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CBI books brother sisterinlaw of former Arunachal Pradesh CM


first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI has registered a corruption case against former Arunachal Pradesh CM Nabam Tuki’s brother Nabam Hari and others in relation to PWD contracts that were awarded to a company belonging to Hari’s wife in 2005 when Tuki was the PWD Minister.The probe agency had in December 2017 registered a Preliminary Enquiry (PE) in the matter, after the High Court of Guwahati had directed the probe agency to look into allegations of up to 11 contracts awarded to Mary Associates, run by Nabam Mary, sister-in-law of the former Arunachal Pradesh CM. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahWhile Tuki is not named in the FIR, the CBI has named his brother Hari, Mary and two other officials of the PWD in the case, alleging that contracts to construct residential buildings for Kendriya Vidyalaya in Umroi Cantonment of Shillong were awarded without following the appropriate procedure. The Central Bureau of Investigation has alleged that the accused had exploited a loophole in the procedures of awarding contracts and through Taba Tedir, then Executive Engineer(EE) and Kuru Sera, then Superintending Engineer(SE), had issued multiple work orders as a workaround to issuing a tender for the job. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey ColonyAs the Arunachal Pradesh PWD followed the CPWD Manual at the time, a clause in that allowed SE-level officers to award contracts not exceeding Rs 3 lakh and EE-level officer to award contracts not more than Rs 1 lakh, without calling for a tender. The construction of the above-mentioned residential buildings was pegged at over Rs 1 crore and as a way to bypass the mandatory provision for calling a tender for such a job, Tedir and Sera divided up the job into multiple work orders not exceeding their prescribed limit under the CPWD Manual and issued them to Mary Associates. Further, the CBI has alleged that there are no records available to show the reasons as to why the works were awarded to Mary’s firm without inviting a tender. Moreover, the probe agency said that Mary’s firm had written a letter to Tedir, describing her firm as a local contractor with “good experience” in construction work, before beginning construction of Phase-I of the project. Tedir had then awarded the work orders to Mary Associates acknowledging the firm’s experience in construction work. However, the CBI has alleged that Mary Associates was, at that time, registered to run a business of electrical goods, hardware, motor parts, lubricants, and agri-equipments. It was not enlisted as a civil contractor with PWD and did not have the requisite license or expertise to execute large construction works, the agency said in its FIR.last_img read more


Ottawa drafts regs for better national reporting of assisted deaths


first_imgOTTAWA – Health Canada has posted draft regulations designed to allow the federal government to get a better national picture of how many Canadians are getting medical help to end their lives and in what circumstances.The proposed regulations, published in the Canada Gazette, include reporting requirements for doctors and nurse practitioners who receive written requests for medically assisted deaths, as well as for pharmacists who dispense the medications required.And that’s raising concerns that the additional administrative burden could prompt fewer doctors, nurses and pharmacists to get involved in providing assistance in dying, widening the already existing barriers to access.Online consultations are underway until Feb. 13 with the goal of creating final regulations by next summer.Health Canada says it plans to start publishing annual reports as part of a new monitoring system by 2019.Until then, the department says it will collaborate with the provinces and territories to produce interim reports every six months, as it has been doing since June 2016 when Parliament passed legislation allowing Canadian adults to request medical assistance in dying.Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said the federal government has worked with provinces, territories and stakeholders to develop a consistent reporting approach.“We look forward to receiving thoughtful feedback from all Canadians on the proposed regulations,” she said in a statement Monday.Dying with Dignity Canada said it supports a national monitoring system but it wants Health Canada to work with its provincial and territorial counterparts to avoid duplication and streamline reporting requirements.Cory Ruf, a spokesperson for the organization, said each assisted death case already requires hours of paperwork for clinicians, including reporting to their local coroner, hospital and province. Any increase in that administrative burden could prompt some of the few existing providers to cease their involvement in assisted dying and discourage others from getting involved, he said.“This would widen existing barriers to access facing suffering Canadians who want access to their right to MAID (medical assistance in dying), particularly in rural and remote communities.”last_img read more


Environment Canada Issues Cold Weather Alert for tonight and into Friday


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada says a period of very cold wind chills is expected tonight and into Friday.A brisk north wind combined with overnight temperatures near -28C will create extreme wind chill values near -40 overnight and Friday morning.Wind chill values will moderate to the mid -30s Friday afternoon. Watch for cold-related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.Remember to dress warmly. Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. The outer layer should be wind resistant.Remember to cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with the wind chill.last_img


