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General Assembly President and Somali Minister discuss security in MogadishuGeneral Assembly President and Somali Minister discuss security in Mogadishu

23 January 2012The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, held talks today with the Deputy Prime Minister of Somalia, in which he discussed the developments in the security situation in the country. Hussein Arab Isse, who is also Minister of Defense, told Mr. Al-Nasser that the security situation had significantly improved in Mogadishu, the capital, since last July.During the meeting, Mr. Al-Nasser stressed the necessity of carrying through the implementation of the Somali Roadmap adopted last September to ensure meeting the August 2012 deadline for the end of the transition process, and reaffirmed the Assembly’s readiness to offer assistance to the Somali people.The Roadmap spells out priority measures to be implemented before the current transitional governing arrangements end next August in the areas of security, writing a constitution, reconciliation and good governance.It also calls on the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) to lead the implementation, working with the Transitional Federal Parliament (TFP), regional entities, and all sectors of society, including women, the business community, religious leaders, elders and youth.The two men also discussed the agenda for the upcoming London Meeting on Somalia, which will be held on 23 February with the aim of addressing the issue of development and humanitarian aid to the country. read more

Ranils convoy attacked in BalapitiyaRanils convoy attacked in Balapitiya

The convoy of UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was attacked in Balapitiya this evening, party sources said.Wickremesinghe had gone to visit the families of the fishermen killed during the storm over the weekend when it came under attack. Angry family members of the victims attacked the convoy and damaged some of the vehicles. The UNP leader was unhurt.The UNP blamed government sponsored thugs for the attack. (Colombo Gazette)

Deadpool and Star Wars help Cineplex set attendance record in first quarterDeadpool and Star Wars help Cineplex set attendance record in first quarter

‘Deadpool, and ‘Star Wars’ help Cineplex set attendance record in first quarter by The Canadian Press Posted May 3, 2016 7:04 am MDT Last Updated May 3, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canada’s largest chain of movie theatres says it set a record for attendance in the first quarter thanks in part to the continued interest in the “Star Wars” saga and a strong February opening for “Deadpool.”Cineplex Inc. (TSX:CGX) says it hosted 20.6 million patrons during the first three months of this year, a 17.4 per cent increase over the first quarter of 2015.Revenue from all Cineplex business lines totalled $379.9 million, up 30.8 per cent from $289.8 million a year earlier.Box office sales accounted for $192.6 million of the total revenue, with smaller contributions coming from food, amusement games and other types of leisure activities.Cineplex reaped an average of $9.36 per patron from the box office and $5.44 per patron from concession sales, up about five per cent in both cases.Net income more than doubled to $21.5 million or 34 cents per share from $10.5 million or 17 cents per share and the dividend to Cineplex shareholders will increase by 3.8 per cent to $1.62 per share on an annualized basis.“Deadpool” opened in February and was the top film in the first quarter for Cineplex, followed by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which opened in the fourth quarter of 2015. read more

At UN conference education takes centrestage in planning for a sustainable futureAt UN conference education takes centrestage in planning for a sustainable future

“To achieve sustainable development, technology, political regulations and financial incentives will not suffice – we need to change the way that we think and act, as individuals and as societies,” UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, told delegates at the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).“This is the aim of education for sustainable development,” she added. More than 1,000 participants have gathered in the Japanese port city to take stock of the achievements of the UN Decade of ESD, which ran from 2005 to 2014, and address the issues that will confront the international community in the years to come. Lending his support to the Conference in a video message , UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for sustainability to be “built into everything we do” and suggested that education was “the starting point” for a successful and sustainable future.“Boys and girls must learn about global citizenship, to prepare them for the responsibility of safeguarding our common future,” Mr. Ban said.“There is no Plan B because there is no Planet B.”As part of its overall assessment of the UN Decade of ESD, UNESCO has presented the Conference with a report entitled Shaping the Future We Want , which analyzes the impact of ESD initiatives across the world. Based on questionnaires responded by 70 countries, the document reports that two-thirds of the countries concerned have already a national ESD strategy or plan in place, indicating “an increased global recognition that education is a critical tool for moving societies towards sustainable development,” a UNESCO press release said.Among the issues highlighted in the report, UNESCO underscores the need to align education with sustainable development to ensure that education supports sustainable development objectives, and a “widespread, overt and sustained political support” to make the transition from creating an enabling environment to achieving actual changes in curriculum and educator practice at all levels of education. Writing in the The Huffington Post in an op-ed published to coincide with the opening of the Conference, Ms. Bokova affirmed the importance of ESD as a “transformative” tool, adding that it remained an “absolute priority” as the international community moved forward in preparing a new development agenda around a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs). “Focusing on technology and financial incentives will not suffice as we strive to meet the challenge of a growing population of seven billion in a world with finite natural resources,” she wrote.“Education has a major role to play in helping us apply the values, skills and knowledge of sustainable development to local, national and international development decisions, in order to solve the complex problems that we face.”The World Conference – attended by delegates from over 100 countries – will run until 12 November. read more

