David Guetta Joins With United Nations For Typhoon Haiyan Victims

first_imgThe world needs more love, according to international music producer and DJ David Guetta, who has partnered with the United Nations to raise money for aid relief in Typhoon Haiyan-stricken Philippines and other humanitarian needs, and who released his new music video last week.David Guetta (left) with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonCredit/Copyright: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe“Music is a powerful way to connect and to bring people together,” said Mr. Guetta.Together with the UN and international aid organizations, he launched in New York a specially-produced video for his new track ‘One Voice’ in support of “The World Needs More___” campaign.“If we can make a change just by saying what the world needs now and raise money to help the UN – wow. That’s incredible,” Mr. Guetta noted.Launched on World Humanitarian Day, marked on 19 August, the campaign allows leading brands and individuals to sponsor a word.The music video was last week projected onto the exterior of the world body’s iconic New York Headquarters building at a special event that featured UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Mr. Guetta.Mr. Ban, who started last week with a visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, and who sees the divisions, atrocities and wars of the world, thanked Guetta for his “courage to change and create a new future for us all.”The new video for ‘One Voice’ can be seen on both Guetta’s Facebook page and the campaign website, where the video will be featured exclusively.Following the broadcast of the music video, the building was used as the backdrop for an interactive Twitter wall, becoming the canvas for tweets from around the globe.“When I play, people are as one on the dance floor. I want the same for the world. No matter how busy you are or where you are, we all share this planet and help each other. We should be as one.”The French musician has already sponsored ‘#love’ and each time the word is shared on Twitter or through the campaign website www.theworldneedsmore.org, it unlocks a dollar towards aid efforts in the world’s most underfunded crises – literally turning words of support into financial support.The campaign is a collaborative effort between the United Nations Foundation, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), and advertising agency Leo Burnett New York.By supporting a sponsored word through the double hashtag #theworldneedsmore #yourword, $1 will be donated to the efforts. In the United States only, individuals also have the options to contribute $10 by texting ‘ONEVOICE’ to 90999.Mr. Guetta said he hopes his fans – some 47 million followers on Facebook and 16 million on Twitter – can help raise the millions needed in the Philippines, “I created the video especially for this campaign, and use it to reach out to fans.”“I wanted to help, but I didn’t know how, so I went to the people that do,” he said about producing the music video for his new song. “Working with the UN, with the people who really are in charge, has been an inspiring and humbling experience.last_img read more

Distillery has new bourbon flavoured by beaver secretion

first_imgTAMWORTH, N.H. – Beaver-flavoured whiskey, anyone?A New Hampshire distillery has a new bourbon, Eau De Musc, flavoured partly by the secretion from a beaver’s castor sacs.Tamworth Distilling says the secretion, called castoreum, has a history of being used as a flavouring and is on a small list of FDA ingredients called “generally recognized as safe.”The distillery says on its website castoreum “exhibits bright and fruit qualities (raspberry) and rich leathery notes along with creamy vanilla aroma,” common among barrel-aged spirits.Other ingredients are raspberry, Canadian snakeroot, fir needles, birch bark (tar oil and regular oil) and maple syrup.last_img

Pierre Bergé Releases New Book Yves Saint Laurent A Moroccan Passion

Rabat- French industrialist and co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent Couture House Pierre Bergé is releasing the English version of his book “Yves Saint Laurent: A Moroccan Passion”, which pays tribute to the life he lived with Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent in Morocco, according to media reports.The book, which was originally published in French in conjunction with the “YSL et le Maroc” 2010 exhibition in the city of Marrakech, is entirely written with handwriting. It shows personal photographs of the legendary French designer, many of them published for the first time.Yves Saint Laurent had a special bond with Morocco. His body was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Majorelle Garden, a residence and botanical garden he jointly owned with Bergé in Marrakech. The 90-page book will be available on September 16. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

Syrian forces have committed crimes against humanity – UN rights panel

Syria’s military and security forces have committed crimes against humanity during their crackdown on protesters, a United Nations-appointed probe said today, urging the Government to immediately end “gross” human rights violations and bring perpetrators to justice. In August the UN Human Rights Council established the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria to investigate all alleged violations of international human rights law in the country since March, when the pro-democracy protests began. Syria is “responsible for wrongful acts, including crimes against humanity, committed by members of its military and security forces as documented in the present report,” states the report, which was presented at a news conference in Geneva by the three-member commission. The 39-page report documents patterns of summary execution, arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearance, torture, including sexual violence, as well as violations of children’s rights. “The substantial body of evidence gathered by the commission indicates that these gross violations of human rights have been committed by Syrian military and security forces since the beginning of the protests in March,” states the report. According to international law, when certain crimes are committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack against civilians and the perpetrators know that their conduct is part of this attack, such offences constitute crimes against humanity, the report points out. “The commission is thus gravely concerned that crimes against humanity of murder, torture, rape or other forms of sexual violence of comparable gravity, imprisonment or other severe deprivation of liberty, enforced disappearances of persons and other inhumane acts of a similar character have occurred in different locations in the country since March,” it adds. The commission called on the Syrian Government to put an immediate end to the ongoing gross human rights violations, to initiate independent and impartial investigations of these violations and to bring perpetrators to justice. It also reiterated its call for immediate and unhindered access to Syria, noting that the Government, despite many requests, failed to engage in dialogue and to grant the commission access to the country. The report – authored by chairperson Paulo Pinheiro, Yakin Ertürk and Karen Koning AbuZayd – is based on interviews with 223 victims and witnesses of alleged human rights violations, including civilians and defectors from the military and the security forces. From the end of September until mid-November, the commission held meetings with Member States from all regional groups, regional organizations, including the League of Arab States and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), human rights defenders, journalists and experts. More than 3,500 Syrians have been killed since the start of the protests, which are part of a broader uprising across North Africa and the Middle East that has led to the toppling of long-standing regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. “Governments have an obligation to maintain public order. They bear the ultimate responsibility for protecting individuals under their jurisdiction, including those participating in public assemblies and exercising their right to freedom of expression,” states the report. “In the Syrian Arab Republic, the high toll of dead and injured is the result of the excessive use of force by State forces in many regions,” it adds. Among its recommendations, the commission suggested that the Human Rights Council establish the mandate of a special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Syria, and that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) establish a field presence in the country with a protection and promotion mandate. 28 November 2011Syria’s military and security forces have committed crimes against humanity during their crackdown on protesters, a UN probe said today, urging the Government to immediately end “gross” human rights violations and bring perpetrators to justice. read more

Ikea launches furniture with inbuilt wireless chargers for cellphones tablets

STOCKHOLM – Lost that charger again for your cellphone or tablet? Hate sorting heaps of wires to charge various devices?Swedish retailer IKEA might just have the answer — furniture with built-in charging spots, including in bedside tables, lamps and desks.The new collection will be available in Europe and North America from next month, followed by global distribution.Jeanette Skjelmose, manager of the lighting and wireless charging sector, said Monday Ikea aims to make life at home simpler because “we know that people hate cable mess.”The new furniture uses the Qi wireless charging standard, found in some Windows and Android phones, including the new Samsung Galaxy S6 expected to be launched soon.Ikea said it will also provide special charging covers for iPhones and older Samsung Galaxies. Ikea launches furniture with inbuilt wireless chargers for cellphones, tablets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 2, 2015 3:20 pm MDT read more

