TORONTO – It’s business as usual at Toys R Us Canada, the company says, even as reports claim the toy retailer’s American counterpart will soon liquidate its U.S. operations.“We have no information or comment on the U.S. stories,” said Clint Gaudry, vice-president of marketing, in an emailed statement late Thursday.Media reports Thursday cited unnamed sources familiar with the matter that said Toys R Us Inc. has so far failed to find a buyer or reach an agreement with its creditors. The company, which filed for court protection for its American and Canadian divisions in September 2017, could close all 880 of its U.S. stores as a result, according to the reports.A spokeswoman for the U.S. division declined to comment in an email Thursday.However, Gaudry said the Canadian business “is operating as usual.” The company has about 82 stores in Canada, as well as an e-commerce site.The company continues to honour all of its customer policies and programs such as its baby registry, gift cards and loyalty points, he said.In January, the Toys R Us announced it would close about 180 stores in the U.S. “in the coming months.”At the time, the Canadian division also said it was business as usual and reiterated its commitment to the same policies and programs. The company said it also planned to roll out enhancements to its baby registry and loyalty programs, among other changes in 2018.
The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP) CALGARY — TransCanada Corp. has signed a deal to sell its Coolidge Generating Station in Arizona to a subsidiary of Southwest Generation Operating Co. LLC for $623 million.TransCanada chief executive Russ Girling says the sale, worth US$465 million, is part of a plan to help fund the company’s capital spending program.The 575-megawatt natural gas-fired power in Coolidge, Ariz., is underpinned by a long-term power purchase agreement.Under the terms of the PPA, Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District has a right of first refusal on a sale to a third party.TransCanada owns and operates pipelines across North America as well as power generation assets including a stake in the Bruce Power nuclear power plant in Ontario.
New Delhi: Delhi Police on Thursday said that they have arrested a gangster from Rohini area who was involved in day light murder case in Narela area.The accused was carrying the reward of one lakh rupees. Police identified the accused as Dushyant alias Monu Bajitpur and recovered one loaded semi automatic pistol. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Pramod Kushwah stated that the arrest was made on the basis of tip off that Monu would visit Sector 16, Rohini, Delhi near nullah to meet his associate. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe DCP further said that on February 1, a day light incident of murder was executed near school in Narela. In this incident, the accused and his associates were found involved in the murder of one Vikas Chauhan. “This incident raised several concerns regarding the increasing incidents of gangwars in Delhi. After this incident efforts were made to arrest Monu Bajitpur. A reward of Rs. 1 Lakh was also subsequently declared on information leading to his arrest,” said DCP Special Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsCell. Police said that the accused is a close associate of dreaded Neeraj Bawania gang. Initially in the year 2010, he came in contact with the Kala Asodiya and Neeraj Bawania through his maternal uncle, Krishan, who was also a gangster. “His association with Kala Asodiya and Neeraj Bawania resulted in his rivalry with the dreaded gangs of Neetu Dabodia and Ashok Pradhan. Neetu Dabodia gang was subsequently taken over by Ashok Pardhan and Rajesh Bawania after Neetu Dabodia died in an exchange fire with Special Cell, ” police said. This gang rivalry has resulted in killings of several persons from both the sides. There has been three attempts to kill Monu Bajitpur in the past by the rival gang.
