Other Galleries 5 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Kartik Aaryan and Aparshakti Khurrana attend Rajkummar Rao’s Made In China screening. See pics 15 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Ramesh Taurani Diwali bash: Salman Khan kicks off celebrations with Sonakshi Sinha and Preity Zinta 10 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Saand Ki Aankh screening: Vicky Kaushal and Imtiaz Ali cheer for Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar 10 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Housefull 4 screening: Ananya Panday and Aarav join Akshay Kumar and Kriti SanonOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoMoviesMoviesGallery Image: Image: Credit/Source: Yogen Shah (Yogen.Shah_indiatodaymagazine@gmail.com) (reporter) (11547)Photo By: Yogen ShahCaption: Yuvraj Singh has recently taken retirement from international cricket.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Credit/Source: Yogen Shah (Yogen.Shah_indiatodaymagazine@gmail.com) (reporter) (11547)Photo By: Yogen ShahCaption: It was sports met Bollywood kind of night when Sania Mirza met Sagarika Ghatge and Hazel Keech along with their husbands for a get-together.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Image: Credit/Source: Yogen Shah (Yogen.Shah_indiatodaymagazine@gmail.com) (reporter) (11547)Photo By: Yogen ShahCaption: Sagarika Ghatge and Zaheer Khan also came to meet baby Izhaan.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Credit/Source: Yogen Shah (Yogen.Shah_indiatodaymagazine@gmail.com) (reporter) (11547)Photo By: Yogen ShahCaption: Izhaan Malik Mirza, son of Sania Mirza, had a fun night partying and posing with his mother’s friends.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Yogen Shah (Yogen.Shah_indiatodaymagazine@gmail.com) (reporter) (11547)Photo By: Yogen ShahCaption: Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech were seen hand in hand at the get-together.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Credit Name: Yogen Shah (Yogen.Shah_indiatodaymagazine@gmail.com) (reporter) (11547)Tags: Sania MirzaYuvraj SinghSource type: photogalleryPhoto By: Yogen ShahShort description: It was baby’s day out for Izhaan Mirza Malik when mom Sania Mirza took him out to party with her friends. The tennis champ had a get-together with her friends, Yuvraj Singh-Hazel Keech and Sagarika Ghatge-Zaheer Khan, among others.Preview_unique_id: preview_5d2d892abad3f1563265322_1569997_editCommentContent Publish date: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 – 13:30Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY1MzMiLCIxMjA4NTIxIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg1OTgiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1MzMifQ==770×433: Short Headline: Sania Mirza and son Izhaan party with Yuvraj-Hazel and Sagarika-Zaheer in Mumbai. See picsApp headline: Sania Mirza and son Izhaan party with Yuvraj-Hazel and Sagarika-Zaheer in Mumbai. See pics1200x675:
CALGARY (660 NEWS) – An Alberta company has brought a one-of-a-kind home to Calgary.3Leafs, which specializes in homes made from shipping containers opened its first family house in Calgary on Thursday in the community of EchoHaven.Som Sourachit, CEO of Homes by 3Leafs, says the unveiling of the home is a pivotal moment.“Our high performance, energy-efficient houses reduce waste in landfills by repurposing steel shipping containers into dream homes. The houses have net-zero capabilities and are the new blueprint for how we should build while protecting our environment.”The owner of the house, Jaime Turner, is excited to bring his family into the new home.“This is a teaching moment for my young daughter. We wanted to build a legacy for her. This is our forever home and we know because it’s made of steel. It will last for generations and an added bonus is we are being good to our environment!”Open Gallery4 items
“We are coming to the end of an extraordinary period in the fight against malaria,” Mr. Ban said at an event on Malaria Financing for a New Era, held on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development.Participants at the event in Addis Ababa discussed the new World Health Assembly endorsed Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030 and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership’s Action and Investment to defeat Malaria 2016-2030 (AIM) – for a malaria-free world.AIM – for a malaria-free world builds on the success of the first Global Malaria Action Plan – for a malaria-free world, serving as a guide for collective action for all those engaged in the fight against malaria. It complements the WHO Global Technical Strategy by positioning malaria in the wider development agenda.Together, these documents provide technical guidance and a framework for action and investment to achieve the ambitious malaria elimination targets outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that Member States are set to adopt this September. The final report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) showed that malaria deaths have reached an all-time low, and Mr. Ban noted that this success has been a collective effort forged by partnerships. “It could not have been possible without the contributions of every part of our coalition.” Mr. Ban thanked the heads of State and Ministers of Health and Finance for their effort and leadership, especially the African Leaders Malaria Alliance; the World Health Organization (WHO); the broad coalition of committed partners under the Roll Back Malaria Partnership; and the multitude of international funders, including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Bank. “As we move toward a new set of global goals for sustainable development, we have an unprecedented opportunity to put an end to the global threat of malaria once and for all,” he stressed. “And we have the strategic vision to do so,” he continued, referring to the two documents discussed at the event. “They provide a comprehensive framework to guide efforts to reduce malaria by 90 per cent by 2030. Achieving this will take continued and greater investments from all countries, including a robust replenishment of the Global Fund.”Success, he added, will also depend on continued coordination of efforts, with clear targets to push towards the ultimate goal of ending malaria.Progress in the fight against malaria since 2000 has resulted in a 58 per cent reduction in malaria mortality – with more than 6.2 million malaria deaths averted between 2001 and 2015, according to the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), which comprises a number of UN agencies and partners.However, malaria remains a major cause and consequence of poverty and inequity worldwide. It impedes economic development, undermines food security, stops children going to school, and absorbs the capacity of national systems to respond effectively to health security threats.Experts say over $100 billion is needed to achieve the 2030 target of reducing the malaria burden by 90 per cent, with an additional $10 billion needed to fund research and development of new tools, including new drugs and insecticides. To achieve the first milestone of reducing malaria incidence and mortality rates by 40 per cent, annual malaria investments will need to rise to $6.4 billion by 2020.“Now, more than ever, we must re-focus our efforts and re-commit our budgets so we can continue saving lives and unlock economic potential in communities around the world,” said Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, RBM’s Executive Director.
