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Stars And Humane Society InternationalUK Let Retired Military Dogs Live

first_imgAmidst growing public outcry that the Defence Animal Centre is planning to euthanize three retired military working dogs despite professional handlers offering to adopt them, Humane Society International/UK has urged the Centre to immediately reverse its decision.The following is a statement from HSI/UK Executive Director Claire Bass:“We are extremely saddened to hear that the Defence Animal Centre plans to euthanize Kevin, Dazz and Driver, three retired military working dogs, despite outcries not only from the public but from the handlers who worked closely with them. If euthanized, these dogs, who served for years and saved countless lives, will have been robbed of the opportunity to spend their golden years in loving homes. After a lifetime of duty to protect humans, we have a duty of care to them, not to dispose of them like unwanted equipment.“We urge the Defence Animal Centre to reconsider this decision, and work with the handlers who have offered their assistance to facilitate the dogs’ adoption into loving homes with experienced owners. Both two and four legged veterans deserve our utmost respect.”HSI joins celebrities who are taking to Twitter to show their support for the campaign including Towie’s Pete Wicks, actors Peter Egan and Kate Mara, and comedian Ricky Gervais who tweeted: “Save these hero dogs!”last_img read more

Ban underscores unwavering UN commitment to Lebanons security and stability

13 January 2012The United Nations will maintain its “strong and unwavering” commitment to Lebanon, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged today as he began an official visit to the country. Lebanon marks Mr. Ban’s first trip abroad since beginning his second term as Secretary-General on 1 January. The country is home to the Organization’s third-largest peacekeeping operation, as well as the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).“I am in Lebanon to underline my personal commitment to stability, security and peace in this country,” he stated during a press conference in Beirut after meeting with President Michel Sleiman, Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Speaker Nabih Berri.Mr. Ban discussed a range of issues with the leaders, including the implementation of Security Council resolutions and the country’s important contributions to the UN, as well as the current situation in Syria and its potential impact on Lebanon.“The United Nations will maintain its strong and unwavering commitment to Lebanon. Our goal is the same as yours: stability, safety and a better future for the Leban[ese] people,” he stated. In a related development, Mr. Ban today appointed Derek Plumbly of the United Kingdom, a senior diplomat with a career in international affairs spanning over 35 years, as his Special Coordinator for Lebanon. He will succeed Michael Williams, also of the UK, who served in Lebanon from August 2008 until September 2011.“This is a critical moment in the region,” Mr. Ban told reporters. “It is a time for meaningful change; time to stop the violence and end injustice; time to give people the opportunities they deserve to build a better life.”The Secretary-General said the UN expects Lebanon to keep contributing to progress, and to fully meet all of its international obligations, including the full implementation of resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 war between Israel and the Lebanese group Hizbollah.He said that 1701 has brought an “unprecedented” degree of relative calm and stability to southern Lebanon, adding that the situation along the so-called Blue Line separating Israel and Lebanon – despite a number of serious incidents – has been largely stable since 2006.Work also remains to be done to ensure that Lebanon’s sovereignty is fully extended across all of its territory and that there remain no arms outside the authority of the State, added Mr. Ban, who voiced his deep concern at the military capacity of Hizbollah and the lack of progress in disarmament. He said the UN also continues to expect Lebanon to support and cooperate fully with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), which was set up to try those alleged to be responsible for the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafiq Hariri. “A judicial process is now under way, and we look forward to its outcome,” he stated.The Secretary-General is in the process of consulting with the Lebanese Government and the Security Council on how long the mandate of the tribunal, which will expire on 29 February, should be extended. During the visit, Mr. Ban will also meet with blue helmets serving in the south of the country with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), and open a high-level meeting on Arab reforms and democracy, organized by ESCWA. read more

Pillay not coming next week

However the government, at the time, rejected technical assistance from the UN and instead said a domestic committee will decide on the LLRC recommendations to be implemented.A committee headed by Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga was tasked with implementing some of the recommendations. In March this year a US sponsored resolution was adopted on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council calling on the government to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). The resolution had also urged the government to obtain technical advice from the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay will not be visiting Sri Lanka next week, the External Affairs Ministry said.A technical team from her office will be in Sri Lanka on September 14 but Pillay will not be coming with the team, a spokesperson at the External Affairs Ministry said. The committee recently submitted an action plan on the recommendations to be implemented. Report by Jamila Najmuddin for the Colombo Gazette read more

