The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the murder last month of Nepalese journalist Pushkar Bahadur Shrestha.The 57-year old publisher of two local weeklies was shot in the back on the evening of 12 January while with his brother in a town near Birgunj on the border with India. A man who said he was the local representative of the Janatantrik Tarai Mukti Morcha militia claimed responsibility for the murder, saying Mr. Shrestha was killed because he was a “pahadi” journalist, meaning from the hill region and not the southern plains population.“I condemn the murder of Pushkar Bahadur Shrestha,” Koïchiro Matsuura said in a statement. “Through him, the murderers were obviously standing against freedom of expression but also against an ethnic group they are in conflict with.”The head of the Paris-based agency said the targeting of journalists “must cease in order for Nepal to reach, at long last, democracy and the rule of law.”According to IFEX, violence against journalists increased drastically in 2007 in areas where armed groups claiming to defend the Madhesi, the people of the south, have launched protest movements. Janatantrik Tarai Mukti Morcha has been involved in dozens of cases of threats and violence since its creation in August 2006. 12 February 2008The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the murder last month of Nepalese journalist Pushkar Bahadur Shrestha.
7 August 2009Higher unemployment figures, lower economic growth, falling trade and stubborn fiscal deficits are among the lingering effects the global financial crisis will have on Latin American countries, the top United Nations official for the region warned today. Higher unemployment figures, lower economic growth, falling trade and stubborn fiscal deficits are among the lingering effects the global financial crisis will have on Latin American countries, the top United Nations official for the region warned today.The after-shocks of the global meltdown have infected the region through a sharp decline in remittances, shrinking external demand for goods and services and changes in the relative price of exports, said Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).Ms. Bárcena highlighted trade as one of the hardest hit sectors in the region, in her opening address to the 2009 Summer School on Latin American Economies, whose theme is “The Real Impact of the Global Economic Crisis: A Latin American Perspective.”In April, trade was slashed by almost 32 per cent compared to the same month in 2008, with a 29.2 per cent drop in exports and 34.6 per cent decrease in imports during the same period, Ms. Bárcena told the gathering at ECLAC headquarters in Santiago, Chile.She added that a cut in foreign direct investment of between 35 and 45 per cent is expected this year, while unemployment is estimated to climb to 9 per cent and money sent home by nationals living and working outside the region will fall by some 5 to 10 per cent.Although there are signs of economic recovery, it will be a slow, gradual process, Ms. Bárcena warned the some 29 post-graduate students from Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Korea, Chile, Ecuador, France, Italy, Mexico and Spain, who will complete the ECLAC seminar on 30 September. During the economic recession in the 1980s, it took 12 years for economies in the region to recover but as long as 24 years for social indicators to reach their pre-crisis levels, she said, predicting that the future comprises of lower growth in developed countries, more participation of developing countries in global growth and stricter regulations on financial systems.
8 September 2010The United Nations agency tasked with promoting environmentally and socially sustainable cities and towns has declared the winners of this year’s Scroll of Honour, the UN awards for excellence in human settlements development. The United Nations agency tasked with promoting environmentally and socially sustainable cities and towns has declared the winners of this year’s Scroll of Honour, the UN awards for excellence in human settlements development.The awards, announced on Monday, go to institutions instrumental in improving living conditions in towns and cities, the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) said in a statement. The awards will be presented on World Habitat Day on 4 October.The Vienna municipality’s Sustainable Urban Renewal Programme was honoured for putting people and their views first in a model programme it is imparting to other cities in Eastern Europe. Under its so-called “soft urban renewal” drive that started in 1984, the Austrian capital has been careful to consult residents on changes and take their views into account rather than opt for the demolition of run-down neighbourhoods and the compulsory relocation of residents.More than 300,000 dwellings without toilets or water and sanitation and which make some 40 per cent of Vienna’s housing stock were targeted for renovation under the scheme. But the percentage of