first_imgPhil Mickelson is proving more adept wielding a golf club than taking a selfie at the Presidents Cup as he joined Tiger Woods for the most victories at the team event.A day after missing a six-footer that would have won his match at the 18th hole at Liberty National, Mickelson made amends on Friday to post his 24th victory by sinking a 12-foot birdie at the final hole as he and partner Kevin Wisner beat Jason Day and Marc Leishman one-up.The Australian duo had led for most of the match and were never behind until Leishman’s 10-foot birdie chance at the final hole slipped wide.Mickelson has played in all 12 Presidents Cups since the event was created in 1994 and improved his career record to 24 wins, 16 losses and 13 halves.Woods, a U.S. assistant captain at the event, has a 24-15-1 career record.”I get that I can’t dance and I get that I can’t take selfies, but I can putt,” Mickelson, 47, quipped in reference to a bungled attempt to take a photo with U.S. Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton on Thursday, and an awkward celebration dance with Kisner on Friday.”I don’t really think much about,” Mickelson added of matching the record.”I just love every opportunity to be a part of these events and on these teams, and this team is a unique team from any in the past in that the talent level is high or higher than we’ve ever had.”advertisementU.S. captain Steve Stricker said Mickelson had been upset at the putt he missed for the win on Thursday.”I know he probably lost a little sleep over that last n night,” Stricker said.”He brought it up to me again this morning. So it was eating at him. He just (could not) believe that he missed that putt yesterday.”It’s nice to see that he got a little redemption.”last_img read more

first_imgAustralian Open: Simona Halep knocks out Venus Williams in 3rd roundAustralian Open: World No.1 Simona Halep defeated Venus Williams 6-2 6-3 to advance to the pre-quarterfinals.advertisement Reuters MelbourneJanuary 19, 2019UPDATED: January 19, 2019 15:38 IST Simona Halep breezed past Venus Williams in the third round (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSimona Halep defeated Venus Williams 6-2 6-3 in the third round of the Australian OpenHalep faces Serena Williams in the pre-quarterfinalsHalep is without a coach at the Australian OpenTop seed Simona Halep had the odds stacked against her ahead of the Australian Open but the Romanian proved her title credentials with a breezy 6-2 6-3 third round win over multiple Grand Slam winner Venus Willliams on Saturday.The reward for the 27-year-old French Open champion is probably the toughest challenge in the women’s draw at Melbourne Park, a fourth round date with the younger Williams sister, Serena.Coming to the year’s first Grand Slam on a five-match losing streak and without a coach, Halep had to grind her way through the first two rounds with tough three-set wins.”It’s going to be a bigger challenge, but I’m ready to face it.” – @Simona_Halep on playing another Williams sister, #Serena next.#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019Sublime effort tonight, @Venuseswilliams #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019She started positively against Venus, though, and broke her twice to take the first set.SI-MO-NA!Top seed @Simona_Halep is through to the 4R, def. #Venus Williams 6-2 6-3.#AusOpen #GameSetMatch (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019Venus showed more fight in the second and there was an early trade of breaks before Halep broke again to go 4-3 up before converting her first matchpoint with a forehand winner down the line.You’re welcome, mum @Simona_Halep #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019Let’s see that once more, @Simona_Halep.The World No. 1 keeps her dream to become an #AOChampion, alive. #AusOpen #AOFiredUp (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Simona HalepFollow Venus WilliamsFollow Australian Open Nextlast_img read more

first_imgNinety-seven primary schools are to benefit from improved sewerage systems under a Sanitary Block Project, which will be funded by the Government in the 2018/2019 fiscal year, at a cost of $30 million.The project will be implemented by the National Education Trust Limited (NET), as outlined in the 2018/2019 Estimates of Expenditure, tabled in the House of Representatives on February 15.The NET is a Government of Jamaica company, which is limited by guarantee and is a registered charitable organisation that mobilises financial and quality resources for schools in Jamaica. Since its inception in 2010, NET has developed a track record for efficiency and adherence to quality standards, to the satisfaction of both donors and beneficiaries. Under the Sanitary Block Project, NET will be responsible for the installation of improved sewerage systems in 97 primary schools. It will also commence and complete the installation of improved sewerage systems at an additional 11 schools across Jamaica.Over the years, the Ministry has implemented numerous Sanitary Block Projects in partnership with other organisations, with the objective of reducing the number of schools that still depend on the old-fashion system of pit latrines.last_img read more

