Another bridge opened to boost connectivity to China border

first_imgWorking towards improving road connectivity to areas close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China in Ladakh region, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) today opened a newly-constructed bridge to the people of the cold desert region in Jammu and Kashmir.“Continuing its development work in the strategic Ladakh region, Project Himank of the BRO on Sunday dedicated another bridge to the people of the cold desert, the third such bridge in a month, for efficient connectivity to the China border,” a spokesman of the BRO said. The chief engineer of Project Himank, Brigadier D.M Purvimath, inaugurated the 30-metre heavy bridge over the Linche river on Leh-Loma road. Appreciating the engineers and workers of the organisation, Brig. Purvimath said Project Himank would accomplish development of Leh by providing modern bridges and roads to enhance connectivity. He emphasised the need to expedite completion of all bridges falling on all the strategically-important road communications on the Indo-China axis. Brig. Purvimath said this bridge on the Leh-Loma road would enhance travel of locals as well as the Army in this strategic region.“Such connectivity shall enhance travel and communication for strategic transport and tourism development.” He said that all bailey bridges were being replaced by modern heavy permanent bridges in the sector of Project Himank. The Leh-Loma road is the main connectivity to various link roads along the Line of Actual Control and is being developed to National Highway Double Lane (NHDL) specification owing to its strategic and operational importance as it is the closest route to China border, the spokesman said.last_img read more

Argentina beat South Africa, enter maiden hockey World Cup semis

first_imgArgentina’s victory ousts Olympic champions Germany from the semifinals raceArgentina made their maiden appearance in the men’s hockey World Cup semifinals after posting a comprehensive 5-1 victory over South Africa at the Kyocera Stadium on Tuesday.Argentina’s victory, their fourth in five outings, gives them 12 points and ousts Olympic champions Germany from the semifinal race.Germany, who later play South Korea in their last match, have six points from four matches after suffering identical 0-1 defeats against Argentina and hosts The Netherlands.Olympic silver medalists The Netherlands were the first to secure passage into the semifinals from Group B with four straight wins.This is only the second time in World Cup history that the Germans have not advanced to the semifinals. The only previous occasion was in the inaugural World Cup in 1971 when Kenya made the semifinals at the expense of West Germany.Argentina, placed 11 in the world rankings, continued their robust game to seal their first-ever semifinal with Gonzago Peillat and Lucas Vila scoring two goals each after Joaquin Menini opened the scoring in the 20th minute.South Africa’s lone goal came from the sticks of Clinton Panther, but Argentina had by then done enough to secure entry into the semifinals.Argentina’s previous best finish in the men’s World Cup was sixth position they secured in the 1986 and 2002 World Cups.last_img read more

Scaloni: Pressure on Argentina is like a war

first_imgArgentina coach Lionel Scaloni said the pressure on his players made it feel like they were at war after a 2-0 win over Qatar earned them a place in the Copa America quarter-finals.Goals from Lautaro Martinez and Sergio Aguero ensured the Albiceleste avoided a potential banana skin on a night when defeat would have sent them crashing out of the competition at the first hurdle.Victory teed up a quarter-final clash with Group A runners-up Venezuela and Scaloni admitted the result was a welcome one after a gruelling start to the competition. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Argentina’s performances will have to improve if they are looking to lift their first Copa America trophy since 1993, with early displays meaning that an exit from the competition in the group stages was not out of the realms of possibility.90 ‘FIM DO JOGO0-2Baixe o App Oficial da #CopaAmerica e nao perca nenhum detalhe: https://t.co/mYYF6r9PXt pic.twitter.com/Hx88gWVo6c — Copa America (@CopaAmerica) June 23, 2019 “We have things to improve but we are satisfied,” said Scaloni at his post-match press conference.”We needed a game like that to gain confidence.”Especially in the second half, we played without fear.”We will have to adjust some things against other types of opponents.”Scaloni came under fire after his players lost to Colombia and drew with Paraguay in their opening games of the competition and failed to play with the confidence and urgency on display against Qatar.He dismissed the impact of that criticism on him personally however, saying: “I never think of myself. I always think of the national team.”I would like the message to be different, to be balanced at the end of the tournament. Everything surrounding the national team should be more balanced.”Sometimes, these guys go out to play a soccer game and they seem to go out and play a war. With the pressure on them sometimes it is difficult to play.”The message should be that while playing in the Copa America we are all on the same side.”Argentina have only won silverware twice since 1993, with both of those being gold medals at the Olympic Games in 2004 and 2008, while they came closest in recent history at the 2014 World Cup when they lost to Germany in the final.last_img read more

