Washington: Donald Trump’s personal assistant Madeleine Westerhout resigned on Thursday after she shared information about the president’s family with journalists, US media reported. Westerhout’s unexpected departure came after Trump learned that she had talked about his family and White House matters with reporters at an off-the-record session during the president’s recent working vacation in New Jersey, The New York Times reported citing unnamed sources. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USLater, other outlets — including CNN and Politico — also reported her departure citing unnamed sources. CNN said Westerhout had failed to make clear during the interaction with journalists that her comments were off the record, and one reporter disclosed the conversation to the White House. Westerhout’s office was in front of the Oval Office and she had been described as Trump’s “gatekeeper” in US media. She had been his personal assistant from the beginning of his presidency. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe Trump administration has been particularly sensitive about staff leaking information to the media, with the president railing against both officials and journalists over reports about the state of affairs in the White House. The New York Times said Westerhout was now a “separated employee” and would not be allowed into the White House. A former administration official described Trump and Westerhout’s relationship as “close”, CNN said, but added that talking about his family was “a red line”. Westerhout was not a high-profile staffer, but her exit adds to a long list of administration officials who have quit since Donald Trump was elected president in 2016.
Kolkata: Three buildings were severely damaged and around a dozen-odd suffered cracks in Bowbazar area, allegedly due to the ongoing work of tunnel boring undertaken by the authorities of East-West Metro.Mayor Firhad Hakim, who is also the state Urban Development minister, visited the spot and working in tandem with the Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC) officials, ensured that the affected residents got relocated in hotels situated in and around the area. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA portion of a building located at Durga Pithuri Lane collapsed in the wee hours of Sunday, while some others located at the same lane, Madan Dutta Lane and Sankhari Para Lane developed cracks. “Safety of the people residing in these buildings is our top priority. We will not allow anybody to stay in the buildings that have suffered damages. I have spoken with KMRC and they have already made arrangements for the fooding and lodging of the affected residents in nearby hotels,” Hakim said, after holding a meeting with officials of KMRC, Kolkata Police and Fire department in the afternoon. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe affected residents claimed that no prior notice about tunnel boring work and evacuation had been issued to them. They said that KMRC, which is executing the project, started boring work under Durga Pithuri Lane at around 7.00 pm. Within a few minutes, most of the buildings in the locality started shaking and it seemed like an earthquake. “A loud sound was heard and cracks started developing in the building walls. After a few minutes, the lights went off,” a resident alleged. “On Saturday, I reached my home (10 A, Durga Pithuri Lane) at 10 pm and saw that most of the buildings had been evacuated by the KMRC officials and police. We were keeping our fingers crossed hearing the sound of cracks and ultimately were shifted to a hotel at 5 am,” said Dr Pradip Laha, a local resident. Most of the buildings that have suffered damages are more than 150-years-old and engineers expressed their apprehension that with the extent of damage, a few of them may be beyond repair. “Initially we will charge cement in the cracks and try to mend them as much as possible. Then we will consult structural experts who will examine the building and will certify what needs to be done and accordingly, the repair work will be taken up,” Hakim said. MP Sudip Bondhopadhyay, who went to the spot earlier in the day, said: “People always wanted Metro here. They are not against Metro. They did not expect this will happen. It’s a human error.” Manas Sarkar, managing director of KMRC, who visited the spot, said that considering the safety of the residents, arrangements for lodging of 254 people have already been made. He assured that the KMRC will do necessary repair work and build the buildings afresh, if needed. It may be mentioned that KMRC is executing the 16.6 km long EW Metro corridor, which will connect Salt Lake Sector V with Howrah Maidan. The tunneling work from Sealdah to Esplanade area is going on at present.
OTTAWA – The Aecon construction firm will likely be allowed to bid on government-funded infrastructure projects even if Ottawa approves a Chinese state-owned company’s controversial proposal to take it over, an internal federal document says.Last October, the CCCC International Holding Ltd., of China made a $1.5-billion bid to acquire Aecon Group Inc., which has a long history of participation in Canadian construction and engineering projects such as the CN Tower, Vancouver’s SkyTrain, the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Halifax shipyard.The Trudeau government has been warned by experts to proceed cautiously when weighing any investment bids by Chinese state firms and to be as transparent as possible in reviewing the proposed deal. The Liberals have also come under intense domestic pressure to reject the takeover bid.The federal government announced a full national security review of the Aecon deal in February. At the time, a spokesman for Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains said that, based on advice from security agencies, the government believed there is “a potential of injury to national security.”If the deal moves forward, however, the government is unlikely to restrict Aecon’s eligibility to bid on projects funded under Ottawa’s infrastructure plan, according to an internal government document obtained recently by The Canadian Press.The federal government has budgeted $180 billion in total infrastructure spending over 10 years.“It is not anticipated that the change of ownership of Aecon will affect its ability to bid on Canadian infrastructure projects,” reads the document, which was prepared last fall by Infrastructure Canada.“At this time, there is not enough information available on the transaction or the current and potential role of Aecon in federally funded infrastructure projects under the plan to accurately assess the impact of this transaction on the delivery of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure plan.”The memo was obtained under the Access to Information Act.Lu Shaye, China’s ambassador to Canada, said Tuesday that there should be no concerns about the proposed acquisition of Aecon because the Chinese side is only focused on business and market interests.