Four Dead After Sectarian Bombing Near Saudi Arabia Mosque

Rabat – Four people are dead in Saudi Arabia after an attempted terrorist attack, reports state media. The explosion near a Shiite mosque occurred just one week after the Islamic State terrorist group took responsibility for a similar suicide bombing in the area that killed 21 people during midday prayer.The bombings have raised suspicions that the sectarian differences fueling conflicts across the Middle East will bring more domestic threats to the kingdom as a whole. Although Saudi leaders deny the accusations, Saudi Arabia has previously been accused of developing rhetoric against the country’s Shiite population to rally support for its air offensive against Shiite Houthi rebels.Traditionally, Saudi Arabia’s clerical establishment considers followers of Shiite Islam as disloyal to the Muslim faith. Saudi Shiites are seen as followers of Iran, the rival region of Saudi Arabia.The exact details of the incident are still being investigated. It is unclear whether the bombing occurred at the hands of a suicide bomber strapped with explosives or if the vehicle that exploded was equipped with them.Saudi officials have labeled the bombings as terrorism attacks, following threats from ISIS to attack the interior of the kingdom. The state’s top religious authority, the grand mufti, called the first bombing a “criminal” act against the “sons of the homeland,” reports the New York Times.In response to the grief felt all over the country, including that of the Saudi interior minister and crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who flew to meet with victims and their families, a Saudi resident claims that, “if the government does not do its part, permit me, your highness, it is a partner in this crime.” read more

Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba Restores Islamic Identity After Heated Debate

Rabat – Catholic Church authorities in the southern Spanish city of Córdoba have agreed to restore the Islamic reference in the name of the city’s famed mosque-cathedral after attempts to blot out its Islamic past and heritage.The decision was welcomed on Friday by the Mosque-Cathedral protest group that complained that the church’s aim was to take the UNESCO World Heritage site out of public hands.The Catholic Church of Córdoba took advantage of the existence of a law permitting the registration of ownership of houses of worship at a nominal price in an attempt to erase the Islamic identity and history of the structure. In 2006, the church registered the famous mosque-cathedral under its ownership for 30 euros in accordance with the law. However, the local city council declared that the building does not belong to any church or other organization.The church’s attempt to control the mosque-cathedral sparked a heated debate and led to the disapproval of associations and academics, who called for restoring the term “mosque” in the structure’s name.After fierce objections from activists, the church association that runs the site said that following studies conducted on this issue, and taking tourism into consideration, the site will now be called the Mosque Cathedral Monument Complex.The Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, also known as the Great Mosque of Córdoba, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. The structure began as a small Christian Visogoth church before being divided into Christian and Muslims halves in 711. Umayyad Prince Abd al-Rahman I founded the famous medieval mosque in 784 after purchasing the Christian half. The structure was converted into a Catholic cathedral in 1236.Edited by Kelsey Fish read more

DHX Media Ltd raises dividend after Q2 revenue rises 27

HALIFAX — DHX Media Ltd. says it has been experiencing strong revenue growth but its second-quarter profit margin was at the low end of management expectations.The Halifax-based company — which operates several specialty TV channels but primarily creates and distributes TV programs for children and youth — says its revenue in the second quarter was $81.5 million, up 27 per cent from a year earlier.Gross margin increased by 18 per cent to $44.29 million, or 54 per cent of revenue, as an unexpectedly high proportion of distribution revenue came from newer library titles and an abnormally high percentage of live action shows.Halifax-based DHX Media grows up and takes things to the next global levelDHX Media, Alibaba ink deal to sell children’s TV programs like ‘Teletubbies’ in ChinaAmong DHX’s titles are “Teletubbies,” “Inspector Gadget” and the “Degrassi” franchise.Its main specialty channel is Family.Net income for the second quarter ended Dec. 31 doubled to $11.7 million or nine cents per share from $5.5 million or five cents per share a year earlier.Adjusted EBITDA, another measure of the company’s earnings, was $27.8 million — up 16 per cent from $23.9 million.The DHX says its quarterly dividend will rise by 6.7 per cent to 1.6 cents per share, to be paid March 21. read more

