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5 December 2011The United Nations envoy for Somalia today strongly warned anyone trying to undermine an agreed framework outlining political actions required to restore peace and stability in the country that their actions will not be tolerated by the international community. “The message is clear: the roadmap is the way forward and spoilers seeking to derail the process will not be tolerated,” said Augustine P. Mahiga, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, in an letter addressed to all the people of Somalia.The roadmap – adopted at a consultative meeting held in the country’s capital, Mogadishu, in September – spells out priority measures to be implemented before the current transitional governing arrangements end next August, in the areas of security, the drafting of a new constitution and reconciliation. It also seeks to lay the foundation for good governance, and calls for coordinated international efforts to ensure implementation.“While the UN and the international community is offering whatever assistance it can, it is ultimately up to you the Somalis to determine whether or not the roadmap succeeds,” said Mr. Mahiga in his letter.He said he believed that there is a “buy-in” into the roadmap for large numbers of the Somali population and their leadership, and cautioned against heeding those who believe that they will benefit more from maintaining the status quo in the Horn of Africa country.“Political participation and engaged, constructive dissent is welcomed by UNPOS [UN Political Office for Somalia] and by the international community as a whole. But there is no place for those who work to unravel years of work advancing the cause of peace in Somalia.“I believe we are all working towards the same ends – to make Somalia a safe, secure and prosperous country once more. The roadmap will not solve all of the problems, but it is a central part of the solution and I look to all of you to help make it work,” Mr. Mahiga added. read more


“At this sensitive moment, it is imperative to avoid negative actions and support ongoing talks to preserve the remaining chances of achieving a two-State solution in the interest of Israelis and Palestinians alike,” said a statement issued by the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, who also voiced his deep concern at recent violent incidents. On Tuesday, Israel reportedly announced plans to build 20,000 new settler homes in the West Bank, prompting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to threaten an end to peace talks that resumed a few months ago after a three-year hiatus. The statement by Mr. Serry noted that settlement activity cannot be reconciled with the goal of a negotiated two-State solution, and reiterated the UN position that settlements are against international law and an obstacle to peace. Against this backdrop, the Special Coordinator met today separately with the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators. “He understands from his discussion with chief negotiator [Tzipi] Livni and other Israeli officials that yesterday’s decision to plan a large number of settlement units has been stopped,” said the statement. Direct talks between the Israeli and Palestinian sides resumed this past August, after stalling in 2010 owing to Israel’s refusal to extend its freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory. read more


first_imgAccording to reports in The Hindu Business Line, Tractors India Pvt Ltd (TIPL) — which owns the dealership for Caterpillar earthmoving equipment in North, East and North-Eastern India, Bhutan and Nepal — is to set up an underground mining machine manufacturing plant at Asansol in West Bengal. This comes after state-owned BEML Ltd said it is looking to get into the manufacturing of underground mining equipment, using the now closed mining machinery facility of Mining and Allied Machinery Corporation (MAMC) in Durgapur for manufacture of the equipment.The proposed facility, coming up at an estimated cost of INR120 crore, is likely to go on stream between July and September 2018. The INR1,600-crore TIPL — once a subsidiary of Kolkata-based TIL — was acquired by Goodearth Minetech Pvt Ltd of Delhi for a net consideration of INR350 crore in 2016.According to Sunil Kumar Chaturvedi, Chairman and Managing Director, TIPL, the company will tie up with Caterpillar for using its technology for making this “expensive and sophisticated” equipment. “These would be specialised mining equipment covering segments where Caterpillar has exited the market,” he told The Hindu Business Line on the sidelines of Infocom 2017. While Chaturvedi did not specify the type of machines, he claimed there was a good market for these in Eastern India, Russia, Australia and Africa.“Caterpillar is more into a volume game with the US market dictating its product portfolio. But, it still owns the technology for these equipment that have demand elsewhere,” he added. TIPL is already in talks for sourcing spares and other parts of these equipment from countries in Europe, the US and India.last_img read more


For the third time, Women’s EHF Champions League final stage will be organized in Final4 format. The only two teams who have the chances to see Pap Laszlo Arena in Budapest for the third time are ŽRK Budućnost and ŽRK Vardar.Last two Women’s EHF CL champions are Gyor (2014) and ŽRK Budućnost (2015).The quarter-finals, will be played on 1 to 3 April (first leg) and 8 to 10 April 2016 (second leg):FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria vs Győri Audi ETO KCHC Vardar vs LarvikHCM Baia Mare vs BuducnostCSM Bucuresti vs Rostov-DonWomen’s EHF CL Final4 will be held on May 7/8. ← Previous Story Italian Cup Final8 in Pressano next weekend Next Story → Pfadi Winterthur win Swiss derby EHF Champions League


first_img‘CHAP OF STEEL’, ‘Colossal Velocity’ and ‘The Norfolk Fracture’.They are just some of the names being bandied about for the highly anticipated Alan Patridge movie, which is due out in August. YouTube/AlanPartridgeMovieLynn! Put it on again!We Didn’t Start the Fire reworked into a nostalgia fest>Naomi Campbell washes her hair with it, and 7 other uses for Guinness>last_img