BJPs Ladakh MP puts conditions before mega solar power project

first_imgLeh: Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, the BJP MP representing Ladakh Lok Sabha constituency, has welcomed the Rs 50,000-crore mega solar power project in the region, but made it clear that it can go ahead if jobs are reserved for the locals and can work on a land lease model.Protecting the fragile ecology of Ladakh is of paramount importance, Namgyal said, adding the investor should also devote a part of the earnings as royalty for the locals. Following the Centre’s moves to abrogate Article 370 and create a separate Union Territory of Ladakh, there has been media report of a Rs 50,000-crore solar power project coming up in the region. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Investments are essential to come from outside, I welcome those. But there are a few conditions – we can’t give the land in your name, you will have to take it on lease and a portion of the jobs will have to be reserved for the local youth. “And whatever you earn from here, a part of it will have to be given to the council fund as royalty for ground development,” he said. The developmental model should be keeping in mind the fragile ecology of the region. We are not going to allow you otherwise, he made it clear. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe need is to tread on a “middle path” between the development and the local interests, such that both the Ladakhis as well as rest of India benefit, he said. “It’s not that we are closing ourselves, nor do we want anybody to exploit Ladakh,” he stressed. Namgyal said Ladakh always possessed huge potential to develop solar energy and credited the Narendra Modi government for trying to tap the potential. The young lawmaker said Ladakh should not be looked at as an infertile piece of land alone, pointing to the region being an important tourist destination, rich in rare medicinal plants and also a repository of glaciers. The Rs 50,000-crore project is touted as the single biggest investment in the space. A recent media report said sites have been identified for the grid-connected project.last_img read more

Next months vital for IsraeliPalestinian peace efforts – UN political chief

21 December 2007The top United Nations political officer today called for an Israeli freeze on settlements and removal of unauthorized outposts and for Palestinian steps to end violence, terrorism and incitement, warning that the next few months are critical for the renewed peace process between the two sides. “Solid progress will be essential in the bilateral negotiations,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe told the Security Council, after the re-launching of peace talks last month and this month’s successful donor conference in Paris to finance a revival of the Palestinian economy. “This however is unlikely to be achieved, or to be sustainable, without serious improvements on the ground. Donors must follow through on their commendable Paris commitments, and the parties must act to fulfil their responsibilities, so that a new climate of confidence, security and physical mobility is established,” he said. The Council later issued a press statement welcoming the Paris conference, calling it “an important step in a broader process aiming at the realization of the vision of two States living side by side in peace and security.” The 15-member body urged donors to rapidly disburse their pledges. Mr. Pascoe stressed that developments on the ground, including new Israeli settlement activity and ongoing Palestinian violence have been a cause of concern. “The goal in the weeks and months ahead must be to generate real momentum on all aspects of the peace process,” he declared. He noted that Israel had announced tenders for the construction of 307 new housing units in the settlement of Har Homa and that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had already reaffirmed the UN position on the illegality of settlements. He recalled that Phase One of the Road Map, the two-State solution advocated by the Quartet (UN, European Union, Russia and United States), requires Israel to freeze all settlement activity, including so-called “natural growth.” At the same time, 216 rockets and mortars had been fired in the past month by Palestinian militants in Gaza either at crossings points or at Israel. “We condemn these indiscriminate attacks, which endanger civilians in Israeli communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip, have caused injuries and damage, and disrupted the lives of thousands of Israelis,” Mr. Pascoe said. “These attacks also threaten the safety of humanitarian workers at the crossings.” He noted that Israeli forces conducted deadly raids into the Gaza Strip, targeting militants allegedly responsible for rocket attacks, and that Islamic Jihad had threatened to resume suicide attacks inside Israel. In the past month 37 Palestinians were killed, and 71 injured, by Israeli forces, 2 Palestinians killed and 21 injured in internal violence, and 11 Israelis were injured by Palestinian militants. Meanwhile, the humanitarian situation in Gaza remains of “grave concern” with crossings restricted for people and goods; only 13 basic categories of food and household items, medical supplies and some water sanitation equipment allowed in; and exports from Gaza virtually stopped, he said. At least 14 Palestinians have died after permission to exit Gaza for medical treatment was denied or delayed. “Without the resumption of the regular flow of imports and exports, Gaza’s socio-economic and humanitarian conditions will continue to deteriorate,” he added. Turning to Lebanon, Mr. Pascoe said the on-going lack of agreement on electing a new president and the resultant constitutional void was a matter of great concern. “The current situation is dangerous and unsustainable,” he stressed. “It is of fundamental importance for the Lebanese State that all Lebanese leaders seek a solution that enables presidential elections to take place immediately. “This is all the more necessary given the continuing attacks on Lebanon’s sovereignty and stability, most recently illustrated by the brutal assassination of General Francois el-Hajj of the Lebanese Armed Forces,” he added. In south Lebanon, the situation has remained calm but an increased number of Israeli air violations were recorded at the end of November, in contravention of UN Security Council resolution 1701 regarding the ceasefire that ended last year’s war with Hizbollah. read more

