Latest Star Wars film reportedly to begin filming in Morocco

first_imgNew York – According to a Badass Digest report earlier this week, production and filming of Star Wars Episode VII will begin in Morocco this May.The director of the film, JJ Abrams, is rumored to have decided on Morocco for its desert-like topography as a backdrop for Star Wars planet Tatooine. “George Lucas originally shot some Tatooine scenes in Morocco for the original trilogy although most of them were filmed in Tunisia,” according to Badass Digest.The exact location in Morocco has not yet been announced, but the filming is set to begin on May 14. The film crews will reportedly spend the first two weeks filming on-set in Morocco and then move-on to another scheduled location. The Hollywood-studded cast has yet to be announced, but fans may have the chance to see some familiar Star Wars characters including R2D2 and Luke Skywalker on location in Morocco. This is not the first time Star Wars movie crews have set their eyes on Morocco as a premier filming location.Some scenes from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, were reportedly filmed in Morocco back in the late 1970s. Other films such as Christopher Nolan’s Inception, Matt Damon-led The Bourne Ultimatum and more recently, Captain Philips, all included scenes that were shot in Morocco.The movie and film industry also brings a great deal of revenue to the country and provides a substantial amount of income for the local communities that play host to the foreign filmmakers.Due to some of the recent uprisings and conflicts taking place in other parts of the Middle East and North Africa, many filmmakers have set their eyes on Morocco as a premier destination for filming.Morocco’s expansive stretches of desert and Mars-like topography make it an ideal environment to shoot science fiction and adventure films. Star Wars Episode VII is set to debut on December 18, 2015.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

New food guide set to challenge prominence of meat, dairy industries

Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Health Canada unveiled a radically new food guide Tuesday that eliminates food groups, encourages plant-based foods over meat and dairy products, and is likely to force changes across the country’s agricultural industry.“I see the food guide as a challenge for many industries. How they adapt will be of interest,” said Simon Somogyi, a University of Guelph professor studying the business of food.Meat enjoyed a dominant position in the previous food guide with a meat and alternatives category and a recommended two to three servings daily for adults depending on their sex and age. It now features much less prominently. The new guide encourages people to “eat protein foods,” but choose those that come from plants more often.It’s a win for plant-protein farmers, like those growing beans, chickpeas and lentils, but a potential threat to meat producers.Somogyi believes consumers will favour high-quality beef when they choose to consume red meat and farmers will likely want to shift to producing niche products.If Canadians eat less meat, there may be opportunities to export to Asian markets where a middle-class consumer wants safe, high-quality cuts.“If the Canadian beef sector can provide that then their future looks bright.”The industry may also want to collaborate with plant-protein producers, said Sylvain Charlebois, a Dalhousie university professor who researches food.He recently spoke to hundreds of people in the beef industry about the upcoming food guide, who he said were not overly happy with the plant-based narrative, and suggested they “befriend the enemy.”That kind of partnership could promote a meat loaf recipe that contains beef and lentils, he said.The new guide also minimizes dairy consumption. It touts water — not milk — as the “drink of choice” and eliminates the previous milk and alternatives food group. The visual guide shows a plate topped with a variety of produce, protein and whole grains, but the only dairy pictured is yogurt.The encouragement to consume less dairy contradicts Canada’s supply management system and doesn’t leave a choice but to rethink the status quo, said Charlebois.The system started in the 1970s and sets quotas for production of milk and other goods based on anticipated demand.Canadians will eventually buy less dairy as they adhere to the new guide’s recommendations, he said, and grocers will shrink the amount of space allotted to dairy in stores.Farmers will have to start looking at export markets, and that’s not possible under the current system, he said.“You’ll end up with an imbalance. So obviously, I think you need to look at supply management 2.0 very seriously and commit to a reform as soon as possible.”Somogyi suggests dairy farmers eye opportunities in export markets such as rising demand for infant formula in China and parts of southeast Asia.“In some ways, the guide is a challenge for the Canadian dairy sector to look at what other markets there are and what those products are in other countries.”Fruits don’t get off scot free either. While the new guide recommends “plenty” of vegetables and fruits, it suggests people “replace juice with water.”That directive could hurt Canada’s apple producers, which supply part of their crop to juice processing, said Somogyi.The heavy emphasis on eating whole produce also highlights the need for farms to grow more fruit and vegetables locally, said Charlebois.Canada imports much of its produce, leaving Canadians vulnerable to wild price fluctuations, he said. The consumer price index for fresh lettuce, for example, jumped 39.9 per cent from December 2017 to December 2018, according to Statistics Canada.There’s less risk to local production, he said, and Canada needs to build its economies of scale for produce farming.The changes to the food guide shouldn’t come as a surprise to industry, as experts expected much of what’s in the new guide and it simply reflects changing consumer eating habits.“This is already happening,” said Somogyi, whose research shows a growing number of Canadians are becoming vegetarian or eating less meat. “I think the food guide makes it a little clearer.”The restaurant industry and some processors have been adjusting to increased demand for plant-based protein for years.“It’s one of the most impactful, fast-growing trends right now in the industry,” said Robert Carter, executive director of food service for market research firm NPD Group.A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. added a veggie burger to its menu last year and Maple Leaf Foods Inc. has been adding alternative-protein makers to its portfolio in a bid to become the most sustainable protein company on earth.“Everyone seems to really have all of a sudden jumped on board.” read more

Marking UN Day Annan says Nobel Prize should inspire greater action

“UN Day 2001 is a special day for every Member of the United Nations family, and for everyone who believes in the ideals of our Organization,” said Mr. Annan in his message marking the occasion. “This year, the United Nations has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for our work in promoting peace, defending human rights, and fighting poverty.”Mr. Annan said that honour should “encourage us to tackle our tasks with even greater determination.”The Secretary-General urged the UN family “to stay true to our mission, and to work harder than ever to alleviate suffering in every part of the world.” He pointed out that with old and new challenges confronting humanity, the UN “is more central than ever to creating a better and safer world for all.” The President of the UN General Assembly, Han Seung-soo of the Republic of Korea, pointed out that even as the great majority of human beings aimed to improve the conditions of life on this planet, a small minority was intent on sabotaging – and if possible reversing – progress.”We saw them in action on 11 September, but let us always remember that their capacity for evil is infinitesimally smaller than humanity’s collective capacity for good,” he stressed. As part of the commemorations for UN Day, a concert was planned at the Organization’s New York Headquarters featuring the Indian rock band Euphoria and the Pakistani folk rock band, Junoon, as well as a silent performance by French mime Marcel Marceau. The United Nations also used the occasion to draw the public’s attention to the reopening of guided tours at UN Headquarters in New York. Speaking at a ceremony to unveil new uniforms for UN tour guides, the Interim Head of the UN Department of Public Information, Shashi Tharoor, recalled that following the 11 September attacks against the US, the UN had to temporarily close to the public for security reasons. “The debut of the new uniforms on the occasion of United Nations Day provides us with an opportunity to welcome visitors back to the UN with a fresh new look,” he said. The new apparel was designed by Mondrian and Valleverde. read more

UNs top human rights official to visit China Cambodia and East Timor

Mary Robinson will begin her trip in Beijing, opening a workshop on 18 August for judges and lawyers to launch “an important new area of human rights cooperation between her Office and Chinese authorities,” according to a statement released today in Geneva.Also during her seventh trip to China, the High Commissioner will take stock of the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding concluded with the country’s authorities in November 2000, meet with a number of government ministers, and visit a project of the All China Women’s Federation.While in Beijing, Mrs. Robinson will hold talks with King Norodom Sianouk of Cambodia before proceeding to Phnom Penh. During her stay there, from 20 to 22 August, she will focus on judicial and legal reform, human trafficking and economic and social rights.Mrs. Robinson will meet with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen as well as a number of other senior officials and representatives of human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs). She will also address the National Assembly.While in East Timor from 23 to 25 August, the High Commissioner address Parliament and attend the first public hearing of the country’s Reception Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Mrs. Robinson will also travel to Suai, where she will hold discussions with the survivors of a massacre that killed over 100 people at a church there in 1999. This will be her second meeting with the group, who she contacted previously during her first visit to East Timor two years ago. read more

Buckeye Briefs for April 28

Logan Schuss, Buckeye lacrosse midfielder, received ECAC Co-Rookie of the Week honors after an impressive performance in the ‘Showdown in the ‘Shoe.’ The British Columbia native had a team-best and game-high four points with two goals and two assists against Air Force. Schuss leads the ECAC in points per game and is second in total points. He leads the Buckeyes with 21 assists and is the second leading scorer with 22 goals. This season Schuss has accumulated four conference player of the week selections, three rookie of the week awards and was named offensive player of the week March 29.Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge of the men’s tennis team received his third nod as Big Ten Co-Athlete of the Week this week. Kronauge was a key player in securing two singles and two doubles matches in route to the Buckeyes’ fifth-consecutive Big Ten regular-season title. Kronauge, No. 40 in the nation, holds the team-high 32 wins. This season has propelled Kronauge to becoming the third Buckeye to have more than 100 singles wins and more than 100 doubles wins. Kronauge and his doubles partner, junior Balazs Novak, are undefeated on the season with 16 wins.The No. 23 women’s golf team received its 16th consecutive bid for the NCAA Regional Tournament. With a No. 4 seed, the Buckeyes travel to the West Regional in Stanford, Calif., May 6-8. The Buckeyes have met and beat 10 of the 24 teams competing in the West and are the only Big Ten representative in the West. The Buckeyes must finish in the top 8 teams to advance to the NCAA Championship Tournament. read more

Saving energy and maintenance costs by upgrading to LED fixtures

first_imgDialight recently reached an agreement with Rio Tinto Energy America to install its LED based SafeSiteTM and LEDBright fixtures throughout many coal mining and crushing facilities, thus improving safety dramatically and decreasing maintenance and energy costs in these locations. The rugged solid state design of these newly released fixtures creates a new era where failed lamps and expensive re-lamping costs become a thing of the past. Dialight’s newest illumination fixture, the SafeSite series is designed exclusively for hazardous locations.Rio Tinto Energy America has begun to replace traditional high pressure sodium, metal halide and florescent lighting fixtures with the new SafeSite and LEDBright fixtures to achieve a better, whiter grade of lighting with an instant ‘ON’ feature so they can be used as needed.These rugged fixtures are perfect for applications such as this where shock and vibration are present. They provide extremely long life before service is required. With the great reduction in power needed to operate these new fixtures they will assist Rio Tinto Energy America in efforts to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.Specific applications at Rio Tinto Energy America include: replacement of Hi Bay Lighting (400 W HID fixtures) in maintenance areas with LEDBright Fixtures; replacement of lighting on drills where vibration shortens the life oftraditional lights; and LEDBright fixtures will replace lighting in the wash bays thus eliminating the shock of hitting a hot fixture with cold water. Future additional applications are presently being considered within the Rio Tinto Energy America facilities. Rio Tinto Energy America operates five coal mines located in Wyoming, Montana and Colorado. Rio Tinto Energy America is using Safesite to replace traditional high pressure sodium, metal halide and fluorescent lighting fixtures in maintenance areas and on drill rigs where vibration shortens the life of traditional lights. Safesite’s rugged housing makes it ideal for applications like this where shock and vibration are present. Designed to meet UL Class 1 Division 2 requirements, Safesite uses state-of-the-art solid state LED lighting to avoid failed lamps and expensive relamping.Safesite incorporates the latest LED technology with proprietary optics to achieve area lighting comparable with traditional light sources. By focusing light where it is needed, Safesite is the most efficient light source available for hazardous area lighting applications. Doug Woehler, product manager at Dialight, says: “The emergence of LED technology designed specifically for hazardous environments means that companies like Rio Tinto Energy America can use Safesite to make energy and maintenance cost savings without compromising on their lighting needs. In some environments where coal dust can create a potentially explosive atmosphere, traditional lighting cannot be installed. Safesite provides a new safe option to light these areas.”The first of its kind, Safesite is designed to replace 75 W to 250 W HID light sources in hazardous location applications. The fixture provides better quality light, higher fixture efficiency and 30% greater energy efficiency than traditional HID light source technology.The Safesite LED white downlight can be mounted on walls, stanchions and pendent mounts. It provides an ‘instant ON’ response so can be used as needed rather than wasting energy when not required.Dialight is one of the world’s largest suppliers of applied LED technology.  It operates in two principal segments: components using low-brightness LEDs for status indication in electronic equipment and signals/illumination utilizing the latest high-brightness LED technology for traffic and rail signals, obstruction lighting, hazardous location lighting and general illumination applications. www.dialight.com.last_img read more

