Discover Europe This Fall and Winter With Insight Vacations’ Incredible Experiences

first_imgNew York, N.Y., May 29, 2019 – When guests travel with Insight Vacations every moment is magical. They won’t just see a destination–they will meet it, feel it and taste it. We will show guests the wonders of Europe in relaxed style that puts them into the heart and soul of a destination, premium hotels in the best locations, iconic sites and experiences.Let guests live their stylish life on a remarkable journey, as we venture to some of the most iconic and remarkable destinations in Europe and beyond: Best of Ireland and Scotland: Trace back to Gaelic roots, gaze at marvelous landscapes and cherish warm-hearted communities on this 14-day journey across Ireland and Scotland. In Dublin, enjoy VIP priority entrance to the legendary Book of Kells and a guided walk though Trinity College with a university insider. Meet one of northern Ireland’s best storytellers, Ronan, as he walks with you inside the 17th-century, gothic city walls of Londonderry. In Ardgowan, learn the wonderous and exciting history of the Shaw Stewart family on a tour with Sir Ludovic Shaw-Stewart, who will personally show you his 10,000-acre coastal estate. Along the way, you’ll get the chance to walk inside the historic walls of the Edinburgh Castle to see the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg and also venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and villages in the magical Ring of Kerry. Italian Escapade: Revel in city riches and observe the beauty of Italian landscapes on this 13-day adventure filled with history, food and art. View the mighty Colosseum and stunning architecture of Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches throughout the ancient city of Rome. In the charming hill town of Assisi, marvel at beautiful stone-built structures that overlook the grand Mount Subasiom and visit the actual birthplace of St. Francis at the Basilica of St. Francis, that’s filled with colorful medieval paintings, gold plated ceilings and mosaic-tile floors. Take time to relax on a cruise through the famous sun-kissed Isle of Capri, surrounded by beautiful blue Mediterranean waters. In the glistening city of Florence, enjoy a mouth-watering, traditional Bistecca alla Fiorentina steak dinner and sip on decadent wine at a historic winery in Lake Iseo. Amazing Spain and Portugal: Delve into the heart and soul of each destination on this 9-day journey through the Iberian Peninsula. Tour the celebrated Alhambra Palace with a Local Expert, taste authentic Pastéis de Belém in Lisbon, and see the ancient Roman arches across the river Tormes in Salamanca. Embark on a scenic drive to Seville to explore the maze of narrow lanes and shady squares of the Santa Cruz Quarter, and see the final resting place of Christopher Columbus, along with his tomb, at the grand 15th century Seville Cathedral. In the historic city of Toledo, visit the workshop of a master craftsman and see how Damascene swords are made. In Jabugo, taste the famous jamon Iberico (Iberian ham) and learn about its history and production. From now until August 29, guests can take advantage of our air offer of $150 off per person on economy, $200 off per person on premium economy and $250 off per person on business class with British Airways, American Airlines, Finnair or Iberia Airlines. This exclusive offer is valid for travel from Sept. 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020 and can save travelers up to $500 per couple. Offer is valid on our Europe, Morocco, Egypt and Eastern Mediterranean Itineraries.last_img read more

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World Seaborne Trade Puts On Some Weight

first_imgzoom Since the downturn of 2009, when it slumped by 4%, world seaborne trade has grown by 38%, adding an extra 3.2 billion tonnes, but has the extra ‘weight’ been put on?The wide spectrum of seaborne trade is well known, with a range of cargo types contributing to a projected 11.5 billion tonnes this year. Crude oil and oil products account for 27% of the total, dry bulk for 44% and containers for 16%.Clarksons Research said that changes to the cargo shares over time were gradual, and by contrasting the share of the growth in tonnes since 2009 with the actual share of trade this year, there is quite a difference.Iron ore backed by continued Chinese demand, has accounted for 18% of the growth in seaborne trade since 2009, a positive difference of 5% against its 13% share of trade. Container trade in tonnes has accounted for 21% of the growth in the period, with a differential of 6%. Meanwhile combined crude oil and oil products trade has accounted for just 14% of the growth since 2009, a negative difference of 13% compared to its share of trade this year.A second set of interesting comparisons take distance into account. A comparison of the importance of the different cargoes in both tonnes and also in tonne-miles highlights a couple of instructive patterns. Dry bulk trade is estimated to account for 49% of the total tonne-miles this year compared to 44% of the tonnes. Oil products, with a greater prevalence of intra-regional trade components, provides 9% of the trade in tonnes but just 5% in tonne-miles.This leads to a comparison of the difference between the ‘weight’ put on in terms of tonnes and tonne-miles since 2009. Grain accounts for 8% of the growth in tonne-miles but just 6% in tonnes, while crude oil which accounted for 6% of growth in tonnes has contributed to 10% of the growth in tonne-miles. In both cases trade flow from the Atlantic to China has had a key impact. Box cargo, meanwhile, put on 21% of the growth in tonnes but only 18% in terms of tonne-miles, Clarkson Research informed.“Key dry bulk cargoes and containers have added much of the weight, but adding in distance to the vessel demand mix, a top-up is notable in both grain and even crude oil. These ongoing changes just go to show how tricky managing the weight is for shipowners trying to second-guess the seaborne trade scales,” Clarkson Research said.last_img read more