“My first impression, to tell you the truth, (is) that I think the Canadian media or the Canadian public is too sensitive about the Aecon case because Aecon is just a construction company,” Lu said in response to a question about the takeover bid during a news conference at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa.“From your side, you have your rules and regulations on the foreign companies overtaking Canadian companies. I think for the national security issue it is your internal affairs. The Chinese side does not want to interfere (with) it.”Lu, who spoke through an interpreter, added that China just wants to ensure Canada has the same standards for Chinese companies as it does for foreign companies from other countries proposing to take over Canadian firms.The Infrastructure Canada briefing document said all foreign investment transactions undergo a process to determine their net economic benefit for Canada. They are also subject to a national security review led by the country’s security agencies, the note said.The CCCC International Holding Ltd. (CCCI) is a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company Ltd. (CCCC) and, the briefing adds, is one of the world’s largest engineering and construction firms.It continues: CCCC generated revenue of US$62 billion in 2016 and its core business activities include the construction of ports, roads, terminals, bridges, rail and tunnels; Aecon, meanwhile, generated revenue of $3.2 billion in 2016.The government document noted some possible economic positives for Aecon if CCCI is permitted to take it over.“At this time, there is not enough information available to determine whether the acquisition will benefit the infrastructure sector in Canada,” the document said.“However, the firms in Australia and Texas which were bought in 2015 and 2010 by CCCI have grown since their purchase and expanded operations internationally.”If the takeover is accepted, Aecon would maintain its headquarters in Canada and keep its Canadian management team.Late last month, Aecon’s self-imposed deadline to complete its sale to CCCI was extended to July 13 from March 30, given the federal government’s ongoing national security review.That review was expected to wrap up by the end of March, but Bains has said the government plans to take the time it needs to do its due diligence.
DALLAS — Southwest Airlines co-founder Herb Kelleher has been remembered as a visionary who thought everyone should have access to low-cost flights.Kelleher, who died Jan. 3 at age 87, was honoured Tuesday during a celebration of life service at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. Numerous employees of Dallas-based Southwest, some wearing their ID badges and uniforms, were on hand.Southwest Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly described Kelleher as a boss, counsellor, teacher, cheerleader and a friend. Kelly said Kelleher believed in the “crazy idea” of making air travel affordable for all, not just the rich, and made it happen.Kelleher was a San Antonio lawyer when a client suggested the idea for a low-fare airline serving San Antonio, Dallas and Houston. Southwest began flying in 1971.The Associated Press
1 December 2011The President of the General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser has received the report of the independent commission that probed alleged human rights violations in Bahrain and voiced hope that implementation of its recommendations will help to fulfil the aspirations of the country’s people. The report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry was handed to Mr. Al-Nasser by Ambassador Jamal Fares Alrowaiei of Bahrain yesterday, Mr. Al-Nasser’s spokesperson said in a statement.Mr. Al-Nasser welcomed the decision made by King Hamad bin Issa Al-Khalifah to form a National Commission to implement the recommendations of the report. He also commended the commitment made by the Government of Bahrain to implement reforms and progressive policies that will help to achieve reconciliation for all Bahrainis.The inquiry, headed by Professor Cherif Bassiouni, found that Government forces had used excessive force during the crackdown in February and March and had tortured some detainees, according to press reports.Secretary-Ban Ki-moon also welcomed the report after it was released last week and urged the Bahraini Government to implement the recommendations as a way of spurring dialogue and reconciliation and meeting the “legitimate aspirations” of the people.
TORONTO — Shares of Centerra Gold Inc. gained more than 15% Wednesday after the company said its Boroo mine in Mongolia has received the needed regulatory approvals to resume heap leach operations.The company said it expects to resume operations following re-commissioning and estimated it will add production of approximately 2,000 ounces of gold per month starting in December.Centerra also said that the Mineral Reserve Authority of Mongolia has issued a mining license at its Altan Tsagaan Ovoo project in the eastern region of the country.The company has faced challenges this year as lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan have debated whether to strip the company of its licence for its Kumtor open-pit mine and accused the company of damaging the environment.Centerra has said the Kumtor project, which has been operating since 1997, is in full compliance with Kyrgyz laws and meets or exceeds Kyrgyz and international environmental, safety and health standards.Shares in the company closed up $1.71 or 17% at $11.95 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Apr 2, 2013 10:43 am MDT Subaru recalling thousands of Legacy, Outback vehicles to fix rusty brake lines DETROIT – Subaru is recalling about 200,000 Legacy and Outback all-wheel-drive vehicles in the United States and Canada because the brake lines can rust and leak fluid.The recall affects cars from the 2005 through 2009 model years sold in Canada as well as 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear roads in the winter.