sub-standard stock has been reduced to below 9 per cent following improvements to thousands of buildings containing nearly a quarter of a million apartments.In China, the Kunshan Municipal People’s Government was recognized for an innovative approach to granting migrants the right to essential services in the city. Drawing some 800,000 job-seekers every year, Kunshan holds five employment fairs every week. In the past two years, it has helped more than 200,000 people get work in a city where modern, new accommodation has increased per capita living space from 12 square metres in 1999 to 40 square metres. The city also ensures that migrants have full access to pension, health and other social security schemes, as well as equal education opportunities, and the same rights to public services as locals.The Colombian city of Medellín was rewarded for its successful implementation of three programmes to reduce urban poverty, provide health care for children and give citizens a say in urban services. The anti-poverty programme targeted 40,000 households, while the health initiative ensures that all children aged five and below have better care and the urban services scheme seeks to consistently survey the impact of city services to ensure that decisions taken have the right impact.Morocco’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and its agency, the Al Omrane Group, won for delivering one of the world’s most successful and comprehensive slum reduction and improvement programmes. In 2004 the ministry had set a target of humanely clearing the slums in 85 cities by 2012. Working with Al Omrane, it has improved or eliminated 45.8 per cent of the country’s slums, which are home to 1.6 million people. The cost of the programme so far is 25 million dirhams ($6.86 million).Singapore’s Housing and Development Board (HDB) will receive the award for providing one of Asia’s greenest, cleanest and most socially conscious housing programmes. For over half a century, HDB has housed a large slice of Singapore’s growing population. Currently, more than eight in 10 Singaporeans live in HDB apartments and more than nine in 10 own the apartment in which they live.In South Africa, Johannesburg’s Social Housing Company (JOSHCO) will receive the award for providing tens of thousands of affordable housing units, improved living conditions and basic services to poor families.As part of an exemplary project based on community development since 2004, it has converted former male-only mine hostels, derelict inner-city buildings and some slum districts into liveable homes.Organizing youth days, sports programmes, clean-up campaigns and other activities as part of its development plan, JOSHCO focuses on priorities such as violence against women and children; youth; the family; early childhood development; and measures to reduce crime within communities.
Icelandic handballSigfus Sigurdsson The famous giant of Icelandic national team and many TOP European teams, line player, Sigfus Sigurdsson (35), decided to back to Germany and sign six weeks contract with a team of his friend, Patrick Jóhannesson, Emsdetten TV. Sigfus answered positive on a call of his friend – coach of TV Emsdetten, who stayed without two players due injury problems. He will be a huge add with his experience and quality, expecially in defense.Sigfus Sigurdsson played for SC Magdeburg (2002-2006), Ademar Leon (2006-2008). In summer 2008, he was a part of the team who won Olympic silver medal in Beijing. Since that he played for Valur, home team from Icelandic capital, Reykjavik.<br /><a href=”http://media.wmtv-online.de/embed/video.php?id=935″>zum Video</a><br /> ← Previous Story ASOBAL (Round 10): Problems for Ciudad Real Next Story → With Vranjes, SG Flensburg beat Rhein Neckar Lowen!
2 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3325826 Image: Shutterstock/Konstantin Shevtsov By Rónán Duffy Wednesday 5 Apr 2017, 6:41 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email Apr 5th 2017, 6:41 PM 10,187 Views A MAN IN his 80s has died following a house fire in rural Clare.Gardaí and emergency services were alerted to the fire at the house at Tonavoher, Knockerra near Kilrush at about 10pm yesterday.Inspector Paul Slattery of Kilrush Garda Station told Clare FM that that the fire was extensive when they arrived at the scene.“On arrival with the emergency services we found that the house was well and truly on fire,” Garda Slattery said.“The fire service gained entry to the house and extinguished the fire and it was then we discovered the body of an individual. He had succumbed to injuries in relation to the fire itself.”The man’s body has been removed to the mortuary at University Hospital Limerick where a post-mortem is to take place.At present, gardaí are not treating the fire as suspicious.The results of the post-mortem will determine the nature of the investigation.Read: Fire brought under control after Beacon South Quarter apartments evacuated >Read: Large fire breaks out near world’s tallest building in Dubai > Elderly man dies in house fire in rural Clare The fire is not being treated as suspicious Image: Shutterstock/Konstantin Shevtsov
