Business sentiment moderates from strong summer high Bank of Canada poll

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadian companies remain positive about the future but there are signs business sentiment has begun to cool down from its mid-summer high, said new poll results released Monday by the Bank of Canada.The central bank’s quarterly survey of companies suggested firms still have “healthy” outlooks, particularly when it comes to prospects for future sales, foreign demand and hiring intentions.This optimism remains intact despite shifting conditions that include higher interest rates and predictions the economy’s powerful start to 2017 will slow in the second half of the year.In its poll of about 100 Canadian companies, the bank found that a large majority of firms predicted a rise in sales volumes and on balance, firms expect faster sales growth, which suggests expansion has become more entrenched.“Firms’ prospects remain healthy, although several survey indicators have moderated from the strong summer results,” the bank said in a statement.The survey also said firms are reporting more orders from foreign customers compared to a year ago and that most companies didn’t foresee the uncertainty over U.S. trade policy having an affect on their outlooks.However, plans by businesses to increase spending over the next 12 months were somewhat less widespread than in recent surveys as the measure for investment expectations slipped closer to its historical average.Hiring intentions also slowed since the last survey, but still remained positive in all regions and were elevated for the service sector. Companies reported more-intense labour shortages than they were a year ago, which lifted the indicator to its highest mark since the 2008-09 recession.The survey results were released about a week before the bank’s next scheduled interest-rate announcement.Governor Stephen Poloz raised rates twice over the summer following the economy’s surprisingly powerful start to the year. But recent data has signalled the economy has started to cool somewhat and Poloz has said he expects slower growth in the second half of 2017.Poloz has also indicated there’s no “predetermined path” for future rate hikes and that the bank would take a data-dependent approach.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

SecretaryGeneral to appoint new UN envoys for Lebanon Cyprus

10 April 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the Security Council of his intention to appoint Johan Verbeke of Belgium as the new United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, and Tayé-Brook Zerihoun of Ethiopia as the world body’s top official in Cyprus. Since September 2004, Mr. Verbeke has been Belgium’s Ambassador to the UN, and, in this capacity, he has served on the Security Council and on the Peacebuilding Commission.He would replace Geir Pedersen of Norway as the senior official coordinating the UN’s work in Lebanon. Mr. Zerihoun would replace Michael Møller as Mr. Ban’s Special Representative in Cyprus and head of the UN Peacekeeping Force there, known as UNFICYP.Established in March 1964 following the outbreak of violence between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities on the Mediterranean island, UNFICYP is tasked with preventing a recurrence of fighting, contributing to a return to normal conditions and the maintenance of law and order.Mr. Zerihoun is currently the Secretary-General’s Principal Deputy Special Representative in the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS). He has also been serving as Chief UN Mediator for the Darfur Peace Talks since October 2007, in support of the efforts of Special Envoy Jan Eliasson. read more

UN agency launches school feeding programme in Sri Lankas wartorn north

In an effort to help Sri Lanka recover from two decades of war, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a school feeding programme for 33,000 children in former battle zones, and plans to expand it to 170,000 children next year, the agency announced today.”The war robbed children of education,” WFP Country Director Jeff Taft-Dick said. “But a school feeding programme can help restore the lost years. And in this difficult post-war period in Sri Lanka, the programme gives people a ray of hope for a better future.”The programme, which targets children most affected by the displacement, poverty and food deficits of the 20-year war between the government and Tamil separatists on the Indian Ocean Island, provides a nutritious mid-morning meal of rice and lentil porridge or corn-soya cakes, supplemented with vegetables.The food, distributed with the start of the new school term, both motivates their daily attendance and enhances their ability to learn, WFP said in a news release.A WFP survey conducted this year shows that between 20 percent and 25 percent of school-age children in the north and east, scene of most of the fighting and much of it under the control of the Tigers of Tamil Eelam separatists, suffer from acute malnutrition.”Our efforts are designed to bring the conflict areas back to a habitable state, and to help those who were most affected by the war like these children in the former conflict zones,” Mr. Taft-Dick said.”Education is one of the greatest investments that can be made in a country’s future, because the greatest resource a country has is its own children. A child with education today is the self-supporting and participatory citizen of tomorrow,” he added. read more