FAIRFAX, Va. — A fleet of high-tech robots has deployed at a northern Virginia university for the noble purpose of delivering pizza, doughnuts and coffee on demand to students.More than 25 knee-high, cooler-shaped robots began delivery duty Tuesday at George Mason University in Fairfax.Ryan Tuohy, senior vice-president for business development at San Francisco-based Starship Technologies, which makes the robots, said hundreds of delivery orders were placed on the service’s first day.The company’s partnership with Sodexo, which holds the catering contract at George Mason, means students can get deliveries from Blaze Pizza, Starbucks and Dunkin for a $1.99 fee. A convenience store is also participating and more vendors are expected to join the program later.The six-wheeled robots can climb curbs and hold up to 20 pounds (9 kilograms) of cargo.The robots drew smiles and bemused looks from students who stopped to take pictures as they plodded along campus Wednesday making lunch deliveries.Justin Plassmeyer, a senior computer science major, got a pizza delivery Wednesday as his friends watched and took photos. The robot took about eight minutes to make a delivery that a person walking briskly might have done in five. The robots are slowed a little by the need to use ramps instead of stairs.“It’s not the fastest thing in the world,” Plassmeyer said. “If you’re really hungry, it’s probably faster to walk and get your food yourself. But if you’re just a little bit hungry, it’s perfect,” he said. He also said he appreciates the novelty of “having a little robot bring your food.”Tuohy said college campuses are an ideal setting for Starship robots to operate: college students are interested in technology and innovation, and campus grounds are generally pedestrian friendly. The robots can’t go up and down steps, but campuses are required to be wheelchair accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Tuohy said, “so there’s going to be a ramp somewhere.”The robots are learning the fastest routes to navigate the campus, and will eventually learn to avoid heavy trafficked pedestrian routes, willing to travel a longer distance if they can save time by moving more quickly on a less-travelled path.The robots are “super deferential” and will stop if they detect pedestrians to avoid collisions, Tuohy said.Starship says its rollout is the largest implementation of autonomous robot food-delivery services on a college campus. A similar service launched earlier this month by a different technology company at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.Matthew Barakat, The Associated Press read more

