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Stars Of Downton Abbey Show Support For WaterAid

first_imgThe cast of Downton Abbey has embraced ‘water bottle-gate’ by posing for a picture to promote WaterAid’s work.The Cast Of Downton AbbeyA publicity still released last week hit the headlines when a plastic water bottle was spotted in the corner of the picture. The official photograph of The Earl and Lady Edith was cropped and used during the launch of the new season, but it was when an uncropped version of the image worked its way onto the internet that it sparked a global press frenzy.An itv spokesperson said, “After seeing the reaction the picture caused earlier this week, the cast and crew came up with the idea of turning some of this attention towards an issue around water that really matters. They hope that by posing for this picture they will be able to raise awareness and amplify the work of international charity – WaterAid.”Barbara Frost, Chief Executive of WaterAid, said: “It brought a really big smile to my face when the cast of Downton Abbey said that they wanted to support WaterAid’s work. How fantastic that the attention created over one water bottle ends up benefiting some of the world’s poorest communities through access to safe, clean water today.“Every pound and penny WaterAid receives will be matched by the UK Government, which means we can reach twice as many people with desperately needed clean water and sanitation.“Thank you so much to the cast and the producers of Downton Abbey.”If you enjoyed the photo, donate online or text WATER to 70007 to donate £3, to help get clean water and safe toilets to the world’s poorest communities.last_img read more

Sudan top UN envoy speaks out against shooting of officers

The top United Nations envoy to Sudan today strongly condemned the shooting by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) of a military observer with the world body and a national monitor with the Sudanese forces.Ashraf Qazi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, called on the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) to identify the SPLA soldier or soldiers responsible for wounding the two officers and to bring those behind the “egregious act” to justice.He “strongly urges the parties not to allow this incident to impede or interfere with implementation of the Abyei road map, which is so vital to maintaining the CPA [Comprehensive Peace Agreement] process,” referring to the 2005 pact ending the long-running north-south civil war in Sudan.The main parties of Sudan’s Government of National Unity recently unveiled a joint plan to resolve their dispute over the situation in the oil-rich area around Abyei, which lies close to the boundary between the north and south of the country.The plan follows deadly violence last month that led to the destruction of much of Abyei and the sudden displacement of tens of thousands of residents, prompting concern from senior UN officials about the grave humanitarian situation and the threat to the CPA.The shooting occurred in Agok, where thousands of Sudanese displaced from Abyei have taken temporary shelter. 7 July 2008The top United Nations envoy to Sudan today strongly condemned the shooting by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) of a military observer with the world body and a national monitor with the Sudanese forces. read more

Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Thursday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9991Brazil real 0.4033China renminbi 0.1872Euro 1.4928Hong Kong dollar 0.160882India rupee 0.01975Indonesia rupiah 0.0000940Japan yen 0.01141Malaysia ringgit 0.2940Mexico peso 0.07042N.Z. dollar 0.9347Norway krone 0.1592Peruvian new sol 0.3884Russia rouble 0.02089Saudi riyal 0.3354Singapore dollar 0.9253South Africa rand 0.09407South Korean won 0.001115Sweden krona 0.1553Switzerland franc 1.2976Taiwanese dollar 0.04162Thailand baht 0.03782Turkey lira 0.3556U.K. pound 1.6519U.S. dollar 1.2578Vietnam dong 0.000055 read more

Reginald Cooray Niluka Ekanayake to head state institutions

Former Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray and former Governor of the Sabaragamuwa Province Niluka Ekanayake have been appointed as heads of two state institutions.Reginald Cooray has been appointed as the new Chairperson of the National Gem and Jewellery Authority while Niluka Ekanayake has been appointed the Chairperson of the State Timber Corporation. (Colombo Gazette)

Women are increasingly drinking beer at home study finds

A fifth of women said the high calorie content was one of the main reasons they avoided beer whilst almost a third said they feared “being judged by others”. Women are less likely to order beer at a bar if they are socialising with men, study finds 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. More women than ever are drinking beer at home, choosing pints over wine or spirits as they relax in the evening, according to a study.Almost a third of women said they choose to drink beer at home, compared to just three per cent in 2009.When out at the pub or in a bar, they are more likely to drink beer if they are out with female friends rather than male.Perhaps unsurprisingly, the report found that far fewer women drink beer than men; with only one in six choosing the beverage at least once a week compared to more than half of men.The Gender Pint Gap report, compiled by Dea Latis, the female beer group, and based on a YouGov survey, revealed that the UK has one of the lowest percentages of female beer drinkers in the world, despite the much lauded craft beer boom.Outdated, “sexist” marketing, fear of developing a “beer belly” and negative perceptions about flavour were found to contribute to women spurning the drink. The report suggests that generally, women’s attitudes towards beer have not changed in nearly a decade.Lisa Harlow, a co-author, said: “Our research has shown many misconceptions which women still hold about beer, such as calorific content, self-image and pre-conceptions about taste.”It was disheartening in our supposedly enlightened times that so many of our female respondents cited ‘being judged by others’ as a reason for not drinking beer. Perhaps we need some high-profile celebrity advocates to show women that it is acceptable to drink beer?”The report suggested that clear, concise information about flavour profiles could be key to encouraging sampling and should be supplied by retailers.It said a “quality over quantity” message could overcome the fear of weight gain by offering beer in different sizes and formats.“Beer itself doesn’t have a gender and there is nothing remarkable about a woman drinking a beer,” it said.“But it is impossible to ignore the larger questions swirling around women, gender and beer“We know it’s about perceptions, glassware, volume of liquid, range of beer styles, better training – none of this is new. But who is addressing this and making this happen so that the female drinking consumer starts to get the same story?” Women are less likely to order beer at a bar if they are socialising with men, study findsCredit:Caiaimage/Paul Bradbury read more

