Imran Khans remarks about BJP win an attempt to influence polls with

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a swipe at his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan over his claim that Indo-Pak peace talks will have a better chance if the BJP wins in Lok Sabha polls, saying it was an attempt by the former cricketer to influence the elections in India with his reverse swing. Modi also noted that Khan had used a slogan targeting him during Pakistan elections. “We should not forget that Imran Khan was a cricketer and his recent statement was an attempt at reverse swing to influence Indian elections. However, Indians know how to hit a ‘helicopter shot’ on a reverse swinging delivery,” the top BJP leader told The Times of India in an interview published on Wednesday. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “We should also remember how he used Modi’s name during Pakistan elections. His slogan was: ‘Modi ka jo yaar hai, woh gaddar hai woh gaddar hai’,” the prime minister added. The Congress had used Khan’s comments to corner the BJP, which has often hurled pro-Pakistan barbs at its rivals. In the interview, Modi also expressed confidence that the BJP will win more seats than before, saying he is seeing “unprecedented” support for the party and that the first phase of polling on April 11 has reinforced his confidence. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Modi had led the BJP to its first ever majority in the Lok Sabha polls in 2014 winning 282 of the total 543 seats. To a question about criticism that that the BJP has resorted to “hyper-nationalism” instead of focusing on real issues in its campaign, he asserted that a large part of speeches is dedicated to the issues of development but they never make headlines. He then asked if decades of terrorism and deaths of soldiers cannot be considered as real issues. Attacking his rivals like the Congress, Modi said, “Those who did absolutely nothing on the critical issue of national security are now having problems when India’s national security doctrine has seen a strategic shift.” Hitting back at the opposition’s charge of politicisation of armed forces, he said, “Politicisation of the Army happened when they created a fake news of revolt by the Army to gain sympathy. It happened when credit for victory in the 1971 war was given to Indira ji.” Asserting that patriotism is not a “disease”, he said as hyper-secularism was invented to strike at the root of India’s culture and ethos, similarly the terminology of hyper-nationalism has been invented to portray ‘deshbhakti’ (patriotism) in poor light. With political experts wondering if the BJP in Uttar Pradesh will be able to repeat its feat of 2014 elections, when it had won 71 of the state’s 80 seats with its ally winning two more, he said the state will vote for those who put India first not those who put family first. The uniting factor for the SP-BSP grand alliance in the state is personal survival and personal interest, he alleged, and asserted that the state is witnessing double-engine growth with central and state governments working in tandem to transform lives. UP will vote for vision not division, he said. Attacking his rivals, Modi said parties like the Congress want to take India back to the era of “corruption and loot”. There is such a mood against the Congress that the party by its own admission is fighting on the lowest number of seats, he said. Asked about the opposition’s attack on his government over the escape of economic offenders like Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi, he said it should not be forgotten that his dispensation got corruption accused like Christian Michel, Rajiv Saxena and Deepak Talwar back. “I will like to again state that anyone who has looted the nation will not be spared,” he added.last_img read more

Preventable urban air pollution kills more than a million people each year

27 September 2011More than one million lives could be saved each year if cities around the world adhered to United Nations guidelines on air pollution from cars and factories that can cause heart disease, lung cancer, asthma, and acute lower respiratory infections, according to a new UN report. “Across the world, city air is often thick with exhaust fumes, factory smoke or soot from coal burning power plants, UN World Health Organization (WHO) Director for Public Health and Environment Maria Neira said of her agency’s “unprecedented” compilation of data from nearly 1,100 cities across 91 countries. “In many countries there are no air quality regulations and, where they do exist, national standards and their enforcement vary markedly,” she added, calling for greater awareness of health risks caused by urban air pollution, implementation of effective policies and close monitoring of the situation.WHO estimates that more than two million people die annually from breathing in tiny particles present in indoor and outdoor air pollution. PM10 particles, which are 10 micrometers or less, can penetrate the lungs and may enter the bloodstream, causing the diseases. WHO guidelines for PM10 is 20 microgrammes per cubic metre as an annual average, but the data show that in some cities this has reached up to 300 microgrammes. Only a few cities currently meet the guidelines.For 2008, the estimated mortality attributable to outdoor air pollution in cities amounted to 1.34 million premature deaths, increasing from 1.15 million in 2004. If the WHO guidelines had been universally met, an estimated 1.09 million of those 2008 deaths could have been prevented, the agency said. The increase in the mortality is linked to recent increases in pollution and in urban population size, as well as improved data availability and methods employed.“The most powerful way that the information from the WHO database can be used is for a city to monitor its own trends in air pollution over time, so as to identify, improve and scale-up effective interventions,” said Carlos Dora, WHO’s Coordinator for Interventions for Health Environments.In both developed and developing countries, the largest contributors to urban outdoor air pollution include motor transport, small-scale manufacturers and other industries, burning of biomass and coal for cooking and heating, as well as coal-fired power plants. Residential wood and coal burning for space heating is an important contributor to air pollution. “Local actions, national policies and international agreements are all needed to curb pollution and reduce its widespread health effects,” said Michal Krzyzanowski, Head of the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health.“Data from air quality monitoring that is released today, identify regions where action is most needed and allows us to assess the effectiveness of implemented policies and actions.” The data was compiled from publicly available national or city-specific sources, based on results of monitoring by individual cities at sites including roadsides, but excluding industrial and other recognized “hot spots” that are not representative of the exposure of many people so as to avoid overestimates. read more

