Andrea Iervolinos AMBI has two films at TIFF

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter It’s almost unbelievable that anyone could have built a production/distribution film empire at 28. In Hollywood, he was happy to find, there is no such thing as being too young. That was clear when Iervolino was named one of the top dealmakers of 2015 by Variety, the industry trade paper. A new movie mogul has taken up residence in Toronto.He speaks Italian more easily than English and he is only 28 years old.“I try to look older,” Andrea Iervolino told me over drinks at Soho House while gearing up for the Toronto International Film Festival. “In Italy in this business, they say you are young if you are 45.”last_img

UNICEF appeals for 49 million for droughtaffected Ethiopia

After completing a visit to Ethiopia UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Hilde F. Johnson said today that the situation in the hardest-hit areas of the country is extremely serious.“Children are now at risk of dying in numbers in several areas if help is not provided urgently. The Government and partners are doing their utmost to help, but needs are not being met with adequate speed. More resources need to be provided.”Ms. Johnson visited Gurage Zone in Ethiopia and met with families who had been affected by the drought. “We talked to mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers and all actors in the field,” she said. “This picture was confirmed by all of them and a clear message was conveyed: there is no food. The assistance needs to be taken to scale and it has to happen urgently.”She added that Government officials were reporting that children were already dying in villages where they had no access. Earlier this month the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) revised its appeal for Ethiopia to at least $325 million to meet the growing demand for aid. The $49 million requested by UNICEF is for immediate humanitarian interventions. 26 June 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has appealed for $49 million to assist families in Ethiopia where drought has left 75,000 children severely malnourished and 4.6 million people in need of immediate humanitarian aid. read more

China notes long history of friendly exchanges with Sri Lanka

Yi Xianliang, Ambassador of China in Sri Lanka, Commodore Uthpala, Deputy Area Commander West of Sri Lanka navy, Senior Colonel Xu jianwei, Defense Attaché of Embassy of China in Sri Lanka attended the welcome ceremony at the port, along with the officers and ratings of Sri Lanka navy, representatives of the Chinese enterprise and overseas Chinese. The Chinese PLA Navy’s hospital ship Ark Peace is a large maritime medical platform designed and built in China. She was commissioned in December 2008, hull number 866. The ship has got a length of 178 meters and a beam of 24 meters. She has got 8 levels and a full load displacement of 14,300 tons. The 4000 m2 hospital is divided into five main areas respectively for casualty transfer, triage, outpatient, inpatient and evacuation.Ark Peace assumes the missions of treating and evacuating the casualties at sea during wartime, giving medical service to inhabitants and servicemen on islands during peacetime, participating in international humanitarian assistance, providing emergency medical aid in the event of major disasters as well as conducting military medical exchanges and cooperation with foreign countries, thus the ship has been praised as the Ark of Life.Since her commission, Ark Peace has sailed altogether 170,000 nautical miles for over 13,000 hours, visited 29 countries covering three oceans and five continents and provided medical service to over twelve thousand people overseas. She has since been carrying forward international humanitarianism, spreading the concept of “Harmonious Ocean, Harmonious World” and making active contributions to the spread of peace, friendship and love. During the visit, Rear Admiral Guan Bailin, the mission commander will pay courtesy call on Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, Commander of Sri Lanka navy, and Rear Admiral Niraja Attygalle, Commander Western Naval Area. Meanwhile, Ark Peace will provide free medical service and treatment for Sri Lanka forces and police as well as the local people. Ark Peace will be open to the local public. China has had a long history of friendly exchanges with Sri Lanka, the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka said today.The Embassy said this Ark Peace, which is under Mission Harmony 2017, began her first goodwill visit to Sri Lanka. Colombo is the first port which Ark Peace visited in conducting Mission Harmony 2017. Leaving Sri Lanka on 9 August, Ark Peace will also visit Djibouti, Sierra Leone, Gabon, the republic of Congo, Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania and the East Timor and technically berth in Spain and Indonesia. “China and Sri Lanka have a long history of friendly exchanges. Zheng He, a Ming Dynasty navigator, arrived in Sri Lanka for many times when he sailed to Indian Ocean. On February 7, 1957, China and Sri Lanka established formal diplomatic tie which was promoted to the strategic cooperation partnership in May, 2013. Chinese naval task group, comprising missile destroyer Changchun and comprehensive replenishment ship Hefei, made the first port visit to Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka in 1985. From then on, there are more than 10 batches, totaling over 20 ships, made port call or berthed in Sri Lanka,” the Chinese Embassy in Colombo said.In May 2017, the Chinese naval oceangoing task group, consisting of missile destroyer Changchun, missile frigate Jingzhou and the comprehensive replenishment ship Chaohu visited Colombo. This is the sixth time for Ark Peace to conduct Mission Harmony after she carried out Mission Harmony and provided medical service for 5 countries in 2010, 4 countries in 2011, 8 countries in 2013, 4 countries in 2014 and 8 countries in 2015 as well. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Terror attacks on US give greater impetus to UNs antipoverty work Annan

