United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Sanath Nishantha and his brother have been remanded over an alleged assault on the Arachchikattuwa Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Jagath Samantha Perera.The Chilaw High Court ordered that Sanath Nishantha and his brother be remanded till May 25 over the incident.
As he gave his address to the General Assembly today, Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia, urged the emerging countries of Eastern Europe to unite under the Eastern Partnership arrangement of the European Union to consolidate progress toward freedom and democracy. “Unity should be our rule in Eastern Europe, including in the divided Caucasus,” he told the high-level plenary on the second day of the Assembly’s General Debate. “By launching the Eastern Partnership as a response to the 2008 invasion of Georgia, the EU has offered to our nations a platform to cooperate under its benevolent umbrella. We should invest much more in it,” he said. “We should develop common projects, first and foremost focusing on the necessary reforms that we should carry out together,” Mr. Saakashvili added. Fighting broke out in August 2008 between Georgian forces and South Ossetian and Abkhaz separatists and their Russian allies. South Ossetia and Abkhazia each subsequently declared their independence from Georgia, and those declarations have been recognized by Russia and several other countries.In his statement today, Mr. Saakashvili maintained that reforms represented statehood and independence and drew Eastern Europe toward the EU.He argued that Eastern European countries aspiring to join the EU were facing constant pressures and threats: “Armenia has been cornered, Moldova is being blockaded, Ukraine is under attack, Azerbaijan faces extraordinary pressure and Georgia is occupied,” he said.Through those efforts, the Russians, he said, were trying to destabilize countries in Eastern Europe to prevent the building of strong democratic institutions, so as to block their integration with the West.There were many reasons to be disillusioned with the progress of freedom and democracy since the “dogmatic optimism of the 90s,” he acknowledged, but the struggle must continue.“If freedom is no longer fashionable, how do we explain that the suicide of an unknown citizen in a remote Tunisian town has changed the map of the world?” he asked.Scores of the world’s heads of State and government and other high-level officials are expected to present their views and comment on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 2 October.
“People in some affected districts have already started selling their livestock to make ends meet,” WFP said in a press release. “Women are also engaging in more firewood and charcoal selling, which degrades the environment and further aggravates the fragile climate.”“The agency said more than 2.8 million people will face hunger in the coming months following severe floods and drought that ruined this year’s harvest. “The floods early this year were the worst in living memory in Malawi, washing away homes and food stocks, and ruining fertile land,” it said. “Some crops managed to withstand the floods only to succumb to intense dry spells in the following months, making survival even more difficult for the most vulnerable.” “Since the end of last year, WFP has provided relief assistance to avert hunger in households hit by poor rainfall during the 2013/14 growing season and the floods in early 2015. This operation has reached more than one million vulnerable people. “WFP, which is financed entirely by voluntary contributions from governments, companies and private individuals, is less than 25 per cent funded for the $81 million relief operation that lies ahead. “Additional contributions are urgently needed,” says WFP Representative for Malawi Coco Ushiyama. WFP also said a swift response is imperative to save children’s lives and prevent worsening undernutrition, particularly stunting among children, which limits cognitive development, and has far-reaching effects on health and productivity over a lifetime. “A recent Cost of Hunger in Africa report for Malawi estimated that stunting, which at 42 percent is among the highest in the region, costs the nation nearly $600 million annually,” the agency said. “The WFP announcement comes a day after an appeal to the international humanitarian community made by the President of Malawi Peter Mutharika at the launch of the National Food Insecurity Response Plan on Monday.
