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Man facing human trafficking charges after investigation in seven provinces

first_imgHALIFAX – A 31-year-old man is facing multiple charges after a year-long, seven-province investigation into a human trafficking ring allegedly forcing “numerous” Nova Scotia women into the sex trade across Canada.The RCMP said it learned last April that men originally from Nova Scotia had relocated to Ontario and were trafficking and exploiting women from their home province.Supt. Alfredo Bangloy would not say how many victims are involved, but said the suspect named Thursday, Lorenzo Trevor Thomas, is associated with a Halifax-area street gang known as North Preston’s Finest.“We know there are other victims of human trafficking from Nova Scotia out there. Our goal is to find these women, get them to safety and go after their traffickers,” Bangloy said.“We want to see victims and their families get their lives back.”Due to the complexity of the investigation — dubbed Operation Hellbender — Nova Scotia Mounties worked with Halifax Regional Police and RCMP in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland.Thomas was arrested by police in Niagara Falls on March 27 and remains in custody in Ontario.He’s facing 17 charges, including trafficking in persons, assault, advertising sexual services and receiving a material benefit from sexual services. Police say more charges could be laid.Bangloy said such investigations are often reliant on victims coming forward, and the RCMP is urging them to contact police.“These victims are generally isolated, taken far away from home and made to fear for their safety,” said Bangloy at a press conference at Nova Scotia RCMP headquarters in Halifax.Bangloy stressed police are not looking to investigate sex trade workers.Const. Natasha Jamieson, RCMP awareness coordinator for human trafficking, said victims often do not realize they are being trafficked.She said it often begins with a trafficker seeking out a vulnerable teenager. They then groom the victim by making them feel special and showing them a more glamorous life.Jamieson said many victims develop feelings of love, trust and loyalty to their trafficker.“The hopes and dreams they have been promised are what they hold onto and believe that to be their future,” said Jamieson.She said perpetrators then begin to manipulate the victim, often threatening them and making them believe they must work to get back in their “good books.”When the victim’s self-esteem is broken, the trafficker can now exploit them, putting them in a position to do something they wouldn’t normally do, said Jamieson.“You may have a victim who was singled out in their teens by a trafficker, who entices them into believing their relationship has a future,” she said.“They can be discouraged from legitimate means of employment, forced into exotic dancing and prostitution where profits earned by the victim have to be provided to the trafficker.”Jamieson said the expectation is that a woman will work into her late 20s or early 30s before being replaced by someone younger.Police say signs that someone is involved in human trafficking include becoming isolated from friends and family, moving frequently or staying in hotels, unexplained injuries and new tattoos indicating ownership or branding.Thomas is scheduled to appear at Niagara provincial court on May 9.last_img read more

Enviro thinktank head says climate talk must go beyond being antipipeline

first_imgOTTAWA – Ontario’s outgoing environment minister says Canada must transform its energy sources if it’s going to meet promises to cut greenhouse gas emissions.But Glen Murray won’t speak out against specific projects to build new oil or gas pipelines and plants.Murray is stepping down from Premier Kathleen Wynne’s cabinet and will take over as executive director of the environmental think-tank Pembina Institute in September.He says he intends to spend the remainder of his career fighting climate change with smart, evidence-based policies.Murray refuses to say whether he agrees with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that pipelines can be built and expanded while meeting Canada’s international commitments on climate change.He says Pembina’s role — before and after he takes over — is about big-picture planning rather than campaigns for or against particular projects.“Pipelines and energy infrastructure in Canada, there is an architecture in there that has to be transformed,” he said Monday in an interview. “To pull out pipelines as a separate discussion from nuclear plants or from other types of infrastructure that are carbon intensive gets you into a conversation that I think is often a no-win conversation.”As Ontario’s environment minister for the last three years Murray was responsible for implementing the province’s cap-and-trade system, and was part of the negotiations for the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.He also was part of discussions regarding at least one major new pipeline, the Energy East project to double the capacity to carry crude oil across the country from Alberta to the East Coast.The Ontario government initially insisted projects like Energy East had to be environmentally sustainable and viewed in terms of their greenhouse gas emissions. Murray later clarified Ontario’s focus would be on the emissions the pipeline would create within Ontario, leaving it to other provinces to figure out the impact in their jurisdictions.Murray has cleared his new position with the Ontario integrity commissioner in “multiple conversations” according to a Pembina Institute spokesman.As well any lobbying activities in Ontario will be handled by the Toronto team.Murray said he sees the Pembina Institute as a chance to do the kind of work the former National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy used to do, taking a “deep dive” into research to produce evidence-based advice for governments of all levels.Murray was chair of the roundtable for three years between 2005 and 2008.“It’s really an opportunity for me to double down on a single commitment for the rest of my life which is working towards a clean, sustainable energy system in Canada and to fighting climate change, and that’s what Pembina does.”Murray will maintain his home in Toronto but will divide his time between Pembina’s offices in Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.— Follow @mrabson on Twitterlast_img read more

Annan recommends oneyear extension of UN mission in DR of Congo

In a just-issued report on the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC), the Secretary-General in which he says he shares the Council’s “cautious optimism” about the immediate future of the Lusaka peace process, as well as its sense of foreboding with respect to Burundi – assessments made last month by the Security Council mission to the Great Lakes region of Africa. Describing as “particularly disturbing” reports of the eastward movement of armed groups and their incursions into Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania, the Secretary-General noted that there is speculation that the armed elements “are moving out of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in order to evade participation in the disarmament […] programme, for which the parties and MONUC will now intensify their planning.”Mr. Annan adds his voice to that of the Council mission to the region in urging the leaders of the countries concerned “to continue jointly to seek ways to remove their differences and reinforce areas of cooperation.”Regarding the UN operation, he notes that the lack of detailed information concerning numbers, locations, assembly areas, withdrawal routes and timetables provided by the parties is preventing the UN from drawing up specific adjustments to the current mandate. Nevertheless, substantial progress made in the disengagement of forces demands follow-up, he says.The report includes an updated concept of operations, described as a transition phase. It envisages an increase of up to 2,500 military personnel over the current strength of 3,000, but does not request an increase in the overall authorized strength of 5,537. Concluding that the UN would be engaged in the DRC for some considerable time to come, Mr. Annan recommends the extension of the mission’s mandate for 12 months, until 15 June 2002.The Security Council is scheduled to take up the report in consultations on Tuesday. read more

