France continues to be a more popular destination for Indian visitors than the United Kingdom, a research conducted by a UK-based think tank, the Royal Commonwealth Society, showed. France attracted 185,000 more Indian business visitors and tourists in 2016 than Britain.According to the RCS, a UK-India bilateral visa agreement that would reduce the cost of visas would be an ideal initial step in making the country a more attractive destination for Indian visitors. The agreement would be similar to the one recently put in place with China.The number of visits by Indian nationals to the United Kingdom fell by 1.73 per cent in 2016 and grew by 5.3 per cent in the neighboring France, portraying the widening gap.“Given the strong historic ties between the United Kingdom and India in areas such as trade, culture and business, the fact that France continues to attract more Indian visitors than the UK is not only hugely surprising, but also enormously concerning. It’s clear that more needs to be done to build stronger links between such important Commonwealth partners,” Michael Lake, the director of the Royal Commonwealth Society, said in a statement.The RCS launched a factsheet —”Britain and India-building a new visa partnership” — in parliament on March 7, which was supported by Airlines UK, Airport Operators Association, Confederation of Indian Industry, Edwardian Hotels, Tourism Alliance and UKinbound. The factsheet was presented to MPs as part of its campaign launched in 2016 for a new UK-India bilateral visa agreement, which would substantially reduce the cost of tourist visas.“The Royal Commonwealth Society is seeking to facilitate the deepening of the UK-India relationship, as well as to expose the benefits this could bring. In July 2016, we launched the report, A Passage from India, which highlighted the wealth of opportunities for Britain and India in making some simple changes to visa policy,” RCS said in a statement.It added that in the run up to the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, RCS will organize a series of parliamentary and public activities to push for the UK and India to come together for an agreement on easier visa access.In order to enhance mobility, the organization is asking for the current China visa pilot scheme to be extended to Indian nationals, reducing the cost and trouble of obtaining multiple-entry visas for frequent travelers. “This would help boost tourist numbers, encourage business visitors, who outspend their Chinese counterparts, and further strengthen familial ties between Britain and India,” the statement said.According to the research, the new UK-India visa agreement being proposed would reduce the cost of a two-year visa from £388 to just £89 and allow travelers to make repeat visits within two years. “This would mirror the reduced cost two-year multiple entry visa that was launched in January 2016 for visitors travelling both ways between the UK and China,” the statement said.Labour party MP Virendra Sharma, who is backing the campaign, said that a new UK-India bilateral visa agreement will enhance trade and tourism. It will also “strengthen important business and cultural ties, enabling both the UK and India to capitalize on future global opportunities,” he was quoted as saying in the statement. Related ItemsBritainTourismUnited Kingdom
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 03: Michigan Wolverines Head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the pregame warms ups prior to the start of the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan-Army has not gone as Wolverine fans would have hoped through the first 30 minutes. Army leads 14-7 at half.The Black Knights have been spurred by three Michigan fumbles. They have scored two touchdowns without even attempting a pass.It isn’t even like Army is running all over Michigan either. The Black Knights have produced 109 rushing yards on 31 carries, but have played strong defense and taken advantage of turnovers and plum field position.The No. 7 Wolverines are on the ropes. Can they pull this one out? ESPN’s win probability says so. The latest prediction still favors Michigan, despite the halftime deficit.ESPN says Michigan has a 65.1 percent chance to come back and get the victory.You can catch the second half of Michigan-Army on FOX. The third quarter will begin momentarily.Upset watch is on until further notice. read more
Could You Handle a Marathon, 20-Hour Nonstop Flight? Major Airline Admits to Monitoring Passengers Via Onboard Cameras Editors’ Recommendations Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) Cryptocurrency has had one hell of a wild ride over the last year. Few had heard of the obscure pseudo-currency until the trading markets went supernova in late 2017 and the media couldn’t stop talking about it. Everyone wanted it. Then, everyone bought it. It skyrocketed, dipped, went back up again, and now appears to be in freefall. Now, amateur investors can’t get rid of it fast enough. All the while, there have been precious few outlets who would even accept the web-only “money.” Now — after a month where Bitcoin lost more than half its value — one of Australia’s largest airports is taking the daring (or perhaps insane) step to allow passengers to use Bitcoin as valid tender.Brisbane Airport has signed an agreement that will make it the world’s first aviation hub to accept Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, including Ethereum, Litecoin, Dash, and Steem. Passengers traveling through the Queensland capital will be able to “open” their crypto-wallets to pay at the airport’s restaurants, bars, and shops.Image courtesy of Brisbane Airport Image courtesy of Brisbane AirportDepending on the “expert” (to be clear, it seems no one has accurately predicted the market’s rise and fall), cryptocurrency is either the wave of the future for the global economy or a soon-to-burst bubble that’s orders of magnitude larger than anything we saw during the dot-com boom and bust. Regardless, heavy-hitting corporations like PayPal and Microsoft have already pledged their support for it. In the travelsphere, Expedia allows travelers to book their hotels (though not flights) with Bitcoin. Forward-thinking pioneer Richard Branson currently offers seats aboard Virgin