“Following the 11 September attacks, the world economy is expected to slow down significantly, threatening to unravel hard-won gains in development,” said Mr. Annan. “The effects such as falling commodity prices, political tension, lower oil prices, lower investment, loss of tourism revenues, escalating trade costs and movements of refugees will take their toll on many of those who can least afford it.””Let us resolve to keep our focus firmly on the goals that the world’s leaders have set for the new millennium,” Mr. Annan said, referring to the Millennium Declaration adopted by last year’s Millennium Summit. In that text, world leaders pledged to free their peoples from the “abject and dehumanizing” conditions of extreme poverty.The Secretary-General emphasized that the UN’s mission to fight poverty has become more urgent than ever, and called on countries to devise more effective poverty reduction strategies. “Governments worked together to give us the Millennium Declaration, and they must work together, for the sake of the most vulnerable on this earth, to translate that vision into reality,” he stressed.For his part, the General Assembly President, Han Seung-soo of the Republic of Korea, called for greater investment in education, health care and basic social services. “Poverty is a scourge that must be overcome, and this can only be accomplished through concerted international efforts involving effective partnerships between developed and developing countries and between government, the private sector and civil society,” he said in a message. As part of the worldwide observances of the Day, a special event was held at UN Headquarters in New York near the commemorative stone engraved in honour of those fighting hunger, ignorance and violence. A testimony from families living in poverty, which was presented at the ceremony, underscored the need to treat every poor person with dignity and respect.The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed annually since 1993, following on the initiative of the International Movement ATD Fourth World. The observance of the Day aims to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries, particularly in developing countries – a need that has become a development priority. read more

Muslim school receives inadequate Ofsted rating after loos did not have toilet

first_img“Some pupils, they avoid using toilets because they don’t like going in there.“There are facilities for cleaning yourself in the toilet – it might be hard for someone who doesn’t traditionally wash to understand and washing is better than wiping clean.“The Ofsted inspector said there has to be toilet rolls, we said there are always toilet rolls but they are not always out – so what?”Inspectors also criticised the fact there were no shower facilities available at the school, which has 34 pupils aged between 11 and 16.In addition the report stated: “Safeguarding is ineffective. Leaders have not ensured that the school premises are a safe place for pupils, and some checks on staff’s suitability to work with children are incomplete”Leaders’ checks on attendance and safeguarding issues are not robust. Their checks lack detail and do not contribute strongly to keeping pupils safe. Therefore, pupils’ welfare is not assured.”The report went on: “Inspectors found published sectarian material in a storeroom behind the school office. They made the headteacher aware of this.”The headteacher explained that he was not aware of how the materials came to be in school.”At the end of the inspection the headteacher confirmed that he planned to destroy the material and suitably vet all remaining published material in the school. The children they do use the toilets and traditionally, because we are Asian, we wash, not only wipeAbdul Ghafoor Salloo A Muslim girls’ school has received the lowest Ofsted rating available after inspectors discovered that pupils were not provided with lavatory paper for “cultural reasons”.Staff at the fee-paying Park Avenue Girls’ High School, in Stoke-on-Trent, said paper was available from the school office, but because most of the students were Asian, they preferred to wash rather than wipe.But some of the girls told inspectors they were so unhappy about the situation that they avoided using the lavatory all day.The school, which was visited by inspectors October, was rated “inadequate”, with the report identifying a range of concerns, including safeguarding problems and the discovery of sectarian material on the premises.The Ofsted report stated: “At the time of the inspection, it was not the school’s common practice to provide soap for pupils’ hand-washing, toilet roll in the toilets or suitable drinking water.”Toilet paper is available from the school office when pupils request it. Pupils told inspectors that they sometimes avoided using toilets for the whole school day because of this.”But headteacher Abdul Ghafoor Salloo defended the policy, insisting the school catered for the cultural needs of the pupils. “Inspectors did not find any evidence that this sectarian material had influenced teaching or learning in school.”However, material of this kind has no place in schools and leaders have not ensured that systems are in place to prevent such literature from entering the school and being accessible in a storeroom.”The inspectors said the playground was also not appropriate because it presented too many dangers to pupils.”Currently, pupils are not safe in this school. Leaders have not identified the range of risks present on the school site.”For example, inspectors found windows, both single- and double-glazed, that were broken, sharp and accessible to pupils.”But despite the various problems inspectors noted that the relationships between staff and pupils were strong and this had a positive impact on pupils’ behaviour.They added: “Pupils’ behaviour is good. They follow instructions willingly and are well behaved at all times while on the school premises.”center_img “The children they do use the toilets and traditionally, because we are Asian, we wash, not only wipe. There are facilities for pupils to clean themselves,” he said.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Lets dance to the same tune

first_imgOn Saturday 17 October, a community ritual that has not been experienced for a generation will be re-established. That night, more than 50 Greek clubs and associations will come together in a celebration of Victoria’s Hellenic culture at the Grecian Ball, organised by the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) in partnership with scores of other community groups.“This about what GCM can do to help, and it’s also about what projects we can collectively fund. Working together we can do things that by ourselves we haven’t a chance of doing.”Already sold out, 600 people representing the breadth of the Greek community in the state will gather at Stars International Reception Centre in Preston, to dine, dance, and party, and above all, to share ideas on where the Greek community’s future lies, and what can be done to ensure its dynamic achievements can continue.The event comes at a time when many Hellenic community associations are doing it tough, with membership of some dropping alarmingly as the younger generation’s relationship to clubs – that were an integral part of their parents’ and grandparents’ lives – wanes.The past year has seen mixed fortunes for Greek clubs. Some faced with the heartbreaking decision of what to do with their under-utilised properties are deciding to cash out, while a handful have seen a renaissance in their fortunes; the Greek Community of Box Hill being one that can boast of completing a new cultural community centre.GCM president Bill Papastergiadis says the Grecian Ball offers an opportunity to celebrate and take stock of where the Greek Australian community is today, and what interventions can be made to sustain the remarkable advances it has made in the past decade.“The Grecian Ball is about an opportunity to reflect where we are now, what we’re all doing, and what we might want to be putting our joint resources into,” he told Neos Kosmos.“It’s an event for all the Greek organisations in Victoria, and in two weeks we sold 600 seats and we could have sold double that number.”Mr Papastergiadis said the event was “an opportunity to launch a debate on the future of the Greek community. To continue the discussions we started earlier this year for the next steps we should take together as a community.The Ball comes on the back of a series of consultative meetings instigated by GCM over the past year with community organisations aimed at establishing a united approach to funding resources and activity that benefit the Greek community as a whole.The GCM president is expected to announce a slate of ambitious initiatives at the Ball which will require a ‘whole of community’ approach to succeed.How clubs can better utilise the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture is an issue Papastergiadis says is vital as part of a new relationship between the clubs and GCM.“Clubs using our centre for functions and meetings and I’m interested to explore how we can better service members of clubs in this way.“This about what GCM can do to help, and it’s also about what projects we can collectively fund. Working together we can do things that by ourselves we haven’t a chance of doing.”“We’reis a small part of our community and aim is to work closely with all Greek organisations for the common good,” he said. “We want to be together, to cooperate and work together for our future.”Democritos president Thanasis Salahas, who was part of the discussions that resulted in the return of the Grecian Ball, says the event could be the catalyst to create a shared vision.Mr Salahas says his own club the Kalavrita Brotherhoodhad had gone through difficult times but was on the up after a handful of committed members were able to redirect the organisation’s energies.Asked his view on recent sell-offs of assets by other clubs, Mr Salahas said community organisations should consider their original founders’ intentions.“It’s a problem, we let things go down too far,” said Mr Salahas. “We need to find a formula so that the money can stay within the Greek community. We have to find new ways.”The 2015 Grecian Ball’s sponsors include Hunter and Gatherer (Agora Group), EEAMA, Kinisi Club – Kon Tangalakis. Stars International Reception Centre, 3XY Ta Nea, Steve Koukouvitakis. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

20 Greek Australians named 2018 Multicultural Leading Citizens

first_imgFederal Member for Hotham, Clare O’Neil MP, joined by Steve Dimopoulos MP, the State Member for Oakleigh, and Nick Staikos MP, the State Member for Bentleigh, hosted a gala luncheon in Oakleigh this week giving recognition to Greek Australians who have made a significant contribution to our multicultural community.“It is a great honour to serve our multicultural and diverse community in my electorate of Hotham. I am humbled by the extraordinary contribution being made by so many Greek Australians through their leadership and mostly voluntary work serving our community,” Ms O’Neil said.“These awards give due recognition and honour citizens in our community who have made a noteworthy contribution throughout the year”, she added.Ms O’Neil presented recognition awards to 20 citizens who had been nominated because of their tremendous contribution to the welfare and wellbeing of the community.Three of 190 Fronditha Care volunteers have been recognised for their service to the Greek Australian ageing community after being awarded as 2018 Multicultural Leading Citizens.Evangelia Limneos, Christos Malamidis and Despina Stamatopoulos were personally congratulated by Federal MP Clare O’Neil, who hosted the Multicultural Leading Citizen Awards for her Hotham electorate on 2 May 2018.Each nominee from Fronditha Care has a longstanding commitment to bringing joy to the elderly residents across the organisation’s five residential aged care facilities and for those requiring home visits on a regular basis.Ms Limneos volunteers to help people diagnosed with severe dementia who might not be able to speak.“You need a different type of communication: the human touch, kissing, showing affection. That’s what they understand and appreciate,” she said.Volunteer Christos Malamidis plays the accordion for the residents and has slowly added to his repertoire to make sure each resident recognises a local song from their village.Despina Stamatopoulos is affectionately known as “mum” by most of the residents she visits. Having visited every day for more than 10 years, Ms Stamatopoulos believes if “you give love, they give you love”.Also awarded were: Angelo Sardellis from Oakleigh Greek Orthodox Community Inc.; Evanthia Christofi and Neophyta Evripidou from the Greek Cyprian Senior Citizens Community of Glen Eira; John Mantas, Arthur Baltas and Manolis Palios from the Hellenic Community of the City of Moorabbin; Christos Apostolopoulos, Veniotis Dilivasilis and Helen Antoniou from Clarinda and District Greek Senior Citizens Club Inc.; Angela Pilipasidis and Anna Angelidis from AGAPI Care Inc. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Lâcher dours Nicolas Hulot déplore le désengagement du gouvernement

first_imgLâcher d’ours : Nicolas Hulot déplore le désengagement du gouvernementIl y a quelques jours, la ministre de l’Environnement Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet a annoncé que la France renonçait au lâcher d’une ourse prévue ces jours-ci dans les Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Alors que les anti-ours se félicitent de cette décision, les écologistes, et notamment Nicolas Hulot, s’insurgent contre une nouvelle promesse non tenue.Justifiant sa décision en évoquant la sécheresse, qui ne touche pourtant pas à ce jour les Pyrénées-Atlantiques, le gouvernement a renoncé au lâcher d’une ourse prévue au printemps. Un projet porté par l’ancienne secrétaire d’Etat chargée à l’Ecologie, Chantal Jouanno. Candidat à la primaire d’Europe Ecologie-Les Verts pour les élections présidentielles, Nicolas Hulot a vivement réagi à l’annonce du gouvernement. Dans un communiqué cité par 20 minutes, il déplore de le voir “renier ainsi une décision prise par la précédente ministre de l’Ecologie”.À lire aussiL’attaque spectaculaire d’un ours polaire affamé sur un phoqueRegrettant ce “nouvel engagement non tenu par le gouvernement”, Nicolas Hulot dénonce l’ambivalence du gouvernement. “La biodiversité ne se contentera pas de discours”, affirme-t-il avant de dénoncer l’incohérence “de lancer mi-mai une nouvelle stratégie nationale de la biodiversité puis de prendre une décision aussi lourde de sens pour la survie de l’ours dans le Béarn”. Et le candidat écologiste de conclure : “Le gouvernement multiplie les signaux qui concrétisent le funeste ‘l’environnement, ça commence à bien faire'”, faisant référence à la fameuse phrase de Nicolas Sarkozy lors du Salon de l’agriculture 2010.Selon le dernier rapport annuel de l’Office national de la chasse et de la faune sauvage (ONCFS), au moins 19 ours vivent aujourd’hui dans les Pyrénées, dont 17 côté français. Les derniers lâchers remontent à 2006. Quatre femelles et un mâle avaient alors été réintroduits en Haute-Garonne et dans les Hautes-Pyrénées. Mais la femelle Franska a été écrasée par un camion militaire en 2007, et c’est pour la remplacer qu’un nouveau lâcher devait être réalisé dans le Béarn. Le 7 juin 2011 à 14:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Suède des eaux polluées aux antiinflammatoires