“This is purely precautionary,” Subaru Canada spokesman Joe Felstein said of the 25,732 vehicles subject to the recall in Canada. “We’ve not had one complaint or incident at all.”Subaru says in documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that salty water can cause the brake lines to rust and leak. If fluid leaks, it could take longer for drivers to stop the cars, increasing the risk of a crash.The problem was discovered in internal testing and no related crashes or injuries have been reported, Subaru spokesman Michael McHale said in an email.Subaru is recalling the cars as a precaution. Owners of the cars should take them to a Subaru dealer for inspection, he said.The cars were made between December of 2003 and April of 2009. In addition to Canada, they were sold or are registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia, according to the documents.Subaru says it is still totalling the number of vehicles affected by checking state vehicle registrations. The company sold more than 400,000 Legacy and Outback vehicles during the affected years, according to Ward’s AutoInfoBank. But McHale said Subaru estimates that 200,000 are covered by the recall.Subaru dealers will check the cars for leaks. If leaks are found, the brake lines will be replaced. If there are none, mechanics will apply an anti-corrosion wax. All the work will be done at no cost to owners.McHale said there are front and rear brake lines, and both would have to have severe corrosion for there to be a problem. “What you’d notice is a decrease in pressure and an increase in stopping distances,” he said.— With files from The Canadian Press
by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 31, 2015 6:09 am MDT Last Updated Jul 31, 2015 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto stock market higher on materials stocks, Canadian dollar slips TORONTO – The Toronto Stock Exchange closed higher on Friday as strength in the materials and financials sectors overcame another decline in oil prices.The S&P/TSX composite index moved up 85.66 points to close at 14,468.44, ahead of the Civic Holiday on Monday.Driving the market higher was a jump in most TSX materials sector stocks, pushing the sector up 2.8 per cent, as traders reacted positively to efforts from many Canadian gold companies to rein in spending.The financials sector lifted 0.4 per cent with nearly all of the major banks higher.“I firmly believe that bank stocks are cheap, and if you look at what’s taking the market higher … it’s the financials which are powering markets,” said Allan Small, senior investment adviser at Holliswealth.“I’m a believer that bank stocks will continue to do well even in a slowing Canadian economy because a lot of their income is outside of the country … and in wealth management.”Canada’s economy showed its fifth consecutive month of retraction in May, according to the latest figures released by Statistics Canada. Real gross domestic product fell 0.2 per cent in May on the back of weaker sectors like manufacturing, mining, and oil and gas extraction.The data added extra pressure to the loonie, which lost 0.41 of a cent to 76.45 cents U.S.In commodities, crude ended its worst month since 2008. The September contract for crude oil fell $1.40 to settle at US$47.12, as the TSX energy sector dropped 0.6 per cent.The December gold contract gained US$6.40 to $1,095.10 an ounce.On Wall Street, energy stocks were hit hard as oil giants Exxon Mobil and Chevron saw weaker financial results.The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 56.12 points to 17,689.86, while the Nasdaq edged back 0.50 points to 5,128.28 and the S&P 500 fell 4.79 points to 2,103.84.Shares of Exxon Mobil and Chevron, the two largest publicly traded energy companies, fell roughly five per cent each during the session, with both companies reporting significantly weaker profits — affected by the decline of oil prices.Canadian underwear maker Gildan Activewear Inc. (TSX:GIL) faced weaker second-quarter results as it cut prices on some of its clothing sold to screenprinters.The company posted earnings of US$99.4 million or 41 cents per diluted share, compared with a profit of $116 million or 47 cents per diluted share a year ago.Gildan also said it projects full-year adjusted earnings will come in near the bottom of its guidance range of US$1.50 to $1.55, as it continues to be affected by the same pricing issues.Follow @dj_friend on Twitter.
Lemgo26 – 20Gummersbach 12.Hannover-Burgdorf9324232:2468 18.N-Lübbecke9009223:2740 5.Fuchse Berlin8521244:20612 4.HSG Wetzlar9612242:23713 Nine rounds of matches have been played in DKB Bundesliga. Rhein Neckar Lowen made a great step towards the achieving the biggest dream of all “Lions” – to win the Championship, by beating THW Kiel 24:20 to stay only team on 100%.The second team with best form at the start of the season is MT Melsungen. Team from Kassel beat TUS Lubbecke 30:19 in away match. Lubbecke are in the worst position so far as Goran Suton boys had score 0-9.RESULTS – ROUND 9: Goppingen24 – 25Hamburg STANDINGS: 1.Rhein-Neckar9900261:18718 7.Kiel9603265:23712 3.MT Melsungen8611225:19613 N-Lübbecke19 – 30MT Melsungen 9.SC Magdeburg9414236:2429 11.Gummersbach8323214:2208 14.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten9207250:2684 Hannover-Burgdorf25 – 31Leipzig 2.Flensburg-H.9612261:22113 PHOTO: TUS LUBBECKE FB 6.Goppingen9603240:20312 10.Leipzig9414238:2509 Eisenach25 – 29HSG Wetzlar 15.Bergischer9207230:2644 17.TVB Stuttgart10118253:3033 8.Hamburg9513259:23111 16.Eisenach9207235:2974 13.Lemgo9315237:2637 Bergischer30 – 35HBW Balingen-Weilstetten DKB Bundesliga 2015/2016Tus Lubbecke ← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 10 scorers: Božović and Hansen co-leaders Next Story → EHF CL Round 4 BEST 7: Danes VS rest of the World
ESPN’S ACCLAIMED SERIES of sports documentaries, 30 for 30 will unveil a new series this April.In preparation to this summer’s World Cup, the American network has commissioned its films to centre around a football theme.The series will include a 30-minute film focusing on the 1994 Loughinisland massacre which took place during the Republic of Ireland’s 1 – 0 World Cup group win over Italy in New York.“Ceasefire Massacre,” says the preview from ESPN, “will reveal how the juxtaposition of the jubilation felt inside Giants Stadium against the horrors of what happened in the Heights Bar, encapsulated the mood of the time.“After 25-years of conflict, Ireland and her people longed for peace and prosperity but the brutalities of the violence in the North were never far from the surface.”In addition to Ceasefire Massacre, there will be five more 30 minute films and two feature length documentaries; Hillborough and White, Blue and White (charting the career of Ossie Adiles in England).You can view the full list and details of films due to be released under the 30 for 30 banner this spring here.5 talking points from Saturday’s Premier League actionEverton go fourth as Roy Keane and Roy Hodgson look on
THE VIDEO GAME company behind games such as The Elder Scrolls series and Doom are to expand their Galway customer service centre, creating 250 jobs.Zenimax Online has its European operations base here and plan to hire 70 French speakers, 30 German speakers as well as 150 English speakers to support online gamers.Zenimax opened its Galway operation in 2011 and initially employed 180 people. Zenimax Online is a subsidiary of Zenimax Media, the Maryland based company which is was set up in 1986 and counts film director Jerry Bruckheimer as one of its board members.The Elder Scrolls series was first created in 1994 and to date has published 20 titles across different platforms. ‘The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’ is perhaps the most widely known of the Zenimax titles.The majority of the positions being created in Galway are in the area of customer services and are being hired by recruiters Kelly Services.Read: Fancy a move to Central Okanagan? Hundreds of Canada, Australia & NZ jobs on offer today >Read: Employers say hiring outlook ‘most encouraging since 2008’ >
Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Kevin Smith Rey Mysterio on Alberto Del Rio and Cruiserweights in WWEDonald Wood of Ring Rust Radio passed along highlights from an interview with former WWE star Rey Mysterio talking about Alberto Del Rio’s recent departure from WWE and his thoughts on the new Cruiserweight division on the RAW brand.On Alberto Del Rio leaving WWE for a second time:“It doesn’t impact me. I think his relationship with WWE was one thing, and I don’t think anybody services what a certain company should affect anybody else, even though we are both out of the same heritage and Hispanic. As far as him coming back to Lucha Underground, I would like to see that. I didn’t get a chance to be in the ring with him at Lucha Underground. His stay there was very brief and when he was setting up in Lucha Underground I was still on my way out in WWE. By the time I came to Lucha Underground he was already gone and it happened so fast. I had some great battles with him in WWE and I would love to do the same in Lucha Underground if he comes back. We had great chemistry in the ring and it’s hard to find that when you have a heel and a baby face but he played such a good heel against me. It’s very catchy when you see both of us together in the ring because we have that good chemistry and we give it to the fans.”If WWE bringing back the Cruiserweights will pigeon hole some performers:“It might. This is something Dean Malenko talked about for years. When I was in WWE, he talked about giving that noticeable touch to that cruiserweight division. WCW had it at its best. A lot of the heavyweights and top talents didn’t want to work with the smaller talent and so we created our own division. We had some of the best matches most of the nights. We had hoped WWE would take notice and do the same, and they did for a couple of years. WWE tried it in 2001, but then they dropped that whole division. After so many years it’s finally starting back up. Let’s hope it rises to where it needs to be. I think a lot of the fans want to see the high flying action and be entertained. I don’t think there is a better division out there than the cruiserweights to do that. It could be a pigeon hole for some, but at the end of the day it’s about whatever makes you happy as a performer.”Chris Jericho on storyline with Kevin Owens in WWENick Hausman of Sports Illustrated passed along an interview with WWE star Chris Jericho talking about his live Talk is Jericho event with AJ Styles in Toronto on November 20 before the Survivor Series PPV and his thoughts on his current storyline with Kevin Owens.“I think the storyline with Kevin Owens and Jericho is just beginning. I think there’s a lot of legs to this storyline and it’s one of the rarest of things. It’s a storyline that basically built organically that was never supposed to be a storyline. I had that with Shawn Michaels in 2008 and Rey Mysterio in 2009. We just end up with this present, this great chemistry between KO and I. A lot of intrigue and mystery. A lot of interest from the people watching from the WWE Universe. I am really looking forward to seeing what’s going to happen at Survivor Series, Hell in a Cell and continuing forward. I think there’s a lot in the tank for Jericho and Owens. Especially from what’s transpired so far.”Tickets for the live Talk is Jericho with AJ Styles is available through Mark Out Moments.You can check out video of the interview with Jericho below.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teaqFFz0pBURecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE’s Chris Jericho Cast In Kevin Smith’s Horror MovieVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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May 2, 2017 at 6:13 pm Now Playing Up Next Twitter Cesaro Videos Articles 72mike72 Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles 1 COMMENT Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter Google+ Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Comments are closed. WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership stays over 2 million, WWE stays No. 1 on Tuesday WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins WWE RAW Ratings are in for May 1, 2017.Last night’s episode drew an average of 2.87 million viewers on Monday night on the USA Network according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is down from last week’s show that drew 3.01 million viewers. RAW came in at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 for the night on cable in the key 18-49 demographic.The NBA Playoffs won the night on cable.Hourly breakdowns were as follows.Hourly breakdowns of the WWE RAW RatingsHour 1: 2.924 (down from 2.999 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 3.039 (down from 3.141 million viewers)Hour 3: 2.649 (down from 2.881 million viewers)RAW, headlined by Finn Balor vs. The Miz vs. Seth Rollins in a triple threat match, averaged a 1.01 rating. This is down from last week’s 1.03 rating.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Facebook Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Are Becky Lynch And Seth Rollins Dating? Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Football WhatsApp Pinterest Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Keep focusing on tired Miz story, the rating killer Seth Rollins
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Mar 2015 – It is Holy Week, started yesterday with Palm Sunday… called the most solemn time on the Christian calendar as it commemorates the final days of Jesus Christ over 2000 years ago. Our schools are closed for a two week break; this coming Friday and next week Monday are both public holidays. Good Friday marks the day of crucifixion; while Easter is the reminder that on the third day Christ rose again. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Easter Traditions: Church services, fried fish & hot crossed buns and kite flying Recommended for you What’s on this Weekend in Turks and Caicos Related Items:good friday, palm sunday