Meanwhile, about 30 MDMK workers, led by their Coimbatore District secretary, Eswaran, were arrested when they staged a demonstration and squatted in front of the hotel where the Sri Lankan officers are staying, police said. Adequate number of police personnel have been deployed in front of the hotel where the officials are said to be staying, they added. Political parties in Tamil Nadu, including ruling AIADMK and its rival DMK, had recently protested training being imparted to Sri Lankan air force personnel at an IAF station near Chennai, following which the Centre shifted them to Bangalore.Chief Minister Jayalalitha had slammed the Centre’s move to transfer them to Bangalore insisting they should not be trained anywhere in India. “Tamils will not accept the training being imparted in Bangalore. I insist that the Sri Lankan personnel should not be trained anywhere in India and the Centre should take steps for their return to Sri Lanka,” she had demanded.In March, Jayalalitha had written to the Centre to provide prior information about the visit of officials or dignitaries from the island nation to Tamil Nadu.She had also asked the Centre to “discourage” frequent visits of Sri Lankan VIPs to the state as the people were “greatly exercised” over the island government’s conduct on the Tamil issue. 27 officers from 10 countries, including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, arrived this afternoon to participate in the session organised for those who received training from the college, about 20 km from Udhagamandalam in Nilgiris district. A tense situation prevailed near the Defence Service Staff College at Wellington in Tamil Nadu on Sunday with some pro-Tamil outfits protesting the arrival of two senior defence officers from Sri Lanka to participate in an Annual Interaction Session tomorrow, the police said.Workers of some pro-Tamil outfits raised slogans against the presence of the Lankan officers, police said. While traffic was blocked for nearly half an hour, there were pitched arguments between the workers and police, resulting in tense moments for a while, they added.Senior police officials declined to comment whether they had prior information about the visit of the officers. (PTI) read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press Posted May 7, 2013 5:57 pm MDT Redford’s government spends $350,000 on glossy budget mail-out brochure EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Alison Redford’s government is spending $350,000 to mail out a full-colour budget brochure — something critics suggest is Redford’s latest attempt to save her job.“It’s desperation,” Wildrose Opposition Leader Danielle Smith said Tuesday.“We have a premier who is desperately afraid of losing confidence from her party in her leadership vote in the fall, and she’s pulling out all the stops, including using taxpayer money to send out political propaganda.”The eight-page mail-out repeats dollar figures, commitments, and talking points used by the government when it delivered the budget March 7.That financial forecast is for $6.3 billion in red ink along with cuts or reductions in spending across the board. But it also promised renewed savings and infrastructure spending to keep pace with a growing population.The brochure, called Report to Taxpayers, highlights spending, savings and infrastructure goals, but doesn’t mention the key concern of critics: that Redford plans to accrue $17-billion of debt over the next four years.The brochure, which also includes testimonials from Albertans praising the budget and the government, also reiterates that the province is being hammered by what Redford and her government are calling the “bitumen bubble.”Redford coined the term to explain the price difference between what Alberta’s oil sells for compared with the North American oil benchmark, West Texas Intermediate.The government has said the bubble is taking a big bite out of resource revenues, but critics suggest the price spread is not far off traditional levels and is being used by Redford as a red herring to justify service cuts and debt.Redford, in her personal address to Albertans on page 2 of the brochure, mentions the bubble twice in the first three paragraphs.She defended the mail-out during question period.“We’re very excited to be able to make sure that we are accountable to Albertans for the decisions that we made in Budget 2013,” said Redford. “And we’re proud of the fact that we’re going to deliver that fact-based document to 1.2 million households this week.”Added Finance Minister Doug Horner: “We don’t apologize for communicating to Albertans the information that Albertans want to know.”Smith said the money could have been put to better use by a government that cut $210,000 from a social program for victims of sexual exploitation.“The $350,000 that this government wasted on a PC-election-style brochure would have covered Safe House for more than a year,” she said.NDP Leader Brian Mason pointed out the brochure is even in the blue and orange colours of the Progressive Conservative party.“To me it’s nothing but a very expensive taxpayer-funded piece of propaganda.”Mason said Redford is running a de facto election campaign. She faces a mandatory vote of confidence from party members in November but has seen her popularity fall drastically in recent public opinion polls.“This has got a lot to do with the premier’s campaign, which is now in full swing, to win her leadership review in November,” said Mason.All parties agree the brochure highlights the increasing politicization of government business under Redford.News releases from the non-partisan civil service on recent school construction announcements rebranded the “Alberta government” as the “Redford government.”Those releases also included interviews with happy participants.“I think it’s awesome that they’re building a new school for our community,” Grade 8 student Shaurye Agnihotri said in a news release May 3.Redford used the school announcements to deliver partisan attack speeches against her opponents to the children and adults present. She warned them that a Wildrose government wouldn’t build anything.All parties labelled the attack on the Wildrose in the presence of children as shameful.“The premier seems content to campaign in front of schoolchildren on the taxpayers’ dime,” said Liberal Leader Raj Sherman.On Monday, Mason said it’s time the Tories stopped using children as political “props.”Redford said she doesn’t plan to stop delivering her message to audiences. Page 2 of Tuesday’s mail out features a photo of Redford holding up a smiling tousle-haired little girl. read more

