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first_imgFor a quarter century, Ashok Kumar Sharma has been making a living by foretelling the fortunes of people. But now hospitalized with quake injury, the 40 plus man from Rajasthan admits he had no inkling of what lay in store for him one Sunday evening.Sharma had been camping in a hotel over 15 days, telling his clients about their future. When an earthquake hit, Sharma concedes, “No I did not have any intuition. It came like a bolt from the blue.“I tried to rush out. I did not even bother to take my slippers, so desperate was I to save my life. Then something happened. Either I fell or something fell on me. When I woke up I found myself in the hospital bed writhing in pain with injuries in both legs.”So, would he go back to his profession? “Of course, that is my bread and butter Related Itemslast_img read more

Tired of Being Crammed Into an Airline Seat? You Have Options

first_imgTired of being squeezed into smaller seats with inadequate legroom, more and more passengers are opting for the more expensive and expansive seating option known as premium economy.This year, experts agree, will see the ongoing growth of this class of service — generally available on wide-body aircraft — most notably at United Airlines.Although the meaning of premium economy can vary from airline to airline, typically the tickets are priced above economy class and below business class and often feature amenities such as more comfortable seats in a better location on the airplane, better dining and drinking and a more generous checked baggage allowance than economy class.Airlines based in the United States have been the slowest to catch up to the trend, which has long been offered by competitors based in other countries.American Airlines was the first carrier in the United States to offer premium economy service, introducing it in late 2016; Delta Air Lines did the same the following fall. United is the last of the three to follow suit, and is expected to roll out its premium economy product on select routes this year.These carriers have been late to the game in part because of financial constraints that prevented investment in a premium economy product, according to Jamie Baker, a New York-based airline analyst for J.P. Morgan Securities. The mergers of American with US Airways and United with Continental also took a large amount of attention, he said.One advantage U.S. carriers have by being late with their offerings is that they can learn from the longer-standing premium economy experience of their partners in other countries — such as Delta’s ties with Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic, and American’s with British Airways.Henry Harteveldt, a travel industry analyst and president of Atmosphere Research Group, said it was vital that all partner airlines’ products eventually were harmonized, so that passengers flying to the United States in British Airways’ World Traveller Plus class, for example, received similar service on their flight back to the United Kingdom in American’s premium economy class.Peter Harbison, executive chairman of CAPA-Centre for Aviation, a research consulting company based in Sydney, suggested in the organization’s daily newsletter this month that “airlines can be cavalier in describing their product as ‘premium economy.’ Depending on the airline, there’s a range of descriptions and inclusions,” with the “genuine” premium economy featuring “distinctly separate cabin, seats and service.”But the premium economy product can sometimes be relatively bare bones. KLM’s “Economy Comfort” service, introduced in 2009, features a seat with more legroom and reclining space, and a 9-inch in-flight entertainment screen, smaller than some other carriers’, for example. Or it can be quite elaborate, such as that of Virgin Atlantic. The British carrier offered two earlier versions of its current “Premium” class of service, the first introduced in 1992 and the second in 1994.Today’s product features dedicated check-in and baggage drop-off facilities; free check-in for two pieces of baggage; priority boarding; leather seats with up to a 38-inch pitch, footrest and headrest; an amenity kit on some flights; choice of three meals, including a vegetarian option; unlimited snacks and drinks in-flight; and a “social snack space” on 787 aircraft where passengers can gather.Carriers competing in certain markets offer other amenities to premium economy passengers: Japanese airline JAL provides airport lounge access, while ANA does at certain airports, including at its upcoming new lounges at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, where it will begin flying A380 aircraft nonstop from Tokyo next spring.Low-cost new entrant Norwegian Air offers its premium travelers access to lounges at Gatwick Airport in London, Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, Kennedy International Airport in New York, Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, Los Angeles International Airport and