zoom Norwegian shipowner Ocean Yield has taken delivery the delivery of the liquefied ethylene gas carrier Gaschem Orca from China’s Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering (SOE). Upon delivery, the carrier commenced a 15-year bareboat charter to the German shipping company Hartmann Group. It will enter into a 10 year sub-charter to SABIC Petrochemicals upon arrival in Houston in July, according to Ocean Yield.Gaschem Orca will be used for shipments of ethane from Houston to SABIC’s cracker in Teeside, UK.The 36,000 cbm vessel is the second of two sister ships delivered to the company.The first eco-friendly LEG carrier, the 38,000 cbm Gaschem Beluga, joined its owner in November 2016. Upon delivery, it too commenced a 15-year bareboat charter to Hartmann.Ocean Yield ordered the batch of three LEG carriers from Sinopacific in May 2014, however, in mid-October the company said it decided to cancel the third vessel under the agreement as a result of the negotiations which were undertaken after Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering filed for receivership in August 2016.So far this year, Ocean Yield has taken delivery of five vessels and the company’s total fleet stands at 37 vessels, of which 36 have been delivered.
Seoul: North Korea on Tuesday said looming US-South Korea military drills could impact the proposed resumption of nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington, and hinted that it could reconsider its moratorium on nuclear testing. It was the first statement from Pyongyang on the talks since US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to their resumption at an impromptu meeting in the Demilitarized Zone in June, following months of deadlock between the two sides. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingThe joint drills have been held for years but were scaled down to facilitate dialogue with the North after Trump’s historic first summit with Kim in Singapore last year. “If the military exercise really goes ahead, it would affect the DPRK-US working-level talks,” an unnamed foreign ministry spokesperson said in comments carried by state news agency KCNA, using the official acronym for North Korea. The official described next month’s drills as “clearly a breach” of a joint statement signed by the leaders in Singapore and hinted that Pyongyang may resume weapons tests in response. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangPyongyang’s moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests was a commitment aimed at improving bilateral relations and “not a legal document inscribed on a paper”, the official said. “With the US unilaterally reneging on its commitments, we are gradually losing our justifications to follow through on the commitments we made with the US as well.” Trump and Kim’s latest meeting took place as negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington were at a deadlock, following a rocky negotiation process brokered by Seoul after a thaw in tensions in early 2018. During the encounter, Trump stepped into North Korean territory in the border village of Panmunjom, becoming the first US president to set foot on North Korean soil. There are close to 30,000 US troops stationed in South Korea, and their annual drills with tens of thousands of South Korean soldiers have always infuriated the North — with Pyongyang condemning the manoeuvres as provocative rehearsals for invasion. But following the Singapore summit, Trump announced the suspension what he called Washington’s “very provocative” joint military exercises with South Korea. A smaller-scale version of the exercises was last held in March, with more scheduled for August. Washington has previously insisted on North Korea’s complete denuclearisation as a condition for lifting punishing US sanctions. At the Singapore summit, the two adopted a vaguely-worded statement on “complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula” and agreed to “establish new US-DPRK relations”. But failure to reach an agreement over sanctions relief and what the North was willing to give in return led to the collapse of the leaders’ second summit, which was held in February in Hanoi. Pyongyang had taken “humanitarian measures without conditions” to implement the Singapore statement, the foreign ministry spokesperson said Tuesday, in reference to the return of the remains of US service members killed during the 1950-53 Korean War.
New Delhi: The government has withdrawn the SPG protection given to former prime minister Manmohan Singh following a review by multiple security agencies, officials said on Monday. Singh, who was India’s prime minister from 2004 and 2014, will continue to enjoy Z plus security cover — one of the highest — to be given by one of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), preferably by the CRPF, they said. “The current security cover review is a periodical and professional exercise based on threat perception that is purely based on professional assessment by security agencies. Dr. Manmohan Singh continues to have Z+ security cover,” a home ministry spokesperson said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The decision to withdraw the security provided by the Special Protection Group (SPG), the country’s highest grade of protection, was taken after a three-month review involving the Cabinet Secretariat and the Ministry of Home Affairs with inputs from various intelligence agencies. With the removal of SPG cover from Singh, the top notch security cover will now be given by the SPG only to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Gandhis — Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka.
