Russian exminister arrested on fraud charges

MOSCOW — Russia’s state investigative agency says that a former government minister has been arrested on fraud charges.The Investigative Committee said Tuesday that Mikhail Abyzov is accused of presiding over a criminal group that embezzled funds belonging to two energy companies in Siberia and siphoned them into foreign bank accounts.The 46-year-old Abyzov was a member of the Russian Cabinet in 2012-2018, overseeing information technologies and efforts to increase the government’s transparency.He was a close associate of Dmitry Medvedev, who served as Russian president in 2008-2012 when Vladimir Putin had to shift into the prime minister’s seat because of term limits. Following Putin’s return as president, Medvedev moved into the premier’s seat and Abyzov retained a key position.Abyzov left the Cabinet last year, but continued to advise the government.The Associated Press read more

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SecretaryGeneral welcomes peaceful polls in Gabon

1 September 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the peaceful presidential elections in Gabon, calling on the people of the African nation to continue supporting the democratic process. In a statement issued by his spokesperson yesterday, Mr. Ban urged all Gabonese “to ensure the will of the people is respected.” He also asked the people to heed the appeal by Interim President Rose Francine Rogombé “for calm and responsibility” as the votes from the 30 August polls are counted. In June, the Secretary-General paid tribute to the late Gabonese president, Omar Bongo Ondimba, underscoring “the key role he played in the search for peace and stability not only in the Central Africa subregion, but also in other parts of the continent,” according to a statement. read more

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UN media seminar ponders twostate Middle East solution

The Road Map, co-sponsored by the diplomatic Quartet of the United States, the European Union, the Russian Federation and the United Nations, also sets goals of ending terrorism and working out a comprehensive regional settlement, Mr. Roed-Larsen, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told a media seminar organized by the UN Department of Information (DPI).The 11th annual seminar was organized in cooperation with the Regional Autonomous Government of Andalusia. The meetings have been held annually in different countries since the series was launched in 1991.This seminar brought together over 40 international participants, including present and former policymakers from Israel and the Palestinian National Authority, as well as senior United Nations officials, international experts and media representatives.Edward Mortimer, Director of Communications in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General, said news reports in New York might give a picture of no possible solutions to the conflict in the Middle East, or the non-violent actions taking place. The panel showed the opposite, he said, with its varied points of view.In order to change the dynamic of Israeli politics, the Palestinians had to engage in non-violent resistance, he said, because the more Israelis who were killed, the less their fellow-citizens would listen to people such as those at the seminar.Over the last 30 years, the European perception of the conflict had changed and he felt that whereas in the early 1970s there had been a lack of understanding of the Palestinian position, now it might be the Israeli point of view that was inadequately reflected, Mr. Mortimer said. read more

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Trump says Obama wiretapped him during campaign gives no evidence