The Honorable Barack ObamaPresident of the United StatesThe White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, D.C. 20500Mr. President,Today the Moroccan people celebrate the 58th anniversary of the their country’s independence. But this independence is still not complete yet, as an the undisputable sovereignty of Morocco over an integral part of its territory is still subject to unfounded claims.Thirty-eight years ago millions of Moroccans marched with their hearts and 350,000 Moroccans marched physically into Morocco’s southern provinces in the Sahara to reclaim Morocco’s sovereignty over the territory which remains contested to this day.In recent colonial history, the Sahara was geo-politically misnamed Western Sahara for obvious colonial reasons. Yet, undeniably for centuries of rich traditions, the Sahara was linked to the Moroccan Kingdom through allegiance by its different tribes. “Allegiance” in Islamic cultures and societies was the equivalent of voting nowadays. This territorial unity changed in the late 19thand early 20thcenturies when colonial France and Spain divided amongst themselves the Moroccan Kingdom as they expanded in Africa.When Morocco obtained its independence from France in 1956, the Sahara and other territories were still under Spanish control. Morocco’s official claim to the Sahara began before the UN started at the height of the colonial power’s physical withdrawal known as decolonization in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Morocco was the only stakeholder with respect to the sovereignty of the Sahara. Morocco was the only country that had brought this question to the consideration of the United Nations Special Political and Decolonization Committee. It was at the persistent and assertive insistence of Morocco that the UN body included the Sahara on the list of non-self-governing territories that needed to be freed from the yoke of colonialism.It was not until 1973 that the Polisario — during the context of the cold war when Algeria and Libya’s Gaddafi and other non-aligned nations used the Sahara as a strategic geopolitical conflict zone — appeared on the scene, and claimed to be the sole and legitimate representative of the Saharawi population from a strictly political secessionist claim fueled by the cold war. An unnecessary war pitted Morocco against the secessionist Polisario from 1976 to 1991. In 991, the United Nations undertook to negotiate a solution to end this dispute.Yet after a decade of unsuccessfully trying to organize a referendum in the Sahara, because the two parties could not agree over the eligibility of voters, the United Nations began calling on the sides to find a durable and mutually acceptable political solution.Morocco presented an Autonomy Plan in April 2007, which was hailed by the United Nations Security Council as a “serious” and “credible” solution to end the conflict. Deeply entrenched in their cold war tradition to support the Polisario and undermine Morocco’s territorial integrity, countries such as Algeria, Cuba, South Africa and Nigeria persist in claiming that the only acceptable solution is through a referendum on self-determination.Many experts, including the former UN Special Envoy for the Sahara, Peter Van Walsum concluded in recent years that a viable state cannot logically and possibly be established in the sparsely populated desert territory. Morocco has without a doubt assumed that responsibility for the region since 1975 and has invested billions of dollars in developing infrastructure and communities. There have been droughts and major natural calamities in the region, and the Moroccan Sahara has never been in the headlines for that matter. The structural transformation has been beneficial to the populations living in the region for the last thirty seven years. All one has to do is visit one of the Southern Provinces to see the result of Morocco’s efforts and investment.Unfortunately, after several formal rounds of negotiations and nine informal rounds of talks since 2009, the UN approach to the conflict has seemingly reached its limits. This is due in part to the fact that the UN has focused only on full independence as the only way to achieve self-determination for the Sahrawi population while disregarding Morocco’s legitimate interests and other feasible ways to realize their autonomy, such as free association and [autonomy, which have proven the basis for resolving other disputes. The Moroccan autonomy plan, thus, is a compromise solution that can meet the claims of both sides – keeping the territory within the Moroccan state while also allowing for the population’s self-determination.It is time for the UN to exercise due diligence and chart a new course for Morocco and the Sahara. We call for a real and positive involvement by the US.One fallacy today for the international community’s approach to resolving this long-standing conflict is to treat it like many of the other former European colonies in Africa and Asia by establishing the newly independent countries on the basis of their arbitrary colonial borders. While this may have been convenient, especially where there was less history of previously defined nation-states, in geo-political terms Morocco has more to deal with than just a haphazard division that the colonial powers previously agreed upon. This issue needs urgent resolution, among other things, to avoid the region becoming a breeding ground for Al Qaida North Africa and putting Morocco on a collision course with international terrorism. The concept of territorial “independence” clearly does not apply in the case of the Sahara and Morocco.Mr. President,As Moroccan-Americans, we call upon your trusted voice of wisdom and the power it commands to actively intervene on behalf of Morocco with the long held traditions of cooperation to end the stalled negotiations, so that Morocco can move forward with a resolution to this longstanding destabilizing issue. The importance of doing so has become even more apparent with the dangerous and destabilizing challenges facing the Maghreb and the Sahel, chief among which is the spread of criminal and terrorist activities by Al Qaida North Africa Network.The challenges facing Mali must serve as wakeup call to world communities and world leaders that this region needs the attention and the commitment of the international leadership. The lack of state authority resulting from the longstanding dispute, and the miserable conditions of the approximate 80,000 people who live in almost total seclusion