concierge.Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai is perfect for social events, from private luncheons to charity galas and society weddings. The Hotel’s team of experienced event planners, caterers and wedding consultants works closely with event organizers and bridal couples to create one-of-a-kind occasions that are uniquely customized, with every detail planned and executed with precision. It’s no wonder that events at Four Seasons the world over are known as “worry free” – allowing planners, hosts and guests to relax and enjoy the occasion and make memories that will last a lifetime.The 21st Century Tower is also set to be one of the city’s – indeed the country’s – most exclusive addresses. For the first time in Shanghai, Four Seasons Private Residences may be purchased by a select few who will call Four Seasons their permanent home, or perhaps use it as a pied de terre for frequent business and social visits to the city. With interior design by internationally-renowned Yabu Pushelberg, 73 fully-appointed Private Residences come with full hotel privileges, including concierge and housekeeping services, and preferred reservations at both the restaurants and Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai.www.fourseasons.comlast_img read more