Oakland International Airport in California.Air New Zealand, Qantas and Norwegian Air offer yet another type of benefit to premium economy passengers: All let them bid for tickets, though payment methods differ by carrier.According to an analysis by Harteveldt of different classes of fares, for travel in September, from JFK, Miami International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport to various overseas cities, premium economy fares were generally, on average, 76 percent more expensive than standard economy fares. However, he found some relatively reasonable premium economy fares, such as a $1,253 round-trip fare between JFK and Heathrow Airport near London.His analysis also found that “the gap between premium economy and business class was generally far greater than that between the two economy class services. However, a round-trip business-class ticket from JFK to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris was actually far less expensive than premium economy.”Premium economy service gives carriers “an opportunity to create a product for passengers who are ready and willing to pay for it, generating more revenue and profit for them,” Harteveldt said. One danger it could pose, however, is the possibility of business-class passengers downgrading to premium economy, thus robbing airlines of lucrative business-class revenues.So far this downgrading does not appear to be happening, Baker said. “We believe there is significantly more buying up from economy class than buying down from business class. It’s likely to be an area where airlines will experiment to get the right balance between the two products,” he said.Similarly, a report released last month, by Carlson Wagonlit Travel, a travel management company, and Travelport, a travel commerce platform, on air travel originating in Singapore from 2015 through 2017 found that “the increase in premium economy bookings seems to have come largely at the expense of economy class, and not business class.”Greeley Koch, executive director of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives, a trade group for corporate travel managers, believes “one size does not fit all” business travelers. He finds some business travelers flying to Europe from the United States still opt to buy a business-class ticket eastbound, so they can sleep on their flight, shower upon arrival and “hit the ground running.” However, on their return flight, he finds they often choose to fly in the premium economy cabin, which he said “can take the cost of a $6,000 or $7,000 ticket down to $4,000.”Premium economy passengers are not necessarily business travelers, however. Air New Zealand estimates that 75 percent of its premium economy passengers are leisure travelers, while American Airlines says its premium economy passengers are primarily leisure travelers who previously flew in economy class. Thomas Cook Airlines finds its premium economy service is more popular with leisure travelers than business travelers, particularly those over the age of 45.Looking ahead, Baker sees American, Delta and United continuing to improve their premium economy service. Other carriers are expected to roll out new services, such as Emirates, which plans to launch its premium economy product on A380 aircraft slated to be delivered in about 2020. Other airlines also are expected to continuously upgrade their product. Qantas, which introduced a new premium economy seat on its 787-9 aircraft late last year, is speaking with airplane seat manufacturers and its frequent flyers about new premium economy seating in the next generation of its ultra-long-haul aircraft, which it hopes to fly nonstop from the east coast of Australia to both London and New York by 2022.Richard Johnson, director, Asia Pacific, for CWT Solutions Group, the consulting division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, said he believed the popularity of premium economy might well grow among corporate travel managers working for companies trying to woo millennial employees. “The new generation is influenced by benefits, including a corporate travel policy, when it decides who to work for. The flexibility and comfort of premium economy can be a smart way to attract and retain them,” he said.And Helane Becker, airline analyst for Cowen and Co., said she believed that as low-cost carriers offering premium economy service — which also include WOW air and Condor — continued to expand their long-haul operations, “all airlines will have to rethink how they compete with them. One way will be to offer cheap seats, in premium economy, for business and leisure travelers to buy.”Premium economy could also appeal to millennial leisure travelers and baby boomers, as well as to travelers from rapidly growing markets such as China, Brazil and India, she said, adding, “It’s about airlines trying to figure out a way to shift the mix, from fewer, low-yield passengers to more high-yielding passengers.”© 2018 New York Times News Service Related ItemsAviationTourismlast_img read more