in the Tindouf camps in Algeria, becoming progressively infested with Al Qaida operatives, leaves the territory and population vulnerable to terrorist and criminal networks lurking in the region. In October 2011, three humanitarian aid workers were kidnapped at the Polisario run camps by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI).Mr. President,It is urgent to see the conflict end. The need is pressing for Morocco to find a solution to the conflict with the Polisario.In this regard, the Moroccan community calls upon you to weigh in at the Security Council and push for an urgent and immediate adoption of an approach that takes into consideration Morocco’s vital national interest in the Sahara. However imperfect the Moroccan Autonomy Plan may be, it is in line with international law and the principles of self-determination. It constitutes a basis for reaching a final solution to the conflict, as it offers a middle ground between independence and centralized government.Some argue that Morocco does not respect human rights. However, Morocco is a country that received high praise for being a democratic model in North Africa and the Middle East. Morocco is on a positive track, and is working toward a greater commitment to human rights, and will respect an autonomy arrangement for the Sahraouis.With respect to the human rights record of the Polisario, Algeria and all other invisible geopolitical interests in the region, the Polisario still refuses to allow the UNHCR to conduct a census of the population in the Tindouf camps.At this juncture, what the region of the Sahel and North Africa does not need is a failed and non-viable state that would eventually fall prey to criminal and terrorist organizations. What this region needs is the existence of states that are likely to preserve stability in the region.Mr. President,On behalf of members of the Moroccan-American community, Moroccan residents in the US, and all Moroccans, we strongly urge that the United States play a positive and effective role in bringing this conflict to a conclusion in an equitable way that ensures Morocco’s national security and promotes stability in the region. Moroccans believe in your leadership to help facilitate this endeavor to a permanent solution the Sahara conflict.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Rabat – The criminal court in Sale near Rabat has once again adjourned the trial of the suspects of the Imlil terrorist incident.After a hearing today, the Sale criminal court ruled to adjourn the trial to June 20. The official statement did dwell on the reason for the ruling, but it is understood that the court decided it needed more time to evaluate the evidence it has so far received in the case.On the trial are 24 suspects whom the Moroccan police arrested in the aftermath of the tragic killing of two Scandinavian tourists near Mount Toubkal in December 2018. The defendants, including notably a Swiss-Spanish binational, are facing charges of incitement of hatred, terrorism, and premeditated murder.The Imlil murders took Morocco by surprise in late December 2018. Police discovered the lifeless bodies of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Uland on December 17, 2018 beheaded while camping near Imlil, one of Morocco’s most prized tourist destinations.The tragedy caused shock waves in Morocco, with many sympathizing with the pain of the two tourists’ loved ones while roundly condemning the horrific murders.Police arrested the suspects less than 48 hours after the murder.
Investigations had revealed that the two suspects had visited Colombo often with Saharan Hashim and were also involved in planning the Easter Sunday terror attacks.They were also contracted to construct a new mosque of the NTJ in Horowupotana. Two close associates of National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) leader Saharan Hashim have been arrested.The Police Special Task Force (STF) made the arrest in Horowupotana. The STF handed over the two suspects to the Police for further investigations.The Police were granted permission by court to detain and question the suspects for 72 hours.
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned that 11 million people in Ethiopia urgently needed food and other assistance, while a further 1.4 million in neighbouring Eritrea had been hit hard by drought. Relief stocks in both countries will run out in the coming months, the WPF said in a statement in Nairobi.The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said almost two million people face serious food shortages in five countries west of the Sahel. Drought and poor harvests in Cape Verde, the Gambia, Mali, Mauritania and Senegal as well as political instability in Côte d’Ivoire, have combined to leave many people in need of urgent food assistance, the FAO said in a statement in Rome.Noting that millions of people in Ethiopia and Eritrea are surviving thanks to international relief assistance, the WPF said: “However, more support is urgently needed to avert severe malnutrition and starvation from July, when people traditionally face the worst food shortages during the lean season, which precedes the main harvest.”Of Ethiopia, Holdbrook Arthur, WFP Regional Director for Eastern and Central Africa, said: “If more donations are not received urgently, food distributions will have to be halted by the end of June.” In Eritrea, where 1.4 million people are affected by drought and an additional 900,000 are displaced or recovering from the recent war, food aid stocks will dry up by the end of April, “just one month from now.” “So far, only 58 per cent of the 1.4 million metric tons of food required in Ethiopia has been pledged, leaving a huge shortfall of more than 600,000 metric tons.” Mr. Arthur added. “Time is rapidly running out for help to arrive in Eritrea. An irreversible spectre of widespread malnutrition and starvation is becoming a reality with each day that passes.”Anne M. Bauer, Director for FAO’s Emergency Operations and Rehabilitation, said that in West Africa, “A whole series of factors have created a situation where people who were normally self-sufficient and could buy their own food can no longer do so.”Noting that a joint FAO and WFP appeal last December for $28 million for the area has so far received only 23 per cent of the total and the situation continues to deteriorate, she said: “The lean period, when family food stocks have been depleted, normally begins in June or July but it has already started in many parts of West Africa.”
The Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution adopted by the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) provides for heat-seeking satellites, better-trained fire fighters and a crack down on arsonists and irresponsible plantation owners. It is the first regional arrangement in the world binding a group of contiguous states to tackle haze pollution from land and forest fires.”I congratulate ASEAN and the Governments of Southeast Asia for their foresight and commitment in combating the threats posed by uncontrolled land and forest fires,” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said in a statement. “Such fires spell a double disaster for the environment through their massive release of greenhouse gases and their destruction of biodiversity.”About 10 million hectares of Indonesia’s forests, one of the world’s centres of biodiversity, were destroyed in 1997-98 in fires started mainly on oil palm plantations and agricultural and forestry holdings on the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan. More than 20 million people were exposed to breathing extremely high levels of pollutants known to cause both acute and long-term health effects, airports in Singapore and neighbouring countries were closed by thick smog, and total economic losses across the region were estimated at around $9.3 billion.Beginning in March 2001 UNEP, in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat, assisted government negotiators in developing the terms of the agreement, providing for monitoring, assessment and prevention; technical cooperation and scientific research; mechanisms for coordination, lines of communication, information exchange; simplified customs and immigration procedures for emergency response and disaster relief; and the establishment of an ASEAN Coordinating Centre for activities.
The UN World Health Organization (WHO) today reiterated that reports questioning the safety and efficacy of the vaccine are invalid.With outbreaks of poliovirus threatening the goal of eliminating the disease by the end of this year, African countries launched a massive synchronized immunization drive at the beginning of the week to vaccinate 63 million children over the next few days.In recent months, polio has again spread across west and central Africa, paralyzing children in several previously polio-free countries, with the virus being linked to those circulating in northern Nigeria where immunizations were suspended last August. Last month WHO called on Nigeria to resume the campaigns at once, and the agency said today that only Kano and Zamfara states had not yet done so.The current African campaign comes a month after an emergency meeting in Geneva where health ministers of the six remaining polio-endemic countries – Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Niger, Nigeria and Pakistan – committed themselves to end polio transmission this year with the mass immunization of 250 million children.
HARLINGEN, Texas – A South Texas woman who says she gave up beer for Lent won a case of Budweiser delivered to her home by a team of Clydesdales.The Valley Morning Star (http://bit.ly/2m3R8df ) reports Leandra Ruiz received the beer Thursday in a special drop-off, via the huge horses, at her neighbourhood in Harlingen.The 35-year-old Ruiz says that several weeks ago she entered an online contest for a chance at home delivery of some beer. Ruiz, who says she was surprised to learn she won, was on hand with family and friends to watch the Clydesdales pull up to her home.The Budweiser carriage drivers also took Ruiz for a ride around the block.The Clydesdales were in South Texas for this weekend’s BorderFest celebration in Hidalgo (hih-DAL’-goh).___Online:BorderFest 2017 “Celebrating the U.S.A”___Information from: Valley Morning Star, http://www.valleystar.com by The Associated Press Posted Mar 3, 2017 8:21 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 3, 2017 at 9:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this photo taken March 2, 2017 The entire neighborhood where Leandra Ruiz lives in Harlingen got a chance to see the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales trot through neighborhood to deliver a case of beer. (Raul Garcia /Valley Morning Star via AP) Texan gave up beer for Lent, wins case hauled by Clydesdales
It’s not every day students are given the chance to meet with a high-ranking professional in their field.However, thanks to an upcoming initiative from Brock’s Co-op, Career and Experiential Education (CCEE) team, two worthy students will be given the chance to sit down for a sought-after meeting with a professional from an organization of their choice anywhere in Ontario.The Lunch with a Leader contest asks students to complete an online application about why they should be selected and to submit a video interview about their choice of organization and the overall benefits of the experience. Once the answers have been paired with a resumé and unofficial grade record, a judging committee will decide the two winners based on academic performance, career aspirations and overall presentationCara Krezek, Director of CCEE, says the competition showcases the ability of Brock’s CCEE team to connect students with valuable resources and contacts as they start their careers while also giving employer partners a glimpse into Brock’s deep pool of talented students.“It’s a chance for students to network and get in front of someone they may not have been able to meet without our assistance and guidance,” she said. “We hope this will help facilitate their success going forward and provide them with an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and talents. It can be hard on paper to make those connections, so by using our contact base, we are helping to enhance those opportunities.”With participation open to all students, Krezek is excited to see the diverse range of organizations students wish to meet with.“Within our CCEE team, we partner with a wide network of employers and community members, which allows us to make connections to established professionals,” she said. “The competition is just one more way we are helping students from all Faculties navigate their career journey and graduate ready to take the next steps in whatever industry they have set their sights on.”Applications for Lunch with a Leader open Friday, Feb. 1 and close Thursday, Feb. 21.Students interested in participating are encouraged to complete the application process on the CCEE website.
