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first_imgMumbai: Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor has called actor Neil Nitin Mukesh his family. Neil on Wednesday had tweeted a photograph of his wedding, where Rishi is seen sitting next to him and his wife Rukmini Neil Mukesh. The three are seen smiling for the camera. The “Saaho” actor wished Rishi, who turned 67 on Wednesday. He wrote: “From playing his junior in a film VIJAY to him spreading so much love and positivity at my sangeet, Chintu uncle has always been most loved. Happy Birthday Chintu uncle have a super year. God bless you with all the happiness.” To which, Rishi replied: “You are my family beta!” Rishi is undergoing medical treatment in New York. A slew of family, friends, and celebrities from across the world, including Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra, and Karan Johar, have visited Rishi over the past months.last_img read more

first_imgShaneen Robinson APTN National NewsA judge has reserved his decision on whether a Saskatchewan farmer accused of fatally shooting a First Nations man should be granted bail.Gerald Stanley is charged with second-degree murder in the Aug. 9 death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie of the Red Pheasant First Nation.Hundreds gathered outside the courthouse in North Battleford, Sask, Thursday. Many in support of the Boushie family.Stanley’s bail hearing ended with the judge saying he will release a written decision on Friday or sometime next week.All evidence presented at the hearing is subject to a publication ban.srobinson@aptn.calast_img

first_imgCALGARY – The Alberta Energy Regulator says it has suspended the licences of an oil and gas producer after no one answered its 1-800 emergency phone line when one of its hydrocarbon handling facilities appeared to be leaking.In a notice on its website, the regulator says it has yanked licences for nearly 30 wells, a similar number of pipeline segments and four facilities from Insch Commodity Ltd., a Warburg, Alta.-based company.It says the apparent leak was reported in an anonymous call to the Drayton Valley, Alta., office of the AER on March 13.An AER inspector visited the site west of Edmonton on March 20 and observed hydrocarbon pooling on soil and vegetation which potentially could migrate into a nearby waterbody. The inspector called the emergency number on a sign on the site and no one answered.The AER has ordered Insch to hire an environmental contractor to clean the affected site. The company is also to inspect, clean and shut down all of its other sites, and is being given 14 days to confirm it has done so.The AER says in its order the company also has failed to provide a security deposit or pay its 2017 contribution to the Alberta orphan well fund, which is used to reclaim oil and gas sites left behind by operators who can’t or won’t do the work.There was no immediate response to messages left at Insch’s Warburg contact number on Monday.last_img read more

The International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s new Chief of Mission in Sri Lanka today presented his credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tilak Marapana, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo.Sarat Dash, previously served as IOM’s Chief of Mission in Yemen, Bangladesh, Nepal and Azerbaijan. He was also IOM’s Special Envoy to India and Bhutan. An Indian national, Dash joined IOM in 1998 with over 15 years of experience in development sector in South Asia. While acknowledging the strong relationship between IOM and his Government, the Foreign Minister emphasized on IOM’s engagement in reconciliation and peace building (particularly in transitional justice), reintegration programme and counter trafficking issues. Dash assured the Minister of his commitment to work closely with the Government of Sri Lanka, UN system and other stakeholders to serve the migrants and their communities around them during his tenure in Sri Lanka.As the leading intergovernmental agency dealing with migration, IOM, which has 173 Member States, acts with its partners in the international community to assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management; to advance understanding of migration issues; to encourage social and economic development through migration; and to uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants. “There is an urgent need for skills development for migrant workers to meet the demands of destination countries”, he added. Sri Lanka became an IOM Member State in 1990 and IOM’s first office in the country opened in 2002.It currently has over 100 staff distributed among its Head Office in Colombo, a Migrant Health & Operations Centre in Colombo, and four Sub-Offices located in Jaffna, Kilinochchi (covering Mullaitivu), Vavuniya (covering Mannar) and Batticaloa. (Colombo Gazette) read more

The UN country team in Bolivia dispatched an assessment mission today in support of local and national relief efforts responding to the landslide, which occurred in the small town of Chima, some 250 kilometres from La Paz. Although preliminary reports indicate that damage was extensive, heavy rains and flooding have cut off communications to the town, hampering efforts to confirm the number of those killed or missing.The mission, which includes representatives of the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), will work alongside search and rescue teams and neighbouring communities. WFP is providing enough food – 5.5 tons – to feed 200 affected families for 15 days. The UN World Health Organization, together with the Pan American Health Organization (WHO/PAHO) will provide medicines. read more