Sony IPL reach surpasses last year’s cumulative reach

first_imgIPL 2017 COMMENT television industry Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL advertising cricket Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), the official broadcaster of the VIVO IPL said the cumulative reach of 363.9 million viewers with just 32 matches vis-à-vis last year’s cumulative reach of 361 million viewers for the entire 2016 tournament.The tournament’s viewer ship is at 22.3 million average impressions over last year’s 17 million average impressions after 32 matches, the company said in a statement.VIVO IPL 2017 continues to grow and has achieved a cumulative reach of 363.9 million in the 4th week of the tournament as compared to last year’s reach of 314 million after 32 matches.The tournament enjoys higher engagement with 64 minutes’ average time spent per viewer vis-à-vis 53 minutes last year for 32 matches.So far the top performing markets are Maharashtra, AP/Telangana, Gujarat, Karnataka and West Bengal and amongst metros, Mumbai and Delhi take top spot.The Vivo IPL 2017 matches are being broadcast on Sony MAX, Sony SIX and Sony ESPN. May 04, 2017 SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

Panama drawn into Group G with Belgium

first_imgPanama Panama drawn into World Cup Group G with Belgium and England Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 00:20 12/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Roman Torres Panama Rodrigo Arangua Panama World Cup Los Caneleros will have a difficult debut, being grouped with the Red Devils and the Three Lions while facing long journeys throughout Russia Panama will make its debut at the World Cup in Group G alongside Belgium and England.Los Caneleros locked up the third position in CONCACAF qualification in October and are hoping to leave Russia not only having made the first-ever appearance but also having locked up the country’s first-ever World Cup win.To do that, they’ll need good performances in what looks to be a difficult group. Panama starts the World Cup in Sochi against Belgium before traveling to Nizhny Novgorod to meet England and closing out the group stage by facing Tunisia in Saransk. The group requires a fair amount of travel thanks to the opening game in eastern city Sochi.Here are all the groups of #WorldCup2018. What do you think?#WorldCupDraw pic.twitter.com/t0XqgsfwcB— Goal (@goal) December 1, 2017Panama manager Hernan Dario Gomez will bring an experienced team to Russia, albeit one without any World Cup experience. Center backs Felipe Torres and Roman Torres, goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, midfielders Gabriel Gomez and Armando Cooper, and forwards Blas Perez and Luis Tejeda all are 30 or older. Those seven players also make up Panama’s most-capped players all-time for the nation that historically has been more focused on the baseball diamond than the soccer field. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player There is some younger blood Panama can rely on with 20-year-old forward Ismael Diaz and 21-year-old fullback Michael Murillo both pushing to be included on Gomez’s final roster. The hallmark of the team, though, will be the veterans experiencing the spectacle of the World Cup for the first time. Those players will be key against a Belgium team that also can point to plenty of experience and an England squad that will be eager to erase memories of finishing at the bottom of its group at the 2014 tournament in Brazil.Group GThey won’t simply be happy to be there – but they will be pleased to be part of the summer showcase.”It’s been exciting with the country united and everybody supporting the national team. It’s become the pride of the country, so there’s a party in Panama,” Gomez told  Caracol  ahead of the draw.Whether the fans are happy with the draw or not, Panama is headed to Russia and now knows the teams it will face. For now, the party can continue.last_img read more

Lucio: Spalletti not Mourinho yet

first_imgInternazionale Lucio: Spalletti must win trophies to be compared to Mourinho Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 02:52 12/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luciano Spalletti Jose Mourinho Inter Split Getty Internazionale José Mourinho Juventus v Internazionale Juventus Serie A Inter are top of Serie A but their former defender says the current manager has some way to go to match the treble-winning head coach Luciano Spalletti needs to win trophies before he can be compared with Jose Mourinho, according to former Inter star Lucio.The Nerazzurri thumped Chievo 5-0 to move top of Serie A on Sunday and underline their credentials as potential Scudetto winners before this weekend’s huge showdown with champions Juventus.Spalletti has won praise for his efforts at San Siro since taking charge in June and has even been compared with Mourinho, who steered Inter to an historic treble in 2009-10 before leaving for Real Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The former Roma boss dismissed such talk as “ridiculous” last month and Lucio, who played a key role in Inter’s triumphs seven years ago, also believes it is too early to discuss Spalletti alongside his old boss.”First of all, I am not a fan of these kind of comparisons,” the World Cup-winning defender told DAZN . “Mourinho wrote history, he is a great winner and he already proved that his work philosophy has been very successful.”He is the type of guy who loves to win. Inter’s new coach has a long way to go, he needs to win a lot of trophies if he wants to be compared with Mourinho.”Lucio Inter Mailand 2010Inter travel to the Allianz Stadium knowing that a win will see them move five points clear of Juve in the table, and prolong their unbeaten start to the campaign.But Lucio, who had a short spell in Turin after leaving Inter in 2012, feels Massimiliano Allegri’s side still have the upper hand.”We are talking about two big clubs,” he said. “Juventus have been living a winning era, with great management year on year, but Inter are also strong and they are now rebuilding their confidence.”However, I think Juventus are still a bit ahead of Inter at the moment.”Inter’s 15 league games without defeat has seen them concede just 10 goals, prompting praise for centre-back pairing Miranda and Milan Skriniar, who has hugely impressed since signing from Sampdoria in July.”I know Miranda a bit better, as I follow him for the Brazil national team, too. But they are definitely two great players,” Lucio said. “They’re making a solid partnership and tend to be more confident after every match.”The defence is always a very demanding sector of the team, so it’s important to have stability there. It’s something crucial for winning matches and titles.”last_img read more