Australia’s invitation to Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou is open and the government is ready to facilitate his visit whenever he decides to visit, Prime Minister Julia Gillard told Neos Kosmos during a post budget meeting in Canberra.“We have an open invitation to the Greek Prime Minister and I have discussed it with him on different occasions. We know he is very keen to come and we are ready to facilitate his visit whenever he decides to come,” assured Ms Gillard.“We are as keen as the Greek community of Australia to receive Mr Papandreou and renew Australia’s longstanding friendship with Greece and its people. So, whenever he decides to make the trip down under we will be ready to receive him,” the Prime Minister added.During the meeting the Prime Minister renewed Labor’s commitment to multiculturalism and its unwavering support of the multicultural communities of Australia. “We are a government that praises multiculturalism, a government that wants to insure that in our modern Australia we are understanding truly everyone who we are including in the life of the nation.“We acknowledge the benefits of our cultural diversity and remain committed to supporting multiculturalism and our multicultural communities,” she said.“Our support to multiculturalism and cultural diversity is reflected in our budget that is based on the philosophy of inclusion of all Australians in the economic life of our nation and in the nation’s life overall.“We know, as we work with people from all communities, that there are challenges for people, particularly for recently arriving migrants, particularly people who have come to Australia under our humanitarian program, in accessing the skills, the training and the support they need to get a job in Australia.“So many of the measures you see in the budget are based on giving all people the opportunity to share in the benefits of our strong economy,” the Prime Minister underlined.Ms Gillard unveiled a plan to strengthen the government’s relationship with Australia’s multicultural communities through the multicultural media.The key element of the plan, conceived by the Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Senator Kate Lundy, is the establishment of a Multicultural Media Round Table that will become the permanent channel of communication of the government with migrant communities.“The government acknowledges that the multicultural media play a very special role in providing information, news, perspective and views to so many people of our multicultural communities, and for many the multicultural media is their main source of information.“We want to extend this engagement with your community and you relationship with the government into the future,” Ms Gillard said. “Kate Lundy has suggested to me, and I think it is a very good idea, that we should create a Multicultural Media Round Table, so that we could have at least an annual exchange of perspectives on how the relationship is working. It may be everything, from very simple things to the provision of information by the government and advertising,” she added.Meanwhile, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen is trying to find time to meet with the Executive Committee of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) to discuss the increasing number of Greeks interested in migrating to Australia.The Minister told Neos Kosmos the meeting requested by GOCMV president Mr Bill Papastergiadis “will take place as soon as he is able to fit it into his schedule”.Neos Kosmos alerted the Minister to the difficulties faced by prospective Greek migrants to Australia in obtaining a work visa or entry to Australia via the Family Reunion Program. He undertook to refer the matter to the competent government instrumentalities.Mr Bowen explained that the government does not give preferential treatment to any particular group of aliens interested in migrating to Australia. “Entry to Australia in all categories is granted upon application by aliens who fulfil the prescribed requirements,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
L’origine des séismes profonds enfin confirmée ?Jusqu’ici, les géologues admettaient l’hypothèse selon laquelle les séismes profonds étaient dus aux transformations du principal minéral constituant le manteau terrestre, l’olivine. Mais des chercheurs français pensent aujourd’hui avoir confirmé cette théorie.Si le mécanisme des tremblements de terre superficiels est assez bien connus, il n’en va pas de même des séismes profonds. Dès que le foyer du séisme se situe entre 400 et 700 km de profondeur, les géologues en sont réduits à émettre des hypothèses. En effet, difficile de tenir compte de la pression qui s’exerce ici en centaines de milliers de bars. Dans ces conditions, la pression est tellement importante que si une fracture s’initiait, elle ne