TWEED, Ont. – With little daylight at their disposal and a deep freeze setting in late Thursday, investigators quickly scoured the wreckage of a deadly helicopter crash in eastern Ontario.None of the four Hydro One employees on board the Aerospatiale AS350-B2 chopper survived the crash, which happened shortly before noon, police said.Parts of the aircraft were scattered over a snow-covered field outside Tweed, north of Kingston.While provincial police confirmed the four deaths, and said that next of kin had been notified, the names of the victims were not released.Darkness and a cold front that saw wind chill temperatures drop to near minus 30 eventually forced investigators to wait until first light on Friday to continue their probe into why the helicopter went down.“We will document the scene, photograph the scene, gather as much information at the scene as we can,” Transportation Safety Board investigator Peter Rowntree said as Ontario Provincial Police cordoned off the crash site for the night.“At some point the wreckage will be removed to another facility so we can examine it in a warmer climate.”Crews had been ferried by helicopter in and out of the area for weeks as they worked on hydro lines strung on the towers that cross the property, said Kim Clayton, who lives near the crash site and grew used to hearing choppers fly back and forth.Clayton said there was no indication of any trouble until a loud crash shook the house. She scrambled to a window, where she said she saw part of the chopper in the trees that surround an open field. Other hydro crew members were running around, yelling that a helicopter had crashed and to call 911, she said.“My heart started pounding in my chest,” said Clayton, 45, who moved onto the property just six weeks ago. “I was in panic mode.”Initially Clayton didn’t think the situation was that bad but then she said she feared for the worst when she saw ambulances turn away without transporting any of the chopper’s crew.“I then said to myself, ‘They’re not coming out of this’.”The helicopter was apparently heading for a landing, Clayton said, adding she was relieved it didn’t hit anyone on the ground or her horses, which were on the other side of the field.Clayton, whose husband was away and children in school, said she choked up when the orange tape started going up and she realized just how bad it was.“They have families, it’s almost Christmas time,” Clayton said. “I still can’t believe four guys died on this property today and it’s sad.”The Tweed fire department and several provincial police cruisers responded to the crash but there was little they could do. Ontario’s air ambulance service was also called to the scene but left without loading any casualties.In a statement, Hydro One expressed its condolences to the victims’ families.“We are deeply saddened to confirm that an incident involving one of our helicopter aircraft occurred in the Tweed area and has resulted in four fatalities,” Hydro One said in a statement.The utility also said it would do what it could to help employees and their families affected by the tragedy.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also expressed his sympathies.“Tragic news from eastern Ontario today,” Trudeau tweeted. “My deepest condolences to the loved ones of those killed in the helicopter crash near Tweed.”Rowntree said investigators would be looking at a wide range of factors to determine a possible cause of the crash, including photographic evidence of the wreckage.“We’ll also be looking at pilot records, training records for the pilot, aircraft maintenance records, aircraft history,” he said.“All that stuff we’ll be looking at including weather at the time, and just looking at all the environmental factors to see if anything played a factor in what we’re seeing here.”The single-engine AS350 is a utility helicopter often used for corporate purposes and by police.In July 2007, the same model clipped a guy wire in northern Ontario and crashed, seriously injuring a Hydro One worker and the pilot. And in January 2015, an AS350 crashed in Saskatchewan during hydro cable stringing, seriously injuring the pilot. In both cases, pilot error was to blame.
Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Adventures come in all shapes, sizes, and furs in the new animated series, The ZhuZhus premiering Tuesday, July 4 at 4 p.m. ET/PT on YTV.Based on the ZhuZhu Pets toy phenomenon, Nelvana’s The ZhuZhus features a curious bunch of fun-seeking adventurers, Pipsqueak, Num Nums, Chunk, and Mr. Squiggles, who live with Frankie and the Pamplemousse family in Anytown. With their distinctive birthmarks, undeniable charm, and fur-raising escapades, the ZhuZhus prove they are no ordinary pets – they’re extraordinary! Always on a quest for fun, the ZhuZhus have to stay on their tiny toes to keep up with the non-stop action, laughs, and adventures. Beginning Monday, July 31 at 4 p.m. ET/PT, YTV is packing its bags – and its selfie stick – for this year’s Zone on the Road, where hosts Carlos, Lisa, Suki, Jesse, and Meisha travel coast to coast in search of more photos to complete their epic Canadian collage.To decide where to stop on this year’s trip, the hosts compiled all the images from The Zone’s Canada 150 social campaign, Peaces of Canada, to see which parts of this great nation were missing. Discovering new places from B.C. to P.E.I, The Zone crew are marking their maps and embarking on a nationwide voyage to discover the missing Peaces of Canada. Tune in weekdays beginning Monday, July 31 at 4 p.m. ET/PT to watch their progress as they are met by a variety of challenges, local celebs, and iconic Canadian landmarks.Bonus content will be available on YTV’s YouTube Channel as well as ytv.com/shows/the-zone featuring vlogs, photos, and more all summer long. Viewers are also encouraged to follow the hosts’ success on social media using the hashtags #ZoneOnTheRoad and #YTVCanada150.This summer, fans will also have a chance to walk through “Haully,” the YTV Haul of Fame trailer featuring an inside peek at The Zone hosts’ lockers, exclusive footage from the Zone on the Road – Peaces of Canada, and a fun new photo booth. Check out the trailer at this year’s Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto beginning Friday, August 18. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Experience out-of-this-world adventure weekends on YTV beginning at 4 p.m. ET/PT during the Big Fun Movie block with new and returning blockbuster hits including:Despicable Me 1 and Despicable Me 2 airing back-to-back on Sunday, June 25 beginning at 4 p.m. ET/PTPaddington premiering Saturday, July 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PTMuppets Most Wanted premiering Sunday, July 2 at 6 p.m. ET/PTTangled premiering Saturday, July 8 at 6 p.m. ET/PT followed by a sneak peek of Tangled: The Series at 8 p.m. ET/PT Join YTV as it cruises into summer with an action-packed lineup full of new shows, marathons, movies, and more. Adventure awaits with the premieres of the final L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables film Fire & Dew on Canada Day, new Nelvana series The ZhuZhus on July 4, and numerous blockbuster hits airing weekends on Big Fun Movies, from Disney’s Tangled (July 8) to Muppets Most Wanted (July 2). Plus, beginning July 31, The Zone crew is taking viewers on a cross country road trip in the Zone on the Road. Follow the hosts as they travel coast-to-coast searching for more “peaceful” photos to add to their growing collage of fan-generated pictures that celebrate the people and places of Canada. Click here to watch the Fire & Dew trailer! In L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: Fire & Dew, Anne heads to Charlottetown to attend accelerated classes as she continues to work towards her dream of being a school teacher. While there, she is forced to adapt quickly to her new surroundings and classmates as she navigates her way through her first school experience outside of her beloved Green Gables. Anne finds herself facing daunting choices for her future, the stirrings of romance, and tragedy unlike anything she’s ever known. Meanwhile, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert contend with advancing age as they deal with financial challenges and the first signs of declining health.L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables airs Saturday, July 1 at 2 p.m. ET/PT followed by L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars at 4 p.m. ET/PT. Oh, Canada! YTV celebrates the nation’s 150th birthday with a marathon of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables film series on Saturday, July 1 beginning at 2 p.m. ET/PT, concluding with the world premiere of the third and final film, Fire & Dew at 6 p.m. ET/PT. Facebook Advertisement
23 May 2008A Kosovo journalist and two former Bosnian Serb army officials have been granted temporary provisional release by the United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the worst war crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s, it was announced today. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), based in The Hague, ruled that Baton Haxhiu, a well-known journalist in Kosovo, will be granted release before his trial.He is charged with contempt of court committed during the trial of Ramush Haradinaj, the former prime minister of Kosovo, and others, when he is alleged to have revealed the identity of a secret witness in an article he published.The tribunal also granted release today to Radivoji Miletić and Ljubomir Borovcanin for the four-day period starting 26 May.Mr. Miletić served as a high-ranking military officials in the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS), while Mr. Borovcanin was formerly the Deputy Commander of the Republika Srpska Ministry of Internal Affairs (MUP) Special Police Brigade.The two, along with six others, are charged with crimes related to the notorious massacre of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica and Žepa enclaves in the summer of 1995.
“We are working to bring together public and private partners to speed development for this new treatment,” Dr. Robert Ridley, Director of the UN World Health Organization-based Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), told the 45th Annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy held in Washington, D.C on 16 December. One-third of the world’s population is infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis. With approximately 8 million people developing the active form of the disease every year, a shorter TB regime will help improve treatment adherence and prevent the development of multidrug-resistant TB. This is the most advanced shorter TB treatment regimen presently in development, and could be available to the public by the end of 2009 if positive results continue.The research is planned to continue as part of an international collaboration which is being developed between the World Health Organization-based Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), the European Commission (EU), and other organizations.