Cape Verde ratifies treaty setting up International Criminal Court

The Statute will enter into force for Cape Verde on 1 January 2012, bringing the total number of States parties to 119.The ICC President, Judge Sang-Hyun Song, welcomed Cape Verde into the tribunal system, saying: “As the first Lusophone country in Africa to ratify the Rome Statute, Cape Verde has not only demonstrated its commitment to international criminal justice but also taken us one step further towards a truly universal system of the Rome Statute, representative of all peoples, cultures and legal systems of the world.”The President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, Ambassador Christian Wenaweser of Liechtenstein, also welcomed the ratification by Cape Verde, reaffirming the central role that the African region has played in support of the Court.Established in 1998, the ICC can try cases involving individuals charged with war crimes committed since July 2002. The United Nations Security Council, the ICC Prosecutor or a State Party to the Court can initiate any proceedings, and the ICC only acts when countries themselves are unwilling or unable to investigate or prosecute. 13 October 2011Cape Verde is the latest Member State to accede to the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC) that prosecutes individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. read more

Gotabaya says he will run for President

Gotabaya said the attacks could have been prevented if the island’s current government had not dismantled the intelligence network and extensive surveillance capabilities that he built up during the war and later on. Sri Lanka’s former wartime defense chief, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, said on Friday he would run for President in elections this year and would stop the spread of Islamist extremism by rebuilding the intelligence service and surveilling citizens, Reuters reported.More than 250 people were killed in bomb attacks on hotels and churches on Easter Sunday that the government has blamed on Islamist militants and that Islamic State has claimed responsibility for. “Because the government was not prepared, that’s why you see a panic situation,” he said in an interview with Reuters. Gotabaya said he would be a candidate “100 percent”, firming up months of speculation that he plans to run in the elections, which are due by December.He was critical of the government’s response to the bombings. Since the attacks, the government has struggled to provide clear information about how they were staged, who was behind them and how serious the threat is from Islamic State to the country. “Various people are blaming various people, not giving exactly the details as to what happened, even people expect the names, what organization did this, and how they came up to this level, that explanation was not given,” he said.Gotabaya is facing lawsuits in the United States, where he is a dual citizen, over his role in the war and afterwards.Gotabaya said the cases were baseless and only a “little distraction” as he prepared for the election campaign. He said he had asked U.S. authorities to renounce his citizenship and that process was nearly done, clearing the way for his candidature. He said that if he won, his immediate focus would to be tackle the threat from radical Islam and to rebuild the security set-up. “It’s a serious problem, you have to go deep into the groups, dismantle the networks,” he said, adding he would give the military a mandate to collect intelligence from the ground and to mount surveillance of groups turning to extremism.Gotabaya said that a military intelligence cell he had set up in 2011 of 5,000 people, some of them with Arabic language skills and that was tracking the bent towards extremist ideology some of the Islamist groups were taking in eastern Sri Lanka was disbanded by the current government.“They did not give priority to national security, there was a mix-up. They were talking about ethnic reconciliation, then they were talking about human rights issues, they were talking about individual freedoms,” he said. read more

In Niger UN food agency starts second round of food distribution

“We are at full speed, and should have the second round finished by early October, on time, ” WFP Niger Country Director, Gian Carlo Cirri said in Niamey, the capital, noting that only a handful of villages have not yet received food.In what they described as a “twin-track” approach, the agency has distributed more than 47,000 tons of cereals and pulse to almost one fifth of the country’s population of 11 million, while at the same time has distributed a “mineral-rich, corn-soya blend” (CSB) food to the hundreds of thousands of “moderately malnourished” children and their mothers and siblings.In a separate report, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that it was extending care to under-five children in Zinder, one of the regions in Niger with the highest malnutrition rates, where in conjunction with WFP and Médecins San Frontières, they will identify an estimated 45,000 children who suffer from severe or moderate malnutrition.The large-scale distribution of food is intended to supplement the millet harvest, whose price on the local market is high compared to the five-year average, the agency said. Even though early harvesting of millet, beans and groundnuts has started in some localities, the food situation remains critical in the country.”We have to maintain a fine balance between continuing to help those in need and not undermining in any way the livelihoods of poor farmers who sell part of their crop to raise money for other needs,” said Mr. Cirri, referring to the sometimes unintended consequence of free food distribution programmes driving down the local price of grain.But the WFP said it is closely monitoring market prices and keeps assessment teams in the field who help form a “post-harvest strategy” allowing them to continue providing food to the poorest families, including those who experience crop failure, or are heavily in debt.Tens of thousands of people from Niger are also nomadic, and do not stand to benefit from the harvest and have seen many of their cattle die during the drought that has gripped the country for over a year.Even so, the agency said that a good harvest will only supply a short-term bump from the long term structural food scarcity that the people of Niger face every year. To that end, WFP is helping to fix the long-term structural issues by working with farmers to help them develop irrigation projects and learn new agricultural techniques. read more