Galactic’s forthcoming space flights. Passengers can purchase their $250,000 ticket via any means they like, including Bitcoin. The exotic island of Vanuatu even allows people to use Bitcoin in exchange for citizenship.Cryptocurrencies have existed since at least 2008. However, their value, purpose, and innerworkings have eluded most in the decade since. It’s not surprising given, that the average person is likely to short-circuit when you try explaining “decentralized blockchain enabled payments” to them. It seems clear, however, that the more industries, corporations, and governmental entities who adopt cryptocurrency as legitimate tender, the more likely it is to become commonplace.Toward that end, the Australian government is making a strong statement that they acknowledge the new currency as actual money. While it seems like a minor gesture, it’s part of a groundswell to mainstream the technology for public use. The signs are pointing to a time in the near-future when even non-technically-minded consumers will view not using cryptocurrency as outdated as not having an email address. The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now World-Class Runner Caryn Lubetsky Didn’t Run Her First Marathon Until She Was 40 read more
OTTAWA — Barack Obama’s former envoy to Ottawa has pulled back the veil on how the previous Conservative government of Stephen Harper froze him out over the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.Bruce Heyman, who was the U.S. ambassador to Canada from 2014 to 2017, offers an on-the-record insider account of one of the worst-kept secrets in Ottawa diplomatic circles in a new book penned with his wife, Vicki.Harper had staked a lot of his government’s reputation on getting U.S. approval for the Keystone XL pipeline, which he saw as critical to getting Alberta oilsands crude to foreign markets through the United States.But Heyman made it clear there was little he could do push the project during his initial April 2014 meetings with John Baird, then the foreign-affairs minister, and Harper and his wife, Laureen, because of internal U.S. reviews.Heyman writes that began an “ice age in relations” between his office and Conservative cabinet ministers until he, Harper and their spouses were able to build new bridges in a long delayed dinner in July 2015.TransCanada Corp. wanted to build a pipeline through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, to connect with lines carrying oil to Gulf Coast refineries, but it faced widespread opposition over concerns about possible spills and environmental damage.The plan languished for years in the purgatory of U.S. government and legal reviews before Barack Obama killed it two days after Justin Trudeau was sworn in as prime minister in November 2015. President Donald Trump has since revived the $8-billion project.Keystone set the stage for a pair of grim get-to-know-you meetings with Baird and Harper, as well as a firm but polite dressing-down from the top-ranking foreign ministry bureaucrat days after the Heymans arrived in Ottawa.Heyman’s book fills in the narrative gaps on the breakdown in relations between Conservative Harper government and the Obama Democrats. (Harper’s office did not respond to a request for his perspective.)Baird asked to meet Heyman before he’d formally presented his credentials to the Governor General and pushed the envoy on Keystone. Baird also asked if the U.S. was prepared to pay for a new bridge at the busy Detroit-Windsor crossing.“I’m afraid we are not,” Heyman told Baird, but added that perhaps their “people” could meet later to find creative solutions.“The meeting never happened,” Heyman writes.An awkward meeting in Harper’s Parliament Hill office followed in which the prime minister “did not so much as crack a smile” as small talk among them and their wives went nowhere.Days later, on Good Friday, a Nebraska court ruling further delayed Keystone’s approval, so Heyman was “summoned” to Foreign Affairs headquarters in Ottawa for a meeting with deputy minister Daniel Jean. Embassy staff told Heyman they couldn’t recall a time when an ambassador had been “called in” like that.Jean and Heyman had a polite “back and forth” in which the bureaucrat “carefully and dutifully read out to me” from a document that stressed how important the pipeline was to the government and how “urgent” approval was required.Heyman held his ground.“In the days that followed, I noticed that all meetings scheduled with various ministers, for one reason or another, were cancelled,” Heyman writes. “Message received: I was frozen out.”Over the subsequent months, dinner invitations to the U.S. ambassador’s Rockcliffe Park mansion came back from the Prime Minister’s Office with the response: “Unable to attend.”So the Heymans went ahead with a dinner with Trudeau, then the Liberal leader, and his wife, Sophie, in the fall of 2014 that went very well. After their guests had left, Bruce asked Vicki if she’d ever met someone with Trudeau’s leadership potential.“In 2006,” she replied. “His name was Barack Obama.”In September 2014, the Harper-Heyman freezeout thawed as reports emerged that Canada was preparing to join a U.S. coalition that wanted to bomb Islamic State militants in Iraq.But there was a bizarre twist: Heyman says the U.S. Embassy knew nothing about it.Reporters bombarded the PMO for details on who exactly in the White House was asking for Canada’s military assistance.“The embassy watched the Ping-Pong match while declining the many media requests for clarity,” Heyman writes. “It was obvious to me that Prime Minister Harper and his team were in a bit of a jam.”This time, when Heyman reached out to Harper’s office, his call was returned.Heyman then gave a series of interviews, starting with The Canadian Press, declaring the U.S. was inviting Canada to participate in the Iraq effort. When pressed on who asked whom first, Heyman replied that simply didn’t matter, and that Canada wanted to help was most important.“After that, everything opened up for me in Ottawa. When I asked for meetings with cabinet ministers, I got them,” Heyman writes. “The ice was beginning to melt.”Finally, the Heymans and Harpers broke bread together, in July 2015 at the prime minister’s 24 Sussex Drive residence.The wives helped break the ice and eventually “we felt the real Stephen Harper emerge” when he smiled and recalled playing the piano at The Beatles’ historic Abbey Road studio in London. That led to a lively tasting of favourite Mexican spices and flavourings.Concludes Heyman: “And with the help of the hot sauces of 24 Sussex, the ice age in relations had finally thawed.”Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press read more