pourrait pas glisser et être à l’origine de l’émission d’ondes sismiques comme c’est le cas plus en surface estiment certains.”Comment ces séismes se produisent est un mystère. Comment la roche peut elle glisser contre une autre roche aussi vite, alors qu’elle est comprimée par la pression de 610 kilomètres de roche située au-dessus ?”, demande Thorne Lay, professeur à l’Université de Californie. Il y a de ça environ 50 ans, une autre théorie jugeait que ces séismes profonds étaient dus aux transformations du principal minéral constituant le manteau terrestre : l’olivine. Plus on descend en profondeur plus l’olivine devient compacte (se transformant en wadsleyite à 410 km, puis en ringwoodite à 530 km sous terre). Ce serait alors elle qui provoquerait la rupture des roches dans la lithosphère océanique en subduction. Néanmoins, beaucoup mettaient en doute cette théorie qu’aucun modèle physique convaincant ni qu’aucune preuve expérimentale ne permettait de vérifier. L’étude menée par des chercheurs de plusieurs laboratoires français et américains (Universités de Californie et de Chicago) dirigée par Alexandre Schubnel du Laboratoire de géologie de l’École normale supérieure pourrait mettre tout le monde d’accord. De petites fractures qui créent d’intenses ondes Les scientifiques ont en effet reproduit expérimentalement le mécanisme physique supposé être à l’origine des séismes profonds. Pour cela, les chercheurs ont utilisé une presse gros volume installée dans Ilinois, aux États-Unis. Grâce à elle, ils ont déformé une roche synthétique constituée d’un agrégat compact de cristaux d’olivine de germanium (Mg2GeO4), proche de la structure de l’olivine naturelle. Comprimée à des pressions de 2 à 5 gigapascals (20 à 50.000 bars) et soumise à des températures avoisinant les 900°-1000°C, les chercheurs ont pu étudier le comportement de la roche. Comme l’explique un communiqué du CNRS, ils ont ainsi constaté que lorsque l’olivine se condense (sous l’effet de la pression), elle entraîne une nucléation et la propagation de fractures millimétriques qui émettent des ondes acoustiques. Les ondes ultrasoniques particulièrement intenses ainsi émises se rapprochent à s’y méprendre à des séismes profonds. L’étude des ondes montre que leur mécanisme est celui d’un cisaillement et que ces séismes présentent une magnitude qui suit la loi statistique observée de manière universelle en sismologie (la loi de Gutenberg-Richter).À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?De plus, les chercheurs ont constaté qu’une fracture initiée de cette façon ne peut être réactivée. Une caractéristique qui rappelle le fait que les séismes profonds sont rarement suivis de répliques. Le plus grand séisme profond connuD’après les auteurs, le plus grand séisme profond jamais enregistré s’est produit la 14 mai 2013 à près de 620 km sous la mer d’Okhotsk. Son moment sismique était environ 30 fois plus important que celui du deuxième plus grand séisme, survenu à 637 km de profondeur sous la Bolivie en 1994. L’énergie libérée par le tremblement d’Okhotsk a produit des vibrations qui ont été captées par des milliers de stations sismiques dans le monde.Néanmoins, au vu de sa profondeur, la secousse n’a été que peu ressentie sur les îles de Sakhaline et d’Hokkaido, au Kamchatka et en Sibérie orientale russe. D’après les auteurs de l’étude, le phénomène a libéré 3 fois plus d’énergie que celui de Bolivie, comparable à une explosion de 35 mégatonnes de TNT. La zone et la vitesse de rupture étaient également plus importantes : elle s’est étendue sur 180 km, devenant ainsi la plus longue jamais enregistrée pour des séismes profonds.Le 23 septembre 2013 à 19:22 • Maxime Lambert
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. The Labor Day weekend was superb no matter where you were in Washington. Mostly fair skies, even along the coastal beaches, welcomed visitors. Temperatures weren’t bad either, but running slightly below average. In fact, for the first three days of the month we are running 3.2 degrees below average. No rain however … yet.Today we see highs back in the low 80s and on Wednesday in the mid- to upper 80s. Can we do one more 90-degree day? Late in the week a weather system moves through and we see increased chances of rain. Not much at this point, but if it holds together we could get a quarter-inch or so of much-needed precipitation.September is a lazy month to me, weather-wise. Storms gather out in the Pacific trying to huff and puff their way inland but summer holds on, pushing back nature’s forces. But eventually by late September or early to mid-October our rainy season begins.We still get subtle breaks between weather systems and classic autumn days with chilly overnight lows, blue skies and sunshine and just enough breeze to blow the drifting colorful autumn leaves around.Meanwhile it is still early and harvest time is in full strength in local gardens. Many annual flowering plants are past their prime but still hang on in the ever so dwindling daylight hours.
CORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – Police arrested three South Florida college students who were busted in a prostitution sting.Twenty-one-year-old Maury Noun and 23-year-old Acacia Friedman, who attend University of Miami, along with 19-year-old Samara Charlotin, who attends Florida International University, were all arrested and charged with prostitution, Wednesday.According to police, an undercover officer met with the suspects at the Hotel Colonnade, located near Aragon Avenue and Ponce De Leon Boulevard in Coral Gables.The bust happened after the women allegedly agreed to have sex after the officer paid them $3,000.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
KEENE, NH — Keene State College has announced that the following three Wilmington students have been named to the Spring 2018 Dean’s List:Jacob PumphretDanielle RaeAbout Keene State CollegeKeene State College is a preeminent public liberal arts college that ensures student access to world-class academic programs. Integrating academics with real-world application and active community and civic engagement, Keene State College prepares graduates to meet society’s challenges by thinking critically, acting creatively, and serving the greater good. To learn more about Keene State College, visit http://www.keene.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Keene State College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Keene State CollegeIn “Education”Wilmington’s Rae Named To Dean’s List At Keene State CollegeIn “Education”Mazzie & Rae Make Dean’s List At Keene StateIn “Education”
Czech automaker Skoda teased its upcoming Skoda Rapid variant again, hinting that the next offering from the VW Group owned company is a ‘Spaceback’.Skoda Teases Rapid Spaceback Again (Facebook Fan Page)The new images posted on the company’s Facebook Fan page showed the stylish design adapted for the new variant. Rumours about Skoda’s next Rapid model have been doing the rounds for a while. Although Skoda has been teasing the images of its upcoming car, the exact look of the car has been kept in the dark.The latest photos, which have a message that reads – “Big news ahead in just a few days” – have given a clearer view of the new model. Skoda Teases Rapid Spaceback Again (Facebook Fan Page)Rapid Spaceback will be an estate variant of Rapid which would fit between the Fabia estate and the Octavia estate. Under the hood, the car is likely to pack 1.2 TSI petrol engine. It is expected to make its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.Meanwhile, Skoda is also working on its next generation Skoda Superb. According to Jozef Kaban, chief designer of Skoda, the company is in a tryst to meet the needs of all kinds of people through its next Skoda Superb.”It has to appeal to families, to the rich in money and also the rich in other things, but has to be classless. And you’ll see it soon,” Auto Express quoted Kaban as saying. Skoda Teases Rapid Spaceback Again (Facebook Fan Page)
Domestic stock markets ended flat on the last trading session of the week, as investors remained cautious ahead of the US central bank meeting next week.While the benchmark BSE Sensex closed 11 points lower at 25,610, the NSE Nifty almost ended flat at 7,789 points. The Sensex opened over 200 points higher in the morning session, but could not sustain the gains as traders booked profits.”The market will remain more at the mercy of global cues. The Fed hike, for all the hue and cry, can also be read as a reflection of a spiraling US economy. A much bigger concern than Fed hike, in my opinion, would be another round of yuan depreciation, which could spark off another currency war. The IIP numbers later on Friday and the WPI and CPI numbers will grab temporary attention,” IIFL head of research Amar Ambani said.Global markets, including India, remain cautious going into Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in the US on 16-17 September, although analysts have recently pared back their expectations on an interest rate hike at the meeting.”We believe the recent tightening in financial conditions and increased uncertainty on global growth will sway the Fed to keep rates unchanged at its meeting next week, despite a strong labour market and solid domestic demand,” said Danske Bank in a note.Among the sectoral indices, the metal index was the biggest loser, which fell by 0.9%. Bankex, Capital Goods and Power indices also posted losses.Profit taking in banking stocks led to a decline in stock prices of ICICI Bank, Axis Bank and HDFC Bank. Infosys rose 1.3% on the reports of increase in stipend for interns. India’s second largest IT firm Infosys said that it wants to raise the stipend payment rather than increasing the compensation packages for the campus recruits.Stock prices of Tata Motors ended 2.4% lower as the company’s sales dropped by 2.79% to 29,683 units in August compared to the same month a year earlier.While SBI, ONGC, HDFC and Wipro posted gains, Tata Steel, Vedanta, GAIL and BHEL witnessed losses.A notable event in the markets today was 75% increase in share prices of Amtek Auto after the company management rejected rumours on its bankruptcy. The company said that it would cooperate with the stock market regulator in its probe into charges of stock price manipulation.Amtek Auto price touched an intra-day high of Rs 53.15, before paring some gains and closing at Rs 46.70, up 53.62%.”The promoters have always and will always continue to support the business just like that they have done over the last nearly 30 years,” The Economic Times quoted Amtek Auto senior MD John Flintham as saying.FMCG stocks, like ITC and HUL, ended in green ahead of the consumer price inflation data on Monday.Snapping a three-day losing streak, gold prices rose marginally by Rs 45 as jewellers increased the buying of metal ahead of wedding and festival seasons. Silver prices fell by Rs 50 to Rs 35,200 per kg due to reduced demand from industries and coin manufacturers.
