A global tradition on beautiful Santorini!

first_imgSANTORINI, Greece – The preparations for the 3rd Santorini Experience, which will take place on October 6th – 8th 2017, are finally coming to an end. Following the two, highly successful, previous years, Greece’s biggest tourist sporting event, is opening its gates to professional and amateur athletes, challenging them to try out their running and swimming skills.As before, the event’s beauty is largely based on the magnificent routes that the athletes will follow. The course that the runners will take will go through villages, such as Imerovigli, Firostefani and Oia, with its breathtaking view of the Caldera. For those who choose to take part in the swimming event, the starting point of the race will be the volcano, and will end at the old port in Fira, thus giving the athletes the opportunity to swim through Santorini’s black waters.“Santorini Experience” is a collaboration between the Municipality of Thira of the Municipal Sports Cultural Environmental Organization of Santorini (D.A.P.P.O.S.) and Active Media Group.The Mayor of Thira, Mr. Anastasios Nikolaos Zorzos commented on the event: “It is with great pleasure that we welcome the 3rd Santorini Experience, on our island! Another unique life experience filled with energy and volcanic aura. The event has been established, becoming a tradition, while the partaking of the locals, as well as the visitors, each year, proves this more than anything else.Elias Lefas @ Santorini ExperienceSantorini, which is a tourist destination throughout the year, offers alternative experiences and the Santorini Experience is no exception. We continue this effort, we support and participate actively, so that our island can continue being a tourist favorite”.Along the same lines were the comments made by President of D.A.P.P.O.S., Mr. Eleftherios Tzouros, stating: “We are waiting for you to visit us at the 3rd Santorini Experience, which will take place between 6th-8th October.A unique sporting event that has, from day one, with the participation of athletes from all over the world, shown us that it has the potential to become a global sporting event. The Santorini Experience is considered a tradition, but we choose to evolve it and it is of outmost importance that every year we try to improve the organizing, we include innovation and safety measures above all. We are waiting for you on October 6th-8th on our island”.In the following link you can watch the teaser video of Santorini Experience 2017: https://youtu.be/yw4GCjwv0IQTweetPinShare1717 Shareslast_img read more

Champions League: Valencia beat Manchester United 2-1, City defeat Hoffenheim

first_imgManchester United endured an undignified end to their topsy-turvy Champions League group stage campaign by losing 2-1 at already-eliminated Valencia on Wednesday and missing their chance of topping Group H.United were already guaranteed a last-16 berth but needed to win and to see Juventus lose to group minnows Young Boys if they were to take the top spot.One-half of the unlikely scenario materialised as the Swiss side beat the Italian giants 2-1 but United blew their chance with a defeat that consigned them to second place.Carlos Soler put the La Liga side ahead in the 17th minute with a powerful finish before United defender Phil Jones scored an embarrassing own goal at the start of the second half to double Valencia’s lead.Substitute Marcus Rashford gave them brief hope of a comeback by heading home in the 87th minute after a rare bright passage of play from the visitors, but Valencia comfortably saw out the victory.Juventus finished top of the group on 12 points, with United on 10. Valencia, who were already assured of third place and qualification for the knockout stages of the Europa League, finished with eight while Young Boys earned four.Meanwhile, Manchester City battled back to winning ways, coming from a goal down to overwhelm Hoffenheim 2-1 in the Champions League with a brilliant Leroy Sane double that ensured they progressed to the last-16 as winners of Group F on Wednesday.The already-qualified English champions, who had suffered their first league defeat in 22 matches at Chelsea on Saturday, needed a point to guarantee top spot but were quickly shocked again when going behind to an Andrej Kramaric penalty.advertisementYet in a hugely entertaining and open encounter, German starlet Sane inspired the comeback against the Bundesliga side with a magnificent free kick moments before the break and another neatly-taken left foot finish just after the hour.The win, which should have been far more decisive such was City’s dominance with 25 goal attempts, saw them top the table on 13 points, ahead of second-placed Olympique Lyonnais, who qualified on eight after they had drawn 1-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk.The Ukrainian side earned the Europa League spot in third place on six with Hoffenheim last on three.”We are in the best 16 and now we are going to see the draw, and arrive at the right moment.”We started flat because Hoffenheim were so demanding about how they attacked the space and, physically, they were stronger. Then we started to play. But the result is good – we are first,” City manager Pep Guardiola told BT Sport.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Transfer latest: Madrid turn to Lewy ahead of Kane