Thousands of displaced Sudanese being relocated from crowded camp UN says

During a visit to the area on Monday and Tuesday, Manuel Aranda da Silva, the Deputy Special Representative for the Secretary-General in Sudan, expressed satisfaction at the ongoing process of relocation of IDPs, for whom three new relocation sites have been identified. The sites would cater to 60,000 IDPs, with 20,000 at each site, and the relocation would be carried out in the first weeks of January.Mr. Aranda da Silva, who is in charge of humanitarian affairs and development, met with Sudanese local authorities and representatives of the UN agencies, including those working at Kalma Camp.Meanwhile, with 15 new cases of polio reported, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said its anti-polio vaccination campaign for Sudan would run from 10 to12 January and would target 5.9 million children.As of today there were 94 cases of polio in the country, with 40 of those in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum. read more

Up to nine in 10 police officers not properly vetted investigation finds

first_img 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. Nine out of 10 police officers from one force have not had a recent background check, an investigation has claimed.It has been reported around 14,000 officers from 17 forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have not been vetted in line with policy.In Northumbria, almost 3,000 – or 90 per cent – of officers had not been subjected to up-to-date checks, the BBC claimed citing requests made under the Freedom of Information act.Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary Mike Cunningham said: “There is no doubt that forces who have not vetted or re-vetted large numbers of their staff are subject to a vulnerability.”The process of vetting looks at an officer’s background, family and friends to check they are not associated in criminal activity.last_img read more

Scallop wars barely over as new accusations from Cornish fishermen spark crab

“We will take appropriate action and look into any further reports, in particular whether they break relevant fisheries regulations.” French and British fishermen clash over scallop fishingCredit:Matthew Fearn French and British fishermen clash over scallop fishing “Neither Defra (the Department for Food and Rural Affairs) or the Maritime Management Organisation have helped us,” he added.“As fishermen, we have had to go to the French on a fisherman to fisherman basis to sort this out.”The CFPO called a meeting, which it said had had a positive outcome.“They claimed there had been a breakdown in communications and this was the work of one or two rogue skippers,” Mr Trebilcock said.“We agreed a working understanding for going forward and they have vowed to ensure it doesn’t happen again. We have a follow-up meeting in three months.”A Defra spokesperson said: “We are very concerned to hear about these incidents. The Marine Management Organisation has been in discussion with fishermen in Cornwall about the reports of damage.”They have looked into these and have passed information to other relevant authorities. We have a robust enforcement system in place. “These are small businesses losing hundreds of thousands of pounds – it’s significant and has been going on for several months. It was getting ridiculous, there was a lot of anger and we knew it could not carry on.”He said the government’s unwillingness to get involved had been “disappointing.” The tensions have come to light just days after British and French fishermen reached a deal to end the so-called scallop wars in the Channel.Earlier this month, around 40 French vessels fired flares, hurled stones and rammed a small group of British trawlers fishing legally in waters off northern France.French fishermen are banned from catching scallops between May 15 and Oct 1 to conserve stocks, but British boats are not subject to the ban.From Tuesday, larger British boats withdrew from the disputed area off the Normandy coast for six weeks. UK-based boats under 15m long will still be able to fish in the Bay of Seine, where the row broke out in August. 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. British fishermen came under fire during a dispute over scallop bedsCredit:FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images “Much of these problems pre-date the scallop wars but the tensions could all be rooted in the same thing and it is unlikely to have helped,” he said.“We tell the French the areas where the crab pots are and they usually ignore it but they have been claiming, incredibly, that they did not know where the gear was. British fishermen came under fire during a dispute over scallop beds The scallop wars are barely over but already new tensions have emerged in the English Channel in the form of crab wars.Cornish fishermen have accused French trawlers of deliberately sabotaging their crab pots, costing them hundreds of thousands of pounds.They said French trawlers had been seen in English waters towing nets “without a care in the world” within the UK’s 12-mile limit.Paul Trebilcock, chief executive of the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation (CFPO), said: “They are just dragging through all the gear, they break the ropes, damage the pots or just tow them away altogether.”In the absence of what they claimed was a lack of action from Government agencies, the CFPO took matters into their own hands on Thursday, thrashing the matter out with French fishermen at a face-to-face meeting in Plymouth.Mr Trebilcock admitted that the damage, caused by a dozen or so boats from Brittany, could be Brexit-related or have some link with the frustrations caused by scallop wars. read more

