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Investors see shine in gold amid rising tensions between US and North

TORONTO — Investors flocked to gold Wednesday against the backdrop of rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, offsetting some of the broad-based declines on the commodity-heavy Toronto stock index.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 39.02 points to 15,217.33, with most sectors finishing in the red while bullion stocks surged nearly 1.9 per cent.The December gold contract was ahead US$16.70 to US$1,279.30 an ounce. The precious metal is usually seen as a safe port in times of geopolitical uncertainty.“The fear trade, which is the gold trade, has helped buoy the Toronto Stock Exchange,” said Allan Small, a senior investment advisor at Holliswealth.“When there’s fear in the world, if there’s some sort of pending or possible negative event, people buy gold.”Some investors are on edge after U.S. President Donald Trump warned North Korea of “fire and fury.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson later insisted the U.S. isn’t signalling it’s about to mete out a military response despite threats from North Korea suggesting it could attack Guam, a U.S. island territory in the Pacific.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 36.64 points to 22,048.70, the S&P 500 index inched down 0.90 of a point to 2,474.02 and the Nasdaq composite index lost 18.13 points to 6,352.33.Small attributed a large part of the Dow’s decline to disappointing earnings from Disney after the media giant reported a weak quarter, said it would pull its movies from Netflix and start two of its own video streaming services. The company’s stock (NYSE:DIS) dropped $4.15, or 3.88 per cent, to US$102.83.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 78.71 cents US, down 0.20 of a U.S. cent. That marks the sixth straight trading day of declines for the loonie against a strengthening greenback.Elsewhere in commodities, the September crude contract was up 39 cents to US$49.56 per barrel, September natural gas advanced six cents at US$2.88 per mmBTU and the September copper contract declined two cents at US$2.93 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. read more

UN agency welcomes closure of squalid Jalozai Afghan refugee camp in Pakistan

The final convoy of Afghans left the Jalozai refugee camp in Pakistan today, marking the close of the notoriously squalid site – a move that was immediately hailed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).“For much of the past year, Jalozai was tragic and visible evidence of the miserable plight of Afghans fleeing decades of war, abuse, drought, and deprivation,” High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers said, referring to the camp where up to 80,000 lived and many died. “Jalozai’s very existence was a sad reminder of the international community’s neglect of the Afghan situation prior to the events of September 11,” he said in a statement released at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva. Senior Pakistani officials as well UN representatives were on hand today as the last buses pulled out of the camp, ferrying 1,570 refugees to three recently opened camps – Barkili, Shalman, and Asgharo – near the border with Afghanistan.More than 190,000 Afghans are currently housed in the new camps, where they can receive proper medical care and adequate food and shelter. The agency says the new sites can handle up to 250,000 people and that it will continue to relocate those refugees that request it into the camps.Jalozai first became a “precarious and unhealthy” home to tens of thousands of Afghans in late 2000, according to UNHCR. Crude shelters, made of canvas and plastic, were often flooded when it rained. The Pakistani government, already hosting more than 2 million refugees largely forgotten by the international community, was reluctant to officially recognize the new arrivals, the agency said. Many died, especially children, as relief workers struggled to provide minimum health and other services.“For the people who have spent the last 12 months in Jalozai, I think this has been a very bitter experience,” said UNHCR senior emergency officer Mohammed Adar. “They have lost quite a number of children there, and I would think that anybody who has been in the camp would wish that it had been closed a long time ago.”High Commissioner Lubbers, who visited the Jalozai camp last spring and made its closing a key priority of his first year in office, said Tuesday that “by finally emptying it today, we are demonstrating the international community’s renewed commitment to help end the suffering of the Afghan people.” read more

UN condemns killing of 2 aid workers in Afghanistan

A spokesman for Jean Arnault, the Special Representative of Secretary General Kofi Annan and the chief of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said, “Violence against aid workers is unacceptable and [Mr. Arnault] vigorously condemns this attack.” The two victims were Afghan workers for the Catholic relief agency Malteser, an implementing partner of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Emal Abdul Samad, a driver, and Mohammad Idrees Sadiq, a field officer, were travelling on the road from Zurmat to Gardez yesterday afternoon when their unmarked taxi came under fire. According to Mohammad Nader Farhad, a spokesman for UNHCR in Kabul, Mr. Sadiq was killed instantly while Mr. Samad was airlifted to Bagram Hospital, where he was treated for heavy injury before succumbing to his wounds. UNAMA spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva said Mr. Arnault expressed his deep condolences to the families and friends of the two Malteser staffers and that “he shares his solidarity” with the German non-governmental organization (NGO). Mr. Farhad said Malteser – which provides vocational training, cash for work projects and income generation activities in refugee return areas – has suspended all operations in the southeast and central regions of Afghanistan to review the situation. UNHCR Gardez, meanwhile, has also suspended all movements in the southeast until further notice. “We are extremely concerned by the repeated security incidents involving aid workers and the increasingly shrinking humanitarian space,” he said. read more

Ohio State baseball wins 3 in UCF Tournament

Then-sophomore pitcher John Kuchno throws the ball during a game against Northwestern May 6, 2012, at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 4-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAfter ending their last trip to Florida on a two game losing skid, Ohio State’s baseball team made sure to end their second trip on a much higher note.The Buckeyes sent three opponents packing in Orlando, Fla., this weekend at the UCF Baseball Tournament, defeating Central Florida, The Citadel and Oklahoma.“It’s huge to get the sweep and finish the weekend,” coach Greg Beals said. “We didn’t finish last weekend the way we wanted to so it was big to make a statement against three good opponents.”Against the Sooners on Sunday, freshman pitcher Zach Farmer started his second game for the Buckeyes and bounced back nicely after getting roughed up a bit last weekend.After giving up one run in the first, Farmer settled down going 5.1 innings and only allowing two hits.The Buckeyes scored three of their six runs in the fourth inning with junior outfielder Pat Porter driving in two runs and scoring the third on a wild pitch.The teams traded runs for the remainder of the game, with OSU coming out on top 6-3 after a two run eighth inning.Saturday’s game versus The Citadel was a matchup of lefties as the Buckeyes’ junior Ryan Riga took the mound against the Bulldogs’ junior James Reeves. The start was delayed three and a half hours because of heavy rain.Although The Citadel took the lead in the first inning, OSU used a four run second inning to pull itself back into the lead after RBIs from senior outfielder Tim Wetzel, sophomore infielder Troy Kuhn and two from Porter.The Citadel tied things up in the fifth inning setting the stage for freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson.Dawson came to the plate with three men on base in the bottom of the ninth and no men out. His single to left field was enough for Kuhn to score from third, winning the game for OSU, 5-4.Kuhn said winning the first two games of the weekend was a confidence booster for the Buckeyes.“I think we gained a lot of momentum from the first two games. Just real exciting games and late finishers.” Kuhn said. “We came out on top (this weekend) and I think those first two games meant a lot.”Even though the Buckeyes won Friday’s matchup against Central Florida by six runs, the game wasn’t a blowout as the score line suggests.If not for two runs in the top of the ninth inning, OSU would have come away with a loss, but a two run single from Wetzel sent the game to extra innings, with the teams tied 3-3.After neither team scored in the 10th, 11th or 12th innings, the Buckeyes scored six in the 13th, and held Central Florida scoreless for the 9-3 victory.“The whole weekend, we grinded.” Porter said. “We never gave up. We trusted our pitchers and trusted our hitters to get it done.”The Buckeyes are next scheduled to play Friday in the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, N.C. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. read more