Logo of BNPThe BNP on Thursday termed ‘dangerous’ the arrest of female students who waged a movement seeking safe roads by law enforcers, reports UNB.”Detectives are arresting female students one after another. Picking such adolescent girls up is an alarming sign,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.The BNP leader came up with the remarks while speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office.Rizvi alleged that over a hundred students have been arrested and thousands others made accused in 51 cases filed with different police stations in the capital on ‘false’ charge of provoking violence on social media during the safe-road movement.He said the student movement shook the conscience of people as they showed the right path. “The prime minister also said the children and adolescents showed a path. But they’re now getting scared seeing the path the government is now showing them.”The BNP leader said the students are being sent to jail after serious repression on remand. “The head of the government has indulged in a brutal game of revenge on children and adolescents, frightening the guardians over their children’s lives.”He said the government is not sparing even female students as police arrested Eden College student and quota reform leader Lutfur Nahar Luma from Sirajganj, 12 hours after the arrest of Dhaka University student Tasnim Emi. “The way the government is repressing the innocent students it has outshined all the fascist regimes in the world,” Rizvi said.He alleged that the government has also turned desperate to eliminate the opposition by abusing power out of its political vengeance.The BNP leader said the government is not only depriving Khaleda Zia of justice, but also of medical treatment as she is very sick.He demanded the government free Khaleda before Eid-ul-Azha to be celebrated in the country on 22 August.
A limousine in the motorcade believed to be carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un travels to an entrance to Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, China on 9 January 2019. Photo: ReutersKim Jong Un’s train left Beijing on Wednesday after the North Korean leader visited his key ally on a trip seen as a strategy session ahead of his expected summit with Donald Trump.Kim arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for his fourth visit to Pyongyang’s sole major diplomatic friend, meeting president Xi Jinping and reportedly visiting a factory.The North Korean leader’s motorcade was spotted entering the Beijing central railway station on Wednesday afternoon, and the train departed shortly after on a day-long ride back to the northeast border, according to AFP journalists.The unannounced trip was largely shrouded in secrecy. Beyond confirming his presence in Beijing, no details have been provided by either North Korea or China on his schedule, with no coverage in state media even in the nightly news broadcast hours after the train’s departure.Kim met for one hour with Chinese president Xi Jinping on Tuesday — believed to be the North Korean leader’s birthday — and the two later dined with their wives at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.”Chairman Kim Jong Un’s visit to China was at the invitation of president Xi Jinping, of course president Xi would hold meetings and talks with him,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a regular press briefing, adding that more details would be released later.Tuesday’s meeting focused on Kim’s expected meeting with Trump, according to Yonhap.In a New Year speech, Kim warned that Pyongyang may change its approach to nuclear talks if Washington persists with sanctions.Relations between China and North Korea had deteriorated in recent years over Pyongyang’s nuclear activities, but Kim has made sure to keep Xi informed about his dealings with the United States and South Korea as ties appear to have warmed.”In order to resist the high pressure of the US, he must communicate with Xi in advance to see what steps he can take to deal with Trump,” Beijing-based independent political commentator Hua Po told AFP.”Kim needs the support of Xi so as to ask the US to make substantial steps, such as providing assistance to North Korea and normalising relations with North Korea.”Kim chose China for his maiden official trip abroad last year before holding meetings with South Korean president Moon Jae-in and Trump.The American leader said Sunday that the United States and North Korea are negotiating the location of their next summit.Discussions between the US and North Korea over Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal have stalled since Kim and Trump’s high-profile summit in Singapore in June where they issued a vaguely worded declaration about denuclearisation.The US insists that UN sanctions must remain in place until North Korea gives up its weapons, while Pyongyang wants them immediately eased. China also wants the sanctions to be relaxed.’Turning point’But Chinese officials also likely want to impress on Kim — who has so far pursued only limited reforms to his statist economy — the benefits the giant Communist country has enjoyed in its transformation from impoverished nation to economic powerhouse.Yonhap, citing unidentified sources, reported that Kim toured a factory operated by medicine firm Tongrentang for about half an hour in an economic zone in the Chinese capital.He then went to the Beijing Hotel, where he was expected to have lunch with Xi before his departure.”For North Korea itself, 2019 is his strategic turning point. If he wants to shift his focus to the development of the economy, he needs China’s cooperation,” said Lu Chao, a North Korea expert at China’s Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences.In the New Year speech, Kim focused on North Korea’s moribund economy, saying that improving people’s lives was his top priority and tackling energy shortages was an urgent task.Beijing-based analyst Hua said changes in the economic model will affect politics, “which poses new challenges to his control over the country.””For this point, he must ask for advice from China.”The visit coincided with negotiations between US and Chinese officials in Beijing to resolve a bruising trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.Some analysts say China could use its cooperation on the North Korean issue as a bargaining chip in the US trade talks.But Hua said Kim’s visit would have a “limited” effect on the trade negotiations.”The Sino-US trade negotiations are a matter between China and the US,” he said. “The weight of North Korea is limited and cannot play a decisive role.”
Gloriana Villalobos, who first joined the Costa Rican Women’s National Soccer Team at the age of 15, has always been ahead of the game. Now 16, the young phenom is already getting serious looks from major college programs in the United States, where she hopes to play after graduating from the high school ranks here in Costa Rica. That is, if she doesn’t jump straight to the pro leagues, which the talented midfielder may have the ability to do.Last year, when she was included on the roster for the Ticas’ first ever World Cup appearance, she became the youngest Costa Rican player ever, female or male, to be invited to the World Cup. The wunderkind also debuted for club power Saprissa when she was just 12.In an extensive interview with The Tico Times, Villalobos discussed how she balances such a heavy load of football with high school, how nervous she really was playing on the game’s biggest stage, and why women’s soccer is steadily gaining popularity in Costa Rica. Excerpts follow.How did you get into soccer, and what do you like about it?I started playing soccer with my brothers. I saw them play and got interested. At the start, it was about spending time with them and not so much because I liked it; then it became a passion. What I like the most about soccer is that it’s not only about what you do on the field, it’s also about meeting new people. Many people think it’s just a hobby, but it teaches you life lessons. This has changed me as a person and I’ve become more mature in many aspects.How do you balance school and soccer?The truth is that I wouldn’t have accomplished what I have without my school’s help. The Colegio Metodista has helped me a lot. I’ve had to ask for permission to train since eighth grade. I’m in my senior year now. The school has given me the necessary permissions and has made everything possible to help me.Has this balance helped you develop your discipline, both in soccer and school?Of course! Soccer has helped me a lot with discipline. Sometimes in which I’ve got to wake up at 5 a.m. to go to school and I don’t want to. For two and a half years I had to wake up at 3 a.m. to go train. There were days when the alarm went off and I just wanted to break it. I was very tired, but I remembered the responsibility I had and the motivation. That’s what made me wake up. Now that I train with La Sele, we train at dawn. It has become a habit to wake up during those hours without indisposition. You already know that you’re doing what you like, so you wake up. Villalobos participated in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, where Costa Rica finished as the runner up to the United States. Patrick McDermott/AFPWhat was it like to play in the World Cup?I remember when I was in the locker room and heard all of the people in the stadium shouting.Now people do support women’s soccer. This has changed, but it’s not supported as much as it is for men. However, my teammates and I had gone from playing at a match at Proyecto Gol, in which there were 15 people watching including our family members, to a match with 35,000 people watching and waiting for you to do you job well. It was a harsh change. I remember coming out of the locker room, going into the tunnel and watching the fully-packed stadium in the background. I felt an emptiness within me, as if I were going to pass out. I was nervous. However, as time passed I told myself that this was what I had prepared myself for, over a long period of time. You always get nervous.What does it feel like to represent Costa Rica on such a big stage?It’s always an honor to be able to represent Costa Rica. When you leave the country bearing that flag, you’ve got a great responsibility because you always want to raise up Costa Rica worldwide. It’s always a privilege to wear the jersey and know that you’ve got the name of a country and millions of people who have deposited their faith in what you’re going to do.How do you feel about having accomplished so much at an incredibly young age?I’ve always been very thankful to God for the blessings He has given me: being able to play with two selecciones and being able to play a major world cup at the age of 16. I always try to learn. I like it a lot when I can go out with La Sele because they’re my idols. When I began playing with Saprissa when I was 11 years old, I trained next to Katherine [Alvarado], Raquel [Rodríguez] and Carolina [Venegas]. I watched them and said, “They are so good!! Being able to play on a team with them is a great dream come true.Since you were called to play with La Sele, how have things changed?Everything has changed. I remember the first time I was with the team: it was in 2014 at the UNCAF in Guatemala. I didn’t know my teammates and I was beginning to get into this world. Now, they’re like my sisters and we’re a family.Which is the next accomplishment on your checklist?Representing the country is always a motivation. My objective is to play with La Sele and remain a constant fixture on the team. My next objective would be able to study in the United States. Even though you love soccer, it’s not going to grant you everything in your life. You’re going to get to a point in which it will end. Physically, you won’t be able to do the same things. It’s important to have an education plan as well. I want to study physiotherapy or be a fitness trainer. I want to keep it within the sports area. The 16 year-old Costa Rican football player, Gloriana Villalobos, poses with our mascot Sloth Kong. Elizabeth Lang/The Tico TimesHow can women’s soccer be more supported on a national level?There has been a before and after. I can bet that before the Under-17 World Cup, which was held here in Costa Rica [in 2014], there were lots of people who didn’t know women’s soccer existed here in our country. Afterwards, everything changed. People have noticed there’s a women’s league and that there’s a match every Sunday. In July and December there’s a national champion from those matches, and at the end of the year there’s one champion. Many people don’t know about this, but there are also people who have informed themselves about it. The media has given more coverage to the women’s soccer, and it has advanced and progressed.Our dream, for us players, is to be able to see a fully-packed stadium on a Sunday with people watching women playing. Maybe it’s not about watching us play, but watch the future generations. Maybe when we’re 60 years old we’ll see a packed stadium watching women play.Do you think that your generation can have a better team in the future? Could you compete against USA and Canada at the CONCACAF with this next generation of rising stars like you?Yes. Before, when Costa Rica played against the United States, the scores would 8-0 or 10-0. Now you watch the matches and it’s 3-0 or 2-0. It’s not such a big difference. That’s the purpose of the under-17 tournament: to prepare young players who can reach their best level when they’re 20.When you began playing soccer, you started playing with boys. How has that been an advantage or disadvantage?Playing on a boys’ team helped me greatly. All of us began that way, and it helped us a lot. Boys don’t like it when a girl is better than they are. I had to struggle a lot with that, because in more than one match there were boys who would pull my hair, kick me and call me things. That helps you to build character. I was getting into what was a “boys’ game” during that time. I tried to behave like a boy on the field: I had to bump into them and knew that the boys I played against would not feel pity towards me. They would play harsher against me because they would say: “So, you want to play a ‘boys’ game’? Feel what it’s like to play with boys.” That helped me a lot. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica women’s Olympic hopes dashed in 3-1 loss to Canada Costa Rican Noelia Bermúdez named best goalkeeper in Spain’s La Liga PHOTO: Raquel Rodríguez makes NWSL debut in Sky Blue’s 2-1 win WATCH: Raquel Rodríguez’s first professional score is a beauty
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M Uniworld Boutique River Cruises are set to re-introduce programmes to Russia , launch new itineraries for China, and will also for the first time introduce child-friendly departures, all to coincide with significant investments made to its fleet in recent years.Focusing on “new, new, new” Managing Director, John Molinaro at the 2011 Europe & Russia brochure launch emphasized Uniworld’s commitment as the “world’s only boutique river cruise line“, offering cultural experiences for Australian clients, and on the brink of introducing two new ships to its fleet, will also have some of the newest product in the marketplace.“The brochure is already getting a huge response, good signs for 2011,” Mr Molinaro said.The new Russia itinerary is expected to draw significant interest in this market, which was re-instated after the company decided to deploy one of its newest ships conduct the tour. It will now allow clients to cruise the entire continent with Uniworld.“We stepped away from it (Russia) in 2010 because the ship just wasn’t right. We took the financial hit to get the product right, and now we have gotten the ship we want and ready to start next year,” Mr Molinaro said.The 2011 brochure offers 30 cruises incorporating Uniworld’s two newest ships, the largest vessel for the company at 73 staterooms, the River Antoinette, which will be used for its Castles Along the Rhine itinerary, and the Douro Spirit, which will sail along the Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley waterways. Other investments are being made to its entire fleet, upgrading and refurbishing current ships to add more balconies and adjoining rooms, which will be used for its upcoming Family Friendly itineraries. Mr Molinaro said demographics have changed in recent years, dropping to a “very young 50” allowing Uniworld to launch key departures for multi-generational travel next year. Itineraries will focus on excursions of a “cultural” nature, according to Mr Molinaro, which will include cooking classes, German soft drink tasting and French lessons for youngsters between 4-18 years old.Uniworld’s 2011 China Yangtze River cruises are set to be released in coming months in a separate brochure. Early bird discounts are currently being offered for a number of itineraries across the brochure, including Family Friendly itineraries. For more information or to order a brochure, visit www.uniworldcruises.com.au Travel Corporation’s Phillapa Walker, John Molinaro, Nina Conacher
Hilton again named one of Australia’s best companies to work forHilton again named one of Australia’s best companies to work for Hilton has again been recognised by the Great Place to Work® Institute as one of Australia’s best companies to work for in 2018. Hilton placed 4th on the top 50 list for companies with over 1,000 employees.This recognition is a great addition to Hilton’s recent win of being Asia’s Best Multinational Workplace, and is an incredible testament to Hilton’s leading practices and purpose-led culture that has built a strong team culture and outstanding working environment. In particular, Hilton’s Team Member value proposition, Thrive@Hilton, has been distinguished for creating a high-trust and high-performance organisational culture by offering Team Members great work environments, careers and rewards.“We are again thrilled to have been recognised by the Great Place to Work® Institute. Our hotels and corporate offices are committed to providing meaningful career opportunities for our team; having already facilitated more than 375 internal transfers and promotions across the Australasia region already in 2018,” said Richard Todd, senior regional director, human resources, Australasia.“This accolade is an attribute to all of our dedicated Team Members’ who work tirelessly and passionately to provide our guests with memorable and heartfelt experiences. We want to reward our Team Members and help them thrive as we know they are our greatest asset in supporting our commitment to be the world’s most hospitable company.”In Australia, Hilton’s leading practices and programmes that build a strong team culture include:Thrive@Hilton – In 2017, Hilton introduced Thrive@Hilton which completely evolves the way Hilton works and leads by creating more time for what matters most to Team Members so they can be at their best every day. The initiative aims to improve the health and happiness of all Team Members in Body, Mind and Spirit.Flexible work practices allow for customisation and personalisation in order to meet the distinct needs of each Team Members’ lifestyle, their location and their role, to encourage work/life balance. Examples of the various options Team Members have include work-from-home, flexible scheduling, compressed workweek, flextime, job sharing, and part-time working options.Initiatives such as Thrive Sabbatical which gives Team Members the opportunity to apply for a month-long paid sabbatical to either ‘Give a Dream’ or ‘Live a Dream’ and take time to recharge and enrich their spirit, returning to work feeling rejuvenated, accomplished and more inspired. To ‘Give a Dream’, Team Members will be looking to enrich