Two Canadians killed in Burkina Faso identified

first_imgOTTAWA – The two Canadians killed in a suspected terrorist attack in Burkina Faso have been identified as Tammy Chen of Ontario and Bilel Diffalah, a volunteer for a Quebec-based anti poverty group.The incident happened late Sunday when suspected Islamic terrorists opened fire at a Turkish restaurant in the country’s capital, killing 18 people in all.Global Affairs Canada identified Chen, a popular former Toronto teacher, in a statement Monday.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland had confirmed the deaths of the two Canadians earlier in the day.“It is with very great sorrow that I can confirm the deaths of two Canadians in yesterday’s attack in Burkina Faso,” Freeland said.“The heartfelt condolences of our government go out to the loved ones of those targeted and the victims of this tragic attack. Canadian consular officials are working hard to provide assistance to their loved ones.”The Toronto District School Board called Chen “the victim of a senseless act of violence” and said in a statement that she left in 2013 to pursue her PhD at the University of Cambridge.“Tammy is being remembered as a very passionate, charismatic and diligent teacher by her colleagues,” the board said, adding “she was always willing to go the extra mile to help students.”Chen holds degrees from McGill University and Queen’s University and was the president and co-founder of a Canadian NGO called Bright Futures Burkina Faso.Montreal-based non-governmental organization CECI said Diffalah volunteered with the NGO as an adviser for hygiene and biosecurity.“CECI would like to express its most deepest condolences to the family and friends of the volunteer, Bilel Diffalah,” CECI’s Odette McCarthy said Monday in a statement.CECI has been operating in Burkina Faso since 1985.Local authorities say other foreigners killed include two Kuwaitis and one person each from France, Senegal, Nigeria, Lebanon and Turkey.Several Burkina Faso citizens were also killed and authorities said other victims had not yet been identified.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the violence, which continued into the early hours Monday.At least three members of Burkina Faso’s security forces were wounded during the assault, said Capt. Guy Ye, spokesman of the security forces.The assailants arrived at the restaurant on motorcycles and then began shooting randomly at the crowds dining Sunday evening, he said. Security forces arrived at the scene with armoured vehicles after reports of shots fired near Aziz Istanbul.The attack brought back painful memories of the January 2016 attack at another cafe that left 30 people dead.Burkina Faso, a landlocked nation in West Africa, is one of the poorest countries in the world. It shares a northern border with Mali, which has long battled Islamic extremists.— with files from the Associated Press.last_img read more

Emotional first day in trial of farmer accused of killing Indigenous man

first_imgBATTLEFORD, Sask. – People are bracing for another emotional day at the trial of a Saskatchewan farmer accused of killing an Indigenous man on his property.There were tears in a Battleford courtroom Tuesday as Gerald Stanley’s trial got underway.Stanley, 56, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of Colten Boushie, 22.Boushie, who was from the Red Pheasant First Nation, died from a single gunshot wound to the back of his head on Stanley’s farm near Biggar on Aug. 9, 2016.Court heard that Boushie was behind the wheel of an SUV that was trying to leave the farm when he was shot.Jurors were warned in advance that some of the evidence would be graphic.Pictures of the disabled vehicle with Boushie’s lifeless body laying on the ground, along with blood stains on the seat and dashboard, were upsetting to members of his family.“The trial’s begun and it’s been hard on us to sit there,” said his cousin Jade Tootoosis outside court.“I just want to encourage people to come out for themselves to come and bear witness and hear for yourselves as everything unfolds.”Boushie’s uncle, Alvin Baptiste, brought an eagle feather with him to the trial.“This is for truth and justice,” he said during a break. “This is a symbolic symbol of First Nations people.”He said Boushie’s mother, Debbie Baptiste, had to leave the courtroom.“She’s not sitting in the courtroom to see those graphic pictures,” he said. “The pictures are pretty graphic to see my nephew laying there and the blood splatter all over the vehicle like that and it’s reopening the wounds again.”Some of the people attending the trial were wearing T-shirts that said ‘Justice for Colten’.The trial is scheduled to last three weeks.Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Christie Brinkley To Donate Portion Of Proceeds From Beauty Set To Smile

first_imgIn celebration of Mother’s Day, Christie Brinkley, supermodel, actress and Smile Train Goodwill Ambassador, launched the Ageless Beauty Set, a limited edition anti-aging skincare kit from her Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare line.From now, through the end of 2016, Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare will donate 20 percent of proceeds from each set sold to Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity.The two-piece beauty set includes the Uplift + IR Defense Firming Neck & Décolleté Cream, a luxurious, fast-working cream that helps firm, smooth, brighten and rejuvenate the look of the delicate skin of the neck and chest, and Refocus Under Eye Treatment, a potent anti-aging serum infused with a Bio-Copper Complex that visibly reduces under-eye puffiness and dark circles.Brinkley has been working with Smile Train as a Goodwill Ambassador for nearly 10 years to raise awareness of the issues faced by children living with unrepaired clefts.last_img read more

