OTTAWA – The guest list isn’t firmed up, the date and location are still to be determined.But the government is billing a major international meeting it will host on the North Korea nuclear crisis as an essential, overdue step towards bringing key players together to brainstorm a non-military solution.As to what that solution might be — nothing firm.The meeting will likely occur somewhere in Canada, sometime early next year.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, have been discussing plans for the meeting for months. But they chose to announce it late Tuesday after North Korea carried out its longest-ever missile test.Freeland couldn’t say what Canada’s specific role would be but she said convening the meeting was an important step “in terms of showing the unity of the international community in applying pressure on North Korea.”Canada offers what amounts to a less stressful setting for the talks, a senior government official said Wednesday on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.“It makes sense we could bring together people that may not necessarily feel that they would want to go to the United States,” the source said, adding that holding talks in Japan or South Korea is simply too close to the crisis.Tillerson saw the value in Canada taking the initiative forward, the source said.“We have a lot of strong connections to countries in the region that could potentially be affected and are affected by this threat every day,” said the official.Canada has a history in the region, where it fought in the 1950-53 Korean War, but it is also a non-nuclear power.Freeland said her Chinese counterpart would be among the invitees.The meeting, which will be co-hosted by the United States, will potentially involve the foreign ministers of close to two dozen countries.China and Russia are permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, which held an emergency meeting about North Korea on Wednesday, amid wider calls for more sanctions against the country.Canadian officials had no comment on whether Russia would be receiving an invitation. Moscow denounced the latest North Korean test as a provocation that would hurt the chances of finding a political solution.Canada has no diplomatic relations with North Korea, which has raised questions whether it has any meaningful contribution to make.“We’ve not been seen as an interlocutor on North Korea,” said David Mulroney, a former Canadian ambassador to China.“One of the problems with diplomatic isolation is we tend to be a long way from understanding or having insights we can bring to the table.”But he added: “It is useful to remind people that we share values and security interests with the United States.”Freeland isn’t travelling with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to China next week, so officials don’t expect the North Korea summit to be a major topic of discussion. However, Freeland said she discussed the planned meeting in great detail with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the recent APEC summit in Vietnam, and has been shopping it around to other key countries.U.S. President Donald Trump spoke Wednesday with Chinese Premier Xi Jinping and “emphasized the need for China to use all available levers to convince North Korea to end its provocations and return to the path of denuclearization,” according to a White House statement.Andrew Leslie, Freeland’s parliamentary secretary, said the countries that fought alongside Canada during the 1950-53 conflict are on the potential guest list.“By presenting a united front, by discussing the various options out on the table, by listening to the wisdom, the local wisdom of the regions and especially who live a bit closer to Korea than we do, you can come up with some better ideas,” Leslie said.A recent analysis by the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations posited one possible scenario that the world community could adopt to curb the nuclear ambitions of Kim Jong Un’s regime. Canada wasn’t mentioned.Five key countries — the U.S., China, South Korea, Japan and Russia — need to strike a “grand bargain” that satisfies their individual interests in the region, wrote Patricia Kim, the council’s Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow in a blog post earlier this month.All countries, especially China, need assurances “that joining Washington to pressure North Korea, even at the risk of the Kim regime’s collapse, will not sway the regional balance of power in a manner that undercuts any one state’s fundamental interests,” she wrote.They also need to send a firm message to North Korea “that it can no longer rely on the strategic gaps between its neighbours” to pursue both nuclear weapons and economic development.