FactCheck Is Karen Bradley correct that killings committed by British forces during

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4528101 28,336 Views By Sean Murray Thursday 7 Mar 2019, 12:02 PM FactCheck: Is Karen Bradley correct that killings committed by British forces during the Troubles were ‘not crimes’? Bradley has come under severe criticism for her comments in the House of Commons yesterday, but is she correct? 43 Comments THE UK’S NORTHERN Irish Secretary Karen Bradley has been faced with calls to resign, after remarks she made yesterday regarding killings in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.She told the House of Commons that the deaths in Northern Ireland “that were at the hands of the military and police were not crimes”. Political parties and victims’ families were angered by the claim, and it prompted Tánaiste Simon Coveney to seek clarification from Bradley in a meeting last night.On her part, Bradley later said her comments did not refer to any specific case, and was more of a “general view”. But is that true to say that the cases of British soldiers and police who killed people during the Troubles were “not crimes”? Let’s take a look. What Bradley saidThis arose in the House of Commons yesterday, when DUP MP for Belfast South Emma Little-Pengelly took the floor.She said that “well over 90%” of murders and injuries during the Troubles were as a result by acts of terrorism.She asked Bradley when mechanisms would be put in place to investigate these cases where people were shot dead by armed groups during the Troubles. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeBradley replied: “The honourable lady sets out the figures very powerfully. Over 90% of the killings during the Troubles were at the hands of terrorists. Every single one of those was a crime.The under 10% that were at the hands of the military and police were not crimes. They were people acting under orders and instructions, fulfilling their duties in a dignified and appropriate way.Reaction to these comments outside of Westminster was swift, with Bradley coming in for heavy criticism from the SDLP and Sinn Féin. Roughly an hour later, she stood up again in the House of Commons and said she wanted to clarify her comments as she believed they could be “open to misinterpretation”.  Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeBradley said: “At oral questions, I referred to deaths during the Troubles caused by members of the security forces. The point I was seeking to convey was that the overwhelming majority of those who served carried out their duties with courage, professionalism, integrity and within the law.I was not referring to any specific cases, but expressing a general view. Of course, where there is evidence of wrongdoing it should always be investigated, whoever is responsible. These are of course matters for the police and prosecuting authorities who are independent of government.Speaking to the Press Association last night, Bradley was asked if she wished to apologise for what she said in the House of Commons and she stopped short of doing so, and has not retracted the comments.TheJournal.ie has contacted Bradley’s office asking for clarification on her statement made yesterday. She did not respond to the request for this FactCheck. The Northern Ireland Secretary’s statements provoked uproar from victims’ families and nationalist political parties in the North. The SDLP and Sinn Féin called for her to resign. John Teggart – whose father was killed in the 1971 Ballymurphy shootings – told the BBC what she said was “insulting, despicable to families” and an “absolute disgrace”. Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O’Neill also criticised Bradley for refusing to retract her statement and said it should be “withdrawn immediately”. In Ireland, Bradley’s comments were also condemned, with Fianna Fáil’s Brendan Smith describing them as “ignorant and hurtful”, while Tánaiste Simon Coveney said he’d be seeking a clarification from her over what was said.The TroublesThere are varying figures for how many people died as a direct result of the conflict, but it is generally accepted that well in excess of 3,000 people died during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, an armed conflict that lasted around 30 years.According to the commonly cited Sutton Index of Deaths, there were 3,532 deaths related to the Troubles between 1969 and 2001. It is derived from Malcolm Sutton’s book Bear in Mind These Dead, and the online index remains a project of Ulster University.Extending that time period, the Commission for Victims and Survivors for Northern Ireland uses a figure of 3,720 conflict-related deaths between 1966 and 2006. This commission was established by the British government in the North to promote awareness of the interests of victims and survivors of the conflict.The Sutton index says that in the case of 363 people who were killed, British security services – encompassing police and army – were responsible. This figure does correspond to around 10% of the deaths caused during the Troubles being caused by British soldiers and police, as cited by Bradley in the House of Commons.In the case of many of those killed during the Troubles, those responsible were never brought to justice.Roughly one-third of killings during this period are the subject of PSNI legacy investigations. This applies to cases where republican groups, loyalist groups and security services were believed to be responsible for the killings, but no one was ever convicted.Under the Good Friday Agreement, loyalists and republicans convicted of crimes were set free, but many of the killings at the time remain unsolved to this day. According to figures obtained by the BBC last year, the PSNI had 1,188 killings listed as legacy investigations. This included 530 attributed to republicans, 271 to loyalists and 354 attributed to security forces.Various inquests have returned verdicts of unlawful killings and, in recent years, the PSNI in the North has reopened investigations into a number of cases.Furthermore, there are a number of cases where police investigating the deaths are considering, or have already brought, charges against former soldiers and are trying them for crimes such as murder.This includes the case of Bloody Sunday, where British soldiers opened fire on unarmed Catholic civil rights protesters in Derry in 1972, killing 13 – with another person dying some months later in hospital. The Saville Report – which took 12 years to compile and was eventually published in 2010 – noted that the actions of British soldiers were “unjustifiable”, and that they had “lost control”.In a stark contrast in tone from Bradley’s comments yesterday, then-Prime Minister David Cameron told the House of Commons he was “deeply sorry” and apologised for Bloody Sunday on behalf of the British government.