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first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The United Arab Emirates claimed Qatari fighter jets intercepted two of its commercial airliners in international airspace on the way to Bahrain, allegations denied by Qatar.The claims Monday could further escalate tensions between Qatar and the four Arab nations that have been boycotting it for months, among them the UAE, home to the world’s busiest international airport. They also could affect long-haul airline travel, as the region’s carriers are a crucial link between the East and West.It follows two complaints by Qatar to the United Nations about Emirati military aircraft allegedly violating its international airspace amid the diplomatic crisis. The UAE denies the allegations.The UAE’s state-run WAM news agency made the claim about the Qatari jet fighters on Monday, citing the country’s General Civil Aviation Authority.WAM quoted Saif al-Suwaidi, the director-general of the GCAA, as saying the intercepts happened at 10:30 a.m. and 11:05 a.m. He said Bahraini radar, as well as crew and passengers on board, saw the military aircraft, “which constituted a clear and explicit threat to the lives of innocent civilians.”WAM did not identify the aircraft involved, nor did it elaborate on details of the purported encounters. The GCAA did not immediately respond to questions from The Associated Press.Bahrain’s state-run BNA news agency, citing its own civil aviation authority, identified the two flights as Dubai-based Emirates flight No. EK837, a Boeing 777, and another flown by Abu Dhabi-based Etihad. The flight number it offered for Etihad did not correspond with any scheduled flight to Bahrain.“Qatari military fighter jets came within two miles of the Emirates aircraft, which put the lives of passengers and crew at risk,” BNA said. It offered few details about the Etihad flight.Both airlines declined to comment when reached by the AP.Qatar’s Foreign Ministry called the UAE’s allegations a “totally false claim” in a statement Monday night. “It seems that the UAE is trying to draw attention away from other incidents that have caused media crises,” it said.That appeared to reference a video released Sunday night of an exiled Qatari ruling family member, once promoted by Saudi Arabia as an alternative to the country’s ruling emir, claiming he’s being held against his will in the UAE, an allegation denied by Abu Dhabi.The video of Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al Thani recalled the bizarre, now-reversed resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri while on a trip to Saudi Arabia, a Nov. 4 decision that was widely seen as orchestrated by Riyadh.Emirates flight No. EK837 was scheduled to depart Dubai at 8:20 a.m. Monday, but pushed off nearly an hour late. It flew out over international waters near the northern tip of Qatar, a peninsular nation that juts into the Persian Gulf, before arriving in the island nation of Bahrain 46 minutes after takeoff. That’s been the standard route of all Emirati commercial airliners since the crisis began.FlightRadar24, a plane-tracking website, did not show any unusual routes between the UAE and Bahrain. “There appears to be no deviation from standard routing and approach patterns in today’s flights,” FlightRadar24 spokesman Ian Petchenik told the AP.U.S. Air Force Central Command, which is based at the sprawling al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar, did not have any reports of incidents involving commercial aircraft in the region, said Lt. Col. Damien Pickart, an Air Force spokesman. However, Pickart cautioned that U.S. forces don’t routinely monitor the flights and operations of the Qatari air force.Qatar’s stock exchange dropped some 2.5 per cent in trading Monday, one of its biggest jolts since the crisis began.Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE cut off Qatar’s land, sea and air routes on June 5 over its alleged support of extremists and close ties with Iran.Qatar has long denied funding extremists. It recently restored full diplomatic relations with Iran, with which it shares a massive offshore natural gas field that makes the country and its 250,000 citizens extremely wealthy.The crisis has hurt Qatar Airways, Doha’s long-haul carrier that competes with Emirates and Etihad.Qatar had complained to the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization about the boycotting nations cutting off its air routes, forcing the carrier to take longer flights through Iran and Turkey. Its regional feeder flights in Saudi Arabia and the UAE also have been cut off.However, widening the Gulf dispute to include civilian aviation and airspace could hurt Emirati airlines already stung by President Donald Trump’s travel bans, as well as last year’s since-lifted ban on laptops in airplane cabins.The White House said Trump spoke Monday with Qatar’s ruling emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, saying the president reiterated his support for unity among Gulf Arab nations. Trump also thanked Sheikh Tamim for Qatar’s “action to counter terrorism and extremism,” the White House said.Qatar earlier accused Emirati military jets of violating its air space in December and January in two incidents, filing a complaint to the United Nations. Anwar Gargash, the Emirati minister of state for foreign affairs, wrote Friday on Twitter that Qatar’s airspace complaints were “incorrect and confused,” without elaborating.Sheikh Tamim also travelled Monday to Ankara to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkish officials said Erdogan and Al Thani discussed bilateral ties and regional issues, without offering specifics. Turkey has a military base in Qatar and has supported Doha in the diplomatic dispute.___Associated Press writer Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey, contributed to this report.___Follow Jon Gambrell on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jongambrellap . His work can be found at http://apne.ws/2galNpz .last_img read more

