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Alberta Metis vote to support Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion through BC

first_imgLAC LA BICHE, Alta. – An organization that represents Metis in Alberta says it supports the expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline through B.C.The Metis Nation of Alberta says members voted in favour of the resolution at a conference on Sunday.President Audrey Poitras says solid economic investment, including pipelines like the Trans Mountain, is the right way to go.The expanded pipeline would triple the amount of diluted bitumen that is shipped from Alberta to a terminal in Burnaby.The organization says there are about 97,000 Metis in Alberta.The Metis Nation of Alberta is one of a number of Indigenous groups that have expressed interest in buying into the $4.5 billion project.“The Metis of Alberta are working together to provide a better future for our children and grandchildren,” Poitras said in a release.“I was very pleased by the strong show of support for this resolution.”last_img read more

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Man convicted by UN tribunal for Balkan war crimes to serve rest

A former member of the Croatian Defence Council (HVO) convicted of war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has been transferred to Spain to serve the remainder of his 18-year sentence, the court announced today.The ICTY originally sentenced Vladimir Santic to 25 years imprisonment for crimes against humanity, including persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds as well as inhumane acts, but his sentence was reduced on appeal.The indictment against Mr. Santic stemmed from actions during the Balkans conflict in 1992 and 1993, when the HVO systematically attacked villages chiefly inhabited by Bosnian Muslims in central Bosnia and Herzegovina. Vladimir Santic is the third person convicted by the ICTY to be sent to Spain after Stevan Todorovic and Drago Josipovic. In addition to Spain, Italy, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Austria and France have agreements with the Tribunal concerning the enforcement of sentences. read more

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Security Council condemns abduction of Syrian Christians by ISIL

“Such crimes once again demonstrate the brutality of ISIL which is responsible for thousands of crimes and abuses against people from all faiths, ethnicities and nationalities and without regard to any basic value of humanity,” the 15-member UN body said in a statement issued to the press yesterday evening and which refereed to the group by its its Arabic acronym, Da’esh.ISIL/Da’esh militants have reportedly taken hostage more than 200 Assyrians as they stormed villages in northeast Syria this week.In their statement, Council members demanded the immediate and unconditional release of all those abducted by ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida, and stressed that those responsible for such heinous acts must be held accountable.The Security Council also strongly condemned all acts of violence against civilians including those committed on the basis of their ethnicity, religion or belief. read more

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UNICEF on disaster resilience we must listen to those who know their

“We cannot prevent floods, droughts and storms but with better planning, preparation and response, these things don’t have to become disasters – and they won’t, if we listen to those who know their local communities the best,” UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake told a side event in Sendai, Japan, as part of the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.Taking up the title of the event – ‘Children and Youth – Don’t Decide My Future Without Me’ – to challenge the energetic participants, Mr. Lake said every child in every community deserves every opportunity to thrive. Disaster preparedness must reflect needs of every child everywhere. Let us be involved! Demand it!”Illustrating the vital need for such participation, he said that since the end of the 1990’s, climate change-related disasters affected some 60 million children, while in the coming decades, that number was expected to rise to 200 million, putting even more children at risk of dying, being out of school and facing risk of trafficking and exploitation. And indeed, it was the poorest, most isolated and most vulnerable that would be most at risk.Yet there has been some solid progress, including in the Sendai area, which was devastated in 2011 by a tsunami and flood. Evacuation drills, teacher training and preparation of emergency packs were but a few examples of the programmes under way in local elementary schools.Spotlighting other examples, he said community-based health care in Niger had saved some 60,000 children in 2009 alone; early warning systems and cyclone-resistant classrooms in Madagascar had ensured that no child died in a disaster-related incident there since 2006.In many areas, children and youth were getting involved, said Mr. Lake, noting that in Nepal, children’s maps of their communities and schools had been included in preparedness exercises.Ahmad Alendhawi, UN Special Envoy for Youth, who moderated the event, said children and youth have proven that they are “part of the response and part of the solution”“Young people and children are not coming to [intergovernmental negotiations] to be cool,” he continued, explaining that boosting youth participation has been a major shift in the way the United Nations is doing business. “Engaging young people in a systematic way is not a seasonal exercise; half of the world population is under 25 years of age,” so it would benefit no one to ignore this. read more

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BUFS takes close look at The Wife