“There is no doubt, there is nothing equivocal, there are no ambiguities,” he said. “What happened on Bloody Sunday was both unjustified and unjustifiable. It was wrong.”Recent media reports have indicated that four ex-British soldiers could be charged with the 1972 shooting of unarmed marchers in Derry.Legacy investigations by the PSNI also include the case of former British soldier Dennis Hutchings, who faces trial for attempted murder in connection with the fatal shooting of John Pat Cunningham in Tyrone in 1974.The inquest into the 1971 Ballymurphy massacre which resulted in the deaths of 11 people also remains under way at the moment, with families dissatisfied at the original investigation’s findings.Currently, individual cases like Bloody Sunday are being investigated by the PSNI. Larger scale, sweeping investigations would be possible under the landmark Stormont House Agreement which was agreed in 2014 and would have set up an historical investigations unit. However, with the Northern Assembly inactive for the past two years, politicians are no closer to enacting this agreement. In the meantime, the PSNI continues to conduct a number of probes into killings and atrocities committed by state forces and armed groups during the Troubles. ConvictionsAs well as investigations currently under way into crimes allegedly committed by members of British security services, there have already been cases where soldiers have been convicted over killings during the Troubles.In 1992, 18-year-old Peter McBride was unarmed when he was shot and killed by two British soldiers.Two Scots guardsmen – Mark Wright and James Fisher – were convicted of murder three years later and sentenced to life in prison. They were released in 1998, and were allowed to rejoin the British army, provoking the fury of McBride’s family and the nationalist community.In 1972, Catholics Michael Naan and Andrew Murray were killed by British soldiers at a farm in Fermanagh. In 1981, Sergeants Stanley Hathaway and John Byrne were jailed for their murders and sentenced to life in prison. Two other soldiers pleaded guilty to lesser roles in the killings.In 1990, 18-year-old Karen O’Reilly and 17-year-old Martin Peake were shot after British soldiers fired on a car they were travelling in at a checkpoint in west Belfast.In another very high-profile case at the time, Sergeant Lee Clegg was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the killings. His conviction was later quashed in 1998, and he was cleared of the murder at a subsequent re-trial. He continued to serve with British armed forces.VerdictTo recap, Bradley told the House of Commons that the cases where people died at the hands of the police or army during the Troubles were “not crimes”. “They were people acting under orders and instructions, fulfilling their duties in a dignified and appropriate way,” she said.The Northern Ireland Secretary later said that she was “not referring to any specific cases, but expressing a general view”. Speaking to the Press Association last night, she said she “never intend[ed] to cause any offence”.However, as highlighted above, there are a number of instances where British soldiers were convicted of murder in relation to people killed during the Troubles.In British courts, it has been found that British soldiers did commit crimes – in some of the cases cited above, they were convicted in relation to killings during the Troubles.It must be noted that of the 363 deaths attributed to British soldiers and police during the Troubles, only a very small number has so far resulted in a prosecution which found that a soldier had committed a crime. Nonetheless, it is incorrect to categorise all of the killings that British security services are responsible for during the Troubles as “not crimes”. Furthermore, a number of investigations are under way into killings committed by various parties – including British soldiers – during the Troubles. In future, it is conceivable that more British soldiers could face trial accused of committing crimes in relation to killings in Northern Ireland.Bradley said deaths caused by British soldiers during the Troubles were not crimes. However, a number of British soldiers have been convicted in British courts of murder.As a result, we rate this claim: FALSEAs per our verdict guide, this means the claim is inaccurate.UPDATE: This afternoon, Karen Bradley released a new statement related to her comments yesterday.She said: “Yesterday I made comments regarding the actions of soldiers during the Troubles. I want to apologise. I am profoundly sorry for the offence and hurt that my words have caused. The language was wrong and even though this was not my intention, it was deeply insensitive to many of those who lost loved ones.”TheJournal.ie’s FactCheck is a signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles. You can read it here. For information on how FactCheck works, what the verdicts mean, and how you can take part, check out our Reader’s Guide here. You can read about the team of editors and reporters who work on the factchecks here.With additional reporting from Daragh Brophy Share208 Tweet Email Short URL Mar 7th 2019, 12:02 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Quest founder inducted in Hall of Fame