Football Ohio State and Washington use Rose Bowl as own playoff game

University of Washington head coach Chris Peterson and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer shake hands prior to a press conference at the Residence Inn LA Live on Dec. 31. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorLOS ANGELES — Two years ago, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and Washington’s Chris Petersen had something in common: both were head coaches of College Football Playoff teams. By the time 2016 turned into 2017, both coaches were going home after losing in the playoff semifinals, leading to the second-consecutive national championship game between Alabama and Clemson. Two years later, both coaches were in the same boat again, representing their respective conferences in the Rose Bowl, the historic bowl game initially meant to match up the conference champion from the Big Ten and the conference champion from the Pac-12. For the second straight season, the Pac-12 and the Big Ten have had to hold their own playoff game — the 2017 Cotton Bowl between Ohio State and USC and this season’s Rose Bowl.Neither conference has been represented in the College Football Playoff since both the Buckeyes and the Huskies were eliminated in the 2016 semifinal. As practice continued in preparation for the game, Ohio State players took time to watch the games they aspired to be in: the College Football Playoff semifinals. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins said he watched the first half of the Notre Dame/Clemson game and then turned it off. Junior safety Jordan Fuller said he watched bits and pieces of both games, but not every minute. Fuller said, with being left on the outside for the second straight season, it was hard to watch. “It kind of killed us, but we can’t blame them for leaving us out,” Fuller said. “I think if we were in there, it would have looked a little different.” But Meyer believes playoff spots are not determined entirely by a committee. It’s up to what the players do on the field, an idea he said permeates throughout his program. “It’s very simple,” Meyer said. “You want to get to the playoff, don’t lose a game.” The Ohio State head coach said the committee had a difficult decision to make each time his team was on the bubble, and that there are problems with inconsistencies of schedule strength and league schedules. But this is not something he has not mentioned to his players. It’s not something the members of the committee room, including Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, has asked his opinion about in the room. Meyer continued to say that the playoff is always up to his team, mentioning the two bad losses that seemingly kept his team at arm’s length from a spot — a 55-24 road loss to unranked Iowa in 2017 and a 49-20 road loss to unranked Purdue in 2018. This is something Petersen dealt with when he was the head coach at Boise State prior to the start of the playoff system, saying that if his team did not lose, took take care of its own business, it was going to work out in his favor. But Petersen said that is a hard thing to accomplish and that those teams that do should be rewarded. “To have the kids having their A game every Saturday is really hard to do in the competitive environment that we all play in,” Petersen said. “And for those teams that can do it, then they need to go to that playoff.” Haskins will not hide the fact that he thinks Ohio State deserved a shot either in the Orange Bowl or the Cotton Bowl this season. But as he watched the game, he was not thinking of what could have been. He used it more as a rallying cry. “I thought we should have been in it, but take it out on Washington,” Haskins said. read more

Fighting fires is bad for the heart new study finds exposure to

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A heart attack is the leading cause of death for on-duty firefighters and they tend to suffer cardiac arrests at a younger age than the general population.In the US, around 45% of on-duty deaths each year among firefighters are due heart issues, and researchers at the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Edinburgh University believe the situation in the UK is comparable, although they did not know the cause.They attended on two occasions, at least one week apart, and either performed a mock rescue from a two-storey building for 20 minutes or undertook light duties, in the case of the control group, for 20 minutes.The firefighters wore heart monitors that continuously assessed their heart rate and its electrical activity.Blood samples were also taken before and after, including measurement of a protein called troponin that is released from the heart muscle when it is damaged.Those taking part in the rescue had core body temperatures that rose by 1C and stayed that way for three or four hours.There was also some weight loss among this group, while their blood vessels also failed to relax in response to medication.Their blood became “stickier” and was more than 66% more likely to form potentially harmful clots than the blood of people in the control group.Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the BHF, said: “Firefighters routinely risk their lives to save members of the public. The least we can do is make sure we are protecting their hearts during the course of their duties.” Firefighters put themselves at greater risk of having fatal heart attacks because prolonged exposure to heat can make their blood clot, a pioneering new study has found.Physical analysis of 19 firefighters in Scotland also found that tackling blazes put a strain on their hearts and worsened the functioning of their blood vessels.Previous work has shown that firefighters have the highest risk of heart attack of all the emergency services.last_img read more

Tom Watson was a patsy for fake news the child abuse inquiry

The IICSA hearings were set up in the wake of Mr Watson’s claims in the House of Commons on 24 October 2012 that there was a “powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and Number 10”.The claims led to the launch of the Met’s £2 million Operation Midland, which traduced the reputations of a string of high profile politicians and public figures.Scotland Yard eventually paid £100,000 compensation to Lord Bramall, the former head of the army, and Lady Brittan the widow of the former Home Secretary.A 51-year-old man is currently awaiting trial after being charged with perverting the course of justice and fraud in connection with the allegations. Former Met Commissioner Lord Hogan Howe was in charge of Scotland Yard when the inquiry was launched Harvey Proctor was falsely accused of appalling offences Credit:Paul Grover Former Met Commissioner Lord Hogan Howe was in charge of Scotland Yard when the inquiry was launchedCredit:Paul Grover “We have now had three weeks of hearings, with evidence from politicians, police, MI6, public servants and others. Where has this left us? Behind the smoke, there is no credible evidence to support any allegation against Harvey Proctor.”Mr Wagner called on the inquiry to publicly exonerate Mr Proctor of any wrongdoing saying it had a moral duty to do so.He told the panel, chaired by Professor Alexis Jay: “Harvey Proctor has faced the most hideous allegations imaginable – of child abuse and child murder. He was treated as guilty until proven innocent.”The Metropolitan Police gave the press enough information to identify him and then said, publicly without corroboration or proper investigation, that the incredible and false allegations against him were ‘credible and true’.” Adam Wagner told the inquiry: “We opened by saying that sometimes there is smoke without fire. In the case of the hideous allegations against Harvey Proctor, there never was a fire. There was, instead, a belching smoke machine. “Instead, a small group of self- promoting politicians, including Zac Goldsmith, John Mann, Simon Danczuk and led by Tom Watson, amplified the allegations and used their considerable political clout to give them status and believability. Mr Watson became a vehicle for conspiracy theorists and a patsy for fake news.” A paedophile ring was rumoured to have been operating in Dolphin Square Labour politician, Tom Watson, became a “vehicle for conspiracy theorists” and a “patsy for fake news” when he told parliament there was a VIP paedophile ring at the heart of Westminster, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has been told.The current deputy leader of the Labour Party helped spark a huge inquiry into the alleged scandal when he made the claims during Prime Minister’s Question Time, in October 2012.His allegations led to a series of flawed police investigations and resulted in the reputation of a string of high profile politicians and public figures being dragged through the mud.The Government also set up the £100 million IICSA public inquiry to investigate claims of historic child abuse at a range of public institutions.But in a closing statement to the Westminster strand of the investigation, a lawyer for former Tory MP, Harvey Proctor, who was one of those falsely accused, said it was now clear “there is no evidence of a Westminster paedophile network”. Harvey Proctor was falsely accused of appalling offences  He said the police, some disreputable parts of the media and senior politicians all played a part in giving credence to false and malicious allegations that had been made against prominent figures.He told the panel: “Regrettably, in the moral panic which ensued after Jimmy Saville’s crimes came to light, malicious conspiracy theories against Harvey Proctor and others were given far more credence than they deserve.”Mr Wagner went on: “The allegations were so incredible that any reasonable person would at the least have treated them with extreme caution. A paedophile ring was rumoured to have been operating in Dolphin Square Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Cute as foxes TD asks why the housing department is retweeting tweets

first_img By Christina Finn ‘Cute as foxes’: TD asks why the housing department is retweeting tweets with the Fine Gael logo Meath TD Shane Cassells said there are serious ethical issues with the department retweeting Fine Gael messages. 21,557 Views Feb 28th 2019, 1:17 PM Share41 Tweet Email3 Thursday 28 Feb 2019, 1:17 PM THE SECRETARY GENERAL of the Department of Housing was quizzed today by a Fianna Fáil TD about why the department was retweeting tweets which display the Fine Gael party logo.Meath West TD Shane Cassells said that last week, the housing department retweeted Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy’s tweet about the Rebuilding Ireland 2018 figures. The tweet, sent last Wednesday, displayed an image stating that 2,993 social houses were delivered last year. The target for delivery was actually missed by 4% last year. There has been much debate about the figures today at the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee, with some TDs criticising the low-level of local authority new-builds in 2018. A Fine Gael logo is clearly visible on the bottom right-hand corner of the image.Cassells said he was very concerned about the “buying of news” with such images, stating that similar concerns were raised last year with the Taoiseach’s Strategic Communications Unit, which was forced to disband. He asked the Secretary General John McCarthy if there was a department policy about tweeting party political messages, stating that the housing department is part of the civil service and should not be affiliating itself with such messages and logos.  McCarthy said that it would be common across most departments to retweet the line minister as they carry out their ministerial duties.He pointed out that Minister Murphy does not hold two Twitter accounts – one for his party work and one for his departmental work. When there appeared to be some laughter about the issue, Cassells intervened, stating: “This is not funny.” Secretary General of the Housing Department, John McCarthy. Source: Oireactas.ieThe secretary general said he was “not trivialising it”, adding that there are strict social media guidelines in place about such matters. Cassells said he had a “real problem” with departments tweeting Fine Gael messages, adding that “marketing and media matters”. He said Fine Gael is trying to “penetrate a message with an image” adding that they are “cute as foxes” and trying to get a certain message out there. He said the department retweeting such a message brings up “major ethical issues”. The secretary general committed to look into the matter.  36 Comments Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4517489 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Black Cat Celebrates International Cat Day

first_imgToday, August 8th, is International Cat Day. This day was started in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare to help raise awareness of animal welfare issues. It’s also a great excuse to share pics of cats on the internet!That’s why today we’re going to share some fan art of the coolest cat in town, Black Cat. Black Cat aka was introduced over the course of Amazing Spider-Man #194 and #194 by Marv Wolfman and Keith Pollard. Her father, Walter Hardy, was a cat burglar and she decided she wanted to follow in his footsteps. From there, Black Cat would have on again/off again interest in Spider-Man, but not Peter Parker. In fact, eventually finding out that Peter was Spider-Man was a big disappointment to her. Over the years Black Cat would go from adversary to anti-hero. She’d patrol with Spider-Man one day, and try to start a crime syndicate the next. She’d work solo, or team up with Heroes For Hire. In the early days, Felicia Hardy was a victim of the old tired tropes that female comic characters often faced. She was a victim of abuse from an ex-boyfriend that led her to push herself to be stronger; she wanted to break up with Spider-Man because she felt like she was hurting him too much, and more. While all of those elements haven’t aged as well, the character herself has evolved into so much more, and we can all be happy about that!My introduction to Black Cat like many 90’s kids was through Spider-Man: The Animated Series. In that version of Spider-Man, Felicia Hardy was an important character early on, replacing Gwen Stacy in the Mary Jane and Peter Parker love triangle. It was all very Betty and Veronica. By the time Felicia Hardy becomes Black Cat, it’s season four of the series, and we really care about Felicia Hardy as a character. She ends up being manipulated by Kingpin into getting super powers in a somewhat similar way to the comics. In the comics, however, she was Black Cat before getting powers and after they were removed by Dr. Strange.So go out and celebrate International Cat Day! Go through your Spider-Man back issues, check out some great Black Cat fan art, or watch Spider-Man: The Animated Series on Hulu. I know that’s what I’ll be doing.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.View as: One Page Slides1. Bob Q2. Petr Bohacek3. Art Thibert4. Haley S5. Dima Ivanov6. Gabriel Hardman7. Paul Renaud8. Lyfaye9. Bnie10. Humberto Ramos11. CJ Rasmussen12. Adi Granov13. Mike McKone14. Yester Dey15. Brenden Swan16. Brian McCarrie17. Sean Patty18. Lucas M19. Elena L20. David Serretlast_img read more