first_img By Gráinne Ní Aodha Monday 15 Apr 2019, 6:00 AM As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Independence would not be a trial separation, it would be a painful divorce… So this is our message to the people of Scotland: we want you to stay. Head, heart and soul we want you to stay. “Breatimeacht”, “Breatain” meaning “Britain”, and “imeacht” meaning “exit”;“Sasamach”, with “Sasana” meaning England and “amach” meaning “out”, or“Bréalú”. “Éalú” is the Irish word for escape.The most commonly used one is Breatimeacht; ‘Sasamach’ implies only England is leaving the EU, and ‘Bréalú’ is too politically charged. But the word ‘Brexit’ itself – although a natural progression from ‘Grexit’ – it isn’t quite accurate either, as it implies only Britain is leaving the EU, ie, England and Wales.Or is it prophetic? Because Northern Ireland and Scotland voted to remain in the EU, will Brexit lead to the break-up of the UK?“I remember I was debating Ukip,” Wilding says, “who were foaming at the mouth about Brexit, and I said to them ‘Be careful what you wish for, that threatens the UK’, and they all dismissed it as ‘Project Fear’.But if this occurs as a bad Brexit, I think we’ll end up with a new Scottish referendum and a border poll in Northern Ireland.He says that MPs handling of Brexit has been revealed Westminster as “incompetent” and “arrogant”, drawing a comparison to The Emperor’s New Clothes.“If I was in Northern Ireland or Scotland, I would be looking on at Westminster and say that my loyalty and respect to the great mother of parliament has gone.Brexit could become a word like ‘Versailles’ – as shorthand for self-inflicted defeat.So what happens next? “This is a horrible crisis to be living though, but it is no different from other political crises that the UK has suffered,” Wilding says, citing ‘the Irish question’, or the Irish Home Rule movement, as one of those crises. After forecasting in January that there would be an extension, he’s predicting that the Tory party will lose a large number of seats in the local elections, that a new centrist party will emerge, and that we’ll get another extension by 31 October – ultimately leading to no Brexit at all.“What I expect to happen is what others don’t expect. We’ll be in a political meltdown.“First, the local elections on 2 May. Those are going to devastate the Conservative party; they’ll lose 2,000 of their 4,600 seats, and Brexiteers will then turn on May.”That is the conclusion of pollster Lord Hayward, who added the caveat that if May passes her deal before the elections, there will be a “a Brexit benefit” and “a clear deficit if not”.He says that either the Tory party, the Labour party, or both parties will split and will lead to “a new centrist party emerging”. And is this new centrist party The Independent Group? “Yep.”People can rally around a new political and cultural flagpole, and chronicle the death of foretold class-based parties no longer relevant to whether you’re open or closed in your mentality.“I can’t see the Tory party sticking together, and Labour are playing a clever game, but not a very attractive one.”He says that the long extension has people wondering what Theresa May actually stands for now. “The battle for the soul of the party has already begun.”In his 2012 column, Wilding wrote that “history has a habit of punishing drift”.Usually the people, demanding firm leadership, fail to get it and become beguiled by easy options.So, now that we have six months of Brexit breathing space, what is the UK’s easiest option? Does the man who coined the word Brexit regret it? ‘I wouldn’t have if I had copyrighted it’ “Brexit could become a word like ‘Versailles’ – as shorthand for self-inflicted defeat.” Share10 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4588591 Apr 15th 2019, 6:01 AM 29,081 Views center_img THE WORD ‘BREXIT’ was first used in May 2010 during the eurozone crisis, when there was a real threat of Greece crashing out of the European Union.At the time, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis were immersed in intensive talks with EU leaders about how to salvage the country from huge debt.If they couldn’t reach an agreement, Grexit was an almost inevitable outcome – and Peter Wilding thought that the UK was stumbling towards a something similar.In a piece called ‘Stumbling towards the Brexit’, Wilding described the UK establishment’s fractured relationship with the EU, and a swell in anti-European rhetoric:“Unless a clear view is pushed that Britain must lead in Europe at the very least to achieve the completion of the Single Market, then the portmanteau for Greek euro exit might be followed by another sad word, Brexit.”It wasn’t until 2016 when representatives of the Oxford English Dictionary called him that he was told that the word had been traced back to him as the first person to use it. It was then made the dictionary’s word of the year.Wilding isn’t just another political pundit – he’s a former solicitor in EU law, former media director of the UK’s Conservative Party and former advisor to then-British Prime Minister David Cameron.Having coined the term gives him some claim to infamy, he says, but it also gives him a claim to what it actually means. So what does it mean to him?“It’s a grim word, but it could have been a unifying, positive word,” he says.“Theresa May could have stood up at the Tory party conference in 2016 and said ‘We voted to leave the EU but we’ll stay in the economic institution’.”Instead, Theresa May’s red lines have led to this stalemate in parliament, and “a catharsis” from government that have led to an extension, and could lead to a split of the Tory party.“I’m a realist, but my final conclusion is quite optimistic; it’s that we will never leave – we didn’t leave on 29 March, we didn’t leave on 12 April, and I don’t expect any tricks by 31 October. The general mood is one of despair and frustration.”Does he regret coining the term ‘Brexit’?“I wouldn’t have if I’d copyrighted the word.”Did he look into it?“You’re damn right I did, but you can’t copyright a word.” Source: Frank VinciniAs Cameron’s advisor during the EU referendum campaign, what does Wilding think the UK government did wrong when arguing in favour of Remain? “By that time, in 2012, I was getting to know that the British government had no strategy with regards to the EU,” Wilding says. “I suddenly saw the Conservative government was simply sleepwalking with regards its EU policy. Cameron and parliament were ignorant of the EU and how it worked.”Wilding is now the director of a pro-Europe pressure group ‘British Influence’, and has taken a legal challenge that argues that parliament must separately give permission before the British government can pull the UK out of the European Economic Area (which the UK is part of as a member of the EU).He said that underneath the euro crisis and the migrant crisis, an anti-EU sentiment was building, and unless Britain had a serious positive strategy in relation to it, it would backfire on them.“But as Cameron once said to me, ‘Everything is tactics and not strategy’.”When the EU referendum campaign had begun, Cameron had already won the Scottish Independence referendum in September 2014, which he had begun with quite a laid-back approach (the final result was 55% against Independence to 44.7% in favour).Scottish Tory MPs went to Cameron’s office at one stage during the campaign to warn him: “I’ve got to tell you, this is not going well”, but Wilding says he told them “Oh don’t worry, it will be fine.”Just how close the referendum could be did dawn on Cameron eventually. Just two days before the vote, he travelled to Aberdeen, Scotland in an unscheduled trip, and made an emotional plea to Scottish voters: “Vote to save our United Kingdom.” Please don’t mix up the temporary and the permanent. Please don’t think ‘I’m frustrated with politics right now, so I’ll walk out the door, and never come back’.Two years on, he would make the same mistake with the EU referendum – only this time, he didn’t salvage the government’s position at the last moment, Wilding says.“The Conservative establishment had an arrogance that they could win everything through fear and through ignorance of high-diplomacy, while its opponents were playing on emotion and patriotism.”Wilding said that Cameron’s pollster had said to him during the EU referendum campaign: “We won the Scottish referendum by fear, we won the general election by fear, we’ll win this one by fear.”Northern IrelandAfter the use of the term ‘Brexit’ exploded in the wake of the EU referendum, a debate began of what the Irish translation for ‘Brexit’ should be. The three options are: Peter Wilding, chairman of the pro-Europe pressure group British Influence (left) leaves the Royal Courts of Justice. Image: PA Archive/PA Images Peter Wilding, chairman of the pro-Europe pressure group British Influence (left) leaves the Royal Courts of Justice. 4 Comments Image: PA Archive/PA Images Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


