Hurt opponent from word go Shivas new ring philosophy

first_imgNew Delhi: A record fourth Asian Championship medal in his cabinet, Indian boxer Shiva Thapa says throwing caution to the wind and hurting rivals from the very first second is helping him rediscover himself after enduring an erratic season last year. Thapa became the first Indian male boxer to claim four consecutive Asian medals with a 60kg category bronze in the just-concluded edition in Bangkok. He had won a gold in 2013, a bronze in 2015 followed by a silver in 2017 at the tournament which can easily be called his ‘happy hunting ground’. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”I have tried to become more aggressive, I now try to hurt my opponents from the first ring of the bell. I have realised there is no point in waiting,” Thapa, a two-time Olympian and a former world championships bronze-medallist, said in an interview. By waiting, Thapa implies the cautious approach which was the hallmark of his style in the past. “That can cost you bouts, I now understand. You feel that you are conserving yourself for that big assault but the judges won’t wait that long. So, now I go all out from the first round itself. I am aggressive,” he explained. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersAggressive he certainly was in all his bouts in the Asian Championships this time. The semifinal loss to 2015 edition’s silver-medallist Kazakhstan’s Zakir Safiullin was a split verdict and could have gone either ways. “It was certainly my most intense performance in the Asian Championship. Compared to 2017, I was a lot more worked up. I think it was reflected in how I fought and my body language. I don’t think I gave away even an inch in any of my bouts,” he said. The year gone by wasn’t particularly a good one for him. He couldn’t make the team for the Commonwealth Games and lost in the opening round of the Asian Games. But 2019 has started on a much better note for him with a creditable silver at the GeeBee Tournament in Finland in March being followed by the record Asian medal. National coach C A Kuttappa, who has worked with Thapa since his early days, says upping the aggression is something that he has always wanted from Thapa and the boxer from Assam is giving him exactly that in the ring now.last_img read more

Valverde feels Barcelona support despite Champions League collapse

first_imgMadrid: Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has said he feels supported by club president Josep Bartomeu and compared the reaction to their Champions League exit to a child having a tantrum. Barca crashed out in the semi-finals on Tuesday after one of the greatest comebacks in the tournament’s history saw them lose 4-0 to Liverpool and throw away a 3-0 advantage from the first leg. The defeat has left Valverde’s future in doubt but, ahead of their penultimate La Liga game of the season at home to Getafe on Sunday, he insists he wants to continue. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”I’m not thinking about it, not at all,” Valverde said in a press conference on Saturday. “I have the strength to continue, I’m fine, I’m like everyone else, what we want to do is take a step forward and face the situation, not hide under a stone. “I’ve talked to the president and I’ve always felt supported by the club. “I know that when there’s a blow of this kind, everything becomes disjointed. It’s as if you have to burn everything, like when our children have a tantrum, but you have to rebuild.” Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersBarcelona have already been crowned La Liga champions and could make it a domestic double by beating Valencia in the final of the Copa del Rey later this month. But even two trophies would not make amends for the collapse against Liverpool, given the Champions League was the one the club really craved this season. “We are hurt, I’m not going to deny it,” Valverde said. “But we have time to recover for ourselves and also with our fans. We’re have to be honest with ourselves. We can lose against Liverpool, they have proved to be a great team. “The problem it’s how we lost, especially in the second half when we did not play well. It was painful because we lost from a very favourable situation. But there is no other way than to look forward.” Barcelona will be without Luis Suarez against Getafe after the Uruguayan had surgery on a knee injury on Thursday night. Suarez is expected to be out for four to six weeks. Ousmane Dembele, Arthur Melo and Rafinha are also injured. Valverde’s side are nine points clear at the top of La Liga with two games left while Getafe are chasing Champions League qualification. They sit fourth, three points ahead of Valencia and Sevilla.last_img read more

New UNAfrican Union project aims to boost humanitarian access in Darfur

2 May 2011The joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur has announced a new initiative to help aid agencies access hard-to-reach communities in parts of the strife-torn Sudanese region. The three-week project is dubbed “Operation Spring Basket” and will involve visits to several villages which have been inaccessible to humanitarian workers for some time, according to a news release issued yesterday by the mission (UNAMID), which organized the initiative along with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).“I can assure you that this will be an ongoing process. The humanitarian community will follow up in order to deliver humanitarian relief to those in need,” said Ibrahim Gambari, the head of UNAMID. The mission has been working for months with the Sudanese Government and non-signatory movements to open access to areas in the Jebel Marra region and other parts of North and West Darfur, which UN agencies believe may be in dire need of humanitarian assistance. “One of the foremost priorities for UNAMID is facilitating safe and free access for humanitarian agencies and NGOs [non-governmental organizations] into areas that are suffering from conflict and difficult to reach because of it,” Mr. Gambari told reporters in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur, after returning from a visit to several villages in the area. “We have undertaken intense negotiations and outreach to secure access to these areas, which are controlled by various parties. We will provide security and logistical support to the humanitarian community intending to bring assistance to the region, regardless of who controls the territory,” he added. According to UNAMID, humanitarian agencies working in Darfur continue to face challenges in accessing populations affected by conflict owing to the vastness of the territory, poor road conditions, erratic security and blockages posed by the parties.Despite the challenges, UNAMID is working to assist the population of the region, where it has been working since 2008 to quell the fighting and ease the humanitarian suffering.“We are fully committed to ensuring the protection of civilians where we can implement UNAMID’s core mandate of protecting civilians and facilitating humanitarian delivery,” Mr. Gambari reaffirmed. read more

Tuberculosis deaths nearly halved since 1990 but 4400 dying daily from disease

“Most of these deaths could have been prevented,” according to WHO’s Global Tuberculosis Report 2015, which was released today in Washington, D.C.The report said to reduce TB’s overall burden, detection and treatment gaps need to be closed, funding shortfalls filled and new diagnostics, drugs and vaccines developed.On the positive side, effective diagnosis and treatment saved 43 million lives between 2000 and 2015, according to the report.“The report shows that TB control has had a tremendous impact in terms of lives saved and patients cured,” said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. “These advances are heartening, but if the world is to end this epidemic, it needs to scale up services and, critically, invest in research.”Dr. Mario Raviglione, Director of WHO’s Global TB Programme, said ‘despite the gains, the progress made against TB is far from sufficient” with 4,400 people are dying from the disease every day, “which is unacceptable in an era when you can diagnose and cure nearly every person with TB.”In 2014, TB killed 890 000 men, 480 000 women and 140 000 children, according to the report.“The disease ranks alongside HIV as a leading killer worldwide,” it said. The report went on to say that “this year’s report describes higher global totals for new TB cases (9.6. million) than in previous years,” reflecting increased and improved national data and in-depth studies rather than any increase in the spread of the disease.And “more than half of the world’s TB cases (54 per cent) occurred in China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria and Pakistan,” it said. “Among new cases, an estimated 3.3 per cent have multidrug-resistant TB, a level that has remained unchanged in recent years.”Detection and treatment gaps are especially serious among people with multidrug-resistant TB MDR-TB, which remains a public health crisis, the report showed. The three countries with the largest numbers of cases are China, India and the Russian Federation.The number of people living with HIV who were given TB preventive therapy was nearly 1 million in 2014, an increase of about 60 per cent compared with 2013. More than half (59 per cent) of these people were in South Africa.“From 2016, the global goal will shift from controlling TB to ending the global TB epidemic,” the report stated.“Ending the TB epidemic is now part of the Sustainable Development Goal agenda” said Dr. Eric Goosby, UN Special Envoy on Tuberculosis. “If we want to achieve it, we’ll need far more investment – at a level befitting such a global threat.” read more