first_imgQuest Serviced Apartments founder and chairman, Paul Constantinou, has been inducted into the Hotel Management Hall of Fame, having taken his company from one property 25 years ago to more than 150 today.Quest announced recently a $500-million strategic partnership with one of the world’s largest serviced apartment owner-operators, the Singapore-based The Ascott Limited.Presented at the 13th HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence, judges from across Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific honoured Constantinou with the accolade recently.HM Magazine editor James Wilkinson said the induction into the Hall of Fame was testament to Paul’s leadership skills, business prowess and commitment to the Australasian accommodation industry.Constantinou said he was honoured to receive the award from the industry.“However, this wonderful accolade must be attributed to more than just myself. I am very proud of what the Quest Serviced Apartments team has achieved over the past 25 years and have many people to thank for supporting me and the company during this time,” said Constantinou.Quest Serviced Apartments has established an advisory board of high profile business leaders to steer the company’s strategic direction over its next period of growth.The advisory board will provide commercial pragmatic advice to support Quest chairman Paul Constantinou and its senior management team. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Verizon et Apple sur le point de lancer un nouvel iPhone

first_imgVerizon et Apple sur le point de lancer un nouvel iPhone ?L’iPhone 5 verra-t-il le jour prochainement ? Apple et Verizon Wireless seraient sur le point de commercialiser un nouvel iPhone, selon la presse américaine. Le Wall Street Journal avance que le premier groupe telecom américain Verizon Wireless serait sur le point de commercialiser un nouvel iPhone ces prochaines semaines, même si aucune date n’a été précisée pour le moment. Le terminal sera conçu aux normes CDMA, configuration plus répandue en Amérique et en Asie. Lefigaro.fr affirme que l’action en Bourse de Verizon avait progressé de 2,5% à New-York alors que celle d’Apple affichait une “pointe” historique à 336,12 dollars. La firme à la pomme serait-elle prête à faire une infidélité à AT&T, deuxième groupe telecom aux Etats-Unis, distributeur exclusif de l’iPhone depuis cinq ans ? La firme de Steve Jobs a refusé de confirmer l’information pour le moment. Le 10 janvier 2011 à 12:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Motorcycleinvolved crash leaves 1 dead in Hollywood

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A car collided with a motorcycle in Hollywood, leaving one person dead and another transported to the hospital.The crash took place at Sheridan Street and North 38th Avenue in Hollywood, Friday night.A large presence could be seen in the area. A car could also be seen flipped over on scene.Investigators said the motorcyclist died in the crash.Officials said the driver of the car was transported to the hospital with injuries that are not life threatening.No word on what caused the crash at this time.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Lobbyist tax gets pushback in Alaska state House