The Latest Orly attacker used revolver to detain soldier

PARIS – The Latest on incident at Orly Airport in Paris where a man was shot to death after attempting to seize a soldier’s weapon (all times local):8:40 p.m.Paris prosecutor Francois Molins says the man who attacked a soldier at Orly Airport had 9 mm revolver that shoots birdshot and used it to take the soldier hostage.He said the soldier’s colleagues shot the man to death after he wrenched away her powerful military-grade assault rifle Saturday morning.Molins told reporters Saturday night that the attacker — a Frenchman he named as Ziyed Ben Belgacem — had shot off the pistol twice earlier that day: once against French police at a traffic stop, then in a bar where he pointed it at customers, shot it but didn’t hit anyone.Molins says a cousin of the airport attacker is in custody after presenting himself to police. The attacker’s father and brother are also in police custody for questioning — standard operating procedure in such cases.___8:20 p.m.Paris prosecutor Francois Molins says French soldiers fired three bursts, eight rounds in all, to kill the attacker who took a member of their patrol hostage at Paris’ Orly Airport and wrested away her assault rifle.Molins said the attacker held a pistol to the soldier’s head in the Saturday morning attack and used her as a shield. Contrary to earlier reports by French officials, Molins says the attacker did wrench away her powerful military-grade assault rifle and wanted to use it to shoot people at the busy Paris airport.Speaking Saturday night at a news conference, the prosecutor said a Qur’an was among the items later found on the body of the attacker, Ziyed Ben Belgacem.Molins said the French-born 39-year-old was flagged for suspected radicalism during a previous spell in prison.___8 p.m.Paris prosecutor Francois Molins has told a news conference that the man who attacked a soldier and was killed by her colleagues at Orly Airport yelled that he wanted to die in the name of Allah and “whatever happens, there will be deaths.”Molins said the attacker held a pistol to the soldier’s head on Saturday morning, used her as a shield and succeeded in a struggle to wrest away her powerful military-grade assault rifle. He said the attacker apparently aimed to use it to shoot people in the busy Paris airport.He says the attacker, identified by Molins as French-born Ziyed Ben Belgacem, also carried a container of gasoline that he tossed to the ground.___3:00 p.m.A French official connected to the investigation confirms media reports identifying the Orly Airport attacker as Ziyed Ben Belgacem, a 39-year-old born in France.The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to publicly discuss the suspected attacker’s identity.France Info radio, on its website, identified him as Ziyed Ben Belgacem, which the official confirmed to the AP. Le Parisien newspaper named him only as Ziyed B. and said he was born in Paris.__Associated Press Writer John Leicester___2:40 p.m.The Paris prosecutors’ office says the 39-year-old suspected attacker who was shot and killed at Orly Airport had already crossed authorities’ radar for suspected Islamic extremism.Prosecutors say Saturday that the suspect’s house was among scores searched in November 2015 in the immediate aftermath of suicide bomb-and-gun attacks that killed 130 people in Paris. Those searches targeted people with suspected radical leanings.After the airport attack on Saturday, the suspect’s father and brother were detained by police for questioning — part of standard police operations in such cases.___2:25 p.m.French President Francois Hollande says investigators will determine whether the Orly Airport attacker “had a terrorist plot behind him.”Hollande ruled out any link between Saturday’s attack and the upcoming French presidential election in April and May, noting that France has been battling the threat of extremism for several years.He says the attack shows that France’s policy of having military patrols guarding public sites “is essential,” and that the nation “must remain extremely vigilant.”___2:10 p.m.Flights are gradually resuming from Paris’ Orly Airport, in the wake of Saturday’s attack by a man who was killed as he tried to take a soldier’s weapon.The Paris airport authority, ADP, says the first flight from the reopened airport’s West Terminal was bound for Pau in the French southwest at 1:34 p.m. (1234 GMT), five hours after soldiers shot and killed the attacker.Flights are yet to resume at the airport’s South Terminal.___2:00 p.m.French police say the suspected attacker killed at Orly Airport was stopped earlier Saturday morning by a police patrol in northern Paris because he was driving too fast.The national police information office says that as the man was showing the traffic patrol his ID papers, he pulled out a gun and fired bird shot at the three officers, injuring one of them.Police fired back. The man fled in his car.That traffic stop at 6:50 a.m. was at Garges-les-Gonesse, north of Paris near Le Bourget airport.The man later abandoned that vehicle at Vitry, south of Paris, and stole another. That car was later found at Orly airport.___1:20 p.m.French president Francois Hollande has praised the courage and efficiency of troops and police following the incidents at Orly Airport and in a northern Paris suburb.In a written statement, Hollande reaffirms the state’s “determination to act without respite to fight terrorism, defend our compatriots’ security and ensure the protection of the territory.”He says the Sentinelle operation —about 7,500 troops patrolling on the country’s streets and sensitive sites— has proved useful in addition to police forces.___1:00 p.m.The Paris prosecutors office says the suspected attacker killed at Orly Airport after trying to wrestle away a soldier’s weapon was 39 years old and was known to police for robbery and drug offences. Prosecutors did not disclose the man’s name but said he was born in 1978 and nine unspecified infractions on his criminal record.___12:45 p.m.A spokesman for the military force that patrols public sites in France says the soldier attacked at Orly Airport was “shocked” but uninjured after the “very violent aggression” by a man who was quickly shot dead by two of her fellow patrolmen.The spokesman, Benoit Brulon, was speaking to BFM television.___12:30 p.m.The attack at Orly Airport marked at least the fourth time that Sentinelle soldiers have been targeted since the force was created two years ago. Some have been wounded, but no one in the force has been killed.The Sentinelle force was set up after the attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 7, 2015. Reinforced after the Nov. 13 assaults that left 130 people dead in Paris, it includes 7,500 soldiers, half of them deployed in the Paris region and half in the provinces.In February, a man wielding a machete attacked four Sentinelle soldiers near the Louvre Museum, a year after three patrolmen were wounded by a man armed with a knife outside a Jewish community centre in the southern city of Nice.In January 2016, a man rammed his car into four soldiers guarding a mosque in the southeastern city of Valence.___12:25 p.m.The Paris prosecutors office, which has taken over the investigation of the Orly Airport attack, says the suspected attacker who was shot dead was not listed on the government’s database of terrorist suspects.France maintains a database, known as the “S” list, of people considered a potential threat to national security, which includes people suspected of plotting terrorist acts.The prosecutors’ office says the man shot at Orly Airport was not in the database.___12:10 p.m.The head of the Paris airports company says searches of Orly Airport are complete and passengers who had been blocked aboard 13 flights are being unloaded.Passengers aboard flights that landed at Orly as the drama was unfolding were prevented from immediately disembarking. But Augustin de Romanet, president of the ADP airport authority, says they are now being allowed off the flights.He told BFM television that 15 other flights were diverted to Paris’ other main airport, Charles de Gaulle, because of the attack.___11:55 a.m.French authorities have established a rudimentary timeline for the attack on Saturday at Orly Airport:—6:50 a.m.: The suspected attacker fires birdshot at police officers, wounding one in the face, when stopped for a traffic check. Flees, using a weapon to threaten a motorist and steal her car, later found at Orly Airport.—8:30 a.m.: Attacker assaults patrol of three soldiers, all from French air force. Wrestles one soldier, a woman, to the ground, tries to take her weapon.___11:50 a.m.The investigation into the attack on soldiers guarding Paris’ Orly Airport, as well as a shooting 90 minutes earlier that targeted police north of Paris, has been taken over by anti-terrorism investigators.The Paris prosecutors’ office confirms that its anti-terrorism section has taken over the investigation.___11:35 a.m.The French defence minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, says the Orly Airport attacker assaulted a patrol of three soldiers, all from the air force, including a woman.He says the attacker wrestled the woman to the floor and tried to take her weapon, but she managed to keep hold of it.The minister says the two other patrolmen opened fire “to protect her” and the public in the airport.___11:25 a.m.French Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux says the man shot dead at airport is the same as the one who “is linked with car hijacking” earlier in the morning in a Paris suburb.Le Roux says the man who was not identified, earlier shot a police officer at a traffic stop before stealing the woman’s car at gunpoint. Le Roux said the gunman was known by police and intelligence___11:25 a.m.French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron has paid tribute to the French troops securing streets and sensitive sites in the country after a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks.Macron, an independent centrist, said in a speech on defence in Paris that the soldiers of the Sentinelle operation who were attacked in Orly Airport “have demonstrated one more time calm, control and professionalism.”___11:10 a.m.France’s Interior Ministry says no one else was injured at Paris’ Orly Airport when a man was shot to death after seizing a soldier’s weapon.The ministry tweeted that “the events this morning at the airport caused no injuries.”Explosives experts have finished checking the site, according to a tweet from the regional administration.The interior minister and defence minister are en route to Orly, according to the national police.Thousands of people are being evacuated and flights are being redirected.___11 a.m.Paris police are investigating whether an attack on a soldier at Orly Airport is linked to a shooting earlier Saturday north of Paris.The Paris police office says a man fired at police officers with a gun that fired birdshot, wounding one in the face, when stopped for a police traffic check early Saturday morning.The man then fled, threatening a motorist with a weapon to steal her car.Police say that car was later found close to the Orly Airport.The traffic stop was at 6:55 a.m., shortly before the attack at Orly.— Associated Press Writer John Leicester___10:45 a.m.French national police say that only one man was involved in an attack on soldiers at Paris’ Orly Airport and reports of a possible second attacker are false.A national police official said that about 3,000 people are being evacuated from Orly after the attack, in which the assailant was shot and killed.Meanwhile, Paris police say a police officer was shot and injured during a road check in the town of Stains northeast of Paris on Saturday.The national police official says so far there is no sign of any link between the Orly incident and the Stains shooting.Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because neither was authorized to be publicly named.— Associated Press Writer Angela Charlton___10:35 a.m.Passengers at Paris’ Orly Airport describe gunshots and panic when a man was killed after seizing a weapon from a soldier guarding the site.A witness identified only as Dominque said on BFM television: “The soldiers took aim at the man, who in turn pointed the gun he had seized at the two soldiers.”Another man says on BFM that there was a group of three soldiers targeted, and they tried to calm the man who seized the weapon. Then the man said he heard two gunshots.Another witness, identified as Patrick, said he was at the check-in counter when he saw someone come in from outside and the incident began.A French journalist on a flight that landed from Nice told France-Info radio passengers are being kept on the plane and aren’t being allowed to disembark.___10:25 a.m.The Paris airport authority says Orly Airport is being entirely evacuated and all flights redirected after a man was shot dead after seizing a weapon from a soldier guarding the site.An airport authority official says flights to and from Orly are being redirected to Charles de Gaulle airport.The official said thousands of people are being evacuated from Orly.A national police official says operations to check for explosives are underway at Orly after the Saturday incident.The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because neither was authorized to be publicly named.French media reports said the man seized the weapon and tried to flee before being shot.— Associated Press Writer Angela Charlton___9:40 a.m.French police say a man was shot to death after trying to seize the weapon of a soldier guarding Paris’ Orly Airport.A national police official said the incident occurred Saturday morning at Orly, and the soldier is part of the Sentinelle special force installed around France to protect sensitive sites after a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks.No information about the slain man or any other injuries was available. The official was not authorized to be publicly named.Police evacuated part of the airport and warned visitors in a tweet to avoid the airport while the police operation was underway.The shooting came after a similar incident last month at the Louvre Museum. France remains under a state of emergency by The Associated Press Posted Mar 18, 2017 5:37 am MDT Last Updated Mar 18, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: Orly attacker used revolver to detain soldier Soldiers patrol at Orly airport, south of Paris, Saturday, March, 18, 2017. Soldiers at Paris’ busy Orly Aiport shot and killed a man who wrestled one of their colleagues to the ground and tried to steal her rifle Saturday, officials said. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu) read more