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Real Madrid turn to Lewandowski ahead of Kane Goal Last updated 1 year ago 18:45 2/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich Getty Images Transfers Premier League Primera División Bundesliga Ligue 1 Serie A Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Madrid turn to Lewy ahead of KaneReal Madrid are considering moving for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski instead of Tottenham’s Harry Kane, according to the Independent. Los Blancos know Spurs are likely to play hardball over any move for Kane, so Lewandowski could be seen as a more reasonable target. The Polish striker recently changed agents to Pini Zahavi and could look to take advantage of his last chance for a big move, with his 30th birthday coming up in August.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ramsey urged to resolve Arsenal futureArsenal vs. EvertonWales boss Ryan Giggs wants Aaron Ramsey to decide his future as soon as possible, amid protracted talks over a new Arsenal contract.The 27-year-old’s deal expires at the end of next season but discussions over an extension have seemingly stalled.There are reports Ramsey is keen for a pay rise that would put him in the same bracket as Arsenal’s highest earners, including Mesut Ozil and January signings Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.Read the full story on Goal right here!Why Man Utd didn’t sign Hummels & MullerMats Hummels, Thomas Muller, Bayern Munich, 17/18Louis van Gaal has confirmed he wanted to sign Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller for Manchester United during his reign at Old Trafford.The two Bayern Munich stalwarts, Hummels a central defender and Muller an attacking midfielder, were the subject of intense interest from United in the summer of 2014.Read the full story on Goal right here!Juventus set Can deadlineEmre Can LiverpoolJuventus will meet Emre Can’s representatives this week and won’t wait more than a week for the German to sign, reports Gazzetta dello Sport.Can’s contract will expire at the end of the season and he has been strongly linked with a move to the Old Lady with a Liverpool renewal seeming unlikely. But the Serie A side’s patience has apparently reached its conclusion, with several Premier League sides hoping to snap Can up should a move to Italy fall through.  Ceballos allowed to join Liverpool on loanDani Ceballos Real MadridReal Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos will be allowed to join Liverpool on an initial loan with a purchase option, reports Diario Gol.The 21-year-old joined Madrid last summer but has been used sparingly, and Jurgen Klopp has asked the Liverpool board to sign the midfielder.Chelsea want Casemiro in Hazard dealHD CasemiroChelsea are willing to sell Eden Hazard to Real Madrid if Casemiro is sent to London as part of the deal, according to Don Balon.It wouldn’t be a straight swap, of course, with the report stating the Blues would also want €100 million in addition to the Brazilian central midfielder.  Napoli put £57m price tag on ZielinskiZielinski Feyenoord Napoli Champions LeagueNapoli have placed a £57 million price tag on attacking midfielder Piotr Zielinski, according to Corriere dello Sport, via The Sun.The 23-year-old has been a vital part of the Serie A leaders’ success this term, alerting several of Europe’s biggest sides including Liverpool. Ronaldinho: Any club would want KaneHarry Kane TottenhamTottenham star Harry Kane could walk into any team in Europe, according to Brazil great Ronaldinho.”Harry Kane has been a great player for a while now – but there is no doubt this season he has hit a new level,” he told the Mirror .”He is now at the level where any team in the world would want him. He could walk into any team in Europe.”Read the rest of his comments on the Spurs star right here!Mourinho angry with lack of contract renewalsJose Mourinho Manchester UnitedJose Mourinho is upset at how long Manchester United are taking to offer new deals to several key players, reports the Daily Mail.Representatives for Anthony Martial and Marcos Rojo met with the club in December, but have yet to be offered fresh terms. Additionally, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Daley Blind all have deals set to expire in 2019. Jardim wants to replace WengerLeonardo Jardim Monaco 2017Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim wants to take over at Arsenal next season if Arsene Wenger departs, according to Independent. The Gunners are longtime admirers of the Portuguese boss and considered hiring him last summer if Wenger turned down the two-year contract extension he eventually accepted. Jardim reportedly is ready for a new challenge away from Monaco, where his top players are for sale on a yearly basis. Hamburg want to quadruple Arp’s wagesJann-Fiete Arp HamburgHamburg want to increase Jann-Fiete Arp’s wages from €500,000 per year to €2 million in an effort to convince him to stay, according to the Hamburger Morgenpost.The 18-year-old has attracted plenty of suitors across Europe, including Chelsea, and Hamburg know they must offer a new deal to maintain any hope of keeping the forward. But HSV are also staring down the real possibility of relegation, which would almost certainly end Arp’s time at the club. Simeone not bothered by Griezmann links to BarcaAntoine Griezmann Atletico MadridAtletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone says he is unconcerned with new reports linking Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona.Barcelona’s players have reportedly given their backing to the signing of the 26-year-old Frenchman ahead of next season.Read what Simeone had to say right here!Foden to be handed new City dealPhil Foden Mancheser CityManchester City starlet Phil Foden will be given a new five-year contract worth £40,000 per week when he turns 18 in May, according to the Daily Mail.Foden is seen as a big part of City’s future, and has made six senior appearances this season for Pep Guardiola’s side after helping England win the U-17 World Cup in October. Man Utd watching OdriozolaALVARO ODRIOZOLA REAL SOCIEDAD LALIGAManchester United are monitoring the progress of Real Sociedad right-back Alvaro Odriozola ahead of a potential move, reports the Daily Mail.United sent scouts to Sociedad’s Europa League match against Red Bull Salzburg last ThursdayThe 22-year-old, who has two caps for Spain, has also been watched by Real Madrid and Barcelona over the past year. Dortmund in for MalcomMalcom BordeauxBorussia Dortmund have joined the list of teams chasing Bordeaux winger Malcom, reports The Sun.The 20-year-old is set to depart the Ligue 1 side this summer, and has been strongly linked with Arsenal, Tottenham and Bayern Munich, who have reportedly begun talks with the Brazilian’s representatives. 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Johnnie Walker Release First in Blenders’ Batch Series: Triple Grain American Oak