first_imgRep. Sam Kito lll addresses the Alaska House of Representatives on April 7, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)State Rep. Sam Kito III wants to close a $200,000 funding gap at the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC), which oversees the activities of candidates, political groups and lobbyists.Listen nowHis solution: a selective income tax on lobbyists. The revenue, he says, would help with accurate and timely oversight of lobbying activities.“Over the recent couple of years we’ve actually, because of budget cuts, lost two lobbying staff people in Juneau … So this would be trying to bring some support back,” Kito explained in a recent interview.In 2016, the state increased the amount that APOC can collect through fees to make up for budget cuts. The problem is that APOC doesn’t have the legal authority — called a receipt authority — to raise the amounts they collect to meet the new limit.Kito wants to replace the $250 registration fee that lobbyists currently pay per contract with a 2.5 percent income tax on lobbyists. The tax would allow APOC to meet its receipt authority and provide some extra revenue for hiring staff.In a hearing on Feb. 14, Heather Hebdon who directs APOC, said the tax would apply to approximately 132 registered lobbyists in the state.The bill is stuck in the House State Affairs Committee.Rep. Chris Birch, who sits on the committee, made it clear that he is not comfortable levying a tax on a specific profession.“I would be much more comfortable to retain some sort of a flat rate,” Birch said. “I think that’s a much more manageable approach than instituting an income tax on the lobbyists … It’s certainly more consistent with what I would see as fair and equitable.”Kito, a former lobbyist himself, admits that Alaska’s constitution, which prohibits earmarking tax revenue for specific purposes, presents a problem for the bill in its current form.“There is not a way to clearly identify that the lobbyist tax revenue will directly benefit the Alaska Public Offices Commission,” Kito said in a Feb. 14 hearing.Kito said he’s open to changes to the bill that would ensure more funding for APOC.The bill has not been scheduled for another hearing, but there is a committee substitute in the works.last_img read more

Man gets 10years imprisonment for raping mute girl in

first_imgSeven years after committing the crime, a man was awarded 10 years imprisonment for raping a mute girl in Daultabad of Mahbubnagar district. On March 17, 2013, the accused who runs a toddy shop raped the mute girl. The then Kodangal CI Vijay Lal registered a case and arrested Mahesh Goud. The first additional sessions court, Mahbubnagar inquired 12 witnesses and convicted Mahesh in the case issuing 10 years of imprisonment along with a penalty of Rs 3,000. The relatives of the girl welcomed the court’s order. In a similar case, a man from Karimnagar was given a life sentence for raping a minor girl in 2016.last_img

A seemingly obvious way to make the electricity market better may actually

first_img More information: Sebastian M. Krause, et al. “Econophysics of adaptive power markets: When a market does not dampen fluctuations but amplifies them.” Physical Review E. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.92.012815 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Restaurants often have their best specials in the middle of the week as a way to increase business on their slowest days. By evening out the flow of customers, carefully timed sale prices can reduce fluctuations in demand. Logically, researchers have wondered if a similar “adaptive pricing strategy” could be used to reduce daily fluctuations in demand in the electricity market, which has become a growing problem with the increased use of fluctuating energy sources, such as wind and solar. In support of the adaptive pricing strategy, models based on standard economic theory have shown that lowering the price of electricity at off-peak times and communicating the prices through smart meters encourages more consumption at these times in a predictable way. These models suggest that adaptive pricing provides a way to control demand and reduce fluctuations, with significant potential economic advantages. Now, surprisingly, researchers in a new study have used an alternative model based on econophysics that shows that adaptive pricing has the exact opposite effect: rather than dampen the fluctuations, it amplifies them.”Our work examines the, at first sight, great idea to use smart electricity meters to dampen fluctuations in the electricity power nets,” Stefan Bornholdt at the University of Bremen told Phys.org. “However, we find that under some conditions, consumers with such meters start competing and create a new artificial market which exhibits properties of real markets, such as bubbles and crashes. Thus, instead of dampening out fluctuations, it may create new ones. In this way, interacting smart meters may generate chaos instead of stability.”The reason for amplifying the fluctuations, as Bornholdt and coauthors Sebastian M. Krause and Stefan Börries explain in a paper to be published in Physical Review E, is that changing the price of electricity over time can lead to the emergence of coordinated behavior among consumers.”The coordinated action of consumers in our model stems from our basic needs (of electricity), i.e., the fraction of needs which cannot be postponed indefinitely: washing machines, heaters, AC, etc. Those can wait for a while, however, eventually have to be operated when need has increased (laundry has piled up). We will then even accept a higher electricity price. Indeed, the first washing machines that connect to smart meters allow such a price threshold to be set. “When laundry piles up, users (or algorithms in advanced machines) can adapt the threshold to a higher allowed price. When the fluctuating price then drops after a while from higher levels, those consumers who postponed their activity will then join the ‘happy hour’ of cheap electricity, leading to an avalanche of demand (reminding of some crowded bars at happy hour). This is a dynamic phenomenon which econophysics models, but not standard economic models, can represent.” Citation: A seemingly obvious way to make the electricity market better may actually make it worse (2015, July 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-seemingly-obvious-electricity-worse.html Journal information: Physical Review E Explore further The too-smart-for-its-own-good grid The new econophysics model shows that this coordinated “happy hour” behavior may in turn lead to “catastrophic synchronization” in which the actual demand differs by several orders of magnitude from the average amount predicted by the standard economic model. As a result of this phenomenon, it’s nearly impossible to predict the demand at any given price, as the demand varies so widely at one price. In sharp contrast with the standard economic model, an equilibrium price at which supply and demand are balanced can never be established. Instead of providing a way to control demand, adaptive pricing may instead send it fluctuating wildly.So what’s the big difference between the two models that leads to such vastly different outcomes? And which one is more accurate? The main difference, the researchers explain, is that models based on standard economic theory average the behavior of many agents to predict the outcome of price changes. The econophysics model does not use averaging, but instead allows for independent agent behavior and interactions among a large number of agents, which allows collective behavior to emerge.The question of which model is more accurate is more difficult to answer. It’s well-known that real markets often behave differently than standard economic models, which often fail at predicting bubbles and crashes. Models based on similar principles also encounter problems when describing a wide variety of physical phenomena, such as earthquakes, solar flares, and mass extinctions. One thing these systems have in common, however, is the emergence of collective behavior, which suggests that the econophysics models may have an advantage. © 2015 Phys.org This sketch shows how a consumer may change the price they will pay for electricity (acceptable price) for certain flexible uses, such as washing clothes, that depends on the actual price and the consumer’s need to use the electricity. Credit: Krause, et al. ©2015 American Physical Societylast_img read more