Wake Up World Bank

first_imgOver three decades back, it looked quite impossible to ask the World Bank to review a project approved by them and to have a complaint mechanism inside the Bank. Yet, the struggle of Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) against the Bank-financed Sardar Sarovar (Narmada) Dam did just that. After years of struggle, in 1991, the movement got the World Bank to review the dam project. Two years later, the Bank withdrew from the project — a first in their history of financing projects around the world. On February 27, 2019, by challenging the immunity of the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) at the United States of America (US) Supreme Court in a landmark case, the fishworkers associated with Machimar Adhikaar Sangharsh Sangathan (MASS) rewrote history. Also Read – A special kind of bondParadoxically, both these peoples’ movements have roots in Gujarat. Indeed, it would have been impossible for the people to reach the highest court of US if not for the tenacity of the committed team of lawyer-activists at EarthRights International — a US-based NGO specialising in “legal actions against perpetrators of earth rights abuses, training grassroots and community leaders and advocacy campaigns.” However, the victory, though significant, is only partial in this case. In 2015, a case was filed before the District Court of Washington DC — where IFC is registered — to hold IFC accountable for lending to the Tata Mundra project (Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd). The petitioners claimed irreversible loss to their livelihood. IFC, instead of challenging the case, sought to hide behind the veil of immunity. Now that the Supreme Court has decided that they do not enjoy absolute immunity, the case about IFC’s liability in Tata Mundra project will commence in the District Court. Also Read – Insider threat managementWith the documentation of non-compliance of IFC’s social and environmental policies, as reported by its own Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) in an eloquently crafted report, it’s only a matter of time before IFC is held accountable and made to pay. Besides, the Compliance Review Panel (CRP) — the independent accountability mechanism of Asian Development Bank (ADB) — another co-financier of the project, also reported about the gross violations of ADB policies. ADB’s actions on the findings continue to be inadequate and far from addressing the real violations as reported by the CRP. Despite confronting a heedless company and careless financiers, the people never gave up hope. Even in the face of extreme difficulty, with sources of their livelihood dwindling and pressure from different quarters to withdraw the case, they stood their ground. And that paid. Immunity, even as a principle, is incompatible with present day’s advanced discourse on human rights, good governance and equitable development — terms which the Bank tosses around at their conferences and publications, but seldom practices. Even an elected government could be taken to court by its citizens. So how can then the World Bank and other international organisations enjoy immunity? Absolute immunity leads to impunity, and that foments lack of transparency and the reluctance to be held accountable. This historical decision has opened up an opportunity for communities around the globe to take decisive actions against lenders whose investments are causing damage to humans and the environment. This decision will push financial institutions to be more responsible in their lending and ensure that no or least damages are caused due to their investments. As in the case of Narmada and many other struggles, this judgment proves that local struggles along with the support of other likeminded organisations, developing extensive documentation of violations and building their case on rock-solid facts, will certainly drive the violators to look for hideouts. It has undeniably thrown open an opportunity for peoples’ movements, fighting against destructive developmental projects, to include ‘finance’ as a part of their existing strategies. It also upholds that the rights of the people are above the privileges of the rich and powerful. In a world where spaces are shrinking for people to dissent in order to protect their rights and are disempowered before the might of corporations and financiers, this verdict becomes more significant. Not just for the World Bank Group, this decision is a clarion call to other financial institutions as well — both national and international — that they will be held accountable, and made to pay, for investments where they do not consider people and environment. Interestingly, a case from Honduras filed by the farmers may not have to go through the same process. The suit, filed through EarthRights International, arises out of the substantial financial support by IFC and the IFC Asset Management Corporation (IFC-AMC) — both World Bank entities — in Honduran palm-oil company Dinant. The company has been at the centre of bloody, decades-long land-grabbing in the Bajo Aguán region of Honduras. Furthermore, the outgoing President Jim Yong Kim was at the helm when CAO report about non-compliance of IFC’s policies by the company was published. The CAO reported many shocking findings — that the social and environmental impact assessments were erroneous, people were not consulted before the project was approved, project is causing health hazards to people in the vicinity and the livelihood of the people is gravely impacted. Kim had every reason to take action on the report. Instead, he chose to ignore the findings and the demands of the people. The consistent indifference of the Bank led the people to knock at the doors of US judiciary. Of course, inadvertently, Kim made the World Bank a step closer to accountability. And he will be remembered for that. In 2013, a campaign around the CAO findings was named ‘Wake Up Kim’. It demanded that President Kim wake up from his slumber, recognise the violations and take actions. Time has come to rename it to ‘Wake Up World Bank’. (The author is Executive Director of Centre for Financial Accountability. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Royal Navy Stops 32 Irregular Moroccan Migrants off Al Hoceima

Rabat – The Royal Moroccan Navy has arrested 32 Moroccan migrants on board three boats for undocumented migrants off Al Hoceima.Spain’s EFE news agency reported that the Moroccan navy arrested the migrants in multiple operations in northeast Morocco.Quoting an anonymous source, EFE said that a Royal Navy boat transported the migrants, most of whom live nearby, to the Al Hoceima port. The agency added that the navy previously arrested 103 migrants on Tuesday, November 27. The news outlet reported the majority of the migrants were from Morocco. The migrants were attempting to cross the Strait of Gibraltar and the Alboran Sea on small boats. On November 28, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) shared that Morocco has disrupted 76,000 undocumented migration attempts in 2018.Minister Delegate to the Minister of Interior Noureddine Boutayeb said that Morocco’s efforts to fight undocumented migration helped to thwart 30 “violent attempts” of undocumented migration into the Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta.The official also recalled that since 2002, Morocco has dismantled more than 3,400 criminal networks and organized more than 2,000 voluntary returns to home countries for irregular migrants.Boutayeb also discussed Morocco’s immigration policy, saying that the strategy regularized the administrative status of 50,000 immigrants.He added that the strategy launched a series of sectoral programs that have allowed migrants and their families to benefit from all the services provided to Moroccan citizens. read more

UNESCO serves up values of sport to young tennis stars at French

28 June 2010Youngsters from more than 50 countries have joined the recently retired French tennis ace Fabrice Santoro in Paris for the annual Open des Jeunes-BNP Paribas Cup, a tournament co-organized by the United Nations for young players age 12 to 14 that will also touch on themes such as doping, sustainable development and world heritage. This is the eighth year that the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is helping to organize the two-week event, which is considered the “young people’s Roland Garros,” referring to the Grand Slam tournament held annually in the French capital. Mr. Santoro is serving as patron.Players and visitors will be able to take part in interactive workshops conducted by UNESCO youth, sport and physical education specialists on issues at the heart of the agency’s work, including doping, sustainable development, world heritage and rapprochement of cultures. “These workshops are designed to raise awareness among young people and to give athletic ambition an educational and cultural dimension essential for physical and moral growth,” the agency noted in a news release.‘Sport and attitude’ is the theme of the UNESCO space at the tournament, which is designed to inspire young athletes to think about the values around sport as well as the practice of sport. “An effective fight against doping is possible only if young athletes are aware of the values inherent in sport – fair play, honesty, dignity, respect and team spirit,” stated the agency.“The UNESCO space will give young players the opportunity to experience cultural diversity, promote sustainable development and become aware of action they can take in their everyday life,” it added.Earlier this year UNESCO, in close partnership with the football club FC Barcelona, launched the anti-racism campaign entitled “Putting Racism Offside.” It is one of several initiatives by the agency aimed at highlighting the link between sport and major issues within society. It also promotes its ideals through its distinguished roster of UNESCO Champions for Sport, which include German Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher, three-time World Cup winner and Brazilian football legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento (also known as Pelé), and Belgian Olympic women’s tennis and Grand Slam champion Justine Henin. Champions for Sport are expected to spread the message of UNESCO around the world, especially the values of physical education and sports and how they can help build a better future for younger generations. read more

UN calls for 24 hours of ceasefire in observance of International Day

In remarks to a ceremony today at UN Headquarters in New York for the traditional ringing of the peace bell, the Secretary-General called on “all nations and all people to cease all hostilities” on 21 September, when the Day is observed.”Twenty-four hours: to give relief workers a safe interlude for the provision of vital services; to offer mediators a building block towards a wider truce; to allow all those engaged in conflict to reconsider the wisdom of further violence,” Mr. Annan said.”Twenty-four hours: not a long time, but enough for the world’s leaders to begin to listen to their peoples,” he added. “Some of those peoples want an end to repression and intolerance – and would say so publicly if they could exercise their fundamental rights and freedoms. Others want relief from poverty and despair, and would also be more vocal about it were they not so burdened with the daily struggle of providing food and shelter for their families.”For his part, General Assembly President Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic said the decision to fix 21 September as the date to observe Peace Day gave the occasion a forum in which it could have a global reach and a practical impact.”Today and tomorrow, people around the world will commemorate the International Day of Peace by holding peace vigils,” Mr. Kavan said. “I share with these people a hope that parties in conflict will commemorate the Day by observing a ceasefire.”In Kosovo, the head of the UN Mission said that the ringing of the peace bell, which was cast from coins donated by children from around the globe and given to the UN by Japan, attested to the international community’s shared commitment to making the world a place where all people could live in security and dignity.”‘No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main,'” Michael Steiner said, quoting 18th century poet John Donne and reminding Kosovo that whatever happened in the province was “an integral part of the struggle to make the Balkans, Europe and the wider world safer and more just.”Meanwhile in Sierra Leone, about 100 children went on a “Peace Bus” tour of the capital, Freetown, yesterday to deliver messages of peace to the UN mission and various government offices. In Somalia, UN officials have organized a series of football matches and other sporting events to mark the occasion tomorrow. read more

Feds need to work out common energy strategy with provinces LNG proponent

by Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 5, 2015 10:44 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – It is long past time the federal government worked out a national energy strategy with the provinces, says the president of a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal in Nova Scotia.Alfred Sorensen, the president and CEO of Pieridae Energy Ltd., said the country’s complicated federal system is the biggest barrier he sees to attracting foreign buyers and investors.Pieridae Energy is proposing to build an LNG export terminal in Goldboro, N.S., and in 2013 signed a 20-year deal to sell $35 billion worth of gas to Germany.“My biggest lesson I think I’ve learned is how difficult it is for people to understand how our country works,” Sorensen told a business forum on the liquefied natural gas industry Thursday in Ottawa.“If there’s anything that has to happen between the provinces and the federal government (it) is a much more co-ordinated effort between the different ministries within both the provinces and at the federal level. The message that we send to customers outside our country has to be more consistent.”In a subsequent interview, Sorensen was even more emphatic, saying Ottawa should be at the table with the provinces discussing a national energy plan.“I think the reluctance of this current government to spend time with the provinces isn’t going to be helpful in the long run,” said Sorensen.Provincial governments have been discussing the concept of a national energy strategy since at least 2011. However, the practical details of such a strategy remain elusive.The federal government said Sorensen’s critique is simply wrong.“I would challenge that assertion,” International Trade Minister Ed Fast said in an interview.In his frequent foreign travels, Fast said he consistently communicates to companies and governments “that Canada is open for business.”Fast said more than 15 LNG projects have been proposed in B.C. alone.“That indicates there is tremendous interest in investing in Canada and that those companies that have put forward projects clearly see Canada as a safe, stable and predictable place for their investment.”A spokesman for Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford said the minister sits down with his provincial counterparts collectively every summer and also holds more frequent one-on-one meetings.Sorensen had actually praised Fast’s international advocacy during the two-hour panel discussion, but he said the issue is the division of powers that makes resource development a provincial responsibility.“The thing I see the most is we’ve got a federal government that’s saying, ‘We’re open for business, show up whenever you want and we’re ready to get this thing done tomorrow.’ And then the provinces who actually control the resources are ‘Whoa! Whoa Whoa! Not so fast.’”“That’s probably the hardest thing for customers to understand,” Sorensen told the audience at a downtown Ottawa hotel.— With files from Andy BlatchfordFollow @bcheadle on Twitter Alfred Sorensen, president of Pieridae Energy Canada, fields questions about his proposal to liquefy natural gas on Nova Scotia’s east coast and ship it overseas to markets in Europe and India, at a news conference in Halifax, on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. says it is long past time the federal government worked out a national energy strategy with the provinces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan Feds need to work out common energy strategy with provinces, LNG proponent says read more

Boart Longyear showcase at Expomin

first_imgBoart Longyear is using Expomin – from April 25 to 29 in Santiago, Chile – to showcase its broad range of underground, multipurpose and geotechnical rigs; drills; performance tooling; and the first product in the company’s instrumentation line, TruCore™.“Expomin is an essential show in the Latin American mining industry if you want to have conversations with the sector’s key players,” said Hans Glaessner, Sales Director – Americas. “We are looking forward to presenting some of our latest product innovations and talking with current and future customers.”Among the products on display will be:LM™110 Underground Rig: The LM™110 was designed as a modular drill rig with a number of options for site-specific customization. An optional rod handler can be added, which greatly increases safety by locating the driller away from moving partsLX™6 Rig: A multipurpose geotechnical rig that is capable of wireline and conventional coring, the LX6 features powerful steel crawlers that allow it to travel on difficult terrain and drill anywhereLS™250 MiniSonic™: The recently launched LS250 is a mid-sized sonic rig that provides an overall safer working environment for drillers. The rig is ideally suited for a wide range of environmental and infrastructure drilling applications, including difficult-to-reach drill sitesStopeMate™: This pneumatic production drill is extremely compact and is capable of drilling 51 to 76 mm holes, accommodates drilling depths of 12 to 25 m and can be quickly disassembled and reassembled to gain access to captive areasStopeMaster™: Larger than the StopeMate, the StopeMaster is made for bulk mining applications. It allows for superior access, mobility, flexibility and productivity to meet the unique challenges of narrow vein and other underground mining applicationsS250 Rock Drill: A hand-held, pneumatic rock drill that ensures maximum production in development and stoping applications. The S250 features precision leg controls, a lightweight design and optional acoustic baffles that reduce operator fatigue. It is available in several configurations, including the Jackleg, Stoper and SinkerBLH™ Down the Hole (DTH) Hammer Series: The BLH down the hole hammer and bit series increases productivity in reverse circulation drilling and conventional drilling, and can be used for geotechnical drilling, quarrying/mining, water well/geothermal and mineral exploration. Available in both valved (BLH5 and BLH3) and valve-less (BLH1) models, the series provides high performance, outstanding reliability, simplicity and low operating costsTruCore Core Orientation System: The first product in Boart Longyear’s instrumentation line, this enables drillers to provide the accurate data and the results mining clients count on, while decreasing spend on consumables. Boart Longyear is proud to offer the first alternative solution in the marketplace for core orientation.last_img read more

Kennicott Cancellation Left Some Passengers Stranded In Homer

first_imgThe delay lasted for 33 hours due to a problem that started on April 6, when the elevator used to get vehicles on and off the Kennicott broke down. Many of the passengers had to leave their vehicles in Homer, and they will be transported on the next sailing from Homer on April 21. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Passengers of the MV Kennicott, en route to Kodiak, were stranded in Homer over the weekend after electrical problems prompted delays. Landau said the Marine Highway is not charging customers for leaving their vehicles at the Homer terminal. Aurah Landau, a spokesperson for the Alaska Marine Highway System says passengers were transported on the ferry last night.last_img read more

Award show for excellence

first_imgThe Awards were presented by Dr LB Singhal, Development Commissioner, Noida Special Economic Zone for outstanding Export Performance during the year 2011-12 and 2012-13. Dr. Singhal felicitated all award winners for their sincere efforts in increasing the country’s export.The DC, NSEZ presented export Awards to 18 Prominent EOUs and SEZ, in various categories comprising gem and jewellery, plastic products, electronic, computer hardware, sports goods etc. The prominent awardees included Vikas WSP, Sriganganagar (Rs. 1861.69 Cr), Moser Bear India Ltd ( Rs. 1486.64 Cr), PP Jewellers (Exports) ( Rs 446.96 Cr), Motherson Sumi Systems ( Rs 266.52 Cr), MKU Ltd (100 per cent EOUs) ( Rs 110.04 Cr) etc.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While addressing the participants Dr LB Singhal, Development Commissioner, Noida, appreciated the efforts of EPCES Noida region and said that EOUs and SEZs are engine of economic growth in India and contributing well in terms of employment.  He further said that two schemes for export of merchandised and services which are Merchandised export from India Scheme (MEIS) and Service Export from India Scheme (SEIS) has been announced in the Foreign Trade Policy.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe incentive under the two schemes MEIS and SEIS would also be available to SEZ units.  There are 27 SEZ developers under jurisdiction of zonal DC Noida.  He also mentioned that the facilities available in the SEZ scheme and SEZ developers are providing world class infrastructure in the zone. Madhup Vyas, IAS, Director SEZ complemented EOUs/SEZ units for their efforts increasing export of the country.  He further said that phase-II of the digitisation and online processing of various activities relating to SEZ developers and units has been launched and this would help in bringing transparency and accountability in official dealing and would also greatly facilitate ease of doing business in SEZ.       While welcoming RM Manroa, regional chairman, EPCES Noida, said that export has gone down for the last seven to eight months. The government departments are working hard to achieve the target of 300 billion dollars in 2015-2016. He further said that in spite of the export going down there is an increase in the IT/ITES sector.  SEZ developers have developed IT/ITES SEZ in Noida, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Jaipur and other places by investing heavy investment in construction of built up area. He also said that UP government is setting up of electronic park in Greater Noida region to attract investment from overseas companies. Regional chairman complemented awardees for the excellent contribution in increasing export of country.last_img read more

This Ramzan lose sins not weight

first_imgWhen the sound of the Azan blends in the morning air and wakes us all, we take a resolution to live a new day with decorum. But in the month of Ramzan, the day begins a few hours early with sehri, when one takes an early meal before sunrise and oaths not to sip a drop of water throughout the day until sunset. Upon completion of the day’s fast, during Iftar, it is customary to feed on the best food one can afford. The season of faith, fast and all goodness comes with an added beauty — the art of culinary display. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Various fascinating dishes have been developed and invented over the generations of the Mughals and Nawabs, from which we get an extended access to delicious items this season. Though the morning sehri begins with light and nutritious foods like milk, bread, bananas and sevaiyan, Iftar welcomes some of the most desired dishes and fruits. Exquisite preparations of meat, rice and sevaiyan with a dash of rich dry fruits mix are awaited by everyone post the fast. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTo enjoy the evenings with good delicacies, one not only feasts at home but also steps out often to the finest restaurants in town to savour some of the best dishes. What other place is possibly more welcoming than Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazaar in the national Capital when it comes to delight a gourmet? If you have had enough of tasting around in the most expensive restaurants in town, you must step in to the Jama Masjid neighbourhood without a second thought. You might be left bemused to choose from the multifarious display of magnificent gastronomy. For meat lovers, there are chicken/mutton biryanis, chicken qorma, chicken chaap, chicken tikka, mutton burra, reshmi kebabs, seekh kebabs, shami kebabs, galouti kebabs, halim, kaleji gosht, malai gosht and murgh mussalam among many others.  “The most sold item during Ramzan are chicken biryani and chicken qorma, people just love them,” explained Md Shahnawaz waving his ladle dripping with chicken qorma gravy. “The place remains crowded since the bazaar is open late till 2-3 am at night for ‘sehri’ during this time. We get customers throughout the day, but like all round the year some of the most sold items would include mutton qorma, tandoori chicken and mutton burra,” said Sohail, owner of one of the famous restaurants in the Jama Masjid neighbourhood.Those who wish to choose vegetarian food will also be delighted to know about some beautiful dishes like shahi paneer, malai kofta, paneer tikka, sheermaal among many others awaiting to be dug upon. Snacks are a favourite round the year; hence with samosas and various pakodas you may as well light up your taste buds. “Keeme ka samosa and paneer jalebi are our speciality during the month of Ramzan,” said a halwai at a sweetmeat shop in Chawri Bazar.How’s a meal complete without a dash of sweetness? Now, here’s the vast range of mouthwatering desserts — phirni, kheer, sevaiyan, mango shrikhand, gulab jamun and jalebi. “There’s no hard and fast rule for one to feed on any particular kind of food. It is said that when Ramzan was started by Prophet Mohammad in Arabia, dates were found in abundance there, hence there is a custom of having dates during Ramzan. Based on the area, people can eat accordingly. At home we usually eat various pakode, choora, chana and chicken. During Iftar it is important to drink something to quench one’s thirst and gain energy at the end of the day, so we drink Rooh Afza or any other sweetened drink,” explained Sagheer Ahmed.With a few more days left of the holy month, do try to explore the various possible dishes from the food-hub of the city and help yourselves create an aromatic and delicious memory.last_img read more

Home Prices Climb for First Time in Eight Months

first_img Share Home Prices Climb for First Time in Eight Months June 26, 2012 427 Views The “”Case-Shiller Home Price Indexes””:http://www.standardandpoors.com/indices/sp-case-shiller-home-price-indices/en/us/?indexId=spusa-cashpidff–p-us rose for the first time in eight months in April. The 10- and 20-city indexes each rose 1.3 percent to the highest levels this year. [IMAGE]Year-over-year, the 10-city index was down 2.2 percent and the 20-city index off 1.9 percent, both improvements from March. Economists had expected the 20-city index to show a 2.3 percent year-over-year decline in April.Prices improved month-over-month in all but one of the 20 cities tracked by Case-Shiller; prices fell 3.6 percent in Detroit. Prices were up year-over-year in 10 of the 20 cities.According to the “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/, the median price of an single family home rose 5.4 percent in April, while[COLUMN_BREAK]the government report from the “”Census Bureau””:http://www.census.gov/ and “”HUD””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD showed the median price of a new home fell 1.5 percent in that month.Year-over-year, the median price of an existing single-family home went up 7.8 percent in April, according to NAR. The Census Bureau and HUD meanwhile found that the median price of a new home rose 5.0 percent.Month-over-month price improvements in cities listed by the Case-Shiller index were led by a 3.4 percent jump in San Francisco, followed by Washington, D.C. (2.8 percent), Phoenix (2.5 percent), Atlanta and Cleveland (2.3 percent each) and Portland and Seattle (2.0 percent each). The price improvement in Washington came despite a 0.7 percentage point jump in that city’s unemployment rate to 9.0 percent in April. The unemployment rate fell in each of the other cities showing a price improvement, according to date from the Labor Department.The year-over-year price gains were led by Phoenix (8.6 percent), Minneapolis (3.8 percent), Miami (3.2 percent), and Denver and Dallas (2.8 percent).Atlanta has the steepest year-over-year price decline (17.0 percent), followed by Las Vegas (5.8 percent), Chicago (5.6 percent), New York (3.8 percent) and Los Angeles (3.6 percent).Even with the improvement in April, the 10-city price index is down 49.3 percent from its June 2006 peak. The 20-city index is down 49.1 percent from its July 2006 high point.center_img Agents & Brokers Asking Prices Attorneys & Title Companies Census Bureau Home Prices HUD Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Service Providers 2012-06-26 Mark Lieberman in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

It has been a disappointing season statistically f

first_imgIt has been a disappointing season statistically for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd. Expected to take the next step in his development and possibly emerge as the team’s bonafide No. 1 pass catcher, Floyd’s numbers left a lot to be desired.However, the 25-year-old ended the season with a bang. The third-year receiver out of Notre Dame led all players in catches, yards and touchdowns with eight receptions for 153 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinals’ 20-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. It was by far his best showing of the year, setting season highs in catches and yards while catching a pair of touchdowns for the second time this season. Eight receptions was the most Floyd hauled in since grabbing eight in the final game of his rookie season. His 153 yards was the most since his 193-yard performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars last season.Each of Floyd’s touchdowns gave the Cardinals a lead.Floyd’s first touchdown, a 20-yard flea flicker, opened the scoring for Arizona and was the first touchdown of quarterback Ryan Lindley’s career. His second score was a 41-yard bomb that capped off with Floyd keeping his arm in bounds while in the air to give Arizona a 17-13 lead.The 49ers had no answer for Floyd, who was targeted 12 times on Sunday. No. 15 accounted for nearly half of Lindley’s 316 passing yards.Something about playing against San Francisco in Week 17 gets Floyd going. He has played the 49ers in the final game of the regular season in all three of his NFL seasons, combining to catch 22 balls for 410 yards and three touchdowns.Floyd finishes the 2014 regular season with 39 catches for 688 yards and four touchdowns in 15 games. His 39 catches are a career-low as is his 2.8 yards-after-catch average. – / 27 Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   ErrorOK ErrorOK The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter For all those who drea

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterFor all those who dream of 365 days a year of sun, the members of international expat community InterNations have identified the places around the world with the best weather: if you move to Costa Rica, Cyprus or Greece, you can be sure to enjoy the outdoors almost every day of the year. Other destinations with fine temperatures include Malta, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Spain, Portugal and Mexico.Who considers weather and climate important?For the annual Expat Insider survey, InterNations asked more than 14,000 people living in 195 different countries about their satisfaction with the climate in their current place of residence. The results conveyed that 45 per cent of British citizens considered weather to be an important factor before relocating to a new country. That is a whopping 16 percentage points more than the global average. Other nationalities that thought about the weather a lot before making their move abroad include the Swiss (41 per cent), Irish (39 per cent) and Belgians (38 per cent).InterNations CEO Malte Zeeck puts special emphasis on weather being an important factor for certain nationalities. “It is clear to see from the survey results that depending on expats’ origins, they do not necessarily prioritize hard factors, such as safety and job security, over soft factors, such as the weather and climate, before moving to another country — sometimes it is even the other way round.”Where the sun is shining everydayExpats around the world rated the weather and climate favourably in sunny spots spread along Europe, South America and Africa, whereas North America, Oceania and Asia — left alone Antarctica, the seventh continent —did not receive much appraisal when it comes to good climate. Here are ten best countries for those ready to wave goodbye to the gloomy weather in their home country:1. Costa RicaThe country clinches the 12th spot out of 64 countries in the overall ranking of the survey. One prominent factor for its high rank is the weather and climate, with 71 per cent of the respondents living there rating it as very good. The friendly locals and great work-life balance are just some of the reasons why expats decide to move to this tropical paradise. Unlike many other destinations that are mostly career-focused, the most popular reasons for moving to Costa Rica are for a better quality of life and a thirst for adventure.2. CyprusAlongside the uplifting weather, which 69 per cent of expats rate as very good, there are several other aspects that can be appreciated in Cyprus. Making new friends, personal safety and feeling at home in the local culture are among the top criteria that were praised by expats living there. In fact, 21 per cent of the respondents were completely satisfied with their social circle in Cyprus, whereas the global average stands at 15 per cent.3. GreeceAbout 76 per cent of expats in Greece rate the weather and climate there as very good, which is a staggering 53 percentage points more than the global average. With such pleasant weather, expats in Greece are able to enjoy a variety of leisure activities. Some 38 per cent of expats rate the availability of leisure options as very good. On the other hand, the country’s political stability is in the time being non-existent, which has been detrimental to the peacefulness and the state of the economy there. Indeed, 39 per cent of the respondents rated the political stability in the country as bad or even very bad, whereas the global average stands at a meager eight percent.4. MaltaMalta is ranked first overall in the Working Abroad Index, as well as in its sub-categories Job Satisfaction and Work-Life Balance The country clinched the third sport in the Work-Life Balance sub-index. Therefore it is no surprise that expats working in Malta still seem to have enough free time left to enjoy the good weather, which is appreciated by 68 per cent of the respondents.5. UgandaDelightful weather and friendly locals are what make Uganda splendid. However, the country’s political instability is a considerable lowlight for expats’ personal safety. Only 15 per cent of the foreign residents there rate their personal safety as very good. Other setbacks include poor transportation infrastructure, a struggling economy and not up to par medical care.6. KenyaThis culturally-rich country has good weather all year round, but it lags behind in several other categories. Personal safety is one of them, where 28 per cent of expats rate it bad or very bad. That is 23 percentage points less than the global average. In addition, the cost of living is also very high, with only three percent of the respondents rating it as very good.7. SpainLocated in Southwestern Europe, Spain has a plethora of attributes: a Mediterranean climate, excellent opportunities to travel, a robust transport infrastructure, as well as various socializing and leisure activities.In fact, 51 per cent of the expats in Spain rated the leisure activities there as very good. That is 19 percentage points more than the global average.  Nonetheless, Spain may not be the place to find a good job in: About 30 per cent of expats find the state of the economy not up to global standards, whereas the global average stands at 10 per cent.8. South AfricaOut of all of the countries in the top ten, South Africa has the lowest percentage of expats who feel positively about their personal safety — some 31 per cent of expats rated it bad or very bad. Nonetheless, enchanting weather, high quality of environment and availability of leisure activities are all positives of life in South Africa.9. MexicoMexico offers much more than good weather, as 55 per cent of the respondents rated the climate and weather there as very good. The country also occupies the second spot out of 64 countries in the overall rank of the survey, thanks to several other factors such as the career prospects, job security and the friendliness of the local population.10. PortugalExpats in Portugal can enjoy the fine weather in peace and quiet, as 62 per cent of the respondents rated their personal safety there as very good. That is a whopping 20 percentage points more than the global average. In addition, the country is considered the third most welcoming country for expats overall and ranks fifth in both, the Quality of Life and the Ease of Settling In Index.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Sheraton on the Park Sydney has announced a compr

first_imgSheraton on the Park, Sydney has announced a comprehensive renovation of its Sheraton Club Lounge and 558 guestrooms, including 50 suites. Scheduled for completion in early 2018, the extensive $40 million refurbishment will combine modern design with classical elegance.“We’ve reinvented the hotel’s top-tier offering, including our Sheraton Club and suites, as well as the guestrooms, to enhance our offer for discerning travellers seeking a more residential style of accommodation that reflects the level of luxury they are accustomed to,” said David Fraser, GM, Sheraton on the Park. “We have fused the hotel’s classic grandeur and location to create a sophisticated hotel that responds to the expectations of the modern traveller for more authentic experiences and personalised service.”The project, spearheaded by interior designer Joseph Pang, will see the guestrooms and Sheraton Club transform from floor-to-ceiling with an emphasis on approachable luxury. Located on the 21st floor, the layout of the Sheraton Club will be reconfigured to frame the spectacular views of Sydney Harbour, Hyde Park and St Mary’s Cathedral, which can be enjoyed throughout the lounge and from the outdoor terraces.The entrance to the exclusive Sheraton Club will be elegantly defined by Bubinga wooden panels, with sliding doors revealing the sophisticated setting within. Inside, the lounge will offer spaces for guests, including a private reading room, an open lounge with an impressive fire place and executive board room. A semi-circular skylight will be the signature architectural feature of the Sheraton Club Lounge, using natural light to create a focal piece.The contemporary design will extend to the guestrooms, where the furniture styling has departed from the conventional city hotel norm, with an injection of modern residential pieces, including plush chaises longues and walk-in robes.The hotel’s exclusive Hyde Park location has inspired the guestrooms’ colour scheme of subtle celadon green and grey tones, complemented with stained, natural oak timber furniture and lush fabric upholstery. The bed-to-ceiling stitched, leather bedheads form a focal point in the rooms and create a subtle definition between the lounge and work spaces. Conceived with today’s business traveller in mind, the work spaces blend formality and functionality, accommodating the needs of today’s tech-savvy travellers.last_img read more

by Jake Coyle The Associated Press Posted May

first_img by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted May 27, 2018 8:52 am PDT Last Updated May 27, 2018 at 10:10 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Donald Glover, from left, Alden Ehrenreich and Paul Bettany attend a special screening of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” at SVA Theatre on Monday, May 21, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) ‘Solo’ sputters in takeoff at box office with $83.3M Summary box office|entertainment|movie|solo|star wars “Solo: A Star Wars Story” has come in well below expectations on opening weekend at the North American box office NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Han Solo spinoff “Solo: A Star Wars Story” came in well below expectations with an $83.3 million opening weekend at the North American box office.Disney estimated Sunday that “Solo” will gross $101 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend. Forecasts last week ran as high as $150 million for the four-day haul.Overseas ticket sales are even lower. “Solo” grossed $65 million internationally in its opening weekend, including a paltry $10.1 million in China.Starring Alden Ehrenreich in the role made iconic by Harrison Ford, “Solo” was plagued by production troubles, with Ron Howard replacing directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller midway through shooting. The budget soared past $250 million.“Solo” also had stiff competition. In its second week, “Deadpool 2” grossed $42.7 million.last_img read more

The sky is not the limit says space chief

first_imgThe sky is not the limit, President of the Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation (CSEO) George Danos said ahead of the annual NASA space apps challenge organised in Cyprus this weekend for the fifth consecutive year.“We bring back to Cyprus the NASA Space Apps competition thus promoting space innovation in our country”, he said.Danos added that the winning teams from the local competition will participate in the international competition NASA International Space Apps Challenge.“CSEO invites you to participate this weekend in the NASA Space Apps Challenge Limassol and discover that the sky is not the limit,” he added.Cyprus has in the past years won first and second international prizes from NASA.The NASA Space Apps is an international hackathon that occurs over 48 hours in cities around the world. Coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and everyone enthusiastic about space come together to address challenges we face on Earth and in space.It will be held this weekend in Limassol at the Cyprus University of Technology (Tepak).The NASA contest is popular around the world as it provides researchers with a great opportunity to get involved with real missions of NASA, which aims to send the first humans to Mars in the 2030s and create a permanent colony on the red planet.The applications created during the Space Apps competitions involve planetary exploration, exploitation of resources from asteroids, environmental protection, warnings of weather phenomena, monitoring seismic activity and volcanic activity.In 2015 the Cypriot team ArachnoBeeA won the first international NASA Best Mission Concept Award for their project of the world’s first Zero G drone out of over 950 participants from 135 cities.ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli has described ArachnoBeeA’s project as an “innovative and clever concept”, saying that their drone has many possibilities and one day if it is sent to space, it would be of great use to the ISS astronauts.Minister of Communications Marios Demetriades said that the Cypriot ArachnobeeA team confirmed Cyprus’ presence on the space map.In 2013 Cypriot project MarsSense, which was the winner of the Space Apps Limassol 2013, was given the second international award in the category People’s Choice Award of the NASA International Space Apps Challenge.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoAncestryWhat’s the Most Popular Surname in California?AncestryUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

New failure in Cyprus talks would change basis of dialogue

first_imgA failure in a new round of Cyprus negotiations would completely change the basis of a dialogue, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Tuesday during an interview with the Cyprus News Agency.He added that the change would not be because of the Greek Cypriot side’s wish for that to happen, but because the parties involved in the Cyprus talks and the other interested parties, “might have other things on their mind, which would be worse.”Asked if he believes things have changed since the July 2017 talks in Crans-Montana, the president said: “Judging by the statements made by Turkish officials or by the informal meeting I had with the Turkish Cypriot leader on April 16, I would not say that we have seen the anticipated progress which would encourage the UN Secretary General to undertake a new initiative or to convene a new conference on Cyprus.”Regarding upcoming meetings he will have New York, where he is set to meet the UNSG on September 28, Anastasiades said he will reaffirm “in the strongest possible way” his determination to engage in a dialogue, while stressing the important role of the Security Council, in both the Cyprus problem and the presence of Unficyp.Commenting on statements made by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who said he wants to increase the number of troops in the north, Anastasiades said that he was not aware of Ankara’s plans.“It would not serve any interest,” he president said.The base was a permanent argument during the talks, he added, saying that the Turkish side was told “it would not benefit anyone”.Anastasiades said that Turkey is only sixty kilometres away from Cyprus, and that with the modern military technology they are only seconds away.“If it is for the protection of the Turkish Cypriots, it is not justified. If it is as they say for the protection of the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus, we do not have such a need.”Earlier, President Anastasiades and the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar discussed expectations ahead of new developments on the Cyprus issue later this month with the two leaders both set to meet separately with UNSG Antonio Guterres in New York.Also coming up is a report by Guterres’ envoy Jane Holl Lute on prospects for a positive result from a new round of talks.After Tuesday’s meeting, Spehar told reporters: “I was very pleased to spend some time with Mr Anastasiades ahead of his upcoming trip. As I usually do at this time of the year I like to touch base with both of the leaders before they go to the General Assembly where both Mr Anastasiades and Mr Akinci will be having bilateral meetings with the Secretary General.”Spehar described her meeting with Anastasiades as a “good conversation”.“We talked about his expectations and I also discussed some very important upcoming issues such as the report that will be tabled in the Security Council in the middle of October on the good offices of the Secretary General in Cyprus, the outcome of Mrs Lute’s consultations that will be part of it as well and how this is a very important period going forward as we know, because what is in that report, what is in the next report in January is of great interest to the Council in terms of how they understand the way ahead in the future,” Spehar said.Government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said later the Greek Cypriot side wished to utilise the Guterres framework as the parameters for new talks. “We will not settle for the status quo and the occupation of Cyprus,” he said.“This is what matters to us and the president of the republic is focusing all his efforts to steer things towards a negotiation.”You May LikeNinjaJournalistCouple Took 9 Months To Turn A Shipping Container Into A HomeNinjaJournalistUndo23minutos.comTips for perfect skin23minutos.comUndowmnlife.com6 Foods You Might Never Suspect of Containing Glutenwmnlife.comUndo Romanian man missing from Paphos homeUndoLED-lighting the way by 2020UndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more