Brock University officials and student leaders are working with local mayors, residents and Niagara Regional Police in reminding students to be responsible neighbours this weekend when participating in St. Patrick’s Day festivities.Brock is launching numerous initiatives to educate students on the importance of civil respect, including distributing “good neighbour kits” to students, conducting neighbourhood visits to student houses, and mounting aggressive social media and poster campaigns focused on responsible partying, bylaw information, safe drinking and consent.Looking beyond prevention, Brock will also help pay for expanded police presence in St. Catharines and Thorold neighbourhoods this weekend, to deploy officers to help address large gatherings before they become a threat to property or safety. University President Gervan Fearon is helping lead the charge, writing a letter to students urging them to be respectful and constructive to their host communities, and acknowledging the possibility of consequences for Brock students who run afoul of the law.The University has reached an agreement with municipalities and Niagara Regional Police that enables Brock’s own Campus Security officers to patrol off-campus neighbourhoods to alert police or bylaw enforcement officials for early identification and intervention of any student-related problems. This new initiative represents Brock taking action to support strong, positive university-community relations involving students living in neighbourhoods across the region. The Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) is also taking steps to promote responsible behaviour. Its President Faisal Hejazi posted a video (seen below) to social media asking students to exercise good judgment, and this Saturday, March 17, BUSU will start the day by giving students a free pancake breakfast. During the day, BUSU will serve free pizza, water and Gatorade in its student pub Isaac’s, and the pub will close at 5 p.m.Measures being taken to mitigate problems include:Brock staff asking landlords of properties that have been the source of past problems, to direct their tenants to adhere to safe, responsible celebrations.Brock will pay for seven extra Niagara Regional Police officers to assist in neighbourhood patrols on Saturday.Alternative and alcohol education events have been taking place on campus for students.Continuing a new neighbourhood relations protocol that was launched in November, staff from the University’s office of Off-Campus Living and Neighbourhood Relations are visiting student rental properties that have been the source of complaints or disturbances.University staff from various administrative departments will be working special shifts through the weekend, checking phone messages, emails and social media from community residents, and reporting student-related problems to Brock officials or to police.In his letter to students, President Fearon acknowledged that “the contributions and achievements made by many can be overshadowed by the actions of even a few,” adding, “I ask that you be a member of the Brock team in your own way, finding opportunities to add to and live up to these values of respectfully engaging and conducting activities in neighbourhoods where you live.”“It is important for you to know that we have engaged with mayors across the region and with the Niagara Regional Police, so that Brock Security Services is able to patrol off-campus neighbourhoods and report on activities that may violate bylaws or warrant police action. This is being done to help protect the rights of our neighbours, and to encourage students to make safe choices if they choose to celebrate.“Please know that where infractions do take place, we at Brock will consider all of our options under the Student Code of Conduct, and officials across the region will also explore their range of options, including municipal, provincial and federal laws.” Community residents wanting to report concerns can contact Brock Campus Security at 905-688-5550 x3200 or email@example.com
Croatia+6.5-3.1+4.7-8.9+3.3+0.5 Goal kick25.023.819.6+27.6 Based on the first 48 games of the 2018 World Cup. If you watched the World Cup these past few weeks, you likely noticed the game that exists within the game. Under most circumstances, when the score is tied, soccer is a simple matter of putting the ball in the net. But once a goal is scored, the shenanigans begin: The leading side typically takes on the task of delaying as much as possible before the referee’s final whistle. A player may dramatically embellish an injury, or players could drag their feet whenever and wherever possible.Last week, our article on the (lack of) accuracy in stoppage time had one clear takeaway: No matter how long a half actually takes, the ref will award only so much added time. So players have a clear incentive within the rules to stall play as the clock ticks away uninterrupted. Simply put, the strategy works — and it could mean the difference between winning and losing.As we amass data by tracking every stoppage during the World Cup, we’re able to see some clear trends. The team leading the match will take longer to perform even the simplest of tasks than the team trailing. Before taking a goal kick, the keeper might continue to gesture for his teammates to go forward, even though they’re as far up the field as possible. A player leaving the match might walk to the sideline slower than most 80-year-olds walk to the mailbox. Or maybe the captain of the squad is being subbed out, but he can’t figure out how to attach the apparently complicated armband to the new captain. These are all par for the course, but how much time do these tactics take up?We isolated five basic activities for which players control the pace: throw-ins, goal kicks, corner kicks, free kicks and substitutions.1We didn’t look at stoppages due to injury because the length varies significantly based on the specific injury … or lack thereof. Among the 4,529 points of data in these categories during the 48 group stage games, we found obvious differences in speed: Teams that are leading take about 34 percent longer to complete these activities than teams that are trailing. Belgium+4.2-0.8-2.8+9.0+2.0+0.1 Brazil-6.7-0.9-3.6-3.3+1.4-2.0 Substitution37.636.929.9+25.8 Russia+8.8+4.8+0.7-14.8+1.1+1.2 Portugal+7.7+3.1-0.1+4.7+1.8+2.3 Peru+2.2+7.9+8.6+15.0-1.9+6.1 Sweden+13.7+2.9+0.7+25.0+3.7+5.7 Uruguay+4.9+3.9+2.3-4.2+0.7+1.9 Mexico-0.3+2.9+3.0+12.0+0.9+2.8 Corner kick31.528.425.5+23.5 CountryCornersFree kicksGoal kicksSubsThrow-insTotal Avg. time above/below all team avg. Throw-in14.012.59.6+45.8% The time-wasting leaderboardHow World Cup teams rank in terms of taking the most time to complete routine soccer actions while leading compared to the average time for those actions for all teams, regardless of score Free kick26.423.820.3+30.0 France+5.1+8.6-0.1+10.3+4.2+5.6 Combined22.820.117.0+34.1 Serbia+11.2+5.4+8.8+20.0+2.0+5.7 Teams that were tied also took less time on these routine plays than those leading, though it was still more than those trailing. In many scenarios throughout group play, teams have an incentive for the game to end in a tie to nab 1 point — so it makes sense for those teams to stall. This sample also looks at the entire game, but this time-wasting practice increases as games get closer to the 90-minute mark. When we isolated for activities that occur after the 60th minute, that difference increased to 43 percent for teams winning versus teams that were trailing.To look specifically at which teams were most adept at running the clock out while nursing a lead, we first needed to eliminate teams that spent little or no time leading in the group stage. For example, defending champion Germany led for only two of the 295 minutes it played — and one of those minutes was spent celebrating the Toni Kroos goal that put it ahead against Sweden. Of the 32 teams in the tournament, 16 had at least 25 combined throw-ins, goal kicks, corner kicks, free kicks and substitutions while leading. Free kicks generally represent the biggest chunk here because they are frequent occurrences that can also include time spent getting a set piece in order. Senegal+16.4+0.1+1.1-5.3+8.2+3.7 Where teams bleed the clockHow long routine soccer actions at the World Cup took in seconds based on whether a team is ahead, tied or behind Avg. Length of time (seconds) Length of Time (Seconds) Above/Below Average LeadingTiedTrailingPercent increase when leading vs. trailing England-1.3+9.3-0.3+11.5+2.3+4.0 Japan+13.7-0.4-6.9-18.0-0.6-1.4 Spain-1.3-0.2-2.2+5.4+5.0+1.7 Poland-6.8-7.3-7.4-17.8+0.0-5.6 For teams with at least 25 actions while leading, through group stage only. Among the eight teams still fighting to take home the World Cup trophy, France and Sweden have been the most effective at bleeding the clock — taking an average of almost 6 seconds longer per activity than the average for all teams in all scenarios. These two dragged their feet in different ways: Sweden was slow making its substitutions and taking corners, while France was particularly slow on its free kicks and throw-ins. Interestingly, for all the negative attention Neymar and Brazil have gotten for wasting time by diving, the team was one of three in our sample that completed our five routine actions ahead of average pace while they were leading. The team with the fastest tempo while leading, Poland, didn’t actually hold a lead until it had already been eliminated from advancing out of the group stage.Looking at the entire group stage, across all scenarios, there were several moments of epic stalling that deserve mention. When Iran was nursing a scoreless tie against Spain, defender Ehsan Hajsafi took 48 seconds in the 35th minute to simply throw the ball back into play. And when Tunisia was sitting on a 2-1 lead over Panama near the end of its final group match, the Tunisian goalkeeper waited as if he were going to take a goal kick before striker Wahbi Khazri finally came off the field in a substitution — eating up a whopping 103 seconds.Sweden’s opponent in the quarterfinals, England, also earned some clock consumption accolades during the two group stages matches in which it had a lead. Ashley Young took a notably long free kick when he used 95 seconds while the team was beating Tunisia, while Kieran Trippier needed 70 seconds to set up a corner kick against Panama in England’s second match. That corner did result in a John Stones goal, giving England the lead, so it was time well spent.All of this wasted time came in the relative comfort of the group stage. If any of these teams finds itself ahead holding a precious lead in the quarterfinals on Friday or Saturday, expect a master class in the art of clock bleeding.Check out our latest World Cup predictions.