Irish Rail to bump up security on north Dublin Dart line after

first_img Jun 22nd 2018, 11:13 AM By Cianan Brennan Short URL Irish Rail to bump up security on north Dublin Dart line after reports of anti-social behaviour Incidents of intimidating and threatening behaviour have become commonplace on the northern line in recent weeks. 20,450 Views 38 Comments As a result, on top of previous increases in security patrols, we will immediately be deploying an additional security team on the northside Dart from this evening,  expanding resources at our remote monitoring centre which covers CCTV across the Dart, continuing liaisons with Gardaí and planning some station modifications to address trespass issues.It’s believed that escalating incidents at Harmonstown and Kilbarrack stations are a particular cause for concern.“It will be a static security detail, operating from 5pm until close of business,” National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) general secretary Dermot O’Leary told’re hoping that the extra security will work. But if it doesn’t thaen the safety of our drivers and customers comes first.“We have no compunction about withdrawing services if necessary,” said O’Leary, adding that the forthcoming warm weather spell forecast for next week is a cause for concern, given the flashpoints that such weather often brings with it.center_img Share75 Tweet Email2 Source: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ieIRISH RAIL IS to beef up security on its north Dublin dart services after passengers and drivers complained of incidents of anti-social behaviour on the line.Drivers had threatened to boycott weekend services on the route due to the worsening nature of the situation seen in recent weeks.A deal has now been reached between unions and Irish Rail for security to be boosted after 5pm on services operating north of Connolly Station.“We have been liaising with drivers and representatives to get their insight on the issues faced from anti-social behaviour and to enhance security at key locations to ensure we maintain a safe environment for customers and staff,” an Irish Rail spokesperson said. Friday 22 Jun 2018, 11:13 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article last_img read more

Greek Embassy in Berlin without representative

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Even as relations between Athens and Berlin come under strain due to tough bailout negotiations, Greece’s embassy in Germany has been without a representative for months.The embassy in Berlin has been headless since the current envoy was called back two months ago due to apparent problems in communicating with the Greek Foreign Ministry. There were also issues with the previous government’s diplomat in Berlin.The current ambassador, Panos Kalogeropoulos, was called back to Athens more than two months ago after Greek authorities appeared unsatisfied with his performance. According to one version of events, the envoy allegedly disputed some decisions by Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias. Other sources claim Kalogeropoulos was unable to create the network of contacts required to gain a satisfactory grasp of German foreign policy.There had been problems at the embassy before Kalogeropoulos assumed his post in January. His predecessor, Giorgos Zografos, quit in September last year after being left out of meetings during a visit to Berlin by then Premier Antonis Samaras.Kalogeropoulos, who is expected to assume his next post in New Delhi, is to replaced in Berlin by Theodoros Daskarolis, who is currently stationed in Malta, Kathimerini understands.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

WWDC 2012 Apple sort ses griffes avec Mac OS X Mountain Lion

first_imgWWDC 2012 : Apple sort ses griffes avec Mac OS X Mountain LionMalgré l’annonce de 200 nouvelles fonctionnalité du nouveau système d’exploitation Mountain Lion, Apple ne s’est pas attardé sur les nouveautés. Pas de réelle révolution sur Mac OS X Mountain Lion, surtout des améliorations. Apple a néanmoins annoncé 200 nouveautés dans cette nouvelle version. et unifie les médias vis à vis de certaines applications.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les utilisateurs pourront alors répondre à un message reçu sur leur iPhone depuis leur Mac. iCloud a été mieux intégré au système d’exploitation, ainsi que Calendar, Reminder et Notes. Mac OS X 10.8 sera disponible au mois de juillet, uniquement sur l’AppStore au prix de 19,99 dollars. Un tarif très agressif, qui fait étrangement pensé à un autre tarif, celui de la mise à jour vers le prochain OS de Microsoft, Windows 8.Les acheteurs d’un nouveau Mac auront quant à eux droit à une mise à jour gratuite.Le 12 juin 2012 à 00:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fortnite and Stormy Daniels Dominate Pornhubs Top Searches in 2018