Security Council calls for boost to womens role in peace and security


In a presidential statement adopted at the end of a day-long open meeting, the Council noted the “constant underrepresentation of women in formal peace processes,” and called for enhancing their role in matters related to the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.The 15-member body also expressed deep concern that gender-based violence, particularly rape, remain “pervasive, and in some situations have become systematic,” despite calls for the protection of women and girls. Opening today’s meeting, which heard from some 60 speakers, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said “there is so much left to do – both for the United Nations and for Member States,” to implement the provisions of resolution 1325 – the landmark document adopted by the Council in 2000 which stresses the importance of giving women equal participation and full involvement in peace and security matters and the need to increase their role in decision-making. Mr. Ban also stressed the need to appoint more women in leadership positions in UN peace operations, and recalled the recent appointment of Ambassador Ellen Margrethe Løj of Denmark to serve as his Special Representative for Liberia. As head of one of the UN’s biggest peacekeeping missions, “she will provide a shining example of the kind of qualities we need in our leaders in the field,” he said. Underscoring the vital need to address violence against women, which he said had reached “hideous and pandemic proportions” in some societies attempting to recover from conflict, the Secretary-General urged the Council to establish a mechanism dedicated to monitoring violence against women and girls. A vital tool in eliminating sexual violence is the UN’s political leadership, through the Secretary-General’s Special Representatives on the ground, as well as the key role played by UN missions in providing preventive, physical protection, for example, through their daily patrols, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations told the Council.“Though this protective role cannot be overstated where it protects even one person, we cannot overlook the reality that we are not present in all locations in need of protection,” stated Jean-Marie Guéhenno, pointing out that the deployment of UN troops alone will not bring an end to rape and other forms of sexual violence and abuses.To address discrimination against women, he stressed that no effort must be spared in putting more women in senior level positions and operational roles in military and policing so as to encourage local women to take on similar roles and ensure the development of a national protection system once the mission leaves. He said it was an “encouraging sign” that the Liberian National Police received three times the usual number of female applicants in the month following the deployment of the all-female police contingent from India to the UN mission in that country (UNMIL) earlier this year.“More women in the police force must be accompanied by a strategy to improve policing as a service equally accessible to women,” Mr. Guéhenno stated. “This in turn requires laws that incorporate women’s rights and a judicial system accessible to victims of sexual violence.” Despite the Council’s repeated condemnation of gender-based violence, and its demands to all parties to conflict to cease such actions, the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women pointed out that sexual violence remains pervasive. “We are at a moment in history when the world should finally be ready to alter the course of human development and renounce all forms of violence by decisively accepting the responsibility to stamp it out,” said Rachel Mayanja. “Today this Council can help accelerate this shift by establishing a dedicated mechanism to monitor the situation of women and girls in conflict and hold parties to conflicts accountable for sexual and gender-based violence,” she stated, echoing the call made by the Secretary-General.She urged all governments, parliaments, international organizations and civil society to join a worldwide campaign on violence against women and girls to be launched by Mr. Ban later this year, saying that “only by acting together can we create more equal relationships and more peaceful societies.”Joanne Sandler, acting Executive Director of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), told the Council that using resolution 1325 to meaningfully address sexual violence as a method of warfare is “our greatest collective challenge.” “The real measure of effective implementation is not the setting up of systems, plans and processes,” she said. The measure is women’s participation in and contribution to more sustainable peace agreements and post-conflict reconstruction strategies, and better protection of women and girls in conflict zones. “The measure is women and men being secure enough to bring cases of wartime atrocities against women and girls to transitional justice mechanisms,” she said, adding “we have a long way to go.” 23 October 2007Recognizing the recent progress towards including women in the search for peace, justice and reconciliation, the Security Council today urged countries and the United Nations system to enhance female participation in decision-making and to take specific steps to protect women and girls from gender-based violence during conflicts. read more


Alberta approves three oilsands projects worth potential 4 billion in investments


by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 15, 2016 4:15 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 15, 2016 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta approves three oilsands projects worth potential $4 billion in investments CALGARY – The Alberta government has approved three oilsands projects that it says represent about $4 billion of potential investments, though it’s unclear whether any of the projects will go ahead.The projects include the Blackpearl Resources’s Blackrod project, Surmont Energy’s Wildwood project, and Husky Energy’s Saleski project that together total about 95,000 barrels of potential production.The approvals, announced Thursday, are the first projects to get the green light since the government established a 100 megatonne greenhouse gas cap on oilsands emissions.“They’re not the first to be approved by the (NDP) government, but they are the first under the Climate Leadership Plan,” said Energy Minister spokesman Brad Hartle.Together the projects are expected to equal about 2.5 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions if built to the design capacity.The government is still working out how to implement the emissions cap, which it says it put in place to encourage innovation and cost-effective emissions reduction strategies.The government approvals come after multiple environmental assessments, consultations with local indigenous and non-indigenous communities, and recommendations by the Alberta Energy Regulator that the projects be approved.“This is a major step that’s been several years in the making,” said Mark Smith, chief executive of Surmont.He said the company’s application process started in October 2012 and Surmont has had to contend with changes to regulations, the energy regulator, and in government along the way.“It took a lot longer than we imagined it would,” said Smith.He said the company had interest from backers in the past for the roughly US$375-million, 12,000-barrel-a-day project, but the private company will now have to work to secure firm financial backing.Husky spokesman Mel Duvall said Saleski is a 3,000-barrel-a-day pilot project that has not been sanctioned yet by Husky.“It’s something we’ll have to review in light of our current budgeting process,” said Duvall.The companies still must make final investment decisions on the projects and work with regulators on specific licences and approvals.The NDP government last approved an oilsands project in October 2015, with Devon Canada’s 9,000-barrel-a-day project near Cold Lake, Alta.-With files from Dan Healing in Calgary. read more


Fix Your Street website to be rolled out nationally by end of


first_imgA GOVERNMENT WEBSITE allowing the public to report local difficulties such as poor street lighting, dumping, road defects and other maintenance issues is to be rolled out nationwide before the end of the year.FixYourStreet.ie already operates in several council areas, including Dublin city, Fingal, South Dublin, Kildare, Galway and Waterford city, having been launched on a trial basis last year.The service currently allows people in those areas to report local issues directly to their council electronically and have those logged for the attention of local council staff.Speaking on RTÉ radio earlier, environment minister Phil Hogan said the website would be rolled out to people living in all council areas “between now and the end of the year”.The website would offer all people living in Ireland the platform to “make their representations about their local directly to the local authority, and get a response within two working days”, he said.“This is part of the new customer service that I am trying to inculcate into the culture of local government,” he said.“We’ll have dedicated customer relations, new consumer information, and new ways in which we’re dealing with the government in respect of getting a response to their individual queries,” he said.An average of about 400 reports are submitted to the site each month, with a total of 4,811 reports submitted since launch. The vast majority of those relate to the three Dublin councils currently operating under the site.last_img read more


8 celebrities who are surprisingly excellent on Twitter


first_imgIT’S NO SURPRISE that people like Sarah Silverman and Dara Ó Briain deliver when it comes to Twitter.They’re known for being funny and delivering short witty comments probably comes naturally to them.However, there are some celebrities who you wouldn’t expect to be great, who really really are.Here are 8 celebs who are surprisingly good on Twitter.last_img


Will Alan Shatter accept his €70k severance payment


first_imgHIS OFFICE IS remaining tight-lipped, but the question tonight is whether former Justice and Defence Minister Alan Shatter will accept his severance pay of more than €70,000.On Saturday, we looked at how much Deputy Shatter’s pension and severance payments are worth.He has served more than two years in office, so is entitled to the full rate of €70,282.Shatter is also entitled to a pension worth €18,139 from just his Ministerial service.What the Taoiseach thinksA Government spokesperson told RTÉ today that everyone should adhere to the Government’s policy to end severance payments to former ministers – “even Alan”.When Deputy Shatter resigned, the new Oireachtas (Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices) (Amendment) Act of 2014 had not been commenced.Section five of this amendment “provides for the abolition of severance payments toholders of certain Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices upon cessation of Office”.This means that Shatter was covered by the previous legislation, Oireachtas (Allowances to Members) and Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices Act 1992 – and so is entitled to the payment.Read: How much are Alan Shatter’s pension and severance payments worth?>last_img read more


Two men arrested after gardaí seize €100k worth of cannabis


first_imgTWO MEN HAVE been arrested after 120 cannabis plants were seized in Galway.Gardaí made the discovery during a raid on a house yesterday at Kilgarve Court in Ballinasloe, where a quantity of harvested cannabis was also discovered.The drugs have an estimated street value of €100,000.The men, both in their 30s, are currently being detained at Ballinasloe and Loughrea Garda Stations, and can be held for up to seven days.Read: Half a million euro worth of cannabis seized as gardaí target drugs gang >last_img