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Panasonic to move European headquarters out of UK

first_imgLONDON – Japanese electronics giant Panasonic has become the latest company to announce plans to move its European headquarters out of Britain ahead of Brexit.The company said in a statement Thursday that it plans to relocate from the U.K. to Amsterdam on Oct. 1 to “pursue improved efficiency and cost competitiveness while having easy access to the different markets within Europe.”The Nikkei Asian Review newspaper reported that the move aimed to avoid potential corporation tax issues linked to Britain’s exit from the European Union next year. Quoting Panasonic Europe’s CEO Laurent Abadie, the report said the move was also meant to help Panasonic avoid any barriers to the flow of people and goods after Brexit.In its statement, Panasonic said the move can enable more co-operation with its holding company for subsidiaries outside Japan, as well as the group’s financing arm, both already located in Amsterdam.It said the move would affect fewer than 10 employees.Other firms, including Airbus and Japanese banking giant Nomura Holdings, have revealed similar plans to move European bases out of Britain because of uncertainty over Brexit.last_img read more

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More than 600 unidentified bodies found in three months

first_imgNew Delhi: More than 600 unidentified bodies were recovered from different parts of Delhi in three months. The city police said that they follow proper rules as per Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in the case of unidentified bodies and conduct a proper investigation to establish the identity of the deceased.The Delhi Police data accessed by Millennium Post revealed that 623 unidentified bodies were recovered from different parts of the city till March this year. “In some cases, police were able to establish the identity of the deceased,” said an officer. In the year 2018, as many as 2,991 bodies were recovered and in 2017 nearly 2,615 bodies were found. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSoon after the recovery of the unidentified body, a daily diary (DD) entry is lodged at the police station or post, and the concerned SHO/ACP are informed immediately. The body is photographed from different angles to ensure that the face and identification marks are captured clearly in the photographs. The body is then sent for autopsy to ascertain the cause of death. “The body is preserved for at least 72 hours in the mortuary and all efforts are made to identify the body. Wireless Messages are flashed to all SHOs, ACPs and DCPs in Delhi and to all district SSPs in India,” police said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHue and Cry notices with the photograph of the deceased are pasted or distributed. The clothes, ornaments and other articles found with the deceased is preserved. Any birthmark, scar, tattoo mark, tailor mark on clothing are clearly recorded. “If the deceased is identified, his/her relatives and acquaintances are contacted to find out the possible reasons for the death,” police said. Help of members of Eyes and Ears Scheme is also sought in identifying the deceased. In many instances, bodies were found on the track and in some cases it was suspected that the person was crossing the track when he or she was hit by the train. In January 2018, as many as 73 persons died in train accidents reported from different railway stations in Delhi, of which 65 were males and eight were females. In some cases, the identification of the body led to the murderer. In one such case happened last year, Abdul Hakim Ansari was arrested for killing his wife inside train. On July 7, 2018, a woman’s body was found lying in a train coach at Old Delhi Railway Station. Police preserved that body as unidentified. After killing his wife, the husband thought that like any case of the unclaimed unidentified body, police would close the case. For further updates, the accused went to the Old Delhi police station on July 23 and was shocked that the woman’s body was preserved by police and further investigation led to his arrest.last_img read more

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Trump US media in open war on annual dinner date