Brocks first Health Safety and Wellness Champion crowned

Karl Thorp, of Campus Security Services, is being recognized for his contributions to health, safety and wellness at Brock.The senior platoon supervisor was named the inaugural winner of the Health, Safety and Wellness Champion Award for 2016-17 and was recognized during the Employee Wellness Day opening plenary on Thursday, June 15.Some of Thorp’s contributions include:Championing and advocating for women’s self-defence training, including completion of instructor training to deliver self-defence training on campusImplementation of programs and processes to improve Campus Security statisticsAdvocating for healthy living, keeping fit and the importance of proper nutritionEagerness to assist and support others in the area of health, safety and wellnessThorp’s commitment to health, safety and wellness supports Brock’s core values and strategic priority to be a preferred place to work and study.The nomination form for the 2017-18 award will soon be available on the HSW SharePoint page. read more

Prince William and Theresa May join exsoldiers to celebrate Battle of Amiens

Prince William attends commemorations of the Battle of Amiens Theresa May and the Duke of Cambridge “While it is right that we have collectively commemorated many of the significant battles and campaigns of those years, it is important that the success of the Battle of Amiens takes its rightful place in our shared history.” Prince William at the commemoration of the Battle of AmiensCredit:Andrew Parsons / i-Images He said the teenage soldier, also from Derby, a Lance Corporal in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 2nd Battalion was killed, possibly by machine gun fire, going “over the top” on August 11 1918. “It is entirely fitting therefore, that today, that same international coalition has returned to Amiens with our former enemy in peace and partnership.”General Sir Henry Rawlinson, commander of the Fourth Army, combined air and land forces from Australia, Canada, France, America and Britain to great effect during the battle.He had learnt the lessons of the bloody Somme offensive – where he played a prominent role – employing improved tactics and new technology, utilised alongside subterfuge, from concealing troop numbers to ending the practice of firing range-finding shells so there was no warning of the attack.The battle saw more than 500 tanks from the UK’s Tank Corps deployed, more than 1,900 British and French aircraft used, tens of thousands of troops present, with the Australians and Canadians prominent in the attack, and all supported by more than 2,000 guns from the Royal Artillery.Over the following days the gains made by Allied troops were significant with many miles claimed from German forces – but its real impact was on the morale of many in the German high command, convincing them the war could not be won. Kevin Sherlock, 58, a retired Rolls-Royce engine inspector from Derby, said his 19-year-old great uncle Ernest Harm, who was killed towards the end of the battle, “paid the ultimate sacrifice”, helping to bring peace to Europe. Theresa May has paid tribute to the “courage, bravery and skill” of troops who fought in the First World War Battle of Amiens as a poignant commemoration service marked its centenary.Relatives of soldiers who served and died in the conflict also spoke of their pride and sadness as they joined the Prime Minister and the Duke of Cambridge at the event staged exactly 100 years since the start of the offensive.The battle changed the course of the war, as the comprehensive Allied victory, due to superior tactics, use of technology and leadership, finally convinced German commanders they could not win.William acknowledged the debt owed to the First World War troops in a message printed in the official programme: “The Battle of Amiens, and the continued fighting which followed during the summer of 1918, brought the Allies hope and optimism after four long years of bloodshed and stalemate. Theresa May and Prince William at the service In her message printed in the official programme Mrs May highlighted how the battle of Amiens heralded the beginning of the period known as the Hundred Days offensive.After the 1918 conflict successive military victories eventually led to the surrender of German forces and the end of the conflict on Armistice Day on November 11 that year. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Theresa May and Prince William at the serviceCredit:Victoria Jones/PA The Prime Minister, who has been holidaying in Europe, wrote: “Today, we commemorate that success, but we also reflect on the fear and hardship experienced by the people of this city and the surrounding battlefields, as well as the immense suffering demoralisation of the German troops.”We remember with profound respect all those who served on both sides of the battle and we give thanks for their courage, bravery and skill which would lead to what the world had long yearned for, the guns finally falling silent.”William said in his address to the congregation: “What began here on August 8 was truly a coalition operation under the strategic command of a great Frenchman, Marshal Foch, a battle in which the forces of many nations came together to fight; in which aerial, mechanical and human courage and ingenuity combined with devastating results.”Amiens was symbolic of the Entente Cordiale, the co-operation without which victory was impossible. Theresa May and the Duke of Cambridge paid their respects at the cathedral in AmiensCredit:AFP Mr Sherlock added: “I think as I’ve got older I’ve thought about it more really, he was only 19, just a lad really, never experienced anything in his life.”So there’s sadness but also pride that he took part in a key battle that brought ultimately the Allied victory and no doubt about it, shortened the war as well.”Commenting on the fact his great uncle has no known grave Mr Sherlock added: “It must be very painful for a mother to come to terms with, she probably thought he was listed as missing, killed in action, but there’s always a small part of you thinking he might walk through the door one day.”In Amiens Cathedral in northern France, the story of the battle was told through contemporary letters, diaries and poems read by guests from the 2,000-strong congregation.Among those invited were Armed Forces minister Mark Lancaster, his French counterpart Florence Parly, Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter, who is head of Britain’s Armed Forces, and representatives of other nations including Germany. read more