The militia is recruiting and using child soldiers while targeting symbols and institutions of State authority, according to a news release issued by the UN Stabilisation Mission in the African country (MONUSCO), which also cited the disproportionate use of force by Government security forces known as FARDC in their response to the situation.Particularly, since 9 February 2017, there have been ongoing clashes between Kamuina Nsapu militia and Congolese security forces within the area of Tshimbulu (160 Kilometers South East of Kananga) with unconfirmed reports of 30 to 50 deaths resulting from these clashes. The news release stated that the Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of MONUSCO, Maman S. Sidikou, strongly condemned the actions of the militia, and expressed his concern about repeated reports of the disproportionate use of force by the FARDC.Mr. Sidikou expressed regret about the deaths and injuries suffered in these clashes and called upon the Congolese security forces to act in line with acceptable standards of national and international laws in their response to the situation. He offered the Mission’s support to a credible investigation of this regrettable situation.MONUSCO has deployed one of its mobile monitoring response team in the area covering Tshikapa, Dibaya, Bunkode, Tshimbulu and Luiza to possibly prevent, investigate and document human rights violations in line with its mandate. MONUSCO redeployed most of its resources to the country’s east in 2014. Given the improved security situation at the time, there was also a drastic reduction of military and civilian personnel affecting the Mission’s presence in Kananga in central Kasai. However, since December 2016, MONOSCO has deployed a military company of soldiers in Kananga with the task of protecting the Mission’s personnel and assets as well as protecting civilians. read more

Brock is searching for community partners in need of volunteers for the University’s largest day of service.Saturday, Sept. 8 will mark the 10th annual Brock Cares Day of Service — a one-day event where Brock students, faculty and staff donate their time to local community organizations.Last year’s day of service included 20 projects with 156 volunteers. Organizations included the Lincoln County Humane Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the YWCA and Linhaven long-term care home, with projects ranging from garden cleanup and reorganizing a thrift store to volunteering with a seniors recreation program.A group of students stuff thank-you gifts for a local fundraising run as part of Brock Cares Day of Service 2017.Organizers from Brock University Students’ Union and Student Life and Community Experience are hoping the 10th anniversary will mark the biggest day of service yet.“Close to 1,100 volunteer hours were donated through last year’s Brock Cares,” said Megan Brown, Community Engagement Co-ordinator with Student Life and Community Experience. “If the organizations paid employees minimum wage to do the same work, it’d cost them more than $15,000. It’s incredible to think that we saved the Niagara community this much money in one day.”This year’s goal is to involve 300 volunteers or contribute more than 2,000 hours. It’s ambitious, but with the help of the Brock community, Brown thinks it’s achievable.“If we want to double what we accomplished last year, we need to find more community partners eager to welcome our volunteers,” said Brown. “There may be members of the Brock community who have existing relationships with not-for-profits, charities, service groups and other community service organizations that we’re unaware of.”Staff, faculty and students are encouraged to reach out to community service organizations in the Niagara region and inquire if they could benefit from the help of a group of volunteers on Sept. 8. It could be as little as a couple of hours or a half-day to a full day of volunteering from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Interested community partners are asked fill out an online form by Tuesday, July 31. Sites will be confirmed by the second week of August. Suggestions will also be accepted by emailing community@brocku.caFor those interested in volunteering, registration will open within the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, faculty and staff are encouraged to connect with their colleagues and gather a team. Volunteers will be provided with food, snacks, a T-shirt and transportation to the community partner sites.“Volunteering in the local community is a great way to kick off the opening of term,” said Brown. “It’s an opportunity to connect with colleagues outside of the office while also making a lasting impact in our community.” read more

first_imgYet Natural England, the body responsible for the stretch of coast near Westward Ho!, appears content to let the sea reclaim the land, according to the club.The agency last night insisted no suggestions were ruled out, but a statement explaining that “the dunes and shingle ridge are naturally dynamic coastal features and subject to constant change” have been seized on by local golfers as evidence civil servants are determined to let “mother nature take its course”. Exposed: The Royal North Devon Golf Club is situated on the mouth of the Taw-Torridge Estuary Exposed: The Royal North Devon Golf Club is situated on the mouth of the Taw-Torridge EstuaryCredit:APEX The club's general manager Mark Evans shows where the championship tee for the eight hole use to be The famous ‘Old’ Tom Morris designed the course, which was established in 1864Credit:Getty “They’ve got to look at the bigger picture,” said Mr Evans“Yes they might be saving England’s oldest golf course but they’re saving an environmental disaster that’s just waiting to happen.” Mark Evans, the club’s general manager, said: “By allowing this collapse we are tampering with history.“There’s no plan at the moment – it’s a disgrace.”Founded in 1864, the club quickly gained national status thanks to the patronage of the then Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, who bestowed the royal title two years later. He said both Natural England and local council officers were “burying their heads in the sand”.However, a meeting has been scheduled for January 29 to discuss the landfill site.“Natural England is working with Devon County Council, Torridge District Council , the Environment Agency and the golf club to consider options and agree the longer term management of coastal change at Northam Burrows,” a spokesman for the agency told The Daily Telegraph.“The dunes and shingle ridge are naturally dynamic coastal features and subject to constant change, a characteristic that makes this stretch of coast so special for wildlife and its wonderful wild landscape.“As a Site of Special Scientific Interest any works would need the consent of Natural England and having an agreed longer term approach to coastal management in place will enable the golf club to plan for the future.”Jane Whittaker, leader of Torridge District Council, said: “Following recent storms and their impact we have already had initial meetings to discuss both the old Devon County Landfill site and how the Golf Club can be supported into the future.” The club’s general manager Mark Evans shows where the championship tee for the eight hole use to beCredit:SWNS Believed to be substantively unchanged since the original Tom Morris design, the course is the oldest in continuous use in England.While other land is available which would allow the club to reconfigure the course away from the coastal collapse, this would make the golf “not anything like as interesting”, according to Mr Evans.Natural England said it would permit the club to build two new greens, providing it relinquished the two existing ones threatened by erosion.The collapse and subsequent flooding have also provoked fears over the security of a nearby landfill site containing hospital waste and other toxic material such as asbestos.The club says wrangling between the local Torridge District Council and Devon County Council has so far held back action to address the problem, although last night Torridge said the two authorities were “working well”.It is understood that to adequately protect the golf course, and by extension the landfill site, from the sea erosion would require a costly project of installing “rock amour” along the coast. It is the harsh and unpredictable seaside conditions that has traditionally made links golf such an enticing endeavour.But for England’s oldest course, at least, they are proving too much of a challenge.The Royal North Devon Golf Club has accused the Government of “abandoning us to the ocean” after Storm Eleanor prompted the collapse of part of its eighth tee and high tides expected next week threaten the demise of the seventh.Designed by the famous Victorian golfer “Old” Tom Morris, the course at the mouth of the Taw-Torridge Estuary is renowned as the “St Andrews of the South” and one of the UK’s toughest.The historic lay-out now faces permanent disfigurement, however, due to the brutal coastal erosion.More than 50 yards of the championship course has been lost as a result of the “preventable” collapse, with boulders strewn across one of the fairways.The disruption places in jeopardy two major upcoming amateur competitions. The famous 'Old' Tom Morris designed the course, which was established in 1864 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.last_img read more

first_imgThe BBC is getting into audio. Or at least, it’s licensing out two of its biggest brands to be used as speakers, created by Speakal, a company known for making cutesy speaker bases and iPod docks, such as the iPig, iBoo, and the flower shaped iPom.The first: the helmet worn by The Stig on Top Gear, which will hold an iPhone or iPod touch (or maybe any audio device) nestled up top. It has an integrated subwoofer, digital amp, and 25W output.And of course, there’s a police call box, circa 1963. Better known as the TARDIS, the blue box is typically seen as a (not-very-well) camouflaged time machine used by a former renegade Time Lord, now the last of his people, who likes to randomly pick up women from Earth and take them on adventures. This version doesn’t appear to have a dock, but will instead work with any media player that supports Bluetooth playback. No word yet on the price. You’ll have to supply your own traveling companion.AdChoices广告last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Videos Articles Google+ I don’t understand why they let Zack Ryder to win the IC title only to lose it the following night NupeNDallas April 6, 2016 at 1:22 pm The Miz WWE Smackdown Results – 9/10/19 (The Undertaker returns, Clash of Champions build) Maryse 2 COMMENTS Adam Scott How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch Twitter Now Playing Up Next WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20 Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter Videos Articles Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie Pinterest Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns I agree Videos Articles Comments are closed. J™ WhatsApp Big changes reportedly made to WWE RAW and Smackdown Live writing teams WWEs Miz and Maryse Expecting Second Child April 5, 2016 at 9:44 pm Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR is reporting that Zack Ryder will get his rematch against The Miz on this week’s 4/7 WWE Smackdown on the USA Network for the WWE Intercontinental Title.Ryder, who captured the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 32 in a ladder match, lost the title last night on RAW to The Miz. The rematch was setup in a backstage segment involving Miz, Maryse and WWE Hall of Famer Scott Hall.This match will be taped later tonight in Houston. Already announced for the show is the debut of NXT tag team The Vaudevillains.Attending the tapings tonight in Houston? We are seeking live reports. Send all live reports to videosPowered by AnyClipWWEs Miz and Maryse Expecting Second ChildVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more

first_img Lyft 3:07 Lyft got into the rentable scooter game last September. It first launched its scooters in Denver and since then has brought them to 15 other US cities. It’s one of about a dozen companies, including Bird, Lime, Uber, Skip and Spin, that now operate electric scooters in more than 100 cities worldwide.It hasn’t been all smooth rolling for Lyft’s scooters. As has been the case for most scooter companies, riders have alleged getting into accidents on the vehicles, and pedestrians have complained of scooter riders who disobey rules of the road. Lyft’s first batch of scooters also reportedly had a glitch that caused them to exceed local speed limits.  Share your voice Mobile Roadshow Scootering Electric scooters are now disrupting wrists, elbows and heads Lyft is rolling out its first electric scooters today The mad, twisted tale of the electric scooter craze Tagscenter_img Now playing: Watch this: Comment 1 Electric scooters in general are responsible for as many as 1,000 accidents per month. Riders have ended up in the emergency room and nearly 10 people have been killed in e-scooter accidents in the US. Hospitals around the country report daily injuries, some of which have been life-threatening or have left people permanently disabled. Many scooter companies are now building their own vehicle models with more of an emphasis on safety. Both Bird and Lime debuted new scooters this year, which the companies say have better wheels, suspension and braking systems. Uber also launched a new Jump scooter model this week, which has a bigger frame and brakes that engage both wheels.Originally published June 14, 10:12 a.m. PT. Update, 11:10 a.m.: Includes additional background information. Lyft wants you to think pink. Lyft Lyft is launching its own built-in-house scooter model, the company said on Friday. The first city to get the scooters is Denver, where they rolled out Friday morning. Lyft’s new scooter design has a 20% wider base, thicker wheels, longer-lasting battery, brakes that engage both wheels and a “more durable build,” according to the company. And, because pink is the company’s signature color, it also has pink wheels.”For the first time, Lyft scooters will also feature our iconic pink wheels, making it undeniably clear that scooters are central to Lyft’s vision for a future where cities are built around people, not private cars,” Caroline Samponaro, head of bike, scooter and pedestrian policy at Lyft, said in a statement. Electric scooters are sending scores of people to the…last_img read more