Shootout win helps Bucks salvage split with MiamiShootout win helps Bucks salvage split with Miami

Led by its defense, the Ohio State men’s hockey team bounced back to take two points from No. 2 Miami (Ohio) and secure home ice in the playoffs.After being mauled in Oxford, Ohio, Friday night, the Buckeyes bounced back from the 6-2 loss to get a shootout victory Saturday in Columbus.When a game goes to a shootout it is officially scored as a tie, but Buckeye goaltender Dustin Carlson said after the game that “I feel like it’s a win, not a tie.”Carlson was the star for the Buckeyes as he shut out Miami through regulation, overtime and the shootout.“He responded well from [Friday] night,” coach John Markell said of his goaltender. In one of the best games of his career, Carlson finished the game with 38 saves.“At the drop of the puck I just knew I was into it right away,” Carlson said. He also attributed a lot of the Buckeyes’ success to the play of the defense, which he attributed to better communication.Junior Peter Boyd, who scored the Buckeyes second shootout goal, also acknowledged the improved play of the defense.“We had guys blocking shots and making sacrifices,” Boyd said. “I think [Shane] Sims had eight blocks tonight.”While the game was low on scoring, it certainly didn’t lack intensity.“Playing back-to-back nights against your rival, that’s pretty intense,” Miami coach Enrico Blasi said.Four players were penalized for roughing after the whistle, including OSU’s John Albert and Miami’s Curtis McKenzie at the end of overtime.The penalty against Albert looked to be costly as he is one of the usual shooters for the Buckeyes in a shootout situation, but was unable to participate due to penalty. The Buckeyes were, however, unaffected as both Sergio Somma and Peter Boyd lit the lamp for the Buckeyes, which was more than enough for Carlson.Carlson saved both attempts he faced, securing a 2-0 shootout win for the Buckeyes. Carlson has now saved the past 11 attempts he has faced in shootouts as his confidence continues to grow.“Right now is probably the best I’ve felt all season, playing in five games in a row now,” Carlson said.The shootout victory earned the Buckeyes two key points in their final game of the season and ensured home ice for the first round of the conference tournament. The Buckeyes finish the regular season in eighth place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and will host ninth place Notre Dame next weekend.Next weekend’s series will come with a change of scenery for the Buckeyes. The games will be played at the OSU Ice Rink, instead of the Schottenstein Center where the team played its regular season games. But for the Buckeyes it is a welcomed change.“I’m excited about it,” Carlson said. “We practice over there every day, so we know the ice very well. I also like the small barn, it’s not going to take too many of our fans to pack it. Last year when we played Bowling Green the atmosphere was great and hopefully we feed off of that.” read more

VTK VIDEO How Poles set new records in KrakowVTK VIDEO How Poles set new records in Krakow

← Previous Story Four teams in Banja Luka, one dream – EHF Champions League Next Story → EHF CL last spot battle: Elverum and Alpla Hard at the final! krakowPSG HandballVive Tauron Kielce Vive Tauron Kielce and PSG Handball have played fantastic intro match of the season in Krakow in front of 15.300 fans. The plan to break all attendance record in the Polish handball, but also club’s sport, presented our sport in the best possible way at Tauron Arena in Krakow. You can feel a part of the show from the video done by Vive Tauron Kielce TV.

