NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State’s football program has added some more depth at the quarterback position heading into the 2019 season.The Buckeyes, who lost Dwayne Haskins to the NFL and Tate Martell and Matthew Baldwin to transfer, have been lacking when it comes to depth at the position.Ryan Day’s program has added a transfer QB out of the SEC.Jagger LaRoe, a quarterback who spent last season at Texas A&M, is heading to Ohio State.The SEC QB announced the news on Twitter.College Station ——> Columbus 🌰 pic.twitter.com/np28HIWIzF— Jagger LaRoe (@jaggerlaroe) May 19, 2019Ohio State now has six QBs on its roster for the 2019 season.Jagger LaRoe, who spent last season at Texas A&M, is transferring to Ohio State as a preferred walk-on.Ohio State now has six quarterbacks on its roster for 2019: Justin Fields, Gunnar Hoak and Chris Chugunov on scholarship, and Danny Vanatsky, JP Andrade and LaRoe as walk-ons. https://t.co/ja0LQV16IZ— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) May 20, 2019The Buckeyes are expected to start the 2019 season ranked inside the top 10.
zoom Tanker owner and operator d’Amico Tankers has signed a memorandum of agreement and bareboat charter contract for the sale and leaseback of one of its medium-range product tanker vessel for a consideration of USD 28 million.The deal, reached with an undisclosed Japanese company, is related to the 49,990 dwt MT High Discovery, built in 2014 by South Korea’s shipbuilder Hyundai-Mipo.d’Amico Tankers said that the transaction would generate around USD 10.7 million in cash for the company, net of commissions and reimbursement of the vessel’s existing loan, contribute to the liquidity required to complete DIS’ fleet renewal program and allow the company to benefit from the anticipated market recovery.Additionally, d’Amico Tankers will maintain full control of the vessel, since a 10-year bareboat charter agreement was also concluded with the buyer, with a purchase obligation at the end of the tenth year of the charter period. The company has the option to repurchase the tanker starting from the third anniversary of its sale at a competitive cost of funds.
De nouvelles règles sont imposées pour limiter les feux de camp dans les parcs de camping de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Compte tenu du risque élevé de feu de forêts, les feux de camp dans tous les parcs provinciaux et les terrains de camping privés suivront les restrictions quotidiennes sur le brûlage. Quand la consigne pour la journée est que le brûlage est interdit, soit dans les régions marquées en rouge sur la carte des interdictions de brûlage en Nouvelle-Écosse, les feux de camp seront interdits. La description des restrictions apparaît dans la page Web des Interdictions de brûlage en Nouvelle-Écosse à l’adresse http://novascotia.ca/natr/forestprotection/wildfire/burnsafe/default-F.asp. La carte qu’on y trouve est mise à jour quotidiennement à 8 h et à 14 h. « Les nouvelles règles sont faciles à suivre et elles sont nécessaires pour assurer la protection des forêts, des gens de même que de nos maisons et de nos commerces, indique le ministre des Ressources naturelles, Lloyd Hines. Consultez notre site Web, et si vous vous trouvez à un terrain de camping situé dans une zone rouge, il vous est alors interdit d’allumer un feu de camp. » Les restrictions varient d’un comté à l’autre et elles sont déterminées à partir de renseignements recueillis tous les jours à 31 stations météorologiques situées un peu partout dans la province. Les restrictions seront en vigueur durant la saison de risque élevé de feu de forêt qui prend fin le 15 octobre.Cette mesure vise à réduire davantage le risque de feu de forêt dans la province, et s’ajoute aux autres mesures de réduction des risques qui s’appliquent déjà aux feux de camp dans les parcs provinciaux. Toutes les autres restrictions sur les feux de broussailles s’appliquent.
BRIDGEWATER, N.S. – The case of a Nova Scotia police chief accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl has been set over until a pre-trial consultation Aug. 9.At that time, it’s expected a trial date will be set in Nova Scotia Supreme Court for John Collyer.Collyer of the Bridgewater Police Service was placed on administrative leave in August 2016 after the province’s Serious Incident Response Team confirmed it was investigating the alleged assault.The 26-year veteran of the force was suspended in May 2017 after the independent police watchdog charged him with one count of sexual assault and two counts of sexual exploitation.The girl was 17 at the time of the alleged offences in Bridgewater between April and July of 2016.In July 2017, Collyer elected to have the case heard by judge alone in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.