first_imgWashington: It’s meant to be the annual Washington love-in, a dinner where White House journalists and the president yuk it up in a hotel ballroom. But this Saturday, President Donald Trump stood up his dates. Members of the White House Correspondents’ Association, or WHCA, were decked out in bow ties and gowns at the downtown Washington Hilton. Trump, however, was 685 miles (1100 kilometers) away in Green Bay, Wisconsin, for a rally with his baseball cap-wearing supporters. As usual, he devoted portions of his speech – like most of his speeches – to haranguing the “fake news media” or “enemy of the people.” “They are fakers,” he said of the media to a typically boisterous crowd. “I’ll tell you, you know what sucks? Their ratings suck because people don’t believe them.” Back in Washington, the WHCA’s president Olivier Knox told attendees he did not want to dwell on Trump – but called for a rejection of the president’s rhetoric. “Fake news and enemies of the people are not punchlines, pet names or presidential. And we should reject politically expedient assaults on the men and women whose hard work makes it possible to hold the powerful to account,” he said. Although there’s nothing obligatory about attending WHCA dinners, presidents have usually done so at some point during their time in office since the inaugural version in 1921. Ronald Reagan was the last absentee in 1981 and he had a decent excuse: being recently shot in an assassination attempt. Trump, however, has boycotted what he calls the “boring” and “negative” party for three years in a row – his entire presidency so far. The gala used to be a glamorous affair where hundreds of journalists, Hollywood celebrities and the president were entertained by a top-drawer comedian or other talent. Now the celebs have drained away and this year even the comedian was missing. A presidential historian, Ron Chernow, delivered the main speech instead, in which he criticised what he described as an “insidious” and “relentless campaign against the very credibility of the news media.” Acknowledging that his speech was a shift from traditional headliners at the dinner, Chernow said: “We need them (comedians) now more than ever, during this surreal interlude in American life.” Underlining the snub, Trump ordered staff, including chief press secretary Sarah Sanders – who appeared onstage in Wisconsin – to also refuse invitations. It’s the latest shot in what the president sees as his war against a media machine refusing to give him fair coverage. Trump’s main weapon is Twitter, which he uses daily to reach some 60 million followers. Millions more follow him on other platforms. The other main way of bypassing potentially critical outlets is his extraordinary relationship with Fox News, the Rupert Murdoch-owned network which has been criticised for coming to resemble state television. Even if many of its news journalists maintain their independence, some of the most prominent anchors and hosts show nothing but loyalty to Trump. They’re rewarded with exclusive access to administration officials and to the president himself. Meanwhile, other outlets are mostly kept at arm’s length. The press briefing room in the White House, which used to see nearly daily Q&A sessions under previous presidents, has been all but abandoned. Trump is unusually accessible, but mostly through often chaotic, informal gatherings, while Saturday marks the 48th day since Sanders held a full briefing. When they are not being ignored, White House journalists can expect to hear abuse. Trump’s rallies invariably include segments where he encourages the crowd to boo the reporters covering the event. For years, WHCA dinners were a chance to let the hair down in a notoriously serious town. Past performers include Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand. Since the 1980s, comedians have provided entertainment, making gentle and not-so-gentle fun, or “roasting,” the centerpiece of the dinner. Presidents were expected to give as good as they got. A standout moment was Obama’s riff in 2011, when one of his comic targets in the VIP-packed audience was none other than Donald Trump. Last year, though, the jokes fell flat with organisers. Featured comedian Michelle Wolf tore into Sanders and caused as much offense as laughter. Even the WHCA thought it had gone too far, calling her routine “not in the spirit” of the occasion. Wolf called the WHCA “cowards.”last_img read more

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South American Cartels Choose Morocco for its Proximity to Europe

Rabat – Moroccan law enforcement has confiscated thousands of kilograms of cocaine this year from South American cartels.Contacted by Spanish outlet El Pais, a specialist close to the unit combating drug trafficking in Morocco, who requested anonymity, explained that the increase in drug trafficking from South America to Morocco in 2018 is due to intensified security at the US-Mexico border since the election of Donald Trump.The specialist added that the US and European countries have sent increasing numbers of anti-narcotics specialists to Morocco. Another European researcher speaking anonymously stated that South American cartels have been using Africa as a transport point for many years to send drugs to Europe.Read Also: Casablanca Police Arrest African with 2 Kilograms of Cocaine in StomachHe said the cartels have increased their activity in recent years, and Moroccan police have been specializing in fighting cocaine.To better manage distribution, the cartels have sought to facilitate the shipping of cocaine. Drug dealers have used various methods in Morocco ranging from ingesting cocaine in capsules to using a farm for storage. Cartels also planned to build a secret runway on the outskirts of Dakhla for airplanes, but Moroccan law enforcement intervened and arrested the individuals involved in the making of the runway.The cartels use “mules” to transport cocaine. Often, mules are economically disadvantaged people from developing nations in Africa, making it hard for investigators to eliminate the top figures in drug operations.The traffickers view Morocco’s proximity to Spain as a safe route to transport their drugs.The short trip across the Strait of Gibraltar to Spain allows drug dealers to quickly access European markets and is less watched than the US-Mexico border.In the past 12 months, Moroccan police arrested 15 cocaine dealers in Temara and seized 2.5 tons, and seven individuals with a truck loaded with 1 ton of cocaine, among others.In 2017, authorities seized a total of 2,588 kilograms of cocaine. read more

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OK to smoke not to grow States wrestle with homegrown pot