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Members of the Security Council committee monitoring the sanctions against Somalia are “gravely alarmed” at the use of military weapons on a large scale inside the country, as well as the continued flow of arms and ammunition supplies from outside, according to a statement released today at UN Headquarters in New York. The Committee, which met in closed session on Tuesday, was also deeply concerned about the lack of information concerning alleged violations of the arms embargo against Somalia. In that connection, the statement said, Committee members underlined the importance of implementing Council resolution 1407 of 3 May, which requested a report on the establishment of a panel of experts to improve the enforcement of the sanctions against the country.At their meeting, Committee members decided to send a letter to all Member States reminding them of their obligation to comply with the arms embargo against Somalia and to report all available information on any violations – or suspected breaches – of the ban.The Committee also decided to write to representatives of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) seeking their assistance in this area. In addition, the Committee Chairman will contact Somalia’s neighbours as well as other countries in the region that might have the ability to monitor air, land and sea traffic in the area. The purpose would be to increase their vigilance about the movement of goods across common borders with Somalia, and to identify the origin of the carriers of the goods destined for the country’s ports.The Committee appealed to all individuals, national and international governmental or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for information on violations of the arms embargo against Somalia. read more

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A glance at some disputed passages in the bestselling book ‘Three Cups of Tea’ HELENA, Mont. – Greg Mortenson’s bestselling book “Three Cups of Tea” came under intense scrutiny after “60 Minutes,” author Jon Krakauer and some people in the book said some of the stories were fabricated.Here’s a look at some of those stories, what is disputed and Mortenson’s response in a 2014 interview with The Associated Press:___MORTENSON’S DESCENT FROM K2— “Three Cups of Tea”: Mortenson stumbled upon the Pakistani village of Korphe in fall 1993 after trekking from the base camp of K2, the world’s second-highest peak. He spent days in the village recovering from the descent.— The dispute: Mortenson could not have wandered to Korphe on that trip because it is on the opposite side of the Braldu River. Krakauer says no bridge existed where Mortenson supposedly crossed the river. Krakauer says he interviewed a climber and others who confirmed a bridge was at that location before and after that period, but not at the time Mortenson was there.— Mortenson’s response: He insists he went to Korphe over a narrow footbridge and disputes Krakauer’s assertions to the contrary. Mortenson has acknowledged that he spent only a few hours there, not days as was depicted in the book.___MORTENSON’S PROMISE TO BUILD A SCHOOL— “Three Cups of Tea”: Mortenson promised the villagers of Korphe that he would build them a school after they nursed him back to health. That promise forever changed his life, and he dedicated himself to building schools in Central Asia.— The dispute: Mortenson never went to Korphe, so he couldn’t have promised to build them a school, Krakauer said. However, he did promise the villagers of Khane to the southeast that he would build them a school, but he reneged on that promise and instead built it in Korphe. A fundraising plea written by Mortenson in 1994 backs up the claim that he wanted to build the school in Khane, and it makes no mention of Korphe.— Mortenson’s response: He now says he visited both Korphe and Khane villages during that 1993 trip and promised the residents of both that he would build schools for them. He says he planned to first build the Khane school but then switched to Korphe after finding a lack of local support and corruption in Khane.___MORTENSON’S KIDNAPPING— “Three Cups of Tea”: Mortenson was kidnapped and held hostage by militants in the remote Pakistani region of Waziristan. They took his passport and money, kept him under armed guard and monitored his every movement. He won his freedom after asking for a Qur’an and telling his captors that his wife was expecting a child.— The dispute: People who were there described Mortenson as a guest in Waziristan, not a hostage. A photo shows him with his supposed captors, with Mortenson brandishing an AK-47.— Mortenson’s response: He stands by his story, though he says he regrets the unflattering descriptions of his captors in “Three Cups of Tea.” by The Associated Press Posted Nov 19, 2015 2:59 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 19, 2015 at 4:19 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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first_imgFinning (Canada), has secured an extension of its exclusive supplier agreement with Coal Valley Resources and Prairie Mines & Royalty to 2015. These two are collectively the largest producers of thermal coal in Canada. They operate 10 surface mines located in the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan producing bituminous, sub-bituminous and lignite thermal coals. The company has also been awarded a renewal of its current lease agreement with Teck Coal.Under the original five-year contract, Finning (Canada) was the exclusive supplier of mine support equipment and associated parts, accessories, attachments and services, including equipment technology for Coal Valley Resources and Prairie Mines & Royalty’s surface coal mining operations in Alberta. The contract renewal extends this agreement from 2010 to 2015.