Bees delay KolkataAgartala flight by 2 hrs

first_imgKolkata: A Kolkata-Agartala Air India flight was delayed for around two hours on Sunday after a swarm of bees was noticed in front of the aircraft while it was taxiing towards the main runway here, an airlines official said. The plane with 136 passengers and crew members on board the AI 743 flight was scheduled to depart at 9.40 am. The bees were noticed by the pilots when the Airbus A319 was moving towards the runway for the take-off. The pilots brought the aircraft to a standstill as further movement could have damaged the plane and harmed the passengers if the bees entered it through the engines, the Air India spokesperson said. Fire services personnel were called to tackle the problem. It was found that the bees did not enter the airctraft nor any damage was caused to the plane. Before this incident, the flight had been delayed for some time due to a technical snag. The plane finally embarked for the Tripura capital at 12.45 pm.last_img read more

Convicted killer Paul Bernardo facing weapons possession charge

first_imgOne of Canada’s most infamous killers, whose name became reviled across the country after he murdered two Ontario teens, is back before the courts for an offence allegedly committed from a maximum-security prison.Paul Bernardo appeared via video in a Napanee, Ont., courtroom on Friday facing one count of possession of a weapon, Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General said.It was Bernardo’s second court appearance on the alleged offence, which court documents show took place on Feb. 9 at the Millhaven Institution in nearby Bath, Ont.A spokesman for the ministry said the case was adjourned to May 18 for another video appearance. Bernardo’s lawyer did not immediately respond to request for comment.Bernardo has been a notorious figure since his arrest in the 1990s on allegations that he raped and murdered multiple teenage girls at his southern Ontario home.His 1995 trial for the deaths of 14-year-old Leslie Mahaffy and 15-year-old Kristen French sent waves of horror across the country as lawyers presented videotaped evidence of Bernardo’s repeated brutal attacks on both girls.Bernardo was ultimately convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping, forcible confinement and aggravated sexual assault in both cases and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years.He was eventually also convicted of manslaughter in the death of Tammy Homolka, the younger sister of his wife Karla Homolka.She, in turn, was convicted of playing roles in all three killings and served a 12-year prison sentence after striking a deal with prosecutors.After admitting to raping 14 other women in and around Toronto, Bernardo was given a dangerous offender designation that all but ensures he will remain behind bars for life.Bernardo’s name has been largely absent from national headlines in the years since his sentence, though he did arouse national ire when it was revealed he had a self-published work of fiction available for sale on Amazon. The 631-page book, which supposedly told the story of a plot by a “secret cabal” to return Russia to a world power, was ultimately withdrawn.Bernardo became eligible for day parole in 2015, but it has not been granted.Homolka has faced more scrutiny since her 2005 release from prison and eventually settled in Quebec with her new husband and children. Last year it was revealed that she had been volunteering at a Montreal-area elementary school, prompting it to revise its policies.last_img read more