More than 350 million pledged for refugees in Uganda A good start

The Secretary-General holds a joint press conference with the President of Uganda and High Commissioner of Refugees on the outcome of the Uganda Solidarity Summit. UN Photo/Mark Garten The UN chief has bi-lateral meeting with Xu Jinghu, Special Representative of the Government of the People’s Republic of China on African Affairs. Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten Secretary-General António Guterres walks to the Summit with David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme; Rosa Malango,  Resident Representative for the UN Development Programme (UNDP); and Adonia Ayebare, the Permanent Representative of Uganda to the UN. UN Photo/Mark Garten Mr. Guterres speaks with Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on the margins s of the Summit. UN Photo/Mark Garten The Secretary-General António Guterres, WFP Executive Director David Beasley and UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, expect 30 Heads of State and international donors to attend. UN Photo/Mark Garten ‹ › Everything must be done to end the war in South Sudan – UN chief GuterresIn his remarks at the opening ceremony of the Solidarity Summit, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, warned that close to one-third of the people in South Sudan have been uprooted from their homes by the ongoing conflict. “It’s almost as if the country is emptying itself,” he noted, while reminding the participants that South Sudan was the “world’s newest nation.” Meanwhile, during Thursday’s visit to the Imvepi refugee settlement, David Beasley, head of the World Food Programme (WFP), said his agency was struggling to provide three meals a day. “We need $100 million to feed these people for the remaining part of the year. We need the money and we need it now.” Mr. Beasley accompanied Mr. Grandi and Mr. Guterres to the settlement to hear about the challenges facing the refugees from South Sudan, as well as the host communities. Uganda, through its Refugee Act of 2006, has a generous and progressive refugee policy which does not confine refugees and asylum seekers to camps and allows them to travel freely, own land, open businesses and go to school. Earlier in the day, the UN chief said it was necessary to recognize that Uganda remained “a symbol of the integrity of the refugee protection regime” that unfortunately is not respected everywhere in the world, he stressed.“Not all doors are open and not all refugees are accepted, and sometimes in countries richer than Uganda,” he said.Twelve years ago, Mr. Guterres reminisced, he was celebrating with the South Sudanese who were about to return home full of hope. Now they were back in exile and for him, the conclusion was obvious: everything must be done to end the war in South Sudan. At the conclusion of the Summit, after all the pledges were made, the Secretary-General, responding to a question asked by a reporter, drove home that point, emphasizing: “If there is one clear message from all the refugees that we met, it is that this conflict must stop. It is politically and morally unacceptable.” Secretary-General António Guterres walks with Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda. Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten A ‘Solidarity Summit’ for refugees hosted by Uganda has raised some $358 million in pledges, the United Nations announced today.UN Secretary-General António Guterres told reporters in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, that it was a “good starting point” although the international conference was looking to raise $2 billion.Hosted by President Yoweri Museveni and the UN Secretary-General, the Summit sought to rally international support for refugees and host communities in the form of donations, investments and relevant programmes, over the next four years. Mr. Guterres noted that the World Bank and the African Development Bank had promised “innovative funding” for projects involving both refugees and the local communities. “We cannot stop,” he underscored, recalling that several of the participating countries agreed to put forward their pledges in the weeks to come.Uganda: Africa’s fastest-growing refugee emergencyUganda is hosting a little over 1.2 million refugees and asylum seekers, some 950,000 of them are from war-torn South Sudan, according to estimates from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also a co-chair of the international conference. Furthermore, perhaps 2,000 people a day are crossing the border into northern Uganda’s Arua district. The majority are women and children who arrive exhausted and hungry, with little more than the clothes on their backs. Some of them even have their first meal at the Imvepi reception centre, after walking for days to reach safety, UNHCR field workers confirmed. The mass influx has triggered a humanitarian emergency, what the Secretary-General described as the “biggest refugee exodus since the genocide in Rwanda.” The Government of Uganda, the UN team in the east African country, including its humanitarian partners, are all struggling to respond to this emergency. The new arrivals need life-saving assistance such as water, food and health services. read more

Symposium to focus on depictions of animals in literature art and society

The Elephant in the Room will be the topic of discussion next week at the annual Humanities Research Institute (HRI) Spring Symposium on Tuesday, April 17.This year’s theme, “The Elephant in the Room: Making Space for Animals in Our Research and Teaching” explores the use and depictions of animals in history, literature, art and society. Faculty members from the Faculties of Humanities and Social Science will share their work on critical animal studies and human-animal studies.Symposium organizer Associate Professor Keri Cronin hopes this year’s topic will bring together researchers from across the University to start important interdisciplinary conversations and make the work already being done more visible.“Brock is, in my opinion, the place to be for animal studies,” says Cronin. “But because those of us researching and teaching these topics are so spread out and scattered across campus, it’s hard to get a sense of just how deep this research runs.”These HRI events are essential to maintaining the Faculty of Humanities’ sense of community, says Michael Carter, Associate Dean of Humanities and Director of the Humanities Research Institute.“The symposia provide wonderful opportunities for interaction and mutual support of our diverse research and creative agenda,” he says.The HRI was created to encourage the development of research programs and initiatives within the Faculty, as well as to generate public awareness of the diversity of humanities research by faculty and graduate students.This year, Visual Arts Associate Professor Donna Szoke will be awarded the 2017 Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity at the symposium. Szoke’s artistic work includes media art, interactive animation, installation and printmaking.Szoke’s multidisciplinary work has included creating a free smartphone app, “Invisible Histories,” which maps nuclear waste at the Niagara Falls, N.Y. Storage Site, where more than 270,000 mice used in radioactive experiments have been buried.More recent work by Szoke has included “Bold as Love,” a site-specific response piece at Rodman Hall Art Centre, and “Knitting Cigarettes,” an ongoing performance art piece of public knitting.The 2017 HRI Spring Colloquium will be held at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts on Tuesday, April 17. The full schedule is available online.What: HRI Spring Symposium, “The Elephant in the Room: Making Space for Animals in Our Research and Teaching”Where: Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing ArtsWhen: Tuesday, April 17, 1 to 4:30 p.m. read more