Muslim convert admits plotting to kill 100 in Isil terror attack outside

Prosecutor Mark Dawson said: “At its highest it is a plot to cause mass fatalities using a vehicle in Oxford Street, targeting the Disney store amongst other places, at its busiest time.”Ludlow was arrested by counter terrorism police on April 18 and at an initial court appearance refused to stand, telling the chief magistrate he could only stand for Allah.He had been due to face trial on two terror charges but on Friday changed his plea when he appeared via videolink at the Old Bailey, admitting plotting an attack in the UK and funding IS abroad.A charge of attempting to join Isil in the Philippines, which he denied, will lie on file.The ginger-haired defendant, who lived with his parents, brother and sister in a semi-detached former council house, is understood to have converted to Islam when he was 17 and became a regular at Friday prayers at a nearby mosque in Chatham.He first came to the attention of police two years later, in 2010, when he attended a rally at the US embassy led by Choudary and his banned Al-Muhajiroun (ALM) group.Police saw him attend various ALM demonstrations, when he was spotted with, or near, Choudary, Lee Rigby’s killer Michael Adebowale and other “prominent” extremist figures. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Another phone, later recovered from a storm drain near Ludlow’s home, contained photographs of his reconnaissance trip to central London as well as a “sinister” amateur video in which he pledged allegiance to Isil.Several torn up notes found in the bins detailed various potential targets and the busiest times of day on Oxford Street. One said “Wolf should either use a ram attack or use… on the truck to maximise death.“It is a busy street it is ideal for an attack. It is expected nearly 100 could be killed in the attack.”Det Chief Supt Kath Barnes, head of Counter Terrorism Policing South East, described Ludlow as a “dangerous individual.” He will be sentenced on November 2.Relatives declined to comment. He had researched hotel and van hire prices in Oxford Street and made reference in his notes to “kuffar,” a “coordinated attack” and a “realistic goal to hit double figures.” A Muslim convert radicalised by Anjem Choudary plotted to kill 100 people in a terror attack outside the Disney store on Oxford Street.Lewis Ludlow, 26, who swore allegiance to Islamic State, also plotted to target tourist attractions such as Madame Tussauds and St Paul’s Cathedral by ramming a van into tourist crowds in a “lone wolf” attack.The former Royal Mail worker, from Rochester, Kent, had been raising funds for a South East Asian terror cell under the guise of an antiques firm.In February, he was intercepted at Heathrow en route to the Philippines, where he had intended to join a radicalised medic engaged in raising funds for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) in an area with a significant IS presence.He told police he planned to go for a few days as a sex tourist but his passport was confiscated.His travel plans thwarted, Ludlow, who called himself The Eagle, concentrated on plotting an attack in London, visiting potential targets, taking photographs and scribbling down his attack plans, later found ripped up in a bin. Shoppers walk down Oxford StreetCredit:Jack Taylor/Getty Two months earlier, he told a follower that a Royal Mail staff guide offered advice about “suspicious items like bombs,” according to the CPS case summary.He added: “I’m thinking should I find this info out more as Royal Mail rarely checks items… it’s perfect to send something lethal.” He was also part of a chat group concerned with how to make a remote bomb.Ludlow was kept under surveillance from October 2017, which led to his arrest at Heathrow in January. He told police he had been groomed by “Anjem Choudary’s lot” in the past but had distanced himself from them.When police searched his home, his phone had been thrown over a neighbour’s fence.It contained conversations with a man called Abu Yaqeen in the Philippines, described by the CPS as a member of Isil “involved in fundraising for violent jihad,” whom Ludlow had asked to help find him a wife. He admitted in chats with Yaqeen that he had never learnt to drive because he was “scared of crashing”. Shoppers walk down Oxford Street Ludlow was arrested by Kent Police in August 2015 on suspicion of being a member of ALM.A mobile phone seized from his home contained messages suggesting he planned to travel to Syria as well as videos of beheadings but the CPS said there was not enough evidence to prosecute. read more