Sir Terry Wogan, Matt Baker, Gary Barlow, Nick Grimshaw, Alex Jones, JLS and Union J have joined forces to kick start this year’s BBC Children in Need Campaign.They are calling on the Great British public to once again get fundraising to help raise millions for disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK.There are a number of fun ways people can get fundraising for the Charity as demonstrated by Pudsey’s celebrity pals. Union J and Alex Jones are leading the fundraising charge by asking people to ditch their usual 9 to 5 work clothes and wear their #pyjamas and have a PJ party of their own!Meanwhile Sir Terry Wogan and Nick Grimshaw are encouraging Brits to #bakeit, dig out their wooden spoons and get creative in the kitchen to hold a bake sale for the Bear. Sir Terry Wogan is fond of a lemon drizzle cake, but whether it is cookies, cupcakes or a crumble, all money raised will help to change young lives.JLS are encouraging fans to follow in their footsteps, pop on their dancing shoes and put on a musical fundraising show of their own telling the world using #songanddance. Music, lights, action, all in aid of BBC Children in Need!Or for the budding athletes out there, Matt Baker is calling on the public to dust off their running gear and get involved in a sponsored race. Every single run, race, skip or space-hop, will go towards helping the Charity.BBC Children in Need’s Life President Sir Terry Wogan says: “Another year older and my childhood is almost ancient history, though memories from back then are very fond ones. I was lucky. Mine was a happy childhood but for many children in the UK, this isn’t the case, which is why the BBC started BBC Children in Need. Get involved. Go on, you know you want to. Together we can make 2013 our greatest year ever.”One of BBC Children in Need’s biggest supporters, Gary Barlow says: “I’m doing my bit for BBC Children in Need, are you? Whether you bake, race, dress- up or sing, every penny goes towards making a difference to the lives of children and young people based here in the UK.”The official fundraising pack is available for download and is jam packed with fundraising ideas and games to help people with their fundraising efforts. To date the Great British public has raised nearly £690 million for children across the UK and the Charity is calling on people to once again pull out the stops and start baking, running, dancing, pyjama wearing or singing; anything at all to help raise money to change young lives!Source:Children In Need read more
Facebook TORONTO ─ TIFF Co-Heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente announced today that the World Premiere of Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, Daniel Roher’s touching tale of Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band, will be the Opening Night Gala Presentation for the 44th Toronto International Film Festival® on Thursday, September 5, at Roy Thomson Hall. The premiere marks the first time a Canadian-made documentary opens the Toronto International Film Festival.The documentary film, directed by Roher (Ghosts of Our Forest), inspired by Robertson’s 2016 memoir, Testimony, tells the moving story of Robertson’s personal journey as he overcame adversity and found camaraderie alongside the four other men who would become his brothers in music, and who together made their mark on music history.Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band blends rare archival footage, photography, iconic songs, and interviews with many of Robertson’s friends and collaborators, including Martin Scorsese, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, Taj Mahal, Dominique Robertson, and Ronnie Hawkins.“This is one of Toronto’s great stories of a hometown hero,” said Bailey, Artistic Director & Co-Head of TIFF. “From his early years in this city, to the inspiration he took from life on the Six Nations reserve, to the impact he’s had on generations of music lovers, Robertson emerges in Roher’s film as a truly Canadian-made superstar. In our first year as TIFF’s Co-Heads, Joana and I are thrilled to open the Festival with a Canadian story that speaks to the world.” Advertisement “This stirring documentary takes audiences on a musical journey and shows us just what it takes to build one of the most significant groups in rock history,” said Vicente, Executive Director & Co-Head of TIFF. “Robertson is a Canadian music icon, and his moving story of persistence and passion is the perfect way to begin Festival 2019 for both Cameron and me. We’re eager to share the excitement of Opening Night with Toronto’s film lovers, and audiences can expect some very special guests joining us to help celebrate.”“Robertson’s tale is a remarkable reminder of how vision, ambition, and hard work can empower one’s wildest dreams,” said Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band director Daniel Roher. “Robbie took a chance on me, and I will be forever grateful that he rolled the dice on a kid from Toronto to helm his story. Opening the Toronto International Film Festival is beyond some wildest dreams of my own and I am thankful for everyone who believed in me.”