Driving Business Growth in Nova Scotia

first_imgInnovation and collaboration are key to sustainable economic growth in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI)continued to draw upon these concepts in 2005-06. The province’s business development agency released its fourth annual report today, Oct. 31. In 2005-06, NSBI’s clients posted a record year for job creation with up to 5,000 jobs expected to be created and maintained over the next five years. Research In Motion’s (RIM) expansion alone is expected to create up to 1,200 of these jobs. “Collaboration requires a great deal of commitment and trust from all sides,” said Tom Stanfield, chair of NSBI’s board. “Nova Scotians prove day in and day out that collaboration works and it’s the reason why we continue to build on our tremendous growth in 2005-06.” The annual report spans the fiscal year from April 1, 2005 to March 31, 2006 and highlights several accomplishments: NSBI’s business advisory team worked with businesses, owners and managers across the province to assess opportunities and support growth. During 2005-06, they carried out more than 800 face-to-face meetings with businesses in every region of the province, creating close to 400 qualified referrals to help these businesses grow. NSBI’s business development executives concluded 15 transactions with some of the world’s top companies in sectors like information technology and defence and aerospace. With the help of payroll rebate investments alone, up to 3,900 potential jobs are expected to be created and maintained. This would translate into a return on investment to the province of about 58 per cent. NSBI’s financial services team completed 12 transactions that made a significant impact on the economy and to Nova Scotians. In 2005-06, NSBI authorized a total of $8,045,000 to strengthen businesses in Nova Scotia’s foundation and technological industries. In 2005-06, NSBI’s export team arranged more than 1,300 selling or partnering meetings for 197 clients, all of whom reported new and further export market penetration. As a direct result, these companies had combined export sales totalling more than $54 million. “NSBI is proud of the accomplishments we have achieved in 2005-06,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “This past year, we adopted a team Nova Scotia approach by bringing together business and industry representatives, academics and senior government officials to secure many companies that expanded to the province.” “A forward-thinking attitude along with a lot of dedication are key to sustainable economic growth in the province,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Economic Development. “We all have a great part to play in creating an even stronger business case for Nova Scotia and making sure we celebrate many more successful years in the future.” Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province’s business development agency, an organization that works with companies to provide business solutions. The private sector-led agency works to attract new business to the province and help those already in Nova Scotia expand through services such as export development and financing. For more information on the 2005-06 annual report see the website at www.novascotiabusiness.com/annualreport2006 .last_img read more

Government Continues to Invest in Education Reduce Class Sizes

first_imgGovernment is investing $6.4 million to reduce class sizes as part of the 2016/17 budget. The investment includes $4.7 million that will cover Grades 5 and 6. “This investment is part of government’s commitment to provide smaller class sizes for our students and teachers,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Investments like this will empower the next generation and help spark their creativity – that’s how we build a stronger Nova Scotia.” Currently class sizes for Grades Primary to 2 are capped at 20 students and Grades 3 and 4 are capped at 25. Grades 5 and 6 will now be capped at 25. The latest investment completes capping class sizes for all elementary grades and is expected to create about 88 teaching positions across the province in the upcoming year. Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for Education, launched in 2015, is focused on smaller class sizes, improving literacy and math skills, and ensuring Nova Scotia children are ready for the jobs of tomorrow. “Keeping class sizes small and focusing on math and literacy are part of the plan to build a stronger education system,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “We will continue to invest in our youth and make changes that will benefit our students, teachers, school staff and families.” For more information about the 2016-2017 provincial budget, visit www.novascotia.ca/budget .last_img read more

