UN mission has to adjust to profoundly new reality in Kosovo says

17 July 2008In light of developments since Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in February, the United Nations mission there is unable to perform its usual functions and must adjust to the new reality on the ground, says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The ability of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) to carry out its tasks has been “fundamentally challenged owing to actions taken by both the authorities in Pristina and the Kosovo Serbs,” Mr. Ban writes in his latest report to the Security Council. “In Pristina, Kosovo’s authorities have instituted measures that have sought to effectively assume the Mission’s powers. Most significantly, Kosovo adopted a Constitution on 15 June that does not envisage a real role for UNMIK, although Kosovo’s leaders have welcomed the continued presence of the United Nations in Kosovo for some time,” he states. In addition, Kosovo has passed legislation in a number of areas, with the intention of assuming legal control and responsibility over areas that were previously reserved for the Secretary-General’s Special Representative. Mr. Ban says that Kosovo Serbs, for their part, have rejected the Constitution and connected legislation and, with the support of Belgrade, have expanded their boycott of Kosovo’s institutions and widened and deepened their parallel structures, particularly in northern Kosovo. At times their protests against Kosovo’s authorities have turned violent. “These events have contributed to creating a profoundly new reality in which UNMIK can no longer perform as effectively as in the past the vast majority of its tasks as an interim administration,” says the Secretary-General. Therefore, Mr. Ban says he has decided to move forward with the reconfiguration of the structure and profile of UNMIK, as proposed in the plan he presented to the Council last month. Accordingly, he has instructed the Mission to cooperate with the European Union, so it can assume an enhanced operational role in the rule of law area under a UN “umbrella” headed by his Special Representative, in line with the original 1999 resolution that established the mission. He adds that UNMIK will continue to support Kosovo in its effort to consolidate democratic governance institutions, advance economic growth and move towards a future in Europe as part of the western Balkans. Noting that the building of a society in which all communities can coexist in peace remains a difficult and long-term challenge in Kosovo, he calls on the authorities in Pristina and Belgrade and representatives of all of Kosovo’s communities to continue to work together with UNMIK. read more

Affordable and reliable energy requires real political will Ban stresses

Mr. Ban told a high-level event this evening in New York, held on the margins of the United Nations summit on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), that universal energy access must be a priority item on the agenda of global leaders.At least 1.6 billion people worldwide are currently estimated to live without access to electricity, while even more people have either intermittent or inadequate access.Stressing that a lack of access slows economic growth, hampers poverty eradicates and affects education, health care and other vital services, Mr. Ban said it obstructs progress towards all the MDGs.While better technology and more money for research and development would help, the Secretary-General said, he added that “by and large we already have the means to meet the needs of the poor. The real barriers stem from a lack of broad-based political will and commitment.”Mr. Ban’s Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change has set a target of universal energy access and a doubling of the rate of increase of energy efficiency, all by 2030.“I urge countries to work together – along with the UN-Energy programme – to create energy access initiatives,” the UN chief said in his address.“We need dedicated funding sources… technology-sharing… mechanisms for sharing lessons and best practices at a global level. And we need a wider range of stakeholders to get involved – broad-based partnerships between the UN, governments, the private sector and the scientific community.“In particular, governments need to create a stable and predictable policy platform for the private sector to invest in low-carbon technologies and providing affordable energy to the rural poor. Let us build on promising new partnerships.” 21 September 2010A lack of political will is the real obstacle to ensuring all people have access to affordable and reliable sources of energy for their daily lives, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on countries to work together to provide the necessary funding, technology and partnerships. read more

Baseball Jalen Washington and Adam Niemeyer selected as cocaptains for Ohio State

OSU then-junior catcher Jalen Washington (2) swings at a ball during a game against Bethune-Cookman at Bill Davis Stadium on April 1. Lantern file photoOn Friday, Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals announced his team had voted for senior catcher/infielder Jalen Washington and redshirt junior starting pitcher Adam Niemeyer to serve as co-captains for the upcoming 2017 season. This will be the second year Washington will lead as co-captain for the Buckeyes. He served in the role last year alongside third baseman Nick Sergakis.The process of selecting the captains was done by voting amongst the players, leaving the coaches outside of the decision process. Despite this, Beals felt his team made the right decisions in selecting their captains.“We have great leadership throughout our clubhouse, but these two have more than proven themselves as leaders on the field, in the locker room, classroom and on our campus,” Beals said in a press release. “I have absolute confidence in Jalen and Adam to captain the 2017 Buckeyes.”Last season, leading the Buckeye pitching staff behind the dish, Washington was able to help drive the team to a 44-20-1 record in 2016, a Big Ten Tournament championship and a berth into the NCAA Louisville Regional. Washington started in 62 of OSU’s 65 regular season games and slashed .249/.352/.343 with three home runs and 14 steals in 19 attempts.Washington held opposing base stealers to a .730 success rate with 14 passed balls. He also led the Big Ten in runners caught stealing, successfully throwing out 17 would-be base stealers.For Washington, it was a “tremendous honor” to be recognized as one of the team’s captains for a second year.“This means a great deal to me, to know that my teammates saw me fit to lead this team again,” Washington said in the press release. “I’m going to do my best to help push this team to play championship ball.”OSU then-redshirt sophomore pitcher Adam Niemeyer (43) pitches during a game on April 14 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoIn his second season in the Ohio State rotation, Niemeyer amassed 71.0 innings across 14 starts while spending time as both the Saturday and Sunday night starter, though he missed several starts towards the end of the season with a lingering hamstring injury. The right-handed finished the season with a 4.31 ERA, 70 strikeouts, only 12 walks (fewest of any starter in the rotation) and a .270 opponent’s batting average.Now faced with stepping up in the rotation following the graduation of John Havird and Cleveland Indians draft pick, former ace Tanner Tully, Niemeyer will be counted on to step up in the role as the Friday-night starter.“I am honored to be named a captain,” Niemeyer said. “It makes it even more special that it was voted on by my teammates. We have numerous leaders on our team and I cannot wait to get the season started.”The 2017 season starts on Feb. 17 for OSU in Osceola, Florida, when the Buckeyes take on the Kansas State Wildcats. read more

Tahirovic accepts HSV Hamburg offer signs 1year deal

← Previous Story EHF rejects Kosovo’s bid for full membership Next Story → Argentina beats Brazil, wins Pan-American games! BundesligaHSV HamburgTahirovic Enid Tahirovic already spoke of the “immoral offer” from HSV Hamburg regarding the upcoming season. HSV Hamburg was in search of experienced goalkeeper, as Jogi Bitter will miss part of the opening season due to injury. This prompted them to look to acquire Tahirovic, who already announced to finish his career at the end of this past season, but the HSV offer made him change his mind, and he decided to play one more year, and probably then finish his playing career. Delights of the contract signing were expressed from both sides, the club and the player. read more

The Burning Question Are extra cushions on the bed pretty or pointless

first_img Pointless (and annoying) (3014) Pretty (and necessary) (725) Pretty (and necessary)Pointless (and annoying)Pretty and pointless (so can’t we all just get along)VoteGot a burning question that has divided your household/work colleagues/friends? Let us know in the comments section or email us at tips@thejournal.ie or sinead@thejournal.ie.See previous entries in The Burning Question > Pretty and pointless (so can’t we all just get along) (2811)center_img WE KNOW HOW you feel.It’s Monday, you have the whole week looming ahead, and you have a lot on you plate.So do like we do here in TheJournal.ie HQ and get stuck into a serious debate on one of life’s most pressing issues.Possibly.This week: We’ve debated the importance of a made bed before. But just how made does it have to be? Does the tower of cushions of varying sizes and patterns really need to be there?“Yes, it’s pretty,” say some, as they carefully place each tier lovingly down the side of the bed before sleep. (Obviously, the good cushions are not for your drooling head).Cushions on Bed/Shutterstock“No, they are pointless and annoying,” says the other, ripping the cushions from the mattress and flinging them on the floor.EnglishPointers/Flickr/Creative CommonsWho do you agree with? Are extra cushions on the bed pretty – or pointless? Poll Results:last_img read more