“I’m so tremendously honoured that the premiere of Once Were Brothers, inspired by my memoir Testimony, will be the opening movie at TIFF this year, in my hometown of Toronto, Ontario, Canada,” said RobertsonIn a career spanning six decades, Robbie Robertson has continued to create as a songwriter, producer, performer, actor, author, and film composer. His raw talent thrust him into the spotlight and put him at the centre of a cultural revolution, backing Bob Dylan on his notorious 1966 electric world tour and later collaborating with Dylan on the groundbreaking Basement Tapes, then as a member of The Band, inventing the musical hybrid known as Americana with songs like “The Weight,” “Up on Cripple Creek,” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” Of late, Robertson has been working on a new solo album, due this fall.Made in conjunction with Imagine Documentaries, White Pine Pictures, Bell Media Studios and Universal Music Canada’s Shed Creative, the project is executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Imagine Entertainment Chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, Justin Wilkes and Sara Bernstein for Imagine Documentaries; White Pines Pictures’ president Peter Raymont, and COO Steve Ord; Bell Media president, Randy Lennox; Jared Levine; Michael Levine; Universal Music Canada president and CEO Jeffrey Remedios; and Shed Creative’s managing director Dave Harris. The film was produced by Andrew Munger, Stephen Paniccia, Sam Sutherland and Lana Belle Mauro.Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band will stream on Crave in Canada later this year.The 44th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5–15, 2019.TIFF announces more Gala and Special Presentations on July 23Festival ticket packages start at $110. Purchase packages online at tiff.net/tickets, by phone (416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433), or in person at TIFF Bell Lightbox until August 11 while quantities last.TIFF prefers VisaSocial Media:@TIFF_NET#TIFF19Facebook.com/TIFF LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter read more
CALGARY, A.B. – Progress Energy has announced they have changed the company name to Petronas Energy Canada as of November 22.Petronas, a Malaysian based company, entered Canada as part of a joint venture with Progress Energy in 2010, and Progress Energy became a subsidiary of Petronas in 2012.Mark Fitzgerald, President and CEO of Petronas Energy Canada, says the name change reflects the commitment the parent company has to Canada. “The name change is a reflection of our parent company’s commitment to Canada and the strength of our business in the company’s overall portfolio. As part of such a progressive global entity for the past six years, we are extremely proud to be PETRONAS in name as well.”According to the company, with one of the largest natural gas resources in North Montney, northeast B.C., Petronas Canada says they are well-placed to implement key strategies for business growth and is focused on obtaining access to market hubs across North America as well as participation in LNG and petrochemical projects. read more
Rabat – Abdellah El Bakkali, president of the National Union of the Moroccan Press (SNPM), cast doubt on the credibility of the 2019 ranking by Reporters without Borders (RSF). The report ranked Morocco 135th out of 180 countries for safety of journalists, describing its media climate as “very difficult.”“I don’t always trust RSF’s reports,” said El Bakkali, asserting that the stance of those who produce the report “lacks credibility,” especially in what it reports on Western Sahara. He said their position on Western Sahara is based on a “pack of lies” and “unfounded.” RSF’s 88-word write-up on Moroccan press freedom for 2019 made no explicit mention of Western Sahara. However, it noted, “Several foreign reporters were expelled.”El Bakkali said journalists in Morocco face difficulties, but “we are not waiting for RSF to teach us lessons in journalism.”The situation of journalists in Morocco, El Bakkali argues, is better compared to a number of Arab countries, complaining that “RSF wants to shed specific light on Morocco.”Read also: RSF Ranks Morocco 135th on World Press FreedomRSF ranked Morocco as the 9th best country for journalist safety out of 19 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. However, the co-founder of Freedom Now, a coalition of human rights defenders in Morocco, Maati Mounjib, argued that press freedom in Morocco now is the worst it has been since the 1990s.Mounjib traces back the beginnings of the deterioration of the media climate in Morocco to 2002. But Mounjib said it started getting somewhat better in 2011-2013, only to degenerate afterwards with the arrest of the co-founder of the Moroccan news outlet Lakome, Ali Anouzla, in September 2013 and other arrests that followed.In its 2019 annual report, RSF gave Morocco a score of 44.98 on a scale of 0 (best) to 100 (worst) compared to 43.13 in 2018. The report blamed the situation on the Moroccan “authorities deliberate obstruction of national and international media” for covering the Hirak protests that broke out in Rif region, northern Morocco. read more
14 November 2008The top United Nations refugee official will be visiting Afghanistan next week to assess the progress and challenges in the world’s largest voluntary repatriation programme, which has already assisted some 4.3 million people in returning to their homeland. The top United Nations refugee official will be visiting Afghanistan next week to assess the progress and challenges in the world’s largest voluntary repatriation programme, which has already assisted some 4.3 million people in returning to their homeland. While in the capital, Kabul, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres will also co-chair with Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta an international conference on 19 November to mobilise support for the return and reintegration of Afghan refugees.The conference will include representatives from relevant Afghan ministries, regional governments, the main donor countries and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). It is expected to launch a plan, under the Government’s own Afghan National Development Strategy (ANDS), to encourage the use of part of the $20 billion pledged at the Paris Conference in June, towards supporting returnees and their reintegration in Afghanistan.Since 2002 more than 5 million people have returned to Afghanistan, the majority from neighbouring Pakistan and Iran. Some 4.3 million of them were assisted through the voluntary repatriation programme for Afghan refugees run by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the world’s largest for the past six years.The agency estimates there are still 2.8 million registered Afghans living in Pakistan and Iran.This year alone, over 277,000 people returned to Afghanistan – 99 per cent of them from Pakistan. Around 62 per cent of them returned to the three