Feuding UK politicians seek elusive unity as Brexit looms

LONDON — Britain’s ruling Conservative party is beginning another week negotiating with itself as it tries to rework Britain’s divorce deal with the European Union before the U.K. leaves the bloc in less than two months.British Prime Minister Theresa May is gathering pro-Brexit and pro-EU lawmakers from her Conservative Party into an “alternative arrangements working group” seeking to break Britain’s Brexit deadlock.Starting Monday, the groups is holding three days of meetings with ministers and civil servants to investigate possible changes to the divorce deal rejected by Parliament last month.The changes centre on replacing a measure known as the backstop, designed to keep an open border between Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland.The EU insists the withdrawal agreement can’t be renegotiated. Britain is due to leave the bloc on March 29.The Associated Press read more

Croatian general surrenders to UN war crimes tribunal

“I can confirm that earlier this morning, General Rahim Ademi handed himself into the custody of the Tribunal,” spokesman Jim Landale told reporters at the court’s seat at The Hague. He added that the suspect’s first appearance before the Tribunal was expected to be scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Noting that General Ademi had surrendered on his own accord, Tribunal Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte expressed hope that he would cooperate with and answer all prosecution questions, according to Mrs. Del Ponte’s spokesperson. General Ademi, who is charged with crimes against humanity and violations of the laws and customs of war, has served in Croatia’s Ministry of the Interior since 1991. Among other crimes, he is accused of persecuting and killing Serb civilians and surrendered soldiers during a military operation in 1993. read more

In climate marked by terror UN agency urges steppedup efforts to promote

“Terror rests always and everywhere upon prejudices, intolerance, exclusion, and above all on the rejection of all dialogue,” the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said in its five-year status report on building a global culture of peace.But UNESCO adds that educational programmes, post-conflict mediation, and increased inter-cultural communication can surmount these obstacles.Even though “since 2001, security issues have replaced peace building issues as the top priority on the international political agenda,” the agency said that its work in promoting cultural pluralism indirectly serves the cause of peace by encouraging understanding among people motivated by hate and ignorance.The report credits many of UNESCO’s peace building programs with reducing violence. For example, in post-conflict areas, there was a “marked decrease in violence and former combatants were better integrated into society,” said the report. “There also appeared to be a decrease in street children’s involvement in violent conflict and a decrease in their use of drugs when they were made beneficiaries of non-governmental organization (NGO) projects promoting a culture of peace,” it added.In order to maintain visibility and momentum, the agency called for a “global framework” for peace building that would include better training programmes in conflict resolution, as well as improved broadcast media coverage of the issue.But the agency also acknowledged that political instability, human rights abuses, the lack of support from governments and the mass media, and the complexity of violence are still “major obstacles” to achieving a culture of peace. read more

Liberal tax changes to take 12B more out of federal coffers Morneau

Finance Minister Billl Morneau outlines the Liberal’s new tax strategy during a briefing in Ottawa on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld OTTAWA – The Liberal government is making good on its election vow to cut federal income taxes for middle earners by raising the rate on the richest Canadians.However, it now acknowledges the tax tweaks, introduced in a motion Monday in Parliament, won’t be revenue-neutral.Finance Minister Bill Morneau conceded Monday that an array of new tax adjustments will have an annual net drain on the federal treasury of about $1.2 billion in each of the next five years, starting in 2016-17.The headliner of the new measures is the one to lower the income-tax rate to 20.5 per cent, from 22 per cent, on Canadians earning between $45,282 and $90,563 per year.To help offset that change, the Liberals have added a 33 per cent tax rate on income earned by Canadians in the top one per cent — those who make more than $200,000 per year.Previously, the 29 per cent tax bracket, which applies to incomes between $140,388 and $200,000, was the highest tax rate in the country.In their election platform, the Liberals estimated the tax increase on the top earners would only fall short of covering the full cost of the tax cut by less than $100 million per year.But the numbers were adjusted after an evaluation by the Finance Department found the projected revenues of the Liberal promise were off the mark. The net cost of the changes is $1.4 billion in 2016-17, a shortfall that’s projected to rise each year until it hits $1.7 billion in 2020-21.“It will cost a little more for the government,” Morneau said of a plan that will take effect Jan. 1 and is aimed at injecting some life into the ailing economy.The tax-bracket changes were a central pledge in the election platform that helped propel the Liberals to victory in October.Those campaign vows also included another tax modification: cancelling the Conservative move to increase limits on tax-free savings accounts to $10,000 from $5,500. However, the ceilings on the popular accounts will be indexed to inflation.Morneau said more of the promised Liberal changes will be introduced in the new year, including its child-benefit plan and a move to repeal the Tories’ income-splitting plan for families with kids.“It’s important to look at our entire plan,” Morneau said. “We have taken this very first step.”Some experts had warned the Liberal tax-bracket changes were likely to cost public coffers more than the government had expected.A recent study by the C.D. Howe Institute think tank predicted the changes would encourage big earners to make more of an effort to avoid taxes, while the rate reduction itself would cost government finances more than expected.Others argue the measures provide more benefit to richer Canadians.Those making more than $90,563 are taxed at three different rates: one rate on the first segment of income up to $45,282, the second, newly reduced rate on the next segment of income, up to $90,563; and a third rate beyond that, up to $200,000.Therefore, people earning $90,563 and higher will receive the largest possible benefit of $679. But once they hit the $217,000 mark, the squeeze of the new, highest tax rate erases the benefit entirely.About 319,000 Canadians will reach the upper tax echelon.New Democrat MP Guy Caron criticized the plan for doing nothing for people earning less than $45,000. He also said he wasn’t surprised when the calculations in the Liberal platform failed to add up.“This is the problem when you are overpromising during the campaign,” said Caron, the NDP’s finance critic.“There’s a real risk that reality will catch up to you.”Last week, Morneau backed away from another Liberal campaign vow: keeping Ottawa’s annual budgetary shortfalls under $10 billion in 2016-17 and 2017-18.Combined with the sting of the struggling economy, the new Liberal government is facing increasing pressure to meet its election vows to cap annual deficits at $10 billion over the next two years and to balance the federal books in the fourth year of its mandate.Morneau has said the Liberals are facing a slower economy and a worse-than-expected fiscal environment handed over from the former Conservative government.Last month, Morneau announced a $3-billion deficit forecast for the current fiscal year. In April, the Tories projected a $2.4-billion surplus for 2015-16 — including the $1 billion set aside for contingencies.The proposed changes to the tax brackets will help boost the economy, the Liberals say.He said the government would focus on its pledges to invest in infrastructure, lower the federal debt-to-GDP ratio and balance the books before the next election, but dodged when asked directly about the party’s promise to keep annual shortfalls under the $10-billion ceiling.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 7, 2015 9:58 am MDT Last Updated Dec 7, 2015 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Liberal tax changes to take $1.2B more out of federal coffers, Morneau concedes read more

At General Debate Moldovas President highlights need to resolve Transnistrian issue

“It is a tragic period of our past, but also a serious challenge of the present,” President Timofti said in his statement to the 67th Assembly’s General Debate at UN Headquarters in New York.“Since the end of the hostilities, Moldova has firmly embarked on the road of the peaceful settlement of this conflict, while twenty years of negotiations strengthened our belief that this is the only viable path to follow towards reaching a political settlement.”He noted that the perpetuation of the conflict undermines Moldova’s national security and territorial integrity, hampers economic development and divides society, keeps the population of the Transnistrian region in isolation, incites human rights violations and generates economic stagnation on the left bank of Nistru River on which the region is located and which also has Russian forces present. “The current political and economic trends show that preserving the status-quo is not a viable scenario anymore. All our international partners share the view that there is no alternative to a reunified Moldova,” he said. “Our message in this regard is firm – twenty years are enough to overcome the mistrust of the past and it is the time to start building a shared future.”The Moldovan leader stated that his country’s ultimate goal is to reintegrate itself within its internationally recognized borders as “a functional state with a clear European perspective,” with the Transnistrian region granted self-governance and a special status. He said that Moldova’s international partners have provided an essential contribution in bringing the situation with Transnistria to an end.“Now the negotiation process needs a strong impulse and we believe that our international partners can demonstrate the necessary political will to this end,” he stated. “We call on the OSCE [Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe], Russian Federation, Ukraine, European Union and the United States to unite their efforts and work together towards the final resolution of the Transnistrian conflict and reintegration of the Republic of Moldova.”“It is also important to reiterate that the Russian forces, that are still present on the territory of the Republic of Moldova without host-nation consent and in contradiction with constitutional framework and international commitments, should be finally withdrawn,” he added.On the subject of UN reform, the Moldovan leader said that globalization and the global financial crisis suggested the need to reform the world body in order to ensure the strengthening of the UN.“I am particularly referring to the Security Council reform to which a compromise solution should be found,” he stated. “We believe that any proposal of its reform should take into account the legitimate aspirations of all regional groups, including granting an additional non-permanent seat to the Eastern-European Group.”In his statement, President Timofti also spoke about a range of other topics, including UN relations with regional organisations, the strengthening of the rule of law and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.The Moldovan President is one of scores of world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October. read more

Ohio States womens soccer ready for Hoosier Classic

Freshman forward Nichelle Prince (7) chases down the ball in a game against Eastern Michigan Aug. 25. OSU won, 2-1, in OT.Photo credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAfter splitting the first two matches away from Columbus, the No. 21 Ohio State women’s soccer team continues its road trip with a pair of matches against Central Michigan and St. John’s at the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind.The Buckeyes are 4-1-1 so far this season, and saw its school-record 15-match unbeaten streak end last Thursday in a 1-0 loss at Boston College. However, the Buckeyes rebounded with a 4-1 win against Northeastern Sunday.Despite Sunday’s win, coach Lori Walker is still looking for more out of her team, including a complete and mistake-free match.“We have yet to play a complete game. Flashes of brilliance have not been sustained,” Walker said. “We showed character coming back from a deficit (Sunday) but our own mistakes are throwing us into a hole that we have to fight and claw out of.”In Sunday’s win, freshman forward Nichelle Prince notched OSU’s first hat trick of the season and the 11th in program history. Prince also had an assist in the 13th minute to go along with her three goals.Walker praised Prince, and said it helped that she came to OSU with more experience than the average freshman.“Nichelle (Prince) is a very experienced player, she has (played) with her full national team in Canada and a youth world championship,” Walker said.With her performance over the weekend, Prince was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week Monday, the first Buckeye to receive a weekly honor this season. Prince has four goals on the season for OSU, which is good for a three-way tie for sixth in the Big Ten. She has also been helping out her teammates, adding in four assists, tied for fifth best in the conference.“I’m so glad to be playing with a great group of girls,” Prince said.Although Prince has four goals for the Buckeyes, as a team, they have 11 on the year, tied for eighth most in the Big 10. Offense is a key moving forward for the Buckeyes, senior midfielder Kristin Niederhaus said.“I think it’s going to be really important to work on keeping the ball more and combinational play … we can really work on that,” Neiderhaus said.The first opponent for the Buckeyes in the Hoosier Classic is scheduled to be the Central Michigan Chippewas Friday at 3:30 p.m. The Chippewas head into the match with an 0-4-1 record, falling to Washington 2-0 in their most recent match.Sunday, the Buckeyes are set face an undefeated St. John’s team that has only allowed one goal in six matches this season. Kickoff against the Red Storm is set for 11 a.m. Sunday. read more

14month old girl purchases vintage car using dads iPhone

first_imgAn easy way for parents to entertain a young child is to download a few colorful games on to their tablet or smartphone and hand over control to the kid. However, you need to be careful what services you are logged into when you do this, as father Paul Stoute found out the hard way.Stoute handed his 14-month-old daughter his iPhone, but forgot to log out of his eBay account. The end result? She managed to open the eBay app and complete the purchase of a vintage car.Luckily for Stoute, the car only cost $225 including delivery, where as I’d typically associate a vintage cars purchase as costing thousands. The car in question is a 1962 Austin Healy Sprite, but it is far from in a drivable condition as the images here show. Hence the low price.Stoute was looking to buy a vintage car anyway, which is why his daughter through a bit of random tapping managed to purchase one so easily. He’s also very glad she didn’t tap Buy It Now on the $38,000 Porsche he had looked at.In the end it worked out, as he has decided to keep the car and restore it after a bit of fundraising. Depending on how much time he puts into the restoration, it may be ready to drive in time for his daughter to be old enough to ask for the keys. In fact, he’s decided to use her 16th birthday as a completion date goal.last_img read more

The 5 at 5 Monday

first_img No Comments By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Beboopai 6,620 Views The 5 at 5: Monday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Image: Shutterstock/Beboopai EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #ISIS BRIDE: Leo Varadkar said Lisa Smyth, who has reportedly been detained in Syria, will be allowed to return to Ireland as it is the “compassionate” thing to do.2. #RIP: The mother of an Irish aid worker who died in an air crash over the weekend has paid tribute to her son, saying he was an “amazing” person who lived to help others.3. #JAILED: A Birmingham ’fan’ who ran onto the pitch and attacked Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has been jailed for 14 weeks. 4. #UPTAKE: The HSE confirmed that the uptake rate for the HPV vaccine is now at 70%, marking an increase of 20 percentage points in just over two years.5. #STORM GARETH: He’s en route and winds could reach 130km/h. https://jrnl.ie/4535399 Share1 Tweet Email1 Mar 11th 2019, 4:56 PM Short URL Monday 11 Mar 2019, 4:55 PMlast_img read more

Minneapolis Bans Construction of New DriveThrus

first_imgStay on target McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruMcDonald’s Drive Thru Gets AI Upgrade One of Minnesota’s Twin Cities just banned drive-thrus.The Minneapolis City Council has outlawed the construction of new drive-thru windows, in an effort to make air cleaner and roadways safer.Don’t worry—you can still get your on-the-go McDonald’s fix: Existing establishments have been grandfathered in to the updated ordinance.In a country that thrives on fast food and even faster convenience, this sounds like a pretty drastic measure.But, as local news service Wedge Live pointed out, drive-thrus are not particularly prevalent in the “Paris of the High Plains.”center_img Map of where you can do drive thrus currently, to emphasize how this isn’t a huge deal. pic.twitter.com/cX1kRBVaJs— Wedge LIVE! (@WedgeLIVE) August 1, 2019The Minneapolis City Council hopes this change will reduce idling and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent in 30 years.A larger plan, dubbed Minneapolis 2040, also plans to phase out gas stations and mandatory parking regulations—the latter of which encourages car ownership in the metropolitan area, according to CNET.As an added perk, the zoning reform could also boost pedestrian safety.It takes a lot of concentration to understand and respond to the crackling voice behind the drive-thru menu screen. And, OMG, the excitement of that piping-hot bag of grease sitting in your lap…If you think about it, drive-thrus are a recipe for disaster.A 2017 study by the University of South Florida found that each fast food joint in a low-income block added an average 0.69 pedestrian crashes every four years.McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Taco Bell were associated with an increased risk of severe injuries. Walmart, meanwhile, contributed to 1.8 more pedestrian crashes over the same period.More on Geek.com:McDonald’s Drive Thru Gets AI UpgradeAmy’s Drive Thru is a Meatless Fast Food JointMassive Bullsnake Found in Bathtub of Minnesota Homelast_img read more

Christie says sorry for his bird gesture

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 1, 2017 – Nassau – Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie has done the honourable thing, in the honourable House of Assembly and apologized today for flipping the bird to tell a political naysayer to ‘eff off’.The media reports say the country’s leader seemed genuinely remorseful for using the hand gesture at a PLP event this past Monday night.   During the meeting today, PM Christie said he did not want people to think the hand gesture was ‘him’ and that he does ‘regret’ doing it at all.The PLP Leader was responding to an allegation that he owned some condominiums by way of political impropriety.  Christie says he hopes that now, all who attended the event and would have seen the flipping the bird photo blazed on the front page of the Nassau Guardian and the short clip circulated on social media will now know, it is something that he wished he did not do.FNM Party Leader, Hubert Minnis had called not only for an apology but for a resignation of the Prime Minister.#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more

Restaurant reopens days after car smashed through front windows

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A Miami restaurant reopened, Monday, two days after a car crashed through its front windows.The driver blamed the car’s tires after crashing through the front windows of La Patagonia Argentina, Saturday night.RELATED: Minor injuries after car barrels into Miami restaurantOne customer was taken to the hospital with minor injuries he suffered while pushing his wife out of danger. Several others were checked out as a precaution.The restaurant’s owner is thankful it wasn’t worse.“Usually like around 7, 8 [p.m.] we have like 70, 80 people here, and it would’ve been a big tragic,” Carlos Castigilia said. “I mean, I’m sure it would’ve been devastating.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Teen burnt in Lakshimpur fire caused by gas leak

first_imgLaxmipurA teenage boy was burnt alive in a fire caused by a cooking gas cylinder leak at a tea stall in Ramganj town of Lakshimpur early Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased is Ahad, 14, son of Abu Sayed, a resident of West Kazirkhil of Ramganj upazila.The accident took place when he tried to ignite the stove at the tea stall housed at Sheikh Aminullah Market here around 2 am, leaving the Ahad dead on the spot, said Tota Miah, officer-in-charge of Ramganj police station.Meanwhile, police recovered the body.last_img

Trump To Lay Out Plans For Renewal Of The American Spirit In

first_imgAlex Wong/Getty ImagesPresident Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night is expected to strike a more optimistic tone than his inaugural address did last month.President Trump’s joint address to Congress on Tuesday night is expected to strike an optimistic tone as he outlines how he plans to begin a “renewal of the American spirit” with his economic goals and priorities.According to senior administration officials who previewed the speech to reporters, that’s the theme the president will use to lay out his vision for the American people and explain how his administration will begin solving real problems for real people. He’ll tell members of Congress that Americans have been waiting on help from political leaders for too long, but that now help is on the way.For Trump, the speech to a joint session of the Senate and House is a chance to reset what has been a tumultuous first month in office. He’s been beset with backlash to his immigration and travel ban, struggles to come up with a replacement health care plan if Obamacare is repealed, turnover with his national security adviser and repeated questions about his administration’s alleged ties to Russia.According to the White House, as of Monday evening the president was still working with speechwriters to finish crafting the speech. And while it’s the same group of writers who helped write his inaugural address — which struck a dark tone as he promised to stop “American carnage” — this new speech just over a month later is the product of listening sessions and meetings he has been holding with health care professionals, law enforcement, union representatives, coal miners and others.Still, the speech will focus on the two cornerstones of Trump’s campaign and much of his nascent presidency so far — growing economic opportunity and protecting the American people.In an interview that aired this morning on Fox News, Trump blamed messaging problems for his rocky first month in office. “I think I get an A in terms of what I’ve actually done, but in terms of messaging, I’d give myself a C or a C+.”He also said he expects a “revved up” economy will pay for the $54 billion dollar increase he’s proposing in defense spending. “I mean you look at the kind of numbers we’re doing, we were probably GDP of a little more than 1 percent and if I can get that up to 3 or maybe more, we have a whole different ball game. It’s a whole different ball game.”The Commerce Department puts the GDP at 1.6% for 2016.Senior administration officials described Tuesday’s speech as an optimistic look forward to what Trump hopes to accomplish in office. He’ll also run down the promises he made to the American people and argue for what he has kept so far, pointing to his executive orders and memos.National security and foreign policy will also be a key component of the speech. After his travel ban against several Muslim-majority countries was halted by a federal court, Trump is expected to issue another executive order this week with more detail and direction that would not impact green card holders.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Can the City Council Be the Change We Want to See

first_imgSean YoesThis week Baltimore’s Board of Elections officially certified all the results of last month’s Democratic primary. State Sen. Catherine Pugh was formally declared the winner with 36.6 percent of vote. Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon came in second with 34.7 percent.“I want to first and foremost thank the voters of Baltimore for honoring me with their support and trust,” Pugh said in a statement on May 9, following the certification of the results. “I am excited to focus on the general election and then begin the process of moving the city forward,” she added.Pugh has also said, “Change is on its way,” in the days following the Primary Election, even as she continues to align herself closely with outgoing Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Pugh was photographed literally embracing SRB recently during a so-called, reconciliation event at Druid Hill Park, observing last April’s uprising. Some argue Pugh’s juxtaposition to the lame duck mayor and some kind of mandate for, “change,” is dubious at best.But, many cling to hope in the form of a transformed Baltimore City Council, although the city’s governing body has been the bane of progressive political aspirations in Baltimore seemingly for decades.  Still, of the council’s 14 seats, eight will be filled by new occupants creating the largest upheaval in Baltimore City government in many years.I recently spoke with two of the youngest (both millennial 20-somethings) prospective members of the council during my radio show on May 5. Ian Schlakman is competing to represent the city’s 12th District as a member of the Green Party in the General Election. Kristerfer Burnett, faced several formidable opponents during the Democratic Primary to represent the 8th District (one of the city’s most economically diverse) and emerged victorious. He’ll face Republican challenger Joseph Brown in November’s General Election. On the day we talked the news of Baltimore City Public School CEO Gregory Thornton’s eminent departure was in the headlines and the ubiquitous issue of transparency — or lack thereof — dominated the conversation.“We’re hearing everything in the shadows,” Schlakman said. “If it’s hard for me to figure out what’s going on, obviously for our families and school children it’s incredibly difficult to figure out what’s going on,” he added.Thornton’s firing and the secretive search for his successor is indicative of the opaque nature of city politics, according to Burnett. “When you have so much distrust…it could have been a fair process for all we know, but we don’t know,” Burnett said. “It continues to lend itself to this notion that people aren’t involved in the process and we don’t necessarily care to have the community’s voice in any process, whether it’s on North Avenue or in City Hall,” he added.Burnett further bolstered his argument by pointing to what many believe were widespread Election Day shenanigans. He said there is the strong perception the election process may have involved, “some sort of hidden hand not doing it correctly.”Of course the 900 pound gorilla that will fill the City Council chambers and confront the new members next year (unless the deal is done before they arrive, which seems like more of a possibility each day) is the massive Port Covington development project.“It’s hard for me to wrap my head around that one,” Schlakman said in reference to the more than half billion dollar Tax Increment Financing (TIF) attached to it.The young entrepreneur went further. “I would like to see an alternate to the BDC (Baltimore Development Corporation), to help small businesses.” Given the city’s current political climate Schlakman may have a better chance of building a bridge to Mars.Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m. on WEAA 88.9.last_img read more

NIRF ranks CU JU among top ten varsities in India

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta University (CU) and Jadavpur University (JU) have made it to the list of the top ten universities across the country in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranking that was launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development on Monday.CU has bagged the fifth spot while JU featured in the sixth spot. In the overall ranking of institutions across the country CU has bagged the 12th spot while JU has come 13th. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataCU Vice-Chancellor Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee is elated with the performance of the university that had jumped to the fifth spot from 14 last year. “It is a result of our teamwork and our constant effort in upgradation of our academics and research. “We have already started developing the infrastructure of having an integrated system linking all our campus,” Banerjee said. A senior university official said that they have been able to compile several research works undertaken in various campuses of the varsity under a single umbrella which contributed to the jump in ranking of the university. ” Our aim is to figure at the top spot and for this we are taking new decisions to raise the academic and research standard of the varsity,” Banerjee added. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateJU had ranked fifth among the universities in 2017 and slipped to sixth in 2018. It remained in the sixth spot this year too. Jadavpur University Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das said it is great news for Bengal with two of its universities figuring in top 10. “I feel very happy because I was also associated with CU for many years,” Das said. Academicians, however, feel that several instances of student movements in JU in has contributed to its remaining in the same spot. In fact, in the span of one month in February-March students’ movement had led to the gherao of senior officials of the university at least four times. “NIRF rankings give an academic recognition to a university and help the institution to have an edge in getting foreign funds,” a senior JU professor said. Two colleges in Bengal have also figured in the top ten colleges across the country. Ramkrishna Mission Vivekananda Centenary College in Rahara, North 24 Parganas has bagged the eighth spot while St. Xavier’s College in Kolkata has ranked 10th. IIT Kharagpur has bagged the 5th position in the overall ranking of institutions and has come 4th in the list of engineering institutes. Indian Institute of Management in Kolkata has bagged the third position in the category of management institutes.last_img read more