Can Anyone In The NL Central Stop The Cubs

Based on projected wins or over/under win totals. Data gathered on March 16, 2017.Sources: Baseball Prospectus, Fangraphs, Clay Davenport, Las Vegas Review-Journal 5Cincinnati Reds7470747172.1 neil (Neil Paine, FiveThirtyEight senior sportswriter): So let’s get started with the elephant in the room of this division: The Cubs are once again huge favorites — 88 percent to win the division, according to FanGraphs. What can we say about them that hasn’t already been said ad nauseam during their World Series run last year?craigjedwards: Just replace “Will they end the drought?” with “Will they repeat?”neil: Or maybe “Will they form a dynasty?”natesilver: I would say that 88 percent to win the division intuitively sounds very high. We had them at 56 percent last year in a similar-ish situation.craigjedwards: 88 percent is high. Although last season both the Cardinals and Pirates appeared to have better teams than they do this season.natesilver: But bigger picture … What is there to say except that it’s been a while since we had a baseball team that was set up for this sort of long-term success?craigjedwards: They basically have the same team back, with few guys to worry about suffering precipitous aging declines, plus Jason Heyward possibly not being as bad as he was last season.natesilver: Let’s not forget that they’re also up one Kyle Schwarber this year (although he won’t help on defense).craigjedwards: The only question is the pitching rotation. In 2015 and 2016, they had all their top guys healthy and pitching well. It would take a major disaster in the rotation, but if they don’t meet expectations, that is where it is likely to come from.neil: Right — did that pitching performance last year contain a lot of luck in addition to skill? They allowed an MLB-low .255 batting average on balls in play (BABIP), 27 points lower than any other team.craigjedwards: Luck on the pitcher’s part? Yes, but that luck comes in the form of a fantastic defense. That is luck for the pitchers, not luck for the Cubs. That said, their BABIP is going to go up, since even guys who showed no prior ability to suppress contact did so last season. But even if they aren’t quite as good, it is reasonable to expect a low BABIP again because of that defense.neil: Another note on that pitching staff is that they were the oldest in the majors last year. And yet, only two other teams have relied on their starting rotation for more innings over the past two seasons than Chicago has. Is that a red flag? Or does it even matter?natesilver: Pitcher aging is weird. It’s kind of like: you’re good, until you’re suddenly not.craigjedwards: John Lackey is probably the most worrisome, because he is getting to an age where he could all of a sudden be finished.natesilver: I think the question is what sort of reinforcements they could bring in if Lackey turned into a pumpkin, for instance.craigjedwards: Jon Lester has also defied the aging curve over the past two seasons, and his velocity is down this spring, so that is a concern as well. Plus, it will be interesting to see how Willson Contreras plays out defensively at catcher, as he’ll be replacing David Ross as Lester’s personal catcher.natesilver: But let’s keep in mind that the Cubs are not only smart, but rich — so they’re a good candidate to bring a pitcher in at the trade deadline if they need one.craigjedwards: Chicago’s minor league system isn’t as deep as it was, since its young stars are already in the majors (or were traded last year), but there are a few high-end prospects they could move if they needed to.neil: I might also be grasping to find holes in the Cubs just to have something to debate. This staff could probably lose half its value from last year and they’d still win 90+ games.Chicago also seemed to effectively plug the roster holes that opened over the offseason: Lose Dexter Fowler? Here’s Jon Jay. Lose Aroldis Chapman? Here’s Wade Davis. Cut Jason Hammel loose? Here’s Brett Anderson. Like Nate said, they’re getting Schwarber back, too. And I guess it would be hard for Heyward to be worse.craigjedwards: Heyward has to be better than he was last season. Even if he never hits like he did before he got to the Cubs, an average-hitting Heyward with his defense and baserunning is a four-win player.natesilver: But we’re talking about a very high bar that the Cubs will have to clear to keep pace with their performance from last year. It’s incredibly hard to win 100+ games two years in a row these days. The last team to do it was St. Louis in 2004 and 2005.neil: Although maybe the craziest thing there is that, by Pythagoras, the Cubs “should” have won 107 games last year. They underachieved to 103 wins!Even 95 wins this year will probably be enough to take the division, though. Especially if the projections (see above) are to be believed.But I also think those projections are pretty shocking. They have Pittsburgh second?!? I was tempted to think that the Pirates’ 2013-15 mini-run basically ended with the 78 wins they posted in 2016.craigjedwards: Pittsburgh has put itself in a difficult position, trying to contend with a low payroll. Most teams at that end of the financial spectrum — like Milwaukee and Cincinnati, to keep it in the NL Central — can get a few good years in before having to do at least a minor rebuild, but the Pirates are still really close to contending for the next few seasons.neil: What went wrong last season?craigjedwards: Gerrit Cole wasn’t himself, Juan Nicasio didn’t work out as the Pirates’ annual reclamation project and Ivan Nova didn’t arrive until too late in the season. Yet they still weren’t that far off from contending last year, despite a really mediocre season from their best player, Andrew McCutchen.natesilver: The projection systems are all frustratingly non-committal on McCutchen, projecting him to bounce about halfway back instead of either the full recovery or the full collapse. Which undoubtedly makes sense if you average him over a whole range of scenarios. But it seems like there has to be a wide distribution of possibilities there, and that’s very much going to affect the Pirates’ fortunes.neil: Yeah, maybe no team’s season is hinging more on one player’s projection being in the high range rather than the low.craigjedwards: He’s also making the transition to an outfield corner, which is generally not good for a player’s value. But if you are just looking at last year’s defensive numbers (which generally isn’t big enough an indicator of a player’s ability), he’s going to get better just because he isn’t really one of the worst outfielders in baseball.natesilver: I get worried when the indicators for a guy’s athleticism are down. McCutchen doesn’t steal many bags any more. He grounded into a lot of double plays. He’s overmatched in center field, according to the advanced metrics.neil: And the list of McCutchen-like players from history is no help. Some were good after age 30 (Reggie Smith, Andre Dawson); others were already in decline (Vernon Wells, Matt Kemp).The other half of that tandem fighting for second place is the St. Louis Cardinals, who are slated for only 81 or 82 wins if you believe the projections above. Do we buy these third-place projections for St. Louis? Or are they discounting the Cards? (Who still won 86 games last year, with 88 Pythagorean wins.)craigjedwards: The projections for Pittsburgh are all bunched together around 82 wins, while the Cardinals have a couple 84s and a 78 from PECOTA (which keeps their average down). Most of