eastern provinces of Nangarhar, Kunar and Laghman. Mr. Guterres will be meeting with some of these returnees from Pakistan to better understand their needs and concerns when he visits the eastern part of the country. According to UNHCR, more than 30,000 recent returnees are living under tents in five makeshift settlements in the desert. “They say they cannot return to their home areas due to a lack of land, shelter and security,” agency spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva. “They have received emergency supplies from the Government, UNHCR and its partners, but will need a longer-term solution beyond this winter.”During a stop in western Afghanistan, Mr. Guterres will visit several camps for internally displaced Afghans, most of whom fled anti-Pashtun reprisals in the north and north-west after the fall of the Taliban in late 2001. The camps also include those displaced by severe drought in provinces like Badghis. read more
OTTAWA — Sun News Network says it will stay on the air while the CRTC reviews the way news channels are regulated in Canada.[np_storybar title=”Read the full CRTC decision” link=”#1″] [/np_storybar]The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on Thursday rejected the network’s bid to be carried on basic cable, casting fresh doubts on the future of the controversial upstart broadcaster.But the CRTC also says it will review the regulations for news channels in Canada.“The diversity of voices is an essential component of our society, particularly as they relate to news and information in the Canadian broadcasting system,” CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais said in a statement.“Television news channels provide an important public service by ensuring that Canadians are exposed to different opinions and perspectives on matters that concern all citizens. We are concerned that, under the existing rules, Canadian news services are not being given a pride of place in our broadcasting system.”That provides a glimmer of hope for Sun News, which told the CRTC this spring that anything short of mandatory carriage would spell the end of the channel, dubbed “Fox News North” by some critics when it made its debut in April 2011.Screen grab “We are disappointed that the CRTC did not rule in favour of our application for a mandatory distribution order,” Sun News executive Kory Teneycke said in a statement.“However, we are encouraged they have found merit in the main arguments laid out by Sun News on price, channel placement and distribution, and have provided a mechanism to address these issues.”The application by Sun News “acted as a catalyst for this broader review of the framework for national news services announced today,” he added.Mandatory carriage would have generated significant revenue for the network, which lost $17 million last year — a situation parent company Quebecor (TSX:QBR.B) calls “clearly unsustainable.”But the CRTC says Sun News didn’t meet the criteria for a mandatory carriage.Given its exceptional nature, the CRTC has set the bar very high for obtaining a mandatory distribution order“Given its exceptional nature, the CRTC has set the bar very high for obtaining a mandatory distribution order,” the commission said.Sun News wasn’t the only channel denied a bid for must-carry status.The regulator also rejected 11 other applications, including Vision TV, Maximum Television Canada, the Canadian Punjabi Network and Starlight: The Canadian Movie Channel, which had the backing of luminaries like David Cronenberg, Denys Arcand and Atom Agoyan.French broadcaster Nouveau TV5 and the French arm of AMI TV, which provides accessible broadcast services such as described video, were both granted mandatory distribution orders.A number of existing mandatory carriage orders were also renewed, including the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and the Cable Public Affairs Channel.Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2013-372 by National Post read more
The UN Office in Colombia, described it as “an unacceptable criminal act which goes against the efforts the country is making to steer away from violence and work with its people to build a more prosperous and peaceful future.”The UN in Colombia “expressed solidarity with the families of the victims and the National Police and wished a speedy recovery to all those who were injured in this criminal act”, UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric told reporters at UN Headquarters on Thursday. “We join this condemnation of this attack”, he added.The Colombian Government signed an historic peace deal with the FARC rebel group in November 2016, ending five decades of armed conflict. The UN Verification Mission in the South American country, based on the agreement, has been overseeing the laying down of arms, after the bilateral ceasefire, and verifying the reintegration of former fighters into civilian life.According to news reports, the bombing occurred shortly after a ceremony inside the General Santander Academy, in the south of the city. So far, the identity of the assailants or motivation for the attack is unknown.The President of the UN General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa, a former Foreign Minister of Colombia’s southern neighbour, Ecuador, also issued a statement condemning the “atrocious attack”. On Twitter, she expressed her solidarity with the people of Colombia, “who continue to demonstrate their tireless commitment to achieving peace.”Her Spokesperson, Monica Grayley, said that Ms. Espinosa “expresses solidarity with the victims and their families, the people, and the Government of Colombia.” read more
