The hunger strike was launched by war displaced people from Valikamam who are yet to be resettled in their original lands after being forced out of their homes in 1990. Meanwhile leader of Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) Gajan Ponnambalam said that some Tamil journalists who were covering the protest were attacked. Tamils, including war displaced people and politicians, staged a hunger strike in Jaffna today.The demonstrators were calling for the war displaced people to be resettled in their original lands in parts of the north. He said that several Internally Displaced People (IDP) who were scheduled to take part in the protest were also prevented from doing so.The United National Party (UNP) and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) were among the political parties which took part in the demonstration.
By Garreth MacNamee File photo of Defence Forces members. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images 69 Comments Mar 8th 2019, 6:34 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share103 Tweet Email2 Updated Mar 8th 2019, 9:29 PM A FORMER MEMBER of the Defence Forces has been detained in Syria for alleged links to Isis.The woman is believed to have left the force eight years ago and was held in northern Syria earlier this week.The Department of Defence and Department of Foreign Affairs are aware of the situation.Sources said the woman has links to the Islamic State terror group.It is understood the Government was contacted during the week and has been attempting to verify her identity. Security sources have told TheJournal.ie that the woman left the Defence Forces in 2011 and married a Muslim man. She had earlier converted to Islam. It is believed she left for Syria in 2015 after her initial marriage broke down. It is believed she is currently being detained by the US armed forces based in northern Syria.A spokesperson for Government said: “The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is aware of reports of an Irish citizen detained in northern Syria.“Appropriate consular assistance is provided to all Irish citizens where it is possible to do so.”With reporting by Cormac Fitzgerald 29,476 Views Friday 8 Mar 2019, 9:29 PM File photo of Defence Forces members. https://jrnl.ie/4531687 Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Former Defence Forces member detained in Syria over alleged ISIS links The Government has been made aware of the ongoing incident. Short URL
Les comics de Marvel disponibles sur iPad et iPhoneL’iBook Store d’Apple propose, depuis le 29 février, les comics de Marvel, tels que X-Men et Spiderman. L’éditeur entend donner accès sur iPhone et iPad à la grande majorité de ses titres. Pour l’heure, 80 comics sont déjà disponibles.Les férus de bande-dessinée peuvent désormais télécharger sur leurs iPhone et iPad les comics de Marvel. 80 titres sont disponibles depuis le 29 février, et l’éditeur entend publier sur l’iBook Store la grande majorité de ses comics, parmi lesquels figurent Spider-Man, X-Men, les Quatre Fantastiques, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, ou encore Ghost Rider. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Sur son site, Marvel se félicite de cette entrée “dans une nouvelle ère du comic digital”. L’éditeur promet “une véritable expérience de lecture de comics digitaux que vous n’oublierez pas”, et affirme que de nouveaux titres seront ajoutés chaque semaine sur l’iBook Store.Les titres proposés sont vendus entre 3.99 euros et 14.99 euros. Mais pour le moment, ils ne sont disponibles qu’en anglais, et Marvel n’indique pas s’ils seront proposés dans d’autres langues. On ignore également si l’éditeur prévoit de publier son catalogue sur d’autres boutiques de livres électroniques.Le 4 mars 2012 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambert
Gas prices rose nationally in the wake of the cartel of oil-producing companies announcing it would curb crude oil production, according to AAA Oregon/Idaho. In Oregon and Vancouver, however, gas prices fell.The national average for regular unleaded rose 2 cents to $2.21 per gallon, while Oregon and Vancouver prices both fell by 1 cent, to $2.39 and $2.51, respectively.Washington’s gas prices rank fourth in the country at $2.58.Gas prices in Vancouver are down 10 cents from a month ago, but 16 cents more than this time last year.
Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 24, 2017 – Nassau – Police are searching for two male suspects after man was shot dead in Pinewood on Saturday.According to reports, shortly before 6 pm, a man was cleaning a vehicle on Silk Cotton Street off Buttonwood Avenue, Pinewood Gardens, when two male occupants of Suzuki Swift car armed with handguns, approached and shot him before speeding off. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene. Investigations are ongoing.Police are also searching for a male suspect in connection with a shooting incident that left a man in hospital on Sunday. According to reports, shortly after 1 AM, a man was attending a party at a home in Pride Estates, when another man armed with a firearm shot him before fleeing. The victim was transported to the hospital where he remains in stable condition.Press release from RTCIPF Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen revealed that he was reluctant to join Barcelona at the beginning until he met with the club’s former director of football Andoni ZubizarretaThe Germany international had captured the interest of Barcelona following an impressive three seasons of being the number one keeper at boyhood club Borussia Monchengladbach.Rumours of a move to the Camp Nou began to surface in February 2013 when it was reported that Ter Stegen signed a pre-agreement, which was later denied.However, upon turning down a new deal at Monchengladbach, Ter Stegen sealed a €12m switch to Barcelona in 2014.But the 26-year-old revealed that a move to Catalonia may never have occurred had it not been for Zubizarreta.“I had been with the club for my whole life. It was my home, my favourite team and in my city. Then Andoni Zubizarreta appeared,” Ter Stegen told Club del Deportista.“First he got in touch with my representative and then he and I met at a hotel in Germany and he explained what it meant to be a Barca goalkeeper, the history of the club and what they would expect from me.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“And he convinced me, with words and with feelings. Zubizarreta is a spectacular person.“I had never been to Barcelona and everything he told me he got for me, so I accepted it and took the step for a new stage in my life. I made the right decision.”Although life at Barcelona did not get off to a smooth start for Ter Stegen, who found himself behind Claudio Bravo in manager Luis Enrique’s pecking order.The German’s struggle caused him to reconsider his future at the time and he previously confessed that a move to Manchester City was a possibility.“As someone who wants to play in every game, it was a complicated situation and the competition with Claudio was not easy,” said Ter Stegen.“I’m not going to deny there were times when I was thinking about leaving, looking for a solution.”
‘Toilet to Tap’ is moving ahead in San Diego Updated: 7:06 PM April 10, 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) — Whatever you do, don’t call it “toilet to tap,” even though it is.“This is purified water that started as toilet water. We call it Pure Water,” said Brent Eidson, of the San Diego Public Utilities Department.Get used to it. The so-called “Pure Water” could be the next big thing to avoid another water shortage.“We could be producing 30-million gallons a day by 2021. The goal is 85-millions gallons a day by 2035. That’s one third the water used in San Diego,” said former Mayor Jerry Sanders. “When I was mayor, this was absolutely a basic decision to make sure we have water for years to come.”Fast forward ten years, the mayor is different, the issue is the same. But now, it’s moving forward.“After ten years it’s an overnight sensation,” Eidson said.The cost of building this type of water treatment plant is about $2 billion. The process they use to purify is called “reverse osmosis,” the same process they use in the desalination plants.Most people are not happy about “toilet to tap,” when they first hear about it. Truth is, it’s cleaner than 99 percent of the tap water in America today.“When people taste it, they change their mind. We have a 70 percent approval after people understand,” Eidson said.Along with re-using toilet water, there is another benefit. All the water being recycled will not be dumped into the Pacific Ocean. The fish thank you. Posted: April 10, 2018 Dan Plante, Dan Plante Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
The post has so far garnered over 2,400 likes and 1,100 shares.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FAIRBURN, Ga. (WSVN) — A Publix customer shared a heartwarming act of kindness he witnessed in the checkout line, and the story is spreading quickly on social media.Dam Tyrone II said he visited a Publix in the Atlanta area the day after Thanksgiving. When the customer ahead of him didn’t have enough money to pay for their groceries, he said the cashier named Sierra pulled out her own debit card to help cover the cost.“This is what Thanksgiving is all about,” Tyrone wrote on Facebook. “She didn’t have to help out, but without hesitation, she went in her purse and paid the bill. That simple gesture easily changed someone’s life.”He says he also reached out to Publix, encouraging the supermarket chain to give her a promotion for her selfless gesture.“I will be sure her Store Manager knows about this,” a representative replied. “You are absolutely right! That’s what the holidays are all about.”After witnessing the act of kindness, he said it inspired him to buy the groceries of a customer behind him on a trip to Walmart. Tyrone urged others to follow Sierra’s example.“Many people went starving this Thanksgiving,” he wrote. “We need more people like Sierra.”
