28 October 2009At least five United Nations staff members were killed today in an attack on a guest house in Kabul that has drawn widespread condemnation from top officials, as well as a pledge that the world body will continue its vital work in the country. “This is a very dark day for the UN in Afghanistan,” Kai Eide, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN mission in the country (UNAMA), said in a statement.Several UN staff members were also injured in the attack, which was reportedly carried out early this morning by three Taliban militants with suicide vests, grenades and machine guns. The UN said it could not at this stage provide the names or nationalities of the victims. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his outrage at the “cowardly attack” and conveyed his deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims.“I condemn in the strongest possible terms the despicable and brutal killing, for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility in an apparent effort to disrupt the second round of the presidential election,” he said in a statement. Afghans are scheduled to go to the polls on 7 November for the presidential run-off between incumbent Hamid Karzai and challenger Abdullah Abdullah.“No one underestimates the difficulties, especially in the aftermath of today’s attack,” Mr. Ban told a news conference in New York. “At this point, I would simply say that all operational preparations are being put in place to minimize fraud.” The run-off was announced last week after the UN-backed Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) found evidence of fraud in the first round of voting conducted on 20 August.“I urge Mr. Abdullah and Mr. Karzai to uphold the law and the Constitution, to encourage participation of the Afghan people, and, after the vote, to work to unify the country around an agenda for progress,” said Mr. Ban.He added that the men and women who gave their lives today came to Afghanistan armed not with guns or bullets. “They came with a more powerful weapon – hope. Hope for a better day for Afghanistan and a commitment to help its people build a better world and a better future.“We will not be deterred from this noble mission,” he vowed. “We will continue our work, particularly on helping the Afghan Government and people, carrying on this second presidential election… while ensuring and strengthening the safety and security of our premises.”The UN Volunteers (UNV) programme confirmed that two of its staff members were among those killed in the attack, while another was wounded. Executive Coordinator Flavia Pansieri expressed condolences on behalf of the organization’s 8,000 volunteers and staff to the families of the victims.The two volunteers were supporting the work of UNDP/ELECT, the project run by the UN Development Programme through which the international community supports Afghan elections. Also voicing her outrage at today’s attack was the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), who expressed the agency’s grave concern about a colleague who was in the guest house and is presently unaccounted for. “UNICEF is working in Afghanistan to assist women and children in urgent need of our support especially in health and education. Attacks like this one set our work back and inflict further damage on an already fragile State,” Ann M. Veneman said in a statement.Josette Sheeran, the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), decried the “murderous assault” on humanitarian staff in Kabul. “Our thoughts are with the families of those killed and injured in the attacks, as well as with our colleagues at partner agencies in Afghanistan who must now find the strength to carry forward the crucial work of the United Nations,” said Ms. Sheeran, whose own staff are still recovering from the 5 October attack on the agency’s office in Islamabad, Pakistan, which killed five staff members and critically injured others. Also speaking out against today’s attack was the Security Council, which “strongly condemned the attempts in particular by the Taliban to disrupt the electoral process and destabilize the situation in Afghanistan.”In a statement read out to the press by Ambassador Le Luong Minh of Viet Nam, which holds the Council presidency this month, the 15-member body Council reiterated that no terrorist act can reverse the path towards peace, democracy and reconstruction in Afghanistan.
The Indian government will work with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the German non-governmental organization International Climate Initiative on a $2.5 million, three-year project to bring the country’s transport growth in line with its climate change agenda. Even though it has the world’s second largest population, India’s per capita emissions are below the global average, UNEP noted in a news release. In 2007, around 13 per cent of its emissions came from the transport sector. That is expected to rise due to population growth, a rapid growth in the number of privately-owned vehicles and the switch from rail to road transport in the freight and passenger sectors. The project is part of a National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) and involves designing low-carbon transport plans for major Indian cities.Indian officials hope the project will act as an inspiration for other developing countries trying to build their transport systems. 12 November 2010India, the world’s fourth largest greenhouse gas emitter, has launched a new United Nations-backed project to reduce emissions and develop a low-carbon transport system.
Courtesy of MCTBuffalo Bulls quarterback Alex Zordich (15) directs his offensive line where to block against Connecticut at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, Saturday, September 29, 2012. UConn defeated Buffalo, 24-17.The University of Buffalo football team came to Columbus last year to finish its 2012 football season, losing 21-7 to Bowling Green in a neutral game site at Crew Stadium. The Bulls are returning to Columbus this weekend to kick off their 2013 season, and they aren’t expecting to lose again.This time around, the Bulls will be playing Ohio State, as the two teams kick off their seasons at Ohio Stadium Saturday at noon. OSU will be starting its campaign for a second consecutive undefeated season under Urban Meyer’s second year as coach, while the Bulls are looking to improve on a 4-8 record from last year.Although the Buckeyes may be heavily favored to win, the Bulls aren’t backing down from their opponent.“Our thinking is go in and get a win,” said Buffalo senior linebackerKhalil Mack. “We’re looking forward to the challenge.”The Buckeyes, ranked No. 2 the AP preseason poll, are expected to be among the top contenders for a college football National Championship this season. Sophomore quarterback Joe Licata, however, said the Bulls also come into this game with high expectations.“They have obviously very high expectations,” Licata said. “They want to play in the National Championship at the end of the year, but we have expectations too, we want to make a bowl game at the end of the year.”The Buckeyes are the highest-ranked opponent the Bulls have played since 2006, when they suffered a 38-7 loss to then-No. 2 Auburn. That said, Bulls coach Jeff Quinn said his team’s preparation will not change in response to the team’s opponent.“I prepare our football team the same way each and every week,” Quinn said during the Mid-American Conference coaches’ teleconference Monday. “I don’t think we try to get too far ahead of ourselves. We know we’re playing one of the best football teams in the country.”If Buffalo is going to pull off the upset, they are going to have to hold Buckeyes junior quarterback and reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Braxton Miller in check.Quinn first saw Miller play while he was the offensive coordinator at Cincinnati, while Miller was a freshman quarterback at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio.“Even though he was a young high school freshman, I saw a lot of skills that I hadn’t seen in players that were juniors and seniors at that time,” Quinn said.Since then, Quinn said Miller has developed into “by far one of the best” players in college football.“We were the first ones to get in there and get our eyes on it and the more I’ve studied him, the more I think he’s a complete player,” Quinn said. “He can throw the ball, he can run the ball, he manages the offense. He’s making good quality decisions and this team really rallies behind him.”One of the players most responsible for bringing pressure on Miller will be Mack. A first-team All-MAC selection for the past two years, Mack’s 21 tackles for loss were the seventh-most in the Football Bowl Subdivision last year. He also holds Buffalo school records with 56 tackles for loss and 11 forced fumbles.Mack said what stands out with the Buckeyes offense is “how well they play together.”“They have a nice tempo offense,” Mack said. “They move fast, Braxton is fast, they complement each other, they complement his speed with the protection that they use. It’s a very disciplined team all around.”On the other side of the equation, Meyer has also been impressed by Mack. He said Monday that Mack is the second-best NFL draft prospect among outside linebackers in college football this season, and called him a “tremendous player.”“(Mack) would start for Ohio State and will be a very good NFL player,” Meyer said during Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference.The Bulls run a 3-4 defensive scheme, in which they employ Mack as a pass-rusher off the edge from the outside linebacker position. He is expected to match up primarily against Buckeyes redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort, an NFL prospect in his own right who was named a captain for the Buckeyes earlier this week.“They got a good defense,” Mewhort said. “They throw some different looks at us and they do some different things, and that’s what we’ve been preparing for, so I’m excited to get out there.”Mack said he is excited for the opportunity to play against a top team and Mewhort and said he expects to take advantage of it.“Being able to go against some of the best competition, that’s more than I can ask for,” Mack said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge.”On the other side of the ball, the Bulls will be led by Licata, who replaced then-junior Alex Zordich as the Bulls’ starting quarterback during the team’s final four games of last season.In nine total games last season, Licata completed 52.8 percent of his passes for 1,045 yards and seven touchdowns, with three interceptions.Licata wants to prove himself further by leading the Bulls to a win Saturday.“You don’t go looking to have a moral victory, you go in to look to win the game,” Licata said. “If you have a moral victory, that means you lost the game.”Even if the Bulls do not win, however, Licata said it is more important that the team feels good about the way they play Saturday.“We need to just stay confident and keep pushing,” Licata said. “Things are going to go wrong at some point. That’s the game of football, that’s what happens. So when that one thing goes wrong, we can’t let it escalate and turn it two things or three things and get ourselves behind.”Although the Buckeyes will have eight new starters on their defense Saturday, Licata acknowledged that the Bulls offense will face a tough test.“I know that they’re very aggressive and they have a lot of great players,” Licata said. “They’re the most athletic team that we’ll face all year probably. There’s a reason why they were undefeated last year, and it started with their defense.”Licata will need help from some of the key players around him. Those key players include senior running back Branden Oliver, who has 2,514 career rushing yards and 18 career rushing touchdowns and senior wide receiver Alex Neutz, who caught 65 passes for 1,015 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior.Many of the Bulls are familiar with the Ohio. Thirteen players are natives, including sophomore punter Tyler Grassman, who played at Lincoln High School in Gahanna.Playing in Ohio Stadium, however, presents a different challenge for the Bulls. At a capacity of 102,329 people, Ohio Stadium is more than three times larger than Buffalo’s home stadium (29,013).Quinn said it is key for his team to “keep their poise and composure” as they deal with the road environment.“I know they’re going to be excited about being in that kind of environment,” Quinn said. “The energy is going to be outstanding. How you control and how you respond is going to be a big part of the beginning of that game. Be in the moment, focus on the process, staying very very locked in, trying to block out all that noise and that environment and just play football.”
Sophomore safety Jordan Fuller (4) intercepts a pass intended for an Indiana wide receiver during the 2017 season opener. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn Ohio State’s first two games of the year, its passing defense performed poorly, allowing more than 380 passing yards in each game. The inexperienced defensive backfield, which lost three players early to the NFL draft, looked incompetent at times.But in the Buckeyes’ next four games, all of which came against lowly regarded, run-heavy teams, no opposing quarterback passed for more than 88 yards. In Saturday’s game against Nebraska, their secondary might be tested for the first time in more than a month.When redshirt junior quarterback Tanner Lee transferred to Nebraska from Tulane, the Cornhuskers thought they might have just landed a stud signal-caller. Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 220 pounds, Lee looks the part. And when he throws the ball, his cannon arm is readily apparent. But the early on-field results were not pretty to open the year. He combined for five touchdowns and nine interceptions in consecutive games against Oregon, Northern Illinois and Rutgers. Despite the struggles, Ohio State still sees the talent.“We definitely respect him,” sophomore safety Jordan Fuller said. “We see the talent. We see the arm. We see his confidence in the pocket. So we have to be ready for that.”Through six games, Lee has completed 109-of-202 passes for an average of 243.3 yards per game, and tacked on 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The one trait Lee does not possess is an ability to run or escape the pocket. He has not rushed for more than five yards in a game this season. Lee often uses five-step drops and waits for plays to develop which will give Ohio State’s defensive line more opportunities than usual to rush the quarterback.“I think it’ll be a good game for us just because he’s a pro-style guy who wants to sit back there and scan the field a little bit, which we haven’t seen very much of,” sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa said. “So, we’re excited for that, to get after him.”The Buckeyes have not faced a team whose primary offensive strategy was to have its immobile quarterback drop back since Lagow tore their defensive backfield up in Week 1. Even when Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield racked up yards against Ohio State, he used his mobility as a threat.If Bosa and the Buckeyes’ fearsome defensive front, which combined for six sacks and 12 tackles for loss against Maryland Saturday, can pressure Lee, he could be forced to make poor passing decisions. Lee will be dropping back with a less-experienced offensive line, which includes a true freshman protecting him at right tackle.Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said he believes Lee had difficulties early in the season because he struggled to get over bad plays, especially when he threw two pick-6s against Northern Illinois. He said improving quarterbacks’ ability to rebound from interceptions is the hardest thing to coach, but he believes Lee is constantly improving in the area.“We’re going to have to really work hard to affect the passer,” Schiano said. “Because if we don’t, he’s a very fundamentally sound quarterback and he’s got a good arm.”Given the Buckeyes’ early-season secondary issues, not allowing Lee to have time in the pocket could help negate the concern of Lee picking on inexperienced cornerbacks. That will be even more important due to the smaller-than-normal cornerback rotation.Ohio State will be without starting cornerback Damon Arnette for the first half of the game due to a suspension as he was flagged for targeting in the second half of the game against the Terrapins. Head coach Urban Meyer said cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Kendall Sheffield will start and freshman Jeffrey Okudah “will work in.”
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. There will need to be work outside of the negotiation box… in order to avoid financial instabilityEuropean Parliament minutes “Some very specific work has to be done in this area,” he said, according to the minutes.”There will be a special/specific relationship. There will need to be work outside of the negotiation box… in order to avoid financial instability.”A spokesman for the European Commission told the Guardian that the minutes, drawn up by European parliament officials, did not “correctly reflect what Mr Barnier said”.But the paper quoted a source who was at the meeting as saying the minutes represented a “more or less accurate” account of the discussions.The disclosure will encourage pro-Brexit MPs who have long argued that the UK will have more leverage in the negotiations than some critics have allowed. The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has said he wants to secure easy access to the City of London for countries in the bloc, in the first sign of a softer stance. Michel Barnier reportedly told MEPs that he wanted a “special” relationship between the 27 remaining EU countries and Britain’s financial centre after Brexit.The comments chime with warnings by Mark Carney, the Bank of England governor, who said this week that the EU’s financial stability is more at risk from Brexit than the UK.It suggests that the EU will be willing to compromise with Britain at the negotiating table to make sure their financial institutions are not locked out of the City.Eurosceptic MPs said the remarks showed that “commercial self-interest is overtaking mere politics” among EU leaders and boded well for Brexit negotiations.Mr Barnier’s remarks were contained in minutes of a private meeting he had with MEPs which was obtained by the Guardian. Steve Baker, the Tory MP and chairman of the pro-Brexit European Research Group, said: “As we were advised to expect by trade negotiators at the Special Trade Commission, commercial self-interest is overtaking mere politics. I hope we can accelerate that necessary process.”Mr Barnier’s comments appear to reflect concerns that EU governments and countries will find it harder and more costly to raise capital if they no longer have free access to the City.They echo the views of Mr Carney who told MPs on Tuesday that – at least in the short-term – the risks to financial stability from Brexit were now greater for the remaining members than they were for the UK. “If you rely on a jurisdiction (the UK) for three-quarters of your hedging activities, three-quarters of your foreign exchange activity, half your lending and half your securities transactions, you should think very carefully about the transition from where you are today to where the new equilibrium will be,” he said.
Brands which confirmed they hand-pick their olives are mostly the smaller, more expensive companies. These include Clearspring, Donna Lucia, Kalios, Morocco Gold, Olivocracy, Oro del Desierto, Terre di San Vito and Zaytoun. British supermarkets have admitted that they could be selling olive oil produced in a way which kills millions of songbirds every year, as they promise to investigate their sourcing.Many harvesters across Italy, Spain and France suck olives from trees using machines, and do this at night, which means sleeping birds who think they have found sanctuary in the olive branches are dazzled by the bright lights and sucked to their deaths.These companies harvest during the evening because doing so is believed to preserve the aroma of the olives, due to the cooler air temperatures.Birds including robins, goldfinches, greenfinches, warblers and wagtails are among the worst affected during the harvest season which is between October and January. Findings in the journal Nature suggested that over two million birds were killed in Spain alone in a year.An investigation by The Telegraph found that British supermarket shelves are likely stocking olive oils produced in this ecologically destructive method.Supermarkets including Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury’s could not confirm whether the brands they stock are machine harvested at night.A Tesco spokesperson said the supermarket is investigating how it will pick olives for its oils this year after concerns were raised by shoppers. They said: “All the whole olives that we sell are harvested during the day by hand or by using hand held tools. We won’t be harvesting olives for olive oil until October.”We’re currently looking into how we pick these olives so, by the time it comes to harvest them, all the necessary changes will have been made.”Waitrose and Sainsbury’s spokespeople confirmed that their own-brand olives and olive products are hand-picked, but did not confirm whether the other brands they stock are similarly ethical.A Waitrose spokesperson added: “All the olives that are either destined to be used in Waitrose table olives or Waitrose olive oils are either picked by hand or picked using a handheld tool.”Major olive oil brand Filippo Berio is investigating its olive sourcing after being contacted. A spokesperson said in a statement: “As far as we are aware, all the co-operatives that Filippo Berio buy olive oil from have mills that work during the day and clean-up at night. We will keep consumers updated as and when we have more information.”Consumers who want to make sure they are using bird-friendly olive oil should check for ‘FAO GIAHS’ on Italian olive oil brands – it stands for ‘Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System’ which means it’s picked by hand. 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.
Les îles artificielles de Bahreïn vues de l’espaceDans le Golfe Persique, 14 îles artificielles ont été créées. En forme de croissant ou encore de poissons, ces îles ont été photographiées depuis l’espace par un astronaute.Les 14 îles qui ont été créées dans le Golfe Persique, au large de Bahreïn, couvrent une surface de 21 kilomètres carrés. Destinées à accueillir des palaces et des villas de luxe, ces îles artificielles prennent diverses formes particulièrement visibles en altitude. Un astronaute en a profité pour prendre une photographie.À lire aussiEn Russie, une décharge de bouteilles se métamorphose en une incroyable plage de verreCe n’est pas la première construction du genre. Dubaï est également célèbre pour ses îles en forme de palmier ou de mappemonde, façonnées de la main de l’homme. Mais ces projets colossaux voient aussi leurs limites. Ainsi, les branches du palmier n’ont jamais vu le jour et la carte du monde à été délaissée. Les tonnes de sable utilisées sont peu à peu avalées par les vagues et les habitants de ces régions paradisiaques découvrent progressivement la mauvaise qualité des constructions qu’ils ont achetées à prix d’or.Enfin, comme le rappelle Sciences et Avenir, les scientifiques prédisent que ces îles vont, au fil du temps, s’enfoncer dans les eaux du Golfe.Le 11 février 2011 à 15:43 • Emmanuel Perrin
TAMPA, FLA. (WSVN) – A giant gator surprised golfers last week at a Tampa golf course.The golfers stopped to record the massive gator and said these animals usually pose no threat.Footage of the giant gator slowly crossing the golf course was posted over the weekend on social media.One golfer said the gator was so large that it was only able to move slowly.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
ADC AUTHOR The White House has threatened to veto the House version of the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act in part due to PFAS regulation provisions the chamber decided to allow for consideration on the annual defense policy bill, Stars and Stripes reported.A White House statement issued last week listed several dozen amendments to the legislation it opposes, which included two specific PFAS regulation provisions proposed by the Democrat-led House. If the amendments opposed by the White House passed in the House NDAA, including the PFAS regulation provisions that the administration said unduly targeted the Defense Department, President Donald Trump would veto the measure, according to the White House statement.“At potentially great cost to and significant impact on DOD’s mission, the legislation singles out DOD, only one contributor to this national issue,” the White House statement said.Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), whose Senate-approved NDAA provision was modified into a PFAS amendment for consideration in the House legislation, called the veto threat that includes opposition to PFAS provisions “outrageous,” according to the report.Udall called the administration’s statement that the military is only a small part of the PFAS contamination problem “flat out wrong,” charging that exposure around installations where large quantities of PFAS-based firefighting foam has been used is more concentrated.One of the opposed provisions would phase out military use of firefighting foam with PFAS by 2025. The other would require DOD to treat contaminated water near bases that are used for agricultural purposes, according to The Hill.More than 100 military sites across the country have known PFAS contamination in the drinking or groundwater, Udall said.The “forever chemicals” formally named perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl are common in firefighting foam used during training on military bases across the country. They have been in news reports in recent years as the cause of contamination of nearby groundwater.Research has found that exposure to PFAS can lead to conditions related to low infant birth weight, cancer, and impacts to the immune system in humans, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Amber Powell
MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Friday reserved its order on activist Gautam Navlakha’s application seeking quashing of the FIR registered against him in connection with the Bhima-Koregoan case. On Thursday, the court had adjourned the hearing for today. A division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Bharti Dangre was hearing the application of Navlakha, an accused in the violence which erupted at an event to mark 100 years of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in January last year. Also Read – INX Media case: P Chidambaram’s CBI custody extended for three days till September 2 Advertise With Us One person had died and several others including 10 policemen had sustained injuries in the violence. On Wednesday, Pune Police submitted before the bench that Navlakha was in touch with Kashmiri separatists and even people linked to terrorist organisation Hizbul Mujahideen. Advocate Aruna Pai, who represented the police, had requested the court to vacate the stay on his arrest, saying that it was affecting the investigation. However, the court had extended the protection from arrest granted to Navlakha until further orders. Navlakha had filed the application in September last year and is represented by advocate Yug Chaudhary in the court.
Watch | Myanmar plane fails to deploy landing gear, pilot lands without front wheels IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:19Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:18?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close The Air France flight passengers were asked to deboard the plane.At least 26 passengers of an Air France flight were asked to exit the plane due to a ‘technical problem’ at the New Delhi airport in the early hours of Wednesday, July 10. According to news agency ANI, the Air France AF 225 was flying from New Delhi to Paris.In a viral video that has been doing the rounds on the internet, the crew are seen asking the passengers to de-board “voluntarily” so the plane could take off. They informed the passengers that their checked-in baggage would be offloaded. However, the crew did not specify the glitch.Watch the video here:#WATCH Staff of Air France flight AF225 from Delhi to Paris asks 26 passengers to voluntarily disembark, as their checked-in luggage would need to be offloaded for the plane to be able to take off, due to a technical problem. pic.twitter.com/LKw5Csq7IE— ANI (@ANI) July 10, 2019At the time of filing the report, it is not yet clear whether the deboarded passengers were flown out to Paris on the next Air France flight. The airline has also not yet issued any official statement regarding the incident.In another shocking incident earlier today, a Spicejet technician, identified as Rohit Pandey, died after getting stuck in the main landing gear door of a Boeing 737 aircraft at Kolkata airport.In the wake of bad weather conditions and multiple accidents, the Indian aviation regulator DGCA had issued safety directions to airlines. The DGCA circular stated: “Aircraft operations during monsoon season poses challenges, which of late have resulted in a number of occurrences. The crew should be well aware of the aircraft limitations and of take-off/landing performance calculations during the adverse weather operations.”