The Best in SciFi Books This Week 91418

first_imgThe other Le Guin novella dropping this week is The Beginning Place, is more of a fantasy that has drawn literary comparisons to Narnia and Wonderland. It is the tale of two young people from our world who independently stumble upon a doorway to a magical land called Tembreabrezi at different points in their lives. Together they must push past jealousy, doubt, and danger to work together to save their found families.ImpostersImposters, from author Scott Westerfeld, delivers a new saga set in the universe of the Uglies. Two identical twins — Frey and Rafi – live lives of opposites. While Rafi was raised by their powerful father to be a perfect child, Frey was consigned to a life of blood and sacrifice. A body double to her sister, Frey’s only goal in life is to sacrifice herself in place of her sister should their father’s enemies come looking. But how long can Frey keep up the charade when she’s sent in Rafi’s place as collateral?State TectonicsThe final novel in Campbell Award-finalist Malka’s Older’s cyberpunk world, State Tectonics takes place five years after the events of Infomocracy. From the press release: “Unknown enemies are attacking Information’s network infrastructure. Spies, former superpowers, and revolutionaries sharpen their knives in the shadows. And Information’s best agents question whether the data monopoly they’ve served all their lives is worth saving, or whether it’s time to burn the world down and start anew.”NEWSOver at Newsweek, writers Carl Wears and James Paz take a journey down the proto-origins of science fiction. From the 12th century comes the tale of the “Children of Woolpit” who appeared as green aliens. The article briefly examines how technology of the Middle Ages — from gunpowder to the mechanical clock — affected the stories being written. As more manuscripts come to light, the history of science-fiction is being augmented by its past.A.Human is a art exhibit currently on display in New York City. The concept behind the project is to imagine a future where humanity can change their bodies as easily as they now change their clothes. The Verge took a tour and returned with plenty of (occasionally disturbing) photographs.ENTERTAINMENT BUZZAfter a lackluster film attempt in 2007, Philip Pullman’s seminal classic His Dark Materials rises again. Deadline reports that HBO has partnered with the BBC to bring two eight-episode seasons of the show to life.While not based on a novel, keep your eye out for the upcoming film Captive State from director Rupert Wyatt. The science-fiction thriller is set in Chicago almost ten years after an alien invasion. With the tagline “No crime. No poverty. No unemployment. The state of our union is strong.” you know you’re in for some searing socio-political commentary.FURTHER READINGBoingBoing has an interesting essay this week entitled “This Is The Golden Age Of Chinese Science-Fiction.” Cory Doctorow pulls from the South China Morning Post to talk about how the boom in sci-fi exports from China coincides with that country’s high-tech revolution being tied closely to the human rights violations that make the world’ high-tech lifestyle possible.Over at Tor, Martin Cahill’s “Outside The Lines: Unique Narrative Devices In Fantasy” showcases authors that take the path less traveled to bring new voices and styles to genre writing.Science Fiction in all its forms has become such a part of our society and bridged the gap from a niche genre to pop culture phenomenon. There is something for everyone if you dig deep enough. Try some of the 11 Sci-Fi Recipes you can make right now. There are a ton of amazing Sci-Fi TV shows to binge right now. We also have a list of the Best Sci-Fi On Netflix. You’ll find something you love in the world of Science Fiction for sure right here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Netflix Axes ‘The OA’ Sci-Fi Series After 2 Seasons‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Becomes Mostly Harm… Stay on targetcenter_img This week’s round-up is a true hodgepodge of interests. There are new novels to buy, reprints from icons to purchase, science-fiction from the Middle Ages, and I even dip a toe into the other side of the sci-fi coin, which is of course, fantasy.RECOMMENDED READINGThis week’s new releases include the long-awaited trilogy conclusion, some beautiful re-prints of classic tales of science-fiction, and a new saga in an established universe.The Eye Of The Heron and The Beginning PlaceTwo novellas from the late, great Ursula K. Le Guin have been repackaged for a new generation. The Eye Of The Heron, first published in 1978, is set in a near-future where humanity has colonized the stars. Living on the planet of Victoria, the story follows a girl named Luz as she realizes everything is not as idyllic as she’s been raised to believe. Her father might be a City Boss but Luz is able to see his iron grip on the farmers known as the Shantih is wrong. But can she escape from her gilded cage to help foment a rebellion?last_img read more

Benitez hoping for January reinforcement

first_imgNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez is hoping their recent string of good results doesn’t hide the fact that they need to make new signings in January to improve the squad.Back-to-back victories have sent Newcastle United to 14th in the Premier League table after initially going 10 games without a victory, and Benitez has warned the club not to get carried away with their recent upturn in form and sign players in January.“We cannot stop winning because we have to do a good January window,” Benitez told Sky Sports.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I would like to go into January 1 with a lot of wins.“Always January is quite difficult. It’s not a question of how much – it’s a question of finding the right players and, if you see a player you like, that’s when you talk about what you can do.“It’s quite a difficult window. I always say the same because the top-class players are normally playing in the Champions League in the top teams and it’s very difficult for them to change.”last_img read more