first_img Although Chinas economy has been covered as slowing down and affecting other countries, there is no denying its market is still massive. Over the past few years, Western countries and companies have mostly exploited that market by importing low-cost goods, but some argue Chinas consumer market is the place to be for small businesses.Deb Weidenhamer, the chief executive of $140m (£91m, €126m) firm American Auction told IBTimes UK the consumer market is still booming in China and Chinese consumer behaviour is very different to trends spotted in the US and UK.In China … no ones talking about the slowdown in the economy at all, she said. Chinese companies that we work with are paying as much as 30% more for salaries in the last six months and I think that for someone whos looking to sell into the Chinese economy, the emerging middle class is 300 million right now, its projected to be 600 million by 2022.Even if there is a slowdown in growth, the Chinese economy and consumer market is expanding very rapidly still, Weidenhamer said. Its …l mind boggling how much growth there is and how much market share there is yet to be had.Her firm helps small and medium enterprises (SMEs) enter the Chinese market by offering their products on the Chinese version of the online auction called iPai. Weidenhamer said that, not only the environment for small businesses in the UK, but also the situation in China is very encouraging.She said: In China, there is a concentrated effort to make foreign companies coming in and for that to be much more simple.The advantage of offering products to an emerging market in auction form is the firm simultaneously gathers information on the consumer behaviour. Weidenhamer discovered trends that contradicted what was going on in UK or US consumer bases.In the case of… Black Sheep Coffee, which is an organic coffee company here, we were testing their product and selling it at auction in China and one of the things we learned about that is that as an organic company, theyre packaging in plain brown paper bags but the Chinese consumer didnt like that, didnt understand that, she said. To them it meant that it was inexpensive when it comes in a brown paper bag. Closelast_img read more

first_imgGABRIEL CRISTÓVER PÉREZ / KUTTrey Murphy is a grad student in North Carolina, but he has dreams of owning land in West Texas. A few months ago, he was looking at real estate online and came across something strange.“I saw that there was this particular listing that was selling the surface estate, but not willing to sell the wind estate,” he says.Most people would have no idea what that means. But Murphy is originally from Texas, and, as luck would have it, he studies “energy geography.” He knows that in Texas, one tract of land can be owned in different ways by different people.“It is very common to sever the surface estate from the mineral estate,” he says.That means person A can own the surface rights to land, allowing them to build on the property or raise crops, while person B can own the subsurface or “mineral” rights to the property, allowing them to drill for oil.“My intuition,” says Murphy, “is that people are just applying the same logic to the wind.”He’s absolutely right. More and more land deals are being struck where the land rights are separated from the wind rights.“I’m working on one right now,” says Ken Norris, a real estate agent, auctioneer and former county judge in Terrell County, West Texas.People can make thousands of dollars a month in royalties from wind companies, he says, so they don’t always want to lose that option when they sell their land. But these kind of property deals are uncharted territory.“We’re just learning about this,” Norris says. “I’ve even called the [Texas Real Estate Commission] and the [Texas] Association of Realtors and this is something kind of new to them also.”So, is it legal?When it comes to property deeds “the only limitation is your imagination” says James Decker, a lawyer who owns a title agency in Stamford, Texas.Thanks to a Texas law dealing with mineral rights and surface rights, he says, it’s relatively easy to “separate” wind rights in land deeds. “A lot of times [the deed] will say, ‘Seller reserves the oil and gas and minerals lying in, on or under the property,’” Decker says. “So by that same token I’ll say, ‘Seller reserves the wind rights lying on or above the property.’”“It’s basically just the same lingo applied to a different type of energy context,” he says.That doesn’t mean there isn’t uncertainty over how wind rights really work.For one thing, Decker says, mineral rights have always been considered dominant over surface rights in Texas. Where do wind rights fall on that spectrum? No one knows.Murphy says a lot of conflict arises between surface and mineral rights owners in Texas. Now that there’s a new way of slicing and dicing properties in the state, we might expect even more of that.“I would always encourage land owners to look at their deeds and to make sure they know what they’re buying when they’re buying it,” he says.He says when he buys, he wants land with surface, mineral and wind rights intact.  Sharelast_img read more