Life choices come into question in The Wife, the latest screening by the Brock University Film Society.Part literary drama and part family melodrama, the film will captivate audiences on Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Film House in downtown St. Catharines.Swedish director Björn Runge makes his English-language debut with an adaptation of the 2003 novel of the same name by Meg Wolitzer.The Wife tells the story of Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) and her fraught relationship with her husband Joseph (Jonathan Pryce). The couple learn that Joe, a successful novelist, has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. For 40 years, Joan, once a talented writer in her own right, has ignored Joe’s indiscretions and infidelities, but a scandal erupts as the couple travels to Stockholm to accept the award.Close has been nominated for an Academy Award more often without winning (six times to date) than any other living actor. The Guardian describes Close’s performance in The Wife as “unnervingly subtle, unreadably calm, simmering with self-control,” prompting speculation that this could be the year she finally wins the Oscar. And Pryce is “excellent as the cantankerous and conceited old writer.”Tickets are available at the Film House at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre on the evening of screenings. General admission is $9 or $7 for members, plus tax.Memberships are available through the Film House website. Visit the BUFS page for a full list of this season’s selections. A calendar of films coming to PAC over the next couple of months is posted on the Film House website. Look for the red B that indicates a BUFS-hosted screening.For more than 40 years, the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film has hosted the film society (previously known as a series) to bring some of the best in independent, international and Canadian cinema to St. Catharines.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> read more

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2ndtier United Soccer League recognizes union

TAMPA, Fla. — Players in the second tier of U.S. men’s soccer leagues have formed a union for collective bargaining.The United Soccer League said Tuesday its USL Championship clubs have recognized the USL Players Association as their players’ exclusive bargaining representative.USL Chief Executive Officer Alec Papadakis says “in many ways, this is simply the next, natural step in the evolution of building a great and enduring professional soccer league.”Major League Soccer, the only first-tier men’s league in the U.S., reached its first collective bargaining agreement in December 2003 with the MLS Players Union, which changed its name to the MLS Players Association last December.Players on loan from MLS teams to any of the USL clubs will still be represented by the MLS Players Association, whose collective bargaining agreement requires a $67,500 minimum salary this year for senior players and $54,500 for reserve players.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

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Dwight Howard To Magic Manager I Want A Trade

Of course, two days could not go by without some “movement” on the Dwight Howard trade saga. He told the Magic general manager that he wants to be traded. Again.Breaking news, right? That’s what this ongoing melodrama has become: When Howard, the all-star center, reiterates his position that he wants to be traded, it’s news – or something accepted as news.Anyway, Howard and GM Rob Hennigan apparently met in Los Angeles, according to espn.com, on Wednesday. It was Hennigan’s “check in” meeting, which went exactly as his other “check in” meetings went with Howard – he made it clear that he wanted to be traded and that at the end of next season he would become a free agent.This is almost like the cops coming over to a fender bender and telling the on-lookers, “OK, move on. Nothing to see here.”Even the Los Angeles Lakers, who had been aggressively pursing Howard, seem to have centered (pun intended) their thoughts on granting their young, talented center, Andrew Bynum, a lucrative contract extension.It’s the least they can do after offering him up in myriad deal scenarios to land Howard.While the pace of the talks has frustrated executives and hamstrung business around the league, the Lakers seem to have found a way of remaining open to a trade for Howard while still going about their business.Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said Wednesday he’s had “positive and productive” conversations with Bynum’s agent in recent days.Under the terms of the new CBA, Bynum would be eligible to sign a three-year extension before the start of the season. Or he could play out this season, become an unrestricted free agent and sign for four years with another club or re-sign with the Lakers for five years.Typically it slows down in August, but the brakes are never on,” Lakers general Kupchak said, implying a move for Howard could still happen.The Lakers’ position on Howard has remained relatively unchanged for the past few months, league sources familiar with the situation have told ESPNLosAngeles.com. The Lakers always have been willing to trade for Howard without assurances he’d re-sign with them after the season, believing that once Howard experienced a championship culture, he would want to stay.However, the Lakers also remain unwilling to take back contracts from Orlando that would subject them to the most punitive luxury-tax penalties of the new collective bargaining agreement, according to sources.The Lakers also lost the ability to include future first-round draft choices after including their 2013 and 2015 first-round picks in a sign-and-trade with Phoenix for Steve Nash. read more

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Refreshed Acer C7 Chromebook gets more battery more RAM for 279

first_imgAcer has just announced that its C7 Chromebook is getting a much-needed spec bump. The original $199 model featured a less-than-capacious battery that was capable of running Chrome OS for just 3.5 hours — not enough for an operating system that’s all about mobility and the cloud.The new C7 configuration is much more robust, thanks to two key upgrades. The 6-cell, 5000mAh battery boasts twice as much capacity as its predecessor and should provide around seven hours of cord-free computing. Acer’s also bestowed the new C7 with a generous helping of memory. 4GB of RAM is now standard instead of 2GB.Horsepower-wise, things haven’t changed. The new C7 still runs the Intel Celeron 847 clocked at 1.1GHz. It’s nothing amazing but it’s a solid enough chip to provide better performance than what you’d get from Samsung’s ARM Chromebook — and just a step or two behind the 12.1-inch Samsung Series 5 (which runs a Celeron 867).One other item on the C7 spec sheet stands out: the 5400RPM 320GB hard drive. While that does give you a ton of additional offline space to store things like songs and movies, it’s also not in the same ballpark in terms of speed as the SSDs that other Chromebook models use. If you want a Chromebook that boots up in a flash (pardon the pun), the C7 isn’t for you.If, however, you’re looking for an highly portable, inexpensive laptop and are willing to trade local storage for speedy start-ups, the $279 Acer C7 might be worth a closer look. You’ll also snag yourself 100GB of Google Drive space free for two years and 12 free GoGo in-flight wireless sessions if you decide to pick one up.last_img read more

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SPOILERS: WWE Smackdown taping results for January 2

first_img Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Shawn Michaels Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte The following was taped on Tuesday night in Norfolk, Virginia.Dark match:* Naomi def. Summer Rae.WWE Smackdown tapings for January 2, 2014:* Edge and Christian open the show talking about what went down on RAW. Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury are out next and read a prepared statement from The Authority. The statement disavows any attacks from Monday and recognizes Edge and Christian’s right to host Smackdown.* Bray Wyatt def. Erick Rowan.* Big Show def. Ryback via count out.* Cesaro & Tyson Kidd def. Los Matadores.* Dean Ambrose vs. Curtis Axel ended in a no contest. Ambrose fought off Axel, grabbed a mic and had an ambulance backed into the arena. He talked about what he intends to do to Bray Wyatt this Monday night.* The Ascension def. local wrestler.* Goldust, Stardust & Adam Rose def. WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos & R-Truth.* Roman Reigns def. WWE U.S. Champion Rusev via DQ. Big Show interfered causing the DQ. Reigns brawled with Big Show and then Reigns tossed him on the announce table.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Ronda Rousey WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Videos Articles Roman Reigns is in Remissioncenter_img Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Google+ Facebook Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Seth Rollins Twitter Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WhatsApp Roman Reigns: Leukemia Is In Remissionlast_img read more

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Vancouver man appears in court over child porn

first_imgA Vancouver man appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Thursday on allegations that he possessed and shared child pornography.James L. Cadwell, 54, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree possessing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct and second-degree dealing in depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, four counts each.Judge Suzan Clark set Cadwell’s bail at $10,000. His arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 24. Court records show he plans to hire an attorney.According to a probable cause affidavit, a detective with the Vancouver Police Department’s Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit was assigned to investigate a lead from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in June. Yahoo, a web services provider, had submitted information through the agency’s tip line about seven images of suspected child pornography being uploaded to its servers in May 2017.The images showed minor girls engaging in sex acts, according to the affidavit.Using internet protocol addresses provided by multiple companies, police connected the images to Cadwell. They eventually obtained a search warrant for Cadwell’s home, and on Wednesday, watched him leave in a pickup. They subsequently pulled him over, according to the affidavit.last_img read more

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Zidane says he is not in a good position

first_imgReal Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane recently admitted he is “f****d” when it comes to selecting the team for the Champions League final with Liverpool.He will most certainly have to make some tough decisions for the starting line up for the game and not only – some players will not be able to even have a seat on the bench.Zidane is well aware there will be heartache for both him and those who are not going to travel with the team.“I have 24 players available and I’m f*****,” Zidane has said, according to Caught Offside.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Sorry, but I can’t find a better word, because there are players that will stay in Madrid and not come with us for the last two games.”“That’s the hardest part for me.”Real are the favourites when it comes to winning the Champions League and if they were indeed to win it, this would become their third consecutive win.last_img read more

