first_imgFans across the country can’t get enough of Game of Thrones, but the show has sparked an alarming trend — an increased demand for huskies because of their physical similarities to direwolves.Adoring viewers are buying the dogs from pet stores and breeders (often naming them after their favorite characters), then — after realizing how much work and commitment are required to care for them — dumping them at shelters already bursting at the seams with homeless dogs. Now, series star Peter Dinklage is teaming up with PETA to remind fans that dogs should be acquired only as family members and need to be looked after for a lifetime, and he’s urging those who are serious about expanding their family to adopt, never buy.“Please, to all of Game of Thrones’ many wonderful fans, we understand that due to the direwolves’ huge popularity, many folks are going out and buying huskies,” Dinklage says. “Not only does this hurt all the deserving homeless dogs waiting for a chance at a good home in shelters, but shelters are also reporting that many of these huskies are being abandoned — as often happens when dogs are bought on impulse, without understanding their needs. Please, please, if you’re going to bring a dog into your family, make sure that you’re prepared for such a tremendous responsibility and remember to always, ALWAYS, adopt from a shelter.”Two breed-specific rescue groups in Northern California have seen their numbers double over the last two years, and the U.K. has reported similar statistics since the show premiered in 2011.PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” — notes that this isn’t the first time that a popular TV show or movie has led to an increased demand for the animals seen on screen. 101 Dalmatians, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Legally Blonde, and Men in Black all caused massive spikes in sales of the featured dog breeds, and many of these dogs were later abandoned at shelters by their ill-prepared guardians.More than 6 million dogs and cats end up in animal shelters every year, and half of them are euthanized because there simply aren’t enough homes for them. PETA encourages everyone to adopt and never buy from breeders or pet stores, which contribute to the overpopulation crisis.last_img read more

Rabat – According to MAP, the “Morocco Gas to power Project” was the focal point of a meeting on natural gas development in Morocco that was part of the Africa Energy Forum (AEF) which runs from June 7 to 9 at the Bella Center in Copenhagen.During the meeting, Abderrahim El Hafidi, the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development gave a presentation on the main lines of the Moroccan natural gas project.The project has centered around the Tahaddart site which opened in 2005 in the Tangier region and the Aïn Béni Mathar site in the Oujda region which opened in 2010. The Tahaddart site will have a capacity of 385 megawatts, the Aïn Béni Mathar will have a capacity of 470 megawatts. These sites are part of a national strategy for the diversification of energy sources in Morocco. This is part of a flexible approach that combines coal, natural gas and petroleum while also looking to renewable energy such as wind, solar and hydroelectric sources.According to the presentation, Morocco has set the goal of reducing dependency on fossil fuels by 43% by 2020 and by 52% in 2030. This goal, led to the launch of natural gas resources and hydrocarbons in Morocco.El Hafidi also  noted that 93 companies have expressed interest in this project and that around twenty companies in Morocco have found positive indications about the presence of natural gas in the region of Tendrara.Other speakers at the meeting expressed the importance of the Moroccan energy project. This interest stems from a solid legal framework, well-defined feasibility studies and a proactive policy favoring partnerships and cooperation.The Moroccan delegation at the 19th Annual Africa Energy Forum (AEF) joins ministers, senior officials and business leaders from 80 countries to discuss energy solutions in Africa. read more

Rabat – Ifrane’s Al Akhawayn University announced on Thursday that 34 percent of its students received financial aid in 2017.Scholarships were awarded to 770 students – 220 were merit scholarships, and 550 were based on financial need.The English-language university has a yearly budget of MAD 290 million for scholarships. The state contributes 8 percent of this budget, while 52 percent is comprised of tuition fees. Scholarships have been given out since the school’s opening in 1995, with the aim of helping students attain pursue their education regardless of financial situation.Based on the United States’ liberal arts system, the university has an average class size of 19 students, with one teacher for every 14 students.The 2016 QS University Rankings showed that Al Akhawayn University was the best in the kingdom. Université Mohammed V of Agdal came second and Université Hassan II of Casablanca came third. read more