La PlayStation Vita ne sortira pas avant 2012 en EuropeAlors qu’une rumeur évoquait une sortie mondiale en octobre, la PlayStation Vita, la très attendue nouvelle console de Sony, ne sortira pas avant 2012 en Europe et aux Etats-Unis. Une annonce officielle faite par le vice-président de la firme japonaise, Kaz Hirai.La nouvelle PlayStation ne sera pas commercialisée en Europe ni aux Etats-Unis pour les fêtes de fin d’année. La PS Vita sortira en effet pour Noël au Japon, mais les joueurs américains et européens devront patienter jusqu’au début de 2012. Kaz Hirai, le vice-président de Sony, a annoncé la nouvelle ce jeudi, rapporte le Figaro.À lire aussiLever de rideau sur le Sony Xperia SL Ces derniers jours, courait pourtant la rumeur selon laquelle Sony prévoyait un lancement mondial dès le mois d’octobre. Mais la firme japonaise explique vouloir attendre de pouvoir offrir un catalogue de jeux solide au moment de la commercialisation de sa console, même si Sony manquera ainsi les fêtes de fin d’année en Europe et aux Etats-Unis.Alors que Nintendo a décidé de baisser le prix de sa Nintendo 3DS, suite à une chute des ventes en partie due, justement, au mince choix de jeux proposés (voir notre article), Sony affirme ne pas envisager de diminuer à son tour le prix de sa nouvelle PlayStation. “Ce n’est pas la peine de baisser le prix de la console car un autre acteur du jeu vidéo a décidé de baisser le prix de la sienne !”, a estimé Kaz Hirai. Le prix de la PS Vita est donc toujours fixé à 249 ou 299 euros en fonction du modèle.Le 4 août 2011 à 16:31 • Maxime Lambert
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 18, 2016 – A peaceful protest arranged by the Dominican community to demonstrate against deadly violence in the TCI turned riotous and created a volatile situation on the country’s gateway strip, Airport Road late yesterday. Images are in wide circulation and are extremely concerning as they not only show that police had to use tear gas to subdue the angry protestors, who were dressed in black and who had just marched from the Gus Lightbourne Gym in a show of solidarity in the aftermath of the murder of 26 year old Sorineida Arias; but exposed the fragility of the relationship between Police and DR natives.Video revealed Dominicans stomping and kicking, who could only be Police Officers on the ground in the street. Dominicans we spoke to gave their account of what happened to cause the anti crime rally to turn violent. “There was a man, a Dominican man at the supermarket, who people were saying that he bought a beer and when the police saw that he was drinking that beer on a Sunday, you know, because it’s illegal, that’s when they start beating the guy and that’s when people start running because they saw what was going on. So people start running to them, and what the community is saying is that it was wrong for them to do that to the guy. What they should have done was to go to the supermarket and ask them why are they doing that, why are they selling alcohol on a Sunday.”“I saw Dominicans on camera though beating the police officers.” – Deandrea Hamilton“Because they started to beat the guy.”And the plan for Dominicans was to remain until Police released the man, who we were told is named Abraham and in his mid-30s; we caught reaction at news that he was let go. “We are very disappointed with the police you understand.”“So this guy didn’t pull the knife out at the police?” – Deandrea Hamilton“No that’s not true, that’s not true, and that’s what they trying to say you understand, and we will stay here, if we have to stay here until tomorrow we will stay until they let him free. And if something happen to him, wait, they let him go!!!!! They let him go!!”Country leaders came out strong in statements today against the riot which broke out and actions that led to several police officers being attacked by angry protesters during an anti crime march held yesterday by the Dominican Community.Police explained in a media statement today that the man arrested is out on police bail, after being held for numerous infractions. The release explains that the Dominican man appeared intoxicated and was warned by an officer at the scene about his behavior and drinking of a beer, believed to have been sold to him illegally on a Sunday. That led to the man becoming aggressive, police say, and it led to the Police officer, trying to make an arrest.I quote from the statement now, “A group of persons approached the officers by making threats and use of abusive words in their native language while trying to take the man away from the police lawful detention.” End quote.That explains the kicking and stomping filmed by bystanders as officer Kevin Clarke confirmed that a number of Police were assaulted in the melee. Reports are, up until that confrontation the protest was peaceful. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