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Two hospitalized after vehicle hits power pole

first_imgTwo people were hospitalized Saturday evening after the vehicle they were in struck a power pole about 5:30 p.m. on East Mill Plain Boulevard near Manzanita Way in Vancouver.Three people were in the sedan, said Vancouver Fire Department spokesman Jim Flaherty. The driver, an adult male, was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries, and one passenger was transported in stable condition, Flaherty said. The other passenger remained on the scene. Their names were not available Saturday.The wood power pole the vehicle struck supported a high-voltage line. Clark Public Utilities was called to the scene to handle arcing power lines, Flaherty said.The crash also caused some congestion on Mill Plain Boulevard. Vancouver police are investigating the crash.last_img

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Fire burns through roof of Redland home no injuries

first_imgSOUTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A fire burned through the roof of a home in Redland.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the two-alarm blaze near Southwest 243rd Street and 199th Avenue, just after 2 p.m., Saturday.Firefighters found the single-story home fully engulfed in flames. The fire consumed the roof of the structure before crews extinguished it.Fortunately, officials said, there was no one home at the time. No injuries were reported.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Quader visits CPB office

first_imgProthom Alo File PhotoAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday visited the office of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) in the city’s Purana Paltan area, reports UNB.”Obaidul Quader went to our party’s office at Mukti Bhaban around1:00am and exchanged greetings with our party leaders present there,” CPB central committee member Ruhin Hossain Prince told UNB.He said Awami League general secretary stayed there for over 15-20 minutes and talked to CPB general secretary M Shah Alam and other party central leaders.Prince said Quader came to their office to pay a courtesy call with its leaders. “It’s not a scheduled meeting. He (Quader) said he will also visit the offices of some other parties.”During the brief conversation, the CPB leader said their party general secretary told Quader that they launched a platform of eight left parties to strengthen the alternative political force against bad politics.”Our general secretary also informed Quader that our party and alliance will observe various programmes on the streets to establish people’s rights instated of joining any alliance led by Awami League and BNP,” Prince added.Contacted, CPB president Mujahidul Islam Selim said he was not there at the meeting as he was busy with a party programme. “I’m now going to office and will talk to our leaders about it.”On 22 July, eight parties–Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD), Bangladesher Biplobi Workers Party, Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (Marxist), Gana Sanghati Andalon, Bangladesher United Communist League, Ganatantrik Biplobi Party and Bangladesher Samajtantrik Andalon–launched a new platform styled ‘Left Democratic Alliance’.The alliance leaders said no election will be free and fair under the current regime, and they launched the new platform to wage a movement against farcical polls.They also said it will not be possible to ensure a level-playing field if the current parliament which lacks people’s mandate is not dissolved.last_img read more

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Google Assistant Coming to Dish Hopper DVR Lenovo Smart Clock

first_imgIn addition to these two integrations, Google also struck a number of other partnerships that gave the company a presence across the show floor at CES. Samsung announced Sunday that it was adding Google Assistant support to its TV sets; KitchenAid showed off a water-resistant smart display for messy cooks at the show; Anker and JBL both introduced gizmos that extend the Assistant into the car; and a number of TV manufacturers announced new Android TV models with Google Assistant on-board.Plus, Sonos reiterated that it plans to launch Google Assistant to its smart speakers this year, with a spokesperson telling Variety that a beta test of the integration is already underway. And Google also previewed a new program dubbed Google Assistant Connect that will simplify integration into third-party devices.However, Google didn’t just make CES about hardware. The company also announced a range of the features for its smart assistant, which include a new translation mode that aims to aid conversations across language barriers, new features to use the Assistant in the car, integration with third-party messaging apps and the ability to check into flights and do other travel chores with voice commands.All of this comes after Google announced Monday that the Google Assistant will be installed on over 1 billion devices by the end of this month. However, this number also includes Android phones, with no guarantee that their owners actually ever make use of the smart assistant. The company said that the number of active assistant users grew by 4x over the past year, but didn’t provide any monthly user numbers. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img Google used its massive presence at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas Tuesday to tout a number of new Google Assistant integrations, as well as a range of new features for the AI assistant.One of the entirely new Assistant-based devices debuting at the show is the Lenovo Smart Clock, a 4-inch smart display device optimized for the bed stand. The device makes use of Google Assistant routines to manage morning and evening tasks, and also doubles as a bedside smart home controller. It will be available this spring for $79.Also on Tuesday, Dish announced that it is adding the Google Assistant to its Hopper line of DVRs. Hopper owners will be able to query the assistant with the help of their voice remote once the feature becomes available in the coming months. Dish first introduced an integration with Google Assistant that relied on Google Home speakers last July.last_img read more

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Costa Rican hurdler qualifies for 2012 Olympics

first_imgNo related posts. Costa Rican athlete Sharolyn Scott is headed to the 2012 Olympics after qualifying Monday in 400-meter-hurdle competition in Rehlingen, Germany. Scott took the gold medal in the event and set a new Central American record with a time of 56:19. She is the ninth Costa Rican to represent the country in London’s Summer Olympics next July.Scott is ranked 29th in the world in 400-meter hurdles.Other Costa Ricans headed to London are: Gabriela Traña and Cesar Lizano in the marathon competition, Nery Brenes in the 400-meter dash, Leonardo Chacón in the triathlon, Heiner Oviedo in taekwondo, Andrey Amador in road cycling, Osman Murillo in judo, and either Andrey Fonseca or Paolo Montoya in mountain biking. Facebook Commentslast_img

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Israeli premier meets wounded Syrians blames Iran

first_imgNetanyahu’s visit came as Iran and world powers are meeting in Vienna over a deal regarding Iran’s nuclear program.“Israel is saving the lives of those who have been wounded in the daily slaughter that is being perpetrated in Syria,” Netanyahu said. “This is the true face of Israel,” he said.“The bad part is that Iran is arming those who are carrying out the slaughter. This is the true face of Iran. All of the children who have been injured, to say nothing of those who have been killed, were injured as a result of Iran’s arming, financing and training the Assad regime in the massacres that it is perpetrating,” Netanyahu said.Iran is one of Assad’s closest allies and has been widely criticized in the West for sending fighters to Syria and for supporting Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia, which is battling on the government’s side.Iran and six world powers began talks Tuesday on a comprehensive nuclear deal, trying to overcome deep differences about how much Tehran needs to scale back its atomic program in exchange for an end to crippling economic sanctions.The talks are to build on a first-step deal that came into effect last month and commits Iran to initial curbs on its nuclear program in return for some easing of sanctions. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches _______________AP Correspondent George Jahn reported from Vienna(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) JERUSALEM (AP) – Israel’s prime minister met with wounded Syrians treated at an Israeli hospital Tuesday and blamed Iran for bloodshed in neighboring Syria as world powers meet in Vienna for talks over Tehran’s nuclear program.Benjamin Netanyahu visited a hospital in the Golan Heights where Israeli doctors treat Syrians wounded in the civil war raging across the border. Although Israel and Syria are enemies having fought several wars, Israel provides medical treatment and humanitarian aid for wounded Syrians that reach its border. Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Netanyahu met with a wounded Syrian and shook his hand. “We thank you for the treatment and the service. The service is excellent and they treat you well. People smile. We thank you a lot,” the man said in Arabic. He spoke anonymously fearing retribution in Syria. Netanyahu also met with an 11 year-old Syrian boy who had been wounded in the eye, Netanyahu wished him a speedy recovery.The Israeli military said two rockets fired from Syria exploded in the Golan Heights soon after Netanyahu’s visit. The rockets caused no injuries or damage. Syrian shells have exploded sporadically inside Israeli territory since the conflict began, causing damage but no injuries. Israel believes most were errant shots but has accused Syria of purposely aiming at Israeli targets on several occasions. Israeli troops have occasionally returned fire.Israel has been carefully monitoring the Syrian war since it erupted in March 2011. While relations are hostile, the ruling Assad family has kept the border area with Israel quiet for most of the past 40 years. Israel is concerned that Assad’s ouster could push the country into the hands of militant Islamic extremists or sectarian warfare, destabilizing the region. How do cataracts affect your vision? New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Iran insists it is not interested in producing nuclear weapons but the six powers want Tehran to back its words with concessions. They seek an agreement that will leave Iran with little capacity to quickly ramp up its nuclear program into weapons-making mode with enriched uranium or plutonium, which can used for the fissile core of a missile.Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani has taken a seemingly softer tone toward the West in an outreach that Israel dismisses as a trick aimed at removing crippling economic sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program.Israel has long claimed a nuclear-armed Iran would pose a grave threat to world peace and security, and it views a nuclear-armed Tehran as a threat to its very existence, citing Iran’s repeated calls for Israel’s destruction, its long-range missile program and its support for violent anti-Israel groups like the Hezbollah in Lebanon.Iran insists that its nuclear program is for civilian use.“From here, I would like to tell the world, today, as the talks between the major powers and Iran are being resumed, that Iran has changed neither its aggressive policy nor its brutal character,” Netanyahu said at the hospital. “Iran is continuing to support the Assad regime which is slaughtering its own people. This is the true face of Iran. The world cannot forget this,” he said. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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Vietnam welcomes its first surge of foreign arrivals in 2016