first_imgBactérie tueuse : soupçons sur des graines germéesAprès avoir alerté les consommateurs contre les concombres espagnols lorsque l’épidémie entraînée par la bactérie Eceh a débuté, les autorités soupçonnent à présent certaines graines germées d’être à la source des contaminations. Selon le dernier bilan, ces dernières ont touché 2.000 personnes en Europe depuis trois semaines et fait 22 morts.Parmi les nouvelles pistes évoquées quant à l’origine de l’épidémie d’E. coli mortelle qui touche l’Allemagne depuis plusieurs semaines : des graines germées vendues par une entreprise de jardinage de l’arrondissement de Uelzen. Si aucune preuve définitive n’a pu être apportée pour le moment, d’après le ministre Gert Lindemann, “les indices sont toutefois si forts que nous devons recommander aux consommateurs de renoncer pour l’instant à la consommation de graines germées”. Selon le ministre, l’entreprise incriminée emploie des graines germées, essentiellement pour les salades, venues d’Allemagne. Mais elle travaille aussi avec d’autres pays européens et l’Extrême-Orient. La société a donc été fermée et des analyses de laboratoires sont attendues ce jour.La Commission européenne précise que l’Allemagne devrait prochainement lancer un avertissement via le système européen d’alerte rapide à propos de ces graines germées soupçonnées d’être le vecteur de la bactérie mortelle Eceh.À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?Parallèlement, la piste de centres de production de biogaz n’est pas écartée. Nombreux en Allemagne, pays qui privilégie le recyclage de ses déchets organiques, il est produit par la fermentation de matières organiques animales ou végétales.  “Il y a toutes sortes de bactéries qui n’existaient pas auparavant qui sont maintenant produites dans les bacs de fermentation”, a expliqué Bernt Schottdorf, patron d’un laboratoire médical à Augsbourg, dans le sud du pays, au journal Welt am Sonntag. Il souligne en outre que plus de 80 % de ces déchets étaient ensuite utilisés pour fertiliser les terres.Le bilan s’est encore alourdi ce week-endBruxelles envisagerait d’envoyer une équipe d’experts en Allemagne pour faire toute la lumière sur ces contaminations inquiétantes qui donnent du fil à retordre aux chercheurs.  Un nouveau bilan fait aujourd’hui état de 22 morts en Europe dont 21 en Allemagne, selon le Centre européen pour la prévention et le contrôle des maladies (ECDC) à Stockholm. Dans les Etats membres de l’Union européenne, 1.605 cas de contamination par une forme rare de la bactérie Eceh ont été enregistrés et 658 autres présentent le syndrome hémolytique et urémique (SHU).Ce lundi, la bactérie tueuse devrait être au centre de la réunion des ministres européens de la Santé, qui se tient à Luxembourg. Une rencontre extraordinaire des ministres de l’Agriculture devrait avoir lieu le 17 juin.Le 6 juin 2011 à 09:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgGoogle Maps Game : un nouveau jeu en ligne pour Google +Google ne se lasse pas de faire converger ses différents services en ligne et s’apprête à lancer un jeu basé sur son outil de cartographie Google Maps. Sobrement baptisé Google Maps Game, il sera intégré au réseau social du géant de Mountain View, Google +.Google vient d’annoncer le lancement prochain d’un jeu en ligne sur Google +. Baptisé Google Maps Game, ce jeu est comme son nom l’indique, basé sur le service de cartographie de la firme de Mountain View.À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Présenté dans une vidéo mise en ligne sur YouTube, le concept du jeu est très simple. Le joueur dirigera une petite boule bleue dans les rues d’une ville devenant un véritable labyrinthe en 3D. Il pourra entrer dans les bâtiments dont les plans intérieurs sont cartographiés, et accumuler des bonus pour gagner des récompenses. Les joueurs pourront partager leurs scores sur le réseau social Google + auquel il sera intégré dès le mois de février. Google Maps Game est basé sur la technologie WebGL. Il sera donc accessible directement depuis un navigateur, sans nécessiter de plug-in spécifique.Depuis plusieurs mois, Google tente de concurrencer Facebook en intégrant des jeux à son réseau social. Google + s’est enrichi d’une plate-forme de jeux en août dernier, quelques semaines après que le géant de Mountain View a racheté la société Slide, un éditeur de jeux sociaux et d’applications dédiées aux réseaux sociaux. Google a en outre signé un partenariat avec Zynga, leader du social gaming qui travaillait jusqu’alors avec Facebook.Le 18 janvier 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgAccording to a report from Diario Sport, there is a contract clause that could allow Juan Mata to leave Manchester United for FC Barcelona.Reports from several news outlets in Spain and England have been talking about Juan Mata’s possibilities of leaving Manchester United, his most likely destination is FC Barcelona but there are several details that we need to consider from this imminent negotiation.Juan Mata as we all know, is soon to be 31-years of age and he is already considered a veteran amongst his peers in the Red Devils.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently revealed that he would like the Spaniard to stay but there are sources who are very close to the technical staff that disagrees, this is the case with former Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant manager, Rene Meulensteen.The ex-right hand of the mythical Scottish manager loves Juan Mata, but he revealed that he may not be Solskjaer’s cup of tea for the squad and he may leave the club soon in order to “refresh” that position in the squad: “Ole obviously had a good look at the squad and he wants to play with a lot of energy and a lot of pace,” said Rene on 888sport.“Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of Mata and think he’s a great player but it just might be that Mata doesn’t fit in the picture that Ole sees.”“That is obvious otherwise he would have played more often and at some point you have to refresh your squad in certain areas.”Juan Mata suena para el Barcelona ⚽Dale a ❤️ si te gustaría que volviese a la Liga.pic.twitter.com/4QhICFmbR2— RETAbet (@RETAbet) January 31, 2019After knowing this information that hits very close to home, all we had to do is investigate the situation further in order to find some more revealing details about the possibility of Juan Mata actually leaving Manchester United.Turns out that the Red Devils have a contract clause on every player when he first arrives, that allows them to automatically renew their agreement exactly one year after they have been in the club but that only happens once for every player and Mata has already extended his contract once.This means that the Spaniard has been free to negotiate with any club of his choosing since January 1st, which means that he can easily go to FC Barcelona and talk about the possibility of moving to the Catalan club where he can finish his career in style.The type of midfielder Juan Mata is fits perfectly with Barcelona’s philosophy, which means that signing the player would be a no-brainer for the Catalan club but there are other things to consider here.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The player’s wage should be no problem as he currently earns a reported €6 million per season at Manchester United, a salary that the club has no problem covering.Juan Mata to Barcelona.Discuss. pic.twitter.com/T2IGg37Ly5— Goal (@goal) January 24, 2019This is where Diario Sport’s report from this Thursday becomes relevant, as Juan Mata has spoken to his agent and revealed that his options are to either strike a contract renewal with Manchester United or ultimately decide to continue his career at FC Barcelona.The Spaniard loves playing in English football, but the idea of playing for one of the best clubs in the world alongside Lionel Messi is also very seducing to him.If Juan doesn’t see Manchester United moving forward with his contract extension, he has already delivered specific instructions to his agent so they can reach an agreement with the Catalan club that can suit all parties involved in the negotiation.Given that the winter transfer window is about to close, this deal would have to be completed next summer and Juan Mata has no problem waiting for it to cook slowly.Barcelona would very much like to have one of the best Spanish midfielders in recent history playing his final best years with the Catalan club, his free-agent status and his wage would speed up the operation without a problem.All Barcelona needs to do is hope that Manchester United doesn’t decide to extend his contract, but judging by Meulensteen’s statements this is very unlikely.El Barcelona tiene a Juan Mata en la agenda… y queda libre en junio https://t.co/T0QcKhHuRp— OKDIARIO (@okdiario) January 30, 2019What do you prefer for Juan Mata, for him to remain at Manchester United or strike a deal with FC Barcelona next summer? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more