X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /00:51 Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaBarbara Radnofsky (standing) and former State Rep. Frances Farenthold (seated), announced the petition in front of the Harris County Civil Courthouse.Some Houston-area activists are demanding that the long-delayed trial of State Attorney General Ken Paxton take place soon. The activists gathered on the steps of the Harris County Civil Courthouse to announce a petition to Collin County commissioners.Ken Paxton remains under indictment for securities fraud, even as he stands for reelection. Houston attorney Justin Nelson, Paxton’s Democratic opponent, has made the case a major theme of his campaign.The original judge ordered the trial moved out of Collin County, where Paxton lives, out of concerns that Paxton’s allies had biased the jury pool. The case was moved to Harris County. Then Collin County commissioners cut off funding to the special prosecutors.“This constitutional petition, called a remonstrance, is presented to the Collin County Commissioners Court to demand that they start funding the prosecution of Ken Paxton,” said Barbara Radnofsky, who cosigned the petition.Asked for his reaction, Collin County Judge Keith Self said he had no comment on matters in litigation. The pay dispute between the county and the special prosecutors has dragged on for more than a year and is currently awaiting a ruling by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
1. Animal abuse: Dog with no nails put down in Ladysmith (video included)The dog was put down on Tuesday due to the terrible condition it was in.Read full story: Animal abuse: Dog with no nails put down in Ladysmith (video included)2. Striking security guards block off Ladysmith Public Safety entrance with garbage truckPolice and Public Safety officers were at the scene.Read full story: Striking security guards block off Ladysmith Public Safety entrance with garbage truck3. Get ready for Andante’s winter school festival in LadysmithBring along your family for a morning of bargain hunting and great food.Read full story: Get ready for Andante’s winter school festival in Ladysmith4. Nigeria suicide bombers kill 28, wound 82 WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Three women suicide bombers blew themselves up at the entrance to a camp for displaced people in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, killing 28 people and wounding 82, local sources said.Read full story: Nigeria suicide bombers kill 28, wound 825. Trump defiant on Charlottesville unrest: ‘Blame on both sides’US President Donald Trump sparked a political firestorm Tuesday when he doubled down on his initial response to the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that ended in bloodshed, saying there was “blame on both sides”.Read full story: Trump defiant on Charlottesville unrest: ‘Blame on both sides’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!