Voiture hybride Strasbourg lance une expérimentation à grande échelle

first_imgVoiture hybride : Strasbourg lance une expérimentation à grande échelleFrance – Pendant trois ans, la ville de Strasbourg va tester à grande échelle une centaine de véhicules hybrides construits par Toyota. Cette expérimentation, la première en Europe, a été lancée le lundi 26 avril.C’est un modèle de Prius du constructeur japonais Toyota qui sera testé pendant trois ans à Strasbourg. Cette voiture associe propulsion à essence et moteur électrique rechargeable sur une simple prise de courant. Elle sera expérimentée par les agents de la municipalité, les employés de La Poste et par plusieurs entreprises privées de l’agglomération.Près de 150 points de recharge ont déjà été installés sur la voie publique, dans des parkings souterrains, mais aussi et surtout dans les sociétés qui ont fait l’acquisition de voitures hybrides dont la commercialisation est prévue dès 2012.La nouvelle Prius électrique peut se recharger en 1h30 sur une borne dédiée ou une simple prise de courant, pour une autonomie en mode électrique de 20 kilomètres environ. Si cela semble peu, “on estime que 55% des trajets quotidiens font moins de 10 kmet 75% moins de 20 km” souligne Gerald Killmann de Toyota Europe. Quand la batterie est déchargée, mais aussi lorsque la voiture dépasse les 100 km/h, le moteur à essence prend le relais.À lire aussiPollution : les voitures émettraient encore plus de CO2 qu’on ne penseLe véhicule hybride de Toyota émet en moyenne 59 grammes de CO2  au kilomètre, soit moitié moins que la moyenne des voitures neuves vendues en France en 2009.En plus d’offrir une réduction sensible des émissions de gaz à effet de serre, “ce système va ouvrir une nouvelle ère dans le domaine de la mobilité : aujourd’hui, nous avons l’habitude de faire le plein à la station-service, demain on fera le plein chez soi ou sur son lieu de travail”, assure Emmanuel Rouède, de la Communauté urbaine de Strasbourg. Le 1 mai 2010 à 10:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

PC Gaming Show Is Full of Cool E3 2019 Games Youve Never

first_imgWhat makes the annual PC Gaming Show so cool then is that without a major first-party publisher skewing the agenda and focus, this scrappy little event can pretty much purely focus on intriguing indie games, games that remind you that PC gaming’s legacy isn’t just shooters but also niche strategy games and sims, weird and small games you’ve never heard of but you definitely should know about. And we saw a lovely amount of those games at this year’s show.That’s not to say there weren’t any big games on display. We got new looks at Borderlands 3, Shenmue 3, Baldur’s Gate 3, Warframe updates, Vampires: The Masquerades Bloodlines 2, Vermintide 2, and Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey from the original creator of Assassin’s Creed. But even these big games have a kind of quirky humility that fit with open-source platform spirit of the show.And some powers behind the scenes definitely had an agenda. While not every game shown is coming to the Epic Games Store (a sponsor for the event) a lot of them are, showing you just how quickly the new store is gobbling into the competition. Beyond games we got also ads for PC gaming gear like premium gamer chairs and Samsung’s curved 240Hz G-Sync gaming monitor.But the heart of the show was just the tons of cool little games revealed for the first time that are now instantly on my radar. Maneater is an open-world RPG about playing as a shark. Griftlands (great name) is a new deckbuilding roguelike from Klei. That chibi Conan Chop Chop April Fools joke is a real game now. Planet Zoo has you caring from animals in the stars. Telling Lies is shaping up to be an excellent Her Story follow-up. Auto Chess is the hot new mod of Dota, itself already a mod. Starmancer is sci-fi Dwarf Fortress, which should excite anyone who already knows what that all means.Per Aspera has you terraforming Mars for humanity. Chivalry 2 has more medieval melee combat. Evil Genius 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the super villain simulator. Zombie Army 4: Dear War is pretty self-explanatory. Cris Tales, Valfaris, Genesis Noir, and Mosaic are gorgeous-looking JRPG homages, 2D shoot ‘em ups, stylish adventures, and contemporary social thrillers, respectively. And those are only the games we can remember!So throw out your consoles. If the PC Gaming Show is anything to go by, a good rig is all you need for nonstop fun and varied gaming experiences. Although let’s be real a lot of these games will also randomly show up on Nintendo Switch. For more on E3 2019 watch these trailers. Stay on target With so many video games being announced all at once, at E3 most folks paying attention tend to gravitate toward the heavy hitters, the known qualities, the big franchises. Microsoft may have technically showcased 60 games at its press conference, but pretty much everyone walked away talking about the same small handful of hits like Halo Infinite, Gears of War 5, the next gen Xbox Project Scarlett, and Cyberpunk 2077 now featuring Keanu Reeves.center_img Watch: Marvel and Square Enix’s ‘Avengers’ Gameplay Still Creeps Us OutPlay These E3 2019 Video Games Right Now last_img read more

