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first_imgUniversal Music has chosen Nordoff Robbins as their 2015/16 staff charity partner in support of the music therapy charity’s 40th birthday celebrations.Both organisations have enjoyed a long standing relationship over the years, thanks to the mutual belief and understanding that music has the power to change lives.Janie Orr, Chief Executive, EMI Music Sound Foundation and head of the Universal Music charity office said: “Over the years, Universal has enjoyed a special relationship with Nordoff Robbins. Music drives everything that both organisations do and the charity holds a special place in our heart – as is the case across the music industry. We are proud that our staff have chosen to support this wonderful charity during their 40th birthday year and look forward to an exciting, music-filled year ahead.”Staff will be supporting Nordoff Robbins’ work transforming the lives of vulnerable people through music therapy by fundraising and giving up their time through a series of initiatives during the charity’s 40th birthday year. In fact, teams across the company have already raised over £850 through a staff quiz and ‘UMG Sing!’ choir lunchtime performances. Nordoff Robbins take over from Great Ormond Street Hospital as Universal Music’s staff charity for the coming year.“We are proud and excited to be working closely with Universal Music during our birthday year. It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to share our life-transforming work with even more people who love music and want to reach out and help bring its life-transforming power to those who really need our help,” said Jo Carter, Director of Fundraising and Communications, Nordoff Robbins. “We’re ready to support staff every step of the way and here’s to an inspiring and mutually beneficial year for all involved!”last_img read more

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EDMONTON — Canada’s energy industry may be facing increased costs from having to reduce emissions of a potent greenhouse gas more than expected.The industry, as well as the federal and Alberta governments, has promised to cut methane emissions by 45 per cent.A study released on Tuesday suggests methane emissions are so much higher than previously believed that reductions will have to almost double to achieve that goal.An industry spokesman says oil and gas producers still plan to reach the targeted cut.But Patrick McDonald of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers warns that new regulations shouldn’t load industry with too many new costs.An Environment Canada spokeswoman says if methane emissions are indeed higher, regulations will have a proportionately greater impact.The Alberta government says it remains committed to the 45 per cent cut. read more

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“Indian Mission in Colombo has taken up the issue of attack on Indian fishermen with Sri Lankan authorities. They have informed that they are investigating the case,” an MEA spokesperson said in New Delhi. The 16 fishermen from Rameswaram were attacked on Saturday while they fishing near the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) in Palk Straits. “They damaged the boats, snapped the fishing nets and attacked us with logs and stones,” he alleged.A Fisheries Department official described the attack as a violation of human rights.Earlier, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs has asked its mission in Colombo to take it up the issue with Sri Lankan authorities. Police in Rameshwaram said the Lankan naval personnel had attacked the fishermen with wooden logs, stones and bottles, resulting in serious injuries.A 25-year-old youth, who suffered a fracture, said it was a “brutal” attack by the Lankan navymen who surrounded 25 boats of the fishermen. The Sri Lankan authorities have informed India that they are investigating the incident. However, a Sri Lankan Navy spokesperson in Colombo refuted the allegations of attack on Indian fishermen. India has lodged a complaint with Sri Lanka over an alleged attack on a group of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy, PTI reported.According to the PTI news report 16 Tamil Nadu fishermen were injured in an alleged mid-sea attack by Sri Lankan naval personnel, prompting India to take up the issue with Colombo, which said it is investigating the incident. read more

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President Maithripala Sirisena says a Presidential commission will be appointed to investigate allegations involving SriLankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka.He says the commission will be appointed once the Presidential commission which investigated the alleged treasury bond scam hands over its final report. The Minister had also said that his hands were tied in some aspects and so he was unable to do what he wanted to do. Minister of Public Enterprise Development Kabir Hashim had earlier this year called for strict action to be taken against a “mafia” at SriLankan Airlines. Hashim had said that action must be taken against some former and current SriLankan Airlines officials based on the J.C. Weliamuna Report on the National airline. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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“I look around and can clearly see efforts to create this alliance taking shape,” said Mr. Ban in his remarks to the Heads of State segment at the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, known also as the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20). “That circle of action must continue to grow. Governments as well as business, finance, civil society, academia and all sectors must join forces,” he added.COP 20, which opened on 1 December, brings together the 196 Parties to the UNFCCC, which is the parent treaty of the landmark 1997 Kyoto Protocol, in an attempt to hammer out the new universal treaty, which would enter force by 2020. The Conference wraps up this Friday.Last week, Mr. Ban presented to the General Assembly his report on the post-2015 agenda entitled “The Road to Dignity by 2030,” which today he said has been received with positive feedback from Member States. “We can end poverty. Transform our economies. And protect both people and the planet. Poverty eradication and environmental sustainability go hand in hand,” the UN chief said. But we cannot eliminate poverty and build sustainable economies without strengthening climate resilience and utilizing cleaner, safer sources of energy, he added. We cannot fully meet the climate challenge without enhancing prosperity, equity and environmental protection for all.With the Lima Conference ending on Friday, Mr. Ban called for a draft negotiating text that can serve as the foundation for a meaningful, universal climate agreement next year in Paris. This agreement needs to contribute to placing the world on a pathway that keeps average global temperature rise below 2ºC above the pre-Industrial stage – the safety threshold scientists say could prevent climate change from “spinning out of control.”The Secretary-General said he was encouraged that yesterday the Green Climate Fund crossed the $10 billion initial capitalization goal and that the additional pledges from developing countries today have sent a “powerful signal to the world.”“Let’s make Lima, COP 20, a place we write our history and we reaffirm our commitment to make this world better world for all,” he added. Credit: UNFCCC read more

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRohee: President’s justification of Durban Park scandal a cover-up of horrendous proportionsNovember 28, 2016In “latest news”PPP claims corruption rapidly escalating under Coalition GovtOctober 1, 2016In “latest news”LGE 2018: Despite challenges PPP/C says it won 52 of the 80 Local Authority AreasNovember 14, 2018In “latest news” …calls for Procurement Commission to assume its role and function The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in a strongly worded missive has outlined that while the David Granger lead Administration has remained ambiguous in providing the exact amount that was expended in establishing the now ‘scandalous’ Durban Park project- With conservative estimates form independent professionals placing it in the realm of over $1 billion- it was observed that more works are being conducted on the facility.See the party’s full statement below:The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) wishes to note that the Durban Park fiasco seemed to be a never-ending scandal. To date, the Government has persistently refused to disclose the real cost of this project. Despite all the scandals and suspicions which permeated this project from the inception, the Government has failed to hold any form of inquiry or investigation in relation to it.The PPP is aware that there are dozens of contractors who have not been paid for works done and for materials supplied to that project. The Party is also aware that the names of contractors which were read out by Minister David Patterson in the National Assembly as creditors of this project were false and misleading.It was drawn to our attention that the names of several persons, who are actually owed money, were never called by Minister Patterson and persons whose names were mentioned by him are not owed.The nation is unaware of the current status of the private company which Minister of Education, Dr Rupert Roopnarine, and other cohorts of APNU incorporated, own and operated at the project site. We were subsequently told that this company spent hundreds of millions of State funds and attracted hundreds of millions of liabilities which tax-payers’ monies were used to pay off. Indeed millions are still owed by this company.President David Granger himself admitted that he was aware of this misuse and abuse of public funds.The PPP has observed that they are works currently ongoing at the site. Again, no public tendering was done. The nation remains unaware as to who is executing this work, what is the value of the work being done and from where the finances have been sourced.The PPP reiterates what it stated before; the level of unaccountability that has overwhelmed this project is criminal.The PPP also wishes to express its deep disappointment at the omission of the Public Procurement Commission to assume its constitutional mandate and discharge its statutory functions although its members have been appointed several months now. The Party is aware that Cabinet continues to preside over and unlawfully interfere with the award of contracts.The Procurement Act provides that once the PPC is established, Cabinet’s no-objection role in the award of contract ceases. The Party is aware that the said Act allows Cabinet to conclude the consideration of contracts that were pending before the PPC was appointed. That period has long expired.The PPC is therefore obliged to assert itself and assume its role and functions. The PPP calls upon the Commission to do so immediately. read more

