Finance Minister Joe Ceci is set to announce changes to Alberta’s liquor policies.The provincial government said this will lead to more consumer choice, innovation, and economic growth.Ceci is holding a news conference at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bridgeland Riverside Farmer’s Market in Calgary’s northeast. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ceci to announce changes to Alberta’s liquor policies (Stock photo) by audreywhelan Posted Aug 3, 2017 7:26 am MDT
“The functional destruction of critical facilities and weaponry has taken place… We’re in full swing to prepare for the removal of the most critical chemical agents out of the country,” Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag told the UN News Service just prior to briefing the Security Council on the latest developments.“There are deadlines that are set that are quite ambitious. They’re very stringent, but we are getting as ready as we possibly can so the Syrian Arab Republic – the Government – can fulfil its commitments under the Chemical Weapons Convention.”The Joint Mission was set up two months ago to achieve the timely elimination of the Syrian chemical weapons programme in the safest and most secure manner possible – by 30 June 2014 – in accordance with the decisions of the Security Council and OPCW Executive Council.Ms. Kaag said preparations are under way for “Phase III”, namely the removal of chemical agents out of the country. The plan is to transport the chemical agents to the Syrian port city of Latakia, where they will be shipped on commercial vessels provided by some Member States. They will then be loaded onto a United States ship and destroyed at sea using hydrolysis. She noted that the exercise requires a number of components such as packaging material, logistics, special trucks and containers, as well as training Syrian staff in packing the chemicals to meet international maritime regulations concerning hazardous goods.“Above all, the security conditions in country are such that it’s an ongoing concern and it could also at any time derail our ability to meet deadlines,” she stated.In a letter sent to the Security Council on the issue, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pointed out that the recent fighting in Syria shows that the security situation is “volatile, unpredictable and highly dangerous.” He added that implementation of the Joint Mission’s mandate cannot occur without conditions inside Syria that are conducive to carrying out its tasks. The violence in Syria is continuing unabated since fighting first broke out in March 2011 between the Government and opposition forces seeking the ouster of President Bashar Al-Assad. The conflict has already claimed over 100,000 lives and driven over 6 million people from their homes.“We have the collective will of the international community firmly behind us, but there’s a lot at stake in the country,” said Ms. Kaag. “It’s a highly complex exercise, it is unprecedented and it takes place in an active war zone.”There are security constraints when it comes to the transportation of the chemicals overland in Syria, the Special Coordinator reiterated to the press after her closed-door briefing to the Council. One example, she said, is the road connecting Damascus and Homs – a main artery in the country. “If we cannot travel there, it is a real issue.” She herself had to travel by helicopter through Lebanon to reach Latakia recently to be able to inspect the port and consult with officials.Her briefing to the 15-member Council also touched on “the what and how” in terms of the work of the Joint Mission, the continuous volatile conditions in the country, the security measures that need to be undertaken, and the “constructive cooperation” with the Syrian authorities, she said.Ms. Kaag stressed that financial assistance has been critical, voicing gratitude for the generosity of donors to the two trust funds set up by the OPCW and the UN to fund the mission’s activities. “But much more is needed,” she stressed in the interview, calling on the international community to support the special third trust fund set up for the complete destruction of the chemical agents and the resulting effluence. “That’s extremely important and that’s the only way we can firmly attest to the fact that the chemical weapons programme of the Syrian Arab Republic has been fully eliminated.”
“I am concerned by the restrictions imposed on peaceful assembly and arrests of those who seek to express their political views, as well as by the targeting of journalists and the confiscation of their materials,” said Maman Sidikou, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the country and head of the UN stabilization mission in the country, known by its French acronym, MONUSCO.On 31 July, the UN documented over 120 arrests or detentions in Kinshasa, Goma, Lubumbashi, Beni, Butembo, Bukavu and Mbandaka. Among those detained were eight media representatives, including a journalist from radio Okapi and two members of the international press, who were released following the UN Mission’s intervention. Mr. Sidikou called on the national and local authorities to fully uphold fundamental rights and freedoms as enshrined in the Constitution of the country, as well as for all political actors to refrain from any statement or action that could heighten tensions and further polarize the political landscape.
A police officer has been filmed punching a man in the face as he was being detained under the Mental Health Act.The mobile phone video shows the handcuffed man being held down by three officers, one of whom is seen drawing back a clenched fist.The officer is then seen hitting the man in the face, before he is turned over and led away following the incident in Yeovil, Somerset, on Wednesday.In response to the footage being posted online, Avon and Somerset Police released its own 24-second clip of the arrest, which was filmed on an officer’s body-mounted camera.The police footage includes audio and shows a different angle as the man was repeatedly ordered to let go of an officer’s arm.A male officer tells him: “Let go of my arm now. I will ask you one more time to let go of my arm. Let go of my arm. Five…” Handout body-mounted camera still dated 31/05/17 issued by Avon and Somerset Police of a man being detained under the Mental Health Act as he was punched in the face by an officer in Yeovil, SomersetCredit:Avon and Somerset Police/PA Handout body-mounted camera still dated 31/05/17 issued by Avon and Somerset Police of a man being detained under the Mental Health Act after he was punched by in the face by an officer in Yeovil, SomersetCredit:Avon and Somerset/PA An onlooker interrupts and says: “Go on mate punch him.”The male officer continues: “Four… three…”A female officer adds: “Let go of his arm.”Another voice can be heard saying in the background: “Punch him in the face.”Moments later an officer can be heard striking the man, who releases his grip a few seconds later. Handout body-mounted camera still dated 31/05/17 issued by Avon and Somerset Police of a man being detained under the Mental Health Act before he was punched by in the face by an officerCredit:PA/Avon and Somerset Police A witness then says: “Oh, that’s a bit naughty. That is definitely on video. That’s on Facebook, mate.”The original video was put online without audio, but offers a clearer view of the punch. “This decision is always taken to safeguard the individual from harming themselves and others.”While we always act in the best interests of the person in crisis, there is sometimes a need for restrain to protect the person, our officers and members of the public.”This man was taken to a mental health facility where he can receive the treatment he needs.”The public rightly expects police officers to use force reasonably so we welcome their scrutiny. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Luke Harris, who posted the video on his Facebook page, wrote: “This guy was detained under the Mental Health Act.”Whilst three officers had him in cuffs, he was punched without being able to defend himself. I think this is wrong.”Avon and Somerset Police said its professional standards department was investigating the incident.”We were called shortly before 5pm from the ambulance service regarding a man acting aggressively towards their staff,” a force spokesman said.”It appeared the man was suffering from a mental health episode, so officers took the decision to detain him under the Mental Health Act. “Our professional standards department will now make their own enquiries into this matter.
Recent harsh and extended winters have seen the demand for rock salt in the UK increase, which has resulted in increased production from the handful of domestic mines. Efficient and reliable equipment is essential if the roads are to be kept clear of snow and ice each winter. Salt Union’s Winsford mine in Cheshire reviewed the condition of the existing main hoist and concluded it should be replaced with a more efficient drive system from Brevini Power Transmissions.With the original hoist equipment, driven by a helical gearbox, installed in 1973, concerns were raised over the reliability and safety of the installation. The main contractor responsible for the scheme who was to replace the drive system, approached Brevini Power Transmission, a long term supplier of drive solutions, to advise on the project. Initial site investigations showed the full extent of the complications that would have to be overcome in order to ensure a successful conclusion. The original hoist lifted a 9 t skip over a distance of 155 m in just over a minute. To capitalise on the work which would be carried out it was decided that the new equipment should offer improved capacity, as well as efficiency and reliability, so the site would benefit from improved productivity once the project was complete.The new motor power was specified at 780 kW at a speed of 590 rpm with the required output speed of 21 rpm. The duty cycle would see the skip accelerate for 10 seconds, travel at nominal speed for 25 seconds before decelerating for 10 seconds and unloading. This must be repeated for 24 hours per day, six days per week – a very demanding schedule and one with little margin for unplanned maintenance or repair work. With the specifications laid out, Brevini was set the challenge of designing the new gearbox, while the engineers from the main contractor planned how the exchange would be carried out. The new drive had to be designed in such a way that it would fit into the footprint of the original helical gearbox and not interfere with the existing machinery which was to be retained. This included the original tacho drive system, which provides real time data on the position and speed of travel of the hoist. The whole project to remove and install the new gearbox would all have to be completed inside a tight timeframe.The layout of the original drive train included the gearbox and coupling as well as a long driveshaft which would have to be cut and then machined to match the new drive coupling supplied by Brevini. The engineers at Brevini based the gearbox design one of the largest models of the PIV Posired 2 range, the PD85 gearbox which was modified to ensure that it fitted in to the space available when the original drive was removed. It weighed in at around 13 t, and the output shaft of the PD85, measuring 370mm, was designed for a shrink fit to the drive coupling which was also supplied by Brevini. The final connection to the driveshaft of the hoist would require on site machining before the whole installation could be commissioned.Dave Brown, Sales Manager for Brevini UK, comments: “This was a project with a number of challenges for us, not least the tight timeframe for delivery. We have delivered a bespoke solution to meet the exacting requirements of the client by using our expertise in the field of heavy duty drive applications. More and more of our retrofit work for similar applications is being won on the basis that we will provide a customer-specific solution, rather than something off the shelf, but without the traditional downsides of cost and long lead times.” The new hoist drive was successfully commissioned on time and rock salt production continued to plan. According to Brevini, not only does the new drive system provide reliable and efficient service it has also considerably reduced the noise and vibration levels within the shaft and increased the mine’s output capacity. The new gearbox has also reduced the maintenance requirements on the hoist system allowing the engineers to concentrate on other areas of the mine.
The underground mining contractor, Byrnecut Australia, continues to make good progress at the Monty development of Sandfire Resources and Talisman Mining. As at the end of December 2017, the decline had advanced to 346 m which was ahead of schedule compared to the corresponding feasibility study budget of 286 m. Total development advance (including the decline) was 550 m compared to corresponding feasibility study budget of 440 m. First ore production remains on schedule for early Q4 CY 2018. Highlights:Bulk earthworks and civils substantially completed under budget, surface infrastructure progressing on time and under budgetRealised and forecast savings in pre-production capital of A$8 million (100% basis) resulting in an estimated A$2.4 million reduction in Talisman’s share of pre-production capitalJoint Venture budget approved for period ending 30 June 2018 and forecast to 31 December 2018First drawdown of $8 million from the $20 million PFF with Taurus Mining Finance Fund covered Talisman’s share of development expenditure to 31 December 2017Second drawdown of $3.5 million for period 1 January 2018 to 31 March 2018 receivedCarried forward tax losses as at 30 June 2017 of A$44 million are anticipated to be fully available for offset against forecast Monty life-of-mine profits.The Monty copper-gold deposit in Western Australia forms part of Talisman and Sandfire’s Springfield project in which Talisman holds a 30% interest. Monty is located approximately 900 km north of Perth and 10 km east of Sandfire’s DeGrussa copper-gold mine within the highly prospective Bryah Basin in the Gascoyne Region of Western Australia.Monty is one of the highest grade copper-gold discoveries made globally in recent decades. The proximity of the deposit to Sandfire’s DeGrussa plant provides an expedited and low risk pathway to production with an extremely low development capital intensity compared to other greenfield copper discoveries globally. The Ore Sales Agreement between Talisman and Sandfire for the sale of Talismans share of ore from Monty to Sandfire provides Talisman with appropriate cost sharing whilst removing exposure to processing and marketing risk underpinning the highly attractive forecast financial returns for Monty.The Monty feasibility study details forecast total production of 74,400 t of contained copper (plus 38,400 oz contained gold and 413,400 oz contained silver) over an initial ore production life of 30 months.
MIKE AYNSLEY and other former senior staff at IBRC will not receive any termination pay-offs – and will receive only the statutory minimum payment for being laid off from the liquidated lender.Michael Noonan has assured that senior executives at the bank are to be treated no differently to the 800-or-so other staff at the nationalised bank who were laid off with immediate effect when the Oireachtas passed legislation to liquidate it immediately.The bank’s former chief executive Mike Aynsley – who was paid a estimated annual salary of €500,000 – and other top brass will instead only receive the statutory minimum payment of two weeks’ pay for every year they spent at the bank.This works out at roughly six weeks’ pay, which would ordinarily be worth over €65,000 for Aynsley – but a legal limit caps this at €600 a week, meaning a total of €3,600.In response to written Dáil questions from Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath, Noonan added that the senior managers will be paid for annual leave they had accrued but not had a chance to take, and receive pay in lieu of the statutory notice period they would otherwise have been entitled to.Arrangements regarding the pensions for senior managers remain unclear, however. Ordinarily pension funds are invested separately and are kept legally distinct from the employer – suggesting they will be independently managed.IBRC has contributed an estimated €430,000 to the pension pot of Aynsley alone, including €290,000 between 2009 and 2011. He was expected to have a further €125,000 contributed to the fund last year.Read: Noonan: IBRC liquidation is ‘crude’ but staff in better position than most
Hormone-tainted beef is associated with reduced sexual capacity in males in the form of lower sperm count as well as the development of male breasts. Among girls, hormone use in cattle is associated with early puberty. The feeding of steroids and other artificial growth-promoters to cattle remains legal in the US, and this is implicated in the decline in the age at which girls enter puberty, which has fallen to an average of 10 years of age today, down from 13 years of age in 1950.An Taisce said a lax approach at European level would soon cost jobs on Irish farms and processing facilities and have consequences for human health.The group said that, in light of the recent horsemeat scandal, the last thing Europe needs is to “tear down its fabric of checks and balances to let soft-touch regulation jeopardise the integrity of what we eat and drink”.Irish MEP Mairead McGuinness has plans to table a amendment this month to restore the position so that a farmer breaking the law by using illegal steroids will have single farm payments suspended. McGuinness had previously voted in favour of the changes to the ‘cross-compliance’ programme.Read: Farmers to stage protest during visit by EU agriculture commissioner>Read: Birds Eye says products containing horse DNA came from Ireland> HERITAGE GROUP AN Taisce has called for the reversal of a vote by the Agriculture Committe of the European Parliament last month to scrap penalties for farmers who are feeding illegal steroids to cattle.The vote, which removes the use of the drugs from the ‘cross compliance’ programme, means that farmers found feeding the illegal growth-promoting steroids will not see cuts in their EU farm payments.Today An Taisce said that if steroid residues are found in EU beef, “consumers will see no distinction between European and US beef”. “The US has ill-advisedly let steroid residues enter its food chain with significant adverse health consequences,” the group said.
Follow us: the42.ie By Shane Costello Friday 25 Nov 2016, 9:30 PM Nov 25th 2016, 9:30 PM Supple has launched a new online goalkeeping store 4thepitch.ie. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOSeveral League of Ireland clubs chased Supple’s signature but Bohs manager Keith Long was the most persuasive. And since his move to Dalymount Park, Supple has gone on to replace Dean Delany as the club’s first-choice.“Keith was on to me for a good bit before I signed, but I wanted to see out the rest of the season with Crumlin. I decided to go with Bohs in the end; I liked what Keith had to stay.“For me it was all about getting in and playing games to see what I was like at that level. I managed to do that and I was happy with how I performed.“It was definitely an easy decision to stay on for next season. I like the place, and especially the manager, who has been very good to me and very accommodating.“Other clubs weren’t allowing me to play GAA at the same time, so that helped me make my decision. It’s a great club and the fans have been brilliant to me too. Supple played for both Bohs and Brigids towards the end of last season. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO“The atmosphere in the dressing room in Bohs is good. They are a good bunch of lads. I think they really want to play for each other. I’m really happy with that – that’s a good sign for me.“It doesn’t take a lot in this league to create a good atmosphere in the dressing room and that could reflect on the pitch with the results.“Before you know it you could be in the top four, competing in Europe. You just don’t know, look at the success Dundalk have had.”As a youngster, Supple had a host of the top British clubs chasing his signature including Celtic, Everton, Southampton and the club he supported as a boy, Aston Villa.“I got the opportunity to train with Peter Schmeichel when I was over on trial with Villa. They say never meet your heroes, and they are dead right,” Supple jokes. “He was very arrogant. I was only 14 or 15 at the time, and he was very dismissive. He was a great goalkeeper, but as a person, he’s not for me.“In the end, I chose Ipswich because they had a really good coaching setup, they were located in a nice area and had good people around the club too. I thought it was a great opportunity and they had a good reputation of producing young lads.”Supple enjoyed great success with Ipswich at underage level and helped the side claim only their third FA Youth Cup, and their first in 30 years, when they beat Southampton over two legs in the final.The Home Farm graduate, who was already training with the reserves and the first team at the time, excelled over the two legs and lifted the trophy in front of a home crowd of 14,889 after winning the tie 3-2 in extra time.The Southampton squad was littered with fresh faced-stars of today’s game including Theo Walcott, Adam Lallana and Gareth Bale, although the Welshman failed to feature in the final.But it was two strikers, both of whom would go on to become Ireland internationals, that got on the scoresheet for the Saints in the first-leg with David McGoldrick converting from the spot before Leon Best ensured the game finished all-square after Cork-born midfielder Cathal Lordan scored twice for Ipswich.Supple had already been living in England for seven years by the time he quit the game, and missing home was never a factor in his decision to leave Ipswich.“I don’t think I was ever homesick,” he recalls. “I went over at 15, there was never any issue, and that is probably the time you’d have homesickness.” Ipswich won their first FA Youth Cup in 30 years in 2005. Source: EMPICS SportWhen the former Ireland U21 international made the breakthrough into the first-team squad at Ipswich in the 2004-05 season as a 17-year-old, he was tipped by many to be the long-term successor to Shay Given in the Ireland goal. But the culture within football had Supple questioning his future in the game.“I had doubts for three or four years. It probably started when I was promoted to the first team. There was stuff going on that had me thinking, Jesus, I’m not sure this is what I want.“Sunderland and Wigan got promoted to the Premier League that season and we just missed out and finished third. I was thinking we still have a chance to get promoted to the Premier League through the play-offs; surely we are all going to be fighting for the same thing.“But some of the lads were complaining that they had to play for an extra three or four weeks and that they were going to miss out on holidays, and that they’d have a shorter break.“Other players were worried that they wouldn’t get a contract extension for the following season if the club got promoted.“I was surprised at what I was seeing around the place. That’s when the doubts started creeping in my mind, I wasn’t
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With the pressure growing on the new government to take action toward putting its devastated economy back on track, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras is on Monday start meeting with fellow cabinet members in a bid to finalize proposals for 11.6 billion euros in savings for the next two years that the country’s international creditors want to see before they will consider any concessions.The talks are to culminate on Wednesday morning in a meeting with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and his two coalition partners — socialist PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos and Democratic Left chief Fotis Kouvelis — where the measures will be rubber-stamped before being presented to officials representing the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund, known as the troika.It is expected that the 11.6 billion euros in savings will come from cuts in three areas — pensions, social benefits and the public sector, where several bodies are to be abolished or merged.According to a study by the Center of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE), several billion euros could be saved by cutting the wages of top-ranking public servants and another 1 billion euros by setting a ceiling of 2,400 euros to pensions.The troika has pressed the government to open closed professions, noting that several sectors remain “protected” from competition by Greek law.Top troika officials, who are to return to Athens on July 24, have said that they can be flexible on the measures as long as they achieve the required revenue. Still, there is impatience with the lack of reform progress. Asked if it would be better if Greece left the euro, Eurogroup Chairman Jean-Claude Juncker told German news magazine Der Spiegel over the weekend, “the fact is that the Greek government has not implemented the program as agreed.” He added that it would cost more to give Greece an extension to fulfil deficit targets. “This raises two questions,” he said.“Firstly, are Europeans prepared to put up extra resources? And secondly, will the International Monetary Fund come on board?”A new opinion poll conducted by MRB for Real News and published over the weekend showed that seven in 10 Greeks want the government to insist on a renegotiation of the terms of the country’s debt deal. Only 15.5 percent said the government should accept the existing terms.Source: Kathimerini
L’accès aux soins : plusieurs mesures annoncées par l’Ordre des médecinsLe Conseil National de l’Ordre des médecins (Cnom) opte pour le pragmatisme. La lutte contre les inégalités de l’accès aux soins, qui devait se régler en comptant sur le bien-vouloir des médecins pourrait subir un double tour de vis. Le nouveau gouvernement tout juste élu a déjà du pain sur la planche, et notamment dans le domaine de la santé. Coût parfois exorbitant des soins ou des médicaments, manque de personnel, déserts médicaux, de nombreux sujets de préoccupation ont été mis en évidence au cours du précédent quinquennat. Des difficultés auxquelles le nouveau gouvernement tente aujourd’hui de trouver des solutions. Le Conseil National de l’Ordre des médecins vient ainsi tout juste d’annoncer une série de mesures censées résoudre les inégalités de soin.L’une d’entre elles proposée pour combattre plus particulièrement le fléau des inégalités territoriales consiste à obliger les nouveaux médecins à s’installer un temps, dans la région où ils ont été formés. Car jusqu’à présent, les praticiens demeuraient libres de s’installer où ils le désiraient, obligeant les élus des collectivités en pénurie à faire preuve de séduction pour attirer les médecins. Cela se traduisait principalement par des aides financières de la part des régions, départements ou municipalités. Si l’incitation primait jusque pendant la campagne présidentielle, quelques figures politiques dont Martine Aubry ont prôné, pour faire face à ces “désertifications”, l’installation contrainte en mettant en avant “l’échec” du système actuel. Aujourd’hui, le Cnom a donc pris sa décision : les étudiants doivent, à la suite de leurs études, s’installer cinq ans dans la région où ils ont effectué leur 3ème cycle. “Ça peut être au minimum trois ans”, a précisé le président du Cnom, Michel Legmann. Concernant la répartition des jeunes diplômés, les régions prendraient les décisions conjointement avec les ARS (Agences régionales de santé) et le Conseil régional de l’Ordre. Quant au futur du jeune médecin, “des mesures d’accompagnement, d’incitation et de promotion de carrière” lui seront destinées, précise le Cnom.Des dépassements d’honoraires “inacceptables”À lire aussiCes instruments médicaux de l’ancienne époque vont vous effrayerLes dépassements d’honoraires constituent un autre facteur capable de favoriser les inégalités de soin. Même si les “excès spectaculaires” ne représentent que 5% des effectifs, ces dérives restent “inacceptables” pour M. Legmann, au diapason du Cnom. Des encadrements sont donc indispensables et vont être mis en place : “les honoraires demandés à un patient (…) ne sauraient dépasser 3 à 4 fois le montant opposable (tarif sécu) de l’acte concerné”, a estimé le président du Cnom. Autres exigences : consacrer 30% de son travail au secteur 1 (au tarif de la sécurité sociale) et de “moduler” les dépassements en lien avec la notoriété du médecin, de la difficulté de l’acte, des exigences ou encore des capacités financières du patient.Sans surprise, ces propositions ont déclenché un tollé dans certains syndicats de médecins dont la Confédération des Syndicats médicaux français (CSMF), le Syndicat des médecins libéraux (SML) et le Syndicat des médecins généralistes MG-France. Et chacun y va de sa propre flèche : MG-France taxe les propositions de “surréalistes” quand le SML scande que “fixer les tarifs” n’est pas le rôle du Cnom. “Cela ne règlera pas le problème des dépassements”, annonce à son tour le CSMF. Le 31 mai 2012 à 12:27 • Maxime Lambert
Former Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Chief of Staff John Quick has accepted the position as Commissioner of the Department of Administration for the State of Alaska. He begins his new role on December 3. Baisden currently serves as Chief of Emergency Services, and as the Fire Chief for the Nikiski Service Area. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce has named his new Chief of Staff, James Baisden, will replace John Quick. Mayor Pierce: “I am very pleased and excited to announce that Mr. James Baisden has accepted the offer to serve in the Pierce Administration as the Chief of Staff. Mr. Baisden replaces Mr. John Quick, who served the borough for the past year.” Mayor Pierce: “Mr. Baisden is very knowledgeable with the Borough’s budget process, collective bargaining, and emergency management. He is also experienced at all levels of government in legislative affairs. I welcome and want to congratulate James for accepting the position of Chief of Staff. His selfless daily contributions and willingness to serve in this critical position is very much appreciated.”
UN honor guards carry the boxes containing remains believed to be from American servicemen killed during the 1950-53 Korean War on the arrival from North Korea, at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea on 27 July. Photo: APNorth Korea on Friday returned the remains of what are believed to be US servicemen killed during the Korean War, the White House said, with a US military plane making a rare trip from a US base in South Korea to a coastal city in the North to retrieve the remains.The handover follows through on a promise Kim Jong Un made to president Donald Trump when the leaders met in June and is the first tangible result from the much-hyped summit.An Associated Press journalist at Osan Air Base outside of Seoul saw the plane land, and the White House earlier confirmed that a US Air Force C-17 aircraft containing remains of fallen service members had departed Wonsan, North Korea, on its way to Osan. A formal repatriation ceremony will be held there on 1 August.At Osan, US servicemen and a military honour guard lined up on the tarmac to receive the remains, which were carried in boxes covered in blue United Nations flags.Details of what specifically the US had picked up were unclear, but reports said previously that Pyongyang would return about 55 sets of remains from the 1950-53 Korean War.About 7,700 US soldiers are listed as missing from the Korean War, and 5,300 of the remains are believed to still be in North Korea. The war killed millions, including 36,000 American soldiers.Despite soaring rhetoric about denuclearization ahead of their meeting, Trump and Kim’s summit ended with only a vague aspirational goal for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing when and how that would occur. Friday’s handover will be followed by a lengthy series of forensic examinations and tests to determine if the remains are human, and whether they are actually American or allied troops killed in the conflict.Officials in North Korea had no immediate comment on the possible return of the remains Friday, the 65th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, which the country celebrates as the day of “victory in the fatherland liberation war.”Friday’s repatriation could be followed by strengthened North Korean demands for fast-tracked discussions with the United States on reaching a declaration to formally end the war, which was stopped with an armistice and not a peace treaty. South Korea’s Defence Ministry also said that the North agreed to general-level military talks next week at a border village to discuss reducing tensions across the countries’ heavily armed border.The remains are expected to be flown to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii for scientific testing to identify them.The US military last month said that 100 wooden “temporary transit cases” built in Seoul were sent to the Joint Security Area at the Korean border as part of preparations to receive and transport remains in a dignified manner. US Forces Korea spokesman Colonel Chad Carroll also said, at the time, that 158 metal transfer cases were sent to a US air base and would be used to send the remains home.The remains are believed to be some of the more than 200 that North Korea has held in storage for some time, and were likely recovered from land during farming or construction. The vast majority of the war dead, however, have yet to be located and retrieved from cemeteries and battlefields across the countryside.Efforts to recover American war dead had been stalled for more than a decade because of a standoff over North Korea’s nuclear program and a previous US claim that security arrangements for its personnel working in the North were insufficient.From 1996 to 2005, joint US-North Korea military search teams conducted 33 recovery operations that collected 229 sets of American remains. The last time North Korea turned over remains was in 2007, when Bill Richardson, a former UN ambassador and New Mexico governor, secured the return of six sets.The North marked Friday’s anniversary with ceremonies at war-related memorials; the capital Pyongyang and other cities were decked out in national flags and bright red banners. For the first time since 2015, Kim Jong Un has announced a general amnesty will be granted for prisoners who have committed crimes against the state.North Korea has held out the return of remains as a symbol of its goodwill and intention to improve ties with Washington. Officials have bristled, however, at criticism from the US that it seeks to profit from the repatriations by demanding excessive fees for handling and transporting the remains.Pyongyang has nevertheless expressed its willingness to allow the resumption of joint search missions in the country to retrieve more remains. Such missions had been held from 1996 until they were cancelled by president George W Bush amid heightening tensions over the North’s nuclear program in 2005.Post Kim-Trump
It took a scant few hours for the new Angry Birds Space from Rovio Mobile to dominate app charts all over the world. This shouldn’t come as any great surprise; Angry Birds and the follow up Angry Birds Seasons were smash hits on each platform they reached. This time Rovio launched en masse and gave users multiple ways to enjoy the game, which can actually be a little confusing.Angry Birds Space has hit the number 1 slot on the Apple App Store in almost every country stats are tracked. It’s also doing staggeringly well on Amazon and in the Google Play Store for Android apps. Users of iOS can get the game for iPhone for $0.99, and for the iPad priced at $2.99. There’s no free trial or ad-supported app, sadly.On the Android side, Angry Birds Space can be played for free on any Android device through the Play Store. The free version is ad-supported, and there is no paid version for phones. Anyone with an Android tablet (they do exist) can get the HD version without ads for $2.99 from Google. Android users also have the option of getting the game from Amazon’s Appstore in both free and paid versions for phones or the Kindle Fire.This title is a radical departure for Rovio after relying on the tried and true physics gameplay from the original Angry Birds for two years. Angry Birds Space has the player making use of gravity and momentum to push the vile pigs out of orbit, or crush them beneath mounds of space rubble. Thus far, users seem happy with this change in the franchise.Rovio has already seen in excess of 700 million downloads of Angry Birds games so far, and that 1 billion download threshold seems like a lock now.via Inside Mobile Apps
Fancy adding a blast of colors to your favorite game? Well, you might not get a chance to play cricket with the specially designed large sized bats displayed at Rajiv Chow metro station, but how about a walk through a display of bats that just got a makeover!Batting for Art…Khelo Front Foot pe organized by Delhi Daredevils and Arts 4 all brought together a selected ensemble of 15 eminent artists from across the country to put a burst of creativity onto some large sized bats. With a thought that art and sports both challenge boundaries, of the body as well as mind, the exhibition presents a riveting tale of art and cricket sharing the same space. It will be a delight for the art connoisseurs in Delhi to witness the merger of two forms that seeks to explore the indomitable spirit of Delhi Daredevils. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition has bats ranging from the Golden bat of hope colored in golden hues by Neeraj goswami, reflecting the ethos of Delhi Daredevils to Satish Gupta’s Budhha in cricket, upholding the principle of truthfulness in the game. It’s evident in these masterpieces that the 15 different artists, each with a different set of sensibilities have conceived this masterstroke in art. An art that flows in multiple directions dependent on each artists personal experiences and beliefs. Watch out for this play of paint, texture and colour!DETAILWhen: 20 April, 12 pmWhere: Rajiv Chowk Metro station
Kolkata: A 15-day workshop titled ‘Folk and Tribal Performing Arts of Mech Community of North Bengal’, organised by the West BengalState Akademi of Dance Drama Music and Visual Arts, Rabindra Bharati University, in association with the Sangeet Natak Akademi was inaugurated at the Jorasanko Thakurbari on Monday. Vice-chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University, Prof. Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury, who is the chairman of the Akademi, inaugurated the workshop which will continue till February 18. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose” The objective of the workshop is to promote the rich and rare traditional folk and tribal performing art forms of the Mech community of northern Bengal, which is facing extinction threats as their population is not large. “This community mostly comprises inhabitants of Kumargram in Alipurduar districts,” said Haimanti Chattopadhyay, member secretary of West Bengal State Akademi of Dance Drama Music and Visual Arts. A few people of this community practice these art forms but, many youngsters are not even aware of their rich tribal culture. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”The workshop forms a part of our project aimed at research and documentation on the subjects of the surveys and this workshop. “There are 40 participants in the workshop, including university students, and those associated with staging dramas,” Chattopadhyay said. The workshop is being conducted by Mech gurus — Raja Singh Thakur, Kali Kumar Narjinari and Rajib Thakur, who will be assisted by Kiran Thakur, Krish Narjinari, Anil Thakur, Rojen Narjinari, Hironbala Thakur Narjinari and Sujit Thakur.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority has written to the Eastern Railways(ER) to conduct health audit study of Brace Bridge as soon as possible and take remedial measures if needed.The chief engineer of roads and bridges sector of KMDA has stated in its letter to the chief bridge engineer of Eastern Railways that the matter should be treated as urgent to avoid any catastrophe in the bridge. “After the cave-in of the Majerhat Bridge, we had written to the ER requesting them to conduct health audit study of Brace Bridge as early as possible and submit a report in this regard. However, we are not too sure whether the ER has conducted any audit of the bridge till date. So, as per the directions of the minister of Urban Development, Firhad Hakim, we have again written to the ER requesting them to take up any repair or retrofitting of the bridge if they deem so,” a senior KMDA official said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseKMDA has stated in its letter that they are ready to provide technical assistance to ER. Since the cave in of the Majerhat bridge, a major portion of the traffic particularly buses from the Behala side are being diverted over the Brace Bridge while travelling to the heart of the city. Moreover, with the bridge connecting the Port area, goods vehicles, including heavy trucks, also take Brace Bridge so there is huge pressure on the bridge even during the night. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataKMDA has also written to ER urging them to provide drawings of the Chitpur Bridge as it has undergone modifications from time to time for facilitating the movement of circular railways under the bridge. “We are soon taking up repair of the bridge and before that it is necessary to have in hand the drawing of the changes made earlier so that our engineers have a thorough knowledge of the structure of the bridge,” the official said. The inspection of the bridge by KMDA, state Public Works Department, ER and Kolkata Municipal Corporation in December last year has revealed that it has gone some serious geometrical and structural changes in the past particularly during construction of the Circular Rail project, the height of the old bridge was raised from its original one. KMDA feels that the bridge is in need of some major repairing work on an urgent basis.
Go back to the enewsletterQantas is launching a new series of dedicated Frequent Flyer redemption flights across its network with seats only available to members redeeming Qantas Points.The inaugural Points Plane will be an Airbus A380 operating from Melbourne to Tokyo (Narita) on 21 October 2019, with Qantas Frequent Flyers able to book seats from Wednesday 16 May. Members can redeem seats using between 35,000 and 108,000 points.The concept is one of many that Qantas Loyalty is exploring to reward Qantas Frequent Flyer members and provide even more redemption opportunities.Members will be able to book any seat on board (14 First, 64 Business, 35 Premium Economy and 371 Economy seats) at the standard Qantas Points redemption rate for the route. Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum members will all have equal opportunity to secure a booking on dedicated Points Plane flights.Qantas Singapore First/Business Lounge entryTo maximise flexibility on return travel, members have the choice of booking on an A330 return Points Plane 10 days later on 26 October or members can depart on an alternative date of their choice by booking a Classic Reward seat with Qantas or a partner airline; or using Points Plus Pay on any commercially available seat.The inaugural Points Plane will also have a distinctive inflight service with special onboard experiences including a cocktail and meal service, signature pyjamas and inflight giveaways.Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth said that flight redemptions are Qantas Frequent Flyer members’ favourite way to use their Qantas Points.“This is the first time we have dedicated an entire aircraft – let alone an A380 – to our frequent flyers, and we are expecting to see significant demand for these flights,” Wirth said.“Four flight redemptions are made every minute and sixty upgrades are confirmed every hour. We know our members love to redeem their points on travel so we’re excited to be able to give them new ways to access these rewards.”“Member-exclusive flights mean more redemption opportunities for our members and less time searching for reward seats.”“If this concept is a success, which we think it will be, Qantas hopes to operate more regular Frequent Flyer-only flights to other international and domestic destinations in the near future.”Qantas occasionally moves unscheduled aircraft around the network for a range of operational and commercial reasons, creating opportunities for initiatives like Points Planes.Qantas Points required for booking seats on the inaugural Points Plane:Economy 35,000 Qantas Points*Premium Economy 54,000 Qantas Points*Business 72,000 Qantas Points*First 108,000 Qantas Points*Visit http://qantas.com/pointsplane for more information.*Plus taxes fees and carrier charges. Subject to availability, accurate as at 13 May 2019 date, conditions apply.Go back to the enewsletter
Removal the state’s fuel storage facilities from the Larnaca coast came a step closer on Wednesday after the cabinet decided to move its strategic reserves to Vassiliko.The cabinet also decided to denationalise the state fuel storage company (KETAP)The move, which has been a long standing demand by Larnaca residents, should be completed early in 2017, Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said.The decisions mean that the organisation for storage and management of oil stocks (KODAP) can now go ahead with the construction of its own storage facility.“This way we can move the strategic reserves currently stored in Larnaca, and KODAP can also import the stocks it is forced to store abroad,” the minister said.KODAP keeps 327,700 metric tonnes of fuel in Greece and the Netherlands.The move will save the state some €63 million and there will be an initial investment of €39 million, the minister said.He added that denationalising the state’s fuel storage company was not an obligation stemming from the island’s bailout agreement.“You realise we have two state organisations (KODAP and KETAP) which deal with each other,” Lakkotrypis said. “And because the area where KETAP is currently located is on the coast, the cabinet decision concerns denationalisation and restoration of the area, which will not be used for petroleum products.”Around 70 per cent of the fuel stored by KETAP belongs to KODAP.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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