“The extension of our exclusive supplier agreement demonstrates both the confidence that our customers have in Finning and our organisation’s commitment to providing a high level of service,” said Dave Parker, President of Finning (Canada).Under the current lease agreement with Finning, Teck operates approximately 50 large dozers which are employed at six mines in B.C. and Alberta. As part of the lease renewal, Finning expects to replace 30 of the 50 machines currently operating. Approximately, 18 large dozers will be new and 12 will be rebuild units. The equipment leased is valued at approximately C$36 million.“Teck is a valued customer and we are pleased to build on our long term relationship with this agreement,” said Parker. “Our commitment to our customers has earned us the position of the leading equipment supplier and service partner in the mining sector and we are encouraged by the renewed activity in this industry.”last_img read more

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first_imgWORLD#PARIS: A manhunt is underway in France after a man was seriously injured when a gunman opened fire in the lobby of a French newspaper.#US: At least six people died after dozens of tornadoes flattened entire neighbourhoods, flipped over cars and uprooted trees in the Midwestern United States.#CHILD PORN: Google is to introduce new measures to make it more difficult for people to find images of child sexual abuse on the internet.#LIFT-OFF: NASA has successfully launched its unmanned MAVEN spacecraft that will make the 10-month journey to Mars to carry out investigations of its atmosphere.INNOVATIONApple is close to buying 3D-sensing company PrimeSense which was responsible for the technology behind Microsoft Kinect for Xbox and computers. The Apple deal for PrimeSense is reported to be in the region of $345 million. [AllThingsD]Mashable’s list of ’13 Inventors You’ve Never Heard of’ includes Samuel O’Reilly, the Irishman who invented the electric tattooing machine. [Mashable] Parting Shot NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.Debris from a row of homes destroyed by a tornado in Washington, Illinois seen early this morning. The tornado destroyed several hundred homes in the small town. Pic: (AP Photo/David Mercer)IRISHFormer solicitor Thomas Byrne has been found guilty of 50 charges of theft, fraud, deception, and forgery in Ireland’s largest ever fraud trial.Businessman Anthony Lyons, who was convicted of sexual assault and had five-and-a-half years of a six-year sentence suspended, has had his sentence ruled unduly lenient.The High Court has granted leave for two mothers of children with Down Syndrome to challenge the law on the provision of resource teaching hours to children with the disability.Over 800 people will leave telecoms company Eircom as part of moves at the company aimed at shedding 2,000 jobs by next year.The ESB have warned of ‘potentially serious impact for customers’ as workers voted overwhelmingly for strike action in a dispute over the semi-state’s pension scheme.A new piece of legislation will address the legal status of children in civil partnerships, surrogacy arrangements and assisted human reproduction.TheJournal.ie has seen a draft report which looks at the potential powers a directly elected mayor for Dublin could have. It contains a number of significant proposals.An Garda Síochána has become the first Irish organisation to sign up for Twitter Alerts which are sent to users during emergencies or natural disasters.Mandate Trade Union says it has concerns over the 1,200 jobs at Arnotts and Boyers. The forty worst ghost estates in the country may be levelled next year under a plan being considered by Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan.Businesses will be able to access the new postcode database being set up in 2015 but they will be charged to do so. Financier Dermot Desmond is to more than double his shareholding in Independent News & Media the group announced today. (Pic: Facebook/ Nigel Millard Photography)Crewmen from the Newcastle Lifeboat Station in Co. Down at the launch of the photographic exhibition, “The Lifeboat: Courage on our Coasts”, at Grand Canal Dock in Dublin today. The exhibition at Grand Canal Square runs for the next three weeks.last_img read more

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first_img Share Tweet Email 9,454 Views The 9 at 9: Sunday Here’s everything you need to know this morning. Image: Shutterstock/Marina Onokhina http://jrnl.ie/3353888 No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 8:53 AM Short URL By Órla Ryan EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #FRANCE: French people will begin voting today in the first round of the most unpredictable presidential election in decades, with the outcome seen as vital for the future of the beleaguered European Union.2. #CITIZENS’ ASSEMBLY: Assembly members will today make recommendations on how they believe Ireland’s abortion laws should be changed.3. #MATERNITY HOSPITAL: Details of the agreement that would see the new national maternity hospital be built at the St Vincent’s Hospital site, which is owned by the Sisters of Charity, have been published in the Sunday Independent. The report notes that a clause in the deal protects the hospital’s clinical services from “religions, ethnic or other discrimination”.4. #REDRESS: In related news, the Irish Mail on Sunday reports that the €3 million owed by Sisters of Charity to the redress scheme for institutional abuse survivors has essentially been paid. The newspaper says the nuns’ legal costs for the Ryan Commission, estimated to be in the region of €5 million, will be offset against the money they owe.5. #LABOUR: Labour leader Brendan Howlin has hit out at former coalition partner Fine Gael – and “racist” US President Donald Trump – in the keynote speech at his party’s national conference.6. #LONDON: Arthur Collins, the boyfriend of reality TV star Ferne McCann, has been arrested in connection with an acid attack in an east London nightclub earlier this month.7. #COURT: A county Kildare man who was involved in setting fire to a car outside the home of a woman has been sentenced to eight months in prison.8. #GAMERCON: A month on from the GamerCon fiasco, customers are still waiting for their money back.9. #TRAINS: A new campaign by Irish Rail is aiming to highlight the dangers of people trespassing and crossing train tracks, with drivers speaking out about their fear of hitting people on the tracks.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing in one of the above cases.  Apr 23rd 2017, 8:53 AM Image: Shutterstock/Marina Onokhinalast_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Reserve Bank’s cuts of 75 basis points in the past two months have prompted only a small rise in lending because consumer confidence is down, Commonwealth Bank and Adelaide Bank mortgage executives Kathy Cummings and Damian Percy said. RBA assistant governor Guy Debelle said the muted reaction was not surprising as households were using the rate cuts to help pay down debt. Mr Percy noted there had been “a bit of an uptick” in lending, but “whether it’s a function of survivor’s guilt I don’t know, but Australians have changed their attitude to debt.” Source: Adelaide Advertiserlast_img

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first_imgEurope : les enfants de plus en plus présents sur les réseaux sociauxLa Commission européenne informe aujourd’hui que les enfants sont de plus en plus présents sur les réseaux sociaux tels que Facebook ou MySpace. Ceux-ci ne sont pas toujours conscients des risques encourus lorsqu’ils dévoilent des informations sur leur vie privée. Environ 38% des 9-12 ans ont un profil sur un site de réseau social, indique une enquête publiée par Bruxelles, effectuée auprès de 25.000 jeunes de 25 pays européens. Un chiffre qui monte jusqu’à 77% pour la tranche d’âge 13-16 ans.Donnée alarmante pour la Commission européenne : un quart des enfants interviewés indiquent que leur profil est “public”, c’est-à-dire accessible par tous sur Internet. Pire encore, un enfant sur cinq y révèle son adresse et/ou son numéro de téléphone, révèle l’enquête. En outre, celle-ci rapporte que 56% des 11-12 ans ne savent pas comment modifier les paramètres de leur compte pour protéger leurs données privées…”Ces enfants se placent eux-mêmes dans une situation où on peut leur nuire, ils sont vulnérables”, a commenté Neelie Kroes, la commissaire européenne chargée des nouvelles technologies. Elle appelle donc tous les sites de socialisation en ligne à “immédiatement” modifier les réglages des profils des mineurs afin que, par défaut, ils soient inaccessibles pour des personnes que les enfants n’ont pas identifiées comme des “amis”, relève LeMonde.fr. Le 18 avril 2011 à 19:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgWASHINGTON — Federal agents on Monday raided the office of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, seizing records on topics including a $130,000 payment made to a porn actress who says she had sex with Trump more than a decade ago.The raid on Cohen’s office was done by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan and was based at least partly on a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, according to Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan.“The decision by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York to conduct their investigation using search warrants is completely inappropriate and unnecessary,” Ryan said in a statement. “It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney client communications between a lawyer and his clients.”The raid creates a new legal headache for Trump even as he and his attorneys weigh whether to agree to an interview with Mueller’s team, which in addition to investigating potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign is also examining whether the president’s actions constitute obstruction of justice.The law enforcement action will almost certainly amplify the public scrutiny on the payment to the actress, Stormy Daniels, which was made just days before the 2016 presidential election. Trump told reporters last week that he did not know about the payment.last_img read more

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first_imgThe victors of the annual showpiece at Wembley could be £280million richer and it’s the most lucrative prize in world football.The game goes live 5pm today and Murphy, who has played 169 games for Fulham, thinks their opponents are more desperate for promotion to the Premier League according to talkSPORT.“I think Villa need it more.“There’s more pressure on Villa because of the outlay that they’ve put out and the wages they’re paying.“Fulham can go into this with a little more freedom – the club’s not going to be in financial trouble if they don’t go up.”The Whites finished third in the Championship after stringing together 23 games without defeat. They overcame Derby in the semi-final, coming from 1-0 down in the first leg to win 2-1 on aggregate.Murphy added: “I think Fulham, playing the way they do, are going to be difficult to stop.Liverpool told to pick ‘fantastic’ Dembele over Coutinho Andrew Smyth – July 18, 2019 Ousmane Dembele would be a better signing for Liverpool rather than his Barcelona team-mate Philippe Coutinho, says Danny Murphy.“Especially now they’ve got over that tricky 1-0 with Derby. To come back from that, being a goal down, I think that’s the hardest bit.“Now they can just go and enjoy it.”Villa, who beat Middlesbrough 1-0 over two legs in their semi-final, carry a lot more experience into the big game with the likes of John Terry and Glen Whelan in the squad.The former Fulham man also suggested the large Wembley pitch may suit the Whites, but the contrast between youth and experience will be intriguing even though the pre-game talk has centred on Fulham’s teenage-sensation Ryan Sessegnon, Murphy believes Steve Bruce should focus his attention on another talent.“When Tom Cairney’s at it, Fulham really are creative and a good side to watch.“He’s the one for Villa that I think they need to stop.“But Villa have got talent of their own. It’s going to be a good game” he continued.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Lower House vote on Japan’s IR Implementation Bill looks set to be delayed until next week after the country’s leading opposition parties submitted a motion to dismiss the Chairman of the House of Representatives Cabinet Committee, Daishiro Yamagiwa.The motion was put forward late Tuesday after Yamagiwa made the decision earlier in the day to hold a Wednesday vote on the casino bill – which would officially sanction casino gaming in Japan. RelatedPosts Instead, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito will have to wait for Thursday’s vote on the motion against Yamagiwa, meaning a vote on the casino bill can’t take place until Friday at the earliest, according to Jiji Press.Japan’s opposition parties believe they have not been given sufficient time to vote on the IR bill.“More and more problems have been emerging in 18 hours of deliberations so far,” said CDPJ Diet affairs chief Kiyomi Tsujimoto, adding that forcing the vote through “means the refusal of the government and the ruling coalition to deliberate on the bill.” Load More Two Landing directors voted out, Chairman Yang sneaks back in Japanese government to promote IRs at airports, cruise ports Melco Resorts closing in on Japanese partnership as discussions heat uplast_img read more

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first_imgTransport strike for showing muscle power of minister’s organisation!Transport workers have enforced the countrywide 48-hour transport strike demanding amendment to the recently passed Road Transport Act despite knowing that it is not possible to amend the act now, according to associations of transport owners and workers.“The aim of this strike is to merely show muscle power of the minister’s organisaiton. There is no scope to amend the act now as the session of the current parliament is to be ended today, Monday,” said a transport leader seeking anonymity.Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader at a function on Sunday told newsmen that there is no scope to amend the act now.Speaking to Prothom Alo, former adviser to a caretaker government Sultana Kamal said such movement is not acceptable. “You cannot demand people responsible for road accidents cannot be brought to book,” she observed.Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation (BRTWF) began the 48-hour strike at 6:00am on Sunday, causing immense suffering to the commuters in the city as well as elsewhere in the country.Following students’ movement for safe raod, the associations of transport workers were cornered and were unable to oppose the transport act, sources at the ministry and transport associations said.Transport leaders said the muscle power of the leaders and associations may seem vulnerable to the general workers and owners if they do not show their strength now.Steps are not taken to call off strike through discussions to end public sufferings, ministry officials and transport leaders said adding, as per the government wishes, the owners and workers plyed their vehicles braving risks during the opposition’s violent movement in 2014-2015.The source said the transport workers normally enforce strike for an indefinite time, this time their programme is for only two days. As a result the government has accepted the programme, according to officials and transport leaders.“The transport workers have enforced the strike and the owners have nothing to do,” Bangladesh Road Transport Owners Association president Mashiur Rahman Ranga told Prothom Alo.Mashiur, also state minister for local government, rural development and co-operatives, admits that opinions from the workers and owners were taken before the passage of the act.As the representative of the workers, shipping minister Shajahan Khan, who is the executive president of BRTWF, also engaged in all procedures of preparing the draft of the act.Despite, his organisation BRTWF enforced the strike causing suffering to the people, demanding the amendment of the act.The demands include making all the offences by road accident ‘bailable’, cancellation of the provision of fining Tk 500,000 for involvement in a road accident, keeping a representative from their federation in any probe body formed for road accident, fixing minimum educational qualification for getting driving license to class-V, and stopping police harassment on roads.Workers federation general secretary Usman Ali said their oppinions were taken before passage of the act. “Half of our recommendations were complied while half were not,” he said.Usman said the next course of action would be taken after holding a meeting if the demands are not met.Two cabinet members — Shajahan Khan and Masihur Rahman Ranga, however, did not oppose the draft act when it was approved in the cabinet. They also did not give any statement against it when the bill was passed in the parliament.Following the students’ movement for safe road after the death of two students on 29 July, the draft act was approved in the cabinet on 6 August, and the bill was passed in the parliament on 19 September, with five-year jail term and Tk 500,000 fines for casualities in road accidents.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islamlast_img read more

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first_img King Digital Entertainment have basically cornered the market on mobile games. The aptly named company is responsible for creating a candy kingdom greater than Princess Bubblegum’s. Departing from the Candy Crush empire King is venturing into a fuzzier fancier realm. Shuffle Cats has literally taken the world by storm. It’s the first game for King that allows you to play with other people from all over the globe.Tigger.A modern and easier take on Rummy taught to you by sophisticated and adorable cats, what’s not to love?! King knew the only way to make the game even cuter was to have an actual cat ambassador for the game. Last week in NYC they did just that.After an exhaustive nationwide search, four fine felines were selected to be finalists in selecting the face of Shuffle Cats.  Wiley Coyote, Jetta, Tigger, and Booger all strutted the stuff down the caaaatwalk as their humans answered questions about why they deserve to be a bonafide Shuffle Cat. The lovely Hannah Simone (of New Girl fame, we love you CeCe!) was a wonderful host/emcee as she is a crazy cat lady. Who knew?!The whole afternoon was quite the event. King went all out with cat themed cocktails, a rummy lounge, and even invited the Brooklyn Cat Cafe to bring some sweet furbabies that are up for adoption. I petted so many kitties.Hannah and WylieThe fantastic Wiley Coyote Super Genius won the title of America’s Shuffle Cat. And I must say his expressive face and magnificent whiskers certainly convinced me he’s a winner. The Shuffle Cats team is now hard at work making sure Wiley joins the other cats for some good old fashion card playing fun.Download Shuffle Cats today and get acquainted while we anxiously await Wylie’s digital arrival.View as: One Page Slides1. Shuffle Cat Cocktails2. Hannah and the Rescues3. Dressing Rooms4. Shuffle Cats Cast5. Rummy Lounge6. Adpot a Cat! Stay on target Crushing on King Mobile Games is a Real ThingShuffle Cats is Furry Gin Rummy from the Makers of Candy Crush last_img read more

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first_img Aerial photography was first practiced in the late 1850s. But the technique has really taken off (pun intended) since the commercialization of drones.And it’s not limited to cartography, movie production, or surveillance, as the winners of this year’s Drone Awards photo contest more than prove.A showcase of some of the best airborne imagery from around the world, the competition is a new project by nonprofit Art Photo Travel Association, dedicated to “a different photographic genre.”AdChoices广告More than 4,400 submissions from 101 countries were narrowed down to a mere seven winners across six categories—abstract, nature, people, sport, wildlife, urban—and one “photo of the year.”The grand prize—€500,000 ($585,400) worth of equipment, admission to the award ceremony in Siena, and a place at the “Beyond the Lens” exhibition—went to French photographer Florian Ledoux.Stunning airborne imagery (via Art Photo Travel Association)His stunning overhead shot of a polar bear crossing icy blue water (pictured) was captured in Canada using a Phantom 4 Pro drone. The image, titled “Above the Polar Bear,” also earned Ledoux the top spot in the Skypixel 2017 Photo Story Contest.“I have witness incredible moments and scenes of the wild but I can guarantee you that this, by far, is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen,” he said last year. “I hope that future generations will still be able to witness the beauty and grandeur of the Arctic wildlife the same way we do today.”Best abstract photo: “Weather Snake” by Ovi D. PopBest nature photo: “Mada’in Saleh” by Gabriel ScanuBest people photo: “Pilgrimage of Millions of People” by Qinghua ShuiBest sport photo: “Skating Shadows” by Vincent RiemersmaBest wildlife photo (obviously aside from Ledoux’s): “Blacktip Shark” by Adam BarkerBest urban photo: “Assisi Over the Clouds” by Francesco CattutoThe No. 1 shooter in each category also receives the Pangea Prize, as well as a seat at the award ceremony and gala dinner, and a chance to see their work on display at the “Beyond the Lens” exhibition, from Oct. 28 to Dec. 2 in Siena.If you can’t make it to Italy this winter, take a gander at the digital versions of the 2018 Drone Awards’ most notable submissions. It’s worth a scroll, I promise.For a full round-up of affordable drone visits our page here. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target UPS Wants to Bring Drone Deliveries to U.S. HospitalsWatch: Drone Captures Great White Sharks Interacting Off Cape Cod last_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica extends deadline to settle payment with Nicaragua for environmental damage Costa Rica sues Nicaragua over military camp near border Costa Rica, Nicaragua to face off again at The Hague in new border dispute Costa Rica has unfair advantage in maritime delimitation claim, says Nicaragua Costa Rica submitted a document on Monday to theInternational Court of Justice at The Hague that lay out the arguments underpinning the $6.7 million bill the country sent to Nicaragua.The hefty payment is meant to compensate Costa Rica for environmental damage caused to a small protected wetland along its border area.Foreign Minister Manuel González Sánz said in a news release that the 890-page document includes extensive evidence and technical information about damage: among them, an environmental damage assessment conducted by the San José-based Fundación Neotrópica, a non-governmental conservation organization.“This is the result of extremely serious and rigorous work to properly document  all damage caused by Nicaragua’s military occupation of our territory,” González said.Costa Rican Ambassador to the Netherlands Sergio Ugalde said the country complied with the April 3 deadline set by the court for Costa Rica to present its damage report of the protected wetland, known here as Isla Calero.Compensation processThe Hague court ruled in favor of Costa Rica in December 2015 in a legal dispute for a 2.5-square-kilometer territory that both countries claimed as their own.Justices ruled that Nicaragua had violated Costa Rica’s sovereignty when it dredged artificial canals through Isla Calero and destroyed primary forests. The ruling also gave the countries one year to agree on a compensation figure.Costa Rica presented its calculation, $6.7 million, in June 2016. Nicaragua did not respond, and the court’s deadline expired in December. The administration of President Luis Guillermo Solís then gave Nicaragua an additional month to respond, but Managua never did so.“Nicaragua did not respond, so we interpret that silence as a negative response, despite recent statements by the president of that country saying he intended to pay,” Minister González said in January.Managua has since contested the $6.7 million figure, saying is exaggerated. This prompted Costa Rica to submit yesterday’s detailed technical explanation of the amount requested.Nicaragua will have until June 2 to submit a response. Justices then will issue a final ruling on the compensation figure and on a deadline to make the payment.Both countries had previously agreed to abide by the court’s decisions.Below is a timeline of events in the Costa Rica–Nicaragua border dispute: Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Four benefits of having a wireless security system Sponsored Stories PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — No doubt President Barack Obama is fond of Nike. Golf outings often find him decked out from head to toe in apparel featuring the emblematic company swoosh. Now the president is putting the company logo on his trade agenda.On Friday, the president will visit Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, to make his trade policy pitch as he struggles to win over Democrats for what could be a last major legislative push of his presidency. But in choosing the giant company that makes sneakers and athletic wear as his backdrop, Obama has stirred a hornet’s nest. Nike, a major exporter, employs more than 8,500 workers in Oregon, many in well-paying design, research or marketing jobs. But of Nike’s slightly more than 1 million factory contract workers, more than nine out of 10 are in Asia, with the largest number in low-wage Vietnam.“It is a perverse place to try to go and sell a trade agreement that the American public thinks would make it easier to offshore our jobs and push down our wages,” said Lori Wallach, the director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.For Obama, who arrived in Portland on Thursday night, the trade dependent Pacific Northwest is a natural place to make his case for trade negotiating authority and to promote a 12-nation Trans-Pacific trade agreement. Congress is debating whether to give Obama so-called fast-track authority to complete that and other trade deals. Obama’s toughest sell is with his own Democratic allies, who fear the loss of American jobs and weakened financial and environmental rules.Nike, with its massive outsourcing of manufacturing, provides Obama with an opportunity to talk about labor standards he seeks to enforce with trade partners, particularly Vietnam where the U.S. concedes worker rights protections fall short of international standards. Of the 11 countries the U.S. is negotiating with in the Trans-Pacific talks, Nike has contract factories in seven of them. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories FILE – In this Sept. 29, 2011 file photo, first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a Nike hat and sunglasses, walks out of a Target department store in Alexandria, Va. after doing some shopping. No doubt President Barack Obama is fond of Nike. Golf outings often find him decked out from head to toe in apparel featuring the emblematic company swoosh. Now he’s putting the company logo on his trade agenda. On Friday, the president will visit Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, to make his trade policy pitch as he struggles to win over Democrats for what could be the last major legislative push of his presidency. But in choosing the giant sneaker and athletic wear company as his backdrop, Obama has stirred a hornets’ nest. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “We’ve made significant improvements and driven positive change for workers in contract factories that make Nike product,” Nike spokesman Greg Rossiter said in a statement to The Associated Press.Rep. Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat who represents Portland and is supporting Obama’s trade agenda, said the criticism of Nike is rooted in 20-year-old history. Citing Nike’s creation of thousands of well-paying jobs in Oregon, Blumenauer said: “The more people look at the Nike story, the more that is a success not a problem.”Despite the advances and Nike’s image makeover, labor issues have continued to plague its contracted manufacturers. An Associated Press investigation in 2011 found that workers making Nike-owned Converse sneakers in Indonesia said supervisors abused them physically and verbally. And in its latest report on “sustainable business performance” Nike found that one-third of its contract manufacturers in 2013 did not meet its minimum standards — an improvement over 2011 when half of the manufacturers fell short. Most of the problems were over hours and wages.“Nike fully supports the inclusion of strong labor provisions because we believe they will drive higher industry standards and create economic growth that benefits everyone,” Nike’s Rossiter said. Comments   Share   White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the stop at Nike will “illustrate how a responsible trade agreement that includes enforceable labor and environmental standards would strongly benefit middle-class families and the American economy.”Friday’s visit has a touch of gratitude as well. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon has been the biggest trade advocate among Democrats and was a key figure in getting fast track legislation out of the Senate Finance Committee with a bipartisan vote. The effort has prompted pickets at his Senate offices and at his Portland house.But Obama’s visit has created a backlash. Nike represents what many liberal groups and labor unions criticize about trade deals: the potential for shifting U.S. jobs to other countries with cheap labor and few worker protections. On Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who recently announced he is challenging Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination from the left, called on Obama to cancel the trip.Two decades ago, Nike came under heavy criticism for its use of foreign sweatshops, including numerous reports of child labor, low wages and poor working conditions. Under intense public pressure, Nike improved conditions and eventually wages climbed, minimum age requirements were put in place and Nike increased training and monitoring at the factories. The vital role family plays in society At a breakfast with reporters Thursday, Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., said he met a Vietnamese woman who spent more than four years in jail for trying to organize an independent labor union. Levin is the top Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, which handles trade bills. He said the fast-track legislation and Trans-Pacific trade talks don’t do enough to force Vietnam to raise its labor standards.A Government Accountability Office report last year found that while some Latin American countries under current free trade agreements have taken steps to strengthen labor rights, enforcement was limited and that monitoring of labor standards in those countries by U.S. agencies is inconsistent.Blumenauer is pushing for an enforcement trust fund to improve oversight.“I agree enforcement is a problem,” he said. “I’m not through trying to make it better.”___Associated Press writer Charles Babington in Washington contributed to this report.___Find Jim Kuhnhenn on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/jkuhnhenn and Gosia Wozniacka at http://www.twitter.com/gosiawozniackaCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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first_imgInterline Reservation Service has replaced its old name for the new title ‘Travel Industry Club’, a branding the company’s manager says is better at summing up what they do.  Travel Industry Club managing director Sue Francis said that the term interline is not as recognised now as it has been in the past and therefore felt the change was necessary.“We decided to rebrand with a name that really sums up what we do for travel industry people,” Ms Francis said.“As well as the new look of the company, Travel Industry Club (TIC) has built a new website using fresh technology and plans to have a strong presence on Social Media platforms to get the new company known quickly throughout the industry.”Ms Francis added that the new name and branding not only brings a new way of doing things and additional fresh new staff members but a new level of energy to service the travel industry.The new company website has been specifically designed to make it easier to use and can be visited at www.industryclub.com.au.“We identified that our old website had a lot of information visible all at once and we really wanted the new site to look exciting but have the functionality of sending you where you want to go within one or two clicks, we certainly think we have achieved that”. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

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first_imgWith Miss World celebrating its 60th pageant on October 30th 2010, Skyscanner reveals which nations are perceived to contain the planet’s most beautiful people according to its latest poll.Brazil, home to supermodel Gisele Bündchen, topped the charts for being home to the world’s most attractive population; the South American country took the number one position with 12% of the vote. The Brazilians were closely followed by the Swedes, stereotypically known to be tall, blonde and blue-eyed, who took 10% of the vote. India was ranked in third place with 8% of the votes and Poland 4th with 6%.The UK was ranked 5th, despite holding the most titles for Miss World (along with India, and Venezuela which ranked 6th in the Skyscanner poll).World’s most attractive people according to Skyscanner users1. Brazil2. Sweden3. India4. Poland5. UK6. Venezuela7. Russia8. Czech Republic9. USA10. Netherlands10. ItalyOver 500 people voted in the poll which asked users to select the nation they believed to have the most attractive people. The shortlist was compiled of 34 countries that had all won a Miss World title at least once*.Skyscanner has seen the popularity of flights to India rocket by 45% in the last 6 months, although whether the attractiveness of the locals is the primary reason for travel is unconfirmed!Sam Baldwin, Skyscanner travel editor commented:“The poll opens an interesting point on stereotypes and people’s perception of beauty, and how certain countries are often thought of having universally attractive people. In reality it is likely that no single nation is uniformly more attractive than any other, as most countries display a considerable amount of genetic variation across their populations.”ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedTurning Staycationers into Vacationers: the global battle for international touristsThe global recession has led to an increasing trend for staycationsHigh fashion goes sky high: dressed airlines reviewedAviation and fashion have always enjoyed a close relationship.Best places for New Year partyingBarcelona, Edinburgh and Iceland are the places to head for the best New Year parties, say Skyscanner users.last_img read more

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