The German Chancellor’s offer was announced at a news conference following his meeting with Mr. Annan. The two also took questions on the fight against AIDS, the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change, the G-8 Summit, the UN Small Arms Conference and the Middle East.On the Kyoto Protocol, which will be the subject of reconvened negotiations in Bonn next week, the Secretary-General said that there was enough scientific evidence to “wake us up and let us take action. Each day we fail to act we are putting the earth at risk.” The Secretary-General began his day with a breakfast with German President Johannes Rau.Afterwards, Mr. Annan went to the Freie Universität, Berlin’s largest university, where he received an honorary degree and delivered an address on racism. “Intolerance is a many-headed monster,” he told the students. “Its victims are diverse, and include women, migrant workers, indigenous people, minorities and those whose political views are deemed objectionable.” In the afternoon, the Secretary-General met with Parliamentarians to discuss the Middle East and the Balkans. His talks with the Economic Minister, Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, covered AIDS and the Millennium Summit follow up. Mr. Annan’s last appointment for the day was with former Federal President Richard von Weizsacker. The Secretary-General then traveled to Geneva, where he will address the high-level segment of the UN Economic and Social Council on Monday. read more

first_imgLady Brittan – whose husband Lord Brittain (pictured) died without knowing that his name had been cleared Mr Proctor, who lost his home and job as a result of the damage to his reputation, is suing the Metropolitan Police for up to £500,000.Nick faces possible prosecution for perverting the course of justice and fraud, after he claimed tens of thousands of pounds from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority for his alleged ordeal. Northumbria Police passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service last September but no decision on whether he will be charged is expected before the summer. The alleged fantasist who sparked the Westminster child abuse scandal has been sacked from his role as a school governor after being charged with paedophile ­offences.The man, who can only be identified as Nick, set off a £3 million police ­investigation after telling detectives he had been raped and abused by a group of powerful figures including prominent politicians. But he has been accused of making the whole thing up and is facing possible charges for perverting the course of justice.Earlier this week it was revealed he had been charged with numerous paedophile offences after indecent images of children were found on a computer.A spokesman for the school where he had been a governor for a number of years confirmed that as a result of the charges he had now been sacked.The spokesman said he was “deeply saddened”, but added that none of the allegations “relate to the position he held as a governor within this school”. 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. The paedophile charges he is facing relate to allegations of downloading and possessing hundreds of indecent images of children. He is also facing a charge of voyeurism. He is due to stand trial later this year, when he is expected to deny all the charges.His sacking as a school governor is the latest twist in the saga that dates back to 2014, when he made a series of allegations to Scotland Yard about a so-called Westminster paedophile ring. Nick told detectives that the men had raped, tortured and even murdered young boys during a number of ­depraved sex parties held in flats in Dolphin Square close to Parliament.Among those he named were Sir ­Edward Heath, the former prime minister; Lord Brittan, the former home secretary; Field Marshal Lord Bramall, the former head of the Army, and Harvey Proctor, the former Tory MP.Scotland Yard described Nick’s allegations as “credible and true” and launched Operation Midland. Lady Brittan – whose husband Lord Brittain (pictured) died without knowing that his name had been clearedCredit:Chris Jackson/PA As a complainant of sex abuse, Nick enjoys lifelong anonymity, even though he is currently being investigated for allegedly inventing the claims he has made.This means the school where he was a governor can also not be named. Show more Detectives questioned some of the accused under caution and also raided their homes. But after 18 months the investigation was closed down without a single arrest and Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, now Lord Hogan-Howe, the then Metropolitan Police Commissioner, apologised to those affected.Lord Bramall and Lady Brittan – whose husband died without knowing that his name had been cleared – later received £100,000 in compensation.last_img read more