first_imgMarjorie Kamys Cotera/Texas TribuneTexas State Representative Ron Reynolds says he will reach out to state officials because of his concern about potential health problems due to a recent oil well blowout incident near Missouri City.Texas State Representative Ron Reynolds said Friday he will reach out to state officials because of his concern about potential health problems due to a recent oil well blowout incident near Missouri City.The blowout happened on December 6 near the Texas Parkway and the Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road, and caused the dissemination of a gas called hydrogen sulfide.The Railroad Commission of Texas is the lead agency in the response to the incident and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is conducting “odor survey investigations,” according to a news release.The TCEQ began the investigations on December 7 and, according to their news release, as of December 13 the levels of hydrogen sulfide that had been detected were “below levels that would be a health concern or an immediate threat to public health and safety.”Reynolds, a Democrat who represents District 27, emphasized during a news conference that “the TCEQ has received numerous odor complaints.”Hydrogen sulfide can smell like rotten eggs or natural gas and the TCEQ notes “odorous levels are not necessarily harmful levels,” although they add that “persistent, strong odors have the potential to cause indirect, odor-related health effects such as headache and nausea.”An environmental quality expert said at the news conference that he is very concerned about the dissemination of the hydrogen sulfide and that it is much more than just an odor problem because the gas is toxic.The expert also said hydrogen sulfide is extremely acidic, very corrosive and very harmful to the human body.Reynolds said he will get in contact with top officials at the Railroad Commission of Texas and the TCEQ to convey his concerns to them. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgThierry Monasse, Pool Photo via APIranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif arrives prior to a meeting of the E-3 and Iran at the Europa building in Brussels on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (Thierry Monasse, Pool Photo via AP)Major European powers sought Tuesday to keep Iran in a landmark international nuclear agreement after President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the pact and promised tough economic sanctions against Tehran.In one of a series of meetings, foreign ministers from Britain, France and Germany — signatories of the 2015 deal to stop Iran developing nuclear weapons — were to hold talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, amid concerns that the sanctions will also damage European business interests.“The U.K. and our European partners continue to view the nuclear deal as vital for our shared security, and remain fully committed to upholding it,” British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said ahead of the meeting in Brussels.“We will look at potential options for supporting continued sanctions relief for Iran to ensure we meet our commitments under the deal, as well as calling on Iran to continue to abide by the restrictions the deal places upon their nuclear program,” he said.Johnson also called on Washington “to avoid any actions that could prevent the remaining parties to the agreement from meeting their commitments under the deal – including delivering sanctions relief through legitimate trade.”Earlier Tuesday, Zarif said he had a “very good and constructive” meeting with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who helps to supervise the U.N. Security Council-endorsed agreement.After an hour-long meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels, Zarif said he believed both sides were “on the right track” to make sure that the interests of the deal’s “remaining participants, particularly Iran, will be preserved and guaranteed.”Mogherini said “the aim” is to see how Iran and the Europeans “can coordinate actions” in order to preserve the deal.She said the parties are working on the principle of not dismantling something that works.“Then if you can improve on other things, other issues, you always have space for doing that,” she said.The EU’s executive arm, the European Commission, has been examining measures to counter the introduction of any U.S. sanctions that might harm European businesses and is expected to unveil them to EU leaders at a meeting in Bulgaria on Wednesday.Among them is the possible use of an EU “blocking regulation” which would, in essence, ban European companies from respecting American sanctions where those sanctions might damage EU interests, notably trade and the movement of capital.The regulation, which has been brandished as a threat in the past but never actually used, was drawn up more than 20 years ago and would have to be revised.It is unclear how well the measure could be enforced, given that big multinationals are likely to be doing more business in the U.S. than they are in Iran and may be unwilling to compromise that market access.The EU’s energy commissioner is also traveling this week to Iran to discuss strengthening European energy support to Iran.In Paris earlier Tuesday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire held talks with French businesses which have important contracts in Iran.Le Drian expressed France’s “determination to fight” so that the U.S. decisions don’t hurt those companies that have invested in Iran. Major French companies from the aeronautical, pharmaceutical, energy and automobile sectors are operating in Iran.“We wanted to make very clear that we cannot accept the extraterritorial nature of the American sanctions,” added Le Maire, who said he wants the U.S. administration to grant waivers on certain activities by French businesses. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgBy Joi Thomas, Special to the AFROHomelessness is a pervasive problem across our nation.  In cities and suburbs across the country, people are living without permanent housing and this epidemic has not spared Baltimore County.According to the annual 2017 Point-in-Time homeless census, approximately 800 people are homeless in Baltimore County on any given night; of these individuals, 36 percent are living unsheltered on the street, in cars, or other places not meant for human habitation and 64 percent live in emergency shelters or transitional housing. Many of those affected are children.Salem United Methodist Church in Baltimore County decided to help combat the issue of homelessness. In 2005, Rev. Dr. Colin Phillips, founded the Night of Peace Family Shelter. Night of Peace is located in the lower level of Salem United Methodist Church in Windsor Mill, Maryland.“The doors of Night of Peace have been open for 12 years, offering nighttime shelter to homeless families. These families are referred by the Baltimore County Department of Social Services,” Muriel Gates, executive director of Night of Peace, said, “Night of Peace is one of a few family shelters that serves homeless families with children. We provide intensive case management services that focus on housing counseling and placement, other services include assessment and linkage and referrals that are provided by agencies and professionals.”Night of Peace is preparing for its fifth annual Joyful Noise concert on September 16, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., at Salem United Methodist Church, 7509 Windsor Mill Rd. Local churches and individuals will perform at an outdoor benefit concert to support the family shelter.  The event is family friendly and free of charge, however, donations are welcome. Guest performers include: Dr. Anthony Brown, Anissa Stewart, Victorious Voices of Set the Captives Free Outreach Center, and many more. The concert will be hosted by Yolanda Vazquez of Maryland Public Television.The Joyful Noise Concert helps the shelter fulfill its mission. Executive Director Muriel Gates said that the mission of the organization is multifaceted “Our primary mission is to help homeless families move towards independence and permanent housing. Our initial goal is to provide shelter first and create a road map to permanent housing. We are a sanctuary for displaced families, an emergency overnight shelter open from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily; we provide breakfast, dinner, daytime snack, laundry and shower facilities and a cubicle with closet space; and case management services to assist with transitioning to permanent housing, employment and life skills with the end goal of living independently.”Gates made it clear that there are various reasons why persons can become homeless “Homelessness does not discriminate. Homelessness is the result of mental and substance abuse disorders, unemployment, divorce and separation, financial instability, military trauma, emotional abuse and neglect, domestic violence, school violence, bullying, sexual abuse and physical abuse,” she said.For more information about the concert go to read more

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica’s Supreme Court condemns prisoner torture allegations Latin America’s prisons in critical condition 16 killed in Guatemala prison fight, official says Nicaragua paroles 8,000 convicts to clear prisons President Laura Chinchilla signed a bill into law Tuesday establishing a mechanism to implement the United Nations’Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture.The protocol establishes an independent national body to prevent torture, cruel punishment and other degrading treatment of prisoners and other people deprived of liberty.“This is one more of many actions in the field of human rights that highlights Costa Rica on the international stage, and we hope that other countries also join, because torture, cruel treatment or sentences do not achieve credibility,” Chinchilla said.The unit, under the administration of the Ombudsman’s Office, will periodically examine the treatment of detainees and make recommendations to authorities on how to improve their conditions and treatment. The group also will make observations on current legislation and play an active role in its adaption to their recommendations.The mechanism will operate with “absolute independence and without interference by State authorities,” according to a statement from Casa Presidencial.“With this new law, our country complies with the obligations of the Optional Protocol and the recommendations of the United Nations for the prevention of torture, and once again situates Costa Rica in the vanguard and a position of leadership in Latin America,” said Justice Minister Ana Isabel Garita Tuesday at the Casa Presidencial.Garita added that the protocol could make recommendations on how to address Costa Rica’s prison overcrowding crisis.The bill was ushered through the Legislative Assembly by independent lawmaker Luis Fishman, who also attended the signing Tuesday. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgBurger King is back in Costa Rica just eight months after the former franchisee closed its operations here due to financial woes. The first restaurant of the U.S. fast food chain opened Wednesday in front of Parque de la Paz, south of downtown San José.Salvadoran business group JV de Centroamérica S.A., the new owner of the franchise, has announced plans to open 10 more restaurants in the coming months. The group will operate in Costa Rica under the corporation Alimentos Exclusivos BK Costa Rica. The company confirmed two more restaurants will open in the next two weeks in Guadalupe and Tibás, north of the capital.JV de Centroamérica S.A. also operates Juan Valdez coffee shops here and the Burger King franchise in El Salvador.In a news release, the company said it had hired 85 employees and expected to end the year with some 100 employees. Some 70 percent of those employees had previously worked at BK restaurants, the company reported.Burger King Costa Rica: Chapter 1This is the second attempt to successfully establish the Burger King franchise in Costa Rica. Burger King Corporation U.S. (BKC) closed its 29 restaurants in Costa Rica last Oct. 5 and dismissed all 434 employees. Former franchisee BK Costa Rica attributed the decision to “a disagreement on how to run the business with BKC US, which also is a shareholder of local operations.”The parent company said in a press release at the time that BK Costa Rica was operating the brand illegally since its contract had expired in September 2014. The corporation also said it looked forward to returning to Costa Rica soon.Besides failing to pay franchise rights, the first BK Costa Rica’s closure followed problems with liquidity and accumulated debt, including more than ₡300 million (some $550,000) owed in taxes and social security payments.The Foreign Trade Ministry tried unsuccessfully at the time to mediate between the parent company and BK Costa Rica to prevent the closure. After the franchise’s exit, other fast food companies, including McDonald’s and KFC, bought several of the Burger King locations.BK Costa Rica wasn’t the only fast food franchise to close shop last year: In January, Wendy’s closed its local operations and dismissed 110 employees. In a news release posted at the time on its Facebook page, the company blamed the excess of fast food restaurants in the country, which spiked dramatically in the last five years.“Currently, Costa Rica is the third country in the world with more restaurants per square kilometer,” the company said at the time. Wendy’s had been in Costa Rica for eight years.Sector recoveryThe return of Burger King indicates a recovery of the fast food market following a spate of closures. Besides Wendy’s, Domino’s Pizza and Bagelmen’s also exited Costa Rica in recent years. According to daily La Nación, KFC plans to open three to five restaurants a year over the next five years.McDonald’s opened two new locations this year, in Heredia and Cartago provinces, bringing its presence in the country to more than 100 locations.QSR International group, which operates 28 fast food restaurants here, announced plans to open three new locations of Quiznos and one of Teriyaki Experience in the next two months. The company also manages the local franchise of SmashBurger.According to data from the National Franchise Center (CENAF), part of the Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce, there were 217 international franchises here at the end of 2015, representing 78 percent of all franchises in the country. A quarter of those foreign franchises are in the food sector.There are 61 Tico franchises in Costa Rica, almost 60 percent of them in the food sector. Facebook Comments Related posts:IHOP looking for investors to open in Costa Rica Private sector confidence remains lukewarm Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to open in Costa Rica Hard Rock to open its first hotel in Costa Ricalast_img read more

first_img Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals, with the beginning of training camp just days away, have placed a quartet of players on the Physically Unable to Perform list.The four players who will begin camp on the sideline are safety Tyrann Mathieu, cornerback Justin Bethel, defensive tackle Frostee Rucker and linebacker Zack Wagenmann.None of this comes as a surprise.Mathieu is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in Week 15 of last season. By all accounts his rehab is ahead of schedule, but the Cardinals have no plans to rush him back. Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Bethel underwent surgery to repair a fractured foot in April. The operation kept him out of the team’s OTAs as well as mini-camp.Rucker had an operation done on his ankle early in the offseason, and though his recovery is going smoothly he was not expected to be 100 percent ready by the start of training camp.As for Wagenmann, the second-year pro suffered a foot injury during a mini-camp practice. It was a tough blow for a player who missed all of last season after breaking a foot during training camp. It was his second broken foot in as many seasons.Each of the four players who are on the PUP list could return to practice at any time once they are cleared to play.The Cardinals will report to training camp at University of Phoenix Stadium Thursday for their annual run test, with their first practice being scheduled for Friday afternoon.last_img read more

first_imgAdventure travel expert Catrionna Grant from Tucan Travel introduces the world’s top spots for exciting travel options.Once upon a time, adventure travel was only for the young, brave, rough-and-ready hippy backpackers and hardy trekkers, but these days adventure holidays are increasingly popular for people of all ages.What many don’t realise is that just because you want to trek Mt Fuji, jump out of a plane over Jinja, take a felucca cruise along the Nile, meet the warriors of the Maasai Mara, climb a volcano in Costa Rica or walk among penguins in Antarctica, it doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your creature comforts too.Adventure tours can be as cosy or as basic as you choose with tour companies offering everything from overland camping and public transport tours, to accommodation in luxury hotels and expedition cruises to remote destinations like Antarctica.Adventure tours are great for those looking for new friends; you’re so it’s a safe way to meet like-minded individuals, even if you’re a woman travelling alone. But going on a tour doesn’t mean you have to give up your independence – quite the contrary. Although you’ll spend time travelling with your group, there are plenty of opportunities to go your own way.Generally your tour leader will give you an orientation tour of each city you visit. Then you can follow your nose into the spicy labyrinth of the medina of Marrakech, tip-toe through the darkened caverns of Cappadocia, or let the rhythm take you at a salsa club in Havana, all in your own time. Your tour leader will make sure you know where you’re going and what you’re doing next on the itinerary, and then your time will be yours to explore and enjoy your surroundings.The benefits of travelling with an experienced tour operator are obvious. Staffed by passionate travellers with expert knowledge, tour companies will show you the most naturally beautiful and exotic places on the planet, guiding you through tricky cultural exchanges, language barriers and convoluted border crossings with ease. With your accommodation and transport pre-arranged and paid for, all of the normal hassles of travel are gone, giving you more time to enjoy your chosen destination.**Russia, Mongolia and China**An exciting way to combine these three fascinating destinations is to take the Trans Mongolian Railway from St Petersburg via Irkutsk and Ulaan Baatar to Beijing. A genuine ‘path less travelled’, you will spend your days on the train admiring the changing scenery, from busy cityscapes to barren plains, vast grasslands and deep forests.You’ll have plenty of opportunities to make friends with local people, learn some Russian and Mandarin, play card games and sample vodka and rice wine. During your time off the train you’ll explore the famous sites of St Petersburg, Moscow, Ulaan Baatar and Beijing, go horseriding through the endless Mongolian plains and walk along the Great Wall of China.Find cheap flights to Russia, Mongolia and China**Northern India**A long-standing adventure travel favourite is colourful, crazy India, brimming with exotic flavours and holy cows. Where else could you admire the greatest tribute to true love our world has ever seen, the Taj Mahal, and contrast it with the Karni Mata, a temple dedicated to 2,000 holy rats? On an adventure tour you can visit towering fortresses like the I’timad-ud-Daulah (Red Fort), and track tigers in Rathambore National Park, take a boat trip on the Ganges River at the holy city of Varanasi and go on an elephant safari or jungle trek at Chitwan National Park. It is also possible to combine a tour of northern India with a tour of Nepal, where you can experience some of the most beautiful mountain treks in the world, in the Annapurna mountains. Most tours in India travel in small groups on local transport so you can get among the locals and meet new people.Find cheap flights to India**Peru**This South American country is one of the most popular destinations for adventure travellers. The ancient Inca capital of Cuzco features fine Inca stone walls, excellent museums and delicious neo-Andean cuisine. It’s easy to organise day trips from here to nearby Inca sites like Sachaywayman, Ollyantaytambo and the Sacred Valley. Treks in the Andes often launch from Cuzco as many tour operators are based here.However, if you want to trek the famous Royal Inca Trail, culminating at the ‘lost city’ of the Incas, Machu Picchu, a bit of pre-travel planning is required. In order to preserve this popular trail, only 500 permits are given out for each day, which includes porters, guides and trekkers. As a result, permits sell out months in advance, particularly for the peak trekking season of June through August.You don’t need to be an athlete or hardened trekker to complete the 3 night / 4 day trek, but a reasonable level of fitness is required as there are some steep climbs and fairly long days. By law, you will be fully escorted by expert naturalist guides who are licensed to accompany you. As you trek, they will give talks and presentations about the various flora, fauna and remnants of Inca culture along the route.Most of the gear is carried by a team of porters, who also set up camp and cook substantial meals for trekkers. Other escorted treks, such as the lesser known Lares Valley trek, do not require permits but offer similarly spectacular scenery, fewer tourists and more contact with local people.Find cheap flights to Peru**Tanzania – Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater**For those seeking the ultimate safari experience, the Serengeti National Park offers a thrilling volume of animals to see. Surrounded by the sights and sounds of wild, rugged Africa, this park is one of the best places in the world to spot teeming herds of wildebeest, antelopes, zebra, buffalo, often pursued by big cats such as lion and cheetah.If you are lucky enough to be in the park around the time of the largest mammal migration in the world, that of the Serengeti wildebeest, you’ll see around 1.5 million-strong herd migrating to follow the African rainy season between Tanzania and Kenya – a truly magical sight. The migration dates change according to the weather every year, so plan your trip around May to August for the best chance to catch it.While you’re in the area, you shouldn’t miss a visit to Ngorongoro. Before it exploded and collapsed 2 million years ago, the Ngorongoro Volcano was one of the world’s tallest mountains. Today, the 610m deep crater is one of the most stunning natural wonders in the world, with an area of about 260km2. Because the sides are very steep, the crater has become a natural enclosure for a wide variety of wildlife which can be seen in their natural habitat.This gives adventure travellers the opportunity to get very close to the game, with spectacular photo opportunities as there are few places for them to hide. Among the 25,000 animals, you may see herds of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, as well as the ‘Big 5’ of rhinoceros, lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo.Find cheap flights to Tanzania**Rwanda**High on the flanks of the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda, mountain gorillas roam freely through the misty rainforest in small family groups. Trekking to meet these amazing creatures face-to-face represents the ultimate wildlife encounter and if you’re intending to visit east Africa then this is an experience not to be missed.As Sir David Attenborough famously said in the first nature documentary to capture them on film in the wild, “There is more meaning and mutual understanding in exchanging a glance with a gorilla than any other animal I know.” A meeting with a mountain gorilla family represents the adventure of a lifetime for many travellers.Mountain gorillas are critically endangered with only about 700 left in the world. About half live in the mountains of Rwanda, so visiting them in their own habitat is something only a few people will ever able to experience. Due to strict conservation controls imposed by the Office Rwandais du Tourism et des Parcs Nationaux (ORTPN) to protect the remaining gorillas, no more than 8 people can visit any habituated group on any day and visitors must apply for an official permit in advance of travel.The restriction means you can rely on having a close up experience with the gorillas, but also means that permits are at a premium, particularly in the high season of July and August, so early bookings are essential. You will only have an hour with the gorillas, so get as many great shots as you can, but give yourself plenty of time to see the gorillas with your own eyes, not just through the lens.Find cheap flights to Rwanda**Antarctica**An eternal magnet for explorers and researchers alike, Antarctica is one of the last great wildernesses on Earth. But modern Antarctica is no longer just the territory of the brave and the bold: this is now a continent within reach of any adventure traveller.Although it is still one of the most uncharted places on earth, you can join an expedition cruise from Ushuaia in Argentina and be one of the lucky few to set foot on this breathtakingly beautiful continent during the austral summer from November to March.From the fascinating archipelago of Tierra del Fuego in Argentina to the Antarctic Peninsula, Shetland Islands and beyond, you’ll be totally mesmerised by unique wildlife, majestic icebergs and superb scenery. Landing in zodiac style boats, sightings of large penguin colonies, magnificent whales, and breathtaking glaciers will make each day more incredible than the last.Find cheap flights to ArgentinaAbout Tucan Travel RelatedWhere to see the Southern LightsSo you’ve found the best spots from which to see the Northern Lights, but what about the Southern Lights? Just as beautiful but more elusive, this spectacular light show can only be seen from a few spots in the Southern Hemisphere. Here are favourite places to check out the Southern…Solo travel for seniors – your optionsFrom walking holidays to yoga retreats and cruises, we take a look at the options available for seniors planning their first solo travel experience.5 exciting travel sites set to change the world in 2014From London to Bhutan, five sustainable tourism initiatives on a mission to do good in the world of travel. Passionate about adventure travel since 1987, Tucan Travel offers 450+ exciting and affordable escorted group tours, plus a range of independent travel packages and Expedition Cruises to destinations worldwide, including Europe, the Middle East & North Africa, Asia & Russia, East & Southern Africa, Latin America & Antarctica. 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