first_imgIndian e-commerce giant will rebrand the appliances category as Big Home Appliances and expand warehouses for high-priced products and domestic machine to meet the high demand during festive seasons like Diwali.Flipkart is also looking to revive the operation and supply chain for large appliances by including more offerings from top selling brands such as VU and Samsung and level up the effort by ensuring faster delivery and quick product installation. The effort is expected to double up sales in the particular category this year, reported Mint.”People were not considering us when it came to purchase decisions about large appliances. So, we decided to rebrand it,” said Sandeep Karwa, head of appliances in Flipkart. Flipkart TV Days Sale: Top 10 hand-picked deals on Smart LED TVsFlipkart Official Website (screen-shot)Meanwhile, Amazon India is also coming up with aggressive strategies to compete in the similar category; however, Flipkart still remains the market leader in selling appliances online.Flipkart expects, appliances such as televisions and refrigerators sales to be more than double this year with VU being its top-selling TV brand. Altogether, TV sales in India are projected to rise to $14.7 billion in 2017 from $8.3 billion in 2014, according to India Brand Equity Foundation and TechSci research report.As India festive seasons draw close, Flipkart has decided to add more warehouses to pose a challenge to the rival Amazon India.”We’ve worked relentlessly over the last few years to open up new warehouses. The count of warehouses (for large appliances) is now 10. For the festival of Diwali, this count will go up to 17,” added Karwa.Although, Amazon India has more count and opened new warehouses for high priced products like appliances, Flipkart still has an upper edge here as it owns a major stake in after – sales service provider called Jeeves Consumer Services Pvt. Ltd.last_img read more


first_imgElon MuskReutersTesla Inc said on Tuesday the U.S. Department of Justice was investigating Chief Executive Elon Musk’s public statements in August that he was considering taking the electric car maker private, the latest and biggest threat to Musk’s leadership.The Justice Department asked Tesla for documents about Musk’s announcement, Tesla said, describing it as a “voluntary request.” The company said it was co-operating and that the matter “should be quickly resolved.”The probe by the Justice Department, which can press criminal charges, comes on top of a civil probe by the Securities and Exchange Commission and shareholder lawsuits.The Justice Department declined to comment. Bloomberg reported earlier that federal prosecutors had opened a criminal fraud investigation. Tesla did not say whether the Justice Department probe was criminal or civil.Musk surprised investors on Aug. 7 with his plan to take Tesla private, tweeting that he had “funding secured” for a deal that would have valued the company at $72 billion. In a separate tweet, he wrote: “Investor support is confirmed.”Tesla’s shares rose after his tweet, but investors in the company’s bonds and convertible debt were skeptical that the tens of billions of dollars needed for the buyout would materialize.After two weeks of uncertainty, particularly over funding, Musk abruptly abandoned the plan on Aug. 24, saying it would be even more time-consuming and distracting than anticipated, and that “most of Tesla’s existing shareholders believe we are better off as a public company.”Tesla’s stock, which has lost about 25 percent since its gains after Musk first tweeted about going private, fell 3.5 percent to $284.50 on Tuesday.The SEC has already opened an inquiry into Musk’s tweets, according to one person with direct knowledge of the matter, and short-seller Citron Research has sued Musk over the truthfulness of his tweet about secured funding. The SEC has not commented on the case.The SEC has in the past month sent subpoenas also to investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc and buyout firm Silver Lake as they were hired by Tesla to explore the going-private deal, the New York Times said. Goldman Sachs and Silver Lake did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Tesla biggest institutional investor Baillie Gifford said last week it was questioned by the SEC about Musk’s plans to take the electric carmaker private. An executive with the asset manager said the chief executive needed help running the company.STRONG GOVERNMENT CASE?”Any criminal investigation takes this up a level and creates more danger for the company and Musk,” said Peter Henning, a lawyer who has worked for the SEC and the Justice Department.To charge Musk with a crime, the Justice Department would need to show that he intended to manipulate Tesla’s stock price, said Henning, now a law professor at Wayne State University.For a civil enforcement action, the SEC would only need to show that Musk acted negligently, which is easier to prove, he said. The SEC could subject Musk to civil sanctions such as fines, relinquishing improper profits and a ban on running public companies.If the Justice Department brings criminal charges against Musk and a trial results in a guilty verdict, the 47-year-old billionaire could face jail time, in addition to any financial penalties, said Jay Dubow, a former branch chief in the SEC’s enforcement division.Musk’s public antipathy to short-sellers of Tesla – who have sold stock and hope to make a profit by buying it back for less later on – may help the government make the case that he intended to hurt them by claiming funding was secured, said Eric Gordon, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.”Musk said ‘funding secured,’ which is not a prediction, but a statement in the past tense which seems like a fact, and this could be a strong case from the government side,” said Gordon.Musk’s recent behavior, which included smoking marijuana during a video interview, has raised concerns about his leadership, with several Wall Street analysts and some investors urging Tesla to appoint a strong second-in-command.He has been under intense pressure to prove he can deliver consistent production numbers for the Model 3 sedan, which is crucial to Tesla’s plan to become a mass-market automaker.last_img read more


first_imgVG SiddharthaTwitterVG Siddhartha’s Coffee Day Enterprises was valued at Rs 18,000 crore and profitable for the last three years. It has a footprint of nearly 1,600 stores with 54,000 vending machines and over 500 express stores.Even though Siddhartha was facing a challenge amid rising competition and a debt of Rs 6,500 crore, the coffee business was doing reasonably well. Although the losses piled up to Rs 395 crore between FY14 and FY16, the next three fiscals registered a profit after tax (PAT) of nearly Rs 185 crore. The year-on-year (YoY) profit rose by 509 percent to Rs 49 crore in FY18. On a quarterly basis, the PAT growth was not steady between FY18 and FY19.Despite, the profits the coffee empire set up by Siddhartha was on shaky grounds because of the crackdown by the Income Tax department as well as pressure by one of the promoters which led to a liquidity crunch in the company. A letter written by the coffee tycoon before committing suicide mentioned that he was facing persistent pressure from one of the private equity partners to buy back the shares. “I fought for a long time but today I have given up as I could not take any more pressure from one of the private equity partners forcing me to buy back shares,” he had written in the letter addressed to CCD employees and the partners.”A transaction I had partially completed six months ago by borrowing a large sum of money from a friend. Tremendous pressure from other lenders led to me succumbing to the situation,” he added.In 2017, the IT department had conducted a series of raids at the offices of Siddhartha in Bengaluru, Mumbai and Chikkamagaluru to seize documents over accusations of undisclosed income of over Rs 650 crore.In a statement, the IT department said that the accusations also included violation of statures on which there was no income disclosure and the amount undisclosed was estimated to be more than Rs 650 crore.last_img read more


first_imgIn this file photo taken on 15 November 2018, a supporter of Sri Lanka’s ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe wears a mask depicting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena during a rally in Colombo. Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena on 18 November 2018 called crucial talks with political leaders in a bid to end a power struggle with the prime minister he sacked last month. Photo: AFPSri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday called crucial talks with political leaders in a bid to end a power struggle with the prime minister he sacked last month.The Indian Ocean nation has been paralysed since 26 October when Sirisena deposed Ranil Wickremesinghe as premier and replaced him with a former rival Mahinda Rajapakse.Wickremesinghe insists he is still prime minister while parliament voted twice last week to reject Rajapakse.“President Sirisena will chair a meeting of representatives of political parties in parliament today,” his office said in a statement.“The president has called this meeting in order to end the current political unrest and conflict situation and to allow the normal functioning of the parliament.”Brawling erupted in parliament with Rajapakse loyalists smashing furniture, throwing chilli powder and projectiles at rivals in a bid to disrupt a no-confidence motion against the disputed prime minister.After the second vote against Rajapakse on Friday, Wickremesinghe demanded that his government be restored, but there has been no response from Sirisena yet.Wickremesinghe has said Sri Lanka needs “stability” and that he was ready to work with Sirisena despite the personality clash that triggered the constitutional crisis.After sacking Wickremesinghe on October 26, Sirisena dissolved parliament on 9 November, but the Supreme Court suspended his action and restored parliament pending a full hearing into the legality of his actions.For 19 days, Sri Lanka had two claimants to the prime minister’s post, but on Thursday parliament speaker Karu Jayasuriya held that he would recognise neither as premier. Officially, Sri Lanka no longer has a government.Legislators say that with the administration at a stand still key sectors such as tourism are taking a serious battering.Both sides have also warned that a prolonged power vacuum could lead to unrest.last_img read more