Skagway Assemblyman found in violation of state disclosure laws for third time

first_imgDan Henry takes his assembly seat about a week after APOC staff said he violated state public official disclosure laws for the third time. (Photo by Emily Files)A Skagway resident narrowly elected to a seat on the borough assembly violated state disclosure laws three times. That’s according to Alaska Public Offices Commission staff. They determined Dan Henry has failed to disclose his income, debt, and now, gifts from a private company.Henry did not disclose gifts he received during trips to negotiate a major waterfront lease on behalf the Skagway Borough.In 2013 and 2014, Skagway was in talks with the parent company of White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad. The tourist railroad has leased a significant share of Skagway’s tidelands since the 1960s. The city entered negotiations on a new lease because it wanted to renovate the port, on property White Pass controls.Henry was on a municipal negotiating team. The team traveled to Florida multiple times for talks with TWC Enterprises. The Canadian corporation operates the White Pass railroad.The trips included stays at a Florida golf resort owned by TWC. City records show that TWC covered accommodation and meals for the Skagway negotiating team. Henry told APOC that TWC also provided golfing free of charge, but he did not recall on how many occasions.This investigation was sparked by a citizen complaint from Skagway resident Roger Griffin. Griffin estimated the “gifts” from TWC to Henry to be worth between $4,000 and $8,000.APOC staff said Griffin was correct that Henry should have disclosed the lodging and entertainment provided by TWC. But they could only confirm about $500 worth of expenses. That’s based on three hotel stays in February, October and December of 2013.Still, $500 in gifts is enough to warrant reporting on the disclosure forms required of candidates and public officials. On Henry’s 2014 disclosure form, he did not report any gifts over $250. APOC staff say that is a violation. The staff were not able to find enough documentation to determine whether Henry’s 2015 form should have included gift disclosures.The maximum fine for the 2014 violation is more than $12,000 — $10 a day. But APOC staff recommend a 90 percent reduction of the penalty, to $1,276. That’s based on the fact that the amount of gifts Henry received was under $1,000, according to the APOC investigation.APOC staff also recommend Henry correct his disclosure form and attend a financial disclosure statement training within one year.In determining a penalty, staff reference Henry’s previous violations. Less than a month ago, APOC fined Henry $220 because he did not report substantial debt on his most recent disclosure form. In 2016, Henry was ordered to pay a much more hefty fine of $22,000. He hadn’t reported his income on multiple disclosure statements. Henry appealed that decision. He said not disclosing his income was a misunderstanding and not disclosing debt was an oversight.All three of the APOC investigations into Henry resulted from citizen complaints.Henry’s checkered candidate disclosure record was discovered when he pleaded guilty to federal tax crimes in early 2016. Henry hadn’t paid income tax for a number of years. He was sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay $600,000 in restitution to the IRS.Henry finished his prison sentence and returned to Skagway in time to run public office. He previously served in Skagway government for 19 years. It was a close election. Henry won an assembly seat by just five votes. He was neck-and-neck with a write-in candidate.The Alaska Public Offices Commission still has to make its official decision on this latest complaint against Henry. The commission could agree with the staff recommendation to fine Henry about $1,300. Or it could make a different decision. The commission’s next regular meeting in February.The years of negotiating with White Pass railroad owner TWC resulted in a proposed 35-year lease. But Skagway voters resoundingly rejected the agreement in 2015. Now, the assembly has another lease proposal on the table. This one would prolong White Pass’ hold on key tidelands for 15 years.last_img read more

Jasimuddins 115th birth anniv being celebrated

first_imgPolli Kobi Jasimuddin in the eyes of an artist. Photo: UNBThe 115th birth anniversary of Polli Kobi Jasimuddin is being celebrated across the country on Monday.Jasimuddin birth anniversary celebration committee, district and police administration, members of Faridpur press club and different socio-cultural organisations placed wreaths at the grave of the poet near his family residence at Ambikapur of Faridpur district in the morning.A discussion on the life and works of the Polli Kobi [the poet of rural spirit] and a doa mahfil were held here, reports UNB.Jasimuddin, a poet, songwriter, prose writer, folklore collector and radio personality, was born at Tambulkhana village in Koijuri union of Faridpur on 1 January 1903.Jasimuddin started writing poems at an early age. As a college student, he wrote the celebrated poem ‘Kabar’ (The Grave).The poem was placed in the Bengali textbook for entrance examinees while he was still a student of Calcutta University.He is noted for his depiction of rural life and nature from the viewpoint of rural people. This had earned him fame as Polli Kobi.last_img read more