Toshiba unveils 14inch USBpowered portable display

first_imgIf you’re anything like me then working with a single display on your PC is not the ideal scenario. Ever since adding a second display to my setup I haven’t looked back and my productivity has improved (I’m even considering a third display now I have a free DisplyPort connection on my graphics card).When using a laptop you are a lot more limited. A second display needs power, is difficult to stay mobile while carrying, and your choices are limited as most displays ship with a stand and aren’t meant to be moved often. Lenovo has attempted to solve this problem by adding a second display to the ThinkPad W700, but it’s small and pushes the price of the laptop right up.Toshiba does have a new solution though, that it has just unveiled. It’s called the Toshiba USB Mobile LCD Monitor and offers up a portable 14″ screen with a HD resolution of 1366 x 768.While that sounds great, how have they made it portable? Somehow Toshiba has managed to reduce the power required by the display to the point where a USB connection supplies all it needs as well as the video signal. What that means is you have a second display that only requires a USB cable plugged into your laptop to work.When not in use the screen folds down flat into a protective leather casing and is only around half an inch thick so that it can easily be slotted next to your laptop in a bag. In terms of weight it’s 3 pounds extra on your shoulder. Options on the display include the ability to make it sleep as well as a brightness selector to save even more power depending on lighting conditions.The Mobile LCD will work with any laptop running Windows and is already available to purchase from ToshibaDirect.com for $199.99Read more at Toshibalast_img read more

Missing 44 yearold Dublin man found safe and well

first_img May 5th 2019, 2:38 PM By Conor McCrave 48,263 Views Missing 44 year-old Dublin man found safe and well Gardaí have thanked the public for their assistance. Short URL Share366 Tweet Email Sunday 5 May 2019, 2:38 PM 3 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4620873 A 44-YEAR-old man missing from Dublin since Saturday has been found safe and well. Gardaí had appealed for the public’s help in locating David Henderson who was last seen in the Portobello area of Dublin City centre. The gardaí have thanked the public for their assistance.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

CHAMBER CORNER Learn About Tewksburys Coldwell Banker

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce profiles a different member in the local media each week.  In this week’s “Chamber Corner,” the Chamber is spotlighting Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage of Tewksbury.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… RelatedCHAMBER CORNER: Meet Assunta Perez Of DaMore LawIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Michaela Klofac From AFLACIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”last_img read more

Hospitalizations from Spice on the rise many cases near Beans Cafe

first_imgSpice is commercially sold in different packaging, typically as a loose packet of herbs treated with chemicals. (Courtesy photo – US Marine Corps)Thirty-two people have been hospitalized in the past week because of Spice, a street drug that’s a mixture of dried herbs sprayed with chemicals. Many of the victims were smoking the drug near Bean’s Cafe in downtown Anchorage on Wednesday. It’s unclear if Spice is linked to the seven deaths in the homeless community in the past month.Download AudioThe executive director of Bean’s Cafe Lisa Sauder describes the scene near the soup kitchen on Wednesday as a “war zone.” Bean’s Cafe staff walked the campus, checking on anyone who was lying down. Some were just lounging in the sun, but others were unconscious. “And what would typically happen is that there’d be maybe two, three, four people would be smoking it together, and they would all succumb to symptoms at the same time. So you would have three or four people and you would say, everything’s okay, everything seems stable, then you’d have three or four people down again.”Police and paramedics responded. Sauder said one of her staff members pried a rolled up cigarette made with the synthetic drug out of the hand of one of the clients as she was being loaded into the ambulance. She says her staff is seeing an increase in the number of people transported for seizures and cardiac arrests — both side effects of the illegal drug. According to an APD press release, it’s possible other chemicals and “hemlock-like” plants are being added to the drug locally. The Anchorage Police Department is looking for the source of the drug. Selling and possessing Spice in Anchorage is illegal.The health problems from Spice usage are not definitively linked to the seven members of the homeless community who have died in the past three weeks. The Anchorage Police Department says toxicology results usually take about eight weeks. Bean’s Cafe has hosted two different memorial events to help the grieving community.During the first of the events, Mark Roy Ahvakana listened to his brother drum while others sang. He said the deaths were a wake up call.“And reading it in the newspaper, it opened up my eyes, too. It kind of scared me. Makes me want to stop trying to drink so much and doing drugs, you know,” he said. Try to sober up, try to find work, and get a place to live in.”Connecting clients with the limited number of resources isn’t always easy. “The problem is now, if someone walks into our client services office and says ‘That’s it, I’m done with drugs. I want to go into detox. I want to go into rehab.’ We go, ‘Great, maybe we can get you into a bed in October,’” said Sauder. “We’ve got to be utilizing the few scant resources we have while we try to bring more online.”One temporary solution is a simple real-time updated document shared by local service providers showing all available detox, rehab, and housing possibilities. Sauder said it will help make sure all resources are put into use as quickly as possible, but ensuring that everyone is safe will require the whole community. “If you see someone on the sidewalk, passed out, you don’t need to approach them but call. Call 9-1-1 and have somebody check on them. One of the clients that was found had been on the street for probably 10 to 12 hours. That’s unacceptable. It’s unacceptable that we’ve become so accustomed to people being passed out on the sidewalk that for 10 hours, no one called.”last_img read more

UNSC to discuss violence against Rohingyas on Wednesday

first_imgThe United Nations Security Council sits to meet on North Korea after their latest missile test, at the UN headquarters in New York City, US, on 4 September. Reuters File Photo.The United Nations Security Council will meet Wednesday to discuss the violence in Myanmar that has sent more than 300,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, the council president said.Britain and Sweden requested the urgent meeting amid growing international concern over the ongoing violence in Rakhine state.“It’s a sign of the significant worry that Security Council members have about the situation that is continuing to deteriorate for the many Rohingyas who are seeking to flee Rakhine state,” British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told reporters.On Monday, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein accused Myanmar of waging a “systematic attack” on the Rohingya and warned that “ethnic cleansing” seemed to be under way.Myanmar’s de facto leader, Nobel peace prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, has faced strong international criticism over the military crackdown on the Muslim minority, which began when Rohingya militants ambushed security forces in Rakhine State on August 25.The council met behind closed doors in late August to discuss the violence, but there was no formal statement from the council.Rycroft said he hoped for agreement on a “public outcome” of the meeting on Wednesday.UN diplomats have said China has been resisting involvement by the top UN council in addressing the crisis.Fellow Nobel laureates the Dalai Lama, Malala Yousafzai and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu have urged Suu Kyi to distance herself from the military and speak out on the violence.The UN refugee agency says at least 313,000 Rohingya have now arrived in Bangladesh from Rakhine State since August 25, about a third of the total population of 1.1 million.last_img read more

Jeff Goldblum on Jeff Goldblum memes is Jeff Goldblum inception

first_imgIf you’re looking for perennial weird actors, it’s hard to do better than Jeff Goldblum. Whether he’s melting into a giant bug metaphor for AIDS or snarling like a cat en route to a dinosaur theme park, Goldblum is responsible for some of the silliest, most surreal moments in cinema. Beyond movies, he’s also lent his strange talents to everything from Tim and Eric GE commercials to zombie modes in Call of Duty games. Now, the Goldblum gaze has turned to the internet. This video of Jeff Goldblum ranking Jeff Goldblum memes is the Jeff Goldblum inception you didn’t know you needed in your life. Jeff Goldblum.While promoting his role in the upcoming blockbuster sequel Independence Day: Resurgence, Jeff Goldblum took some time to admire his online impact with some help from our sister site IGN. Goldblum, alongside his co-star Liam “The Steve McQueen of our Generation” Hemsworth, ranked several memes based on himself. Memes included Goldblum’s bare chest and Goldblum watching you poop. He used a super scientific scale: one to 10 Goldblums. However, one meme was worthy of an unprecedented 20 Goldblums. Words don’t do it justice. Watch the video above for the jazzy voice and cadence and disregard for reality that make up the dreamy full Goldblum experience.Independence Day: Resurgence release June 24, and if it’s half as good as this video, Roland Emmerich will have truly created a masterpiece. At the very least, maybe it will lead to some more memes Jeff Goldblum can judge years from now. I’m so much more excited for Thor: Ragnarok. Jeff Goldblum, Terry Quattro himself, as the cosmic Grandmaster? Sign me up!last_img read more

LG V35 ThinQ Now Available With a Killer 250 Discount and Comes

first_imgLG decided to launch two V-series flagship phones this year, the V35 ThinQ and the V40 ThinQ. The reason to release two flagship V series is still unknown, but the V35 ThinQ is already available for purchase but the latter is expected to go on sale this month.If you haven’t yet decided to go for the LG V40 ThinQ, this Amazon deal on the other LG flagship phone, the V35 ThinQ that launched several months back might pique your interest. The unlocked handset is available at a terrific discount for a limited time. You can purchase it for just $650 saving and save $250 in the process.However, there are certain things that must be mentioned here. That $250 discount is only applicable to the Prime Exclusive variant of the phone, meaning that the phone comes with pre-installed Amazon apps, including Amazon Widget, Amazon shopping, and Amazon Alexa.In case this is not a concern for you, you would be happy to know that you get to choose between Aurora Black and Platinum Grey colors. Do note that the unlocked version of LG V35 ThinQ works on all major U.S. carriers which include AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon. Also, something to keep in mind is this deal is available for Amazon Prime customers only, although you can sign up for a 30-day free trial to Amazon Prime and avail the offer, that is one option at your disposal.A little information on the V35 ThinQ; the phones features the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset, along with dual-rear-cameras and a Quad HD+ screen coupled with 6GB of RAM. You can certainly make it your daily driver without paying the flagship cost for it.Check out the LG V35 ThinQ at Amazon for a $250 discount Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Two arrested in Canada in alleged Al Qaeda plot

first_imgOTTAWA, Canada – Two suspects were arrested in connection with an alleged Al Qaeda plot to derail a passenger train in Canada, police said on Monday.Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, and Raed Jaser, 35, were allegedly planning to carry out an attack on a Via Rail passenger train in the Toronto area, an official told reporters.The two men are expected to appear in court on Tuesday for a bail hearing. Charges include conspiring to carry out an attack and conspiring in association with a terrorist group to commit murder.An official from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said at a news conference that the suspects “were receiving support from Al Qaeda elements located in Iran,” but added that “there’s no indication these attacks were state-sponsored.”The duo received “direction and guidance” from Al Qaeda, officials said. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Latin Americas unlikely honest voice for democracy

first_imgRelated posts:Venezuela’s dynastic diplomacy puts a Chávez at the UN Absences, again, shine at Ibero-American summit Bolivia’s Evo Morales: Obama should lift the embargo and return Guantánamo Naval base to Cuba Venezuela’s Maduro calls Donald Trump a ‘thief’ For years Venezuela’s authoritarian populist government grossly manipulated elections and got away with it. So imagine the surprise in Caracas in November when, just a few weeks ahead of a vote for the National Assembly, an 18-page open letter arrived from one of the hemisphere’s senior diplomats that, in painstaking and scathing detail, denounced the regime’s attempt to maintain its legislative majority by crook.No, the author was not U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who has assiduously courted Cuba’s Castros while ignoring the regime founded by the late Hugo Chávez. It was Luis Almagro, a formerly little-known leftist foreign minister from the tiny South American country of Uruguay. Since May, Almagro has been secretary general of an institution generally regarded as moribund: the Organization of American States. Thanks to him, it is rapidly becoming relevant again.Almagro’s simple strategy has been to do what no other senior figure in the Western hemisphere – Americans included – has done in the past two decades: publicly call out and denounce violations of human rights and democratic practice whenever and wherever they occur in the hemisphere, in detail and without regard for diplomatic nicety. His ambition, he told me in an interview last week, is “to leave this position with a clean record – that any time there was a human rights violation or democracy was not working, I did not shut up.”It’s a shrewd approach for reviving the OAS, a 35-member group that was founded in 1948 for the purpose of defending democracy against communism. Half a century later, the alliance seemed poised to gain a second wind when, on Sept. 11, 2001, it adopted a treaty obligating its members to maintain democratic institutions and providing for collective action against violators. But as the United States, which had been a moving force behind the group, turned its attention to wars in the Middle East, Chávez and other autocratic populists blocked the OAS from acting while setting up new regional groupings that excluded Washington.Almagro’s arrival as secretary general coincides with a regional shift of direction. Venezuela is enduring an economic meltdown that threatens to turn a country of 30 million people into a failed state. Argentina just elected a center-right president over the populist Peronists. Nationalist demagogues are sinking in Latin America as fast as they are rising in the United States and Europe.In that context, Almagro’s crusade strikes a chord, as does his focus on Venezuela’s long-neglected abuses. His pre-election missive – spiced by quotes from Uruguayan statesmen and Bob Marley – detailed government monopolization of the media, unjust incarceration of opposition leaders and the violent suppression of free assembly as well as pre-election dirty tricks.The government of Nicolás Maduro ended up losing by a landslide. It responded by packing the supreme court and then using it to deprive the opposition of a potentially game-changing two-thirds legislative majority. That prompted another public letter from Almagro. “During these elections and at the beginning of the parliamentary session,” he wrote on Jan. 12, “we have seen the power of the State used to silence and harass the opposition, violations of the checks and balances designed to ensure the separation and independence of powers, the opportunistic appointment of judges, and interference in different branches of government, all amounting to … erosion of democracy.”Predictably, Almagro has been showered with abuse by the Chavistas. Yet his finger-pointing seems to be having an effect. Prodded by the military, the government recognized the results of the elections; in the past 10 days, setting aside threats to ignore or suppress the national assembly, it has begun quietly talking to its new leaders. “We helped create an ethical framework,” Almagro told me. “The [Chavistas] always had managed to get away with these moves they were making and no one was denouncing them. We made it clear that there were eyes on them and there was no possibility for them to take actions that would not be denounced.”The government has not retreated from its attempt to strip the opposition of its super majority, but Almagro said he was encouraged by the fragile new dialogue. “There was pragmatism that was very welcome,” he said. “They will have to go a long way, and that was one step. But there are solutions that Venezuela needs that can only be achieved through joint work of the government and opposition.”The Uruguayan hasn’t limited himself to prodding the Chavistas. He’s also intervened in Haiti’s election crisis, a corruption scandal in Guatemala and a border dispute between Colombia and Venezuela. In each case, he said, he was advised to keep a diplomatic silence – a counsel often pressed on the Obama administration by Latin American governments.Almagro rejects it. “When they ask you to be silent, you shouldn’t pay attention,” he said. “I won’t pay attention.”Jackson Diehl is deputy editorial page editor for The Washington Post.© 2016, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Emirates expands wings to Adelaide

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T The UAE carrier has announced a network expansion that will include a new four times weekly service to Adelaide.Unveiled this week, Emirates said it had added a further 15 routes to its current itinerary – one of which is its fifth Australian city following already established links to Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne.The carrier’s chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said the airline “is currently in a concentrated and sustained period of global expansion”, that will also see its Perth service become a triple-daily operation by March 2013. “The addition of Adelaide to our network and the boost to our Perth operations demonstrates our commitment to investment and growth in our Australian operations and highlights the economic strength and global demand for the two cities as business, leisure and investment destinations,” the Sheikh said. “We will also grow capacity to Melbourne with the introduction of daily A380 services in October, in addition to our existing double-decker flight into Sydney.”The Middle-Eastern carrier said it is also looking to add the French city of Lyon to its expanding operations, along with a daily service to the Polish capital of Warsaw.“Our increased operations into France, linking with Lyon, comes on the heels of our announcing a second A380 service into Paris from 1st January – all of which is a response to acute demand for our services to and from this market. Poland continues our exciting push into this region of Europe,” Sheikh Ahmed said.last_img read more

World Travel Tourism Industry responds in support of Nepal recovery

first_imgIn response to the tragic earthquakes in Nepal several travel related organisations from around the world have responded to create long term support for the people of Nepal and to the recovery of its vital travel industry.International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) recognises and expresses appreciation to the many organisations who responded in support of the Nepal crisis. Following are travel and tourism organisations IIPT has identified who are responding in support of the long term recovery of Nepal.READ Global: Many of READ’s (Rural Education and Development) 59 Centres in Nepal serve as the primary source of information in their communities and provide critical resources such as microcredit, health services, and Internet access. More than a dozen of these Centres and their communities have sustained damage. READ Centres continued to play a critical role in meeting village’s most urgent needs as people begin the process of rebuilding.Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) and its partner, the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) has been requesting specific gear donations from their members. ATTA member Dharma Adventures collaborated with Samaritan’s Purse had weekly planes going to Nepal to deliver donated gear from OIA.Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), an umbrella association of trekking some 1200 Trekking agencies in Nepal, is working on re-establishing heritage sites and also has taken responsibility for repairing trekking trails.Pacifica Asia Travel Association (PATA) has set up several help centres such as PATA Nepal Chapter Earthquake Victims Help Centre at Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure, Thamel and Scouts Building, Lainchaur. It is also helping to rebuild the tourism sector and opening various sites for tourists again.Among others are the Travel Corporation and Tread Right Foundation, Skal International, Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), Baptist General Relief (BGR) and Tourism Education Futures Initiative (TEFI) who actively supported Nepal during the crisis by providing financial investments to support the local tourism industry, including community-based tourism projects and social enterprises, so that Nepal can recover in the long term.last_img read more

The British Virgin Islands plays host to one of th

first_imgThe British Virgin Islands plays host to one of the most unique events in the international culinary world as the BVI Tourist Board presents the second in their highly acclaimed Virgin Islands Winemakers Dinners series this year. From December 3 – 6th, seven of the world’s most renowned chefs and winemakers will be paired together to prepare four extraordinary seven course dinners for guests in some of the Islands’ most beautiful locations.The event is the brainchild of Mr. Ajit George, Managing Director of Nail Bay Resort and Co-Chair of the BVI Charitable Fund, which will be the beneficiary of the event. The Dinners grossed over $100,000 when they took place in July of this year to rave reviews.“The Winemakers Dinners give us a rare opportunity to create a world-class event that attracts visitors and BVI locals alike to experience the finest cuisine, award-winning wines, and the exquisite scenery of our beautiful islands all at once, said Ms. Hadassah Ward, Acting Director of the BVI Tourist Board. “The fact that this all comes together to benefit our local charities makes it even more exciting. It’s a win-win for everyone.”The event will have each chef preparing one of the seven courses at each meal. Dinners will be prepared under the leadership of Vikram Garg, Executive Chef of the famed Halekulani On The Beach at Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii. Joining Chef Garg wil be Chef Anne Burrell, host of the Food Network program, Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and sous-chef to Mario Batali on Iron Chef America, fromer Top Chef contestant Otto Borsich who has also worked at some of America’s finest establishments including the Pierre Hotel, Le Bernadin, Bellagio Hotel and Charlie Trotters; Taekyung Chung from Chung Cooking Studio, Tokyo, Japan who is the author of The Korean Table, the bible of Korean Cooking and Roberto Trevino from the Bodati, San Juan, Puerto Rico who participated in Iron Chef and the Next Iron Chef. Locally renowned Chef Albert Kramer, who previously served as first Executive Chef at Little Dix Bay Resort in Virgin Gorda and Pastry Chef Heidi Beyhair of Biras Creek Resort of Virgin Gorda, will be preparing their specialties as well. All the chefs are volunteering their time and talent.The seven wineries presenting their wines include Francis Ford Coppola’s Rubicon from California; Cheval des Andes from Argentina; Weingut Grans Fassian from Leiwen, Germany; Tenuta San Leonardo from Trentino, Italy; the Grand Cru champagne house Pierre Paillard from Bouzy, France; Weingut Reinhold Haart from Piesport, Germany and Terrazas De Los Andes from Argentina. All the wineries are donating the wines poured during this event. In addition each winery is donating some of their most interesting wines for a small auction.“The purpose of the Winemakers Dinners is twofold,” explained Mr. George. “While our primary focus is to raise funds to support local BVI charities, this also provides us with the opportunity to raise the bar for the culinary experience in the British Virgin Islands, helping visitors to view the territory as a fine dining destination and encouraging local eateries to maintain and even enhance that standard.”The locations selected to host the chefs, winemakers, and their guests include: Baraka Point, a 12,000 sq. ft. luxury villa at Nail Bay. (www.barakapoint.com); Frenchman’s Lookout, a beautiful villa in Tortola that was best described by super model Kate Moss when she said “Frenchman’s Lookout is the most beautiful place I have ever stayed in the Caribbean.” (www.frenchmanslookout.com); Giorgio’s Table, which is Virgin Gorda’s newest restaurant, and The Golden Pavilion in Tortola, a one of a kind Balinese-style villa on four gated acres. (www.goldenpavilionvilla.com).www.winemakersdinners.comlast_img read more

Cyprus ratifies Istanbul Convention against domestic violence

first_imgCyprus ratified on Friday the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention.Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe (CoE), Ambassador Spyros Attas, deposited on behalf of the Republic of Cyprus the instrument of ratification of the convention with the Deputy Secretary General of the CoE, Gabriella Battaini Dragoni.Cyprus, which had signed the convention in June 2015, becomes the 27th CoE member state to ratify it, after parliament voted for the law on the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.The ratification, an official announcement said, ‘stressing Cyprus’ efforts to eliminate such phenomena, was deposited a few days before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women’ which is marked on November 25.The ratification of the convention has been a standing demand of MPs and many groups in Cyprus, as it is deemed as a valuable tool in preventing and combating violence against women in a comprehensive manner.According to a report submitted to the House human rights committee earlier in the year, around 9,800 incidents of violence against women were recorded in Cyprus between 2005 and 2015.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more