The series of European Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Production Outlook reports are free for SMMT members, and are also available to non-members at the price of £4,000. The October European Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Production Outlook is now available from SMMT.The report, free to members, shows that across Europe, vehicle production volumes in 2009 will be down by over 3.5 million compared to 2008 and nearly 25% down compared to 2007. The October edition also reviews the latest state of the market, including an update on the results from the scrappage incentive schemes operating in the region, as well as a review of the impact of the current economic situation and its implications for the car industry as a whole. The report is especially valuable for any business interested in information on the timing of new models with insights into future models, which have yet to be officially confirmed. Available to download via the SMMT website, the Production Outlook includes total market data, with actual data for 2007 and 2008 and projections through to 2012. Discussion focuses on production over-capacity and the extent to which it is being addressed. Commentary on the future of potentially vulnerable assembly plants in light of the rapid realignment and restructuring amongst the vehicle companies is also included. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
By Julie JohansenHuntington Elementary would like to thank the North Emery Alumni and Trayson Gray for a new bench that was recently installed at the school.The installation and cement work was an Eagle Scout project for Gray. Members of the North Emery Alumni, including Sherron Pulli, Beulah Oveson and Lorie McElprang, made the presentation to the school.
Sherwin Melville, 23, an excavator operator of Capoey, Lake Top, Region 2, Pomeroon-Supenaam was found dead on Monday around 05:00h by a relative who went to his home to check on him and found him lying across the doorway with blood on his clothing.Dead: Sherwin MelvilleIt is being alleged that he was killed by stranger he invited home for a holiday drink.According to Melville’s mother-in-law Maria Fredericks, who lives infront of her son-in-law, the family had a little get together on Sunday night and about midnight her son-in-law went to purchase cigarettes from a nearby shop and returned with a young man who he claimed to meet at the shop and invited him for a holiday drink at his home.Meville’s wife Joyce reportedly warned him about bringing a stranger to their home, but he refused to listen to her and they ended up in an argument, she then decided to go over by her mother with her 2 months old baby Shenille to spend the night.About 05:00h a relative saw the door open and decided to check on Meville and saw him lying face down across the front door with blood on his neck.An alarm was raised and the police were informed and came to the scene.When the body was turned over a gash was seen on his neck in the area of his throat.The stranger, now a suspect, could not be located in the community.The man’s mother-in-law in tears said that her son-in-law was like her own son who worked hard as an excavator operator in the interior and treats her like a mother because he is not from the community but from Bartica.The family told this publication that his dream was to complete his home and move over with his family but now everything is left unfinished.Meville’s body is presently at the Suddie Funeral Home awaiting an autopsy while the police are investigating the matter. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOne of 2 men in leaked sex video commits suicideSeptember 25, 2018In “Crime”16-yr-old arrested after fatally stabbing rival in love triangleNovember 21, 2016In “Crime”T&T woman, 60, found dead with throat slitJuly 25, 2017In “Crime”
An award-winning story before bedtime: I Could Have Been a Dancer Read a story which won the First Fiction award at this year’s Hennessy Literary Awards. Sunday 2 Apr 2017, 9:30 PM 11,262 Views Apr 2nd 2017, 9:30 PM THE WINNERS OF this year’s Hennessy Literary Awards were named at a ceremony on Tuesday of this week.Winner of the First Fiction award was Sean Tanner, for his short story I Could Have Been A Dancer.Speaking about short story, Cork-based Tanner said:With years of research behind me, hangovers seemed an obvious subject to write about. I was trying to capture some of the abstracted terror and tangential insight that often accompany this fallen state. It was supposed to be light hearted, but in the middle it just ran off on me.I Could Have Been a DancerBy Sean TannerSo there I am waiting in line at the deli counter with a blaster of a hangover. I mean seriously, if somebody so much as looks at me wrong, I’m liable to burst into tears and run screaming out to the van, then drive the fucking thing straight into the sea. Seriously, it’s that bad.I’m already cringing because it’s Mrs Mc Smiley Face on the deli. She’s one of these morning people, you know? Always a smile, and a how are you, and how bout we have a bit of banter while I make your breakfast roll. I’m pushing my eyeballs into my skull with my fingers when she chirps up, “Lovely morning for it, Paddy.”Oh Christ, woman, I’m not able. I bare my teeth at her. It’s as close as I can get to a smile at this hour. “Not too bad now.”“Monday morning,” she says with a knowing nod.“That’s it sure.”“You’ve a long aul day of it I suppose?”“That’s right yeah, no rest for the wicked.” She keeps pitching the small talk balls my way and I keep on batting them out of bounds.“Cheer up, it might not happen.”I force out a weak chuckle. I start to sweat Heineken. I’m just not made for this. This smiling, and talking, and pretending not to hurt all time.I get it eventually, my hard-won breakfast roll. The smell is making me sick. I’ll need a lash of sugary tea before I can even think about touching it.I head over to the coffee machine. Hungover builders shuffle about it like zombies about a fresh kill. Their eyes are like mine, bloodshot and heavy framed with dark circles. We are the drinking class and work is our curse.The sad thing is that my life could have been so much different. I could have been a real person, a person of consequence. You see, I could have been a dancer. I know this because I won a dancing competition in primary school. For my reward, the teacher called the principal down, and I had to do my dance standing up on a desk in front of the whole class. Some fucking reward that was. Nobody beat me up though, and I was shy, and weedy and dancing for teacher up on a desk. I don’t know why. I mean, I would have bullied me. But I could have been a dancer. I could have.I swallow down a jolt of heartburn. The builder in front of me lifts his leg and lets out a fart. He looks over his shoulder and shoots me a wink. “The Guinness is always easier going in than out.” Right then, I catch a whiff, and I know the smell is caused by faecal molecules that have floated up from his ass and into to my nose, only to travel down into my lungs to be absorbed into my bloodstream. I squint up my face and swallow back down my stomach acid.Last night’s beer curdles in my guts, and I have to make a beeline for the toilet where I shit battery acid and think; I could have been a dancer. I was a wonderful dancer.I make it out to the van and chuck my breakfast roll on the dash to marinate. I turn on Newstalk. Some D4 housewife is nasaling on about how the law is the law, and we must all pay the water charges. The poor fucker from Jobstown nearly goes berserk at the sound of her voice.The two are natural enemies and will never understand each other. He probably thinks she’s an elitist snob who’s never worked a day in her life. She probably thinks he’s benefit sponge who’s never worked a day in his life.Now he’s screaming ‘bout how he’ll never ever EVER pay those thieving, thieving bastards. He’ll be dead in the grave before he pays those thieving, thieving bastards a single penny. I can see he wants to use a different adjective besides thieving, but his emotions have the better of him.“It’s the law,” says the D4 lady. Her tone is final. It is a brisk dismissal of his uneducated, working class opinion. It’s a tone that seems to imply that the man from Jobstown is not fit to clean her toilet.I can feel myself osmotically absorbing their moods, so I turn the shit off before I put my foot through it. I’m sweating. My forehead is hot. I’m thinking now about the things I said last night. Why can’t I just get shit-faced and not regret anything? If I could somehow manage the knack of drinking without speaking I think I’d be okay. If I could just sit there stoically nodding every once in awhile, the strong silent and drunk type. But instead I open my mouth and everything comes out at once, an obnoxious gush of foul smelling words that makes people look embarrassed.I really could have been a dancer though. I used to dance to Michael Jackson with my friend, Harris, in the kitchen. Jerking, shifting, sharp movements. Huh! Hah! Jerk! Snap! I was the best in the class by a mile. What happened man? What happened?I drive sloppy, crossing lanes with no shits to give. People beep at me. I salute them and bare my teeth. Fuck yourself, I think at the other faceless slaves. Late are you? Late for your fucking job? Well, I’m late for my fucking life. The road passes me by like a dream, and I regret shit heavily. I don’t bother indicating. I imagine being pulled over by a pig. Then I imagine biting his neck out with my crooked teeth. Then I imagine being stabbed in a prison toilet. Then I pull in.I take a sip of tea. All this imagining is giving me the fear. I get out, and it’s bucketing down as I piss on the hard shoulder. Some morning person deigns to beep at me, a kind of a ‘wey-hey’, but I’m in no mood for it.I could have been a dancer. The other kids were flouncing about like fags, and there I was busting out tip toed Shamones in the middle of it all. A true original, no one could touch me.My job is mostly deliveries, thank fuck. If I had to work more and drive less, I doubt I could cope. I drive to someplace far away, and I do my job. Then I drive back. Then I get home and try not to drink, but I always end up drunk. I’m forever giving up the fags too, but what the fuck do I care after four cans, I’m chuffing them down like an episode of Friends. I inhale canned laughter, and I exhale my own death.I start the engine and get back on the road. I sweat like a bitch in the van, so I open up all the windows. Then I get cold and close them again. Up and down, too hot and too cold. Never happy.I open the window and stick my head out as I drive on the dual carriageway, still a little drunk, still a little loose. I open the first four buttons on my shirt. The rain is pelting down on the van, the white noise soundtrack to my life. I see a sign for Dunmanway. Nearly there now.I imagine being unemployed. I imagine these long, lazy days with nothing to do but stroll along the beach picking up interesting looking stones, rubbing their surface with my thumb, turning each one over for gentle inspection. I would collect interesting stones and odd shaped leaves. I would start a scrapbook and write letters to the editor. I would do an online course in lifesaving and knitting. I would learn the guitar and Mediterranean cooking. I would build a secret treehouse in the woods in which to get high and read old books. I would grow organic tomatoes and award winning sunflowers and everyone would slow down to admire them as they drove past. I would lean on my garden fence and watch the kids kicking ball in the gloaming.What motivation to suffer like this. Money? Sure, money for the bankers and the fat cats, sweat and fiery bowel movements for the poor.I stop outside the pub. I turn off the engine, and I sit for a while in the silence of the van, letting my thoughts vibrate in the stillness. I take a deep breath. My arms feel heavy, and my legs feel old and soft. I open the back door of the van and pick up my delivery.Then it’s “How’re you keeping?” and “Not too bad now,” and “Some feckin’ Summer,” and “Sure, what summer?” and “This is it sure,” and “Will I leave them here for you?” and “Yeah just a scribble on the line there so,” and “Best of luck” and a “We’ll see you again.”Then I’m back in my van with eyes closed, fighting the shakes. I wipe the sweat from my brow. In the darkness behind my lids, I can see the smirk on my teacher’s face. It was a novelty to see such a small child dance like Michael Jackson. That’s all, a novelty.It was only later at my first school disco when I tried my moves that I realised my folly. One does not dance like Michael Jackson at a school disco. Then it came out about him being a kiddy fiddler and all that, so I had to stop. So I just sort of copied the kind of bouncy shuffle that everyone else was doing. Just jumping really, socially acceptable jumping.So I put away my Michael Jackson moves, because, you have to stop acting the eejit at some stage. Because you’d be better off on the pitch, not flouncing around the kitchen like some dandy. My dad was on the Cork junior B team, they made it the semi-finals, but he hung himself in the back garden when I was six, so what the fuck does he know.If only I had something to do, something real to do, to distract myself from it all. If I had a thing that I loved, that I could do, then I know I could straighten up. I really can’t keep up with these hangovers anymore. Fucking crawling with invisible rats, riddled with mistakes every morning. It’s no kind of life.I wish I could run away forever and kill myself, and then just grow up out of the ground like a new person with a new life. Maybe I could try dancing next time. I mean, I don’t want to die, and I don’t want to kill myself. I just want to kill my past. I just want out of this pit.It’s already getting dark when I finally manage to shut my thoughts away and get back on the road. I drive home in a daze. The road passes me by in a blur, a hazy grey asphalt plain inhabited by memory and mistake. It’s not long before my thoughts begin to churn again. I slap myself on the face hard and say, “No, no, don’t kill yourself. You’ll be fine. You forgive yourself. You forgive everyone.” And though I say the words, I still hate myself, because I am broken somewhere in my heart, and the words are just words in the end. Then I say it out loud, “I wish I could run away forever and kill myself.”By the time I get home this mantra is spinning round and round like a disco ball, pissing garish white light into my mess of a head.I lock the door behind me and take off my jeans. Then I sit on the sofa in my underpants and try not to drink. I sit like this for five, ten, fifteen minutes. Then I get up and walk to fridge and open myself a beer. It spills down my chin and dribbles down my neck as I pour it into my face. I drink deep, sucking it down like it’s oxygen, or forgiveness, or a second chance.Born in 1984, Sean Tanner has been a campsite warden, chicken farmer, warehouse hand, Ferris wheel photographer, trampoline operator, telemarketer, and a man of general labour. His myriad occupations served to fund his globetrotting adventures. Having successfully misspent his youth he returned home to Cork to make babies with his wife. This is his first published work.Read: An award-winning short story before bedtime: The Taking of Mrs Kennedy>Read: ‘Crouched Burial’: An award-winning poem before bedtime> Image: Shutterstock/Oksana Mizina Short URL Share14 Tweet Email10 By Aoife Barry 5 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3315080 Image: Shutterstock/Oksana Mizina
Last month Victoria’s newest minister Phillip Dalidakis was in Athens to attend a conference of the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association (WHIA) – a body of parliamentarians from around the world of Greek heritage. “It disgusts me to think that this incident has allowed Golden Dawn to further pedal their policies of hatredIt was during this assembly that the Labor MP, grateful for an opportunity to share his thoughts on the debt crisis, spoke in English about its damaging side-effects and the growing polarisation of political expression in the country.To his horror, the speech surfaced days later – incorrectly translated into Greek – on the website of Golden Dawn, Greece’s ultra-right political party, which described him as supportive of the neo-Nazi organisation.“To my misfortune there was a translation error during my address, [suggesting] that I had used ‘warm words’ to praise the party and their policies,” said the minister in a statement this week. “This is completely untrue.” Minister Dalidakis added that he was “disappointed that the translator could get it so wrong and that the Hellenic Parliament allowed the wrong translation to be distributed, permitting my Greek colleagues to think that I could support the policies of a neo-Nazi fascist party that prey on the most vulnerable people in our society”. “It disgusts me to think that this incident has allowed Golden Dawn to further pedle their policies of hatred.”Mr Dalidakis became aware of the misquoting on July 25 through posts made to his Twitter account. Footage of the speech clearly shows that Mr Dalidakis made a robust attack on Golden Dawn during his address. The minister has written formally to the Hellenic Parliament to ensure the public record of his speech reflects the correct translation. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Marée noire : 55 kilomètres de marais et de plages souillés par le pétroleÉtats-Unis – Alors que BP a reconnu une fuite de pétrole plus importante que prévu (voir article), la marée noire a commencé à déferler sur les marais des côtes de Louisiane. Des dizaines de kilomètres de ce fragile écosystème ont déjà été souillés.Ce sont en effet près de 55 kilomètres de bayous et de plages qui ont été touchés par la marée noire dans le golfe du Mexique. Des écosystèmes très fragiles, qui pourraient être défigurés pour des dizaine d’années.”Il n’y a plus de vie dans ces marais. On ne pourra pas nettoyer” a déploré Billy Nungesser, le président du comté de Plaquemine, le plus touché par la fuite de pétrole engendrée le 22 avril par l’explosion d’une plate-forme pétrolière du groupe BP. Les bayous de Louisiane représentent 40% des marais des États-Unis. Très peu peuplés par l’Homme, ils abritent des oiseaux migrateurs et constitue une immense zone de reproduction, berceau d’une très riche biodiversité marine. Si le plancton et les micro-organismes qui peuplent ses eaux sont détruits, toute la chaîne alimentaire sera alors touchée, des huîtres aux crevettes, en passant par les oiseaux. Un désastre écologique bien sûr, mais aussi économique dans un État pour lequel l’industrie halieutique représente 2,4 milliards de dollars par an.Ne pouvant que constater l’arrivée du pétrole dans les marais, écologistes et scientifiques s’alarment du temps qu’il faudra à ces écosystèmes fragiles pour se remettre de la marée noire. “Cela va avoir un énorme impact pour des années, si ce n’est des décennies” explique John Hocevar, biologiste chez Greenpeace. Alors que dans les marais, les opérations de décontamination et de nettoyage ont commencé, il pourrait être envisagé si cela n’est pas suffisant, de brûler les endroits souillés. “Nousl’avons déjà fait par le passé, c’est une tactique acceptable pour enlever le pétrole. Mais on ne peut le faire qu’une seule fois”, a précisé le capitaine des garde-côtes Edwin Stanton, assurant que “la végétation des marais repoussera ensuite”.Un avis que ne partage pas LuAnn White, scientifique à l’Université Tulane de La Nouvelle-Orléans, qui estime pour sa part que cette solution “pourrait causer plus de dommages que si on laissait le pétrole se dégrader naturellement”.Le 21 mai 2010 à 16:25 • Emmanuel Perrin
KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 5:30 PM Thank you to my colleagues on the Council for entrusting me with the responsibility to lead as the next Council President. We will work toward creating a government that is equitable, inclusive, transparent, & accountable. This is a great opportunity & honor. Let’s get to work. pic.twitter.com/QOqhiNHQOH— CM Georgette Gómez (@GGomezD9) December 10, 2018District 1 City Councilwoman and President Pro Tem Barbara Bry, who has also been floated as a possible mayoral candidate in 2020, nominated Gomez for the council presidency.“I know you will be a strong council president who will represent our interests with our mayor and who will work well with our city attorney, city auditor and our independent budget analyst,” Bry told Gomez at this afternoon’s council meeting. “You will always stand up for the best interests of all San Diegans and I am honored to nominate you.”In voicing their support, council members Scott Sherman and Chris Cate, both Republicans, praised Gomez for her transparency in spite of their disagreements on myriad issues.“Councilmember Gomez has been upfront and honest with me since the day she got here,” Sherman said. “In this business, that’s saying something.”Gomez takes the council president seat on the eve of her third year representing District 9. Gomez won her seat in 2016 after Marti Emerald decided against seeking re-election.Gomez is the chair of the City Council’s Smart Growth and Land Use committee and chairs the Metropolitan Transit System Board of Directors. As council president, Gomez is also automatically granted a seat on the board of directors of the San Diego Association of Governments.“This is a turning point for San Diego,” Gomez said. “We have the opportunity to change the course of our city and create an equitable government that works for every single one. I can’t wait and I am looking forward to getting this done with all of us.” Posted: December 10, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Georgette Gomez, Kevin Faulconer FacebookTwitter District 9 City Councilwoman Georgette Gomez elected San Diego City Council President 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council Monday chose District 9 Councilwoman Georgette Gomez to be new council president.Gomez was selected on a 9-0 vote to succeed former Councilwoman Myrtle Cole, who lost her re-election bid in the Nov. 6 election.Gomez take over at a time when the council continues to move further left. Democrats on the technically nonpartisan council now hold a supermajority and Gomez, one of the council’s more progressive members, will now wield significant power over the issues the council rules on going forward.“My values are no secret: I look towards equity, inclusiveness, transparency and accountability,” she said. “I believe that San Diego should be equitable and we must invest time and resources into communities with the most need. I believe in inclusion and that all voices should be at the table and not left behind.” Congratulations to @GGomezD9 on becoming the next Council President. pic.twitter.com/Oe1t1yDUuV— Kevin Faulconer (@Kevin_Faulconer) December 11, 2018 December 10, 2018
The Fort Vancouver National Trust on Friday announced the nine participants for Dancing with the Local Stars, an annual fundraising event set for 5 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St. The participants: Katie Atkins-Castillo, owner of Life Pilates Vancouver LLC; Lou Brancaccio, editor of The Columbian; J. Scott Campbell of Waste Connections; Vancouver Police Sgt. Dave Henderson; former city councilor, current county freeholder and author Pat Jollota; attorney Don Russo of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt; Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli; Patti Westby, Westby & Associates; and Dan Wyatt Jr., owner of Kiggins Theater.The participants will be paired with a dance instructor and receive complimentary lessons from Arthur Murray Dance Studios. The “star” who raises the most money wins.Donations are accepted online at www.fortvan.org/stars or by donating at the event. Individual tickets are $50 and include a catered dinner, no-host bar and open seating. Reserved tables for 10 cost $600, VIP tables for 10 are $1,000, and sponsor tables for 10 are $2,500 to $5,000. Tickets are available for purchase online www.fortvan.org/stars.
BOULDER, Colorado—The IMAG conference—a gathering of some of the best and brightest independent (and independent-minded) magazine publishers—wrapped up earlier this week. Here are some leftover notes, quotes, and erstwhile inspiration from my notebook.• In opening remarks, conference chairman Andy Clurman told attendees that the event would be a worry-free zone. “After all,” he said, “you are in Boulder, Colorado, or as we like to say, 25 beautiful square miles surrounded by reality.”• Bob Sacks of Precision Media Group gave a great luncheon keynote, but he didn’t necessarily adhere to what an earlier presenter, Len Burnett of Uptown Media, described as the five “Bs” of preaching: “Be brief, brother, be brief.”• Rick Jones, president and CEO of DLG Marketing, told attendees that he does not like being called a vendor. “That denigrates us,” he said. “We want to be seen as a partner.” To which Clay Hall, CEO of Aspire Media, later responded: “Mr. Jones says, ‘Don’t call me your vendor. I want to be your partner.’ And I say my partners share my risk. And then the vendors shut up. Then they’re happy being a vendor.” • The opening reception was held at the Colorado University stadium, which offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Perched prominently on one of those mountains is the large all-glass home of John Toomas Cabell, CEO of Cue Ball, an international magazine and media licensing firm. Cabell and a pre-event party he hosted at that house became the topic of conversation at a cocktail reception, as the sun glinted off the house. The stairs in the house had to be an exact replica of the stairs in Apple stores, noted one attendee. Another attendee wondered at how the house got zoning approval in Boulder, which he said is meticulous about what it allows to be built in the hills around the city. A third noted that Cabell asked him why he moved from Boulder to a presumably less glamorous locale. His response: “So I didn’t have to hear anymore people say how smart they were to move to Boulder.”• From a conversation with a supplier after a session on the online magazine-on-demand site MagCloud.com: “Wasn’t that just a commercial? Hey, I’d do that.”• Publishing entrepreneur extraordinaire Dan Weisner on the old days of publishing: “I miss the days when you could go write a few stories, sell a few ads and off you go.”
The anger surrounding the launch of SimCity, and the subsequent problems that followed trying to play the game, have died down somewhat. Still, paying $60 for a game that requires a constant Internet connection is still going to put a lot of gamers off, and accounts for why the game remains rated at only 1.5 stars on Amazon. EA and Maxis must enjoy the criticism they are receiving, though, as the latest DLC pack is sure to upset owners once again.Below is the official video introducing the SimCity Airships content that is now available through Origin for $9. That’s a pretty high price to pay to add content to a game you already spent $60 purchasing, so you’d expect a lot of features, right? That’s clearly not how EA sees it.For that $9 you get an Airship Hangar, the Commuter Airship Mooring, and two Hot Air Balloon Parks (named the Hot Air Balloon Park and the Urban Hot Air Balloon Park). By adding them to your city, tourists will be attracted and land value will rise in the area. Is it just me or does that not scream $9 of value? Be sure to watch the video above before making up your mind, though.Maxis claims that by buying and using this DLC pack, not only will tourists be attracted to your city, but more people will want to come and live there, and everyone will be happier. It also opens up a new way to travel to your city, cutting down on traffic on highways, and making it easier for people to commute.I suspect the SimCity Airships DLC isn’t going to be very popular among players, or at least it won’t be at such a high price. If EA lowers the price, maybe offering it at the $3 mark (although free would be better), then many will probably pay to add these features to their city. At the moment though, the price is just way too high for the content being offered.
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<< Previous PostNext Post >> “We talked to our First Mates and they told us their #1 pain point was the way the industry paid commissions, which is they take the commission and take deductions out of it. So we came up with a slogan called NCF NFW, meaning ‘Non-Commissionable Fees No Flipping Way’. You can insert another word if you want to in there,” he laughed.Stacy Shaw, Vice President of Sales & Business Development at Virgin Voyages, who also spoke exclusively to Travelweek, added that the cruise line made sure to consult with agents during the development phase.“We did years of research with potential Sailors and First Mates to understand what they were looking for, not only from a product and experience perspective, but also how they expect to work with us on a travel advisor side,” she said. “We’re very confident that our First Mates will help us find great Sailors in Canada who will love what Virgin Voyages has in store for them. We also have a great sales crew that are eager to help our First Mates across Canada – we encourage all travel advisors to go to FirstMates.com to connect with our crew.”BOOKINGS IN CANADAAccording to Shaw, bookings in Canada have been strong since Virgin Voyages launched in February. “But with four ships on the way and as the head of Sales for a startup brand in the early stages, what can I say? There’s always room for more!”The foundation for success has already been set in Canada, added Shaw, “because companies like Virgin Mobile and Virgin Radio have been providing service in Canada for a long time.”Plus, the cruise line is banking on Canadian winters to help fuel bookings.“Canadians love to get away to the sunshine and warm weather and they love to cruise, especially to the Caribbean,” she said. “We expect a lot of love from Canadian travellers, particularly those who may not have considered a more traditional cruise experience and certainly those looking for an experience designed for adults that feels a little luxe – with a bit of the unexpected.” Virgin Voyages CEO Tom McAlpin (left) and Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson introduce Wendy Williams as the Captain of the Scarlet Lady TORONTO — Though Virgin Voyages was founded by a Brit, will homeport in Miami and sail to the Caribbean when it sails in spring 2020, it will also have strong ties to Canada thanks to Captain Wendy Williams.Born in Sept-Îles, Quebec and now living on Vancouver Island, the veteran voyager was announced as the captain of Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady at a press conference in Toronto’s Bisha Hotel yesterday. Her appointment, said Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group Founder, is being hailed as a groundbreaking move, as less than 2% of the maritime industry is comprised of women.“Big companies have to be proactive in trying to redress this balance, otherwise the status quo will just continue,” he said. “Hopefully, this is the start of a new trend.”Being a trendsetter is nothing new to the Virgin Group of companies, which includes a hotel chain, airline and record label, among many others. And now, with Virgin Voyages, it is once again making waves by not only differentiating itself as an adults-only cruise line, but also by putting a woman at the helm of its first ship.On what it means to be the first Canadian woman to captain a ship for a major cruise line, Williams, who previously worked her way up to Staff Captain during her 15 years at Royal Caribbean, said: “For the longest time, I was looking for something different because while I’m passionate about what I do, I don’t like doing the same thing everybody else does. So for me, the Virgin brand is synonymous with innovation and trying different things. I thought to myself, I need to be riding the wave of something epic with them.” This wave of change, or what Virgin Voyages refers to as an ‘Epic Sea Change For All’, is based on the fundamental idea of taking care of all those involved: its stakeholders, industry partners, its crew and passengers (also referred to as Sailors), the local communities it sails to, the ocean itself, and of course, travel agents, which the company affectionately calls its ‘First Mates’.The synergy between all these elements is what President & CEO Tom McAlpin calls the company’s secret sauce: “It wasn’t just about creating a very different and successful cruise product. We wanted to create another travel brand, and in order to do that we had to bring in the right people to set the right culture. So we developed our brand purpose to try to make an Epic Sea Change because that’s what we do so well.”It was this fresh approach to the business of cruising that appealed to Williams in the first place. Promising that gender will have no place on her ship (“When you walk on the bridge to work, you’re an officer – not a male or female officer – just an officer”), Williams, a trailblazer in quite literally a sea of men, showed absolutely no doubt that she was the perfect candidate – male or female – for captaincy.“I will be the best captain that this company has ever, or will ever, have,” she said to a rousing round of applause.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesHere are more takeaways from yesterday’s press conference:THE CUBA ISSUE: WHAT NOW?When U.S. President Trump announced last week that the U.S. is banning all U.S. cruise ships from sailing to Cuba, cruise lines were left scrambling to rearrange itineraries and implement contingency plans. But Virgin Voyages, which had announced last October that Cuba would be its first destination in 2020, took it all in stride.Speaking exclusively with Travelweek, McAlpin said: “We’ve always been looking at different ports of call and we always have to have backup plans for everything. We knew that Cuba was going to be a risk – Americans haven’t been able to go to Cuba for almost 60 years before it opened up and Trump had made some comments early on that he was thinking of changing regulations – but to start a business you have to be nimble and be able to react.”In lieu of Cuba, McAlpin announced new five-night Riviera Maya sailings to Cozumel and Playa Del Carmen.“We spent a lot of time looking at changing the itinerary length – do we go to a longer itinerary that allows us to go to ports further away?” he said. “But the shorter cruise is really important to us because our Sailors told us that’s what they want, to do a five-night combined with a trip to Miami and package it up to seven nights.”And when asked whether Cuba voyages would be reinstated if/when President Trump’s travel ban is lifted, McAlpin told Travelweek: “It’s hard to speculate, there’s still a lot of people who want to go to Cuba. If it opened up, we’d find a way to get back there for sure.”MORE NEW ITINERARIESFor those who prefer a quick getaway, McAlpin also announced that Virgin Voyages’ four-night sailings will now become ‘Fire and Sunset Soirees’ that will include a sunset departure from Key West and a midnight departure from Bimini in the Bahamas, home to Virgin Voyages’ private beach club. The highlight of these sailings will be an exclusive late-night bonfire soiree inspired by the fireball sculptures on Branson’s Necker Island.Also just announced and created in response to passenger demand for longer voyages, the cruise line will offer special seven-night sailings for the 2020 holiday season. ‘Holidaze and Nights’ and ‘New Year’s Ahoy’ will fall over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, respectively, and feature stops in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic as well as late-night sail aways in both Bimini and San Juan, Puerto Rico.“We’ve been getting a lot of requests and suggestions from our friends in Canada – we know it gets cold up here – who said they needed a break in 2020,” said McAlpin. “So we’re going to open up and put on sail two seven-night special cruises, back to back for the holiday season.”THE MAIDEN VOYAGE & WHERE TO NEXTVirgin Voyages first scheduled sailing on the Scarlet Lady is set for April 1, 2020 on a four-night ‘Fire and Sunset Soiree’ itinerary departing from Miami.“That’s the first sailing that we have opened up based upon the delivery of the ship as we see it,” McAlpin told Travelweek. “But you never know, if we get the ship early, maybe there’ll be more sailings.”More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTWhen asked whether the company would consider sailing beyond the Caribbean like the Mediterranean, McAlpin said it’s a real possibility.“We’ve committed the first ship to sail out of Miami, so it won’t sail to the Med due to the fact that it would be long-haul,” he said. “But we’re looking at the Med and other itineraries to do for our second ship (coming in 2021). The world is our playground because our ships can go anywhere.”INVESTING IN TRAVEL AGENTS“The travel agent community is a huge part of our business, which is why we’re investing in them,” said McAlpin. “We call them First Mates. Why? Because a first mate is a captain’s right hand, and the travel agent community is our right hand.”McAlpin also noted that Virgin has invested as much money into FirstMates.com, its dedicated website for travel sellers, as it has in its other websites. Plus, Virgin Voyages’ commission structure, referred to as ‘Perfect 10’, puts the cruise line ahead of the curve as it eliminates non-commissionable fees (NCFs) and pays agents a 10% commission on everything they sell. Share Virgin Voyages announces Canadian Captain & new ‘backup’ itinerary following Cuba ban Travelweek Group Posted by Sir Richard Branson and Captain Wendy Williams Tags: Virgin Group Wednesday, June 12, 2019
“Costloyal to its traditional defense for the promotion and protection of human rights, peace and democracy, has decided to support the managemeof denouncing the Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro, before the International Criminal Court (ICC),” says a statement from the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Affairs.A statement from the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Affairs said its stance is consistent with its “traditional defense for the promotion and protection of human rights, peace and democracy,” and that Maduro’s administration must comply with its its international human rights obligations.Venezuela, with the largest oil reserves in the world and where crude represents 96 percent of income, faces an abrupt drop in its production, down to approximately 1.4 million barrels per day (mbd). This is the lowest rate in 30 years and very far from the 3.2 million produced in 2008.The severe economic crisis includes 18 percent hyperinflation, lack of public services and a shortage of basic necessities that has led to massive exodus of hundred thousands of Venezuelans Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s Epsy Campbell speaks out against Venezuelan elections Costa Rica recognizes Juan Guaidó as President of Venezuela; Maduro severs ties with US, expels diplomats Costa Rica, EU and Latam contact group on Venezuela will meet Thursday The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Jan. 28, 2019 Venezuela criticized Costa Rica this week for expressing support for several countries that have asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate the government of Nicolás Maduro for crimes against humanity.“We had never seen a Costa Rican government that in such a short time… subordinated itself to the dictates of a government that so hates the Central American people,” Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza wrote on Twitter.Arreaza wrote that by supporting the request, the Costa Rican government seeks to “distract the attention of the public opinion of its country” from the public sector strike that began weeks ago and that, according to the government, is ongoing only among education workers.“President Carlos Alvarado, listen to your people, your decent workers, and respect the sovereign and independent peoples of our America,” said Arreaza.Costa Rica expressed its support for the initiative of Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru, that was later backed by France as well. The group of countries sent a letter to the ICC requesting an investigation of the crimes against humanity committed under the Maduro government. Ecuador invites Costa Rica and other countries to discuss Venezuelan migration
The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), the apex body of travel trade in the country, in association with the Odisha Tourism, organized its 33rd annual convention 2017 which witnessed more than 1,200 delegates.The event focused on re-inventing the tourism sector in India with the theme ‘Indian Tourism – Time to reinvent ourselves.’The convention was inaugurated by chief minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik in the presence of newly-appointed union tourism minister, Alphons Kannanthanam. The convention took place at the Mayfair Convention Centre, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.The various sessions of the convention covered topics such as, “Next Generation-Challenges and Opportunities”, “Moving Beyond Culture and Heritage”, “Aviation-New Policies and New Opportunities”, “FAITH and the GST Journey” and “Marketing-Stop Serving Old Wine in a New Bottle.”The event saw the auspicious presence of Homa Mistry, CEO, Trail Blazers Tours; R H Khwaja, Former Tourism Secretary, Govt of India; Barun Channa, J Walter Thompson Worldwide; Hemant Mediratta, Vice-president Oberoi Group; Rajeev Kohli, JMD, Creative Travel; EM Najeeb, Chairman, AIR Travel Enterprises. Expert representatives from Indigo Airlines, Air Asia and IATO office bearers, travel writers, tour operators and hospitality coordinators attended the event.One of the major highlights was the “Run for Responsible Tourism”, an event to promote responsible and sustainable tourism in the country.The Honorary Secretary of IATO and Co-Chairman of the convention committee Lally Mathews elaborating on the importance of the theme explained that the theme was chosen because lately number of inbound tourists has been dropped and with a lot of policy changes from the Government and introduction of GST, this is it really the time to “reinvent ourselves.”Souvagya Mohapatra, Executive Director, Mayfair Hotels and Resorts and executive committee member, The Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) stated that it was a great opportunity to have hosted the IATO Convention. The convention has witnessed a lot of support pouring in from the government and tour agencies and now, they are also shifting focus to promote tourism digitally to work on increasing the connectivity.State Tourism Secretary, Mona Sharma, said the pace of development in Odisha’s tourism sector has been manifold. Presently the growth of tourist arrival in the State is about 9 percent. Odisha’s strength is basically culture-oriented. But new forms of tourism like ethnic tourism, Buddhist tourism, ecotourism, MICE tourism have gained momentum in the State. The image of Odisha is transforming from the recently-held Asian Athletic Championship and Bhubaneswar being rated as the first Smart City in the country.