Amazon Is Looking For A Few Good Robots To Stuff Boxes


first_img Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Stay on target On August 2nd, Amazon will hold a job fair at two of its U.S. warehouse locations. They’re making a major push to enlist additional staff. When the dust clears, Amazon hopes to hire around 50,000 new workers.Meanwhile, they’re also gearing up for a future where those new workers have been replaced by robots. Today marks the start of this year’s Amazon Robotics Challenge. Sixteen teams have headed to Japan where they’ll be competing for a cool quarter million dollars in prize money.Bots that can handle picking duties would allow Amazon to fully automate warehouse operations. They’ve already got wheeled units that can autonomously re-arrange warehouse shelving to help humans efficiently fill orders. They’ve been doing all kinds of work on the drone delivery front.Challenge participants are being asked to create robots that can tackle a set of assigned tasks — tasks that closely mimic those a bot might face in one of Amazon’s actual warehouses.In one scenario, for example, they will be presented with an assortment of items like a roll of duct tape, mouse traps, a toilet brush, a pack of pens, ice cube trays, scissors, and a sack of epsom salts. Robots will have to rearrange them into Amazon’s preferred layout.Another simulates picking an actual Amazon customer’s order. From a similar shelf with a similar spread of goods, the robots will need to select only specific items and place them into a box.Amazon’s plan isn’t necessarily to take the winning robot, turn it into a prototype and start field testing it immediately. They are, however, on the lookout for new approaches and (perhaps more importantly) new talent. Bloomberg reports that most of the teams are made up of grad students and academics, some of whom would no doubt be interested in a job offer.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our surveylast_img read more


Ric Flair comments on RAW promo with Charlotte and Paige


first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter During episode 29 of his “WOOOOO! Nation” podcast this week, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair addressed the controversy with the use of his late son Reid Flair in a promo that aired Monday night on RAW involving his daughter WWE Divas Champion Charlotte and Paige. Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 Source: Play.itRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 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 WhatsApp “Here’s the problem. I obviously have an opinion, but I’m afraid to voice it because I don’t want anything to affect Ashley’s career. I will just say that I know that Hunter and Stephanie and Michael Hayes have her back. I don’t think she feels like she’s comfortable enough to say no to anything yet. She’s only been up there three months. It’s a pressure cooker and a tough spot to be in. Even though she’s the champion, it doesn’t mean she goes, ‘Hey, this is what I wanna do and what I’m not gonna do.’ I think if you’re asked to do something, that’s pretty much the way things operate up there. I just spent 10 days in Europe with the RAW group and I just think that they, you know, everybody walks on pins and needles. Just because you’re the champion doesn’t mean you have the right to say no. If somebody writes it down, you know, one person approves everything. Does that make sense? I really don’t have an opinion. I was very sensitive to it obviously. It’s just a very sensitive issue and it’s still very new. I know her mom is on fire.” Asuka, Becky Lynch, And Charlotte In Triple Threat Title Match Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rousey Charlotte Flair Videos Articles Becky Lynch Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Videos Articles Google+ Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Flair was also asked if he was given a heads up about what would be said in the promo adding, “I never heard a word about it. I started crying while I was watching. Nobody called me and nobody has called me today. That would indicate that they just assume that was good.” Pinterest New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Facebook Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlottelast_img read more


Physicists close two loopholes while violating local realism


first_imgPhysicists performed a Bell experiment between the islands of La Palma and Tenerife at an altitude of 2,400 m. Starting with an entangled pair of photons, one photon was sent 6 km away to Alice, and the other photon was sent 144 km away to Bob. The physicists took several steps to simultaneously close the locality loophole and freedom-of-choice loophole. Image credit: Thomas Scheidl, et al. and Google Earth, ©2008 Google, Map Data ©Tele Atlas. 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. (PhysOrg.com) — The latest test in quantum mechanics provides even stronger support than before for the view that nature violates local realism and is thus in contradiction with a classical worldview. By performing an experiment in which photons were sent from one Canary Island to another, physicists have shown that two of three loopholes can be closed simultaneously in a test that violates Bell’s inequality (and therefore local realism) by more than 16 standard deviations. Performing a Bell test that closes all three loopholes still remains a challenge, but the physicists predict that such an experiment might be “on the verge of being possible” with state-of-the-art technology. More information: Thomas Scheidl, et al. “Violation of local realism with freedom of choice.” 19708-19713, PNAS, November 16, 2010, vol. 107, no. 46. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1002780107 The physicists, who belong to the group of Rupert Ursin and Anton Zeilinger and were all at either the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna or the University of Vienna when performing the experiments in 2008, have published their study on the new Bell test in the early edition of PNAS. As they explain in their study, local realism consists of both realism – the view that reality exists with definite properties even when not being observed – and locality – the view that an object can only be influenced by its immediate surroundings. If a Bell test shows that a measurement of one object can influence the state of a second, distant object, then local realism has been violated.”The question of whether nature can be understood in terms of classical concepts and explained by local realism is one of the deepest in physics,” coauthor Johannes Kofler told PhysOrg.com. “Getting Bell tests as loophole-free as possible and confirming quantum mechanics is therefore an extremely important task. From a technological perspective, certain protocols of quantum cryptography (which is entering the market at the moment) are based on entanglement and violation of Bell’s inequality. This so-called ‘unconditional security’ must in practice take care of the loopholes in Bell tests.”The physicists explained that, in experimental tests, there are three loopholes that allow observed violations of local realism to still be explained by local realistic theories. These three loopholes can involve locality (if there is not a large enough distance separating the two objects at the time of measurement), the freedom to choose any measurement settings (so measurement settings may be influenced by hidden variables, or vice versa), and fair sampling (a small fraction of observed objects may not accurately represent all objects due to detection inefficiencies).Previous experiments have closed the first loophole, which was done by ensuring a large spatial separation between the two objects (in this case, two quantum mechanically entangled photons) so that measurements of the objects could not be influenced by each other. Special relativity then ensures that the objects cannot influence each other, since no physical signals can travel faster than the speed of light. In these experiments, classically unexplainable correlations were still observed between the objects, indicating a violation of local realism. (The fair sampling loophole was closed in another earlier experiment using ions, where large detection efficiencies can be reached.) Debunking and closing quantum entanglement ‘loopholes’center_img Citation: Physicists close two loopholes while violating local realism (2010, November 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-11-physicists-loopholes-violating-local-realism.html Explore further In the current experiment, the physicists simultaneously ruled out both the locality loophole and the freedom-of-choice loophole. They performed a Bell test between the Canary Islands of La Palma and Tenerife, located 144 km apart. On La Palma, they generated pairs of entangled photons using a laser diode. Then they locally delayed one photon in a 6-km-long optical fiber (29.6-microsecond traveling time) and sent it to one measurement station (Alice), and sent the other photon 144 km away (479-microsecond traveling time) through open space to the other measurement station (Bob) on Tenerife. The scientists took several steps to close both loopholes. For ruling out the possibility of local influence, they added a delay in the optical fiber to Alice to ensure that the measurement events there were space-like separated from those on Tenerife such that no physical signal could be interchanged. Also, the measurement settings were randomly determined by quantum random number generators. To close the freedom-of-choice loophole, the scientists spatially separated the setting choice and the photon emission, which ensured that the setting choice and photon emission occurred at distant locations and nearly simultaneously (within 0.5 microseconds of each other). The scientists also added a delay to Bob’s random setting choice. These combined measures eliminated the possibility of the setting choice or photon emission events influencing each other. But again, despite these measures, the scientists still detected correlations between the separated photons that can only be explained by quantum mechanics, violating local realism.By showing that local realism can be violated even when the locality and freedom-of-choice loopholes are closed, the experiment greatly reduces the number of “hidden variable theories” that might explain the correlations while obeying local realism. Further, these theories appear to be beyond the possibility of experimental testing, since they propose such things as allowing actions into the past or assuming a common cause for all events. Now, one of the greatest challenges in quantum mechanics is simultaneously closing the fair-sampling loophole along with the others to demonstrate a completely loophole-free Bell test. Such an experiment will require very high-efficiency detectors and other high-quality components, along with the ability to achieve extremely high transmission. Also, the test would have to operate at a critical distance between Alice and Bob that is not too large, to minimize photon loss, and not too small, to ensure sufficient separation. Although these requirements are beyond the current experimental set-up due to high loss between the islands, the scientists predict that these requirements may be met in the near future. “Performing a loophole-free Bell test is certainly one of the biggest open experimental challenges in the foundations of quantum mechanics,” Kofler said. “Various groups are working towards that goal. It is on the edge of being technologically feasible. Such an experiment will probably be done within the next five years.” Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.last_img read more


Former Qantas boss dies


first_imgQantas has advised its former chief execuive and non-executive director, James Strong passed away over the weekend, after suffering lung complications following surgery.According to Mr Strong’s family, he passed away peacefully in Sydney, The Brisbane Times reported.Qantas chairman Leigh Clifford said Mr Strong was an “exceptional business leader” and would be “greatly missed”.“James was well liked and respected by Qantas employees and his Board colleagues,” Mr Clifford said.“On behalf of thousands of friends at Qantas, I extend our deepest condolences to James’ family, colleagues and friends.  Mr Strong held the chief executive role at Qantas from 1993 to 2000 and was made non-executive director in 2006.  The former Qantas CEO also sat as chairman of Insurance Australia Group between 2001 and 2010.e-Travel Blackboard sends its condolences to Mr Strong’s family and friends.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J. The passing of James Strong. Image: Saxton.com.aulast_img read more


Mantra Hotels launches biggest ever global sale


first_imgMantra Hotels launches biggest ever global saleMantra Hotels launches biggest ever global sale!Mantra Hotels is set to launch its biggest ever Global Sale with massive savings on more than 130 Mantra, Peppers, BreakFree and Art Series Hotels, booked between 13 – 21 February 2018.With rates starting from $99* per room per night at selected properties, there are deals perfect for couples, families or groups of friends available at hotels across Australia, New Zealand, Bali and Hawaii.Here is a sneak peek at some of the deals on offer during the sale, featuring a selection of beach getaways, city breaks or country escapes.To book any of the below or to check out the other fantastic offers available, visit www.mantrahotels.com or call our 24-hour Reservations Centre on 1300 987 603. Don’t delay – the deals are on sale for the next nine days or until sold out!QueenslandPort Douglas: Discover the magic of Port Douglas with a stay at the popular Mantra PortSea. Offering spacious accommodation, a swim-up pool bar and a range of leisure families, the resort is perfect for couples and families alike. Stay from $99* per night in a Hotel Room including 2-for-1 continental breakfast (minimum two night stay – total cost $198*). Valid for travel until 22 June, 2018.Sunshine Coast: Mantra Mooloolaba Beach, One Bedroom Apartments start from $149* per night (Sunday to Thursday) (minimum two night stay – total cost $298*). Valid for travel until 21 September, 2018.Gold Coast: Enjoy the sun, surf and sand of the Gold Coast by staying at Mantra Legends Hotel in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Stay in a Hotel Deluxe Twin Room from $109* per night (Sunday to Thursday) (minimum two night stay – total cost $218*). This deal includes a two-for-one seafood buffet dinner voucher (valid at the hotel’s Fables Restaurant) and a 20% off beverage voucher. Valid for travel until 27 September, 2018.Brisbane: The Johnson from $149* per night in a Studio Suite including plated breakfast for two and WiFi. Valid for travel until 7 May, 2018.New South WalesKingscliff: Cool off and kick back in the sensational nearby surf and facilities of Mantra on Salt Beach. This is Kingscliff accommodation at its very best. Stay in a Hotel Room from $119* per night (Sunday to Thursday) (minimum two night stay – total cost $238*). This deal includes 2 for 1 buffet breakfast and a 25% off Season restaurant dining voucher, Wi-Fi and parking. Valid for travel until 27 September, 2018.Sydney: The new Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport offers travellers contemporary and stylish accommodation within a short stroll of their Sydney Airport domestic departure gate. Stay in a Studio King Room from $149* per night (Friday to Sunday) including 1GB of Wi-Fi daily and a 12pm late check-out. Valid for travel from 1 April, 2018 until 27 September, 2018.Australian Capital TerritoryCanberra: Mantra MacArthur Hotel was the only hotel to have opened in Canberra in 2017 and is modern, contemporary accommodation centrally located in the heart of the city. Stay in a Studio Room from $119* per night (Thursday to Monday). Valid for travel until 14 September, 2018.VictoriaMelbourne: Enjoy a city escape at Mantra on Jolimont located in the heart of Melbourne’s sport and entertainment precinct. Stay in a 1 Bedroom Apartment from $109* per night (Sunday to Thursday). Valid for travel from until 30 September, 2018.Melbourne: The Blackman from $170* per night in a Studio Suite Balcony. Valid for travel from 26 March, 2018 until 30 September, 2018.TasmaniaTamar Valley: Enjoy the seaside views of Tamar Valley at Peppers York Cove and experience one of Tasmania’s most sought after tourist destinations. Deluxe Hotel Rooms start from $149* per night. This offer includes a welcome bottle of house wine and a midday checkout. Valid for travel from until 30 September, 2018.South AustraliaAdelaide: Located in Adelaide’s thriving West End, the heart of the city’s thriving arts, dining and entertainment precincts, BreakFree Adelaide has Studio Rooms from $99* per night including Wi-Fi and a 12pm late check-out. Valid for travel from 23 March, 2018 until 31 May, 2018Adelaide: The Watson from $139* per night in a 1 Bedroom Balcony Suite including Wi-Fi, late check-out and parking. Valid for travel until 30 September, 2018.Western AustraliaPerth: Mantra on Hay provides a comfortable experience and a perfect retreat when exploring the Perth CBD. Stay in a spacious One Bedroom Apartment from $119* per night. Valid for travel until from 30 March, 2018 until 30 September, 2018.Nothern TerritoryDarwin: Mantra Pandanas is just minutes from the Smith Street Mall and offers fantastic views over Darwin Harbour and the city. Stay in a Hotel Room City View from $109* per night (Thursday to Monday). Valid for travel until 30 April, 2018.New ZealandChristchurch: Slow down after a busy day and enjoy all that BreakFree on Cashel has to offer, centrally located within the Christchurch culture hub. Stay in a City Urban Double Room from NZ$99* per night, including WiFi. Valid for travel from 1 May, 2018 until 31 August, 2018.HawaiiHonolulu: Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra is the perfect location to relax alongside Ala Moana Beach Park and shop-till-you-drop at the neighbouring Ala Moana Shopping Centre, the world’s largest open-air shopping mall. Stay in a City Mountain View Room, Kona Tower from US$149* per night (minimum two night stay – total cost US$298*). Valid for travel until 30 September, 2018.*Conditions apply, subject to availability. Valid for sale from 13 February, 2018 to 21 February, 2018. Block-out dates may apply. From rates advertised only available at selected properties.About Mantra GroupMantra Group is the leading Australian-based hotel and resort operator.  Mantra Group’s portfolio consists of 136 properties with more than 23,000 rooms in properties under management, across Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Hawaii. Operating four well-known and trusted brands – Art Series, Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree – Mantra Group operates the second largest network of accommodation properties in Australia (by room number). The Group is positioned to offer both leisure and business style accommodation ranging from full-service city hotels and self-contained apartments to luxury resorts and retreats. The Group successfully listed on the ASX in June 2014 and in its first year as a public company was elevated to the ASX 200: www.mantragroup.com.au; www.mantrahotels.com; www.artserieshotels.com.au; www.peppers.com.au;  www.mantra.com.au; www.breakfree.com.auSource = Mantra Grouplast_img read more


