LONDON – The Premier League’s inflationary bubble burst Tuesday when the $6 billion sale of British television rights produced a drop in the value of matches.The past two domestic deals both produced 70 per cent jumps in the value of rights, fueling spiraling wages and transfer fees and cementing the competition’s status as the world’s richest league. But the auction of 2019-2022 rights left two of the seven packages still up for sale as Sky emerged the big winner and rival broadcaster BT saw its position weakened.The sale of 160 games has raised 4.464 billion pounds ($6.2 billion), compared with 5.14 billion pounds for 168 fixtures from 2016 to 2019. The league will be looking to the sale of overseas rights to provide an upsurge in revenue for its 20 teams, who split the foreign income equally.While remaining the biggest broadcaster of most games in Britain with four packages, Sky boasted how it was now paying 16 per cent less per fixture in its 3.579 billion pound, three-year deal to show 128 games per season. That equates to savings of almost 600 million pounds for the European pay TV giant while showing an additional two games a year from the league it helped to grow from its inception in 1992.But while Sky’s price per game drops from 11 million pounds to 9.3 million pounds, BT had to agree to pay 9.2 million pounds — up from 7.6 million pounds — for one package of 32 games. The broadcaster, which was launched in 2013 by Britain’s former telephone monopoly, has lost 10 games and will only screen games now on Saturday lunchtimes. BT said it “remained financially disciplined” while bidding.The Premier League increased the number of games available for live broadcasting in Britain to 200, with only overseas channels able to air all 380 fixtures a year live in a bid to maintain large attendances at stadiums.The Premier League said “multiple bidders” remain interested in the two remaining packages that allow broadcasters to show every game in four rounds of matches. It is the first time an entire schedule of fixture can be aired live domestically, and there is intrigue over whether digital companies like Amazon, Netflix or Facebook will use them as a chance to gain a foothold in the Premier League.“To have achieved this investment with two packages of live rights remaining to sell is an outcome that is testament to the excellent football competition delivered by the clubs,” Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore said. “It provides them with certainty and will underpin their continued efforts to put on the most compelling football, invest sustainably in all areas, and use their popularity and reach to have a positive impact on the sport and beyond.”The 2019-2022 Chinese rights have already been sold to online video streaming service PPTV for $700 million in the league’s biggest-ever global deal. In 2015, the American rights were sold through 2022 to NBC in a six-year deal worth $1 billion.The auction comes amid uncertainty at Sky with regulators in Britain assessing the attempt by Rupert Murdochs’s 21st Century Fox to buy the 61 per cent of the broadcaster it does not already own. The Walt Disney Co. has also bid $52.4 billion to take over the majority of Fox in a deal that Disney envisages leading to full ownership of Sky.___Rob Harris is at www.twitter.com/RobHarris and www.facebook.com/RobHarrisReports
Rabat- While the Atlas Lions were lamenting their unfortunate 0-1 defeat against Iran in their World Cup opening match, Iranians in Tehran spent all Friday night “celebrating like they had won the World Cup.”International news agency Agence France Press (AFP) stated that Iranians celebrated as if they had won this year’s World Cup.Many Iranians shared their happiness on social media platforms: Iranians all over Tehran celebrating like we’ve won the entire World Cup pic.twitter.com/7z1hdDBrra— Lily (@lilytaj5) June 16, 2018Iranians dancing and cheering in the streets after Iran won its first World Cup match against Morocco #iran #iranmorocco #worldcup #worldcup2018 #russia2018 #russia #tehran #valiasr #parkway #????? #????_?? #?????? #?????_????? #????? pic.twitter.com/JWAgxTJMel— Mehran Haghirian (@MehranHaghirian) June 15, 2018Live from Parkway, the most famous crossroads of Northern Tehran after Iran beat Morocco in its first 2018 World Cup match#iran #iranmorocco #worldcup #worldcup2018 #russia2018 #russia #tehran #valiasr #parkway #????? #????_?? #?????? #?????_????? #????? pic.twitter.com/nn8e9Sln3Y— Mehran Haghirian (@MehranHaghirian) June 15, 2018This is Iran: See the Iranian nation celebrate as Iran wins World Cup Opener against Morocco. (1/2) #Iran #WorldCup #Tehran #????? pic.twitter.com/wx5e7GUQ0R— Iran Military (@Iran_Military) June 16, 2018Earlier, Tehran authorities stopped the broadcast of the match in public spaces such as gardens and stadiums due to their frustration when none of their team players were able to score a goal, thanks to the Atlas Lions’ stalwart defence.The nerve-racking match had both teams and the spectators on edge as the two persistent teams battled to score a goal against the other, which didn’t happen until late in the game. Then came the added time and Morocco’s own goal scored by Aziz Bouhaddouz, making Iran the winner.Read Also: Iranian Football Players Comfort Bouhaddouz on Social MediaMorocco has not yet recovered from the ill-fated loss against Iran in its World Cup opener.Midfielder Noureddine Amrabat, who fell and slammed his head into the ground during the match, is currently suffering from a concussion and will not be participating in the training session for the match against Portugal on June 20.Read Also: Nordin Amrabat’s Head Injury Not Concerning, Says Medical StaffDuring the after-match press conference in St. Petersburg, head coach Hervé Renard expressed extreme disappointment with the result, saying that he would have “come to the conference disappointed” even if the game finished with a draw.
The financial crisis threatens to push more children – especially girls – into child labour, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a new report.Despite falling numbers of children involved in child labour worldwide, the current economic turmoil could roll back those gains, according to the new study, entitled “Girls a Chance: Tackling child labour, a key to the future,” issued ahead of the World Day Against Child Labour to be celebrated on 12 June.Most recent estimates indicate that over 100 million girls are involved in child labour, with many exposed to its worst forms, according to the report.It also notes that the danger of girls being forced into labour is linked to evidence that families in many nations prefer boys when making decisions on children’s education.“Protecting girls – and all children – from child labour calls for integrated responses that include jobs for parents, and social protection measures that help them to keep both girls and boys in school,” said ILO Director-General Juan Somavia. “Access to basic education and training for girls and boys must also be part of the solutions for the future.”Events will be held in 50 countries to celebrate the World Day through events music performances, conferences and other public events. 10 June 2009The financial crisis threatens to push more children – especially girls – into child labour, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a new report.
Acting on the recommendation of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Security Council today extended the mandate of United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until 15 December.In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council also urged the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkish forces to rescind the restrictions imposed on 30 June 2000 on the operations of the UNFICYP and to restore the military status quo ante of Strovilia, a small hamlet inhabited by Greek Cypriots. Among its various duties, UNFICYP monitors the ceasefire lines in Cyprus, which extend some 180 kilometres across the island. The buffer zone varies in width from under 20 metres to some 7 kilometres and covers 3 per cent of the terrain. Surveillance is maintained through a system of observation posts, as well as through air, vehicle and foot patrols. UNFICYP was established in 1964 and has been renewed on a periodic basis since then. As of March, it comprised 1,204 troops and 35 civilian police. was established in 1964 and has been renewed on a periodic basis since then. As of March, it comprised 1,204 troops and 35 civilian police.
by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 18, 2015 2:30 am MDT Last Updated Aug 18, 2015 at 3:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Nymi wristband tackles growing wearables market with security bracelet TORONTO – Strapping your wallet, house keys and a database of passwords onto your wrist would make life a lot easier, and one Canadian company has created a way to link all of that information with an extra level of security tied to your heartbeat.Nymi is one of the latest entrants to the crowded wearables market, which is dominated by the hype of the Apple Watch and a wide selection of fitness trackers.The Toronto-based company has created a wristband that operates like a virtual key that you wear on your wrist.Sensing the electrical activity of its user’s heart, the device can be used for a variety of functions, like logging onto your computer using a password, paying with your credit card at the checkout or opening your car door.Once you take it off your wrist, the device deactivates until you slip it on again and its sensors detect your heartbeat.In many ways, the Nymi is breakthrough, but with so many other so many wristbands on the market, selling the concept to mainstream consumers could prove a bigger challenge.Over the past two years, competition for “body real estate” has intensified, particularly when it comes to the space on your wrist once occupied by a traditional watch, said Nymi co-founder Karl Martin.But back when he started the company in 2011, under the name Bionym, wearables were mostly still just an idea among developers.Martin was working as a researcher at the University of Toronto, where he was digging into the possibilities of biometric technology alongside a colleague.“We thought maybe there’s opportunities here, let’s just start a company and see whether we can figure those out,” he said.Early brainstorming sessions unearthed a long list of ways that biometrics could be used to take current technology to another level.One of Martin’s favourite ideas was embedding a heart monitor into a video game console so that the controller recognized each player and reacted based on their heart rate.“Imagine a game knew you weren’t excited, so it would throw more zombies at you,” he said.That idea never took off, and so Martin turned to a more practical application that compiled your wallet and your keys into a wristband.The founders began to look for potential licensing opportunities, but their idea was too fresh for many companies to get behind, so they decided to take the project solo and make their own biometrics wristband.“Wearable technology was just starting to bloom,” he said. “It was sort of like the stars were aligning.”At this point, the Nymi is still in its early stages, available only as part of a $150 developer kit aimed at encouraging programmers to create new ways to use the wristband.Over the past year, Nymi has been tested on the arms of a small group of Canadians.The company partnered with Royal Bank (TSX:RY) on the RBC PayBand last fall, a pilot project designed to give banking clients more payment options.Nymi rolled out a larger test earlier this summer by equipping about 100 TD Bank customers in Toronto, Ottawa and Regina with the wristband.Other banks are expected to join the experiment in the coming months, but it could still be a while before consumers get their hands on a Nymi band.In the meantime, Nymi is focused on attracting companies who want to boost corporate security in hopes they’ll sign large supply contracts.Breaking into the fickle consumer market will be a bigger challenge, especially as corporate giants like Apple and Samsung spend millions of dollars marketing smartwatches that work in tandem with their phones, Martin said.Ultimately, that could make it tough for Nymi to standout, which means the company may be forced to abandon the wristband and return to its roots as a licensor of the technology it created.“We don’t expect we would be able to truly own the body space,” Martin said. “Three years from now, if it ends up we’re not making the actual, physical device, then so be it.”Follow @dj_friend on Twitter.
CHANGE IS DIFFICULT. People tend to get comfortable with the way thing are; it’s human nature. But Ireland has seen dramatic change over the last five years or so. There isn’t a workplace in the country which hasn’t had to change the way it operates and do more with less. Politicians love to talk about change. It’s much easier to talk about other people changing, rather than changing ourselves. But how can we credibly ask all other areas of the public sector to undergo radical reform if we, the body politic, aren’t willing to do the same?As an island nation, we often look overseas for inspiration on how we should be running our own affairs. This, I believe, is a very pragmatic approach. We strive to learn lessons from others on how we can make our country, society and economy better. But yet, when it comes to reshaping our political system to bring it into line with international best practice, there is a distinct pushback from the establishment. This shouldn’t really be a surprise; the Government is effectively proposing to hand a third of our national politicians their P45s at the end of its term. At the very least, it would be fair to expect this to cause a few ripples.Our international counterpartsSo, how does our political system compare with our international counterparts? Six European countries have a population of between four and six million; Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Croatia and Slovakia. Ireland is the only one with a second chamber of parliament. Indeed, there has been a decisive shift towards single chamber parliaments on an international level; in the 20th century, 30 countries have abolished their second chambers.And as a result of our second chamber, we have about a third more national politicians than the average for countries of our size. We can address this through the abolition of the Seanad, and the planned reduction in the number of TDs. There isn’t another public workplace in the country which hasn’t had to learn to do more with less over the last few years; politics shouldn’t be any different.But this can’t just be about a crude headcount or a wish to replicate our neighbours; it should be a much more reflective process, where we consider what is actually working within our parliamentary system and what isn’t. I have yet to hear anyone claim we should retain the Seanad in its current form. This is for good reason. The Seanad is completely undemocratic; the 24th Seanad was elected by just 1 per cent of the population.And it is virtually powerless; it can only delay, not overturn, legislation. The last time it actually did so was almost 50 years ago. Yes, the last time the Seanad used its power of delay was in 1964. All of those who claim the Seanad acts as an essential watchdog on the Government should keep this fact to the forefront of their minds.The costLet us not forget that it costs about €20 million a year to run the Seanad. These aren’t Fine Gael figures, they are figures supplied by the House of the Oireachtas. Economist and author of An Bord Snip Nua, Colm McCarthy, believes the figure to be closer to €25 million. Either way, I think this is money that would be much better spent elsewhere.It is bare facts like these about the workings of the Seanad that lead to calls for reform. In my view, the Seanad is beyond reform. Ten reports on reforming the Seanad have been published, and yet we are still left with the same ineffective Upper House. Eight of those reports were published under Fianna Fáil Governments, but the Party did nothing to change the system. Instead, Fianna Fáil is now asking us to take a leap of faith and believe the Party this time around when it talks of reform. This is despite the fact that Fianna Fáil was in favour of Seanad abolition during the 2011 General Election, saying the Seanad was ‘struggling to justify its existence’. How, exactly, has it justified its existence in the meantime?Change is necessaryUnder successive Fianna Fáil governments, our parliament was characterised by excessive holidays, a bloated Committee system and a complete lack of will to reform the system. Now, the Dáil is sitting for longer to allow more time for debate. Changes being made to Dáil Committees will make the system more open and inclusive. This will include giving outside experts and members of the public a role in the legislative process. That, in my view, is far more democratic than retaining a second chamber of parliament elected by just 1 per cent of the population.Politicians can’t keep lecturing others about the need to adapt to our changed circumstances, without changing the way we work ourselves. But luckily, this isn’t up to politicians. It’s over to you, the voter, on October 4th. And I’m urging you to vote Yes so we can finally drag our political system into the 21st century.Simon Harris TD represents the Wicklow-East Carlow constituency
TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY HAS said that an independent investigation into the deaths of four babies at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise would only take place once a HSE inquiry has been completed.An RTÉ Prime Time investigation last week examined the deaths of four babies over six years at the hospital’s maternity unit, and found that they had no physical conditions which would have led to their death. The programme said that “other factors” had led to the deaths.An inquest into the death of one of the children ruled that he had died due to medical misadventure. The family of another baby who died in 2006 was never told that there had been an investigation into the death.Minister for Health James Reilly has said a HSE investigation will be carried out, and that he will consider involving HIQA once the full report has been completed.Some of the parents featured in last week’s programme have called for the independent watchdog to be brought in straight away — a call echoed by Fianna Fáil health spokesperson Billy Kelleher.Speaking to reporters this morning, Enda Kenny said “clearly the inefficiencies pointed out in the system that applied in Portlaoise have got to be addressed”.“The Minister has asked for an immediate report from his Chief Medical Officer, and the possibility of an inquiry by independent HIQA afterwards”.Read: Missed the Prime Time investigation? Here’s what you need to know > Read: Health Minister calls for report into the death of babies at Portlaoise Hospital >
Samsung has both shrunk its DRAM chips and increased the capacity of its modules with news that the company has started mass producing 30nm 4Gb chips.The move to a 30nm process brings with it a three key benefits. The first is a cut in the amount of energy required to run them when compared to the same memory on larger processes, the second is a boost in performance over 40nm chips, which Samsung says translates to a 40% overall gain. Also, it means that Samsung can start producing modules with more memory on board.The end result is the production of some very efficient and fast DDR3 memory chips, and also the introduction of much more efficient 32GB modules. In performance terms, a 30nm 32GB DIMM running at 1.35 volts can achieve 1,866Mbps. The same 40nm 32GB DIMM requires 1.5 volts and only achieves 1,333Mbps. So the performance gain and energy saving is clear to be seen.It’s no surprise that Samsung is targeting data centers and cloud services for these new DIMMs, but we are sure to see the 32GB modules filter down to consumer PCs eventually. While 32GB may seem unnecessary at the moment, eventually it will become the standard shipping with a PC. We also can’t forget that the 30nm chips will eventually be used for the 2GB-16GB DIMMs that are much more common outside of the data center setting.Samsung isn’t sitting still in terms of development, though. A move to introduce 20nm 4Gb memory chips is planned before the end of 2011. That will again bring power savings while increasing performance.Read more at Samsung press release
Hewlett Packard planche sur des serveurs basse consommationHP vient d’annoncer être en train de travailler sur un projet baptisé Moonshot. Mené en partenariat avec ARM et Advances Micro Devices (AMD), il consiste à développer des serveurs peu énergivores. Un programme qui menace la prédominance d’Intel sur le marché.Hewlett Packard a publié mardi un communiqué (lien non disponible) dans lequel il annonce être en train de plancher sur le développement de serveurs basse consommation. La firme travaille en partenariat avec le constructeur de puces britannique ARM et le fabricant de semi-conducteurs américain AMD, mais aussi la start-up Calxeda, qui fabrique des puces utilisant l’architecture ARM, et dont la firme anglaise est actionnaire.À lire aussiHP va licencier 270 salariés travaillant sur WebOSLe projet Moonshot “ouvre la voie à l’avenir de l’informatique basse consommation pour le web émergent, les cloud et les environnements à grande échelle” se félicite HP, qui semble prêt à concurrencer Intel dans un domaine qu’il domine grâce à ses processeurs Xeon. HP est d’ailleurs aujourd’hui l’un de ses plus gros clients.Intégrant des puces ARM, embarquées par la plupart des smartphones et des tablettes, la plate-forme de développement de serveurs, baptisée Redstone, sera bien moins volumineuse et beaucoup plus économe en énergie, promet la firme. En plus de la consommation électrique, HP entend réduire la complexité de câblage, le nombre de commutateurs, comme celui des appareils périphériques. Au sein d’un même rack, ce sont quelque 2.800 serveurs qui pourront prendre place. Les premiers, expérimentaux, devraient être disponibles dès le premier semestre 2012. Les clients pourront ainsi les tester et les comparer à leurs infrastructures actuelles.Le 2 novembre 2011 à 20:31 • Maxime Lambert
Ademola Lookman’s transfer to RB Leipzig is reportedly no longer a possibility and he will now remain at EvertonThe English winger spent the latter part of last season on loan at Leipzig and impressed the German side.After scoring on his Leipzig debut, Lookman netted four goals in his final five appearances before returning to Everton this summer.But Leipzig wanted Lookman back and, this time, on a permanent deal.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Die Bullen apparently offered Everton an increased offer of £25m plus add-ons for the 20-year-old.However, Sky Sports reports that Everton wanted a fee in the region of £28m.Toffees’ boss Marco Silva had stated recently that he would like to retain Lookman at Goodison Park, despite not having handed the youngster a single minute on the pitch in the club’s three opening games of the new season.
Dark chinook are being caught and mostly released in the Cowlitz, Kalama and Lewis rivers, while a better percentage of the coho still are worth keeping.A few coho and chinook are getting taken off the mouth of the Klickitat River, but salmon fishing is just about done for 2013.In the Kalama, one of the steelhead caught possibly was a winter fish.The fall steelhead fishery in the backwater at the mouth of the John Day River has perked up with trollers getting better than a steelhead per boat last week.Angler checks and related information from the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:Lower Columbia — Troutdale, 19 boaters with one adult chinook and one coho kept; two boaters with no walleye. (ODFW)Columbia Gorge (downstream of Beacon Rock), four boaters with one adult chinook kept; six Oregon bank rods with six adult chinook released. (ODFW)Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 12 boat rods with three adult chinook and two adult coho kept. (WDFW)The Dalles pool, five boaters with one oversize and nine sublegal sturgeon released; seven bank rods with 42 sublegal sturgeon released; six bank rods with three chinook kept and one steelhead released; two boaters with no catch. Sturgeon retention closes Tuesday in The Dalles pool. State biologists project the 300-fish guideline will be reached. (WDFW)John Day River backwater, 45 boats with 22 steelhead kept and 45 steelhead released; 13 bank rods with two steelhead kept and three released. (ODFW)Cowlitz — Twenty-one boaters with 15 adult coho and three jack coho kept plus four coho and two jack coho released; 149 bank rods with one adult chinook, seven adult coho and 10 jack coho kept plus 12 adult chinook, two adult coho, nine jack coho, one chum and one sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)Kalama — Seventy-six bank rods with seven adult coho, three jack coho and two steelhead kept plus two adult coho released; 12 boat rods with two adult coho, one jack coho and one steelhead kept plus three adult chinook, 18 adult coho and three jack coho released. (WDFW)
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio Officials Warn of Botulism Outbreak in Twin HillsDave Bendinger, KDLG – DillinghamHealth officials are warning of a botulism outbreak from a batch of seal oil produced recently in the Bristol Bay village of Twin Hills, near Togiak. A state investigation into the outbreak says more than 25 people may have consumed the seal oil, and they’re working quickly to track them down.Investor Pulls Out Of Tulsequah Mine In BCLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, DCThe company trying to re-open the controversial Tulsequah Chief mine in British Columbia announced a setback on Tuesday. It says a big investor is pulling out of the project. Chieftain Metals Company says it will use a bridge loan to repay a $10 million advance from Denver-based Royal Gold. Chieftain had been counting on another $45 million from Royal Gold to develop the mine, according to a July agreement that Royal Gold has now scrapped. The Tulsequah is one of five proposed mining projects near the Taku River that have Southeast Alaskans and fishermen worried.Alaska LNG Export Project Hits A Couple Of Bumps In D.C.Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, DCGov. Bill Walker Tuesday announced an agreement that could help sell Alaska liquefied natural gas in Japan, but the effort to build a trans-Alaska gas pipeline is meeting some resistance in Washington, D.C. Lack of political support there is forcing the federal coordinator for the Alaska gas pipeline to close up shop. Also, opponents of gas exports are raising their voice, and their targets include the pipeline Walker and many Alaskans pin their economic hopes on.Generators Going Again; Lights Back on In Ft. YukonTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksThe lights are back on in Fort Yukon, including the Christmas trees, now that three of the village’s four electrical generators are functioning again. A couple of weeks ago, the holidays didn’t look so happy for the remote Yukon River community, when all but one of its generators broke down. But the community got through by cutting back and helping each other out.No White Christmas in the Aleutians?Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – Unalaska Winter usually has a different feel in Unalaska compared to the rest of the state. The days aren’t as short, and the temperatures are nowhere near as cold. But as Alaska faces yet another year of below-average snowfall, the Aleutians are beginning to look a lot less exceptional.Local Organizations Pitch In to Help Haines’ HomelessEmily Files, KHNS – HainesHaines doesn’t have a shelter or official service for people who are homeless. There are local organizations that do what they can to help – a lot of the time that means providing a one-way ferry ticket to Juneau, the closest town with a homeless shelter.Fish Skin Art Combines Past with PresentAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageAlaska Natives have tanned fish skins for centuries to make bags, shoes, and other useful items. Now fish skin leather is appearing on high-end products from Prada, Nike, and Dior. Commercially produced salmon leather is made in mass in Europe and Chile, but in Alaska, it’s still made by hand, one fish at a time.
US President Donald Trump. File PhotoUS president Donald Trump said Wednesday the fate of a landmark summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un will be decided “next week,” as aides travelled to Singapore on a preparatory mission.“On Singapore we’ll see. It could very well happen,” Trump said of the on-again-off-again 12 June meeting, which has been as keenly teased as any of his “The Apprentice” season finales.“Whatever it is, we’ll know next week.”And in an interview to air Thursday morning on one of the president’s preferred programmes, Fox & Friends, he said “there’s a good chance” the talks would take place.“If that happens, it would be a great thing for North Korea. Listen, it would be a great thing for the world, so we’ll see what happens,” Trump said in the interview, according to excerpts released by Fox.Hand-picked aides—including deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin and deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel—are travelling to the Southeast Asian city state designated to host the summit, officials said.They are expected to meet their North Korean counterparts and iron out details of the meeting.The top diplomat from Pyongyang’s traditional ally China on Wednesday expressed hope for a successful meeting, as planned.“If you want to solve the moment now is the time, if you want peace now is the time, if you want to make history now is the time,” Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said in Washington, alongside his American counterpart Mike Pompeo.The US Secretary of State said whether the summit goes ahead is now up to North Korea.Asked in a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee if the summit will take place, Pompeo replied: “That decision will ultimately be up to Chairman Kim.”“He asked for the meeting, the president agreed to meet with him,” Pompeo said. “I’m very hopeful that that meeting will take place.”His remarks reflect an effort to perhaps lay the groundwork for blame should the talks fail.Ostensibly the Trump-Kim talks will be about peace on the Korean peninsula and North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic weapons.But even before talk of test freezes, decommissioning or inspections, Washington and Pyongyang are engaged in a public relations battle.As part of a charm offensive, North Korea invited some foreign journalists to witness the slated destruction of the isolated regime’s nuclear test site.The gesture, which experts agree would do little to curb North Korea’s long-term nuclear capabilities, is meant to signal that the regime is serious about change.Pyongyang said it planned to “completely” destroy the Punggye-ri facility in the country’s northeast when it made the surprise announcement earlier this month.Washington and Seoul welcomed the move.Punggye-ri has been the staging ground for all six of the North’s nuclear tests, including its latest and by far most powerful one last September, which Pyongyang said was a hydrogen bomb.The demolition is due to take place sometime between Thursday and Friday, depending on the weather.Although portrayed as a goodwill gesture ahead of the Kim-Trump summit, both sides have since raised doubts that the historic encounter will take place.Last week, Pyongyang threatened to pull out if Washington pressed for its unilateral nuclear disarmament. Trump also said the meeting could be delayed as he met with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in in Washington on Tuesday.Sharp differencesPolitically, Trump has invested heavily in the success of the planned summit, leading most US officials and outside observers to believe it will go ahead.But as the date draws near, the differences between the two sides are coming into sharp relief.Washington has made it clear it wants to see the “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation” of the North.Pyongyang has vowed it will never give up its nuclear deterrence until it feels safe from what it terms US aggression.Observers will be watching this week’s demolition ceremony closely for any clues to the North’s intentions.Experts are divided over whether the demolition will render the site useless. Sceptics say it has already outlived its usefulness and can be quickly rebuilt if needed.Previous similar gestures by the North were rapidly reversed when the international mood soured.But others say the fact that North Korea agreed to destroy the site without preconditions or asking for something in return from Washington suggests Pyongyang’s sincerity.‘Game of chicken’Go Myong-hyun, an analyst at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, said both sides were playing “a game of chicken” in the run-up to the summit “to gain an upper hand in negotiations”.He said the site’s destruction would win Pyongyang international sympathy even if the summit collapses.“North Korea can say to the international community that it did its best to achieve denuclearisation through negotiations but was pressured by the United States and couldn’t do it,” he said.On Seoul’s streets Wednesday, South Koreans were circumspect about whether they thought Pyongyang was genuine.“I don’t really have any faith,” said Korean-American businessman Peter Chung. “But… I hope for the best.”
Monday, September 12, 2016 Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Porter Airlines is heading back to Orlando-Melbourne with an enhanced schedule for its second year of service into the Florida vacation spot.Flights will increase by almost 50% over last year, with more flights during peak travel periods including Christmas, New Year’s and March Break.From Dec. 10 to April 15 Porter will offer nonstop flights between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB). Flights increase to two-times weekly between Feb. 15 and March 22, with a new midweek departure, as well as two flights on Saturdays during March Break. Introductory prices start at $455 roundtrip.“After the success of our first season, travellers have proven there is a demand to serve Orlando-Melbourne,” said President and CEO of Porter Airlines, Robert Deluce. “The enhanced schedule will provide flexibility and convenience when planning a trip south of the border.”Orlando-Melbourne is less than 10 minutes from the beach, 20 minutes from Port Canaveral and 30 minutes from Kennedy Space Center. Orlando’s major attractions, including theme parks, are accessible within an hour’s drive.More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaPorter Escapes offers a range of packages including flights, hotels and attractions in Orlando-Melbourne and the surrounding area. The complete flight schedule is available on flyporter.com. Connections for Montreal, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins and Windsor are also available. Porter’s seasonal Orlando-Melbourne flights resume Dec. 10 Share Tags: Florida, New Routes, Porter Airlines
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States has a moral and historic responsibility to help reduce violence in Central America, but the region’s governments must do their part too, a top State Department official said last Thursday during a conference on the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI).“We are at the most important juncture with Central America in the last 20 years,” declared Francisco Palmieri, deputy assistant secretary of state for Central America and the Caribbean. “Central America matters to us because of its geographic proximity, our family and cultural ties, and the recognition that we – the United States – bear at least some responsibility for the region’s problems.”These problems simply outstrip the countries’ capacity to respond, he said.“This year, 60,000 Central Americans left their homes to make the dangerous journey northward. This spike in migration is a serious warning sign that the long-standing challenges in Central America are worsening,” Palmieri warned. “The course of action is clear. We must adequately address the underlying reasons for migration.”Palmieri was one of several officials to address the Dec. 11 seminar, titled “Central America’s Security Challenges: Has U.S. Assistance Helped or Hindered?” Francisco Palmieri, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for Central America and the Caribbean, speaks Dec.11 at the Wilson Center, as part of a panel titled “Policy Options for Dealing with Central America’s Chronic Insecurity.” Larry Luxner/The Tico TimesThe event – sponsored by the Washington-based Wilson Center – focused on CARSI, a U.S. taxpayer-funded program that since 2008 has spent $642 million to combat crime, gang violence and drug trafficking throughout the region.“The region’s leaders will make tough choices to address these challenges, but they need our help. Over the past 18 months, long before the mass media picked up the messages of children arriving at the border, the U.S. has been taking a hard look at our approach,” he said.“From a U.S. standpoint, significant interagency assistance over the next five years is critical to achieving our objectives. We simply will not achieve the end state we envision with a short-term surge of assistance. Changing the trajectory of Central America will require a sustained, well-resourced response from the United States.”Palmieri’s diplomatic career includes posts in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras and Iraq; he was also senior desk officer for Venezuela. In addition, he headed Latin American and Caribbean programs for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL). In that job, he supervised $800 million in programs, including the Colombia and Mexico/Mérida operations, 19 narcotics affairs offices throughout the Western Hemisphere, and more than 1,500 employees.But U.S. action doesn’t absolve Central American countries from cleaning up their act when it comes to tax evasion, corruption and abuse of power.“Central America also has the world’s lowest tax revenues as a percentage of GDP, with Guatemala coming in lowest at 10.8 percent of GDP,” he said. “Transparency International consistently ranks many Central American countries poorly on the perception of corruption, and its tremendous youth bulge threatens even greater turmoil. Six million people will attempt to enter the work force over the next decade, but cannot be absorbed. Disenfranchised youth will join gangs or migrate.”While insecurity is definitely a problem, said Palmieri, that’s not the whole story.“Impunity and corruption undermine so many of the things we try to do. But we’ve also got to invest in economic growth,” he explained. “Panama and Costa Rica are demonstrating the economic benefits of modernization. Now is the time for a new U.S. approach to Central America that prioritizes investments in governance and security.” Paloma Adams-Allen, senior adviser at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. Larry Luxner/The Tico TimesPaloma Adams-Allen is a senior adviser at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. She said USAID is “scaling out” and hopes to expand its geographic footprint with the help of large multinationals.“In the wake of the unaccompanied minors crisis, Central America’s governments have stepped up and declared to us that they intend to address this issue, and we believe them,” she said. “Not only are governments doing this, but also other stakeholders in the private sector as well. Wal-Mart, Tigo, Microsoft and others have all been working very closely with us and are ready to do more.”Matthew C. Ingram, assistant professor at the State University of New York-Albany, said the U.S. officials in charge of CARSI should pay particular attention to “geographic targeting” of communities that straddle international borders in the Northern Triangle, as well as municipalities with historically high levels of bloodshed.“For the last 10 years, Honduras and El Salvador have reported the highest homicide rates in the world. Yet at the sub-national level, even in those countries we’re used to thinking are very violent, there are areas that are not violent,” Ingram said. “If we drill down below the national level, in El Salvador, there were 14 municipalities with zero homicides, and several with homicide rates above 100.”Another big hotspot is the northern part of Honduras, spreading into southeastern Guatemala, he said, “and in El Salvador, there’s a dramatic, sizeable cluster of youth homicides around the nation’s capital and all the municipalities that make up a larger metro area around San Salvador.” Matthew C. Ingram, assistant professor at the State University of New York-Albany. Larry Luxner/The Tico TimesLast year, the homicide rate in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, was 169 per 100,000, making it the most violent city in the world’s most violent country. By comparison, the U.S. average is 5 per 100,000. Even in the most crime-ridden U.S. cities such as Flint, Michigan, homicide rates rarely exceed 50 per 100,000.“We need to take geography into consideration,” said Ingram. “If we want to emphasize where to target most of our resources, we should aim at highly populated communities, and the communities around them. I would heavily favor conditioning funding assistance on developing place-based, geography-sensitive policies.”Yet Eric L. Olson, associate director at the Wilson Center, said few people know what CARSI is – even embassy officials in Central America who ought to know better.“When you don’t have a strategy, you have a series of priorities. Then things all become relatively equal, and it doesn’t amount to anything. Clarity about your priorities really has to be at the top of the agenda,” said Olson, who says CARSI’s goals are admirable but unrealistic as long as the program focuses on fighting drug trafficking and organized crime without getting at the roots of the problem.“Too many times, policy is sort of a grab bag of a hundred things,” Olson concluded. “We know that Central America faces hundreds of challenges, but what should be our priorities, the ones we’re going to put front and center? The issues of corruption, impunity and lack of accountability have to be at the top. It’s not just about putting drug traffickers in jail. Otherwise everything else becomes secondary.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Is the US taxpayer-funded Central America Regional Security Initiative effective at stopping violence? Latin America sees the economic toll of corruption Costa Rican special operations unit participates in regional ‘war games’ Outrage at likely Mexico massacre spreads to Acapulco
Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments Share The ship, which was righted and raised in a swift operation last week, has been moved to a location away from river shipping where it can be stabilized.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy BEIJING (AP) — China has assembled a team of 60 investigators to look into last week’s river cruise ship sinking following orders from President Xi Jinping to find the cause of the country’s worst maritime disaster in nearly seven decades.Just 14 people survived the capsizing of the Eastern Star on the evening of June 1 as the ship was carrying 456 people, many of them elderly tourists, on a cruise to the Yangtze River port of Chongqing. Authorities have attributed the sinking to a freak storm that generated tornado-like winds, but also have placed the surviving captain and his first engineer in police custody.Extensive interviews have been conducted with surviving crew members, witnesses, those who designed and modified the ship and others, state broadcaster CCTV reported Wednesday. It said 60 specialists have been gathered for the investigative team.Video footage and other evidence have been obtained from the ship, and weather, radar and other data was being analyzed for indications of what went wrong.The disaster left 442 people dead or missing.Passengers’ relatives have raised questions about whether the ship should have continued its voyage despite a weather warning. The actions of the captain in the final 12 minutes before the sinking have come under scrutiny, with reports saying he altered speed and course in an attempt to manage the pressure on the ship.DNA has been used to identify the remains, with more than 200 confirmed.Along with the weather, investigators are expected to focus on alternations carried out on the ship in 1997 that lengthened it and may have altered its center of gravity, according to a report this week in the official newspaper Beijing News. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help
in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination Share As the Baby Boomer generation grows older and enter those “empty-nester” years, many are swapping out their long-tome homes to enter the rental market.A small percentage of Boomers are expected to convert from owning to renting in their empty-nest years, a report John Burns by Jeff Kottmeier said.The 55 and older population is often overlooked—especially when the spotlight has been on millennials for so long—but they are a large part of the housing market.The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and American Community Survey data found that over 48 million households in the U.S. are headed by someone who is 55 or older, accounting for about 42 percent of all households.Senior households have been rising slowly over the decades, but this is about to change in the coming years. Urban Institute’s analysis of housing trends determined that senior households are expected to grow dramatically by 2030.The Institute found in 1990, there were 20 million households for seniors ages 65 and up. In 2010, this number had reached 25.8 million, and by 2030, the institute projects that aging baby boomer households will reach 46 million.“This dramatic growth will occur among both senior homeowners and renters, Urban Institute said. “Our research suggests that from 2010 to 2030, senior homeowners will increase from 20 million to almost 34 million, and senior renters—who include both homeowners who will shift to renting and baby boomers who already rent—will increase from 5.8 million to 12.2 millionThe John Burns report determined the following about the relationship between renters and Boomers:In many metros, older renters have been driving demand.These renters rent by choice. They prefer an urban or suburban mixed-use location that provides convenient access to retail, dining, and cultural amenities.Mature renters prefer smaller, more intimate developments (~180 to 220 units) over large apartment complexes.Although 55 percent of newly developed apartments are studio/one-bedrooms units, there is significant demand for larger three-bedroom units, often appealing to boomers. A number of our developer clients wish they had planned a larger mix of 3+ bedroom units in their developments.Contrary to history, three-bedroom units are now often renting for more per square foot than two-bedroom units.”As architects, developers, and investors plan for new communities, consider designing rental communities in locations that cater to the growing demand of boomers,” Kottmeier wrote. “To be clear, we are not forecasting the end of homeownership. We just expect a continued increase in the number of boomers who rent.” Boomers Trade Homeownership for Renting March 11, 2016 495 Views Baby Boomers Homeownership John Burns Rent 2016-03-11 Staff Writer
South Africa and Argentina are this month suspending part of their citrus exports to the European Union (EU) for the remainder of the season, according to the Valencian Farmers Association (AVA-ASAJA).It said the decisions were made to preserve market access by avoiding interceptions of fruit found to have citrus black spot (CBS).The organization said that South Africa had informed the European Commission that it would suspend exports of late Valencia oranges from CBS areas from Sept. 22.Meanwhile, it said Argentine phytosanitary watchdog Senasa had decided to suspend lemon exports to the EU following three positive detections of CBS last month, bringing the total number of interceptions over the campaign to seven. South Africa has had no interceptions of fruits with CBS this season, according to data from the European Union Notification System for Plant Health Interceptions (Europhyt).Exports of soft citrus varieties like Nadorcott, Tango and Orri will continue, said AVA-ASAJA, which criticized the countries’ decision to partially suspend shipments.”Paradoxically, neither of these two countries has announced any plans to suspend the shipment of late mandarins to Europe, when these citrus varieties are also susceptible to attack by Black Spot,” said the group’s president, Cristóbal Aguado.”It is worth noting that the mandarin export campaigns in South Africa and Argentina are now reaching their peak, while their Valencia Late and lemon seasons are already entering the declining stages.”This decision to temporarily suspend only the shipments that are most convenient to them and maintain, at the same time, the export of the varieties that suit them is a gross cosmetic operation.” Argentine lemons: “Tough” second U.S. export seaso … Argentine apple campaign off to a positive start … September 06 , 2018 Argentine fruit industry welcomes export tax reduc … You might also be interested in Argentina: Northeastern orange, mandarin exports t …
Gaps in the legislation on water sports but also violations of the code have been observed, according to merchant shipping department official Kyriacos Kofteros.Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, Kofteros said the current legislation on the operation of water sports must be upgraded to include provisions on staff qualifications, vessel inspections, and stricter penalties for offenders.Some 50 sea sport businesses were active along the island’s southern coast, most in Famagusta, 19, followed by Limassol with 14. Paphos had 10, including three in Polis, and Larnaca six.Kofteros said some of the businesses have no operating plans and plans on tackling emergencies approved by the department.The chairman of the association of water sports owners conceded that the sector had long-standing problems.Demetris Hadjidemetriou said many issues faced by the association were viewed positively by the authorities but solutions had to be given to some, which were still outstanding.He said the shipping department could be trying to change certain regulations on speedboats, adding that the current code covered many of the issues targeted by a law, like safety and handling a sea accident.Despite this, the association, Hadjidemetriou said, was prepared to examine new views and suggestions, which should not violate the “red lines” it had set years ago relating to their operating costs.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoE Commerce Platform I Search AdsSelling Online Has Never Been Easier. Search The Best E Commerce PlatformE Commerce Platform I Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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