The real Wolf Hall is unearthed in Wiltshire by archaeologists

The real “Wolf Hall” has been ­discovered after owners of the ­surrounding land allowed archaeologists to explore the area because they were inspired by the BBC series.The home of the Seymour family, where Henry VIII first showed an interest in his third wife, Jane, fell into ruin within 40 years of being built and was demolished, its exact location never known.Now, original features of the 16th-century property have been uncovered by a team of archaeologists and historians who have proven ­beyond doubt its true location.The discoveries were made in the grounds of the much later built Wolf Hall Manor that stands today in ­Burbage, Wilts.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The findings include a network of Tudor brick sewers, several large rooms and ornate tiles that are likely to have been walked on by Henry VIII. Off the back of Hilary Mantel’s award-winning books and the hugely popular television adaptation, the owners of Wolf Hall allowed ­archaeologists to explore the site for the first time.Dominic Binney, who inherited Wolf Hall Manor in 2013, said: “Before the books and the BBC series we got maybe one visitor a year, if that. Now we get lots of people all the time, they have ­really put Wolf Hall on the map.” 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. read more

Windies staring defeat …Pakistan close to Sabina win

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWindies in a ‘tough phase’, laments HolderApril 26, 2017In “latest news”Pakistan beat Windies by 133 runs, clinch seriesOctober 25, 2016In “latest news”WI vs Pakistan, Day 4: Pakistan take controlApril 24, 2017In “Regional” Pakistan leg spinner Yasir Shah made the most of a deteriorating fourth-day pitch to leave West Indies desperately staring at defeat in the first Test at Sabina Park in Kingston.Misbah (right) being consoled by Windies batsman Shimron Hetmeyer after he was left on 99 n.o. yesterday at Sabina Park in the First Test between the two sides. (Photos: Bryan Cummings)The 30-year-old Shah has accounted for all wickets to fall so far as the regional side teetered on 93-4 in their second innings — trailing by 28 runs with six wickets in hand.Debutante middle-order batsman Vishaul Singh and night watchman Devendra Bishoo — both yet to get off the mark — are set to resume 9:30 am on today’s fifth and final day.Yesterday, Pakistan benefited from some sloppy fielding from West Indies to progress from 201-4 overnight to 407 in their first innings — giving them a significant lead of 121 runs.Scores: West Indies 286 (95 overs) & 93-4 (28 overs); India 407 (138.4 overs)Misbah was the mainstay of the Pakistan batting before he was left stranded on 99 not out. He hit five fours and three sixes in an obdurate knock spanning 223 deliveries, and in the process, crossed 5,000 runs in Test cricket.Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, who added 88 runs with Misbah for the sixth wicket, made a breezy 54 off 70 balls.During his knock, Sarfraz crossed 2,000 to add to the milestones already achieved in Sabina’s 50th Test.Outside of the Misbah’s feat, Younis Khan reached 10,000 runs in Tests while compiling 58 on Sunday in a match that is the 50th between West Indies and Pakistan in this format.Shannon Gabriel, a tireless worker all day, and his young pace bowling partner Alzarri Joseph, who generally kept to accurate lines, ended with three wickets each in sunny conditions on a pitch that was still relatively decent for batting.But for all their bowling effort, missed opportunities in the field let Pakistan off the hook on a number of occasions.Misbah and Asad Shafiq were both unbeaten on five at yesterday morning’s start, and with only 10 deliveries to the new ball, West Indies skipper Jason Holder — anxiously hunting an early breakthrough — took it as soon as it was due at the end of the 80th over.Misbah, on 14, was surprised by a fast, short delivery from Shannon Gabriel, and the ball popped off the glove to Singh at short leg but the fielder could not complete the catch while diving forward.Shafiq went for 22 when he was hurried on to the back foot by a short of a length delivery from Gabriel, and the resultant tentative shot offered an edge to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.Early on, Misbah was uncertain and sometimes awkward in dealing with a largely disciplined West Indies bowling unit, but eventually the wily, veteran campaigner got settled and unleashed a handful of booming aerial drives and dismissive slog sweep shots.At the other end, the ever-busy wicketkeeper/batsman Sarfraz Ahmed streaked to a half-century with a series of attacking strokes. On 50, he escaped when wicketkeeper Dowrich missed a stumping chance off off-spinner Roston Chase in the over before the lunch break.Not long after, wrist-spinner Bishoo, going around the wicket, bowled Sarfraz behind his legs with a biting leg break as the batsman missed a sweep.There was more wastefulness in the field when Amir, on four, was dropped by diving gully fielder Shai Hope off Joseph’s short delivery. The young, lanky bowler eventually had the wicket when Amir (11) edged a back of a length delivery for Dowrich to complete the job.And Joseph’s perseverance gave him even further reward. In getting a delivery to jag back into the right-hander he beat Wahab Riaz (nine) between bat and pad and hit the top of leg stump.Substitute fielder Jermaine Blackwood completed a direct hit of the stumps when Shah (eight) wandered from his crease seeking a single.Misbah kept plodding on at the other end but he was painfully left short of the three-figure mark when debutante Mohammad Abbas (one) was trapped leg before wicket by Chase.Batting a second time, West Indies were rattled by Shah as the spinner, who skilfully slipped in a few quick and straight deliveries, found turn and bounce, especially bowling around the wicket.He clean bowled opener Kraigg Brathwaite (14) before also accounting for 20-year-old Shimron Hetmyer (20) when the left-hander played onto his stumps after carelessly backing away to the leg side.Shai Hope’s struggles at Test level continued when he was trapped lbw by the spinner for six.Left-hand opener Kieran Powell, who played several delectable drives on both sides of the wicket, was the biggest blow to the West Indies.He went for 49 just before close when Shah landed one in the rough outside the left-hander’s off stump that found the edge and flew comfortably to Younis Khan at first slip. 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David Beckham wants to see Theo Walcott in MLS

first_imgAfter some recent claims suggested David Beckham tries to bring Radamel Falcao at his Inter Miami, over the past few hours emerged some shocking news regarding his interest in another major player.According to the British publication Bleacher Report, England national team icon would be glad to see Everton star Theo Walcott swapping the Premier League with the Major League Soccer.Although Inter Miami won’t be competing in MLS until 2020, Beckham is already trying to build a competitive team for the inaugural season.Inter Miami reportedly wants £110k-a-week £20m Everton ace Beckham once called incredible – https://t.co/l9R5JbXvU8 #EvertonFC #EFC pic.twitter.com/zUaqAvMqUiPremier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…— Toffee News (@TOFnews) October 5, 2018The pacey 29-year-old forward joined the Toffies last winter from Arsenal for a reported fee of around £20 million. During his year-long spell at the Goodison Park, the former Southampton man registered a total of 20 appearances, scoring five goals in the process.In case he accepts the transfer, Walcott would follow the footsteps of Gerrard, Lampard, and Beckham, who also performed in the United States. But, it’s also up to Everton to decide whether to renounce his services if they fail to find a suitable replacement.last_img read more