first_imgKevin Doyle partied with QPR after helping them get back to the Premier League but has not heard from Harry Redknapp since. NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s sports news… A picture paints a thousand words? O’Neill and Keane pictured apart at Ireland’s Friday training session. Source: Artur WidakHome David Wallace told us that James Coughlan would have stayed at Munster if he believed he had any chance of winning a long-awaited Ireland cap. Dean Rock is back and scoring. The forward’s club form has cheered up Dublin boss Jim Gavin. Away Brian O’Driscoll is like Pelé? Comparing legends and legacies ahead of the rugby star’s final game. #PRO12 GRAND FINAL Also known as Brian O’Driscoll’s final game of all time, ever. Leinster take on Glasgow Warriors from 6:15pm on Saturday.#WORLD CUP 14 friendlies including Ireland versus Italy at Craven Cottage [KO 7:45pm] tomorrow.#THE MEMORIAL Round three of The Memorial in Dublin, Ohio and a chance for Rory McIlroy to right some wrongs.#NBA San Antonio Spurs and OKC do battle with the Texans 3-2 up.Showbiz, Baby!The next time you are faced with a sudden death penalty kick, see if you have the minerals [C/o Snatch, circa 2000] to replicate this beauty from Maldives’ Ashad Ali Adubarey. Source: Shaaz Ahmed/YouTube“I’ve dared Brian O’Driscoll to do an end of career Dirty Dancing lift if they win tomorrow but I fear he’s not taking it seriously.” – Packie Bonner believes Roy Keane may be off to Glasgow any day now.Where we were today Murray Kinsella was out at Bewleys Hotel in Ballsbridge to hear from Warriors and Leinster captains Al Kellock and Leo Cullen ahead of Saturday’s final. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThe fixture list Chloe Butler is preparing for the Women’s Rugby World Cup after hanging up her lingerie and shoulder pads.Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is sticking around for three more seasons at least — enough time to reach the Champions League for 20 consecutive years.‘The All Blacks would have toured Nazi Germany’ — fighting talk from a Samoan rugby star.Carl Froch and George Groves still hate each other’s guts. The pugilists squared up at Wembley ahead of their sell-out bout.The best thing we sharedThe Guardian came up severe trumps today with a fantastic, interactive guide to the World Cup jerseys of every team competing in this year’s tournament.Interestingly, while Argentina have kept it light blue and white for all 16 of their appearances, Brazil introduced their now famous yellow jersey and blue shorts in 1954 and never looked back. The Germans liked a splash of colour back in the crazy 90s. Blame The Shamen Source: The GuardianOn the recordI think it’s a year too early for him but in saying that, if the job comes up at Celtic, I don’t think he could knock it back. Especially if you’re No 2; if you were in the job as a No 1 then you might have a doubt.” Rory McIlroy followed up his opening round of 63 with a score of 43 at The Memorial. The shame was, that score was for the opening nine holes. Rory improved, however, after a dreadful start. Day eight of the Roy Keane to Celtic speculation and Ireland boss Martin O’Neill told us no news was the best news we could hope for.last_img read more

first_imgWhile Google uses their many services as data points to serve you ads, Facebook is taking the opposite approach. Facebook Home is going to be the one thing everyone has been waiting for Google to become, by injecting ads into every inch of your mobile experience.Facebook’s presentation yesterday unveiled a visual, impressive approach to smartphone usage. If you’re a big Facebook user, Home looks like it has the potential to really enhance your smartphone experience. The large graphics and animated designs are a huge improvement over the stagnant, broken Android app the company currently has. By making Facebook the most important part of the phone, there’s a guarantee that any information you put there will be viewed, if not interacted with. With that in mind, Facebook Home is the perfect place to deliver the one thing no one actually wants on their phone — ads.From day one, there have been detractors waiting for Google to bog their mobile operating system — not just sites or apps, bu the phone itself — down with ads. That day has yet to come, even if main content spaces remain ad-free, and Google remains resolute in their decision to keep the areas they design ad-free. When you allow another company to take over, they can do as they please. The open source nature of Android allows for Facebook Home to exist without needing to fundamentally alter Android. As part of the Facebook Home Program, advertisers will be granted access to tools that allow them to format their advertisements to suit the new visual platform.Not at first, but eventually, Facebook intends to deliver ads to Home. In a way, this is similar to how Amazon released the most recent generation of Kindle hardware with ads (oh, sorry, “Special Offers”) integrated with the OS. Amazon allowed users to pay an opt-out fee to have the ads removed, and while it has never been made clear how many users chose to exercise the opt-out there was a sigh of relief when the option was presented. Facebook Home will offer no such choice, because Zuckerberg & co. believe that ads are just another form of content, and should be treated exactly the same as every other post in your Facebook feed.If ads are something that bother you, the only alternative here is to not use the service. Apps like TinFoil for Facebook have, in the past, protected some users from accidentally offering their information up to Facebook. Home will remove the protection offered there, as the service will have direct access to your location and obviously your Facebook information. Fortunately, if you’ve started using Facebook Home and you want to get rid of it, removing the app should be fairly painless. Even on the HTC First, AT&T’s soon to be released phone running Facebook Home by default, you should be able to easily remove the service and return to the default Android experience. As the First is based on Android 4.1.2, even if you are unable to remove the software by carrier lock it will be easy to disable.By the time ads roll out to Facebook Home, most users will likely have either moved on or fallen in love with the service. There’s not going to be a ton of middle ground here. If Home is for you, ads are something you’re already dealing with on Facebook proper so it doesn’t really matter to you. The users that this will appeal to have already embraces ads in their feed, just as they embraced the ability to pay for promoted posts if they want all of their friends to see.last_img read more

first_img By Michelle Hennessy Source: Javier Arcenillas” title=””>Source: Asger Ladefoged” title=””>Source: Majlend Bramo” title=””>Source: Sandra Hoyn” title=””>Source: Toby Binder” title=””>Source: Danial Khodaie” title=””>Source: Luo Pin Xi” title=””>Source: Mark Gong” title=””>Source: Christian Vizl” title=””>Source: Ami Vitale” title=””>Source: Mahesh Shantaram” title=””>Source: Name: Paşa İmrek” title=””>Source: Anisleidy Martínez Fonseca” title=””>Source: Salvatore Mazzeo” title=””>Source: Caio Vita” title=””>Source: Dina Alfasi” title=””> Previous EARLIER THIS WEEK, the shortlisted and commended photographers for the largest global photography competition, the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.This year, which marks the 10th anniversary of the awards, photographers entered 227,596 images across the awards’ professional, open and youth competitions. Forty-nine countries are represented in the shortlist with photographers from a further 11 countries making it onto the commended list.Among the professional photographers included in the shortlist was Irishman Ivor Prickett who spent time covering the Battle for Mosul in Iraq. 37,792 Views Wars, brothels and passionate love: Images from some of the best photographers in the world Irish photographer Ivor Prickett is among those shortlisted for a Sony World Photography award. Share25 Tweet Email2 The shortlisted photographers now compete for the latest Sony digital imaging equipment and inclusion in the 2017 awards’ book plus cash prizes of $25,000 for the Photographer of the Year, $5,000 for the overall Open winner and €30,000 of equipment for the university of the Student Focus winner.All winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on April 20, 2017.Read: Our President on a BMX? Here’s the story behind that famous photo>Pictures: New online archive gives public access to Dublin’s visual history> Saturday 4 Mar 2017, 9:00 PM Iraqis displaced by the fighting in the village of Shora, south of Mosul, reach an army checkpoint on the outskirts of liberated Qayyarah. Source: Ivor Prickett Source: Ivor Prickett“This year, more than any other, the entries to the Sony World Photography Awards have shown great integrity and are characterized by their considered approach.Beautiful works of photographic art, not snapshots, have been presented to the judges and I am delighted to see that our esteemed juries have chosen to reward the pure skill, artistic interpretation and thoughtfulness of the photographer, rather than simply the subject matter the photographer has captured,” World Photography Organisation CEO Scott Grey commented. Mar 4th 2017, 9:00 PM Previous 1 / 17Next 13 Comments Next 2017 Sony World Photography Award Short URL 2017 Sony World Photography Award 2017 Sony World Photography AwardPrisoners tied upSource: Javier Arcenillas 2017 Sony World Photography AwardSource: Asger Ladefoged 2017 Sony World Photography AwardSource: Majlend Bramo 2017 Sony World Photography AwardSource: Sandra Hoyn 2017 Sony World Photography AwardSource: Toby Binder 2017 Sony World Photography AwardSource: Danial Khodaie 2017 Sony World Photography AwardSource: Luo Pin Xi 2017 Sony World Photography AwardSource: Mark Gong 2017 Sony World Photography AwardSource: Christian Vizl 2017 Sony World Photography AwardSource: Ami Vitale 2017 Sony World Photography AwardSource: Mahesh Shantaram 2017 Sony World Photography AwardSource: Name: Paşa İmrek 2017 Sony World Photography AwardSource: Anisleidy Martínez Fonseca 2017 Sony World Photography AwardSource: Salvatore Mazzeo 2017 Sony World Photography AwardSource: Caio Vita 2017 Sony World Photography AwardSource: Dina Alfasi Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Northcote High School Greek language students were interviewed last week via Skype, for the purposes of an educational film featuring Greek students around the world. This initiative is organised by the Deputy Minister of Education in Greece, Mr Constantinos Gioulekas. Northcote High students were chosen to represent all students learning Greek in Australia, answering the questions about what learning Greek and Greece means to them, and how the Greek language and culture present themselves in their daily life in Melbourne and in Northcote.last_img