A compact of Mayors from cities around the world announced today that they will expand their commitments to scale up climate resilience efforts, energy efficiency programs and resilient financing mechanisms including through an initiative that aims to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 454 megatons by 2020. According to a statement, these and other initiatives announced at Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Summit, aim to address the effects of development on the environment both in urban and rural areas. This particular plan – known as the Compact of Mayors – brings together well over two thousands cities, including over 200 with specific targets and strategies for greenhouse gas reductions. Sixty per cent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2030 and that figure increases to 70 per cent by 2050. “From Rio to Seoul, mayors are already making great progress in fighting climate change and preparing their cities for its devastating impacts,” said Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes. “These announcements show the world that we are committed to transparent, easily accessible, emissions reporting.”Other announcements including the City Climate Finance Leadership Alliance and a City Creditworthiness Partnership will also help the world’s cities to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by 8 gigatons annually in 2050 – the equivalent of 50 per cent of global coal use. National Governments can be more ambitious in their emissions reduction commitments, according to research recently unveiled by the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.“Now is the time for nations to partner with cities as they create more ambitious climate targets over the next year, both to help the world avoid the worst impacts of climate change and to benefit millions of people,” said Mr. Bloomberg.Today cities, banks, national governments and civil society organizations gathered at the Climate Summit to accelerate commitments to slash greenhouse gas emissions. National Governments, including China, Germany and the United States, also announced their commitments. The carbon Cities Climate Registry, the designated central repository of the Compact of Mayors, will serve as a platform for city climate data.“Today’s announcements, including the Compact of Mayors and its standardized reporting process and public data portal, came out of an unprecedented collaboration among city networks,” said Seoul South Korea Mayor Park Won-soon. About 20 public and private sector partners also united today to launch the City Climate Finance Leadership Alliance to generate trillions of dollars to invest in low-carbon and climate-resistant infrastructure in cities in low- and middle-income countries. “This will allow increased capital to flow to cities, unblocking the transformational change needed to meet the challenge of climate change and contributing to the new urban agenda of cleaner, more resilient and environmentally sustainable cities,” said UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos. The World Bank and its partners are uniting to help 300 cities strengthen their creditworthiness to attract investors. This will help cities improve their financial management, which ultimately will boost their access to private capital. Making cities climate-friendly is one of eight action areas identified as critical during the Abu Dhabi Ascent, a two-day meeting held in the United Arab Emirates in May 2014. Other topics include agriculture and renewable energy. read more

This would have to be taken apart before being eaten This would have to be taken apart before being eatenCredit:Instagram/genesiskisioc “I’m no burger expert but it strikes me restaurant burgers are often too big, maybe to justify the price tag needed to maintain spend in a full service restaurant. I think burgers are best eaten in one of our excellent British mini chains,I’d take a simple tasty burger from good produce at a reasonable price from the likes of Bleecker Burger, Patty & Bun or Honest Burgers over a 5m high Instagram-baiting monstrosity that will set you back 20 quid any day.”Ryan Simpson, who was head chef at The Goose in Oxfordshire when it was awarded a Michelin star, and now runs his own restaurant, Orwell’s in Henley-on-Thames, agreed.He said he thinks the trend is “terrible” and that for a burger to be a success “you have to fit it in your mouth, you don’t want to be cutting it up. You want the bun to soak up the juice.” Mr Simpson argued “a better burger will be much uglier. One of my best burgers ever was in New York at Shake Shack, that was messy.”We used to do a venison burger with a brioche bun and you could fit that in your mouth. It was lovely, but the tall ones [at other restaurants] fall over and you can’t squash it all together and take a bite.”He did, however, add that “every burger should have bacon, cheese and a nice slice of gherkin.”Scott Collins, managing director and co-founder of burger chain MEATliquor, said the towering burgers are “ridiculous”, explaining: “We wouldn’t do anything for Instagram’s sake, we’ve been open for several years and we’ve only just given people the option to put a third patty in some of our burgers. Even that’s manageable to fit in your mouth!”“We don’t do anything for novelty’s sake. There’s lots of people out there just desperate for social media coverage.”The key to a good burger is that it’s a one hand food, if you can’t eat it and hold it in one hand, it’s not a proper burger. It defeats the purpose and what a burger was designed to be. ” MEATliquor argue that their burgers are decadent, but practical - you can hold them in one hand as you eat them MEATliquor argue that their burgers are decadent, but practical – you can hold them in one hand as you eat them Top chefs and restaurateurs have hit out at a new trend of towering burgers fueled by social media, that they argue ‘defeat the point’ as they are impractical to eat, and diners can’t fit a bite in their mouths. A burger that has to be cut up with a knife and fork is pointless, industry experts have said, arguing that  for a burger to be acceptable, one must be able to get all components in one bite, and be able to hold it in one hand.Photographs of burgers on Instagram show creations stacked high with risotto fritters, pulled pork and gargantuan chunks of pickle, but Stevie Parle, a restaurateur who runs multiple restaurants in London including Pastaio and Palatino, has argued that simple burgers are best.He told The Telegraph: “Cooking for looks is clearly not a new thing, but these days we somehow feel we have to cook for likes.”Of course we have to do what we can in this industry to get people through the door but this attention seeking goes way too far when a ‘ freak shake’  or a burger is so massive and over the top it’s impossible to eat in the normal way. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

first_imgA LARGE SCALE protest against the local property tax (LPT) is currently under way in Dublin’s city centre.Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins, who told that he would not be paying the tax, said that the aim of today’s march was to give a voice to the taxpayers who opposed the property tax.The route includes Dublin Castle, where EU finance ministers are meeting this weekend.(Above images: Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) FB page)(Above three images: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)The Garda Press Office said that upwards of 5,000 were in attendance and that the protest was peaceful.Read: Revealed: The 7 TDs who say they won’t pay the property tax >last_img read more

first_imgVikarabad: The Southwest Monsoon continued to be normal over Telangana for the second day on Tuesday. Rain occurred at many places across over eight districts in the State, including Vikarabad, the Met department bulletin said. While there was 2 cm of rainfall in Kodangal in the district, Bomraspeta recorded 1 cm. There was light rainfall (up to 1 cm) at a few places, while moderate rain (2 to 6 cm) occurred at isolated places. Also Read – Call to sensitize SC, ST laws in Hanamkonda Advertise With Us The bulletin warned of heavy rain very likely to lash isolated places in ten Telangana districts on July 3. According to the forecast, light to moderate rain or thundershowers are likely at many places in the State from July 3 to 7. No large change during the period July 8-10 is the weather outlook. The heavy rain is being attributed to the well-marked low-pressure area over the north-west Bay of Bengal and its adjoining areas of the West Bengal and Odisha coasts which now lies over south-east Jharkhand and its adjoining areas of Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal. The associated upper air cyclonic circulation extends up to 7.6 km above the mean sea level.last_img read more

first_imgKhatron Ke Khiladi 10TwitterDirector Rohit Shetty’s popular celebrity stunt-based show Khatron Ke Khiladi is coming back to the small screen with its tenth season. And the tentative list of contestants is out already.Last year, Khatron Ke Khiladi had been the number one show on television by topped the TRP charts despite facing tough competition from The Kapil Sharma Show and other TV shows. With its mind-boggling stunts, the show had kept the audience on the edge of their seats and dance choreographer Punit Pathak had bagged the winner’s trophy.Now once again, Rohit Shetty and his team will be triggering the adrenaline rush of the audience through an array of his daredevil stunts on the small screen. This year, Khatron Ke Khiladi 10 will be shot in Bulgaria. And while the buzz around the show’s contestants has already started picking up pace in the industry, here are some popular celebrity names who would probably be participating on Khatron Ke Khiladi 10.Karan PatelDharmesh YelandeKarishma TannaRani ChaterjeeAmruta KhanvilkarBalraj SayalRJ MalishkaAdaa KhanShivin NarangTejasswi Prakashlast_img read more

first_imgIt is truly said, “your body can stand anything, it’s your mind you have to convince.” Finding inspiration to work out and eat healthily is not simple. But there are some people who really motivate us to stick to our goals no matter how many challenges we face.Haresshvar’s weight spiraled out of control before his miraculous transformation. He would gorge on up to 5,000 calories every day in greasy pasties and fry-ups. He was one of the laziest persons you could ever meet. Though he always had the perseverance to do something no matter whatever it takes, Haresshvar rarely used to fix his mind on anything. He used to prefer a peaceful life away from any kind of discomfort.I was misguided by a few trainers and was not making any progress. Then, I met Biglee Murali, who coached me and played an essential role in my life at that time. He guided me and made me what I am today – says Haresshvar.Winning Mr Tamil Nadu 2017 changed his life. Up till now, Haresshvar was weight training himself just to prove to everyone who ever made fun of his body. But winning such a prestigious championship, gave him the confidence to step it up, and start sharing his experience and tips with those in need.He says, “some people might be able to eat junk and still be thin. Not everyone is that lucky. Stop comparing your body or situations with that of others. Focus on what you have and come up with a key to make the changes to your life that will get you to your goal.”IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

first_imgThe United States Postal Service invites you to celebrate the life of renowned author, poet, actress and civil rights champion, Maya Angelou. The event will be held April 7, at the Warner Theatre, located at 513 13th St., N.W., at 11 a.m. for the First-Day-Issue Stamp Dedication ceremony for the Dr. Maya Angelou Limited Edition Forever Stamp. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first come first serve basis and subject to capacity. For more information, please contact: Xhosa Bates at or, or by phone at 202-268-3267.last_img read more