the projections that have the Cardinals higher believe in their pitching and maybe a slight uptick on defense, while PECOTA doesn’t believe in either of those things.natesilver: It’s been a while since I tracked the performance of the different projection systems religiously, but the Cardinals were a team that had a long track record of beating their projections. Maybe it’s because they always tend to be good at player development and have guys play up to their 60th- or 70th-percentile numbers.neil: One area where it seems like there might be a lot of uncertainty is in the pitching, like you mentioned Craig, since their rotation was down from 2015’s fantastic performance. What was different last year, and will they be able to recapture that 2015 form this season?craigjedwards: The blame has mostly gone to the defense, and the Cardinals were pretty bad last year. But they also lost Lance Lynn and John Lackey from the rotation, and Michael Wacha and Adam Wainwright weren’t their usual pitching selves.neil: They’ve also done a lot of roster reshuffling and added Dexter Fowler (granting that his fielding metrics are sometimes mixed). Will all that help fix the defense? Or is that just wishful thinking?craigjedwards: I think Fowler will make the defense better. Randal Grichuk moves from center to left, where, defensively, he’s a big upgrade on Matt Holliday and Brandon Moss. So even if Fowler is a bit below-average for a center fielder on defense, it will still make the outfield defense on the whole better than it was last season.They aren’t going to be great on defense, they just need to not be really bad.neil: Final Q on the Cards: Craig wrote last season that Mike Matheny should be fired. Is he keeping this team from reaching its full potential? Or isn’t there research showing that managers don’t really matter very much?craigjedwards: I think tactically, there isn’t a whole lot of difference between good and bad managers, though I’m not sure too many people really defend Matheny’s bullpen management or in-game decisions.natesilver: And isn’t it plausible that managers matter more than they used to, given how bullpens are used these days? That’s an area where you might expect to see quite a bit of difference, especially in the NL, where you also have to account for pitchers hitting for themselves, etc.craigjedwards: Another problem with Matheny is what appears to be a disconnect with the front office. He’s had big problems playing younger players when they are given to him, to the point that trades had to be made. It would be one thing if he just made poor strategic decisions and relied on small samples to determine whether a player was hot or cold, but it is getting to the point where he also has trouble following through with the front office’s plans.This is going to be a big year for Matheny. He got a lot of credit for managing the Cardinals to the postseason, and he will get blame if they don’t make it. That’s not fair, but it doesn’t mean Matheny deserves to keep a job that was a complete gift to him in the first place.neil: Whichever team prevails between Pittsburgh and St. Louis, they and the Cubs are still far, far above the teams at the bottom of this division: the Brewers and Reds.Let’s start with Milwaukee. Over the past few years, the Brewers seem to be emulating the successful teardown/rebuild models seen recently in Chicago and Houston (and maybe Atlanta next). How’s that going for them?craigjedwards: Milwaukee is doing all the right things. They aren’t going to be able to completely mimic the Cubs — they can’t go out and sign big-name veterans like Jon Lester, Ben Zobrist, John Lackey and Jason Heyward — but they are on the right track. They got one of the top prospects in baseball (Lewis Brinson) from the Rangers in the Jonathan Lucroy trade, picked up another one (Corey Ray) from the draft, and they have a handful of pitchers with potential.neil: So what’s the next step if you’re trying that type of rebuilding effort, but without the Cubs’ resources?craigjedwards: Well, the Brewers are carrying half the payroll they had when they were contending, so they have to play younger guys with potential or trade value (Jonathan Villar, Orlando Arcia, Domingo Santana and Keon Broxton) and deal away relievers whenever they seem to have value. The fans in Milwaukee still support the team, and they will do very well if they can get a winner there. The Ryan Braun question looms, and it’s going to be hard to contend with the Cubs, Pirates and Cardinals in the same division. But they’re making progress.neil: Meanwhile, the Reds are kind of a mess. They had one of the worst pitching staffs ever last year — particularly in the bullpen.natesilver: I’ve become slightly obsessed with modern bullpens, and it’s actually sort of hard/amazing to have a bullpen as bad as Cincy’s in an era where you can take a failed No. 4 starter and turn him into a 2.50 ERA / 10.0 K/9 guy.neil: The Reds have also traded away a lot of veterans in recent years — Todd Frazier, Aroldis Chapman, Jay Bruce, etc. — yet still only have the 13th-best farm system in MLB. Should they have gotten more in return prospect-wise? Also, when will Joey Votto join that group? Can they realistically get fair value for him?natesilver: Votto is sort of the Carmelo Anthony of MLB.neil: Although I will say, the Reds have won a championship in my lifetime, unlike the Knicks.natesilver: The Reds ranked 22nd in WAR last year among players acquired through the draft, which isn’t going to cut it in a small market. So I wonder if there isn’t some longer-term work to do on scouting and development.craigjedwards: I think for a small-market team to succeed, one of the biggest factors is starting pitching because it is so hard to acquire, either in terms of cost in free agency or in trades. Having a cost-effective rotation — like we saw with Cleveland last year and the Mets the year before, or even going all the way back to Oakland’s Moneyball days — can make a big difference for a team trying to push itself into contention.natesilver: Just to bring it back to the Cubs, the thing to remember is that even if you had a team with 103-win talent — and the Cubs probably aren’t *quite* there — they’d still only have something like a 15 percent to 20 percent chance to win the World Series, given how random the playoffs can be. So if we’re thinking in terms of dynasties, there’s a question of how we’d measure one. It’s likely to be a *long* time before we see another team run off three World Series in a row, or four in five years, even if they’re the best team in baseball the whole time.neil: That’s a great point. As terrific as the Cubs are, baseball is a lot more chaotic than, say, basketball. So compared with, say, NBA teams against the Warriors, other MLB teams have a much better chance as they target the Cubs. And that also means the Pirates and Cardinals — if not the Brewers and Reds — have plenty of reasons for hope this season. RANKTEAMPECOTAFANGRAPHSDAVENPORTWESTGATEAVERAGE 3St. Louis Cardinals7884808481.4 EXPECTED NUMBER OF WINS 4Milwaukee Brewers7770737072.4 1Chicago Cubs9395959794.9 In honor of the 2017 Major League Baseball season, which starts April 2, FiveThirtyEight is assembling some of our favorite baseball writers to chat about what’s ahead. Today, we focus on the National League Central with FanGraphs writer Craig Edwards and FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver. 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Man stabbed close to OConnell Street in Dublin city centre

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3343873 By Nicky Ryan Man stabbed close to O’Connell Street in Dublin city centre The man, aged in his 50s, was rushed to hospital. Apr 17th 2017, 8:36 AM Short URL Monday 17 Apr 2017, 8:36 AM 28,838 Views 24 Comments The entrance to Sackville Place from O’Connell Street. Source: Screenshot via Google MapsA MAN WAS rushed to hospital last night after a stabbing just off O’Connell Street in Dublin City Centre.The incident took place on Sackville Place at around 9.45pm.The man, aged in his 50s, received injuries to his stomach.He was rushed to the Mater Hospital. Gardaí are investigating and no arrests have been made.Read: Garda’s arm broken in Dublin assault > Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_imgKarimnagar: BC Students Association district president Jakkani Sanjay Kumar said that several students belonging to poor financial ground will come to Karimnagar, famous educational centre, to pursue education. But they are facing problems due to lack of facilities and hostels to stay in the city. BC and SC hostels are the only option for them as they couldn’t afford other hostels in the city, which are expensive. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Hence, he requested District Administrative Officer Raju Kumar to take measures to ensure that BC students, which constitute a major proportion of the population in Telangana, will have adequate hostels for their accommodation. He also urged the officer to take steps to increase the number of hostels and seats for both boys and girls. Sanjay Kumar as submitted a memorandum to the officer, requesting him to allocate 15 per cent of assigned seats for BC students in SC hostels in the city. Students Council district leaders Kamutam Sadanandam, Naveen and Rajashekar accompanied Sanjay Kumar.last_img read more

Congresss button malfunctions on EVMs in Poonch

first_imgPUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty ImagesWith the beginning of Phase I of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Election Commission is also geared up to address any problem which may occur during polling and counting of votes.With only a few hours into polling, Congress is already facing problems with many voters claiming that the party’s symbol was not working on the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in Shahpur and other parts of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir.This delayed voting while the machines were fixed. A polling officer in the region explained that voting was delayed due to the malfunction EVM. Congress’s allegations of EVM tampering Congress, which is known for its allegations of EVM tampering in the previous elections, has now fallen a victim to its own claims. During the Madhya Pradesh state assembly elections in December 2018, Congress had released a video of EVMs being carried out of a luxury hotel in Madhya Pradesh.In a series of tweets, the party’s treasurer, Ahmed Patil, had said, “Sensing a defeat in Madhya Pradesh & Chattisgarh, some are indulging in desperate measures by attempting to tamper with EVM’s in strong rooms. Urge the EC to investigate & take concrete action.”He then wrote,I am submitting four suggestions to Election Commission ahead of Chattisgarh counting-1) Kindly allow representatives of all political parties while transporting EVM’s to counting centres from strong rooms2) Cross check if postal ballots were received from eligible voters.3) Review conduct of top officials in 3 districts-Rajnandgaon, Kondagaon & Bilaspur4) Initiate second round of counting only after completion of first round.”last_img read more