Apple plant may lay off 100s after immigrationstatus audit

first_imgCASHMERE — Hundreds of workers at a central Washington apple-packaging company could be laid off after a federal immigration audit.Crunch Pak notified its employees Friday that they need to provide documents proving they can work in the United States legally after a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement audit unveiled discrepancies in the payroll, The Wenatchee World reported Saturday.Company spokeswoman Amy Philpott confirmed the audit but did not say how many employees were affected. The audit began in August, and workers under review were notified the next month, she said. Vicky Castro of East Wenatchee estimated that 90 percent of the people she works with were notified.Crunch Pak, which packages apple slices, employs about 900 people in Cashmere. The layoffs could begin May 19.“What the company wants is for every employee to have the chance to correct their information or amend their paperwork,” Philpott said.Under an I-9 audit, employees are given 10 days to correct any discrepancies. The affected employees received their paychecks Friday attached to a notification letter and a blank form that they could use to correct, if possible, any errors in their records.The number of audits under President Barack Obama’s administration has grown to thousands, and ICE promotes them to deter companies from hiring workers who are in the country illegally. Companies face fines and, in some cases, criminal charges for hiring people not allowed to work in the country. Immigrant advocates say the audits have pushed workers further underground and disrupted business practices.An ICE spokesman in Seattle said the company does not confirm pending audits.On Friday, around 50 workers walked out to protest the looming layoffs. Most of those on the sidewalk, still wearing hardhats and hairnets, had received the notices. Several said they had worked at Crunch Pak for a dozen years, and most said they were supporting children, either alone or with a spouse.last_img read more