Indigenous groups say Quebec police protest tactic a form of intimidation

first_imgMONTREAL – A controversial red badge worn by provincial police officers expressing solidarity with colleagues alleged to have abused Indigenous women drew a cautious response this week from Quebec politicians.Police officers began wearing the badges with the station number 144 nearly two years ago as a show of support for the Val d’Or detachment in northwestern Quebec after eight officers were suspended following allegations they had mistreated Indigenous women.The badge is described as a type of intimidation by Indigenous leaders, who expressed disappointment that politicians were not more forceful in calling for an end to the practice.“I think that the officers involved should take them off, it’s that simple,” said Ghislain Picard, chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador. “It’s totally inappropriate, it’s unacceptable and it’s disrespectful. That’s how I see it.”The strongest political response came from Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee, who said those in a position of authority should not have their beliefs on display.“I ask police officers here and elsewhere: Do not display your beliefs,” Lisee said. “You are paid to enforce the law and represent the state.”Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard was measured in his comments, telling reporters on Thursday that he opposes the red bands but would leave it to police brass to deal with the matter.The Liberal leader told reporters Thursday his first allegiance is to the woman who came forward courageously on a “delicate and painful matter.”“I don’t believe the police uniform is the right way to express that soldarity,” Couillard said.Coalition Avenir Quebec Leader Francois Legault declined to pass judgment on the badges but called for closer ties with Indigenous communities.Picard called it unacceptable that politicians would leave it up to the police to deal with the long-running protest. He called the badges provocative, especially considering the distrust created by the allegations against the officers.“If people are going to put their energy and effort into finding ways to create that sense of trust and security, to us that element (the badge) is not helping,” Picard said.Both the police force and the union representing its officers declined comment Friday. Following an outside investigation, Quebec’s public prosecution service said there would be no charges against the officers alleged to have mistreated the women.In June, Paul Charbonneau of the Quebec provincial police testified at the National Inquiry into Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls that the force would rather persuade than order officers to stop wearing the protest badges. Charbonneau acknowledged the badge can “traumatize” Indigenous women who see an officer wearing it, according to a CBC report.Police brass from the Val d’Or detachment are scheduled to testify Tuesday before a provincial inquiry that has also heard complaints about the badge.The Viens commission was created in December 2016, mandated to look into the treatment of Indigenous people by police, youth protection officials, the public health department and the justice and correctional systems.It’s not the first time police in Quebec have modified their uniforms as a form of protest. Montreal police officers wore colourful camouflage pants from 2014 to 2017 to oppose pension reforms.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP looking for missing 16yearold

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Dawn Rogerson.Dawn was last seen in Sexsmith on January 13, 2019.  There is a concern for Rogerson’s well-being. The RCMP would like to locate and speak with her as soon as possible.Rogerson is described as: Brown HairBrown eyes5″3′160lbsWearing black pants and black hoodie.If you have any information about her whereabouts, please contact Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at www.tipsubmit.comlast_img

Americans energy use surging despite climate change concern

WASHINGTON — Surging use of climate-changing fossil fuels has driven Americans’ energy consumption to a record high.A report this week from the U.S. Energy Information Administration says Americans burned 4% more energy overall in 2018 compared to the year before.A boom in cheap natural gas helped drive the increase, with natural gas consumption jumping 10% from the previous year.The record energy use comes despite urgent warnings from federal scientists that humans are running out of time to curb climate change by cutting emissions from fossil fuels.Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press

New UNICEF effort to vaccinate mothers against tetanus could save thousands of

A new pre-filled injection device will make it easier to immunize women against maternal and neonatal tetanus, an effort that could potentially save the lives of thousands of mothers and their newborn children, the United Nations Children’s Fund ( UNICEF) said today. The announcement by the UN agency comes as it kicks off a campaign, which starts today in Mali, to get the vaccine to women in poor, hard-to-reach communities. The new device is a single dose, pre-filled syringe and needle that can be administered by lay people. According to UNICEF, maternal and neonatal tetanus – which occurs as a result of unhygienic birth practices, leading to contamination of the umbilical cord – can be eliminated globally through immunization and hygienic birth practices. It has often been difficult to reach patients in remote communities since only trained health workers can administer the traditional vaccination. As a result, last year alone, tetanus claimed the lives of 200,000 newborns and 30,000 women in 57 developing countries. “The introduction of a pre-filled injection device has the potential to greatly simplify the way this vaccination is given, making it possible to train non-medical personnel such as social workers and teachers to vaccinate women against tetanus,” said UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy. “Our goal is the elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus by 2005, and reaching women in remote areas is essential to succeeding.” The pre-filled device has additional advantages, UNICEF said, including lowering the possibility of transmitting blood-borne diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. Neonatal tetanus is common in poor countries, mostly affecting populations with little or no access to basic health care services and education. The disease, which was eliminated in the industrialized world as far back as the 1950s, is still a major killer of infants in the developing world, accounting for 14 per cent of all neonatal deaths. read more