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedU.S. senators ask government for evidence Obama wiretapped TrumpMarch 8, 2017In “World”Trump, sworn in as U.S. president, promises to put ‘America First’January 20, 2017In “World”Trump will get wake-up call when he takes office, Obama saysNovember 15, 2016In “latest news” By David Shepardson | WASHINGTONU.S. President Barack Obama (R) greets President-elect Donald Trump at inauguration ceremonies swearing in Trump as president on the West front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria(Reuters) U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping him in October during the late stages of the presidential election campaign, but offered no evidence to support the allegation.“How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!,” Trump said in a series of Tweets on his Twitter account early on Saturday. “I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!”Obama’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters. The White House also did not respond to a request to elaborate on Trump’s accusations.Former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes strongly denied Trump’s allegations.“No president can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you,” Rhodes wrote on Twitter.In response to Trump’s tweet about a lawyer making a “great case,” Rhodes responded: “No. They couldn’t. Only a liar could do that.”A Trump spokeswoman said the Republican president is “having meetings, making phone calls and hitting balls” at his golf course in West Palm Beach.In one of the Tweets, Trump said the alleged wiretapping took place in his Trump Tower office and apartment building in New York, but there was “nothing found.”Trump’s administration has come under pressure from Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional investigations into contacts between some members of his campaign team and Russian officials during his campaign.House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi ridiculed Trump’s assertions. “The Deflector-in-Chief is at it again. An investigation by an independent commission is the only answer,” she wrote on Twitter Saturday.Several Republicans on Saturday again urged an investigation into a series of intelligence-related leaks.Obama imposed sanctions on Russia and ordered Russian diplomats to leave the United States in December over the country’s involvement in hacking political parties in the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election.On Saturday, Representative Eric Swalwell, a Democrat who is a member of the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox News that Trump “is not credible when it comes to talking about Russia.”Swalwell downplayed Trump’s allegation. “I think this is just the president up early doing his routine tweeting, he said. “Presidents don’t wiretap anyone. These are pursued by the Department of Justice in accordance with the FBI and signed off by a judge.”Under U.S. law, a federal court would have to have found probable cause that the target of the surveillance is an “agent of a foreign power” in order to approve a warrant authorizing electronic surveillance of Trump Tower.Several conservative news outlets and commentators have made similar allegations about Trump being wiretapped during the campaign in recent days, without offering any evidence.Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned in February after revelations that he had discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States before Trump took office.Flynn had promised Vice President Mike Pence he had not discussed U.S. sanctions with the Russians, but transcripts of intercepted communications, described by U.S. officials, showed that the subject had come up in conversations between him and the Russian ambassador.Trump has often used his Twitter account to attack rivals and for years led a campaign alleging that Obama was not born in the United States. He later retracted the allegation.(Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee and David Shepardson in Washington; Additional reporting by Melissa Fares in West Palm Beach, Florida; Editing by Alexander Smith and Jonathan Oatis) read more

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Maynooth line trains delayed for up to an hour after truck crashes

first_img Pike Bridge Image: Google Maps By Paul Hosford Thursday 23 Mar 2017, 6:04 PM Mar 23rd 2017, 6:04 PM 10 Comments TRAINS ON IRISH Rail’s Dublin-Maynooth/Sligo line have been delayed after a truck hit a bridge.The strike happened between Leixlip Louisa Bridge and Maynooth this evening. The truck hit a wall on Pike Bridge, which goes over the rail line.An Irish Rail spokesperson confirmed to that have been to the area to assess the safety of the bridge.Crews have removed some rock from the rail line, but the bridge has been passed as safe.Earlier congestion means that trains leaving Dublin are delayed by up to an hour, but Irish Rail hopes to clear that backlog soon.Read: All-out Bus Éireann strike to begin at midnight Maynooth line trains delayed for up to an hour after truck crashes into bridge Crews have removed some rock from the rail line. Share44 Tweet Email2 center_img Short URL 19,921 Views Image: Google Maps Pike Bridge Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Google atteint officiellement 90 millions dutilisateurs

first_imgGoogle+ atteint officiellement 90 millions d’utilisateursEst-ce la refonte de la mise en page qui porte ses fruits ? Le réseau social de Google connait une croissance plus forte que jamais, sept mois après son ouverture.C’est une progression encore plus rapide que celle de Facebook, presque cent millions d’utilisateurs en sept mois. En octobre Google n’annonçait officiellement que 40 millions de nouveaux membres, les inscriptions ont donc fortement accéléré depuis. D’après Larry Page, PDG et co-fondateur de Google, ce chiffre a plus que doublé pendant le dernier trimestre de 2011. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?C’est certes moins que les 150 millions que certains analystes avançaient, mais c’est déjà plus que Twitter avec ses 75 millions d’utilisateurs. Loin d’être uniquement des comptes passifs, 60 % des internautes utiliseraient quotidiennement les interactions le réseau et les autres services Google. La société le sait et compte profiter de ce point fort : « nous allons créer des interactions extraordinaires entre nos services » continue Larry Page. Début janvier Google+ a été intégré au moteur de recherche Google pour fournir aux membres des résultats plus personnalisés. Ce service a d’ailleurs causé de l’inquiétude chez les défenseurs de la vie privée, et la FTC pourrait bien ouvrir une enquête.Les derniers résultats financiers de Google ayant déçu les analystes, ce résultat devrait permettre à Google de garder la tête haute en ce début d’année 2012. Et vous, ce succès vous convaincra-t-il de délaisser Facebook pour rejoindre Google+ ? Mais peut-être est-ce déjà fait !Le 21 janvier 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Authorities seek public help finding suspect in 2016 Oceanside slaying

