12 Oct

Achraf Bencharki to Leave Saudi Football Club Al-Hilal

Rabat – Al-Hilal Football Club of Saudi Arabia has decided to give up on Moroccan football player Achraf Bencharki just a few months after he signed a USD 5 million contract with the club.On Saturday, several Moroccan news outlets including Lions de l’Atlas reported that the newly elected president of Al-Hilal FC, Sami El Jaber, announced that the departure of Bencharki “is one of his priorities.”Al-Hilal fans have been allegedly accusing Bencharki of delivering “disappointing” on-field performances, especially given his transfer cost from Wydad of Casablanca. During his last game against the Saudi team Al Ahli, Bencharki missed several key passes and potential goals which angered Saudi fans. Bencharki’s performances have been making international headlines after the CAF Champions League final game. The multi-position player helped set up a fabulous goal against the Egyptian Al Ahly on November 4.During the game, Bencharki sent an assist to Oualid El Karti, who scored the winning goal for Wydad of Casablanca at the 69-minute mark.The talented footballer also played a key role in helping the Moroccan team win the continental title during the African Nations Championship (CHAN 2018).Bencherki’s transfer to the Saudi club made football headlines in the past month and created a heated debate between those who support his move and those who wanted him to turn down the lucrative Al-Hilal FC contract. read more

11 Oct

New UNbacked report finds declining funding levels for HIV vaccine research

20 July 2009A new United Nations-backed report on investment in HIV prevention research in 2008 finds that funding levels for a possible vaccine for the virus have decreased for the first time since investment trends have been tracked. The report – “Adapting to Realities: Trends in HIV Prevention Research Funding 2000 to 2008” –notes that this trend may have been influenced by shifts in scientific priorities, the global economic downturn and competition for various health issues. Despite the decrease, the overall trend since 2000 has been of greater investment for experimental biomedical prevention strategies, adds the report, prepared by the HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Resource Tracking Working Group, of which the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is a member. It identifies investments of almost $1.2 billion in HIV prevention research in 2008, of which $868 million supported vaccine research and development (R&D), and $244 million supported microbicide R&D.The United States was once again the leader in funding HIV prevention research, supporting 71 per cent of HIV vaccine R&D and 63 per cent of microbicide R&D in 2008. “A decrease in investment from the US National Institutes of Health contributed to the overall decline of funding for HIV vaccine R&D,” states a news release published by UNAIDS on the report.In addition to the $39 million decline in US investment, there was also a decrease in funding for HIV vaccine research from other countries, including from European governments, Brazil, Canada, India, South Africa and Thailand.A recent report from UNAIDS and the World Bank warned that the well-being of millions of people could be put at risk as HIV prevention and treatment programmes fall victim to funding cutbacks as a result of the global economic crisis.It found that eight countries – which together are home to more than 60 per cent of all those receiving AIDS treatment – are already facing shortages of antiretroviral drugs or other disruptions to treatment. In addition, 34 out of the 71 surveyed countries report that HIV prevention programmes focusing on high-risk groups such as sex workers, injection drug users and men who have sex with men are already feeling the impact of the crisis.Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, said research to develop new HIV prevention tools and strategies is essential to prevent new infections, and an HIV vaccine still holds “the greatest hope” to ending the epidemic. “It is vitally important that investments into research for HIV prevention be sustained and increased for as long as it takes to reach those goals.” read more

8 Oct

Two killed in train accident

Two people were killed this morning following a train accident in Habaraduwa, the police media unit said.A motorbike had attempted to cross an unprotected railway crossing when the accident occurred. A train operating between Matara and Colombo collided with the motorbike killing the two people who were on the bike.The police said that the victims were 20 and 22 years old.

6 Oct

UNbacked seminar on indigenous peoples aims to protect their rights

Addressing the expert gathering, the Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Bertrand Ramcharan, noted that agreements – often unwritten – have traditionally established a wide range of rights concerning land and resources. Known as “historic treaties,” these accords are viewed by many indigenous people as the basis for their claims.Citing recent studies, Mr. Ramcharan said that across the globe, States and indigenous peoples have concluded treaties which are often “passed on through the elders to future generations.”He stressed the need to understand the oral character of these treaties, and pointed out that honouring them “has been described as a sacred undertaking.”Mr. Ramcharan asked the participants to consider what lessons can be drawn from historic treaty-making in order to elaborate new accords between States and indigenous peoples. He also suggested that experts explore how disputes are currently being handled in different countries.Above all, the Acting High Commissioner said participants should examine what the UN system can do to help States seeking to establish negotiated legal arrangements with their indigenous peoples. read more

21 Sep

Frances Fitzgerald Abortion referendum should be held next year

first_imgFrances Fitzgerald: Abortion referendum should be held next year The Citizens’ Assembly has made recommended sweeping changes be implemented regarding Ireland’s abortion laws. Short URL Share572 Tweet Email 243 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article “The Citizens’ Assembly has provided the Oireachtas Committee with an extremely strong imperative for change,” said chief executive Niall Behan. “There can be absolutely no doubt that the members of the Assembly want healthcare policy that respects women’s reproductive health rights, their dignity, autonomy and equality.”The Oireachtas Committee must take a women-centred approach and focus on legislation and policy that will ensure access to abortion services.Parents For Choice meanwhile said it wished to ‘extend its gratitude’ to the members of the Assembly.“The Assembly has called for an amendment to the constitution to ensure the Oireachtas legislates for abortion access. The Assembly then clarified what level of access to abortion people in Ireland should have: full access up to 12 weeks, and access up to 22 weeks on the grounds of a risk to health and for socio-economic reasons,” said spokesperson Sinéad Redmond.This call for change cannot be ignored. The government must  act on these recommendations without delay. We are also heartened to see the Assembly call for access to abortion at any stage of gestation where  there is a risk to our life, a serious risk to our health, or where the pregnancy is not viable.“Total lack of balance”On the other side of the divide, Cora Sherlock of the Pro Life Campaign said that the “writing was on the wall” for the Citizens’ Assembly vote given the “total lack of balance throughout”. Source: Rollingnews.ie“There is nothing liberal or progressive about the Assembly recommending a referendum to strip unborn babies of their right to life in law and also ignoring the negative consequences of abortion for women,” she said.The writing was on the wall for weeks after the Assembly invited Britain’s largest abortion provider to address them but never, for example, extended a single invitation to groups representing parents who say they owe the life of their child to the Eighth Amendment.“This one-sided approach is typical of how the Assembly conducted its business from the get-go. It cannot be left unchallenged,” Sherlock said, adding that “if the next phase of the process is to have any credibility, the first thing the new Oireachtas Committee… must do is examine how the Citizens’ Assembly was allowed to operate in such a one-sided and chaotic way”.The Renua political party released a statement in line with its pro-life policies and said it “wishes to express its disappointment with the conclusions reached by the Citizens’ Assembly over the past number of days, and to reaffirm our commitment to protect the human rights of the unborn”.“Renua believes that the recommendations of the Assembly, particularly that the constitution be amended to explicitly pass power on abortion over to the Oireachtas, diminishes the human rights of the unborn and will, far from ending the debate surrounding abortion, simply instigate an endless political fight over the issue,” it said.Solidarity-PBP TD Ruth Coppinger meanwhile said that the Assembly’s votes “can’t be ignored”.“The Citizens’ Assembly votes are an unequivocal message to the Dáil that abortion must be legislated for on a very wide range of grounds,” she said.“The Assembly reflects the massive change in attitudes that has taken place on abortion in recent years – evident to anyone campaigning on the issue, but not to the establishment parties who’ve voted down minimal change numerous times.These recommendations  can’t be ignored by the Dáil which established the Assembly as its favoured process.With reporting from Cormac FitzgeraldRead: After huge vote to push for change to Ireland’s abortion laws, the Assembly is deciding what they should look likeRead: Bishop says new maternity hospital should obey rules of Catholic Church By Cianan Brennan Citizens’ Assembly recommends abortion to be allowed without restrictions up to 12 weeks Monday 24 Apr 2017, 6:25 PM http://jrnl.ie/3355178 Updated at 6.25pmTÁNAISTE FRANCES FITZGERALD has said that a referendum on the Eighth Amendment on the Constitution should be held next year.RTÉ News reports that Fitzgerald – who is also Justice Minister – said that the Constitution was not the place to deal with the issue of abortion.“It’s best dealt with between a woman and her doctors,” the Tánaiste said.“But of course you also have to have an appropriate legislative basis. My own thinking is that there should be a referendum next year.”Fitzgerald was speaking following yesterday’s vote by the Citizens’ Assembly against maintaining the status quo regarding Ireland’s abortion laws.On Saturday, the Assembly voted overwhelmingly to recommend changing Ireland’s strict abortion laws, while yesterday it balloted as to how Ireland’s laws would look following the changeover.The Assembly recommended the replacement, not the repeal, of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution. It also recommended a provision that the Oireachtas must legislate for abortion, and that terminations should be allowed without restriction up to the 12th week of pregnancy, amongst other things. Justice Mary Laffoy, chair of the Citizens’ Assembly, pictured on Saturday Source: Sam BoalSpeaking earlier, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe said that the issue of the Eighth Amendment should be dealt with by the current Oireachtas.The chair of the Assembly is to present a report on its recommendations by June. A special Oireachtas committee will then examine the Assembly’s recommendations.Speaking to reporters today, Donohoe said it was important to allow the Oireachtas committee to complete the process of considering the Citizens’ Assembly report before any decisions are made on the Eighth Amendment.“The Oireachtas committee will consider that now across the coming weeks and months and I believe it’s very important that this deliberative process be allowed to continue,” he said.And in the aftermath of that work being done it will be up to Government to respond back.Donohoe said that it was his understanding that the committee would be set up “in the near future” and that it would then have a number of months to consider the Assembly’s recommendations.For that reason, he said he could not give a “legislative timeline” as to when the issue will be dealt with. But the minister said that the matter should be dealt with by the current Oireachtas.“This matter should be dealt with by this Oireachtas,” he told reporters.“Repeal and enact”Voices from across the political spectrum and on both sides of the abortion issue have been commenting following the Citizens’ Assembly issuing its recommendations.Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on health Louise O’Reilly said that it was important for the Oireachtas and the committee to “act with urgency and put this issue to a referendum”.“The recommendations show there is a clear appetite for reform and change of the current situation regarding access to terminations,” said O’Reilly.Sinn Féin’s position is clear. We want repeal and enact; repeal the Eighth and enact legislation on the grounds of rape, incest, and fatal foetal abnormality.The Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) said it “welcomed” the Assembly’s recommendations “for comprehensive abortion law reform”, and called such reform “a political imperative”. 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21 Sep

Stylianos 40 years of service

first_imgThe Greek Orthodox Community of Australia celebrated Archbishop Stylianos’ 40th anniversary as the head of the church, since he was enthroned by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The official representative of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Metropolitan Ambrosios of Korea, attended the dinner, reading out the Patriarch’s message to the more than 800-strong audience of Greek Orthodox faithful who filled Le Montage’s Sarah Grand Ballroom. Leaders and representatives of every major Orthodox jurisdiction in Australia were also present, alongside many other dignitaries who gathered to honour Archbishop Stylianos. Rev. Father Steven Scoutas and Nicholas Pappas, secretary of the Archdiocesan Council, were the MCs for the evening, conveying the action equally in Greek and English. Greek Ambassador to Australia Haris Dafaranos, Federal MP Anthony Albanese and former minister in the New South Wales government, George Souris, gave speeches following a video showing the highlights of Archbishop Stylianos’ Australian service. After Archbishop Stylianos’ thankyou speech, the celebration culminated with the internationally-acclaimed conductor, George Ellis, leading the Millennium Choir of the Archdiocese. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

19 Sep

City to cut down sick tree in Esther Short Park

first_imgEsther Short Park in downtown Vancouver will soon be short one of its giant shady trees.The city of Vancouver plans to cut down the huge roughly century-old silver maple, which stands slightly northwest of the park’s pavilion this week.“It’s basically a safety issue. We’ve been managing it but unfortunately we’ve done all we can for the tree,” said city of Vancouver Urban Forester Charles Ray.While it may look healthy from the outside with its big bursts of green leaves and thick branches, Ray said the tree is actually rotting from the inside and facing structural problems.Maples grow quickly, but as a consequence they’re made of weak wood which is prone to rot. With genetics already working against it, this tree’s condition was compounded by years of bad, but well intentioned, pruning. Rather than trimming it in a way that allowed the tree to grow in a healthy, sturdier way, workers cut the crown of the tree off several times.Once a common practice, topping keeps a tree shorter, but modern foresters and professional pruners frown on the practice because of the long-term harm it causes the tree. When a tree is topped it responds by shooting out several weakly attached branches to heal the damage where just one limb was cut. As a consequence, the tree is prone to breaking, especially during storms, and its lifespan is significantly reduced.last_img read more

17 Sep

Nations largest military job board applies Google technology

first_imgNation’s largest military job board applies Google technology Sasha Foo Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo, November 28, 2018center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The company that runs the nation’s largest military job board says a new Google search function is helping to produce more job leads for veterans.RecruitMilitary said its collaboration with Google gives service members a more effective means to match their work experience in the military to a job in the civilian world.Through technology developed by Google, the military job seeker enters their M.O.S.code, which stands for military occupational specialty. By adding the city and other factors such as geographic distance, the RecruitMilitary job board produces listings that translate the applicant’s military job skills to the civilian job market.The collaboration with Google is only a few months old, but RecruitMilitary said the enhanced search function has already had an impact.RecruitMilitary reported that applications by veterans on the website went up by 13%. The company said there has been a 50% increase in the number of jobs that come up in a search.Chris York, a client partner at RecruitMilitary said the job board is now being used by 1.4 million users.“Because of that collaboration with Google, the results returned are so much more enhanced as far as very meaningful results for that job seeker,” York said.RecruitMilitary is holding a job fair on November 29 in San Diego at the Scottish Rite Event Center. Nearly 60 regional employers will be represented. Posted: November 28, 2018 Updated: 7:47 PMlast_img read more

9 Sep

Alaska News Nightly Tuesday Sept 11 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsListen nowSoutheast bids adieu to fast ferry FairweatherJacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – JuneauAlaska’s fast ferry completed what’s likely to be its last Southeast run this past weekend.FBI joins search for missing 10-year-old Kotzebue girlDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe FBI has joined the effort to find a missing girl in Kotzebue. Ten-year-old Ashley Johnson-Barr was last seen the evening of September 6th leaving a local park.State fines group opposing salmon habitat initiative for violating naming ruleElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe Alaska Public Offices Commission says the group violated a rule that requires an organization fighting an initiative to clearly state its opposition in its name.Park Service extends perioid for public comment on hunting regulationsDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe National Park Service has again extended the public comment period on a proposed sport hunting and trapping regulatory change. The controversial change proposed for Alaska National Preserve lands would allow state permitted practices like bear baiting, using artificial light to kill bears at den sites, killing coyotes during denning season, and killing of swimming caribou.ACLU-Alaska announces settlement in immigration detentionAssociated PressThe American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska says it’s settled a lawsuit with the city of Palmer that alleged officers wrongfully detained a Peruvian man over his immigration status.Clear Air Force station missile defense project receives $14.8 million grantTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksThe Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $14.8 million contract to a Palmer-based contractor for work on a missile defense-related project at Clear Air Force Station, near Anderson.UAF highlights profitability of Sikuliaq research vesselDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe University of Alaska Fairbanks operated research vessel Sikuliaq is proving to be a good investment. That was a key message from UAF college of fisheries and ocean sciences dean Bradly Moran during a Sikuliaq update for UA regents last week.Charging details remain confidential for Unalaska teens that allegedly threatened teen with handgunLaura Kraegel, KUCB – UnalaskaThe state has filed charges against two Unalaska teenagers who allegedly threatened another teen with a handgun this July. That’s likely all the information Unalaskans will get about the case — unless it moves to the adult court system.Alleged assault of grandmother in Juneau courtroom raises concerns about securityAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauA 26-year-old Juneau man spent roughly six months in jail for allegedly assaulting his grandmother. Then the man — who’s diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia — did it again — this time in a Juneau courtroom. And it took 11 minutes for a law enforcement officer to arrive.Wrangell resident shares her story for World Suicide Prevention DayJune Leffler, KSTK – WrangellAlaska has the second highest rate of suicide in the nation, that’s according to a 2016 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Five decades on, a Sitkan takes lessons from the 1968 DNC RiotsRobert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaSitkan Jerry Dzugan was a college student in Chicago in 1968 and witnessed firsthand the riots in the streets during the Democratic National Convention in late August. A bystander, he was nevertheless beaten and arrested during widespread efforts by Chicago police to clear the streets and restore order.last_img read more

3 Sep

Myanmar holds rare meeting over Rohingya crisis

first_imgPalongkhali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar. File Photo: ReutersMyanmar’s army and civilian leadership held a rare “national security” meeting on Friday and discussed an internal investigation into the Rohingya crisis in Rakhine state, the president’s office said.The meeting — only the third of its kind since Aung San Suu Kyi’s government took power in 2016 — follows a deal to allow the UN to enter Rakhine to assess when refugees may be able to return.Some 700,000 of the Muslim minority have fled over the border to Bangladesh after the military launched a violent crackdown on Rohingya insurgents last August that the UN and US have called “ethnic cleansing”.Until this week’s deal with the UN, Myanmar had dragged its feet for months over the repatriation of the stateless minority, insisting the region is safe for their return but refusing access to outsiders to evaluate conditions.Pressure is also mounting from the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is due to discuss on June 20 whether to launch an investigation into the crackdown.Myanmar, which denies the ethnic cleansing allegations, has dismissed the move, saying it is not a signatory or member of the Rome Statute which underpins the ICC.The country has said it will establish its own independent probe to investigate human rights abuses.Suu Kyi and commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing were among the 15 attendees at Friday’s meeting in Naypyidaw, a Facebook post by the office of President Win Myint said.It covered “national security and international relations including the crisis in Rakhine state” and the formation of an “investigative commission” on Rakhine.The select group last convened immediately after the 25 August attacks last year by Rohingya militants which killed around a dozen border police and triggered the army’s campaign against the Rohingya.Analysts say high-level meetings between the civilian government and military could help smooth differences that perforate their power-sharing agreement.Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a repatriation deal in November for the Rohingya refugees.But only around 1,000 refugees have been cleared for return, while virtually none have gone back, demanding safety guarantees, citizenship and compensation for razed villages and commandeered farmland.Both countries have traded accusations over who is responsible for the delay.New UN envoy Christine Schraner Burgener is expected to visit Myanmar shortly to discuss the Rohingya crisis.last_img read more

2 Sep

Shell Is Investing In Solar Energy But Does It Make A Difference

first_img Share Listen 00:00 /01:00 X Shell, whose U.S. headquarters is in Houston, has signed an agreement to acquire about 44 percent interest in Tennessee-based solar company Silicon Ranch. The deal is worth around $200 million and is expected to close in the first quarter of this year.So what can we take away from this?“No. 1, Shell is not leaving the oil business anytime soon,” Ed Hirs, energy economist at the University of Houston, said.He said it’s a very small investment compared to Shell’s oil and gas business.And Shell isn’t the first oil giant to explore other sources of energy.Hirs said Exxon Mobil is looking into power from algae, for example. Chevron has tried nuclear power. And Shell itself already has a wind power business.“I think they’re looking at other energy sources somewhat out of curiosity, somewhat out of a need for diversification and somewhat out of a need for good public relations,” Hirs said.Shell’s solar deal is part of the company’s New Energies power portfolio, which focuses on low carbon generation and storage. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

31 Aug

University of Brighton design students makes biking safer with BLAZE projection system

first_img “Eighty per cent of cycle accidents occur when bicycles travel straight ahead and a vehicle maneuvers into them,” Ms. Brooke, told reporters. “The most common contributory factor is ‘failed to look properly’ on the part of a vehicle driver. The evidence shows the bike simply is not seen on city streets.”The system, which Ms. Brook developed in consultation with Brighton & Hove City Council, the Brighton & Hove Bus Company and driving psychologists projects the sharrow symbol in a green light bright enough to be seen in full daylight. For those of you not familiar with it the sharrow symbol is the sign for a shared lane. The system can be mounted to pedal bikes, scooters and motorcycles.This design has already won its inventor a paid course at Babson College in Massachusetts, where she can continue to develop BLAZE. No word yet on when BLAZE will be on sale. © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: www.brighton.ac.uk/cem/news/20 … 1may-emilyBrooke.php Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Emily Brooke, a design student at the University of Brighton, may just be the best friend that a biker has ever had. Anyone who has tried to ride a bike on crowded city streets knows how much of a challenge it can be to get in and out of traffic unscathed will be grateful for her new invention. Known only as BLAZE the handlebar mounted system. The system projects a laser image onto the road in front of the bike, alerting near by drivers that there is a cycle in the lane in situations where the driver may not have otherwise been aware of the presence of a bike rider. Hopefully, this early warning system will prevent drivers from changing into lanes with a bike in them.center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: University of Brighton design students makes biking safer with BLAZE projection system (2011, June 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-university-brighton-students-biking-safer.html The science of bike-sharinglast_img read more

30 Aug

5 Mobile Trends That Are Changing the Way Business Is Done Infographic

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. April 13, 2015center_img All you need to do is take a look around at your fellow commuters in the morning to see the sheer ubiquity of mobile devices in our daily lives. And the numbers don’t lie: According to the Pew Research Center, 64 percent of Americans have a smartphone, up from 35 percent in 2011.As those numbers continue to rise, an infographic from HR services company Randstad Technologies details some of the mobile trends to watch out for.The company predicts that there will be a major focus on how mobile influences the customer brick-and-mortar shopping experience, with apps that will utilize “interior GPS tracking” (think Apple’s iBeacon technology) to provide users information about deals right down to the aisle they are in.Related: 7 Musts to Maximize Your Company’s Mobile StrategyThere is expected to be a push for businesses to employ mobile tech that will allow employees to pull up company information in real-time in an effort to make it simpler to collaborate on projects and move away from endless post-meeting email chain updates.Also anticipate more mobile apps from businesses designed to be used around special events throughout the year, for everything from Mother’s Day to March Madness.For more on how businesses will work to reach their ideal customers, check out the infographic below.Click to EnlargeRelated: 4 Ways to Cater to the Mobile Job Seeker 2 min readlast_img read more

19 Aug

Barceló breathes new life into iconic Santo Domingo hotel

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by Wednesday, October 4, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharecenter_img MIAMI — The iconic El Embajador in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic has been given a new lease on life by the Barceló Hotel Group, which has dedicated US$40 million towards a two-year, top-to-bottom renovation.The hotel group, which acquired the famed hotel in 2015, will update the property with state-of-the-art enhancements and renovations. Now under the Royal Hideaway Luxury Hotels & Resorts banner, El Embajador, a Royal Hideaway Hotel has been designated as the group’s “top urban icon”.Updates have been made to the El Embajador’s luxurious suites, which range from 440 square feet to more than 5,000 square feet in the Presidential Suite. A new wellness spa features a private pool, gym and four treatment rooms, while the ballrooms, event rooms and the Signature Venue Embassy Garden have welcomed an additional 10,000 square feet of space.In addition, the hotel has set aside 40% of its 28,000 square feet for business travellers in a space featuring a sophisticated 800-foot glass enclosure. Meanwhile, the upscale El Jardín and Los Porches restaurants continue to serve gourmet cuisine under the guidance of acclaimed chef José Soto.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerOpened in 1956, El Embajador attracted a wide range of famed personalities in its heyday, from Rock Hudson to Errol Flynn. It was also used as the set of several iconic films, such as Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘The Godfather Part II’ and ‘The Lost City’, among others. In 1965, it even hosted an assembly of the Organization of American States (OES), which was attended by dozens of heads of state. Tags: Barceló Hotel Group Barceló breathes new life into iconic Santo Domingo hotellast_img read more

9 Aug

New faces in government

first_imgThere were 8 new faces in the cabinet and the Presidency’s support offices.Minister of Transport, Communications and Works: VASILIKI ANASTASIADESVasiliki Anastasiades was born in Nicosia on May 3, 1958.She studied law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and holds a graduate degree in European Law (LLM in European Union Law) from the University of Leicester.Following her studies, she obtained a license to exercise law after working as a practicing lawyer. In 1983 she was appointed as secretary of parliamentary committees of the House of Representatives. She ascended to all the ranks of the hierarchy of this service. In 1999, in addition to the post of First Secretary of Parliamentary Committees she was also the coordinator of the extraordinary service of the Parliament tasked with harmonising the Cypriot legislation with the acquis communautaire.In 2002 she was appointed director of the newly created European Affairs Office of the Parliament, where she worked for the successful completion of the alignment with the acquis communautaire until the accession of Cyprus to the European Union. In 2007 she was appointed Director of the Parliamentary Committees Service and in 2013 Director General of the House of Representatives.She is married to Stelios Anastasiades and they have a daughter and a son.She is an amateur singer. After the Turkish invasion, she performed poetry inspired by the tragedy of 1974. In 1977 she represented Cyprus at the Edmonton Song Festival in Canada as part of the Commonwealth Games.Director of the Office of the President: PETROS DEMETRIOUPetros Demetriou  was born on April 18, 1985 in Larnaca, and since 1989 he has lived in Limassol. His parents, are Philippos Demetriou and Anna Kostrikaki and he has a brother and a sister.In July 2012 he graduated from the Department of Political Sciences of the University of Cyprus, and in July 2016 he obtained a postgraduate degree in Political and Social Sciences from the same university.During his student years he was a member of the Disy affiliated student union Protoporia and served as its president in the academic Year 2008-2009. He was a student representative, elected member of the Student Union of the University of Cyprus and a member of the Senate and Council of the University.In July 2012, he was elected Chairman of the Executive Committee of PROTOPORIA, a position he held until August 2014. During the academic years 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, he was a member of the Pancyprian Federation of Students’ Associations.In November 2014, he took over the chair of NEDISY – Disy’s youth branch – where he served until last year.He is a founding member of Startup Academy.From December 2015 until today, he has actively participated in the “Cy We Can” Initiative, involving Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot youth organisations.From 2014 until today, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Youth Organization (ONEK).From 2016 until today, he has been Executive Director of Privilege Education Centre.From 2014 until today, he has been a member of the Disy Executive Bureau.He is married to Alexia Nicolaou from Limassol, and they recently welcomed their first child.Deputy Minister of Shipping: NATASA PILIDESMs Pilides is the Director General of the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (Cipa).She graduated from Oxford University with a first-class honours degree in Modern Languages and Literature (French and Italian). She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW), a member of the Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC) as well as a member of the Council of the Cyprus Institute of Marketing.Her work experience includes more than twelve years in the private sector, including 9 years at PwC in Cyprus, Milan and London. Pilides has worked in management positions in the areas of audit, tax and consulting, providing services to multinational companies active in the fields of banking and finance, insurance, energy, construction, shipping and commerce.She also has more than two years’ experience in training and delivering courses both for professional staff and ICAEW, ACCA and CIMA students, in the areas of audit, tax, corporate law, financial accounting and reporting with BPP, one of the leading professional studies organisations in London and internationally.Before assuming her duties at CIPA, she was a Director and Regional Chief Operating Officer at Baker Tilly South East Europe, in charge of the departments of Finance, Marketing, HR, Administration, Operations and IT for Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova.Apart from her native language, she is also fluent in English, French and Italian.She has represented and promoted Cyprus as an investment destination abroad throughout her career, and published various articles in international professional publications.Minister of Education and Culture: DR. COSTAS CHAMBIAOURISDr Chambiaouris  was born in Emba, Paphos, in 1963.He studied at the Pedagogical Academy of Cyprus and at the Pedagogical Department of Primary Education of the University of Athens. He attended postgraduate courses at the Universities of Cyprus and Bath of Great Britain, where he received MA degrees in Mathematical Education and Education respectively. He furthered his postgraduate studies at the University of Athens, where he earned his Ph.D. He also trained on a Fulbright scholarship at the University of Connecticut in the US, in Information Technology in Education.He has been working in Primary Education for 32 consecutive years. He served as a teacher, assistant director, director, inspector and now holds the post of senior education officer. He is Head of the European Funds Management Unit of the Ministry of Education and chairman of the Committee on Mathematics. He represents the permanent secretary the education ministry at the Board of Directors of the G. N. Kalogeropoulos Foundation.In August 2015, he was appointed by cabinet as chairman of the board of the School of the Blind “Agios Varnavas”.He has collaborated from time to time, as a visiting professor, with various university institutes. He was the founder of the Cypriot Scientific Association of Teachers for the Utilization of Information and Communication Technologies (Kesea-ICT). He helped organise educational conferences and implement many research projects. He participated in conferences and other European events in Cyprus and abroad. He is the author of a large number of academic texts.He is married to Eleni Tziaouri-Chambiaouri and they have two children, Ioanna and Nicolas.Minister of Health: CONSTANTINOS IOANNOUMr Ioannou was born on March 24, 1969.He graduated in 1987 from the English School in Nicosia and studied at the Manchester School of Management with specialisation in accounting and marketing.He graduated with honours from the School of Hotel Administration, SC Johnson Business School – Cornell University, USA, on a Fullbright scholarship.Ioannou worked as deputy director in a hotel in Larnaca and then as a managing director and a board member of an information company in the hotel industry in the US. He was also director of a finance and investment company.He is founder and member of the board of an organisation specialising in business media and human resources consulting services, as well as a founder and CEO at a large cafeteria company that owns the franchise rights to use the name in Cyprus.He has written a number of books on tourism and tourism management/ administration. He is married and has three children. Minister of Defence SAVVAS ANGELIDESAngelides is a lawyer – Legal Advisor, founding partner and director at the Law Firm Angelides, Ioannides, Leonidou. He was born in 1974 and studied Law in the UK. He is a barrister (from Gray’s Inn).His practice includes complex criminal cases, bet-the-company commercial litigation and advanced compensation claims. He was admitted to the Cypriot Bar Association in 1998.He is also teaching Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at Frederick University.He has written legal articles and has been a speaker at conferences on a variety of legal issues.   Government Spokesperson: PRODROMOS PRODROMOUProdromou was born on November 23, 1958.He studied economics, sociology and political science at Paris Nanterre University and holds three graduate degrees in economic sciences, international economics and finance, in sociology and in political science.He speaks English and French.He worked as an economist between 1985 and 1996 at the Central Bank of Cyprus and also worked as a  lecturer at a private higher education institute, at the police academy and the Higher Technical Institute.Prodromou also produced and presented a number of TV shows at Logos (TVOne), CyBC, and Antenna.He served two terms as Disy MP in 1996 – 2004 and 2013-2016 and is currently the spokesman of Disy.He has three children.Deputy Government Spokesperson: KLELIA VASSILIOUMs Vassiliou was born in 1979 and grew up in the village of Pelendri. She holds a degree from the Department of Political Sciences of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.She worked in various positions in private companies, and she is the Director of the Troodos Development Company.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

9 Aug

The Cyprus Presidents goal is the resumption of talks the soonest Spokesman

first_imgPresident of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades` goal is for the Cyprus talks to resume as soon as possible and on the correct basis, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromos has said.Invited by the CNA to comment on press reports that the UN Secretary-General is planning to convene a conference on Cyprus in the summer, he said that what is concrete at this stage is the UN Secretary-General`s willnigness and the effort of his envoy Jane Holl Lute for the resumption of the Cyprus negotiations.Prodromou pointed out that Turkey is deliberately causing delays, while the Turkish Cypriot leader avoids any meeting.Since autumn, when the UNSG appointed his envoy, the Turkish side has been deliberately causing delays and avoids the resumption of the Cyprus talks, he said.Prodromou stressed that the Cyprus President`s goal is the resumption of the talks as soon as possible and on the right basis.Referring to the UNSG`s report on Cyprus, he said that it will be discussed at the UNSC and noted that the report, in general terms, is a positive stressing that the UN persist and are willing to contribute to the resumption of the talks.“Our side responds positively. We basically await for Turkey”, he said.The Spokesman was also invited to comment on a report by Phileleftheros daily, according to which Turkey, through the pseudostate in Cyprus, informed the UN of its willingness to proceed with drilling within Cyprus` Exclusive Economic Zone.Noting that the UN itself has declared the pseudostate as illegal, null and void, thus any document has no validity, he said that those actions fall within the Turkish side`s constant threats on the basis of an illegal approach. He explained that Turkey is the only country in the world which does not recognize the Republic of Cyprus and said that the response to this are the numerous international agreements of Cyprus and interstate agreements with countries of the region for the delimitation of the EEZ, the support from states like the US, Russia and the EU which support Cyprus` sovereign rights to its natural wealth and its EEZ.The Spokesman told CNA that the Republic of Cyprus` response is that it continues with its energy plans and recalled that with the establishment of the National Hydrocarbons Fund, the natural wealth of Cyprus is exploited in a responsible manner and to the benefit of both communities on the island.He added that  the Cyprus President is constantly and diplomatically strengthening Cyprus` position through the tripartite partnerships, which are expanding, by upgrading Nicosia`s relations with the US and cultivating its relations with its EU partners and allies, giving as an example  the strategic relation with France, which is one of the countries that has its own interests in Cyprus` EEZ, as well as through other contacts and referred to next week`s visit of President Anastasiades in China, where he will  hold a meeting with his Chinese counterpart and one other meeting with the Russian President.Concluding, he said that President Anastasiades highlights and enhances Cyprus` international position and role and said that  Turkey is a state with a destabilizing role in the region.Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The last round of negotiations, in the summer of 2017, at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, ended inconclusively.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img
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