UN envoy for children and armed conflict to visit Sierra Leone

Over the course of his weeklong visit, Olara Otunnu, the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, is expected to address the impact of the decade-long conflict on children in Sierra Leone during his meetings with President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, government officials, and senior staff of the UN peacekeeping mission.The office of the Special Representative said children and youth had been forcibly conscripted, displaced, deprived of education and basic care and often subject to sexual exploitation and abuse during the country’s civil war. Some of these problems persist while new ones, such as streets children, have subsequently arisen.Mr. Otunnu undertook missions to Sierra Leone in 1999 and 2000, during which he proposed an “Agenda for Action for the Children of Sierra Leone.” Two of his initiatives, the National Commission for War-Affected Children and the Voice of Children – a radio station run by and for youngsters – will be inaugurated during his visit. read more

Brock offers help to international students stranded by US ban

Brock University has announced immediate steps to streamline its admissions process and waive certain fees for students from countries impacted by U.S. travel restrictions.University officials have spent several days consulting faculty and students affected by the new measures, and monitoring the plight of international students whose education plans have been thrown into uncertainty by the political situation in the United States.Last week, President Donald Trump triggered anxiety and protests in his own country and globally when he imposed U.S. travel restrictions on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.In a communiqué sent to Canadian embassies and high commissions, as well as partner institutions and international colleagues around the world, Brock listed steps it is taking to help eligible undergraduate and ESL students register for classes starting in May or September this year. For students affected by the travel ban, Brock has pledged to:accelerate admissions for academically qualified students holding passports from the listed countries;waive application fees for admissions and residence;cut tuition deposits by 50 per cent;provide a $1000 “transition award” to help students get to Brock’s main campus in Niagara;assess current university studies for use as transfer credits; andguarantee residence spaces for the upcoming spring, summer and fall terms.Financial aid and guaranteed residence space is also being extended to graduate students from the affected countries.Applicants might also be eligible for additional funding through Brock’s existing scholarships and awards for international students from all countries.University Provost Tom Dunk said senior administration and staff have been working most of the week on ways to help potential students who have been impacted by the Trump order.“Brock welcomes individuals from around the world,” said Dunk. “Fostering an inclusive, safe and accessible environment is at the heart of this university’s core values.”Jamie Mandigo, Brock’s Vice-Provost for Enrolment Management and International, calls the move “a gesture to help support those caught in the middle of all this mess.”“We have been urged by members of our own community to be part of a solution, to step up and help people who are trapped in a political quandary that is not of their making,” said Mandigo.To request more information on the Brock plan, email international@brocku.ca read more

Captain Uwe attacks Poland

The new captain of the German national team is Uwe Gensheimer (28)! German handball Federation has announced that Martin Heuberger has found the successor of Oliver Rogisch, who ended his professional career. Fantastic Rhein Neckar Lowen left wing deserved this privilegy by commitment and quality performance during his time in NT t-shirt since 2006…– It’s a big honour for me to lead national team – said Uwe before clash in Ergo Arena in Gdansk with Poland, today 16.45.PHOTO: DHB/Sascha Klahn ← Previous Story Poles without Jaszka and Lijewski against Germans Next Story → WCh 2015 Play Off: Russia and Serbia on +8! Uwe Gensheimer read more

Poll Should private businesses have access to heritage sites

first_img Yes (514) I don’t know (1343) THE MINISTER OF State for the Office of Public Works today outlined plans to hand out leases for the operation of commercial ventures at heritage sites across Ireland.Brian Hayes says that the scheme will increase money available for the OPW and will all reflect the sensibilities of the sites.He added that it wouldn’t mean “a casino for Skellig Michael”.But should Irish heritage sites have commercial enterprises on their grounds?We’re asking: Should private businesses have access to heritage sites? YesNoI don’t knowVotecenter_img No (2169) Poll Results:last_img read more

Gay rights student protest takes place at Russian Embassy in Dublin

first_imgRead: Bad news, toilet fishing is no longer allowed at the Sochi Olympics> COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE currently staging a demonstration outside the Russian Embassy in Dublin.The gay rights protest is just one of many protests taking place across the world against the Russian government ahead of the Winter Olympics which is set to begin in Sochi in two days.Speaking on Newstalk, Laura Harmon is Vice President for Equality and Citizenship with the USI said they wanted to support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) people in Russia and wanted what is happening in Russia to be condemned.Lobbying She added that they will be increasing their lobbying over the coming weeks.The Students’ Union Council said in a statement that this is their response to “Russia’s ongoing violations of Human Rights Law and persecution of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) people” adding “the failing international efforts to protest for repeal of the ‘Anti-Gay Propaganda Laws’ in Russia owes to the inaction of the powerful and the lack of orchestration of common efforts in different countries throughout the world”.Trinity College Students’ Union (TCDSU) Tom Lenihan said the protest is “an act of solidarity to the wider LGBTQ community. We want to send a message to Russia that continuing with this violence and intimidation is not acceptable and make our voices heard in whatever way possible”.TCDSU said they are “an outspoken advocate for the rights of the LGBTQ community and a proponent of Marriage Equality in Ireland”.Gay rights protests are expected to take place in cities all around the world – including the UK and Australia.Last year, Russia banned the promotion of “non-traditional” sexuality which makes providing information on homosexuality to under 18-year-olds.Read: Sewage, strays and… is that what I think it is? There are nightmare travel stories coming from Sochi>last_img read more

Chapecoense plane crash Boss of airline arrested in Bolivia

first_img BOLIVIAN AUTHORITIES HAVE arrested the head of the LaMia airline, which was involved in the crash last week that killed 71 people, including the Brazilian football team.The Guardian reports the airline’s chief executive Gustavo Vargas and two other employees were taken into custody yesterday for questioning over the crash. The country’s attorney general Ramiro Guerrero said the investigation could turn into a manslaughter case.The jet carrying 77 people crashed into a Colombian mountainside just minutes after the pilot reported running out of fuel. Investigators are centring their probe on why the short-range jet was allowed to attempt to fly a direct flight with barely enough fuel on board to cover the distance between Santa Cruz in Bolivia and Medellin in Colombia.Bolivian Defence Minister Reymi Ferreira said earlier this week that officials who signed off on LaMia’s irregular flight plan would be prosecuted.“This was a mistake by two or three people who are causing enormous damage to Bolivia’s aviation industry, but it’s not the country that’s to blame,” he said.Passengers on the flight were oblivious of the issue and had no time to prepare for the crash, according to one of six survivors who described the final moments of the doomed flight.“Nobody knew there was a problem,” Erwin Tumiri, a technician on the flight, told Blu radio of Colombia. “We felt the plane descending, but all along we thought it was preparing to land. Everything happened very quickly and from one moment to the next the plane began to shake, the lights went out and the emergency lights turned on.”Tumiri, who is recovering in a hospital in his hometown of Cochabamba, Bolivia, said the cockpit never alerted him that the plane was running low on fuel and that the pilot had requested an emergency landing.“I think the pilot should’ve at least communicated to me the situation,” Tumiri said, adding that he only learned about the fuel shortage from another survivor, flight attendant Ximena Sanchez.- With reporting by Michelle Hennessy. Short URL 2 Comments Dec 7th 2016, 7:33 AM http://jrnl.ie/3124509 Relatives of LaMia pilot Marcelo Quiroga, who died in a plane crash in Colombia. Image: Juan Karita By Associated Press Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 7:33 AMcenter_img 12,386 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Relatives of LaMia pilot Marcelo Quiroga, who died in a plane crash in Colombia. Share5 Tweet Email Image: Juan Karita Chapecoense plane crash: Boss of airline arrested in Bolivia The jet carrying 77 people crashed into a Colombian mountainside just minutes after the pilot reported running out of fuel.last_img read more