Réchauffement climatique : 500 villes européennes s’engagent à réduire leurs émissions de CO2Europe – Mardi 4 avril, les maires de 500 villes européennes s’engageront, via la signature d’une convention, à réduire de plus de 20% leurs émissions de gaz à effet de serre d’ici à 2020.Demain, au Parlement européen de Bruxelles, plus de 500 élus européens signeront la Convention des maires pour le climat, par laquelle il s’engageront à réduire sensiblement leurs émissions de CO2.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Initiée par la Commission européenne en partenariat avec le Comité des régions et le Parlement européen, cette convention vise à encourager les villes à jouer un important et indispensable rôle dans la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique. Les signataires, dont font notamment partie les villes françaises de Brest, Chamonix, Metz, Caen et Chambéry, s’engagent à dépasser l’objectif fixé au niveau européen, en réduisant de plus de 20% leurs émissions de gaz à effet de serre.Les maires devront alors élaborer et soumettre, dans l’année suivant leur adhésion à la convention, leur plan d’actions en faveur des énergies renouvelables et de l’amélioration de l’efficacité énergétique de leur ville. La Convention des maires a été créée en 2008 et à ce jour, plus de 1.500 villes de 36 pays l’ont signée.Le 3 mai 2010 à 17:48 • Emmanuel Perrin
Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on target Biologists say a baby dolphin found stranded on a Florida beach and later euthanized had a stomach full of plastic trash.The female rough-toothed dolphin was discovered stranded on Fort Myers Beach on April 23. It was found to be emaciated and “in poor condition,” and although biologists attempted to help the dolphin, wildlife officials decided to euthanize it on-site.During a necropsy conducted on the animal by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC), biologists found two plastic bags and a piece of a balloon in its stomach.Biologists found two plastic bags and a piece of balloon in the baby dolphin, which had to be euthanized. (Photo Credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission)On its Facebook page, the FWC posted images of the trash found inside the dolphin’s body.The official cause of death has not yet been determined, wildlife officials said.“There are many additional factors to consider, such as underlying illness, disease and maternal separation, before a final cause of stranding and death for the dolphin can be determined,” the FWC said. Samples collected during the necropsy will be sent for analysis to help determine the cause of death.However, the FWC said the finding “highlights the need to reduce single use plastic and to not release balloons into the environment.”Environmentalists around the world have been calling for more focus on the problem of plastic trash ending up in oceans.In November of last year, a dead whale with 1,000 pieces of plastic in its stomach washed ashore in a park in Indonesia, and last month, marine biologists and volunteers found 88 pounds of plastic inside a whale that washed up in the Philippines.More on Geek.com:Critically Endangered Vaquita Porpoise Found Dead in Mexico‘Grieving’ Dolphin Carrying Dead Calf Spotted in New ZealandLandmark UN Report Urges Action on Environment, Climate
WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Google+ WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injury Pinterest We reported yesterday that WWE was pushing a storyline coming out of RAW that Braun Strowman had “sustained serious injuries” following an attack by Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin last night.It turns out the storyline was a cover for a legitimate injury in Strowman’s elbow at the moment. The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online reports that Strowman has bone spurs in his elbow and is scheduled to undergo surgery as a result.The same report indicated that while the injury isn’t considered to be serious to the extent of Strowman missing months at time a time, his status for the TLC PPV in four weeks, where he is scheduled to wrestle Baron Corbin, is touch and go.As reported earlier, the stipulation for Strowman vs. Corbin at TLC is that if Strowman wins, Corbin loses all authority as Acting General Manager of RAW and Strowman would go on to face Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble in January for the Universal Championship. If Corbin wins, he gets to be the permanent General Manager of RAW going forward.