NNPA EXCLUSIVE Camille Cosby Speaks to the Black Press About Hate Groups

first_imgBy Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaRacism and prejudice are omnipresent and internalized within America’s institutions, media and myriad entities. One example can be traced to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, according to Camille Cosby, wife of imprisoned Bill Cosby.While her husband languishes in a Pennsylvania prison, Mrs. Cosby said it’s important to keep his case at the forefront of the public’s awareness because of the injustice done.She also wanted to remind Black America of the importance of the Voting Rights Act that she long ago predicted would be dialed back by politicians who sought to deprive African Americans of their so-called inalienable right to vote.“All African Americans, regardless of their educational and economic accomplishments, have been — and are — at risk in America, simply because of their skin color,” Camille Cosby said.And, in an editorial she wrote exclusive for Black Press USA prior to the 2018 midterm elections, she urged African Americans to vote for justice, equality and democracy.“The American people have been dangerously close to being governed by a dictatorship… intent on serving its own greedy interests even, when it results in eradicating the laws that protect humanity,” Mrs. Cosby said.“Many of today’s politicians…especially those who are heavily financed by particular corporate entities…are becoming increasingly dangerous enemies of our human rights.”She continued:“However, history teaches us that we, the People of the United States, can purge this danger from our nation’s political offices. Indeed, President Richard Nixon’s corrupt presidency was finally brought to an end when the people rose up and demanded that their representatives be held accountable. We must do the same today.”That the Voting Rights Act had even been tampered with is indicative of the society black Americans are faced with, Mrs. Cosby said.“No other Americans are subjected to this oppressive nonsense,” she said.For those who might mistakenly believe that Mrs. Cosby is simply speaking out because of her husband’s predicament, she easily and understandably scoffs at such a notion.After all, she and Mr. Cosby have donated more than $200 million to Historically Black Colleges and Universities as well as dozens of integrated schools – most of whom have rescinded honorary degrees to Bill Cosby but hadn’t returned the millions of dollars the family has donated.The Cosbys have also loaned their extensive African art collections to museums and other institutions of higher learning.Following the murder of her only son, Ennis Cosby, more than 20 years ago in Los Angeles, Mrs. Cosby wrote an essay in which she spoke fiercely about America’s hate and racism. She blamed America for teaching Mikail Markhasev, her son’s killer, to hate black people because of the various and pervasive forms of racism in our society.“I believe America taught our son’s killer to hate African Americans. After Mikail Markhasev killed Ennis on Jan. 16 1997, he said to friends, I shot a nigger. It’s all over the news,” Mrs. Cosby wroteDr. Alvin F. Poussaint, an expert on race relations and family friend of the Cosbys told CBS News after the essay was published that Mrs. Cosby felt the media had played down the racial aspect of the case.“This young man didn’t like black people. He used the word nigger” Poussaint said. “I think that this was played down so much that Camille felt the need to present this to the American public.”Poussaint noted that the crime had been called a “botched robbery,” but that Markhasev had shot Cosby in the head and did not take his cash, watch or car. “I think there’s reason to believe he shot Ennis Cosby because Ennis Cosby was a black man,” Poussaint said.Camille noted that the killer of her only son probably did not learn to hate black people in his native country, Ukraine. Where, she noted, the black population is near zero.She added, he was not likely to have seen “America’s intolerable, stereotypical movies and television programs about blacks,” which were not shown in the Soviet Union before the killer and his family moved to America in the late 1980s.She also wrote about the risk of being black in America.“All African Americans, regardless of their educational and economic accomplishments, have been — and are — at risk in America, simply because of their skin color.”Poussaint, a psychology professor at Harvard agreed.“She’s saying that, as long as you have hate groups that are targeting black people, there’s a risk that they may randomly pick any black person and kill them, “Poussaint said.Mrs. Cosby writes that propaganda against people of color is evident in the representation of holy figures in Christianity, who have been “recreated in images of whiteness.”“In some ways, it creates or endorses white supremacist kinds of imagery within religion, which has been a problem for people of color and has been a problem for African Americans.”In 1997, Mrs. Cosby wrote:“African-Americans, as well as all Americans, are brainwashed every day to respect and revere slave-owners and people who clearly waffled about race. In truth, the enslavement of millions of Africans immeasurably enriched the treasuries of America’s government and individuals.“Interestingly, several slave-owners’ images are on America’s paper currencies: George Washington ($1), Thomas Jefferson ($2), Alexander Hamilton ($10), Andrew Jackson ($20), Ulysses Grant ($50) and Benjamin Franklin ($100).“Grant was the last U.S. president to own slaves. Even Abraham Lincoln ($5) said, ‘I do not stand pledged to the prohibition of the slave trade between the states… I, as much as any man, am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the White race.’“America’s educational institutions’ dictionaries define ‘black’ as ‘harmful; hostile; disgrace; unpleasant aspects of life,’” Mrs. Cosby said.Meanwhile, she said, “White” is described as “decent; honorable; auspicious; without malice.”“A medical school at the University of Texas in Galveston conducted a controversial study primarily on black babies from 1956 to 1962. The researchers withheld an essential fatty acid from the babies’ formulas that humans need for the growth of the whole body and nervous system,” Mrs. Cosby said.“Those black babies were used as laboratory animals, and several of the infants died during the course of the study. Previously, this research had been done on dogs. This is just one of several unethical medical studies on African-Americans that has been documented.”In 2018, Mrs. Cosby says:“Our ancestors fought for the right to [vote]. They were jailed, were beaten, were killed for fighting for our right to vote. Yet, too often, we do not exercise that most important right. We overlook the mid-term elections because we forget how greatly they can impact our lives.“But, as I learned from [Montgomery County District Attorney] Kevin Steele’s election in 2015, a corrupt politician at any level is a danger to the American people, and even more so when that politician has promised to act in service of his own toxic ambitions and racial hatred.”last_img read more

Black Lightning Pilot Will Join The Huge DC Lineup at the CW

first_img DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsBrendan Frasier Joins Doom Patrol, Superman Returns, & More DC News Stay on target The CW is getting yet another DC superhero show, making it the new hub for comics-inspired teen dramas that are way better than they have any right to be.The Black Lightning pilot is moving to CW, getting a greenlight for the 2017-18 TV season. This’ll make it the fifth Greg Berlanti-produced DC Universe show on the network, joining Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl.There’s been some back and forth in regards to where the pilot would air. Black Lightning was originally set for Fox, with the network ordering a pilot production commitment. However, the network eventually passed, allowing it to join the bulk of its kin on the CW. Variety confirmed the move on Monday.The current plan is to have the pilot ready for next year’s TV season. However, it won’t be a part of the DC lineup. Sources said the shows would be staggered out throughout the year to avoid five straight nights of superhero programming. While Legends of Tomorrow moved to Tuesday nights with The Flash, that might be overkill, even for superhero and comics fans.The pilot was written by Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil, who will also serve as executive producers.Black Lightning, also named Jefferson Pierce, is one of DC Comics’ first black superheroes. He debuted in 1977, where he had returned to his home neighborhood in Metropolis and vowed to use his electricity-based powers to clean up the area and lower crime (no, not Static, although the two did team up multiple times). He’s been hopping about the DC universe for the past few decades, helping Batman, the Justice League, and even holding a cabinet position in Lex Luthor’s presidential administration.The fact Black Lightning exists at all is thanks to the work of Tony Isabella, who created the character following an embarrassing failed attempt to create a black superhero over at DC. It was a white man who turned black when he was angry. That was his superpower.“I created Jefferson Pierce to be a reluctant warrior, a man of many extraordinary talents who would hear the call of his community and respond to it, even at great cost to his personal happiness,” he said. “When DC Comics planned to publish a black hero who was actually a white racist, I talked them into dumping that character and going with my creation instead.”The show, according to Variety, takes place after Black Lightning has already hung up his suit at least once before. “But with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend, Black Lightning.”last_img read more