Adopting resolution Security Council urges fight against nexus of transnational crime terrorism

In today’s unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member Council said it is “gravely concerned” by the financing obtained by terrorist groups through illicit activities – such as the trafficking of drugs, people, arms and artefacts – and reaffirmed the international community’s need to supress the monetary lifeline which keeps the terrorist threats active. Delivering his remarks to the Council, Jeffrey Feltman, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, said that the world had been reminded yet again this week “why we must not tire in our efforts to counter terrorism, following the despicable attack on a school in Pakistan by the Taliban.”He emphasized that the need for urgent action to address terrorism and its transnational linkages is regrettably well illustrated, for example by the intensification of Boko Haram activities across the Lake Chad Basin region of Central Africa. In the Secretary-General’s recent visits to Africa, he was constantly reminded that terrorism and cross-border crime cannot be addressed separately, Mr. Feltman told the Council.“Efforts to combat terrorism will not bear fruit unless we combine law enforcement actions with measures to strengthen good governance, rule of law and human rights,” he said, stressing that “we will not uproot the ideologies that lead to violence if we do not win over hearts and minds.”Also addressing the Council, Ambassador Tete Antonio, the representative of the African Union to the UN, acknowledged that cross-border criminal activities in Africa contributed to the onset of conflicts and further complicated management and resolution efforts. Vast swathes of ungoverned territory – in northern Mali and across the Sahel belt as well as in Central Africa and in Somalia – provide criminal and terrorist groups with a “deadly convergence” point where they could thrive undisturbed. In the Sahel – a vast expanse of territory stretching from Mauritania to Eritrea, including Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan – the Ambassador explained that drug and arms trafficking, human smuggling, kidnapping-for-ransom, and illicit proliferation of arms and money laundering had become “intimately intertwined” with the financing of terrorist groups such as Boko Haram and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. In addition, he said, kidnapping-for-ransom in the Sahel had become “an integral financing model” for the spread of terrorist activities in Africa and globally. At the same time, a limited government presence in northern Mali had spawned an environment conducive for cross-border trafficking whereas in Central Africa, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a known militant group accused of numerous human rights violations, fuelled its operations through the poaching of elephants and illegal trade in ivory. “The African Union has not remained idle in the face of these threats,” Mr. Antonio told the delegates. Nonetheless, he remarked, greater efforts should be made to encourage collaboration between neighbouring states sharing such threats along their borders and strengthen early warning mechanisms to clamp down on any potential situations of conflict that could be exploited by terrorist groups. Recognizing the nexus of criminal and terrorist activities, the new Security Council resolution stressed the need for Member States “to work collectively to prevent and combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations” and called upon the international community to strengthen border management. The text also stressed the importance of strengthening trans-regional and international cooperation on a basis of “a common and shared responsibility to counter the world drug problem and related criminal activities,” adding its encouragement for Member States to block and prevent terrorist groups from benefitting from transnational organized crime. “The porous African borders have long served to bring communities together, facilitate trade, and have contributed to the prosperity and the enriching diversity of our people. But porous need not translate into threats and risks of crime and terrorism,” Mr. Antonio continued.“There is therefore a need for innovative, collaborative and inclusive approaches that are led by the concerned states, based on confidence and transparency among them, and without hindrances nor restrictions on legal cross-border flows of people and trade.” read more

Canadian Alex Harvey finishes eighth at crosscountry World Cup

RUKA, Finland — Canada’s Alex Harvey skied to a personal best eighth-place sprint finish at the season-opening cross-country World Cup on Saturday.The leader of the Canadian squad from St-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Que., is competing in his 10th season on the World Cup circuit.“I’m now 30 years old and I have the same excitement for the first race of the season as I did the first time I hit the start line on the World Cup,” Harvey said after completing the 1.4-kilometre classic-sprint course.“You just never really know how you’re positioned against the rest of the world until get on the line. I was really happy with my result today. It is the best sprint result I have ever had in Ruka. The body felt good and the equipment was great.”Skiing in fifth spot for most of his semifinal round, the three-time Olympian grinded his way around the hard-packed and fast course to stay in contact with the leaders. A late charge down the finishing stretch allowed him to grab one more spot on the pack, but it wasn’t enough to advance, leaving him in eighth spot overall on the day.“The steep hill on this course is the key. I’ve never been the snappiest on the hills, so I was happy with the effort and the result,” Harvey said.Russia’s Alexander Bolshunov won the race, topping a trio of Norwegians in the final heat. Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo finished in second place. Eirik Brandsdal grabbed the final step on the men’s podium in third.Three other Canadians competed but did not qualify in the round of 30. Julien Locke of Nelson, B.C. placed 69th, Andy Shields of Thunder Bay, Ont., was 75th while Russell Kennedy of Canmore, Alta., was 76th.The Canadian Press read more

Onesta presents 16 Experts for Serbia

← Previous Story Wenta on the match against Serbia: “Our first final” Next Story → Iceland without Snorri Gudjonsson! French NT coach, Claude Onesta announced official squad for the EHF EURO 2012. Here are the 16 best French player in this moment:Goalkeepers: Thierry Omeyer i Daouda KarabouéBacks: Jérôme Fernandez, Daniel Narcisse, William Accambray, Nikola Karabatic, Guillaume Gille, Xavier Barachet i Kevynn NyokasLine players: Bertrand Gille, Cédric Sorhaindo i Grégoire DetrezLeft wings: Michaël Guigou i Arnaud BingoDefensive specialist: Didier Dinart,Right wings: Luc Abalo i Guillaume made a prediction that France will win the gold medal. read more

Flanagan meets with family of Ibrahim Halawa insists Department is pressuring Egypt

first_imgThroughout, I have emphasised that Ibrahim was only seventeen when the alleged offences took place, and that he planned to return to Ireland immediately if released.“In my contacts with Minister Shoukry, I stressed that while I was in no way attempting to interfere in the judicial process, it is the Government’s view that Ibrahim should not be tried as part of a trial involving a large number of defendants; that he should be advised of the specific charges to be laid against him, and be allowed to be defended in court by a lawyer of his choosing.I assured the Halawa family that our Ambassador to Egypt and our consular experts in the Department will continue to provide all possible assistance to Ibrahim and his family, both in Dublin and Cairo. Officials from the embassy in Ciaro – including the Irish Ambassador – have visited Ibrahim twenty times in the past year, with a further visit scheduled for this weekend. Ibrahim’s father, Hussein Halawa, is the Imam of the Clonskeagh Mosque. Wikileaks correspondence released in 2011 included suggestions that he is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.Open letter: Taoiseach and Tánaiste, fight Egypt’s jailing of journalists >Read: Cairo sentencing of Al Jazeera journalists a “ferocious attack” on media – Amnesty > FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER Charlie Flanagan has held a meeting this evening with the family of Ibrahim Halawa — the Irish citizen arrested in Egypt along with his sisters last summer.He said he had briefed the family on the latest developments in the case, and that he was continuing to take a close personal interest in it.Ibrahim Halawa, who is now 18-years-old, was imprisoned along with his three sisters last August after taking part in a protest calling for the reinstatement of ousted president Mohammed Morsi, which turned violent.Somaia, Fatima and Omaima were held for three months before they were freed and allowed to return to Ireland. However Ibrahim has been kept in captivity, and is expected to face trial next month.Speaking last month on RTÉ’s This Week programme, Somaia said she didn’t believe enough was being done to free her brother, who could face as long as ten years in prison.“This evening, I briefed his family on my conversation earlier today with the Egyptian Minister for Foreign Affairs, during which I again raised Ibrahim’s case,” Flanagan said in a statement.“I spoke to Minister Shoukry on my first day as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and I subsequently wrote to him setting out the Irish Government’s concerns with regard to Ibrahim’s case.last_img read more

Beidou Chinas GPS equivalent is operational

first_imgIn case you didn’t know it, the Global Positioning System (GPS) is a service of the US government. The government makes it accessible to anyone, but at the end of the day it’s their toy and they can do what they want with the former military project. That might not be an issue for you when you are trying to figure out the fastest way to get to Aunt Mildred’s house, but if you were a leader in China, Russia, India, or the European Union it might be cause for concern. For this reason other countries (and in the case of the EU, groups of countries) are building their own satellite-based navigation systems. China’s, which is known as COMPASS or Beidou, has recently become operational.Beidou, which translates to “Big Dipper”, will cover the southern Asia for the time being, but will expand outward to be a worldwide navigation system by 2020. At this point it’s composed of 10 satellites, out of a planned total of 35. For reference, the US’ GPS is an array of 32 satellites (at least 24 of which are always operational). At a given time a connection with four satellites is necessary in order to get accurate location data, and more satellites means benefits like better worldwide coverage and faster signal acquisition. The Russian equivalent, GLONASS, has 24 satellites. Work on Beidou began in 2000, which is quite late compared to the US, but development is happening quickly right now. By the end of 2012 China plans to have six more satellites in the array, bring the total up to 16. The current system, according to a BBC report, is accurate to 10m, which is rather poor compared to that of the US, but it should improve as the number of satellites grows. Beidou will be tested by the Chinese military who will apparently be able to get more accurate location data from the system. This is not unlike the US’ own Selective Availability program, which degraded location data for non-Department of Defense usage. Selective Availability was turned off in 2000 though, giving all GPS users full accuracy (generally considered to be 3-5m).Beidou is said to be compatible with other navigation systems. So the same way that the iPhone 4S and other smartphones can work with Russia’s GLONASS in addition to GPS devices might one day be able to work with Beidou, though it will take some time before this is possible.More at Beidou via Reutersand BBClast_img read more