Transport News Brief – Monday 28 January 2008

Volvo raises Skr1bn Volvo Treasury AB is to issue a Skr1bn bond loan on 28 January, under its Euro Medium Term Note programme. The bond loan, which has a fixed interest rate, will mature on 28 July 2010. More from Christer Johansson on +46 (0) 31 661 334 or Dennis dustcarts for Dacorum West Hertfordshire-based Dacorum Borough Council has just got six new refuse collection vehicles from Dennis Eagle. The new trucks, a mixture of Phoenix and Elite two and three axle chassis, join a 40 strong fleet and will do waste collection and recycling work. Dacorum has seen its recycling rates increase from 12 to 45% over the last five years and is one of England’s top 20 local authorities in this field. More from Roberta Manca on +44 (0)1 926 316 000 or RHA welcomes LEZ delay The Road Haulage Association says it welcomes Transport for London’s decision to delay enforcement of the Low Emission Zone, with the introduction of a 28-day warning period. “This is good news for hauliers as they faced a financial nightmare of non-compliance when the LEZ starts on 4 February,” said Roger King, RHA boss, who believes the decision is acceptance by TfL that hauliers have been unable to fit exhaust treatment systems in time for the LEZ introduction, as a result of production delays by suppliers. “However,” he continued, “there is no guarantee that 28 days will be long enough to clear the supply backlog and then install the new equipment. We will be monitoring the situation carefully and will ask TfL for yet more time if necessary”. More from Kate Gibbs on +44 (0)1 932 838 917 or Simple van security solution Locks4vans says it has the first ‘Thatcham accredited’ device to help protect vehicles from break-in theft. The firm says some two million vehicles are broken into a year, with half successfully attacked via the door locks. “Vans are particularly vulnerable,” says Andrew Dunley, director. “Repairs can run into hundreds of pounds per door. Our L4V Defender offers an effective solution, costing around £20 a door. Importantly, the unit looks good too and can even be colour-coded to match the vehicle. ” Dunley says that the unit saw off attacks with screwdriver, hammer and slide hammer for well over Thatcham’s prescribed attack test time. The firm will launch the new units from its two stands, 12-760 and 12-770 at the CV Show in April. More from Andrew Dunley on +44 (0)7 917 248 291 or Fuel savings for new Boxer, Ducato and Relay vans. Aerodyne Equipment of Greenford, Middlesex says its new range of aerodynamic aids kits for the Peugeot Boxer, Fiat Ducato and Citroën Relay cabs will help operators save fuel, emissions and cash. Customers can choose from a range of cab-top, three dimensional fairings or a Luton Pod, any of which can be specified with side extensions. There are variations to suit the Al-Ko chassis conversions too. “Pictures and specification sheets are available on our website or by mail,” says Ambrose Kingston, managing director. More from Ambrose Kingston on +44 (0)20 8998 5042 or Strong growth for Stobart Eddie Stobart says the firm has grown strongly in each of the last three financial years and continues to trade well with new business wins and profitability growing in line with its expectations for the current year and beyond. Stobart says the Group’s contracts protect it from rising fuel prices. The comment comes at the end of the first 12 months of the firm’s present 14 month accounting period, due to end on 28 February. It also plans a 2.4m ft2 warehousing on 47 acres of land it just bought in Widnes, Cheshire. More from Karen Mignon on +44 (0)2 072 943 685 or CV Show debut for TomTom’s Link 300 TomTom Work, the business-to-business division of sat nav specialists TomTom says its new Link 300 box will make its UK exhibition debut on the firm’s stand 12-319 at the CV Show this April. The new unit is for the updated TomTom Work Active system and allows operators to track and trace vans and trucks and send messages between them and TomTom Webfleet online. “Fleet operators are always looking at ways to save costs and improve communications and efficiency,” said Thomas Becher, commercial director of TomTom Work. “With the new TomTom link 300, any business can instantly combine high quality navigation with two-way data communication, tracking and tracing. More from Chris Wakeley on +44 (0) 2 074 948 050 or Drive & Survive voted the best again Oxfordshire-based driver risk management company Drive & Survive has been voted Best Risk Management provider by the readers of Business Car magazine. It is the tenth time in fourteen years that the company has won the award. Last year the firm introduced a driver risk management programme to support Ford’s commercial fleet customers and a separate driver training scheme aimed specifically at stressed business drivers. Andy Neale, general manager says he’s “very gratified” by his customer’s approval. More from Steve Johnson on +44 (0)1 295 724 283 or City Link deal strengthens Renault Trucks’ presence at Fraikin Vehicle fleet services firm Fraikin is taking 30 new Renault Premium Privilege trucks for a contract with express parcels carrier City Link. The deal takes the number of Renaults in the firm’s fleet to over 100. The Euro 5, 400 hp Premium Privilege two-axle tractors are on full service contract hire and will pull Gray & Adams 13.6m dry freight double-deck trailers on overnight runs between City Link’s nationwide depots. Renault Trucks Midlands won the business and these latest vehicles join over 400 tractor units and trailers from Fraikin on contract to City Link. More from Penny Randall on +44 (0)1 582 479 619 or Transport News Brief Week 5, Monday 28 January 2008 UK commercial vehicle production up Figures just out from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show UK commercial vehicle production up 3.8% to 215,692 through 2007. “Last year’s commercial vehicle output was the strongest since 1998,” said Paul Everitt, the SMMT’s new chief executive. “The most significant growth came from the light end of the market, but heavy production ended the year on a high, up 3.1% overall. The forecast for 2008 is stable, with exports once again driving the lion’s share of UK van and truck output.” More from John Procter on +44 (0)2 073 449 263 or Europcar first to add LDV Lutons to fleet Europcar just took 50 LCV Maxus Luton-bodied vans, in a deal worth £750,000 at showroom prices. The firm, which says it is Europe’s biggest rental company, has a 60,000 strong car and van fleet and over 250 rental sites in the UK alone. It is the first national rental outfit in this country to take the newly launched Maxus 3.5 tonne, long wheel base vans. Michael McInerney, Europcar’s fleet operations director for Europcar, said the new vans were a welcome addition to the fleet and would be ideal for customers looking to transport larger goods. All have tail lifts. More from Steve Miller on +44 (0)1 213 223 089 or New electronic seal at the CV Show Security and fleet management specialist Unisto plans to show its top of the range electronic sealing system, Manta RFID on its stand 11-201 at the CV Show in April. The firm says its RFID sealing technology has grown increasingly popular since its launch in 2005. Its latest Manta RFID system builds on that experience to work with the company’s GateSuite software to give an integrated and automated cargo seal verification process. The firm says its kit is working successfully on over 70,000 vehicles around the world. It increases logistics efficiency and cuts fuel use and carbon emissions by up to 15% a year by cutting the time trucks stand around waiting to be checked. More from Charmain Kimpton on +44 (0)1 483 209 305 or Business waste matters The Environment Agency says it has re-launched its Waste Matters website. This offers firms advice on managing waste and includes a forum to share good ideas, so the Agency wants you to take look at the website. You may be able learn from it or contribute your bright ideas, so that others can learn from you. Apart from the obvious environmental benefits, good waste management usually saves or makes cash too. “Waste Matters has been redeveloped to help businesses as they begin to see waste as a valuable resource,” says the Environment Agency. “Its 1,200 registered members have made the website the success it is – an essential source of information for businesses that produce waste and for those in the waste industry.” More from Committee questions sustainability of biofuels The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has published a report called ‘Are biofuels sustainable‘ after an inquiry which took written and oral evidence from a wide range of people. The report says that biofuels can play a part in cutting transport emissions from transport but they must be sustainable. The EAC worries about the production of first generation biofuels and thinks we should stop encouraging their production and use – we should look at second generation biofuels as a better low carbon option. More from RHA welcomes support on fuel duty The Road Haulage Association says it welcomes the recent suggestion from the British Chambers of Commerce to Alistair Darling, Chancellor of the Exchequer, that April’s planned two pence a litre fuel duty hike should be abandoned. “We often feel that we’re a lone voice when it comes to fuel duty,” said Roger King, RHA boss. “But we’re delighted that the British Chambers of Commerce have joined us in bringing pressure on Government to think again about adding even further to the fuel tax burden.” More from Kate Gibbs on +44 (0)1 932 838 917 or UK businesses want fuel tax frozen The BBC says more than 700 businesses have written to the Chancellor calling for the planned rise scrap rise in fuel duty to be scrapped. He is due to hike fuel duty by two pence a litre this April then by 1.84 pence in April 2009. Firms worry about the effect of higher costs on their competitiveness. More from New, approved air suspension for Sprinter VB Airsuspension says that Mercedes have issued a Letter of Non Objection for its air suspension system on the Sprinter 5T, to go with the one for the 3.5T variant the firm got last April. “Mercedes have tested and signed-off our kits for the Sprinter range and we are the only air-suspension maker to have attained this status,” said Oliver Drinkwater, managing director. “This shows Mercedes’ confidence in our product.” More from Oliver Drinkwater on +44 (0)7 738 562 832 or New software for recovery operators DBS Software says it will use its stand, 20-110 at the CV Show in April to launch new software for rescue and recovery operators. In 2007 the firm says it was asked to integrate tracking software with third party back-office software and soon found that existing software was falling short. “We were asked if we could provide an alternative solution, said Richard Crook, commercial director. “Our engineers have been working on a suitable replacement and I’m pleased to say that it will be available from April.” DBS says its software is used by over 5,000 customers throughout Europe. Much of its business comes from recommendations by satisfied customers and reputation for producing reliable bespoke solutions, according to Crook. More from Richard Crook on +44 (0)8 709 001 800 or More from Michelin Michelin says its stand, 8-340 at the CV Show in April will be double the size of its stand at last year’s event. This is to give the firm space to handle the UK launch of its new 255/60 R19.5 and 205/65 R 17.5 MaxiTrailer tyres as well as a wide range of other products. The firm says that all of the tyres on show will include its patented Durable Technologies, which it describes as “a series of innovations that set new performance standards for customers.” Michelin says these are probably the most significant development since it introduced radial tyres in 1952 and should extend across most of the company’s European tyre range by 2011. More from Paul Cordle on +44 (0)1 782 402 341 New coach tyre pressure and temperature monitoring system Automotive engineering specialist Beru f1systems has created a customised tyre pressure and temperature monitoring system for Canadian firm Prevost, a division of the Volvo Bus Group. The company used its racing background to develop the system. “During testing we were surprised to find wheels hitting temperatures of up to 100oC,” says Beru f1systems’ James Shingleton. “We have vast experience of such high temperatures in performance cars, but it was a surprise to find them matched or even exceeded in the wheels of a coach.” More from Nick Bailey on +44 1295 277050 or Better airlines please, but free pressure checks too. TyreSafe, the tyre industry’s leading tyre safety body wants owners and managers of fuel retail forecourts to ensure that their tyre pressure airlines are kept in good working order. The call follows a damning report from Auto Express; the magazine found that 40% of airlines were faulty or not working. Recent Department for Transport figures showing that a third of all accidents involving injury resulted from defective or under inflated tyres. Because properly maintained tyre pressures are vital for vehicle safety and efficiency, TyreSafe’s retail supporters, including ATS Euromaster, Central Tyres, Just Tyres, Kwik Fit, Hi-Q, First Stop, ProTyre, Stapletons and National Tyres and Autocare are offering free tyre pressure checks and adjustments at any of their nationwide retail outlets. More from Chris Wakeley on +44 (0) 2 074 948 050 or Nationwide Transport Breakdown Services gets a new boss Neil Hitchen is the new general manager at Nationwide Transport Breakdown Services Ltd, where he will control the day-to-day running of the 24-7 Manchester-based call centre. His appointment follows the death last year of the firm’s founder, Spencer Brown. Hitchen, who has 20 year’s experience in the recovery business, will also be on the firm’s stand, 17-221 at the CV Show in April. More from Neil Hitchen on +44 (0)1 613 368 752 or UK manufacturing remains healthy A report by the Engineers Employers’ Federation says that UK manufacturing is healthy despite international economic uncertainties. The report says that firms are enjoying the best conditions for manufacturing in ten years, with more output, more jobs and more investment planned since 1995. More from And finally New Scientist’s Feedback column says this week’s “most ingenious misquote” award goes to a camping shop in Beverly, East Yorkshire, UK, where Chris Finn saw a sign saying: “Now is the Winter of our Discount Tents.” More from www.newscientist.comClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Wade takes over in 2nd half No 12 Kansas St sinks Lehigh