first_imgiPhone : les applications les plus téléchargées sont des jeuxSur iTunes, sa plateforme de téléchargement, Apple a dévoilé la liste des applications iPhone les plus téléchargées depuis la création de l’App Store. On retrouve deux top : celui des applications gratuites et celui des applications payantes. Dans cette dernière catégorie, neuf applications sur dix sont des jeux…Les jeux pour iPhone ont la cote ! Et les possesseurs de smartphones n’hésitent pas à débourser (quelques centimes pour une seule application) pour s’amuser en toute mobilité. En se penchant sur les “apps” payantes les plus prisées sur l’App Store, les jeux sont les premiers à apparaître. Puzzle games, jeux d’avion ou de voitures, sortes de “guitar hero” de poche… Aucun ne se ressemble.Si Angry Bird, jeu vidéo de puzzle, fait partie des plus célèbres, il n’est pas le premier du classement. Cette place revient à Doodle Jump : le but est d’amener un personnage, le gribouilleur, le plus haut possible en le faisant sauter sur des plateformes diverses en évitant les monstres qui se présentent au long de l’ascension. Découvrez les autres applications iPhone payantes qui rencontrent le plus de succès, sur Maxisciences. Le 22 janvier 2011 à 13:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 5, 2017 – Nassau – Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell launched a ‘Back to School/ Road Safety’ initiative on the first day of school, Monday, September 4, 2017.    Minister Campbell visited Gerald Cash and Garvin Tynes Primary schools where he interacted with students and parents, and encouraged parents to safely navigate the streets both as motorists and pedestrians.Pictured: Principal of Garvin Tynes Primary School, Mrs. Carolyn Wright-Mitchell; Minister Campbell; and Member of Parliament for Tall Pines, Mr. Don Saunders.(BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)last_img

first_imgCiro Immobile was buzzing after helping his side Lazio to overcome SPAL in what he deemed as a great all round performanceImmobile bagged a brace in the 4-1 demolition of SPAL after a 3-0 home defeat to Inter, as the battle for fourth place hots up.“We put in a great performance, as we had to react after that ugly game against Inter. We must continue like this, as positive results boost confidence and our position in the table,” the striker told Football Italia.“The criticism was understandable, as people expect a lot from this team and we showed signs of maturity with our victory.Ciro Immobile, ItalyCiro Immobile relieved to end Italy goal-drought Andrew Smyth – September 9, 2019 Striker Ciro Immobile was a relieved man after finally ending his two-year Italy goal-drought during Sunday’s 2-1 win over Finland.“It pushes us up the table and keeps us on track, but the important thing is to keep a close eye on ourselves rather than the other teams.“I want to dedicate the goals to my wife, who always follows me, even on away games, and to tell her that I love her very much.”Up next for Lazio is a clash with Marseille in the Europa League.last_img read more

first_imgIndian passportReutersIn what could be seen as a piece of bad news for Indians aspiring to go to the United States, the Donald Trump administration has proposed to increase the application fee for the H-1B visa. The news was broken to the Congress by Labour Secretary Alexander Acosta. He said this while proposing the budget for the Department of Labour for the fiscal year of 2020. The H-1B visa is provided for non-immigrants who work in the US in fields that require technical expertise.”In FY 2020, the Department’s budget includes $160 million to continue our expansion of apprenticeship programmes, along with a proposal to increase H-1B fee revenues to fund additional apprenticeship activities,” Acosta was quoted as saying by TOI.The Trump administration has called this out stating that foreigners provided competition for American workers who may have expertise in the same field.India may face a problem if the application fee is hiked since many multinational companies in the IT sector have provided the visas for their employees to work in the US. In addition to the fee hike, reports have claimed that in the past year, the US government denied H-1B visa to one out of four applicants.The report claims that Acosta briefed the Congressional Committee stating how $150 million was set aside the previous year to invest in apprenticeships in fields dominated by H-1B visa holders. He added that the investment brought about a 35 per cent private-sector match requirement and $57.7 million out of $202.5 million in funding came from the private sector in the country.Acosta said, “As a result of this private sector match requirement, educators have a greater incentive to join with industry to ensure curricula address the needs of our ever-changing workplace, investing in the latest technologies and techniques, and providing more in-demand opportunities for Americans.”last_img read more

first_imgThe National Stock Exchange of India will start looking for a new chief executive officer beginning this week after Chitra Ramkrishna resigned from the post on December 2. The stock exchange will publish advertisements inviting applications for the top job.The NSE has hired global executive search firm Egon Zehnder to help it with the process of recruitment. “You can expect advertisements in the coming Monday or few days here and there, inviting applications. The candidates will have three weeks to apply for the post. In addition to the selection panel, we have hired a credible search firm to assist in the selection process,” NSE chairman Ashok Chawla was quoted as saying by the Mint.According to media reports, Ramkrishna quit with immediate effect due to personal reasons. Currently, NSE group president J Ravichandran is holding charge of the office as CEO.However, the exchange has a strong talent pool in the mid to senior levels of management, currently it has no one to potentially replace Ramkrishna. This is why the NSE may look for an outsider for the top job, Bloombergquint reported. The global executive hiring firm will screen and shortlist candidates who apply for the top post. The names would then be forwarded to the NSE selection panel. Earlier during the month, the NSE had set up a search panel, which included Anand Mahindra (chairman of Mahindra Group), and Usha Thorat, a former deputy governor of Reserve Bank of India. The other two members of the search panel included NSE board members TV Mohandas Pai (former chief financial officer of Infosys Ltd) and Dinesh Kanabar (former deputy CEO of KPMG in India) to look for a new managing director.The final recommendation for the post or the shortlisted candidate’s name will be forwarded to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) for an approval within 60 days of the post being vacant. The exchange hopes to fill the vacant spot by February and will postpone its planned initial public offering till the new CEO is on board.last_img read more

first_imgA Biman Bangladesh Airlines employee and another person were caught red handed while smuggling gold bars weighing about 1.2kg in Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka on Saturday morning.The Biman employee, Omar Faruq, is a ground service traffic supervisor, said Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) director general Moinul Khan.“He [Omar Faruq] was trying to smuggle 10 gold bars after taking those from a passenger of a flight of the national carrier from Malaysia,” he added.Moinul further said the market price of the gold recovered is about Tk 6 million.last_img

first_imgUS president Donald Trump gestures as he is greeted by NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg before a bilateral breakfast ahead of the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium on 11 July. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump claimed a pipeline project has made Germany “totally controlled” by and “captive to Russia” during a combative breakfast Wednesday that kicked off what was already expected to be a fraught NATO summit.Trump, in a testy exchange with NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, took issue with the US protecting Germany when the European nation is making deals with Russia.The president appeared to be referring to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that would bring gas from Russia to Germany’s northeastern Baltic coast, bypassing Eastern European nations like Poland and Ukraine and doubling the amount of gas Russia can send directly to Germany. The vast undersea pipeline is opposed by the US and some other EU members, who warn it could give Moscow greater leverage over Western Europe.Trump, in a message to Germany, asked why the US should “protect you against Russia” when the two countries are making deals.“You tell me, is that appropriate?” he asked, adding that: “Germany is totally controlled by Russia.”He later said that, “Germany as far, as I’m concerned, is captive to Russia” and urged NATO to look into the issue. Trump was expected to see German Chancellor Angela Merkel later in the day.Stoltenberg pushed back, stressing that NATO members have been able to work together despite their differences.The dramatic exchange set the tone for what was already expected to be a tense day of meetings with leaders of the military alliance. Trump is expected to continue hammering jittery NATO allies about their military spending during the summit meeting, which comes amid increasingly frayed relations between the “America first” president and the United States’ closest traditional allies.Trump said as he arrived at the breakfast that the situation is “not fair to the taxpayers of the United States but we will make it fair.”“They will spend more,” he later predicted. “I have great confidence they’ll be spending more.”Trump has been pushing NATO members to reach their agreed-to target of spending 2 per cent of their gross domestic products on national defence by 2024 and has accused those who don’t of freeloading off the US.“Many countries in NATO, which we are expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment of 2% (which is low), but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made,” he tweeted Tuesday while en route to Europe, asking: “Will they reimburse the US?”That’s not how the spending words. The 2 per cent represents the amount each country aims to spend on its own defence, not some kind of direct payment to NATO or the US.NATO estimates that 15 members, or just over half, will meet the benchmark by 2024 based on current trends.During his campaign, Trump called NATO “obsolete” and suggested the US might not come to the defence of members if they found themselves under attack – a shift that would represent a fundamental realignment of the modern world order. He also called Brussels a “hell hole” and “a mess.” Trump has moderated his language somewhat since taking office, but has continued to dwell on the issue, even as many NATO members have agreed to up their spending.Stoltenberg, for his part, has credited Trump for spurring NATO nations to spend more on defence, noting that the Europeans and Canada are projected to spend around $266 billion more by 2024. He said Wednesday that last year’s increases marked the largest in a generation.Arriving for his meeting with Stoltenberg, Trump told the NATO chief that “because of me they’ve raised about $40 billion over the last year. So I think the secretary general likes Trump. He may be the only one, but that’s OK with me.”Trump was also participating in a welcome ceremony, a meeting of the North Atlantic Council and a working dinner with some of the same leaders he berated over trade during his last world leaders summit in Canada last month.Brussels is the first stop of a week-long European tour that will include stops in London and Scotland, as well as a highly anticipated meet with Russia’s Vladimir Putin.Trump predicted as he departed Washington that the “easiest” leg of his journey would be his scheduled sit-down Putin – a comment that did little to reassure allies fretting over his potential embrace of a Russian leader US intelligence officials accuse of meddling in the 2016 elections to help Trump win.On the eve of the NATO summit, European Council president Donald Tusk pushed back against Trump’s constant criticism of European allies and urged him to remember who his friends are when he meets with Putin in Helsinki.“Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don’t have all that many,” he said.last_img read more

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Gail DelaughterModerator Maureen Crocker of the Gulf Coast Rail District (left) talks with Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Galveston County Judge Mark Henry, and Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta.County judges in the Houston area say they need to work together to get funding for new mobility projects. With traffic moving in all directions, the judges say there now needs to be more of a regional focus. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says that’s especially true when officials go to the state to ask for transportation funding. “Anything that hurts Harris County’s ability to build roads is going to hurt the outlying counties,” says Emmett. “Because when they come into town they’ve got to come through us.”  The discussion also focused on freight movement, from places like the Port of Houston, where most freight is moved by truck. Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal says there’s a big need for rail service as freeway capacity becomes more limited. “If you look at I-10 and the number of lanes on I-10, you think about what would happen if that happens on 45 and 59 and 249 and every other road out there,” says Doyal. “You can only put so many lanes of traffic down.”But officials say to develop more rail lines, they’ll have to go to the federal government for help, and a lot remains uncertain with the new administration. The judges made their comments at a forum sponsored by the Transportation Advocacy Group. Besides Harris and Montgomery, judges from Galveston, Fort Bend, Brazoria, and Waller Counties also participated.    00:00 /01:07 Sharelast_img read more

first_imgThose of you for whom malls are for every occasion, shopping malls across the city have readied themselves with their Christmas best. So grab your friends and family and head for the mall, because soaking in the spirit need not equal to spending money. At a Rajouri garden mall, there are a plethora of activities and delicious food to be had. A huge castle gate welcomes you into a Christmas themed Dreamland. The major highlights are a magic show by Anjaan from India’s Got Talent, dance competitions and fashion shows for all age groups, 3D animated laser shows and photo booths. Get yourself clicked with live characters and Santa Claus. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Another mall in Saket has live Santas, a 40-feet high Christmas tree put up, personalised Santa shop goodies like stockings, hats, ornaments with names on them, a candy town with cookies, chocolates, cakes, candy and treats. Also, there are musical performances by Monku and the gang and Wizard of Oz and games and rides.At a mall in Vasant Kunj, designer Manav Gangwani has designed the Christmas tree. Expect artfully draped Swarovski crystal chains on a golden frame, winding up on an internally lit central structure. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe pop up store at this mall has an exclusive range of Christmas products. Customers walking into the pop-up store will get a fresh range of exclusively designed and manufactured products which have been handcrafted exclusively by the most reputed brands and designers.Another mall next door has created Kiddyland. There is a Candy Cane Christmas Tree which will shower hundreds of candies on the Christmas day. Kids can also dig into Chocó-land to take home goodies.Chefs will help them create Christmas cookie masterpieces which can be hung up on the tree.So don’t burn your pockets, just have loads of fun!last_img read more

first_imgThe programme that starts that 10 am will feature a talk by Rich Rice, Associate Professor, and University of Texas Tech, USA. It will be based on the topic – Multimodal Composing in and Beyond the Academy. Following the talk will feature Atul Krishna Binodini Devi creative writing competition in English in the genres – autobiographical writing. The theme will be given on the spot. The first three winner of the competition will bag a rolling trophy and an amount of Rs 2500, 1500, 1000 respectively with a consolation prize of Rs 500 each. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The fest will further have Quizzards, the Lit Quiz where the first three winners will get prize money of Rs 1000, 750, 500 respectively.  The quiz will be followed by Performatix, the enactment competition where participants will have to create and enact an original scene around a quote (pick your quote when you register). It holds prize money of Rs 1500, 1000 and 750 for the first three winners. When: 19 September Where: Janaki Devi Memorial College Timing: 10 am onwardslast_img read more

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPatients and visitors at the city’s main hospital are being warned of ‘major disruption’ when a key access road is shut off for reconstruction work. Bosses have revealed the road leading from the A34 between the Royal Stoke University’s cancer centre and ‘West Building’ will be closed – or have limited access – for five weeks from Monday. It will see: Some bus stops relocated to outside A&E; Patient transport diverted; Extra attendants brought in to improve traffic flow and; Signs installed. Works are taking place on the road by the cancer centre off the A34 (Image: Google Street View) Lorraine Whitehead, director of estates, facilities and PFI, is expecting ‘major disruption’. She said: “These are essential works that need to take place this summer. Hospital users are being told: Pedestrian access to the hospital will be through the Children’s Centre entrance, which links to the main Atrium. Additional volunteers will be at the facility helping guide the public; The car park to the cancer centre will remain open with the public able to still use the north A34 entrance to access it, with all over vehicles told to use the south entrance off Hilton Road. No vehicle access will be allowed to the West Building, with all access from the rear. Part of the lower West Building’s car park will be shut to allow ambulance access. Hilton Road’s ‘ambulance only’ entrance will be used by buses and vehicles for the first three weeks of the works, with drivers told to watch out for paramedics; Congestion is expected on Hilton Road and various hospital entrances. “We’ve scheduled the works to coincide with the school holidays when the hospital tends to be quieter than the rest of the year. “A great deal of planning has been put into this project and we have put in place actions that should mitigate some of the challenges. “However, we still anticipate major disruption and congestion, so staff, patients and visitors need to take this into account when visiting the hospital. I would like to thank everyone for their patience during the works.” Read MoreMore signs warning of parking rules put up near poppy display (but the council won’t be cancelling fines…) Staff are being advised to look for alternative places to leave their cars when parking on the link road is ‘temporarily suspended’ due to the increase in traffic. The staff shuttle bus will only pick up and drop off at the main entrance. Details have been released over the road closure (Image: UHNM) Health campaigner Ian Syme expects the works to have a big impact. He said: “The last thing that the hospital needs is disruption and this is going to cause major disruption. “This is going to cause problems for visitors, outpatients and staff who are going to have to plan their journeys. “This probably is the quietest time of year for the hospital and a good time for the work – but hospitals are busy 12 months of the year. Read MoreChurch car park could be answer to congestion outside school… but it will cost £10,000 to get it ready “The ambulances will be accounted for and have a contingency plan but everyone else will have to plan their journeys, especially if they use public transport. I think that there are going to be a lot of people who are running late for their appointments.”last_img read more