Sign upView sample Brexit minister Steve Baker has told Chopper’s Brexit Podcast that the UK’s odds of succeeding in trade talks with the EU have ‘dramatically improved’ following Wednesday’s joint report from negotiators. The draft negotiating guidelines for the second phase of talks have been set out and Mr Baker told The Telegraph’s Chief Political Correspondent Christopher Hope that they indicated the EU was open to agreeing a ‘good quality, deep and special partnership’ after Brexit. 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. Brexit BulletinAn essential briefing on the day’s politics news – free and direct to your inbox each afternoon Any transition period should not last longer than the end of December 2020, according to the jointly agreed guidelines.Mr Baker outlined why he didn’t think the loss of Damian Green from Theresa May’s cabinet would impact progress towards Brexit, saying that ‘I think politicians across Europe, if they’re objective about the reality of dealing with flawed human beings, will know that sometimes people have to either resign or be sacked’. He added he thought the PM had dealt with these things in a ‘perfectly proper way.’ Also in this week’s Christmas Special podcast edition, the Managing Director of British Sugar, Paul Kenward, explains why his company sees Brexit as an opportunity for increased global trade. Plus, our panel of Telegraph experts looks back on the ups and downs of 2017, and ahead to the next phase of the talks.
Image: AP/PA Images Man (37) who was convicted of two murders executed in Texas jail In his last words, Mark Soliz apologised “for the grief and the pain that I caused”. https://jrnl.ie/4804292 THE US STATE of Texas executed an inmate yesterday evening, nine years after he took part in a week-long crime spree that included two murders.Mark Soliz, 37, was pronounced dead at 6.32 pm, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said in a statement.In his last words, Soliz apologised “for the grief and the pain that I caused,” the statement said.In June 2010, Soliz, who had already been convicted of theft several times, stole several weapons during a robbery with an accomplice named Jose Ramos.The following week, the two men robbed several people, wounded a man and killed the driver of a delivery truck in a parking lot. That same day, the crime spree ended when they broke into the home of a 61-year-old woman and murdered her.At his 2012 trial, Soliz’s lawyers pointed to his difficult childhood, marked by alcohol and violence, and his impaired mental state due to foetal alcohol syndrome.Nevertheless, it took less than an hour for the jury to sentence him to death.Soliz’s supporters had appealed his case on the same grounds up to the US Supreme Court, with no success.Soliz’s accomplice Ramos, who pleaded guilty, is serving a sentence of life imprisonment.Soliz was the 15th death row inmate executed in the United States this year, and the sixth in Texas.- © AFP 2019 15,405 Views Wednesday 11 Sep 2019, 7:14 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 20 Comments Wed 7:14 AM By AFP Short URL Image: AP/PA Images Share1 Tweet Email
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 31, 2016 – “Only a few months ago during my Budget Address I told this country that the Rufus Ewing led Government has been marred with incompetence. It appears that once again Rufus Ewing and his Government have shown this country that he and his colleagues are not capable or fit to govern.”“The Governor in a Statement issued earlier has said that he will be postponing the date of Election due to the inability of election office officials not having the required preparation time stipulated under the Elections Ordinance and that this decision was made in consultation with the Premier. Whilst the Premier may make a request for the dissolution of the House of Assembly by virtue of section 57 of the Constitution and the date is set by the Governor under the powers given him under section 59 of the Constitution, it is precedent that the Governor entertain the Premier in agreeing the date for General Election.” “No doubt the Premier has had to admit his incompetence and his promise to announce a new date confirms that he had made a confession of same to the Governor. Another history making event for this outgoing Premier, and nothing short of an indication of how he ran this country over the past few years and what you can expect if the country were to unfortunately fall into his hands again.”“Rufus Ewing is the FIRST Leader in our Country’s History to ever get an election date wrong! We assure our supporters that we are more than ready for December 5th or any date to come. We encourage all voters to be patient until the new date is set but to also take note of the PNP’s weak, incompetent leader who has not even gotten the election date right.” “Let’s be all in for a PDM Win! Enough Is Enough! It Is Time For A Change!” Related Items:
Web Applications/IT61$7.5 billion Search14$276 million Category Name# of DealsDeal Value Blog/User Generated42268 million Interactive Marketing Services22$667 million Agency/SEM/SEO26$6.8 billion Lead Gen/Customer Acquisition17$487 million Video/Gaming60$926 million Mobile22$214 million Consumer Publishing,Aggregator and Ad-SupportedContent114$7.6 billion Mergers, acquisitions and capital raise transactions in online media accounted for 615 deals worth $44.4 billion in 2007, according to a recently released report from Peachtree Media Advisors, a New York City-based investment banker specializing in interactive media.The deals were almost evenly split between consumer and b-to-b. Consumer market transactions totaled $10.8 billion, or 24.3 percent of the market, while business services totaled $11 billion or 24.7 percent of the market, according to the report.The Consumer Publishing, Aggregator and Ad Supported Content category had the most number of deals at 114 and the second highest total deal value at $7.6 billion (the Travel/Rental/Housing category led the way with $8.6 billion, thanks in large part to the Expedia spin-off). The Consumer Publishing category eclipsed both the Applications, Technology and IT sector (61 deals, $7.5 billion) and the Search Engine Marketing and Search Engine Optimization sector (26 deals, $6.8 million). Consumer Publishing, Aggregator and Ad Supported Content also boasted the largest number of deals with 114. Social Networking posted the second highest number of deals at 85 with $2 billion in value, and Blogs/User Generated Content accounted for 42 deals worth $268 million. Web Analytics/CMS19$4.5 billion E-Commerce36$1.4 billion 2007 New Media Deals Jobs/Classifieds10$130 million Social Networking85$2 billion Source: Peachtree Media Advisors B-to-B51$2 billion Travel/Rental/Housing19$8.6 billion Ad Networks20$1 billion
Gov. Bill Walker, an independent, speaks at a press availability shortly after calling the Alaska Legislature into the second special session of the year in June. Walker signed the operating budget on Friday. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO and Alaska Public Media)Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signed the state operating budget Friday without vetoing any of it.Listen nowThe portion of the budget directly controlled by the Legislature includes $4.9 billion.The budget includes $760 million for Permanent Fund dividends, which will be $1,100. The budget decreases funding for government agencies by $145.7 million. It increases funding for state retirement payments and debt service.Walker thanked the Legislature for avoiding a government shutdown. But he said the job is not complete.The budget closed a $2.5 billion gap between what the government spends and what it gets in taxes, fees and oil royalties. It used state savings from the Constitutional Budget Reserve to close the gap.There isn’t enough money in this reserve to cover a similar gap in next year’s budget.
Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk… Stay on target When it comes to sources of video game drama these days, EA’s Star Wars games and whatever is going on at BioWare are basically at the top of the list. However, while it’s easy to forget now, a few years ago that drama was one and the same as we all watched the tumultuous saga of EA and BioWare’s Star Wars: The Old Republic play out.After making a role-playing masterpiece with Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, BioWare got more money than God to pour into a straight-up Star Wars MMO to take on World of Warcraft. For years this game lurched through seemingly endless development as BioWare apparently developed more story than its previous games combined. But despite a strong launch in 2011 (that killed previous MMO Star Wars Galaxies in the process) The Old Republic seemed to fall into that same “not bad, not great” limbo than many games find themselves in after development hell.These days The Old Republic quietly hums along as a profitable and largely liked but seldom discussed free-to-play game. And now it’s getting its first expansion in three years, just in time to ride the coattails of excitement following Star Wars Celebration.AdChoices广告Set against the ongoing ancient battle between the old Galactic Republic and Sith Empire, the Onslaught expansion takes players to new planets and new areas of old planets. Perhaps most recognizable to Star Wars fans who aren’t quite as steeped in the lore is Corellia, the shipyard home planet of Han Solo. Other environments include jungles and fueling stations.Onslaught introduces new gameplay additions as well. As expected for an MMO there’s a level cap increase. There are also new abilities and equipment for defining your character build, including brand new “Tactical items.” As cool as this sounds though, it’s a bit bittersweet hearing Old Republic news so soon after Obsidian shed some light on its ambitious plans for a proper KOTOR 3. Where’s Darth Revan at?The Onslaught expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic is available for free for subscribers this September. For more on Star Wars watch the first trailers for Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker and the video game Jedi: Fallen Order. And check out these weird new Coca-Cola cans for the upcoming Disney Star Wars theme parks.
Gronk spoke with The Wall Street Journal and said he’s excited to meet horse Gronk, but more importantly he wants to know when he can ride the horse:“I’ve never dealt with horses,” he said. “Hopefully I can get a ride on the horse.”When it was pointed out that a football player listed at 265 pounds might be too heavy for a horse that typically carries a 115-pound jockey, Gronkowski admitted he has a lot to learn.“That’s what I want to know,” he said. “I’m not trying to ride it for a full speed ride. I just want to get the feel of what it’s like to be on top of one. Maybe I’ll go for a full speed ride once I get comfortable.”Maybe it’s not such a good idea for 265-pound Gronk to break in the horse before the biggest race of the year, but everyone can agree that this needs to happen as soon as possible. For the record, Gronkowski was not the horse spotted partying in a Miami Beach nightclub last month.WATCH: Mokai Lounge in Miami Beach under fire after video surfaced of a horse inside the nightclub pic.twitter.com/C7Saz3q20a— Joel Franco (@OfficialJoelF) March 9, 2018 Advertisement Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski just purchased a partial ownership stake in the 3-year old Kentucky Derby Bound thoroughbred horse named after him. Human Gronk will be in attendance at Churchill Downs on May 5 to cheer on Gronkowski as he makes his run for the roses.Horse Gronk qualified for the Derby by spiking the field in the Burradon Stakes in England, and is considered a derby longshot, but will almost certainly be crowd favorite as he makes his Triple Crown debut against the less cool horses in the field.Horse named Gronkowski just won the Burradon Stakes in England and has qualified to run in the Kentucky Derby pic.twitter.com/QkJlkPdVbS— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 30, 2018
Valentine’s Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day, is celebrated today (February 14) across many countries around the world.Valentine’s is all about sharing and spreading the love, spoiling that special someone, and this even extends to friends and family members.So don’t be shy if there’s someone you like and they don’t know yet – it’s the perfect day to make that grand gesture, whether it’s with a teddy bear, flowers, lunch or a romantic dinner-for-two tonight.STAND A CHANCE TO WIN A 1 NIGHT STAY AT THE NEWLY LAUNCHED DONGALA BOUTIQUE HOTELAlso read: 5 inexpensive and creative ideas for Valentine’s Day WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Last-minute Valentine’s shopping is definitely happening as we speak, with men and women running around shopping malls to get presents so they don’t get into trouble with their ‘other half’. Hope that’s not you!The Ladysmith Gazette wishes you a happy Valentine’s Day.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!
The plight of the terrified Central American children who have flooded across the U.S. border to escape violence and poverty in their homelands has launched a passionate and often bitter debate in Washington. However, most U.S. leaders are missing the real lesson of this crisis, at their own peril. The conservatives who oppose President Barack Obama’s request for emergency funds for the crisis criticize him for dealing only with the symptoms and not with the “root cause” of the problem. They are half right — but the half that’s wrong is very, very wrong. For them, the root cause is a lax immigration law, weak protections or insufficiently severe punishments. But no punishment, no wall and no army can solve this problem.I often say that poverty needs no passport to travel. If these children — some of whom are supported in their quest by their families, some of whom make the trip of their own accord — are willing to risk their lives atop the infamous train through Mexico known as La Bestia (“the beast”), face the rape and abuse that many children experience during the journey, sell their possessions and their bodies, and give their life savings to unscrupulous smugglers, what else could possibly deter them? What can the United States do to these children that would be worse than what they are already suffering? And why is such a great country even asking that question?The root cause of this crisis is not U.S. immigration law or the policies of one U.S. president. The root cause is the violence and poverty that make these children’s lives at home intolerable. The root cause dates to the parents and grandparents of the young people fleeing their countries today — our region’s “lost generation,” those who were children and teenagers in the 1980s. Back then, two superpowers — the United States and the Soviet Union — chose our region as a place to work out their disputes. They were eager to help Central America transform students into soldiers. They were eager to provide the weapons while we provided the dead.When Central America’s leaders found a way to end those conflicts, I thought that our achievement would be rewarded with aid and with support to help us make the transition from war to peace, to get our young people back in school, to retrain soldiers and to rebuild families. However, once the bullets stopped flying, the two superpowers lost interest.All of us — the United States and its neighbors to the south — are paying the price for this lost opportunity. In Central America’s Northern Triangle, soldiers and guerrillas have been replaced by gang members. Civil wars have been replaced by street wars. Mothers no longer cry because their children are marching off to battle. They cry because their children are falling victim to another kind of violence or because they have to send them in search of a better life. Central American immigrants board “La Bestia” (“The Beast”) cargo train, in an attempt to reach the Mexico-U.S. border, in Arriaga, Chiapas state, Mexico on July 16, 2014. Elizabeth Ruíz/AFPThis cycle of violence will not end until all those with an interest in, and responsibility for, the crisis demonstrate a new commitment to addressing