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Oct
18

ED registers PMLA case against Azam Khan

first_imgNew Delhi: The ED has registered a money-laundering case against Samajwadi Party Lok Sabha MP Azam Khan, based on multiple FIRs registered against him by local police on allegations of land-grabbing.The Enforcement Directorate had last week asked for details of 28 FIRs, where allegations of land-grabbing have been levelled against the Rampur parliamentarian by farmers in the area, a source said. Taking cognizance of these cases, the financial probe agency has registered an Enforcement Case Information Report, the equivalent of an FIR, under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe MP was recently put on a land mafia list by the UP government. Some of these local police cases have been registered on complaints from farmers who claimed that Khan had grabbed their land for purposes related to the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University. Khan’s MLA son, Abdullah Azam was also detained by police recently for trying to obstruct them during a raid at the university. Khan had recently created a controversy in parliament for sexist remarks to BJP MP Rama Devi, while she was in the Chair. He later apologised in the house.last_img read more

Oct
16

Tom Arnold To Host Face Forward Annual Charity Gala

first_imgTom Arnold and Bonnie Somerville will host the Face Forward 3rd Annual Voice Awards Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel next month.Face Foward 3rd Annual Voice AwardsThe mission of Face Forward is to provide physical and emotional reconstruction for women and children who have been victimized by domestic or gang related violence. Face Forward vows to provide each victim with the best possible treatment pro bono.Face Forward was founded by renowned plastic surgeon and biochemist Dr. David Alessi, and his wife Deborah Alessi, CEO of Alessi Skincare. Both Dr. and Mrs. Alessi have a long history of supporting charitable initiatives and have served several not for profit organizations as both board members and benefactors.The Gala event will take place on September 15, and will honor Lorenzo Neal and Nick Young. The Honorary Committee includes Vanessa Marcil, Charlotte Ross, Jaclyn Smith and Lisa Masterson. The event will include a special performance by Assia Ahhatt.To find out more, click here.last_img read more

Oct
12

Homemade bomb explodes inside Cairo mosque

first_imgCAIRO (AA) – The bomb left minor damage inside the mosque and the man fled the scene, but worshippers managed to seize his mobile phone, the source said.A homemade bomb went off on Sunday inside a mosque in the Egyptian capital Cairo causing no casualties, a security source said.A man in his 50s entered Nasr al-Islam Mosque in Al-Sahel district with a bag when his package exploded suddenly. The bomb left minor damage inside the mosque and the man fled the scene, but worshippers managed to seize his mobile phone, the source said.The Interior Ministry is yet to issue a statement on the incident.Egypt has been in the throes of violence since the powerful army ousted president Mohamed Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected president, on July 3 after mass protests against him.last_img read more

Oct
12

Aurora Cannabis cuts quarterly loss to 158M while growing sales to a

Companies in this story: (TSX:ACB) EDMONTON — Aurora Cannabis Inc. is reporting 20 per cent higher revenue and a 33 per cent lower net loss for the first three months of 2019 compared with the last quarter of 2018.The Edmonton-based company credited higher production and sales for a $158-million loss on net revenue of $65 million, compared with a loss of $238 million on revenue of $54 million in the prior quarter.Analysts had expected a net loss of $52.6 million on net revenue of $77 million in the quarter ended March 31, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Aurora says it nearly doubled production to 15,590 kilograms, with the majority of the volume harvested in the last half of the quarter.It says Canadian consumer revenue rose 37 per cent to $29.6 million, exceeding medical revenue of $29.1 million, which was up 12 per cent.The cost per gram of dried product fell to $1.42 from $1.92 but the average net selling price was also down, to $6.40 from $6.80.“We achieved solid revenue growth and strong operating results in a quarter proven challenging across the industry. We are laser focused on building a long-term sustainable business,” said CEO Terry Booth in a release. The Canadian Press read more

Oct
6

Annan Chirac call for broad coalition to fight terrorism

Speaking at a joint news conference following a private meeting, the two leaders agreed that the United Nations has a key role to play in the battle against the terrorist menace. A coalition should embrace “as many countries as possible, because this is an issue that concerns all of us,” noted the Secretary-General. At the same time, he warned against “the tendency that is emerging in some quarters – limited quarters – that would divide the international community – finger-pointing Muslims, finger-pointing people from the Middle East or dark-skinned persons.””We should focus on the perpetrators, build a broad coalition of nations that will fight against this and I think the Security Council and the General Assembly have given us the basis to build on,” Mr. Annan stressed.Expressing wholehearted support for the Secretary-General’s position, President Chirac added that actions would only be effective if they were carried out in an “accepted” international context. “From this point of view, we must recognize that the United Nations is the best body possible for bringing together all of the energy, and coordinate it, and to put into effect policies,” he said.As part of the fight against terrorism, the Secretary-General called for intensified efforts to get to the root causes, namely “conflict, poverty, ignorance and racism.” Desperate and despairing people were easy recruits for terrorist organizations, he pointed out, adding that “the planners in Washington are aware of that.”The Secretary-General said the Security Council was discussing what course to take. “Obviously, we now need concrete action – cooperation among Member States,” he stressed.Mr. Annan also underscored the important role being played by the UN General Assembly. Noting that the UN had already elaborated 12 anti-terrorist treaties, he said last week’s tragedy would provide even greater momentum so that “we can go forward and conclude the thirteenth.” read more

Oct
6

Annan recommends measures to curb global scourge of small arms

In a new report prepared at the Council’s request, Mr. Annan calls for efforts to develop an international instrument to enable States to identify and trace illicit small arms and light weapons. He also suggests that the Council call upon all countries to use and support the Interpol Weapons and Explosives Tracking System. Pointing to the potential usefulness of establishing a small arms advisory service within the UN, the Secretary-General says countries should be encouraged to provide resources for that initiative. In a bid to halt the illicit proliferation of small arms within the framework of international efforts aimed at conflict prevention and peace-building, the Secretary-General recommends that the Council consider enhancing its interaction with the General Assembly on related issues. The Council is also “strongly encouraged” to continue efforts aimed at identifying the links between the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons and the illicit exploitation of natural and other resources, as well as the trade in illegal drugs, and to develop innovative strategies in response. On peacekeeping, the report recommends that the Council call on parties to conflicts to recognize the importance of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration after the guns are silenced. “The Council is also urged to include in the mandate of peacekeeping operations clear provisions regarding the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants, as well as specific measures for the collection and disposal of illicit and/or surplus small arms and light weapons,” the Secretary-General writes. Another recommendation in the report calls for the Council to consider “coercive measures against Member States that deliberately violate arms embargoes declared in respect of specific conflict areas.” All States, Mr. Annan says, should be called on to enhance transparency in armaments and to undertake other confidence-building measures in defence and security matters. read more