first_img“The poisoning of innocent children is against Islamic law. The mujahedeen are not involved in the poisoning of schoolchildren. It is a crime,” Mujahid said in an email.Government officials had previously said it was unclear what caused the series of outbreaks of illness at girls’ schools in the province starting about three weeks ago. In at least one case, doctors in the capital city of Taluqan attributed complaints of illness by 125 students to mass hysteria.But cases continued to mount and seven alleged school poisonings have now been reported in six schools in the province, said Mustafa Rasouli, a spokesman for the provincial government.He said the insurgents confessed to bribing teachers, school workers and even students to sneak toxic chemicals onto school grounds, Rasouli said.In two cases, female students were paid 50,000 Afghanis (almost $1,000) to contaminate water tanks at their schools with a toxic powder, Mashal said.In other instances, conspirators sprayed a sweet-smelling yellow liquid around the grounds of the school, he said.Officials did not identify any of the toxic substances allegedly used.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for men Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistcenter_img ErrorOK ErrorOK 0 Comments   Share   5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, girls were banned from going to school and women were only allowed to leave their homes with a male relative as an escort. After their 2001 ouster, Taliban insurgents would attack schoolgirls by spraying their faces with acid. However, the group has appeared to tone down its stance against education for girls more recently.Government officials suggested the alleged plot may also have been aimed at undermining the government’s achievements.President Hamid Karzai called for an investigation and intelligence service spokesman Latifullah Mashal said the intelligence service discovered a conspiracy by militants to try to scare families from sending their children to school.“They want to create terror and fear among students, especially in the education sector and also in the health sector, which are two of the major achievements of the 10 years of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan,” said Mashal.He said 15 people have been arrested in connection with the school poisonings. Those being held include 12 identified Taliban insurgents, a teacher and a school treasurer and his wife, he said.Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid denied any involvement in the poisonings. Associated PressKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – The Afghan government accused the Taliban Wednesday of poisoning schoolgirls by bribing students and workers to sneak toxic chemicals into drinking water or spread it around school grounds, sickening scores. Fifteen suspects have been arrested, officials said.Government officials said six schools were affected in northern Takhar province in the past three weeks, and though they did not give a total number of girls who got sick, they said one school alone had 125 cases. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more

first_imgFred. Olsen Cruise Lines has triumphed in the Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards. The Ipswich-based cruise line – with its Norwegian heritage, and fleet of four smaller, traditional ships – has been voted Best for Seeing the World by the influential cruise website.Fred. Olsen operates cruises all over the world, most of which are ex-UK and sail from a number of convenient regional ports. They range from 2-3 night mini-cruises, to long epic voyages, ‘Around the World’ and ‘Around South America’.  Fred. Olsen’s Marketing Director, Nigel Lingard, said:“We are delighted to win this prestigious award from Cruise Critic, as their editors really know cruising.  The human scale of our ships appeals to many people, who enjoy an informal and friendly experience and, of course, as the judges have recognised, smaller ships have access to some of the more remote and fascinating ports around the world – places that larger ships cannot reach.”This is what the Cruise Critic judges had to say – ‘Wherever in the world you want to go, Fred. Olsen likely has a ship that’ll take you there. Its fleet’s small-to-mid-size ships can also visit exotic ports that the cruise ‘behemoths’ can’t fit into. Even better? Many are ex-UK, at least one way.’ Source = Cruise Abroadlast_img read more

first_img March 18, 2014 485 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Home Prices Home Sales HOUSING RE/MAX 2014-03-18 Colin Robins RE/MAX released its National Housing Report for February, showing that weather and a lack of inventory continues to push homes sales lower and prices higher.Home prices rose 11.6 percent compared to February 2013, according to the report.The median price for a home in February was $180,450, a 4.3 percent increase from the previous month, and continues a streak of 25 months of monthly price increases.Forty-four of 52 reporting metros reported higher sales prices than one year ago; 18 metros reported double-digit increases.Home sales, meanwhile, dropped by 8.8 percent compared to January’s year-to-year loss of 7.1 percent.The report found, “Although winter months normally record the lowest home sales of the year, unusually harsh weather disrupted numerous home sales in February. Of all 52 metro areas surveyed, 42 saw year-to-year sales decrease.”Additionally, shrinking inventory nationwide continues to be a problem.Months supply, considered balanced at 6.0, was 5.1 last month. While not too far from the balanced ideal, the inventory of homes for sale in February remained 2.4 percent less than January and 9.8 percent less than the previous year.”A combination of severe weather and low inventories appears to have slowed February home sales. The improving economy, increasing new-home construction and significant pent-up demand should all be critical factors as we move into the traditionally stronger sales months of spring and summer,” said Margaret Kelly, RE/MAX CEO.Kelly added, “Sales during these months will determine the overall picture for 2014.”For homes sold in February, the average days on market was 80, five more days than the average in January. However, days on market was nine less than the average in February 2013.Metros with the lowest month’s supply of homes last month included: Denver, Colorado (0.8); San Francisco, California (1.3); Los Angeles, California (2.5); San Diego, California (2.5); and Houston, Texas (2.6).center_img Weather, Inventory Take Toll on February Home Sales Sharelast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe USA has it, and so too does Canada. And soon all Australian citizens travelling to the European Union (EU) for business or leisure purposes will need to apply for a similar visa waiver.Currently, most Australians do not need a visa for short-term stays to enter the Schengen Zone for touristic, family, or business purposes, but that will change in two years time.The ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System) visa waiver program – a new security system being implemented to reduce illegal immigration and to better protect against terrorist threats, backed by the European Union – is expected to be fully implemented in 2021.Australians will be eligible to travel to European countries but will require a travel authorisation, applied for online. Citizens will need to have a valid passport, email address, and a credit or debit card (for the 7 Euro application fee). Without these documents, potential travellers to the EU will be unable to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver.With an approved ETIAS visa waiver, Australians will be granted authorisation to enter the European Schengen Zone for a period of three years. The ETIAS visa waiver for Australians intends to reduce travel restrictions while at the same time improving safety standards for international travel throughout the European Union.ETIAS registration will require applicants to answer basic security questions and supply details about their intended travel plans, in much the same way they apply for ESTA to enter the United States.Once approved, applicants will be sent ETIAS travel authorisation directly to their email address. Most travellers should receive their approved ETIAS visa waiver via email within 24 hours after filing.Further restrictions on importing and exporting currency, perfume and alcohol between Europe and Australia, and the prohibition of firearms, will also come into effect in 2021.Australian Federation of Travel Agents Chief Executive Jayson Westbury said the EU has been working towards the program’s launch for several years.“Provided it works in a simple fashion a little like the US and Canadian version I am sure it can be successful,” Westbury told LATTE.“In this ever more uncertain world it makes for good policy, and from an Australian’s perspective, as a country we make every visitor purchase a visa to come to Australia, so we will have to see how things go as is it implemented.”MEANWHILE, the UK Government has announced it will allow Australian travellers to use e-gates at UK airports and at Eurostar terminals from June 2019.Along with Brits, eligible travellers from the US, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Australia will be fast-tracked through immigration checkpoints.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

first_imgIt is accepted worldwide that the real problem in Cyprus is Turkey’s invasion and occupation of 37 per cent of the island’s territory, Greek Foreign Minister Nicos Kotzias has said.In an interview on Greece’s state television, ERT, Kotzias said the fact that substantive problems like the occupation and Turkey’s intervention rights were on the table was a great success for Greek diplomacy.“There is no one, including the UN, the EU, and other international players, all the members of the (UN) Security Council, who believes the dialogue can start without these two matters discussed and resolved,” Kotzias said. “It has become acceptable worldwide that solution of the Cyprus problem means the solution of the real problem, the invasion and occupation.”For a new Cyprus conference to have substantive results, Turkey’s occupation and intervention rights must be discussed beforehand to determine whether there are convergences between the guarantor powers.“(President Tayyip) Erdogan and (Foreign Minister Mevlut) Cavusoglu have accepted the need to have exploratory discussions on whether we can resolve them,” he added.The latest round of reunification talks at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana took place between June 28 and July 6 but again ended in deadlock over disagreements on security and guarantees.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy CC Debt Are In For Big SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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