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first_imgHow can we begin to regain the confidence of our citizens if the highest European body, the Council of heads of state and government, is not reliable?We will never regain the trust of our citizens if we do not honour our promises. THE PRESIDENT of the European Parliament has said EU leaders should follow up on a promise to break the link between Irish sovereign and banking debt – saying any attempt to stall the deal could prove disastrous for the EU as a whole.Addressing the Dáil this morning, Martin Schulz called on European heads of state and government to follow up on June’s pledges – to break the vicious circle between banking and sovereign debt – before Ireland takes the presidency of the European Council in 2013.Schulz said his personal conviction was that while individual countries had to live up to their responsibilities to others, this was “one side of the coin”.“The other side of the coin is solidarity – if one family member gets into troubled waters, the others are called upon to offer a helping hand,” he told TDs.“The Irish programme should be adjusted before the end of the year along the lines of the June European Council conclusions,” Schulz said to great applause.The German added that the biggest problem facing the European project as a whole was its lack of trust. Ireland had “took the burden on your shoulders to avoid the crash of the system of all the other countries,” he said – arguing solidarity had been shown by other European countries in lending to Ireland to get over its financial burden.The unemployment seen by Ireland was an example that the “recipe isn’t fully working”, he said.“The first lesson from the crisis is that we need a robust supervisory system to ensure that can never happen again,” Schulz argued. He said the European Parliament had first proposed a scheme for pan-European financial regulation two years ago, and it would continue to do so.Schulz also said it was vital that the next EU budget – which is currently under negotiation, and due to be finalised at a summit next month – not be cut, as Ireland was a clear example of how EU funds could be channelled to individual countries for their own good.Ireland had benefited from a total of €30 billion in European funding since it joined the union 40 years ago, Schulz said, heralding Ireland as a clear example of how the European project had been to the benefit of individual countries.This would be threatened if the EU budget was cut, Schulz said, telling Enda Kenny: “You can count on me – but be sure, Taoiseach, I count on you as well.”Read: The European Parliament has a new president… but who is he?last_img read more

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first_imgNEW YORK — Retailers are dangling perks like higher pay, extra discounts and more flexible schedules to lure temporary holiday workers in a tighter labor market.They’re also more determined to lock in their workers earlier. Macy’s and Target are holding their first nationwide recruitment fairs, and others like Hhgregg Inc. are making it easier to apply for temporary holiday jobs via mobile devices.“It’s a scramble for people, and we have to get creative,” said Hari Pillai, CEO of Speed Commerce, which plans to hire about 450 workers at its warehouses and call centers this season for clients including Yankee Candle. That’s a 50 percent increase over last year. Pillai noted that he increased pay by 20 percent to 25 percent in tight labor areas like Ohio.Some companies are also widening their standards. Significantly more companies said they would be more willing to hire temporary workers with criminal backgrounds than two years ago, according to job listing site Snagajob.com.“It’s reflecting that people have changed their views on what’s good enough,” CEO Peter Harrison said.Harrison also noted that many of his retail clients, which include companies like arts and crafts retailer The Michaels Cos. and Target Corp., want to have their holiday hiring done by the end of October. In the past, it was complete by early November.last_img read more

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first_imgThe trooper was taken to Kendall Regional Hospital. Because he was wearing his seat belt, his injuries were not severe.The vehicle was eventually towed from the scene and crews cleaned up debris off the highway.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Northbound State Road 826 is currently shut down at NW 58 Street due to a crash involving a #FHP patrol vehicle that rolled over. The Trooper sustained minor injuries and is OK. Thankfully he was wearing his seatbelt. #buckleup #seatbeltssavelives pic.twitter.com/VRUVo6CZ1D— FHP Miami (@FHPMiami) December 3, 2018 NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – An investigation is underway following a trooper-involved crash that shut down the Palmetto Expressway for several hours Monday morning.Florida Highway Trooper Marcos Varon collided with a parked pickup truck involved in construction work on the Palmetto Expressway along the northbound lanes of SR 826 at Northwest 74th Street.His patrol car rolled over several times after the crash.7Skyforce flew over the scene where tires and debris could be seen scattered all over the road.Both vehicles involved sustained extensive damage. However, the cause of the crash remains unknown.last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, August 3, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Southwest wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.In The Community: Come and enjoy music-themed movies on the Swain Green every! Family friendly movies will be shown on Friday nights in August starting at 7:45pm. Tonight’s film is COCO. Check the library’s Facebook page in case of inclement weather. This program is presented by the Wilmington Memorial Library in partnership with the Wilmington Rotary.In The Community: The Yoga Loft Cycle, inside the Yoga Loft at 3 Lopez Road, is celebrating its Grand Opening with free classes. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Just Dance at 10am. Middle Ground Book Club at 3pm. Summer Movies on the Swain at 7:45pm. [[Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Video Exercise at 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Wilmington Town Museum is open from 10am to 2pm.In The Community: The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For August 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For September 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For August 13, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee meets this Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 7pm in the Large Instruction Room at Wilmington High School.There are some newsworthy items on the agenda, including:The School Committee will receive an update on the forthcoming Youth Risk Behavior Survey at the Middle School and High School.The School Committee will receive an update on the NEASC Collaborative Conference’s upcoming visit to the High School as part of its reaccreditation process.The School Committee will receive an update from Athletic Director Tim Alberts on Fall 2018 Athletics.The School Committee will receive a personnel update and FY19 financial status report.The School Committee will review the SEEM Collaborative’s Annual Report & Audit.The School Committee will discuss whether or not to post employment contracts online, in response to a request of the Finance Committee.Superintendent Brand will discuss the district’s Special Education Pre-Referral Process.The School Committee will discuss the evaluation process for the Superintendent.The School Committee will receive subcommittee reports and any public comments.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV-Meetings — Channel 22 on Comcast and Channel 38 on Verizon.  The meeting will also streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends on reporting on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Homework, Bullying, Vaping, Grants, Gymnastics & More To Be Discussed At June 12 MeetingIn “Education”Superintendent Brand Announces His TEN Goals For The 2019-2020 School YearIn “Education”last_img read more

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first_img 00:00 /01:08 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Charter networks, like Harmony Public Schools, will start to receive $200 per student for buildings and other facilities, like science labs and playgrounds, starting in the 2018-19 school year.It’s not uncommon to find charter schools teaching kids in former grocery stores, old furniture warehouses and other unconventional schoolhouses.Since charter schools started in Texas in the late 1990s, they’ve haven’t received any dedicated funding for their facilities.That will change in 2018-19 school year, when charter schools start to receive $200 per student to pay for rent or build facilities.“It’s a historic achievement for charter schools in Texas,” said David Dunn, president of the Texas Charter Schools Association.Texas joins 15 other states and Washington, D.C. that provide charters with facility funding, based on the number of their students, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Here in Texas, charter schools have pushed for this kind of facility funding almost since they started two decades ago. Dunn’s association actively started lobbying for it in the 2009 Texas Legislature.They finally gained the funding in the school finance bill passed at the end of the special session this August. It included up to $60 million for charter school facilities. During both the regular and the special session, public school advocates wanted lawmakers to put more money into traditional public schools.“Well, it’s not taking anything away from traditional public schools,” Dunn said. “And in fact, what it is is growing the revenue for all of public education.”Others argue that public schools – especially those that are growing very fast – haven’t seen needed money for their facilities.Dunn said that the new funding means that many charter schools can expand and enroll more students on the waiting list. Overall, charter schools in Texas enroll about 275,000 children. X Sharelast_img read more

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first_img If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.Shantae is a such a weird little cult series. The original game hit the Game Boy Color all the way back in 2002 after the Game Boy Advance was already a thing. And for nearly a decade that was it. But after enough fan clamoring (and licensed games paying the bills) WayForward’s signature platforming series came back in a big way. All of a sudden we had multiple new Shantae games to play on DS, 3DS, mobile, PC, and home consoles. They even began to sort of blend together.Shantae: Half-Genie Hero stands out not just because it’s the most recent entry. It’s also the first entry design specifically for consoles and not handhelds with pixelated screens. I backed the Kickstarter and played a bit of the game on Wii U, but now that this not-Zelda game has been saved by the Nintendo Switch, I can finally tell you about this dream of a genie adventure.Shantae games have always been classic action-platforming games that tend to lean more towards the Castlevania side of the Metroidvania equation, and not just because Shantae’s purple hair attack is extremely whip-like. Players jump through treacherous environments, defeat monsters, activate magic items, and buy upgrades.As you progress, you gain access to different animal transformations by dancing, allowing you to explore familiar spaces in new ways. You can climb as a monkey, charge as an elephant, fly as a bat, swim as a mermaid, and more. Stringing multiple powers together becomes extremely satisfying because just when it feels like you’re so powerful you’ll break the game, the level design becomes smart enough to adjust to your new skills and really show off.Although you’ll definitely need to return to old areas with new transformations, in general Half-Genie Hero isn’t quite as interconnected and nonlinear as its predecessors. You actually travel to discrete levels on a world map and there’s more of an emphasis on straightforward platforming than exploring. The game is also a little short as a result.Fortunately, the platforming is great and inventive, throwing out new ideas like racing on flying carpets or hanging on fish hooks in a fake mermaid cannery. Inti Creates, developers of great Switch action-platformers Blaster Master Zero and Mighty Gunvolt Burst, even gave WayForward a hand since they’re fans of the series. But look elsewhere to really scratch the Metroid itch.However, the biggest difference between Half-Genie Hero and past Shantae games is the upgrade to gorgeous, illustrated HD visuals. Sprite-based Shantae games always had fantastic, detailed, pixel animation. But seeing those artists unrestrained is a visual feast. Shantae herself is a ball of energy, always perky and bouncing to the music sung by her own voice actress. The different levels of the vaguely middle-eastern (in a Super Mario Bros. 2 kind of way) world, like sand tombs and pirate hideouts, pulse with life and color and expression. On the Switch it looks like a revelation considering past handheld entries of the series. It felt like one too thanks to the generous HD rumble support.If you haven’t yet played Shantae: Half-Genie Hero now is a great time to fix that, and even if you have you should revisit in time for the character-swapping pirate DLC out soon. As always, it’s on the Switch, it’s not Zelda, and it’s very good.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WindNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch AccessoriesView as: One Page Slides1/51. The bosses fights typically break from the game’s strict 2D platforming.2. Different animal transformations let you explore the levels in new ways.3. Using magic spells to vanquish foes.4. This is the first Shantae game with HD, illustrated art, and the wait was worth it.5. Instead of exploring one connected world, fly to different levels on a map.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on SwitchPlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield&… Stay on targetlast_img read more

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first_imgDelhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi on Friday hinted that Congress MP Shashi Tharoor will be questioned “soon” by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) which is probing the mysterious death case of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.“I think in the next couple of days, all the key persons who have to be questioned by us will be questioned. We would like to complete it soon. I think the SIT will soon do it,” he told reporters here today outside Police Headquarters when asked when would Tharoor be questioned in the case. He also denied reports that the viscera samples which are almost one-year-old must have been spoilt by now and would not reveal the kind of poison that caused Sunanda’s death even if it is sent abroad.last_img read more

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first_imgErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-875-9940 ErrorOK Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Top Stories Comments   Share   (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober —Follow Cassandra Vinograd at http://twitter.com/CassVinograd Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement LONDON (AP) – Prime Minister David Cameron contacted Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday ahead of negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program in what Downing Street says was the first such conversation between the leaders of the two countries in more than a decade.The telephone call comes a day before Britain, the U.S. and four other world powers resume talks with Iran in Geneva _ and follows a concession by Tehran dropping its insistence that the six world powers publicly acknowledge its claim to have the right to enrich uranium. That move opens a way to focus on more practical steps on the road reaching an initial agreement that freezes Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Cameron’s office said Tuesday that the prime minister and Rouhani agreed during their telephone conversation Tuesday that significant progress had been made in recent Geneva negotiations over the nuclear issue and that it is important to “seize the opportunity” in the next round of talks.“The prime minister underlined the necessity of Iran comprehensively addressing the concerns of the international community about their nuclear program, including the need for greater transparency,” Downing Street added in a statement.Iran insists that it wants to enrich uranium for energy and medical purposes. But the U.S. and its allies _ Britain included _ contend that Tehran’s nuclear program has a military dimension.British-Iranian relations have been hampered by arguments over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program and Tehran’s support for embattled leader Bashar Assad in Syria. But in a sign of thawing relations, the U.K. and Iran last week appointed non-resident charge d’affaires offices to work toward the eventual reopening of the British embassy in Iran and the Iranian one in Britain.The British embassy in Tehran was closed in late 2011 after a mob overran the building as tensions over a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities ran high. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

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first_imgSource = Korean Air Korean Air takes delivery of first DreamlinerKorean Air takes delivery of first DreamlinerKorean Air today celebrated the delivery of its first 787-9 Dreamliner at a ceremony held at the aircraft manufacturer Boeing’s South Carolina assembly site. Korean Air will be the first Korean carrier to operate the Dreamliner in South Korea.The airline is scheduled to launch domestic flights between Seoul’s Gimpo Airport and JeJu for a month as part of the required certification period, before launching long-haul international routes from Seoul’s Incheon Airport to Toronto, Madrid, and Zurich later this year. “The 787 Dreamliner will be a key member of Korean Air‘s fleet as we continue to introduce next-generation airplanes to our customers” said Walter Cho, president of Korean Air. “The aircraft is fuel efficient, quiet, has lower operating costs and it’s spacious and very elegant.  The cabin features are impressive and will ensure maximum comfort for Korean Air’s passengers.”Korean Air is scheduled to introduce five 787-9 Dreamliners to its fleet this year, with another five joining the fleet by 2019.“This milestone delivery adds yet another chapter in our long and successful relationship with Korean Air,” said Rick Anderson, vice president of Northeast Asia Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Korean Air continues to demonstrate its leadership in the global commercial airline industry and we are confident that the market-leading efficiency and comfort of the 787-9 Dreamliner will build onto their long-term success for many years to come.”The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is an integration of cutting-edge technology developed by Boeing utilizing its accumulated production knowhow. The 787-9 is well known for being an eco-friendly aircraft with 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace. The ultra-light, fuel-efficient aircraft is made of composite material; it also has higher cabin humidity, wider windows and a higher ceiling, which altogether create a more comfortable atmosphere for passengers.Its wing design is also particular utilizing raked wingtips to increase aerodynamics leading to fuel efficiency. The engine is also designed to be eco-friendly by adapting a new technology for cowl which is used to cover the engine. This significantly decreases the noise from engine slipstream, which brings greater comfort for the passengers. Another notable technology for the Dreamliner is that whenever the plane encounters turbulence, it has automatic system to detect such change in atmosphere and to adjust flight status to reduce sudden cabin movement.A remarkable fact is that Korean Air’s Aerospace Division is a Boeing partner on the 787 program, suppling the aircraft components for the model. The carrier’s Aerospace Division has been manufacturing six core parts, such as raked wing tips, after bodies and flap support fairing, for Boeing 787 since 2006. Korean Air is also the partner on the 747-8 programs and one of two suppliers producing the new 737 MAX Advanced Technology Winglet.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Uganda Tourism Police has since grown in size as the Commandant of the Tourism Police, ACP Wilson Omoding, has confirmed that a further 400 officers and 4 officer cadets were added to the force. The force received several months of intensive specialised training in a range of topics which reflects on the special needs of tourism protection and ranges from client relations to field tactics.The overall number now stands at over 1,000 such dedicated police officers who are based at safari lodges, tented camps, key hotels in Kampala and upcountry, and major tourism attractions across Uganda.Assistant Commissioner of Police Omoding just returned from a field trip to the southwest of Uganda where he inspected the deployment of some of his officers in Kisoro and Kabale, both springboards to the two gorilla national parks Mgahinga and Bwindi.This added reassurance for foreign visitors was further enhanced when the Executive Director of the Uganda Wildlife Authority, Dr Andrew Seguya, confirmed that the present low-season promotion on gorilla tracking permits was to be extended until December of this year. The scheme, launched three years ago, has proved to be a key driver in selling permits during the low season period, raising permit sales by nearly 40% during the time in question.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterEtihad Airways has announced plans to increase Airbus A380 service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport in response to burgeoning demand from guests travelling between the two points.From 1 June 2017, the airline will upgrade its second daily flight between Abu Dhabi and New York JFK to its flagship A380 aircraft which features The Residence, the only three-room suite available in commercial airline operation, and its award-winning First Apartment cabins.The new service will complement the airline’s existing daily A380 service, replacing the current daily Boeing 777-300ER operation. Etihad Airways began A380 operations between New York JFK and Abu Dhabi in November 2015.“The response we have received from Etihad Airways guests travelling between Abu Dhabi and New York since we launched the service nearly a decade ago has been phenomenal, and we are delighted to further expand our world-class product for all guests travelling to and from New York,” said Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ CEO.The Residence guests enjoy the ultimate in luxury. Every part of the travel experience is tailored and bespoke including a chauffeur-driven ride to the airport and a private three-room suite with Savoy-trained butler, that includes a living room that seats up to two guests, a double bedroom and a separate ensuite shower room.In addition, nine First Apartments feature private living spaces including a reclining Poltrona Frau leather lounge chair and ottoman, which opens up to become a separate 80.5-inch-long fully flat bed. A shower room is available for First Class guests’ comfort and convenience.Dining in The Residence and First Class features fine culinary experiences prepared by a skilled onboard Chef.A total of 70 Business Studios are also located on the upper deck of the A380, all offering direct aisle access, a fully flat bed of up to 80.5 inches long and an increase of 20 per cent in personal space.The Lobby, a luxurious lounge located between the First and Business Class cabins, features two comfortable Poltrona Frau leather sofas and a staffed bar, offering a large selection of snacks and refreshments available throughout the flight.Etihad Airways first introduced daily, nonstop, round-trip flights into New York JFK on October 26, 2006, and this autumn (northern hemisphere), the airline will celebrate 10 years of service between Abu Dhabi and New York.Etihad Airways currently offers 45 weekly return flights between Abu Dhabi and six US cities, including Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York JFK, San Francisco and Washington, DC. Through Etihad Airways’ hub in Abu Dhabi, the airline offers passengers from the United States direct access to the UAE capital, and seamless connections to the Middle East, Africa, Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia.Daily flight schedule between Abu Dhabi and New York JFK, effective 1 June 2017:Flight No.OriginDepartsDestinationArrivesAircraftEY103Abu Dhabi3:35 AMNew York JFK9:35 AMA380EY102New York JFK3:00 PMAbu Dhabi12:05 PM(+1)A380EY101*Abu Dhabi10:10 AMNew York JFK4:30 PMA380EY100*New York JFK10:45 PMAbu Dhabi7:50 PM(+1)A380Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_img7. Benmore Botanic Garden, ArgyllTake a walk down the garden path to explore the Scottish mountainside in Argyll at Benmore Botanic Garden. Be dwarfed by the Highlands setting of towering Redwood trees and the dramatic slopes of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, but don’t miss a peek at a Chilean rainforest or the flowering of rhododendrons in the Bhutanese glade – this is a truly international garden.How to get there: The garden is located 7 miles from Dunoon, on the west coast Cowal Peninsula. The ferry port of Gourock is 28 miles west of Glasgow and you can take your car on the Western ferries service (20 minutes to Dunoon). Alternatively, West Coast Motors do an inclusive ticket to the gardens (see website for details).Admission: Adult £6.50, Concession £5.50, Children under 16 freeOpen: (March & October) 10am-5pm (April to September) 10am-6pm RelatedTop royal attractions in LondonBuckingham Palace, Hampton Court, Kate & Wills’ gaff… from grand palaces to green parks and pelicans, let us take you on a right royal tour of London.State visit: a tour of Britain’s fabulous royal residencesRoll up, Royal Family fans! In honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, we’ve put together a guide to all the royal residences you can visit in the UK, from prestigious London palaces to Queen Victoria’s romantic retreats…10 alternative city breaks for springDust off your hand luggage bag, dig out your sunglasses, winter is nearly over and spring is coming, which means lots of opportunities for last minute city breaks and weekends away. You could be exploring the Republic of Macedonia, admiring modern architecture in Rotterdam or time-travelling in of Bergen. With… 8. Kew Gardens, LondonFounded in 1759 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, Kew Gardens is not only a great place for horticulturists, but it’s also home to plenty of art and architecture, like the Henry Moore sculpture and world famous palm house. See the Arboretum in a whole new light on the Treetop Walkway, an 18-metre high canopy trail that lets you get up close to all aspects of tree-life, including the resident birds and insects.How to get there: Kew Gardens is 10 miles from the city of London. It has four gates and public transport is the best way to visit, with Kew Gardens Underground Station next to the Victoria Gate (District Line). You can also book a train from Waterloo to Kew Bridge, for the Elizabeth Gate.Admission: Adults £15, Concessions £14, Children 4 – 16 £3.50.Open: Daily from 10am except December 24 and 25. Closing times for the gardens and palace vary according to season/year, so check the website for exact times. Image: Laura Suarez,CC BY-SA 2.0.6. RHS Garden Rosemoor, DevonThe historic house and grounds at Rosemoor were used by the Red Cross in the Second World War to shelter residents from London’s East End during the bombing. Today, look out for the carpet of bluebells through Torrington Woods, a new apple orchard project planned for 2016 – 2017 and the juicy-looking fruit and vegetable garden, providing inspiration for any would-be growers out there.How to get there: The garden is near Great Torrington, off the A39 to Bideford (the ‘Atlantic Highway’). You can also catch the bus 5B from Barnstaple to Exeter and claim £2 off your Rosemoor ticket price.Admission: Adults £10, Children £5Open: (April to September) 10am-6pm (October to March) 10am-5pm Image: Amanda Slater,CC BY-SA 2.0.4. RHS Garden Wisley, SurreyFrom the English country garden to the Alps, Wisley is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, overlooked by a red-roofed manor house and split serenely by a landscaped canal. There are gorgeous iris and daffodil events planned this spring, as well as the National Shohin Bonsai Show on April 2 and 3, if you’ve ever wanted tips on the Japanese art of growing these miniature trees.How to get there: Located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey, you can follow the RHS signs for Wisley from the A3 and M25. There are train stations at Woking and West Byfleet but if you’re coming by public transport, the 515 bus from Kingston to Guildford gets you closer – keep your ticket for a discount on entry.Admission: Adults £13.00, Children £6.50Open: Daily except Christmas Day. Mon to Fri 10am-6pm, Sat to Sun & Bank Holidays 9am-6pm5. Royal Botanic Garden EdinburghThis gorgeous garden is also a scientific centre for the study of plants and conservation research. Founded in 1670, it is a green haven just one mile out of the city centre. Catch exhibitions at Inverleith House, daily guided walks with the experts from April 1 and huge tropical greenhouses for retreating from the chill Scottish breezes.How to get there: Located in the Edinburgh suburb of Inverleith, you can jump on Lothian bus no. 8, 23 or 27 to reach the garden, and it’s also on the National Cycle Network Route 75.Admission: Free, with a charge for entering the glasshouses: Adults £5.50, Concessions £4.50, Children under 16 freeOpen: (March to September) 10am-6pm (February and October) 10am-5pm (November to January) 10am-4pm Credit: Joan Kent, CC BY 2.0.2. RHS Garden Harlow Carr, North YorkshireHarrogate is a good-looking town at any time of year, but in springtime it becomes the picture of English provincial life, with green lawns, tea rooms and flowers lining the streets. Head down the road to Harlow Carr to see scarlet fever strike at this colourful garden in March, as the Japanese Prunus mume ‘Beni-chidori’ trees start to blossom. If you’re staying in Harrogate, it makes an easy cycle trip and you can even get in for free on April 15th (National Open Gardens Day).How to get there: Harlow Carr is around 1.5 miles from Harrogate centre, with free parking and cycle racks. You can also take the scenic, hour-long walk through Pine Woods (grab a map from Harrogate Tourist Information).Admission: Adults £11, Children £5.50Open: (March to October) 9.30am-6pm (November to February) 9.30am-4pmcenter_img 3. Dawyck Botanic Garden, PeeblesDown in the Scottish borders you’ll find Dawyck, an enchanting woodland garden which belongs to the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. Ornamental urns and Italian stonework line the shaded trails, and look out for the dazzling Azalea Terrace and ‘Dynamo Pond’, which once upon a time generated electricity to power the grand estate at Dawyck House.How to get there: It’s 8 miles from Peebles to the garden by car or by bus (no. 91/93), or it’s a 28-mile drive from Edinburgh.Admission: Adult £6.50, Concession £5.50, Children under 16 freeOpen: (March and October) 10am-5pm (April to September) 10am-6pm 9. Logan Botanic Garden, Dumfries and GallowayEnjoy an exotic escape this spring. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Logan’s walled garden is a surprising slice of the southern hemisphere in Scotland, complete with palm trees and eucalyptus! Call in at the Water Garden to see the lilies in bloom amongst a wealth of yellows, greens and whites, and roam through bright blue Himalayan poppies in the Walled Garden towards the end of May.How to get there: The gardens are found on the southern tip of Galloway, 14 miles from Stranraer (which is on the A75 from Dumfries)Admission: Adults £6.50, Concession £5.50, Children under 16 freeOpen: Daily, (15 March to 31 October) 10am-5pm Image: luckyjimmy, CC BY 2.0.10. Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, DevonMeet the meerkats or have a giggle at the gorillas before checking out the botanical garden at Paignton Zoo. As you might expect from a family attraction, there are fun and colourful exhibits here, from giant bamboo and huge water lilies to a desert-inspired greenhouse filled with cacti. Keen nature fans can follow the trail through the wooded valleys of Clennon Gorge Nature Reserve next door.How to get there: The zoo is one mile from Paignton, on the A385 Totnes road. You can also get the 22,66 or Stagecoach Gold bus for discounted zoo entry.Admission: Adults £14.15, Senior Citizens/Students £11.70, Children £9.95Open: Daily, 10am-6pmYou don’t have to go far to see some spectacular locations this year; read more about the best of the UK here:Best UK cities to visit in 2016From Durham to Brighton; these incredible cities have culture, cool architecture and cafes (if not necessarily the weather) to tempt you into a staycation city break.Readers’ tips: the UK’s prettiest villagesWinkle out the best of Britain’s countryside settlements with this selection of the UK’s finest small settlements, as recommended by you.The UK’s most magical placesFancy getting away with the fairies, or reliving the romance of Arthurian legends? 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Pop into the Barn Restaurant over Easter weekend – Saturday 26th sees a special chocolate themed menu sure to please anyone who’s been abstaining for Lent!How to get there: Located 20 minutes outside of Chelmsford, take the A130 and follow the signposts for Hyde Hall. You can also get the train to Chelmsford and connect via bus – if you show your ticket, you’ll get a discount on the garden ticket price.Admission: Adults £11, Children £5.50Open: (March to October) 10am-6pm (November to February) 10am-4pmlast_img read more

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