Hybrid device harvests both mechanical and magnetic energy

first_img Journal information: Applied Physics Letters The hybrid energy harvester consists of a cantilever beam made of a magnetostrictive/piezoelectric material that harvests both magnetic and mechanical energy. Credit: Xu et al. ©2018 American Institute of Physics A new hybrid energy-harvesting device may one day replace the need for batteries in certain low-power electronics devices. The new device collects ambient wasted energy from both mechanical vibrations and magnetic fields to generate sustainable electricity, which could potentially provide enough power to run wireless sensors, cardio pacemakers, and other applications. Hybrid nanogenerator harvests hard-to-reach ocean energy This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Xueping Xu et al. “Hybrid energy harvesting from mechanical vibrations and magnetic field.” Applied Physics Letters. DOI: 10.1063/1.5038412center_img Citation: Hybrid device harvests both mechanical and magnetic energy (2018, July 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-hybrid-device-harvests-mechanical-magnetic.html The researchers, led by Fulei Chu at Tsinghua University in Beijing, have published a paper on the new hybrid energy harvesting device in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters.Over the past several years, energy harvesting has become an increasingly attractive option for replacing the batteries that are used in low-power devices. Whereas batteries have a limited lifetime and must be replaced or recharged on a regular basis, energy-harvesting devices can ideally operate autonomously for much longer periods of time. One of the greatest challenges facing energy harvesters is generating enough power for practical applications. One way to increase the output power is to harvest more than one type of energy. For example, although there are a variety of devices that harvest either mechanical energy or magnetic energy, very few devices can harvest both, despite the fact that ambient mechanical and magnetic energy often appear together in industrial settings, such as near rotating electrical machines.In the new study, the researchers showed that mechanical and magnetic energy are “interactive,” so that, when combined, they increase the optimal output power above the level that is possible using each type of energy alone. They demonstrated the improvements both theoretically and experimentally using a cantilever beam made of a magnetostrictive/pieozoelectric laminate material, which moves in response to both magnetic fields and vibrations.”We have proposed the idea of taking advantage of two different energy harvester approaches and showing their interactions,” Chu told Phys.org. “As we know, energy harvesters have been investigated for decades and many methods are involved. However, each approach has its shortcomings. It is difficult and interesting to break through the single energy harvester limitations. Moreover, revealing the interactive relationship is important for the work as a whole.”Among their results, the researchers found that the power output depends on whether the mechanical and magnetic excitations have the same or different frequencies. If the frequencies are the same, then their phase difference (how much one wave is shifted with respect to the other) directly affects the output voltage. On the other hand, if the frequencies are different, then the phase difference has little effect on the output voltage, and in fact the hybrid output voltage is no longer a simple sine wave.With these insights, the researchers demonstrated improvements in the energy capacity, reliability, and optimal output power of the hybrid energy-harvesting device. Overall, they believe that the device performance suggests that the hybrid approach offers a promising alternative for powering low-power electronics in the future.”We plan to conduct deeper research in the energy harvester field in the future,” Chu said. “Wind energy, wave energy, and more smart material applications in energy systems will be the focus of our research besides the further investigations of this paper.” Explore further © 2018 Phys.orglast_img read more

Memphis shouldnt be mad that LeBron sat out they should send him

first_imgLeBron James and the rest of Cleveland’s Big 3 taking the night off against Memphis last night caused a media hissy fit, and debate about whether stars have an obligation to play away games if they’re healthy. What about the children?Colin isn’t buying the outrage, and doesn’t understand all the fuss in Memphis. The Grizzlies are a playoff bubble team and were basically handed a free win. What’s not to like if you’re a Grizzlies fan? From the NBA’s perspective, LeBron being healthy for another Finals run is far more valuable to the league. The kids will be fine.“That could be the game that gets you home-court advantage in the playoffs, and you’re complaining about it? You should send LeBron a thank you note.”Colin thinks the NBA has been diluted from expansion, and thinks the owners’ greed to continually expand has put teams in cities that shouldn’t have them, and where players with options don’t want to play.Today, Colin proposed a plan to that would eliminate small market NBA teams and condense the league to 14 teams, across all the major cities. It would increase the quality of basketball, and teams would have more good players. For the NBA, less would be more.“Everybody complains about all these players. The owners created this. Getting expansion fees in all these leagues to create the Jacksonvilles, the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Vancouver Grizzlies. There was no big want for that. People weren’t demanding that.”In a Boston radio appearance, Tom Brady said he wants to play until he’s 45. Colin says it’s obvious that Brady’s comments were intended for Bill Belichick and Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Brady clearly wants the organization to ship Jimmy Garoppolo out of town for draft picks. He clearly thinks he can still be the man in New England.“You know who he was talking to there.  Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick. He was saying, ‘Trade Garoppolo for five draft picks.’”Guests:Greg Cosell – Senior producer for NFL Matchup and at NFL Films joins the show for his weekly appearance to break down the film from Week 14, including: What’s wrong with Dak and Russell Wilson, what Tampa is doing right defensively, and why the Rams’ offense so awful.Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider joins the show to give his take on LeBron taking the night off, why he thinks players should rest during home games, and why James Harden is playing more like he did when he was with the Thunder.Ray Lewis –  2-time Super Bowl Champ is in-studio to explain what defenses can do to rattle young quarterbacks, why he thinks Richard Sherman is right about his criticism of Thursday Night Football, and why recovery is so crucial to playing in the NFL.Paige VanZant – UFC star is in-studio to explain how she got started in UFC, how her dancing background helped her on Dancing with the Stars, why her mom doesn’t go to her fights, how being bullied in high school shaped her personality, and she looks ahead to her upcoming fight against Michelle Waterson.last_img read more