first_imgOn the first day of the New Year 2016, hundreds of foreign tourists arrived in Vietnam, promising a busy season for the tourism industry in the Year of Monkey.On the outset of January 1, the southern hub of Ho Chi Minh City welcomed the first international delegation of over 500 visitors from Japan and China’s Taiwan. The city’s Department of Tourism in conjunction with the municipal Tourism Association (HTA) and the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines held a ceremony to welcome the first visitors.The foreign holidaymakers were greeted with Vietnamese tea and coffee at the Tan Son Nhat international airport and received numerous gifts such as ‘non la’ (palm-leaf conical hat) tea and coffee.Deputy Director of the Municipal Department of Tourism, La Quoc Khanh said the ceremony puts the first note for a series of events in the 2016 tourism festival, which also include an ‘ao dai’ (Vietnamese traditional dress) show, southern food and fruit festivals.He added that the ceremony was aimed at promoting the image of the city as an attractive, safe, and friendly destination for foreign tourists.Ho Chi Minh City welcomed nearly 4.6 million international vacationers in 2015, a year-on-year increase of 4.6%. In 2016, the southern hub strives to welcome 5.1 million foreign tourists and 21.8 domestic ones.The first day of the New Year also saw the central coastal city of Da Nang welcome the first 180 foreign visitors at the international airport.  The city served 4.6 million visitors during 2015, including over 1.2 million international tourists, exceeding the annual target by 8.7%. In 2016, it aims to welcome over 5.1 million visitors, including 1.32 million from abroad.last_img read more

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Hawaii Food and Wine Festival partners with BuzzFeed Tasty

first_imgTo access more than 100 million food fans, the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival is partnering with BuzzFeed’s Tasty. It will also help the organisers to unlock new potential visitors to Hawaii. “This is a pivotal partnership with Hawaii Food & Wine Festival,” said Denise Yamaguchi, CEO of the festival. “We started the festival seven years ago to share Hawaii’s story through food by attracting world-class chefs and prominent media exposure to spotlight local ingredients, our culture, cuisine, and emerging talent. Tasty will spread our story to a global audience of more than 100 million fans who have an appetite for food content.”Buzzfeed Tasty will share the videos of Hawaiian recipes, Classic Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé, and will cover the festival which takes place on Maui, Hawaii Island and Oahu. The videos will also be shared on social media which will make the destination more popular amongst the travellers. “Tasty is thrilled to be a part of this exciting partnership with the Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival,” affirmed Ashley McCollum, General Manager of Tasty, said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to working with chefs from around the country to highlight the local Hawaiian cuisine while connecting with our audience both on-screen and in person.”Last year’s festival had 8,000 attendees and raised $394,000 for 14 local nonprofits.last_img read more

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Related 5 Christmassy places to escape ChristmasP

first_img Related5 Christmassy places to escape Christmas!Plot your festive escape to one of these fantastically festive sounding but actually un-Christmassy places.11 of the best Christmas market city breaks for under £80There’s nothing like a Christmas market to nurture that festive feeling. And the following cities aren’t just famous for their fantastic festive-themed extravaganzas; travel to any one of these gems and you’ll have plenty of Christmas cash left over, because it’s possible to get to every single one for under…Things to do in London at Christmas that will make you feel festiveTwinkling lights, towering Christmas trees, mulled wine and ice rinks, the capital knows how to do Christmas. Whether you’re heading down to London with the kids this festive season or yo’re just looking for some Christmas ideas to get you in the spirit, here’s our guide on where and how… Dear SkyscannerWith Christmas around the corner I’d like to visit some Christmas markets and get in to the festive fever; where are the best place to visit a Christmas market?Sally, Manchester Dear Sally,Like you, I love getting into the festive spirit and as such, have visited a fair few Christmas markets over the years. Going to a Christmas market abroad is a wonderful excuse for a short break in the lead up to Christmas and a great chance to buy unusual knick-knacks and gifts.My best purchases in Cologne, which hosts one of Europe’s largest Christmas markets, were tree decorations. There were hundreds of stalls selling pretty hand-crafted glass and wooden decorations that are a little more traditional than the ones you might find on your local street. They are a great souvenir, and I have wonderful memories of the places I visited every time I pull them out of the box in the attic to decorate the tree at home.As for other ways to part you with your cash, there’s the delicious food and drink – aromatic gluhwein, the steaming red wine concoction that also does a good job of keeping you warm, as well as freshly cooked sausages and all manner of sweets, all consumed against a backdrop of twinkling lights and stirring music from German oompah bands.You can read more about Cologne in my Christmas shopping cities guide, plus a recommendation on a great hotel in the city.Of course, Germany is not the only country to put on a good show at Christmas. There are so many markets to choose from, and not all of them are in northern Europe, as one might expect.Barcelona’s Fira de Santa Llucia has been going since 1786, making it one of the most famous in Spain. It runs from December 3 to 23 this year and will have more than 270 stands.The highlight is the Nativity scenes and figurines, displayed in one area of the market, which compete fiercely in a contest for the best one. This year there’s even a crib-making course (dates on the website) if you’d like to create your own scene at home.The other sections are greenery and plants, where you can pick up traditional Spanish Christmas mementos, including natural cork, “lucky branches” and pieces of eucalyptus. The crafts area is the place to pick up hand-made homeware and accessories, while the “simbombes” area sells, and showcases, all manner of musical instruments. Be ready to link arms with strangers, join carol singers and provide percussion to the live performance if you want to get into the spirit of it.History dictates that the unmarried women of Barcelona would go to Fira de Santa Llucia in the best finery to find husbands – so groups of single men, be warned!As with many areas of central Barcelona, I’d exercise a little extra caution at night, because there is a rick of pick-pocketing. Take a money belt or make sure your bag is zipped up and on your front – avoid backpacks and don’t leave wallets and passports in your pockets. I don’t want to put you off going – the majority of visits to Fira de Santa Llucia are trouble-free. It’s just a word of caution, and sage advice for visitors to any unfamiliar city at night.As for where to stay in Barcelona, the ‘into Barcelona’ apartments are a great bet for this time of year, and cheaper than many hotel options. The style is modern and the apartments have one or two bedrooms. They’re all in the trendy El Born district, which has some great independent shops, cafes and restaurants, plus you can get a tour of the city with the apartment owners. They cost from £109 for a one-bed, and there are full details on the i-escape website.If you’ve never been to Hungary, Christmas is a wonderful time to visit Budapest. The Christmas Market www.budapestinfo.hu/en is on from November 19 to December 29 this year. You can expect more mulled wine, handicrafts and decorations, as well as appearances from Mr Clause, story-tellers reciting the nativity, and a huge Christmas tree and lights.The Hungarian folk dances and live music will remind you that you’re in Eastern Europe, where the outfits and beats are a little different from western traditions. It’s unique to Hungary, and the organisers work closely with the Association of Hungarian Folk Artists to make sure everything, from the handicrafts to the costumes, are authentic.Look out for the fried bread snack called lángos, which you’ll smell before you see as they’re freshly made on the street. You can have them topped with sour cream and grated cheese, ham, sausage, or just plain – a substantial snack that will power you round the market. You’ll also find the sweet pastry horn makers, grilled meats and stew… well, this is Hungary after all!My recommendation on where to stay is the Boutique Hotel Zara, which has a package for people wanting to visit the market. It costs E99 per person for three night’s stay, breakfast, transfer to the market, hot wine welcome drink, coffee and cake at the hotel and a guide to the market from the concierge.The hotel is close to the Central Market Hall and the Gellért Thermal Bath, so it’s handy for sightseeing as well as eating, drinking and shopping in the city centre, a ten-minute walk away.Answer by Ginny Light – TimesOnline travel editorGot a travel question? Email sam@skyscanner.net and we’ll get our panel of travel experts to answer your question.Read more: Ask SkyscannerReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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