Hong Kong: A contentious extradition bill at the centre of a political crisis in Hong Kong looks increasingly likely to be delayed, with a top adviser to the citys leader on Friday suggesting that it will be impossible to rush it through the legislature. “I think it is impossible to discuss (the bill) under such confrontation. It would be very difficult,” the South China Morning Post quoted Executive Council convenor Bernard Chan as saying. “At the very least we should not escalate the antagonism.” Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ Chan advised Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s government to re-evaluate the situation in light of violent clashes between police and protesters after a mass rally against the bill brought hundreds of thousands onto the streets. Chan also admitted he had underestimated the backlash from the business community over the proposed legislation, which would allow the transfer of fugitives to jurisdictions that Hong Kong does not have an extradition agreement with, including mainland China. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China The adviser’s statement comes after tens of thousands of protesters, mostly in their 20s, on Wednesday brought part of the city to a standstill by occupying key roads to besiege the legislature and prevent it from debating bill, reports the South China Morning Post. The protest ended in clashes with police, which left more than 80 people injured as officers fired tear gas, rubber bullets and beanbag rounds to disperse the crowd. Eleven people were arrested. Before the protests escalated on Wednesday, Lam had insisted the government would push ahead with the bill.
New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday sworn in seven-term member of Parliament Virendra Kumar as the protem speaker of Lok Sabha. Kumar will oversee the oath-taking of newly elected LS members on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, as soon as a new speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha is elected, his role will cease to exist. Kumar, 65, won the Lok Sabha election from Tikamgarh in Madhya Pradesh on a BJP ticket. He was a minister of state in the previous Modi government. As pro-tem speaker, Kumar will preside over the first sitting of the Lok Sabha and administer the oath to the newly elected MPs. He will also oversee the election of the Lok Sabha speaker. The first session of the newly constituted Lok Sabha will be held from June 17 to July 26.
TORONTO – Stage, screen and film star Viola Davis says now that she’s achieved a level of success, she’s focused on achieving “significance.”“You get a certain amount of money, you buy a house, you’re on a TV show, which I’m at, and then you’re tired,” the Oscar-winner said Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival when asked how she measures success after all of her accolades.“You’re just tired and disillusioned. And frankly, just being honest, you’re miserable a lot. You’re like, ‘I’m tired, I don’t want to go to work, people don’t even know how hard this is,’” she said to laughs from her fellow cast members and assembled media.“You start complaining in your 8,000-square-foot house. And you realize that you’ve missed the final step — which is not success, but significance.”Davis made the comments while supporting her latest feature, the Chicago-set heist thriller “Widows.”Adapted from a 1980s-era British TV series by “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen and “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn, it follows four women forced to take extreme measures when their criminal husbands are killed on a job that goes very wrong.The film’s star-packed press conference included score composer Hans Zimmer and co-stars Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya and Colin Farrell.Davis spoke about what drives her work today, and called on Hollywood to do more to cast a variety of actors in significant roles.“I measure significance as living a life bigger than myself, that’s why I have a production company. When I became an actress, I became an actress because I saw Miss Cecily Tyson in ‘The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,’” she said.“She gave me permission to do it. But she also showed me a way out of poverty, of feeling invisible, and I just feel like the narratives that are created in Hollywood right now have got to become inclusive. They have got to reflect the changing world and the changing cultures.”Davis, who also stars in the drama “How to Get Away With Murder,” which returns to ABC and CTV later this month, said she’s mindful of “that little girl” she used to be.“I want that little girl to be able to see images that she can attach herself to and to give her permission to feel … that she is being seen,” she said.Erivo said Davis was her inspiration, in the way that Tyson was for Davis.“You know that you were that for me, right?” the British Broadway star said, turning to Davis.“You don’t see it enough, you don’t see the woman that gets to be messy, to be onscreen and not have to be liked and be OK with that, to be intelligent and that’s what I knew I wanted to be able to do but didn’t ever see that until you (did it). So thank you.”
B.C.’s Attorney General warned Alberta could be in for another legal battle if proposed legislation introduced by Premier Rachel Notley causes gas prices to spike.The bill would give Alberta’s Energy Minister the power to restrict exports of oil, gasoline and natural gas; a move that analysts say would drive up gas prices in B.C., potentially by more than 25-per cent.It all comes as investor confidence continues to wane given all the uncertainty around the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.Attorney General David Eby said the province would launch immediate court action on constitutional grounds if it believes the new law punishes British Columbia.“Any concern that British Columbians have that a bill that preferentially punishes British Columbia from the Alberta perspective and tries to drive up gas prices would be unconstitutional, we would take action immediately to address that,” he explained.“We know, as I’m sure they know, the constitution forbids discrimination around energy between provinces, Section 92 sub A, sub 2, it’s in black and white, and if there’s anything in this legislation that even suggests the possibility of discrimination against British Columbians, we will take every step necessary to protect the interests of British Columbians because it will be completely illegal,” argued Eby.Meanwhile, Canadian Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Perrin Beatty said all the delays and infighting are sending the wrong message to the international investment community.“Even if you spend hundreds of millions of dollars and go through the regulatory process to get a project approved, there’s still no guarantees the rule of law will be followed, so we need to clear that up,” he said.Beatty added Canada’s reputation hasn’t been damaged beyond repair but the longer it takes to fix the regulatory process the more damage will be done.
CALGARY – A new report by research firm IHS Markit forecasts the intensity of oilsands emissions to improve by between 16 and 23 per cent by 2030.The report by IHS vice-president Kevin Birn found emissions intensity, which measures how much greenhouse gas emissions are produced per barrel of crude, to have already dropped by 21 per cent between 2009 and 2017.Birn says the intensity of mining-based oilsands operations stood at an average of 83 kilograms of carbon dioxide per barrel last year, while steam-based operations averaged 63 kilograms of carbon dioxide per barrel.Different methodologies on the issue have resulted in varying estimates on emissions intensity. The Pembina Institute said in a 2017 report that the emissions intensity from oilsands operations had increased by nine per cent between 2004 and 2015.Birn says future emissions improvements will be driven by efficiency improvements as new projects come online and vary significantly by project. Emissions intensity for mining projects ranged from 39 to 127 kilograms of carbon dioxide per barrel in 2017.He says policies introduced in recent years, including intensity-based carbon pricing, an absolute cap on oilsands emissions, and a proposed national carbon pricing will help drive improvements.
HOUSTON — An ATM in the Houston area has been shut down and is guarded by law officers after mistakenly dispensing $100 bills instead of $10s and word of the glitch got out on social media.Some Harris County sheriff’s deputies protected the outdoor ATM after Sunday night’s incident and notified Bank of America.A bank statement Monday says a vendor incorrectly loaded $100 bills in place of $10 bills. Bank of America also says customers will be able to keep the additional dispensed money.Officials with North Carolina-based Bank of America didn’t say how much cash was wrongly dispensed.The Associated Press
Rabat – Race to Space, a US Embassy-sponsored competition and summer camp, will announce its finalists in the upcoming days. The program invites Moroccan and Algerian teens to participate in a summer program known as Space Camp, which the website describes as “an interactive educational experience that brings theory to life through simulated training aboard the NASA Space Shuttle.” Of the 25 Moroccan and 25 Algerian students currently left in the running, only six from each country will be selected to attend the Advanced Space Academy at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.The program is looking for high school students aged 15-18 who “excel in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics” and will award a scholarship covering all expenses. It applies to Moroccan and Algerian citizens only, excluding dual US citizens. In addition to high academic standing in subjects related to astronomy, students are expected to have strong English language skills, as the program will take place entirely in English. The final 12 participants (six from each nation) will be revealed on June 24th after completing face-to-face interviews with the judges. As part of the application process, each student created a three-minute video explaining complex astronomical concepts in layman’s terms. They tackled time, gravity, and the Northern Lights among other topics to educate the viewer on the forces shaping our world.Among the program’s sponsors are the Scientific Morocco Association, the Sirius Astronomy Association, the US Embassy in Morocco, and the US Embassy in Algeria. The website also states that “priority will be given to nominees with no previous experience in the United States.” This reveals another purpose of this program: improving cross-cultural understanding.Despite recent diplomatic hurdles with the United States, and the long-standing misunderstanding between Morocco and Algeria, some of the brightest minds of both nations’ youth will come together for intensive scientific training. Not only will student participants be leaders in the scientific communities of their native countries, they will also have a more accurate perception of America and their regional neighbor. Such efforts demonstrate a unity which supersedes political squabbles through a joint effort to improve human knowledge.
Mr. Ban spoke by telephone yesterday with Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, telling him he was “greatly disturbed” by the latest reports following the demonstrations in Deraa and other cities on Friday.The protests were the latest in a series of demonstrations against the rule of Mr. Assad, and part of a broader pro-democracy movement across North Africa and the Middle East that has led to the downfall of long-standing regimes in Tunisia and Egypt.The Secretary-General told Mr. Assad that the killing of peaceful demonstrators was unacceptable and should be investigated, according to information released by his spokesperson. He noted that Mr. Assad intends to launch an inquiry and encouraged him to move quickly on this front.Noting reports that some demonstrators had also used violence and killed security personnel, Mr. Ban said violence from any side should be deplored.He reiterated that every government has a duty to protect civilians and respect the rights and freedoms of the population, including free speech and peaceful assembly. Protesters should also be peaceful, he said.Mr. Ban urged Mr. Assad to release the demonstrators who have been detained, and stressed that there was no alternative “to an immediate and inclusive dialogue on comprehensive reforms” in Syria. 10 April 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced concern after the latest outbreak of violence in Syria, where it is reported that both protesters and security personnel were killed during demonstrations in the southern city of Deraa.
“The trip is intended to show solidarity with the people and Government of Niger and also to help focus international attention on the special developmental challenges faced by the countries of the Sahel, such as Niger,” said a UN spokesman today. Mr. Annan will begin his two-day trip in Zinder, in the south of the country, where he will be welcomed by President Mamadou Tandja. He will visit the pediatric service at Zinder Hospital and then head to a local feeding centre operated by MSF-Switzerland. On Thursday, Mr. Annan is expected to meet with the President and Prime Minister in the capital, Niamey, while there he will confer with UN and humanitarian staff and attend a meeting on food security, facilitated by the UN World Food Programme (WFP). He is also expected to attend a meeting on local development and democracy, facilitated by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Asked if Mr. Annan would be appealing for financial contributions for Niger during his visit there, the spokesman noted that the UN had already issued an appeal, and that the Secretary-General would be working to raise awareness on the need to fulfil it.
Related: Hot Takedown Even if the Patriots had stopped Freeman short of the sticks on 3rd-and-1, it would have run 30 more seconds off the clock, and an average Matt Bosher punt would have placed the Patriots inside their own 20-yard line with less than eight minutes to play. Instead, the Falcons’ only turnover of the game gave the Patriots the ball 5 yards from the red zone with 8:24 left on the clock. Even an unsuccessful run and decent punt at this juncture might have been enough to win the game, considering that the Patriots would go on to score the game-tying touchdown with just 57 seconds left. (Then again, having one fewer minute may have just meant that the Patriots would have scored even faster.)Incredibly, Shanahan and the Falcons later doubled down on their mistake.On the ensuing Falcons possession, Ryan gripped it and ripped it. The Falcons moved from their own 10-yard line to the Patriots’ 22 with a 2-yard run sandwiched between two deep passes. They then ran once, for a loss of a yard, shaving 44 seconds off the clock. Then, Shanahan dialed up another pass — and Ryan took his fifth sack.“You don’t think, just run the ball and make your guy kick a 50-yard field goal,” Shanahan told reporters after the game. But wait — why wouldn’t you think that?Running two more times, even for no gain, would have forced the Patriots to burn two timeouts. The Falcons were on the Patriots’ 23-yard line; a field-goal attempt from there would have been 40 yards, not 50. Falcons kicker Matt Bryant has made 78.2 percent of his career kicks from between 40 and 49 yards. With the score 28-20, going up by 11 with less than four minutes to play would likely have been as effective a dagger as going up by 15.In the end, Shanahan, Ryan and the Falcons offense can point to just about any metric and say they put together a masterful offensive game. They averaged a whopping 7.5 yards per play over the course of the game, far more than the Patriots’ 5.9, or even the Falcons’ league-leading regular-season average of 6.7.But sometimes the best performance in a vacuum isn’t the optimal performance in a game situation. That’s something Shanahan, reportedly set to become the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, is going to have to learn. Every Super Bowl loser wants a do-over, but no team has had as disastrous an ending as Atlanta had in the final nine minutes of Super Bowl LI. If the Falcons were given 1,000 do-overs, they would have been expected, according to ESPN’s win probability model, to win the game 996 times.All the Falcons needed was one more point, one defensive stop or perhaps even just one more minute of burnt clock to zero out the New England Patriots’ 0.4 percent chance to surmount a nigh-insurmountable lead.Why didn’t they?“I think we ran out of gas,” Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said at his post-game press conference. Even so, Quinn’s offensive machine should have been able to coast to the finish line after being up 28-12 with possession of the ball and less than 10 minutes to play. Instead, bad decision-making turned domination into capitulation.The Falcons, as I wrote one FiveThirtyEight’s Super Bowl live blog, had been stunningly effective on the ground all game. The Patriots’ rush defense ranked fourth in Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA) this season, yet the Falcons had piled up 94 yards and a touchdown on just 14 carries.Starting at the 9:40 mark, Falcons running back Tevin Coleman ran on first and second down, getting injured on the latter play but setting up 3rd-and-1 from the team’s own 36-yard line. Rather than dial up another clock-eating run, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan called a pass play. Coleman’s backfield partner, Devonta Freeman, whiffed on his blocking assignment, and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was strip-sacked.After the Patriots capitalized on the turnover with a touchdown, the Falcons ran 11 offensive plays — and only two of them were runs. Despite needing more than anything to wind the clock down to zero, Shanahan gave only two more carries to Freeman, who’d been averaging 8.2 yards per carry until that point.This is where football coaches, who spend numerous hours micro-analyzing schemes and matchups as they build out their game plans, can lose the forest for the trees. It may well be that Shanahan had a perfect play called up for that situation, or a matchup he knew Ryan could exploit. Ryan, after all, had completed 13 of 16 passes to that point; another short completion seemed like an easy ask. But the Falcons needed to maximize their chance of finishing the game with more points, not their offensive efficiency. Should Terrell Owens Be In The Hall of Fame?
Atlanta Gold Corp (AGC) is currently installing proprietary upgrades to its pilot water treatment facility (PWTF) which are expected to be operating by October 31. These upgrades are in accordance with the ‘Final Filter’ plans and specifications which have been approved by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). The upgraded PWTF is designed to treat water containing elevated levels of naturally-occurring arsenic. This is because AGC was ordered to achieve compliance with the NPDES Permit regulated under US Federal Water Pollution Control Act by October 31, with respect to treatment of water discharge at the historic 900 level adit which is located on property owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and administered by the USFS near Atlanta, in Elmore County, Idaho. Ernie Simmons, President and CEO of the Company commented: “It has been a challenge to develop and implement an effective water treatment facility within the required timeframe. Like our neighbours, we have been concerned about the devastation and delays caused by the forest fires that have rolled across the State. Even though fire safety concerns kept us off the project site for seven weeks, I am now pleased to report that we expect that our upgraded pilot water treatment facility will meet compliance by October 31. This demonstrates our commitment to operate the Atlanta project in an environmentally responsible manner that meets all applicable standards.”As prescribed in the government approved Supplemental Plan of Operations (SPOO) and the Final Filter plans and specifications for the Atlanta mine project, the new and proprietary passive water treatment system is expected to treat and capture 99.8% or more of the arsenic, enabling compliance with the Clean Water Act. The Clean Water Act NPDES Permit requires that no more than 10 micrograms/litre or ppb arsenic be discharged into Montezuma Creek. Personnel are currently installing two Zero Valent Iron Filter tanks on-site which house the last stage of the treatment system. The customized 11.6 m long tanks have a total capacity of 36,000 gallons, and provide a resident exposure time (for the arsenic to bond with the zero valent iron) equivalent to that which would be provided by a 200,000-gallon open air pond.Arsenic readings will continue to be monitored on a weekly basis and reported monthly to the USFS, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) and the US Environmental Protection Agency.AGC did not construct the adit or cause the discharge that flows from it. AGC has treated discharge from the adit since 2006 to remove 85% of the naturally-occurring arsenic before it flows into Montezuma Creek. The company’s proprietary pilot passive water treatment system is illustrated in the attached image.
Gorenje VelenjeKlemen CehteTrimo TrebnjeVelenje ← Previous Story Women CL: Buducnost-Gyori tickets given out! Next Story → Portugal: Porto wins league, to Sporting goes the Cup! Slovenian champion Gorenje Velenje’s left back Klemen Cehte (26) signs new contract with “yellow-black”. Despite some rumours that most of the team will left Velenje next summer, one of the best team’s member prolongs contract for next two seasons. Cehte came to Velenje in 2009. He played for Trimo Trebnje before.
C-Tran has entered into contract negotiations with the person it has chosen to become its new executive director/CEO.The agency has entered into contract negotiations with Shawn Donaghy, following action taken by the C-Tran’s board of directors Friday.“Shawn has a strong background in transit, particularly operations,” C-Tran spokeswoman Chris Selk said in an email. “He has a deep understanding of transit technology, which has become increasingly important within the industry, and which will continue to evolve. This, coupled with his collective-bargaining experience and safety/security background, make him an ideal candidate to lead C-Tran.”Donaghy is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Fort Worth Transportation Authority in Fort Worth, Texas, which operates about 40 bus routes and 175 vanpools.In his current job, Donaghy is responsible for overseeing fixed route operations, paratransit operations, maintenance, information technology, and safety and risk management.Donaghy is a third-generation transit executive and has worked in the industry for his entire career. Prior to working in Fort Worth, he was Chief Operations Officer for the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority in Cincinnati, Ohio.Donaghy holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University.In 2016, Mass Transit magazine named him to its list of Top 40 Under 40.C-Tran’s current CEO, Jeff Hamm, is set to retire at the end of June after 10 years at the head of the agency. The only other CEO to serve longer than Hamm was Les White, who led C-Tran from 1982 until 1997.During Hamm’s tenure, C-Tran has opened the 99th Street Transit Center and the Salmon Creek Park and Ride, started the vanpool program, expanded its hybrid vehicle fleet, partnered with Portland’s transit agencies to introduce electronic fares later this year and launched The Vine, the region’s first bus rapid transit system.
BILLERICA, MA — Shawsheen Tech will be holding registration for their upcoming Fall Learn to Swim Program on Tuesday, September 11, Wednesday, September 12, and Thursday, September 12, from 2:15 to 4pm, at the school’s pool. Sign-ups can also take place during any community swim time listed on its website.The cost of the program is $80 for 8 weeks.Lessons run from Saturday, September 22 to Saturday, November 17, with no class on Saturday, October 6 (Columbus Day weekend). Class times are staggered between 9am and 1pm.Click HERE for registration form. Got a question? Contact Aquatics Director Jay Tildsley at firstname.lastname@example.org.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Shawsheen Tech.)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… RelatedShawsheen Tech To Hold Swimming Lessons For Kids On Saturdays This FallIn “Education”Shawsheen Tech To Hold Swimming Lessons For Kids On Saturdays This FallIn “Sports”Shawsheen Tech Alumni Association Announces 3 Class ReunionsIn “Education”
WILMINGTON, MA — Three new candidates have stepped forward to run for the Board of Selectmen — Suzanne Sullivan, Rob Fasulo and Daryn Marsh. Sullivan and Fasulo are seeking the two 3-year seats currently occupied by incumbents Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira, while Daryn Marsh is interested in the 1-year seat being vacated by Ed Loud.Suzanne Sullivan is a former Selectwoman, elected to an unexpired 1-year term in 2003 and a full 3-year term in 2004. She also served on the town’s Master Plan Committee. Sullivan has been intimately involved in the town’s environmental issues over the past 15+ years, including as a leader with the Wilmington Environmental Restoration Committee. She’s recently been calling for more accountability and transparency from the current Board of Selectmen, and has raised concerns surrounding the town’s handling of 362 Middlesex Avenue, New England Transrail, and Town Counsel’s hiring.Rob Fasulo is longtime Wilmington resident. He owns a small farm in town with his wife and three children. Fasulo, a Shawsheen Tech graduate, has a degree in Criminal Justice and has spent much of his life in the law enforcement field, including as a volunteer Wilmington Auxiliary Police Officer from 1998 to 2004. Fasulo was the runner-up in last year’s Selectmen’s race, finishing less than 350 votes behind Jonathan Eaton. During that campaign, Fasulo crusaded against over-development and was endorsed by Governor Charlie Baker, Selectman Mike McCoy, and the Concerned Citizens of Wilmington, among others.Daryn Marsh is a lifelong Wilmington resident. On his campaign Facebook page, he notes: “I am running to bring a different viewpoint for the people of Wilmington and to serve you, the people, the best that I can with no preconceived agenda.” Marsh, an electrician and firearms instructor, hopes to give back to a community that has given so much to him and his family. He has run for Selectmen at least twice in the past (2000 & 2001).According to Assitstant Town Clerk Linda Golden, here are how the races stand as of February 6, approximately one month before the filing deadline:Wilmington Board of Selectmen — 2 seats — 3-year termsGreg Bendel (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/3 — returned on 1/11 — certified on 1/14Kevin Caira (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/4 — has not returned yetRobert Fasulo, Jr. (challenger) — pulled papers on 2/5 — has not yet returnedDaniel Murphy (challenger) — pulled papers on 1/18 — returned on 1/28 — certified on 1/30Suzanne Sullivan (challenger) — pulled papers on 2/5 — has not yet returnedWilmington Board of Selectmen — 1 seat — 1-year termDaryn Marsh — pulled papers on 2/5 — has not yet returnedJomarie O’Mahony — pulled papers on 1/30 — has not yet returnedWilmington School Committee — 3 seats — 3-year termsJo Newhouse (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/4 — has not returned yetJesse Fennelly (challenger) — pulled papers on 1/7 — has not returned yetIncumbents Julie Broussard and Tom Talbot have announced they aren’t seeking re-election.Shawsheen Tech School Committee — 1 seat — 3-year termRobert Peterson Sr. (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/3 — returned on 2/1 — certified on 2/2To get on the ballot, nomination papers, with at least 50 valid signatures from Wilmington voters, are due back to the Town Clerk by Friday, March 8.The Annual Town Election will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Polls will be open from 8am to 8pm.NOTE TO CANDIDATES & CAMPAIGNS: Got announcements, press releases, letters to the editor, etc.? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.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… RelatedBREAKING NEWS: Bendel & Caira Win Re-Election, O’Mahony Joins The BoardIn “Breaking News”ELECTION UPDATE: Kevin MacDonald Enters Selectmen’s Race 24 Hours Before Filing DeadlineIn “Government”SELECTMEN RACE: Examine The Voting Histories Of All 9 CandidatesIn “Government”
Drivers ploughed into pedestrians in two quick-succession, separate attacks in Barcelona and another popular Spanish seaside city Thursday and Friday, killing 13 people and injuring more than 100 others.In the first incident which police qualified as a “terrorist attack,” the driver of a white van sped into a street packed full of tourists in central Barcelona on Thursday afternoon, knocking people out of the way and leaving 13 dead.Some eight hours later in Cambrils, a city 120 kilometres south of Barcelona, an Audi A3 car hit pedestrians, injuring six civilians-one of them in a critical condition-and one police officer, said the government of the Spanish region of Catalonia where both cities are located.Police shot dead four of the Cambrils attackers and a fifth later died of his injuries.They said they were “working on the hypothesis that the terrorists shot dead in Cambrils are linked to what happened in Barcelona”.While little more was known about the attack in Cambrils in the early hours of Friday morning, witnesses in Barcelona told of scenes of chaos and horror.They recounted how bodies were strewn along the famous Las Ramblas boulevard where the driver went on a rampage as other people fled for their lives, screaming in panic.The carnage in a city hugely popular with tourists from around the world is the latest in a wave of attacks in Europe where vehicles have been used as weapons of terror.As world leaders united in condemning the carnage, the IS propaganda agency Amaq claimed that it was carried out by “soldiers” from the jihadist group.Police announced the arrest of two suspects, identified as a Spaniard and a Moroccan, but said the driver was still on the run.“We’re united in grief,” Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in a televised address after rushing to Barcelona, the biggest city in Catalonia, a region in Spain’s northeast whose separatist government is defying Madrid with a drive for independence.“Above all we’re united in the firm intention to defeat those who want to take our values and way of life from us.”There were at least 18 nationalities among the Barcelona victims who came from countries as varied as France, Venezuela, Australia, Ireland, Peru, Algeria and China, according to Spain’s civil protection agency.Belgium said one of its citizens had died in the Las Ramblas assault, while The Hague said three Dutch were injured and a Greek diplomat reported three nationals had been wounded-a woman and her two children.‘Whole street started to run’ -Las Ramblas is one of Barcelona’s busiest streets, lined with shops and restaurants and normally packed with tourists and street performers until well into the night.“When it happened I ran out and saw the damage,” local shop worker Xavi Perez told AFP.“There were bodies on the ground with people crowding round them. People were crying. There were lots of foreigners.”Footage broadcast on Spanish television showed a white van, its front crushed, abandoned by its driver on a road surrounded by police cars.Tom Gueller, who lives on a road next to Las Ramblas said he saw the vehicle speeding along the boulevard.“It wasn’t slowing down at all. It was just going straight through the middle of the crowds in the middle of the Ramblas,” he told BBC radio.Europe’s deadliest attack -Spain had until now been spared the kind of extremist violence that has rocked nearby France, Belgium and Germany.But it was hit by what is still Europe’s deadliest jihadist attack in March 2004, when bombs exploded on commuter trains in Madrid, killing 191 people in an attack claimed by Al Qaeda-inspired extremists.Police said Thursday that one of the arrested suspects in the Barcelona attack was a Spaniard born in Melilla, a Spanish territory on Morocco’s north coast, and the other a Moroccan named as Driss Oukabir.The Spaniard was arrested in Alcanar, about 200 kilometres south of Barcelona, the scene of an explosion in a house late Wednesday that left one person dead and seven wounded and is believed to be linked to Thursday’s assault.“We suspect that they (the occupants) were preparing an explosive device,” Josep Lluis Trapero of the regional Catalonia police told reporters.Thursday’s attack drew condemnation from across the globe.‘Revolting attack’ -US President Donald Trump condemned the “terror attack” and said the United States “will do whatever is necessary to help”, adding: “Be tough & strong, we love you!”France’s President Emmanuel Macron-whose country has witnessed a series of bloody jihadist atrocities including a truck rampage in Nice in July 2016 that killed 86 people-said his thoughts were with the victims of the “tragic attack”.The Nice carnage and other assaults including the 2015 shootings and bombings on Paris nightspots were claimed by the Islamic State, but it is believed to be the first IS claim of an attack in Spain.Catalonia has the highest concentration of radicalised Islamists in the country along with Madrid and the Spanish territories of Ceuta and Melilla in northern Morocco.According to the interior ministry, more than 190 “jihadist terrorists” have been arrested since 2015, most of them for propaganda, recruitment for extremist groups or “glorifying terrorism”.
Mexican berry association Aneberries has said that the industry has not been negatively affected by the delays crossing the U.S. border over the last couple of weeks, despite local media reports that sales had been significantly impacted.Aldo Mares, the organization’s president, said that the situation was regularizing, following an increase in average wait times from two to six or seven hours.The delays are the result of the U.S. Government reassigning some 750 agents from their normal assignments at specific ports of entry on the border, and reassigning them to help process the migrants who have been crossing the border illegally and seeking asylum.”Many of the agents who were reassigned to immigration matters are now returning to their positions and we can say that [the wait times] have regularized greatly. I don’t know if it’s going to continue like that, but this week has been much better than the previous weeks,” Mares said.He said the main challenge for the supply chain had been adapting to the different timings for border checks, but he said: “In berries, no company has reported losses or economic impacts at the moment.” Asparagus in Charts: Mexico’s prices hit five-year … U.S. ag secretary tours California avocado grove, … Transporters have absorbed most of the additional costs of having refrigeration units operating for longer periods, he added.”We know that packing companies have been very affected because those delays affect their production lines, but in terms of the berries we haven’t seen a direct impact,” he said, adding the association has not seen “any threat to sales at the moment”.Rising volumesMares also explained that Mexican berry exports continue to grow rapidly. In 2018 the total value rose 16% year-on-year to US$2.24 billion, he said.”We’re expecting 2019 to continue with the same pace of growth we have experienced over the last few years,” he saidBlueberries saw the strongest growth in export volume, rising 63% in volume from the 2017-18 season to the 2018-19 season, while raspberries grew 18%. However, strawberry volumes fell by 3% and blackberries by 17%. April 18 , 2019 You might also be interested in Dutch produce industry officials tout prioritizing … Q&A with Honeybear Brands: ‘We’re probably ex …
The Tweed region of NSW will play host to Australia’s biggest regional tourism convention next month, with over 150 tourism professionals from across the nation convening from 23-25 October 2018 to discuss the future of regional tourism in Australia.The convention – with the theme ‘pushing the boundaries’ – will be attended by government, business and regional professionals and topics on the agenda include federal policy industry settings, agritourism, regional aviation and the future of Australia’s visitor information centres.NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the convention will provide an opportunity for the tourism industry to invest in new activity across our regions—boosting local businesses.“The tourism business is everybody’s business and the more activity across our regions means more heads on hotel beds, diners in restaurants and shoppers in boutiques, all boosting the local economy and generating more jobs.”The Australian Regional Tourism Convention 2018 is the most significant learning and networking opportunity of the year for industry, practitioners and government agencies engaged in regional tourism throughout Australia. The convention is supported by multiple industry and government partners. Every sector of the tourism industry is invited to attend and be part of shaping the future of regional tourism in Australia. View the 2018 convention program HERE. Australian Regional Tourism Convention 2018Destination NSWNSWregional tourismtourismTweed
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