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Dean Wade scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, Barry Brown added 16 and No. 12 Kansas State beat Lehigh 77-58 on Saturday.The Wildcats (6-0) controlled the second half after the Mountain Hawks hung around and trailed by two at halftime.Kamau Stokes scored 10 points including two first-half 3-pointers as the Wildcats continued their shooting woes at home, making 6 of 20 3-point attempts.James Karnik had 15 points and eight rebounds for Lehigh (4-2), and Pat Andree scored 12. Lehigh compiled 16 turnovers and made just nine field goals in the second half, shooting 28 per cent. Lehigh shot 54 per cent in the first half.Brown converted a three-point play to give K-State a 50-40 lead with 14 minutes remaining. That was part of a 12-5 run by the Wildcats that gave them a 57-45 lead.Kansas State led 37-35 at halftime as neither team build a lead larger than five in the first 20 minutes.BIG PICTUREThe Wildcats have struggled with all three nonconference opponents this year, but have managed to win all three with big runs in the second half. They will need to come out with more urgency when Big 12 play begins.Lehigh has had an impressive start to the season with wins over Siena and Princeton, but couldn’t get over the hump against Power Five schools K-State and Miami.UP NEXTKansas State will take on arguably its toughest test of the season thus far when it travels to Marquette on Dec. 1.Lehigh hosts Arkansas State on Dec. 1.___More AP college basketball: and Osen, The Associated Press read more