Up up up Passenger traffic at Dublin AirportUp up up Passenger traffic at Dublin Airport

first_imgTRAFFIC AT DUBLIN Airport topped 20 million passengers last year and was the busiest year at the airport since 2009.The figures from the Dublin Airport Authority showed a 6 per cent increase, boosted in large part by a spike in transatlantic traffic of 13 per cent.The transatlantic traffic increase saw 1.9 million people flying between Dublin Airport and North America last year. Long-haul traffic to the Middle-East grew by just over 13 per cent last year with UK and European markets also recording increases.The DAA say that there is already 16 new routes planned for 2014 with expansions of some existing services also in the pipeline.As a result of the passenger rise, DAA will pay a €5.6 million rebate in airport charges to a total of 40 airlines that increased their business at Dublin Airport during 2013. This rebate is part of the Growth Incentive Scheme which has operated since 2011.“This incentive scheme was designed to encourage growth in passenger numbers and we are delighted to have paid a rebate in each of the three years it has operated,” said Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison.Transport Minister Leo Varadkar congratulated the DAA for the results and referenced The Gathering as a measure that showed the Government’s commitment to aviation.Read: Aer Lingus passenger numbers down 5 per cent in November >Read: Ryanair to allocate seats on flights from February >last_img read more

How is Ireland feeling Europewide survey looks at loneliness health and choresHow is Ireland feeling Europewide survey looks at loneliness health and chores

first_imgTHE LASTEST EDITION of Eurofound’s Quality of Life survey has revealed detailed  information about what life is like in several European countries.This edition, conducted in 2011, involved face-to-face interviews with 35,000 people in different Europe countries.Two others were conducted in 2003 and 2007.Notable findings include a fall of 20% in optimism across all countries, but wide divisions exist between the standard of life in different countries.For example, 22 per cent of people struggle to make ends meet in Greece, compared to just 1 per cent in Finland.Perceived tensions between racial groups and the difference between rich and poor also rose.The authors of the survey described subjective well-being as remaining stable through the decade:“In Member States with the lowest scores in 2003, well-being increased, and most of the other Member States show more or less stable scores. The main exception is Greece, where the economic crisis is linked to sharp falls in both life satisfaction and happiness between 2007 and 2011.”For the most part, countries with higher levels of life satisfaction in 2007 reported decreased satisfaction in 2011.We’ve picked out a few interesting highlights from the survey relating to Ireland. You can explore the data yourself using this mapping tool.Read the full report here.From whom would you get support if you needed to urgently raise 1000 EUR to face an emergency?Like most other Europeans, the Irish would turn to a member of their family for some much needed cash. However, we’re 4th in Europe for turning to a financial institution, with 18 per cent saying this would be their first port of call. The Danes are miles ahead of the rest in this area at 30 per cent.Click here to view a larger version.How would you rate the quality of health services in your country?Ireland comes in at 4.9, below an average of 6.3 in terms of how we view our health care system, but…How respondents rated their health system on a scale of 1 to 10. Click here to view a larger version.Perceived health status… we think we’re pretty healthy, among with fellow bailout countries Cyprus and Greece. 38.3 per cent said their health was “very good” compared to an EU average of 22.4 per cent, and 37 per cent “good”.  Lativa ranks last, due to 42.8 per cent classing their health as “fair”. The percentage of people who responded with “very good” to perceived health status. Click here to view a larger version.I have not felt lonely.65 per cent of people in Ireland picked this when asked if they have felt lonely, the 3rd highest in Europe. At the opposite end of the spectrum, 11 per cent of people in Cyprus feel lonely all the time (we’re here if you want a chat, lads).The percentage of people who responded with “never” to whether they have felt lonely. Click here for a larger version.Would you say that people can be trusted or that you can`t be too careful in dealing with people?The higher score, the higher the trust. We perform pretty well in this, and our score of 5.5 peeks above the EU average of 5.1.Click here to view a larger version.Contacted a politician or public official (other than routine contact through public services)We’re in the top 5 in Europe in this category, with 11 per cent saying that they have. You’re most likely to get in touch between the ages of 35 to 49. We match the EU average for youth (18 to 24) engagement in politics.The percentage of people who said they had recently contacted a politician or public official. Click here to view a larger version.Time spend in getting to and from work or studyWe spend more time commuting than any other country in Europe, at an average of 55 minutes.Click here to view a larger version.Access to public transport facilitiesWhile 43.5 per cent can access it easily, 15 per cent of people in Ireland find it very difficult to access public transport, double the EU average of 6.4 per cent. We come second in Europe in this category, although it pales in comparison to Malta’s 32 per cent figure.However, 73.4 per cent said they had no problems with traffic congestion.The percentage of people who responded with “with great difficultly” to how well they could access public transport. Click here to view a larger version.I have come home from work too tired to do household jobs.While the majority said that they come home too tired “several times a month”, 25 per cent said that “several times a week”.However, 21 per cent of those from Netherlands and Lithuania say they never are.  How they get the energy for that we’ll never know.Click here to view a larger version.Image Credit for all graphs: Eurofoundlast_img