Zimbabwe UN envoy stresses urgency of helping millions facing food shortage

While donors have been responsive, only $82 million – or one-third of the UN’s $285 million appeal for Zimbabwe – has been received to help to country overcome widespread food shortages, caused in part by natural disasters and policy-related issues.Mr. Morris’ urgent appeal was made after visiting Bindura, north of the capital Harare, where thousands of people gathered for a food distribution. The Special Envoy arrived in Zimbabwe on Wednesday as part of a two-week UN mission to the six countries affected by the crisis.”The magnitude of hardship was engraved on the faces I saw. I was struck by the tragic stories people told,” said Mr. Morris, who is accompanied by Carolyn McAskie, Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator for the UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), as well as representatives from several UN agencies. “Clearly every day is a massive struggle to survive and the situation will only worsen over the months ahead.”During meetings with key government ministers, Mr. Morris and his team focused discussions on building cooperation between the international aid community and Harare. Other pressing issues included the importation of food aid containing genetically modified organisms, the urgent need for more non-governmental partners to help implement programmes, the situation of unemployed farm workers, as well as the politicization of humanitarian assistance.”Overall, discussions with the political and humanitarian players have been conducted in an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual understanding about the severe crisis at hand. I feel encouraged that progress has been made,” said Mr. Morris. read more

Boeing predicts a need for 43560 airplanes worldwide by 2034 double the

Boeing predicts a need for 43,560 airplanes worldwide by 2034, double the existing fleet FILE – In this Jan. 17, 2013 file photo, a line of 787 jets are parked nose-to-tail at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. In the next 20 years, global airlines will need 38,050 new airplanes, jet manufacturer Boeing said in its annual market forecast Thursday, June 11, 2015. That’s up 3.5 percent from last year’s projection. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) by Scott Mayerowitz, The Associated Press Posted Jun 11, 2015 8:20 am MDT Last Updated Jun 11, 2015 at 11:30 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Demand for new airplanes around the world will continue to soar as millions of people in developing nations take to the skies for the first time.In the next 20 years, global airlines will need 38,050 new airplanes jet manufacturer Boeing said in its annual market forecast. That’s up 3.5 per cent from last year’s projection.In order to fill that demand, Boeing, its rival Airbus and smaller manufacturers like Embraer and Bombardier will have to build more than five new planes a day, every day for the next two decades.These new planes will help to double the number of aircraft worldwide from 21,600 to 43,560 in 2034. Fifty-eight per cent of the 38,050 airplanes delivered over that time will be to accommodate growth. Boeing estimates that the number of passengers will grow by 4.9 per cent each year. The rest of the new planes will replace existing aircraft.Nearly two out of every five new planes will head to Asia.The current jet buying spree has been driven by cheap credit and relatively high fuel prices, making the economics work for purchasing new, fuel-efficient planes. But as fuel prices have fallen and interest rates are expected to climb, some aviation experts have warned that airlines might continue to fly older jets rather than buy expensive new ones.Boeing says it isn’t seeing that.“The commercial airplane market continues to be strong and resilient,” Randy Tinseth, vice-president of marketing for Boeing’s commercial airplane division said in statement. “As we look forward, we expect the market to continue to grow and the demand for new aircraft to be robust.”__Scott Mayerowitz can be reached at http://twitter.com/GlobeTrotScott read more

Nearly half of Canadians arent taking steps to meet financial goals CIBC

Nearly half of Canadians aren’t taking steps to meet financial goals: CIBC survey by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 29, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Dec 29, 2016 at 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A new report from CIBC says about half of Canadians aren’t taking sufficient steps to stay on top of their financial priorities in the coming year.A poll conducted this month for the Toronto-based bank found that 48 per cent of respondents didn’t plan to cut back spending on non-essential items in order to meet goals that include eliminating debt, keeping up with bills and growing their investments.Coming in at 28 per cent, debt repayment was the top financial priority of those surveyed — with the vast majority saying their biggest concerns were credit cards and lines of credit.Among those who incurred new debt over the past 12 months, almost one-third of those surveyed said the primary reason for overspending was day-to-day expenses beyond their monthly income.Yet, the poll also found that only 26 per cent of the respondents said they will actually set a household budget to help them stay on track with a financial plan.The CIBC survey was conducted online in early December among 1,507 Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panellists.Other key findings from the poll showed that keeping up with bills was the No. 2 priority among 16 per cent of those surveyed, followed by growing investments for 11 per cent.Putting aside money for a vacation was a key financial priority for eight per cent of respondents, while establishing an emergency fund was a top goal for three per cent.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.According to the latest data from Statistics Canada, the ratio of household credit market debt to adjusted disposable income crept up to 166.9 per cent in the third quarter, up from 166.4 per cent in the second quarter.That means, on average, Canadians owed $1.67 in credit market debt—mortgages, other loans and consumer credit—for every dollar of disposable income. read more