first_img Whiskey vs Whisky: Is There Really a Difference? The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall Editors’ Recommendations Johnnie Walker, the best-selling Scotch whisky in the world, isn’t necessarily known for their experimentations (because they’ve kept their experimentations in-house) but, if their new Blenders’ Batch Series continues, they might be. Their first release in the line, Triple Grain American Oak, is now available stateside, but if you’re a Johnnie fan, you’re going to have to act fast, as there are limited amounts available.To make the blend, Master Blender Jim Beveridge tapped into his interest in American whiskey, specifically calling to mind his time spent working on bourbons and ryes in Kentucky during the 1990s.This specific blend was a result of hundreds of experiments by Beveridge and his team to try and see just what could be done to add to the depth and the complexity of Scotch whisky. Triple Grain American Oak is aged for at least 10 years in American oak (which includes bourbon casks) and was made from five whiskies in total—three grain whiskies (wheat, barley and corn), some of which came from the now closed Port Dundas distillery and two distinct malts, Cardhu and Mortlach.According to the makers, the flavor profile is “elegantly balanced and finely layered with mellow vanilla and fresh fruit tones and gentle spice notes.”Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Triple Grain American Oak comes in at 41.3%ABV and will be available in limited amounts nationwide for around $29.99. Remember, once it’s gone, it’s gone, so act fast. The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection last_img read more

Security situation is better infiltration down after Balakot strike Govt to LS

first_imgNew Delhi: The Security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed an improvement and the net infiltration from across the border has reduced by 43 per cent after a surgical strike was carried out on terror camps in Pakistan, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.Rai’s remarks came in response to a written question on whether cross-border infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir has abated after the Indian Air Force carried out surgical strike on terror camps in Balakot in Pakistan in February this year. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu”Due to concerted and synergised efforts of security forces, the security situation in the state has witnessed an improvement in the first half of this year over the corresponding period of 2018. Net infiltration has reduced by 43 per cent,” he said. The minister said the central government has adopted a policy of zero tolerance towards cross-border infiltration. Rai said the government of India in tandem with the state government has adopted a multi-pronged approach to contain cross-border infiltration, which includes multi-tiered deployment along the International Border and the Line of Control (LoC), border fencing, improved intelligence and operational coordination, equipping security forces with improved technological weapons and taking pro-active action against infiltrators. Replying another question, the minister said the electric fence namely the Anti Infiltration Obstacle System (AIOS) on LoC along Indo-Pak border has proved to be a potent tool to guard against infiltration.last_img read more

Court Allegedly Drops First Rape Charges Against Lamjarred

Rabat – The Moroccan pop singer will now be tried for crimes of sexual assault and willful violence against Prioul, a French national. According to MEDIAPART news website, in order for Saad Lamjarred to be found innocent, the judge would have had to issue a nonsuit order, which wasn’t the case. On the contrary, the judge has corrected the rape and referred the criminal case to the correctional court.The rape, however, will be tried as an offense rather than a crime. The same source added that the procedure of requalifying rape is very common in France, estimating that 50 to 80 percent of rape cases in France have been requalified, and explaining that Lamjarred would be sentenced to 5 to 7 years in prison if found guilty.On October 26, 2016, Lamjarred was charged with raping Laura Prioul. French authorities detained him for six months at the Marriott Champs Elysees in Paris pending his trial.Later, on April 13, 2017, he was released on bail under electronic surveillance. read more

Morocco Wins Best Promotional Poster Prize in Lyon

Rabat – Morocco has won the ‘best promotional poster’ prize on Wednesday night at Bocuse d’Or, the prestigious gastronomy competition in Lyon.The competition brought together 24 chefs selected after 62 national selections and 4 continental selections.Read Also: Chef Ait Ouakrim Takes Morocco to World-Class Bocuse d’Or ContestThe prize awarded the creativity of finalists, who were challenged to produce the best promotional poster, and a public vote determined the most beautiful one. Bocue d’Or also awarded prizes for best clerk, won by Denmark; best plate, won by France; and best tray, won by Finland.Read Also: Moroccan Chef to Compete in Sirha’s Bocuse d’Or, World Pastry CupThe competition was first created in 1987 to explore culinary talents around the world. This year is the first time African countries have participated. Six African teams, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Morocco, Senegal, and Tunisia, took part in the continental selections last June in Marrakech.The 2019 event pays tribute to two great chefs who promoted the competition, creator Paul Bocuse and Joel Robuchon, the first honorary president. Both chefs died in 2018. read more

Seth Rogen teams up with Canopy Growth to launch cannabis brand Houseplant

TORONTO — Pineapple Express star Seth Rogen and screenwriter Evan Goldberg have teamed up with Canopy Growth Corp. to launch a Toronto-based Canadian cannabis brand called Houseplant.The Vancouver-born actor and the Canadian screenwriter with whom Rogen collaborated on the stoner film co-founded the Toronto-based company along with “other great friends and colleagues.”“We have been working on this quietly for years and seeing everything come together is a dream come true,” Rogen said in an emailed statement.“We could not be more passionate about this company and are dedicated to doing everything the right way. It is extremely important to us to treat cannabis with the reverence it deserves. What a tiame!”Houseplant said Canopy acquired 25 per cent of the business, and invested working capital, but would not disclose any further financial information.Rogen and Goldberg are the business leads of the company, while Canopy in its role as venture partner is providing the facilities, expertise and infrastructure to grow cannabis.“We have been getting to know the Houseplant team for quite a while now and continue to be impressed by their understanding of the cannabis consumer, attention to detail, and drive towards their vision,” Canopy president and co-chief executive Mark Zekulin said in a statement.Rogen, who has also portrayed pothead characters in films such as Knocked Up and the 40-Year-Old-Virgin, is not the first celebrity associated with cannabis to dabble in the pot industry.Tommy Chong, one half of the Cheech & Chong comedy duo, has a line of medicinal cannabis products called Chong’s Choice, available in certain states where legal. In late 2017, director and actor Kevin Smith and actor Jason Mewes — better known as their stoner movie characters Jay and Silent Bob — entered into a brand licensing agreement with Hamilton, Ont.-based cannabis company Beleave Inc. to develop strains. And in 2016, rapper Snoop Dogg struck a deal with Canopy to grant the licensed producer the exclusive right to use certain content and brands such as Leafs By Snoop.However, since Canada legalized recreational cannabis last October, these companies are subject to strict rules governing promotion of the products. The Cannabis Act prohibits the promotion of cannabis, cannabis accessories or any service related to cannabis by means of a testimonial or endorsement or by means of the depiction of a person, character or animal, whether real or fictional. It is also prohibited to present cannabis or any of its brand elements in a manner that “evokes a positive or negative emotion” about a “way of life such as one that includes glamour, recreation, excitement, vitality, risk or daring.”Any promotion that could be seen as appealing to young people is also forbidden.Houseplant noted that Rogen and Goldberg are not paid spokespeople, but founders and business owners who have been involved in its strategic development and decision making since the beginning. “Since inception the Houseplant team has maintained a strong focus on abiding by the regulations which is why, not due to a lack of opportunity both pre and post legalization, Seth and Evan have not participated in any cannabis related event or promotion in Canada,” the company said in an emailed statement.“They are founders and owners, not spokespeople for the brand and have been very careful not to confuse that.”Houseplant’s team in Toronto consists of a chief commercial officer and marketing manager while its strains will be grown at Canopy’s facilities in Smiths Falls, Ont., she added.The first strain Houseplant Sativa will be on sale at legal retailers in B.C. starting next month, with hybrid and indica strains to follow. The company said pre-rolled joints and softgel products will also follow later in the year as the brand rolls out across Canada. Houseplant said it does not have any current plans to launch in the U.S. — where cannabis is legal for medical and recreational purposes in several states but is illegal federally — but both its partner and the company have “global aspirations.”The company said there are no current plans for any products branded with Pineapple Express.Rogen and Goldberg’s partners in Houseplant also include the California-based United Talent Agency through its business ventures group.The pair have spent five years preparing for the launch, said Goldberg.  “We are so proud to be launching in Canada, our home… We’re excited to be able to share our passion for cannabis with Canadians in this way,” he said in a statement. Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press read more

Movie theatre owners studios and stars convene at CinemaCon

LAS VEGAS — CinemaCon, the annual gathering of movie exhibitors and distributors, kicks off Monday in Las Vegas.Hollywood’s biggest studios, from Disney to Warner Bros., descend on Caesar’s Palace armed with splashy footage, trailers and some of their biggest stars to preview and stir up excitement for their upcoming films to an audience of theatre owners and industry executives.On the convention floor, exhibitors will also get the chance to see the latest and greatest in movie going offerings, from luxury seating to advanced screen technology and enhanced concession snacks.CinemaCon runs through Thursday.Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press