The Kimberley joins Tourism Australias National Landscapes Prog

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F The Kimberley region has been added to Tourism Australia’s National Landscapes Program and as a result will receive prominent coverage in the nation’s future international tourism marketing campaigns. The Kimberley now holds the honour of being Western Australia’s first region in the National Landscapes Program, which highlights iconic destinations across Australia. Local communities nominate Landscapes to join the program, in this case the Kimberley National Landscapes Steering Committee nominated the Kimberley. The Steering Committee will work with Tourism Australia and Parks Australia to bring together tourism industry and government stakeholders to identify commercial opportunities, environmental management priorities, infrastructure gaps and marketing plans. The Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP and the Minister for Environment Protection, Peter Garrett AM MP announced the newest addition to the program earlier this week.The Ministers made the announcement during a visit to Broome before travelling to Kununurra for the first Kimberley Land Council Ranger Forum, celebrating the important role Indigenous Rangers play in the management and environmental protection of the region.Minister Ferguson said: “The Kimberley’s rich Indigenous history and culture, pearling and mining history, ancient gorges, spectacular waterfalls, rugged wilderness and remote beaches make it an obvious choice for the National Landscapes Program.“It is a vast wilderness area more than twice the size of my home State, Victoria.“The National Landscapes Program offers great opportunities for Indigenous training, employment and business development in both tourism and conservation.“Tourism is a major source of employment across the Kimberley with more than 1500 tourism organisations providing jobs for rangers, pilots, cruise ship crews, chefs and many other trades and professions.Minister Garrett said: “The Kimberley is a stunning part of Australia, internationally renowned for its vibrant Indigenous culture and unique environment and of course, the world famous Cable Beach.“The inclusion of the Kimberley in the National Landscapes Program recognises the extraordinary environmental importance of the Kimberley, from the beauty and incredible diversity of the marine environment to the ecological diversity of this huge north-western landscape.“The Kimberley region now joins destinations such as Australia’s Red Centre, Kakadu and the Australian Alps as part of a program which sees tourism and conservation working in partnership to promote some of the extraordinary natural landscapes that make our country both so unique and such an international tourism drawcard.” <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/210a0/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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first_imgApril 28, 2014Congratulations to the graduates!Michele Ventura completed his planning internship. Here is Michele with planning coordinator Travis Shappell.[photos by Chihiro Saito]Completing the March 22. 2014 workshop program are Dante Hilton-Ono, Rebecca Cooley and Lily Ericsson.last_img

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