LATAM Airlines Group premieres new aircraft design

first_imgIn one of the most important steps in the consolidation of LAN Airlines, TAM Airlines and their affiliates under the new global LATAM brand, LATAM Airlines Group last week revealed its new aircraft design at simultaneous launch events in South America, ahead of the Oceania launch in Sydney today.In addition to the new image of LATAM aircraft, the company presented a number of other changes that will be visible from May onwards, including new uniforms, airport signage and counter design as well as a consolidated website.“In the coming days, aircraft with the new LATAM image will take to the skies, representing a historic milestone for the leading airline group in Latin America,” said Enrique Cueto, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group.“It will be a gradual change with the principal objective of simplifying and improving the travel experience of our passengers.“In the coming weeks, our passengers will start to experience LATAM with the ability to book tickets via the LATAM website, accumulate kilometers using LATAM’s frequent flyer program, check-in at LATAM counters, relax in LATAM VIP lounges and most significantly, fly on LATAM-branded aircraft.“We will continue to optimise the most extensive route network in Latin America, the most modern fleet in the region and invest in digital solutions to offer our passengers a more personalised travel experience.”Patricio Aylwin, Managing Director Asia Pacific, LATAM Airlines Group said, “Yesterday marked an exciting milestone for LATAM Airlines Group and we look forward to celebrating this news and unveiling more details at our launch event in Sydney on 3 May. Passengers from Australia and New Zealand will likely see changes on the Sydney to Santiago via Auckland route by the end of the year or sooner if travelling through Latin America.“This simplified passenger experience follows the introduction of Boeing’s next generation 787-9 aircraft on the route last September and reaffirms our commitment to providing the best service and experience to our customers.”The first flight of a LATAM-branded aircraft, a Boeing 767, will depart from Rio de Janeiro on 1 May on a one-off journey to Geneva to collect the Olympic torch. The specially prepared aircraft will then return on 3 May to Brasilia, the starting place of the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay between more than 300 Brazilian cities.On 5 May, the first three commercial flights of aircraft with the new LATAM image will operate the following routes: São Paulo-Santiago (a Boeing 767 service departing São Paulo at 09:05 local time); Santiago-Lima (an Airbus A319 service departing Santiago at 09:10 local time); and São Paulo-Brasilia (an Airbus A319 service departing São Paulo at 14:20 local time).More than 50 aircraft are anticipated to be rebranded before the end of 2016 and the fleet-wide process is expected to be finalised in 2018. Repainting takes on average six to 12 days per plane and will be scheduled in accordance with routine maintenance to maximise efficiency.From 5 May, LATAM’s evolution will also become visible in 13 airports where the group’s airlines operate including their hubs in Santiago, São Paulo (Guarulhos), Lima and Brasilia as well as Río de Janeiro (Galeão), São Paulo (Congonhas), Buenos Aires (Ezeiza), Bogotá, Quito, Miami, Madrid, Guayaquil and New York (JFK). Changes will range from new-look check-in counters and VIP lounges to rebranded boarding passes and screen displays.In early May, the group will launch its new integrated website – available in six languages – where passengers will be able to seamlessly purchase tickets, check-in, review real-time flight statuses, set-up alerts and access other useful travel information.The events also saw the unveiling of the new uniforms to be worn by over 23,000 cabin crew, sales office and airport staff throughout LATAM Airline Group’s network, with the global roll-out to begin before the end of 2016. The LATAM uniforms – which showcase the signature indigo and coral of the LATAM logo – were created by the celebrated Brazilian fashion designer Pedro Lourenço with collaboration from a focus group of over 80 employees from different areas of the company.LATAM Airlines Group signaled further developments to its in-flight experience including a new onboard magazine and media platform Vamos/ LATAM, which will offer content across a range of channels in Spanish, Portuguese and English. In addition, an exclusive South American wine list will be introduced to all international flights of LATAM Airlines Group during 2016.The improvements follow last year’s introduction of LATAM Entertainment – which offers wireless content streaming direct to passengers’ mobile devices – to 200 short-haul aircraft (Airbus A319, A320 and A321).To support the launch of the new LATAM products and services, the group will launch integrated marketing campaigns in each of the countries where it operates. More details hereSource = LATAM Airlines Grouplast_img read more

Las Vegas Nevada – Reported by Elite Traveler th

first_imgLas Vegas, Nevada – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine.The Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas is now offering a Bachelorette Gateway package, allowing brides and their entourage to indulge in the luxury and glam of Sin City before the big day.The Bachelorette Gateway package includes overnight luxurious accommodations at the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, located in the heart of the Vegas strip. Brides-to-be will receive a complimentary suite upgrade, valid with a minimum of five rooms. The package also features the Tian Quan Thermal Experience at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, including Herbal Steam Room, Laconium, Experience Showers, Vitality Spa, Ice Fountain, Tepidarium Chairs and a Relaxation Lounge. Classic Afternoon Tea Service at the Tea Lounge and a Champagne toast at Mandarin Bar are also included in the package.The Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas was recently award AAA Five Diamond rating and is the city’s only triple Forbes Five-Star property. The hotel received Five-Star designation in 2012 for the hotel, spa, and fine-dining restaurant. Interior designer Adam D. Tihany and architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox designed the sophisticated sanctuary, which evokes a sense of modern elegance.Rates for the Bachelorette Getaway package begins at $217 a person, per night based on double occupancy. For more information and reservations, please call 1-888-881-9578 or email molas-occassions@mohg.comwww.mandarinoriental.com/lasvegaslast_img read more

On track for 2020 RES target

first_imgRenewable Energy Sources (RES) constituted 8.7 per cent of the energy market in Cyprus in 2014, ahead of the 2015-2016 target set by the relevant European Directive of 7.45 per cent, it emerged on Wednesday.The national target for RES share is 13 per cent by 2020.At a news conference to launch the 11th ‘SAVENERGY exhibition taking place between September 18 -20, organisers stressed the need to use alternative energy sources.Deputy Director of the Energy Department at the Ministry of Energy Constantinos Xicheilos in his address said the state’s strategy was based on three main pillars, the use of Renewable Energy Sources, energy saving and the use of natural gas for the needs of the internal market.According to Xicheilos, Cyprus today operates six wind parks with a total installed capacity of 157.5 MW, a large number of small and large photovoltaic systems, with a total installed capacity of 71 MW, as well as 10 plants of Biomass of total capacity of 10.7 MW.He added that the ministry, in cooperation with energy regulator CERA, promotes net metering projects for the housing sector and self-production for businesses, which will continue to operate in the coming years.He said that on August 4, the maximum demand for electricity in Cyprus was 1013MW,  and that RES had contributed a total of 90MW of which 50MW came from photovoltaic systems.He also referred to the various projects and plans the ministry was promoting for energy savings for households and businesses, co-financed by EU Structural Funds.Deputy Director General of Electricity Authority Antonis Patsalis in his speech said that the EAC was promoting activities which were aimed at increasing energy awareness among consumers. According to Patsalis, during the SAVENERGY exhibition, the EAC will present three new schemes, namely Service e-charge, research SmartPV work and the web app for Energy Saving Social Electricity.Director General of Cyprus Employers and Industrialists Federation (OEB) Michalis Pilikos said that SAVENERGY had established itself as the most important trade event in Cyprus dealing with the promotion of products and services for energy saving purposes. He referred to the various government schemes which promote the investment of technologies in renewable energy sources. He added that the funding can sometimes reach 75 per cent of the investment.Pilikos also said that during the exhibition various products and services would be presented which would include integrated energy upgrade buildings proposals, heating and cooling systems with the use of RES – photovoltaic and wind systems, solar, and thermal insulation materials.Along with SAVENERGY 2015 OEB is organising the 8th ENVIROTEC exhibition, which aims to promote and advertise products and services that protect the environment or save and improve water quality.During the two exhibitions, awards will be given to households and industries for energy conservation.The two exhibitions will be held at the state fair grounds in Nicosia. (CNA)Opening hours Septemmber 18-20: Friday 4pm-10pm, Saturday 3pm-10pm and Sunday 12 noon to 10pmwww.savenergy.org.cywww.envirotec.org.cy  You May LikeAuto Overload30 Perfectly Timed Moments Captured When It All Went WrongAuto OverloadUndoFinance NancyRemember Him? This is Why He’s No Longer An ActorFinance NancyUndoLiving MagazineThe Aluminum Foil Trick Everyone Should Know AboutLiving MagazineUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more