Homemade Arduinobased Telnetenabled power strip is complex but awesomeHomemade Arduinobased Telnetenabled power strip is complex but awesome

first_imgFor those of us that keep servers at home, for whatever reason, the jump between consumer grade and professional grade hardware can be significant. While it has gotten much cheaper in recent years to build a server, things like networking equipment and power management remain fairly expensive. One of the most useful tools in a server admin’s arsenal when trying to remotely manage hardware are power strips that can force a server to power cycle by cutting power to the outlet. It’s not something you do often, but it’s can come in handy. Recently Alberto Panu released the details to a project that takes an Arduino and turns it into a Telnet-capable power strip.Like any Arduino project that requires playing with electricity, this is not for the casual enthusiast. The project details a DIY method to build a box that allows you to connect up to six items to mainline power and control them by logging in to the microcontroller in the box and issuing commands to either cut power entirely or cut power and then restore ita connected device. This same project could be easily adapted for a much simpler power strip that used residential outlets, but that is very different from what was done here.Once the box was built, all you would need to do in order to use it would be to log in via Telnet. For example, if you had a terminal client installed on your phone you could login and control the power from anywhere.While this implementation is certainly a bit more industrial than what an average tinkerer would build in their free time, it is undeniably cool to see Arduino used in such a way.More at Panu.itlast_img read more

Diaspora to be targeted in Growth AgendaDiaspora to be targeted in Growth Agenda

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, November 8, 2016 – The diaspora is being touted among the specific areas that will be engaged to attract investment for achieving economic growth.  Chairman of the Economic Growth Council (EGC), Michael Lee-Chin, speaking in a panel discussion and signing ceremony at the Courtleigh Auditorium on November 7, said the diaspora is a central repository for investment capital.  He said the EGC will be engaging members of this demographic in visits to Atlanta, New York, Miami, London, Toronto and other diaspora nodes in a move to expose them to the mission of the council and how they can partake in the push for growth locally.Mr. Lee-Chin noted that other areas that are expected to drive growth include insurance, local and foreign investors, agriculture and the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry. He said investments in renewable energy, mining, tourism, manufacturing and infrastructure are also critical.The Chairman expressed confidence in the commitment to achieving growth of five per cent in gross domestic product (GDP) in four years, noting that the table is set for this due to a confluence of factors – fiscal stability, historically low inflation, low energy and telecoms prices, and improved business confidence.  “The table is set for growth because the Government has accepted its role to enable and facilitate growth,” Mr. Lee-Chin emphasized.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness; Mr.  Lee-Chin and Vice Chairman, Ambassador Nigel Clarke, used the ceremony to sign a declaration of intent with private sector-groups, unions and civil society, which underscores the Government’s commitment to the specific policies that fall under each growth initiative.The growth initiatives by the EGC, which was appointed by the Prime Minister to consult widely and advise Cabinet on policies and reform that will facilitate economic growth, are to: maintain macroeconomic stability and pursue debt reduction; improve citizen security and public safety; improve access to finance; and pursue bureaucratic reform to improve the business environment.The other initiatives are to: stimulate greater asset utilization; build human capital; harness the power of the diaspora; and catalyze the implementation of strategic projects.last_img read more

Camas man still in critical condition after crashCamas man still in critical condition after crash

first_imgA Camas man critically injured when he was struck by a minivan Sunday would have missed his Rotary Club’s annual Christmas party today, but the group decided to bring the party to him.At 9 p.m., members of the Rotary Club of Greater Clark County will sing carols in the lobby of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where member Rich Irvine is being treated in the intensive care unit. Just before 6 a.m. Sunday, Irvine apparently saw a pickup rear-end a blue Honda CRV on Interstate 205 and drive away. He pulled his car to the right shoulder and crossed freeway lanes to help the driver in the CRV, which had careened into a concrete barrier on the left side of the freeway. As he approached the CRV, a Honda Odyssey minivan driven by 41-year-old Fredy Delacruz-Moreno of Seattle struck the CRV and Irvine, according to the Washington State Patrol.Irvine and the CRV’s driver, Steven M. Klase, 25, of Battle Ground were hospitalized. Klase is in satisfactory condition, and Irvine remains in critical condition, hospital staff said Wednesday. Irvine’s wife reported that he had bleeding in the brain and spinal fractures, along with a less serious pelvic injury.To help pay Irvine’s medical bills, more than $18,000 has been raised at read more

Senate Panel Urges Appropriators to Offer DOD Flexibility in Spending FY18 FundsSenate Panel Urges Appropriators to Offer DOD Flexibility in Spending FY18 Funds

first_imgThe seven members of the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee are asking Senate appropriators to provide defense officials more leeway in spending the department’s fiscal 2018 budget allocation, with the department likely to have less than six months to use the extra funds afforded by last month’s bipartisan budget agreement. The lawmakers propose waiving the one-year limitation on spending operation and maintenance funds and the “80/20 rule,” which restricts officials from obligating more than 20 percent of one-year appropriations during the last two months of the fiscal year, reports Defense News. “Either of these two exceptions will ensure that service secretaries will have the flexibility to obligate funds in an efficient manner to restore readiness and execute the National Security and Defense Strategy,” according to the readiness panel’s March 5 letter. The request echoes a similar proposal House appropriators are considering.Air Force photo by Sr. Airman Joshua Kleinholz Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

BOARD OF HEALTH Tremezzo Pizzeria Michaels Place Opening Soon Silence From Casa BlancaBOARD OF HEALTH Tremezzo Pizzeria Michaels Place Opening Soon Silence From Casa Blanca

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Health held a brief 30-minute meeting on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at Town Hall.EEE & West Nile VirusWilmington Health Director Shelly Newhouse reported that there’s been no positive tests for EEE or West Nile Virus in Wilmington mosquitos this summer.“We do typically get a positive West Nile Virus positive. We have in years past. Testing is still ongoing. We could still wind up with one, but Wilmington is currently considered low risk. There’s been no positive tests in town and we hope it stays that way,” Newhouse told board members. “The town’s Animal Control Officer has visited all the horse owners in town. All horses are inoculated. Owners have been given fact sheets and are aware of the seriousness.”Newhouse noted that the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project is continuing to conduct regular sprayings in Wilmington, but will stop once the night temperature drops to 55 degrees.Highland Estates Subdivision Plan ApprovedThe Board approved a modified subdivision plan for Highland Estates. Highland Estates is a conservation subdivision on Hopkins Street, near Sarafina Way, with 17 houses proposed next to 7 acres of open space along Lubbers Brook. The developer made changes to lot lines as a result of relocating a septic tank, which necessitated the Board of Health to reapprove the plan before the Planning Board is able to proceed.Update On New RestaurantsHealth Director Shelly Newhouse updated the board on new restaurants opening in town. Newhouse recently conducted a first wave of pre-opening inspections of Michael’s Place Bar & Grille on Lowell Street and Tremezzo Pizzeria on Shawsheen Street (formerly Uncle Mickey’s).“I think Michael’s Place Bar & Grille will be opening soon,” said Newhouse, noting she was just in last week to conduct an inspection of the equipment and new bar. “And Tremezzo Pizzeria is moving right in shortly.” Newhouse says she will need to conduct additional inspections at each restaurant prior to their openings.In response to a question from Board of Health Chair Elizabeth Sabounjian, Newhouse revealed she was as much in the dark as residents are regarding the status of Casa Blanca, which is slated to move into the old Chili’s location at the Wilmington Crossing. Casa Blanca was originally eyeing a September 2018 opening, but the Mexican chain was affected by the Merrimack Valley gas explosions, closing its Andover location for two months.“I haven’t heard anything from [Casa Blanca] in awhile. It seems like they’ve stopped doing any work in their building,” responded Newhouse.Newhouse also noted that the Wilmington Farmers Market’s fall season runs until Sunday, October 13, 2019 on the Swain Green. And organizers will likely again hold a monthly indoor Winter Market similar to last year.The Board of Health also reviewed several food inspection reports and approved their August Meeting minutes. The Board next meets on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Board Of Health Urges Residents To Use Caution As Mosquitos Test Positive For EEE In AndoverIn “Government”BREAKING NEWS: More Mosquitos Test Positive For West Nile Virus In Wilmington, This Time Off Of Adams St.In “Breaking News”ALERT: West Nile Virus Confirmed In Mosquitoes From WilmingtonIn “Government”last_img read more

Infosys CEO Salil Parekh may have his agenda set but will heInfosys CEO Salil Parekh may have his agenda set but will he

first_imgInfosysReutersThe year 2017 is something Infosys and its employees will probably always remember, considering how much has happened in the firm. From top-level managers, including former CEO Vishal Sikka, quitting and speculations that he had a fallout with co-founder Narayana Murthy to the firm getting a new CEO in Salil Parekh, the year has definitely been memorable.And now that Parekh has come onboard the IT giant, it looks like Infosys will begin the new year with some stability. At least that is what Parekh aims for, along with growth of the Bengaluru-based IT giant. Infosys is now reportedly set to see a new team of leaders and Parekh’s management style has been described as “firm but gentle.””He (Parekh) is good at getting things done but won’t spend time talking things up,” a former Infosys executive told the Economic Times. And with this “firm but gentle” style, Parekh will need to not just push for growth , but will also have to bring some stability to the firm, which has witnessed troubled times, as well as build confidence among his employees.Infosys staffers have told the daily that they do not expect Parekh to come onboard and bond with them overnight, but they would like to know what he has in the pipeline. “No one is expecting him to come in and distribute iPhones, but you need to know what is happening. If the company changes direction every three years then people get tired,” an employee noted.The 53-year-old, who moves to Infosys from Capgemini, will need to bring the IT giant’s growth back on track, in turn increasing its revenue. Infosys’ shares have taken quite a hit in the last few months, and have only marginally improved since Sikka’s exit.While his agenda may be in place, experts believe that Parekh must be given the space to make decisions and execute them, without the interference of the founders, which seemed to be the case with Sikka.”The hope is that the founders do not micro-manage Salil Parekh, just because the MD is based out of Bengaluru. And they should let the MD build his own team and strategy for the company,” Shriram Subramanian, founder of InGovern Research Services, told ET. ReutersThe reported interference from the founders is said to be one of the reasons that Sikka decided to resign. In his letter to the board announcing his resignation he had hinted on this writing: “Over the last many months and quarters, we have all been besieged by false, baseless, malicious and increasingly personal attacks.”Allegations that have been repeatedly proven false and baseless by multiple, independent investigations. But despite this, the attacks continue, and worse still, amplified by the very people from whom we all expected the most steadfast support in this great transformation.”last_img read more

President in Astana to attend OIC summitPresident in Astana to attend OIC summit

first_imgPresident Abdul Hamid arrives in Astana on Saturday evening. Photo: BSSPresident Abdul Hamid arrived in Astana on Saturday evening to attend the First Summit of OIC on Science and Technology to be held in the capital of Kazakhstanon Sunday and Monday.The president arrived at Astana Nurshultan Nazarbayev International Airport at 8:25pm(local time) by a VVIP flight of Bangladesh Biman.Minister for justice of Kazakhstan Marat Beketayev, first deputy mayor of Astana Sergei Mikailovich and ambassador of Bangladesh to Uzbekistan Mosud Mannan received president Hamid at the airport.Hamid is leading a Bangladesh delegation to the OIC summit.The summit is expected to discuss and adopt the OIC Ten Year Action Plan on Science and Technology ‘OIC STI Agenda 2026’.President Hamid will make a statement at the summit calling for creating a new story of development for the wellbeing of the Muslim Ummah through active cooperation in science and technology.He will emphasise that the contributions of the member states individually, jointly or collectively to science and technology will enhance the image of Muslims, embolden their position in the world and give them due respect in global debate and discourse while improving the conditions of the Ummah.The president will also share the initiatives, programmes and success stories of Bangladesh government with the OIC member states in many areas of science and technology and give invaluable guidance to the OIC with his recommendations.During the visit, he is expected to have bilateral talks with his Kazakh counterpart and some of the counterparts from the participating member states.President Hamid is scheduled to return home on 12 September next.last_img read more

Social outrage as grandmother drags dog home outside carSocial outrage as grandmother drags dog home outside car

first_imgPuebla, Puebla — A woman made headlines across Mexico Monday when she was videoed dragging a dog by a leash tied to the outside of her car.The incident was recorded Monday afternoon by a motorist who saw a silver Toyota Avanza driving with a Golden Retriever tied to the passenger mirror of the vehicle in the area of the Ecological Park in the city of Puebla.The video was quick to circulate around Mexican news agencies as well as social media and animal protection authorities. A motorist videoed the woman and her passenger dragging the dog by a leash. When the vehicle slowed for a stop light, the motorist requested they untie the dog.In the video you can hear the motorist say, “The dog is hurting, the dog can not walk anymore, the dog can not walk anymore, put the dog in!”The person in the passenger seat did finally open the door and allowed the dog entry into the car.Iván Galindo Castillejos of the city of Puebla said the animal was in good health. He said the dog was in the charge of a senior citizen who went to the park to pick up her grandson and the dog in the rain.The grandmother said he did not want the dog to dirty the inside of her car, so she tied it to the outside of the car for the “short trip of two streets” drive home.Social outrage as grandmother drags dog home outside carClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ANA presented with two SKYTRAX Category AwardsANA presented with two SKYTRAX Category Awards

first_imgANA presented with two SKYTRAX Category AwardsANA presented with two SKYTRAX Category AwardsAll Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-Star airline for seven consecutive years, today won “World’s Best Airport Services” and “Best Business Class Onboard Catering” at the SKYTRAX World Airline Awards, in a special ceremony in Paris at Musee de l’Air et de l’ Espace, Paris Air Show.The awards, hosted by London-based airline industry rating company SKYTRAX, are determined by the results of a worldwide passenger survey. This is the seventh year that ANA has earned “World’s Best Airport Services” since 2011, and it is the very first time ANA has been awarded “Best Business Class Onboard Catering,” reflecting the airline’s commitment to ensuring a quality experience to its passengers in both service and experience.“We are delighted that SKYTRAX recognized our commitment to our customers both on and off our aircrafts,” said Hideki Kunugi, Executive Vice President of ANA. “As a global leading airline, ANA continues to provide our passengers with the best hospitality from the moment they check in until they leave the airport at their destination as these awards make clear. We’d like to thank our dedicated team members on the ground and on board and to our customers for recognizing these efforts and continuing to make ANA Japan’s leading airline.”For the “World’s Best Airport Services” award, passengers recognized the efforts of ANA’s ground staff at airports for having exceptional customer service with its flyers and going the extra mile to ensure customer satisfaction is a top priority. In addition, the following initiatives by ANA have been commended:An increased number of automatic check in baggage machines “ANA Baggage Drop” to ensure check-in procedures are as smooth as possible.Revamped domestic ANA LOUNGES in Itami, Fukuoka, and Naha airport, designed by world famous architect, Kengo Kuma.The ANA LOUNGE in Narita Airport expanded to create a more spacious environment for flyers.Extended opening hours of ANA’s lounge at Haneda International Terminal to provide comfort and convenience to passengers.Lobby service training for staff to help the needs of customers at both check-in and at ANA’s lounge.ANA has also been awarded for “Best Business Class Onboard Catering” for the following reasons:Increasing the volume of the international cuisine’s main dish as well as more options of cheese.In order to answer to the various demands, ANA has added continental breakfast, cereal and yogurt as additional choices.ANA have added a symbol to represent vegetarian meals in-flight.ANA have enhanced the meals on flights departing outside of Japan by collaborating with famous chefs for flights departing from Germany and Belgium.“ANA is a very strong performer in the World Airline Awards and this is demonstrated by these two major customer awards,” said Edward Plaisted, CEO of SKYTRAX. “World’s Best Airport Services award covers all front-line processes from check-in, lounge service, arrivals, transfer and boarding, and in the opinion of customers, ANA is providing the very best experience for both staff efficiency and the quality of staff service. We congratulate all the ANA staff who worked so hard to achieve this No 1 ranking. It is also a great achievement for ANA to win the award for World’s Best Business Class Onboard Catering, because this is a very competitive category amongst the world’s leading airlines.”While it is ANA’s pride and honor to receive the two awards in addition to the 5-Star rating, which we won for seven consecutive years, we will continue striving to provide the best hospitality as a global leading airline.Source = All Nippon Airwayslast_img read more

CambodiahotelsresortsSix SensesSix Senses Krabey ICambodiahotelsresortsSix SensesSix Senses Krabey I

first_imgCambodiahotelsresortsSix SensesSix Senses Krabey IslandspecialsSustainablewellness Six Senses Krabey Island in Southern Cambodia, which is set to open its doors on 1 December 2018, is set on aa 30 acres private tropical island 5km off Ream National Park, and boasts the capability to facilitate private jets and helicopters. The 40 luxurious private pool villas, that showcase the Six Senses commitment to sustainability, feature green living roofs, sun decks with infinity plunge pools and rain showers.The resort also includes two unique restaurants with menus focussed on quality local produce and seasonality to create Khmer and Southeast Asian cuisine together with International dishes. The spa offers a wide range of holistic rejuvenation and beauty treatments plus Six Senses Integrated Wellness. Six Senses Krabey Island is offering an exclusive Private Experience Package – 20% savings on the best available rate for guests who visit from 1-21 December 2018 and 11-31 January 2019. This four night package includes accommodation in the Hideaway Pool Villa Suite, a specially crafted tasting menu at the resort’s signature restaurants, a sunset cruise, a therapeutic massage and a hands on cooking class.reservations-krabeyisland@sixsenses.comlast_img read more

Family of four safe after ordeal at seaFamily of four safe after ordeal at sea

first_imgA family of four on holiday in Cyprus were rescued on Tuesday evening after being found in the sea off Oroklini unable to reach the shore due to high winds, police said on Wednesday.Marine police officers, after being alerted at around 7.50pm on Tuesday of swimmers at risk of drowning, rushed to the area where they found a man with his eight-year-old daughter on a surfboard around a kilometre from the shore. They were both suffering from hypothermia due to the very strong winds and had been in the water for several hours.Some 500 metres away, they also located the man’s wife with their five-year-old daughter holding onto a small inflatable boat, in a state of panic and hypothermia.The officers brought the family to shore, where they gave them first aid. All four are now in good health, police said. You May LikeBacalaoCheck out the 30 most beautiful women in the worldBacalaoUndoAppurseWives & Girlfriends Of 20 Richest Men In The WorldAppurseUndoArticles VallySeniors Over 65 Should Eat This For Cleaning Clogged ArteriesArticles VallyUndo Brazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoHeroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)UndoIran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more