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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Sunday, in Seattle, that seemed to change.Early in the fourth quarter, Seattle lost a challenge asserting that Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall fumbled during a run. The ruling on the field was upheld, and Jay Feely made good on a 26-yard field goal two plays later, extending the team’s lead to 9-3.Later in the period, after the Cardinals re-took the lead, the Seahawks’ final drive ended when Russell Wilson’s pass was ruled to have bounced off Doug Baldwin’s bicep before falling into the diving hands of Karlos Dansby.“That was exciting,” Dansby said Monday. “Because the last couple of weeks have been rough on us. For us to come out on the winning side of that, of some of those calls, is gratifying.”After the game, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said different refs saw different things, but that they chose to go with the one who said the ball never hit the ground.“You really look at it differently because it was called a catch on the field, so whether it hit his arm or not I don’t know,” he said. “It kind of looked like it did, I couldn’t tell though. I don’t know.”“I thought it hit the ground, but they reviewed it and it went the other way,” Wilson said. It was ruled an interception on the field, and there was not enough evidence to overturn it. Replays were indeed inconclusive, though odds are whatever it was called on the field — an interception or an incomplete pass — would not have been overturned upon review.So, it could be argued, the Cardinals caught a break with the initial ruling.“I guess he’s pretty strong or something,” Dansby said of Baldwin. “He’s got a nice muscle, man, it hit the right spot. Pretty bounce. I appreciate it, I definitely appreciate it.”But whether the ball hit Baldwin’s arm, the ground or both, the initial ruling was a timely reversal of fortune for a Cardinals team that has felt wronged by officials in recent weeks. Right or wrong call, the interception allowed the Cardinals to run out the clock and secure a big road victory.“There is no way the ball hits the ground and bounces backward,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Monday. “It had to hit him. I’ve seen them hit feet, back of the head, everything, and bounce the other way too many times. It was nice to get one to bounce our way.“I still was confident we were going to stop them, though.” 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. — For a good stretch there, it seemed as if the Arizona Cardinals could not catch a break with NFL officials.Sure, some calls went their way, but the high-profile rulings — the ones that had game-changing potential — rarely seemed to benefit those in red.Whether it was what happened late in the loss at Philadelphia or in the waning moments of the overtime win in Tennessee, much was made of the team’s seeming inability to get calls. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


Time to reassess technical training says education minister


first_imgSociety should stop considering technical education and training as a poor relative, Education Minister Costas Hambiaouris said at a press conference on upgrading technical education on Monday.“The best gift we can give to our children for 2019 is to let them know about the possibilities and opportunities they have when they attend technical and vocational schools,” he said.Treating this type of education as a poor relative is unfair, he added, saying the ministry is doing its best to reinforce the technical training sector and planning a series of campaigns aimed at informing the public about career prospects.Hambiaouris said Cyprus needed to align education with the needs and demands of the domestic and international labour market.“Vocational training leads to a high level of employment and fosters competitiveness, which is essential for economic growth,” he said.Some measures are still in progress, such as the development of new curriculums and a modernisation of specialties offered by vocational and technical education and a further alignment of the programmes with the industry.The expansion of the evening schools has already been completed, with the establishment of three new schools in Larnaca, Paphos and the Famagusta region, which will be operational in September 2019.These will complement the two existing evening schools in Nicosia and Limassol and will facilitate access to education programmes for those who need a second chance to complete their secondary education.The work on the construction of a technical school in Aradippou has begun. It is expected to start operating in 2022.The new €20 million technical school in Limassol is scheduled to open in 2025.New curriculums, such as ‘industrial and domestic automation’ in Nicosia, ‘pastry and bakery’ in Larnaca and ‘computer networks and communication’ in Paphos have been certified and started operating this year.“For the first time this year, we have distributed modern books to students of several specialties, while an additional number of books are being evaluated for their use in the new school year, to cover all the specialties, ” the minister explained.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


Hamlet to be staged at Curium


first_img“Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.”If you’re familiar with William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, then you’ll understand the context and meaning of that quote. If not, there’s an opportunity to get better acquainted with this thoroughly iconic play via Shakespeare at Curium’s production of Hamlet, set to take place on the stage of the amphitheatre on June 21, 22 and 23.Theatre fan or not, chances are that you’ve come across Hamlet in one way or another – even if only through some stand-up comic doing a parody of ‘To be or not to be’. Whether you’ve already caught an adaptation of the play or not, this new production now aims to bring a classic tale to the local public.For nearly 60 years, the Performance Arts for Cyprus Charities – which organises this annual event, with the exception of last year when Shakespeare was cancelled due to casting difficulties – has worked to bring the Bard’s words to life on one of the island’s most majestic stages. This year’s play is no exception, and is bound to entertain as murder, deceit, love and revenge unfold before a rapt audience against the backdrop of a summer sun sinking into the Mediterranean.Director Janet Yianni says it best: “Hamlet is truly Shakespeare’s saddest tragedy. A young prince seeking revenge for the death of his father, the king, by his uncle. It precipitates a series of tragedies for many of the characters.”This year’s cast brings together people from all over Cyprus, from Nicosia to Paphos and everywhere in between. “There is a fantastic mix of veteran actors along with first-time performers waiting with bated breath to grace the stage,” say the production team.“This eclectic ensemble has been rehearsing since January and they’re beyond excited for the opening night. We have members who hail from Russia, England, and Canada performing side by side with our Cypriot actors, all with the aim of raising money for local charities and having the thrill of a lifetime while performing in a third-century Roman amphitheatre.”You can get tickets for the performances from various outlets. Online at www.soldoutticketbox.com, via email (boxoffice@shakespeareatcurium.com), or by phone at 99-990535. Hamlet at CuriumPerformance of Shakespeare’s play. June 21,22,23. Curium Amphitheatre, Limassol. 8pm. Tel: 99-990535You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado 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 AboutLivestlyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


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