Morocco an Example of Protecting Religious Minorities, US Expert Says

Washington – Morocco is “an example of a country that protects the rights of religious minorities,” stressed Charles Haynes, founding director of the Religious Freedom Center based in Washington, on Thursday.“Morocco is often cited as an example of an Islamic state that protects the rights of Christians, Jews, and other religious minorities,” Haynes said in an article published by the American Journal Gazette Extra.He noted that the Kingdom has just organized a “historic” conference on the protection of religious freedom in Islamic countries, featuring the participation of prominent Muslim clerics from around the world. He further noted that the final declaration of the conference, held from January 25 to 27 in Marrakech, reaffirmed the principles of the Charter of Medina, which was drafted at the time of Prophet Muhammed, and “guarantees religious freedom to all regardless of their faith and beliefs.”Haynes, who is also the vice president of the Newseum Institute, noted that the Marrakech Declaration has called for “broad movement for the just treatment of religious minorities in Muslim countries and to raise awareness as to their rights.”“The declaration of Marrakech is the perfect illustration of the true message of Islam, which supports religious freedom,” he said. He added that the fight against religious extremism, particularly among young people, is the challenge that it must now confront through “social reforms and peace efforts.”The founding director of the Religious Freedom Center also noted that Americans need to “hear the authentic voice of Islam.”“At a time when Islam is coopted by terrorists and demonized by anti-Muslim groups, Americans need to hear the true voice of Islam.”Held under the High Patronage of King Mohammed VI, the Marrakech conference was attended by numerous personalities, including ministers, religious scholars, and representatives of other religions concerned with the status of minorities in Islamic countries, and representatives from international organizations. read more

WatchA stronger Alberta Ottawa announces 16 billion to bolster struggling energy sector

Another $500 million is to be made available through the Business Development Bank of Canada over the next two years to help smaller oil and gas companies navigate the downturn.Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi, left, and Canada’s Minister of International Trade Diversification Jim Carr speak during a press conference to announce support for Canada’s oil and gas sector, in Edmonton on Tuesday. Sohi says a further $150 million is to be used for clean growth and infrastructure projects.The package does not include money for more rail cars that Alberta is planning to purchase to help move a glut of oil behind the low price of Canadian oil.Sohi says the money, largely in the form of commercial loans, is available immediately.Canada’s crude is up 70% on Alberta’s oil crisis plan before it cuts a single barrelDon’t kid yourself, we’re facing a made-in-Canada energy crisisAlberta puts out call for refinery proposals to prevent future oil shocks“We understand that when Alberta hurts, so does Canada,” Sohi said Tuesday. “Together we can build a stronger Alberta (and) a more prosperous Canada.”The price of Alberta oil plummeted so low last month that Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said Canada was practically giving it away. While the world sells its oil at about $50 a barrel, Alberta’s oil at one point fetched only $11 a barrel.Notley plans to buy as many as 80 locomotives and 7,000 rail tankers — expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars — and has announced an oil production cut to begin next year. That has helped push the price back up.She has said Canada’s economy is still losing as much as $80 million a day because of the discount.“We understand that for the long-term success and growth of the oil sector, nothing is more important than building the pipeline capacity to expand our non-U.S. global markets,” Sohi said.The Trans Mountain expansion project, which would triple the flow of oil to the British Columbia coast, is in limbo despite being approved two years ago. Ottawa is revisiting the potential impacts on First Nations and B.C.’s marine environment. Canadian Press/Jason Franson Ottawa is spending $1.6 billion to help struggling energy companies stay afloat, buy new equipment and diversify as Alberta grapples with bargain basement oil prices.Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi says $1 billion is to be set aside through Export Development Canada for oil and gas companies to make capital investments and purchase new technology.We understand that when Alberta hurts, so does CanadaNatural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi read more

Bauer Hockey to open its first Canadian superstore next year in Vaughan

by The Canadian Press Posted May 12, 2016 11:45 am MDT Last Updated May 12, 2016 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Bauer Hockey is bringing its superstore format to Canada.The company says the Own the Moment store will feature an indoor, 3,200 square-foot ice rink.The 24,000 square-foot store in Vaughan, Ont., north of Toronto, will be the first outside the United States, where Bauer has locations in the Boston suburb of Burlington, Mass., and near Minneapolis, in Bloomington, Minn.Bauer is primarily a manufacturer of hockey equipment, and a cornerstone of Performance Sports Group (TSX:PSG), which also owns various brands of equipment for lacrosse, baseball and softball.The company — which primarily sells its equipment through retailers such as Canadian Tire and Sport Chek — says it plans to open up to 10 Own the Moment locations across North America.The Vaughan store is scheduled to open in the summer of 2017. Bauer Hockey to open its first Canadian superstore next year in Vaughan, Ont. read more

German minister sees hope of soft Brexit with conditions

BERLIN – Germany’s foreign minister says there may now be a chance of a “soft” British exit from the European Union that keeps the U.K. in the bloc’s single market, but is warning that Britain couldn’t pick and choose its conditions.Brexit negotiations start on Monday, with question marks over Britain’s approach after Prime Minister Theresa May lost her parliamentary majority in an election meant to strengthen her hand in the talks.German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told Sunday’s Welt am Sonntag newspaper that “maybe there is now a chance to achieve a so-called ‘soft Brexit.’” But he said staying in the single market would require Britain to accept EU workers’ freedom of movement.It also would have to accept the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, “or at least a joint court that is staffed by Europeans and Britons” and in principle follows the ECJ’s rulings, Gabriel said.For many Brexit advocates, those conditions would be impossible to accept as last year’s referendum campaign focused on getting back control over laws and immigration from the EU.Gabriel said “it would naturally be best if Britain didn’t leave at all.”“It doesn’t look like that at the moment,” he added. “But we want to keep the door open for the British.”The centre-left Social Democrat strongly criticized May’s Conservatives, saying that they “played with the emotions of citizens in Britain, told fake news about Europe and left people unclear about what consequences this would all have.”Referring to the “difficult, even impossible situation” created by the indecisive election, he added: “here, those who created such chaos would have long since gone.”“We will negotiate fairly,” Gabriel was quoted as saying. “And fair means that we want to keep the British as close as possible to the EU — but never at the price that we divide the remaining 27 EU states.” German minister sees hope of ‘soft’ Brexit, with conditions by The Associated Press Posted Jun 18, 2017 5:25 am MDT Last Updated Jun 18, 2017 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

LETTER FROM AFGHANISTAN Elections serve up food for thought for Afghan youth

But for the people of Herat, it’s more than pizza and sandwiches that are on their minds; the real food for thought is whether to participate in key parliamentary and district elections in October later this year. Many Afghans say they are weary of politics and politicians, and many will not cast their ballots in the upcoming polls.The 50/50 restaurant owner, 26-year-old Farhad Majidi, said he is now convinced of the need to be part of the democratic process. “I’ve decided I will register.  It is a developing situation, but we are crossing from old generation to the next; in some cases from warlords to well-informed youth. This generation, of which I am a part, believes wholeheartedly in democracy. And we are the Afghan generation that increasingly has the power to build the future.”In a country that is still recovering from years of conflict and in which extremist groups regularly carry out attacks against civilians, these elections, and a presidential vote that will take place in 2019, are considered an important step in Afghanistan’s path towards peace, reconciliation, democracy and a future that includes all Afghans. UNAMA/Jaffar RahimAfghan men and women register as voters at a centre in Bamyan ahead of elections in October 2018.Security challengesDespite the optimism, security remains a challenge across the country. In 2014, insurgent groups warned voters not to vote in the presidential election and the subsequent run-off, later admitting to cutting off the index fingers in eleven instances in one province, where citizens did not heed their demand.Nearly two decades of international economic assistance has not brought stability, and the past decade has seen a deterioration of the security situation in some regions of the country. Although President Ashraf Ghani has presented an open offer for peace talks with the country’s main insurgent grouping, the Taliban, no official peace process has taken shape.The democratic process has been marred again this year by violence, prompting UNAMA’s chief, Tadamichi Yamamoto, to caution in early May that fresh attacks on registration stations were “nothing less than an assault on democracy.”In eastern Afghanistan, the registration process improved following the banning of motorcycles, which are sometimes used for hit-and-run attacks.Efforts, led by the IEC, to create voting measures that prevent fraud and help protect every citizen’s right to vote are also underway, a process which has progressed with stops, starts and rethinks, eliciting intense public criticism.Despite those concerns, United Nations officials familiar with the efforts to register and get out the vote in Afghanistan, say that enthusiasm and interest has grown in one key demographic segment of society – that of Afghanistan’s younger generation. UNAMA/Fardin WaeziVoter registration is underway in Afghanistan ahead of elections in October 2018.United Nations supportAfghan candidates will contest 249 seats in the National Assembly, whose representatives serve five year terms. Crucially, district-wide voting will also take place, offering local representation for even the most remote regions of the country. Despite the ambitious plan, many registration centres remain closed due to security concerns.The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), along with the broader international community, is supporting the Afghan-led elections process in various ways, including through the provision of technical assistance and procurement support.Although the Independent Election Commission (IEC) says that more than three million Afghans have registered to vote, challenges remain, particularly outside large urban centres. In remoter areas, the process of registering to vote remains hindered by constant threats from insurgent groups, who have boasted about their interference locally and nationally. UNAMA/Fraidoon PoyaAfghan women register as voters in Sultan High School, Herat province.Social media chatterThere is evidence that young people like Farhad Majidi are now more committed to the democratic process. “We are seeing lively chat on social media about these elections, particularly from young Afghans,” said Fraidoon Poya, who works in UNAMA’s Herat regional office. “We also see educated youth, including many women, putting their names forward as candidates. The young are quite hopeful, and we do our best to support public debate and dialogue from candidates and voters by supporting events through the media.”Afghan officials had said in April that they hoped to register as many as 14 million voters, an ambitious target “Right now, registration is going well in Herat City, but there are continuing threats from insurgent groups keen up upend the democratic process,” said Fraidoon Poya. read more

Top 25 Capsules

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kylee Shook scored a season-high 17 points to help No. 5 Louisville to a 95-73 rout of Miami (Ohio) on Monday night.The Cardinals (6-0) started strong and never looked back. They jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first 2:30 as they forced the RedHawks (4-1) into four turnovers in that span. Three baskets came on fast break opportunities.A balanced attack propelled the Cardinals to victory. Shook, a junior forward, made 6-of-9 shots and was one of six Louisville players to score in double figures. The Cardinals shot 51.5 per cent and forced Miami into committing 21 turnovers.Asia Durr scored 10 of her 16 points in the second half for Louisville, which also got a season-high 15 points from Bionca Dunham. Five Cardinals also pulled down at least six rebounds.Durr ended the first half in spectacular fashion, getting a backcourt turnover in the waning seconds and converting a reverse layup just before the buzzer to give the Cardinals a 46-28 lead at the break.Freshman guard Nia Clark scored 17 points to lead the RedHawks.No. 16 DEPAUL 124, SAVANNAH STATE 61CHICAGO (AP) — Lexi Held made five 3-pointers and scored a season-high 28 points, Chante Stonewall had 20 points, five rebounds and three steals, helping DePaul beat Savannah State.DePaul scored 24 straight points in the first quarter and held Savannah State in single digits until Myasia Jones’ basket with 11 seconds left in the quarter. DePaul led 33-12 entering the second quarter, and the Lady Tigers had just 23 points by halftime.Dee Bekelja added 16 points with 12 rebounds and Sonya Morris made four 3-pointers and scored 13 points for DePaul (4-2). Stonewall had 50 points, 28 rebounds, 10 steals and seven assists in three games at the Cancun Challenge over the weekend.DePaul, which was edged Saturday on a last-second shot in overtime by No. 14 Syracuse, played its fourth of five games in a seven-day stretch. The Blue Demons play at No. 2 UConn on Wednesday.Heniaya Moton scored 11 points for Savannah State (2-3), which was held to 30.3 per cent shooting.The Associated Press read more

Unstable chemical made safe at Tipperary school

first_imgAN ARMY BOMB disposal team has made safe an unstable chamical called ‘dinitrophenylhydrazine’, otherwise known as ‘Brady’s Agent’ this evening at a school in Cahir, Co Tipperary.The Defence Forces deployed the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team to the secondary school Coláiste Dún Íascaigh, Cahir, Co.Tipperary following a request from gardaí.The team arrived on scene at 7pm and the chemical was removed from the school laboratory to a safe location where it was made safe through the use of a controlled explosion. The school was empty at the time and the scene was declared safe at 7.30pm.A spokesperson for the Defence Forces told that ‘Brady’s Agent,’ is routinely used in laboratories around the country, including in schools, but can become unstable over time and “extremely explosive”.Read: Belfast bomb was an ‘attempted murder’ attack on PSNI officers’ lives>Read: Two viable pipe bombs found in Belfast>last_img read more

Not easy for Greeks to migrate to Australia

first_imgNeos Kosmos receives up to five inquiries a week from Greeks interested in migrating to Australia. However, while inquiries are increasing there has been no rise in visa applications, according to an official from the Australian embassy in Athens. In 2009 until June 2010, only 26 Greek nationals were granted skilled migration visas compared to 35 in all of 2008 until 2009, an official told Neos Kosmos. Over the same period, only 93 Greek nationals had been granted family migration visas compared to 96 in all of 2008 until 2009. The statistics clearly indicate there has been no marked change in program outcomes for Greek nationals from 2008 to 2010. Migration to Australia is divided into skilled and family (spouse/child/parent) categories. To meet family requirements, a person can apply if they are close family of Australians, such as spouses and dependent children, but not brothers, sisters or cousins. To meet skilled requirements, a person needs to have recognised qualifications in a professional area in demand in Australia, have proficient English and be aged under 45. The skilled requirements were recently tightened for all visa applicants because of the changing economic situation in Australia. “Priority is given to people who already have a job offer from an Australian employer willing to sponsor them to Australia,” the official said. The processing of Skilled Migration applications can take up to three years. Migration applications are not processed by the Visa Section of the Australian Embassy in Athens. Skilled migration applications are processed in Australia while family migration applications are processed in Berlin as the visa office in Athens has a very limited capacity to answer questions beyond the visas they process. For further information email or contact the Visa Section of the Embassy’s media line on +61 2 6264 2244. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Carbon tax compensation going down the pokies

first_imgPoker machine revenues have experienced a spike ever since the roll out of the federal government’s carbon tax compensation in May and June. Queensland saw the most significant rise in pokie revenues, with a 7 per cent rise recorded in May. In Victoria, the Victorian commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation show a spike in gambling expenditure in some council areas. According to figures revealed by The Australian Financial Review, the figures show handouts to low-income earners has led to surges in gambling revenues in pubs and clubs. Poker machine operators Coles and Echo Entertainment have backed these figures up, reportedly seeing an increase in revenue in May and June. The links suggested in the handout-related gambling expenditure in low-income areas has fueled anti-poker machine campaigners’ arguments, which claims that poker machine operators tend to target low-income areas. Incidentally these are areas where handout levels are highest. Independent Senator Nick Xenophon said the issue points to a potential problem on the compensation policy. ”This begs a serious policy question about better ways to get genuine compensation to people for power price rises,” Senator Xenophon said. The Senator added that big pokies owners like Woolworths are “going to be over compensated for the carbon tax off the backs of problem gamblers”. He suggested an alternative to the handout is to set up a direct power bill rebate scheme instead of handout sums. The situation itself is not the first the nation has experienced. Under the Rudd government, a stimulus package payment in 2008 led to a surge in pokies spending. Prime Minister Julia Gillard defended the compensation, suggesting telling Australians where they should put their money will be patronising. ”I trust the vast majority of families to what they do everyday, which is get up and show love and care and concern for their children, and spend their income for the benefit of their kids,” Ms Gillard said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Grand Korea Leisure sees May revenue soar as Korean operators enjoy rebound

first_imgKorea’s government-run foreigners-only casino operator, Grand Korea Leisure (GKL), saw casino sales jump 16.7% year-on-year in May on the back of strong results from table games.Casino sales reached KRW40.6 billion (US$37.9 million) for the month, up from KRW35.8 billion in May 2017 and representing an increase of 2.7% over April’s numbers. Load More RelatedPosts South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August Caesars slips back into loss in 2Q19 but US properties showing growth ahead of Eldorado merger Korea’s Paradise City to turn profitable in third quarter: JP Morgan Table games were the hero of the story, with sales growing 21.8% year-on-year to KRW35.6 billion (US$33.1 million) – more than making amends for a 10.3% decline in electronic gaming machine sales to KRW5 billion.For the first five months of the year combined, GKL’s sales are up 3.6% on 2017 levels to KRW202.1 billion (US$188 million).GKL, a subsidiary of the Korea Tourism Organization, operates two casinos in Seoul and one in Busan under its Seven Luck brand.May proved to be a solid month for the country’s gaming industry with Paradise Co having announced last week a 25.2% increase in casino sales to KRW52 billion (US$48.5 million). That figure also represented a 36.0% sequential increase for Korea’s only integrated resort operator.last_img read more

Several detained amid South Beach shooting investigation

first_img“We located who we believe is the shooter, along with several other potential subjects. They’re persons of interest at this point,” said Rodriguez.Ruiz said the injured man was getting out of a taxi cab when he was shot. “He was in a taxi cab the shots were fired in, and he ran into the store,” he said.The store manager said the injured man refused medical treatment. “To be honest, I thought that, if we didn’t lock the doors, whoever was shooting was going to run in here and there was going to be a shootout inside of the store,” said Ruiz.The employee provided a picture showing a handwritten “closed” sign taped to the store’s front entrance.Police have not confirmed Ruiz’s account of the incident. Officials said they never did find the man they believe was shot.Area resident Michael DeFilippi said the incident is a most unwelcome disruption to holiday weekend festivities. “It’s just unfortunate, ’cause there’s a lot of good people out here having a great time, and it just takes a couple of bad apples,” he said.7News sources said the Metropole Hotel, also located at 635 Collins Ave., has given surveillance video to police. MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have detained several people after, they said, someone fired a gun on a busy South Beach street, Saturday evening.According to Miami Beach Police, a Miami-Dade Schools Police officer heard gunshots near Sixth Street and Collins Avenue, just before 5:45 p.m.“The officer heard the shots being fired. He immediately gave chase,” said Miami Beach Police Officer Ernesto Rodriguez.People poured into the Steve Madden store, located at 635 Collins Avenue, in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. The manager, Carlos Ruiz, described to the chaotic moments during a phone interview with 7News.“Fifteen people ran into the store screaming, and out of the 15 people, one of them, one of the guys was shot, was bleeding,” said Ruiz.Officers quickly saturated the area and shut down Collins Avenue between Fifth and Seventh streets.7News cameras captured several young men being taken into custody shortly after. Officials believe one of these subjects is the shooter. Police said there have been 50 percent fewer arrests at this point than this time last year.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Catalog Printer Acquires Conley Printing

first_imgWhat, if any changes will result from the acquisition were not immediately clear. A Kenehan representative did not immediately return a request seeking comment.This summer, magazine printer Quad/Graphics completed its acquisition of World Color Press and said it will close five plants before the end of the year, resulting in roughly $225 million in pre-tax savings. Magazine printer Conley Printing has been purchased by Waukesha, Wisconsin-based J.B. Kenehan, a sheetfed and web printer of digest, slim jim and custom-size catalogs, inserts, books and other special projects. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.With facilities in Waukesha and Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Conley Printing is a heatset and non-heatset web printer that specializes in national and regional short to medium run length standard and tabloid-size publications, inserts and catalogues. Services include in-line and offline mailing, polybagging, fulfillment and digital publishing.“For the past six years both companies have worked together utilizing each other’s manufacturing capabilities and technical expertise,” the companies say in a statement announcing the deal. “That close working relationship identified several benefits of bringing the companies together. This acquisition enhances core competencies of both facilities.”last_img read more

Will Governor Abbott Veto Medical Marijuana Bill

first_img 00:00 /00:38 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Neon Tommy/FlickrGovernor Greg Abbott has until this Sunday, June 16, to veto bills that passed in the most recent legislative session.One bill Abbott could block is HB 3703, a measure to expand the list of conditions for which doctors may prescribe medical marijuana.Jon Taylor, who teaches political science at the University of Saint Thomas, said conservatives, including Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, staunchly oppose the bill. “The argument being that it creates a ‘slippery slope’ allowing for full access to medical cannabis that you find in other states,” said Taylor. “For example, to the north in Oklahoma, medical marijuana is much more prevalent and much easier to access.”An analysis conducted by Rice University’s Baker Institute found lawmakers proposed 63 bills to ease marijuana restrictions during the 86th Texas Legislature. HB 3703 is one of only two that passed. The other, HB 1325, relates to hemp production.Abbott has already vetoed a handful of minor bills, most of them authored by Democratic senators. X Listen Sharelast_img read more

Koreas BTS Shatters YouTube Record for Views in 24 Hours With Boy

first_img Related 1. BTS, “Boy With Luv” feat. Halsey – 78 million2. Blackpink, “Kill This Love” – 56.7 million3. Ariana Grande – “thank u, next” – 55.4 million4. BTS, “Idol” – 45.9 million5. Taylor Swift, “Look What You Made Me Do” – 43.2 million6. Eminem, “Killshot” – 38.1 million7. Blackpink, “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” – 36.2 million8. Psy, “Gentleman” – 36 million9. BTS, “Fake Love” – 35.9 million10. Twice, “Yes or Yes” – 31.4 million Silicon Valleywood: Content Creators Discuss if Storytelling is Driven by Data UPDATED: K-pop superstars BTS, the most popular boy band in world, have smashed YouTube’s record for the most views accrued in the first 24 hours of release with their single “Boy With Luv,” featuring American pop star Halsey.As of 5 a.m. ET Saturday, “Boy With Luv” had racked up just over 78 million views, according to YouTube’s public views counter. On April 15, YouTube revised the video’s official stat to 74.6 million views in the first 24 hours, to adjust for overcounting by its real-time system. In any case, it demolished the previous record, set just a week ago by K-pop girl group Blackpink’s “Kill This Love,” which had 56.7 million views in its first 24 hours to top Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next.”“Boy With Luv” also has become the fastest video reach 100 million views (in less than two days). In addition, BTS’s “Boy With Luv” video on YouTube drew a staggering 2 million comments in the first 24 hours (which grew to over 2.7 million by Monday, April 15). YouTube Rings in Era of Ad-Supported Originals By Making ‘Cobra Kai’ Free to Watch Here’s an updated Top 10 YouTube videos ranked by views in the first 24 hours: BTS is the musical guest on April 13 episode of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” hosted by Emma Stone, where the group is slated to perform “Boy With Luv.”As of early Saturday, “Boy With Luv” had been the No. 2 trending video worldwide on YouTube, behind the first trailer for Disney/Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker” (Episode IX). Note that YouTube ranks trending videos based on multiple factors, including views and user engagements.“Boy With Luv” is a reference to the group’s 2014 song “Boy in Luv.” According to Variety‘s review of BTS’s new album “Map of the Soul: Persona,” released Friday, Halsey’s vocals capture “the giddiness of being in love, while the lyrics address the relationship the group has with its ARMY: ‘I’m flying high in the sky with the two wings you gave me,’ with the wings referencing the title of their second album.”Meanwhile, in the U.S., all seven songs from BTS’s “Map of the Soul: Persona,” released Friday, are on Apple’s iTunes top 10 music chart. On iTunes, “Boy With Luv” stands at No. 2 behind the remix of Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” country-hip-hop track featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.BTS is an abbreviation of “Bangtan Sonyeondan” (방탄소년단), which literally translates to “bulletproof boy scouts” although two years ago they announced an extension of their brand in English to “Beyond the Scene.” The seven-member group — comprising members RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook — was formed by Big Hit Entertainment in 2013. This past February, BTS became the first K-pop group to present an award at the Grammys, where they bestowed the trophy for best R&B album to H.E.R. for her self-titled album.The “Boy With Luv” video, which pays homage to Gene Kelly’s classic movie musical “Singin’ in the Rain,” was directed by YongSeok Choi of Seoul-based production house Lumpens. BTS dropped the new video Friday, April 12, at 6 p.m. Korea Standard Time (5 a.m. EDT).last_img read more

China Building 30Mile Bridge Connecting Hong Kong to Guangdong Province

first_img © 2009 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. The deep-water port city Zhuhai (Guangdong Province) has become a boom town for tourism, high-tech manufacturing and Macao is noted for its entertainment and gambling endeavors. The completion date of the bridge is set for 2016. The estimated cost of the project will exceed $10 billion, shared among the central government, Hong Kong and Guangdong provinces. According to the most powerful economic agency in China’s governmental structure, the National Development and Reform Commission headed by Zhang Xioqiang, “no efforts will be spared to maximize the economic benefit of the project.” Very low toll fees will be charged to encourage the general population to use the bridge. The Y shaped bridge will employ cutting edge engineering design features which include the ability to withstand up to a 8.0 magnitude earthquake, typhoons and the ability to shrug off the impact of a 300,000 ton vessel. Most remarkably is the planned longevity of the bridge which is designed to last an estimated 120-years. The main part of the sea bridge will feature an 18-mile oversea pass with a 3-3/4 mile harbor tunnel under the South China Sea. Two artificial islands will be created in the Macao and Zhuhai ports that will connect the tunnel and the bridge on the other side. Keeping in mind the aesthetics of the project, millions of dollars are allocated for landscaping, tourist roadside turnouts and preservation of the white dolphin, a natural inhabitant of the South China Sea. South China Sea Bridge. Via China Daily Explore furthercenter_img Citation: China Building 30-Mile Bridge Connecting Hong Kong to Guangdong Province (2009, December 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from China Daily reports the commencement of the 30-mile Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, the longest sea bridge under construction world-wide. The six-lane expressway will cut travel time from three-hours to around 30-minutes to and from the densely populated and lucrative centers of manufacturing, finance and tourism located in and around Guangdong Province to Hong Kong. Is it a bird, is it a plane, no it’s a bridge!last_img read more

Cocktails to tickle your taste buds

first_img Screwdriver: 5 centilitres vodka, 10 centilitres orange juice. METHOD: Pour vodka into a highball glass over ice and add orange juice to the balance. Singapore Sling: 4 centilitres gin, 2 centilitres cherry brandy, 0.5 centilitres Cointreau, 1 centilitre grenadine, 8 centilitres pineapple juice, 3 centilitres lemon juice, dash of Angostura bitters. METHOD: Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a glass filled with ice and serve with pineapple or cherry. Frozen Margarita: 3.5 centilitres tequila, 2 centilitres triple sec, 1.5 lemon juice, 0.5 cups ice. METHOD: Blend all ingredients with crushed ice and serve in a cocktail glass with lemon slice. Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite center_img What better way to spend your festive season than by sipping on a cocktail in the comfort of your home rather than just ordering one at a restaurant? This way, you can have unlimited drinks (as you’re your own bartender) and not worry about the bill at the end.Here are a few popular cocktails you may want to try out for yourself this holiday:(centilitre – a metric unit of volume equal to one hundredth of a litre) Long Island Ice Tea: 1.5 centilitres vodka, 1.5 centilitres tequila, 1.5 centilitres light rum, 1.5 centilitres gin, 2.5 centilitres lemon juice, 3 centilitres gomme syrup, Coca-Cola. METHOD: Mix all contents in a highball glass and stir gently. Add Coke to finish off and for colouring. Garnish with lemon. Sex On The Beach: 4 centilitres vodka, 2 centilitres peach schnapps, 4 centilitres pineapple juice, 4 centilitres cranberry juice. METHOD: Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake well and then serve with an orange slice.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced that it has agreed to sell The Westin Excelsior, Rome to Katara Hospitality for US$251 million.As part of the deal, the historic hotel will be renovated in the next 5 years, including a top-to-bottom transformation of all guestrooms, as well as upgrades to the hotel’s public areas. Additionally, as has been the case with other sales of Starwood hotel assets, it will continue to be operated by Starwood under a new long-term management agreement.Adam Aron, CEO of Starwood on an interim basis, said: “On the heels of our recent high-profile sales of The Phoenician and The Gritti Palace, along with other hotel asset transactions, the sale of the Westin Excelsior Rome brings us to $817 million of hotel assets sold so far this year. Accordingly, Starwood has now exceeded our stated goal of completing at least $800 million in hotel asset sales by the end of 2015.”Simon Turner, President of Global Development, Starwood, added: “We continue to see strong interest in our remaining owned hotels from a broad array of high-quality investors from around the world as we look for the right sale opportunities and long-term partners to create value for our shareholders.”“This agreement marks our third property in Italy. The Westin Excelsior Rome is the epitome of what Katara Hospitality looks for in a hotel,” said Sheikh Nawaf Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani, Chairman of Katara Hospitality. He continued, “Its grand and statuesque appearance is the ultimate in luxurious hospitality. The hotel is a welcome addition to our growing global portfolio of iconic properties, and we are delighted to be continuing to set the standard for luxury hospitality the world over.”Opened in 1906, The Westin Excelsior Rome is located on Via Veneto and features 316 rooms. Hotel amenities include two restaurants and a bar, a WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio, Kami Wellness Centre, an indoor pool and a 24-hour business centre.Hamad Abdulla Al-Mulla, Chief Executive Officer of Katara Hospitality, said: “For nearly a century, this legendary hotel has provided exceptional hospitality and hosted dignitaries and celebrities, as well as business and leisure travelers. We look forward to making further improvements to The Westin Excelsior Rome and continuing its long-standing tradition of excellence.”Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa, and Middle East, concluded: “We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Katara Hospitality, owner of both Sheraton Doha Resort & Convention Center and The Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Milan. We look forward to working together on the continued success of The Westin Excelsior, an architecturally stunning property and one of the most iconic hotels in Rome.”The transaction increases Katara Hospitality’s portfolio to 35 properties in operation or under development and marks its third owned hotel in Italy.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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