Prajnesh advances in Winston Salem Open as BopannaSharan crash out

first_imgNorth Carolina: India’s top single’s player Prajnesh Gunneswaran advanced to the second round of the Winston Salem Open ATP 250 tournament with a straight set win over Cedrik-Marcel Stebe here. Prajnesh, ranked 89th in the world, beat his German rival 6-3 6-4 in a match that lasted one hour and 13 minutes on Sunday night. The Indian utilised two of the five breakpoints he earned while holding his serve throughout the match. He will next face top seed Benoit Paire of France, who received a first round bye. Paire is ranked 30 in the world. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh The Indian will fancy his chances in the next round as earlier this year, Prajnesh had stunned Paire at the Indian Wellls ATP Masters event for one of the biggest wins of his career. In the doubles event, the Indian pair of Divij Sharan and Rohan Bopanna crashed out in the first round. The Indian duo lost to American pair of Nicholas Monroe Tennys Sandgren 3-6 3-6. Meanwhile, wild card entrants Leander Paes and his Israeli partner Jonathan Erlich, will take on the duo of Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury in the opening round.last_img read more

Lottery losses have BC parents hoping for French teachers from Europe

first_imgVANCOUVER – British Columbia parents who have lost the chance to get their children into French immersion through a lottery system are hoping the education minister’s teacher-recruitment trip to Europe will create more opportunities for early bilingualism.Rahel Staeheli said she registered her daughter Milani for French immersion at two schools but learned in February that she didn’t get a kindergarten spot for September, landing her at 53rd and 57th place on wait lists.Staeheli has since registered Milani at a third school further from their home in Surrey, only to see her at the bottom of another wait list.“We contacted the school board after we found out our wait-list numbers and they basically said, ‘You’re never getting in,’ ” she said.“We’re really disappointed to learn that there isn’t necessarily an equal opportunity for all children to learn our second national language,” said Staeheli, adding her father speaks English, French, Swiss, Spanish and Swiss German, and she wants her children to at least be conversant in Canada’s two official languages.She said her daughter may have to wait to get into early French immersion in Grade 1, but fears she may again lose out on a spot because children with siblings already in the program are given priority.That would have Milani and students in a similar situation waiting to enter “late” French immersion in Grade 6, when they would have to change schools if the program isn’t offered at their school. Forty-eight of 60 school districts offer the program.Parents in various provinces share Staeheli’s frustration, but advocates in B.C. say demand for French immersion enrolment is particularly strong in their province, where a Supreme Court of Canada decision in November 2016 restored small class sizes, requiring more teachers in all subjects.Education Minister Rob Fleming said nearly 3,700 teachers overall have been hired in the last year and the hiring process continues, but demand for French immersion far outstrips the number of available teachers, leaving the province competing for educators with other jurisdictions in Canada.Fleming said 37 of 100 new seats added to education faculties at British Columbia universities are specifically for those intending to teach French immersion, which is taught to almost 10 per cent of B.C.’s public school population.His trip to France and Belgium earlier this month was an “aggressive” effort to recruit French teachers, he said, adding the province made assurances about removing barriers to temporary work permits and citizenship, along with faster accreditation of education degrees and teacher licensing.“I think what this trip was really about was opening doors of recruitment, to let the governments of France and Belgium know that we’re serious about the teaching opportunities that exist here in B.C., which means promoting B.C. as a vibrant, dynamic part of Canada that is not Ontario and Quebec, which they’re most familiar with,” Fleming said.“Ninety-five per cent of the business they currently do is with Quebec. They are not aware that the anglophone provinces have a significant and growing interest in French-language education,” he said, adding B.C. would pay for teachers’ relocation costs and provide scholarships for those wanting to complete their training at the province’s French-teacher education institutions.Glyn Lewis, executive director of the B.C. and Yukon chapter of Canadian Parents for French, said the organization noted a worsening teacher-supply problem four years ago and issued a report, but received little response from either provincial or federal governments.“Last spring when the Vancouver School Board cut a quarter of its program and turned all those families away because they couldn’t find teachers I went to the (provincial) government and said, ‘We told you this was going to happen.’ “A lottery system for French-immersion registration was introduced by some school districts to replace long pre-registration lineups outside schools, where parents often camped out over several days.“Families are still being turned away, whether through a lottery system, a campout or a wait-list system at 20 of 48 school districts,” Lewis said.Heritage Canada spokesman Simon Ross said the department has hiked funding for various French-language programs, including $31 million to recruit more immersion and French-as-a–second-language teachers as part of a plan to increase the bilingualism rate of English speakers outside Quebec.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

MP Nicola Di Iorio says he will resign in January after finalizing

first_imgOTTAWA – Liberal MP Nicola Di Iorio says he’s resigning his seat on Jan. 22 after weeks of speculation around whether he would ever return to work.The Montreal MP has not been seen in Ottawa since Parliament resumed sitting Sept. 17.Di Iorio wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday that to finalize “certain projects” he will hold his job until a few days before the House of Commons returns after a Christmas break.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer raised the issue in question period shortly afterward, asking if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thinks it’s fair for Di Iorio to remain a member of Parliament and take a paycheque from a private firm while still collecting his salary as an MP. Di Iorio has an active law practice in Montreal.Trudeau said Di Iorio has indicated his intention to leave and has shared the issues he will be working on for his constituents until then.“We expect every member in this House to work in the best interest of his constituents,” Trudeau said.Di Iorio wrote in French on Facebook that he will serve his riding, will work on matters such as road safety and impaired driving, and will be in the House of Commons when it’s required by the Liberal whip or the prime minister and will carry out his duties as a member of Parliament.He says even after he resigns he will be available to his constituents until the general election due next fall, saying he will be alert to their concerns and will volunteer to help.Last week, Di Iorio posted a short message on Facebook saying that Trudeau had assigned him responsibilities that required him to be away from the House of Commons.But Trudeau dodged reporters’ questions about the MP’s absence on Monday, suggesting reporters ask Di Iorio about it.First elected to represent St. Leonard-St. Michel in 2015, Di Iorio has been sending mixed messages about his future in politics since April, when he announced he was leaving but without giving a timeline. In September he said he was still reflecting on the future.last_img read more

Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou expected in Vancouver court

first_imgVANCOUVER — The British Columbia Supreme Court is expected to set key court dates today for the extradition case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.The Department of Justice says in a statement the appearance is also an opportunity for Meng’s lawyers to discuss the scheduling of any pre-hearing applications they want to bring forward.It says they may also review administrative matters like Meng’s bail conditions.Meng was arrested in December at Vancouver’s airport at the request of the United States, which is seeking her extradition on fraud charges.She has been free on bail and is living in one of her two multimillion-dollar homes in Vancouver while wearing an electronic tracking device and being monitored by a security company.Meng and Huawei have denied any wrongdoing.Tensions between China and Canada have escalated and just days after Meng was arrested China imprisoned two Canadians.China has also banned shipments of canola and some pork imports in what is widely seen as economic retaliation for the arrest.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN peacebuilding official condemns assassination of GuineaBissaus president

4 March 2009The head of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) Country Configuration on Guinea-Bissau has joined the chorus of voices at the world body condemning the killing of the country’s president and its chief of staff of the armed forces earlier this week. The “tragic events” which took the lives of President Joao Bernardo Vieira and Tagme Na Waie on 1 and 2 March respectively are cause for “deep concern”, said Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, chair of the PBC’s country-specific configuration on Guinea-Bissau and Permanent Representative of Brazil to the UN.“I call upon the international community to continue assisting Guinea-Bissau in the implementation of the Strategic Framework and in the organization of the upcoming presidential elections,” said Ms. Viotti.“I remain confident that Guinea-Bissau will peacefully resolve the current political crisis within the constitutional framework,” she added.Guinea-Bissau is one of a handful of States on the agenda of the PBC, which aims to help poor countries avoid sliding back into war or chaos. The West African country has struggled to combat drug trafficking and organized crime, and also to sustain economic growth and political stability amid a series of civil conflicts, coups d’état and uprisings in recent decades. This past November, renegade military elements attacked the residence of President Vieira but he survived the attack, which occurred just one week after legislative elections were staged in a peaceful and orderly manner. read more

After Gaza success mutual plan still the only way to Mid East

“The objective benefits of the disengagement recently concluded are obvious and fairly easy to tick off,” the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Alvaro de Soto, said in the monthly briefing on the situation.He mentioned in particular Palestinians experiencing “the joy of the departure of the occupier” and Israelis freed of “the Sisyphus-like grind” of the occupation. Moreover, “Israel has demonstrated that it can make the sacrifices that are required to make peace; the Palestinians have shown restraint in the face of unilateral decisions and tight time frames.””A basis has been laid for a true partnership, which should encourage each party to understand and address the other’s legitimate needs and concerns,” he summed up.However, without the Quartet’s so-called Road Map, which calls for parallel steps from both sides leading to two States living together in peace, there was no way to break out of the cycle of mutual distrust.Accordingly, Mr. de Soto said, all Palestinians have not renounced the use of violence and Israel’s need for security led it to build its barrier, creating facts on the ground. In this situation, he said, “it is unfortunately difficult to circumvent the classic chicken and egg conundrum: Israeli leaders demand an end to violence before addressing further Palestinian concerns.””Palestinian leaders,” at the same time he said, “find it difficult to persuade extremists to restrain themselves and accept to work toward democracy if they are unable to point to a visible prospect of satisfaction of their legitimate goals on the horizon.”Only by taking mutual steps to restore good faith, as outlined in the Road Map, can they address each other’s needs and concerns, Mr. de Soto concluded.Following Mr. De Soto’s briefing, the Security Council expressed support for the statement issued in New York on 20 September by the Quartet, which welcomed the successful conclusion of the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and urged further measures to improve the Palestinian economy, end terrorism and resume negotiations toward a lasting settlement. read more

Duos effort helps Buckeyes club Gophers

Double-doubles by Jantel Lavender and Samantha Prahlis fueled Ohio State past Minnesota as the Buckeyes torched the Gophers 81-58 Thursday night at the Schottenstein Center.A combined 43-point effort by the duo almost matched the Gophers point total on their own. The two also combined for 17 rebounds.Prahalis added 10 assists, including an array of impressive no-look or down-court passes that earned loud cheers from the crowd. The game was never close as OSU opened up the first half with a 10-point run, then added a 14-2 run four minutes later and never looked back.The victory answered many questions about OSU after it lost Monday night to Purdue, a team they were heavily favored against.The Buckeyes looked like the team of weeks past, shooting 10-21 from three-point range and grabbing 10 steals.The Prahalis-Lavender combo seems to be back in action and with those two hitting on all cylinders, the Buckeyes hope to avoid another surprising loss in conference play. read more

Art thieves steal 7 masterpieces from Dutch museum

first_imgROTTERDAM’S KUNSTHAL MUSEUM was broken into over the night and art thieves stole seven paintings of considerable value, including masterpieces by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Lucian Freud, Paul Gauguin, and Meyer de Haan.“There was a break-in during the night and a few paintings were taken that represent a considerable sum,” Rotterdam police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels.The hiest, one of the largest ever in the Netherelands includes French artist, Henri Matisse’s painting called the 1919 “The Reading Girl” – a picture by state news agency NOS earlier today showed a broken wire hanging from the wall where one of his paintings had been.“We’re investigating how they got access, what time it happened and who did it,” Wessels said.The museum is showing works from the Triton Foundation as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, including paintings by Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Marcel Duchamp and Piet Mondriaan, according to its website.Police are reviewing surviellance footage of the museum and calling on any witnesses to contact them.The Kunsthal museum, which means “art gallery” in Dutch, is a display space that has no permanent collection of its own.Others whose work was on display include Alexander Calder, Paul Cezanne, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Edgar Degas, Marcel Duchamp, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Rene Magritte, August Rodin, and Andy Warhol.In a statement, the museum’s chairman Willem van Hassel said the museum would be closed today.Additional reporting © AFP, 2012Read: The FBI’s 10 most sought-after pieces of stolen art >Read: Stolen ‘Rembrandt’ dumped – but opens a whole new mystery…last_img read more

Beekeepers appalled Govt against pesticide restriction proposal

first_imgAGRICULTURE MINISTER Coveney is helping to block a landmark EU proposal to restrict the use of pesticides linked to dwindling bee populations in Europe.Irish beekeepers and conservationists say they’re “appalled” and “flabbergasted” that the government voted against the European Commission’s proposal to restrict the use of three neonicotinoids.Nine countries opposed the plan at a Brussels meeting last month, while five abstained. The combined voting weight of the remaining 13 countries was not enough to achieve a qualified majority, so another ballot will be held on 29 April.Since being introduced in the 1990s, neonicotinoids have become some of the world’s most widely used pesticides. They work by damaging insects’ nervous systems.A mounting body of evidence indicates that exposure to the chemicals, which are closely related to nicotine, leave bees disorientated and unable to find their way back to their hives or to forage, among other effects. Millions of hectares of treated crops like oilseed rape and maize in Europe now pose an acute risk to bees.Minister Coveney said he had “technical concerns” about some of the proposed restrictions, including on using the chemicals at certain times of the year and on crops that are not attractive to bees. Crops of this kind for which neonicotinoids could be banned Europe-wide include spring-planted cereals.Responding to a parliamentary question from United Left Alliance TD Clare Daly, Minister Coveney said he also believed it should be member states’ own decision whether to ban or approve pesticides.The Department of Agriculture declined to comment on how Ireland will vote on 29 April. If member states again fail to reach a majority in favour or against, the commission will cast the deciding vote, meaning the restrictions would be implemented. But the position of the two biggest member states, Germany and UK, could be a decisive factor.Both abstained last time but remain under pressure from their pesticides industries and farmers.Irish beesThe Irish Wildlife Trust and the Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Association have called on the Minister to change his position, linking neonicotinoids to declining bee numbers in Ireland. The department declined to comment on whether it has done any research into the use of neonicotinoids in Ireland and their possible effects on bees.The pesticides registry shows that two of the three pesticides covered by the proposal are authorised for use in Ireland and can be used on winter cereals and sugar beet. Based on research from the European Food Safety Authority, the commission decided these uses are less dangerous to bees and its proposal includes special exemptions for them.But seeds can also be imported to Ireland already coated with neonicotinoids. This is not the norm for cereals but is common for oilseed rape, according to a number of farmers and seed traders interviewed for this article. The pesticide works by spreading throughout the growing plant to all tissues including the flowers, pollen and nectar, putting foraging bees at risk.A recent Teagasc report for the government on growing the tillage sector as part of Food Harvest 2020 named oilseed rape as one of the crops with the biggest potential for expansion. The area under cultivation could be increased by over 700 per cent, adding over €100m to the value of output.The minister’s office declined to comment on whether his decision in Brussels was linked to expansion plans for the tillage sector, including for oilseed rape.Neonicotinoid treatments are also currently permitted for ornamental flowers and for lawns and recreational fields, like sports pitches or golf courses.It is difficult to know whether neonicotinoids pose the risk to bees in Ireland that they do Europe-wide. Oilseed rape is still a relatively small crop in Ireland, a country with a relatively small tillage sector. The area of land under oilseed rape cultivation in 2012 was around 16,000 hectares. By contrast, neonicotinoids are used on over 1m hectares in the UK, almost one third of the total planted area.“For native bees, habitat loss is the problem in Ireland,” said Dr Úna Fitzpatrick of the National Biodiversity Data Centre. But there has been little research done on the effects of pesticides on Ireland’s bees, she added.Irish honeybees are known to be affected by diseases and pests, particularly the varroa mite.Another neonicotinoid pesticide, thiacloprid, which the commission does not propose to restrict, is used in many popular pesticide brands on sale in Irish garden centres. But it is far less toxic to bees than the three that may be restricted, according to evidence given by scientists to a UK parliamentary inquiry into the chemicals. One Dublin garden centre visited recently stocked six neonicotinoid products, only one of which was labelled as posing a risk to bees.Minister Coveney received correspondence from the chemicals and farming sectors, as well as from NGOs and citizens ahead of the March vote, he said.Read: Invasive species cost Ireland €261 million per year>last_img read more

Trailer Watch Which movie should you go see this weekend

first_img By Aoife Barry 19,202 Views Mar 28th 2019, 8:30 PM PLANNING ON HEADING to the cinema this weekend?There are a few new movies out, but which is a must-watch, and are there any you should avoid?We take a look.Dumbo Source: Disney UK/YouTubeWhat we knowColin Farrell and Eva Green (and a very cute CGI elephant) star in Tim Burton’s reimagining of the Disney classic. A cute tale updated for 2019 – you’ll definitely be left teary-eyed.What the critics say“Dumbo, now created with animatronic and digital effects, is still a cute, lonely pachyderm with impossibly large floppy ears who speaks to us with his soft pleading anthropomorphic Keane eyes (he has no dialogue.)” – Variety” In “Dumbo,” Burton takes this self-referential impulse to a startling level through the representation of its Walt Disney-style impresario — who speaks of magic and mystique — and then by lighting the whole shebang on fire.” – New York Times 12 Comments DumboBeing Frank: The Chris Sievey StoryOut of BlueNone of themVote What’s it rated? https://jrnl.ie/4559724 Source: Altitude Films/YouTubeWhat we knowThe true story of cult British entertainer Frank Sidebottom is told in this documentary.What the critics say“Being Frank is constructed with an appropriately scrappy DIY aesthetic. The film makes great use of the copious VHS tapes, letters, notes and cartoons that Sievey left behind after his death in 2010, and the archive footage makes this a fascinating time capsule of late ’80s/early-’90s television.” – Little White Lies “Sullivan’s documentary sheds more light on one central question: was Frank Sidebottom a creation of pure surrealist/performance-art genius? Or was he a creative cul-de-sac, a semi-funny piece of strangeness being laughed at, not with, by his raucous fans?” – The Guardian Share2 Tweet Email Trailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this weekend? What’s a must-watch, and what’s a miss? We tell you. Thursday 28 Mar 2019, 8:30 PM RottenTomatoes: 55%IMDB: 7.0/10Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Storycenter_img What’s it rated? RottenTomatoes: 92%IMDB: 8.2/10Out of Blue  Source: FilmStop Trailers/YouTubeWhat we knowPatricia Clarkson stars in this film version of a Martin Amis novel. What the critics say“Never one for a straightforward story, the director trumps her superstitious schoolgirl mystery The Falling by asking even more questions about the nature of the universe, in the context of a murder case here.” – Empire ”Out of Blue is incoherent, which isn’t to say it’s bad. Carol Morley’s murder mystery is a mood piece that alternates between naffness and transcendence.” – BFI Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (333) Out of Blue (113) None of them (1811) RottenTomatoes: 38%IMDB: 4.8/10Which one would you go see first? Poll Results: What’s it rated? Dumbo (1342) Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Jeff Jarrett gets emotional about Vince McMahon Videos after this weeks WWE

first_img Now Playing Up Next Riz Ahmed Google+ Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Jeff Jarrett gets emotional about Vince McMahonWWE has posted new videos featuring Jeff Jarrett touring the Nashville Fairgrounds (the former home to TNA Wrestling during the weekly Wednesday night PPV era) and discussing his return to the WWE during the Hall of Fame ceremony this Friday night.In the second clip, Jarrett gets emotional talking about getting the opportunity to be involved with WWE for the first time again in 19 years and Vince McMahon allowing it.We reported on Tuesday about videos WWE uploaded of Jarrett visiting the Smackdown taping earlier this week in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena.You can check out the new videos below. Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosis Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Videos after this week’s WWE NXTWWE posted the following videos after this week’s WWE NXT. When Did Vince McMahon Find Out About Roman Reigns’ Diagnosis? Roman Reigns Videos Articles Facebookcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Vince Mcmahon Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraising Twitter Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer DiagnosisVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:36/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:33 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles WhatsApp Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in actionlast_img read more

Freezing temperatures light snow in Vancouver Portland

first_imgSnow and ice Monday night and into the morning will likely impact the Tuesday morning commute, according to the National Weather Service.Temperatures dropped below freezing early Monday night. Another round of snow showers were expected to arrive between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. before tapering off overnight, said Scott Weishaar, a meteorologist with the weather service.Snow began to accumulate Monday night in areas below 500 feet in elevation. The accumulation is expected to stay below an inch in those areas, with over an inch collecting in higher elevations, according to a forecast form the weather service.Leftover moisture is expected to freeze over and remain frozen through the Tuesday morning commute. Temperatures will likely rise above freezing before noon, Weishaar said.As roads became slick, a number of minor accidents were reported throughout the county after 9 p.m., according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.Road crews will spray de-icer on major thoroughfares beginning 4 a.m. Tuesday, according to Clark County Public Works. A map showing primary and secondary route options is available on the county website.last_img read more

A 50 PlayStation Plus subscription was worth 134929 this year

first_imgSony first introduced PlayStation Plus as a service back in 2010, and it has been iterating the features on offer ever since. Every month subscribers who pay for the service get free games to play, discounts on specific game purchases, the ability to store save games in the cloud, and in the case of the PS4, unlocking access to online multiplayer. It sounds good on paper, but is it a service worth $50 a year?Sony console-focused website Push Square decided to take a look back at the value offered with a PSPlus subscription during 2014. The result? Every $50 subscription netted the subscriber $1,349.29 worth of games to play. Split over the 12 months that’s an average value of $112.44 a month.On value alone it certainly seems like a no-brainer to subscribe, but you also have to take into consideration gaming tastes and the quality of the games offered each month. Not all the free titles were hits, but the Metacritic average of all the games was a very respectable 79. There was also a good mix of game types each month.If you take include the pricing discounts also offered to members the value proposition increases further. And how does it compare to a $60 Xbox Live subscription? Polygon did the sums and concluded Microsoft only offered $582 worth of games in 2014. That’s less than half PlayStation Plus and there were far fewer games on offer each month, especially early in the year.Based on 2014, spending $50 on a PlayStation Plus subscription is more than worth it. The considerable extra value offered over Xbox Live is also key, and something Microsoft really needs to fix if it wants the Xbox One to compete on equal terms with the PS4 next year. Of course, 2015 could be very different. Will Sony keep up the value and quality of games each month next year?last_img read more

Palestinian President vows no new armed uprising

first_img Comments   Share   Abbas hopes to obtain “nonmember state” status at a U.N. General Assembly vote later this month.Palestinians believe the vote will force Israel to withdraw from current positions to lines it held before the 1967 war or face international legal action. Israel says negotiations alone will fix borders between it and any future Palestine.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches How men can have a healthy 2019 JERUSALEM (AP) – The Palestinian president is reaching out to Israelis ahead of a trip to the U.N. where he will seek an upgraded observer status for his territory.Mahmoud Abbas vowed to prevent another violent Palestinian uprising, or Intifada, like that of last decade.“We don’t want to use terror…we want to use diplomacy, we want to use politics, we want to use negotiations, we want to use peaceful resistance,” Abbas told Israel’s Channel 2 TV Thursday.last_img read more

Qantas trims the fat from Dubai menu

first_imgQantas has removed pork from in-flight menus on services to and from Dubai.The Australian carrier will not serve meals containing pork products or alcohol on flights to and from Dubai, in conjunction with Islamic tradition, news.com.au reported.Consumption of pork and pork products is strictly forbidden in Islam and considered unholy.Since the confirmation of its alliance with Emirates, Qantas has introduced a Mezze plate offering traditional Middle Eastern foods in its upper classes and has Arabic translations after in-flight announcements.The airline claims the alterations have had minimal impact on Qantas’ overall menu and food offerings.“Qantas’ in-flight catering often reflects the cultural and regional influences of the international destinations we fly to,” a Qantas spokesperson said.Qantas also have pork-free and alcohol-free options on flights to Jakarta in Indonesia, owing to the large Muslim population.Several airlines that travel between Australia and the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia don’t serve pork.NOTE: Qantas has removed alcohol from food, but passengers should still be able to order alcohol separately.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. No more pork or alcohol in food on flights to/from Dubai.last_img read more

Andre went through limited like he will probably

first_img“Andre went through limited like he will probably next week, also, and he’s fine,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Friday.Ellington, who is again ‘questionable’, agreed.“I feel good,” he said about his status. “Sunday is gameday so I’ll be ready. Adrenaline will be flowing and things like that, so I’ll be good to go.”What’s plaguing Ellington is a tear in the tendons in his left foot. The team is hoping extra rest will help him heal — or at least keep him fresh enough for Sundays — as it seems comfortable with the schedule Ellington was on this week, with two days of no practice and then one of the limited variety to finish the week.“As long as I get some rest throughout the week I feel like my foot will calm down a little bit and I’ll feel good going into the game,” Ellington said. Ellington added that it doesn’t really feel any better now than it did around this time last week, and while he understands rest is the most important thing, he feels good about the plan the team has in place to keep him on the field.He admitted that he’s not sure how long things will be like this, saying it’s kind of a day-by-day, week-by-week issue. Playing with it Monday night helped his confidence because it showed he could still be effective. He said he got off to a slow start in the win, but his foot “warmed up a little bit” as the game wore on and he started to feel good. 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington was listed as ‘questionable’ leading into Monday night’s game against the San Diego Chargers. He played in the game, and led the Cardinals in rushing with 53 yards, and touches with 18. While he may not have been 100 percent, he was good enough to go. It looks like the same may hold true for Sunday’s tilt with the New York Giants, as the second-year running back seems to be following the same pattern leading into the Week 2 matchup. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Given that he was expected to be the focal point of the team’s offensive attack, having him out there in any capacity cannot be looked at as anything other than a good thing. And while he’d rather be completely healthy, Ellington has no plans on missing any game time.“I want to play,” he said. “I don’t want to sit out.”last_img read more

La ChauxdeFonds – The Board of Directors is ple

first_imgLa Chaux-de-Fonds – The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the nomination of Mr Emmanuel Vuille as Chief Executive Officer of Greubel Forsey, CompliTime and CT Time with effect from 1st January 2009.Mr Vuille, 49 years old, married with 6 children, has been active in the watch industry for 17 years. He was Managing Director for Parmigiani Fleurier and later Chief Executive Officer for the watch manufacturing branch of the Sandoz Family Foundation (Pôle Industriel Horloger de la Fondation de Famille Sandoz).The members of the Board wish Mr Vuille every success in his new function and would like to take the opportunity to thank in advance their clients, suppliers and the whole team for their support.Mr Greubel and Mr Forsey will continue, in collaboration with the Chief Executive Officer, to lead the companies and will be able to dedicate themselves fully to the horological creation and technical developments.last_img read more

Defendant in corruption case accused of pressuring witness

first_imgProsecutors have demanded the imprisonment of Larnaca’s embattled municipal secretary after he allegedly attempted to pervert the course of justice by speaking to a key witness about a corruption case he is involved in.Lefteris Empedocles, 57, is currently on trial for theft, obtaining money under false pretences and money laundering in relation with €35,000 he allegedly took from a businessman to sort out building code infractions.On Wednesday, state prosecutor Andri Constantinou asked the court to order the defendant’s detention after a municipal officer, a key witness in the trial, reported Empedocles for allegedly trying to influence him.Police investigator Alexis Asimakis told the court that on June 20, the municipal officer went to the CID and reported that Empedocles had visited him at his shop the previous day and allegedly tried to extract information concerning the statement he had given police.Police summoned Empedocles four days later and after taking his statement they charged and released him to appear before a court on Wednesday.Asimakis said Empedocles had allegedly visited the witness at his shop and asked him questions on key matters.The state prosecutor told the court that the defendant had told the witness that he would ask him to fill in a questionnaire he had prepared with his lawyer.“If this is not interference in a court procedure then what is?”The court said it will deliver its decision on Thursday.Empedocles was arrested in 2016 after Theodosis Chrysostomou, a businessman who owns a restaurant in the Mackenzie beach area in Larnaca, told police that that he had paid the municipal secretary €35,000 in cash to correct building irregularities.He had initially met with Larnaca mayor at the time Andreas Louroudjiatis who suggested the businessman should pay €15,000.A few days later, Chrysostomou met with Empedocles who apparently said that as the size of the establishment was quite large, the amount would actually be €35,000.The businessman agreed and paid up but the money was never officially received by the municipality and no procedures were initiated to correct the irregularities after September 2015 when Chrysostomou paid the money. You May LikeThe Legacy ReportMan Who Called NVIDIA Rise Makes New 5G PredictionThe Legacy ReportUndoNeckHammockNeck Pain Relief In 10 Minutes Or LessNeckHammockUndoFitdibRemember Phoebe Cates? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowFitdibUndo Heroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)UndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cretebound aircraft in emergency landing at Larnaca

first_imgA TUS Airways aircraft with 100 passengers on board made an unscheduled landing at Larnaca airport on Wednesday due to a technical problem.The aircraft had departed from Tel Aviv and was headed to Crete when it asked to land at Larnaca airport at around 7pm due to a technical fault.State radio CyBC said the aircraft was leaking fuel from the right wing, something which had been noticed by passengers.It landed safely as fire crews stood by on the runway as a precaution. You May LikeBusinessBuzzo5 Reasons Not To Go To CollegeBusinessBuzzoUndoYeah! Motor50 Lesser-Known C-5 Galaxy FactsYeah! MotorUndo10gadgets.infoBest Wearable Tech Gadgets10gadgets.infoUndo Greece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoHouse rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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