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Somalia top UN envoy calls for donors pledges to be turned into

27 April 2009Following last week’s over $200 million pledge by international donors for Somalia, the top United Nations envoy to the Horn of Africa nation today voiced hope that resources will be mobilized quickly to promote peace and stability. At the donors’ conference in Brussels – under the joint auspices of the UN, the African Union (AU), European Union (EU) and the League of Arab States – pledges of $213 were received for the AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and for Somalia security.That amount surpassed the $166 million requested by the AU.Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, characterized last week’s international gathering as a “turning point” for Somalia, which has not had a functioning national government since 1991 but has witnessed several encouraging developments in recent months, including the election of a new President and the formation of a Government of National Unity.“While strengthening security, providing youth employment and delivering humanitarian assistance are essential, lasting peace and stability will come through continued dialogue as laid out in the Djibouti Agreement,” he said, referring to the last year’s UN-facilitated pact between the Transitional Federal Government and the Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia (ARS), in which the two agreed to end their conflict.Due to that Agreement, uprooted people are returning to their homes, the Parliament is more inclusive and Ethiopian troops withdrew in an orderly manner, the envoy said.“Now is the time for Somalis to show their people, their region and the international community that they are finally serious about peace and leaving behind the culture of ‘winner takes all’ and the ever-shifting alliances that are still devastating their nation,” he said. The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia last week stressed the importance of international assistance to stabilize the political situation in the country, noting that accountability and transitional justice initiatives are essential in Somalia, “where human rights is a victim of endless and myriad violations on a daily basis.” Shamsul Bari pointed out that there is a consensus among many that the “success of the security mechanisms will be judged on their capacity to protect the civilian population rather than abuse.” Thus, he stressed, to ensure that security forces are human rights-compliant, vetting processes, command structures and international disciplinary structures and independent oversight are essential.On the humanitarian front, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is helping authorities in the self-declared autonomous region of Somaliland to truck water to residents of areas hit by prolonged drought.Cases of malaria have dropped in Somalia, thanks to the stepped up distribution of long lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets (LLINs), UNICEF said. The nets have been shown to provide the best protection against malaria in south-central Somalia, with a prevalence rate of just under 7 per cent for net users, compared to 17 per cent for those who did not. read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 29, 2015 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Nov 29, 2015 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week TORONTO – Five things to watch in Canadian business this week:Climate confab: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris that kicks off Monday. His appearance comes on the heels of a Liberal government announcement of a five-year, $2.65 billion contribution to help developing countries tackle climate change.Newfoundland and Labrador votes: People in Newfoundland and Labrador go to the polls on Monday. According to public opinion surveys, Dwight Ball’s Liberals will either win by a big landslide in Monday’s provincial election in Newfoundland and Labrador — or by a modest one.GDP: Statistics Canada releases the GDP numbers for the third quarter and September on Tuesday in an ever-reliable gauge of the health of the Canadian economy.Banks bonanza: Scotiabank and BMO report their fourth-quarter results on Tuesday, the National Bank of Canada and the Royal Bank report on Wednesday, and TD and CIBC report on Thursday. Also this week: the Bank of Canada announces its decision on the target for its critical overnight rate on Wednesday. The central bank is expected to hold steady on its key lending rate.Oilpatch: Canadian Oil Sands, the largest partner in the Syncrude oilsands project and the takeover target of Suncor Energy, announces its 2016 spending plans on Tuesday. Enbridge, the Calgary-based energy delivery company, does the same on Thursday. read more

DPR Korea UN teams assessing flood damage from heavy seasonal rains

The UN in DPRK today said that provinces of North and South Pyongyang are “particularly severely affected.”The Government has reported, in its initial assessment, that there has been extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure with 45,948 people made homeless across the country, mostly in the two provinces.Anju City in South Pyongyang province is 80 per cent flooded after the Chongchon River caused embankments to break in the early hours of 21 July, the UN said citing Red Cross (IFRC) reports. There are conflicting reports about the number of casualties, ranging between 8 and 24 deaths and 14 people missing, the Organization said in a note on its website. It added that farmland has been inundated with some 10,000 hectares affected with around 1,000 hectares of crops destroyed. In August last year, the Khanun cyclone caused flash flooding in several provinces in the country, killing more than 100 people and displacing thousands, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported. read more

LionsGiants Is The Biggest Game Of Week 15

2. New England (11-2) vs. Denver (8-5) — 90 total ‘swing’ points Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Green Bay3127347– Detroit84987127– Buffalo24—4– Tampa Bay5457516– We’re down to one wild card slot in the AFC. While neither Oakland nor Kansas City has officially clinched the postseason, we currently give both teams a greater than 99 percent chance, and only one of them (probably the Chiefs) will make it in as the AFC West champion. Denver is still clinging to that second wild card spot, but their loss to the Titans in Week 14 set their chances back. They’ll now face a brutal end-of-season schedule, facing New England, Kansas City and Oakland. Tennessee24%53%19%34– Washington46375013– Baltimore27322110– CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown N.Y. Giants75%54%93%39– Atlanta9193894– 4. Carolina (5-8) vs. Washington (7-5-1) — 88 total ‘swing’ points AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF NE WINSIF DEN WINSSWING Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown Miami27361521– Indianapolis3142– Atlanta9192893– AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF CAR WINSIF WAS WINSSWING AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF TB WINSIF DAL WINSSWING Washington4649445– Minnesota1922174– Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown The Panthers’ playoff chances are more or less nil, but they have the opportunity to play spoiler three games in a row against Washington, Atlanta and Tampa Bay.2You may have noticed that Tampa Bay-Dallas and Carolina-Washington both have a “swing” total of 88 points. That number is rounded, but we use a little more precision when we determine the rankings, and Tampa Bay-Dallas is the (very slightly) more impactful game. Washington would miss the playoffs if the season ended today and would fall to having just a 1-in-5 chance of making them with a loss here. Green Bay31243310– 1. Detroit (9-4) vs. N.Y. Giants (9-4) — 93 total ‘swing’ points Minnesota1914217– Tennessee2425232– Atlanta9189912– 3. Tampa Bay (8-5) vs. Dallas (11-2) — 88 total ‘swing’ points CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS The Buccaneers have won five straight and control their own playoff destiny. Dallas is guaranteed a postseason slot, but if you choose an outcome to this game on our new NFL predictions page you’ll see that a win improves their chance of a first-round bye to 99 percent, and a loss drops them to 80 percent. This makes a huge impact on their Super Bowl probabilities, so the Cowboys — who are at risk of dipping into a quarterback controversy — have quite a bit to play for here. N.Y. Giants7570778– Pittsburgh8991874– 5. Tennessee (7-6) vs. Kansas City (10-3) — 72 total ‘swing’ points N.Y. Giants75827012– Washington46%22%64%43– CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF TEN WINSIF KC WINSSWING CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Detroit8486824– Detroit8482853– The Lions had their eighth fourth-quarter/overtime comeback of the season on Sunday, and now somehow find themselves in contention for a first-round bye. But Detroit’s remarkable season has come against a pretty weak schedule, and they’ll have to wrap up the year against the Giants, Cowboys and Packers. The winner of this game would be nearly assured of a playoff spot, but the loser will be in decent shape. Green Bay, which is in the hunt for the NFC North, is rooting for the Giants. Tampa Bay, Washington, Atlanta and (somewhat surprisingly) Minnesota would prefer a Detroit win to improve their wild card standing. Tampa Bay54%85%42%43– With three weeks left in the NFL season, 11 playoff spots are open. That means that most of the remaining 48 games — save some stinkers like 49ers-Rams — will make some impact on the postseason. What are this week’s biggest games?For the last month, we’ve been using the model behind our 2016 NFL predictions to calculate how much each team’s playoff chances “swing” depending on the outcome of each game. For example, we currently give the Green Bay Packers a 31 percent chance of making the playoffs. If they beat Chicago this week, we project those chances will increase to 40 percent (independent of other games). If they lose, their chances drop to 11 percent.1Our NFL predictions are based on 100,000 simulations of the rest of the season and are updated after every game ends. In the simulations in which Green Bay beats Chicago, they make the playoffs 40 percent of the time. In simulations where they lose, they make the playoffs 11 percent of the time. But it’s unlikely that Green Bay’s playoff probabilities will be exactly 40 percent or exactly 11 percent at the end of Week 15, because the team’s chances depend on the outcome of several games, not just their own. The Packers’ current chances are much closer to 40 percent than to 11 percent because they are much more likely to beat the Bears (69 percent) than lose to them (31 percent). That’s a 29 percentage point swing! By doing this same math for every matchup and factoring in how each team’s resulting record will affect others’ playoff odds, we can find out which games are the most impactful.But “most impactful” only tells part of the story. Let’s say you’re a Green Bay fan, or a fan of any other team on the playoff bubble. Which set of outcomes would help the most this week? To help answer this question, we’ve updated our predictions page to allow you to pick the outcomes of every game for Weeks 15 through 17, so you can see how each matchup affects every team’s probabilities. In the “best case” scenario I could find for the Packers, they’d beat the Bears, but also Dallas would beat Tampa Bay, San Francisco would beat Atlanta, the New York Giants would beat Detroit, Indianapolis would beat Minnesota, and Carolina would beat Washington.With these six outcomes, Green Bay’s playoff chances rise to 58 percent. Go create your own scenarios! The five biggest games of Week 15 are below. Denver5452542– Tampa Bay5458508– Houston75537926– Denver54%33%78%44– Green Bay3135287– Minnesota1923176– AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF DET WINSIF NYG WINSSWING The Titans also control their own destiny! Wins against the Chiefs, Jaguars and Texans in the final three weeks will leave the Titans with a 10-6 record and an AFC South title. And yet, we give them just a 24 percent chance of making the playoffs. One reason for this is that this week’s matchup in Kansas City, where the Titans will be major underdogs by any measure. But it’s also possible that our ratings are understating the Titans’ overall strength. Elo carries over from season to season, and while most teams have shaken whatever effect 2015 had on their rating, Tennessee started in such a huge hole — their 2015 end-of-season rating was 1272 — that we’re still rating them as a significantly below-average team. A win in Kansas City would send their Elo, and their playoff chances, skyrocketing.CORRECTION (Dec. 15, 2:13 p.m.): A previous version of this article misstated the best-case scenario for the Packers in Week 15. In that scenario, the best outcome for Green Bay would be the Giants beating the Lions, not the other way around.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

STEM Guyana receives 25M for participation at First Global Robotic Challenge

A team comprising several young people, who are part of the Science, Technology, and Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Guyana Project will be representing Guyana in July at the First Global Robotic Challenge in Washington D.C, United States of America, with support from the Government, through the office of the First lady.Minister of Education, Nicolette Henry this morning handed over a $2.5 Million cheque to STEM Guyana at the First Lady’s office, State House, according to a MOTP release.First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger is pictured with members of the STEM Guyana teamMs. Henry, in brief remarks, said that the Ministry is pleased with and supportive of what the team is doing in terms of STEM Robotics. “I trust that your stay in Washington would be a rewarding one and certainly when you get back here to Guyana you will share with your friends and colleagues some of the things you would have learnt,” she said.Information Technology (IT) Technician and Co-ordinator of STEM Guyana, Ms. Karen Abrams in expressing gratitude for the funding said it is critical to the team’s travel, accommodation, meals, per diem of seven members of the STEM Guyana team participating in the event, as well as the cost of the robots being used, the release added.Members of the STEM Guyana team sharing a light moment following the handing over ceremonyShe informed that 160 countries would in participating in the event and the various teams are expected to cooperate, as well as compete against each other to complete the challenge of solving water contamination utilising robotics. Asked about the strength of Guyana’s team Ms. Abrams said, “I am very confident in the team. They are very bright young people and we’ve taken them from every sort of academic arena in Guyana so we have a student from GTI [Government Technical Institute], the University of Guyana, we have High school students, we have students who are not in High School… So we have drawn on the best of talent we could find. I am very confident that they’re going to represent Guyana in a very strong way.”Spokesperson, Mr. Vevekeanand Ramnarace said in April, 2017 the team received a kit from the organiser of the event, First Global, which had to be used to build the robot to complete the challenge of combatting water contamination. He explained that “they did this by creating a literal arena and within the arena there are two villages on the two sides of a bank. In between the two villages there is a river that has a stream of water flowing in and they represent the water and contaminants with two different colour balls.”Mr. Ramnarace said that to complete the task the STEM Guyana team had to design a robot that is capable of harvesting the balls and distributing the water into a reservoir and the contaminants into a laboratory for testing.The robot is also capable of lifting itself unto a rail, since the competing teams have to prepare for a flood scenario. “We really put in a lot of effort into this and I do believe we can go and bring out a good name for our country,” Mr. Ramnarace said.The First Global Robotic Challenge will be held from July 16-18, 2017. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMinistry of Education pledges $6M to STEM Guyana teamMay 10, 2018In “latest news”First Lady urges youths to embrace technology at robotics exhibitionJuly 8, 2018In “latest news”STEM Guyana team ready to participate in inaugural Robotic Olympics in the USAMay 2, 2017In “latest news” read more

One of our journalists just won a major business news award

first_img Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean, UCD College of Business; Emer Gilvarry, Chair, Business Journalist Awards Judging Panel; Paul O’Donoghue of; Carolan Lennon, Managing Director, open eir (sponsor); Donal O’Donovan, Chair of BJA. Image: Shane O’Neill Photography Monday 5 Dec 2016, 9:55 PM The excellent portfolio of work by @paulodonoghue93 for @Fora_ie awarded by Business Journalism #smurfitawards !— Susan Daly (@BiddyEarly) December 5, 2016 12 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 13,199 Views Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean, UCD College of Business; Emer Gilvarry, Chair, Business Journalist Awards Judging Panel; Paul O’Donoghue of; Carolan Lennon, Managing Director, open eir (sponsor); Donal O’Donovan, Chair of BJA. Image: Shane O’Neill Photography Dec 5th 2016, 9:55 PM center_img Share22 Tweet Email2 A report on the tax affairs of US pharma giant Gilead Sciences, which revealed the company paid no tax on billion-euro Irish profitsHis news feature on the delays and false starts that have stalled the Cork Science Park projectAn interview with Brian Caulfield, the Irish partner at listed venture capital firm Draper EspritCianan Brennan, a reporter with, was also shortlisted for the same award. Source: Susan Daly/Twitter One of our journalists just won a major business news award Fora reporter Paul O’Donoghue was declared ‘upcoming journalist of the year’. Take me to Fora By Fora Staff Other awards at the yearly ceremony went to Barry O’Halloran and Marie Boran from the Irish Times, for best business news story and technology reporter respectively, and the Sunday Business Post’s Stephen Kinsella and Barry White, for best commentator and business interview.UTV Ireland’s Paul Colgan won best business feature, while RTÉ science and technology correspondent Will Goodbody took the prize for specialist business reporter.The ‘outstanding achievement award’ went to Charlie Weston from the Irish Independent, who was recognised for his 30-year career as a business journalist in print and broadcast media. This year’s awards were sponsored by Eir.Written by Peter Bodkin and posted on FORA REPORTER PAUL O’Donoghue has been declared ‘upcoming journalist of the year’ at Ireland’s main awards for business journalism.He was handed the prize at today’s UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School Business Journalist Awards ceremony.O’Donoghue joined Fora ahead of its launch in late March having previously been a business reporter at the Irish Independent.He was recognised for three articles published this year:last_img read more

SYRIZA ND begin all out battle

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The tone for the June 17 elections was set Thursday when the leaders of New Democracy and the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) spoke in particularly harsh terms about each other’s parties, suggesting that the next few weeks will see the conservatives and the leftists go all out in their battle for first place at the upcoming polls. ND chief Antonis Samaras was the first to let fly at SYRIZA as he addressed his MPs before they were sworn in.“SYRIZA is a motley collection of groups that range from anarchists to those who want to revive the hammer and sickle,” he said.Samaras also accused SYRIZA’s leader, Alexis Tsipras, of intending to force Greece to leave the eurozone. “They are trying to push us out of the euro,” he said. “In the 10 days since the elections took place, they have shown their true faces.”The conservative chief said that if Greece were to follow SYRIZA’s plan to repudiate the European Union-International Monetary Fund loan deal it would lead to the country’s lenders stopping their payments and a euro exit would be inevitable. He added that the drachma would be devalued by at least 50 percent and Greeks’ incomes would also be halved, as would the value of their savings.Samaras is close to securing the return of Dora Bakoyannis, the leader of Democratic Alliance, to ND. The liberal party gained 2.6 percent in the May 6 elections but Bakoyannis is likely to disband it and bring her candidates back to ND with her.The conservatives’ efforts to convince Stefanos Manos, the leader of another small liberal party, Drasi, to return to the fold appear to have failed. Manos Thursday dismissed as “rubbish” rumors that he was in talks with PASOK. He is expected to announce a wider cooperation with non-political figures.Tsipras responded to Samaras’s attack on the leftist party by accusing the ND leader of desperation. “Mr Samaras is in the frontline of the last, desperate rearguard action by the old political world,” he said. Tsipras accused Bakoyannis of being the “best representative of neoliberalism in our country.”Tsipras insisted that if his party comes first on June 17 it can form a left-wing government. He accused other parties and the media of scaremongering to damage SYRIZA’s chances.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Back to basics on taxfree employee loans

first_imgIf employee loans do not go over £10,000 during the tax year, the employer has nothing to report in an annual tax return.A salary advance or loan to help an employee facing hardship counts as an employment-related loan.Writing off a loan should be treated as payment of taxable earnings. Need to know: Those of a certain age will remember when the interest rates offered by even the most reputable lenders were in double digits. Now, even though interest rates have settled down to more manageable levels, the benefit of an interest-free loan remains a consideration when looking at the taxation of employees’ reward packages.Benefit-in-kind taxThe tax and National Insurance contributions (NICs) starting point is that the benefit of a ‘cheap’ or interest-free loan results in a benefit-in-kind for the employee concerned. The benefit is the difference between the interest the employee pays and the ‘official rate’, which is 3% from 6 April 2015. Because the official rate changes (it was 3.25% before that), employers should check the HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) pages of the website when completing their annual returns of expenses and benefits on forms P11D. There is a P11D Working Sheet Four that can be downloaded.If the loan does not go over £10,000 during the tax year, however, the employer has nothing to report.Special rulesThere are special rules to deal with quirks that can arise when employees of banks and building societies are offered staff loans.There are also special rules for loans to buy shares and other specific, tax-favoured circumstances when employers probably need advice.On some occasions, employers may not even realise that the tax system treats their actions as a loan. An advance of salary for a new starter, or for an employee facing unexpected hardship, counts as an employment-related loan. This will not bring any reporting issues for the employer when the loan is less than £10,000, assuming the employee repays the advance out of net pay in due course.Similarly, although there are no special tax rules about season tickets, the reason interest-free season ticket loans do not usually have to be reported is because the loan will generally be under £10,000. The limit was previously  £5,000 but was increased in April 2014.Loans to directorsA common but tricky area for businesses is loans that are made to directors and owner-managers. Directors’ loan accounts are common in family-owned organisations but can also occur elsewhere. In some cases the accounts remain in credit all year, often because a dividend or taxed and NIC-deducted bonus has not been drawn. The director or their family draw on that balance and the company keeps a record of how much has been used. Difficulties arise if the drawings on the loan account are not identified correctly or recorded promptly and the account becomes overdrawn.In some cases, HMRC may argue that the overdrawn amounts were earnings, not a loan, and should have gone through payroll; consequently there have been errors in the operation of pay as you earn (PAYE) and deduction of NICs. Or HMRC may accept that there has been a loan but that, because the balance went over £10,000 at some point in the tax year and no interest was paid, a P11D entry should have been made.In a similar vein, the person responsible for completing the employer’s annual P11D returns may be unaware that a director’s son or daughter has been lent a significant amount interest-free – to make a high-value purchase, for example, or pay a tax bill – because the usual processes for employees have been bypassed.Employment law issuesEmployers’ policies need to ensure that associated employment law issues are covered so that, for example, loan repayments via payroll do not constitute unlawful deductions from earnings. It is prudent to make sure employees who may leave unexpectedly do not have loans greater than their final period’s pay.As if those pitfalls were not enough to contend with, employers should also be aware that writing off a loan should be treated as a payment of taxable earnings. Even if the employee is entitled to a tax-free redundancy or termination payment, a tax charge still arises on any write-off.Lesley Fidler is associate director at RSMlast_img read more

Avengers Endgame Super Bowl 2019 trailer snaps competition to dust

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice More Avengers: Endgame More Super Bowl Avengers: Endgame is scheduled to open in theaters worldwide on April 26. And for a deeper breakdown of the highly-anticipated trailer, head over to Gamespot’s guide here. See All Feb 28 • Last chance to get 3 months of Mint Mobile service for $20 Post a comment The new Avengers: Endgame trailer released by Marvel Studios during the Super Bowl on Sunday shows the remaining Avengers mourning the loss of half of all the life in the universe, but the superheroes are also preparing for a much larger fight. The trailer has superheroes like Captain America attending a support group, Iron Man and Nebula repairing — or perhaps upgrading — armor, Black Widow practicing at the gun range, and even Hawkeye shows up. It’s intense, super intense in fact, punctuated with handclaps that you might say represent Thanos doing the old finger snap.This means fans could be in for an even more action-packed battle with the remaining heroes ready to make things right. It definitely has the feel of an… Endgame. 0:30 Super Bowl 2019 61 Photos reading • Avengers: Endgame Super Bowl 2019 trailer snaps competition to dust • Best Super Bowl TV deals: Buying a new TV for the big game? These are your best choices.How to watch the Super Bowl: Watch the game in the US for free, on TV or online.center_img Avengers: Endgame’s heroes are picking up the pieces Avengers: Endgame countdown hits 100 days, so here are some wild theories Avengers 4: Endgame trailer — 5 things we learned and 4 things we didn’t Watch Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame trailer again, in Lego Feb 7 • Every Avengers: Endgame character flash at the start of that Super Bowl trailer Cap looking grim. Captura de pantalla por Gonzalo Jiménez/CNET Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, War Machine, Hulk, Rocket Raccoon, Ant-Man, Thor and more return to fight another day in the new Avengers: Endgame trailer.While Thanos left behind plenty of emotional wreckage after Avengers: Infinity War, that doesn’t mean our favorite Marvel superheroes have totally given up hope. And maybe, Captain Marvel is their ace in the hole. Tags Best Super Bowl 2019 commercials ranked: Harrison Ford, The Dude, the Backstreet Boys and more Avengers, Captain Marvel, Twilight Zone: All the must-see Super Bowl 2019 trailers Super Bowl 2019: New Avengers: Endgame trailer shows heroes at their best Super Bowl 2019 commercials: Watch them all here Super Bowl 2019 memes: Game of Thrones, SpongeBob, Adam Levine’s nipples SpongeBob SquarePants barely shows up at Super Bowl 2019 halftime show See all of our Super Bowl coverage 0 May 7 • 2020 Toyota Supra first drive review: More reset than reboot Super Bowl 2019 Ahead of Avengers: Endgame, we visited the S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibit in Vegas TV and Movies Aug 14 • Raising the entry-level bar Women of Marvel Marvel Captain America Iron Man The Avengerslast_img read more

UK Prime Minister Says Highly Likely Russia Responsible For ExSpy Poisoning

first_img Share Frank Augstein/APMilitary forces continue investigations Monday into the nerve agent poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May says it is “highly likely” that it was carried out by Russia.British Prime Minister Theresa May says it is “highly likely” that Russia is behind the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter earlier this month in southern England.Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were found collapsed on a bench on March 4 in the city of Salisbury. They remain in critical condition, according to The Associated Press.“It is now clear that Mr. Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia,” May told lawmakers in a statement on Monday. She said the agent has been identified as one of a group of nerve agents called Novichok, which Russia has previously produced.She added that there are just two explanations for the apparent poisoning — either Russia directly carried out the attack or it lost control of its supply of the deadly nerve agent. The Russian ambassador has been summoned to explain how this happened, May added, and has been asked to give a formal response by Tuesday.And if that response is not credible, May said, “we will conclude that this action amounts to an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom. And I will come back to this house and set out the full range of measures that we will take in response.”This case has drawn parallels with a Russia-linked death of a defected Russian intelligence officer in 2006, as NPR’s Scott Neuman reported. Here’s more:“Skripal had retired from Russia’s SVR foreign intelligence service, a successor to the KGB, when he was arrested and convicted in 2006 of working undercover for Britain’s MI6. In 2010 he arrived in the U.K. as part of a prisoner swap between Moscow and Washington.”When the BBC asked Russian President Vladimir Putin whether Russia was responsible, he replied: “Get to the bottom of things there, then we’ll discuss this.”“Having established that a nerve agent is the cause of the symptoms leading us to treat this as attempted murder, I can also confirm that we believe that the two people who became unwell were targeted specifically,” Metropolitan Police counterterrorism chief Mark Rowley said at a news conference last week, Scott added.Nerve agents are “designed only to kill,” Leeds University toxicologist Alastair Hay told NPR. The weapons “work by blocking the message from the nerves to the muscles,” which could affect the muscles used to breathe, potentially causing asphyxiation.“Trace contamination” was found at two Salisbury establishments — The Mill Pub and Zizzi Restaurant — England’s chief medical officer announced Sunday, as NPR’s Amy Held reported. People in those establishments on March 4 or 5 were encouraged to clean the clothes they were wearing or wipe down belongings.At the same time, officials stated that there is “no immediate health risk.” A policeman who was responding to the incident, Det. Sgt. Nick Bailey, remains in “serious but stable condition,” May said Monday.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Treat your valentine at Ramada Resort Port Douglas

first_imgTreat your valentine at Ramada Resort Port DouglasTreat your valentine at Ramada Resort Port DouglasTreat your Valentine on February 14 with a romantic meal at Ramada Resort Port Douglas’s Tree Bar and Grill.For $49 per person, loved-up couples can enjoy a set three-course dinner, including a glass of sparkling wine, poolside beneath the rainforest canopy.Those looking to step it up a notch can opt for a $232 package, which includes dinner, a night’s accommodation and breakfast for two.Set amongst a pocket of Melaleuca rainforest surrounded by lush gardens and free flowing waterways filled with barramundi, Ramada Port Douglas offers guests a mix of hotel rooms, one and two-bedroom apartments and a range of excellent facilities, including an onsite day spa, gym and event facilities.The resort’s popular Tree Bar and Grill is known for its fresh produce, excellent cocktails and relaxed dining experience beside the resort pool under the trees.To book, call Ramada Port Douglas on (07) 4030 4333. Source = Wyndham Hotel Grouplast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The sundrenched beaut

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe sun-drenched beauty of the South of France has been recreated in Doha by Qatar Duty Free and Dior with the unveiling of an exquisite wall of beautiful pink roses at Hamad International Airport (HIA). The 180-square-metre animated Dior Les Parfums installation, inspired by the Rose de Mai – the signature bouquet of Dior’s new fragrance La Colle Noire – will wow visitors with a full sensory experience throughout July until September.Visitors to Qatar Duty Free will discover Dior’s world of fragrances and be ‘transported’ from HIA in Doha to the French Riviera, via a series of multi-sensory experiences, including a perfumed flower garden, and live violin music as travellers explore Dior’s flower garden in the Château de La Colle Noire.A visit to the Dior garden will be completed with a scented rose gift, a special keepsake that embodies the beauty and delicacy of the new fragrance.Qatar Duty Free is also gifting free perfume personalisation to all customers who purchase one of Dior’s exclusive La Collection Privée range from the stand, with the opportunity to have the perfume bottle engraved with a name or message, the perfect touch for any occasion.Senior Vice President Qatar Duty Free, Mr. Luis Gasset said: “Shopping at Qatar Duty Free is truly an extraordinary experience for our customers. Our range of luxury brands and exclusive offers are complemented by excellent customer service and incredible experiences that make a visit to Qatar Duty Free in HIA an unforgettable part of the journey.“This exclusive Dior promotion, the latest brand collaboration for Qatar Duty Free, is part of our ongoing strategy to customise and tailor our offers for our customers who have the opportunity to choose from one of the biggest collections of beauty brands, fragrances and cosmetics, in any airport in the world.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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