February 14, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) —Assemblyman Todd Gloria of San Diego was among those who signed a letter pushing for $1 billion of the state’s budget surplus to be put toward homelessness programs and housing assistance.The letter to Assembly Budget Chairman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, asks that $500 million of the budget surplus go toward addressing the homelessness crisis and a like amount for an affordable housing program. It was written by David Chiu of San Francisco and signed by fellow Assembly members Gloria, Rob Bonta of Alameda and Mike Gipson of Carson, all Democrats.“California’s housing crisis is the single most pressing issue facing our state. Every day, our residents are feeling its impact and witnessing the chronic homelessness it’s contributing to in their community. We absolutely have to do more,” Gloria said. “The recent Hepatitis A outbreak and the fact that 1.7 million Californians are rent-burdened underscores exactly why this is a necessary and important investment for California.”The assemblymen asked that the affordable housing earmark go toward the state’s Multi-Family Housing Program, which will see a funding gap due to a decrease in the value of tax credits as part of the tax overhaul bill signed into law by President Donald Trump in December.They asked that distribution of the homelessness funds be flexible, but should benefit the chronically homeless. Possible uses could include rental assistance, bridge housing and permanent supportive housing, they wrote.State officials are projecting a $6.1 billion budget surplus for the coming fiscal year. $1 billion being pushed to fund housing assistance and homelessness programs Ed Lenderman, Posted: February 14, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Ed Lenderman
Oil futures pushed closer to $50 a barrel on Wednesday, with U.S. crude hitting its highest in over seven months after industry data suggested a larger-than-expected drawdown in U.S. crude inventories last week.Oil markets were also supported by an overnight surge in U.S. equities and strong U.S. home sales that could point to the Federal Reserve raising interest rates as early as June.U.S. crude futures had climbed 62 cents to $49.24 a barrel by 0249 GMT, after ending the previous session up 54 cents. The benchmark earlier on Wednesday touched its highest since mid-October at $49.35.Brent futures rose 55 cents to $49.16 a barrel, having closed up 26 cents to snap a four-day slide.U.S. crude stocks dropped by 5.1 million barrels to 536.8 million last week, data from industry group the American Petroleum Institute showed on Tuesday. That was double expectations of analysts polled by Reuters.Some of the drawdown was due to falling imports due to wildfires in Canada, which lost about 1.5 million barrels per day in production, said Ben Le Brun, market analyst at Sydney online brokerage OptionsXpress. Although some crude producers restarted operations on Tuesday in Canada’s energy heartland.The stocks draw also reflected a strengthening U.S. economy. “A strong U.S. economy is good for oil consumption and demand,” Le Brun said.Gasoline stocks climbed by 3.6 million barrels, while inventories of distillate fuels, including diesel and heating oil, fell by 2.9 million barrels, the API data showed.Investors are awaiting confirmation of the big draw when the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) issues official inventory figures on Wednesday.”Technically the market is gearing up for WTI to go above $50 a barrel and it’s intriguing on where it goes from there,” said Le Brun.”I think the cap is not too far above that level — the world is still awash with oil even if it’s off the peaks.”Oil prices were buoyed by a rise in U.S. stocks, with the Dow Jones industrial average, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq composite all closing up.Oil prices shrugged off the impact from a strong U.S. dollar which hovered close to a 10-week high against the euro in Asian trade on Wednesday.A strong dollar typically makes greenback-denominated oil more expensive for holders of other currencies.Iraq is pumping about 4.5 million bpd now and is aiming to boost that to 5.5 million to 6 million bpd by 2020, the head of Iraq’s State Oil Marketing Organisation (SOMO) said.