Oct
6

Annan hails signing of Sudan peace accord but warns of daunting challenges

At a ceremony in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, the Khartoum Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement pledged to end fighting that has killed at least 2 million people, uprooted 4 million more, and forced some 600,000 to flee to neighbouring countries for more than two decades.“The real challenge now is for all the parties to show the same commitment, determination and courage in fully implementing the Agreement, which will entail equally daunting challenges over a very long period,” said UN envoy Jan Pronk, who delivered the message on the Secretary-General’s behalf.This agreement is premised on the vision of promoting stability, rehabilitation and development in all regions of Sudan, through power-sharing and the equitable distribution of the country’s wealth. Mr. Annan said it could serve as a blueprint for addressing Sudan’s separate conflict in Darfur, in the country’s west, “where the situation remains horrific and where the vital African Union Mission deserves greater support.”He voiced hope that the parties in Darfur “will be inspired by what has been achieved today, and pursue wide-ranging a political solution to their conflict without any further delay.”Looking to the broader political context, the Secretary-General cautioned that Sudan urgently needs a fully representative and democratic Government. He added that the planned all-inclusive National Conference should be open to all segments of Sudanese society.”The United Nations will stand firmly by your side in these monumental tasks,” Mr. Annan declared, pledging continued humanitarian and development aid.He added that he would shortly recommend a UN peace support operation in Sudan to the Security Council, but warned that it “will likely face immense logistical difficulties in a country with such inadequate roads, airfields and communication facilities.”Still, he said, “we are determined to field an effective operation.”Anticipating that the parties may be tempted to abandon the road to peace, while the international community might “prefer to look elsewhere,” the Secretary-General emphasized that the accord marks “the beginning of a process, not an end.” read more

Oct
2

Buckeye blitz No 10 Ohio State blows out No 4 Michigan

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dwayne Haskins threw five touchdown passes, freshman Chris Olave scored twice and blocked a punt that was returned for a TD and No. 10 Ohio State continued its mastery over No. 4 Michigan with a record-setting 62-39 victory Saturday that sends the Buckeyes to the Big Ten championship game.The Wolverines were two victories away from their first conference championship since 2004 and a trip to the College Football Playoff, facing an Ohio State team that has looked discombobulated on defence and one-dimensional on offence much of the season. Looking to snap a six-game losing streak against the Buckeyes (11-1, 8-1, No. 10 CFP) and get coach Jim Harbaugh his first victory in four tries in the rivalry known simply as The Game, the Wolverines (10-2, 8-1, No. 4 CFP) wilted.In the 115th meeting between two of college football’s most storied rivals, Ohio State scored more points than it ever had against Michigan — more points than any team has ever scored in regulation against Michigan. The previous high was 58 by Cornell in 1891.And now, despite all the dysfunction at Ohio State this season — both on and off the field — the Buckeyes will face No. 20 Northwestern next week in Indianapolis with a chance to repeat as Big Ten champs and maybe even squeeze into the playoff.Maybe most satisfying of all, Ohio State made it 14 victories in the last 15 meetings against the team it loves to beat the most.Olave, who came into the game with five catches and no touchdowns, caught two TD passes and broke it open on special teams in the third quarter. He looped through a seam in the line and got a chunk of Will Hart’s punt. The ball sailed off high and to the side and landed in the arms of Sevyn Banks, who cruised 33 yards for a touchdown that made it 34-19 and sent the Ohio Stadium crowd into a frenzy.The 22nd top-10 matchup in the rivalry produced a wild first half that went nothing like what was expected.Haskins and the Buckeyes carved up the top-ranked defence in the country. The Buckeyes had the horseshoe rocking when Haskin found Johnnie Dixon wide open for a 31-yard score to go up 21-6 with 3:18 left.Shea Patterson and Michigan responded with their best drive of the first half and Nico Collins came down with a 23-yard touchdown pass with 47 seconds left. Six seconds and an Ohio State muffed kickoff later, Patterson flipped to Chris Evans for a 9-yard touchdown. Michigan failed on the 2-point try, but the Wolverines were back in it at 21-19 with 41 seconds left.That was more than enough time for a penalty-aided drive by Ohio State that ended in a short field goal as time expired.Haskins finished with 318 yards and set the Big Ten season record for TD passes with 41.Patterson finished with 187 yards passing and three touchdowns, but the second half was mostly Buckeyes.THE TAKEAWAYMichigan: Harbaugh is now 0-4 against Ohio State and faces another year of critics questioning his ability to win the big game.Ohio State: The season started for Ohio State with coach Urban Meyer suspended for three games for his handling of former assistant coach Zach Smith, who has been accused of domestic violence by his ex-wife. A cloud of uncertainty hung over the Buckeyes throughout preseason practice and this season has been anything but normal.The road to The Game was filled with spotty performances, one humbling loss, several close calls and constant speculation and questions about Meyer’s health and future.After all of it, it was business as usual for the Buckeyes against Michigan and Meyer flashed a satisfied grin when he met Parris Campbell on the sideline after a 78-yard touchdown run that made it 48-25 early in the fourth quarter.UP NEXTMichigan: The Wolverines will likely still get into a New Year’s Six bowl, maybe the Peach.Ohio State: The Buckeyes have won six straight against Northwestern and lost to the Wildcats just once, dating to 1972.___Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Ralph D. Russo, The Associated Press read more