UNArab League envoy apologizes to Syrian people over stalemate in peace talks

“I am very, very sorry, and I apologize to the Syrian people that…we haven’t helped them very much,” said Mr. Brahimi, the United Nations/Arab League Joint Special Representative, telling a press conference that while no date was set to resume the talks, he presented both sides with an agenda for the next round, “so that we don’t lose another week or 10 days as we have this time.” This is the second round of UN-sponsored direct talks between Government and opposition representatives – the first set of discussions took place in late January – to end a war which has killed well over 100,000 people and driven nearly 9 million others from their homes since the conflict erupted between President Bashar al-Assad and various groups seeking his ouster nearly three years ago. “People are dying, the country is being destroyed. If this track aims at helping the Syrian people, then of course, the faster we achieve tangible results, the better,” Mr. Brahimi said in response to a question, but added he has made it clear that “everybody needs to go back to their base and we will contact each other to determine the date [of the next round]. The talks have so far yielded only modest cooperation between the sides on allowing UN and Syrian Red Crescent relief workers access to thousands of people trapped in the long-besieged Old City of Homs, and Mr. Brahimi said today he felt “the little that has been achieved in Homs gave [the Syrian people] even more hope that maybe this is the beginning of the coming out of this horrible crisis – I apologize to them.” As for next steps, Mr. Brahimi said the parties agreed to his proposal that a new round of talks would focus on violence and terrorism, a transitional governing body, national institutions and national reconciliation. But he acknowledged that the main sticking point persisted: the Government side considers that the most important issue to be combatting terrorism; the opposition considers that the most important issue is forming a transitional governing authority. “We suggested that the first day will be set for discussion on…ending violence and combating terrorism and the second day would be reserved for a discussion on the TGB [transitional governing body],” he explained, but while he had made clear that one day would not give enough time to conclude discussions on either issue, “unfortunately, the Government has refused [this approach], which raises the suspicion of the opposition that in fact the Government doesn’t’ want to discuss the TGB at all.” “I very, very much hope that the two sides will reflect and think a little bit better and come back ready to engage seriously on how to implement the Geneva Communiqué,” he said, referring to the 2012 action plan adopted at the first international meeting in Switzerland on the conflict and the full implementations of which is the basis of the current talks. “The Communiqué helps the two sides, and us sitting between them, to start the long road towards ending this crisis.” Of the fact that the two sides remain at odds over how to tackle his four-point proposal, Mr. Brahimi underscored that while they had “at least” agreed on an agenda: “It is not good for Syria that we come back for another round and fall in the same trap that we have been struggling with this week and most of the first round.” “I think it is better that every side goes back and reflect and take their responsibility: do they want this process to take place or not? I will do the same,” he said, adding that will head to New York to meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, as well as United States Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the initiators of the Geneva talks. He also plans to brief the other permanent five members of the Security Council – China, France and the United Kingdom – as well as the body’s 10 non-permanent members. “So I hope that this time of reflection will lead the Government side in particular to reassure the [opposition] that when they speak of implementing the Geneva Communiqué they do mean that a TGB exercising full executive powers will be the main objective to follow,” said Mr. Brahimi, adding that ending violence and combating terrorism “is extremely important, indispensable.” Asked if he had a specific message for President Assad as the talks wrapped up, Mr. Brahimi said: “My message to everybody involved in this terrible crisis is to think of the Syrian people, to think of the immense suffering that has been imposed on [them], the destruction that has taken place in Syria, and to think of what anyone can contribute to pull Syria out of the ditch in which it has fallen.” To a question about the ongoing commitment of Russia and the US, he said he continued to believe the two countries are important partners with the United Nations. “There is no doubt – and I have said repeatedly- that the United Nations, the Russian Federation and the United States; none of them can turn a blind eye to this huge crisis in Syria.” read more

