10 months agoEverton, Watford in contact with Celta Vigo midfielder Stanislav Lobotka

first_imgEverton, Watford in contact with Celta Vigo midfielder Stanislav Lobotkaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCelta Vigo midfielder Stanislav Lobotka is in contact with Premier League clubs.Le 10 Sport says Lobotka is leaning towards leaving Celta this month.And he is already in talks with two English clubs – Everton and Watford. The Hornets see Lobotka as a potential replacement for Abdoulaye Doucoure.Everton have also assured the Bulgaria international of their interest.With Napoli also keen, Celta are willing to sell this month and are seeking €30m for the midfielder. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Senate committee votes to strengthen federal accessibility law

first_imgA Senate committee proposed changes to Canada’s first federal accessibility law Thursday that members of the disability community said addressed some of the most pressing concerns about the legislation, though some worried the bill may still be too weak to be effective.Nearly a hundred disability organizations and advocacy groups had been calling on the committee to introduce major changes to Bill C-81, also known as the Accessible Canada Act, arguing it lacked teeth.Following a detailed hearing, the Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology voted to propose the government include a timeline in the bill that would require it to be fully implemented by 2040 rather than leaving the date open-ended.“We are dealing with a bill that is very important for Canada and is going to make our country a better country,” said Sen. Donna Dasko. “The issue of a timeline has come up many times … this is an important thing, this gives accountability to the bill, this gives a goal to the actions being undertaken.”The committee also voted to recognize various forms of sign language as an official language of deaf Canadians and see it included among government services. That amendment also included Indigenous sign languages among those that should be acknowledged.  The committee’s proposed amendments will now go to the full Senate for a vote.David Lepofsky, a long-time disability rights advocate, said the full impact of the committee’s proposed amendments won’t be known until they’ve been formally incorporated into the act. He noted that the House of Commons could vote to reject any steps the Senate may suggest to strengthen the law.But he said the committee’s moves signal hope the existing bill, which he had previously described as “inadequate,” could be improved.“We do know that the amendments do, to some extent, strengthen this bill,” Lepofsky said. “Any improvement is welcomed.”Lepofsky said adopting a timeline would mark a significant step forward, adding that doing so would bring the federal government in line with the three Canadian provinces that have put accessibility legislation on their books.Senators on the committee said during Thursday’s meeting that the absence of a timeline was the unifying issue that emerged from hours of testimony from disability rights groups.It was also one of the core issues activists raised in an open letter to the committee last year that detailed concerns about the power and scope of the proposed law. The October 2018 letter also said the bill should enshrine American and Quebec sign language as the official language of the deaf community.While the committee tackled those concerns, it did not address others raised in the letter signed by 95 organizations including the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, National Network for Mental Health  and March of Dimes Canada,The letter had criticized the bill for granting the government broad powers to exempt people from the new rules, spreading enforcement over numerous agencies, and opting not to withhold federal funding from organizations that don’t comply with accessibility measures.Advocates also raised concerns about the way the bill was written. The bill repeatedly uses “may” rather than “shall” or “must” when describing initiatives, meaning the government is empowered to take actions but never required to follow through on them, they argued. An amendment brought before the committee addressed that concern but was defeated.The Council of Canadians with Disabilities, who helped spearhead the letter, focused on what it viewed as positive developments from the committee vote.“These proposed reforms did not get much traction at the time (the bill was passed through the House of Commons), So today, we are very pleased to learn that the Senate’s Social Affairs Committee has been more responsive to our calls for reform,” it said in a statement.But Gabrielle Peters, a Vancouver-based wheelchair user, expressed disappointment at the committee’s unwillingness to change the bill’s language from “may” to “must.” Not addressing the issue of federal funding, she added, risks allowing governments and those supported by them to continue treating disability rights and accessibility as a perk rather than a basic human right.“They keep using the word ‘historic,’” Peters said of the government. “Historic means you create legislation that will fundamentally shift the direction we continue to be on … (The Accessible Canada Act) is not … a historic document.”The office of Accessibility Minister Carla Qualtrough did not respond to request for comment.Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Moroccos Lower House Approves First Part of 2019 Finance Bill

Rabat – The MPs voted on the partial bill on Thursday, November 15, at a plenary meeting; 188 MPs voted for the bill, and 102 voted against it, Maghreb Arab Press reported.The House of Representatives will hold another plenary meeting today to take a final vote on the 2019 Finance Bill which was made public in October.After examining the first part of the 2019 finance bill, the finance committee adopted 56 amendments on Sunday, November 11. The amendments included a tax increase on soft drinks and shisha.Domestic consumption taxes will increase by 50 percent on soft and non-carbonated drinks with high sugar levels.Read also: Morocco’s 2019 Finance Bill to Decrease Some Notary Fees by 80%A VAT of MAD 70 per 100 liters will be applied to sales of soft and non-carbonated drinks that contain 5 grams or more of sugar per 100 milliliters.The government expects to generate over MAD 313 million from domestic consumption taxes on soft drinks in 2019.The approved amendments also included raising domestic consumption taxes on shisha tobacco from MAD 350 to MAD 450 per kilogram.Read also: Morocco to Raise Taxes on Soft Drinks by 50%The committee also voted to exempt VAT on sales of “water pumps generated by solar and all renewable energies used in the agricultural sector.” The VAT exemption will also be extended to anti-meningitis drugs.The draft Finance Bill plans for the economy to grow by 3.2 percent, an inflation rate of less than 2 percent, and a budget deficit of 3.3 percent of GDP. read more

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Fed puts forward proposals to modify bank regulations

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve is putting forward two proposals to modify regulations put in place after the 2008 financial crisis that the banking industry complained were too restrictive.The proposed regulatory changes were approved on a 4-1 vote with Fed board member Lael Brainard opposing the changes. She said they “would weaken important safeguards” put in place after the 2008 financial crisis.The measures will not go into effect until after a public comment period ends this summer. One proposal deals with liquidity, the amount of funds a bank must maintain that would be readily available in times of crisis.The other would loosen the frequency that some foreign and domestic banks would be required to submit “living wills,” the documents that show how a failed bank would wind down operations.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

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Nandy says Sri Lanka has shown resilience

“Our assistance has been at all levels of the displacement cycle from providing immediate humanitarian relief to recovery and long term rehabilitation of displaced persons. A special focus was also placed on restoring livelihoods and community and economic infrastructure in war-torn regions,” Nandy said to mark the 60th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s entry into the U.N. system. U.N. agencies have worked across different sectors to support Sri Lanka advance towards the high level of human development that it currently sees today. The UN Resident Coordinator and the UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka Subinay Nandy says Sri Lanka has shown remarkable resilience in facing challenges and the United Nations is proud to have walked together with Sri Lanka in overcoming them.The Inter Press Service quoted Nandy as saying that over the past years, the different U.N. agencies working on the ground have assisted Sri Lanka to deal with massive levels of human displacement induced both by man-made and natural disasters. The latest MDG Country Report, jointly launched by the U.N. and the Government of Sri Lanka this year, demonstrates how well Sri Lanka has progressed in achieving the seven out of the eight relevant development goals that were agreed by the world leaders five years ago.Nandy says with few setbacks in reducing malnutrition and ensuring environmental sustainability, Sri Lanka has achieved or is on track to achieve all other goals relating to eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, gender equality and empowerment, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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KKR fund scouring Canadian tech scene for investment opportunities but they arent

U.S. buyout specialist KKR & Co. is actively making the rounds of tech hubs in Toronto, Waterloo and Vancouver, in the hopes of scoring the first Canadian investment for its Next Generation Technology Fund. The New York-based firm is “actively looking at a handful of investment opportunities in Canada,” Dave Welsh, who leads the technology, media and telecommunications growth strategy within KKR’s private equity platform, told the Financial Post in a recent interview. Welsh declined to provide details about which segment or segments of tech the private equity firm is exploring, or the size of a potential investment in a company — other than to say the sweet spot for the fund’s investments is between US$70 million and $150 million. “KKR is spending time getting to know them because the firm strongly believes they are the types of businesses with which we would like to build long-term partnerships,” Welsh said. Are tech’s glory days over? This US$442 billion money manager thinks so Don’t lose faith in U.S. tech IPOs — but worry about FAANGs Growth fund backed by big banks looking to pick up the pace of investment ‘We have to go toe-to-toe with the giants every day’: How to survive in a tech industry dominated by behemoths On the timing or likelihood of a transaction coming together, Welsh would say only that there “isn’t yet a definitive timeline for these companies to raise additional capital.” KKR kicked off the Next Generation tech fund in 2016 with a capital raise of US$711 million and a mission to make investments in North America, Europe and Israel. A recent priority has been to expand the fund’s reach outside Silicon Valley, where intense competition has driven up valuations. That there has not been an investment in Canada to this point is “not for lack of trying,” said Welsh, who is based in San Francisco but travelled to Toronto last month to attend the inaugural Collision tech conference. “We have actually put a couple of term sheets down on companies, but we didn’t win the business, somebody overbid us,” he said. “And we’ve looked at a lot.” He added that members of his team continue to spend time in Waterloo, Toronto and Vancouver, and said they are on the hunt for proven technologies that are beyond the startup phase and can be scaled. “We will make investments. It’s just going be a matter of finding the right thing at the right time,” Welsh said. The Vancouver skyline KKR’s horizon for investments in the Next Generation tech fund is typically between four and six years, and the aim is to “help build substantial value” in that time. “Our whole philosophy is to work with teams and companies where they actually want to build something with us for several years,” Welsh said.  “And where they believe, and we do too, that the (global) resources KKR has … could really help them not just stay the course where they are but hopefully increase the trajectory of their business during that time.” The private equity firm’s experience and expertise can be applied to help a company shape its procurement program, for example, or advise on entering new geographies, he said. So far, the Next Generation tech fund is focusing on software and internet-related businesses, with sectors including travel, transportation and cyber-security. As for the prospects in Canada, Welsh said the growing tech hubs are drawing interest not only from KKR but, increasingly, from the private equity firm’s U.S. competitors. “We firmly believe there is a growing and very interesting technology opportunity both in and around Toronto, obviously, but also in the west, in Vancouver, and other areas,” he said. “Unfortunately for us, Canada is no longer a hidden secret. We see most of our competitors up here (on) all the interesting deals we look at.” Taking a slow and steady approach isn’t out of step for the technology fund, which has a portfolio of 11 companies so far. At least one, the ride-sharing venture Lyft Inc., is a household name. Now valued at more than US$16 billion, Lyft got off to a rocky start as a public company when its shares dipped well below the offering price following its March IPO. But Welsh, whose fund was an early investor, says he aims to block out such “noise” and focus on a long-term view that was years in the making. “We still are very bullish on the long-term prospects of the business notwithstanding all the noise in the public markets,” he said, calling the IPO an event rather than a destination. “We feel like it’s a great long-term business and long-term business model, (it’s) just (that) it, you know, continues to take time to play out as they scale the business.” The buyout specialist started looking at Lyft about five years ago and held off investing until 2017, as part of the ride-sharing platform’s US$600 million series G round of funding. “We were familiar with the company way before it was a household name. We first looked at Lyft … probably in 2014,” Welsh said. “And honestly we looked at it a couple of times and didn’t invest because we thought that there were some fundamental issues we wanted to see resolved before we would invest.” Among those were regulatory questions about how ride-sharing ventures would be categorized, and pushback from the taxi lobby, he said. The “catalyst” to the ultimate investment, though, was a belief that the business could reach scale and ultimately become profitable. “We wanted to get our own confidence that on a market-by-market basis, you can be a profitable business. And it took them time and for us to get comfortable with that, but we did,” said Welsh. Toronto-based MaRS is landlord to and advocate for many growing tech startups. read more

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Target says up to 70M customers many more than previously disclosed affected

Target says up to 70M customers, many more than previously disclosed, affected by data breach by Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press Posted Jan 10, 2014 6:43 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A woman pushes a shopping cart departing a Target retail store Dec. 19, 2013 in Watertown, Mass. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Steven Senne NEW YORK, N.Y. – Target says that personal information — including phone numbers and email and mailing addresses — was stolen from as many as 70 million customers in its pre-Christmas data breach. That was substantially more customers than Target had previously said were affected.The chain also indicated its sales have been hurt by the breach, cutting its forecast for fourth-quarter earnings and a key sales barometer.Its stock slipped in early morning trading Friday.Target Corp. announced in December that about 40 million credit and debit cards may have been affected by a data breach that happened between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 — just as the holiday shopping season was getting into gear.But the net has now been cast wider, with more shoppers potentially impacted.The company told customers Friday that its ongoing investigation of the breach has shown that more personal information had been stolen than it was aware of before and more customers were affected. It previously disclosed to customers that names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates, debit-card PINs and the embedded code on the magnetic strip on the back of cards had been stolen.“I know that it is frustrating for our guests to learn that this information was taken and we are truly sorry they are having to endure this,” Chairman, President and CEO Gregg Steinhafel said in a statement.The company said customers won’t be liable for the cost of any fraudulent charges that stemmed from the breach.Target said it will try to contact customers it has email addresses for to provide tips on how to safeguard against consumer scams. The company said it won’t ask customers for any personal information during its email communications.It’s also offering a year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to customers that shopped at its stores. Individuals will have three months to enrol in the program. Target said it will provide more details on that next week.A spokeswoman for Target Canada says none of its stores in Canada were affected by the breach because they use a separate point of sales systems.The retail giant lowered its fourth-quarter adjusted earnings guidance to a range of $1.20 to $1.30 per share, down from $1.50 to $1.60 per share.Analysts surveyed by FactSet expect earnings of $1.24 per share.The Minneapolis company also said that it now foresees fourth-quarter sales at stores open at least a year will be down about 2.5 per cent. It previously predicted those sales would be about flat.This figure is a closely-watched indicator of a retailer’s health. It excludes results from stores recently opened or closed.Target cautioned that its fourth-quarter financials may include charges related to the data breach. The chain said the costs tied to the breach may have a material adverse effect on its quarterly results as well as future periods.Shares of Target declined 32 cents to $63.03 shortly after the market opened.The company has 1,921 stores, with 1,797 locations in the U.S. and 124 in Canada. read more

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Action and tangible progress needed to finally win the peace for Syrians

Geir Pedersen, in his second briefing in the job to the UN Security Council in New York, said he had been “doing everything I can” in the past eight weeks, to consult and help bring the “key players” closer together both inside and outside the country.“Even where violence has abated, the toll of suffering remains staggering”, he said. “There is a desperate need to meet the humanitarian and protection needs of Syrians across the country.”He noted the “terrible situation” facing 73,000 in the overcrowded Al Hol camp, where many of the families of former extremist fighters, are alongside those displaced by the fall of ISIL – 92 per cent of them women and children.Helping facilitate “concrete action” over those detained or abducted during eight years of war, would be “an important confidence building measure” said Mr. Pedersen, highlighting also the fate of tens of thousands who have gone missing. “The scale of this issue is of unprecedented proportions. It obliges us to continue our collective attempts to make progress”, he said, adding it would take “months if not year of meticulous and committed work.” UN Photo/Loey FelipeGeir Pederson, the UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, addresses the Security Council on 30 April 2019.Scale of suffering ‘weighs heavily on me’For a political solution to work, it would have to meet the aspirations of the people said the Special Envoy, saying that only weeks into the role, the “terrible scale” of suffering “and the uncertain future of millions, weighs heavily on me, as it should us all.”The Women’s Advisory Board, he said, “continues to remind us of the specific security, economic and human rights concerns of Syrian women – women who bring diverse experiences and views to the table and share the right to have a voice at the table.”He expressed optimism that the stalled negotiations over an inclusive Constitutional Committee, to draft a new political roadmap for Syria, could now move forward: “I believe the final terms of the mandate can be agreed, with a modicum of goodwill…Work continues to identify a set of names that, when viewed in totality, can have the support of all concerned” to serve, he added.Finally, he called for further international engagement and support for a Syrian-led and owned process. “I remain convinced that key international players agree on far more than it might seem”, he said, noting that external intervention was “a hard reality of the conflict”.”Syria’s sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity, must be respected and restored – but saying so will not make it so”, said Mr. Pedersen.“External intervention poses real threats to international peace and security. Five international armies operate across Syria’s land and airspace, in tension or even in conflict, generating risks for dangerous escalation. These risks must be contained and ultimately removed”, he told Council members.He concluded on an upbeat note, said progress was being made: “I hope that next time I brief you, I will be able to report tangible achievements on the long road to a political settlement.” read more

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PG tips switches to plasticfree tea bags after 200000 sign gardeners petition

first_img “The average retail price of tea is 3p per serve.  Which is a third of the price of coffee.” Mike Falconer Hall, from environmental charity, WRAP said: “We’re keen to see the UK’s tea drinkers recycle their tea bags and it’s great to hear that PG tips is helping them to do this with the introduction of their new fully biodegradable tea bag. “If you have a food waste recycling collection in your area, you can put your used tea bags in there.“Alternatively, you could pop it into your home composter, however, our climate means it can take a long time to break down, so you may want to sieve out the leftover part of your tea bag and discard it or dig in with the compost.”Bill Gorman, executive chairman of the UK Tea & Infusions Association, said the UK tea industry has made enormous strides over the past 20 years improving key areas of sustainability.“A minute amount of plastic in a tea bag is a fact of life, for now, because it enables the tea bag to function properly in boiling water as well as ensuring a competitive pricing model for consumers, retailers, and cafes,” he told The Telegraph. More than 200,000 people signed Michael Armitage’s petition Credit:38 Degrees  The 58-year-old told The Telegraph he started the petition – which has garnered 230,000 signatures – after noticing there was a “fluff” in his compost heap and discovered it was coming from the tea bags.“I never believed in a million years there could be plastics used in tea bags. I always assumed they were fully compostable and were just made of paper,” he explained.“I thought a lot of other people wouldn’t know this so I decided to launch the petition to see if there was any more support for it.” PG tips will remove plastic from all its tea bags by the end of the year after more than 200,000 signed a gardener’s online petition.  The Unilever-owned brand announced its tea bags will be made from a new plant-based material that is 100% renewable and biodegradable to help reduce the environmental impact of their products.An estimated 165 million cups of tea are drunk in Britain each day, with many tea brands using polypropylene – a heat-resistant plastic sealant used to help tea bags keep their shape.Unlike polypropylene the new material is made from corn starch and is fully biodegradable, with the first run of the new tea bags set to go on sale next week.Noel Clarke, vice president of refreshment at Unilever, said: “Tea is the most consumed beverage after water in the UK with nine billion PG tips tea bags made every year and after 85 years of making PG tips, we have a great understanding on how Brits love their tea.“The new 100% plant based material we’re moving to is an innovation based on cutting edge science and technology and we’re all really excited that, starting from now, the PG tips that you know and love will come from 100% plant based material from a renewable source that’s fully biodegradable.” He believes Unilever’s switch to more eco-friendly tea bags will “make a big difference” and hopes other manufacturers will now follow suit.“Now that PG has decided to make the transition, it’s going to be a bit of a snowball effect and gain momentum now. I think the rest of them will follow very shortly.”Mr Armitage added it was a “great step in right direction” but believes it won’t solve his problem of putting tea bags in his compost bin due to the presence of polylactic acid in the new product. advising consumers to discard their tea bags in their food waste bins“The gold standard for me is to produce tea bags that you can just chuck in your garden composter and they would just disappear along with the rest of the garden waste,” he added.   remove plastic from tea  He added: “We are endeavouring to achieve plastic free products without impacting on the very competitive pricing structure that currently exists in the category, or damaging sales volumes which would harm many of the tea producing farmers in the poorest countries in the world.“As a result, the industry, with its commitment to sustainability is working as fast as it can to move to fully organic, biodegradable tea bag seals, ensuring a bright future for the tea farmers and our planet.” Unilever say the tea bags “will eventually break down into its natural parts” but are advising consumers to discard them in their food waste bins.The company say they have been actively exploring plant based alternatives for PG tips for “some time” and have already converted some ranges in Canada, Poland and Indonesia. Last year, Wrexham gardener Michael Armitage started a petition addressed to Unilever CEO Paul Polman calling for the removal of plastic from tea bags. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Alfie Evans father kisses Popes hand as he flies to Rome to

first_imgAlfie Evans, pictured right, and his parents Tom Evans, pictured right in the left picture, and Kate JamesCredit:PA After a sleepless journey to the Vatican, Tom Evans, father of terminally-ill toddler Alfie, attends Pope Francis’ general audience in St Peter’s SquareCredit:Gregorio Borgia/AP Tom Evans, the father of Aflie Evans, meets the pope at the Vatican in Italy Wednesday morning Alfie Evans in hospital Tom Evans, pictured right, after flying to Rome to meet the Pope He said medical experts’ unanimous view was that Alfie’s brain had been eroded by disease and further assessment was pointless.They also suggested that Alfie was being unlawfully detained at Alder Hey.The judge also dismissed that suggestion.Appeal court officials said an appeal court judge had decided that Alfie should continue to receive treatment pending the outcome of Monday’s Court of Appeal hearing. Mr Evans posted on Facebook that he flew to Rome on Tuesday evening and met the Pope on Wednesday morning.Posting photos of himself kissing Pope Francis’s hand, he wrote: “No sleep! No food! No tie! No Care!”Last night I jumped on a plane and come to the Vatican, Rome, to meet the Pope one hour ago and here we are.” In a video streamed on Wednesday morning Mr Evans said he was waiting for the Pope to mention Alfie in front of crowds at the Vatican.Crowds calling themselves ‘Alfie’s Army’ ended their fifth day of protests outside Alder Hey on Monday following a plea from the parents.During his general audience afterwards, the Pope led the crowd in a moment of silent prayer for Alfie.At the beginning of April, Francis tweeted his support for the youngster, posting: “It is my sincere hope that everything necessary may be done in order to continue compassionately accompanying little Alfie Evans, and that the deep suffering of his parents may be heard.”I am praying for Alfie, for his family and for all who are involved.”Earlier this week Francis said: “It’s our duty to do everything to care for life.” But Lord Justice Davis, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Moylan ruled against them after an appeal court hearing in London. Last week, Mr Justice Hayden endorsed a detailed plan put forward by Alder Hey doctors for withdrawing life-support treatment, after considering a number of issues at a follow-up High Court hearing.Barrister Paul Diamond, who represented Alfie’s parents, on Monday asked the three appeal judges to overturn decisions made by Mr Justice Hayden last week.Alfie’s parents say their son has improved in recent weeks and had asked Mr Justice Hayden to allow a new assessment, but Mr Hayden refused that request. Alfie Evans’ parents latest legal battle to fly their son to Rome ends in defeatThe parents of Alfie Evans who has been at the centre of a life-support treatment battle lost their latest legal challenge on Monday.A lawyer representing Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, returned to the Court of Appeal to ask judges to rule that the 23 month-old should be allowed to travel to a foreign hospital.center_img The father of Alfie Evans kissed the hand of the Pope and begged him to save the life of his son after flying to Rome.Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, want to move their son from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool to the Italian capital for treatment and have launched a second application to the Supreme Court.They have already lost fights in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights after Mr Justice Hayden ruled that doctors could stop providing life-support treatment for the 23-month old.Judges have heard that Alfie, born on May 9 2016, is in a semi-vegetative state and has a degenerative neurological condition doctors have not definitively diagnosed. Mr Justice Hayden said flying Alfie to a foreign hospital would be wrong and pointless.But his parents are desperate to move their son abroad, and Mr Evans is seeking support from the head of the Catholic Church.  In February, Mr Justice Hayden ruled that doctors at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool could stop treating Alfie against the wishes of his parents following hearings in the Family Division of the High Court in London and Liverpool.Specialists at Alder Hey said life-support treatment should stop and Mr Justice Hayden said he accepted medical evidence which showed that further treatment was futile.Alfie’s parents say “the state” is wrongly interfering with their parental choice.They want to move Alfie to a hospital in Rome.Mr Justice Hayden said flying Alfie to a foreign hospital would be wrong and pointless. Court of Appeal judges upheld his decisions.Supreme Court justices and European Court of Human Rights judges refused to intervene. “Alfie, we will do everything for you. You’re not dying so we won’t allow your life to be taken.”Your holiness save our son.” Alfie Evans, pictured right, and his parents Tom Evans, pictured right in the left picture, and Kate James Tom Evans, pictured right, after flying to Rome to meet the PopeCredit:Tiziana Fabi/AFP Tom Evans, father of terminally-ill toddler Alfie, attends Pope Francis' general audience in St Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Alfie Evans in hospitalCredit:Alfie’s Army Official/PA Tom Evans, the father of Aflie Evans, meets the pope at the Vatican in Italy Wednesday morning Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Jim Cornette to induct The Rock n Roll Express into WWE Hall

first_img He doesn’t want to come back to WWE as it is right now. He isn’t doing this for the WWE. He’s doing this for Ricky and Robert. Twitter Comments are closed. Google+ 8/29 NXT Live Results: Orlando, Florida (Velveteen Dream takes on Roderick Strong) WWE announced on Monday afternoon that Jim Cornette will be inducting The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) into the WWE Hall of Fame during WrestleMania 33 weekend in two weeks in Orlando, Florida.It had been rumored that Cornette would be picked to take part in the induction. Given Cornette’s rather outspoken comments in recent years towards many in the wrestling industry, it wasn’t a given at the time he would get the offer.Cornette himself seemed to joke about this on Twitter earlier today.Wear your winter clothes to Florida! A cold snap is headed towards Hell! https://t.co/VRYKu9VeiB— Jim Cornette (@TheJimCornette) March 20, 2017The announcement features a quote from Cornette about the influence Morton and Gibson on the professional wrestling industry.“By any standard, Ricky and Robert belong in the Hall of Fame. And that’s whether its longevity as a team, the attendance records they set, or the great matches that they had, which fans can still see on WWE Network.”BREAKING: The #RockNRollExpress will be inducted into the #WWEHOF Class of 2017 by @TheJimCornette! https://t.co/aFp0rSb1cJ pic.twitter.com/pD8vQ0QSwN— WWE (@WWE) March 20, 2017 Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Videos Articles JFJ Videos Articles Kurt Angle March 20, 2017 at 6:56 pm Hotrod Like Jim said Hell has frozen over. Is WWE Losing Its Audience? indeed, and pretty damn great! Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Hotrod Jim called out Vince on his podcast a few months ago, saying he should be brought back, because almost everyone else has been given more chances. He is doing it for the WWE, they are just making money off the bogus hall of fame. March 20, 2017 at 2:12 pm Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jim Cornette will be color commentator for brand new NWA studio wrestling series Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next March 21, 2017 at 8:36 am Mo Malikcenter_img Seth Rollins OH SHIT! This is going to be interesting! 9 COMMENTS Former Impact and ROH star guest coaching this week at WWE Performance Center March 21, 2017 at 6:29 pm Cornette is the perfect person for this induction. His Midnight Express (both incarnations) had some of the greatest tag team battles in JCP/NWA/WCW history with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express. His Heavenly Bodies had some great matches against the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express in Smoky Mountain Wrestling and once or twice in WWE. A third incarnation of Cornette’s Midnight Express had a couple of matches against the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express in WWE as well. Now Playing Up Next They need to just let him come back and be a character on TV, maybe I might watch their god awful boring show again… but I doubt even Cornette could save the WWEvil trainwreck. Rocky Dominguez March 20, 2017 at 2:37 pm Roman Reigns is in Remission Facebook March 20, 2017 at 6:06 pm b d Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions JFJ March 21, 2017 at 12:30 am Corny will not have a live mic, WWE is smarter than that, IJS Holyshit Cornette and a live Mic! That’s surely worth the entrance fee Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Jaime Miguel Cesaro March 20, 2017 at 6:15 pm Videos Articles Pinterest March 20, 2017 at 3:54 pm Cameron Hufflast_img read more

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Jail task force agrees new facility or upgrade needed

first_imgA group of local elected officials, city administrators, police chiefs and other community leaders tasked with looking into Clark County’s options for its aging jail reached a consensus on a key issue.They all agree the jail, built in 1984, needs to be replaced or substantially upgraded.Erik Jensen, the group’s facilitator, called the decision by the 24-member Correction Facility Advisory Commission a milestone.“That is a litmus test for this group’s charge and to move forward,” he said.Now comes the real work: agreeing on the details of a recommendation the group needs to deliver by November to the Clark County Council.Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, a member of the commission, pointed out that there was still no clear consensus among the group on what exactly should be done with the jail. Columbia River Mental Health Services CEO Craig Pridemore, the commission’s chair, declined to take formal action.The Clark County Council created the commission in February in response to a consultant’s report that found that the jail had become ill-suited to meet the growing county’s needs and could expose it to litigation. The options for upgrading the jail outlined in a follow-up study cost $63 million to $284 million.The commission has had five meetings where its members have been presented with information on trends in corrections and the state of the current jail. At its most recent meeting, county Prosecutor Tony Golik presented data showing that felony case filings per capita are down in Clark County.last_img read more

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Xavi Chances of Neymar returning to Barcelona are 0

first_imgBarcelona legend Xavi Hernandez ruled out the prospect of Neymar rejoining the clubThe Paris Saint-Germain forward has been strongly linked with a return to the club he left in 2017.Recent reports claim Neymar met up with a Barcelona advisor called Andre Cury over the international break.But the Brazilian’s former team-mate Xavi just can’t see how a return to Camp Nou will occur for Neymar.“I don’t see it. I don’t see it. I also think it didn’t work out well, I don’t see it in any way,” Xavi told Cadena SER.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“I read a lot of press because I’m up to date with everything football, but I see zero chances that Neymar can return to Barcelona.”However, the Spanish playmaker still holds Neymar in a high regard and believes he can reach a similar level to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.“If he is mature and works, he will be close to Cristiano and Messi,” said Xavi.“He can be decisive, but it depends on him.”Neymar has scored 13 goals and added seven assists n 16 games for PSG this season.last_img read more

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Father gets thousands of birthday calls texts after sons billboard prank

first_imgThe billboard went up a week before the boys’ father’s 62nd birthday.Within minutes, the boys’ father got his first text.It said, “Happy birthday.”He texted back, asking, “Who are you?”“My name is Nick.”“How do you know it’s my birthday coming up?”“I saw it on a billboard.” Since then, he has gotten a tremendous response.“I think I’ve had about 15,000 calls, texts and Facebook hits in the last three days,” the boys’ father said. “I’ve received texts from all over the world, as far as the Philippines, Kenya, Luxembourg. It’s been crazy.”The elder Chris said he’s even now getting recognized at restaurants. He is now known as the billboard dad.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Two South Florida siblings wished their father a “Happy Birthday” in a very big way.According to WPBF, Chris and Mike Ferry wanted to do something a little different to celebrate their father’s upcoming birthday.The boys’ father, also named Chris Perry, lives in New Jersey, and was about to turn 62.“I called my brother, and I asked him, ‘Why don’t we put a billboard right outside of Atlantic City saying, “Wish My Dad Happy Birthday”?’ and he loved it,” the younger Chris Ferry said. “He started dying laughing, so that’s what we did.”The pair bought a large billboard featuring a photo of their father, along with a message that read “WISH MY DAD HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Love, Your Sons.”The message was followed by their father’s cellphone number.“We just wanted him to have a special birthday. That’s it,” said the younger Chris Ferry. last_img read more

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India closing the gap with Japan in steel production

first_imgIndian workers store steel coils unloaded from an Indian Railways train at a new private freight terminal in Sachana village near Viramgam, some 50 km from Ahmedabad on January 27, 2016.SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty ImagesIndia’s steel sector is rocking, notwithstanding news of some companies facing problems of piling debt and the RBI initiating measures against some chronic defaulters.The country is closing the gap with Japan in production, given the data for the first four months of the calendar year 2017. While Japan’s production was 35 million tonnes, India produced 33.2 million tonnes, according to statistics published by World Steel Association (WSA).”The gap is set to shrink further as India’s production has been growing at a faster pace (7.1 percent in Jan-Apr 2017) compared to Japan (1.9 percent YoY),” brokerage Nirmal Bang Institutional Equities said in a note on Thursday.India’s major steel-making companies include Tata Steel, JSW Steel, public sector SAIL and Jindal Steel and Power and Bhushan Steel.Also Read: Bhushan Steel crashes 10% after RBI identifies 12 defaulters for bankruptcy proceedingsSteel consumption rises, imports fallFor the first two months of the current fiscal, India’s finished steel consumption rose 4.2 percent YoY to 13.2 million tonnes, according to Joint Plant Committee (JPC), a steel ministry panel that collects data on the Indian iron and steel industry.Imports dropped 11.4 percent YoY to 1.1 million tonne in May, though it turned positive for the first time since March 2016, while exports rose to 1.4 million tonne, brokerage JM Financial said in a note on Thursday, citing JPC data. Nirmal Bang Institutional Equitieslast_img read more

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Economy markets Asian shares sluggish as political worries mount in US

first_imgReuters FileAsian shares declined on Friday, taking cues from U.S. equities, as reports of the U.S. investigation into the Trump Organization doused already frail risk appetite.The New York Times on Wednesday reported that U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller had issued a subpoena for documents related to U.S. President Donald Trump’s businesses.Investors are already weighing the heightened prospects of a trade war following U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.This follows the sudden departure of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and economic adviser Gary Cohn from the President Donald Trump administration.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.2 percent in early trade. Japan’s Nikkei was down 0.3 percent.The trend followed losses on Wall Street, where the S&P 500 Index fell 0.1 percent on Thursday.Back home, SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a weak start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex lost 150 points or 0.44 percent to close at 33,685 on Thursday.The partially convertible rupee closed at 64.93 on Thursday, down 0.15 percent from its previous close of 64.84.So far this year, the rupee weakened 1.7 percent, while foreign investors have bought $1.4 million in equity and sold $138 million in debt markets.India trade deficit: Trade deficit narrowed to $12 billion in February, its lowest in five months, amid concern that a global trade war could hit country’s exports.Crude check: Brent crude, the benchmark for more than half the world’s oil, dropped 0.08 percent at $65.07 per barrel while the West Texas Intermediate crude shed 0.02 percent at $61.18 a barrel, on Friday morning.last_img read more

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Parents Are Bad and Blossom Parents Are Worse on Riverdale

first_imgStay on target SDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019 Riverdale has taken Archie comics and turned it into a small town teen drama with the worst parents on TV. I think this is part of what makes the show such a hit with people who haven’t been teenagers for years as well as (I assume) the actual teenagers its aimed at. Everyone can really root for the central characters because the adults in this series are the worst. It creates the sense of righteous indignation that felt so good as a teenager. When you knew you were the smartest being on the planet, and all the adults in your live were either clueless or actively out to get you. Riverdale gives us a world where that’s true.This week’s episode was full of horrifically bad parenting, as it revolved around the Blossoms and the beginning of maple syrup season. That’s the other thing that’s so great about this show. All the blood feuds, corporate espionage, and murder revolve around maple syrup. The opening shot of the family evilly sipping maple syrup might be the funniest moment of the series so far. With syrup season beginning, it would usually fall to the male heir of the Blossom empire to tap the first tree. With him being murdered, that responsibility falls to Cheryl. The board members descend on the Blossom home. Believing Cheryl incapable of taking over the family business, they’re looking to take over.Cheryl asks Archie to join her for support, and for once Archie does the smart thing and says no. He has a girlfriend. Good job, Archie. But soon, Mrs. Blossom shows up at the high school and stands way too close to him. She offers to get him into a prestigious music academy’s summer program if he supports Cheryl. He agrees because if it weren’t for the adults on this show, Archie would be the dumbest human in Riverdale. He attends the tapping with Cheryl and defends her when they overhear some tactless board members talking about how weak she is while walking right in front of them.Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom and KJ Apa as Archie Andrews (Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW)Of course, the Blossoms keep asking Archie for more things and offering more in return. They buy him a new guitar and suit, asking him to join Cheryl at a big maple syrup company dinner that weekend. Both his dad and Valerie try to warn him, but Archie doesn’t listen. If anything, he takes his parents’ words of caution to mean make sure the construction business is taken care of too. Because he’s an idiot. If there’s anything good that comes out of this mess, it’s Archie can contact Polly for Betty. At the dinner, Polly reveals to him that she chose to stay with the Blossoms because she suspects they had something to do with Jason’s death.It soon becomes clear that the richest family in town wants Archie to be more than Cheryl’s friend. Her father thinks the board will accept her leadership more easily if she has a man by her side. Cheryl’s just wants Archie. The fact that she approached him about being a replacement for her brother at the beginning of the episode makes that just a little creepy. Archie makes his first smart decision of the episode and decides to run away. On his way out, he overhears Cheryl’s parents talking about trying to take Hermione Lodge’s business interests and suggesting that they’re behind Hiram’s incarceration. As he leaves the property, Cheryl tells him he’s just like everyone else, using her to get something from her parents. He runs back to Val, who is done with him for completely ignoring her. Good. She doesn’t have to put up with this moron.Archie tells Betty everything he learned. Betty’s mother, meanwhile, has tried to get her estranged husband’s newspaper to publish a hit piece on the Blossom’s based on Archie’s information. Her husband fires her, and she throws a brick through the window because that’s what responsible adults do. Betty and Jughead hire her on at the school newspaper, which they say probably has a higher operating budget than the local media. Damn Riverdale that hurts. Just because something’s true doesn’t mean you have to say it.Shannon Purser as Ethel Muggs and Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge (Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW)While all this was going on, Veronica is trying to help Ethel Muggs. Yay, Shannon Purser is back! Veronica notices Ethel’s poems have gotten dark lately. Remembering her mean girl days, she wants to try to make up for it by cheering Ethel up. Veronica learns that Ethel’s parents have been fighting and invites her over for a nice lunch on the weekend. When Hermione hears Ethel’s last name, she starts acting super weird. It turns out Hiram had done business with the Muggs family, and his embezzlement and subsequent incarceration left them broke.When Veronica hears that Ethel’s dad attempted suicide, she rushes to the hospital to offer condolences. She tells Ethel everything about who her father is. Ethel’s mom, another sterling example of Riverdale parenting, decides to scream at a teenager and throw her out of the visitors’ area. Fortunately, Ethel is more forgiving than her mother and agrees to stay friends. Veronica decides she’s done lying to protect her father, and Hermione tells Fred Andrews the entire truth of who he’s working for. Fred stays on the project in exchange for a significant stake in it. He also angrily breaks things off with Hermione. No love for the Andrews men. As the episode ends, we see Cheryl holding a photo from the tapping ceremony.  She’s angrily scribbling over Archie and Polly’s faces.Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper (Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW)While the secondary plot was a little saccharine, it provided a nice contrast to the over-the-top crazy that was Archie’s journey through the Blossom abyss. This episode had creepy rich people reading from ancient scrolls, corporate intrigue and blackmail all over maple syrup. It also had a line about how after Jason’s death Cheryl thought she’d “tapped her last tree.” It’s delivered completely straight and serious like it’s the worst possible thing that could ever happen to her. It all adds a layer of absurdity that keeps you wondering what’s actually going on in this town. I also enjoyed that we got stupid Archie back. He’s been a little too competent lately, and it was comforting to see him be a gigantic bonehead again. As frustrating as they can be when not written well, Archie’s constant pratfalls are part of what make the show so fun.Need more Riverdale in your life check out our Archie Gift Guide.last_img read more

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Basic things to do after a clean install of Windows 10

first_imgBasic things to do after a clean install of Windows 10 by Ashwin on August 08, 2019 in Tutorials – 25 commentsWhether you have just finished installing Windows 10 on a computer or updated to Windows 10 for the first time, there are a few things that you may want to do; this isn’t a list of essential software or tweaks but essentials that Windows admins and users should consider. Tech savvy users may well be aware of them.These aren’t mandatory, but more of a precautionary measure and include backing up the system, installing updates, making sure proper drivers are installed so that all hardware is recognized and working to its fullest potential, and more.Basic things to do after a clean install of Windows 10Install all UpdatesThis is literally the first thing you should do in my opinion. Some may prefer to create a backup of the system first, and that is a good strategy as well as it provides restoration options if updates misfire.Note: The guide is for most systems. Some Windows 10 users prefer to keep in control over the updating and that is fine as well. You may use third-party tools to install updates selectively only.Check for updates and install all available ones. You should disable the Delivery Optimization option (download updates from other computers) from the Advanced options under Windows Updates. I would advise activating Windows immediately as well there’s no point in waiting to do that. The operating system may be activated already under certain circumstances.Check your hardwareWindows comes with a lot of drivers pre-loaded, so your computer should be working fine. But in case it isn’t, you can install drivers manually. e.g. If your GPU isn’t working right or if  a device is not recognized at all or functioning properly.Tip: If you have a graphics card, you’re better off downloading the driver from the official website. I have had my fair share of buggy Nvidia updates, which I had to resolve using Display Driver Uninstaller.A good way to check if all things are working would be to play a video. Optionally, you can run Microsoft Edge (install Ublock Origin) and stream a YouTube video. This should help you test whether your internet, keyboard, mouse, speakers, and graphics card are functioning, all at once. Plug in a USB drive to see if the ports are working too. Don’t forget to test other components like a Wi-Fi adapter and Bluetooth if you have those.Backup the OSThis is the most important step, after a clean install of Windows. Some may argue that this is even the first thing that you should do. But I prefer installing updates on the computer, and then imaging the drive.You can use Windows’ built-in Backup & Restore tool, or use a third-party program like Macrium Reflect Free to backup your computer’s C: Drive. Save the backup image on a different drive, like a portable or external HDD. I cannot stress this enough, if you save it on the same drive on your computer, you may not be able to access it if the drive/OS fails.Tip: Don’t forget to create a Recovery Media (USB Flash Drive) after backing up the OS. Also,  delete the browser data completely after downloading the backup application.Things not to do before backing up the OSDo not install any software just yetApart from your drive imaging program, you should not install any third-party software on a clean install of Windows before you have backed up the OS. Even the installation of antivirus can wait if you plan to switch from Windows Defender to another security solution.Why is this so important?The backup is a fallback option should problems arise. Let’s say you install some software or driver and your PC crashes. BSODs, freezes, or something else. And if your hard drive crashes? Do you want to spend time re-installing the OS and all those updates again with multiple reboots along the way? What if a malware infects your computer? You could disinfect the PC or even format the entire drive.Re-installing Windows is a chore that has ruined many a weekend for me. But you can save time if you have a backup of the OS, especially if it is of a clean Windows 10 installation. You get to start from scratch, without spending hours fixing the issues.You may also create regular backups of the system, with software installed, to go back to that state and not the initial clean after-installation state of the operating system.What are the cons of this process?The only real con is that the backup will age rather quickly. Microsoft releases updates for Windows on a regular basis, surely you know what Patch Tuesday is. So, your backup will be missing these updates should you restore it, say after a few months. But since the updates are cumulative even a slightly older backup can still be a good option.Get into the habit of backing up your OS from time to time. And don’t forget to take a new backup before Microsoft releases a major OS update (officially called feature update), the most of recent of which is Windows 10 version 1903.Other things to considerRun a privacy tool to adjust certain Windows 10 settings related to privacy. You may also go through Settings to make basic changes there without running a tool.Install software. Check out our list of the greatest software for Windows. If you notice that something is missing let us know. May I take this as an opportunity to remind you that Windows 7 reaches end of support in January 2020.Now you: what are the first things you do after a clean install of Windows 10.SummaryArticle NameBasic things to do after a clean install of Windows 10DescriptionBasic things to do after a clean install of Windows 10. You may want to do these, before installing 3rd party software.Author AshwinPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Jetstar adds Tasman routes

first_imgAustralian low cost carrier Jetstar has announced it will launch two additional Tasman routes in December, including its first service from Wellington to Gold Coast, making it the only airline to service the route.The airline is due to start flying between Wellington and the Gold Coast three times per week from 12 December, and three times per week from Queenstown to the Gold Coast from 13 December, providing low cost fare options and encouraging travel and tourism for all three destinations.“We’ve been operating domestic services to and from Wellington for over five years and we’re delighted today to announce our first international services from the capital,” Jetstar head of New Zealand, Grant Kerr said.“It will be the first time in over 10 years that a new airline has launched year-round international services from Wellington and the first time in over five years an airline has offered Wellington-Gold Coast flights.”Jetstar will also become the only airline on the Queenstown-Gold Coast route, adding to its regular weekly services to Melbourne and Sydney from the Queenstown, bringing the total to ten weekly Jetstar services year-round between the popular resort town destination and Australia.Meanwhile, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says the new Jetstar services will boost New Zealand’s tourism industry and that they are an example of the industry’s Tourism 2025 growth framework in action.“Tourism 2025 identifies increased sustainable air connectivity as critically important to boosting the industry’s value from its current NZD $24 billion a year to NZD $41 billion by 2025,” TIA policy and research manager Simon Wallace said.“New, sustainable airline connections will help drive up visitor arrivals, which in turn grows regional wealth and jobs.”Flights for both Tasman routes will be operated by 180-seat Airbus A320 aircraft in a single class with Wellington-Gold Coast services offered on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and Queenstown-Gold Coast flights on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovich Wellington, New Zealandlast_img read more

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Morocco partners with UNWTO for International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

first_imgMorocco has become the latest country to join UNWTO as a partner of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017.On the occasion of the Moroccan Day of Sustainable and Responsible Tourism, the government of Morocco committed to support the International Year and advance the promotion of the first African Charter on Sustainable and Responsible Tourism.The African Charter on Sustainable and Responsible Tourism, signed last November in Marrakesh during the Ministerial Forum on Tourism and Climate in Africa, on the sidelines of the COP22, aims at becoming an instrumental tool for the continent to engage in sustainable tourism best practices by reconciling social and economic growth, the preservation of the environment and the respect for the cultural diversity of each country.UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, said, “The commitment of the Kingdom of Morocco with the tourism sector is remarkable, not only by joining now the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, but also by other gestures done in the past such as partnering with the World Tourism Organization in promoting more responsible practices and leading the process of adoption of the African Charter.”The United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. In a resolution that adopts this, the UN General Assembly had also recently appointed the President of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities and Chairperson of the Board of the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage, Shaika Mai Bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa, as a Special Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017.last_img read more

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