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois lawmakers working to legalize recreational marijuana have hit a potential snag that other states have wrestled with: whether to allow people to grow a few pot plants for personal use.The 10 states that have legalized recreational marijuana have different “home grow” rules, with Michigan allowing individuals to grow as many as 12 plants and Washington state not allowing them to grow any.The differences reflect how states view the competing arguments about home cultivation. Opponents say it fuels the black market sale of the drug. Proponents, though, argue that if businesses can sell it, they should be able to grow it. They also say people can brew beer at home and say marijuana should be no different.Michael Hill And John O’Connor, The Associated Press read more

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New Ohio State cheer coach aims to grow program from the ground

The OSU athletic department named Ben Schreiber as the school’s spirit head coach April 7.Credit: Courtesy of OSU athleticsBen Schreiber’s future vision for the Ohio State spirit program is simple: Head back to square one and move on together in support of the Buckeyes.“My vision for the program is just to start from the ground up,” OSU’s new spirit squad coach said in an interview with The Lantern Tuesday, a day after he was named for the job. “There’s been a lot of talented coaches that have been there previous to me now, and I just want to get to know the individual athletes as we have tryouts this weekend.”Schreiber — who is set to be the next permanent head coach after former cheerleading coach Lenee Buchman was fired Nov. 25 “for cause” after a sexual harassment probe involving former assistant coaches and athletes — is slated to return to his alma mater, where he cheered at OSU from 2004-07. He spent the past five years as the head cheer coach and fitness coordinator at the University of Delaware.“It was definitely bittersweet leaving Delaware, it’s such a very talented program,” Schreiber said. “But I just felt like this was an opportunity that I didn’t want to pass up.”Under Schreiber’s leadership, the Blue Hens secured the 2014 Universal Cheerleaders Association Division I Large Coed National Championship, after the team finished as runners-up each year from 2010-13.“Ben has all the qualities we were looking for in our next head coach,” said Martin Jarmond, OSU executive associate athletics director for administration and the cheer program’s administrator, in an OSU press release Monday. “His experience and success as a head coach and his passion for Ohio State and developing student-athletes holistically make him a perfect fit to lead our spirit program.”Schreiber said he believes his success at Delaware makes him the right man to lead the Buckeyes spirit squad.“I do think I’m the right man for the program, for the fact of my résumé, being already a Division I collegiate coach for five years, winning a national championship and being very close to other years on the competitive side,” Schreiber said.Schreiber — who is set to earn $43,000 in base salary, just three dollars shy of what Buchman was set to earn after receiving a 1 percent raise last year — said he did not know many of the details regarding the sexual harassment investigation that led to the firings of Buchman and former assistant coaches Dana Bumbrey and Eddie Hollins. He said all that’s on his mind is what’s next.“I don’t know all the details that happened in the past with the coaching staff and the teams,” Schreiber said. “I’m just really kind of excited to come into town, put my stamp on the program and kind of move forward from all the issues that happened in the past.”Schreiber is set to take over for interim coach Steve Chorba, who took over for Buchman the day she was fired in November.After the announcement of Schreiber’s hiring, OSU athletic spokesman Adam Widman told The Lantern in a Monday email that “no staff decisions have been made at this point,” including whether Chorba will be retained by the university. Schreiber — who said he applied for the open position instead of being approached by OSU about it — echoed that statement Tuesday and said he doesn’t officially start working for OSU until Wednesday.“I have my first meetings and things (Wednesday) morning, so I’m not really aware of anything that’s going on,” Schreiber said. “I do know that a search is underway for an assistant coach … but I don’t know any of the plans regarding the interim coach or there’s no official assistant at this time.”Buchman was fired after she was found to have had “several serious lapses of judgment and leadership” by OSU Director of Athletics and Vice President Gene Smith while she was coach of the squad, according to an email obtained by The Lantern.Bumbrey and Hollins were terminated in May following an OSU investigation, which found “sufficient evidence” both had violated the school’s Sexual Harassment Policy. That policy defines sexual harassment as “unwelcome sexual advances” and “requests for sexual favors,” among other things.Schreiber said he wants to make sure new recruits and members of the team are “buying into the idea and the philosophies” he looks to establish with the spirit program. Getting everyone to do that is key to getting the program back to where it should be, Schreiber said.“One of my main philosophies is I want to be the best, and I want the athletes in the program to be the best,” Schreiber said. “So we’re always going to be striving to get better. One practice at a time, one stunt at a time, one game at a time. We’re always going to be seeking for self-improvement to grow as individuals, to grow as a program.” read more

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HBC Nantes are at the EHF CL 2018 final

HBC Nantes Cyril Dumoulin and Nicolas Tournat are the names which will be written in the history of HBC Nantes. The French team qualified for the Sunday’s final of the VELUX EHF Champions League by beating PSG Handball 32:28 (17:14) at the first semi-final in front of 20.000 fans at Lanxess Arena.The French “outsiders” showed once again that they can play and beat the team with the biggest stars in world of handball. From the very beginning of the match, team led by coach Thierry Anti was in lead pushed up by fantastic line-player Nicolas Tournat, who was unstoppable for PSG Handball defense, but also, the crucial player of his team defensive line alongside goalkeeper Cyril Dumoulin.HBC Nantes was in lead 9:6 (14.) when PSG Handball coach Zvonimir Serdarusic called for time-out, but his team, didn’t get back in the game until the end of the first half. Strong PSG Handball back-line couldn’t keep the level with the rivals. Nedim Remili kept some reasonable distance between two teams with three goals in a row at the end of the first half.Macedonian superstar Kiril Lazarov scored his eighth goal for 28:23 lead eight minutes until the end, but Karabattic and Co. managed to get back in the game until 29:27, when Cyril Dumoulin made some crucial saves (7-meter shot of Mikkel Hansen) to ensure dreaming last 60 minutes of the season for his team. ← Previous Story Kiril Lazarov is the new best EHF CL Final4 scorer in the history! Next Story → HBC Nantes dream big, Lie Hansen: Amazing success! read more

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Fleet of new fighter jets coming to MCAS Miramar

first_img Posted: June 6, 2019 June 6, 2019 Sasha Foo, Sasha Foo Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Starting early next year, a new jet will start flying out of MCAS Miramar.At this town hall style briefing for community members, Miramar’s Commander, Colonel Chuck Dockery told a group of community members that F-35 fighter jets will be replacing Miramar’s F-18s.Dockery talked about the new infrastructure and hangars being built for the F-35s and about other operations at the base.Some community members have had ongoing concerns about the noise of jets from Miramar. Dockery said the F35’s will sound somewhat different, but the decibel levels will remain about the same.Ron Belanger, a member of an aviation safety group, said he has been concerned about jets flying over residential neighborhoods. In 2008, a military jet crashed into homes in the University City area, killing four people.Belanger said the military jets are supposed to stick to standard departure routes. When they don’t, he said that deviation causes residents to worry. “If you follow all the rules, everything’s fine,” Belanger said.However, Marine Captain Matthew Gregory said there is no set prescribed flight path. He said the Federal Aviation Administration has the authority to assign different flight paths, in consideration of weather patterns and air traffic. “The FAA can and will authorize departures out of Miramar that fly directly over University City. There are flights that take them up the 805, there are flights that take them to another bunch of different departures over neighborhoods. There’s no routes in and out of Miramar that do not overfly one neighborhood or another,” Gregory said.Gregory said it’s important for the community to share a common baseline of information, “and from there the dialogue can happen.” Fleet of new fighter jets coming to MCAS Miramarlast_img read more

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BT Asda and Holiday Extras awarded for employee share plans

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Costco wont sell genetically engineered salmon at this time

first_imgNow that the FDA has approved a genetically engineered salmon for human consumption, Costco appears to be joining Safeway and other retailers in a commitment not to sell it.Download AudioThe Seattle Times reports Costco issued a statement Friday saying it does not intend to sell the transgenic salmon “at this time.”“This is a major step forward from the weak statement which Costco previously made over the summer,” says Dana Perls, who works for Friends of the Earth. That’s one of the groups that’s led a massive consumer campaign urging Costco to reject the AquAdvantage salmon. Perls, though, says she’s not sure of the extent of Costco’s new commitment.“We are currently in dialogue to understand more about their statement,” she said.Costco did not respond to a request for an interview today.It may be a while before AquAdvantage is for sale anywhere in the U.S. The CEO of the company that makes it told the New York Times it will take about two years for the fast-growing salmon to reach market size.  The only FDA-approved facility for growing them is in Panama, and it can only produce about 100 tons of salmon per year. The company hopes to eventually see its fish farmed in the U.S.Alaska’s Congressional delegation has fought to stop the so-called “Frankenfish” for years, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski says the fight is not over.“I’m not sure if we can get the FDA to reverse this. I’m going to keep working on it,” she said on the Senate floor Friday. “But at a bare minimum people around this country need to know what they’re serving their families when it comes to seafood.”Murkowski says she’ll seek a labeling requirement for genetically engineered fish. She also announced today she’ll block Senate confirmation of the nominee for FDA commissioner.This story was updated today at 3 p.m.last_img read more

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Myanmar military put on UN blacklist for sexual violence

first_imgrohingyaA new U.N. report puts Myanmar’s armed forces on a U.N. blacklist of government and rebel groups “credibly suspected” of carrying out rapes and other acts of sexual violence in conflict for the first time.An advance copy of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ report to the Security Council, obtained Friday by The Associated Press, says international medical staff and others in Bangladesh have documented that many of the almost 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled from Myanmar “bear the physical and psychological scars of brutal sexual assault.”The U.N. chief said the assaults were allegedly perpetrated by the Myanmar Armed Forces, known as the Tatmadaw, “at times acting in concert with local militias, in the course of military ‘clearance’ operations in October 2016 and August 2017.””The widespread threat and use of sexual violence was integral to this strategy, serving to humiliate, terrorise and collectively punish the Rohingya community, as a calculated tool to force them to flee their homelands and prevent their return,” Guterres said.Buddhist-majority Myanmar doesn’t recognize the Rohingya as an ethnic group, insisting they are Bengali migrants from Bangladesh living illegally in the country. It has denied them citizenship, leaving them stateless.The recent spasm of violence began when Rohingya insurgents launched a series of attacks last 25 August on about 30 security outposts and other targets. Myanmar security forces then began a scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya villages that the U.N. and human rights groups have called a campaign of ethnic cleansing.”Violence was visited upon women, including pregnant women, who are seen as custodians and propagators of ethnic identity, as well as on young children, who represent the future of the group,” Guterres said. “This can be linked to an inflammatory narrative alleging that high fertility rates among the Rohingya represent an existential threat to the majority population.”The report, which will be a focus of a U.N. Security Council meeting Monday on preventing sexual violence in conflict, puts 51 government, rebel and extremist groups on the list.They include 17 from Congo including the armed forces and national police, seven from Syria including the armed forces and intelligence services, six each from Central African Republic and South Sudan, five from Mali, four from Somalia, three from Sudan, one each from Iraq and Myanmar, and Boko Haram which operates in several countries.”As a general trend,” Guterres said, “the rise or resurgence of conflict and violent extremism, with its ensuing proliferation of arms, mass displacement, and collapsed rule of law, triggers patterns of sexual violence.”This was evident in many places in 2017 as insecurity spread to new regions in Central African Republic, violence surged in eastern and central Congo, conflict engulfed South Sudan, violence wracked Syria and Yemen, and “‘ethnic cleansing’ in the guise of clearance operations unfolded in Northern Rakhine State, Myanmar,” he said.Guterres said most victims are “politically and economically marginalized women and girls” concentrated in remote, rural areas with the least access to services that can help them, and in refugee camps and areas for the displaced.The year 2017 “also saw sexual violence continue to be employed as a tactic of war, terrorism, torture and repression,” he said, citing conflicts in CAR, Congo, Iraq, Mali, Myanmar, Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan as examples of “this alarming trend.”Guterres said sexual violence continues to serve as a “push factor” for forced displacement in places such as Colombia, Iraq, the Horn of Africa and Syria. And he said it remained “a heightened risk in transit, refugee and displacement settings.”The secretary-general said the effects of sexual violence can impact generations as a result of trauma, stigma, poverty, poor health and unwanted pregnancy.In South Sudan, for instance, Guterres said sexual violence is so prevalent that a Commission of Inquiry described women and girls as “collectively traumatized.” He said children born of this violence have been labeled “bad blood” or “children of the enemy” and warned that this vulnerability “may leave them susceptible to recruitment, radicalization and trafficking.”Guterres said many women, including Rohingya refugees, are reluctant to return to locations they fled where forces including alleged perpetrators remain in control.”Colombia is the only country in which children conceived through wartime rape are legally recognized as victims, though it has been difficult for them to access redress without being stigmatized,” he said.The secretary-general lamented that “most incidents of mass rape continue to be met with mass impunity.”For example, Guterres said, not a single member of the Islamic State extremist group or Boko Haram “has been prosecuted for sexual violence offenses to date.”last_img read more

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Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday June 13

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream:http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3u We’ll discuss national politics, with a focus on the unfortunate politics connected to the tragic massacre of 49 people in Orlando, Florida over the weekend, with political commentators Catalina Byrd and Sean Breeze. Plus, a report on the burgeoning backlog of Maryland psychiatric patients in Maryland’s prison and jail system. These stories and much more coming up on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

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Netflix Will Lose Disneys Star Wars The Clone Wars James Bond Movies

first_img Popular on Variety Related What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019 ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Jenji Kohan and Star Uzo Aduba Bid Farewellcenter_img Licensed titles coming to Netflix in April 2019 include “New Girl” Season 7, “All the President’s Men,” “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967), “Deliverance,” “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” “Evolution,” “Freddy vs. Jason,” “Friday the 13th” (2009), “I Am Legend,” “Lakeview Terrace,” “Monster House,” “Obsessed,” “Penelope,” “Pineapple Express,” “Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon: S2,” “P.S. I Love You,” “Snatch,” “Spy Kids,” “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D,” “The Bone Collector,” “The Fifth Element,” “The Golden Compass,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” (parts 1 and 2), and “Valkyrie.” More Disney content is about to roll off Netflix: The 2008 “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” animated movie as well as six seasons of the subsequent “Clone Wars” series are among the titles set to leave the streaming service next month.According to Netflix, the original Lucasfilm movie along with “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Seasons 1-5 and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions” will expire as of April 7, 2019. The TV series had aired on Cartoon Network from 2008-12. The story is set in the period between the “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith” movies.Disney announced the end of its exclusive output deal with Netflix in the summer of 2017, when the Mouse House also announced plans to launch its own direct-to-consumer streaming rival. Dubbed “Disney+,” the service will be the exclusive home in the U.S. for SVOD access to new releases from Walt Disney Studios, Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel beginning with the 2019 theatrical slate, including “Toy Story 4,” “Frozen 2,” and the live-action remake of “The Lion King.” Disney-owned titles are beginning to leave Netflix. In March, those included the 2017 live-action “Beauty and the Beast” remake, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, and Johnny Depp-starrer “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.”Last year, Lucasfilm announced that an all-new season of “Clone Wars” will be produced exclusively for Disney+, slated for a late 2019 debut.Meanwhile, all 11 James Bond films that Netflix just added in February under a pact with MGM will be rolling off on April 1: “Casino Royale,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” “Die Another Day,” “Goldfinger,” “Live and Let Die,” “Octopussy,” “The Living Daylights,” “The Man with the Golden Gun,” “The Spy Who Loved Me,” “The World Is Not Enough” and “You Only Live Twice.”Also leaving Netflix as of April 1: “American Pie,” “Billy Madison,” “Blue Mountain State” Seasons 1-3, “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood,” “Happy Feet,” “Happy Gilmore,” “Heat,” “I Love You, Man,” “L.A. Confidential,” “Luther” Seasons 1-4, “Pokémon: XY” Seasons 1-2, “Seven,” “Sex and the City: The Movie,” and “Wallander” Seasons 1-4. Others rolling off the service are “Raw” (April 4), “Video Game High School” Seasons 1-3 (April 13), and “Silver Linings Playbook” (April 18).At the same time, Netflix has a slew of new content teed up for April.Netflix originals set to premiere include stand-up special “Kevin Hart: Irresponsible” (April 2); nature docu-series “Our Planet” (April 5), narrated by David Attenborough, from the creators of “Planet Earth”; film “Unicorn Store” (April 5), starring Brie Larson in her directorial debut alongside Samuel L. Jackson; “Trolls: The Beat Goes On!” Season 6 (April); “You vs. Wild” (April 10), an interactive adventure series in the vein if “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” in which viewers make decisions to help Bear Grylls survive in the harshest environments on Earth; supernatural horror drama “Chambers,” (April 26) starring Uma Thurman; and anime series “Ultraman” (April 1), co-produced by Japanese studios Production I.G and Sola Digital Arts.last_img read more

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Creativity is childs play for this girl

Who says creativity is no child’s play? The  solo exhibition, Pots Platter and Me, by nine-year-old Avani Singhania displays her creativity in ceramic art and pottery making. For someone as young what could be her inspiration?’When I see different creations in art books, I feel an urge to create them in my own way. This exhibition is the result of one year’s effort, in doing just that,’ said Avani.Avani has been learning pottery and ceramics arts under the guidance of Ela Mukherjee, a ceramic artiste. Coming from a family of art lovers and collectors, her interests stem from her own surroundings. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The nine-year-old is a budding artiste and a student of Vasant Valley School. She has also  participated in pottery classes and camps at her school and recently held an exhibition of her work at the India Habitat Centre. An array of colourful tea pots, cups and saucers, decorative items shaped like hearts, ovals, pen-stands in ceramics greeted guests. The collection also included fish bowls, diyas, coffee mugs in bright colours to go hand in hand with the festive season. read more

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Elderly man hurt after buses collide with each other