THW Kiel wins 100 years of TBV Lemgo

Momir IlicTBV LemgoTHW Kiel German THW Kiel played in high form tournament dedicate to 100th birthday of TBV Lemgo. “Zebras” was better in the final match against MKB Veszprem 38:29 with another TOP class game of Momir Ilic, who scored 13 goals.THW Kiel: Palicka, Omeyer, Ilić 13 (5), Ahlm 11, Andersson 6, Reichmann 4, Palmarsson 1, Lundström 1, Narcisse 1, Klein 1.Veszprém: Fazekas, Alilovic, Sulić 8, Vujin 7 (3), Ilyés 5, Terzić 5, Vilovski 2, T. Ivancsik 1, Koražija 1.At the third place match, Montpellier win over home team, TBV Lemgo 37:36. ← Previous Story Women’s U19 ECh in Netherlands: Danish girls win Gold Next Story → Men’s Youth WCh Argentina 2011 (1/4 finals): Seven Europeans and Egypt read more

Easy day for Barca and PSG

← Previous Story Celje miss to take point in Veszprem – “Lions” celebrate in Zagreb! Next Story → EHF CL: Big win for Gorenje over La Rioja! 3. HC Vardar – Skopje5221141:125(16)6 2. PSG Handball6312185:167(18)7 FC BarcelonaPSG Handball Two clear favorites FC Barcelona and PSG finished their jobs in Saturday’s matches without problems. Spanish champion beat Belarus TOP side Dinamo Minsk 35:25 (13:9) in front of 2400 fans in “Blaugrana”. Same as in the first match in Minska last weekend, Barca broke the resistance of the solid rival in the second half. Top scorers where Rutenka with seven and Noddesbo with one goal less…35 – Barcelona (13+22): Saric; Juanín (5), Sorhaindo (-), Víctor Tomás (4), Morros (-), Karabatic (4), Lazarov (2) -siete inicial-, Noddesbo (6), Entrerríos (2), Sarmiento (-), Ariño (3), Gurbindo (-), Rutenka (7, 5p), Stranovsky (-), Morros (-) y Saubich (2).25 – Dinamo Minsk (9+16): Bogdanovic; Dzanis Rutenka (1), Shelmenko (3), Nikulenkau (3), Aguirrezabalaga (1), Bundalo (1), Brouka (3) -siete inicial- Pejanovic (p), Babichev (5), Doroschuk (2), Markelau (-), Miklavcic (2), Doborac (4, 1p) y Harbuz (-).French champion PSG beat Swiss Wacker Thun 38:24 (22:11).STANDINGS: 5. HC Dinamo Minsk6204162:181(-19)4 1. FC Barcelona6510212:151(61)11 3. HC Metalurg5302123:139(-16)6 6. Wacker Thun6006144:204(-60)0 read more

The 9 at 9 Monday

first_imgEvery morning, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1.#MEETING: The newly-elected Labour leader, Joan Burton, will meet with the Taoiseach Enda Kenny today. The pair will discuss policy priorities and the Cabinet reshuffle.2.#BUDGET 2015: Employers’ group Ibec says that the government need only cut 10% of the proposed €2 billion in this year’s Budget.3.#OUT IN FORCE: The numbers of gardaí have fallen consistently over the last number of years, as this chart shows.4.#COURT: A man and a woman will appear in court this morning, charged with the assault of a man in Ranelagh in Dublin early on Saturday morning.5.#CHILDREN: More than 3,000 children were waiting to be referred to mental health professionals at the end of March, the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service has revealed.6.#GREYHOUND: Staff at Greyhound Recycling who claim that they have been ‘locked out’ will march to Dublin’s City Hall today. The SIPTU members are calling on the public to support the march.7.#BRIGHT HORIZON: A shelved proposal for a €100 million shopping centre in Limerick has been revived. The former Parkway Shopping Centre will create 2,000 jobs, investors say.8.#ISRAEL: Israel has killed nine people in drone strikes on Gaza, medics say. The strikes came after militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel.9.#GARTH: A number of today’s newspapers report an array of compromises and deals that may be struck that will see Garth Brooks either play four nights at the Aviva stadium, play the two cancelled shows next year or take a break between gigs.last_img read more