Ohio State redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (25) celebrates with Dwayne Haskins and Terry McLaurin after running the ball in for at touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 8 Ohio State’s hopes for a berth in the College Football Playoff hinge on Saturday’s Big Ten championship game against No. 4 Wisconsin. This has been obvious for essentially the entire season. The Buckeyes’ title hopes are alive, as they are just four spots out of the final four in the second-to-last CFP rankings.Ahead of them are two ACC teams — No. 1 Clemson and No. 7 Miami — that will play one another in the ACC championship game and two SEC teams — No. 2 Auburn and No. 6 Georgia — that will meet in their conference title game. No. 3 Oklahoma, which plays No. 11 TCU in the Big 12 championship game, also stands in front of Ohio State, as do No. 5 Alabama, whose season has ended, and the Badgers.At this point, the only guaranteed spots will belong to the winner of the ACC and SEC title games. And should Oklahoma, the favorite, beat TCU, the final spot will come down to Alabama and the Big Ten champion. If that happens to be Wisconsin, the Badgers will almost certainly claim the final spot. If it is Ohio State, a debate will rage in the room of the CFP committee as to whether the Buckeyes’ stronger slate of wins is enough to offset their two losses when compared to Alabama’s one loss.After the rankings were released, the committee’s chairman, Kirby Hocutt, said on ESPN that losses will be a factor in deciding the final spot, but he added so will any big wins.“As we get to this time of the season and study each team’s resume, we look at everything from performance on the field each week to strength of schedule to quality wins, and then the losses do come into discussion,” Hocutt said.The Buckeyes could get in along with the Crimson Tide. Should TCU upset Oklahoma and the Buckeyes win, both Alabama and Ohio State could reach the College Football Playoff.But assuming the favorites to win both Big 12 and Big Ten championship games prevail, the committee will be faced with comparing the resumes of Alabama and Ohio State. Alabama has three ranked wins on the season. They beat No. 17 LSU, dominated No. 25 Fresno State and a had a narrow 31-24 victory against No. 23 Mississippi State, a team that just lost 31-28 at home to a 6-6 Ole Miss team. It’s only loss came on the road to the now-second-ranked Auburn Tigers.The Buckeyes, on the other hand, enter with wins against No. 9 Penn State and No. 16 Michigan State, and would have a win over the only undefeated Power 5 team in the nation in Wisconsin. That win also would deliver a conference title to the Buckeyes, something the Crimson Tide would not have.But the two losses hurt Ohio State. The first loss, a 31-17 loss to the third-ranked Sooners in Week 2 was not the end of the world. The second loss, a 55-24 stomping at the hands of a very pedestrian Iowa team, looks ugly for Ohio State. Though it was on the road in the hostile confines of Kinnick Stadium, the Hawkeyes came into that game having scored more than 25 points in only three of their eight games and finished the regular season with a 7-5 record.Ohio State might have to win convincingly against the Badgers Saturday to be put ahead of Alabama. It might not have to. It might only have to win to be in. That is for the committee to decide.As Hocutt said Tuesday, it is hard to differentiate when looking at comparable teams. Many factors come into play, and it is only the decision of the 13 members of the committee that decide how to separate the teams.“At those times, through our protocol, the commissioners gave us four different criteria to look at: conference championships, strength of schedule, head-to-head matchups, and results against common opponents,” Hocutt said. “But they do not order those in priority. They do not tell us they are to be weighted equally.” read more
AN POST HAS lodged plans with Dublin City Council to construct a new two-storey building within the GPO complex ahead of the centenary of the 1916 Rising.The new facility will be built in an existing courtyard just behind the public post office area and will feature a new exhibition, a gallery space and a landscaped outdoor area.The new development will be integrated with GPO’s current main post office hall with An Post pledging that it will allow for greater access by members of the public.The new building will extend the current exhibition space at the GPO to approximately 1,600 sqm.An Post say that the project will reflect the centrality of the GPO to the events of Easter 1916 and will be “a fitting focus for the commemoration of the events of Easter week 1916″.It is also envisaged that the new facility will be available to be used as part of the Decade of Commemoration currently being undertaken by DCC.“This is a really exciting development which will ensure that Easter 2016 is suitably marked with a fitting development commemorating both the centenary of the Easter Rising and the building that forms such a central element of the story,” said an An Post spokesperson.The original construction of the GPO is also the focus of an anniversary itself this year with construction of the O’Connell Street building having begun 200 years ago in 1814.Much of the building was destroyed during the Easter Rising and was rebuilt and reopened in 1929.Plans for the new development have been lodged with DCC and planning permission has been sought.Column: Nordic Rebels – The Swede and Finn who fought in the GPO, 1916 >Read: Commemorative centre to be built at 14 – 17 Moore Street > read more
One big reason geeky types buy a Google-powered anything is that they assume such gadgets are going to be developer-friendly — and therefore hackable. Root access has been achieved on just about every Android tablet or phone out there, the Cr-48 running Chrome OS, and now Sony Google TV devices have been rooted, too.Don’t go rushing off to buy a Sony device if you’re a more leisurely hardware hacker. In its current incarnation, the root process is a bit circuitous. The folks at GTV Hacker have posted exhaustive instructions, but it’s still a 44-step process that requires the use of four different USB flash drives of 512MB or greater capacity.Once you’re all done, however, you’ll be able to install certain apps whose absence you may have found incredibly frustrating on a Google TV device. Specifically, video streaming apps like Hulu and those produced by the major networks — like Fox, NBC, CBS, and ABC. One other compelling reason to give this a go: it’s possible to set up NTFS support, meaning you can easily swap your external hard drives full of video files back and forth between your Sony box and your Windows computer without having to use FAT32.Another thing to consider before rooting your Sony Google TV hardware is that you’re monkeying with the firmware and thereby voiding its warranty. On a positive note, the crew at GTV Hacker say that it’s easy enough to roll back to the stock firmware if you have second thoughts about jailbreaking your device. You also won’t receive any OEM updates over-the-air — that functionality has been crippled to avoid any shenanigans that would undo your hard work.More at Droid Life and GTV Hacker read more
Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Being The Evolution preservation-hall-jazz-band-being-evolution While embodying a great tradition on a core level, outside influences like Hurricane Katrina and their trip to Cuba inject changes into the group’s ongoing legacyPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 17, 2018 – 5:05 pm Growing up just blocks away from New Orleans Preservation Hall, Ben Jaffe has a deep intuition about the tradition behind today’s Preservation Hall Jazz Band. He is now its creative director and tuba player, and his dad Allan founded the group in the 60s and played tuba in the band as well. But evolution is required to continue embodying the tradition with fresh performances and recordings. Email Twitter Facebook News “Ever since Hurricane Katrina, we’ve just been on sort of a journey to really ensure the future of our musical legacy and traditions that we were blessed to have grown up with in New Orleans,” said Jaffe. “Part of that journey is also recognizing that traditions will evolve, and how will they evolve and how much will you be responsible for that evolution? … It’s a wonderful balancing act that we all do.”The Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s last tour date until Dec. is on Oct. 20 at Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square in New Orleans. They’ve been performing new material recorded after a life-changing trip to the Havana Jazz Festival.”It was so inspiring and the people we met were so beautiful,” Jaffe shared. “The connection between Cuba and New Orleans runs so deep that we came back different people. You can really hear how that experience influenced and inspired our music.”Thanks to their ongoing evolution, the great tradition continues.’On Location: New Orleans’ Takes You To Birthplace Of Jazz And BounceRead more NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 17, 2018 – 5:05 pm Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Being The Evolution Preservation Hall Jazz Band On Being The Evolution read more
Katrina Kaif in ZeroYouTube screenshotThere’s no denying that Katrina Kaif has gone through a lot of ups and downs in her both professional and personal life but the starlet overcomed the hurdles that came crashing in her path. She is now considered as one of the most desirable actresses in Bollywood and has many hit films to her name. But not many people would know that Katrina had suffered a heartbreak at the age of 17 when she was the new girl in the city looking for a break in the entertainment industry.In the recent episode of Feet Up With The Stars season 2, host Anaita Adajania recalled an incident when she was Katrina Kaif coming to meet her at her office in South Mumbai in a ‘kaali-peeli’ taxi. She quickly asked Katrina if she remembered what she was wearing at that time.Katrina, who was filled with pride by then, narrated the entire incident (with a smile on her face) to the viewers saying, “So I’ve come to Anaita’s office and I’ve gotten out of, not even a cool cab, but a normal one. So I was hot because it’s hot outside. And I was wearing very short shorts and very small top (Anaita then interjects and corrects Katrina saying ‘sheer top’) and Anaita deemed it inappropriate that I was wearing that.”As Anaita corrected her saying that she was worried about her, Katrina continued to narrate the incident, “So she corrected me on it and at which point, I felt very bad. I was like ‘Ohhh’. Anaita added to the story saying that when Katrina started off, she was voluptuous, a lot more curvy and she felt that she was a danger to the traffic.Katrina gave a nod to Anaita and further continued the conversation to explain how she was left heartbroken at 17.”You were worried for my safety but yeah.., so that’s the first time we met and I remember I was trying to book a story. So, as a model in those days, if you get booked for a fashion feature or an editorial or a cover, it’s a big thing. And I had not yet appeared in any magazine. I was 17, and I was really wanting you to put me in this magazine and say that, “Yeah done babe, you’re on the cover, this is the one.” And you were just about to confirm me for a fashion editorial, which basically means, for those who don’t know, that it goes inside the magazine and my poor little heart, my poor 17 years old heart, so small, it was like so crushed and I am like, “Oh, no! Anaita Shroff is not putting me on the cover,” Katrina said to which Anaita quickly replied that cut to that they’ve done some amazing covers together. read more
In the footage released by police, the woman is seen dropping her bag and attempting to slowly back away.But after she turns her back, the men then shot her.The shooting took place on Friday morning in Detroit and appears to be completely unprovoked.Police released details of the vehicle driven by two suspects and chased them shortly after the shooting took place.The two men fled the red SUV on foot and got away.A third suspect has been arrested, a 29-year-old man, and a gun has been recovered.The trans woman remains in critical condition in hospital.Watch the CCTV footage below, beware it contains images some may find distressingThis year has already become the deadliest on record for the killings of trans people in the US. The Human Rights Campaign says at least 25 trans people have been killed in 2017.Last week police said a father shot his son because he was gay.Family remembered Giovanni Melton who Henderson police say was shot and killed by his own father.The victim’s former foster mother, Sonja Jones, has said that the father, Wendell Melton, “hated” that his son was gay.“He hated the fact that his son was gay,” said Jones.And another man who is accused of torturing his girlfriend’s eight-year-old son to death killed him because he thought the child was gay, a court has heard.The prosecutor said that Isauro Aguirre made Gabriel Fernandez wear stereotypically female clothes to school before murdering him with torture methods.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Trans woman shot while grappling gun from man in Detroit gas stationTrans killings are at an all time high in the US in 2017After shooting: Puerto Vallarta Tourism safe for LGBT travelers?PINK NEWS- Shocking CCTV footage shows a trans woman being shot in the back during a robbery in Detroit.The 36-year-old woman was shot during the robbery after two men got out of their car and pointed a gun at her. read more
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J. 16:25 Update: Some flights will operate to and from Christchurch airport this evening, after runways were cleared.While the majority of services remain suspended, two domestic Jetstar flights are due to come in to Christchurch Airport this evening and a Pacific Blue flight will come in from Sydney at midnight tonight. According to the airport all Air New Zealand flights remain cancelled for the rest of the day while the Singapore Airlines service diverted to Auckland this morning will resume its journey to Christchurch tomorrow morning.“Snow is still expected through the evening and airport staff will work through the night to clear parking gates for aircraft tomorrow morning,” a statement from the airport read. “There is some risk of ice through the night.” 13:16 Update: Severe weather conditions forced Christchurch airport to cancel all arriving and departing services “until further notice”.Up to 500 people have been forced to camp-out in the airport’s terminal until flights resume.”We have two graders and a snow plow working continuously on the runways, but as fast as they clear the snow, it builds up again,” the airport’s incident controller Geoff Eban said.”If the weather clears, we hope to open by mid-afternoon.”Travellers have been urged to check flight status on airline websites before travelling to the airport.Meanwhile, Air New Zealand has also been forced to cancel some of its domestic services into Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill and Queenstown.An Air New Zealand spokesperson told e-Travel Blackboard that up to 44 domestic flights were cancelled from lunchtime today.International services to and from Queenstown have also been suspended “for the remainder of the day”. “Dunedin and Queenstown airports have now re-opened for domestic services, however, delays are expected,” the spokesperson said.“We continue to monitor the weather and assess the conditions on a regular basis.” read more
This much is clear, none of the six players plan on missing any of the action on Monday.“It’s my alma mater,” Ellington said. “There’s not too many times you get to the National Championship and your alma mater gets to play for it.” TEMPE – For a half dozen Arizona Cardinals players, preparations for their divisional round opponent will be put on hold for a few hours on Monday night.There’s a bigger, more important game — at least on that day — that will have their attention.“I’m going to see the Tigers play and whoop up on Alabama, so it’s going to be a good day,” wide receiver Jaron Brown said, smiling.The Tigers would be the Clemson Tigers. They play the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship. University of Phoenix Stadium is decorated Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz., for the college football championship game Monday between Clemson and Alabama. (Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP) Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Clemson (14-0) is the No. 1 team in the country and has been for much of the season. Alabama (13-1) enters the matchup ranked No. 2.It’s been over 30 years since Clemson last won the national championship; their only title came in 1981. Meanwhile, Alabama claims 15 national championships, most recently in 2012, ending a run of three titles in four years.As you can imagine, the trash talk inside the Cardinals locker room has been loud and often.“And then you got a bunch of guys that’s just joining the (Alabama) bandwagon like D.J. Swearinger,” Brown said. “But it’s all good. I told those guys I got a cap and a nice little orange shirt for them. There’s still time to join the (Clemson) bandwagon.”Aside from pride and in-house bragging rights, there’s got to be something on the line between the two factions, right?Apparently nothing as of yet.“They’re scared. They’re scared, man,” Ellington joked. “No, we haven’t talked about (a bet), yet. I told them I got to wait and see how my boys prepare first before I bet. We’ll probably get something going on now. We’ll see.”Wait, scared?“We got three (national championships) in the last six years, so, I mean, nothing to be scared of,” Johnson responded. “If those guys want it, they know where to come.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling And it just so happens that the game will be played in the Cardinals’ home stadium, University of Phoenix Stadium, allowing for Brown and several of his teammates to attend, as fans.Brown went to Clemson as did safety Chris Clemons, running back Andre Ellington and kicker Chandler Catanzaro.Safety Rashad Johnson and defensive tackle Ed Stinson both attended Alabama.“Definitely got to go check the game out. Playing in our stadium. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m excited about it,” Johnson said, proudly wearing his Alabama hooded sweatshirt.Of course they all have tickets, but sideline access is what they covet.“Trying to work on it,” Clemons said, “ but I don’t know. Since it’s the playoffs it’s different. If it were just a regular (game), then definitely be on the sideline but I don’t know about this one.”Added Ellington, “They’re making it hard for us to get on the field.”Perhaps that is just a Clemson problem because Johnson, who walked on at Alabama and became a two-time First-Team All-SEC performer, will be on the sidelines.“I’m fortunate that they gave me field access to go check the game out up close and personal,” he said. “It’ll be a lot of fun to watch that front seven work. They got a great front seven, some guys that are going to be first-round draft picks, so it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch those big nasties work upfront.” read more
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