P&O Cruises to build new cruise ship for AustraliaP&O Cruises Australia is kicking off the New Year with a major announcement that it will make history by becoming the first cruise line to build a new ship specifically for the Australian market.The cruise line said the 135,500-tonne ship would be the biggest cruise ship ever to be based fulltime in Australia, carrying more than 4200 guests.To be launched in 2019, the new ship will have double the capacity of the biggest cruise vessel currently homeporting year round in this market.At 323 metres in length and with 2100 guest rooms, the new ship will be a game changer for Australian cruising. Built specifically for modern Australia, it will offer itineraries from three to 10 days duration.The addition of the new P&O Cruises’ ship forms part of a global announcement made overnight by P&O Cruises’ parent company, Carnival Corporation.Heralding in the new year, Carnival Corporation has signed a memo of agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to build four new cruise ships for its global fleet.As the world’s largest travel and leisure company, Carnival Corporation has an existing fleet of 99 cruise ships and a total of 17 new ships scheduled for delivery between 2016 and 2020.The newbuild P&O Cruises’ ship will be based year round in Australia, capturing forecast further growth in the local cruise market and reaffirming P&O’s 84-year national maritime heritage.Carnival Australia Executive Chairman Ann Sherry and P&O Cruises Australia President Sture Myrmell hailed the first ‘newbuild’ cruise ship for the Australian market as the best possible good news for one of the world’s top performing cruise markets.“The much anticipated first newbuild cruise ship is a huge vote of confidence in the Australian cruise market with much of the 20 per cent year-on-year passenger growth over the past decade driven by P&O Cruises’ dynamic industry leadership,” Ms Sherry said.Mr Myrmell said the new ship added to P&O Cruises’ pattern of growth, with the recent addition of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden to its three-ship fleet to be followed in 2017 with the addition of Pacific Explorer.“P&O Cruises is the modern face of Australian cruising and, with such a proud heritage of leadership, it is a natural step to announce that the line will take delivery of its first newbuild ship,” Mr Myrmell said.Mr Myrmell said details and features of the new ship will be revealed later but it will build on the continued evolution of the P&O Cruises’ brand and will reflect the tastes of modern Australia.The new ship is just one of many P&O firsts in its development as Australia’s most trusted cruise line as confirmed over three consecutive years in the Reader’s Digest annual trusted brands survey.These firsts include: The pioneer of Australian cruising with P&O Strathaird operating the first South Pacific cruise from Australia in 1932.The introduction of Pacific Dawn in 2007, the first superliner to be based year round in Australia, later to be joined by Pacific Jewel and Pacific Pearl.The 2015 milestone of four million cruise passengers since the resumption of post war cruising.The largest fleet of cruise ships based year round in Australia with the November 2015 addition of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden.A proud history of opening up regional Australia to cruising with ports such as Mooloolaba, Cairns and Gladstone in Queensland now benefitting from regular visits from P&O ships. Source = P&O Cruises
Renovation work at the Athalassa psychiatric hospital will start by the end of next week, while preparatory work on the construction of a new one is underway, Health Minister Giorgos Pamboridis said on Wednesday, following a session chaired by President Nicos Anastasiades.Pamboridis was speaking after the second meeting in a week attended by Anastasiades to discuss urgent infrastructure problems at the hospital.“In a bi-ministerial meeting, again chaired by the president, he was briefed on the results of a study on the schedule of the immediate renovation of infrastructure at the Athalassa facility, until such time as a new hospital has been constructed,” Pamborides said.He added that the transport ministry’s Public Works Department and the Electromechanical Services have already reviewed all the infrastructure and a specific schedule, along with a budget, have been submitted with a view to starting work immediately.“By the end of next week work will start on the first two wings, and by the end of the summer the wings will start to be delivered, as they will be renovated in turn, so that the effort can be concluded speedily,” the minister said.He added that construction will be carried out by the Public Works Department, meaning no tenders procedure will be required, thus saving funds.“I hope and wish that all will go as planned,” Pamboridis added.Asked about Wing 14, which had been closed, the health minister said that phase two of the renovations would include a full make-over the wing, which is to be used for special services for substance abusers.“Work on this wing cannot be done by the Public Works Department, we will invite tenders,” he added.On the construction of the new psychiatric hospital, Pamboridis said that, since the decision has been made, preparatory work can start with recording the specifications by the health ministry and the Mental Health Services, so that they can be forwarded to the Public Works Department, in order to draft the architectural plans.“Procedures are starting, and they have already been included in the health ministry’s budget so that the project can be forwarded appropriately,” he said.Speaking after the session at the Presidential Palace, Mental Health Services director Yiannis Kalakoutas welcomed the decisions, noting that the president has delivered on his promises, with renovation work at the existing Athalassa psychiatric hospital starting soon.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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