Porchfest Rocks Hillcrest

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, Special to the AFROThe quiet neighborhood got a jolt of funk, hip-hop and rock and roll last Sunday at the 2nd annual Porchfest DC, which brought music, comradery and bar-b-que right to your doorstep. The afternoon started off with music wafting through the air. At times it had a go-go swing, at other times you could hear a tenor cutting through the air with just their notes and a beat. This was Porchfest DC. The sun bore down hard throughout the day. But a slight breeze cut the neighborhood some slack.Porchfest DC allowed for residents to head to houses in the Hillcrest neighborhood to listen live to local musicians. (Photo by George Kevin Jordan)It was easy to report on this event as I am a new-ish Hillcrest resident and didn’t have too far to travel before the sounds of sizzling vegetables outpaced the aroma of grilled meats. According to the newsletter, “The goal of the Southeast, D.C. Porchfest is not just to spotlight emerging talent, but to shine a light on the beautiful communities in Wards 7 and 8.”Hillcrest is a prime example of beauty with idyllic homes and immaculate lawns that stretch up and over hills, and valleys. But the neighborhood touted as “Washington, D.C.’s best kept secret,” may not be a secret much longer after this weekend’s festivities.According the Hillcrest Civic Association, the area is bordered by: “a line beginning at the intersection of 31st Street, SE and Pennsylvania Avenue, extending southeastward along Pennsylvania Avenue SE to the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E. and the District of Columbia boundary line (at Southern Avenue, S.E.); extending southwestward along that District Line to the intersection of that line with Naylor Road, S.E.; extending northward along Naylor Road, SE to the intersection of Naylor Road, SE with 27th Street, S.E.; from thence in a straight line running eastward through the park to reach the upper point of 31st Street, S.E. and then following 31st Street, S.E. northward to the original intersection of 31st Street S.E. and Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E. said boundary to include both sides of 31st Street, SE including Randle Highlands Elementary School.”The population of the neighborhood is about 4,700, according to Niche.com, and boasts a population that is 89% Black, and a diverse age demographic that is split between millenials, gen-xers and baby boomers  according to data from the site. A good sized group of those people all sat together in their neighbor’s lawns for Porchfest. People brought their lawn chairs, bikes, food and flowing dresses, and listened to jazz as children tried to learn to skateboard down streets. Porchfest DC was what it would look like if Erykah Badu and Lena Horne had a block party. It was both laid back and elegant. Both “woke” and “non-pressed.” Both “sophisticated” and super casual.”Artists from across the District performed intimate sets with nothing but light and mosquitos between them. There was a market with candles that eased tensions and smelled of herbs and were good for the environment, along with fun snarky tee-shirts and lots of lemonade and fruity drinks. The object of Porchfest is to stroll from house to house taking in the performances at each residence. But once you set foot in one backyard it was hard to leave. One wanted to just lean back in the chair and take a nap serenaded by a jazz artist. Slated performers included DJ Goldy Smokes, TY Jones, Deuce Ducartier, Future Band, Cassonovela, Femi, Black Out Band, Original Jesus Gang, Sweet Something and Bliss Ananda to name a few. There was also yoga, a kids party and events for all ages. The event was scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. but music thumped through the air well past dark. The festival originated in Ithaca, NY, by Gretchen Hildreth and Lesley Greene, according to the site. But fever for the fest has spread throughout the country. In DC the Porchfest has landed in District neighborhoods like Adams Morgan and Rhode Island Avenue. Want to know where Porchfest DC will go next? Take the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DGCMHD2last_img read more

Consumer Confidence Staggers in March as Sequester Hits

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Conference Board Confidence Consumer spending Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2013-03-26 Tory Barringer Consumer Confidence Staggers in March as Sequester Hits in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing March 26, 2013 402 Views center_img February’s uptick in consumer confidence turned around in March, “”The Conference Board””:http://www.conference-board.org/ reported Tuesday.[IMAGE]The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index, conducted for the firm by Nielsen, fell to 59.7 from February’s reading of 68.0 (which was revised down from 69.6). The decline wipes out most of the gains observed last month and brings the index to its second lowest reading so far this year.According to Lynn Franco, director or economic indicators at The Conference Board, the retreat in consumer confidence was driven primarily by a sharp decline in respondents’ economic outlook, “”although consumers were also more pessimistic in their assessment of current conditions.””””The loss of confidence, particularly expectations, mirrors the losses experienced this past December and January. The recent sequester has created uncertainty regarding [COLUMN_BREAK]the economic outlook and as a result, consumers are less confident,”” Franco said.The Conference Board’s Present Situation Index decreased to 57.9 from 61.4. The number of those saying business conditions are “”good”” decreased to 16.0 percent from 17.6 percent previously, while those stating business conditions are “”bad”” increased to 29.3 percent from 28.2 percent.Consumers’ assessment of the labor market was mixed. The number of those claiming jobs are “”plentiful”” at this time decreased (from 10.1 percent to 9.4 percent), but so did the number of respondents claiming jobs are “”hard to get”” (from 36.9 percent to 36.2 percent).As far as short-term outlooks, consumers were decidedly pessimistic: The Expectations Index fell to 60.9 in March, a marked drop from 72.4 in February. Those expecting business conditions to improve over the next six months decreased to 14.4 percent from 18.0 percent, while those expecting business conditions to worsen increased to 18.3 percent from 16.6 percent.The outlook for the labor market was also less favorable than in February. The number of respondents expecting more jobs in the months ahead fell to 12.3 percent from 16.1 percent, while those bracing themselves for fewer jobs increased to 26.6 percent from 22.1 percent.The proportion of respondents saying they expect their incomes to increase fell to 13.7 percent (from 15.8 percent previously). The number of those expecting a decrease in income also edged down, however, falling to 18.0 percent from 19.3 percent. Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has some stories to tell.Boy, does he.In a media tour to promote his new book, “The Quarterback Whisperer: How to Build an Elite NFL Quarterback,” Arians joined SiriusXM NFL radio’s Blitz show and said writing the stories with co-writer Lars Anderson came easily to him.“You know me: it was kind of easy when I found out you can drink cocktails and tell stories,” Arians told hosts Alex Marvez and Geoff Schwartz. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “Oh, gosh, when you start talking about drinking paint when I was a kid and getting my stomach pumped twice. No, there were so many (stories); there were so many I left out.”Wait. What?Yes, Arians did drink paint. The reason he did so is, well, pretty logical.From the book:When I was younger I wasn’t allowed to drink milk, because I was allergic to it. Was that going to stop me from drinking something that was surely going to make my bones stronger? Hell no. So I drank paint. Sure, I had to get my stomach pumped twice, but I had to try to put something down my throat that looked like milk and might make me harder to tackle when playing in our neighborhood football games.Just so you know how the rest of the book goes, the next paragraph explains that Arians would rip off beer bottle caps with his teeth to impress girls at high school parties.Anyhow, 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station does not suggest drinking paint.Nonetheless, it worked for Arians, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Charlie Kelly would be proud. 6 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians takes the field prior to an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)last_img read more

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first_img10. The PloughWhere: LuptonRooms: From £120 per room per night Keen to check out the Lake District but don’t want to be tied to one area? The Plough offers the ideal solution, thanks to its unique location, between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Although a word of warning – it’s unlikely you’ll want to leave. Book a room here and you’ll enjoy antique furniture, roll-top baths and beautiful decor, including stunning paintings of local birdlife. The hotel’s restaurant is one of the many highlights. Our recommendation? The wildflower salad with crispy pork shoulder. 7.The Sun InnWhere: Newton ReignyRooms: From £45 per room per night If you’re keen to base yourself in one of the Lake District’s towns, the Sun Inn is a fantastic option. Owned and run by local couple Jenny and Iain Black, the hotel can be found in the centre of Kirkby Lonsdale, a beautiful market town on the border of three counties: North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire. There are 11 spacious bedrooms and a beautiful bar area, complete with roaring log fire. It’s another popular option for foodies – the breakfasts are legendary (the property recently received the AA’s sought after Breakfast Award) and the regular wine tasting sessions are popular with both guests and locals. 1. The Gilpin HotelWhere: WindermereRooms: From £325 per night Regarded as one of the UK’s best spa hotels, The Gilpin is one of the most luxurious places to stay in the Lake District. The main house (a beautiful Georgian affair) contains 14 bedrooms, while six wonderfully cosy garden suites can be found in a separate annexe. Fancy splashing out? Book one of the five spa lodges for some truly indulgent lakeside luxury. And if you’re looking for hotels near Lake Windermere, you’re in luck. The property, which is a certified Relaix and Chateaux hotel, is ideally located – it’s just a short walk from this beautiful expanse of water. 2. The Leathes HeadWhere: BorrowdaleRooms: £177 per night Nestled in the unspoilt wilds of Borrowdale Valley, The Leathes Head is surrounded by breathtaking scenery. A popular base for visitors embarking on activity holidays in the Lake District, the hotel is within walking distance of the Lake District’s best walking trails and watersports centres, and the views are unbeatable – simply step into the gardens for beautiful views over the valley to Keswick. The food’s pretty good too – the hotel’s restaurant has two AA rosettes and there’s a real focus on local, organic cuisine. 8.Storrs HallWhere: WindermereRooms: From £542 per room per night Fancy playing Lord (or Lady) of the manor? This property’s for you. 17 acres of manicured gardens surround this Lake District hotel, which dates back to the eighteenth century. And you’ll be in good company – previous guests include Robert Southey and William Wordsworth, who once recited his famous Daffodils poem in the drawing room. The majority of the rooms comes with breaktaking views: of castles, forests and snow-capped peaks, and the hotel provides guests with list of activities for both sunny and rainy days. There are 30 rooms, but those with a weak spot for the finer things in life should consider the two-person Boathouse, which has a hot tub, steam room, private terrace and fire pit.9.Lyth ValleyWhere: KendallRooms: From £135 per nightA traditional country inn, Lyth Valley feels like a home from home. Rooms are individually furnished but they all have a wow factor, whether it’s the luxurious, hand-tufted rugs, beautiful Laura Ashley furnishings or super cool Cowshed toiletries. All have been named after local animals – a reminder that this particular property is ideal for wildlife fans. Although it’s just a 15-minute drive from Kendall, its position, tucked between the limestone peaks of Scout Scar and Whitbarrow Scar, make it feel truly remote. Looking for more UK city break inspiration? Check these out…Staycation steals: cheap UK flights from £15Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, save money when flying within the UK with these flights connecting our biggest cities.Last minute UK hotel deals from £24 a nightFamily, romantic, boutique or business: whatever kind of accommodation you’re looking for, we’ve got the best deals on hotels in the UK.The best 17 cities in Britain to visit in 2017All too often London, Manchester and Edinburgh steal the limelight. Here are some other cities to check out in 2017.*Published August 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only and are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Related15 fabulous hotels in EnglandFrom arty boutiques to sprawling country manors; check out 15 of England’s finest hotels.The best UK hotels for hen dosHen do must-haves include the obligatory bride-to-be banners, personalised t-shirts and a catalogue of embarrassing stories about the hen. Oh, and a spectacular venue which will cement the event’s place in history as the best hen do ever. But choosing the perfect location isn’t always simple, which is why we’ve…The best hotels in Dubai for every budgetWhether you’re looking for a five star resort with access to the world’s biggest shopping centre or just a good deal on a beach hotel, Dubai has a room for every occasion and budget. We’ve lined up the best hotels in Dubai so you can take your pick….center_img 6.Lakeside Hotel and SpaWhere: WindermereRooms: From £235 per room per night Visitors planning holidays near Lake Windermere have been flocking to this hotel for years. It’s just metres from the water’s edge, and has one of the Lake District’s best spas – a fragrant Aveda-owned retreat where you can sign up for a huge range of treatments. There are 75 bedrooms including several family suites, but whichever room type you opt for, luxury abounds: think bathrooms carved from Italian marble, wet room-style showers and Hungarian goose down duvets. We’re getting sleepy just thinking about it…. 4. Applegarth VillaWhere: WindermereRooms: From £140 per room per nightApplegarth Villa is one of the best five-star hotels in the Lake District. Step inside this beautifully designed property and you’ll discover 15 stunning bedrooms, seven suites (all with hot tubs) and an award-winning restaurant. Our favourite hangout is the sun terrace, but if the mercury plummets, head inside to the cosy bar, which has an extensive selection of real ales and fine wines. Travelling with Fido in tow? It’s one of the best dog-friendly hotels in the Lake District, with a number of rooms designed for guests with canine companions. 3. Beech Hill Hotel and SpaWhere: Windermere Rooms: From £169 per room per night Perched on the banks of Lake Windermere, this large hotel has a gorgeous spa (our favourite bit is the outdoor vitality pool) and sprawling, flower-filled gardens. Most of the 57 bedrooms have balconies, although if you’re splashing the cash, we recommend booking the Wordsworth Suite, with its seven-foot-long antique bed, roll-top bath and fantastic views over Lake Windermere. 5. Cottage in the WoodWhere: KeswickRooms: From £120 per room per night This impossibly cosy Lake District hotel has five AA stars and is famous for its food. Head to the restaurant for the finest local cuisine – we recommend the shellfish, plucked from nearby Whitehaven harbour. You’ll be able to choose from garden or mountain view rooms, but whichever you opt for, you’ll be soothed to the land of nod by a soundtrack of birds and a babbling brook – a small stream runs through the gardens of this seventeeth-century property. The hotel is ideally located, close to the historic market town of Keswick and several of the area’s most beautiful lakes, including Bassenthwaite, Derwentwater, Buttermere, Crummock water and Loweswater.last_img read more

Cavusoglu Greek Cypriots act as if Cyprus belongs to them

first_imgThe natural gas dispute is an example of the Greek Cypriot side’s shortsighted policy, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said, accusing the Republic of ignoring Turkish Cypriot rights to the island’s natural resources.In an interview with Greek daily Ta Nea on Saturday, the Turkish diplomat said the Greek Cypriots behaved as if the entire island belonged to them.“With their unilateral hydrocarbon exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean, they overlook the inalienable rights of Turkish Cypriots,” he said. “Just as they are not really ready to share power with the Turkish Cypriot side, they do not want to share the natural sources of the island.”The Turkish FM suggested that a mechanism that would allow Turkish Cypriots to have an equal say in the decisions on hydrocarbon exploitation must be set up, reiterating his country’s warning that Ankara would not allow the Republic to carry on.“Turkey has warned the Greek Cypriots from the onset not to take such irresponsible steps. If they still believe they have nothing to lose they are mistaken.”Tsavusoglu also issued a veiled threat to energy companies to review their cost to benefit calculations as regards Cypriot natural gas.Later in the year, American energy giant ExxonMobil is scheduled to carry out two back-to-back drills in block 10 of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).Block 10 is not contested by Turkey which claims parts of various blocks in Cyprus’ EEZ saying the areas in question form part of its continental shelf. The claim includes part of Blocks 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7.Turkish Cypriots signed a continental shelf delimitation agreement with Turkey in September 2011 declaring an EEZ which in effect claims that half of Cyprus’ EEZ belongs to them, including blocks 1,2,3,8,9,12 and 13.In February, Turkish warships, on the pretext of conducting military drills in international waters off Cyprus, interdicted a drillship while it was en route to a site in block 3. The drillship withdrew after a two-week standoff.Cavusoglu said resolving the island’s division was not linked to the hydrocarbon issue.“We don’t have to wait for a solution to establish decision-making mechanisms on hydrocarbons. “Besides, the Turkish Cypriot side proposed setting up an ad hoc committee years ago, in 2011.”Both sides have blamed each other for the collapse of reunification talks at Crans-Montana last year.Cavusoglu said the talks collapsed because Greek Cypriots cannot accept the Turkish Cypriots’ political equality.“They were not prepared to share power with Turkish Cypriots as equal partners,” he said, and insisted on “zero troops and zero guarantees” which led to “zero results.”He said it would be a good idea at this point for the two sides and the guarantor powers – Turkey, Britain, and Greece – to have informal talks on what course to follow and agree on the issues to be negotiated.“We believe that any future process should be based on the current reality on the island and the experience we gained from past negotiations. Such a process must aim at realistic expectations and viable results.”You May LikeNetmums30 struggles every mum WhatsApp group understandsNetmumsUndoSimpliSafe9 Bogus Burglary Myths You Might Still BelieveSimpliSafeUndoObsevDog Travels 3000 Miles To Reunite With Soldier Who Saved HerObsevUndo Data is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoBale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Among all the high-profile robbers and kidnappers we have nabbed, it is viral on same social media that ‘Vikas has gone mad’, In return, The event, Zee news also said that the collision was very intense that it caused a huge damage to an entire part of the bus. renewing their wedding vows every year and putting on plenty of red-carpet PDA’s.S. according to research firm IHS And the TV they do watch isnt necessarily the same as what succeeds elsewhere Seinfeld was famously a bust in Germany because it was "too American" More worryingly for Netflix its own high-budget original show House of Cards failed to net even a million viewers when it debuted on the German network Sat 1 according to Bloomberg Episodes from season two averaged less than 100000 viewers "The Germans notoriously have different tastes from the rest of the West" says Michael Pachter an equity analyst for Wedbush Secutiries "All of us make the mistake of thinking that international is a place International is 180 independent different nations" While there are similar cultural concerns in France there Netflix must also deal with entrenched competitors who want to squash the streaming service before it can gain traction Canal Plus Frances largest pay-TV provider actually owns the broadcast rights to House of Cards and recently announced a deal to stream HBO shows through its own Netflix-like service Canalplay Another provider Numbericable launched an online service with access to 3000 episodes of TV shows on the same day Netflix launched in France Meanwhile content creators and regulators worry Netflix will try to further Americanize French culture while avoiding paying large taxes because it’s headquartered outside the country "People are concerned the emergence of Netflix will damage the local content industry" says Richard Broughton an IHS analyst "They really have to make some partnerships in order to make better headway into the French market" Netflix has plans to address these issues A new House of Cards-like drama called Marseille is set in the south of France and will be helmed by French directors It should help cast Netflix as a collaborator in the country rather than an invader The company will also try to buy up streaming rights to locally produced shows in the new countries where it launches Broughton says The strategy has been effective in the United Kingdom where Netflix has the rights for many BBC shows The company has 3 million customers there according to one estimate But building a curated library for each individual market is expensive and Netflix often has to negotiate individual rights agreements for each different country where it operates "They have to replicate the wheel every place they go" Pachter says Thats why Netflixs international business has been unprofitable since it began The division lost $15 million in the most recent quarter and Netflix projects that loss will balloon to $42 million in the third quarter due to marketing and licensing costs in new territories The price to compete will only grow especially when other US competitors show up in Europe (Amazon Prime Instant Video is already available in Germany) Early impressions indicate that Netflixs library of titles in France is not as robust as in the US But analysts expect the company will eventually work out the kinks IHS projects that Netflix will have 18 million subscribers across Europe by 2018 up from 58 million today That would be a boon for the worlds most popular streaming service but its hardly guaranteed "Youve got to spend an awful lot up front" Broughton says "Youre gambling on over the next few years being able to accrue sufficient subscribers to offset those costs" Write to Victor Luckerson at victor_luckerson@timeinccomIts beginning to look a lot like Christmas.said no one in September Well not everyone it turns outWith 99 days until Christmas rolls around for another year most of us are still only just getting over the heatwave that hit the UK during the summer months And maybe starting to think about what ridiculous outfit to pull out this HalloweenHowever for an eager family in Billingham County Durham the holiday season has come early as theyve already covered their home in decorations and are getting into the festive spirit Sarah and Shaun Weir and their three children – Joseph 13 Alfie 11 and Leonna nine – think now is the best time to pull out the novelty jumpers tinsel-covered tree and twinkling lights in anticipation of Santas visitSpeaking to The Sun Sarah said: "Why wait until December Our family adore Christmas and we never get bored of it"Its an incredibly special time for us and the kids finally come in from playing outdoors to cosy up on the sofa"We are always the first on our street but everybody loves it"Credit: Evening GazetteEvery year the family pull out all the stops and transform their home into a winter wonderland with fairy lights a six foot Father Christmas a giant snow globe and even a snow machine – and this year is no different They dont stop there either Underneath the tree theyve planted a train track filled with sweets inviting kids from the street to come and pick up a treat from the tinsel train like some sort of Xmas version of trick or treatBut the most special part of the transformation – which takes the family four days to install – is their tree-top star which is put up to represent their Leonnas twin sister Libby who died shortly after birthSarah added: "The kids always fight over who is going to put the star up We think of Libby all of the time but its at this time of the year shes with us the most"Each child has a decoration that represents them Alfie has a hedgehog and Leonna has a flower"Credit: PASo while many might be quick to jump on the critical train about a family putting up their decorations in September it clearly means a lot to them and at least theyre spreading joy to themselves and the local community After all surely thats what Christmas is all about Featured 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