first_imgStay on target Android Ransomware Pretends to Be Reddit PornVirginia Outlaws Deepfake Revenge Porn Fortnite and Stormy Daniels are heating up people’s fantasies: Both categories topped Pornhub’s 2018 Year in Review roundup.On Tuesday, Pornhub unveiled its 2018 Year in Review in a blog post, which highlighted the top searches for celebrities, video game characters, and more this year. Pornhub received 33.5 billion visits in 2018, and the site’s audience emphasized that they liked to “get it on” with online gaming and pornstars.According to Pornhub, the site’s searches were influenced by mainstream media and pop culture events this year. Daniels topped Pornhub’s “The Searches That Defined 2018” list, and every time she appeared in the news, searches for her went up on the site. To date, the pornstar generated 30,255,190 searches this year, jumping ahead of other celebrities including Kim Kardashian (26, 386,633 searches) and Blac Chyna (21,211,277 searches).Photo Credit: FortniteFortnite also made moves in Pornhub searches this year. The online video game stole the second spot on Pornhub’s “The Searches That Defined 2018 List.” Whenever Fortnite unveiled a new character, searches with the word “Fortnite” increased on the site. Calamity, a new character introduced in Fortnite this year, generated 2.5 million searches on Pornhub. Plus, when Fortnite experienced a server outage in April, searches for the game increased by 60 percent.Because fantasy can thrive in human sexuality, it’s no surprise that Daniels and Fortnite topped Pornhub searches this year. It could also be that these searches were completed out of curiosity, because both the online video game and pornstar were very popular subjects from January to December.“Searches like these serve as an indication that people use this site to not only satisfy sexual urges but also to get a different angle on something they are already interested in,” Dr. Laurie Betito, Pornhub Sexual Wellness Center’s director, said in the blog post.‘Harley Quinn’ (Photo Credit: Warner Bros. TV)Movie, TV, and video game characters also stole top spots on Pornhub’s 2018 Year in Review roundup.DC villain Harley Quinn topped Pornhub’s popular movie, TV, and character list, with a total of 10,240,684 searches for 2018. Other notable superheroes that made the list were Wonder Woman (5,361,794 searches), Spiderman (2,925,953 searches), and Batman (2,566,716 searches)Bowsette, a Nintendo muse, was the most-searched video game character on Pornhub in 2018, generating 34,687, 477 searches on the platform. Even though Overwatch fell below Fortnite on Pornhub’s annual roundup, Overwatch characters held two of the top five spots for “Popular Video Game Character Searches.” Brigitte generated 4,836,706 searches, while Mercy had 3,244,331 searches on Pornhub in 2018.For the full breakdown on the most-searched characters, celebrities, and games on Pornbub, see the site’s 2018 Year in Review summary here.More on Offers Free Leaf Removal Service in Upstate New YorkPornhub Adds Closed Captioning for PornThe Future is Freaky in Pornhub Art Installationlast_img read more

JBL stepping back from weekly commentary role on Smackdown Live

first_img Jeffery Adam Phillips Videos Articles Twitter I don’t know about getting you a Coke but what you say makes a lot of sense. That’s probably exactly what’s going to happen. September 1, 2017 at 9:27 pm Lol Mass Effect 2 is ONE of my favorite games, heck I even have a soft spot for Mass Effect 3 once all the dlc for it came out. Jennifer Hudson TheCyberZon Now Playing Up Next September 1, 2017 at 10:22 pm …You just made a Mass Effect reference in regards to wrestling…*bows* WE’RE NOT WORTHY! WE’RE NOT WORTHY! WE’RE NOT WORTHY! WE’RE SCUM! WE SUCK! XD September 2, 2017 at 6:44 am Now Playing Up Next There IS a God! And his name is NOT JBL! XD Jennifer Hudson reaches custody agreement September 1, 2017 at 9:47 pm Jennifer Hudson wont pay for exs home WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX September 2, 2017 at 1:09 pm September 2, 2017 at 7:15 am Jeffery Adam Phillips Moonsaves Bring back Jerry! Google+ September 2, 2017 at 12:51 pm To paraphrase Commander Shepard (femshep is only shep), “did he volunteer to leave or was he volunteered to leave”. CMJunk Pinterest September 2, 2017 at 4:54 am J™ September 1, 2017 at 9:49 pm I think Schiavone ruined his career being an unprofessional prick in WCW–not that JBL has been any better. Larry Zbyszko did a passable job in WCW. Maybe they can get him being a WWE hall of famer & all now.And for my money, Ventura & Monsoon was the best commentary team ever. They didn’t work together that often but when they did they were awesome. goddessroleplay WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Uh oh. What did Just a Bullying Lout do now? Or is this an accumulation of incidents leading up to his “voluntary resignation” a la Bill DeMott? Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies September 1, 2017 at 11:19 pm Now Playing Up Next The second one I’m guessing. Now Playing Up Next Moonsaves JBL aka John Layfield announced on Twitter on Friday evening that he would be stepping back from his weekly role as part of the commentary team for Smackdown Live.JBL stated he wanted to dedicate more of his time working with at risk kids and communities, something he’s been involved with in Bermuda for some time now.He noted that an ongoing relationship with WWE would continue including appearing on shows such as Tribute to the Troops, WrestleMania and more. No word at this time if Smackdown will go back to being a two-man team with Tom Phillips and Bryon Saxton or if WWE plans to announce an official replacement for Layfield going forward.Layfield rejoined WWE’s commentary team full-time in 2012, initially filling in for Jerry “The King” Lawler when he suffered a heart attack at a RAW taping in Montreal. He officially joined the RAW commentary team permanently in 2013 and later went on to become a surprise Royal Rumble entrant in 2014. Layfield was moved to the Smackdown Live commentary team in 2016 joining Mauro Ranallo and David Otunga. The stint in 2016 on Smackdown led to a very public falling out with Ranallo that eventually saw Ranallo leave his role on Smackdown and later return to NXT commentary earlier this year.You can check out a portion of Layfield’s statement below.“I’m proud to say that in addition to being Smackdown’s longest reigning WWE Champion, I inspired WWE’s Tribute to the Troops over 10 years ago. WWE has been my partner in all my philanthropic works and this new deal with WWE ensures that will continue. WWE has made my dreams come true and helped me become a global name. And now, WWE is helping me use that name to make a difference.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJennifer Hudson wont pay for exs homeVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:36/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 66.04%0:03Remaining Time -0:33 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte But then how will King Ross know when it is John O’Clock!?! September 1, 2017 at 11:06 pm WhatsApp September 1, 2017 at 10:24 pm TheCyberZon September 2, 2017 at 12:05 pm Jennifer Hudson and ex David Otunga ‘reach custody agreement over son’ Glenn Wolf let’s start a campaign to replace him with Lance Catamaran and Chett Chetterfield. Lucas Puryear Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jeffery Adam Phillips Have to agree 100% with that. Just watched the Coliseum Video version of WM 5 a couple weeks ago, and I forgot how good they were. Ventura and Monsoon were a Tour De force! They went off on little 30 sec. tangents during matches, but always managed to tie it in to the match. Plus they made it seem like they didn’t get along, but not in a fake way. Jennifer Hudson ends custody battle with her ex September 2, 2017 at 9:11 am goddessroleplay September 2, 2017 at 1:19 pm 17 COMMENTS At least it’ll still be T Time. Rob Giles TheCyberZon TheCyberZon Facebook I other words the WWE wants him to quietly go away over the bullying and this throws less light on the situation. JBL sucks on commentary anyway just like he did in the ring. If Mauro Ranello suddenly comes back in the next few months to Smackdown, somebody better call R-Truth because I smell conthspiracy!If I were gonna speculate, WWE would be keen to have him back on one of their flagship shows because of the Mayweather/McGregor mainstream exposure. Al79 Honestly, I don’t think anyone would really have as much of an issue with Mass Effect 3 if not for the .ing ending. Hell, even if the extensions they gave the endings would still have been better if they were available from the beginning. September 3, 2017 at 1:18 am Now Playing Up Next The announcers are horrible on Smackdown anyhow. Boring and they all sound the same. I don’t even know who they are or who’s talking most times. What happened to the awesome announce teams from the past that added so much flavour to the show (Heenan/Monsoon, Ventura/McMahon, JR/Lawler, Schiavone/Heenan, etc). Guys that had unique voices and character. At this point, I would seriously try to go after Tony Schiavone. There’s no one else left that’s even half as good as he is. September 1, 2017 at 9:03 pm Comments are closed.last_img read more