MOSCOW — The head of the Russian Orthodox Church says the data-gathering capacity of devices such as smartphones risks bringing humanity closer to the arrival of the Antichrist.In an interview shown Monday on state TV, Patriarch Kirill said the church does not oppose technological progress but is concerned that “someone can know exactly where you are, know exactly what you are interested in, know exactly what you are afraid of” and that such information could be used for centralized control of the world.“Control from one point is a foreshadowing of the coming of Antichrist, if we talk about the Christian view. Antichrist is the person who will be at the head of the world wide web that controls the entire human race,” he said.The Associated Press
LONDON — An anti-Brexit activist who won a major legal case against the British government says she will go to court again if the country’s next prime minister tries to force the country out of the European Union without a deal.Businesswoman Gina Miller says she has instructed her lawyers in anticipation of Boris Johnson winning a Conservative Party leadership contest this month that would make him the next prime minister.Johnson refuses to rule out suspending Parliament if lawmakers try to block Britain from leaving the EU on Oct. 31, as scheduled.Miller said Sunday “it would be an abuse of his powers to close Parliament … to limit the voice of the representatives that we all elect.”In 2017, Miller stopped the government from triggering the countdown to Brexit without a vote in Parliament.The Associated Press
ECOSOC – comprising 54 Member States representing all regions of the world – serves as the world body’s central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations to the UN and its Member States. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and ECOSOC President Gert Rosenthal of Guatemala are scheduled to address the opening of the high-level meeting. During this part of the four-week session, the Council expects to adopt a Ministerial Declaration on integrated rural development, providing policy guidance and recommendations for action. ECOSOC members will have before them a report by the Secretary-General, which analyzes the role of rural development in developing countries in poverty eradication and sustainable development and examines how to promote an integrated approach that would contribute to the attainment of the internationally agreed development goals. The Secretary-General’s report provides policy recommendations on ways to promote an integrated approach encompassing the economic, social and environmental dimensions, with a number of mutually reinforcing policies and programmes. Following the conclusion of the high-level segment, the Council will hold segments on operational activities of the UN for international development cooperation, coordination, humanitarian affairs and a general segment, in which members will consider a variety of other issues.
The killings occurred on 30 June 2014 in the village of Cuadrilla Nueva, Tlataya, located in the State of Mexico, during a military operation against a group of armed criminals. Three women survived the incident and two of them were subsequently held on charges of firearm possession and organized crime.Testimony contradicting the official version of events has since surfaced in local and international media indicating that most of those killed during the operation may have been shot after they had laid down their weapons and surrendered.“A year after the killing of 22 people during an operation by military forces, reportedly against a criminal gang, in Tlatlaya, in the State of Mexico, we continue to call for justice and redress for the victims,” said Cécile Pouilly, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) yesterday in a statement. According to the UN human rights office, the Mexican National Human Rights Commission considers that at least 12 of the deaths were extrajudicial executions while the additional three women who witnessed the incident also allegedly suffered human rights violations, including being arbitrarily detained and tortured. In her statement, Ms. Pouilly declared that although an officer and six soldiers were now awaiting trial, the OHCHR was now calling upon the Mexican authorities “to extend their investigations to include civilian and military authorities who might bear responsibility” for the alleged extrajudicial executions and human rights violations. “As in any case involving alleged violations by security agents of the principles of legality, proportionality and necessity applicable to the use of force, a prompt, thorough, effective, independent and impartial investigation is required,” the spokesperson concluded. “Investigating such cases and bringing those responsible to justice is the best way to guarantee that such violations do not happen again.”
The UN chief was speaking at the opening of the 2019 pledging conference for UNRWA, officially the Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, alongside the President of the General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, and the agency’s Commissioner-General, Pierre Krähenbühl.Mr. Guterres vaunted the accomplishments of the agency over its almost 70-year existence. As well as running more than 700 schools, providing free education for over half a million Palestine refugee children, UNRWA maintains high-quality and cost-effective health care services; runs emergency and social services; and provides food aid, which includes meeting the needs of one million Palestine refugees in Gaza.‘Cost-effective’ aid for Palestine refugees faces ‘serious funding shortfall’The presence of conference delegates in New York, sent a powerful message that they are convinced of UNRWA’s value, and that they are willing to act, by pledging generous donations to allow the agency to carry on its vital work, said Ms. Espinosa.The General Assembly President warned that the agency was $211 million short of the $1.2 billion needed to deliver its aid programmes. She went on to ask delegates to consider the consequences of a failure to meet the funding requirements, for “half a million boys and girls, for 5.4 million refugees, for the wider region and for the world.”Mr. Krähenbühl explained that, in the absence of new contributions, the funding gap will rise throughout the year, adding that it is “absolutely crucial” to open schools on time in August and September, and to avoid a break-down of the agency’s food pipeline for a million people in Gaza. The head of UNRWA reminded delegates that the agency’s work takes place against a backdrop of “psychosocial trauma resulting from years of conflict, blockade and violence”, where the lives of Palestine refugees are defined in every aspect by occupation, “from home demolitions and forced evictions, to lack of freedom of movement and violence.”Echoing these remarks, the Secretary-General underscored the efficiency of UNRWA operations, stressing the “extraordinary reform and cost-control measures to reduce inefficient spending.” Thanks to these measures, he said, UNRWA has saved $500 million. The international community, Mr. Guterres continued, must “rise to the challenge”, so that UNRWA can continue its “important and impressive work.”UNRWA schools provide ‘hope for a better future’Following the remarks from the senior UN officials, Hanan Abu Asbeh and Hatem Hamdouna, teenage students from the West Bank and Gaza, elected to represent 536,000 UNRWA students from Gaza and the West Bank, spoke of their daily experiences, and the importance of UNRWA schools in their lives. UN Photo/Manuel EliasHanan Abu Asbeh (foreground), a 15-year-old girl from the West Bank and 14-year-old Hatem Hamdouna from Gaza address delegates at the UN in New York about life as students in schools run by United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Middle East. Scenes of war and destruction are still in my head, and haunt me in my sleep Hatem Hamdouna, Palestine refugee studentHanan, who said that she had “led a life of suffering”, hearing the sounds of explosions and bullets in the streets, expressed her hope that schools will open on time this year. She said that for some children, the end of the school year meant long holidays, free from the classroom. For Palestinian refugee children however, it is “not fun”, she said, because education is the most important thing they have.Although he is only fifteen, Hatem has already lived through three wars, and he told the delegates that, although “scenes of war and destruction are still in my head, and haunt me in my sleep”, an UNRWA education has been his only hope for a better future, and allowed him to learn about his rights, even in the darkest times.
UK Minister for Business and Enterprise Mark Prisk MP witnessed the delivery of 14 Nissan LEAFs to participants of the Switch EV programme at the Nissan plant in Sunderland last week. Mr Prisk also received a tour of the production facilities where the Nissan LEAF will be manufactured from 2013.The Switch EV project, which began in September last year and involves several other automakers, is one of eight UK projects supported by the Technology Strategy Board’s £25m Ultra Low Carbon Vehicles Demonstrator Programme and is aimed at accelerating the widespread adoption of electric vehicles in the UK.These 14 drivers will use the five-seater vehicle as their own car for six months to experience and report on life with an electric car.Mark Prisk said: “The UK Government has set a clear ambition of placing the country at the global forefront of low and ultra low carbon vehicle development. Nissan in Sunderland has taken up the challenge.“Today I’m delighted to hand over the keys to these 14 Nissan LEAFs so people can experience and feedback valuable information on what it’s really like to drive an electric car as part of the largest project of its kind in the world.”Trevor Mann, Nissan Senior Vice President for Manufacturing in Europe, said: “Today marks a major milestone in the advancement of electric vehicles in the UK. Up to now Nissan has only been able to allow limited access to the zero-emission Nissan LEAF – but today we are handing over 14 cars to members of the public for six months.“The drive home today will be enough for these drivers to realise that driving the Nissan LEAF does not mean they have to compromise on driving experience or performance.”Later this year nearly automotive 30 facilities will throw open their doors to visitors with the intention to give school children and students a look behind the scenes as part of an initiative called ‘See Inside Manufacturing’. The activities will give the opportunity to see what a career in manufacturing or engineering can offer.See Inside Manufacturing will focus on young people to encourage take up of Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects as well as undergraduates considering their future career options. All the automotive activities are being co-ordinated by the joint industry/government Automotive Council. Click here for more information.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
The OSU men’s volleyball team pose with their second consecutive national title trophy alongside James DeSantis, nine-year-old super fan. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterMuch like many of the other teams across Ohio State athletics, the No. 5 men’s volleyball team (5-2) has a history of excellence. After all, the Buckeyes are back-to-back national champions. But this year, Ohio State has dropped two early-season matches, one against No. 6 BYU on Jan. 13 and one to No. 2 UCLA on Jan. 20. After its second loss in five games into the season, the Buckeyes’ chances of winning the conference and qualifying for the NCAA championships seemed unfavorable. Head coach Pete Hanson said after his team’s loss to UCLA this season will not be a repeat their 2017 season.“We’re not going to go 32-2, you know? Let’s put that to bed right now. We’re going to lose some more matches this year just because of who we are. We’re different than we were last year,” Hanson said on Jan. 25. “It’s not about what your record is when you get to the tournament. It’s, ‘Can you win three or four matches in a row, the last three or four matches of the season and become a national champion?’”Ohio State faced challengers Saint Francis and No. 9 Penn State on Jan. 25 and Sunday, respectively, sweeping both teams 3-0. The Buckeyes claimed their first top-15 win against Penn State. Though his team has a top-15 win and is sitting at 5-2, Hanson said Tuesday the 2018 team has yet to reach its full potential, though it’s not too far off. He said the new group of starters are still working to learn to play together and trust one another, a process that takes more than a few weeks.“You have to begin to develop that trust with a teammate in terms of, in a certain situation, what are the expectations for the guy next to you or the guy two spots away from you, and for the last three years we had that same group of guys together,” Hanson said. Redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson added to Hanson’s sentiment, saying much of the team’s improvement will come from adjusting to having four new starters and learning each other’s style of play. “Once you figure out how everyone functions and how they play, you can start balancing them out and complementing each other’s strengths and helping to boost each other’s weaknesses,” Leeson said. “I think that we’re not even close to the top of the bell curve.” Though they have not yet reached their full potential, the Buckeyes are winning matches. Hanson said challenging their opponent’s offense so Ohio State can be the aggressors of the match is something they do well. “If you’re going to ask an opposing coach, ‘hey, what does Ohio State bring to the table?’” he said. “I think they’re going to tell you that we’re going to serve the ball very aggressively, we’re going to try to put their offense under a lot of pressure and create opportunities to score with our block and with our transition defense.”While one of Ohio State’s strengths might be the offense, Hanson said its defense is the biggest step it can take as a group to take control of the game and score more points. Hanson said looking forward, the top three teams he anticipates playing are Lewis University, Loyola University and Ball State. Because all three schools are in the MIVA conference with Ohio State, winning the matches is imperative for the prospects for the conference playoffs to be held at St. John Arena.Ohio State travels to Charleston, West Virginia, for a matchup against Charleston at 7 p.m. Friday.
Back in October, Amazon promised their Kindle customers jealous of the Barnes & Noble Nook that book loans were on their way… and now they’re finally here, warts and all.Starting yesterday, a select number of eligible Kindle books can be loaned exactly once for fourteen days only to anyone using Kindle software on any device. It’s all pretty simple: all you need to do is press “Loan this book” and fill in the borrower’s name, email address and a personal message. They then have seven days to accept the loan, and then they have two weeks after that to actually read the dang thing.AdChoices广告The problem with the Kindle’s book lending scheme, as in the Nook’s scheme, is that the ability to lend books to a friend basically is all up to the publisher, and there’s no rhyme or reason to which books are “eligible” for loan and which aren’t. Also, while we think lending a book out one at a time makes sense, limiting a book lend to once for the lifetime of an e-book makes no sense… especially if the point here is to promote other people to buy the book based upon a friend’s recommendation.Anyway, it’s still a pretty cool feature, and at least Kindle book lending is finally here.Read more at Amazon
Imagine that the resource you rely on to feed your family has the capacity to kill you.That can be a problem.A nonprofit with its roots in Clark County is addressing that problem by finding — and blowing up — old land mines, bombs and artillery shells.The group’s origins are woven into the story of a Vietnam War memorial that was dedicated Oct. 15 in Vancouver. Family members of Lt. Dan Cheney, a Columbia River graduate who was killed in 1969, were keynote speakers at the event.Jerilyn Brusseau, sister of the Army helicopter pilot, and their mother Rae Cheney told how the family turned sorrow into service through their organization. PeaceTrees Vietnam works in Quang Tri, which was the northernmost province in South Vietnam and the site of heavy fighting.They estimate that 10 percent of all the bombs, shells, rockets and grenades that were dropped, fired and thrown in Quang Tri did not explode.After the war ended in 1975, “tremendous numbers of unexploded munitions remained, from aerial bombing as well as ground combat,” said Brusseau, a 1961 Battle Ground High School graduate. “They’re everywhere — in school yards with kids playing nearby, in fields.”
Goalscoring hero Jan Bednarek believes that Poland have a bright future ahead of them after sealing a 1-0 win over Japan in their final World Cup gameThe Southampton defender’s well-taken volley following a Rafal Kurzawa free-kick sealed Adam Nawalka’s side their first win of the tournament after losing their first two games in disappointing fashion against Senegal and Colombia.After the match, Nawalka denied that the World Cup had been a waste of time for Poland and insisted that it was a valuable experience for the younger players.And 22-year-old Bednarek backed his coach’s thinking.Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group G George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group G, saw Robert Lewandowski draw another blank.What should have been a plane sailing group for Poland, has turned out to…“It didn’t work out for us at the World Cup, but we’re finishing it on a positive note and we’re optimistic about the future,” he told Polish TV, via ESPN.“I think for some of us it’s only the beginning, it’s our first World Cup, a new experience and we’ll go ahead, we’ll be more mature, more experienced, it will be a positive thing for us.“We certainly started the Cup wrong, it didn’t look like we wanted it to look, and then it was too late. This is how the World Cup works, you have to win games right from the start. But it’s a lesson for us, we’ll learn our lesson.”Poland ended their World Cup campaign with a fourth-place finish in Group H with three points.
Recognizing the increased summertime fire hazard, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest on Thursday will impose a new restriction banning the use of chain saws in the afternoon.Starting Thursday, chain saws used by loggers or wood gatherers can’t be used between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., when the risk of sparking a fire is the highest.State land managers in Southwest Washington emphasize keeping campfires in approved fire pits and making sure to fully extinguish these fires before departing.Keep a bucket of water and tools for dirt-scraping handy to quickly snuff out any embers that escape the fire ring, and clear all vegetation from within 3 feet of any fire.The state Department of Natural Resources lists the fire hazard as “moderate” in Clark and Skamania counties.
DMCAn inspector of Detective Branch (DB) of police was injured as a group of muggers stabbed him at Mouchak in the city early Sunday, reports news agency UNB.Police said DB inspector Mahbubul Haque was returning his residence from his Mintu Road office riding on a rickshaw in the morning.When Haque reached in front of Sirajul Islam Medical College and Hospital at Mouchak, a group of muggers waylaid him and snatched away his wallet.As the DB inspector tried to resist them, the miscreants stabbed him, leaving the detective injured.Later, he was taken to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), said assistant sub-inspectorBabul Miah of DMCH Police Camp.
Firefox’s latest Test Pilot: No More 404s by Martin Brinkmann on August 03, 2016 in Firefox – Last Update: June 03, 2018 – 5 commentsMozilla launched the new Test Pilot project No More 404s yesterday on the official Test Pilot website.The add-on has been designed to provide Firefox users with options to read an earlier version of a deleted web page.Basically, what it does is monitor response codes for 404 not found errors to display an option to the user to use the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine to read a previous snapshot of the page.404 error codes are often returned when web pages get deleted. While a site or page may be gone, links pointing to it may still exist.You may stumble upon dead links when using search engines, browsing other sites, or even in the browser’s bookmarks.Update: Mozilla graduated the project and published it as the extension Wayback Machine on the Firefox Add-ons website.Firefox Test Pilot: No More 404sWhile sites may display 404 not found errors, others may return other error codes or even redirect users to another page or even another site.Mozilla’s Test Pilot add-on is rather basic when it comes to that. It reacts only when a 404 not found error is recognized by the add-on. The add-on won’t display the prompt if a site returns a different kind of error, or is redirected.The notification reads: “This page appears to be missing. View a saved version courtesy of the Wayback Machine”.You may click on the link to open the Internet Archive website to read an archived snapshot of the page on the site. Please note that you may middle-click on the link to open the page in a new tab in the Firefox browser.There is no guarantee that a saved snapshot exists but if a page has been popular in the past then there is a good chance that a snapshot exists.No More 404s is not the first Firefox add-on to introduce the functionality. The excellent Resurrect Pages extension for instance provides Firefox users with multiple options to check whether a snapshot or cached copy of a page exists.The add-on supports the Internet Archive, caches of various search engines, and other caching and archiving sites.A couple of features would make No More 404s more useful. Since it does not pick up non-404 error codes or page redirects, it would be useful if Firefox users could initiate a search for an archived copy manually. Also, it would be useful if it would support a blacklist feature, or an on/off toggle-Firefox users who want to give it a try can do so on the linked Firefox Test Pilot site. Please note that the Test Pilot add-on needs to be installed first before test add-ons can be installed in the browser.SummaryArticle NameFirefox’s latest Test Pilot: No More 404sDescriptionMozilla launched the new Test Pilot add-on No More 404s yesterday on the official Test Pilot website. Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Cala Moresca, the gourmet fusion restaurant at Cala Luna Hotel in Langosta, has initiated a Flavors of the World & Cava Tasting every Friday, with a percentage of the sales donated to CEPIA. Each Friday, there is a different menu theme. Today is Rice of the World, Oct. 12 will be Maghreb Couscous, Oct. 19 will be Pasta Fever and Oct. 26 will be Paella de Valencia. The cost is $30 per person, and a free cava tasting will be held from 7-8 p.m. Reservations are suggested; call 2653-0214.Amigos de la Educacion and Bridgestone organized a safety program, where first through third graders in Guanacaste learned the best way to be safe on the streets, ride the school bus and be responsible pedestrians. Bridgestone, the major sponsor, provided the Amigos volunteers with educational materials that taught about safety through games and activities. Participants included 144 students from Escuela Villareal, 44 students from Escuela La Garita and 19 students from Escuela El Ilanito. Amigos de la Educacion is planning to reach at least 1,000 more grade school students from Santa Rosa, Huacas, Portegolpe, Cartegena, La Garita Vieja and Matapalo. For more, contact email@example.com or call 2653-1945.People around town have been asking how they can vote in the United States presidential election. It’s simple. All U.S. citizens living here must register to vote in an election year. You must do this before you can vote, regardless of whether you are already registered in the States. Then, you can fill out an absentee ballot and send it in. To do both of these things, go to www.votefromabroad.org, fill out the forms and send them in. If you have questions, contact Nelleke A. Bruyn at 2279-3553.A couple of weeks ago, I was touting the virtues of the Voodoo Lounge. Well, since then, the club has closed and is under construction for another venture. Word is the place will reopen as a dinner theater. Stay tuned for more details.–Ellen Zoe Goldenellenzoe@aol.com Facebook Comments No related posts.
Top Stories Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Quick workouts for men New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments Share BRUSSELS (AP) — The center-right government of Prime Minister Charles Michel has pushed through a tax shift to lighten the cost of labor for businesses and offset it with taxes on energy, alcohol and tobacco.After all-night negotiations that stretched into Thursday, the Michel government announced it would balance the budget by 2018. The deficit stood at 3.2 percent last year.To offset the 7 billion euros ($7.7 billion) decrease in labor costs for businesses, the government will increase taxation on products which are a burden on health or the environment. At the same time, the government plans to make it more costly to go on early retirement and levy a tax on short-term share sales. How do cataracts affect your vision?
Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto has applauded the Solomon Islands Ministry of Culture & Tourism’s (MCT) move to introduce a Minimum Standards and Classification for Tourism Accommodation program.Describing the move as “a major step in the right direction” for the destination’s tourism industry, CEO Tuamoto said the release of the program was timely in view of the efforts the Solomon Islands has gone to in recent times to increase its profile on the international tourism stage.“This long-awaited but carefully laid out program will act as a catalyst for the local tourism accommodation sector to take a holistic approach to service excellence,” he said.The main thrust behind the program is to implement what is seen as an essential improvement of standards in the tourism accommodation sector. The Minimum Standards are a set of measurable criteria that outline items and services that must be in place for a tourism accommodation to operate according to internationally recognised standards. Accommodation providers will be classified into one of eight categories. Currently there are 160 accommodation providers operating in the Solomon Islands but only about 10 per cent of these can currently be sold by international wholesalers offering Solomon Islands travel packages.MCT Director of Tourism, Bunyan Sivoro said while increased tourism was in the national interest, the main benefactors would eventually be the tourism operators themselves.“We in the tourism department look forward to this exciting new chapter in the development of our tourisms sector,” he said.IMAGE: L-R: Minister for Culture & Tourism, the Hon. Hon. Bartholomew Parapolo, Deputy Director of Tourism, Ms Savita Nandan, and Australian Volunteer International’s Bjorn Svensson. classificationsSolomon Islands Tourism. accommodationstandards