Sir Philip Green sent threats to witnesses in injunction case court hears

Sir Philip’s legal team were said to have abandoned the injunction as part of their “tactics” to keep him out of the witness box to avoid him being cross examined.Desmond Browne QC, representing the Telegraph, argued that the court must assume that the case is being dropped because he “feared that the public interest defence would have succeeded”.Mr Browne pointed out that of the five NDAs subject to the injunction “three similar complaints might be thought to corroborate each other in light of the similarity of their accounts”. The QC said that their testimony along with that of Auna Irvine, a US Topshop manager who accused Sir Philip of sexual harassment, suggests his “behaviour was habitual and dated back as far as 2012 to 2013”.Court documents submitted by the Telegraph also said that Sir Philip’s conduct was “sufficiently serious to engage the public interest”.Lawyers for this newspaper said that allegations included “unwanted contact of a sexual nature; general sexual harassment; racist language…many amounting to criminal offices”.Separate documents  show that Sir Philip’s lawyers admitted that the businessman “does make comments on people’s clothes and weight and what they may have eaten, has in a playful way poked and prodded individuals with whom he worked closely…touched colleagues’ hands on occasion.   “He has also been known to put his arms around individuals at times in a totally non-sexual way”, they said. But they said he “acts in the same tactile way towards men and women”.  The High Court heard that a witness statement had recently been provided by a note taker who was involved in one of the internal investigations and her testimony confirmed that “their investigation by the solicitor and subsequent appeal were a pantomime designed to cover up culture at Arcadia which condoned Sir Philip’s misconduct”.On Monday evening, just days later, a letter was hand delivered to her home “after dark”, Mr Browne said.“I am told that the Schillings letter to the note taker states she will be sued if anything from her appears in the Telegraph whether she was quoted or not in a story,” he continued. Maria Miller, chair of the Women and Equalities Committee, said that the letters to those who signed NDAs were “another example of the imbalance of power between wealthy employers and employees who don’t have access to same sort of legal advice”.She added: “It is never appropriate to use threatening behaviour against employees. It sounds like desperation and what I think needs to come out of this is a really clear message to employees as to how far employers can go in silencing them when they have suffered abuse.”The law is already clear that you can never silence someone who has suffered unlawful behaviour.”Details about the case emerged in the High Court as Sir Philip sought permission from the court to discontinue his action against the Telegraph.  The billionaire’s application to drop the gagging order is being challenged by this newspaper unless it is done so on the condition that he will not pursue legal action against the five employees he is accused of sexually harassing, racially abusing and bullying or witnesses who were prepared to give evidence against him.The Topshop boss was accused of trying to “duck” a court battle with the Telegraph knowing that he would lose whilst focusing his financial power against individual employees.  Auna Irvine, a US Topshop manager, says she was sexually harassed by Sir Philip Green Credit:Rupert Thorpe Sir Philip had been ordered to serve witness statements by 4pm last Friday. His team only applied to extend that deadline 10 minutes after it had passed. The judge, who noted that he read about the application to discontinue in the press after a statement was issued by Sir Philip, will continue to hear arguments on Thursday.   Auna Irvine, a US Topshop manager, says she was sexually harassed by Sir Philip Green  Sir Philip Green’s lawyers hand-delivered letters to a witness’s home in an attempt to “threaten” her to stay silent about sexual harassment allegations made against him, a court has heard.The Topshop owner has also sent “intimidating” letters to each of his alleged victims warning them against speaking out, the High Court heard.The billionaire’s lawyers sent the letters to those who signed non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and a witness to warn them that if allegations about him were published he would take legal action against them. In the case of one witness, a representative for Schillings attended her home after dark on Monday evening  to deliver a similar letter, it was said.  Court documents also show that Sir Philip’s lawyers said that he did touch employees, but in a “non sexual way”.  Other documents made public, submitted by lawyers for this newspaper describe the allegations against the businessman as being “gross and unlawful” and “amounting to criminal offences”.  Letters had also been sent to employees who had signed the NDAs, Mr Browne said, showing that Sir Philip was using “intimidating correspondence from his solicitors as continuation of litigation by other means”.They were told they would be “at risk of litigation if there is publication of information relating to your grievance, tribunal claim or any circumstances relating to complaints set out in grievance or tribunal claim or any story or allegation about discrimination harassment, bullying or victimisation about or relating to Sir Philip or your employer.” The letters also told the alleged victims that the Telegraph needed their consent to print an article and if it was given they would be “in direct breach of your agreement”.The letters were perceived by those who received them as “intimidating” and it could mean that Arcadia would “seek damages and recovery of million pounds or so paid under agreement” which would be “unjust harassment”, Mr Browne said. If the case went to trial and the judge ruled in favour of The Telegraph that it was in the public interest to breach the NDAs then the alleged victims could not be sued, it was said.If the “threats” to former employees prevented publication it would damage “the public interest in fact that these matters would not be disclosed so that for example potentially young women going to work for Arcadia would not know what they were likely to confront”, Mr Browne said. He added: “One of the issues is that the employees would not have the resources that the Telegraph has to resist a legendary wealthy individual”. Show more Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It was noted that Schillings had charged “nearly half a million pounds” for the service of between 10 and 20 witness statements which never appeared.They have refused to say when they made the decision to drop the case which was announced a week before the trial was due to start. But James Price QC, representing Sir Philip and his company the Arcadia Group, denied it was being abandoned because of witness statements against him or because they thought he was going to lose. Mr Price insisted that the reason for discontinuing the claim was the “unfair disclosure of Sir Philip’s name by Lord Hain in the House of Lords”.  As a result of the injunction “the public perception of Sir Philip is a great deal worse” than the reality as the case has been referred to a Britain’s #MeToo, Mr Price argued. He said that it was “perfectly proper to test the water” and continue the case for three months after Sir Philip was named in order to see what defence was filed and to see if they could seek damages against the Telegraph.Mr Price said that Sir Philip and Arcadia would use the dropping of the injunction “to point out exactly” what one of the alleged victims complained of and to prove that it is not “anywhere near a #MeToo scandal or Harvey Weinstein”. The billionaire has always denied that his conduct was criminal and described it as “banter”. His own barrister said that Sir Philip does not “behave as the vicar does when he come to tea on Sunday afternoon” but denied he was sexually inappropriate towards staff. read more