AG vs DSG debacle PPP condemns attacks against young professionals

… Harmon to make recommendationsThe derisive attack launched against Deputy Solicitor General (DSG) Prithima Kissoon by Attorney General Basil Williams SC, has caught the attention of State Minister, Joseph Harmon, who pledged to look into the matter.State Minister Joseph HarmonHarmon told Guyana Times on Monday that he would be reviewing the official complaint filed by Kissoon with the aim of making suggestions for a possible resolution.“As a public officer, I would have to take certain steps based on her complaint. I have to read it; I have to see what it is she is saying and make certain recommendations,” he explained after declining to offer a commentary on the ongoing conflict between the AG and his Deputy Solicitor General.This latest scandal originated from the dismissal of a State-sponsored appeal which led to the quashing of the case against former President Dr Bharrat Jagdeo.Williams had blamed the DSG for this outcome by publicly ridiculing her.But Kissoon was at her wits’ end with the ridicule meted out by the Attorney General and has since filed a complaint to the Public Service Commission (PSC).Legendary incompetenceHowever, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP)  has condemned in the strongest possible terms the assault against DSG kissoon.The PPP observed that this was just another in the continuous onslaught on young, professional Guyanese who were using their education, skills and technical expertise in serving that State.The Party also called out the Attorney General for failing to respond directly to the concerns expressed by the DSG, most glaring among them, which they cited as his ‘uncooperativeness’ and his orders, which ultimately restrained her from effectively executing her duties.DSG Prithima Kissoon“Rather than respond intelligently to the very detailed information provided by Ms Kissoon of his dereliction of duty and extravagant ineptitude; he proceeds to embark upon another tirade further besmirching this young professional’s competence and reputation by attributing to her a political motive contending that she compromises cases for the PPP,” the Party stated.It added that the AG’s blame game is another demonstration of his “legendary incompetence”.“Yesterday, he blamed the court for losing cases; today, he blames Ms Kissoon. The nation will soon witness that he will quickly run out of persons to blame and his manifest incapacities and inadequacies will be laid bare for the world to see,” said the PPP.ComplaintRegarding the case against Jagdeo, Kissoon explained that the AG failed to give instructions or examine documents prepared by her prior to being filed or presented to the court.“The Attorney General, Mr Basil Williams, has failed to approve or sign written submissions prepared by me or examine pleadings despite those documents being sent to him via email or being given to his Confidential Secretary, Ms Demi Hipplewith, Ms Andrea Marks and other assistants he has retained over the past year,” she detailed in her complaint.She claimed that the AG instructed his assistants to refuse to accept any documents or correspondence from her.Pertaining to the legal proceedings, Kissoon said the AG was reluctant to file an Affidavit in Answer as required in the matter.“This was not done even though I diligently prepared a draft Affidavit and presented same to him; he did not see it fit to peruse or discuss or give me instructions on same. I have records to show my notification and reminders to him,” she stated.Additionally, she said the AG appeared in court while she was on sick leave and applied to the court for leave to file further submissions, which he did not do.Kissoon explained that on the date of the ruling, he did not appear in court but her subordinate did for the first time to take the decision, which was duly made by the court dismissing the appeal.Thereafter, upon her return to work, Kissoon said the AG ordered that she cease all conduct of court cases involving the AG Chambers until further notice.Meanwhile, in another section of the media Solicitor General, Sita Ramlal in a letter to the editor pointed out that Williams had insisted to Kissoon and herself, that he be named as the plaintiff in the appeal when he was not a party.“I did not prepare nor approve the Appeal in this matter. The Deputy Solicitor General Ms Prithima Kissoon at all material times and at all stages had conduct of the matter and she was aware that an Appeal was being prepared. When the Appeal was to be filed Ms Kissoon could not be found to affix her signature to same. The pleadings were brought to me for signature, whereupon I declined to sign same. I then went to the Honourable Attorney General and advised that he could not be a party to the action for the very same reasons…but the Honourable Attorney General was adamant and instructed me to sign and file the Appeal. This was done,” Ramlall stated.She also noted that she again took the issue to the attention of the AG at a general staff meeting in the presence of the staff of Litigation Department including Ms Kissoon.“After discussions Ms Kissoon agreed that she would apply for an extension of time to amend the rubric of the Appeal.”DefenceAttorney General Basil WilliamsIn defence, the AG said that he could no longer sustain Kissoon’s undermining of his Chamber’s cases.He accused her of deliberately producing errors in the Chamber’s cases so that the PPP parliamentary Opposition members could benefit.He said in cases where President David Granger, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and the Attorney General were sued, Kissoon deliberately disobeyed the instructions of the Attorney General and Solicitor General with regard to challenging the applications on lack of jurisdiction, thereby causing the matters to be protracted.According to AG Williams, Kissoon is attempting to cloud the facts of the situation with her complaint.Further, Williams said he has already informed the Public Service Commission of the Chamber’s intention to initiate disciplinary proceedings against the DSG Kissoon. (Guyana Times) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’My career has been shattered’…says DSG on being dismissed over AG Williams’ ‘vendetta’October 11, 2017In “latest news”Young professionals, particularly women, being targeted by Govt – Opposition LeaderFebruary 3, 2017In “latest news”Former DSG to challenge dismissal in courtOctober 15, 2017In “Court” read more

Apple suggests downloading 4GB Lion OS X update at an Apple Store

first_imgNext month will see Apple release the latest update to Mac OS X, called 10.7 Lion, for the low price of $29.99. We’ve already covered the basics of what the new OS will bring, the only hurdle to overcome is actually downloading the new operating system from the Mac App Store. Remember, this time round Apple isn’t offering you a disc to buy, you have to download it from the Mac App Store or buy a new machine with it preinstalled.We say it’s a hurdle because for some Mac owners it is going to be quite a painful and potentially expensive download. That’s because Lion weighs in at a rather large 4GB download.Depending on your Internet connection at home this could cause an issue for one of two reasons: data caps and speed of connection. If you have an data cap in place, it could mean going over your limit and paying extra that month to complete the download. Alternatively, if you have a slow or patchy connection then the Lion transfer could take days to complete. If you suffer from both these problems you really are in a pickle.Apple isn’t staying quiet on this issue, though, and realizes some existing Mac owners will find downloading difficult. The company does have a solution, however: bring your Mac hardware to a local Apple Store.As Apple offers free WiFi in all its stores it is quite happy for someone to walk in the a MacBook and start downloading Lion. That way you can bypass your data cap at home and get a decent download speed too. The only downside to this being if the store you visit already has several people downloading the files it may still take quite a while. Another alternative involves booking an appointment at the Genius Bar where they will install Lion for you, but that’s even more hassle.So if you have a slow or poor home connection, or suffer from restrictions on your data, go visit an Apple Store with hardware in hand. Obviously this works best for laptops, but there’s nothing to stop you taking a Mac mini or even a Mac Pro in for the update. I’m sure the Apple staff would accomodate you.Read more at Computerworldlast_img read more

Leroy Sane left out of Manchester City squad

first_imgLeroy Sane has been left out of Manchester City’s squad for the game against Newcastle following his poor performances in training.The Germany international is yet to start a Premier League fixture for the champions this season and wasn’t on the team bus to the Etihad on Saturday.Pep Guardiola and Rafa Benitez make three changes each from their last Premier League outing.John Stones, Riyad Mahrez, and Gabriel Jesus come into the Man City line-up after the champions’ 1-1 draw at Wolves. For Newcastle, captain Jamaal Lascelles, Kenedy, and Ayoze Perez return after their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea last Sunday.MAN CITY TEAM NEWSRoberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, D. Silva, Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus, Aguero.Subs: Muric, Kompany, Otamendi, Delph, Gundogan, B. Silva, Foden.NEWCASTLE TEAM NEWSStarting XI: Dubravka, Yedlin, Clark, Fernandez, Lascelles, Dummett, Diame, Ki, Kenedy, Perez, Rondon.Subs: Darlow, Sterry, Atsu, Longstaff, Murphy, Muto, Joselu.last_img read more

Agent Ndombele move to Napoli unlikely

first_imgLyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele’s agent believes a transfer to Napoli is an unrealistic prospectThe highly-rated Frenchman has started in 15 of Lyon’s 17 Ligue 1 games and he’s impressed in the Champions League this season.Manchester City and Tottenham were understood to be interested in Ndombele.Although the 21-year-old instead signed a new contract at Lyon recently that will see him remain at the Groupama Stadium until 2023.Therefore, Ndombele’s agent doubts he will be leaving Lyon anytime soon for Napoli.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.Instead Toulouse centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo would be a more realistic option for Napoli.“It’s complicated, absolutely,” Agent Satin on a Ndombele move to Napoli, via Football-Italia.“He has a great future, but I don’t think it’s realistic to think of him in Naples. As for Todibo, I prefer not to answer.“The club has expressed an interest, I think I can say that. I think the club already confirmed that.”last_img read more

Fire damages Carlsbad apartment complex

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 3, 2019 Fire damages Carlsbad apartment complex Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter CARLSBAD (KUSI) – A fire damaged a Carlsbad apartment complex this morning, but no one was hurt.It was reported about 4 a.m. at a building in the 1000 block of Chinquapin Avenue, a Carlsbad Fire Department dispatcher said.t took crews about a half-hour to douse the blaze, which damaged at least four units in the apartment complex, according to reports.No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire was under investigation. January 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Who should win Employee Benefits Professional of the Year

first_imgNominate a benefits, compensation or reward professional for the coveted Employee benefits professional of the year award.The award recognises and celebrates the achievements of an individual who has made their mark on the employee benefits industry.In 2015, the accolade went to Ant Donaldson (pictured), global product expert, benefits at E.On.Runners up included Adam Brooke, international benefits manager at Standard Chartered Bank (previously employee benefits and wellness manager at JP Morgan), Joanna Bean, head of reward, UK and Ireland at Samsung, Henk Verhoek, head of international reward at AB Sugar and British Sugar, and Gary Wilkins, global head of compensation and benefits at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.This year’s winner will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party. The event will take place at the Artillery Gardens at the HAC on Friday 3 June.Send your nominations to read more

BLM Approves Greater Mooses Tooth 2 Oil And Gas Development Project

first_imgCurrently, 199 authorized leases cover 1,384,352 acres in the NPR-A. Bids received for the 13 lease sales since 1999 have generated more than $282 million, according to the BLM.  This past winter ConocoPhillips also had an active exploration program, with three wells drilled in the NPR-A. The company estimates that the approximately 40,000 barrels of oil produced per day will result in royalties amounting to roughly $2.13 billion, with payments shared among the resource owners. In August 2015, ConocoPhillips submitted an application to the BLM to permit a 14-acre pad and up to 48 wells, an 8.2-mile road, and an 8.6-mile pipeline connecting GMT2 with GMT1. ConocoPhillips anticipates starting construction of GMT2 during the winter of 2018-2019 and expects the site to be in production for 30 years from 2020-2050. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approved an application for the Greater Mooses Tooth 2 (GMT2) project, continued production of oil and gas from federal lands in the 22.8-million acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A).last_img read more

AL leaders made polling officers

first_imgLocal leaders of ruling Awami League and its wings have allegedly been appointed as the presiding and assistant presiding officers, violating the election commission’s electoral policy in Patuakhali-2 (Bauphal) constituency ahead of national parliamentary elections.They were even trained after being appointed. The Election Commission (EC) policy says, any person involved with any political party cannot be given any election related responsibility.According to the upazila election office, 114 presiding officers, 531 assistant presiding officers and 1062 polling officers received two-day training that completed on Thursday.BNP candidate Salma Alam of Patuakhali-2 constituency complained, persons involved directly with Awami League were appointed as presiding officers to stuff the ballot boxes with votes for the Awami League boat symbol.Bauphal Degree College teacher Zahirul Islam Khan, who is also the vice president of Keshabpur union Juba League and regularly campaigns for the boat, has received the two-day training.According to party insiders, among other trainees, Lutfor Rahman is the joint general secretary of Bauphal municipal Awami League, Malek Mollah is upazila Awami League forest and environmental affairs secretary, abiruzzaman is upazila Awami League’s assistant publicity secretary, Md Moniruzzaman is Bauphal municipal Awami League’s science affairs secretary, Kamrul Hasan Surjomoni is a union Juba League member and former general secretary of BCL unit of the same union.Mahabubur Rahman is Madanpur union Awami League organising secretary and Md Mizanur Rahman is Dasapara Union Awami League member. Apart from this, other active members of the Awami League have been appointed for election duty though they are also campaigning for the party.The leaders themselves confirmed that they have been trained as presiding officers and have copies of appointment letters. Upazila election officer Selim Reza expressed his inability to show a copy of the presiding and assistant presiding officer’s list. Then again, he also confirmed that everyone trained is listed.He said, 108 of the 114 trainees would be appointed as presiding officers. “In accordance with the rules of EC, we sent letters to various offices for recruiting public and private officers as presiding, assistant presiding and polling officers,” said assistant returning officer and Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Pijush Chandra Dey.“They were trained as per the list. Those participating in the training can be supporters of any party but are not supposed to hold any post the respective parties. Action will be taken if there is any such complaint,” he added.last_img read more

Biographer Gave Unprecedented Account Of The American Odyssey Of George HW Bush

first_imgListen Share X 00:00 /33:59 In the development of his biography, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, historian Jon Meacham conducted extensive interviews over a decade with the 41st president, his family, friends, and colleagues and was granted access to the former president’s audio diaries and First Lady Barbara Bush’s diary.At the time of its release in November 2015, the book gained headlines for its revelations from the elder Bush about his willingness to risk impeachment — if necessary — to engage in the first Gulf War, as well as some critiques of his son’s presidency.In the audio above, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen discusses all of that with Meacham, and we learn about moments that underscore Houston’s influence on Bush and his life. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Legends of Tomorrow Goes Back to When Pirates Were Fun

first_img DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked Legends of Tomorrow is on a hot streak this season. It’s found a formula that really works for it, at least while it builds up to the bigger fights to come. It’s spent most of this season giving us superhero-infused riffs on established tropes, and while you’d think this story would start to get old after a while, it fits the tone of this show perfectly. The show gives the Legends a giant sandbox to play in, never getting too serious until it really counts. Each episode also focuses on a particular character and dilemma, which keeps the story from becoming overcrowded. That can happen with a big ensemble show like this.This week’s episode is all about Amaya, who’s still struggling with the way Kuasa turned out. She wants to help her granddaughter, but that would disrupt the time stream and could have disastrous consequences for Mari. That’s going to be an interesting problem for the show to solve as we move through the second half of the season. Making matters worse is the fact that she can’t even step off the ship in Detroit to see her granddaughter for fear of changing history. Not that she has much time to deal with that anyway. The Legends have totems to find, and Damien Darhk already got to the Fire Totem, held by Mari McCabe’s scientist boyfriend.Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)That means the Legends need to get their hands on the Earth Totem, which we know from the episode’s opening, is in The Bahamas in 1717. It turned Blackbeard’s lover into a plant monster. Aw yeah, it’s time for a pirate adventure. Without Sara. As handy as she’d be in a world of swords and rum, she has a date with Agent Sharpe. The legends decide not to interrupt and run off to the Caribbean without telling her. There’s no way this could go wrong. OK, before we get to the pirate stuff, let’s talk about Sara and Sharpe because their scenes are adorable. It’s a side of Sara we don’t normally get to see. As far back as Arrow, she’s been the cool, collected badass. It’s nice to see her show some vulnerability and nervousness on a first date. It creates a real sense that she and Sharpe really like each other, and are both unsure of how to proceed. This also leads to some funny moments where they both keep getting distracted by work despite having promised not to talk about work. You know, normal romantic comedy stuff. Except with guns, swords and time travel.The real fun happens in the pirate segments of the episode. That’s mostly because we get to hear each cast member’s best attempt at a pirate voice. I think the award for most blatant Johnny Depp impression has to go to Brandon Routh here. The Legends show up in Nassau, and start doing piratey things to try and get Blackbeard’s attention. Mick Rory notices that Amaya still isn’t in the best of spirits, so he helps her out. He starts a tall tale about the Dread Pirate Jiwe that instantly catches on. I don’t know when the show decided to start turning Rory into the soft-hearted, empathetic problem solver, but I like it.Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave, Maisie Richardson- Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen and Courtney Ford as Nora Darhk (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)With Amaya fully in the pirate spirit, they catch the attention of Blackbeard and ask about a trinket with a large, green emerald on it. Blackbeard knows where it is, and he’s about to tell them… but the Royal Navy shows up to arrest Blackbeard and his crew. Unfortunately for the Legends, they also have a new admiral: Damien Darhk. Darhk freezes Amaya and takes her totem before demanding that Blackbeard tell him where the Earth Totem is. Here’s where Legends of Tomorrow gives its pirate story a cool twist. Earlier, Rory made up a story about Amaya being the most fearsome pirate queen of all, and the pirates immediately took it as fact, and started adding to it. Here, we see something similar happened with Blackbeard. All those stories about what a terrible pirate he was were just that. They were stories. He’s really a coward, giving up the totem’s location freely and dutifully marching to his death, along with the Legends.Fortunately, there’s a little more truth to the stories about Amaya. Namely, she really is as brave as Rory made her out to be, just not as ruthless. She fights off the officers and the executioner, commandeers Blackbeard’s ship, with the pirate’s full cooperation, and sets off to find the Earth Totem. This episode’s fight scenes really went above and beyond. A lot of the time on this show, so much money is spent recreating the period sets and CGI enemies, there’s not a lot left for the actual fight. They tend to last a few seconds with maybe one cool superpower display, if we’re lucky. That’s not the case for this episode. It is very light on superpowers, but that means we get extended shots of swordfight choreography. It’s exactly what you want from a pirate story. That’s not to say there isn’t any spectacle, though. It’s hard to think of a more exciting scene than the Waverider time-jumping itself out of the Bermuda triangle while Damian Darhk fires cannons at it. Well, except for the one where Blackbeard tries to take over the Waverider and is defeated by Sharpe and Sara, who are wielding musical instruments. How is this show so cool every week?Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)The Legends defeat the Darhks and get the Earth Totem, but it’s not without a price. Not only do they fail to get Amaya’s Spirit Totem back, but Ray shoots Nora Darhk in the back with a nano gun. Without help, she will die. Yes, she’s a villain, but Ray isn’t a murderer. (See? Even when he’s playing a completely different DC superhero, Routh is still the best modern Superman.) He goes back to the Bahamas with a cure and offers it to Damien in exchange for Amaya’s totem back. Darhk immediately gives it to him, saying his daughter is more important than anything. Between this scene and all of Kuasa’s development, this season has been fantastic about humanizing and complicating its villains. I like it. It doesn’t last long, though. As soon as Nora is cured, she goes all demonic and nearly kills Ray. The only reason she doesn’t is that Damien says he’ll be useful. So now the Darhks have both Atom and the Spirit Totem. Great.The only storyline that didn’t quite pull its weight was the one between Rip Hunter and Wally West. That’s disappointing because we’ve really missed Wally’s presence in The Flash. The Arrowverse just doesn’t feel the same without him. It was so exciting when Rip contacted Wally at the end of last week’s episode, and they didn’t do much at all with him this week. It was important to see Wally get out of his funk, and it gave us some great comedy. Wally and Rip performing “Careless Whisper” in 1992 Japan is the funniest moment of the episode. But this whole story felt like filler. By the end of the episode, nothing much happened between these two. It was fun, but it didn’t live up to the rest of the episode. Even the funniest karaoke performance can’t compare to pirates and superheroes sword fighting. Even so, this was still a fantastic hour of Legends of Tomorrow. Hopefully, Wally will have something more to do next week. Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

The man who immortalised Nira

A doyen of Bengali literature, Sunil Gangopadhyay called poetry his first love, but successfully delved into all literary genres with his versatility and varied experiences of life, leaving generations of readers in India and Bangladesh mesmerised over decades with his creativity and writing style.Often a bohemian in lifestyle, Gangopadhyay was one of the most popular poets in post-Rabindranath Tagore Bengal, with his Nira series of poems having retained their popularity, particularly among the youth, through the years. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A prolific writer, Gangopadhyay authored more than 200 books over six decades, with his magnificent range of creations touching upon diverse segments like novels, children’s fiction, poetry, literary criticism, travelogue and essays.Gangopadhyay was born in Faridpur, now in Bangladesh, in 1934, and his family shifted before the partition to Kolkata – a city that saw the flowering of his talent shaped by a passion for reading and endless informal chat sessions with literary and other cultural geniuses and even the ordinary people from all walks of life. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHowever, it was Gangopadhyay’s father – a teacher – who played a catalytic role in bringing out his poetic talent.‘After my school final examination, my father – to keep me engaged – asked me to translate Tennyson. After translating some of the poems, I thought why don’t I try out my hand in writing some poems of my own? I liked what I wrote.’ His first poem Ekti Chithi [A letter] was published in 1950.In the 1950s, Gangopadhyay and some of his friends brought out a seminal poetry magazine Krittibas, which published poems of only young writers and became a platform for young talents experimenting with various forms. Gangopadhyay was the founder editor. His first novel, Atmaprakash [Emergence], published in 1965 in the prestigious magazine Desh, was critically acclaimed though it triggered a controversy, with some calling it ‘obscene’.Among his well-known poems are Kavita Sangraha, Shada Pristha Tomar Sangay and Amar Swapna.In 1985, Gangopadhyay got the Sahitya Akademi award for his historical fiction Sei Somoy [Those Days].Among his other works are Pratham Alo [First Light], and Purbo-Paschim, a novel on the partition and its effect depicted through the eyes of three generations of Bengalis in West Bengal, Bangladesh and elsewhere.Besides the Sahitya Akademi award, Gangopadhyay got Ananda Purashkar, the Bankim Puraskar and Hindu Literary Prize.His thrillers of the Kakababu series were very popular among children and teenagers.Known for his liberal, secular and open-minded views, Gangopadhyay always spoke out against religious bigotry, and his pen was sharp in condemning the 1992 communal riots.Through his career, he used several pen names including Nil Lohit, Sanatan Pathak and Nil Upadhyay, each dwelling on a particular form and style of writing.Several of his novels were made into films by acclaimed directors. While Satyajit Ray did Pratidwandi and Aranyer Dinratri, Tapan Sinha made Sobuj Dwiper Raja, and Goutam Ghose directed the much-awarded Moner Manush based on the life of Baul singer Lalan Fakir.Gangopadhyay got a chance to put his vast knowledge of literature, particularly Indian literature, to good use when he took over as Sahitya Akademi president in 2008.Under him, the Akademi launched a large number of projects to popularise Indian literature across the world, translate works from one Indian language to another, and increase interaction between writers in various Indian languages. read more

Afghanistans Amazing Last Buddhist Relics – the Taliban Blew Them Up

first_imgAfghanistan today is a country with a majority Muslim population, but before the arrival of Islam in these parts of the world in the 7th century, it had a thriving Buddhist community that left some magnificent monuments as a testimony of a long-gone era. It was during the 1st century AD that Buddhism came to Afghanistan, brought by pilgrims of the Kushan Empire ― a realm tucked in beneath the Himalayas, which existed from the early 1st to 3rd century.Kanishka the Great, Kushan’s most famous and celebrated Emperor, was also a great patron of Buddhism. The religion flourished in Central Asia during his reign. Monasteries and colossal statues were built and caves were dug deep into sandstone, to attract various pilgrims from the East and hermits dedicated to a life of meditation.Ancient Buddhist cave, Jalalabad. Photo by Todd Huffman CC By 2.0But Kanishka’s affection toward the religion came secondary to diplomatic attempts to extend the then-developing Silk Road ― a trading network running through the whole of Asia ― which facilitated the spread of Buddhism across the Karakoram range to India, China, and other Asian countries.Nevertheless, Buddhist architects and craftsmen created some of the most astounding sculptures and buildings in the region. In the town of Bamyan, for example, there were two magnificent statues, more than 175 feet tall, carved into cliffs, as well as caves intended for prayer and around ten monasteries.Members of a French archaeological team walk on top of a giant 4th century Buddhist stupa cut into a mountain, on October 11, 2006 in Samangan province, Afghanistan. The artifacts were saved from the looting of the Afghan national museum during the civil war of the 1990s and then the Taliban regime, which destroyed many pieces. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)According to a testimony written by a 7th-century monk, the statues were decorated in “dazzling golden color and adorned with brilliant gems.”Considered by many to be the most important cultural landmarks of the region, they attracted numerous pilgrims throughout the ages. Unfortunately, even though the Buddha statues built in the sixth century survived the test of time, they were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.Two women walk past the cavity where one of the ancient Buddhas of Bamiyan, known to locals as the “Father Buddha,” used to stand. Photo by Dvidshub CC By 2.0However, Bamyan wasn’t the only holy place for Buddhists in Afghanistan. On the banks of the Khulm River, the ancient town Samangan was once home to hundreds of monks who dwelled in and around the rock-cut cave monastery complex with a giant dome, traditionally called a “stupa” among Buddhists.According to a myth, it was in this exact stupa that the Persian King Rostam married his bride Tamina. Built between the fourth and fifth century, the stupa bears the name Takht-e-Rostam, meaning the Throne of Rostam, as a reference to the king’s lavish wedding.One of the standing Buddhas of BamiyanBuddhist stupas are usually built above ground level, but what makes the Takht-e-Rostam so special is that it was carved into the mountain rock. Since it was built during the great turmoil and eventual fall of the Kushan Empire, it is presumed that the monastery complex was built in the cliffs as a means of camouflaging it from unwanted guests, like the Hephthalites, the Huns, or the emerging Gupta Empire, whose power was growing while the Kushans were in the sunset of their reign.Strange Ancient Places Around the worldTogether with the ruins of Samangan, another archaeological site of great historic importance sits just 25 miles from Kabul. The ancient settlement of Mes Aynak was known both for its multistory monastery complexes, surrounded by walls and watchtowers, and its copper production dating back to antiquity.Buddhas of BamiyanZemaryalai Tarzi, an Afghan archaeologist stated in a 2015 interview for National Geographic regarding the Mes Aynak:“I do not know of any other site where monasteries coexisted in perfect [symbiosis] with production or industrial centers. These kinds of tight relationships between Buddhist monasteries and the industrial or commercial exploiters of natural resources have no precedent.”The Afghan cemetery in Bamiyan, Afghanistan.Within the site, archaeologists have found many artifacts including statues, cups and gold jewelry, confirming that this particular Buddhist colony was inhabited by wealthy monks who controlled or in some other way participated in the copper mining operations.Kyauk Kalap Temple is the famous Buddhist landmark with a golden pagoda on top of the rock in the middle of the lake at Hpa An, Myanmar.The site is today a target of Chinese investors who struck a deal with the Afghan government in 2007, to assume rights to extract 12.5 million tons of copper worth tens of billions of dollars. Of course, such actions would surely jeopardize the archaeological site.The international community has urged the investors to postpone their plan until the site is thoroughly examined and as many artifacts as possible are extracted.The Buddha of Kakrak. Photo by Mirko Rizzotto CC BY Sa 4.0Since the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul is in bad shape due to decades of conflict which plagued the country, the capacity for storing artifacts also comes as an issue. Due to a great number of findings, only the most important ones get to be stored.Read another story from us: An ordinary rabbit hole on a farmer’s land revealed mysterious caves that include two Knights Templar crossesCaught in a crossfire between lucrative foreign investments and the consequences of long-term conflicts, the Afghan government finds it difficult to handle archaeological operations. This part of the world’s cultural heritage might be lost forever, as the last traces of Afghanistan’s Buddhist community are disappearing before our very eyes.Nikola Budanovic is a freelance journalist who has worked for various media outlets such as Vice, War History Online, The Vintage News, and Taste of Cinema. His main areas of interest are history, particularly military history, literature and film.last_img read more

WestJet put a London phone booth in the middle of Calgary and

first_imgTags: London, WestJet, Winners << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, May 7, 2019 WestJet put a London phone booth in the middle of Calgary and here’s what happened next Sharecenter_img CALGARY — A word of advice from WestJet: when London calls, you always answer.Wise words coming from the airline, which just launched a new video to highlight its 787-9 Dreamliner service between Calgary and London. And in true WestJet fashion this latest video – titled #LondonCalling – includes all the feels, from heartwarming tears to ear-to-ear grins.Here’s the set up: a phone booth painted in WestJet teal was positioned to ring throughout the day in downtown Calgary in hopes of enticing curious passersby to answer the call. Of the thousands who walked by, only 10 actually picked up the phone and answered.Their curiosity paid off – in a big way. On the other end of the line was an unidentified voice that told them that they had just won two roundtrip tickets from Calgary to London with WestJet!“London is an incredible destination for our guests and with our new non-stop Dreamliner service between Calgary and London, Gatwick there’s never been a more comfortable way to get there,” said Richard Bartrem, WestJet Vice-President Marketing Communications. “We thought there was no better approach to entice guests to visit Britain than by testing out Calgarians’ curiosity for adventure through the unusual ringing of an iconic London phone booth in our own downtown core.”More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckThe phone booth in question is authentic and was shipped from the United Kingdom prior to being painted teal. It weighs over 1,500 pounds and was transferred throughout the day on April 23 to locations on Stephen Avenue and Eau Claire in downtown Calgary.WestJet currently offers daily flights between Calgary and London, Gatwick. Its new Dreamliner carries 320 guests in a three-class cabin configuration, including the airline’s newly revealed Business cabin featuring 16 private pods with lie-flat seats, an upscale Premium cabin and an updated Economy cabin.By June 2019, WestJet will offer flights to 68 nonstop destinations with over 1,000 flights per week from YYC. Posted by Travelweek Group last_img read more

SpiceJet unveils direct flight from Chennai to Bangkok

first_imgSpiceJet has unveiled its plans to launch a new international flight service from Chennai to Bangkok.The Indian low-cost carrier, which plans to begin the service on December 10, 2015, would operate the route six times a week (departing Chennai every day except Tuesdays) using its Boeing 737 aircraft.Flights would leave Chennai at 2210, arriving at Bangkok’s Suvarnabumi Airport at 0305. The return service would then depart the Thai capital at 0355, arriving back in Chennai at 0555.“It gives us immense pleasure, to announce our second international flight to Bangkok, our first Bangkok flight started from Kolkata last year and had an excellent market response,” said Shilpa Bhatia, SpiceJet’s Senior Vice President and Head of Sales and Distribution. “We strongly believe that there is a tremendous potential in the southern markets too, and this flight will help us to connect passengers from the rest of India to Bangkok, via Chennai.”AirAsia, Thai Airways and Air Austral presently operate the direct flight route between Bangkok and Chennai.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Theres always somethin

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThere’s always something new at Chewton Glen Hampshire, once again awarded ‘best English country house hotel’ by the UK’s trade publication, CATERER. I wanted to find out why it is so special, and how it continues to evolve. Early 2017, for instance, this clever luxury property opened a casual eco-friendly restaurant, The Kitchen, right by its main gate on Ringwood Road, New Milton. Passersby see it, and it looks attractive.  Yes, it is a 10-minute hike along the twisting main drive up to the hotel itself, but there are electric buggies working on a shuttle basis.I was meeting up with my friend Graham Sadler, MD of Regent Seven Sea Cruises; his main office is in Southampton, a hop-skip-and-jump from Chewton Glen. Since more and more of his cruises start and/or end in Southampton, this is a perfect pre- or post-cruise hotel (Southampton is under half an hour’s drive away, but there is also twice-hourly train service, which takes even less time). This was Graham Sadler’s first visit to The Kitchen, too, so we admired it together: the multi-million dollar spend has resulted in a 40-seat interior restaurant with burgundy leather banquette seating (a foyer, on your way in, has a big log fire, obviously not working in mid-summer but the wood is laid, all ready to go).© The Kitchen, Chewton Glen One wall of the restaurant is all-glass, with sliding panels that open to the terrace where many want to eat in summer. Another wall is mostly glass, looking into the cooking school, which has daily lessons; most are six hours, but from 8-10 August inclusive, they run three-session young cooks’ classes, mornings for six- to 11-year-olds, with teenagers, up to 17, coming in the afternoon. Yet another wall is also room-length glass, looking into the working kitchen where celebrity chef James Martin, an alum of Chewton Glen, consults (and when he does his occasional cooking classes, prices double, for only half a day).  But it is this kitchen which turns out modern comfort food, day and evening, knowing it is what people like.© Cooking School, Chewton GlenThere is, for instance, a selection of freshly picked superfood salads, and my home hot-smoked salmon was superb – it was toasted fregola, baby gem, grilled courgettes, with Greek yoghurt and citrus dressing. Another section has pizzas, another chargrills, and – a highly popular selection – there are burgers with brioche buns, Asian slaw and rustic chips. Best-seller here is the homemade Trenchmore Wagyu burger, and I really liked being able to choose the extras – in my case barbecue brisket, field mushrooms and truffle mayonnaise. Despite all this, when I looked at myself later in the metre-high revolving silver ball sculpture outside the spa, I did not look any more sumo-like.A bit of history. On 53 hectares in the New Forest, Chewton Glen has origins dating back to 1732, and as the decades progressed its main lawn seems to have been used for bowls. At some point, however, this was switched to the oh-so-English game of croquet, though now the beautiful grass area seems to do double-duty, croquet-proper and play area for the many families who love staying here (see the photo above). Chewton Glen has a brand new MD, Andrew Cook, a long-time Orient-Express man who spent 11 years at the company’s South Africa properties. Yes, he agreed, Chewton Glen – which now has 72 rooms, including those in the highly desirable stilted Treehouses – does have similarities with his previous hotels.But neither Belmond Mount Nelson or what is now Four Seasons Westcliff Johannesburg can rival Chewton Glen when it comes to surroundings. Some of Chewton Glen’s space has been left natural, fortunately, but it does have the most amazing walled vegetable garden. This is well publicised. On arrival, you are given various maps and a postcard, already stamped, first class, that shows the layout of the garden. You are encouraged to visit, and when you do it is pure education – everything is so well labelled. Estate Manager, Darren Venables, started here straight from agricultural college, went off for more training, and returned as Head Gardener in 1997.All these details, by the way, are in what is arguably one of the best-ever ‘hotel books’, simply called Chewton Glen – An English Original. Why do I like this book? It has history, and current facts, and profiles of suppliers, and superb recipes of perennially popular dishes, and stories of some of the 395 people who make the entire hotel complex work (none of them are housed, says Andrew Cook, but the hotel has a roster of houses nearby which might have a bedroom to rent). Anyway, as well as the kitchen garden Darren Venables and his team also keep bees, working with Bee Line Honey’s Rob Oliver, who keeps 80 of his hives here.The hotel also partners with Jennifer Williams, a former tour manager with the Bolshoi Ballet who now produces Naked Jams. She also uses Darren Venables’ fruits to make Chewton Glen’s own jams, available in big pots at the breakfast buffet and also sold. Other partners include the Heritage Fruit Tree Company, with whom Chewton Glen has planted over 250 trees including crab apples, damsons, greengages, medlars and quinces. Yes, you can take garden and arboretum tours at this unforgettable hotel – and you certainly need several nights, or rather days, to do it justice.As with so many great hotels and resorts, you appreciate Chewton Glen if you leave it for a while (this maxim does not apply to a private island resort in, say, The Maldives, but in England it certainly runs true). Particularly in winter you could stay for many days within the sprawling complex of this 72-room hotel. From room 74, a Croquet View Suite built in 1989, you can walk for a full 10 minutes inside, up and down stairs, to get to the spa, well-planned gym and indoor pool, with its attached 11-station vitality workout.Later in the day you could browse the boutique and its selection of books, which not surprisingly includes the excellent and compulsive read, Ladies of Cliveden by Natalie Livingstone – whose husband Ian owns not only Chewton Glen but also management of its sister property, Cliveden. And you can walk or cycle Chewton Glen’s enormous grounds, admiring the modern metal sculptures, all so carefully chosen and displayed – Chewton Glen works with sculptor Simon Gudgeon, the owner of Pallington Lakes outdoor gallery in Dorset, about an hour’s drive away. On this visit to Chewton Glen, my first return after an inexcusable absence of exactly four years, we decided to take the hotel-provided map to get to the sea, the English Channel. This is an easy and picturesque 20-minute walk, but you do have to cross one extremely busy and speed restriction-free road on the way.Once down at the beach, we turned right, past a lifeguard station until we came to a picturesque line of wooden beach huts, absolutely side-to-side, all with pointed roofs. They were colours of the rainbow – more ice-creams in a chilled display than nail varnish hues in a salon. At the beach huts, we turned up inland to Highcliffe Castle.  What a surprise, this Gothic Revival oddity, built originally around 1833 with carved stonework recovered from the Abbey of St Peter at Jumieges and the Grand’Maison des Andelys. During its private ownership under Baron Stuart de Rothesay and later family members, Mr Selfridge, who built up that London department store, was a regular house guest.Two disastrous fires later, the Castle was taken over by Christchurch Council, and is now coming to the end of a major restoration. It hosts weddings and concerts and, any time, has a surprisingly good snack bar – my salad was spot on after two hours’ heavy-foot hiking through soft sand (both shoes scattered sand for days afterwards).No luxury hotel or resort today deserves recognition unless it has superlative food, and by that I mean ingredients and dishes that customers, and prospective customers, actually want to eat. There is no time now for egotistical chefs who send out dishes that they like rather than consulting you, the guest. Local boy Luke Matthews is the top chef at the gorgeous Chewton Glen, Hampshire on the edge of England’s New Forest. We were dining in the Wine Room (no prizes for guessing that two of the walls are glass sided, holding prize bottles). One lovely thing about the Wine Room is that it is not sealed off, as a main PDR (Private Dining Room) would be. One corner is open, allowing a feeling of communion with the outside world.© The Dining Room – Summer House, Chewton GlenAnother feature is that Luke Matthews comes out soon after you arrive and discusses the menu with you, a lovely touch. We were eating à la carte, which was so much more personal, and sensible, for a table of seven. This is Chewton Glen’s gourmet dining, featuring as many local products as possible – if it must be ‘foreign’, the rest of the UK will do. The homemade breads, which included a superb olive-studded sourdough, complemented my Isle of Wight tomato salad, and Jurassic Coast veal.And then it was time, as the three six-candle silver candelabra on the dining table reached the end of their lifespan, to retreat upstairs. After all, I knew that by 6.30am, when the wellness facilities open, my New York Times would be hanging in a chic grey bag outside Room 74. In the spa/wellness area there were some people already swimming, looking up at the pool’s trompe l’oeil ceiling. Others were trying the various vitality stations.Then, after a good shower, it was breakfast – another outstanding meal. The small jars of yoghurt, specially made by local Hot Jam Lady Angela-Jeanne Trickett, and paper ‘bottles’ of Rosemary Water from, give a clue that breakfast’s products are also local and organic. The buffet is copious and you choose a main course. One in our party designed his own dish, eggs with baked beans and that traditional English favourite, fried bread. I dared to be different, too, going for the menu’s poached eggs with crushed avocado. I am already getting a substantial appetite to return to this unforgettable resort. Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more