No respect for the dead in Ladysmith

first_imgLadysmith residents are complaining about tombstones being vandalised at the local graveyard.A Ladysmith Gazette journalist went out to the cemetery to find broken tombstones, and others completely “uprooted” and lying on the ground.Also read: “Spooky Bridge” not safe for Ladysmith pedestriansAlso read: Pedestrian bridge not safe to cross?Also read: Demon tree in Poort Road?Also read: People complain about “Haunted House” in Ladysmith “Can people not respect the dead? Why do you want to vandalise someone’s tombstone? What purpose could that possibly serve?” asked one furious resident. “I have been visiting the graveyard for months, as I visit my beloved brother who passed away, and I see many people just wandering around the place. A few times, I saw some men gathered under a tree in the graveyard having lunch. Is this a park or a resting place for the dead?” added the resident.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Announcement Lombok Earthquake and fast boat services

first_imgAnnouncement; Lombok Earthquake and fast boat servicesAnnouncement; Lombok Earthquake and fast boat servicesIt is with sadness that we are updating you in regards to the 6.4 magnitude earthquake which struck the island of Lombok, resulting in 14 deaths and 162 injuries.The quake struck the east coast of the island away from any major tourist areas and fortunately no guests were injured as a result.Our team on the ground has been working closely with guest in country who are currently on  Lombok or due to travel there, answering any questions and reassuring them of their safety on the island.The earthquake has resulted in a landslide on Mount Rinjani and currently all tours to Rinjani have been stopped until further notice.There have been a number of mini aftershocks since the quake struck, however geologists do not anticipate another quake and we therefore deem that it is safe to travel to Lombok and all bookings made will operate as per usual.For those travelling by boat to Lombok and the Gili Islands the boats are still not operating and this has been extended again until the 1st August, however this is likely to be extended again. We will continue to monitor the situation and work with clients in country on a case by case basis.Please speak with your Asian Trails representative for any further information or to discuss any clients which may be affected by both of these incidents.Our thoughts are with the families of those who lost people in Saturdays earthquake and we wish a speedy recovery for all that were affected.If you have any questions, please contact our Customer Service manager, Mr Marek Bis, at email marek@asiantrails.co.id or alternatively, contact us anytime at res@asiantrails.co.id or at +62 (0) 361 285 771 during office hours or our 24/7 hotline outside of office hours at +62 (0) 811 386 9377.Source = Asian Trails Indonesialast_img read more

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first_imgIMAGE: Emirates One&Only Wolgan ValleyVirtuoso has revealed the 50 hotels and hospitality greats nominated for its coveted Best of the Best awards, to be presented in August. The nominees are part of the Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts program, which includes over 1,300 carefully selected properties in more than 100 countries and encompasses more five-star hotels than any other program.This year, two Australian properties have been recognised with nominations including Victoria’s Jackalope Hotel and Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, in NSW.“Every year Virtuoso engages our entire network to discover the hotels and professionals that are leading the way and inspiring others, whether it’s their partners, peers or guests,” said Albert Herrera, Virtuoso senior vice president, Global Product Partnerships. “These nominees are trendsetters, consistently providing experiences that are distinctly unique and beyond compare. The Best of the Best Awards celebrate those who embody the Virtuoso spirit by demonstrating leadership in furthering service and innovation in an industry where excellence is the norm.”The network, along with editors of Virtuoso Life magazine, has selected the contenders in each of the 10 categories, recognising those hotels and professionals that are elevating the bar in their respective areas. The Sustainable Tourism Leadership award acknowledges hotels that exemplify the commitment to the three pillars of sustainable tourism: preserving the environment, supporting local economies and celebrating cultures.Virtuoso travel advisors are currently casting votes for their favourites. Winners will be announced on August 14, 2019, during Virtuoso Travel Week at Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.Best Achievement in DesignAmanyangyun, Shanghai, ChinaBelmond Cap Juluca, British West Indies, AnguillaCheval Blanc St-Tropez, St. Tropez, FranceRaffles Europejski Warsaw, Warsaw, PolandRosewood Hong Kong, Hong Kong, ChinaBest BarLe Bar Long, Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris, Paris, FranceLe Sirenuse Champagne Bar, Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, Surfside, Florida, U.S.The Chapel Bar, The Jaffa, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, IsraelThe Flying Stag, The Fife Arms, Ballater, U.KZ Bar, Peninsula Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.Best Dining ExperienceDoot Doot Doot, Jackalope Hotel, Mornington, AustraliaFrancis Mallman at Chateau La Coste, Villa La Coste, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, FranceKerridge’s Bar and Grill, Corinthia Hotel London, London, U.K.Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer, Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin, Berlin, GermanyRestaurant Le Gabriel, La Reserve Paris Hotel and Spa, Paris, FranceBest Family ProgramGleneagles, Scotland, Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland, United KingdomGrand Velas Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, MexicoHalf Moon, Jamaica, Montego Bay, JamaicaOne&Only Cape Town, Cape Town, South AfricaRome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Rome, ItalyBest Wellness ProgramAnantara Quy Nhon Villas, Quy Nhon, VietnamLefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda, Lake Garda, ItalyMiraval Arizona Resort & Spa, Tucson, Arizona, U.SSHA Wellness Clinic, Alicante, SpainThe Oberoi Sukhvilas Resort & Spa, Chandigarh, IndiaSustainable Tourism LeadershipEmirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Wolgan Valley, AustraliaSoneva Fushi, Kunfunadhoo Island, Baa Atoll, MaldivesVermejo, A Ted Turner Reserve, Raton, New Mexico, U.S.Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, Landaa Giraavaru, MaldivesLondolozi Game Reserve, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa Best Virtuoso NewcomerCapella Ubud, Bali, Ubud, IndonesiaHeckfield Place, Hook, U.K.Hotel Lutetia, Paris, FranceMontage Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas, MexicoSix Senses Duxton, Singapore, SingaporeBest Virtuoso Hotel AmbassadorAlexis Romer, Marriott International Luxury BrandsCarlos Quereda, Querido Representation Co.Stefanie Brueckner, The Fontenay HamburgSteven Lassman, Villas of DistinctionTristan Dowell, Hyatt Hotels CorporationHotelier of the YearAmanda Hyndman, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, London, U.K.Anthony Costa, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai, U.A.E.Ivan Artolli, Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo, Monte Carlo, MonacoMarcus Bauder, Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo, Tokyo, JapanNathalie Seiler-Hayez, Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne, SwitzerlandHotel of the YearFour Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, FranceHotel Sacher Wien, Vienna, AustriaThe Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.The Lowell, New York City, New York, U.S.Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands awardsBest of the Best awardshotelsluxuryVirtuosolast_img read more

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first_imgThe British Council is organising the Study UK Education Exhibition on November 17 to 18 at the Hilton hotel in Nicosia. This is the biggest exhibition for UK universities in Cyprus and brings together representatives from 59 British education institutions this year.The exhibition seeks to inform students and parents about the courses available to them at all levels of study as well as provide information on financial support and funding schemes available. Visitors to the event can also benefit from attending a series of presentations on popular subjects of study delivered by specialists in each field. Moreover, students will receive information and support on completing their applications from the counsellors of the British Council, find out all they need to know about the different types of examinations required as well as get updates on accommodation options.Undergraduates, postgraduates and research candidates are invited to attend so they can get individual, personalised advice from education specialists.Seminars which take place during the two days are presented by various UK universities and include a number of topics which are geared towards preparing the student for their studies, such as ‘Choosing the right university for you’, Solid foundations’, on the advantage of a foundation degree, ‘How to write a personal statement that stands out’ or ‘Preparation for university and beyond’.Others topics are specific subjects on offer covering such courses of study as music, studying accounting and finance and the advantages of studying biology.The wide range of subjects means to ensure that not only undergraduates can learn what they need to know about their studies but also graduates and those who are already working and want to pursue further studies.With terms and fees the same for the next year as they were before last year’s Brexit vote the British Council aims to inform students that studying in the UK remains attractive for Cypriots.The exhibition is organised with the support of UNITE STUDENTS which offers accommodation all over the UK and IELTS and will be open to the public on both days from 3pm to 8pm. Entrance to the exhibition is free after registration.Visitors are advised to register online at www.britishcouncil.com.cy/events to minimise waiting time upon arrival to the exhibition and take part in a draw for the chance to win useful prizes.For more information, please contact the British Council at 22585000 or visit www.britishcouncil.com.cy/eventsYou May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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