UPDATE Spicer Says Unauthorized Leaks Are Frankly Dangerous

first_imgThe Latest on the report that President Donald Trump shared classified information with Russian officials (all times EDT):2:45 p.m.White House press secretary Sean Spicer says unauthorized leaking of sensitive or classified information is “frankly dangerous,” after President Donald Trump reportedly shared classified information with two Russian diplomats during a meeting in the Oval Office.Spicer says in a White House briefing the unauthorized leaks are a threat to U.S. national security.He drew a distinction between leaks and Trump’s conversation with the Russians, saying the discussion with the Russian officials involved shared threats to the U.S. and Russia.A U.S. official says Trump told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (sir-GAY’ lahv-RAWF’) during their meeting about an Islamic State plot.___2 p.m.Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr says he has yet to get an explanation from the White House on what happened in the Oval Office meeting where the president reportedly shared classified information with the Russians.Burr says he waited all morning to get a call from someone in the room who can tell him what happened. He says: “Maybe they’re busy.”Burr tells a small group of reporters in the Capitol that: “My major concern right now is that I don’t know what the president said.”Burr added: “I’d like to think somebody from the White House who was in the room is going to get on the phone and tell me what they said.”___1:30 p.m.President Donald Trump is ignoring questions about whether he revealed classified information to Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting last week.Trump was asked about the disclosures after delivering statements alongside Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH’-jehp TY’-ihp UR’-doh-wahn). He said only that he had a great meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (sir-GAY’ lahv-RAWF’) and that the U.S. wants to get as much help to fight the Islamic State and terrorism as possible.A U.S. official says Trump told Lavrov during their meeting about an Islamic State plot. According to the official, the information he revealed came from a U.S. intelligence partner.White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster says Trump’s disclosures where “wholly appropriate.”___1:20 p.m.House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump’s comments to Russian officials at the White House last week “undermined the trust that other countries will have with in us in terms of sharing their intelligence.”Pelosi’s comments come as House lawmakers return Tuesday to the Capitol after a week back in their districts. Pelosi led a congressional delegation to India and Nepal.Pelosi says Democrats will try to force a House vote on establishing an independent commission to investigate Russia’s involvement in the 2016 elections and whether there was collusion from Trump associates.Democrats were expected to distribute on Wednesday a discharge petition on the matter. The tactic rarely succeeds because it requires a majority of the House to sign the petition. She asks, “What are the Republicans afraid of?”___12:30 p.m.President Donald Trump’s national security adviser says Trump didn’t know where information that he shared with Russian officials came from.The adviser, H.R. McMaster, didn’t deny that Trump had discussed information deemed classified. But McMaster tells reporters that the information was available through “open-source reporting.” That typically refers to reporting that’s publicly available, such as news accounts, academic reports or social media.McMaster says Trump hadn’t been briefed on the source or method of the information.Trump was later informed that he had broken protocol. White House officials then reached out to the National Security Agency and the CIA in an effort to contain any damage.McMaster identified Trump’s homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, as the official who contacted both agencies.___12:17 p.m.The No. 2 Democrat in the House says Donald Trump’s presidency is “dangerous.”Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer told reporters that reports that Trump revealed classified information to top Russian officials was just the latest example of a White House riven by incompetence, chaos, confrontation, and conflicts of interest.Hoyer said, “I think there is an erosion of confidence among the American people and an erosion of confidence of the international community.”Hoyer said that it’s too early to consider impeachment proceedings against Trump, but that “it is time for Republicans to say, ‘enough.’”___12:16 p.m.CIA Director Mike Pompeo will brief members of the House intelligence committee later tonight.Pompeo will likely be grilled by lawmakers about published reports that President Donald Trump shared such highly classified information with Russian officials that it jeopardized a critical intelligence source.Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, says Trump’s revelation “in no way” compromised intelligence sources and methods.The CIA wouldn’t comment on Pompeo’s schedule, but a congressional staffer said Tuesday that he was to brief the committee. The staffer, who was not authorized to discuss the meeting and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the meeting had been previously scheduled.___ 12:06 p.m. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser says information that president shared with the Russians was “wholly appropriate” and based on “open source reporting.” The adviser, H.R. McMaster, says Trump’s revelation “in no way” compromised intelligence sources and methods. McMcaster did not deny that Trump discussed classified information. Trump said in a tweet earlier Tuesday that he had the authority to share “facts pertaining to terrorism” and airline safety with Russia. Trump’s tweets did not address whether he revealed classified information about the Islamic State group, as published reports have said and as a U.S. official told The Associated Press on Tuesday. ___ 12:03 p.m. National security adviser H.R. McMaster is standing by his statement denying a Washington Post report that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian officials. Speaking to reporters Tuesday, McMaster said the “premise of that article is false.” He added Trump did not have a “conversation that was inappropriate or resulted in any kind of lapse in national security. McMaster said the real threat to national security was leakers “releasing information to the press.” The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump shared classified information with Russian officials that jeopardized an intelligence source. McMaster told reporters after the story broke: “I was in the room. It didn’t happen.” ___ 12:01 p.m. The Royal Court says Jordan’s King Abdullah II and President Donald Trump have spoken by phone about the fight against terrorism and crises in Syria and the rest of the region. Tuesday’s phone call came as published reports said Trump revealed highly classified information about the extremist group Islamic State to Russian officials in an Oval Office meeting last week. Jordan is a key ally in the U.S.-led international military coalition against the Islamic State group, which controls territory in neighboring Syria and Iraq. The Royal Court says arrangements for the phone call between Trump and Jordan’s king were made last week. It said in a statement that the two leaders talked about the strategic cooperation between Jordan and the U.S., fighting terrorism and various regional crises. ___ 11:50 a.m. The Senate intelligence committee has reached out to the White House to request additional information on recent reports about alleged dissemination of intelligence information. Rebecca Watkins, a spokeswoman for committee chairman Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., says Tuesday that the panel wants to know more about reports that President Donald Trump shared classified information with two Russian officials. A current U.S. official tells The Associated Press that the intelligence shared addressed a threat from Islamic State militants that a U.S partner shared with the United States. The official demanded anonymity so as to discuss the private meetings. __ 10:50 a.m. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser plans to brief reporters at the White House. The White House says H.R. McMaster will hold an on-camera briefing before noon. He was originally scheduled to appear with press secretary Sean Spicer, but Spicer plans to hold a separate, off-camera session with reporters later in the day, after McMaster’s appearance. Reporters had been promised a briefing from McMaster about Trump’s first overseas trip, which opens Friday. But McMaster is likely to face questions about reports that Trump shared classified intelligence information with Russian officials when they met in the Oval Office last week. McMaster has denied the reports, telling reporters Monday after the story broke: “I was in the room. It didn’t happen.” ___ 10:45 a.m. The Senate’s top Democrat says Congress needs to have immediate access to a transcript of President Donald Trump’s meeting at the White House last week with senior Russian officials. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York says that if Trump has “nothing to hide,” he’ll turn over unedited transcripts to the House and Senate intelligence committees. If Trump refuses, Schumer says Americans will doubt that their president is capable of safeguarding critical secrets. The request came in response to published reports that the president revealed classified information about the Islamic State group in the meeting with Russian officials. Congress is investigating Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election, including hacking Democratic emails. ___ 10:40 a.m. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain says reports that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to senior Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting last week are “deeply disturbing.” The Arizona Republican said Tuesday that it sends a troubling signal to U.S. allies and partners around the world. McCain also said in a statement that reports that the information was provided by a U.S. ally and shared without the country’s knowledge could mean that other countries won’t share intelligence with Americans in the future. He said the time Trump spent sharing sensitive information was time he did not spend focused on Russia’s aggressive behavior, including interference in elections, and its illegal invasion of Ukraine. ___ 9:35 a.m. The Senate’s top Republican says “we can do with a little less drama from the White House” so the GOP can focus on advancing the party’s legislative agenda. Appearing Tuesday morning on Bloomberg Business, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was responding to reports that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about the Islamic State group to Russian officials. McConnell says, “I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so that we can focus on our agenda.” He said the agenda is deregulation, tax reform and repealing and replacing the health care law. McConnell also says he recommended to Trump that he nominate Merrick Garland to replace fired FBI Director James Comey. Garland, the federal judge nominated to the Supreme Court last year by President Barack Obama, was denied a Senate hearing by McConnell. ___ 9:15 a.m. President Donald Trump says more attention should be paid to find who is leaking information to the media. The Washington Post first reported that Trump’s closed-door remarks with the Russians jeopardize a valuable intelligence source on the Islamic State group. Trump defended himself in a tweet Tuesday by saying he had an “absolute right” to share what he wanted. In a follow-up tweet, Trump said he had asked ousted FBI Director James Comey and others “from the beginning of my administration, to find the LEAKERS in the intelligence community.” ___ 9:25 a.m. A senior European intelligence official tells The Associated Press that his country might stop sharing information with the United States if it confirms President Donald Trump shared classified details with Russian officials. The official said Tuesday that doing so “could be a risk for our sources.” The official spoke only on condition that neither he nor his country be identified, because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. -By Jan M. Olsen ___ 8:25 a.m. A senior German lawmaker has expressed concern about reports that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about the Islamic State group to Russian officials. Burkhard Lischka said in a statement to The Associated Press that “if it proves to be true that the American president passed on internal intelligence matters that would be highly worrying.” Lischka, who sits on the German parliament’s intelligence oversight committee, noted that Trump has access to “exclusive and highly sensitive information including in the area of combating terrorism.” The Social Democratic Party lawmaker said that if the U.S. president “passes this information to other governments at will, then Trump becomes a security risk for the entire western world.” Germany is heavily dependent on U.S. intelligence. ___ 8:25 a.m. The Kremlin has dismissed reports that Donald Trump shared classified information with Russian officials last week as “complete nonsense.” The Washington Post’s report on Monday claimed that the revelation made by Trump during his meeting with visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov put a source of intelligence on the Islamic State at risk. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday dismissed the reports as “yet more nonsense” and said that Moscow doesn’t “want to have to do anything with it,” adding that “there is nothing to confirm or deny.” ___ 7:25 a.m. President Donald Trump is using Twitter to defend his sharing of information with the Russians. Trump says he wanted to share with Russia “facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety.” He notes that as president, he has an “absolute right” to do this. The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump divulged highly classified “code-word” information that could enable the Russians to trace the source of the intelligence. Trump added a line in his tweet suggesting why he did it: “Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.” ___ 6:40 a.m. Russia’s foreign ministry spokesman has denied reports that President Donald Trump revealed classified information to senior officials during the Russian minister’s visit to the Oval Office last week. The Washington Post reported on Monday that the revelation put a source of intelligence on the Islamic State at risk. Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry, on Facebook on Tuesday described the reports as “yet another fake.” The reports came several days after the White House faced criticism for a possible security breach after it allowed a Russian news service photographer into the Oval Office to snap photos of Trump with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak last week. —Associated Press reporter Paisley Dodds in London. ___ 4:30 a.m. Jordan says King Abdullah II is to speak by phone Tuesday with President Donald Trump. The Royal Court says arrangements for the call were made last week. The conversation will take place amid a report by The Washington Post that Trump revealed highly classified information to senior Russian officials at a meeting last week, putting a source of intelligence about the Islamic State extremist group at risk. Jordan is a key ally in the U.S.-led international military coalition against Islamic State, which controls territory in neighboring Syria and Iraq. The Post, citing current and former U.S. officials, says Trump shared details about an Islamic State terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. ___ 3:30 a.m. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull won’t comment on a Washington Post report that President Donald Trump revealed classified information to Russian officials, or say whether the report will affect Australia’s intelligence-sharing agreement with the U.S. Australia is a member of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing program with the U.S., Canada, Britain and New Zealand. Turnbull declined to comment specifically on the report, but said during an interview Tuesday with Adelaide radio station 5AA that he is confident in the Australia-U.S. alliance. Turnbull called it “the bedrock of our national security.” New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee said in a statement that the report was rejected by senior U.S. officials. Brownlee said a resolution to the situation in Syria requires a concerted effort from the U.S. and Russia. Brownlee said he hopes the meeting between Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov “is a step towards that.” ___ 3:13 a.m. President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to senior Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting last week, putting a source of intelligence on the Islamic State at risk, The Washington Post reported. The disclosure late Monday drew strong condemnation from Democrats and a rare rebuke of Trump from some Republican lawmakers. White House officials denounced the report, saying the president did not disclose intelligence sources or methods to the Russians, though officials did not deny that classified information was disclosed in the May 10 meeting. H.R. McMaster, Trump’s national security adviser, said: “The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries including threats to civil aviation. At no time, at no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed and the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.” President Donald Trump on Tuesday claimed the authority to share “facts pertaining to terrorism” and airline safety with Russia, saying in a pair of tweets he has “an absolute right” as president to do so. Trump’s tweets did not say whether he revealed classified information about the Islamic State group, as published reports have said and as a U.S. official told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The White House has pushed back against those reports, but has not denied that classified information was disclosed in the May 10 meeting between Trump and Russian diplomats. The Kremlin dismissed the reports as “complete nonsense.” The news reverberated around the world as countries started second-guessing their own intelligence-sharing agreements with the U.S. A senior European intelligence official told the AP his country might stop sharing information with the United States if it confirms that Trump shared classified details with Russian officials. Such sharing “could be a risk for our sources,” the official said. The official spoke only on condition that neither he nor his country be identified, because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly At the White House, Trump said in his tweets, “I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining … to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.” Trump shared details about an Islamic State terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, a senior U.S official told AP. The classified information had been shared with the president by an ally, violating the confidentiality of an intelligence-sharing agreement with that country, the official said. Trump later was informed that he had broken protocol and White House officials placed calls to the National Security Agency and the CIA looking to minimize any damage. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly, would not say which country’s intelligence was divulged. The disclosure put a source of intelligence on the Islamic State at risk, according to The Washington Post, which first reported the disclosure on Monday. The CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have declined to comment. The U.S. official said that Trump boasted about his access to classified intelligence in last week’s meeting with Lavrov and Kislyak. An excerpt from an official transcript of the meeting reveals that Trump told them, “I get great intel. I have people brief me on great intel every day,” he said. Kislyak has been a central player in the snowballing controversy surrounding possible coordination between Trump’s campaign and Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. The revelations drew strong condemnation from Democrats and a rare rebuke of Trump from some Republican lawmakers. White House officials denounced the report, saying the president did not disclose intelligence sources or methods to the Russians, though officials did not deny that classified information was disclosed in the May 10 meeting. “The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries including threats to civil aviation,” said H.R. McMaster, Trump’s national security adviser. “At no time, at no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed and the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.” The revelations could further damage Trump’s already fraught relationship with U.S. intelligence agencies. He’s openly questioned the competency of intelligence officials and challenged their high-confidence assessment that Russia meddled in last year’s presidential election to help him win. His criticism has been followed by a steady stream of leaks to the media that have been damaging to Trump and exposed an FBI investigation into his associates’ possible ties to Russia. The disclosure also risks harming his credibility with U.S. partners around the world ahead of his first overseas trip. The White House was already reeling from its botched handling of Trump’s decision last week to fire James Comey, the FBI director who was overseeing the Russia investigation. A European security official said sharing sensitive information could dampen the trust between the United States and its intelligence sharing partners. “It wouldn’t likely stop partners from sharing life-saving intelligence with the Americans, but it could impact the trust that has been built, particularly if sharing such information exposes specific intelligence gathering methods,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak about such intelligence sharing. The Royal Court in Jordan said that King Abdullah II was to speak by telephone with Trump later Tuesday. The revelation also prompted cries of hypocrisy. Trump spent the campaign arguing that his opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, should be locked up for careless handling of classified information. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also disputed the report. He said Trump discussed a range of subjects with the Russians, including “common efforts and threats regarding counter-terrorism.” The nature of specific threats was discussed, he said, but not sources, methods or military operations. The controversy engulfed the White House. Reporters spent much of the evening camped out adjacent to Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s office, hoping for answers. At one point, an eagle-eyed reporter spotted a handful of staffers, including Spicer and Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, walking toward the Cabinet Room. Muffled yelling was heard coming from the area near the room, but after a reporter tweeted about the noise, press staffers quickly turned up their television volume, blasting the sound to drown out everything else. __ Associated Press writers Julie Pace, Catherine Lucey, Jill Colvin and Ken Thomas and Jan M. Olsen contributed to this report from Washington. Associated Press writer Paisley Dodds contributed from London. Share Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/16114322/US-Trump-Schumer-Fix-CR.mp400:0000:0002:02Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Senate’s top Democrat says on May 16th, 2017 that Congress needs to have immediate access to a transcript of President Donald Trump’s meeting at the White House last week with senior Russian officials. Video: Associated Press.last_img read more