Publishers Favorite Social Media Tracking Tools

first_imgSocial media audiences have effectively become another universe of prospects to tap, which means measurement and tracking is essential to yielding from these visitors both direct and indirect revenue. While Facebook and Twitter offer their own analytics tools, a host of third-party offerings exist to pick up where they leave off. Here, digital audience marketers chime in on the ones they’re using now, and why.Tool: Adobe SitecatalystWhat It Does: Segments traffic to determine “high-value” Web visitors and offers real-time analytics.The Breakdown: “We get most of our Facebook data by marrying up Facebook Insights data with our Web analytics from Adobe Sitecatalyst. We use Sitecatalyst to analyze all of the traffic coming back to our sites and what is getting them there. We have integrated some of our other social vendors like Gigya into Sitecatalyst so that we can look at our shares, likes, tweets, pins, social logins, comments, etc., and the impact of those for our traffic.” –Erin Hoskins, Senior Marketing Director, New Media, MeredithTool: CuralateWhat It Does: Monitors and measures traffic from “visual-based platforms”—namely (for now, at least) Pinterest.The Breakdown: “Pinterest doesn’t have an open API yet, so data has been pretty limited. Curalate allows us to see how the content we pin to our boards is performing, as well as the content people are organically pinning from our sites, and more importantly how viral those actions are, since it’s reported that 80 percent of Pinterest activity comes from repins.” –Erin Hoskins, Senior Marketing Director, New Media, Meredith Tool: Radian6 (Salesforce)What It Does: Gathers, tracks, analyzes and reports on what people are saying about a brand, on blogs and through comments and posts on social media sites. The Breakdown: “Capturing conversation outside brand-owned channels is not a perfect science, but at the moment, Radian6 is leading the pack. It’s decent at capturing blog and Twitter-based content but not as accurate at capturing content that is behind a ‘sign-in’ gate, most notably Facebook. This means there is always a margin of error in what the tool is measuring. For this reason, we prefer to pull specific data on each platform from each platform and create our own cumulative reports.” –Raman Kia, Executive Director, Digital Strategy, Condé Nast Media Group.Tool: SysomosWhat it does: Like Radian6, Sysomos is designed to help brands “listen” to what people are saying about them online, particularly through social media. The Breakdown: “This is a new vendor for us. It will allow us to track conversations about our brands and campaigns, spot trends in core content areas and identify key influencers that are connected to our brands.” –Erin Hoskins, Senior Marketing Director, New Media, MeredithTool: Open Site Explorer (SEOmoz)What It Does: Offers data on most-linked-to content and most-linked-from sites, and allows Web publishers to compare their own data against the competition. The Breakdown: “We prefer to take the extra step when measuring ‘influence’ and look at the value of referral links in terms of page authority. Open Site Explorer is a great tool for this.” –Raman Kia, Executive Director, Digital Strategy, Condé Nast Media Group.Tool: Chartbeat Publishing (formerly Newsbeat)What It Does: Shows the most popular content on a site at a given time, how readers move around the site, the level of engagement for each story and which stories people read all the way through versus abandoned after one paragraph.The Breakdown: “The Chartbeat interface is very intuitive and visual, so you can get a lot of information in one place. There is something about the color and tone that’s very easy to look at for hours. It’s also simple to customize.” –Leslie Ellwood, Executive Director, Audience Development, American Media Inc.Tool: Bitly What It Does: Allows users to share and bookmark links, powers shortened URLs used especially on Twitter and offers an enterprise analytics platform.The Breakdown: “I like Bitly to measure external traffic, so looking at our brands versus the competition.” –Leslie Ellwood, Executive Director, Audience Development, American Media Inc.last_img read more

Floods in Bangladesh Nepal India affect 24m Red Cross

first_imgIndian people travel on car along a flooded section of national highway 34 at Malda in India’s West Bengal on 21 August. Photo: AFPMore than 24 million people have been affected by some of the worst flooding to hit South Asia in decades, with large areas of land submerged in water, the Red Cross Tuesday.Authorities in Bangladesh, India and Nepal have put the death toll at more than 750 since 10 August, when a series of deluges began spreading with the annual monsoon season.“The situation is going from bad to worse,” Red Cross under secretary-general Jagan Chapagain said in a statement, confirming the death toll given by regional authorities.“Almost one third of Nepal has been flooded. One third of Bangladesh is flooded”, he told reporters.“This is the worst flooding that parts of South Asia have seen in decades.”Flood waters in the three countries have left hundreds of people stranded and entire communities cut off from road access, according to the Red Cross.Many villages are now only accessible by boat and “are running out of food” with clean water also in short supply, the organisation added.“The number of people affected is rising by the hour as waters rush south,” Chapagain said.He added the devastating flooding has been triggered in part by the monsoons but is “also a result of the lack of proper water management”, in all three countries.The organisation has launched a 3.5 million Swiss francs ($3.6 million, 3.1 million euros) international appeal to help authorities in Nepal.Chapagain said a similar global appeal to help Bangladesh deal with the disaster could be launched soon, while India is seen as having the resources needed to respond without foreign help.The heavy rain has also taken a toll on wildlife, with rescue teams pulling stranded animals from raging waters in India’s Kaziranga National Park, including rare one-horned rhinos and other endangered species.last_img read more

USCanadian couple still in Pakistan after release from Taliban

first_imgA still image from a video posted by the Taliban on social media on 19 December 2016 shows American Caitlan Coleman (L) speaking next to her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle and their two sons. Photo: ReutersAn American-Canadian family that spent years in Taliban captivity was released following a Pakistani operation, officials said Thursday, but refused to immediately board a US-bound jet over concerns about the husband’s past links to a former Guantanamo Bay inmate.US president Donald Trump hailed the couple’s freedom after five years held in the lawless Afghan-Pakistan border region by the notorious Haqqani network.And he suggested the rescue was the result of his tougher diplomatic stance against Pakistan, which Washington has been pressuring over its support for some militant groups.“The Pakistani government’s cooperation is a sign that it is honoring America’s wish that it do more to provide security in the region,” Trump told reporters.“They worked very hard on this, and I believe they’re starting to respect the United States again,” he said, adding that “a lot” of other nations were also showing greater deference to the US.Defense Secretary Jim Mattis meanwhile praised the release as a positive step in often rocky US-Pakistan ties.“This is a very positive moment and the Pakistan army performed well. We will hopefully see it being a harbinger for the future,” he told reporters on Thursday afternoon, without offering details about the nature of the operation.Concern over Guantanamo linksCaitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle were kidnapped during a backpacking trip in Afghanistan in 2012, and had three children while in captivity.A US military official said American forces were not involved in any rescue, but that a medical team had been able to meet the family and stood ready to fly them home if needed.Another military official told AFP the couple was hesitating to board a US military jet in Pakistan over the Canadian husband’s concerns he could face American scrutiny for links to a former Guantanamo captive.In 2009, Boyle was briefly married to Zaynab Khadr, the sister of Canadian-born Omar Khadr, who spent a decade at Guantanamo.But the official said Boyle did not risk any US repercussions.“It is not in our intention to do anything like that. We are prepared to bring them back home,” the official said. Trump identified the captors as the Haqqani group, whose head, Sirajuddin Haqqani, is also the Afghan Taliban’s deputy leader.Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland added that Boyle was not being investigated by Ottawa.“Let me be very clear and as we have been with the Boyle family,” she said in a televised statement from Mexico where she was traveling. “Joshua Boyle is not the subject of any investigation.”High-profile attacksThe Haqqani network has long been suspected of having links with Pakistan’s shadowy military establishment.In 2011, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time, admiral Mike Mullen, described the Haqqani as a “veritable arm” of Pakistani intelligence.Pakistan has been under increased pressure from Washington to crack down on alleged militant sanctuaries inside its borders after Trump lambasted the country in a televised address in August.During the speech, Trump accused Islamabad of sheltering “agents of chaos” and suggested ties with Pakistan would be adjusted immediately but offered few details.Defence secretary Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are expected in Pakistan in the coming weeks on separate visits, according to US and Pakistani sources, to maintain pressure on a country that was designated a major non-NATO ally by former president George W Bush.The Haqqani network has been accused of masterminding several high-profile terrorist attacks in the Afghan capital, including a massive truck bomb on May 31 that killed some 150 people.They have been known to kidnap Western hostages and smuggle them across the Afghan border into Pakistan, as appears to have been the case with Coleman and Boyle.The Pakistani military said the hostages had been “recovered… from terrorist custody through an intelligence-based operation by Pakistani troops.”‘Horrible ordeal’They were found in Kurram district, part of Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal belt, where militants such as the Haqqanis operated with impunity until the army intensified an operation there in 2014.“US intelligence agencies had been tracking them and shared their shifting across to Pakistan on 11 October 2017 through Kurram Agency border,” the Pakistani military said.Boyle and Coleman appeared in a hostage video in December last year with two of their children pleading for their release.The video was released after rumors swirled in Kabul that the government was planning to execute Anas Haqqani, son of the Haqqani network’s founder, who has been held since 2014.Freeland expressed relief at the release.“Joshua, Caitlan, their children and the Boyle and Coleman families have endured a horrible ordeal over the past five years,” she said.Afghanistan is rife with militants and organized criminal gangs who stage kidnappings for ransom, targeting wealthy Afghans and foreigners, who have been ferried over the border.The Taliban are also thought to be holding American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weekes, professors at the American University of Afghanistan who were dragged from vehicles in Kabul by gunmen.last_img read more

Islamophobia growing in many parts of the world OIC

first_imgGeneral view of the Arab leaders during the 14th Islamic summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on 1 June 2019. Photo: ReutersThe Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Mecca said on Saturday that it noted with concern growing Islamophobia in many parts of the world, according to the summit’s final statement.OIC said Islamophobia “as a contemporary form of racism and religious discrimination continues to grow in many parts of the world, as evident by the increase in incidents of religious intolerance, negative stereotyping, and hatred and violence against Muslims”.last_img read more

Developer complaints confirm the unfinished state of the Xbox One

first_imgEven though there are boxes of them ready to be shipped out to retailers all over the world, it is becoming painfully clear that Microsoft’s Xbox One console is not yet fully baked.Right now is crunch time for developers. The heat is on to get their launch day games polished and ready to go alongside the PS4 and the Xbox One. This is also the time where Microsoft and Sony are putting the final touches on things like drivers for their hardware.In a perfect world, everything would come together at the end and the consoles would launch to smiling crowds everywhere. Unfortunately, unless Microsoft can get it in gear, it is going to be obvious to early adopters that Sony was far better prepared for launch than Microsoft.It’s not news that Sony is going to beat Microsoft this go around when it comes to raw hardware. In a race of pure specs, Sony is going to walk away the winner. Plus, unlike the last generation, there’s no learning curve for developers to take advantage of that hardware because it’s x86.When asking developers what their experiences have been so far with software, the commentary shifted dramatically in Sony’s favor. While neither console is ready with perfectly tweaked drivers for their hardware, Microsoft has been lagging behind Sony with updates such that the experience between the two devices is now absolutely noticeable for developers. One in particular described them as horrible, while another explained that a platform-agnostic development build would run at 30fps in 1920 x 1080 on the PS4, but “20-something” FPS in 1600 x 900 on the Xbox One. That’s significant.Coupled with the repeated reports of Microsoft still not showing off launch games on their own console, and instead using PCs that grossly outperform the console those games are expected to run on, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Xbox One users will see updates after launch to finish bringing the console up to where it belongs.last_img read more

Go the baked way

first_imgOne of the finest five-star hotels of Delhi, Jaypee Vasant Continental takes pride in introducing its newest approach towards an absolutely healthy and fat-free menu for its dear customers. It brings in the concept of dried and baked dishes under its successful and popular venture – Eggspectation, but at the same time, it keeps in mind the foodies who hate the boring and hackneyed stuff and are ever-ready to give up on their health if they find anything appealing and interesting to savour. Executive Chef Avinash Jha has taken the matter into full consideration as for majority of the crowd- baked and dried dishes do not satisfy the craving for proper food, they always look up for options that are loaded with great taste and well if it cuts out on the amount of fat that is bound to enter into their body, there is nothing like it! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Eggspectation at Jaypee Vasant Continental strongly abides by the Canadian dining concept- it serves mostly egg dishes with almost 170 vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies to grace the menu card. The 24-Hrresto-café is coupled with impressive interiors and an interactive kitchen. Eggspectation’s vibrancy and flamboyance will make you come back again and again. Live music adds to the extravagance of the out-of-the-world dining experience.Some of the must-try dishes from Eggspectation’s newly modified menu card is the Bacon wrapped prawn with sun-dried apple, baked aubergine and pepper timble with vinegar onions, sunburned lamb and pepper satay with balsamic glazed vegetables, sun-cured roulade with pickled beetroot and dried onions.The Baked food trail will be on from July 17 to 26 at Eggspectation, Jaypee Vasant Continental, New Delhi. The timing for lunch is 12.30 pm – 3.00 pm and dinner  is 7.30 pm – 12.00 am starting at Rs 629 plus taxes.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter In its new 2017 Europe

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterIn its new 2017 Europe portfolio, Abercrombie & Kent is keenly focused on the experiential, previewing a number of unique options for discerning travellers.The new compendium contains over 37 itineraries and extensions for travellers seeking to explore Europe in luxury, with their own private guides at each stop or as part of one of A&K’s Hosted Small Group Journeys, with signature A&K service throughout.A&K Managing Director Sujata Raman comments, “A&K’s business to Europe continues to go from strength to strength, with a significant increase in sales year on year. In response we’ve expanded our product range to include a new selection of carefully curated private and small group journeys, such as an intimate exploration of Puglia, Italy’s food bowl, and a journey through France’s famed Champagne region.“We have also introduced, not one, but two, new itineraries to Iceland. One of the world’s most exciting destinations, Iceland delivers a major hit of the surreal and the beautiful, with our guests offered up a range of experiences including the stellar theatrics of the northern lights, a helicopter landing next to lava fields, and a drive across the vast expanse of the Langjokull Glacier.”What’s new for 2017?ItalyA new seven-day Highlights of Puglia adventure provides an unparalleled introduction to one of Italy’s most appealing and unspoiled regions, taking in extraordinary Baroque and Renaissance architecture and trulli, Puglia’s distinctive yet simple conically rooved white stone huts, as well as visits to hill-top villages and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Guests will also have a chance to experience Puglia’s rich and bountiful cuisine, with highlights including a dairy farm visit for a chance to taste Puglia’s wines and to learn about its local cheeses.A&K’s Highlights of Puglia journey priced from $6705 per person.FranceFine wine, mouth-watering cuisine and charming villages… A&K’s new four-day Discover Champagne journey provides an excellent introduction to one of the most famous grape-growing regions in the world. Staying in a château in Reims, guests will learn about Champagne and visit one of its most famous champagne houses Moët & Chandon, including an opportunity to sample some of its finest vintages.A&K’s four-day Discover Champagne journey is priced from $4635 per person.IcelandIceland’s spectacular Northern Lights and its incredible landscapes, characterised by dramatic fjords, geothermal lakes, mountains, volcanic craters, geysers and waterfalls, are the focus of two new A&K journeys.A&K’s seven-day Land of Fire & Ice journey is a photographer’s dream, taking in the Golden Circle and a chance to soak in the healing waters of the Blue Lagoon, while A&K’s seven-day Iceland and the Northern Lights journey also offers up a chance to see natural phenomenon, the Northern Lights, plus a visit to World Heritage listed Thingvellir National Park.Guests on both journeys stay in intimate boutique properties, which range from log cabin-style lodges to sophisticated Art Deco city hotels and more. Plus there’s also time to explore the compact and stylish capital, Reykjavik, with a dedicated A&K guide from start to finish.A&K’s Land of Fire & Ice is priced from $10,045 per person.A&K’s seven-day Iceland and the Northern Lights is priced from $10,375 per person.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email London Fashion Week: Alexa Chung shows quirky classics London Fashion Week is picking up pace with Alexa Chung, Jasper Conran and other designers offering catwalk shows Saturday, to be followed by the House of Holland and Simone Rocha.The spectacle is bringing much needed colour and verve as grey London shakes off its winter blues amid the first hints of warmer weather.ALEXA CHUNG SHOWS QUIRKY CLASSICSModel and TV presenter Alexa Chung has a loyal fan base and her many admirers flocked to Saturday’s show in London’s redeveloped King’s Cross neighbourhood. They weren’t disappointed as Chung offered a new collection featuring her quirky, feminine take on classic designs.For her second London Fashion Week show, called “Off the Grid,” the designer announced she had lost all interest in “prettiness” and was imagining a “gaggle of women” who have retreated to California’s Big Sur coastal wilderness to regroup.There’s an independence to the collection, even as some of the models wear long coats with matching head scarves that are evocative of the American prairie. Many of the deceptively simple dresses emphasize the shoulders, giving the women an outline of physical strength, and much of the outerwear is masculine in style, particularly a forest green suit.Chung showed an easy, eclectic touch in a collection that included long black coats, several sexy gold dresses, and a few beautiful green midi dresses, including one that Chung wore to the show.The Associated Press A model wears a creation by designer Alexa Chung at the Autumn/Winter 2019 fashion week runway show in London, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP) by The Associated Press Posted Feb 16, 2019 6:38 am PDTlast_img read more

Witness implicated defendant as organiser of Napa murder

first_imgA witness for the prosecution in the ongoing trial over last summer’s gangland rubout in Ayia Napa sought to convince the court on Thursday that one of the defendants was indeed implicated.Taking the stand on Thursday, witness Alexis Mavromichalis named defendant Marios Christodoulou as organising the hit, saying he knew the defendant well.Mavromichalis said he and Christodoulou had been close friends in the past, but then had a falling out. But because of their prior relationship, he was in a position to be acutely aware of Christodoulou’s activities and intentions.The court allowed the witness’ testimony over objections from Christodoulou’s lawyer that it was based on hearsay and mere suspicion.Three people were shot dead while having dinner at the Stone Garden restaurant on the evening of June 23 last year: businessman Phanos Kalopsidiotis, police officer Elias Hadjiefthymiou, 46, and his wife Skevi, 39.Four persons – Marios Christodoulou (Benny), 39, Panayiotis Pentavkas, 38, Loy Dejan, 42, and Sofia Gregoriou, 28 — are on trial, charged with premeditated murder and conspiracy, among others.According to Mavromichalis, Christodoulou had been out to get both him and Kalopsidiotis.He told the court that the late Kalopsidiotis had even obtained video footage of the arrival of two assassins – both Serbs – who had initially been contracted to kill the businessman.It was Christodoulou who picked up the two Serbs in his car, and also Christodoulou who had handed money to a certain warden so that the latter would pay for the assassins’ airfare to Cyprus.Mavromichalis said he was warned by police about the arrival of the two Serbs.That operation was called off; and as it turned out, the two men who actually carried out the hit last June were Albanian nationals.One of the shooters, Yiani Vogli, was also killed in the incident, while a second Albanian national, Aleks Burreli, who took part in the shooting is still at large.Of the defendant Panayiotis Pentavkas, the witness claimed that both he and Kalopsidiotis had always suspected that Pentavkas was the mastermind of the murder of five people, again in Ayia Napa, in 2012, as well as being behind the murder of Kalopsidiotis’ father in 2014.The witness said also he believed that Christodoulou had been behind a rocket attack against him in Nicosia in 2015, when Mavromichalis’ bodyguard was killed.The hearings in the trial continue on Friday.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

AG knocks foreign ministry edict on tourists staying in the north

first_imgBy Elias HazouTHE FOREIGN ministry directive barring entry to non-EU nationals arriving at Cyprus airports if they intend to stay on Greek Cypriot properties in the north is still in force, the Sunday Mail has learned, despite an opinion issued two months ago by Attorney-general Costas Clerides suggesting the policy is deeply flawed legally, a development which appears to have been kept under wraps.Though writing in dry legalese, in his opinion, obtained by the Sunday Mail, the AG quite definitively dismantles the foreign ministry’s directive: he argues that no legal basis exists for barring entry into the Republic on the grounds that a foreign national plans to stay in a Greek Cypriot property.The foreign ministry directive was issued in June. In late September, some 35 Israeli visitors were initially denied entry at Larnaca airport by immigration officers after they said they were going to stay at hotels operated on Greek Cypriot land in the breakaway regime. When the Israelis made a fuss, they were allowed to enter after their embassy contacted the foreign ministry.On the same day, around 15 Lebanese tourists were turned away after stating to passport control that they too intended to stay at a similarly owned hotel in the north. Shortly after the incident with the Israelis, the measure was suspended for two weeks.Non-EU nationals arriving in Cyprus are asked to state their place of residence in the government-controlled areas during their visit. If they state they intend to stay on property belonging to Greek Cypriots in the north, they are denied entry. Officers at the airport have lists with these properties, prepared by the foreign ministry, with the name of each hotel, and the area they are located in, in the north.But speaking to the Mail on condition of anonymity, a source said that should authorities somehow get wind that an EU national plans to stay in a Greek Cypriot hotel, he or she will be barred entry into the Republic, too. It is just that this is extremely unlikely to happen because in practice at passport control, EU nationals are not asked where they will be staying.As a Greek Cypriot man earlier told this paper, this measure is nonsensical and inconsistent as travellers can simply lie at the airport.And it’s understood that immigration police at the airport have no way of verifying arriving tourists’ stated destination; thus, any incoming tourist from a non-EU country stating their intent to stay in the government-controlled areas would be waved through, irrespective of their subsequent actual movements.Many non-EU nationals travelling in groups state they will be staying at a hotel in the south of the island, only to be later bussed to the north.The Mail understands that, following the September incident with the Israelis, a number of brainstorming meetings took place involving foreign ministry officials with the aim of modifying the travel directive.But the directive is still very much in force.This is despite an opinion delivered by the attorney-general, which the Mail has obtained.The document, dated October 10, is marked ‘Urgent’ and addressed to the foreign minister.In it, the AG cites Council Regulation (EC) 866/2004 of 29 April 2004  (also known as the Green Line Regulation), which regulates the movement of persons to and from the areas over which the Republic exercises effective control.Regarding non-EU nationals, the Regulation states that they are allowed entry to the north provided two conditions are necessarily met: first, they possess a residence permit issued by the Republic, a valid travel document and, if required, a visa; and secondly, that “they pose no threat to public order and safety.”As such, the AG appears to indicate that placing movement restrictions on non-EU nationals goes beyond the spirit of the Green Line Regulation.The AG cites a relevant foreign ministry document dated June 12, 2017, thereby confirming earlier reports that the directive originated in June.On the absence of controls at the checkpoints used to travel to and from the north, the attorney-general has this to say:“Therefore, neither in the case of EU citizens who travel to the north, nor in the case of non-EU nationals, are any checks carried out on the line [Green Line] regarding the issue of their place of stay in the north.”To prevent confusion, Clerides says it would be advisable for the embassies of the Republic to inform non-EU nationals applying for a visa “that the process cannot be completed and that entry into Cyprus shall not be permitted in the event they declare they will stay in premises in the north belonging to a Greek Cypriot owner.“This will serve to avoid further inconvenience [to tourists] and avert legal action claiming damages in the event of barring entry during passport control at the airport.”And on the status of EU nationals, the AG is clear: “It is not permitted to take other measures beyond informing them [of the policy] upon their entry into the Republic.”Clerides goes on to take a swipe at the foreign ministry, pointing out that immigration affairs are outside its jurisdiction.“The ministry responsible for matters pertaining to the entry of foreign nationals in the Republic is the Ministry of the Interior,” he notes, citing the applicable law.According to Sunday Mail sources, interior ministry officials are furious with the foreign ministry, partly because immigration, which is the purview of the former were “given their marching orders” directly from the latter. “Some use the Cyprus problem as excuse to impose restrictions on everything but there is no legal basis [for this],” said the sources. Clerides in his legal opinion also notes for example that it is extremely difficult to prove that a foreign national possesses “guilty knowledge and wilfulness” that he or she will be staying in a property without the permission of the registered owner – that is, the original Greek Cypriot owner.Moreover, even if the foreign national does possess this knowledge, “it could be argued that the offence [staying in a Greek Cypriot property] has yet to be committed, and furthermore even if it is deemed that a legal basis does exist to prosecute, this does not afford the ability to bar entry on this basis alone.”The AG’s most significant observation is that the sole legal basis for preventing entry would be Article 32 of the Constitution, which states:“Nothing in this Part contained shall preclude the Republic from regulating by law any matter relating to aliens in accordance with International Law.”Reading between the lines, Clerides is arguing that no specific law exists that bars entry, and that therefore the foreign ministry’s directive, as a standalone regulation, is legally defanged.But a government source, who asked not to be named, gave a different narrative as to the reason behind the foreign ministry directive.The directive was enforced “primarily for the safety of Israeli citizens travelling to the north.”According to the source, Nicosia has advised the Israeli government that citizens of theirs visiting the breakaway regime do not have access to consular services “and also that the Republic is unable to guarantee their safety while there.”The 35 Israelis who were turned away in September were subsequently allowed into the Republic because it transpired they were unaware of the directive. Thus an exception was made, in the interests of keeping up good relations with Israel.By contrast, the same source said, in a more recent incident in late November, a group of 30 Israelis were denied entry at the airport because they were part of a group whose tour operator had already been advised of the directive.“This group were heading to the north to take part in a poker tournament. Our embassy [in Israel] had warned them they would be barred from entering, but they came anyway. That is why we turned them back.”The source said the Israelis in question were to be fully comped in the hotel booked for them in the north.“Everything, including accommodation, was free. You must understand that we cannot facilitate these groups to stay in the north where Greek Cypriot hotels are concerned.”But the same source appeared to be giving out mixed signals.Asked what was the reasoning behind the directive – the safety of Israeli nationals or for political or economic reasons – the source said: “All of the above. But it has nothing to do with fanaticism or undue nationalism within the foreign ministry, as the local press has reported.”You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. 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