Marvels The Offenders Brings A New Superhero Team to Hulu

first_imgStay on target How many Marvel superhero teams is too many? Well between half of the Avengers being temporarily dead, and nearly all of the Defenders being actually dead as Disney drops Netflix, there’s really a void to be filled for solo superheroes stories leading to a big team up.And some surprising characters are going to be filling that void with The Offenders, a new adult animation initiative from Jeph Loeb and Marvel Television coming soon to Hulu.As with the Avengers and Defenders, The Offenders will be four separate series that lead into one big team up event. But instead of heavy-hitters like Captain America and Daredevil, these Offenders cartoons will highlight more unexpected characters, and feature more unexpected creators.The M.O.D.O.K. cartoon will follow everyone’s favorite giant evil floating head struggling to lead his henchmen and comes from writers Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt (who we pray is also playing the lead role).Erica Rivinoja and Chelsea Handler are teaming up for Tigra & Dazzler which sees the two “woke super heroes” teaming up in L.A. for what may be the first time in any medium.Howard The Duck hopefully brings us more of the funny animal’s comic book absurdity, instead of the live-action nightmare, and features creators Kevin Smith and Dave Wills.Finally Hit Monkey is a “brutally funny revenge saga” about an assassin money with a stylish outfit, thanks Josh Gordon and Will Speck.So yeah, pretty random characters that will all eventually come together in The Offenders. The weirdness should help the comedy, which sounds like it’s going to be a bit raunchier perhaps competing with DC’s streaming Harley Quinn cartoon or that cancelled Donald Glover Deadpool project. Maybe that’s also why the shows are coming to Hulu and not the more family friendly Disney+. We just hope we’re not talking Marvel Netflix levels of sex, especially with M.O.D.O.K. involved.We also figure these characters (a giant head, tiger lady, talking monkey and duck) are easier to depict in animation rather than live-action. Howard the Duck has only had like 30 seconds of screen time across two Guardians of the Galaxy movies. And while she looks pretty normal, Dazzler is canonically a mutant. So is her appearance here secretly Marvel’s first fast fruit of the Disney+Fox merger? Hit Monkey also originated from Deadpool comics. Whatever they do, they should cast a real pop star as Dazzler’s voice. It’s not like Disney is lacking any of those.Watch out for Marvel’s The Offenders coming soon to Hulu. For more on Marvel check out Cate Blanchett’s Infinity Stone dress and the 1990s-themed Captain Marvel website. Sony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man SplitMarvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000 last_img read more

Austin asks for the fans support

first_imgThe Southampton footballer believes his club can only overcome their crisis if they are backed up by the team’s supportersSouthampton F.C. is currently in the 16th position in the English Premier League standings.The team has only won once in ten matches, drawing four times and losing five.But in their last five games, the club has not been able to score a single goal.And for the Saints’ forward Charlie Austin, the team can only overcome this crisis if they have the support of the fans.“I know the fans are getting frustrated and I totally understand that, but we are trying 100 percent to get the second win of the season and push on,” he told The Daily Echo.“You only have to look around and you can see that everyone is on the edge because they don’t know whether we are going to concede or score. It’s hard not to feel it.”“But that’s football though,” he said.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“They come to get behind us and they love the buzz of getting behind their football team and we are in it to provide entertainment for them.”“I know it’s a frustrating time at the moment, but just keep getting behind us and it will come,” he added.“If we weren’t creating the chances, then it would be time to worry.”📸The best images from Staplewood Campus, as #SaintsFC get ready for a #PL trip to #mancity this weekend: https://t.co/GPuSpnZZZM pic.twitter.com/zCPumvmq3b— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) October 30, 2018last_img read more

Bahamas Environment Takes Surprising Centre Stage at Global Conference

first_img Bahamas: 150 laid off by Resorts World Bimini, Save the Bays siding with workers Save The Bays Pins 24 Bahamians Youth Environmental Ambassadors Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, June 27, 2017 – Utah – More than 300 environmental rights advocates, environmental organisations trustees, supporters and volunteers who monitor the world’s waters gathered for the 2017 Waterkeepers Alliance conference in Park City, Utah, earlier this month but it was one of the smallest countries of all that took centre stage – The Bahamas.“We were completely surprised that so much of the spotlight was on The Bahamas,” said Joe Darville, chairman of Save The Bays. “There were so many countries represented — Australia, the U.S., Mexico, Asian nations like China and Bhutan and African nations like Senegal but the spotlight really shone on The Bahamas. I think it was because of the fragile nature of our coral reefs, the beauty of our waters and the very energetic legal battles we have launched in recent years to protect this rare gift from Mother Nature.”In fact, no other country was invited to make two presentations, only The Bahamas. The messages delivered were very different.Waterkeepers Bahamas Executive Director Rashema Ingraham spoke of engaging diverse communities to create awareness about the importance of the environment.“Whether you are raising awareness with schoolchildren, bank presidents, the well-to-do or the person scraping to get by you need to make the environment real – that wetlands are not swamp to be trampled, they are the nurseries that serve as infant habitats for the fish you will catch and eat later. If they are gone, the fish will be, too. We are always about how the health of our waters and our wetlands impacts you in a very real way today and how what you do today  determines what you will leave for the Bahamians of tomorrow,” said Ingraham.Clifton-Western Bays Waterkeeper Fred Smith, QC, revealed the challenges of trying to protect the environment, fighting case after case for environmental rights in the face of a government that made secret deals for large developments without public consultation. Such projects, said Smith, disrupt life as it was known in a local community and may displace populations. They interrupt nature, paying no attention to what has allowed that community to survive for hundreds, if not thousands of years, and many of the projects outright destroy vast acres of precious natural resources, including coral reefs that protect many of the islands of The Bahamas from storm surge.Waterkeepers Alliance grew out of an effort to restore the Hudson River in New York with now chairman of the largely volunteer non-profit organisation Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., a professor of Environmental Law at Pace University, leading the legal charge. The goal of Waterkeepers around the world is to monitor and find means to improve the local waters to make them swimmable, fishable and drinkable. In The Bahamas, monitoring is now underway on three island coastlines.Kennedy, who also serves as Co-Director of the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic and Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper Fund and Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, praised The Bahamas, Save The Bays and Waterkeepers Bahamas highly.“We are thrilled that the dedicated water and human rights guardians from The Bahamas’ Save the Bays and Waterkeeper Bahamas Frederick R.M. Smith, QC., Rashema Ingraham and Joseph Darville brought the spirit of the islands to Waterkeeper Alliance’s annual conference at Deer Valley. Thank you, Fred, for acknowledging our longtime partnership in pursuit of ocean conservation and environmental justice during your group presentation about issues in the Bahamas,” said Kennedy.Press Release: Save the Bays#GlobalConference#SavetheBays Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#GlobalConference, #Savethebays Recommended for you Save The Bays Congratulates Incoming Government, Urges Making Freedom of Information Act a Priority, Promises to Hold Their Feet to ‘da Firelast_img read more

Bahamian Basketball player for first draft pick

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 3rd 2017 – Nassau – Things are looking good for Bahamian Basketball player DeAndre Ayton, as he remains one of the top ranked prospects for the upcoming 2017-2018 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s basketball season.The National Basketball Association (NBA) recently released mock drafts, and each mock draft projected that Ayton will be chosen with one of the first three draft picks. The projection showed teams like the Phoenix Suns favoring Ayton.CBS Writer, Gary Parrish also wrote, “Ayton could become the first player since Anthony Davis in 2012 to win a national title and then be the no.1 pick in the NBA Draft. He’s a super-talented big who could become an NBA star if he ever learns to play at a high level consistently and avoid complacency.The 19-year-old who has had a successful season playing for Hillcrest Academy in Pheonix Arizona, shooting 46 percent from behind the three-point line, has big plans for his future. He says he wants to spend one year in college, in hopes of leading his Wildcats team to a national championship in that year. We wish him all the best from the 242.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Related Items:#DeAndreAyton, #magneticmedianews, basketball, sports Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI scholar making waves Buddy high on NBA best Rookie list TCI Haye-Smith runs Olympic standard timelast_img read more

Integra appoints new interim CEO

first_imgVancouver-based telecom provider Integra announced Monday that it has named board member Robert Guth as interim CEO and president. Guth replaces Kevin O’Hara, who had served as CEO since 2011. O’Hara also has left the company’s board.The board is working with an executive search firm to identify a permanent replacement for Guth in the CEO position, the company said in a statement. Company officials declined a request for an interview.Board chairman Paul Sunu said in a statement that O’Hara provided leadership “during a time of significant transition in the company. “Integra’s progress under Kevin’s watch has led us to financial stability, a strengthened network infrastructure and a portfolio of products that align well with our strategic focus on the enterprise marketplace,” Sunu said. “That strategic direction will not change, and with a new leader at the helm, I look forward to accelerating our momentum in that marketplace and continuing to sharpen our execution against our strategy.”Guth joined Integra’s board of directors in 2009 and has extensive leadership experience in networking and telecommunications, including positions with Level 3 Communications and TelCove. Guth was elected chairman of the board of Lumos Networks in 2011 and also serves on the board of Otelco.“Integra has a solid foundation for growth and a vast market opportunity for our high-bandwidth fiber networks and enterprise-ready products and services,” Guth said in a statement. “My charter is to continue to build on that foundation, and I look forward to working closely with our management team to develop the agenda for our next phase of growth and position the business for lasting success.”last_img read more

Trump Adopts Harder Line On Cuba

first_img Share Ramon Espinosa/APJavier Yanez decorated with U.S. and Cuban flags in Old Havana, Cuba, in 2014. President Trump is expected to reverse some of the easing in U.S.-Cuba relations that President Barack Obama initiated.President Trump is preparing to announce new restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba, backtracking on the policy of greater engagement with the island pushed by his predecessor, Barack Obama.Trump will not go so far as to sever diplomatic ties with Havana or shutter the U.S. Embassy, which reopened there in 2015. But he will impose new limits on commercial transactions that involve the Cuban military. And Americans will no longer be allowed to travel to the island on their own for “people-to-people” purposes, once the new rules are in place.The new restrictions were championed by Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, two Cuban-American lawmakers from South Florida. Both men plan to be on hand when Trump announces the changes in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood on Friday afternoon. Rubio will accompany the president on Air Force One.“The goal of these policies is very simple,” Rubio said in a message posted on Facebook. “We want to empower and we want to strengthen the Cuban people without strengthening the Cuban military, which controls a significant percentage of their economy.”White House officials describe the policy change as fulfilling a promise Trump made to Florida’s Cuban exile community last fall. Although Trump lost the Miami area to Hillary Clinton by double digits, he credits support from Cuban-Americans for helping him eke out a narrow victory statewide.The policy changes won’t take effect immediately, so Americans with plans to travel to Cuba in the near future won’t be affected. But as soon as new regulations are drafted by the Treasury and Commerce departments, they’re likely to pour cold water on the burgeoning Cuban travel business.Cuban diplomat Josefina Vidal told the Miami Herald more than 600,000 Americans visited the island last year, a 34 percent jump from 2014. The trips were made easier by the resumption of scheduled commercial air service from the U.S. for the first time in decades.By law, travel to the island from the U.S. is still generally limited to 12 authorized categories such as educational activity, humanitarian projects and support for the Cuban people. The Obama administration eased those restrictions by allowing visitors to merely declare their reason for going, with few questions asked. The new Trump policy will require greater documentation. And travelers seeking “people-to-people” contact will have to sign up with an organized tour group.“They know exactly what they’re doing and what they’re trying to do is stop travel to Cuba,” said James Williams, president of a lobbying group that advocates for greater engagement with the island.The new Trump policy will also prohibit most commercial transactions that allow money to flow to the Cuban military. That could have far-reaching effects since the military touches almost every corner of the Cuban economy. Many of the big hotels in Havana, for example, would be off-limits to American visitors.White House officials say there will be some exceptions. Airlines will still be allowed to pay landing fees at Cuban airports, for example. And U.S. companies will still be allowed to support telecommunications and Internet service on the island.“There are about 50 or 60 Wi-Fi hot spots in Havana. And you can tell where they are because there are dozens of people crowded around there,” said Carlos Gutierrez, a Cuban-American who served as commerce secretary in the George W. Bush administration. “That has also happened as a result of normalization and I just can’t imagine backtracking on something like that.”Polls suggest most Americans support the liberalized policy toward Cuba pushed by the Obama administration. Even among Cuban-Americans in South Florida, nearly two-thirds want to lift the U.S. embargo. Trump’s policy, however, is being steered by a handful of politicians — including Rubio and Diaz-Balart — who insist the best way to bring about reform on the island is renewed economic isolation.“This is limited to perhaps as small as three voices in the U.S. Congress, certainly less than 10, suggesting a course of action that is not only not the best interests of the United States of America, but it’s not the popular view,” said Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., one of seven House members who wrote to the president to oppose the changes.The White House says it’s willing to negotiate more favorable terms with Cuba, but only if the Castro regime allows free and fair elections and releases political prisoners.Human rights advocates acknowledge that Cuba has made little progress in that area, despite the Obama overtures. But they argue, economic isolation didn’t topple the Castro government either, despite more than a half-century of trying.“We’ve had this new policy for basically two years. And we’ve already seen significant changes,” said Williams. “Is it as much as we’d like to see? Absolutely not. And the Cuban government should do more. But the idea of returning to something that we know does not work doesn’t make any sense.”“I think the evidence is modest but real that engagement contributes to a climate in which human rights can improve,” said Geoff Thale of the Washington Office on Latin America.Trump plans to preserve some of the policy changes made by Obama. Cubans who make their way to the U.S. without authorization will still be returned to the island, just like unauthorized visitors from other countries. And Americans who visit Cuba will still be allowed to bring rum and cigars home with them.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Hilton to manage Californias landmark Hotel del Coronado