Frank McComb will take part in a benefit concert for Cancer Research Institute at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St N.W. on July 21 at 8 p.m. The Howard concert will be McComb’s first visit to the venue since being invited by the late George Duke to perform for the theatre’s grand reopening event on April 10, 2012. Also joining Frank at the Howard Theatre will be Crystal Aikin who is enjoying a surge in popularity thanks to being the top prize winner in Season One of BET’s gospel music program ‘Sunday Best’ blessing all with her song, “Even Me.” She will be doing her own set and, though she’s never met Frank before, plans to prepare one duet to make both nights extra special. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $20-$45. For more information on Frank McComb, please contact: J’ai St. Laurent-Smyth, Inque Public Relations – 732-254-0607 or email email@example.com / inquepr@ gmail.com
By Valerie Fraling, Special to the AFRO“I hope you never lose your sense of wonder. You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger. May you never take one single breath for granted. God forbid love ever leave you empty handed. I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean. Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens. Promise me that you’ll give fate the fighting chance. And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance I hope you dance. I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance. Never settle for the path of least resistance. Living might mean taking chances but they’re worth taking. Lovin’ might be a mistake but it’s worth making. Don’t let some hell bent heart leave you bitter. When you come close to selling out reconsider. Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance, and when you get the choice to sit it out or dance I hope you dance. Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along. Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder where those years have gone. And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance I hope you dance” Lee Ann Womack “I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness; I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too. I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more.” Anne Frank As the year 2018 comes to a close we reflect on the changes that have occurred in our lives, our community and country. You personally may have not been affected by the hurricanes, devastating fires, or horrific mass murders but, as we all know if one is affected, we all are affected.With that being said I hope you dance. I hope you dance as if no one is watching. I hope you dance with such reckless abandon that you fall exhausted to the floor in a heap of laughter. I hope you dance so that you continue to live with hope and keep hope in your heart, for better days are coming.“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the game.” Randy Pausch I had no idea that when Caesars Entertainment opened Baltimore Horseshoe Casino almost five years ago that I would meet some of the most wonderful African-American Baltimoreans, who have made this entertainment venue such a success. Minyanna Farmer, Casino Marketing VIP Services Manager, spearheads the VIP staff, which also includes Executive Host Devon Howard and Dalaina Ray, who is the first African-American female general manager of Gordon Ramsay Steak. I recently was invited to dinner with Minnyanna, Devon and Dalaina as their guests with my friends Bishop Josephine and Tommy Ridgley.“We are family.” Sister Sledge I knew my relationship was special with them however, with the recent death of my mother they took the time out of their demanding schedules to call me, visit Wylie’s Funeral Home Randallstown and send a beautiful floral arrangement.It was a fun evening as we dined on lobster tails, crab cakes, lamb chops, steaks and a medley of side dishes and appetizers including a toast to Gordon Ramsey on his birthday.
Thursday, January 31, 2019 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> By: The Canadian Press Toronto airport runway setup poses serious crash risk, safety board finds Tags: Safety, Toronto Pearson Airport TORONTO — Air safety authorities say the runway setup at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport poses a serious risk of crashes.The Transportation Safety Board says there were 27 runway incursions between June 2012 and November 2017.Incursions occur when an aircraft finds itself on the wrong runway.The board says the incursions all involved aircraft that landed on an outer runway but ended up on an adjacent inner runway.The incidents occurred despite instructions from air traffic control to stop before entering the second runway.The report cites design problems with the airfield and busy flight crews missing various cues.“All 27 incursions examined involved flight crews who understood they needed to stop, and that they were approaching an active runway,” Kathy Fox, chairwoman of the board said in a statement.“Despite all the visual cues, including lights, signage and paint markings, professional crews were not stopping in time as required, thereby risking a collision with another aircraft on the other runway.”More news: Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthThe board report makes four recommendations, including better instructions to flight crews and changes to the runway layout.
Related posts:35 years after Somoza’s overthrow, not much for Nicaragua to celebrate Thousands protest Nicaraguan canal Nicaraguan opposition marches under strong police surveillance Nicaragua’s avowed anti-US leader Ortega eyes new mandate The woman who Matamoros, the shooter, says asked him to stir up the crowd is one of the disaffected (though she’s not a MRS founder). Mónica Zalaquett, who heads the Center for Violence Prevention, was once a Sandinista loyalist. But the Chilean-born, Nicaragua-nationalized writer and peace activist became disillusioned with the Sandinistas’ perceived lack of interest in women’s rights.Zalaquett founded the Center for Violence Prevention, which works with at-risk youth primarily in Managua, in 1997. Matamoros went through a program at the center and later became involved as a mentor to other troubled youth. Zalaquett told the Nicarguan news magazine Confidencial that Matamoros had stopped his involvement with the center a year ago to dedicate his free time to FSLN politics.“We’re surprised and hurt by what happened,” she said. Zalaquett also told reporters that she had thought highly of Matamoros prior to the incident.The circumstances surrounding Matamoros’ actions, and especially, his confession, are undoubtedly suspicious. First off, videos show that when Matamoros began shooting into the crowd, police officers standing nearby made no move to stop him. Local media reported that the head of transit police, Juan Valle Valle, was standing just a few meters from the shooter but later said he saw nothing.Aminta Granera, Nicaragua’s generally-respected police chief, said the officers present at the protest all had jobs to do and did them. She said National Police officers went after Matamoros and captured him minutes after he fled the scene on the back of a motorcycle. The motorcycle driver was not captured, adding to suspicion of some sort of government collusion.Matamoros — who Nicaragua’s National Police says has a rap sheet that includes aggravated robbery and theft — is accused of attempted murder, endangerment and illegal possession and use of a handgun. He was brought before a judge on Saturday. Only official media outlets were allowed into the hearing. Matamoros’ private lawyer, Darling García, also said she was not allowed into the hearing.While Zalaquett received an outpouring of support from Nicaraguan intellectuals, including writer Gioconda Belli, and government critics, Sandinista officials have party faithfuls have accepted Matamoros’ confession as truth.In an interview with government-allied Radio Sandino, Nicaragua’s human rights deputy ombudsman, Adolfo José Jarquín Ortel, said Zalquett’s alleged collusion with the shooter was “humiliating.”“We’ve been working in Nicaragua to leave the war behind, to eradicate violence. We can’t have political parties and non governmental organizations doing this kind of thing,” he said. Jarquín also suggested that protesters were paid to participate.Whatever is the ultimate truth of the shooting incident, the outcome doesn’t appear to favor the government. The protest movement grows ever stronger and with more diverse participation — mimicking the unprecedented coalition of forces that just forced a sitting president from office in Guatemala.Matamoros did stoke the fire, regardless of who, if anyone, put him up to it. Facebook Comments The bizarre tale of a man who shot into a group of protesters in Nicaragua last Wednesday — while police stood by — got even more bizarre over the weekend.On Saturday, 27-year-old Samir Matamoros appeared before a criminal court in Managua and confessed to shooting into a crowd of anti-government protesters gathered in Nicaragua’s capital on Sept. 2. He said he did it because the head of a respected violence prevention organization asked him to “add some fuel to the fire” to roust would-be protesters from their apathy. He said she had offered him something in exchange, though he didn’t specify what.“I have needs,” Matamoros told government-allied reporters — the only ones allowed into the hearing — outside the courtroom.The protesters who were there the day of the shooting and other government critics have a very different theory: that someone allied with President Daniel Ortega’s Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) government — or perhaps even the government itself — put Matamoros up to the stunt. Luckily, no one was injured despite numerous shots fired into the crowd. Whether one believes Matamoros’ story or not mostly depends on which side of Nicaragua’s increasingly bitter, pro-anti Sandinista divide one is on. Long, long gone is the triumphant Sandinista nationalism that united much of Nicaragua’s population after the overthrow of Dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1979. Long gone, even, is the defensive glue that held together the country’s left-leaning citizenry as they fended off the U.S.-backed Contras in the 1980s and other outside attempts to thwart Nicaragua’s socialist agenda.For the past several months, protesters have been gathering every Wednesday in the country’s capital to demand electoral reforms and transparency in next year’s general election. Ortega is expected to run for a third consecutive term thanks to a constitutional change, pushed through last year by his party, which scrapped term limits.Started as a citizen uprising, the recent protest movement was quickly hijacked by conservative, anti-Ortega political parties. But more and more groups are joining the protests, including the Sandinista Renovation Movement (MRS), which was founded in 1995 by disaffected FSLN intellectuals.
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