New Delhi: The ruling AAP and the BJP engaged in a tug of war on Twitter on Wednesday, with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia questioning the saffron party why it failed to keep its electoral promise of granting full statehood to Delhi. In a series of tweets in Hindi, Sisodia argued with Delhi BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana, who challenged the deputy chief minister for a public debate on the issue of full statehood for Delhi.Naming his father former Delhi Chief Minister Madan Lal Khurana, AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal also slammed Khurana and and claimed that he was “speaking against his father who had martyred for full statehood to Delhi.” A furious Khurana also challenged Kejriwal for an open debate if he had “courage” to face his questions. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsSisodia asked Khurana, why Delhi was deprived of full statehood despite BJP promising it in its election manifesto. “Harish Khurana ji what I understand was also comprehended by late Madan Lal Khurana Sahab, but its sad that you have still not understood the anti-Delhi politics of Modi ji. Do not betray Delhi…just tell if Delhi should have full statehood or not ?” Sisodia tweeted. Khurana replied by saying issues are solved through discussion and added many departments that did not come under Delhi government came under it due to his father’s talks with the Centre. “You are crying over what you do not have. You could have done much with what you have. The powers of Delhi government were known when you came to power. Excuses are being made because promises were not fulfilled. Why you did not demand full statehood before election time?” Khurana hit back at Sisodia. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe also challenged Sisodia for a public debate at a place and time of his choice over the issues of AAP government’s achievements and full statehood. Sisodia, however, did not accept the challenge and sought to corner Khurana over his party’s promise of full statehood. “We can discuss the issues one by one here (Twitter)…I am raising the first issue..what did your government do on full statehood promised by you (BJP) in 2014 manifesto,” Sisodia asked Khurana, pointing over 1.7 million Twitter users who were following their debate. Khurana replied back saying Sisodia was avoiding a public debate on the issue because he had no answers for his questions. The two leaders also sparred accusing each other for not taking initiatives for full statehood to Delhi. Khurana asked Sisodia about process for achieving full statehood. “Brother, your party promised full statehood in its manifesto. People voted believing in Modi’s manifesto….you (BJP) formed the government. Now, you are asking me about process of a promise made by you,” Sisodia replied. The ruling AAP is campaigning for Lok Sabha polls in Delhi, by aggressively raising the issue of full statehood.AAP and BJP burn each other’s election manifestosNew Delhi: Amid tug of war, Aam Admi Party (AAP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday burnt each other’s election manifestos. Both the parties also held protests blaming each other to cheat people of Delhi.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Delhi MLA Gopal Rai were present at the time. AAP said that it burnt the BJP manifesto to protest against its ‘betrayal’ of not granting full statehood to Delhi. The BJP burnt AAP’s election manifesto and a symbolic tower of its “failed promises” as it accused it of “cheating” people of Delhi. The party alleged that the Kejriwal government did not fulfil it’s promises of developing unauthorised colonies, to make Delhi pollution free, opening 20 colleges, buying 10,000 buses and cleaning the Yamuna river, among others.
28 November 2011An independent United Nations expert today urged the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to begin carrying out steps to end human rights violations in the country, including overhauling the prison system and detention policies. Marzuki Darusman called on the East Asian nation to cooperate with the UN human rights system as he concluded a five-day mission to the Republic of Korea to gather information on the alleged human rights violations in the DPRK. “The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is perhaps the only country today that does not recognize that non-cooperation with the human rights mechanism is not an option,” he stressed in a news release. “I urge the Government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to overhaul the prison system, the criminal justice system and related detention policies in camps, which give rise to plethora of abuses, including torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment,” said Mr. Darusman, whose repeated requests to visit the DPRK have not been granted by the Government.He noted that the imposition of harsh and inhumane punishments, such as the death penalty and correction by hard labour continues in the DPRK. “Most of the asylum-seekers I interacted with had undergone harsh punishments in the forced labour camps and had either witnessed or heard of torture being implemented on other inmates.” There has also been a steady rise in the number of people from the DPRK seeking refuge in the Republic of Korea, with a 17 per cent increase from last year. Some asylum-seekers manage to finally make their way to the Republic of Korea, but many others are forcibly returned to the DPRK by the neighbouring countries, he noted.“While commending the Republic of Korea for the integration of asylum-seekers from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, I call on other neighbouring countries to protect and treat all people fleeing the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea humanely and respect the principle of non-refoulment.”Mr. Darusman also stressed the need for the international community to resume humanitarian assistance to the people of the DPRK, stating that such aid, including food and medicine, should not be made contingent on any political requirements.“While I recognize that the primary obligation to feed its people is that of the state, I seize this opportunity to call on both the Republic of Korea and the international community to commence the provision of more humanitarian assistance, in particular food and supplementary nutrition for vulnerable group, such as children and women,” the expert urged.Mr. Darusman was designated the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK in August 2010. He reports in an independent and unpaid capacity to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council.
WATERLOO, Ont. — BlackBerry Ltd. has more than doubled the amount of stock it can repurchase from the public market by mid-2016.The Waterloo, Ont.-based company said Friday that it has already repurchased 9.9 million common shares since June 29, 2015 — about 2.1 per cent of the public float — at an average weighted price of US$7.43 per share.It has also received approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange and Nasdaq to raise the ceiling on its 2015-16 share buyback program to 27 million common shares, up from 12 million shares.The new ceiling represents 5.8 per cent of the BlackBerry shares in public markets.Whether BlackBerry Ltd stays in hardware business will come to ‘critical juncture’ this year, analysts sayBlackBerry Ltd’s QNX reveals plan to join self-driving car race with software platformShare buyback programs, formally called normal course issuer bids, give companies the opportunity — but not the obligation — to repurchase and cancel shares.Companies often describe such buybacks as a way to return cash to shareholders. Share buybacks also tend to support earnings per share because profits are divided among fewer shares.Based on the average price paid for stock repurchases to Jan. 29, BlackBerry paid about US$73.7 million. At the end of the company’s fiscal third quarter on Nov. 28, it had US$1.46 billion in cash.
Awami League (AL) supremo and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has secured a third consecutive term with a landslide victory in the country’s general election, Bangladesh’s Election Commission said on Monday, amid the opposition terming the election ‘farcical’ with demand for fresh polls under a neutral caretaker government.This is an unprecedented feat. No one in the history of the nation, which came into existence in 1971, has managed to win a third consecutive term. AL and its allies have won 288 of the 300 seats for which voting was held. This surpasses all its previous election win tally. The AL organisational machinery, present in all offices and every nook and corner of the country, also flooded the social media space with pro-Hasina content. The Guardianwrites, “Facebook told Associated Press this week it had taken down 15 pages that it said were spreading pro-Hasina fake news in the run up to the poll.”More than 50 opposition candidates withdrew from the race by noon, making it a one-party affair.Election observers of India, Nepal, SAARC and Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have, however, endorsed Sunday’s election. The Economic Times says, “Head of the three-member Indian delegation and Chief Election Officer of West Bengal Ariz Aftab said they visited several centres and found that the voting took place in a proper manner and festive mood.” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Sheikh Hasina for her victory.Bangladesh’s parliament has 350 seats. Out of them, elections are held for 300. The remaining 50 are reserved for women and allotted proportional to the overall vote. (Courtesy National Herald) “We urge the election commission to avoid this farcical result immediately,” BNP leader Kamal Hossain said. “We are demanding that a fresh election is held under a neutral government as early as possible,” he added. AL has been accused of using stuffed ballot boxes. The BBC reported one of the network’s correspondents “saw filled ballot boxes at a polling centre in the port city of Chittagong. The presiding officer declined to comment. Only ruling party polling agents were present at that and several other polling centres in the second-largest city of the country.”Human Rights Watch South Asia director Meenakshi Ganguly took to Twitter: “with serious allegations of voter intimidation, restrictions on opposition polling agents and several candidates seeking a re-poll, there are concerns about the credibility” of the election.The BNP had boycotted the 2014 polls and decided to contest this year’s polls, knowing that a boycott would wipe the party off completely. AL had broken the back of its main opposition party by jailing former Bangladesh Prime Minister and BNP leader Khaleda Zia for 12 years on corruption charges. Zia’s son, Tarique Rahman, was sentenced to life imprisonment in absentia in October for a plot to assassinate Hasina. He lives in exile in London. The Left Democratic Alliance (LDA), comprising eight left-leaning political parties, also rejected the election results and demanded fresh polls, Dhaka Tribunereports. But even then, AL did not take chances with a leaderless BNP, detaining 15,000 of the BNP’s leaders and workers in the run-up to the polls. An estimated 300,000 cases have been filed against the rank and file of the BNP. BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told The Daily Star, “Our polling agents were deployed in almost all polling centres but they were driven out by ruling party men and law enforcers.” However, Hasina’s victory comes in the face of the opposition Jatiyo Oikyo Front (United Opposition), comprising the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies who won just seven seats, claiming widespread rigging and ballot stuffing. It has condemned the vote as “farcical,” marred by violence and intimidation. Violence broke out in various corners of the country. The Daily Star, a leading Bangladeshi daily, put the death toll at 18.
In a new study, UNEP scientists have collected the first hard evidence detailing the true extent of damage to this important habitat for people, wildlife and fisheries, the agency said in a statement issued in Nairobi and Washington. Due to be published later in the year, the study reveals that the wetlands, which once covered between 15,000 and 20,000 square kilometres, have shrunk to one tenth of their previous size. In addition, around one fifth of the estimated half-million Marsh Arabs who used to inhabit the area are now living in refugee camps in Iran. Their 5,000 year-old culture, heir to the ancient Sumerians and Babylonians, is in jeopardy of coming to an abrupt end, UNEP warned. UNEP is urging Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey — the countries responsible for the marshlands and the Tigris and Euphrates rivers that feed them — to agree to a recovery plan. A scientific assessment of the Tigris-Euphrates river basin is being carried out by UNEP in collaboration with regional organizations to help demonstrate how improvements can be made. Today’s news was unveiled as the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) gave UNEP an estimated 16,000 satellite images worth $20 million. Taken in 1992 – the year of the Earth Summit – and the year 2000, the images contain information that has never before been analyzed by the scientific community. “With these new data sets we hope to learn much more about the true level of environmental damage happening on Earth, from the real extent of illegal logging in South-East Asia and urban sprawl in the United States, to habitat loss in sub-Saharan Africa,” Mr. Toepfer said.
The Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) said that 1,456 cybersquatting cases were filed with its Arbitration and Mediation Center in 2005, the highest number of cases since 2001. Claimants found the agency delivered a faster and less expensive route than traditional litigation to safeguard their trademark rights against cybersquatting. The Arbitration Center has handled more than 8,350 disputes enveloping 127 countries and 16,000 domain names since the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy came into effect in December 1999.The policy is a streamlined way to resolve disputes involving the use of Internet domain names and its users frequently include entertainment figures, pharmaceutical companies, technology firms and small- to mid-size businesses. Last year, its users included fashion moguls like Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, the sports-related Lance Armstrong Foundation and entertainment figures such as newscaster Larry King and actor Morgan Freeman.“The fact that WIPO’s caseload in 2005 was the highest in four years and that many of these cases concern recently registered domain names, underlines the need for continued vigilance by intellectual property owners,” said WIPO Deputy Director General Francis Gurry.He noted that while most UDRP disputes are concentrated in the ‘.com’ domain, strict preventive mechanisms must also be created to protect against abusive registration in the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs). Last year, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved the creation of new gTLDs such as ‘.travel’ and ‘.jobs’ and additional domains will be introduced this year.“If domain names are randomly attributed in new domains, intellectual property owners will be forced to compete with cybersquatters for their own trademarks – unless additional prevent safeguards are introduced,” said Mr. Gurry.The Arbitration Center was created in 1994 to offer dispute resolution procedures for all types of intellectual property disputes, including patents, trademarks and copyright licensing.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNEW GPC rejects ‘erroneous’ article from Kaieteur NewsMarch 18, 2017In “Business”GPHC creates “emergency” to sole source $605M drugs from Trini firmMarch 9, 2017In “Business”NEW GPC warns of ploy to malign, discredit companyMay 3, 2017In “Business” NEW GPC INC. is the Caribbean’s oldest and largest manufacturer of pharmaceuticals and O.T.C drugs. The company’s product line quickly expanded to include products such as Limacol and Ferrol which were immediate successes on both local and international markets.The NEW GPC INC. recently completed another successful US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) audit.The US FDA is extremely rigorous in its inspections but compliance is necessary for any company to export its products to the USA.In a statement on its audit success, the company posited that “NEW GPC operates a Quality Management System (QMS) which is guided by cGMP/USP/BP and encompasses all aspects of the Company’s operations. The Company embraces the idea of continuous improvement in its products and operations. Aside from the laboratories and other crucial infrastructure, the QMS comprise of SOP’s, testing, evaluation, and validation protocols throughout the organization.”To operate such systems, the company has retained a highly qualified team which operates at all levels and is duly empowered to execute its duties.According to NEW GPC “quality management begins with the choice of the supplier for inputs and ends with positive customer feedback, the latter which also informs quality management in a systematic manner.”NEW GPC is also licenced by the Government Analysts Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) which also carries out its own audits.In January 2017, the Company was pre-qualified by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to supply its products.NEW GPC currently exports its products to the USA, Canada, UK, South America and the Caribbean.“The above is testimony to NEW GPC’s commitment to manufacturing products of the highest quality which meet local and international standards” said the Company.
Oracle rachète un spécialiste de la protection de donnéesÉtats-Unis – Oracle Corporation a décidé de racheter Secerno, une entreprise spécialisée dans la protection des données informatiques. L’entreprise poursuit donc sa croissance mais on ignore à quel prix : aucun montant n’a encore été communiqué concernant ce rachat. Secerno rejoint la firme Oracle Corporation. Spécialisée dans la fabrication de pare-feu, l’entreprise propose des solutions permettant de se protéger des hackers. Si ses programmes constatent une manipulation délictueuse ou une anomalie, l’accès aux données devient impossible. Oracle précise que le travail de Secerno viendra bonifier ses solutions logicielles tournées vers la sécurité déjà sur le marché. La firme poursuit son ascension, après le rachat en janvier de Sun Microsystems et de Phase Forward en avril. La transaction devrait être finalisée en juin.Le 21 mai 2010 à 12:31 • Emmanuel Perrin
Pro Vercelli President believes Serie B is now in chaos and here is why.Bari and Cesena have failed to register for the Serie B for next season as a result of financial difficulties as both clubs are bankrupt. However, the issue comes from uncertainty regarding who’ll replace both clubs in the league next season.The two clubs can start over in Serie D provided Mayor of both cities can find new investors for the two teams. Avellino have been granted more time to come up with a guarantor so as to register for the upcoming season in the league.With Ternana, Pro Vercelli, Virtus Entella and Novara all relegated from Serie B, what is certain is that there’ll be two or three empty spaces left to fill in the league.Some of those clubs could be brought back to the Serie B, but it remains unclear as to which clubs will be giving that second chance.Report: Juve loan out young midfielder Kastanos George Patchias – August 23, 2019 Grigoris Kastanos is the latest Juventus youth player to go out on loan.The Cypriot international midfielder arrived at Juventus at the age of 16…Novara have recently won an appeal that could see them afforded the opportunity to return. The club were fined for paying to pay salaries back in 2015 but they appealed to the FIGC and the decision was overturned.Siena and Virtus Entella believed to be in the running to play in Serie B but with the current situation surrounding Novara, they are believed to be favourites.Novara’s eligibility now means Pro Vercelli are almost certainly out of it as they finished behind Novara on the log last season.“It’s all chaos. It is pointless to speculate now, we’ve to wait till the table is drawn.” Pro Vercelli President told the press, according to Football Italia.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCayman Islands, May 31, 2016 – At the state opening of the Legislative Assembly on 30 May 2016, Minister for Finance and Economic Development, Hon. Marco Archer, JP, presented Government budget proposals for the 1 July 2016 to 31December 2017 fiscal period in an address titled “Securing Cayman’s Future”.In the coming financial year the Government will follow an approach that is based on four key principles: no borrowings, debt reduction, keeping the tax burden low, and maintaining compliance with the Public Management and Finance Law, the Minister said.He described the budget as another steady step in Government’s progress toward long-term fiscal stability, economic growth and for ensuring a sound financial future for the Islands.For the full texts of the Throne Speech, Policy Statement and Budget Address as well as the budget documents on the government website www.gov.ky, see http://bit.ly/1WvnrAs.For further information contact: Bina Mani Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Culture & Heritage Policy/Plan Survey UK Governors of the Caribbean meet in Miami Recommended for you NEW POLICE COMMISSIONER FROM UK WITH CARIBBEAN EXPERIENCE Related Items:cayman islands
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are a few opportunities to catch live music in Wilmington this week:Larry GilbertTuesday, April 24, 6pmThursday, April 26 6pmRocco’s Restaurant & Bar193 Main Street, WilmingtonKaraoke with Winnell EntertainmentFriday, April 27, 8pmPacific Grove211 Lowell Street, WilmingtonNOTE: Know of any other musical performances happening in town this week or in the coming weeks? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of April 8, 2018)In “Business”LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of May 27, 2018)In “Business”LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of June 3, 2018)In “Business”
Kolkata: A minor boy was badly beaten up by some local youths after they suspected him to be a thief.The incident occurred at Rampurhat in Birbhum and triggered chaos. Police said the victim, identified as Nabin Sahani, was beaten up by some local businessmen, who accused him to be a thief. Some of them alleged that the victim tried to steal money from one of the shops. The victim, a resident of a neighboring village, is a mentally retarded boy.He received severe injuries. After being informed, police rushed to the spot and rescued the victim. After conducting a probe, police came to Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeknow about the identity of the victim boy.He was taken to Rampurhat Sub-divisional hospital where he is admitted. According to the hospital sources, the victim has injuries on his body.After being informed, the victim’s mother lodged a specific complaint with the local police against the businessmen, who attacked him. On the basis the complaint, police have started a detailed probe in this regard.A senior police officer in the district assured the family members of the victim that stern action will be taken against those who will be found guilty. Locals are being interrogated in this connection. Police are investigating if there was any motive behind the incident.
Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories It was not immediately possible to resolve the conflicting accounts. Kabul has a total of 284 schools.Teachers in Afghanistan are poorly paid and often do not receive their salaries for months on end because of the government’s cash-flow problems. The Education Ministry has said it is holding daily meetings with teacher representatives to try to resolve the latest dispute and reopen the schools.The teachers have expressed sorrow over cancelling classes, but say they feel they have no other choice.Ahmadullah Alkozai, a striking teacher from Kabul’s Ghazi high school, said he has been teaching for 27 years and still doesn’t own a home. He is among 180 teachers at the now-closed school, which has 4,500 students.“I am so upset for my students that the school is closed, but I had no other choice,” he said, adding that the strike will continue until the teachers’ demands are met.“The strike will continue until we get our rights from the government,” said Fazel, the head of the teachers’ council.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top Stories Comments Share Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A teachers strike demanding higher pay has shut down at least 27 schools in Afghanistan’s capital, officials said Tuesday.Fazel Ahmad Fazel, the newly appointed head of a national teachers’ council, said Tuesday that 80 schools were closed in Kabul alone, and that teachers were on strike in at least 18 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.But Fazel Ahmad Harderi, deputy head of Kabul’s Department of Education, says just 27 schools in the capital are closed, down from 55 at the start of the protests last week. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Fazel Ahmad Fazel, first right, newly appointed head of the national teachers’ council talks during an interview with the Associated Press in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, June 23, 2015. A teachers strike demanding higher pay has shut down at least 27 schools in Afghanistan’s capital. Fazel Ahmad Fazel, said Tuesday that 80 schools were closed in Kabul alone, and that teachers are on strike in at least 18 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini) Patients with chronic pain give advice Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies
Centara Wins Recognition of Chinese Guests with “Best City Hotel” AwardOver 10 million Chinese tourists visit Thailand each year. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) polled many of them for the 2017 People’s Choice Awards and Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World was voted “Best City Hotel.” The poll, just completed in June, is evidence of Chinese visitors’ growing importance to Thailand, and Centara’s success in meeting their needs.Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s largest hotel operator, is making a concerted effort to appeal to Chinese guests. Their 66 deluxe and first-class properties includes 43 Thailand hotels across all major tourist destinations and another 23 located in prominent international destinations. The award-winner, Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, is one of the group’s premier properties, located in the heart of Bangkok’s central shopping district and integrated with a popular convention and shopping complex.Centara also operates properties in Vietnam, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Oman. The group offers diverse formats — integrating multi-ethnic restaurants, Thai spas, Kids’ Clubs, water parks, and other innovative features – that appeal to couples, individuals, families, and business professionals. Thailand’s famous hospitality culture is also a key ingredient of the brand’s recipe for success.Most Centara hotels and resorts have Chinese-speaking staff and serve Chinese meals including breakfast. Centara offers Chinese information about its hotels and destinations, promotions, and online booking on its official website, which is now hosted in China for optimum speed. The group also accepts the popular Chinese payment channel UnionPay, in addition to major credit cards, and is active on China’s leading social media applications, Wiebo and WeChat.The Centara management team led by 3 top executives; Tom Thrussell – Vice President of Marketing, Paul Wilson – Vice President of Sales and Harry Thaliwal – Group Director of Operations, recently completed a roadshow that included five major Chinese cities and Hong Kong. The tour raised awareness of the Centara brand and shared news of the group’s expansion plans into China and the Middle East with members of China’s travel industry and key trade and consumer media.“China now represents our most significant inbound market and the numbers will continue to rise”, said Tom Thrussell. “We are committed to developing a deep understanding of Chinese guests’ needs and by visiting key Chinese cities and partners, engaging with our guests and soliciting feedback, we are able to communicate more effectively, better meet their travel needs and ultimately equipped ourselves to manage successful properties in China itself.”Centara is planning to open its first properties in China in 2019.Source = Centara Hotels & Resorts
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling As for the best cornerback debate with Richard Sherman, the Seattle Seahawks standout came in at No. 6 on PFF’s latest list.Sherman’s claim that Peterson “gives up too many touchdowns” does seem to be confirmed by PFF — at least for 2013 — which said he allowed seven TDs, tied for third-most in the league.Former Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby came in one spot behind Peterson at No. 59, while then-rookie Tyrann Mathieu put together a campaign that was good enough for 84th on the list.The highest-rated Cardinal was defensive end Calais Campbell, who came in 19th. No Cardinals offensive players made the cut.Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt placed No. 1 on the PFF list. Pro Football Focus annually concocts a “Top 101” list of best players in the NFL based on an individual season.The analytics site recently came out with its list for 2013, and even though Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson made the cut, an ESPN Insider article on Monday — titled “NFL’s most overrated players” — explained why the three-year pro wasn’t rated higher. The analysts felt the need to qualify the “overrated” list with, “Here’s a look at the players many fans and media will be surprised to see at the bottom half of the PFF 101.”Peterson came in at No. 58 on the list, which PFF acknowledges is rather low considering the three-time Pro Bowler’s high regard in the league.Here’s the reasoning behind Peterson’s seemingly underwhelming ranking:The hype for Peterson has been mostly of his own doing of late, as his social media “feud” with his fellow cornerbacks has made headlines.Similar to (Cincinnati’s A.J.) Green, Peterson has all the physical talent in the world and uses it well for the most part, but he hasn’t done it on a weekly basis like some of league’s other top cornerbacks. Overall, Peterson ranked 15th among cornerbacks with a plus-5.9 coverage grade, but he did so while tracking the opposition’s top wide receiver 55 percent of the time.His assignment may be more difficult than some of the league’s other corners, but he has yet to perform at a level that puts him into the top echelon at the position. He surrendered seven touchdowns into his coverage — tying for third most in the league — while his 1.00 yards/cover snap tied for 15th. Using interception numbers to judge a cornerback may be even worse than using tackles for a linebacker, but Peterson got his hands on only nine passes (three intercepted, six passes defensed), a number you would expect to be a little higher for a top cornerback that was targeted 90 times.Another similarity to Green is Peterson’s week-to-week consistency issues, as he finished seven games with negative coverage grades, including a disastrous Week 15 performance that saw him surrender nine catches on 10 targets for 146 yards, most of which came at the hands of Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright. While we’re certainly not going to hold one game against a player, these are the types of performances that must be avoided if Peterson is going to take the next step to rank among the best cornerbacks in the league. Until then, he’s a very good player who takes on assignments of above-average difficulty on a weekly basis.Peterson had 42 tackles, three interceptions and 13 passes defensed in 2013. Those numbers were down from his sophomore year, in which he compiled 55 tackles, seven picks, 16 passes defensed and one fumble recovery. Comments Share
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