UN reports sustained progress in fighting HIVAIDS but some regions lag

The United Nations today reported accelerated progress in combating HIV/AIDS in much of the world, with significant decreases in new infections and deaths, but worrying signs persist that some regions and countries are falling behind in the global battle.New infections globally were estimated at 2.3 million in 2012, a 33 per cent reduction since 2001 and AIDS-related deaths dropped by 30 per cent since the peak in 2005 to 1.6 million, as access to antiretroviral treatment expands, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said ahead of World AIDS Day early next month. New infections among children dropped to 260,000, a 52 per cent reduction since 2001 and 9.7 million people in low- and middle-income countries were accessing antiretroviral therapy, an increase of nearly 20 per cent in just one year. But new HIV infections have been on the rise in Eastern Europe and Central Asia – up by 13 per cent since 2006 – and have doubled in the Middle East and North Africa since 2001. In these regions, key populations, including men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, transgender people and sex workers are often blocked from accessing life-saving services. “Every person counts,” UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé said. “If we are going to keep our pledge of leaving no one behind, we have to make sure HIV services reaches everyone in need.”Funding for HIV prevention services for men who have sex with men is especially limited in East Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and across sub-Saharan Africa. Investments also lag in several countries where HIV prevalence among people who inject drugs is high.Ten countries in which HIV prevalence among people who inject drugs exceeds 10 per cent allocate less than 5 per cent of HIV spending to harm-reduction programmes. Despite sex workers’ disproportionate risk of acquiring HIV, prevention programmes for them account for a meagre share of HIV prevention funding globally. While much work needs to be done in Eastern Europe, Ukraine for the first time last year reported a decline in the number of newly identified HIV cases, a turning point for the country. There are an estimated 200,000 people living with HIV in Ukraine. At 21.5 per cent, HIV prevalence is highest among people who inject drugs. UNAIDS stressed that in priority countries only three in 10 children receive HIV treatment, while 64 per cent of adults do. “We have seen tremendous political commitment and results to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV, but we are failing the children who become infected,” Mr. Sidibé said. “We urgently need better diagnostic tools and child-friendly medicines irrespective of the market size.”Although the number of children receiving antiretroviral therapy in 2012 increased by 14 per cent compared to 2011, the pace of scale-up was substantially slower than for adults, a 21 per cent increase.Despite a flattening in donor funding for HIV, which has remained around the same as 2008 levels, domestic spending on HIV has increased, accounting for 53 per cent of global HIV resources in 2012. The total available for HIV in 2012 was estimated at $18.9 billion, $3-5 billion short of the $22-24 billion estimated to be needed annually by 2015. read more

Brock pitches in for National Volunteer Week

Brock employees rolled up their sleeves to sort food, paint furniture and spread a little kindness in Niagara this week.As part of National Volunteer Week, more than 20 faculty and staff members donated their time to the Niagara Furniture Bank and Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold on Wednesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 19.In addition to sorting food at Community Care, time was spent at the Furniture Bank sprucing up dressers, chairs and other items with a fresh coat of paint, and sorting through housewares and linens — all to be donated to local low-income families.Elaine Jaeger, from Brock’s James A. Gibson Library, helped sort donations of household items at the Niagara Furniture Bank on Wednesday as part of National Volunteer Week.Nancy Sutton, the Furniture Bank’s Executive Director, said the extra help was greatly appreciated, especially as need for services continues to rise.“We’re a pretty bare-bones organization, so the more volunteers we can get, the more deliveries we can make for our clients,” she said. “There have been a lot of connections between Brock and our organization. I know that if I’m ever in need, I can pick up the phone and call someone at Brock. They are always so helpful.”This is the fourth year that Brock has participated in National Volunteer Week.Holly Bolvari, Training and Organizational Development Specialist in Brock’s Human Resources department, said the initiative is another example of the University’s commitment to the local community.“I’m proud to be part of an organization that values volunteering and community engagement,” she said. “The partnership Brock University has with the Niagara community has always been strong. Supporting Brock staff and faculty to take time out of their busy work day to give back to the community in support of National Volunteer Week, speaks to that partnership.”Kristen Smith, Manager of Student and Community Outreach in Student Life and Community Experience, helps co-ordinate the connections between Brock and its community partners.She also lent a helping hand with one of the groups on Wednesday morning.“It’s an important opportunity for Brock staff and faculty to be connected to our community in a very hands-on way,” she explained. “They see the work that’s being done in our region by our community partners and gain a better understanding of the needs in Niagara. Hopefully it inspires people to continue to be involved and volunteer.”She added that while National Volunteer Week may be wrapping up, there are always opportunities available for those who want to give back to both the local and broader community.“While much of our programming is student-focused, faculty and staff are always welcome to participate,” said Smith.More information on volunteer opportunities are available on ExperienceBU. read more

OSU Ice Rink to host Buckeyes CCHA bout

For Ohio State and rest of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, the 42nd and final CCHA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament will begin this weekend with first-round series at various campus sites. Western Michigan will look to defend its title, and the eventual champion will earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. Due to conference re-alignment across the college hockey landscape, the CCHA will disband at the end of postseason play. OSU is set to join the six-team Big Ten Ice Hockey Conference in its inaugural season. The fourth-place Buckeyes will enjoy a first-round bye as the field is narrowed from 11 teams to eight. OSU coach Mark Osiecki said the week off is nice to have with his squad’s recent injuries on the defensive end. Sophomore defenseman Al McLean and junior defenseman Curtis Gedig have missed a combined 10 games since Gedig left a contest against Notre Dame on Feb. 1 with a wrist injury. “It’s going to help us to have a week off to heal up, get (Gedig) a little bit more healthy, hopefully get Al McLean back, and see what we can do,” Osiecki said. OSU will return to action for a quarterfinal series with Ferris State on March 15. Game two will be played the following night, with game three on March 17 in the case of a split series. The winner will move on to play in the semifinals at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich., on March 23. Due to the Schottenstein Center’s hosting of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Girls Basketball State Tournament, the Buckeyes will face off with the Bulldogs at the OSU Ice Rink instead of their usual home rink. Despite the limited size of the building, which seats only about 1,000 people compared to the Schottenstein Center’s 17,500 seats, OSU’s coaching staff and players said they are excited to play playoff hockey in Columbus in front of their own fans. “I think home ice certainly is going to help us. It’s going to be interesting playing at the (OSU) Ice Rink,” Osiecki said. Sophomore forward Tanner Fritz said the venue might offer some features the spacious Schottenstein Center does not. “The atmosphere there will be crazy. I think there’ll be a lot of buzz around campus. I think it’ll be a lot of fun for us,” Fritz said. Fritz will look to energize the crowd with his offensive production. The Alberta, Canada, native led the CCHA in conference scoring with 34 points. The February Warrior CCHA Player of the Month was gracious of the support his team offered him throughout the season. “It’s a great accomplishment. I just have to thank the coaches, my teammates and especially my line mates for helping,” Fritz said of winning the league’s final scoring title. Even with the conference’s most dangerous offensive threat, OSU associate head coach Steve Rohlik said the team must continue to improve in practice over the next two weeks. “It’s playoff hockey time, so we’ve certainly got to get better,” Rohlik said. The Buckeyes are seeking their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009 after their best regular season since finishing second in the CCHA in 2005. Game one of the quarterfinal series is set to begin at 7:05 p.m. on March 15. read more

Heres the letter the European Central Bank president wrote to a Fianna

first_imgThank you for your letter dated 12 February 2014, in which you conveyed your views on the recent Balance Sheet Assessment conducted by the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI).As you are well aware, the Irish banking sector has gone through a very challenging process of restructuring and downsizing, the ultimate objective of which is the attainment of a more stable and sustainable banking system. Despite the considerable progress made in recent years, there are several outstanding issues which still require to be addressed. These relate, in particular, to: (i) the completion of the banks’ restructuring and reforms; (ii) addressing the still very large stock of non-performing loans; and (iii) ensuring the viability of all nationalised banks. Resolving these issues will be crucial in order to ensure the emergence of a sound banking sector that will support the domestic economy in the coming years. As part of the EU/IMF programme, an Irish-specific balance sheet assessment was undertaken in 2013 to assess the capital adequacy of the three banks subject to the Prudential Capital Assessment Review (“PCAR”). The exercise also provided the CBI with information on the adequacy of each bank’s provisioning and risk-weighted asset levels in view of the future financial planning and accounts of PCAR banks. It was undertaken by the CBI and conducted entirely under its own control. The outcome of the ensuing report, while identifying no capital shortfalls, pointed to the need for adjustments to both provisioning and risk-weighted assets.Please note that the decision on whether to provide a greater degree of detail regarding this exercise is the sole prerogative of the CBI, the competent body responsible for supervising Irish banks until the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) takes over this role following the comprehensive assessment later this year. As stated on several occasions, the ECB is of the view that it would be preferable if these issues were to be addressed before the conclusion of the SSM comprehensive assessment.I also wish to point out that the CBI Balance Sheet Assessment was different in nature from the upcoming SSM comprehensive assessment, as it was not forward looking and did not include a stringent stress test. The Irish banks, along with all other euro area banks selected for supervision by the future SSM, will be subject to all pillars of the SSM comprehensive assessment.Finally, let me emphasise that Ireland continues to benefit from the support of the Eurosystem. That support has been quite extraordinary over recent years. The ECB remains in close contact with the CBI with regard to the situation of the Irish banking sector as well as the ongoing preparatory work for establishing the SSM.I trust this answers your queries. THE PRESIDENT OF European Central Bank (ECB) has noted that the ‘viability of nationalised banks’ as an issue that must be addressed in the Irish banking system.Mario Draghi outlines ‘several outstanding issue’s in a letter responding to queries from Fianna Fáil’s Finance Spokesperson Michael McGrath.The deputy wrote to Draghi last month asking him to clarify what he by referring to the Irish banking sector as “a source of some concern with outstanding issues requiring swift and decisive action”, as investors need to know the health of banks.“A period of uncertainty is not in the interests of Irish banks or the wider economy and could inhibit recovery,” McGrath wrote (click here a PDF of the letter).Here’s Draghi’s response, click here for a PDF of the letter. Previously: Irish banks still a source of ‘some concern’ says Mario Draghi >Read: Morgan Kelly warns SMEs could ‘go under’ taking a big chunk of the Irish economy >last_img read more

Amazons biggest Black Friday 2011 deals

first_imgWe’ve already covered several 2011 Black Friday offerings from retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, Target, and GameStop — but what about online retailers? The biggest of them all, Amazon, has now leaked some of their upcoming deals.Some of these deals are already active, so be sure to check the site now if any of them float your boat.Every AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon phone on sale for 1¢This may be the most massive smartphone deal we have ever seen. Any phone carried by Amazon Wireless that isn’t on T-Mobile can be had for a penny. This includes the Droid Razr, HTC Rezound, Galaxy S II, Droid Bionic, EVO 3D, and many more.What’s more, if you activate the phone’s hotspot feature during checkout, you will get a $100 Amazon gift card thrown in. It isn’t clear whether you can cancel the hotspot feature after a couple of months without penalty but, unless there’s some fine print I’m missing, I don’t see why not.Of course a couple of 2,000 pound gorillas that aren‘t in the room are the Galaxy Nexus and the iPhone 4S. A smartphone’s up-front cost is relatively low when compared to two years of wireless bills, so you’ll want to make sure you really want one of these phones if you take Amazon up on this deal.This sale has already begun, and runs through November 28.Lord of the Rings trilogy (extended edition) on Blu-Ray – $50You can prepare yourself for The Hobbit by getting Peter Jackson’s LOTR trilogy for just $50.If you have somehow managed to miss the Extended Editions of the three classic films, the extra content is extensive (over two hours extra footage plus tons of bonus features), high-quality, and easily worth snagging over the theatrical versions.LA Noire for Xbox 360 or PS3 – $20LA Noire can typically be had for a low price anyways, as many early adopters were quick to offload the Team Bondi/Rockstar title due to its slow pacing and relative lack of freedom (compared to typical Rockstar sandbox games).But if those potential drawbacks don’t bother you, you’ll be able to snag a good deal on one of the most ambitious, unique, and psychologically engrossing video games to come along in some time.160GB PS3 console with LittleBigPlanet 2 and Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One – $200If you’re looking to get a PS3 soon, this could be a great way to save a few bucks — and get LittleBigPlanet 2 and the latest Ratchet & Clank title to boot.Samsung 46 inch 1080p HDTV – $800Amazon isn’t listing the exact model, but their Black Friday presser is promising some 46 inch 1080p Samsung HDTV for $800. This model supposedly normally retails for $1300, so it could be the Samsung UN46D6000, which is currently ringing up at $900.MoreHere’s a handy reference to our growing list of 2011 Black Friday roundups:Best Buy 2011 Black Friday dealsWalmart 2011 Black Friday dealsTarget 2011 Black Friday dealsGameStop 2011 Black Friday dealsBe sure to check back for more as we build up to the big day.last_img read more

Dublin Airport noise regulator established despite concerns over Fingal Council role

first_imgDublin Airport noise regulator established despite concerns over Fingal Council role The new body, the Aircraft Noise Competent Authority, is being run by Fingal County Council. Monday 2 Sep 2019, 11:20 AM 14,481 Views Short URL A DUBLIN AIRPORT noise regulator has been established, Fingal County Council has announced, despite months of scrutiny over the decision to hand responsibility to the council.Transport minister Shane Ross chose Fingal County Council to be the noise regulator, as opposed to the Irish Aviation Authority, the Department of Transport or another separate body. The creation of a new regulator was ruled out over concerns it could prove too costly to establish. The body, launched today, will work on issues around aircraft noise, aviation, environment and planning. EU rules dictate that a noise regulator is needed before Dublin Airport’s new – and controversial – runway is built and completed as planned in 2021. However, concerns were raised about the decision to appoint the council as chief regulator of noise from Dublin Airport.In March, reported that officials raised concerns about a conflict of interest, raising the fact that 8% of Fingal County Council’s annual budget income comes from the Dublin Airport Authority. Legislation to create the new regulatory body, named the Aircraft Noise Competent Authority, was passed in May after being steered through the Dáil by Ross. It will not manage individual complaints, but will instead work on general regulation of noise levels at the airport. The plan to appoint Fingal County Council as the chief regulator was rushed through after a proposal to appoint the Irish Aviation Authority was rejected when the Attorney General warned that it was too dependent on funding from Dublin Airport.Interim Chief Executive of the council, Ann Marie Farrelly, said the body will now work to assess “current and predicted future levels of aircraft noise at Dublin Airport”. “Fingal County Council has a track record of performing the role of competent authority in areas such as planning and environment, and will now continue this in the area of aircraft noise regulation,” she said. Gilbert Power has been appointed as the director of the authority. In a statement, he said the body will be “adhering strictly” to its remit. Work has begun on a new runway at Dublin Airport. Share9 Tweet Email1 center_img By Dominic McGrath Sep 2nd 2019, 11:20 AM Image: Sam Boal/ 15 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Work has begun on a new runway at Dublin Airport. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ielast_img read more

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Bail set at 1M for man accused of shooting girlfriend in Yacolt

first_img“I should have taken care of this last night.”That’s what prosecutors said shooting suspect Michael T. Boswell was overheard saying as custody officers transported him to court Tuesday morning.The 29-year-old Yacolt man is accused of shooting his live-in girlfriend in the head as she was sleeping on the couple’s couch Monday afternoon.Boswell told investigators he had tried to commit suicide as he was lying on the couch next to her, but the gun accidentally went off, according to court documents.The 25-year-old victim, Jessica Fix, drove herself to the Fred Meyer store in Battle Ground, where she called friends to take her to Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital. She remained in serious condition at another hospital Tuesday night. Sgt. Kevin Allais with the Major Crimes Unit of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that she was conscious and speaking when detectives interviewed her Monday night, and her injuries were not believed life-threatening.Boswell made his first appearance Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree assault domestic violence. At the request of prosecutors who cited Boswell’s history of sex crimes and his risk of suicide, Judge Rich Melnick set bail at $1 million.last_img read more

Alyeska Resort Opens Ski Slopes Set To Open In Two Weeks

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alyeska Ski Resort reopened its doors for the season on Wednesday after a brief closure for maintenance. Under new management, the Alyeska Resort is nearing the finalization of a contract to sell its assets to Canadian company Pomeroy Lodging. Both parties expect the transaction to close before year end. The Resort said in a statement weather and conditions permitting they intend to open the ski resort as scheduled on December 7. Pomeroy Lodging is a hospitality company based in Grande Prairie, Alberta. The business owns and operates hotels in Western Canada. Alyeska has received 11 inches of snow as of Thursday, according to the resort’s website.last_img read more

Pentagon Personnel Chief Seeks to Bridge Widening MilitaryCivilian Divide

first_img ADC AUTHOR The Pentagon’s top personnel official says DOD is seeking to close the widening military-civilian gap, a Department of Defense article reported Thursday.Addressing the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service, Anthony Kurta, acting defense undersecretary for personnel and readiness, said today’s military-civilian gap is affecting recruiting, and a lack of military familiarity is becoming an obstacle in maintaining the all-volunteer force.“Today, a widening military-civilian divide increasingly impacts our ability to effectively recruit and sustain the force,” Kurta said. “This disconnect is characterized by misperceptions, a lack of knowledge and an inability to identify with those who serve.”Kurta warned a shrinking military footprint in the U.S., a declining veteran population and “uninformed” messages about military service risks has contributed to the divide.“Combined, these factors have led to a youth market which is less interested in the military and does not appreciate the social worth or intrinsically-motivating elements of military service,” he said.The military-civilian divide will be a featured session at the upcoming ADC 2019 Defense Communities National Summit June 10-12 in Washington.The session, “America’s Military Divide: The Impact of the Military-Civilian Divide and Great Ideas to Bridge It,” will feature Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) and other speakers.Army photo by Monica Kinglast_img read more

Taliban kill at least 14 in Afghanistan

first_imgMap locates Ghazni in Afghanistan, where Taliban fighters tried to take city. Photo: APTaliban fighters tried to overrun a provincial capital in Afghanistan early on Friday, hiding inside homes before slipping into city streets in the night to attack security forces and killing at least 14 policemen before being pushed back, officials said.The overnight attack in the southeastern city of Ghazni, the capital of a province with the same name, also wounded at least 20 members of the security forces, said Baz Mohammad Hemat, the administrator of the Ghazni city hospital.The city was in lockdown and fighting continued throughout most of the day Friday, with sporadic bursts of gunfire from Taliban fighters who had hunkered down in elevated positions inside Ghazni from which they were shooting, some residents said, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear for their safety.An Afghan military helicopter crash landed in the city during the daytime fighting, and four Afghan soldiers on board were injured, one critically, said Mohammad Radmanish, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense. He said it was not clear if the helicopter had been hit.Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a Taliban attack Thursday night in western Herat province left six policemen dead in the district of Obe, said the governor’s spokesman there, Gelani Farhad.The brazen assaults by the Taliban, who have been gaining more ground in their annual spring offensive and who have shrugged off the government’s latest offers of a cease-fire and negotiations, underscore the difficulties Afghan forces face in battling the relentless insurgency on their own in efforts to end the nearly 17-year war.The Ghazni attack began around 2:00 am with intense gunbattles raging and fires burning in several shops in the city’s residential areas, provincial police chief Farid Ahmad Mashal told The Associated Press.After repulsing the daring assault, police conducted house-to-house searches for any remaining Taliban fighters. An investigation was also underway on how the insurgents had managed to infiltrate so deep into the city, barely 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of the Afghan capital of Kabul.Hemat, the hospital administrator, said two wounded civilians were also brought to the hospital but that the city was shut down and that ambulances were not being sent out.Mashal said there were more than 100 other casualties but he could not give a breakdown of the dead and wounded. Most of the casualties were Taliban, he said.Several bodies of dead Taliban fighters remained on the street after government forced pushed the insurgents from Ghazni, the police chief said. Bodies of 39 Taliban fighters were recovered from under a bridge on the southern edge of the city.Airstrikes called in to quash the offensive also killed dozens of Taliban, Mashal said. Defense Ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanish said the army had helped the police and that the city was brought under control of government forces.Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell, a spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan, said American forces and US attack helicopters had assisted Afghan troops in pushing back the Taliban during the night’s multiple attacks in Ghazni.“US forces responded with close-air support and conducted one drone strike,” O’Donnell said.By midday Friday, O’Donnell said that fighting was continuing inside Ghazni, prompting the US forces to return American attack helicopters and fighter jets to the area after they were initially pulled back.“It is a show of presence,” he said.Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed parts of Ghazni had been seized and scores of people killed. There was no Taliban comment on the Herat attack that killed six policemen at a district checkpoint.After dawn Friday, Ghazni’s residents were staying indoors and all shops in the city remained closed. The road from Kabul to Afghanistan’s southern provinces was also closed because it runs through Ghazni.The insurgents have stepped up attacks across the country since NATO and the United States formally ended their combat mission in 2014, and have seized control of several districts. US and NATO forces remain in Afghanistan mainly in a supporting and training role.Separately from the Taliban, an Islamic State affiliate has also carried out dozens of deadly attacks in recent years, mainly targeting security forces and minority Shiites.last_img read more

Live Motorists asked to take care as snow begins falling in North

first_img Share this video Click to playTap to play The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Watch Next Video will play in  Snow in Clayton on Friday eveningcenter_img Video Loading Video Unavailable Watch again Snow in Clayton, Newcastle (SENTINEL)SNOW IN CLAYTON, NEWCASTLE Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:00/2:16Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:16 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comSnow is now falling across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. A Met Office Yellow Weather Warning for ice is in force from 4pm tonight (Tuesday January 22) until 11am tomorrow (Wednesday January 23). Gritters are being deployed across the area, with further snowfall expected throughout the evening. The Met Office warning states:  “Ice will form on some surfaces later Tuesday and overnight into Wednesday, with further wintry showers at times.” Police in the Staffordshire Moorlands are also warning motorists to take extra care as the snow begins to stick on routes in the area. A Moorlands Police spokesman said:  “Snow very heavy in Cheddleton area., beginning to stick on roads. Please drive carefully if you have to travel.” Snow is also falling in South Cheshire. Read MoreInsurance giant Ageas to shut Stoke-on-Trent call centre with loss of 388 jobs   A Cheshire Police spokesman said:  “Due to snow conditions the B5470 between Bollington and Whaley Bridge is now closed. “Cheshire East Highways are out with gritters. We will advise as and when the road re-opens. The A54 and A537 are open at this time but are under constant review.” Staffordshire County Council have also confirmed their gritters are out this evening. A spokesman said: “Gritters will be out this evening, and early tomorrow morning. We have a fleet of more than 40 gritters–including 9 brand new ones–that can be fitted with snow ploughs as and when needed. “With more than 20,000 tonnes of salt stockpiled, Staffordshire is well prepared for any adverse weather conditions. Read MoreClosure date for this Homebase store revealed   “Adverse weather can make driving difficult.  Therefore, it is always best to plan your journey and check the latest weather and travel advice. “Drive to the conditions of the road and if it is icy or snowy, slow down and leave plenty of room between you and the car in front. “Our highways teams will be ready to respond to any issues throughout the cold weather, and we would ask people to bear with us if they do need to respond to incidents.” Live updates as we get them on the feed below. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive.Key EventsMet Office issues ice warning for tonight10:1422:07City Council sending gritters out againA Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said:The gritters are being loaded and on their way out to treat the roads again as there is a possibility of snow in the next few hours. We will continue to monitor the situation overnight. Please drive carefully on untreated roads. “21:06Road closed after accident brings down power cablesThere have been a number of accidents in the region tonight. More here.20:57Latest from Cheshire PoliceA Cheshire Police spokesman said:We have already dealt with quite a number of collisions where drivers have been caught out by the icy/snowy conditions. With the weather set to deteriorate overnight please drive with care and to the conditions. “19:25Bosley Crossroads clearBosley Crossroads has now been confirmed as clear.18:26Advice from Cheshire PoliceA Cheshire Police spokesman said:Please keep in mind that the weather will impact on driving conditions. The road may only look wet but with the temperature dropping throughout the night the road surface may become dangerous. Take a couple of moments to think about your driving style in these conditions.”18:02Accident at Bosley CrossroadsSeveral readers are reporting an accident at Bosley Crossroads17:50Issues reported on A519One reader said: “Just a cautionary warning A519 from Hanchurch towards Eccleshall not gritted and snow quite bad in places. Very bad at Beech. Take care all.”17:18No issues reported on roads in Cheddleton, Wetley Rocks and CheadleReaders report no issues in Cheddleton, Wetley Rocks and Cheadle. 17:07No issues in OakamoorReaders are reporting no issues in Oakamoor17:03Traffic moving well on A523 between Leek and AshbourneA reader reports traffic is flowing at around 40mph.16:49Mill Street clear in LeekReaders are reporting Mill Street in Leek currently has now issues due to snow 16:39Latest from Bosley CloudA reader said: Bosley cloud down into Rushton has a covering, a few cars stuck going uphill but took it slow in low gear down into Rushton then roads just wet.”16:35Roads closed in DerbyshireThe following roads are now closed:The A57 Snake PassWinnats Pass, near Castleton, due to abandoned cars16:23Heavy traffic on the A500Heavy traffic on A500 Queensway Northbound between A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout) and A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is four minutes. 16:23Ash Bank slippy – reader saysAsh Bank in Werrington is reported to be slippy but passable.16:20Further update on snow in CheddletonA reader said:Snow heavier now on Basford bridge lane .”16:19Latest on snow in CheddletonOne reader said:Only settling on the grass at the moment but snow is coming down constant but not heavy ..yet. Cheddleton .”16:07Roads currently fine in Stanley and EndonReaders are reporting roads are currently ok in Stanley and Endon.16:02Latest from the county councilA Staffordshire County Council spokesman said:Gritters will be out this evening, and early tomorrow morning. We have a fleet of more than 40 gritters–including 9 brand new ones–that can be fitted with snow ploughs as and when needed.With more than 20,000 tonnes of salt stockpiled, Staffordshire is well prepared for any adverse weather conditions. Adverse weather can make driving difficult. Therefore, it is always best to plan your journey and check the latest weather and travel advice.Drive to the conditions of the road and if it is icy or snowy, slow down and leave plenty of room between you and the car in front.Our highways teams will be ready to respond to any issues throughout the cold weather, and we would ask people to bear with us if they do need to respond to incidents.”15:58Latest from IpstonesOne reader said:Snowing in Ipstones but doesnt seem to be sticking yet as roads too wet. Could be tricky once temperature drops though. Take care everyone.”15:55Snow on the A523 near BottomhouseSnow on the A523 Ashbourne Road near Bottomhouse (Image: Reader)15:54Police say conditions are starting to deteriorate across the county (Image: Staffordshire Police)15:48’Weather has started to deteriorate’A Staffordshire Police spokesman said:Weather has started to deteriorate in the county. Please drive to the conditions and be safe.” 15:42Police recovering car on Cat and Fiddle RoadPolice are currently recovering a car on the A537 Cat and Fiddle Road between Macclesfield and Buxton.A Cheshire Police spokesman said:Current conditions up on A537. Road is clear as of 15:35hrs – but visibility is poor. We’ve still got more of this weather on the way and it’s -1 up here with the wind making it cooler. We’re just helping to recover a car .”15:26Snow heavy in CheddletonA Staffordshire Police spokesman said:Snow very heavy in Cheddleton area., beginning to stick on roads. Please drive carefully if you have to travel.” 14:35Road closures in CheshireCheshire Police are reporting road closures.A spokesman said:Due to snow conditions the B5470 between Bollington and Whaley Bridge is now closed. Cheshire East Highways are out with gritters. We will advise as and when the road re-opens. The A54 and A537 are open at this time but are under constant review.” 14:16Staffordshire County Council confirm gritters out tonightA Staffordshire County Council spokesman said:Some ice and light snow is expected across the county, so our gritting teams will be out this evening and early tomorrow morning if necessary. Please take care when you’re out on the roads.” 14:15Outdoor market cancelledLeek outdoor market tomorrow is cancelled due to bad weather.13:07Winter Weather Driving Tips from Green FlagCheck your speed and use gentle driver inputs – even if the roads have been gritted, they’re likely to be slippery.Give more warning than usual to other drivers – when turning, stopping or changing lane.Keep plenty of distance between cars – you never know when you’ll hit an icy patch. If you pass the same landmarks as the car in front of you within three seconds, you’re following too closely.Check whether your car has ABS anti-lock brakes. In the unlikely event that it doesn’t, pump the brake pedal slowly to prevent the wheels locking up and skidding.Be extra-wary of black ice. It’s an invisible danger that can catch out even the most careful driver.Approach corners at a steady speed, in as low a gear as possible. Don’t touch the clutch unless it’s absolutely necessary, steer smoothly and avoid braking on bends.Make sure all passengers are wearing seat belts.Ensure you’re familiar with your car’s ventilation system to prevent windows from steaming up. Air conditioning will keep windows free from mist and condensation.12:46Take care as you go through the sleet and the snow— North West Motorway Police (@NWmwaypolice) January 22, 2019last_img read more

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Cleveland Ohio—Reported by Elite Traveler the pr

first_imgCleveland, Ohio—Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineNextant Aerospace, maker of the 400XT, the world’s only FAA-certified remanufactured business jet, today announced that it has completed delivery of its 16th 400XT business jet. The delivery was made to a private buyer in the Czech Republic and will be managed by Time Air, a leading Czech Republic-based provider of charter and aircraft acquisition and management services. The delivery marks the first 400XT that will be accepted for European registration.“We are excited to make the Nextant 400XT available for charter services in the European market,” said Martin Pražský, Managing Director of Time Air. “The 400XT’s exceptional combination of highly affordable operating economics, best-in-class range, significantly reduced carbon emissions and noise compliance that exceeds Stage IV requirements makes it the perfect aircraft for the European market. There is no other aircraft in the world like it, and it is a highly attractive addition to our charter services offering.”The private purchaser and Time Air also will work closely with Nextant to provide demonstration flights for prospective buyers in Europe. Beechcraft Sales and Service GmbH (Beechcraft Augsburg) serves as Nextant’s maintenance hub in Europe, and will offer a full range of factory-approved services for the growing number of European 400XT owners and operators.“In just the last two weeks, we have had extremely positive feedback on the 400XT at Brazil’s LABACE, the world’s second-largest business aviation convention; have announced a 10-aircraft order by a purchaser in Asia; and are pleased to announce that our most recent delivery is to a European customer in the Czech Republic, all of which affirm the 400XT’s global appeal,” said Jay Heublein, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Nextant Aerospace. “The 400XT is particularly well-suited to the European market, since its 2,003-nautical mile range enables travelers to reach destinations throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa with nonstop flights.”The latest delivery of the 400XT is the 16th for Nextant, which began deliveries in October 2011 following final certification by the Federal Aviation Administration. Currently, Nextant has orders for more than 80 400XT aircraft, with greater than 40 percent of those orders coming from customers outside of North America. Nextant is forecasting delivery of 32 400XTs by the end of 2012, and will increase its annual production rate to 36 aircraft in 2013 to meet higher-than-projected demand.The 400XT development process employs a remanufactured airframe from the Beechjet 400A/XP aircraft, enhanced with new, state-of-the-art technology including the Williams FJ44-3AP turbofan engine, the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21™ integrated avionics suite, advanced electronics, including high-speed wireless Internet service, and completely rebuilt interiors.The resulting aircraft has a 2,003-nautical mile range and cruising speed of 460 nautical miles per hour. It supports a remarkable 30 percent reduction in operating costs over the Beechjet 400A/XP and fuel efficiency improvements of 20-30 percent, depending on the length of the flight segment.The 400XT is considered to be a new type in the Aircraft Bluebook. Further options include additional avionics features, and an optional seating configuration that allows for the most legroom of any light jet in production without sacrificing seating capacity.www.nextantaerospace.comlast_img read more

Services to be held in Dherynia buffer zone

first_imgServices will be held on Sunday and Monday in the Ayia Marina chapel in the Dherynia buffer zone, it was announced on Tuesday.Dherynia municipality said the service will take place after permission was granted by the UN.On Sunday, July 16, an afternoon mass will be held at 6.30pm, and a service will be held the following day at 6.30am. The chapel will remain open on Monday until 11.30am, the municipality said.Those wishing to visit the chapel will have to arrange their own transportation. Visitors are urged to comply with instructions given by Unficyp members.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

No nationwide rally being organised by Anastasiades camp

first_imgThe election campaign staff of Nicos Anastasiades has confirmed that no final nationwide rally will be held next Tuesday.Speaking to the Cyprus Mail, an Anastasiades staffer said an event is to take place in Nicosia on Tuesday, January 23, but it will “most likely” be a gathering of volunteers who worked for the campaign.The source said that if this gathering does go ahead, it would be held at the Filoxenia conference centre in the capital.The same source denied that a pan-Cyprian rally-type gathering had been planned for next Tuesday and that it was subsequently cancelled due to fears of a poor turnout.He said rumours of a final, mass event in Nicosia for Anastasiades had spread after the campaign’s media team mistakenly posted on social media a draft plan of the schedule, which featured such a happening.“It was only a draft, a proposal,” the source insisted.Likewise, reports that Greek pop singer Sakis Rouvas would be performing at this campaign finale were also just that – speculation.“It’s true that at one point some people had toyed with the idea of holding a concert with Mr Rouvas, but this was never pursued. So no, nothing was actually cancelled.”Instead, the Anastasiades camp will throughout the week be organising various indoor events in each district.On Thursday, a gathering of supporters is planned in Larnaca, and in Limassol on Friday.Despite the Anastasiades camp’s denials, media pundits suspect the team may have been scared off holding a grand finale after seeing what happened to a gathering of supporters of Nicolas Papadopoulos.The Papadopoulos event, held this Tuesday at the Eleftheria indoor sports arena, turned out to be a major flop. Pictures taken at the event clearly showed the arena half-full – despite the fact that Papadopoulos is backed by a total of four parties.That little detail did not stop Papadopoulos staffer Chrysis Pantelides from boasting on Twitter that the sports arena was “packed to the rafters.”His move backfired spectacularly, with several people taking to social media trolling Pantelides.As for the campaign of Akel-backed Stavros Malas, a large gathering was held on Monday at the Eleftheria arena, featuring a number of Greek singers. 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 SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more