Europol has released a grisly Advent calendar of their most wanted criminals

first_imgEuropol has released a grisly Advent calendar of their most wanted criminals Europe’s crime agency are publishing one fugitive from one member state per day. Share Tweet Email1 Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 5:30 PM Source: Europol/Twitter FocoSentenced to life behind bars, Foco escaped from prison while on leave to study in 1995, according to Europol’s website, featuring the continent’s most wanted offenders.A reward of €2,900 is offered for any information leading to his successful recapture.Since the website’s launch in January, some 24 most wanted criminals have been arrested, with nine of those arrests directly linked to media attention and tip-offs from the public, Europol said.“Hopefully we can give people a nice present on 24 December, having arrested some of these fugitives,” Hesztera said. Source: Europol- © AFP, 2016Read: ‘Terrific guy, fantastic country’ – Trump’s phone call to Pakistan leaderRead: 65-year-old Australian surfer escapes serious injury after shark attack 14 Comments ADVENT CALENDARS, THOSE delightful special almanacs that signal the run-up to Christmas, come in many shapes and forms – from pictures of presents to tiny chocolates and miniature bottles of booze.This year, Europol is bringing out their own, somewhat grimmer rendition: an online version featuring Europe’s most wanted criminals.“As from tomorrow, 1 December, we will for 23 days in a row publish one fugitive from one member state per day,” Europol’s spokesman Gerald Hesztera told AFP this week.The wanted person will be highlighted on social media including Europol’s Facebook page and on Twitter for that day, Hesztera said, speaking from Europol’s Hague-based headquarters.The criminals have all been convicted of serious crimes such as murder, kidnapping, terrorism and drug trafficking and are currently fleeing the law, he said, adding: Dec 3rd 2016, 5:30 PM By AFP It’s the most wonderful time of the year ☃🎁 ❄to lock up these #EU #MostWanted criminals. Help us make Europe safer! https://t.co/ym3aDMH1Mt pic.twitter.com/VhpVT40ldZ— Europol (@Europol) November 30, 2016 20,245 Views All these criminals are on the run, fleeing from responsibility and punishment.The calendar of criminals kicked off with Austrian fugitive Tibor Foco, 60, who is wanted for murdering a prostitute in March 1986. http://jrnl.ie/3113147 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

PlayStation Move 41 millions dunités écoulées

first_imgPlayStation Move : 4,1 millions d’unités écouléesSony annonce avoir vendu 4,1 millions de PlayStation Move dans le monde et plus de 200.000 en France.Alors que Microsoft vient d’annoncer avoir vendu 2,5 millions de Kinect en 25 jours (voir notre article), Sony fait savoir que sa PlayStation Move a du succès également. Deux mois et demi après sa sortie, le kit de détection de mouvements de Sony s’est écoulé à 4,1 millions d’unités. Et selon ZDnet.fr, 200.000 exemplaires auraient fait des heureux en France.Cependant, un blog du Wall Street Journal, Digits, apporte une précision : ces chiffres prennent en compte les livraisons aux revendeurs et non les ventes aux consommateurs. Enfin, Nintendo affiche ses bons chiffres également. Pas moins de 600.000 consoles Wii et 900.000 DS se seraient écoulées durant la semaine de Thanksgiving, selon la firme.Le 1 décembre 2010 à 13:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

ASAAP Meets to Discuss Industry Issues including Brazil Climate Change

first_imgASAAP group views Biltmore vineyards during farm tour in North Carolina.The ASA Action Partnership (ASAAP) held their annual fall retreat in Asheville, North Carolina this week.  In addition to dialogue on key industry issues, meeting topics included Brazil and Climate Change.Participants also toured the incomparable Biltmore House, Biltmore farm and vineyard and enjoyed dinner under at the Barn at Antler Hill Village.Designed as a soybean industry forum with a focus on identifying and addressing key challenges and developing actionable strategies for addressing those challenges, ASAAP brings together soybean industry partners, state affiliates, USB, USSEC and grower leaders. The organization fosters discussion and collaboration on topics that shape and influence the profitability of the soybean industry.ASAAP meets twice annually, during the March Board of Directors and during the fall.last_img read more

Longshore union bid to oust Cowlitz sheriff fails

first_imgKELSO, Wash. (AP) — The Longshore union attempt to oust Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson failed Friday when Superior Court Judge Stephen Warning dismissed the union-sponsored recall petition.The International Longshore and Warehouse Union accused the sheriff of using excessive force to control demonstrators at the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview.The Daily News reports the judge said none of the charges raised by the union met legal requirements for a recall election.Union officials are deciding if they will appeal the decisionlast_img read more