“He’s worked extremely hard. I think the year that Mike’s going to have is going to shock some people.”Over the second half of 2013, Floyd averaged 19.6 yards per catch and had a monster 193-yard effort in a win over Jacksonville in Week 10. – / 22 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona averaged 27 points per game and went 6-2 over the second half of the season. Much of that success was due to a comfortable Palmer, who completed 65.3 percent of his passes for 2,361 yards with 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions over the last eight games. In the season’s first half, the veteran completed 61.3 percent of his throws for 1,913 yards with 10 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.Palmer, who is entering his 12th year in the league and second in Arizona, is optimistic about the 2014 season in the desert. “It’s been awesome, it’s been so much fun,” Palmer told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday. “It’s been fun to practice and to go out there and work and do all those things and I can’t wait for today. I’m sitting in the facility’s parking lot waiting to get off the phone with you guys to get started. “But it’s fun to go home at night and study it. It’s fun to watch the practice from the day and then go back and watch game cut-ups and see how different it looks now. Obviously, it’s in shorts and not against competition, but I can’t wait for us to get in our uniforms and pads and get out there against our division opponents and against San Diego on Monday Night in front of our crowd.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share There was optimism after last season because the Cardinals finished strong, posting a 10-6 record and narrowly missing the playoffs. But what has happened since then has Palmer especially pumped.“Seeing the additions we’ve made, with Jared (Veldheer) and Teddy Ginn, John Carlson’s been awesome,” Palmer said. “And some of the young guys we’ve added, this little guy, John Brown, he’s been a little bit banged up, but I’m so excited to watch this guy play.“And obviously getting (Jonathan Cooper) back this year and really not getting a chance to play with him last year. It’s just so much fun to see where we are as a team and you can’t do it too much, but you start thinking about the potential and where we can go, and you just start getting excited.”Palmer is also happy about the rapport he’s been able to build with third-year wide receiver Michael Floyd.“I’m so proud of Mike Floyd and so excited to see what he’s going to do this year,” he said. “He and I trained this whole offseason together since late January and he’s worked really, really hard to get more fluid and a little bit more explosive and more flexible. Top Stories LISTEN: Carson Palmer, AZ Cardinals quarterback The 2013 Arizona Cardinals took a while to all get on the same page. That’s understandable. New head coach Bruce Arians brought his offensive system with him, and there was an adjustment period that was compounded by the learning curve of first-year quarterback Carson Palmer, who was acquired in the offseason from the Oakland Raiders.But everyone on the offense eventually got on the same page, and there was a lot of success. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element.
Go back to the enewsletterLangham Hospitality Group has opened The Langham, Hefei, marking another milestone for the group’s continued expansion in China.Hefei is the capital and largest city of Anhui Province in China, known for its rich history and multicultural influences. Strategically located in the city’s new administration and cultural centre, The Langham, Hefei is in the heart of the dynamic business, shopping and entertainment districts.Designed by Bilkey Llinas Design, one of the top international hotel design firms, the 339 guestrooms and suites are private sanctuaries with panoramic views over the city. The interiors are sophisticated with a warm colour palette and specially designed contemporary furnishings. Ranging from a spacious 45-square-metre for the Deluxe Room to a luxurious and generous space of 247-square-metre for the Presidential Suite, stays at The Langham, Hefei are the epitome of luxury.The hotel offers four unique dining concepts. Seasons, a vibrant all-day restaurant, offers a wide buffet selection and à la carte menu featuring international cuisine. Guests can indulge in authentic Cantonese cuisine and local delicacies at T’ang Court, presenting signature and award-winning dishes from the Michelin-starred namesake restaurants in Hong Kong and Shanghai.The specialty lobby lounge, Palm Court, overlooks the beautiful courtyard garden, a perfect setting where Afternoon Tea will be served. A mid-day indulgence first served at The Langham, London in 1865, specialty teas, delicate savoury and sweet pastries will be served in fine, exquisite “Langham Rose” Wedgwood china specially created for The Langham hotels globally.Chuan Spa will also feature at The Langham, Hefei. The award-winning spa and wellness brand will focus on holistic treatments through integrating the principles of traditional Chinese medicine using the five elemental forces of wood, fire, earth, metal and water to relax and invigorate the body, mind and soul.Go back to the enewsletter
Cyprus has protested provocative Turkish actions in its Exclusive Economic Zone last October to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.In a letter dated December 12, which was circulated on December 31 as an official document of the UN General Assembly, Cyprus’ Permanent Representative to the UN Kornelios Korneliou focused on the illegal activities of the research vessel Barbaros.“On 18 October 2018, the Turkish State-owned survey vessel Barbaros Hayreddin Paşa and supporting vessels, accompanied and supported by Turkish warships, commenced seismic surveys in the southwest areas of the continental shelf/EEZ of Cyprus, including within parts of hydrocarbon exploration blocks 4 and 5,” Korneliou said.“The area has purportedly been reserved for seismic surveys by Turkey, via an unauthorised navigational warning dated 16 October, for the period from 18 October 2018 to 1 February 2019,” he noted.These surveys, he pointed out, “constitute a violation by Turkey of the sovereign rights of Cyprus under international law and, in particular, the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the relevant provisions of which have long been crystallised into customary international law.”“Turkey has no legal standing whatsoever to conduct exploration activities with respect to the natural resources of the island without the express consent of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus,” Korneliou added.He further said that all seismic data collected by Turkey during those illegal and unauthorised surveys belong to the Republic of Cyprus.According to the Permanent Representative, “the activity of the Turkish warships in the aforementioned area constitutes an abuse of the rights vested in all States by customary international law, which is also reflected in UNCLOS, and runs contrary to the rule of peaceful uses of the seas.“The behaviour of Turkey has the effect of increasing tensions, putting at risk the peace and security of the region,” he added.He reiterated the position of Cyprus regarding its rights to maritime zones, noting that “the Republic of Cyprus declared an EEZ in 2004 and has inherent rights over the continental shelf of the island of Cyprus, the outer limits of both zones being the median line with the opposite States, pending agreement to the contrary. In this regard, the Republic of Cyprus has signed EEZ delimitation agreements with Egypt, Lebanon and Israel, on the basis of the median line.”You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola