Climate red line at G20 meet says French President Macron

first_imgTokyo: France wants the G20 to issue a statement committing to strong action on climate change and considers the issue a “red line”, President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday ahead of the summit. Macron was speaking in Tokyo on a visit ahead of this week’s Group of 20 meeting, where climate change will be among several contentious issues on the table, along with trade and tensions with Iran. The French leader held bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday, reaffirming an alliance that has been tested in recent months after the arrest of auto tycoon Carlos Ghosn. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonGhosn, a French citizen, once headed an auto alliance of Japan’s Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors and France’s Renault, and his arrest has laid bare tensions in the partnership. The G20 is expected to be dominated by the ongoing trade war between China and the United States, as well as concerns that spiralling tensions between Washington and Tehran could lead to war. But climate change will also be a battleground, with Washington likely to oppose strong references to the Paris climate deal, an agreement from which it plans to withdraw. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassadorMacron said France would refuse to sign any agreement that bowed to such demands, amid reports that Japan is seeking consensus language that could water down previous communique wording on climate change. “I have a red line,” he told a gathering of French citizens before meeting Abe. “If we do not talk about the Paris accord and if, in order to find agreement among the 20 in the room, we are not able to defend climate ambitions, it will be without France.” “If one or the other of them doesn’t want to sign, they can say so, but we must not collectively lose our ambition,” he added. Nearly 200 nations have signed the Paris climate agreement, which commits signatories to efforts to cap global warming at “well below” two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit). But US President Donald Trump plans to withdraw Washington from the deal, a process that will take several years. At a press conference after meeting Abe, Macron also raised the issue of trade tensions, urging a multilateral approach. Trump is expected to hold talks with China’s Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20, with hopes that the leaders can agree a truce in a trade war that has been damaging for the global economy. “For me, the solution to the difficulties that we are encountering is not in bilateral accords, is not in bypassing international rules, is not in protectionism,” he said. “It is very clearly in the modernisation of the multilateral trade framework,” he said. And he and Abe said they had discussed tensions with Iran and wanted to help stabilise the region as fears grow that Washington and Tehran could be headed for military conflict. Macron’s trip, which will see him become only the second foreign leader — after Trump — to meet Japan’s newly enthroned Emperor Naruhito, comes after a bruising time for ties between Paris and Tokyo. The alliance has been tested by the arrest of Ghosn and increasingly strained relations between Nissan and Renault, with profound differences remaining over how the auto relationship should evolve. Renault has sought closer integration with Nissan, which the Japanese firm opposes. Earlier Wednesday, Macron called the auto alliance something “we value highly”, urging all involved to “make it stronger in the face of international competition”. “This is something we must do together,” he added. Macron’s comments on the subject are being watched closely by Japanese officials, given that the French state holds a 15-percent stake in Renault. Macron declined however to be drawn on the specifics of Ghosn’s case, saying it was not the role of the French state to intervene directly, beyond assuring Ghosn’s presumption of innocence and right to a defence. After talks with Abe and the emperor, Macron and his wife Brigitte will stop briefly in Kyoto for a cultural visit before continuing on to Osaka where the G20 talks will run from June 28-29.last_img read more

World champion Sindhu eyes China Open after high

first_imgChangzhou (China): World champion PV Sindhu will look to continue her great work when she leads the Indian challenge at the China Open World Tour Super 1000 tournament beginning here on Tuesday. Sindhu created history when she bagged India’s first gold medal at the world championship at Basel, Switzerland last month. The World No. 5 achieved the feat after her third successive final appearance. Sindhu last won the China Open in 2016 and would like to add another feather to her glittering cap. The 24-year-old from Hyderabad will start her campaign against China’s Li Xuerui, a former Olympic gold medallist and World No 1. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSaina Nehwal will also look to fire on all cylinders after recovering from injuries which stymied had her year so far. Saina will face Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the opening round and is expected to clash with former world no.1 and her nemesis Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the quarter-finals. India will miss Kidambi Srikanth and H S Prannoy who are down with knee injury and dengue, respectively. But there is B Sai Praneeth, who ended India’s 36-year wait to become the first Indian male shuttler to claim a medal at the World Championships. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe shuttler will open against Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon and is likely to face China’s third seed Shi Yu Qi in the second round. The pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who became the first men’s pair from the country to win a super 500 event at Thailand Open last month, will also return and will open against Canadian combination of Jason Anthony Ho-Shue and Nyl Yakura. In mixed doubles, Satwik will pair up with Ashwini Ponnappa and meet Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti, the Indonesian sixth seeds. The other men’s pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will take on Indonesian pair of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan.last_img read more

Hepatitis C screening recommended for those born between 1945 and 1975

first_imgTORONTO – Canadians born between 1945 and 1975 — essentially the baby-boom generation — should be tested for the potentially liver-destroying virus hepatitis C, a new set of guidelines recommends.More than 250,000 Canadians are believed to be infected with hepatitis C, but 40 to 70 per cent are unaware they harbour the blood-borne virus because it can take decades before symptoms become evident. Chronic infection can lead to cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer.The Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver, a national group of health-care providers and researchers, published its guidelines on testing and treating hepatitis C in Monday’s edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.A key recommendation is that people be tested based on their age — not only possible risk factors, said Dr. Jordan Feld, a liver specialist at Toronto’s University Health Network and a co-author of the guidelines.“And the reason we’ve done this is it just happens that somewhere between two-thirds and three-quarters of people with hepatitis C were born between 1945 and 1975 in Canada,” he said.“So just the way someone gets a blood pressure check or a cholesterol check or a colonoscopy based on their age, we would recommend that they get a hepatitis C test if they’re born between those years.“And if we do that, we hopefully diagnose the vast majority of people living with hepatitis C.”The recommendations differ from those issued last year by the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, which advised screening only people at high risk of infection, no matter their age.“If we could identify people who were not at elevated risk of hepatitis C, I would be all for saying we shouldn’t screen those people,” said Feld. “The problem is we aren’t very good at identifying (them).“That means we have to ask people about risk factors … and most people don’t know whether they’ve been exposed.”People at high risk include those who: engaged in IV drug use with shared needles; had a tattoo or body piercing with unsterile equipment; had unprotected sex with multiple partners; or received a blood transfusion, blood product or an organ transplant prior to 1992.One of the arguments the task force made against age-based screening was the lack of access to effective treatment.But since those guidelines were issued, hepatitis treatment has improved dramatically with the advent of antiviral medications, Feld said.“The old treatments were difficult to take, had lots of side-effects and a low cure rate. Our current treatments are as simple as a pill or a few pills a day for as little as eight to 12 weeks, with cure rates above 95 per cent,” he said.While the drugs are relatively expensive, they are cost-effective in terms of the health-care resources needed to treat advanced liver disease and other complications of chronic hepatitis C infection, said Feld, adding that almost all private and most provincial and territorial drug plans now cover their cost.Screening for the hepatitis C virus, or HCV, involves an inexpensive blood test. Most people exposed to the virus are able to clear the infection, so more than 98 per cent of those tests will be negative, based on prevalence studies of the disease.But for those found to be chronically infected, the test can mean timely life-saving treatment.“Our nightmare is when we see someone who is coming to see us for the first time because they have symptoms,” he said. “They only develop symptoms when they already have cirrhosis and very advanced liver disease in general.“But we really don’t want to wait until that point because the treatments don’t work quite as well in these sick folks. We cure the infection, but we don’t reverse all of the liver damage.”In a related commentary, Drs. Jawad Ahmad and James Crismale of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, lauded the new recommendations.“The updated Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver guideline takes an important step in continuing the fight against HCV in Canada, expanding screening indications to the baby boomer cohort and recommending curative therapy to all individuals affected by HCV.”Feld said the World Health Organization wants to eliminate hepatitis C cases globally by 2030, a goal that Canada has endorsed.“But we’re not going to get there unless we screen and treat those who are infected.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

NL Tory Leader boots candidate opposed to abortion and gay marriage

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Ches Crosbie, the leader of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Progressive Conservative party, says a candidate opposed to legal abortion and same-sex marriage will not be in the Tory caucus if elected on May 16.It’s a complete turnaround from Crosbie’s comments a day earlier, when he said he did not agree with Michael Normore’s views but believed him to be a “fine candidate” who could still represent his district well, according to a CBC report.The CBC uncovered social media posts in which Normore, running in a southern Labrador district, opposed same-sex marriage and abortion, except to save a woman’s life. He also favoured more background checks for immigrants.There was a strong reaction on social media, with some Twitter users writing that the issue had convinced them not to cast a ballot for the Tories.Crosbie told reporters Friday that after initially defending Normore on Thursday he was made aware of “unfortunate comments” the candidate had made on social media.Crosbie said the views expressed in those posts were incompatible with party values, disqualifying Normore from sitting in the PC caucus if he were elected next Thursday.Crosbie is vying to lead the next government in what polls suggest is a tight race between his party and the governing Liberals.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Peace and solidarity only possible when there is cultural diversity Ban stresses

“A world of peace and solidarity can only be accomplished by acknowledging and celebrity our diversity,” he said in a message marking World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, which is celebrated on 21 May each year.The Secretary-General described the cause of global harmony as remaining “precariously poised. Global economic activity and advances in communications both illustrate humanity’s growing inter-connectedness, yet barriers, mistrust and animosity persist between people and cultures.“Increasing contact has also generated fears – imagined and real – of the loss of cherished customs, languages and identities.”The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have launched a Facebook campaign, with the support of the business community and other groups, to ask everyone to “Do ONE Thing” for cultural diversity and inclusion today.“New technologies have fundamentally changed the way we communicate and get to know each other,” said Irina Bokova, the UNESCO Director-General. “But, at the same time, we still have to learn how to make the most of the diversity of our societies, by using all means at our disposal, from education to the arts, and including new social tools and networks – especially for young people, driving change today,” she said.According to Jorge Sampaio, High Representative for UNAOC, “greater personal engagement and responsibility for the future devolve power to the people. Take positive action to change the world for the better. Join us in celebrating the World Day for Cultural Diversity and turn it into everyday activism.”The Secretary-General said “campaign calls on all people – from youth to policy-makers, from religious leaders to journalists, entrepreneurs and others who shape opinions and tends – to speak up for the spiritual, social and economic wealth we derive from cultural diversity.”The campaign will work via a dedicated Facebook page, serving as a platform for people around the world to share their experiences through posts and videos.“On this day, and throughout our lives, let us take steps – small and large, with families and friends, old and new – that will strengthen bonds, deepen our understanding of the value of cultural diversity and help us to live together better,” added Mr. Ban.UNESCO is also hosting a series of artistic exhibitions at its headquarters in Paris that aim to spotlight the value of cultural diversity, while this week a classical music concert and poetry readings have also been staged. 21 May 2011Cultural diversity brings vital spiritual, social and economic benefits, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging people to take steps in their own lives to strengthen the connections they have to each other. read more

Kidnapped fishermen return

The Sri Lankan fishermen were handed over to Tanzanian maritime forces close to Dar Es Salaam and the European Union, via its delegation in Tanzania helped to ensure that the crew could quickly make contact with their families.The EU office in Colombo meanwhile said that as there is currently no agreement on the transfer of suspect pirates between the European Union and Tanzania, the suspect pirates were released by ESPS Infanta Elena to the Somali coast this week.This is the 10th disruption this year of a Pirate Action Group by an EU Naval Force warship. Last week an EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Spanish warship, ESPS “Infanta Elena” under French command rescued the Sri Lankan fishermen and their fishing vessel from seven suspected pirates. The six Sri Lankan fishermen who were kidnapped by Somali pirates last year, returned to the island this morning, the fisheries department said.Airport officials said that statements were recorded from the fishermen at the airport before they were handed over to officials from the fisheries department to be reunited with their families. The Sri Lankan fishing vessel was reportedly being used as a mother-ship to launch attacks against merchant shipping in the region, the EU office in Colombo said. ESPS Infanta Elena had identified the pirated vessel and after closing in its position 50 miles off the coast of Tanzania.The rescued fishermen received much needed medical care and were provided food and water while the suspect pirates were arrested by Tanzanian maritime forces. read more

Despite recent positive steps Ukraine situation remains deeply worrying Security Council told

“There are encouraging signs towards de-escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, and political and diplomatic steps are beginning to emerge towards the resolution of the crisis,” Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Tayé-Brook Zerihoun said in his briefing.He said this is due in large part to the initiative taken by President Petro Poroshenko since his inauguration on 7 June to find a peaceful, lasting resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, as well as to the unrelenting efforts of the international community. Mr. Zerihoun highlighted the recent peace plan for eastern Ukraine put forward by the President, which included de-escalatory measures such as amnesty for those who did not participate in ‘serious crimes’; disarmament; decentralization of power and early local and parliamentary elections; and a programme for creation of jobs in the region. At the same time, the President – upon the advice of his military commanders that the border with Russia has been secured – announced the start on 20 June of a week-long unilateral ceasefire aimed at giving armed militia a window of opportunity to disarm. The armed militia groups have agreed to reciprocate the ceasefire, despite previously rejecting the President’s offer and continuing their offensive, noted Mr. Zerihoun. Also, peace talks have reportedly started with representatives of armed groups in eastern Ukraine.“Overall, the ceasefire is holding,” he stated, adding that the UN expects all sides to live up to the ceasefire and to leave the door open for effective negotiation and mediation toward a peaceful resolution of the crisis. “Today, in a welcome development and one that will not only help reduce tensions but also improve the chances for a negotiated settlement, President Putin asked the Russian parliament to revoke the authorization to send troops to Ukraine,” Mr. Zerihoun stated. “While these are important steps, with the potential to de-escalate the situation, the Secretary-General remains deeply concerned that the realities on the ground are still grave and deeply worrying,” he stated.While the peace plan has received support from key parties in the country, the region and beyond, there is still more hard work to be done, he said. “The international community needs to support Ukraine in surmounting the current crisis and finding a peaceful and lasting resolution to the challenges facing the country.”Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, told the Council that the peace plan and ceasefire are positive steps in the right direction. “This creates a window of opportunity for human rights and humanitarian confidence-building measures.” He recalled the recently released third monthly report of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, which highlighted the rapidly deteriorating situation in the eastern part of the country during the period from 7 May to 7 June. “However, the situation has deteriorated even further, since the cut-off date of the report,” he stated. Estimates based on information gathered from official sources indicate that from 15 April to 20 June, 423 people, including servicemen and civilians, have been killed.In addition, he said there is an increase in arms and recruitment for the armed groups, while abductions and detentions by the armed groups remain a worrying trend. The lawlessness continues to spread. Human rights abuses by the armed groups are increasing and common criminality is rising.In the context of the Government’s security operations, there has been an increase in reports of enforced disappearances and of excessive use of force that have led to casualties among the general population, Mr. Šimonovic reported.He added that the population is leaving, partly due to fear, but also because of the worsening situation of economic and social rights. Over the last two weeks, the population of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has doubled in the country with a large movement of people – estimates of some 15,200 – within the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. As of 23 June, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has profiled more than 46,100 IDPs – 11,500 from Crimea and nearly 34,600 from the east. In the absence of a formal registration system, and given the limited access to some areas by humanitarian partners, the number of IDPs is likely to be higher, Mr. Šimonović noted. read more

Hillsborough police chief blames political interference for charges being brought as case

Who is Sir Norman Bettison?Sir Norman Bettison had a 40-year career in policing before facing charges over his involvement following te Hillsborough disaster.In 1989 he was working as a chief inspector in South Yorkshire Police. Sir Norman was accused of lying to Merseyside Police Authority when he said he had never attempted to shift blame for the disaster “on to the shoulders of Liverpool supporters”. Sir Norman Bettison  Sir Norman Bettison arrives for a stay of proceedings hearing at Preston Crown Court on August 21, 2018 in Preston, England In 1998, after some time working for West Yorkshire Police, Sir Norman applied for the job of chief constable in Merseyside.His appointment caused controversy and it emerged that he had not mentioned his work on Hillsborough in his application form. Steve Kelly, the brother of victim Michael Kelly, speaks to reporters Credit:Peter Powell/PA In it he criticised the Hillsborough Independent Panel report and the ongoing investigation into the disaster.In June last year, he was charged with four counts of misconduct in a public office, relating to alleged lies he told about his involvement in the aftermath of Hillsborough and the culpability of fans.The charges were dropped at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday after the Crown Prosecution Service said it would offer no evidence against him. Mr Ellaby, a local government officer at Sheffield City Council at the time, has died.Mr Greaney told judge Sir Peter Openshaw it took “repeated requests” from the defence for the other students to be traced by the IPCC.When “eventually” they were, 15 students and a lecturer were contacted and “not a single one” recalled Sir Norman expressing any “inappropriate view” about Hillsborough.Another witness identified only as Mrs J, who is now aged 85, had given different accounts with major inconsistencies, the court heard. In 2012, when the Hillsborough Independent Panel report was published, Sir Norman issued a statement saying he had never altered any documents following the disaster.In the statement, he said the behaviour of some fans in the stadium on the day made the job of the police “harder than it needed to be”.The following day, he released another statement in which he apologised for his initial comments and said his role was never to “besmirch” the fans.He resigned from the role of chief constable the following month as criticism continued. Sir Norman Bettison addresses the gathered mediaCredit:Christopher Furlong/Getty A source close to the case said: “I think there was a strong case that Sir Norman was felt to be this iconic figure of hate, there was a strong determination amongst politicians that he should be prosecuted.”In a joint statement, Ms Eagle, Mr Rotheram, Mr Burnham, Wirral South MP Alison McGovern and Halton MP Derek Twigg said: “We are disappointed to hear this news and we fully support the decision of the families to seek a review. Sir Norman Bettison Credit:Malcolm Croft/PA Sir Norman gave evidence to the Hillsborough inquests in May 2015 and the following year, after the hearings concluded, he published the book Hillsborough Untold. Sir Norman BettisonCredit:Lorne Campbell/Guzelian But the Telegraph understands that Mr O’Dowd changed his statement and now could not be sure the word was used.Mr Greaney claimed the IPCC was put under “considerable political pressure to place the ‘peripheral’ issue at the heart of its investigation.” Sir Norman, 62, who went on to become chief constable of Merseyside Police, had been charged with four counts of misconduct in a public office, all relating to alleged lies he told about his role in the aftermath of the 1989 tragedy in which 96 Liverpool supporters died. A former police chief accused of blaming Liverpool football fans for the Hillsborough disaster has blamed “political interference” for the charges brought against him as his case collapsed.Lawyers for Sir Norman Bettison, a former South Yorkshire chief inspector, criticised Maria Eagle MP for using parliamentary privilege to assert that he was part of a unit that “orchestrated a black propaganda campaign” to deflect blame for the tragedy from the police onto football fans.Paul Greaney QC alleged that the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) was put under “considerable political pressure” to construct a case around a narrative that was largely fabricated.A source told the Telegraph that the minutes of several meetings that took place between the IPCC senior investigator and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Hillsborough Disaster before charges were brought suggested that MPs including Ms Eagle, Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester and Steve Rotheram, the mayor of Merseyside, had sought to “direct the course of the investigation”.“This was parliamentarians saying ‘these are the questions that need to be asked of Norman Bettison when he’s interviewed’ the source said.“We are not talking about a one-way process.”  Sir Norman Bettison addresses the gathered media Charges dropped against Hillsborough disaster police chief Sir Norman Bettison (right)Credit:David Cannon/Christopher Furlong/Getty Sir Norman Bettison It was claimed he lied in a statement issued on September 13 2012, following the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report, when he said he had never offered any interpretation other than that the behaviour of Liverpool fans did not cause the disaster.And he was accused of misconduct over a a statement released the following day in which he said he had never “besmirched” Liverpool fans.He was alleged to have told Mark Ellaby, with whom he attended evening classes, in the pub in May 1989 that he had been “tasked with making sure that South Yorkshire Police bore no blame for the Hillsborough disaster and it was all the fault of the drunken Liverpool supporters”. Charges dropped against Hillsborough disaster police chief Sir Norman Bettison (right) Steve Kelly, the brother of victim Michael Kelly, speaks to reporters Some members of Merseyside Police Authority resigned over his appointment, but he told the authority his role had been “peripheral”.He served as chief constable in Merseyside from 1998 until 2004, when he left to become chief executive of Centrex, a firm which offered training to police forces.In 2006 he was knighted in the New Year Honours for his services to policing.Later that year, he took the chief constable’s job at West Yorkshire Police. But the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced yesterday (TUES) that the case had been dropped after one witness died, one had given different accounts with major inconsistencies and another had partly retracted his evidence, meaning the “thread” of the narrative had been lost.Sarah Whitehouse QC, for the CPS said the case had been reduced to interpreting the use of a single word some 20 years ago. Sir Norman was also alleged to have abused public trust by describing his role in the post-disaster investigation as “peripheral” in a comment to Sir David O’Dowd, then chief inspector of constabulary, when applying for the top police job on Merseyside in 1998. The decision prompted fury from the families of Hillsborough victims who immediately called for an independent review and said they had “no trust or confidence” in the CPS, the IPCC or Operation Resolve.Steve Kelly, whose brother Michael died in the disaster, said: “I’m absolutely devastated. I feel as if I’ve been beaten up this morning. The feeling is just unbelievable.”Sir Norman said outside Preston Crown Court: “Six years ago, I was driven from the job that had been my vocation for 40 years, and some commentators, who didn’t really know anything about me or the facts, rushed to judgement and predetermined my guilt.”Something I learned, though, early in my police service, is that no injustice was ever satisfactorily resolved through being unjust.” Sir Norman Bettison arrives for a stay of proceedings hearing at Preston Crown Court on August 21, 2018 in Preston, EnglandCredit:Christopher Furlong/Getty He was at the Sheffield Wednesday stadium on April 15, the day of the disaster, but was off duty, attending the FA Cup semi-final as a spectator.In the aftermath of the tragedy he was assigned to a team which was tasked with finding material for police lawyers to present to the public inquiry led by Lord Justice Taylor. 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Larry Nassar case USA Gymnastics doctor abused 265 girls

Larry Nassar (Reuters Image)(BBC)-The number of known sexual abuse victims of former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has grown to 265, a Michigan judge has said.At least 65 victims are set to confront Nassar, 54, in court this week in the last of three sentencing hearings, prosecutors say.He was sentenced last week to 40 to 175 years in prison after nearly 160 women testified that he had molested them.He was earlier sentenced to 60 years’ prison for having child abuse images.Wednesday’s hearing is to sentence Nassar for molesting patients in the back room of Twistars gymnastics club in Dimondale, Michigan.He pleaded guilty in November to three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct against girls for whom he was supposed to be providing medical care.At least one of the sexual assaults included a victim younger than 13. Two of the victims were abused at 15 or 16 years old.Judge Janice Cunningham told the small court in Charlotte, Michigan: “We have over 265 identified victims and an infinite number of victims in the state, in the country, and all over the world.“As a result, by allowing live streaming and tweeting, all individuals are able to participate in this process.”The first to speak at Wednesday’s hearing was 17-year-old Jessica Thomashow, who said Nassar first molested her when she was nine.“Larry Nassar is evil,” she said. “Larry Nassar is a criminal of the worst kind.”In this final sentencing, a minimum of 25 to 40 years is expected to be added to Nassar’s already hefty prison sentence.The hearing is expected to last three days as women deliver victim-impact testimony.USA Gymnastics has said every director of its board has now resigned in the wake of the scandal.The US Olympic Committee demanded that the entire board step down by Wednesday or face losing their governing authority.“We are in the process of moving forward with forming an interim board of directors during the month of February,” said a statement by USA Gymnastics.More than 130 of Nassar’s victims were abused at a Texas training camp for the US gymnastics team.Texas Governor Greg Abbott has ordered an investigation into the Karolyi Ranch. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDisgraced US Olympics doctor jailed for 175 yearsJanuary 24, 2018In “latest news”US gymnastics head to apologise in Congress for sex abuse disgraceMay 23, 2018In “World””Devoted Catholic” sentenced to life in prison for raping childDecember 21, 2017In “Court” read more

Column Its challenging to get Irish people to go and see Irish

first_imgIn an interview with TheJournal.ie, director of the new movie, Jump, Kieron J Walsh discusses his new film that tells the story of young people in Derry and why he didn’t want to shy away from the issue of suicide, something he says is at epidemic proportions on this island. I THINK IT is unfair that whenever Northern Ireland is mentioned the first thing that comes into people’s minds is a bomb or a gun. There are so many people in the North, who live their lives just like we do – their lives are just as exciting or as mundane as our lives here in Dublin, or wherever.Derry, in particular, it is a beautiful medieval city and there is a lot going on in it. But every time Derry is mentioned people always think of Bloody Sunday and that is a big shackle for the city to carry around with it.Challenging perceptions of Northern IrelandThat’s what appealed to me about doing a film up there, a film that had nothing to do with the Troubles. There is an energy and a sense of humour that exists up there – it is very much a gallows sense of humour. I wanted to capture that, really.For people here in Ireland who get to make a film here, which in the first place is very difficult, people want to make a very serious film or make a very serious statement about something.However most people who go to the cinema want a bit of escapism, they don’t necessarily want to go see serious statement movies all the time. I think they want to be made to laugh or cry rather than to watch a statement being made. There have been a few movies that have broken out from that, I am hoping Jump will do that too.Suicide in IrelandIn this movie, we deal with suicide. It’s important that a subject matter, like that of suicide, is dealt with respectively. The Foyle Bridge is known as a place where many have taken their own lives, the same way the Golden Gate Bridge is in San Francisco. This film deals with someone who has had a wobble in their life and they consider ending it all on New Year’s Eve and not going through another year, but ultimately the film is about not making the choice to end your life, and actually making the choice to live your life and make the right decision.It is such an epidemic over here in Ireland that I think it is important that we highlight the issue. There was a screening of the movie in Derry and a parish priest stood up at the end of the film and said that he just wanted to thank me for making this film. He thanked me for shining a light on what he said was a very important issue that exists. I couldn’t have thought of a better way of getting a blessing, I never thought it would come from a priest, or that I would appreciate it coming from a priest, but he was right, it hasn’t been addressed in films and he is at the cold face of suicide every day of the week.Most of my films are about the antics of young people, but this film was a really great way to show young people and what they are about – and to show what goes on in Northern Ireland is pretty much the same as any other city. They get into trouble, but of course this is heightened on New Years Eve and yes, there is death and heartache, but it’s the same antics that happen all over.Competing with the US film industryYou have to commend the successive governments for getting behind the world of Irish filmmaking. We could always do with more money, particularly on the side of publicising new Irish films. It can be very hard to compete with films from the US, what with their communications teams, posters and billboards.To compete with a US movie when you don’t have a movie star can be really difficult and that’s the type of challenges Irish films face when they have to go up against US films, that is if they even get into Irish cinemas. The support mechanism for making films is definitely here, the industry is healthy, it is more about getting the word out there about them.I think there is a definite challenge to actually get Irish people to go and see Irish movies. I think people assume most Irish films are about priests, or loneliness, or the IRA – the escapism that they want, they don’t seem to think exists in Irish film. I hope we can change that, but once you get Irish people into the cinema to watch an Irish film, nine times out of ten they are delighted. It’s getting them in the door that is the problem.Supporting Irish filmsIrish projects can take years to come to fruition. The producer of this film read the play eight years ago, so it has taken that long to get it to the cinema. There were a lot of hurdles along the way , it was very challenging. If you think about what you got paid and divide it up by the amount of years you spent on it then you don’t come away with much. Perseverance is the answer if you want to be a film maker, you need to be hard working and never give up.More and more Irish films are getting recognition abroad and I think it is because there are more Irish films being made. A gateway has been opened. I don’t think people internationally ever really thought about Irish films or knew anything about them – they didn’t really have a profile at all.Obviously there are exceptions like,The Commitments, In the Name of the Father and more recently, Once. It’s these movies that have opened the doorway for many audiences abroad who may not have realised that there is another English speaking country out there making movies.Kieron J.Walsh is an Irish director. He has directed many movies, such as, When Brendan Met Trudy, which was written by Roddy Doyle.He has also directed Kitchen, a drama starring Eddie Izzard for Channel 5 and RAW, a TV series for RTÉ starring Charlene McKenna for which he was nominated for an IFTA for Best Television Director. His new movie, Jump, is out now in cinemas.To view a clip of the movie click here.Interview: ‘I just want to be seen as an actor, not a Traveller actor’>Interview: The Church can’t move on from its abusive past until the pope is gone>last_img read more

Geek deals Sony 55inch LCD smart TV for 998

first_imgBeing obsessive deal watchers, we are pretty good at picking up on the pricing trends. Typically when we see a heavily discounted HDTV, it’s a last generation model usually with a minimum of features.That’s why this deal on the Sony KDL-55EX640 is such a hot one. This is a brand new 2012 model that combines many of these newest features with a hefty discount. The expansive 55-inch panel uses edge-lit LED backlighting, providing superior brightness and improved detail in dark scenes, while minimizing the thickness of the display. It uses a 240Hz refresh rate to inject a burst of realism into your images, which is especially great for sports.Of course being a Bravia LCD, the panel itself will be a step above the budget models in color saturation and image quality. It has an included WiFi adapter and a full range of internet apps, like the ever-popular Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, Hulu Plus, and more.Not only does this deal have a massive $802 discount, but it is $200 less than the next cheapest deal from a reputable retailer.  You get free shipping and and no tax in most states (some of us east-coasters will have to pay the tax-man). If you’ve been in the market for a smoking hot new HDTV, this is your 55-inch bargain.Click here to start at Tiger Direct. Apply coupon code ZEM72763 for total $801.99 instant savings. This deal expires October 10 or sooner.last_img read more

City councils new citizen comment format draws praise

first_imgFire station grant stirs concernsThe first citizen’s forum between the Vancouver City Council and residents Monday was rather lightly attended and full of familiar faces, but both sides largely said they liked the new format for communication.Council members jibed, joked and just talked with the approximately 10 people who attended the new bimonthly forum at City Hall.“One of the things I’d like to thank you for is this way to do business, this give and take,” said Dick Sohn, who came to talk about his opposition to the proposed Interstate 5 bridge project. “I used to feel like you were looking everywhere — at the wall behind me — but at me, waiting for me to finish. I feel like you’re listening for the first time.”Mayor Tim Leavitt drew public ire when he first proposed changes to the citizen communication portion of council’s regular public meetings. At first, the mayor said he was going to turn off CVTV cameras during the new forums. After discussions, the council approved allowing citizens to speak weekly at the beginning of the meeting on items that are on that night’s agenda. For topics not on the agenda, people can speak during 90-minute citizen forums held after the council’s biweekly consent agenda meetings.At Monday’s forum, speakers rarely strayed from their regular topics of the Columbia River Crossing, light rail and tolling. But a few had other concerns, including water and sewer rate increases, public safety and flooding sidewalks.City Manager Eric Holmes handed his business card to one man concerned about his increased water bill, while council members joined Leavitt in chiming in on the different topics, offering websites for research and other tips.last_img read more

Another bank pulls out of Amaravati

first_imgNew Delhi: After the World Bank, it is now the turn of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) of China to pull out of the Amaravati project. This decision was conveyed to a foreign news agency through mail which sought to know the status of the MoU between the bank and the Andhra Pradesh government with the consent of the Centre. The decision raises a serious question on the future of the dream project of Amaravati. The question is not whether a fabulous capital would come up and when any longer. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us It is a simple question rather now: Will there be a capital city at all? Or, the plan is to just bridge the two cities, Vijayawada and Guntur, with a functional capital so that it grows naturally like other cities over a period? The AIIB was to release a loan of $200 million (approximately Rs 1,300 crore) for Andhra Pradesh for the Amaravati Sustainable Infrastructure and Institutional Development Project. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us The World Bank too was supposed to fund the project, but withdrew following the Centre’s decision to withdraw consent for the same when the World Bank decided to institute an inquiry into the complaints it received against the land pooling for the Capital City by the previous state government led by Chandrababu Naidu of the TDP. It may be recalled that the present YSRCP government led by Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is not that keen to go ahead with the previous government plans and built a dream capital for the state funds for which are difficult to come by. Advertise With Us The new CM had already expressed his disinterest in it and is said to be content with having a basic infrastructure for running the government now. He is also likely to order a probe into all land allocations made during the previous government’s tenure to private parties. This would spell the doom for the planned projects as of now. On the other hand, the Centre is also not keen to do the extra mile any longer for the State. Political priorities of the Centre certainly limit it to regular infrastructure funding as those of the Smart Cities, etc and it shall keep funding the same. Already there is a running feud between the TDP leadership and the Chief Minister over the moves of the latter. Former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has been accusing the present incumbent of adopting vengeful politics which would harm the interests of the state.last_img read more

Gaza killings spark widespread condemnation of Israel

first_imgPalestineIsrael faced widespread condemnation on Monday after its forces killed at least 59 Palestinians in Gaza during protests coinciding with the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.Many countries including Britain, France and Russia had already slammed the US decision to move the embassy, while 128 nations have backed a UN resolution condemning Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.The US came to the defence of its ally Monday, blaming Hamas for the violence and blocking a resolution at the UN calling for an international investigation, according to diplomats.Here are some of the reactions from around the world following Monday’s violence:United StatesThe White House blamed the bloodiest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in years on Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip.“The responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas,” said White House spokesman Raj Shah.TurkeyTurkey announced it was recalling its ambassadors to the United States and Israel “for consultations”.“Israel is wreaking state terror. Israel is a terror state,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.“What Israel has done is a genocide.”United NationsThe UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said: “Those responsible for outrageous human rights violations must be held to account.”UN chief Antonio Guterres said he was “particularly worried” about the developments.Rights groupsAmnesty International said the bloodshed was an “abhorrent violation” of human rights, and “appear to be wilful killings constituting war crimes”. Human Rights Watch also denounced the “bloodbath”.European UnionEU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged “utmost restraint”.“Dozens of Palestinians, including children, have been killed and hundreds injured from Israeli fire today, during ongoing mass protests near the Gaza fence. We expect all to act with utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life,” Mogherini said in a statement.FranceFrench President Emmanuel Macron “condemned the violence of the Israeli armed forces against protesters” in a telephone conversation with Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah II. He also reaffirmed criticism of the US decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem.BritainBritish Prime Minister Theresa May urged “calm and restraint to avoid actions destructive to peace efforts.”RussiaForeign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia had publicly stated its opposition to moving the embassy “several times”.“The determination of the status of Jerusalem… must be decided through direct dialogue between with the Palestinians,” he said.CanadaCanada Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said it was “inexcusable that civilians, members of the media and children have been among the victims”.KuwaitKuwait requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, which diplomats later said the US had blocked.“We condemned what has happened,” the Kuwaiti ambassador to the UN, Mansour al-Otaibi, said.EgyptEgypt’s foreign ministry called those killed “martyrs” and warned against “this serious escalation”.Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Egypt’s highest institution of Sunni Islam, called on “Arabs and Muslims and all fair and reasonable people in the world to stand by the defenseless Palestinian people”.Saudi Arabia“Saudi Arabia strongly condemns the Israeli occupation forces’ gunfire against unarmed Palestinian civilians which has left dozens of dead and wounded,” a foreign ministry spokesperson said.Iran Iran decried “a day of great shame” over the deaths.“Israeli regime massacres countless Palestinians in cold blood as they protest in the world’s largest open air prison,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter.IsraelIsraeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu also blamed Hamas, and defended his country’s use of force, saying “every country has the obligation to defend its borders”.Palestinian reactionPalestinian president Mahmud Abbas condemned Israeli “massacres”, saying “the US is no longer a mediator in the Middle East,” and that the new embassy was tantamount to “a new American settler outpost” in Jerusalem.Hamas vowed the protests would continue. “We say clearly today to all the world that the peaceful march of our people lured the enemy into shedding more blood,” senior Hamas official Khalil al-Hayya said.last_img read more

Made in Guatemala Building a dream home

first_imgThe Chesters’ house is decorated with eclectic items the couple has collected over years in the Foreign Service. Courtesy of Gerri and George Chester Related posts:Atelier de Arte: Spreading artistic realism in Guatemala A city girl from the Netherlands packs up and moves to the Guatemalan jungle Guatemala high court orders arrest warrant for former leader Serrano reinstated Guatemalan ex-dictator Ríos Montt denies being ‘genocidal’ as historic trial wraps up “Franklin’s unbelievable,” says George. “He provided the spark; starting with a clear piece of paper he designed everything. We could have got furniture in the U.S., but we only wanted Franklin – the man’s a magician.”To comply with Florida’s building codes, local draftsmen translated Contreras’ initial design, and just over a year later, during Christmas of 2001, the custom-built four-bedroom house was completed.“We prepared most of the construction details here and sent them over to the States,” says Contreras. “We shipped the two corridors [porches] with all their pieces, the wrought-iron balconies and railings, the stone work for the fireplaces, old doors – even the roof tiles were quantified and sent to provide the right exterior look to the house. That was the uniqueness of the project. Gerri and George wanted the real stuff.”With a sunken fountain, grills over the inset concrete windows and gargoyles rather than guttering, the Spanish colonial-style house appears to have been plucked from the streets of Antigua and placed in Yulee, on the coast of Florida.The house is not only Guatemalan on the outside, but also is filled with Guatemalan features on the inside, too.After building the pieces in Guatemala, Contreras took them apart, numbered them and shipped them to Florida in a 40-foot container, which also contained custom-made beds, a Guatemalan Art Nouveau chair and five pairs of antique wooden doors.“I think the real challenge was for the builder in the U.S. to use my design and adapt it to comply with all the regulations, codes and building processes so that it was livable and coherent with the Florida environment,” Contreras says.“I know how difficult it is even to change an outlet in the U.S. if you don’t have the right certified electrician with his license, insurance and so forth. We did our best to send instructions on how to put together all the pieces of the terraza española and other details, but this was a totally different language for the contractor.”With its soaring cathedral ceiling, 26-foot fireplace and outdoor swimming pool, the Chesters’ dream home is a perfect replica of an 18th century luxury Guatemalan home.With careers that have taken the couple all over the globe, the Chesters have accumulated an impressive collection of eclectic items along the way – including Belgian stained glass windows and a 9-foot, 19th century French farm table. Their diverse array of global purchases, which typifies their past, even dictated that the rooms were designed to fit the furniture, not the other way around.The unique abode, which is located on the waterfront in a secluded part of Nassau Valley, is surrounded by oak trees, four miles from the nearest grocery store.Although the initial idea for a Spanish colonial residence in their home country presented them with a few challenges, the finished version bottles the essence of Guatemala – providing Florida with a flavor of Antigua.  Each pillar was designed and made in Guatemala and shipped to Florida in a 40-foot box. Courtesy of Gerri and George Chestercenter_img Facebook Comments GUATEMALA CITY – For most people, home is where the heart is; but for Gerri and George Chester, home is where Guatemala is – whether they’re in Florida or Antigua.The retired U.S. Foreign Service officers had spent their lives moving around every couple of years for work. So when they decided to retire to the U.S. state of Florida over a decade ago, they were ready to settle down and build their dream home. However, since their last placement was in Guatemala, the couple wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to the country they had called home for the previous six years.“We fell in love with it here,” admits Gerri. “It was our last overseas assignment, our kids grew up here and we just loved the Spanish colonial-style houses.”Frustrated with what they found in the southern United States housing market, the former diplomats started searching for inspiration for their dream house on the cobbled streets of Antigua, 30 kilometers from Guatemala City.“We went through all these magazines looking for ideas, but couldn’t find anything,” says George. “Then we went over to a friend’s house that was designed by [Guatemalan architect] Franklin [Contreras]. We saw it and immediately wanted one.”The Chesters flew Contreras up to Florida to walk over their lot and see what he could come up with. A couple of days later, he sketched something on the back of an envelope and the project began.last_img read more

Amid deportation fears immigrant advocacy groups teach resistance

first_imgHYATTSVILLE, Maryland. — There is an urgent conversation going on in Latino neighborhoods around the United States about how to react if confronted by federal agents. Listen:“If they come to the house, do we have to open the door?” asked a mother in the basement community room at CASA of Maryland, an advocacy group based in suburban Washington.“They need an order, a paper signed by a judge,” attorney Paulina Vera replied. “If you open the door, that’s like giving permission to come in. That’s why it’s important for them to pass it under the door.”“They knocked violently at 6 a.m. this morning,” a 33-year-old cook from Mexico said, still stunned and tearful from the experience. “They didn’t slide anything under. After 10 minutes, they went away.”“If I’m in the market with my daughter and they ask for my identification, do I have to do anything?” asked a 36-year-old mother from El Salvador. Her 4-year-old, in a pink jacket, dozed in her arms.“Ask if you are detained,” Vera said. “If not, go calmly.”This is the essence of the resistance campaign being preached by advocacy groups in response to a new effort to deport families from Central America who have entered the country illegally over the past two years.An official with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in an email that “ICE officers and agents conduct immigration enforcement actions consistent with their authorities under federal law and in accordance with the Constitution.”The raids — which swept up 121 parents and children on New Year’s weekend, primarily in Georgia, Texas and North Carolina — will target only those recent arrivals who have been given final deportation orders, the Obama administration says.But they have triggered an outcry from Democrats in Congress and are provoking panic among a far broader swath of this country’s population of undocumented Central American immigrants, most of whom believed for years that as long as they obey the law, their life in the United States is not at risk.In the Washington area and elsewhere, merchants, advocates and immigrants say people are afraid to work, shop, or visit the doctor. In Prince George’s County, where Hyattsville is located, officials are reporting lower attendance than usual in schools with large immigrant populations. Schools chief executive Kevin Maxwell this week called for federal authorities “to see schools and other public gathering places as areas where no enforcement activities should take place.”Health clinics are “seeing a lot more missed visits, especially prenatal care and children’s visits, and our social workers are getting a lot of questions about whether it is safe to send their children to school,” said Maria Gomez, president of Mary’s Center, which operates in the District of Columbia and Montgomery County.“We are telling people to make sure their kids know where to go in case their parents are detained, and we are trying to reassure them that clinics and schools are safe.”Alicia Wilson, executive director of La Clinica del Pueblo in the District of Columbia, noted that many immigrants from Central America “have survived war, violent gangs and extreme physical hardship” in their homelands. “We are extremely distressed to see the fear that these raids have created in the community,” she said.CASA has held about 30 “know your rights” sessions in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania since Jan. 5 to make sure that people know that in the United States, even undocumented immigrants have civil rights.Organizations in other states are doing the same.The five main pieces of advice, all offered in Spanish, are: Don’t open the door; say nothing; sign nothing; memorize the phone number of an attorney or rights group; and prepare an emergency plan to take care of your family and affairs if you are detained.CASA is handing out packets and wallet cards with the information. Its Facebook page, presenting weekly advice videos and a 24-hour hotline number, has received more traffic and comments this month than ever, one staffer said.At the session in Hyattsville on Tuesday, Vera, the attorney, flashed a 24-hour emergency hotline number on a screen. Nearly every one of the 40 people in attendance entered the digits into their cellphones.The 36-year-old mother who was there said she takes precautions when leaving home and has postponed buying necessities such as food and diapers. Like others at the session, she asked that her name not be published for fear that ICE would knock on her door next.“When I’m out of the apartment, I look on all sides,” she said. “Because you don’t know if they are waiting for you.”The cook from Mexico said she and her family stayed in their apartment for two hours Tuesday morning after the agents knocked on her door. When the coast seemed clear, she took her 13-year-old daughter, a U.S. citizen, to school. The girl was reluctant to say goodbye: “Mami, I’m afraid I won’t see you again!”A father from Guatemala attended the workshop to learn how he can help his daughter, 14, and son, 7, who crossed the border in June 2014 to join their parents and escape gang violence.The children were detained at the border, then released and given a court date later this month. The man, who installs drywall for a living, said he can’t afford the $15,000 or so he would need for an attorney. Pro bono attorneys, he said, have long waiting lists.A devout Seventh Day Adventist, he has faith that God will work things out. He plans to have his daughter bring her straight-A report cards from High Point High School to the hearing and address the judge in the English she has quickly learned.“When there are zero possibilities,” the immigrant said, “that’s when God makes miracles.”– – –The Washington Post’s Arelis R. Hernández contributed to this report.© 2016, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Migration is one of the most challenging issues of the 21st century, says UN official Costa Rica serves as a corridor for Asians, Africans migrating to the US US Supreme Court to review Obama’s power on deportation policy Refugee program for Central Americans ‘still on the drawing board’: US officiallast_img read more

Uncle of Calle 13 singer killed in Puerto Rico

first_img Top Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Officials say 579 killings have been reported this year on the island of 4 million people, compared with 704 killings in the same period last year, when Puerto Rico recorded a record number of homicides.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – The uncle of popular Puerto Rican hip-hop singer Rene Perez has been shot to death in the U.S. territory.Perez is part of the Grammy-winning duo Calle 13. He said Friday in a Twitter message that 49-year-old Roberto Joglar Rios was a victim of a swell in crime in Puerto Rico.Police said Joglar was shot several times late Thursday in front of a school in the San Juan suburb of Rio Piedras. Police said they do not yet have a motive. Comments   Share   center_img 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The vital role family plays in society Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familylast_img read more

SAA TAM codeshare reinforces traffic growth

first_imgBoth airline’s loyalty members will earn points on both carrier, through the codeshare agreement. South African Airways (SAA) has announced a new codeshare agreement with Brazil-based TAM Airlines.  “It’s all about providing convenient connections for our customers to those destinations they want to reach using one ticket and on one trip,” Mr Clyde-Smith said. Flights on routes operated by TAM will carry the ‘SA’ code and likewise, TAM’s ‘JJ’ code will be on flights operated by SAA between Sao Paulo and Johannesburg and onto the main centres of Cape Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth. Australians benefit through single ticketing. “Out of Australia we have seen excellent patronage and growth on the route among business and recreational travellers, particularly out of Perth,” SAA country manager Australasia Tim Clyde-Smith said.center_img The new agreement will provide direct through-connections to Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Brasília, Salvador, Florianopolis, Iguaçu Falls, Recife and Belo Horizonte. SAA currently operates 11 flights per week between Johannesburg and Sao Paulo. The alliance reinforces the airline’s growing traffic between Australia, Africa and South America. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

London experiences 711 increase in tourist arrivals

first_imgThe Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) declared increase in all European country and London with 7.11%.It is found that the British Museum remained the most popular attraction with National Gallery, Library of Birmingham and British Library. Also the 100th anniversary of World War I had marked an increase in the tourist footfalls at Imperial War Museum London and Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London.Gordon Innes, CEO of London & Partners said, “London’s leading visitor attractions form the bedrock of the city’s status as one of the most culturally rich and historic capitals in the world. Last year London welcomed record numbers of international tourists – with four out of five citing the city’s historic and cultural assets as the main reason they come. London really knows how to put on a show and this year will be no different with another blockbuster Autumn season of exhibitions ahead including Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy, and THE WORLD GOES POP at the Tate Modern.“last_img read more

Cornerback Patrick Peterson has become a household

first_imgCornerback Patrick Peterson has become a household name in just two seasons in the NFL. In his rookie year, he turned heads with his return game, taking four punts to the house. Last season, his seven interceptions brought more attention to his defensive skills. He made the Pro Bowl both seasons. This summer, ESPN’s Herm Edwards, in an Insider piece, ranked Peterson as the top young cornerback in the league.It would seem as if the former Louisiana State standout has it all figured out in the pros. But, with the Arizona Cardinals in the midst of training camp, Peterson said he still has skills yet to be sharpened. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Top Stories “I want to kind of mix up my game a little bit and show the receivers and quarterbacks different looks,” Peterson said. “I want to be able to see the whole field now, and read the quarterback a little bit. I want to stop playing with my back to the quarterback.”Peterson said he’s also eager to return to the winning ways he had in college. Individual accomplishments aside, the Cardinals’ struggles the past two seasons made for a difficult ride, he said. He sounds more optimistic about the team based on what he’s seen in practice and training camp thus far.“I believe we’re a much better ball club, on both sides of the field,” Peterson said of this year’s squad. “If we can continue playing with relentless effort, full speed, I believe we’ll be a pretty good ball club and defense as well.” – / 25center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more