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Authorities asked the public Wednesday for help in finding a 29-year-old documented gang member from Oceanside who allegedly went on the lam after shooting another man to death two summers ago.Edgar Hernandez Saavedra is wanted in connection with the slaying of Miguel Luis Castillo, 29, on Aug. 20, 2016, according to Oceanside police.At about 2 a.m. that day, the two men were arguing in front of Saavedra’s apartment in the 800 block of Langford Street when the suspect allegedly pulled a pistol and shot Castillo repeatedly.Saavedra disappeared following the shooting and has remained at large since, according to detectives, who say he should be considered armed and dangerous.The suspect, known in gang circles by the nicknames “Little Edgar” and “Smalls,” is a 5-foot-6-inch, roughly 175-pound Latino with brown hairand brown eyes.Anyone who may be able to help investigators track down Saavedra is asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or contact the agency online at Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Authorities seek public help finding suspect in 2016 Oceanside slaying KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: May 2, 2018 May 2, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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Man stabbed during argument at trolley station near Petco Park

first_img July 15, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A verbal argument between two men led to a stabbing at a trolley station near Petco Park Sunday.It happened about 12:45 p.m. at the Twelfth and Imperial Transit Center, according to San Diego police Officer Sarah Foster.Two men were having an argument that escalated into a pushing match, Foster said. One of the two was knocked to the ground, and the other began to walk away when the man who had been knocked down said something that apparently provoked the other to turn back and stab him.The victim received stab injuries to his leg and buttocks, which were not believed to be life-threatening Foster said. He was taken to a local hospital.The suspect fled the scene on foot, and remains at large. KUSI Newsroom Posted: July 15, 2018 Man stabbed during argument at trolley station near Petco Parklast_img read more

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Magazine Newsstand Sales Delight and Confound

first_imgThe estimated average industry price rose from $3.36 to $3.52 in the second half of last year. This is probably the largest average price increase in industry history. The price increases were led by Bauer, who last fall announced price increases on its nine audited titles of approximately 30 percent. However, its price increases only affected sales the last two months of the period. Even so, Bauer’s aggregate revenue increased 11.3 percent based on unit sales. It’s much too early to proclaim their price increase strategy a success, but it is an impressive start.Bauer wasn’t the only publisher pushing prices higher. The average price of titles sold at checkout increased from $2.96 to $3.14 (up 6.1 percent) and mainline titles (primarily male oriented) increased their average price from $4.67 to $4.79 (up 2.6%). But newsstand pricing is far from being fully elastic. The sales performance of TV Guide (price $2.16 to $2.66, unit sales down 26 percent), Newsweek (price $4.50 to $4.95, unit sales down 12.7 percent), and Time (price $4.22 to $4.95 unit sales down 16.5 percent) helps demonstrate the market resistance to price increases. On the other side of the coin In Touch increased price from $1.99 to $2.29 and unit sales increased 4 percent. The lesson here is that cover price increase decisions should always be approached with caution.Impact of Wholesaler Distribution ReductionsMuch has been written recently about wholesaler mandated distribution reductions. It’s difficult to assess its impact from audit bureau data. But there are some indications they might be having a slightly adverse impact on unit sales—estimated to be about a half of one percentage point. If the industry efficiency level has been raised from 33 percent to 38 percent, as some wholesalers have indicated, a half point sales reduction would represent a big win for publishers, as well as wholesalers.Celebrity Title Performance In the second half of last year the celebrity titles continued to set the sales standard for the industry. These six titles—People, US, In Touch, Star, Life & Style and Ok! (which represent 27 percent of industry sales revenue)—experienced a rise in unit sales of .8 percent, and revenue gained 11.4 percent. In Touch and US, as well as Ok!, were the only titles in this group to show both unit and revenue gains. The Dollar Tree PhenomenonMeredith reported in the second half of 2007 that the sales of their four leading newsstand titles—BH&G, Fitness, Ladies Home Journal and Family Circle—had a staggering combined 31 percent increase in sales revenue. This was a highly unusual sales lift for mature titles. As it turned out it appears that nearly all of the increase ($8.6 million) from these four Meredith publications can be accounted for by sales through Dollar Tree stores. But there was a backlash from major chain retailers about selling product at deeply discounted prices. Meredith in the last few days has indicated they have discontinued their Dollar Tree distributions. It seems as if Meredith’s Dollar Tree sales lift will be a non-repeating anomaly that can best serve as a cautionary tale concerning the risk of the selling leading titles at deeply discounted rates.Newly Audited PublicationsThere were three major titles added to the auditing ranks in the second half of last year. Two published by Time, Inc.—People Stylewatch and All You (both monthly frequency). The other, Quick & Simple, is a weekly title published by Hearst. People Stylewatch and Quick & Simple reported revenue of nearly $11 million and All You a little less than $6 million. Of the three, perhaps, the sales of People Stylewatch is the most impressive. It reported average sales of 549,000 per issue. Its sales revenue exceeded those of Vanity Fair, Vogue and Good Housekeeping. It is believed to be the largest revenue achieved, at launch, by a monthly title since the super sized debut of O, the Oprah Magazine in 2000. Quick & Simple, with an average price of only $1.63, and All You (cover price $1.97) reported good sales, but the sales of these titles might be compromised in the future if the industry continues to shift away from super low cover priced products. Mixed MessagesThe mixed sales performance in the second half of 2007 mirrors the complexity of the market conditions. Price, we’re reminded, is a double-edged sword. It appears as if price increases will be accepted in certain circumstances, especially when increases involve titles previously priced below $2.99, but meet resistance in others. The wholesaler initiated distribution reductions are still a work in progress, but the initial results appear to be promising. Finally, we learned that the market can be self policing when it comes to selling magazines at deeply discounted prices. As always, the newsstand retains its mysterious aura to both delight and confound.[Note: At the time of posting, some figures in this story were miscalculated. They have since been corrected.] ABC’s twice-annual FAS-FAX report detailing analyzed paid and non-paid circulation for just over 700 U.S. consumer magazines was released earlier this week, and the numbers tell an interesting story. Newsstand revenues rose in the second half of 2007 by 2.8 percent to nearly $1.7 billion. This, of course, is good news for the industry. However, the bad news is unit sales declined 1.8 percent, to slightly less than 472 million (this data is subject to revision when the final audit bureau data is provided later this month). The spread between unit sales and revenue performance is one of the largest in recent years. It apparently reflects the beginnings of a strong cover price increase trend. Besides pricing there were also other factors that contributed to the mixed sales story in the second half of 2007.Cover Price Effectlast_img read more

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Youngster stabbed in Falaknuma PS limits

first_imgHyderabad: A 21-year-old person was stabbed in the late night hours on Tuesday under Falaknuma police station limits. Based on information police rushed to the spot and shifted the injured to Osmania General Hospital. Reportedly police took two persons into their custody and are enquiring them.last_img

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first_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   “We generally prefer to keep internal matters like that within the team and not discuss them publicly,” he said. “I think we’re going to continue to do that going forward.”The 4-8 Cardinals head to Seattle on Sunday for a NFC West game against the Seahawks. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett sent out a few tweets late Monday in what is likely a response to a reported on-field incident he had with teammate Kerry Rhodes as the end of the Cardinals 7-6 loss to the Jets on Sunday. Two sides to every story! But everyone needs a escape goat! Everyone need to point the finger at some one. It won’t be first or last!In the end maybe I care to much, to loyal to s*** that’s not loyal to me. Maybe I should be like other #’s and just don’t give a f***.Anyway I can’t tell y’all the truth or how I feel cuz they watching my tweets smh. Oh and by the way when I’m wrong I say it. Just a FYI..Cardinals coack Ken Whisenhunt told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug & Wolf he would not expand or discuss the matter. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 29-year-old McClain played 14 games for the Bucs last season, recording 50 tackles and a career-high three interceptions.Related LinksNew Cardinals OL Justin Pugh talks college, Pat Tillman, West CoastReport: Cardinals restricted free agent Xavier Williams visits with ChiefsPrior to his single season in Tampa Bay, McClain played 14 games in 2015-16 under Wilks, then the defensive backs coach for the Carolina Panthers.McClain also played in three games for the San Diego Chargers in 2016 and from 2012-14 was a key player for the Atlanta Falcons.He was a seventh-round pick by the Panthers in 2010. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) gets tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Robert McClain (36) and cornerback Vernon Hargreaves (28) as Cardinals wide receiver Brittan Golden (10) looks on during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) 0 Comments   Share   The search for a second cornerback has entered the forefront of the Arizona Cardinals’ free agency priorities now that the quarterback and offensive line positions have been addressed.One such option is a familiar face to first-year head coach Steve Wilks. The Cardinals have shown interest in Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Robert McClain, reports the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson.Tampa Bay is also considering bringing McClain back for 2018. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter The great and good of

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe great and good of the luxury hotel world, and those of independent character, convened at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, USA, 11-13 October 2017, for an impact-filled and fun global meeting of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH). The event stood out for so many reasons. It was entirely apolitical, with no clique-iness or hierarchy, and it was truly international – their were top hoteliers from Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands as well as Kenya, and Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Speakers, who included Forbes Travel Guide’s CEO Jerry Inzerillo and Virtuoso Chairman Matthew Upchurch, there with his colleague Albert Herrera, stayed throughout the whole event.It always helps, of course, when the weather cooperates. The sun shone throughout, and every break was held outside on a terrace. This was soak-up-the-rays paradise. I do not know what the very few spouses did during the three days of business but, despite the distractions of the locale, the nearly-200 delegates flooded back into the meeting room for a business programme that was more than worthwhile – it was electrifying. Under its current ownership and the leadership of dynamo CEO Filip Boyen, Small Luxury Hotels has re-imagined itself as ‘independently minded’, showing that the 520 hotel members, typical size 49 rooms, can take on the biggies and offer what today’s luxury travellers really want. Small and personal is the key message, as stressed continually by the marketing boss, Tim Davis.Delightfully-French President of the International Advisory Board Jérôme Tourbier, of Les Sources de Caudalie, Bordeaux, was first speaker, showing how change means increasing distribution support for members, who are integrating more and more into their communities. Filip Boyen said he wants at least one quality hotel in all key destinations, and so far this year 78% of bookings have come via travel advisors, which was music to the ears of the king of that genre, Matthew Upchurch – when it was his turn for the podium, he repeated one of his many current messages, namely that technology is all very well but it is human connection that makes the luxury difference. There is no way, said Tim Davis, that SLH can hope to match the alleged $4.3 billion advertising spend of Priceline this year, but SLH is brave. This is evidenced by its superb quality, advertising-free new 16-page newspaper, The Independent Mind (current articles include what it is like to be a SLH mystery shopper).But, and this is vital, technology can and must be used to advantage. Virtual reality VR can already give guests an enhanced preview of what they might experience. Richard Wiegmann, who heads Sabre for Europe, Africa and Middle East, looked forward to robots replacing some hotel functions, particularly relevant to the entire hotel industry when there is awareness that the young have not inherited a passion for a lifetime of, say, delivering room service. This feature coincides with what Skift President Carolyn Kremins said, namely that, as consumer guests, the HENRYs, High Earners Not Rich Yet, want to splurge on a good life that follows restaurateur Danny Meyer’s belief that today’s guests walk around with invisible signs that say ‘make me feel important’.The gathering, by the way, included not only GMs but also a commendable number of owners. In alphabetical order, the words camaraderie, networking, quality and relevance, with sustainability and value also included, came up again and again. Thanks to a main sponsor, Laurent-Perrier, all awards winners went home not only with plaques but with bottles of bubbly – and the winner of Hotel of the Year, Dormy House in England’s Cotswolds, had somehow to carry home a pair of two-bottle cartons.There were many other surprise moments. Tim Davis showed how the company’s loyalty program works. At top tier, INVITED members might be given a surprise, paid for by the company. Davis delighted 137 Pillars’ Bangkok-based Chris Stafford with a Georg Jensen sword, which he immediately used, in front of all the delegates, to sabre a bottle of Laurent-Perrier.Extra-curricular events had been carefully planned at this three-day events. The first night was billed as a cocktail at host hotel, The Irvine Company’s Resort at Pelican Hill, but actually the outdoor evening had substantial food, including made-in-Parmesan-rounds risotto, which you personalised by adding your chosen toppings. Evening two was also outside, catered by the hotel at Mission San Capistrano: the food was pan-American, and beverages included a craft beer stand and, among the Californian wines, a memorable Pessimist Red Blend 2014.The final night was the gala dress-to-impress extravaganza, with unlimited Laurent-Perrier Brut or Rosé outside, to start, before moving inside to an intimate ballroom where someone had done a great job in the seating plan. Every place card was a movie-screening document starring your name. Open this two-fold, and you found the menu, main or vegetarian alternative, with details not only of the wines but also of suppliers: avocado for the starter Maine lobster salad, for instance, came from Alegra Farm here in Irvine, the local community that is named for the Irvine family that first settled the area from 1860 on. The big-band music was enlivened by Rat Pack look-alikes, with ‘Dean Martin’, in particular, showing how strongly he could belt out music that the assembled company really identified with – just as they had when real-life David Hasselhoff, ‘The Hoff’, had made a surprise appearance at the end of the convention’s business sessions.Looking back, I must say one of the highlights of this gathering of luxury, independently-minded hoteliers was full of the unique. One session featured two one-off operations. Iben Marburger described how she motivates her team at Nimb in Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen (Denmark, to be honest, does not generally top any list in service levels). Former Paris-based theatrical and events impressario Thierry Teyssier shared his pop-up hotel concept. An existing eat-anywhere, anytime, anything hotel three hours’ drive from Marrakech will remain, he says, but he is also going to do six-month pop-ups in Cambodia and Italy staffed entirely by migrants. Everything he does adheres to SLH’s quality standards, arguably the highest in the industry – almost 800 points are assessed by mystery shoppers and yet, at the same time, the unique culture stresses individuality, for the ‘independently minded’.Mary Gostelow travels over 300 days a year, doing one-night stands in top hotels around the world. Read her daily travelogue, www.girlahead.comGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Changes to Israel gas regime a possible threat

first_imgBy Elias HazouOn the face of it, Israel’s recent decision to fast-track its natural gas development plans could impact Cyprus’ own export ambitions, though this is not cast in stone, an energy expert has told the Cyprus Mail.Over the weekend, Israel’s economy minister, who had opposed waiving normal antitrust laws to give rapid approval to a framework deal to develop the Leviathan and Tamar gas fields, tendered his resignation.The development allows Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take the reins of the economy ministry and give final approval to a framework deal with Texas-based Noble Energy and Israel’s Delek Group.The Leviathan partners earlier signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Idku LNG plant in Egypt, to supply that plant with about 70 per cent of its capacity.And the Tamar partners have concluded a separate MoU to supply gas to the LNG plant at Damietta, Egypt.These two projects are in direct competition with Cyprus. And, says analyst Charles Ellinas, were the deals to be finalised they would definitively obviate Egypt’s need to import Cypriot gas.In those terms, the re-activation of Israel’s export plans do pose a ‘threat’ to Cyprus.But there a number of ‘ifs and buts’, said Ellinas.First, it will take some time for the Israeli government to formalise any deal with the Leviathan and Tamar partners.Second, and perhaps more significant, are the currently low oil and gas prices, making any major infrastructure investment a boondoggle.Ellinas estimates that it would cost $6 per mmbtu to pipe Israeli gas to Egypt. The gas would then have to be liquefied at Idku/Damietta, then exported to Europe and regasified – further driving up the price.Since natural gas is now fetching $6 to $7 in European markets, it’s evident that Israeli gas exports are not competitive.“In other words, we are where we were before,” Ellinas commented.The one project which is not in direct competition with Cyprus is Israel’s plan to sell Tamar gas to Egypt for domestic consumption. If clinched, that would tide Egypt over until their recent Zohr discovery comes on-stream.But this would be a short-term deal – for about five years – and thus not a challenge to Cypriot intentions to conclude a long-term supply agreement with Egypt.Ellinas reiterated the need for Cyprus and Israel to wrap up a unitisation agreement.Despite talks lasting years, the two nations have yet to strike up an agreement on the exploitation of cross-border gas in their respective Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs).A small part of the ‘Aphrodite’ reservoir lies within the Israeli EEZ, and within an offshore bloc licensed to the so-called Pelagic consortium.Without a unitisation agreement Cyprus cannot proceed to sell its ‘Aphrodite’ gas. Beyond that, it could even complicate plans for joint Cypriot-Israeli exports to Turkey, if and when the Cyprus problem is solved.It’s understood that discord between the involved companies – Noble and Delek on the Cypriot end, and the Pelagic consortium on the Israeli side – concerning the distribution of the Aphrodite gas proceeds has prevented a deal from being struck.Absent a unitisation agreement, Cyprus could in theory go ahead with separately developing the Aphrodite field – but so would the Israelis.The Aphrodite reservoir is geologically compartmentalised. Some of the ‘compartments’ extend into the Israeli EEZ. Thus, were the Israelis to start production, they would not only be taking the gas located inside their own EEZ but also ‘sucking out’ some of the Aphrodite gas inside the Cypriot EEZ.However that is an unlikely scenario, said Ellinas.Meanwhile, the Cyprus Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA) has requested from the three companies and consortia bidding for a natural gas supply tender to extend the validity of their proposals until December 18.The previous validity period expired on October 31.All three remaining bidders have agreed to extend the validity of their proposals. The preferred bidder is understood to be Vitol, with Greek consortium M&M ranked second.It’s also understood that Delek was never out of the race. Back in February, Delek announced to shareholders that it had not been asked by DEFA to renew their proposal.But the Mail is told that this was due to a miscommunication at the time between Delek and DEFA, which was subsequently corrected.But given that, under the tender, the date of first gas supply must fall between January 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, it is doubtful whether Delek can deliver gas via pipeline within that timeframe.  You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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which owns the Herald.C. show on Nov 19Not just two seats – a massive partyShe bought 26 tickets right then and there Ten of them box seats the rest at the 100-level Her two kids her husband the nurses doctors everyone who helped her fight cancer would be there"When I saw the credit card bill" said her husband Sanjay "Jay" Dabas "I couldn’t believe it $10000 That was for the tickets JUST the tickets"Even for a doctor that was a huge bill to swallowBut this woman – who fought for kids as a court-appointed advocate who worked as a PTA volunteer and a fundraiser for disabled children who survived a difficult and abusive childhood who always held the entire household together while he treated patients – she deserved that kind of party Jay concededHe regrets – deeply regrets – his first reaction to that bill"To this day I am so angry at myself at how I reacted" he said "These mistakes you make in life I’m guilt-ridden it’s relentless"If you know cancer you know where this story is goingBecause cancer is also relentless And mercilessNot long after she started planning the party Melissa started having back painWhat mom doesn’t have back pain Lugging sports equipment boxes of books twisting under beds to find the lost loveyJay happened to be in radiology looking at one of his patient’s films the day after his wife had back X-rays taken"Hey can I see Melissa’s scan" he asked "As the scan came up I had tears coming out of my eyes I could tell Instantly From the CT scan I could see even as a radiologist that the cancer came back and was extremely aggressive I broke down"He went home and had to deliver the worst possible news to his wife"In my mind I knew I knew what this meant" he saidHis wife the one always there quietly keeping family life going was the strong one"She’s the one who said We’ve gotta do this We’ve gotta get back up We’ve gotta do this for our kids" Jay said She didn’t want to know her prognosis She didn’t want a timeline a bucket-list a making-memories finale She wanted to keep working as head of the PTA to run the fundraisers go to soccer practice piano lessons to clean the house"I looked at her one day I asked her why are you doing all this" he saidHe knew her prognosis he knew the clock was tickingAnd she told him "Jay you know and I know that this cancer will probably cause me to die But please I beg of you do not take who I am away from me I refuse to let you do that and I refuse to let the cancer do that Do not take away who I am – ever"Eventually when she was on oxygen in August and could hardly walk five feet without being wiped out she gave in and they interviewed a nanny The first time anyone else would take care of her childrenTwo days later she had a massive strokeOn Sept 2 listening to Lady Gaga she diedIn the following days her grieving husband wrestled with what next How could he honor her with more than a funeralThe Indian community in Winchester Virginia is holding a huge celebration for her next month She was a star in that world"The only Jewish woman there and she was at the center of everything" Jay saidIt started with getting their sons Avinash 11 and Sajan 8 involved in the cultural celebrations Eventually Melissa was heading their entire Bollywood-level Diwali celebrations She did the music the costumes she taught all the kids and even some of the adults all the traditional dancesBut he wanted to do more like Melissa"Think like Melissa See the world through her eyes" he kept telling himselfThen he remembered what she kept talking about after every chemo treatment"I’d get home from work and she’d tell me all these stories" Jay said "Not about herself But how these people were having a hard time buying food Or who’s going to pay the rent These people were all having a difficult time covering the nonmedical expenses of cancer""Cancer doesn’t discriminate it doesn’t only affect people who are able to pay" he said "And this really bothered her And it was something she never got to do anything about"So this is what he came up with He’s going to keep the Lady Gaga party alive some friends and family will go But he’s raffling off 10 of the primo box seats And the money will go to help those families Melissa spent her final days with – the folks whose lives are devastated by both the toll and the cost of cancerAnd what else will he doSlow down Spend more time with the boys Melissa was the children’s sun he said "I was like Pluto" he acknowledged"And now I have to be their sun too" Just like she wasThe Federal Government has issued new directive on how President Muhammadu Buhari should be addressed at formal functions A circular signed and sent to Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF Boss Mustapha indicates that Buhari a retired major general is not to be addressed by that military rank at formal functions The circular says Buhari should be addressed as “MUHAMMADU BUHARI PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA’’ The circular reads “Government has observed with concern the inconsistent manner in which the President Federal Republic of Nigeria is addressed during Official and Private functions It has therefore become necessary to have a standard format for addressing him at such formal occasions. “I had hoped that they take problems at their institutes seriously and act not only on the behalf of their directors but equally their employees. but I refused to do so. 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