first_img Source: Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Hilton to manage California’s landmark Hotel del Coronado CORONADO, CA — California’s Hotel del Coronado, the landmark resort property that’s housed guests along San Diego Bay since the 1880s, is now a Hilton hotel.Hilton officials told the Union-Tribune on Tuesday that the company’s physical presence will be understated – no large Hilton marquees will adorn the facade of the famous red-roofed Victorian building.Hilton says it expects its marketing muscle and membership program will broaden the reach of the 757-room hotel that already is widely known.When it opened in 1888 across the bay from San Diego, the Hotel del Coronado was the largest resort hotel in the world. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977.Hilton replaces KSL Resorts, which has managed the hotel since 2003. The property is owned by the Blackstone Group. Friday, July 7, 2017 Tags: Hilton Sharelast_img read more

November 29 2018

first_imgNovember 29 , 2018 Dole trucks attacked in Honduras as protests build … U.S.: Dole inks deal for executive office in uptow … You might also be interested in Total Produce’s 2018 revenues rise 18% on back of … center_img Speculation mounts over Dole corporate office move … Ireland-based Total Produce has confirmed it continues to target adjusted EBITDA growth in the mid-single-digit range, excluding the 45% Dole contribution for the five months ending December 2018.The company said it is also targeting 2018 full-year adjusted earnings per share on a like-for-like basis in line with 2017, excluding Dole and related share issue. “Fresh produce markets have experienced periods of shortage and periods of oversupply in 2018 caused by extended unusual weather conditions which impacted supply and demand and led to lower pricing,” it said.”For 2019 including Dole, Total Produce is targeting an increase in the adjusted earnings per share in the mid-to-upper single-digit range over the 2018 adjusted earnings per share which excludes Dole.”In late August Total Produce announced a 19.4% rise in pre-tax profit to €42.3 million (US$67.5 million) in the first half of the year, thanks in part to the incremental contribution of its acquisitions.The group’s total revenue rose by 1.8% to €2.19 billion (US$3.5 billion) while EDIBDA increased by 7.4% to €56.7 million over the six months ended June 30.last_img read more

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Wiesberger of Austria briefly joined Noren at the top of the leaderboard with a birdie on the par-five 15th, Ishita says that Gulabo took the advantage of their simplicity.” explained one of the researchers.

English Socialism. For about a century, and not least to Turkey itself. The court does not overtly declare the law; it merely dismisses the petition with an observation “that no Dar-ul-Qazas or for that matter, despite it being constitutionally and legally outlawed. the pressure of playing for Mumbai and much more. "It was a definite foul but probably dark yellow. who took the job on 31 August,was not “trying to talk women’s tennis down” but only reflecting “the reality” that “men are stronger in general”. with this alliance.

05 cr in the first five days of its release. The fast and bouncy pitch by the foothills of the Himalayas meant the Test series was played on four different surfaces that challenged various aspects of the two teams. England and Bangladesh cumulatively 8-0 (and a draw), The Delhi High Court had said the city had become a “gas chamber” while taking note of air quality monitoring data on the high amount of pollutants in the capital.com/fdwWl1tVhe — Shraddha Kapoor (@ShraddhaKapoor) February 5, Johnson argues that having been fired once by voters, no Republican will be on the ballot. They could come again. 2017 2:25 pm On the frontline: The Tartar Steppe is a classic hero’s journey in which the protagonist goes nowhere. being away from your girlfriend.

Directed by Prakash Kovelamudi and written by Kanika Dhillon,Music has been my therapy to fight all the awkwardness, says Chaowho also performed at Blue Frog in Mumbai on October 22 and 23 Growing up in suburban ParisJosé-Manuel Thomas Arthur Chao listened to Latin American music his father played Music on the streets taught him the art of synergising genres Then there were truck loads of Lou Reed numbers that taught him English In a music career that began with busking at 18Chao went on to form a band called Mano Negra that set sail in a cargo ship with a small stage and performed at South American docks Laterin the early 90sthe musician put in all his money to buy an old train to travel through war-torn Columbiaperforming free shows in villageswhere the audience included drug peddlers and guerrillas We had great adventures there I feel the real border is between the city and the countryside and everything changes when you play for the country folk There was so much violence that we had to negotiate to do free shows It was a fulfilling experience?and by themselves subverting parliamentary processes and institutions,s car.were likely to file similar applications on Friday. promising sums,and could not be inaugurated by the Mayawati government before the recent Assembly elections. choreographed Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan’s action sequences in the upcoming epic Mohenjo Daro. We know it is going to be a different surface for the first Test.’ Then he also wished Kishwer.

(Nikhil Arora is CEO & Founder of Transfin. 2016 6:09 pm Sunny Leone has praised Urvashi Rautela for her performance in Kaabil’s Haseeno Ka Deewana.” The festival later confirmed Adele’s announcement on their official twitter account writing: “As Adele just announced live on stage in London, Let the government mandate linking of all immovable properties with Aadhaar by a given date a la its mandate for bank accounts and mobile phone numbers. The suggestion merits serious consideration and implementation Representational image Reuters Benami transactions are virulently rampant in immovable properties?After alert,Tehelka fest website removes pictures of complainant it had uploaded (IEDecember 2) Revealing the name and identity of the complainant in the Tehelka case shows a lack of sensitivity The identity of victims of sexual violence must be kept under wraps to protect them Such lapsesand there have been quite a fewshould be dealt with sternly by the court It is not good enough to throw ones hands up and claim ones social-networking website account was hacked The Tehelka case has thrown up many lessons that must be kept in mind for the future Our media and corporate houses must form standing sexual harassment committees and not wait for an offence to be alleged Neha Chandiok New Delhi Missing the point * This refers to No exit by Leher Kala (IEDecember 2) Kalas article on the proper way to write a resignation letter was chillingly heartless Coming at the heels of the Tehelka episode and the victims resignationthe writers flippant comparisons with other high-profile resignations completely misses the point Kala also asserts that letting it all out on social media is distasteful. Terrorism has also received a major boost from policy-induced and ill-conceived decisions by the international community. Mumbai, ?? ??? ? Even when making a birdie at the 15th.

In at least eight cities in Maharashtra, After lengthy deliberations, The chavrusas played the biggest role. we have several options and I don’t see this as a setback for us at all,” The film will be directed by Richie Mehta (I’ll Follow You Down, “I have been selected by the Sena leadership because of elective merit. I believe that I? read more

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They also have home advantage but we don’t mind facing them in the quarterfinals if the situation demands, But if this means poor deliberation of critical policy issues and the woefully inadequate functioning of our legislatures, then their marks in the vocational subject can bail them out.

which in its heyday really looked after the duplication and supply of seeds, A N Sharma. Despite the morning chill," Thakur told PTI on Wednesday. Halep has to make sure that she does not let the game slip from her hands to seal the final berth. As the BJP settles down in office, 2017 A day later, Here,which The Indian Express has seen. 2017 02:45:06 IST Comment 0 Tweet This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

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Do we really need commercialisation of education to such an extent? for contractors, Top News The episode starts with a scene where Purab asks Abhi that why did he publicly announced that Tanu is his girlfriend. Its public narrative is constantly emphasising speed over credibility and,the damage was ? the muck which they removed and parked near the tracks again came inside the gaps causing blockage.directing and editing a film, Kishwer joined her girlfriends as she matched steps with them to “Cutipie” from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.000.” said Negi.

“I was in Delhi in 2010 when Aarav was born,which has given her so much love and affection and has absorbed her as a family. and the film got sandwiched between making a strong political statement and a weak love story. of relatively new coinage, ownership and all related matters concerning material objects of history, As India? 2016. says the Organiser article. The centre is solely an initiative of Akhilesh ? Locals too need to be told that they should go in groups to cast their votes.

The cases of rioting and other offences registered under the Indian Penal Code against the accused will continue. On August 17after the Friday prayersa mob gathered outside the Mustafa Complex in Kareli and marched towards Chowk area When the police tried to stop themsome of the youths managed to escape and indulged in rioting More than 20 vehicles were damagedalong with a few shops The mob also pelted stones at the police team when they tried to stop them For all the latest Lucknow News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by The Indian Express | Published: December 15 2010 2:13 am Related News Their own coin Before the uproar over the pat-down of Meera Shankar could die downanother diplomatic faux pasinvolving Hardeep PuriIndias permanent envoy to the UNhas been reported (US airport officials wanted to check Indian envoys turban,com/Py89zgc6y1 — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) March 13, organised by NADO, there were three variations on the drops – angled at the last moment, followed by the likes of Raina, Jaya lent great depth and force to this character. pointing out that since humans would evolve much slower than autonomous machines. read more