A type of metamaterial device that allows better watertoair sound transmission

first_img Normally, it is nearly impossible to hear underwater sound from the air above—the same is true in reverse. This is because of acoustic impedance forming a sound barrier. Sound waves bounce off the barrier, preventing them from escaping. In this new effort, the researchers applied a metamaterial device (a metasurface) to the barrier that essentially serves as a tunnel between the water and the air, allowing more sound waves to pass through.The metamaterial device the team built consists of a cylindrical metal outer shell that looks a lot like a car tire rim. It has a rubber segmented membrane at its center with a weight to keep it taut. The device floats on the water. A person hovering over it in the air can hear sounds from below the surface that are not normally audible. Normally, just 0.1 or 0.2 percent of sound waves can penetrate the water/air barrier, but in testing their new device, the researchers found that it increased sound transmission to the extent that up to 30 percent of waves got through.The device could theoretically be used to help with human communications between people in the water and those above the surface, or to listen to sea creatures stirring below—but it has two major drawbacks that will likely limit its use. The first is that it is only able to pass through sounds waves that come from directly below it—diagonal waves are still bounced away. The second problem is that it only works for a certain limited range of frequencies—from approximately 600 to 800 Hz. Potentially, both problems could be solved by building arrays of individual devices that could pass different frequencies and enough of them to cover a large area. © 2018 Tech Xplore Citation: A type of metamaterial device that allows better water-to-air sound transmission (2018, January 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-metamaterial-device-water-to-air-transmission.html Journal information: Physical Review Letters New metamaterial manipulates sound to improve acoustic imaging Credit: CC0 Public Domaincenter_img More information: Eun Bok et al. Metasurface for Water-to-Air Sound Transmission, Physical Review Letters (2018). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.044302ABSTRACTEffective transmission of sound from water to air is crucial for the enhancement of the detection sensitivity of underwater sound. However, only 0.1% of the acoustic energy is naturally transmitted at such a boundary. At audio frequencies, quarter-wave plates or multilayered antireflection coatings are too bulky for practical use for such enhancement. Here we present an acoustic metasurface of a thickness of only ∼λ/100, where λ is the wavelength in air, consisting of an array of meta-atoms that each contain a set of membranes and an air-filled cavity. We experimentally demonstrate that such a meta-atom increases the transmission of sound at ∼700Hz by 2 orders of magnitude, allowing about 30% of the incident acoustic power from water to be transmitted into air. Applications include underwater sonic sensing and A team of researchers from Yonsei University in Korea and Hokkaido University in Japan, has developed a metamaterial device that allows for much better than normal sound transfer between water and air. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, the researchers describe their device, how it works and the ways it needs to be improved. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Recording the birth of a nanoplasma

first_img Citation: Recording the birth of a nanoplasma (2018, August 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-birth-nanoplasma.html , Physical Review X An international team of researchers has successfully recorded the birth of a nanoplasma for the first time. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the group describes how they pulled off this feat and what they learned from it. Credit: Y. Kumagai/Tohoku University, via Physics Nanoplasma, as the name implies, is a plasma that occurs at the nanoscale. Scientists have discovered that they can create one by firing a laser at a very small cluster of atoms—doing so is part of the science of studying objects at the nanoscale to learn more about their properties. To that end, scientists would like to know what happens as nanoplasma is formed, but have found it difficult to determine because formation happens so quickly. In this new effort, the researchers have taken a step toward that goal by developing a way to record the birth process of a nanoplasma.The technique involved isolating a cluster of approximately 5000 xenon atoms in a vacuum chamber and then firing an X-ray laser pulse at it—that caused the nanoplasma to form. To record the process, they fired a second laser at the cluster—this one with an infrared beam—and recorded the absorption pattern it created. By firing the second laser over and over at a femtosecond time resolution and recording the patterns after each blast, the researchers were able to make a video from the snapshots that were created.In studying the video they had created, the researchers found that the electrons that were forced from the atoms by the laser blast did not all leave at the same time. Instead, they found that after just 10 femtoseconds, a lot of the atoms had absorbed some of the laser energy while keeping their electrons, and a few others lost theirs. After that, it was the attraction between the free electrons and the positive ions that held the developing nanoplasma together. This state led to a lot of collisions which resulted in sharing of energy between the atoms. The researchers report that it was the excitement of the atoms that played a significant part in the migration of energy—something that had never been seen before. They conclude by suggesting their technique offers a valuable new tool for the study of nanosized matter. More information: Yoshiaki Kumagai et al. Following the Birth of a Nanoplasma Produced by an Ultrashort Hard-X-Ray Laser in Xenon Clusters, Physical Review X (2018). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.8.031034ABSTRACTX-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs) made available a new regime of x-ray intensities, revolutionizing the ultrafast structure determination and laying the foundations of the novel field of nonlinear x-ray optics. Although earlier studies revealed nanoplasma formation when an XFEL pulse interacts with any nanometer-scale matter, the formation process itself has never been decrypted and its timescale was unknown. Here we show that time-resolved ion yield measurements combined with a near-infrared laser probe reveal a surprisingly ultrafast population (∼12fs), followed by a slower depopulation (∼250fs) of highly excited states of atomic fragments generated in the process of XFEL-induced nanoplasma formation. Inelastic scattering of Auger electrons and interatomic Coulombic decay are suggested as the mechanisms populating and depopulating, respectively, these excited states. The observed response occurs within the typical x-ray pulse durations and affects x-ray scattering, thus providing key information on the foundations of x-ray imaging with XFELs. © 2018 Phys.org Journal information: Physical Review Letters This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Freedom of electrons is short-livedlast_img read more

Book four nights pay for three with Dominicas new campaign

first_imgBook four nights, pay for three with Dominica’s new campaign Share Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img DOMINICA – Dominica has launched a brand new campaign featuring discounts to entice travellers back to the island following Hurricane Maria last September.‘ReDiscover Dominica Campaign’ will run in all of Dominica’s major source markets including Canada, the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, the Caribbean and French West Indies. The promotion features one free night on a minimum four-night stay at nine participating hotels.To qualify for the free night, visitors must book between May 24 to July 31, 2018 using promo code DOM2018, and travel between July 1 and Dec. 15, 2018. In addition, those over 18 years old will be entitled to US$ 100 spending money in the form of coupon vouchers redeemable at 15 participating vendors and hotels. On-island activities include dining, car rentals, horseback riding, island tours, underwater experiences, spa services and duty-free shopping.The campaign will be promoted digitally on all Discover Dominica Authority online channels and on regional and international trade partners’ platforms.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoFor more information go to http://discoverdominica.com/spring2018/index.html. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Dominica, Promotionslast_img read more

Costa Cruises debuts redesigned Costa Extra portal for travel advisors

first_imgCosta Cruises debuts redesigned ‘Costa Extra’ portal for travel advisors MIAMI — Costa Cruises has relaunched Costa Extra (CostaExtra.com), its travel agent portal exclusively for Canadian, U.S. and Caribbean-based travel advisors.The site provides key information, courses and marketing materials to help agents become Costa Cruises experts, says the cruise line.Updates include a bright and organized homepage with a navigational tool bar, cruise finder, the latest news and videos, a downloadable content search, access to Costa Academy and quick links for simple Costa Extra navigation.“We redesigned Costa Extra with the goal of making it easier for travel advisors to learn everything they need to know about our brand so they can successfully sell Costa cruises,” says Scott Knutson, VP of Sales and Marketing for Costa Cruises North America. “Travel professionals are the core of our business, and with the new and improved portal we’ve provided a go-to hub for agents to use when booking, planning and promoting Costa Cruises in the U.S. and Canada.”The navigational toolbar at the top features four tabs: Booking Tools, News, Academy and Marketing Tools.The Booking Tools tab is organized in four sections: ‘Booking’, ‘Group’, ‘Report’ and ‘Excursion’. The Booking section enables travel professionals to make and manage cruise and excursion reservations for individuals or groups, web check-in, a travel document search and a link to the agent-specific help desk. The Group section is where advisors can request invoices related to group trips, and the Report section allows travel professionals to pull operational reports about agency bookings. The Excursion section provides an easy way to search and book CostaTours for individual clients or groups.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthThe News tab features press releases, blog posts and videos with the latest Costa developments and brand enhancements. The Academy tab is where travel agents can access online courses. At the Academy, travel advisors have the ability to track their progress and reach training milestones.The Marketing Tools tab features two sections including ‘Marketing Box’, with a design tool where travel advisors can create personalized brochures, flyers, posters, newsletters, vouchers, banners, invitations and social media posts in just a few clicks.At the top of the homepage is a booking tool where travel agents can easily search for cruises by date range, destination, departure port, ship, fare and display prices.The ‘Latest News’ section on the website offers quick access to recent press releases, blog posts, articles and videos that familiarize travel professionals with the Costa brand. In addition, a ‘Library’ menu on the homepage provides easy access to a rich collection of downloadable content that travel professionals can use to learn more about the cruise line, promote the brand and plan cruises for clients, including deck plans, beverage packages, pricing, special needs, the Samsara spa menu and Costa branding.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaThe homepage also features an ‘Academy’ area where travel agents can learn more about Costa Academy and browse through FAQs. Posted by About Latest Posts Jason Gouveia Latest posts by Jason Gouveia (see all) Costa Cruises debuts redesigned ‘Costa Extra’ portal for travel advisors – July 24, 2019 You can slide to your gate at this world-class airport – July 10, 2019 Swoop turns one year old today – June 20, 2019 Wednesday, July 24, 2019 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Jason Gouveia Tags: Costa Cruiseslast_img read more

India gives man life term for 2009 hijack hoax

first_imgAssociated PressNEW DELHI (AP) – An Indian court has sentenced a man to life in prison for a 2009 hijack scare in a passenger plane, saying it was adopting a “zero tolerance” approach to prevent future incidents that could endanger the lives of other passengers.A New Delhi court on Tuesday ordered Jitender Kumar Mohla, 45, imprisoned for life for threatening the pilot and crew of an IndiGo Airlines plane in February 2009 by saying he was armed with a gun and infected needles. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Mohla plans to appeal the sentence, a relative said Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because he did not wish to be identified due to the sensitivity of the case.Mohla was convicted last week on charges of endangering the safety of others and intimidating the pilot and crew while the aircraft, which was headed from western Goa state to Delhi, was mid-air with around 160 passengers on board.The threat created panic among the passengers and prompted the pilot to send a hijack alert.The plane made an emergency landing at New Delhi’s airport, where it was kept in isolation for two hours until security personnel confirmed that Mohla was unarmed. It remains unclear why he made the threats.Mohla was arrested a day after the incident and has been in jail since then. He has made several bail attempts, but his applications have been turned down by the courts.District Judge I.S. Mehta also ordered Mohla to pay a fine of 7,000 rupees ($130).After the sentencing, the court said in a statement that it was adopting a “zero tolerance” approach toward offenses that could endanger the lives of other passengers and was in keeping with India’s commitment to international agreements on safety in civil aviation, according to the Hindu newspaper. How do cataracts affect your vision? How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

Fiscal Council member Zachariadis steps down

first_imgMarios Zachariadis has submitted his resignation from the Fiscal Council citing personal reasons, the fiscal watchdog said.The economist, who teaches at the University of Cyprus, filed his resignation a week ago, a source familiar with the matter said. He was appointed at the council, tasked with monitoring the drafting and implementation of the government budget to prevent a fiscal derailment, in 2014.The Cyprus Business Mail understands that the council of ministers will have to approve a replacement proposed by Finance Minister Harris Georgiades.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Government expects Unficyp mandate to be renewed

first_imgThe government expects the UN peace-keeping force in Cyprus (Unficyp) mandate will be renewed later this month by the UN Security Council, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said on Sunday.It would be “an absolute paradox” if things regarding Unficyp changed while an effort for the resumption of the negotiations for a Cyprus settlement is underway by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, through his envoy Jane Holl Lute, he pointed out.Prodromou also stressed that President Nicos Anastasiades is focused on the consultations taking place with Lute, firmly promoting the positions of the Greek Cypriot side.Asked if the government expects that the Unficyp mandate will be renewed for six months at the end of this month, the spokesman recalled that there is a general orientation of reviewing peace-keeping operations, adding however that in the case of Cyprus it is necessary that Unficyp remains on the island and continues to play its role as long as there is Turkish occupation and thousands of Turkish troops are still in Cyprus.He said this message has been conveyed by President Anastasiades during meetings with foreign interlocutors, as well as by Cyprus diplomats, noting that foreign officials have an understanding of this position.With every respect to the plans and reviews being made “we believe and expect that the presence of the peace-keeping force on the island will continue,” he added.He underlined that “Unficyp plays a very significant role as it is due to the peace-keeping force that that the situation is calm and any incidents are prevented.”The UN Security Council will meet on January 30 to adopt a resolution regarding the renewal of the Unficyp mandate for another six months.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Government objective is to cut taxation Fin Min

first_imgBy George PsyllidesThe 2015 budget aims at creating the conditions that will allow the government to lighten the tax burden, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said on Wednesday, as he welcomed its approval by parliament the previous day.“This way, we will continue the effort to reform and consolidate our economy,” he told a news conference.The minister acknowledged that funds for development were scarce but stressed that this was what the country could afford.A budget must take into account the country’s real capability, he said, “otherwise, we will simply have a repeat of what happened in previous years; the need for new taxes or the uncontrollable increase of public debt, which hinders growth prospects.”“To be precise, we want to create the conditions that will eventually allow us, even slightly, to reduce the tax burdens imposed between 2012 and 2012,” Georgiades said.But he could not give a timeframe and warned against any premature expectations.“But I am expressing our political direction in the clearest way,” the minister said.He reiterated that no new taxation would be imposed on the private sector, households, and businesses and if anything, the government would seek to cut taxes if conditions permitted.The 2015 budget includes increased spending on development – 5.2 per cent — and 5.3 per cent on social spending.This, according to the minister, was the result of a 3.2 per cent cut in the state payroll and the reduction in debt servicing by 12.4 per cent.“Our approach is based on the creation of conditions of stability and confidence. This is what the economy needs,” Georgiades said.The minister said Cyprus was receiving positive messages from foreign investors, a fact that was directly linked to the government’s strategic objective of restoring its credit rating.He confirmed that a new loan from international markets was among the government’s goals but only when market conditions allowed.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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