first_imgFormer US vice president Joe Biden. AFP File PhotoFormer US vice president Joe Biden jumped into the race for the White House on Thursday, becoming the frontrunner in a crowded field challenging Donald Trump in 2020 — and hoping to be the oldest leader in American history.The party’s 76-year-old senior statesman is the most experienced and best recognised Democrat in the running, a popular former VP who has been dominating early polls following months — even years — of campaign planning.In a tweet accompanied by a three-and-a-half minute video, Biden said giving Trump four more years in power would be extremely dangerous and “fundamentally alter the character of this nation, who we are.”Biden said a deadly 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia woke him to the danger Trump posed, recalling that the president famously described “very fine people” on both sides of the clashes.”And in that moment I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime,” Biden said.The veteran Democrat added that he couldn’t sit back while Trump stood to gut America’s core values and “everything that made America America.””That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States,” he said.Trump’s response was swift: he insulted Biden on Twitter, his favorite forum for smacking down rivals, casting doubt on his rival’s mental capacity.- ‘Sleepy Joe’ -“Welcome to the race Sleepy Joe. I only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary campaign,” Trump tweeted.Biden, whose working-class appeal remains intact despite nearly half a century in Washington politics, is seen as a comforting, known quantity for American voters who will be vetting some 20 Democrats now officially in the presidential field.But recent controversy over his tactile style, particularly with women, could dampen a rollout that he envisioned as the final main entry to the Democratic primary battle.Even before his official announcement, Biden, who served eight years as Barack Obama’s vice president, led most surveys of Democratic voters.The RealClearPolitics poll aggregate puts him as favorite with 29.3 per cent support, followed by independent Senator Bernie Sanders at 23 per cent.The record number of candidates means Biden finds himself in a field of unprecedented diversity as he makes his third run for president, following two unsuccessful attempts in 1988 and 2008.After the death of his son Beau from cancer, Biden opted out of a presidential campaign in 2016.As he let the suspense over his political plans drag out for months, his broad lead has been whittled down, with newer and notably young faces gaining ground including moderate South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who at 37 is less than half Biden’s age.- Top of the polls -Complicating matters, the last weeks of waiting have been clouded by revelations from multiple women accusing Biden of touching them inappropriately or making them feel uncomfortable with his shows of affection.Biden, an old-school politico who acknowledges he is quick to offer hugs and shoulder rubs as he forges connections with voters, has not outright apologized for his behavior, but he pledged earlier this month to be “more mindful” about society’s changing boundaries.Obama, through a spokesperson and a source close to his thinking, praised Biden but pointedly avoided endorsing him, saying the Democratic field is very diverse and he prefers to “let the candidates make their cases directly to the voters.”After Biden and Sanders in the Democrat race, senator Kamala Harris is third on 8.3 per cent, followed by Buttigieg with 7.5 per cent, progressive senator Elizabeth Warren on 6.5 per cent and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke 6.3 per cent.Biden leads the pack largely on the strength of his lifelong political experience — he was elected to the US Senate at just 29 — and his name recognition.In his video, Biden said he hoped the Trump years would be just an ugly twitch in human history.”But if we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House he will forever and fundamentaly alter the caracter of this nation, who we are and I cannot stand by and watch that happen.”The core values of this nation, our standing in the world, our very democracy, everything that made America America, is at stake,” he said.last_img read more


first_imgBy Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFROA five-month-old baby girl’s death has been ruled a homicide and now the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) is charging her father with her murder.Brailynn Ford, of the 1000 block of Mosher Street, in west Baltimore was initially taken to the hospital with “trauma to her body” on Oct. 4, when police first saw her.The death of five-month-old Brailynn Ford is being investigated by Baltimore Police as a homicide. (Courtesy Photo)Three days later, on Sunday, detectives learned she had died from “traumatic injuries” to the body and her death was ruled a homicide by a medical examiner.Anthony Ford, 21, the baby’s father was taken into custody, Oct. 11, and charged with murder, child abuse resulting in death, first and second degree child abuse, and first and second degree assault.Initially, police did not release who had custody of Brailynn at the time she was taken to the hospital due to the ongoing investigation, but BPD did disclose she lived with her grandparents.Brailynn’s grandfather, Damon Wilson Sr, told WBAL-TV, that Ford “looked like she wasn’t going to come home” at the hospital.“I was so protective over her and I feel like in the one moment that I should have been protecting her, I couldn’t and there is nothing that I could do,” said Hazel Wilson, Brailynn’s grandmother.“I need them to find out what happened to my baby; how the injuries occurred,” Wilson said.There will be a balloon release 7 p.m., Oct. 11, at the corner of Mosher and Arlington.Brailyn’s funeral is planned for Oct. 13.last_img read more


first_imgThen came word that Atari ended its licensing agreement with the company. Re-Logic, the developers behind “Terraria,” said they too were concerned about the watch after lending the name of the game to one of the designs.In July, Conuladh told Variety that the Gameband passed Electrical Validation Testing, which means the electrical design is solid. He said both the operating system and software were are also on track. But added that the team still isn’t ready to tell its community what the new ETA is for the device.“As soon as we resolve the issues we have been working through, and have clear re-commitments from partners, we will issue a new ETA, and will keep the community updated every step of the way,” he said at the time.In Friday’s update canceling the project, Conuladh said the company is “bitterly disappointed,” about the outcome.“Even when our communication was not at its finest, the team has worked incredible hours, and for most months without salary. We believed in this more than we can possibly say. Some of you will understand the challenges and empathise, some of you will not, and you will rightly be angry with us. Regardless of how you feel today, you backed us, we have not delivered, and for that we are truly truly sorry.“We came on here to build a dream product, and like with any dream there were nay-sayers, however if you backed us you also believed in us, and for that we are incredibly grateful. It makes the decision we have come to today all the more difficult, as we are letting you down.”He added that the company will share more about the future as soon as it can.Editor’s note: The writer of this story did back the watch at the basic level. The company, he said, will continue to move forward with an eye on offering refunds sometime in the future.“We will do our utmost to do so, and in fact we are determined to do so if and when we can,” he wrote. “For now that is not the case. Our costs have far exceeded the $500k to date as we have dealt with the delays and technical challenges.”Company FMTwo Games, lead by the person who created the successful Minecraft Gameband, has been silent more than a year prior to this update and was almost as much behind on its promised ship date. The company ignored the increasingly angry requests for updates from its more than 1,700 backers.Early last year, Conuladh said the idea for the Gameband was inspired by his work on the Minecraft device and his love of old ’70s and ’80s watch games. He said he worked hard to build up relationships with both Atari and Re-Logic and was in talks with other game developers. He said the combination of the company’s tech and its relationship with developers would allow them to kickstart a brand new movement in gaming.This time around the company’s efforts are for a much more complicated device. It was to feature a 1.6-inch AMOLED display powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of ROM. There’s also a slew of sensors, 802.11 b/g/n wifi and 4.2 Bluetooth. The watch was to be powered by a 400 mAh battery, which is slightly larger than the battery in the Samsung Gear S3 and include a Micro SD slot and a USB C connector. The whole thing was to run on Android Marshmallow 6.0.01, which will support a collection of apps like a calendar, contacts, phone dialer, weather, music player and alarm, and will have some other neat little surprises, like Alexa voice controls and its own online store called PixelFurnace, which was envisions as a sort of iTunes for watch games.In March, the company announced it was upgrading the watch to be IPX7 compliant. That means it could fall into a bit of water and not break. They also added the option to upgrade the face of the watch to Gorilla Glass.Over the following months things seem to progress nicely, with upbeat updates about trips to China and work on the boards that power the watch and its basic design. November saw the first major hiccup in the design. The watch’s promised USB-C port was causing issues with the design. Size constraints meant they needed to either make the watch bigger or use an adapter instead of a built-in port. In the January update the team mentioned “difficult weeks” and taking “much needed downtime,” without noting what the issues were. The following updates trimmed down from massive details on where things stood to essentially short apologies for the lack of updates. The March update noted the team was continuing to work on the schedule and development plans, but didn’t update either. The Gameband, a smartwatch packed with retro mini-games that hit its $75,000 Kickstarter goal in less than a day early last year, is officially dead, the project creator tells Variety.Feargal Mac Conuladh said that those involved in the Kickstarter, which went on to receive $500,000 in support, will not be “going forward” with the smartwatch’s development, citing numerous issues including the complexity of the project, time, and cost.“Ultimately the time, cost, and complexity have turned out to be far more challenging than we expected, and as a startup we simply do not have the finances or resources to continue to forge ahead,” he wrote on the Kickstarter page. “We have looked at it from many angles, met with new potential partners, and tried to find additional funding to keep going, however we have not been able to make progress.” Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15,Editor’s note: The writer of this story did back the watch at the basic level.last_img read more


first_imgDiscover Melbourne with Air Canada’s agent contest Share Friday, April 13, 2018 TORONTO — Air Canada’s new travel trade contest gives one lucky travel agent a chance to win two roundtrip tickets from any Canadian city serviced by Air Canada to Melbourne, Australia.Also part of the prize is a 7-day inspiring journey discovering ‘Victoria’s Hidden Gems’ with AAT Kings. The contest was launched in the March 29, 2018 issue of Travelweek.AAT Kings, one of the best-known names when it comes to Australia tour and trip ideas, has more than 100 years of experience in guided holidays in Australia. Part of The Travel Corporation, AAT Kings offers everything from day tours to short breaks to guided holidays.The 7-day ‘Victoria’s Hidden Gems’ itinerary, part of AAT Kings’ lineup of Inspiring Journeys, features hand-picked accommodation and immersive experiences in a smaller group setting. The trip starts with an arrival in Melbourne courtesy of Air Canada’s new year-round service starting June 1, 2018. By choosing from three classes of service aboard Air Canada’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner, clients can get the ultimate in inflight comfort to arrive feeling refreshed and ready for their adventures.The first day is the perfect introduction to the capital city with a ride on Melbourne’s famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. After a guided city tour the next morning, taking in Melbourne’s charming arcades and trendy street art, it’s on to the eclectic spa town of Daylesford and its world-renowned healing waters for a relaxing overnight.A leisurely start to the day has travellers enjoying a stroll through the enchanting Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens. There’s a stop at Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm for morning tea (think warm lavender honey and freshly baked scones) before heading to Creswick Woollen Mills for an exclusive guided tour. Next up: the historic town of Clunes and its beautifully preserved Victorian architecture, followed by Dunkeld and the picturesque surrounds of the Southern Grampians.A highlight for every visitor, the next day features a Welcome to Country ceremony, followed by demonstrations by local Gariwerd, Djab Wurrung and Jardwadjali people on how to throw a boomerang and gather local bush tucker for sampling.From there it’s down to coastal Warrnambool for one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives, where golden beaches stretch endlessly along the route. Highlights include the Bay of Islands, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and the famous Twelve Apostles.The last leg of the Great Ocean Road is the surf capital of Torquay and then across the Bellarine Peninsula to the Mornington Peninsula. The tour wraps up back in Melbourne with a quick trip to the hallowed grounds of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, followed by a Farewell Lunch.Click here to enter. Tags: Air Canada, Australia, Contestcenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Posted bylast_img read more