Sep
24

Glencore Redpath and Sandvik in it for the long haul at Lady

first_imgAutomation and equipment monitoring are helping Redpath Australia exceed expectations at Glencore’s restarted Lady Loretta zinc mine, according to a Sandvik Solid Ground story.Glencore awarded Redpath Australia the Lady Loretta zinc mine contract in December 2017, encompassing the entire underground and surface operations and associated facilities management.Redpath’s responsibilities at one of the world’s highest-grade zinc operations range from crushing the ore it extracts and loading it onto road trains for haulage to Glencore’s processing facility in Mount Isa, Queensland, to managing the camp and keeping lawns manicured, Sandvik said.“Redpath also holds full statutory responsibility for the operation, a unique role for a contractor typically tasked with driving a decline or undertaking development and production,” Sandvik said.John McKinstry, Redpath’s Operations Manager for Lady Loretta, said: “Operating a mine is an exciting proposition for Redpath. A normal contractor scope is to put down a heading or undertake a specific task, but we have a much broader scope here. The infrastructure’s already in place, so it’s quite a different role for a contractor. Being a life-of-mine contract is unusual in itself. Most mines evolve as you develop and find more ore, but this orebody is very well-defined.”Redpath recommissioned the mine within months of winning the contract, firing the first development round in March 2018. Production ramped up quickly and, by July 2018, Redpath was meeting Glencore’s production and development targets. Monthly production grew to 100,000 t, with a full production capacity targeting 133,000 t/mth.The contract length enabled Redpath to invest in a brand-new fleet for Lady Loretta, according to Sandvik.McKinstry said: “We wanted to meet or exceed targets right from the start, so we brought in new, cutting-edge technology to minimise operating costs and maximise productivity, knowing that we’ve got a good life to work the equipment over and amortise assets.”Two Sandvik DD421 jumbos with 10/16 split feeds have outperformed since commissioning, according to the mining equipment maker. Redpath has consistently achieved 400 m/mth of development using one Sandvik DD421, with the second serving as a backup and handling any rehabilitation work.Ore is removed by a fleet of four Sandvik LH621 LHDs. Two are operated conventionally for development, manual production and truck loading while the other two are equipped with AutoMine Lite for remote operation.“The 621, I think, in a lot of people’s eyes at the moment is probably the loader to be using in the bigger operations,” McKinstry said. “It’s a big machine. It’s a very productive machine, very comfortable machine for operators, and then having the AutoMine on top of that just means it really sells itself in many ways.”Redpath’s motivation for implementing automated loading was simple: regain the productivity lost during each shift change, Sandvik said.McKinstry said: “There’s a long period of time from when a blast occurs to when you can re-enter the mine. If we can operate those machines from the surface over shift change, we can pick up up to a couple of hours a day in productivity. The other thing about AutoMine is that it does the same thing time and time and time again without banging the walls. It really does just run the perfect line each time.”Redpath runs three levels at any one time, optimising the loading process.The connectivity provided by a Wi-Fi network underground has not only enabled Redpath to implement the automated loading from the surface, the contractor can also monitor and manage its fleet in real time through My Sandvik Productivity, the cloud-based version of OptiMine Monitoring, Sandvik said.“OptiMine has been synonymous with equipment monitoring in the Australian mining industry since its first installation in 2014,” Sandvik said. “My Sandvik Productivity mobile fleet monitoring allows Redpath to keep tabs on equipment condition online and act more quickly to remedy any issues that arise.”The solution provides detailed, readily analysed data. Each connected LHD collects data onboard and uploads it when it comes within range of a Wi-Fi antenna. The data can be accessed from any computer or tablet, according to Sandvik.The condition monitoring helps Redpath’s Lady Loretta maintenance staff improve its predictive maintenance planning. My Sandvik Productivity also identifies trending behaviours that can damage equipment or shorten component life, revealing training opportunities, Sandvik said.Lady Loretta Maintenance Manager, Shane Timothy, said: “When it brings up log codes and faults and alarms, it actually tells you what that means. So you can hover across your icons, for instance, where it says that there’s a brake fault, and it would tell you that your operator is perhaps pressing the brake and accelerator pedal at the same time, which isn’t something that we want them to be doing unless they’re going at a very low ground speed.”McKinstry believes having better-informed operators who understand their equipment and its limitations will reduce downtime: “We hope that by giving operators the feedback that they’ll change their behaviour in their operation of the machines. And, if we can address it early, then I believe we’re going to get better availability out of this equipment.”last_img read more

Sep
21

Recognising Traveller ethnicity wont make us less Irish

first_img Short URL And by recognising Traveller ethnicity, it won’t make us less Irish. It will, however, acknowledge our dual-identity of being both Irish and Traveller, similar to both Irish-Americans or African-Americans.Speaking earlier during the debate, Maria Joyce of the National Traveller Women’s Forum pointed out that Travellers are recognised as an ethnic group separate to settled Irish people in the UK.She also stated the legal definition of ethnicity which she says the Traveller community “clearly” fulfills.“There are two essential elements which constitute an ethnic group,” Joyce explains.A long shared history which is conscious and distinguishes it from other groups and the memories of which keep it alive. A cultural tradition of its own including family and customs. Traveller children pictured at a site in Cabinteely in Dublin in 1997. ‘Recognising Traveller ethnicity won’t make us less Irish’ Bernard Joyce says being a Traveller is “in my DNA”. Oct 26th 2016, 10:39 AM 14,979 Views Image: RollingNews.ie/Eamonn Farrell Share443 Tweet Email3 OFFICIAL RECOGNITION OF their ethnicity ‘won’t make Travellers less Irish’, an Oireachtas committee was told today.Speaking at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality, Bernard Joyce of Irish Traveller Movement said that being a Traveller is “in my DNA”.“I was born a Traveller, this is my identity, it belongs to me,” Joyce said.“I cannot become a non-traveller. I belong to a community that shares a history, that has a culture that is owned by us.”Joyce argued that the recognition of Traveller ethnicity by the Irish State is “fundamentally about respect and inclusion” and would not separate the community from the rest of the citizenry.“Ethnicity is not the same as race, nationality or place of birth,” he said.center_img Wednesday 26 Oct 2016, 10:39 AM By Rónán Duffy 57 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The committee heard from a number of Traveller advocacy groups. Source: Oireachtas.ieJoyce also stated that Travellers themselves self-identify as an ethnic group.She pointed out that, among the many reasons for being classified as an ethnic group, it would mean that Travellers would gain protection from equality and anti-racism legislation.Bernard Joyce said that the recognition of Traveller ethnicity would not be a “silver bullet” to end discrimination but would be “part of the process”.Acknowledging the delay in successive governments in addressing the issue, chair of the committee Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said members had felt “a repeat sense of shame” when hearing about the treatment of Travellers.Shame on the tragedy of Carrickmines and the fact, as has just been recorded, that it could happen again. Shame at the evictions in Dundalk, not once but repeated, shame at the closure of school doors and shame at the media who continue to label.Comments have been disabled due to a high volume of flagged comments. Read: John Connors defends bare-knuckle boxing, “I wouldn’t say no to a fight” >Read: ‘The word knacker makes me feel nervous and ashamed’ > http://jrnl.ie/3046504 Traveller children pictured at a site in Cabinteely in Dublin in 1997. Image: RollingNews.ie/Eamonn Farrelllast_img read more

Sep
21

Senseless Fáilte Irelands decision to shut down its Dublin Airport tourist office

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3281690 11,124 Views Friday 10 Mar 2017, 6:28 PM Short URL 30 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email2 By Sean Murray Mar 10th 2017, 6:28 PM Image: Shutterstock/Semmick Photo Image: Shutterstock/Semmick Photo FÁILTE IRELAND IS shutting down its last remaining tourist office at Dublin Airport, citing a lack of demand, but this decision has been described as a sign that Ireland is getting carried away with its recent success in tourism.Fianna Fáil TD Darragh O’Brien said Fáilte Ireland’s plans were “senseless”.O’Brien said that “closing the only information office for tourists to approach at our country’s largest airport makes little sense when if anything, we should be increasing our efforts to attract and accommodate more tourists.”In a statement to TheJournal.ie, Fáilte Ireland confirmed that it would no longer offer tourist information services at the airport.Instead, it said it would redeploy staff from its tourist information facility at Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport to provide additional services in the city centre.They remain under contract to operate the airport service until June of this year, but said that the “nature of the activity” in the airport was “low-level” and that the tourists can avail of greater assistance in their city centre offices.Gary Breen, head of visitor services with Fáilte Ireland, said:As this is where we can have the greatest effect on visitor decision-making, this redeployment of staff to provide an enhanced service in the city centre will allow for a greater impact when influencing where tourists go and certainly assist us as we ensure our guests fully maximise their enjoyment of an Irish holiday.O’Brien said that he had taken up the matter directly with Fáilte Ireland to try to change their mind on the matter.He said that “while the tourism experience offered in Ireland is unrivalled, we cannot afford to neglect the overall quality of the tourism offering in the country”.Last year was the best ever year for Irish tourism, with 9.5 million people visiting the country in 2016.It was also a good year for Dublin Airport, with passenger numbers increasing 11% to 27.9 million people.Commenting on these strong tourism figures, Fáilte Ireland’s director of business development Paul Keeley said: “While 2016 delivered an impressive performance, we need to remember that, as a small open tourism economy, we are at the mercy of external events.“We need to maintain our competitiveness, develop further our current stable of branded visitor experiences and ensure that we target those overseas markets which offer the most reliable returns in the near future.”Read: Star Wars, Game of Thrones and exchange rates helped Irish tourism have a record yearRead: Wild Atlantic Way voted best driving route at Chinese awards ceremony ‘Senseless’: Fáilte Ireland’s decision to shut down its Dublin Airport tourist office criticised Fáilte Ireland is shutting down its T2 office in June, after closing its T1 tourist office last year.last_img read more

Sep
19

Battle Ground to provide students with supplies

first_imgNo more pencils, no more supplies some Battle Ground parents have to buy.Battle Ground Public Schools next year will provide all kindergarten through fourth-grade students with school supplies, due to changes in state rules that allow schools to use state forest revenues. In the past, state forest revenues were deducted from a district’s state apportionment funds, in effect nullifying that state forest revenue.But the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced this month that districts will be able to keep those state forest revenues without their apportionment being reduced.“Rural communities should benefit from timber harvests without penalty, just as urban districts get permanent benefit to their tax base when commercial property values appreciate,” State Superintendent Chris Reykdal said in an email this month.But, Reykdal advised, those revenues can vary from year to year depending on how much timber is harvested within district boundaries. In the last decade, timber revenues in Battle Ground have varied from $80,000 in a year to a high of $1.2 million. That’s why the district opted to spend the money on one-time expenditures like school supplies, district officials said.“This is a start,” district Superintendent Mark Ross said. “We just don’t know year to year what to expect.”District officials estimated school supplies for primary school students — including pencils, crayons, markers, scissors, paper, file folders and other items — cost families roughly $30 to $40 per student. Last year, the district enrolled a little more than 4,700 kindergartners through fourth-graders.last_img read more

Sep
14

Readymades San Francisco Staff Balks at Merediths Move to Des Moines Quits

first_imgPretend, for a moment, you have two options: 1. Keep your job at a hip and by all accounts growing magazine, but you have to move to Iowa.OR2. Quit your job at the hip and by all accounts growing magazine, but stay in San Francisco.When Meredith decided to move Readymade from San Francisco to Des Moines (part of a 7 percent overall workforce reduction) I figured there would be a good number—even a dissenting majority—of the staff who would decide not to make the move. However, I didn’t think no one would! Yet, that’s what happened: None of the “half dozen” editorial employees, including co-founders Shoshana Berger and Grace Hawthorne [pictured, left to right], chose Iowa, according to a Meredith representative. Moves like this are not uncommon in the magazine industry—think Time Inc.’s sale of Time 4 Media to Bonnier (New York to Winter Park, Florida) or, more recently, Playboy’s U-Haul from New York to Chicago. But San Francisco to Des Moines is a bit more drastic, considering the magazine’s sensibility:The magazine was part of the Urban Ore/East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse neighborhood that surrounded it; its editors were talking about sustainability issues before sustainability was cool. Fans are concerned that it will take on the more traditional, Midwestern tenor of its corporate siblings when it is headquartered in Iowa.But does geography matter when it comes to producing a magazine?“Your sense of place does have an impact. Even though you have a virtual community of writers and readers, you also have a physical one. Where you get a cup of coffee, who you run into on the street, that all has an effect on you,” publisher Cameron Woo of Berkeley, California-based Bark told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I don’t want to sound snobby, but there’s a different sense of place in the Bay Area than there is in Des Moines.”On the bright side, at least for Des Moines-area magazine talent, this means Meredith is hiring.last_img read more

Sep
10

5G phones are here Whats coming next

first_imgTake your pick. Angela Lang/CNET On Aug. 7, Samsung unveiled three more phones that it’s adding to its already-crowded Galaxy lineup: the Note 10, Note 10 Plus and Note 10 Plus 5G. The announcement marked the first time the company has split its Note phone into two sizes, and it revealed Samsung’s second 5G phone, following the Galaxy S10 5G, which is available on US carrier Verizon.But Verizon and other major US carriers aren’t the only ones readying themselves for 5G. Carriers around the world are ramping up to deliver the latest generation of cellular tech. Not only will these networks connect users to a superfast mobile network, but many other industries will benefit from the faster connectivity of 5G as well, like self-driving cars, drones and the internet of things, to name a few. 13 Photos 1:27 Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Though none of these networks are ready for a nationwide rollout currently, carriers everywhere are racing to lay the necessary infrastructure to roll out a faster and more expansive wireless network. As such, more and more 5G deployment will take place throughout this year and next. Right now, 5G is live in select cities for Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint users. And in Britain, UK carrier EE became the first 5G carrier in the country, with Vodafone following with seven cities under its belt. Meanwhile, Three UK plans to switch on its 5G in August. Britain’s government is also allowing Huawei access to set up the country’s 5G infrastructure. Most people will likely experience the benefits of a robust 5G network only through a 5G-enabled phone. After all, the grand promises carriers and chip-makers are making with 5G coverage don’t mean much if you can’t access the network with your own device. To help you keep tabs on all the 5G phones and when we can expect more, here’s what the major phone-makers are planning. Apple Apple’s in no rush to launch a 5G iPhone, and it’s likely you won’t see one until at least 2020. In fact, Apple analyst Ming-chi Kuo predicts the company will unveil three 5G phones next year. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, Apple usually isn’t the first in on mobile trends, preferring instead to perfect an emerging technology before committing to it. For example, it was behind its competitors in making phones with 3G and 4G LTE connectivity when those networks just launched.  Second, Apple stopped working with the leading 5G modem provider, Qualcomm, because of a dispute over Qualcomm’s licensing fees. The two companies settled their litigation in April, and then agreed to a multiyear 5G chip deal. This led to Apple’s previous partner of 5G modems, Intel, to ultimately exit the 5G phone modem business altogether and Apple later acquired Intel’s smartphone modem business for $1 billion. Apple is still working with Qualcomm, but it got started too late to launch a 5G phone this year. Despite all these legal issues, that doesn’t mean Apple is totally ignoring 5G. In April, Sprint and AT&T reached a settlement after Sprint sued AT&T for displaying “5G E” connectivity on some of its phones, which included iPhones. This is despite the fact that its network technology remained unchanged from 4G. (However, our recent tests in Los Angeles were on the network’s 5G network.) Apple did not respond for a request to comment. ZTE zte-axon-10-pro-14The Axon 10 Pro. Angela Lang/CNET Scheduled to release in China and Europe, ZTE’s Axon 10 Pro 5G has a 4G version that is already available in Germany for 599 euro ($671, £520, AU$967). It’s equipped with a Snapdragon 855 processor and has a fingerprint scanner embedded in its screen. On the back are three cameras that have AI capabilities, including scene recognition. The rear setup includes a wide-angle camera, a standard lens and a third telephoto camera. For your selfie shots, the front of the phone has a 20-megapixel camera.  In February ZTE said it was aiming to have 5G phones off the ground in either late 2018 or early 2019, but followed that up with a “late 2019” prediction. Currently, ZTE is working with eight international carriers to roll out 5G testing. For now,  the future of ZTE in the US is up in the air due to a recent (now lifted) ban on its phones because the company violated trade sanctions. Xiaomi Mi MIX 3The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Sarah Tew/CNET Chinese phone-maker Xiaomi remixed its Mi Mix 3 with a 5G model. Aptly named Mi Mix 3 5G, the phone costs 599 euros (about $679). It’s unlikely that the phone will be available in the US. The company’s initial 5G network partners include many European carriers, including Orange, Sunrise, Telefonica, Three, TIM and Vodafone — the last of which will exclusively carry the Mi Mix 3 5G first.  The phone itself features 6.39-inch AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 845 processor and dual 12-megapixel rear cameras. Calling it “almost the perfect phone,” CNET editor Aloysius Low also mentioned that it’s neither water resistant nor do its front-facing cameras have secure 3D face unlocking. Oppo 1783oppo-find-x-editedThe Oppo Reno. Oppo After showing off a prototype at MWC 2019, OnePlus’ sister company Oppo debuted its trio of Oppo Reno phones in April. One of the phones includes a 5G model, the Oppo Reno 5G, which is available on the UK carrier EE and Australia for AU$1,499. The device features a fantastic 6.6-inch screen, a Snapdragon 855 chipset and a pop-up selfie camera.  In addition to EE and Australia’s Telstra and Optus, Oppo is working with Swisscom, as well as Singtel in Singapore, to launch the phone. It’s also partnering with China Mobile to sell the phone later this summer. Originally published Oct. 23, 2018.Updates, April 5, 2019: Adds information about Verizon debuting 5G network in Chicago; April 26: Adds preorder information about Galaxy S10 5G and confirmation of OnePlus 7 Pro; Update, May 18: Adds information about manufacturer availability and the Oppo Reno; May 31: Adds information about LG V50 ThinQ on Sprint; June 19: Adds information about LG V50 ThinQ on Verizon, Galaxy S10 5G on Sprint and Moto Z4; June 24: Adds information about AT&T’s 5G network; July 18: Adds information about global 5G speed tests; Aug 13: Adds Note 10 5G information. 2:25 Lenovo/Motorola motoroloa-moto-z4-18The Moto Z4 is the most affordable 5G phone yet. Angela Lang/CNET Lenovo’s first 5G device was 2018’s Motorola Moto Z3. Its successor, the Moto Z4, launched in May without much fanfare. Like the Z3, the Z4 connects to 5G with a Moto Mod modular accessory, which attaches to the back of the phone using magnetic pins. The phone is $499 and the Mod costs extra, but for a limited time you can get both for $440, making the Z4 the cheapest 5G phone yet. When we first tested Verizon’s 5G network with the Z3 and Mod in April, Jessica Dolcourt noticed “theoretical download speeds kissing 600Mbps.” But other times, “The download would start strong, the phone would flicker to show the 4G logo, and speeds would plummet.” As for a Motorola phone that wouldn’t need an accessory to connect to 5G, the company is working on making such a device, but you’ll have to wait much longer. Doug Michau, Motorola Mobility’s director of technical sales and operations, said that phone would come much later than early 2019. More specifically, Michau said it would launch in “definitely less than three years, but no time frame yet.” Xiaomi ZTE 5G Oppo Google HTC Huawei Lenovo LG Motorola Nokia Samsung Apple OnePlus Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? 5G phones you can buy right now Comments 11:22 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 5G is almost a reality. Here’s what it’ll really feel like How 5G pits big carriers and government against small towns 5G is coming, but not everyone is happy about it Keegan-Michael Key and the most ridiculous 5G interview ever Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? OnePlus oneplus-6t-3045The OnePlus 7 Pro Angela Lang/CNET OnePlus’ latest phone, the OnePlus 7 Pro, has a 5G variant that currently sells on UK carrier EE’s 5G network. The OnePlus 7 Pro earned CNET’s Editors’ Choice Award and features a 6.67-inch, 90Hz display, a pop-up selfie camera and three rear cameras. (It also survived a few dunk tests for water resistance, despite not being IP rated.) EE’s 5G deployment will also span 16 cities in 2019, starting with London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester.OnePlus is working on bringing a 5G phone to the US though. On Aug. 6 the company announced it was partnering with Sprint to release a 5G phone “soon.” In the meantime the non-5G version of the OnePlus 7 Pro is available through T-Mobile, but unlocked models work on AT&T and Verizon. The regular OnePlus 7 Pro starts at $669 and £649 (converted, that’s about AU$962 in Australia).     Nokia AT&T 5G network has some of the fastest speeds we’ve… Huawei huawei-mate-20-x-5g-2The Huawei Mate 20 X 5G. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Chinese phone-maker Huawei has two 5G phones waiting in the wings. One is the Mate X, which combines 5G speeds and a foldable display. The device has a 6.6-inch display when folded closed, and and 8-inch OLED screen when you flip it open. It also features a 4,500-mAh battery and three rear cameras. The Mate X is scheduled to launch in the middle of the year and will cost a whopping 2,300 euros (about $2,600). Its second phone is the Mate 20 X 5G. The phone was supposed to launch in the UK in June for £999 (or about $1,279 in the US and AU$1,856 in Australia) but UK carriers EE and Vodafone have dropped plans to sell the device. The phone has a huge 7.2-inch display, a 4,200mAh battery and a triple rear-camera setup.  Don’t expect these phones to come to the US, though. Calling it a security threat to the Department of Defense, the US government banned the sale of Huawei phones on US military bases. In May, an executive order put limits on foreign involvement in the US’ carrier networks, which Huawei said will leave the US behind in 5G. Retail giant Best Buy also stopped selling Huawei products in March 2018 and Huawei’s CFO was arrested in Canada at the request of the US in an act her father said was politically motivated. Italy also wants to ban the company from supplying 5G equipment. That doesn’t necessarily spell the end of Huawei and its 5G ambitions, though. “Our products and solutions are used by major carriers, Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of millions of consumers in more than 170 countries around the world,” a Huawei spokesman said last March. “We have earned the trust of our partners across the global value chain.”  9:40 Now playing: Watch this: Is 5G coming to a city near you? 36 Tags Now playing: Watch this:center_img How fast is T-Mobile’s 5G network? We took it for a test… Now playing: Watch this: Putting Sprint’s 5G to the test on the LG V50 1:29 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Though Nokia isn’t the phone giant that it was 15 years ago, it’s still taking steps toward a 5G future. It’s currently working with Qualcomm to make 5G devices and in July, the company announced a $3.5 billion partnership with T-Mobile, which includes taking advantage of T-Mobile’s 600MHz spectrum to back its 5G network.  But don’t expect 5G Nokia phones anytime soon; in February HMD CEO Florian Seiche (who makes Nokia phones) said those devices probably won’t arrive until 2020. Nokia also stands to benefit from 5G in other ways though. In addition to Qualcomm and Ericsson, the company has patent rights to 5G technology, and stands to make up to $3.50 for every 5G smartphone sold. HTC htc-5g-hub-right-angleHTC’s 5G Hub is a hotspot and runs full Android.  HTC Instead of a phone, Taiwanese electronics company HTC has a 5G hotspot. Available now on Sprint for $600, the hub connects up to 20 people simultaneously. Equipped with a 5-inch display, audio speakers and Android Pie software, the device is also a media hub that users can make video calls with or use to check mail. Mobile Phones Explaining 5G with a game of pool Now playing: Watch this: Google 06-google-pixel-3-xlThe Pixel 3A (left) and Pixel 3. Angela Lang/CNET Google hasn’t revealed its plans for 5G, and the company declined to reply to a request to comment. What we do know is that Verizon is continuing its plans to roll out its 5G network in early 2019, similar to other carriers. What does that have to do with Google exactly? For the past few years, and for better or for worse, Google has tapped Verizon as its exclusive carrier partner for its Pixel phones, including its last flagship, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. (However, Google also sells the phone unlocked or on its Wi-Fi-first network, Google Fi. Its most recent midrange phone, the Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL, are also now available from other carriers.) This could mean that its next flagship, which Google confirmed will be the Pixel 4 (and Pixel 4 XL), could be a 5G phone. If it sticks with its usual phone launch schedule, the Pixel 4 would debut around October 2019 — well after the first half of the year. LG Sprint 5GThe V50 is LG and Sprint’s first 5G phone. Lynn La/CNET The LG V50 ThinQ 5G is available to Sprint users for $1,152 and Verizon customers for $1,000. Sprint’s 5G network is live in four cities: Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and Atlanta. As mentioned earlier, we tested Sprint’s 5G network in Dallas with the V50 and coverage was more consistent but slower than Verizon’s. Sprint will also flip the switch for a handful of other cities afterward, like Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. later in 2019. (FYI, Sprint is also expected to merge with T-Mobile soon, a move that carrier speed analyst Ookla said “could result in an unmatched network in the face of 5G.”) The V50 will also be sold by T-Mobile and AT&T later in the year. The phone features a 6.4-inch OLED display, three rear cameras that include a wide-angle and telephoto lens, the Snapdragon 855 chipset and two front-facing cameras. It can also attach to a Dual Screen accessory that increases the phone’s display size, though that won’t be available in the US. reading • 5G phones you can get now: Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, Moto Z4 and more Apple Now playing: Watch this: We tested Verizon’s new 5G network • Now playing: Watch this: 4:21 What the heck is a 5G network? See All 8:24 More about 5G Samsung 07-samsung-galaxy-s10-5gThe Galaxy S10 5G. Juan Garzon/CNET As previously mentioned, Samsung unveiled its second 5G phone, the Note 10 Plus 5G. It’s pretty much identical to the regular Note 10 Plus, but connects to 5G networks. It will be available on the US carrier Verizon first for $1,300 and will be in stores on Aug. 23. However, it may not be worth investing in this phone just yet.Meanwhile, Samsung’s first 5G phone, the Galaxy S10 5G, is out right now. It has a 6.7-inch display, four rear cameras and the ability to wirelessly charge other devices. The device is available on Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, as well as AT&T but only for businesses. Samsung’s foldable Galaxy Fold will have a 5G variant, too, but that phone’s launch has been delayed until September due to reported screen issues that the company said it recently solved. 2:50 Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrierlast_img read more

Sep
5

BSE closes points 44845 up on October 18

first_imgNew Delhi, October 18 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 448.45 points up to stand at 20,863.96. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 135.85 points up to stand at 6181.70. Essar Oil and Jain Irrigation were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.26% and 6.93% along with Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Ltd. and Indusind Bank with an increase of 6.50% and 6.40% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Financial Technologies and Motherson Sumi Systems with a decrease of 2.04% and 1.19% along with Max India and TTK Prestige with a decrease of 1.16% and 1.15% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 133.08 points at 11,931.03 while the banking sector is up 461.48 points at 12,252.66 and the realty sector is up 40.43 points at 1,356.70.The Indian currency is down 0.05% at Rs 61.26 per dollar.last_img read more

Aug
30

This is The End The Conflicting Stories Surrounding Jim Morrisons Passing

first_imgFans may still look for the graveyard of Jim Morrison at the famed Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris where he was laid to rest, and wonder: what really killed their idol? Even after nearly five decades since his death. The rock icon and frontman of The Doors became a legend after joining the ill-fortuned 27 Club.Just like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, and more recently Amy Winehouse, Jim Morrison’s life stopped at the premature age of 27.Jim Morrison, 1969.Congestive heart failure was pronounced as the official cause of death, but since no autopsy of Morrison’s body followed, space has been left for people to speculate if there was something more to the story.There are also a number of contradicting accounts which tell different versions about what happened within Jim Morrison’s last hours among the living.A few months before his death on July 3, 1971, Jim Morrison relocated to an apartment in Paris with his girlfriend, Pamela Courson.Morrison’s apartment in Le Marais, Paris. Photo by Walter Miles CC BY-SA 3.0The most popular explanation of the rock legend’s death says he and Courson enjoyed the night together and probably also took heroin, a snort too much.Morrison did not react well to the drug that evening and eventually went for a warm bath, which was supposed to help but didn’t. The man succumbed to heart failure while in his bathtub at the apartment.Mug shot of Jim Morrison.Courson called help as soon as she noticed something was terribly wrong, but he was gone before medics arrived on the scene.An overdose of heroine is generally believed to have induced his heart failure among most explanations of what happened to the singer. Were these really the circumstances that evening? Perhaps.Jim Morrison performing at Copenhagen in 1968.If we listen to Sam Bernett, who managed the Rock and Roll Circus club in Paris where Morrison was a regular, among other guests such as singer Marianne Faithfull, painter Salvador Dali, and film director Roman Polanski. According to Berntt, Morrison passed away in the toilet of this club after overdosing on heroin.In 1971, Bernett was in his mid-twenties. He delivered his account on the event of Morrison’s death many years later, in a 2007 book entitled The End: Jim Morrison.Promotional photo of the Doors in late 1966.Reportedly, the idea to pen a book about it was instilled in him by his wife, following years of being chased by journalists to share more on the matter.“The flamboyant singer of The Doors, the beautiful California boy, had become an inert lump crumpled in the toilet of a nightclub,” reads Bernett’s book.Photo of The Doors.Bernett had not seen Morrison taking any drug that evening, but he was provided with heroin in the club by two dealers, according to Reuters.He took it in the men’s toilet where he fell unconscious. The drug dealers, who might have wanted to hush up the details of his death, supposedly carried Morrison from the club to his apartment on 17 Rue Beautreillis. Pamela Courson then found his lifeless body in the bathroom the next morning.Left to right: Michael Cooper, Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull, Al Vandenberg & Brian Jones; sitting: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 1967). Photo by Ben Merk (ANEFO) CC BY-SA 3.0If we listen to singer Marianne Faithfull, the finger of blame should be pointed at Jean de Breteuil, a drug dealer and her ex-boyfriend, who supplied Morrison with exceptionally bad heroin at his home.For years she was also the love interest of Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones. Faithfull became a star during the 1960s after singing “As Tears Go By,” but her popularity declined after dedicating herself to different vices, including heroin.Jim Morrison’s grave in Pere-Lachaise cemetery, Paris.In 1971, Faithful was staying in Paris along with de Breteuil, who personally had told her he needed to check in at Morrison’s place. “I could intuitively feel trouble,” the singer said in 2014, as reported by The Telegraph. “And he went to see Jim Morrison and killed him,” adding, “I mean I’m sure it was an accident.”According to her, the drug was just too strong.While these three varying accounts of Jim Morrison’s death have a touch of reality, other quite far-fetched theories have less. Such as those who propose Morrison’s death was a hoax and he continued to live either in New York City or in Oregon under a newly-adopted identity or those who say the CIA had a part in it in order to get rid of another popular youth leader.The versions provided by Sam Bernett and Marianne Faithfull may hold pieces of truth, nevertheless. And especially Bernett’s story seems to contradict the most accepted account of the tragic death event. Can we really know who is telling the truth? Most of the key players in this drama are also dead now.Read another story from us: Hit the Road Jack! The Undercover Drug Arrest of Ray CharlesThe dealer mentioned by Faithfull died less than a year after Morrison’s death. Courson died due to an overdose too, in 1974. To no end of Jim Morrison’s death mystery.last_img read more

Aug
20

PEOPLE Kathleen Emmans is Collettes new BDM Central Ontario

first_img MISSISSAUGA, ONT. — Collette has announced that Kathleen Emmans has been appointed the role of Business Development Manager for Central Ontario, a major area that the company says is paramount to its expansion.After owning and operating a successful business coupled with sales and marketing experience for over 15 years, Emmans was hired by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) in 2014 to manage one of its travel centres in Central Ontario. During that time, she worked closely with various groups and organized tours, including Collette.“We are so thrilled to welcome aboard an enthusiastic Emmans to the Canadian team in such a sprouting region,” said Christian Leibl-Cote, Vice President of Service & International Business at Collette. “As an experienced business and marketing professional who has been in the travel industry since 2011, we are confident that Emmans will make a great asset in contributing to the growth of the Collette brand.”For more information go to gocollette.com. Monday, November 21, 2016 Tags: Collette Share << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img [PEOPLE] Kathleen Emmans is Collette’s new BDM, Central Ontario Posted by Travelweek Group last_img read more

Aug
18

US Turkey plan for safe zone free of IS in northern Syria

first_img Sponsored Stories BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey and the United States have agreed on the outlines of a plan to rout the Islamic State group from a strip of Syrian territory along the Turkish border — a plan that opens the possibility of a safe haven for tens of thousands of displaced Syrians but one that also sets up a potential conflict with U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces in the area.The move further embroils Turkey, a key NATO ally, in Syria’s civil war, and also catapults it into a front-line position in the global war against IS. A senior Obama administration official said Monday that U.S. discussions with Turkey about an IS-free zone focused on a 68-mile stretch still under IS control. The U.S. has been conducting airstrikes there, which will accelerate now that the U.S. can launch strikes from Turkish soil, the official said.No agreement between Turkey and the U.S. has yet been finalized, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity under regulations.In Washington, State Department spokesman John Kirby said that any joint military efforts with Turkey would not include the imposition of a no-fly zone. The U.S. has long rejected Turkish and other requests for a no-fly zone to halt Syrian government air raids, fearing it would draw U.S. forces further into the civil war.While details of the buffer-zone plan have yet to be announced, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Ankara and Washington have no intention of sending ground troops into Syria but wanted to see Syria’s moderate opposition forces replace IS near the Turkish border.“Moderate forces like the Free Syrian Army will be strengthened, a structure will be created so that they can take control of areas freed from ISIL, air cover will be provided. It would be impossible for them to take control of the area without it,” Davutoglu told Turkey’s A Haber television. ISIL is an alternate acronym for the Islamic State group. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall “The two key points in Turkey remain: one — topple the Assad regime, and two — prevent the establishment of a continuous Kurdish territorial entity in the region,” he said.___Pace reported from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Associated Press writers Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey; Bassem Mroue in Beirut; Vivian Salama in Baghdad; Barry Hatton in Lisbon, Portugal and Josh Lederman and Wendy Benjaminson in Washington contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The discussions came amid a major tactical shift in Turkey’s approach to IS. After months of reluctance, Turkish warplanes started striking militant targets in Syria last week, and allowed the U.S. to launch its own strikes from Turkey’s strategically located Incirlik Air Base.Turkey has also called a meeting of its NATO allies for Tuesday to discuss threats to its security and its airstrikes. Davutoglu said “NATO has a duty to protect” Turkey’s border with Syria and Iraq, and that Ankara will seek the alliance’s support for its actions at the meeting in Brussels.But a Turkish-driven military campaign to push IS out of territory along the Turkish border is likely to complicate matters on the ground.U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria, who have been the most successful in the war against IS, control most of the 910 kilometers (565 miles) boundary with Turkey, and have warned Ankara against any military intervention in northern Syria.The Islamic State controls roughly a 60-mile stretch of that border, wedged between Turkish-backed insurgents with Islamist ideologies to the left and Kurdish forces from the People’s Protection Unit, known as the YPG, to the right. Top Stories The Turkish-U.S. plan raises the question of which Syrian rebel forces would be involved in a ground operation against IS. The U.S. has long complained about having no reliable partners among them. Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged earlier this month that the U.S. has only 60 trainees in a program to prepare and arm thousands of moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against IS militants.The Obama administration official said the U.S.-led coalition was looking to anti-IS forces such as Syrian Kurds and the Free Syrian Army. He did not elaborateSyria’s main Kurdish militia — the YPG or the People’s Protection Units — is affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which has waged a decades-long insurgency in Turkey and maintains bases in remote parts of northern Iraq.Nawaf Khalil, head of the Germany-based Kurdish Center for Studies, said Ankara is likely trying to limit advances by the Syrian Kurdish forces by using the war against IS as a pretext and to steer Washington away from the YPG, but “this will not work.”In a reflection of the complexities involved, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday refused to draw a distinction between the Islamic State group and the PKK. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Comments   Share   center_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home “There is no difference between PKK and Daesh,” Cavusoglu said, using the Arabic acronym for Islamic State group. The PKK is fighting the IS “for power, not for peace, not for security,” he said.Kirby, the State Department spokesman, said “Turkey has a right to defend itself” against the PKK.In a series of cross border strikes since Friday, Turkey has not only targeted the IS group but also Kurdish fighters affiliated with forces battling the extremists in Syria and Iraq.Also, the YPG and an activist group said Turkish troops had shelled the Syrian border village of Til Findire, targeting Kurdish fighters and hitting one of their vehicles on Sunday night. The village is east of the border town of Kobani, where the Kurds handed a major defeat to the Islamic State group earlier this year.But Turkish officials dismissed the claims, insisting their forces were only targeting the IS group in Syria, and the PKK in neighboring Iraq.An Ankara official said Turkey returned fire after Turkish soldiers at the border were fired upon, in line with Turkey’s rules of engagement.“The Syrian Kurds are not a target of the operations. Our operations only target IS in Syria and PKK in Iraq,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of rules that bar officials from speaking to journalists without authorization. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Late on Monday, a major in Turkey’s military police died after suspected PKK militants fired on his car in the southeastern province of Mus, said the region’s governor, Vedat Buyukersoy. The major was among the highest ranking Turkish officers to be killed in attacks in recent years.Turkish police raided homes in a neighborhood in the capital earlier in the day, detaining at least 15 people suspected of links to the Islamic State group, the Turkish state-run news agency said. The number of suspects detained in a major anti-terror operation launched on Friday has reached 1,050, according to the office of Turkey’s prime minister.However, in the absence of a no-fly zone to neutralize Syrian President Bashar Assad’s warplanes, it is not clear how the possible buffer zone may be considered a safe haven where displaced people could return.And despite the U.S. and Turkey’s shared interests in fighting the Islamic State, the Turks have also prioritized defeating Assad. While the U.S. says Assad has lost legitimacy, it has not taken direct military action to try to remove him from office and says he is not the target of its efforts in Syria.Ege Seckin, a Turkey expert at IHS Country Risk, said IS is a national security threat for Turkey, but was nonetheless secondary. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like A police officer checks IDs as Turkish police raid homes in the Haci Bayram neighborhood of the capital Ankara, Turkey, Monday, July 27, 2015. Security forces has detained at least 15 people suspected of links to the Islamic State group, the state-run news agency said. The Anadolu Agency said those detained in the Haci Bayram neighborhood include a number of foreign nationals. It did not give details of the foreigners’ home countries. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici) Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

Aug
17

Princess returns to Egyptian ports

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Princess Cruises announced that it has reinstated calls to Egypt’s ports, with the first shipped scheduled to dock in the country on 15 May this year.According to the cruise lines online statement, the ship was forced to remove Egypt from 18 of its itineraries in February this year, after political unrest boiled across the country.”The situation in Egypt has calmed considerably since wide-spread protests earlier this year, and the tourist areas aren’t currently being affected,” Princess Cruises executive vice president Jan Swartz said. “So we’re pleased to tell passengers they can once again plan to experience this country’s iconic pyramids and other ancient wonders.” However, the cruise line stressed that it would continue to monitor the situation in Egypt as well as consult with authorities on information and advice. Star Princess, Dawn Princess, Ocean Princess and Pacific Princess are among the ships returning to Egypt in May and will serve the ports until November. last_img read more

Aug
16

Tanzania Tourist Board to leverage strong ties with India

first_imgTaps the Indian market with OTM MumbaiShruti Dugar | MumbaiAccording to Baraka Haran Luvanda, High Commissioner of Tanzania in New Delhi, India has been one of the largest contributors to the tourism industry of Tanzania. Indians are the biggest traders in Tanzania and also the fifth largest investors in the country. There are so many Indian companies in Tanzania. Moreover, 70,000 Indians have settled in Tanzania and 10 Tanzanians of Indian origin have also been elected to the Parliament, he revealed.With 2017 data, India has emerged as the third strongest inbound source market for Tanzania with nearly 40,000 visitors, constituting 6% of the total arrivals. Strengthening it further, this year onwards Tanzania Tourist Board will be focussing on building its base in the Indian market. “Though we have an Indian embassy, Tanzania Tourist Board will be setting up a representative office in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata to tap the potential Indian travellers,” said Hozza N Mbura, Marketing Officer, Tanzania Tourist Board.He elaborated that Tanzania is the largest country in eastern Africa. Dotted with abundant wilderness, it is soon becoming a top favourite among Indian travellers. Tanzania boosts many of Africa’s most renewed destinations; Serengeti plains, the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Mount Kilimanjaro in the north and Mikumi and Ruaha National Parks and the Selous Game Reserve southwards.Highlighting their participation at OTM 2018, Mbura said, “Not only among the travel trade but also the general public showed their enthusiasm in exploring Tanzania. OTM gave us a fruitful opportunity to interact with a large market.”last_img read more