the lives of others through a philanthropic volunteer activity of their choice, while those wanting to ‘Live a Dream’ will be wanting to achieve a personal goal, explore a new interest or embark on a meaningful exercise.Travel with Purpose – Hilton’s corporate responsibility strategy that empowers Team Members to make a difference and develop local solutions that positively impact their communities and environment. Throughout 2017, there were 10,315 volunteer hours contributed by Team Members on over 210 community projects.Hilton also has a national partnership with The Smith Family which sees them collaborate on the Work Inspiration program that saw 150 disadvantaged youths gain work experience at one of the eight participating hotels across Australia in 2018.In Q2 2018, Hilton eliminated plastic straws from all hotels across Australasia with the aim of removing approximately 2.5 million straws from the environment annually.Hilton Sydney partnered with the City of Sydney on the Sustainable Destination program and also the World Wildlife Fund to improve its food waste program, reducing food waste by 15 percent and recording an annual saving of $30,000 in 2017.Hilton Brisbane houses two beehives on the hotel rooftop in collaboration with Bee One Third, a regional beekeeping organisation with the intention of educating Brisbane’s inner populace on the importance of bees in our global food system. The honey from the hives is then served in Vintaged Bar + Grill at Hilton Brisbane.Celebrating diversity – Since launching in 2015, the Women in Leadership program has empowered more than 139 female Team Members in Australia, assisting them in their career journeys. So far, 29% of participants have already been promoted or transferred within the company. Additionally, 39% of females at Hilton are in leadership positions, including Heidi Kunkel, Hilton’s recently appointment Vice President, Operations, Australasia and Jane Lyons, General Manager of West Hotel Sydney, Australia’s first Curio Collection by Hilton property.Opportunities for development – Hilton Australia launched a training program called ‘Driving Effective Career Conversations’. Since launching the course in 2012, over 1,000 Team Members have attended the course, which was designed to assist Team Members in better planning and communication of their career goals, including the completion of a Birkman Profile and Career Map.Go Hilton – A travel program that provides exclusive travel discounts and benefits for Team Members, as well as their family and friends. This program allows Team Members to explore the world and experience any of Hilton’s 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,400 properties, in 106 countries and territories.Recognition – Hilton offers several opportunities for recognition through programs such as Catch Me at My Best, and the CEO Light & Warmth Awards that acknowledge Team Members at all levels from guests, peers and managers. Team Member Appreciation Week saw over 100 events organised to celebrate their Team Members in Australia in 2018.Hilton promotes or transfers 20% of its Team Members every year in Australia, creating more than 1,300 employment opportunities each year in Australia across 12 hotels and corporate office.About HiltonHilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,400 properties with nearly 880,000 rooms, in 106 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company’s portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard Wi-Fi.About Great Place to Work®Great Place to Work Australia, part of Great Place to Work Inc, is a global research and consulting firm specialising in workplace excellence and development of high-trust and high-engagement workplace cultures. Our proprietary research tool, the Trust Index® Employee Engagement Survey, is taken annually by over 10 million employees worldwide. Leading companies worldwide use our model to increase the levels of trust across their organisations and drive business results.Source = Hilton
Fire-fighting crews were kept busy on Sunday as they were called in to put out five fires in several areas of the island, in two cases in residential areas.According to the fire service spokesman Andreas Kettis there are generally more fires at the weekends because there is increased human activity outdoors.He reiterated that in 94 per cent of cases, the human factor is responsible for the fires caused.“Either due to ignorance, or negligence, or even maliciousness,” Kettis told the Cyprus Mail.On Sunday, firemen and volunteers managed to put out a blaze that erupted in Sina Oros in the Nicosia mountainous area in the afternoon before spreading close to nearby houses.The fire, according to the forestry department broke out at around 1.45pm in the Astromeritis to Troodos road, in the community of Sina Oros.It took seven engines, a 30-men crew, a fire-fighting aircraft and the assistance of residents to put out the blaze within 20 minutes, to prevent it from spreading to houses.Another fire erupted at around 3pm on a pile of old electrical appliances and parts outside a warehouse in the Aradippou industrial area in Larnaca. Three engines helped put out the fire an hour and a half later.At around 3.05pm, another fire erupted in a river bank, near Kyvides in Limassol that burned around three hectares. The fire is believed to have been caused by the burning of rubbish. In total six engines, two fire-fighting helicopters and an aircraft were used to put out the fire.Fire-fighters were also called to put out a blaze that erupted at around 4.15pm on ten large bales, which were processed for the purpose of producing planting soil, in Tersefanou in Larnaca. The fire was put out some three hours later. The fire is believed to have been caused by self-heating of the materials that led to spontaneous ignition.At around 4.40pm, the fire-service was called in to put out another blaze that erupted in a warehouse storing wood and parts of prefabricated wooden houses in the old part of Nicosia, near the Orfeas football club, which is a densely inhabited area.The fire was put out some 40 minutes later, before it spread to adjacent residences. Part of the warehouse roof collapsed, due to the fire.The fire service is investigating all these cases in cooperation with the police.Kettis said that members of the public should avoid activities that could cause fire, such as burning trimmings and garbage. He said that people who witness such activities should immediately report them so that the fire service can take action to prevent fires.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola