BRUSSELS — China’s prime minister is set to meet top European Union officials to discuss thorny issues including better access for European companies to Chinese markets and security concerns over high-speed 5G network technology.The stakes are high with two-way trade between the EU and China worth around 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) a day.A senior EU official speaking on condition of anonymity because the meeting has yet to happen says that the EU wants “a more balanced financial-economic relationship” with Beijing and for European companies to have the same access to Chinese markets as Chinese businesses have to Europe’s markets.Tuesday’s summit in Brussels comes two weeks after Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed during a visit to Paris to work with European leaders to seek fairer international trade rules.Mike Corder, The Associated Press
“We urge the authorities to annul the death sentence against Mr. [William] Morva and to retry him in compliance with international standards related to due process and fair trial,” said the UN Special Rapporteurs on summary executions, Agnes Callamard, and on right to health, Dainius Pūras, in a news release.Their joint appeal to the Governor of Virginia was issued ahead of the planned execution of Mr. Morva by lethal injection. The 35-year-old Hungarian-American was sentenced to death in 2008 for the murder of a hospital security guard and a Sheriff’s deputy.According to the news release, a court-appointed psychiatrist diagnosed Mr. Morva with delusional disorder in 2014, and noted that his crimes may have been committed as a result of the delusions he was experiencing. During his trial, the jury was not told about his psychosocial condition and he did not receive reasonable accommodation to adjust the process to his individual needs. “The denial of reasonable accommodation in detention can be considered a form of discrimination against him because of his mental health condition,” the experts said. Mr. Morva’s condition is such that he has ceased all communication with his legal team, gravely hampering their ability to defend him as his execution approaches. Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Oct. 6, 2015), we discuss whether the Major League Baseball playoff system is subject to too much randomness, talk about Maya Moore and the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA finals, and ask FiveThirtyEight’s Ben Morris about the state of kicking in the NFL. Plus, a Significant Digit glimpse at our forthcoming CARMELO NBA Projections.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Below is a video excerpt and links to some of what we discussed on the show.FiveThirtyEight’s 2015 MLB playoff coverage.Neil Paine reveals the Elo system he developed for baseball.A stats-y primer on the WNBA finals.Ian Levy writes for FiveThirtyEight about why the best teams in the WNBA don’t seem to shoot threes.Ben Morris with more historical data about kickers than you thought was possible.If you live near New York City, join Carl Bialik, Walt Hickey and Neil Paine at “Varsity Letters” on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.Significant Digit: 83.1. That’s Anthony Davis’s projected wins above replacement for 2016-22, according to our forthcoming CARMELO NBA Projections. CARMELO found that he’s the most valuable player in the league over that time span. Stay tuned for the full system, which will be up on FiveThirtyEight soon! By Chadwick Matlin, Kate Fagan, Neil Paine, Benjamin Morris and Sara Patterson If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS
Redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall (17) reaches for a pass from redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) during OSU’s 56-17 win against Rutgers on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Jon McAllister / Asst. photo editorThe Ohio State Buckeyes jumped out to a 35-7 halftime lead Saturday, en route to a 56-17 drubbing of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.And beyond just a victory, the Buckeye offense collected another record-setting performance by racking up more than 500 yards for the fourth straight game.The Lantern sports editors compiled a list of five things we learned from the Buckeye victory.1. J.T. Barrett could be best in the Big TenComing into the season, senior quarterback Braxton Miller and Penn State sophomore gunslinger Christian Hackenberg were thought to be the class of the Big Ten quarterbacks.But eight weeks into the season, Barrett seems to be heads and tails over any quarterback in the conference.The redshirt-freshman from Wichita Falls, Texas, leads all Big Ten quarterbacks in completion percentage, touchdown passes and quarterback rating and has not thrown an interception since Sept. 13 against Kent State.Not too bad for a guy who was the third string quarterback to start fall camp.If Barrett continues to impress with his play, there is a good chance he could unseat Miller as the Big Ten offensive player of the year.2. The offensive line is dominatingAfter being embarrassed against Virginia Tech in the second game of the season, the Buckeye offensive front has been making opposing defenses look silly.Since the loss to the Hokies in which the Buckeyes totaled just 108 rushing yards, OSU is averaging 314.25 yards per game on the ground.In addition, the Buckeye line has allowed just five sacks in four games since the Virginia Tech game, when Barrett was sacked seven times.OSU coach Urban Meyer has said this year that the Buckeyes are an offensive line driven team, and it has shown the last four weeks.3. Secondary improving, but yet to be testedWhile the OSU secondary held Rutgers to just 196 yards passing, how much stock can we put into the Buckeyes’ performance?Yes, Gary Nova threw for more than 400 yards against Michigan, but this year’s Wolverines are not your traditional Big Ten power.The Buckeye secondary has yet to be tested, but will be on Saturday against Hackenberg and the Nittany Lions.Hackenberg leads the Big Ten in passing yards per game and Penn State is last in the Big Ten in total rushing.Needless to say, the Nittany Lions will be throwing early and often against the Buckeyes in what will likely be the first real test of the OSU secondary this season.4. Redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall has star potentialMarshall — a former high school quarterback — had to take some time before finding his role in OSU’s offense. On Saturday, that role become more defined than ever before.He is simply a playmaker for the Buckeyes and keeps on improving week to week. In OSU’s win against Rutgers, he totaled three receptions for a team-high 58 yards and returned four punts for 45 yards along with one kickoff return for another 26 yards. He ended up leading the game with 129 all-purpose yards, 22 ahead of Barrett.Marshall was expected to make contributions last season before ending up having to redshirt, but he’s proven so far this year that he can step up when his number is called. If he continues on the same kind of trajectory, he has a chance to become the most dangerous player on the Buckeyes’ offense along with the special teams units.5. And so does freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillanNot only does McMillan have star potential down the road, but he is quickly morphing into an important player this season.While he’s not a starter on OSU’s defense, his playing time has continued to increase week by week, and at times it seems like he is the more trusted option ahead of senior linebacker and incumbent starter Curtis Grant.McMillan totaled five tackles against Rutgers — tied for fourth on the team — and made his presence felt throughout the game. Grant, much like McMillan, is a former blue-chip prospect, but it’s starting to look like the younger of the two is ready to unseat the elder sooner than anyone expected.Regardless of Grant’s experience, look for McMillan to be starting games before this season comes to a close.The Buckeyes are set to hit the road on Saturday to take on Penn State in State College, Pa. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedShakib six-for restricts WI to 129; Bangladesh need 335July 14, 2018In “Sports”Brathwaite ton catapults Windies into driver’s seatJuly 13, 2018In “latest news”Dominant Windies leave Bangladesh facing innings defeatJuly 6, 2018In “latest news” Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Abu Jayed led Bangladesh’s fightback on the second morning, limiting West Indies’ first-innings total to 354, after Kraigg Brathwaite’s dogged century on the opening day had set up a strong platform for the home team in the second Test in Jamaica. Mehidy ended up with his fourth five-wicket haul, and his first since his debut series against England in 2016, while Jayed took three wickets. The duo’s efforts ensured West Indies collapsed from 295 for 4 overnight to lose their last six wickets for 59 runs.Mehidy Hasan completed a five-for on the second morning (AFP)Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das negotiated the two overs before lunch to secure a great session for Bangladesh, taking them to 10 for no loss.Mehidy removed debutant Keemo Paul and Miguel Cummins off successive balls in his second over. Paul was given out caught at short leg off an inside edge, without opening his account, before Cummins fell lbw next ball.But it was Abu Jayed who started West Indies’ slump when he got Shimron Hetmyer to edge a short delivery to the wicketkeeper in the day’s third over, the batsman unable to pull away from a delivery leaving him. Hetmyer had added just two runs to his overnight 84. Roston Chase followed soon after, after he was adjudged lbw for 20. Even a review could not save Chase, as replays showed that the ball would have hit leg-stump, prolonging his string of low scores in Test cricket this year. Taijul Islam then produced a leading edge from Shane Dowrich that was held Mehidy in the covers. Mehidy then struck twice in his next over as West Indies were nine down.Shakib Al Hasan, however, removed Mehidy from the attack thereafter, only for Jason Holder and the No. 11 Shannon Gabriel to add 35 runs in the following five overs. Holder struck a couple of sixes while Gabriel struck three fours in his 19-ball stay, before becoming Jayed’s third victim. (ESPNCricinfo)
At Bauma, Liebherr reported that although turnover fell by 16.9% there was no change in the size of the workforce and investments reached EUR656 million. “After the severe collapse of the international economy in the 2008-2009 winter half-year period, economic activity gradually stabilised by midway through 2009, and in the last two quarters of the year the lowest point in the economic crisis had largely been overcome. In 2009 the world economy shrank by 2.1%. In the industrial countries the drop was 3.4%, and more severe in the Eurozone and Japan than in the USA. Developments in the threshold countries had a stabilising effect. According to provisional estimates, the Chinese economy grew by almost 9% and the Indian economy by approximately 7%. In Brazil, economic performance in 2009 almost equalled the previous year’s level, whereas in Russia the effects of the financial and economic crisis were more evident, with a drop of about 8% in gross national product. Overall economic performance rose slightly in the threshold countries. The drop of 12% in 2009 was the most severe downturn suffered by world trade since the end of WWII.“The Liebherr Group was obliged to accept a drop in turnover in the 2009 business year. Total sales revenue went down by EUR1,422 million or 16.9%, to EUR6,986 million. As in earlier economic downturn phases, the 2009 crisis year confirmed the stabilising effect of the group’s broad diversification in terms of both products and markets. Despite the drop in turnover, Liebherr succeeded in recording a higher annual result than in the previous year. In the earthmoving and mining division the group incurred a drop in turnover of EUR881.7 million or 32.6%, to EUR1,825.1 million.”Despite the difficult business situation, important and essential investment projects went ahead; they are aimed at production plant extension and the worldwide sales and service network. At EUR656 million, investments were EUR258.9 million or 28.3% below the previous year’s total. A development, assembly and logistic centre for mining excavators was built in France. In Russia, work went ahead on erecting a production plant in which Liebherr intends to build or assemble machinery such as earthmoving machines for the Russian market, and also structural steelwork. Work began in India on the construction of a production plant for drive technology components.
I am still in shock following the heart-breaking events that occurred last week and my thoughts and prayers are with both of the families involved.Pistorius’ top sponsor, Nike, said in a brief statement to the AP yesterday that it “has no plans for Oscar Pistorius in upcoming campaigns.” They declined to give any further information.While Pistorius goes to court, Steenkamp’s funeral will be held today in her hometown of Port Elizabeth on South Africa’s southern coast, her family said. It is to be a private ceremony at a local crematorium, closed to the public and media.“We’re just taking things one day at a time,” Reeva Steenkamp’s brother Adam Steenkamp said outside the family home. “But at the moment it’s family coming together and the one person who would be the strongest, who held us all together, is unfortunately not here anymore – and that’s my sister.”Police said they arrived in the predawn hours of Thursday – Valentine’s Day – to find paramedics trying to revive Steenkamp and said that she had been shot four times. A 9mm pistol was recovered from the scene. Pistorius was arrested and charged with murder the same day.Prosecutors said in Pistorius’ first court appearance Friday that they would pursue a more serious premeditated murder charge against the Olympian and world’s most high-profile disabled athlete.Arnold Pistorius, Oscar’s uncle, said the prosecution’s own case would show there was no murder.“We have no doubt there is no substance to the allegation,” he said, “and that the state’s own case, including its own forensic evidence, strongly refutes any possibility of a premeditated murder or indeed any murder at all.”Pistorius has been in custody in Brooklyn police station in Pretoria since Friday. His agent told the AP that there is no way to predict if he will ever run track again.“For me it’s too early to comment,” Peet Van Zyl said. “I think it’s still a huge shock and tragedy that took the world by surprise so I can’t comment on that one (Pistorius’ future career) or give any timeline to that at this point in time.”- Additional reporting by Associated PressRead: ‘Why did he do this?’ — Reeva Steenkamp’s mother demands answers from Oscar Pistorius > MURDER-ACCUSED OSCAR PISTORIUS arrived early at a courthouse in South Africa’s capital this morning for a bail hearing in the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.Prosecutors say they will press a charge of premeditated murder against the 26-year-old double-amputee Paralympian and Olympic athlete. Pistorius’ family says police evidence will show there should be no murder charge.The shooting death in the early hours of Valentine’s Day of Reeva Steenkamp, 29, in Pistorius’ home in a gated neighbourhood has shocked South Africans and many around the world who idolised Pistorius for overcoming adversity to become a sports champion, competing in the London Olympics last year in track besides being a Paralympian.Journalists watched Pistorius, head covered with a hoodie, leave the police station and arrive at the back entrance to the courthouse in Pretoria, before 7am local time.Pistorius’ brother Carl and longtime track coach Ampie Louw – the man who convinced Pistorius to take up athletics – were also in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court building, pointing out friends of the family that should be allowed in. A line of dozens of people waited to go in that public entrance.Among those who waited were protesters, many of whom called for him to be denied bail.Around 100 people filled the court room, that has a capacity of about 60, where Pistorius’ father sat in the front row and his sister just behind him. The windows of the courtroom were covered from outside so that photographs could not be taken.There were also fears of a crush, with the announcement that only 26 journalists to be given access, despite that fact that many more were in attendance.The bail hearing will be the first opportunity for the prosecution to describe evidence police gathered against the runner and the reasons why he was charged with murder.Pistorius’ family denies he committed murder though they have not addressed whether he shot her. When word first emerged about the killing there was speculation in the local media that Steenkamp had been mistaken for an intruder in Pistorius’ home. Police have said that was not something they were considering.In an email to The Associated Press yesterday, Pistorius’ longtime track coach – who was yet to comment – said he believes the killing was an accident.“I pray that we can all, in time, come through this challenging situation following the accident and I am looking forward to the day I can get my boy back on the track,” Louw wrote in his statement.
Urban vegetable gardening is not always pretty. If picture-perfect curb appeal is crucial to you, a “hellstrip” veggie plot probably isn’t in your future.But if you don’t mind some raised eyebrows from the neighbors while you experiment, master gardener Laura Heldreth wants to help you get started with your own small, street-side vegetable farm. Heldreth gives a free talk about her experiments and successes with “Growing Vegetables In Your Hellstrip” at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Washougal Community Library.Heldreth has been an avid urban vegetable gardener for much of her life. Her earliest memory is holding her grandfather’s hand while exploring his garden in Southeast Portland; he harvested a Walla Walla sweet onion, peeled it with a knife and handed it to his granddaughter, who “ate it like an apple,” she said.Fourteen years ago, Heldreth and her husband moved to a shady, woodsy parcel in northeast Vancouver’s Burnt Bridge Creek neighborhood; the only spot on their property that enjoys full sun is that little strip between the sidewalk and the street — known to many as the “parking strip” or the “planting strip.”Heldreth, who has a slightly wicked sense of humor, prefers the damnation of “hellstrip” — even though she’s checked on tailpipe-pollution levels with fellow master gardener and soil scientist Martha Minnich, who reassured her that your typical residential-street planting strip is safe for growing food. But it might be less safe if you live right alongside a freeway, she added.
September 7, 2018 Man pleads not guilty to fatally shooting ex-girlfriend at Skyline stop light Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: September 7, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A man accused of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend from his car in Skyline after she got out of a different vehicle to yell at him pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.Robert Haywood Reed, 38, is charged in the Aug. 25 death of 27-year- old Sylvianita Widman, a mother of two.Judge Maureen Hallahan found that Reed is a danger to the community and granted a prosecutor’s request for $1 million bail.Deputy District Attorney Amy Colby said Reed and Widman had dated for only a month.On Aug. 25 about 5:30 p.m., Reed stopped his car at a stop light at the intersection of South Meadowbrook Drive and Skyline Drive and a car Widman was riding in pulled up behind the defendant’s car, according to Colby.Witnesses said Widman got out of the passenger seat and approached Reed’s car, and he allegedly shot her with a .38-caliber handgun. The victim collapsed in a nearby parking lot and died about an hour later at a hospital.Reed turned himself in to authorities 12 days after the shooting.The defendant is seen on surveillance video going into a liquor store and on another traffic surveillance video as the shooting takes place, the prosecutor said.Reed faces up to 50 years to life in prison if convicted of murder and the use of a gun causing death.A status conference was set for Sept. 18 and a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 20. KUSI Newsroom,
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Service members entering the civilian world continue to face challenges obtaining licenses and certifications for skills they used during their service. Combat medics, for example, typically will not qualify for basic health care jobs despite being highly trained.At a two-day American Legion conference last week, leaders from business and government looked for ways to smooth the transition for personnel seeking to enter the civilian workforce.Labor Secretary Tom Perez said the government has overhauled DOD’s job readiness program for service members leaving the military over the past two years, but said “unnecessary licensing barriers” still exist, reported Stars and Stripes. “We need to do a better job of recognizing the core competencies that our service members bring to the table,” Perez said.The military once was reluctant to help troops gain skills and certifications that translated to civilian work for fear of losing them. But that has changed greatly, said Steve Gonzalez, the American Legion’s assistant director for veterans employment and education.One speaker underscored the critical resources that service members can provide society.“There’s a demand for skilled workers and we’ve got the supply coming out of the military,” said Lisa Lutz, president of the policy and research analysis group Solutions for Information Design. “We can’t afford to ignore that.”
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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPHOTO OF THE DAY: Wilmington Squirts Win Bruins Holiday TournamentIn “Photo of the Day”Bruins Announce Details Of Development Camp In Wilmington, July 14-17In “Sports”PHOTO: Wilmington Youth Hockey Girls U10 Team Wins District ChampionshipIn “Photo of the Day” BOSTON, MA — Two Wilmington 10-year-old girls are on their way to the NHL All Star Weekend in San Jose, CA this weekend after winning a Boston Bruins-sponsored hockey tournament at TD Garden.Julia Lambert and Shae Gould, of Wilmington, along with teammates Cecelia Riiff, of Andover, and Bella Krokos, of Everett, won the “Bruins Academy’s TD Bank Mini 1-on-1” competition in November. These talented players went undefeated in the Girls 10-and-Under category in this popular 3-on-3 tournament.The girls play together on the North Shore Vipers, based out of Breakaway Ice Center in Tewksbury.In addition to being part of the top team, Julia Lambert also won the shootout portion of the competition. As a result, she will be one of 14 kids nationwide to participate in a “Mini 1-on-1” shootout during All-Star Weekend. Lambert, who will be representing the Bruins, will be the ONLY girl in her age group competing for the title of best shooter in the country. The other 13 finalists are boys.The girls are thrilled to have earned an all-expenses-paid trip to All-Star Weekend and look forward to attending the All Star Game, All Star Skills, and Fan Fair.Photos of Julia, Shae, Cecelia & Bella After Their Win At The Garden:
It is Day 92 of the legislative session, and lawmakers still have not reached a compromise on the state’s budget. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports from a very quiet Capitol.You know it’s bad when even lawmakers are taking to Twitter to vent about having to “hurry up and wait.” Since the Legislature failed to gavel out on Sunday, no standing committees have met, and only one bill — an act creating Children’s Day — has been put to a vote. A few key negotiators are very busy, but most everyone else is on the sidelines.Outside of a 20-minute Senate floor session, the only scheduled activity that took place on Tuesday was a Senate Finance committee press conference, led by Fairbanks Republican Pete Kelly.“The cavalry of funding is not coming over the hill to rescue us,” said Kelly. “We don’t have the money.”A handful of majority members said their purpose in calling reporters together was to convey how dire the fiscal picture really is, and to explain their position in budget negotiations. They reiterated that the state faces a nearly $4 billion deficit, and their reductions were not severe when put in that context.Sen. Anna MacKinnon, an Eagle River Republican, expressed dismay over public opposition to their committee’s budget cuts.“We really need the dialogue to change so people understand what’s going on,” said Sen. MacKinnon. “At least how my e-mails are tracking, people are shouting about adding more money, and they believe the more e-mails that are sent to us shouting and asking or demanding more money, that somehow we’re going to be able to deliver that.”Over the course of 45 minutes, they defended their position. Most of their energy focused on one $50 million cut, which has triggered an especially large outcry and caused disagreement with the Alaska House of Representatives in negotiations to adjourn the session.“The loggerhead, as everyone knows in the room, is with education,” said Hoffman.Sen. Lyman Hoffman, a Bethel Democrat who caucuses with the majority, responded to public criticism the their committee clawed back school funding that was committed last year.“They may have been a promise, but that promise was made in completely different financial times for the State of Alaska,” said Hoffman.Hoffman went on to say that even though it was causing the hold up on gaveling out, the cut was small in the grand scheme of things. “The difference between where we are in the House and Senate is a pittance — a pittance! — in comparison to the problem that this state is facing,” said Hoffman.But opponents of the education reduction believe that it cuts both ways — that the Legislature is going long because of an appropriation that will neither make nor break the budget. Chris Tuck is the House Minority Leader, and he believes the Senate Majority is trying to paint his caucus as obstructionists.“Yeah, I mean that’s fair to say,” Tuck told two reporters. “But we’re not holding public education hostage. We’re not holding kids hostage. We’re not holding seniors hostage. We’re not holding the sick hostage.”House Democrats are in an unusual spot, in that they are involved in budget negotiations at all. Because the budget deficit is so large, lawmakers are looking at tapping the state’s constitutional budget reserve. The Legislature needs a three-quarter vote in each body to tap that rainy day fund, and votes from at least three minority Democrats are needed to get there. This means you have the House Minority, the House Majority, and the Senate Majority all with their demands at the negotiating table. The House Minority has said it wants more education funding and Medicaid expansion as conditions for their support, the Senate Majority wants to maintain the cuts that it put in place, and the House Majority is somewhere in between.Tuck said that having more parties involved in negotiations complicates the dynamics, and that Republicans are still adjusting to it.“They’re not used to being in this position, that’s for sure,” said Tuck.As far as when negotiations should end, that’s unclear. Tuck said the earliest the Legislature will be out is tomorrow night. It’s the same answer he gave yesterday, and could be the same answer he gives tomorrow.
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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina attending the outreach session of the G7 Summit 2018 in Canada on Saturday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday joined the outreach session of the G7 Summit 2018 for the third time.When Sheikh Hasina reached the venue at Manoir Richelieu Hotel in La Malbaie, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau welcomed her.She attended the special outreach session as Trudeau invited 12 world leaders, including Sheikh Hasina, to take part in it.Hasina for the third time joined such outreach programme of the G7, the group of seven countries with advanced economies — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States — in the world.She earlier took part in the outreach meeting of the G7 Summits held in Italy in 2001 and in Japan in 2016. This year, the special outreach session is focusing on healthy oceans and resilient coastal communities.Bangladesh is highlighting issues related to climate change, sustainable use of ocean resources, blue economy and its initiative on women empowerment at the G7 Forum. Heads of international organisations also joined the special outreach session. Sheikh Hasina arrived here on Friday (local time) on a four-day official visit to Canada.During her visit, she will have a bilateral meeting with her Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau in Quebec on Sunday morning and join a views-exchange meeting with Bangladesh expatriates in Toronto on Sunday evening. Besides, Hasina will hold a meeting with Canada’s special envoy on Rohingya crisis Bob Rae in Torontoon 11 June.Trade, investment, cooperation in achieving SDGs, political consultations, cooperation in blue economy and Rohingya issue are expected to be discussed at the bilateral meeting with the Canadian prime minister.
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Related posts:Festival of Light, Egyptian dancers, and other happenings around Costa Rica Nativity scenes, funk music, and other happenings around Costa Rica Design Festival, Marine Corps picnic, and other happenings around Costa Rica Vacation fun for kids, Craft Beer Tour, and other happenings around Costa Rica Facebook Comments NYE 2016 After PartyPool party at Wyndham Herradura Hotel. Music by guest DJs DJ Tocuma, DR·leo, and Selecta Herbalist. Food and beverage sales.“New Year’s Eve 2016 After Party” takes place Jan. 1 at Wyndham Herradura Hotel, Central Pacific. ₡5,000. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. More info: 2209-9800.Copa del CaféOne of the most important teen tennis championships worldwide, the competition features the best teen tennis players from around the world in a five-day cup.“Copa del Café” takes place Jan. 4 – 9 at the Costa Rica Country Club, Escazú. ₡2,500 – 9,500 ($5 – 19). More info: Event Facebook page.“The Bright Moment”An exhibit featuring a selection of 26 photographs of great masters of visual arts, from the perspective of the nationalized Mexican photographer Juan Guzmán. It includes photographs of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, Rufino Tamayo, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Juan O’Gorman.“El Instánte Luminoso” will be exhibited Dec. 1 – Jan. 10 at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo. Tues.–Sun. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. More info: 2256-1281.“Golden Room”Take advantage of a chance to visit one of San José’s loveliest and most famous rooms, featuring a mural of carved stucco and painted in bronze. The 150-square-meter space was developed by Louis Feron between 1939 and 1940 and was inaugurated on April 7, 1940.“Salón Dorado” will be on display Dec. 1 – Jan. 31 at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo. Tues.–Sun. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. More info: 2256-1281PalmaresTwelve days of celebrations of the patron saint of Palmares, northwest of San José, includes horse parades, live music, a basketball contest, children’s festival, horse exhibit, carnivals, the ranchero festival, fireworks, and more.Fiestas Palmares take place Jan. 13 – 25 in Palmares, northwest of the capital. More info: Fiestas Palmares Facebook page.Festejos de Fin de Año de San José (Zapote)This mega-fest in the eastern San José district of Zapote offers a little bit of everything. Find all types of food, the famed Tico-style bullfights in the Zapote rings, dozens of rides, temporary tattoos, parades, live music, giant bars, and many more activities.The End-of-Year Celebrations take place Dec. 25 – Jan. 3 at Campo Ferial Zapote in eastern San José. More info: Fiestas Zapote Website.Art Exhibit: “Under the Sun”U.S. artist Cher Compton will unveil her latest exhibit, “Bajo el sol,” at Guanacaste’s Hidden Garden Art Gallery. Her paintings reflect the beauty of the simple elements that characterize Costa Rican life.“Bajo el sol” will be exhibited Dec. 12 – Feb. 5 at Hidden Garden Art Gallery, 5 km west of the Daniel Oduber International Airport, Liberia, Guanacaste. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. More info: 2667-0592/8386-6872.
The smooth transition into power of its newly elected government will show the world that Thailand is worth believing in and will help the country’s MICE industry, said the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) president. Speaking in Bangkok to visiting international media last week, TCEB president Akapol Sorasuchart said the election went well with no problems.“We believe the smooth transition will help the MICE industry,” he said. “In a better political atmosphere we believe the confidence in Thailand will grow.” TCEB, which has and will continue to directly report to the prime minister’s office, will not change its policies said Mr Sorasuchart.“We won’t change our campaigns. “The policy for TCEB has been very clear right from the beginning: that we in Thailand separate the leisure travellers from the meetings industry.” Illuminating Thai MICE business TCEB president inspiring business success Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A
Centara Hotels & Resorts www.centarahotelsresorts.comCentara Hotels & Resorts welcomes a number of new General ManagersCentara has seen a great deal of positive change thus far in 2016 and with that has also brought in some new faces. Centara Hotels & Resorts (CHR) is pleased to introduce a number of new members to the General Managers team.Mr. Dominique Rongé, Belgian national, is the new Area General Manager of Samui. He first joined Centara Hotels & Resorts in 2012 as the General Manager for the opening of Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya where he was for two years. He then was promoted to be Area General Manager responsible for Centra Avenue Hotel Pattaya and Centara Avenue Hotel for their pre-openings. Rongé has a short absence from CHR while working as the General Manager (opening team) at Keemala Phuket just before re-joining CHR. With his extensive knowledge of CHR and the properties, and 5 star resorts background, Rongé will be a stronger leader at Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, Centara Villas Samui and Centra Coconut Beach Resort Samui.Central Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld Bangkok welcomes Mr. Eric Weber as their new General Manager. Weber is a Swiss national with over 27 years of experience in hospitality industry, having worked for various properties with the Mandarin Oriental and Hyatt – Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Grand Hyatt Dubai, Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill and Hyatt Regency Paris – Charles de Gaulle. Prior to joining CHR, he was the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Mumbai in India.Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka is pleased to welcome Mr. Riaan Drever as General Manager. Drever is a South African national with over 19 years of experience in the hospitality industry, having worked for various properties in countries across Africa, America, Middle East and Asia within groups such as Orient Express, Fairmont, Movenpick, Jumeirah and Six Senses Soneva. He was in the Maldives at Centara Ras Fushi Resort and Spa as Resident Manager before taking up the role in Sri Lanka.With an extensive background with Centara Hotels & Resorts, it is a pleasure to welcome Mr. Chaiphun Thongsuthum as General Manager for one of the newest properties, Centra Maris Resort Jomtien, which is just a few hours out of Bangkok. Thongsuthum has more than 32 years of experience in the hospitality industry in operations and sales and marketing. He has worked for many Centara resorts such as Centara Grand at Central Plaza Lad Prao Bangkok, Centara Hotel Hat Yai, Central Hotel Myanmar and Centara Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai. Prior to the transfer to Jomtein, Thongsuthum was the General Manager at Centara Hotel & Convention Centre Udon Thani for the past seven years.Thirayuth Chirathivat, Chief Executive Officer of Centara Hotels & Resorts shared, “I offer my congratulations to all of the new members to the Centara team as well as to the friendly faces who are taking on new challenges in their new assignments. I am pleased to see the progress of many of our people and am confident that they will continue to help drive their properties to meet their goals in 2016.” Source = Centara Hotels & Resorts
Comments Share Quarterback Carson Palmer drops back to pass during training camp Aug. 1, 2015 (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The BadLinebacker Sean Weatherspoon and tight end Darren Fells each left practice early. While it seems Fells was suffering from cramps, there is no word on what happened with Weatherspoon.Fitzgerald dropped a pass during one drill.NotedTight end Ifeanyi Momah got a good amount of work with the first-team offense, though that may have been because both Jermaine Gresham (back) and Troy Niklas (hamstring) sat out with injuries.Ellington and rookie David Johnson shared the backfield for a few plays.Quoted“Never. Not even a hint of doubt. I was cognizant of all of the work ahead of me but never for a second did I have a doubt.” – QB Carson Palmer on if he had any doubts he’d be back this season following a torn ACLUp NextThe Cardinals will get back on the field Sunday with a walkthrough in the morning and then another practice at 2:00, with the latter event once again open to fans. – / 28 GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals began their 2015 training camp in earnest Saturday in front of an estimated 12,000 fans at University of Phoenix Stadium.It was the first of 19 practices that will be open to the public, and though the players were not wearing pads, they put on a pretty good show for those in attendance.Though to be fair, there is little the team could have done that would have disappointed the masses, who were excited to get their first look at a team many believe could contend for a spot in Super Bowl 50. Top Stories The GoodIf not for the brace on his left knee you would not have guessed QB Carson Palmer was coming off an injury. True to everything we’ve all heard up to this point, No. 3 looked like his normal self on the field throwing darts and even scrambling when necessary. He hooked up with John Brown for one deep ball, burning Patrick Peterson down the sideline (though Peterson claimed it was an incomplete pass). Palmer also threw touchdown passes to Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd during 11-on-11 drills.It was good to see Andre Ellington back on the field, too, running with the first-team. Though expectations do not seem to be as high for him now as they were one year ago, the third-year pro is once again going to be counted on to be a big part of the team’s offense.Brown looked every bit the star people think he is about to become, reeling in a couple of well-thrown deep balls. Rookie J.J. Nelson also looked good, hauling in a couple of deep passes.Also, Tyrann Mathieu looked very much like himself, flying around the field making plays. In one drill he stepped in front of a pass intended for Brown, batted the ball in the air and then came down with the interception. Now to be fair, he may have held Brown a bit when the receiver was coming out of his break, but the interception itself was clean and another sign of the Honey Badger being back. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact