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15 December 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the outcome of the landmark United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, in which 187 countries today agreed to launch a two-year process of formal negotiations on strengthening international efforts to fight, mitigate and adapt to the problem of global warming. After almost two weeks of marathon discussions, delegates have agreed on both the agenda for the negotiations and a 2009 deadline for completing them so that a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions can enter into effect in 2013.Under the so-called Bali Roadmap, the key issues during the upcoming negotiations will be: taking action to adapt to the negative consequences of climate change, such as droughts and floods; devising ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; finding ways to deploy climate-friendly technology; and financing adaptation and mitigation measures.Participating countries have also agreed on a series of steps that can be taken immediately to strengthen their commitment to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), such as combating deforestation in poor countries, the scaling up of investment in green technology and enhancing funding for adaptation measures.The text does not specify or mandate emissions targets, but it does say that deep cuts in emissions will be needed to avoid the worst effects of climate change.In a statement issued after the Bali Roadmap was adopted, Mr. Ban called it “a pivotal first step toward an agreement that can address the threat of climate change, the defining challenge of our time,” adding that the agreement had met all the benchmarks for success he set out when the Conference began.The Secretary-General said he “appreciates the spirit of cooperation shown by all parties to achieve an outcome that stands to benefit all humanity.”Mr. Ban returned today to Bali, after a one-day visit to Timor-Leste, to take part in the final stages of the Conference, which was extended by an extra day as delegates closed in on a deal.But even a few hours before the Roadmap was adopted, it was not clear there would be any breakthrough, prompting Mr. Ban to appeal to delegates not to “risk everything you have achieved so far… The hour is late. It is time to make a decision.”Mr. Ban’s statement welcoming the Roadmap’s eventual adoption was echoed by leading UN and international environmental officials at the Conference.UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer said Bali had produced “a real breakthrough, a real opportunity for the international community to successfully fight climate change. Parties have recognized the urgency of action on climate change and have now provided the political response to what scientists have been telling us is needed.”In his closing address to the plenary session, the Conference President and Indonesian Environment Minister Rachmat Witoelar hailed the “number of forward-looking decisions” in the text.”But we also have a huge task ahead of us and time to reach agreement is extremely short, so we need to move quickly,” he said.Four major UNFCCC meetings to implement the Bali Roadmap are planned for next year, with the first to be held in either March or April. The negotiations process is scheduled to conclude in 2009 at a major summit in Copenhagen. read more

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A flight attendant charged with public intoxication after passengers on a Chicago-to-South Bend flight noticed her inebriation has agreed to undergo alcohol abuse counselling.Forty-nine-year-old Julianne March of Waukesha, Wisconsin, reached a pretrial diversion agreement that includes alcohol abuse evaluation and counselling during her Thursday initial hearing.WNDU-TV reports that if March meets all of its terms the public intoxication charge will be dropped after one year.March was part of an Air Wisconsin crew working a United Express flight. She was arrested Aug. 2 when the plane landed in South Bend after departing Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Court documents say she had a blood-alcohol content of 0.20%.Air Wisconsin Airlines says March is no longer employed by the airline.A message seeking comment was left Friday with her attorney.___Information from: WNDU-TV, Associated Press read more

In Chad, more than 5,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) received food and nutrition assistance for the first time as insecurity and access concerns had cut them off from any support. Distributions are now ongoing, and WFP said it aims this month to reach up to 35,000 displaced people, similarly cut off previously from any assistance.“In the areas north of Baga Sola, in Chad, the displacement sites have mushroomed in a matter of months – up to 22 sites,” said Mary-Ellen McGroarty, WFP Country Director in Chad, who said the agency had been told that people have been struggling to survive. Some people said that they have been surviving on nothing but maize for weeks. “We have started distributions at five sites where the needs are most critical and we are working to reach others. There are no roads so reaching these sites means a 300 kilometre round trip in the sand. We would like to move quicker but the challenges are enormous,” she added.Since December, continued and increased violence in northeast Nigeria and along the border areas uprooted 400,000 more people, according to WFP. During the same period, the number of people displaced in Niger, Cameroon and Chad has nearly doubled. To date, an estimated 2.8 million people have been displaced internally or across borders; 2.2 million are in Nigeria.Insecurity, displacement, and disruptions to agricultural activities and cross-border trade, continue to undermine communities’ livelihoods and their ability to produce or buy enough food for their families. There are more than 5.6 million people facing hunger in areas of Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger affected by the Boko Haram violence in. WFP is concerned that the lean season, which normally starts in May/June, could start much sooner.“This assistance comes at a critical time as we have seen a rising flow of people forced to flee their homes due to ongoing violence,” said Denise Brown, WFP Regional Director for West and Central Africa.In response to growing food insecurity, malnutrition concerns and continued displacement in the Lake Chad Basin, WFP aims to scale up its assistance from 600,000 to nearly 750,000 people, including refugees, internally displaced people, returnees and host communities.In areas where food is available and markets are functioning, WFP aims to gradually introduce cash-based transfers, allowing people to buy the food that they need, and at the same time injecting money into the local economy.In recent days, 35,000 internally displaced people and vulnerable local residents have benefitted from the first cash-based transfers in Niger’s Diffa region. The vast majority fled their homes 12 to 18 months ago but as violence continues they cannot return.WFP is entirely voluntarily funded by contributions from governments, the private sector and individual donors. WFP urgently requires $75 million to cover immediate needs until July for displaced people and vulnerable host communities in the Lake Chad Basin. Of this, about half has been secured. read more

first_img“With over 70% of sepsis cases coming from the community, the guideline for GPs and paramedics to deliver potentially lifesaving antibiotics en route to the hospital is key to treating sepsis early.”The speed in which sepsis takes over the body – 36 hours in William’s case – is frightening.”Mr Hunt said the health service was undertaking a “relentless drive” to raise awareness of the condition.“Every death from sepsis is a tragedy, yet too often the warning signs are missed,” he said.“We need to get far better at spotting sepsis across the NHS and this advice shows how vital it is for clinicians to treat life-threatening symptoms as soon as possible.” The update in guidance follows a string of scandals where doctors and nurses failed to react to signs of sepsis, when the body overreacts to an infection and goes into shock, until it was too late.Last year NICE urged staff to treat signs of the condition with the same urgency as they would potential symptoms of a heart attack.But in an indication that clinical standards have not yet sufficiently improved, NICE is now mandating a 60-minute window by which staff must begin to act.A 2015 report revealed that 40 per cent of people admitted to A&E with sepsis were not given a timely review by a senior clinician.It also highlighted avoidable delays in administering antibiotics in more than a quarter of cases.Last night the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said the warning signs were still too often being missed, and the NHS needed to improve its treatment of the condition. NHS doctors repeatedly failed to spot he had sepsis, while workers on the 111 helpline mishandled a call from his mother Melissa.Another child, three-year-old Sam Morrish, from Devon, also died from sepsis in December 2010.He was also the victim of a catalogue of NHS errors.Call-handlers at NHS Direct failed to categorise Sam’s mother’s call as urgent, despite indications that his vomit contained blood.Even when hospital staff finally realised he was critically ill, they waited three hours before administering the antibiotics that could have saved his life.Mrs Mead said: “I am delighted that all clinical organisations are coming together to improve care for suspected and confirmed sepsis. William Mead William Mead died of sepsis after NHS errors in 2014Credit:PA NHS staff must begin treating patients suspected of having potentially lethal sepsis within one hour, the watchdog has said in a bid to crack down on avoidable deaths.The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence today says that anyone showing symptoms, such as increased temperature, heart rate and rashes, must be swiftly examined by a senior doctor and started on life-saving drugs. We need to get far better at spotting sepsis across the NHSJeremy Hunt 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. The new guidance will not only apply to hospital staff, but also to GPs, who will be expected to start patients on antibiotics and intravenous fluids within an hour if they cannot be rushed to hospital.Professor Gillian Leng, NICE deputy chief executive, said: “”Severe symptoms can develop in sepsis very quickly.“If high-risk patients are not identified and treated promptly, people can be left with debilitating problems.“In the worst cases, they may die.”The condition hit the headlines following the death of 12-month-old William Mead in December 2014.last_img read more

first_imgGARDAÍ IN DUBLIN are looking to speak to a taxi driver and any one else who may have witnessed an assault that left a man with serious head injuries.Four people were arrested this morning in connection with the attack, which happened between 1am and 1.30am on Sunday morning.A man in his 20s was found with serious head injuries on Lamb Alley in Dublin 8 and was brought to St James’ Hospital. He was subsequently transferred to Beaumont, where he remains in a serious condition.Gardai are appealing for witnesses, specifically looking to speak to a taxi driver who picked up two men on Meath Street at about 1.15am on Sunday morning. The taxi was a dark or black saloon and possibly an Opel Insignia. The men travelled a short distance and were dropped off at Francis Street.Gardaí are also looking for anyone who was in the Meath Street, Lamb Alley area between 1am and 1.30am to contact then at Kevin Street Garda Station on 01 666 9400.Read: Two men and two women arrested over Lamb Alley assaultlast_img read more

first_imgCOMPUTING GIANT MICROSOFT has secured planning permission for a 120,000 square foot office block in Dublin.However, the US multinational will have to stump up around €8 million to fund the build-out of associated infrastructure.The site for the proposed building is in the South County Business Park, off the Leopardstown Road in Dublin 18.Green Party councillor in Dun Laoghaire County Council Ossian Smyth said that the decision to go ahead with the building will help keep around 2,000 jobs in the country. The building as it appears in planning documents“It’s great. It’s a commitment from Microsoft that they’re going to stay in Ireland.”He said that the new building would allow the US outfit to consolidate its staff presence in the area, which is currently spread across four other buildings.Development feesSmyth also said that the development contributions from the company will make up for the shortfall in the county budget, which was caused by the decision to implement the full 15% reduction in property tax.He warned, however, that smaller companies would not have the same capacity to stump up cash to plug holes in the council’s budget, and cautioned against the local authority becoming overly-reliant on fees from businesses for its running costs.Microsoft is being asked to pay €378,366 towards the cost of developing an open public space in the area, the Sandyford Business District Civic Park. A further €1.17 million is being sought for parks infrastructure in the authority.A total of €3.9 million will be paid towards the cost of improving the roads in the area, while the council is looking for €277,000 towards a ‘Smarter Travel’ initiative, which will fund the costs of developing a traffic plan which pays particular attention to public transport, cycling and walking.The tech giant is also being asked for €2.4 million towards the cost of extending the green Luas Line from Sandyford to Cherrywood, which must be paid before Microsoft goes on-site at the new facility.CommitmentThe office building will include 215 car parking spaces, 220 bike parking spaces and an on-site gym/leisure centre for staff.Smyth welcomed Microsoft’s commitment to encouraging employees to cycle to work, and also praised the decision to preserve a nearby broad leaf Irish forest, which he said will be a valuable facility for staff. The wooded area that will be preserved“Microsoft have recognised that the environment has a value and is worth keeping and preserving.”He criticised, however, the planners’ insistence on an extra fee for being close to a Luas stop, describing it as a “perverse incentive”.“There’s a huge contribution for being close to the Luas, but I think it should be the other way around.”Read: Microsoft announces 18,000 job cuts in global workforce>Read: Microsoft to build new Dublin headquarters and take on 200 extra staff>last_img read more

first_imgEveryone should understand that Microsoft couldn’t reveal every single detail regarding the new Xbox yesterday — confusingly called the Xbox One — or else it wouldn’t have anything left with which to impress the media at E3 in less than a month. Though Microsoft answered some important questions, like Lost, they generated a wealth of new ones.Where are the games?The biggest (and only) bomb of the conference was that a live-action Halo TV series is in the works. There isn’t much information about it, but there you go. We saw clips of run-of-the-mill, inevitable EA Sports franchises, such as FIFA, Madden, and NBA Live, as well as Call of Duty: Ghosts, a game that was announced around a month ago. We did see a short clip of a new game by Max Payne developer Remedy, Quantum Break, but only got a glimpse of a boat crashing through a bridge. Microsoft most likely didn’t announce too many games so it’ll have some bombs for E3 in a few weeks.As Twitter’s reaction conveyed, avoiding the games was a bad move. Microsoft probably felt we know a games consoles will have games, so it chose to focus on the features we don’t normally expect a games console to have. It, however, seems to have backfired now that everyone is up-in-arms about the lack of titles.How does the live TV work?The conference didn’t explain the specifics of the television features, which if you watched the conference, might’ve noticed was the dominating topic. The Xbox One does not seem to have some kind of TV card, like your buddy who uploads pirated TV shows to The Pirate Bay does. Instead, it has an HDMI pass-through, which can be hooked up to a cable box or satellite. This means that you’ll still need some kind of cable hookup in your home, rather than just, for example, downloading a fancy app on your Xbox One that streams cable TV. The One will be able to generate information overlays on live TV, but not because the Xbox is now a cable box.Why is the HDD only 500GB if the One has mandatory game installs?The rumor of mandatory game installs turned out to be true, but since that’s the case, a 500GB hard drive is certainly not large enough to hold a console generation’s worth of Blu-ray-sized games. As anyone with an original 20GB or 60GB PS3 has experienced, DLC alone causes an avid gamer to run out of space quickly enough. A single-layer Blu-ray holds 25GB, while a dual-layer disc holds twice that. Assuming next-gen games are larger than they are this gen, you can only install 10 full dual-layer games on that 500GB HDD. The solution is that, much like the aforementioned 20GB and 60GB PS3 models, Microsoft will likely offer various models, and perhaps separate, larger hard drives.Will the Xbox One allow used games?One of the rumors that went hand-in-hand with the mandatory game installs was answered by Microsoft itself, but employs some seriously murky language.  Microsoft said that it has designing the Xbox One to allow gamers to trade in and resell games, but stated that details are forthcoming. If the console allowed users to resell and trade in games like the current generation does, then we wouldn’t need anymore details, as a simple “yep” would take care of it. Considering the console requires mandatory installs that only work for one Xbox Live account, and thus will also be able to identify multiple game IDs, it’s entirely possible Microsoft will charge some kind of used games activation fee. As the company said, details are forthcoming.What’s the operating system like?We only got a few glimpses of the One’s operating system during the Kinect demonstration, but all that showed was that it’ll continue the 360’s trend of tiled, differently-sized boxes. Wired reports that the Xbox One will run three separate operating systems. The first — the Host — will be tiny, and used to boot the console, as well as the other two OSes. The second two, the Shared and Exclusive, will run the non-gaming content and the gaming content, respectively. As for how the OS will look across the board, some combination between the Xbox 360’s square-heavy interface, and Windows 8’s square-heavy interface is a good bet.Next page: Social features, price, release date, and more 1 2last_img read more

first_imgJabra Clipper : l’oreillette prend des couleurs !Le fabricant de casques Bluetooth a présenté une nouvelle gamme de modèles d’oreillettes qui sortent visuellement de l’ordinaire.Avec le Jabra Clipper, votre oreillete Bluetooth peut désormais être en harmonie avec la couleur de vos vêtements ou même votre humeur… Uniquement disponible en noir jusqu’à présent, comme chez la plupart des concurrents, le Jabra Clipper est maintenant proposé dans quatre nouveaux coloris, blanc, orange, rose ou turquoise.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour rappel, il gère la prise d’appel, le contrôle du volume ou encore celui des pistes musicales si vous décidez de l’utiliser comme lecteur MP3. Il est livré avec une prise casque 3,5mm et surtout avec des écouteurs équipés d’un réducteur de bruit ambiant. En outre, il dispose évidemment de la connectivité Bluetooth 2.1 et offre une autonomie de 6h en conversation (8 jours en veille). Il est vendu au prix de 59,99 euros mais vous le trouverez pour moins de 50 euros sur le Web. Le 26 avril 2012 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img Anti-Black Panther Group Shut Down, Stan Lee is OK & More MCU NewsThe Future of Marvel’s Stars, Possible New Arrivals & More MCU News Stay on target As we get closer to Logan‘s release, we’ll surely start to see even more clues from the visual and cryptic filmmakers, who’ve been hinting at the film’s plot for months.So it’s unsurprising that director James Mangold tweeted a video Wednesday morning providing even more clues to what’s going to occur. In this one, we get more insight into Laura Kinney, or X-23’s, back story, which involves some grizzly experiments and, in typical R-rating fashion, a lot of blood.In the purposely grainy, NSFW video (also putting a trigger warning here for self-harm), we see Laura during experimentation, going through a surgical procedure that we can assume is what gives her the adamantium claws. There are machines hooked up that monitor cellular and tissue regeneration, which we see in action at the end of the clip as Laura slices her arm open, only to watch it heal instantly.center_img …— Mangold (@mang0ld) February 15, 2017One of the more intriguing aspects of the clip comes right before she is ushered into her cell. Behind her, we see a couple of other test subjects roughly around the same age. This implies that Laura isn’t the only one being experimented on, although whether the other kids are a part of the same tests to replicate Wolverine or not can’t be determined. But it’s possible they’re a part of the same project. She is called “X-23” after all, meaning she’s the 23rd attempt to make a Wolverine clone.It’s doubtful this is a Weapon X facility, since by now in the timeline (the movie takes place around 2030), the project wouldn’t exist anymore. Efforts had been made to bring the project back throughout the films, but with no success.However, the project that resulted in X-23 has some of the Weapon X team, including some of the original members from the comics. This includes Dr. Zander Rice (played by Richard E. Grant), who is the scientist in charge. In the comics, his father was killed by Wolverine when he escaped from Weapon X, which greatly impacted how he treated Kinney. He poisoned her at a young age to awaken her mutation. During the adamantium binding process, he didn’t use anesthesia, putting her through great pain.We know that the process was inhumane, causing her mother to break her out of the facility, which leads into the events of Logan. The titular character, now more like Old Man Logan, is off taking care of an ailing Charles Xavier when he gets roped into a job to help his clone.It’s unclear if we’ll see the rest of what happens in the video in the film, or if it’s just supplemental material, but either way, we’re excited to see what they do with X-23’s story.Logan hits theaters on March 3.last_img read more

first_imgWashington State University Vancouver will develop curriculum in renewable energy with the help of a $250,500 grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust.It fits the Salmon Creek campus for academic as well as geographic reasons, said Hakan Gurocak, director of the School of Engineering and Computer Science.“The state and the Northwest are well-positioned to accelerate the shift toward clean energy,” Gurocak said.There is need for well-qualified graduates, he added. WSU Vancouver plans to provide them through a one-of-a-kind “option track” that serves three different majors.The program will combine courses from mechanical engineering, computer science and electrical engineering, and allow students majoring in any of the programs to complete the renewable energy option. The course work will focus on solar energy and wind power.“The $250,500 will help us buy equipment for laboratories,” Gurocak said. “We want to design it so it would include hands-on activities, not just lectures.”The grant will help develop eight courses and equip an energy systems laboratory, radio frequency communications laboratory and a clean room. They all will be part of the Engineering and Computer Science building under construction and scheduled to open in January.last_img read more

first_imgRidgefield school construction tied to a voter-approved bond will begin in summer 2013, according to a tentative timeline released by the district.New classrooms, gyms and play areas are among the additions planned for Ridgefield’s four schools as part of the district’s $47 million bond. District voters supported the 20-year bond measure in February with more than 64 percent of the vote. The bond needed more than 60 percent for passage.Work on the four schools, spread across three campuses, will be done at the same time.“The goal is to be in the buildings in the fall of 2014,” Edgerly said, emphasizing the timeline released on the district’s website is “tentative.”Work at Union Ridge Elementary and View Ridge Middle schools, located on the same campus, will likely begin first because preliminary inspections started at that site two years ago. There could be work this summer off-site on Fifth Avenue near the schools, Edgerly addded.Vancouver-based LSW Architects and Oregon-based Ketchum Enterprises are handling the projects’ design and construction management, respectively.Officials from LSW Architects and Ketchum Enterprises did not return phone calls Friday.The capital facilities construction is expected to bring between 18 to 24 new classrooms to Ridgefield’s schools, according to the district. It will add two new gyms, plus new cafeteria and support space and more space for music classes. The high school’s athletics facilities will be revamped, with a synthetic turf field for soccer and football, a resurfaced track and lighting and audio/video improvements.The project has five phases: visioning, research, analysis, development and implementation. The district is “in the beginning stages of design work,” Edgerly said.Just getting the project to this point has been a long time coming, the superintendent noted.District officials spent the past few years “educating” city residents on school needs. In turn, they spent extensive time listening to residents’ concerns about the school district and the desires they had for their children’s learning experience.last_img read more

first_imgo Uber already offers the ride-sharing service in Vancouver, where its legality has also been questioned.o The Vancouver city council is preparing to discuss its policy concerning ride-sharing.EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The ride-sharing service Uber is operating illegally in Eugene, and drivers face a fine if they don’t apply for a taxi license, city officials say.The warning was a result of a complaint from the area’s largest taxi company, Oregon Taxi, the Register-Guard reported.Uber is an online business that connects passengers, often using mobile apps, with drivers in noncommercial vehicles acting as independent contractors.It has faced regulatory hurdles in many jurisdictions, but often city and state rules have been rewritten to accommodate an emerging group of web-based ride-sharing businesses.Eugene doesn’t plan to search for Uber drivers, although it will respond to complaints, said a city agency spokeswoman, Laura Hammond.The warning is designed to get Uber to work with city officials who “recognize that the code wasn’t really written with Uber in mind,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgBig challenges for G20 leaders34 viewsBig challenges for G20 leaders34 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Big challenges for G20 leaders34 viewsBusinessSecurity was tight as the G20 meeting got underway in Istanbul. Turkey’s neighbours Syria and Greece are causing headaches, as is unrest in nearby Ukraine. But the brave faces of European leadersVentuno Web Player 4.50Security was tight as the G20 meeting got underway in Istanbul. Turkey’s neighbours Syria and Greece are causing headaches, as is unrest in nearby Ukraine. But the brave faces of European leaderslast_img

first_imgMembers of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) arrested an alleged smuggler along with 35 gold bars from Putkhali border in Benapole on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The arrestee is Abdul Momin, 35, a resident of Ulashi village in Sharsha upazila.Tariqul Hakim, commanding officer of BGB-21 battalion, said that a team of BGB conducted a raid in the area and arrested Momin along with gold bars worth Tk 140 million.They also seized his motorbike, said the BGB official.A case was filed with Benapole port police station.last_img

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- The Schweizerhof is beautifully lit at night | Photos: Hotel Schweizerhof Bern and THE SPA Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Owing to two years of extensive renovations, the Schweizerhof is just as classically attractive inside as out. Meanwhile, its ‘5-Star-Superior’ Swiss Hotel Association classification is plain to see in countless details both big and small. There are crystal chandeliers, an abundance of fresh flowers and even a cigar lounge and shoe shine service.My standard single room was spacious enough and had a simple but elegant aesthetic, courtesy of MKV Interior Design. The complimentary beer and soft drinks were much appreciated, as was the midday checkout. There are 99 guest rooms in total, spread across five floors.A hotel stay also entitled the visitor to use of the cutting edge 500m2 wellness SPA. The underground complex is comprised of a gym, pamper pool, Finnish sauna and Turkish bath, plus treatment rooms. The spa is open all year round.Be sure to also check out the hotel’s iconic resident restaurant, Jack’s Brasserie. It’s a nice spot for the a la carte breakfast, but the Art Nouveau stylings become truly magical in the evening. I felt like I was dining inside a box of very expensive chocolates. As such, the memory of the extremely rich chocolate mousse will stay with me forever.To read more about this magical Swiss-French eatery (which has twice been awarded 14 points from Gault Millau Restaurant Guide) read our best of Bern city guide here.One last note on that rooftop bar. (And to get you in the mood for autumn and winter…) On Sundays and the last two Saturdays before Christmas, the SKY Terrace will serve a selection of winter delicacies. This means everything from roasted chestnuts and champagne to ‘an entire seasonal degustation platter.’ We want in.For more information about Hotel Schweizerhof, visit the official website. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . When I visit a new city, the first thing I do is acclimatize to my new surroundings by climbing some steps and seeking out a decent view. It makes for the grandest of introductions, and sets a tone for the rest of the trip.center_img If the hotel you’re staying boasts killer views of its own, you’re of course killing two birds with one stone. This is the case for Hotel Schweizerhof Bern and THE SPA.It’s one of the Swiss capital’s most iconic stopovers, dating back to 1876 and once frequented by Grace Kelly. After a swift, effortless check in owing to warm, courteous staff, I got a head start on my Bern to do list.The SKY Terrace bar [pictured above] offers a 360° panoramic view of Bern. The picturesque Old Town, the parliament building and the handsome Bernese Alps are all visible. Interestingly, the roof is also home to three beehives; the hotel is proudly blazing a trail for urban bee colonies. The aim is ‘promoting ecological equilibrium and raising awareness of the problem of bee mortality,’ according to its website.‘You’re first struck by the stately facade’From the surrounding skyline to its stunning exterior, the Hotel Schweizerhof is all about the visuals. Its stately facade is especially beautiful when lit up at night – just like that of its sister property, the Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa in Lausanne. (Both are members of the Bürgenstock Selection).It also shares in common with the Lausanne property an enviable location. While the Royal Savoy stands proud near the shores of Lake Geneva, the Hotel Schweizerhof takes pride of place in the center of Bern, directly opposite Bahnhof Bern station.Meanwhile, all the best attractions, from the Zytglogge – a huge, mechanical clock dating back to 1191 – to Einsteinhaus, the former home of local hero Albert Einstein, are within walking distance. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Masquerade as a queen on a romantic getaway to the London HiltonMexico’s premier LGBT destination to host major LGBT events in 2016 and 2017September in Thailand: 11 +1 Fancy Hotels to Stay in 2018Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

first_img March 7, 2016 590 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Treasury Issues First Guidance on Termination of Making Home Affordable Program Sharecenter_img avoiding foreclosure Making Home Affordable Treasury 2016-03-07 Seth Welborn The government’s Making Home Affordable (MHA) program was launched by the Obama Administration in February 2009 as a way to stabilize the housing market and help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure.Now, more than seven years after the crisis hit, with the economy having significantly improved from 2008 and many housing fundamentals having returned to their pre-crisis levels, the government is turning its attention toward winding down the MHA program, which is scheduled to end on December 31, 2016. The Department of Treasury on Thursday issued its first set of guidelines to servicers for MHA program termination in the form of Supplemental Directive (SD) 16-02.Included in the SD are guidelines for servicers on such topics as policies and procedures to accommodate deadlines; evidence of borrower transmissions and servicer transmissions; the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA), the Unemployment Program (UP), Second Lien Modification Program (2LMP ), and Treasury FHA-HAMP and RD (Rural Development) HAMP.The SD also provides guidance as to the eligibility of certain GSE HAMP loans to receive pay-for-performance incentives through the government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).Servicers must either establish or update their policies and procedures to ensure that all relevant documents and information are processed in accordance with the requirements of version 5.0 of the Making Home Affordable Program Handbook for Servicers of Non-GSE Mortgages (Handbook), issued by Treasury on January 6, 2016. The policies and procedures should be designed to reasonably ensure that trial period plans, extinguishment, short sales and deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure can be converted into a permanent modification by December 1, 2007.Servicers should design such policies and procedures to reasonably ensure that trial period plans, extinguishments, short sales and deeds-in-lieu (DIL) of foreclosure under MHA can be converted to a permanent modification, effected or closed, as applicable, by December 1, 2017. Click here to view a complete list of the updated requirements and a description of each one.Click here to view the entire Supplemental Directive issued by Treasury on Thursday.last_img read more

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