Stay on target It’s 7 p.m., do you know where your food delivery driver is?Researchers at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland scoured the Internet to determine at what times people are most likely to search for online meal delivery.The answer is only half surprising.In a paper published by the journal Royal Society Open Science, Nicolas Alvarado and Tyler Stevenson describe their study of global Google searches relating to food delivery requests.Hunting for patterns in datasets collected from Australia, Canada, India, the UK, and the US during two one-week periods in September 2016 and March 2017, the pair found two times that stood out: 7 p.m. and 2 a.m.I get it: You’ve come home from a long day at work. Your stomach is growling, but you don’t have the energy or motivation to boil some pasta or turn on the oven to heat up a frozen pizza. So you pick up your phone, open the Seamless app, and fall into bed, knowing your favorite burrito bowl is on its way right to your door.It makes perfect sense that people are searching for Food Panda or Just Eat at 7 p.m.—international dinner time. But who’s getting hangry and reaching for a fork at 2 a.m.?Probably folks on the night shift. Or insomniacs. Or drunks stumbling out of the pub at closing time. Just don’t expect anyone to answer your call and cycle through dark streets, lugging your nocturnal chicken korma and peshwari naan.This pattern, the researchers said, could be traced back to our early ancestors, when humans foraged for food during particular times of day. Such habits might also explain our penchant for overeating, to the point of obesity—and hopefully raise public awareness of the health concerns.“All organisms have strategies to locate and consume nutrients and food necessary for survival,” Stevenson told the BBC.And Googling where to get tacos nearby is apparently ours.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Easily Assign Tasks With Google AssistantLGBTQ+ Video Creators Sue YouTube, Google
Tags: The Travel Corporation Travelweek Group Posted by TORONTO — The Travel Corporation has asserted its ongoing commitment to its valued travel agent partners with the launch of a robust new training initiative, the TTC Agent Academy.The platform showcases the four core brands of Trafalgar, Contiki, Insight Vacations and Uniworld via a series of interactive, user-friendly modules and is complemented with a 60-second video highlighting the key benefits of the scheme.TTC says the Agent Academy has been created “with the aim of facilitating effortless sales”. The new eLearning platform offers a simplified manner in which agents can build their knowledge of the family of brands.The company adds that the TTC Agent Academy is designed to instill greater understanding and confidence in selling, “from comprehending the depth of TTC’s global network, to what makes each brand innovative and unique, to the scope of travel solutions available for their customers”.Encompassing The Trafalgar Academy, ContikiU, Insight Tour Specialist and Uniworld River Cruise Specialist, all brand programs provide valuable content that’s accessible online 24/7.More news: War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps up“We are excited to be able to reveal our latest trade initiative, which has been carefully crafted with the success of our valued partners in mind,” says Brett Tollman, TTC’s Chief Executive. “At TTC we believe that agents have the best job in the world and we have worked hard to create an inspirational program to make selling more fun and easy for them. It is our hope that enrollment into the TTC Agent Academy will reward agents with happy customers, generate repeat business and increased earnings. We look forward to welcoming you all on the continued journey of winning together.”Currently comprising four introductory courses of immersive information, TTC’s eLearning program will be updated at frequent intervals, across each of the four brands. Upon successful completion of each module, agents can access downloadable certificates of accreditation.For further information please contact your local Trafalgar, Contiki, Insight Vacations or Uniworld sales manager or visit ttc.com/agentacademy. Winning together: The Travel Corporation launches TTC Agent Academy Share Thursday, February 9, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>
5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project HONG KONG (AP) – A medal awarded to late Taiwanese leader Chiang Kai-shek is going up for auction in Hong Kong, even though Taiwan’s defense ministry says it’s not the original.The Order of Blue Sky and White Sun medal is going on the block Friday. It’s expected to fetch 3-5 million Hong Kong dollars ($387,000-$645,000).Auction house Spink says Chiang was awarded the medal in 1930 by his Nationalist government, which ruled much of China while fighting a civil war with the Communists. In 1949, the defeated Nationalists fled to Taiwan and set up a rival regime. Comments Share Sponsored Stories Taiwan’s defense ministry said last week, after Spink announced plans for the auction, that Chiang was laid to rest in a mausoleum with the medal when he died in 1975.But at a press preview on Tuesday for the sale, collector and scholar Chuk Hong-ming said Chiang was buried with a duplicate medal.“Before 1995, it was the usual practice to give a new set of the medals to a general who passed away for burial,” he said.The auction house says it’s the first time the medal has ever gone up for auction.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories
Associated PressPARIS (AP) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won pledges Wednesday from France’s president to push harder for new sanctions against Iran to keep it from developing nuclear weapons _ but no sympathy for any possible Israeli military strike against Iran.In a visit to Paris, Netanyahu praised French pressure on Iran and called for “even tougher sanctions” than the ones currently in place. Comments Share Netanyahu travels Thursday to Toulouse to pay homage to the victims.Netanyahu’s visit was marked by demonstrations by both pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel activists. At one protest in front of Paris’ Opera Garnier, about 200 supporters of the Palestinian cause waved banners and distributed leaflets calling for a boycott of Israel.Youssef Berbero, a protester, called Netanyahu’s visit “an insult to democracy and to the Palestinian people being massacred.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “The sanctions are taking a bite out of Iran’s economy … unfortunately they have not stopped the Iranian program,” he said.Israel has been an outspoken critic of Iran’s disputed nuclear program, repeatedly saying that Tehran is well on the way to developing an atomic bomb. Israel believes a nuclear-armed Iran would pose a threat to its very existence, citing Iranian leaders’ frequent calls for destruction of the Jewish state, Iran’s development of long-range missiles and Iranian support for Arab militant groups.“Given the history of the Jewish people, I would not sit by and write off a threat by those who say they are going to annihilate us,” Netanyahu told reporters. He said Arab nations, too, would be “relieved” if Iran were militarily prevented from obtaining nuclear arms.Tehran has long insisted it is not developing atomic weapons. But French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday that Iran has not proven that its nuclear program is aimed only at civilian use.Hollande has supported a push for tougher European Union sanctions on Iran, but he also wants to keep the door open to dialogue, and has opposed Netanyahu’s talk of possible military action. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Hollande responded: “That’s a good idea.”The two leaders disagreed, however, about other issues.France has long opposed Jewish settlement building in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem, and supports the creation of a Palestinian state. Netanyahu says he also supports the idea of Palestinian independence, but he has added so many conditions that the Palestinians do not take his offers seriously.France also voted for Palestinian membership in UNESCO, the Paris-based U.N. cultural and educational body, a year ago. The Palestinian president is now moving forward with his plan to seek upgraded observer status at the U.N. in New York next month, despite American and Israeli threats of financial or diplomatic retaliation.Netanyahu criticized Palestinian efforts toward international recognition before a peace deal is reached, saying that “going to the U.N. with unilateral declarations is not negotiations. It’s the opposite of negotiations.”Netanyahu’s visit is the first to France under Hollande, a Socialist seen as somewhat less Israel-friendly than his conservative predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy.It’s also Netanyahu’s first visit since a radical Islamist gunman killed a rabbi and three Jewish schoolchildren in southern France in March, this country’s worst terrorist attack and worst anti-Semitic attack in years. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top holiday drink recipes 4 must play golf courses in Arizona “It’s a threat that cannot be accepted by France,” Hollande said at Netanyahu’s side, warning that a nuclear-armed Iran would be a danger to the region and the world.France, Hollande said, “is ready to vote for other sanctions, as many as necessary.”“We must make sure that through pressure, sanctions and later through negotiations, Iran renounces its intention to have access to nuclear weapons. I am working in that spirit,” he said.Israel has repeatedly threatened to attack Iran if it concludes that international sanctions and diplomacy are failing to halt the nuclear program. In a speech to the United Nations in September, Netanyahu suggested that the world had until next summer at the latest to act or it would be too late to prevent the Iranians from making a bomb.In his comments Wednesday, Netanyahu said he hopes the issue will be resolved peacefully.Netanyahu and Hollande also talked about the possibility of resuming Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations in Paris.“President Hollande can invite (Palestinian President Mahmoud) Abbas to the Elysee,” the French presidential palace, Netanyahu said. “I’m here, I’m ready. … The only way we can complete the negotiations is to begin them.”
Sir Richard Branson brings stardom to the Royal ICCIt’s a star studded week at the Brisbane Showgrounds with the Royal International Convention Centre (Royal ICC) playing host to iconic entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson.Mr Branson, the founder of Virgin group and one of the most successful businessmen of our time, will be in Brisbane for the prestigious ‘Titans of Real Estate’ conference which kicks off tomorrow at Brisbane’s newest convention centre, the Royal ICC.More than 650 guests will have the chance to listen and talk with some of Australia’s most successful real estate moguls including Glen Twiddle – the real estate marketer who brought Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Royal ICC in March and John McGrath – one of the most influential figures in the Australian property industry.The highlight of the conference will be the insightful talk by Sir Richard Branson, followed by a meet and greet for VIP guests.RNA Chief Executive Brendan Christou said The Titans of Real Estate conference follows a busy few months at the Royal ICC and Brisbane Showgrounds.“We are thrilled to be hosting international entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson at our state-of-the-art venue,” Mr Christou said.“The Titans of Real Estate is one of the many prestigious events we have held recently, with the Entrepreneurs’ Unconvention and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane both being held for the first time here in August.”The Royal ICC is located 1.5km from Brisbane’s CBD at the Brisbane Showgrounds, one of the city’s most prominent events precincts.Source = Royal ICC
Oakvale Splash BayNew water park opens in Port Stephens ‘Splash Bay’The blue water holiday centre of Port Stephens, 2½ hours north of Sydney, is renowned for its beautiful bays such as Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay, Fingal Bay and Salamander Bay. And now Port Stephens boasts a new bay – Splash Bay – a water park attraction that officially opened at Oakvale Farm and Fauna World on January 7, 2017.Opening in time for summer crowds to Port Stephens to enjoy its 25 water play features, Splash Bay is one of Oakvale Farm and Fauna World’s biggest new attractions in its 37-year history as one of the area’s most popular family attractions.The year-round Splash Bay water park – free for all park visitors to use – offers interactive water features inspired by the wildlife’s park’s fauna including a crocodile bucket dunker, a python spray tunnel and a koala water cannon as well as eight new electric barbecues and undercover seating for up to 250 people – ideal for lunches, birthday parties and work functions.Visitors who flock to the popular fauna park should now pack their swimmers and towels with them, with little kids and ‘big kids’ all invited to cool down in the water park while visiting Oakvale’s 250 species of animals including pythons, crocodiles, alligators and also friendly fauna which wander freely around the park eager to meet visitors and their pellets of food available from the entry gate!Oakvale also offers daily feeding and patting shows and talks as well as tractor trips around the park.Located at Salt Ash just off the main entrance road to Port Stephens from the Pacific Highway, Oakvale Farm and Fauna World is open daily 10am-5pm, with the new Splash Bay also open year-round. Entry to Oakvale, including use of Splash Bay, is $28.50 for adults, $16.50 for children 3-16 and $80 for a family of four. Oakvale Farm and Fauna World for more information, visitSource = Oakvale Farm and Fauna World
Transparency Market Research (TMR) conducted a market study on the global medical tourism market and the findings revealed that the market is due to rise at an exceptional growth of 17.90% over the period from 2013 to 2019 and reach a value $ 32.5 billion by 2019.The research report, titled ‘Medical Tourism Market– Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 – 2019’, stated that in 2012 the worldwide Medical Tourism market attained a value of $ 10.5 billion.According to these findings, the falling cost of medical procedures and increasing range of medical treatments available in the Philippines, India, Singapore, Thailand, Mexico, Malaysia, Brazil, Turkey, Taiwan, South Korea, Poland, Costa Rica, and Dubai are the driving factors for people to travel to these countries for their treatment and in turn, propels the global Medical Tourism market significantly.Thailand has emerged as the most popular destination for cosmetic surgeries among the medical tourists from Western Europe. In 2012, the country had welcomed around 2.5 million foreign patients, accounting for approximately 45% of the overall number of foreign medical tourists arrived in Asia.The report further states that India and Singapore are the most preferred destinations in case of complex medical procedures. India has attracted a large number of patients due to its increasing popularity in the field of cardiac treatments. Costa Rica, Dubai, Poland, and the Philippines have been identified as the prospective countries for medical tourism in this market study.In addition, technical advancements in the field of healthcare are likely to boost this market greatly during the forecast period, states the market report.
by The Associated Press Posted Dec 18, 2018 6:14 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Shirley MacLaine to receive AARP Movies for Grownups honour FILE – In this Jan. 23, 2017, file photo, actress Shirley MacLaine poses for a portrait to promote the film, “The Last Word,” at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. MacLaine will receive AARP The Magazine’s lifetime achievement honor at the Movies for Grownups Awards next year. The magazine announced Tuesday, Dec. 18, that MacLaine will accept the Career Achievement Award at a ceremony on Feb. 4, 2019 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File) LOS ANGELES — Actor Shirley MacLaine will receive AARP the Magazine’s lifetime achievement honour at the Movies for Grownups Awards next year.The magazine announced Tuesday that MacLaine will accept the Career Achievement Award at a ceremony on Feb. 4, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. The 18th annual Movies for Grownups Awards will premiere on PBS on Feb. 15.MacLaine won an Oscar for best actress for her role in the 1983 film “Terms of Endearment.” She’s an Emmy winner and received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 1998 Golden Globe Awards.MacLaine says in a statement that the award “means a lot to me personally.”The actor joins previous Career Achievement honorees including Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Robert Redford and Robert De Niro.The Associated Press
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