Passenger train hits trailer full of foam blocks bound for Felida docks

first_imgAn Amtrak train carrying 164 people plowed through a trailer carrying foam blocks bound for the docks at Felida Moorage on Wednesday afternoon. No injuries were reported.Clark County Fire District 6 spokesman David Shmitke said the tractor-trailer driver hauling the foam blocks had stopped before the crossing, close to the end of Northwest 122nd Street, to make sure his two-trailer payload could make it over the crossing without bottoming out.Still, Shmitke said, the driver bottomed out, leaving one of the trailers stuck on the tracks while a train was coming, at around 2:45 p.m.The train did not derail, and did not appear to be heavily damaged, he said, although it remained on the tracks for a time as officials assessed the damage.The truck driver, and all 164 aboard the train, were unharmed, Shmitke said.The sheriff’s office was investigating what happened, and BNSF Railway employees were out assessing the state of the track, he said.BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said the Amtrak was delayed 1 hour and 10 minutes, and no freight traffic was held up. The collision did not damage the tracks.last_img read more

Ship aground off Italy 3 bodies found 69 missing

first_imgPORTO SANTO STEFANO, Italy — Divers searched the submerged part of a luxury cruise liner that went aground off Italy’s coast in case any of 70 people unaccounted for might be trapped inside, a coast guard official said Saturday, as passengers described a delayed and terrifying evacuation.Three bodies were recovered from the sea after the Costa Concordia ran aground off the tiny island of Giglio near the coast of Tuscany late Friday, tearing a 160-foot (50-meter) gash in its hull and sending in a rush of water.One of the victims was a Peruvian crew member, a diplomat from the South American country said, adding that a Peruvian woman was also missing. The ANSA new agency identified the other two fatalities as French passengers, but didn’t cite a source.Passengers described a scene reminiscent of “Titanic”, saying they escaped the ship by crawling along upended hallways, desperately trying to reach safety as the lights went out and plates and glasses crashed. Helicopters whisked some survivors to safety, others were rescued by private boats in the area, and witnesses said some people jumped from the ship into the dark, cold sea.The ship was lying virtually flat off Giglio’s coast, its starboard side submerged in the water and the huge gash showing clearly on its upturned hull.last_img read more

Senate Clears FY17 Milcon Spending Bill

first_imgThe Senate on Thursday passed a two-bill appropriations package that includes $7.9 billion for military construction and family housing programs in fiscal 2017, along with $1.1 billion in emergency funding to respond to the Zika virus.The milcon spending portion of the package, which also included the FY 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development spending measure, closely matches the total funding level for military construction and family housing programs in the corresponding bill passed the same day by the House.The Senate measure represents a $241 million drop from current year funding for milcon programs, but a $486 million increase over DOD’s request. The bill would provide $205 million for past base closure rounds — including cleanup and ongoing operations and maintenance — matching the department’s request. The House version would allocate $230 million for the account next year. Congress allocated $266 million in the current year to clean up installations closed during past base closure rounds.Earlier last week, the White House threatened to veto the legislation over “problematic ideological provisions that are beyond the scope of funding legislation,” according to a statement from the Office of Management and Budget. The statement was critical of a provision blocking the president from closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay or using funding to build alternative locations within the United States to house detainees, reported the Hill.Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), a critic of Obama’s plan to close the facility in Cuba, praised those restrictions. “Although the clock may have run out on the president, I will continue to oppose his ongoing attempts to transfer the detainees at every opportunity,” Roberts said in a statement. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Karimnagar Clear doubts about Kaleshwaram project demands CPI

first_imgKarimnagar: Communist Party of India (CPI) State secretary Chada Venkat Reddy on Wednesday demanded the TRS government clear the doubts of the people about Kaleshwaram project.Speaking at a press meet at the party office here on Wednesday, Chada Venkat Reddy came heavily on the ruling TRS. Saying that the Telangana people have several doubts on the Kaleshwaram project, he pointed out that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao inaugurated the project before the construction is completed, only to get extra loans from banks and other sources. Also Read – Solve farmers problems, demands Congress in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Leaving the ruling aside, the CM is behaving like a monarch and behaving stubbornly in solving various people’s issues and suppressing the voice of people’s organisations and opposition parties, he alleged. The Central government itself had declared that the Telangana State is debt-ridden due to the huge amounts of loans taken by the TRS government in the name of useless developmental works and irrigation projects,he stated. Also Read – Woman found dead, relatives stage dharna in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Chada questioned when the State is in debt-ridden, what is the need to construct a separate building for Assembly by demolishing the existing one. Is it essential to construct new buildings for MLAs and party? Is this called the new Telangana? he questioned.The CPI leader alleged that the CM didn’t allotted even an inch of land to journalists, who played a key role in achieving separate statehood of Telangana. But allotted one acre of valuable land for just Rs one for Sarada Pitadhipathi. Is this democracy in the Telangana? he questioned.last_img read more

Has Dodging Big Storms Made Houstonians Too Apathetic

first_img Share NASAHurricane Ike as seen in 2008 from NASA’s Earth ObservatoryHouston just missed Tropical Storm Cindy. As the storm made its way inland, many Houstonians heeded warnings and stocked up on emergency supplies and prepared themselves. Still, many others shrugged off the warnings and carried on business as usual.It’s the latter group that Houston officials have said they worry about most, because they want everyone to be on alert when there’s the threat of hurricanes or tropical storm warnings.Does this apathy stem from carelessness, or because for every handful of storm warnings that are issued, only a few actually happen? What else are we apathetic to — traffic, humidity? How should Houstonians reengage themselves to care again? And, what’s really worth caring about, and what should we let go for a healthier, stress-free life?We discuss it all with Dr. Michael Winters, a  Houston behavioral psychologist.This segment originally aired on Houston Matters on June 28, 2017.last_img read more

Meteorite study indicates volcanic activity on early small asteroids

first_imgThe Almahata Sitta meteorite number 15 in-situ on the desert floor during its find on 2008 December 8, much as it fell on October 7 earlier that year. Credit: P. Jenniskens, SETI Institute 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. Violent solar system history uncovered by WA meteorite Explore further The meteorite is but one of a collection that came from 2008 TC3, the first asteroid to ever have its collision with Earth tracked by scientists. When it exploded over the Nubian Desert, debris was scattered over many kilometers—over 600 meteorites from it have been found thus far. In this latest effort, the researchers focused on ALM-A, studying it using optical and electron microscopy—they found the rock contained minerals that were rich in a kind of silica that to date has been found to only be producible by certain types of explosions or volcanic action.The rapid crystallization, the researchers claim, could only have come about due to an explosion (not the kind that happens when an asteroid enters an atmosphere) or because of the sort of rapid cooling that occurs when extremely hot lava seeps out of the ground. Because it is unlikely that conditions would have ever existed on the asteroid that could have led to the type of explosion capable of producing such crystallized silica, the only option is that the asteroid from which the meteorite came, had at least one volcano on it, at some point. If so, that would mean that volcanic activity existed in our solar system much earlier than scientists have thought.But that’s not the whole story, the researchers believe the asteroid that broke apart when it collided with Earth’s atmosphere was part of a different asteroid that was nearly destroyed close to six and a half million years ago when it collided with another asteroid. After that there were likely other collisions, some of which resulted in melding with other asteroids, which would explain the uniqueness of the Almahata Sitta meteorites—they host a variety of minerals not ordinarily found on just one specimen. More information: Trachyandesitic volcanism in the early Solar System, Addi Bischoff, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1404799111 AbstractVolcanism is a substantial process during crustal growth on planetary bodies and well documented to have occurred in the early Solar System from the recognition of numerous basaltic meteorites. Considering the ureilite parent body (UPB), the compositions of magmas that formed a potential UPB crust and were complementary to the ultramafic ureilite mantle rocks are poorly constrained. Among the Almahata Sitta meteorites, a unique trachyandesite lava (with an oxygen isotope composition identical to that of common ureilites) documents the presence of volatile- and SiO2-rich magmas on the UPB. The magma was extracted at low degrees of disequilibrium partial melting of the UPB mantle. This trachyandesite extends the range of known ancient volcanic, crust-forming rocks and documents that volcanic rocks, similar in composition to trachyandesites on Earth, also formed on small planetary bodies ∼4.56 billion years ago. It also extends the volcanic activity on the UPB by ∼1 million years (Ma) and thus constrains the time of disruption of the body to later than 6.5 Ma after the formation of Ca–Al-rich inclusions.center_img Citation: Meteorite study indicates volcanic activity on early small asteroids (2014, August 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-08-meteorite-volcanic-early-small-asteroids.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2014 Phys.org (Phys.org) —Examination of one of the Almahata Sitta meteorites (aka, ALM-A, found in Sudan in 2008) by a team of space scientists working in Germany has revealed a volcanic past. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they dated the meteorite to just a few million years after our solar system was born and uncovered evidence that it suggests it was produced by volcanic activity.last_img read more