first_imgKolkata: An elderly person suffered serious injuries on his hand and ears after fell down on the road after a bus collided with another bus in which the person was travelling on Rasbehiari Avenue near Gariahat on Friday morning.The injured person identified as Samir Pal, resident of Dhakuria and a tailor by profession was rushed to a private hospital in Dhakuria from where he was shifted to another private hospital at Panchasayar by his family members. According to sources, Pal was travelling Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamatain a crowded bus from route 212 standing on the footboard of the bus. It is alleged that the driver of the bus from route 212 was competing with another bus from route 3C/2. While, both buses were moving along the Rashbehari Avenue, driver of the bus from route 212 applied a sudden brake and tried to block the way of 3C/2. But, the driver of bus from route 3C/2 tried to overtake the bus 212 from its left. Pal, who was standing on the footboard of 212, lost control and fell on the road. At the same time 3C/2 bus overtook the bus from 212 route. While doing so Pal fell in the middle of two buses and his ears and one hand were injured. Hearing him scream, passengers from both the buses forced the drivers to stop the bus immediately. Pal was rushed to a private hospital in Dhakuria by traffic police personnel where he was given first aid. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAlso, his family members were informed. After his family members reached the hospital, they decided to shift Pal to another private hospital in Panchasayar on Eastern Metropolitan (EM) Bypass. However, sources claimed that condition of his both ears was badly damaged and need an emergency surgery to fix it. Meanwhile, passengers of both the buses detained the drivers and later handed him over to the police. Both the drivers have been arrested and the buses were seized.last_img read more

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Alienware Laptop Sale Save Up to 645 with This Coupon

first_imgDell has a surprise for fans of its gaming laptops. For a limited time, the PC manufacturer is taking 15 percent off select Alienware laptops equipped with a GTX-based graphics card. Just use coupon code “AFF15GTX” at checkout to receive your discount. This beats Dell’s current coupon (“SAVE10”), which only takes 10 percent off systems.The sale includes everything from the Editor’s Choice Alienware m15 to the Alienware 17 laptop. If you’re looking for the least expensive system, you can get the Alienware m15 for $1,149.53 after coupon. That’s $230 off and the best deal we’ve seen for this laptop. It features a 15.6-inch 1080p IPS LCD, 2.2GHz Core i7-8750H 6-core CPU, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hybrid HDD, and a GTX 1060 6GB video card.Noteworthy deals in Dell’s sale include:Alienware m15 w/ GTX 1060 for $1,149.53 via “AFF15GTX” ($230 off)Alienware 17 w/ GTX 1060 for  $1,166.19 via “AFF15GTX” ($393 off)Alienware 15 w/ GTX 1060 for $1,332.79 via “AFF15GTX” ($417 off)Alienware 15 w/ GTX 1080 + CoD Black Ops 4 for $1,954.99 via “AFF15GTX” ($645 off) Dell’s coupon is valid through February 2, but Dell’s website says it may expire after 300 uses. Usually, their coupons expire after 2,000 or 3,000 uses, so this could be a typo. However, we don’t recommend waiting too long to find out.Best Laptop Deals in January 2019Advertisement Meet the Area-51m, Alienware’s True Desktop ReplacementNew look, new specs, Alienware is turning the gaming laptop on its head.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/alienware-15-percent-laptops?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0001:5601:56Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display01:25How to Freeze Rows in Excel关闭  by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoForbes.com100 Powerful Women Americans Can Look Up toForbes.comUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

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Did you hear Air Canada has new service to Kauai available to

first_img Posted by MONTREAL — Earlier this month, Air Canada announced new service to Kauai with its new mainline Boeing 737 MAX-8 fleet this winter. The airline will also double the frequency of flights from Western Canada to Hawaii, and all flights from Western Canada to Honolulu, Maui and Kona will feature its new 737 MAX aircraft.All 737 MAX flights are currently available for purchase. In total, Air Canada will fly 41 weekly flights next winter to Hawaii.“Air Canada is elevating its service to Maui and the island of Hawaii and this is great news for travelers in western Canada who love escaping to two of the most spectacular settings on the planet,” said George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. “More flights, more seats, and new aircraft with top-of-the-line comforts and amenities will enhance the enjoyment of relaxing on beautiful Maui and the majestic island of Hawaii. Plus, the new seasonal service to serene Kauai will give travelers another enticing option to enjoy Hawaii’s warmth during winter. We thank Air Canada for their continued investment of confidence in the Hawaiian Islands.”More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upAir Canada has configured its 737 MAX with two cabins of service: North American Business and Economy. Features of the new aircraft include:Premium comfort and ambiance with improved seats and innovative LED mood lighting along the ceilingAn upgraded in-flight entertainment system with a new 15-language user interfaceComing soon, passengers will be able to stream video and audio to their own devicesFaster Wi-Fi due to antennas with the highest bandwidth available in the industry, to be available in 2018Upgraded overhead storage space compartments offer additional spaceThe latest quiet engine technology for up to 40% less noiseThe 737 MAX uses 20% less fuel per seat than the original Next-Generation 737Air Canada has 61 firm orders for the 737 MAX. They are to be delivered by 2021, with 18 due to enter the fleet by the end of 2018. << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img Tags: Air Canada, Hawaii, New Routes Did you hear? Air Canada has new service to Kauai, available to book now Tuesday, March 27, 2018 last_img read more

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