Fibroscopie bronchique pulmonaire digestive comment se déroule lexamen

first_imgFibroscopie : bronchique, pulmonaire, digestive, comment se déroule l’examen ?La fibroscopie, également appelée endoscopie, est un examen médical permettant de visualiser l’intérieur du corps.Définition : qu’est ce que la fibroscopie ?La fibroscopie, également appelée endoscopie, est un examen médical permettant de visualiser l’intérieur du corps. Elle peut être utilisée pour examiner différentes parties du corps comme l’estomac, le côlon, les bronches, l’œsophage, le duodénum… L’exploration est effectuée à l’aide d’une sonde appelée endoscope ou fibroscope. Il s’agit d’un tube souple doté d’une minicaméra et guidé par des manettes. L’endoscope est également capable de prélever un bout de tissu (biopsie), de retirer une tumeur ou de traiter des lésions de petite taille. Différents types de fibroscopie- Fibroscopie digestive ou oesogastrique : Également appelée gastroscopie, elle permet l’exploration de l’appareil digestif : œsophage, estomac et intestin grêle. Contrairement à la plupart des fibroscopies, elle est effectuée sous anesthésie locale et non générale. Un spray anesthésiant est ainsi appliqué au fond de la gorge par un gastro-entérologue. L’endoscope, d’environ un mètre de long et un centimètre de diamètre, est introduit à travers la bouche et le pharynx. En cas de lésion découverte, un prélèvement de la muqueuse digestive peut être réalisé. Si la lésion est suffisamment petite, elle peut être directement traitée à l’aide d’un laser ou d’un bistouri électrique. Cette fibroscopie est très rapide, l’examen ne dure que cinq minutes environ. Il est indispensable que le patient soit à jeun à partir de deux heures avant.- Fibroscopie du côlon ou coloscopie : La coloscopie permet l’exploration du côlon ou gros intestin. Elle sert notamment dans le cadre du dépistage du cancer du côlon ou pour détecter des lésions à l’intérieur du côlon. Avant l’examen, le patient doit effectuer une purge à l’aide d’un laxatif à boire la veille. La coloscopie dure environ une demi-heure. L’endoscope est introduit dans l’anus puis guidé jusqu’au gros intestin. De l’air est insufflé pour décoller les parois et faciliter le déplacement du tube. – Fibroscopie bronchique ou pulmonaire :À lire aussiFibroscopie bronchique : définition, fonctionnement et risques de cet examen des bronchesCette technique, également nommée bronchoscopie, a pour but l’exploration de la trachée et des bronches. Elle sert notamment dans le diagnostic du cancer bronchique. A l’image de la fibroscopie digestive, l’insertion de la sonde se fait via la bouche par un pneumologue après une anesthésie locale. L’examen dure ici entre 10 et 20 minutes. – Fibroscopie urinaire ou vésicale :  Contrairement aux examens précédents, celui-ci ne nécessite aucune préparation ou restriction alimentaire. D’une durée d’une demi-heure environ, il est utilisé dans le cadre du diagnostic du cancer de la vessie. La fibroscopie vésicale permet la visualisation de l’urètre, la vessie et de la prostate chez l’homme. Le fibroscope est introduit par les voies urinaires et est enduit de gel anesthésique.  Le 12 février 2016 à 08:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

More Tourists Expected In Petersburg This Year

first_imgMore tourists are expected to visit Petersburg this summer than in recent years. Located on Mitkof Island, the small town cannot accommodate large cruise ships because of the shallow channels. But that’s just the sort of thing that some visitors are looking for.Download AudioIt’s tough to put an exact number on how many tourists come to Petersburg every year, but it’s definitely in the thousands. The closest figure might be from the Alaska Visitor Statistics Program, which shows about 14,000 came in 2011. That number includes visitors by plane, cruise ship and ferry.Dave Berg looks over a spread sheet of this year’s visitors at Viking Travel, Inc. (Photo by Angela Denning, KFSK – Petersburg)Dave Berg has operated Viking Travel, Inc. in Petersburg for 31 years.“It looks like it’s going to be a better year for us,” Berg said. “We’re seeing a great increase in the number of independent visitors than we’ve seen in the past.”“Independent travelers” is an industry term that means people who visit on their own outside of the large cruise ships.“Most of the time they have Petersburg as part of an overall Alaska experience,” Berg said.The phone lines in Berg’s office are busy these days. He’s dealing with people from all over the world. He says the increase in tourists is partly due to his business buying out Alaska Ferry Adventures in Homer. They were doing the same line of work—setting up travel packages for visitors. He’s now trying to get those people to come to Petersburg.The main local draw is whale watching. There are also kayaking trips, the Bella Vista garnet mine, and the nearby Anan Bear Observatory. But Berg says it doesn’t have to be that adventurous. People just appreciate walking around the harbors and talking to fishermen.“Just the small town atmosphere, the village that we have, the village feel of Petersburg versus places with the large cruise ships,” Berg said. “There’s a big difference in the experience that people have by coming to small towns.”Marilyn Menish-Meucci runs the Petersburg Visitors Information Center.“The independent traveler loves Petersburg,” Menish-Meucci said. “All the businesses here are locally owned. The only chain we have that is a national chain is Wells Fargo. And so that is huge to people because every time they buy an item in this town, the money stays in this town.”Menish-Meucci says keeping it local is not only good for attracting tourists but also for local businesses.Petersburg’s Chamber of Commerce Director, Cindi Lagoudakis, agrees.“There’s more fuel sales, the gift shops see an increased business and I think some pretty steady clientele in the summertime from independent travelers,” Lagoudakis said. “The food businesses certainly see an uptick and in part that’s why some businesses are only open in the summertime as we have more people coming through town and can support those additional businesses and those dollars flow through town.”It didn’t hurt that Yachting Magazine recently designated Petersburg as one of the best small towns in the country to visit.“So, we’ve had a lot of people calling on the phone asking more questions about what Petersburg is like what we have to offer, questions about our harbors, and some really increased interest in what we have to offer here in Petersburg,” Lagoudakis said.She says it’s often the small town charm that they’re after.“What I hear again and again from folks that are visitors to town is how friendly the community is,” Lagoudakis said. “I think in part is because we don’t have so many people. There’s enough new people but not so many that you feel bombarded by it. And people will say hi to people in the street or they will offer to help you find something or tell you a little bit about why they like Petersburg and it makes it a very desirable place to visit and to live.”Petersburg’s tourist season runs roughly from May 15 through September 15.There will be one large ship– the Caledonian Sky—which is scheduled to be here twice but won’t be able to dock at the harbors because of its size. It carries about 150 passengers and will have to anchor out in Scow Bay or Frederick Sound.A Gold Rush theme ship is scheduled to be here 12 times. Last year, it came up twice.last_img read more

GCI looks into bringing fiber to Unalaska

first_imgGCI is looking into what it would take to bring faster internet to Unalaska. The telecommunications company is evaluating if fiber would be a financially feasible solution. Right now, they are in the exploratory process.Listen nowSpokesperson Heather Handyside said the company is surveying a route between a fiber facility in Levelock and Unalaska.“If we are to do a build-out of a fiber cable, it will help us understand how to best engineer that cable so that it can withstand all the elements or obstacles that it might encounter,” Handyside said.Obstacles like strong currents, shipwrecks and deep and varied terrain.For GCI, it’s compelling that Unalaska is the top fishing port in the nation.“I think there’s promise with the change in climate that it could get even busier,” Handyside said. “We’re taking all those things into account when we decide if we want to make this investment.”If built, Handyside estimates the cable could cost tens of millions of dollars and GCI is planning to foot the entire bill. Currently Unalaska is only served by satellite making the internet slow and expensive. Fiber would allow for faster connections.“We know in Unalaska, in particular since you are served by satellite, [fiber] would be a game changer for you,” Handyside said.The marine survey is expected to be completed by mid-October and Handyside said GCI expects to have made a decision about the project by early 2018.last_img read more

Massive clash breaks out in UPs Jaunpur after man wipes shoes with

first_imgUP Police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the mob.Representational image | IANSA major clash broke out at a polling booth on Sunday morning in Uttar Pradesh’s Jaunpur when BJP supporters saw a man wiping his shoes with their party flag. According to reports, a party flag was lying near a tree when the man picked it up and wiped his shoes with it. A BJP supporter saw this and hurled abuses at the man.As the BJP supporters came together to beat up the man, others joined and the police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the mob that had collected there.Polling was not disrupted at the polling station. Uttar Pradesh is conducting its polls in seven phases. 14 constituencies are going to the polls in the sixth phase of the general elections.The Uttar Pradesh constituencies that are going to the polls are Sultanpur, Pratapgarh, Phulpur, Allahabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Shrawasti, Domariyaganj, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Lalganj, Azamgarh, Jaunpur, Machhlishahr, and Bhadohi.The Bharatiya Janata Party won 13 of these 14 constituencies in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The only exception was Azamgarh, won then by SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav.(With inputs from agencies)last_img read more

USChina trade war Trump to discuss Huawei issue with Xi at G20

first_imgUS President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi JingpingIANSUS President Donald Trump said he would be discussing American actions toward Huawei Technologies Co. when he meets his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Saturday in a session that will include a possible trade deal.The President added, during a morning meeting with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, that he had already met once Xi once already on the sidelines of the ongoing G20 summit in Osaka, reports Efe news.”A lot was accomplished actually last night,” Trump said.Chinese officials have said that reversing the technology ban on the Chinese tech giant was their top priority in trade negotiations.But the US has been reluctant to mix what is seen as a national-security issue – whether Huawei equipment can be used for Chinese espionage – with trade matters.One possibility, said people familiar with the administration’s thinking, is that the US could drop extradition proceedings against Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou as a part of a package deal.Such a move is bound to provoke an uproar among Republican and Democratic lawmakers who advocate a stricter stance toward China.”The relationship is very good with China,” the US President said.”As to whether or not we can make a deal, time will tell. But the relationship itself is really good… We have a very good friendship, a very, very good friendship.”last_img read more

Man killed in Shariatpur gunfight

first_imgA suspected drug peddler was killed in a reported gunfight between his cohorts and DB police in Bhadrachand of Gosairhat upazila in Shariatpur early Friday, reports UNB.The deceased was Ruhul Amin Bahga, 50, son of Moslem Bagha of Char Jushirgaon in the upazila.With this, 113 people were killed in ‘gunfights’ with members of law enforcement agencies while 34 bodies of suspected drug traders were recovered after reported gun battles between rival groups during the countrywide anti-narcotic drives since 15 May.On information, a team of Detective Branch of police conducted a drive in the area around 1:30am, said Abdul Momen, police superintendent of Shariatpur.Sensing the presence of the DB police, Ruhul along with his associates opened fire on them that forced the law enforcers to fire back in self-defence.After a brief gun battle, police arrested bullet-hit Ruhul and took him to Sadar Hospital where doctors declared him dead around 3:00am.Ruhul was wanted in six drug-related cases, said police.last_img read more

Trump digs in on Mexico border wall demand

first_imgUS president Donald Trump speaks as he departs the White House in Washington, DC, on 6 January, for meetings at Camp David. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump stood firm Sunday on his demand for billions of dollars to fund a border wall with Mexico, claiming “tremendous” support inside his camp on the contentious issue which has forced a government shutdown now entering its third week.“We have to build the wall,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House for the Camp David presidential retreat. “It’s about safety, it’s about security for our country.The US president warned once more that he may invoke emergency powers to get a wall built without congressional approval.“I may declare a national emergency, dependent on what’s going to happen over the next few days,” he said.One prominent House Democrat, Adam Schiff, immediately rejected the talk of a national emergency. He noted that when former president Harry Truman used such language in an attempt to nationalize the steel industry and end a labor strike during the Korean War, he was rebuffed by the Supreme Court.“So that’s a nonstarter,” Schiff said on CNN. He said Trump had painted himself into a corner and needs to “figure out how he unpaints himself from that corner.”An impasse with lawmakers over funding for the border wall—Trump is demanding $5.6 billion, while Senate Democrats have offered $1.3 billion—has partially shut down the federal government since 22 December.Trump said Friday that the standoff could last “months or even years.”The shutdown has left some 800,000 federal workers sent home or working without pay. Large numbers of federal contractors are also losing pay in what is already one of the longest shutdowns in US history.Talks aimed at ending the shutdown were to resume Sunday afternoon in vice president Mike Pence’s office, a day after a meeting involving him and representatives of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, the top two Democrats in Congress, made little headway.Trump indicated, however, that he was not expecting a weekend breakthrough, saying there would be “very serious talks come Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.”Accusation of ‘stallingTrump repeated his claim that many furloughed federal workers “agree 100 percent” with his demands, while asserting he also had “tremendous support within the Republican Party.”But Democrats, who now control the House of Representatives, seem in no mood to make concessions on a border wall Pelosi has described as an “immorality.”Pelosi said in an interview that aired Sunday if the president “doesn’t care whether people’s needs are met, or that public employees are paid or that we can have a legitimate discussion, then we have a problem.”Reflecting the depth of the divide, she added on CBS’s “Sunday Morning” that Trump sometimes gave the impression that “he would like to not only close government, build a wall, but also abolish Congress, so the only voice that mattered was his own.”Trump’s acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told CNN on Sunday that Democratic negotiators seemed to have come to the talks Saturday “to stall.”Both Democrats and Republicans have attempted to pin the blame the other side for the shutdown—a disruptive political ritual almost unique to the American system.“This shutdown could end tomorrow and it could also go on for a long time,” Trump said. “It really depends on the Democrats.”Trump’s fellow Republicans control the US Senate but are short of the 60 votes needed to pass budget laws, so some Democratic support will be needed for any move to end the impasse.Trump ‘doesn’t careBuilding a wall along the 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) US-Mexico border was a central plank in the 2016 election campaign of Trump, who has sought to equate immigrants with crime, drugs and gangs.Mulvaney said he had concluded that Democrats “think they are winning this battle politically and they’re vehement because they think the president is paying a price politically. That’s unfortunate.”But a leading Democrat involved in the negotiations, Senator Dick Durbin, pushed back. “I can’t say that we’re close (to a solution),” he told CBS, “because the president’s made it clear he doesn’t care.”As the impact of the shutdown spreads—with reports that it may affect food subsidies for the poor and the tax refunds many people depend on each year—Trump insisted that Americans, even those directly affected, understood his stance.“I can relate and I’m sure that the people that are on the receiving end will make adjustments—they always do—and people understand.”The shutdown has left transportation security agents and FBI employees, among many others, working without pay.The popular Smithsonian museums, just blocks from the White House, have been forced to close, while national parks have seen trash pile up and bathrooms go uncleaned.last_img read more

CBS All Access LimitedAds Plan Now Available to Amazon Prime Members as

first_img Popular on Variety The limited-commercials tier of CBS All Access, CBS’s subscription VOD and live TV service, is now available on Amazon’s Prime Video Channels.Members of the Prime membership program in the U.S. can subscribe to CBS All Access’ limited-ads option for $5.99 per month after a 7-day free trial. That comes after Amazon added the CBS All Access commercial-free plan ($9.99 monthly) this past January.Both versions of CBS’s direct-to-consumer streaming service provide on-demand access to nearly 10,000 episodes of original series and current and past shows from the network. In addition, subscribers have access to to local CBS TV stations — which carry the same commercials in live programming as the over-the-air broadcasts. In the $5.99-per-month plan, select on-demand shows also will carry commercial interruptions. Launched in the fall of 2014, CBS All Access has an estimated 2.5 million subscribers. The network predicts that All Access will have 4 million subs by next year and 8 million by 2022.Original series on CBS All Access include “Star Trek: Discovery,” “The Good Fight,” “Strange Angel” and “No Activity.” Upcoming originals include  a reboot of “The Twilight Zone,” “One Dollar” and “Tell Me a Story.”The streaming service includes current and past seasons of CBS primetime series including “The Big Bang Theory,” “Young Sheldon,” “NCIS,” “Scorpion,” “The Good Wife” and “Hawaii Five-0.”In the U.S., Prime costs $99 per year or $12.99 per month. Prime members who subscribe to CBS All Access can watch the service across more than 600 devices on the Prime Video app for connected TVs, game consoles, and set-top boxes (including Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV), mobile devices and online.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Expedia reveals 40 increase in international inbound travellers to Au

first_imgExpedia reveals 40% increase in international inbound travellers to AustraliaData from the Expedia group, one of the world’s leading online travel companies, has revealed a boost for local travel operators as the Australian dollar hit a six year low in 2015, with demand from international travellers to Australia up more than 40% year-on-year in the 12 months ending March 2016.Travellers from the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Japan and Hong Kong drove the highest increases, with Americans as the largest inbound market recording over 30% increase in demand. British travellers increased demand by nearly 50% and accounted for approximately 5% of all demand in Australia making the UK Australia’s second-largest visitor group.Drew Bowering, Director of Australia for Expedia Lodging Partner Services, said the diverse increase in international visitors to Australia was clearly good news for hoteliers because these visitors tend to stay longer, book further in advance and are less likely to cancel their stay.“The insights and trends Expedia is able to gather on international visitation helps our hotel partners target travellers through campaigns, promotions and sales. By working with Expedia group, Australian hoteliers gain exposure from the more than 200 travel booking sites in more than 75 countries in 35 languages, in addition to a myriad of mobile sites and apps, from brands such as Expedia®,, Travelocity®, Orbitz®, Hotwire®, Egencia®, Expedia® Affiliate Network and others.”“We continue to collaborate closely with Tourism Australia to drive long haul travellers’ interest in Australia’s lesser known destinations. For example, we understand that UK travellers are not likely going to only come to the Northern Territory when they visit Australia. Instead, their visit tends to be a part of a larger, country-wide trip. Using very targeted, dynamic ads, the campaign ‘Planning a Trip to Sydney, Why not Add-On the Northern Territory’ highlighted the ease of travel to the Northern Territory,” Mr Bowering said.Demand from New Zealand grew by about 25%, making Kiwis the third-largest inbound travel market with almost 5% share of demand. Japan and Hong Kong were the fourth and fifth largest inbound traveller markets, growing around 40% and over 90% respectively.Of the top five international markets, UK tourists had the longest booking window at 1.2 times longer than Kiwis (63.1 days vs 49.4 days). However, it was Kiwis who recorded the highest average length of stay at 3.1 days. British travellers were slightly behind at 2.9 days, while Japanese tourists stayed for 2.7 days.The top 5 destinations for visitors from the US and UK were Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Brisbane and Perth. Expediadiscover more of Japan hereSource = Expedialast_img read more