Annan pledges continued UN aid to victims of Ethiopias deadly floods

“The Secretary-General is deeply saddened over the loss of life and damage caused by the recent flooding in Dire Dawa and South Omo, Ethiopia,” his spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said today, extending condolences to those affected and commending the Government for its rapid rescue operation of thousands of people marooned by the floods.Mr. Annan reaffirmed “that the United Nations humanitarian and development agencies will continue to assist the national response to this disaster.”The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has already distributed tents, blankets, jerry cans and plastic cups and plates to some of those struck by the floods while releasing enough rations to feed 10,000 people there for a month.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is sending 2,000 family kits, which include buckets, soap and water purification tablets, to the affected area.On 6 August, the Dechatu River burst its banks by as much as 200 metres on either side in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia’s sixth-largest city and home to about 400,000 people. read more

July CV registrations climb to record high

Light CV registrations up 15.1 per cent in July and 5.4 per cent YTD The bus and coach sector continues to rise over weak 2001 levels. Truck registrations dipped again and show few signs of early recovery. The UK’s GDP growth rebounded in the second quarter, following two consecutive quarters of negligible growth. Consumer spending remains robust, although, according to retail sales data, its pace has slowed a little. While recent figures show the manufacturing sector remains depressed, it is hoped that recession may now be bottoming out. At the same time the construction sector has performed well. The generally positive economic environment seems to be supporting CV demand, although the pace of growth in the market is above expectations. Operators seem keen to take advantage of good deals, buoyed by low cost finance, and intense competition. Light CV registrations jump 15.1 per cent LCV registrations, at 20,718 units, rose by 15.1 per cent or 2,712 units in July. This was the fifth month CV registrations grew in 2002. LCVs now account for 81.6 per cent of all CV registrations, compared with 79.2 per cent a year ago. Heavy vans, from 2.6 – 3.5 tonnes showed the biggest registration increase in July. Volumes rose 29.9 per cent to take 56 per cent of the LCV market, up from 50 per cent last year. In the LCV sector, pick-up registrations grew a healthy 10.6 per cent, whilst the light van registrations, up to 1.8 tonnes, were up 2.2 per cent. Demand for 4×4 utilities slipped 4.5 per cent during the month. Despite July’s figures, 4×4 utility registrations saw one of the best improvements over the first seven months of the year, up 13.4 per cent to 5,491 units. The main volume of growth in the LCV sector over the first seven months of 2002 came from the medium and heavy van sector, 1.8 – 3.5tonnes, where volumes climbed 8.6 per cent or 7,960 units to 100,499 units. Light van registrations dropped 1.7 per cent over the January – July period. New truck registrations dip 2.7 per cent UK truck registrations dipped for the sixth straight month in July, down 2.7 per cent to 4,371 units. However, this was the smallest downturn of the year, thus far. Rigid registrations fell 1.8 per cent during the month, although the decline was entirely concentrated in the 7.4-7.5 tonne two-axle rigid sector, down 20.3 per cent. Registrations of heavier and multi axle rigids grew. Three-axle artic tractor registrations were up in July while two-axle artic tractor registrations fell by almost a quarter. Truck registrations fell 5.5 per cent through the first seven months of the year, down 1,690 units to 29,143. The sector has cooled from the very high levels sustained in recent years. SMMT expects the market to slip back to its long-term average of some 51,500 units in 2002, compared with 55,524 in 2001. Bus & coach registrations rise on 2001 levels, but still down on 2000 rates YTD CV registrations were up 3.6 per cent Bus and coach registrations rose 30 per cent in July to 303 units, this growth rate flattered by the very weak 2001 volumes. The gains over the 2001 level came from the fare stage PSV sector. Coach volumes were lower during July. Bus and coach registrations over the first seven months of 2002 climbed 11 per cent to 2,543 units, with almost identical growth rates across both PSVs and coach markets. The SMMT expects volumes will hit almost 4,000 units this year, some 250 units more than in 2001.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) ‘We’re pleased to see better growth in the July CV registrations, following the downturn in June. CV registrations this year market should match last year’s impressive total,’ said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. Bus & coach registrations rose by 30 per cent on the July 2001 total CV registrations bounced back in July after the decline in June. July registrations rose 11.7 per cent to 25,392 units, their highest ever July total. July registrations have grown rapidly since the introduction of the twice-yearly registration change. The month now typically accounts for seven per cent of annual volume, rather than three per cent under the annual August plate change system. CV registrations over the first seven months of 2002 were up 3.6 per cent, or 6,386 units, to 184,369 units. The growth is mainly from the LCV sector, but bus and coach volumes are also running well ahead of 2001 levels. The 12 month moving annual total climbed to 319,778 units, some 6.4 per cent ahead of last year’s level and SMMT expects the 2002 full-year total will be just over 310,000. Van registrations continued strongly, supporting the overall growth, especially in the heavier van sector from 2.6-3.5 tonne GVW. Here new models and intense competition coincided with sustained growth in consumer spending. Pick-ups also did well in July, though 4×4 registrations slipped for a second successive month. Truck registrations fell for the sixth successive month, down 2.7 per cent July CV registrations climb to record high CV registrations up 11.7 per cent to their highest ever level in July read more