these problems before they begin. For the nations of Central America, this means asking the wealthy to do their part. It is unforgivable that countries so poor, with income inequality so drastic, have some of the lowest tax burdens in the world. We must ask more of our richest citizens.But the United States also has a role to play. If it continues to direct its minimal aid to Central America with the goal of merely putting out wildfires that spill into its own territory, the inferno of poverty and illiteracy will continue to burn across the border. The current discussion should make room for aid strategies that treat Central America as more than a pawn in the war on drugs and that seek to reduce poverty and improve education — the only real way to avoid another lost generation.One highly cost-effective strategy would be for the United States to bolster the region’s cash-transfer programs, which help families keep their kids in school. For only $62 million, a monthly scholarship program similar to the one I implemented in Costa Rica could be offered for a full year to all 52,000 young people apprehended at the border so far this year. With Obama asking for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to address a tiny fraction of the symptoms of the disease, it is crazy not to consider much smaller investments that could help cure it at the root.This kind of sanity, however, is a tall order in a country where some voices are calling for all aid to Central America to be cut off. Such thinking is wrong on a moral, ethical and practical level. These children are Central Americans. They are also Americans, in the geographically accurate sense of that term: Their tragedies belong to all of us, including the paragon of wealth and opportunity to which they have turned in desperation.Most of all, they are children, which means that none of us can turn a blind eye. The world must not fail them as we failed their parents and grandparents. If we do, their hell will increasingly become our own.The writer was president of Costa Rica from 1986 to 1990 and from 2006 to 2010. 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CLIA Australasia has announced that it has signed Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) with the Australian Cruise Association (ACA) and the New Zealand Cruise Association (NZCA) to work cooperatively to strengthen and support the development and growth of both the Australasian and New Zealand cruise industries.In announcing these MoUs CLIA Australasia Managing Director, Joel Katz, said “In line with CLIA’s motto of One Industry, One Voice, these MoUs are a positive step forward in the development of the industry in this region, and are based on mutual cooperation and knowledge sharing, while keeping a focus on supporting industry growth.” The MoUs provide the opportunity for CLIA, ACA and NZCA to work together in a spirit of cooperation and to develop a sustainable framework of shared objectives that support the goals of each of the associations. CLIA Australasia
Journeys Africa had no problem finding eight travel agents and personal travel managers (PTMs) to join a six-night famil to Mauritius – after all, who would turn down the opportunity to experience the unique island that lies roughly 6,000 kilometres or an eight-hour direct flight west of Perth? TravelManagers’ Nicole Ginger, representative for Doncaster, VIC, was part of the group, and describes the experience as invaluable.“I learned a lot about the geography of Mauritius and the different weather patterns that affect where you would recommend for certain times of the year for the best experience,” she adds.L- R: Nicole Ginger, Michelle Swan – Journeys & Africa, Lauren Compton and Vikki SouthernGinger was one of three PTMs to represent TravelManagers on the famil, along with Vikki Southern and Lauren Compton, representatives for Mount Pleasant, WA, and Townsville, QLD, respectively. Compton agrees that gaining personal experience of the destination has made it much easier to sell to clients.“The sights, smells and overall ‘feel’ of a country is what makes famils so important – there’s no better way to get a deep understanding of a place than by visiting it.”Southern said her time in Mauritius gave her greater insight into all that the island as to offer, rather than just thinking of it as a beach paradise. “I can happily recommend this destination to families, couples, travellers of all ages and sporting enthusiasts.“It offers white sandy beaches, an exquisitely blue calm ocean and tropical sunshine on almost every day, plus an outstanding array of water sports (glass bottomed boats, diving and snorkelling, catamarans or even a flight in a seaplane).”More than a mere ‘flop and drop’ holiday destination, Southern says the cultural diversity that has resulted from the colourful (and at times, difficult) past of Mauritius sets it apart from other beach destinations.“Mauritius has something to offer everyone, but whatever their interests, I will encourage my clients to try a bit of everything the country has to offer. Foodies shouldn’t be blinded by the culinary experiences, or the golfers by the sporting pursuits. If they are prepared to mix up their holiday and sample a bit of everything that Mauritius offers, I’m sure that any group will have a fabulous time.”“[It’s] a foodie’s dream: fresh tropical food in a blend of styles including Indian, French, Creole and Mauritian. There’s even an array of homemade rums in all sorts of flavours!” Boats at rest on the calm waters of Grand BaieThe famil included the most visited areas of the island, from Grand Baie in the north to Baie du Cap in the south, and experiences that ranged from a golf lesson to an exquisite Indian meal.“The Ile aux Cerfs was fabulous too,” says Southern. “We were on a private beach, but locals can take a ferry or boat across from the mainland as well to enjoy the fun of the little island. Our day in Port Louis was also excellent, and the markets were a big hit too.”TOP IMAGE: Anahita Golf & Spa Resort FamilsmauritiusTravelManagers
5. Grab a bite to eat and a drinkDepending on where you are, it is possible to find some really good airport food. It generally comes at a price mind you, but even if it is a burger and chips, it still kills a bit of time before you fly.6. Make some callsLike the emails, there are always people you really should have phoned and haven’t (mum and dad are always a good start or the travel insurance firm you meant to ring). This is a good time to be the dutiful child, friend or customer – watch the roaming charges if you are abroad though.7. Get yourself a multimedia gizmoBe it a laptop or a tablet PC, these things come into their own when you are travelling – games, email, films, music, the internet, eBooks – all these things are available and the time will soon pass as you explore their range of capabilities8. Do some exerciseMany airports offer gym facilities and whilst the extra kit is a pain to take through security, a pair of shorts and a top doesn’t take up much space and you can always travel in your trainers.9. Have a massage and relaxAgain, these services are increasingly offered in the more modern airports and if you’re a nervous flyer, then this is a good way to calm the nerves before take off.10. Perform some people watchingMost of us lead pretty hectic lives so make the most of this comparatively peaceful time. Put on your headphones, sit back and think about the journey you are going to make.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related20 top airport tips: How to stay calm and save time at the airportA weekend city break, a big family holiday, or a last minute business trip: whatever the reason you find yourself stressed out at the airport, here are a few insider tips from Skyscanner’s seasoned travellers. From secrets on how to jump the check-in queue to how to get an upgrade.…11 top tips to get through the airport quicklyGet your trip off to a flying start and whizz through the airport like a pro with a little help from our well-travelled staff and top travel bloggers. Here are their top tips on getting through the airport quickly; from speeding through security to navigating your way out at arrivals.10 tech tools and futuristic features set to improve your airport experienceFrom digital bag tags to waterfalls, 10 cool things coming to an airport near you that will make your journey better. Spend a lot of time in the terminal? We introduce ten tips for a happier airport experience.As airlines increasingly ask passengers to be at the airports earlier to check-in, the time we spend in airports is increasing.Clearly the airport you are will dictate what facilities are available; a wait in Singapore’s Changi Airport is going to be rather more pleasant than hauling round Heathrow, but nevertheless, there is always something to occupy the time.1. Catch up on correspondenceMost airports have wireless access these days, so get out the laptop, get online and get writing to all those people that you have been meaning to catch up with for ages but not got round to.2. Pre-order a new gadget – pick up in Duty FreeDo your research, and there are bargains to be found in airport shops. Having picked it your latest iCamerapadphone, you will have plenty of time to (reluctantly) read the instruction manual so you have mastered it by the time you arrive at your destination.3. Go to a VIP LoungeVIP lounges are not just the preserve of those flying close to the pilots: find out if it is possible to buy a pass to these and enjoy the comforts and facilities they offer. The prices may be more reasonable than you think too, and with complementary food, magazines and other goodies, they can be worth the spend.4. Give yourself something to look forward toPerhaps you’ve been waiting for the latest offering from your favourite author or actor but been putting it off. Buy yourself a copy of their novel or film, and save it for when you have some time on your hands – and the airport is the perfect moment.
THE Pediatric Society of Cyprus (PEK) has criticised the national media’s extensive coverage of the death of a premature baby that was a carrier of the acinetobacter bacteria, saying this was a “common infection.”“It was with great surprise and wonder that we saw media reporting, with the state broadcaster presenting it first on the news, the death of a baby born after 26 weeks of pregnancy weighing 800 grams, due to bacteria,” it said on Thursday.A common infection that “unfortunately happens even in the best of hospitals” PEK added that “in no country of the world would this fact be news. Perhaps in some countries it would be news if the child survived!”Asked to comment on the statement, which expressed its support towards the staff at the neonatal unit at the Makarios Hospital in Nicosia, Monica Mihailidou, from PEK, said the infection was not due to medical malpractice.“This is resistant bacteria and a common situation not just in neonatal units but also in wards with older patients,” she told the Cyprus Mail.The island has only one neonatal unit which is in Nicosia and the facilities “are comparable to Sweden”.She reiterated PEK’s statement that said “Cyprus has nothing to envy from other (neonatal) units in developed countries.”A child born premature is already at risk and the acinetobacter is resistant to a lot of medication.One thing that could reduce the risk would be better infrastructure at the neonatal unit “that is over populated. There’s no room in the units for more babies,” Mihailidou said, which increases the risk of infection.The news was reported earlier this week when the health ministry announced the death of a baby that was a carrier of the acinetobacter bacteria and had affected other infants.Head of the intensive care unit Christina Karaoli said two of them had recovered while another two were being treated.Following the outbreak, all new admissions to the ICU are being treated at a separate area.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola