Germanys KfW Bank Supports Energy Transition in Morocco

Marrakech  – At the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Germany’s KfW Development Bank signed a loan agreement for EUR 60 million, Tuesday, supporting the construction of the fourth power plant – NOOR IV – of what will be the world’s largest solar power complex.German Development Minister Gerd Müller was present at the signing. Once the new PV plant, which will have over 70 MW of capacity, is completed, Morocco will be able to reduce its annual CO2 emissions by roughly 800,000 tonnes.“We are supporting Morocco’s ambitious expansion targets in its transition to renewable solar, wind and water power. This is a powerful pioneering model for other countries, and plays a decisive role in reducing global emissions,” explains Dr Norbert Kloppenburg, Member of the Executive Board of KfW Group. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, KfW is providing EUR 829 million for the construction of the world’s largest solar complex in southern Morocco.The first power plant of the Moroccan solar energy complex already started operation at the beginning of 2016. Germany is heavily involved in the project, which is a key component in the transformation of Morocco’s energy system. NOOR I, Arabic for “light”, has a capacity of 160 MW and will generate electricity for around 300,000 people. Within the next few years, the NOOR II – IV plants are scheduled to be connected to the grid. The complex is designed for a capacity of around 580 MW and is to supply around 1.3 million people with electricity.Through KfW, Germany is the project’s largest financial backer. Under the commission of the German government, KfW is contributing EUR 829 million of the planned total cost of approximately EUR 2.2 billion. The European Union, the French Development Agency (AFD) and the European Investment Bank also contribute to the financing of this mega power station. In addition to financing, part of the technical equipment comes from Germany as well: the turbines for the solar thermal system are from the German technology group Siemens, for example.Since 2009, the Kingdom of Morocco has pursued an ambitious renewable energy strategy: by 2030 it plans to generate over half of its generation capacity from water, solar and wind power.With MAP read more

Lesotho draws UNs attention to inconsistent approaches to conflict resolution

“And yet still in others, it has turned a blind eye, at best, leaving the mantle to some members of the international community to unilaterally threaten the imposition of sanctions,” Lesotho’s Prime Minister, Pakalitha B. Mosisili, told the annual general debate of the General Assembly, whose theme this year is the role of mediation in the settlement of disputes.Mediation by a group of African eminent persons and the UN produced the desired results and brought Kenya’s post-election conflict to an end in 2008, while facilitation by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) led to the formation of a national unity government in Zimbabwe in 2009, Mr. Mosisili said. African Union’s mediation in Burundi ended over a decade of bloody conflict.Peace brokered through mediation also ended two decades of warfare between northern and southern Sudan and led to the creation of a new State, South Sudan.“It is our humble but considered opinion that where mediation has been given a chance, lives have been saved. The cost in resources, be they financial or human, has been minimal, and the destruction of infrastructure spared.”Mr. Mosisili noted that the African Union (AU) had developed a comprehensive roadmap that would have led to a peaceful settlement to the conflict in Libya, but the bloc was deliberately sidelined and military intervention hastily adopted.“The UN and AU must work together to bring about the consolidation of peace, national reconciliation, and the establishment of an all-inclusive Government in Libya. The UN, not just a few countries with vested interests, should take the lead in reconstruction of the country,” said Mr. Mosisili.The Prime Minister of Swaziland, Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini, in his address to the General Assembly urged the UN to find a suitable way for Taiwan, Province of China, to participate meaningfully in UN specialised agencies and mechanisms, including the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).“There is no doubt that the people of Taiwan have a functional need to be included in the UN system, and that their inclusion is in the common interest of the international community as well,” he said. 24 September 2011Lesotho today at the United Nations drew the world’s attention to the lack of consistency in global conflict resolution, pointing out that the international community through the Security Council was quick to authorize military intervention in some disputes while preferring mediation in others. read more

Korea happy with Lankas progress

Paek visited Sri Lanka from 13th -15th June 2013 and during his visit he had a meeting with Dr. D.M.S. Batagoda, Deputy Secretary to the Treasury to understand the various development needs of the country and discuss future cooperation between the two countries, the Korean Embassy in Colombo said. Paek noted that Sri Lankan Government’s efforts on human resource development and capacity building are similar to what Korea did during the ‘70s. He then expressed Korea’s support and expertise on the Sri Lanka’s key development agenda and a keen interest on Sri Lanka’s development road map as laid down in MahindaChintana.Dr. Batagoda, meanwhile expressed his appreciation and satisfaction on Korea’s current development assistance in Sri Lanka and said that more cooperation could be initiated in many fields between the two countries, the Korean Embassy said. The two parties have agreed to work closely in the field of Development Cooperation in order to successfully carry forward the Country Partnership Strategy. (Colombo Gazette) Korea says it is impressed by Sri Lanka’s rapid economic development and said that the Sri Lankan economic development shares similarities with Korea’s past.Paek Il-Hyun, Director General of the International Development Assistance Division of the Prime Minister’s Office of the Republic of Korea said that Sri Lanka has made significant economic development in the past few years despite the negative global economy and instability in the international financial markets. Paek  said that as Korea was once a recipient country of foreign development aid, it aims to provide assistance befitting the development priorities and national development programmes of partner countries. He noted that to this end, understanding the needs of the partner country’s development priorities is very important in carrying out the agreed projects between two countries.He further mentioned that with the efforts of the two countries, the Country Partnership Strategy Plan is currently underway up to year 2016 to support Sri Lanka to achieve balanced and sustainable development in line with its national development programme. He also visited a number of project sites including the solar power plant and the government complex in Hambantota which are funded by the Korean Government. read more

New commander named for UN peacekeeping force in Liberia

Lt. Gen. Joseph Olorungbon Owonibi of Nigeria will take over as Force Commander from Lt. Gen. Daniel Ishmael Opande of Kenya. He was previously General Opande’s Deputy as well as the Chief Military Observer of UNMIL.Prior to his assignment in November 2003 to Liberia, General Owonibi served in several high-level national and international positions, including Coordinator of the Nigerian Army Training Group, which undertook the reorganization and training of the Gambian National Army from 1992 to 1994.He also was Commander of the first reconnaissance company in support of the Nigerian battalion within the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).General Owonibi’s appointment is the third top-level change in the Mission within a week. On Monday Steinar Bjornsson of Iceland was named UNMIL’s Deputy Special Representative for Operations, and it was announced on Friday that Police Commissioner Mark Kroeker of the United States will leave the Mission to become the Civilian Police (CIVPOL) Adviser in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in New York. read more

EYEWITNESS Diddling or fiddling

…US at G20?To most observers, it had to happen sooner rather than later; but none of them thought the dominance of the US in the corridors of world power would be abdicated, rather than dwindle away — as England’s had been after WWI. But at the latest G-20 meeting in Germany, Donald Trump clearly had no inclination to step up to the plate on the dominant issues on the agenda: trade and climate change.On trade matters, with the US pulling out of the mega blocks like TPP — which his predecessor had worked for years to cobble together — China, Europe and Russia rushed in to fill the vacuum with such alacrity you could hear the “whooshing” sound even across the Atlantic. Isolationism might sell in the rust belt of the Midwest, but the other members of G20 were obviously taken aback by the know-nothing obduracy of Trump. Even if America were to get its manufacturing mojo back, does Trump really believe it can afford to neglect the burgeoning markets in the rest of the world?On Climate Change, even the host Angela Merkel had to publicly call out the US for abandoning the Paris Accord, while Macron pointedly proposed that France will host another conclave so that G19 can move on. Trump failed to grasp that the response to “Climate Change” isn’t tied to whether “the science” is right or wrong. It will now lead to the spawning of industries that will eclipse most of the dominant players in the energy field, for one.The US will now indubitably fall further behind in the race for ‘renewables”, where China and India are rubbing their hands with glee. Both those countries have committed to powering their cars in the next three decades with electricity by going the way of Volvo, which just announced it will stop making the internal combustion engine!! Maybe Trump should’ve taken a hint from the company his Secretary of State Tillerson so recently headed – Exxon, which has recently plunged into the production of algae bio-fuels.On a personal level, if one thing epitomised the new power reality, it was a picture of Trump sitting alone at his seat while all around him G20 leaders were locked in animated conversations. Trump didn’t help his cause – or that of the US — when he had his daughter fill in for him at the G20 roundtable while he was engaged in a bi-lateral with Indonesia.Ivanka might be easy on the eyes and a good businesswoman, but she had no official standing to represent the President of the US – especially in such a gathering.While some may enjoy the diminished US presence on the world stage…it could lead to instability.…at CARICOMYour Eyewitness had taken Prezzie at his word when, some time ago, he mentioned on his Public Interest show that he’d be raising the aborted officially designated “Jagdeo Initiative” — which since 2003 had been placed on Caricom’s agenda — to effectuate our Common Agricultural Policy. The Initiative, spearheaded by Jagdeo, has spelled out chapter and verse as to how the 10 constraints that prevented us from feeding ourselves, and even export food, could be overcome.But imagine, this is all Pressie could say on the subject last week: “The Community has the land, the labour, the talent, and the capital to guarantee food security for its citizens. The Community’s annual food import bill, which exceeds US$4B, is a notorious indictment of its ability to promote investment and stimulate intra-regional trade in agricultural commodities.“Non-tariff barriers continue to constrain trade in food. The Community needs to re-examine how it can dismantle the non-tariff barriers to trade in agricultural products while generating employment for its citizens.”“Non-tarriff barriers”? Was it the name “Jagdeo” that stuck in his throat? Sad.…on the oil contractYour Eyewitness knows Trotman will ignore his calls to reveal the details of the deal he’s made with Exxon on OUR oil.But to ignore his coalition partner WPA? Oi vey!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Do fuh do…April 4, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: How does it feel…July 18, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”G20: Hamburg sees clashes between police and protestersJuly 6, 2017In “World” read more

Nortel patent sale faces government probe in Canada

first_imgOnce a giant in the telecom business, Nortel‘s well-documented slide seemed to be coming to somewhat of a close recently. With a massive collection of more than 6,000 patents on the line, a consortium consisting of Microsoft, RIM, Apple, Sony, Ericsson, and EMC outbid Google with a final offer of $4.5 billion. It was expected that the transaction would be finalized sometime this fall, though there might now be an additional hurdle to overcome.Nortel is a Canadian company, so those 6,000 patents may require a little investigation by Industry Minister Christian Paradis. The sticking point will be whether or not the Investment Canada Act is applicable in this case. The Act stipulates that any transaction involving foreign investors that are purchasing more than $312 million in any Canadian business’ assets must show a net benefit for Canada in order to receive regulatory approval.AdChoices广告If Minister Paradis determines the Act applies, the deal must be determined to offer a “net benefit” or it could be nullified by Ottawa. In the last year, 441 acquisitions by foreign investors took place in Canada and only 17 were subject to review. One such bid led to the scuttling of Australian mining concern BHP Billiton’s attempt to purchase Saskatchewan-based Potash Corp. — though in that case the company itself withdrew the bid after struggling with the approval process.In the case of the Nortel patent pool, the consortium will pursue approval doggedly, as its members don’t want to risk losing the patents to Google. There’s no doubt Google would be more than happy to wager another mathematical constant as a dollar value should it have a second chance to secure the Nortel booty.More at CBClast_img read more

You Can Finally Play Xbox One in Peace With Do Not Disturb

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. While video games are great for bringing people together, there are times when you may want to play them without disturbances. The PlayStation 4 has had the ability for players to appear offline for some time now. This hasn’t been the case on Xbox One. If you’re connected to the internet, folks can see you and hit you up. The Xbox One is getting a number of new additions soon, and one of them is a “do not disturb” feature. Finally, players can enjoy playing games in peace.Selecting “do not disturb” prevents other players from sending you messages, party invites, or any other notification while you’re online. You will of course still receive all of these notifications; you just won’t see them pop up on the screen while you’re playing. Anyone who is signed up to the Xbox Insider beta can try the feature out right now. Users not in the beta should get the feature sometime in the near future.Another neat feature coming to the Guide is “Next Achievement.” Now, users will get to view and sort a cross-game list of upcoming achievements. You can see which achievements you’re closest to getting and quickly jump into a game to nab them. Mini Game Hubs will be available right in the Guide, allowing you to see friends who are currently playing, upcoming achievements, group posts, and more. You can see the full list of new features over on Xbox.com.On PS4, I almost always have it set to “offline,” so it’ll be nice to finally have this type of feature on Xbox One. It’s not that I don’t want to interact with others, but it always seems folks want to hit me up when I’m in the middle of a boss fight or big narrative scene. I’m sure users with a lot of people on their friends list will appreciate the “do not disturb” feature as well. Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHands-On: ‘Sparklite’ Is a Fun Zelda-Inspired Roguelike center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Pochettino insists Sissoko is now a Spurs hero

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino insists Moussa Sissoko is now a hero of the fans after previously facing jeers from the Spurs faithful.The Frenchman joined Tottenham from Newcastle United in the summer of 2016 after a string impressive performances at the UEFA European Championship in France, where he helped the host to a runner-up finish.However, having shown constant improvement over the last 12 months at Spurs. Sissoko, who was previously considered a disappointing £30million signing in his first 18 months there is now playing regularly and impressing.“Things are now the opposite and he is a hero of the fans,” said Pochettino, according to BelfastTelegraph. Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“In football you must always show respect because sometimes different players need a different amount of time to produce performances in the way that you want.”“I am so happy for Moussa because he deserves the love he is getting from fans and his team-mates. He is a massive guy but he is so big-hearted and so nice.”Spurs and Sissoko will be both come up against high-flying Chelsea when the Premier League resumes after the international break on November 24 at the Wembley Stadium.last_img read more

Trial begins for woman accused in 2010 stabbing

first_imgA Washougal woman went to trial Monday on charges of attempted murder and first-degree assault in the stabbing of her boyfriend last fall. She claims he inflicted the injuries upon himself.Tanya N. Quinata, 38, is on trial for the Oct. 14, 2010, stabbing of her boyfriend, Samuel Kama.A jury of 12 plus two alternates was seated in Clark County Superior Court Judge John Wulle’s courtroom in the afternoon, followed by a brief opening statement by the prosecution. Defense attorney Charles Buckley said he wanted to reserve his opening statement until after the prosecution concludes its case.Senior Deputy Prosecutor Camara Banfield told the jury that Quinata called 911 the evening of the stabbing and told a dispatcher that Kama had tried to commit suicide with a knife. After paramedics arrived at the house in the 2100 block of 32nd Street, they found Kama lying on the floor with a knife wound.In the follow-up investigation, Banfield said, doctors concluded that the injury could not have been self-inflicted. The 41-year-old victim later told paramedics that he didn’t stab himself.Since the night in question, there have been varying stories from the suspect and victim about what happened; one of the stories is that it was an accidental stabbing, Banfield said.last_img read more

Battle Ground man cited after crash near Goldendale

first_imgA Battle Ground man was cited on suspicion of speeding Thursday afternoon after a crash involving a fire truck and two semi trucks in Klickitat County.The crash happened around 12:20 p.m. on state Highway 97 near milepost 12 in Goldendale.According to Washington State Patrol bulletin, Rory S. Sofranko, 44, of Battle Ground was driving a freightliner tractor-trailer south on Highway 97 when he overtook a Department of Natural Resources firetruck that turned in front of him. Sofranko moved left to evade and hit the firetruck in the left rear and then hit a Peterbuilt tractor-trailer driven by Tyrell C. Crummett, 30, of Vancouver in the northbound turn lane. Sofranko’s truck then recrossed the south lanes and went through the guardrail.The Department of Natural Resources firetruck, driven by Jose R. Terrazas, 23, of Woodland, hit the southbound guardrail and came to a rest.No injuries were reported.last_img read more

Ikea explores the work environment for astronauts in space

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Office surroundings and a good quality working environment are vital in helping employees stay distraction-free and productive during the course of the working day. Furniture retail organisation Ikea plans to push the boundaries of workplace and home design to new frontiers by exploring spacecraft-centric furniture for astronauts’ use during space travel.The project will see the organisation collaborate with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) and masters students from the Lund University School of Industrial Design to research what astronauts would need for a three-year space travel mission to Mars.With a focus on smart furniture products that are ideal for small-space living, Ikea will investigate what makes space travel homely, before applying the design lessons learnt from spaceflight scientists and engineers to urban homes here on Earth.As part of the project, Ikea will also explore the habitat that Nasa plans to put on Mars, and investigate what furniture and home solutions could be applicable to create a home-away-from-home on the red planet.Ikea will launch its space collection in 2019.Michael Nikolic, creative leader at Ikea Range and Supply, said: “This collaboration is not about Ikea going to Mars, but we are curious about life in space, the challenges and needs, and what we can make out of that experience for the many people. When you design for life in a spacecraft or planetary surface habitat on Mars, you need to be creative yet precise, find ways to repurpose things and think carefully about sustainability aspects. With urbanisation and environmental challenges on Earth, we need to do the same.”Here at Employee Benefits, we’d love to see what Ikea comes up with for the collection. To misquote The Firm’s song ‘Star Trekkin’: “It’s furniture, Jim, but not as we know it…”last_img read more

NEIGHBOR NEWS Whats Making Headlines In Tewksbury

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Ever wonder what’s making news next door in Tewksbury? Bill Gilman, editor of Your Tewksbury Today, has the answer!Below is a collection of top Tewksbury stories, primarily written by Gilman, that were recently published on his popular website.Top Tewksbury Stories (June 17, 2019 to June 24, 2019)PHOTO GALLERY, VIDEO: Tewksbury Memorial High School Class Of 2019 CommencementHaverhill Man Arrested, Charged With 35 Vehicle Break-Ins In TewksburyTewksbury Police Arrest Imposter For Drug Distribution, Identity TheftBaby Goats To Visit Tewksbury Community MarketTPD Receives Life-Saving Awards From The Municipal Police Training CommitteeOBITUARY: William J. Barnes, 59 Your Tewksbury Today is Tewksbury’s premiere online hyperlocal news source. Follow YTT on Facebook and Twitter.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… RelatedNEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”last_img read more

Man attacks wife with knife in Anantapur district

first_imgAnantapur: In a tragic incident, a man has attacked his wife with a knife over suspicious that she is speaking to another person on the phone. This incident has happened at Sangativaripalli village in Anantapur district. The victim is getting treatment at a private hospital. Going into details, Swathi and Ramanaiah, a couple who are residing at Sangativaripalli village for a long time. Recently, Swathi spoke to her cousin brother on the phone. Over her phone conversation, Ramanaiah has suspected her. When he asked her to whom she spoke over the phone Swathi replied she has not spoken with anyone. Over this, Ramanaiah developed suspicious on wife and attacked her in the afternoon when there was no one in the house. In the attack, she got a severe injury on the left hand. With the screaming of Swathi, Ramanaiah fled away from the spot. The relatives have rushed her to the nearby hospital.last_img read more

Be like statues even seeing irregularities EC secretary asks polls observers

first_imgThe election commission’s secretary Helaluddin Ahmed on Tuesday urged the election observers not to make any comment to the media on the day of the 11th parliamentary elections.”The election observers must stay at polling stations like statues, even if there’re irregularities,” said the secretary while briefing election observers about the rules and regulations while performing duties during the election.Besides, Helaluddin said, they will not be allowed to enter the polling stations with mobile phones and restricted polling rooms to take pictures.In the polling centres, only the police who will be in charge and presiding officers will be able to carry their phones inside, he added.The EC secretary also warned them not to perform such activities for which their registration might be cancelled.A total of 118 organisations have so far been registered with the EC to monitor the election.The 11th parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held on 30 December.last_img read more

Analysis Assads grip on Syria has become tenuous

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories The idea of Iraqis fleeing Syria would have been unthinkable in recent years _ thousands of them fled to Syria to escape widespread sectarian fighting during the worst of violence in their homeland between 2005 and 2007.Now, the traffic is going the other way, with Iraqis and Syrian refugees heading east.Despite the rebel gains, the battle for Syria is not over yet. Although the rebels appear more powerful than at any stage of the uprising, their small-caliber weapons and rampant disorganization will make it all but impossible to defeat the regime in direct battle.The rebels also have failed to hold territory for any significant amount of time, which prevents them from carving out a zone akin to Libya’s Benghazi, where opponents of Moammar Gadhafi launched their successful uprising last year.Already, Syrian government forces are starting to drive the rebels out of pockets of Damascus. On Friday, government forces showed off a battle-scarred neighborhood of the capital that they say has been “cleansed” of fighters, but rebels say it was a tactical retreat that will allow them to expand their guerrilla war in the coming days and weeks.The regime has tried to portray a sense of calm control _ but the country is in a state of profound unease. Assad has not spoken to the public and he was a no-show Friday at the funerals for the security officials killed by the Wednesday bombing. The only sign of Assad since the attack was a brief, soundless video clip on state TV.The dire situation for the Assad government is unprecedented. The president took power upon his father’s death in 2000, inheriting a brutal legacy.Assad’s father, Hafez, crushed a Sunni uprising in 1982 by shelling the town of Hama. Amnesty International has claimed that 10,000-25,000 were killed, though conflicting figures exist and the Syrian government has made no official estimate.Hafez Assad ruled the country for the next two decades until his death, and the massacre was seared into the minds of Syrians. As the uprising began to take shape last year, Assad immediately fell back on the tactics that have kept his family in power.But the onslaught has failed to crush the rumblings of dissent, and now it seems everyone is preparing for the worst _ a future of revenge killings and chaos, more scenes of desperate violence and a spate of bloody anarchy akin to Iraq after Saddam Hussein’s fall in 2003.___Kennedy is The Associated Press chief of bureau for Syria and Lebanon.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Comments   Share   And now, more than ever before during the four-decade Assad dynasty, there are signs that the inner circle is unraveling. A stunning rebel bombing that killed four of Assad’s top lieutenants Wednesday was a strike that almost certainly involved the hand of a trusted insider.The coming days will be crucial to determining whether the regime can recover from blow after devastating blow, which have eviscerated any sense that the head of one of the Middle East’s most autocratic states can hold on indefinitely.Trying to retain their grip on power, regime forces are stretched to the limit. The government is pulling its most powerful troops from around the country to reinforce Damascus, which allows rebels to swoop in and take over key areas after the soldiers abandon their positions or leave them only lightly guarded.In the past two days, rebels seized border crossings in Iraq and Turkey, ushering in scenes of bloody chaos. Truck driver Ahmet Celik said Friday he was nearly killed near the Bab al-Hawa crossing in Turkey when rebels fought for control.“The gunfire lasted till the morning,” Celik said. “We barely survived.”A stream of high-level defections points to growing unease among the most privileged classes who count on the regime for their livelihoods and perks. Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass, an Assad confidant and son of a former defense minister, defected to France earlier this month. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Associated PressBEIRUT (AP) – The Assad family’s grip on Syria has never looked so tenuous.After 17 months of violence and an estimated 17,000 people killed, a lightning-quick turnaround in the momentum of the civil war has put President Bashar Assad’s forces on the defensive, a sign that his once-impenetrable family dynasty is wobbling.For the first time, the rebels have brought a sustained fight to Damascus, the seat of Assad’s power, in a powerful signal that the regime cannot protect its own capital. On Friday, reports of intense fighting in Aleppo, Syria’s second city, suggest the rebels are making a run on another major government stronghold. Although the government still has the firepower to hang on _ possibly for months or more _ the future is bleak.The increasingly sectarian overtones to much of the violence suggest any power vacuum will usher in a bloodbath pitting Syria’s majority Sunni population against the Assad family’s minority Alawite sect, which is an offshoot of Shiite Islam.Sunnis make up most of Syria’s 22 million people, as well as the backbone of the opposition. But Assad is relying heavily on his Alawite power base to crush the uprising, prompting revenge attacks and fear among other minorities that they face retribution if the regime falls.The opposition, which is fractious and lacks any real central command, has no hope of pacifying the country. There is no clear candidate to step in and lead should Assad go. And the violence has become far more unstable than many had ever imagined, with al-Qaida and other extremists joining the ranks of those fighting to topple the regime.Thousands of Syrians are not waiting around to find out what comes next.Families are fleeing into Lebanon, arriving in packed buses, taxis and private cars. Iraq is sending planes to evacuate its residents, and Capt. Saad al-Khafaji of the state-owned Iraqi Airways promised to “continue the flights until there are no Iraqis left” in Syria. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debateslast_img read more

EU checking if Disneyland Paris charges unfair prices

first_imgBRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is looking into complaints that Disneyland Paris is unfairly charging different prices for consumers depending on what nation the request comes from.Even if charging different prices in different member states for the same product is not necessarily illegal, the reasons for doing so must be clear and transparent, said EU spokeswoman Lucia Caudet on Wednesday.She said the EU Commission has “received complaints about Disneyland Paris that we are now checking.” Complaints addressed to the EU have come from consumers from Britain, Germany and Croatia, among others. Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona A request to Disneyland Paris for a reaction was not immediately answered.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Top Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Mesa family survives lightning strike to homelast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Queenstowns muchaward

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterQueenstown’s much-awarded lakeside retreat, Matakauri Lodge, has launched a limited-time Bed + Breakfast offer, perfect for guests wanting to unwind and relax in stylish surrounds while enjoying the renowned dining options in and around Queenstown.Valid until 31 October 2018, the Matakauri Lodge Bed + Breakfast ESCAPE offer is ideal for experiencing Queenstown, Arrowtown and the Central Otago wine region, taking in a round of spring golf, making the most of Queenstown’s vibrant dining and bar scene, or perhaps enjoying the region’s extended ski season.Priced at NZ$1,450 + GST per room per night (based on double occupancy), The Bed + Breakfast Offer includes:Accommodation for twoFull breakfast each morningPre-dinner drinks and canapésComplimentary non-alcoholic mini-bar and use of all complimentary lodge facilitiesTo book the Matakauri Bed + Breakfast offer, please contact Matakauri Lodge at reservations@matakaurilodge.comRates quoted in NZ dollars per person and exclusive of 15% Govt. Good & Services Tax.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Skyscanner has been recognized as the best metasea

first_imgSkyscanner has been recognized as the best metasearch flight comparison website at the Travolution awards beating Kayak.com, Fly.com, Zugu.co.uk and Dealchecker.co.uk amongst others. RelatedSkyscanner AwardsSkyscanner have won or been shortlisted for numerous awards. Here are our most recent wins:Skyscanner scoops trio of Travolution AwardsSkyscanner scoops trio of Travolution AwardsSkyscanner ranks 30th in Deloitte Technology Fast 50 2010Skyscanner ranks 30th in Deloitte Technology Fast 50 2010 The awards were judged by a panel of proven business leaders, experts and entrepreneurs, with the winners announced last night at London’s iconic Battersea Power Station.Judges said that Skyscanner was “clean, easy to use and navigate around, and ticked the boxes in terms of originality of design and features.”Skyscanner has over 10 million users per month and features 600 airlines across 670,000 routes including both traditional and no frills carriers. The calendar function which plots flights and prices day by day allows unprecedented pricing visibility for flexible travellers. Commenting on the win, VP of Commercial Frank Skivington said:“We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this accolade against some extremely tough competition.“We have recently managed to achieve the top spot for flight comparison in Europe and our next step is to become the number one worldwide.”The win is the latest addition to Skyscanner’s recent accolades; the company were placed 21st in the Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100 making them the highest ranking travel company, and Skyscanner also scooped ‘best metasearch site’ in the Travelmole Web awards 2010.Want to know more? See Skyscanner’s list of awards or read Skyscanner’s press praise.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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