April Meteor Showers Bring May Flowers Lyrids Expected to Peak Sunday

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Astronomers Discover Planet With Strange, Egg-Shaped OrbitChandra X-Ray Data May Have Revealed Most Distant ‘Cloaked’ Black Hole Stay on targetcenter_img The universe is pulling out all the stops for this year’s Earth Day: Sunday’s annual environmental celebration will close with the April Lyrids meteor shower.The celestial event, usually lasting 10 days, is expected to peak around April 22.One of the oldest known meteor showers, Lyrids have been observed for thousands of years; the first recorded sighting dates back to 687 BC.Also known as shooting stars, these particular leftover comet particles and bits of broken asteroids originate from comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher (named after its finder, A. E. Thatcher—not the former British Prime Minister).And while there have been sightings of heavy showers—as many as 100 meteors per hour—viewers can expect a more subdued experience of about 10 to 20 Lyrid meteors per hour.Folks across the world can expect the greatest number of meteors to fall during the final hours before dawn, according to EarthSky, which predicts a “pretty good” show for 2018.Keen astronomers will want to keep an eye on the bright star Vega in the constellation Lyra—the shower’s radiant point. The higher Vega climbs, the more meteors you’re likely to see.There is, of course, no need to actually identify specific cosmic spots: “Any meteors visible in the sky will likely appear unexpectedly, in any and all parts of the sky,” EarthSky noted.If you do spot one, be sure to look for a persistent train—an ionized gas trail that glows for a few seconds after the meteor passes. About a quarter of Lyrid meteors leave persistent trains.NASA suggests folks find an area “well away from city or street lights.”“Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket, or lawn chair. Lie flat on your back with your feet facing east and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible,” the agency’s website advises. “Be patient—the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse.”Check out Time and Date’s in-depth timetable to find out where and when to detect Lyrids.last_img read more

UPDATE Shooting victim identified in fair condition at hospital

first_imgThe Clark County Sheriff’s Office has revealed the identity of a man who was shot in the abdomen Tuesday in the Orchards area.Eric O. Luna, 33, of Vancouver is listed in fair condition at Southwest Washington Medical Center, according to a bulletin issued Wednesday by Sgt. Scott Schanaker with the sheriff’s office.The hospital offered no confirmation of Luna’s presence or condition. That can happen because of concerns for a patient’s safety and/or consideration of federal medical-privacy laws.Officials as of Wednesday have made no arrests in the case.Sheriff’s deputies and paramedics were called at 11 a.m. Tuesday to a rental house at 10015 N.E. 72nd Circle in the Sunnyside neighborhood. There, they found that Luna had been shot once, according to the bulletin. Luna was rushed to Southwest and underwent surgery that night, the bulletin said.Schanaker offered a description of two men who were seen leaving on foot. Suspect No. 1 is described as a Hispanic male, 30-32 years old, 5 foot 3 inches tall, approximately 180 pounds, wearing jeans, a green sweater, and a dark-brown baseball cap.last_img read more

Vancouver firefighters to attend funeral for West Linn Hotshot killed in Arizona

first_imgTwenty Vancouver firefighters are traveling to Portland today to show their respect for the former West Linn man who died in the Arizona fire that claimed 19 firefighter’s lives. The remains of John Percin Jr., 24, who graduated from West Linn High School in 2007, will be escorted by honor guard back to Oregon today for his funeral service and burial. A private jet is scheduled to arrive at the Portland International Airport at 11:15 a.m. A procession will then escort Percin’s urn to Lake Oswego’s main fire station, which is expected to arrive between noon and 1 p.m.Percin was a member of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of firefighters battling the 2,000-acre blaze. Nineteen of the group’s members died June 30 and thousands gathered today in Arizona for their memorial. During the procession, all on-ramps to southbound Interstate 205 in the route will be closed. The closures will be in effect long enough to clear the southbound lanes for the procession and will be re-opened after it passes. Anyone wishing to pay their respects can view the procession from an I-205 overpasses.The Vancouver firefighters are not being paid for their time in Portland.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly May 7 2014

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioArctic May Not Be That Busy, Report Says Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCAs the ice retreats in the Arctic, many people predict more ships will be drawn through the Bering Straits to take advantage of a shortcut between Asia and Europe. But, a recent government report suggests less ice may not mean more ships.Coast Guard Says Its Increased Arctic Presence Will Have ‘No Significant’ Environmental ImpactMatthew Smith, KNOM – NomeThe U.S. Coast Guard has operated in the Arctic for more than a century, but as the maritime agency plans for an increased presence in the region, its taking stock of what its environmental impact will be in the Arctic in the years to come.Emergency Personnel Battle Unalaska Warehouse FireLauren Rosenthal, KUCB – UnalaskaWhile the rest of the state is gearing up for wildfire season, Unalaska’s emergency responders spent Wednesday fighting an industrial fire inside a local longshore warehouse. The building appears to be a total loss.Honor Flag Lands In FairbanksDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA commercial airliner delivered the United States Honor Flag to Fairbanks yesterday. The flag, which flew at Ground Zero in New York following the 9-11 terrorist attacks, and has since traveled around the country to honor fallen law enforcement officers and fire fighters, was brought to Fairbanks to pay tribute to Alaska State Trooper Sergeant Patrick “Scott” Johnson and Trooper Gabe Rich, who were killed in Tanana last week.Troopers Maintaining Presence In TananaDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksAlaska State Troopers are maintaining a presence in the village of Tanana. Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters says Troopers do not have a post in the village and the assignment of officers there is temporary.Agencies Emphasize Fire Prevention AwarenessJolene Almendarez, APRN – AnchorageThe sunshine and warmer weather are bringing more Alaskans out to enjoy parks and trails. But that increase in recreation can also mean more accidental fires. Four agencies joined forces at a media event Tuesday to get the word out about fire prevention.NAACP Demands Apology Over Sullivan CommentsThe Associated Press & APRN StaffThe Anchorage NAACP and the Anchorage Central Labor Council have called on lieutenant governor candidate Dan Sullivan to apologize for comments likening required payment of union dues to slavery.Sullivan, who currently serves as Anchorage mayor, made the comments during a candidate forum Monday.The slavery comparison came up when Sullivan was asked about right-to-work legislation, in which employees are not required to join a union to get or keep a job.Sullivan told The Associated Press today that there are many forms of slavery, and he was talking about “economic slavery.”While he originally said he did not believe an apology was necessary, he later sent a statement saying that he apologized “if the use of the word offended anyone.”Borough School Honors Redington, Sr.Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageGround was broken Tuesday for the first new school to be constructed in more than a decade in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The new Joe Redington, Sr. school is located near the original homestead of the father of the Iditarod.Minecraft In The Classroom: When Learning Looks Like GamingLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauThe popular video game Minecraft has made its way into Juneau high school classrooms.A graduate education course at the University of Alaska Southeast showed teachers how to implement the game in their classes.KTOO’s Lisa Phu went to a high school algebra class to hear what students have to say about Minecraft – not as a game but – as a learning tool.Anchorage Schools Celebrate Bike To School DayAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageFifty schools participated in Bike to School Day in Anchorage on Wednesday. KSKA’s Anne Hillman talked to students from Lake Otis Elementary about why they hopped on their bikes instead of into vehicles, and what they learned along the way.last_img read more

Site reliability engineering Nat Welch on what it is and why we

first_imgAt a time when software systems are growing in complexity, and when the expectations and demands from users have never been more critical, it’s easy to forget that just making things work can be a huge challenge. That’s where site reliability engineering (SRE) comes in; it’s one of the reasons we’re starting to see it grow as a discipline and job role. The central philosophy behind site reliability engineering can be seen in trends like chaos engineering. As Gremlin CTO Matt Fornaciari said, speaking to us in June, “chaos engineering is simply part of the SRE toolkit.” For site reliability engineers, software resilience isn’t an optional extra – it’s critical. In crude terms, downtime for a retail site means real monetary losses, but the example extends beyond that. Because people and software systems are so interdependent, SRE is a useful way for thinking about how we build software more broadly. To get to the heart of what site reliability engineering is, I spoke to Nat Welch, an SRE currently working at First Look Media, whose experience includes time at Google and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Nat has just published a book with Packt called Real-World SRE. You can find it here. Follow Nat on Twitter: @icco What is site reliability engineering? Nat Welch: The idea [of site reliability engineering] is to write and modify software to improve the reliability of a website or system. As a term and field, it was founded by Google in the early 2000s, and has slowly spread across the rest of the industry. Having engineers dedicated to global system health and reliability, working with every layer of the business to improving reliability for systems. “By building teams of engineers focused exclusively on reliability, there can be someone arguing for and focusing on reliability in a way to improve the speed and efficiency of product teams.” Why do we need site reliability engineering? Nat Welch: Customers get mad if your website is down. Engineers often were having trouble weighing system reliability work versus new feature work. Because of this, product feature work often takes priority, and reliability decisions are made by guess work. By building teams of engineers focused exclusively on reliability, there can be someone arguing for and focusing on reliability in a way to improve the speed and efficiency of product teams. Why do we need SRE now, in 2018? Nat Welch: Part of it is that people are finally starting to build systems more like how Google has been building for years (heavy use of containers, lots of services, heavily distributed). The other part is a marketing effort by Google so that they can make it easier to hire. What are the core responsibilities of an SRE? How do they sit within a team? Nat Welch: SRE is just a specialization of a developer. They sit on equal footing with the rest of the developers on the team, because the system is everyone’s responsbility. But while some engineers will focus primarily on new features, SRE will primarily focus on system reliability. This does not mean either side does not work on the other (SRE often write features, product devs often write code to make the system more reliable, etc), it just means their primary focus when defining priorities is different. What are the biggest challenges for site reliability engineers? Nat Welch: Communication with everyone (product, finance, executive team, etc.), and focus – it’s very easy to get lost in fire fighting. What are the 3 key skills you need to be a good SRE? Nat Welch: Communication skills, software development skills, system design skills. You need to be able to write code, review code, work with others, break large projects into small pieces and distribute the work among people, but you also need to be able to take a system (working or broken) and figure out how it is designed and how it works. Thanks Nat! Site reliability engineering, then, is a response to a broader change in the types of software infrastructure we are building and using today. It’s certainly a role that offers a lot of scope for ambitious and curious developers interested in a range of problems in software development, from UX to security. If you want to learn more, take a look at Nat’s book.last_img read more

Venezuela opposition drops deputies to break deadlock

first_imgRelated posts:Venezuela pro-government political figure shot dead Struggles loom as Venezuela opposition vows to fix crisis Venezuela opposition launches fight to oust government Rare good news in Venezuela: beer is back CARACAS — Venezuela’s opposition moved Wednesday to try to break the country’s political deadlock by removing from the state legislature three of its deputies rejected by the government.The move raised the prospect of an end to more than a week of tense squabbling over the composition of the congress in the crisis-hit OPEC oil producer.The opposition bowed to a ruling by the Supreme Court which ordered three of its lawmakers to be suspended while it investigates charges of electoral fraud against them. In a session of the assembly, opposition lawmakers voted to accept a request from the three to give up their seats while they defend themselves in the case.“We have no problem in saying it. Let it be noted that we are complying” with the court injunction, said the speaker of the assembly, Henry Ramos Allup.The opposition MUD coalition says the court is under the influence of President NicolÁs Maduro, whose side sued the three lawmakers for electoral fraud. The opposition accuses him of using it to block them from taking up the full two-thirds majority which could enable them to launch constitutional steps to drive him from office.The MUD vowed to launch measures within six months to force Maduro from power when it defiantly swore in all its deputies last week.Wednesday’s move was a retreat from that swearing-in, apparently aimed at unblocking the standoff in the assembly.Venezuela, the country with the world’s largest oil reserves, has sunk ever deeper into economic crisis as crude prices have plunged in recent months. The recession and what analysts say is the world’s highest inflation rate have fueled discontent with Maduro, whose term runs until 2019.Maduro’s socialist PSUV party lost its legislative majority for the first time in nearly 17 years in elections last month. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Toronto Canada – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgToronto, Canada – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineFairmont Hotels & Resorts, which operates some of the world’s most storied and luxurious hotel properties such as The Plaza in New York, London’s The Savoy, Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai and Fairmont San Francisco, will soon welcome another notable icon, Moscow’s Pekin Hotel, to its collection. Following an extensive multiyear restoration program, this historic property will be rebranded Fairmont Pekin Moscow.The project is being developed by HALS-Development, a prominent real estate development company in Russia.Fairmont Pekin Moscow will be centrally located in the city, at the junction of the Garden Ring and Triumfalnaya Square. Opposite is the Mayakovsky Monument and metro station, while the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Satire Theater and Red Square are situated nearby. The hotel will feature 236 spacious guestrooms and suites, including Fairmont Gold, the brand’s exclusive room product that offers guests personalized service, a variety of amenities and the relaxed comfort of a residential-style lounge. Guests will also enjoy a selection of dining venues, 950 square meters of meeting and function space as well as a Fairmont branded spa and fitness facilities.Completed in 1955 to designs by Dimity Chechulin, one of the Soviet Union’s most famous architects, the Pekin Hotel was part of the post-war redevelopment of Moscow. Chechulin, a former City Planner, also built Moscow’s White House, four of the renowned Metro Stations and one of the Seven Sister buildings.Fine architectural details including the façade and internal spaces will be restored and extended to some other parts of the building. During the renovation, the Chinese motifs found in parts of the hotel will be highlighted to emphasize the period design of the property.“We are fortunate to count some of the most iconic hotels in the world amongst our portfolio and we take our role as custodians of these great properties very seriously,” said Chris Cahill, President, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. “This project not only affords us the opportunity to offer our guests a new, key destination in the largest country in the world but allows us to partner with HALS Development, which in addition to being a highly regarded property developer also shares our sensibility for heritage and preservation.”Future Fairmont openings in 2012 include Baku, Azerbaijan; Jaipur, India; Kyiv, Ukraine; Manila, Philippines and The Palm, Dubai, UAE.www.fairmont.comlast_img read more

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