As North Dakota oil soars so does waste of natural gas

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota oil drillers are falling far short of the state’s goals to limit the burning of excess natural gas at well heads, five years after the state adopted the rules to reduce the wasteful and environmentally harmful practice.The industry has spent billions of dollars on infrastructure but is at least two years from catching up, and regulators are projecting that the state’s increasing gas production will still outstrip that new capacity.Environmentalists and even a key Republican say the problem will persist as long as the state doesn’t take a tougher approach with the industry, which has largely avoided financial penalties.“We need to find an excess flared gas solution immediately,” said Republican Rep. Vicky Steiner, whose hometown of Dickinson is in the heart of the state’s oil patch. “It’s a shame. I’d like to see us find a use for this.”“Compliance with the state’s flaring policy is not working,” added Wayde Schafer, spokesman for the state’s Sierra Club chapter. “We need to revisit the policy.”Flaring is the practice of burning off natural gas that is produced as a byproduct of oil drilling. It’s a picturesque feature of the oil patch, especially at night, but it means wasted money and unnecessary carbon dioxide emissions that worsen global warming.In 2014, when more than one-third of that gas was being burned off, North Dakota began requiring oil companies to limit flaring to no more than 15 per cent by 2016, and to 10 per cent by 2020. The national average for flaring is less than 1 per cent.Oil companies endorsed the rules but struggled to meet them from the start. Most have often missed them.Drillers produced a record 2.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in March, but about 20 per cent of it went up in flames. That was well above the current limit of 12 per cent — and was enough to heat all North Dakota homes for a month 10 times over, according to an analysis by the Legislature’s research agency.March also was the 13th month in a row that drillers missed the target.About $4 billion in gas processing plants and pipelines is scheduled to come on line within the next two years, boosting gas-gathering and processing capability by 56 per cent. That would be enough to handle most of the gas produced in the state at present.But Justin Kringstad, director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority, said projections show that oil production and its associated gas in two years will outpace even that added capacity. North Dakota is the nation’s No. 2 oil producer behind Texas.Kringstad said he wasn’t aware of any other planned infrastructure projects. Building a gas processing plant typically takes about three years, he said.Company officials have warned lawmakers and regulators for years that significantly restricting oil development to curb flaring would hurt investment and the state’s treasury, which increasingly relies on oil and gas revenue.Lawmakers have opted to accept flaring rather than cut back on production, since oil revenue brings big dollars to their districts, said Steiner, the Republican lawmaker whose district represents a portion of western North Dakota’s oil patch.“Everybody is taking a share out of the Bakken right now and nobody wants to get rid of any of it,” she said.The state’s Republican-led Legislature this year killed two flaring bills. One, sponsored by Democrats, would have required companies to pay royalties if they flared natural gas for more than a year. The other bill, sponsored by Steiner, would have studied some solutions to flaring.North Dakota oil producers can flare natural gas for a year without paying taxes or royalties on it. Companies can then ask state regulators for an extension because of the high costs of moving the gas to market. Almost all the extensions requested in recent years were granted, Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said.Mike Nowatzki, a spokesman for Gov. Doug Burgum, called natural gas flaring “a recognized issue.”“The investment in gas processing infrastructure is a high priority and they’ve been making progress in that regard,” Nowatzki said. “The governor realizes there needs to be additional investment. … That’s going to be a challenge.”To meet the gas-capture goals immediately, the Industrial Commission — comprised of the governor, agriculture secretary and attorney general — would have to limit oil production, thus reducing the percentage of flared gas.That’s something the panel has not had an appetite to do. Instead, the commission has voted to either extend the deadlines for gas capture or given the industry more flexibility.Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, said the recent $4 billion in projects coming on line to process and move natural gas brings to more than $18 billion that has been invested in North Dakota to handle it in recent years.“Anybody who says we’re not doing anything is just wrong,” said Ness, whose group represents more than 500 companies working in the oil patch.Investment in pipelines and processing plants were slowed by low oil prices starting in 2015, Ness said. The current bump in oil production should encourage more investment, he said, but he didn’t know of any other projects planned at the moment.James MacPherson, The Associated Press read more

In move to boost protection UN and Thailand reregister Myanmar refugees

In an effort to provide protection for some 140,000 Myanmar refugees in Thailand and assist in any solution to the decade-old problem, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and the Government have begun a massive five-month-long operation to re-register the entire population of nine camps sheltering them. The 47-member registration team will move from camp to camp, from south to north, using UNHCR’s newly-developed ProGres software to provide an accurate record of the number of refugees and to collect additional bio-data such as digital photographs and fingerprints required by the Government. All of the nine camps, strung along Thailand’s western border with Myanmar, are run by the Government with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) providing assistance. The exercise began on 2 December and is expected to end in April. The re-registration began in the densely-populated Tham Hin camp in Ratchaburi province which hosts in a 16-hectare site some 9,000 refugees from the Karen ethnic group who sought asylum during a military offensive in early 1997. The information will help UNHCR provide protection for the refugees and also assist with requirements for any eventual durable solution, the agency said in Bangkok, the Thai capital. It will also help NGOs provide better assistance to the refugees, many of whom have been living in the camps for nearly a decade. The camp population was first registered in 1999, but only very limited data was collected at that time. read more

Competition Bureau reviewing next steps in the RogersChatr dropped call case

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 24, 2014 4:28 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Competition Bureau reviewing next steps in the Rogers’-Chatr dropped call case OTTAWA – The Competition Bureau is reviewing what it calls a “modest” $500,000 penalty imposed on Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) for making what it alleges were unsupported performance claims for its talk-and-text brand Chatr.The bureau also said Monday that it was also reviewing the decision by Ontario Superior Court not to issue an order to prevent Rogers from making similar kinds of performance claims in the future.Four years ago, new player Wind Mobile had filed a complaint with Competition Bureau over Rogers’ claims that its Chatr brand had fewer dropped calls and a better network than its new wireless competitors.The bureau had asked that the court impose a $10-million fine on Rogers, the maximum amount allowable.Although it appeared unhappy with the size of the fine, the bureau says it was pleased that the court recognized in its decision, which was released Friday, that Rogers didn’t do adequate testing to support the claims.However, Rogers took a much different view of the decision, saying the court had found that “virtually every allegation made was false and unfounded.”“The court emphasized that extensive testing conducted by Rogers demonstrated that Chatr’s ads were true and correct,” it said.“It did find that certain testing should have been completed by Rogers before any of the ads were published and therefore imposed a modest penalty of $500,000,” it said.However, “all testing was completed shortly after the ads began and confirmed that Rogers network had fewer dropped calls than our competitors,” it added.Chatr was launched in 2010 by Rogers, which also owns Rogers Wireless and Fido, to compete in the talk-and-text market. read more

Foreign children in overwhelmed Syrian camp need urgent international help says top

Panos Moumtzis, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis made the “special plea” to journalists in Geneva, noting that 75,000 people now shelter in Al Hol camp, after fleeing ISIL extremists.“Today I am making a special plea for the children,” Mr Moumtzis said, noting that UNICEF had estimated that they number around 2.500: “These children do have a father and a mother, and their father and mother have a nationality, and therefore a solution has to be found – particularly with this – for the children.” I don’t think we have ever seen such a large number in a complex protection situation…this requires many actors to work together to be able to find a way forward UNICEF’s Panos MoumtzisIn a plea to Governments whose citizens had been drawn to Syria “to find a way forward”, the UN official highlighted the massive challenges in dealing with the arrival of 65,000 desperate people in just 100 days – most of them women and children.“This is an extreme, extraordinary situation; I don’t think we have ever seen such a large number in a complex protection situation, and clearly this requires many actors to work together to be able to find a way forward.”Noting that humanitarian agencies in Al Hol are “still in emergency mode”, Mr. Moumtzis nonetheless insisted that the situation had “stabilized”.His comments follow reports that well over 100 people en route to the camp or at Al Hol had died or become gravely ill after travelling for days in harsh winter conditions since fleeing Baghouz, the former ISIL stronghold in eastern Syria.Asked about the nationalities of those in the camp, Mr Moumtzis replied that “about 43 per cent are Syrian nationals, 42 per cent are Iraqi nationals and 15 per cent are foreign nationals”. He said 90 per cent were women and children, and 66 per cent of the total were children.Nationals “who have been suspected of having committed crimes, then they need to be treated according to national, international law, in this country,” the UN official added, before insisting that there was no question of the Organization providing help to violent extremists.“What I can categorically say first of all is the people who we are helping are all civilians,” he said, adding that “we do not help people according to ideology.”Civilians in Idlib, still in perilElsewhere in Syria, where the UN and partners help 5.5 million people every month, there is ongoing and serious concern for civilians in Idlib.The region is home to some three million people, who rely on cross-border humanitarian supplies arriving from Turkey.Half of these people have been displaced during the Syrian conflict, which has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure since it began in 2011.Since August 2018, Idlib has been largely protected from the worst fighting by a ceasefire agreement implemented by Russia and Turkey, although clashes are ongoing.This had forced more than 70,000 people to flee from the front line of a demilitarized areas since the  beginning of the year, Mr Moumtzis said.“A continuation of the ceasefire – it was put  in place since last summer – is really crucial, in order to make sure we do not all see a catastrophe as we have all been worried given the large number and the overpopulation and also the nature of who is there,” he explained. Turning to Rukban camp on Syria’s southern border with Jordan, Mr. Moumtzis said that while another 700 people had “spontaneously departed” on Tuesday to Government-controlled areas, significant protection and humanitarian concerns remain for the many thousands of displaced people still there. “A key ask that is still pending is a next convoy,” Mr Moumtzis said. “We really remain concerned about the needs of more than 35,000 people who are in Rukban. The last assistance convoy that was brought in was more than two months ago, and therefore is really long overdue to be able to move forward.” read more

Thirteen metal detectorists rushed to hospital after chocolate birthday cake handed out

“I was then asked to get out of the ambulance because somebody else was in a worse condition and needed priority.”The victims were taken to Rotherham Hospital, where some were kept overnight. Mr Allison was told some reactions were severe because they had never taken drugs and their bodies did not know how to react.Mr Cook is also understood to have fallen victim to the prank and was taken to hospital.He told a friend it was “terrifying” and he thought he was having a heart attack.Julian Evan-Hart, 57, editor of Treasure Hunting magazine, who was not at the event but has spoken to several attendees, said: “They’re all okay but a bit shallow headed because if you’re not used to that kind of  thing, well it blew them apart basically.“I think everyone is very much thinking this was a bit of tongue-in-cheek joke where the wheels came off.“It does broadens one’s mind – if you’re going to mess around like this, you’ve got to be so careful. “I’m certain that this lady didn’t intend this to happen, it was going to be a close-circuit cake shared amongst friends but then everyone helped themselves from what I can gather.” Metal detectorists attending the Coil to the Soil rally in Yorkshire had anticipated a gentle four days scanning 400 acres of land for treasure.But the event descended into chaos when a birthday cake laced with cannabis oil was unwittingly handed around, causing several attendees, including a 69-year-old church organist, to “drop like flies” while others burst into song or started dancing.A fleet of eight ambulances was sent to the scene, as well as a rapid response vehicle, two doctors, two clinical supervisors and a Hazardous Area Response Team, trained to respond to serious public health threatsAt last 13 people were rushed to hospital – many so unused to taking drugs they feared they were suffering a heart attack or even dying.A 48-year-old woman from Co Durham was arrested on suspicion of supplying a class B drug and has been bailed while inquiries continue, South Yorkshire Police said.The havoc began when Gary Cook, a keen metal detectorist who is well known in such circles, strolled around the site in the village of High Melton near Doncaster at around 5.30pm on Saturday, offering guests a slice of chocolate cake baked by a female friend to celebrate his 50th birthday. Metal detectorists gather at the Coil to the Soil event in Doncaster over the bank holiday weekend Metal detectorists gather at the Coil to the Soil event in Doncaster over the bank holiday weekend Mr Cook, from Westbury, Wilts, had no idea that the cake was anything other than it looked. His friend Craig Allison, 50, had just packed away his trade stand and was headed back into the main marquee when he bumped into Mr Cook.“He asked me if I’d like a piece of his birthday cake,” he told the Telegraph.“He broke a piece off for myself and a colleague, I wished him happy birthday and ate it as I carried on inside.“It tasted like a normal chocolate cake, it was possibly a bit dry but other than that I didn’t notice any difference.”But around 20 minutes later, as attendees gathered for the raffle, Mr Allison, who runs Crawfords Metal Detectors in Scunthorpe, started feeling dizzy.“At first I thought nothing of it,” he added. “But it got worse and worse and after about 30 minutes I started to feel numb and tingly and then I just collapsed.”Mr Allison was the first victim and those around him assumed he was suffering from heat stroke and called an ambulance.As he drifted in and out of consciousness, he became aware of people talking about “the cake” and asking if he had eaten any.He said: “I started to come around just as the ambulance was ready to take me to hospital but as a paramedic went to shut the door I heard him say, ‘hang on a minute, they’re dropping like flies in here.’ “It’s really quite sad that it snowballed into such a catastrophic event.”Mr Allison said: “We metal detectors have quite an anorak image, which I do not think is true, but I’m worried this will give us a different image altogether.”Up until this point, it had been a perfect weekend with brilliant weather, it was sad that this had to happen, it was a stupid prank that went wrong.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Poll Do you use food after the expiry date

first_imgA SURVEY IN the UK has found that senior executives at British supermarkets regularly ignore food expiry dates.In interviews, the bosses said they overlook both best-before and use-by dates and instead rely on the look and smell of the food.So we’re asking: Do you use food after the expiry date? Poll Results: Sometimes. (3267) No, never. (1220)center_img Yes, all the timeSometimes.No, never.Vote Yes, all the time (2015)last_img

Décès du physicien Georges Charpak 86 ans de passion pour la science

first_imgDécès du physicien Georges Charpak : 86 ans de passion pour la scienceFrance – Jeudi 30 septembre, le ministère de la Recherche confirmait la mort du physicien français Georges Charpak, âgé de 86 ans. Grand innovateur dans les domaines de la recherche nucléaire et de la physique des particules, ce prix Nobel était aussi engagé dans l’amélioration de l’enseignement et le désarmement.Né en Pologne, naturalisé Français en 1946 et décédé mercredi à l’âge de 86 ans, Georges Charpak a suivi une brillante carrière dans le domaine de la physique : ingénieur de l’école des Mines, puis formé au Centre Européen de Recherche Nucléaire (CERN) à Genève, il développe plusieurs détecteurs de particules, dont la chambre proportionnelle multifils en 1968, qui lui vaut le prix Nobel de physique en 1992.À lire aussiBoson de Higgs : “je serais très content de pouvoir contribuer à sa caractérisation”Militant antifasciste dès l’âge de 15 ans, refusant de porter l’étoile jaune en 1941, ancien résistant, Georges Charpak avait de nombreuses préoccupations éthiques : qualifiant la guerre froide de “jeu de fadas”, il militait pour placer tous les armements nucléaires du monde sous contrôle international. Il jugeait en revanche “incontournable” le recours à l’énergie nucléaire civile. Pensant aux enfants malades, il travaillait encore, à 84 ans, à l’élaboration d’un système de radiologie émettant moins de rayons X.Enfin, il préconisait une plus grande diffusion des sciences, et un enseignement scientifique plus pragmatique et motivant davantage la curiosité chez les jeunes. En 1996, il lançait ainsi La main à la pâte, opération destinée à  promouvoir l’expérimentation scientifique auprès des écoliers.  Le 30 septembre 2010 à 11:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

RGV urges Jr NTR to take over TDP and save it if

first_imgRam Gopal Varma and Junior NTRCollage of photos taken from Twitter and FacebookRam Gopal Varma says that only Junior NTR can be the saviour of the Telugu Desam Party and should save it if he has any respect for his late grandfather NT Rama Rao.Ram Gopal Varma has been vehemently criticising TDP chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu ever since he launched Lakshmi’s NTR, which is a biopic based on the last days of late legendary actor-turned-politician NT Rama Rao. He intensified his attack on the former CM of Andhra Pradesh after the latter stalled the release of his film in the state. He was the happiest man when the TDP failed badly in the elections.Ever since the election results were out, Ram Gopal Varma has consistently been mocking Chandrababu Naidu. But he seemed to cross all the limits on Friday when he made a series of tweets urging Junior NTR to take the horns of the party, which is also the wish of many fans of the Nandamuri family.RGV wrote, “If Tarak takes over TDP, all people will immediately forget TDP’s disastrous failure..NTR’s grandson can be the only saviour and if he has any respect for his grandfather he should immoderately save TDP Jai NTR Jai TARAK Hey @tarak9999 if u have any respect for ur grandfather, u should save the TDP party NTR founded from the man who backstabbed him then and his son who’s front stabbing it now ..Jai NTR (sic).”Ram Gopal Varma also conducted a Twitter survey – “TDP party will be much greater with its leader as TARAK? @tarak9999.” In 17 hours, his poll got 33,822 votes 79 percent of which agreed with his opinion on Junior, while 21 percent people felt he is wrong. He tweeted, “Oho? 79% aa? Abbaa? Does this mean even TDP party people also want @tarak9999 only? Or are they just 21%? ..Just asking.”Meanwhile, Ram Gopal Varma cautioned Junior NTR not join hands with Chandrababu Naidu, like his uncle Balakrishna. The filmmaker tweeted, “I request u @tarak9999 just as an NTR fan, not to join the backstabber of ur grandfather, like the way ur babai did ..What ur babai did is a bigger vennupotu than what the alludu did.”Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP had won 117 Assembly seats in the 2014 elections, while YSRSCP got victory in 70 constituencies. But this year, the TDP has managed to win only 23 seats, while the Jagan Mohan Reddy’s party emerged victorious with 151 seats. After seeing this humiliating defeat, many followers of the TDP felt that Junior NTR should be brought to the party to save it.last_img read more

Meeting PM Modi to photoshopped armpits 5 Times Priyanka Chopra was trolled

first_imgTrolling can never be justified. Celebs often have to go through virtual attacks by trolls over some of the most insane and absurd reasons. Take a look.Meeting PM Modi: Priyanka Chopra had a brief meeting with PM Modi in Berlin last year. While what they discussed remains unknown, a certain section on Twitter started trolling the actress for her ‘indecent dress’. As a comeback and in a major burn to the haters, Priyanka shared another picture with her mother showing off their long legs.For napping on hubby Nick’s chest: Soon after her wedding, Priyanka shared an adorable photo with hubby Nick Jonas where she was clicked sleeping on his chest. Trolls had a field day asking if Priyanka has hired a photographer that follows her everywhere, including the couple’s bedroom. Talking about the trolling on Jimmy Fallon’s show, Priyanka said, “I mean, don’t you guys ever go out with friends and you’re sitting with a bunch of friends, and you do something cute and another friend takes a picture? We were like eight of us sitting and watching the Super Bowl. I fell asleep and she took a picture. She was like, ‘You’re probably the first person who fell asleep during the Super Bowl’.”Photo-shopped arm-pits: The cover of Maxim magazine’s June-July issue featuring Priyanka Chopra drew flak for photo shopping her armpit. However, Priyanka gave it back to the haters with another picture showing off her arm-pits.Smoking: Recently, a picture of Priyanka Chopra smoking along with mother Madhu Chopra and husband Nick Jonas on a yacht during a vacation in Miami surfaced online. Netizens started trolling the actress for smoking despite being asthmatic, as claimed by Priyanka herself.Age gap with Nick Jonas: Priyanka Chopra has often been trolled with tags like ‘mom’ and ‘aunty’ for the age difference between her and husband Nick. Addressing the same, Priyanka had said, “I find it really amazing when you flip it and the guy is older, no one cares and actually people like it.”last_img read more

Political Roundup Primary Runoff Results And Roundtable Discussions On School Safety

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /32:59 Listen X It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup when we discuss national, state, and local political stories — with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.This week, our experts discuss results of the Texas primary runoff elections, to primary results across the country, to Gov. Abbott’s roundtable discussions on school safety.Our panel of experts this week includes David Branham, professor of political science at the University of Houston-Downtown, and Houston Chronicle columnist Erica Grieder. Sharelast_img