Vienna : A young Austrian triathlete kidnapped while riding her bike talked her way to freedom by complimenting her captor’s orchids, a police source said Saturday, confirming press reports. Professional triathlete Nathalie Birli, 27, was struck by a car Tuesday and broke her arm while falling to the ground near Graz in southeastern Austria, the press reports said. Also Read – UK, EU Brexit teams to meet twice-weekly in September Advertise With Us The driver then knocked her out with a piece of wood and took her to his isolated home. “When I regained consciousness, I was naked and tied up in an armchair in an old house,” Birli told the Kronen Zeitung newspaper. The man forced her to drink alcohol and tried to suffocate her and drown her in a bathtub filled with cold water, Birli said. Also Read – Climate change: Australia downgrades outlook for Great Barrier Reef to ‘very poor’ Advertise With Us However, she managed to placate the man by complimenting him on the many orchids growing in his home. Though he was initially “filled with hate,” the man suddenly became “nice to me” and confided that gardening was his passion before opening up about his troubled childhood, she said. Finally, he agreed to let her go and even took her home, along with her bicycle, which had a GPS system installed in it. Police used the GPS record to track down the man and arrest him at his house, they said. The police are now trying to determine if the 33-year-old man, who suffers from psychiatric problems, was involved in any previous kidnappings.
Mr. and Mrs. Allen and Odessa Harris – “60 Years”Our family would like to honor Mr. and Mrs. Allen and Odessa Harris as they celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on March 22, 2017. Mr. and Mrs. Harris met over sixty years ago at a “jook joint” called the T-Pot in Turner Station and as they say, the rest is history! They later married on March 22, 1957 and had their first child in February, 1959. When they first met, Allen was in the Marines and Odessa was in the process of relocating to Baltimore.Mr. and Mrs. Allen and Odessa Harris (Courtesy Photo)After leaving the military, Allen landed a job at Bethlehem Steele, where he worked tirelessly for 40 years. While working at Johns Hopkins as a nurse’s Aide, Odessa decided to take on the responsibility of raising her four beautiful daughters Odessa, Cassandra, Kimberly and Dawnyell full time. Coincidentally, they both had familial roots in North Carolina, which is where they ultimately retired to in 1997. They have happily resided there for the past 20 years. Allen and Odessa have never once separated in their 60 years of matrimony! They are loved and cherished by their four daughters, five grandchildren, four great grandchildren and host of family and friends. Congratulations to you both and we wish you many more years together!
(Phys.org) — During the 20-year period from 1989 to 2008, 21% of of all stocks listed in US stock markets became bankrupt. Since bankruptcies affect many investors and have played a large role in the recent global financial crisis, predicting bankruptcy before it happens could help some investors avoid large losses. In a new study, a team of physicists has used concepts from statistical physics to identify some characteristic behaviors of pre-bankrupt stocks that differ significantly from stocks that don’t become bankrupt. The approach may eventually help investors forecast stock bankruptcies weeks or months in advance. Copyright 2012 Phys.Org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. A second major difference between pre-bankrupt stocks and others is that the former experience a stronger correlation between volatility and volume. Previous research has shown that volatility and volume exhibit a positive correlation, meaning that large changes in stock price are often accompanied by large changes in trading volume. But during the 100 days preceding bankruptcy, a stock’s volatility and volume both tend to increase more than usual, and so the two become more strongly correlated than normal. So even without knowing the underlying causes of the increased volatility and volume, the strong correlation provides a statistical indication of approaching bankruptcy.The analysis uncovered another trend in the overall stock market during this 20-year period. When plotting the distribution of daily returns, the researchers grouped the results into four-year periods. During each four-year period, for both pre-bankrupt and non-pre-bankrupt stocks, the probability of having large returns decreased as time passed. This finding suggests that the entire stock market became progressively more mature and stable during this period.In the future, the physicists plan to further investigate these characteristic behaviors of stocks about to become bankrupt. They hope to develop a model that can precisely predict the time of bankruptcy, since the changes in stock behavior tend to increase closer to the day of bankruptcy. They also hope to gain insight into the underlying causes of the pre-bankrupt behavior identified here.“In principle, [this pre-bankrupt stock behavior] can be understood on the basis of human behavior in stock markets,” Huang said. “Due to the characteristic of self-interest, facing a ‘good’ stock or a ‘bad’ stock, the attitude of an investor is quite different, thus yielding distinct investing behavior. More details on the mechanism can only be revealed by comparing the present results with those obtained from agent-based modeling. This is a future project.” To do this, they analyzed the daily closing share prices and trading volume of all 20,092 stocks listed in US stock markets from January 1, 1989 to December 31, 2008. When defining stock bankruptcy as a stock with more than 100 days of trading records whose price drops more than 20% during the previous 100 trading days, 4,223 (21%) of all stocks became bankrupt during that period. (Somewhat surprisingly, nearly two-thirds [13,249] of all stocks disappeared from the market during this period due to delisting and mergers and acquisitions, in addition to bankruptcy.)The new statistical physics analysis uncovered several ways in which the behavior of stocks approaching bankruptcy differs from that of non-bankrupting stocks. One of the biggest differences is in the distribution of returns: pre-bankrupt stocks are more likely to have larger daily returns (both positive and negative) than stocks that don’t become bankrupt. In other words, pre-bankrupt stocks have larger day-to-day price fluctuations. As would be expected, the difference is bigger for negative returns than positive returns, indicating the falling stock price preceding a bankruptcy. The closer the day of bankruptcy approaches, the greater the possibility for these dramatic price changes. For all stocks, there is a correlation between volatility and volume. However, the closer a stock is to bankruptcy, the stronger the correlation, since both volatility and volume increase as bankruptcy approaches. Image credit: Qian Li, et al. More information: Qian Li, et al. “Statistical analysis of bankrupting and non-bankrupting stocks.” EPL, 98 (2012) 28005. DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/98/28005 This figure shows the cumulative distribution function (CDF) for bankrupting and non-bankrupting stocks for each four-year period from 1989 to 2008 for (a) positive returns and (b) negative returns. Curves for bankrupting stocks are always more pronounced than for non-bankrupting stocks, indicating larger returns and higher volatility. As a side note, the probability of larger returns decreases for each four-year period, indicating greater overall market stability. Image credit: Qian Li, et al. Investors who ‘gamble’ in the stock market have same characteristics as lottery players The physicists, from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, and Fudan University in Shanghai, China, have published their study in a recent issue of EPL.“On the basis of statistical analysis, we satisfactorily distinguish the evident difference between bankrupting and non-bankrupting stocks,” coauthor Jiping Huang of Fudan University told Phys.org. “This shows that it is possible to develop a statistical-analysis-based early warning system to forecast the time of bankruptcy. The system depends on stock prices, rather than corporate internal financial information.”For many decades, researchers and analysts have attempted to develop models for predicting corporate bankruptcy, but most of these models depend on the availability of detailed internal financial information about the corporation, which is often difficult to obtain. Here, the scientists have attempted to predict a corporation’s risk of bankruptcy by observing the market dynamics of its stock price. Citation: Statistical analysis could predict bankrupt stocks (2012, May 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-statistical-analysis-bankrupt-stocks.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
© 2013 Phys.org “When viewing it like a regular panoramic image, you can also see up and down. When you pull out from the image, it finally becomes a circle, and you can also look at it as a sphere,” he commented.The fun elements of such spherical panoramic photos and their easy integration within creative displays are not lost on Ricoh’s creators. The camera is still in design phase; Asahina said not all of its features have been finalized. Although “the specs have not been decided yet,” the Ricoh team is discussing the project “with staff at art colleges,” he said. The technology, he added, could be presented as a “panorama ball” where the pictures are stuck onto the sphere. Japan’s Ricoh to buy Pentax digital camera brand More information: via Diginfo.tv This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further (Phys.org)—A novel panoramic camera from Ricoh is under development and it is described as a step beyond compact and single-lens reflex (SLRs) cameras. Takaharu Asahina of the New Business Development Center, Ricoh, told DigInfo TV about the company’s concept of an omnidirectional camera prototype. The camera shoots entire 360-degree panorama images with just one pass, just one click, and can then send them over to the user’s mobile device, such as tablet or phone, via Wi-Fi. The camera has two fish-eye lenses, each covering 180 degrees. Asahina said the Ricoh device can only take still photos, but its creators are interested in continuing the project to enable it to take video too. “We’d like to commercialize it, and make it a bit smaller. We want to keep developing it, so we can offer a version for consumers,” he said. Outside Ricoh, viewers seeing the design have used words like “wacky” and “curious” but are nonetheless impressed with its abilities. Citation: Ricoh shows off omnidirectional camera (w/ video) (2013, February 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-02-ricoh-omnidirectional-camera-video.html
Kolkata: People in the city and other districts of South Bengal will continue to witness heat spell with the humidity on the higher side for the next couple of days.The heat wave condition will prevail in all the western districts like Bankura, Purulia, West Midnapore, Jhargram, Birbhum and West Burdwan. The temperature may hover between 40-43 degree Celsius. The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore predicted that rain and thundershower may lash various South Bengal districts in the next 48 hours, particularly in the evening. During the day time hot and humid condition may prevail. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to the weather office prediction, monsoon is expected to enter the state early next month. In past few days, thunderstorm hit several parts of South Bengal bringing a relief to the people. A thundershower along with gusty wind swept through the city and some South Bengal districts on Saturday evening. “There may one or two spell of thundershowers in North Bengal in the next few days. South Bengal will continue to burn in the scorching summer heat. There will be high discomfort level due to humidity,” a weather official said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt may be mentioned that the weather office said monsoon is expected to arrive in Bengal after June 5. Till then, there may some occasional rainfall in some parts of the state. The rain will fail to bring permanent relief to the people as it would not last for long time. The city doctors have asked people to avoid the sun. They have also suggested to wear caps or use umbrellas. People have been urged to wear cotton clothes and to avoid spicy foods from restaurants to stay healthy.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress leaders and workers will go to the voters in North 24-Parganas to take cognizance of their opinion following the poll debacle.Reacting sharply to the Trinamool MLAs and councillors joining BJP, state Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim said: “Those who left the party have done so out of pressure. Even Mukul Roy had left out of pressure. These people do not have any respect for ideology. When any problem crops up, the rats are the Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamatafirst to jump into the sea without realising what the consequences will be.” Party district president Jyotipriya Mallick, along with the senior leaders held a meeting to analyse the post-poll scenario in North 24-Parganas, where Trinamool has lost the Lok Sabha seats of Bongaon and Barrackpore in North 24-Parganas. Mallick said the leaders have been forced to join BJP ‘at gunpoint’. He assured that the party would do well in the 2021 Assembly elections. “Remember we had only one MP in 2004 and from there the party consolidated its position. We are all working together with Mamata Banerjee,” he said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateVeteran party leader Tapas Roy said the election was held not on the basis of development, but on communal lines and the air strike at Balakot. “This is for the first time that polling in Bengal was held on communal lines. It is most unfortunate,” Roy said. Meanwhile, BJP took control over four municipalities in North 24-Parganas after the Trinamool Congress councillors joined the party. In Bhatpara, 19 out of 34 Trinamool councillors have joined in BJP. In Halisahar, 17 out of 23 councillors have joined BJP, including its chairman and vice-chairman. In Kanchrapara, 17 out of 24 councillors have joined BJP including its chairman and vice-chairman, while in Naihati, 29 out of 31 councillors have joined BJP. Rabindranath Chatterjee, chairman of the Trinamool controlled Katwa municipality, lodged complaint against three Trinamool councillors after they pelted glasses and bottles at him. The councillors demanded Chatterjee’s resignation as the BJP candidate in his ward took a lead over Trinamool’s contender in the Lok Sabha election. Chatterjee said the accused councillors will join BJP and they had been trying to prepare ground to quit the party. They had not joined the board meeting of the municipality for the past three months.
Kolkata: Snehodiya, the comfortable air-conditioned living space for senior citizens at New Town will be inaugurated by state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim on Tuesday.A project of West Bengal Housing & Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO), Snehodiya is a first-of-its-kind venture by any state government agency. Mackintosh Burn has constructed the building located just opposite Swapno Bhor- the senior citizen’s park. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn fact, the idea of the living space for senior citizens was born out of the success and popularity of Swapno Bhor as well as from the attempt to be an inclusive city, which made it make the EWS (economically weaker section) housing and now this senior living habitat. “In both, there is the attempt to recover only the costs of construction and services from those who use it and there is no profit angle,” a senior official of HIDCO said. Snehodiya has already had its first occupants, with the Ghosh couple checking in a few days ago. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSnehodiya re-interprets the nostalgia of the residents in a modern highrise design, while retaining its fundamental Bengali essence of rooms built around a courtyard. Each suite is air-conditioned, furnished and include cable TV. Attendants in each floor and nurses attached to the ground floor medical unit are available as required. Professional housekeeping including laundry machine services are available as well. A guest house with six rooms is ready. Snehodiya has 57 double bedroom suites and 90 single bedroom suites. It has been decided that 75 percent of the price paid on entry will be refunded to the occu- pants or their heirs in case of vacancy. There is also an activity centre designed to offer space for teaching classes by residents who opt to do so for children from the EWS families. A general purpose stationery shop near the gate of Snehodiya was opened on Saturday, whereas an SBI ATM and a medicine shop will be opened shortly. It may be mentioned that Swapno Bhor now has more than 700 members and there is a freeze on new members (except those from Snehodiya, whose residents will be given opportunity to be members automatically) because the community building rooms are not large enough to accommodate more members.
Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Check your body, save your life Slowly, a number of congressional Democrats have begun lining up behind the deal.Rep. Sam Farr, D-Calif., said he supports the agreement and described the upcoming vote in Congress as a “vote on something that will avoid war.”At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Thursday, Kerry said that it is “fantasy, plain and simple,” to claim that President Barack Obama failed to insist on enough restraints on Iran’s nuclear program before agreeing to lift economic sanctions long in place.“So what’s your plan? … Totally go to war?” he challenged lawmakers who want to torpedo the deal.“If the U.S., after laboriously negotiating this multilateral agreement with five other partners, were to walk away from those partners, we’re on our own,” Kerry said. “Our partners will not walk away with us. Instead, they will walk away from the tough multilateral sanctions regime that they’ve helped to put in place, and we will have squandered the best chance we have to solve this problem through peaceful means.”Republicans were unpersuaded.“I believe that you have crossed a new threshold in U.S. foreign policy where now it is the policy of the United States to enable a state sponsor of terror to obtain an industrialized nuclear development program,” said the committee chairman, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that if Congress disapproves of the Iranian nuclear deal, it will undermine President Barack Obama’s ability to act throughout the world.It would be a “repudiation of President Obama’s initiative and a statement that when the executive department negotiates, it doesn’t mean anything anymore because we have 535 Secretaries of State,” Kerry said, referring to the number of members of the House and Senate. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Given the political calculus, the Senate hearing wasn’t so much an attempt by Kerry to persuade Republicans to support the plan as it was an opportunity to reassure Democrats.And after four days of reading and mulling the more than 150-page agreement the U.S. and five other world powers negotiated with Iran, more Democrats are poised to publicly embrace it, according to a Democratic aide. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss lawmakers’ decisions until they are formally announced.With the exception of Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Democrats questioned administration officials far more gently than the Republicans, suggesting they will side with Obama on a deal he has called historic.“Negotiators got an awful lot, particularly on the nuclear front,” said Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the committee who has not decided whether to support the deal.___Associated Press writers David Espo, Alan Fram, Donna Cassata and Laurie Kellman contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Sponsored Stories Kerry defended the nuclear deal at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, saying that the deal struck last week in Vienna is the only alternative to military action and must be tested if diplomacy is to succeed.In a reprise of his testimony Thursday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry said the agreement is the best way to prevent Iran from developing an atomic weapon. If Congress rejects the deal, he said Iranian hardliners would speed ahead with their nuclear program and the international sanctions regime would collapse.He said there is more chance of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East without the recently negotiated deal.Kerry appeared on NBC’s “Today” show and was addressing the Council on Foreign Relations before meeting with the leaders of the American Jewish Committee and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Some Jewish groups have vehemently opposed the deal with Iran, which has pledged to destroy Israel.Kerry has been front and center in the Obama administration’s campaign to sell the deal to skeptical lawmakers. Congress has started a 60-day review of the agreement, which lifts economic sanctions against Iran if it curbs its nuclear program’s capacity to build a nuclear weapon. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments Share Secretary of State John Kerry, left, testifies along with Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, second from left, and Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, July 23, 2015, to review the Iran nuclear agreement. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Top Stories Top holiday drink recipes
The African Tourism Board (ATB) was founded in 2018 at the WTM in London and launched at WTM Africa in Cape Town in April 2019. In cooperation with our public and private sector members, ATB aims to develop tourism responsively not only to and from but also within Africa and to unite countries on the African continent to declare Africa as one tourist destination.African Tourism Board has appointed Seychellois Alain St. Ange as the new President of the African Tourism Board.“When I took up the position of President of the African Tourism Board, this brought the world of African Tourism together as I received calls from so many tourism ministers and heads of tourism-related bodies from across Africa, and it clearly showed the importance of tourism for the continent,” said St Ange.He continued saying, “Even the Seychelles President, Danny Faure, sent words of congratulations after I assumed my role as President of the African Tourism Board, as did the island’s former President James Michel. For Seychelles, the importance of tourism as the industry respected as the pillar of the economy, is known and accepted. But Seychelles is no different to the rest of Africa because a buoyant tourism industry can only help consolidate the economies of so many countries on the continent.”Based in South Africa, the African Tourism Board is forming an initial group of directors to work with the newly appointed President Alain St. Ange, a former Tourism Minister in Seychelles.“We are now planning the next meeting where together we can look at the challenges we are facing and share success stories and learning,” he informed.The newly-appointed CEO of the African Tourism Board, Doris Woerfel, who is based in Pretoria, South Africa, sees huge potential for Africa from China and is already concentrating to build a broad membership base in Africa for ATB. She is now moving to contact industry players across Africa to plan the next meeting which will probably be held in August of this year.Doris Woerfel, CEO African Tourism Board said, “I am thrilled to have been appointed as the CEO of the African Tourism Board and I’m excited about many of the things we’ll be working on shortly. My main objective as the newly-appointed CEO of the ATB is to bring my network and our expertise and knowledge to support the successful implementation and future operation of the organisation not only for our members but also for the benefit of Africa and its people.”Over the past decades, African tourist destinations, especially cultural destinations, such as the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage sites – great Zimbabwe and the Kingdom of Mapungubwe – have missed out on the opportunities of international visitors and travellers to Africa due to a massive lack of physical and human infrastructure,” she continued.According to the newly-appointed CEO, there is no doubt that there is a great need for an organisation like the African Tourism Board on the African continent – a Tourism Board that unites all countries on the continent into one tourist destination.The African Tourism Board aims to contribute to developing tourism further, not only in those countries with no tourism industry but also in those with a highly-developed and sophisticated tourism sector.After the launch in Cape Town, the name ‘African Tourism Board’ remains the brand of two independent entities working as one brand – the African Tourism Board Association and the African Tourism Board Marketing Corporation.The African Tourism Board Association is an entity based in Africa – mainly for the public sector – run and operated by Africans and for Africa.The African Tourism Board Marketing Cooperation is expanding on opportunities for marketing, public relations, development and investments, branding, and promoting and establishing niche markets.
The tax department said on Monday it is running tests on a system which will enable people to pay their overdue taxes online, adding that if all goes well the system could go live next week.In order to pay tax arrears in this way, taxpayers will have to register with the ‘Ariadne’ government gateway portal (https://eservices.cyprus.gov.cy/).Once logged into the system, a person will be able to select the mode of payment of tax arrears in instalments.Overdue debts under €100,000 can be paid in 54 monthly instalments whereas those exceeding €100,000 can be paid in 60 instalments.For persons wishing to settle all their tax arrears at once, the tax department is offering an amnesty (of up to 95 per cent) on the penalties, such as interest.For example, if the actual arrears come to €100,000 and the penalties are €30,000, the taxpayer will pay the €100,000 plus 5 per cent of the €30,000.Precise details on how to use the system will be announced at the launch.Also on Monday, the House finance committee approved a request from the personnel department of the finance ministry for the National Guard to hire 44 military officers.The request was filed as an exemption to a broader hiring freeze in the public sector.The exemption was requested in order to allow the appointment of graduates of military academies in Greece.The positions approved concern 44 lieutenants to be hired on the A8 pay scale. You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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