Muhammad Yunus speaks in an interview with Al Jazeera. Photo: Al JazeeraIn an interview with Al Jazeera, Nobel Peace laureate and economist Muhammad Yunus placed the blame on de facto leader and fellow Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in what the United Nations has called “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing” in Myanmar’s Rakhine.In recent weeks more than half a million majority-Muslim Rohingya have fled Myanmar for neighbouring Bangladesh.Myanmar’s security forces and Buddhist vigilantes have been accused of mass rape, murder and the burning of entire villages.”I’ll put 100 percent of the blame on her because she is the leader,” Yunus told Al Jazeera.When asked if Myanmar’s military is actually wielding the power and rendering her essentially powerless, Yunus replied, “Well, then she should resign.”Yunus also told the Middle East-based TV channel that by staying on in government Aung San Suu Kyi is “absolutely” giving her blessing to the military and its actions in Myanmar. “Not only that, verbally she’s defending it,” he added. “She says, ‘I don’t know why these people are going. No, we don’t have atrocities. No, it is Arakanese who are attacking us.’ All kinds of things … She gets all the blame and she’s responsible for it, and she has to fix it.”
US president Donald Trump speaks prior to awarding the Medal of Honor to Vietnam War veteran retired Marine Corps Sergeant Major John Canley in the East Room of the White House in Washington, US, on 17 October 2018. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump said on Wednesday he did not want to abandon ally Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of a Saudi journalist and has asked for audio recordings Turkish sources say indicate he was killed by Saudi agents.Trump said he was waiting for a full report on what had happened to Jamal Khashoggi from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, whom he sent to Saudi Arabia and Turkey to meet with officials over the disappearance of the Saudi government critic. Trump and Pompeo are scheduled to meet at 10:00am (1400 GMT) on Thursday.Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who was critical of the authoritarian kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October and his body removed. The Saudis have denied the allegations.Turkish sources have told Reuters the authorities have an audio recording indicating Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate. He has not been seen since entering the building.Turkey’s pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper on Wednesday published what it said were details from audio recordings that purported to document Khashoggi’s torture and interrogation.Khashoggi was killed within minutes and his torturers severed his fingers during the interrogation, the newspaper said. His killers later beheaded and dismembered him, it said.Turkey has not shared with the US government or European allies graphic audio or video evidence, seven US and European security officials told Reuters. The United States and allies have collected some intelligence through their own sources and methods, which partly confirms news reports based on leaks of audio recordings, four of the sources said.A New York Times report cited a senior Turkish official confirming the details published by Yeni Safak. Two Turkish government officials contacted by Reuters declined to confirm the report.Trump, who has forged closer ties with Saudi Arabia and the 33-year-old crown prince, said the United States has asked Turkey for any audio or video evidence.Asked in a Fox Business Network interview if Washington could abandon Riyadh, Trump said: “I do not want to do that.”Trump reiterated his hopes that Saudi leaders were not involved in the disappearance of Khashoggi, a US resident.”I want to find out what happened, where is the fault, and we will probably know that by the end of the week,” Trump later told reporters.”We have asked for it, if it exists … I’m not sure yet that it exists, probably does, possibly does,” he said of the audio or video evidence.US media outlets have reported that Riyadh, despite its earlier denials of involvement, will acknowledge that Khashoggi was killed in a botched interrogation. Trump has speculated without providing evidence that “rogue killers” could be responsible.How the crown prince emerges from the crisis is a test of how the West will deal with Saudi Arabia in the future.Trump has appeared unwilling to distance himself too much from the Saudis, citing Riyadh’s role in countering Iranian influence in the region – and tens of billions of dollars in potential arms deals.Other Western nations, although expressing concern about the incident, face a similar delicate situation in their dealings with the world’s top oil exporter.Important TiesPompeo said Riyadh should be given a few more days to complete its own probe into Khashoggi’s disappearance. He met Turkey’s president and foreign minister, a day after Trump gave Saudi Arabia the benefit of the doubt.”They’re going to do an investigation, and when the investigation comes out we’ll evaluate it,” Pompeo told reporters travelling with him.A State Department spokeswoman said Pompeo had not heard any audio recording purporting to indicate Khashoggi was killed.Pompeo also said the United States must be mindful of important business and government ties with Saudi Arabia as it considers any steps once the facts have been determined.Turkish investigators spent nearly nine hours in the Saudi consul’s residence, leaving early on Thursday, as did Saudi investigators. The search by Turkish investigators included the roof and garage and the deployment of a drone over the area.Turkish crime scene investigators were still working at the consulate early on Thursday, using bright lights to illuminate the garden, though it was not clear what they were doing.A pro-government Turkish daily published preliminary evidence last week from investigators who it said had identified a 15-member Saudi intelligence team that arrived in Istanbul on diplomatic passports hours before Khashoggi disappeared.The Washington Post published a column by Khashoggi it received from his assistant a day after he was reported missing.In the column, Khashoggi condemns the crackdown on journalists by Arab governments and the failure of the international community to respond. “As a result, Arab governments have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate,” he wrote.A New York Times report, citing witnesses and other records, linked four suspects to Prince Mohammed’s security detail.One name matches a LinkedIn profile for a forensic expert who has worked at the interior ministry for 20 years. Another is identified in a diplomatic directory from 2007 as a first secretary at the Saudi Embassy in London. Others resemble officers in the Saudi Army and Air Force.After meeting the king and crown prince on Tuesday, Pompeo said Saudi Arabia has committed to a full investigation.Asked whether they said Khashoggi was alive or dead, Pompeo said: “They didn’t talk about any of the facts.”Deserted ConferencePrince Mohammed has painted himself as the face of a new, vibrant Saudi Arabia, diversifying its economy away from reliance on oil and making some social changes.But there has been criticism of some of his moves, including Riyadh’s involvement in the Yemen war, the arrest of women activists, and a diplomatic row with Canada.US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said his plans to attend an investment conference in Riyadh next week would be revisited on Thursday after US officials have a chance to consult Pompeo. International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde and top executives from Societe Generale and Glencore joined a growing list of executives who have pulled out.Saudi Arabia has said it would retaliate against any pressure or economic sanctions.
Gulf of Mexico tourism operators experienced a decline in business and have had to lower prices accordingly following April’s BP oil spill.According to an Expedia study, conventionally popular destinations such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale and New Orleans have had to lower rates despite claims the oil spill has not affected their beaches. Hotel average daily rates declined 29 per cent in May and 28 per cent in June compared to last year for this region.Australian tourists to the Gulf took advantage of the lower prices in May, but the trend was starting to wan said Expedia Manager Chris Hann.“We think it is a great time for Australian tourists to visit these destinations, particularly Florida, with prices for the American summer still heavily discounted….we are seeing airlines drop their fares to the US, with prices nearing those in early-to-mid 2009,” Mr Hann said.In the 87 days since the explosion, up to 700 litres of oil is estimated to have leaked into the Gulf of Mexico, with New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau President, Stephen Perry, estimating USD500 million will be needed to bring tourists back.Recent reports claim a containment cap used to stem the flow of oil has been replaced and is being tested, with no signs of further leakage apparent. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2943a/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A
Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT) recently organised a familiarisation (FAM) trip for MICE agents from across India to witness Israel’s offerings as a MICE destination.The group consisted of agents from leading travel companies like Footloose Yatra Consultants, Enchante Holidays, Skyline travels, Travels mantra, Holiday Triangle Travel, Orion Inbound, Tamarind Global, Quantum travels, Byond, Bonton Holidays and WOV travel.The group got to explore various attractions in the cities of Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Eilat and Tel Aviv. The FAM trip provided them the opportunity to experience places like Yad Veshem- the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, Israel Museum, Western Wall, Ein Gedi, Masada, Timna Park and also the sound and light show at the Tower of David.Hassan Madah, Director, Israel Ministry of Tourism, said, “Israel is becoming a preferred MICE destination for Indian corporate because of its history, diverse culture, natural beauty, vibrant nightlife and friendly people. Recently, UTI Mutual Funds travelled to Israel with 380 people and explored the cities of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Dead Sea. In the last two years, we have seen many such movements and through our FAM trips we hope MICE agents will promote Israel further.”
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