first_imgSuède : des eaux polluées aux anti-inflammatoires92 molécules médicamenteuses ont été détectées dans les eaux usées suédoises. Cette première étude sur le sujet à grande échelle a montré l’inquiétante présence d’anti-inflammatoires dans les eaux nationales.C’est une découverte préoccupante qu’ont faite des chercheurs de l’Université d’Umea, située au nord-est de la Suède. En testant les eaux usées nationales, ils ont révélé la présence de pas moins de 92 molécules médicamenteuses. Des substances parmi lesquelles figurent particulièrement le Diclofénac, un anti-inflammatoire vendu en Europe et commercialisé en France sous le nom de Voltarène. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Or, le problème souligné par les chercheurs est que le traitement des eaux ne permet pas de faire diminuer significativement ces taux. Après traitement, il resterait ainsi encore 85 des 92 molécules médicamenteuses contenues dans les eaux suédoises. “Les tests montrent que ces molécules sont très difficiles à dégrader, y compris après traitement des eaux usées, et sont donc bio-accumulés par les poissons”, constate Jerker Fick, chercheur à l’université d’Umea cité par Good-Planet.info.Ces résultats mettent ainsi en évidence non seulement une sérieuse pollution des eaux mais aussi l’inefficacité des mesures d’assainissement nationales. Bien que les molécules passent essentiellement dans les eaux par l’intermédiaire des urines, Jan Christiansson de l’agence suédoise de protection de l’environnement a tenu à rappeler l’importance que “chacun retourne ces médicaments à la pharmacie et ne les jette pas dans les toilettes”.Le 21 janvier 2012 à 19:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Families hop to EggAPalooza in Miramar

first_imgMIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – It was a fun day for families celebrating Easter weekend in Miramar.Children ran around in search of pastel-colored treats around at the ninth annual Egg-A-Palooza at Miramar Regional Park, Saturday.The event included food, music and an egg hunt. Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny also made an appearance.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

US Canada scramble to salvage trade deal

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 8 June, US president Donald Trump and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada. Photo: AFPNegotiations between Canada and the United States on a continental trade pact were abruptly halted without a deal Friday but will resume next week, Canadian and US sources said.The US and Mexico have already reached an agreement, potentially leaving Canada out in the cold if no deal is reached, but Ottawa’s foreign minister insisted that a “win-win-win” accord is within reach.”We will resume negotiations next week,” a Canadian official close to the talks said, after Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland left the US trade representative’s offices in Washington.”We know that a win-win-win agreement is within reach,” Freeland herself told reporters after a week of talks to rewrite the 25-year-old US-Canada-Mexico North American Free Trade Agreement.However, she repeated that Canada will only sign an agreement that is in its national interest.Officials are due to reconvene on Wednesday.”We’ll keep talking until we reach a good deal,” Freeland said.US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s office also issued a statement, saying the negotiations over the past four days were “constructive, and we made progress.”Our officials are continuing to work toward agreement. The USTR team will meet with Minister Freeland and her colleagues Wednesday of next week,” said the statement.Lighthizer said the White House had informed Congress Friday that it intends to sign a new free trade deal with Mexico — and possibly with Canada — within 90 days.He said the agreement will have “huge benefits for our workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses.”I can’t kill these peopleAs negotiations went down to the wire earlier on Friday, there were reports the sides were struggling to find compromise on a mechanism for resolving trade disputes and on Canada’s managed dairy market.Then the Toronto Star reported that Trump boasted in an interview that he was playing hardball with Canada in the negotiations”If I say no — the answer’s no. If I say no, then you’re going to put that, and it’s going to be so insulting they’re not going to be able to make a deal… I can’t kill these people,” the newspaper quoted Trump as saying off-the-record during an interview with Bloomberg.The Star said officials in the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who had been optimistic about reaching a deal with Washington, were angered by the reported comments which they saw as confirmation the US was not negotiating in good faith.Trump’s public statements in the interview and elsewhere have been more positive, although he has frequently criticized Canada’s high dairy tariffs and insisted the US will demand changes.Trump lashed out on Twitter for what he said was a breach of an off-the-record agreement, but he confirmed that he was taking a hardline stance in the talks.”Wow, I made OFF THE RECORD COMMENTS to Bloomberg concerning Canada, and this powerful understanding was BLATANTLY VIOLATED. Oh well, just more dishonest reporting. I am used to it,” Trump tweeted.”At least Canada knows where I stand!”last_img read more

Trump Suggests Paying For US Border Wall With Pentagon Funds

first_img Share APPresident Donald Trump reviews border wall prototypes, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Still angry about the budget deal he signed last week, President Donald Trump has floated the idea of using the Pentagon budget to pay for his long-promised border wall with Mexico, despite the fact that such spending would likely require approval from Congress.Trump raised the funding plan with House Speaker Paul Ryan at a meeting at the White House last Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the discussion who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.And he has tweeted that building “a great Border Wall” is “all about National Defense” and has called to “Build WALL through M!” — the military.Departments, however, have limited authority to reprogram funds without congressional approval. Pentagon spokesman Chris Sherwood referred all questions on the wall to the White House, where spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders deflected them, saying she was “not going to get into the specifics of that.”Trump threw Washington into a tizzy on Friday when he threatened to veto the omnibus spending bill, in part because it didn’t include the $25 billion he’d tried to secure for the wall in a last-minute bargaining spree.The $1.3 trillion funding package did include $1.6 billion in border wall spending. But much of that money can only be used to repair existing segments, not build new sections. Congress also put restrictions on the types of barriers that can be built.Trump has tried to justify signing the deal by pointing to the boost in funding it provides for the military. But he nonetheless remains frustrated, according to people familiar with his thinking who weren’t authorized to discuss private conversations and who spoke on condition of anonymity.Trump first publicly floated the idea of having the Pentagon pay for the rest of construction in an obscure tweet that left many confused.“Building a great Border Wall, with drugs (poison) and enemy combatants pouring into our Country, is all about National Defense,” he wrote Sunday. “Build WALL through M!”He retweeted his message again Monday night.Some people close to the president have also suggested creating a GoFundMe campaign that Trump could use to raise money from the public to fund construction. The White House did not immediately respond to questions about the idea, and it’s unclear whether it has gained any serious traction.Congress, under the Constitution, has the power to determine federal appropriations, and the administration has little authority to shift funding without congressional approval. The Senate Appropriations Committee was not aware of any authority that would allow the Defense Department to fund the wall without congressional approval, said a GOP aide.Sanders said Tuesday that Trump would work with the White House counsel to make sure any action taken was within his executive authority. And she insisted the “continuation of building the wall is ongoing and we’re going to continue moving forward in that process.”Building the wall was one of Trump’s top campaign promises, and the idea that drew the loudest cheers from supporters at his rallies. Trump also insisted he’d make Mexico pay for the construction. But Mexico has made clear it has no intention of doing so.Trump has also proposed making Mexico pay for the wall indirectly through measures such as increasing visa fees, imposing new tariffs and targeting remittances.last_img read more

IATO convention returns to MP after 22 years

first_imgPresident of Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Subhash Goyal announced that the 31st IATO Annual Convention is going to be held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh from August 20-23. Goyal said, “We had several destinations in our mind and it was really difficult deciding on the venue. We had narrowed our search to Jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh.”Sharma appealed to members to make the most of this national convention. He appreciated IATO’s efforts in promoting tourism and supporting the ministry in all it’s initiatives in tapping overseas markets. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Lalit Panwar said that measures like e-tourist visa taken up by the government recently had started yielding results. He requested IATO members to give it wide publicity and encourage tourists to make use of this facility.Ashwani Lohani hailed IATO’s decision to hold its annual convention in Indore.  He also appealed to members to attend the convention in large numbers and attend the post convention tours especially being designed for the members. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMadhya Pradesh—home of Indian tiger, religious places like Mahakal temple in Ujjain, Buddhist stupa in Sanchi and the palace hotels in Bhopal, boating at Bheda Ghat and tourist spots in Jabalpur, Bhopal, Pachmarhi and Khajuraho are great attractions of the state. IATO Convention here will help Madhya Pradesh showcase its tourist potential even further,” said Lohani. “10th IATO convention was held at Khajuraho in 1993 and we are returning to Madhya Pradesh after nearly 22 years. Madhya Pradesh Tourism has been very active in marketing various tourists’ attractions in the state. With our convention, there will be Indian Travel Mart”, said Pronab Sarkar, IATO Chairman. “More than 1200 delegates are expected for the three-day event. They look for hitherto unexplored destinations”, said Sarab Jit Singh, Senior vice president, IATO.IATO also felicitated a 25-member delegation from Nepal headed by Ashok Pokharel, President, Nepal Association of Tour Operators (NATO) and also a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) and Association of Tour Operators of Andaman (ATO) for promotion of Tourism in Andaman.While concluding Goyal said that 10 top outbound tour operators from China selected by Air China are expected to attend the convention apart from tour operators from neighbouring countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka.last_img read more

Uber Says It Will No Longer Use Tech to Target Law Enforcement

first_imgMarch 9, 2017 3 min read Update, March 9, 2017Uber Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan on Tuesday addressed the use of “greyball” technology in a company blog post, and said that going forward, the tool will not be used to target local officials.Here’s the full statement:We wanted to give everyone an update on “greyballing.” This technology is used to hide the standard city app view for individual riders, enabling Uber to show that same rider a different version. It’s been used for many purposes, for example: the testing of new features by employees; marketing promotions; fraud prevention; to protect our partners from physical harm; and to deter riders using the app in violation of our terms of service.We have started a review of the different ways this technology has been used to date. In addition, we are expressly prohibiting its use to target action by local regulators going forward. Given the way our systems are configured, it will take some time to ensure this prohibition is fully enforced. We’ve had a number of organizations reach out for information and we will be working to respond to their inquiries once we have finished our review.Original story, published March 3, 2017, follows.Amid intense scrutiny of its leadership and company culture, The New York Times is now reporting that since 2014, Uber has been collecting data from its app to tag users that the company believed to be using or “targeting its service improperly.”In particular, Uber has tagged law enforcement officials who downloaded the app in areas where the embattled ride-hailing service was banned so that it would be a step ahead of those trying to catch it breaking the law.Related: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Says He Needs to ‘Grow Up’ After Video of Argument With a Driver ReleasedThe system the company uses to do this is called Greyball, and it is a part of its larger VTOS or “violation of terms of service” program. Uber’s general counsel and legal team approved the program, and according to the Times, roughly 50 people at the company knew about it.Times reporter Mike Isaac interviewed four current and former Uber employees under conditions of anonymity, who described the ways in which the company would identify a user as someone who might be a member of law enforcement. Uber would search social media profiles, determine whether a credit card was linked to a police credit union or keep a tally of the least expensive mobile device models available, based on the assumption that they could have been purchased for a sting operation.Related: In About-Face, Uber Will Apply for California Self-Driving Car Permit “When a tagged officer called a car, Uber could scramble a set of ghost cars inside a fake version of the app for that person, or show no cars available at all,” Isaac reported. “If a driver accidentally picked up an officer, Uber occasionally called the driver with instructions to end the ride.”Entrepreneur reached out to Uber for comment and the company responded with a press statement that it also gave to the New York Times.In the statement, Uber characterized the program as one that is used to protect its drivers. “This program denies ride requests to users who are violating our terms of service — whether that’s people aiming to physically harm drivers, competitors looking to disrupt our operations or opponents who collude with officials on secret ‘stings’ meant to entrap drivers.” Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

In Costa Rica pride for La Seles historic World Cup play

first_imgOn Tuesday morning, Costa Rica began the day dressed in red jerseys. The destiny of this tiny Central American country of fewer than 5 million inhabitants would be to conquer the so-called “Group of Death” at Brazil’s World Cup 2014 and advance to an historic second round.None of the big shots had given Costa Rica a chance of advancing, much less winning Group D, which is composed of powerhouses England, Italy and Uruguay. But Costa Rican fans knew of their team’s talents, and they kept the faith.In San José, Costa Rica’s capital, workers at La Criollita Restaurant, near the historic Parque Morazán, began early in the morning preparing typical meat dishes, gallo pinto con natilla and fresh-squeezed orange juice. The rain didn’t stop fans from celebrating after Costa Rica tied with England 0-0 and qualified first in group D after the end of the World Cup’s first round, on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesLong before the 10 a.m. kickoff between Costa Rica and England, a long table already was crowded with employees from the National Insurance Institute (INS), a towering state-run building located just across the street. Anticipation was building, and La Sele fans began whistling, cheering and chanting – some even before the food was served.After the kickoff, the same fans chanted, “¡Vamos, vamos!” anytime star Sele striker Joel Campbell touched the ball.The English, who hadn’t won a single World Cup match this year, put up a strong fight, towering over the smaller Tico squad. “¡Metan la pata como los hombres!” – “Mess it up like men!” – Tico fans shouted each time England threatened to strike. Bimbo bread delivery drivers parked their truck in front of the restaurant and popped in to see the first-half play. A group of fans celebrate on San Jose’s Central Avenue. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesAt a nearby table, Margarita Miranda, from Cartago, and her friend Dinorah González, from Calle Blancos, shared a bowl of fruit. “Well played,” they commented at halftime, with the score still tied at 0-0. “A tough battle.”Like every other Tico on the planet, the two retirees said they were overwhelmed with joy to see their national team become the underdog story of the Cup.“This is truly significant – it’s global astonishment. But it’s not coincidence,” Miranda said.Another food supply truck arrives, horn blaring.With the English strongly attacking throughout much of the game, star goalie Keylor Navas kept busy, diving and swatting away direct shots. “¡Ay papá! Muestre lo que le enseñé!” – “Man, show ’em what I taught you!” – one INS worker shouts. La Sele fans painted their faces with Costa Rican flags to show their support for the team. Alnberto Font/The Tico TimesA few blocks to the west, Bar Poás has the game on six small TV screens. Bartender Elia Centeno greets her customers with a smile and a blue wig.A group of Scottish fans wander in to catch the match before heading to the airport for a flight back across the pond. When a beer distributor arrives with five plastic cases of Imperial, the Scotsmen and women cheer as if he were Wayne Rooney.In the 63rd minute, don Manuel arrives to sell Tico flags, but he ends up staying to see “como termina la cosa” – how the match will end up.“The referee keeps getting in the way,” the Ticos crowded around the bar gripe. Imperials follow several shots of whiskey while the matter is further discussed.But the most popular phrase of the scoreless morning match: “Hágase famoso”– Be somebody. A fan celebrates at the Plaza de la Democracia in San José after Costa Rica tied with England and took first place in group D in the first round of the World Cup in Brazil, on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesYet without a goal, the Tico squad is somebody in a very big way. They were the group’s first squad to qualify for the next round. And today’s 0-0 tie puts them at the top of Group D with seven points, and in very good standing for the octavos de final.As the final whistle blew, patrons filed into the street, chanting, yelling and waving at the honking cars and buses that paraded by, with Costa Rican flags draped from their windows.Costa Rica has become a renewed pride of Latin America – even healing the historical (mostly political) animosity between Central American neighbors. Tico fans also celebrate Uruguay’s 1-0 win over Italy – it’s a Latin America thing.In Group D, Uruguay placed second with six points, and the party today is likely just as big in the South American country.Costa Rica’s next match is Sunday. Meanwhile, the party rages on as if it were payday. A young Sele fan with his face painted in the Costa Rican flag celebrates after Costa Rica ties England on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. 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Manchester Airport secures flight services to Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airlines

first_imgManchester Airport has secured a landmark route into Africa, underlining its pivotal role in connecting the North to the world’s most important markets. Ethiopian Airlines confirmed it will operate four-times-a-week service, starting from December 1, to Addis Ababa, the East African nation’s capital. The route will unlock connections to more than 58 countries across the African continent. Ethiopian Airlines, which flies to more destinations in Africa than any other carrier, will operate the ultramodern B-787 on the route with business and economy classes.It will serve as a key trade route for Northern businesses, opening up fresh export opportunities and delivering cost and journey time savings to those already operating there. The service will initially transit via Brussels.Andrew Cowan, CEO, Manchester Airport said, “The introduction of this route underlines the critical role Manchester Airport plays in connecting the people and businesses of the North to the world’s most important markets. We hope this will unlock dozens of more destinations across Africa through Ethiopian Airlines’ unrivalled network.”Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO, Ethiopian Airlines said, “We are elated to start services to Manchester, our second destination in the UK next to London Heathrow. The socio-economic implication of the new flight is immense. With vast investment and trade potentials between Africa and the UK, the upcoming flights hold the promise of boosting trade, investment and tourism with ample business opportunities for investors and business people from both regions.”Sheona Southern, Managing Director of Marketing, Manchester said, “The new route connecting Manchester with Addis Ababa is a great success for Greater Manchester and for the wider North of England. This opens up Greater Manchester to visitors, business investors and students from a new continent. Greater Manchester’s growth strategy has internationalisation at its heart, and Manchester has set a clear target to become a top global city by 2035. If we’re to achieve this aim, it’s vital that we continue to increase our connections with major international hubs, increasing the opportunities for global networks to choose Manchester as a place to visit, meet, invest and study in.”Ethiopia is Africa’s second largest country by population, with its hub airport perfectly placed to provide onward connectivity, particularly to sub-Saharan countries. The new route is set to benefit 400,000 people in Manchester Airport’s extensive catchment area.last_img read more

Explore Goas newest waterfront MICE destination – Span Suites Villas

first_imgSpan Suites & Villas located in North Goa on the banks of Chapora River overlooking the hills, is in the vicinity of the famous beaches such as Morjim, Anjuna, Baga and Calangute. The complex consists of 14 Villas, 33 Suites and 1 Presidential Suite. The unique thing about this place is that it provides genuine luxury with utmost privacy.As soon as you enter the luxurious suite, you will discover a lavish living room with three bedrooms along with dining area, where you can relish the finest culinary experiences with your family, friends and colleagues. The stylishly decorated rooms come with amenities like ensuite bathrooms, private living room, private dining room in each suite and villa and many more. From within the rooms and balconies, the visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the hills and the river. The retreat offers facilities and services with a perfect level of personalised service and unswerving dedications to customer care; making the property a real sanctuary for discerning MICE travellers.An aesthetically decorated banquet hall and lush green lawn with a capacity of 2,000 PAX are best suited for hosting conferences, meetings, weddings and other social events. Food and beverage are of vital importance for all meetings and events. The Villas’ Chefs thoughtfully customises catering menus that match the theme of meetings and events.Varizya, the rooftop bar offers a stunning view of the waterfront alluring guests with an enticing blend of impressive cocktails, fine liquor and delectable food Savour the local flavours and delicacies and international cuisines prepared at the multi-cuisine restaurant, Gazebo.“It’s our great honour to introduce you to our new MICE product. With a totally integrated support system providing state-of-the-art facilities serviced by a dedicated and experienced team we are driven to make your event a success,” said Naresh Khetrapal, Director, Span Suites & Villas.last_img read more

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