Robit buys Drilling Tools Australia from Ausdrill

first_imgAusdrill Ltd has announced that it has signed a sale and purchase agreement to sell its Drilling Tools Australia (DTA) business to Robit PLC, for A$66 million. The transaction is in line with Ausdrill’s strategy to refocus on its core competencies. Ausdrill Managing Director Ron Sayers said: “The sale of DTA provides Ausdrill with the opportunity to crystallise considerable value on a portion of the Group’s earnings, generating a profit after tax in the order of A$35 million and allowing us to further pay down debt.”Robit is a Finnish manufacturer of high quality drilling products which it exports to over 100 countries. “This is an exciting development in the rationalisation of our sector. As Robit is a renowned manufacturer of quality drilling products with an extensive global distribution network, they will be able to service Ausdrill’s drill consumable needs into the future,” Sayers said. The effective date of the sale will be June 30, 2016 and remains subject to certain customary closing conditions.The transaction includes DTA’s drill bit manufacturing and distribution business, which generates annual revenue from internal and third party sales of approximately A$35 million. The sale will exclude the net assets of DTA’s oil and gas and spare parts business, which will be transitioned to other divisions of the Ausdrill Group. Ausdrill has also entered into a 2.5 year preferred supply arrangement with DTA for the supply of drill bits going forward.DTA will continue manufacturing operations at its facility in Canning Vale, Western Australia, under a five year leasing arrangement with Ausdrill. All current DTA employees will remain employees of DTA as part of the transaction. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our DTA employees for their loyalty and service over many years. We wish them and Robit every future success and we expect the relationship between DTA and Ausdrill to remain strong going forward,” Sayers said.last_img read more

Two arrested in connection with fatal Cavan stabbing

first_imgUpdated 08.30 MondayTWO MEN HAVE been arrested in connection with a fatal stabbing at an apartment in Co Cavan over the weekend.A male in his 40s died after being stabbed at the location at Connolly Court on James Connolly Street at around 11pm on Saturday.It is understood that the victim foreign national who had arrived in Ireland just a few days previously.A post-mortem examination has now been completed.A male aged in his 40s was arrested on Sunday evening in connection with the death and is currently being detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 as amended at Cavan Garda station.A second man, aged in his 30s, was arrested this morning.Gardaí wish to appeal for witnesses who may have seen anything unusual or suspicious in or around Connolly Court apartments on Saturday between 10pm and 12 midnight or who may be able to assist with the investigation to contact Cavan Garda Station on 049-4368800, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.Read: Murder investigation launched after stabbing in Cavan>last_img read more

Haïti le PNUE lance un programme de reconstruction durable

first_imgHaïti : le PNUE lance un programme de reconstruction durableEn partenariat avec les gouvernements haïtiens et norvégiens, le Catholic Relief Services ou encore l’Institut de la Terre de l’université de Columbia, le programme des Nations unies pour l’environnement (PNUE) a lancé le 5 janvier un programme de reconstruction durable pour Haïti, île dévastée en janvier 2010 par un séisme meurtrier. Le PNUE avait commencé à travailler sur ce programme en 2009, un an avant le tremblement de terre qui a fait plus de 200.000 victimes. Face à l’urgence de la situation après la catastrophe, c’est hier que le plan, l’initiative pour la Côte Sud (CSI), a été lancé. Son ambition est de restaurer une zone de terres de 780 kilomètres carrés fortement dégradées par une série de catastrophes naturelles, mais aussi une zone marine d’environ 500 kilomètres carrés, et ce d’ici les vingt prochaines années.À lire aussiLes stations de métro parisiennes bientôt éclairées par des LEDDix communes où vivent près de 205.000 personnes seront concernées par cette reconstruction alliée au développement durable. Le reboisement, la réhabilitation des mangroves, la lutte contre l’érosion, mais aussi le développement d’une gestion durable de la pêche font partie des priorités de la CSI, qui prévoit également d’améliorer l’accès à l’eau potable, aux soins, et à l’éducation. Le projet vise également à soutenir le développement du tourisme et la création de petites entreprises locales. “La restauration des services environnementaux de cette région est une étape clé pour un rétablissement à long terme d’un modèle de développement humain durable, et pour une transition vers une économie verte”, a expliqué Achim Steiner, le directeur exécutif du PNUE. Le programme bénéficie d’un financement de 14 millions de dollars sur vingt ans. Un budget qui permettra la réalisation de cinquante à cent projets.Le 9 janvier 2011 à 10:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Galaxy Watch Active Fit leaked by Samsung in app update

first_imgSamsung’s accidental sneak peek at its new lineup of wearable devices. Samsung Samsung on Thursday inadvertently revealed its new lineup of wearable devices in an update to its Galaxy Wearable app. The leak, first spotted by SamCentralTech, shows a 40-millimeter fitness-focused smartwatch called the Galaxy Watch Active, heir apparent to Samsung’s previous fitness sport watch, the Gear Sport, which was released nearly 18 months ago. Also on the list of new devices is two apparent fitness bands called the Galaxy Fit and Fit E. The Fit E name first appeared in a Bluetooth certification listing spotted by The Android Soul last month.screenshot-20190214-201222-galaxy-wearableSamsung leaks lineup of new wearable devices. Steven Musil/CNET The new products detailed in the update are expected to be unveiled next week with the Galaxy S10. The leak also appears to confirm that Samsung will be bundling a set of its rumored wireless Galaxy Buds earbuds with preorders of the Galaxy S10. An image that leaked out last week showed what appeared to be the wireless earbuds, resting on the back of what might be the upcoming Galaxy S10 Plus and suggesting they can be charged wirelessly from the phone. The Galaxy S10 — Samsung’s new flagship handset — is set to debut next Wednesday at Samsung’s Feb. 20 Unpacked event. At this point, we know just about everything there is to know about the Galaxy S10, given the staggering amount of leaks we’ve seen and highly credible rumors we’ve heard.Samsung didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Comments $899 See it Abt Electronics Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB, prism black) $899 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It See It $899 Samsung Galaxy S10 How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Pluscenter_img See It Sprint 3 Samsung News • Samsung Galaxy S10, S10E and S10 Plus updates are already waiting for you Review • Galaxy S10 review: As good as the S10 Plus, in a smaller package Share your voice $899 Tags Best Buy Wearable Techlast_img read more

Prince William visits Jerusalems holy sites

first_imgBritain`s Prince William touches the Western Wall, Judaism`s holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem`s Old City, on 28 June 2018. — ReutersBritain’s Prince William toured Jerusalem’s most sacred and sensitive sites on Thursday, wrapping up a politically delicate visit that both Palestinians and Israelis, locked in a lengthy conflict, were able to embrace.Assuring Palestinians they had not been forgotten and ending what Israelis had seen as an undeclared British boycott of official visits to their country by the royal family, William made no evident missteps in following an itinerary carefully scripted for balance.Billed as non-political, the four-day tour of Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories was an opportunity to show goodwill and voice hopes for peace in areas Britain ruled from 1917 to 1948, the year of Israel’s creation.Embarking on a visit of Muslim, Jewish and Christian holy places in Jerusalem, William shook hands with clerics and then entered Islam’s Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa mosque.They are on a site revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount, where Biblical temples once stood.Minutes later, accompanied by Jewish rabbis, William approached the Western Wall, at the foot of the sacred hilltop, through a passage formed by police barricades that held back a crowd of onlookers.Wearing a skullcap and following a Jewish tradition of offering a written prayer at the wall, he placed a note between its stones, rested the palm of one hand against them and leaned forward in silent reflection.Separately, he wrote in the Western Wall’s official guest book: “May the God of peace bless this region and all the world with peace.”William then visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, another popular stop for pilgrims and where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified and buried.The holy sites he toured are in East Jerusalem, captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed in a move that has not won international recognition. Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of a state they seek in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.William’s trip, undertaken at the behest of the British government, was the first official visit by a senior member of Britain’s royal family to Israel and the Palestinian Territories.Until now it had been British policy not to make an official royal visit until the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was resolved.Britain gave no detailed explanation for the change of tack, which coincided with Israel’s 70th anniversary.GREAT-GRANDMOTHERBefore visiting the shrines, William – second in line to the throne – made a pilgrimage to the Jerusalem tomb of his great-grandmother, Princess Alice, who was honoured by Israel for sheltering Jews in her palace in Nazi-occupied Greece during the Holocaust.Princess Alice of Battenberg and Greece, who was Queen Elizabeth’s mother-in-law, is buried in a crypt in the Russian Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalene on the Mount of Olives outside Jerusalem’s Old City.A devout Christian, she died in London in 1969 and had asked to be buried in Jerusalem.In a visit on Wednesday to the West Bank, William met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and toured a refugee camp, on a day that also took him to the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv. Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu hosted William at the prime minister’s residence on Tuesday.At a gathering of Palestinian civil society, business and religious leaders in Jerusalem on Wednesday, the prince spoke of the “very powerful experience” of meeting Palestinians in the West Bank.“My message tonight is that you have not been forgotten,” he said.”However, one Palestinian outside a clinic William visited voiced anger at the legacy of Britain’s colonial-era involvement in the Holy Land, citing the 1917 Balfour Declaration.In the document, the British government expressed its support for “a national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine.There was also grumbling from an Israeli right-wing legislator after a British statement on William’s visit listed Jerusalem as being inside occupied Palestinian territory.“Until we meet again, Prince Charming,” the British Embassy tweeted in Hebrew as William’s plane taxied for departure from Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion airport.last_img

US Latin lawmakers urge Venezuela to allow election observers

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 150 U.S. and Latin American lawmakers sent a letter to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Wednesday, urging him to let international observers monitor the country’s crucial Dec. 6 legislative elections.The letter expressed concern that several opposition candidates have been barred from participating and called for the immediate release of jailed opposition and student leaders.“This situation contributes to a public perception that the current electoral climate in the country is defined by political bias and an absence of full electoral safeguards,” the letter said.The elections are being held as the socialist government faces the prospect of losing control over the National Assembly for the first time since Maduro’s predecessor, the late Hugo Chávez, came to power.The oil-rich country’s economy has been battered by a plunge in crude price, runaway inflation and widespread shortages of staples and medicine. Violent crime and political tension have added to the pervasive sense of insecurity.In their letter, the 157 lawmakers from the United States, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Peru urged Maduro to allow election observers from the Organization of American States and the European Union.“As citizens go to the polls, the presence of qualified international observers would permit all Venezuelans to have the highest degree of confidence in the integrity of the process and the electoral results,” it said.See also: Venezuela’s questionable election observersThe Venezuelan government has so far invited only an observer mission from UNASUR, a South American regional grouping that Venezuela helped to form, and has specifically rejected an OAS observer mission.The OAS’s secretary general, Luis Almagro of Uruguay, warned Tuesday that conditions for the vote “do not ensure transparency and electoral justice.”National Assembly speaker Diosdado Cabello, the country’s second most powerful politician after Maduro, responded by calling the OAS “the world’s most twisted, corrupt and poorly regarded institution.”Recommended: Chávez’s other disciple, Diosdado Cabello, rises as Venezuela unravels under Maduro Facebook Comments Related posts:Former Colombian, Bolivian leaders warn of looming humanitarian crisis in Venezuela Exiles in Costa Rica denounce alleged Venezuelan kidnapping plot Quick Venezuela facts on Election Day Venezuelan voters showed ‘overwhelming desire for change,’ says John Kerrylast_img read more

Austrian police intercept 201 migrants on Munichbound train

first_img 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall VIENNA (AP) — Austrian police say they found 201 migrants without proper travel documents on a train bound for Munich from the Hungarian capital of Budapest.Police spokeswoman Michaela Rossmann said the men, women and children were intercepted early Monday. She said some likely applied for asylum while others who didn’t would have been charged with illegally staying in Austria, given written orders to leave and then allowed to continue their trip. How men can have a healthy 2019 Neither she nor the Interior Ministry had further details. The daily Kronen Zeitung said the men, women and 27 children come from 13 nations. It said most of them were from Syria and Afghanistan.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires It’s certainly easy to see why that opinion exists: A year ago, San Francisco reached the Super Bowl, Seattle won 11 games and St. Louis, despite its sub-.500 record, actually won the most games within the division.The Cardinals — after losing 11 of their final 12 games — have been left out of the conversation that for the most part has been centered on the Niners and Seahawks.“I think they earned that respect with the way that they played last year and the wins that they had,” kicker Jay Feely said. “Obviously, San Francisco going to the Super Bowl and being on the brink of winning that game, so they deserve that respect. “We have to go out and earn it,” he continued. “That’s the mindset of this team. That’s the mindset of this coaching staff. I like that position.”The Cardinals, said Feely, don’t mind flying under the radar.“Football is a sport that you go out and you prove yourself on the field,” he said. “Nobody gives you anything. It doesn’t matter what kind of stars you have. You’ve got to avoid injury. You’ve got to out there and you got to win games. You’ve got to make plays at the end of games in the critical moments. That’s what the NFL comes down to.” Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. — Don’t hand the division title to San Francisco just yet. Or Seattle. Or St. Louis, for that matter.“I don’t see the dominance that everybody else talks about,” Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Thursday. “One of those teams, maybe; but it’s still got to be played on Sunday.”The NFC West, according to many, will be the toughest division in the NFL this season. Comments   Share   Winning more often at home helps as well.The Cardinals went 4-4 last season at University of Phoenix Stadium. By comparison, the 49ers and Seahawks finished a combined 14-1-1 on their home fields.“You have to win at home,” Arians said. “You’ve got to win at home and scratch out a few on the road and you’re in the playoffs every year. But you have to defend your home field.”Of course, that is easier said than done, according to the first-year head coach.“With our division, it’s a physical division,” Arians said. “Those are teams that normally do well on the road.” – / 31 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Energy symposium to discuss strategy

first_imgA WIDE range of issues relating to the energy sector, and the role of Cyprus within it, will be the focus of the third Cyprus Energy Symposium, which will take place on March 27-28 in Nicosia.The Symposium, entitled “Cyprus’s contribution to the new European energy strategy” and organised by the Institute of Energy for South-East Europe (IENE) in co-operation with Cyprus-based Financial Media Way, will cover issues such as research and exploitation of hydrocarbons, the oil, natural gas and electricity markets, renewable energy sources and energy efficiency.Held under the auspices of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), the event will be addressed by the President Nicos Anastasiades and the leaders of the major political parties, as well as 25 speakers from Cyprus, Greece and Israel.“We believe that energy will be a deciding factor in the political and financial future of our country,” CCCI secretary Marios Tsiakkis said.“We fully expect the distinguished speakers at the symposium to illuminate many of the issues facing us at present,” he added.Apart from the Cyprus political elite, it is also expected to feature government officials from Israel and Greece, as well as over 25 speakers from public and private companies and organisations, academics and professionals from the energy sector.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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