US Fed stays course amid spending cuts

first_imgNo related posts. By Paul Handley | AFPWASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Federal Reserve kept its easy monetary policies in place Wednesday, saying high unemployment and the government’s sharp spending cuts remain barriers to full recovery from the 2008 crash.The Federal Open Market Committee, the Fed’s policy board, said after a two-day meeting that U.S. economic growth had rebounded from the flat 2012 fourth quarter to a moderate pace in recent months.But with Europe in fresh turmoil and the U.S. government slashing spending to close the fiscal deficit, the FOMC trimmed its 2013 and 2014 economic growth forecasts.The FOMC acknowledged an improvement in the jobs market, and cut its projected unemployment rate to 6.7-7.0 percent by the end of 2014.But Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said that the FOMC still saw risks for the economy.The committee “remains concerned that restrictive fiscal policies may slow economic growth and job creation in coming months,” he said at a news conference after the meeting, referring to the U.S. government’s “sequester” budget cuts that began on March 1.In addition, he said, “at 7.7 percent, the unemployment rate remains elevated.”He noted that higher taxes from the beginning of the year and various measures to cut spending will reduce some 1.5 percentage points from growth this year, “which, of course, is very significant. … So that is an issue for us.”As expected, the FOMC left in place its ultra-low benchmark interest rate of 0-0.25 percent and its quantitative easing (QE) program of $85 billion a month in bond purchases, which aims at holding down longer-term interest rates.Bernanke has repeatedly said in recent months that as long as inflation remains low and unemployment is high, the Fed needs to continue to support growth.Despite some discussion in the FOMC’s January meeting that the QE program is increasingly risky for monetary management, Bernanke said most FOMC members had agreed that the bond purchases “continue to provide meaningful support to economic growth and job creation.”“I think it’s very, very important that we act to address unemployment,” he told reporters.Concerns over whether the prolonged low-rate policy was generating risky behavior again in financial markets “remain manageable,” he said.But he stressed that the FOMC could reel in the asset purchases in the future if conditions changed.“At this meeting, the committee judged that no adjustment was warranted,” he said.Asked about the soaring U.S. stock markets, he said, “We don’t see at this point anything that’s out of line with historical patterns.”The FOMC marginally cut its December growth forecast to 2.3-2.8 percent for this year and 2.9-3.4 percent in 2014.With the outlook for inflation also still low – 1.7 percent at most this year and 2.0 percent at most in 2014 – most FOMC members expected to keep the benchmark interest rate unchanged until 2015.Bernanke meanwhile said the U.S. economy and financial sector were not currently at danger from the crisis in Cyprus, which has sent shivers through the European economy.“At this point we are not seeing a major risk to the U.S. financial system or the U.S. economy,” he said.“There are a lot of uncertainties and difficulties” for Cyprus, he said, after the 10 billion euro ($13 billion) EU-IMF bailout of the island country was left hanging due to the parliament’s rejection of a heavy tax on bank deposits that was a key part of the deal.However, “I don’t think the impact has been enormous” on markets overall, he said, pointing to the rebound Wednesday in U.S. and European markets. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Liberia confirms 2nd Ebola death in resurgent outbreak

first_img Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Patients with chronic pain give advice The vital role family plays in society MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — A second person in Liberia has died from Ebola in the latest resurgence of the deadly disease in the West African nation, an official said Wednesday.The woman in her early 20s who died on July 12 was linked to the 17-year-old boy who died last month, Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah told The Associated Press. Three other confirmed cases are being treated in Monrovia, he said.Some of the more than 120 people under observation in Nedowein, southeast of Monrovia, could be discharged once they complete 21 days of quarantine and show no signs of infection, he said. “By the weekend we should be having a big ceremony to discharge and reintegrate them into the community,” he said.Liberia lost more than 4,800 lives to Ebola before it contained transmission in May. These are the first known cases since then.Samples taken from the 17-year-old boy who died from Ebola in Liberia on June 28 shows the virus is genetically similar to viruses that infected many people in the same area more than six months ago, the World Health Organization has said.That finding by genetic sequencing suggests it is unlikely the virus was caught from travel to infected areas of Guinea or Sierra Leone, where the virus is hanging on, or from an animal, the organization said. The Ebola outbreak has killed more than 11,200 people, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.Nyenswah said early action to monitor contacts and isolate those that are sick means that Liberia is “in control of the outbreak.”The virus spreads through direct contact with an Ebola patient’s blood or other body fluids. Once patients recover, health officials say they aren’t contagious, except it could still be in semen. The bodies of people killed by Ebola are also highly infectious. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies FILE – In this Tuesday, June 30, 2015, file photo health workers wash their hands after taking a blood specimen from a child to test for the Ebola virus in a area were a 17-year old boy died from the virus on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. Deputy Health Minister and head of the Ebola response, Tolbert Nyenswah, told The Associated Press the woman in her early 20s who died on July 12 was linked to the 17-year-old boy who died last month. (AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh,File) Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to homelast_img read more

Regent Seven Seas Cruises cuts steel at Ancona

first_img(Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Fincantieri executives together triggered the steel-cutting torch to commence the construction of Seven Seas Splendor at Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard in Italy. Pictured from left to right are: Giovanni Stecconi, shipyard director for Fincantieri; Franco Semeraro, senior vice president of hotel operations for Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises; Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises; and Robin Lindsay, executive vice president of Vessel Operations, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.Regent Seven Seas Cruises cuts steel at Ancona for Seven Seas SplendorConstruction of the ship that will elevate the standard for all-inclusive luxury has begun. Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ President and Chief Executive Officer Jason Montague, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ Executive Vice President of Vessel Operations Robin Lindsay, Regent’s Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations Franco Semeraro and Fincantieri’s Shipyard Director Giovanni Stecconi today pressed the button to ignite the cutting torch at Fincantieri Ancona to shape the first plate of steel for Seven Seas Splendor. The new 750-guest ship will join the Regent fleet in early 2020, in pursuit of the ultimate achievement – perfection.“This is truly an exciting moment for us and we are delighted to work with the skillful engineers of Fincantieri Shipyard to build our new ship that will again raise the standards of luxury for the industry,” said Mr. Montague.  “Regent has been committed to delivering the most beautiful destinations with impeccable personalized service aboard elegant and intimately spacious ships for more than 25 years. With the first steel cut for Seven Seas Splendor in Ancona, we are now underway to realizing our plans for the new ship that will perfect luxury.”The inaugural season for the all-suite, all-balcony ship will go on sale in April. Seven Seas Splendor will join Regent’s most luxurious fleet in the world comprising Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Voyager, Seven Seas Mariner, and Seven Seas Navigator.About Regent Seven Seas CruisesRegent Seven Seas Cruises is the world’s most inclusive luxury experience with a four-ship fleet that visits more than 450 destinations around the world. Seven Seas Mariner’s upcoming 2018 drydock refurbishment will conclude Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ USD$125 million refurbishment program to elevate the elegance of the whole fleet to the standard set by Seven Seas Explorer. In early 2020, Regent will perfect luxury with the launch of Seven Seas Splendor. The cruise line’s fares include all-suite accommodation, the largest collection of free, unlimited shore excursions, unlimited internet access, highly personalised service, exquisite cuisine, fine wines and spirits, prepaid gratuities, ground transfers and one-night, pre-cruise hotel package for guests staying in Concierge-level suites and higher.To book your next cruise with Regent Seven Seas Cruises, please call 1300 455 200 (AU) or 0800 625 692 (NZ), visit www.rssc.com or contact your preferred Travel Agent.For the latest news, please visit www.RSSC.com/news; like the line’s Facebook page; and follow @RegentCruises on Twitter. Regent Seven Seas Cruises is a brand of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NCLH)About FincantieriFincantieri is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and number one by diversification and innovation. It is leader in cruise ship design and construction and a reference player in all high-tech shipbuilding industry’s sectors, from naval to offshore vessels, from high-complexity special vessels and ferries to mega-yachts, ship repairs and conversions, systems and components production and after-sales services.Headquartered in Trieste (Italy), the Group has built more than 7,000 vessels in over 230 years of maritime history. With more than 19,400 employees, of whom more than 8,200 in Italy, 20 shipyards in 4 continents, today Fincantieri is the leading Western shipbuilder. It has among its clients the major cruise operators, the Italian and the U.S. Navy, in addition to several foreign navies, and it is partner of some of the main European defense companies within supranational programmes.Source = Regent Seven Seas Cruiseslast_img read more

Memorable awards season moments for The Shape of

first_imgMemorable awards season moments for ‘The Shape of Water”s Canadian crew Guillermo del Toro’s merman drama “The Shape of Water” has a leading 13 nominations, including best picture for himself and Toronto producer J. Miles Dale. Dale poses for a photograph at his home in Toronto on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. A slew of Canadians shared in “The Shape of Water”‘s leading 13 Oscar nominations announced Tuesday, including a best picture nod for a Toronto producer who called the film’s recognition an “unprecedented” win for homegrown talent. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette TORONTO – Canada will be well represented at Sunday’s Academy Awards, with many homegrown nominees in contention for “The Shape of Water.”Guillermo del Toro’s merman drama has a leading 13 nominations, including best picture for himself and Toronto producer J. Miles Dale.Canadians who worked on the film are also nominated in categories including costume design, film editing, sound editing, sound mixing, and production design.Other Canadian Oscar nominees this year include Toronto-born veteran actor Christopher Plummer for his supporting role in “All the Money in the World,” Vancouver-born production designer Dennis Gassner for “Blade Runner 2049,” and the animated film “The Breadwinner.”For “The Shape of Water” crew, it’s been a wild ride this awards season with nominations for several other trophies.Toronto-based Nelson Ferreira, who’s a contender for best sound editing with fellow Canadian Nathan Robitaille, recalls a surreal moment at the Oscars luncheon when he asked to take a photo with “The Shape of Water” co-star Richard Jenkins.“I’m clumsily trying to get a selfie going, and to my left it’s like, ‘Hey, do you want me to take the photo?’ and I look and it’s Meryl Streep offering to take the photo,” Ferreira says.“I’m like, ‘Well, yeah, I guess, but I don’t want to tell people that you took the photo. I’d rather you be in the photo.’ She’s like, ‘That’s probably a good idea.’ So she got in the photo too.”Meanwhile, Oscar-nominated “Lady Bird” writer-director Greta Gerwig told him and Robitaille “how much she loved the sound on our film.”Then there was the Oscars 2018 class photo.“Everyone is applauding and Willem Dafoe is behind me clapping and hitting the back of my head as he claps, and I look up and Meryl Streep is two people behind me and Steven Spielberg is over there and Guillermo is over there,” Ferreira says.“I tried to get Nathan’s eye, because he wasn’t standing beside me, just to look at him and say: ‘Can you believe this? This is crazy.’”Toronto-based Brad Zoern, who’s nominated for best sound mixing alongside Christian Cooke and Glen Gauthier, recalls taking a 25-minute car ride with Bryan Cranston and his wife at the British Academy Film Awards.Zoern says it happened when organizers put him and his wife in a shuttle car between the awards gala and the reception.“We just talked about our kids and talked like normal people,” Zoern recalls.“It was really special. He and his wife were super nice, down-to-Earth people, and the whole time we had paparazzi running beside the car trying to get Bryan to roll down his window to sign autographs. It was kind of surreal.”center_img by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 2, 2018 3:00 am PDT Last Updated Mar 2, 2018 at 11:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Firefighters rescue children at Paralimni beach

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