first_imgTags: Melia Hotels Thursday, September 27, 2018 Dining venues galore for Melia’s two newest D.R. resorts Posted by Sharecenter_img PUNTA CANA — Meliá Hotels International has new details about Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort & Meliá Caribe Beach Resort, the two properties opening this winter on the site of the Meliá Caribe Tropical.As reported on Travelweek.ca earlier this summer, Meliá Caribe Tropical will transform into two distinct properties: the adults-only Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort; and Meliá Caribe Beach Resort, a resort for everyone.The Spanish hotel company, with more than 380 hotels around the world, says the D.R. properties will debut December 2018, just in time for the holiday season.“By offering two distinct properties with specialized services, we are more able to cater to guests’ needs and enhance their travel experience,” says Alvaro Tejeda, Regional VP, The Americas. “Our guests have been requesting more adults-only options, as well as family-friendly amenities, so we are thrilled to be able to fulfill that need and offer a more tailored stay.”As an adults-only property, Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort will offer the THE LEVEL, Meliá Hotels & Resorts’ elevated service concept offering preferential facilities and amenities including VIP lounge check-in/out, exclusive pool, restaurant, free Internet access, premium beverages, hors d’oeuvres and coffee and tea service throughout the day. THE LEVEL Concierge can also arrange for priority reservations for à la carte restaurants, treatments at the spa, golf reservations and more.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaIn total Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort will have 538 rooms, including standard junior suites and 136 THE LEVEL suites, as well as a pool, beach and five new restaurant concepts: Mosaico for casual Mediterranean dining; Muoi offering dim sum, Vietnamese and sushi; Casa Nostra with a wood fire grill and Italian specialties; Rumba for open-air breakfasts and lunches; and sports bar Replay.Meanwhile Meliá Caribe Beach Resort will offer an array of room options, specifically designed to meet multi-generational needs, says the company. The resort will feature 609 rooms, consisting of 154 THE LEVEL Suites, 123 Beachside Family Rooms, and a mix of 332 Premium Beachside and Deluxe Rooms.Debuting with an interactive waterpark, and an arcade featuring popular gaming and VR consoles, hotel reps says the property will offer a comprehensive lineup of family entertainment.And with seven new dining venues on property, families can enjoy a new restaurant each night: Riviera, an all-day eatery, exclusively to The Level guests, serving international cuisine; Tartufo (opening 2019), an authentic Italian and Mediterranean restaurant; Alma, a restaurant that blends traditional Spanish recipes with modern techniques; casual beachfront grill and bar Barefoot, also exclusively for The Level guests; Bazaar (opening 2019), billed as a fun buffet featuring food trucks and international food stations; Merkado, overlooking the beach and featuring family style and seating for large groups, a kid’s corner and ice cream shop; O Grille, located by the resort’s water park, offering grilled specialties and snacks and picnic-style seating; and Hokkaido, a newly remodeled Japanese restaurant, including four Teppanyaki tables and bar.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsGuests at both Meliá Caribe Beach Resort and Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort get dine around privileges for a total of 13 restaurants. Guests of both properties can also enjoy specialty cocktail bars including The Shaker (debuting in 2019), Sapphire, Elyxr and lively Pool Bar at Meliá Caribe Beach Resort and Jigger, Olives Lobby Bar, Replay Sports Bar and Pool Bar at Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort.In addition to the upcoming changes at Meliá Caribe Tropical, Meliá Hotels International will also debut an all-new luxury property in December in the D.R., The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more


first_imgHave you seen our video series “Fleeing Nicaragua” yet? The three part series give room to the voices of three refugees from Nicaragua.. They talk about their escape and hopes for the country’s future.Part 1: The escapePart 2: Joining forces against the governmentPart 3: Fight another day Facebook Comments Related posts:Fighting for women’s issues with art Jaguars: a symbol of Costa Rica Slothy Sunday Three days of mountain biking through Costa Ricalast_img


first_imgGo back to the enewsletterHawaiian Airlines is enhancing the check-in experience for guests departing from its hub at Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) by assigning dedicated lobbies for international, North America and Neighbour Island flights.Hawaiian’s international check-in operations at HNL are moving from Lobby 3 in Terminal 1 to the nearby Lobby 4 in Terminal 2.The relocation, which will happen in two phases, begins Wednesday (19 December) when all guests travelling to Japan on Hawaiian’s non-stop flights to Narita and Haneda (Tokyo), Kansai (Osaka) and New Chitose (Sapporo) international airports will be directed to check in at Lobby 4. On 9 January, all guests flying to any of Hawaiian’s international destinations, including Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti (as well as American Samoa) will check in at Lobby 4.Also effective 9 January, the check-in for Neighbour Island flights moves to Lobby 3 from Lobby 2, while guests on North America departures will continue to check in at Lobby 2, both located in Terminal 1.Lobby 4 at Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye International Airport receives a blessing“This change will improve international passenger flow throughout our lobbies in time for the busy holiday travel season and we expect greater benefits in the new year as we continue to invest in our guests’ airport experience,” said Jeff Helfrick, Vice President of Airport Operations at Hawaiian Airlines. Hawaiian, which welcomes roughly 32,000 guests each day on over 250 flights systemwide, accounts for more than half of all passenger traffic at HNL. To help make the Lobby 4 transition as smooth as possible, Hawaiian’s Team Kōkua employee volunteers will be positioned at Lobbies 2, 3 and 4 from 19–21 December and from 9–11 January to assist guests. Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more